Jean Stepnoski (27 May 2011)
"Ascension Day 2011"

Dear Doves,
      According to the Counting of the Omer beginning on the weekly Sabbath during the days of the First Passover/ Unleavened Bread, The Feast of First Fruits of barley was 4-23 to 24. If we look to the earlier date of Nisan 16 rather than Nisan 19-20, it puts Ascension Day on 5-30 to 31. This would be Iyar 26-27 rather than Iyar 29 to Sivan 1. The earlier date is days before the Rosh Chodesh, the new moon. There are two choices for the beginning of the days of the Counting of the Omer. So that affects which dates appear on a calendar for Ascension Day and for Pentecost (Shavuot).
      The last day concept is obvious as Iyar 29 goes to Sivan 1. What last day concept applies to Iyar 26-27? There is none I can discern. The date of Iyar 26-27 will be the third Scriptural day of the week. However, 6- 2 to 3, Iyar 29 to Sivan 1, will be the third day on the Gregorian Calendar for June. It will begin month 3 on the Scriptural Calendar There are the Scriptural concepts of being raised on the last day and on the third day.
      Why might a ten day delay be important between The Blessed Hope Day of Ascension Day and Pentecost (Shavuot)? Is the Age of Grace meant to end on the same day as a resuming of an Age of Law during the 70th Week of Daniel? For the friends of The Master the ten days between was a vital time of prayer and preparation before the initial  thousands were indwelt by The Spirit of Truth with tremendous presence and power! The indwelling has increased each day since for well over 700, 000 days! The days ascend from 1 to 40 to 50 for the Counting of the Omer. This year, Ascension day would be Week 6, since we are past the 5 and into the 6 and we are  going from day 5 to 6, from Thursday to Friday. It will be reckoned as Week 6, day 6 beginning for Israel at sundown on Iyar 29. The Omer Count counts ahead for the current week already into and one day ahead for the next day beginning at sunset. This is a double 6, like 6,6 or 66. June is month 6 on the Gregorian Calendar. So we have a triple or 6,6,6 or 666! According to Genesis, all the creation was completed on day 6 and the The Creator and Sustainer RESTED on day 7. We are promised, the new creation, to enter HIS REST! Do we see a Scriptural pattern here? The creation was complete on day 6, the creation now in this Age of Grace is "groaning" according to the teaching of Paul. Will there be a completion of the bride and body of Messiah/ Christ as of the week 6 and days 6 and month 6  and 40 of completion? The number 40 is a number for completion, like of a wilderness process brought to completion. The numbers of interest seem to be 2, 3, 6, 29, 40, and 153 as of Ascension Day. It will be day 153 of the Gregorian Calendar. Month 2 of Iyar ends. Why the 29? Please read on.
      Since the Rosh Chodesh will be important during the 1000 Year Reign according to Isaiah, why not have the Blessed Hope occur at the new moon? This is when the moon is new, dark, and veiled. Think of the spiritual symbolism! We are transformed entirely into the new creation, the "groaning" for transformation is over, the imperfection of the mortal bodies is changed in the darkness of the moon into being visible within His perfect light! In the ancient Jewish wedding model, the bride wears her veil to the chuppah, the wedding canopy! The Rosh Chodesh is not here as of Iyar 26-27 on 5- 30 to 31. We wait until three days later, until the third day which is also 6-2 going to 3. We have a double third day reckoning too! Add 3 for month 3 of Sivan. We see a double 3 and a triple 6 and the last day of month 2.  Iyar is complete then, the month 2 of the Scriptural Year. The  2 is a number symbolic of division and separation. The last day of Iyar of number 29 is a number symbolic of departure, of leaving, of the apostacia! Are there all these clues for Ascension Day in 2011? Yes!
      May we repent, pray, and WATCH for the Beloved Groom, The Finest of all people created by Abba Father, the Captain of our Souls!
With Love and Shalom,