[ February/March 2008 Newsletter ]
 

Shalom Friends and Brethren,

It is our pleasure to bring you this regular report of the progress of this ministry. We are greatly encouraged by the way that Almighty Yahweh is presently moving. Truly, we can see that the “Power from on High,” Yahweh’s Holy Spirit, is at work giving direction to those who will follow.

The Spirit Of Yahweh is Moving

It is interesting to note what Yahshua told Nicodemus that the Holy Spirit moved in an unpredictable way like the wind, and those who are born of the Spirit move in the same way. "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8; NASU)

Yahshua did not mean that we should not plan for the future, but rather that we should be prepared to move in the direction that the Holy Spirit leads us individually and as a body of believers. We must realize that the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived in temporary dwellings as sojourners. They followed Yahweh’s directives and went where He sent them. Abraham left Ur of the Chaldees (Babylon) and became a sojourner in the Promised Land. Figuratively speaking, Abraham is the father of all who have faith. As such, we should follow his example and faithfully observe Yahweh’s covenant. Consider what Yahweh told Isaac about Abraham in Genesis 26:4-5. “I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws." (NASU)

2008 Aviv Search

One of the ways YPTC has been following the lead of Yahweh’s Holy Spirit is by sending representatives to Israel each year to confirm when Abib begins. This was the fourth time that we have taken part in the Aviv Search sponsored by Nehemia Gordon and his Kararite associates. Nehemia has taken it upon himself as a Karaite to reject the rabbinic calculated calendar, and return to the scriptural method of inspecting the barley throughout Israel to determine when Aviv will begin. This is done each year near the end of the 12th scriptural month prior to the appearance of the visible new moon crescent. Nehemia has unselfishly offered this important knowledge to those of goodwill who are sincerely interested in learning. Several days prior to the actual search, he and his associates give instruction to those who have come to participate. Biblical and historical references, along with scientific information from an agricultural expert, are thoroughly explained so that the student will gain the necessary knowledge to properly evaluate the barley crop. The education continues with two to three days of inspecting for Aviv barley throughout the land of Israel.

This year there were five representatives from YPTC who participated in the search. They are Elder Glen Cain, Tracey Cain, Frank King, Eileen King and Sharon King. The following report written by Nehemia Gordon was published in the “Karaite Korner Newsletter #323.”

Aviv Not Found, Thirteenth Month to Begin after Shabbat

On Tuesday March 4, Wednesday March 5, and Thursday March 6, 2008 an international team crisscrossed the Land of Israel searching for Aviv Barley. We examined barley from the Negev in the south all the way to the border of Lebanon in the north and from the Jordan Valley in the east to the Coastal Plain in the west. Most of the barley we found, including the barley in the Northern Negev, was no further than the ”cotton” stage also referred to as the “flowering” stage. In the Jordan Valley we found small amounts of barley in the “worm” stage, also referred to as the “soft dough” stage. We did not find any barley in the Aviv stage anywhere in Israel and therefore we must wait until after the Thirteenth Month before beginning the new Biblical Year. The Thirteenth Month will begin with the expected sighting of the New Moon from Israel on Saturday night March 8, 2008. The holiday of Chag HaMatzot will run from April 21 at sunset through April 28 at sunset. For the dates of the other biblical appointed times please see: http://www.karaite-korner.org/holiday_dates.shtml [These dates apply to Israel and most locations east of the west coast of Africa. For more information on new moon and holy day dates see calendar information in this newsletter.]

This year’s Aviv Search was truly an international effort with participants from Israel, the United States, England, and South Africa. The Karaite searchers were joined by adherents of several different faiths and persuasions including members of “Yahweh’s Philadelphia Truth Congregation” and “Hoshana Rabbah Messianic Discipleship Resources”.

Ruthanne Koch, a Certified Crop Advisor from Colorado participated along with her husband Bernie, her brother Erich Draht, and his wife Gloria. Other participants included Ferenc Illesy, Rivkah Michaeli, Avi Ben Mordechai, Johan Schutte, Glen Cain, Tracey Cain, Frank King, Eileen King, Sharon King, Nathan Lawrence, Sandi Lawrence, Linda Lampkin, and Richard Bay. I want to thank American Karaites Yochanan Labombarbe and Sean Reuland for making the trip over to Israel to do the Aviv Search and Devorah Gordon for helping make the Aviv Search a success. Finally, I want to thank everyone who supported the Aviv Search both financially and in other ways.

I usually prefer to stick to the cold dry facts in the Aviv Report but I cannot help but relate an incident that happened to our group during the Search. As we were winding up our examination of the Northern Negev we found ourselves on the road to Sederot, the Israeli town which has come under such cruel bombardment by Palestinian rockets over the past year. Recently the attacks have increased from a weekly occurrence to a daily one. We decided we would stop in Sederot to show our support for the citizens of this embattled town. As we entered the city, Devorah noticed a sign pointing to the Sapir College where a young man was killed last week by an Arab rocket while walking to his car. Moments later we were driving into the very parking lot where the man was killed when we saw several people running in one direction. Then we heard a woman announce over a loud speaker in Hebrew “Code Red, Code Red” which is the warning that the rockets are on their way. Our caravan of cars quickly stopped and we ran after the locals who were scurrying into a nearby bomb shelter. After a few minutes, the rocket attack was over and everyone started to leave the cramped bomb shelter. The young people continued about their usual activities around the college as if nothing happened but we were still shaken from the experience. It is one thing to hear about a rocket attack on television but an entirely different matter to be in the midst of one. When we finally left the shelter we walked about 50 feet to a small crater formed when the rocket killed the young man last week. We were all shocked to see a bloody glove in the crater dropped there the week before by one of the paramedics. May Almighty [Yahweh] protect his people from their enemies who seek to dispossess us from the land which he created out of nothing and gave to our ancestors as part of his eternal covenant!

Reporting from Jerusalem, Israel

Nehemia Gordon

We also thank Almighty Yahweh for looking over those in the Aviv search and keeping them safe from the danger. “I will say to Yahweh, My refuge and my fortress, My Elohim, in whom I trust . . . You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day. . . He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:2, 5, 15; NASU)

2008-2009 New Moon and Holy Day Information

We are including in this newsletter the new moon and holy day information for 2008-2009. Along with this information we are also including the astronomical calculations information that was used to project the new moon dates. Please consider the following information.

2008-2009 Calendar Information

In the interest of promoting Yahweh’s Truth, YPTC is making the following information available in order to explain our position on reckoning time according to the scriptural calendar.

The Calendar Question

Calendars play an important role in our day-to-day lives, especially as we make future plans. Yahweh’s sacred calendar is no different, and infinitely more important. By projecting future new moon dates, it is possible to create a calendar that, as close as is humanly possible, shows Yahweh’s annual holy days. Because new moons must be sighted in order to be sanctified, a calendar serves the purpose of showing us when to look for the new moon. Once the new moon has been confirmed by witnesses, then it is just a matter of counting days to establish when Yahweh’s holy days take place. The most critical new moons are those for the first and seventh months, since they regulate their respective convocations. As long as the new moon dates are found to be correct, then the calendar will be correct.

From month-to-month, Yahweh’s calendar is based upon a lunar cycle. A lunar month is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds long. Therefore, a scriptural month will be either 29 or 30 days long. If, for instance there are no sightings of the new moon at the end of the 29th day of the month, then that would mean you have a 30-day month. That is the reason why in 1 Samuel 20:5, David knew the next day was the new moon.

From year-to-year, Yahweh’s calendar is regulated by the cycle of the moon in conjunction with the solar year. A lunar year of 12 months is 354 days and a solar year is 365 Ό days, making the annual lunar cycle 11 Ό days shorter than the solar cycle. It is therefore necessary to adjust the lunar year by adding an extra month approximately every three years. This seasonal adjustment fulfills Deuteronomy 16, where it mentions that Passover occurs in the season of the year when Israel came out of Egypt. The growth stage of the Holy Land barley crop is the deciding factor which keeps the lunar year in sync with the seasonal solar year. The month of Abib begins with the verification of the new moon in which the barley is mature enough to offer the wave sheaf offering during the Days of Unleavened Bread. For this reason, YPTC has, for the last four years, sent representatives to Israel to participate in the annual Abib inspection tour conducted by Nehemia Gordon.

In order to produce an accurate calendar, it is necessary to consider all the astronomical information for new moons, along with the seasonal evidence which regulates when the month of Abib begins. In this day and age, through the use of computers and sophisticated programs, common people are able to access knowledge which, in times past, only scholars and mathematicians were able to access. Our knowledge has been greatly increased (Daniel 12:4). This is truly a blessing from Yahweh because it gives us the ability to project the visible new moon sightings far into the future.

Using all these tools, YPTC publishes a yearly calendar for our members. This calendar will be used as the guide to unify us, as to when to look for the new moons. By integrating the scriptural calendar with the secular calendar, we can know when Yahweh’s Holy Days should be observed. The rest is up to Yahweh as these dates must be confirmed by witnesses who see the first visible crescent of light which occurs after the astronomical conjunction.

New Moon Controversy

The subject of confirming new moons can be quite controversial. The Feast of Trumpets observances in 2005 and 2006 were observed on different days by various feast day observers. It appears that the same thing will be true this year. This disagreement has to do with the criterion set by these different groups. Some groups will only accept and sanctify new moons seen in Israel. Others will accept only continental USA. There are those who will only accept witnesses who are members of their group. And there are those who will not accept the testimony of Moslems or others whose witness they consider to be unacceptable. And the list of differences goes on and on.

In YPTC, it is our position that we are living in the time of the dispersion of the 12 tribes of Israel. James addressed his epistle to “the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad.” Furthermore, before Yahshua ascended into the heavens, He gave the apostles His plan to take the message of the coming Kingdom of Yahweh to the world. “He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.’” (Acts 1:7-8; NASU)

As spiritual Israel, we are presently living in the “time of the dispersion.” For this reason, we do not believe that the new moons should be set exclusively from Jerusalem. Right now, Jerusalem is the “Holy City” in name alone. In fact, it is occupied with literally dozens of different religions that are not teaching the Truth of Yahweh’s Word. These are the ones who will celebrate the death of the two witnesses as described in Revelation 11. Notice how Jerusalem is described in Revelation 11:8. “And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Master was impaled.” (NASU) That city is Jerusalem.

Because we are in the era of the dispersion, and because Jerusalem is a hotbed for idolatrous religions of modern Babylon, we believe that new moon sightings should be acceptable from all locations on the earth. The members of YPTC are found as far east as Kenya, East Africa, and as far west as the Pacific coast of California. We therefore designate new moon day by any credible witnesses found between those locations. If brethren see the new moon, we designate that whole day as new moon day, even if it was not seen in the USA. The same is true for the west coast of the USA. If the new moon is seen and verified there, then the entire day would be designated as new moon day. Even if no one east of the west coast saw it, we would still accept it as new moon day for all of our membership.

Then there is the question of who is acceptable as a witness. We always accept trustworthy witnesses who are in the truth, but we will also consider others regardless of race, nationality, or religion and prayerfully make a judgment based on perceived credibility. The Word of Yahweh teaches us that there is one law for the home-born and the foreigner, Exodus 12:49. Yahweh is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34; Deut. 10:17). It should be noted that Moslems are avid new moon observers. This is a tremendously important part of their religious beliefs. They are extremely knowledgeable about new moon observations. Historically, they have developed the most accurate mathematical equations to project new moon sightings. The computer program used by YPTC is the work of Dr. Monzur Ahmed. He is a highly respected Moslem astronomer and professor at the University of Birmingham, England.

It is not our intension to criticize or berate those who go by different criterion for sanctifying new moons. We are merely stating our position on this important subject. Since we accept credible witnesses from East Africa to the California coast, we base the new moon dates on our calendar on the information for seven different locations around the world. At these locations we either have members or we know of other believers whose testimony can be trusted. After we examine the astronomical information, we determine which day will be the new moon. Primarily, we take into account seven different characteristics to make our decision. Some of the more important considerations are the moons: age, elongation, magnitude of light, width of the new moon and the amount of time between sun set and moon set. The final determination for verification and sanctification is that the moon is observed and confirmed by multiple witnesses who have seen the new crescent with the unaided naked eye.

The following information was determined by this method.

YPTC Projected Calendar Dates for 2008/2009

New Moons

2nd Adar………………………………………………………………………March 9, 2008
Abib 1 (New Year Day)………………………………………………………April 7, 2008
2nd Scriptural Month…………………………………………………………May 7, 2008 *
3rd Scriptural Month…………………………………………………………June 5, 2008
4th Scriptural Month…………………………………………………………July 4, 2008
5th Scriptural Month…………………………………………………………August 3, 2008
6th Scriptural Month…………………………………………………………September 2, 2008 *
7th Scriptural Month…………………………………………………………October 1, 2008
8th Scriptural Month…………………………………………………………October 31, 2008
9th Scriptural Month…………………………………………………………November 30, 2008 *
10th Scriptural Month………………………………………………………December 29, 2008
11th Scriptural Month………………………………………………………January 28, 2009
12th Scriptural Month………………………………………………………February26, 2009
Abib 1…………………………………………………………………………March 28, 2009

2008/2009 Annual Holy Days

New Years Day (Abib 1)……………………………………………………April 7, 2008
Passover………………………………………………………………………April 20, 2008
1st High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread…………………………April 21, 2008
Last High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread………………………April 27, 2008
2nd Passover…………………………………………………………………May 20, 2008
Feast of Weeks (Pentecost)………………………………………………June 15, 2008
Feast of Trumpets……………………………………………………………October 1, 2008
Day of Atonement……………………………………………………………October 10, 2008
First High Day of the Feast of Tabernacles………………………………October 15, 2008
Last Great Day…………………………………………………………………October 22, 2008

Other Important Dates

Purim………………………………………………………………………February 22, 2008
Shushan Purim……………………………………………………………February 23, 2008
The 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av)………………………………………………August 11, 2008
Hanukkah…………………………………………………………………December 24-31, 2008

The days shown above begin the evening of the previous day.

A plus (+) sign next to a date means that the new moon could be viewed the day before with and optical aid such as a telescope.

An asterisk (*) next to a date means under ideal conditions the new moon could possibly be sited the evening of the previous day.

Eyes On Israel – Why are Bombs Flying?

Every day the bombs fly and the pro-Palestinian news agencies never seem to report anything concerning this terrible atrocity against the Jews of Sderot. The news coming from many of the pro-Palestinian news agencies is that Israel is to blame for taking action against the poor citizens of Gaza. Why don’t we hear an outcry against the murder and attempted murder of Israeli citizens by these terrorists from the same news people? It appears that once again Anti-Semitism has raised its ugly head as innocent Jews are threatened each day with death as the hate continues. If the citizens of Gaza did not support terrorism, they would not be suffering any hardships. The funds that the world governments are supplying to Gaza in relief efforts to buy food and other necessities is apparently being used to bomb Sderot.

Consider the following information: Sderot is located one kilometer from the Gaza Strip and the town of Beit Hanoun. It has a population of 20,000 which is almost 100% Jewish. The city has been under almost constant rocket fire since the beginning of the 2nd Intifada in October of 2000. Qassam rockets have been used by Gaza terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad to kill the innocent citizens of Sderot. These home-made rockets have caused a great deal of deaths and injuries, along with damage to homes and property and psychological distress on the residents.

In May 2007 a great increase in missile attacks from Gaza forced the Israeli government to temporarily evacuate thousands of Sderot residents. As of November 2007, 6,311 rockets had fallen on the city and thousands of residents had left for safer places to live.

The people of Sderot are under the threat of death each day because they are Jews. The Palestinian terrorists and the pro-Palestinian press blame the Israeli government and the Jewish people with bringing all these problems on themselves. They say that Israel is at fault because they restricted the citizens of Gaza from leaving Gaza. They took this action because many of the murdering suicide bombers have come from Gaza. Since Israel took this action, the murdering suicide bombers have for the most part stopped. The pro-Palestinian news agencies support the view of the Gaza terrorist leaders who show their true intentions to destroy the Jews and Israel with these daily missile attacks. The acts of terrorism against the people of Sderot are justified by the pro-Palestinian press because of the restrictive sanctions that the Israeli government placed upon Gaza. These sanctions have probably already saved hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent Israelis from death injuries caused by these murdering Gaza terrorists.

PA: Israel Transforming Gaza into Powerless Entity
by Hana Levi Julian

Israel's closure of the crossings into Gaza as a security measure will shortly transform the region into a powerless entity, claimed the Palestinian Authority on Sunday.

Gaza's main power plant began shutdown procedures, according to the Reuters news service, due to a shortage caused by Israel's blockage of fuel deliveries into the area.

"There is no fuel coming in and we have no reserves," claimed Kanaan Abeid, deputy chairman of the PA Energy Authority in the Hamas terrorist-controlled region. According to Abeid, one turbine in the main power plant shut down Sunday morning and it was expected that the second and last turbine would cease operations by Sunday night.

PA officials estimated that one million Gaza residents would be affected by the blackout.

Gaza terrorists fired more than 120 rockets at the western Negev last week alone, wounding a number of Israelis in the besieged city of Sderot, located a bare kilometer from Gaza, and causing damage to homes, public buildings and power lines. Tens of western Negev residents suffered psychological shock from the attacks.

Three of the missiles reached the coastal city of Ashkelon, where several strategic installations are located. One of the missiles exploded for the first time within the city limits in a tennis court. Another slammed into the industrial zone to the south of the city.

Israel said "humanitarian cases" approved by Defense Minister Ehud Barak would still be allowed to cross through the checkpoint, but the standard foreign humanitarian aid remains blocked.

Recently, a number of "humanitarian" deliveries into Gaza – including bags marked as sugar donated by the European Union actually included weapons-production materials.

UN officials warned the closure would exacerbate the poverty and difficult conditions in which Gaza residents live.

In addition, security sources quoted by Noam Bedein, head of the Sderot Media Center, said the Hamas terrorist organization in control of Gaza charges a $3,000 entry fee for each delivery through the more than 150 smuggler tunnels in and out of the area.

The fee is the same, said the sources regardless of who or what emerges from the tunnels into Gaza. Terrorists, weapons, ammunition, drugs and other contraband are all subject to the same fee regardless of size of the delivery.

At least one ton of ammunition alone has entered Gaza through the smuggler tunnels since Hamas's takeover of the region in June 2007, bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the area, in addition to the millions of dollars smuggled in from Arab donor nations abroad.

(Emphasis Ours)

United Nations officials warned, did you see that? Where are the United Nations officials warning for the murders being perpetrated by Hamas? Many Israeli citizens live their lives fearing the moment a terrorist rocket will land close enough to kill them.

This picture is from the Arutz Sheva news agency. As you look at this photo put yourself in it and imagine how it would be to face a rocket attack. This is what many Israeli citizens face every day. Why isn’t there an outcry from the US or other nations against this terrorism? It appears that Americans have forgotten about 9/11 and the outrage against terrorists that followed. Are we presently seeing a fulfillment of Matthew 24:12? “Because lawlessness is increased, most peoples love will grow cold.” Where is the love, compassion and concern for the innocent? Hatred of the Jews has once again lifted its ugly head. The pro-Palestinian news media spends its time criticizing Israel for restricting Gaza Palestinians rather than reporting on this terrorism. Instead, they cry out about the plight of the poor Arabs who are discomforted (as they put it) by Israel. Please do not listen to the media with its pro Arab view points. If the citizens of Gaza are fed up with hardships then let them rid themselves of terrorists.

When Will It Stop?

Let us consider the word of Yahweh for this answer.

“The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. ‘Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For Yahweh speaks, “Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me. An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master's manger, But Israel does not know me, My people do not understand.”

Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned Yahweh, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, and they have turned away from Him. Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick And the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it, Only bruises, welts and raw wounds, Not pressed out or bandaged, Nor softened with oil.

Your land is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire, Your fields — strangers are devouring them in your presence; It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers. The daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, Like a watchman's hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city. Unless Yahweh of hosts Had left us a few survivors, We would be like Sodom, We would be like Gomorrah. Hear the word of Yahweh, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the instruction of our Elohim, You people of Gomorrah. “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?” says Yahweh. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats. When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?

Bring your worthless offerings no longer, Incense is an abomination to Me. New moon and Sabbath, the calling of assemblies —I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly. I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts, They have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them. So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.”

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. "Come now, and let us reason together,” Says Yahweh," Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.”

Truly, the mouth of Yahweh has spoken. How the faithful city has become a harlot, she who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers. Your silver has become dross, Your drink diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them.

Therefore Yahweh of hosts, The Mighty One of Israel, declares, "Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries And avenge Myself on My foes. I will also turn my hand against you, And will smelt away your dross as with lye And will remove all your alloy. Then I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning; After that you will be called the city of righteousness, A faithful city." Zion will be redeemed with justice and her repentant ones with righteousness. But transgressors and sinners will be crushed together, and those who forsake Yahweh will come to an end. Surely you will be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you will be embarrassed at the gardens which you have chosen. For you will be like an oak whose leaf fades away or as a garden that has no water. The strong man will become tinder, His work also a spark. Thus they shall both burn together and there will be none to quench them.’” (Isaiah 2; NASU)

Yahweh is calling His people to repentance, but they have hardened their hearts and stiffened their necks. Others are devouring their fields and burning their houses as it was prophesied by the Word of Yahweh to happen.

So while we feel sadness for the people who have to live in fear, we also know that sin brings hardship. If only the people of Israel would repent and call upon Yahweh by His true name, they could see the salvation that has been promised through the pages of the Scriptures. Yahweh’s land is filled with all types of abominations and idols. Abortions and murders are happening daily while the people are calling the creator of the universe by pagan names. We can only pray for Matthew 24:29-31 to be fulfilled.

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” ( KJV)

May this day come soon and even in our lifetime.

THE TRUMANS

The latest Truman story is entitled "Mercy Trimuphs over Judgment", and is published online in the Kids section.

News, Notes & Notables

  • 12th Month New Moon Sighted: On the evening of February 8, 2008, the new moon for the 12th scriptural month was sighted in various locations throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.
  • Second Adar New Moon Sighted: On the evening of March 8, 2008, the new moon for the 13th scriptural month (2nd Adar) was seen by brethren in the West Indies and the United States. Reporting the new moon were 13 from Trinidad, two from Ohio, four from Missouri, five from Georgia, one from Louisiana, four from Alabama, and two from New Mexico. As reported previously in this newsletter, the barley was not ripe enough to begin the month of Aviv (Abib). It was therefore necessary to add an extra month so that Abib will begin at the proper season.
  • Abib New Moon: Because of the importance of the Abib New Moon for setting the dates for the spring Holy Days, it is of extreme importance that we make a special effort to look for this new crescent. The calculations show that it should be fairly easy to view the new crescent from the U.S. Midwest to the West.



    As can be seen by the global scan for the evening of April 6, it will be difficult to see the new moon in the yellow area, while it will be possible in the magenta area. In San Antonio, TX, the moon will be 21 hours old and from sunset to moonset will be 58 minutes. In Tucson, AZ, the moon will be 22 hours old and sunset to moon set will be 1 hour and 28 minutes. For Salinas, CA, the moon will be 22 ½ hours old and sunset to moon set will be 1 hour and 10 minutes. Weather conditions permitting, it should be fairly easy to see this new moon on the evening of April 6, 2008, which will make April 7 new moon day.

    Even if you are unable to see the new moon, please call us at 1-888-FOR-YPTC and report your findings and find out if the moon has been sighted.
  • Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread: Don’t forget that on the evening of April 19, 2008 we will be gathering to observe the Passover Memorial. Brethren will be gathering for Passover in the following locations: Georgia, California, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Trinidad West Indies, United Kingdom, and Kenya. If you are interested in attending with YPTC for these feast days, please contact us as soon as possible by calling our toll free number 1-888-FOR-YPTC.
  • Thank Yahweh for Those Who Pray: We appreciate all of those individuals who are praying for our dear brother and Elder, Tyrone Joyner. Yahshua is carrying our petitions for our brother to the very throne of the Most High Yahweh and He is answering those prayers of faith.

    Tyrone continues to make progress in his recovery from the life-threatening injuries he received on October 17 in a serious auto accident. It is expected that he will have a long recovery period, and so we ask that you all continue to pray for Tyrone and his family. We are hoping that he will be moved to a facility that is closer to home where he will receive therapy.

    The accident has hurt the Joyner family financially. We sincerely ask each one of you to consider sending a contribution to help them get through this terrible tragedy.

    Contributions should be made out to “Yahweh’s Truth Relief Fund and sent to:

    Yahweh’s Truth Relief Fund
    c/o YPTC
    P.O. Box 547
    Loganville, GA 30052

    Until the next update, thank you again for your prayers and show of support to Tyrone and his family. We are seeing the glory of Yahweh in this matter. Let us continue in faith and rejoice as we see Yahweh’s hand move in a special way.

Feast Preparations

With the spring holy days drawing near, it is time for us to begin our preparations. We physically clean our homes and begin to remove any leaven or leavened products so that by Passover we can have all leaven removed. That physical process of removing all leaven is an example for us to apply spiritually. We must search within ourselves to cleanse the temple of Yahweh and remove all vestiges of leaven. The Apostle Paul explained what we must do spiritually if we are to be unleavened.

“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Messiah our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:6-8; NASU)

During the few weeks to Passover, let us examine ourselves within, and be ready to observe the Passover with clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:1-6). Let us also consider our beliefs and make sure that we are observing the Truth of Yahweh not the precepts of men.

May Almighty Yahweh help us in our preparations for Passover and The Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Sincerely In Yahshua’s Name,

Your Brethren in Yahweh’s Truth