Biblical Cycles, Feasts, Times and Seasons

One of the most overlooked, but most important things in Scripture is the Biblical timeline otherwise referred to as the Biblical Calendar. The global Body of Messiah is largely unaware of the fact that the Bible counts the days, months, and years differently than the current calendar system known as the Gregorian Calendar. Down to the very days each calendar sets aside for rest and holidays, each calendar could not be any more different, as well as the fact that the Gregorian Calendar is a solar calendar and the Biblical Calendar is lunisolar. So what’s the big deal? Within the Biblical Calendar there are set cycles that Adonai created Himself for very particular reasons with the times and seasons situated in such a way as to be a blessing to us now, and a prophetic blueprint for what is yet to come.

The purpose of understanding Biblical cycles is not to be constrained by the Law, but to understand that as Yeshua came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it, that those Biblical cycles never stopped with His death and resurrection despite the current calendar being different today. It also does not mean that we should be religious in observing the Biblical cycles or in celebrating Biblical Holidays, but on the contrary, in the freedom and by the leading of the Holy Spirit. If we are to be like the Sons of Issacar who knew the times and seasons and what Israel should do (1 Chronicles 12:32), knowing the basics of the Biblical Calendar is a great start. So what does the Biblical Calendar look like? Let’s break it down.


Shabbat / The Sabbath

Believe it or not a Biblical day is different than what we think of as a day today. It is still a 24 hour day, but instead of counting from midnight to midnight, a Biblical day starts when the sun goes down and ends on the following sunset. We see this is in Leviticus 23:32, where the holiday of Yom Kippur is defined as lasting “from evening to evening”. This is crucial in understanding the timeline of Yeshua’s death and resurrection, because if we count the days according to our current understanding Scripture does not add up. One day in particular during the week is clearly Adonai’s favorite, meaning we should probably know when that is and why. We should also understand that just like when YHWH gave Israel a double portion of food to be able to rest on the seventh day, He still does the same when we are faithful in keeping Shabbat.

Genesis 2:2-3

“And by the seventh day Adonai completed His work which He had done, and He rested (ceased) on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it [as His own, that is, set it apart as holy from other days], because in it He rested from all His work which He had created and done.”

Clearly there are 7 days in the Biblical week and judging by this verse Adonai considers this day pretty important. It is His day after all, and even on the calendar most people follow today, Saturday is still the 7th day, so why was it changed to Sunday. The short story is Emperor Constantine of Rome who established Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire was also a Sun worshipper who in 321 A.D. made the day of the sun a day of rest from work for everyone, but if you rested on Saturday you would by considered Judaizing, and punished as a heretic, as well as if you celebrated the “Jewish” holidays like Pesach (Passover).

Before that, all believers whether they were converted Jews or people of any religion kept the Sabbath Holy and celebrated the feasts of the Bible, but once it became punishable by death, the story changed, and what we now know as Catholic holidays became the acceptable standard as opposed to the Biblical standard. So why does it matter? Daniel 7:25 tells us that the anti-Christ, “Will speak words against the Most High [God] and wear down the saints of the Most High, and he will intend to change the times and the law.” To an extent that has already been done as most of the global Body of Messiah no longer recognises the Biblical times and seasons, and satan is always doing his best to pervert what Adonai has made perfect, that includes Biblical cycles.

Biblical Months

There are 12 Biblical months which initially did not have names and are mentioned throughout Scripture simply as the first month, the second month and so on. It was not until after Israel’s exile in Babylon that different names were given to the months. The first month on the Biblical Calendar started like this. “Adonai said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be the beginning of months to you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. Tell all the congregation of Israel, ‘On the tenth [day] of this month they are to take a lamb or young goat for themselves, according to [the size of] the household of which he is the father, a lamb or young goat for each household” (Exodus 12:2-3). Thus, the first Biblical month was born so that the people of Israel would forever know when to celebrate the Passover and their miraculous exodus from Egypt.

Each month lasts from new moon to new moon, beginning and ending when the first sliver of the crescent moon can be seen. The last day, also the first day of the next month is called Rosh Chodesh meaning the ”head of the month”. Just like the 7th day, the end of the month is also considered a holy day (Numbers 10:10) set apart for Adonai, a joyous occasion. It is both to rest at the end of the month and to receive the blueprint for the upcoming month and to set one month apart from the other. Today we obviously do not offer sacrifices or burnt offerings on this day, but it is a day to gather together to fellowship and worship the Great I Am. Oh and don’t forget to blow the shofar on that day either to release a heavenly sound (Psalm 81:3)! To learn more about the in depth meaning of each Biblical month continue to our prophetic blog here to read more.

Below are the names of the 12 Biblical Months and their coinciding months on the Gregorian calendar:

Nissan

March—April

Iyar

April—May

Sivan

May—June

Tammuz

June—July

Av

July—August

Elul

August—September

Tishrei (Ethanim)

September—October

Cheshvan

October—November

Kislev

November—December

Tishrei (Ethanim)

September—October

Cheshvan

October—November

Kislev

November—December

Tevet

December—January

Shevat

January—February

Adar

February—March



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Biblical Feasts

There are 7 main Biblical Feasts throughout the year plus other minor days of fasting and feasting. Every Biblical feast and the way in which it was celebrated in the Old Testament were actually prophetic acts of what was to come and in a few cases is still to come when Yeshua returns and reigns in the new millennium. Understanding the prophetic significance of each feast as well as the perfect timing of their fulfillments on the same days of their celebration is mind-blowing. For example Yeshua died just hours before Pesach (Passover) when at the same moment the lambs were being prepared and sacrificed for the start of the Pesach (Passover) celebration in Israel. Another well known Biblical feast is Shavuot (Pentecost) which was originally celebrated as the day Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, but as we all know, is also the exact same day that the 120 received the Holy Spirit in the upper room in Jerusalem. Does this sound like coincidence or something to be lightly dismissed? If you want to truly be awestruck at the sovereignty and power of Adonai delve deeper into the prophetic meaning of each Biblical feast and prepare to know Yeshua in a brand new and amazing way.

Below is a list of the 7 main Biblical Feasts, minor feasts and their coinciding Biblical month:

Nissan:

Pesach

Passover

Hamatzot

Feast of Unleavened Bread

Bikurim

Feast of First fruits

Iyar and Sivan

Shavuot

Pentecost

Tammuz

Av

Elul

Tishrei

Ethanim

The High Holidays:

Yom Teruah

Feast of Trumpets

Yom Kippur

Day of the Atonement

Sukkot

Feast of Tabernacles

Cheshvan

Kislev

Chanukah

Hannukah (Minor)

Tevet

Conclusion of Chanukah

(Minor)

Shevat

Adar

Purim

Feasts of Lots (Minor)

Biblical Feasts

We read in Exodus 12:2-3 about the creation of the first Biblical month, which is today called Nissan, to commemorate Pesach (Passover) and the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt, which makes this the first month of the year. However, before Israel’s Exodus from Egypt it was understood that what is now the first day of the 7th month in the Biblical Calendar was, the day of creation of Adam, making this man’s first day. So, while most of the world knows this year as 2021 years A.D., after the death of Yeshua, in Israel it is the year 5781, or 5781 years since the day of creation. This year officially changes to the next year on the first day of the 7th month, known as Yom Teruah, which translates literally to mean the day of shouting or blasting, and is today now as the Feast of Trumpets. It not only commemorates the beginning of the new year, but also the day when Moses brought the people out of the camp to the base of Mount Sinai where in Exodus 19:18-20 it says:

“Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because Elohim descended upon it in fire; its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. And it happened, as the blast of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with [a voice of] thunder. Adonai came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the Eternal called Moses to the top of the mountain, and he went up.”

It is more commonly known today as Rosh Hashanah, meaning the head of the year, but Biblically it is Yom Teruah. Prophetically speaking it is also reminding us of what we as believers should be looking forward to in Thessalonians 4:16-17 that says:

“For Yeshua Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet Him in the air, and so we will always be with Adonai!”

It is a very important day on God’s calendar to say the least and one full of rejoicing for what has happened and for what is to come. So while the first day of Nissan is the first day of the Biblical new year, the first day of the Tishrei is the beginning of the calendar of creation of man and the day when we will be reunited with Yeshua forever. Think of it as the book ends of the ages and the beginning of the new millennial reign of Yeshua. What a day.

Shmita Year (Sabbath Year)

Just like shabbat, Adonai also made every 7th year a year of rest for the land. Although most people do not have land to cultivate these daysBN, Adonai still enforces the Shmita yeabr in a way you probably wouldn’t guess on a national and global scale as well as in your own life, but to guess at what that could be you will need to know what the rules of the Shmita year are first

Laws, Rules, Restrictions, Regulations of the Shmita

Exodus 23:10-11

“You shall sow your land six years and harvest its yield, but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie uncultivated, so that the poor among your people may eat [what the land grows naturally]; whatever they leave the animals of the field may eat. You shall do the same with your vineyard and olive grove.”

The Blessings of the Shmita

      • All debts are forgiven. (Deuteronomy 15:1-11).
      • A Triple Blessing for three years during the 6th year.
      • Leviticus 25:21-22, “I will order My [special] blessing for you in the sixth year, so that it will produce [sufficient] crops for three years. When you are sowing the eighth year, you can still eat old things from the crops, eating the old until the ninth year when its crop comes in.”

Curse of the Shmita

If Israel did not give the land its rest, God did it sovereignly, in other words sent Israel’s enemies to destroy them and take them into exile so that the land could have its rest as He had promised. Leviticus 26:14-46

The Shmita Today

The next Shmita Year will start on the night of September 6th, 2021. and end September 26, 2022. As we have expressed before, just because most people do not keep track of the Biblical cycles does not mean God stopped working according to the Biblical calendar. What makes this Shmita year so important is that it will directly effect the global economy and be the trigger for the next great economic reset around the world. To see the unequivocal evidence of this and to learn how to prepare read our article called Shmita: The Next great Depression here

Jubilee Year

The Jubilee Year is celebrated every fiftieth year after 7 Shmita years (49 years) and continues as a year of rest for the land and the forgiveness of debt, but adds the blessings of freeing all slaves and the returning of land to its former owner. On the 10th day of the 7th month (Tishrei) on Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) shofar’s were sounded throughout all of Israel and are to this day. To learn more about how all of this worked, technically speaking read Leviticus 25:8-18.

Conclusion

We pray that with this knowledge and understanding, the Biblical Calendar will begin to take precedence always with the leading of the Holy Spirit to understand the times and seasons we are living and what Adonai would have us do both personally and corporately to continue paving the way for the return of Yeshua and to glorify the Most High in all things. If you were blessed by this post please share it with friends and family and be sure to check out our prophetic blog at  VdD7Blog.com
Adonai bless you and keep you!


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