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Torah Feasts & Holy Day Calendar 2018

Once you understand that the "Jewish festivals"/Feasts of the LORD from Leviticus 23 are prophetic and key to end time prophecy, you may want to start tracking them using the right calendar based on the crescent new moon sightings and aviv barley search. This is not the precalculated Jewish calendar invented by the rabbis as used by the State of Israel. The rabbis put Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year's) in the fall, which is against Exodus 12:2. For more information on the Biblical calendar, read the article about the aviv barley.

2018 Biblical Holidays Dates (as of Sep 10, 2018)

This is the lunar-agricultural calendar of the Bible that Nehemia Gordon (and to a lesser extent Michael Rood) researched, restored and popularized. With Nehemia's “retirement” from calendar reporting, I update the calendar mainly based on the most trusted source left: the aviv search and new moon reports Devorah Gordon of Devorah's Date Tree.

The dates for the spring feasts below are based on the aviv barley having been found in the Northern Negev March 18, before the new crescent moon of the first month having been sighted March 18 in Israel by multiple reliable witnesses.

The dates for the fall feasts below are based on no crescent moon being sighted on the evening of September 10 in Jerusalem. Sept 12th was Yom Teruah.


Photo of New Year New Moon by Yotam Marcus in Israel (Mar 18, 2018)

Festival/Holiday Date *
"New Year's Day" (only for reference) March 19, 2018
Passover (Pesach פסח) April 1, 2018
1st Day of Unleavened Bread (מצות) April 2, 2018
7th Day of Unleavened Bread (שביעי של פסח) April 8, 2018
Pentecost/Weeks (Shavuot שָׁבוּעוֹת) May 27, 2018
Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah/"Rosh Hashanah" יוֹם תְּרוּעָה) September 12, 2018
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur יוֹם כִּפּוּר) September 21, 2018
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot סוכות) Sept 26–Oct 2, 2018
Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret שְׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת) October 3, 2018

* Note: All holy days begin the previous evening at sunset.

 

Q. What If the Crescent Moon Was Visible Earlier in America Than Jerusalem?
Q. What If the Calendar I Follow Is Wrong?

Tim,

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.

- Torah Keeper

A. 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 nationwide was not hard.

In the Millennium, all nations will keep Torah (Zech 14:16; Isa 66:23) (although it will be updated for the 21st century, not resembling ancient Israel's Torah as much as people think). I can't imagine the world will calculate the days the way that many Torah Keepers (TK) practice today, i.e., based off local 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 in each time zone.

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 problem for God.

One thing is for sure, at that time people will not have to write a stranger on the internet for help as everyone must resort to today. They'd just ask their local judge, Levite, priest or prophet set up as a recognized authority for such matters. =)

Don't Fear - Intention Is What Counts

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 celebrate the "festivals of Yehovah" (Lev 23:1,4) because they are from God is already pleasing to God. God judges on the heart, not by perfection of execution. 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!).

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Miguel Solano - April 15, 2017

I think we, two friend of mine and I celebrated Passover on the wrong day. We celebrated the pass over on Monday night, and Tuesday the 1st day of Unleavened Bread. If I remember well, on the week of the sacrifico, Jesus celebrated the Passover on the evening of Tuesday (which is already the night part of Wednesday, died on the daytime of Wednesday, and then the 1rst Day of Unleavened Bread began that night Thursday (beginning on what we now call Wednesday evening. Do you have any comments?

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    carole morrison - May 6, 2017

    The Last Supper was not a Passover Ceder. Jesus was crucified on Passover, at the same time as the Passover Lambs.

    Due to certain mistranslations in the New Testament (the translators were unfamiliar with Jewish idioms) there is quite a bit of errant information in mainstream Christianity.

    Google information like “the Last Supper was not a Passover meal.”

    “Preparing the Passover” is a Jewish idiom which means to cleanse the house of leaven, which is done the day before Passover. If you do some research, you will find out some fascinating things that make everything fall into place.

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      Shoshana - May 10, 2017

      Correct, there are many Hebrew idioms that people are not familiar with. As the lambs were slaughtered Yeshua willingly laid His life outside the gate, another idiom signifying on the Mount of Olives across the Eastern gate which is the ONLY area you could have seen the Temple’s curtains. The red heifer too had to walk by herself the connecting bridge above the Kidron (the “valley of the shadow of death produced by the largest Jewish cemetery that is on the slopes of the Mount of Olives). This was were the red heifer miphkad altar was, an altar used also to burn the bull’s and goat’s carcasses. Not too far from it was Bethphage, the priestly village from which Yeshua rode on an ass.

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      Tom - March 4, 2018

      I agree very good point! “the Lord’s supper” was observed the evening that started Passover day while his crucifixion was at the evening that ended Passover day and starting the first day of ULB.

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      Beatrice - September 19, 2018

      Carole, I have been taught from Messianic teachings that The Last Supper was The Passover Seder on the evening before the day He was crucified and then laid in the tomb, as their Holy Days were from sundown to sundown. He told the disciples to remember Him each time it is observed. That would signify to them(us) that He was the Passover Lamb in fulfillment of prophesy. As the priest would yell “It is finished!” after being blood covered from the sacrifices, so our Passover Lamb, the Great High Priest, was blood covered as He said from the cross “It is finished!” Beautiful. Thank you, God, for your Son, the spotless Lamb of God.

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Darak - June 12, 2017

Can you also post the new moons as well? Thanks.

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    Brodneil - July 27, 2017

    Yes please. Thanks

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Johan Pretorius - January 2, 2018

Hello Tim, when you do decide to observe these feasts and Holy Days, what are you supposed to do on these days?

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    Tim McHyde - January 2, 2018

    Johan, great question, one I never found good or authoritative answer to. The Torah does not answer this except for a few like Passover and Sukkot. The ancient Israelites were told what to do by the judges, priests, prophets and Levites regarding all days God commanded them to observe.

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      Daryl - February 5, 2018

      I believe the Holy Days we’re commanded assemblies or Holy convocations Lev. 23:2, 4, 7, 8…

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        Tim McHyde - February 6, 2018

        Daryl, yes it says they are “miqras” but how do you keep a miqra? Who is leading this miqra? There is no instruction on it, but the ancient Israelites knew what to do without any doubt because of the priests, Levites, judges, and prophets and did not have to ask people on the Internet with 1001 different opinions on what to do =).

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Johan Pretorius - January 2, 2018

Hi Tim, I see you mention that it will be pleasing to Yehovah to celebrate these days, so should you just acknowledge in your mind that you are aware of it?

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    Tim McHyde - January 2, 2018

    Johan, no, I said a desire to observe Yehovah’s feasts (because they come from him) pleases him. The principle is that faith in God’s word is pleasing to him (Heb 11:6). I think you have that already.

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Joseph - January 8, 2018

how can i get a detailed 2018 calendar

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Gavin Finley MD - February 1, 2018

Hi Tim, so glad to see conversation going forward to correct the Hebrew calendar to bring it into line with the sun and moon, the true and correct calendar of Yehovah-God. The Karaite Jews and Nehemiah Gordon have promoted this as well.

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    Joel Senn - March 18, 2018

    My question is this, since the Rabbi Hillel conformed to the Babylonian calendar to thwart Israelite persecution, I have a conflicting understanding of the “New Moon” ACTUALLY being a FULL MOON, not the 180* swap for a “crescent moon” (PAGAN-as evidenced in ALL pagan belief systems)…making predictions of the TRUE Calender off by EXACTLY 2 weeks…I have faith in the Revelation I have received through the Holy Spirit…not to contradict your studies, but we have been WARNED EXCEDINGLY of the MASS levels of deception we are faced with in these LAST MOMENTS OF THE LAST DAYS…I’m interested in your insight…I would say this, “Ask, Seek, Knock…for those who Ask, it WILL be answered, those who Seek, shall find, and those who Knock, the door will be opened”…I was at such a confounding with all the PROFIT OF SORID GAIN, teachers, I finally threw my hands and heart up with the premise, “I believe ALL I have been taught, MAY, be in error…PLEASE TEACH ME LORD!?”…so I humbly ASK that prior to answering my speculation on this descrepancy, that you would FIRST, “Ask Him”? And then see if He reveals the same to you Tim

    To corroborate my “New Moon=Full Moon” exactly SEVEN DAYS PRIOR to 9/11/2001, was a Full Moon…7 days for completion or FULFILLMENT

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Donna Chavez - February 28, 2018

Has the Barley been sighted by Karaite Jews in Jerusalem to be ready? If so, when? What sight can I go to for updates?

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    Tim McHyde - February 28, 2018

    Donna, the barley is not sighted but must be searched for. The barley search commences over several days in late winter. Unless warm weather comes early, ripe barley won’t be found until around the middle of March. I’ll update this page after that, as I always do several times a year.

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DelaYah - March 9, 2018

How is the aviv barley search in the land of Israel going?
I am searching for any believers in Messiah that are searching the crops for aviv barley. I have found one website at abibofgod.com that is doing a broadcast on 3-17-18 from the land at 1pm EST after Shabbat.
Are there any others that you are aware of?

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Bob from Alabama - March 19, 2018

Jesus didn’t eat Passover tha year he WAS Passover. As the lambs were being slaughtered all over Israel he gave up the ghost. “I had wanted th eat passover with you….”I had wanted”….I will not drink of the wine again until I drink it wih you in my Fathers kingdom” HE never drank the wne also negating any of that grail nonsense..Feat of unleavened bread was what he ate…HE WAS PASSOVER> “Lamb slain from he fundaion of the earth” hat’s why he crucixion couldn’t have been on Friday…Read exodus 12…it explains it all Palm Sunday nisan 10h cricifixion prearation of the lamb 14th actually eatin of the lamb 15th .after sundown which made it the 15th.Ezodus 12…

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Mary - March 19, 2018

Hi Im new to observing God’s feast days. I knew about sabbath, passover and pentecost a little but wasnt aware of of all the feasts days so would like to know how to observe them and be more knowledgable in how to keep these Holy days. I live in Ireland so dont know what im supposed to d for the feasts of first fruits and barley or the others so would really like your help

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Kieland - May 24, 2018

Hello, can you please explain to us exactly how you arrived at May 27, 2018 for the date of Pentecost? Eagerly awaiting your response. Shalom.

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    Tim McHyde - May 24, 2018

    Kieland, Pentecost is always on the Sunday after the 7th sabbath from the sabbath after Passover during Matzot (April 7, in this case). That’s May 27th.

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Gary Rose - May 27, 2018

If the first crescent was visible on the 18th of March, why do you choose to start the new year, Aviv, on the 19th of March? Why is it the next day, please? Thank you.

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    Tim McHyde - May 27, 2018

    Gary, in the Bible days start at sunset the evening before. New crescent moons are also visible soon after sunset. Therefore the crescent moon for a new month is always on the date preceding that actual new month’s day, yes?

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Mario A - September 19, 2018

Hi everyone,

Do you think that Adonai Yeshua celebrated Passover (Pesaj) with the Calendar that the Jews follow today or with this new one (which seems much more accurate)?

As a new follower of the Hebrew Roots (2 houses), I would like to do it in the most correct way …

Blessings

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