Monday, September 14, 2009

The Seasons of Time

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The Biblical year, based on the Hebrew calendar is drawing to a close. On September 18, 2009 Jews around the world will say goodbye to this Biblical year, and welcome in the New Year, based upon the Hebrew calendar. The significance of this to Christians is that Time, as measured in the Bible, is based upon the Hebrew calendar, and not the Gregorian calendar, which came to us from Rome.

I am certainly excited about welcoming in the new Biblical year as well, because the Biblical year forms the basis of the seven-year Biblical economic cycle. Last year I spent many nights watching for the crescent moon in order to welcome in the new seven year cycle on October 1, 2008. The official date set by the Jews on their calendar by calculation was September 29, 2009 but the new moon did not actually appear until October 1. Ironically, it was that same night that the Senate passed the $700 billion bail out bill! I used that information to predict a delayed economic recovery for the year 2009, and I was right! In addition, I also predicted at least seven years of prosperity. Only time will tell if my predictions will all come through ( I am putting myself out on a limb here).

The Bible frequently tells us to observe the signs in the sky and heavens for information. This is not astrology my friends. This is God making an imprint upon the affairs of the world through the use of the celestial bodies He had created. God gave us the sun, moon, and stars to " serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years" (Genesis 1:14). In addition, the signs in the sky also tell us what God is doing in the universe. Jesus tells us to watch the signs of the sun, moon and stars in order to know what is going on in the world, and to know when His coming is near.

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:25-28, NIV).

Ancient man had always used the signs in the heavens as portents or omens of things to come. Halley's comet, the Star of Bethlehem, and so on. This is probably a lost art these days, but nonetheless a valuable one. Let us therefore learn to look up at the heavens for hope and redemption, instead of looking down here on earth at our troubles.


Daughter of Wisdom said...

There are two ways of watching out for the new crescent moon that heralds the start of the month of the new Biblical year - look at the sky or view it here.

Looking at it through your computer is a great alternative if visibility outside due to bad weather or too much cloud cover is poor.

Jennie said...

Your post reminded me of this article I read a while back and saved. It talks about the jubilee year coming up in 2015, and also mentions Obama, which you may not agree with, and I'm not sure about.

Daughter of Wisdom said...

Jennie I read the article, and the views presented there I have heard some of those before. Here is the thing. Sabbath years and Jubilee cycles are Biblical economic models/time frames. These were business cycles which God used to maintain and restore the economic prosperity of Israel. We are not living under the economy of ancient Israel, but these time periods are still valid, because they form the framework for many economic policies around the world, such as debt forgiveness/relief programs, charitable giving, land inheritance laws, etc. In addition, these time periods are the basis for counting time according to the Bible. The purpose of counting time is not so that we can fix dates for Christ's return, but to keep an account of time spent, and to estimate when the time of the end begins. I tell you, many Christians have an incorrect concept of when the time of the end should be and whether we are living in that time or not. Many are totally unaware that we are living in the time of the end. Many think the time of the end is somehow far off in the future, and many have deceived themselves into a false sense of security, putting their hopes in the Rapture, which by the way, will not occur before the AntiChrist appears.

As for the AntiChrist being a political figure, I have already debunked that. As for Iran and Israel attacking each other and causing Armageddon, I have already debunked that. Here is what we need to watch out for. An increase in Christian persecution around the world with the increased spread of the gospel into the whole world. Jesus warned us about these 'tribulations' and the spread of the gospel, after which, the end of the age will come.

World War III - it is possible, but God will not allow man to make a complete end of the world. God Himself will destroy the evildoers off the face of the earth, while sparing His chosen ones.

Economic hardship signaling God's return? Hardly likely. Economics have very little to do with God returning to earth. Economic prosperity is not a measure of spiritual prosperity (regardless of what you may have heard otherwise).

Keep on studying, and continue to to be true :-).

Peace and blessings,

Daughter of Wisdom said...

Moon is totally dark tonight at the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.

Daughter of Wisdom said...

Visiblity is bad tonight. We are having rainy weather here in Florida, and as such the cloud cover prevents me from seeing the moon. According to the computer image however, there is a cresent on the moon! I am going to call in the start of the new Biblical year tonight! September 19, 2009.

Amen, Praise the Lord!

Daughter of Wisdom said...

Rosh Hashanah or the Feast of Trumpets marks the beginning of the Biblical economic/fiscal or civil year. The natural year actually starts in the Spring, in the Passover/Easter season, with the Passover month being the first month of the natural year.

The Jews used a two-calendar system which ran concurrently, to track the beginning of the natural year, and the civil/fiscal year. The economic/fiscal or civil year begins in the seventh month of the natural year.

Just a little Hebrew/Jewish Biblical history here.

Daughter of Wisdom said...

I forsee seven years of prosperity for this nation. Happy New Year everyone!