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Thursday, January 10 2013
What Will Happen On Your Next Birthday?
"Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"
The Messiah's physical birth was natural - the same as every other human, before or since.
"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus [see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars], that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
The Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) did not record the date of the Messiah's physical birth in the Holy Bible (although it does record the date of His being "born again," as we will get to), nor does it record how, or if, the Messiah observed the date of His physical birth each year thereafter. If He did, it would not have been done as people commonly observe their "birthday" today - the date of the Messiah's birth would have been according to the Biblical calendar ("the Hebrew calendar") which is a lunar calendar (solar-lunar calendar on a 19 year cycle centered on the spring equinox). The Messiah's date of birth, on the Biblical calendar, would not have coincided with the same date on the Roman calendar each year. For example, as shown with the recent years below, Nisan 14, the date when "the Last Supper" and Crucifixion took place, does not occur on the same Roman calendar date year after year. The same principle would apply to the date of the Messiah's physical birth, whenever it was.
Everyone has only one actual physical birth day. The purpose of being physically born isn't to celebrate a starting point in the past, but to live a life with the goal of being "born again," to spirit. The Messiah gave the lesson to Nicodemus, a repentant and believing Pharisee (see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand).
"3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees [see also The Passed Over Pharisees and Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?], named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
The famous John 3:16, that many use as an excuse to do as they please (see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?), was actually a lesson about those who will be "born again," and those who will not - "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
"3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
As He explained and defined beforehand, the Messiah was "born again" at His Resurrection. Unlike His physical birth date, His "born again" date is recorded (keep in mind that Biblical calendar days begin at sunset):
The first day of the Messiah's "born again":
"24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again." (Luke 24:2-7 KJV)
Baptism is, first of all, a public pledge of living a repentant life thereafter. It is moreover however symbolic of the believer's own eventual death and resurrection - being "born again," not merely as an emotional or make-believe state of mind in the same physical life from that day, but living toward a future salvation to eternal life.
"6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
The first resurrection (i.e. the first "born again") will occur on the day of Christ's return:
"4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God [see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy]: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 KJV)
Those of the first resurrection (i.e. the first to be "born again") will rule the Earth with the Messiah for the next 1,000 years (see The Church In The Kingdom Of God). The second resurrection (a physical resurrection for those who will then be given their first opportunity to understand and obey) will occur at the end of the 1,000 years (see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries).
"20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon [see The Dragons Of The Bible], that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more [see Satan's Masquerade], till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season [see Sending Away The Escapades Goat and Gog and Magog].
When all has been completed, with all of the repentant believers "born again" as literal children of God, the Father will then come to Earth (see The Church: Mission Accomplished).
"20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God [see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries]; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works [see Works Means Obedience]. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
Fact Finder: What happened after the Messiah was "born again"?
This Day In History, January 10
49 BC: Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River (a political/military boundary), defying the Roman senate, and plunging Rome into civil war (see The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
1430: Charles V (Hapsburg) founded his knights of the "Order of The Golden Fleece" (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1538: A statement by Martin Luther regarding the Roman Catholic doctrine of Purgatory: "God has placed two ways before us in His Word: salvation by faith, damnation by unbelief. He does not mention purgatory at all. Nor is purgatory to be admitted, for it obscures the benefits and grace of Christ."
1645: William Laud, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded for treason.
1863: The world's first underground ("subway") railway service opened, in London, England.
1920: After the First World War (1914-1918; listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Treaty of Versailles took effect. The Treaty had also established the League of Nations.
1920: The League of Nations opened, in Geneva. The organization was replaced by the United Nations after the Second World War.
1922: Arthur Griffith was elected President of the newly formed Irish Free State.
1934: Marinus van der Lubbe was guillotined in Germany for allegedly setting fire to the Reichstag (the German Parliament Building). The fire (which many believe was actually started by the Nazis themselves) was used by Adolf Hitler as his excuse to institute wide-ranging "homeland security" measures, including the creation of the infamous Gestapo - a German abbreviation of "The State Police" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: German aircraft attacked 12 ships off the British coast; 3 ships sunk, 35 crewmen killed.
1942: Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.
1946: The League of Nations was officially superseded by the United Nations when the first U.N. General Assembly opened in London.
1947: Two years after the Second World War ended, the Greek ship Himara struck a wartime mine in the Saronic Gulf south of Athens; 393 of the 637 people aboard were killed.
1962: 4,000 people were killed by an eruption and avalanche in Peru.
1970: Russian cosmonaut Pavel Belyayev died at age 45. He was the pilot of the Soviet's Unions 8th manned space mission in 1965 when Belyayev's co-pilot, Aleksey Leonov, became the first man to walk in space.
1984: The U.S. and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
2003: Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row after Chicago police were convicted of torturing false murder confessions out of over 200 people between 1972 and 1991.
2008: Edmund Hillary died at age 88. In 1953, the New Zealander, along with his Sherpa (a people of Nepal) guide Tenzing Norgay, became the first to climb Mount Everest.