It began with baseball; the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs matching up in the 2016 World Series. The Indians hadn’t been in the series since 1948 and that was the trigger to my recognizing a pattern.

1948 is the year that the U.S. supreme Court rules that religious instruction in public schools violates the U.S. Constitution, while the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nation. Also, during that same year, the State of Israel was reconstituted

Within seconds, other dates were tumbling out of my mind, like the 1967 ‘Six Day War,’ in which Israel had to defend itself against several Arab aggressors. The 50-year anniversary of that war is next year.

Every 50th year in the Old Testament Israel was the “Year of Jubilee” when all the land was to be restored to the original owner; all debts were to be cancelled; and all slaves were set free. It was the year of release and deliverance – a time for celebration and joy when families were reunited and given a fresh lease on life.

The 1967 fight over the land that is Israel came about because of the Balfour Treaty of 1917, which is more of a letter, expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland – which was also a period of 50 years. Also in 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia occurred.

Both the Balfour Treaty and the Bolshevik Revolution will see their 100th year anniversary in 2017. Also of interest is the fact that the in May 1917, three Portuguese children experienced the miracle in which Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared at Fatima which also happened to be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

And I can’t help but think about the Blood Moon’s this year or the solar eclipse in August 2017. I don’t know what any of it means, but remember I’m the kid that tried to talk our family priest into believing that the Statue of Liberty in New York’s harbor was like the statue from King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.


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