Happy New Year? What’s on Your Calendar for 2015?

Well, as I write this post, we in the western world are well into the start of a new year. The year 2015 A.D./C.E. For most, this will be the start of simply another year, not anticipated to be dissimilar to the previous year, 2014. For these, life will go on as a continuation of jobs and careers that are less than fulfilling and finances that are disappointingly beggarly; their family-life more stressful than their jobs; and their “funk-a-meter” needles teetering on the lower-end—-that red-colored end–of the overall happiness scale. Sure, these folks will endeavor to delude themselves with a mindset that sees January 1st as a new beginning and that 2015 will hold great promises for the year ahead. But in their heart-of-hearts, their realty-man/realty-woman is sitting there annoyingly upon their shoulders whispering in their ear that noth’n’s really gonna change for them in 2015. Thus, the only hope to be had is that the year ahead is not going to be worse than the previous year was. Living for the weekends and dying for the one or two weeks of vacation later on in the year becomes their primary guiding light through the dimness that defines their yearly existence.

Yet there are those who see the start of 2015 as an opportunity to experience or accomplish great things. For these individuals, the new year holds great promise for a life that is notably better than the previous one. These ones will endeavor to create goals and mission statements that will guide them towards some desired greatness or accomplishment. These folks are filled with enthusiasm and their “funk-a-meter” needles will consistently peg over at the green-end of their overall happiness scale.

Then there are those who see the start of 2015 from a more “cautiously optimistic” perspective, for lack of a better descriptor. I think I tend to fall within this category. We are cognizant of reality and unforeseen life influences that may cause 2015 being a banner year, as well as we are equally cognizant that great and powerful things came come out of 2015, not just for us as individuals but for those who fall within our circle of influence. We realize that life is a journey, especially those of us who are disciples of Messiah. Each day is a continuation of our overall life-journey: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Some days are going to be days of amazing accomplishments and undeserved blessings; other days will transpire in blah, disappointing or even deplorable tones. But even the deplorable days can have the potential to be amazingly positive ones. I guess it comes down to how we see each day; how each day defines that portion of our life’s journey with Messiah. I’m reminded of that passage where Paul (aka Shaul) admonished the Thessalonian and Ephesian assemblies to give thanks to the Father in the name of our Messiah for everything that comes their way (my wording)—reference 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and Ephesians 5:20. I recall just a few weeks ago, I developed a kidney stone—the worse pain I’d ever experienced in my life. It was so horrendous in terms of the continuous pain that I was filling in my lower left rear quadrant that I could do nothing apart from moan in utter agony for several hours. That episode landed me an ambulance ride to a very crowded emergency room here in Southern California. While I was laying in that emergency room hallway (yes, hallway because they didn’t have any available rooms for the first part of my visit) feeling sorry for myself and wondering when those emergency room people were ever going to give me something to ease that unbearable pain, these verses eerily came to my remembrance. I smiled to myself, in the midst of the pain, and realized that it was incumbent upon me to act upon my Faith and give thanks to the Father in the name of the Master for that which was happening to me in that hallway of Saddleback Hospital. As strange and counter-intuitive as this evolution would seem to the average non-believer, I was going to take the time—it wasn’t like I was going anywhere at that moment—to give God the glory and thank Him for my present situation. I thanked the Father, not expecting any immediate improvement in my condition, but was willing to bear with the pain even longer—like I had any choice—if it were the will of Yehovah.

Well, within minutes of me thanking the Father for my situation, as suddenly as my pain hit, it subsided. I am, of course, convinced there was a nexus there.

I woke up this New Year’s Day with a mindset that our present day, western, smart phone tracking, mathematically projected, easy to figure out reckoning of time—-that is the Gregorian calendar (marking the passing of 2014 and the first-day of 2015) is lacking on many levels—primarily in its history and pagan-based underpinnings along with its undeniable influence over virtually every aspect of our modern western lives. Sadly, most everyone on the planet, more so Christians, are unaware of the existence of at least two other competing calendars: the Pharisaic—Rabbinic-Jewish calendar and the Creator’s-Hebrew calendar. These two competing calendars of course hold no candle to the Gregorian calendar in terms of its worldwide acceptance and corresponding applicability. All three calendars have to varying degrees, impacted and influenced my life. It would also stand to reason that to most of the two-plus billion Christian adherents throughout the world today, these two competing calendars hold absolutely NO influences over their individual or collective lives. Nevertheless, the point of the matter is that at least one of these two competing calendars should hold as much sway over every believer’s life as the Gregorian calendar does on a day-to-day basis. In fact, to the truth-seeking believer in Messiah, the Gregorian calendar should hold only as much influence as he or she could not possibly avoid or prevent.

Oh, I suspect that many of you reading this post will either be confused or put-off by this seemingly crazed diatribe about calendars. The Gregorian calendar for all intents and purposes is one of the most present but generally out of sight components of modern-day western life. Every aspect of modern life is governed in whole or in part by the Gregorian calendar: everything from the clothes we wear to the foods we purchase in our grocery stores; everything from the holidays we celebrate to the debts to government we pay; from the important or unimportant appointments we make and keep to the hopes and fears we project in our psyches for the future. The Gregorian calendar for all intents and purposes governs us as individuals, and to a lesser extent, as a collective or whole in society. But under the Gregorian calendar, little to no attention or provision is given to the Creator. Now, I’m certain that some would point out that each year, on December 25th and in the spring of each year, either March or April, Easter is determined. Indeed, they would be correct. But I stick with what I said a few sentences earlier: the focus remains on everyone or everything but the Creator. As it relates to Easter and Christmas, these dates are all man made, pagan-based holidays. The incidents of occurrences on the Gregorian calendars of these so-called holy days are mathematically determined on the pagan-based calendar we’ve come to know as the Gregorian calendar.

And this brings me to the issue of the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar, from a historical perspective, is a refinement of the Julian calendar, introduced by Julius Caesar in 46-C.E. It was instituted by Rome to standardize the reckoning of time throughout the known world of Caesar’s day. Inherent problems in maintaining the proper reckoning of Easter and other key dates led to refinements that the Gregorian calendar, introduced in 1582, was designed to remedy. However, the Julian calendar, by virtue of its construct and focus, outright rejects the Creator and His desires and will for mankind. The Julian calendar teaches or leads men to think and behave independent of the Creator. And to add insult to injury, the Julian calendar introduces and fosters a pagan mindset/worldview, unbeknown to much of modern western mankind. Simply consider that many of the months of the Julian calendar are named after pagan-gods, all of which are of Babylonian origin. Secondly, the Julian calendar is based upon days of the month beginning at midnight, the months, the beginning and end of the year, all occurring based upon mathematical calculations. The elements of the Julian calendar fly contrary to the elements of the Creator’s or Hebrew calendar, which define the start and end of a day at sundown, the beginning and end of a month at the sighting of the renewed moon, and the start of the calendar-year with the sighting of aviv barley in the land of Israel in conjunction with the sighting of the renewed moon. The Creator’s calendar utilizes no pagan deities for the identity or names of the month. The Creator’s calendar forces man to rely more upon the Creator for determination of when Feasts days are to take place as opposed to when man desires for certain events such as pagan holidays to occur each year.

One would think that the Pharisaic or Jewish calendar would be in sync with the Creator’s calendar. The reality of the matter is that the Jewish calendar is in many respects quite similar to the Julian/Gregorian calendar. Yet many believers in Messiah have been “hood-winked” into adopting the Jewish calendar as their preferred means of tracking the holy days of the year. However, a simple Google search would reveal that the Jewish calendar is, like the Julian/Gregorian calendar, a time-reckoning device of convenience and self-indulgence that pays little to no respect to the Creator and His sovereignty over the lives of His chosen. In fact, the Jewish calendar, often mis-identified as the Hebrew calendar, was significantly influenced by Babylon paganism.

Although it was developed over the course of several centuries, beginning in the first century C.E. and formally initiated by Hillel I in 359 C.E., the Jewish calendar didn’t achieve its fullest implementation and acceptance until around the 12th-century C.E. Like its counterpart, the Julian/Gregorian calendar, the Jewish calendar is mathematically-based. Thus, the occurrences of Feasts of the Lord, the public reading of Torah portions, the daily Psalm readings and the dates to commemorate the deaths of relatives were been pre-determined several centuries in advance. Consequently, like the Julian/Gregorian calendar, the beginning of the calendar year is mathematically pre-determined, and thus it is not determined by the observance of the aviv barley in the land of Israel in connection to the sighting of the renewed moon. It should also be mentioned that the beginning of the calendar year was moved to the 7th-month, Tishri 1 or the Day of Trumpets, also referred to as Yom Teruah. Although the sentiment in this calendar’s development and implementation may appear noble—that is to provide a means for the scattered Jews throughout the world to be able to plan their year in advance—like its counterpart the Julian/Gregorian calendar, it served more so to further separate believers and Jews from the Creator, foster continued and even greater ignorance in regards to a true understanding of the historical and prophetic meaning of the Feasts of the Lord, and further cement the influence of paganism into the lives of every human being on the planet.

So I ask you, does it really matter what calendar we use? Well, I believe that depends. I guess it depends upon where one’s values rest: not just in terms of idealistic values, for every self-professing Christian would most likely say that their values rests within the influence of the Almighty. Yet, the proof of anything in life is always “in the pudding” so to speak. As I’ve mentioned earlier in this tome, both the Pharisaic-Jewish and Julian/Gregorian calendars focus upon self and society and by virtue of their construction, rejects the sovereignty of the Creator over His creation. Granted, there is absolutely no way for most of us to get entirely around having to use and refer to the Julian-Gregorian calendar in our western lives. However, as true Believers of Messiah, we must ask ourselves, where does Father fit in to our plans for the year? If we intend to include the Father in our lives, we can pretty much use any or all of the three-calendars either independent of the others or collectively/concurrently. If, on the other hand, we intend to have the Father rule over every aspect of our lives, then we must reject the Pharisaic-Jewish calendar, utilize/consult the Julian/Gregorian calendar only out of necessity and sensibility, but live within the framework of the Creator’s calendar. By living within the framework of the Creator’s calendar, we then place ourselves into positions that facilitate a true understanding of the will of the Father for mankind and for our individual lives. Furthermore, it is imperative that we submit ourselves to the will and obedience of the Creator. In placing ourselves into the framework of the Creator’s calendar this and every Biblical-year, we become His truest servants and disciples of the Master. So I ask you fellow truth-seekers, what’s in your New Year? As a Believer in Messiah and observer of the Creator’s calendar, I am not compelled to wish you a Happy New Year or any variation thereof. I am compelled to wish you every possible blessing for the remainder of the Biblical year. There’s still two or three months to accomplish the will of the Father in the name of Yeshua HaMaschiach.

Reference:

Julian Calendar–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_calendar

Gregorian Calendar–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar

Jewish-Pharisaic Calendar–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_calendar

The Astronomically-Agriculturally Biblically Corrected Hebrew Calendar–http://www.aroodawakening.tv/biblical-hebrew-calendar/

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