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Tuesday, May 7 2013

"I washed, and Do See"

" I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees"

The English-language word "pool" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word (Saxony is in Germany; the Anglos were a tribe of the Saxons) of the same spelling that referred to a small low-lying area filled with water, sometimes also referring to a marsh.

"Pool" is used to translate two original words of the Holy Scriptures that each define one of the two modern-day primary uses for pools. The Hebrew word of the Old Testament, pronounced ber-ay-kaw, means a reservoir, a reserve of water. The Greek word of the New Testament (see also Translation Of Translations), pronounced kol-oom-bay-thraw, literally means a diving place i.e. a swimming place.

Pools were known from early Bible History, including among such famous events as the Exodus and King Hezekiah's water tunnel into Jerusalem.


"7:19 And the LORD [i.e. Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone." (Exodus 7:19 KJV)

"2:13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David [see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David], went out, and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on the other side of the pool." (2 Samuel 2:13 KJV)

"20:20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah [see Hezekiah Of Judah], and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? [see Kings of Israel and Judah]" (2 Kings 20:20 KJV)

"2:5 I [i.e. King Solomon; see Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom] made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 2:6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees" (Ecclesiastes 2:6 KJV)

Pools are also described in Prophecy of the time when the Kingdom of God will come to earth (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns? and When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin).

"41:18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: 41:20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it [see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff and Looking Up To The Messiah: How And When?]." (Isaiah 41:18-20 KJV)

"I washed, and do see"

Two of the most famous pools in Jerusalem were those known as Bethesda and Siloam. The pool of Bethesda was located near the sheep gate (see also The Strait Gate) and market ("there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda" John 5:2 KJV), hence the reason that some call it "the sheep pool." The pool of Siloam was located in the Tyropoeon valley, just southeast of "Zion" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion).

The Pool of Bethesda Jesus Christ miraculously healed many people in many places. On one occasion, He (not the pool, or an "angel") healed a man at Bethesda who was unable to walk. The religious "authorities" (see Religious Parties) criticized the Messiah for healing on the Sabbath. They also hypocritically didn't criticize those who carried the crippled man on a stretcher to the pool on the Sabbath, or those who lifted other people into the pool on the Sabbath, but they criticized the man, after he was miraculously healed by the Son of God (see The Healing Spirit and How To Pray), for his carrying of the no-longer-needed stretcher that minutes before had carried him.

"5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

5:7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

5:10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

5:11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

5:12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

5:13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism], and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day." (John 5:2-16 KJV)

On another occasion, also on the Sabbath, when The Prophet Of Galilee miraculously healed a blind man and "said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam," the spiritually blind religious "authorities" (see also Is Your Church A Cult?) again criticized both the Healer and the healed.

The Pool of Siloam

"9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

9:8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9:9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

9:10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

9:11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

9:12 Then said they unto him, Where is he?

He said, I know not.

9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 9:14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them." (John 9:1-16 KJV)

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This Day In History, May 7

351: The Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus erupted (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).

558: In Constantinople (named after Roman Emperor Constantine, the inventor of the Church of Rome; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the dome of the Hagia Sophia (a Roman patriarchal basilica, later a Muslim mosque, now a museum) collapsed.

973: German King Otto the Great died at age 61.

1274: The Second Council of Lyons convened under Gregory X, attended by approximately 500 Church of Rome bishops. It accomplished a temporary reunion of the separated Eastern Orthodox churches with the Roman Catholic Church.

The Lusitania 1664: King Louis XIV of France formally instituted the Palace of Versailles.

1697: Stockholm's medieval royal castle was destroyed by fire.

1487: The Siege of Malaga began during the Spanish Reconquista.

1718: The city of New Orleans was founded by French colonial governor Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville (who was born in Montreal, Quebec). Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV of France by French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle.

1727: Jews were expelled from the Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia.

1763: Pontiac's Rebellion began. Chief Pontiac attacked the British at Fort Detroit.

1794: During the French Revolution, Robespierre proclaimed "the Cult of the Supreme Being" in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.

1840: The Great Natchez Tornado struck Natchez, Mississippi. 317 people were killed. It is the second-deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

1915: During the First World War, the British liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine. More than 1,100 passengers and crew perished.

1934: The world's largest pearl was found at Palawan, Philippines. It weighed over 14 pounds / 6.4 kilograms.

1940: Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain.

1941: Joseph Stalin became Premier of Russia.

1942: During the Battle of the Coral Sea, U.S. and Japanese naval forces attacked each other with carrier-based warplanes. It was the first battle in the history of naval warfare where two enemy fleets fought without actually having each other in sight. When it was over, the Japanese had lost 1 carrier and had another damaged; the U.S. lost 1 carrier (the Lexington) and had another damaged.

1945: Germany signed an unconditional surrender to end the Second World War in Europe. "V-E Day."

1948: The Council of Europe was founded during the Hague Congress.

1954: Vietnamese forces took Dien Bien Phu from the French; some historians mark this event as the defeat of the French by the Vietnamese. When the French left (the divided Vietnam of "North" and "South" that the French themselves created, thereby triggering the Vietnam civil war), the U.S. involved itself in the same civil war until the 1970s - when the U.S. left and Vietnam was re-united as the single country that it had been before French and U.S. involvement.

1960: Leonid Brezhnev became President of the Soviet Union.

1986: Canadian Patrick Morrow became the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits - the highest mountains of each of the seven continents (Mount Everest in Asia, Kosciuszko in Australia, Elbrus in Europe, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in South America, McKinley in North America and Vinson Massif in Antarctica).

1998: German auto manufacturer Mercedes-Benz purchased the U.S. auto manufacturer Chrysler.

1999: Pope John Paul II traveled to Romania, becoming the first pope to visit a predominately Eastern Orthodox country since the "Great Schism" in 1054.

2000: Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as President of Russia.

2007: Israeli archaeologists discovered the tomb of Herod the Great in Jerusalem (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Herod).


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