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Tuesday, July 22 2014
1 Chronicles 22: King David's Temple Decision
"David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel"
King David's purchase of the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite happened as the result of a provocation (see Why Did King David Purchase The Temple Mount? and Why Is Evil Attracted To Good?), but the result would become the Temple 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) in Jerusalem.
"22:1 Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel." (1 Chronicles 22:1 KJV)
King David's son and successor, King Solomon, would oversee the building of the Temple. King David however literally laid the groundwork for it (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple).
"22:2 And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God. 22:3 And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight; 22:4 Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.
Fact Finder: Where was the "City of David"?
This Day In History, July 22
838: The Battle of Anzen. Byzantine emperor Theophilos was defeated by the Abbasids (an Islamic caliphate who built their capital in Baghdad, Iraq).
1099: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Godfrey of Bouillon was proclaimed the first "Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1298: During the Wars of Scottish Independence, King Edward I used bowmen and cavalry to defeat William Wallace's Scots at Falkirk.
1456: The Siege of Belgrade during the Ottoman Wars in Europe. John Hunyadi, Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary, defeated Mehmet II of the Ottoman Empire.
1499: The Battle of Dornach. Swiss forces defeated the Imperial army of Emperor Maximilian I.
1515: The Congress of Vienna settled disputes between Poland and the Holy Roman Empire (which was actually German; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and the succession to the Hungarian throne.
1587: A second group of English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony.
1620: A small congregation of English "Separatists," led by John Robinson, began their journey to the New World. Today, this historic group of religious refugees has come to be known as the "Pilgrims" (see The Pilgrims; also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1691: The Anglo-Dutch army defeated the French at Aghrim, India.
1706: The Acts of Union were agreed upon by commissioners from the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland. The agreement led to the creation of the United Kingdom.
1739: Ottoman Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) defeated troops of the Holy Roman Empire at Crocyka, Yugoslavia and threatened Belgrade.
1812: During the Napoleonic Wars (during the War of 1812-14 with the U.S., Britain was at the same time fighting a much larger war with Napoleon's French Empire in Europe), the Battle of Salamanca: British forces under the command of Arthur Wellesley defeated French the army near Salamanca, Spain.
1847: To escape religious persecution in the U.S., the first large group of Mormons entered the Salt Lake Valley, in what was still Mexican territory. Mormon leader Brigham Young founded Salt Lake City, Utah, soon after.
1934: "Public Enemy No. 1" criminal John Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago.
1938: The Third Reich issued special identity cards for Jewish Germans (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1946: A "Zionist" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism) terrorist organization, known as the Irgun, blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem that housed the British Army Headquarters (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace to understand how the present-day state of "Israel" became an independent nation because Britain freed them from centuries of occupation by the Ottoman Empire). About 700 pounds of high explosives demolished one wing of the hotel, killing 91 people were - 41 Arabs, 28 British, 17 Jews and 5 other nationalities. Irgun leader Menachem Begin (a future Prime Minister of Israel who signed the Camp David Accord) later claimed that the homicides were not intended and that sufficient advance warning by telephone had been given.
1948: The people of Newfoundland (at the time, a British colony) voted in a referendum to join Canada.
1950: King Leopold III returned to Belgium after six years in exile.
1981: Mehmet Ali Agca, 23, was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in May of that year.
1999: The cremated ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette were scattered in the waters off Martha's Vineyard where their bodies had been recovered from the crash site the day before, 3 days after their plane, piloted by Kennedy, crashed into the ocean on July 16.