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).)
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 Abebook.com. 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 Jesus Christ our Promised Seed; pg. 74.
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 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.
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.
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
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).
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).
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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