A Catholic Jew Pontificates

I love opinionated non-PC people. This blog is to vent my opinions on life, the universe and everything. Which is 42 which in gematria is "My Heart" (LBY) according to Rabbi Abulafia. The Divine Heart is the centre of everything.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Our Lady the Woman Clothed with the Sun and September 23 2017

8:30 pm Jerusalem time September 23, 2017.

"And the Heikhal of Hashem was opened in Shomayim, and the Aron HaBrit (Ark of the Covenant) of Hashem was seen in the Heikhal of Hashem. And there were flashes of lightning and kolot (sounds) and thunders and an earthquake and great barad (hail). [Ex 25:10-22; 2Ch 5:7] 
And an ot gadol (miraculous sign) was seen in Shomayim, an ISHA (BERESHIS 3:15) having been clothed with the shemesh (sun), and the levanah (moon) underneath the feet of her, and on the rosh of her an atarah (diadem) of kokhavim (stars) numbering Shneym Asar (Twelve), [BERESHIS 37:9] And in her womb having a YELED (CHILD, Moshiach, YESHAYAH 9:5), and she cries out, suffering CHEVLEI and being in pain to give birth. [YESHAYAH 26:17]" [Revelation 11:19-12:2 Orthodox Jewish Bible]

It would seem that the 100th anniversary year of Our Lady of Fatima next year could be interesting. On October 13 1917 Our Lady and the miracle of the Sun occurred. Could this be the time (23 September 2017) when the Child (who is often interpreted to mean a special Pope in old Catholic commentaries) is given as a special Pope through the merits of Our Lady's sufferings of the birth pangs at the foot of the Cross? The sign of the Dragon occurs on December 13 2017 (Hanukah) which may be the start of a major persecution of the Church. If we count 1260 days from December 13, 2017 we get to 26 May 2021 for the end of this period of persecution.

The year 2017 may turn out to be interesting year if these speculations happen with a possible bank collapse on February 11 (or August 7), the Warning or comet (first coming) on March 23 followed by the Miracle on April 13, outbreak of civil wars or disturbances in Western Europe in June and July, (and the possible economic collapse on August 7 and the possible death of the two Popes with the second coming of the comet on September 16) and the election of a new Pope on September 23 followed by this new Pope (Pius XIII) fleeing Rome on December 13 and the persecution of the true Catholics and the rise of a heterodox Church in Rome. While of course all of this will happen someday it may not be next year and not according to this sequence or timetable. It is not clear if the two Popes die at the time of the first or second coming of the comet. If the first then the new Pope will die later in the year to allow for the election of Pius XIII on September 23. However others believe the Miracle will happen on April 12 2018 rather than April 13 2017.  The year 2017 or 5777 is the one with the one with all the Hebrew and Catholic significances whereas 2018 doesn't have this in the same way. We will have to wait and see. 

It is also not clear whether the warning and miracle are in the same year or different calendar years so October 18, 2016 may still be in the running as the day of the Warning if the miracle occurs in 2017. Apparently a friend of Marie Loli said that the Warning would be in an even year and others say that Conchita said that the Miracle would be in an odd year. Could Russia also attack Europe on the 9th of Av 5777 (1 August 2017)? Could the consecration of Russia by name occur on July 13 2017?

"And another ot (miraculous sign) was seen in Shomayim. And, hinei, a great red Dragon NACHASH (BERESHIS 3:1), having sheva (seven) heads and eser (ten) horns, and on the heads of it sheva (seven) ketarim (crowns) [Dan 7:7,20]. And the tail of him drags down a third of the kokhavim (stars) of Shomayim and threw them to ha'aretz (the earth), and the Dragon NACHASH was standing before the ISHA (Woman) who was about to give birth, that when she gives birth to the YELED (CHILD, Moshiach, YESHAYAH 9:5[6]) of her, he might devour the YELED. [DANIEL 8:10]

And she gave birth to a BEN (SON, Moshiach, YESHAYAH 9:5[6]), a zachar (male), who is about to shepherd all the Goyim (Nations) with a shevet barzel (scepter of iron, Ps 2:9), and the YELED of the ISHA was snatched up to Hashem and to his Kes (Throne). And the ISHA fled into the wilderness, where she has there a place having been prepared by Hashem, that there she can be nourished a thousand two hundred and sixty yamim (days)."
[Revelation 12:3-6 Orthodox Jewish Bible].

Daniel Matson writes: 

"...The sign of Revelation 12 has many details that are common, but uncommon when all put together. The first part of the sign is the woman clothed with the sun. This happens every year, but it narrows the time down to one month around the autumnal equinox. That woman is represented by Virgo--the virgin. She is clothed by the sun from mid-September to early October. September 23, 2017 meets these requirements.

The next requirement is that the moon must be under the feet of Virgo. With the sun in Virgo and her feet to the east, the moon must be a few days past new moon. Since the Hebrew Calendar is lunar and the Feast of Trumpets (September 21, 2017) is on the new moon, September 23-25 places the moon in the correct position. This happens every year on the Hebrew Calendar as long as the new moon did not occur too early or too late in relation to the equinox, which would put the sun too high or low in Virgo. Here it is perfect. The requirement of the moon and sun narrows it down to a few days of the year. The rest of the parts of the sign must then coincide with this time if we are able to observe this sign.

On September 23, 2017 there are four planets in the vicinity that complete the sign and its ultimate uniqueness. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter play their parts. Above the head of Virgo is the constellation Leo. In Leo at this time there will be Mars, Venus, and Mercury. With Leo being a constellation of nine principle stars, the three wandering stars make it twelve at this time. Thus the garland of twelve stars is upon the woman. For three planets to be in Leo at this time with all of the other preconditions makes this rare. Combined with the final piece of the picture below is what makes this sign difficult of not nearly impossible to replicate anywhere close to the time in which we live. How rare? A search 150 years before and 150 years after September 23, 2017 produced no results..."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dayan Family, y-dna, Hillel and Calabria: A Crypto Jewish Journey

The Dayan family are a famous Jewish family originally from Aleppo in Syria. Aleppo is also famous for the Hebrew version of the Bible known as the Aleppo codex. Aleppo has been hit hard by all the turmoil in Syria in recent months. The Dayan family has always claimed Davidic status from their descent from a branch of the Babylonian Exilarchs. However like the House of Hillel the Dayan family has Davidic status only through a female ancestress who was a Davidic heiress of the Babylonian Exilarchs descended from the House of David of R1b L21 ydna. The Dayan male line is of the Tribe of Manesseh of ydna R1a Z2123 a branch of R1a Z93 (the y-dna signature of those descended from King Osee the last King of Israel and his Manassehite warrior horsemen who went into the East after the fall of Israel to the Assyrians). Many of the Dayan family were learned rabbis and prosperous merchants.

The Dayan ancestor David Soslan was briefly the Babylonian Exilarch as David V in the late 12th century as the maternal grandson of Chasdai V Babylonian Exilarch (born 1106 d.1150). He was deposed by a faction that did not approve of having an Exilarch who was only of Davidic status on the maternal line. He was replaced by Samuel II (of Mosul) who was the son of Natronai III who had been deposed by David Soslan when his faction had proclaimed him Exilarch on the death of Daniel II the maternal uncle of David V Soslan. David Soslan later married Queen Tamar of Georgia. David Soslan was descended from the branch of the Georgian Royal House that descended on the male line from the Khazar Princes descended from the lost Tribe of Manasseh who had re-embraced Judaism in the 8th century. 

The first to use the name Dayan in the Aleppo family was Moshe Dayan who was born in 1500 who was a descendant in the direct male line from David X Babylonian Exilarch (b.1305) who reigned in the 14th century.  David X descended from Hisdai (or Chasdai) VI the son of David V Soslan by his first wife his maternal cousin Chana the daughter of Solomon V Babylonian Exilarch (d.1165).  David X was deposed in 1341 and his family moved to Aleppo the home of his wife Lady Tzadika the daughter of Rav Sadaya II of Aleppo. His son Mar Sadaya of Babylon married Ada the daughter of Rav Moshe II of Aleppo who descended from Azarya (Azariah) the Babylonian Exilarch (d.1000). The descendants of Mar Sadaya were known as the Sadayan claimants to the throne of the Exilarchy. Sadayan later became Dayan. The name Dayan means "Judge" in Hebrew.

The Dayan family were the leaders and Rabbis of Aleppo for many centuries. The Aleppan Jewish community was joined by many Sephardi Jewish families after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. The leading family of the Sephardi Aleppan Jews was the Kassin family. They were later joined by many Francos (French and Italian Jews) from the 17th century onward. The Francos were much less strict and were more modern in their lifestyle than the older Aleppan Jewish families. In the 18th century two factions arose in the Aleppo community- the more rigid group led by 
Rabbi Linaido and the more liberal group by Rabbi Yehuda Kassin. Aleppo also started to decline with the lessening of trade with Persia so that many of the more liberal group left  Aleppo towards the end of the 18th century. Many of these families traded throughout Europe and had branches of their extended families in Spain, France, Italy, England, Poland, Ukraine and Ireland. Rabbi Yehuda Kassin's reform minded son Raphael became the Chief Rabbi of Bagdad and a supporter of those Jews who were more modern in their interpretation of Jewish law and custom.

Joseph Dayan (b.1670) a prosperous Aleppan merchant established a merchant base in Messina in Italy in the first half of the 18th century and he sent his two Francos sons-in-laws Eliyahu Hillel of Bagdad and Rafael Safra of Aleppo to Sicily with their wives Sarah and Zeraphia. Eliyahu Hillel took the name of Andrea Aiello and his wife Sarah became Seraphina and Rafael became Rafaele Seraphino and his wife changed her name Zeraphia to Sophia. They joined the other crypto-Jewish families in Messina and practiced Judaism in secret. Andrea and Seraphina Aiello's two children Yosef and Shoshana born in Aleppo became Guiseppe and Rosa Aiello. Guiseppe Aiello married his cousin Sarah (Serafina) Seraphino the daughter of Rafaele and Sophia. His sister Rosa Aiello married the Jew Guiseppe Montefiore of Toscano near Belmonte in Calabria. Guiseppe Aiello's son Serafino was the crypto Hazan (worship leader) or Rabbi of the crypto-Jewish communities of Calabria (with his friend Angelo Martini) who had spend time in Modena with Rabbi Cohen (Laudatio Sacerdoti) in study and married the Rabbi's niece Guiditta (Judith).

Joseph Dayan the merchant's grandson Joseph Dayan with his wife Esther Dayan the daughter of Rav Joseph Dayan (b.1730) moved to Poland and the Ukraine areas. His son Isaac Dayan who was married to Chana Kassin, the daughter of Rav Yehuda Kassin of Aleppo, had a daughter Sarah who married her cousin David Morel of Krakow. David Morel was the son of Liebel Morel (aka Yehuda Samuel or Semel or She'muel) of Krakow and Malka Dayan the sister of Isaac Dayan. David and Sarah's daughter Chana (Anna) Morel (b.1812) was to marry Michele Aiello the son of Francesco Aiello of Messina and his wife Rosa Montefiore of Cozenza in Calabria. Joseph Dayan(born 1670) had a grandson Saul or Sha'ul Dayan who was a merchant in Sicily who took the name Paulo Diana and also used the name Paulo Daino.

Guiseppe Aiello aka Joseph Hillel born 1728 as a Jew in Aleppo Syria married Serafina Seraphino aka Sarah Safra born in 1730 as a Jewess in Aleppo. Their children* were:

1. Serafino Aiello aka Serach Hillel born 1750 in Messina Sicily. He married Guiditta (Judith) Sacredoti. Their children were: Maria Aiello (born 1775) who married a crypto-Jew Pasquale Nero of Conflenti in Calabria descended from the de Castro and de Neira families of Spain; Sarah (Serafina) Aiello (Jakes) (born 1780) who married a crypto-Jew John Taylor (Schneider) of Derbyshire in England of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry; Carmela Aiello (born 1782) who married the crypto-Jew Andrea Serra of Naples the natural son of Prince Pasquale Serra of the Davidic House of Serra; Francesco Aiello (born 1790) who married the Jewess Rosa Montefiore of Calabria descended from Mexican crypto-Jews.

2. Salvatore Aiello aka Mordechai Hillel born in 1752 at Messina in Sicily.

3. Serafina Aiello aka Sarah Hillel born in 1755 at Messina in Sicily. She married Benvenuto Sacredoti (born 1753) the son of Jacob and Benvenuta Sacredoti (ha Cohen/ Coen) of Modena. They had a son Giacomo (Jacob) Benvenuto of Calabria (born 1773).

4. Carmela Aiello aka Malka Hillel born in 1760 at Messina in Sicily. She married Rafael Montefiore of Cozenza in Calabria. Their daughter was Rosa Montefiore who married her cousin Francesco Aiello.

The Hillel family of Bagdad in Iraq were known as a Jewish Francos family and most likely their ancestor came to the Middle East from Italy with other Jewish Francos families who settled in Syria and Iraq beginning in the 17th century. The Hillel or Aiello family claimed descent from the Davidic House of Hillel. They go back to the Ayala family of Spain to the Kings of Pamplona who descended from Jimeno (Sh'mon) the Strong the Mothman Atlal (aka the Hillel of Mumhan) who was the son of Ecgric or Athelric (the Ruler Hillel) King of East Anglia (d.636) whose father was Malfdarta the Hillelite Nasi of Mumhan (Munster) in Ireland. These Hillelite Nasiim came to Munster in the 4th century from Palestine (Israel). Variants of Hillel are Aiello, Ajello, Ayala, Aillil, Atlal. In Ireland the initial "h" sound was transferred to an "a" sound becoming Aillil and in Spain the final "l" was dropped. My own maternal grandfather was named Hillyer but his sisters pronounced his name as Illya.

Gamaliel VI the Nasi of Palestine came to Ireland in 415 AD where his daughter Morag (Mongfind) was the first wife and Queen of High-King Eochaidh. Gamaliel VI's son Mar Nathan (aka Crimthann Mor) and his younger daughter Merab (aka Meadaib or Mira Davida) accompanied him to Munster (Mumhan). In Munster was re-established the dynasty of the Hillel Nasiim (Ua-n-Aillil).

 Nasi was originally the title for a Presiding Prince of Davidic status in the Jewish Sanhedrin and later the Davidic leader of a Jewish community. The Jewish term Rosh Galuta or Rosh Golus means Davidic Head of the Exile and is also translated as Exilarch in English. The Babylonian Exilarch was the Davidic Prince with authority over all the Jews in the East. The Jewish Kings of Narbonne were the Exilarchs of Western Europe descended from the Babylonian Exilarchs. The Palestinian Nasi or Davidic Prince from the House of Hillel was also the Nasi or Presiding President of the Great Sanhedrin. When Gamaliel VI died in 426 the authority of the Great Sanhedrin went into abeyance and Judaism lost its magisterial teaching authority. 

Many ultra-orthodox Jews today think that the Dayan family of Aleppo and Rabbi Yosef Dayan (born 1945 in Mexico) are direct male line descendants of King David and they claim that Rabbi Yosef Dayan is the heir and Davidic Nasi. He is supported by the preparatory ultra-orthodox Sanhedrin established in Tiberias in 2004 as candidate for Jewish King. While Rabbi Yosef Dayan does have Nasi status it is through a maternal heiress not the direct male line. 

* They also had other children which may have included Rafaele Aiello and Michele Aiello. I have seen at least one Aiello descendant who has tested for ydna and belongs to R1b ydna.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Galatians 2 and the Highly Esteemed Ones: A Hebrew Catholic Interpretation

 The Jerusalem Council

In my last blog post I wrote about how my alternative reading and translation of the Greek of Galatians 1:15-16 gives a more humble and different understanding of Paul. The present translations into English make Paul sound very self-willed and almost arrogant in his claims to "preach" the Gospel. Paul does take pains to stress that he was called to God's grace and given his mission of proclamation to the Gentiles by a direct revelation of the Resurrected Messiah and not by any man- made group. However when read and translated slightly different, the present almost hostility in the text, in regard to the Jerusalem Church is lessened and even removed.

The Greek word δοκοῦντες (thokountes) and its variants are found in Galatians 2:2,6 and 9. Based on the root meaning of δοκεω (thokeo) meaning I think, appear, seem it has been translated in to English as reputed which in modern English has a rather negative inference as if one is questioning the reputation. Thayer's Greek Lexicon however states:

"...2. intransitive, to seem, be accounted, reputed: Luke 10:36; Luke 22:24; Acts 17:18; Acts 25:27; 1 Corinthians 12:22; 2 Corinthians 10:9; Hebrews 12:11; ἔδοξα ἐμαυτῷ δεῖν πρᾶξαι, I seemed to myself, i. e. I thought, Acts 26:9 (cf. Buttmann, 111 (97)); οἱ δοκοῦντες ἄρχειν those that are accounted to rule, who are recognized as rulers, Mark 10:42; οἱ δοκοῦντες εἶναι τί those who are reputed to be somewhat (of importance), and therefore have influence, Galatians 2:6 (9) (Plato, Euthyd., p. 303 c.); simply, οἱ δοκοῦντες those highly esteemed, of repute, looked up to, influential, Galatians 2:2 (often in Greek writings as Euripides, Hec. 295, where cf. Schafer; (cf. Winer's Grammar, § 45, 7))..." 
Thus δοκοῦντες in Galatians 2 should be translated as "esteemed ones" or "highly esteemed ones" of the early Church of Jerusalem. Paul is not questioning their authority but he is humbly acknowledging their esteemed positions as the leaders of the Church and he humbly goes to see them in Jerusalem to submit his style of proclaiming the gospel to the Gentiles, with gentleness that doesn't burden the new believers with too much too soon, for their approval. 

It would seem Ananias who baptised Paul sent him to the desert of Arabia for three years where he most likely lived in a Essene-like monastic community of new believers from among the Essene mystical Jews learning more about his new Messianic faith and planning his strategy for his future mission to the Gentiles. This would explain Paul's preference for the simple life and his great appreciation of the celibate life. It is probably there he learnt the Essene mystical secrets and the Essene method of studying Scripture (from these disciples of Menachem the Essene) which he combined with the seven principles he learnt from the Pharisee House of Hillel under Rabban Gamaliel.

After Paul's return to Damascus he goes to see Peter and James before he undertakes his mission to the Gentiles in Syria and Cicilia. He spent 15 days with Peter and it may have been Peter who ordained him as a priest and Bishop or it may have been Ananias in Damascus after he returned from Arabia. We see that the early church used the model of training men for the priesthood for at least 3 years in imitation of Yeshua training his 12 apostles for three years before their ordinations to the new covenant priesthood.

As Paul took his revelation of the crucified Messiah very seriously so does he take the further divine revelation given to him to go to Jerusalem to submit his strategies for evangelisation of the Gentiles (after he had been practicing them for 14 years) to the people and leaders of the Churches in Judea (Gal.1:22). Paul is concerned to confirm that his revelations and strategies are true and valid and that he is not being led astray. He thus besides meeting with the Churches of Judea, goes humbly to the "highly esteemed ones" (δοκοῦντες) of the Jewish Mother Church in Jerusalem - Peter, James and John. These three hold the three high seats of the New Covenant Sanhedrin with Peter as the Messianic Av bet Din (chief Rabbi or Teacher), James (the Lord's Brother) as the Messianic Davidic Nasi or President and John (the Presbyter) as the Messianic High Priest.

Galatians 2:2 thus reads: 

"Moreover I went up (to Jerusalem) according to a divine revelation and set before them (the Jewish Churches of Judea), the good news that I proclaim to the Gentiles, as well as a personal meeting with the "Highly Esteemed Ones" lest by some manner  I was running or had run in vain."

Paul was obviously pleased with reception of his plan for the Gentile evangelisation and their acceptance that the Gentile believers did not have to be circumcised and become Jews. He saw his success in that his Gentile disciple Titus was not made to be circumcised. He had to fight hard against a group of false brothers who wished to burden these new believers with certain Jewish customs and circumcision as necessary to salvation in the Messiah. This is recorded by Luke in the Book of Acts. Paul in Galatians uses a play on words and refers to these false brothers as the δοκούντων εἶναί τι  (certain ones reputed to be someone) as opposed to the apostles who are the true οἱ δοκοῦντες (the Highly Esteemed Ones) who added nothing extra to Paul's proposal for the Gentile believers. Galatians 2:6-7 reads:

"Moreover there are those certain ones reputed to be someone (the false brothers) but what sort they were at one time doesn't make a difference to me. God doesn't take notice of the outward appearance of a man. Indeed the Highly Esteemed Ones (the true Apostles) had nothing to add to me (his position in regards to the Gentiles) but on the contrary they saw that I have been entrusted with the evangelisation of the uncircumcision, just as Peter with the circumcision."
Paul does not undermine Peter's role but proclaims it while proclaiming his unique mission to those who would question it under the influence of the false brothers. In verse 9 he once again refers to these Highly Esteemed Ones (οἱ δοκοῦντες) of Peter, James and John who approve his apostleship. Paul adds another title to them as the Pillars (στῦλοι/ styloi). His respect for them however doesn't blind him to the fact that they can be wrong and need godly correction from a fellow apostle when they don't practice what they teach. Nor does it mean that the apostles can't have disputes in good Jewish style for the sake of the Kingdom in order to come closer to the truth. Galatians 2:9 reads:

"And having known the grace given to me James, Peter and John the Highly Esteemed Ones, being the Pillars, they gave to Barnabas and I, the right hands of Eucharistic Communion which we should take to the Gentiles and they to the circumcision (Jews)."

 Anti-Semites in the church often quote Galatians which has been translated by those with anti-Jewish and anti-Judaism prejudices throughout the history of the Gentile Church. However many times this is done unwittingly, just out of Gentile ignorance of the Jewish background of Paul and his teachings. Paul would be horrified at this distortion of his wonderful plan of freedom in the Messiah for both Jews (allowing them to be Jews) and Gentiles (allowing them to be truly of their distinct cultures). It is time that we Catholics take seriously the call of Cardinal Schonborn to take the propositions of the Messianic Jewish Rabbi Mark Kinzer in his book addressed to the Catholic Church on Nostra Aetate and its further development in the living Tradition of the Church. Is Rabbi Kinzer a new reversed St Paul coming to proclaim the place and freedom of the Jewish believers in the Church? 


Thursday, September 01, 2016

Doubly Chosen: Galatians 1:15-16: A Hebrew Catholic Interpretation of a Marian and Eucharistic Mystery

I have discussed in other places the wonderful book by a orthodox Jewish scholar Judith Deutsch Kornblatt. Her book is titled "Doubly Chosen: Jewish Identity, the Soviet Intelligentsia, and the Russian Orthodox". 'Doubly chosen' is a term used by Russian Orthodox Christians of Jewish ancestry to demonstrate that they are firstly chosen by God through their birth into the Jewish people and secondly chosen by the Lord through the grace of baptism. Many Hebrew Catholics (Catholic Jews) also like this term for understanding their relationship to the Jewish people and the Church (which is mainly Gentile).

According to orthodox Jewish teaching one is Jewish if one's mother is Jewish or of maternal Jewish ancestry or if one converts to Judaism according to Halakah. The convert to Judaism is said to have come under the wings of the Shekhinah. In a sense the feminine Shekhinah as a mother brings through the waters of the conversional mikveh (a kind of symbolic womb) the new son or daughter of Israel. Thus a Jew receives his election or chosenness through the womb of his mother whether a biological mother or the heavenly mother Shekhinah who is also Kneset Yisrael.
St Paul the great Pharasaic Rabbi of Tarsus who embraced Yeshua as the Messiah also alludes to this concept of the 'doubly chosen'. In Galatians 1:15 he speaks of this double call or election. In the Douai Rheims Bible it says

"...But when it pleased him, who separated (ἀφορίσας) me from my mother's womb, and called (καλέσας) me by his grace..."
Here we see that Paul associates his selection as a Jew as coming from his mother's womb. In the Greek two different words are used to represent these elections. For the physical chosenness as a Jew is used ἀφορίσας (aforisas) which means to separate which alludes to God separating the people Israel from the nations to be his separate or set apart holy nation. For the calling or chosenness of the new covenant grace of baptism is used καλέσας (kalesas) which means to call or invite.

Thus Paul confirms the teaching of orthodox Judaism that one's set apart or separate status is due to the maternal status of coming from the mother's womb not from the seed (sperma) of the father. Paul elaborates more on this in Romans 9 where he uses Isaac as his example that not all who come from the seed (sperma) of Abraham and Israel are part of the separated children of Israel. He alludes to the verse in Genesis about "in Isaac shall thy seed (zera) be called (κληθήσεταί)". Abraham had Ishmael and the sons of Keturah but they are not considered the children of the promise as they had Gentile mothers. Paul singles out Sarah and Rebecca as Hebrew mothers who conceive those who are considered the children of the promise.

It is interesting that Paul uses in the Greek the same word for his call to grace as the call of Isaac's seed. In a sense he is saying that even in Old Testament times the grace of the New Law (living the Torah according to the spirit and heart) was in act as it was not only one's birth but the grace of the promise that was important in one being one of the chosen children of God. Gentiles in the New Covenant receive the grace of baptism which also alludes to the sanctified waters of the mother's womb of Our Lady and the Church.

The encounter of Paul with a bright light and then the voice of the Lord speaking to him in Hebrew parallels Moses encounter of the burning bush and the voice of the Lord speaking to him in Hebrew from its midst. The burning bush represents the pure and immaculate Virgin (manifesting out of Eternity) and thus as Moses' encounter with God though the burning bush is a Marian encounter so is Paul's bright light the light of the pure and immaculate Virgin (manifesting out of Eternity) through which he encounters the crucified Lord. In both accounts the Name of God is revealed. This is in a sense the Marian mystery and light of the Incarnation manifesting out of Eternity into time in different but similar manifestations. At the Incarnation Our Lady is bathed in the light of God as the angel reveals the Name of her Son the Messiah to her.

Paul also in Romans 9:24-26 alludes to the fact that the Gentiles who God is calling are considered to be of the status of the lost Tribes of Israel and he also alludes to Hosea where it speaks about Ephraim returning to Judah and to their finding grace in the wilderness of the Gentiles (Jer. 31:2). Orthodox Jewish law states that the lost Tribes are classified as Gentiles for the purpose of Halakah and would need a conversion ceremony to rejoin the Jewish people in keeping Halakah. Judaism traditionally accepts anyone back into Judaism who has proven maternal Jewish ancestry for up to ten generations without a conversion ceremony. Some groups however especially among the Ashkenazim will only accept them if it is only 3 or 4 generations that they are outside the Jewish community.

In this sense Paul would seem to see the Gentile believers as the Gentile-status House of Israel/Ephraim and the Jews as the Torah-observant House of Judah. He forsees their eventual reunion in Romans 11 when "all Israel will be saved".

Galatians 1:16 reads in the Douai-Rhiems Bible:
"...To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles, immediately I condescended not to flesh and blood..."
It has traditionally been translated to mean that Paul didn't defer to any human authority. However it could be interpreted to mean that after Paul received baptism and confirmation from Ananias he didn't at once enter into eucharistic (flesh and blood) priesthood which imparts through the laying on of hands the body and blood of the Messiah to others. It is only after 3 years of training in the exile of Arabia that he returns to Jerusalem to Peter and James where he enters into the ministry of the fullness of the priesthood. The word translated as condescended (προσανεθέμην) can mean "to lay on besides, hence to undertake besides" and is often translated "to consult, impart or communicate". Thus Paul may be saying that his primary call was to proclaim to the Gentiles first about the grace of baptism and only later to impart the mystery of the Eucharist (body and blood) to them. Thus we could translate Galatians 1:15 as:

"...To reveal his Son in me that I might proclaim him, among the Gentiles I didn't immediately impart the body and blood (Eucharist)..."
This reflected Paul's apostolic strategy based on that of the House of Hillel's teaching of introducing the faith in stages that would not burden the new converts too much. It also reflects the early Church's great reverence and secrecy surrounding the mystery of the Eucharist. Marian and Eucharistic mysteries had to be gradually introduced to the former pagans or they would be led astray into pagan and superstitious practices. This would also reflect Our Lord's example where he proclaimed the Gospel and baptised the apostles first and only after 3 years did he reveal the Eucharistic mystery to his apostles at the Last Supper. This interpretation of Paul lessens the idea that Paul is stressing his own independence and authority as opposed to that of the Jerusalem Church.

The phrase "and called (καλέσας) me by his grace (χάριτος) to reveal his Son in me" should not be separated by a verse division. This feminine charitos alludes to Our Lady who is the"Full of Grace" and God's created Grace in action. Thus Paul is revealing in hidden form (perhaps unwittingly) a Marian mystery connected with the Double Marian calling or election of the Jewish disciple and a Marian calling of the Gentile disciple. Like Paul the Jewish disciple of the Messiah Yeshua is called by Our Lady (grace) in order to reveal the hidden crucified and Eucharistic Yeshua dwelling in him and all Jews. Paul then desires to share this with the Gentiles through Our Lady in the womb waters of baptism in order to lead them to behold the crucified and Eucharistic Yeshua who is the God who dwells in the flesh and blood of his Mother as Man. Thus we can now read Galatians 1:15-16 as:

"...But when it pleased him, who separated (ἀφορίσας) me from my mother's womb, and called (καλέσας) me by his grace (χάριτος) to reveal his Son in me that I might proclaim him, among the Gentiles I didn't immediately impart the body and blood (Eucharist)..."


 Our Lady as the Burning Bush

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Medjugorje, Garabandal and 18 March 2017: A Hebrew Catholic Opinion

Today is August 31 2016 and the anniversary of Princess Diana's death and the feast day of St Joseph of Arimathea and St Nicodemus in the calendar of the Latin Patriarchy of the Holy Land. Today I also received an email saying that Mirjana of Medjugorje has seen some significance in regards to the secrets with the date 18 March 2017. In fact it would seem that Mirjana did some years ago talk about the significance of March 18 but no year was given-this is just one man's speculation that we should watch March 18 next year as the possible date that Mirjana was referring to in her answer to a pilgrim.
“Great people were born on the 18th of March. But I never have my birthday because that is the day of the apparition. And many people have the wrong opinion about it. They feel that Our Lady comes to me on the 18th of March because it is my birthday. She doesn’t come for sure for that reason because she never said to me Happy Birthday. When everything starts happening, then you will be able to understand why the 18th of March, why every second of the month, why Wednesdays and Fridays are days of fasting, everything will be clear.”
The number 18 has a lot of significance with the apparitions of Garabandal. It is interesting that in the Jewish world speculation from Jewish prophecies speak of an event connected with a comet (Star of Jacob) to occur on the 25th Day of the sixth Jewish month by the 16th century Jewish mystical Rabbi Moses Cordovero. There is some disagreement about whether that month is Adar or Elul. The 25th of Adar 5777 (2017) next year is on March 23 which is 5 days after March 18 (Adar 20). Could this March 18 date be connected to the Warning of Garabandal? Time will only tell.

Some have claimed that the warning and miracle of Garanbandal will occur in the same calendar year rather than within a year of each other. If the miracle occurs on April 13 2017 then the warning may also occur in 2017. Some claim that one of the visionaries mentioned it would be either about 3 weeks or 3 months before the Warning. Thus the warning could happen anytime between January 13th and 23rd of March. It is interesting that the three weeks before date of March 23rd matches the Jewish date of the 25th of Adar in 2017. Is the coming of the comet or asteroid and the warning connected? Could March 18 be the day when Mirjana's priest announces the first of the secrets. If he did this on the evening of March 18 then that would be the 21st of Adar in the Jewish calendar, then three days follow until the 24th of Adar and then the prophesied event on the 25th of Adar (sundown of March 22 to sundown of March 23).

Whatever the result, next year is the 100th year Jubilee since the apparitions of Fatima occurred in 1917 and is also a Jubilee year in the prophetic Jewish calendar of the Jewish mystics as referred to by Rabbi Judah ha Chasid ben Samuel of Speyer who died in 1217 (a prophetic Jubilee year). Also 2017 will be the 50th Jubilee anniversary of the return of Jerusalem to Jewish control and the 100th year Jubilee of the signing of the Balfour declaration and the end of exactly 400 years of Turkish rule over Jerusalem. Some have predicted that the events of the warning and miracle would impact on the Jewish people in a deep way. (see Garabandal and the Synagogue). It will also be the 500th anniversary of the period known as the Church of Sardis which began with the Great Catholic Monarch the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the Protestant Revolt and will conclude with the rise of the Great Catholic Monarch Henry leading into the era of the Church of Philadelphia. 


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Halakhic Measuring Rod and the Israel of God: Galatians 6:16

Due to a long tradition of replacement theology found in the Gentile Church, Scripture has been and is translated in a way to support that concept that the Church has replaced Israel. One of the texts used to support this idea is found in Galatians 6:16. 

"...And whosoever shall follow this rule, peace on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God..."
Different versions translate the Greek slightly differently. Christian theologians also give their own slant on the translation. Paul has just been vigorously discussing that Gentile believers don't need to become circumcised in order to be saved and that Jewish believers don't need to deny their circumcision and its value in order to be saved and is summing up the discussion. 

In Gal 6:16 he is saying that he places peace (shalom) upon those Christians who obey his ruling or Halakah. However many translate the last part of the sentence that refers to mercy (rachamim) and the Israel of God as if he is still speaking of those who received his "shalom". However if the peace and mercy apply to those believers who follow his halakah, it would have been clearer to just say ἐρηνη και ἐλεος (peace and mercy). However it makes more sense that peace is associated with Jewish and Gentile believers being reconciled and that the mercy refers to the Israel of God. The και (and) after mercy is most likely to be translated as the explicative (even) rather than the additive (and). It is the Israel of God (the Jewish people and authorities who haven't accepted Yeshua as the Messiah yet) that has stumbled and is in need of God's mercy or salvation.

Many read this "Israel of God" as referring to the new Church made up of Jews and Gentiles. However this may possibly be the case if it had said the "Israel of Christ" or some such expression. If we refer to Romans 9-11 then we see Paul's greatest desire is for the full salvation of the Jewish people and their attaining to God's mercy in the Messiah. Another way of translating Galatians 6:16 is:

"...And peace be upon those who measure according to this halakah and mercy even upon the Israel of God (the still chosen Jewish people)..."
The Greek word στοιχήσουσιν (they will walk) refers to the Rabbinic term Halakah (the way one walks). The Douai Rheims Bible uses the word "follow" in English. The Greek word κανόνι means a rule or measure or level and translates the hebrew קְנֵח (kaneh) (a measuring rod). This evokes the imagery of a well balanced or level scales between Jews and Gentiles in Messiah. Unfortunately the Gentile believers gradually decided to place everything on the Gentile side of the scale and ignore the Halakah as taught by Paul and the early Church. Not only did they want Jews in the Church to deny the value of their circumcision and all Jewish observances, they then decided to nullify the Jewish people by replacing themselves as the Israel of God and taking the special mercy and role reserved for the Jewish people to themselves.

Many today and in the past read Paul in a literalistic and Gentile manner. Rabbi Sha'ul of Tarsus is a great Rabbinic Jewish mystic and has trained as a master of the Torah both written and oral under the tutelage of Hillel's grandson Gamaliel.  Paul uses a Jewish midrashic approach including the seven rules of Hillel for biblical exegesis and their expansion by the great mystic master Rabbi Nechunya ha Kanah. This is why Peter, the down-to-earth fisherman reflected in Mark's Gospel, warns us that Paul can be difficult for some to understand. 2 Peter 3:15-16:

 "15 Consider also that our Lord’s patience brings salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom God gave him. 16 He writes this way in all his letters, speaking in them about such matters. Some parts of his letters are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. "

When the divine peace and measure between Jews and Gentiles in the Church is restored will the special saving mercy of God touch the Jewish people when the Halakah of Paul and the early Church is restored? Will we have a new and fresh Hebraic penetration of Paul's teaching when the future ingrafted Rabbis and mystics of Judaism are reconciled with their Gentile brothers and sisters in the Church. Will this be part of the resurrection or life from the dead that will bless the Church and the world mentioned by Paul in Romans 11?

Enoch a Gentile ancestor of both Jews and Gentiles and Elijah a Jewish prophet coming again to preach repentance to the Jews and Gentiles as the two Olive Trees and to be martyred by the Antichrist or Beast like a Leopard (the Third Beast of  Daniel). This Antichrist will have the oratory power of the Beast like an Eagle or Lion (Hitler) and the ruthlessness of the Beast like a Bear (Stalin).
see St Thomas Aquinas and New Law: A Hebrew Catholic Opinion

Friday, August 05, 2016

Three Gilberts: The Gathering of Eagles

Brother Gilbert high in Eucharistic look-out tower

Beholds the Hidden Valley behind the seat of God

Covered in thick mist of salvation history

And in its midst the soaring of eagles

In Divine Will he redos all Creation

in very little Luisan perfection

In the bonds of the brotherhood of the South

as foretold in Zohar splendour

Encircling the world with a new direction

As he soars in Spirit in mystic vision

He beholds Childe Gilbert and Childe Roland

In the Valley of Decision a renewed Jezreel

And then he descends to the time

Of dear saint Gilbert of Sempringham fame

United with prayerful Sisters and Canons

In powerful Eucharistic contemplation

While surviving on that bland pottage

In time of the clash of Eagles

Sweet Thomas a Becket and Lion-like Henry

Church and State and rights of priests

Martyr of the altar

Back to reality jolted by modern day priestly martyr

Holy old priest dear Jacques Hamel

a new French Santiago

With throat slit in Jihadi terror in the midst of France

With its ancient prophecy of the holy Great Monarch

In time of the gathering of Eagles

The militia of the Holy Spirit

Holy Cross-bearers of the Crucified Body

In Rouen seat of ancient Kings

Sanctified now with funeral of Hamel

Soon to see crowning of Henry the Eagle and the Lion

Of Europe’s expectation after Paris' firery destruction

Hordes of new Saracen hosts

Pouring through Europe’s gates

Unchecked by political correct swaying

Gather O Eagles Gather

Bind all the evil spirits

Fly in new expectation

In the wings of the Woman and the Female

Let Jerusalem and Rome unite

With the eternal bonds of Corato

In the hidden strong arms of Joseph

Icon of a loving father

Shadow of the Eternal Most High

In a last days blaze of Glory

As the eagles soar and gather

With lightning flash then thunder

As silence envelops all

And reveals Nachman’s hidden melody

Of the Kingdom that is here and coming.


Trump of Salvation: Childe Gilbert's Crucifixion