People living in the Western world are starting a new year that will once again repeat the holidays and memorials of last year. Here is my question: Will days of celebration and remembrance be around after Christ returns? Will the day of Christmas be observed? How about Easter? Will there be Independence Days, Veterans’ Days or St. Patrick’s Days observed? I believe the answer to this is, no. If so, what will be kept? What will the calendar, God’s calendar in the future, look like? That is what this post is all about.
As all believers who worship God the Creator of the universe already know, mankind has seemingly always used a calendar. By noting the sunrises and sunsets, observing the phases of the moon and how it recycles its phases every thirty days or so, man has been able to structure his days under the sun.
Each person in every so-called civilization, for the most part, knows when he was born and how old he is. He knows when to plant for food and when to harvest it. He is able to make plans for future events such as hunting expeditions or anniversary celebrations. He can remember significant events of his history through the use of his calendars.
Today, in our modern societies, we have calendars consisting of holidays and religious holy days. Notably in Western societies, both the Jewish and Christian holy days and holidays are incorporated within the same calendar.
Historically speaking, I believe God has given one particular nation a specific calendar right from the start which other civilizations have copied. From the pages of His word, the Bible, God left a record of Himself giving His people the weekly cycle of seven days. He also gave them a monthly and yearly cycle made of moons (months) and years (earth revolutions around the sun). Special days and holy days were established in it (Leviticus 23 and elsewhere).
The Hebrews today still maintain their God-given calendar, for the most part. And thus remind themselves when to keep their Passover meals and national holidays such as Hanukah and Purim.
Additionally, in the secular portion of society in the West, holidays have been put in place to honor cherished leaders. The United States has its Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln and George Washington’s birthdays. She honors the pioneers who survived on the Plymouth, Massachusetts settlement by a holiday called Thanksgiving Day. July 4th honors the birthday of the United States by her founding fathers.
In the interest of time and space, I will not go over other different kinds of calendars that exist such as the Chinese calendar as well as the Hindu, and Islamic calendars. Instead, I want to focus more on the popular western calendars, both secular and religious, and ask whether the holidays we see today will be observed for eternity after Jesus Chris returns.
Again, let me ask: What will the calendar of the future look like? Will Christmas be celebrated? Will Easter and Passover be observed?
What should Christians keep in mind and understand about the calendar of the future? Well, first we must take a closer look at what is now celebrated and consider why or why not they should be around in the future.
Christ’s Board Meeting
What I am about to present to you is in no way the final say on what will happen in the future. It is in fact my speculations on just what I believe God may do. Please remember 1 Corinthians 2:9 :.
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
The kingdom of God will start with a great event described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 which has now been anticipated for over two thousand years:
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
Here is what I believe may then happen: We Christians, after we meet Christ in the air, as spirit beings, will return back to earth alongside Jesus Christ (Rev. 20:6). Somehow, someway, we will have an important board meeting. Our new CEO, Jesus Christ, will brief us as to what is about to transpire. Much information and know how will be imparted to us which will enable us to rule on earth under Jesus Christ.
Once back on earth, we will see the results of the War of Armageddon (Rev. 16:12-16). Christ has been victorious at this last war of the earth. A new age has begun. No longer will the years of the calendar have A.D. (Ano Dei), but a new designation after it.
But does that mean that there will no longer be any mortal covilization left on this earth? No, there will still be human beings around. The reason why Christ returns is because if He did not “NO FLESH will be left alive” (Matt. 24:22). Now, think here for a minute. Why would God care if flesh would perish (including Christians enduring the turmoil of the last days) if we were all going to rise up to meet Jesus Christ as spirit beings? Answer: Because the Kingdom will be set up with humans left on earth still being citizens of it.
Therefore, let me repeat, at some point, during the early stages of the kingdom, Jesus will have a meeting – somehow, someway – with all us resurrected saints. And He may just ask for some input and suggestions as to how a new calendar is to be formed. He just may ask each saint for a proposal on what days the citizens of the kingdom of God should celebrate. Yes, He will have His particular days that He wants celebrated. But there are more days He perhaps wants us to bring to His attention for the remaining mankind on earth to commemorate.
Why would Jesus do this? Is this not God’s job? Of course God is capable of doing it all. But He may also want us, as His co-rulers, to provide input to Him during the early days of the kingdom. Hey, He will love delegating this for our benefit.
(to be continued)