Equinox or Barley?
Ex.12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
The Hebrew is translated ‘beginning’ while the Hebrew is translated ‘year’ . This is the true and only Rosh haShana in Torah. Search as you may the Hebrew verbiage is not in Lev.23:24 nor in Lev.25 or in Dt.31.
Rosh haShana is not the point of this article Equinox or Barley is. But we have to use one or the other (Equinox or Barley) to determine when that Rosh haShana ‘Head of the Year’ is approximately 1/3rd of the time. Which is correct?
That Ex.12 Rosh haShana ‘Head of the Year’ is crucial to determining Passover Abib 14, Days of UnlBrd Abib 15-21, Firstfruits, The 7 week and 1 day count (50 days) to Shavuot – even determining when the 7th month fall Feasts are – Yom Teruah (Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sukkot (Tabernacles)
I believe that Abba engineered Firstfruits to be floating from the day after the 7th day Sabbath that falls in the week of the Days of UnlBrd Abib 15-21 as an equalizer for a reason. Some do Passover on the 14th, some on the 15th some follow the Rabbinic calendar, some follow the sighted moon, some claim from Israel, others Texas or Australia or where ever they happen to be. But in the majority of times if the day after the 7th day Sabbath is followed most everyone will whined up on the same page doing the same thing on Shavuot. There are those that claim an Abib 16 that is not in Torah but they hold to it just as if it was an instruction – counting 7 Weds. Or 7 Thurs or ???; instead of 7 Shabbats as it says – “to the day after the 7th Sabbath” which is always a 1st day of the week – not the day after the 7th Tues or ???.
“An equinox occurs twice a year (around 20 March and 22 September), when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name “equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, night and day are about equal length.”
On a personal note; My wife and I walk our dogs most every morning. We have done so for years. This year in particular we noticed that the trees and some flowers were blooming in February. They must not have read the Spring is after Equinox law.
Nehemia Gordon called the New Moon from Israel on the evening of 3-13-13 the same night the RC’s named and installed the 1st ever Jesuit Pope – co-incidence? Passover (Abib 14) was the exact sequence of days this year as the crucifixion – co-incidence? E-ster was on the same day as Fristfruits 3-31-13 – co-incidence? I watched the moon – it was in its peak full phase on Thurs. 3-27/28 (Abib 15) meaning it was entering its full phase on Weds. 3-26/27 (Abib 14) proving Nehemia Gordon right – co-incidence?
The point is we have the Sun and Moon (Gen.1:14-19) roughly 2/3rds of the time spring comes like most would suppose (after the Equinox) with the barley ripening after the Equinox . However the problem is 1/3rd of the time it does not. So we have a dilemma. We have our methods of triangulation; either its the Sun and Moon and Equinox or its the Sun and Moon and Barley
3-13 is only 7 days before 3-20 (+/- Equinox) – When Nehemia Gordon called the New Moon the barley was some 74% ripe expected to be fully ripe by the time of Firstfruits almost 3wks later – it was.
So now the problem is laid bare – Abib means green ears – of what? At that time of year it can only mean barley. And only happens once a year. Has nothing to do with an Equinox that is not mentioned (or alluded to) as instruction in the Torah Scriptural text.
I will speak for myself – I would rather default to what is in Scripture, than to default to what is NOT in Scripture. If we say we keep Torah and follow Moses – lets do that not trying to ‘shoe-horn’ verbiage, issues and things that are clearly not there.