A. PERSONAL NAMES OF THREE GENERATIONS
The most obvious signs that the Aristean Perpetual Calendar is God's calendar for this millennium and beyond are manifested by the first names in three generations in my family: grandmother's, mother's and mine. One may say that these are mere "coincidences", but having many "coincidences" concentrated on one individual is incredible. Amazing, isn't it? There must be a supreme power to make these happen.
When I was born, I was named Antonio. I was already 19 years old when I found out that my legal name was Antonio. Since I was a child, I have been known and have been using the name Aristeo. Never in my mind did I think otherwise. (Please click to see my birth certificate.)
When I was baptized, I was named Aristeo Antonio, the former being the name of the saint in the Roman Catholic calendar for September 3. Aristeo is the Spanish name equivalent of the Greek god Aristaeus. In Greek mythology, Aristaeus is the son of Apollo and the nymph Cyrene who received instruction from the Muses in the arts of healing and prophecy.. He is the guardian of herds and fields and was represented as a young man dressed like a shepherd and sometimes carrying a sheep. In the Greek language, the root word of Aristaeus is aristos, which means number one or best. Comparing the Aristean with other calendar proposals, it can easily be seen that it is really the best. Number one! Numero uno! (Please click to see my baptismal certificate. Note the names of my mother and my grandmother.)
The name of my mother is Gregoria, which is similar to the presently-used Gregorian calendar. Pope Gregory XIII promulgated this calendar in 1582. The name of my maternal grandmother is Julita, which is similar to the Julian calendar. Julius Caesar introduced this calendar in 46 BC. The parallelism or correspondence is striking: Gregoria, Gregorian calendar; Julita, Julian calendar. They are even in the same order! And now, I find myself proposing a calendar to replace the Gregorian. It is still an association with calendars. (Please click to see the tombs of my mother and my grandmother which I took in 1966.)
Since 1992, I had named the calendar as the Fernando Perpetual Calendar, Fernando coming from my family name. However, on March 13, 1997, while I was preparing a simple flyer to promote the calendar, I noticed that it was the first names of my mother and my grandmother that are related to our calendar. It was then when I decided to use my first name instead of my family name, and renamed the calendar to Aristean Perpetual Calendar. It made me realize later the significance of the name Aristeo.
My full name is Aristeo Canlas Fernando. This is how we in the Philippines are named. The first name (which may consist of one or more names) is followed by the family name of the mother, and lastly, the family name of the father. I have noticed that Canlas in my name may be similar to the English words "can last". My name can last and become part of history just like the names of Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory XIII when the calendar is adopted. Is Canlas in my name mere "coincidence"? Why hadn't it become a name like Perez or Valencia or Concepcion or Miranda, etc? Why Canlas? What's in a name?
B. PUBLICATIONS' FIRST
When this calendar was unveiled to the world on November 3, 1992 in Fairfield Advance, the community newspaper of the city of Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia, it hit the front page occupying about 40% with a big photo of me. It was entitled Time on his hands. Since then, it never had been on the front page. Why did it have to be on the front page? Was it to herald its arrival?
The following month, on December 2, 1992, Channel 9 TV of Australia ran in its National Nine News at 6 PM a one and a half minute feature news about this calendar. It was more than six years later when the calendar was featured on TV again. Was this showing on TV in 1992 to herald and document its introduction to the Australian audience and to the world?
On April 26, 1994, the calendar was featured in Macarthur Chronicle, the community newspaper of the city of Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia where we now live. The article, entitled Time is right for a change, occupied almost a whole page. Six weeks after its publication, I noticed the big, bold letters of the first letter of the paragraphs. They spelled A-M-A. Ama is the Filipino word for father, or God the Father. Would you believe that Ama is the name of the Holy Spirit I communicate with? Actually, He is the source of all the heavenly revelations and prophecies that I have been presenting in my radio program and in articles published in Filipin-Oz, the Filipino newspaper in Sydney. (Please click to see the bold letters A-M-A in the publication.)
I believe those letters were made bold by the editor upon the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to remind me that He is in control. It made me aware of His presence in this endeavor and His approval. It also shows the power of the Holy Spirit. I did not have anything to do with the layout of the article. I was just interviewed by Lynda Fallon, a journalist of the newspaper. Was the highlighting or the making bold of those three letters that spelled A-M-A a "coincidence"?
C. 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES IN SYDNEY
Do you know that this calendar just came about as an inspiration, I believe from God, while I was driving to work one morning in 1992? What came to my mind was just "31-30-30, start on Monday." This was the beginning of it all. It was a year later, in 1993, when I realized that my mother's name is related to the calendar we are presently using. Another year later, in 1994, when I realized that my grandmother's name is related also to our calendar.
The place where the idea flashed to my mind is barely about a kilometer away from the boundary of Metropolitan Sydney. It is still within the jurisdiction of the city of Campbelltown, a satellite city of Sydney. Hence, the calendar can still be considered to have been conceived in Sydney. Doesn't this illustrate that God is never late? So what if it was conceived in Sydney? What is the connection of the conception place to Sydney?
Sydney will be hosting the 2000 Olympic Games. Since the calendar was born in Sydney, wouldn't it be appropriate to proclaim it in Sydney during the Games as the official standard primary calendar of the world? The calendar change is of world significance. The Olympic Games is the appropriate stage to proclaim the calendar to the world because it is an international event where the eyes of the world are focussed.
Do you know that I have predicted that Sydney would win the 2000 Olympic Games? I based this on two signs. First is in the postcode of Sydney. Would you believe that it is 2000? If the state of New South Wales is the "first state", why do its postcodes be in the 2000 series? Why not in the 1000 series? The second sign is the calendar. Sydney will be hosting the Games in order that the calendar will be proclaimed during the Games. Had Beijing won the 2000 Olympic Games, would it have the incentive or reason to proclaim a new calendar in the Games? The Chinese have their own calendar. Wouldn't it be ironic to them if they proclaim a new one?
So the 2000 Olympic Games will be held in Sydney. It will be held from September 15 to October 1, 2000. It will be on the last day of the Games during the closing ceremony that I would like the calendar to be proclaimed. That will exactly be three months before its implementation date. That implementation date is January 1, 2001. That date is the true start of the Third Millennium and the 21st Century. Isn't that date very significant? A new calendar for a new millennium. The calendar could then serve as the gift of this present generation of mankind to future generations in commemoration of the start of the Third Millennium.
January 1 in 1601 was Monday; in 1701, Saturday; in 1801, Thursday; in 1901, Tuesday. Is it a coincidence that January 1, 2001 in the Gregorian calendar is a Monday? The Aristean starts the year on a Monday. Thus, the transition from the Gregorian to the Aristean would be smooth. The Gregorian on December 31, 2000 will be a Sunday. The next day, January 1, 2001, the Aristean starts and will be a Monday. The transition period will be for two months when the Gregorian and the Aristean are the same. This happens from January 1, 2001 to February 28, 2001. God must be giving us some more time to do adjustments before we finally implement the Aristean fully.
The Centenary of Federation of Australia will be held on January 1, 2001. Couldn't Australia consider the Aristean as its best memorable and lasting gift to the world in commemoration of this centennial celebration and of its hosting the 2000 Olympic Games as well? Are these milestones in the history of Australia "coincidences" that fit the Aristean in?
There are other "coincidences" in my life but they are not as relevant as the above to the calendar. They will be dealt with in some other Web sites in the future. Suffice it to say, I would like to mention here one very significant "coincidence" which may be accessed in this Web page - the number of Jesus.
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