I have made several posts about the Feasts of the Lord and their significance. The church has wondered around for centuries now with a calendar that obscures God’s times and appointments. Judging from the search terms that people have used to find me lately, there is a growing group of people who are waking up to God’s “clock”. I have continued to do studying on these topics and ran across some interesting information. I was reading some commentaries by Isaac Newton, believe it or not. Newton devoted much of his life to studying and trying to understand God’s Word and particularly prophecy. I am not endorsing everything he wrote by any means, as I think he certainly had some issues in his theology. However, in skimming one of the commentaries I noticed an unusual passage in Daniel that had never caught my attention before I began to study the Feasts. Daniel 7:24-27 says this:
24 ‘As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. 25 ‘He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. 26 ‘But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. 27 ‘Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’ 28 “At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and my face grew pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”
In verse 25 it indicates that this “ruler” will attempt to alter times and laws. If you can’t tell from the passage, this “ruler” does bad things. Verse 26 makes it plain that this won’t last forever and that the “power” that has tried to obscure God’s times and laws will be judged and overthrown. If you want further confirmation of this, look at passages in the Bible that speak of the end of time. Zechariah 14 plainly says that all people will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles(v. 18-19). Isaiah makes it plain that we will celebrate together in the news heavens and the new earth. What will we celebrate? Rosh Hodesh and Shabbat are listed here(66:23). So, if we are going to be on God’s calendar at the end of time, why aren’t we on it now? If the church is grafted on to the people of God(Israel), why did it need a different calendar? Ironically, the church has helped to plant the poppy field that she is now laying in fast asleep. We need to wake up and stop smelling the flowers.
1Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6)
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” – Revelation 16:15
There are great resources out there for people who want to wake up to God’s calendar and His times. I highly recommend this video at El Shaddai ministries to ground you in the Scriptural basis for knowing God’s time. I have a much longer post entitled People Get Ready! Jesus is Coming! Soon We’ll be Going Home, on some of the things that caught my attention recently that you can see by following that link. But let me answer the question that was asked by the title. Yes, it is wrong to change God’s calendar. It is wrong to change God’s anything to suit ourselves. It is a violation of His commandments. And you may remember that Yeshua specifially said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.”