Saturday, January 20, 2024

January 2024 Events

 Establish my footsteps in Your word, 

And do not let any wrongdoing have power over me.

Psalm 119:133

2024 Scriptures - Psalm 24 - He is the King of Glory.
Proverb 2:4 - Search for wisdom as you would search for silver or hidden treasure.

"Proclaim His Name At Every Door" -
Year of the Open Door -

31 Days of Praise!
Christians who long to experience God in a fresh, way will treasure this powerful, personal praise guide.

Celestial Signs - Genesis 1:14, Psalm 19

Inspired from Rev. 4:8,11 ,  Psalm 19:1-4 , Col. 1:17 , Heb. 1:3
Day and Night - James Block

What's in the Sky

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

Tibeth (Tivet)
Esther 2:16
Tu B'Shvat - New Year for Trees

10th Month – Tebeth –  Esther 2:16
11th Month – Shebath –  Tu B'Shvat - New Year for Trees
-          Rabbinical calendar used in Israel -
       begins after the sighting of the new moon in Jerusalem
  Historical events by Hebrew date: 

Shevat 5784: Time to Enter The Water Gate and Ascend

Dec 17 - Lightning struck the key out of St Peter's hand on the facade of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of San Nicolas, North of Buenos Aires, Argentina. What is striking is that the event occurred on Pope Francis’ (Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s) birthday, the day before the publication of the “Fiducia supplicans” declaration which opens up blessings for gay couples. It was also in the Pope’s home diocese, Bergoglio was Archbishop and Cardinal of Buenos Aires!

January Events

Jan 1 - Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes Japan, tsunami warning issued
Japan issues tsunami warning for Ishikawa prefecture after earthquake hits the Noto region. A tsunami around 1 metre high (3.3 feet) struck parts of the west coast along the Sea of Japan, with a larger wave expected.
Japan earthquake latest: Tsunami warning after more than 60 quakes hit - as at least 30 buildings collapse

40 days until Lunar New Year - 2024 is the year of the dragon, specifically the Wood Dragon. The Dragon is probably the most famous of the Chinese Zodiac animals. In 2023, we celebrated the Year of the Water Rabbit, because each animal is also assigned an element.
Wood is associated with springtime and signifies enthusiasm and growth. 
Feb 10-24, 2024 - Chinese New Year typically lasts for 15 days, starting on Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival, which is taking place on Saturday, February 24 2024.

The most commonly used calendar in the world – and the one we use – is the Gregorian Calendar, which was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. It’s a solar calendar based on a 365-day year, divided into 12 months.
However, Chinese New Year is based on the lunisolar calendar – which is why it’s sometimes called Lunar New Year, too.
Each year, Chinese New Year is celebrated at the second new moon following the Winter Solstice and can fall anywhere between late January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian Calendar. The Chinese lunar calendar has 12 months and 353 to 355 days. During a leap year it has 13 months and 383 to 385 days.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.
sóphronismos: self-control, self-discipline, prudence, sound mind
Greek: σωφρονισμός, οῦ, ὁ - Phonetic Spelling: (so-fron-is-mos')

Jan 13 - Huge fire destroys ‘Russia’s Amazon’ warehouse in St Petersburg
Up to 1,600 people were working in the building when it caught fire early on Saturday morning. A huge fire spread through a warehouse in St. Petersburg on Jan. 13 belonging to one of Russia's biggest online stores, Wildberries, affecting at least 70,000 square meters of the property, Russian media reported.
Just two days earlier, two large fires broke out in Moscow Oblast, damaging factories and an apartment building.

Jan 14 - Denmark's King Frederik X ascended the throne, succeeding his mother, Queen Margrethe II, who formally abdicated after 52 years as monarch, with large and admiring crowds gathered in the capital to witness history.
Denmark crowns new king as nation’s longest-running monarch abdicates
‘My hope is to become a unifying king of tomorrow,’ Frederik said after taking the throne

Overcome - Psalm 18 - James Block
Psalm 18 (He Delights in Me) by The Psalms Project 

Jan 19 - A top military officer has warned people could be conscripted into the armed forces after Nato admitted it is preparing for an all-out war with Russia.

Jan 20 - 2,000 year old Roman armour to go on display after experts complete ‘ancient jigsaw puzzle’. An “incredibly rare” piece of Roman armour from the second century has been reconstructed from dozens of fragments.
The brass arm guard, owned by National Museums Scotland, will be seen for the first time in its entirety in nearly 2,000 years when it goes on loan next month to the British Museum in London for its exhibition, Legion: Life In The Roman Army.
Legion - life in the Roman army Exhibition / 1 Feb 2024 – 23 Jun 2024
British Museum deputy director to leave after theft inquiry
It comes after some 2,000 items were found to be missing, damaged or stolen

Jan 22 - Roe vs Wade -  51st anniversary of a Supreme Court decision that has been overturned
This fall, some are fighting to allow voters to determine abortion rights in different states, and Arizona is one of them.

Jan 22, 1984 - 40th Anniversary - Mac at 40: Apple’s Love Affair With User Experience Sparked a Tech Revolution
When Apple announced the Macintosh personal computer with a Super Bowl XVIII television ad on Jan. 22, 1984, it more resembled a movie premiere than a technology release. The commercial was, in fact, directed by filmmaker Ridley Scott. That’s because founder Steve Jobs knew he was not selling just computing power, storage or a desktop publishing solution. Rather, Jobs was selling a product for human beings to use, one to be taken into their homes and integrated into their lives.
Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl commercial is as iconic as the product it introduced.

Jan 22 - Quakes in Pacific - Two sets of waves pummeled through a US Army base in the Marshall Islands

First Ever Film of the Entire Mass Migration Trail | UNITED STATES INVASION ROUTE EXPOSED. Muckraker followed the entire mass migration route from Quito, Ecuador to the United States border. To our knowledge, no one has ever produced an entire documentary following this entire route.
Until now.

Dec 21 - USPS announced the Year of Dragon stamp first day of issue
Jan. 25, 2024, at 11 a.m. PST, Seattle - Dedication ceremony
As the auspicious Year of the Dragon begins, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the Lunar New Year with a colorful new stamp. The Year of the Dragon begins Feb. 10, 2024, and ends Jan. 28, 2025.

Sh'vat 5784 Chalkboard Teaching by Christine Vales
And the word of the LORD came to me, asking, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
 “I see a branch of an almond tree,” I replied. “You have observed correctly,” said the LORD, 
“for I am watching over My word to accomplish it.”
 Jeremiah 1:11-12

Almond in Hebrew "shaqed" comes from the verb "shaqad" which means to watch or wake.  
A lovely word picture for this season.

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates,
waiting at the posts of my doors. -  Proverbs 8:34

Jan 25/26 -  Tu'Bshvat! New Year for the Trees 
Almond in Hebrew "shaqed" comes from the verb "shaqad" which means to watch or wake.  A lovely word picture for this season.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
Luke 21:28-36

January 23 at 10 a.m. EST - Armageddon: Doomsday Clock to be set in Chicago
For nearly 80 years scientists have indicated how close the world is to global catastrophe using the ‘Doomsday Clock’. The idea began to warn humanity behind the dangers of nuclear war with midnight marking the theoretical point of annihilation. Scientists hope it will alert the public and pressure leaders to make the world a safer place. In 2023, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, based in Chicago, Illinois, set the hands at 90 seconds to midnight, largely because of the war in Ukraine. Now it will meet to decide where to set the hands of the clock for 2024.

Jan 25 - Historic New London, CT church to be completely demolished after steeple suddenly collapsed. New London police are asking people to avoid the area around Union, State and Masonic streets.
Demolition has begun at First Congregational Church/Engaging Heaven Church (2 churches use the building) on 66 Union Street in New London after a steeple on the 200-year-old church collapsed on Thursday. Engaging Heaven Church owns the downtown New London church, which was completed in 1853. An addition was added in 1975, according to property records.
Manwaring Apartments were evacuated. 
Definition of waring (present participle of ware)
as in noticing
to be cautious of or on guard against
a hunter yelling to his dog, "Ware the porcupine!"
2017 Clock Fundraiser (not enough funds) -
The LGBTQ sign belongs to First Congregational Church. The church that has service before us. 
It seems God taking out the clock tower is His not so subtle way of saying *Time. Is. Up.*☹☹⛪⛪
Jan 2-28 - 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting / Jeremiah 29:11 image
Pastor Bob: GET READY CHURCH! GET READY NEW ENGLAND! I’ve been saying for months that God was about to shake everything that can be shaken!
We are just getting started! 🔥
We have not seen anything yet! 🔥
Psalms 24:7-8

So wake up, you living gateways!
Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny!
Welcome the King of Glory,
for he is about to come through you.
You ask, “Who is this Glory-King?”
The Lord, armed and ready for battle,
the Mighty One, invincible in every way!

Jan 26 - Top UN court stops short of ordering ceasefire in Gaza and demands Israel contain deaths
South Africa, which brought the case against Israel, had asked for the International Court of Justice to order the Israeli Defence Forces to halt their operation.
Netanyahu slams genocide case as 'outrageous', says Israel will continue to defend itself

Jan 26 - Holocaust Memorial: "Let us never be silent in the face of discrimination" | United Nations Chief -
Jan 26 - Texas border
Jan 26 - Trump court

February 2024 

Feb 10-24, 2024 - Chinese New Year typically lasts for 15 days, starting on Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival, which is taking place on Saturday, February 24 2024.

Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year 
7 day festival / red on doors
It's said that a wise old man figured out that Nian was scared of loud noises (firecrackers) and the color red. So, then people put red lanterns and red scrolls on their windows and doors to stop Nian from coming inside. Crackling bamboo (later replaced by firecrackers) was lit to scare Nian away.
scared away the monster by pasting red papers on doors, burning bamboo to make a loud cracking sound (precursor to firecrackers), lighting candles in the houses, and wearing red clothes
Spring Festival,
Colloquial Chinese: 過年; literally: "pass the year"

The Official Holiday — 7 Days

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Traditionally the end of the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year holiday) is the Lantern Festival — Chinese month 1 day 15. Then beautiful lanterns are displayed and sweet rice dumpling soup is eaten.
Feb 5, 2023 - Lantern Festival - 
Chinese Spring Festival and Jewish Passover have striking similarities, some say the ancestors of the Chinese came from Semitic jews.
Hebrew Passover starts on the 14th day of the Hebrew month, and lasts for seven or eight days. While the Chinese Spring Festival celebrations start from the Chinese New year Eve, the last day of the last lunar month, and continue to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first lunar month. 
Someone even believes that the Chinese is the Sinites (希尼人) mentioned in the Bible.
Sinim (希尼, סינים): as a name of a far land of the east from Israel, some version of the Bible translated it as 秦国 (Qin State)
And in modern Hebrew, "Sinim" means "china-men".
While the exact evidence has been lost in long history.

Updates throughout the month.

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

Other international meetings: 

Current news with biblical connections

More January Events – Continuing and Past

Establish my footsteps in Your word, 
And do not let any wrongdoing have power over me.
Psalm 119:133

2024 Scriptures - Psalm 24 - He is the King of Glory.
Proverb 2:4 - Search for wisdom as you would search for silver or hidden treasure.

"Proclaim His Name At Every Door" -
Year of the Open Door -