Monday, February 5, 2018

February Events


But I have trusted in thy mercy;
my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

Psalm 13:5



Celestial Signs - Genesis 1:14, Psalm 19
Jan 31 – Super Blue Blood Moon – A rare occurrence!
Feb 2 – Moon at Virgo’s head
Feb 7 – Jupiter & Moon (at scale) in Libra
Feb 15 – Partial Eclipse
On Feb. 15, the moon will partially block the sun over Antarctica and part of South America.
https://www.space.com/39557-next-blood-moon-eclipses-2018-2019.html
Feb 15-17 – Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury @ Aquarius
Feb 15 – New Moon
Feb 16 – Lunar / Chinese New Year ( year of the dog)

February - What's in the Sky


A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26


Historical events by Hebrew date:
The 11th month (Shevat) began after the sighting of the new moon on Jan. 18.

Timeline –www.informedchristians.com:
February Events
Be alert and always keep on praying ... Ephesians 6 
Black History Month
American Heart Month

Jan 31/Feb 2 – Congressional Retreat @ Greenbrier, WV / Train wreck
(calendar does rely on new moon sighting)
(month begins after sighting of new moon) 
Feb 1/2 - Shevat 15 - Tu B'Shvat New Year for Trees
Feb 1 & 2 - Candlemas and Imbolg, a.k.a. Groundhog's Day (cross-quarter day/halfway between two seasons)
Feb 1 – National Freedom Day - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Freedom_Day
Feb 1 - Window to the Heart - Times Square Valentine Heart Design will be on view at the center of the Crossroads of the World. ... unveiled on February 1 at 11am at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets.
Feb 2 – Vatican Religious Leaders Conf. – ends
Feb 2 – Rome – World Fair of Sacred Art – begins
Feb 2 - National Wear Red Day - American Heart Association and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Feb 2 – Moon at Virgo’s head
Feb 3 – Feast day of Simeon and the prophetess Anna
Feb 3, 1959 - HISTORY - Plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson— “the Day the Music Died.”
Feb 4 – Super Bowl LII – Eagles vs. Patriots - Minneapolis (Pink, Timberlake)
Feb 4 - World Cancer Day

Feb 5, 62 AD  – Historic Pompeii earthquake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompeii
Feb 5-7 – Raise Your Voice – Times Up – The Maker’s Conf.
Feb 5 (week of) - US troops arrive for drill simulating massive missile attack on Israel
The biennial Juniper Cobra military exercise, which is being held for the ninth time
Feb 6 - Space X launch of Falcon Heavy rocket / Tesla car in space
Feb 7-8 – Mena Summit – Abu Dhabi - https://twitter.com/MilkenInstitute - Geo. W. Bush speaker

Feb 7-17 - Sharjah Light Festival
Feb 7 – Jupiter & Moon (at scale) in Libra
Feb 9     – Winter Olympics in South Korea - Torch lighting ceremony
Feb 9-25 – Winter Olympics in South Korea - https://www.olympic.org/
Feb 9 –  HRM QE arrives at Gibraltar
Feb 11-13 - World Gov Summit - Dubai - "Happiness" Smiley Face
 - https://twitter.com/WorldGovSummit -  aim to shape the future of governments
 - https://www.worldgovernmentsummit.org/
 - Digital Archaeology - IDA begins setup of its AI installation (last year Palmyra Arch displayed) -
  - https://twitter.com/DigiArchaeo
Feb 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb 12 - Abbas, Putin to discuss new peace talks @ Sochi
Feb 13 – Shrove Tuesday / Carnival
Feb 13 - Maha Shivaratri - Hindu festival
Feb 13 – Family Day (Canada)
February 14, 1859 - Oregon becomes 33rd state
February 14, 1912 - Arizona becomes 48th state
Feb 14 – Ash Wednesday
Feb 13/14 – Lupercalia / Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 – Int'l. Condom Day
Feb 15 – National Flag Day (Canada Day)  - 150th Anniversary
Feb 15 – Partial Eclipse
Feb 15, the moon will partially block the sun over Antarctica and part of South America.
Feb 15-17 – Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury @ Aquarius
Feb 15 – New Moon
Feb 16 – Lunar / Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog)
Feb 16 - movie release "Black Panther"
Feb 16 - movie release "Samson"
Feb 17 – 12th Month (Hebrew calendar) begins at new moon sighting in Jerusalem
Feb 19 – President’s Day (holiday)
Feb 19 – 21  - Interference AV At the Crossroads @ Times Square
 -  http://arts.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-arts/projects/at-the-crossroads/interference-av/index.aspx
Feb 22 – George Washington’s Birthday
Feb 22 – Natl. Margarita Day
Feb 23 – Russian Defender of the Fatherland Day
Feb 28 – Pope Benedict XVI (historic Papacy ended)

March 1 – Fast of Esther

March 2 - Purim 

FEBRUARY – U.N. Observances
4 February
6 February
11 February
13 February
20 February
21 February


Other international meetings:  
http://www.iisd.ca/upcoming/  &  http://en.unesco.org
http://www.un.org/en/sections/observances/international-days/index.html



Ongoing –
TBA - Arch of Triumph of Palmyra, Syria returns to Palmyra ??



Sunday, February 4, 2018

Tu B'Shvat New Year for Trees


And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up,
and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves
that summer is now nigh at hand.
 . . .
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass,
and to stand before the Son of man.

Luke 21:28-36



Shevat 15 - Tu B'Shevat - New Year for Trees

Significance: The "new year" for calculating the age of trees
Length: 1 day
Customs: eating fruit or the Seven Species; planting trees (or paying for planting them)

When you come to the land and you plant any tree, you shall treat its fruit as forbidden; for three years it will be forbidden and not eaten. In the fourth year, all of its fruit shall be sanctified to praise the L-RD. In the fifth year, you may eat its fruit. -Leviticus 19:23-25

"The New Year of the Trees" or Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות, Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot
Tu b'Shevat, the fifteenth of Shevat, is considered to be Rosh Hashanah for trees, regarding the requirement of tithing their produce.
Tu Bishvat day marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. Tu Bishvat distinguishes between the last year’s fruits and the fruits of a new year. Tu Bishvat or the “birthday” of all fruit trees, is a minor festival. The name is Hebrew for the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat. 



(calendar does not rely on new moon sighting)
(month begins after sighting of new moon)


shaqed: almond (tree)
Original Word: שָׁקֵד
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: shaqed
Phonetic Spelling: (shaw-kade')
Short Definition: tree

shaqad: to watch, wake
Original Word: שָׁקַד
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: shaqad
Phonetic Spelling: (shaw-kad')
Short Definition: watching

Jeremiah 1:11
HEB: וָאֹמַ֕ר מַקֵּ֥ל שָׁקֵ֖ד אֲנִ֥י רֹאֶֽה׃
I see a rod of an almond tree.



Prodigy of the Almond Tree

The lampstand (menorah): golden, budding and blossoming almond branches. 
Aaron's Rod: a branch that budded, blossomed and ripened almonds.
Jeremiah's vision: a branch of an almond tree.

The Hebrew word for almond tree comes from a root word which means "to be alert, sleepless, to be watchful, to be on the lookout." So simple yet so profound is the parable of this "alert" and "watchful" tree. A branch that budded, blossomed and ripened almonds was chosen to represent the watchmen – Aaron and the House of Levi. Its budding and blossoming almond branches served as the pattern for the light in the holy place: a center branch producing the fruit of light with in-grafted branches also producing the fruit of light. An almond branch was used to communicate the message to Jeremiah that our Heavenly Father is watching over His Word to perform it. The attributes of the almond tree expounded proclaim the story of the Righteous Branch: watchful… first to resurrect… white garments… firstfruits… flesh withering in the heat… stricken… beaten… shaken… crushed but not destroyed… sweet, single, edible seed.

When the children of Israel were brought out of Egypt in the month Abib by a strong hand, they were led by a branch in Moses and Aaron's hand (a branch which later resurrected into a budding and blossoming almond branch), they encamped at a place called "Almonds" (Migdol) and they were brought to a mountain in Midian known as Jabal al Lawz or Mountain of Almonds.
More amazing discoveries about almonds and the Bible: 


Spurgeon | Lessons from the Almond Tree



Matthew 25:1, 13
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
14 For it is just like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted them with his possessions.…

grégoreó: to be awake, to watch
Greek: γρηγορέω

Sources:


Proverbs 8:34
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates,
waiting at the posts of my doors.



Maranatha! 



Amazing sequence of events 
surrounding this year’s
Shevat 15 - Tu B'Shevat - New Year for Trees







Saturday, February 3, 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon



The sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever
shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered:
for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said,
and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
Joel 2:31-32




Super Blue Blood Moon – A rare occurrence in January 2018!

January had TWO Super Moons – January 1st and 31st
(hence the Blue Moon for the second).

There has been a lot published about this historic conjunction, especially with the previous blood moon series and with the January 31st Super Blue Blood Moon happening just before Tu B'Shvat (15th of Shivat) - New Year for Trees - Rosh Hashanah.


Although this big event has passed, I wanted to save/archive the information all together in this blog (didn’t have time previously).  I’m still gathering information and hope to add more at a later time.



This occurred over 150 years ago!  In late March 1866, there was a Blue Moon total lunar eclipse for North and South American time zones. But this full moon was not a supermoon.

Another odd coincident to this January 31 date is the death of Guy Fawkes on January 31, 1606 · Westminster, England. His story and gruesome events of his death are documented here:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Guy-Fawkes


Additionally, there will be two eclipses within a two week period
- January 31st and February 15 
Both of these occur in the 11th Hebrew month



Tu B'Shevat Blood Moon



Sources and additional links:

More to come…

Maranatha!



Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hazelnut Trees / Helmet


But let us, who are of the day, be sober,
putting on the breastplate of faith and love;
and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

1 Thessalonians 5:8



Living in the land of abundant hazelnuts caused me to take notice of this odd report in the recent news. Just another weird world event of our unbridled society, yet this one piqued my curiosity…is there something more here?
Chaos spreads in France as Nutella-loving customers battle to get 70 percent off

The tasty chocolate spread, Nutella, is made from hazelnuts. It is one our family favorites. We have farm fields of what is locally referred to as “filberts.”  Area stores and farmer’s market feature the Oregon produce. Trees in general have been on my mind as Tu B'Shvat New Year for Trees is approaching, so I decided to look further into these trees and their nut “fruits.”

In 2014, world production of hazelnuts (in shells) was led by Turkey at 63% of the world total, followed by ItalyGeorgia, the United States, and Azerbaijan. In the United States, Oregon accounted for 99% of the nation's production in 2014.


The flowers are produced very early in spring before the leaves.

Hazelnut plant details:
Latin corylus, corulus hazel or filbert shrub.
Greek word korys which means "helmet" -
(a reference to the calyx which covers the nut).

In Casuarina, Juglans and the order Corylaceae, the pollen-tube does not enter by means of the micropyle, but passing down the ovary wall and through the placenta, enters at the chalazal end of the ovule.


The genus name • Corylus originates from the Greek word korys.
 Greek word Korys (“hat” or “helmet”)
and it certainly applies to the helmet-like husks of the hazelnuts.

As I read the word “helmet” my mind was excitedly drawn to the word of God.
I won’t view the harvest of these nuts in the same way now.

And take the helmet of salvation - 4030. perikephalaia

kephalé: the head
Original Word: κεφαλή, ῆς, ἡ
Phonetic Spelling: (kef-al-ay')
Definition: (a) the head, (b) met: a corner stone, uniting two walls; head, ruler, lord.
koba: helmet
Original Word: כּוֹבָע
Phonetic Spelling: (ko'-bah) - http://biblehub.com/hebrew/3553.htm


https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0761164545 
HAZELNUTS (FILBERTS): Called fountouki in Greek today, these were called korylus in ancient times, from the Greek word korys, or “helmet,” due to their shape. ... 
[walnuts have helmets as well]

Turkey is the world's largest producer of hazelnuts, but Oregon is the largest US grower.
Oregon Hazelnut Growers - http://oregonhazelnuts.org/
The name filbert probably derived from the German term vollbart (full beard) in reference to some hazelnut varieties in which the husk entirely covers the nut. 
About 70% of the world’s hazelnut production comes from the Black Sea region of northern Turkey. Italy produces about 20% of world production. Spain, France, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and the United States produce most of the rest.


Building on the helmet study – the following video came out the same time I was discovering the helmet and hazelnut connection.  Many seek after God, but truth is found in the living word and by the spirit of God. Salvation is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ alone.
Scientists Discover the Truth!
The God Helmet is an experimental apparatus originally called the Koren helmet after its inventor Stanley Koren. It was developed by Koren and neuroscientist Michael Persinger to study creativity, religious experience and the effects of subtle stimulation of the temporal lobes.
God helmet -
The “Shiva” God Helmet ® is a cutting-edge mind technology endorsed by Dr. Michael A. Persinger, whose laboratory God Helmet has been seen on dozens of television documentaries. It has elicited a wide range of spiritual experiences, visions, out-of-body experiences, and even visions of God
Michael Persinger, the God Helmet, and Neurotheology
– a New Brain Science - https://www.god-helmet.com/wp/


Ephesians 6:17
And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:



Feb 1/2 - Shevat 15 Tu B'Shvat New Year for Trees
http://tammyjdub.blogspot.com/2017/12/january-2018-events.html


Sources:
Harvest is in September when the nuts start falling from the trees.