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Ezekiel's 13th Month

Ezekiel provides scriptural proof of a
13th month. Ezekiel's 1st few chapters give several specific dates. In these chapters, God told Ezekiel to act out a parable, revealing the fate of Jerusalem for rebelling against Heaven. In Ezekiel 1:1-2, Ezekiel received a vision on the 5th day of the 4th month in the 5th year of King Jehoiahin's captivity. A few chapters later, in Ezekiel 3:15, the date of the 11th day of the 4th month in the same year is given.

In Ezekiel 4:1-11, God tells Ezekiel to lay on his left side for 390 days and then on his right side for 40 days. This is a total of 430 days. The following passages describe Ezekiel's obedience to this instruction. The next specific date is given in Ezekiel 8:11: "And it came to pass in the sixth year [of King Jehoiachin's captivity], in the 6th month, in the 5th day of the month, as I sat in mine house . . . that the hand of . . . [God] fell there upon me."

Ezekiel had accomplished the 430 days of lying on his side. This is why, 1 year and 2 months later, he is sitting at home. A full 430 days can only be accomplished on a lunar solar calendar during an embolismic year when an extra 13th month has been calculated in. If it were a strictly solar year of 365 days, there would not have been enough time for Ezekiel to finish lying on his side and be back home by the 6th month.

On a strictly solar calendar, counting from the 11th day of the 4th month to the 5th day of the 6th month, is only 413 days! That is 17 days short. If a regular lunar calendar of just 12 lunar months was used, then only 403 days would be accounted for. The count would still be 27 days short! The full amount of 430 days could be accomplished, and still get Ezekiel back home by the 5th day of the 6th month, only if Ezekiel were using a lunar solar calendar during an embolismic year which had a 13th month. The 13th month of the lunar-solar calendar is always at least 29 days long, so plenty of time was left for Ezekiel to finish acting out his divinely appointed parable.

This conclusively reveals a 13th month in the book of Ezekiel. This shows that not only did Ezekiel follow God's luni-solar calendar, but it also shows that Bible prophecy and dates use the luni-solar calendar.
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