Showing posts from April, 2023

Auschwitz on Shavuot

"Three-and-a-half weeks later on Friday, April 21, just after 10 p.m., God brought Auschwitz to mind for a 50th time, and I was led to May 26, 2023 as the date to visit it – precisely five weeks away. As it turned out, May 26 was Shavuot in the Jewish calendar – the 50th day since the Feast of First Fruits seven weeks earlier! So there was the obvious connection – the 50th inspired visit occurring on the 50th day since the Feast of First Fruits. In Judaism, Shavuot always falls on the 6th of Sivan, exactly 7 weeks since the 16th of Nisan when the 50-day counting of the Omer begins. In Christianity, Pentecost (the Christian name for Shavuot), always falls exactly 7 weeks since the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday, on the 50th day. It is just a difference of biblical interpretation of the same verse as to when the counting begins. Christians believe that the count begins on Easter Sunday, which is typically the first Sunday after Passover. Interestingly, the date of this 50th

Playing Lotto

"Four weeks later on April 2, three-and-a-half years to the day since playing my first Lotto ticket, God prompted me to buy a ticket for the following Wednesday’s draw on April 5. April 2 happened to be Palm Sunday – the day that Christians mark the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. This was the seventh time in a row that God had prompted me to buy a ticket for a Wednesday draw, ignoring those that fell on a Saturday. The first ticket was purchased for the Wednesday, January 4, 2023 draw, with subsequent tickets on January 11, January 18, February 15, March 8 and March 15 – all on a Wednesday! April 5 was an interesting date in more ways than one. Not only was it the 7th ticket in a row to fall on a Wednesday, but it was also day 777 since my first proposed baptism on February 18, 2021! (I only discovered this fact on January 4, 2023 – the first of the seven draws to fall on a Wednesday. God prompted me to buy the first of these seven tickets one da