Abib 178 New Moon Report

Ingo Abib 178
New Moon Report

The above photo was taken by Ingo Sorke at the close of the Sabbath in Texas, USA, but it was also sighted today (the Sabbath's morrow) by Pierre in Jerusalem at 7:25 PM local time as well as by David Katsikas. The moon has thus made her ruling for the new biblical year after the sun making his ruling on the Tekufah sunrise a couple of weeks ago, for the sun and the moon must both testify their signs before a new year can begin—always the greater light first, then the lesser light.

Yesterday the moon was not sighted anywhere in Israel as there was a widespread haze due to 'sharav' conditions, which is a heat wave peculiar to the Mediterranean climate there. The haze persisted today, as well as a good deal of clouds, but there was enough clearing after the sun set, and the moon was bright enough, for it still to be sighted.

Therefore, the New Moon for the new year—the 178th year of the Investigative Judgment—will dawn as the 29th of Adar is ending, at the commencement of the second day into the Sabbath.

The new month will either be another 29-day month or a full month of 30 days, based on atmospheric conditions.

At the end of this newsletter are links to the printable calendar, both a simpler universal one on PDF and an editable one that can be used for your local area (Word Doc).

Abib Events

This will be another busy month.

The 10th is the day of CHRIST'S triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We are calling it the Day of Hosannas, as it was the day when hosannas of adoration were shouted to CHRIST as He came in riding on a donkey, and it can be celebrated by the family or the church with a service of hosannas to CHRIST our KING and a reading of gospel accounts of this historic occasion. More on this day later.

The 15th is a legal "holy convocation" which we are calling the Holy Day of Redemption, for the celebration of our redemption that JESUS CHRIST secured for us on the Cross that day. The night before we recommend having a Passover Vigil to commemorate the Last Supper and His Gethsemane experience.

The 21st is the second legal "holy convocation" of the year, which we are calling the Holy Day of Dividing due to my well-studied belief that the Red Sea was divided that day and that the Mount of Olives will also be divided on that day as the 1,000 years of judgment comes to a close. That is where the New Jerusalem shall lie, dividing the redeemed, who will reside inside the city, from the wicked who will lie outside the city after their resurrection. It will be like the battle that took place at the Red Sea, with the destruction of the Egyptian army typifying the destruction of the whole world:

"Then shall JEHOVAH go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle. And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley" (Zechariah 14:3-4).

Since the 21st falls on the morrow of the Sabbath this year, it will also be the Day of First-Fruits, which was the day that CHRIST was resurrected on; so, that is to be celebrated too. The First-Fruits is also the first day of the 50-day count to Pentecost. The Sabbath following is counted as the first of seven Sabbaths coming up to Pentecost as well.

The two holy days, unlike the other non-Sabbath ones, are from even unto even due to the ceasing (shabbat) of leaven in the type, but also due to the night-time events, with both the Exodus from Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea taking place at night, giving primacy to the night during this season. Thus, the days of the entire week, biblically called Unleavened Bread, are from evening unto evening, though we are no longer obligated to observe that figurative feast (i.e. remove leaven from our homes, offer a Passover lamb, or eat unleavened bread). Instead we can celebrate a Christian Passover of eight days as the early church did.

"At Philippi Paul tarried to keep the Passover. Only Luke remained with him, the other members of the company passing on to Troas to await him there. The Philippians were the most loving and truehearted of the apostle’s converts, and during the eight days of the feast he enjoyed peaceful and happy communion with them" (Acts of the Apostles, p. 390).

Notice that not everyone remained, showing that this is not the obligatory feast of the figurative law which had to be observed in Jerusalem, but an optional, Christian one, though obviously during the same days. It was also a local feast. The annual camp-meeting for Seventh-day Adventists the Spirit of Prophecy identifies with Tabernacles, which is in the fall. But it can still be evangelistic like the big one. It could be at the local church or some other place, with the public invited to attend and hear the story of JESUS.

Another thing to remember about this month is that the entire month is to be kept with a celebratory frame of mind. It is a month of redemption and thus fittingly also the chief month of the year.

"Thou shalt keep the month of Abib, and thou shalt celebrate the Passover unto JEHOVAH thy GOD: for in the month of Abib JEHOVAH thy GOD brought thee out of Egypt by night" (Deuteronomy 16:1).

"This month shall be unto you the chief of months: the first shall it be unto you of the months of the year" (Exodus 12:2).

Important Abib Events in Biblical History

On the first day of the month, "the waters were dried up from off the earth" in the Great Flood in Noah's day (Gen. 8:13).

It was also on this day that the earthly tabernacle was set up at Sinai, commencing the second year of the Exodus (see Ex. 40) and when Ezra left Babylon by the decree of Artaxerxes in 457 BCE (see Ezra 7:9).

On the 10th day of the month, the Passover lamb was set apart for the offering (Ex. 12:3). In the antitype, CHRIST was selected to be the Lamb-King when the people shouted Hosannas to Him. Notice this interesting description of the event by the Spirit of Prophecy:

"He clearly foresaw the result. It would bring Him to the cross. But it was His purpose thus publicly to present Himself as the Redeemer. He desired to call attention to the sacrifice that was to crown His mission to a fallen world. While the people were assembling at Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, He, the antitypical Lamb, by a voluntary act set Himself apart as an oblation. It would be needful for His church in all succeeding ages to make His death for the sins of the world a subject of deep thought and study. Every fact connected with it should be verified beyond a doubt” (Desire of Ages, p. 571).

This took place at the Glorious Holy Mountain (Olivet)—the same place that He will stand again:

"Not as a man of sorrows, but as a glorious and triumphant king He will stand upon Olivet, while Hebrew hallelujahs mingle with Gentile hosannas, and the voices of the redeemed as a mighty host shall swell the acclamation, Crown Him Lord of all!” (Desire of Ages, p. 829).

It was also on the 10th day of the month that the children of Israel crossed the River Jordan (see Josh. 4:19).

On the 14th day of the month, at even, was obviously the original Passover, when the plagues passed over the faithful Israelites who had the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. The next evening was the gathering of them all at Succoth, which was to be commemorated each year by an all-night gathering outside the temple (Deut. 16:4). They then traveled to the Red Sea for a week by day and by night.

Finally, on the 24th day of this month, Daniel was given the most detailed prophecy of our history ever given, covering from his time to the end of the world from Chapters 10 to 12.

Meaning of Abib

This is one of the several biblical months given a name, and the only one directly spoken by GOD. It is derived from the rarely used noun 'eb', which means freshness, which is fitting being that the month of Abib is the freshness of a new year. But 'Abib' specifically has to do with the barley, being in the young, fresh, green stage in which it was anciently offered on the Day of First-fruits.

It was in the freshness of the year that CHRIST became our Sacrifice and made an atonement for mankind. The other phases of the plan of redemption are accordingly carried out later in the year. Further atonement must be made in the heavenly sanctuary, until the 10th of the seventh month, when the final atonement is made there.

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Blessings and a Happy New Year,
Ricky and Amanda Bokovoy

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