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2015 Feast Dates

Following are 2015-16 dates for the Biblically commanded Feasts.*  These are not only Jewish Holy Days.  In Leviticus 23:2 God tells us, “These are My appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.”  They are the Lord’s specially appointed times available to all God’s followers.  Mark your calendar and plan ahead to participate with Adonai on His Holy Days!

On the Hebrew/Biblical calendar a day begins and ends at dusk (See Genesis 1).
Accordingly, each of these Feasts begins and ends at sundown.

  • Feast of Trumpets:  September 14-15, 2015
  • Day of Atonement: September 23-24, 2015
  • Feast of Tabernacles/Shelters/Harvest: Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2015
  • The Eighth Day: October 5-6, 2015
  • Passover: April 21-22, 2016
  • Feast of Unleavened Breads: April 22-29, 2016
  • Feast of First Fruits: April 23-24, 2016
  • Counting the Omer: April 24 – May 11, 2016
  • Feast of Weeks (Pentecost): May 11-12, 2016

The following attachment includes this list of Feasts, plus Purim and Hanukkah.  It shows the Hebrew and Gregorian dates, the Hebrew names, the purpose of the Feasts and Biblical instructions for observing them from a Messianic understanding:
2015 Appointed Times at a Glance

*These are the dates observed by Messianic believers and based solely on the Bible.  In some cases they do not match the dates determined by Orthodox Jewish Rabbis.

For more information on Gentiles observing these Feasts, read:  Why celebrate these Feasts?
Read all of our posts pertaining to the Feasts.
Read our posts on Purim and Hanukkah.

Recommended Hebrew Calendar
The Feasts are determined by the Hebrew calendar.  It is helpful to keep a Messianic Hebrew calendar on hand.  I recommend the one put out by Lion and Lamb Ministries.  It is beautifully designed and overlays the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars.  It includes color-coded Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts and the weekly Torah and Messianic scripture portions.

Recommended Book Explaining the Feasts
“The Feasts of the Lord” by Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal is written from both a Christian and Jewish experience.  It is perfect for those just starting in their understanding of the Feasts’ significance to all of Yeshua’s followers, and for those who want a concise reference for all the major Feasts and other well known observances.  It covers the Biblical observances, the modern observances, the fulfillment and application today for each one.

2015 Expected New Moon Dates

Sighting of the New Moon

New Moon Observance

The Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar cycle.  The first evening the new moon of each cycle can be observed in the sky denotes the beginning of a new month on the Hebrew calendar.  According to the Bible, new moons are also cause for celebration.

For more information on the New Moon celebration, read The New Moon – Who Knew?
To mark your calendar, view the Expected Dates of New Moons in 2015.

82 responses

  1. judy h p

    I am so new and feeling ignorant. I attend a Assembly where almost everybody has been messianic for a long time. I’m also not tech savy. I hope this site will enable me to communicate with other more learned messianic believers. I will soon be 70 yrs old and have been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Much to learn and so little time. Thank you all. In Yahshuas name

    September 14, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    • Judy, I’m asking everyone who reads your message to pray for you. Meanwhile, don’t fret about time, you will have eternity to continue your learning. This life is just a short glimpse at our real life to come. All the wonderful things you love and long for will be fully realized in Yeshua’s presence. Be comforted, you’re right where you need to be. May YHVH richly bless you as you pursue Him.

      September 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm

  2. NanaChar

    Looking for information on the Feast of the Trumpets ~ it begins at Sundown on the 13th and goes until Sundown on the 14th? Or it begins at Sundown on the 14th and ends at Sundown on the 15th? Or is it two days beginning at Sundown on the 13th and ends at Sundown on the 15th? Also, when is the unleavened bread offered? We’re newbies!

    September 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    • Some calendars are calculated differently. My congregation follows the dates I’ve listed here, which has the Feast of Trumpets on Sundown 9/14. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is in the Spring starting the day after Passover. I’ll have 2016 dates posted soon.

      September 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

  3. Will you be posting a feast calendar for 2016 soon? I’d like to hand one out during my Bible study when we discuss Leviticus next month. Thanks.

    September 8, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    • Yes, I have my calendar now and will have the dates on this site later this month.

      September 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

  4. Sharice

    The annual Sabbath Pentecost also referred to as the Feast of Firstfruits or the Feast of Weeks is the “first” harvesting of souls. God’s plan through Jesus Christ (Y’shua the Messiah) for the spiritual harvest of souls can be seen in the physical harvest seasons in ancient Israel and is pictured through the giving of the Creator’s Holy Days. The wave sheaf offering was commanded by Elohim (God) before any grain could be harvested in the spring. This symbolized Y’shua sacrifice before the giving of the Holy Spirit. The first sheaf of grain was cut and brought to the priest. Then only the priest could wave the single sheaf before God (The Eternal One) to be accepted for the entire congregation of Israel. Jesus was the firstfruit -Wave Sheaf offering – and the 144,000 picture the firstfruits – the earlier, smaller harvest of mankind, represented by the loaves of bread offered on Pentecost. In summary, the wave sheaf offering represents the resurrected Messiah going before the Father for us, becoming our High Priest. The wave sheaf was harvested on Saturday night then it was waved before and accepted by I AM on the first day of the week (Sunday) DURING the Feast\Days of Unleavened Bread (Thanks be to Yah & Y’shua, the Unleavened Bread of Life, our Passover without blemish Who ATONED (AT-ONE-MENT) the human family back to our God, the God of Truth). Jesus went before God and was accepted by God as our wave sheaf offering. This is why the Messiah’s followers could not touch him immediately after the Resurrection until after this occurred.

    September 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    • Sharice

      Wanted to also share some Scriptures that show the importance of firstfruit offerings. Well the first would be the offerings of Cain and Abel. Also please see Jeremiah 2:3, Ex 23:19, 34:26, Rev 14:4, I Cor 15:20-28, James 1:18, Romans 8:23-24, Romans 11:16, Exodus 13:1-2, Numbers 28:26, Lev 23:9-20, John 12:23-24, Romans 8:29, Hebrews 2:10, Deut 26:1-11, Nehemiah 10:35-39, 13:31, Proverbs 3:9-10,Ezekiel 44:28-30 and Psalms 105:36.

      September 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      • Thank you for your contribution and study in this area, Sharice.

        September 6, 2015 at 8:47 am

    • Well said, Sharice.

      September 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

  5. allan jariol dumaguit

    i am a messianic believer since yr 2000 i now in bukidnon philippines……shabbat shalom

    September 4, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    • Fantastic! Thank you for visiting the site, Allan. Would you be able to share for our readers how widespread the Messianic faith is in the Philippines? or whether you’ve seen interest pick up as Yeshua’s appearing draws near?

      September 6, 2015 at 8:36 am

  6. anyaegbu ikeogu obum

    I thank Yahweh for your efforts in propagating truth. I would like our relationship to be cordial. Remain blessed.

    September 3, 2015 at 4:20 am

  7. Christine Jaeger

    I have a question, I hope someone can answer regarding the Feast of the Tabernacles:
    According to the Bible only the first day of the week of the Tabernacle and the Eighth Day is a Sabbath day, on which we do not work, but we are meant to sleep in our made up tabernacle throughout the whole week and bring meal offerings. I am correct with the way the Bible is indicating it? Next question: most sites for ALL upcoming yearly Feast’s mention
    one day earlier than your site did. I live in Canada and the information I got from another Sabbath keeping congregation is for example for the Feast of the Trumpets starting on September 13 at sunset and not as your site mention with September 14.
    I am hoping to get a quick reply to that, due to the fact that the feast’s are soon. Thank you.
    For replies please email me to : j.c331@yahoo.ca

    September 2, 2015 at 11:27 am

    • Yes, Christine, I read the instructions the same as what you’ve stated. I’m not sure the offerings have to be meals or that we have to sleep in the tabernacle. Lev. 23:42 says we are to “live” in them, so do what you can reasonably do, sleeping or waking, it’s all “living.” But, yes, offerings and a tabernacle are both instructed.

      Regarding the dates, you will find other dates based on how various groups reckon the new moon. The calendar our congregation uses is a Gregorian calendar overlaid by the Jewish Diaspora calendar and modified to incorporate God’s appointed times as given by Moses and synchronized to start each Hebrew month on the new moon as it would be seen from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This new moon is calculated using lunar phase software that can pinpoint the moon’s position and phase at any time from any latitude/longitude on earth. There are other correct ways to reckon it as well. We had to agree on one for the sake of unity in our congregation. I recommend following whichever one the leader you are submitted to instructs.

      Blessings to you this Feast season.

      September 3, 2015 at 7:53 pm

  8. Stacey Allen McGee

    I am preparing my house for the coming of the King, inwardly and outwardly. Pray for me and my house. The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all! Amen

    August 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    • G. Gee

      Praying for you!

      August 31, 2015 at 3:18 pm

  9. Martha Austin

    I would like to learn as much as possible, so that I may pray for the Jewish people.

    Also, I feel that The Rapture is going to occur in the near future. My prayer is that I can educate as many people as possible regarding CHRIST’S message and return

    August 18, 2015 at 7:42 am

    • I appreciate your heart, Martha. I have found both Rabbi Jonathan Bernis and Rabbi Kirt Schneider both very helpful in understanding how to reach Jewish people with their Messiah. Both are Messianic Jews themselves. Also Don Finto’s books on the subject were a good starting place. You can find them all online. Obviously, don’t wait to learn how to pray before you start praying. Remember that God loves them and put the desire for them in your heart. He will honor your sincere prayers and you can learn as you go.

      August 21, 2015 at 7:40 am

  10. chinedu chilaka

    we THE FINGER OF ELOHIM MESSIANIC SHABBAT use this medium to thank you for the update on feasts of Adonai. May our GOOD GOD enrich with more wisdom in His word. Shalom.

    July 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm


    I love your post

    July 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

  12. Mar

    Is the Feast of Pentecost 50 days after the Feast of Passover as you have mentioned, or is it 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits?

    April 13, 2015 at 12:23 am

    • The Feast of Firstfruits is always Day 1 of the 50-day count, so Pentecost is actually 49 days after Firstfruits. Depending on which day Passover falls on, Pentecost could be 50 days after Passover, as it was this year: Passover was on a Saturday, Firstfruits was the next day, so Pentecost came 49 days after Firstfruits and 50 days after Passover.
      Good question!

      April 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    • troy

      It is after Yahsua assended back to heaven after showing himself to 500 people. Remember he told them to go into the city and wait for the Holy Spirit. 50 days from that, or 7 sabbaths

      July 13, 2015 at 7:10 am

      • Yes, In Acts 1 it records Yashua telling them to go to Jerusalem and wait, but he didn’t specify 50 days or 7 Sabbaths. The Holy Spirit descended on them as they were gathered for Pentecost/Shavuot, which is 50 days after Firstfruits. How do you read it?

        July 23, 2015 at 9:03 pm

  13. Kimberly

    Do you do observer the night to be remembered? It’s the night before the Passover. Thanks!

    March 26, 2015 at 10:24 am

    • Personally, I do not. I observe all those commanded in Lev. 23, plus usually Purim and Hanukkah.

      March 26, 2015 at 7:29 pm

  14. sso620


    I have been studying The Feasts for a while now. One question that I can never seem to get answered is how to keep them. If Yeshua fulfilled the sacrafical system, then how do we keep Passover? Is the Jewish tradition correct? Should we be holding a traditional jewish Sadar? Thank you!

    March 12, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    • sso620, I’ve created this simple quick reference chart to show what each feast involves Biblically: 2015 Appointed Times at a Glance. The instructions included here would suffice as far as probably a minimum of how to keep the feasts. Remember, the feasts are for remembering what YHVH has done for us, gaining more insights about him and Yeshua, staying in his rhythm and aligned with his “seasons” and also rehearsing for what’s ahead. Yeshua, as our Passover Lamb for all time, is now mediating the priesthood for us vs. a temple with priests and animal sacrifices. But offerings involve more than just bringing animals to the temple – thanksgiving, praise, monetary, spending time in his presence, etc. A traditional Jewish seder contains many great ways to remember Yeshua’s gift of redemption and salvation. I recommend a Messianic Haggadah like this one:
      http://www.shaddai.com/feasts/docs/passover-haggadah.pdf. Remember Yeshua’s words during Passover, “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)
      May God bless you in your pursuit.

      March 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      • carl

        What you said about “staying in his rhythm” resonated with me. I appreciate the spirit in which you wrote this. We want to do something to commemorate the Fall Feast this year. Any suggestions?

        August 30, 2015 at 5:23 am

      • Carl,it’s tough to improve on the Bible’s instructions for commemorating the feasts. In this document, 2015 Appointed Times at a Glance, I note the basic instructions for each Feast (see page 2 for the Fall Feasts). Education before the Feasts on the importance/relevance for commemorating them would be required if your congregation has not done this in the past.

        Obviously, seek the Lord about what he would have you do first. My ideas would be to provide a place for people to gather on the appropriate dates, maybe choose a charity people can donate to for offerings (often we provide a basket for food donations for the local food bank – something everyone can afford to do).

        Think about what you would do if you were on your own for your first time, commit to doing it, announce what you’re doing and invite anyone who wants to participate to join you. (This may be easy if you do indeed meet at your house, as your email indicates.) People could come to whichever ones they want/can. Taking a Sabbath day of rest/no ordinary work on the exact day can be more challenging, but maybe start by setting aside a few hours just for time with God on those dates.

        My first year or two of observing the feasts, the feast days were mostly spent studying what each one was about as it came up. (i.e. I printed off articles from authors I trusted on the Feast of Trumpets and poured over them on the day of Feast of Trumpets.) On that day I’d pray for God to show me what the Feast was about, and of course read any references to that Feast from the Bible. The next year, I had a frame of reference to start from and could plan ahead and enter into more of it year after year. That might be an easy way for your group to learn about them together without going to a lot of extra work. (And of course food always makes a feast! – except for the Day of Atonement, which is traditionally a fast day.)

        I hope that helps to give you ideas on how to start with your congregation.

        September 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    • E. L.

      Just ask the Lord so that your keeping of this Holy Day will according to the Lord’s will and you will not get into a ritual.

      March 26, 2015 at 3:08 am

    • Castee

      Yes, Yahushua Messiah was sacrificed as a Passover lamb once and for all but we need to observe it yearly to remind ourselves of the day YHWH set us free from every form of satanic slavery and be thankful for the significance. By celebrating it you can use the opportunity to pray to YHWH to set a sinner free from satanic slavery of any kind through King Yahushua .
      Yes the Jewish tradition is correct for it is written : Until Heaven and earth pass away not one word would pass out of the LAW and the PROPHET until all all is fulfilled
      No! you need not by force of any kind be holding a traditional jewish seder if you are not familiar with it

      April 4, 2015 at 7:26 am

    • The feasts are prophetic signs regarding the first and second coming of Messiah. The Spring feasts were all fulfilled in the first coming of Jesus. He was the crucified lamb on Passover, put into the ground at unleavened bread, and resurrected on the day of First Fruits. The Spirit was poured out on Shavuot, or Pentecost. The fall feasts speak of the Lord’s return. Trumpets warn of the coming judgments on the earth and the return of Messiah, and possibly the time of the rapture of the church. The day of atonement speaks of two events: (1) the day the anti-Christ becomes the abomination that brings desolation, and steps in to the temple and declares himself to be God. The day also speaks of the return of Jesus to Jerusalem where He will establish His throne and will reign there for 1000 years. The Feast of Tabernacles speaks of two events as well: (1) When Jesus appears in the sky and the Jewish people, who have fled Jerusalem for tabernacles in the wilderness, gaze upon the one they have pierced and mourn as for an only son. Then Jesus seals them so as to protect them from the wrath of God that follows. Tabernacles also signifies the celebration of the King in Jerusalem when all the nations of the earth flood into Israel for the first feast of tabernacles of the new millennium.

      May 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

  15. Pastor Sylvester Williams

    The threads are interesting. This is my first time visiting. Part of the confusion related to the resurrection of Yeshua HaMashiach is the blending of the Jewish calendar with our modern calendars. The Jewish Biblical calendar did not have Sabbath as Saturday or the first day of the week as Sunday. The calendar used by Jews was lunar. Therefore the sighting of the new moon was the first day of the month. Seven days into the new month was the Sabbath. Therefore the Sabbaths were seventh day, fourteenth day, twenty first day, etc.. First Fruits is the first day after the Sabbath. Therefore when HaMashiach was raised the first day of the week it was after the Sabbath. It was insightful your statement about our Savior being the First Fruit from the dead. It is also just as insightful to know that G-d rested on the Sabbath therefore the resurrection would not have happened on the Sabbath. I have read that the reason Jews do not celebrate Sabbaths based on the New Moon as given in the Bible is because of the confusion it would cause with daily commerce with a Sabbath falling on any day of the week.

    March 7, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    • Ah – I had not heard that about the Sabbath calculation from the new moon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      March 12, 2015 at 6:56 am

    • John

      So, Pentecost falls on the day after the 7th Sabbath after Passover? I’m sure this is probably explained somewhere here but I just started here. Thanks for your post and this site. Has Pentecost been celebrated as Jubilee? and how does the outpouring we witness in Acts on Pentecost relate to this year’s Pentecost? More questions, maybe privately though. Thanks again to the site and the post, but most of all, THE EVERLASTING FATHER. Love to all, shalom

      April 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      • All good questions, John. I have found a connection to Pentecost and Jubilee, which I discuss in my post: Counting the Omer Part 2: 9 Days of Prayer. Part 3 of that post discusses how the accounts of Acts relate to us today. See what you think.

        April 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm

  16. Karen

    Yadeed; THANK YOU

    February 18, 2015 at 3:23 am

  17. Karen

    I am looking for a prayer shawl which some of the Rabbi’s wear; I want to give my Pastor one; our temple is in Washington, DC please advise

    February 16, 2015 at 3:28 am

  18. nathan touthang,

    i was seaching for the new moon of 2015 and i see your website when i enter it is full of information i am very thankful to your website,

    February 15, 2015 at 6:41 am

  19. Regina Wells

    Thank you for sharing with the Body of Believers. Please clarify for me if I am not of Jewish descent and God gave the directives to Moses for the Jews am I as a gentile believer commanded to celebrate the feasts? I do understand that I can participate if I choose, but is it required?

    February 12, 2015 at 6:37 am

    • Regina, yours is a good question, debated by Christians and Jews. You will need to seek God for guidance. My opinion is that the answer stems from how you define an Israelite or Jew. Rom. 2:28-29 tells us, “A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code.” 1 Cor. 7:19 says, “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts.” Both of these imply that if you are a worshiper of God, your ethnic heritage is not the determining factor of whether you should keep his commands. Personally, I believe following the commands are so rich a lifestyle, why would I choose to do the bare minimum required just because I’m not of Jewish descent? I would encourage you to take part in the feasts as much as you can and ask God to use them to reveal himself to you. He will honor your desire to draw near to him through his commands. You may enjoy my post, “Going Through the Motions.” Thanks for the good question.

      February 16, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      • Peter

        Thank you for this reply. Holy Spirit used it to bless me greatly. I’m not Jewish that I know of, but I certainly love the Lord and am growing in understanding the feasts.

        August 3, 2015 at 5:25 am

  20. Sheila Maith

    Thank you for information on the feasts. I am just coming into knowledge and why we celebrate and observe the feasts. I appreciate the site and information. I had studied and was led some years back but didn’t quite understand. I have a thirst to observe what Jehovah has set for me to know and observe. Now, in observance (and I don’t have a church home per se) where am I to follow through in the celebration of the feasts?
    Thank you,

    February 7, 2015 at 11:35 am

    • Sheila, I would recommend you do all that you can without an assembly (holy convocation). You can still observe a Sabbath, give an offering to Jehovah (doesn’t have to be monetary), eat unleavened bread, etc. Do what you know to do and ask Jehovah to reveal to you the path he has for you. Remember, the point of the feasts is to observe the days as holy, as Jehovah does. Spend the Sabbath days with him even if you can’t spend it with other believers. May he bless you as you pursue his ways.

      February 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

  21. Karen

    thanks for the reply

    January 14, 2015 at 7:15 am

  22. Karen

    You are right and i hope i did not offend you with my question; it’s just when i found out i was sitting in the synagogue and heard two men of Yahshua talking about us not even knowing his real name and i went off; how can you teach and yet you are teaching incorrectly; i have since stop going to that synagogue and going to one that calls him by his magnificent and marvelous holy and righteous name

    January 14, 2015 at 7:14 am

  23. Karen

    Just was searching for the dates of the Passover and Feast of unleaven; and i am a little confused; you answer your responses with the name of Jesus; knowing full well that is not is name Yahshua; Yahweh is his father; is there a reason for this??

    January 12, 2015 at 9:05 am

    • Karen, you are right – when someone calls our Messiah Jesus, I also call him Jesus when I’m talking to them. My goal is to meet them where they are and bring them along, not correct them on every point. I called on Yeshua as Jesus for 35 years, and he was patient in answering me. I believe once people understand the Hebrew roots of their faith, their complete vocabulary will change, including how they refer to the Messiah, as it did for me. Thanks for your passion in using his Hebrew name!

      January 14, 2015 at 6:33 am

  24. Richard Roeders

    Why did you, as many Americans do, use the name Yeshua for our Redeemer? The family name is YAH = I was, am and will be, in other words: The Eternal and Our Creators Name is Yahweh, his Son’s Name is consequently: Yashua or Yahushua which means: Yahweh is our (eternal) Salvation. We are free and requested to call Father and Son by Their Holy Names. Yeshua means nothing and Jesus has been derived from the Greek god isous, their god of healing…..

    January 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

    • Thank you for your input, Richard. There are varying schools of thought on both YHVH’s and Yeshua’s names. My learning has brought me as far as the name Yeshua, but I’m still listening, seeking and learning.

      February 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm

  25. Eze patrick chibuzo

    Iam jewish but I live in Nigeria. Yahweh is one. glory to Yahweh

    October 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  26. Cheryl Newman

    Are there any fasting requirements for the days before the feast of tabernacles?

    October 5, 2014 at 7:37 am

  27. Shalom

    Happy feast of trumpet

    September 25, 2014 at 11:06 am

  28. kyei zander

    is messianic sabbath have something to do with the house of Yahweh at Abilene Texas in USA?

    May 23, 2014 at 5:26 am

    • No, no affiliation, but from their website, it looks like they are part of the Messianic movement, as well.

      May 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm

  29. Thapelo

    I am a seventh day Adventist an I discovering about the feast I am,willing to learn more so DAT I can keep them b4 Jesus comes pls help

    April 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    • Thapelo, it looks like you’ve seen my articles on the subjects of the Feasts. If you are unable to get a copy of the book I recommend, “The Feasts of the Lord”, you might begin with putting the dates listed on this page on your calendar as God’s holy days and print this reference guide, which lists all the commands for observing them. I started by using those days to seek God and to study what each day meant to Him, so that I could line up with His spirit on each day. I kept a diary of my learnings, so I could continue with it the next year. If you are diligent in making the effort to do what you know, God will guide you and provide you revelation directly. May God bless you in your pursuit of His truth.

      June 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  30. Carol

    I think I need to question the fact that Jesus rose on Sunday. The fact that Jesus states in Matthew 13:40 “for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. He states 3 days and 3 nights, not partial days and nights. The day is 12 hours, and the night is 12 hours. A biblical day runs from sunset to sunset. If Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose on Sunday, as many are taught, the time frame makes this verse untrue! Jesus was crucified on a “high” sabbath day. See John 19:31-37 (KJV). This was an annual Sabbath, not a weekly sabbath. It was the sabbath before Passover. Jesus was our Passover Lamb. I believe Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday, was laid quickly in the tomb before sunset, and just before sunset ( 72 hours later) which would be Saturday, Jesus was Resurrected from the dead. When the women arrived at the tomb to annoint his body very early Sunday, the stone had already been rolled back, Not to let him out, but to let the women in to see the empty tomb. The angel then tells them to inform the disciples, especially Peter, that Jesus is ALIVE!
    If I believe the Friday crucifixon, and Sunday resurrection, then the bible is not true.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    In His Hands always….

    April 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    • Carol, you are right, there are various ways to calculate it. I shouldn’t definitively say Yeshua rose on Sunday, it could have been Saturday on the Hebrew calendar. I agree with you, Friday doesn’t add up correctly. Whether you believe Yeshua rose on Saturday or Sunday, the command to observe the Feast of Firstfruits in Ex. 23:9-11 includes the day – “on the day after the Sabbath.” which makes the observance of it a Sunday. Given that Yeshua died on the exact day of Passover, and the Holy Spirit was poured out on the exact day of Pentecost, It would follow that Yeshua’s resurrection took place on the exact day of Firstfruits, which would be why we are to observe that day, but the Bible does not say specifically, so we are left to our own calculations. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      June 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      • Bob and Carol

        Sorry, I need to correct the Chapter in Matthew from 13:40 to Matthew 12:40. Have a wonderful day.

        June 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

    • Lydia

      Shalom Carol joy 2 read your findings on death & resurrection of Messiach I too share same significant calculations. Lev 23 also makes absolutly clear as to Whose Feasts they are “These are MY Feasts says Yahuweh 1v2. th tribe of Judah are only ones who hv preserved thes wonderful Feasts which hold Yahuwehs plan of Salvation for all mankind so we rely on our (brother) to lead us how to observe thm. Its been confusing ths year couldnt find help to observe th correct date seem like “lost sheep” trying to fit in with Jewish date for Pesach & First Fruits! Bt Abba looks into our inner most devotions to Him His compassion endures forever HalleluYAH! Lydia April 5th 2015

      April 5, 2015 at 8:48 am

  31. Michael Porter

    We here in Benin Republic appreciate all your efforts for the Kingdom. May the Feast of Passover and the Day of the Unleavened Bread bring joy to you all.

    April 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm

  32. Angeloyd Fenrick

    Thank you for your teaching ministry

    April 3, 2014 at 2:45 am

  33. chinedu charles

    tanx a lot. Pls ar we not suppose to say or shout happy new year to our frnds as d bible said dis is d begining of our monts?

    April 2, 2014 at 1:13 am

    • You are right, Mr. Charles, Nisan is the first month of the Hebrew calendar (Exodus 12). Most Christians do not realize that. I would agree that wishing people a happy new year could be a conversation starter regarding the Hebrew calendar and God’s instructions.

      April 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  34. chinedu charles

    tanx a lot for this,ADONAI bless u for this good work. Shalom

    March 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  35. Yvette washington

    Thank you for the teaching, I wish we had more teaching in my area, Bowie MD, i do fellowship at two messianic congregations sometimes, thanks again

    March 27, 2014 at 8:29 am

  36. Judy Scott

    If Passover is April 14/15 this year, why is it that you stated above to Myra that Jesus rose on April 20, the day of the feast of the firstfruits…wouldn’t it be 3 days and 3 nights after the Passover?

    March 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    • Judy, thank you for your intelligent question. This confuses many people because we are used to our holidays falling on the same day of the week each year. Here is the explanation:

      Passover is always on Nisan 15 (according to Lev. 23:5). Since Shavuot must be on a Sunday 50 days from First Fruits (Lev. 23:15-16), First Fruits is always scheduled for the Sunday after Passover. This causes the number of days between Passover and First Fruits to change from year to year. First Fruits is based on a day of the week and Passover is based on the date and moves from day to day on the calendar each year. The year Jesus died and rose, First Fruits did fall 3 days after Passover – remember Jesus rose on a Sunday, which would’ve been the first Sunday after Passover which made that Sunday the Feast of First Fruits that year.

      It’s no wonder it’s confusing! I hope that helps explain it.
      Thanks again for your question.

      March 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      • Judy

        How do you know that Jesus rose on a Sunday? I’ve heard that it may have been on the Sabbath (and He died on a Wednesday). As you can see, I am new to all these feasts, but am eager to learn. Thanks!

        March 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      • Luke 24:1 tells us, “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.” The first day of the week on the Hebrew calendar is the same as the Gregorian calendar – a Sunday. One difference, on the Hebrew calendar a day goes from sundown to sundown, so Sunday would’ve begun on what the Gregorian calendar refers to as Saturday night. Practicing the feasts is a wonderful way to learn more about YHVH.

        April 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

  37. Darrell Deyne

    Are these dates in accordence to the postponements of Hillel II?

    February 22, 2014 at 2:50 am

    • Not necessarily. I do not follow the teachings of Hillel II, so I have not compared them.

      March 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm

  38. Myra Draine

    What is the day of the feast of the first-fruits when Jesus was crucified?

    February 8, 2014 at 11:59 am

    • Jesus was crucified on Passover and rose from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits. This year it falls on April 20. In Leviticus 23:9-14 it is established as the day the Israelites bring the first of their produce from the first crop of the year to the temple as an offering. The understanding is that as the first of their produce was accepted by God, so would the rest of the crop be. This is symbolic of Jesus being the first acceptable offering to God and the first to rise from the dead, indicating that the rest of Jesus’ followers would also be acceptable to God and rise from the dead, as stated in 1 Cor. 15:20-23. I observe it by meditating on the implications of Jesus’ resurrection and by bringing an offering of my resources to God. Thanks for your question, Myra. May God bless you in your pursuit of his truths.
      Messianic Sabbath

      February 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  39. Jerry

    I was looking for the dates of the feasts and I found your site. You do not mention where these dates and times are calculated for. Are these dates as per Jerusalem or where?

    August 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

    • Jerry, You are right, there are various ways these dates are calculated. For the sake of unity, the congregation I attend has agreed to follow the Messianic Calendar put out by Lion and Lamb Ministries. Here is how that is calculated: The Gregorian calendar is overlaid by the Jewish Diaspora calendar and modified to incorporate God’s appointed times as given by Moses and synchronized to start each Hebrew month on the new moon as it would be seen from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This new moon is calculated using lunar phase software that can pinpoint the moon’s position and phase at any time from any latitude/longitude on earth. I echo the statement included in their calendar, “Our calendar is not perfect, but our hope is that all Messianic believers who use our calendar will learn to keep the Sabbaths and the feasts in the way that the Lord has impressed upon us individually.”
      Thanks for your question.

      August 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      • The next new moon appears on Friday, September 6, 2013 after the sun sets. The moon will be setting just a couple of hours after the sun, so there is a small timeframe in which to actually view it on the Western horizon after the brightness of the sun has diminished. A biblical new moon begins on the first day of each Hebrew month. September 6 is the first day of the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar – the month of Tishrei. Tishrei 1 is also the day of the Feast of Trumpets referenced in Lev. 23:23-35. You can see all the New Moon dates for 2013 here.

        Thanks for your question. I hope you will “taste and see” the beauty of God’s monthly time of renewal.

        August 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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