Make a Donation
About The Author
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, March 31 2015
A Passover Prophecy That You Are Fulfilling Right Now
"Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this Gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her"
Bethany was a village on a slope of the Mount of Olives (see also Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives), a short distance ("a Sabbath's day walk," see below) from Jerusalem. It was the place where the Messiah ascended to heaven (see The Ascent From Bethany and What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?; also Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?).
"24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." (Luke 24:50-51 KJV)
Bethany was one of the Messiah's favorite places, perhaps primarily because it was the home town of the sisters Martha and Mary, and their brother Lazarus who the Messiah had raised from the dead shortly before Passover (see Who Else Did They Want To Kill At Passover?).
Six days before the Passover during which the Messiah would be Sacrificed, He again visited His friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus. While there, Mary, who obviously knew that the Messiah's execution was near, took "a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment." The traitor Judas Iscariot (see The Traitor In History And Prophecy) objected to the "waste" (a blasphemous statement by Judas Iscariot in itself) of their ministry money - that Judas regarded as his own ("This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein").
"12:1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
A few days later, two days before Passover, the Messiah was again in Bethany, this time "in the house of Simon the leper" - a healed leper (see Heal The Sick, Cleanse The Lepers). While there, "There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat." Some believe that the woman was again Mary, who had anointed His feet a few days earlier, although only "a woman," who then anointed His head, is stated in the later event.
The influence of Judas Iscariot, or of any evil person, was and is infectious if allowed to fester (i.e. the saying "one bad apple spoils the whole bunch"; see The Spirit Of Traitors). This time "when His disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?"
The Messiah responded with a rebuke to them, as well as a prophecy that people over the centuries, and you right now, are fulfilling once again as you read it: "Wheresoever this Gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her." Prophecy is real. You just fulfilled one.
"26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. 26:3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. 26:5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
Fact Finder: When the Messiah said "Wheresoever this Gospel shall be preached in the whole world," what is the true Gospel that He was talking about?
This Day In History, March 31
307: After divorcing Minervina, Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) married Fausta, the daughter of the former Roman Emperor Maximian.
627: Muhammad, the inventor of the Islamic religion (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), survived a siege of 27 days at Medina (Saudi Arabia) by Meccan forces under Abu Sufyan. Known as the Battle of the Trench.
1492: In the same year that they employed Christopher Columbus to explore the "new world" (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy a map of the four voyages of Columbus) King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain (their youngest daughter, Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of King Henry VIII of England; their divorce eventually resulted in Henry breaking away from the Church of Rome and creating his own Church of England) began enforcing their Edict of Expulsion. All Jews in Spain who would not accept immediate conversion to Roman Catholicism were to be physically put out of the country. About 100,000 trudged across the frontier into Portugal, where they were in turn expelled 4 years later; 50,000 went across the straits into North Africa, or by ship to Turkey. About 50,000 chose to become Catholics and remain, including the senior rabbi and most of the leading families. By the end of July, the expulsion of those who would not convert was an accomplished fact. The destruction of Spanish Jewry is considered by some to be the most momentous event in Jewish history since the mid-second century A.D.
1854: The Treaty of Kanagawa was signed between the U.S. and Japan. Signed under an offshore show of threatening U.S. naval force commanded by Admiral William Perry, it opened Japan-U.S. trade.
1866: Spanish naval forced bombed the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile.
1889: The Eiffel Tower in Paris was officially opened to the public.
1903: Richard Pearse, a New Zealand farmer and inventor, achieved a powered flight in an aircraft that he built. Despite the popular propaganda that has dishonestly ignored and denied them, Pearse was among a number of true aircraft pioneers around the world (including Gustave Whitehead of Germany, Alexander Fyodorovich Mozhayskiy of Russia and Clement Ader of France - the French word "aviation" itself was named after Ader's aircraft) who flew a heavier-than-air vehicle long before the Wright Brothers in the U.S.
1909: Construction of RMS Titanic began at the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast. The "unsinkable" ocean liner sank on its first voyage, less than three hours after scraping an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
1909: Serbia submitted to Austrian control over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1917: The U.S. purchased some of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
1939: All fighting ceased in the three year Spanish Civil War, completing a victory by Fascist forces, who were assisted by German pilots, more than 50,000 Italian troops and other pro-Fascist volunteers against Spanish republicans. The Second World War began a few months later, in September, when Germany invaded Poland.
1949: The British colony of Newfoundland joined Canada as the 10th province.
1949: Winston Churchill said that the atomic bomb was the only thing that kept the Soviet Union from taking over Europe.
1954: The Soviet Union offered to join NATO.
1966: The Soviet Union launched Luna 10. It became the first space vehicle to orbit the Moon.
1971: Lt. William Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment (later reduced to 20 years, of which he actually served almost nothing before being quietly released) for the My-Lai massacre of 500 women and children in Vietnam.
1979: The military relationship between Britain and Malta ended after 181 years with the departure of the destroyer HMS London from Valetta Harbor.
1991: The Warsaw Pact formally ceased to exist.