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Friday, May 20 2016
John 10: Why Did The Messiah Observe The Feast Of The Dedication?
"And it was at Jerusalem the Feast of the Dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the Temple in Solomon's porch"
The Messiah's famous "I am the good shepherd" was actually a complete teaching about how to recognize the only true Leader while rejecting all of the mis-leaders (see What Do Leaders Do? and Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?; also Why Are True Prophets Hated? Why Are False Prophets Loved? and Sheep From The Goats).
"10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
The "Feast of the Dedication" is more commonly known as Hanukkah. It was originated by the people of Judah, after their return from the Babylonian exile, in the time of the Hasmonean, or Maccabees, who re-dedicated the Temple of the LORD after they purified it from the original "abomination of desolation" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation and A History Of Jerusalem: The Hasmonean Kingdom and the Fact Finder question below).
"10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
Fact Finder: Why didn't the northern Kingdom of Israel ("the lost ten tribes") ever observe Hanukkah? Why only the people of Judah?
This Day In History, May 20
325: The First Council of Nicea was held by the Roman Empire/Church (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
363: The Roman emperor Julian had given Jews permission to begin construction of another Temple; he even provided funds and building materials. The day before construction was to begin, a powerful earthquake struck Jerusalem and destroyed the preparations site (it wasn't yet time for the last Temple to be rebuilt - see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).
526: An earthquake killed about 300,000 people in Antioch, Syria (see Earthquake!).
1217: The Second Battle of Lincoln was fought near Lincoln, England. It resulted in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
1303: The Treaty of Paris restored Gascony to the British in the Hundred Years War.
1347: In Rome, Cola di Rienza took the title of Tribune and assumed dictatorial powers in his drive to revive the city as the capital of Italy.
1497: Italian explorer Zuan Chabotto (popularly known in English as John Cabot) set sail on his ship Matthew from Bristol, England looking for a route to the west. Like other Italian explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Cabot was commissioned by another country - in Cabot's case, under a commission from Henry VII of England.
1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut, India, after sailing from Europe.
1506: Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, died in poverty at age 55. His four voyages of discovery (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy) led to European colonization of the "new world," but at the time of his death, he still incorrectly believed that he had sailed to the coast of Asia (the reason that the native people of the continents of North and South America were erroneously called "Indians").
1536: King Henry VIII, 45, married Jane Seymour, 27.
1609: William Shakespeare's sonnets were first published, in London.
1674: John Sobieski became the first king of Poland.
1690: England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.
1798: Admiral Alexander Ball saved Lord Nelson's flagship from running ashore after being dismasted in a storm.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition during the French Revolution.
1813: The Battle of Bautzen during the Napoleonic Wars (while Britain was fighting the U.S. during the War of 1812, most of the British military was in Europe fighting Napoleon). French troops under Napoleon defeated a Russo-Prussian army in east Germany.
1874: Levi Strauss began marketing "blue jeans" with copper rivets. 120 years later, millions of them are still being sold.
1920: Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasted the first regularly-scheduled radio programming in North America.
1927: Britain signed the Treaty of Jeddah with King Ibn Saud, granting independence to Saudi Arabia (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1932: Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland, Canada to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot. She landed in Ireland the next day.
1939: Transatlantic airmail service began.
1941: First large-scale military paratrooper drop in history - Germans into Crete.
1956: The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped from the air was detonated by the U.S. over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1980: A referendum by the people of Quebec rejected separation from Canada.
1983: The first published medical reports of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS.
1989: The Chinese government declared martial law during pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the stage for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
2002: The independence of East Timor was recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional United Nations administration.