I’ve mentioned a number of times that this or that event occurred during one of the “rare” years when the April and Nisan dates matched exactly. Every time I do this, Dearest asks me, “How rare is that?” Sigh. So I counted them. It took all week, mostly because my tolerance for repetitive tasks is very low and I had to take a lot of breaks. But I’m done now and the results are very interesting.
I used the dual calendars @ http://www.cgsf.org/dbeattie/calendar/. The Hebrew side matches the Rabbinic calendar which has been in use by the majority of the Jews since at least the 12th c. which the site guy projected backward mathematically. The Roman side is the Gregorian calendar back to 1582, then the Julian calendar which is accurate back to 26 BC. The Roman side prior to 26 BC is the Julian projected backwards mathematically, but it’s not accurate to the dates they were actually using, although given how often these pompous leaders changed their calenders to glorify themselves … meh. You gotta love the Hebrew calendar. It was made to glorify GOD and they didn’t go changing it every time some new king took over.
The dates given @ http://www.cgsf.org/dbeattie/calendar/ may or may not match those in use at specific places and times by any given people. However, for my purposes — which is to match up Jewish and Catholic-Christian dates (particularly holidays), it works great.
Why do I bother?
Mainly because star charts prove the Magi visited Jesus in Bethlehem on December 25, 2 BC. This was a date that had no significance at the time, that was not recorded by history, and that nobody knew about until a curious lawyer with a laptop and astronomy software got obsessed with the Star of Bethlehem.
I figure that since God bothered to arrange to have the birth and death of His Son marked by the planets and stars and to have the date the Magi brought gifts be subsequently designated as the day we gift each other in honor of His birth, then maybe He’s got other goodies packed away in the skies and in the calendars.
Here’s what I found out about April-Nisan matchers.
They are RARE. Between 63 BC and 2059 CE on the dual calendar I used, the days and dates of April and Nisan match exactly only 49 times (about 2%). (N.b., 64 BC and 2060 CE are matchers, but outside my area of interest, which begins with Jesus’ First Coming and continues until His Second Coming, which I am quite sure will be long before 2060. I only went backwards and forwards to find the next matchers to see where they were.)
The spacing between matchers is totally unpredictable. The most common interval I found was 19 years, which I think is because the matchers mostly happen in Jewish leap years and those are based on a 19-year cycle.
- The shortest interval was only 8 years, which happened only once and during Jesus’ pre-glorified lifetime.
- The longest interval was 530 years, which happened all during the years when the Catholic hierarchy was at its most corrupt.
The breakdown by century also proved interesting.
- NO matchers: 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th centuries.
- TWO matchers each: 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th centuries.
- THREE matchers each: 5th, 7th, 20th centuries.
- FOUR matchers each: 2d, 6th, 8th, 17th, 18th, 19th centuries.
The two outliers were the 1st century with FIVE and the 21st century with ONE.
That right there is pretty interesting in a Jesus First and Second Coming kinda way. (N.b., If the 21st were to last, it would have three, but I don’t think we’ll even get to 2030, much less 2100.)
Three of the matchers in the 1st century (13, 21, 32 CE) occurred during Jesus pre-glorified lifetime. For two of them (13 and 32 CE), we have specific information about what significance they had in Jesus’ life.
- Passover of Nisan 3773 HY (April 13 CE): Jesus (having turned 13 the previous summer) went to Passover in Jerusalem for the first time as a bar mitzvah.
Luke 2:41 says, “Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover.” It was likely a minimum 5 day trip each way by foot/donkey, particularly for a group that included women and children, so they almost certainly did not go to Jerusalem for any of the other high holy days. Therefore, this April-Nisan matcher Passover was almost certainly the first time Jesus entered the Temple as an adult man under Jewish law.
- Passover of Nisan 3792 HY (April 32 CE): The events of this time are recorded in John 6.
Jesus did not go to Jerusalem for the festival, but stayed in Galilee where he fed the multitude with five barley loaves and two fish, walked on water, then gave an explicit Eucharistic teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum that shocked many of His followers into abandoning Him.
On Preparation Day – Nisan 14, 3792 HY / April 14, 32 CE – the date of the John 6 events, there was a Blood Moon.
On Passover Day – Nisan 15, 5774 HY / April 15, 2014 CE – the Medjugorje anniversary of the John 6 events, there was a Blood Moon.
BOTH of these events occurred during April-Nisan matchers. Even more astonishing, the paths of the Blood Moons were remarkably similar!
To understand what I mean by “Medjugorje anniversary”, see my April 20, 2014 blog “Is Mary’s Medjugorje timeline related to Jesus’ First Coming?” @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/is-marys-medjugorje-timeline-related-to-jesus-first-coming/ and my April 30, 2014 blog “Dating the Medjugorje Anniversaries of Jesus’ Public Ministry” @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/dating-the-medjugorje-anniversaries-of-jesus-public-ministry/.
- NASA’s Lunar Eclipse calendar for 1st century CE @ http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE0001-0100.html
- NASA’s Lunar Eclipse calendar for 21st century CE @ http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat5/LE2001-2100.html
- Path of total lunar eclipse of April 14, 32 CE @ http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/0001-0100/LE0032-04-14T.gif
- Path of total lunar eclipse of April 15, 2014 CE @ http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/5MCLEmap/2001-2100/LE2014-04-15T.gif