January 1 is not the beginning of the true, biblical year. Most have been sadly misled into believing it is, since they have never examined the biblical facts.
In the Bible, God reveals to us when the new year really begins. While His people Israel were still captives in Egypt (Exodus 12:1), God [YHWH] — as the Creator of all things (including time) — revealed through Moses when the first month of the year was to be reckoned. It was at that very same month when God was speaking to Moses then (Exodus 12:2). God later gave the name for that first month, and it was called Abib. It was also in that very same month when Israel came out of Egypt through God’s many powerful miracles (Exodus 13:4, 23:15, 34:18).
The month Abib — catalogued in Dr. James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible as entry number H0024 — is defined in the following terms: “The first month of the Canaanite calendar equal to Nisan (March-April); head (of grain), already ripe but still soft; green ears of corn, in the ear.” [Note: The month name Nisan began to be used only after the Babylonian captivity.]
Since Abib falls between March-April, and green ears of corn were still soft, it clearly indicates that the season of the year was early springtime. Based on these facts alone, we can clearly determine that the Israelites left Egypt at springtime, not during winter, like January.
When do the biblical months start? The English word “month” was actually derived from the word for “moon” because, originally, the Bible indicates that the first day of the months always coincides with the new moons. Please compare Leviticus 23:24 and Psalms 81:3 to determine these commonly ignored facts among those who aren’t familiar with the biblical calendar reckoning and obedience to the commanded observance of God’s Seven Annual Holy Days.
Both the Roman Julian and now the Gregorian calendar in popular use today are not based on these biblical time reckonings. That is why, in our present Roman calendar, the new moons are not the first days of the months. When the Roman calendar is compared to the biblical or sacred (Hebrew or Jewish) calendar, the Hebrew-Jewish months usually straddles two Roman calendar months.
For this Roman calendar year, the first day of the biblical or sacred calendar will be on March 28, 2017 — the first new moon after the vernal (spring) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. (Please watch out for more articles on these related topics.)