Tonight, Wednesday night, March 13th 2013, starts the first day
of Adar II. this is the 13th month in the Hebrew calendar.
Because of much confusion out there on this subject, many people ask
how do we know it’s the 13th month, Adar II, and Not the first month, Abib
So, I’m going to give a quick answer so you can know for sure.
Well, the answer is actually quite simple. In Genesis 1:14 The Almighty
“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:”
This means that The Creator designed the Heavens like a precision clock,
and that specifically, the Sun and the Moon was to give us our
seasons, days, and NOTICE, years!
Therefore, the ONLY biblical accurate determination of years,
MUST come from either the moon, the sun, or both! Nothing else.
Now, since the new moon comes every “Moonth” or Month, and nothing
different happens with the moon to tell us when the year begins,
the Sun assists us by knowing which New Moon begins the New Year.
The Creator has determined that His Year will begin in the Spring.
Abib (Aviv) basically means Spring, or Green-Ear-month. And in Exodus 12:2
and 13:4 states that this month is the beginning of Months for you;
and the month of Abib (Aviv), was that month.
But when is it? It’s obviously not determined by the Moon,
and the only biblical standard of determining a year, must be
the Moon and Sun as stated above.
And, from from the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs, when they
were coming out of Egypt, even up to this day, we determine
spring by the vernal, or spring equinox. This is the day
when the Sun goes “exactly” from East to the West. Usually,
this occurs from March 20th to the 22th. This year it’s on the 20th.
So, a New Year cannot start until spring. It’s not spring yet,
so, it’s still winter. And since we’ve had 12 months since the last
Abib (Aviv), and we now have a New Moon, this New Moon is the 13th Month,
or Adar II.
The First New Moon AFTER the Spring Equinox, begins the New Year, so
the next New Moon, begins the new year, and the New Moon, Abib (Aviv)
I hope this quick answer helps you to understand this much misunderstood
~Brother Mark Harris