Pro and Con 1173

Posted 12-24-04

Incoming email

Shalom Aleichem!
Adonai's appointed hour is a blink of an eye away. I am home with Him now, writing to you about Him, for when two or three are gathered in His Name, He is in their midst. I do not know why (of my mind) it is you G-d chooses to keep me company now, but I know in my 'knower', (my heart) that you are a cherished disciple and apostle of Yeshua. You speak His Words. And He alone is the Truth, the Way and the Life!

The L-rd has touched my heart with your postings and replies to the letters He gives me to write. I AM after YHWH's own heart, like my namesake, David. Thank you for reminding me, and everyone for the need for CONTINUAL repentance! You are like Nathan was to King David, convicting him of his own sin through the story of the man with the single precious lamb. It is our duty to come before G-d and ask Him to reveal to us every single speck of un G-dliness in our lives. We must acknowledge our sins before the L-rd and wash our feet clean of the soil of the world.

Our Savior comes soon! The wise and foolish virgins KNEW of the appointed hour. They took their lamps and waited. They were aware of the time. The Groom tests their resolve by pausing before opening the door. For He wants a Bride prepared to give herself to Him, WHOLY. One who has spent her entire savings on 'extra oil'.

Today there will be those who 'run out' of oil and go to buy more. There are also those who never waited in the first place, non believers who now ridicule us and taunt us, jeering us with derisive words. "Where is your G-d?" they ask. Blessed are those who are blind for they can see, for those who are deaf, for they can hear.

For those blind to the world see Heaven, those deaf to the lies of the enemy hear what is True!

Behold! The Bridegroom comes! As sure as the sun rises, as certain as the L-rd's unfailing Love. He comes.

The next 40 days are a time now of testing. Yesterday, during Shabbat Service, we heard prophetic words and at one point the L-rd made me kneel. Last week my knees would not support me, but this time, He asked me to yield to Him of my own accord.

A dream/vision came to me. It was "Kh______". Hmm. In a few seconds, I was stirred from this vision and it was interpreted to me to me as "Kilohour", or 1000 hours. Now 1000 hours is 41.7 days. It had been nearly two days since the December 16/17 night of the (expected) pretrib Rapture.

Maybe this is a personal word for 40 more days of testing?

No matter. 40 days or 40 weeks. Months or even years. Messiah comes! And you have shown me, and many who read your words, the need to 'buy all the oil we can' with every last coin. To stay as near, nearer, nearest as we can to YHWH, our G-d; the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To repent continually and be devoted to our Groom for the rest of our lives. Baruch Hashem!

By the way, one prophetic word yesterday WAS about 'buying all the oil you can' for difficult times are near. The word came from a brother whom I had not spoken to yet about the Wise and Foolish Virgins writing the L-rd gave me this week. We should not be surprised of this, for the L-rd speaks and those who can hear, hear. I am blessed to have my ears opened! I pray to continue to hear His still small voice.

Be Strong! We shall meet, as we say on Pesach, "Next Year In Jerusalem!"

Shalom and much Agape, Proverbs 4:1-9

My reply

> > The next 40 days are a time now of testing. Yesterday, during Shabbat Service, we heard prophetic words and at one point the L-rd made me kneel. Last week my knees would not support me, but this time, He asked me to yield to Him of my own accord.
> > A dream/vision came to me. It was "Kh______". Hmm. In a few seconds, I was stirred from this vision and it was interpreted to me to me as "Kilohour", or 1000 hours. Now 1000 hours is 41.7 days. It had been nearly two days since the December 16/17 night of the pretrib (expected) Rapture. Maybe this is a personal word for 40 more days of testing?

Wow! do you realize that 40 days from Dec. 17, counted by inclusive reckoning because it is a 40-day block of time, is Tu B'Shevat, the New Year of Trees? That's Tue., January 25, 2005. Dare we hope for the Rapture that day?

I wouldn't even have known about the New Year of Trees if Dr. Glen Swanson hadn't come to my house and told me about the four New Years. There is Nisan 1, the Regnal and Sacred New Year, Elul 1, the New Year for tithing cattle, Tishri 1, the Civil New Year (Rosh HaShannah), and Shevat 15, the New Year of Trees, for dividing the fruit of the old year from the fruit of the New Year for tithing purposes.

I got on the Internet and searched for New Year of Trees on Google. Here are a few of the things I thought most interesting. Comments in brackets are mine. Emphasis is mine.
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The Month of Shevat
http://www.inner.org/times/shevat/shevat.htm

..."The fifteenth day of Shevat is the "New Year of Trees" according to the school of Hillel...The "New Year of Trees" is the day from which the new year is reckoned for the fruit of the trees with regard to the mitzvot of ma'aser ("tithes"; fruit that blossoms after this date may not be taken as a tithe on fruit that blossomed before) and orlah (fruit less than three years old, which is forbidden). It is celebrated by partaking of fruit, especially of the seven species with which the land of Israel is blessed.

The 15th day of the 11th month alludes to the secret of G-d's ineffable Name Havayah, whose first two letters, yud and hei (which represent the higher, hidden level of unification) equal 15, and whose last two letters, vav and hei (which represent the lower, revealed level of unification), equal 11. THE FULL SECRET OF THE NAME HAVAYAH IS THE SECRET OF THE "TREE OF LIFE," THE TREE OF THE MONTH OF SHEVAT.

[he Tree of Life is Yeshua. That's a nice tie in. Trees symbolize people too.]

[Assigned to Shevat] Letter: tzadik.

The letter tzadik symbolizes the true tzadik ("righteous one"), "and the tzadik is the foundation of the world." The one consummate tzadik of the generation personifies the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden (all of whose trees correspond to the souls of the righteous).

The very form of the letter tzadik (especially its final form, which represents the true manifestation of the tzadik in the future) resembles a tree. In the Torah, man is called Etz hasadeh ("the tree of the field") [and the field is the world]. Etz hasadeh = 474 = da'at, the unique property of man in general and of the tzadik in particular. Da'at is the power of "connection." THE MONTH OF SHEVAT IS THE MONTH OF CONNECTION TO THE TRUE TZADIK OF THE GENERATION, THE TREE OF LIFE OF THE GENERATION.

[The Constellation assigned to Shevat is Aquarius, and Aquarius, the water giver, is Yeshua] Mazal: "deli" (Aquarius - pail).

The New Year of Trees of the month of Shevat is the time that the rain waters of the winter months begin to ascend in the veins of the tree and bring it new life. The ascent of water in general is represented by the deli. The root of deli means "TO LIFT UP," as in the verse "my eyes are lifted up to heaven" (when the ayin--eye"--of Tevet is lifted up to connect to the tzadik of Shevat, the word etz--"tree"--is formed).

The Ba'al Shem Tov said that when one meets a water-carrier carrying pitchers full of water, it is a sign of blessing. The tzadik is a true manifestation of a water carrier....

[Assigned to Shevat:] Tribe: Asher.

The name "Asher" means "pleasure" and "happiness." Our father Jacob blessed his son Asher: "from Asher comes delicious [lit. fat] bread, and he shall provide the delicacies of the king." From this it is evident that Asher represents the sense of taste and eating.

The special tree which Asher personifies is the olive tree, which gives the goodly oil with which Asher's portion in the land of Israel was blessed. Of the seven species of the land of Israel, the olive is the sixth, which, in Kabbalah, corresponds to the sefirah of yesod, the "tzadik, foundation of the world." Olive oil represents the potent seed of the tzadik to bear and sustain blessed generations of Jewish souls....

Eating from the Tree of Life, the tzadik derives great pleasure ("life" in Torah means "pleasure") from the Divine sparks of light and lifeforce present within the food he eats. In his rectified state of consciousness he is continuously aware that "not on the [physical dimension of] bread alone does man live, but on each utterance of the mouth of G-d does man live."

The time of greatest pleasure in partaking of food is on the day of Shabbat. The word for "to satisfy [his soul]" is cognate to the word for "seven," alluding to the seventh day of Shabbat. A true tzadik experiences the pleasure of Shabbat the entire week (in the Zohar, the tzadik is called Shabbat). The word Shevat itself transforms to SHABBAT (since the two letters tet and tav, both letters of the tongue, are phonetically interchangeable).
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"Is Man a Tree of the Field?"
http://www.sichosinenglish.org/books/timeless-patterns/25.htm

Tu BiShvat, "the New Year of the Trees,"[1] has its own customs,[2] which our Rabbis[3] associate with the phrase,[4] "Is man a tree of the field?" Because the tree-metaphor is so fundamental to our divine service, we celebrate the New Year of the Trees

...Our prophets use the metaphor of trees to describe the Jewish people in their ultimate state of fulfillment, the Era of the Redemption:[7] "In days to come, Yaakov will take root; Yisrael will blossom and bud, and will cover the face of the earth with fruit." The coming of Mashiach[8] is described similarly: "A shoot shall emerge from the stem of Yishai, and a branch shall grow out from his roots." May these prophecies be fulfilled in the immediate future....
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Tu Bishvat
http://www.ahavat-israel.com/ahavat/torat/tubishvat.asp

What does that mean, "New Year for the Trees?" The Torah teaches that everything in this world was created for the sake of mankind. Which means that "NEW YEAR FOR THE TREES" IS IN SOME RESPECT A "DAY OF JUDGMENT" FOR EACH OF US as well. In fact, the Torah in various places compares a person to a tree:

"A person is like the tree of a field…" (Deuteronomy 20:19)

"For as the days of a tree shall be the days of my people." (Isaiah 65:22)

"He will be like a tree planted near water…" (Jeremiah 17:8)

Tu Bishvat is the day of the year when trees stop absorbing water from the ground, and instead draw nourishment from their sap....
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Tu B'Shevat - ycac u"y
By Greg Killian
http://www.tckillian.com/greg/tubshevt.html

...So too, in our winter rain season. If three months pass, out of a sum total of five and a half months (starting with 17th of Chesvan) it is legally considered as if the entire year has passed.

"FOR MAN IS AS A TREE IN THE FIELD" (Devarim 20:19)...

Tu B'Shevat, the new year of the trees, falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is on this day that the first almond trees of Israel bloom.

The almond tree (Sh'keidiyah) has special significance for Tu B’Shevat. It is the first of the fruit trees to blossom each year in Israel. The word for almond in Hebrew also means to "watch". It is the subject of one of Jeremiah's prophecies:

Jeremiah 1:11 "The word of the Lord came to me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?' I replied 'I see a branch of an almond (shakeid) tree. The Lord said to me, 'You have seen right for I am watchful (shokeid) to bring my word to pass."...

Remember that the Tree of Life is Yeshua HaMashiach according to Proverbs chapter three.

Tu B'Shevat appears to be the day when we will be able to eat, for the first time, from the Tree of Life!...

Tu B'Shevat is the day when new sap starts to rise in the tree, when new life is starting to emerge. Even though we are still in the middle of winter and all looks bleak, cold and lifeless, Tu B'Shevat comes - a day of new life with the promise of rejuvenation.

That's why Tu B'Shevat can be compared to the coming of the Mashiach and the final redemption of mankind.... [Our Day of Redemption is the Day of the Rapture.]

Tehillim (Psalm) 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Many of us have heard the injunction that during war one may lay siege to a town, but one may not cut down the trees. The entire verse, Devarim 20:19, reads:

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 20:19 "When you lay siege to a city for many days to capture it by making war against it, you shall not destroy its tree, wielding an axe against it; for you shall eat of it but not cut it down; for MAN IS A TREE OF THE FIELD..."
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Tu b'Shevat
http://www.ujafedny.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr009=1uz585l371.app20a&page=NewsArticle&id=6026&news_iv_ctrl=1461

"Tu b'Shevat, on which God "judges" trees according to the Jews' behavior."
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We can see from Luke 12:46 that there will be judgment at the Rapture. The wise virgins of Mt. 25 are ready to go with the Bridegroom when he comes. The foolish virgins find Heaven's door closed. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mt. 24:51).

Tu B'Shevat isn't mentioned in the Bible, but it is in the Mishna. By Shevat 15, most of the heavy rain has already fallen. The sap STARTS TO RISE in the trees. They begin to leaf out. This day is a harbinger of spring. This is symbolized by the four glasses of wine. The first is all white. The second is mostly white with some red in it. The third is mostly red with some white in it. The fourth is all red. I can't help but think that the red wine also stands for the blood of Yeshua shed for us.

At the Last Supper, Yeshua "took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 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" (Mt. 26:27-29).

That day can't be too far off. The Israelites went into the Promised Land at the end of 40 years. Maybe we will go into our Promised Land at the end of 40 days. That could apply to the 40 days from the Resurrection to Yeshua's ascension. Maybe the Rapture will be on Ascension Day. The church era began on Pentecost. It may end when the Bride saints ascend on Ascension Day. The sour grapes will be ripening in the flower on Ascension Day.

Right now, we have need of patient enduring. In Rev. 3:10.11, Yeshua said, "Because thou hast kept the word of my PATIENCE, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."

If Tu B'Shevat isn't the Rapture, it could signal the final countdown to the Rapture on Ascension Day, June 4, 2005 (Iyar 26, 5765). We will know soon. Agape

PS: After studying it more, I think the Rapture will be on Pentecost, 2005. It would follow the 40-day countdown to Ascension Day by 10 days. The 40-days calls attention to the time of year when such a countdown is mentioned in the Bible.

The new star Nova Velorum appeared in VELA May 22,1999. That was Sivan 7, 5759, PENTECOST. The astonishing Double-anchor-Cross sign appeared in the constellation VELA June 9, 2000. That was Sivan 6, 5760, PENTECOST. I can take a hint. It looks like the Pre-Trib Rapture will be on Pentecost after all. The Tribulation must be shorter than the 2300 days of Dan. 8:13,14.

Ancient Galilee settlement uncovered in Kfar Kana

Dec. 21, 2004
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1103602489003

The Israel Antiquities Authority recently uncovered the remains of what has been identified as Kana in the Galilee, a settlement known from both Jewish and Christian traditions.

My comments

This is the Cana of Galilee where Jesus turned water to wine at a wedding. John 2:11 says, "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him."

John 2:1,2 says, "And the THIRD DAY there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and the disciples, to the marriage."

...In Chapter Two of the Gospel according to John, it is said that Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine at a Jewish wedding in Kana. About 100 years later, after the destruction of the Second Temple, Kana was home to many priestly families and was known as Elyashiv....

Incoming email, Re: an observation

one thing I have always noticed about the great pyramid and do not see any agreement in the literature about it is that at the time of Christ the grand gallery starts, but that also at that point a horizontal passage occurs which leads to the queen's chamber. I have always regarded this as Israel rejecting the Messiah, breaking off and taking its own course to the queen's chamber, while those who comprise the church begin their ascent up the grand gallery. Now, if you draw a straight line up from the peak of the queen's chamber, you will see that it touches from underneath at the point of the abrupt 36" step ending of the grand gallery. This is my mind shows that the Jews begin to become a part of the end times after the grand gallery ends and begin to partake of the ante-chamber events, etc......I think the queen's chamber and the passage leading to it represent the times when Israel suffers from partial blindness to the glories of Christ, but that they are reserved there until the time of the end. agape

My reply

I think the Queen's Chamber represents Earth and the King's Chamber represents Heaven, Saturn. It is farther out in space than Earth. That's the main reasonwhy these two chambers are not aligned vertically.

The lintel stones in the King's Chamber probably represent Mercury (the bottom one), Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn (the top one). The Queen's Chamber has a stepped niche that portrays the same number of steps. In the diagram above, notice how the tops of the lintels are not flat. I think that's because the surfaces of the planets are not perfectly flat.

Earth is home right now to the living members of the Bride of Christ. When the time is right, she will be caught up to Christ's home in Heaven.

It looks like the Grand Gallery portrays her ascent. She will be flying, not climbing up a steep grade without the benefit of a physical staircase. The huge steps to start and end the Grand Gallery ascent will be no problem, either. No physical ladder will be needed. The secret of the stairs in Song of Solomon 2:14 is like Jacob's ladder. These merely help us understand that we will ascend. It will be more like Song of Solomon says in verse 13, "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away." Agape

Incoming email, Re: salvation

Thanks for your reply. I know you must be extremely busy with responding to all your email. I pray you have the time and energy to complete your responses. In reference to my questions I can see where believing in Jesus name is enough for salvation and the level of forgiveness we ask for prepares us for a future rapture. Retaining sin will mean we suffer separation, now and in the future. Our belief in his name must encompass the whole reason for the Jesus' purpose here on earth, not just the historical belief in Jesus as some say is enough. Looking Up

2004 News in Science in review

By Anna Evangeli, ABC Science Online, 12-16-04
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1265639.htm

...We learned that Saturn has at least two more moons than we thought and more about the surface and atmosphere of the moons Phoebe and Titan. We learned that Saturn has at least one more ring that we didn't know about, and that Saturn's rings may be eroding. The next landmark for the mission will be when Cassini releases the Huygens probe on Christmas day, Australian time, to get a closer look at Titan in January....

Sharon: This is the year for real peace

By HERB KEINON AND KHALED ABU TOAMEH, 12-16-04

...Sharon, sounding much more optimistic than he has in previous years past addressing this conference, said 2005 "can be a year in which we establish the foundation for a long-lasting Israeli-Palestinian agreement. We will act with all our might to ensure that this year of opportunity will not become a year of missed opportunities."...

Then, addressing the Palestinians, he said, "When faced with tranquility and a hand extended in peace, we will know how to react in tranquility and extend an honest and brave hand in return... We have no desire to rule over you, we have no desire to run your affairs."

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday night reacted angrily to Sharon's comments, saying he would not find a partner on the Palestinian side for his vision.

PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a visit to Qatar, said the Palestinians completely reject Sharon's statements. He stressed that the Palestinians will never surrender the right of the refugees to return home.

"These statements are unacceptable and completely rejected," he told Al-Jazeera television. "We don't understand how the US has accepted such decisions, which predetermine the fate of the issues of the Palestinian people."

"We consider settlements to be illegal, and this has been our position since 1967. With regards to the issue of the refugees, this is a legitimate right that was recently acknowledged in the road map plan, which refers to UN Resolution 194. We won't give up this resolution and we won't give up the right of the refugees to return to their homes."...

The most important achievement, he said, was the understanding reached with US President George W. Bush that, he said, provided "a new, more stable basis than ever before for the strategic understandings between Israel and the United States." These understandings include assurances there will be no demands that Israel return to the 1967 borders or be required to take in Palestinian refugees....

Echoing a sense of deep disappointment among the top brass of the PA, cabinet minister Saeb Erekat condemned Sharon's remarks as "self-deception."

"I didn't hear anything new in Sharon's speech," Erekat said. "What Sharon is saying is that he wants to establish a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and 40 percent of the West Bank, without Jerusalem and without the right of return," he said. "He also wants to keep the settlements. For this he won't find a Palestinian partner."...

Erekat said the Palestinians would not accept any solution that does not include a full withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders, including Jerusalem, and a just solution to the issue of the refugees....

PA Minister of Labor Ghassan Khatib said Sharon's policy would lead to more violence. "His statements indicate that Sharon is planning to pursue the same policy of settlement construction that was responsible for the state of violence and the absence of peace," he said.

Incoming email, Re: The pope kissing The Koran

I'm showing the picture of the Pope kissing the Koran again because they have added appropriate quotes from the Koran underneath. Check them out again. This is the spirit of antiChrist prophesied to come at the end of the "age"!
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http://www.garykah.org/html/popekoran.htm

Here is a photo of the pope at the end of an audience with Patriarch Raphael I of Iraq, where the pope "bowed" to the Muslim holy book, The Koran, presented to him by the delegation.

Did the pope, who in fact is the supposed "infallible" voice of the Roman Catholic Church not remember what The Koran has to say about Jesus and the nature of God? Does he not know how The Koran demotes Jesus the Messiah to "only a messenger of Allah" status?

"O people of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit [sic.] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers and say not 'Three' - Cease! (it is better for you! - Allah is only one God. Far is it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son...The Messiah will never scorn to be a slave unto Allah."

Of Jesus Christ The Koran also states:
"And when the son of Mary is quoted as an example, behold! The folk laugh out, and say: Are our gods better, or is he? They raise not the objection save for argument. Nay! but they are a contentious folk. He is nothing but a slave on whom we bestowed favor, and we made him a pattern for the Children of Israel. And had we willed it we would have set among you angels to be viceroys in the earth".

Regarding Christ's death on the Cross, The Koran says: "That they rejected Faith; That they uttered against Mary a grave false charge; That they said (in boast): We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, The Messenger of Allah. But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjunction to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. ... And on the Day of Judgment He (Jesus) will be a witness against them (Christians)." (Koran, 4:156-159)

The Koran even has Jesus Himself saying: "Jesus son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Lo! I am the messenger of Allah unto you, confirming that which was (revealed) before me in the Torah, and bringing good tidings of a messenger who cometh after me, whose name is the Praised One."

The above picture is simply further evidence, along with the his receiving the mark of Shiva, organizing "prayer meetings" with occult religious leaders, and allowing the worship of a false god on the altar of the Roman Catholic Church at Assisi, of his interfaith agenda.

This is the man who was picked as "the Man of the Century" by various religious leaders who signed the Evangelicals and Catholics Together document (that claims that Evangelicals and Catholics are preaching the same gospel)....

Incoming email, Re: christadelphians

I recently read Pro and Con 1171, posted 12-16-04, where you posted a message from someone talking about the Christadelphians. I wanted to let you know that the Christadelphians are a non-Christian cult which, like many cults, have mixed a little bit of truth in with their false teachings. For more information on this cult, I would urge you to research the many pages of information on them that is available on the internet. One such web page is http://www.carm.org. Please feel free to share this with whomever you wish, as I do not want anyone to be deceived by this. God's blessings to you.
In Christ

My reply

Thanks for helping me out. That was the first time I remember of hearing that there was such a group. Agape

Incoming email, Re: lion's head seen on the wailing wall at aish.com/wallcam

it is 6:45 PM in Jerusalem and the Lion of Judah is very well defined. This is an excellent time for those interested to view it. Just enough shadows. Blessings

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