The end of the world and the significance of 266

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Today is the 266th day of the calendar year. It’s the day Pope – the 266th Pope – meets with the President of the United States of America. Is that a coincidence? Or is there something more going on?

Pope Francis

Pope Francis is the current Pope of the Catholic Church, ex officio Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of the Vatican City. There have been 265 men who held the position before Pope Francis too on the job – making him the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.

Born: December 17, 1936 (age 78), Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality: Argentine
Full name: Pope Francis

End of September 2015

Today, September 23rd, is the 266th day of the year (where January 1st is counted as day 1). This leaves 99 days remaining in this year. What makes this significant?

Today, like the 10 Presidents of the United States of America before him, President Obama met with the Pop.

“Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our ‘common home,’ we are living at a critical moment of history.” – Pope Francis

This statement dovetails nicely with the Left’s crusade against “Global Warming” – which has been re-labeled “Climate Change”.

“Holy Father, you remind us that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet — God’s magnificent gift to us. We support your call to all world leaders to support the communities most vulnerable to a changing climate and to come together to preserve our precious world for future generations.” – President Obama

September 23rd is the beginning of the autumnal equinox.

September 23rd is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement – more on that in a bit.

Some people are claiming that September 23rd will be the “end of the world”.

I don’t think so, and here’s why. Let’s look at that number again – 266 – what else does it mean?

The formula to estimate the due date of a baby is calculated by adding 266 days to ovulation. That’s right, on average, a human child takes 266 days from ovulation to birth to develop. Those “coincidences”, the 266th Pope visiting with POTUS on the 266th day of the year – the same day which is also the beginning of Autumn, and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) – doesn’t signify the “end of the world” to me…

Instead, I see September 23rd being the “conception” of something that will be “born” 266 days later. What day is 266 days after September 23rd, 2015?

June 15th, 2016. That’s a few short days after Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, which commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai (June 12th and 13th, 2016). It’s worth mentioning that this is shortly after Pesach (Passover) concludes.

Postponed?!

Remember how we mentioned that today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement? Apparently since the new moon was not visible from Israel due to a sand storm that lasted 6 days (reportedly the worst in their history), those who still use moon sightings (rather than calculated dates) have postponed the dates for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) by two days.

This means Yom Kippur will begin at sunset on September 24th and will end at sunset on September 25th. But are those dates important? Check back tomorrow.

Written by Joe