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16 August 2020

Calendar Follies version 20.21

SYNOPSIS:  Attempts to divine the future through calendrical calculations and decoding Hebrew year numbers have no basis in Scripture.

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September is approaching, the “season” of the Hebrew new year, Rosh Hashanah. As the self-anointed "apostles and prophets" remind us, this is the time of year when “God promises a special blessing from Heaven,” the "season" of the “divine dates on God's calendar,” and so on. God works according to the phases of the moon, don't you know!

But divining the future from calendrical calculations or lunar cycles has no basis in Scripture, period, although the truth be told, this has become the annual routine, a three-ring circus when Charismatic “leaders” attempt to peer into God's will by decoding Hebrew numbers. Never mind the words of Paul, a genuine Apostle appointed by Jesus:
How do you turn back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments to which you desire again to be enslaved? You narrowly observe days, and months, and seasons, and years.” “Let no man judge you in food or drink, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, which are a shadow of the coming things; but the body is of Christ” - (Galatians 4:9-11).
Nowhere in the Old or New Testament do we find righteous men using astrological signs, lunar cycles, or the Hebrew calendar to predict the future or divine God’s will, although “monthly prognosticators” and “stargazers” do not fare well at the hands of the prophet (Isaiah 47:12-13):
"Take thy stand, I pray thee, With thy spells. And with the throng of thine incantations wherein thou hast wearied thyself from thy youth,—Peradventure thou mayest be able to profit Peradventure thou mayest strike me with terror. Thou hast worn thyself out with the mass of thy consultations,—Let them take their stand I pray thee that they may save thee—The dividers of the heavens—The gazers at the stars, They who make known by new moons, Somewhat of the things which shall come upon thee."
God’s gracious gifts of the Spirit, including prophecy, have been exchanged for the arts of divination; Astrology, Numerology, even Augury. The (former) Charismatic movement has devolved into a kludge of New Age Gnosticism, "New Thought," and Kabbalah mysticism, with its “leaders” knowing neither the scriptures nor the power of God. Boil it down and the fundamental issue becomes clear - Who and What is the center of the faith – Jesus or [fill in the blank].

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Regardless of today's "new revelations," Jesus remains the "true seed of Abraham” who brings all God’s promises to fruition, not the “types and shadows” of the Old Testament, and certainly not the natural movements of the sun, moon, and stars. He is the key that unlocks the scriptures and promises of God, NOT lunar cycles, solar eclipses, decoded Hebrew letters, or deciphered calendar dates.

Jesus is the “body,” the substance that casts the shadows, the fulfillment of the “Law and the Prophets,” God’s final and complete spoken “word” that supersedes the incomplete word “spoken in the prophets.” To return to the shadows when you have the substance, or to exchange it for the supposedly “deeper things of God” found in recently discovered “spirit realms” or newly discovered long-hidden "truths" is complete folly. In fact, such things are the “deep things of Satan.”

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