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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'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].
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."
"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].
"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.
"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.
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].
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."
"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.
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.
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.
"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)
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.
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?
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).
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.