Because of Numbers 15:2-3, YRM believes any sightings outside the North American continent are not valid for us here in the U.S.: “And Yahweh spake unto Moses saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When you come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you, and will make an offering by fire unto Yahweh, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feast, to make a sweet savour unto Yahweh, of the herd, or of the flock…” We don’t use the setting of the sun in Israel or Australia to confirm our weekly Sabbath. This is a sign that comes to you locally, at your time and place, just as does the new moon.
What New Moon did King David, Abraham or Jacob use? It’s obvious, the moon in their locale. What about the Apostle Paul who traveled for as long as two years and as far away as Macedonia, what new moon did he use? Obviously, the new moon in his local. What if we lost global communication, as could very well happen in the end times? These questions pose very big problems if we implemented a “global” network of new moon spotters. Malachi 3:6 For I [am] Yahweh, I change not…
Yahweh’s people in ancient times simply looked up in the sky to know when feast days like Trumpets (Yom Teruah) started. We need not let modern technology interfere with Yahweh’s set signs in the sky, and we need to be willing to change our calendars as a result of Yahweh’s revealings without looking for shortcuts. What schedule are we on, His or ours? He commands us in Deut. 16:1 to watch for the new moon. If we use a sighting anywhere on earth then we no longer need to watch for the moon in this country as most of the time someone will already confirm the moon for us a day earlier in another country. Our command has been trumped, thanks to modern technology.
We understand that the saints in biblical times didn’t have to deal with these issues as mass communication was non existent. We realize that a global network would make things easier and every moon would be spotted somewhere in the world. We realize we would never have to worry about changing our calendar, but there’s one underlying question that will always immerge: what part of following Yahweh are we to make easy? And isn’t the whole point of looking for a New Moon the very idea of Yahweh telling us when to worship Him in our land? Is not the whole idea of New Moons to give Yahweh the control and show him our faith and devotion?
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14) Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.