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Friday, October 14 2011
Moses And Elijah At The Feast Of Tabernacles
After the Exodus, Moses observed the Christian Feast of Tabernacles (see also Calendar of Christ's Holy Days) when the LORD first gave it to the "church in the wilderness" (see The First Christian Church).
"23:33 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. 23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein." (Leviticus 23:33-36 KJV)
The prophet Elijah (see The Prophets: Elijah), as a true man of God, also observed all of the genuine Holy Days of the LORD. Elijah was primarily a prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel after The Division Of Israel into "Israel" (see The Northern Kingdom) and "Judah" (see The Southern Kingdom). He warned them of the wrath to come from the LORD if they did not repent of the corruption that had marked the founding of the northern kingdom by Jeroboam - which included the perversion of the manner, the time and the place in which the Feast of Tabernacles was to be observed.
"12:26 And Jeroboam [see Jeroboam Of Israel; also Kings of Israel and Judah] said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 12:27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
"The Son of man coming in His Kingdom"
Mount Hermon, from the Hebrew word pronounced ker-mone, meaning abrupt, is the eastern extension of the Lebanon mountain range. Consisting of a ridge about 32 kilometers / 20 miles long, with three peaks rising up to 2,800 meters / 9,200 feet above the Mediterranean Sea, it marked the early northern boundary of Israel (see also Dan's Galilee Panhandle). Mount Hermon's majestic snow-covered peaks (Mount Hermon was a source of ice for the Israelites, as indicated by another name that it is known by - ice mountain - where people also go skiing on its slopes) can be seen from far south into Israel, to the west in Lebanon, and to the east in Syria. It would have been a well-known sight for Jesus Christ all of His life in Galilee.
From His Galilee Ministry (see The Prophet Of Galilee), many believe that the area of Mount Hermon was where the famous "transfiguration" prophetic vision of the Kingdom of God occurred. Consider the context of what led to the vision i.e. "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom."
"16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
The vision occurred, from Galilee, up on a "high mountain."
"17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him." (Matthew 17:1-3 KJV)
Peter made a very interesting, and profoundly accurate and appropriate statement: "let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias."
"17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." (Matthew 17:4 KJV)
Then, just as He had done at the Baptism of the Messiah, God Spoke.
"17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." (Matthew 17:5 KJV)
The Messiah then stated emphatically that it was a prophetic vision, of what He had already stated i.e." the Son of man coming in his kingdom."
"17:6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 17:8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
Fact Finder: How were Moses and Elijah observing the Feast of Tabernacles in that prophetic vision of the future coming Kingdom of God on Earth?
This Day In History, October 14
222: Pope Callixtus I was killed by a mob in Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy_.
1066: The Battle of Hastings was fought on Senlac Hill, 7 miles killed by the forces William of Normandy who then became king of England.
1322: Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated King Edward II of England at Byland, north of York. The independence of Scotland followed.
1586: The trial of Mary Queen of Scots began for her attempts to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I.
1644: William Penn was born. The city of Philadelphia was planned, built and named by Penn while he was working as a land developer sent by King James. Ironically, Pennsylvania itself was named after Penn - a life-long loyal servant of the king (Penn was born and died in England) who was not involved in the rebellion of the colonies that Britain established, out of nothing, in the wilderness.
1705: The English navy captured Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession.
1806: Napoleon defeated the Prussians (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany) and Saxons (Saxony is also in Germany; the Anglos were a tribe of the Saxons) at the Battles of Jena and Auerstadt in Saxony. He completed his conquest of Prussia within 6 weeks.
1809: The Treaty of Vienna was signed. Austria ceded Trieste and Illyria to France, Galicia to Poland and Russia, and Inndistrict to Bavaria.
1848: Habsburg imperial forces led by Windischgratz retook Vienna from rebellious citizens who had caused the royal Habsburg family of Franz Joseph to flee the city; 2,000 of the rebels were killed.
1911: The revolution in China began which resulted in the abdication of the last emperor, 6 year old Henry Pu-Yi.
1912: Theodore Roosevelt became one of numerous U.S. Presidents who were shot by their fellow citizens when he was hit by a would-be assassin in Milwaukee. The bullet was stopped by Roosevelt's thick coat and a bundle of manuscript paper in his pocket.
1913: Britain's worst mining disaster occurred when an explosion in the Universal Colliery in Glamorgan, Wales, killed 439 coal miners.
1917: Mata Hari was executed as a spy.
1933: Germany announced that it would withdraw from the League of Nations and take no further part in the Geneva Disarmament Conference (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1939: At the beginning of the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Royal Navy battleship Royal Oak was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in Scapa Flow Bay in northern Scotland; over 800 British sailors were killed.
1944: Nazi field marshal Erwin Rommel (the victorious "Desert Fox" of north Africa before being defeated by British and Canadian forces) committed suicide at age 53 after it was discovered that he had been involved in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He had been given the choice of execution after his "trial" or suicide.
1944: British and Greek troops liberated Athens which had been in German possession since 1941.
1957: Queen Elizabeth II became the first Canadian Monarch to personally open a session of the Canadian Parliament, presenting her Speech from the Throne in Ottawa.
1979: The first "Gay Rights" march was held, by 200,000 U.S. "lesbian and gay people" in Washington, D.C.
1981: Egyptian Vice President Hosni Mubarak was elected President of Egypt, a week after the assassination of the President Anwar Sadat.
1994: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.