Praise Yah! The New Year is almost here – March 19, 2015, at even begins the Hebrew New Year.
Biblical history shows that the Most High YHWH designated the first month and beginning of the year to take place in the spring, in the month of Abib, not in the dead of winter in January.
According to the Holy Bible, the first month of the year, is named Abib.
Exodus 12:2 “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
Deuteronomy 16:1 “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.”
This month falls between the months presently known as March and April. The fact that the beginning of the year started in the spring was well known throughout the ancient world. The later adopted “April Fool’s Day” is a testament to that!
It was during the time of ancient Roman Empire that the times were changed. Emperor Julius Caesar declared that a total change in the calendar system was to be made. This calendar system went from a lunar based system that used the moon’s phases to determine time, to a solar or sun based system. Previously, the occurrence of the new moon began the new month, the word moon comes from the word moon. On the new moon, the beginning of the month, there is nothing to see, the new moon is the darkest time of the month.
Psalms 104:19 “He [Yah] appointed the moon for seasons…”
Three months (three new moons) equates to a single season,
for a total of 4 seasons in a year.
This new calendar, called the Julian calendar, later updated again to the Gregorian calendar, moved the date of the beginning of the year from the spring to the winter.
Daniel 7:25 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High,and think to change times and laws…”
|January||Januarius||Named after the god Janus.|
|February||Februarius||Named after Februa, the purification festival.|
|March||Martius||Named after the god Mars.|
|April||Aprilis||Named either after the goddess Aphrodite or the Latin word aperire, to open.|
|May||Maius||Probably named after the goddess Maia.|
|June||Junius||Probably named after the goddess Juno.|
|July||Julius||Named after Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.E. Prior to that time its name was Quintilis from the word quintus, fifth, because it was the 5th month in the old Roman calendar.|
|August||Augustus||Named after emperor Augustus in 8 B.C.E. Prior to that time the name was Sextilis from the word sextus, sixth, because it was the 6th month in the old Roman calendar.|
|September||September||From the word septem, seven, because it was the 7th month in the old Roman calendar.|
|October||October||From the word octo, eight, because it was the 8th month in the old Roman calendar.|
|November||November||From the word novem, nine, because it was the 9th month in the old Roman calendar.|
|December||December||From the word decem, ten, because it was the 10th month in the old Roman calendar.|