I Mess with my Mind

Which sounds ULTIMATELY stOopid, but it’s true.  I’m always confusing myself.  Or maybe that it’s that stuff is confusing to being with, and I succumb to it?  Not sure.  Mostly I think I’ve got a handle on things, but then I start second guessing and backing up and then trying to re-figure it out, wondering what I did in the first place… it’s really kind of sad.  I’d blame it on being blonde, but it’s such a dark gold-ish dishwater color, anymore… I’m not sure I qualify as blonde, anymore.  Meh.

Anyhow… yesterday we were putting barley on our Omer calendar, and I started the ‘Wait… is this Firstfruits/Resurrection Day?  Did I screw it up?  What about the sunset thing… was it the day before, or starts tonight…???  And you see?  It’s not really my fault, it’s part of being in a society that counts day from midnight to midnight (or for most of us, sunrise to sunset) instead of sunset to sunrise.  See?  Already the Hebrew way is easier – cuz we’re awake for the start and finish… and the Western way has us sleeping half of it and not knowing which way is up.  And I’m PROGRAMMED that way… so it’s EXTREMELY easy to be confused.

Luckily, I’m semi-logical… which is more than I can say for most people.  I mean, MOST of society is celebrating Easter/Ishtar… that paganism mixed with truth that makes me want to vomit in my mouth.  But even among the people who have ditched that half-breed monster of a celebration… they’re seriously screwed up.

For example, this morning, I saw this picture:

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I understand what they were trying to do, really I do.  But you can’t have fricked it up WORSE… and they did that because a) they didn’t use logic, and b) they picked and chose verses and left out key information.  Oh, it looks impressive.  And if you’re a sheeple, you might grab hold and run with it.  But it’s WRONG.  It’s like they were TRYING to work out to a Resurrection Sunday… and in doing so, they twisted up Truth, entirely.

First, they start it on the wrong day.  Passover started at Sunset on Monday… because it’s based on the new moon (1%), which was April 1st,  which makes April 14/15 the feast.  I can’t even dissect that again.  April 15/16 would be Unleavened.

Secondly, they were smart enough to know that Leviticus 23:11 says that Firstfruits is the ‘morrow after the Sabbath’.  But they put it after Saturday (aka Shabbat).  And the problem in that is that… well, not every year does Pesach/Passover fall on a Tuesday.  Which means not every year is Shabbat on a Saturday.  But note that there’s a ‘high sabbath’ – Unleavened Bread.  THAT is also a ‘sabbath’ – and it doesn’t change from year to year.  The time Messiah was in the grave doesn’t change from year to year, either.  So they really screwed the pooch, right there.

Also, they insist that ‘christ in the grave for three days’  means LITERALLY “in the grave”.  But the Bible doesn’t say that – it’s a chrischun catch-phrase, this ‘in the grave’ business… and it’s a way of saying He was dead.  It’s like saying someone’s ‘passed away’ or ‘gone to glory’.  It means dead.   These nifty little phrases can’t be taken literally, because people don’t really ever ‘pass away’ – they take on another form or travel spiritually to another plane, but…  ((twitch, twitch.))

So we have the maker of this chart LITERALLY waiting until Messiah’s in the grave to count days, which puts us in a different day – a whole day behind!   Matthew 12:40 says that Yeshua is ‘in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights’… let’s not go into the hollow earth (ministering within the earth) thing again… but note that it doesn’t say ‘three nights and three days’.  If these people want to be literal, they shouldn’t be starting it at night.  If Messiah died at 3pm (ish)… that’s DAY.  GAH, people drive me crazy!  If you’re going to screw up, at least be consistent in it!!

I had to fix it.  You know me and my anal.  Besides, I was second-guessing where I had put Firstfuits to the point where I was thinking I had it in the wrong place on the Omer calendar and shouldn’t have posted about it at all.  THAT discombobbled.  So in fixing their chart, I would accomplish two things:  a) I would set them straight, and b) I would reaffirm (or disprove) what I’d held earlier in the week.  See?  It’s a win-win.

No comments about my shoddy editing job – it wasn’t about pretty, it’s about truth.   And to clarify, Leviticus 23:11 doesn’t say the day after Unleavened, it says they ‘morrow’ after Unleavened… so it works out right.  In other words, we’re unleavened until Monday night, and this chart makes more sense and is correct.  For this year, anyhow.

Do you see why I second guess myself… six times?  It’s confusin’, man…!!!


Should probably let you know
that I’m expecting SERIOUS boom-boom-boom
come (Ishtar/Easter) Sunday.

There was an M-7 solar flare with a CME released
and just before that, three slightly smaller CMEs… So today and tomorrow.

May your day be blessed, regardless!

FirstFruits and Sukkot

 

If you know anything about the feasts, you know that Firstfruits and Sukkot are the third and seventh feasts, respectively.  ((Which, now that I see that in front of me… the numbers are awesome.))  But if I want to travel with the Hebrews, you know what I found out?  Something really amazing, actually.  (((((grins!)))))

First, I want to reiterate what I said last night – that we are commanded in scripture to eat no leaven for the whole week (seven days) after Pesach because that’s how long it took Israel to travel out of Pharoah’s grip, thru the Red Sea… in haste (with no time to leaven the bread).  Seven days to cross to the Red Sea’s other side.

And of course they stopped at night during those seven days, but we’re only given four place names, during that time – two of them being places they camped BETWEEN.  So out of seven stops, we are given three names of the places.  ((Oh, look.  Another 7 and 3.  *geeking!*))

The first place the stopped was called Sukkot (Exodus 13:20), and that’s where we’re going to be, tonight.  It’s SO significant, by the way.  To begin with, Sukkot means ‘dwell with God’.  As you know, when Israel left Egypt, the Lord went before them as a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night…. but NOT until after they reached Sukkot.  (Exodus 13:21)  This is the first time Israel was literally ‘dwelling with God’.  That completely astounds me, just to think about it!  It was as they pitched their tents at Sukkot (“dwell with God”) that Yehovah came down and was actually, literally THERE with them.

Exodus 13 is kind of wonky.  Because it doesn’t tell you where you are until the end of the chapter.  It says, “This is what happened” and then says, “And then they left Sukkot”.  Which… wonky.  But we can still work with that.

Anyhow, what happened at Sukkot?  All of the firstborn of Israel (and those traveling with them) were sanctified to God.  Sanctified meaning:  1 : to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use : consecrate 2 : to free from sin : purify 3 a : to impart or impute sacredness.

For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.  Romans 11:16

This is important, because God didn’t “dwell” with them until they were sanctified – set apart for Him.  THEN He began to dwell with them, and came into the camp.  Can you imagine?  Moses says they’re going to be sanctified/redeem all of Israel using the firstfruit (firstborn), and then out of the heavens comes this pillar of fire, right down into the center of the camp.  Whoa.

I wanted to address this first, because it ties us neatly into the secondary fulfillment of Firstfruits.  What else happened (hint: NT) ON Firstfruits?  Messiah rose from the dead – it’s Resurrection day – three days after Pesach – starting tonight (of course the disciples didn’t know it until the morning, but it’s still the same day, since days start at sunset, right?).

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  1 Corinthians 15:20-23

Now isn’t THAT interesting!  So on the Feast of Firstfruits, Messiah was raised from the dead, and… hey, it’s a potential rapture date, isn’t it?  ((You saw that one coming, didn’t you?))  It’s the day we ‘sukkoth’ – we ‘dwell with God’, are sanctified from sin, and redeemed.  Just watch me happy dance, over here!!

So apparently there’s a tie between Firstfruits and Sukkot that I never saw before.  And on multiple levels, too!  Isn’t it amazing?!

Leaving Egypt

Several years ago, I got the idea to follow along with Israel as they left Egypt and made their way thru the Omer Calendar to Sinai.  I even started it in 2011 – but fizzled out, sadly.  I actually did a lot of research on it all, back then.  Even before that – there was a post called My Marah back in 2007!   It’s a very interesting blog post about how the places Israel stopped at have names that spiritually address the stages a person goes thru after being saved. There are seven of them, and seven colors of the rainbow, and I… kinda linked it all together with the help of my friend Wondering04 and… it’s kewl.

It’s a daunting task, following the Hebrews.  Israel left Egypt on Pesach (after the angel of death visited at midnight, Pharoah in the wee hours of the night told Israel to get out, and they did).  They left so fast, actually, that there wasn’t time for them to let the yeast in the bread to rise.  And they spent seven days getting themselves from Egypt to the coast of the Red Sea – it was quite the journey – a non-stop trek from their home in Goshen to a dead-end of water.

Which is why we eat unleavened food for seven days, starting with our Pesach feast.  Because we put ourselves into the same place as the exodus-ing Hebrews.  After the seven days came the Red Sea crossing, in which Pharoah’s army perished… so after that, there wasn’t the same urgency, and leavening agents were yet again part of the food fare.

Anyhow, I started out by looking at maps of the crossing, and… you can forget EVERYTHING the christians say about it, right now.  Because… well, first, let’s look at one of their maps:

Problem #1 – they have Israel coming out of the delta of Egypt… but the Pharoahs ruled from Memphis.  Which is NOT in the Delta valley, in case you were wondering.  Here’s a map of where Memphis is:

We know that Goshen was on the east side of the ‘burbs, there, and that they were far enough away (kept separate) so that the Hebrews were not affected by two-thirds of the plagues.  Either way,  they were NOT coming from where the christian map has them coming from.

Problem #2 – They have the Red Sea crossing at the Sea of Aqaba.  Now consider this:  We have about 500,000 Hebrew men (not including women and children and the elderly, let alone the sheep, cattle, and loaded wagons).  If you add it ALL up, we’re talking over a million people, here… many of them in poor physical condition (half starved, beaten, etc).  And they’re not on favorable terrain – they move from desert to rocky mountainous land on their journey.  This is not flat, even, solid ground we’re talking about here, either.  The average wagon train on the Oregon Trail could travel 18-20 miles per day on a good day with favorable weather and flat, solid prairie… so figure that the Hebrews were traveling 10-15 miles per day on desert sand and rocky passes.  Now look at this:

See that teal bar at the bottom?  That’s twenty-five miles, or two days’ journey for the Hebrews.  There’s about three and a half of those JUST to get to the Gulf of Suez… equals out to be about 88 miles from Pharoah to the water… it’d take them SEVEN DAYS just to get to the FIRST place they’d cross.  Do you know how long it would take them to get to the Gulf of Aqaba?!  It’s 265 miles, I let Yahoo! Maps do the math for me from Cairo to Aqaba.  Moving at 12 miles per day?  That’d be 22 days, or HALF of the Omer calendar, JUST to get to the sea crossing.  Do you really believe that?  Because I don’t.

Like I said… if the crossing was the Gulf of Suez, it took them SEVEN days to get there – that’s the amount of days of being unleavened/in haste.  It fits, scripturally.  And logically.  And back when I first wanted to travel with Israel from Egypt, I even made a map of the Red Sea crossing, back in 2011… and in going back, I found this map on my Facebook from the last time I worked on this:

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Note that Exodus 13:17 says the Lord led them ‘in the Way of the Wilderness’ instead of the ‘Way of the Philistines’.  I put both on my map, so it would give me a general idea of the difference.  They didn’t go north, they went EAST.   The white marks are day marks, and it works out just about right.  The coast there is mountainous terrain, and they’d have to move south thru the passages between the rocks… and I figure that’s about where they’d be.

And since we’re about halfway thru the seven unleavened ((Hey!  That rhymes!))… right in the middle is about where we’d be.  Interesting, isn’t it?

Good Morning!   Well… such as it is.  It’s the ‘between day’.  The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the day we add our first piece to the Omer calendar.  The truth?  It’s waiting day.  We made it thru Passover, and tomorrow night begins FirstFruits, but today is just a day of anticipating Resurrection day.  I… have issues with waiting.

Crazy Weather.  You know I geek about everything, though.  The feasts would be enough, but on top of that there was the eclipse, and on top of that there was learning about the special pattern on the Omer calendar, and on top of THAT was the snow (it was 60 on Monday and as the feast started, it dropped to 30 and began snowing… and now that Pesach is over, it’s supposed to be in the high 50s again today!)… and isn’t THAT a sign!

Palindromic Pesach.  And then my friend Lisa told me that the entire week of Pesach is palindromic.  No, really – look:  4-14-14 was the first day of Passover.  Backwards?  It’s the same as forwards.  And it’s that way all the way thru the seven feast days, until the last day of Pesach.  You know me and numbers… my geekage has been sky-high, this feast season!!

Brian Off.   As if all of that weren’t enough?  I asked Brian if (since they’re slow at his shop) he could get Passover off.  He asked Monday afternoon – literally just HOURS before the feast began – and they said YES!  So for the first time ever, He didn’t work Passover!  It was nice having him home.  Of course we took an adventure. (We visited and explored exotic HOPKINS, Michigan.  I’d never been before.  But they had ‘Prince of Egypt’ at their library, so we set off to find it.)  We also found our first garage sale of the season, and I got a winter coat and boots for Lydia to grow into (she’ll need bigger, next winter), a pair of camo snow-pants in a free bin for Aaron, and tennis shoes for Ethan to grow into (Isaac put the hurt to the pair he just grew out of).  Brian also finished my car – he’d changed the struts and shocks on Sunday, and finished the brakes last night, and we took it down to get everything aligned.  So that’s all taken care of!

Income Tax.  Which – I probably should add – is all due to our income tax return coming!  We sat down together and made a little list of what we needed to spend the money on, and he said shocks and struts (and brakes, while we’re at it) for the car.  My wish list item is to get the septic pumped… now how many women do you know who put THAT on the top of their expenditure list?!  But it will be nice to take care of a few things.

Quarter School!   Everyone else was off last week for Spring Break, but this is our ‘off’ week, for the Feasts.  But I have to tell you… even at that, I’m making everyone sit down and do ONE project a day.  We have some things that I want to get fixed and caught up, anyhow.  Like putting the poems on our watercolors in our notebooks.  ((I know… I haven’t posted any this year, but we still have art Sundays at our house, and we’re back to watercolor, this year.))  There’s a Roman Empire Lapbook I want us to do in order to wrap up that whole history sha-bang and get the heck off my desk, and a WHOLE bunch of pictures in our Book of Centuries for Pesach for us to color, and…

Techno Timeline.  Right now I’m putting together ‘technology timelines’… which I’ll upload and share, when they’re finished.  Basically, it’s the telephone thru the ages, and audio devices from the phonograph thru the MP3 player.  I did one taking us from the first typewriter thru the ages all the way to the touch-pad technology of our modern tablets.  It’s all pictoral, so it’s kewl.  But it’s a LOT of work for me, because there’s little information, and NOTHING for timelines on the ‘Net… so I’m researching as well as gathering pics and information…  in all my spare time, as you know.

Outdoor Organization.  While it was beautiful this weekend, we got a TON done on our place.  We’ve decided that since this is our garden jubilee year (7th year = no garden, so the ground can rest) that instead we would work on fixing things up that… well, it’s maintenance time at the ol’ homestead.  We need to turn the compost bins around and secure them so the bricks don’t fall, anymore.  We need to move the chickens and expand the boy goat pen.  And Oi. My. VEY the manure that needs clearing out from the winter!!!  The chickens never left the coop (avoided the pen) all winter, so it’s literally five inches deep in poo in that coop.  The girl goats never left their barn, either – usually they make paths thru the snow in their pen, but there wasn’t a hoofprint all winter.  So that’s gonna be BAD, too.  But this weekend we got the play-yard cleaned and garden beds raked out and the winter stuff put away… it was progress.

RIP Bees.  Our bees didn’t make it thru the winter.  I’m bummed, because it was a good hive.  Well established – the best run we had with them.  It gave two splits back to nature, and kept us in honey.  It’s too bad, but I hear 70% of the hives in the northern states didn’t make it this year, due to the temps and extra long winter.

Movie Make-up.  Today’s goal is to add all of the faerie tales we’ve watched this year to the blog post about it.  We’ve watched a TON of movies, this year.  I’d like to finish the faerie tales up so we can start on musicals, next year.  There’s just SO many of them, LoL!!  And right now we’re taking a break to watch ‘The Ten Commandments’ and ‘Moe and the Big Exit’ and all of those passover-y movies…

Gotta Get Going.  I’d better skoot.  I have about eight posts to work on, timelines to research and put together, the faerie tale thing… there’s much to do.  But I thought I should do something personal, since we’re in waiting mode, today, and I’ve posted a lot of not-so-personal stuff, lately.

 

Revised Omer Calendar

I was going to write a post about the eclipse tetrad.  But then, I’ve done that a LOT, and by now you know that there was a blood moon eclipse, last night (the first of the ‘tetrad’ of festal eclipses)… so I really don’t have to tell you something you don’t know, right?  ((Ah, but did you know it started snowing as we sat down to our Pesach feast, last night?  And that we woke up to a world white as… snow?!))  I love the poetic irony, there!!

As for today, Brian has the day off for Pesach – he asked YESTERDAY, so it’s a miracle and blessing, both… considering the short notice!  So we get to spend the whole feast together as a family.  I’m geeked beyond words, for the record!  All the way up to tonight, when begins the counting of the Omer.

Anyhow, I was thinking about the Omer Calendar, and the events that happen during it.  For example, the day Moses parted the Red Sea is during the Omer count.  Ascension day is on there.  Unleavened, Firstfruits and Shavuot are on there.  And if we go with a spring Flood event, that’d be on there, too.  And they won’t fluxuate around it, either.

So I decided to update our Omer Calendar.  And as I did, I noticed a pattern.  One that had a hole in it – if the first row had three events, the last row should, also.  So I went to scripture to find out:

For they were …come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him [...These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel].   …And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.  And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,  And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.  Exodus 19:2, exerpted

Three days after Messiah’s sacrifice (Pesach) is Firstfruits.  Three days before Israel saw the face of the LORD was Sinai sanctioned sanctification Day!  Absolutely incredible.  So I updated the Omer calendar, and here’s what it looks like:

Nah… I don’t see a pattern there.  *wink!*
((Kewlest. Thing. Ever…!!))