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Thank you for visiting the Living Springs Instituteís Calendar Project! This project has created a daily planner which will teach you Biblical truths as you go about planning your everyday lives.

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How will it do this? Well, most of us are very familiar with all the holidays proclaimed by the church, but far too few have much awareness of the days God Himself gave to Israel in the Law. So, here at Living Springs Institute, we have created a planning calendar which will teach people the Biblical calendar God gave to the children of Israel. Using a real life, day by day way, it will give you the Biblical calendar alongside the Gregorian calendar we are all familiar with. Our hope is that this planner will be a Biblical education as well as useful in organizing a personís daily life.


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In the front of the planner, there is an introduction teaching which will help people understand some of the most basic elements about how God laid out Israelís calendar. It covers some of the differences between the Biblical calendar and the modern Jewish calendar of today. It also has a basic discussion on all seven of the Biblical feast days as well as Hanukkah and Purim. The basic teaching from the front of the calendar is reprinted below.

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Also, beyond the written teaching given in the planner itself, there is a companion book in the works. This companion book will contain a much more detailed teaching segment than what is in the front of the calendar itself. It will talk about how the Biblical calendar God gave to the children of Israel was setup, and why. It will also contain teaching on each specific feast: their historical meaning, what they prophesy, which ones have been fulfilled, and all kinds of good Bible teaching all along the way!

Now, I want to stress that this book is not yet available, but the yearly planning calendar it is a companion to is. Lord willing, the companion book should be available some time later in the year!

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If having one of these planning calendars sounds like it would be of interest to you, we are making them available for free through our Resource Shop, or if you would like, you can e-mail or write to us at any time to order a planner. If you're interested in the companion book, and you give us your e-mail address and/or your regular mailing address, we can let you know the status of the companion book as it comes along. On that note, I want to remind everyone that Living Springs Institute never shares your personal information with any other entity, and giving us your information will not put you on a list to receive mail or e-mail which you did not ask for. So, go ahead and drop us a line using our Contact Page.

Now, we understand that not everyone has a need for, or a desire to use a daily planning calendar. However, even if that is the case, it may be something you will find of interest just for the information it contains. So, whether you like to use a planner or not, you may be interested in getting one of these!

We know your time is extremely valuable, and that is the very reason we are producing such an educational product. I want to thank all of you just for taking the time to read this information. We appreciate you taking part in this ministry, and pray you will continue to grow daily in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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Introduction Teaching
From the front of the calendar

In Romans chapter 3, Paul says there is one big difference or "advantage" if you are born into the Jewish nation, and thatís the fact that to the Jews were committed the oracles of God! God had made a promise to Abraham that through Abrahamís seed the world would be blessed. (Gen. 12:3) This blessing would ultimately be The Messiah; but long before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, God would give the Scriptures - which we should understand really are one and the same. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." John 1:1-2

All this means we must look to Jerusalem and the Jewish people if we are going to see the most important events of our lives unfold! This is why God established a chosen nation and promised that in the last days He would physically gather the Jewish nation again. However, as we wait for the events God will bring through His people, we must understand our lives are not just about the things God will bring, but also about the things God has already given.

Even if we are not Jewish, we should be good students of the Scripture. That means we should study the laws which were given to the Jews, and seek the lessons they teach. Jews and Gentiles alike should be forming their thinking by looking at the laws God gave, and not the things of this world. We must never be conformed to this world; we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds through Godís Word! (Rom. 12:1-2)

Man chooses to observe each passing season, as well as mark what we see as significant events in our history. So God, through the Jewish nation, established a calendar to show us just how a people might look if they were to give God all the glory for their lives. This calendar is described for us in the Bible, and it is still seen in the Jewish nation today. The monthly planner you hold in your hand is an attempt to help you learn, understand, and observe the events of Godís calendar as you plan your days. To understand what you will see in this planner there are some basic elements about Godís calendar which, if you do not already know, you will need to.

First, God laid out the seven day cycle we call a "week" in creation; thus, it predates any calendar. This seven day cycle operates without guidance from the sun, moon or stars. Six days were created for labor, and the seventh was sanctified by God as a day to rest and commune with Him. This is called the Sabbath, or to be more appropriately Hebrew in our terminology, "Shabbat" which means "to cease." In the Law, God also created many other Sabbath days for the nation of Israel to enjoy.

Second, the creation account states, "And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:5 and so on through all the days of creation. In following what Godís Word tells us, Jews do not see the beginning of the day as the stroke of midnight on a clock. Jews see the beginning of a day as sundown or what many of us would call the beginning of evening.

Third, the Jewish calendar is lunar. This means, unlike the Gregorian calendar most of us are used to, Godís calendar is based on the moon instead of the sun. The months follow the moonís cycle. Each month starts with the new moon, and the first day of every month is a solemn day unto The Lord. (Num. 10:10, II Chron. 2:4) In Hebrew, this first day is called "Rosh Chodesh," which means "Head of the Month." A lunar calendar also means the start of the year was originally based on the seasons, not some predetermined number of days it takes the earth to travel around the sun.

Itís also helpful to note that today there are some slight differences between the technical way in which the Law laid out the calendar and the way the Jews observe it now. In the Law, the start of the year was the month of the earliest harvest in Israel. The modern Jewish nation observes the fifth Biblical feast as the start of the new year. This creates a Biblical new year and a Jewish new year of sorts. Originally, the months did not have a set number of days. Instead, the month began when a new moon was observed. Today, the months are given a set number of either 29 or 30 days. Because a moon cycle averages about 29Ĺ days, the first day of the month still falls close to, if not on, the "official" new moon. So, the calendar is just more rigid in its layout. Also, there is a known cycle of adding a month to certain years in order to keep the modern calendar in line with the solar cycle. This, again, is more an issue of predictability and know-ability than it is anything else. The big difference we see in all this is simply the fact that the early way of doing things was a more natural observance of Godís creation. Not for the purpose of worshiping the creation but for what Paul was talking about in Romans 1:20, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:"

Now that weíve taken a quick look at the structure of the calendar, we want to look at what was placed on it. God laid within this calendar a series of feast days which would remind Godís people of what God had done for them, celebrate what God was doing, and prophesy of what was yet to come. Of these there are seven, and they all take place in the first seven months of the Biblical year! (Lev. 23)

Biblical New Year - To understand how the feast days are calculated you must first know when the Biblical year starts. God told Israel that the month they came out of Egypt would be the first month of the year to them. (Ex. 12) This put the first month in a specific time of year; but if you make your year consist of twelve or even thirteen moon cycles, the first of the year will move through the seasons all the way around the calendar. So, how do you know when to start a new year? In ancient times, it was determined by the priest observing the maturity of the earliest grain harvest. This comes at the same time as the month they left Egypt. So, when it was known in what moon cycle the harvest would start, that new moon would be the start of the year.

Feast #1

Pesach (Passover) This symbol means the link is to a PDF file. is the first feast of the year. It is to be held on the fourteenth day of the first month. It remembers Israelís deliverance from Egypt which happened after the last plague. That plague was the death angel who struck the first born of every house in Egypt which did not have the blood of the Passover sacrifice on the door-posts. The Passover lamb was to be sacrificed the afternoon of the fourteenth and eaten with bitter herbs through that night. No bone of the lambís body was to be broken. Nothing of the Passover lamb was to be left until the morning of the fifteenth, or it was to be destroyed by fire. (Ex. 12) This feast foreshadowed the sacrifice of The Messiah. Jesus was crucified the same afternoon the Passover lamb was being sacrificed at the temple, (John 19:14-30) and His body was quickly buried because the Sabbath would start at sunset. (John 19:31-42)

Feast #2

Hag HaMatzot (The Feast of Unleavened Bread) is a seven day feast. It starts on the fifteenth and ends on the twenty-first of the first month. It remembers the hasty exodus the children of Israel took out of Egypt. They would have no time to allow their bread to rise and be kneaded in the normal way. They would have to eat unleavened bread (Matzot) as they left Egypt for a path which would lead to the promised land. The first day and the seventh day of this feast is a Sabbath. (Ex. 12:15-20) The purging of the house and refraining from eating anything with leaven for the duration of this feast represents the purity of Christ, (I Cor. 5:6-8) and the fact we too must turn aside from the pleasures of this world if we are going to walk the path which leads to the promise of eternal life. (Matt. 7:13-14)

Feast #3

Bikkurim (Firstfruits) The Law says this feast shall be the day following the Sabbath, referring to the first day of Unleavened Bread. (Lev. 23:11) This means Firstfruits coincides with the second day of Unleavened Bread which is the sixteenth of the first month. This feast is also tied to the commandment that all first born belong to God, and shows us this applies even to plants. (Ex. 13:1-12) On this day, Israel was to bring the very first sheaths of the harvest to the temple and present them to God. Nothing of the new harvest was to be eaten until this was done. (Lev. 23:9-14) Its historical significance is that the children of Israel began to live off the land of Canaan the day before this feast, and it was on the Feast of Firstfruits that the manna God had fed Israel all the days they spent in the wilderness, ceased! (Josh. 5:10-12) Sadly, many Christians do not know this; but this feast is the true celebration of The Messiahís resurrection. Jesus died on Passover, and rose on the third day to become the Firstfruits among many! (I Cor. 15:19-23)

Feast #4

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) This feast is not given a date. Instead, it is directly connected to Firstfruits. Starting from the day of Firstfruits, you must count seven representative Sabbaths. In other words, seven sets of seven days. This makes up forty-nine days. The day after that is Shavuot. "Shavuot" is a Hebrew word which means "weeks," and the days counting up to Shavuot are called "The Counting of the Omer." The way you count up to Shavuot is also why so many know this feast as Pentecost. "Pentecost" is the Greek word for fifty, and Shavuot is fifty days from Firstfruits. Shavuot is in recognition of the giving of the Law to the nation of Israel; (Ex. 19-20) and in Israel, this was a time of bringing in and celebrating the harvest God had provided. However, God promised that some day He would write the Law upon their hearts! (Jer. 31:31-34) The fulfillment of Shavuot would come with the pouring out of The Holy Ghost; and many souls were added to the church on that day. (John 14:16-17, Acts 2) The reason it is connected to Firstfruits so directly is that The Holy Ghost did not come to speak of Himself, but to remind us of all Jesus had taught. (John 14:25-26, 16:12-15)

Feast #5

Rosh Ha-Shana (Feast of Trumpets) is held on the first day of the seventh month. It is a day of blowing trumpets. Moses was ordered to make two silver trumpets which would be used to assemble the congregation of Israel to the door of the tabernacle. (Num. 10:1-10) In ancient times, trumpets were sounded for many reasons. Sometimes it was to celebrate a joyous occasion - such as a wedding. Sometimes, it was to warn of a coming invasion; and sometimes, it was to announce the coming of a great king! Today, this feast is called Rosh Ha-Shana which means "Head of the Year," because this day is the modern Jewish new year. In many ways, this is very appropriate, because this feast foreshadows the Second Coming of The Messiah to this earth, which will truly be a new beginning for Israel and all the world. When this feast is fulfilled, all will realize Jesus is truly The Messiah and King! The Bible records Jesus will return with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. (I Thes. 4:16-18) This event will mean different things to different people around the world, depending on how they feel about The Messiah. For those who are against Him, these trumpets will be an alarm; but for those who have believed on Him, these trumpets are a sound of joy. However, no matter how you feel, to all it will be the announcement of the returning King, Who is King of Kings and Lord of all, and He will gather His own unto Himself!

Feast #6

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is held on the tenth day of the seventh month. For Israel, this is the most solemn day of all the year. It was on this day - and only on this day - that the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies with the blood of the sacrifice, before the Mercy Seat, to make an atonement for himself as the High Priest and for the children of Israel as a nation. (Lev. 16) This day is a foreshadowing of the Day of Judgment when both small and great, rich and poor will stand before God and be judged according to their works. On this day, God will separate all those who have desired Him from those who have turned away. Only those whose names have not been blotted out of The Lambís Book Of Life will be welcomed into the Kingdom. Which means, only those Jesus has chosen to present to His Father, and make an atonement for, will enter into eternal life! (Mat. 25:31-34, Rev. 3:5, 20:7-15)

Feast #7

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) is a seven day feast plus one, which technically makes it an eight day feast. However, it is good to understand the last day is a bit separate in its meaning. This feast starts on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and ends on the twenty-first, but there is a call for a solemn assembly on the twenty-second. During this feast, Israel was commanded to leave their dwellings and live for seven days in three sided booths made of tree branches. The first day of this feast is a Sabbath unto The Lord, and the day after it ends (the eighth day) there is to be a solemn assembly. This day is also a Sabbath. (Lev. 23:36) This feast remembers the life Israel lived for many years as they traveled through the wilderness to the promised land. This is the only feast in which Israel is commanded to rejoice! (Lev. 23:40) It celebrates the reality of the promise that those who have trusted in God will someday, "...ever be with the Lord." I Thessalonians 4:17 We will finally tabernacle with The God Who created us. This is why Jesus said He went to prepare a place for us, that where He is there we may be also! (John 14:1-3) When Jesus returns to this earth, He will reign for more than a thousand years; and during that time, the Bible tells us all the nations of the earth will come up to Jerusalem to hold the Feast of Tabernacles. Those nations which do not come up will not receive the blessings of God. (Zech. 14:16-19)

The solemn assembly held the day after the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles is the end of the God commanded feast days for the year. However, we should consider two other Jewish feasts which, due to history, appear on their calendar. These two feasts may not have been given directly in the Law, but they too mark prophesied historic events and/or truths.

Hanukkah Menorah

Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication) is an eight day feast beginning on the twenty-fifth of the month Kislev. This feast recalls a great Jewish victory during the Greek era, which was prophesied in the Book of Daniel. (Dan. 11:29-45) The Greek ruler attempted to make it illegal for anyone to follow Godís Law. The temple of God in Jerusalem was desecrated. Swine flesh was burned on the altar, and a statue of Zeus was set up. Even some Jews agreed the Laws of God should be a thing of the past, but those who loved God stood up and chose to fight rather than disobey Godís Law. Eventually, they retook Jerusalem and the temple. They cleansed the temple, and rededicated it to God. The problem was that as they relit the temple lamp (called a Menorah), they only had enough oil for one day, and it would take several days to make more of this special oil. However, the sign that God was truly with them came as that one dayís supply of oil lasted the eight days it took to make more! Hanukkah remembers the Jewish victory, but it is a celebration of the miracle of the oil. As Jesus walked this earth, John records He came to the temple on "...the feast of dedication," (John 10:22-28) and Jesus even prophesies that the temple and the Jewish nation would once again suffer in the latter days - referring to Danielís prophecy again. (Matt. 24:1-22, Dan. 12) Sadly, the temple was destroyed not many years after Christ by the Romans in 70 A.D., and many Jewish people were removed to other lands. Today, Hanukkah can be celebrated with a little more expectation, as we have witnessed the rebirth of the nation of Israel and the continual return of her people. We now await the day the temple will once again be rebuilt and the Temple Mount rededicated to God! (Jer. 33:14-18, Zech. 14:20-21)

Purim is a two day feast held on the fourteenth and fifteenth of the Jewish month preceding Biblical New Year. Purim means "lots," as in casting lots. It remembers the story told in the book of Esther, which took place during the reign of the Medes and Persians, where an evil man named Haman had received permission from the king to kill all the Jews in the kingdom. (Esth. 3:1-11) However, God had already placed Esther in the queenís position. Esther risked her life by revealing to the king she was a Jew and asking for the life of her people to be spared. The king not only spared the life of the Jews, but in doing so, gave them the chance to destroy those who hated them! This incident proved God was still with His people, and would not allow them to be destroyed.

In modern times, an attempt to destroy God's people not only failed, but saw the birth of the modern nation of Israel! Thus, this planner lists Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha-Shoah), Israel's Independence Day (Yom Ha-Atzma'ut), and Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim). All through the ages there have been those who wish to destroy the knowledge of God and His people, whether Jew or non-Jew; but in spite of this, if you read the back of the Bible it tells us God's people win!

To help you learn more about the Biblical calendar, feasts, and events listed in this planner, a free book titled "Counting The Days" is available. For information about this book and the entire calendar project, write to us at Living Springs Institute, P.O. Box 271, Loveland, CO 80539, or you can visit us online at www.livingspringsinstitute.org, click on "Learning Center" then on "Calendar Project."


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