Links: | CNN | AFP | Saddam Photos |May 20 (Day 140, Passover): The new government of Iraq was born today when the Iraqi parliament approved the proposed cabinet of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The approval of the National Unity government come after six months of political wrangling following the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections. However, only 37 of the 40 cabinet posts were filled. The most important posts of Interior (over police) and Defense Ministers were not filled. The Prime Minister appointed acting ministers to serve until the posts could be filled. In honor of the event the weather angels left a picture of Saddam Hussein over Iraq.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called on Iraqis to denounce terrorism and to come together in a spirit of love and tolerance. He called for national unity and an end to sectarian violence as he unveiled a 34-point government plan. The number, 34, stands for the division of the land. In Iraq, sectarian violence is dividing the land.
Links: | CNN | Reuters |An explosion at a coal mine in Kentucky killed five. The explosion near Holmes Mill, Kentucky occurred about 1:30 AM (0530 GMT) at a mine operated by Kentucky Darby LLC. Another miner was injured, but walked out safely.
Links: | MSNBC | Preakness | 1 |Kentucky Derby winner and race favorite Barbaro, broke his leg during the 131st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Jockey Edgar Prado pulled the horse up after he broke his right rear leg in three places only a few hundred yards out of the starting gate. As Prado dismounted and tried to steady the horse in front of the Grand Stand, many cried even while the other horses were finishing the race.
Barbaro was running from Post Position 6, the number for man, per the meaning of the year, 2006. A horse symbolizes war and a male phallic reversionist. Standing beside the horse, the man had been separated from the horse and was standing alone as a man after all the horse symbolism had been knocked out from under him. He was like King Richard III left alone on the battlefield crying, "A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse." It was the scene of the captive brought before the footstool of the victorious king as a man stripped of his power. There were six steps and a footstool to Solomon's throne (1 Ki 10:19-20; 2 Chron 9:18-19). The Evil King brought before the footstool bowed as a man stripped of his power. Thus, the jockey bearing #6, for man, standing beside his horse in the 131st Preakness, for an Evil King, represented an Evil King brought before the footstool as a man stripped of his power. When Jesus Christ was brought before Pontius Pilate in Operation Footstool, Pilate declared, "Ecce homo," which is Latin for "Behold, the man!" (John 19:5). Jockey Edgar Prado was wearing a jersey with a cross in the Preakness. A cross represents strong judgment.
Bernardini, running from Post Position 8, for the new birth, won the Preakness. His time for the 1-3/16-mile distance was 1:54.65, where 54 is for salvation and 65 is for going down. Sweetnorthernsaint, Post Position 7, finished second, 5-1/4 lengths behind. Hemingway’s Key in Post Position 3 finished third. Bernardini is owned by Sheik Mohammad al Maktoum, who rules Dubai.
Barbaro was very high-strung before the race. He tried to buck jockey Edgar Prado off a couple of times. Then he delayed the start when he broke through the starting gate and had to be restrained by Pimlico outriders. “Thus, the last shall be first, and the first last” (Matt 20:16). The anxiety of the horse before the race was symptomatic of demon influence. The horse in Post #9, was Diabolical, which means devil. Regardless of the cause, God choreographed the race based upon His Sovereign Design to represent the Evil King, Saddam Hussein, as a man stripped of his power in Operation Footstool. And the horse failed to finish the race course, which symbolizes the sin unto death.
Links: | CNN | Ha'aretz | AP |Palestinian intelligence chief, Tareq Abu Rajab, a top official in Abbas' Fatah organization, was seriously injured by a bomb explosion in an elevator at his Gaza headquarters. His bodyguard was killed. The explosion is regarded as an assassination attempt.
Links: | SPC Report |Three tornadoes were reported in Oregon. The tornadoes were near Boardman and Hermiston at 45 N., for victory over the stronghold, and 119 W., for the witness of Dan, the federal judiciary. Oregon represents Benjamin and the spoils of victory.
The new Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, unveiled a 34-point government plan, where 34 stands for the division of the land. Sectarian violence is dividing the land in Iraq. The Palestinian intelligence chief was injured by an explosion in an elevator in Gaza. An elevator shaft is symbolically analogous to a mine shaft, which ties back to the Kentucky mine explosion. The Gaza Strip was turned over to the Palestinians in an Israeli attempt to divide the land. Iraq was the enemy of Israel. Now, Iraq is facing the same problem with suicide bombers that Israel faces every day. God controls history.
Today was May 20, for the external gates of the military. Only 37 cabinet posts in the new Iraqi government were filled, where 37 is the number of a warrior, or soldier. One of the empty posts was Minister of Defense. And it was Day 140, for the passover, the day the Lord delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage and the Client Nation was born. The birth of the new Iraq government on the day for war and the passover is a reminder that the Lord overthrew Saddam Hussein's government because it was persecuting Israel.