Sabbath November 19, 2022
Good Morning and Happy Sabbath to all,
We are hoping you are caught up in a very peaceful Sabbath rest and rejuvenation. What a wonderful blessing for those who understand and partake in its promises.
Bridget has posted her twice a month rain chart for the areas which are prone to produce early barley crops (both wild and domestic) year in and year out. These charts are a valuable tool for us to use in our journey of determination as to what will be the start of the new Biblical Year and thus the month of Abib. Some of you know how to use them and some do not understand their importance because they have become so detached from basic agricultural principles in the societies of this world’s current ways.
So, for the benefit of those who have little understanding of such things we will give a short refresher this morning in the hope of edifying some of you in the basics in creation when speaking about grains in particular.
Please listen to this basic statement of fact associated with all agricultural knowledge:
You can have the best soil in the world, and the best temperatures for growth in the world, but if you do not have water then plants will not grow.
That is why we look for and post to the site twice a month once the early rains start in the Promised Land. We are not concerned with that cycle outside of the Land because that is exactly what our Creators tell us.
Deuteronomy 11:8-12 Therefore, you shall keep every commandment which I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and possess that Land which you cross over to possess, and that you may prolong your days in that Land which Yehovah swore to give your fathers, to them and their descendants, a Land flowing with milk and honey. For the Land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; but the Land which you cross over to possess is a Land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a Land for which Yehovah your Elohim cares; the eyes of Yehovah your Elohim are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.
This is poetry in motion to those of us who understand the principles of the Abib Calendar Cycle from year to year. They are our basic marching orders of what is going to take place. Our Creator instructs us that He will provide the necessary water to start the growth cycle and to sustain its growth cycle throughout. There will be no need to irrigate the soils in which they plant their seeds for He will do so with the rains of heaven as part of the promised blessings if they obey Him. He contrasts it with the flat lands of Egypt which do not receive the nourishing rains in season but rely on the Nile River to irrigate their fields. The Nile is the result of rains having fallen many hundreds of miles to the south.
What an enormous blessing for a people to be sustained with crops they do not have to worry about watering. That promise is still in place today for those who seek to follow His will in determining the start of the Biblical Year and thus the commanded keeping of the annual appointed times of meeting.
When we look at Bridget’s chart of the rain totals to date, we see a lot of information which can be applied to this new growth cycle starting. With the exception of Lahav all of these early maturing barley areas are within, or past what would be recognized as normal rainfall amounts for this growing cycle during the first 2 weeks of November.
So, what does that mean?
That means that all the barley seed in the ground (both wild and domestic) in those locations will have already, or will be shortly germinating. This is a good start to what we call a normal year starting in a few months. It is confirming the patterns we have recorded over several decades of inspecting and recording the barley growth cycle in the Promised Land. We are expecting a March 23rd start to the Biblical Year and thus the Month of Abib in 2023.
With that said, we wait on our Lord to clearly show us all the witnesses in creation which He has lined up to confirm His decision as to its start. When it comes to the barley growth it takes about 90 days from germination to physiological maturity (aviv) and harvest ready if all conditions are perfect and uninterrupted. What do we mean by that you may ask? Very good question!
Our Elohim control the entire meteorological cycle from start to finish as They state in the above scriptures. They can speed the process up and They can slow it down which They do to varying extents year in and year out as many of you have witnesses and understand. Remember, knowledge comes before understanding. Once both are in the barn of our mind, we can then make wise decisions or as seen by others, wisdom in judgments.
If the rains slow down to a level below that which is required for normal barley growth in good soils, then the growth process will also slow in accordance. Please remember; no irrigation and no stony soil for they both have the opposite effect on barley as we have discussed often.
If the temperatures decline below what would be required for sustained normal growth, then the growing cycle of the new grain will also once again slow to match those conditions. That is what happens every year in the Promised Land when the winter intensifies with cold temperatures.
Please remember winter and summer in the Promised Land are defined by rain and no rain, and then by the cold and warmth associated with each. As we move into the months of December and January, we get colder temperatures. Thus, a mind that has wisdom and the spirit of God/Elohim working in it can conclude that there is not going to be a perfect case for a true 90 day growing cycle.
We are told some ignore this and use just a 90-day cycle from germination to make their proclamations to others as to the start of their year. We have said it before and will do so again, they should have paid more attention to our instructions when they were with us in the Land learning how the processes work.
This is a short explanation as to why we follow the rains, the early rains up through the latter rains, which usher in the change from winter to summer each year. It is a pattern in creation given to us and spoken about extensively in the Bible.
Let’s have some fun and use the start of the germination of acceptable barley locations as November 10 to start and add 90 days from that. We should come in around February 7th. That time of the Gregorian year is always in the dead of winter based on the Biblical description of winter and not that of this upside down world. Thus, if we were to use just a 90 day growth cycle we would be delusional ourselves, and deluding those who followed what we said. We don’t do that and we certainly do not instruct you to follow what we say blindly, but rather take what we post and use the data and criteria in your own forecasts and in actual keeping of the start of the Biblical Year. The patterns in creation will never let you down. That’s why we can be assured: They will never leave nor forsake us.
We are hoping that helps some of you to understand the relevance of why we post on the rain cycle in the Promised Land as we follow through on the growth cycle of the barley crop.