According to a website that tracks new moon sightings from Israel for the purpose of keeping up with Jewish holidays, the day of atonement has been postponed until Friday September 25th.
In ancient Israel, the calendar and holy days were determined by new moon sightings. Although this practice is no longer used in modern Israel, many Jewish people still rely on it to determine the timing of their holy days. Even though the official date for the day of atonement has not changed and is still scheduled to start at sunset on September 22, those who rely on moon sightings have postponed it by two days.
The day of atonement always follows ten days after the Jewish new year. The Jewish new year was supposed to begin at sunset on September 12, but the new moon was not visible from Israel at that time due to a bizarre sand storm, the worst in their history. The sand storm lasted for six days, from September 8-13, and broke all records for air pollution and electricity usage in Israel.
As a result, those who still rely on moon sightings postponed the dates for Rosh Hashanah and the day of atonement by two days. Instead of starting at sunset on Tuesday September 22, the moon watchers now show the day of atonement starting at sunset on Thursday September 24 and ending at sunset on Friday September 25.
The rules for changing the dates for Jewish holy days gets complicated, but more details are available here.
I found this story interesting because of prophetic warnings about the day of atonement 2015 and other prophetic warnings about September 25. The two-day delay caused by the sand storm means everything would now point to the same date beginning at sunset on September 24 and ending at sunset on September 25. So now it all fits together perfectly, just in time.
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.