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"Truth" Found in The April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse

We started this topic with the first city to be under totality during this year's solar eclipse. But like so many previous discoveries there is always something more to discover.

A major characteristic in HIS ways is: 

First and Last

Aleph - Tav

The meaning of the pictograph letter Aleph - Power, Authority, Strength, Leader

The meaning of the pictograph letter in the midst is Mem – Water, Chaos, Blood

The meaning of the pictograph letter Taw/Tav – Cross, Sign, Mark, Monument

The Aleph -Eagle Pass is the first city in the United States, what city is the last?

The Tav/Taw - Houlton Maine

The small town of Houlton meets ALL the criteria of the last letter in the Hebrew aleph bet.

The Cross –

A few miles east from downtown Houlton, we find Houlton Crossing. A border crossing and port of entry on the United States - Canada border. The U.S. border station is often called Houlton Station located on I-95. Before there was I95 there was Route 1. It is in Houlton at Military Street that Route 1(Highway 1, Boston Post Road) and Route 2 (The Great Northern) cross. This is the only place Route and 1 and Route 2 cross in the whole of the United States.

The Sign –

Interstate 95 (“The Road Most Traveled”). We are told that it was by man’s design that all major cross-country interstates must have a number that can be divisible by 5 (numbers ending in 0,5). But if the truth be told was this by man’s design or Elohim’s?

On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways Act. The bill created a 41,000-mile “National System of Interstate and Defense Highways”The date is unique in this way. Much of the land required to execute this action, in the beginning, was taken from the people without their consent by using the process of eminent domain. Defined as, the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation. The fall of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar was on June 29. Highway advocates used the tensions of the Cold War (July 25,1945 - 1991) to strengthen their point of view, “in case of atomic attack on our key cities, the road net [would] permit quick evacuation of target areas.” declaring that the construction of an elaborate expressway system was “essential to the national interest.” Thus far its most significant contribution has been strengthening tourism and commerce. Interstate 95 alone spans nearly 2000 miles. From Coconut Grove, also known colloquially as The Grove, an affluent and the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood of Miami founded in 1925, to small town Houlton Maine where the first trees felled was in the summer of 1805, 120 years earlier.

A Mark –

Houlton POW Camp - Houlton Maine

During World War II, Houlton Air Force Base was home to 3,700 German prisoners of war in Camp Houlton. After the war, the base was converted to what is now Houlton International Airport. These POWs were marked men. Not for what they did individually but who they allied themselves with. A dictator that rose in power to administer the genocide of more than 6 million Jews and others. Hitler viewed the party structure and later the government structure as a pyramid, with himself—the infallible leader—at the apex. [ Kershaw 2008, pp. 170, 172, 181.]

Houlton Village

Houlton is located in Aroostook County, also known as “The Crown of Maine.” The Maliseets occupied this area before the Europeans and their villages spanned both the United States and Canada. The English defended their position of “taking vacant land” with an argument that asserted that Indians, known as wild “sauvages” at the time, did not act according to English standards to qualify as landlords. Because the Native People were a mobile society, that hunted, fished, and gathered food where it was most plentiful, they could not meet the requirement of English “occupancy”. The Jay Treaty on November 19, 1794, gave the Maliseets free border crossing rights. Today the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians are a federally recognized tribe of Maliseet people. HBMI is based on the Meduxnekeag River in the Maine portion of their historical homeland, they The Maliseets are and have been since July 19, 1776, the first foreign treaty allies with the United States of America.

The first public schools in America were established by the Puritans in New England during the 17th century.  Maine was considered part of Massachusetts until 1820. The government of Massachusetts parceled out land to groups. The Massachusetts Bay Colony thought about making land grants to individual settlers but opted to grant lands to groups of settlers acting together as “parishes” with a resident minister or as “towns” governed by freemen. Salem Village - 1635, an area that is now occupied by the towns of Danvers, Middleton, Peabody and parts of Topsfield and Beverly was given a town grant as what was called the Second and Middle Parishes of Salem. That's right we're seeing Salem once again, but in a different way. On February 25, 1795, Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams signed the legislation which created the New Salem Academy. The area that was to become Houlton was deeded/marked to/for the Academy of New Salem, Massachusetts.

In the autumn of 1804, a committee from the Academy of New Salem deeded/marked the property over to several men after making the decision that these lands were “unsaleable”. Captain Joseph Houlton, his wife and 8 children left Houlton Plantation, New Salem for what they called “the promised land.

“Joseph Houlton family moved here with the Putnam family from Salem, Massachusetts around 1805.” (McCauley B. p 85. – The Names of Maine) They named it for Houlton, who had now moved his family to this land in 1807. 

“They came to a thicket of cedar, where they left the horses, and became pedestrians the last two miles, to the long-sought promised land, Capt. Joseph Houlton and family, Samuel Cook, Esq., his son-in-law, and James Houlton, who was married the day previous to their leaving New Salem, constituted the first three families of that novel forest home.” [History of the town of Houlton, Maine, from 1804 to 1883]


Monuments have been a significant part of human history for thousands of years, serving as symbols of power, remembrance, and cultural identity. Monuments also play an important role in shaping our collective memory. 

The Consuming Fire of 1902

In 1902, the “Great Fire of Houlton” burned 20 business blocks, 3 churches and 75 houses, displacing 80 families, according to the Maine Memory Network.  After the fire town officials decided that this part of town should be chosen for a war memorial and park. But first there would be a library. On October 12, 1904, the Cary Public Library designed by John Calvin Stevens, opened. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Monday May 31, 1909, Houlton dedicated their first monument to the park. This pillar bears one name. The mounted bronze plaque, honors Major General Henry C. Merriam, native of Houlton. Merriam served as a Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 73rd United States Colored Troops Infantry Regiment. The platform of the monument is decorated with eight evenly spaced cannonballs. We mentioned "73" in Part 1. According to the Aroostook Times, an additional engraving states, “In memory of our soldiers, 1861-1865.”


1 Timothy 3:15

But if I delay, I write so you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God—which is the community of the living God, a pillar and foundation of truth.

Additional pillars have been added to the park.

1988, a multi-war monument was dedicated to honor those who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the War on Terror. The names of the dead from each war are inscribed on the base.

In 2001, a 21-ton World War II monument was also dedicated at Monument Park. Engraved are the names of more than 1,240 men from Houlton who served in the military during World War II.

In addition to serving as symbols of remembrance and cultural identity, monuments also have the potential to cause controversy and stir up emotions. Perhaps one of the strongest controversies would be the setting up of a pillar at all.

Exodus 20:4

Do not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or on the earth below or in the water under the earth.

Deuteronomy 4:16

…so that you do not act corruptly and make for yourselves a graven image in the likeness of any figure—the form of a male or female,

The first time we see the use of the word pillar נְצִיב

Genesis 19:26

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Take that at face value, a female figure turns into salt is not a good thing.


In conclusion we see more clearly the supporting evidence for each of the 3 locations.

Now perhaps we can see the bigger picture highlighted by the path of this solar eclipse. The first letter of the Hebrew aleph bet is aleph, the middle letter is mem, the last is Tav, together they spell "TRUTH".

"All truth must be defined in terms of God, whose very nature is truth."

- Steven Lawson

 Question: Does the letter mem have a similar look to Cedar Lake only upside down?

Here is further reading to learn more about Salem Village and the forefathers of Houlton

The Houlton Family Ties with the Salem Witch Trials

Going back 112 years earlier, the Houlton, Putnam, Cummings, Carr, Towne, Bradford and Cloyce families figure prominently in historical accounts of the infamous 1692 Salem Witch trials. These trials were held in Salem Village. 

Two of the above-mentioned families, Joseph Houlton’s and the Cummings’ came to the defense of Rebecca Towne Nurse. Rebecca Nurse was 71, wife and mother of 8 children. Her arrest on March 24, 1692, came as a complete surprise to the citizens of Salem because she was considered such a pious and upstanding citizen. Sometimes accusations arose when doctors couldn’t identify what was happening regarding sickness. The religious leaders said it must be the work of the devil, it must be witchcraft. However, an article in New England Magazine in 1891, historian Winfield S. Nevins mentions that in the case of Rebecca Nurse it was more likely a dispute that began in 1658 over a portion of disputed land in Topsfield. At the end of her trial in June of 1692, Nurse was found not guilty by the jury. The verdict was not surprising as Nurse was well-liked in Salem and 39 people had risked their lives to sign a petition in support of her.  Ann Putnam, Jr, Ann Putnam, Sr, and Abigail Williams of Salem village, as well as several others, including Reverend Deodat Lawson of Boston were her accusers. But as soon as the verdict had been announced the girls gave such an outcry that the jurors were asked to go back to reconsider. They then changed their verdict to guilty. Nurse was hanged at Proctor’s Ledge on July 19, along with Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin and Sarah Wildes.

Nearly all the witchcraft executions took place in Puritan New England. Most of the witchcraft executions were in Massachusetts, beginning in 1648, 26 were executed. The witchcraft killings continued for 44 years, when false charges of witchcraft claimed 20 more innocent victims. The Espy file reports one witchcraft execution Rebecca Fowler, executed in Maryland in 1685. The last witchcraft execution occurred 94 years later when an enslaved Black man named Manuel was burned at the stake on witchcraft charges in Illinois in 1779. In a 2011 closed-door ceremony, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill that made Illinois the 16th state to abolish the death penalty. Before the moratorium, Illinois had executed 360 people, 358 men and two women since 1779. Massachusetts abolished the death penalty in 1984, while Maine took action to abolish it in 1887.

Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

For the word of YHVH is right; and all his works are done in truth.

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