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Wednesday, March 25 2015
Psalm 123: Liftoff, We Have Liftoff
"Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens"
Audio from the 1969 launch of Apollo 11, the first manned moon landing:
Mission Control: Thirty seconds and counting. Astronauts report it feels good. T 25 seconds. Twenty seconds and counting. T 15 seconds, guidance is internal. 12, 11, 10, 9 ... Ignition sequence start ... 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 ... All engines running ... Liftoff! We have a liftoff ... 32 minutes past the hour, liftoff on Apollo 11 ... Tower clear.
Since the beginning of human flight into space by the Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (the first human in space) aboard Vostok 1 on April 12 1961 and then Alan Shepard (the first U.S. astronaut in space) aboard Freedom 7 on May 5, 1961 (Shepard also became the fifth man to walk on the moon from Apollo 14 in 1971), many humans have experienced "Liftoff! We have a liftoff" from Earth into the heavens. Most launches have been successful. A few have ended tragically with loss of life.
The people of ancient times were familiar with the heavens. They didn't have rockets or telescopes, but they didn't have bright artificial lighting that blocked their view either (astronomers today call it "light pollution"). When the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God) told Abraham to look up to the heavens, he was able to see more than most people (particularly those who live in cities) can today.
"15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be." (Genesis 15:5 KJV)
While Abraham was obviously given to see a vast number of unaided-eye stars that represented his many descendants, the lesson was also a prophecy about the time when the fulfillment would begin - the day that the heavens would be filled with the spiritual "children of Abraham" on their "launch day."
"21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
On that day, the day of Christ's return, will occur the first resurrection - when all of the righteous people, from throughout all of the ages, including Abraham, as well as those alive that day, will experience "Liftoff, we have liftoff" - without any need of a launch vehicle (see also Those Who Will Awake Early). Their flawless launches will also have no danger for those then made immortal spirit - everything that could hurt them will be left behind on the ground as they meet the LORD in the air.
"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
The formation flight will perform at least one complete orbit of the Earth, by which not only will all nations then remaining physical see it happening, but in order to gather all of the first resurrection from all around the Earth (see also The Messiah's Prophecies About All Nations).
"24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Re-entry will also be a complete success. The landing will occur on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (see also The Ascent From Bethany).
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." (Revelation 19:11-16 KJV)
King David never had a rocket, but he knew that his launch day is coming (see David's Resurrection Prophecy). It's why he joyously sang, "Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens."
"123:1 A Song of degrees.
Fact Finder: How have many people mistaken the first resurrection for a non-Biblical fantasy "rapture" (a false doctrine invented by a small cult in the 1800s - which has since become a millions of dollars business for those who peddle it with their books and videos)?
This Day In History, March 25
421: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Venice, Italy.
752: Pope Stephen II died only 2 days after his election (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1199: England's King Richard I ("Richard the Lionheart") was wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France. He died from complications of the wound (infection) on April 6. Richard had been active in the "Crusades" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1306: Robert de Bruce was crowned Robert I the Bruce of Scotland at Scone. He led the forces that freed Scotland from English rule in 1328.
1409: The Council of Pisa, formed to try to end the schism in the Catholic church between popes Gregory and Benedict, began meetings at Pisa (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1584: Sir Walter Raleigh was granted a patent to establish an English colony in "Virginia."
1634: The Roman Catholic church gained a foothold in the continent of North America when the ships Dove and Ark arrived with 128 Catholic colonists in what would later become "Mary Land." They had been selected by Cecilus Calvert, second Lord Baltimore.
1655: Christian Huygens discovered Titan, Saturn's largest moon. "Titan" and "Saturn" (along with many others) are the names of pagan gods that some scientists have given to many of the objects in the heavens. While most of them defiantly and haughtily reject the Creator (see The Christian Universe and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain) and "religion," they then hypocritically name objects after the idols of heathen religions.
1669: 20,000 were killed by the eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily.
1799: During the French Revolutionary Wars, 40,000 French troops under Jourdan battled 60,000 Austrians under Archduke Charles at the Battle of Stokach.
1807: The British Parliament abolished the slave trade in the British Empire.
1895: Italian troops invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
1911: 146 immigrant women, mostly Jewish and Italian, died when New York's worst industrial fire swept through a factory owned by the Triangle Shirtwaist Company.
1924: King George of Greece was deposed and a republic proclaimed.
1941: Yugoslavia joined the Tripartite Pact, a military alliance directed against the U.S. and Britain.
1955: East Germany was granted full sovereignty by its occupying power, the USSR.
1957: The Treaty of Rome was signed, providing for the establishment of the European Common Market (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1958: The first flight of the CF-105, the Avro Arrow, at Malton, Ontario.
1961: The Soviet Sputnik 10 carried a dog into Earth orbit, later recovered.
1970: The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
1994: Neo-Nazis fire bombed a synagogue in Luebeck, believed to be the first such incident in Germany since the end of the Second World War.