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 check what days the lunar phases are on for your location to move their icons, we are providing Word Docs as well.
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 for it, 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.
However, that will not provide the third and ninth hour prayer times—midway between sunrise and midday, and midway between midday and sunset, respectively. For that, you will need to make sure to check the box for “Day length.” What I recommend doing is to go halfway through the month at the 15th and divide its day length by four, giving you a quarter of the daylight, which you can then add to the sunrise and the midday times provided (as long as you have these checked); just add the hour side and the minutes side separately. You can use the results, rounded to the closest quarter hour if you like, and it will be close enough for the third and ninth hour prayer times for the whole month.
Here is another helpful link. It 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. You will want to check starting on the day of the conjunction at the end of each month.
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. The word ‘ha’ after that is just a Hebrew word for a definite article like our word ‘the’, having no other meaning than that.
Below the name of the month is the numeric year that we are in, from when the Investigative Judgment began, which was 1844 CE. So, we call this the Judgment Era, which can be abbreviated as JE. We have chosen not to display the Gregorian dates on God’s sacred calendar, as the stated purpose of the Gregorian calendar was for the dating of Easter Sunday, and imposing it on the world. You ought to know the history of this, so we will here provide it in brief, starting with the biblical prophecy pointing to it:
“And he [the papal horn of the fourth beast, representing Rome] shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and law” (Daniel 7:25).
This involved more than just changing the Sabbath day from the seventh day to Sunday. It involved changing the whole calendar and imposing it on the world. It began with the first ecumenical council called the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE. In addition to formulating the Trinity doctrine, it was decided that Easter Sunday would be observed and not the Passover on the 14th of the first biblical month as Christians had been formerly celebrating as a Christian feast. Easter was to be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon (not actual but ecclesiastical based on calculations) after the vernal, or spring, equinox, which was declared to be on March 21st (again, ecclesiastical, not the actual day of the equinox, which was usually a day or two earlier) of the existing Roman calendar instituted by Julius Caesar several decades before Christ, called the Julian calendar.
In the 6th Century CE, the blasphemous and inhumane Canon Law, replacing the Law of Jehovah, was compiled by the monk Dionysius Exiguus. This was the result of him being commissioned by the antichrist (aka. the “pope”) to establish the Julian dates for Easter Sunday in the coming years of their time. So, as part of the Law, he standardized the Pagan holidays of Easter and Xmas and popularized the latter. Complicated formulas were involved in calculating Easter from the equinox which we don’t need to know about, other than than a Catholic lunar calendar being created in addition to the Julian calendar to arrive at the Easter date. This also led to him numbering the Julian years from the supposed birth of Christ on December 25, 1 BCE., which has become the universal system—the Common Era—for numbering years across the world, which has wondered after the beast.
Therefore, the numbered years of the world are established in the exaltation of Sunday and the Catholic mass of Christ, or ‘Christ-mas’. But it does not end there. It goes beyond the numbered years. The so-called Pope Gregory VIII issued a Papal bull in 1582, called “Inter Gravissimas,” ordering for the Julian calendar to be changed, which came to be named ‘Gregorian’ after him. A copy of it, including an English translation, can be read at this link.
In the introduction, Gregory bases the authority of his declaration on the Council of Trent, which had ended a couple decades earlier. This council was the counter-reformation to Luther’s protest, which established into Catholic law that our salvation is based on our works instead of faith alone and declared that we have no certainty of our present salvific standing with God. But most importantly, it established tradition as having equal authority with the Scriptures, which, in all practicality, means that the Scriptures are interpreted by papal tradition. Thus, it established, where it was lacking in any way before, papal authority. This was the basis for the papal bull declaring an unbiblical calendar as it would give the pope authority to enforce it in all Catholic countries. But did he stop with that? No.
In Section 15 he declared his bull a “mandamus” (in the original latin) for all countries in the Roman Empire. Webster’s gives this word a definition of “we command.” The antichrist commanded the civilized world to keep his calendar with the reason being “in order to maintain harmony between the Christian nations in the celebration of the festivals, to adopt for themselves our calendar and to take care that all their subjects adopt it respectfully and conform to it scrupulously.” And he gave the following threat in Section 17 for non-compliance:
“No one among men, therefore, is permitted to infringe on this page, our prescription, mandate, establishment, wish, approval, prohibition, suppression, abolition, exhortation and request, nor dare reckless opposition. But if you tamper with this, Almighty God will take you up with indignation, and you will be making an incursion against His happy apostles Peter and Paul.”
The Protestant countries refused to observe this calendar for decades, and some for centuries; and even to this day, most Eastern Orthodox churches in countries around the world, observe an updated Julian calendar. But as Protestantism died, so did the Julian calendar in Protestant countries. Due we really want to follow that trend ourselves, in our religious lives?
The reason why the Gregorian calendar was established was to bring the Catholic equinox date—March 21st—back to the actual equinox, from which it drifted from over time. But this is purely tradition. Because the Council of Nicaea was seen as the authority over the Bible, they felt obligated to maintain that date by which to calculate Easter from. The Gregorian calendar reduces this drift over time, but not completely. No human calendar is precise, only the biblical calendar that God established, in which the equinox is not tied to any human calendar or tradition but stands on its own, and the month that begins the yearly calendar is the first lunar cycle that is fully after the day of the equinox. It is so much simpler, and recognizes no papal authority.
So, we will only use the biblical standards for the calendar print-outs. In addition to numbering the years according to the biblical era we are in, the lunar calendar is based on the prophetic times God has given to the Second Advent movement, and the days are also numbered according to the equinox, for agricultural and phenological purposes. There is no drift over time with these; they remain the same since Creation. Now, in addition, in parentheses, we have included the equivalent Julian dates. Julius Caesar was not a Jew or a Christian, so imposing his calendar was only a civil duty and thus did not impose religious laws on the state as Gregory did. Jesus would also have been familiar with this calendar as it was the civil one that was in effect in his time.
Having these Julian dates on the print-outs avoids polluting God’s calendar with papal principles, yet providing a bridge to convert the biblical dates to Gregorian dates that we have been so accustomed to using. Here is a chart for converting between Julian and Gregorian dates that you can print out or save on your computer.
Another way to make this conversion is to simply make a backwards ‘L’. Go down two weeks and then back one day. This is because for the time that we are in, the Julian dates are 13 days behind the Gregorian dates, except for a couple of weeks in the late winter on leap years, but this is explained in the above chart. When you make that backwards ‘L’, you can ignore the days of the week, as you are only doing that to get the numeric Gregorian date. Now, if you have the Gregorian date and want to see where it is on the biblical calendar via the Julian dates, just simply trace the same backwards ‘L’ but in reverse—that is, go forward one day, and then up two weeks.
A third way is to just count 13 forward or backward depending which way you are converting, but this can be more difficult when you are switching from one Julian or Gregorian month to another and it would be easier to make a mistake. So, we prefer the backwards ‘L’ method the best.
We need to phase out of the Papal dating system which thought to change Jehovah’s times and Law, and into the sacred system from Creation. So, we encourage you to make the challenge and get used to the biblical and solar dates for your personal purposes and only use the Gregorian calendar when you have to, with the Julian calendar as a bridge. 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. And, as for years, we should think in terms of God and the solemn era we are in, so I encourage you to use these years as well as they will help you spiritually, in addition to freeing you from papal authority.
As for the days of the week, you will not see ‘Sunday’, ‘Monday’, etc. These days are named after Pagan gods. Instead, we have, just as the Bible has it, the days of the week numbered according to the Holy Sabbath day, for the six working days all 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.
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?
Don’t forget that the biblical day does not 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 begins the previous evening (Lev. 23:32), as the Sabbath principle is of rest, and the night is when we rest; thus, the night takes precedence of the day. This is also the case for the holy days of the first month, when leaven, symbolizing sin, was to cease; as well as the annual Sabbath of the Day of Atonement. But all other days begin in the morning, as explained in the first video on this page. These distinctions are noted on each calendar print-out for your convenience.
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