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Saturday, July 26 2014
1 Chronicles 26: The Porters and The Treasurers
"The divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the LORD"
The English word "porter" is now defined as either "a railroad employee who assists passengers" or "a person employed to carry luggage and supplies." The word originated however from, either or both, the Latin word porto and the Greek word poros, which meant an opening, or a passage. "Port" therefore came to mean a place of entry or departure (the word porous originated from the same ancient word) and "porter" originally meant someone in charge of an entry or exit i.e. a gatekeeper. Translations of the Holy Scriptures generally use "porter" or "gatekeeper" to render the original words of the Holy Scriptures that meant a gatekeeper.
"26:1 Concerning the divisions of the porters:
The Temple of Solomon was built with valuable materials and precious things (see The Temple That Solomon Built). It was also a storehouse of national treasures. Along with the Levitical gatekeepers were the Levitical Temple guards and other officials.
"26:20 And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of the house of God, and over the treasures of the dedicated things.
Fact Finder: (a) Were "cherubims" the first "porters" recorded in the Bible? What entrance did they guard? (b) What happened to all of the "treasures" of the Temple of Solomon?
This Day In History, July 26
811: The Battle of Pliska. Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus I was killed and his heir Stauracius was seriously wounded.
920: Muslim forces defeated the combined "Christian" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) armies of Leon and Navarre at the Battle of Valdejunquera in Spain.
1309: German King Henry (Heinrich in the actual German) VII was proclaimed "King of the Romans" (Rex Romanorum) by Pope Clement V (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and What Is The Mark Of The Beast?). The map of the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" is shown below.
1469: The Battle of Edgecote Moor during the Wars of the Roses; the forces of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick against Edward IV of England.
1581: The Act of Abjuration (Dutch "Akte Van Verlating"), the declaration of Dutch independence from the rule of King Philip II of Spain.
1603: James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England. It was that King James that authorized an English translation of the Scriptures, first published in 1611 and known since as the "King James (or "Authorized") Version" of the Bible.
1759: The French relinquished Fort Ticonderoga in New York to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst.
1822: The Battle of Dervenakia began; forces of the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) under Mahmud Dramali Pasha verses a Greek Revolutionary force under Theodoros Kolokotronis.
1847: Liberia became the first "independent republic of Africa." It was created by the U.S. government in an effort to get all black people in the U.S., including those born in the U.S., to move to Africa.
1858: Lionel Rothschild became the first (known) Jewish member to take his seat in the British House of Commons.
1886: William Gladstone was replaced by Lord Salisbury as Prime Minister of England.
1891: France annexed Tahiti.
1918: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Britain's top war ace, Edward Mannock, was shot down by ground fire on the Western Front.
1947: U.S. President Harry Truman (the only human ever to order the detonation of nuclear weapons on another country i.e. the incineration of the civilian populations of Hiroshima, and then Nagasaki, Japan in 1945) created the Central Intelligence Agency.
1952: King Farouk of Egypt abdicated and was ordered to leave the country, three days after a coup led by General Neguib.
1953: Communist insurgent Fidel Castro led an attack on the Moncada Barracks, thereby beginning the Cuban Revolution against the CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in The Godfather criminal movies are based on historical reality) fascist government of the puppet/stooge dictator Fulgencio Batista. The movement took the name of that date i.e. "The 26th of July Movement."
1956: Egyptian President Nasser declared that Egypt had nationalized the Suez Canal Company, thus ending Western (i.e. U.S. and Britain) control 12 years ahead of the expiry date of the Suez concession; overnight, he became the hero of the Arab world (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1958: Prince Charles was proclaimed Prince of Wales by Queen Elizabeth.
1963: Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous ("marked by an orbit with a period of 24 hours so that a position in such an orbit is fixed with respect to the earth") satellite, was launched.
1974: Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis formed first Greek civil government after seven years of martial law.
2005: The first U.S. space shuttle launch, of Discovery, after the Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry in 2003.
2005: Mumbai, India received 99.5 centimeters of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours.