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Thursday, January 29 2015
Psalm 69: David's Deep Waters
"For the waters are come in unto my soul ... I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me"
The incident with Jonah and the "great fish" really happened. The Messiah specifically referred to it as a portrayal of the only proof that He was the Messiah (see the Fact Finder question below).
"12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Along with the prophetic and Gospel information that it provides, it also shows that Jonah was literally in deep water. His reference to being at "the bottoms of the mountains" was thousands of years ahead of modern science that now recognizes that islands and continents are, in effect, mountain peaks protruding from the sea.
"2:3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. 2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 2:5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
King David isn't often regarded as a man of the sea - because he wasn't. But David often expressed the same "water" terminology as Job (e.g. David's "For the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me," below) as a prayer in the same way that Jonah prayed to the Deliverer (see David's Resurrection Prophecy and What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).
"69:1 To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: How was Jonah's experience at sea also a Messianic prophecy?
This Day In History, January 29
757: An Lushan, the rebel leader of a revolt against the Tang Dynasty and Emperor of Yan, was murdered by his own son, An Qingxu (see also Gog and Magog).
904: Sergius III returned from retirement to resume the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher (see The Struggle For The Papacy; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1613: Italian scientist Galileo Galiei observed the planet, later to be called "Neptune" (many scientists who reject "religion" nevertheless hypocritically name many discoveries and space exploration programs of the heavens after pagan "gods") without realizing that it was an "undiscovered" planet. A German, Johann Galle, is credited with the planet's discovery in 1846, over 2 centuries after Galileo (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1635: The Academie Francaise was founded. It became one of the most famous European literary societies.
1676: Feodor III became Tsar of Russia.
1730: Peter II, Czar of Russia (czar is the Russian form of Caesar, as is the German Kaiser), died of smallpox on the day set for his wedding.
1820: King George III of England died at age 81. It was during his reign (1760-1820) that the revolution of the New England colonies, that were created by English investment and pioneers out of the uninhabited and undeveloped wilderness over the previous two centuries, occurred.
Not all of the people of New England were revolutionaries against the elected Parliament. Despite the popular misleading propaganda, the historic truth is that King George was not a dictator; laws were established by elected representatives of the people, to which Royal Assent was always given, just as it still is today in the United Kingdom and throughout the 53 member nations of the Commonwealth.
Those who did not participate in the rebellion, about 1/2 of the New England population (most born in New England), thereafter known as Loyalists, immigrated to England or Canada - often to escape the persecution and confiscation of property that was being inflicted upon them by the rebel regime. Most of the Loyalists were successful businessmen, conservative working men and tradesmen, educators, or members of Militias who did not desert or mutiny.
1829: Montreal's McGill University was established.
1856: Britain's highest military honor, the Victoria Cross, named after Queen Victoria, was established.
1886: In Germany, Karl Benz received a patent for the first gasoline-powered automobile.
1891: Liliuokalani was proclaimed Queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
1916: Military tanks entered battle for first time, by the British, during the First World War.
1922: The political union of Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras ended.
1968: The ice cap of Antarctic was penetrated for the first time. Rock was encountered at a depth of about 2 kilometers.
1991: Iraqi forces attacked the Saudi Arabian town of Kafji.
1996: Venice's opera house, fatefully named La Fenice or "The Phoenix," was destroyed by fire.
1996: President Jacques Chirac announced a "definitive end" to French nuclear weapons testing.