Long Before New Moon Was A Movie It Was A Holiday Instituted By God

New Moon is almost certainly going to be the biggest movie of 2009. In fact, it is expected to take in somewhere around 100 million dollars in ticket sales in the first weekend alone.  But long before “New Moon” was ever known as the hottest vampire romance movie ever to come out of Hollywood, it was a holiday instituted by God.  Surprisingly, very few people know about that fact.  It is quite a sad commentary on the state of the church today that the vast majority of Christians in the industrialized nations around the world (especially the young people) know all about the “New Moon” vampire movie coming out, but only a small fraction of them even realize that God created a unique holiday which He called “New Moon” which His people practiced for thousands of years and which God still intends for us to keep today.

You see, when God created the earth, he established that the sun and moon were to be signs to mark seasons and holidays. In Genesis 1:14-16 it says this…..

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

In fact, God created the very first holiday (the Sabbath) when He rested from the work of creation on the seventh day and declared that day to be a holy day in Genesis 2:2-3…..

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Ever since God declared the seventh day of the week to be holy has He ever changed His mind and declared it to be unholy? No, you can’t find that anywhere in the Bible. But that is the subject for another article. Getting back to New Moon, in the Torah the people of Israel were instructed to blow the shofar and offer sacrifices during New Moon in Numbers 10:10…..

“Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed feasts and New Moon festivals—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God.”

The Temple has been destroyed and Yahshua (the Lord Jesus Christ) was the final sacrifice for sin, so sacrifices are no longer offered on New Moon, but God still intends for us to keep this holiday.  But we shall get to that in just a bit.

So how are we supposed to treat New Moon?  Well, the truth is that the Scriptures tell us that it is a holy day during which we are not supposed to work or buy or sell as it tells us in Amos 8:4-6…..

Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, “When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”— skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

In fact, the New Moon celebration was a big deal during King David’s day as it tells us in 1 Samuel 20:5…..

So David said, “Look, tomorrow is the New Moon festival, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.

In addition, New Moon celebrations were at the forefront of King Solomon’s mind when he described the activities in the Temple that he was about to build for the Lord God.  In 2 Chronicles 2:4 we read this…..

Now I am about to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God and to dedicate it to him for burning fragrant incense before him, for setting out the consecrated bread regularly, and for making burnt offerings every morning and evening and on Sabbaths and New Moons and at the appointed feasts of the LORD our God. This is a lasting ordinance for Israel.

Well, that was “Old Testament” stuff that we aren’t supposed to keep today, wasn’t it?

No.

The truth is that Yahshua (the Lord Jesus Christ) kept New Moon when he was on earth, and he instructed us that we are to keep New Moon (along with the rest of God’s Law) in Matthew 5:17-19…..

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Some time when you encounter a Christian who does not think that we are supposed to keep Sabbath or New Moon, show them those verses and ask them to tell you what Jesus is saying.

The truth is that they cannot give you a good answer to that question.

Why?

Because Yahshua (Jesus) always intended for us to keep God’s Law.

Yahshua (Jesus) perfectly kept God’s Law when He was on earth the first time, and the Scriptures tell us that the whole world will keep Sabbath and New Moon after He comes again during the 1000 year reign.

The last chapters of Ezekiel describe the 1000 year reign of Christ, and in Ezekiel 46:1-3 it tells us that Sabbath and New Moon will be celebrated during that time…..

This is what the Sovereign LORD says: The gate of the inner court facing east is to be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day and on the day of the New Moon it is to be opened. The prince is to enter from the outside through the portico of the gateway and stand by the gatepost. The priests are to sacrifice his burnt offering and his fellowship offerings. He is to worship at the threshold of the gateway and then go out, but the gate will not be shut until evening. On the Sabbaths and New Moons the people of the land are to worship in the presence of the LORD at the entrance to that gateway.

In fact, not only will Sabbath and New Moon be kept during the 1000 year reign of Christ, but Isaiah 66:22-23 tells us that Sabbath and New Moon will be celebrated forever even after God creates a new heaven and a new earth…..

“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the LORD, “so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the LORD.

The truth is that long after the New Moon movie is gone and people have totally forgotten about it, people will still be celebrating the New Moon holiday that God instituted thousands of years ago.

You see, the real “New Moon” is found in the Bible – not in movie theaters.  If you do not know about the God of the Bible, we encourage you to check out an article that we posted on another of our websites entitled “How To Know That You Will Go To Heaven” which will tell you exactly how you can have peace with God through Yahshua (Jesus) and live with Him forever.

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  • Jeff

    Hi Michael, can you be more specific about the keeping of the ‘law’? Is the law more than the 10 Commandments? Thanks.

  • Michael

    Jeff:

    Yes, it is more than the 10 Commandments. In Matthew 5:17-19 the Lord Jesus says that we should be keeping all of the Commandments.

    Of course there are some that are impossible to keep today. For example, the Temple sacrifices could only be done at the Temple, and since there is no Temple today it is impossible to do them. That is why we don’t see the Jews doing them.

    But we will see sacrifices during the 1000 year reign of Christ. But they will be a bit different from what we saw under Moses (see the last several chapters of the book of Ezekiel).

    Overall, most Christians are actually keeping most of the laws in the Torah. The main ones that they don’t keep are the Sabbath, the festivals and the food laws.

    Michael

  • Jeff

    thanks Michael. could it be argued that the ‘food laws’ are no longer valid? E.g., pigs these days are raised so that they do not graze and eat garbage. Therefore, their meat is not contaminated. Also, Jesus stated that it is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean, not what goes in (Mark 7:15).

  • Michael

    In Mark 7:15, Jesus was making a point about how our words cause us to sin. He wasn’t nullifying the food laws. In fact, he confirmed even “the least” of the commandments in Matthew 5:17-19.

    And in the book of Acts you see the apostle Peter saying that he had never eaten anything unclean in his entire life. If Jesus said that all food were clean, then obviously Peter did not get the memo.

    And Pork is still one of the most toxic meats you can buy. Pigs will eat just about anything, and their flesh is extremely good at absorbing toxins. God gives us these commands for our own good. :)