My Fitness

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

unto us a child is born -seven feasts

The second part of Zola Levitt's The Seven Feast of Israel goes to an unexpected topic: gestation!

Two funny parts that annoy me because I dislike Ob-Gyns is his quote about this obgyn whom he interviewed. First he says she's a very good obstetrician "who has delivered over ten thousand babies." I have been pregnant four times and delivered three of these babies so far. I cannot imagine what it's like to be pregnant over ten thousand times. Surely, some of those must be duplicates. Unless of course this obgyn is taking credit for delivering babies when she merely caught babies that the mothers delivered.

Later she described that after an amount of time "it becomes a human fetus" and before that you wouldn't know if you're having a duck or a dog. Obviously she knows nothing about genetics and DNA. I believe she meant that if you randomly found several embryos laying out on a lab counter, they all look the same for the first few days. But you would most definitely be able to tell what the genetic make-up of any offspring is.

With those two caveats out of the way, what ZL and this gal shared was very insightful about the development of the human fetus through to birth. This gal's name is Margaret Matheson, MM.

MM told ZL that the ideal pregnancy lasts 280 days. Already we can see the easy division of 10 months of 28 days. Of course, lunar months are 28 days whereas solar months each have their own number; February with 28 or 29 and March with 31 and then April back to 30 for instance.

MM shared that the fourteenth day of the first month, the egg appears. Now really inside a woman the egg has always been there and is not visible, but she means it emerges and fertilization is possible at this point.

ZL reminds us that the fourteenth day of the first month, we celebrate Passover. Symbolically the Jews use an egg during the meal for the new life they were granted by the sacrifice of the lamb in Egypt.

MM shared how fertilization must occur in the next 24 hours of the egg will pass. ZL shares that the egg holds the idea of fertilization, that is the planting of the seed. This corresponds to Christ's burial and the feast of Unleavened Bread.

Next, the First Fruits feast is not on a definite time cycle, remember. And MM shared that the fertilized egg travels for any time over the next week and implants. And 50 days, Pentecost, the baby is distinguishable as a new creature and this is where MM claims to finally know if her patients are going to have a human baby rather than puppies.

Just like in the festival year and in human history there's a pause in exciting fetal development as things just further along the course they are going. But then at the beginning of the seventh month, just in time for the Rapture and the feast of Trumpets, the baby's hearing develops. For me, this is the most significant. [Previously, saying that at 50 days is when we have a new creature seemed ludicrous. But perhaps this is also apparent in Christian dogma where a Calvinist says that while regeneration started at the acceptance of Christ's sacrifice, the Christian's name has been written in the Lamb's Book of Life since before time began, whereas the Arminians would claim that until a person chooses to follow Christ they are nothing. Two heads of the same coin. I realize I didn't do either side justice, but I don't want to get stuck on this rabbit trail. We should simply recognize that this embryo was always human but the blood didn't form until this time.]

ZL asked if there was anything significant about the tenth day of the seventh month, the Day of Atonement. MM answered that this is when the baby's blood turns from being solely dependent on the mother for oxygen to being capable of carrying his own oxygen. If that blood was acceptable, then there would be life, historical sacrifice, spiritually, and in fetal development.

And finally the feast of Tabernacles, where saved souls go on to everlasting and our spirits are saved, is the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when the lungs are developed. The Christian will readily recognize the symbolism here in that spirit is always symbolized as breath or air. The Tabernacle is where the Spirit of the Lord rested, and for the Christian his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. "The baby would live if born at Tabernacles. The believer will live once he enters the kingdom."

This shows that the Bible is not just somebody's poetry or somebody's mythology. We experience the seven feasts of God before we are even born. Then, we are born again and go through the seven feasts spiritually. That phrase of Jesus' holds deeper meaning now.

Helpful Links:
Anatomy of the Human Body

Fetal Development

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