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Topic: CALENDAR (10/20/16)
- TITLE: Methodology
By Ramona Cook
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Some cultures measure time by the solar method and the Gregorian Calendar, such as we do in the United States. Internationally, most countries do business by the same time keeping method. Others measure time by the lunar method, and others by the lunisolar method.
Checking to see if Israel continues to keep time as they did in ancient years, I learned that they use a combination of methods. The Gregorian for business and The Lunar for religious Holy Days.
In addition to the Gregorian Calendar there is a Julian Calendar, which marks days from 1 to 366 and seems to not take note of a month.
Some of the East Asian time keeping strategies name years as, "The Year of the Monkey," and other such animals names.
In many cultures there is no A. D. and B. C. designation since they do not recognize the birth of Christ nor His death as a significant event.
Many cultures count the years from what they consider the beginning of time and this would be something like year 5690, whereas we in America count forward from the time of Jesus' death, 2016.
Information on the internet tells us that no one is quite certain who it was that created the time keeping process. I declare to you that is not intelligent.
We do have a written document that tells us WHO marked out the days and the nights, and Who stationed the sun in its place, and Who put the moon and stars in the sky. Genesis 1: 3-5
It is interesting to me that God begins the next day with the night first. How like God to permit us to sleep before working.
It is also interesting that God created the light on the first day, and then we read in Genesis 1: 14-18 on the fourth day He created the sun, moon and stars and tells us what He designed them to do, to assist us in keeping time, to mark seasons and days and years.
There will come a time when time will cease to be for us in this earth. It will happen when we die, and we all do. I do not think that "time" as we know it here is applicable in outer space nor in Heaven beyond there.
There will come a time when we will not have a sun, moon nor stars, Revelation 21: 23.
As a young child I loved to hide behind the living room couch when my mother's friend Beulah came to visit. In that culture and time children were not permitted to attend the visiting of adults. Both of them were students of the Bible and earnest prayers, so they talked about many interesting things. The subject of "never a beginning and never an ending of time" was one of the topics I heard one day, as I listened from my little hidey hole. "It's just like space," they said.
I thought and thought about how anything could never end. I finally decided that everything had to have an ending somewhere. That was satisfying to me until suddenly it came to me that if anything ends there has to be something on the ending side of it that begins something else; after awhile I gave it up and decided I couldn't understand it.
Jesus promises to us "eternal life" and time is insignificant then; but now it is a very important part of our existence. We order our lives by the clock and the calendar.
Psalm 90: 12 speaks to us about the urgency of regarding time as important and the need to be wise in its use because in time, there will be no more time.
1440 minutes are the number that comprise an entire 24 hour period; divided into three segments of eight hours, 480 minutes each, gives to us a mental picture of the brevity of a day, and quite frankly makes us wonder why the eight hour work day seems so long!
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