I'm going to be sharing some fascinating insight about the meaning of the new Moon, but first, now that the holy day has passed, I'd like to log a few observations.
This weekly Shabbat was also the Chodesh, the new Moon. It was also Yom Teruah, the day of shouting or trumpets. As Yom Teruah, on the annual cycle of moadim it marked some very significant anniversaries. Two thousand eleven years have now passed since the birth of Y'shua on this day in 2 BC, which marked the transition of the 4th to the 5th millennium in Adamic biblical history. This day also marked the nineteenth anniversary of His return in judgment in 1991. While most folks have in their minds that His return in judgment must begin with some event like a "rapture," it began in a way that compares to how his physical life on Earth began. A small number knew of it and what it meant, but most had no idea. Are all the events that have been appointed to be fulfilled on this day in the past, or, if not, what future event or events might be forthcoming? Keep watch! I suspect two more anniversaries hence will find an answer!
This day on a more popular calendar was a 9/11, the ninth anniversary of when NYC's WTC towers and other buildings collapsed. According to news reports, many in the world were astir over "holy books," flags, fires and threatenings. Amidst the noise, was anyone heard making mention of "false flag" events? I perceive the approach of a series of "population reduction" events, which must surely come.
Here's a very short video of that new moon. New Moon of Yom Teruah - Keith Johnson blowing the shofar against the background of the new moon of Yom Teruah over Jerusalem on September 10, 2010.
The new Moon or Chodesh "moed" observation continues to be the subject of controversy. A reading of Leviticus 23 reveals that the Chodesh is the basis for the proper observation of every other holy day, except the weekly Shabbat. Some would argue that point, suggesting that even the weekly Shabbat depends upon the Chodesh. The insight I have to share about the symbolism of the Moon and its appearance may help settle some of the controversy. If you don't know what I'm really on about here, you may want to read one or both of the following writings as a basis. What I'm going to present isn't intended to be a comprehensive treatise on the subject. I'm going to assume you're familiar with the foundation so I can focus on the symbolic.
The New Moon in the Hebrew Bible by Nehemia Gordon - The Karaite Korner
[PDF] What is the Biblical “New Moon” by William F. Dankenbring
If you're not already familiar with The Bridegroom and the Bride study, you may find it very helpful as a collateral study. You may also find The Moon Bride to be of interest, where I present some insight I don't include here.
This is a "timely" writing because I last posted a 21-numbered post, or time-numbered post that primarily featured the keeping of time and appointed times. And, here I am writing still about a basis for keeping appointed times. I really haven't planned it to be this way.
Here's what the Bible says about how to understand appointed times.
16) Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
These things are prophetic shadows, types, patterns, parables and symbols. While most folk simply perform activity without asking why, the Lord invites those who are willing to go further, to do and to know why. He is very generous and is granting favor as we respond to His invitation, seeking His Mind and Heart.
2) It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3) The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
The Creator made the Sun, Moon and the other lights. These are to us as a celestial timepiece and beyond even that there's a testimony being brought forth, truth, dynamic truth that is synchronized with the events in heaven and on earth. I've written lots about this and won't elaborate here. What I want to point out is that these lights and their testimony have always been and continue to be very, very important. That statement is easily proven by considering what the devil has done, using this genuine as the basis for schemes of hijacking, corrupting, exchanging lies for truths, and every kind of counterfeiting. It's a gargantuan effort! Look around and you'll see star lore used in occult worship and magickal ceremonies, astrology, crystals, prisms casting rainbows, and symbolic versions (graven idols) of the Sun, Moon and stars in abundance. What's the devil hiding? What's he accomplishing by it? Well, I'll tell you a few things and offer some pretty convincing evidence to validate it. In this, you'll have some insight into understanding why the latest of the Twilight movie franchise is called "New Moon," which plot revolves upon the woman's decision to become a bride of a vampire, and in this, a vampire herself.
The Sun represents the Bridegroom Messiah (Psalm 19). When a graven image is made of the Sun as a symbol, it represents the counterfeit Bridegroom Messiah, Apollo, Helios, Horus, Ra, the Mayan Kinich Ahau...
Here's the big secret about the Moon. This truth is out there but mostly seems to get lost in the chatter. The Moon is the Sun's Bride. She has no light of her own but yet is next in glory to the Sun because she reflects His light. To make a graven image hijacks the glory of the Bride and gives it to the "queen of heaven," Isis, "Mary" etc.
A Moon symbol is generally a crescent because that's how it appears on the holy day of celebration. Making the symbol a crescent also identifies it clearly as being the Moon, distinguishing it from the Sun.
The celebration of the Moon's new crescent is a parable about watching for the Glory of the Sun to break forth upon her.
She has just gone through that season where she is most near to the Sun, which is in the Bridegroom's presence. In such a position, she has no glory, and none is seen but the glory of the Sun.
It's like the parable of headcovering. When praying or prophesying, which is when one is in the presence of the Bridegroom, a woman's head must be covered so her own glory (hair) is hidden and she, who is the glory of man is hidden. The man's head is uncovered, so the image and glory of God is manifested.
For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
1 Corinthians 11:7
The anticipation of watching for the new crescent Moon is the anticipation of the creation that longs for the day when the Bride emerges and begins to show forth the Glory of the Bridegroom. This is what the Bridegroom has awaited with a great intensity of passion! It means that she will soon rise to "rule the night" in the glory of the Sun as the Sun rules the day. (Genesis 1:16) The Bridegroom will have a radiant Bride and their relationship will be consummated.
I came to learn this as the Lord was teaching me about the Bride and what is appointed for her. The sighting of the crescent Moon is certainly cause for a frequent holy day celebration. "Here comes the Bride," soon to be "all dressed in white"! The moon - levanah (Hebrew) - white! Righteous and worthy!
This is "high value" truth that the Lord has protected by hiding it well. Even as wicked as most folks are today, you still see Brides dressed in white, wearing veils, modeling this great truth. When the appointed time for such a union arrives, a Bride appears suddenly in the vestibule after having been hidden out of sight for a brief season. Everyone gathered has awaited her appearance with eager anticipation. When she is sighted, everyone gawks at the glorious Bride, even though she's veiled. She begins to move in procession, in measured steps approaching towards the Sun, I mean, the Bridegroom. Soon, they will be joined together as one flesh! There's lots of crying, sobbing, tears flowing with joy and great rejoicing! It's time to celebrate the Bridegroom's reward for his great patience! His now worthy Bride approaches! Here comes the Bride! Rosh Chodesh Sameach!
People still observe the "traditional" wedding customs I described but without a clue what it really means. They are compelled to do so because the Sovereign God has determined to bring forth this continual testimony about what is so very important. This custom validates the story of the crescent Moon as the epic and incomparable love story!
I'll make one last observation. The Witness. The official sighting of the crescent Moon required witnesses. To this day, weddings require witnesses! This testimony is that important! According to Isaiah 66:22-24, the practice of observing the new Moon will go on bearing testimony for a very long time.
He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
3) Blow in the month a trumpet, In the new moon, at the day of our festival,
4) For a statute to Israel it [is], An ordinance of the God of Jacob.
Psalms 81:3-4 YLT