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Tuesday, November 8 2016

Revelation 5: The Messiah's Atonement Of Passover At God's Throne

"By His own blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us ... Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy Blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the Earth"

Most Christian-professing people readily-recognize that the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of the Passover lamb prophetic observance (see The Day That The LORD Was Crucified and The Days Of Passover: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days?).

"1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29 KJV)

Even the exact hour timing of the Sacrifice matched the original Passover instructions. The Passover lamb was to be sacrificed on Nisan 14 "between the two evenings" (i.e. between high noon and sunset - the sixth (12 noon) and twelfth hour (6 pm) of daylight, with the ninth hour (3 pm) being the customary time), as stated in the actual Hebrew. Most translations use the Hebrew-ignoring, unclear and confusing term "in the evening" or at "sunset."

It was during those very same hours, as actually written in the original Hebrew, that the Messiah died on the Cross.

"12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening ["between the two evenings" was actually written in the Hebrew of the Holy Scriptures]." (Exodus 12:5-6 KJV)

"23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost." (Luke 23:44-46 KJV)

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The Messiah's Sacrifice was a making of the payment for the sins of all repentant people (the lake of fire will be the fate of all arrogant rebels who refuse to repent; see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners). The delivery of the payment however was yet to be made. That was fulfilled by another true Christian Holy Day - the Day of Atonement (see the Fact Finder question below to understand the vital connection between Passover and the Day of Atonement).

The apostle John was given to see the Messiah's deliverance of His Passover Blood to the Throne of God to fulfill the Day of Atonement - as prophesied by the Levite High Priest entering the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle or Temple, once per year, on the Day of Atonement.

"5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying,

Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 5:12 Saying with a loud voice,

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying,

Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever." (Revelation 5:1-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is the Day of Atonement observed by Christians?
See The Christian Day Of Atonement


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This Day In History, November 8

960: The Battle of Andrassos. Byzantine (the Eastern Roman Empire) forces under Leo Phokas the Younger defeated the Hamdanid Emir of Aleppo.

Byzantine Europe

1226: Louis IX succeeded Louis VIII as the French king.

1519: Following the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the same area, for the same reason (to claim the New World for Spain; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Spanish Conquistador ("conqueror") Hernan Cortes entered Tenochtitlan, where Aztec ruler Moctezuma (also rendered as "Montezuma") welcomed him. Cortes took Moctezuma prisoner and thereafter began to make himself the ruler of the Aztec people.

New World

1576: The Netherlands' 17 provinces formed a national federation.

1602: The Bodleian Library at Oxford University was opened to the public.

1619: The Battle of White Mountain, near Prague. Czech Protestants under Frederick "The Winter King" were routed by Ferdinand's (Hapsburg) Catholic imperialists under Johannes Tilly (a Netherlander). The first major battle of The Thirty Years War.

1620: The King of Bohemia was defeated at the Battle of Prague.

1630: Great flocks of passenger pigeons darkened the sky over Boston. They were hunted and shot (mostly for "sport") into extinction.

Passenger Pigeons

1656: English astronomer Edmond Halley was born. He became the first to accurately predict the date of the return of a comet. The comet, which has returned every 76 years is named after him - Halley's Comet.

1685: The Edict of Potsdam was proclaimed by Frederick William of Brandenburg to give the Huguenots refuge from religious persecution.

1793: The Louvre, the principal art museum of France, opened in Paris.

1895: German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays while experimenting with electricity.

1917: The Canadian Press was founded by daily newspapers across the country. Before 1917, newspapers exchanged news regionally and received international news from the Associated Press, but they had no established means of sending news east and west across the vast country.

1923: Adolf Hitler's failed "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British, Canadian and U.S. forces landed in North Africa in "Operation Torch."

1944: 25,000 Hungarian Jews were "loaned" to the Nazis for forced labor.

1960: John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history. Although both men were elected President (Kennedy in 1960, Nixon in 1968), neither finished their full term - Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Nixon resigned in 1974 due to the Watergate criminal investigations.

1980: Voyager 1 discovered the 15th moon of Saturn (while many scientists reject the existence of the Creator and the truth of His Holy Bible, they ironically, and hypocritically, very often name scientific "discoveries" and exploration programs after non-existent pagan gods e.g. saturn, neptune, apollo; see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1987: 11 people were killed by a terrorist IRA ("Irish Republican Army") bomb at an Ulster Remembrance Day service.

1988: 900 people were killed by an earthquake in China.

2004: During the invasion of Iraq, 10,000 U.S. troops began the siege of Fallujah.

2011: The asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth, the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 2010 XC15 in 1976.


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