THE DARK NEW MOON OR THE CRESCENT MOON IMAGE?
Some assume Jesus Christ sanctioned the crescent moon by using the Jewish calendar at the time of His crucifixion. That is a huge assumption; Jesus Christ did not sanction the crescent moon image to appoint the Lord's feasts. The crescent moon image was used by the nations in and around the land of Canaan to worship their false gods. Israel learned to use the crescent moon image while in captivity in Babylon.
The dark new moon was appointed for the feasts of the Lord in Leviticus 23:1- 4. If a crescent moon image (which appears on the right side of the moon after the dark new moon phase ends) had to be observed after sunset to determine the time of the crescent moon image, how could David and Jonathan know in the daytime that "tomorrow is the new moon?" (1 Samuel 20:5, 18, KJV). Also read the article titled "The Concealed Full Moon."
Jesus Christ knew the correct time for the Passover (Matthew 26:2) because He was the Lord who instructed Moses and Aaron in Exodus, chapter 12, when the date of Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread begin and end. Also notice what John states in the following scriptures about the Jews passover which they observed a day later than Jesus and His disciples (John 18:28). John 2:13 "And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem." John 6:4 "And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh." John 11:55 "And the Jews' passover was night at hand." (Notice it was the Jews' passover not the Lord's Passover.)
John 1:1-3 states the Word was with God. All things were made by him (Jesus Christ); and without him was not any thing made that was made. Eph 3:9 "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ."
Col 1:16-17 16 " For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
Because Jesus Christ was the creator, he understood the cycles of creation and knew how they worked and still work today.
Matt. 23:1-3 1 "Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, (Strong's #5083) that observe (Strong's #5083, a watch; to guard by keeping the eye upon) and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not."
John 8:41-45 41 "Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not."
John 8:58 "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."
There is one that accuseth you, even Moses.
John 5:45-47 (KJV) 45 "Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. 46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?"
Christ had another calendar to draw on and it was His creation and He knew how it worked. He had a dark new moon calendar that He had set in motion at the creation of the sun and the moon. Once in a while the Jew's calculated calendar will occur on the date of the dark new moon. It occurred on the date of the dark new moon in the spring of 2009. It will occur on the date of the dark new moon again in the spring of 2018.
10-23-11, Earl McDowell