New Moon Sighting Israel and Yom Teruah
A new moon sighting in eretz Israel, is expected, Monday, 10/09/2018, at approx 19:26, or 29 Elul on the Hebrew calendar, 6157 AM, based on 1.2% luminosity and a 12% angular distance with the sun. If, by reason of inclement weather and a sighting is not confirmed by two witnesses, the following day, 30 Elul at sunset will become the High Sabbath of Yom Teruah, or the Feast of Trumpets. The first of four Feasts in the Fall season.
The New Moon Sighting
Scripture never was a formal technical manual on how to figure the calendar. But Scripture does provide all the necessary starting points necessary when used in combination with other scientific facts that will produce the correct calendar.
In ancient times Israel did not depend on calculation to determine the new moon. At the very best some calculations might be done by priests or learned men in one of the larger cities. But in the average hamlet or village there was no precise calculated information to know the exact day of the moon’s appearing like we have nowadays.
Ethanim is first mentioned in 1 Kings 8:2:
And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. It is the name used before the Babylonian exile.
Yom Teruah – The Day of the Awakening Blast
A special season known as Teshuvah, which in Hebrew means “to return or repent,” begins on the first day of the month of Elul and continues 40 days, this may respond to Messiah’s 40 days in the wilderness, ending with Yom Kippur. Teruah means “an awakening blast.”
Teshuvah (repentance) speaks to all people. Those who believe in the Messiah are called to examine their lives and see where they have departed from G-d. It is a call to examine the Scriptures and the evidence that the Messiah was who He said He was. The theme of awakening from sleep is used throughout the Bible. It is found in John (Yochanan) 11:11; Romans 13:11; Daniel 12:1-2; and Psalm (Tehillim) 78:65.
High Sabbath – The Feast of Trumpets
A Sabbath, unlike common days, are set-apart, and begin at sunset until sunset of the following day. More on Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets. If sighted 10/09/2018 the High Sabbath of Yom Teruah will run from Monday sunset, to Tuesday sunset.