Once you understand that the "Jewish festivals"/Feasts of the LORD from Leviticus 23 are prophetic and a 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 (or the WCG did). 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.
2020 Biblical Holidays Dates (as of Mar 25, 2020)
This year, just like in 2016 and 2019, there is disagreement between the Karaite aviv search teams' assessment of the barley readiness in the land of Israel and that of American Messianic/Hebrew Roots aviv search teams. Therefore for completeness, I will present both calendars.
- The Israeli Karaites believed that the barley was not aviv before the Feb 24/25 new moon (making the new year day to be the next new moon of March 26).
- In contrast to this, the American Messianic consensus was to declare aviv found and the new year for Feb 25.
Who's right? No one has authority over Israel to answer or decide that question today. As I explain in the Q&A section below, without a prophet and priesthood with revelation and authority in Torah/calendar matters over us, it's up to you to decide and follow your conscience. I assure you, you cannot make a mistake in this as God judges by the heart. Don't fear getting it wrong. Follow your conscience.
1. Karaite / Michael Rood 2020 Calendar (Devorah Gordon, Yoel Halevi, Brian Convery)
This is the lunar-agricultural calendar of the Bible that Nehemia Gordon researched, restored and popularized with help from Michael Rood. 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 of Karaite Devorah Gordon of Devorah's Date Tree.
The dates for the spring feasts below are based on their aviv barley search in early Feb 2020 not finding aviv barley, before the new crescent moon of February 24.
The dates for the fall feasts below are based on the supposition of the crescent moon being sighted on the evening of September 18 (or 19, to be determined) in Jerusalem.
|"New Year's Day" (only for reference)||March 26, 2020|
|Passover (Pesach פסח)||Apr 8, 2020|
|1st Day of Unleavened Bread (מצות)||Apr 9, 2020|
|7th Day of Unleavened Bread (שביעי של פסח)||Apr 15, 2020|
|Pentecost/Weeks (Shavuot שָׁבוּעוֹת)||May 31, 2020|
|Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah/"Rosh Hashanah" יוֹם תְּרוּעָה)||Sep 19, 2020|
|Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur יוֹם כִּפּוּר)||Sep 28, 2020|
|Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot סוכות)||Oct 3, 2020|
|Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret שְׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת)||Oct 10, 2020|
* Note: All holy days begin the previous evening at sunset.
2. American Messianics 2020 Calendar (Norman Willis, Becca Biderman)
Note: I apologize that a previous update to this section was corrupted and I had a mix of 2019 and 2020 dates.
The dates for the spring feasts below are based on American aviv barley search teams finding aviv barley in February 2020, before the new crescent moon of the first month of February 25.
The dates for the fall feasts below are based on the supposition of the crescent moon being sighted on the evening of August 20 (or 21, to be determined) in Jerusalem.
This calendar is up to date as of March 25 based on the default 30th-day end of the month that night.
|"New Year's Day" (only for reference)||Feb 25, 2020|
|Passover (Pesach פסח)||March 10, 2020|
|1st Day of Unleavened Bread (מצות)||March 11, 2020|
|7th Day of Unleavened Bread (שביעי של פסח)||March 17, 2020|
|Pentecost/Weeks (Shavuot שָׁבוּעוֹת)||May 3, 2020|
|Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah/"Rosh Hashanah" יוֹם תְּרוּעָה)||August 21, 2020|
|Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur יוֹם כִּפּוּר)||August 30, 2020|
|Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot סוכות)||September 4–10, 2020|
|Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret שְׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת)||September 11, 2020|
* 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?
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 Thummim, 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 on 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.
The fact 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!).