Abib (or Nisan) was the first month of the sacred year as God instructed Moses to measure time. In the ancient Hebrew language, Abib means “month of green ears,” “spring or sprouting month.” God commanded Moses to “observe the month of Abib” (Deut. 16:1; Ex. 12:2; 13:4) as a reminder of their miraculous deliverance from Egypt during the month Abib.
Abib 1 was, on the ancient Hebrew calendar, the first day of the week, the first day of the month, and the first day of the year. The new moon occurring this year on March 20, Abib 1 begins on Tuesday evening, March 24, and continues through Wednesday, March 25, Bible time being measured from evening to evening (Lev. 23:32). According to history, it was the pattern of the Hebrew people to begin the new year with the first occurrence of the new moon after the Spring Equinox.
The Megiddo Church observes Abib First as the first day of the sacred New Year, and also as the anniversary of Jesus’ birth.
Abib 13 is the anniversary of the night when Jesus met with His disciples and partook of the Last Supper with them before He suffered. Jesus instituted this New Passover one day ahead of the normal Jewish Passover that Moses had commanded. It falls this year on Sunday evening, April 5. At this time the members of the Megiddo Church partake of the Passover emblems (unleavened bread and grape juice) in obedience to Jesus’ command, “This do in remembrance of me” (Luke22:19; 1 Cor. 11:24).
Christ’s New Passover is a sacred rite, symbolic of the renewing of our covenant relationship with God. Partaking of the bread symbolizes our acceptance of the knowledge of the law of God, and the juice represents our pledge to apply that knowledge to our daily lives as Jesus did, to offer ourselves in total dedication to do the will of God.
Abib 15 is the anniversary of the Resurrection of Christ, occurring this year on the morning of April 8. In ancient Israel, this first day-of-the-week ceremony was the offering of the first sheaf of the harvest to God. In its spiritual parallel, Christ the firstfruits from death rose triumphant over the grave. On the morning of Abib 15, “very early in the morning” (Mark16:2) certain women went to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. Finding it empty, they heard those immortal words that still warm our hearts today: “He is not here, for he is risen!… come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matt. 28:6).
Pentecost, the festival by which the Israelites marked the end of the wheat harvest and the beginning of the barley harvest, came fifty days after the first sheaf offering on Abib 15. It falls this year on May 27.