Shalom everyone; Here's a thought from the "What Its Worth" Dept. As you know, last Monday, April 15, three people were killed and dozens more severely wounded by two homemade bombs allegedly set by two Chechen, supposedly Muslim, brothers. For a few days, the city of Boston was essentially shut down as authorities looked for these terrorists. There are a lot of questions to be answered about this event including was this an organized strike or just a couple of kids taking matters into their own hands. Truth be told, we may never know the real story. This post is not intended to prompt all the different conspiracy theories that already surround this case. What I do wish to comment on is the timing, specifically April 15 - to do that, let me go back a few years.
When I was about 8-9 years old, I was standing in the parking lot of the Eighth Ave. Church of God in Albany GA, looking up at the stars in the night sky. As I stared at God's handiwork, a voice (not an audible voice) spoke something very strange to me - "Be ware of April 14-15." I know what you're thinking but, remember, I said at the outset: "Take it for what its worth." Anyway, I can close my eyes today and still see the scene and hear the voice. I've always carried that "warning?" with me. I even told my wife about it years ago.
Jump forward twenty years or so. I'm reading a book entitled, "A Night To Remember" by Sir Walter Lord. The book is one of the earliest re-tellings of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Many things about this story intrigued me and convinced me that the Titanic is a parable for the world at large but, I believe, the United States in particular. Most people aren't aware of the fact that, though designed, built and manned by British, it was actually owned by Americans. Now to the main point: it struck an iceberg at about 11:40 PM on April 14, 1912 and sank about 2:00 AM on April 15, 1912.
Already encouraged to look at every angle of this story, I decided to convert those dates into the Hebrew calendar. Frankly, I didn't see any significance in the results but when I substituted the Hebrew characters for the dates 14 and 15, I saw something that "may" - I repeat "may" - hint at bigger things.
It was about this time that I remembered another historical tragedy - the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The sixteenth President was shot in the head on Friday evening, April 14, 1865 and died about 7 AM on April 15, 1865. That these two catastrophic events, though separated by 47 years of time, were linked together by their date, to me, was either a great big cosmic coincidence or something was being conveyed through the tragedies.
In both cases, beyond the deaths of human beings, the world of their time changed forever. In both cases, people's confidence and sense of security was shattered. Here is why this is important in light of the recent events in Boston. The Hebrew characters that would represent "14" are yod and dalet. Together these characters spell the word yad or "hand." The characters that would form the value "15" are yod and hei. Together these letters form the name Yah. Coupled, these two words would suggest that in the events of 1865 and 1912 we see the "hand of Yah (God)."
No, I am not saying that the Creator directed J. Wilkes Booth to shoot Lincoln; I am not saying that God wanted the Titanic to sink. Furthermore, seeing that the Boston bombing occurred on April 15, 2013, I'm not saying that the Creator directed those two men to murder and maim their victims. I am saying that through all these events a clear message comes through - the hand of God is always at work to accomplish His will and sometimes that means those things we trust and confide in must be exposed for what they are - fallible and temporal.
In 1912, many thought the Titanic was "virtually unsinkable" and, yet, it sunk - not because of an iceberg but because of the pride people placed in the works of their hands. Until last Monday, many Americans thought that, for all practical purposes, the "terrorists" had been defeated. However, we found out just how vulnerable and weak we really are. Not only that, we realized how just two men (maybe more) can bring a city of almost 1 million people to a practical stand still just because we're afraid. I don't know about you but I see the "hand of God" in this.
The people of Boston and the surrounding area (not to mention most of America) are celebrating now because they feel the crisis has passed. At Fenway, one ballplayer defiantly declared for all to hear, "This is our [expletive] city." Chants of "USA, USA" filled the streets in celebration of the capture of the second bomber. Interestingly, all of this culminated on April 19 - 238 years to the day that the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired at Concord MA, less than twenty miles west of Boston. Two centuries ago, brave Americans faced down the British regulars and initiated a bitter struggle against the most powerful army on earth. Just a few days ago, Bostonians and the outlying areas were afraid to venture out of their homes for fear of two young men.
This story has many tentacles - too many to go into here. I just thought I'd point out that another significant event has occurred on, what I believe to be, a significant date. Furthermore, this event occurred in what is known as the "cradle of liberty." In its aftermath, heavily-armed officers were going into homes, door-to-door, without warrants searching people's homes - all because of fear. Is this a harbinger of things to come? I perceive the "hand of God" in all this. What about you?