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Tuesday, April 5 2016
Mark 9: Why Did Capernaum Fall?
"And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell"
Mount Hermon, in the Lebanon mountain range, is a majestic, snow-peaked mountain that is visible from Galilee to the south. It would have been a familiar sight to the Messiah for the entire quarter-century that He lived in Galilee. The "transfiguration" (see The Moses And Elijah Vision) happened while the Messiah was preaching in Galilee, thereby making Mount Hermon the mostly-likely place where the event happened. The brightness of the vision would have further been enhanced by the year-round snow at the peak i.e. He "leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them ... And His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow." Part of the area today is the site of a ski resort.
"9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
"9:14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. 9:15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
The Messiah was violently rejected from the three towns that He lived in during His human lifetime. As an infant, He had to be taken from His birth town of Bethlehem to keep Him from being murdered (see Escape From Herod and The Rachel's Children Prophecy). The Messiah then lived in Nazareth of Galilee for about 25 years (from age 4 or 5 to age 30), until His Ministry began - when the people violently rejected Him, even trying to kill Him (see The Last Words At Nazareth). The Messiah then went and lived in Capernaum during the years of His Ministry, but there too, He was abused and rejected - to which the Messiah delivered unto them their condemnation of ruin (as happened, as seen in the photograph): "10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell." (Luke 10:15 KJV).
The Messiah nevertheless maintained a home in the north, in Capernaum, until He was Crucified in the south, in Judea. Many of His most well-known teachings were given during His Ministry years at Capernaum - unlike Nazareth where He was known only as an ordinary citizen when He lived there before His Ministry began ("13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house." Matthew 13:55-57 KJV; see also The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth). The people of Capernaum were given to witness far more than the people of Nazareth - thereby making their failure worthy of that much greater rebuke.
"9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
The physical and spiritual healings that were done happened by means of the Holy Spirit - that is not exclusive to anyone, even the most pompous who lust to "lead" Christ's Church. In this incident, the Messiah wasn't telling them to not interfere with a believer in Him from doing miracles, but rather to not attempt to interfere with the Holy Spirit that was itself doing the miracles as a witness of Him.
"9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
The lesson of not being a Satanic "stumbling block" (see the Fact Finder question below) to anyone else is actually found in a number of other lessons (see Why Can't Light Be Hidden?).
"9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Fact Finder: What is a "stumbling block"?
This Day In History, April 5
1081: Alexios I Komnenos became the Byzantine emperor at Constantinople (the city named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1242: The Russian forces repelled an invasion by the Teutonic Knights (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1355: In Rome, Charles IV was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1513: Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian, King Henry VIII of England, King Ferdinand of Aragon (Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England, was the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, who employed Christopher Columbus as an explorer) and Pope Leo X signed the Treaty of Mechlin, an alliance to invade France.
1621: The English merchant ship Mayflower (in service 1609 to 1624, a typical 15-year working life of such ships of that era) set sail on its return trip to England from the "New World" (see also The Pilgrims and Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1710: The Statute of Anne was granted Royal Assent to establish the Copyright Law of the United Kingdom.
1795: The Treaty of Basel between France and Prussia was signed during the French Revolutionary War.
1843: Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong as a British crown colony.
1879: Chile declared war on Bolivia and Peru, thereby starting the War of the Pacific.
1896: The modern-day Olympic Games began, in Athens.
1900: Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discovered a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they called Linear B.
1943: During the Second World War, a U.S. warplane killed 900 civilians, including 209 children, when it bombed the Belgian town of Mortsel, rather than the intended target, a factory over a kilometer away.
1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for giving U.S. atomic secrets to Russia.
1955: Winston Churchill resigned as British Prime Minister. He was succeeded by Anthony Eden.
1974: The 110-story World Trade Center opened in New York.
1975: Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese military and political leader, died. He fled to Taiwan after his Nationalist forces lost the Chinese civil war against the communists under Mao Zedong in 1949.
1989: The Polish government legalized the Solidarity union, and allowed democracy in government.
2009: North Korea launched a nuclear-capable Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket that passed over Japan.