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"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."

Colossians 2:8


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Thank you for visiting the Living Springs Institute's Calendar Project! Why does this project exist? Because 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. Due to these facts, this project's main goal was to create a daily planner which would teach you Biblical truths as you go about planning your everyday lives, and it has done that since 2009! However, another very important goal was to create a companion book in order to help people learn more about the Biblical calendar, feasts, and events listed in the planner, and that was accomplished in 2017!

Moving forward from those two items, the project has the goal of creating further works which will go into more detail about each of the seven Biblical feasts as well as most of the other Biblical/Jewish events the calendar shows. Of course, the progress of each of these, along with how much is available now, is in the hands of The Lord. Thus, we encourage you to keep reading on down this page or use the links to the left in order to learn more about each item in this project.

It is our prayer this project will be a help to your walk with The Lord, and that God will bless your journey in understanding more about the calendar He entrusted His chosen nation with in order to give us all something we might learn from.


The Daily Planning Calendar
2018 Calendar Available Now!

As mentioned above, the Living Springs Institute Daily Planner is intended to teach you Biblical truths as you go about planning your normal days, weeks, etc. How does it do this? By teaching you the Biblical calendar God gave to the children of Israel as you use a Gregorian calendar (which most all of us are familiar with) that also has the Biblical/Jewish calendar alongside. In doing this, the planner gives you a Biblical education while being useful in organizing a person's everyday life!

Calendar Usage Guide

In the front of the planner, there is an introductory teaching which will help people understand some of the most basic elements about how God laid out Israel's 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. Most of this basic teaching concerning the feast days can be found in the "Other Books" section of this page. However, the reason I stress "basic teaching" in all this is that more extensive information is available in the book Counting The Days, which you can learn about below.

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. The planner is made available in two forms. First, you can order a printed version, free of charge, from the Institute's Resource Shop by clicking here. Second, the planner is also produced in an electronic PDF format. This means you can look at the entire calendar online and/or download a copy of it right now. All the information pertaining to the PDF version can be found by clicking here!

To see all the pages of the calendar, visit the PDF Calendar Page and download a PDF version!
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The Daily Planning Calendar

The Calendar Companion Book

Other Books and Booklets

The Calendar Companion Book
Counting The Days

The companion book to Living Springs daily planner is titled Counting The Days! This book contains much more detailed teaching than what is in the front of the calendar itself. It also has a full year example of the planner in the back, making it a totally self contained work for anyone interested in learning the Biblical/Jewish calendar no matter if you want or don't want an actual planner for daily use. The reason you will see the term "Biblical/Jewish" used many times to describe the planner is because there is a difference. Counting The Days covers valuable information about how the Biblical calendar God gave to the children of Israel was set up, and why. It also explains the reason there is a Jewish calendar that differs somewhat, and goes over those differences so one can understand what God put in place as well as what Jews observe now.

Beyond all that, Counting The Days contains teaching on each specific feast: their historical meaning, what they prophesy, which ones have been fulfilled, why they come when they do, and more. Now to be clear, it is not possible to cover all there is to know about the feasts and how they are observed in one book, at least not one small enough to carry around in a suitcase. There is also the truth that covering the way Jews, from different historical experiences, observe these feasts today just might be impossible. That aside, the truth we did not want the bulk of information that can be given about each feast to interrupt the initial learning of the calendar and the feasts is why other books/booklets are, Lord willing, a growing part of this project, and more information about each of those can be found below.

To read an excerpt of Counting The Days click here. To see more pictures of the book, which are also larger than the one(s) on this page, along with further technical details about the book, you can visit the Institute's Resource Shop and click on the picture of the book there. If you would like, you can e-mail or write to us at any time to order this book, but visiting the Resource Shop is also the best way to order your free copy of Counting The Days!


The Daily Planning Calendar

The Calendar Companion Book

Other Books and Booklets

Other Books and Booklets
Other Books and Booklets

Below you will find the basic teaching for each feast covered on the calendar. As mentioned above, it is part of the goals for this project to produce an individual book/booklet for each of them. However, there may also be a page on this website that gives greater information. Thus, the writing for each feast below should tell if a book/booklet for that particular feast is available, and if there is a page on this site for more information - the title of the feast should be a link to that page.

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 Israel's 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 lamb's 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)

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, more teaching is available by clicking on the title of the feast above, and a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

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)

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

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 Messiah's resurrection. Jesus died on Passover, and rose on the third day to become the Firstfruits among many! (I Cor. 15:19-23)

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

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)

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

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!

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

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 Lamb's 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)

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

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.

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

Purim

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 queen's 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.

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

Hanukkah
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 God's 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 God's 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 day's 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 Daniel's 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)

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, more teaching is available by clicking on the title of the feast above, and a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha-Shoah)

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, more teaching is available by clicking on the title of the feast above, and a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

Israel's Independence Day

Israel's Independence Day (Yom Ha-Atzma'ut)

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available. However, a list of any other articles that talk about this feast can be found on our Subjects Page.

Jerusalem Day

Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim)

The book/booklet for this feast is not yet available.

In Closing

We know your time is extremely valuable, and that is the very reason we are producing an educational product such as the daily planner. 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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