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No calendar is without ‘problems’
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The elimination process
I think it’s safe to say we all did studies that started with 1, 2, 3 or even more possible interpretations. After (many) hours of study the list is narrowed down to just one possibility. But there are times we get stuck and can’t figure out which of the 2 remaining interpretations is correct.
In that case I’m honest to myself and just admit I can’t solve the puzzle at that time. The puzzle often gets solved by finding the required key that unlocks the mystery in an unexpected place.
Sometimes that key simply is another puzzle you can’t solve. I’ll explain that with an fictional example.
When trying to figure out Job’s day of birth the list can get narrowed down to Monday or Friday. The day of birth of Ezekiel can be narrowed down to Friday or Saturday. Two unsolved puzzles until a verse is found that Job and Ezekiel were born on the same day of the week. Then suddenly we know the day we were looking for is Friday.
There is a good chance you will need the above process when studying this site. Sometimes you will be instantly convinced. But other times you can’t honestly make a choice. Admit that and keep reading. This site approaches the ‘problem’ from many angles and there is only one way to reconcile all pieces of the puzzle.
It will be a long read. Because I chose to present as much information as possible this site may look a bit chaotic at times. Sorry for that…
Just keep reading. You will learn new things. Hopefully you learn the calendar presented on this site is the only correct one. If not you have collected ammo against a false doctrine; which is also worth study time.
Throughout time there have been many calendars. The duration of the years, months and weeks varied. Many calendars were moon based. The lunar calendars. Lunar calendars are still in use today. The basics of a lunar calendar are very simple; the first of the month is always on the day of the new moon. Just keep counting days until the next new moon and a new month starts. As simple as that sounds, it isn’t.
A lunar cycle is about 29.5 days long. Because no half days are used on a calendar and the calendar must stay in sync with the moon, the length of the lunar month is 29 or 30 days long. On average that means the calendar and moon stay in sync quite well.
A solar year is about 365.24 days long. If we divide that by the length of the lunar month we end up with about 12.4 lunar months a year. A discrepancy of about 15 days. Muslims ignore the solar year and that’s why their feats float throughout the year. So a holy festival may fall in winter one year and several years later the same feast is celebrated in the summer. For their religion that’s no issue so their calendar suits their purposes.
The present day Jews also observe a lunar calendar and obviously their months don’t align to the solar year either. For them it’s a major problem because the Biblical calendar is closely linked to harvests. For example a few days after Passover, when Christ was crucified, was the what most Christians call the Feast of First Fruits. A little barley is harvested at night, prepared and offered to God the next morning. But if the months drift through the seasons the feast eventually falls in the winter. Nothing can be harvested then to offer to God. So the Jews have introduced a clever system of leap months and their calendar stays in sync with both the moon and the sun quite well.
The Gregorian solar calendar
The most well known calendar in the west is the Gregorian calendar. A solar calendar we use today. It totally ignores the lunar cycle. It’s months are 28, 29, 30 or 31 days in duration. Once in a while a leap day and leap second are added. The calendar stays perfectly in sync with the sun/seasons. Years vary only 1 leap day in length. The Jewish calendar varies a whole leap month in length. So the Gregorian solar calendar is the best. Or not? The main problem is that God commanded months to start with a new moon. A quick check on your calendar shows that the Gregorian calendar rarely starts on a new moon day. So it’s simply against God’s command.
There is another type of lunar calendar. In that lunar calendar the Sabbath days, days of rest, are always on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th day of the month. Proof for that can be found on this page. Click here.
One of the most common arguments against that calendar is:
Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
It’s simple God states work 6 days then rest 1 day. Repeat that over and over again. 4x7=28 days. Four weeks. That leaves 1 or 2 days extra days. And because the Sabbaths of the next month are on fixed dates there are 7 or even 8 working days. So that calendar clearly breaks God’s command. Unfortunately, again it’s not that easy because for example God Himself commanded to observe extra days of rest that break the 6+1 cycle. Click here for more on that.
An example of the Luni-
A full explanation can be found elsewhere on this site but as a summary:
The above is valid for all days, weeks and month since creation.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-
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