The 7th Week Sabbath

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The 7th Week Sabbaths are known to the Jews and some Christians. Their periodicity are quite irregular because they need to fit between other Sabbaths and the seasons and harvest festivals and are concentrated in the harvest times. They don't occur after EVERY seven weeks, but average approximately 6.857 weeks, spread unevenly. They are all one day festivals.


The first of the year is "Passover" (mistakenly called "Easter" in most of Christendom) on the fourteenth day of the first month.

In the first month, on the fourteenth of the month at the evening is Yahweh’s Passover. Leviticus 23:5

The Feast of Firstfruits

Two days later, on the day after the Sabbath is the Feast of Firstfruits (also called the wave sheaf offering)

“Speak to the Israelites, and say to them, ‘When you come to the land that I am about to give to you and you reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruit of your harvest to the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh for your acceptance; the priest shall wave it on the day after the Sabbath. Leviticus 23:10-11

The Feast of Weeks

This is followed by "The Feast of Weeks" approximately fourteen weeks later and defined as:

And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day of your bringing the wave offering’s sheaf - there shall be seven full weeks. Until the day after the seventh Sabbath [day after the seventh Sabbath of the 7 full weeks] [then] you shall count fifty days (7 more weeks - 7 X 7 - plus a day); then you shall present a new grain offering for Yahweh. Leviticus 23:15-16

Notice that the first "half" of the time after wave offering is measured in "Sabbaths complete". The 2nd "half" is measured as total days. The difference between these two measurements are the "new moon days". These are days between months that don't count in Sabbaths complete but do count in the total day count. The instructions are most explicit and convey and confirm the truth of Yahweh's time and His observance of New Moon Days.

This is a special festival celebrating one of the three harvests. All the people traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate each of the three harvests (Exodus 34:23, Deuteronomy 16:16). This festival celebrates the wheat harvest that represents the saved people of Yahweh who were not harvested at barley time.

Feast of Trumpets

The next 7th week Sabbath is actually 8.7 weeks later and is called the "Feast of Trumpets"

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the Israelites, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you must have a rest period, a remembrance of the trumpet blast, a holy assembly. You must not do any regular work, and you shall present an offering made by fire to Yahweh.’ ” Leviticus 23:23-25

Day of Atonement

Only nine days later is the "Day of Atonement":

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Surely the Day of Atonement is on the tenth day of the seventh month; it shall be a holy assembly for you, and you shall deny yourselves, and you shall present an offering made by fire to Yahweh. And you must not do any regular work on this very same day, because it is the Day of Atonement to make atonement for you before Yahweh your Elohim. If there is any person who does not deny himself on this very same day, then he shall be cut off from his people. As for any person who does any work on this very same day, I will exterminate that person from the midst of his people. You must not do any work; it is a lasting statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It is a Sabbath of complete rest for you, and you shall deny yourselves on the ninth day of the month in the evening—from evening to evening you must observe your extraordinary Sabbath.” Leviticus 23:26-32

The Eighth Day of Feast of Booths

The Feast of Booths, or Feast of Tabernacles, is a seven day festival that will be covered in the "7th Month Sabbath". However, there is an irregular eighth day added onto this festival. The eighth day is a special Sabbath day AND part of this festival Sabbath. This Sabbath is eleven days after the Day of Atonement.

All the 7th week Sabbaths occur during the three growing seasons and harvests. Then there is a long spell during winter, when not much happens and is, itself a kind of rest. Twenty four weeks later is "Passover" again.

Six Sabbaths of weeks are described here. According to Yahweh's usual patterns there should be a seventh. I will keep looking. If you find it, please let me know.

The 7th Week Sabbaths actually average about 6.857 weeks apart instead of seven. This is the "7th Week Sabbath", not exactly every seven weeks, but close and irregular. Who am I to find fault?

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