Sunday, December 18, 2016

Think on these things

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, 
whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, 
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, 
whatsoever things are of good report;
 if there be any virtue, 
and if there be any praise, 
think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4:8 is one of my favorite verses.  It encompasses so much that can be applied in many areas of our lives.  Along with the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 the words are good character traits to dwell on. We desire the Holy Spirit to work in us and change us to be more like our Savior Jesus. This journey is a life-time process.

I was mediating on this verse and praying that each aspect of my life, specifically each gateway of my body would be ruled be these qualities.  The Lord knows we need to test all things that pass our lips, eyes, nose and ears…both entering and exiting. We want only things to pass that are nourishing, edifying, strengthening, uplifting, and instructional – things that will build us and others up physically, mentally, and spiritually.

As reflected on in my last blog with our snowfall, may the gateways of our body, mind and heart be white as snow. May we cherish and seek the raw beauty and purity of God, his word, and his creation.

As I meditated a vision of this graphic came to mind: 

Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23

More to discover in these verses:

I found the following sites that convey similar thoughts:
Blessings as you seek Him in all your ways.

To purchase Michael Noyes artwork:

Friday, December 16, 2016

White As Snow

Come now, and let us reason together,
saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:18

We have enjoyed the beauty of snow the past two weeks - a rarity for us in our area.
The quiet falling snow is an amazing sight - such a marvelous creation – a highlight of the winter season.  Everything looks new and different covered in icy white.  As I photographed our yard I was reminded of this song and the verse above. 

White As Snow - Maranatha Singers  

More snowy scenes from our yard this December. 

Snow is used in describing the brilliance of our great God and risen Lord Jesus Christ.

I beheld till the thrones were cast down,
and the Ancient of days did sit,
whose garment was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like the pure wool:
his throne was like the fiery flame, 
and his wheels as burning fire.
Daniel 7:9

His countenance was like lightning, 
and his raiment white as snow:
Matthew 28:3

And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow;
so as no fuller on earth can white them.
Mark 9:3

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Revelation 1:14

Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
Psalm 17:5

I created a video with my photos and video clips of the falling snow in our yard.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Events

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 16:11

Dec 1 - World Aids Day - 
Dec 1 - New moon edged closer to Venus
Dec 2/3 – Rev. 12 sign approx. start (42 weeks) See Shiloh-Redeemer document
Dec 5 - World Soils Day - 2016 Theme: “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life”
Dec 5 -  The three stars of Orion’s Belt, which the Aymara of Bolivia call the “Celestial Bridge.”
Dec 5 - Krampus Night or Krampusnacht
Dec 5 - Standing Rock, South Dakota pipeline protest - evacuation deadline 
Dec 7 - 75th - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day -
Dec 7 - First Quarter - Moon phase
Dec 8 - Catholic Feast of Immaculate Conception
Dec 9 - Unknown fast - Zechariah 8:19 - 
Dec 9 - UN Anti-Corruption Day - 2016 Theme: United against corruption for development, peace and security  -
Oct-Dec 11 (earlier noted 16) – Rome Colosseum exhibit - Temple of Bel at Palmyra replicas
Dec 11/12 or 17 - Mohammed's birthday -
Dec. 11/12 – Hope Over Fear is the twelfth consequential Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center. The exhibition is opened by the laureate on December 11th - opens to the public December 12th at 12.00 and is in display through November 2017.
Dec 12 - Day of the Virgin Guadalupe
Dec 12 – UN swearing in of new UN Secretary-General -
Dec 12 – Moon “hits Bull's eye” - occultation with Aldebaran
Dec 13 - Full "cold" moon - @ 11:38 PM (just before midnight in Jerusalem)
Dec 13 - Geminid meteor shower peak (on-going) - 
Dec 14 – Jan 9 – Palmyra 3D Exhibition -
Dec 16/17 – Rev. 12 sign approx. start (40 weeks) See Shiloh-Redeemer document

Dec 16 – UK Cub Scouts 100th -
Dec 17 - Pope Francis' 80th birthday * -
Dec 17 – Moon and Regulus – The bright star Regulus is sometimes called the Heart of the Lion (Leo).

Dec 19 - USA Electoral College vote
Dec 21 - Winter solstice
Dec 24 – Christmas Eve / Hanukkah begins in evening
Dec 25 - Christmas
Dec 25 - Hanukkah begins (Rabbinical calendar) until Jan. 1
Dec 26 – Kwanzaa begins – until Jan. 1
Dec 26 – Boxing Day
Dec 26-27 - Obama & PM Abe visit Pearl Harbor - 75th Anniv. (first Japanese leader to visit) 
Dec 29 - New Moon
Dec 31 - New Year's Day

* Note the pomp and circumstance surrounding Patriarch Kirill's 70th birthday on 
Nov 20 - (streamed live)
(Same day as the Vatican's Door of Mercy was shut.)

Triumphal Arch in the News 
July – August – Palmyra Arch – Oxford 
Sept 9-11 – World Heritage Strategy at Harvard University -
Sept 19 – Arch in Manhattan, NYC -
 Awaiting the date(s) to be announced
Palmyra Arch at London-Manhattan/NYC-Dubai
Dubai is a fast moving Arabian city that tried to turn itself into Manhattan-on-the-Gulf within a decade.    
The IDA's principal partner is the Dubai Future Foundation. 
The Museum of the Future - next to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

The rabbinical calendar added a leap month this year.
Those following the celebrated the feast days in November.

More events:

Close up of relief showing spoils from the Siege of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE on the Arch of Titus, Rome

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 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 21:34-36

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bright Morning Star

Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion,
and turneth the shadow of death into the morning,
and maketh the day dark with night:
that calleth for the waters of the sea,
and poureth them out upon the face of the earth:
The Lord is his name

Amos 5:8

VENUS - The brightest "star"

In between the rain clouds, my husband captured a video of Venus in the SW sky right after sunset!  (The images above are from the video.) This bright light in the horizon is quite an attention-getter! These illuminations have really caught our eye! 

Incredible transformation caught on our simple camera.

This video was taken on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

The prior week on Monday evening, November 21, just after sunset my husband saw Venus in the same location where Sirius appeared Sunday morning as I shared in my last blog.  It's amazing how the sky changes while we sleep...the constellations are moving westward overnight.

The early evening sky is dominated by brilliant Venus. Astronomy tells us that next to the sun and moon, the planet Venus is the brightest object we can see in the night sky.

Another video of Venus sighted in Greece on Nov. 27, 2016. 

And he that overcometh,
and keepeth my works unto the end,
to him will I give power over the nations:
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron;
as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken
to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
And I will give him the morning star.

Revelation 2:26-28

Venus was referred to as the Bright Morning Star by the ancients, a title used of the Lord Jesus in Revelation 22, in close proximity to the reference to him as “Alpha and Omega.”

Note:  Mazzaroth (constellation) or Biblical astronomy studies the creation that God made and set in order. It is not astrology which the bible admonishes us not to follow.
מַזָּרוֹת       Definition: constellation

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so are my ways higher than your ways, 
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9

More can be discovered at:

Shiloh II Booklet (PDF - download and print, 51 pages) – THE SIGNS OF THE KING’S COMING
The story told in God's word and the sky from Genesis to Revelation
- the story of Shiloh-Messiah-Christ-Redeemer-King! 

Judah's Story – Signs in the heavens

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars 
for ever and ever.

Daniel 12:3