Not many of you know that I am a travel agent with my main avenue of expertise being travel to Israel. As with any trade there are specialized magazines that you won’t find on the shelf of your local bookstore or supermarket. Many publication topics and the eye-catching photos and feature stories that are the focus of the magazine covers are often set for production at least six months in advance. I thought that you would find this one very interesting.
Now, the subtitle can be something of a prophetic nature as we have seen over the last few weeks with all the chaos that has developed in this country. Is this “Where it will all begin?” Perhaps the words of the Biblical prophetic voices of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Amos and Ezekiel are being brought to our remembrance as the events of the Middle East continue. Perhaps we truly are one day closer to the day when all nations shall come together against Israel in the valley of Jehoshaphat. (Read Joel 3)
Now, of course, as a Believer in the Bible I know that all things must come to pass. As I write today it seems that many prophecies are quickly being taken off of the check list of unfulfilled (about 500 today) to fulfill (about 2000). As a woman who has traveled to Israel 25 times in the last 11 years I am more convinced that the people in the land of Israel need to know that there are people who love her and are praying for her. So, here I will make my “plug” for my fall journey to Israel during the Feast of Tabernacles; perhaps you should consider joining me this year. I’ll be posting information in a few weeks on my web site www.HereToTheNations.com
As an apothecary and author of books about Biblical spices and botanicals I’d like to express another concern of mine. On page 60 of my book, Esther’s Days of Purification, you will read about “The House of Spices”.
The ancient myrrh and other fragrant botanicals and spices were kept in a treasury, or the storehouses. In the story of Hezekiah we find an accurate description of them.
And Hezekiah was glad of them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah showed them not. Isaiah 39:2
The house of precious things can be defined as The House of Nechotha. The Hebrew word נכתה nekotoh properly means, according to Gesenius, a contusion, a breaking to pieces; hence, aromatic powder, or spices reduced to powder, and then any kind of aromatics. Hence, the word here may mean ‘the house of his spices.’
The Arabs controlled the ancient spice markets of yesterday. Today, the prized myrrh and frankincense is still grown in the Arab world. Take note, the price of these essential oils are on the rise due to the unrest in many portions of the world where they are harvested. Building up your own arsenal of these precious oils for your health and well-being is recommended as they may become difficult in the future to obtain.
Next week I am unveiling my essential oil line Shemen Tova (Good Oil in Hebrew). As I look at the news of the Middle East I am a bit concerned. Many of our essential oils are grown and distilled in the Arab countries; they are commodities. With a reduced supply and a bigger demand of many of these precious oils of Biblical Aromatherapy the prices are increasing nearly every day. And to quote once again from my Esther’s Purification book I wrote on this page 61 as I introduced my list of nearly 50 plants that were used in the days of Queen Esther.
In the ancient world there was a variety of spices and other plants that were used as cosmetics and health remedies. They were considered to be luxury products. In the 21st century we have these luxuries at our convenience, often taking no thought that in the days of old, only the very rich or those of royalty had access to them, they were the only ones who really could afford them. It is highly likely that many of them were all part of Esther’s health and beauty regiment. We find Scripture references to many of them. We also have them accessible to purchase as essential oils to use today, although some of them still are priced where only royalty can afford these gifts of nature.
Check back to my blog as over the next few days I’ll be posting information on the debut of Shemen Tova as well as some special gift items for Purim.
Please continue to pray for the peace (the Prince of Peace) of Jerusalem.
Apothecary Cynthia Hillson
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