Actually, a thousand years before Gregory modified the calendar system to what is widely accepted globally today, the Julian calendar was modified to ‘zero’ on ‘Anno Domini’ – the year of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Julian calendar predated Jesus by about 45 years.
|A calendar from the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad|
The Gregorian calendar was a modification of the Julian calendar made in 1582 to make it more accurate and to bring Easter more in line with where it should probably be.
At that time, Pope Gregory had an opportunity to correct what I consider to be a huge and obvious error in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars – the ‘zeroing’ of the calendar on the year of Jesus birth (or possibly His conception).
The Cross - center of all time and eternity
While it was a great day in the history of civilization, it was easily eclipsed 33 years later by Jesus’ death and resurrection. These were the two most important events in history and changed everything.
Prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the world was under ‘the law’ – that is, the Law of Moses. With Jesus death and resurrection, grace became the driving force for those who believe in Christ, and is available to all who call on Him.
Satan had the ‘keys’ to death and Hell but was defeated on the Cross and no longer has that power.
The death and resurrection also made possible the re-connection between man and God which had been severed by the sin of Adam and Eve. Roughly two months after His death, the Holy Spirit was sent to Earth to indwell all who believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, thereby forming a spiritual connection to God.
So, with all that, and more, centered around the death and resurrection of Jesus, why wasn't the calendar ‘zeroed’ on that year? I think Gregory erred in not making that change.
End of the Millenium
Had the change been made, and knowing now that Christ was probably, actually born around 3 BC on the Gregorian calendar, that He died and resurrected at about age 33, we can assume that the second millennium will really end in the calendar year 2030.
Will that be the year Christ returns? Who knows? If it is, that would put the beginning of the Great Tribulation at 2023 – just over nine years from now, that is, if the Great Tribulation is a literal seven years as many believe.
When you look at the proliferation of evil and the ever-increasing abominations of man, that timing seems pretty good to me. But, only God really knows.