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Saturday, May 4 2013
The Leader Of The Church
"He is the Head of the body, the church: Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence"
The Messiah's statement that "upon this rock I will build my church" of Matthew 16:18 (KJV) has been interpreted by some to mean that the "rock" was Peter, thereby, in effect, making Christ's Church the Peter-ian Church, rather than the Christ-ian Church. But it is historically impossible for Christ's Church to have begun only when that statement (see also Through The Gates Of Hell) was made to Peter (see also The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter). Why? Because, according to the Holy Scriptures, both the foundation Rock, and the Church that was built upon it, existed long before Peter was even born.
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea [see also Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates]; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Christ's ("that Rock was Christ") Church also existed at the time of the Exodus i.e. "This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness":
"7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
The Messiah always (in the "Old" or "New" Testament!) taught that it was only through Him that salvation can be accomplished. It has been the task of salvation that the Father sent "the LORD God" to do, in preparation for the Father's coming (Revelation 21:1-4). No one, including all of the people (e.g. Adam and Eve, Moses, Abraham, David, and many others) who saw "the LORD God," ever saw the Father.
"6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?]. 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
The Messiah did the actual work of Creation ("For by him were all things created"), including His Christian Seventh-day Sabbath (see How Many Days Of Creation Were There? and Why Observe The True Sabbath?). He has been the Rock of His Church right from the beginning ("all things were created by him, and for him ... he is the head of the body, the church").
"1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Moses was the first to "publish the name of the LORD" (see also What Language Is Pure?):
"32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Moses knew Who the Rock was (if Moses had been alive at the time when the Messiah was born as a man, Moses would have had no problem recognizing Him), and that the Rock had been at work right from the time of Adam.
"32:6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?
Amidst his many times of trouble, King David also knew Who the Rock was - in this example specifically referring to His Coming down upon Mount Sinai i.e. David's "the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook ... There went up a smoke" perfectly matches "19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly" of Exodus 19:18 (KJV).
"22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
David was called a man after God's own heart ("the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart" 1 Samuel 13:14 KJV) - primarily because of his obedient attitude to the LORD, but also because the very blood being pumped through David's heart contained the DNA that would be inherited by the Messiah when he was born as a mortal human - blood that would be shed on the Cross for the salvation of all of humanity, then ultimately fulfilled at and by the future resurrection (see also The Restoration Of David's Fallen Tabernacle).
"62:1 To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. 62:2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. 62:3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
Fact Finder: What is the Messiah going to do when He returns?
This Day In History, May 4
1415: "Protestant" reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus were condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance (ironically, like most of the "Protestant" world today, they were persecuted for rebelling against the Pope's leadership, not the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines; see Antichristians, The Church Today, The Church In The End Time and The Church In The Kingdom Of God; see also What Do Leaders Do?).
1471: During the Wars of the Roses, the Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians in the Battle of Tewkesbury.
1493: Pope Alexander VI, a Spaniard (at the time, Christopher Columbus was exploring and claiming the "new world" for Ferdinand, the king of Spain who started the murderous "Spanish Inquisition" against non-Catholics in Europe), decreed that all new lands discovered west of the Azores were Spanish, in effect dividing the world between Spain and Portugal.
1626: Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrived in "New Netherland" (present day Manhattan Island).
1639: The St. Joseph and 2 other ships left Dieppe, France, for Canada; its travelers would eventually found a Jesuit College, a Hospitaliers house, and an Ursuline convent in "New France."
1675: King Charles II of England ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1814: The Bourbon reign was restored in France.
1886: The Haymarket Square Riot in Chicago by anarchist organized labour; 7 Chicago policemen were killed.
1910: The Royal Canadian Navy was created.
1919: The "May The Fourth" movement began in China when 3,000 students at Peking University launched a national protest.
1945: British Field Marshal Montgomery announced that all enemy forces in the Netherlands, northwest Germany and Denmark had surrendered unconditionally. on the same day, the U.S. 7th Army captured Hitler's country retreat of Berchtesgaden (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1947: The Etzel (a self-proclaimed "zionist" group - true Zionism is about Jesus Christ, not those who deny and reject Him - see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace) launched a deadly assault on the British prison at Acre, several weeks after 4 of their gang were hanged there for murders that they committed. By dynamiting its walls, 251 convicted criminals were able to escape, although several of the condemned felons were later recaptured and hung (2 days after the executions, 2 British soldiers were taken hostage and hanged by the Etzel in "retaliation"). By the present-day definition, the Etzel were a terrorist group who ignored (or were just plain ignorant of the fact) that it was the British that liberated the land of Judah, and much of the rest of the Middle East, from centuries of rule and occupation by the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) and that it was the British Balfour Declaration (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration) that enabled the independence of the modern-day state of Israel. The Etzel were killing the people that were freeing them.
1961: During the U.S. civil rights movement, the "Freedom Riders" began a bus trip through the South.
1970: Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine others.
1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1982: During the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina, the destroyer HMCS Sheffield was struck by a French-made Exocet missile. 20 British seamen were killed and 24 others injured. The missile plowed through the very center of the ship, causing so much damage that it later had to be scuttled.
1994: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a "peace accord" regarding Palestinian autonomy. It granted self-rule for "Palestinians" in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.