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Sunday, March 13 2016
Matthew 14: Feeding The Hungry, Walking On Water
"He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease"
John the Baptist was born by the LORD's miraculous Will. Until then, the parents of John the Baptist "had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years" (Luke 1:7 KJV). John the Baptist would not have existed if not for the purpose that the LORD created him to fulfill.
John was a Levite (see Levites In History And Prophecy), born of Levite parents (see What Did John The Baptist's Father Do At The Temple? and The Mothers Of The Two Greatest Prophets).
"1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. 1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
So it was that John was born and became the prophesied prophet whose purpose was to prepare the way for the beginning of the Messiah's Ministry "As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet" (see The John The Baptist Prophecies).
"3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying,
While John did not know how his ministry would end (see How Did The Messiah Free John The Baptist From Prison?), he knew with clarity and certainty that his "prepare the way" ministry must end when the Messiah became known: "He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease."
"3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:27-30 KJV)
John was martyred by immoral, corrupt people who one day will face the LORD's Judgment for what they did (see Lethal Lust).
"14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, 14:2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
The Messiah's Ministry then began with power, exactly when and as prophesied. The "feeding of the five thousand" is one of many famous miracles that He was empowered to do by means of the Holy Spirit (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?).
"14:13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
The "walking on water" miracle was a demonstration that "faith can move mountains" - or enable, not only the Messiah, but all who have sufficient faith, to "walk on water" (see Healings Of Man And Nature).
"14:22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
Fact Finder: Why did the Messiah insist that John baptize Him?
This Day In History, March 13
607: The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet (as it was later named after a man; see The Christian Universe).
624: The Battle of Badr. Known as "the turning point of Islam," it was a major victory for Muhammad's army of "Islam" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1519: Spanish Conquistador ("conqueror") Hernando Cortez landed in Mexico.
1569: During the Third French Religious War, the Huguenots under Prince de Conde were defeated by the Catholics at the Battle of Jarnac.
1639: Harvard College (known today as Harvard University) was named for the English clergyman John Harvard, a lifetime loyal servant and pioneer of England's colonies in North America.
1656: Dutch colonial authorities denied Jews the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam, later renamed by the British as New York City. Now with 2 million Jews, New York is today one of the largest Jewish-populated cities on earth, second only to Tel Aviv in Israel.
1759: Halley's Comet made its 27th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun). It was the comet's first return since it was predicted by English astronomer Edmund Halley to do so. Halley died January 14 1742 - 17 years before.
1781: The planet "Uranus" (the pagan name that humans have given to it) was discovered by German-born English astronomer Sir William Herschel.
1809: Sweden's King Gustavus IV was overthrown in a coup d'etat and was replaced by his uncle Charles XIII.
1813: Sweden joined the Grand Alliance against Napoleon and his allies.
1865: During the U.S. Civil War, the Confederate Congress under President Jefferson Davis signed a bill allowing slaves to join the Confederate army in exchange for freedom - a bizarre collusion in which the former slaves would then be fighting to keep other slaves in slavery.
1868: The U.S. Senate began the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.
1881: Russian Czar Alexander II was assassinated when a bomb was thrown at him near his palace.
1900: The British under Frederick Roberts captured Bloemfontein in the South African Boer War. The Boers (a Dutch word meaning farmer) were white descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa; their Dutch-related language is known as Afrikaans.
1908: The first automobile in Jerusalem (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1930: Clyde Tombaugh announced the discovery of the planet "Pluto" (the pagan name that humans have given to it).
1935: 3,000 year-old archives were discovered in Jerusalem. They matched the Biblical record.
1938: Austrian Chancellor Seyss-Inquart introduced a law re-unifying Austria with the German Reich (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1964: Catherine (Kitty) Genovese, 40, was murdered in Queens, New York, with dozens of neighbors watching. The attack lasted nearly 30 minutes, but no one helped or called police because, as some told authorities later, they "didn't want to get involved" (the origin of the popular term at that time).
1989: A tremendous magnetic storm produced by solar flares tripped the circuit breakers at the James Bay generating station, and was soon followed by a complete collapse of the power system in Quebec. Power failures also occurred in Ontario, British Columbia, Sweden, and in states throughout the U.S. The solar flares also disrupted radio communications, marine and navigational signals worldwide for many days, sometimes causing freak conditions e.g. California Highway Patrol communications overpowered local transmissions in Minnesota, and automatic garage doors in a California suburb began to open and close on their own.
1990: The Soviet parliament voted to end the political monopoly of the Communist Party after 72 years.
1992: Pravda, founded in 1912 by Lenin, the official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party, ceased publication because of lack of funds.
1996: The Dunblane massacre. In Dunblane, Scotland, 16 Primary School children and 1 teacher were murdered by a gunman, Thomas Watt Hamilton, who then committed suicide.
1997: A deranged Jordanian soldier shot and killed 7 Israeli girls on a school trip to an area called "The Island of Peace" on the border with Jordan (see also Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
2008: Gold prices reached $1,000 per ounce for the first time.
2013: The Church of Rome's Pope Benedict XVI was succeeded by Pope Francis.