God’s First Month
Few realize that God established the correct method for calculating the calendar at creation (Genesis 1:14). But when Adam and Eve rejected God, they also rejected the knowledge God gave them. As mankind drifted farther from God, they began to build civilizations with their own limited reasoning and thinking, including how to count time.
Counting time correctly is so important to God, one of the first things He restored to the enslaved Israelite nation was the true calendar. “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, this month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you” (Exodus 12:1-2). This month was named Abib (Genesis 13:4). You may be surprised to learn that this month begins at the time of the spring equinox.
“God begins the year in the early spring, when new life is budding in nature everywhere, but ancient heathen Rome caused the world to begin the year in the middle of dead winter” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in his booklet, Pagan Holidays—or God’s Holy Days—Which?
Time—the beginning of each week, month and year—matters to God. Does it matter to you? We should never let a man dictate how we observe time. To do so is a direct insult to God.
But why is counting time so important to God?
The Israelites could not come out of slavery unless they knew how to calculate the calendar God’s way. Embedded in God’s calendar are His weekly Sabbaths and His annual holy days. It was through these Sabbaths that God instructed Israel how to live a happy and successful life. These days also reveal God’s master plan for the salvation of all mankind.
When Israel kept God’s holy days they thrived as a nation. They were given massive wealth and untold blessings. Not keeping the Sabbaths brought upon them disaster and curses. There is a great lesson here for us. If we want to thrive spiritually and physically we must observe God’s weekly Sabbath and holy days. You can’t keep a day you can’t count!
Happy New Year
The Prophet Daniel prophesied about the change in God’s calendar. He showed that the change was made to harm the saints spiritually. “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time” (Daniel 7:25). This man had the arrogance to change God’s calendar in order to make life hard for God’s people. The phrase wear out means to afflict.
This deceitful, power hungry, religious-looking man changed the calendar and instituted holidays—Sunday, Easter, Christmas, New Year’s—which no truly God-fearing person can keep. Because the vast majority of people in this world observe these days or others like them, those who don’t are looked down upon and ostracized, even financially. From time to time some of God’s people lose jobs because of observing God’s Sabbaths.
Following God’s calendar, keeping His Sabbaths—true festivals of joy—at their appointed times guarantees anyone willing to do so a happy new year, every year. You don’t need to remain confused about the true calendar. You can know the specific days God wants all people to observe.
If you want 2013 to be a truly happy and successful year, accept the challenge to follow God’s calendar. If you do it will be the happiest year of your life.