April 6,2012 7:00PM EDT Ė April 6, 2012 7:00PM EDT

James Herschel Lyda

We today mark days, weeks, months and years based on a calendar decreed by Pope Gregory XIII in February 24,1582. The Gregorian calendar is the most widely used calendar in the World. The Gregorian solar calendar is an arithmetical calendar. It counts days as the basic unit of time, grouping them into years of 365 or 366 days that are counted from 12:00pm midnight until 12:00pm midnight the next night.

Why do we keep these pagan practices and not observe as The One and Only Living and True God has decreed

Exodus 12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,

  1. This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Deut. 16: 1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.


From the time of the institution of the Mosaic law the month among the Jews was lunar but was indexed based on the solar location. The cycle of religious feasts depended on the moon. The ecclesiastical year began about the time of the vernal equinox (spring begins), on or about the 20th of March. The commencement of a month was determined by the observation of the new moon. In other words, it began on the first new moon following the beginning of spring. Some interesting side light to this situation. It seems that the world was created in a state of springtime during the Creation. Also after the flood Noah opened the ark to come out into the New World at this springtime of the year. The children of Israel left Egypt in the springtime of the year. Springtime is the renewing of all things in nature, the sign of Godís re-creation of life. This month Abib later became known as Nisan.



The night of the passover was given to the Israelites many years before Christ, but it showed the exact month and the exact day in which Christ was to be killed on the cross. It showed that He was to be the Lamb of God, without sin or any imperfections. This is one of the most important festivals of which we are commanded to keep forever. The other important day is mentioned in

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

  1. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

But when is the Sabbath? It is not Saturday as some believe. It is not normally Sunday as others practice. But this year it just happens to fall on Saturday beginning at 6:00pm until Sunday 6:00pm. The New Year according to God begins with the month Abib. The month Abib begins on the new moon closest to the Vernal equinox ( spring begins ) This year according to God begins on April 5th at 6:00pm and the day ends on April 6th at 6:00pm.

Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

This why the day is counted from 6:00pm until 6:00pm the next day. 6:00pm until 6:am is the evening and 6:00am until 6:00pm is the morning.

Seven days after April 5tth on April 12th 6:00pm until April 13th 6:00pm would be the seventh day or the Sabbath. It just happens this year to be on Saturday Evening and Sunday Morning. This changes from year to year because our calendar does not consider the moon signs.

Genesis 1: 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:

But our calendar mainly considers the Sun which the pagans worship. With our modern calendarís usage worldwide and our living schedules synchronized to it, it is almost impossible to live according to Godís Holy calendar. But the day is coming in which it will be declared that time will be no more.

Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.









When is the First Night of Passover?

First Night of Passover for the Years 2006 - 2016

April 12, 2006*

April 02, 2007*

April 19, 2008*

April 08, 2009*

March 29, 2010*

April 18, 2011*

April 06, 2012*

March 25, 2013*

April 14, 2014*

April 03, 2015*

April 22, 2016*

* Holiday begins at Sundown