To the Law and to the Testimony!

“If they do not speak according to this word, there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20

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Isaiah 8 tells of a great confederacy of nations and warns God’s people not to join with them nor be afraid of the things they fear. Instead, we are told to “Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself,” and let Him be our only fear and dread. And He gives this advice to us: Compare their doctrine against My Law and the testimony of the prophetic books of Scripture. A thorough knowledge of Scripture is the best defense we will have against the errors of these days.

God wants to return us to His Law and seal it deep into our hearts. At every other true Spiritual revival in history He has done this same work. (2 Chronicles 29-30, 2 Chronicles 34, Nehemiah 8) He has led the people back to Him, repaired the understanding of His Law, restored His worship and renewed His covenant with a remnant of true believers. This is the same revival that He would like to do in us today.

crossroads_sign_clip_art_16987Today we are at a crossroads. And God’s advice to us is to:

    • Turn to Him with all our hearts,
    • Seek understanding of His Law as a defense against lies,
    • Look to the prophetic books to explain what is going on in the world,
    • Cast away our idols,
    • Restore His true worship, and
    • Seal His name in our foreheads so that in the coming controversy there can be no question that our allegiance is to God.

2 Comments:

  1. You say the date must be later. The problem is, the grain was spelt, which harvested while green for bread. The plagues destroyed other grains that were early, and they fled eating what sprung up later, but did not stay for the later grains.

    Research it. Spelt lines up. Talk with the WLC (World’s Last Chance) calendar people. The word for barley is not the same as the word used for the grain they took up. Barley and wheat take longer, and must be fully ripened. Spelt Farro (ancient member kindred to wheat, but not wheat) does not.

    You have no contact page nor registration link, so I cannot log in, and your email is hard to locate on the site. I hope you get this.

    Sincerely,
    A fellow in Yahoshua

    • Thank you for reading and commenting on my site despite the problems you had. Yes the site is a little hard to navigate because it is still under development. Thankfully you did reach me.
       
      I am open to looking into what you are saying about the grains if there is new Bible evidence. Do you want to share some texts or some more insight on your thoughts? At this time I can only see the text that says what they took out of Egypt was unleavened dough–matstsoh. (Ex. 12:39) And we know they were eating the old crops from the wilderness and the manna because they did not plant their own fields until after Joshua brought them into their land.
       
      This is what my research and years of experience observing the barley has taught me. The Scripture in Exodus 9:31-32 mentions Barley, Flax, Wheat and Spelt all in different stages of development. Though we don’t know exactly what stage the wheat and spelt were in, we do know that they were not damaged by the plague of hail. They were “weak” or “unripe” according to Strongs and BDB. This may mean they hadn’t yet sprouted and were still in the ground or they were tender grass that was able to bounce back up after the hail storm. The barley was the only grain in the stage of abib in the month the Lord called “Abib.” And the Lord defines the stage of abib in the Bible as, “When you began to put the sickle to the grain.” Deut. 16:9. This seems to indicate a fully developed grain.
       
      The barley was ready for harvest, so the hail destroyed the plants and the kernels. The flax was destroyed because it had developed far enough to flower when it was struck by hail. Even today we can see that if hail strikes our fruit trees when they are flowering, they are not going to put forth another flush of blossoms. And with the grains, the hail would have knocked the flowers and all the pollen to the earth so the grains would not have been pollinated and could not finish their development. After the hail, the flax would not bloom again, so there was no going back.
       
      This year we had a lot of hail and rain in our location and most of the barley crop was ruined. So we specifically talked with the grower about the effects of this weather. It was mostly the rain that had destroyed the crop this year. It came too early to finish planting, it rained so hard it washed newly planted grain down the hillside, it rained so frequently that the ground could not dry out. He said barley does not like “wet feet” and they just had too much rain. They will be working for months just repairing roads.
       
      In May, when I asked about the hail, the grower panicked at the thought of more hail and said if they were to get a big hail storm late in development, it would ruin what remained of the crop because it would be flattened, the grain would be on the ground, crushed along with the wet plants, where it would quickly mildew and there would be no way for our modern harvesters to even cut the grain. He told us that all the earlier hail that we had was not a problem because the plants were still supple, the heads were not heavy and the plants were able to bounce back. When we went to the fields in early May, he was hoping for one more rain, but no more hail!
       
      As you pointed out, Spelt, also called rie or fitches is very similar to Wheat. I was surprised to see it in the Bible, but I wasn’t surprised that it shared the same growth pattern as wheat. Barley on the other hand is the fastest developing crop with a very short growing season of only 65-70 days. Because of this it can be grown almost anywhere in the world–the Yukon if planted properly, Southern California if irrigated. If all those grains were planted at the same time in the Fall, it makes sense that the Barley, with the shortest growing cycle, would be the first crop to be ready for harvest, and the most likely to be destroyed by the plague of hail.
       
      The Jewish New Year is Too Early
       
      Here is something you may not know and might want to consider as you search for truth. One of the problems addressed by the council of Nicaea in AD 325 was about the timing of the start of the year. Up to that point, the Christians had been content to follow the Jewish calendar and the timing of the rabbis to begin the New Year. But they noticed that the rabbis had begun keeping the month of Nissan (the first month) too early–sometimes even before the Vernal Equinox–and the Christians were complaining about this. The decision of the Council was to allow these early Christians to calculate the date themselves and not be bound by the Jewish dates. Not that I agree that either the first or second Nicene Councils had everything right, but they give us a window into what was going on in those days. And as early as the 4th Century, Christians were saying the Jewish New Year was too early. Wikipedia, First Council of Nicaea, Separation of Easter Computation from Jewish Calendar
       
      In mid AD 800 to AD 1100, the Karaite sect of the Jews was crying out for reforms in the Rabbinic Calendar. Their main points of contention were 1) the calendar needed to follow the ripening of the barley crop and 2) the month needed to begin with the literal sighting of the new moon. At that time the Karaites were saying that the barley in Jerusalem was not ripe in March/April and, by not following the timing of the barley, the rabbis were keeping the new year too early.
      Since about AD 922 the Rabbis had been observing the new moon at astronomical conjunction, calculating the 12- and 13-month years by a pattern instead of by observation and they were keeping the new year according to the new moon surrounding the Vernal Equinox. The Karaites cried out against these and other Talmudic traditions and begged the church to go “Back to the Bible!” This was the same outcry that Jesus made in Mark 7:8-9. “All too well you reject the commandment of God that you may keep your tradition.” The 10th Century Karaites in Jerusalem said a March-April New Year was too early! Their counsel was not heeded and was immediately followed by catastrophe as the Crusaders ripped through the land. Would God have saved them from that destruction had they returned to Him?
       
      When the Seventh-day Adventist pioneer movement was expecting the Lord to come in 1844, a couple of brethren came from Europe and told them that, even the Karaites of that day were saying the Rabbinical new year was too early. The Lord acknowledged the Karaite dating as being more Biblical and the Pioneers kept the New Year on April 19 in 1844, placing Passover on May 2 that year. The Lord never refuted this Karaite reckoning. In the 19th Century the Holy Spirit again pointed out that the Jewish New Year was too early!
       
      The topic came up again in 1942 when the General Conference of the SDA Church wrote their book, Lessons in Denominational History, and were again reminded of the calendar controversy as they reviewed the historic experience of the Pioneers. Unfortunately they also did not turn back to the truths of the Feasts and the Calendar that God had revealed during the Pioneer movement and error remained in the church.
       
      In 1949 a woman named Grace Amadon researched this topic and again concluded that the new year would fall within April 17 to May 6-ish based on the barley development and the lingering snow on the hills of Palestine in March. In the 20th Century, she too saw the March-April New Year was too early, but again no one heeded.
       
      And here we are in the 21st Century and the Holy Spirit is once again bringing this controversy to the forefront. Are we going to turn away from the Holy Spirit’s leading this time? Or are we going to let Yeshua show us what He wants us to know and lead us into all truth?
       

      If you do have additional Bible evidence that shows a different picture than I see here, please share your facts. And certainly ask questions if you want to know more. I don’t have a personal stake in this; it does not matter to me which way the Biblical Calendar works out. But I do want to seek Bible truth. And there is a strong weight of Bible evidence and history behind the observation of the fully ripened barley harvest from a fertile land and the sighting of the new crescent moon to begin the New Year. And this evidence points to the start of the year generally one month later than the traditional Rabbinical calendar.
       
      I want to wish Yeshua’s blessings on you as you keep searching for Bible Truth and a closer walk with God.
       
      MAM, Moderator


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