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)
|"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?
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!).