New Moons Part Two: A Proper "Hanging"?
The understanding of the biblical new moon observance has been obscured from the Christian church today. They think it’s being “under the law.” On the contrary, is it is a part of God’s law of love. Love is always a blessing, not a curse.
While King James is not my favorite cup of English tea, his version sometimes shines. The KJV follows the literal meaning of the Greek word translated in Acts 28:4, referring to a snake hanging on Paul's hand. All the law and the prophets, all the instructions of the Hebrew Scriptures, "hang" on those two laws of love. Does that do away with all the teachings, commandments, statutes and ordinances of "every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Mat. 4:4)? Must I remind you that Jesus was indeed Himself the Word, and all those words had proceeded out of His mouth?
As the song says, "Love is a many-splendored thing." Love has many facets. On the two great commandments of love, love toward God and toward neighbor, "hang" the Ten Commandments. The first four hang on love toward God. The last six hang on love toward neighbor.
If that were the extent of the laws that hang, so to speak, on love, then it would be perfectly okay before marriage to sleep with anyone who tickled your fancy. After all, adultery is defined as being unfaithful to your marriage partner. If you are not married, then we don't call it adultery. We call it fornication. We must define love further. We need specifics, don't we? If you go only by the general guideline of love, then you may decide that sleeping with that cute girl next door is perfectly all right.
The statute against fornication is a statute that hangs from the seventh commandment. Let's get together on this. An American patriot once said, and I paraphrase, "We must all hang together, or we will all hang separately." Fornication is sin and sin leads to death. Maybe not by hanging, but death will eventually come if repentance does not occur. So two ways of hanging exist, if you will, hanging the statutes and ordinances on to the greater laws of love, or hanging out with the devil and eventually dying spiritually. Don't be part of the hung jury of churchianity on this question. Read the whole law of God's Word and keep all His commandments, even the little ones (Mat. 5:17-19; 19:17).
Laws of Love that David Loved
All of God’s commandments and statutes are boundaries and guidelines to protect us in His love. Moreover, they enable us to become like our Father Love by allowing His love to flow through us to others. Long-term burdens and sins are like dams that block the flow of love. The new moons, properly observed, remove these bottlenecks.
These analogies may seem laborious, but doctrines of demons are so entrenched in the church that it often requires painstaking explanations of what should be evident truth. This is especially true when introducing new understanding (not to God, but to us!) of such a challenging subject as the new moons.
The point is that statutes are specific laws that define laws of greater scope. Why do we hate them? David loved them (Ps. 119:54,80). We need to be like those who "received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11).
We do not give our opinions. We give you the Word. We all need to heed the words of God given prophetically in an end-time context in Malachi 4:4: "Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I [Jesus!] commanded him in Horeb for all Israel [all the believers]". Combined with another 4:4 in Matthew, these words are powerful. Notice that what the Bible sometimes calls the law of Moses is not in reality the law of Moses. It is the law of Jesus that He gave to Moses for all the believers. That law of love includes statutes, one of which is the observance of new moons.
Beginning at the Beginning
Many fail to understand the Bible and its truths because evangelists and disciplers give them questionable advice as they embark on their spiritual journey: "Don't bother with that Old Testament; start with the gospels." What happens is that they often stay stuck there. Most Bible teachers encourage this myopic madness. They undermine the First Words of Jesus, the Word, by giving bad press to the precious Hebrew Scriptures. We disagree.
The understanding of the new moons begins many moons ago -- in the beginning. When we take the whole Bible together (Isa. 45:18), we understand that Genesis 1:1-2 speaks of an original creation and a re-creation. Jesus did not create the earth tohu and bohu, meaning in a state of formless void, waste, confusion and darkness. The darkness enveloped the earth because the dark one, Satan, fought against God.
Many still fight against God and His laws of love. They allow themselves to be deceived by this dark devil. He has darkened the minds of even the religious world so they cannot see the light of God's truth (II Cor. 4:4).
Could it be that God is intimating something about new moons in Genesis 1? Is it possible that God in His infinite wisdom and foreknowledge had a plan to dispel the darkness from Christians laden with deceptive doctrines and personal burdens?
Because of Satan's rebellion, clouds and thick darkness covered the earth. But God at the appointed time intervened. The Holy Spirit "was moving [margin: hovering] over the surface of the waters…" (Gen. 1:2). The Holy Spirit's presence and the words of Jesus dispelled the darkness, physically and spiritually, pushing the demons down to the pit of hell. Jesus said, in the original Hebrew, "Light, be!" God is Light (I John 1:5). His light makes the darkness flee (I John 2:8; II Cor. 4:6).
Jesus then established or re-established the sun and moon by making them visible as He pushed away the gloom. He made them to be "for signs and seasons and for days and years…" (Gen. 1:14-16).
God's calendar and seasons are based on the moon (Ps. 104:19). When the moon is dark at the time of the new moon, it is a sign to God's people. The darkest night occurs at this time as layers of darkness cover the moon.
The Veil of Darkness
Do you remember what happened to the sky when Jesus was crucified? From noon to 3 PM when Jesus died, "darkness fell over the whole land" (Luke 23:44). These multiple blankets creating a gigantic cloud of darkness covered the land and covered Jesus like a coat. This represented the coat of sin allowing Him to go down to hell looking like any sinner. In fact, He was bearing the darkness of all our sins, fears, bad habits, dreads and burdens.
Satan has covered us with this cloak of darkness, also symbolized by the veil of the temple that was torn in two when Jesus died (Luke 23:45). While God removes this veil from us when we accept the blood of Jesus, we still invite darkness by our sins and by the past we often do not let go so easily. God has planned in His wisdom a dark time in which to lay down that darkness to Jesus.
In the Millennium all will see that veil of darkness removed: "And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, Even the veil which is stretched over all nations. He will swallow up death [represented by darkness] for all time, And the [Eternal] God will wipe tears away from all faces…" (Isa. 25:7-8).
When we see and truly recognize the darkness we have allowed into our lives, it sometimes brings us to tears. But this dark time of laying down the darkness at the darkest time of the month has a good end. Jesus illumines our darkness (Ps. 18:28). "Light arises in the darkness for the upright…" (Ps. 112:4). We must be willing, however, to "lay aside the deeds of darkness" before we can "put on the armor of light" (Rom. 13:12).
Light Arises in the Darkness
We must do more than lay the darkness aside. We must lay it down to the great Light who bore it for us (Isa. 9:2-3). He can then fully shed His light upon us.
Our Father dwells in unapproachable light (I Tim. 6:16). He is so holy He cannot even look upon the darkness of sin. That darkness has separated us either completely from Him or has kept us from a full communion with our Father of lights (James 1:17). Our Father in His love has provided a special way in which those who want full intimacy with Him can achieve it.
God has an appointed time for everything (Eccl 3:1). One of His appointed times is the period in which the moon is new and dark.
None of us is so free that we have no darkness to release to Jesus. When I was preparing this teaching, in my quiet time the Holy Spirit spoke inaudibly the following words in my heart: "I want all of your darkness so I can give you all of My Light."
God calls in this age the weak of the world (I Cor. 1:26), those like myself who had much darkness in their lives. The Christian life is a process of growth. We discover more darkness as we see the Light and as we read the Word of Light. Prayer lines abound with folks who are overwhelmed with the darkness still in their lives. Those lines would be lessened if the church understood the concept of the new moons.
Pastors often have their hands full of their own overflow of darkness. But "God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all" (I John 1:5). If we gave more to Jesus, pastors would have more time to study the Word of God and give profound messages and train others to teach.
Part of our commission as a church is to repair the breach as outlined in Isaiah 58 and Isaiah 59:1-3. Part of the breach between our Father of Light and us is ignorance of the Sabbath, the holy days and the new moons (Isa. 58:12-14). The veil of darkness has often separated us from full communion with our Father (Isa. 59:1-3). For many years unforgiveness separated me from my Father. The darkness in me was so great that He could not forgive me nor hear my prayers (Mat. 6:15, Isa. 59:2).
The new understanding about the new moons has allowed me to lay down much of the darkness that has plagued me. Much more is necessary. I have begun to look forward to that time of the month. It is a time of intimacy. (CONTINUED: Part Three: The Reasons for the Season
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