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Tuesday, June 16 2015
Song Of Solomon 6: The City Lights
"Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun"
All people of ancient times experienced the reason for the calendar that the LORD created (see The LORD God Our Saviour and The Christian Ten Commandments). While many later devised calendars for themselves, all remained based upon the sun, for days and years, and the moon, for months (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
"1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth" (Genesis 1:14-17 KJV)
The latest-version Roman calendar is used by much of the world today, but the calendar of the early Romans was close to the nature that the LORD provided. The Roman year began in spring, as it did for everyone else, until they shifted it to mid-winter for their "rising sun" festival (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The names of some of the Roman months (apart from those named after the Roman emperors Julius Caesar (July) and Caesar Augustus (August) are continuing proof of the change e.g. September (the Latin prefix "sept" means seventh) had been the seventh month, but became the ninth month. So too October ("oct" means eighth) went from the eighth month to the tenth month and December ("dec" means tenth) went from the tenth month to the twelfth month.
As well, in order to accommodate their Creation-ignoring calendar, Roman months arbitrarily begin at any time of the lunar month, while the LORD's monthly calendar always begins at New Moon. Roman calendar months can have the New Moon at any time of their month, or even two New Moons in a single Roman month because the Roman month system disregards the actual length of a lunar month (see the Fact Finder question below).
True Biblical history and prophecy are based upon the LORD's true calendar. Passover, which is observed from the 14th (i.e. the middle of the lunar month) of the first month, Nisan, in the spring, always occurs at the time of the Full Moon (see The Passover Moon At Midnight).
So too, the autumn Feast of Tabernacles (see The Christian Feast Of Tabernacles In History and Prophecy) is observed from the 15th of the seventh month (i.e. the middle of the month), which is always at the time of the Full Moon. The practical purposes, apart from their historic and Messianic intent, is that the Israelites had "city lights," day and night, for the Exodus. The Full Moon (that always rises at sunset and is visible all night; see The New Moon Calendar) also provided the Israelites (and everyone who observes the Feast of Tabernacles in a tent in the present age) with natural light all night.
The coming of the Kingdom of God (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?) will see the ultimate City Lights in the New Jerusalem, "for the Glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof." Notice also that the only Biblical mention of the famous "pearly gates" is at that time, on Earth.
"21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:2-4 KJV)
The people of ancient Jerusalem, including as recorded in Song of Solomon, knew the physical lights that provided light for the city as they "looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun."
"6:1 Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.
Fact Finder: How did the Church of Rome change everything in the LORD's true calendar?
This Day In History, June 16
363: While under attacks from the Persians (see also The Decrees Of The Persian Kings), Roman Emperor Julian (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) retreated up the Tigris River in Iraq while burning his supply ships.
455: Rome was sacked by the Vandals, a Germanic tribe - hence the term "vandalism" (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1487: The Battle of Stoke, the last great battle fought on English soil, brought an end to the War of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster.
1654: Queen Christina abdicated the Swedish throne after converting to Roman Catholicism.
1567: Mary Queen of Scots was locked up in Lochleven Castle prison.
1671: Cossack rebel leader Stenka Razin was executed in Moscow.
1745: British troops took Cape Breton Island, which is now part of Nova Scotia, Canada.
1746: The Battle of Piacenza during War of Austrian Succession; Austria and Sardinia defeated a Franco-Spanish army.
1779: Spain declared war on Britain; the Great Siege of Gibraltar began.
1815: After marching into Belgium earlier in the month, Napoleon found himself confronted by 2 allied armies, which he tried to split. On this day, a French attack at the crossroads called Quatre Bras on the British army failed to rout it or take the crossroads. The Prussian army also retired intact. Both armies faced Napoleon 2 days later at Waterloo.
1891: John Abbott became Canada's third Prime Minister since the present-day nation was founded in 1867 (July 1 is Canada Day, the national holiday).
1897: The Republic of Hawaii was annexed to the U.S.
1903: The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
1932: The ban on Nazi storm troopers is lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.
1933: Chaim Arlosoroff, a prominent Jewish Zionist (see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ) organization leader, was murdered at Tel Aviv.
1952: A Swedish rescue plane searching for a lost aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighters over Swedish territorial waters.
1955: At the Vatican, Pope Pius XII excommunicated Argentine President Juan Peron.
1963: Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, aboard the Vostok 6 (Sally Ride became the first U.S. female astronaut in space 20 years later, in 1983).
1969: British Field Marshal Harold Alexander died at age 78. During the Second World War, he commanded the evacuation of 300,000 troops at Dunkirk (where he was the last man to leave the beaches), directed the allied ground offensive that resulted in the surrender of German forces at Tunis in May 1943, appointed commander of all allied forces in Italy in 1944, Governor-General of Canada 1946-1952, served as minister of defense 1952-1954 in Winston Churchill's government.
1993: Canada's peacekeeping mission to Cyprus ended after 29 years. The troops transferred their sector to British and Australian troops the previous day.
2012: China launched Shenzhou 9; the spacecraft carried three astronauts, including the first female Chinese astronaut, Liu Yang.