As promised this post contains all of the dates for all of my Father’s holy festivals during 2023. Please note that these dates are expressed in roman calendar terms for ease of understanding, but our calendar relies on the sun and the moon. We ignore the man-made international date line, because we use God’s date-line, which is the time of the lunar conjunction, a moment in time when the moon is completely dark, and it’s the same time for the whole world, so it acts as our date line. If this topic is new to you, please read this post first: https://www.2malachi.com/new-moon-day-and-sabbath-calculation-instructions/
Once you have read that post you will understand how our calendar works, and how to calculate the new moon days, Sabbaths, and the festival days, no matter where you are in the world. Please be assured, you will all be observing the same day, it may just appear that you aren’t because of the arbitrary false nature of the man-made international date line. So we ignore it and use the sun and the moon, as God intended. You will also find full guidelines for how to observe God’s holy festivals within the Book of the Law, which is split into three sections. The festival instructions are within the section entitled https://www.2malachi.com/the-book-of-the-law-love-god/ , because we show our love for God by celebrating His holy festivals.
Here is a post I wrote in 2021 when I gave the festival dates for that year: https://www.2malachi.com/yehovahs-calendar-and-feast-days-for-the-year-2021/ and I decided to copy the text for that post and just amend the dates, because it contains useful information, as well as some scriptures, and it saves me some time on this occasion. I did make some amendments to reflect what I have been taught since then (for example the correct name for the festival of sevens).
We’re currently still in the 2,022nd year since since the Lord Yahshua appeared on the planet. The new year in my Father’s calendar comes in the spring (obviously), rather than in the middle of winter, a dark pagan time, beloved of Satan and the evil ones.
So, when in spring does our new year begin? Well, we know it must begin at a new moon day, and what is the sign that we get from the sun and the moon in the spring? We get the spring equinox of course, a day when the length of daylight is exactly equal to the length of the night, 12 hours each. That’s our sign, and it happens on 20th March 2023 (in the roman calendar). The next new moon after the spring equinox is the sign of the first month of that year. So, the first day of my Father’s year is the first new moon day after the spring equinox. For me, here in England, that day will be 22nd March 2023 in the pagan roman calendar, but in my Father’s calendar it’s simply called the first day of the first month of Abib. This website has a good study of some scriptures related to the new year in my Father’s calendar. Bear in mind that we all follow the same calendar, and therefore the 1st of Abib 2023 will be the same for all of us on the planet, even though it may appear to be a different day in the roman calendar, due to their use of an arbitrary date-line, as opposed to my Father’s elegant and perfect use of the sun and the moon. So, I will provide dates in this post for all of the holy feast days we are commanded to celebrate and observe by my Father, but bear in mind the roman dates will only be my location in south west England, you will need to work out your own new moon day using the simple process described in this post.
Here are the scriptures for the first feast days of the years, passover and the feast of unleavened bread, this is Leviticus 23:
Then Yehovah said to Moses, 2“Speak to the Israelites and say to them, ‘These are My appointed feasts, the feasts of Yehovah that you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.
3For six days work may be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, a day of sacred assembly. You must not do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to Yehovah.
4These are Yehovah’s appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times. 5The Passover to Yehovah begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. 6On the fifteenth day of the same month begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Yehovah. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7On the first day* you are to hold a sacred assembly; you are not to do any regular work. 8For seven days you are to present an offering made by fire to Yehovah. On the seventh day there shall be a sacred assembly. You must not do any regular work.’”
So, on the 14th day of the first month (which is Abib), in the evening, is the passover to Yehovah. I am not covering instructions in this post, just dates/times, the instructions are within the Book of the Law, love God section.
Here in south west England, the 14th day of Abib is 4th April 2023 in the pagan roman calendar, but it may appear be a different pagan date for you, a day before or after, depending on where you are in the world. The following day is the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, and you will note it’s a day to hold a sacred assembly with your people, and to do no regular work. I placed an asterix there because the 15th of the month is always a Sabbath of course. You will have seven days of the feast of unleavened bread in total, culminating in another sacred assembly on the final day, which is day 21 of this month/moon cycle, and it’s also a day of rest, so we get a double Sabbath, as the following day, the 22nd of the month is also a regular Sabbath day. So, for me, the festival of unleavened bread runs from 5th April 2023 until the 11th April 2023. Passover in 2020 was the first time I cooked food on my altar here and ate it, as well as the first time I had ever cooked food in this manner (outdoors on what we would call a BBQ) in my whole life. It was a great evening, and the Welsh lamb was delicious too. Please note, you don’t have to cook your passover lamb on the altar, as long as it isn’t boiled or raw, but it should be cooked by fire, so that would rule out an electric hob, but a gas hob would be OK. This year I will use my wood-fuelled rocket stove I think.
The next feast is the feast of first-fruits:
And Yehovah said to Moses, 10“Speak to the Israelites and say, ‘When you enter the land that I am giving you and you reap its harvest, you are to bring to the priest a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest. 11And he shall wave the sheaf before Yehovah so that it may be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.
12On the day you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a year-old lamb without blemish as a burnt offering to Yehovah, 13along with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil—an offering made by fire to Yehovah, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter hin of wine.
14You must not eat any bread or roasted or new grain until the very day you have brought this offering to your God. This is to be a permanent statute for the generations to come, wherever you live.
I am also going to show the next feast, the festival of sevens (erroneously referred to as the feast of weeks/pentecost):
From the day after the sabbath (of the feast of unleavened bread), the day you brought to the Word of God the sheaf of the wave offering, you are to count off seven complete sabbaths. 16Until the morrow after the seventh seven, ye do count exactly fifty days, and then ye do bring near a new present to Yehovah. On the fiftieth day you shall offer a grain offering to Yehovah
17Bring two loaves of bread from your dwellings as a wave offering, each made from two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour, baked with leaven, as the firstfruits to Yehovah.
18Along with the bread you are to present seven unblemished male lambs a year old, one young bull, and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to Yehovah, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings—an offering made by fire, a pleasing aroma to Yehovah.
19You shall also prepare one male goat as a sin offering and two male lambs a year old as a peace offering. 20The priest is to wave the lambs as a wave offering before Yehovah, together with the bread of the firstfruits. The bread and the two lambs shall be holy to Yehovah for the priest.
21On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly, and you must not do any regular work. This is to be a permanent statute wherever you live for the generations to come.
22When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap all the way to the edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the foreign resident. I am Yehovah your God.’”
There has apparently been much confusion over the years about when the feast of sevens takes place. Fortunately my Father gave me the date of that feast, and also the date we are to use as our feast of first-fruits in these times when we are scattered around the world, and often in suburban areas, with no involvement in growing or harvesting crops ourselves.
I will wave my first-fruits on 6th April 2023, the 2nd day of the festival of unleavened bread. So, 49 days from then takes me to 25th May 2023, and day 50 is the date of the festival of sevens, the 26th May 2023.
That’s it for the spring feasts, and the next feast day is in the autumn:
23Yehovah also said to Moses, 24“Speak to the Israelites and say, ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly announced by the trumpet blasts of battle. 25You must not do any regular work, but you are to present an offering made by fire to Yehovah.’”
So, for me, in the lunar calendar, month seven begins with the seventh new moon day, which is 15th September 2023 (in my part of the world, south west England). It’s a day of sabbath rest too with a sacred assembly, and we sound the blasts of battle/war on our shofars, or if we don’t have a shofar, we should improvise, or as a last resort play some shofar music from the many recordings available on youtube.
The next feast is also in month seven, the day of atonement:
26Again Yehovah said to Moses, 27“The tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement. You shall hold a sacred assembly and afflict yourselves, and present an offering made by fire to Yehovah.
28On this day you are not to do any work, for it is the day of atonement, when atonement is made for you before Yehovah your God. 29If anyone does not afflict himself on this day, he must be cut off from his people. 30I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on this day.
31You are not to do any work at all. This is a permanent statute for the generations to come, wherever you live. 32It will be a sabbath of complete rest for you. You shall afflict yourselves according to the Word of God from the sunset of the ninth day of the month, from sunset to sunset. Rest from labour on this sabbath.”
So, this day is on the tenth of the seventh lunar month, which equates to 24th September 2023 for my location in the pagan calendar. As is usual, the sabbath day is the daylight hours of the day specified by my Father, in this instance the tenth day of the seventh month. He also includes a command for us to afflict ourselves from sunset on the ninth day until sunset on the tenth day, a full twenty four hours, for me this will be from the sunset on 23rd September 2023 until sunset on 24th. This affliction is separate from the sabbath day, although many erroneously believe that these verses somehow prove that all sabbaths begin at sunset. No, not related at all.
The final feast is also in the seventh month, the feast of tabernacles:
33And Yehovah said to Moses, 34“Speak to the Israelites and say, ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the feast of tabernacles to Yehovah begins, and it continues for seven days. 35On the first day there shall be a sacred assembly. You must not do any regular work. 36For seven days you are to present an offering made by fire to Yehovah. On the eighth day you are to hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made by fire to Yehovah. It is a solemn assembly; you must not do any regular work.
37These are Yehovah’s appointed feasts, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for presenting offerings by fire to Yehovah—burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its designated day. 38These offerings are in addition to the offerings for Yehovah’s Sabbaths, and in addition to your gifts, to all your vow offerings, and to all the freewill offerings you give to Yehovah.
39On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the produce of the land, you are to celebrate a feast to Yehovah for seven days. There shall be complete rest on the first day and also on the eighth day.
40On the first day you are to gather the fruit of majestic trees, the branches of palm trees, and the boughs of leafy trees and of willows of the brook. And you are to rejoice before Yehovah your God for seven days. 41You are to celebrate this as a feast to Yehovah for seven days each year. This is a permanent statute for the generations to come; you are to celebrate it in the seventh month.
42You are to dwell in booths for seven days. All those of the tree of Israel must dwell in booths, 43so that your descendants may know that I made the Israelites dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am Yehovah your God.’”
44So Moses announced to the Israelites the appointed feasts of Yehovah.
So, the fifteenth of the month is always a sabbath as we know, and this feast begins on a sabbath and runs for seven days, with another sacred assembly on the following sabbath, which would be day twenty-two of this month. In my location, this feast starts on 29th September 2023 and ends on the 5th October 2023, and then I will have a sacred assembly on the 8th day, which is a sabbath day, the 6th October.
Please note that you need to learn how to work out your own new moon days, the lunar cycles and days and sabbaths, before you can plan in your feast days, here’s the link for that again, so please take the time to study this blog post and the guidance provided:
That’s all you need to know for the dates of the feast days for the year 2023, which begins in a few day’s time. I hope that this post is helpful to you all, as well as the Book of the Law, which has detailed guidance on how to observe and celebrate these feasts in these pagan times, when we are all trapped within enemy territory to varying degrees. We do our best, we make an effort, and even if we can’t keep to the letter of the law, we can adhere to the spirit of the law, and honour my Father in heaven by celebrating with Him on these special days. I am sure you will enjoy them as much as I do, they will be a blessing to you, and to my Father and the Lord, up in heaven, and I thank God for His wonderful feasts, and I look forward to the days when I have the company of other faithful and obedient sons and daughters of God with whom to share the celebrations.