New Moons: Are They Days of Commanded Assembly For Worship?

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Exodus 40:1-17
:1 (KJV) And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
:2 On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.

(You can see that The Alpha & Omega Bible keeps the original words of "at the New Moon", KJV deletes these words. But in both translations, it's clear that The Creator [God] instructed Moses to erect/build the first temple, a church tent, on the New Moon of the first month of the year. It was the 2nd year after leaving Egypt.)

Exo 40:3 (KJV) And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the vail.
:4 And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof.
:5 And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle.
:6 And thou shalt set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.
:7 And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shalt put water therein.
:8 And thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up the hanging at the court gate.
:9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.
:10 And thou shalt anoint the altar of the burnt offering, and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar: and it shall be an altar most holy.
:11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.
:12 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.
:13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.
:14 And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats:
:15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.
:16 Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.
:17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up.

Did you read the above scriptures in your personal paperback/hardback bible today or just only on this website?
If only online, I encourage you to please open your bible and read these verses both on our website and in your bible. There is power in reading the real bible. Also, did you pray before beginning to read about this specific subject today? If not, I encourage you to take the time now to pray for understanding of truth.

Numbers 10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.

Num 28:11 And in the beginnings of your months ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD; two young bullocks, and one ram, seven lambs of the first year without spot;

Num 29:6 Beside the burnt offering of the month, and his meat offering, and the daily burnt offering, and his meat offering, and their drink offerings, according unto their manner, for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.

1 Samuel 20:5 And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at even.
:18 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the New Moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.
(These 2 verses indicate that David was normally/usually always in attendance during all of the New Moons. However, David did not consider the New Moon to be on the same equal level as Sabbaths and High Holy Days such as Pentecost. If he did, he would surely be in attendance.)

2 Chronicles 2:4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the New Moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.
(My point about all of the above scriptures is that God commanded sacrifices, bread, wine, alcohol, incense, etc in all of the temples, [the first church tent in Moses time, the 1st stone temple and the 2nd stone temple] on all the New Moons. These were all elements/parts of worship. These things indicate worshipping Jesus, not just only observing the date.)

2 Chronicles 29:17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.
(The first day of a month is the New Moon. And this first day of the first month is the same date of when Moses erected the first tabernacle, the church tent. This is very significant. And part of the significance is that this was also yesterday's date! And it was went I first introduced to the congregation the truth about the New Moons being commanded days of worship. This date was when the Israelites in the wilderness were given a location for worship services. And when King Hezekiah purified the 2nd temple for worship. And when Apostle Zimmerman relayed the message from Jesus that we are to worship Jesus on the New Moons.
Also, 2-3 years ago, on the holy day of Purim, we held our first worship services of this location where our ministry building is located. It was a new location for us. It was Purim, but I did not know at that time that it was Purim, because we were not yet observing Purim. The next year, we grew in the truth about Purim and started observing Purim. So you see, Jesus leads us in dates and confirms by leading us to have worship services on those same dates, even when we don't even know the date or the observance yet.
I could have introduced the New Moon observances to the congregation a week or two ago, or perhaps next week or later. But instead, Jesus led me in this revelation at the perfect timing to accomplish our very first New Moon observance on the first day of the first month even as was done by God, Moses, and King Hezekiah! What an amazing confirmation! I did not even know that this bible study about New Moons was going to include anything about this very specific date of the first day of the first month which was the very next planned worship service of this congregation!
Haggai 1:1-12 also tells about how that God gave the commandment to rebuild the temple on the 1st day of the 6th month. Whereas 2 Chron.29:17 declares that they began sanctifying the temple on the 1st day of the 1st month. In both cases, the first day of the month was important.)

Psalm 81:3 (KJV) Blow up the trumpet in the New Moon, in the time appointed (H3677), on our solemn feast day.
(NASB) Blow the trumpet at the New Moon, At the full moon (H3677), on our feast day.
(ABP Apostolic Bible Polyglot) TrumpG4537 duringG1722 the New Moon --G3561 a trumpetG4536 inG1722 the well-markedG2154 dayG2250 of your holiday!G1859 G1473.
(This verse is often used by people who wrongly claim that the New Moon is the full moon, not the new crescent moon. The confusion is over Strong's Concordance Aramaic word #3677. Click here to see definitions at Kese or keseh. Translated in different bibles as "full moon" or "time appointed". That's a huge difference in meaning. It also says "properly, fullness". Fullness doesn't have to be "full moon". Fullness can mean the full of anything, the fulfillment, the chief, the head, the ruler, the main thing, the leader, the real meaning, or well marked or appointed or ordained. The Greek word in the LXX Greek Septuagint is Strong's #2154 which is eusemos, meaning with clear meaning, intelligible, clear to the understanding, well-marked, clear and definite, distinct. That would match the Aramaic meaning of well marked. So "full moon" absolutely is not the correct translation. NASB has this verse wrong. The only place in the New Testament that G2154 appears is in 1 Corinthians 14:9 which shows that it means "well understood". It doesn't have to be full to be well understood or well marked or appointed. I don't think that we can use this verse to prove new crescent, nor full moon. The only thing we can use this verse for is to show that they were to blow the trumpet on the New Moon and on the feast days.)

Isaiah 66:23 (KJV) And it shall come to pass, that from one New Moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
(This is talking about during the 1,000 years millennium [plus the following 100 years of Isa.65:20] after Jesus comes back to the earth. It is similar to Zech.14 which tells us that during the same time era, everyone, including the Gentiles of Egypt, will be require by the Law of God to keep the Fiesta of Tabernacles. If Moses, Solomon, David, Jesus and the apostle Paul kept the New Moons and everyone will keep them in the Kingdom of God after Jesus returns, then we also should keep/observe the New Moons today.)

Ezekiel 45:17 And it shall be the prince's (priest's) part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the New Moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 46:1 Thus saith the Lord God; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.
:3 Likewise the people of the land shall worship (not just the priests) at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the New Moons.
:6 And in the day of the New Moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish.

(The context of Ezekiel 40-48 is the time era of the 2nd stone temple, which is the temple that stood in the time era of when Jesus walked on the earth in the flesh. It had been restored by Nehemiah and King Hezekiah. Most people wrongfully believe that it's talking about a future millennium temple. But that's impossible, because there are animal sacrifices for sin in this temple. The writings of Paul and also Hebrews 10:14 are clear that the crucifixion of Jesus was the one time, last, eternal sacrifice for sins and there will never again be a requirement of animal sacrifices for sin, or for any other reason. Many Jewish "Rabbis" admit/confess that the temple of Ezekiel 40-48 was the 2nd stone temple that was already built, but that the Jews did not obey all of the instructions that God and Moses had given for the building instructions. They admit it. And that is the only possibility, which it is impossible for such a temple to be present in the Kingdom of God. For more proof that a temple will never be built, not even during the Great Tribulation, please click here.
The main point that I need to make about these verses in Ezekiel 45-46, is that the New Moons were appointed/commanded times of worship, and not just only for the priests, but also for the people. The church building, temple, was open for services on the New Moons and also on the Sabbath days of rest, which is a different category of days. New Moons are not Sabbaths.)

(She did not fast on the holy days and the feast dates and the weekly Sabbaths and the New Moons. This is because she recognized that they are days of feasting and celebrating. Therefore we see in the Old Testament time era, and in the Apocrypha time era, and in the New Testament time era, and in the future millennium after Jesus returns, that during all of these time era, the people of Jesus worshipped and will worship on the dates of the New Moons.)

(Compare this to Exodus 8:27 'We will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.
(The 3 day journey in Maccabees and in Exodus is for traveling to and from the holy day locations. We should not be legalistic and restrict our travel time to exactly 3 days before and after. If it only takes us 1-2 days, so be it. Or if it take us 4 days, so be it. Three days of travel time is not a commandment for us. It's only what God told Pharaoh to give the Israelites, and what was also given during the time of the Maccabees, but not a required/commanded amount of time for us.)

Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the New Moon be gone, that we may sell corn (grain)? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
(This verse shows that the wicked eagerly awaited for the end of the New Moons and Sabbaths so that they could again sell and cheat the people. Some people claim that this verse proves that the New Moons are Sabbath days of rest. But notice that the context is speaking of evil people, not righteous people. And not Moses or God or any prophet instructing the people to keep the New Moons as Sabbaths. To declare the New Moons as Sabbath days of rest, we must have additional verses that more clearly give instruction or commandment. Not just what the wicked say. In many things, the Jews do more than required. They follow many Jewish traditions and man made laws. In this verse, the requirement to rest {not sell} on the New Moon dates could be because of man's laws and traditions.
Some information found at confirms that not working on the New Moons was only a custom for some people, not a commandment. Quote: "The Gemora in Er’chin (10b) tells us that even though Rosh Chodesh [New Moons] is referred to as a “holiday,” the day does not have the great measure of holiness which would necessitate cessation from work, as we find on the holidays and on Shabbos. However, the Shulchan Aruch (Orech Chayim 417:1) writes that there is a custom that women do not do work on Rosh Chodesh". End Quote. )

Noah and the Dates of Dry Land

Genesis 8
:5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry!
:14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. :15 And God spake unto Noah, saying, :16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.

The Traveling of Ezra the Priest

Ezra 7:9 For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.
(This shows that the high priest traveled on the New Moons. He did not rest. Traveling long distances is forbidden on Sabbath Days and High Holy Days.)

New Testament

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the New Moon, or of the sabbath days.

(Most people try to distort/twist this verse against us to try to claim that we should not observe the Sabbaths and holy days of the bible. Yet what Paul is saying in this verse is that we people who observe these days, including the new moons, should not allow people to condemn us for doing so! Paul is known as the New Covenant apostle to the Gentiles. Yet he put his stamp of approval on the keeping of the biblical days of worship, including the New Moons. He could have said "do not keep these days" or "I condemn you for keeping these days", but instead, he told us to not let anyone condemn us or judge us wrongfully for observing these biblical holy days! Paul never said anything negative about obeying the 10 Commandments or anything negative about keeping the weekly Sabbath or the annual holy days, instead, he said about the Fiesta of Unleavened Bread "Let us keep the feast"! 1 Cor.5:8. And there are also other examples of Paul keeping/observing the true, biblical Holy Days, [including Acts 20:16 & 1 Cor.16:8] even as Jesus also did.)

God Did Not Rest on the First New Moon

Genesis 1:14-19
:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

: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:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
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.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
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.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
(God rested on the first 7th day Sabbath that existed on the newly remodeled Earth. But He did not rest on the first New Moon that existed.)

How to Observe New Moons

For the most accurate New Moon dates, I have listed the Holy Days and New Moon dates below, later on this page. But for your own calculations/research, I recommend this link. Don't look for what they call "New Moon". But rather look for the 1st appearance of the crescent when the moon is no longer completely dark. It doesn't matter whether everyone on Earth can visibly see it or not, or whether it is visible in Israel, as long as the moon is in the phrase of no longer completely dark, then God's created calendar is saying that a new month as begun. Some websites will disagree on the moon phrases by a day or two. This website has proven to be very accurate on the moon phrases. When the internet is no longer available, you will just need to look up into the sky and try to see the moon. If it is too cloudy on a night, you will be able to tell the next night whether it is day one or two by how thick the crescent is. "Full Moon" is the middle of the month. However, the full moon may actually begin the day before or after the perfect middle of the month, depending on how many days the month contains.

-New Moons are not Sabbaths. So you do not need to take time off from work or school. But you should take time to assemble with our worldwide congregation via the internet or telephone to listen to our worship services. If you have to work that day, you can listen later after you get home. But you should try to listen on the same date of the actual New Moon. If necessary, you might need to adjust your work schedule to accomplish this. The New Moon is only once per month, and we know the date well in advance, so this should help you in making any necessary arrangements. You don't have to listen to the services live, although that is preferred if possible.

-As on all of the dates of worship, you should try to eat a special meal and a few sips of beer, wine, whiskey or other alcohol, as bible scriptures (Deut.14:26, etc) do encourage drinking alcohol on the worship days, because rejoicing is part of the celebrations. Psalm 104:15 says that alcohol makes the heart merry. But we should not become alcoholics. There is a huge difference. And no alcoholic will enter the fullness of the Kingdom unless they repent and be delivered from alcoholism first. Of course if you are an alcoholic, you should completely abstain from alcohol on all of the holy days. God will understand. But if you are not an alcoholic, then you should not let your legalism or fears interfere with the liberty that Jesus has given us to drink alcohol. Please see our article about alcohol. Remember what Paul said in Col.2:16 to not let people condemn us for drinking alcohol on the New Moons and feast days! You shouldn't wrongfully condemn yourself either!

Why Observe the New Moons

1. Because God said so.
2. Only by observing the dates of the New Moons, we can determine and know when to observe the annual holy days such as Passover, Pentecost, etc.
3. As the time of the Great Tribulation gets closer and closer; and the return of Jesus is getting closer and closer, we need to worship Jesus more often, not less.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching!
4. Also as the time of Great Tribulation is getting closer and closer, we need to become closer as a spiritual family to help and encourage one another. The holy days are not just only for worshipping Jesus, but also for the purpose of helping/blessing and encouraging one another. See verse 24: "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works".

Are We Worshipping the Moon?

Many people claim, and will claim, that we are worshipping the moon. But the fact is, we are going by the holy scriptures, where God/Jesus commands us to assemble and worship on the New Moons. The moon is nothing more than one piece, of several pieces/parts, of God's created calendar. It's like a watch or a clock. We are not worshipping the clock. But yes we do look at the clock to know what time it is. The bible calls the holy days, including the New Moons, "appointed times". To avoid chaos, we must have appointed, organized, ordained times of worship. According to scripture, we are worshipping Jesus on these dates. Paul instructed us to not allow anyone to condemn us for doing so!
If we are worshipping the moon, then the people who are condemning us are worshipping the clocks on the wall and the watches on their arms/wrists because those are their man made clocks that they use to know what time it is, just like we are looking at God's clock in the sky. If they condemn us, they must also condemn themselves for observing what time it is on their man made clocks, and store bought calendars, when they go to church.

We provide a full list of the dates of the New Moons as included in our list of Holy Days at the bottom of the page at /holydays.html

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