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Tuesday, September 27 2016
Hebrews 3: The Apostle And High Priest Of Our Profession
"Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus"
The English-language word "apostle" originated from the Greek word, pronounced ap-os-tol-os, that means someone who is officially sent, such as an ambassador of a King. As a matter of the salvation of humanity, Jesus Christ is the first apostle - appointed and sent by God.
"3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him" (Hebrews 3:1-2 KJV)
While many understand the Christian symbolism of the Levite priesthood (see When Were The Levites Set Apart? and Why Did Jesus Christ Choose Aaron?), Jesus Christ, as the LORD God (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), was appointed by God as the sole, ultimate High Priest before Levites even existed (see the Fact Finder question below to understand why the prophetic Holy Days are observed). The Messiah's mission involved His being sent, as the Apostle of God, to thereafter deliver, as the High Priest, the Sacrifice to God (see The Christian Day Of Atonement).
"5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
The full context of "the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus" - "Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him":
"3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Nothing has changed as the prophecies are being fulfilled. Notice the reference to Psalm 95:6-8 ("95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, 95:8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness") in verse 15 below.
"3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith,
Fact Finder: Many people understand the Christian meaning and purpose of Passover, but relatively few understand the true meaning and purpose of all of the other Biblical Christian Holy Days. What are they?
This Day In History, September 27
1066: William I (known as William the Conqueror) and his marine army sailed from the mouth of the Somme River across the English Channel to begin the Norman Conquest of England. A descendant of Viking raiders, William had been Duke of Normandy since 1035 under the name William II. By 1060 his control of Normandy was secure; he then launched the Norman conquest of England in 1066, whereby he became the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087.
1290: An earthquake in China killed 100,000 people.
1331: The Battle of Plowce between the forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Teutonic Order.
1396: Thousands of Church of Rome "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) who had been taken prisoner by Ottoman (i.e. Turkish; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) forces under Sultan Bayazid at the Battle of Nicopolis the day before were beheaded. Among those executed were members of the royal families of France, Germany and Burgundy.
1529: The Siege of Vienna began when Suleiman I attacked the city (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1540: The Church of Rome's Pope Paul III gave approval to Ignatius Loyola for the founding of the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1590: Pope Urban VII died 13 days after becoming Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1605: The armies of Sweden were defeated by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Battle of Kircholm.
1785: The "Episcopal Church" in the U.S. was founded when Anglicans met in Philadelphia to create a denomination independent of the Church of England. The Episcopalians left (but continued the erroneous doctrines of) the Church of England, that left (but continued the erroneous doctrines of) the Church of Rome. All 3 were and are "state religions" (i.e. the Church of Rome, the Church of England, the Episcopal Church" of the United States) that deny the Biblical Truth of the Church of God - which knows and recognizes no man-made political boundaries (see also What Is The Church? and What And Where Is Babylon Today?; also A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).
1791: Jews in France were granted French citizenship.
1821: Mexico declared independence from Spain (Texas succeeded from Mexico 15 years later, in 1836).
1825: In England, the first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson.
1854: The first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurred when the steamship Arctic sank with 300 people aboard.
1905: The physics journal Annalen der Physik received Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?." The paper introduced Einstein's famous E=mc2 equation (see Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).
1923: Martial law was declared in Germany.
1939: Warsaw, Poland capitulated to the invading German forces (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1959: A typhoon battered the Japanese island of Honshu, killing almost 5,000 people.
1964: The Warren Commission released the official report of its investigation of the assassination of President John Kennedy with the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter and that he acted alone. "Conspiracy theorists" continue to disagree with the findings with various counter-claims e.g. Oswald could not have fired shots from 2 different directions at the same time, FBI marksmen found it nearly impossible to repeat the rate of fire and accuracy using Oswald's cheap, bolt-action rifle that, as well, was later found to have a bent sight that would have caused Oswald to fire nearly a foot above, and to the left, of Kennedy's head at that range.
1970: King Hussein of Jordan and Al Fatah guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat met in Cairo with 10 Arab chiefs of state and signed an agreement ending civil war in Jordan.
1996: In Afghanistan, Taliban forces seized control of Kabul and hanged former President Najibullah.
2008: Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese astronaut to do a "spacewalk," from Shenzhou 7.