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 everyday as we observe the increasing light of dawn and the setting of the sun, and every month as we observe the phases of the moon, and the lengthening and shortening of days during 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. 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. And even if you currently have not interest in observing the biblical calendar, it is critical you understand God’s calendar so that you can rightly understand and explain the prophetic times of Daniel and Revelation, which these videos cover as well. This 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 DoA 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.
I also encourage you to watch this series, which covers God’s appointed times on His calendar in depth, showing from the Bible that they are not ceremonial but are from creation, unlike the three Hebrew feasts that came later at Sinai.
Free Printables 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.
You will notice below that we use the word “Chodesh.” This is Hebrew for both New Moon and month, just as ‘Shabbat’ is Hebrew for Sabbath and week. We have done this mainly to reduce confusion between Gregorian “months” and the lunar months of God’s calendar; this is to make it plain that the first month is not January in midwinter, but the first lunar month after the vernal equinox in the spring. So, that is what “1st Chodesh” means. 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. Again, Sabbath means both the seventh day of the week and the week itself, being named after its holy day.
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; and in parentheses beneath it are the numeric dates of the Gregorian calendar. Thus, the New Moon of the first biblical month—God’s New Year’s Day—falls on the 26th day of the third Gregorian month (March) this year. So, it is very simple. And don’t forget that the biblical day does not “fully” begin (Acts 2:1) until the day dawns (i.e. light beginning to appear in the sky); however, the observance of holy days, such as Sabbath, should begin an hour before the preceding sunset.
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