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Monday, January 27 2014
Deuteronomy 34: The Passage Of Moses
"There arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face"
The death of Moses was a national event for Israel: "Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days." It was a time of victory and transition (see From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar) from the point that Moses, the servant of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God), had delivered the children of the Exodus generation (see Deuteronomy 1: Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?).
"34:1 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, 34:2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, 34:3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. 34:4 And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.
Although no human knows where the body of Moses was buried, it is guarded by angels more powerful than Satan, who tried to abuse it.
"1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee." (Jude 1:9 KJV)
The death of Moses was not merely a passing, but a passage. Moses still awaits his resurrection, that for him will occur on the day of the Messiah's return - which from his conscious perspective (i.e. the dead have no sense of the passage of time), will have happened instantly at the moment of his death (see the Fact Finder question below). On that day, Moses will again be with the LORD that he knew "face to face." That certainty was stated in the famous "transfiguration" vision of the future Kingdom of God on Earth. Moses will make it to the Promised Land.
"17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
This Day In History, January 27
98: Trajan became the Emperor of the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) after the death of Nerva. The Roman Empire reached its greatest territorial extent from the reign of Trajan, before it was superseded by the German "Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
447: Constantinople was severely damaged by an earthquake. The city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was the inventor of his Church of Rome and its "Sun Day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1186: German emperor Heinrich ("Henry") VI, king of Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), Burgundy and Italy, married Constance of Sicily.
1343: Pope Clement VI's bull Unigenitus (see Papal Bull) proclaimed the doctrine of Indulgences. The sale of Indulgences was a major part of Martin Luther's "protest" (although Luther remained a "good Catholic" for almost all of Rome's other antichrist doctrines - hence the reason that the Church of Rome is rightfully called the mother of harlots in Revelation 17:5).
1606: The "Gunpowder Plot" (an attempt to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England's Parliament, hereby also assassinating King James I - after whom the King James Bible was named) trial of Guy Fawkes and his treason accomplices began. It ended with their execution on January 31.
1731: Bartolomeo Cristofori died. The Italian harpsichord maker is credited with the invention of the piano. The major difference between the two instruments is that harpsichord strings are mechanically plucked, with very little variation in sound for each note possible, whereas piano strings are struck by hammers that permit great variation in volume and duration of each note.
1736: Stanislas II, Poland's last king, abdicated. Poland was dismembered by Germany and Russia.
1822: Greece proclaimed independence from Turkey's Ottoman Empire.
1851: Naturalist John Audubon died at age 66. He published his collection of paintings of all known species of birds in North America.
1858: Following the advice of her military advisors, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital of Canada over Quebec City, Montreal, Kingston and Toronto. Formerly called Bytown (named after Colonel John By, of the Royal Engineers, who oversaw the building of the canal through the town that was built there in 1825), Ottawa was chosen because its more-distant location from the U.S. border made it more defensible - lessons learned from the repelled U.S. invasions of southern Ontario during the War of 1812 (1812-14).
1901: Giuseppe Verdi, a major Italian opera composer of the 19th century, died (his name in English is Joseph Green).
1916: The Spartacus League, forerunner of the German Communist Party, was formed in Berlin.
1945: The Russian army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. 1,500,000 people, of whom 1,000,000 were Jews, were murdered by the Nazis at the "industrial death camp."
1967: Astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, 41; Edward White, 37; and Roger Chaffee, 32, were killed in a fire aboard Apollo 1 during a practice launch at Cape Canaveral.
1969: As part of widespread Arab persecution of Jews living in Arab countries after the Arab defeat in the 1967 war, 9 Jews were among 14 prisoners hanged as "spies" in Baghdad's Liberation Square; a crowd estimated at 200,000 marched past the dangling bodies as a loudspeaker blared commentary on "Jewish treason."
1973: A cease-fire accord was signed by the U.S., South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Vietcong to end the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam). North Vietnam then over-ran the South and declared victory.
1980: The Israel-Egypt border was opened for the first time since the 1948 war that resulted in the creation of the modern state of "Israel" (it's actually the modern state of Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1990: The Polish communist party was dissolved.
1996: Germany began to observe the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
2006: Western Union discontinued its telegram service.