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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).

Herod's Temple

"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.

10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?" (John 10:1-21 KJV)

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.

10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 10:30 I and my Father are one.

10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. 10:39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

10:40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. 10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. 10:42 And many believed on him there." (John 10:22-42 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why didn't the northern Kingdom of Israel ("the lost ten tribes") ever observe Hanukkah? Why only the people of Judah?
See Israel In History and Prophecy: Hanukkah and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism


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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.

John Cabot 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.





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