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Saturday, March 31 2012
Setting The Stages Of Passover
The days prior to the ultimate Passover Sacrifice involved preparations, not merely the setting of a table, but the setting of a stage (multiple "stages" - see the Fact Finder question below). The Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah), of course, knew far better than anyone that it was coming:
"26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, 26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified [see also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?]." (Matthew 26:1-5 KJV)
The de facto ("existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not"; see Is Your Religion Your Religion?) religious authorities also knew that it was coming, and when. In their obtuse manner, they sought to have the Messiah killed, prior to the first day of Passover/Unleavened Bread, for their own political reasons ("Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people"). The timing of their conspiracy nevertheless assured that the Lamb of God would be killed at exactly the right time - on the 14th of Nisan, when the Passover lambs were also being killed.
"26:3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas [see Annas And Caiaphas], 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.
"Behold, thy King cometh"
The week leading up to the Messiah's Passover Sacrifice were filled with prophetic fulfillments, then and beyond - including one that you are fulfilling at this moment. Just in reading the verses quoted below, you are personally taking part in fulfilling a prophecy made by Jesus Christ that week i.e. "Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her."
"26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
The traitor Judas also set the stage for the fate that he chose for himself (see The Traitor In History And Prophecy).
"26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him." (Matthew 26:14-16 KJV)
The resurrection of Lazarus was an object-lesson prophecy of what was about to happen to the Christ Himself (see When Was Lazarus Resurrected?).
"12:1 Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 12:2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
The "triumphal entry" was a prophecy that was recorded centuries before, but is yet to be fulfilled in an even greater way when the Messiah returns (see Two Very Different Triumphal Entries):
"12:12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Fact Finder: The Passover is actually in two parts: (a) the Sacrifice of the Messiah as the Lamb of God, (b) for those who accept His Sacrifice by repenting - putting sin out of their lives (see The Unleavened Days Of Passover and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners). But that too is done in stages - the reason that there are two resurrections coming. What are the differences between the first resurrection and the second resurrection?
This Day In History, March 31
1492: In the same year that they employed Christopher Columbus to explore the "new world," King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain (their youngest daughter, Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of King Henry VIII of England; their divorce eventually resulted in Henry breaking away from the Church of Rome and creating his own Church of England) began enforcing their Edict of Expulsion. All Jews in Spain who would not accept immediate conversion to Roman Catholicism were to be physically put out of the country. About 100,000 trudged across the frontier into Portugal, where they were in turn expelled 4 years later; 50,000 went across the straits into North Africa, or by ship to Turkey. About 50,000 chose to become Catholics and remain, including the senior rabbi and most of the leading families. By the end of July, the expulsion of those who would not convert was an accomplished fact. The destruction of Spanish Jewry is considered by some to be the most momentous event in Jewish history since the mid-second century A.D.
1889: The Eiffel Tower in Paris was opened.
1854: The Treaty of Kanagawa was signed between the U.S. and Japan. Signed under an offshore show of threatening U.S. naval force commanded by Admiral William Perry, it opened Japan-U.S. trade.
1889: The Eiffel Tower in Paris was officially opened to the public.
1917: The U.S. purchased some of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
1939: All fighting ceased in the three year Spanish Civil War, completing a victory by Fascist forces, who were assisted by German pilots, more than 50,000 Italian troops and other pro-Fascist volunteers against Spanish republicans. The Second World War began a few months later, in September, when Germany invaded Poland.
1949: Newfoundland joined Canada as the 10th province.
1949: Winston Churchill said that the atomic bomb was the only thing that kept the Soviet Union from taking over Europe.
1954: The Soviet Union offered to join NATO.
1971: Lt. William Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment (later reduced to 20 years, of which he actually served almost nothing before being quietly released) for the My-Lai massacre of 500 women and children in Vietnam.
1979: The military relationship between Britain and Malta ended after 181 years with the departure of the destroyer HMS London from Valetta Harbor.
1991: The Warsaw Pact formally ceased to exist.