1. Earth’s earliest historical calendar is found in the book of  Genesis

The Flood provides evidence regarding the duration and timing of months from the creation and also provides evidence that humans used a specific calendar system that had been given by God.

The year of the flood began on Sunday January 1st, with February having exactly 28 days.

Timeline of the flood

  • Noah entered the Ark on the 10th day of the second month of 1656 (Genesis 7: 11).
  • He had already celebrated his 600th birthday by February 17th 1656 – in the 600th year of his life, in the second month (Genesis 7: 11; 8: 13)
  • Following the Creation pattern, the first month of 1656 had already been completed by the time that Noah entered the Ark.
  • The flood took place seven days after Noah entered the Ark (Genesis 7: 11).
  • The waters increased upon  the earth and prevailed exceedingly, covering the high hills
  • It lasted 40 days and nights and therefore ended on March 29th
  • The waters prevailed upon the earth for 150 days (Genesis 7: 24; 8: 3, 4)
  • After the waters of the flood abated, the Ark rested on Ararat on the 17th day of the 7th month or 150 days after the onset of the flood (Genesis 8: 4)
  • In other words, Genesis says that there were 150 days from day 17 of the 2nd month to day 17 of the 7th month.
  • When 150 days are counted between February 17th to July 17, we see that February of that year would have lasted for 28 days.
  • The waters decreased continually and tops of the mountains were seen on the 1st day of  month 10th (Genesis 8: 5)
  • 40 days later, Noah opened the window of the ark. This event took place around the 9th or 10th day  of month 11th (Genesis 8: 6)
  • The Ark was on the top of Ararat and Noah could not see anything, so he sent out a raven and dove to see if the waters had abated. The dove returned to the Ark.
  • Noah waited for another seven days, then  sent the dove to scout. She returned in the evening with an olive leaf  (Genesis 8: 10)
  • He waited another seven days and sent out the dove which did not return (Genesis 8: 12)
  • The waters had dried up from the earth in the 601st year of Noah’s life. This was on the first day of the first month or 1st January, 1657 (Genesis 7: 11 & 8: 13)
  • Noah therefore celebrated his 601st birthday on 1st January, 1657 the New Year after the flood (Genesis 7: 11 & 8: 13)
  • The earth dried completely and God commanded Noah to exit the Ark on the 27th day of the 2nd month of the New Year (Genesis 8: 14)
  • We see in this account that God chose the 1st day of a New Year to match and celebrate four important events. These four events were celebrated on the same dates of successive years:
  1. The celebration of Earth’s first  creation on the 1st month of  Year 1.
  2. Noah’s birthday  celebration on the 1st day of  the New Year after the flood.
  3. In keeping with the creation pattern, Sunday is always celebrated as the  first day of a New Year
  4. The appearance of  a new earth on the 1st day of the New Year after the flood.

We have seen that God therefore sets the pattern of  New Year celebrations on the 1st day  of the 1st month of the New Year.  We need to keep this principle in mind for future reference.

2. Scripture therefore reveals the calendar system Noah used

I made some calculations in order to determine what calendar system Noah used.  If the flood had taken  place on the Jewish calendar, we would find that  one hundred and seventy seven days (177) would have elapsed between  Iyar 17th to Mar Cheshvan  17 (2nd to 7th Jewish months).

3. Noah used a solar system for calculating days and months as established by God at the creation

Noah followed a solar calendar and the system was similar to the Gregorian calendar. My calculations showed that 150 days elapsed between the 17th day of month 2 to 17th day of month 7 WHEN:

  • January began on Sunday 1st and ended on Tuesday 31st
  • February was exactly 28 days long
  • December ended on a Saturday, which completed a week
  • God began every New Year on the first day of the week.

 

1656 Calendar – Year of the Flood

600th Year of Noah’s life

January February March
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

 

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28

 

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

 

April May June
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30

 

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

 

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30

 

July August September
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31

 

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

 

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

 

October November December
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

 

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30

 

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

 

Source of template: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/?year=2006

Calendar constructed by Mercedes Moss, Prayer and Praise Power Ministries (2010)

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