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Friday, October 19 2018

A Bible Journey, 61: The Natural Law Of The Passover Moon

"Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years"

The LORD's calendar of days, months and years was established with and by His Creation of the physical universe (see Creation Day 4: The Calendar). The week, which is not directly observable in nature, was created separately with and by His true Sabbath Day (see Creation Day 7: The Week And The Christian Sabbath).

"1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." (Genesis 1:14-19 KJV)

Phases Of The Moon The geometry of the moon's orbit around the Earth provides a stable, predictable cycle of moon phases. The full moon always rises at sunset, transits the meridian (i.e. reaches the highest point in the sky, half-way between rising and setting) at midnight and sets at sunrise. The same progressing schedule applies to all of the other phases of the moon through the month (the English word "month" originally meant moon).

  • The New Moon always rises at sunrise, transits the meridian at noon, sets at sunset

  • The First Quarter Moon always rises at noon, transits the meridian at sunset, sets at midnight

  • The Full Moon always rises at sunset, transits the meridian at midnight, sets at sunrise

  • The Last Quarter Moon always rises at midnight, transits the meridian at sunrise, sets at noon

The LORD's calendar month begins when the crescent new moon becomes visible to anyone whose view of it is not blocked by clouds (see the Fact Finder question below), thereby always making the middle of the month, around the fourteenth, the time of the full moon. Passover was also declared to be observed from the fourteenth day of the month - the time of the full moon, that always rises at sunset and reaches its highest point in the sky at midnight.

"12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 12:9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover." (Exodus 12:5-11 KJV)

So it was that the death of the firstborn would occur at midnight - with a bright, full moon overhead.

"11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

11:2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. 11:3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.

11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 11:6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

11:7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. 11:8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.

11:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.

11:10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land." (Exodus 11:1-10 KJV)

Fact Finder: How was the New Moon crescent used to determine the beginning of the month of the LORD's commanded true Christian calendar?
See The New Moon Calendar


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This Day In History

This Day In History, October 19

526 BC: Ahmose II, also known as Amasis II, general, king of Egypt, member of the 26th dynasty, died. He seized the throne during a revolt against King Apries (see also Children Of Ham - The Origin Of Egypt And Iraq).


202 BC: The Battle of Zama during the Second Punic War. Roman legions (see also Legions Of Men And Angels) under the command of Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal Barca, leader of a Carthaginian (i.e. Carthage) army.

Battle of Zama

439: The Vandals (an ancient invasive Germanic tribe from central Europe whose looting and wanton destruction gave origin to the term "vandalism"), led by King Gaiseric, took Carthage in north Africa.

1216: King John of England died at age 50. After being interdicted by Pope Innocent III, he surrendered England to the pope so that the national excommunication would be repealed. Innocent then gave England back to John in 1213 as a fief of the Roman Catholic Church. King John became the subject of one of William Shakespeare's plays. He was succeeded by his 9 year old son Henry.

1466: The Peace of Torun ended the war between the Teutonic Knights and their own disaffected subjects in Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany).

1469: Ferdinand II of Aragon married Isabella I of Castile. The Spanish monarchs are best-known to history as the sponsors of Christopher Columbus (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy) who "discovered America" 500 years after the Vikings had already done so.

Leif Ericson



King Henry VIII of England married, and later divorced, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, which led to the further divorce of England from the Church of Rome.

Ferdinand and Isabella

Catherine and Anne


1739: England declared war on Spain over a borderline dispute in Florida. The war became known as the War of Jenkin's Ear because Spanish coast guards cut off the ear of British seaman Robert Jenkins.


1812: Napoleon began his retreat from Moscow (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

Suez Canal 1818: In the years following the War of 1812 (1812-14), that was declared by U.S. President James Madison with the stated purpose to annex Canada and subject its people to dictatorial rule from Washington, a treaty was signed by Canada and the U.S. to set the international border, west of the Great Lakes, at "the 49th parallel" (i.e. the latitude of 49 degrees north). That treaty, along with the already-established-by-war border east of the Great Lakes created the present-day boundary that has not been militarily-violated by either nation in nearly 200 years.

1827: During the Greek War of Independence, the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were destroyed by the British, French and Russians at the Battle of Navarino (see also Send In The Marines).

1935: The League of Nations imposed sanctions against Italy following its invasion of Ethiopia.

1949: The communist People's Republic of China was formally proclaimed.

1950: The North Korean capital of Pyongyang was captured by U.N. troops (see Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).

1954: Britain and Egypt agreed to transfer control of the Suez Canal after more than 70 years of British control (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1970: British Petroleum made the first major oil find in the British sector of the North Sea.

1973: U.S. President Richard Nixon rejected an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate criminal investigation tapes (see also The Impeachment Of The President).

1993: South African President F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

2005: Amidst the over 200,000 Iraqi civilians killed and a million wounded (some independent estimates state that the civilian carnage was much higher) by the non-existent "weapons of mass destruction" invasion ordered by George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein went on trial in the destroyed city of Baghdad for "crimes against humanity." Saddam Hussein was found guilty and hung for his war crimes.

2005: Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. "Hurricanes" are experienced throughout the world (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).




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