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Sunday, April 10 2016
Mark 14: The Full Moon Over The Garden Of Gethsemane
"And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and He saith to His disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray"
Bethany was the town on the southeastern slope of the Mount Of Olives that the Messiah frequently visited during the time of His Ministry. Most often, it was at the home of the siblings Martha, Mary and Lazarus (see The House of Martha and Mary). The resurrection of Lazarus happened at Bethany (see Who Else Did They Want To Kill At Passover?). After the Messiah's own Resurrection, He chose to ascend to the Throne of God in Heaven from Bethany (see The Ascent From Bethany and What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?).
Bethany was also the site of a famous prophecy about a woman of great faith (see A Passover Prophecy That You Are Fulfilling Right Now).
"14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. 14:2 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.
The Messiah observed the true Christian Holy Days that were established by Him (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) as prophecies of Him (see The True Christian Holy Days). The famous "Last Supper" was about Passover (see Nisan 14: How Did The Messiah Observe His Last Passover?; see also Nisan 14: The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified and Nisan 15: The First Day In The Tomb On The Passover High Day).
"14:12 And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?
The true "human nature," as the LORD created it, is sinless and obedient to the LORD. Humans, after they chose to follow Satan out of Paradise (see Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?), adopted Satan's nature - rebellious, selfish, arrogant, self-destructive, foolish - that many people now erroneously call human nature.
As such, while yet under the influence of that Satanic spirit, many people are "offended" by Truth - any Truth. True repentance and conversion are the means and the way back to true human nature (see The Cure For Confusion and Which Tree Will You Pick Fruit From?).
"14:27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written,
Gethsemane, from the Greek word pronounced geth-say-man-ay, meaning oil press, was the name given to an olive orchard on the Mount Of Olives. It was there that the Messiah was seized by the lynch mob (see The Night Of The Messiah And The Lynch Mob).
"14:32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 14:33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 14:34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
Judas Iscariot (not to be confused with other righteous men named Judas; see Righteous Judas) then fulfilled the prophecy of the traitor (see What Did King David Prophesy About Judas Iscariot? and Did Judas Iscariot Repent?).
"14:43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
The Messiah was then taken to the house of the High Priest - in itself a violation of the law. There, He was subjected to a night-long abuse and torture session by the evil hypocrites that then occupied the religious council (see Annas And Caiaphas and The Sign Cover Up; also What Did The Pharisees Teach Differently From The Sadducees?).
"14:53 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. 14:54 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
Peter was not a coward - he had just a short time before drew his sword to defend the King against the thugs - and attacked. But when the Messiah told him to stop, Peter became confused. He didn't know what to think - so he denied "knowing" the Messiah. But Peter soon recovered and resumed his place among the faithful (see Why Was Peter Crucified?).
"14:66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: 14:67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
Fact Finder: How do we know that there was a full moon overhead when the Messiah was taken by the mob in the garden of Gethsemane?
This Day In History, April 10
428: Nestorius became the Patriarch of Constantinople (the city was named after Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Among the teachings of Nestorius was his rejection of the Church of Rome's title of Theotokos ("Mother of God") for the Virgin Mary (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).
879: Louis III and Carloman II become co-reigning kings of the Western Franks..
1606: The Charter of the Virginia Company of London was established by Royal Charter by James I of England (after whom the King James Version of the Bible is named) with the purpose of establishing English colonial towns and settlements in the wilderness of North America. The English investment and development continued for about 170 years until the rebellion by a militant minority of the colonists against the laws, that were legislated by a majority of the democratically-elected Parliament, in the name of the King that represented the nation. It was that colonial work that established and built the cities and civilization where only wilderness existed before i.e. the elected Members of Parliament created the legislation that produced the development of the wilderness and the defense of it - not a "dictator king."
The United Empire Loyalists were patriotic conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists. When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later, in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. annexation (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war).
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1741: Frederick II of Prussia defeated Maria Theresa's forces at Mollwitz and conquered Silesia.
1809: Austria declared war on France.
1814: Napoleon was defeated by the British and Spanish at the Battle of Toulouse. It resulted in Napoleon's abdication and exile to Elba.
1858: The original "Big Ben" bell for the Palace of Westminster was cast.
1864: Archduke Maximilian of Austria took the throne of Mexico.
1875: The Northwest Mounted Police (which later was included in the formation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the "Mounties") received government authorization to build a post that would later become the city of Calgary.
1912: The Titanic set off on its first, and only, voyage.
1919: Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and killed by government troops in Mexico.
1922: The Genoa Conference opened to discuss the reconstruction of Europe after the First World War.
1932: In Germany, Paul von Hindenburg received 19 million votes in the presidential elections, beating, for the time being, Adolf Hitler's 13 million votes (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1938: In a referendum, 99.75% of Austrians voted for a merger with Germany (Adolf Hitler was born in Austria).
1941: During the Second World War, U.S. troops occupied Greenland to block German military control of the north Atlantic island.
1944: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), a British mini-submarine entered Bergen harbor in Norway and sank the German ship Barenfels.
1945: The Allies liberated the Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald. It is estimated that nearly 57,000 people (mostly Jews) were killed in its gas chambers during its 8 year existence.
1963: The U.S. atomic submarine Thresher was lost in the Atlantic off Cape Cod; the 129 crew were lost.
1972: More than 50 countries signed a treaty outlawing the stockpiling of biological weapons. As might be expected, the countries that already had the greatest stockpiles of such weapons refused to sign the treaty.
1974: Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir resigned over differences within her Labor Party. She was succeeded by Yitzhak Rabin.
1980: Britain and Spain agreed to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain, closed in 1969.
1989: Intel announced the release of the 80486 processor.
2010: A Polish Air Force Tu-154 crashed near Smolensk, Russia. Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people aboard the aircraft were killed.