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April 8th

“He had arranged to leave Babylon on April 8, the first day of the new year, and he arrived at Jerusalem on August 4, for the gracious hand of his God was on him.” ‭‭Ezra‬ ‭7‬:‭9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Rosh Chodesh Nisan

This year, the biblical new year begins on April 8, 2024. This is the start of the month of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar 🌑🌒. “Rosh Chodesh Nisan began on Monday, 8 April 2024 and ended on Tuesday, 9 April 2024.” (Hebcal.com)

Nisan in Hebrew means miracle; first fruits; first month of spring.

Leaving Babylon

In the Bible, in Ezra 7:8-10, we see Ezra leaving Babylon for Jerusalem on April 8, the first day of the new year. This is noteworthy because in 2024 the first day of the new year also falls on April 8th (the new moon closest to the Spring equinox).

This correspondence tracks with the poignant seasons we’re in. Compelling seasons of spiritual and religious instinct, knowledge, motivation, and momentum. And with the momentum of the continual yet intensifying change of seasons, we confidently analyze and build on these God centered cycles of experiences which are moving us toward Him.

Destination

In this new year, think about the relationships to people, places, and things in your life that are in need of resolution. The areas in your life that are in need of a firm decision for something to be done because it is bound to symbols, structures, or systems archetypically representing Babylon, where Babylon is a place representing the things that are in opposition to God. From here, April 8th, be clear and determined in your path and plan of action, and trusting in your motivation towards your destination.

The Beginning of Months

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭1‬:‭8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This Time of Year

The spring season is a special time of year for many reasons.  March-April is the time of the biblical new year- the beginning of months.  It is the time of Passover which commemorates God’s instructions to the Israelites in Egypt to mark their houses with the blood of a sacrificed unblemished lamb so that the Lord would pass over their houses thereby protecting them from plague and destruction.  The Lord’s Passover celebrates the Israelites’ exodus and ultimate freedom from slavery in Egypt- a foreshadowing of the ultimate passover and freedom from the slavery of sin and death through Jesus Christ.

This time of year is also the time of Holy Week which commemorates the final days of Jesus Christ who is the lamb of God and our ultimate passover lamb fulfillment. From Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a colt to the culmination in Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection, Holy Week memorializes the passion of Jesus Christ in His momentous journey to the cross and His trial, suffering and death on our behalf. 

The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

As Christians in this world we will face suffering as followers of Jesus Christ but we rejoice in our sufferings knowing that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price by His sacrifice which delivers us out of all our earthly trials and gives us the gift of eternal life. And though we may find ourselves weak at particular point in times in our lives, as the disciples were before Jesus’ arrest in the garden at Gethsemane, we must not be caught unexpectedly off guard.  Jesus said to His disciples in the garden at Gethsemane, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”.  Jesus knows our willing spirit and wants us to be aware of the weakness of the flesh also. 

As we remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in this special time of year, let us also remember that the temporary suffering we face in this life is nothing compared to the suffering Jesus Christ endured for us to take hold of eternity in His presence.  And let us remember our suffering is also the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 3:12-14 ESV

Tree of Life

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” ‭‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭5‬ ‭NASB

Healing, Protection, Everlasting life

From Genesis to Revelation, the Tree of Life stands firm and strong as a wonderful through line.  It brings to us a great mental image and great expression of the fullness of God through Jesus Christ.  

The Tree of Life is full of meaning of healing, protection, everlasting life, and abundance of God’s great love.  The Tree of Life shows us harmony and togetherness with God through the image of roots, vines, branches, leaves, fruit and more.

The Tree of Life is represented in Jesus Christ. His life, death, and resurrection is the offering of healing, protection, and everlasting life. Jesus Christ is the promise, given to us by our Father God, seeded in the conveyance of Abraham’s personal heartfelt faith, which intently grew into blessings for his descendants, and the promise continued through to all the nations of the earth grafted in.

Jesus Christ, the branch of David, leads us from sin and death in Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis through to everlasting life as the way to healing of the nations in the book of Revelations.

The Vine

We, now being like trees with roots, branches, leaves and fruit are called by Jesus Christ to remain in Him who is the vine.  He causes us to survive and thrive with the fruit of the Spirit. He invites us to this transformation. 

In the Garden of Eden, where we so innocently once walked with God in His presence, and having access to the Tree of Life lived forever in peace with God, there we came to find ourselves in the midst of radical change- the regenerative plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. 

And though distanced from the Tree of Life in the book of Genesis, we press on to what lies ahead, having access to this grace in which we stand- the bountiful grace of God- which blooms the Tree of Life.  Be covered, eat, and be transformed by the Tree of Life that in revelation heals the nations.

Fulfillment

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1-5 ESV

Love and Sacrifice

The feeling and action of fulfillment is satisfaction and completion.  Fulfillment derives from something that was accomplished and the resulting integrity of that accomplishment. Fulfillment remedy’s debt- it counteracts and eliminates something owed.  The necessary steps that were taken to meet a requirement or condition was successful according to a process.  And in the midst of the process of fulfillment is love and sacrifice.

Our debt was paid long ago on the cross in fulfillment of God’s law.  Jesus Christ died for our sins.  He fulfilled the law of sin and death by taking the burden of our sins upon Himself and defeating death in resurrection.  God made Him who knew no sin to be an offering for our sins so that we could be made right with God. And since this time of fulfillment in Christ, we have been brought close to Him that we may attain absolution and the resulting joy associated with His promise of forgiveness. 

Our Advocate

In Jesus Christ we have an advocate who intercedes for us as we stand before God in judgement. Jesus Christ clothes us with righteousness and lives within our hearts as we are in Him also.  He testifies to God on our behalf that we have been redeemed by His sacrifice- the shedding of His blood, and our receipt of grace and mercy through faith in Him who died for our sins.  This fulfillment brings us atonement and reconciliation with God through Christ.  

We are justified, and the promise of this fulfillment is everlasting. We have moved from a place of sin and injustice to the state of grace and justice.  And when we receive justification through faith, our obligation changes from slave to sin to freedom from sin.  

The Courts of Heaven

There is a cost for sin < the price was paid < fulfillment made.

And in the courts of heaven God sees our condition. Have we moved from a state of sin to a state of righteousness? Has the accuser of Job, the enemy of God and man succeeded in his accounts to discredit us before God? Or are we confident in our position- having joy and peace in believing the fulfillment of Jesus Christ, His forgiveness, and God’s everlasting love.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:31-34 NKJV

It’s Not Small it’s Just Beginning 

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”‭‭ Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭6‬ ‭NASB

Birth Pangs

When Jesus spoke to His disciples about a future time before His second coming, He spoke of birth pangs.  The productive pain of something that is just beginning- or that has begun since the time of Jesus. A pain that leads to a positive result.  

We hold this pain in the form of a longing for the return of Jesus Christ, and this longing grows as we grow in Christ.  We can also relate to this pain in many varied ways.  In the birth of a child, the birth of aspirations, the birth of hope fulfilled.

“It’s not small it’s just beginning” is a call to remember that the desires of our hearts, which God knows more than we do, which leads to wisdom and understanding is beginning to grow or increase rapidly, as the state of the world also increases rapidly in conquest, division, economic changes, and demise.  Personal birth pangs and societal birth pangs are intensifying consecutively.  Small now, but just the beginning. 

Hope & A Future

For those who believe, Jesus offers us hope and a future. He offers us a time of maturation- a gestational period of development where our faith grows, and hope and love is made reality within us.  As Jesus covers us in His righteousness and protection, He fortifies and strengthens us, and prepares us for the pain of birth and sanctifies us in the process as we submit to His process. 

The birth pangs are real as they have been happening throughout the centuries.  And now we feel them too. They are collectively happening within and without. A course of reckoning of the state of things. He has always been preparing His church body- His bride, and the world for His coming. And He has indwelled within us the Holy Spirt, full of purpose and promise for His glory.  

Active Belief + Active Resonance = Peace

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:14-17 

Active Resonance

Peace is an effect. It is the result of the quality of confidence you have in your state of being.  It is of a resounding harmony. It reverberates against disorder and chaos. Peace is an active resonance in your mind and body that is as close to the nature of absolute truth as can possibly be.

There is an infinite amount of chaos or molecular randomness that resides constantly in the environment.  But even chaos is governed by underlying patterns of ordered molecular motion. So, the momentum going forward is always and forever truth, order, and light, irrespective of the seeming unpredictability of chaos.

To the divergent force associated with chaos, the mental energy that resounds as peace is its antithesis.

Active Belief

The activity of consciousness remain deep and full, as it actively opposes lack and soaks up information– nature abhors a vacuum. The choices are substantial, otherworldly and earthly, and the integrity of consciousness clings to whatever brings peace.  But peace has a noticeable pattern of wisdom and understanding that is both innate and self-evident because what brings us peace directly impacts our quality of life. 

For every human being and their belief system, there is free will, human activity, opposing forces, and choice.  From there, whatever brings peace will surface.  By cause and effect the truth of that which brings pure, unadulterated peace is evident to each and every individual.

The Fear/Belief Dichotomy

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”‭James‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭

Exacerbating Feedback

The  world has a knack for feeding fears, and even at the heights of civilization, the world still devolves to meet our fear mechanism. As the world positions, engineers, and ensnares in an assault on our sympathetic response, it configures and inputs a type of ordered chaos and outputs an unstable feedback loop.  And one small disturbance in our internal or external environment- exacerbates.  One seemingly ineffectual but exacerbating feedback building upon another if the internal system does not value a steady state.

Balancing feedback

Without a competitive balancing feedback– without a system that is extremely sensitive to counteract each and every rudimentarily deployed fear tactic; without a neutralizing, stabilizing, negating effect in response to this overstimulated world which knows it has found its technological sweet spot; without an active program for peace in our internal environment which extends outward- we are outmaneuvered into an onslaught of misleading fear.


“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 

The Way Forward

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Psalms‬ ‭32:8‬.

Faith

Belief + action + confidence = Faith. Go forward by faith. The only way forward is by faith. And how do we know this causation? Because our inclination is to always be moving forward. To not be at a standstill but to grow.  We’re wired to move with time, to consider the future, to seek avenues that ultimately lead to progress and peace. We build upon what we know; we act upon what we believe. These are the building blocks of our faith that propels forward the chain of events in which life unfolds.

There is a reason for everything. A never-ending series of remarkable occurrences with causal connections. A way forward that draws us in the way of purpose, and draws us through time like magnetism.  Should we care to know is an exercise in wonder.  

Force of Life

We are in the midst of surrender to the force of life that connects us all.  We relatively live in the unknown from our point of view.  Ideal objectivity is ever so out of reach- we are in echo chambers of egos.  We think and feel with skewed emotional maturity- intellectually striving to subvert our primal drives. We feel masterful in our autonomy. To know we’re not the ones in control is to threaten our sovereignty. 

We make our choices, every second of every day, one after the other. Without a thought or indiscriminately, or with impeccable planning and forethought; But also with guidance.  An invisible hand in the form of momentum moving us forward.

God’s Will-Your Journey

So, are we creating this journey of life with God? Is the way paved before us or are we paving the way? Free will or determinism. The answer is both. Free will and destiny coexist.  We are all in a symbiotic relationship with our creator God and with each otherThe good, the bad, the ugly things in life, all mutually dependent.  All our choices are a means to an end. God draws you to Him as we all draw nearer and nearer to the end of time and a new heaven and a new earth.  

Your life journey is your own. It’s a most memorable and personal journey between you and God. In every decision you make, you walk the path set before you. An ecosystem of free will and determinism. And this is God’s will for your life.  Be receptive to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; and fear not the path that leads you forward.

The Call to Memory

“Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;” 1 Corinthians 2:6-7

Remembering

Before you were born, you were inspired, breathed, and known by God.  Every bit of information that is your intricate genetic makeup is known and stored within you by God.  You are of a reverberating lineage; one that is vibrant and resounding in space and time. Who still remembers? 

As human beings we think, we develop, and grow.  We acquire knowledge, we reflect on things, we seek answers to questions, we form ideas.  Our knowledge about the world is robust, but the things not yet known are wide and varied; curiosities about the nature of reality that will take you to the very limits of your intellectual ability.

Understanding

Perceiving beyond our knowledge of the natural world with finite sensory experiences is not rational by any means of material standards. It is going beyond all reasonable doubt to its certainty; to confront all of that which is unreasonable doubt.  It is maneuvering paradoxes and coming to that which is the belief in God as the first cause.

Innatism suggests that the mind is born with knowledge, ideas, and beliefs. Memory that transcends our experiences.  Could there be memories encoded before birth?  An intangible faculty of memory stored prior to all mind body experience.

Although the mind is not a blank slate at birth, we need our senses and experiences as keys to unlocking what is stored knowledge and intellect, and even remembrance.  Things that are innate to you are things that you naturally identify with through sensation, reflection, and memory.

Grasping

As human beings, we grow in wisdom and knowledge that springs from an inquiring mind. There springs an eagerness to know how the world works. And God sustains this developmental process all the way through.  There are however many traps, in this world of duality– in a world that increasingly contradicts what is good and true as fallacy, to further us from our intuition and knowledge of our intrinsic value.  

It is as though the world is trying to remember what is true as we grasp at illusions.  The good is absolute, but the world debates the moral good and argues for moral relativism.  How then can we remember eternal truth

By sensing it as it connects to memory. 

Knowing

Memory is your brain’s capacity and function to encode, store, retain, and recall information from sensory experiences.  The collection of our experiences since birth and our innate sensibilities.  Every experience and memory shapes us in purposeful ways.  And although specific memories may be forgotten, those memories that truly shape us are never completely gone. 

Sensing

We sense what is true from hearing what is good and true.  From sensory to genetic memory. Firstly, with unaided intellect, then being appropriately receptive to make sense of what’s out there. “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness” Romans 10:10. 

There is a call to remember. But who remembers, and who does not?

“For what had not been told them they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand.” Isaiah 52:15

2020-2021

“You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.” 1 Corinthians 7:23 

A vote cast. A decision made. The populace speaks.  The next president is selected in this zero-sum game of politics.  Game, set, match yet none the wiser.  Another marker in history as we usher towards unlocking other keystones in these end times.  We hearken towards another year with ringing ears of what’s to come.  Will it offer inner peace or inner storms?  And if peace of mind is the currency of the future, how do you fare?  

It’s about valuewhat we value now and into the future.  We will be quantifying and accounting for values we did not or could not before.  Ways of thinking, feeling, and being.

The nation’s inhabitants are its source of wealth. We trade in goods and services and the peculiarities of currency.  But how do we value wealth individually, and how do we acquire value?

We are born with value. We acquire value in our very being.  Value is inherent in our existence. Our intrinsic value is what’s left when all else fails. And an abundance of strength of character is our wealth that brings trust, empathy, and connection with one another– which offers valuable exchanges.