When is the first day of the first month of the year?
The only answer to the question we care about is Yahweh's answer. The following explains His answer to this question.
King James Bible Exodus 12:1-2And YAHWEH spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
King James Bible Exodus 11:10And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and Yahweh hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.
It was the time they were let out of Egypt. The time in which they kept the Passover. We also get a clue when we are told about the hail storm plague.
Nehemiah Gordon tells us the following:
Abib indicates a stage in the development of the barley crops. This is clear from Ex 9:31-32 which describes the devastation caused by the plague of hail:
"And the flax and the barley were smitten, because the barley was Abib and the flax was Giv'ol. And the wheat and the spelt were not smitten because they were dark (Afilot)."
The above passage relates that the barley crops were destroyed by the hail while the wheat and spelt were not damaged.
We are commanded in Ex 23:15
"You will keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread; seven days you will eat unleavened bread, as I have commanded you, at the time of the month of the Abib, because in it you went out of Egypt."
The second way we figure out if it is the first day of the first month of Yahweh’s year is, we need to look for the new moon also.
The period between one year and the next is either 12 or 13 lunar months, so we must know the season and what to look for, but it is simple enough that a child can do it! No complicated mathematical calculations must be made, or scientific experimentation done, but a simple “look and see” approach is given by Yahweh.
So, to simplify it: The new year begins with the first New Moon after the barley in Israel reaches the stage in its ripeness called Abib.
Yahweh has made it possible, through the use of telephones, texting and the internet, so that we here in America, in these latter days, can know almost in the same instant that Israel knows, whether the barley is Aviv or not!
Please watch the video on The Creator's Calendar, by Michael Rood to learn more about this important subject!