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Wednesday, January 16 2013
Genesis: In The Beginning
The English word "genesis" originated from a Greek root word, pronounced gens, which means to beget. A number of other English words have the same origin, including generate, gender, genealogy and perhaps surprisingly, general (while it today has come to mean not specialized or limited to one class of things, the original meaning of general was of a kind).
The Hebrew name for the Book of Genesis is pronounced bere-sheeth, which means "in the beginning" i.e. the name is from the first word of the Book.
"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
With the six days of the physical Creation completed, the LORD God then Created His one and only, true and Eternal, seventh-day Sabbath (see When Is The LORD's Day?).
"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)
The Book of Genesis is actually a series of "in the beginning," with the Creation as a whole, and then a focusing and refining of a Messianic line of humanity in which the LORD God created the family line from which He would be born as the Messiah of all of humanity.
"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens" (Genesis 2:4 KJV)
The Chapters Of The Book Of Genesis
Fact Finder: What is the connection between Eve, at the beginning of the Bible, and the Church of God, at the end?
This Day In History, January 16
27 BC: With his defeat of the remnant of the Greek Empire (see The Cleopatra Connection), Octavian ("Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus"), thereafter known as Caesar Augustus, became the first Roman emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). Augustus was emperor at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
1120: The Council of Nablus established the laws of "the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1412: The Medici family was appointed the official banker of the Papacy.
1547: Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) became the first Russian Czar ("Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar").
1556: Charles I of Spain was succeeded by his son, Philip II.
1572: Thomas Howard, the 4th Duke of Norfolk, was tried for treason for his involvement in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.
1581: The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism after repeated attempts at invasion, government overthrow and assassination of English kings by the Papacy after Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547) declared independence from Rome.
1604: At the Hampton Court Conference in England, John Rainolds presented to King James I the motion "that there might be a new translation of the Bible." Approved the next day, Rainolds' motion led to the 1611 publication of the "Authorized" King James Version of the Bible.
1642: French settlers were given land in Acadia (what is today eastern Canada). Years later, when the British took possession of the area, many of the Acadians left for the French colonies in Louisiana, where "Acadian" came to be pronounced as "Cajun."
1756: The Treaty of Westminster was signed by King George II of England and Frederick of Prussia, providing Hanover's neutrality during the Anglo-French wars.
1780: The British under Admiral George Rodney defeated a Spanish squadron at Cape St. Vincent, thus relieving Gibraltar.
1809: The British army under Sir John Moore defeated a superior French force at the battle of Corunna; Moore was killed in the battle.
1920: "Prohibition" in the U.S. began, outlawing the sale or manufacture of alcohol. It became the biggest money-maker for organized crime for many years (later replaced by narcotics).
1945: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) returned to his Berlin bunker (the "Fuhrerbunker" - the "leader" then led his country from a hole in the ground) where he would remain for the few remaining months of his life. This date is also regarded as the end of the failed German Ardennes offensive, known as the Battle of The Bulge.
1950: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg recognized Israel de jure.
1956: The Egyptian government made Islam the state religion.
1969: The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 completed the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, and the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another.
1979: The Shah of Iran was forced into exile by Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran thereby went from being ruled by a fascist (i.e. an unelected dictator) CIA-controlled king to a Muslim-controlled "democratic" state.
1982: Britain re-established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican i.e. the Church of Rome ("18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her" Revelation 18:3 KJV).
1991: The (first) Iraq war ("Operation Desert Storm") began with the massive bombing of targets in Iraq and occupied Kuwait.
2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on its final mission; it disintegrated 16 days later while attempting re-entry.