BREAKING NEWS 14:30 EST: The new Ukrainian navy commander appointed last night has defected to the Crimea and Russia this morning.
BREAKING NEWS 12:30 EST: The high command of the Ukrainian navy has ordered its ships to defect to Russia and then resigned in mass. So far the Ukraineian navy flag ship has defected to Russia. See http://godourlight.info/?p=3857
NEW MOON NEWS: March 4 will be New Moon day.
Due to intermittent rain, cloud and fog the new moon was not seen this evening. However since this is the 29th evening after the last new moon sighting, and since no month can be longer than 30 days because the moon’s cycle is 29 1/2 days, sunset tomorrow evening March 3 will begin the first day of the thirteenth biblical month which will be March 4.
That is the ancient method of calculating the new moon; count 27 days from the visible moon and then begin to look for the new moon; if it is seen by two or more witnesses at the end of the 29th day it is declared established, and if not the next sunset is automatically the new moon.
This modern Rabbinic calendar does not go by visible new moons at all, but calculates the average time between conjunctions which is contrary ot scripture. The issue is not calculation ,but the basis of the calculations; conjunctions or first light.
Please see our Calendar and New Moon articles.
OUTREACH SITE: An analysis of the NATO Russia situation in the Ukraine. Ukraine; Black Eye Coming for NATO?
NEWS: Netanyahu’s US schedule:
Monday: Meeting with President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry in Washington
Tuesday: Morning – speech before AIPAC; Evening – attend screening in L.A. of film promoting tourism in Israel.
Wednesday: Meetings in Silicon Valley with directors of WhatsApp and Apple
Thursday: Meeting with Jewish community of LA
Friday: Land in Israel
Peace Talk schedules:
Monday: Chief Israeli negotiator Minister Tzipi Livni and Netanyahu’s special envoy Isaac Molho will meet Kerry’s advisers.
Tuesday: Palestinian negotiating team, headed by Saeb Erekat, and Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj, will arrive in Washington for similar talks.
Ten days later on March 17: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet US President Obama at the White House.
Saturday, the Ukraine coup president put the army on combat alert. Sunday Kiev called-up all of the Ukrainian military reserves.
The big questions are, how many soldiers – regular and reserve – are loyal to the new regime.; and how will the coup government provision and supply a large army in combat, in its current state of financial collapse.
The EU cannot do it and neither can the United States; it seems that the western establishment has bitten off more than it can chew with this pro NATO coup. This could be the beginning of the end game for NATO and the present EU.
SITE STATS: Feb was three days shorter than Jan. In 2/2014 we had 66,519 total visits; including 11,023 unique visitors. the number of about 11,000 unique visitors is about average throughout the year, and most of these folks have friends or family they share with. I personally know of families of four and more who visit to study.
This does not mean that all are in agreement now: It does mean that most of the COG brethren are getting a solid warning and solid meat from the whole word of God. A few will take action now; while most will not do so until the tribulation falls upon them and proves the warnings to be true.
PERSONAL: This morning I received a very nasty attack letter by a COG person about my sources. For the record; while I do receive many letters from elders and brethren, most of them are not published because of the need to protect from possible repercussions in their organizations.
There are many people in the middle of a learning curve who might be fired or disfellowshipped if their concerns were made known to their boss, yet are not quite ready to make a final decision. I do not publish private information if it is labeled confidential or private.
About 99% of the information I publish comes directly from organizational newsletters and other published material like the personal blogs of elders and leaders. All of this material is readily available to the various ministries and most of it is public and available to the members as well.
Many things often come out just because a matter is published and not necessarily in its actual content. for example the UCG Doctrinal Committee reevaluation its Last Great Day Paper. Really, how likely is it that they would have even bothered to look at this if I had not stirred up the issue? Now they admit the paper is “weak” [of course it is wrong] and are thinking of withdrawing the paper and simply continuing on as before. Their answer to a paper proved wrong: is to withdraw the paper and still continue on as before. Now, that’s spiritual growth! I write with high sarcasm here!
What I mainly do, is the legwork of looking at all of these different publications, to post on points of interest in one place; and expound the truth of the whole word of God.
Genesis 31 is the story of Jacob departing from Laban with his possessions.
Then as Jacob had taken most of Laban’s wealth, he overheard Laban’s sons complaining about him. Jacob also noticed that Laban was getting more and more unhappy with him. Then God intervened to tell Jacob that it was time to return home.
31:1 And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory. 31:2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. 31:3 And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
Jacob then communed with his wives in the fields.
31:4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, 31:5 And said unto them, I see your father’s countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.
Now we have things revealed that were not covered previously in detail.
31:6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father. 31:7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
It is now said that Laban agreed the speckled should be Jacob’s wages and when many were born speckled Laban changed Jacob’s wages to the streaked and so on.
31:8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked [streaked] shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked. 31:9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle [lessor cattle; ie goats and sheep] of your father, and given them to me.
Jacob tells his wives of his dream and how the angel of God promised him that the kids and lambs would be his, because of Laban’s deceit against Jacob. Jacob was beforetime deceitful against his brother Esau, and now had to suffer the deceitfulness of Laban to learn his lesson. My point about the lessor cattle being sheep and goats is also confirmed, since rams do not procreate with cows.
31:10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.
31:11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I. 31:12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee. 31:13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
Then Jacob’s wives whom he had consulted, agreed to go with him.
31:14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house? 31:15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money. 31:16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children’s: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.
31:17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels; 31:18 And he carried away all his cattle [flocks of sheep and herds of goats], and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
Rachel steals the idol of her father; whether this was for its value, or in spite or because she thought it a god is not known.
31:19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father’s.
Jacob slipped away in secret.
31:20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled. 31:21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.
After three days Laban pursues Jacob.
31:22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled. 31:23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days’ journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
God warns Laban to be careful with Jacob.
31:24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
31:25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
Laban then seeks an opportunity to say good bye to his children and to Jacob.
31:26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword? 31:27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? 31:28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.
Laban then informs Jacob about the warning from God and insists that he intends no hurt to Jacob.
31:29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
:Laban then makes it clear that he wants his gods back.
31:30 And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father’s house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?
Jacob says that he left secretly because he was afraid of being prevented and that he knows nothing of Laban’s gods.
31:31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me. 31:32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou [take what you think is yours] what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.
Laban searches but does not find what Rachel has hidden.
31:33 And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent, and into the two maidservants’ tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah’s tent, and entered into Rachel’s tent. 31:34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel’s furniture [saddle], and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not. 31:35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched but found not the images.
Jacob is angry with Laban not knowing the deceit of Rachel, and remonstrates with him.
31:36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? 31:37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.
31:38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten. 31:39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. 31:40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
31:41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle [Sheep and goats]: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. 31:42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.
Laban answers Jacob, saying that his family is also Laban’s family, and he has no evil intent towards them.
31:43 And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?
Laban makes a covenant with Jacob before God.
31:44 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
They set up a heap of stones to represent God as their witness.
31:45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar. 31:46 And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap. 31:47 And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed. 31:48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; 31:49 And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
Laban demands that Jacob take no more wives or afflict his daughters in Canaan then he will not pass beyond the pillar and stones to come unto Jacob in anger.
31:50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee. 31:51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee: 31:52 This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.
31:53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.
31:54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren [of Laban to eat with his own family] to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.
In the morning Laban said his good byes and went back to his home.
31:55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.
Jacob had left his family and his brother Esau, fleeing alone and penniless from the just wrath of his brother, after he had bought the birthright and stolen the blessing from his brother Esau.
As a young man Jacob had heard of God’s prophecy regarding himself from his mother and had sought its fulfillment by his own worldly dishonest ways, instead of obeying the word of God and waiting on God to bless him in God’s own way and time.
Today the COG Groups mainly rely on their own ways and traditions, instead of learning and keeping the whole word of God. Like Joseph we are trying to achieve eternal life in the spiritual Promised Land by our own ways, by doing what we think is right and following our own false traditions; instead of trusting and faithfully keeping the whole word of God.
Yet after 20 years Jacob had been humbled and been made rich through many trials, and it is through many trials that the spiritually called out are humbled and made spiritually rich.
Most of spiritual Israel is now about to go into a grave trial that will humble us and teach us to exalt the whole word of God above all else. As Jacob learned during his trials, I am quite certain that most of us will also be humbled and learn; and that we shall become rich with the spiritual gold tried in the fire.