Hope To The End
B'SHEVAT---NEW YEAR for TREES
New Year for trees --Chag HaIlanot
During the whole month of Shevat -- Arutz Sheva 2007
The importance of planting a fruit tree in the Land of Israel is well known and is considered one of the ways in which to hasten the coming of the messiah.
It is a sign of the redemption of the people of Israel when the trees will again give their fruit, said Chazan
"Tu B'Shvat is considered a day of joy, as well as - especially since the beginning of modern Zionism - a day of planting. This date was designated by the Sages as the "cut-off date" between one agricultural year and another. The Jerusalem Talmud explains that this is because most of the year's rains have already fallen by this date. The choice of date has ramifications on Land of Israel agricultural laws such as tithing and forbidden fruit of trees under four years old" Feb. 2006
PHOTOS : Israeli Trees ...Feb. 2006
B'Shevat literally means the 15th day of the Hebrew month of
Shevat. It is a day honoring the resurgence of life in trees. The
common term used is the "New Year for Trees". It is on
this mid-Winter day that the hardness of winter is past, and the
softness of sap begins to rise through the veins of trees,
tingling them afresh with new life.
As the poet said, "If winter comes can Spring be far behind?"
Soon will come Song of Solomon Chapter 2:11-13.
This is not resurrection (life from death). This is renewal, refreshment and rejuvenation (adding life to life). I am come that they might have LIFE and that they might have it more abundantly". John 10:10
Trees symbolize man, more than any other symbol in nature. Man is "planted" in the womb, is born and continues growing in many stages and seasons
( the "passages" of life).
And in the summers of our stress, we too need replenishment. Our verve withdraws in the winter of our soul. But when touched by the powerful regeneration of the Holy Spirit, our innermost being wells up with life anew.
"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living WATER.
But this spake He of the Spirit (Holy Spirit), which they that believe on Him should receive.
John 7: 38, 39
This is our refreshment in the Spirit, welling up within. We get that rejuvenation and rest when we spend time in God's Word and in prayer
(also praying in tongues)
We rise from our prayer closets, ready to face the continual rush of days and seasons, in the strength of the Lord.
God has honored trees in two very particular ways:
His Son Yeshua Jesus dignified trees forever by dying on one;
and none of us could hold a Bible---God's precious Word---in our hands were it not for trees.
So they are to be acknowledged for the great gift to mankind that they are
(Not to be idolatrously worshipped).
"For there is HOPE of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
Yet through the scent of WATER it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant."
JOB 14:7-9...also see Daniel Chapter 4
This resurgence of life reminds us that no matter how many times we have failed---no matter how old we are---we CAN begin again.
"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengtheneth me"
Note the conversions of Antiochus Epiphanes, Mannasseh, Nebuchadnezzar and the thief on the cross. They had a resurgence of grace at the end of their lives. They responded.
"There are no atheists in fox holes".
Photos 2008 Trees of Israel http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124978
Here are some good web sites on Tu B'Shevat, trees, poems and Scriptures.
In the Sabbatical years, trees are not planted.
Tu B'Shevat--Tony Pearce 2004
Tu B'Shevat: An open sign of Redemption
G Killian http://www.tckillian.com/greg/tubshevt.html
Tu B'Shevat LINKS http://www.jr.co.il/hotsites/j-hdaytu.htm
Virtual Jerusalem http://18.104.22.168/vjholidays/tubshvat/index.htm
Jewish Holidays http://22.214.171.124/vjholidays/
Trees of Israel www.execulink.com/~wblank/20000208.htm
Tree of Life http://www.nishmas.org/chassidus/holidays/treoflif.htm
S Butterfass http://uahc.org/congs/ny/ny054/ReligiousLiving/TuB'Shevat.htm
Almond Tree first http://www.worldisround.com/articles/6858/photo16.html
Tree of "watch" ... watching for Spring http://www.keyway.ca/htm2004/20040323.htm
tree of hope and of waiting http://www.ffoz.org/parashot/archives/parasha/mattotmassei/000050.shtml
Time of the Almond Bloom
Black Walnut: The Ultimate Nut Tree
The Trees of Mystery ; Klamath California ( Redwood Forest )
Fruit Trees: Recipes, Date, Apple, Apricot, Bananna etc.
More fruit recipes: http://www.rosewave.com/Recipes/BreadsMuffins/BreadsMuffinsScones.htm
Correlation between Tu B'Shevat and Shavuot (Pentecost)
Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies
Planting trees in Israel
For Zion's Sake www.harpazo.net/forzion/tree.html
"TREES" by Joyce Kilmer
Joyce Kilmer "In Memory of a Soldier" http://www.hourigan.com/69thny/newpage5.htm
In North America, the Maple Tree most represents the nourishment from sap, that rises as the tree rejuvenates for the year. Here are some interesting websites about this tree:
New York Upper Hudson; Late maple Season-- March 2005
Most began collecting their sap only within the past week after temperatures climbed in the lower to mid-40s, said Peter Gregg, spokesman for the Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association, which sponsored the event. A good sap flow requires freezing nights and daytime temperatures from the mid-30s to the low 40s.
New York was the third-largest maple syrup producer in the nation in 2001 -- the last year for which figures are available from the Upper Hudson group -- with an output of 193,000 gallons. The Upper Hudson group represents about 100 sugarhouses in the region, 12 of which offered tours Saturday and today.
Maple Valley Farm owner Don Monica, who produced about 325 gallons of syrup last year, said production has just started picking up. At his farm, plastic tubing runs from the trees into large tanks next to the sugar shack; like many modern producers, he uses a vacuum system that sucks the sap through a hose, as well as the more traditional buckets that hang off the trunks. About 40 gallons of sap, which looks like water when it comes out and tastes slightly sweet, are required to make 1 gallon of syrup.
"the ax is laid to the root"........ for transformation Luke 3:9
It is interesting to note that during the last week of this century and millennium (December 2000), the 'ax' was laid to the trees of Versailles, France during its worst storm in centuries..... altering its grounds forever.
(10,000 trees destroyed in France)
This imperial palace was home to Europe's greatest royals, and the message is clear. Their day has come and gone...their final hour of anti-christian glory will so likewise perish.
The ax has been laid to the root.
All trees are a sign of prophecy Luke 21: 29
Continuous rejuvenation throughout life....Psalm One
"full of sap"...Psalm 104:16
"will clap their hands for joy" Isaiah 55:12
saints called "trees of righteousness"....Isaiah 61:3
awaiting adoption Romans 8: 22, 23
Olive Tree...integrating Jew and Gentile through Yeshua : Romans Chapters 9, 10 and 11
Yeshua Jesus, the integrating BRANCH...Zechariah 6:12
our need for pruning....John 15
For oil....Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11:4
Fig Tree--Symbol of the nation of Israel....Matthew 24
WISDOM (understanding) is a tree of life ...Proverbs 3:18
leaves for healing.....Ezekiel 47:6-12 and Rev. 22:2
When the blind man was healed, he said, " I see men as trees" Mark 8:24
This statement is filled with wisdom.
We only wish we could add an AUDIO of Marty Goetz's
"Can you see, on that TREE, the Love of God?"
His cassette or CD is well worth the song. www.martygoetz.com