The case for calendars
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
DANIEL SAW A PROPHETIC TIMELINE IN THE SCRIPTURES AND TOOK A PROPHETIC POSTURE ACCORDINGLY
- Daniel understood WHERE he was on God’s prophetic timeline by reading the prophetic writings of the prophet Jeremiah (The Scriptures)
DANIEL PUT IN CHARGE OF THE WISE MEN
There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. 12 Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.”
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
- The wise men knew WHEN on God’s prophetic timeline to go looking for the promised Messiah: Jesus. Wise men from the east, who were trained according to Daniel’s teachings.
– Simeon & Anna
Simeon – Luke 2:25-33
And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple…
Simeon knew WHO he would see and bear witness to in God’s prophetic timeline, which would mark where he was in his personal timeline –
Anna – Luke 2:38
38 And coming in that instant…
Since God spoke all things into existence, He has trusted his children to steward His Kingdom in the created realms of Time, Space and matter.
I love this stuff.
Genesis 1:1 says,
In the beginning ( Time ) God created the heavens ( Space ) and the earth. ( Matter )
Now the 31,101 verses that follow in your bible, can be learned, lived and demonstrated within those three different playgrounds. They are in a perfect continuum together and you can’t have one without the existence of the other two.
Moses wrote this on an animal skinned canvass at least 3300 years before Einstein’s general theory of relativity was published. It can be summed up in just 12 words:
“Space-time tells matter how to move, matter tells space-time how to curve”.
Heaven’s timing tells us how to move. Who can argue with Einstein or Moses?
You can’t have mastery in Space and Matter, that is to say heavenly and earthly realms, unless you partner with God in the area of TIME.
So consequently, there are all kinds of biblical warnings about the sobering responsibility of knowing God’s timing. Jesus preached more on the accountability of prophetic timing than any other biblical preacher.
EXAMPLES OF JESUS WARNING ABOUT PROPHETIC TIMING
- The parable of the five foolish virgins. ( Matthew 25 1:13 )
* The thief in the night announcement ( Matthew 24:42-43 )
PEOPLE THAT DONT KNOW THE TIMING ARE ROBBED
Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of [heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
- He scolded the religious leaders for not knowing the sign of the times ( Matthew 16:3 )
He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times
( THE SIGNS THAT TELL YOU TIMING )
- He predicted and mourned the destruction of Jerusalem because they “missed their day of visitation”. ( Luke 19:44 )
Jesus repeatedly commands us to “Watch.” (frequently associated with the exhortation, “for we know not the hour,” e.g. Matthew 24:32, 25:13, Mark 13:9,33-35, Luke 12:38). “Watch” is mentioned 24 times in the new Testament…all with focus on being alert.
So the BAD news is that most people miss the timing of what God is doing and where they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to be doing
The good news is that you don’t have to. God didn’t just give us a responsibility to know prophetic timing, he also gave us a clock. A lot of them.
One of the ways you keep something holy and sacred is you gotta keep count
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
Every seven days
Every seven years let the fields rest
Every 50 years let there be a jubilee
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Enoch is the 7th from Adam ( Jude 1:14 )
Jesus is the 77th from Adam ( Luke 1 )
So who’s counting? Everybody in heaven is
The calendar matters.
Luke 21 There will be signs in the SUN, MOON and STARS.
The sun moon and stars were created for prophetic timing.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
The translation of Gen 1:14 here proposed would be as follows: “And God said, ‘Let the lights in the expanse of the sky be for dividing the day and the night and let them be signs of appointed times, (that is) of days and years.”‘
So the sun calendar is the Gregorian calendar
The moon calendar is the Hebrew calendar
The star calendar is the astrological age calendar
an astrological age is a product of the Earth’s slow precessional rotation and lasts for 2,160 years,
Gregorian calendar is based upon the prophetic marker of the sun, ( it’s always masculine ) and it’s always a word to THE NATIONS
The Hebrew calendar is based upon the prophetic marker of the moon, ( it’s always feminine ) and it’s always a prophetic word to God’s covenant people either Israel or His bride the church
What Does God Speak through?
Is it the Gregorian calendar or the Hebrew calendar?
Is it decimals or metrics
Is it feet or meters
Is it Hebrew or greek?
Is there any prophetic insight the actual numbers
Of 5784 and 2024
Are they flawed yes but are they unreliable no.
God speaks through both
God respects the mature that we use
When does the year begin?
Which season is first?
When does a day begin?
When does the week begin?
A word for due season
Additional notes :
– The Four Jewish New Years
Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets)
[The month of Tishrei] – “head of the year” and begins the High Holy Days, a time of introspection, reflection, and repentance through Yom Kippur. It marks the first day of humanity. This holiday’s overarching theme is judgment – of your choices over the past year and those you may have made of others or yourself. We seek forgiveness from loved ones and ourselves during the High Holy Days.
- Feast of Trumpets First Mention: Leviticus 23:23-25 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’ ”
- A “new year” celebration, Rosh Hashanah invites us into a new creation. A clean slate, a fresh start, a do-over from anything in our lives that we feel is wasted or unworthy… the biblical calendar is oriented to the original week of creation, and Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of it. – https://www.fusionglobal.org/jewish-holidays/what-is-rosh-hashanah/
Passover (& the Exodus) [The Jewish month of Nisan] – “head of months,” and connects to the Exodus story, which we tell every Passover to commemorate the Israelites finally reaching the Land of Israel after 40 years of wandering the desert. It is recognized as a ‘new year’ because of the formation of the Jewish people after we received the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
- Passover First Mention: Exodus 12:1-11– Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. 7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.
- The annual holiday of Passover commemorates Moses leading the Children of Israel out of oppressive and backbreaking slavery in Egypt into the adventurous freedom of following the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to the Promised Land. The Exodus fulfilled the covenant the Almighty made with Abraham some four centuries earlier…Far from just a holiday celebrated by the ancient Israelites, Passover is part of the spiritual legacy of every believer. The four-fold nature of Passover is the story of every individual believer. In Yeshua, we are relieved from heavy burdens (Matthew 11:28), delivered from slavery to sin (Romans 6:16-20), redeemed through His sacrifice (1 Peter 1:18-19), and brought into the people and covenants of God (Ephesians 2:11-13). – https://www.fusionglobal.org/connections/passover-every-believers-heritage/
Tu B’Shevat – Tu B’Shevat marks the birthday of trees and is a time to focus on planting and nurturing these life-giving organisms. The name means 15th of Shevat, which is the month this holiday occurs.
- Not mentioned in Scripture but in Jewish law, the Mishnah.
- Jewish new year for trees/plants
- “When the Temples stood, the holiday had a practical implication. For the first three years of their growth, grapevines or fruit trees planted in Israel are categorized as orla (ערלה, literally ‘uncircumcised’) and it is prohibited to eat the fruit. When the Temple stood, the fruit of the fourth year was considered neat revai (נטע רבעי) and had to be brought to be eaten in Jerusalem. The counting of the age of the tree was done on Tu B’Shvat. No matter how many months the tree had been in the ground, on Tu B’Shvat, one year was added to the tree’s age. Additionally, Maaser Sheni was a tithe which was collected in Jerusalem and Maaser Ani was a tithe given to the poor (Deuteronomy 14:22–29) that was also calculated by whether the fruit ripened before or after Tu B’Shvat. Though there are no Biblically mandated rituals to be performed on Tu B’Shvat, in Israel it is celebrated like a Jewish Arbor Day.”
ELUL [6th month of the Jewish calendar] – the last month before Rosh Hashanah and sets us up for reflection and renewal. Traditionally, the shofar (an instrument made from a ram’s horn) is blown every morning during Elul to awaken people’s spirits. Rosh Chodesh Elul (“head of the month Elul”) inspires hope in the sliver of the new moon. As a festival, it was a time to count domesticated animals (bred and raised by humans) to prepare for tithing.
- Jewish new year for animals
- Time of repentance & preparation for Rosh Hashanah
- “The King is in the field”
- The Psalms are read through during this time, especially Psalm 27
- A Hebrew acronym for “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” (Song of Solomon 6:3)
Major Jewish and Biblical Events in History in Elul:
- 01 Elul: Moses ascended Mount Sinai, with stone tablets for God to re-inscribe
- 10 Elul: Noah opened the Ark’s window and dispatched a raven
- 17 Elul: Noah sent a dove to see if the waters of the Great Flood had abated
- 23 Elul: Noah sent a dove for the 2nd time – returns with an olive branch
- 25 Elul: 1st day of creation: God created existence, time, matter, darkness, light & Rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem completed by Nehemiah
- 27 Elul: Frankfurt (Germany) Jews Expelled (1614)
- We are able to do this modern day by reading The Word of God – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is a prophetic timeline that we can look at and place ourselves and/or different aspects of our lives.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.