2-minute video on applied mathematics that anyone can understand. (Well worth watching!)

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Submitted by Frank V.

Biblical significance of the number “40” (and others)

FORTY:  This number is recognized as an important number, both on account of the frequency of its occurrence and with the uniformity of its association both as a time of consecration and as a period of trial.

  • 40 day epic periods during the great flood (Gen 7:4, 12, 17,8:6)
  • 40 years was the age of Isaac when he married Rebekah (Gen 25:20)
  • 40 years of Moses in Egypt (do the math, see Ex 7:7; Dt 34:7; Acts 7:30 )
  • 40 years of Moses in Midian before his return to Egypt (Acts 7:30)
  • 40 years from the Exodus until Moses’ death (Dt 1:3; 34:7)
  • 40 years Israel ate manna (Ex 16:35; Dt 29:5)
  • 40 days Moses was on the Mountain to receive the Law of the Sinai Covenant (Ex 24:18)
  • 40 days the children of Israel were tested while Moses was on the mountain (Ex 32:1)
  • 40 days Moses was on the Mountain after the golden calf. (Ex 34:28)
  • 40 days after his birth a male child of Israel was dedicated to God at the Sanctuary (Lev 12:1-4)
  • 40 days the Israelite spies reconnoitered the land of Canaan (Num 13:25)
  • 40 years was Caleb’s age when Moses sent him to reconnoiter Canaan (Josh 14:7)
  • 40 years that Israel spent in the wilderness before they camped by the Jordan River (Num 14:33; Dt 1:1-3; 8:2)
  • 40 years from the giving of the Law at Sinai to the conquest of the Promised land (Josh 5:6)
  • 40 year intervals of peace in the age of the Judges (Judg 3:11; 5:31; 8:28)
  • 40 years Eli judged Israel (1 Sam 4:18)
  • 40 years of war between Israel and the Philistines
  • 40 years David ruled as King of Israel (2 Sam 5:5; 1 Chr 29:26-27)
  • 40 years of Solomon ruled Israel. (2 Chr 9:30)
  • 40 days Jonah was in the Assyrian city of Nineveh (Jonah 3:4)
  • 40 years Josiah ruled Judah (2 Kng 12:2)
  • 40 days Ezekiel lay on his right side to symbolize the 40 years of Judah’s transgressions (Ez 4:6)
  • 40 days Jesus fasted in the wilderness before His temptation (Mt 4:2; Mk 1:13; Lk 4:2)
  • 40 days Jesus taught His disciples after the Resurrection.  On the 40th day He ascended to the Father (Acts 1:3)

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Now giants were upon the earth in those days…

Genesis 6:2 – 4 The sons of God seeing the daughters of men, that they were fair, took to themselves wives of all which they chose. And God said: My spirit shall not remain in man for ever, because he is flesh, and his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. Now giants were upon the earth in those days. For after the sons of God went in to the daughters of men, and they brought forth children, these are the mighty men of old, men of renown.

These creatures, through inter-breeding, eventually managed to contaminate the entire human genome, except for NOAH’s family. That’s why Noah (and 7 other humans) got to build the ark and survive.

Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noe: Noe (Noah) was a just and perfect man in his generations, he walked with God.

St. Peter tells us that Noah and his family were SAVED by the FLOOD.

1Peter 3:18 – 20 Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit, In which also coming he preached to those spirits that were in prison: Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.

These oversize hybrid people showed up again in the Promised Land just in time to battle the Israelites, as they were returning from their sojourn in Egypt. (Remember Moses and the parting of the Red Sea?) Without another flood, they proved difficult to dislodge. Generations later the Israelites were still fighting giants.

God brought the flood to destroy the first influx of these evil beings and here’s what He told the Israelites to do about those they encountered later:

Numbers 33:52 – 55 Destroy all the inhabitants of that land: Beat down their pillars, and break in pieces their statues, and waste all their high places, Cleansing the land, and dwelling in it. For I have given it you for a possession. And you shall divide it among you by lot. To the more you shall give a larger part, and to the fewer a lesser. To every one as the lot shall fall, so shall the inheritance be given. The possession shall be divided by the tribes and the families. But if you will not kill the inhabitants of the land: they that remain, shall be unto you as nails in your eyes, and spears in your sides, and they shall be your adversaries in the land of your habitation.

How evil were these descendants of the nephilim (fallen ones)?

“ … they shall be unto you as nails in your eyes and spears in your sides.”

OUCH!

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Learning to appreciate (apparent) infinity: The Mandelbrot Set

Most of us have a pretty hard time coming to grips with concepts of eternity and/or infinity.

And many more, unable or unwilling to try to comprehend such things at all, arbitrarily rule out the possibility that an eternal Supreme Being … the First Cause of all things … God … even exists.

Mathematical exercises like this one serve to demonstrate the beauty of numbers, in a very unique and enjoyable way.

Much of the fascination of the Mandelbrot set stems from the fact that an extremely simple formula gives rise to an object of such great complexity.

This video uses fractal geometry to generate a seemingly infinite array of geometric shapes.

If mere humans can generate stuff like this, just imagine the awesome workings of the mind of God!

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Did the Wise Men Know Hebrew Prophecy?

From the desert caves near the Dead Sea to the ruins of an ancient temple in Jordan, the story of the Messiah was etched in stone and written on parchment hundreds of years before Jesus was born.

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More… including the present whereabouts of their mortal remains

Submitted by Doria2

Solid Old Testament Precedent for Mary’s Eternal Virginity

 

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Solid Old Testament Precedent for Mary’s Eternal Virginity

Under the Old Covenant Law … as described in the book of Numbers, Chapter 30 … God made divine provision for both women and men to make sacred vows, and subject to the acceptance and ratification of those vows by the father or the husband … those vows would then remain in effect for life.

Church tradition always held that the Blessed Virgin Mary was known to have been dedicated to God from a young age, and that she took a sacred vow to remain a virgin FOR HER ENTIRE LIFETIME.

We also knew that such a vow was totally legitimate and binding, even if the virgin maiden was to be married someday.

According to the Law, upon marriage, it would be left up to the husband (in this case, St. Joseph) to either accept or reject the wife’s sacred vow. If it was accepted, it immediately became binding on both parties, and remained perpetually in effect.

The apostles also knew Mary, and they accepted her perpetual virginity as a fact, just as the Catholic Church has always taught.

In light of this very strong biblical precedent, in light of the constant teaching of the Church on this matter, from the earliest days, and in light of the lack of ANY definitive New Testament evidence to the contrary … it’s high time our Protestant brethren stopped claiming that the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Ark of the New Covenant, the Mother of the Church, and the holiest woman who ever lived, could have EVER broken a sacred vow.

It’s simply not right!     

Here’s the complete Old Testament text, from the Book of Numbers:

Num 30:1 The LORD told Moses to say to Israel’s tribal leaders:
Num 30:2 When one of you men makes a promise to the LORD, you must keep your word.
Num 30:3 Suppose a young woman who is still living with her parents makes a promise to the LORD.
Num 30:4 If her father hears about it and says nothing, she must keep her promise.
Num 30:5 But if he hears about it and objects, then she no longer has to keep her promise. The LORD will forgive her, because her father did not agree with the promise.
Num 30:6 Suppose a woman makes a promise to the LORD and then gets married. If her husband later hears about the promise but says nothing, she must do what she said, whether she meant it or not.
Num 30:7 (SEE 30:6)
Num 30:8 But if her husband hears about the promise and objects, she no longer has to keep it, and the LORD will forgive her.
Num 30:9 Widows and divorced women must keep every promise they make to the LORD.
Num 30:10 Suppose a married woman makes a promise to the LORD.
Num 30:11 If her husband hears about the promise and says nothing, she must do what she said.
Num 30:12 But if he hears about the promise and does object, she no longer has to keep it. The LORD will forgive her, because her husband would not allow her to keep the promise.
Num 30:13 Her husband has the final say about any promises she makes to the LORD.
Num 30:14 If her husband hears about a promise and says nothing about it for a whole day, she must do what she said–since he did not object, the promise must be kept.
Num 30:15 But if he waits until the next day to stop her from keeping her promise, he is the one who must be punished.
Num 30:16 These are the laws that the LORD gave Moses about husbands and wives, and about young daughters who still live at home.

 

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Submitted by Bob Stanley – with thanks to Dr. Brent M.