|Section 5: Yehuveh’s Time System, Article 1
Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven
to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs, and for seasons,
and for days, and years.”
|esse and Pamela, would you like to come up here and hold the cards today,” Miss Jensen nodded to one of the kindergarteners near the back of the room and a little girl on the front row. Jesse laid down his blue crayon and hurried up to stand beside his teacher. She handed him seven large cards|
|with the names of the days of the week written in large colorful letters. Pamela joined him and Miss Jensen handed her the twelve cards with the names of the months.
“Let’s say the names in order,” Miss Jensen directed. “We’ll start with the days of the week: Sunday . . . Monday . . . Tuesday . . . .” With each name she removed one card from Jesse’s hands.
“Very, very good,” the teacher encouraged as she removed the last card. “Let’s do it again.” She handed the cards back to Jesse and ritual began again. Then the same sequence followed with the names of the months.
As I watched my granddaughter, Emma, participate in this “education” process I realized that no one in this generation even thought to question what they were doing. The teacher had herself sat as a student in a similar training some years before, and likely her parents and teachers before her. No one even considered there was any other way to mark time and communicate regarding days, weeks, or months. But from my research I knew it had not always been so. Anciently time-keeping had been marked solely by the movements of the sun, moon, and stars, not by an arbitrary solar calendar of artificial months, weeks, and days. What a thorough brainwashing had been achieved in only a few centuries!
Time-keeping has never been an arbitrary matter. Nor was it ever meant to be under man’s control. From creation, Yehuveh has placed all time-marking in relation to the movements of the sun, moon and stars: “Yehuveh said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” His system of keeping time is simple, observable, natural.
By contrast, the Gregorian calendar and clock system under which the world is currently operating is complicated, calculated and disconnected from nature. Indeed, the Gregorian system purposefully attempts to totally sever ties to everything astronomical except the sun. By separating time-keeping from natural phenomenon, men’s lives are apparently separated from Yehuveh’s authority and direction. Once men have been thus separated from Yehuveh’s time-keeping system, it follows that they will shortly forget their Sabbaths of instruction and soon every other aspect of their relationship with Him. Genesis 1:14.
Originally Written: 23 August 2005
Latest Update: 24 October 2009
Complete Study Guide to Article 1
How This Time-keeping was Changed Why Does Time-keeping Matter?
What Makes Yehuveh’s Calendar Superior? Contrasting the Two Systems
How Long Will This “Changed” Time-Marking Continue? How Long is a Time?
What is the Original Language about “Times” Actually Stating?
Uses of “a time and times and the dividing of time” in: Daniel 7:25 Daniel 12:7 Revelation 12:14
Can We Know When “a time and times and the dividing of time” Began? . . . Will End?
What Are We to Do?
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