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Posted 5-17-2010

Pope Benedict says Shroud of Turin authentic burial robe of Jesus

5-3-2010...Dismissing skeptics on Sunday when he visited the Shroud of Turin, Pope Benedict XVI said the burial cloth was none other than the same robe that once 'wrapped the remains' of Jesus Christ....

Update on our health

We have both finished the last round of antibiotics for pneumonia. I had another chest X-ray, but haven't heard from the doctor about that yet. I have to go to the Lab today. My throat doesn't feel sore at the moment. We are making progress, but slowly.

Ed still can't sit up on the side of the bed by himself. However, last night, by tilting up the head of the hospital bed, I was able to pull his legs off of the bed and get him sitting up on the edge of the bed. His head drooped, and he looked like he would turn to jelly and pitch forward at any second, but he ate half his plate of food while sitting up. That's encouraging.

Incoming e-mail, Re: Maybe Pentecost?

What do you think about Pentecost? Surely, we will not be here another year!...

My reply

Maybe Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2010 (Nisan 10, 5770). It looks like the Rapture, Firstfruits, and Pentecost all have to be on Sunday.


Lev 23:9-17 says, "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: ON THE MORROW (Sunday) AFTER THE SABBATH (Saturday) the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD. And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. AND YE SHALL COUNT UNTO YOU FROM THE MORROW (Sunday) AFTER THE SABBATH (Saturday), from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering (on Firstfruits Sunday, Omer 1); seven sabbaths (Saturdays) shall be complete: Even unto the morrow (Sunday) after the seventh sabbath (Saturday) shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye shall BRING OUT OF YOUR HABITATIONS TWO WAVE LOAVES of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven (the heat kills the leaven); they are the FIRSTFRUITS UNTO THE LORD."

Some think that the Sabbath could refer to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, but you can't have 7 Feasts of Unleavened Bread. You can have 7 Sabbaths, 7 Saturdays or 7 weeks.

Ex 34:22 says, "And thou shalt observe the FEAST OF WEEKS (Pentecost), of the FIRSTFRUITS OF WHEAT HARVEST". James 1:18 says, "Of his own will begat he us (on Pentecost, 30 AD) with the word of truth, THAT WE SHOULD BE A KIND OF FIRSTFRUITS of his creatures" (maybe when both Eastern and Western churches celebrate Pentecost on May 23, 2010).

The two Raptures could be at the beginning (Pentecost) and ending (Feast of Trumpets) of the wheat harvest.


I wondered if Paul, the one who was caught up to Heaven and heard things he couldn't repeat, left us any subtle clues as to when the Rapture would be. For some reason, at one time, he didn't say he wanted to be in Jerusalem for Passover, but he wanted to be there for Pentecost. Could this be an important clue? There were 3 feasts when the males were supposed to go up tp Jerusalem, Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Did he single out Pentecost to leave us a clue when we would go up to New Jerusalem?

Acts 20:16,29 says, "Paul had determined to SAIL BY EPHESUS (the apostolic church in Rev. 2:1), because he would not spend the time in Asia: for HE HASTED, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE FOR HIM, TO BE AT JERUSALEM THE DAY OF PENTECOST...For I know this, that AFTER MY DEPARTING shall grievous wolves (i.e., representing the two beasts of Rev. 13, Antichrist and False Prophet?) enter in among you, not sparing the flock." Mentioning the "grievous wolves" that will come after the Rapture ties in beautifully.

On a different trip, Paul would TARRY AT EPHESUS (symbol of the apostolic church) UNTIL PENTECOST. 1Cor 16:6-9 says, "And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you (Corinthians), that ye may bring me on MY JOURNEY WHITHERSOEVER I GO. For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. But I WILL TARRY AT EPHESUS UNTIL PENTECOST. For A GREAT DOOR (symbol of a Rapture, Rev. 3:8; 4:1) AND EFFECTUAL IS OPENED UNTO ME, and there are many adversaries."


Rev 2:1-7 says, "Unto the angel of the church of EPHESUS write; These things saith he (Jesus) that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly (i.e., at the Rapture), and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the NICOLAITANS (nikos means victory or dominancy over the conquered, i.e., ones who set up a heirarchy of ecclesiastical rulers to conquer the laity), which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God" (i.e., in Heaven).


Nikos means victory or dominancy over the conquered, i.e., ones who set up a heirarchy of ecclesiastical rulers to conquer the laity. That movement had started in the early church, but Peter was not part of it. Peter was a fellow elder, an overseer, worthy of double honor (I Tim 5:17), but not a Pope who lords it over the laity.

In 1Peter 5:1-3, Peter said, "The elders who are among you I exhort, I WHO AM A FELLOW ELDER (one of the 24 in Rev. 4:4) and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD which is among you, SERVING AS OVERSEERS, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; NOR AS BEING LORDS OVER THOSE ENTRUSTED TO YOU, BUT BEING EXAMPLES TO THE FLOCK". Agape

NASA team cites new evidence that meteorites from Mars contain ancient fossils

By Marc Kaufman, May 4, 2010

LEAGUE CITY, TEX. -- NASA's Mars Meteorite Research Team reopened a 14-year-old controversy on extraterrestrial life last week, reaffirming and offering support for its widely challenged assertion that a 4-billion-year-old meteorite that landed thousands of years ago on Antarctica shows evidence of microscopic life on Mars....

"Biomorphs" found on meteorites traced to Mars have been proposed as evidence that life has existed on the Red Planet. (Nasa Photos...)

"We're now in a position to say we've knocked down all the criticisms -- and our biological explanation is the one left standing."

Incoming e-mail, Re: measurement of the Great Pyramid

I'm sorry that you and your family haven't been feeling well, and hope everyone is on the mend.

I've been enjoying your articles dealing with the measurement of the Great Pyramid at Giza, if the capstone was included, to be 5,776 inches. Apparently, Sir William Petrie also calculated the Pyramid's height (if it included the capstone) at around 5,776 inches measured in the British Imperial Standard Long Inch.

I'm just curious why everyone is measuring the Pyramid's height in inches ?

My reply

...The Pyramid contains so many mathematical wonders, they are probably searching for more things that tie in. Petrie's measurements are considered accurate. Something I read on Five Doves today got me to read Psa 118:22,23 again. I have never paid much attention to a correlation of Psalms with future years, but if Psalm 118 refers to 2018, verse 22 (LITV), fits.

Psa 118:22 (LITV) says, "The Stone which the builders rejected (Christ) HAS BECOME the Head of the Corner."

I think the first day of 5776 (our 2015/16) will be when Jesus receives his Millennial Kingdom. Therefore, that would be when the stone which the builders rejected would become head of the corner. By 2018, Jesus' would have already become head of the corner.

Psa 118:18 (LITV) fits too. It says, "Chastening, Jehovah HAS CHASTENED ME, but He has not given me to death." The chastening would have been on Tishri 1, 5776 (Sept 14, 2015), the Feast of Trumpets when Jesus is seated as judge at the JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. That would be the Day of God's Wrath. There is plenty to think about. Agape

Israeli officials: Obama to call world summit if Mideast peace talks fail

By Barak Ravid, 4-10-2010

President informed European leaders of plans for peace conference THIS FALL...

U.S. President Barack Obama has told several European leaders that if Israeli-Palestinian talks remain stalemated into September or October, he will convene an international summit on achieving Mideast peace, senior Israeli officials told Haaretz on Thursday.

The officials said the conference would be run by the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers - the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia - in a bid to forge a united global front for creating a Palestinian state. The summit, they said, would address such core issues as borders, security arrangements, Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem....

'Special regime for sharing J'lem'

Peace group suggests joint control by Israel, PA.

WASHINGTON – A group of Israelis, Palestinians and North Americans have formulated a proposal for sharing Jerusalem...

The Jerusalem Old City Initiative, started by former Canadian diplomats who recruited erstwhile Palestinian and Israeli negotiators as well as American Middle East hands for the undertaking, suggests the creation of a “special regime” for the Old City.

The regime would be jointly created and run by the Israelis and Palestinians, rather than an international body...

The regime, however, would be headed by an outside administrator, envisioned as neither an Israeli nor a Palestinian, but someone with international standing....

The administrator would be chosen by a board of top Israeli and Palestinian officials, and international officials whose presence had been approved by both sides....

This week, after additional prodding by the US, the sides are poised to begin the long-awaited talks....
Indirect US-hosted peace talks begin

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday announced that indirect US-hosted peace negotiations with Israel had begun after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and his top aides met with visiting US envoy George Mitchell.

"I can officially declare today that the proximity talks have begun," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters following the meeting.

Israeli opposition makes coalition overtures as peace talks begin

by David Harris, 2010-05-09

JERUSALEM, May 9 (Xinhua) -- United States special envoy George Mitchell is expected to begin his shuttle diplomacy between the Israelis and the Palestinians from next week. This follows Sunday' s announcement by the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat that the indirect talks with Israel has begun....

With the real talking just a week away there are already signs, publicly at least, that there could be problems at the first hurdle. The initial topic to be debated surrounds borders and security. The Palestinians say the borders should be discussed first, while Israel wants security to top the agenda.

New Israeli technology, making a tank disappear

by Gur Salomon, 2010-05-10

Eltics Ltd., an Israeli start-up that develops electronic warfare systems, says it has come up with technology that will eventually turn fantasy into reality -- a system that can make tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopter gunships and even naval vessels invisible to night vision systems and heat-seeking missiles.

'Choose between settlements, peace' 07/05/2010

Erekat comments on talks as Mitchell meets PERES, FM.

My thought -- the handwriting on the wall

Dan 5:28 says, "PERES; Thy kingdom is divided".

Interesting bit I found on the way to looking up something else: "Ode to olive oil soap"

The lazy girl’s (and guy’s) secret to toxin-free moisturizing

Pure olive oil soap has barely any lather to it, so the first few times I used the bar, I felt as if I needed to rub and rub and rub to make sure I was getting clean. And because I'd been programmed to think that fragrance = clean, I felt that somehow a shower wasn't really a shower unless I stepped out of the tub smelling of jasmine or coconuts or leprechauns or something.

But I didn't. And I was. And within a week my skin was soft and decidedly un-reptilian. And all the little bumps and red patches I'd sported for years and years were gone too.

It Didn't Rain in Israel for 1,800 Years!

By J.R. Church
Prophecy in the News, March 2010 (emphasis is mine)

The beautiful Promised Land ---- the land that once flowed with "milk and honey" became a barren wasteland after Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D. 70. The rains stopped coming and vegetation died ---- not for one year, or one decade, or even for a century. This condition lasted for the next 1,800 years, until the first dozen Jewish settlers arrived in 1878 to establish the first Jewish agricultural settlement....

The prophecy is recorded in Leviticus 28:23-25....

Note: There is no Lev 28. He meant that the prophecy is recorded in De 28:23-25. It says, "And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The LORD SHALL MAKE THE RAIN OF THY LAND POWDER AND DUST: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed. The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth."

In 2008, Israeli scientists and others from the United States, analyzed the rings on a stalagmite from the Sorek cave near Jerusalem and discovered that the climate of the region got drier shortly after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and remained so for the next 1,800 years. Even more remarkable is the survey of rainfall charts in Israel. beginning in the early 1800s and continuing through to the present. It clearly shows the increase of rainfall in Israel when the Jews began to return. Furthermore, the HEAVIEST RAINFALLS ARE NOTED FOR 1948 AND 1967....

The most important aspect of the desolation is that IT PROVES THAT THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN! This could not have been predicted so accurately, nor could the Land that once flowed with milk and honey, have been so consistently desolate for 660,000 days unless the guiding hand of God was watching over it....

My thoughts as I read excerpts from Pastor Riley's "Behold a White Horse"

> > Then I set the question before our readers, that if it is not a weapon, then what kind of "bow" in Rev. 6: is it?

The word translated "bow" is toxon. It means a bow of simple fabric. It shows that the man is a religious leader, a man of the cloth.

Mt 7:15 says, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing (woolen cloth), but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

The Popes wear a woolen pallium as a sign of their authority.

> > What well known international leader on earth today consistently appears in public dressed in "white" flowing robes, presenting himself as "a holy man," a man of "purity" and "peace"?...

The Pope.

> > Further, what well known international leader today is ruling over millions of people on this earth, yet has no real "kingdom" to rule over at all? But he wants one...

The Pope. He calls himself the Pontifex Maximus.

> > Now tell me…..what does the Pope always carry with him when he makes these public appearances? Let me refresh your memory! The Pope always appears in public walking with or carrying a "staff" with an image carved on it supposedly representing Christ on the cross. It is a very grotesque image portraying Christ bent backwards to such an extent that it forms a "bow." Hello! I might also ask if our readers know the official name of this staff always carried by the Pope when he appears in public? THE PAPAL BOW!...

I didn't know this grotesque cross was called the Papal Bow. I have seen it called the Bent Cross Crucifix. Searching on Google turned up the following information.
#12 Apr 22, '05
Observing Member Join Date: April 22, 2005
Re: Papal Crucifix

"The Bow Cross that PJPII carried with such grace, reverence and humility was created by an artist named Gib Singleton. He currently resides in Santa Fe, NM. Much of his life's work has a religious theme. The original sculpture was created in the 1950's. Gib created 4 or 5 other Bow Cross pieces, but that was the only one cast in silver. The others are in bronze."

I agree that the first beast of Rev. 13 a religious leader. I think he will turn out to be the Pope.

In the picture, the great king Cepheus, which represents Christ in the gospel in the stars, is holding aloft a piece of plain fabric. This shows that he is a "man of the cloth - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church"

Rev 6:2 says, "I saw, and behold, a white horse! And the one sitting on it had a bow. And a crown was given to him, and he went out overcoming, and that he might overcome."

The word "toxon," translated "bow," means a bow of simple fabric. "It. has the Greek base word (5088) which means to be able to bear seed" (

The fabric alone identifies a religious leader, a man of the cloth, i.e., the first beast of Rev. 13.

Rev 13:1-10 says, "I stood on the sand of the sea ('The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues,' Rev 17:15) And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads (Empires: Babel, Babylon II, Media-Persia, Greece, Holy Roman Empire and Roman Ecclesiastical Empire, and Babylon III; five are fallen, one is, and one is yet to come; Rev. 17:10) and ten horns (10 kings), and on his horns ten diadems, and on its heads names of blasphemy (Pontifex Maximus). And the beast which I saw was like a leopard (Greece, Dan. 7), and its feet as of a bear (Media-Persia), and its mouth as a lion's (Babylon's) mouth. And the dragon gave its power to it, and its throne, and great authority. And I saw one of its heads (the Holy Roman Empire), as having been slain to death, and its deadly wound was healed (it is now the Ecclesiastical Roman Empire). And all the earth wondered after the beast. And they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, WHO IS LIKE THE BEAST (the Ecclesiastical Roman Empire); who is able to make war with it (no one)? And a MOUTH (the Pope's) speaking great things and blasphemies was given to it. And authority to act forty two months (3.5 years of the Tribulation) was given to it. And it opened its mouth (the Pope's) in blasphemy toward God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle (dwelling place), and those tabernacling in Heaven (i.e., the first Rapture has already taken place). And it was given to it "to war with the saints (i.e., the foolish virgins), and to overcome them." And AUTHORITY WAS GIVEN TO IT OVER EVERY TRIBE AND TONGUE AND NATION."

Dan. 7:21 says, "And all those dwelling in the earth will worship it, those of whom the names had not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb having been slain from the foundation of the world. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. If anyone gathers captivity, into captivity he goes. If anyone will kill by a sword, by a sword he must be killed. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."

> > This passage tells us explicitly that the coming Antichrist is going to establish himself in the city of Jerusalem upon the "holy mountain" [Mount Zion] during the coming Tribulation period. Then who is the Antichrist? Think about it!

I think the first beast of Rev. 13 will be the Pope.

Rev 13:12 tells us that the False Prophet "exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed."

God's Word in the Stars

Cepheus is a glorious and enthroned King. The Denderah Zodiac calls his name Pe-ku-hor, or, "this one comes to rule". The name Cepheus is the Hebrew name which means, "the branch". The Old Ethiopian name was Hyk, "a king".

The brightest star alpha, Al Deramin, means, "coming quickly". The star beta Cepheus is called Al Phirk (Arabic) or, "the Redeemer". The star gamma is called Al Rai, or, "who bruises and breaks". Obviously, the redundant theme is about the quickly coming King; one enthroned and executing justice. It will be this King, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will save captive Zion.

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