Some may have noted my observation that 9-11-01 at 9:00AM (when the planes hit the towers) plus 7 years, 7 months, 7 weeks, 7 days and 777 hours (seven sevens, just like the seven letters to seven churches in Revelation, corresponding both thematically and numerically to the seven kingdom parables in Matthew) brings us to July 8, 2009 at 6:00PM (the 70th Hebrew-year anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain). [Possibly also the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson sailing, for the first time (south) past what was to become the site of NYC .]
I’d been doing a near-constant, prayerful head-scratch over that when this morning I tripped over several other things that may or may not be significant.
In Genesis 4:16-24, we read that after committing the first murder (fratricide, of his brother Abel, out of jealousy for the Lord finding favor with Abel)…
Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad fathered Mehujael, and Mehujael fathered Methushael, and Methushael fathered Lamech. And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say: I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for striking me. If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold.“
Several things are significant here. East of Eden takes one towards what is modern-day Iran. The sixth generation from Cain is Lamech — whose life and behavior bear a remarkable resemblance to the culture, precepts and practices of islam. Lamech is the first man to take two wives. His behaviour towards them is remarkably misogynistic and objectifying even by Old Testament standards.
Lamech also, of his own initiative, turns on its head the grace and protection which God extended to his great-great-great grandfather Cain by introducing the concept of murderous revenge and expanding it on a grand scale. Lamech’s version goes well beyond ‘an eye-for-an-eye and forms a kind of mirror image of Jesus’ urging (in Matt 18:22) that we forgive our brothers not just seven times, but “seventy times seven”. Gesenius’s Lexicon adds that Lamech was “well known for having misused the arms which his son invented“.
One of Lamech’s wives (Adah) bears Jabal (easy anagram to J-Baal), “the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock”. In other words nomads, presumably the precursors to muslims — also wanderers in the wilderness after Abraham’s son Ishmael via his servant Hagar, not to mention the wild-wandering Esau.
Lamech [the first one's sixth cousin, twice removed -- see response/correction in comments below], we are told, lives 777 years. When he was 182 years old, he fathers Noah who because he listened to God, was saved from the first (water) flood. The next ‘flood’ we are told, will be fire.
The 182nd day of Obama’s presidency falls on July 21st — the date of a new moon (ever looked at his campaign logo and wondered why the rising ‘sun’ is not yellow or orange but white?) July 20th at 10:56PM EDT marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon walk (which presumably concluded in the wee hours of July 21st, 1969). July 22nd local time (but still July 21st EDT) marks the date of a total solar eclipse which will stretch across one of the most thinly Christianized sections of the planet.
Of possibly related significance is the fact that Mr. Moonwalk himself, Michael Jackson was to have begun his concert series on a full moon, July 8th at the O2 arena in London (02=oxygen=life).
But wait. It gets better…
Precisely 7 years, 7 months, 7 weeks and 7 days after the terrorist attacks on New York City (a warning, I’ve come to believe), i.e., 9-11-01 at 9:00AM, to the very hour, is when BHO spoke at Normandy (June 6, 2009 at 3:00PM local (European) time in a 90-minute ceremony)… which in turn is precisely 777 hours before 7-8-09 at 6:00PM Eastern time. At which point it will be midnight where BHO will be — in Italy, at the site of a major earthquake, presiding over the G8 summit of world leaders, two days away from an unusual twilight meeting with the Pope (at a special time BHO requested) .
Referencing Daniel 12:12 (“Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days.”), here’s a short summary of news items from November 11, 2005 — Veteran’s Day — exactly 1,335 days prior to July 8, 2009. I find all of them enormously evocative in one way or another. I’ll leave it up to the reader to think about how:
British prisoners are freed in Iran… The trio were seized at by Iranian Navy patrol boats on 28 October. Albania [Mother Theresa's birthplace] suffers its worst ever electric power shortage. Due to low water levels, hydroelectric power is reduced to the minimum and there are blackouts in all the country. Water supplies won’t last for more than two weeks, so electricity is currently available just six hours a day. The deadly H5N1 bird flu is found in Kuwait. It’s the first case of the virus in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia [the source for the 9-11 hijackers] becomes a member of the World Trade Organization after twelve years of talks.
The day before (Nov. 10, 2005) marked another milestone in man’s domination of the world and the re-erection of another kind of sky-splitting tower of Babel linking diverse societies as, “a Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner jet aircraft breaks the record for the longest non-stop passenger airline flight. The 20,000-kilometer (12,500-mile) flight from Hong Kong to London lasted 23 hours.”
1,335 years ago, in 674 AD, marked the start of the Islamic siege of Constantinople. Ultimately, Arab troops were turned back by a severe winter… which just happens to have come 1,260 years after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC under the first Babylonian assault. Draw your own conclusions.
UPDATE (July 4th): So, with all this aplocalyptic, America-coming-under-judgment-any-minute-now stuff on my mind, I am awakened out of a deep sleep last night to the sound of a car alarm. Such things are fairly rare in my leafy suburban neighborhood. I glance up: 12:00 Midnight, exactly… the first day of the 234th year since the Declaration of Independence was signed. My first thought: it’s an alarm for much, much more than just one car.