The Count of Shabuot
Seven Weeks Plus Seven Weeks and a Day
In the interlinear Hebrew study below it is demonstrated point by point that the entire Count of Shabuot – Leviticus 23:15-21 שׁבעות, the Feast of Sabbaths, otherwise known as Feast of Weeks or Pentecost, commences on the 16th day as counted from the full New Moon in spring. But with further research and a deeper knowledge of Hebrew, it appears that this Feast Day was designed to be perpetually celebrated seven weeks (or 49 days) later than was previously believed. This is accomplished by counting a total of fourteen weeks and a day. Surprising new evidence places this Feast Day directly on the full New Moon Day of the Fifth Month each year. This Feast of Shabuot is the third feast, yet occupies the second position in its order among the eastern branches of the sacred Menorah. While this is no doubt an entirely new concept, please consider the evidence with an open mind.
The Count to Shabuot – A Firm Foundation
In the Hebrew Torah the Feast of Weeks or more correctly referred to as Feast of Shabuot (שׁבעת) – is spelled from right to left in Hebrew, and reads like this in English (Sha-b-u-ot). According to the modern Hebrew tradition the “ב” is interchangeable as either a “b” or a “v.” Most modern Hebrew scholars refer to Feast of Weeks as “Shavuot,” with the emphasis on the “v.” However, by doing this the obvious interrelationship of this Feast and the count of “seventh-day Sabbath” is severed, causing the connection to the “complete week of seven days” to become lost by changing the “b” to “v.” Then one must ask, “What would prevent these same Hebrew scholars from changing the term Shabbat (Sabbath) to Shavaot (Savvath)? Popular or not, we believe “Shabuot” or “Shabuoth” to be a more accurate pronunciation and spelling for the Feast of Shabuot.
The word Shabuot (שׁבעת) literally means (sevened; 1) a week of days; 2) a week of weeks; 3) a week of years). In the context of ViYAkra (Leviticus) 23:15 and Shemot (Exodus) 34:22 this term refers to a week of weeks, specifically whole complete weeks that each end with the seventh-day Sabbath.
Pentecost is the term used only in the Brit Hadasha (NT). Strikingly, “pente” means five in the Greek language and not necessarily the number fifty, in spite of the fact that many of us have been conditioned to believe Pentecost was the term reflecting a fifty day count to this Feast Day by the selfsame name.
This Feast of Shabuot and its count of weeks is the most highly contested feast among those who seek to keep all the Feast Days correctly from year to year. For the past seven years I have clung to the traditional 50 day count, because I did not see enough evidence and had not taken the time to thoroughly research it in Hebrew. But now after a deeper study in the Hebrew text, I have become aware that there is much more evidence in these verses than simply the Hebrew prefix “from,” as some have pointed out as being disregarded in most English translations. And although this new understanding appears to be a revelation of truth, it is subject to change as advancing light continues to shine on this topic.
The correct calendar must be established as the foundation upon which to locate this Feast of Shabuot appropriately. Neither the Julian nor the Gregorian calendars existed at the time the Feast of Shabuot was instituted by Yahuah to Yashrael (Israel). Also, it is utterly impossible to count to the Feast of Shabuot by using any other calendar than the Scriptural mandated astro-lunar-solar calendar, ordained for mankind and recorded in Genesis 1:14-16. This is the only calendar that proactively includes the orchestration of the sun, moon, and stars, as beacons of LIGHT, FOR SIGNS, MO’EDIM, DAYS, AND YEARS, as it is the only one that fits all the criteria of the Sanctuary/Temple model.
In addition to the Roman Gregorian Calendar, there are many today who have embraced the 364 day Enoch solar calendar, ignoring countless Scriptures that define that Yahuah’s trinity of LIGHTS (sun, moon, and stars) were designed to beacon His prescribed SIGNS. Yet, in bold-faced denial these folks reject any application for the moon, all the while it consistently beacons its similitudes in the shamayim by day and by night, announcing the New Year, New Month, count to Sabbaths, and each calendar date. The very fact that the MOON exists and is recorded in Scripture as working together with the sun, and stars for each unit of time, when no Scripture supports the 364 day solar year, is a MARK of REBELLION for those who ignore it.
One of the gurus for these folks is Professor Rachel Elior of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and others like her, who have swapped the truth for the lie, with all its apocryphal fiction. None who have accepted as truth the Enoch calendar model can claim to be followers of Scripture, neither in the Tanach (OT) or in the Brit Hadasha (NT). But these are more correctly, mixing truth with error, as have Babylon, Egypt, and Rome in each of their fraudulent time-measuring systems. Yet, the voice of our Messiah is calling His would be obedient to COME OUT and be separate!
Feast of Shabuot’s Luminary Position on the Menorah
It has been discovered to our great surprise that the majority of the Feast Days, but not all, as listed in Leviticus 23, have been manipulated over the years by the lying pens of Scribes. It appears they have been proactively moved to dates that don’t actually fit with the Sanctuary/Temple model and its built in GOLD STANDARD OF TIME, and are therefore incorrect. This causes the Feast Day road map of the Messiah’s prophetic events to miss their targeted prophetic fulfillments. Certainly, this is a bold statement. Some may even consider this blasphemy. So how can we know the TRUTH of this for certain? As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” Following the recipe correctly produces consistent and accurate results. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR ETERNAL FATHER DID NOT LEAVE US WITHOUT A RECIPE OR COMPASS TO FIND THE TRUTH ON THIS MATTER. HalleluYAH!!!
The evidence and answer can only be found and realized as the Sanctuary/Temple orientation of EAST AND WEST is aligned with the orientation of the Menorah in which three branches reach eastward and three westward. For just as a treasure map is always oriented with the north, south, east, and west points of a compass, in like manner the Menorah is oriented to EAST. For THE MENORAH IS THE KEY, the treasure map if you will, of restoring Yahuah’s Feast Days and correct TIME FOR WORSHIP in preparation for the Messiah’s Second Coming. If you are only interested in what we have all believed in the past and that “set times and laws” have never been corrupted or altered in Scripture, this article is not for you. For Scripture truths are being restored today to prepare Yahuah’s people for what is to come. Daniel prophesied the following:
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, AND THINK TO ALTER SET TIMES AND LAWS . . . DaniYAH’EL (Daniel) 7:25
Fixed Position of the Menorah
Please note that all the images for the Menorah will illustrate the east on the left and the west on the right because this is the Scriptural standard and only view mankind can have of the Menorah. This arrangement begins as we enter first at the east gate of the Sanctuary/Temple outer court, and then upon entering the first apartment of the set-apart Temple we find the Menorah is located to our left along the southern wall. The Menorah is only ever viewed from this vantage point as shown below.
It is the MENORAH that contains the TIME STAMPED STANDARD of the Creator of the Shamayim, the ETERNAL FATHER OF LIGHTS. For all things from Aleph to Tav (beginning to end) are arranged in their order starting in the EAST. The day commences as the sun arises in the EAST, and the night commences as the stars arise in the EAST. The lunar month commences as the full moon arises in the East, and the Year commences as the full moon together with the specific constellation of Virgo (nearest her feet) arises in the spring in the EAST (Revelation 12:1).
Afterward He brought me to the gate, the gate that looks toward the east. And behold the splendor of Alahim (Elohim) of Yishrael came from the way of the east. And His voice was like the noise of many waters; and the earth shined with His splendor. . . And the splendor of YAHUAH came into the temple by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the Ruach (presence of YAHUAH) took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold the majesty of YAHUAH filled the house.” YAHchezq’EL (Ezekiel) 43:4-5
- Aaron is to arrange it in its order from first to last, but only at night from sunset to sunrise. (ViYAkra Leviticus 24:3-4)
- The Menorah marks the commencement of each year at the time of the full New Moon, identified by the east gate of the inner court. (YAHchezq’EL Ezekiel 46:1-3)
- The Menorah pinpoints the precise day of the lunar month for each of YAHUAH’S true ordained Feast Days. (ViYAkra Leviticus 24:1-4)
- THE MENORAH ALONE IS THE STANDARD that bears testimony of the Creator’s Calendar, His TIMEPIECE in the shamayim CHANGES NOT, FOR EACH BRANCH IS FIXED AND CANNOT MOVE TO THE POSITION OF ANY OTHER LUNAR PHASE. (ViYAkra Leviticus 24:1-4)
The Menorah is an Orrery
The Menorah is an orrery, the first planetarium constructed upon earth according to the specifications of our Eternal YAHUAH at the time of Moses. It was a fixed system, marking His kadosh (holy) immovable Feast Day time-appointed assignments according to the lunar phases as viewed from earth. It was placed in the first apartment of the Temple where it stood as an ETERNAL SYMBOL of the Creator’s Calendar, His ETERNAL TIME-MEASURING device and was cared for by the Levitical Kohen to maintain its seven lights in their order, by night when the moon rules with the stars.
While some have, over the past 1,700 years, speculated with regard to the Menorah being an orrery, the only records available theorize that the Menorah orrery was founded upon the principles of solar time alone, with each of the lamps representing the sun and six planets. However, a more correct explanation of the Menorah is the relation of the sun’s light on the moon in primarily two opposing syzygy lunar positions: 1) When the moon appears in the east as full, 2) And when the moon is in conjunction with the sun from earth’s vantage point. The six symbolic fixed luminaries, three stretching east and three stretching west represent the moon in two stationary positions. The center luminary appears to represent a fixed quarter lunar phase, half way between east and west.
Here is a simple illustration of the 29-30 lunar phases that circle the earth each lunar month.
While the moon always receives light from the sun, each lunar phase presents a different view from earth. It is this varying view that demarcates specific days, and weeks each lunar month (lunation).
The Lunar Principles Portrayed by the Menorah
The six sweeping arms of the Menorah, with their luminaries perched on top, are permanently FIXED IN TIME to the coordinates of east and west, utterly stationary and immovable. By extension, the Menorah identifies three full New Moons (beginning of months) to the east of center. These are NOT three successive months in a lunar year, but each one in their order represents 1) New Year’s Day, which is also the full New Moon of the first lunar month; 2) the full New Moon of the 5th Month, 3) and the full New Moon of the 7th Month, which is also a Feast Day.
The branches pointing west with their lamps illustrate the conjunction lunar phase, which is the middle of the each of the lunar month. This is only exhibited by the moon when in conjunction with the sun. Each western lamp and its designated Feast Day follow next in order the full New Moon eastern lamp that came before it. As a result of this unique design, each of YAHUAH’S true and ordained Feast Days have a specific designation on the Menorah that can NEVER VARY, NOR PATTERN ALTERNATE FROM YEAR TO YEAR!
Please note that Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is out of its usual order as defined in Leviticus 23. But here it is arranged in order according to the principles of the Menorah, which we have come to believe is the gold standard for Yahuah’s time-measuring model. And we could be wrong. But continue to seek to restore all things according to the pattern in the shamayim (sun, moon, and stars). Also, there are more forthcoming details on this subject in the article, The Menorah, the Aleph and Tav of Time.
Feast Days Time-Centric to the Lunar Phases
In this illustration the New Year Feast Day called Rosh Hashanah, is restored to the spring of the year. It commences with the full moon in the east as the first Feast Day of the year. Then 14 days later Passover along with the Feast of Unleavened Bread are represented on the Menorah by a dark conjunction lunar phase. Thus, it is that the half circle sweeping arms of the branches from east to west represent all the other lunar phases that begin their circuit around earth between these two points for half a lunar month. By extension, the second half of all lunar months extend in a half circle overhead. But for illustrating only the points of east and west, full and dark lunar phases, the entire circle of each lunar month’s phases is not necessary. So it is that the Menorah was divinely designed according the pattern of the shamayim (heavens). Note that this arrangement also identifies that the earth is a sphere. If it were flat this whole Menorah arrangement would be on its side, like a tire lying on the ground with more tires two smaller ones within.
Now to arrive at Shabuot on the full moon in the east marked as the third feast day, the total count of days brings us to the first day of the fifth month. This means that three entire months transpire between the lower branch and the second branch, because no qadosh Feast Days occur in them.
According to the Menorah standard, this Feast Day of Shabuot is represented on the Menorah as the third Feast Day and is located as the second luminary in order from the east side. As it turns out, the actual first Feast Day of each astro-lunar-solar year is New Year’s Day (Rosh Hashanah). It is designed to commence on the day of the full New Moon in spring, nearest the feet of the constellation Bethulah (Virgo).
The order starts on the east side of the Menorah with the first luminary representing Rosh Hashanah (New Year’s Day). This is then followed by Passover, as the second Feast Day on the western side, which is a dark conjunction lunar phase. Each of the dark lunar phases mark the middle of the lunar month on the 14th or 15th. The greatest evidence for this was that Yahusha our Messiah was crucified at noon on Passover, the 14th of the lunar month of Abib. This event is recorded in Ore (Luke) 23:44-45, explaining how the sun was darkened from the sixth to the ninth hour. Since the time of creation, all dark sky at noon events are produced by solar eclipses, when the dark conjunction lunar phase comes between the earth and the sun. Refer to Word Study; The Sun was Darkened from the Sixth to the Ninth Hour.
Much more will be forthcoming on this subject.
Rosh Hashanah in Spring as Ground Zero
In ViYAkra Leviticus 23:5 it is established that the Feast of Passover was to be counted from the first day of the first lunar month of the year. Support for the New Year’s Day commencing in spring is first expressed by the Eternal Yahuah fourteen days prior to their first Passover and exodus from Egyptian bondage:
And declared YAHUAH unto Moses and unto Aaron, while in the land of Egypt, commanding that: “The New Moon, ‘this one’ is ROSH HASHANAH (H#7218 and 2320) the beginning of the lunar months . It is FIRST IN ORDER according to the lunar months for the revolution of a year.” You shall keep and teach this to all the congregation of Yashrael (Israel), saying, “in the tenth of the lunar month, do the following: And you shall reserve and keep every man a lamb for each household of the father, a lamb for each house.” Shemot (Exodus) 12:1-3 The Creator’s Calendar Interlinear Restored Text (Link)
Not only does the Torah identify the importance of this CHIEF NEW MOON as the first day of the year, but this is also echoed in the Brit Hadasha (NT) in Revelation 12:1 as the GREAT SIGN in the shamayim, where it is seen that the woman, the constellation Bethula, arises on the eastern horizon in spring along with the full brilliant (#4582 Selene) moon. For returning to the true full New Moon after living under the Egyptian dark New Moon for all those years in bondage, was Yishrael’s first test to achieving obedience. If obedient, they would not lose their first born males at midnight on the 14th of that very first lunar month, along with the Egyptians. For if they had not obeyed Yahuah, nor listened to Moses and Aaron, and taken YAHUAH at His word and reoriented their TIME-MEASURING to the true visible full New Moon that arose that night in the east, there would have been a massive death toll of first born males in Goshen, as well as among the Egyptians.
Diverging for a moment. . . Let it not be lost on your mind that all first born males in both camps would have died on that conjunction lunar phase, unless they reoriented the Passover lamb sacrifice to the count of 14 days from the true full New Moon of the first lunar month. This placed PASSOVER forever on the dark conjunction lunar phase, the only day of the year that “The sun was darkened from the sixth to the ninth hour.” For in doing so, the TIME-CENTRIC PASSOVER PROMISE of the LAMB slain for all who believe and obey was forever cemented as a “nail in a sure place,” and marked by the annual prophecy of the precise appointed-time that true PASSOVER LAMB would lay down His life for sinners.
Although you may have never heard about this reorientation of the calendar. It was Yashrael’s (Israel) act of obedience to Yahuah in this regard, to align and reorient their calendar to Him, in opposition to that of the Egyptians that was the kingpin that determined who lived and who died. All the other details hinged upon getting the CALENDAR right! Time was their ultimate test, just as it will be for all those seeking an ETERNAL HOME.
This story prefigures what happens for each man woman and child who have ever lived. We can go our own way, and die the eternal death for ourselves, as a consequence of sin. Or we can let the Promised LAMB, Yahusha the anointed Messiah die in our place. These are the only two choices we have. Strikingly, these two choices are each eternally pinned to opposing calendar and New Moons and their corresponding count to the 14th day. History reveals that Egypt utilized the dark conjunction lunar phase as their New Moon. So, when Yahuah called to task Moses and Aaron to look up and see “THIS ONE,” and reorient to this visible CHIEF NEW MOON event for Rosh Hashanah in spring, they knew exactly what this meant. Do you?
So it is that the full moon as New Moon becomes the reference point for the count to all the set-apart Feast Days. For each in their turn are tied in some respect to Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the year. This is identified by the three part harmony of the sun ruling alone by day, and the moon ruling together with the stars by night. United, they measure, years, months, weeks, and place each Feast Day within the lunar month, and demarcate each calendar date.
In Scripture, every time the word month (chodesh #2320 חדש) is stated, it literally means one of three things: 1) lunar month; 2) the first day of the lunar month; 3) or New Moon Day. This is not an isolated view as it is supported by Strong’s Concordance, Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon, and the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, and many others Hebrew Dictionaries.
It is only as our modern calendar has been based wholly upon the sun, that we have ALL assumed that the months of Scripture were in sync with our modern Roman calendar and its weeks that cycle without end. But with deeper study we discover that indeed the whole calendar of Scripture is based upon lunar-astro-solar months that commence with the full New Moon which marks a specific constellation each lunar month. Although, many have tried to remove the significance of the New Moon Day from the term chodesh, it simply cannot be done. Not any more than cutting off the end of a rope will remove its end. For just like a month, a rope will always have two ends, the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the Aleph and Tav.
This calendar model cannot be attributed to the Hebrews alone, for its saga began in the first pages of Genesis and was ordained as the legacy of all the obedient followers of Yahuah for thousands of years. For this began at Creation as the time measuring system utilized by Adam through Noah, then later through Abraham, Moses, David, Ezekiel, Isaiah and through to the Messiah, and all the successive obedient followers of YAHUAH. However this time model and worship synchronizer was usurped by Roman solar time and erroneous Jewish traditions for the last 1,700 years.
It is only by endeavoring to utilize the Creator’s Calendar original that we can expect to locate Yahuah’s set-apart prophetic Feast Days today. I’ve been wrong before and no doubt will be again. But the focus of this study is in finding truth at its very core and foundation, and not merely accepting every popular tradition and belief system passed our way. There is not a bone in my body that seeks to be different for difference sake. As for most people, we have a built in code that seeks to be united rather than different, so finding ourselves outside the norms of modern society, can only be attributed to our deep need to follow the WAY of our Messiah. We are seeking for more than what this earth and society can provide, a love, joy, peace, and truth found only in the Eternal Kingdom of YAHUAH and His Son. Praise Yahuah!
Detailed Explanation of Fourteen Shabuot’s Complete
Delving into this study, Verse 15 remains essentially as we have always understood it, commencing the Count to Shabuot (Feast of Weeks/Pentecost) on the 16th of the First Month of the Year, and counting seven whole weeks that end with the lunar seventh-day Sabbath (not the Roman Gregorian Saturday).
This brings us to the 8th day of the Third Lunar Month which is the 7th day of the first week and a Sabbath. But in striking contrast to what we have all been taught about the Feast of Shabuot being a total count of fifty days, we discovered that the Brit Hadasha (NT) projected 50 day count has depicted an erroneous view among the translations, as it does not align with the Hebrew text of verse 16 and 21, or the number of days it took from the time Yashrael left Egypt to the time Moses brought down the Ten Commandments. As a result, several stunning new concepts are revealed.
And you shall keep count from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought as the Aleph and Tav covenant sign, the wave sheaf; seven Sabbaths shall be kept whole and complete. ViYAkra (Leviticus) 23:15. There are no changes here.
Seven Additional Weeks and a Day
Referring often to the Scripture Study link, Verse 16 doesn’t waste any time, but sets to work clarifying that we are to add 50 days or seven additional weeks and a day to the seven previous Sabbaths, bringing us to the New Moon Day of the Fifth Month. This is a total of 99 days that is intended to end up at the New Moon day of the Fifth Month, which is the full moon each and every year.
16 Even “from” the day after the Sabbath of the seventh, you shall count out fifty [additional] days, and you shall present the NEW MOON OFFERING unto Yahuah . . .
I need to comment here on the use of the words “fifty days,” which is recorded in this Hebrew text. It is my personal view that these words in verse 16 were originally written as “seven weeks and a day,” for the following reasons.
- The first seven weeks are identified as Sabbaths complete (Shabuot) and not as days.
- If the second portion of counting begins to utilize “days” instead of “weeks” then this count must include New Moon days as well as the Translation days. As a result, the count would always be off, and no one would ever be successful to arrive at the New Moon Day of the Fifth Month. This may be in part why the “New Moon” was relegated to the word “new” and the New Moon offering to the term “grain offering,” and ended after the first seven week count. This is because the New Moon Day of the Fifth Month could not successfully be reached by counting seven weeks plus 50 days. However, this works perfectly and consistently when counting seven lunar Sabbaths plus seven lunar Sabbaths plus a day to arrive at Shabuot.
- The count to Shabuot is by its very name a count of lunar Sabbaths, these are complete weeks that end with the lunar seventh-day Sabbath. In other words, the name could not be Feast of Shabuot if we include the count of New Moon days and translation days. To be consistent with the first seven lunar weeks and the name Shabuot, and still terminate on the New Moon Day of the Fifth Month, the entire tally must be of FOURTEEN LUNAR SABBATHS plus one day.
Here in Verse 21 additional light is given that supports what was discovered in Verse 16 that establishes from a second witness that this Feast Day is intended to fall upon the New Moon Day.
The very first Hebrew word is (#7121 ו קרא תם qara) means to proclaim and keep. The word “keep” comes from the suffix, which was not even translated in the KJV English version. The next word in Hebrew is (#6105 ב עצם `atsam), which means “waxed mighty, to be vast, with extraordinary muchness.”
The translators chose to utilize the Hebrew word (#6106 ב עצם) instead, which means “selfsame.” But their error is discovered in that the very next word in the interlinear order of the Hebrew text is (#2088 zeh), which also means “selfsame.” So when looking at any Hebrew dictionary this verse will show that the translators used the word “selfsame” twice, back to back from two unrelated Hebrew words. It appears this was done to avoid the obvious proclamation that this significant Feast of Shabuot was to occur upon the “WAXED MIGHTY” lunar phase as His true New Moon Day, the selfsame day as the set-apart assembly. NEWS FLASH! In this way this verse reveals that the true New Moon is the full moon lunar phase.
And you shall proclaim and keep it [Feast of Shabuot] according to the “WAXED MIGHTY” on the selfsame day that the set-apart assembly occurs; for as all work, service and business employment shall NOT be done by you, as a commandment of eternal perpetuity in all of your assemblies, and for all of your habitations. ViYAkra (Leviticus) 23:15-16, 21 The Creator’s Calendar New Restored Text
This verse 21 goes on to clarify that this Feast Day is to be a set-apart assembly (convocation) in which no work is to be done. This is an echo of what was said earlier in Leviticus 23:3 regarding not doing any work on the Sabbath. But here in verse 21, we find the same (qadosh) set-apartness to be applied to the seventh-day Sabbath is also to be applied to this Feast of Shabuot upon the New Moon Day. This should be of no surprise as Ezekiel 46:1-3 and YeshaYAH (Isaiah) 66:22-23 also illustrate the set-apartness of all New Moon Days. This is to be a PROPHETIC STATUTE IN SET-TIME and a PERPETUAL SIGN FOREVER. PRAISE YAHUAH!!!
Eight Step by Step Details of this Count
- In Verse 15 begin counting on the 16th day from New Moon of the first lunar month. The 16th day is always the first day of the week, because it always follows a seventh-day Sabbath on the 15th.
- Count seven weeks of lunar Sabbaths, which is a total of 49 days ending consistently on the seventh-day Sabbath, also the 8th day of the Third Month.
- Only count lunar Sabbaths complete, which is six work days and one Sabbath. Never count New Moon Days or Translation Days, as these are neither Sabbaths nor six work days in a row, meaning these are not part of the week equation. Never count these days unless there is instruction to include them as is done in verse 16, where it says to present a New Moon offering. So after not including the New Moon day in this count for three whole months, we find we are to terminate our count upon this New Moon Day of the Fifth Month.
- Verse 16 says, “Even from the day after the Sabbath of the seventh, you shall count out fifty [additional] days, and you shall present the New Moon offering unto YAHUAH. Thus, we must add 50 days or (seven more weeks plus one day) to the count, making the total 99 days or essentially 14 Sabbath’s complete for which we get the name Shabuot. By divine design this Feast Day will consistently occur on the full New Moon day of the Fifth Month.
- Also in verse 16 we find that the reference to a “new” (chadash חדש #2319) grain offering, was intended to mean New Moon offering (chodesh חדש #2320), which contains the identical same Hebrew word spelling. Proof that the term was never intended to be the word “new” comes from the fact that this Hebrew word has a suffix (ה) attached that defines it as singular. The word “new” (chadash #2319) is never singular or plural. However the New Moon (chodesh חדש #2320) can be either singular or plural and can well utilize a suffix (ה) for instruction.
- The words meat/grain offering utilized in most modern translations, were inserted in verse 16 by the translators and does not exist in the original Hebrew. This is the nail in a sure place that provides further evidence that the count is not a mere 50 days after all, but rather one that spans the longer period of time, allowing it to occur at the time of the New Moon Day of the Fifth Month. Also, this may be where Pentecost first got its name, as this Feast Day consistently appears to fall on the first day of the Fifth Month.
- Verse 21 continues with the details of this Count of Shabuot (count of Sabbaths) clarifying that the “waxed mighty” (a full moon description) is to be proclaimed on the selfsame day as this set-apart New Moon assembly, in which we are to bring a New Moon offering, as stated in verse 16. This verse profoundly identifies the full moon lunar phase as the true New Moon, which has all this time been hidden under the rubble of translation errors.
- Also according to verse 21, this is a commandment of eternal perpetuity in all your assemblies and habitations. So it is that this Feast Day and no doubt all the others were designed to continue as long as sin endured among the generations of earth. Yet, it is even possible that after the Messiah’s second coming it will be kept perpetually into the millennial Kingdom and eternity when Yahusha our Messiah reigns on earth as King of Kings.
Might this Feast Day as well as all the others be perpetual reminders each year of the great love and compassion Yahuah and His Son Yahusha has for fallen mankind? For at the last supper of our Messiah, he declared these compelling words, defining that He was to keep this Feast of Passover in the New Jerusalem and beyond, as recorded in Matthew 26:29: “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Purpose of the Count
The Eternal Yahuah uses these eight points to punctuate that even in this count to Feast of Shabuot, His ordained lunar weeks and set-apart Sabbaths are reckoned by the very same full New Moon as all the other yearly appointed festivals. This is demonstrated and clarified by this count being fixed simultaneously to both the start date of the lunar month and the day of each of the counted weeks of Sabbaths. For it commences on the 16th day from the first day of the first lunar month of the year and terminates on the first day of the Fifth lunar Month. This count is achieved by remaining steadfast to counting fourteen lunar Sabbaths and then adding a day to arrive on the New Moon Day of the Fifth Month. Thus it is found that lunar months are divided by lunar weeks, a point often challenged.
Many have inquired as to why Yahuah did not simplify by stating the date for this feast rather than all the rigors of counting it out. If that had been done, the significance of the weeks being lunar, would have been lost.
Most folks, who have come to follow a 99 day count to the Feast of Shabuot, believe that the purpose in counting is because this Feast will fall on a different date each year, but according to two witnesses, i.e. verse 16 and 21 this Feast will consistently occur on the New Moon Day.
This count to Shabuot is all about FOURTEEN COMPLETE WEEKS that end with the seventh-day Sabbath then add one day. It appears that the foremost purpose of this count is to highlight that the seventh-day Sabbaths are eternally lunar, and establishes over this three and a half month count that Yahuah’s weeks have NEVER CYCLED WITHOUT END, as is popularized today. According to this study, this Feast of Shabuot never falls on a Sabbath or on a week day, but remains consistent from year to year occurring only upon the full New Moon Day of the Fifth Month. So, here again, the weight of evidence identifies that this feast like all the other qadosh feasts does fall consistently on the same date each year.
There continues to be a proactive attack on the true New Moons of Scripture and the concept of the lunar Sabbath. And because it appears the purpose of this feast was to proactively highlight the Creator’s Calendar, His full moon as the true New Moon, and the Sabbath as being lunar, it should be of no surprise that these remain the target of sabotage. For the Prince of Darkness has effectively worked to his end goal through his willing emissaries among the Jews, the Romans, and their lying Scribes with lying pens (Titus 1:14; YirmeYAHU Jeremiah 8:8).
How can it be declared that the Sabbaths have nothing what so ever to do with the qadosh Feast Days, when they are the very ordained units of time whereby we must count to this set-apart Feast of Shabuot?
A Third Witness for the Feast of Shabuot Occurring on the New Moon Day
Also on the day of the first-fruits, when you bring a New Moon (chodesh חדשה singular) offering to Yahuah at your Feast of Shabuot, you shall have a set-apart convocation. You shall do no customary work. Bemidvar (Numbers) 28:26
Also, according to Bemidvar (Numbers) 28:26, the Feast of Shabuot appears to be a single day event.
Conflicting Scripture in the Brit Hadasha (NT)
Please be advised that Acts 1:1-5; 10-14; Acts 2:1-2, which reference the Feast of Pentecost, do not actually describe a fifty day count. Most of us were taught that the very term Pentecost meant fifty, but this is not actually taught in Scripture. It was because of my previous Pentecost paradigm that I was not quick to make a change. Each person must make their own mind up on this as the Ruach leads. But don’t be too hasty to throw this unconventional view out the door, as there is seems to be evidence that illustrates how this qodesh Feast Day fits into the Eternal’s Menorah model along with all the other ordained Feast Days.
Additional Supporting Evidence
I realize that the greater majority of believers will overwhelmingly continue to trust that the Scriptures are without error, and continue to contend that the King James Version, a translation paraphrase, is the best representative of the sure and unaltered Word of Truth. As a result, it may be difficult for some of you to accept that many things in both the Tanakh (OT) and the Brit Hadasha (NT) have been edited and altered over the years, mostly in the translations, but also in the Hebrew and Greek itself.
In your reluctance, please consider that all references to our Eternal Father in the Scripture translations have already been proactively changed from YAHUAH Elohim to “the Lord God,” while throughout the Brit Hadasha (NT), the most sacred name of Yahusha the Messiah was also changed to “Jesus Christ.” It also appears that some of the references to TIME have been altered to cover up the changes the Jews made to their calendar between the time of Yahusha’s Crucifixion of A.D. 31 and A.D. 358, when Hillel II accepted many Roman calendar principles and provided the new method of time-keeping the utilizes two calendars: 1) the Lunar calendar and 2) the Solar calendar with weeks that cycle without end. But ironically, since these two calendars are in conflict, and cannot be harmonized, a third item is needed to modify the problems that inherently occur. This third item that adapts the Roman weekly cycle to the lunar months is known as the Nineteen Rules of Postponement.
Fellow truth seekers, none of this is necessary when we submit to the Creator’s timepiece and its single astro-lunar-solar orientation, with its lunar weeks and Sabbaths.
I only ask that you prayerfully consider that much more has been altered and manipulated than we have first believed. Yet, the foundations of truth can still be found, as the Temple’s Menorah is the GOLD STANDARD that establishes the full New Moon’s time-centric Feast Days. These appointed Feasts, in their proper places on the Menorah, TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH EMANATING FROM YAHUAH, UPON WHICH ALL THINGS MUST BE MEASURED.