Gene Benjamin II
Teacher Unto Death
Teacher unto Death
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My Mom passed away yesterday, Monday, July 26, 2021, Gregorian calendar. My Mom was my first Sunday School teacher, over 60 years ago. Unbeknownst to my Mom, I had just spent Sunday afternoon in a 3 ½ hour Zoom video conference call discussing the biblical calendar. It was a bit overwhelming and exhausting, but beneficial. We hope to do another Zoom about the biblical calendar. I encouraged the brethren to join in with the Friday evening video conference held over at www.studythecalendar.com.
I have been studying the biblical calendar on and off for only 18 years. I used to argue and debate over the biblical calendar issues, moving from lunar Sabbath observance to just a Jewish lunar calendar and regular Hebrew Sabbath observance. Then a few years ago we met some people in our community that we wanted to fellowship with. About the same time I came across the Covenant Calendar Club folks at studythecalendar.com. I had become dissatisfied with the Jewish lunar calendar. I could not find evidence in the Scriptures to support it. The Scriptures seem sure to proclaim a biblical SOLAR calendar. So, I started studying the biblical solar calendar. But I am tired of studying biblical calendars. Calendars are just a tool. I don’t want to study my tools, I want to USE my tools. I want to use my tools to learn Yahuwah’s ways, to become a better disciple of Yeshua HaMashiach.
I came to the understanding in the Scriptures, after studying the Flood of Noah, that Noah himself had determined the first day of the first month in his 601st year while still living in the roofed-in Ark. Look at Genesis 8:13, “It came about in the six hundred and first year (c. 3401 BC), on the first of the first month (Flood Day 305), that the waters were dried up from off the earth. Noah removed the covering of the ark, looked out and saw that, behold, the surface of the ground was dry.”
Look at this verse as long as you need to, then ask yourself, “How did Noah know it was the first day of the first month of the new year of 3401 BC?” Apparently, before he looked out and saw dry ground, he had set up his sun dial or other solar observation apparatus on the just opened up sun drenched deck of the Ark and observed the Vernal Equinox! NOAH COULD NOT HAVE BEEN OBSERVING A NEW MOON, LUNAR CALENDAR FROM INSIDE A SEALED UP POORLY LIT ARK! Noah had set the first day of the first month of the previous year, the year the Flood began, by observing the Vernal Equinox in 3402 BC! Noah had been doing this procedure with his family FOR AT LEAST 580 YEARS!
Well, for the sake of unity, I had decided and have been following the CCC biblical solar calendar for a couple years now. But what Noah’s Flood reveals is that the new year BEGINS ON THE DAY OF THE VERNAL EQUINOX, NOT THE DAY AFTER, as the CCC folks believe and use. I have been writing out my own calendar for a couple years to match the CCC calendar, for my family’s use. BUT, my Mom died yesterday, July 26, 2021, or on the 8th day of the 5th month, according to the CCC calendar. BUT, if I had begun the year more accurately, more biblically, ON the Vernal Equinox, instead of the day after, my Mom would have died exactly on the 9th of Av, the 9th of the 5th month!
My wife has been trying to get me to pay attention to signs from the Lord for the past 12 years. I think I’m getting better at noticing them now. Sometimes, as believers, we have to stand alone, away from the crowd, to maintain our integrity before Yahuwah. Men like Jeremiah, Noah, and Yeshua know what I’m talking about. Unity is wonderful, especially when it comes to celebrating Yahuwah’s feasts on his biblical solar calendar, more and more exactly each passing year. As most Hebrew roots or Messianic folks know, tragedy strikes the Jews often on the 9th of Av. I’m not a Jew, but I am a Hebrew. It is a personal tragedy for me that my Mom passed on the 9th of Av.
So, beginning next year, I’m going to have to stand with Noah and the Scriptures and begin my biblical solar calendar exactly ON THE DAY OF THE VERNAL EQUINOX, which I believe is going to be on March 20, 2022 AD.
The biblical solar calendar is so simple. Begin counting a 360-day religious year on the day of the Vernal Equinox. Celebrate all the Feasts and Sabbaths as commanded. Then start again on the next Vernal Equinox in March of the following year. It’s so simple, Noah probably could do it when he was a toddler or 5 years old. We have no excuse today. I do not understand why Jews, Messianics and Hebrews have to make Yahuwah’s biblical calendar so complicated! For example, my son, a Messianic believer, follows teaching from 119 Ministries. My son is a blessing and so is 119 Ministries, but 25 steps to determine the New Moon each lunar cycle? Are you serious? And knowing that in the Bible, there is NO support for a 13th intercalated month? Are you kidding me? Forget the lunar calendars out there.
Friends, the moon is not even mentioned in Genesis 1:16, “The Almighty made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light, the stars, to rule the night (Psa. 136:8-9; Jer. 31:35).” The Great light is the sun, the lesser light is the stars. It’s not complicated, it’s not rocket science. It’s observant Bible teaching. The moon is not even hinted at in this verse. The moon is not even mentioned in the Torah until Genesis 37:9 with Joseph’s dream. That’s about 3,744 years into creation and biblical history. Huh, are you kidding me? A lunar calendar? Forget a lunar calendar.
And folks are hung up on a dawn-to-dawn day reckoning? Study Genesis chapter 1 again. Notice that each of the six days of creation ENDED at DAWN THE FOLLOWING DAY. That’s a dawn-to-dawn creation day, no way around it. So what if the earth began in darkness. In verses 3-5 we see Yahuwah create light and separate light from darkness and give them names of day and night. Dusk is a mixture of the light from the preceeding daylight hours of the day, mixing with the coming darkness of the night, but it’s still the SAME DAY THAT BEGAN AT DAWN! A natural 24-hour day goes from dawn to dawn. And what’s really cool about this is that Yahuwah started the first four days of creation without the sun in the sky! But we still had dawn-to-dusk-to-dawn days!
Look at Genesis 2:2, “On the sixth day, the Almighty finished his work which he had done, and so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done (Exo. 20:11; 31:17).” That word “sixth” is found only in the Septuagint and my Son Of Man Bible, as far as I know, which was translated from manuscripts at least 1,000 years older than that which the Masoretic Jews used, from which virtually all English translators put the word “seventh” there, instead of “sixth”. It almost implies that Yahuwah continued working on the Sabbath, which we know he did not and would never do. So, are you going to try to tell me that Yahuwah was still working and creating in the evening/night of the 6th day (Friday night), but it was then the Sabbath, because some religious 21st century Hebrew wants to believe the day begins at dusk? Blasphemy! So, what if Yahuwah was still creating just 1 hour before sunrise on Sabbath morning! Yahuwah was creating on Sabbath? Blasphemy!
Now, let’s take a brief look at Genesis 1:31, “The Almighty saw everything that he had made. Behold, it was exceedingly good. Dusk came and dawn came, day six.” Look at this verse closely. What ended the sixth day, according to this important Scripture? Did dusk end the sixth day, or did dawn end the sixth day, then Sabbath dawned! Dawn came to END THE SIXTH DAY. The sixth day is complete at dawn. Period. It’s quite plain and clear to me. Genesis 1 is a short concise look at creation week.
Now, let’s discuss what Yahuwah just showed me while I was eating breakfast this morning. Look at Genesis Chapter 2. In verses 2-3, we see a brief interjected description of the seventh-day Sabbath. But beginning in verse 4, we see a throwback expansion or enlargement teaching on the sixth day of creation. Yahuwah was very busy on the sixth day. He created all the living creatures that roam the earth. Scientists believe there are between 2 and 50 million different species of animals on earth. That took some time for Yahuwah to create. Plus, he planted a garden on day 6, per verse 8. Verse 15 shows Adam immediately put to work tending the Garden of Eden. Verse 19 shows Adam working by naming ALL the animals and birds on earth. This was all happening on the sixth day of creation! It took some time, even if Adam could name 1-2 million animal species per hour!! It seems the sixth day was a long day of work for both Yahuwah and Adam.
Now, by the time we get to Genesis 2:21, what time of day do you think it was? IT WAS NOT MORNING, AROUND NOON, OR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON! Not after all that work both Yahuwah and Adam had been doing on the sixth day of creation!! Genesis 2:21, “Yahuwah Almighty caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, so the man slept. Yahuwah Almighty took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh where he took the rib.” My guess is, Adam had no scars from that operation. Now, thinking reasonably and logically, what time of day do you think it was when Yahuwah PUT ADAM TO SLEEP ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CREATION, AFTER A LONG DAY’S WORK, BUT BEFORE THE SABBATH!!! It must have AT LEAST BEEN DUSK OR MANY HOURS THEREAFTER. Adam begins to sleep on the operating table, not really a restful sleep, and it’s still the sixth day. Genesis 1:27 shows Eve was created on day 6 of creation week. BUT LOOK AT YAHUWAH,he’s still working in the night, operating on Adam and making and fashioning Eve! It’s obvious to me that after dusk on the sixth day of creation, IT WAS NOT SABBATH YET! Look at verse 22, Yahuwah brought Eve to Adam, maybe a little before dawn on Sabbath, a while before daylight, while it is still dark, as a surprise for Adam? Adam then rejoiced to see and appreciate Eve first thing on Sabbath, in the morning light! Verse 25 shows they were naked but not ashamed, in broad daylight!
I believe Genesis 2:21 is the nail in the coffin of any belief that the Sabbath begins at dusk. Yahuwah himself was still operating on Adam and making Eve, well into the night of the sixth day of creation! Yahuwah wanted to surprise Adam with Eve at sunrise on Sabbath, their wedding day. What a love story. It seems clear to me, but then, maybe I’m just a romantic. This story does explain to me why women like to stay up and party at night, while the poor old working man just wants to go to sleep!
This is not the first time I’ve had to stand alone with the Scriptures. I do it with humility and trust in Yahuwah and the blood of Yeshua.