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June 23, 2007 - the 4th month, 7th day
( There are no names for the 4th, 5th and and 6th months in scripture )
Judaism calls this month "Tammuz", not a good thing.
Ezek.8[ 14] Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz - ( pagan deity ) - a Sumerian deity of food or vegetation, a Phoenician deity
Revelers Welcome Summer Solstice ( part of the article )
By RAPHAEL G. SATTER
STONEHENGE, England - Druids, drummers, pagans and partygoers welcomed the sun Thursday as it rose above the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge on the longest day of the year _ the summer solstice.
Clad in antlers, black cloaks and oak leaves, a group of druids cheered and danced at the Heel stone _ a twisted, pockmarked pillar at the edge of Stonehenge.
"Happy solstice!" said Laura Tungate, a 26-year-old financial adviser from Newcastle, who wore a giant rainbow sweater and offered hugs to smiling passers-by.
Taking a swig from a mug of vodka and Red Bull, she said she had been coming to the solstice ceremony for the past eight years.
"I love the whole vibe, and the energy, and the fact that these stones, that they are alive, they do breathe, and they do grow ... and they're massive!" she said.
About 24,000 people gathered at the stone circle in Wiltshire, in southwestern England. Dancers writhed to the sound of drums and whistles as floodlights colored the ancient pillars shades of pink and purple. Couples snuggled under plastic sheets.
Solstice celebrations were a highlight of the pre-Christian calendar. Bonfires, maypole dances, and courtship rituals linger on in many countries as holdovers from Europe's pagan past.
In more recent years, New Age groups and others have turned to Stonehenge to celebrate the solstice, and the World Heritage Site has become a magnet for men and women seeking a spiritual experience _ or just wanting to have a good time.
Olmert daughter defends gay parade
Ehud Olmert's daughter came out in defense of the upcoming Jerusalem gay pride parade.
Dana Olmert, who is lesbian , gave a rare media interview to rebut right-wing and religious demands that Thursday's gay pride parade in Israel's capital be relocated.
"The question 'why Jerusalem?' is like asking why people should get the right to vote," Olmert told Army Radio on Wednesday. "Such questions are simply abhorrent. It's just like I would never think of explaining to someone why Jews or Arabs aren't inferior to other people."
Olmert, who works as a Tel Aviv literary editor and usually avoids the public eye, described the march as "an expression of political action, something which you don't ask permission to do".
Rioting by religious protestors led to last year's gay pride parade being relocated to a closed stadium on the Jerusalem outskirts, but Thursday's event will comprise a march and rally in the city center, under tight police security.
Thousands attend pride parade 6/ 21/ 07 Thursday
"I am demanding my civil rights, including the right to get married and have children," said marcher Guy Frishman, 27. "I want to have rights like every other person."
Despite violent protests and petitions, the gay pride parade was held in Jerusalem as planned. Some 2,000 to 3500 participants, secured by 7,000 policemen, march through capital's streets for tolerance and promotion of community's rights
Deut.23  There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
Deut.22  The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Lev.18  Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.  Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
 And the
LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:
 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
 And the
soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to
go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will
cut him off from among his people.
 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.
 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
 And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.
 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.
 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.
 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
 And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.
 And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
 And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.
 And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.
 And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.
 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.
 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
 But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.
 Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean : and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.
 And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.
 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
The World Council of Churches
http://www.israeltoday.co.il - Headline News
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 by Staff Writer
Churches ignore plight of Gaza Christians
The World Council of Churches gathered in Jordan on Monday to demand an end to Israel's occupation of its biblical heartland, while conspicuously forgetting to make any mention of their besieged Christian brothers and sisters who are now living under strict Islamic rule in Gaza.
Following the gathering, the Geneva-based church body that claims to represent some 560 million Christians worldwide announced the launch a global campaign to put as much pressure as possible on Israel to surrender Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Arabs .
The initiative aims at calling on all churches to work seriously for putting an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands read a statement released by the council.
The conference took place just days after Hamas completed its military conquest of the Gaza Strip and affiliated terror groups warned local Christians to come in line with strict Islamic religious law.
And to make sure Gaza's Christians got the point, Hamas-aligned militants sacked and burned a Catholic church and adjacent convent in Gaza City.
The World Council of Churches was completely mum on the treatment of fellow Christians by their new Hamas overlords.
Thursday, June 21, 2007 by Ryan Jones
Christians slam Christian response to Gaza carnage
Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East (CFW) issued a statement this week harshly criticizing the reaction of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) to last week's military conquest of Gaza by the Hamas terrorist organization.
As Gaza fell last week before a bloody Hamas onslaught marked by widespread atrocities, CMEP issued a bland statement calling for an end to domestic fighting in Gaza, while at the same time taking the opportunity to demand Israel end its occupation of Judea and Samaria and hand over the eastern half of Jerusalem.
CFW National Director Ruth Lautt reminded her traditionally pro-Palestinian Christian peers that in just four days of internecine Gaza violence over one hundred Palestinians were killed... people were thrown off rooftops, children witnessed the slaughter of their parents, [and] corpses were dragged triumphantly through refugee camps.
Lautt concluded that "one would reasonably expect those who routinely complain about Israeli military actions to condemn Hamas with equal fervor.
However, the statement posted by CMEP seemed designed to convey a belief that the siege in Gaza was a mere diversion from fighting the occupation, noted Fair Witness Executive Committee member Dexter Van Zile. We believe it is irresponsible for Christian voices in the US to be silent on the extent of this brutality while seeming to attempt to focus attention on Israel.
In addition to the general violence in Gaza last week, numerous attacks targeting local Christians and Christian institutions were reported. Those incidents were largely ignored by the Christian world.
Lev.25  The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
Exod.23 [ 31] And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee. Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.  They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.
The World Council of Churches - http://www.wcc-coe.org/
31 August 1999
YOUNGEST WORLD COUNCIL PRESIDENT HAS COME OF AGE IN ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT
Rev. Kathryn Bannister, president of the World Council of Churches The Rev. Kathryn Bannister sat serenely through a press interview in Geneva this week and rolled her eyes only once: when the subject of press interviews came up.
The 29-year-old clergywoman from Bison, Kansas, USA, has been getting requests for interviews since 1991, when delegates to the World Council of Churches (WCC) seventh assembly in Canberra, Australia, elected her to the WCC Central Committee.
What is the World Council of Churches?
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity.
The WCC brings together more than 340 churches, denominations and church fellowships in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world, representing some 550 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of denominations from such historic traditions of the Protestant Reformation as Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed, as well as many united and independent churches . While the bulk of the WCC's founding churches were European and North American, today most are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific.
For its member churches, the WCC is a unique space: one in which they can reflect, speak, act, worship and work together, challenge and support each other, share and debate with each other.
As members of this fellowship, WCC member churches:
- are called to the goal of visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic fellowship;
- promote their common witness in work for mission and evangelism;
- engage in Christian service by serving human need, breaking down barriers between people, seeking justice and peace, and upholding the integrity of creation; and
- foster renewal in unity , worship, mission and service.
The modern movement for the unity of the church may be traced to the latter days of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century, when Christians began to pray together and work together across denominational boundaries. By the close of the 1920s, several pioneering movements had been formed to advance the cause of church unity worldwide.
In 1937, church leaders agreed to establish a World Council of Churches, but its official organization was deferred by the outbreak of the second world war until August 1948, when representatives of 147 churches assembled in Amsterdam to constitute the WCC.
Since then, a growing number of churches on every continent has joined in this search for Christian unity. They have built new bridges over ancient chasms separating believers from one another.
WCC member churches today include nearly all the worlds Orthodox churches , scores of denominations from such historic traditions of the Protestant Reformation as Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed, and a broad representation of united and independent churches.
The worlds largest Christian body, the Roman Catholic Church, is not a member of the WCC, but has worked closely with the Council for more than three decades and sends representatives to all major WCC conferences as well as to its Central Committee meetings and the assemblies.
The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity appoints 12 representatives to the WCCs Faith and Order Commission and cooperates with the WCC to prepare resource materials for local congregations and parishes to use during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The goal of the World Council of Churches is not to build a global "super-church", nor to standardize styles of worship, but rather to deepen the fellowship of Christian churches and communities so they may see in one another authentic expressions of the "one holy, catholic and apostolic church". This becomes the basis for joining in a common confession of the apostolic faith, cooperating in mission and human service endeavours and, where possible, sharing in the sacraments. All these acts of fellowship bear testimony to the foundational declaration of the WCC that the Lord Jesus Christ is "God and Saviour according to the Scriptures".
African Methodist Episcopal Church [USA]
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church [USA]
American Baptist Churches in the USA
Anglican Church of Canada
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, N.A. Diocese
Canadian Council of Churches**
Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church [USA]
Church of the Brethren [USA]
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad [Canada]
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Hungarian Reformed Church in America
International Council of Community Churches [USA]
International Evangelical Church [USA]
Moravian Church in America
National Baptist Convention of America
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA**
Orthodox Church in America
Polish National Catholic Church
Presbyterian Church in Canada
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. [USA]
Reformed Church in America [USA]
Religious Society of Friends [USA] - Friends General Conference - Friends United Meeting
United Church of Canada
United Church of Christ [USA]
United Methodist Church [USA]
Papal salute to World Council of Churches
Feb. 14, 2006 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of greeting to the 9th general assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which is being held this week in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Cardinal Walter Kasper , the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, delivered the papal message at the opening session of the WCC meeting on February 14. In it the Pope points to 40 years of "fruitful collaboration" between the WCC and the Vatican, and asks that "we intensify our endeavors toward reaching that day when Christians are united in proclaiming the Gospel message of salvation to all."
The WCC meeting has brought together 700 official delegates representing 340 different Christian denominations of the group, which has its headquarters in Geneva. The WCC holds a general assembly every 7 years. The last such meeting was in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1998. This is the first time the WCC has held its assembly in Latin America
Parshah: Chukat Verses: Bamidbar - Num. 19:1-22:1, Jud. 11:1-33, Jn. 3:10-21 CHUKAT ( ordinance )
Num.21 [ 4] And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.[ 5] And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.  Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.  And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
2Kgs.18  He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it : and he called it Nehushtan.
John.3  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
] Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant,
how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
[3 ] And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Messiah / Christ.
[5 ] But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
Exod.32 [ 6] And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
] Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed,
and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
 Neither let us tempt Messiah / Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
[10 ] Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
There is much to say about Number 19:
The red heifer is a picture
From the beginning of time to the end
the ordinance of the law, a sacrifice of a vicarious death, no spot or blemish, water ( the flood ), blood, baptism, Messiah, until even , unclean, clean ( forgiven ) third day, and the seventh day - perpetual statute , for ever
Isa.46 [ 10] Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Heb.13 [ 12] Wherefore Yeshua / Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
1Pet.1 [ 19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot :
Heb.9 [ 13] For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an ( red ) heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: [14 ] How much more shall the blood of Messiah / Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God , purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
John.19 [ 34] But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
1John.5 [ 6] This is he that came by water and blood , even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood . And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
1Cor.15 [ 4] And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: ( There are many pictures of Messiah and His resurrection )
The most important thing - the forgiveness of sins
Acts.5 [ 31] Him, ( Yeshua ) hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Acts.13 [ 38] Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man ( Yeshua ) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.
Eph.1 [ 7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace;
Col.1 [ 14] In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
] Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak
for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.