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Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Fall Feasts of YaHuWaH in the Seventh Month of Tishri

Double Portion Inheritance Newsletter
September 4th 2013

There seems to be some confusion about the fact that on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri, the Jewish people refer to “Yowm Teruw’ah” as their New Year or “Rosh Ha’Shanah” (The Civil New Year) but the scriptures call it “a day of blowing” or “Yowm Teruw’ah” (The Feast of Trumpets).

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There are actually two calendars represented in scripture that we can observe, and they all revolve around the seven annual feasts as well as the three main harvest seasons in Yisra’el. The first is the “Civil Calendar” which begins on the 1st of Tishri (the 7th month), and the second is the “Sacred Calendar” which begins on Abib (Aviv or Nisan). From Genesis 1 to Exodus 12, scripture uses the Civil Calendar when referring to dates. However, in Exodus 12, Elohiym instituted a second calendar which begins on Abib/Aviv (Nisan). This is the “Sacred Calendar,” which the Bible uses when referring to dates from Exodus 12 thru Revelation 22.

The Sacred Calendar is Seven Months Long 

In Exodus 12, YaHuWaH Elohiym instituted a second calendar which begins on the 1st of Abib (Aviv or Nisan). This is the “Sacred Calendar” which the Towrah uses when referring to dates from Exodus 12 thru Revelation 22. The Sacred Calendar marks the beginning of the Sacred or Spiritual New Year and it governs the timing of YaHuWaH’s Feasts outlined in Leviticus 23. 

YaHuWaH’s Feasts set the appointed times (days) for the manifestation of Elohiym’s redemption in Messiah Yahuwshuwa, which has to do with our spiritual position in him. Passover celebrates the beginning of our salvation through the blood of Yahuwshuwa (the Passover Lamb), and takes place in the first month of the Sacred Calendar. Consequently, the 1st of Abib (Aviv/Nisan) marks the beginning of Elohiym’s Spiritual New Year in Messiah that he established at the Exodus:

Shemoth (Exodus) 12:1-2 And YHWH spoke unto Mosheh (Moses) and Aharown (Aaron) in the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt) saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Shemoth (Exodus) 13:

3 And Mosheh (Moses) said unto the people, Remember this day, in which you came out from Mitzrayim (Egypt), out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand YHWH brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.

4 This day came you out in the month Abib.

The word “Abib” is #24 in the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance: to be tender; green; young ear of grain; hence the name of the month Abib; green ears of corn (not maize).

And so the Jewish people have a “fiscal” year where they “account” for their harvest. In many businesses today, they have what is called “a fiscal year” where the company does their annual inventory in the autumn of the year as they report their income to the government. This is the same thing that the Jews mean when they refer to this time of year as a “Civil New Year” called “Rosh Ha’Shanah.” In the 1st month of the year called Abib (Aviv or Nisan), this commemorates the time when YaHuWaH brought Yisra’el out of Egypt. This is to be celebrated 14 days before Passover.

The idea of calling the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri “Rosh Ha’Shanah” comes from the fact that on the “Rabbinic Calendar” reckoning, they are using the calendar that was instituted before YaHuWaH brought Yisra’el out of Egypt.

Two scriptures are primarily used to defend the Jewish New Year as Rosh Ha’Shanah:

Shemoth (Exodus) 23:16 “The feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when you have gathered in your labours out of the field.” 

Shemoth (Exodus) 34:22 “You shall celebrate... the Feast of Ingathering at the turn (revolution) of the year.”

The End of a Seven-Month-Long “Sacred Year” 

The end of the year mentioned in these two scriptures refers to Yisra’el’s Sacred Calendar whereby the feasts are measured based on a seven-month-long cycle. These feasts begin with Passover and end seven months later with Tabernacles. This agricultural year begins with the spring barley harvest during the season of Passover and ends with the fall wheat harvest on the last day of Tabernacles (Sukkoth). This agricultural calendar is based on a seven-month-long lunar cycle, which refers to the monthly rotation of the moon around the earth. Thus we can observe that the seasons of harvest revolve around the Spring & Fall Feasts of YaHuWaH:

1.) The spring barley harvest on First-Fruits following Passover.
2.) The first wheat harvest on Shabuwoth (Pentecost).
3.) The grape harvest on the Day of Wrath for the wicked (Yowm Kippur).
4.) The second wheat harvest during the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

We see this seven-month cycle described as follows in scripture:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

The word for “seedtime” in the above verse is as follows:

#H2233 zera` zeh'·rah seedchild, carnally, carnally, fruitful, seedtime, sowing time, semen, offspring, descendants, posterity, children.

This gives us a hint that the season of the Fall Feasts is when our Messiah was born and when the future bride of Messiah will also be “born” into immortality!

The words below in Hebrew are used to describe the end of the harvest season:

#8622 tquwphah: tek-oo-faw from #5362; a revolution (of the sun) course of time; circuit, come about, end.

#5362 naqaph: to strike with more or less violence; beat, knock together; surround or circulate; cut down, destroy, go around.

This word “naqaph” refers to the season of threshing the wheat. The wheat is “beaten” so that the chaff is left behind and nothing but the wheat is left. The bride of Messiah must go through “tribulation” so that she can be harvested as “wheat.” The old sinful body must be destroyed so that the new resurrected body of the “incorruptible seed” can be revealed!

Yisra’el’s lunar-based agricultural year ends at the conclusion of Sukkoth, with the winter wheat harvest at the last feast of the agricultural year which represents “the end-time harvest” for the New Covenant believers. The “first-fruits” harvest for those who were redeemed when Messiah resurrected happened during the Spring Feasts representing all those saved under the “Old Covenant” (see Ephesians 4 & Luke 16). To find out more about the how to determine a biblical new moon, see the link below:


At his first coming, Yahuwshuwa fulfilled the role of “Messiah Ben Joseph” because he came as a “suffering servant” typified in the life of Yahuwceph (Joseph) who was rejected by his brothers (the ten sons of Yisra’el).

At his second coming, Yahuwshuwa will return as “Messiah Ben David,” the conquering reigning king as a prophetic “type” of King David who will sit on the throne and rule all 12 Tribes of Yisra’el from Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).

Because Ancient Yisra’el was an agriculturally-based nation, their feasts and celebrations revolved around the planting seasons. Their agricultural calendar only included seven lunar-based months, which began in the month of Abib and ended in the month 7th month of Tishri.

Yisra’el also functioned with a fiscal year of a twelve-month long calendar-year, related to the solar cycle of the sun, (which is based on the rotation of the earth around the sun), Yisra’el’s twelve-month solar calendar begins at Abib and ends with the 12th month of Adar but in some years there is a 13th month called Adar II for leap years.

The Jewish tradition to have the New Year begin on Yowm Teruw’ah places it before the fall harvest of Sukkoth. This does not make sense however, because YaHuWaH commands us to observe “The Feast of the Ingathering” at the end of the year with the fruit of our labors (Exodus 23:16). To begin a New Year fifteen days before the eight-day harvest begins (on the Feast of Tabernacles), and twenty-three days before it ends, violates Towrah. This is why I do not advocate calling the Feast of Trumpets “Rosh ha’Shanah.” But I can certainly understand why the Jewish people recognize this time of year as the “end of the harvest year.”

The New Year is in the month called “Abib” (Aviv) according to Exodus 12-13. No place in scripture does YaHuWaH command us to call the Feast of Trumpets “the first of the year.”

The Civil Calendar 

The first word in the Bible is “bereshyith,” which means “in the beginning,” and is a direct reference to the beginning of Elohiym’s creation (Genesis 1:1).

#7225 re’shiyth: ray-sheeth from the same as 7218; the first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit): beginning, chief, first, principle thing.

#7218 rosh: roshe from an unused root apparently meaning to shake the head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time rank): beginning, captain, chief place, company, end, excellent, first, forefront, head, height, highest part, priest, lead, poor, principal, ruler, sum, top.

As you can see, the word “Bereshiyth” (Genesis) means “in the beginning” and it has the same root as “Rosh” or “head” as in “Rosh Ha’Shanah,” which means “beginning” or “head of the year.” 

Consequently, the traditional Hebraic understanding is that Elohiym began his creation on the Jewish Rosh Ha’Shanah in the 7th month of Tishri. Leviticus 25 confirms this because the Jubilee Cycles and Sabbatical Years are measured on the 10th day of the 7th month of Tishri, indicating that our linear time is being measured in the 7th month.

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 25:9 Then shall you cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall you make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. 

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 25:10 And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and you shall return every man unto his possession, and you shall return every man unto his family. 

Thus we can see that the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri marks the beginning of the Civil Calendar which tallies the years of mankind from the beginning of creation. Hence, the traditional Jewish “Rosh Ha’Shanah” (the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri) according to the Jewish Calendar, marks the beginning of the Civil New Year which is measured on the Civil Calendar. 

The “Civil Calendar” is not a rabbinic corruption of the calendar as I had originally thought, but it is a biblical reckoning that measures time itself, because it determines the number of years (linear time) from the beginning of creation until the end of the creation (approximately 7,000 years).

Consequently, if we believe that the total number of years from the creation of this earth to the end of Messiah’s 1,000-year reign is 7,000 years, we are counting those 7,000 years on the “Civil Calendar.” This means that there will be a total of 7,000 “Jewish Rosh Ha’Shanah’s” from the beginning to the ending, and they are all observed on the Civil New Year which is on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri. However, scripture never calls this feast day “Rosh Ha’Shanah.” The Towrah refers to the 1st day of the 7th month as follows:

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:24 Speak unto the children of Yisra’el, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Bemidbar (Numbers) 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have an holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

If you read Numbers 29:1 in Hebrew it says: 

“And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a Yowm [day] of Teruw’ah [blowing the trumpets] unto you.”

The Civil Calendar also governs the seven-year cycle called “the sabbatical year” or the “shmittah,” when all debts were forgiven, all slaves were set free, and the land was given a sabbatical rest (Deuteronomy 15:1-3). It also measures the 50 years of the Jubilee cycle when slaves were not only freed, but all ancestral plots of land were restored back to their original owners (Leviticus 25:8-12). Consequently, the Civil New Year, which starts on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri is very important and should not be written off as “rabbinic tradition.” 

Civil & Sacred Calendars Unite on the 1st of Tishri 

The spring feasts celebrate Messiah’s first coming as the Passover Lamb to save his people (the first-born sons of Yisra’el). And the fall feasts celebrate his second coming to rule and reign on the earth for 1,000 years. Yowm Teruw’ah (Feast of Trumpets) is the first of the fall feasts which celebrate the great end-time harvest. This is where Yahuwshuwa reaps “the elect” who are the “wheat” (as opposed to the false tares) into his presence, and the unbelievers are reaped into the wine-press of his great wrath (Revelation 14:14-20). 

Therefore, the 1st of Tishri (Yowm Teruw’ah) celebrates the prophetic fulfillment of Messiah’s return to begin his millennial reign on earth as King of Kings (civil authority) and Master of Masters (spiritual authority). Thus, the Jewish Rosh Ha’Shanah (the 1st of Tishri on the Civil Calendar) counts each linear year of Elohiym’s creation and determines the year of Messiah’s return as King, while Yowm Teruw’ah (the 1st of Tishri on the Sacred Calendar) celebrates the appointed time (day) of his return as our spiritual High Priest (Melchizedek).

What is the Testimony of Yahuwshuwa?

Many of you have read the familiar passage in Revelation 19:10 “The Testimony of Yahuwshuwa is the Spirit of Prophecy…” But how many of you know what the “Testimony of Yahuwshuwa” really is? His Testimony can be found in all seven of his Feasts!

See the blog at the link below:

“What is the Testimony of Yahuwshuwa?”


On August 8th 2013, marked the beginning of the 6th Hebrew month (Rosh Chodesh) and it marked the beginning of the Hebrew month of “Elul.” The month of “Elul” means “the month of accounting.” It is a time of introspection and allowing YaHuWaH to search our hearts. It is a time of repentance and preparing our hearts to meet the King on “Yowm Kippur” the day that is prophetically called “face-to-face.”

Our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa was immersed (baptized) on the first of Elul, and he fasted and prayed for forty days leading up to Yowm Kippur. But how can we be sure of this?

See the blog below:

“Messiah’s Forty Days of Fasting Leading Up to Yowm Kippur!”


On September 6th or 7th at sundown (depending on the sighting of the crescent moon) begins the “Feast of Trumpets” called “Yowm Teruw’ah” in Hebrew and it means “Day of Blowing.” 

Traditionally, the nation of Yisra’el would usher in all of their kings of Yahuwdah (Judah) with the blowing trumpets on this feast day!

And so it is no surprise that our Heavenly Father, YaHuWaH was introducing his Son, the King of Kings into the world also on the “Feast of Trumpets!”

This is the true birth our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa!

In the year that he was born, in 3 B.C. Yowm Teruw’ah fell on September 11th and he was conceived on Chanukkah, December 13th in 4 B.C.

There is astrological and biblical evidence to support this, so please read the blog and download the ebook entitled:

“When Was the Real Messiah Born & Why Does it Matter?”


The Feast of Trumpets is projected to be either at sundown on September 6th or 7th  which is called “Yowm Teruw’ah,” aka “Day of Blowing.” 

We have often heard this familiar passage of scripture being used to “write off” end-time prophecy as something that is too obscure to be understood:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 24:36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the malak (angels) of heaven, but my Father only.

But did you know that this phrase “The Day that No Man Knows” is a Hebrew Idiom to describe the Feast of Trumpets called “Yowm Teruw’ah?”

When our Messiah declared that “no man knows the day nor the hour” of his coming, he was giving us a hint! 

He wants his bride know that he is coming for her on the Feast of Trumpets, prophetically called “The Day that No Man Knows!”

See the blog entitled:

Yowm Teruw’ah: “The Day that No Man Knows!”


Yowm Kippur is coming up projected to begin at sundown on the 15th or the 16th of September, and it is important that you understand the role of the “Heavenly Father & the Son” seen in the “Yowm Kippur Twin Goats.”

In Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 9:6 we see a prophecy about the “Son” being born to us, and he shall also be called “the Everlasting Father.”

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty Elohiym, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

In the Hebrew Old Testament on esword, it is #5703 seen as five letters: Aleph, Beyt, Yad, Ayin, Dalet: דאביע

Ab (Father) and Ad (everlasting) which put together is ABYAD. What does this word Abyad mean? Let’s look at the Hebrew Letters that spell this word:

Aleph = the head of an ox, or the red heifer, power, strong leader.
Beyt = the family, the house.
Yod = the arm or hand.
Ayin = the eye.
Dalet = the door.

So we have the Father (Ab) which means “the head of the household, the leader.” And then we have the Yod, which means “the arm” (this is the Messiah who implements the Father’s plan). And then we have the eye and the door (ayin, dalet), seen by the two letters “Ad,” since the door to eternity is Messiah (John 10:7-9), and he watches over us and instructs us with his “eye” (Psalm 32:8). The Father of the house is the arm, the eye and the door! This shows us a picture of the Father and the Son as one being----ABYAD! 

The Father, YaHuWaH and the Son, Yahuwshuwa are one and the very same being! This is the reason why so many are falling away from Messiah within the Hebraic Root’s Community! It is because they cannot see that the Father & the Son are one and the same person! 

Another example can be seen with the 4th son of Ya’aqob (Jacob) named Yahuwdah (Judah). He was the “father-in-law” of Tamar and he became the “kinsman redeemer” for Tamar! Judah was the close relative of his oldest son “Er” who died without giving Tamar a son. Therefore, Yahuwdah (Judah) was unknowingly fulfilling the “law of the kinsman redeemer” found in Deuteronomy 25:5-10!

Yahuwdah (Judah) promised to send his son (Shelah) but Judah himself (the father) became the kinsman redeemer when he impregnated Tamar with twins! 

Before Judah went into Tamar, he promised to send her a “goat” (the Yowm Kippur scapegoat that is sent). This is a picture of the Heavenly Father who became the kinsman redeemer and he “sent” his Son (the Yowm Kippur scapegoat) as the “oath” for the widowed wife (Yisra’el). 

Please see the blogs below:

“The Twin Goats on Yowm Kippur Fulfilled in Messiah Yahuwshuwa.”

Please see the blog:

“The Father & the Son Seen in Judah, the Kinsman Redeemer.”


Find out the dates of this year’s Mowediym (Holy Days) according to the true Biblical Calendar, based on the Abib (ripening barley) and crescent New Moon.


Biblical Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year) – Sundown March 13th, 2013.
Pesach (Passover) – Sundown March 26th, 2013.
Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag Matzah) – Sundown March 27th, 2013.
First Fruits (Yowm ha’Bikkuwriym) – March 31st, 2013.
Feast of Unleavened Bread Concludes – Sundown April 3rd, 2013.
Shabuwot – Sundown May 18th, 2013.
Yowm Teruw’ah (Day of Trumpets) – Sundown Sept 7th, 2013.
Yowm Kippur – Sundown Sept 16th, 2013.
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) – Sundown Sept 21st – Sept 28th , 2013.
The Last Great Day – Sundown Sept 28th, 2013.
Feast of Dedication (Chanukkah) – Sundown Nov 29th – Dec 7th, 2013.
Puwriym – Sundown Feb 14, 2014 (possibly sundown Feb 13th depending on moon sighting).

Aaronic Blessing

Bemidbar (Numbers) 6:22-27 And YHWH spoke unto Mosheh, saying, Speak unto Aharown and unto his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless the children of Yisra’el, saying unto them, YHWH bless you, and keep you: YHWH make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you:  YHWH lift up his countenance upon you, and give you shalowm.”

May YaHuWaH our Heavenly Father reveal himself to us through his Son, Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach as we observe his prophetic mowediym, his appointed feasts!

Maria Merola


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4 comments:

  1. Hi! Can you tell me how you came up with Yom Teruah being on the 7th, instead of the 4-5th? I'm still at the learning stage on this ... so I'm not trying to get into a debate ... just learning.

    Thanks!

    Kevin

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  2. Hello Kevin,

    The traditional Rabbinic Calendar uses the "dark moon" also called the "Conjunction moon" to determine a new month. But in ancient times, the first crescent or sliver was the "new moon." Please read this article to understand more fully: To find out more about the how to determine a biblical new moon, see the link below:

    http://www.yrm.org/whatisbiblicalnewmoon.htm

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  3. Hi Maria,

    In the Biblical/Sacred Calendar, New year starts AFTER Pesach and not 14 days before.

    And New Moon should begin with Conjunction, not sighting of crescent, which would be OFF by a day!

    Blessings, Shalom!

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  4. Hadassah, I disagree. The month Abib is the first Hebrew Month and 14 days later is when we keep Passover. We cannot know when Passover is until we know when the first month is. So that makes no sense at all. See this link to understand the crescent versus the conjunction moon:

    http://www.yrm.org/whatisbiblicalnewmoon.htm

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