Thursday, September 15, 2011

20,000 Jews seeking to make Aliya to Israel as Israel, Turkey relations deteriorate | Blog – Free Christian Network

20,000 Jews seeking to make Aliya to Israel as Israel, Turkey relations deteriorate

September 12, 2011 04:34am
The Bible gives us a last days prophecy concerning the Aliya of the Jewish people. The hebrew word "Aliya" means to "go up" and it's a term meaning to go up to Jerusalem. Jews were commanded three times a year to "go up" to Jerusalem, "Aliya" to celebrate the three main Jewish feast. A spring feast, a summer feast, and a fall feast.
The spring feast would be 'Pesach" which is hebrew for Passover, this commerorates God deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The summer feast would be "Shavout" or in the greek, Pentecost, which means 50. The fall feast would be "Sukkot" or Tabernacles. Three of these sevenfeast are found in Leviticus 23, Deuteronomy 16:16 gives us these three feast and the Jews responsiblity to go up to Jerusalem three times a year.
Jews have been making Aliya to Israel since 1897, culminating in the rebirth of the State of Israel, May 14, 1948. Since than more Jews have been making Aliya to Israel. The Jewish prophet Zephaniah stated in Zepheniah 3:10
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering
In 1991 the Israeli Government and several Jewish orginizations air lifted Ethiopian Jews due to the Ethiopian Government being toppled. these Ethipian Jews also known as "Beta Jews" were air lifted to Israel. The Israeli Government in 36 hours used 34 IAF C-130s and EL Al cargo planes and transported 14,325 Ethiopian Jews. Operation Moses air lifted Beta Jews in November 21, 1984 and ending on January 5, 1984. There were 8,000 Ethiopian Jews air lifted to Israel due to severe famine in the Sudan. The Arab countries pressured the Sudan to stop the airlift. Operation Joshua in 1985 brought 800 Jews Ethiopia Jews to Israel. these last days "Aliya" of Jews coming to Israel, Opration Solomon, Moses, and Joshua all set the end time scenerio. With 20,000 Turkish Jews looking to make Aliya to Israel, due to inceasing fears of deteriorating realtions between Israel and Turkey, is setting the stage for Bile prophecy to be fulfilled.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ethiopia celebrates New Year 7 years behind Gregorian calendar | African news, analysis and opinion – The Africa

On September 12, Ethiopians will be celebrating the dawn of a new year – 2004. For the initiated this may sound anomalous but Ethiopia, a country of more than 80 million people, is behind time... literally.



The Horn of Africa country uses its own calendar and for them it is still 2003 which began on September 11, 2010 of the Gregorian calendar. There is a 276 year difference between the Ethiopic and Coptic calendars.

In spite of this, the Ethiopic calendar is closely associated with the rules and the different calculations influenced by the Coptic church and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido church.

Based on the ancient Coptic calendar, the Ethiopian Calendar is seven to eight years behind the Gregorian calendar, owing to alternate calculations in determining the date of the annunciation of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Ethiopia’s New Year (Enkutatash) means the "gift of jewels".

The Enkutatash tradition dates back to the time when the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem.

Her chiefs are believed to have welcomed her by showering her with gifts of jewels or inku. But Enkutatash is not exclusively a religious holiday.

The spring festival, which has been celebrated since early times, also symbolises the end of the rainy season accompanied by dancing and singing a cross the green countryside.

It is also the season for exchanging formal New Year greetings and cards among the urban sophisticated as well as the traditional bouquet of flowers.


Ethiopia’s use of a different calendar has always confused foreigners visiting the country.

Keeping appointments with locals is more often than not a nightmare for foreign visitors, who are always encouraged to make it clear when they are making appointments with locals on whether they are referring to local or European time.

For example, Europeans who unknowingly fix appointments for 9 am are surprised when their Ethiopian counterparts turn up at 9 pm.

Ethiopians who usually don’t use the ante meridian (am) and post meridian (pm) timing begin their day at 01 am and end at 12 pm, which is sunset local time.


With the New Year approaching, Ethiopians have already shifted into a festive mood.

The dawn of the New Year, no matter how tough the situation in the country might be, has some power to make people believe that things will turn out for the better. For many Ethiopians, it is a time when new resolutions are considered.

And when the New Year arrives, people seem to wish to change not only things they have control over, but also things out of the sphere of their reach.

In the meantime, many Ethiopians have been busy shopping ahead of the celebrations. In Addis Ababa, home to around five million people, the celebrations are already under way as shown by the busy streets.

And for most Ethiopians, Christian and Muslim alike, it is a must to slaughter a sheep or goat. It is also a time when the Ethiopian traditional chicken stew is most popular in kitchens cross the country.

Ethiopians spend their new year, mainly at home partaking in traditional food and drink. It is usually the women’s task to prepare food and drinks while men are tasked with the urchasing of goats or sheep as well as providing money to buy gifts for the holiday.

Men as heads of families are also supposed to slaughter the sheep or goat early in the morning of the New Year.

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The climax of the New Year celebration is when most Ethiopians finally make resolutions for the year ahead. It is common place for people to resolve to stop indulging in unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking beer.

Mesfin Mekonnen (36), a father of one hopes to stop smoking next year. “It is really my hope to completely stop smoking in the New Year,” he says. “I promised myself, my wife and son. So 2004 will be a good year for my family.”

Like Mekonnen, Tizita Tesema (27) who works for a private company, 2004 will be a special year. “I am preparing to get married. That is one of my plans for the New Year,” Tesema aid.

But while many resolutions are made, most are broken as Ethiopians usually never live up to them.

Mekuria Berhanu says he has failed to stop smoking and chewing Khat (a popular stimulant leaf in East Africa and Yemen) for the past two years despite resolving to stop for the past two years. “I still keep smoking and chewing Khat despite my resolutions to stop. However, I am determined to stop in 2004,” Berhanu said.

Ethiopians in the Diaspora are also returning home to celebrate the New Year.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ancient Humans Used Fine-Crafted Tools Earlier Than Thought: Researchers - International Business Times

Our human ancestors may have fashioned hand-axes and cleavers much earlier than we believe, as new research suggests ancient humans didn't take the stone tools along with them when they left Africa.

  • (Photo: Pierre-Jean Texier, National C)<br>Early humans were using stone hand axes 1.8 million years ago.
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Early humans were using stone hand axes 1.8 million years ago.

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A team from the United States and France has found newly discovered hand axes from about 1.76 million year ago. The team made the discovery after traveling to an archaeological site located along the northwest shoreline of Kenya's Lake Turkana.

They've used a refined technique to date the dirt, and were therefore able to calculate the age of the tools.

Researchers have previously found two-faced blades and other large cutting tools that were excavated there. However, the new find is said to be older than similar stone-age artifacts in Ethiopia and Tanzania, which are estimated to be between 1.4 and 1.6 million years old.

The results of the new geological study are being reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

The study was led by Christopher Lepre of Rutgers University and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

If the researchers are indeed correct in their calculations, this could mean that ancient humans were already involved in refined tool-making, which requires high-level thinking, much earlier than thought.

The new found tools are said to have more distinct and planned designs, and differ greatly from the simple stone tools made from bashing rocks together.

"There's not a tremendous amount of diligence that goes into making the Oldowan tools, you can say they are kind of haphazardly made," Lepre told Fox News. "It's pretty simple in terms of the makers were bashing stones together to make sharp edges."

"I was taken aback when I realized that the geological data indicated it was the oldest Acheulean site in the world," Lepre told The New York Times.

The stone tools are known collectively as Acheulean tools. They are said to be the achievements of human ancestor Homo Erectus.

New York University anthropologist Christian Tryon told The Associated Press that the teardrop-shaped axes were "like a stone-age Leatherman or Swiss Army knife."

The axes are believed to have been appropriate for slaughtering animals or chopping wood. The thicker picks were used for digging holes.

What still remains a mystery to researchers is how the tools ended up leaving Africa.

Acheulean culture and its tools didn't arrive in Europe until about one million years ago, and it is believed that Homo Erectus colonized Europe over 1.5 million years ago.