The Maya, Egyptians, Babylonians
and others also had a 360-day calendar. As said, they adjusted it to the more accurate year of 365 days by
simply added 5 special days at the
end of every 360-day year rather than the 30-day leap month system of
the prophetic calendar.1 Because
these ancient calendars did not account for the extra quarter day in the more accurate computation
of 365.25, their year steadily fell behind. For
instance, with every 1460 Julian years (of 365.25 days) 1461 Egyptian years
elapsed (of 365 days). (1460 years x .25
days [i.e., 6 hours] = 365 days, or a one-year lag.) The Egyptians called
this 1460-year cycle the "Sothis Period."
To match the 365.25 level of accuracy, the
360-prophectic calendar of 12 months of 30 days must simply count out
6 years before an extra month of 30 days is accumulated. (A 365
solar year less a 360 prophetic year = 5 days. Five days for
each year over a six-year period = 5 x 6 = 30 days.) This means
that every 6th year is a leap month year with 390 days in that year,
(i.e., 13 months of 30 days = 390 days).
12 months in a year, 30 days in a month,
360 days in a year,
with every sixth year having 13 months, or 390 days.
In 6 years there would be 360 x 6 days = 2160
days, plus a leap month of 30 days
more = 2190 days. (2190 days divided by 6 years = 365
This and 'step 3' are really one unit. Though this second step
can be studied independently, it better understood in relationship to
the next step. The next step will combine six of these six-year cycles
with a special 7th cycle that completes a round 40-year period. This
larger 40-year cycle is the central part of the calendar. By
learning and applying it to your own bible-number study, you will
resolve 90% of the mysteries that lie behind these numbers. The rest
of our calendar study is but 'icing on the cake.'
1.) The ancient Zoroastrian
calendar is an exception: They also used 30-day leaps months similar to
the prophetic calendar except using 120-year cycles rather than the
40 year cycles that we will be looking at in 'step 3'.