We have recently had a lot of exposure to a group of people called the Essenes. The majority view at the moment states that they were the people who lived at Wadi Qumran. They are believed to be the owners of the scrolls that were found in the Judean desert. They are also known for the fact that they did not use the lunar calendar but rather a solar calendar. This makes it clear that they did not follow the norm of the Pharisees and Sadducees of their time. Except for these two facts, what else do we know about this group? Did they have truth that we should be aware of? We will also investigate the potential links between YÂ´Shua and John the Baptist to the Essenes.
It is almost time for the new biblical year to begin, depending on which calendar you use. Which calendar to use is no easy decision and the topic of the calendar can even be controversial. The calendar is certainly not a salvation issue, there should be no arguing about it. It should not divide us, and yet it does. This is not new, there had been division over calendars even in the time of Y’shua. There are so many different calendars and each one following their respective calendar believe they are right. There is the Sighted moon calendar, the Hillel 2 calendar(commonly known as the Jewish calendar), the Conjunction or dark moon calendar, the Essene calendar to name but a few. You will also find calendars where the vernal equinox is used to determine the start of the new year and others where the barley is used for this purpose. It is not our purpose to go into the detail of each of these, instead we want to approach this from a different angle. Join us as we find out which calendar Y’shua used when He was here on earth…