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Monday, June 24 2013
The Forerunner Of Man and Of God
"Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an High Priest for ever"
"6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec [see A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem]." (Hebrews 6:20 KJV)
"3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." (John 3:13 KJV)
During His human lifetime, the Messiah well-remembered "where He was before" He came to Earth.
"6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?" (John 6:57-62 KJV)
As He was about to be sacrificed, and resurrected, the Messiah prayed to God, "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."
"17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (John 17:1-5 KJV)
When the Messiah ascended to heaven, it was with a declaration that He would return to Earth. The Messiah's return to heaven was as a forerunner of man to God. As we will read, His return will be as a forerunner of God to man.
"1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
The Messiah's return to heaven was seen in vision by both the prophet Daniel, before it happened (Daniel 7:13-14; see also The Ancient of Days) and the apostle John, about sixty years after it happened. John recorded what he saw in the Book of Revelation (which was actually an epistle, a letter to the seven churches; see The Epistles: Revelation and Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?).
"5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
After the arrival ceremony, the Messiah sat at the right hand of God, where He today awaits the command from the Father to return (see also The Two Signs Of Christ's Return).
"10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool." (Hebrews 10:12-13 KJV)
On the day of His return, the first resurrection of salvation will occur (see The Harvest Prophecies). The Messiah will then rule the Earth for the next 1,000 years, until all that the Father has sent Him ahead to do will have been accomplished (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns? and The Church: Mission Accomplished).
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
The final Judgment will occur at the end of the 1,000 years (see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries), after which the entire Earth will be purified by fire (see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?).
"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; 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. 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 2011-15 KJV)
With the forerunner of man and of God having completed His tasks, and His journeys, God the Father is coming to Earth, "And He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God."
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
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This Day In History, June 24
109: The Aqua Traiana was inaugurated by Roman Emperor Trajan. The aqueduct delivers water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometers / 25 miles from Rome.
637: The Battle of Moira, the largest battle in the history of Ireland. The High King of Ireland fought the Kings of Ulster and Dalriada.
1292: Adolf of Nassau was crowned as German king at Aachen.
1310: Solomon ben Abraham Adret died at age 75. The religious leader of Spanish Jews of his time, he is remembered partly for his 1305 decree threatening to excommunicate all Jews under 30 (except medical students) who studied philosophy or science.
1322: Jews were expelled from France.
1340: During the Hundred Years war, the British fleet battled the French at Sluys.
1441: Eton College in England was founded by King Henry VI.
1497: John Cabot, navigator and explorer, sighted Cape Breton Island and claimed North America for England.
1509: Henry VIII was crowned king of England, the second monarch from the House of Tudor.
1527: King Gustavus of Sweden assembled the Diet of Wester's for the purpose of carrying through the Protestant Reformation in Sweden.
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier landed on what is today Prince Edward Island, Canada.
1604: Samuel de Champlain discovered the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
1611: Henry Hudson, his son, and several sick men were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers. After more than a year at sea, the crew of Hudson's ship, the Discovery, were afraid of going any further. Nothing is known of Hudson's fate. The only record of the voyage and mutiny is an account by Abacuk Pricket, a survivor of the Discovery.
1664: New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey in Britain's Channel Islands, was founded.
1812: During the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon's Grande Armée crossed the Neman River, thereby beginning the invasion of Russia.
1813: The Battle of Beaver Dams during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). After being warned by Laura Secord of an impending U.S. attack on a British outpost at Beaver Dams, about 500 U.S. invaders, including their commander, were taken prisoner after a firefight. The site of the battle was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1921.
1916: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the First Battle of the Somme began. More than 1 million men were killed during the five-month battle.
1947: U.S. pilot Ken Arnold reported seeing strange objects in the sky over Mount Rainier (in Washington State) looking like "saucers skipping across the water." The incident led to the first use of the term "flying saucers."
1948: The Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade.
1985: Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud became the first Arab, and first Muslim, in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.
1994: The European Union and Russia signed a landmark friendship accord in Corfu, Greece.
2002: The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania killed 281 people, the worst train accident in African history.