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Wednesday, July 17 2013
What Did Gabriel Say?
"I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings"
The English word "gospel" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, godspell, which meant a good narration or good message. Although it may seem reasonable to assume so, the origin of the words for "god" and "good" were not the same. The English word "god" originated from the Germanic "gott," meaning a supreme supernatural being, while the English word "good" originated from the Germanic word "gut" (pronounced goot), which meant beneficial or valuable.
"Gospel" means good news, or good tidings, which the true Gospel certainly does - in contrast to the many self-serving and self-worshipping dead-end "gospels" (see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?) that have existed from the ancient times to the present, even while the true Gospel was being recorded. Notice that fake "gospels" can even be spoken by "an angel from heaven" i.e. Satan, by means of those that he has deceived: "11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works" (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV):
"1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ [see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge] unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another [see Grace Into Licentiousness]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Unlike the many frauds of man and angels, Gabriel is a righteous heavenly angel of God (see also Are We In Heaven Now?) who speaks the true Gospel. He is specifically recorded as having done so to three of the most well-known people of Bible History - the prophet Daniel, and then centuries later, Zacharias and Elizabeth, who were the parents of John the Baptist, then Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Gabriel's appearance to Daniel provided some of the most detailed Prophecy of the Holy Scriptures (see also The By-The-Book Messiah). Gabriel's God-given message to Daniel (and to everyone who reads it) culminated in the salvation (and Judgment of those who refuse to repent; see Could Christ Return Tonight?) of humanity that is to come: "many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (see also The Sleep Of Death and Those Who Won't Sleep).
"8:15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel [see The Prophets: Daniel; also The Royal Eunuchs], had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end [see also How Long Will 'The End Time' Last?] shall be the vision." (Daniel 8:15-17 KJV)
Later, in the time that Jesus of Nazareth was to be born (see The Prophet Of Galilee), Gabriel was given to deliver the good news, first to the parents of John the Baptist (who was given to "prepare the way" for the Messiah; see How Long Was John's Ministry?) and then to Mary, the girl who would become the mother of the Messiah. Both births were miraculous - John because his parents were elderly, past the age of having children, and Mary because she was a virgin.
First, Gabriel's message to the childless Jerusalem Temple-serving Levite Zacharias (see Levites), that "I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings" and "Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John."
"1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. 1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord [see The Prophets: John The Baptist and Rabbi John].
Later, when Elizabeth was 6 months along in her pregnancy, Gabriel appeared to an engaged-to-be-married virgin known as Mary (her actual name in the Hebrew is Miriam) with the good news to her. While some incorrectly assume that "in the sixth month" in verse 23 below means the sixth month of the calendar year, verse 36 below plainly says "Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her."
"1:23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 1:25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
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This Day In History, July 17
431: The Council of Ephesus adjourned. This third of the 21 ecumenical councils of the Roman Empire's Church condemned Nestorianism and Pelagianism (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1203: The Fourth Crusade captured Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The Byzantine emperor Alexius III Angelus fled into exile.
1429: During the Hundred Years' War (1337 to 1453) between England and France for control of the French throne, Charles VII of France was crowned the King of France at the Reims Cathedral.
1453: The Battle of Castillon took place between France and England. It marked the end of the Hundred Years War between the two countries.
1505: Twenty-one-year-old Martin Luther entered the Augustinian monastic order at Erfurt, Germany. Despite his later "protest" against Rome, Luther maintained (as do the "Protestant" churches of today) nearly all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1762: Peter III, emperor of Russia, was killed after his abdication and arrest. He was succeeded by Catherine II.
1791: The "Massacre of the Champ de Mars" during the French Revolution. French National Guardsmen under the command of General Lafayette opened fire on a crowd at the Champ de Mars in Paris.
1890: Cecil Rhodes became Prime Minister of the Cape Colony of South Africa.
1917: The British Royal Family changed its name from the German "House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha" to "Windsor" because of anti-German feelings in Britain during the First World War.
1918: The Russian royal family was executed by rebels of the Bolshevik Party: Czar Nicholas, 50; his wife Alexandra (a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England), 46; their son Alexei, 13; their daughters Olga, 22, Tatiana, 21, Marie, 19 and Anastasia, 17. Some historians attribute Alexandra's arrogant misrule while Nicholas was away commanding the Russian army during the First World War to the collapse of the imperial government in 1917. She had also made herself unpopular by her association with Rasputin, the infamous "mad monk," who she had hoped could treat her son Alex's hemophilia.
1918: During the First World War, the Carpathia, the ship that rescued over 700 survivors of the Titanic when it sunk in April of 1912, was sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine.
1944: Napalm incendiary bombs were used by U.S. bombers for the first time, on German-occupied France during the Second World War.
1944: Nazi Field Marshall Erwin Rommel ("the Desert Fox") was severely wounded when a British fighter plane strafed his staff car after catching it out in the open in France.
1951: Prince Baudouin became the fifth king of the Belgians after his father, Leopold III, abdicated.
1998: An undersea earthquake produced a tsunami that struck Papua New Guinea, killing thousands of people and leaving thousands more missing.
1998: The International Criminal Court was established with the stated purpose to impartially prosecute individuals for "genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression." The Court has remained mostly impotent because the worst war criminal nations are also usually the most militarily powerful - despite overwhelming eyewitness and video evidence against the accused, they refuse to bring their war criminals (and therefore their nation) to justice for their atrocities. Nevertheless, God's Judgment, from which no one can hide or be protected, awaits everyone in due time (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).