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Friday, November 1 2013
Leviticus 10: Strange Fire
"Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded them not"
The LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) gave very specific and detailed commands for the establishment of His Tabernacle (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle, Exodus 27: The Altar of Burnt Offering In The Courtyard, Exodus 30: Frankincense, Incense and The Anointing Oil, Exodus 36: The Building Of The Tabernacle, Exodus 37: The Tabernacle Furnishings and Exodus 38: The Courtyard Of The Tabernacle) and of His Priesthood (see Exodus 29: The Hallowing Of The Priests, Exodus 39: The Needlework of Blue, Purple and Scarlet Linen, Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One and Leviticus 9: The Beginning Of The Levite Ministry).
Included with the commands were warnings of what would happen to those who arrogantly chose to defy the Word of God.
"28:43 And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die: it shall be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him." (Exodus 28:43 KJV)
The priests were given their commands and warnings about what to do, and what not to do. Nevertheless, almost immediately, two of Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, "took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not." The prescribed result came instantly: "And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD."
"10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 10:3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace." (Leviticus 10:1-3 KJV)
The bodies of Nadab and Abihu were removed from the camp - which in effect exiled them from the borders of the nation.
"10:4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.
Moses then reiterated the Word of the LORD to Aaron and his next two sons, Eleazar and Ithamar (Eleazar later succeeded his father as High Priest after Aaron died; see From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar).
"10:6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled. 10:7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses." (Leviticus 10:6-7 KJV)
There was also a reiterated warning about not serving at the Tabernacle when intoxicated by wine (or any other seed-bearing plant; see Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?).
"10:8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, 10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10:10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 10:11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses." (Leviticus 10:8-11 KJV)
The priesthood then continued as designed. The removal of the two eldest sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu ("3:2 And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar" Numbers 3:2 KJV) was recovered by the promotion of the two youngest sons of Aaron, Eleazar and Ithamar.
"10:12 And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy: 10:13 And ye shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons' due, of the sacrifices of the LORD made by fire: for so I am commanded. 10:14 And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee: for they be thy due, and thy sons' due, which are given out of the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel. 10:15 The heave shoulder and the wave breast shall they bring with the offerings made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering before the LORD; and it shall be thine, and thy sons' with thee, by a statute for ever; as the LORD hath commanded." (Leviticus 10:12-15 KJV)
It was a hard lesson, but one that was never forgotten or repeated by Aaron, Eleazar or Ithamar.
"10:16 And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying, 10:17 Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD? 10:18 Behold, the blood of it was not brought in within the holy place: ye should indeed have eaten it in the holy place, as I commanded.
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This Day In History, November 1
79: Near Naples, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the ancient Roman port city of Pompeii.
365: The Alamanni (a confederation of Germanic tribes) crossed the Rhine River and invaded Gaul. Roman Emperor Valentinian I took command of the Roman army to defend the Gallic cities. Germany later became the prophetic successor of the Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1043: Holy Roman emperor Henry III (see The Holy Roman Empire) married Agnes of Poitou, a descendant of kings of Burgandy and Italy, to form an alliance designed to seal the empire's relations with the neighboring states to the west.
1512: Michelangelo's painting of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel ceiling was opened to the public.
1520: The Strait of Magellan, the passage south of mainland South America connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, was first discovered and navigated by a European, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, during the first around the world voyage.
1683: The British colony of New York (named after England's Duke of York and Albany) was subdivided into 12 counties.
1688: During the Glorious Revolution, William III of Orange departed from Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands to assume the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland from King James II of England.
1762: French troops capitulated at Cassel and evacuated to the right bank of the Rhine during the Seven Years War.
1755: An earthquake destroyed Lisbon, Portugal and killed 60,000 people.
1765: The British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act, a tax on the New England colonies that helped to pay for British military defense of those same colonies against invasion by the powerful French and Spanish military presence in North America (see the actual newspaper report below).
The French held extensive colonies in what is today eastern Canada and Louisiana, while the Spanish (thanks to Christopher Columbus who claimed the entire "New World" for Spain and the Papacy; see the map of the voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy) held the vast Caribbean region from Florida to what is today Mexico, and south into South America.
Ironically, the tax to pay for the defense of the colonies became one of the major incitement tactics used by the leaders of the revolution. France eagerly assisted the insurgency (while hypocritically tolerating no independence for their own colonies throughout North America), with the intent to invade them once the British military connection could be broken. France couldn't carry through with their strategic plan because of the disastrous wars that the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte started in Europe and into Russia (the Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815) that consumed the French army, culminating in the famous Battle of Waterloo (Belgium) in June 1815, during which Prussian (German) and British forces routed the French army under Napoleon.
1790: Edmund Burke published "Reflections on the Revolution in France" that predicted that the French Revolution would fail.
1800: U.S. President John Adams became the first President of the U.S. to live in the Executive Mansion, later renamed the White House. That original White House was burned to the ground by Royal Marines during the War of 1812 (1812-1814, started by U.S. President James Madison with the publicly-stated goal of annexing Canada and subjecting its people to colonial rule by politicians in Washington) in retaliation for the U.S. burning of the Parliament Building in York (known today as Toronto) earlier in the year.
1814: The Congress of Vienna opened with the purpose of re-drawing the European political map after the defeat of France during the Napoleonic Wars.
1856: Britain declared war on Persia (Persia is known today as Iran) after Persia invaded Afghanistan (see also Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist).
1869: Louis Riel seized Fort Garry (Winnipeg, Manitoba) during the Red River Rebellion.
1932: Wernher von Braun was named head of Adolf Hitler's (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed and wounded) during the Second World War (1939-1945). After the war, the "reformed Nazi" Wernher von Braun was admitted into the U.S. where the Nazi (he later admitted that he had been a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.
1936: Benito Mussolini announced the formation of the "Rome-Berlin Axis."
1939: The world's first jet plane, the German Heinkel HE 178, made its first flight.
1950: Pope Pius XII declared "the assumption of Mary" (i.e. taken into heaven, body and soul, upon her death) to be definitive dogma for Roman Catholics. The false doctrine is blatantly contrary to the true Word of God in the Holy Bible (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).
1956: The Springhill Mining Disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia killed 39 miners; 88 were rescued.
1959: Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens became the first goal tender to wear face protection in the National Hockey League.
1963: President Diem of South Vietnam was overthrown in a U.S.-staged coup. He was killed the next day.
1973: During the Watergate criminal investigations in Washington, Leon Jaworski was appointed as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor.
1984: Rajiv Gandhi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India amid anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, by two of her Sikh bodyguards. Rajiv Gandhi was in later years also assassinated, by a suicide bomber.
1993: The Maastrict Treaty came into effect, creating a new European Union (a Biblically-prophesied event - see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).