The New Year has come and according to the calendar, it is January 2012, but is it the true year? I am the curious type and enjoy research. I have investigated the history of our current use of time keeping. I wanted to know about the use of A. D. (Anno Domini) and B.C. (Before Christ), including the other recent use of the abbreviation B.C.E. (Before the Common Era).
It's because of Jesus the way time is kept has changed in relationship to him. In 525 A.D., Dionysus Exiguous is credited with the use of Anno Domini, a Latin phrase that means, “In the year of our Lord.” He was a brilliant mathematician who calculated the lunar cycles backwards to come to an approximate year of Jesus birth, being 4 B.C.
Many other ancient peoples would use the epoch method, meaning an era of an event or ruler, to mark time. According to the Hebrew Calendar, the year is 5772, which began September 10, 2011 and will end on September 29, 2012. The Jewish people kept a record of time as prescribed in the Torah. A method described Anno Mundi a Latin phrase which means, “the Year of the World,” with Year 1 being the creation of Adam.
Julius Caesar had a method of recording time, which was named after him in 46 B.C. It used the method most commonly used in our time 12 months of the solar year equating into 365.65 days including a leap year. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII reformed the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, desiring to accurately calculate Easter. Most of the world use the Gregorian calendar today in order to unify business dealings.
I am amazed that my research points back to the book of Genesis. The Lord designed creation in such a way that we have a method of keeping record of time. In Genesis 1:14, “And God said, “Let bright lights appear in the sky to separate the the day from the night. They will be signs to mark off seasons, the days and years.” The Lunar cycles are a dependable source that the ancient peoples as well as modern man still uses the cycles to record time.
With all this research into the marking of time, what did I discover? Something I knew all the time, only God knows the true and accurate date. Is knowing the exact year something that would change our views of the world? Would it make any difference in our relationship with the Lord?Knowing the Lord controls time involves our trust in His wisdom. Events take place at the designated time according to His master plan. It is one of the mysteries of God.
As believers we must trust in His goodness and believe all things happen at the correct time according to His Word. One more reason to invest our trust fully in the Word he has given us.
“For I know the plan I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper not to harm, plans for a hope and a future” Jeremiah 29: 11