Announcements; 2019

6 Apr:  New Moon Report and Spring Festival Dates-  Due to cloud and rain the New Moon was sighted by one person so far in Israel, but has been seen by multiple witnesses in areas as far east of Israel as Australia.  While awaiting more reports, since calculations made the sighting a certainty and it has been sighted by one trustworthy person in Israel and many others to the east, according to the new moon rules sunset today ending 6 Apr and beginning 7 Apr will begin the first day of the first month of the new biblical year.

Passover will be on Sabbath 20 April to be observed after sunset ending Friday 19 April.  The first High Day will be on 21 April and the seventh day on 27 April.  Pentecost will be on 9 June. 

Because the High Holy Day will follow a Sabbath, do make sure that you are properly prepared on Friday for a two day Holy Time period.

16 Mar:  Passover-  The new moon should be easily visible at Jerusalem after sunset ending 6 April.  Subject to actual observation 7 April should be the first day of the Biblical New Year and Passover will be on Saturday 20 April.  The the first High of the Feast of Unleavened would be 21 April with the last High Day on 27 April and Pentecost on June 9. 

Since the first High Day falls on a Sunday it will be necessary to properly  prepare for a weekly Sabbath followed by a Holy Day.  At the Biblical Studies site the book of John is scheduled to begin tomorrow; this will be followed by a study of the Way to Salvation and the Spring Festivals beginning on 31 March.


6 Mar:  Breaking Israel warns Hamas of pending broad military operation if demonstrations not ended.  See our initial New Year Report and the March World Report article.  The second edition of the  Matthew Mark book is now available for free download here.


17 Feb:   Beginning tomorrow there will be a fascinating series on the post Babylonian Captivity revival, which is really a precursor to the coming of Christ in the flesh and the Gospels.  The series will include an historical overview, the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, and the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, with a particular focus on their meaning as it applies to today’s situation and preparations for the second coming of Christ in our time.  Following this series we will return to the Gospels with Mark, Luke and John.


11 Feb:   2019 Pre Passover posting schedule: Our theme for 2019 is Spiritual Revival.   All of these studies will be fully revised and updated with the latest understanding. 

Jan- Daniel and Revelation  Feb-  Matthew, Inter Testament books  Mar-  Mark, Luke and John Apr-  Spring Festivals subjects.  The plan is to continue studies through the New Testament through to the 2019 Fall Festivals.  Note:  All commercially available books of New Testament commentary studies will have new editions published during 2019.  The new editions will be announced as they become available.

See our new article The US, Latin America and Europe

4 Feb:   7 February will be the first day of the twelfth biblical month. 

After the Matthew studies, in honor of Purim which begins on 20 Feb; on 18 Feb an article on the Inter Testament period is scheduled, to be followed by an article on Esther and Purim, and then the Ezra and Nehemiah studies.  These Inter Testament studies will help in explaining the situation in Judea during the physical life of Christ.   After this short series the Mark studies are scheduled. 

Please note that the Rabbins insert the intercalary 13th month before the twelfth month [calling the 13th the 12th, and the 12th as the 13th] so as to hold Purim on 20 and 21 March. 

Is the timing of this Festival which commemorates deliverance from Haman in the empire of king Artaxerxes Longimanus of any significance in the timing of the Israeli elections and a possible Middle East war?

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  1. Dear James,

    Your adamant insistances that the abib barley must be located close to the Temple and cut by the Priest is in stark contrast to God’s instruction that the barley shall be the first to be in the abib stage in the whole of Jerusalem, and brought to the Priest in time for the Wave Sheaf. As you have pointed out, everyone was to come to Jerusalem by that time anyhow – they simply had to bring the barley with them – not impossible at all. And as for Christ endorsing the Temple-based cutting by not correcting it; perhaps He left some things for our own discernment….not forgetting His general overview – that they were worshipping in vain ….(Matthew 15). As you keep on saying – we are to live by every word of God (not necessarily by what the Priests were doing).

    Colin, please put on your thinking cap for a few minutes. The command was to be present in Jerusalem for the Passover and the Feast of UB. Since the sheaf was only cut on the Sunday during the Feast it is obvious that; NO they could not have cut the sheaf earlier and brought it with them. This is not my insistence it is the clear command of God.

    No Jesus would never allow a thing as important as the symbol [and a proof] of his own resurrection and Messiah-ship to be mishandled without commenting on the matter to his own disciples. Therefore, yes Jesus affirmed by not correcting them, that they did this correctly as the scriptures plainly command, during the Temple Period.

    Why do you think that today’s Rabbins want to deny the need to cut the sheaf at Jerusalem today when this is exactly what the law requires? Because the Jerusalem cutting and the lifting of the Wave Offering the same day is a confirmation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ which they seek to deny!

    To reject the cutting of the sheaf immediately outside the city walls at the moment that Christ was resurrected, is to symbolically even if unwittingly reject the resurrection of Christ and a major proof of his Messiah-ship! James

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