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Friday, July 13 2012
Friday The Thirteenth In The Bible?
A friggatriskaidekaphobe (one of the Germanic pagan gods was Frigg, or Freyja, pronounced fry-yah, after which they named Freyja Day, from which comes the English Friday - see Sun Day, Moon Day, Tiw's Day) is someone who suffers from paraskevidekatriaphobia, defined as "a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th."
For some of them, "Friday the 13th" may indeed be a self-inflicted "unlucky day" because they do things that they would not otherwise do, in ways that are not rational (like someone who worries that they are going to get sick - the worry makes them sick). They thereby invite problems and trouble on that day. If they behaved normally, the day would also be normal - with whatever good or bad would have happened.
What About The Bible?
There have been numerous theories about how the Friday the 13th "unlucky day" idea originated. All of them are based on paganism, witchcraft and Satanism - not the Word of God. Friday the 13th on the Roman Calendar (see Pope Gregory's Calendar) that is used through much of the world today has no date connection to God's calendar of the Bible (see also Do We Have The Original Calendar?). Despite that reality, some have invented a number of non-existent "Friday the 13th" events in the Holy Bible.
Myth: Eve gave the apple to Adam on Friday
There is no record what-so-ever as to what day of the week Eve gave the "apple" (the Scriptures don't say what kind of fruit it actually was; the only fruit tree that is specifically stated in the Garden of Eden is the fig tree; see Herbs Of The Garden) to Adam, and even if there was, what Adam and Eve did was not a matter of "luck" - they chose to disobey God (see Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?).
Myth: The great flood began on a Friday
There is no record what-so-ever as to what day of the week the Flood began, but regardless, it was not a matter of "luck" - it was caused by the LORD (see The Floods Brought By Christ and Who Is The LORD?) to wipe out a humanity that had chosen to corrupt itself (Genesis 6:11-13).
Myth: The original Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed on a Friday
There is no record what-so-ever as to what day the Temple was destroyed, but regardless, it had nothing to do with "luck." It was the LORD, Who not only permitted the destruction, but brought it about as a punishment for Judah's (see The Southern Kingdom) deliberate corruption of themselves.
Myth: Execution day was Friday in Rome
The Romans (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) executed people all the time; the most famous crucifixion of all (see Crosses), that of the Messiah, was actually done by the Romans was on a Wednesday (see the Fact Finder question below).
Myth: Jesus Christ was crucified on Friday the 13th
Jesus Christ was not crucified on Friday the 13th - or any Friday (see the Fact Finder question below). More importantly, the sacrifice of the Lamb of God was not "bad luck." Jesus Christ came to be put to death for what we, humanity, have done - if The Messiah was not crucified, regardless of what day of the week it was, the world would have no Savior.
This Day In History, July 13
1174: William I of Scotland, a leading rebel in the Revolt of 1173-1174, was captured at Alnwick by Henry II of England.
1260: The battle of Durbe; the Livonian Order was defeated by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
1410: Poland and Lithuania defeated the Teutonic Knights at Tannenberg.
1534: Ottoman forces captured Tabriz in Persia (known today as Iran).
1558: During the Valois Hapsburg War, the French under Marshal de Thermes were defeated by the Flemish and their allies, aided by the English fleet, at the Battle of Gravelines.
1573: During the Eighty Years' War: the Siege of Haarlem ended after 7 months (the area of New York City, earlier known as New Amsterdam, known as Harlem was named after Haarlem in the Netherlands by the Dutch when they were the colonial power in eastern North America).
1585: A group of 108 English pioneers, led by Sir Richard Grenville, arrived to establish a colony in the wilderness of what is today known as Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
1621: Albert the Pious, cardinal, son of Holy Roman emperor Maximilian II, nephew of Philip II of Spain, died at age 62. He ruled the Spanish Netherlands jointly with his wife Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain. He managed to control only the 10 southern Catholic provinces (today Belgium and Luxembourg), while the 7 northern Protestant provinces (today the Netherlands) rebelled.
1643: During the English Civil War, the Parliamentarians were defeated by the Royalists under Prince Maurice at the Battle of Roundway Down.
1662: Charles II granted a charter to establish the Royal Society in London.
1837: Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to live in Buckingham Palace.
1854: The Battle of Guaymas in Mexico. General Jose Maria Yanez repelled a French invasion by Count Gaston de Raousset-Boulbon.
1863: The New York Draft Riots. Opponents of military conscription began 3 days of riots that became among the worst in U.S. history.
1878: The Ottoman Empire was further reduced with the signing of the Treaty of Berlin. The Caucasus was given to Russia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to Austria. Romania became independent and the treaty also confirmed Britain's right to occupy Cyprus. Listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire; also, The European World Wars.
1882: The British destroyed forts built by the Arabi Pasha threatening the Suez Canal after three days of firing by battleships led by Sir Beauchamp Seymour in the Egyptian rebellion.
1892: A heat wave in New York City killed 260 people in 24 hours.
1919: The British airship R34 landed back in Norfolk after making the first-ever Atlantic aerial round-trip. It set out from Scotland to North America on July 2.
1943: The greatest tank battle in history ended with Russia's defeat of Germany at Kursk, south of Moscow. Almost 6,000 tanks took part, 2,900 were lost by Germany. There were at least 230,000 casualties in the battle.
1977: A massive power failure, attributed to budget shortfalls that limited required maintenance, caused a blackout throughout New York City. Looting and rioting immediately broke out, with police arresting at least 3,000 people.