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The New Moon Newsletter
Bright Beams Mission publishes a multi-part New Moon Newsletter as a free service. The purpose is to alert people through advisories or watches of when the New Moon is expected to be sighted and also to afterwards publish a monthly report on when the New Moon Day is so that a printable calendar can be marked with the days of the months. Bright Beams Mission provides a free printable calendar for this purpose, but next year (starting in the spring, being the 179th year of the Judgment Era) we plan on publishing a spiral-bound calendar for purchase.
The reason for each person marking his or her own calendar is so that a calendar for the whole year can be pre-printed, while still allowing the capability for a lunar calendar, which is dependent each month on when the New Moon appears over the Holy Place—the Mount of Olives. Also in the monthly New Moon Report are the dates of important biblical events in history, along with the dates of any holy days or other special days, so that they can be personally marked as well. There are also places to write down the sunset times for the commencement of Sabbath rest as well as the three daylight prayer times: third hour, midday, and ninth hour; these change throughout the year.
The above times are also dependent on location. We will guide you, or your local assembly’s secretary or representative, through the process of finding these times for your location in the section below. But first, we would like to invite you to receive our emails of each segment of the New Moon Newsletter, which includes the New Moon Report. All issues of the newsletter will be archived on this page, but when it comes to watching the New Moon each month to know when the month begins, receiving notification through email is quite essential. To sign up, use the form at the bottom of the page!
Directions for Finding Local Times
We recommend that the secretary, or some other assigned person, of a local assembly be responsible each month for supplying members with calendars and the info needed each month on how to mark the calendars. If you are that person, or if you do not have such a person, then this section is for you.
To obtain your own local data, use this link. It will create your unique Gregorian calendar with local astronomical data.
You will also need your latitude and longitude for this application, which you can obtain at this link. When there, follow the directions at the top, and I recommend to click on the upper right icon of the map to ‘change the map type’ to hybrid so that you can zoom in to right over your house.
To calculate the prayer times, select the day on your astronomical calendar that equates to the 15th day of the biblical month, note the sunrise and sunset times, and input them into the orange rectangle in the Daylight Prayer Times Calculator (be sure to click on ‘Enable Editing’ at the top of the link’s document). You can just round things off to the nearest quarter hour.
Here we provide an explanation of what things mean on the calendar. In the near future, a book will be published called Discovering Mysteries of the Lost Calendar that will have a lot more info, particularly on the calendation we use and its connection to prophetic times, but this information will suffice for now. When that book becomes available, info will be posted here on how you can obtain it.
You will notice at the top of the calendar pages that we name the months according to a transliteration of the Hebrew. The number of the month is displayed on either side.
We use the Hebrew names because five of the months have non-numeric names with meaning, so naming the other months according to the numeric Hebrew names allows for more consistency. The translation of the meaning are in parentheses for the five on this page.
Below the name of the month is the numeric year that we are in, from when the Investigative Judgment began, which was 1844 CE; the first full year of the era began in the spring after the Day of Atonement that year. So, we call this the Judgment Era, which can be abbreviated as JE; and to convert from the common era, just subtract 1844.
As for the days of the week, you will not see ‘Sunday’, ‘Monday’, etc. These days are named after Pagan gods. Instead, we have, just as the Bible has it, the days of the week numbered according to the Holy Sabbath day, for the six working days all belong to the Sabbath, flowing into it. The Fourth Commandment says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). We are to remember to keep the seventh day holy all week and reflect on what the Sabbath means.
The Sabbath has spiritual meaning: namely, rest. God wants us to experience this spiritual rest every day of the week, just as He wants us to experience spiritual renewal every day of the month, based on the New Moon meaning of renewal.
Each calendar will need to have numeric information written on it in order for it to be complete. The main thing is that numbers at the top of each day be written in for the numeric day of the month. This is the highlight for any calendar, so these numbers should be printed larger than anything else. For the first day of the month, “New Moon” could be written on it as well.
Below where the numeric lunar days are written in, the days are numbered on a solar basis according to the biblical equinox, for agricultural and phenological purposes. It is extremely simple, having only a single number. “Solar Day 1” is the day after the sun rises past east or sets past west in the spring at the Mount of Olives.
Below that, in parentheses are the Gregorian dates. They are printed in light gray because they are not part of this calendar but are there as a reference for convenience so that one can readily see what biblical date a worldly date is on and vice versa. The reason why we don’t use Gregorian dates is because of the original intended purpose of the Gregorian calendar: for the dating of Easter Sunday, and imposing it on the world. You ought to know the history of this, so we will here provide it in brief, starting with the biblical prophecy pointing to it.
History of the Common Papal Calendar
The following is why we do what we do here for the calendar and is important for all to understand.
“And he [the papal horn of the fourth beast, representing Rome] shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change appointed times and law” (Daniel 7:25).
This involved more than just changing the Sabbath day from the seventh day to Sunday. It involved changing the seven annual holy days, which in turn involved making a whole calendar for the counterfeit holy day of Easter and imposing it on the world.
It began with the first ecumenical council called the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE. In addition to formulating the Trinity doctrine, it was decided that Easter Sunday would be observed and not the Passover on the 14th of the first biblical month as Christians had been formerly celebrating as a Christian feast. Easter was to be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon (not actual but ecclesiastical based on calculations) after the vernal, or spring, equinox, which was declared to be on March 21st (again, ecclesiastical, not the actual day of the equinox, which was usually a day or two earlier) of the existing Roman calendar instituted by Julius Caesar several decades before Christ, called the Julian calendar.
In the 6th Century CE, the blasphemous and inhumane Canon Law, replacing the Law of Jehovah, was compiled by the monk Dionysius Exiguus. This was the result of him being commissioned by the antichrist (aka. the “pope”) to establish the Julian dates for Easter Sunday in the coming years of their time. So, as part of the Law, he standardized the Pagan holidays of Easter and Xmas and popularized the latter. Complicated formulas were involved in calculating Easter from the equinox which we don’t need to know about, other than than a Catholic lunar calendar being created in addition to the Julian calendar to arrive at the Easter date. This also led to him numbering the Julian years from the supposed birth of Christ on December 25, 1 BCE., which has become the universal system—the Common Era—for numbering years across the world, which has wondered after the beast.
Therefore, the numbered years of the world are established in the exaltation of Sunday and the Catholic mass of Christ, or ‘Christ-mas’. But it does not end there. It goes beyond the numbered years. The so-called “Pope” Gregory XIII issued a Papal bull in 1582, called “Inter Gravissimas,” ordering for the Julian calendar to be changed, which came to be named ‘Gregorian’ after him. A copy of it, including an English translation, can be read at this link.
In the introduction, Gregory bases the authority of his declaration on the Council of Trent, which had ended a couple decades earlier. This council was the counter-reformation to Luther’s protest, which established into Catholic law that our salvation is based on our works instead of faith alone and declared that we have no certainty of our present salvific standing with God. But most importantly, it established tradition as having equal authority with the Scriptures, which, in all practicality, means that the Scriptures are interpreted by papal tradition. Thus, it established, where it was lacking in any way before, papal authority. This was the basis for the papal bull declaring an unbiblical calendar as it would give the pope authority to enforce it in all Catholic countries. But did he stop with that? No.
In Section 15 he declared his bull a “mandamus” (in the original latin) for all countries in the Roman Empire. Webster’s gives this word a definition of “we command.” The antichrist commanded the civilized world to keep his calendar with the reason being “in order to maintain harmony between the Christian nations in the celebration of the festivals, to adopt for themselves our calendar and to take care that all their subjects adopt it respectfully and conform to it scrupulously.” And he gave the following threat in Section 17 for non-compliance:
“No one among men, therefore, is permitted to infringe on this page, our prescription, mandate, establishment, wish, approval, prohibition, suppression, abolition, exhortation and request, nor dare reckless opposition. But if you tamper with this, Almighty God will take you up with indignation, and you will be making an incursion against His happy apostles Peter and Paul.”
The Protestant countries refused to observe this calendar for decades, and some for centuries; and even to this day, most Eastern Orthodox churches in countries around the world, observe an updated Julian calendar. But as Protestantism died, so did the Julian calendar in Protestant countries. Do we really want to follow that trend ourselves, in our religious lives?
The reason why the Gregorian calendar was established was to bring the Catholic equinox date—March 21st—back to the actual equinox, from which it drifted from over time. But this is purely tradition. Because the Council of Nicaea was seen as the authority over the Bible, they felt obligated to maintain that date by which to calculate Easter from. The Gregorian calendar reduces this drift over time, but not completely. No human calendar is precise, only the biblical calendar that God established, and it is so much simpler.
Now, a brief word about Gregory. He is the one who funded the newly formed Jesuit order by funding and founding many colleges for the training of its priests. And the main astronomer he worked with to implement the calendar, Christopher Clavius, was also a Jesuit priest. Gregory also celebrated the horrific St. Bartholomew’s Massacre, which massacred a multitude of Protestants in France, by holding a special Te Deum mass.
We really need to phase out of the Papal dating system which thought to change Jehovah’s appointed times and Law, and into the sacred system from Creation. Gregory maintained the names of the Pagan pantheon of gods for the months and the days of the week. No effort was made to change these, only to exalt the high Sunday.
January is the month of the pagan god “Janus,” who pretends to be the god of beginnings. This god was worshiped by the Pagans at the beginning of every day, month, and year, and in the latter there were sensual celebrations. In celebrating or acknowledging a January 1st New Year, people are blindly worshiping Satan through this Pagan god, for all Pagan gods represent Satan. GOD winked at our blindness, but He is now restoring His calendar to us and so that we are left without excuse.
January 1 is a bloody day in history for the Jews—those whom GOD made covenant with. Both the Pagan power and the Papal power used this day to violently persecute them, and later the Russian and German governments. Satan exults in this day. But GOD has given us a different time to celebrate, and not just a single day:
“Celebrate the month of Abib … for in the month of Abib JEHOVAH thy GOD brought thee forth out of Egypt by night” (Deuteronomy 16:1).
“This month shall be unto you the head of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you” (Exodus 12:2).
The entire month, belonging to its New Moon, is to be celebrated as the new year! The times that GOD has ordained for us to celebrate on are so much better and more complete than the world’s! This whole month we are to remember the deliverance we have in CHRIST from our sins! It was in the heart of this month that He offered Himself for our sins and died our death for us! We need to see CHRIST in the Law. In CHRIST, what is written in the Law in typical form needs to be translated to antitypical form, thus “Egypt” can be translated to “sin.” That is what this month is about: CHRIST’s delivering us from sin.
This is foundational to the Gospel truths that play out later in the year and gives the whole year, especially the New Moons, character. In fact, in the counterfeit, the Pagan religion involving the worship of Janus taught that how one celebrated the New Year on the 1st was what would characterize the whole year, and this is accordingly when people made resolutions to the gods to have their favor for the coming year and they ritually drove away evil spirits.
Satan often counterfeits, and as for the religion of JEHOVAH, it is on every New Moon that we should make resolutions with GOD, for the New Moon represents covenant due to the event to occur on its holy, seventh one; this involves making resolve. All of the New Moons carry the significance of newness from the head of the year and from the new life that CHRIST brings us through His death and resurrection of that month.
Abib is actually one of five months that have been given Hebrew, non-Chaldean names in the Bible. The next one is the second month, which is called ‘Ziv’, which means “brightness.” It was in this month that CHRIST ascended to heaven in glory, just as He will come back in even greater glory! On that 40th day in the count to Pentecost He was also received as the KING OF GLORY in heaven, according to Psalm 24. This is what we need to remember in the second month.
The seventh month is given the name of ‘Ethanim’, which means “ever-flowing.” It is on the Last Great Day, the final holy day of that month and the year, when the redeemed of CHRIST will enter the Holy City and drink from the “ever-flowing” River of Life, which represents the everlasting life that the redeemed will forever enjoy in the purity of Paradise.
The eighth month is given the name ‘Bul’, which means “produce.” That will be the first New Moon in Paradise for the redeemed. They will partake of the produce of the Tree of Life at the table of the marriage supper of the LAMB, and this supper will be, in a sense, repeated every New Moon thereafter, in celebration of the produce of the completed atonement (which takes place in the seventh month). For more info. on the eighth month, I encourage you to watch Part 8 of my YouTube presentation entitled “A Revival of Holy Convocations and the Seventh Month.”
Finally, the month Adar—the twelfth month—means ‘glorious’, and since the Feast of Lots, or Purim, occurs during the time of full moon, it is at the fullness of Adar, giving character to the whole month. In 1 Chronicles 8:3, Adar is reckoned as the grandson of Benjamin—one of the twelve children of Israel—and the root word, with the same pronunciation, is found twice in Exodus 15, relating to GOD’S delivering Israel from the Egyptians at the Red Sea:
“Thy right hand, O JEHOVAH, is become glorious (adar) in power: thy right hand, O JEHOVAH, hath dashed in pieces the enemy … Who is like unto thee, O JEHOVAH, among the Gods? Who is like Thee, glorious (adar) in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (vv. 6, 11).
What precious truths we have to contemplate in these months!
So, we encourage you to make the challenge and get used to the biblical and solar dates for your personal purposes and only use the Gregorian calendar when you have to. We need to be in tune with God’s Book of Nature, which includes astronomy. We should be observing the moon outside and always know where we are in the month. And, as for years, we should think in terms of God and the solemn era we are in, so I encourage you to use these years as well as they will help you spiritually, in addition to freeing you from papal authority.
Thus, we have a system in place in which we biblically can think of time and that connects us to the prophetic plan of redemption, though we will frequently have to use the Gregorian to communicate with people who use such a system of time. It is not uncommon, however, to diverge from the Gregorian numbering system. Both Jews and Muslims number their years differently. Why should not we, who are entrusted with the message calling people to come out of Babylon? Should we not first come out of Babylon ourselves before we give the loud cry to the world to come out of her?
Newsletter Archive for the Current Year
178 JE (Judgment Era)
Note: The months above are done the old way, where we had two separate calendars—one solar and one lunar, with the latter printed by Bright Beams Mission each month. We are now simplifying it into one calendar; therefore, all the months are in one file below:
Viewing the Moon Yourself
To know when to watch for the New Moon in your area each month, please click here to view worldwide maps of its visibility so that you may see for yourself the sign in the heavens that God made to remind us of His new and everlasting covenant with us. And here are a couple of online programs that will help you to know where to look in the sky for the moon, and the second link also shows the planets and stars, both allowing you to change time and location as well as view ‘live’ conditions:
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