Pro and Con 1781
THIS SAME JESUS, WHICH IS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, SHALL SO
COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN. ACTS 1:11
Will we go up in like manner on May 29, Ascension Day in both eastern and western churches, the time of firstripe grapes (and our daughter's birthday)?
May 29 is Iyar 29 this year. That doesn't happen every year, and the first Total Lunar Eclipse of the tetrad will be April 15, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which the Jews call Passover.
In "Biblical Mathematics: Keys to Scripture Numerics," Ed F. Vallowe said that the number 29 means Departure, and number nine means Fruit of the Spirit, divine completeness.
In Luk_22:18, Jesus said, "I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come."
In Joh_15:1, Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman."
In Joh_15:4, he said, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."
In Joh_15:5, he said, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
Hos 9:10 says, "I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness".
THE TIME OF FIRSTRIPE GRAPES IS ABOUT JUNE 1
Jas_5:7 says, "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain."
The early rain started last Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets, and the latter rain started Nisan 1. So maybe the Rapture will come after Nisan 1, 5774, Tue, April 1, 2014.
In Mat 21:33,34, Jesus said, "Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit (i.e., about June 1) drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it."
May 29 is about June 1.
Hag 2:18 says, "Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD'S temple was laid, consider it.
Hag 2:19 Is the seed (i.e., Jesus) yet in the barn (a saying meaning is she pregnant)? yea (YES, Jesus was conceived on Kislev 24), as yet the VINE, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day (Kislev 24) will I bless you."
Iyar 29 is after Kislev 24.
THE SECRET OF THE STAIRS
Song 2:10-15 says, "My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain (i.e., of Nisan) is over and gone (i.e., it is Iyar); 12 The flowers appear on the earth (i.e., in May); the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle (i.e., turtledove) is heard in our land (i.e., they come in April and leave in October); 13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell (i.e., near June 1, time of the firstripe grapes). ARISE, my love, my fair one, and come away. 14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places (places is not in the original) of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. 15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
May 29 fits that.
"The normal early season for figs in Israel is June, but the early unripe fruit (Song of Songs 2:13) begins to show itself even before the spring leaves appear on the branches, often before Passover." (http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/q_jesus_figtree_curse.htm)
In Mat 26:29, Jesus said, "But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until THAT DAY WHEN I DRINK IT NEW WITH YOU IN MY FATHER'S KINGDOM."
In Mar_12:2, Jesus said, "And AT THE SEASON he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard."
Mar_14:25 says, "Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
THREE YEARS, i.e., the first 3 years of the Tribulation
In Luk_13:7, Jesus said, "Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?"
In Luk_20:9,10, Jesus said, "Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard".
WILL THE KINGDOM OF GOD COME AT THE TIME OF FIRSTRIPE GRAPES?
In Luk_22:18, Jesus said, "I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come."
Hosea 9:10 says, "I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved."
In Joh_15:4, Jesus said, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."
In Joh_15:16, Jesus said, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
Hos_9:10 says, "I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness".
In Num 13:20, the spies went UP INTO THE PROMISED LAND AT "THE TIME OF THE FIRSTRIPE GRAPES".
Num 13:23 says, "GO UP and possess the land which I have given you".
In Mat 21:42, "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?"
Jesus is the headstone of the corner, the capstone of the Pyramid of Giza. When the capstone is installed, the pyramid will be 5776 inches high. I think the Second Advent will be on Nisan 1, 5776, Sat., April 9, 2016, the first day of the Jubilee, Regnal and Sacred year.
The early rain comes Tishri 1. The latter rain comes Nisan 1.
THE NORTHRIDGE EARTHQUAKE IN 1994 WAS A 6.9
> > In her newsletter "Chronicle 1-18-14 Consequences! God loves Israel!" Annette said,
"January 16, 1994: Northridge Earthquake-President Bill Clinton meets with Syria's President Hafez el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel that includes giving up the Golan Heights. Within 24 hours, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California, This quake, centered in Northridge, becomes the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the USA; Andrew was #1."
Wow! "the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the USA" hit southern CA in 1994, and I felt it.
BEFORE IT: "Hurricane Andrew was, at the time of its occurrence in August 1992, the costliest hurricane in United States history." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Andrew)
AFTER IT: "Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic tropical cyclone of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina)
THE NORTHRIDGE EARTHQUAKE WAS THE FASTEST PEAK GROUND VELOCITY OVER RECORDED
"The Northridge earthquake...January 17, 1994 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), ...was centered in the north-central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. It had a duration of approximately 10-20 seconds....THE GROUND ACCELERATION WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST EVER INSTRUMENTALLY RECORDED IN AN URBAN AREA IN NORTH AMERICA...with strong ground motion FELT AS FAR AWAY AS LAS VEGAS...The peak ground velocity in this earthquake at the Rinaldi Receiving station was 183 cm/s (6.59 km/h or 4.09 mph), THE FASTEST PEAK GROUND VELOCITY OVER RECORDED. In addition, two 6.0 Mw aftershocks occurred, the first about one minute after the initial event and the second approximately 11 hours later, the strongest of several thousand aftershocks in all....earthquake-caused property damage was estimated to be more than $20 billion, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history....
The Northridge Fashion Center and California State University, Northridge also sustained very heavy damage-most notably, the collapse of parking structures. The earthquake also gained worldwide attention because of damage to the vast freeway network, which serves millions of commuters every day. The most notable of this damage was to the Santa Monica Freeway (i.e., a section of a bridge dropped to the ground), Interstate 10, known as the busiest freeway in the United States .... Farther north, the Newhall Pass interchange of Interstate 5 (the Golden State Freeway) and State Route 14 (the Antelope Valley Freeway) collapsed as it had 23 years earlier in the 1971 Sylmar earthquake even though it had been rebuilt with improved structural components....Eleven hospitals suffered structural damage and were damaged or unusable after the earthquake."(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_Northridge_earthquake)
That "6.9" opened my eyes wide. I didn't realize the magnitude of it, compared to other disasters in the USA. We lived in Yorba Linda, in southern California, when the Northridge earthquake knocked down the Northridge Meadows apartment complex and part of the VA hospital. We were far enough away to only have minor damage, but we felt STRONG SHOCKS.
Lately, I have been calling that particular earthquake a 6.0, but it was a 6.9. Both main aftershocks were 6.0. That is what I remembered. No wonder it did so much damage. All TV was knocked out at first, but when it came back on, I was glued to the set. The earthquake was on every local news channel. I should have known it was bigger than 6.0 from the amount of news coverage it got. I am chilled now, just thinking about it.
I live farther inland, in Riverside, now. It is closer to the Andreas Fault. It's break can easily be seen on the surface. We have frequent 4.0 quakes that have caused cracks in the ceiling, between ceiling and wall and around doors in this room. When people say California will fall into the ocean, I don't worry. Most of it isn't very high up above the water. What does worry me is the threat of a huge overdue earthquake, a tsunami, and the radiation we are now receiving from Japan.
Hope the Rapture happens soon. None of us is immune to unexpected earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. Yellowstone comes to mind. This earth acts like it is alive at times, and lately, snow and ice storms seem to come as punishment for things that pertain to Israel too.
Most of the west coast is made up of rock formed south of us. Limestone formed at 30 degrees S is now at 30 degrees N. Displaced terrains line the shore. They bunch up at San Francisco, and cause bad earthquakes there. They are still inching north all along the shore.
We are near the edge of the area where an asteroid blasted the Moon material out of the Pacific Basin. The Ring of Fire marks the place where an asteroid hit this Earth and destroyed the angelic civilization before Adam was created. Now man's civilization on Earth is at risk. Judgment is coming, just like it did for the angels.
This time, Satan's asteroid Wormwood will hit Babylon, near the Euphrates River, on the Day of God's Wrath, the great and terrible Day of the Lord. That will cause a worldwide earthquake. Earth will be turned upside down. Every wall will fall. Cities will be in shambles. The dead will lay around the world.
Eze 38:18-20 says, "And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence (paniym face, i.e., they will see the Sign of the Son of Man in the sky), and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground."
"Rev 16:18-20 says, "And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found."
We have two chances, two Raptures, to get out of here first. The only ticket to Heaven is to accept Jesus Christ as our own Saviour.
I have proof that Heaven is real. My husband Ed died Dec. 27, 2011, and visited me in his celestial body on April 2, 2012. Instead of 87, he is now 33. He had visited both of our families, so they are all in Heaven. I asked him if we could be together forever. He said, "Yes."
How, then, can one be saved?
John 3:16-18 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
Rom 10:9,10 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
About marriage, Mat_19:6 says, "Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
I am happy with how my life is turning out. I said, "Yes" to Christ, and "Yes" to Ed, when he asked me to marry him after praying and asking God for a Christian wife. Now, I will get to be with both Jesus and Ed forever. I can't think of anything better.
There are two Raptures coming up. The First-Trump Rapture may be next Ascension Day. May 29 is also Iyar 29, Ascension Day in both Eastern and Western churches this year. The last Rapture will be on the Day of God's Wrath. Those people will get out by the skin of their teeth, just before the asteroid impacts, one in the NE Mediterranean Sea, the other at Babylon. Damascus and Babylon will cease to be cities. Babylon may end up being the Lake of Fire.
Ascension Day commemorates the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Date in the churches, 39 days after Easter. (To Jews, that will be the 40th Omer, because Resurrection Day, the day after the Sabbath, is Omer one.)
May 29 (Western)
May 29 (Eastern)
May 14 (Western)
May 21 (Eastern)
May 5 (Western)
June 9 (Eastern)
If I remember right, Charles posted on Five Doves that he dreamed three times that the Rapture would be on Thursday. The Crucifixion was on Thursday, Christ's resurrection was three days later, on Sunday. The churches keep the day of Jesus' resurrection on Sunday and Ascension Day on Thursday.
The Western churches go by the Gregorian Calendar. The Eastern churches go by the Julian Calendar. It seems like a miracle that both will keep Ascension Day on the same day this year, May 29, our daughter's birthday.
Acts 1:6-11 says, "When they (i.e., the disciples) therefore were come together (i.e., on Ascension Day), they asked of him, saying, Lord (i.e., Jesus), wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men (i.e., probably Moses and Elijah) stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? THIS SAME JESUS, WHICH IS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN."
Since the Lord often taught by example, Ascension Day would be a good day for us to go up to Heaven in the Rapture, and a good day for Moses and Elijah to appear.
Rev 11:1-4 ties both together. It says, "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, RISE (i.e.,in the Mid-Trib Rapture), and measure the temple of God (we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit), and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months (the last half of the Tribulation). 3 And I will give power unto my TWO WITNESSES, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (i.e., the 42 month Great Tribulation), clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks (i.e., Moses and Elijah) standing before the God of the earth."
Moses and Elijah stood before Christ at His Transfiguration and probably at His Ascension. Both seem to mesh and represent the first Rapture on Ascension Day.
Mar 9:1-4 says, "And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till THEY HAVE SEEN THE KINGDOM OF GOD COME WITH POWER. 2 And after six days (i.e., representing 6000 years) Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them UP into AN HIGH MOUNTAIN (i.e., Heaven), apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them (i.e., as if already in Heaven). 4 And there appeared unto them ELIAS WITH MOSES: and they were talking with Jesus."
When did Moses and Elijah, who lived centuries apart, appear together in the past? only on Transfiguration Day and Ascension Day in 30 AD.
When will Moses and Elijah appear in the future? Mid-Trib.
When will the First-Trump Rapture take place? maybe when Elijah and Moses appear Mid-Trib, i.e., on our Ascension Day? It sure looks like it.
John_6:62 says, "What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?"
In John_20:17, Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."
Jesus took the Old Testament saints to Heaven on Resurrection Day, and came back the same day. After that, he could be touched. Then Jesus ascended on Ascension Day, probably foreshadowing our ascension day.
How will the First-Trump Rapture happen? Quickly.
Acts 8:39 says, "And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away (harpazo, to catch away, take by force) Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more". That was fast.
2 Corinthians 12:2-4 says, "I knew a man (i.e., Paul himself, he didn't want to boast) in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up, (harpazo, to catch away, take by force) to the third heaven (1) Mars, (2) Jupiter, (3) Saturn)...4 How that he was caught up (harpazo, to catch away, take by force) into paradise (paradeisos, a park, an Eden, a place of future happiness, i.e., Heaven), and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."
Adam's Eden was a paradise on Earth. Our paradise is in Heaven where Jesus/God sits on his throne (Eze 1:1,26-28).
1Th 4:13-18 says, "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus (i.e., like my husband Ed) will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (phthano, precede) them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
This Ascension Day is special. It falls within the last tetrad of Total Lunar Eclipses on Feast days for over 800 years. The first eclipse in this tetrad will be on Tue. April 15, 2014, Nisan 15, 5774, the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
15th of Nisan, 5774 = Tue, 15 April 2014
29th of Iyyar, 5774 = Thu, 29 May 2014
I hope the Rapture will be on Thursday, 29 May, 2014.
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> > Sadly, Hans and his wife Maria passed away in March 2005. However, we would be interested in your comments about this article and can forward them to his son if you would like. Click here to e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org;
I am so sorry they passed away. I wanted to tell Hans something. I'll tell you, and you can pass it on to his son.
> > After all, there is vivid description of flying spaceships in the Bible; just read the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament (See accompanying excerpt). YES, spaceships have been around for thousands of years.
Hans quoted Ezekiel 1:4-21. He was wrong on what Ezekiel 1 is about. It isn't talking about spaceships. It is talking about the four terrestrial planets. They are lively flying things that have "adam", red clay on them. They are said to have wings because they can fly. Their concentric orbits are the wheels within wheels. I put a picture above that shows what Ezekiel saw. The fire enfolding itself in the middle is the Sun. The planets orbit the Sun in concentric circles.
One of the 4 cherubim is the Earth. Eze 1:15 says, "Now as I beheld the living creatures (i.e., lively flying things with red clay upon them), behold one wheel (i.e.,orbit) upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces." Earth is a globe. It faces four directions and orbits in four directions, as all the planets do.
Something precious I would like to share with you is in verses 1 and 26-28. It shows us where the throne of Jesus is located.
In verse 1, Ezekiel said that he "saw visions of God." Jesus is both man and God. Where is his throne?
Verses 26-28 tell us. They say, "And above the firmament (i.e., expanse of space) that was over their heads (i.e., farther out in space than the terrestrial planets) was the likeness of a THRONE, as the appearance of a sapphire stone (i.e., Jesus' September sapphire birthstone means heaven): and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man (i.e., the only God/man, Jesus) above upon it. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber (Saturn is amber), as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins (i.e., from the equator) even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness (i.e., Saturn's rings) round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD."
In IICor 12:2-4, Paul said, "I knew a man (i.e., Paul himself, he didn't want to boast) in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven (1. Mars, 2. Jupiter, 3. Saturn). 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."
My husband is in Heaven now. He accepted Christ as his saviour when he was 14, so when he died at 87, he didn't really die. His celestial body just left his earthly body. He died Dec. 27, 2011.
On April 2, 2012, dressed in what looked like black silk shirt fabric, with black shoes on, he visited me in his celestial body. I recognized him immediately and asked him some quick questions, and he answered them in his normal voice.
Are you 30 or 33? He said, "33."
Can we be together forever? He said, "Yes."
Have you gotten with your family? He said, "Yes."
Have you gotten with my family? He said, "Yes."
Do you have a piano? He said, "Yes," and walked through the wall.
Ed did not say that I was wrong about where Heaven is located, so I assume that I am right. It took me over 7 years to figure it out. I couldn't do it alone, or by reading books from BIOLA's Library. I had to ask for the Lord's help. Then I started looking up the original words.
Eze 1:4 says, "And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire."
When I looked up "brightness", it said that nogahh was brilliancy, shining. I said, "Sunshine." When I realized that the wheels within wheels were orbiting the Sun, and Earth was one of them, it finally became clear.
I should have paid more attention to Eze 1:1. It says, "Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God."
Other clues are in Rev 4:1-4 (KJV). It says, "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was (lit., became) in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one (i.e., God/Jesus) sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper (i.e., last stone in the breastplate) and a sardine stone (first stone in the breastplate, i.e., Jesus is the first and the last, LORD of the Old Testament and Lord of the New Testament): and there was a rainbow (i.e., Saturn's rings) round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald (Judah's stone in the breastplate, i.e., Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah). 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold."
Hope you like finding out something new, as I do. Agape
"...the Holy Father and the secretary of state in the Holy See will continue to speak out about peace in the Mideast, continue to try to bring parties together, and continue to help address some of the most pressing concerns that are challenging failed states and failing states in too many parts of the world," Kerry said.
"It was good to know we will have this common enterprise together," said Kerry, a former altar boy.
Francis and Parolin are planning to visit Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan in May, marking the pope's second diplomatic trip. The timing might help Kerry, whose nine month quest to help broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestinian officials is scheduled to sunset about a month earlier.
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