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Saturday, November 26 2016
The King Who Was Born In A Barn
"I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war ... And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen"
The Messiah has much experience with horses and donkeys. His humble "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem just before His Crucifixion was accomplished by riding a donkey (just as Joseph and Mary rode into Bethlehem - along with the about-to-be-born Messiah). So too, the Messiah's "triumphal entry" return will be upon a horse - leading a great force of heavenly cavalry. (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and The Return Of Jesus Christ - Are You Ready?)
"21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest." (Matthew 21:7-9 KJV)
It seems like more than just a coincidence then that the Messiah was born in a manger of an inn in Bethlehem - where, apart from the parents, horses and donkeys were the first physical creatures to witness the newborn Messiah (see Amazing Bible Facts About Animals and Where Will The Animals In Heaven Come From?).
People commonly traveled by horse or donkey, so a place to shelter the animals of commercial guests was a normal part of the facility (while cows could have been present, to supply the inn, most of the animals would have been horses and donkeys). While the inns then were all filled to capacity because of the census, there was room, or room was made, for Joseph and Mary (barns are not necessarily unclean places when properly managed; fresh straw is clean, dry and warm - notice also the "strawed them in the way" of the "triumphal entry" verses quoted above) (see Joseph Of Nazareth and What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).
It was there also that the nearby shepherds of Bethlehem were summoned that same night to witness the newborn Messiah (the Magi, or "Wise Men" did not arrive until months later - when the Messiah was then living in a house in Bethlehem; see the Fact Finder question below). (see The Bethlehem Shepherds Prophecy and Bethlehem In History And Prophecy)
"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
Fact Finder: When did the Wise Men arrive to worship the Messiah?
This Day In History, November 26
43 BC: The "Second Triumvirate" was formed by Octavian (who later became Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who proclaimed the census that caused the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Mark Antony (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1476: A real Count Dracula: Vlad the Impaler (a member of the House of Draculesti, a branch of the House of Basarab, also known by his patronymic name Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota.
1688: Louis XIV of France declared war on the Netherlands.
1703: The Great Channel Storm devastated Britain. It flooded the Thames and Severn rivers. Up to 8,000 people died. The Royal Navy lost 15 warships.
1778: English explorer Captain James Cook landed on the Sandwich Islands (known today as Hawaii).
1863: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed November 26 as the U.S. version of Thanksgiving Day. It was celebrated annually thereafter in the U.S. on the last Thursday of November. The celebration of Thanksgiving itself was known and observed long before by other countries (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1914: The British battleship Bulwark, with 750 crew, exploded while loading ammunition. Only 12 survived.
1922: Archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor, the Earl of Carnarvon, became the first 2 people in 3,000 years to see inside the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Uncovered near Luxor, Egypt, it had been spared the fate of many tombs which had been pillaged by grave robbers.
1938: Poland signed a non-aggression pact with Russia to protect against a German invasion. Within a year, Poland was invaded by both Germany and Russia.
1939: James Naismith, the Canadian inventor of basketball, died.
1940: Occupying Nazi troops began sealing off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, imprisoning its 400,000 inhabitants.
1949: The Indian Constituent Assembly adopted India's new constitution as presented by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
1970: Pope Paul VI was attacked with a dagger at Manila airport by a Bolivian artist who was dressed as a priest. He was unhurt.
1979: Oil deposits estimated to be as great as that found in the Middle East were discovered in Venezuela.
1988: The U.S. government, claiming the possibility of terrorist attacks on U.S. citizens, denied Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's request for a diplomatic visa so that he could address a session of the United Nations in New York.
1998: Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's Parliament.
2000: After a lengthy delay for vote recounting, George W. Bush was proclaimed the winner of Florida's electoral votes, enabling him to become the U.S. President.
2003: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its final flight, over Bristol, England.