God's Festivals: The Biblical Holy Days
Only a supreme all-knowing God could foresee precise
events thousands of years before they occur, and design the holy days to
the very day to prove His omnipotence! That is to say, not only does
God know the events that will come, but He knows to the very day. Not just
one event, but the whole of the end-time calendar of Biblical feast days
which align to future holy days on our modern calendar.
To create uniformity for the Jews dispersed
worldwide (the "Diaspora"), the modern Jewish calendar was designed by
integrating both lunar and solar cycles. The months made up of mostly 29
and 30 day periods total 354 days, which leaves the year
eleven-and-one-fourth days short of the true solar year of 365.25 days.
This is corrected by adding a "leap month," known as Ve-Adar, seven times
during a nineteen year cycle. This procedure also maintains the holy days
in their correct seasons, following the Biblical pattern.
THE BIBLICAL CALENDAR
MONTH CORRESPONDING MONTH
1. Nisan, or Abid March-April
2. Zif, or
5. Ab, or
11. Sebat January-February
Ve-Adar (the Intercalary Month--leap years)
Unlike national holidays of our day, God's
Festival observances fall on different days each year. There could be
as much as a three week variation in dates from one year to the next.
To demonstrate this movement of dates, click here
for a schedule of the major Jewish holidays at the bottom of the page.
The late Dr.
Samuele Bacchiocchi is an Italo-American scholar who studied and lived in
several countries. He was born and brought up in Rome, Italy, a stone-throw from
the Vatican wall. For his college education he went to England where he earned a
B. A. degree in Theology at Newbold College. From England he came to America for
his graduate studies and earned a M. A. and a B. D. degrees at Andrews
University Theological Seminary. His book, God's Festivals in Scripture and
History, focuses on the future fulfillment of the fall festivals at the
coming of Christ, particularly noting his belief that the Day of Atonement (Yom
Kippur) represents the future appointed time when Christ will begin to rule--the
Day of the Lord.