Why are YRM 2016 Feast Dates Different from the Jewish Calendar?
Since confirming the month of Abib, we have received numerous questions. The following is to provide a summary of the evidence that YRM considered in determination of its 2016 biblical calendar. There were at least three groups who went to Israel to confirm the barley. After careful examination of the barley, two of three groups verified that there was sufficient Abib barley for the first scriptural month. These were Elder Solomon and Michelle Meyer with learnfromthebible.org along with Brian and Linda Convery with abibofgod.com. After a thorough investigation of the findings, including a conference call with Elder Solomon Meyer and direct correspondence with Brian Convery, YRM was satisfied that the sightings met the scriptural mandate.
Some areas of question or concern include: what constitutes Abib? What barley should be used? How much Abib is required to start the month? Must you have Abib and how much by the new moon crescent?
While the Abib refers to grain, based on Exodus and the agricultural season, the grain spoken of is barley. Although many sources simply describe Abib as young ears of grain, it’s a bit more complicated. Based on Exodus 9:31, Abib is barley that is brittle enough to be destroyed. Based on Leviticus 23:14, it’s barley that can be parched or roasted. Therefore, Abib barley is not tender, but nearing maturity. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament defines Abib as, “…barley that is already ripe, but still soft, the grains of which are eaten either rubbed or roasted.”
When it comes to barley, there are many varieties, including domestic and wild (ancient). Since the wild barley is much older and resembles that which Israel would have used, YRM requires wild barley and does not permit the use of domestic because it may vary from the wild barley and may be genetically engineered. According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, “Several varieties of barley are grown in Palestine. The Hordeum distichum or two-rowed barley is probably the nearest to the original stock, but Hordeum tetrastichum, with grains in four rows, and Hordeum hexastichum, with six rows, are also common and ancient; the last is found depicted upon Egyptian monuments.”
How much barley is required to start the month? Some believe that you must have only enough for the omer or wave sheaf offering, while others believe you must have large portions of the field in Abib. Based on Leviticus 23:10-14, you need only enough for the wave sheaf offering (approx. two quarts). Those who believe that you must have large sections of the fields in Abib often refer to Deuteronomy 16:1: “Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.” The passage is referring to the count to Pentecost and states that it begins when the sickle is put to the corn (old English for grain, i.e., barley). Some contend that this refers to the general harvest. However, the fact that it’s connected to the count to Pentecost confirms that it refers not to the general harvest, but to the cutting of the omer offering. Therefore, to require large portions of the fields to be in Abib is more than the Bible requires.
Besides lacking biblical support, is there harm with waiting until the barley is further developed to ensure that the harvest begins immediately after the omer is offered before confirming the month of Abib? According to those familiar with barley and similar grains, the answer is yes. Agriculturally, if barley is left in the fields, once mature it begins to lose nutrients, crop weight, and value, and is more vulnerable to the environment, including heat, rain, and wind. Also, this may put the barley beyond the Abib stage. Farmers will harvest barley as soon as it reaches maturity. Because the Bible prohibits harvesting the crop until the wave sheaf offering (Lev. 23:14), it’s important for this reason that the month be not delayed, as would the case this year.
Lastly, when must you have Abib barley? Must you have it by the new moon or only by the wave sheaf during the Feast of Unleavened Bread? Exodus 9:31 and 12:2 confirm the barley was Abib subsequent to the new moon. YRM believes that you must have a minimum of an omer of Abib barley prior to or on the new moon. Based on this, we do not believe you can project the barley, hoping that it will reach the minimum maturity before the wave sheaf. Again, based on multiple witnesses these requirements were met this year confirming the month Abib.
For additional information of the differences between the biblical and Jewish calendar, please see our booklet: The Biblical Calendar.
Watch today’s Sabbath message by Pastor Randy Folliard. He speaks on the roles and responsibilities of fathers.
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The recent Unity Conference of Sacred Name groups and individuals held this year at Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry inspired and motivated the many who came. Attendees hailed from across the nation and as far away as India. The packed meeting hall Sabbath was testimony to the shared resolve to learn more of Yahweh’s Word and work closer with one another to advance His Kingdom soon coming to earth. The spirit was uplifting and the accolades were plentiful. YRM was blessed by the good will of those who came and shared. We thank all those who helped with the organization, activities, meals, and the many presentations!
|Presentations and Meals:
Friday, August 5
9:30 am – 10:00 am: Pastor Samuel Graham
10:00 am – 10:40 am: Brother Michael Banak
11:00 am – 11:40 am: Elder EJ Robinson
12:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch (taco buffet)
2:00 pm – 2:40 pm: Elder George Garner
3:00 pm – 3:40 pm: Elder Randy Folliard
4:00 pm – 4:40 pm: Elder Hector Castillo
5:00-7:00 pm: Dinner (fried chicken)
7:00 – 8:30 pm: Against All Odds: Israel Survives
7:00 – 8:30 pm: UYA Meeting (members only)
Sabbath, August 6
8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:40 am: Elder Frank Kennedy
10:00 am – 10:40 am: Elder Tony Suckla
11:00 am – 11:40 am: Elder Dwayne Wilson
12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch (sandwich buffet)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Elder Alan Mansager
4:00 pm – 4:40 pm: Elder Solomon Meyer
5:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner (roasted turkey)
7:00 – 8:30 pm: Bible Trivia Game
|Sunday, August 7
8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:40 am: Brother Tom Martincic
10:00 am – 10:40 am: Elder Jerry Healan
11:00 am – 11:40 am: Pastor Bob Young
12:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch (spaghetti)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Review Meeting and Concluding Remarks
Children’s / Youth Activities:
Friday, August 5
10:00 – 12:00 pm: Children’s activity (ages 5-10)
10:00 – 12:00 pm: Youth volleyball (ages 11-18)
2:00 – 4:00 pm: Children’s movie (ages 5-10)
7:15 – 8:30 pm: “Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea” (ages 11-18)
Sabbath, August 6
9:00 – 10:00 am: …Bible Teacher (ages 11 – 18)
10:00 – 12:00 pm: Bible DVDs (ages 5 – 10)
11:00 – 12:00 pm: Youth Class (ages 11 – 18)
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Children’s activity (ages 5 – 10)
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Youth activity (ages 11 – 18)
There is nothing else on Earth like the Feast of Tabernacles. Afterwards, many people ask, ‘How was your vacation?’ It is difficult to put into words, because the experience is so spiritual in nature. The fellowship is spiritually uplifting and fortifying. It helps remind me what it is like to draw close to Yahweh and be one of his people. I feel blessed to have been called to the Feast of Tabernacles. – NB
It was awesome being around like-minded brothers and sisters, having in common a strong desire to worship Yah from the standpoint of loving Him. Amazing to know that there are other believers who; study, do their own research, who are so openly friendly and freely engage in conversation as if they are meeting old friends. Truly refreshing! – SN
We had a wonderful first Feast for us and I’m so glad we could be there with all of you! We tried to count the states that were represented and fell miserably short. We came up with 12…so happy that it was really 19! We will be sharing all the wonderful info we got. – AN
That was a wonderful Feast in the Missouri wilderness –, perfect weather, wonderful people, great messages, great food, and lots of children… Met some of the sweetest brothers and sisters in the world! – HB
Can’t wait to see everyone again. Great time, great camp. – LL
Was the best Feast I have ever gone to praise Yahweh – CB
It was wonderful! – LC
Wow, I had such a great time at the feast. Each year somehow seems to get better and better, and this feast was no exception. Warm fellowship, delicious food, and inspiring messages made the time go by too fast. I can’t wait till next year. – J.W.
The Feast of Tabernacles was fantastic! The devotion and love from those who attended were remarkable. There was a true spirit of unity and peace throughout the Feast. For the families, the gymnasium was great. The kids and adults loved the indoor basketball and volleyball along with the blacklight roller skating. My 10 year old especially loved the skating! The camp meals were also a blessing, especially the turkey dinner. The men’s BBQ was also great! The most memorable part of the Feast was the 11 new brothers and sisters who were immersed into Yahshua’s Name. It was indeed a taste of the Kingdom. Can’t wait for next year! – RF
This year’s Feast of Tabernacles was our third one attending consecutively with Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry. Our first FOT was very, very memorable since we were baptized into Yahshua’s name. Every year at FOT is better than the year before and you wonder how is that possible. Meeting new friends and renewing relationships with old friends with a common bond of belief and faith is so needed from one year to the next. Furthermore the worship, praise music, and the solid teaching of absolute TRUTH of the scriptures is life changing drawing you closer to whom we worship. Camp Allen FOT is well balanced with open slots of time and activities for children and adults. It’s commanded by our heavenly Father Yahweh and our Savior Yahshua lived it out throughout His life at His first coming. So, come and join us next year for FOT or perhaps at Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread this spring. Why not practice what’s commanded now before our Savior’s soon second return. It’s very affordable and we are looking forward to meet more new faces next year. – D&R. F
I just want to say thank you for all the hard work that YRM put into this feast. It was a major success. I was baptised into Yahshua’s name and was able to meet a lot of great brethren.It was very exciting everyday I was there. I only wish it lasted longer. I learned a lot from the service messages and I am using some of those messages and took some ideas from your skits and power point presentations for some exciting home bible study ideas. I’m looking forward to next year already. – MH
I would like to thank YRM for one of the most memorable times of my life at my first feast, it was a time I will never forget, I was so happy to be able to share my time with like believers. I met many wonderful new sisters and brothers in Yahshua,everyone was so wonderful and full of joy and so friendly & helpful, the joy and excitement of it all is still with me. One of the greatest highlights of the feast was to be be able to be baptized in Yahshua’s name, to be a part of the family of Yahweh, an unforgettable moment of my life. loved all the services, and as usual I learned a great deal from them, I must say that YRM did an awesome job with putting all this together and they can’t be thanked enough and need to be commended for all their hard work & the great job they all did. It all went by too fast for me,I hated to see it come to an end, I am so looking forward to the next feast and can hardly wait for next year, it can’t come soon enough.
Looking forward to being with you all next year. Thank you all so much for everything and may Yahshua Bless you all. -DH
We can’t tell you enough how much we enjoyed the Feast of Tabernacles. It was a very nice and beautiful location. This was our first Feast and we loved every minute of it. We didn’t want to leave. We were so happy to be baptized. We made great new friends. Even if we are now far away we still feel a part of the happy family. We can’t wait for next year. Thank you so much! We’re so glad to have found the truth and to finally meet you all in person. Miss you all. – J&S C
What a Feast! Eleven new brothers and sisters, beautiful music, wonderful fellowship, and informative teachings. The young care takers at the park were a joy to be around. They were very helpful for us. My brother who lives close to the park came with me everyday to the F.O.T. He was really taken by all the wonderful people, and the love. He wants to come again next year. Thank you all for making him feel welcomed.” – LB
Join us next weekend (August 5-7) for the 32nd Unity Conference in Holts Summit, Missouri. The first presentation will begin next Friday at 10:00 am. In addition to hearing messages on biblical insights and current events, this time also offers many opportunities for fellowship of all ages. All attendees are required to register upon arrival. We have several preplanned presentations from ministers and experienced speakers. In addition, we have also scheduled a team Bible trivia game on Saturday evening along with several activities for the children and youth, including classes, crafts, and group games for all ages. For more information visit yrm.org/unity-conference.