Pentecost / The Feast of Weeks / Shavuot

In reply to a question form Janet:

Thanks for your question about why Pentecost / The Feast of Weeks / Shavuot is occurring on June 16th in this year of 2019.
First, Leviticus 23:9-11 tells us the day of the wave sheaf offering was to be on the day after the Sabbath during the days of unleavened bread.  The Sabbath being the 7th day of the week, and “the day after the Sabbath” being  the 1st day of the week (which starts at sundown on Saturday night).   That is the time that you start counting, to the day after the 7 weeks (or 50 days).
Remember, “the day after the Sabbath” (the 1st day) must be during or within the days of unleavened bread.  Sometimes the Sabbath used to determine the wave sheaf day is also within the days of unleavened bread, but sometimes it’s not!  This difference has caused confusion for many.    This is especially important when the Sabbath is close to Passover.  For instance, the year that the Israelites entered the promised land, Joshua 5:10-12 tells us that year, the Passover was on a Sabbath, and the next day they ate the produce of the land.   In order to do that, they would have had to perform the wave sheaf offering on or before that day as required by Leviticus 23:14.  And since that year, that day happened to be the first day of Unleavened bread, they were required to do the wave sheaf offering on that day in order to eat that produce or parched grain, etc.
So, when we have a Passover on the Sabbath, then the next day is the wave sheaf offering as we’ve just seen. However, if the Passover is on a Sunday (or later), like it was this year, then you have to wait until the “following” Sabbath.   The reason for this is that first day of the week here was the Passover, and it is NOT during the days of Unleavened Bread as defined by Leviticus 23:5-6.
If you count the 7 weeks from the evening after the Sabbath (Saturday Night) on April 27th, you will end up at the end of the Sabbath, on June 15th, and the day after is the 50th day, which is June 16th. 
Of course, different people with different calendars, especially people who are on the calculated calendar or who follow conjunction will be a day or two earlier.  This means that this year, since Passover was on or before the Sabbath of April 20th for them, the first day of the week during the days of unleavened bread was on April 21st for them.  This therefore also means that their Pentecost calculation ends up a week earlier as well on June 9th.
So, that is why June 16th is Pentecost / Shavuot in this year of 2019.  Hope this helps.  


New Moon Report – Third Month

Due to cloud cover, the new moon was unable to be seen today. At this time, we are not aware of any positive new moon sightings from Israel on June, 4th 2019, even though expected visibility was likely.

Here is a photo from Devorah Gordon…

Since today is the 29th day, that makes tomorrow the 30th day, therefore, New Moon day will begin tomorrow evening, June 5th, 2019.

Have a great month and a blessed Shavuot/Pentecost!
See the FEAST DATE PAGE for updated feast dates according to the new moon sliver being sighted in Israel.

Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – Second Month

Due to cloud cover and haze, the new moon was not able to be seen again this month. We have not gotten any reports that it was able to be sighted. If that changes we will do a follow-up post.

Since tomorrow is the 30th day of the first month, by default, New moon will begin tomorrow evening, Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 and end Wednesday night, May 8th.

Many thanks to all the faithful people who go out to look for the new moon each month! We appreciate and depend on your reports!

Hope y’all have a blessed Month!

Blessings, Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – First Month – Aviv/Nissan

Hello Y’all!
Happy New Year!!!! 🙂

We have not received any direct reports that the New Moon was able to be sighted in Israel on Saturday, April 6th. We did get one report that someone anonymous was able to see it somewhere in Israel, but in order to declare the official New Moon we need two witnesses. Therefore, since we do not have any solid sightings from Israel, the New moon will not begin today.

Since we cannot have a month with more than 30 days, then the New Moon will begin by default at sunset on Sunday, April 7th 2019.

Passover (the 14th day of the first month) will then fall on Sunday, April 21st at evening. The first day of Unleavened Bread will be Monday, April 22nd and the Last day of Unleavened bread Sunday, April 28th.

I have updated the dates of the Feast Days and you can see them here:

I will be updating more of this website soon, so thank you for your patience!

Have a great First Month, New Year, and a very blessed and happy Spring Feast season!

Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – 12th Month!!!

I have not gotten any solidified reports from Israel that the new moon was sighted both yesterday and today. However, today was the 30th day which make this evening through tomorrow Saturday, March 9th the New Moon of the 12th Month!

New moon begins Friday evening, March 8th 2019 and ends Saturday evening, March 9th 2019.

This is the 12th Bibilcal Hebrew month also known as Adar.

We will be posting more updates as the next month approaches and we get ready for the Passover and Spring Feast days!

Have a blessed Month!
~ Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – Eleventh Month

Hello Folks!
Here is the report from our Moon Observers in Israel!

“As of this writing, we are not aware of any positive new moon sightings from Israel this evening. This is probably in part due to the heavy cloud coverage and possibly less people looked because it was the end of the 30th day of the previous month, making sunset this evening, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the beginning of the new month by default, as a lunar month cannot be more than 30 days.”

New moon day will begin Wednesday evening, February 6th, 2019 and will end on Thursday evening, February 7th, 2019.
This will be the 11th biblical Hebrew Month also known as Shevat.

Have a good Month!

Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – Sighted in Israel

Hello Folks!
The New Moon was sighted in Israel on Monday, January 7th, 2019! This new moon begins the 10th Month also known as Tevet.

New Moon day begins as the sun sets to you, on Monday, January 7th, 2019 and will end at sunset on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019!

Thanks to all the witnesses who shared their photos from observing the new moon in Israel!

Sighted On: Monday, January 7th, 2019

Biblical Hebrew Month: This is the Tenth Biblical Hebrew Month, also known as Tevet

Time Sighted: 5:11 pm Jerusalem Time

Sighted By: Devorah Gordon and Gil Ashendorf, Elsie Anderson and Nataliyah Ribeiro, Bruce Brill, Lukas Michael Schneider, Anabelle Santos, and Alon and Lior Schneider, Ephraim Amnon, Yochanan Zaqantov and Gavriela Zaqantov.

Place Sighted: Jerusalem, Israel.

Have a blessed month y’all!!! 🙂

~ Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – December 2018

The New moon was sighted today in Israel.

I apologize for the late report…I have been disconnected today, and was unable to get this out till now.

The New Moon was sighted in Israel on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. New moon day is Sunday the 9th of December.

Sighted On: Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Biblical Hebrew Month: This is the Ninth Biblical Hebrew Month, also known as Kislev

Time Sighted: 5:00 pm Jerusalem Time

Sighted By: Lukas Schneider, Anabelle Santos, and Lior Schneider.

Place Sighted: Jerusalem, Israel.

Have a good month Y’all!!!

New Moon Report

Hello Folks, I have not got any updates from Israel saying that the moon was sighted, however, by default, this is the 30th day of the Month, and therefore this evening starts the New Moon.

At sunset on  Friday November 9th 2018, the 8th Month began. New Moon day will be from sunset on Friday, November 9th to Sunset on Saturday, November 10th.

NOTE: If you are on a different month schedule, Please remember what month this is based on when you started the year. Thank you for your understanding!

This is known as the 8th biblical Hebrew Month also known as Kheshvan 

Have a blessed Month y’all!

~ Brother Mark Harris

Monthly New Moon Report: October 2018 – Sighted in Israel today!

Shalom Y’all!

The New Moon has been sighted in Israel today on Wednesday,  October 10th, 2018.

This evening starts the first day of the month, beginning Wednesday evening, October 10th and ending Thursday evening October 11th.

Photo Credit to: Yoel

Date Sighted: Wednesday,  October 10th, 2018

Time Sighted: 6:45 pm Jerusalem, Israel time.

Place Sighted: Israel

Sighted by: Devorah Gordon, Nehemia Gordon, and Gil Ashendorf,  Ross Nichols and Mikhael Chen, and Maureen and Dennis Chkolnik.

Month:  This is the 7th, biblical Hebrew Month, also known as Tishri or Ethanim.

Note: Some of you may be keeping this New Moon as the 8th month based on the barley observation this year, and some may be keeping this as the 7th month based on the first New Moon sighted after the Spring began.

Fall Feast dates for 2018:

Trumpets/Yom Teruah: Thursday, October 11th 
Atonment/Yom Kippurim: Saturday, October 20th 
Tabernacles/Sukkot: Thursday, October 25th – Wednesday, October 31st 
Last Great Day of the Feast: Thursday, November 1st

*All Feast Days begin the evening before.

May you all continue to be blessed as you walk in Obedience to the Creator, and search out the Truth in these matters!

Have a Good Month and blessed holy days!
~ Brother Mark Harris