May 15, 2013

  • My previous postings on the topic...

    The Jewish Shavuot
    The Messianic Pentecost
    Presenting Our Shavuot/Pentecost

    And some other postings on the topic,
    because here are some things *I* learned this time:

    "Shovuos is the culmination of fifty days after going out of Egypt. We find that fifty is a number associated with travelling.  The letters that surround and divide the two pesukim that speak of the travelling and encamping of the Oron - from the rest of  the Torah are nuns. Nun is gematria fifty. Yet, fifty also represents that which is removed from time or spatiality. The Gemoro says the inverted nuns indicate that these pesukim are not in their right place and – ‘in the future’ they we will be placed correctly...  It lies, as it were, above the normal cycle of time. It is here that G-d meets us."

    The names of this holiday are:  Chag Shavuot - The Feast of Weeks, Z'man Matan Torateinu - The Time of the Giving of Our Torah, Chag HaBikkurim - The Holiday of the First Fruits,   Atzeret - The Holiday of "Being Held Back, or Restrained, Close to Hashem, in the Temple, Chag HaKatzir - The Holiday of the Cutting of the Crop , Chag Shavuot - The Feast of Weeks

    ...Passover is the holiday on which we commemorate our Redemption from Slavery in Egypt. That was our "Physical Redemption." But physical redemption is not enough. It would have left us "free" people, but with no purpose to our lives. ...Shavuot is the purpose of the Exodus from Egypt. Seven weeks had to pass before we were able to shake off the feeling of being subject to taskmasters... this "Atzeret" comes at the conclusion of a process which began on "Pesach,".

    'Torah teaches us that we are to observe Pesach in commemoration of our redemption from Egypt and that we are to celebrate Succot in order to recall our sojourn in the wilderness, the purpose and objective of Shavuot are not stated in the Torah... 

    Another oddity in the Torah’s treatment of Shavuot is found in the above passage. The date of every other festival is identified by the Torah as a calendar date. Pesach’s date is the 15th of the first month of the year. Rosh HaShanah’s date is the first day of the seventh month of the year. Shavuot is the only exception to this pattern. It is not assigned a calendar date. Instead, we are instructed to count seven weeks or forty-nine days from the day after the first day of the festival of Pesach. On the fiftieth day Shavuot is to be observed.  The deviation from the typical dating standard – assigning each festival to a day of a month – can be explained. The apparent purpose of the Torah’s dating scheme for Shavuot is to stress the relationship between Pesach and Shavuot. Shavuot completes the objective of Pesach.  ...We count from the day commemorating our redemption to the date of Revelation.

    It is customary to recite Ruth on Shavuot …  The Megilah provides an account of the conversion of Ruth to Judaism. She travels to the Land of Israel with her mother-in-law Naomi. They live together in poverty, ... Eventually, the relationship results in Boaz’s rescue of the family from poverty and his marriage to Ruth."

    ((Love this... Ruth was forward, and went to Boaz.  
    Makes me feel better about my boldness in coming to His feet so brashly...))

    At any rate, C'hag Shavuot Sameach!
    PS:  I love that used the top picture...
    cuz, 'As lightning cometh from the east'... you know me.

May 14, 2013

  • Me and My Issues

    Stop it.  You're not supposed to be laughing, already.
                         Seriously, stop.
    Okay, so it was a silly thing to title this but... enough.


    So either tonight or tomorrow night begins Shavuot.  I'm going with tonight, because I'm counting the Omer, and this-evening-to-tomorrow evening are the fiftieth day.  BUT if you went by the Jews, it's gotta be 6 Sivan, which is tomorrow-night-to-Thursday-night.  Except that's not Biblical, it's traditional... and oddly, if you type in 'Shavuot 2013' in a Yahoo! search, it comes up as starting tonight.  Which means they got the new moon wrong, too.  Already I'm starting to go cross-eyed.

         We're doing it tonight-to-tomorrow-night.

    Having said ALL that, I'm an idiot... and here's why:  I went back and read the Shavuot posts here, as a refresher on what we do/why... and I discovered that Ascension Day is the 43rd day of the Omer.  And you know what I did?  I circled the 40th day, because He was on earth 40 days before the Ascension, and I'm an idiot and forgot the three days from His death to resurrection.  So I observed Ascension Day on the wrong day - a-Gain.  Even though I posted about it last year, and the year before that... all AFTER the fact, when I re-figured it out, like I'm doing right now, because I'm an idiot.

    You'd THINK that eventually I would remember what I write, what I learn, but it NEVER seems to happen, and I have to re-discover it late in the game EVERY time, because I'm apparently not bright enough to retain important things.  In my defense, I'm trying to do this alone, by myself, with no helps... but still.  I always thought I was at least slightly brighter than this.  Oi, my vey...!  I'm going to have to make a post called 'Ascension Day', put it on the sidebar, and have it say, "Hey, Anna!  Guess what?  It's the FORTY-THIRD day... get it right, for Pete's sake, this year!"  Actually, I could just link to this, no?

    So!  There it is.  6 Sivan is NOT necessarily Shavuot, that's a screwed up tradition which requires screwing up the new moon.  Shavuot is fifty days to the Omer, and if you count it, you'll be fine.  Just don't mess up Ascension Day by circling the 40th on the Omer calendar - it's the 43rd. 

    Got it, Anna?  GOOD.

May 13, 2013

  • I just realized that I hate our Hymn of the Month.  I hate the words of the chorus, completely and utterly.  The verse is SO the song of my heart, but the chorus?  It destroys the song.

    I am Thine, O Lord, and I've heard thy voice
    And it's told Thy love to me...
    But I long to rise on the arms of faith
    And be closer drawn to Thee.

    Doesn't that sound like me?  But then... THIS happens:

    Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
    To the cross where Thou has died.
    Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord
    To Thy precious bleeding side.

    What. The. Heck?!  I don't want to go to the cross again.  Neither does He - it is Finished, damn it.  Isn't it?  It's a Catholic thing to keep Him nailed up on that cross - my Lord isn't there, anymore, He arose.  And more than that, He's not bleeding, either!  He already shed that blood for my sins, in a once-for-all act, no?  If it's over, it's finished, He's come back and walked the earth and ASCENDED... I don't want to go to that cross, I want to go to Him.  This whole thing smacks of a nasty mass-like thing that just turns my mouth all rancid.

    And the weird part?  We do our hymns after breakfast.  I was just sitting, reading a book, singing a totally different song when this realization hit me.  Sometimes?  Weird stuff happens, if you know what I mean.

  • Still trying to get into the groove of posting protected for anything personal, and public for info stuff.  I'm not so good at this - look: I posted a picture of the bookshelf publicly.  Isn't that personal?  I... have to figure it all out.  And then I went and posted about Ethan's over-heating at FB, and had to remind myself that I'm not posting there, anymore, and delete it.  Will I ever figure out the new groove?

May 12, 2013

  • Signs in the Sky:   Rings & Alignments

    On June 15, 2003, just seven days AFTER Shavuot/Pentecost, there was an amazing beautiful eclipse, called an 'engagement ring' eclipse.  The bridegroom 'goes to prepare a place for us'... and He leaves with the promise to return to take us to that place.  So this 'engagement ring' eclipse was a reminder of that promise He made to us, and was definitely spiritually noteworthy.

    eclipserIt was unlike any ever seen before for several reasons: It was known as an 'engagement ring' eclipse - it looked like a ring of promise. It also was located in the constellation that symbolized Christ the coming King, right in the middle of the seven sister stars representative of the church. ((binding Christ to His bride!)) And the most unusual thing was that - unlike any other lunar eclipse - it came from the east, and not from the west. ((Christ is foretold to come from the eastern sky, so there's Biblical significance there.))

    I have long held that the engagement ring eclipse
    on that very special day was the start of the countdown. 

    DSCF4743 (640x480)See, the first chapter of Revelation explains the situation: Messiah left.  He said -when on earth - that no man knoweth the day or the hour, not the angels above nor the Son of Man on earth.  But the first chapter of Revelation, written decades later, states right off the bat that now that the Son has returned to Heaven, He has been given the revelation of what is to come and when it will happen... and in His grace and benevolence, He shares it with us via the apostle/prophet, John.  Hence, Revelation.

    Then we're given 'the letters', which are both words of warning to the seven churches, but they're also a timeline of church eras to the end.  So Chapters 2 & 3 are a timeline from 33AD-ish (when Messiah left) all the way thru to 2003.  The engagement ring eclipse on Shavuot/Passover was the marker, the 'reminder' of the promise our Bridegroom made us.  The announcement in the Heavens that it's time for that promise to come to the forefront. We move OUT of that timeline into the next events at that eclipse.

    And of course you all should know by now that 1/1/2007 was the start of the seal judments, one every six months starting with Solana's ENPI kick-off.   I've written enough about the Six-Month Suggestion (SMS) that by now that should be common knowledge.  So from 2003 to 2007 were the events of Chapters 4&5... in Heaven, so of course we did not see them as they happened.

    Three years (three months) after that -  SEVEN years after that special sign in the heavens marking the bride's 'engagement' to Yehshua there was another sign.  On May 16, 2010  Seven days AFTER Shavuot/Pentecost in 2010 there was ANOTHER unusual sign in the heavens.  This time, it's the conjunction of the moon (in the shape of a bowl) with Venus (Bright morning star) coming down into it, and this took place in between the horns of Taurus, which symbolize the one who will bring judgment.  The timing on these two events and their meanings are astonishing.

    Annular-Solar-Eclipse_broadcastBack to the eclipse thing. May 20, 2012 - last year - there was another special eclipse, this time seven days BEFORE Shavuot/Pentecost. A HUGE event, all around the world.   This time?   It was not an engagement ring eclipse... it's a WEDDING ring eclipse, also in Taurus.  If we were reminded of the promise that He left to prepare a place for us with the 2003 eclipse, we are now being reminded of the promise that we are His bride, the people that are about to be redeemed by the one who has given us our engagement ring..   Here's a picture of the May 20th eclipse... taken at the top of Mt. Fuji
    And this...!  The 'wedding ring' eclipse.

    So I was really geeked, last year.  Not knowing that it would happen again, this year... on May 9, 2013, again exactly 7 days BEFORE Shavuot/Pentecost, again in the constellation of the coming King. 

    What the heck?!  I'm just asking, because... this is getting to be...!!  So I went back to 2011.  If we had an event in 2010, 2012, and 2013... wouldn't it stand to reason that there was something in 2011, too?  I'm just asking.  So I found out that the feast date in 2011 was June 8th, and I substracted seven days, and 7 days BEFORE Shavuot/Pentecost - June 1, 2011 - there was, indeed, an event.  A partial solar eclipse with a line-up that's really something.  So I cut/cropped all of the photos, and thought you might like to see what's been happening... and I'm posting them for posterity's sake, too.

    Here are the pictures of the eclipses, via Stellarium:

    May 31, 2003
    Notice that Saturn, Venus, and Mercury are far to the edges.
    Not involved, yet - it's just a notification.

    May 16, 2010
    Venus (Messiah) coming down into the cup of the moon.

    June 1, 2011
    Partial eclipse with alignment involving
    Mercury (messenger), Venus (Yeshua), Mars (wrath) and sun/moon.

    May 20, 2012
    Now we have Jupiter (Yehovah) and Mercury (messenger) aligned
    with the sun and the moon, pointing to Venus (Yeshua), at the top.

    May 9, 2013
    This year, we have Mercury (messenger), Venus (Yeshua) and
    Mars (Wrath) aligned with the sun/moon, with Venus next to the Plieades.
    They point to Jupiter (Yehovah) in between the Horns.

    Brian looked over my shoulder just now and said, "Nice, but... what does this mean?"  It MEANS that exactly seven days from the same feast, in the same constellation in the sky, there have been three eclipses in a row, with significant alignments.  This is unusual, maybe even unprecedented.  It's amazing.  It means something is going on that the Lord is telling us, and that we should be paying attention to it, because it's telling what's going to happen.  And because nothing is slated for next year, but we have three in a row here?  Well, that's pretty significant to me!

May 11, 2013

  • Only I would pick a Mother's Day gift that so completely overwhelms me and utterly destroys the parlor.  OTOH, I might gain back my window sills... because it's a six foot by five foot bookshelf.  In the meantime?  It looks like a bookstore blew up in our house...

    uPDaTe:  But here's the finished project (or half of the finished product - the shelves that where here, before have transformed three other parts of the house, too!):

May 10, 2013

  • Our Very Normal Solar System Isn't Normal

    excerpted from an article by Robert Krulwich, 5/6/2013

    Some things you just count on. Like if we ever meet a space alien, it should have eyes (and maybe a head). Like somewhere out there, there are planets like ours. Like we have an ordinary solar system —"ordinary" because you know what it looks like ...

    It's got a sun in the middle, little planets on the inside,bigger ones farther out. That's what most of them should look like, no?  We thought they should. In astronomy class(for any of us who took astronomy) they talked about a "frost line."That's a line, some distance from the sun, where it gets too cold to make rocky planets.

    They said when a planetary system forms, the dust that's closer in, on the hot side of that line, melts into rocky minerals, forming solid balls, like Earth and Mars.  But farther out, on the frosty side, the dust stays gassy, mostly hydrogen compounds, swelling to gigantic size, like Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.

    Distance from the sun sculpts the neighborhood. That's why most planetary systems in the universe were supposed to look like us. Rocky planets in, gassy planets farther out.  Then we looked. And what did we discover?

    Big gassy planets not where they should be. Instead of keeping their distance, and staying past the frost line, there are dozens and dozens of Jupiter-sized balls (big! really big!) tucked incredibly close to their star, squeezing so close, their "year," their orbit, lasts only a few Earth days. They are in tighter than Mercury.

    Which means these once-cold planets are now, puzzlingly, hot.Astronomers call them "hot Jupiters," because temperatures at their cloud tops can sizzle at 1,000 degrees Celsius.

      Or — and here's a pattern that shows up very often — you'll get not one, but two biggish Neptune-sized planets, like hungry twins, nuzzling together near their star. Very near.

    Or we find a bunch of rocky planets — larger than Earth, but definitely rocky — gathered in tight formation around a star (with orbits that last 3.7 days! 10.9 days! Would you feel the whip, like a roller coaster?) and— large, then small, then large again, then small, then large ... How odd.

    As of this month, we've discovered 884 planets, 692planetary systems, 132 of them with more than one planet and, strange to tell,almost none of them look like us.

    "We are now beginning to understand that nature seems to overwhelmingly prefer [planetary] systems that have multiple planets with orbits of less than100 days," Steve Vogt, astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "This is quite unlike our own solar system, where there is nothing with an orbit inside that of Mercury. So our solar system is, in some sense, a bit of a freak and not the most typical kind of system that Nature cooks up.So our solar system is ... a bit of a freak.” 

    All of sudden, we're the abnormal ones.

    ...Mike Brown, an astronomer at Caltech… is getting more and more uncomfortable. Though it will take a while to discover smaller planets, right now there's only one planetary system that looks a lot like our own, he says. "...What I would desperately like to know is whether or not it has the small rocky bodies on the inside too. But it'll be along time before we can find that."

    Meantime, he is trying to get used to the idea that we live on an unusual planet in an unusual solar system. That's two"unusuals." One more than he's used to. To live doubly-unusual, is to be luckier — and perhaps rarer — than we knew.

    "It really is something that I find deeply weird,"he writes. "What does it all mean? I don't know.”

    aNNa'S NoTe:  I love astronomy articles like this... where science proves that where Yehovah set us is NOT found in the other solar systems.  It's NOT normal.  It's special - just for us.  This one is going in our nature notebooks (astronomy section)... right up front!

May 9, 2013

  • Please pray for my FB friend, who posted this, this morning:

    "Please keep my family in your prayers - my parents went to Alabama yesterday to check on my sick grandma.  When they got there my father started bleeding and it would not stop.  He is now himself in the hospital receiving blood transfusions and under going surgery while the doctors try to find out the source."

    The man in surgery was one of the very few adults who bothered themselves to kind to me when I was a teenager, so my heart is really with this man.  I would appreciate your prayers almost as much as they would.

May 8, 2013

  • Spring WildFlowers

    We went on a flower identification walk this morning, through our woods, out to the garden, and down the quarter-mile drive.  We identified:

    Bluets                                                       Wild Violets

    Spring Cress                                        Speedwells

    Purple Dead Nettle (my favorite)                             Spring Beauty       

    Dutchman's Britches                               Trout Lily

    Sweet Buttercup                                          Winter Cress

    Bittercress                                          Wood Anenome


    Wild Geranium (smells AMAZING!)  and Trillium,
    which is supposedly endangered, but we have a TON of it in our woods.

    ... but couldn't find this flower in the book OR on-line:

    Does anyone know what this might be? 
    It has an interestingly odd smell, too. 
    We're very curious, and frustrated by our lack of results.  Stephanie?

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