|Chapter 4 Written / Published 24.8. /28.8.15 Pics by author, unless indicated|
Not often are major changes necessary in my chapters. Right at the beginning here, there is a change, which makes sense. It comes with a surprise; unplanned, magical timing.
The Number 9 appears a few times in this chapter. When I thought about why, I recalled EN IN - the N in the cross created a symbolic 414 in my earlier writing. Here in chapter 4, Book 14 it all makes sense.
Our journey through Europe continues. We visit Germany's capital Berlin, a metropolis rich in history, some of which is very, very sad.
4. Behold the man - Sela
At the end of the previous chapter something did not make sense. It made me think for a few days. I had tried to recall, how the microphone cable hung over the letters SON in church that Sunday morning. The first line shown - Fairest Lord Jesus Lord - seemed rather lengthy, out of balance, compared to the others.
Writing this chapter on Tuesday, 25th August 15, I had a further re-think. No doubt, I had seen the letters SON on the screen, but was the first line really much longer than the rest?
While a CD was playing in the background, I again typed the lyrics onto my P/C screen, but in a different way. Sure enough, there is another option, while the letters of the word SON line up perfectly:
Earlier, as I had placed a CD into my disc drive, I had been thinking - will there be some magic again? It happened so many times during my long writing career. I would be writing something and just at a certain time an appropriate tune or word or phrase would come out of the P/C speakers or radio. (The very first time this happened - not in this auto-bio - I had been writing the words 'supernatural powers'.)
So it was. At 10.36 am exactly, as I was pasting the above onto the page, I could hardly believe my ears, I heard the choir start singing the hymn Fairest Lord Jesus ...!
CD cover Hooked on Hymns - The Nashville String Machine - ECD3247,
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A man named Jason Day is one, Australia can be proud of. The professional golfer (27) won his first major tournament, the US PGA championship, right in the middle of August 2015. The Queenslander did it in style. His score of 20 under-par broke the record held by Tiger Woods, his childhood idol. His win placed Jason at No.3 on the world ranking.
Jason Day, Aussie pro golfer
His life story, from the underprivileged kid of a poor migrant family, who lost their father when Jason was 12 years old, to the now multi-millionaire champion golfer, can best be described as a modern-day fairy-tale, if you pardon the pun. And what better name than Ja[yes]son and winning this trophy just on that day?
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More sports records, more amazing timing, here in Book 14, Ch.4. During the second round of the German Bundesliga a game was played in Hoffenheim, place we shall visit in the next chapter, or the one after). Two statistics, broken records, made me take note, when I happened to watch the German News on DW TV, something I had not done in months.
On Monday 24th August 2015 the sports reporter gave the results of the weekend's Bundesliga football matches. He clearly said: "Stuttgart 2, against Hamburg 3". The ladder, shown on the screen however, clearly showed, incorrectly, Stuttgart 1:Hamburg 2.
To check if I heard right, I asked my wife, sitting beside me. She also noticed the mistake, but urged me to not let it bother me. It did bother me for one reason: In 2007 during a Germany visit I watched two Bundesliga games, one in Hamburg and one in Stuttgart. It provided much material for seeing and writing magic. (Bk. 6, Ch.6).
Had I not seen this error I may not have bothered doing a little online research. I learned about the two records in Hoffenheim, (lit translation - hope home). One was the fastest goal scored in a Bundesliga match - 9 (Nine) seconds. The lucky player was Kevin Volland; nice name all in the centre.
The Hoffenheim goal equalled the previous record, also 9 seconds, scored exactly one year and a day earlier by Dortmund player Ballarabi; nice name also - all is in it.
The second record in that game in the Rhein-Neckar Arena Hoffenheim came from Bayern Munich's Mario Goetze, the hero of Rio in 2014. The 23 year-old superstar played his 144th Bundesliga game after which he became the youngest player in the Bundesliga to clock up 100 wins.
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Now to another sport, one I like playing myself - decoding. Over the last decade and a half my talent for turning letters and numbers into a message had plenty of opportunity to flourish. I have become a verteran (sic) decoder.
In the previous chapter I had uncovered letter L, hidden inside No.510-560. Regular readers, who have learned the code, might have discovered a further possibility to extract the letter L from the registration plate BE 75. It came to me a day after the previous chapter:
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When I wrote in the previous chapter that my emails to the media had become a trickle, compared to a decade ago, it did not indicate that I no longer saw things. How could I, after the previous chapter ignore the name Emil on the screen, or the misspelled word Verteran (see above) or a musician, ending an interview saying: "...where can I go?" His name needs only two dots and it hits the right note in my code: T.im Freed.man. (Love it).
On Tuesday August 18th, 2015 on Channel Nine's TV quiz I decoded something a little more complex. As mentioned numerous times, I don't search for material, it just comes. Two answers on this multiple choice quiz show, both answer D, looked a little strange, as soon as I saw them.
Firstly, the contestant had to choose the incorrect spelling of a State in the US. I knew the answer was Conneticut - Code >>> C. (I saw).
Secondly, the very next question was a choice of four animals, one of which derives its name from an aboriginal language. In the previous chapter I had applied Code plus 1 to the word same/sane. Therefore the correct answer Wombat in my brain turned into - won.bat!
Into bat I went, but only after I saw something else only minutes after the above. Having just had fun with code plus 1, in the TV News, during a report about a house fire in Clearview (very appropriate name), I again saw code plus 1. The word COME appeared in very large font on the screen, while the rest looked normal size.
The next morning, the date was the 19th, it seemed an appropriate time to send a message to Channel 9. (In the latter part I make comment regarding a feel-good segment I saw during their program).
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Another missing letter ...OLES.
Supermarket sign, no C. (missing letter C). 17.8.15 / Unley SA.
Total letter value = 51, applying code A/O = AL it, or Sela.
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In the previous chapter for the first time, to the best of my knowledge, I had written about a palindrome number - a number, which can be read forward and backward. Just recently I created one myself. It's a name, whose letters turned into a palindrome number, using various methods:
S I L V I E
5 1 5 0 5 1 5
There is a lot more I could write about this, but feel restrained at this point! The only reference (ID. NO.) I will mention is 22.8. It's a date and scripture reference.
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Changing sports again, I still need to bat once again for traditional marriage. On the evening of 17.8.15 we were watching a regular program on ABC TV, called Q and A - questions and answers. I had anticipated this show with some excitement, because Katy Faust was on the panel. The American was in Australia to advocate for traditional marriage and children's rights. She had spoken on the Saturday at the gathering in Adelaide, as reported in the previous chapter. The subject of same sex marriage was surely to come up. It did right at the start.
A remarkably brave lady, Katy spoke calmly, as she made her points regarding children, who are being brought up by same sex parents. As a person, who was brought up by two mothers, she knew what it was like to yearn for her father.
On the panel, sitting next to her on either side, were two Senators from Canberra. Both were passionate supporters of same sex marriage, the subject of many questions that evening. As much as Australia can be proud of our champion golfer, we should be ashamed of the performance of one of the senators, who insulted a third of all Americans.
The Labor Senator, sitting on Katy's left, replied to one of Katy's comments: "You speak from a place of hate and the last thing we need in this debate is American evangelical claptrap."
The way Katy remained composed after such a nasty comment, speaks volumes. One must really wonder, who has hate in their heart? Katy made the point that children thrive best when raised by a heterosexual couple. (It does not take great intelligence to agree with her, only an honest, unbiased mind.) The reaction from the other politicians on the panel was typical of one, who does not have an intelligent answer: "Rubbish!"
From the leader of the Green Party, who I had thought was educated, one would have expected a more specific, logical reply. If only the Greens were as worried about clean morals as they are about rubbish in the environment!
Pic: ABC TV - Q and A - 17.8.15
The word Faust in German means fist. During the broadcast there were a number of occasions, where I would have loved to land my fist on the noses of those godless politicians. Their lack of intelligent argument, besides their misplaced motto 'equal rights for all', demonstrated they lack both - intelligence and a valid argument.
During the final few moments of the one hour-long broadcast, the gay lobby scored a beautiful goal - an own goal. Another topic came up; the gender imbalance in our Parliament and the Labor Party's policy of quotas for female MPs. Thinking for a few days of what had transpired, I wrote a letter to the senator, whose comment had offended many people:
According to Wikipedia there are about 95 Million Americans, who call themselves Evangelicals. To have an Australian Senator publicly insult them, I find outrageous. If he did this to Muslim believers, there'd be a serious backlash. The Senator's insulting remark certainly won't put Australia, one of the USA's closest allies, into a favourable light in the USA.
I doubt I will ever receive an answer to my letter. Does the gentleman himself know what exactly he meant by evangelical claptrap? A scripture comes to mind, which addresses people, who don't want to understand the Word of God, who are bound for oblivion.
One day even Senators must stand before God and answer a few questions (Heb. 9, 27). And God won't listen to any claptrap either. Please, Sir, think again!
(Time travel to May 2015 - Berlin Germany)
My son Jon and I arrived in Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the central station, around midday on Pentecost Sunday, May 24th, 2015. It was a lovely, sunny day. There seemed to be more bicycles on the road that motor cars. Everyone enjoyed the long weekend, soaking up the sunshine. It was my fifth visit to Berlin, the first going back to 1969.
We had booked into a hotel at No.5 Neue Kantstrasse, not far from the Messe (Exhibition Centre) district. Our half-hour ride took us down the famous famous boulevard, called Road of June 17th, past the Victory column, through the Zoo district.
We had plenty of time along the way to look at the Pfingst-Markt (an outdoor market) where all kinds of craft, collectables and second-hand and new bric-a-brac were on offer. When I spotted a set of CD's with 125 German folk songs for 5 Euro, I couldn't resist. After checking into our hotel, it was still early enough for some exploration downtown.
View into East Berlin, through Brandenburg Gate (Pic on right: Google images).
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Jon wanted to check out the Kreuzberg multi-cultural carnival. This annual event is huge - over four days about one million people were expected to join the festivities. No surprise, there was much pushing and shoving, ear splitting noise (called music) and drunken revellers behaving badly. After half an hour I'd had enough and left.
A few kilometers away at the Brandenburg Gate a smaller crowd had gathered. Here was no celebration, rather a demonstration taking place, highlighting the prosecution of Christians in the world.
According to opendoorsusa.org each month - 322 Christians are killed for their faith, 214 Christian churches and Christian's properties destroyed and 722 acts of violence are committed against Christians.
Protest march, organised by the Ecumenical Council Berlin-Brandenburg.
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During two previous visits to Berlin an old friend, Elsa, provided wonderful hospitality. The lady, who I knew since the 1960's from the church youth group, has lived in Berlin most of her adult life. While Jon and I didn't stay at her place this time, she had kindly offered a room, we spent the day together on Pentecost Monday 25.5.15. My friend knows Berlin better than most. She was a great tour guide. Her love for her adopted home town showed, as she took us from place to place with enthusiasm and youthful energy.
Popular tourist spot - Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse.
Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the allies for the crossing point between East and West Berlin, after the wall was built. In 1961 American and Soviet tanks briefly faced each other at Checkpoint Charlie, as the cold war was at its peak. Thank God, all cooled down again. The world narrowly escaped World War III.
Within walking distance of Checkpoint Charlie is one of Europe's prettiest squares, the Gendarmenmarkt. The 18th century architectural gem is bordered by the Konzerthaus*, the French- and the German Dom (Cathedral). In the centre of the square, once again, stands the statue of Friedrich Schiller, the great German poet. The work of Reinhold Begas had been erected in 1871, but removed by the Nazis. In 1988 it was returned to it's rightful place. (Source: Berlin.de)
In the afternoon, among other places, Elsa drove us to view some remaining parts of the Berlin wall at Muehlen Strasse and Bernauer Strasse. I never forget, as a child watching on television, the picture of a woman hanging out of an apartment window, in an attempt to flee the East German state. The house itself belonged to the east, while the street below was in the west. As one person tried to pull her back up into the room, another pulled her down. In the end she fell onto the street below - to freedom:
On the day before our departure from Berlin I spotted an Ein Gott poster near our hotel. Just a short distance away I suddenly spotted another sign, that of a law firm. My mind switched on and I took a photo. I saw a perfect opportunity for a message:
The man (Mann) Christ died so that we could live (leben).
One God - 3 in ONE.
(Please note: The Europe will continue in Chapter 6, God willing!)