Shabbat Shuva 2009 & Churches of God Admit to Sighted Moon

Joseph F. Dumond

Joe Started Sightedmoon in 2005 to assist him in spreading his understanding of the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years according to Torah.
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News Letter 5845-036
6th day of the Seventh month 5845 years after creation
Shabbat Shuva
The Seventh Month in the Sabbatical Year
The Second Sabbatical Year of the 119th Jubilee Cycle

September 26, 2009


Shalom Brethren,

This Shabbat is the one that falls between the Feast of Trumpets when Judgment comes upon the whole earth and the Day of Atonment which according to the sighted moon is going to be on Wednesday September 30, 2009.

We are now in the 10 days after the Feast of Trumpets. These are the last of the 40 days of repentance which began with the 1st day of the sixth month. This is Shabbat Shuva which falls on the Sabbath during these ten Days of Awe.
This News Letter is the result of a couple of emails I received this week. In answering them I realized I had to once again explain some things about this time of year.

I would like you to again read about Shabbat Shuva and the return to the Land of Israel. I also include in this week’s article information about how the Churches of God have admitted that the sighted moon or the first visible crescent is the method to be used to start the month. By doing this they admit that they are keeping the Holy Days at the wrong time. Even Mr. H. W. Armstrong said that the Month begins with the sighted moon.

Holger has another article about the Essential oils titled Lesson 8: INTRODUCTION TO EMOTIONAL RELEASE (II of II) which you can read,

I was asked this week why Yahweh did not reveal to the Churches of God how to keep the sighted moon to begin the month. Please note that Mr Armstrong who headed up the World Wide Church of God did acknowledge the sighted moon method, but then refused to keep it.

Also of note is Herman Hoeh, Kenneth Herrmann both from WWCG and Stephen Flurry of the Phildelphia Church of God and, as well from the United Church of God Committee Members; Jim Franks, Burk McNair, Peter Nathan Leon Walker and Don Ward. All of them claim that the New Month begins when the Moon is first sighted from Jerusalem. They claim this and then they do not do it. Why?
Shalom Daisy and Happy Feast of Trumpets,

Actually Yahweh did reveal this to Mr. Armstrong.

Most people are given information from Yahweh by His Holy Spirit. The more each of us obeys the more of the Holy Spirit we will be given. When we stop, our growth and the Holy Spirit also stops and waits until we are ready to grow again. This is my own theory.

Had it not been for Mr. Armstrong I would never have learned about the Sabbath and the Holy Days. It was a necessary step in my growth. So I am grateful for what I learned there. Later I learned about the names. Later still I learned many of the things I now share on my web site. I have no idea what is in store for me, but I want to be obedient so that the next thing will come and I will not be stopped where I was before. It would be awful to have to live out your life only knowing how to ride a tricycle, and never get to fly a plane.

I have an article on my site which you can read at this link which quotes extensively many reputable sources and encyclopaedias telling us that the moon must be seen to start the month and the count to the Holy Days. But let me quote to you some people whom I am sure you will recognize. Read what they themselves wrote.

“The first day of the new year always begins with the day nearest the Spring equinox [11] when the new moon is first visible to the naked eye AT JERUSALEM (not in the United States).” (Herbert W. Armstrong, “WHEN, and How OFTEN, Should We Observe THE LORD’S SUPPER?,” second to last paragraph-emphasis HWA’s)

“First, the precise time the new moon appears must be determined. Anciently, this was done by sight.” (Stephen Flurry and Mark Nash, The Philadelphia Trumpet, April 1996, p.23, article: God’s Sacred Calendar)

“God’s months begin with the new moon..The observation of the new moon is to be made from Jerusalem, not from the North American continent. The seven to ten hours difference in time between Jerusalem and the part of the country (i.e. United States) you live in will make actual observation of the new moon from America misleading.The appearance of the new moon in the western sky just after sunset is used to determine the beginning of a new month.” (Kenneth Herrmann, The Good News magazine, March 1953, article: “God’s Sacred Calendar,” p.8, col.1&2)

“Every month of God’s Calendar begins about the time of the new moon when the moon’s first faint crescent is visible at sunset in Jerusalem. According to the Roman calendar a new moon may occur at any time during the month. Most people today probably don’t even know when a new moon appears.” (Herman Hoeh, The Crucifixion Was Not On Friday, p.34)

“It is not the Molad which is all important, but rather it is the appearance of the crescent of the moon that really counts.We don’t know when the Jews began using a calculated calendar instead of simply relying on visual observation. Some speculate that the calendar was in existence long before Christ. They base their idea on the fact that the months are called by Chaldean names. The Jews were in captivity in Babylon in the 6th century B.C. Was there a calendar already in existence at that time and did it contain the rules of postponement? .In Christ’s time the new moon ostensibly was established by observation. There are those today who claim that the only way of calculating the new moon is by exact mathematical calculation. Visual observation is too erratic and could be one to two days off. What we know from first-century records is that the calendar was operated by observation and controlled by the Sanhedrin. If Christ and the Church followed this habit, then Christ accepted something that some are claiming is unacceptable.” (United Church of God Committee Members: Jim Franks, Burk McNair, Peter Nathan, Leon Walker, & Don Ward, Doctrinal Statement Adopted by the Council of Elders on the “Hebrew Calendar” 1997)

Why did the World Wide Church of God, and The Philadelphia Church of God, and The United Church of God say these things and all agree that the New Month and also the first day of the 7th month or the Feast of Trumpets all began with the sighting of the Crescent moon from Jerusalem and then deny this methodology and go with a calculated method which puts them all off the Holy Days both in the Spring and fall by one two and even three days?

If you had an appointment with your Doctor and you showed up one two or three days later, what would he do.

If you miss the appointment you have to meet Yahweh, and come three days later, He will not be there.

Members of all the many Churches of God have much to think about. So does the executives of these Various Churches of God.

Another question revolved around this Shabbat Shuva. Shabbat Shuva falls on the Sabbath that comes between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement during those Ten Days of Awe.

When you go to the charts at you will see on the opening page the current Jubilee cycle.

We are currently in the year of 2009 which is a Sabbatical year. We are about to begin the next Sabbatical cycle of 2010 to 2015 which is the cycle of pestilences and famines according to Lev 26:21.

This is followed by the Sabbatical cycle of war which I have coloured in black and is from 2017 to 2022. These are the war years according to Lev 26:23 It is when all the tribes of Israel will be defeated by the Beast power. This is what I have been warning from this site and on the DVD at If you have not watched the DVD, now is good time to do so.

After this war the survivors will go into captivity for 7 years. It is during this Sabbatical cycle that the annual fall Holy Days begin to be played out. Once Israel is sent into captivity, then the First Holy Day is played out. That is in the year of 2024 the Feast of Trumpets is represented. It is the beginning of Judgment on the rest of the world.

Israel has already been judged and found wanting. This is why all the tribes of Israel are defeated and placed in captivity.
When you look at the chart you will see that the year of 2030 is a Sabbatical year and it comes after the years of captivity. This is the year which is represented by Shabbat Shuva. It is the year or the day of return. The return to the land of Israel.

Shabbat Shuva is the Shabbat between Rosh Hashana, The Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is called thus after the Haftara from Hoshea 14 which reads:
“Shuva Yisrael – Return, O Israel, unto Hashem your G-d.”

During these days we are obligated to do tshuva, to repent. In fact, some people call this Shabbat Tshuva since it is the Shabbat of the Ten Days of repentance. It is customary in all congregations for the Rabbi to give a sermon calling upon the people to repent before Yom Kippur. He also reviews the laws of Yom Kippur.

And this is what each of us needs to do at this time of year as we approach the Day of Atonement.

Haftorah Shuva
Hoshea 14:2-10; Yoel 2:11-27; Micha 7:18-20

This Shabbos is known as Shabbos Shuva – the Shabbos of Return because the Haftorah begins with the words, “Shuva (Return) Yisroel to G-d” Gleaned from both Hoshea and Yoel, the prophets describe G-d’s desire to forgive His children, if only they will repent. The fast of Yom Kippur is mentioned as well as the rewards awaiting us if we proclaim G-d in our midst.
The Shabbat that occurs in this period is known as Shabbat Shuvah (the Sabbath of Return). This is considered a rather important Shabbat.

HOS 14:1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
We have sinned and been removed from the land for our sins. Yahweh is now calling for us to return to Him. To return to the land of Canaan, to our promised land. He then tells us what to bring;

Verse 2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD:
That is we are to bring the Torah Scrolls with us when we come back to the land
We are told in Joel when this occurs. At the Feast of Trumpets, Blow the trumpet, and at the Day of Atonement, sanctify a fast. Notice where, in Zion. JOEL 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Again looking at the chart you can see that after this Shabbat Shuva there are only three days left which represent the last 3 ½ years before Satan is locked away on the Day of Atonement in 2033.

Again for some of you this is all new and others may want to review it in the following articles at
News Letter 5844-011 3517 Captivity and Cannibalism The Fifth Curse
News Letter 5844-012 3578 Understanding the 10 Days Of Awe
News Letter 5844-013 3601 Exactly when are the Two Sticks of Israel joined together? 2030!
News Letter 5844-014 3696 Why Israel Returns to the Land in 2030 and Why they Leave Again, and How the Two Witnesses Cause this to Happen

Brethren I recently received an email from a Pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist. He was trying to show me how wrong I was and he attempted to use the Holy Days as his base to start from. I was extremely saddened to realize just how ignorant the leadership of the SDA are who do not even know the Holy Days of Lev 23 and how to count to them. They have become so far removed from understanding any of the prophecies that are about to happen because they refuse to keep any of the Holy Days.

The SDA know the fourth commandment to Keep Holy the Sabbath Day, but they refuse to acknowledge that this also includes the Holy Days of Lev 23, which states that These are my Feasts, which are Holy Convocations, and the first Feast is the Sabbath followed by Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost and the Feast of Trumpets, and the Day of Atonement, and then the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot and last the Eighth Day Feast.

Even Ellen White told them to keep the Holy Days, and if you want you can read this at News letters 5843-022 497 Ellen G White Kept the Feasts Of Yahweh

I pray that during this upcoming Feast of Tabernacles and on the Shabbats for the rest of this year that each of you will make it your responsibility to show the leadership of the SDA about the Holy Days and the meaning behind them. Also that you will show the Churches of God the quotes from Herbert Armstrong about when the month begins and explain to them how they are not keeping the appointments with Yahweh as He has commanded. Please share with them in a gentle way and help them to begin to rethink the scriptures with Yahweh in mind.

There are some groups which I have recently learned about who have come to realize the importance of the Holy Days, and then others who have realized that the moon must be sighted to start the month and the count to each of the Holy Days as Leviticus 23 instructs us. They then repented and changed and began to keep them as the Torah instructs them. People need to learn how to count to three and how to count to seven. But they need some of you to teach them. Please help them to come to a deeper understanding of the truth as you have. Please let Yahweh know you are ready to stand up and be counted and to do what is needed to share the word of Yahweh with these groups.

In just a few days I will be leaving for Israel once again. I may try to send out updates on how things are going and what we are doing for those of you who will not be going to any Feast site this year.

Like some of you, I may have lost my job this year for keeping the Feasts. I will see after what happens and not let it worry me and distract my attention from the Feast. Encourage one another and be joyful while you can.

I have finished the book on the Prophesies of Abraham. Soon it will be published. But in just the last couple of weeks I have learned other things I have not had time to share with you. Things about the 390 years of Ezekiel, and how it plays in with the 2520 years of Nebuchadnezzar. I also just realized a while ago about the Sabbatical cycle of Isaac and Jacob and Joseph and how each one of them also supports and gives more details to the Prophecies of Abraham and about the times we are now going into. And still more information came when I began to look at the Foxes book of Martyrs. If my understanding is correct we may soon begin to see one of a number of the coming persecutions of the saints.

Brethren we all need to pray and get as close as possible to Yahweh and His word. Keep in mind all of these things I have been sharing with you. Get yourself ready for what is coming and pray. We will explain more of this after the Feast. I have one more article for the Day of Atonement on the heart of Torah which Satan has repeatedly attacked from the beginning and he has done so cunningly. Many of us need to continue to repent of our transgression against Yahweh. Some we do without even thinking.

So I will keep this short this week and let you study and pray and repent.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. Bottom Line. May Yahweh bless you and show you His truths as you begin to keep His commandments. All of them and not just the ones you think are important. All of them are important.
Shabbat Shalom
Joseph F Dumond

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