By Bob Barney
Today is a special "New Month" Day, Bible's translate the beginning of each months, as New Moon festivals, because at one time, before the flood, new moons started the new months. This isn't true today, so the best translation would be New Month Festivals.... This month is the 9th Month of the year, known in the Bible as the month Chislev.
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.
5 Verses about the 9th Month,
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah.Now it happened in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capitol,
Now in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem proclaimed a fast before the Lord.
Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month, with a fire burning in the brazier before him.
In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev.
So all the men of Judah and Benjamin assembled at Jerusalem within the three days. It was the ninth month on the twentieth of the month, and all the people sat in the open square before the house of God, trembling because of this matter and the heavy rain.
9th Month in Jewish history and tradition (myth?)
- 14th (circa 1445 BC) – Death of Reuben, son of Jacob.
- 14th (circa 1568 BC) – Birth of Reuben, son of Jacob.
- 15th (167 BC) – The Greeks set up the "Abomination of Desolation" in the Temple.
- 20th (circa 457 BC) – Ezra addresses a three-day assemblage of Jews in Jerusalem, telling them to adhere to the Torah and to dissolve their interfaith marriages.
- 21st (circa 128 BC) – The Samaritan temple at Mount Gerizim was destroyed by John Hyrcanus I.
- 25 th (164 BC) – The Hanukkah miracle
- 25th (167 BC) The Greeks make pagan sacrifices in the Temple