Zadok Priestly Calendar

The Biblical calendar has been a hotly debated topic among many in the messianic movement. We do not desire to enter these debates, but we also understand the importance of keeping the feasts on the days appointed by YHVH.

Due to the many opinions and the confusion that often surrounds this topic, the men of our group decided to cast lots before YHVH after praying and fasting for several days. The lot came up for the Zadok/Enochian calendar with unbelievable odds, so that is what we are currently observing as a group. If anyone is interested in joining us for the feast days, please feel free to Contact Us for more information.

Below is a link to a free printable calendar that we have compiled for anyone to print and share.  This particular version begins with October 2018 with the renewing of the Torah cycle on Sukkot.  That has absolutely nothing to do with the calendar itself, it was just a convenient place for me to start it for publication within our group.

Unlike many Zadok calendars available online, I have spent the time to present the information in the standardized Gregorian format so it is easy to reference for daily use. We plan on having these printed as wall calendars with the weekly Torah portions and photos added. If you are interested please let us know.

Torah is Light Calendar 2018-2020.pdf

Calendar cover

Thanks to my good friend Nate for the amazing graphics work

You can also subscribe to our shared online calendar by using the link below. This method works great for mobile devices.

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/tmatthew888%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics

As I set out to make this calendar I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into.  I had been holding to a “sighting” method since coming to Torah to determine the months and to set the Feast schedule. I spent a great deal of time researching the moon and tracking its phases and movements. What I found is that the moon is fairly difficult to understand.  It wanders north and south, up and down, and it is constantly falling behind the sun by roughly 13.2 degrees a day.

Even though I doubted that I would ever really understand the moon and its movements, I relied on a belief that Yah’s calendar system had to be simple enough for His people to follow.

What I found while researching the Zadok calendar is that it is by far the simplest. It is perfectly divisible by seven, it uses both the sun and the moon as witnesses, and it is in line with the priestly order that is laid out in 1 Chronicles 24.

Trust me, at first I had a hard time understanding it and even accepting it myself. But after seeing the results of the lot we cast, I could no longer simply ignore it. So after spending almost a year with this calendar, learning how it functions; how it ties into Scripture, the book of Enoch and Jubilees; and by observing the days the Father commanded according to it reckoning, I am fairly convinced that this as close as we can get to the calendar that the ancient Hebrews were keeping prior to the captivity.

Pray about it, and if you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us

Shalom!

Links:

Zadok basics

Intercalation

We know that the sun revolves on a 365.24 something circuit right? Well how then does the 364 day year work?  As with most calendars, even the Gregorian and Hillel II calendars there is a need to intercalate, or add days every so often to keep things aligned. The same thing happens with the Zadok. The question is how?

Since the Zadok calendar is a fixed day calendar beginning with the 4th day every year, the observed equinox would advance a day or two each year, and in five to six years we would be a week behind, thus the need to intercalate. So how then do we determine when to add a week to keep us in line? This took a lot of investigation and mapping out the moon and sun movements.

For reference I have added a copy of my latest spreadsheet in the additional resources section below.

Method #1

This is a simple method, and one that I refer to as the blind method.  It completely disregards the sun and the stars which I have a problem with because what is recorded for us in Genesis 1.  But as far as being simple this is it.  Basically this method waits for the spring equinox to land on the 4th day and then it intercalates adding a week.  This produces a 5-6-5-6 yearly span between intercalation periods.  The method is not difficult to pinpoint and could be very easily verified using only a calendar and a sun dial.

Method #2

The second method is a fair amount more involved, but it brings into play the moon and its alignments with the equinoxes as well.

According to the Book of Enoch we know that the number of day in three years are 1,092, in five years they are 1,898, and in eight years they are 2,912. The interesting thing is, is  this is exactly how this intercalation patterns falls 3, 5 & 8. It is more of a 3+3, 5, 3+3 pattern. It is oddly enough very similar to the 5-6-5-6- pattern of the first method but varies as to when it lands and has an additional 8 year cycle that happens every so often.

Wile mapping out the actual observed alignments, it becomes clear that as we fall behind the spring equinox, the full moon will land within 7 days following the end of the previous 364 day signaling the need to intercalate or add a week to keep us in alignment. This happens without fail every time, proving that the moon is a witness as stated in Psalm 89:37 and Enoch 74:13

Sometime the moon appears to do its own thing and causes a 8 year span between intercalation periods. The 8 year span between intercalation does not happen often, but if it did not happen the distance between the start of the year and the actual equinox would widen. By using this method we are kept very close to the equinox.  And the pattern of the heavenly movements fits Enoch’s description perfectly.

Below is an example showing the alignment that happens during the time of intercalation.

IntercalationI have personally charted the alignments back for over 200 years and found this pattern fits with amazing accuracy.

Method #3

There is another anomaly that appears with regards to the moon.  Taking the full and new moon dates given in the Qumran text we can chart them and find an amazing pattern emerge. If we intercalate on the first year of every sabbatical cycle and then again in about 28 years the lunar cycles follow a 7 year pattern perfectly. Not to mention that the length of the years average out to 365.25 which is astonishing. This method requires some understanding of the Qumran text and the priestly courses to really appreciate, but I believe that it may be closer than the first and second methods simply because we actually have recorded historical data to pull from and compare to.

This method however doesn’t really use the moon to determine intercalation, but rather uses it as a marker to verify its timing. By following the pattern given in the Scrolls it is pretty east to determine when to make the adjustment.

Mishmarot A (4Q320, Fr. 1 I)

” … to show it from the east. [And] to cause it to shine [in] the middle of heaven, in the foundation [of the creat]ion, from evening till morning. (There is full moon) On the 4th (day) in the week [of the sons of G]amul in the first month of [the firs]t year…

Mishmarot B (4Q321, fr. 1)

[The] second (year), the first (month). On the second (day) in (the week of) Malchiah which is on the twen[tieth (day) in the first (month).
And] the New Moon [is on the third (day) in (the week of) Harim which is on the se]venth (day) in (the first month).

The second year: On the 2nd (day) in (the week of) Malchiah, (corresponding) to the 29th (day of the lunar month which falls) on the 20th (day) in the first (solar month)…

The above is just an excerpt but give you an idea of how these dates are catalogued. By taking the data in the scrolls we can establish the following pattern

DSS Moon dates

DSS Moon dates2We can see that the 1st year the full moon falls of the 1st day of the year, the second year it falls on the 20th, 3rd year the 10th, 4th the 1st, 5th year the 20th, 6th year the 10th and the 7th year it again lands on the 1st.

So it develops a 1, 20, 10, 1, 20, 10, 1 pattern for the full moon dates. The pattern for the new moon is the 17th, 1st, 7th, 27th and so on. If we intercalate on the first year of every sabbatical cycle the pattern actually shifts between the two patterns. This happens pretty much without fail and also keeps us within a week of the spring equinox. What is harder to determine is when the additional year of intercalation that has to happen on or around the 28th year must take place.

intercalation2

Since we are only given 4 years of Full moon dats and 3 years of new moon dates we have to do a little interpolation, but the moon is pretty consistent running on a 19 year metonic cycle. Knowing this is helpful indeed because once we isolate the patterns we can determine with a fair amount of accuracy years into the past or future when the lunar phases will actually land.

By overlaying the dates given of the lunar phases with the priestly courses we can establish what yearly pattern we are in, 1, 2, or 3.  The 4th year is actually the same as the first but with a change in the priestly course.

This method does have some problems as they all do, but it definitely holds closer to the recorded information that we have in the Scrolls than the other methods do. Plus it holds to a 7 year sabbatical cycle that begins or ends with a period of intercalation. This is most significant because it is during this period that it is believed that all the priestly courses would be in service at the temple and there would be a huge festival as indicated in Psalm 81. However, this to cannot be confirmed.

Intercalation Conclusion

I realize that these are not the majority view concerning intercalation, however, one cannot simply disregard the moon or the stars when looking at the calendar.  These heavenly bodies were given for signs, moed, days and years. It is NOT just a solar calendar and I personally believe after spending a great deal of time with this, Enoch is absolutely correct when he says,

“The moon brings on all the years exactly, that their stations may come neither too forwards nor too backwards a single day; but that the years may be changed with correct precision …”

The other thing that is interesting to note in scripture is that in Psalm 81 a festival that included both the חדשׁ Chodesh (renewing) and the כּסא  Keseh (full moon) are referenced to as a “law for Yisra’el, and a right-ruling of the Elohim of Ya’aqob”.

Psalm 81:3 Blow a shofar in the renewing (Chodesh), at the full moon (Keseh) for the day of our festival.

When else in scripture are we commanded to “observe” the months? It’s only in the chodesh of Abib that we are commanded to do so in Deturonomy 16:1. This further illustrates that observing the solstices and the fall equinox and adjusting the calendar to them is not commanded.

These are simply a couple methods and alignments that appears to be significant in regards to the calendar. Nevertheless, I also believe that there are other various alignments of the heavenly bodies which play a significant role in regards to the calendar but I have yet to make additional connections. Regardless, this calendar definitely appears to be established primarily upon the WORD of Yah and then confirmed by the witnesses, not the other way around; and that pattern makes the most logical sense to me form a scriptural standpoint.

All alignments aside there are still several issues regarding intercalation that have not been made clear.  First of all there is no published record of how the Zadok priests actually intercalated, or if they even did for that matter. Secondly, what is not clear is how Jubilees are observed.  According to scripture the Jubilee was to be the 50th year following 7 sabbatical cycles.  The mainstream understanding of this is that it would then be the 1st year of the following Jubilee cycle, but that would only allow for 48 years between Jubilees which violates the Biblical command.  Again there is no recorded history of Israel ever keeping the Jubilee let alone how they counted them.  If we hold fast to the Qumran text and the priestly courses as they are recorded then the 50th year command in scripture would most definitely be one that was never followed. I deeply believe that if we can isolate the Jubilee pattern falling on 50 year cycles then we can easily establish exactly where we are on Yah’s calendar. However this is no easy task given the information that we have to go off of.

A Little History about the Qumran Scrolls

the following excerpt is from https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/scrolls_deadsea/uncovered/uncovered04.htm

The calendar texts from Qumran Cave 4 are numerous and significant. They comprise eighteen texts (4Q319-330 and 4Q337), not including many which, while not strictly related to a calendar, present a calendar system.

Especially noteworthy is the absence among the Qumran find is any text advocating a different calendar. This absence is important because the calendar found in the Qumran materials was only one of several in use and seems to have represented a minority position. The calendar texts are, therefore, central to any attempt to understand the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In order to follow the rather technical expositions of these texts, one must know a few facts about the calendar they advocate, and about the priestly courses (mishmarot) which served in the Temple at Jerusalem.

The calendar is purely solar, based on a particular understanding of the Creation account found in Genesis. In its exclusive reliance on the sun, it stands in stark contrast to later Rabbinic Judaism, which followed a lunisolar calendar of 354 days relying mainly on the moon. Earlier, the Pharisaic forerunners of Rabbinic Judaism seem to have followed an even more lunar-oriented calendar, though from the evidence of the Qumran texts, the lunisolar calendar seems already to have gained currency during at least some of the period of the Scrolls.

In the system that finally emerged, probably under Greco-Roman influence, in Rabbinic Judaism at the end of the fourth century AD, extra lunar months were intercalated seven times in every nineteen years to produce the kind of harmonization necessary to ensure that the calendar remained fixed to the seasons of the solar cycle. The Muslims, for their part, reflecting probably an earlier phase of this historical process, never made the complicated mathematical and calendrical intercalations necessary for passage from a lunar to a lunisolar calendar.

Although the authors of the Qumran calendrical texts disdained the lunisolar calendar, a number of their writings synchronize the two versions. The reasons for this synchronization are not entirely clear, but they may have found it necessary to be able to point out errors with the current system and to know the correct answers.

The only question that must be asked is whether this calendar goes back to Maccabean times, as the third text on Priestly Courses implies – or even earlier – and whether the Maccabeans themselves preferred it before the Pharisees took over with the rise of Herod once and for all. However this may be, the anti-Pharisaic and consequently, the anti-Herodian character of the calendar cannonot be denied.

The exile of the Zadok order

In 167 BCE, King Antiochus returned to Jerusalem after his second campaign in Egypt, and he immediately banned the Hebrew religion and the Zadok Priestly order, and prohibited all religious practices. He dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem to Zeus, the Lord of Heaven (Baal Shamen), and ordered the Hebrew people to worship Zeus and to participate in the festival honoring Dionysus, who was Zeus’ son, (who was called Bacchus by the Romans), and Dionysus/Bacchus was known as the “dying and rising god” as he was “twice born.”  This  festival, called Bacchanalia, was held on March 16th and March 17th to pollute the Hebrew Spring Equinox Day and New Year’s Day. When King Antiochus began sacrificing swine and making abominable offerings in the Temple, this began the Maccabean revolt (1 Maccabees Chapter 1, and 2 Maccabees Chapters 4, 6 and 7)

After the death of King Antiochus, in 164 BCE, some of the Hebrew priests tried to restore the Solar Calendar, but the Greek “New Moon” influence was all around them. Later, in 359 CE, Hillel II introduced the fixed calculated New Moon Calendar which is based on the conjunction of the moon, and it is the Lunar Calendar that has been used by Jews and others to this day to determine the 1st Day of the Months and the Annual Feast Days.  However, the term “New Moon” (yareach chadash יָרֵחַ חָדָשׁ) ) is not written anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Additional resources

My calculations in an excel file – zadok dates rev1.2

Yah’s Enoch Calendar Face Book Group

Plans for sun dials and additional information – The Melchizedek Project


Here are a few videos explaining the Zadok calendar

 

17 thoughts on “Zadok Priestly Calendar

  1. TheLordIS MyBanner

    this on the right path! next year, when the equinox is on wed the 20th of march, we must start the year on the following wed, as we can’t start it on the same day as the equinox. it happens about every 5th year. from my understanding, we cannot start before or on the equinox. 🙂

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    1. I used to be in that camp as well. However, since I have charted the last 100+ years of solar and lunar alignments I have come to see it differently.
      There are 2 major thoughts when it comes to intercalation. One you just let the years roll until you are either a week behind, or in your case in alignment with the equinox then you add a week. Or you can use the moon as a witness as scripture indicates which is not as mainstream as the former thought.
      Incredibly what I have found along with others that have dug into this topic as well; is that every year we are to intercalate the full moon lands between the end of the 364th day and the solar equinox. 2019 is actually a perfect year where everything is in alignment. The sun, full moon, and the 4th day. Form observing the heavenly alignments and spending hours upon hours of charting this out myself I see no need whatsoever to intercalate next year.
      I will post more on intercalation as time permits. The alignments are absolutely incredible and quite undeniable.

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      1. A group of guys and myself have been working hard to determine just that.
        By overlaying the information given in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the information given by TimeandDate.com regarding the full and new moon dates we have been able to isolate an alternating 7 year pattern that appears to fit the priestly courses. However, it is still unknown how those in Qumran observed the Jubilee let alone how they intercalated.
        So to keep it short, after a lot of searching and prayer we are still looking for the answers we seek.
        I believe wholeheartedly that whatever the calendar is it must first fit scripture and it must incorporate the luminaries.
        We are getting closer all the time but it seems that we are still missing a key component that will unlock the mystery.
        As a group however, we decided to NOT intercalate this year based upon what we have found thus far.

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      2. Wayne Thibodeaux

        The reason why you can’t understand the calendar, is because you are looking in the wrong place. The Qumran texts of the dead sea scrolls are not scripture.

        The only scriptural instructions to formulate a calendar system are found in chapters 72-82 of the book of Enoch and confirmed in the book of Jubilees.

        Your calendar is false because it maintains the Roman calendar day of Saturn Sabbath and a fourth day start which is not scriptural either.

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      3. Please show me where the Sabbath has been changed in history. The Julian calendar was in use during the time the Romans occupied Judea, and also during the time Yeshua walked the earth. If that was incorrect I believe it is safe to say that Yeshua would have mentioned it seeing how He had a knack for pointing out the inconsistencies of the ruling powers, yet that argument is oddly missing from the New Testament writing. All the Gregorian calendar did was add 10 days to the calendar. So Thursday the 10th was now Thursday the 20th, but it was STILL Thursday. That was done to correct the faulty intercalation method used by the Julian calendar.

        I would also like to point out that in many common languages the name for the 7th day we call Saturday in English means “Sabbath”… Spanish – Sábado, Greek – Sabbat‎, Italian – Sabato etc…

        Also if the Sabbath had been moved, don’t you think that the ENTIRE Jewish community world wide would have been up in arms? Yet that never happened either. I firmly believe that the Sabbath, just like Scripture has been supernaturally protected throughout history. Just research it and see what happened every time a government tried to add an extra day to the week. The people ALWAYS revolted. And if the 7th day is not on Saturday, just when do you observe it?

        The 4th day start is directly tied back to the creation week in Scripture. Without the sun, moon, and stars what would you have to base a calendar upon? The luminaries are the basis of ALL ancient calendars, and so the Zadok calendar pulls from that as well, yet it also keeps with the creation pattern having the year start on the 4th day when the sun and moon (the hands on our giant clock) were created.

        Regarding the Qumran text. I never said that they were scripture and I use them as “reference only”. Scripture MUST come first as our primary source and guide. However, they also add some key information as to how an ancient civilization (a priestly order) were observing not just the calendar, but the Torah in their everyday lives. Its an astonishing historical find that lets us peer into the past, but is it scripture. Not in my book.

        And finally Jubilees… Do you want to take a guess at where the most ancient known copy of that text was also discovered… in Qumran. And please tell me where you heard that Jubilees was a “confirmed” text. Before the Qumran discovery in the 1940’s, only 2 copies dating back to the 15th/16th century were even known to exist so their authenticity could not be verified. And just because one group in Ethiopia canonized it doesn’t make it scripture. It is at best a second temple period writing that adds fences around Torah, which by the way is a violation of Torah, just read Deut12:32 “…do not add to it nor take away from it.” Yet Jubilees does just that in several areas. Definitely doesn’t pass the Deuteronomy test, but its is still a good historical reference, just not one to supersede scripture with.

        I do not claim to understand everything, nobody does, but after studying various texts in-depth over the last two years I have gained a pretty good understanding of the calendrical patterns and how they work. I completely believe that the patterns laid out in Enoch, Jubilees, and yes the Qumran text all describe the correct patterns. What the Qumran texts add is the timing of lunar phases and the priestly courses which were established by the High Priest Zadok and David in 1Chronicles 24. So it helps to have that information when one is attempting to find out where we are in the pattern (which we are narrowing in on). But what they all fail to describe is how to correct the 1.24 day difference between the 364 day and the solar 365.24 day. Its a real issue, and one that I don’t take lightly. Left alone with a 364 day year in just 20 years you would be keeping Passover in February. Think about that.

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  2. TheLordIS MyBanner

    Matt, is this your website? if so, why then did you share the Zadok vids because that is where i got my info as well. We only need the sun to know when start the year.

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    1. I shared those videos because that is the clearest explanation that I have come across in a video form so far. However, that doesn’t mean that I agree 100% with what she says.
      In scripture the moon is referred to as a faithful witness in heaven. Psalm 89:37
      And in the book of Enoch it says
      “The moon brings on all the years exactly, that their stations may come neither too forwards nor too backwards a single day; but that the years may be changed with correct precision in three hundred and sixty-four days…” Enoch 74:13
      How then does the moon bring in the year perfectly if we only need the sun when the moon is on a 354 day cycle, and how does it “change the years with correct precision” if we don’t need it? And why were they holding a celebration that included both the Chodesh and the full moon in Psalm 81 calling it a Law of the God of Jacob referring to “observing” the month of Abib which is the only month we are command to “observe”. So what does the moon witness if not the beginning of the Biblical year?
      After charting it out it is clear that the moon absolutely stands as a witness. I would encourage you to chart it out for yourself and see. The full moon lands during the intercalation week exactly in 3, 5, and 8 year intervals just as Enoch chapter 74 states.
      Don’t just take others work as truth without digging in yourself. As I mentioned I will be posting more on this topic soon.
      Shalom!

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  3. Cristy

    Hi, we are in agreement with the following of the Zadok calendar, as we too see it as the simple and orderly design of Yah. We also see the importance and significance of the sun, moon and stars working in conjunction/harmony with each other!! I was looking forward to seeing your dates etc… but for some reason they are not showing up when I try and open them. Bummer!!

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    1. Which file were you trying to open?
      I can send you files directly if you send a message through the contact page if that helps.
      We have been doing a lot of study regarding intercalation and the patterns made by the sun and moon.
      I would be glad to help in any way I can.

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  4. Cristy Armstrong VanWart

    Just wrote up a whole comment here and somehow I lost it as I was trying to post it! Ugh!
    Anyway, sorry for my delayed reply! I am just seeing your resonse now! 😦 Yes, I would love it if you could send me the file! The one that I am having trouble with, is the one with the Zadok dates. I can open it, but its just blank. Thanks!! And thank you so much for all your hard work and studying all of this out, it really is a huge blessing to those of us who just don’t have as much time to invest in doing all of the work you have done!! We have been looking at various forms of the Jubilee and Enoch calanders for the past few + years off and on… but in all honesty we were not sure we should focus too much on it because we were also trying to be mindful of being in unity with our fellowship etc… and we still saw some gaps and things that didn’t exactly line up/make sense to us, so we studied it as we were able, but decided to continue to observe the sliver moon calander until Yah showed us more and gave us the “green light” so to speak (ie I needed to follow my hubby’s lead on this, (well…mostly I did… though I am more of the digger into-er, and questioner of the 2 of us!!) but he just wasn’t to sure about it, or even if it mattered that much since it seemed kind of “elussive” and stressful with all the back and forth and uncertainity… and he is the peacekeeper ❤ so we kept with what was more familiar/common, as I kept studying bits and pieces on the side.
    Then this year he began to study it out more as well and now we both have been starting to study out the Zadok calendar more and more, we are seeing so many things coming together and lining up perfectly with Scriptures… its really an exciting time we are in!!

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  5. Gilbert

    I find the chart with dates 1980-1988 helps.
    Can you please put that same chart and have it continued up to this date on a link here in the comment section ? ?
    If there is any problem putting an active link in, break the link up a bit.
    I think many readers here would like that.

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    1. Please see the additional resources section at the bottom of the Calendar page. I have just uploaded a link to an updated file and refreshed some of the content of the page itself. I wanted to add some clarity to a couple different intercalation methods as well describe some recent findings that point to a 7year cycle vs a 5-6 year cycle. If that does not help please contact me through the contact page and I will email the files directly.
      Shalom!

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  6. Douglas Quinton

    I am just coming into all this and very interesting. I read Enoch a couple of years back and discarded the notion of 364 days, considering eventual season slippage and not understanding that there were intercalculatory days added as well.

    I came upon your site because I was searching for the time of day that Shabbat starts on the Zadok calendar. I had been observing from evening, but I am sure in Genesis 1 it is quite clear the new day starts at early morning – or crack of dawn ?

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  7. Here is a link to the first video in a 5 part series.
    I too believe that a day begins at twilight in the wee morning hours.
    The pattern laid out in Gen 1 and many verse following seem to support that position. Plus we are called children of light so why would our day start in darkness?
    Thanks
    Matt

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  8. Seeker Of The Way

    I do not understand where you get the first of the month from, it seems to make more since to use the time pieces He gave us and if the Sun moon and Stars were created on day 4 and that is their Cycle start that it would also mark the fourth day of the first month, I do not use the calendar of man at all to hold the days, since we are not to conform to the world I see it as yet another way for the Creator to set us apart from the lost ones not seeking. This then every Equinox would mark the 4th day of the week and the 4th day of the first month, with the moon Cycling to keep track of the yrs according to what day of each month it lands. So our calendar can be see directly with the lights in the sky so that you can start each Year new with the feasts landing on the same days as the days in the Heavens and we then can feast with the Messangers and such as that. You are really close it seems, let me know your thoughts on what I said thank you.

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    1. The sun and moon are simply witnesses. Their movements and alignments are used to confirm the year not actually start it. Just like everything in Torah it must have multiple witnesses for a matter to be established, and that is exactly what the sun and moon do. At the end of the day its an intercalation issue.

      Throughout the DSS it is clear that the start of the year is always on the 4th day or Wednesday. If you chart out the lunar phases and the priestly courses together it leaves absolutely no question that is how they reckoned it. And using this method you will also have an unbroken priestly course and more importantly an unbroken 7th day sabbath cycle which has been established from the beginning. If we allow the Sun to dictate the 4th day it would cause a shift in the daily count the last week of each year would have either 8 or 9 days clearly violating the 4th command. This simply cannot be.

      I honestly believe the calendar is a faith issue like most things in scripture. He says “here it is, are you going to follow it?” And just like the ancient Israelites and the nations across the world, many choose to follow either the sun, the moon, or man rather than the divinity ordered pattern set forth.

      “and lest you lift up your eyes to the heavens, and shall see the sun, and the moon, and the stars – all the host of the heavens – and you be drawn away into bowing down to them and serving them, which יהוה your Elohim has allotted to all the peoples under all the heavens.”  (Deu 4:19)

      The Zadok calendar uses both the sun and the moon but is ordered or controlled by neither. Its established by His word and confirmed by the witnesses.

      I do not have the intercalation method nailed down yet, but I truly believe that the calendar pattern as set forth in Enoch, Jubilees and the DSS is the correct pattern.
      It is perfectly divisible by 7’s
      7x7x7=343
      7+7+7=21
      343+21=364 days
      364/7=52 weeks

      It fits the pattern of 12 that is throughout scripture.
      12 months
      12 tribes
      12 disciples
      12×12,000=144,000
      City measures 12,000 furlongs
      Its walls are 144 cubits 12×12

      Plus it keeps the seasons in their appropriate time.

      If you have not read through the calendar text found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and charted out the moons along with the priestly courses, I would encourage you to do so. It will become clear once you do that. Don’t just take my word on it.

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