It has been a sad day in Israel, as no ripe barley was found. Thanks to that misfortune, another month has been added to the calendar! Don't you just hate it when that happens!
Lest you think this silliness cannot get any worse, read the following legalistic nonsense:
7 Mar: Except for a report by Brian Convery of isolated patches of barley mixed with a high concentration of oats south of S’derot by Gaza [which are not Aviv anyway since this is barley plants mixed with standing oats, and is also not acceptable due to their location so far from Jerusalem]; NO Aviv was found anywhere near Jerusalem at this time.
The difference between Brian and the Karaites is that the Karaites [the ancient scribes] standard, is that the barley harvest must be Aviv by the end of the 12th month; while Brian’s standard is that he can forecast the harvest to be Aviv by the Wave Sheaf day.
I cannot accept the position that the Aviv can be forecast without any error two weeks before the fact, because it relies on human judgment rather than an actual observation. What if it is forecast with the best of intentions and information, and there is an unexpected weather issue and the barley is not Aviv by Wave Sheaf day?
This explains the 12th month or offering day issue between them; but still does not meet the command for all persons to be present at Jerusalem for Passover and the Feast, which necessitates the cutting of the sheaf immediately outside the temple. Which was accepted practice during the temple period and accepted by Christ as the standard.
What is the command? To keep the Passover and Feast at Jerusalem!What does the Wave Sheaf mean? It is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ!
Where was Christ resurrected from? A tomb immediately outside the walls of Jerusalem!
Where was the Sheaf cut, throughout the temple period? Just outside the walls of Jerusalem!
To cut it anywhere else is to break God’s command, and obscures the true meaning! See more below.
Of course the temple no longer exists and we will not offer sacrifices until Christ comes and builds a new temple, but we should certainly use the temple site as the basis for establishing the new year.
Because of this fact an intercalary thirteenth month will begin at the next visible new moon [tonight or tomorrow evening], and the first month of the new year will begin in April. This is way too early, placing Trumpets in August, Brian made the same error of mistaking a few isolated advanced patches as establishing Aviv in 2016.
This year his pics showed a little barley mixed with standing oats which is a dead giveaway that the barley is NOT Aviv since the oats will always fall over a week before the barley becomes Aviv.
Devorah Gordon: no Aviv found anywhere in Israel.
“We carried out our Aviv Search on March 6, 2019 and concentrated our search in the regions in Israel where the barley first ripens, namely the Jordan Valley and the Northern Negev. The barley in the Jordan Valley was extremely immature, either still in the boot or in the flowering or cotton stages. When we first started our search in the in the Northern Negev we were finding that there too the fields were in the flowering and cotton stages. However as we progressed more South, we found fields that contained a significant amount of barley in the worm and soft dough stages.
We even found some patches of aviv barley. However, these aviv patches were clearly micro environments and by far not representative of the state of the barley in the fields they were found in. One of the places we found patches of aviv barley was growing on a slightly raised mound, which for whatever reason seems to have caused the barley to develop quicker [James, this is because of better drainage drying the plant and forcing maturation]. The other place we found patches of Aviv barley was on the West side of a Tel, which due to its position and direction was receiving a lot of direct sunlight.
I want to reiterate that the little Aviv we found, were patches found in micro environments and by far not representative of the state of the barley in the fields they were found in, nor will it significantly affect the harvest yield if these patches are not harvested before their heads break.
It was the unanimous consensus of the team that they personally will NOT be beginning the new year with the upcoming new moon.“
6 Mar: Brian Convery seems satisfied with a little barley in the Gaza area and has decided to terminate his search.
Report from Jerusalem: The barley at the Temple Mount (just north of the Eastern Gate) is either just coming out of the boot (Zadoks stage 5) or in flowering stage (Zadoks 6). The hulls where the kernels form are still empty. Aviv is Zadok Scale 8 and harvestable barley is Zadok Scale 9.Becca Biderman reports that the barley is not ready anywhere north of S’derot and around Jerusalem the oats were still vibrant green and the barley was mostly in bloom, basically, it was in the same condition as itwas in the north region. There are storks, swallows, doves, figs,leafing grapes, lambs and kids, etc. but the barley is not ready.
Brian Hoeck reports some fields in the south with patches of Aviv, and others intend to visit those fields tomorrow.
Unless this changes tomorrow, the barley at Jerusalem is NOT Aviv for a new year and the next new moon will begin an intercalary thirteenth month, and Passover will be in April. Final Report tomorrow.This is the kind of legalistic bullshit that James Malm wants to enforce upon the world.