Beginning of the Month
When “Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from night” He “made two great lights; the greater light [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night” (Genesis 1:14, 16, emphasis added). He “made two great lights;” He did not make just one light.
We see only one light in the sky at the present time, but this was not the way it was in the beginning and will not be the way it will be when Elohim recreates the heavens and the earth. “For, behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17). At the present time the moon is only a reflection the sun’s light. John who wrote the Revelation says this: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” (Revelation 21:1, emphasis added).
Isaiah gives us some clarification of what the heavens will be like in Isaiah 30:26. “Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold , as the light of seven days.” It is my belief that this is how they [the sun and the moon] were in the beginning when Yahuwah Elohim Almighty “made two great lights.”
When the astronauts came back from the moon they brought with them rocks from the surface of the moon that were igneous; rocks that had once been on fire.
I dare say most us breeze right through the story of Creation contained in Chapter one of Genesis without giving it much serious and prayerful thought and by doing so we miss subjects of great interest to the student of the Bible. On day two of the Creation account “Elohim made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so” (Genesis 1:7). Where are “the waters which were above the firmament” at now? They are now upon the earth and are not above the firmament anymore. “And the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights” (Genesis 7:11-12).
What is being described in Genesis 1:6, 7 is much different than what we see now. Until the flood and right after the Creation “there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground” (Genesis 2:6). It did not rain until the time of the flood.
This planet went through a great transformation at the time of the flood! Let us just say that the sun was seven times brighter and hotter than it is now and the moon was as the sun for brightness and heat. Can you imagine how much hotter and brighter it would be on the planet then, if that was so, unless . . . ? I believe the water “above the firmament” surrounded the entire planet and acted as a conductor of the heat of the sun and the moon and circulated it to all parts of the globe evenly so that the climate in every part of the globe was a constant comfortable temperature 24/7, 365 days a year. It also diminished the brightness of the two heavenly bodies. There were no polar ice caps!
The account of the flood recorded in Genesis chapter 7 and 8 tells us from the “the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened” . . . “and the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month” (Genesis 7:11, 8:3, 4). At the time of the flood and probably since the creation there were 30 days in each month. Today there are either 29 or 30 days in each month. There can be as many as three months with 29 or 30 days in a row but there are never 5 months with 30 days in each month. Did a shift in the axis and rotation of the moon or the earth occur at the flood? Possibly? With all that water now upon the earth, that had been above the firmament, the weight may have been unequally distributed for a time causing a shift?
But we know that at the time of creation the moon was a light in and of itself and was not a reflection of the sun’s light. When the earth is made new along with the heavens, the sun will be seven times brighter than it is today and the moon will be as the sun is today for brightness. Isaiah 30:26.
The New Moon Day will also be observed in the earth made new. “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith Yahuwah” (Isaiah 66:23, emphasis added). The water will be once again above the firmament as at the beginning at creation in order to shield the earth from the brightness and heat of the sun and the moon shining in all their original glory!
There will be no phases of the moon as there are today and has been since the time of the flood. There were no phases of the moon from the time of creation to the time of the flood because Elohim “made two great lights” (Genesis 1:16); not just one. The mooon in the beginning was always full. The new moon in the beginning was determined when the sun set in the west and was followed by the moon rising in the east. It is the only night that moon rules the night because it is in the sky from after sunset to sunrise (Genesis 1:16). This is the way it was determined in the beginning, is the way it is determined today, and is how it will be determined when the earth and the heavens are made new. There was no conjunction or first visible crescent in the beginning. The was always full. It was a light in the sky just as the sun was light in the sky. Elohim “made two great lights; the greater light [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night” (Genesis 1:14, 16, emphasis added).
The new moon day is always determined by observation and not by any calculation, although NASA’s calculations are spot on when showing that the sun sets and the moon rises are in agreement with the observing of the sun setting in the west and the moon rising in the east.
For those observing the new moon day by the first visible crescent, there was no crescent moon when Elohim first created the moon as a light; it was a light in and of itself (Genesis 1:16). The crescent moon has always been associated with the goddess Semiramis from ancient Babylon, and we are told to “Come out of her [Babylon] My people” (Revelation 18:4). It is the counterfeit that Satan invented to take away from the worship of Elohim and was used by the pagans in opposition to the full moon used by the followers of Elohim from creation until the fourth century AD when Hillel II submitted to the Emperor Constantine when he fixed the Sabbath to the seventh day of the Roman calendar and abandoned the Lunar-solar Calendar of the Bible.
For those using the conjunction for the new moon day I ask, how do you observe no moon and still call it the new moon? Once again I cite Genesis 1:14, 16: “Elohim said, Let there be lights [plural] in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night.” He “made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.” If there is no moon in the sky at the night when the conjunction occurs, how does the moon rule the night?
The fact that the Bible states clearly that when “Elohim said, Let there be lights [plural] in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night” He “made two [not one] great lights; the greater [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night” (Genesis 1:14, 16). There were no phases of the moon until the time of the flood when the moon was put out and the sun was reduced in output to one-seventh of its original strength.
When Yahuwah recreates the heavens and the earth and causes the sun to be seven times brighter and the moon to be as the sun, there will once again be a full moon at all times without any phases. “Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold , as the light of seven days” (Isaiah 30:26).
My challenge to each of you who may differ from what I have presented; show me from the Scriptures my error, if there be any?