Which Calendar is right?
Due to the many opinions on calendars and due to the fact that there are at least seventeen different calendars (see pic below) in usage today among the Hebrew Roots and Sacred Name only Movements, Seed of Abraham Apostolic Fellowship believes that due to the at least seventeen (17) different Calendars that there is also at least seventeen (17) different year starts, seventeen (17) different weekly Sabbaths, seventeen (17) different new moon/month's calculations and celebrations and also seventeen (17) different annual feasts dates throughout the year also.
Each group believes they are correct while the other sixteen (16) are wrong or incorrect.
Each group believes they are correct while the other sixteen (16) are wrong or incorrect.
There is allot of judgement and condemnation going on in this movement and it is very sad because its turning people off and causing people to not receive salvation that is a free gift given to all mankind. Ephesians 2:8-9.
Seed of Abraham Apostolic Fellowship therefore believes that Colossians 2:16-17 is of paramount importance to our relationship with each other:
Colossians 2:16-23, 16 Therefore let no one judge you in food or in drink, or in respect of a feast, or of the new moon/month, or of the Sabbaths. 17 For these are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ.
We must not let anyone judge us in how we worship and when we worship. The Father is seeking worshippers who worship Him in Spirit and in truth that time is now 24/7 regardless of days and times.
John 4:23-24, 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Matthew 22:36-40, 36 Lord, which is the great commandment in the Law? 37 Jesus said to him, you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbour as yourself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
If we cannot love the LORD our God with all our hearts, souls and minds, and we cannot love our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ as ourselves all the feast keeping, all the Sabbath keeping and all the new moons/months celebrations are all in vain.
Seed of Abraham Apostolic Fellowship believes that the reason there are all these Calendar issues i.e. at least seventeen (17) different calendar's is because they are all man's invention, the LORD Himself said He was going to put an end to this.
Hosea 2:11-13, 11 I will also cause all her joy to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her appointed feasts. 12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, of which she has said, they are my rewards that my lovers have given me. And I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them. 13 And I will visit on her the days of the Baals, in which she burned incense to them, and she adorned herself with her nose-rings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers and forgot Me, says the LORD.
Amos 5:21-27, 21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your food offerings, I will not be pleased. Nor will I regard the peace offerings of your fat animals. 23 Take the noise of your songs away from Me; for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. 24 But let judgment roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. 25 Have you offered sacrifices and offerings to Me forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 26 But you have carried the booth of your king and Kiyyun, your images, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves. 27 So I will cause you to go into exile beyond Damascus, says the LORD, the God of Hosts is His Name.
Isaiah 1:11-18, 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me? says the LORD; I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of he-goats. 12 When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to trample My courts? 13 Bring no more vain sacrifice; incense is an abomination to Me; the new moon and sabbath, the going to meeting; I cannot endure evil and the assembly! 14 Your new moons/months and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes; cease to do evil; 17 learn to do good; seek judgment, reprove the oppressor. Judge the orphan, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD; though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.
Acts 1:7 And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times (calendars) or seasons (feasts) which the Father has put in His own authority.
Many of the Hebrew roots or Sacred Name only advocates and teachers will tell you that this is not what Acts 1:7. says, Yet it's these same people who will use times and seasons in other passages of scripture to push their agenda for feast and sabbath keeping.
We believe as Jesus Christ said that it is NOT for us to know the times i.e. calendars or seasons i.e. annual feasts, which the Father has put in His own authority please see the above passages Hosea 2:11-13; Amos 5:21-27; Isaiah 1:11-18.
This we believe to be clearly manifest by the at least seventeen (17) different calendars.
Yahusha HaMashyach/Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath
Mark 2:27-28, 27 And He said to them, the sabbath came into being for man's sake, and not man for the sabbath's sake. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the sabbath.
The Sabbath in the beginning
Genesis 2:2-3, 2 And by the seventh day God ended His work which He had made. And He ceased on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and set it apart, because in it He had ceased from all His work which God created to make.
Exodus 20:8-11 8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it set apart. 9 Six days you shall labour and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. You shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and set it apart.
The weekly seventh day Sabbath was originally intended to and for as follows:
- Remember that the LORD our God created the heavens and the earth in six days and ceased from His work on the Seventh Day.
- To cease from all our work on the seventh day from our six days of labour.
- To rest and be refreshed for the week to follow.
We therefore believe that each person who chooses to keep the seventh day set apart to the LORD, regardless of day is doing so to the LORD and that we are NOT to judge any man as per Colossians 2:16 Therefore let no one judge you in food or in drink, or in respect of a feast, or of the new moon/month, or of the Sabbaths.
The Three Annual Feasts Exodus 23:14-19
14 Three times in the year you must celebrate a feast (chagag) to Me.
15 You shall observe the Feast (Chag) of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, in the appointed time of the month Abyb, for in it you came out from Egypt. No one shall appear before Me empty-handed.
16 You shall observe the Feast (Chag) of Harvest, the first fruits of your labours, which you have sown in the field. You shall observe the Feast (Chag) of ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labours from the field.
17 Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God.
18 You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread, nor shall the fat of My sacrifice remain until the morning.
19 The first of the first fruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk.
There are several reasons why these three annual feasts cannot be celebrated today.
1) We are not in the true land of Israel, and are unable to bring the first fruits of any of our harvests as the land we dwell in is NOT the land commanded, Israel have been scattered among the nations. Most of us have no crops to bring anyway.
2) The command is that we bring the first fruits of our land to the House of the LORD, as there is NO HOUSE of the LORD to bring these first fruits to we are not obligated to carry out these commands, NOT because we DON'T want to but because we simply CANNOT.
The true Jerusalem is above please see Galatians 4:26; Hebrews 12:22, the true tabernacle/temple of House of the LORD is above and our Malak-Tsadyq (Melchizedek) High Priest is above.
3) We are NOT required to offer up animal sacrifices as Jesus Christ Hebrews 7:27 who (speaking of Jesus Christ) does not need, as those high priests (Levitical), to offer up slaughter offerings day by day, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, for this He (Jesus Christ) did once for all when He offered up Himself.
4) Hebrews 13:15 Through Him (Jesus Christ our Malak-Tsadyq High Priest) then, let us continually offer up a slaughter offering of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name. - See also Hosea 14:2.
Colossians 2:16-23, 16 Therefore let no one judge you in food or in drink, or in respect of a feast, or of the new moon/month, or of the Sabbaths. 17 For these are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of (Christ).
As you can see this subject concerning calendars within the Hebrew Roots and Sacred Name only movement causes allot of division. Many want to keep the Law of Moses without understanding the reason why it was given in the first place.
For a more in depth look into why the law was given please see: Why was THE LAW given?
The Hebrew Roots and Sacred Name only movement are in a real state of division no one can be in agreement on any subject. This subject is one of those that divides.
1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Most of the Hebrew Roots and Sacred Name only movement people preach and teach everything else but Yahusha/Jesus and him crucified.
Romans 6:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
These people need to be avoided.
We have seen so many people fall victim to the false doctrines presented by the Hebrew Roots and Sacred Name only movements. We have seen many people and families end up converting to the religion of Judaism because of the misinformation presented. Many of these people end up denying Messiah altogether and declare the New Testament and New Covenant false.
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Yahusha Ha Mashyach (Jesus Christ) is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
I pray that you will be blessed by this article it is no way intended to attack any individual person but to earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
That faith is the Apostles Doctrine please see: The Apostolic Doctrine for further information.