Introduction to: The Hebrew Calendar and Sabbath Days
In this work you will find information about and comparisons between five calendars--the Hebrew, Hindu, Chinese, Muslim and Gregorian.It will be seen how the first four try to record time as it really is--according to astronomical events.The Gregorian calendar came from one created in Babylon that underwent many changes.
While the main subject of this work is the Hebrew calendar, it is important to learn about other calendars so similarities and differences can be understood.Since ancient calendars use star "landmarks" to check time, a brief consideration will be given to the constellations of the zodiac.These correspond to our months because of the approximately 30 days each constellation is high in the sky each year and because the 12 constellations appear to make a yearly revolution around the earth like the sun does.
As many cultures evolved an astrological system along with their calendars, some history of astrological systems is included as an addendum, as well as a brief summary of numerous studies that reveal errors in these systems.
Getting back to the Hebrew calendar then, we learn how the 19 year period of 235 lunar months (the Metonic cycle) matches the Hebrew calendar with real time.There is less than two hours difference between 19 Gregorian years and 235 lunar months, which equal 19 Hebrew years when 3.75 days are added. This book shows how these extra days are added to the Hebrew Calendar.Records indicate that this 19 year “Metonic” cycle has been used to measure time from Noah's time, after the flood.
The present Jewish calendar is not perfectly matched to astronomical time now, as it is adjusted yearly to accommodate a Saturday sabbath.Days are added and subtracted to make this possible.Persecution during the Middle Ages led to Jewish acceptance of a different calendar's seventh day.Therefore, I put this information together that it can be shown and understood how the Hebrew calendar can accurately record astronomical time.
Finally, Scripture teaches in Colossians 2:16 that we are not to criticize or condemn others as to whether or not they observe or how well they keep sabbaths, since we are not authorized to judge others in these matters.However, since Scripture speaks of a restitution of all things immediately before and after the return of Jesus spoken of in Zechariah chapter 14, we are encouraged to do our individual part in this restoration work.
The Hebrew calendar is truly part of the "restitution of all things" mentioned in Acts 3:20 - 21 and other Scriptures.It will be an important part of the new earth culture that is spoken of in II Peter 3: 13 and Revelation 21: 1.We can expect God's blessing on our efforts to learn about and keep time and sabbaths according to His commandments.
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