The New Moon
God's Sacred Calendar is based on the lunar cycle, and the observance of the first day of each month (the New Moon). The New Moon was observed by ancient Israel and the early church and it will be observed by all mankind after the return of Jesus Christ. The purpose of this study is to reveal some of the many meanings of the New Moon observance.
A short introduction that shows the importance of the first day of the month at the beginning of God's plan for humanity and its relationship to the commanded observances and holy convocations.b5w13
From the many scriptures that refer to the New Moon observance in the Old Testament, there can be no doubt that the observance of the first day of each sacred month was an intrinsic part of the worship system that God gave to Israel. This study reviews several scriptures and events that reveal the importance of the first day of the new month (the New Moon) and its observance in ancient Israel.b5w14
This study discusses the manner in which the elect of God during the Gospel age should observe the first day of the sacred month and it answers a few questions about what God expects of his people today in relationship to the observance of this day.b5w15
Although there is very little said about the observance of the New Moon after Christ's return, there are two prophecies, which show that its observance will be an intrinsic part of the worship of God for the Israelites and all of humanity in the future. This study explores how these two prophecies relate to the temple worship system that will exist after the return of Jesus Christ.b5w16
A presentation of significant biblical events that God has caused to occurred on the first day of the sacred month. These events show the importance that God places on the first day of his sacred month.b5w17
Sacred Calendar and the New Moon
For many years, there has been much discussion and controversy among those of the Sovereign Father's earthly family, who acknowledge the New Moon and celebrate the commanded observances, as to the correct method to use in determining the first day of each lunar month.
We have just completed an in-depth study into the most popular opinions and the historical evidence concerning how to determine the appearance of a biblical new moon. This information is presented in a logical straightforward manner and does not require that one be a Bible scholar or well versed in the Hillel II calendar, astronomy, or mathematics in order to understand the major issues surrounding this subject.
This dissertation explores the root cause of the controversy and makes an analysis from a perspective that is outside the oral law as set forth by those who sat in Moses' seat of authority over Israel (21 pages)b5w18
Is the New Moon a Crescent or a Full Moon?
Some people believe that the first day of the sacred month begins with a full moon instead of the crescent moon. Through historical references and specific Hebrew words, this study answers the question of whether the sacred month begins with the moon's first visible crescent or with a full moon through the use of historical references and Hebrew word definitions. (5 pages)b5w19
Moon Worship and Galatians 4:10-11
Some people who oppose the observance of the first day of each sacred month (the New Moon) and God's other commanded observances cite Galatians 4:10-11 as proof that these observance are obsolete and have no place in the present-day worship of God. The rationale of those who hold this belief is that the apostle Paul condemned the elect at Galatia for practicing the Old Covenant laws pertaining to the annual observances, the Sabbath, and the New Moon. This study clearly explains what Paul was really teaching the Galatians about the observance of the New Moon. (4 pages)b5w20