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Thursday, December 25 2014
Psalm 34: The Bethlehem Shepherds Prophecy
"I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His Life for the sheep"
"2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
One of the most-famous verses of the Bible, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men," is also a prophecy of the restoration of Paradise that is being made possible, for repentant people, by the "Good Shepherd" for His good "sheep" (i.e. separating the repentant "sheep" from the stubborn "goats" - see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and Parables Of Jesus Christ: Separating The Nations). It was stated to shepherds of Bethlehem.
"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
King David once kept flocks in the very same fields around Bethlehem as the shepherds recorded in the verses above. David's Psalms are filled with prophecies about the Good Shepherd, including the famous Twenty-third Psalm (see Psalm 23: The LORD Is My Shepherd).
"34:1 A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.
Fact Finder: Rachel, who directly became the mother of two of the Israelite patriarchs, Joseph and Benjamin, and indirectly of two more tribal patriarchs as the grandmother of Ephraim and Manasseh (see The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh), was also a shepherdess (Genesis 29:6-9), who, as it happened died and is buried near Bethlehem. What prophecies of the Messiah were fulfilled through Rachel?
This Day In History, December 25
274: Roman Emperor Aurelian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) declared the pagan Sol Invictus ("the invincible sun," from which the heathen "Sunday" originated; see Why Observe The True Sabbath?) to be the state religion of the Roman Empire and the "Church" that it created for itself (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
336: The first documented observance of "Christmas" in Rome, observed at the time of their sun god (Sol Invictus) festival (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
496: Clovis and 3,000 of his warriors were baptized into the Church of Rome. Clovis is considered to be the founder of the Frankish kingdom (see the map below), the first Church of Rome king of the Franks, and the only orthodox "Christian" ruler in the west.
597: England adopted the Julian calendar.
795: Adrian I, pope 772-795, died. His relationship with Charlemagne "symbolized the medieval idea of union of church and state in a united Christendom." He was elected with the support of the Frankish party at Rome (see Emperors and Popes).
800: Pope Leo III crowned Charles, King of the Franks (subsequently called Karl der Grosse / Charles the Great, or Charlemagne) "Emperor of the Romans." Some consider this date to be the beginning of "The Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The iconography of the Middle Ages shows the Emperor, not the Pope, as "Peter's representative." The emperor was often portrayed as standing alone as "God's earthly vicar" (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1100: Baldwin of Boulogne, one of the leaders of the Church of Rome's first "Crusade" was crowned the first King of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1635: French explorer Samuel de Champlain died at age 68. He was the chief founder of "New France" in North America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1651: The General Court of Boston levied a five shilling fine on anyone found "observing any such day as Christmas" (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1926: Hirohito became emperor of Japan.
1941: With France under German occupation at the start of the Second World War, many "Free French" forces retreated to the tiny French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the Canadian east coast (St. Pierre and Miquelon are to this day owned by France).
1950: Scottish nationalists stole the Stone of Scone (the "Coronation Stone" or "Stone of Destiny") from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey. Weighing 485 pounds / 220 kilograms, it was recovered 4 months later.
1977: Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel met with Egyptian President Sadat in Egypt.
1989: Romanian dictator Nicolea Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed by a rebel firing squad during the overthrow of the communist government.
1991: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned amidst the political death of the "Soviet Union." The USSR lasted for 70 years; it collapsed due to national bankruptcy.