Beginning at sundown, March 6th, we celebrate a second ADAR Firstfruits to finish off this Hebrew Year. You may be asking yourself why we have two ADAR’S in this Hebrew calendar year, so I thought I would briefly share why.
For those of us who have been honoring Firstfruits and the Feasts, we have come to understand that God established the Hebrew covenant calendar according to the moon. God also directed Moses when this covenant calendar would begin in Ex. 12:2:
“This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
With the beginning of each month (the new moon signaling the time), God asked the people to bring Him a Firstfruits offering. God also required the people to bring a Firstfruits offering of the produce of the land at the appointed Feast days; Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. These three “set times” were also determined by the lunar calendar.
At this point in God’s instruction, we see the pattern of giving at the beginning of each month and at the three Feast times per year.
However, if we stuck to the lunar calendar, which is about 354 days per year, the set dates to give Firstfruits would be out of sync with the four seasons. Since the solar calendar is approximately 365 days, we could find ourselves celebrating Passover in winter, then fall, then summer, then back to spring again…….So there had to be an adjustment made to keep these seasons in alignment with the “set times.”
In order to keep the Firstfruits current with the timing of the seasons, a second Adar is added. This usually happens once every three years. In Hebrew, the year we add a second ADAR is called “shanah meuberet,” which is translated the “pregnant year.”
From the information I have gathered, it looks as though the spring “equinox” determines when a second ADAR is added to the Hebrew Calendar. I find it fascinating that God uses BOTH the sun and the moon to “plumbline” His Holy Calendar.
The spring equinox comes once a year, when day and night are exactly the same amount of time. This is a picture of the “plumb line” in itself, which is a carpenters measuring tool used to keep their work “straight.” In biblical terms, when God uses this, the WORD keeps us straight so we can build the Kingdom here on earth in truth, allowing heaven and earth to align.
When the spring equinox falls after the second week of the month of Nisan (Abib), (16th of Nisan), then a second Adar is added. We neither gain or lose time with this calendar “reset,” but are able to stick to the “set times” of honoring God with our “firsts” in the appropriate season.
Metaphorically speaking, the lunar calendar is used by God to show us spiritual truths, prophetic (spiritual) confirmation of His promises, as well as a sign of the Lord and His bride who walk in Spirit and Truth.
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
The solar calendar is used to show us confirmation of the promises realized in the earth, through the Adamic man who is made from the earth, who can see spiritual truth through Christ.
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Gen. 2:7).
Both point to Christ who is in all things, as well as the Father’s heart, who through Christ, reconciles heaven and earth.
“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:3-5).
Praying that we who are in Christ will open our eyes to His signs and “set times.”