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Bible Commentary Adam Clarke

Tishri, Yahweh's Month!

  (When quoting scriptures, from the Rotherham Emphasized Bible New Testament, I will substitute the Hebrew words  Yahoshua (yeh-ho-shoo'- ah) for Jesus, Yahweh and Elohim for God and the LORD and ruah for pneuma (spirit).)

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The month of Tishri, being the Hebrews New Year, has three holy celebrations; Tishri 1 (Day of Shouting); Tishri the 10th being the Day of Propititation and Tishri the 15th, being the Festival of Booths. Tishri one is the day Yahweh created Light in Genesis 1:3; the New  Year of Earth, the beginning of our clock. The research of The Way International  discovered that this day was also the day the Light of the World came into existence; who  being Yahoshua, the Only-Begotten Son of Yahweh (Jn. 8:12). They documented their  research in the book, 'Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed,' by Victor Paul Wierwille, which  can be purchased by used bookstores, such as Their actual calculation is  that he was born between 6:18 - 7:39 pm, Palestine time, on Tishri 1, 3 BC.1 E W  Bullinger, who wrote seventy years earlier, believed Christ was born on September 29, 4  BC.2 In my opinion, the researchers who produced, 'Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed,' had  more accurate historical and astronomical information than E W Bullinger had at his  disposal, making it more reliable. Both are excellent works of research. An individual  needs to purchase the book for the full documentation or download the PDF version. This  article will start with the supposition that the above date is correct. Yahoshua was born on  Tishri 1, 3 BC. (This date coincides with our September 11, which would have been a  Wednesday. September 11th was the day the United States was attached by Islam.) 

Tishri as the 7th Month 

Tishri is the 7th month of the Hebrew's religious calendar but the 1st month of their civil  calendar. (The USA calendar year begins on January 1st but the USA government's fiscal  calendar begins on October 1st.) I will first address Tishri as the 7th month. Seven is the  number of spiritual perfection.3 As can be seen above, Tishri had great religious activity,  which can also be testified to by Leviticus 23: 

And Yahweh speaketh unto Moses, saying, 
1.) Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, In the seventh month [Tishri], on the first of the  month, ye have a sabbath, a memorial of shouting [terû'â]4, a holy convocation; ye do no  servile work, and ye have brought near a fire-offering ['ishsheh ]5 to Yahweh. (Young's) 

1 Jesus Christ our Promised Seed; pg. 74. 
2 Appendix 179 Companion Bible. 
3 Appendix 10 Companion Bible by E W Bullinger.  העורת
4 08643 tᵉruw'ah ter-oo-aw' 1) alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war or alarm or joy 
5 'ishsheh. Fire offering, offering made by fire. The etymology of this word (from 'esh or something else) is debated (Driver).  It can be applied to any offering which was wholly or partially consumed by fire. Thus it is applied to the burnt offering; {#Le  1:9,13 } the cereal/grain offering; {#Le 2:3 } peace offering; {#Le 3:3 } the guilt offering; {#Le 7:5 } the consecration offering.  {#Le 8:28 } It is used over sixty times in the OT.  2 

2.) And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, Surely, on the tenth of this seventh month  [Tishri], is, the Day of Propitiation, a holy convocation, shall it be to you, therefore shall  ye humble your souls,—and bring near an altar-flame unto Yahweh. And, no work, shall ye  do, on this selfsame day,—for, a day of propitiation, it is, to put a propitiatory-covering  over you before Yahweh your Elohim. For, whosoever be the person that shall not be  humbled on this selfsame day, then shall he be cut off from among his kinsfolk. And,  whosoever be the person that shall do any work on this selfsame day, then will I destroy  that person from the midst of his people. No work, shall ye do,—an age-abiding statute, to  your generations, in all your dwellings. A sabbath of sacred rest, shall it be unto you, so  shall ye humble your souls,—on the ninth of the month, in the evening, from evening to  evening, shall ye keep your sabbath. 

3.) And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying: Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying:—On the  fifteenth day of this seventh month [Tishri], shall be the festival of booths, for seven days,  unto Yahweh. On the first day, shall be a holy convocation,—no laborious work, shall ye  do. Seven days, shall ye bring near an altar-flame unto Yahweh: on the eighth day—a  holy convocation, shall there be unto you, so shall ye bring near an altar-flame unto  Yahweh—the closing of the feast, it is, no laborious work, shall ye do. These, are the  appointed seasons of Yahweh, which ye shall proclaim, as holy convocations,—for  bringing near, as an altar-flame unto Yahweh, an ascending-sacrifice, and a mealoffering,  a sacrifice and a drink-offering, each day's appointment on its own day:—  besides the sabbaths of Yahweh, and besides your presents, and besides all your vows, and  besides all your freewill offerings which ye shall give unto Yahweh. Surely, on the fifteenth  day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the yield of the land, shall ye celebrate  the festival of Yahweh, seven days,—on the first day, a sacred rest, and, on the eighth day,  a sacred rest. So then ye shall take you, on the first day, boughs of goodly trees, branches  of palm-trees, and boughs of thick trees, and poplars of the ravine,—and shall rejoice  before Yahweh your Elohim, seven days. So shall ye celebrate it as a festival unto Yahweh,  seven days in the year,—a statute age-abiding, to your generations. In the seventh month,  shall ye celebrate it; In booths, shall ye dwell seven days; -All the home-born in Israel,  shall dwell in booths: To the end that your generations may know, that, in booths, made I  the sons of Israel to dwell, when I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt,—I—  Yahweh, am your Elohim. So then Moses declared, the appointed seasons of Yahweh, unto  the sons of Israel" (Lev. 23:23-44). 

By reading this section of scripture, we discover that Tishri is a very special month for  Yahweh. The activity in this month makes it a perfect time for taking a government  census, as was done with Miriam (Mary) and Yowceph (Joseph); the harvest is over, the  weather is mild, all males have to attend the feast of booths (tabernacles) anyway, making  Tishri a perfect month for enrolling the people, disrupting their business in the smallest  manner.6 

The Moon, Yahweh's Calendar 

"Blow, at the New Moon, the Horn,  At the Full Moon, for the day of our Sacred Festival" (Ps.81:3.) 

"The Hebrew calendar is based on three astronomical phenomena: the rotation of the Earth  about its axis (a day); the revolution of the moon about the Earth (a month); and the  revolution of the Earth about the sun (a year). These three phenomena are independent of  each other, so there is no direct correlation between them. On average, the moon revolves  around the Earth in about 29½ days. The Earth revolves around the sun in about 365¼  days, that is, about 12.4 lunar months. 

The Jewish calendar coordinates all three of these astronomical phenomena. Months are  either 29 or 30 days, corresponding to the 29½-day lunar cycle. Years are either 12 or 13  months, corresponding to the 12.4 month solar cycle. 

The lunar month on the Jewish calendar begins when the first sliver of moon (New Moon)  becomes visible after the dark of the moon. In ancient times, the new months used to be  determined by observation. When people observed the new moon, they would notify the  Sanhedrin. When the Sanhedrin heard testimony from two independent, reliable  eyewitnesses that the new moon occurred on a certain date, they would declare the first of  the month and send out messengers to tell people when the month began." 

The full moon is on the 15th day of the lunar cycle. The feast of Unleaven Bread and the  feast of Booths are celebrated on the 15th day, which is a full moon.7 The seventh new  moon is Tishri one, which is to be celebrated with shouting, while the 10th and 15th of  Tishri are to be celebrated with the horn.8 

6 Now it came to pass, in those days, that there went forth a decree from Caesar Augustus, for all the inhabited earth to be  enrolled: this enrollment, first was made while Cyrenius was governor of Syria: and all were journeying to be enrolled, each  one unto his own city. (Lk. 2:1-3) 

7 Le 23:6 and, on the fifteenth day of this month, is the festival of unleavened cakes unto Yahweh,—seven days—unleavened  cakes, shall ye eat.  Le 23:34 Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying:—On the fifteenth day of this seventh month, shall be the festival of booths, for  seven days, unto Yahweh. 

8.Le 25:9 Then shalt thou cause a signal-horn to pass through, in the seventh month, on the tenth of the month: on the Day of  Propitiation, shall ye cause a horn to pass throughout all your land.  

Tishri 1

  Tishri 1 is a very unusual holy day. It is only mentioned two times in the Word of Yahweh  (Lev. 23:24-25 & Num. 29:1-6). Yahweh does not tell us the purpose of this holy day, as  he does with other holy days. We have been instructed that Tishri the tenth is the Day of  Propitiation and that Tishri the fifteenth (Festival of Booths) begins a seven day festival.  Many people label Tishri 1 as 'The Feast of Trumpets,' but Yahweh does not tell us that it  is a feast nor does he tell us that trumpets are to be used. The Hebrew word, in both cases,  is terû'â (ter-oo-aw'), which is defined as an, "alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout,  shout or blast of war or alarm or joy." This word was used in the conquering of Jericho.  Joshua 6:5 declares, "And it shall come to pass, when the ram's horn soundeth, when ye  hear the sound of the horn, that all the people shall shout [rûa']9 with a great shout  [terû'â],10—and then shall the wall of the city fall down under it, and the people shall go  up, every man straight before him." Most Bible translations insert the word, 'trumpet,'  (sho-far') in Lev. 23:24 and Num. 29:1 but this word is not in the text. The five usages of  terû'â in the Psalms will help us understand what Yahweh maybe requesting. 

Young's Bible 

Ps 27:6 And now, lifted up is my head, Above my enemies — my surrounders, And I  sacrifice in His tent sacrifices of shouting [terû'â], I sing, yea, I sing praise to Yahweh. Ps 33:3 Sing ye to Him a new song, Play skilfully with shouting [terû'â]. 

Ps 47:5 ¶ Elohim hath gone up with a shout [terû'â], Yahweh with the sound of a trumpet. 

Ps 89:15 ¶ O the happiness of the people knowing the shout [terû'â], O Yahweh, in the  light of Thy face they walk habitually. 

Ps 150:5 Praise Him with cymbals of sounding, Praise Him with cymbals of shouting  [terû'â]. 

The only major Bible translation that does not place trumpet in Lev. 23:24 is Young's  Bible, which states, "Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the  first of the month, ye have a sabbath, a memorial of shouting, a holy convocation."  Numbers 29:1 in Young's Bible states, "And in the seventh month, in the first of the  month, a holy convocation ye have, ye do no servile work; a day of shouting it is to you."  Young's Bible uses the word shout or shouting in all thirty-six usages of terû'â. It appears  that the Israelites were never instructed why they were supposed to shout on Tishri 1.  Could Tishri 1 be a day of shouting for the future birth of the King of Kings, Yahoshua; a  day of holy convocation; a day of commemoration; a day of bring near an altar-flame unto  Yahweh.11 Luke 2:13-14 records, "And, suddenly, there came to be, with the messenger,  the throng of the heavenly host, praising Yahweh, and saying— Glory, in the highest, unto  Yahweh! And, on earth, peace, among men of goodwill." Was this a day of shouting? My  conjecture is that, unbeknownst to the Israelites, Tishri 1 was going to be the birthday of  Yahweh's Only-Begotten Son, their Messiah. The Israelites did not understand the day  neither did our adversary. This disabled the adversary concerning the birth of the Messiah. 

9 07321 ruwa' roo-ah' 
10 עור 07321 (rûa') shout, raise a sound, cry out. Derivatives (08643) העורת (terû'â) alarm, signal, sound of tempest. 
11 Nu 23:21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, Nor hath He seen perverseness in Israel; Yahweh his Elohim is with him,  And a shout [terû'â] of a king is in him

This would not be unusual. Yahweh used figures of speech concerning the birth of his Son,  such as, "Out of Egypt, called I my son;" "A Nazarene, shall he be called," etc. 

Tishri as the 1st Month (Rosh HaShanah) 

Rosh HaShannah means, Head of the Year. The Hebrew civil calendar has Tishri as their  first month. Yahweh changed the first month of the year from Tishri to Abib12 (Nisan)  when the children of Israel departed from Egypt. Hebrew rabbis taught that Adam was  created on Tishri the first,13 which they call Rosh Hashanah. This is significant because  Adam (Adam & Eve), the first Adam, and Yahoshua, the Last Adam, would both take  their first breath on Tishri 1.14 The first man and the last man having the same birthday.15  (Their belief would mean that Tishri 1 began on the sixth day, when Adam and Eve were  made in the image and likeness of Elohim. If Tishri 1 began on the first day, even then,  Adam and Eve came into being in the same month as Yahoshua but on Tishri 6, when also  the land beasts came into being. I believe Adam and Eve were not created on Tishri 1, as  Yahoshua was, because they chose disobedience, classifying them with the beast of the  fields.) 

Yahweh commanded that a trumpet be sounded on the first day of each month.16 I believe  that the Festival of Trumpets (Tishri 1) came from celebrating the New Year with  trumpets, above and beyond there normal usage, this being the beginning of their New  Year. In the USA, we also celebrate the New Year with instruments. 

In addition, Genesis 8:13 indicates that Noah entered his six-hundred-first year of life on  Tishri 1.17 Unless Noah had been born on Tishri 1, we can conclude that age reckoning  was done from New Year's day to New Year's Day, Tishri 1 to Tishri 1. If Tishri was the  first month on Noah's calendar, Nisan must have been the seventh month. Genesis 8:4  says, the ark came to a rest on the seventh day of the seventh month, Nisan 17. This is the  exact date centuries later of Yahoshua Christ's resurrection.18 

12 "Then spake Yahweh, unto Moses and unto Aaron, in the land of Egypt,, saying—This month [Nisan], is, to you, a  beginning of months,—the first, it is, to you, of the months of the year" (Ex. 12:1-2). Ex 13:4 Today, are, ye, coming forth,—  in the month Abib. De 16:1 ¶ Observe the month of Abib, when thou shalt keep a passover unto Yahweh thy God,—for, in the  month of Abib, did Yahweh thy God bring thee forth out of Egypt, by night: 
13 Sanhedrin 38b 
14 Thus, also, it is written—The first man, Adam, became, a living soul, the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. (1 Cor. 15:45) 
15 The first man, is of the ground, earthy, the second man, is, of heaven: (1 Cor. 15:47). "This, is the record of the generations  of Adam,—In the day when Elohim created man, In the likeness of Elohim, made he, him" (Gen. 5:1); "Who [Yahoshua], is an  image of the unseen Elohim, Firstborn of all creation" (Col. 1:15). 
16 And, in your day of rejoicing and in your appointed seasons, and in the beginnings of your months, then shall ye blow with  the trumpets, over your ascending-sacrifices, and over your peace-offerings,—so shall they be unto you for a memorial before  your God. I—Yahweh, am your Elohim. (Num. 10:10) 
17 So it came to pass, in the six hundred and first year, at the beginning, on the first of the month, that the waters had dried up  from off the earth,—and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and lo! the face of the ground was dried. And, in  the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, was the earth dry. (Gen. 8:13-14)  18 Jesus Christ our Passover by V P Wierwille, pp. 311-348. 

Yahweh definitively gave us signs, which allow us to track the birth of his Son, our Lord  and Savior; just ask the Magi. He could have given us a date, such as he did on all the feast  dates but he did not, making us work for this buried treasure. Some of the signs that he  gave us were: 

1.) Astronomical signs: "...Where is he that hath been born king of the Jews? for we saw  his star in the east, and have come to bow down to him.. Now, they, hearing the king, went,  and lo! the star which they had seen in the east, was going before them, until it went and  stood over where the child was; and, seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great  joy;. (Mt. 2:2, 9-10) "And, a great sign, appeared in heaven: a woman arrayed with the  sun, and, the moon, beneath her feet, and, upon her head, a crown of twelve stars; and she  was with child, and crieth out, being in pangs and in anguish to bring forth" (Rev. 12:1-  2)? 

2.) Historical signs: "Now it came to pass, in those days, that there went forth a decree  from Caesar Augustus, for all the inhabited earth to be enrolled: this enrollment, first was  made while Cyrenius was governor of Syria: and all were journeying to be enrolled, each  one unto his own city" (Lk. 2:1-3). 

3.) Hebrew signs: "It came to pass, in the days of Herod, king of Judaea, that there was a  certain priest, by name Zachariah, of the daily course of Abia..." (Lk. 1:5). 

Intersecting these three signs will lead us to the buried treasure. This article will not pursue  the details (one must read the book) but rather pursue information pertinent to Tishri 1  (September 11). 

Jewish Month Approximate Secular Date This Month's Special Dates
1. Nissan March–April Passover
2. Iyar April–May Lag B'Omer
3. Sivan May–June Shavuot
4. Tammuz June-July  
5. Menachem Av July–August Tisha B'Av
6. Elul August–September  
7. Tishri September–October The High Holidays (Rosh
Hashanah and Yom Kippur),
8. Marcheshvan October–November  
9. Kislev November–December Chanukah
10. Tevet December–January Conclusion of Chanukah
11. Shevat January–February Tu B'Shvat
12. Adar February–March Purim


Points to Ponder 

I will address other events that should have some significance with Tishri 1 being the birth  of Yahoshua. These events are presented for our contemplation; how they might be part of  Yahweh's Grand Plan. Two other events occurred on Tishri 1, which were recorded in  Ezra and Nehemiah; "But, when the seventh month was come, and the sons of Israel were  in cities, then did the people gather themselves together as one man, unto Jerusalem...From  the first day of the seventh month, began they to offer up ascending-sacrifices unto  Yahweh,—but, the temple of Yahweh, had not had its foundation laid" (Ezra 3:1-6). "So  then Ezra the priest brought the law, before the convocation of both men and women, and  all that had understanding to hearken,—on the first day of the seventh month...So they read  in the book of the law of Elohim, distinctly,—and, giving the sense, caused them to  understand the reading" (Neh. 8:2-8). 

Tishri 8 (Circumcision)

Yahoshua was circumcised on Tishri 8; "And, when eight days were fulfilled for  circumcising him, then was his name called, Yahoshua,—which it was called by the  messenger, before he was conceived in the womb. And, when the days of their  purification, according to the law of Moses, were fulfilled, they took him up into  Jerusalem, to present him unto Yahweh" (Lk. 2:21-22). 

Tishri 10 (Day of Propitiation (Yom Kippur)) 

Ten is also a perfect number, which E W Bullinger named as, 'Ordinal Perfection;' ten  commandments, ten plagues etc. The Day of Propitiation (Yom Kippur) actually began on  Tishri 9. "A sabbath of sacred rest, shall it be unto you, so shall ye humble your souls,—on  the ninth of the month, in the evening, from evening to evening, shall ye keep your  sabbath" (Lev. 23:32). The purpose of the Day of Propitiation was to "...put a propitiatorycovering  over you before Yahweh your Elohim" (Lev. 23:28). Yahweh enacted severe  penalties for people who did not humble themselves or who worked on this day.19 Christ  became our Propitiation by his substitutionary death for us. 

Tishri 15 (Festival of Booths)

Tishri 15 began a seven day festival to Yahweh. The purpose of this festival was to  celebrate, by rejoicing, the harvest Yahweh has given them. They were to dwell in booths,  "To the end that your generations may know, that, in booths, made I the sons of Israel to  dwell, when I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt,—I—Yahweh, am your Elohim"  (Lev. 23:43). 

19 For, whosoever be the person that shall not be humbled on this selfsame day, then shall he be cut off from among his  kinsfolk. And, whosoever be the person that shall do any work on this selfsame day, then will I destroy that person from the  midst of his people.(Lev. 23:28-29) 


Tishri is the first month and the seventh month. The number one denotes unity and  commencement, while the number seven denotes spiritual perfection. Tishri six, I believe,  is the birthday of Adam and Eve, the first son and daughter of Elohim, while Tishri one is  the birth of the Second Man, the Last Adam, the Only-Begotten Son of Elohim. I believe  the month of Tishri is Yahweh's Holiest month because of his instructions concerning  Tishri 1, 10 and 15; Yahweh's Only-Begotten Son's birth (Tishri 1, a day of Shouting); his  sacrificial death (Tishri 10, a day of Propitiation); and his resurrection and ascension  (Tishri 15, a day of Rejoicing, the Festival of Booths); "The festival of booths, shalt thou  keep for thyself, seven days,—when thou hast gathered in out of thy threshing-floor, and  out of thy wine-vat. And thou shalt rejoice, in thy festival,—thou, and thy son and thy  daughter, and thy servant and thy handmaid, and the Levite and the sojourner, and the  fatherless and the widow, who are within thy gates. Seven days, shalt thou keep festival  unto Yahweh thy Elohim, in the place which Yahweh shall choose,—for Yahweh thy  Elohim, will bless thee, in all thine increase, and in all the work of thy hands,—therefore  shalt thou do nothing but rejoice" (Deu. 16:13-15).

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