Has anyone else ever noticed this? I was looking in Enoch. In the version I am reading it is Chapter 73.
I’ve been reading how this book (from chapter 71) and how it talks about a 30 day lunar month. This makes sense to me so far. But I noticed this in 73:14:
To the moon alone belong in three years, one thousand and sixty two days; …. in five years there are one thousand seven hundred and seventy days; and days of the moon in eight years are two thousand eight hundred and thirty two days.
To clarify, the book thus far has looked at a solar year and has placed it at 364 days. It has now turned to look at the lunar year which is 354 days. This is seen in Enoch 73:14 as follows:
1062/3 = 354 days
1770/5 = 354 days
2832/8 = 354 days
354 / 12 = 29.5 days per lunar month
It should be noted that these books thus far are speaking of two seperate years. One Solar, and one Lunar. They are not speaking of a scriptural year as one book tells you the year is 364 days and the other tells you year is 354 days, but the difference is one is speaking of the sun and the other is speaking of the moon.
The scriptural calendar is different in that it uses BOTH, the sun and the moon, thus we see specific elements of both calendars in the calendar of scripture.
This chapter also compares the cycles of the sun with that of the moon and it points out that “the moon has thirty days less than the sun and the stars” and that “there is an excess of thirty days belonging to the sun in five years”. (Verse 11 and 12).
The Book of Enoch:
Yeah. I’m not the quickest reading this book. It’s not the easiest to read AND understand. I can see how if one reads just a section of this book, you could be misled.
I was reading through Enoch 77 which is an interesting chapter as it breaks down the way in which light is used upon the surface of the moon. I thought I might share some observations.
1. Verse 5 says “When the moon rises, it appears in heaven; and the half of a seventh portion of light is all in it.”
After 7 days the light which is in the moon will consume half of it. This is confirmed by the next verse (point 2).
2. Verse 6 says “In fourteen, the whole light is completed.”
It has been interesting to note, (as I have been using the first visible crescent – but have been using the day following the sighting of the crescent as New Moon day), that the method I have been using always seem to place the Light of the full moon one full day before the Sabbath.
If I were using the calendar as the book of Enoch speaks of it, the sign of the full moon would arrive upon the 14th, which would seem to fit what the scriptures say, having the whole light completed upon this day. This would mean that the day which the first visible crescent is seen in the evening, becomes new moon day – the first day if the month. This is confirmed in verse 14 – 16….
3. In verse 14-16 it says:
14 And when it is wholly extinguished its light is consumed in heaven; and on the first day it is called the new moon, for on that day light is received into it.
15 It becomes precisely completed on the day that the sun descends into the west while the moon ascends at night from the east.
16 The moon then shines all the night, until the sun rises before it; when the moon disappears in turn before the sun.
New Moon day is the day which the light is received into it, not the day after.
Verse 19 to 20 also confirm the time period being 29.5 days
19 During three months it effects in thirty days its period and during three months it effects 29 days each, in which it effects its decrease in its first period an, and in the first gate, in one hundred and seventy seven days.
20 And at the time of its going forth during three months it appears thirty days each, and during three months it appears 29 days each.
177/6 = 29.5 days
We see the New Moon, we see the first Sabbath, we see the second Sabbath (for it has the most light upon it – which is also reflected in the book of Enoch) and we see the third Sabbath.
If we use the book of Enoch for understanding the day which we would call New moon day is the day which the the first visible crescent is seen in the evening.
This Light would agree with the Light we see in the scriptures placing the full moon upon the eve of the 14th.
Lots to learn. Lots to unlearn.