Hello Prophecy Connections readers! May the presence of God be with you as 2017 unfolds and flags representing countries around the world unfurl to begin a new year. Actually this date is for those who follow the Gregorian calendar. Here are some interesting facts about that dating system from http://www.history.com/news/6-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-gregorian-calendar …
1. The original goal of the Gregorian calendar was to change the date of Easter.
In 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII introduced his Gregorian calendar, Europe adhered to the Julian calendar, first implemented by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. Since the Roman emperor’s system miscalculated the length of the solar year by 11 minutes, the calendar had since fallen out of sync with the seasons. This concerned Gregory because it meant that Easter, traditionally observed on March 21, fell further away from the spring equinox with each passing year.
2. Leap years don’t really occur every four years in the Gregorian calendar.
The Julian calendar included an extra day in February every four years. But Aloysus Lilius, the Italian scientist who developed the system Pope Gregory would unveil in 1582, realized that the addition of so many days made the calendar slightly too long. He devised a variation that adds leap days in years divisible by four, unless the year is also divisible by 100. If the year is also divisible by 400, a leap day is added regardless. While this formula may sound confusing, it did resolve the lag created by Caesar’s earlier scheme—almost.
3. The Gregorian calendar differs from the solar year by 26 seconds per year.
Despite Lilius’ ingenious method for syncing the calendar with the seasons, his system is still off by 26 seconds. As a result, in the years since Gregory introduced his calendar in 1582, a discrepancy of several hours has arisen. By the year 4909, the Gregorian calendar will be a full day ahead of the solar year.
4. Some Protestants viewed the Gregorian calendar as a Catholic plot.
Though Pope Gregory’s papal bull reforming the calendar had no power beyond the Catholic Church, Catholic countries—including Spain, Portugal and Italy—swiftly adopted the new system for their civil affairs. European Protestants, however, largely rejected the change because of its ties to the papacy, fearing it was an attempt to silence their movement. It wasn’t until 1700 that Protestant Germany switched over, and England held out until 1752. Orthodox countries clung to the Julian calendar until even later, and their national churches have never embraced Gregory’s reforms.
5. Britain’s adoption of the Gregorian calendar sparked riots and protest—maybe.
According to some accounts, English citizens did not react kindly after an act of Parliament advanced the calendar overnight from September 2 to September 14, 1752. Rioters supposedly took to the streets, demanding that the government “give us our 11 days.” However, most historians now believe that these protests never occurred or were greatly exaggerated. On the other side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin welcomed the change, writing, “It is pleasant for an old man to be able to go to bed on September 2, and not have to get up until September 14.”
6. Before the Gregorian calendar’s adoption, the English new year began on March 25, or Lady Day.
Julius Caesar’s calendar reform of 46 B.C. instituted January 1 as the first of the year. During the Middle Ages, however, European countries replaced it with days that carried greater religious significance, such as December 25 (the anniversary of Jesus’ birth) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation). The latter, known as Lady Day because it celebrates the Virgin Mary, marked the beginning of the year in Britain until January 1, 1752.
Another amazing fact is that, in contrast to calendars created throughout history by humans, GOD’S CALENDAR HAS NOT CHANGED. Consider this information from http://www.bible-history.com/jewishyear/jewishyear_heart-message.html …
[Red highlights are mine. — PY]
God is a stickler on timing, events, and their meaning. His calendar is marked in the stars, kept by the moon, observed by the sun, and ordered in the rotation of the earth. All of his important dates are written in advance, his feasts, celebrations, Sabbaths and epoch changing events.
“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” (Dan 2:21)
“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Mat. 2:2)
“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, `For we also are His children. (Acts 17:24-28)
He calls us to remember His past appointments. He knew the Hebrews would be in bondage for 400 years in Egypt, and the precise day His deliverer Moses would stand before Pharaoh, demanding that he let God’s people go. He let Daniel peek at His appointment book to see the great world empires that would arrive, each in it’s own season to rule the earth and govern it’s people. (Dan. 2) He appointed 70 weeks of years upon the Jewish nation divided into precise sequences, that foretold the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the death of Messiah, and the coming of anti-christ. He planned for the “fullness of times”, (Gal. 4:4) when His Son would manifest to the world, while the Jewish religious leaders were ripe with hardness of heart, during the height of the Roman Empire, with it’s technology, justice, roadways, culture and language.
What I find comforting, is that the Lord, has a calendar, not just for Israel and the nations, but for each of us. He knows your comings and goings, your rising up, and sitting down. He has special surprises planned for you, even still. Even after disappointments, devastations, and life changing seasons. Have you failed yourself? God will not fail you. Have you been lost in unbearable anguish? God grieves with you. Perhaps you’ve been hardened in religion, burned out and left empty, searching for that early passion which seems so unreachable now. God has a new beginning on His calendar for you.
God knew there would be a woman waiting at the well at midday in Samaria, who needed relief from the shame that she felt for so many years. He knew there would be a tax collector named Zaccheus who would respond to the offer of fellowship and grace from the “Son of man.” He knew a man named Simon would deny Him three times in His greatest hour of need, but called Him anyway, because loving grace would transform him into Peter the rock. He came to seek and save that which was lost. And aren’t we all lost? Especially those of us with spiritual pride, who claim, “we see”. (John 9:41)
God has a calendar for the Jewish year, the nations, and for you. Are there any unfulfilled promises? They are still there, waiting activation, waiting pursuit, written on His calendar, and guarded by His sovereignty. They remain with His gifts and callings that are irrevocable. (Rom. 11:29) You’re days are carefully watched over, you’re never far from His thoughts, and never removed out of His plans. Pursue Him with renewed boldness and watch His calendar come alive with your divine destiny, full of His grace and good news… for you and all those He’s called you to touch.
I love what the author pointed out concerning God’s calendar as it relates to me and YOU!
The current year on God’s calendar is 5777. It began on October 2, 2016, the eve of Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year. It will end on the eve of Rosh Hashana, September 20, 2017. Some believe it will have prophetic significance because of God’s emphasis on the numbers 3 and 7. We shall see as we continue to WATCH FOR PROPHECY CONNECTIONS …