Wednesday, August 9, 2023

August 2023 Events

 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! 
You have set Your glory above the heavens. 

Psalm 8:1 

Celestial Signs - Genesis 1:14, Psalm 19

Psalm 8:3
When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, 
which You have set in place— 

Aug 8 - Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter @ Aries in AM sky
Aug 9 - Mooon near Pleiades

Aug 16 - The New Moon will pass close to the Sun and become lost in the its glare for a few days in Leo. 

Elul 1 / Aug 18 - The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 1°55' of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old. Conjunction in Virgo Sun at Leo. 


Aug 27  – Saturn at opposition - at the water bearer

Aug 30 - Blue Moon / Full Moon with Saturn
Rare 'blue supermoon' to rise this week, won't return until 2037
The next and final supermoon of 2023, the Harvest Moon, will rise on September 29.

Sept 4 - Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter

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Biblical Calendar – Starts in the spring
There is also a Civil calendar that begins with Rosh Hashanah in the fall.
Month – Religious/Civil on Hebrew calendar / Corresponding Gregorian months
Av (Ab)
A month of ripening grapes, figs & olives
Processing grapes, figs, almonds &  olives

5th  Month - Av (Ab) – A month of ripening grapes, figs & olives
       begins after the sighting of the new moon in Jerusalem
Historical events by Hebrew date:   Torah tots:
6th Month - Elul – Processing grapes, figs and olives
Elul – Beloved’s Harvest -
 Elul is called “the month of repentance,” “the month of mercy” and “the month of forgiveness.”
Elul brings the daily blowing of the shofar
Repentance (Hebrew: תשובה, literally, "return," pronounced "tshuva" or "teshuva") is one element of atoning for sin.

2 Timothy 4:1 - Stand firm. Be ready. Man your post! 

August Events

Aug 4 - 6 Months after the Earthquake in Türkiye

Aug 7 - Several injured as blast hits grain silos at Turkey’s Derince port
An explosion occurred approximately at 2:40pm (11:40 GMT) near Turkish Grain Board (TMO) silos. 13 silos and outbuildings were damaged in the incident. “It is considered that the explosion may be due to dust compression and the cause will be clarified after detailed technical investigation,” the statement said.
Powerful explosion rocks depot in Turkey 

Aug 1 - In Lebanon, at least 11 people have been killed in three straight days of fighting between rival factions in the country's largest Palestinian refugee camp.
Aug 4 - Hundreds protest as Lebanon marks third anniversary of Beirut blast
Beirut firefighters struggle years after port blast
Lebanon marks three years since massive blast rocked Beirut • FRANCE 24 (maroon gold bandana neck Harry Potter?)
Lebanon Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction Framework - 3RF
Homeland: Beirut Is Back - Episode aired Oct 7, 2012 - Video: "8 years ago I saved her life" 
Lebanon economic crisis: Banking system replaced with cash economy
UK, Kuwait issue travel advisory for Lebanon -
Aug 8 - Israel Warns War with Hezbollah, Calls to Take Beirut Back "To The Stone Age" - 
911.Eighth Day.23 46 69-11. 7 Yr Tribulation. Covenant. Money Fails.666. Famine. Black Horse.Watch!
Aug 8 - Israel-Lebanon border town fears potential escalation -
Phoenix Sculpture (made from protest remains) at Martyrs’ Square, Beirut, Lebanon - Nov 22, 2019 - Lebanon Independence Day, November 22
8-4-2020 - Massive explosion in Beirut creates mushroom cloud over Lebanon's capital
Lebanon - White Mountains

Aug 7 - Israeli airstrikes targeted areas in and near Syria’s capital Damascus early Monday, killing four Syrian soldiers, the country’s official media said early Monday. Another four soldiers were wounded in the alleged Israeli sortie at around 2:20 a.m. and there was unspecified property damage, Syria’s state-run SANA media outlet reported.

Aug 7 - Powerful storms kill 2 people, leave 1.1 million without power in eastern U.S. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the greater Washington, D.C., area, lasting until 9 p.m.

Esther 8:8 was a launching point this morning for a little study of seal/signet ring and praises that WE ARE SEALED BY THE KING!

Aug 8 - Much of historic Lahaina town believed destroyed as huge wildfire sends people fleeing into water
Video shows historic Lahaina town going up in flames
Lahaina’s historic Waiola Church and the neighboring Lahaina Hongwanji Mission temple were among the structures that caught fire Wednesday, the Maui News reported. The church was established in 1823, and its graveyard, believed to be the first Christian cemetery in Hawaii, is the final resting place for early members of the royal family of the Kingdom of Hawaii, according to its website.

On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. ~ Revelation 22:2
Revelation 16:15 ~ “Behold, I am coming like a thief. 
Blessed is the one who remains awake and clothed …”

Psalm 89:15 - Blessed are those who know the joyful sound, who walk, O LORD, in the light of Your presence.

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, 
and be glorified, even as it is with you.
— 2 Thessalonians 3:1
 “Finally, brethren, pray for us.…” The Greek word translated “pray” is from the word proseuchomai. As it is used in this verse, this word means to pray continually or to pray without stopping. Paul is sincerely asking for committed prayer partners who will pray nonstop for his team, his ministry, and for himself. When he says, “Pray for us,” the word “for” is the Greek word peri, which means around or about.
The words “free course” come from the Greek word trecho, which means to run.  ... let’s stop and look deeper into the meaning of the word trecho. This word often referred to runners who ran a foot race in a huge stadium before adoring crowds of fans. In order for the runner to run successfully and finish triumphantly, every ounce of his strength and his complete attention was required. This word was also used to describe the swift-running messengers who dashed between enemy lines to carry vital messages of instruction to those who waited on the other side of the battle. These especially brave and courageous messengers were essential if battles were to be won. Thus, it is possible to translate this phrase, “Pray that we will be able to keep up the pace that is required for us to get this message out!” 
Finally, Paul makes one last prayer request. He asks for prayer that the word of the Lord may “…be glorified, even as it is with you.” The word “glorified” is the Greek word doxadzo, which paints the picture of the triumphant arrival of God’s glory, ushering in a new and glorious day in the lives and the territories where the word of the Lord is heard and received.
The 15th of Av: Love and Rebirth - The Jewish mini-holiday of Tu B’Av
Tu B'Av -Celebrating the Love of the Father- AV 15 5782

Photos from our 2013 visit to Lahaina. Wonderful memories! The day we were at the banyan tree there was a wedding party taking photos.

Revelation 16:15 ~ “Behold, I am coming like a thief. 
Blessed is the one who remains awake and clothed …”

Aug 8 / 40 days before Rosh Hashana (Elul 1 - 40 days before Yom Kippur) 
Aug 16 - As the deadly fires spread, no one tried to activate Maui’s 80-alarm, all-hazard outdoor siren system, a spokesperson for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said last week. Andaya on Wednesday was asked whether he regretted not sounding the alarms, which are part of a larger statewide network. “I do not,” he told reporters, adding he’d worried their blares would have sent many residents inland “into the fire.”
Video taken at the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Makawao appears to show a power pole faulting just before 11 p.m. on August 7. Soon after, what appears to be flames are seen in the video .“Electricity powers the pumps that provide the water needed for firefighting.”
Aug 17 - The resignation of Maui Emergency Management Agency Administrator Herman Andaya is effective immediately, the county said. His post will be filled “as quickly as possible.” 
The wildfires that ignited August 8 have killed at least 111 people.
Authorities ask for DNA samples to identify victims

Spain's Canary Isles battle 'most complex fire' in 40 years

No sirens sounded in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Elul - daily sounding of the shofar - warning signals

Before eve of Elul / Aug 17 - Germany to get Arrow-3 by the end of 2025, Israel's defence minister hails the move -
BIGGEST defense deal in Israel's history -
"Meaningful to Every Jewish Person...", Israel's "Largest Ever Defence Deal" As Germany Buys Arrow 3 -
Germany set to buy the advanced Arrow 3 missile defense system from Israel | DW News -
Why Does Israel Need Three Different Missile Defense Systems?
Iron Dome | David's Sling | Arrow 3 Missile System -
Strong's Hebrew: 2671. חֵץ (chets) -- arrow
The masculine noun חץ (hes), meaning arrow. This noun occurs 56 times in the Bible, often in the literal sense of arrows being shot during a military effort (2 Chronicles 26:15, Isaiah 5:28). Once arrows are used in some kind of divination ritual (Ezekiel 21:21), and often arrows are symbols for the words or acts of wicked people who seek to fell the righteous (Psalm 11:2, 57:4, Jeremiah 9:7; also see EPHESIANS 6:16).

Elul 2023 Worldwide Conflict Prayer Invitation
40 Day Time of Testing: August 17 - September 25, 2023 
Sources cited in this video Elul 1 | Jesus baptized and time of testing in the wilderness starts https://sabineshares.files.wordpress.... T

Israel calendar - Daily sounding of the shofar! 
Elul (6th/12th month) 
Hebrewאֱלוּל‎, Elul is the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar and twelfth month of the Jewish civil year. It is a summer month of 29 days.  
Elul is an Akkadian word for "harvest." 
The word "Elul" is similar to the root of the verb "search" in Aramaic. The Hebrew word "Elul" can be understood to be an acronym for the phrase "Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li" – 
"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." 
40 days of Teshuvah
Repentance (Hebrew: תשובה‎, literally, "return")

Elul is seen as a time to search one's heart and draw close to God in preparation for the coming Day of Judgement, Rosh Hashanah, and Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.

Elul Daily Videos - 40 Days of Preparation until Yom Kippur, Sept 25
SOS 6:3 - Pray for US States and Nations

Rapture Connections Elul = Harvest

The creation waits in eager expectation 
for the revelation of the sons of God.
 Romans 8:19

This verse is inspiring for today during this hot, dry summer. May His breath refresh you!
Genesis 8:21 - When the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma ... 
reyach: savour, scent, odour (properly breath) - רֵיחַ
From ruwach; odor (as if blown) -- savour, scent, smell.- רוּחַ
ruach: breath, wind, spirit - רוּחַ
Hebrew - Strong's Concordance 7381, 7306, 7307

Serve with joy!
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
— Mark 10:44,45
So keep in mind that God is watching you today. Are you:
  • Serving with excellence?
  • Genuinely concerned about the welfare of those whom you serve?
  • Sincerely wanting to serve them in the best way you can?
  • Honestly thinking of how to help those who have been assigned to your care?
  • Truthfully wanting to serve in a professional and timely manner?
  • Faithfully doing your job from the depths of your heart?
If these are the qualities that God sees in you, it probably won’t be long until He makes sure you are rewarded with a greater level of responsibility. Why? Because He’ll know you are trustworthy and ready to handle the promotion. In fact, the word diakonos later came to represent a person found so extremely trustworthy and reliable that he was placed in charge of managing a palace!

Aug 13/14 - Egypt hosts summit between PA's Abbas, Jordan king
The summit is held in the coastal Egyptian city of El Alamein.

What the Media Won't Tell You About the Maui Fires (PART 1 & 2)
Maui Fire "Anomalies" Keep Adding Up. Put On The Whole Armor of God!
DEWmocracy In Action - This Is How They DEW It!
Operation Jump Smart Maui - The Big Picture! [Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was a jump start for WWII]

Aug 17 - Saudi-Iran Strengthen Ties -
Milestone in the Middle East: Iran and Saudi restoration of ties

Aug 17 - US surgeons who transplanted a genetically modified pig kidney into a brain dead patient said Wednesday the organ was still working well after a record 32 days -

Aug 22, 2023 - China - Qixi Festival, a romantic tradition that originated from Chinese culture over 2,000 years ago. On the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, the stars Altair and Vega appear close together in the night sky, separated by the Milky Way. This celestial convergence inspired the legend of Niulang and Zhinü, a tale of true love triumphing against all odds.
Qixi is similar to Valentine’s Day in the west—an occasion for flowers, candy, and romantic dinners for two.

Aug 22 - Lightning fills sky above Mecca - The night sky above Mecca, Saudi Arabia, lit up as lightning struck the clock tower near the Grand Mosque on Aug. 22. Rain flooded the streets. 

Aug 23 - An artist's illustration shows India's Vikram moon lander. Image courtesy of Indian Space Research Organization/EPA-EFE
India becomes first to land on moon's south pole
The historic touchdown occurred at 8:33 am ET (1233 GMT or 6:03 p.m. India Standard Time)
Vikram means : Bravery, Prowess, Valour, Power, Mettle, Best, Intensity, Another name for Vishnu - Hindu god: God of Time Vishnu is the supreme being who creates, protects, and transforms the universe.
(chandrayaan is Hindi for “moon craft”)

Aug 24 - Door shut / blocked entry BRICS summit 
Moment President Xi's translator gets body-slammed up against a wall by South African security guards 'for looking suspicious'

Aug 25 - Shabbat evening, Jerusalem - 
25 thousand at the Selichot prayer at the Western Wall
Selichot (special penitential prayers) are recited during the month of Elul.
Among Sephardic communities, recitation of Selichot or penitential prayers started this past week. During this month, the shofar is blown at the conclusion of morning prayers.
A special Selichot service is conducted late in the evening – often by candlelight – on the Saturday night a week before Rosh HaShanah. 

The Siloam Inscription and the tunnel where it was found continue to inspire
A Boy in Jerusalem Found This Ancient Hebrew Note by ACCIDENT
“The full 180 words constitute the longest, continuous ancient classical Hebrew inscription we know of; and its subject, unlike the stone of Babylon and Assyria, Egypt or even little Moab, is not the deeds and renown of the ruler, nor the invincibility of their gods. It celebrates, rather, the triumph of regular Jews, workmen – pickaxe-swingers. It is not meant for monumental public view, but for those who, some day, might happen upon it, wading through the sloppy watercourse. It is a kind of ante anti-Bible; something left for posterity, but with the casual spontaneity of someone scrawling graffiti, yet unlike graffiti, cut into the rock in perfect, large (three-quarters of an inch) Hebrew letters. All of which certainly makes it a Jewish story, too.”

July 31 - Spotless giraffe born in LIMESTONE, Tenn. — One of the world’s rarest giraffes was born at Brights Zoo in July, zoo ownership reports. Brights Zoo in Limestone welcomed the solid brown giraffe on July 31. “Giraffe experts believe she is the only solid-colored reticulated giraffe living anywhere on the planet,” Brights Zoo stated in a release. She was born with no spots which Bright said, you can see right after giraffes are born.
The calf is a reticulated giraffe (Giraffa reticulata), one of four giraffe species—until 2016, scientists recognized only one species of giraffe. The last known spotless reticulated giraffe was likely Toshiko, a calf born in 1972 in Tokyo, writes Caitlin O’Kane for CBS News. Only two others have ever been recorded—the older sibling of Toshiko and an individual in Uganda, per Insider.

Aug 16 - Christian businesses and homes attacked in Pakistan by Muslims
Christians in the Pakistani city of #Jaranwala hold prayers in an alley Sunday after a mob attack, August 16, 2023, burnt down their Catholic church.
Allegations that two Christian men reportedly had desecrated pages of the Quran, the Muslims’ holy book, triggered the rampage involving hundreds of Muslims.
At least 19 churches or properties linked to churches were burnt on August 16 in the city and surrounding areas along with dozens of homes belonging to Christians. 

July 7 / Aug 27 publication - The Carters Celebrate 77 Years of Marriage
Jimmy and Rosalynn were married on July 7, 1946, 77 years ago. 

Psalm 27 is read during the month of Elul
The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? ~ Psalm 27:1
Psalm 27:14 - Wait patiently for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait patiently for the LORD!

PRAYER - 1) Purity 2) Persistence 3) Patience ~ Power

GOLDA | :30 Clean Cutdown - In Select Theaters August 25 | Bleecker Street -
Aug 25 - Golda Premieres -
Aug 24/25 - New Moon
Golda Meir (born Golda Mabovitch; 3 May 1898 – 8 December 1978) she served as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974. Born in Kiev in the Russian Empire, Meir immigrated to Wisconsin, United States, as a child with her family in 1906. 
On 14 May 1948, Meir became one of 24 signatories (including two women) of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. She later recalled, "After I signed, I cried. When I studied American history as a schoolgirl and I read about those who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, I couldn't imagine these were real people doing something real. And there I was sitting down and signing a declaration of establishment."
On 3 October 1948, during Rosh Hashanah celebrations at the Moscow Choral Synagogue, she was mobbed by thousands of Russian Jews chanting in Russian "Nasha Golda", meaning "Our Golda". This image later appeared on the 1984 10,000-shekel banknote. Yom Kippur War (1973)
She strongly identified with Judaism culturally, but was an atheist in religious belief. In 1956, after becoming Foreign Minister, she changed her surname from "Meyerson" to "Meir", meaning "illuminate", as her predecessor Moshe Sharett had all members of the foreign service take a Hebrew surname.
Milwaukee, WI: She attended the Fourth Street Grade School (now Golda Meir School) from 1906 to 1912. Meir's mother ran a grocery store on Milwaukee's north side. In 1912, she began studying at North Division High School and worked part-time. Her employers included Schuster's department store and the Milwaukee Public Library.
The Golda Meir Library is the main library of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Golda graduated in 1917 from the Milwaukee State Normal School, an institution to which UWM traces its lineage.

Aug 22 - Italy's Milan records hottest day in 260 years as Europe sizzles in another heat wave - 33* C
Aug 27 - Strong winds and heavy rains have hit Spain and Italy causing widespread flooding and devastation -
The wind also broke the moorings of a 330-metre tourist cruise ship moored in Palma, on the island of Mallorca, displacing it until it collided with a moored oil tanker. Meanwhile, wildfires have continued to rage in parts of Greece.
Extreme heat over Mediterranean begins to break down with cold front and low pressure creating strong winds -

Aug 28 - Syria's Aleppo airport out of service after alleged Israel strike

Aug 30 - Are We Nearing Israel-Saudi Normalization?
Talks are underway to resume Saudi aid to the PA

Aug 30 - Wild weather in Europe: Landslides in northern Italy, flash flood at famous Austrian waterfall -

Aug 30 - Hurricane Idalia left a path of destruction behind Wednesday in Florida

August 30, 1993 - 30th Anniversary first part of the Oslo Accords was approved
The Israeli State Archives have authorized, for the first time, the publication of the minutes of the historic government meeting

Full Supermoon / Blue Moon

August 31, 1997 - 25th Anniversary death of Princess Diana