Greetings from RNCM,
Brother Lowther put this together this year in hopes that it will provoke your thoughts and bring you to an understanding of why we do what we do.
The 13th month
It happens every so often, and this yea is one of those ‘so oftens’ ;)
Many people do not like the way nature responds to the heavens light as determined by YHWH God almighty.
And another sort of folks just don’t understand what people are doing because of what they believe God is communicating through His these means.
The sun has a cycle wherein it moves from one point back to that same point in relationship to the earth in about 365.25… days
We call this a solar year
While the moon has cycles that are monthly at a space of 29.18 to about 29.93 days. making an average of about 29.4 these are called Month (old Germanic English moon-ths) or lunations. it is the period of time it take to get “from one New Moon to another” (See Isaiah 66:23), the sun and moon at the times of New Moon are like hands on a clock (the min. hand and hr. hand lining up on the ‘hour’.
So 12 of these Moonths will ‘fit’ inside of a solar year more often than not, but on years like this year they will not.
Also we have sidereal cycle which marks the placement of a star or group of stars (constellations) in relationship to the suns position in the heavens or the stars relationship to a marker on earth.
Because the Stars (sidereal) marker functions like a back drop to the sun and moon, like the numbers on a clock, with the sun and moon as the hands of a clock, all hands are not in the ‘hour’ or ‘tabernacle’ of a particular constellation, a sign used to mark times of the agricultural year on earth.
Well the lights of heaven have scientific affects on the plant and animal life of earth.
For instance Barley in the green ear (Abib in Hebrew) reacts to photosynthesis, this is the affect of light that causes plant life to produce the needed growth to mature to the next stages, in the case of Barley it must produce an ear and the green ear (abib) will then harden into a grain which is among the first cereal grains civilized man harvests to produce sustenance for man and beast.
This year like all 13th years, our Barley is not ripe enough to call it Abib / green ears it has no green ears yet, but rather looks like grass at this time.
This means the wheat which follows the Barley as a cereal grain is also behind at a stage regulated by photosynthesis as well.
Wheat is what is celebrated at the feast of weeks or Pentecost also call in Scripture the ‘first fruits of the wheat harvest.
Abib Barley is the first fruit and is waved before God 2 days after Passover / Christ’s resurrection day !
And 36 days after the wave sheaf of Barley (50 days from the morrow after the 9th day of the 1st month) the first fruit of wheat is ready for harvest according to the act of photosynthesis as produced by the lights of Heaven: the Sun, Moon and Stars.
While many people keep biblical festivals simply for memorial when you watch agriculture work as the bible speaks of it and shows YHWH God is the LORD and bonds the People of the Covenant Keeping God to their faithful Covenant Keeping GOD all the more in seeing him as the sustainer of all life.
Come Next month the Sun with the New Moon will be in the constellation of the Ram / Aries, which is the marker point for our Abib every year in our region of the Ohio River Valley, therefore this month is a 13th month as the Sun and New Moon have not occurred in the appointed sign of the stars which marks the growth of our Agricultural year in fact.
Worship and Bible studies are held every Sabbath (This 13th month on mondays) at 10:00am, please feel free to contact us if you are interested in attendance at email@example.com
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