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Did God Give a Calendar?
If you reject the Hebrew calendar,
what have you got? Does the
Bible give enough information to
construct a calendar?
by Leon Walker
There are those who advocate that the Bible
provides us with all of the specific elements of
the calendar that God wants us to use to keep
His Holy Days.
These individuals reject the Hebrew calendar,
some claiming that it has its origin in Babylon
and that it is a calendar of men. Several of these
individuals have created their own calendars,
each one claiming that his calendar is the one
that is revealed in the Scriptures. However, these
calendars differ from one another in certain
respects. They are not identical, even though
they all claim to come from the Bible.
The rules of postponement, which are an
essential element in the Hebrew calendar, come
under special attack since these individuals
assume that they are merely the rules of men
and are in opposition to the will of God. The
Hebrew calendar, these individuals claim,
should only be used as long as it conforms to
the calendar given by God in the Bible. The
elements of the Hebrew calendar that are not in
the Bible, including the rules of postponement,
must be rejected.
If God indeed has provided us with a
calendar, then we should be able to see clearly
from the Bible alone the specific definitions and
elements needed. The fundamental question,
then, is: Does the Bible provide us with the
specific elements needed for a calendar? Let us
look at the elements that are required and see if
we can find them in the Bible.
Genesis 1:14 states: “Then God said, ‘Let
there be lights in the firmament of the heavens
to divide the day from the night; and let them be
for signs and seasons, and for days and years.’”
However, these elements are not specific
enough for a calendar. This scripture does not
tell us when a month begins (new moon, full
moon, etc.); in which season a year begins
(spring, summer, etc.); how many days there are
in a month or year; nor even at which point the
day is divided from the night (sunset, darkness,
It is important that we understand the
fundamental characteristics and elements of
a calendar. A calendar is made up of days,
weeks, months and years. Does the Bible give
us a calendar with these elements specifically
A day is defined in the Bible (Genesis 1:5;
Leviticus 23:32). It is from sunset to sunset
even, evening, sunset). A week
is also defined as a period of seven days, by
the Sabbath being the seventh day of the week
(Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 34:21).
However, sunset is not a very specific point in
time as long as it is dependent upon observation.
(We must remember that the modern scientific