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Thursday, February 19 2015
Psalm 89: The Messiahs Of Prophecy
"Thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him ... I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him"
"Christ" is the English-language rendering of the Greek word, pronounced khris-toess, which means anointed. It was used, in the "New Testament" (which was written in the "world language" of that time, Greek - even though most people spoke and taught in Hebrew or Aramaic; see also The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus) as the Greek term for the "Messiah" - from the Hebrew word, pronounced maw-shee-awkh, which also meant anointed. "Christ" and "Messiah" are identical in actual meaning.
Two people (and their direct descendants who carried on their prophetic role) were "anointed" (maw-shee-awkh i.e. Messiah-ed) as direct living prophecies of the dual responsibilities of the Son of God. They were all merely men, but the LORD established them as living prophecies of Himself. The Levite Priesthood and the Israelite Monarchy were genuine creations of the LORD, not of any man or nation's "religion" or "politics."
The first was the Levitical High Priest who prophetically-portrayed humanity's High Priest before God the Father (see The Christian Day Of Atonement: Past, Present and Future). It seems like no mere coincidence that the LORD established the prophetic priesthood before the prophetic kingship of Israel (perhaps another primary reason that Moses was not made a king at the time that his brother Aaron was given to create the Priesthood - apart from his being of Levi, not Judah; see Jacob's Prophecy To Israel) because it is being fulfilled by Jesus Christ in that order - the Sacrifice and Deliverance, then the authority given to Him by the Father to rule (see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?).
"40:13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint [maw-shee-awkh, "messiah"] him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest's office." (Exodus 40:13 KJV)
The second prophetic figure of the Messiah is the King of Israel - which was a prophecy of the Kingdom of God that will be composed of repentant people of all nations - just like Israel came into existence from all nations, beginning with a "gentile" from Iraq named Abraham (see What Are Gentiles Doing In Israel? and The Prophecy Of King David's Messianic Throne).
"16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed [maw-shee-awkh, "messiah"] him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah." (1 Samuel 16:13 KJV)
The Psalms are a treasure of prayers (e.g. see The LORD Is My Shepherd and When Does God Listen To Prayer?) and prophecies (e.g. see David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise and King David's Zion Prophecy). The prophecies include the Bible's only eyewitness account of the Crucifixion through the Messiah's own eyes as He hung on the Cross. Appropriately, it was given to be seen by the king, David, that portrayed the ultimate King, Jesus Christ, in prophecy (see David's View From The Cross).
Like many of the others, Psalm 89 contains even the Word of the LORD, directly, Who is the fulfillment of what He was saying, as He spoke it e.g. "I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him" and "I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations."
"89:1 Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
Fact Finder: What are the genuine Christian Holy Days that were established by Him, as prophecies of Him?
This Day In History, February 19
197: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeated rebel commander Clodius Albinus at the Battle of Lugdunum, the greatest battle between Roman armies (see The Politics Of Rome, Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Legions Of Men And Angels).
356: Emperor Constantius II issued a decree to favor the Roman newly-created version (perversion) of Christianity in the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
842: The Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ended. A Council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of graven images (which they called "icons"). This debate over icons is often considered the last event which led to the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western Roman Churches.
1401: William Sawtree, regarded by some as the first English religious martyr, was burned in London.
1408: The English Northumberland Rebellion ended when Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, was defeated by Henry IV at the Battle of Bramham Moor.
1473: Nicholas Copernicus was born in Poland. He is considered by some to be the founder of modern astronomy.
1568: Miles Coverdale died at age 80. He was the translator and publisher of the first complete Bible to be printed in English, in 1535. He was also the editor of the "Great Bible" of 1539.
1674: England and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Westminster to end the Third Anglo-Dutch War. The treaty surrendered the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, after which it was given its present-day name - New York.
1797: Pope Pius VI signed the Treaty of Tolentino with Napoleon under which Bologna, Romagna and Ferrara were ceded to France.
1800: Napoleon Bonaparte established himself as first consul in France.
1861: Serfdom was abolished in Russia.
1915: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British and French warships began attacks on Ottoman (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) fortifications at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to force the straits of Gallipoli.
1918: With the beginning of communism in Russia, a decree abolishing all private ownership of land, water and natural resources was issued by the Soviet Central Executive Committee.
1942: Japanese forces made the first attack on the Australian mainland, bombing Port Darwin.
1942: During the Second World War (which actually began in September 1939 for the rest of the world, but only in December of 1941 for the U.S. with the Japanese attack on the U.S. military base in Hawaii), President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the arrest and camp internment, without charge or legal due process, of many people of Japanese race, even those born in the U.S.
1953: Georgia approved the first "literature censorship board" in the U.S.
1959: The Prime Ministers of Britain, Turkey and Greece signed an agreement in London for the independence of Cyprus.
1976: Iceland severed diplomatic relations with Britain during the "Cod War," a dispute over fishing rights of depleted Atlantic cod stocks.
1976: Executive Order 9066 of 1942 (see listing above), which provided the legal means to incarcerate racial-Japanese U.S. citizens (including those born in the U.S. for generations) to "internment camps" without charge or trial during the Second World War, was rescinded by President Gerald Ford.
1986: The Soviet Union launched its Mir space station. It remained in Earth orbit for 15 years.