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Monday, November 30 2015
Ezekiel 37: When The LORD Will Raise All Of The Dead
"And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put My Spirit in you, and ye shall live"
Humanity is awaiting two joyous resurrections to salvation (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). The first resurrection, on the day of the Messiah's return, will be to spirit (to understand why that resurrection will be to spirit, see The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day). The second resurrection, of everyone else, will be a restoration of their physical lives (to understand why it will be a restoration of their physical lives, see The Eighth Day: Living Waters).
Included among the great physical resurrection of all of humanity will be a vast number of Israelites, those who were not in the first resurrection, as described by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) to Ezekiel in the famous "valley of dry bones" prophecy.
"37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?
That time will also mark the reunification of the divided kingdoms of "Israel" and "Judah" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) into the united kingdom of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below).
"37:15 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
Fact Finder: What happened to the united kingdom of all of the tribes of Israel? How and when will they become one again?
This Day In History, November 30
1016: King Edmund II of England died. He became known as "Ironside" for his defense of England against the invading Danes under Canute (or "Knut"). Canute's forces eventually won however, and made the Danish/Polish Viking Canute the king of England for 20 years, during which the pro-Rome Canute made England into a territory of the so-called Holy Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1215: The Fourth Lateran Council ended. Convened by Pope Innocent III, it made the first official use of the Church of Rome's man-made doctrine of "transubstantiation."
1554: Under Queen Mary (Mary Tudor - "Bloody Mary") Roman Catholicism was restored to England for a short time. Mary had Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and nearly 300 other Protestant leaders burned at the stake.
1700: A Swedish force of 8,000 under King Charles XII defeated 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. The Russian loses were 10,000, while Sweden lost 600. Charles died on this date, in 1718, while invading Norway.
1718: Sweden's King Charles XII died during the siege of the fortress Fredriksten in Norway.
1786: Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, proclaimed a criminal justice reform policy that made his country the first to abolish the death penalty.
1803: Spain officially transferred the Louisiana Territory to France. Less than 3 weeks later, France transfered the territory to the U.S. as the Louisiana Purchase.
1824: Work began on the Welland Canal. The canal, located in the Province of Ontario, connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, bypassing Niagara Falls, enabling large ocean-going ships to access ports in Ontario, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
1838: Mexico declared war on France after the French taking of Vera Cruz.
1853: During the Crimean War, the Russia's navy devastated much of the Turkish (i.e. Ottoman) fleet at the battle of Sinope (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1934: The British Railways steam locomotive Flying Scotsman became the first to officially exceed 100 miles per hour.
1939: Russia invaded Finland with 20 army divisions consisting of nearly 500,000 troops.
1950: U.S. President Harry Truman threatened to again use his atomic bombs (his first two uses of "the bomb" incinerated the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in which over 200,000 civilian men, women and children were killed or horribly burned), this time against North Korea. From that time on, North Korea (and a number of other nations) sought to get "the bomb" too, to defend themselves from those who threaten to destroy their country with nuclear weapons.
1983: Radio Shack began selling its Tandy computer (80186 chip).
1988: The United Nations General Assembly censured the U.S. for not providing Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat a diplomatic visa to enter New York for the sole purpose of addressing the UN (see also Where Is Palestine?).
1996: Prince Andrew returned the Stone of Scone (pronounced "scoon") to Scotland on behalf of England after exactly 700 years during a ceremony in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle. The 440 pound block of grey sandstone was the coronation seat of Scottish kings until it was carried away as war booty by King Edward I in 1296. It was placed under the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey where it has been involved in all coronations since then.