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Saturday, April 9 2016
Mark 13: The Mount Of Olives View Of The Messiah's Return
"This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven"
The Mount of Olives at Jerusalem is a very special place. After His Crucifixion and Resurrection (see The Passover To Pentecost Connection), the Messiah ascended to the Throne of God in heaven from the Mount of Olives (see The Ascent From Bethany and What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?). The Mount of Olives will also be "ground zero" of the return of Jesus Christ (see Trumpets: The Prophecy Of The Return Of Jesus Christ).
"1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey." (Acts 1:9-12 KJV)
With modern technology, everyone on Earth could witness the return of the Messiah - not to beg and plead with the arrogant rebels of this world in their dead-end, do-it-yourself religions and buffoon-politics toy countries (a "Babylon" state of mind that began long ago; see The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes and The Cure For Confusion), but to rule the world, and the humanity that He Created for it, in the Kingdom of God (see The Patriotism Prophecy and The First And Last Nation).
The apostles (and the prophets before them, including King David; see King David's Zion Prophecy and Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives), were also given to witness the return of the Messiah - as a sure vision of the future. The Messiah's famous Olivet Prophecy (named after the Mount of Olives) was given by Him on the very place where He would ascend and return. The prophecy also includes many details of the state of the world in the time just prior to the return (see the Fact Finder question below).
"13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
Many "leaders" in the corporate churches of God (see Who Did God Choose As The Messiah's Wife?) have made the foolish mistake (as plainly stated below, the Messiah said not to do it - defying His command and doing it anyway is foolish) of "setting dates" - when the Messiah Himself awaits to be told by the Father when the return will happen. The only time-factor sign, that we are actually given, that the return is imminent will be the beginning of the 42-month ministry of the "two witnesses" who will be martyred at the end of their ministry - upon which, a short time later, the return of the Messiah will happen (see the Fact Finder question below).
"13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Fact Finder: When the ministry of the "two witnesses" begins, the return of the Messiah will be a little more than 42 months away. What does the Holy Bible actually say about that?
This Day In History, April 9
193: Septimius Seversus was proclaimed emperor by the Roman army (see Legions Of Men And Angels and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire) in Illyricum (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
537: Byzantine general Belisarius began his Siege of Rome.
1241: Mongol forces fought the Poles and the Germans at the Battle of Liegnitz (see also Gog and Magog).
1413: Henry V was crowned King of England.
1440: Christopher of Bavaria was made King of Denmark.
1483: King Edward IV of England died.
1511: St. John's College of Cambridge, England was founded.
1585: Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to establish the English colony at Roanoke Colony for the King left England. Raleigh named Virginia in honor of the "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I of England. Carolina was named from the Latin word for Charles (Carolus), after King Charles I of England.
1626: Francis Bacon, British lawyer, courtier, statesman, philosopher and writer died at age 65.
1682: Explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier de La Salle reached the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed Louisiana after King Louis XIV of France.
1770: English explorer James Cook sighted Botany Bay, Australia.
1747: Simon Fraser, the 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, became the last man in England to be executed by beheading.
1799: Sir Humphrey Davy discovered the anesthetic properties of nitrous oxide, ("laughing gas").
1869: The Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German-held Vimy Ridge (France) was taken by 4 divisions of Canadian troops after one of the fiercest battles of the war.
1921: The Russian-Polish War ended with the signing of the Riga Treaty.
1940: Germany invaded Norway and Denmark during the Second World War.
1945: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian and anti-Nazi was executed in Flossenburg concentration camp. He was arrested in 1943 for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.
1948: 245 Arab men, women and children were killed by the Irgun (a "Zionist" paramilitary group; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace) in a village close to Jerusalem called Deir Yassin. The murders resulted in tens of thousands of Arabs fleeing to the Arab-controlled West Bank, and into Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Egyptian Gaza Strip. In retaliation, the Arabs murdered 77 Jewish doctors and nurses in a convoy on their way to Mount Scopus.
1969: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its maiden flight, from Bristol to Fairford in England.
1991: The date of Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0
1991: Georgia declared independence from the Soviet Union.
1992: President Manuel Noriega of Panama was convicted of drug charges in a Miami court. Noriega was captured as a prisoner of war when the U.S. invaded Panama, however he was thereafter prosecuted by U.S. domestic law.
2005: Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, his mistress of many years.