Happy New Year! We have entered into the Gregorian Calendar year of 2024. The 1st of Nisan (the Biblical New Year) begins at sunset, Monday April 8th, 2024, beginning the year 5784. January is the first month of the year, named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, who had two faces looking at the past and the future. The months of January and February were not originally in the ancient Roman calendar as the winter months were considered dormant, both in terms of agriculture and in terms of making war. This was a time of peace. Until 450 BCE, the Roman calendar was 10 months, beginning in March (Martius), due to the March Equinox. Remember, March was named for “Mars,” the god of War who was also an agricultural guardian. As the war rages on in Gaza please continue to pray that all the Israeli hostages be released and that Israel will be victorious in destroying Hamas!
On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The last occurrence was on August 21st, 2017. There is a revolution going on in the Kingdom of God right now that started ten years ago! We experienced the blood red moons in the years 2014/2015 on both Pesach and Sukkot. Then the Elul Solar Eclipse of August 21st, 2017, was exactly 40 Days until Yom Kippur that year! This was followed by the Revelation 12 sign that unfolded in the heavens on Yom Teruah that year.
Revelation 12:1-2. (TLV) “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She is pregnant—crying out in birth pains, in agony to give birth.”
With the sun in Virgo and her feet to the east, the new moon arrived at her feet on September 23-25, 2017. At the same time four planets of our solar system completed this sign. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. Mercury, Venus, and Mars enter above the head of Virgo into the constellation Leo. With Leo (The Lion of Judah!) being a constellation of nine principle stars, the three wandering stars made it twelve at that time. So, the heavens displayed on Sept. 23rd, 2017: A woman (Virgo) clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Jupiter was, has, and is known as the King planet connected to Messiah. As this celestial sign formed on Shabbat, September 23rd,2017, Jupiter, the King, Messiah was in the womb of the woman – The Virgin, Virgo. Clothed with the sun, the moon at her feet, with a crown of twelve stars is pregnant and about to give birth. This marked the beginning the period of labor pains before the establishment of the Messianic Age and the Lion of Judah’s return.
Then, on October 14th, 2023, an annular solar eclipse crossed the United States from Oregon to Texas. Then seven years from the 2017 eclipse we have another solar eclipse across our entire nation on April 8th, 2024 (Sunset on this day is the 1st of Nisan)! If you overlay the path of that annular solar eclipse on top of the paths of the Great American Eclipse of 2017 and the Great American Eclipse of 2024, you will see that those three eclipses actually combine to create a giant “Aleph” across America.
The Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The Aleph in Hebrew has a numerical value of one. The Aleph is representative of God and the oneness of God. The One and only, the eternal, the Omnipotent God. It is the symbol of God as the creator and master of the universe! Aleph represents His Sovereignty! The ancient Paleo Aleph is made of three lines. That’s God’s signature. That’s an Aleph – א. This Aleph is from the Paleo-Hebrew script, also Palaeo-Hebrew, Proto-Hebrew or Old Hebrew. The writing system found in ancient inscriptions of biblical Israel and Judah. I believe Adonai is shouting at us to be aware and be ready. He has been trying to warn us in hundreds of different ways, but most people don’t want to listen. Most still refuse to repent and turn back to Him! Time is running short!
Monday, January 15th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed). This holiday is held on the third Monday in January and honors the principles of this civil rights leader and Nobel Prize Winner dedicated to nonviolence. Born January 15, 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister, political activist and perhaps the most famous leader of the civil right movement. In 1955, Dr. King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott that started when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in compliance with Jim Crow laws.
Dr. King also organized and led marches for the right to vote, desegregation, and labor rights in addition to basic civil rights. The passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are attributed, in part, to the works of Dr. King.
In 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1965 the American Jewish Committee presented him with the American Liberties Medallion. Dr. King was assassinated in 1968 and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Why did the American Jewish Committee present Dr. King with the American Liberties Medallion? Because there was and is a Shared Empathy between the Jewish and Black communities.
In Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” Speech he spoke to this intentionality of relationship. He said: “Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands”. Dr King is speaking to Racial reconciliation, Jew and Gentile reconciliation, and reconciliation of the division within the greater body of Messiah! The One New Humanity of Ephesians 2:15 speaks directly to these divisions! We are all, regardless of color or culture, members of the human race! The only two peoples group Adonai saw was Jew and Gentile! This separation so grieved Him that He sent His Son Yeshua to die to make us One New Humanity! To be Echad!
What is Echad? Echad: In Hebrew means a completeness through pluralism, a whole! Aleph represents the numeral ONE while Echad represents wholeness. The root word of Echad is “Ached”: It means to unify, to be in accord, in unison, no more separate parts, one from many! Echad is used throughout scripture, it is found over 900 times in the Tanach!
John 17:20-23. “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will trust in me because of their word, 21 that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are united with me and I with you, I pray that they may be united with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. 22 The glory which you have given to me, I have given to them; so that they may be one, just as we are one— 23 I united with them and you with me, so that they may be completely one, and the world thus realize that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you have loved me.
Yeshua again defines Echad and prays that we may be Echad, united, bound together, in one accord, in unison, no more separation or division in the Kingdom of God! As we enter into the New Year let us strive, with great intentionality, to tear down all walls of divisions and separation and truly be One in Yeshua!
Blessings and Shalom!
Rabbi and Rebbitzen Carlson