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Sunday, October 5 2014
Esther 7: The Messiah's Gallows
"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree"
The English word "gallows" originated from a medieval (about the 5th to the 15th centuries of European history) Anglo-Saxon word, galga, which referred to "an upright wooden frame with a crossbar upon which criminals were executed" (Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary, A Library of Essential Knowledge, 1942). The origin of the Anglo-Saxon word itself is very interesting in that "galga" is nearly identical to the Anglo-Saxon/English rendering of the Aramaic (the actual native language of the Messiah; see The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus) Golgatha - the place where the Messiah was crucified (i.e. another form of hanging during which He hung on the Cross) on an upright wooden frame with a crossbar.
"3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:" (Galatians 3:13 KJV)
There were a number of times in the history of Israel and Judah (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) in which the enemies of the Israelites sought to destroy them - a Satan-inspired hatred that would have prevented the Messiah from being born of the Abrahamic line of King David (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq, A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram and The Prophecy Of King David's Messianic Throne).
One of those attempted genocides was made by Haman (see How Hadassah Of Benjamin Became The Queen Of Persia, Haman's Chess Board Plot) who sought not only to murder righteous Mordecai, but all of the people of Judah throughout the entire Persian Empire - which then included Jerusalem and the land of Israel itself (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).
Haman's plot was unsuccessful. The gallows that Haman built to execute innocent Mordecai was instead used to hang guilty Haman himself.
"7:1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. 7:2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah's Cross actually look like?
This Day In History, October 5
456: Visigoths (a Germanic tribe) under King Theodoric II invaded Spain with an army of Burgundians, Franks and Goths, led by the Kings Chilperic I and Gondioc. They defeated the Suebi under King Rechiar on the River Urbicus near Astorga. The Germanic tribes later surpassed and replaced the Roman Empire as "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
610: The coronation of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius.
869: The 8th Church of Rome Ecumenical Council opened in Constantinople (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). The East-West conference was held between Pope Adrian II and Basil I to condemn iconoclasm (the destruction of religious images and idols).
1285: King Philip III of France died of the plague that was then ravaging Europe.
1502: Christopher Columbus discovered what is today called Costa Rica (the people who were already in Costa Rica knew that it was there, centuries before Europeans "discovered" it). All of the four voyages of Columbus were limited to the Caribbean area (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1511: Pope Julius II formed the Holy League between Aragon, Venice and the papacy. Its purpose was to defend the unity of the Roman Catholic church and to drive the French out of Italy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1762: The British fleet captured Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
1795: The Hudson Bay Company began construction on a fortified fur-trading post on the future site of the city of Edmonton. The Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest commercial corporation in North America (in business for over 340 years) and one of the oldest in the world. A fur trading company in its early existence, the Hudson's Bay Company today owns and operates retail stores throughout Canada and the U.S.
1796: During the Napoleonic Wars, Spain declared war on Britain.
1813: The Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). British troops and Canadian militia under Maj. Gen. Henry Proctor halted the U.S. invasion forces near Moraviantown, northeast of present day Chatham, Ontario. Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, who, like the Canadians, was defending his homeland against the U.S. marauders, was killed in the battle.
1877: Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrendered to the U.S. Army in Montana, only 40 miles short of their over 1,600 mile journey to reach freedom in the Canadian prairies. He and his people were shipped back south in cattle cars to prison camps during and after which hundreds died of abuse, disease and squalor.
1908: Bulgaria declared independence from the Ottoman empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1910: Portugal was declared a republic after a successful revolt against King Manuel II.
1944: During the Second World War, Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shot down the first German jet fighter.
1964: 57 people from East Germany reached West Berlin by digging a tunnel under the Berlin Wall - the largest single escape from the communist country up to that date (see also Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1970: Anwar Sadat was nominated to succeed Gamal Nasser as President of Egypt.
1983: Polish Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (back then, Nobel Peace Prize winners actually did something to earn it).
1984: Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, aboard the U.S. space shuttle Challenger (the Challenger was lost due to an explosion shortly after launch in 1986).
1986: Israel's secret nuclear weapons were verified. The British newspaper The Sunday Times ran Mordechai Vanunu's story on its front page under the headline: "Revealed - the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal."
1990: Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, was assassinated in New York at age 58.