Thank you for your comments.
You asked me about Ascension Day. If it was 40 days (inclusive reckoning) from Resurrection day, then we have to add 39 days to the 16th of Abib/ Nisan, and this would be the 25th of Iyyar (the 3rd day of the week).
To be honest with you, I don’t think Ascension day has any prophetic significance.
I’m inclined to believe that the year that the Rapture happens (let’s hope it’s this year!!! – but we don’t know!!!), it will be on the correct day of Shavuot (Pentecost), which I think is on the 28th or 29th day of the 4th Hebrew month, which in 2011 corresponds to July 30th or 31st.
In regard to the beginning of the year, I’m not an expert in agriculture and the ripening of the Spring barley to guarantee that the month of Nisan of the present Hebrew calendar was declared in the correct date, but I tend to think that it’s correct.
The argument of the barley ripening in the right season “if it had been planted on the correct date” might not give the same results, because of the weather influence.
I really don’t know so I go by the present Hebrew calendar.
Concerning the 7 Sabbaths complete (which are more than 49 days because they include New Moon days) plus the counting of 50 days, that might have a special meaning.
If the counting of “7 periods of 7” began in 1917 (Balfour declaration), then the “7 Sabbaths complete” are in 1967, when Jerusalem is recaptured. If another count of 50 is started from the year after (“the day after the Sabbath”), we come to 2018, which might be the first year of the Millenium Kingdom. I don’t know, just speculating.
We will certainly find out in the future if those two sets of counts have any symbolic significance (7 Sabbaths complete + 50 days). According to the Department of Agriculture, wheat planted in the beginning of Spring takes approx.. 120 days to ripen and this takes us to the end of the 4th Hebrew month.
John 4:35: “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”