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Gen. 1:14 "...Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, (Heb. banners) and for seasons," (Heb.moedim=appointed times) YHWH PLACED THE SUN AND MOON THERE IN THE HEAVENS SO WE COULD KNOW WHEN THE SEASONS BEGIN AND END, and more importantly, to KNOW WHEN TO CELEBRATE YAHWEH'S MOEDIM, HIS APPOINTED FEASTS. (Look on the Feast page to read about the Appointed Feasts of YHWH and their importance to us as Jews and as Gentiles, made a part of the Commonwealth of Israel.)


THE SEASONS

The Sun and Moon are   FOR SIGNS AND SEASONS. There are 4 main seasons. They are Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The Sun and Moon tell us when the seasons begin and end. THE SUN is a timeclock.

In winter in the Northern Hemisphere, nights are long, days are short. After December the days gradually become longer, the nights shorter. Around Spring time there occurs a day when the length of day and night are EQUAL. This is known as the VERNAL EQUINOX Vernal="happening/appearing in Spring." Equinox="the time when the sun crosses the equator making night equal in length to day. (usually about 21st. March - Roman Calender) The VERNAL EQUINOX is a moment, during a 24 hr. day.

THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

(Roman calender around June 21st.)
The time when the sun reaches its maximum distance (north) from the equator, also known as the 'longest day.' From this point again, days become shorter, nights longer. Around Autumn time there occurs another day when the length of day and night are EQUAL. This is known as THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX Equinox="the time when the sun crosses the equator making night equal in length to day.

(about 23rd. September-Roman Calender) Autumnal="withered/withering" Again there is a change; nights become longer and days shorter.

The WINTER SOLSTICE

(The longest night, the shortest day)
When the sun reaches the furthest distance from the equator (south) and winter begins. (about 21st. December - Roman Calender)The cycle then begins again, ONE YEAR has passed. THE SUN IS A SIGN FOR DAY AND NIGHT Genesis 1:5 says, "...and there was evening and morning..." When the sun goes down the day starts, and when it rises we go about our daily tasks until the day ends at sundown. Read Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31

THE MOON.

The Moon's function is to be a sign for the months. When the Moon is 'new' (Heb: "renewed") it is black. There is no light from the sun causing

it to show, we cannot see it. It is directly in line between the earth and the sun and therefore invisible. This happens in a few moments in time during a 24 hour cycle.AFTER 24 HOURS we see a right hand sliver of light on the moon, and see it for the first time. Next, progressively, we see more until we see the WHOLE of it. Full Moon.

After this, the light diminishes gradually down to a half moon, and to a sliver on the left side, then again, we see no light at all - another NEW MOON. One MONTH has passed. This cycle takes 28 or 29 days from beginning to end. ABIB, THE TIME OF GREEN EARS The first New Moon (black, cannot be seen) after the VERNAL EQUINOX is the beginning of the FIRST MONTH of the year, the new year. Rosh Hashanah, the 'beginning of months' (or 'the head of the year') This is the only month YHWH gave a name to, governed by the Sun and Moon, which are (according to Genesis 1:14 ) a sign for seasons ( hebrew = moedim, appointed times ) for days, weeks, months,"IN ORDER THAT WE MAY KNOW WHEN THE FEASTS OF YHWH ARE."

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