The Biblical New Year is the Creator’s designated New Year!

The evidence is straight from witnesses in Scripture. 

There is no substantial reason for anyone to continue the millennium’s old tradition

of celebrating on January 1st or any other date determined by man.

When Is the Biblical New Year?

  • The first month of the Biblical year is March/April on the Gregorian calendar and is called the month of the Abib (or Aviv). Abib means fresh, young barley ears.
  • The first month of the year is when Passover and the Early Feasts occur.
Deuteronomy 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
  • Exodus 12:2 means that the month Abib is the first month, or head of the year, or Rosh HaShana.
Exodus 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning (meaning Rosh or head) of months: it shall be the first month of the year (meaning Shana) to you. (King James Version)
  • After the destruction of the Temple and the carrying of the people of Israel into Babylon, the term Nisan entered into the language and Abib was no longer used. Abib is the condition of a crop; Nisan is the name of a month.
  • In America, the New Year is celebrated on January 1st. Secular Jews, Jews of Judaism, and Messianic Believers who incorporate Jewish traditions, celebrate the Jewish New Year on Tishri 1st.  According to Scripture, Tishri 1st is the first day of the seventh month which is the  Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah.  

Is the Jewish Rosh HaShana and the Biblical New Year the Same?

  • No
  • The Jewish Community Celebrates the New Year in the fall season at sundown on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Teruah, The Feast of Trumpets. However, the Jewish Community calls it the New Year although Yom Teruah is the 7th Month on the Biblical and Jewish Calendars. Those who follow Rosh Hashanah in the seventh month are following what was established by Judaism and the Rabbis.  
  • The first month of the Biblical year is March/April on the Gregorian calendar and is called the month of the Abib (or Aviv). We have to follow YeHoVaH’s reckoning of time in order to be at the right place for His appointed times.

Why Do We Celebrate the Biblical New Year?

  • Although we are not commanded to celebrate the New Year, in order to keep the Commandment of Deuteronomy 16:1, we observe the beginning of the month and celebrate it!
Deuteronomy 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
  • Those who celebrate January 1st as the New Year are following what was established by Caesar, not established by YeHoVaH!

Why Is it Important to Observe the Biblical New Year?

  • The New Year was instituted by YeHoVaH.  We are commanded to observe the first month of the year and given instructions on how to determine the first month.  The first month is determined when the renewed moon is sighted and the barleyis Abib/Aviv. By Following YeHoVaH’s reckoning of time, we do not fall prey to Judaism’s or Christianity’s reckoning of time and will be better prepared for the return of Messiah.
  • It is critically important to accurately determine the beginning of the 1st month of the year with the barley being Abib and the sighting of the renewed moon.  That date determines the dates of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Pentecost.
  • By Following YeHoVaH’s reckoning of time, we do not fall prey to Judaism’s or Christianity’s reckoning of time and will be better prepared for the return of Messiah.
Daniel 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

How Are We to Celebrate the New Year?

  • Because the Biblical New Year is also the beginning of the month, we blow the trumpet as described in Scripture.
Numbers 10:10  Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the Lord your God.
  • There are no other specific Biblical Instructions for the celebration of the Biblical New Year.

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Did you know that the Biblical New Year is not January 1st? Who established the calendar that we use today? What are "appointed times" and who is to observe them?

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