Calendar of Scripture, Part II - Scriptures that Support this Calendar
1.a. Genesis 1:1 KJV, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." We must assume that when God started creating the Earth, that He began the Scriptural Calendar of time. There are arguments that could be proposed to select a different starting place, but none of these arguments can deny that this is the starting point that the Holy Ghost wrote into the pages of the Bible when He said, "In the beginning". Therefore, this is the beginning of the Calendar of Scripture; this is day one of month one of year one. Please notice that I did not say this was the first day of the first week. The reason for this is because the first day of the first week did not begin until the second day of creation. As was explained in the Calendar of Scripture, Part I - Mechanics of the Calendar the first day of a month is not part of a week. This day is the New Moon day and it stands alone in the calendar month outside of the four weeks within that month. Therefore, the first day of a month is not a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday/sabbath. It is the New Moon day. Therefore, the second day of creation is a Sunday and continuing the count, the seventh day is a Friday. This is why the seventh day of creation is not called a sabbath, because it was not; instead, it is called the seventh day.
1.b. Genesis 2:2-3 KJV, "2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." Genesis 2:2-3 is the first proof that the first day of a month is not part of a week. If it were, then the seventh day of creation might have been called a sabbath, yet it was not a sabbath. No where in Scripture is the seventh day of creation week called a sabbath. The seventh day of creation was the sixth day of the first week of the first month of the first year. In Genesis 2:2-3 Yahowah has introduced us, for the first time but not the last, to the rest He has prepared for us to enter.
2.a. Leviticus 23:5 KJV, "In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is [Yahowah's] passover." This Scripture proves beyond a doubt that the Passover is always on the fourteenth of the first month of Abib (aka Nisan). This is true on the very first Passover and will continue to be true for every Passover throughout the history of man, until the end of time. This verse does not identify the day of the week, which is Friday, on which it lands. This is not necessary because those to whom this verse was written already knew that the 14th of every month is in the Friday slot.
2.b. Leviticus 23:6 KJV, "And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto [Yahowah]: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread." This Scripture proves beyond a doubt that the first day of the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is always on the fifteenth of the first month of Abib. This is true on the very first Feast of Unleavened Bread and will continue to be true for every Feast of Unleavened Bread throughout the history of man, until the end of time. This verse does not identify the day of the week, which is Saturday/sabbath, on which it lands. This is not necessary because those to whom this verse was written already knew that the 15th of every month was in the Saturday/sabbath slot.
2.c. Leviticus 23:11 KJV, "And he shall wave the sheaf before [Yahowah], to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it." The sabbath being spoken of in this Scripture is both the weekly sabbath and the annual sabbath of the first day of the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread from verse 6. Since we know that the first day of the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on the 15th, then we know that "the morrow after the sabbath" is the 16th. This Scripture shows that Sheaf Wave Day is the 16th of the first month of Abib. This is true on the very first Sheaf Wave Day and will continue to be true for every Sheaf Wave Day throughout the history of man, until the end of time. This verse does not identify the day of the week, which is Sunday, on which it lands. This is not necessary because those to whom this verse was written already knew that the 16th of every month is in the Sunday slot. Not only that, they also knew that 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday of every month always follow a weekly sabbath. The 1st Sunday of every month follows the New Moon day.
2.d. From the preceding three verses in Leviticus 23:5-6,11, we can see that Friday the 14th is Passover, Saturday the 15th is both the weekly sabbath and the first day of the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Sunday the 16th is Sheaf Wave Day. However, some might say, they agree that the annual sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15th, but the Scriptures, thus far, do not support the notion that it was also a weekly sabbath. In fact, they might point out, only the calendar that I claim to be the Calendar of Scripture supports the idea of a weekly sabbath on Abib 15. They are correct, until we read Leviticus 23:15.
2.e. It is verse 15 that supports the Calendar of Scripture more than any other. Leviticus 23:15 KJV, "And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete." This Scripture shows that the annual sabbath of the first day of the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is also a weekly sabbath. How does this Scripture prove that this annual sabbath is also an end of the week sabbath? The instructions in this Scripture require that the counting of the seven complete sabbaths to Shavuot begin on Sheaf Wave Day. It is impossible to count seven complete sabbaths (or even one complete sabbath for that matter) from this day unless you begin your count on a Sunday and end the count of each week on a sabbath/Saturday. This method of counting sabbaths requires that six days of Sunday through Friday must first be counted in order to have completed seven days when you reach the sabbath day. Therefore, when verse 15 states, "from the morrow after the sabbath", this sabbath must also be a weekly sabbath/Saturday, because "the morrow" must be a Sunday in order to begin the count of the seven sabbaths. This fact that the first day of the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is both an annual sabbath and an end of the week sabbath will continue to be true for every year throughout the history of man, until the end of time. This verse does identify the day of the week, which is Sunday Abib 16, on which the count to Shavuot begins.
2.f. It is impossible for this arrangement of days around the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Sheaf Wave Day, and the beginning of the count of seven perfect weeks to occur except that the Calendar of Scripture is true. The Scriptural Calendar must have every month formatted as explained in The Calendar of Scripture, Part I - Mechanics of the Calendar, paragraph fifteen. This pattern is supplied again here for your convenience.
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3.a. Exodus 16:1 KJV, "And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt." Following the Scriptural Calendar we know that the fifteenth of any month is a sabbath/Saturday. Now, does this hold true for the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt? You will see that the answer is yes, as we continue.
3.b. Exodus 16:4-5 KJV, "4 Then said [Yahowah] unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. 5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily." Please notice that the instructions included "that on the sixth day", meaning Friday, after days one through five had passed. Also, please notice that Yahowah wanted to test His people "whether they will walk in my law, or no." This law is referring to the future, it must be, the Law or Torah or Ten Commandments had not been given to them yet. The Law will be given to them in the next month, the third month.
3.c. Exodus 16:7-8 KJV, "7 And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of [Yahowah]; for that he heareth your murmurings against [Yahowah]: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? 8 And Moses said, This shall be, when [Yahowah] shall give you in the evening (this evening means afternoon - from noon until sundown) flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that [Yahowah] heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against [Yahowah]." These two verses show that God was going to provide manna beginning on the day after the fifteenth (Exodus 16:1). Is this day after the fifteenth a Sunday, making the fifteenth a Saturday? We will see that the answer is yes by continuing to read the story.
3.d. Exodus 16:12-15 KJV, “12 I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, [Between the evenings] ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am [Yahowah] your God. 13 And it came to pass, that at even (in context, this even means the high noon even when the sun first starts going down) the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. 14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. 15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which [Yahowah] hath given you to eat." This was the first day that manna was given to the children of Israel. Was this day, already shown to be the day after the fifteenth of the month from verse one, a Sunday? Let us continue with the story to see that the answer is yes.
3.e. Exodus 16:21-22 KJV, "21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted. 22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses." These verses show that they had gathered manna every day for six days and now were gathering twice as much manna because it was the sixth day and that which is gathered on the sixth day must feed them also on day seven, a day in which they will not gather any manna. Does this show that the seventh day is a sabbath? Let me summarize from where we began in verse one to where we are now on the calendar of time. From paragraph 3a above (Exodus 16:1) we know that this story started on the fifteenth day of the second month. From paragraph 3c above (Exodus 16:7-8) we know that the manna was promised on the sixteenth of the month. From paragraph 3d above (Exodus 16:13-15) we know that the manna has now been given on the sixteenth of the month as promised. And now in this paragraph we are told that they have gathered manna for six days which brings us to Zif 21. Is the 21st day a Friday? Let us continue with the story to see that the answer is yes.
3.f. Exodus 16:23 KJV, "And he said unto them, This is that which [Yahowah] hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto [Yahowah]: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning." This verse explains that the following day, the day after gathering manna for six days, was the sabbath/Saturday again. This weekly sabbath day will be the twenty-second of the month and that means the fifteenth of the month, which is where we started, is also a weekly sabbath. So the Calendar of Scripture has passed yet another test. How could the previous month have a sabbath/Saturday on the fifteenth and now the very next month has a sabbath/Saturday on the fifteenth again? It is not a problem if one uses the Calendar of Scripture. It will work every time.
3.g. Exodus 19:1 KJV, “In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.” They left Egypt on Abib 15. “The same day” means that they arrived in the wilderness of Sinai on the 15th. In this case it is Siwan 15. In this case it is Siwan 15. This does not prove that the 15th of the third month was a Saturday/Sabbath. But that does not negate the fact that we have already proven that the 15th of every month is a Saturday/Sabbath.
4.a. The book of Joshua is the next time calendar dates are given for Passover. Joshua 5:10-11 KJV, "10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day." Once again, the fourteenth of the first month is identified as the Passover. On the morrow after the Passover is, of course, a weekly sabbath/Saturday. The fifteenth of the first month is also an annual sabbath. It is the first day of the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As an additional note, one of the items eaten "on the morrow after the Passover", provides more evidence as to the day of the week of this Passover. Since the day after Passover is the first day of the seven days of Unleavened Bread, the only bread that could be eaten is unleavened bread.
4.b. Joshua 5:12 KJV, "And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year." The manna had not stopped yet on Friday Passover. The following day no mention is made that the manna had stopped, but they did eat of the fruit of Gilgal. The Passover was the sixth day of the week, on the morrow was the seventh day of the week and no manna is provided on the sabbath. The morrow after that they ate of the land. They would have expected to gather manna, but it is stated that the manna stopped. There was no need to state that the manna stopped the day before, because they never gathered manna on the sabbath. Once again, this Scripture and the dates around Passover and the gathering of manna all support that Passover always occurs on Friday Abib 14.
5. Even though there is mention several more times in the rest of the Old Testament when Passovers were celebrated with the Feast of Unleavened Bread being celebrated immediately afterwards only the day of the month is given as the date, which is the fourteenth. But the day of the week is not repeated. But there is no need, because that has been forever established.
6.a. The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Feast of Ingathering, as explained in Leviticus 23 also proves the Calendar of Scripture to be true.
6.b. Leviticus 23:34-36 KJV, "34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto [Yahowah]. 35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto [Yahowah]: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto [Yahowah]: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein." Verse 34 proves that the Feast of Tabernacles begins on Ethanim 15 and continues for seven days. This was true on the very first Feast of Tabernacles and will continue to be true for every Feast of Tabernacles throughout the history of man, until our God and Father brings it to an end. Please notice that the first of these seven days is a holy convocation. This is not unusual for annual sabbaths. But you are also told that the eighth day is also a holy convocation. Since this Feast is only seven days long, why is an eighth day mentioned? It is not only mentioned, but it is identified as an holy convocation. In other words, the eighth day must be a weekly sabbath. This would also mean that the first day of this Feast was also not only an annual sabbath but a weekly sabbath as well.
6.c. Leviticus 23:39 KJV, "Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto [Yahowah] seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath." Verse 39 confirms that which was taught in Scripture in verses 35 and 36; that the eighth day is a weekly sabbath. Otherwise, there would be no need for Scripture to mention the eighth day, since the Feast is only seven days long. This was true on the very first Feast of Tabernacles and will continue to be true for every Feast of Tabernacles throughout the history of man, until our God and Father brings it to an end.
7. As you can see, God frequently extends the periods of rest He provides for His people. Both the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles begin on a weekly sabbath and end the following Friday, only to be extended for an extra day because the next day is another weekly sabbath. The fourth weekly sabbath of every month is followed by at least one new moon day and sometimes two. This provides an extra long weekend and break from servile work every month.
8.a. During the reign of Solomon, a feast was celebrated that aligns perfectly with this calendar. 2 Chronicles 7:8-10 KJV, “8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt. 9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days. 10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that [Yahowah] had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.”
8.b. In verses 8 and 10 a seven day feast in the seventh month is identified. This can be none other than the Feast of Trumpets.
8.c. In verse 9 the feast was kept for seven days. This Feast begins on the Sabbath Ethanim 15 and ends on Friday Ethanim 21. After the Feast on the eighth day, which is another Sabbath day Ethanim 22, they had a solemn assembly.
8.d. In verse 10 on Sunday Ethanim 23 the celebration was over and a new work week of six days began.
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