Did something happen about 3,000 years ago
to change our perception of time as we know it?
There is ample evidence that the calendar system
changed in all civilizations on Earth way back then.
Could it happen again? Is it about to happen?
A look at the various ancient civilizations reveals the following, as outlined by Immanuel Velikovsky in a work well-footnoted and entitled Worlds in Collision : The old Babylonian year was composed of 360 days, a fact which was understood by scholars even before the cuneiform script was deciphered. The old Babylonian year consisted of twelve months of thirty days each. The Assyrian year consisted of 360 days; a decade consisted of 3,600 days. Assyrian documents refer to months of thirty days, counted from crescent to crescent.
What is the significance of the statement by the prophet Daniel, ". . . he [God] changeth the times and the seasons . . ."? (Dan. 2:21)
In the seventh or eighth centuries bc five additional days were added to the year under conditions which caused them to be regarded as unfavorable. From about the seventh century bc, the length of the Hindu year became 365¼ days, even though the older system was not discarded. The reason for the worldwide identity of time reckoning between the fifteenth and eighth centuries bc was due to the movement of the Earth along its orbit, and the revolutions of the moon during that historical period. The length of the lunar month must have been exactly thirty days and the length of the year apparently did not vary more than a few hours from 360 days.
Then something happened. A series of
catastrophes occurred that changed both the axis and orbit of both the
Earth and the moon as well as the length of the ancient year. As a
result of repeated disturbances, the Earth changed from an orbit of 360
days to one of 365.3
days and the month changed from thirty days to twenty-nine and one-half
(Velikovsky, pp. 338, 332, 342).
"He changeth the times and the seasons." Our solar system being what it is, there are some specific things that must take place before times and seasons are changed. The axis of the earth must shift from the perpendicular in order to affect the seasons, and the orbits of the Earth and moon must be altered in order to change the times.
In view of the vast amount of evidence from many peoples all over the globe the conclusion is obvious. At one time during a century of disturbances involving two catastrophes the moon receded eventually to an orbit of twenty-nine and one-half days, on the average, which has continued ever since. At the same time the orbit of the earth changed to one of 365.3 days. Spring follows winter and fall follows summer because the Earth's axis is inclined toward the sun. Should the axis be perpendicular (as likely was the case prior to the Flood) there would be no seasonal changes. Should the axis change, the seasons would change in their intensity and their order (Velikovsky, pp. 345, 120). Written traditions of the peoples of antiquity relate the disorder of the seasons directly connected with the motion of the heavenly bodies (ibid, p. 121).
NOTE: This is an excerpt from: http://www.cogeternal.org/text/004hebrewcalreliable.htm . T