The postponement rules
in the calculated Hebrew calendar
was never a part of the calendar God gave to His people!

Edited by Jarvis Windom

RULES AND TOOLS (These are the Rules and Tools)

What does God's Word tell us. "In the beginning was the Word (Christ) , and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, (Jesus Christ)  that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, [tribe] and His own [tribe] received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:1-14).
From the very beginning God set the rules and tools for a calendar in motion! "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Gen. 1:1-3). God recreated light out of darkness. Then "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" (Gen. 1:14). This is the very beginning foundational instruction for us to understand God's calendar. The moon and the sun are for days, nights, weeks, lunar months, festival years with [seasons] appointed times. God's Word shows four basic units of time to build a calendar. The day, the week, the lunar month and the festival year are the ingredients God used to establish His calendar for us.
Even the world recognizes the heavenly bodies are "to divide the day from the night, and are for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" (Gen. 1:14). Calendars, watches and clocks are kept in perfect time by the movements found in the heavens! Ship are navigated by heavenly stars. The world depends on God's created movements for their accuracy.

1. Genesis 1:14 proves that the calendar must be in harmony with the movements of the moon around the earth and also with the movement of the earth around the sun.

2. A lunar-solar calendar from God's Word uses the sun and the moon to determine a day.
3. A week is dependant upon the sun, one week is completed after the setting of the sun seven times.
4. The cycle of the moon around the earth determines the lunar month. This cycle begins and ends with a true conjunction of the sun and the moon.
5. The Festival year is determined by the earths one revolution around the sun. From one spring turn [equinox] to the next spring turn [equinox] is the most accurate count of a Festival year. This will keep all Holy Days within the frame work of a Festival year.
6. Using the new moon in the spring turn establishes the first day of the year.
These rules show that a calendar can be put together by following God's Word and putting His principles of rules and tools into use!

Why would God leave His people without a calendar? God said: " Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them [the sun and moon] be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" (Gen 1:14). A sign is Strong's #226 meaning: 1. A signal; 2. As a flag; 3. Beacon; 4. Evidence; 5. Mark.

What sign does God show us as a sign for seasons [appointed time]? David gives us this answer in Psalms. "He appointed the moon for seasons [appointed time]: the sun knoweth his going down" (Psa. 104:19). God's Holy Days are to be kept at their appointed time. "Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season [appointed time] from year to year" (Exo. 13:10).

By following the "Comprehensive Hebrew Calendar" as written by Arthur Spier that most Churches of God do, then they are not following the instructions from God's Word. The Jewish Rabbis have added to God's Word by incorporating the postponement rules and taken away the truth from the calendar established by God and His Word! "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you" (Deu. 4:2). "What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it" (Deu. 12:32).

The Feast of Trumpet is to be on the first day of the seventh month. It is never to be postponed or changed by the will of man. Only God establishes Holy time! God the Father and Jesus Christ never gave the Jews the authority to change His appointed time!

Christ told His disciples, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Which when Jesus perceived, He said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine [teachings] of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees" (Matt. 16:6-12).

    Again in Matthew 23 Christ denounces eight woes upon the Pharisees! "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by Him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by Him that sitteth thereon. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy (a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion)  and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation" (Matt. 23:13-36).

SYNCRETISM the fusion of diverse religious beliefs and practices.
A term used by the Jews to Syncronize the Holy Days  by  Jewish Tradition and the New Testament teachings of Jesus Christ.
This Ties in with the Postponement rule the Jews set up.
This is a combination of traditional current religious beliefs and practices and influences of Judaism.  We should not confuse oracles with tradition and Christ's Law.

The continuous negotiation of vacillation between the two systems of religious beliefs has not only given rise to particular syncretic religions beliefs and practices in contemporary TEACHINGS of the Churches of God today, but we often have a hard time looking at the writer and finisher of our faith.   I think we better start looking at the teachings of Christ before the Churches have more wrecks.

The Apostle Paul told Titus when choosing elder, make sure they don't teach Jewish traditions. "For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth" (Titus 1:5,14). Can that be said any clearer? The practice of syncretism is not obeying God's instructions!!
Christ said, "Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men [Judaism]. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition"[of Judaism] ( Mark 7:7-9).
Jesus Christ, the Head of God's Church, said that the Kingdom and authority has been taken away from Judah and given to a nation that would obey Him. "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you [Judah], and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spake of them (Matthew 21:42-45).
The Jews did not accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God then and they still do not accept Him and His calendar laws today! They do not have the authority to rule over the Church of God or His Calendar! They have no authority today!!

The Jews were never given God's Holy Spirit! Christ told them God was not their Father, they are of their father the devil! "But now ye seek to kill Me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to Him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do ye not understand My speech? Even because ye cannot hear My word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe Me not. Which of you convinceth Me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe Me?" (John 8:40-46).

ANYONE, who tells you that you must practice syncretism today is a liar and is of their father the devil! (John 8:44). Those are Christ's own words. Don't be deceived by scholarly sounding word that will lead you to dis-obey God and Jesus Christ. Do you believe God or man's traditions!

The postponement rules in the calculated Hebrew calendar was never a part of the calendar God gave to His people! These are man made rules put in the Hebrew calendar over three hundred years after Jesus Christ died. It is not a lack of faith to obey God rather then human man! "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree" (Acts 5:29-30).