Validating the Different Calendar Methods

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The Biblical Calendar

Methods and Validation

By Clint Branham 9-28-2012

I am not attempting to justify one method over another, I am acknowledging and recognizing that no matter how much other methods appear to line up with scripture, only one method is consistently validated through events spanning hundreds of years!

Here is an overview of my understanding of the Biblical calendar.

Universally agreed upon facts:

  1. The Year starts in the Spring.
  2. The Year is Lunar based
  3. The Year has 12 or 13 months.

Not agreed upon:

  • How does the Month Start?:
    • Sighting of the sliver
      • From Jerusalem?
      • From your current location?
    • The Conjunction?
    • A calculated day? (i.e. Jewish Calendar)
    • On the full Moon?
  • How does the Year begin?
    • Sighting of the Barley?
      • Where?
      • Who has authority?
      • By who’s authority?
    • New Moon after the Equinox?
    • New Moon before the Equinox where Passover falls after the Equinox?
    • A calculated start? (i.e. Jewish Calendar)

Each method has basis in scripture and earnest men believe strongly about each method.  BUT it doesn’t matter what WE feel or believe to be true.  The only thing that matters is what the Father intended.

Very Important Questions:

  • Do any of these methods have any evidence that they are the method that is endorsed by the Father?
    • In other words, have any historical events happened that would confirm one method over another?
    • Are there any astrological events that confirm one method over another?

To my knowledge there is only one method that has any real evidence that it is the correct one.  It is the most unlikely; the calculated Jewish Calendar.  This method has historic events that could possibly have been manipulated by Satan or men, but it also has Astrological events that could not have been manipulated.

The First Set of Events: Tisha B’Av or the 9th of Av.  Historically a day of great calamity for the Jews.  (These events could possibly have been manipulated to occur on the 9th of Av)

  • The Second Temple was supposedly destroyed on the 9th of AV 70 AD.
  • The First Crusade was declared by Pope Urban II in 1095, killing 10,000 Jews in its first month and destroying Jewish communities in France and the Rhineland.
  • Jews were expelled from England in 1290.
  • Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492.
  • On Tisha B’Av 1914 (August 1, 1914), World War I broke out, causing unprecedented devastation across Europe and set the stage for World War II and the Holocaust.
  • On the eve of Tisha B’Av 1942, the mass deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka.

Second Set of Events:  Blood Red Moons also known as a Tetrad (these could NOT have been manipulated.)   Four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses, the group is known as a Tetrad.

In the past 500 years there have ONLY been three Tetrads (sets of blood-red moons), ALL of them corresponded to significant events with the Jewish People or Nation, and ALL occurred on feast days on the Jewish calendar.

All blood-red moons on these following feast dates… All had back-to-back, blood-red moons occur on the first day of Passover and Sukkot the following two years or beginning the same year as the Event.

The Spanish Inquisition — 1492
* Passover, April 2, 1493
* Sukkot, Sept. 25, 1493
* Passover, March 22, 1494
* Sukkot, Sept. 15, 1494

From 1494 until 1949 there were ZERO sets of blood Red Moons!

The War of Independence — 1948
* Passover, April 13, 1949
* Sukkot, Oct. 7, 1949
* Passover, April 2, 1950
* Sukkot, Sept. 26, 1950

The Six-Day War — 1967
* First Day of Passover, April 24, 1967
* First Day of Sukkot, Oct. 18, 1967
* First Day of Passover, April 13, 1968
* First Day of Sukkot, Oct. 6, 1968

There is a fourth Tetrad (set of Blood Red Moons) scheduled to occur in 2014-2015, exactly on feast days that are on the calculated Jewish calendar.

What major event will occur in the 2014–2015 time period involving the Hebrew people?

* First Day of Passover, April 15, 2014
* First Day of Sukkot, Oct. 8, 2014
* First Day of Passover, April 4, 2015
* First Day of Sukkot, Sept. 28, 2015

  • Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
  • Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
  • Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Third Set of Events: In 2014-2015 there will be 4 lunar eclipses and 2 solar eclipses, all falling on Jewish holidays on the calculated Calendar, including Rosh Hashanah in 2015! This will not happen again in this century.

Fourth Set of Events:  Additional Eclipses on Specific Dates:

August 1, 2008 Av 1 Total Solar Eclipse
July 22, 2009 Av 1 Total Lunar Eclipse
July 11, 2010 Av 1 Total Lunar Eclipse
March 20, 2015 Nissan 1 Total Solar Eclipse

These dates don’t match the feasts on the sighted moon calendar, BUT they match EXACTLY on the Calculated Jewish calendar.

Additional info:

In Esther 3:1, we are told that Haman is an Agagite. Agag was the king of Amalek (1 Sam. 15:8). Therefore, Haman and his sons were Amalekites. Rabbi Elijah Solomon, a prominent Lithuanian rabbi of the 18th century known as “the great one of Vilna,” held the tradition that the German nation was descended from Amalek.

During World War II, the Nazis in Germany tried to wipe the Jewish race from the face of the earth. Six million Jews were killed by the Germans. After the end of the war, the surviving Nazi leaders were tried at Nuremberg for this and other war crimes. These trials began on November 20, 1945, for 22 German Nazi leaders.

On October 1, 1946, 12 of the German defendants were sentenced to death by hanging for their part in the atrocities committed against the Jews and others. One of those convicted was Martin Bormann, who was sentenced in absentia. A second was Hermann Goering, who committed suicide in his cell just hours before the executions by taking cyanide poison. The remaining 10 Germans were hanged to death on October 16, 1946.

The following excerpt from the 9th chapter of Esther.  Contains some extremely interesting information:

(white letters on red background)
The Jewish date “21 Tishri” (kaph-aleph-tav-shin-resh-yod) is encoded at an ELS of 216, beginning in Esther 9:12 and ending in Esther 9:27. This is the date upon which the 10 Nazi war criminals were hanged. Statistically, the odds of this date occurring in this passage by random chance are less than one in 1 million!

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Running diagonally through “21 Tishri” is the Jewish year “5707″ (tav-shin-zayin), which corresponds to 1946. This year is found at an ELS of 442, beginning in Esther 9:15 and ending in Esther 9:27. It shares the shin with “Tishri.”

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Beginning underneath “hanged,” the Hebrew transliteration of Nazi (nun-aleph-tsadi-yod) occurs. This word is found at an ELS of -650, beginning in Esther 9:19 and ending in Esther 8:9.

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On the top left part of the matrix, running vertically, the Hebrew word “hanged” (tav-lamed-vav-yod) appears at an ELS of 432. It begins in Esther 8:6 and ends in Esther 9:3.

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Crossing the bottom of “21 Tishri” is the Hebrew word for “Amalekite” (ayin-mem-lamed-koph-yod). This word is found at an ELS of -7, beginning in Esther 9:27 and ending in Esther 9:26. According to Jewish tradition, the nation of Germany is thought to have descended from the biblical Amalekites (Exo. 17:8).

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Right above the top of “21 Tishri” is the Hebrew word “Aryan” (aleph-resh-yod). It appears at an ELS of 1 in Esther 9:8. Hitler’s objective in eradicating the Jews was to have a pure Aryan race.

(white letters on blue)
At the top of the matrix, at an ELS of 1, the name “Haman” (hey-mem-nun) appears in Esther 8:3.

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Underneath “Haman,” the Hebrew word “ten” (ayin-shin-resh-hey) appears at an ELS of 1 in Esther 8:12.

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Underneath “ten,” at an ELS of 20, the Hebrew word “sons” (beth-nun-yod) appears. It begins in Esther 8:15 and ends in Esther 8:16.

The information in the surface text, as well as that encoded underneath the apparent text, is incredible! Only God, in His infinite power, could have inspired these things to be recorded in the book of Esther and then cause them to come to pass more than 2 millennia later. And the dates only work on the calculated Jewish calendar!

Additional Info Source:


Again, I am not attempting to justify the methodology of the calculated Jewish calendar, I am acknowledging and recognizing that no matter how much other methods appear to line up with scripture, none of the other methods are validated through events! Only the calculated Jewish calendar is validated in such an un-forgeable method.

This undeniable evidence is why we follow the calculated Jewish calendar.

5 Responses

  1. Many think God made a mistake by entrusting His oracles to the Jews (Rom. 3:2). They think THEY need to correct God’s mistake by sighting their own moons and creating their own calendars.

    I have been asked numerous times: “By what authority did a man (“Hillel II”) establish the modern Jewish calendar?” The simple answer is that he had the authority given to him by God as the leader of the Sanhedrin. Hillel II was the nasi (“president”) of the Sanhedrin at the time he instituted the calendar in 358/359 CE. As the nasi, he had the divinely-granted authority to establish how the calendar would be determined.

    “Wait just a second,” one might say. “The Jews as a nation rejected Yeshua as Messiah. Therefore, they gave up the authority God had earlier given them!” Sounds like a logical argument, but do the Scriptures support it?

    At the time of Yeshua’s ministry (and later that of Paul), the Jewish high priest was essentially a Roman political appointment. In his 4th-century Ecclesiastical History, Eusebius wrote:

    When Herod was appointed king by the Romans, he no longer nominated the chief priests from the ancient lineage, but conferred the honor upon certain obscure individuals…. Herod was the first that locked up the sacred vesture of the high priest, and having secured it under his own private seal, no longer permitted the high priests to have it at their disposal. (p. 31, ch. VI, pop. ed.)

    This selection method broke the custom of the high priesthood being attached to the family of Aaron. Herod also abolished the practice of the high priest holding the position for life. According to Josephus, in the 107 years from the beginning of Herod’s reign to the fall of Jerusalem, there were 28 high priests.

    The Jewish Talmud records that by the time of Messiah, the high priest bought the office from the government and the position could be changed as frequently as every year. But even after he was out of office, the ex-high priest kept his rights to the dignity of the office. These policies resulted in a group of wealthy Sadducean priestly families (primarily the Boethus, Anan, and Phiabi families) being appointed to the office on a regular basis.

    Since the high priest was clearly not legitimate according to the guidelines found in the Torah, many assume he was invalid and had no authority. Actually, the Scriptures show just the opposite:

    JOHN 11:47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this man works many signs.
    48 If we let him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
    49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,
    50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”
    51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, (NKJV)

    Here we see that BECAUSE Caiaphas was the high priest (even though he was illegitimate according to Torah), his pronouncement against Yeshua was not his own, but rather a prophecy given by God through him. Clearly God recognized Caiaphas’ authority as high priest. As Paul tells us, no authority exists apart from God (Rom. 13:1); therefore, Caiaphas’ position WAS from God.

    Next, let’s look at the later example of Paul testifying before the Sanhedrin:

    ACTS 23:1 Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
    2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
    3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the Law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the Law?”
    4 And those who stood by said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?”
    5 Then Paul said, “I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.’ ” (NKJV)

    Rather than point out that Ananias was NOT “God’s high priest,” but instead an illegitimate Roman appointee, Paul acknowledges him as a “ruler” of the Jewish people. Even though Ananias’ position was not derived according to Torah, Paul recognized his authority to be from God.

    Given that background, what are we to make of the following statement by Paul?

    ROMANS 3:1 What, then, is the superiority of the Jew? Or what is the advantage of circumcision?
    2 Much in every way! First of all, they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
    3 What if some of them were faithless? Shall their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?
    4 By no means! Let God be true and every man false…

    Paul here acknowledges that even though many of the Jews at that time were faithless, God continued to honor the position and authority He had earlier given them. It was God who inspired the following acknowledgment of Jewish authority:

    GENESIS 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to him [i.e., Judah] shall be the obedience of the people. (NKJV)

    PSALM 60:7 Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver. (NKJV)

    PSALM 108:8 Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver. (NKJV)

    The word translated “lawgiver” in Gen. 49:10 and Psa. 60:7 & 108:8 is from the Hebrew root chaqaq. It literally means “to engrave”; by extension, it means “to be a scribe.” Judah is the one who was given the authority to document, record and transmit down through the ages the “oracles” of God.

    I believe the “oracles” that the Jews were given charge of as the “lawgivers” include the writings we know as the Old Testament. It is in the OT that we find the holy days of YHVH defined. By necessity, the “oracles” would then also include the sacred calendar. Just as we shouldn’t discard the Hebrew Tanakh (OT) and consider a Greek or English version authoritative in its place, we should also not throw out the Hillel II calendar and assume that we can create our own.

    Those who would remove the authority of the nasi of the Sanhedrin (in this case, Hillel II) to determine the calendar do so without scriptural sanction. Regardless of the faithlessness of the Jews, to usurp that particular power is to deny that God is faithful, and that He can use faithless Jews to do His will.

    I have had this question arise many times, and I have seen many people claim that THEY have the authority to determine “God’s true sacred calendar.” What always arises from the unlawful exercise of such authority is CONFUSION (1 Cor. 14:33).

    Groups that determine their own calendars are often days or even a full month different from other groups. Consequently, these groups cannot observe the holy days together, because they aren’t keeping the SAME holy days. What should be a time for holy convocation among God’s people becomes a time of division.

    Confusion and division are NOT of God, but rather of Satan. One of Satan’s principal problems has always been accepting authority. Even if the current calendar is inaccurate, the blame must be placed on God, who gave this authority to the Jews. Yet where will the blame lie if we reject this authority delegated by God? I believe WE are guilty if we usurp this authority.

  2. Excellent article. I just watched the teaching on Yah’s calendar and followed a link to this site from over there.

    A couple thoughts as a reply to the above comment…

    1) Just because YHWH spoke through the High Priest does not mean he has any authority beyond the prophetic statement. As I recall, Balaam’s donkey once made some pretty serious statements from YHWH, but did not have authority either before or after the statements.

    2) Yeshua is now our High Priest and by Ruach haKodesh can lead us into truth as we humbly seek Him. If the Hillel calendar is known to be in error and a tradition of men, then it behooves us to seek the truth.

    3) Division is bad and not of YHWH, however, seeking the truth in grace should not cause division. Holding fast to falsehood does. This would seem a matter of debate that might well need Romans 14 application while more learning and teaching takes place.


  3. #1: I respectfully disagree. The office of High Priest was filled by YHVH.

    Rom 13:1-2 KJV Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

    The High Priest was the intercessor for the nation. Balaam’s Donkey was not in a position of authority over anyone, let alone the nation. I believe the office of high priest carried authority in and of itself.

    #2: In my opinion the fact that there is validation for the Hillel II calendar through astronomical events means for now, it is what should be followed. However, WHEN and/or IF a reinstated Sanhedrin (or the Messiah :)) decides to change from the Hillel II method to a sighted moon then, THAT is what should be followed. Until then, anything else is just confusion.

    #3: I completely agree. Many times when someone asks what I believe about a controversial topic I will start with this statement: “At this point in my walk, I understand X,Y, and Z…. But that is subject to change.”


  4. Clint,

    I have been looking at a lot of calendars. Your last article is very interesting. You make the case for the Hillel II calendar.

    I downloaded the Nasa Data on lunar eclipse and tetrads through all of history.

    There are many tetrads through the years. There are only a few that fall on passover and tabernacles.

    I went to the 119 ministries site and they had a video talking about how they calculate the first of the year.
    I think the name of the video is “the creators calendar”
    The method they use is as follows:

    The first full moon after the spring equinox is the beginning of passover.

    Using this information, I went back and looked at the 1968 and 1969 tetrads. These did not fall on Passover and Tabernacles in both years. I think in one of the years they are too late. Generally any passover date that falls after April 20th is too late to be a first month passover.

    It is interesting, that using this timing, that May 15,1948 the rebirth of israel fell on Shavuot.

    Of more interest, is that there is another tetrad in 2042 and 2043 that falls on Passover and Tabernacles.

    There are a lot of other events that fall into the timing based on this timing method. I won’t go into that detail in this email, but some of it is extremely profound.

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