Question on Bible dates and the Modern calendar

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Speaker 1

So Andy is asking my question is in reference to the Bible, stating an important day reference is called, quote, the day of the month. Can you explain the correlation to our Gregorian calendar, please? My best guess is June 15. I may be wrong about this, or it was referenced in Mount Sinai when the Torah was given and not what we know as Rocha or September. Thank you for your response.

Speaker 2

Definitely. I’m glad you’re digging deep into these things, Andy. It’s very fascinating. There’s a lot of meaning symbols in these festivals and the month cycle. But it’s important to bear in mind that the calendar we have today, the Gregorian calendar, as you mentioned, is totally different in many ways. I mean, the seven days a week, that concept is the same. But the way the calendar is pegged is totally different. So our calendar every January has 31 days, and then we go to a 30 day month and then a 31 day. And of course, February got dripped because Julius no, Augustus Caesar wanted to make sure that his months had as many days as the month that was given to Julius. So that’s why July and August are the longest month. And that broke the system. But this whole concept of, okay, this month has this many months and the next month has that many months. That comes from the Roman calendar system, the Jewish system, and in fact, probably the system that even today a lot of the world still follows is called the lunar calendar. It follows the moon, the moon cycle. And so the Bible, if you look at it, it will often mentioned a new moon at the time of this new moon, then this thing will happen or so many days from the new moon, 14 days from the new moon.

Speaker 2

And what this means then is you can never figure out, okay, January 15 corresponds to this sort of thing. It just doesn’t like look at Easter. Easter never falls on the same day of every year because Easter is pegged to the lunar calendar. And so, yeah, Easter is never going to be April 3 every year. One year being April. Some years is in March. It could really swing. So don’t get fixed. They did on trying to correlate to our calendar. I mean, you could get general ranges, maybe within a month or two I could just mention. But you’re not going to get it to enter specific date. That’s not how God was operating. And in fact, the Jewish calendar actually had a lot less days in it. And what happened is every so often you have a year where they add like month, like a whole month to it. And we don’t have the records that they even know how they did that. And this does make it very hard to pin dates where, okay, on this specific date. And like whatever BC, we had this Passover, a lot of people want to take the specific date that Jesus was crucified on.

Speaker 2

We can’t say what specific date that was. We don’t know what day passed over would have been that year. For example, I think God doesn’t want us to get fixated on those things. I think God wants us to think of the higher spiritual lessons that we’re taking from these festivals and not so much be worried about the specific dates, at least for these things. There are symbols that are pointing us to price experience and there’s some of these things which point to a future date. Thanks for asking, Andy.

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