God Wants You to Have a Happy New Year

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.

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12 thoughts on “God Wants You to Have a Happy New Year

  1. It truly is amazing how this particular holiday seemed to be the most obscure of all the others in its origin mainly because of the fact of it’s continued mask of religious resolution attachment.

    I do remember over the years even many in Gods Church scratching their head as to how to answer what was wrong with the Jan 1st New Year celebration. Many did not seem to entirely know. Well this ought settle that Mr Leap and thank you. The verdict is out & jury unanimous, JS

  2. It is really wonderful to come to this page and find some very common sense and truth, put out in a very wise way. There is a way that seems right to man but the end thereof is death. It is an excellent article full of wisdom for all. Thank you very much Mr. Leap.

  3. thank you very much Mr. Leap,
    it is deeply appreciated that your article gives the world a clear and plain description of the biblical view,and how hope I that much people will think about what they are doing and observing,especially those who had been instructed in the truth in the past. our Love ,and fair ones ,come away from Babylon,make hast my love.follow the flock to your beloved.

    thanks for keeping God tradition alive.

  4. Thank God Almighty for His true knowledge! what a wonderful article reminding us how important God’s calender is. Let’s all count it joy when we are been persecuted for observing What God commanded.

  5. God’s ways make sense, when else would you start the new year than when things start to grow and live again!! Thanks for the reminder of its origins and especially today when the country is celebrating the wrong day.

  6. Thank you Mr. Leap for the inspiring article! You put many points in there for us to think about. What a great opportunity we have to be able to follow God’s Calender, and keep His Holy Days the right way!

  7. “From time to time some of God’s people lose jobs because of observing God’s Sabbaths.”

    Wow! Shows how afflicting it really is!

    Where can we find all of these dates?

  8. “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.”

    Indeed! True happiness has spiritual depth because it can only be assessed spiritually.

  9. Thank you so much Mr. Leap! I am so excited to be keeping my first year the way God teaches as the right way. I am so thankful for God’s work and His ministers. What a great year 2013 is going to be.

  10. I need help. I am a security officer. I have told my new boss several times that I need the Sabbath off. (sundown friday to sundown Saturday). I’m afraid. I have prayed on the matter as well. Then something hit me. A question. And I need guidance. What did the Sentries do in the times of christ? Those who stood watch over the King and his city? Could you please help me? I know the 4th commandment is the test commandment. All commandments are from Our Father. I want to do what is right in the eyes of Our Father. To do his will and not mine.

  11. Great article, Mr. Leap! It’s great to have these reminders year to year…and getting to the roots of things! It’s so easy to be tolerant of the practices and even start “happy new year”-ing right along with them! It’s good to remember the origins of the calendar we live by day by day.

  12. I like to learn something new everyday, so I come to the best learning source here as often as possible. I’m thankfull to know the true time of the New Year and all the imformation God has given to his true people. Rejoice.

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