A scripture we often use to support the keeping of the Sabbath, but we tend to skirt over the fact that New Moons are also mentioned here alongside Sabbath.
We use this scripture to prove that the Sabbath will be kept after Christ returns, but New Moons are also mentioned.
What is the meaning of the New Moons being paired with the Sabbath?
What are New Moons?
The biblical new moons do not occur 12 times per year (every month as some believe); they occur during God’s sacred year: Passover to Tabernacles.
God revealed the new moons to Israel and identified the beginning of the year.
End of the sacred year
Term New Moons is not used to mean the same thing throughout scripture, just as the Term Israel means different things: Jacob, the nation, the land, the church, etc…
New Moons Means: Beginning of the months; the whole month, and the Feast days of God
The Beginning of the Month
The Whole Month
The 29-30 day period
God’s High Holy Days
New Moons are sacred assemblies
On Weekly Sabbaths and New Moons, the doors are open
New moons have to do with worship
An alternative name of new moons is festivals or feasts;
There are three feast “seasons” (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles)
There are holy days (new moons)
There are weekly Sabbaths
Worship in the temple for the whole year
1 Samuel 20:5-27-
New moons: times of worship, holy time, times of worship (feasts)
Hebrew parallelism: new moon referred to as a full moon (which is when the Feast begin)
2 Kings 24:23
Why are these Feasts called New Moons?
Leviticus 23:4- the word month here is “new moon” describing when Passover begins.
7 High Holy Days