We now have three calendars in the mix. The Gregorian calendar that is in common use for commercial purposes, and which is familiar to almost everyone in the world, the “Jewish” moon-based calendar that they adopted during the Babylonian captivity and which they have had no leaders with the authority or courage to change, and the Jubilee calendar as updated by Hezekiah after the earthquake in the days of Uzza added days to the year.
This screen print of just one example shows the calendar we use in daily activities with the Jewish festival of Shavout scheduled for June 9, 2000, as translated from the Babylonian moon calendar. This date maps to the Jubilee calendar year of 6000 since kingship was given to mankind, fourth month, third day as the same as June 9, 2000. The third section column is the appropriate date according to the Jubilee calendar with its English name equivalent and the number of days between the day the Jewish community celebrates the festival and the day the Jubilee calendar community celebrates that same festival. Some festivals vary by as much as 30 days.
Most of the public is totally unaware that the current calendar is an average of a year that can vary by 21 days in length, according to whether Jupiter and Saturn are on the same side of the sun or opposite sides, and according to the rotation of the solar system within the arm of the galaxy in which it resides, whether that is the Milky Way or Andromeda, with which it is correctly aligned. There are multiple circles that require mathematical inclusion. The solar system is not static in space, just as the earth’s orbit is not circular, but an elastic elliptical pattern.
While the number of days difference between specific points in earth’s spiral may seem trivial to the point of boredom to the non-Jewish readers, the men on the Edmund Fitzgerald had a different opinion as she was breaking in half before she sank to the bottom of Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Was Gordon Lightfoot correct when he wrote in his song that the storms of Winter had come early? Was the Apostle Paul, who was a ship’s captain, acting like a fool when he told his Roman guards – who knew nothing of this calendar – that it was too late in the season to risk sailing? Or was the calendar they were using misleading, resulting in ship-wreck?