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Sunday, August 14 2011

The First Christian Church

Jesus Christ was "the LORD God" of the Exodus (see Christ The Creator and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'; also The LORD And The Two Angels).

"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea [see Why Through The Sea?]; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)

That "Rock was Christ" was "he, that was in the church in the wilderness" (from a distance, the Tabernacle would have appeared like a "church" building out on the prairie during pioneer times; see also God's Tent). Those people were Christian because it was Christ Who led and taught them. But many of them turned their backs on His leadership, His founding, of them as the "called out ones."

The Holy Scriptures

"7:36 He brought them out, after that he had showed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea [see The Night Crossing], and in the wilderness forty years.

7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: 7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, 7:40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 7:41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands [see The Mount Sinai Riot]." (Acts 7:36-41 KJV)

With their rejection of Christ, by refusing to obey Him, came Christ's rejection of them. We know about them from history because "all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition." The lesson about being a true follower of Christ is found in history.

"10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall [see A Journey Without A Destination]." (1 Corinthians 10:5-12 KJV)

"This is He, that was in the Church in the wilderness"

Consider carefully what Jesus Christ said about the vital necessity of understanding history in order to truly know Him i.e. "if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?"

"5:46 For had ye believed Moses [see The Prophets: Moses; also The Trysting Tent], ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?" (John 5:46-47 KJV)

The Tabernacle All true Christians are historians. The Holy Bible is a history book that provides us with the to be applied knowledge that we need to be the people ("church" literally means "called out" people) that Christ established, as stated above e.g. "10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition" (1 Corinthians 10:11 KJV). Merely attaching Christ's Name to one's choice of beliefs, one's own spirit, does not make one a Christian. We must truly follow and obey Him as we live our lives - and that can only be done with an awareness of the facts that He provided to us in His Book (see Holy Bible Reading Plan). Christ does not know those who don't know Him.

"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven [see The By-The-Book Messiah and Friends Of Jesus]. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [see Antichristians]." (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)

History isn't merely about understanding the past; it's far more about understanding the present e.g. a background check of someone's personal history is done for the purpose of understanding that person now. The Messiah taught history (in His case, the "His Story" pun of history isn't a pun - the Scriptures really are His Story, and that of those who truly follow Him) as a means of teaching how to live our lives now.

"22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven [see No Children In Paradise and Why Two Resurrections?]. 22:31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 22:33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine." (Matthew 22:29-33 KJV)

"3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven [see also Are We In Heaven Now? and What Will Heaven Be Like?; also When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin]. 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:13-17 KJV)

The only proof that The Prophet Of Galilee was and is the Messiah was found in history - without history, no one would have known, or would know, how to recognize Him:

"12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth [see The Jonah Prophecies].

12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here." (Matthew 12:38-42 KJV)

"24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets [e.g. see What Did Isaiah Know About Jesus Christ?], he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24:25-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: What are the many, many lessons that we can learn about how to live a true Christian life now from "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition"?
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This Day In History, August 14

405 BC: The Battle of Aegospotami, a naval victory of Sparta over Athens, the final battle of the Peloponnesian War. The Athenian commander, Conon, lost 160 of his 180 ships and the 4,000 of his troops that were captured were all executed.

410: Alaric sacked Rome.

1385: The Battle of Aljubartota. A decisive engagement in which Portuguese forces stopped the Spanish invasion of Portugal led by John I, king of Castile. The victory assured Portugal's independence.

1551: Turkish forces captured Tripoli.

1559: Spanish explorer de Luna enters Pensacola Bay, Florida.

1733: The War of the Polish Succession began.

1784: The first Russian colony in Alaska was founded on Kodiak Island.

1900: The Boxer Rebellion in China ended.

1941: The Atlantic Charter, a joint declaration issued during the Second World War by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt (the U.S. at the time still not in the war) after 5 days of conferences aboard warships in the North Atlantic.

1945: Japan formally surrendered at the end of the Second World War. The war's death toll: 15,000,000 military and 38,000,000 civilian dead.

1947: Pakistan was founded when British rule over the region ended and the Asian subcontinent was partitioned into Islamic Pakistan and predominantly Hindu India. Pakistan comprised two portions, West and East, which later became independent Bangladesh.

1973: The secret U.S. bombing of Cambodia ended, marking the end of 12 years of U.S. involvement in Indochina.

1980: Gdansk, Poland shipyard workers under the leadership of Lech Walesa began strikes against the communist government.

1994: The terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as "Carlos the Jackal," was captured.

2003: A days-long power blackout began in the northeast U.S. and Canada, affecting 45 million people in the U.S. and 10 million in Ontario. It was caused by a malfunction at a power plant in Ohio that caused a cascade of power failures in power stations around the Great Lakes region. It was the second-largest blackout in history, second only to the 1999 blackout in Brazil.


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