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Monday, May 14 2012

The First Day

The English word "first" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, fyrst, which meant closest to the front, or, in effect, at the beginning.

"First" is used to translate a variety of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures:

Earth

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced ekh-awd, which means to unify, as one (interestingly, that is the word used for the "first day" of Genesis 1:5, as we will read below)

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced ree-shone, which means first in place

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced tekh-il-law, which means opening, or commencement

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced bane, which means to set up or establish

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced mel-ay-aw, which means fulfilled

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced bik-koor, which means early fruit

Earth's first day happened over an ocean planet; "let the dry land appear" did not occur until the third day (Genesis 1:9-13 KJV).

"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth [see The First Act Of Faith].

1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5 KJV)

The LORD (who was and is Jesus Christ - see Appearances Of The LORD God) created His calendar on the fourth day. When He said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" (Genesis 1:14 KJV), there were no humans, yet, to hear and obey that command. The Biblical calendar was not the creation of any man, or any man's religion (what long-later became known as the "Jewish" or "Hebrew" calendar existed before there were any humans at all, let alone Jews or Hebrews to either create it or call it their own).

Interestingly, the next "first day" recorded in the Scriptures, after the first day of Creation in which the planet's entire surface was an ocean, was when the world was once again covered with water, until "on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen."

The Mountains of Ararat

"8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; 8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped [see How Did The Flood Happen?], and the rain from heaven was restrained; 8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. 8:5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen." (Genesis 8:1-5 KJV)

And so also, "in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth."

"8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. 8:14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried [see Voyage To The New World].

8:15 And God spake unto Noah, saying, 8:16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee. 8:17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle [see also The Herds Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob], and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

8:18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him: 8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:13-22 KJV)

"And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day"

The true Christian Holy Days are divided into spring and autumn (see Calendar of Christ's Holy Days for detailed Bible studies and sermons for each and all of them). The spring Holy Days are centered on the days of Passover (or, in the case of Pentecost, counted from them; listen to our Sermon Pentecost, A Day Of Reckoning), while the autumn Holy Days culminate in the Feast of Tabernacles. The first day of both of them occur in the middle of the Bible calendar month, which, being based on the moon (as the LORD commanded, as we read above), means that the first day of both occur at the time of the full moon, to give the greatest amount of light to His people, by day, and by night.

Egypt

"12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses [see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week, The Rising Of The Messiah's Unleavened People and The Messiah's Days Of Unleavened Bread]: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

12:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 12:18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. 12:19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?] shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. 12:20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread." (Exodus 12:14-20 KJV)

The Israelites observed the first Passover in Egypt. A year later, in preparation for Passover to be observed within the prophetic meaning that it was itself created for, the Tabernacle was set up "in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month," so that it was ready for the first day of Passover on the fifteenth of the month.

"40:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 40:2 On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation. 40:3 And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the veil. 40:4 And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof. 40:5 And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the hanging of the door to the tabernacle [see The Holy Place In History And Prophecy].

40:6 And thou shalt set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation. 40:7 And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shalt put water therein. 40:8 And thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up the hanging at the court gate.

40:9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof [see also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today]: and it shall be holy. 40:10 And thou shalt anoint the altar of the burnt offering, and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar: and it shall be an altar most holy. 40:11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.

40:12 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water. 40:13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest's office [see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood]. 40:14 And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats [see also Linen In History And Prophecy]: 40:15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations. 40:16 Thus did Moses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.

40:17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up." (Exodus 40:1-16 KJV)

As explained above, the season of the autumn Holy Days begin "in the seventh month, in the first day of the month" with the Feast of Trumpets (see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy). It is then followed by the Day of Atonement (see The Day Of Atonement: It's All About Christianity), the Feast of Tabernacles (see Feast Of Tabernacles: Joy To The World and What Did Jesus Christ Teach At Tabernacles?) and the Eighth Day (see The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?).

"23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation." (Leviticus 23:24 KJV)

The first day of the Feast of Tabernacles begins on the "fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD."

The Tabernacle

"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.

23:37 These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: 23:38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.

23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. 23:40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. 23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 23:42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 23:43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus

The chronological precision and orderliness of the LORD can be seen even in the passing of Aaron and Moses: "Aaron the priest went up into mount Hor at the commandment of the LORD, and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the first day of the fifth month."

"33:38 And Aaron the priest went up into mount Hor at the commandment of the LORD, and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the first day of the fifth month. 33:39 And Aaron was an hundred and twenty and three years old when he died in mount Hor." (Numbers 33:38-39 KJV)

Notice that the death of Aaron didn't just happen to happen, not only on the first day of a month, but "in the first day of the fifth month" - well clear of both the spring and autumn Holy Days when the responsibilities of the High Priest were greatest. It was an orderly transition, in a time that permitted his successor to become established in the responsibilities i.e. "Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount."

"20:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying, 20:24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah. 20:25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: 20:26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.

20:27 And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. 20:28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount. 20:29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel." (Numbers 20:23-29 KJV)

The book of Deuteronomy is a reiteration of Israel's history and law. It was done by Moses "in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month" after the Exodus, as Israel was about to enter the land promised to the descendants of Abraham.

Moses

"1:3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them" (Deuteronomy 1:3 KJV)

"33:1 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death." (Deuteronomy 33:1 KJV)

Like Aaron, Moses was then given to die at that appointed time, even though, despite his advanced age, "his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated."

"34:1 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, 34:2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, 34:3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. 34:4 And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.

34:5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. 34:6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. 34:7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. 34:8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

34:9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses [see Why Did Joshua Lead Israel Across The Jordan?].

34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, 34:11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, 34:12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses showed in the sight of all Israel." (Deuteronomy 34:1-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: The Messiah's empty Tomb was discovered on the first day of the week, while His resurrection actually occurred on the afternoon before, just before sunset, on the seventh day of the week. How do we know that for certain?
See Why Observe The True Sabbath?


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This Day In History, May 14

1264: King Henry III was captured by his brother-in-law Simon deMontfort at the Battle of Lewes in France.

1483: The Coronation of Charles VIII of France (Charles l'Affable).

1509: The Battle of Agnadello in northern Italy. French forces defeated the Venetians.

1607: Jamestown (named after England's King James, after whom the "King James" Version of the Bible is also named), Virginia was settled as an English colony.

1610: King Henri IV (Henri de Navarre) of France was assassinated by a fanatical monk, Francois Ravillac.

1643: Louis XIV became king of France at age 4 after the death of his father, Louis XIII.

1796: English physician Edward Jenner performed the first vaccination against smallpox, on an 8 year old child.

1811: Paraguay declared independence from both Spain and Argentina.

1897: Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph (radio).

1936: British field marshal Edmund Allenby died at age 75. He was the last great leader of British cavalry, and directed the "Palestine" campaign during the First World War, after which the land of Israel (and most of the Middle East) was liberated from centuries of rule by the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and listen to our Sermons The Balfour Declaration, The Ottoman Empire and The European World Wars).

1948: At 8 a.m. the British lowered the Union Jack in Jerusalem and completed their withdrawal from "Palestine"; by mid-afternoon, full scale fighting had erupted throughout the country; at 4:00 p.m. a broadcast was made of the National Council for The Jewish State proclaiming the State of Israel. David Ben Gurion read out The Scroll of Independence in the Tel Aviv Museum: "By virtue of our national and intrinsic right, and on the strength of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, we hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, which shall be known as the State of Israel" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
Note: the present-day nation of "Israel" is actually the re-establishment of the southern kingdom of Judah, not all of Israel i.e. while all Jews are Israelites, not all Israelites are Jews - see The Division Of Israel, The Northern Kingdom and The Southern Kingdom - and especially The Gathering of Israel and Judah.

1955: The Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Albania signed the "Eastern European Mutual Assistance Treaty" ("The Warsaw Pact"). It collapsed along with communism a little over 30 years later.

1961: A bus carrying civil rights "Freedom Riders" was bombed and burned in Alabama.

1994: The "West Bank" town of Jericho saw its first full day of Palestinian self-rule.





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