When first introduced to Hebrew Roots/Torah Observer/Torah Keeper there was so many divisions and misconceptions about the Calendar issue. It’s important because it allows us to celebrate the Feast Days in unity. However, it’s nearly impossible when we all pick a different calendar to follow. It’s taken many years to begin to understand the differences between them. This page is dedicated to those who follow the Zadok calendar. Not one I choose but I am placing the info I find here on this page because when we started our journey calendar issues were strongly avoided! Thereby truth was never really fully discussed. When I next meet a saint who follows another calendar I’d at least like to understand our differences. So I will place links and pdf info etc here on this page.
FORMULA TO CALCULATE
It’s starts with the VERNAL (SPRINGTIME) EQUINOX:
- Use Solar sites to locate the date that at the beginning of spring when day and night hours are equal are equal. This is the Vernal Equinox. (Google when is the vernal equinox in year ______________________).
- Find this date on your current years calendar and MARK THAT DATE.
- USES the literal calculation as each year begins on the FOURTH day of the week–which is a WEDNESDAY. So each month follows suit and begins on a WEDNESDAY. This method of calculation does not apply knowledge of the conjunction nor sliver of the moon. It is based solely on the fourth day of the week.
- For instance in 2021 the vernal equinox is MARCH 20, 2021.
- So the beginning date of the first month is MARCH 24, 2021. People who follow this method of Calendar use Genesis 1:14-19 to justify that decision.
Genesis 1:14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 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. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
- Therefore, Sabbath falls on the 7th day of the week perpetually. I have no problem with Sabbath being the 7th day each week.
- The Zadok calendar follows a specific counting pattern for days of the month. Spring the first month is 30 days, then 30 days, then 30 days and one day which is termed INTERCALARY DAY. DEFINITION: interpolated; interposed. inserted or interpolated in the calendar, as an extra day or month. having such an inserted day, month, etc., as a particular year. In other words to maintain proper pace of the calendar 1 day is inserted at the end of each quarter year.
- So then what happens at the end of the year? It seems they count the days up until the Wednesday after the vernal equinox as INTERCALARY DAYS again.
- Utilizers of this calendar seem to attribute correctness of calendar because a pattern occurs throughout the year to mark Shabbats.
- Shabbat fall on first month of quarter as: 4, 11, 18, 25, the second month is 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 the third moth in the first quarter is 7, 14, 21, 28. The cycle restarts each quarter.
- People who follow this calendar eat their Passover/Pesach Meal on Tuesday the 14th day of the month.
- They begin the Omer count of the 26th day of the month.
- Problem: Yeshua rose on the Third Day and was the First Fruit offering, so why is their Omer count a week later than that?
- Shavuot is on the 15th of the Third month always.