When Does The First Month Of The Year Begin?

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It is easy to understand when the month of Abib is. All we have to do is figure out how the children of Israel knew, because they positively knew when it was. How did they know? They knew the definition of Abib! 

The definition of “Abib” is 

“Strong's Definition

From an unused root (meaning to be “tender”);

{“green”} that is a “young ear of grain”; hence the name of the month Abib or Nisan: - {Abib} {ear} “green ears” of corn.”

They knew when everything in Egypt is “green” and the ears of barely is young and tender, which is at the beginning of our solar March, NOT in April, therefore March is the month of the Abib. April absolutely does not fit the above Hebrew definition of Abib, because that is not when the barley is young and tender!

Here is Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition of Abib,

1. “fresh”, “young barley ears”, barley

2. month of “ear-forming”, of “greening” of crop, of “growing “green” Abib, month of exodus and passover (March or April)”

Again, by the time April arrives, they would not be “fresh” young tender barely ears growing green, in Egypt, and therefore April does not fit the definition of Abib, and the millions of people in Egypt knew it. Abib obviously happens in March, when everything is green and the barley is first ripe, and this is what the children of Israel would have understood!

Brown included April, and this could be true further north in Israel, but not in northern Egypt and southern Jericho, things will be “green” in March and the young tender ears will always be formed in our March, as was the case in leaving Egypt, making March the correct solar time. And then all we need to do is watch for the Lunar appointed time (15th) in March.

Moses “specially” identifies when to keep the very important first month of the year, and if we get off on the first month, all the other months will be off also. It would not make sense to me, for YHWH or Moses to tell them something they could not absolutely understand when it is. And there could not have been 2 months of Abib, green ears, to choose from in the same area. That would be confusing.

Now to the scriptures to show that there is no specific scripture given to the children of Israel as to how to find the month Abib, “other than” by the first ripe barely. Remember, they understood that Abib meant ripe barely and they knew when the sun would ripen it each year, and all they had to do after the barley is ripe is going to be ripe is to find the 14th and 25th day of the lunar month, and then keep the feast.

Exodus 13:3-10 KJVS

[3] And Moses said unto the people, Remember “this day”, in which ye “came out from Egypt”, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from “this place” taking about when they come into the land): there shall no leavened bread be eaten. [4] This day came ye out in the “month Abib”. [5] ….that thou shalt keep this service “in this month”….(there’s no way these slave Farmres didn’t know what Abib meant and when it was!!!) [9] And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the *LORD’S law* may be in thy mouth: (keeping the month of Abib is YHWH’S law) for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt. [10] Thou shalt therefore keep this *ordinance* in *his* “season” (his appointed time, 14 and 15 of Abib, not ours) from year to year.” 

Exodus 23:14-15,22,25 KJVS

[14] Three times thou shalt keep a feast “unto me” in the year. [15] Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as *I commanded* thee, “in the “time appointed” of the *month Abib*; for *in it* (month of tender green ears) thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) ….[22] But if thou shalt indeed obey “his” voice (not mans), and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. ….[25] And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall “bless thy bread”, “and thy water”; and *I will take sickness away from the midst of thee*.

[26] There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.”

(Noticed there is a specific time that we are commanded to eat unleavened bread, and when we obey his commandment, to keep the feast in the month of Abib, he blesses the bread and water that we eat and drink, and takes sickness away.)

Exodus 34:18 KJVS

[18] “The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, *as I commanded thee*, in the time of the *month Abib*: for in the *month Abib* (green ears of barely) thou camest out from Egypt.”

(Notice again, there is a specific time that we are commanded by YHWH to eat unleavened bread, i.e. in the month of Abib!)

Deuteronomy 16:1,3 KJVS

[1] Observe the *month of Abib*, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the *month of Abib* the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night... [3] Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.”

Now they knew perfectly well when these fresh barley ears occurs, and the month they occur in, i.e. the month of Abib (March)!

In Egypt and Jericho, the tinder green ears of ripe barley still occurs at the same solar time as it did back then, which is around the first of March on our calendar. Our March/April is synonymous with the Hebrew month of Abib, which most scholars agree, and March comes before April.

Then we must use the lunar month/moon to get us all on the same page to keep the lunar solar feast of Abib/green ears to YHWH.

Again, this is a *commandment* of the Almighty, to keep the month of green ears/Abib of barely in Egypt, not a commandment of a man. And it is not difficult at all, for us to find out when this specific month is.

He brought them out in the month of ripe barley/Abib, which equal’s our *solar* month of March, and it is on the 15th day of the *lunar* month which brings us together. Both of the great lights play a part in feast keeping.

This is the commandment that he gave us, the children of Israel. 

Although the great lights of Gen 1-14, when used correctly,  can also pinpoint the time to keep his feasts, but it is not an order or commandment for the children of Israel, as the month of Abib is!

In Gen-1:14, the  Almighty is speaking to nature and creation, commanding the heaven etc, to give light on the earth, and bring about the days, years, and the appointed times, which they do, but most people do not know how to use them, but everyone can more easily find the month of Abib, which is the first month of the year/revolution, when equal light and darkness begins again!

Genesis 1:14-15 KJVS

[14] And God said, *Let there be lights in the firmament* of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: [15] And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven *to give light upon the earth*: and it was so."

Again, God is speaking to creation, and is commanding the heavens, etc, not the Israelites, it's not our job to set the lights in the firmament of the heaven etc. The first chapter of Gen, is not a commandment to the children of Israel, but Exodus 34:18, Exodus 13:3-10 Exodus 23:14-15, and Deuteronomy 16:1 etc, is!!!

Ps. Exodus 12:2 is referring to the first month of Abib, when the barley is “first” ready/Abib for harvest, not a second month of Abib!

In any particular region of a country, especially Egypt, the barley can only be young and tender in one month. In the southern region of Egypt, the crops will ripen before northern Egypt

Got to here 

 There are pinpointed observances of Passover which show that they were observed very near the time of first ripe barley (March), such as leaving Egypt, and coming into the land, in Joshua!

 Egypt’s harvest had just became ready to harvest, but had not been harvested, and the hail done it in on the 9th, and the next day on the 10th of the lunar month the locus ate what was left and the next three days of darkness brings you to the 14th, when YHWH spoke to Moses in Exodus 12:2.

 The timing of the hail plague in Egypt, was when the barley was in the ear, which happens in Egypt around the first of March, and the Passover was killed after 4 days after the hail plague because the next day after the hail plague, the locus ate what was left of it, and then after the next three days of darkness brings us to the 14th, when he was speaking to Moses on the 14th of Abib in Exodus 12:2! 

 Egypt’s harvest is ready around the first of March, but had not been harvested when they kept the passover on the 14th of the lunar month, which shows they would have killed the lamb before the March 20 equinox!

 Some people will probably try to create a 15 day gap between the locus and darkness. That is their only hope to protect their doctrine.

 The bottom line is that the Passover could not have been killed after March 20! Because it does not read that way, l will explain later

 We should keep the feast on the first full moon, or 15th of the lunar month, after the Abib barley is ready to harvest. Also you must have an omer of Abib barley for the wave offering on the 16th of the lunar month.

 Here is something for those that will only take a new moon after the Barley is ripe, as the first month of the year, instead of the full moon after the barley is ripe, as the time appointed for the feast.

 Going by the lunar month in Egypt, the barley was ripe/Abib, but the hail destroyed it before they could harvest it. The next day, the locus ate what was left, which was followed by 3 days of darkness, leaving one last plague on the 14th of the lunar month.

 Last year, in 2016, there is documented evidence of Abib barely (by photos and videos) on March 3, and the new moon came after the ripe barley, on March 8, and they rightfully kept the feast . Now the question is, would t

Side note, in Egypt, the barley harvest, once it was Abib, or ready for harvest, would have went unharvested for over 2 weeks before the hail destroyed it, if the Passover lamb was killed on March 20 or after.

In order to have a lunar full moon Abib feast on March 20, the lunar new moon would have to be on March 5.

 The barley in upper Egypt, is ready for harvest around the first of March, and if the lunar month began on March the fifth, and when you add another ten days or so, to the five days that the barley is ready for harvest, that leaves 15 days for the slaves to have harvested the barley, before the hail destroyed it, which they would have done.

The way you get the other ten days is you have six plagues, which covered a ten day period, before the hail plague, making the barley not harvested from March first to March fifteenth.

Even though a lot was going on with the Egyptians, the Hebrew slaves would still have harvested the precious grain, as soon as it was ready, because it was everyone's livelihood, it's not likely that the slaves took a two-week vacation while this was going on with the Egyptians, or that the Egyptians would have allowed them to. 

Below is two places where Abib is referred to or translated as eatable green EARS, showing what stage the barely was in when destroyed by the hail plague.

Exodus 9:31 KJVS

[31] “And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the “ear” (Abib), and the flax was bolled.”

Leviticus 2:14 KJVS

[14] “And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the Lord , thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green “ears” (Abib) of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.”

In Egypt, the barely is Abib (eatable) around the first week of March. I believe people anticipated and eagerly looked forward to the roasted or parched corn ever year and that they knew what month it came, therefore when he said to keep the feast in the month of Abib, they knew exactly what time he was speaking of. I personally look forward to roasted or boiled ears of corn each year, but you only have a narrow window to pull it before it gets to hard, and safely assume the same is true with barely. In Egypt, Barely will be too hard to parch or roast or dry by the fire in April.




The agricultural year in Israel begins in the autumn (after the harvest festival of Tabernacles) with plowing and sowing. Harvests in Israel begin in “spring” in the month of Adar (February/March). The following harvest times in ancient Israel are obtained from the Readers Digest book entitled Jesus and His Times, pages 100-101


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