CALENDAR OF EVENTS
THE HEBREW SACRED YEAR
Since the Passover of 1960, in The Branch Movement, Ben Roden and Lois Roden followed the standard rabbinic Jewish Calendar for the yearly festivals. Most of the students of the message today still adhere to the Jewish Calendar for the time of the various Feast Day convocations, which utilize the dual solar-lunar determination of the Feasts. APRIL 19 Every year at The Branch Headquarters, Waco, Texas, a memorial service is held to remember the lives lost on the property, on February 28 and April 19, 1993, at New Mt. Carmel. Many visitors, family, friends of those who died, along with the local press, assemble at a local hotel banquet room in Waco, near New Mt. Carmel, hosted by Clive Doyle, one of the survivors of the April 19, 1993 fire.
Since 1999 the Holy Convocation calendar has transitioned to a purely solar calendar for some in The Branch, the same as the pre-flood calendar in Noah's day. Most Branch believers still adhere to the standard Jewish Calendar however. Only a few observe according to the pure solar calendar presently, although apparently indicated on the Sacred Year time chart by Victor Houteff. A clearer understanding on this topic will be evidenced soon, we believe. The sun and the moon were once perfectly synchronized for each year's sacred events, which is no longer the case. The solar calendar utilizes the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox to determine the Feasts. Though there are questions that remain to be answered in using a purely solar determination of the Feasts, it is apparent that there has been a pre-flood and perpetual 30 day calendar running in the background through-out sacred history until this day, relating to prophetic time periods in both the Old and New Testaments.
THE YEARLY CONVOCATIONS – Leviticus 23
THE GENERAL FEAST DAYS IN THE BRANCH MOVEMENT
Pesach - Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread
The beginning of the Hebrew religious year, on the 14th day of the first biblical month. A special gathering and convocation at Beginning in 1965 at New Mt. Carmel to partake of the Emblems of Messiah's Sacrifice, the unleavened bread and grape juice, memorializing Messiah's life and work 2000 years ago, instituted in 1960 in the Advent Movement by Benjamin Roden, utilizing the standard Jewish Calendar. Passover represents the executive judgment, separation of sin and sinners in modern Israel, according to the type of the Cross and the Exodus from Egypt. Also, the Passover season represents the beginning of the literal and spiritual harvest, beginning with the day of the Wavesheaf offering, during the week of Passover, the first gathering of the barley grain, gathering a representative handful of grain, to be offered by the high priest, according to the biblical instruction and typology.
Second Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread
The significance of the Second Passover observance each year is taking on an increasing role in the Passover season gatherings in The Branch, emphasizing the Co-ministration of the Holy Ghost/Divine Daughter, in the earth, as the "Other Comforter". Second Passover is held exactly one month after first Passover, at the end of the 14th day of the second Hebrew month, typically in May.
Every year, fifty days after the day of the wavesheaf offering during Passover week, counted from the day after the Seventh-Day Sabbath in the Passover week, the Day of Pentecost is celebrated. The Gospel Pentecost is always celebrated on the first day of the week each year per the Gospel account in Acts chapter 2. It is a one day event, sundown to sundown, usually at the beginning of June or near the end of May each year.
Feast of Trumpets - Yom Teruah (Rosh Ha Shannah - the Jewish-Israel civil New Year)
Celebrated in the Branch Movement since 1965 on the first day of the seventh lunar month on the standard Jewish calendar. Victor Houteff, founder of the Davidian Movement, however, indicated on his Sacred Year chart that the Feast of Trumpets began on the seventh solar month with the Autumnal Equinox, the day after, marking the first day of the 7th Month.
Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement
The most solemn day of the year on the sacred calendar. The tenth day of the seventh month – Judgment Day, the conclusion of the book work each year in the Heavenly Sanctuary for all of modern Israel, literal and spiritual, applicable to all of the 12 Tribes scattered through out the earth. Observed by all Branch believers since 1960. Yom Kippur was first observed at New Mt. Carmel since 1965/66. Counted ten days after the Autumnal Equinox on the V.T. Houteff Sacred Year time chart.
Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles
A joyous one week celebration according to the scriptural mandate to observe on the 15th day of the seventh month each year on the standard Jewish calendar in The Branch since 1960, and presently beginning 15 days after the Autumnal Equinox on the V.T. Houteff Sacred Year time chart. This celebration concludes the yearly round of festival observances of harvest law and gospel order for all Israel, representing the final ingathering of the soul harvest at the end of time, approaching in our day, we believe.
Rosh Chodesh, the New Moon – the monthly Sabbath observance
Observed in The Branch since the early sixties and determined as the first day of each Biblical month, as indicated on the Jewish Calendar. Today, the new moon is recognized by many Branch members as the first day of each of the twelve 30 day calendar months of the solar calender. Although the only direct instruction of new moon observance in Scripture is relating to the prohibition of buying and selling on the new moon day, a day of gathering, and no servile work, which apparently is applicable to the Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah only. The new moon is a wonderful blessing to enjoy and begin the new month refreshed, for believers to gather together in homes, a season of worship to Elohim, fellowship and breaking bread.
Shabbat, the Seventh-Day Sabbath – the weekly 7th Day Sabbath observance.
Observed in the Advent Movement since 1846, also in the Davidian and Branch Movements from 1930 and 1955 respectively.
"The Daily" – The Continual - The Daily times of meeting at the Third and Ninth Hours.
Numbers 28-29 shows the various observances of Israel, in the yearly, monthly, weekly and daily offerings, foreshadowing the ultimate sacrifice of Messiah Yahshua in Jerusalem in A.D./C.E. 31, who was placed upon the Roman Cross at the third hour of the day and died at the end of the ninth hour of the same day.
This same observance of "the Daily", "Ha Tamid" in the Hebrew, was fulfilled and ratified by Messiah Yahshua. The death of Messiah (Christ) has magnified "the Daily" in a new and living way (Acts 3:1; Acts 2:15; Isaiah 42:21) by the Blood of Messiah, the Only-Begotten Son of the Most High. Today, Branch members observe The Daily times of prayer, twice daily, whereever they are, as they are able to. First instituted by Ben Roden in 1976, when (also) the Emblems of Messiah death and resurrection are partaken, the bread and grape-juice mixed with water, instituted by Lois Roden in 1984-1985 at New. Mt. Carmel. Today, for many Branch members, only the bread and the water are taken in the Daily remembrance, typically on Feast days.