If you have not watched the video series on why we should be observing the biblical daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly appointed times, we recommend watching the video series on that, which you can view at this link. However, if you are not convicted on that yet, this page and the two-part video presentation on it will still be of much value to you, as a full understanding and appreciation of the prophetic times of Daniel and Revelation (which will also be briefly covered in the videos) are contingent on understanding God’s calendar. Most Adventists lack this essential knowledge.
God has a wonderful calendar that we may remember Him and know Him much better. We do this, not just on His appointed times, but all day as we observe the increasing light of dawn and the setting of the sun, leading up to the seventh day, and all month as we observe the phases of the moon and the meaning of its newness and fullness, and all year, especially leading up to the seventh month—the climax of the year. Everything has purpose when we discern the spiritual meaning of these signs. God desires us to be in tune with His calendar that we may be better in tune with Himself. So, on this page, we will explain how God’s calendar works, as well as provide calendar sheets that you can print out for this 2020-2021 (spring to spring) calendar year.
There are multiple theories about how to calculate God’s calendar. The reason for this is simple: the majority of those who want to know do not have the information they need to figure it out. That information has been given only to Seventh-day Adventists, and they have not made the best use of it. The key is in our prophetic times—those times confirmed by God through the Spirit of Prophecy, such as the 70 prophetic weeks and 2300 prophetic days in Daniel. After much research, we found the only calendar that matches with every one of these prophetic dates.
A Revival of God’s Calendar Through His Prophetic Times
To learn about the true calendar of the Bible and how to calculate it, please watch to the two-part presentation below, then you will understand why we have the dates that we do on the printable calendars.
Beyond knowing when to observe God’s appointed times, this information is important because some have rejected Adventism—or at least critical parts of it—because Adventists have not fully understood how the calendar works and could not explain how:
(1) there could be a crucifixion on the Preparation day (aka. Friday) in 31 A.D. when the moon was so mature then;
(2) the prophetic date of 8/11/1840 could be correct even though the switch from Julian to Gregorian time occurred during the prophetic time leading up to it and was unaccounted for by the Adventists who proclaimed this date;
(3) the Day of Atonement in 1844 could fall in October instead of September; or
(4) the Day of Atonement could fall on the 22nd of October, even though the moon would not have even been visible in North America or Israel on the evening of the 12th.
The presentation below covers all three of these things and more, including the spiritual meaning of the heavenly signs that govern God’s calendar. We hope and pray that you will watch it right away and receive a tremendous blessing through it.
We also encourage you to watch this series, which covers God’s appointed times on His calendar in depth. It shows from the Bible that they are not ceremonial but are from creation, unlike the three Hebrew feasts that came later at Sinai.
Some Explanations of God’s Calendar
Now that you understand God’s calendar, do you want to use it? We hope that you do! We have done the work for you in calculating the whole year. Print them out as PDFs as is, or if you want to add daily data or anything else to it, we are also providing Word docs.
If you want to add daily data, such as dawn and dusk times, or lunar data such as the phases, you can use our favorite tool, Sunrise Sunset Calendars. It will ask you for your latitude and longitude data to know your location. For that you can go to GetLatLong.net, which will provide a map. Follow the directions for pinpointing right where your house is. You can even see your house if you use the “hybrid” rather than “standard” map (check the upper-right corner); this is what we recommend. If nothing else, it will provide you the sunset time for Preparation day for your exact location; this way, you can finish your work one hour before that as Sister White recommended in Letter 5a, 1865.
Here is another helpful link, which is a download page for the program “Accurate Times,” which you can use to show you the probability of seeing the new moon on a given evening at your location. Just open the program after you have it downloaded and click on the “Crescent Visibility” button. Then another window will pop up where you can enter the Gregorian date and then hit the “Preview” button a bit below that. Then hit the red button at the bottom, which says “Crescent Visibility Map.” Then an earth map window will appear. We recommend selecting “Yallop” under the “Criterion” Tab towards the bottom. Then just select the Gregorian date you are interested and hit the “Draw” button below that.
And to know where to look in the sky (if you don’t want it to be a mystery), you can go to this link, which will bring you to a sky map. On this map you can drag horizontally to change direction and vertically to move up and down. There is a time bar at the bottom to change the time of day, which will cause the sky to move. Under that, you can also select a different date. The default it current time and date at your location; check to make sure the location is correct by viewing the map above it, where you can change location to the closest available city to you. This is also helpful for seeing the locations of planets, stars, constellations, and any comets at any given time.
We share these things because it is one thing to look at a calendar and mentally know what day it is, but to truly experience God’s calendar, you need to see it for yourself in His Book of Nature, and these tools are here to assist you with that. The experience is important for meditating on the truths associated with the signs God places in the sky. The signs are not just for signifying time but the meanings of them. It is also in this Book, like the Bible, where we commune with God.
You will notice at the top of our calendar print-outs that we name the months according to a transliteration of Hebrew. The number of the month is displayed on either side. Four of the months have non-numeric Hebrew names, having important meaning which we have translated in parentheses. In the months with numeric names, preceding the ordinal numbers in text you will see the word “Chodesh,” which is Hebrew for both New Moon and month—the days that belong to the New Moon in flowing out from it. The word ‘chodesh’ also has spiritual meaning attached to it: renewal. God wants us to experience spiritual renewal each month, especially at its appointed time, being the first day of the month, by which the whole month is named after.
You will also notice that there are 13 months this year. That is because it is a leap year, since the end of the 12th Chodesh falls before vernal equinox. But most years have the familiar 12 months.
When you open a calendar, you’ll notice the days of the week are not Sunday, Monday, etc., which are days named after Pagan gods. Instead, just as the Bible has it, the days of the week are numbered according to the Sabbath, for they belong to the Sabbath, flowing into it.
We don’t just do this to avoid using Pagan names on God’s holy calendar; we also want the reminder of the Sabbath each day of the week, so that we keep the Fourth Commandment in our heart every day. After all, that commandment says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). We are to remember to keep the seventh day holy all week; otherwise, when the day comes, we will not be prepared for it. As with ‘Chodesh’, the Sabbath has spiritual meaning: namely, rest. God wants us to experience this spiritual rest every day of the week, just as He wants us to experience spiritual renewal every day of the month.
The big bolded numbers on the calendar are simply the days of the month. Starting on Chodesh ha-Asiri (the 10th Month), we have chosen not to display the Gregorian dates on God’s sacred calendar, but
You can translate a Gregorian date to the biblical one by using a common calendar that displays the lunar phases (which most paper ones have, or you can click here for an online version of the current Gregorian month) and noting two things:
(1) Where the day is at in relation to the lunar phase, which will tell you which week to look for (the print-outs have the lunar phase symbols on them);
(2) Which day of the week it is, which you will need to translate from Pagan name to number.
This will become second nature with practice; you will not need to think about it and it will be all visual. Just note that the moon phases may be a day off between the two calendars since the biblical one uses morning-to-morning days and the lunar phases are calculated from Jerusalem.
For further help, we have added Gregorian dates outside of the month itself where space permits, which will help you to know if you are inside of the right month.
Of course, you will not always have such a calendar right on hand when you are looking at the biblical calendar. But this is the goal! We need to phase out of the Pagan-papal dating system which thought to change Jehovah’s times and Law, and into the sacred system from Creation. We need to be in tune with God’s Book of Nature, which includes astronomy. We should be observing the moon outside and always know where we are in the month. That is, we should note when the moon is waxing to 1st Quarter (the visible moon halfway lit) from new, waxing from that to Full Moon, waning from that to 3rd Quarter, and waning from that to conjunction (no illumination), and between that and the New Moon on the next month’s calendar.
Thus being in tune, you will find the artificial Gregorian calendar to be more foreign and the biblical calendar more familiar. Again, this is the goal. We are to come out of Babylon (Rev. 18:4), with her counterfeit times and law (Dan. 7:25)—the Catholic Canon compiled by the monk Dionysius Exiguus. He also founded the Catholic calendar and its years dating from the supposed birth of Christ on December 25, 1 B.C.E, standardized the Pagan holidays of Easter and Xmas, and popularized the latter. This was the result of him being commissioned by the antichrist (aka. “pope”) to establish the Julian dates for Easter Sunday in the coming years of their time. He also is the one responsible for organizing the blasphemous and inhumane Papal decrees into Canon Law, thus officially changing in the Papal world not just times, but law. The the numbered years of the world are established in the exaltation of Sunday. We need to come out of this system.
We hereby number the years to be in terms of the Investigative Judgment, which began on the tenth day of the seventh month, falling on the Gregorian day of October 22nd, 1844. That time closed not only our Adventist prophetic times but 6,000 years of sin. We are now in overtime, with the Sabbath millennium being delayed. It is an interim of time for God to determine who will be the recipients of His Everlasting Kingdom of Righteousness and for all moral things in His Law to be restored, especially His appointed meeting times. The 144,000 must be all sealed as representatives from every nation standing for His Kingdom after hearing the Everlasting Gospel proclaimed to them in the sealing message of the third angel of Revelation 14. Thus, numbering the years accordingly will help us to remember these precious truths and that we are living on extended time from the sixth millennium of preparation.
To convert from the Gregorian year to the Judgment year in this Judgment Era (J.E.), just subtract the familiar number 1844. Just keep in mind that the next Judgment year begins in the fall, in the biblical seventh month, when you need to add another year. So, to convert the Papal year of 2021, we just subtract 1844, thus giving us 177 J.E.
Years before CHRIST’s entry into the Most Holy Place can be numerically named according to the 2300-day prophecy, starting in the fall of 457 B.C.E., which began a Jubilee year, thus making the counting of years in sync with the Sabbatical cycle. We can call these Restoration years since it is from then that the commandment went forth to restore Jerusalem, as it is written in Daniel 9:25. The Messiah is slain to restore humanity in the midst of the 70th week of Restoration years, and at the end of the 2300th year marks the beginning of the antitypical restoration—that of spiritual Jerusalem (GOD’s people).
To convert to a Restoration year from a Gregorian year in that Restoration Era (R.E.), just add 457 years if before common era (B.C.E.), or add 456 years if in the common era (C.E.). For example, CHRIST died and was resurrected in 487 R.E., which is 456 years added to 31 C.E. Years before the Restoration Era can be called “Before Restoration Era” (B.R.E.), and to convert from a Gregorian year of B.C.E., just add 458.
Thus, we have a system in place in which we biblically can think of time and that connects us to the prophetic plan of redemption, though we will frequently have to use the Gregorian to communicate with people who use such a system of time. It is not uncommon, however, to diverge from the Gregorian numbering system. Both Jews and Muslims number their years differently. Why should not we, who are entrusted with the message calling people to come out of Babylon? Should we not first come out of Babylon ourselves before we give the loud cry to the world to come out of her?
And don’t forget that the biblical day does not “fully” begin (Acts 2:1) until the birth of a day at its dawn when light begins to appear in the sky; however, the observance of a Sabbath should begin an hour before the opening sunset (Lev. 23:32). The sunset conceives a day, and a Sabbath, unlike other days, whether holy or common, is from conception, not birth.
Also, we will update this page monthly, and the words “YOU ARE HERE” will be moved to the current month, to the right of it.
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