Saturday, February 2, 2019

February 2019 Events

Jesus is Coming
…16“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.”
17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of life drink freely.

Revelation 22:17

Scripture and Jesus himself admonished – commanded - us to watch!
But what exactly are we to watch?

There are three basic types of signs to be attentive to while waiting
for “the Lord to descend with a shout.” (1 Thess. 4:16-17)
Celestial Signs
Biblical Markers
World Markers

Celestial Signs - Genesis 1:14, Psalm 19

Jan 31 - AM - Moon and Venus (Two Morning Stars) near Jupiter in Scorpio at the Golden Gate
Feb 1 - "Leo announces spring," goes an old saying. Actually, Leo showing up in the evening announces the cold, messy back half of winter. Come spring, Leo will already be high.
Check out the morning sky before dawn, which features the planetary trifecta of
Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.
Sunday, February 3 - New Moon (exact at 4:04 p.m. EST).
Feb 5 - Mercury Moon conjunction under the sun
Feb 9-11 – Moon and Mars -
Comet Iwamoto is 7th magnitude this week as it crosses Leo and Cancer high in the late-night sky. See more with finder chart.
Comet Iwamoto/Close Approach Today/Unknown Object/Telescope
Feb 14-15 - Moon Inside The Winter Circle of Stars on Valentine's Day
The Winter Circle is a prominent winter asterism formed by seven stars prominent in the winter sky. These are Rigel in Orion Aldebaran in Taurus, Capella in Auriga, Castor and Pollux in Gemini, Procyon in Canis Minor, and Sirious in Canis Major constellation.

13 Feb 2019 20:07 UTC         Mars Uranus
18 Feb 2019 13:50 UTC         Venus Saturn         
19 Feb 2019 11:02 UTC         Mercury Neptune   

Feb 18 - The asteroid 4388 Jürgenstock may occult the night sky's brightest star, Sirius, for observers in parts of Mexico, the western U.S., and south-central Canada. 
Jürgen is a popular masculine given name in Germany and Estonia. It is cognate with George.    The Greek name as given in the Roman era may ultimately derive from the name of Zeus Georgos, an epithet of Zeus in his aspect as the god of crops. The noun γεωργός geōrgós "husbandman, farmer"
Jürgen Stock (born 4 October 1959) is a German law enforcement officer - Secretary General of Interpol since 7 November 2014.  

Feb 18-19 - Super “Snow” Moon - closest to the Earth since 1948!
Last year, in 2018, the month of February had no full moon at all. But this year’s February presents the biggest full moon supermoon of 2019. By the way, that bright star accompanying the February supermoon is none other than Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. 
Feb 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm in Israel.  USA times: 10:53 a.m. EST, 7:53 a.m. PST
Given the timing, the Moon should appear full both Monday night (February 18) and Tuesday night (February 19).
In conjunction with Fast of Esther / Purim
The Last Heavenly Sign Before the Rapture?

2-19-19 Stellarium image - Supermoon in Leo at Regulus

Feb 18/19 events:
Feb 18, 1219 - Jerusalem re-taken by the Christian Crusader kingdom in a peace treaty between Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II and Egyptian ruler Al-Kamil  
Feb 18 – President’s Day (holiday) - George Washington 
Feb 18-21 - Fast of Esther / Purim
Feb 18 - 13:50 UTC         Venus / Saturn         
Feb 18 - The asteroid 4388 Jürgenstock may occult star, Sirius  (George)
Feb 19 - 11:02 UTC         Mercury /  Neptune   
Feb 19 - 15:53 UTC - Since 1948 Super Snow Moon at Leo / Regulus!!
Given the timing, the Moon should appear full both Monday night (February 18) and Tuesday night (February 19).

Jürgen is a popular masculine given name in Germany and Estonia. It is cognate with George   The Greek name as given in the Roman era may ultimately derive from the name of Zeus Georgos, an epithet of Zeus in his aspect as the god of crops. The noun γεωργός geōrgós "husbandman, farmer"
Jürgen Stock (born 4 October 1959) is a German law enforcement officer - Secretary General of Interpol since 7 November 2014.  
Feb 18 – President’s Day (holiday) - George Washington 
Feb 18, 1478 – George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London. 
2-22-1732 – George Washington’s birthday - Popes Creek, Colony of Virginia, British America

2-22 - Israeli Beresheet - Understanding the Moon's magnetism is key
Feb 21/22 (changed from Feb 19) – Israel launching “Beresheet” moon lander
Status update 8 February 2019: Beresheet launch now set for
Creating an Apollo Effect - SpaceIL is a non-profit organization established in 2011 aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon. The organization was founded by three young engineers: Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub who answered the international challenge presented by Google Lunar XPRIZE:

Feb 22 -
Spectacular moon, 3 planets, before dawn
Feb 26-28 - Moon & Jupiter @ Antares

What's in the Sky

11th Month – Shebath  - Tu B'Shvat New Year for Trees
       Jan 7/8  - Feb 5/6/
  Historical events by Hebrew date:
  Torah tots:
12th Month – Adar – Almond tree blossoms / Citrus Harvest / Purim
       begins after the sighting of the new moon in Jerusalem
Feb 6/7-

Be alert and always keep on praying ... Eph. 6

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, 
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8-9

January 31, 1949: The United States recognizes Israel on a de jure basis.
United States Grants De-Jure Recognition to Israel (January 31, 1949)
The Jewish state was granted de-facto recognition by President Harry Truman eleven minutes after the initial proclamation of independence, making the United States the first country in the world to recognize Israel. Less than seven months later, President Truman extended America's de-jure recognition to Israel. 
 De-facto recognition: Expression of international legitimacy "concerning fact"
   De-jure recognition: Expression of international legitimacy "concerning law"

'US AID TO END ALL PALESTINIAN PROJECTS ON JAN. 31,' - The cut off of January 31st matches the implementation of the Anti Terrorism Clarification Act, a bill signed into law in October by the Trump Administration.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears:
 for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Psalm 39:12

February Events

Feb 1 – Black History Month – Google Doodle – Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. 
“We have all been thrown down so low that nobody thought we'd ever get up again; but we have been long enough trodden now; we will come up again.”—Sojourner Truth
Philadelphia-based guest artist Loveis Wise

400 Years of African-American History Commission Act - arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619 -

The Black Migrations theme of USA TODAY's 2019 Black History Month Special Edition, Exodus, on newsstand through Feb. 18 - EXODUS
Black Exodus - more

February 1, 1790 - The Supreme Court first met at the Merchants' Exchange Building in New York CityWhen Philadelphia became the capital, the Court met briefly in Independence Hall before settling in Old City Hall from 1791 until 1800.   
The Supreme Court held its inaugural session February 2–10, 1790, at the Royal Exchange in New York City—then the U.S. capital  
229 years ago ... to today -
Feb 1, 2019 - Supreme Court temporarily halts Louisiana abortion law

Feb 1-2 – Law / Ordinances / Judgments
Today is Shabbat Shekalim or the "Sabbath of the Shekel." It is the Sabbath on or before the new moon of the last month of the Spiritual Year. 
The half shekel was collected on the first day of Month 12. It is the first of four special Sabbaths. 
Parashah #18 Scripture Readings Mishpatim (The Judgments) 
Torah Exodus 21:1-24:18 Haftarahs Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26
Parasha Mishpatim (Laws): Once We Were Slaves  * Law / Ordinances / Judgments
Feb 1-2, 2019 – Scripture Readings Mishpatim—Law / Ordinances / Judgments

Feb 1, 2019 - New Jersey gender-neutral birth certificates law to take effect
Jan 1, 2019 - New York City joined California, Oregon, Washington state in allowing an undesignated gender option on birth certificates.

World Interfaith Harmony Week (1-7 February)
Origin - The World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) conceived to promote a culture peace and nonviolence was first proposed by King Abdullah II of Jordan at the United Nations in 2010.
Astana Declaration adopted by the participants of the ministerial conference on “Common world: progress through diversity,” held in Kazakhstan on 17 October 2008 (A/63/512–S/2008/677) PDF document
The European Union notes the declaration adopted at the end of the meeting held, at the Kazakh authorities' instigation, on 17 October 2008. However, the European Union wishes to make clear that it was not given any opportunity to agree to that declaration and underlines that it does not consider itself committed by the declaration's wording.
Common World Forum Part 2 -

Feb 1-28 - X  Reddymade AIA New York At the Crossroads – Times Square

Feb 1 - PM will be playing the second night (Feb 1) of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest as a guest alongside Aerosmith. The event will take place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 ahead of the Super Bowl.

Feb 1 & 2 - Candlemas and Imbolg, a.k.a. Groundhog's Day
 - (cross-quarter day/halfway between two seasons)

Feb 1/2 - 40 UN ambassadors visit City of David. The ambassadors were led by Amb. Danny Danon and met Mayor Moshe Leon. 
A delegation of about 40 UN ambassadors visited the City of David today (Saturday). They were led by Israel's UN Ambassador, Danny Danon.
The ambassadors met Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon, Israel Priza laureate David Be'eri and the Deputy President of the City of David, Doron Spielman.

Feb 2 - 'The Future of Palmyra in the Digital Age'  2 PM @ GETTY VILLA

Feb 3-5 - Keys to Pope Francis' trip to the United Arab Emirates
Pope Francis will emulate another trip taken 800 years ago by St. Francis of Assisi construct bridges with the Muslim world.
From here, Pope Francis will be not far from Mecca and Medina, the cradle of the Muslim religion. In Abu Dhabi, he will meet with the Muslim Council of Elders, an organization created in 2014 to promote peace among Muslim communities.
In the Founders Memorial, the monument dedicated to the founder of the Emirates, Pope Francis will participate in an interfaith meeting on human fraternity that will also be attended by religious leaders from all over the world, including the imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyib. The Pope will visit Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
It will be the first time such an enormous Mass is celebrated in the Zayed Sports City, as the enclosure has capacity for some 45,000 people.
Feast on February 3/February 16 - Feast day of Simeon and the prophetess Anna

60th Anniversary! Tuesday February 3, 1959, was the date of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson—a date that would be imbued with transcendent meaning by Don McLean when he labeled it “the Day the Music Died.”

Feb 3 – 53rd Super Bowl LIII – Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium – LA Rams vs NE Patriots

Feb 4/5 – Lunar / Chinese New Year (Year of the Pig)
Feb 4 - World Cancer Day
Feb 4 - Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will make a close approach to Earth on Feb. 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 p.m. EST / 21:30 UTC).
Feb 4 - Pope Francis and Grand Imam Al-Tayeb signed a joint declaration for Universal Fraternity.  
 - Abu Dhabi - Interreligious meeting @ Founder's Memorial -

Feb 4-9 - U.S. Army began a week-long series of training drills Monday in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas
US Navy P-8A Poseidon orbiting over Downtown Los Angeles at 20,000 feet!! 
 P8 168854 TIGER14
Feb 7 - Salem, OR - Army helicopters shake Salem awake; Night Stalkers on special ops training - 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Earlier this week, video emerged of the 160th SOAR conducting a low-flying training exercise in downtown Los Angeles. That one involved an aircraft touching down in the middle of the street and picking up special operators as they rushed out of a building.

NOAH in reverse in Hebrew means grace, the number for grace is 5

Feb 5, 62 AD – Historic Pompeii earthquake
Feb 5 - Mercury & Moon conjunction under the sun
Feb 5 - Pope Francis historic open air Mass in Abu Dhabi (see Feb 3 for more)
Feb 5 – Delayed State of the Union Address from President Trump

                Feb 6/7 - 1 Adar - 1312 B.C.E.:
The Egyptians were smitten with the Plague of Choshech (Darkness) . The 9th plague to strike the Egyptians for their refusal to release the Bnei Yisrael / Children of Israel from slavery -- a thick darkness that blanketed the land so that "no man saw his fellow, and no man could move from his place" (Shmot / Exodus 10:23) -- commenced today on the 1st of Adar, six weeks before Yetziat Mitzrayim / the Exodus.
1 Adar 3341 - 420 B.C.E.:
Yechezkel HaNavi lamented Pharaoh the king of Egypt (see Yechezkel 32).

Feb 6-16 - - Sharjah Light Festival (10 days) - Returning for its 9th consecutive year, the Sharjah Light Festival invites internationally renowned artists to celebrate science, creativity and heritage in a display of lights, colours and music at beloved landmarks.

Feb 7 - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join us to celebrate some of the remarkable achievements of our Endeavour Fund participants.

Feb 8 – Opening in Russia - - As 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Periodic Table by Russian scientist Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev, the UN has launched a yearlong initiative to raise awareness of chemistry and its applications for sustainable development.
29th of January 2019 - IYPT2019 Opening Ceremony *

World Pulses Day (10 February)

Feb 10 - 61st Grammy Awards – ritual – Los Angeles

Feb 10, 1949 - Israel Emblem established (Menorah)
10.2.1949              The Provisional State Council confirmed the state emblem.
The National Emblem of Israel
The national emblem of the state of Israel is based on a French type heraldic shield with Menorah in the center, frame of olive branches and word “Israel”, written in Hebrew under the Menorah.
The shield is blue; the name of the state, menorah and olive branches may be white or golden.
The State Emblem of Israel was adopted in 1949, after the competition held in 1948. The sketch of the emblem was presented by Shamir brothers, Gabriel and Maxim.
The Menorah depicted on the State Emblem of Israel has a specific prototype – the Menorah on the triumphal arch of the Roman Emperor Titus in Rome.
In Judaism the Menorah is a symbol of divine protection, wisdom and life in general.
Olive branches, a symbol of peace, were offered by the first Israel’s President Chaim Weizmann.

15 Shvat 5701 - Feb. 12, 1941:
The Ghetto in Lodz was established by Nazi decree.
15 Shvat 5709 - Feb. 14, 1949:
The first session of the Knesset in Yerushalayim.
15 Shvat - Tu B'Shvat - Rosh HaShana for trees:  
Jan 20/21, 2019 - Total Lunar Eclipse - SUPER Blood Red Moon on Tu B'Shevat

The first sitting of the Constituent Assembly was held.
Joseph Shprinzak was elected as Speaker of the Assembly.
The Constituent Assembly ratified the Transition Law, which
changed its name to the First Knesset, and elected Chaim
Weizmann as the first President of the State.
Inauguration ceremony of Chaim Weizmann
as President of the State of Israel.
David Ben Gurion formed the First Government.

Feb 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday

Feb 12-13 – Mena Summit – Abu Dhabi -
 - Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Feb 13 – World Radio Day -
Feb 13 – Family Day (Canada)
Feb 13 - Starwood Hotels & Marriott merge
 - Marriott Bonvoy - new logo/branding launch

February 14, 1859 - Oregon becomes 33rd state - "160th Birthday"
February 14, 1912 - Arizona becomes 48th state
Feb 13/14 – Lupercalia / Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 – Int'l. Condom Day
Feb 14, 2018 – Parkland, FL shooting / Valentines / Ash Wednesday
Feb 14 – 50th Anniversary Exercise Clockwork @ Arctic Circle – visit from Prince Harry - The Duke of Sussex, Captain General Royal Marines - Kensington Palace
Feb 15 – National Flag Day (Canada Day)
Feb 15 - US Budget extension ends - shutdown resumes??
Feb 16, 1923 - burial chamber of King Tutankhamen unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter
  Howard Carter Google Doodle 5-9-2012  -

Feb 16/17 - Parashah - “Command [Tetzaveh] the Israelites to bring your clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning.”  (Exodus 27:20)
In last week’s Torah reading, Terumah, God instructed Moses and the Israelites to construct a Tabernacle (Mishkan) in the wilderness. This week, God commands them to bring pure olive oil for the lamp, and to create holy garments for the priests (cohanim).
Armor of God - Priestly garments -

Feb 18, 1219 - Jerusalem re-taken by the Christian Crusader kingdom in a peace treaty between Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II and Egyptian ruler Al-Kamil

Feb 18 – President’s Day (holiday)
Feb 18/19 – Fast of Esther

2019 Super Moons (3):
January 21 – “Cold” moon / Blood moon /total lunar eclipse.
February 19 - the closest and largest full supermoon of 2019
March 21 – Spring equinox – Passover
1st Month / Aviv/Abib -
Given the timing, the Moon should appear full both Monday night (February 18) and Tuesday night (February 19).

2-19 - Trump Signs Directive to Create a Military Space Force.
Mulitiple articles -

Feb 21-24. 3-day Vatican conference - “Protection of Minors in the Church.”

2-22-1732 – George Washington’s birthday- Popes Creek, Colony of Virginia, British America

2-22 - Beresheet - Understanding the Moon's magnetism is key
Status update 8 February 2019: Beresheet launch now set for 
Feb 21 8:45 EST - 22 February at 01:45 UTC (21 February 20:45 EST).
Creating an Apollo Effect - SpaceIL is a non-profit organization established in 2011 aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon. The organization was founded by three young engineers: Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub who answered the international challenge presented by Google Lunar XPRIZE:
Feb 19 - Israel to launch moon lander carrying the Torah
To launch on February 19, will reveal satellite magnetic fields
The moon lander is called Beresheet, which means "in the beginning" and is the word that opens the Old Testament. Beresheet will launch from Cape Canaveral in the US on February 19 with a SpaceX Falcon rocket and will have at least two months of flight.
Hebrew: reshith: beginning, chief / rosh: head - Genesis 1:1

Feb 20 - World Day of Social Justice    
2019 theme: If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice
World Day of Social Justice (20 February)

Feb 21 - International Mother Language Day   
Feb 21, 2018 – Billy Graham died
Feb 21/22 – Launch of Israeli’s Beresheet Moon Lander (see above)
Feb 22 – George Washington’s Birthday
Feb 22 – Natl. Margarita Day
Feb 22 -  Virgin Galactic’s test flight over California of rocket plane 
Feb 22 - Venezuela aid concert  - Cúcuta, Colombia 
The concert's slogan was, "Let the stars shine for all" - Richard Branson (Virgin Group) announced on 14 February his inspiration to organize a Venezuela benefit concert

2-22/23 - Parasha Ki Tisa (When You Take): The Intercession of the Righteous
Exodus 30:11–34:35; 1 Kings 18:1–39; 2 Corinthians 3:1–18
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “When you take [ki tisa] a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom [kopher] for his life at the time he is counted.  Then no plague will come on them when you number them.”  (Exodus 30:11–12)
“He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”  (Isaiah 53:5)
“”He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.””  (1 Peter 2:24)
Moreover, in Him, we are made righteous.
“For He made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Feb 23 – Russian Defender of the Fatherland Day

Feb 24 – 91st Academy Awards / Oscars - Los Angeles (announced on January 22) - occult ritual event

Feb ?? – Kushner to visit Mideast for peace plan push - 'the deal of the century'
Kushner’s weeklong trip — which begins the last week of February — will include stops in Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Joining him will be Jason Greenblatt, the president’s Middle East envoy, the State Department’s Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, and Deputy Assistant to the President Avi Berkowitz.
The current thinking among White House officials is that the peace plan will be unveiled sometime after Israel holds elections on April 9 that will decide the fate of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Feb 27-28 - President Trump's second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi

Feb 28, 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI (historic Papacy ended)

Other international meetings:  &

Current news with biblical connections:

More February Events – Continuing and Past
2017 -

March 2019

By the meteorological calendar, spring starts on 1 March. The seasons are defined as spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February).

March 1 - Dr. Seuss Day / Read Across America

Trump: March 1 deadline not a magical date (U.S.-China trade talks)  

Mar 1 / 8 - Apollo 11 movie launches exclusively in IMAX on March 1st. Everywhere March 8th.  - 50 years / 70MM film / One world watching

Mar 1/2 -  is Va-Yakhel which means "Gathered Together."
Red Heifer - Exodus - Strengthened

March 2 - SpaceX Will Launch Its 1st Crew Dragon for NASA 

Spiritual Wisdom
…8None of the rulers of this age understood it.
For if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9Rather, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10But God has revealed it to us by the Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9

Photography by Tammy