By Bob Barney
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, "This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year"
I often mention that God's calendar is NOT like any other calendar on earth today. It is not the Roman calendar that we follow, or the equally pagan Jewish calendar that many churches believe is the calendar of God. To read more about God's Calendar click here . There is a mistake that those who follow a Jewish calendar has made, and that refers to the word for new moon. That is a mistranslation, as the proper rendering should be NEW MONTH, as I did in The Plain Truth's Red Letter Bible.
The Hebrew word 'chodesh', which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance simply means "new" or to "rebuild." Chodesh does not mean "new moon". It means 'new' with an implication that a month is about to begin again.
Originally, when the earth had a perfect 360 day rotation around the sun, and the moon's journey around the earth was exactly 30 days (today it is 29.5 days), new moons where on the new months. The calendar was in balance. However, probably after the flood, the weight of water slowed the earth rotational spin (this is NOT mentioned in the Bible) to 365.25 days a year and the moon's rotation to the present one of 29.5 days.
The ancients noticed that the months were no longer 30 days and the years were not 360 days, but now over 365. A calendar needed to be made to reflect this. Egypt made the first perfect calendar, one Moses was very familiar with, which had 12 - 30 day months and then 5 days at the end of the year that did not count. This is also seen in Enoch's calendar (see illustration on left).God's calendar was like the Egyptian one except that year no longer started on the first day of summer, but on the first day of spring. Springtime is the birth of the new year in nature, as morning is the start of the day as well. The term for new moon became "new month" as the new moons and new months no longer matched up. This is not hard to conceive as the English word for month comes from moon! Yet our months have nothing to do with new moons! The same applies to God's calendar.
Evidence of God’s calendar beginning in the Spring is found in the Roman calendar itself and is actually hidden in plain sight. The Roman calendar has most of its months named after pagan gods or Roman emperors; for example: January honors Janus, the god of beginnings/endings and gateways, and August honors Caesar Augustus). However, only the first 8 months are named this way (January to August). The last 4 months do not have specific names, but just generic names signifying what the number of month it is: September = 7th month; October = 8th month; November = 9th month; December = 10th month. When we count backwards from the 7th month of September to when the 1st month must be, we find that it is in March – the Spring. The existence of the numbered months still in today’s Roman calendar is a leftover from God’s calendar which begins in the Spring. In the Bible, just as only the 7th day of the week is named while all others are numbered, the only month that is named is the 1st month while all others are numbered (note that the modern Hebrew calendar names the months based from their Babylonian captivity). So we can clearly see that the first calendar – God’s calendar, began in the Spring and was overlaid with the Roman calendar which began in January, the middle of winter. (source)
God declares that the month of the Abib is the first month of the year, occurring on March 20th. The month of the Abib sets the course of God’s sacred calendar with the beginning of His holy feast days which are special appointed times for the children of God to observe. These holy feast days outline the salvation plan of God with the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus as the central focus in all of them. Abib is when we observe Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Happy NEW MONTH & NEW YEAR!