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Thursday, May 30 2013

Healing Of The Waters

"Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm"

The Holy Bible is often regarded as a book about desert people, or at least those who were not seafaring. Part of the reason for that may have been due to the era of human history in which great sailing ships (relatively speaking) were not yet in existence. The Bible nevertheless does record much about seas, literal and figurative, historic and prophetic. Among all of those accounts were also included the natural, and sometimes supernatural, storms that happen at sea.

Jonah The English word "tempest" originated from a Latin word, tempus, meaning time (i.e. tempus was pronounced as tempest by English speakers). Why did a word that means time come to mean storm? Certain kinds of storms were called tempests because of the time of year that they usually happen e.g. an Atlantic hurricane is a tempest because it happens in the time of summer and autumn.

There were three great tempests recorded in Bible History - all of which had a direct connection to Jesus Christ. The first, involving Jonah, wasn't of nature alone: "the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea" (see the Fact Finder question below).

"1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken." (Jonah 1:3-4 KJV)

The second, in order of occurrence, happened with The Prophet Of Galilee on the Sea Of Galilee (see also The Ships Of Galilee). The tempest was natural in starting (the Sea of Galilee can experience powerful storms that can form suddenly when dry, cold air from the surrounding heights flow down to meet the moist, warmer air over the lake - technically, the "sea" of Galilee is actually a freshwater lake, not a saltwater sea), but was ended miraculously.

"8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm." (Matthew 8:23-26 KJV)

The third recorded tempest involved the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) when he was being taken to Rome as a prisoner. As the Scriptures themselves state, the cause of that tempest was natural. It was due to a Euroclydon, also known as a gregale (i.e. a "Greece gale") - a strong wind system that blows down from Europe into The Mediterranean Sea, mostly in autumn and winter.

Storm At Sea

"27:13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.

27:14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. 27:15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

27:16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: 27:17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the Quicksands, struck sail, and so were driven.

27:18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; 27:19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.

27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away." (Acts 27:13-20 KJV)

Although the storm itself would not be miraculously stopped, the lives of Paul and all others aboard the ship would be miraculously preserved: "27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee."

"27:21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

27:22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.

27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

27:25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. 27:26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island." (Acts 27:21-26 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did the voyage of Jonah become directly connected to two Messianic prophecies?
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This Day In History, May 30

70: As prophesied by the Messiah about 40 years earlier (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), Roman legions (see Legions Of Men And Angels) under the command of Titus Vespasianus (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots) breached the wall of Jerusalem.

Fallen Stones 1416: Jerome of Prague was burned as a heretic at the Council of Constance (convened by the Emperor Sigismund, and Antipope John XXIII; see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1498: Christopher Columbus left Spain with six ships on his third voyage of exploration to the New World (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1536: King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, his third wife (who had been "a lady-in-waiting," in more ways than one, to his first two wives), 11 days after his second wife, Anne Boleyn (who Henry defied the Pope and created the Church of England to marry), was beheaded for alleged adultery.

1539: Hernando de Soto landed in Florida with 600 hundred soldiers in search of gold.

1631: La Gazette, the first newspaper of France, began publishing.

1832: The Rideau Canal, linking the Ottawa River at Ottawa (Canada's capital city) with Lake Ontario at Kingston, was opened to traffic.

1848: Under an end-of-war treaty signed in February 1848 and ratified on this day by Mexico, the U.S. took New Mexico and California as well as parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado from Mexico in return for the negligible sum $15 million.

1859: The bell known as "Big Ben" rang for the first time in London.

1876: The Ottoman sultan Abd-ul-Aziz was deposed and replaced by his nephew Murat V (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1913: In a treaty signed in London to end the first Balkan War between the Balkan League (Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Montenegro) and the Ottoman Empire, the Ottoman Empire lost almost all of its European territory.

1942: 1,047 Royal Air Force bombers set off to bomb Cologne in the R.A.F.'s first "thousand plane raid" of the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1962: Adolph Eichmann, 56, Nazi war criminal, was hanged at the Ramla Prison in Israel after being found guilty of 1961 war crimes trial. Israeli agents captured and returned him from Argentina in 1960. His body was incinerated (just as were millions of holocaust victims that Eichmann and the other Nazis were responsible for; see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and the ashes were dumped at sea.

1972: The Lod Airport Massacre in Tel Aviv by the "Japanese Red Army," on behalf of the "Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine," killed 24 people and wounded 78.

1989: A 33-foot "Goddess of Democracy" statue was unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.

1998: 5,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in northern Afghanistan.



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