We were in the Chamber of Books. The teacher placed a large book on the table and opened it to what looked to me like an old diagram, spread out over two pages.
“It’s the Hebrew calendar,” he said. “It lies behind every event in Scripture. This,” he said, pointing to part of the calendar, “is the month of Tishri. And this, at the beginning of Tishri, is called Rosh Ha Shannah, and means ‘The Beginning of the Year.’”
“So the year begins with the month of Tishri,” I said. “And when is that?”
“At the start of autumn. Now look over here,” he said, pointing to the opposite page. “This is the month of Nisan in the spring. Nisan also means ‘The Beginning.’ So they both are identified as the beginning. The Hebrew year has two beginnings, two calendars.”
“How can that be?”
“The year that begins in the autumn with Tishri is considered the civil or secular year. But the year that begins in the spring with Nisan is considered the sacred year. So the people of Israel lived by two calendars…So do all of the children of God.”
“What does that mean?”
“Every child of God has two calendars and two beginnings. The first calendar begins at their conception. The second begins at the moment of their new birth. The first calendar is natural. But the second is supernatural. The second is the sacred. When you’re born again, you begin living in the second calendar, the calendar of the sacred. And when does the sacred calendar of Israel begin? In the spring time, the time of Passover. And so it is for all the children of God. The sacred calendar is always ushered in at the time of Passover. So it is the death of Messiah, the Passover Lamb, that ushers in the springtime of your life, your new beginning, your second and sacred calendar.”
“So how do we live with two calendars?”
“Each day you will be given a choice, to live in the old calendar or the new, in the old identity or the new, the old life or the new, the natural or the supernatural. And so every day you must choose not to live in the old calendar, or walk in the old life, but to live every moment in your new identity and life, in the supernatural, in His grace…in the calendar of the sacred.”
So your mission is to live this day, not by the old calendar and not according to the old course, but by the calendar in which every day and every moment is new.
Jonathan Cahn is President of Hope of the World ministries, Senior Pastor and Messianic Rabbi of the Jerusalem Center/ Beth Israel in Wayne, New Jersey. He is also the author of the best selling book ‘The Harbinger’. More from Jonathan Cahn at bethisraelworshipcenter.org