What Time Is It, and What Day Is Today?

(Updated from the article, No One Knows The Day Or Hour – 27 Feb 2015

The Full Moon in September was visible this past Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th.  In Jewish terminology, this past Full Moon was on the Sabbath.  This is during the sixth Hebrew month on the Jewish calendar, called Elul.  The next New Moon will mark the beginning of the seventh month of Tishrei, or Etanim.  This New Moon will also fall on Friday night/Saturday, the 27th/28th of September, two weeks following the Full Moon.  Simple, right?  Not for those who simply follow the calendar of modern Judaism for keeping the holidays, the set times of YHVH, the God of Israel, our Redeemer in Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ.  Due to reckonings of their own (and sometimes directly connected with rejection of Yeshua as Messiah and Lord), the Jewish New Year — beginning in the 7th month, rather than in the first — cannot fall on a Sabbath or on a Sonday.  So, the Memorial of Trumpet Blasts (the actual name for the New Moon first day of the 7th month) will be commemorated on Sonday evening/Monday, or, on Sept 29/30, two days late (and neither the beginning of the New Moon, nor the “birth”/first thin crescent of light).  Yet, somehow, it will still be considered the first of the seventh lunar month on the Jewish calendar.  (see a fascinating study of this by Hannah Weiss at http://www.restorersofzion.org/NGF_forbidden_passover.htm ) (Note:  I am not advocating for a Messianic halacha in this matter.)

(see also my article about the New Moon here: https://www.streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/the-new-moon-covered-or-revealed/ ) Continue reading “What Time Is It, and What Day Is Today?”

No One Knows The Day Or Hour – 27 Feb 2015

Mk 13:28-37   “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! 30 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. 34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. 35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”

What time is it?  (Does anybody really care?)  This is a question many in Israel ask!  What time is it?  If we are speaking the answer to the one asking, we might say, for example, 11:30.  And he/she would understand whether it was morning or night.  But if, for another example, we sent out an invitation and said, ‘Let’s get together at 9:00’, someone might ask:  ‘Do you mean in the morning, or in the evening?’ Had the invitation been for 21:00, it would have been understood here that it was for the evening.  Or had it said, 9pm, it would also have been understood by those who received the invitation.

What day is it?  I know that when we first immigrated to Israel, it took some time before Randi and I got used to Monday not being the first day of the week, i.e., Sonday!  We often would think that Monday was Tuesday!  We were confused for a while until we finally adjusted to Sonday being Sonday, the first day of the week, and also a work day.  So, if we would say to someone in the U.S. that our services here are on the Sabbath, unless we explained, they thought we meant on Sonday, because in the West they made Sunday the Sabbath, moving back the proper seventh day Sabbath to being the sixth day of the week.  The weekend was Saturday-Sunday.  If someone writes a date like this:  7/12/15; does it mean July 12, 2015; or, Dec 7, 2015?

It seems as if the confusion of languages at Babel has also included the confusion of time! Continue reading “No One Knows The Day Or Hour – 27 Feb 2015”