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) - 
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 -
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 -

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

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

Tree – Ets – Genesis 1:11

And God said: 'Let the earth put forth grass, herb yielding seed,
and fruit-tree bearing fruit after its kind,
wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth.' And it was so.
Genesis 1:11

Genesis 1:11 
HEB: מַזְרִ֣יעַ זֶ֔רַע עֵ֣ץ פְּרִ֞י עֹ֤שֶׂה
NAS: [and] fruit trees on the earth
KJV: [and] the fruit tree yielding
INT: yielding seed trees fruit bearing
JPS Tanakh 1917 (top of page)

Genesis 1:11
First mention of trees in the bible.

This painting shows the word "Etz" which is Hebrew for "tree." 
The language is read right to left, so the right-most and middle forms 
are the word tree, and the left-most form is, well, a tree. 

Hebrew word:  TREE
ets: tree, trees, wood
Original Word: עֵץ
Transliteration: ets [ehts, etz]
Phonetic Spelling: (ates)
Short Definition: wood

עֵץ  / ets / etz
עֵ - Hebrew letter Ayin - This letter evolved into the ע in the Modern Hebrew script.
ץ - In modern Hebrew, the letter's name is Tsadi or Ṣadi. The word tsad means "side," but is also related to the idea of a stronghold, which is often built on the side of a mountain.

Tree (עץ eyts, Strong's # 6086: When we think of a tree an image comes to mind but, when the Hebrews who wrote the Bible think of a tree an action comes to mind. This is one of the foundational differences between Ancient Hebrew and Modern Western thought. The Hebrew word eyts represents a tree but more the action of lifting up with support, the function of the trunk and branches of the tree. Other words related to this one also have this same active meaning. The word atseh [str:6096] is the spine, eytsah [str:6098] is a council and etsem [str:6106] is the word for bones.

Counsel (עצה eytsah, Strong's #6098): The word eytsah, meaning counsel, is the feminine form of the masculine word eyts [str:6086] meaning a tree. Counsel is the giving of advice, encouragement or guidance. Within the family or the community this would be an elder, one filled with years of wisdom and experience. In the Hebrew mind this elder, or counselor, and his counsel is seen as the support to the community in the same way that the trunk of a tree supports the branches of the tree.

The Bible mentions by name TWO trees that were planted in the Garden of Eden:
“The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9)
The first tree is ‘the tree of life’ which appears in the original Hebrew as ‘Etz Ha-Cha’yim’ {עץ החיים} and the second is known in Hebrew as ‘Etz Ha-Da’at.’ {עץ הדעת}
The original Hebrew syntax of this verse suggests that the two trees are in fact opposites – or at least, one stands in contrast to the other.
In other words, from the Hebrew syntax of this verse, one can learn that man had to choose between living eternal life OR receiving the gift of knowledge. To live for all eternity and to possess the gift of knowledge does not
appear to be a contradiction at all – so why it is presented as a conflict between two opposite things?
Well, according to one very interesting interpretation, the perspective should be applied for ALL mankind – because with great positive knowledge (which can make our lives better) comes also negative destructive knowledge which can easily damage it.
When man chose ‘knowledge’ he ultimately ruined his chances for having eternal life because of what is attached to the ‘knowledge.’
Here is an interesting anecdote before we conclude this post. The original Hebrew word for ‘tree’ is ‘Etz’ {עץ} which is spelled and pronounced almost identically as the Hebrew word ‘Etzah’ {עצה} – which means ‘advice.’
When one reads this part in the original Hebrew, one cannot ignore the double meaning of the Hebrew word ‘Etz’ which sounds like both ‘tree’ and ‘advice.’ The ‘tree of life’ and ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ sounds also very much like ‘the advice of life’ and ‘the advice of knowledge of good and evil.’


There are two words for tree in Hebrew.
עץ (etz) or אילן (ilan).
Plural: עצים (etzim) or אילנות (ilanot).

 Living Word in 3D - Hebrew Explained

Amazing Hebrew Meaning of 1st Verse of Bible REVEALED!

Hebrew Word of the Day: Tree

Israeli almond trees - Almond blossoms in January
There are at least three wild species of almond tree in Israel. Come the midwinter festival of Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish new year for trees, their blossoms adorn rural hillsides and town gardens alike, dotting the landscape with pink-white puffs. Israel is believed to be one of the regions where the tree was domesticated and indeed almonds are still grown commercially here to this day.

Etz Chayim (Tree of Life)

Modern Hebrew tends to prefer Biblical over Mishnaic Hebrew, and so we generally use the word etz for tree (except when talking about Tu B'Shvat.)

Psalm 119 has sections highlighting Ayin & Tsadhe!
  Psalm 119:121-128 – Ayin
  Psalm 119:137-144 – Tsadhe/Tzadi

Shevat 15 - Tu B'Shvat New Year for Trees

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


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Are you prepared?

“ ye go, preach, saying,
The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick...
...freely ye have received, freely give.”

Matthew 10:7-8

Health warnings continue as we head into the year 2020!  The flu, viruses and "Corona" virus is making major headlines in our news today. Health facilities are overwhelmed and people are being quarantined to their homes.  It is another reminder to have your home prepared for various emergencies. Stocked supplies of food, personal care items, medical and other basic needs items are necessary when regular supply chains are disrupted. 

Why We Are So Ill-Prepared for A Possible Pandemic Like Coronavirus

This encouraging story has come out of China as people are staying in their homes.

Shouts of 'jiāyóu' can be heard echoing between Wuhan's high-rise apartment blocks as people take to their balconies to shout what translates literally as "add oil," meaning 'keep up the fight', to their neighbours.  It is day six of life under lockdown for the Chinese city's 11 million residents, who have found themselves at the centre of the outbreak of coronavirus. 
加油  "Jiayou" (add oil) = keep the fire burning, more effort, keep going....
The phrase, "Add oil!" is often used to show encouragement, to persist.
  🔥  👏  
Stay strong Wuhan!  Stay strong China!

Matthew 25:1-4
verse 4  "but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps."

With 'Bombogenesis' winter storms, floods, cyclones and other disasters continually in the media and again reports of IV shortages in the news!  It's a good idea to stock up on supplies for your family and extra to share. Be prepared for power outages and other life changing events. These steps of precaution can help you and others in the future. 

Shortage of IV bags from Puerto Rico has area hospitals scrambling to care for patients January 11, 2018

Hospitals struggle to battle peak flu season amid widespread IV bag shortage.  Hospital uses Gatorade [with food coloring and artificial ingredients]  to combat dehydration. It now takes her four times as long.

The Flu Survival Guide: Kitchen Remedies and Natural Strategies to Battle the Bug

This know also, that in the last days 
perilous times shall come.
2 Timothy 3:1

Life Happens...
Whether you are traveling in a third-world country on various missions, picking up the pieces from a tornado, or even just confronting home or job loss, we will often find ourselves in situations that are far less than ideal - how we react to those circumstances should not make the situation worse.

Be Prepared for a Disaster
Links to publications to download and print:

Ways to make your own Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) & Rice / Maize Water
 - page 21 & 22 of the booklet

The Good Samaritan made provision for the care of the injured man even though he was departing. 
“...A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment,
and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way:
and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place,
came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was:
and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds,
pouring in oil and wine,
and set him on his own beast, and brought him
to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence,
and gave them to the host, and said unto him,
Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more,
when I come again, I will repay thee.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou,
was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.
Then said Jesus unto him,
Go, and do thou likewise.” 

The Good Samaritan: Jericho-Jerusalem Road, Inn of Good Samaritan

Know what common, simple resources are available for health and healing:
  • Native plants and herbs (link for more details)
  • Herbal teas and tinctures
  • Essential oils
  • Colloidal silver
  • Rain water
  • Etc.
Here are some free resources to download (apps) and printables. Some dedicated attention to cold circumstances would be worth considering.

Swedish Government Warning For Crisis! Saying Be Prepared!
This video is intended to share my passion and desire for a local and sustainable food chain and to help people achieve that. The video was triggered by the late media attention mentioned.

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 
Luke 21:25-26

Time of Perplexity 
- pdf to save and print 

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, 
called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: 
he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Revelation 12:9

God's Plan of Salvation |

Trust in Jesus and fear not. 

I am coming soon. 
Hold fast to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.