Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Out of Egypt

The Alabaster jar of spikenard / oil to anoint the Messiah before his death and burial

And while he was in Bethany in the House of Shimeon the Potter, [a man who had previously had leprosy] as he was reclining, a woman came who had with her an alabaster vase of ointment of the best spikenard, very expensive, and she opened it and poured it on Yeshua's head. 
But there were some of the disciples who were displeased within themselves and they said, "Why the loss of this ointment?" "It would have been possible to sell this for more than 300 denarii and for it to be given to the poor." And they were indignant at her. But Yeshua said, "Let her alone. Why are you troubling her? She has done a beautiful deed for me." "For the poor are always with you, and whenever you wish, you can do good for them, but I am not always with you." "She has done what she could, and she has anticipated anointing my body for burial." And amen, I say to you, that everywhere that this my gospel shall be preached in all the world, this thing that she has done shall also be spoken in her memory."

An alabastron (from Greek (Strong's 211) ἀλάβαστρον; plural: alabastra or alabastrons) is a small type of pottery or glass vessel used in the ancient world for holding oil, especially perfume or massage oils. They originated in ancient Egypt as containers carved from alabaster – hence the name.

The precious spikenard oil held in alabaster was used to anoint Christ before his death and burial. The fragrance infused the dwelling and prepared the way for the greatest sacrifice and miracle to come – the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Gospel accounts before the Passover (Jesus’ death) with Mary, Martha and Lazarus (siblings):
·         Matthew 26:6-13
·         Mark 14:3-9
·         John 12:1-8

An earlier account of alabaster and oil - Luke 7:36-50 speaks of the house of Simon the Pharisee rather than the house of Simon the leper. This event occurred about a year before the crucifixion in the area around Galilee (Luke 7:1, 11). The woman here was forgiven of many sins, but her name is not given.

You cannot talk about Egypt without mentioning alabaster, an artistic handicraft that boasts a millenniums old history and a noble tradition that can be felt in almost every nook and cranny of the country. The secrets of the manufacture of this warm and luminous stone have been handed down from generation to generation, throughout the ages, and still represent one of the pinnacles of Egyptian handicrafts.

The world is fascinated by the customs of Egypt. It is especially noteworthy as the biblical month of Abib (Nisan) starts.  The beginning of God’s spiritual calendar – marking the New Year. Even this month takes us back to Egypt.  The time of rebirth – the start of the growing season. It was the time release for the Hebrew captives as God rescued them from their years of slavery and came out of Egypt.

Exodus 12:1-2, 13-14
“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months:
it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

“And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are:
and when I see the blood, I will pass over you,
and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you,
when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial;
and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations;
ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”

Nard / Spikenard
Greek: νάρδος, νάρδου, ἡ  
Hebrew: נֵרְדְּ, Song of Solomon 1:12; Song of Solomon 4:13f)
Sanskrit: naladâ; Persian: nârdîn

Nard (Spikenard), Nardostachys Jatamansi, does not grow naturally in Israel. It is a fragrant East Indian plant, native of the Himalayan region,  belonging to the genus Valeriana, which yields a most precious ointment. Nard is a perennial herb that has a long tap roots or rhizomes that are used to make nard. In the Roman Empire, nard was the main ingredient in a perfume called nardinum.  From its blackish roots a perfume for the hair is still prepared in India and used in a variety of traditional Indian medicines. Supposedly nard was an ingredient in the Israelite Temple incense. 

Spikenard History and Spiritual Meaning | Essential Oils of the Bible

Some news out of Egypt:

The rising of the statue of Pharaoh out of the mud in Heliopolis
Alabaster Queen statue discovered on the west bank of Luxor along the Nile River
Earthquake, M4.0 - M3.3 in Cairo - March 25, 2017
Egypt’s former leader, Mubarek, returned home to Heliopolis
Egypt’ pyramids to share stage with pharaoh’s boats

In studying the journey of the wise men at Jesus’ birth we were reminded that the family fled with their young son to Egypt.  At the death of the ruler, Herod, Tetrarch of Galilee and Perea, Joseph, Mary and the boy Jesus came out of Egypt and returned to their homeland, settling in Nazareth (Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23). Hosea 11:1 - When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.

My Deliverer Is Coming - Rich Mullins (Lyrics)
Joseph took his wife and her child
And they went to Africa [Egypt]
To escape the rage of a deadly King
There along the banks of the Nile
Jesus listened to the song
That the captive children used to sing
They were singin'
Hosea 11:1 - When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.

 Another association covered by the media is the replica triumphal arch from Palmyra, Syria, made of Egyptian marble. The 2/3 size remake has traveled to major financial hubs of the world:  London, Manhattan (NYC) and Dubai. This symbol has garnered attention from elite world leaders as it was displayed at the Dubai World Summit and is now set up at the G7 Cultural Summit in Florence, Italy. 

This attention to Egypt – a major historical power – restates some important aspects of our Savior’s life.
·         - Fleeing to Egypt as a young child to be protected from the wrath of the ruler Herod.
·         - The Via Maris route from Egypt to Damascus that Jesus would have walked along.
·         - The alabaster (from Egypt) that contained oil for his anointing
               – a reminder of fragrances he received at birth and the later escape to Egypt.

For us today, the lesson is to come out of “spiritual Egypt.”
 (“… spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt…”-  Revelation 11:8)

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,
Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins,
and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

Revelation 18:4

Out of Egypt - Part I 

Alabaster Jar song by Giovanna Lyssa Cavagnaro

The Great Exchange/The Girl Who Broke the Alabaster Jar - Sarah Liberman

More videos:


As I shared Exodus 12:1-2, 13-14 above about the first month a new video came out expanding more on the God-ordained time of year ;-)

1st month - Month of Judah 

Additional news about alabaster and Egypt!

April 9, 2017 - Part of Egyptian Statue May Have Been Discovered by Temple Mount ‘Sifters’

New Spiritual Year begins Abib/Aviv/Nissan 1st Month
NISSAN 5781 Chalkboard Teaching

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March Events

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:10

Fast of Esther – March 11/12  ~  Purim --  March 12 & 13/14 - 13th Month - Adar II
(calendars almost in sync)


Updated plans were announced in the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) newsletter.
Arch of Triumph of Palmyra replica will have a "major installation and presentation at the G7 Summit in Florence" at the Palazzo della Signoria (location of David and Neptune statues) 
Palazzo della Signoria - Florence, (Tuscany) Italy
Mar 24-27 - Arch displayed
Mar 30 @ 2:00 - unveiling ceremony of arch
Mar 30-31 - G7 Summit / Conclave of cultural ministers
Following will be a "six month series of events at the Museum of Archaeology in Arona, Italy." The arch will be on display as part of a larger exhibit and renaming of the Museum of Archaeology. 

Mar 1 – Ash Wednesday
Mar 1 – UN Zero Discrimination Day [UNAIDS]
Mar 1 - Matronalia 
Mar 3 - World Wildlife Day -
Mar 3 - movie "The Shack" (false portrayal of God - blasphemous?, Mormon author)
Mar 3 - movie "Logan"
Mar 3, 1931 - "The Star-Spangled Banner" made the USA national anthem
Mar 4 - Lunar occultation of Aldebaran. (moon - near Pleiades)
Mar 8 - 100th anniversary of the 1917 Communist Revolution
Mar 8 - UN International Women’s Day
Mar 8-11 - Call to fast - 3-Day Esther Fast 
Mar 10 - movie "King Kong"
Mar 11 -  London protest - march to Trafalgar Square -
Mar 11 - Lorde / Green Light song - Saturday Night Live 
Mar 12 - Daylight Saving Time starts
Mar 12 - Holi - Hindu Holiday
Mar 12 - NASCAR Las Vegas
Mar 12 - Full "Worm" Moon
Mar 13, 2013 - History - Francis became Pope on 3/13/13.
Mar 13 - Commonweath Day- 
Mar 13-15 - Moon, Jupiter in Virgo
March 14 - PI Day / Riots against Trump planned
March 14-15 - Federal Open Market Committee meeting
Mar 15 - Ides of March

Mar 15-April 16 - US National Cherry Blossom Festival
March 15 - interest rate increase expected

March 16 - Congressional deadline for extension of Debt Ceiling
Mar 17 - St. Patrick's Day
Mar 17 - Release day of "Spirit," Depeche Mode and Telekom Street Gigs will host a special live event in Berlin.
Mar 17 - Evacuation Day - public holiday in Suffolk County (including Boston), Massachusetts
Mar 17 - Beauty and the Beast
Mar 17-18 - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - official two-day visit to Paris.
Mar 19 - Saudi Arabia - Riyadh to host camel festival, beauty contest
Mar 19 - NASCAR Phoenix
Mar 20 - Spring equinox
Mar 20 - UN International Day of Happiness
Mar 21–27 - Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination  
Mar 21 - Nowruz - Persian New Year (literally "New Day") 
Mar 21, 2017, a noted Georgia Guidestones date
March 23-24 - 2017 Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference
Mar 24-27 - Arch of Triumph of Palmyra replica - Florence 
Mar 24 - Pope Francis will meet with the leaders of all EU nations at the Vatican ahead of the bloc's special summit in Rome
March 25 @ Arona Museum of Archaeology, Italy (previously announced/location changed)
Mar 25 - Feast of the Annunciation (Catholic)
Mar 25 - EU heads of state or government will meet in Rome - 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. 
On this occasion they are expected to adopt declaration. 
Mar 25 - Maryland Day
Mar 25 - Venus lines up with the Sun at inferior conjunction
Mar 26 - NASCAR Auto Club Speedway - Fontana CA
Mar 28 – New Moon -
Mar 29 - Brexit formal notification at European Union
March 29-April 6 - Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Romania, Italy, Austria and will conclude in Vienna.
March 29 – Moon, Mercury, Mars with The Pleiades star cluster above Mars
Mar 29/30 - Nisan 1 -
Mar 30 @ 2:00 - unveiling ceremony of Arch of Triumph of Palmyra replica - Florence
Mar 30-31 - G7 Summit / Conclave of cultural ministers - Florence, Italy
Mar 31 - movie "Ghost in the Shell"
April 1 - Cherry Blossom Kite Festival and April 8 parade - Washington, D.C.
April 1-3 - NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship - Phoenix, AZ

Other international meetings:  &

Celestial Events
Sky events in March:
Mar 4 - Lunar occultation of Aldebaran. (moon - near Pleiades)
Mar 12 - Full "Worm" Moon
Mar 20 - Spring equinox / Moon 3rd quarter
Mar 25 - Venus lines up with the Sun at inferior conjunction
Note upcoming asteroids (dates & names - links with details):

I am absolutely amazed that the stars we see are the same ones Abraham saw....the celestial lights are true witnesses for all generations. 

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens
to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.
Genesis 1:14

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. 

[ A Book of Remembrance ] Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name.

Malachi 3:16

Enter by the narrow gate; 
for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction,
and there are many who go in by it.
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life,
and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:13-14

An in depth preview of the upcoming events and what the symbolize.