The Phases of the Moon
and the Plan of Salvation
“The heavens declare the glory of Elohim; and the firmament shewth His handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4). What is spoken in the heavens is spoken to every living person on planet earth and in a language that each person can
understand in their native tongue who have eyes to see and have ears to hear. "Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not” (Jeremiah 5:21). Just because Elohim has placed things in the heavens in order to communicate with us does not always guarantee that His message is getting through to us. Most do not observe the heavens and try to discern what they are saying to us even though they are continuously speaking to us. “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.”
Sometimes things do not make sense to us until we reach a point in our lives that we have an interest in learning. Most do not have an understanding because “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of Elohim: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Unless one is open to the Spirit of Elohim Which alone guides us into all truth (John 16:13), many things that Elohim would have us to know remain a mystery to our understanding.
What do the heavens tells us? I am sure they tell us many things, but the one thing that has taken on a new significance for myself are the phases of the moon and what they are saying to us about Elohim’s plan of salvation. Eight years ago (December 2009) I became aware of something called the Lunar – Solar Calendar. When I was first introduced to this subject, I remember telling my friend who introduced this subject to me that I believed there was much to know and that our understanding on the matter would grow and may change and so it has. At first, I observed the first visible crescent as the beginning of the month or the New Moon, but evidence showed that this was not correct. I have observed the full moon as the new moon for the last six years.
There is not a great deal of evidence from the Scriptures to sustain either view and some observe the conjunction of the moon as the New Moon, as the U.S. Naval Observatory does. But in using the full moon as the new moon I have just come to the realization that it reveals Elohim's plan of salvation for mankind which neither the first crescent does nor does the conjunction when either one are used to determine the New Moon. When the New Moon is taken to be the full moon, It speaks to the entire world during its monthly cycle of Yahuwah's plan of salvation for mankind.
When man was originally created by Yahuwah, he was created in the image of Elohim “fully” reflecting the glory or character of Yahuwah. Just as the moon has no light of its own and reflects the light of the sun so it was with mankind. Mankind reflected the full glory of Yahuwah in the beginning. “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9). When man fell and as time passed, he revealed less and less of the character of our Creator just as the moon reveals less and less of the light of the sun during the “waning” phases of the moon.
When mankind had sunk to its lowest depths, Yahushua came to this earth to redeem mankind. “And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:5). Mankind had reached the conjunction phase of the moon. When Yahushua was crucified, darkness covered the earth during the solar eclipse which lasted for three hours as predicted by the prophet Amos. “And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Yahuwah Elohim, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day” (Amos 8:9). “Now the sixth hour there was darkness over the land unto the ninth hour” (Matthew 27:45).
A solar eclipse can only occur during the conjunction phase of the moon. It lasted for three hours because Elohim has the ability to make the sun and moon stand still just as He did during the Old Testament times. “And spake Joshua to Yahuwah in the day when Yahuwah delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies . . . So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, [and the moon stood still also] and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it [until the day when Yahushua was crucified], that Yahuwah hearkened unto the voice of a man: for Yahuwah fought for Israel” (Joshua 10:12-14). At the time of the crucifixion the sun and moon were stayed until Yahushua had defeated Satan. “And I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (Elohim’s people), and between thy (Satan’s) seed and her (Elohim’s people) seed; it (the crucifixion of Messiah) shall bruise thy (Satan’s) head, and thou (Satan) shall bruise His (Messiah’s) heel” (Genesis 3:15). One was a deadly wound and the other was a temporary wound.
From the time of Messiah down to the days in which we are living, Elohim has been “renewing” His character in the lives of His people. “But we all, with open face [just as the moon does] beholding the glory [character] of Yahuwah, are changed into the same image from glory to glory [represented by the waxing phases of the moon], even as by the Spirit of Yahuwah” (2 Corinthians 3:18) until man is fully restored back into the likeness of His Creator, fully “reflecting” the glory of the Creator, just as the moon does when it returns to its full moon phase once again reflecting the glory of the sun!
“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. [Just as the moon shines forth in its full glory ‘as the sun,” so the righteous will be reflecting the full glory (character) of the Father.] Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:43).
Each month when using the full moon as the New Moon, Yahuwah’s plan of salvation is told over and over again to the inhabitants of planet earth in all the languages of mankind that only the Spirit of Elohim can speak. “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge [the knowledge of the plan of salvation]. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:3-4). Just as the Spirit of Elohim gave the Apostles the ability to speak other languages than their own, so does the Spirit of Elohim speak to each person in their native tongue by what He has placed in the heavens in order to communicate with all of mankind the plan of salvation! But we must have “ears to hear.” “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of Elohim: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Only the “Spirit of Truth” (Spirit of Elohim) can show us the truths in spiritual matters (John 16:13).