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Saturday, June 30 2012
Comings Of The Christ
The birth (specifically by a virgin, in Bethlehem; see also Bethlehem In History And Prophecy), righteous life, betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection of The Messiah were all plainly prophesied in numerous "Old Testament" Hebrew Scriptures. Examples:
"7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive [see also The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth], and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14 KJV)
"And He began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears"
The Messiah's life and purpose were in direct fulfillment and manifestation of the Word of God. When He quoted Isaiah 61:1-2 (see The Prophets: Isaiah), He knew that He was fulfilling it.
"4:16 And he came to Nazareth [see Why Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth And Capernaum?], where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Messiah could not only read about His first coming as it was happening (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah), He could also read about His return - that His first coming prepared for (see Parables Of The Messiah's Return and the Fact Finder question below). Jesus of Nazareth never taught some sort of "liberal" or "reform" philosophy; He taught directly from the Word of God, without variation or deviance (see God The Conservative, Satan The Liberal). It's the reason that He could make these sorts of promises to His followers - and be absolutely certain that they will be fulfilled.
"14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father's house are many Mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3 KJV)
See how plainly that, just as His first coming was prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures (as quoted in the verses above), so too was His return, and rule, prophesied in the same Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus read the verses below from Zechariah (see The Prophets: Zechariah) and Micah (see The Prophets: Micah) just as surely as He read the verses from Isaiah (as well as all of the great many other Messianic prophecies that are written throughout the Hebrew Scriptures).
"14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives [see also Could Christ Return Tonight?], which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
Fact Finder: What information does the LORD provide regarding the time of His return?
This Day In History, June 30
350: Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), was defeated and killed by the forces of Magnentius.
1097: The Crusaders (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum.
1422: The Battle of Arbedo between the forces of the duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons.
1520: Montezuma II, the last Aztec emperor, was killed during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
1548: The Augsburg Interim, a temporary doctrinal agreement between German Catholics and Protestants, proclaimed in May 1548 at The Diet of Augsburg, became Imperial Law.
1643: The Battle of Adwalton Moor (also called Atherton Moor) in the English Civil War took place. The Royalists under the Earl of Newcastle defeated the Parliamentarians.
1690: In the War of the Grand Alliance, a combined British and Dutch fleet fought the French at the Battle of Beachy Head.
1859: Watched by 25,000 people, Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls from the United States to Canada on a tightrope.
1886: The first transcontinental train trip across Canada began from Montreal.
1894: London's Tower Bridge across the River Thames was officially opened.
1894: Korea declared independence from China.
1908: The "Tunguska Event" - an explosion equivalent to a 10 megaton hydrogen bomb erupted in the sky above the Tunguska River in central Siberia. With a great roar, the shock wave flattened trees over an area of several thousand square kilometers. No one was killed in the uninhabited area, although a man standing 40 miles away was knocked down unconscious by the shock wave. Seismometers around the world recorded it. The event is believed to have been caused by a comet or asteroid that shattered and exploded about 5 miles above the earth's surface.
1963: Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was enthroned as Pope Paul VI.
1971: The three crew members of the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz II died on re-entry due to a drop in air pressure. They had just set a space endurance record of 570 hours, 22 minutes.
1974: Mrs. Alberta King and a church deacon were slain by a gunman in Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church where her son, the assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King, once preached.
1984: John Turner was sworn in as Canada's 17th Prime Minister.
1990: East and West Germany merged their economies, with the East adopting the Deutschemark as its currency.
1994: Following months of negotiations to ensure protection for Jerusalem's Roman Catholic shrines (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), the decision was reached to exchange ambassadors between Israel and the Vatican (see The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today, A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation and What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).
1997: Britain ended 156 years of colonial rule in Hong Kong by turning control of the colony (it was the 68th colony that Britain relinquished in the 20th century alone) over to communist China. Six hours after the handover, China sent in 4,000 troops by ship, helicopter and armored vehicles.