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Feasts & Holy Day Calendar 2016

Calendar of the Biblical/Torah holidays (Feasts of the LORD of Leviticus 26) based on the aviv barley search in Israel up to March 10th, 2016 (This differs from the precalculated invented Jewish calendar used by the State of Israel.)

2016 Biblical Holidays Dates (as of Sept 3rd, 2016)

Note: This is another one of those years with a major division among aviv barley searchers, so I present both calendars. This highlights again the need for prophets, judges, and priests not only to "keep Torah" but to even know when the Torah feasts fall. (See article at bottom for more.) Since I'm not any of the above, I leave it to you to decide which calendar to follow for 2016.

Calendar #1: Karaite/Nehemia Gordon's Calendar

Updated 9/3/2016: The holiday dates below are up to date based on the Nehemia Gordon's team not finding aviv barley before the new (crescent) moon of March 10, 2016 sighted from Jerusalem. This is the calendar also followed by Michael Rood of A Rood Awakening except where noted on the 2nd Pentecost line.

Note: The rabbis put Rosh Hashanah in the fall, which is against Exodus 12:2. For more information on the Biblical calendar, read the article about the aviv barley.

Festival Date *
* Note: All holy days begin the previous evening at sunset.
Passover/Pesach April 23, 2016
1st Day of Unleavened Bread April 24, 2016
7th Day of Unleavened Bread April 30, 2016
Pentecost/Weeks (Shavuot) June 12, 2016
Michael Rood's Shavuot July 13, 2016
Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah/"Rosh Hashanah") October 3, 2016
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) October 12, 2016
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) October 17, 2016
Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret) October 24, 2016

Calendar #2: Gentile/Most American Torah Keeping Leaders' Calendar

Updated 9/3/2016: The holiday dates below are up to date based on the various American teams finding barley close enough to aviv before the new (crescent) moon of March 10, 2016 sighted from Jerusalem to be ready 14 days later for Passover. This is the calendar being followed by Norman Willis of Nazarene Israel, Brian Hoeck of TruthOnTheWeb.org, Joseph Dumond of SightedMoon.com, James Meyer of PaleoTimes.org, etc.

Festival Date *
* Note: All holy days begin the previous evening at sunset.
Passover/Pesach March 24, 2016
1st Day of Unleavened Bread March 25, 2016
7th Day of Unleavened Bread March 31, 2016
Pentecost/Weeks (Shavuot) May 15, 2016
Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah/"Rosh Hashanah") September 2/3, 2016
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) September 11, 2016
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) September 16, 2016
Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret) September 23, 2016

Question: What If the Crescent Moon Was Visible Earlier in America Than Jerusalem? (And What If the Calendar I Follow Is Wrong?)


More of a statement than a question. The crescent moon was visible from Dallas, TX at sundown on March 12th, 2013. Since the Creator uses the laws of nature to determine times and seasons, wouldn’t it stand that if communication wasn’t as prevalent as it is today, (years ago), that those who were viewing the crescent would have started their month from their actual viewing? Thus their feast days may be one day different than those in other parts of the world.

- TorahKeeper

My Response:

In ancient Israel, thanks to the prophets with the Holy Spirit and the priests with their urim and thumim, the revelation from God needed to know when the years (Ex 12:2) and months began and even which day was Sabbath (Ex 16) was readily available. Since it was a single tiny nation keeping the feasts, disseminating this revelation nation wide was not a problem.

In the Millennium, all nations will keep Torah (Zech 14:16; Isa 66:23). But I can't imagine it working the way that many Torah Keepers (TK) propose, that each locale gets to fix its own festival calendar off its own local barley and lunar observations. This would have the world out of sync keeping feasts a day or even a month apart. (One might argue that this is not strange since people around the world already keep Sabbath at different times. However, Sabbath is still on the same day or date, despite it beginning a few hours earlier or later than it does in Jerusalem based on when sunset on that same date arrives locally.)

Instead of a local observations based system, prophecy seems to indicate about the Millennium that Jerusalem will be the standard and headquarters for the Torah or instruction of God:

Isaiah 2:3 (HCSB) — and many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction will go out of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

How will they do it? They could use the telecommunication technologies already invented many decades ago that we are all using today to get news from Jerusalem. Or a (true, accurate) prophet in each locale would know by the holy spirit whether aviv barley was discovered in Jerusalem or whether the new moon was sighted. This is not a major problem for God. One thing is for sure, at that time people will not have to write a stranger on the internet this question as you are. They'd just ask their local judge, Levite, priest or prophet.

That not being the situation today, those who choose to observe the Torah festivals have a choice to make on which of many proposed calendar reckonings to use. There is no reason to worry whether they have not chosen the right calendar or are observing feasts on the wrong days when there is no undisputed authority today to tell us the right calendar reckoning and end all the dispute we now see. That you want to practice the biblical festivals is already pleasing to God. God judges on the heart, not by the calendar. Certainly whatever calendar you are convicted to go by, right or wrong, will not change God's view of you as righteous (assuming you do not judge or attack those who disagree with your choice!).