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.