Sundown on the 29th of March, 2017 on the Roman calendar, marked the beginning of the new year on the Hebrew calendar of Scripture.
That statement alone, marks a big difference between the Roman calendar and the Hebrew calendar. We are all so familiar, so thoroughly steeped in shaping our lives according to the Roman calendar, that it is hard to even comprehend the Hebrew calendar of the Bible. It can seem alien, as if dropped into the Scriptures from another world.
The truth is, that is exactly what happened! The Creator, who dwells in Heaven, created the Torah calendar for His people Israel, specifically for the Land of Israel, and gave it to us as His gift. The Torah calendar is perfect for His people, and I do mean "perfect" - we are not perfect, which explains why we have such a hard time seeing the beauty of perfection that is the Torah calendar.
There is another reason, which I've already mentioned, why the Torah calendar is so hard for us. That would be the Roman calendar that shapes all of our thinking about time. It is impossible to think like a Roman and grasp the beauty of the Torah calendar. The Roman calendar, like most everything Roman, is simply utilitarian, mechanistic. The Roman Empire was all about acquiring and using up resources, including time. The empire sucked up everything it touched, quantified it, then consumed it. Nature was an obstacle to be overcome. Rome, and the Roman Calendar, represent a conquest of nature, not any sort of harmony with it.
Consider the confusion of the Roman month names:
Don't you think January is a weird month to start the year? It doesn't represent the start of the year in nature, that's for sure. The Roman god it is named after, Janus, is the god of doors and gates, beginnings and endings, so the Romans decided to start the year with his month - which doesn't connect the start of the year with anything meaningful.
The rest of the months are a hodge-podge. February, March, May and June are all derived from pagan gods. July and August are named after Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar, respectively. Then September through December are named by the Roman words for seven through ten, these last names being a holdover from the earlier lunar calendar of Romulus. There is no indication of any unifying principle of time in any of this.
Like I said, a hodge-podge of confused thinking. Really, a Roman monument to the human ability to completely distort everything that is perfect. No one could be expected to get any sense of time from a mess like that!
Quite the opposite of the Torah calendar of Scripture, which is harmonious, perfectly aligned with nature, perfectly aligned with the Land, and perfectly aligned with the activity of the Creator, Israel's Elohim, YHWH. Living on His calendar can help bring a person into harmony with natural cycles, and even with the heartbeat of God.
All this month here at Tsiyon we are focusing on matters relative to this issue of time. For example, visit our website, because we have a special gift for you there.
See the video below in which we report on what Tsiyon did last year, the 1st year of the present Shmita cycle, and what we will do this year, year two of this Shmita cycle. Yes, our activities are ordered according to Yah's Torah calendar.
Also, be a Tsiyon Partner, and come to our online Tsiyon meeting tonight at 8 PM CST. I will be sharing some important information on a very special day that is vital to every believer.
Don't miss this!
Eliyahu ben David
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