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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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    Q. Why don’t you all go with Jerusalem observance of the new moon for unity’s sake?
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A. If the new moon was seen a day earlier in another part of thecountry, which does sometimes happen, then the brethren in that area would be in disobedience by not keeping the Appointed Times as they should. Yahshua’s statement in the New Testament addressing the idea of worship not being in Jerusalem alone is revealing: Yahshua saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when yeshall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shallworship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such toworship him. Elohim is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth, John 4:21-24. The temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. and worship now is where two or more meet together: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them, Matt 18:20.  His people have His Spirit within them, 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16. Since we are spread out across the world, we do our best to come together in obedience to His commands to meet andworship together:  And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of Yahweh, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of Yahweh in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of Yahweh, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons, Lev 23:1-4.   The command of keeping a “holy convocation” literally means that we are to be meeting together to keep any of Yahweh’scommanded moeds (Appointed Times). In the future Kingdom it will be in Jerusalem (Isa 66:23; Zech 14:16), but for now we do the best we can with Yahweh and Yahshua’s help, in Spirit and inTruth.

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    Q. Why not just use calculations from the United States Naval Observatory to figure out when to keep Yahweh’s Feasts?
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    A. We actually do in preparation for the next year’s Feast days, but we still practice the ancient ways of looking for the new moon. They didn’t have the technology we have today. And we may not either, in the near future.  One may know when the time is estimated for the setting of thesun on a Sabbath, but mechanical watches can break. We should wait until we actually see the sun setting down below the horizon before declaring a new moon day. We could lose Internet and phone services due to tribulation or other reasons. Even so, we will still need to keep Yahweh’s Appointed Times. We all need to be practicing these things in obedience. It may be a big test for many, one that prayerfully we’ll all pass. We are to observe those“lights” that Yahweh put in heaven for a reason, Gen 1:14-19.
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    Q. Why do you not go with a regular calendar?
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A. Regrettably the world and it’s way of doing things is not in-line with Yahweh’s ways. We are told to come out of symbolic Babylon and it’s false worship. In thinking how Yahweh wants us to keep His Feast days, let’s consider the 4th day of creation:   And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven todivide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons,and for days, and years, Gen 1:14. The word for “seasons” is Strong’s#4150 {moed} meaning, “appointed times.” In other words, these lights, such as a visible new moon are partof Yahweh’s calendar for setting Appointed Times (Feast days).His calendar is both lunar and agriculturally based.    Notice the following scriptures for the agriculture connection inYahweh’s calendar:

Lev 23:10-11 Wavesheaf (first fruit offering) of barley offered during early Spring. This is done in the first month of Yahweh’s calendar, verses 4-5.

Ex 9:31 7th plague of hail destroys Abib of barley, just before Passover occurred. Israel is looked upon for confirmation for the early barley grain, since Israel has been designated as the holy land by Yahweh, Zech 2:12.

Lev 2:14 Abib (early grain) Deut 16:1; Ex 34:18 First month of the year is called "the month of Abib." It's in the Spring, not in the dead of winter.

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    Q. Why do you have North America as a regional sighting area, can’t it be divided into smaller areas? Wouldn’t Alaska , for example, be large enough for a separate new moon region?
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    A. At certain times of the year it would be impossible to see the new moon from that far north. Alaska will have constant sunlight, inparts of the year, as the sun seems to float along the horizon around in a flat clockwise movement. In such situations it is has been agreed that it would be best to default to another area (further south) where brethren could confirm the new moon. The idea that Yahweh desires mercy and not sacrifice comes to mind.   It has been the common understanding and agreement among most of the major Sacred Name Assemblies in the United States, for example, to allow two or three reliable witnesses (Deut 19:15; 2 Cor13:1) to confirm a new moon sighting wherever they may be within the nation, even though they may be in different time zones. The United States has four time zones, while other countries may have only one.  It seemed appropriate to make all of North America inclusive for the reasons stated. Those from different areas or time zones will travel to the sojourning Feasts such as the Feast of Tabernacles in obedience to Yahweh. Besides the North America region, there would be the regions of South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia , and the Middle East .
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    Q. What if I travel to a different county to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, will I need to still observe the biblical calendar according to my region?
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    A. Sometimes it’s best to answer a question with a question. If one was to travel to a different country would they keep the 7th day Sabbath according to their own region or the region that they come into? The answer would obviously be the region that they came into, and it would be the answer to any other Appointed Times. The weekly Sabbath is from Friday night sunset to Saturday night sunset wherever you may be.
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