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Tuesday, March 13 2012
Appearances Of The LORD God
A very plain statement, by the Messiah Himself, that He was the only man (after He was born as one, as we will get to) to have seen God the Father.
"1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1:18 KJV)
But, as we will read, many people, men and women, throughout Bible History (beginning right at the time of the creation of the first humans; see also The First Act Of Faith and How Many Days Of Creation Were There?) saw "the LORD God" ("LORD" is the English rendering of the four-lettered Hebrew Name for the God of the Israelites). Who was "the LORD God? Answer: "that Rock was Christ" and "neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents."
"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 The Night Crossing and Paul's Geography Lesson]; 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. 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Jesus Christ (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) was "the LORD God," Who, upon His return (as we will read), is going to "judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom." Notice very carefully how the Scriptures speak of "God" (i.e. the Father) and "the Lord Jesus Christ" in "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ."
"4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom [see The True Gospel Of Christ]" (2 Timothy 4:1 KJV)
"The Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way"
Abram (later renamed as Abraham; see Abram and Sarai) was a righteous man, period (i.e. Abraham was not "Jew" or "gentile" - Jews didn't exist yet, and therefore there was no distinction between them in the time of Abraham). Abraham was a key ancestor of the Messiah to come (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham?), so "the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him."
"12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 12:5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?] that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
Later, after He had changed Abram's name to Abraham, the LORD God appeared to announce the coming birth of Abraham's son Isaac (the LORD also destroyed Sodom at that time; see The LORD And The Two Angels and Why Did Lot's Wife Look Back?).
"18:1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 18:2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
The LORD also appeared to Abraham's son Isaac during which He said "I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake" (keep note of the continuity of all of these verses - that continue right on into the "New" Testament; again see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham?).
"26:17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. 26:18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water [see also How Did The Flood Happen? and The Floods Brought By Christ], which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.
Jacob most-surely saw the LORD God when He changed Jacob's name to Israel (the photo shows the area near the Jabbok River where the name change occurred; see Where Jacob Became Israel). Jacob even named the place after what happened "I have seen God face to face" (keeping in mind that, centuries later, Jesus Christ said that no man has seen the Father).
"32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Moses saw and spoke directly with "the LORD God" many times, beginning with the famous "burning bush" on Mount Sinai (see also Moses Of Midian).
"3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian [see also What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?]: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
After the establishment of the Levite priesthood (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood), "the LORD God" appeared as a demonstration of the authority that He gave His servants during their service to Him.
"9:22 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people [see The First Christian Church], and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings.
Jesus Christ, as the Lamb of God (the prophetic meaning and purpose of Passover) delivered His Blood Sacrifice to the Father to complete the atonement for sin (the prophetic meaning and purpose of the Day of Atonement). The Levite High Priest was a living prophecy of the Messiah delivering the blood sacrifice to the Most Holy Place i.e. the Throne of God. It is entirely understandable and appropriate then that "the LORD God" appeared in accompaniment of the Levitical High Priest into the Most Holy Place on the Day of Atonement ("I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat"; see Christ's Mercy Seat).
"16:2 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.
Many other people saw "the LORD God" when He appeared to them ("the angel of the LORD," as we will get to, wasn't a mere "angel" but rather an appearance of the LORD).
"6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
The parents of Samson also saw "the angel of the LORD," but notice carefully the meaning of that term: "we have seen God," as in "the LORD God" (Jesus Christ said that no man, except Him, has seen the Father).
"13:16 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.
The prophet / judge Samuel saw "the LORD God" numerous times, beginning when he was just a child (see Hannah's Dedication).
"3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. 3:20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD [see The Prophets: Samuel]. 3:21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD." (1 Samuel 3:19-21 KJV)
While the angel Gabriel was sent to announce the birth of the Messiah to Mary ("1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary." Luke 1:26-27 KJV), the LORD God made the announcement to Joseph - the LORD's own about-to-become human stepfather.
"1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
After His resurrection, "the LORD God" appeared to many people (e.g. "1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" Acts 1:3 KJV). There were also appearances after His ascension, most-notably to the Pharisee Saul during his conversion (see The Crossing Of Philip And Saul).
"9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house [see Straight Street]; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 9:19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened.
The LORD God now awaits the time when the Father has appointed Him to return (see Times And Seasons).
"6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 6:15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." (1 Timothy 6:11-16 KJV)
When the LORD God returns, "with power and great glory," He will bring about His Kingdom on Earth, as summed in the famous "swords into plowshares" prophecy ("4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Micah 4:2-3 KJV; see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
"24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin]." (Matthew 24:30 KJV)
Fact Finder: How is "the LORD God" also "the Word of God"?
This Day In History, March 13
607: The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet (as it was later named; see entry for 1759, below).
624: The Battle of Badr. Known as "the turning point of Islam," it was a major victory for Muhammad's army of "Islam" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1519: Spanish Conquistador ("conqueror") Hernando Cortez landed in Mexico.
1569: During the Third French Religious War, the Huguenots under Prince de Conde were defeated by the Catholics at the Battle of Jarnac.
1656: Dutch colonial authorities denied Jews the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam, later renamed by the British as New York City. Now with 2 million Jews, New York is today one of the largest Jewish-populated cities on earth, second only to Tel Aviv in Israel.
1759: Halley's Comet made its 27th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun). It was the comet's first return since it was predicted by English astronomer Edmund Halley to do so. Halley died January 14 1742 - 17 years before.
1781: The planet "Uranus" (the pagan name that humans have given to it) was discovered by German-born English astronomer Sir William Herschel.
1809: Sweden's King Gustavus IV was overthrown in a coup d'etat and was replaced by his uncle Charles XIII.
1813: Sweden joined the Grand Alliance against Napoleon and his allies.
1865: During the U.S. Civil War, the Confederate Congress under President Jefferson Davis signed a bill allowing slaves to join the Confederate army in exchange for freedom - a bizarre collusion in which the former slaves would then be fighting to keep other slaves in slavery.
1868: The U.S. Senate began the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.
1881: Russian Czar Alexander II was assassinated when a bomb was thrown at him near his palace.
1900: The British under Frederick Roberts captured Bloemfontein in the South African Boer War. The Boers (a Dutch word meaning farmer) were white descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa; their Dutch-related language is known as Afrikaans.
1908: The first automobile in Jerusalem.
1930: Clyde Tombaugh announced the discovery of the planet "Pluto" (the pagan name that humans have given to it).
1935: 3,000 year-old archives were discovered in Jerusalem. They matched the Biblical record.
1938: Austrian Chancellor Seyss-Inquart introduced a law re-unifying Austria with the German Reich.
1964: Catherine (Kitty) Genovese, 40, was murdered in Queens, New York, with dozens of neighbors watching. The attack lasted nearly 30 minutes, but no one helped or called police because, as some told authorities later, they "didn't want to get involved" (the origin of the popular term at that time).
1989: A tremendous magnetic storm produced by solar flares tripped the circuit breakers at the James Bay generating station, and was soon followed by a complete collapse of the power system in Quebec. Power failures also occurred in Ontario, British Columbia, Sweden, and in states throughout the U.S. The solar flares also disrupted radio communications, marine and navigational signals worldwide for many days, sometimes causing freak conditions e.g. California Highway Patrol communications overpowered local transmissions in Minnesota, and automatic garage doors in a California suburb began to open and close on their own.
1990: The Soviet parliament voted to end the political monopoly of the Communist Party after 72 years.
1992: Pravda, founded in 1912 by Lenin, the official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party, ceased publication because of lack of funds.
1997: A deranged Jordanian soldier shot and killed 7 Israeli girls on a school trip to an area called "The Island of Peace" on the border with Jordan.