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Saturday, November 7 2016
Revelation 4: The Messiah's Returns - To Heaven And Earth
"O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own Self with the Glory which I had with Thee before the world was ... 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"
When the Messiah ascended back to the highest heaven ("3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven" John 3:13 KJV), "He was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight" (see also The Messiah's View As He Ascended To Heaven and John's Eyewitness Of The Messiah And The LORD God)
"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." (Acts 1:9-11 KJV)
Exactly as prophesied, the Messiah will return "in the clouds" - at the time when the first resurrection will also happen (see The Feast Of Trumpets: The Return Of The Messiah).
"4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 KJV)
The Holy Scriptures identify three levels of "heaven" - the Earth's atmosphere ("For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth" Isaiah 55:10 KJV), outer space of the planets and stars ("And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" Genesis 1:14 KJV), and the place of God's Throne ("Our Father which art in heaven" Matthew 6:9 KJV). The "clouds of heaven" described in the verses above are obviously clouds of the atmosphere.
But notice the "clouds of heaven" at God's Throne, as described when the Messiah returned to God from Earth (see also Daniel 1: Daniel's Knowledge Of Wisdom And Science).
"7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." (Daniel 7:13-14 KJV)
The apostle John, as did the prophet Daniel, then described the scene at The Throne of God when Jesus Christ returned there (see also Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?).
"4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
This Day In History, November 7
680: The Sixth Ecumenical Council began in Constantinople. The city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, who created the antichrist Church of Rome and many of its anti-Biblical doctrines (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1492: The Ensisheim meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck the Earth in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.
1619: Elizabeth of Scotland and England was crowned Queen of Bohemia.
1659: The Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed, ending the Franco-Spanish War of 1648-1689.
1665: The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, was first published.
1775: John Murray (formally known as Lord Dunmore), a nobleman of Scotland who served as the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, started the first emancipation of slaves in North America by issuing Lord Dunmore's Offer of Emancipation. The program was stopped by the leaders of the New England revolution, most of whom were and remained slave owners through their entire lives (e.g. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were lifetime slave holders), including after proclaiming "freedom" and "all men are created equal" for themselves.
1783: The last person was publicly burned by Spanish Inquisition.
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself emperor, thus ending the First Republic of France ("emperor" is an ancient Roman term that merely means that the leader of one country declares himself the leader of other people's countries, usually by invasion; see Emperor).
1837: Elijah Lovejoy, a prominent U.S. anti-slavery publisher, was killed by a mob while attempting to defend his newspaper's press.
1867: The first Parliament of Canada opened in Ottawa. The introductory throne speech was delivered by Governor General Lord Monck to Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and his newly-elected cabinet.
1885: The "Last Spike" of the Canadian Pacific Railway completed Canada's first transcontinental national railway.
1917: British forces under Edmund Allenby defeated the Ottomans during the Third Battle of Gaza. With Beersheba already under their control, the way was then open for the British advance for the liberation of Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1917: The Bolshevik Revolution began; communists under Vladimir Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky in Petrograd.
1921: Benito Mussolini became the leader of the Italian "conservative" Fascist Party (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?). He became the primary European ally of Adolf Hitler during the Second World War (1919-1945). At the end of the war, Mussolini, 61, and his mistress Clara Petacci, 33, were executed by a mob of Italian people who then hung the bodies upside down with meat hooks at a service station.
1938: Ernst von Rath, the third secretary of the German Embassy in Paris, was murdered by 17 year-old German-Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, whose father had been among 10,000 Jews deported to Poland in boxcars shortly before; the retaliatory killing was used as an excuse by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) to trigger the anti-Jewish "Kristallnacht" in Germany 2 days later.
1956: The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling upon Britain, France and Israel to withdraw their troops from Egypt.
1973: The U.S. and Egypt announced restoration of full diplomatic links for the first time since the 1967 Six Day War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
2000: The Presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, one of the most contested and controversial elections in the history of the U.S.; Gore won the popular vote of millions of U.S. voters, while Bush won a U.S. Supreme Court decision of 9 judges that in effect declared Bush the winner (for which many critics claimed that the "Republicans on the Supreme Court decided the election").