Did you know that there is a calendar debate among the Messianic and Torah observant communities? I didn't know, at least not all the details, not right away.
What did I know? I knew that the Gregorian calendar was pagan. I knew that the days of the week had been given pagan names by the rulers of the world. I knew that the months and times were lost. I knew we were in error. I knew the fourth beast spoken of by the prophet Daniel thought to change the times and seasons.
"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."
I knew these things were mysteries to people, and somehow, I left them right there. I mean, I search the Scriptures. I try to QUESTION EVERYTHING, and yet, I accepted the first calendar view that I was presented. I did not search for more, at least not at this early point anyway.
In my house, we quickly received the TRUTH of the law, and we began to abstain from the things that the Scriptures call unclean. We started keeping the feast, too, almost instantly.
We missed a few in the beginning because it was all new to us. Learning that there were new days to think about was a challenge. Add on top of that all of the paganism that we needed to drop. It has indeed been a journey arriving in this place in our understanding.
We were knee-deep in Christmas, Easter, and even Halloween. I had formally rationalized those pagans holidays with the same excuses that many of today's Christians do. "He knows my heart" was one of my favorites. Now I understand it all to be pagan. None of it lines up with the Scripture.
We've been commanded to keep the Father's appointed feasts. That is what we are striving for and we don't feel like we are missing anything! Our little ones love the Father's appointed feasts, and it is beautiful in my eyes.
At first, we tried to focus on learning to keep the Feasts. Each one has been a blessing to keep, and in keeping each one, we have learned so much! But still, we knew that concerning the calendar that there was more to learn.
This year we received more than one request for more information about the feasts and about the calendar that we use. And like my sister, Shannon, said in episode 8, "that is a loaded question!" In episode 8, entitled, "Our thoughts on the Calendar debate," We did our best to share our studies and to answer that question.
For us, getting as close as we can to the correct calendar is essential and we want to make sure that we share with you exactly where we are regarding the calendar. This year we are keeping the Zadok Priestly Calendar (an Enochian Calendar.)
Yes, we believe that the book of Enoch is inspired and we've explained the reasons why we believe there is evidence in other episodes. Ultimately, it is up to you to researched these things for yourselves. There are many reasons that we've chosen to keep this Zadok - Enochian calendar, but I'm going to quickly share a few calendar basics with you.
A Perfect and Precise Calendar of:
• 364 Days - 52 Weeks - 7 Days a Week
• 13 Weeks Per Season
• 12 Months of 30 Days
• 90 Days Per Season
• 4 Intercalary or Seasonal Days
• Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter
• (3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th Months)
Also, in Jubilees, we read, (Yes, we read Jubilees, too. Do your research.)
"For there will be those who will assuredly make observations of the moon -how it disturbs the seasons and comes in from year to year ten days too soon. For this reason the years will come upon them when they will disturb (the order), and make an abominable (day) the day of testimony, and an unclean day a feast day, and they will confound all the days, the kodesh with the unclean, and the unclean day with the kodesh; for they will go wrong as to the months and Shabbats and feasts and jubilees."
Interestingly using this Zadok Calendar the days are in error to the Gregorian calendar (this year) by 10 days! Everything is making so much sense.
Please Check out My House Ministries for a more in-depth look at the Zadok Priestly Calendar. They have done an excellent job presenting the Zadok Priestly Calendar. They also have a printable calendar available, and it is also done really well.
Download the Zadock Priestly Calendar from My House Ministries (If your interested having one) because it is really good.
My sister Shannon did a good job giving an overview of some of the different calendars being followed in episode 8.
Please don't hesitate to comment or email us with any questions. Also, please share your thoughts and understanding. Community and fellowship with like-minded believers is so important. Please be encouraged in your seeking! Our ABBA YAH rewards those who diligently seek HIM.
Shalom and Love! Maria