Rosh Chodesh Sameach

Or, “Happy New Month”.

According to A Rood Awakening:

The renewed moon WAS seen in Israel yesterday, confirming the start to the 4th biblical month (Tammuz) at sunset Thursday, July 4.

The Astronomical (lunisolar) Calendar for the month of Tammuz can be found at A Rood Awakening.

Eyes to See; Ears to Hear

Isaiah 6:10 King James Version (KJV)

10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Jeremiah 5:21 King James Version (KJV)

21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

Ezekiel 12:2 King James Version (KJV)

Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

Matthew 13:15 King James Version (KJV)

15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Acts 28:27 King James Version (KJV)

27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Romans 11:8 King James Version (KJV)

(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Iran Ups the Ante in a Game of High Stakes

On 6 June 2019, an MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down over Yemen. But on Thursday, Iranian aircraft shot down a Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk, a turbofan jet with wingspan comparable to that of a Boeing 737 that can operate its synoptic multi-sensor at an altitude, says retired naval intelligence officer, J E Dyer, of 60,000 feet.

Iran was the first to announce having shot down a U.S. “drone” on Thursday, near the Strait of Hormuz, but the Pentagon quickly confirmed it.

J E Dyer, Liberty Unyielding

President Trump has called the Ayatollah’s raising of the ante by approving a further deployment of 1,000 troops to the region. But that’s not all, according to Jonathan Bernis, CEO of the Messianic mission, Jewish Voice International:

In addition, a squadron of 12 jet fighters, several spy planes, Patriot missile batteries, a B-52 bomber task force, the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and other military assets have already been dispatched to the region.

Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers, an organisation concerned with surveillance systems, writes that President Trump’s response is a “game changer”:

“Though crippling to Iran’s military command and control systems,” reported the Washington Post, “the operation did not involve a loss of life or civilian casualties—a contrast to conventional strikes, which the president said he called back Thursday because they would not be ‘proportionate’.”

U.S. Attacks Iran With Cyber Not Missiles — A Game Changer, Not A Backtrack

I think Iran is testing the waters, here, looking for the level of resolve and readiness in the US and Israel, niggling, distracting, and being altogether a nuisance. But it may portend greater strikes ahead, perhaps when the dust settles.


Drone shootdown by Iran: This time it’s a big deal, J E Dyer, Liberty Unyielding

URGENT UPDATE: U.S. troops deployed to Gulf to boost security in the region, by Jonathan Bernis, Jewish Voice International


Iran shoots down US drone over Hormuz amid soaring friction

Rosh Codesh (New Moon)

According to the Rood Report:

The renewed moon WAS NOT seen in Israel today! Therefore, by default, the start of the 1st biblical month (The Month of the Aviv, or “Nisan”) will begin at sunset tomorrow, Sunday, April 7.

You can download this biblical month’s calendar page for free at A Rood Awakening.

High in cholesterol, high also in carbon: Cheese, counting the cost

If God promises never again to flood the world to oblivion, the promise for water does not also hold for fire.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ suggests that the world will go out in a blaze.
2 Peter 3:10-12 renders clear the elemental concerns regarding the Apocalyptic Day of the Lord:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

It seems not out of the realm of the possible, then, that the ultimate demise of this inhabitable earth will be the end result of anthropomorphic climate change. That suggests that climate change is not only real but inevitable; its ultimate effect not only concerning but also catastrophic.

If prophesy is history foretold, can we circumvent this scenario or is it written in stone? And if circumventable, how can each one of us play our part? How do we each take charge in minimising our own carbon footprint?

Some people count their calories. Dirk Gratzel counts his carbon emissions

After realising that his annual carbon footprint was twice that of the national average, German man Dirk Gratzel decided to eat less cheese. But can dairy products hold the answer to our thermal woes?

As if farmer’s don’t have it hard enough, now they have to watch their carbon footprint also. In Australia, 16% of greenhouse gas emissions come from farms of which 20% come from dairy farms — three per cent (3%) of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come directly from dairy farms. [2] Of these, the cow itself is the main culprit. Non-dairy cow are also energy-intensive to maintain. The cow, apparently, is an energy-intensive carbon-expensive beast of, nowadays, increasingly little burden. Which begs then the question, is the world overpopulated — with cow?

Indeed, a quick Google screen suggests the US, the UK, NZ, and Ireland all have too much cow.[5]

Approximately 60 to 70% of a typical dairy farm’s emissions arise from methane produced by the rumination of cows.²

Because prophesy is history foretold, it defies credulity to believe that the earth won’t be burned to bits in one thousand years’ time. Perhaps that is the end result even after man wakes up and takes measures to reduce the carbon-dioxide burden upon the atmosphere.

Despite a drop in consumption, beef still contributes more climate-warming pollution than any other food in the American diet.³

The Clean Metrics Corporation of Portland, Oregon has estimated that “avoidable food waste in the US exceeds 55 million metric tonnes per year, nearly 29% of annual production … equivalent to 2% of national emissions, and costs $198 billion.”[4] The same paper sites the alarming global statistic of one-third of all food produced for human consumption lost or wasted globally each year, about 1.2 billion metric tonnes!

  1. One man’s quest to make up for years of high carbon emissions, Frank Jordans and Daniel Niemann, Associated Press – Christian Science Monitor | December 11, 2018
  2. Emissions in dairy – Agriculture Victoria
    FOOTPRINT BY 10 PERCENT BETWEEN 2005 AND 2014 – NRDC Issue Paper, March 2017
  4. The Climate Change and Economic Impacts of Food Waste in
    the United States, Kumar Venkat – Int. J. Food System Dynamics 2 (4), 2011, 431-446
  5. Farm fodder crisis – Too many cows? – Irish Examiner, Wednesday, April 04, 2018
  6. Too Many Cattle?, Clive Norman – HuffPost, updated 1 November 2014
  7. More than half of NZers say too many cows – Greenpeace poll – Greenpeace New Zealand, 
  8. Too many cattle, R. P. ‘Doc’ Cooke – Farm Progress  | Aug 15, 2018
  9. Fodder crisis proves we have too many cowsJohn Gibbons – The Irish Times, Sat, Apr 7, 2018