Today, many “prophetic” leaders attempt to divine the future by calendrical observations and decoding Hebrew letters and numbers. At the start of each new Hebrew month, “prophetic” pronouncements are issued about what God will do in this next “season,” and especially so every September when the next Hebrew year begins, Rosh Hashanah.
As our contemporary “apostles and prophets” remind us, Rosh Hashanah is the time of year when “God promises a special blessing from Heaven,” the “season” of the “divine dates on God’s calendar,” and so on. God works according to the phases of the moon, don’t you know!
But divining the future from the calendar, “Hebrew” or otherwise, or lunar cycles has no basis in Scripture, period. Unfortunately, this has become the monthly and annual routine, the three-ring circus when the “apostles and prophets” attempt to peer into the future and God’s plans by decoding numbers and dates. Never mind the words of Paul, a genuine Apostle appointed by the Risen Jesus:
“How do you turn back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments to which you desire again to be enslaved? You narrowly observe days, and months, and seasons, and years” – (Galatians 4:9-11).
“Let no man judge you in food or drink, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, which are a shadow of the coming things; but the body is of Christ” – (Colossians 2:16-17).
Nowhere in the Old or New Testament do we find men of God using astrological signs, lunar cycles, numerology, or the Hebrew calendar to predict the future or divine God’s will, although “monthly prognosticators” and “stargazers” do not fare well at the hands of the prophet Isaiah:
- (Isaiah 47:12-13) – “Take your stand, I pray you, with your spells. And with the throng of your incantations wherein you have wearied yourself from your youth, peradventure you may be able to profit, peradventure you may strike me with terror. You have worn yourself out with the mass of your consultations. Let them take their stand, I pray you, that they may save you, the dividers of the heavens, the gazers at the stars, the monthly prognosticators.”
God’s gracious gifts of the Spirit, including prophecy, have been exchanged by today’s “apostles and prophets” for the arts of divination, astrology, numerology, and augury. They seek “omens” and “signs” in the movements of the stars, the sun, and the moon.
Alas, the Charismatic Movement has devolved into a populist kludge of New Age Gnosticism and Kabbalah mysticism, with its “leaders” knowing “neither the scriptures nor the power of God.”
But the real controversy comes down to this: Who and What is the center of the faith – Jesus or [fill in the blank].
Jesus is the “true seed of Abraham” who brings all God’s promises to fruition, not the “types and shadows” of the Old Testament, and certainly not the natural movements of the sun, moon, and stars. He is the key that unlocks the scriptures and the promises of God, NOT lunar cycles, solar eclipses, decoded Hebrew letters, or deciphered calendar dates; already, God’s purposes and plans for the ages has been revealed in him.
He is the “body,” the substance that casts the shadows, God’s final and complete spoken “word” that supersedes the incomplete word “spoken in the prophets.” To return to the shadows when you already have the substance is, at best, a complete waste of time, if not folly. Even worse is turning the “shadows” of the Old Covenant into tools and tricks of divination borrowed from the world of the occult.