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Wednesday, December 14 2016
The Prophecies Of Gabriel
"I am Gabriel, that stand in the Presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee"
Gabriel is a strong, righteous angel who is recorded in the Holy Scriptures for his delivering four major prophecies of the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) to three of the most well-known people of Bible history.
Gabriel delivered some of the LORD's prophecies to Daniel (see also Daniel's Knowledge Of Wisdom And Science), including the "ram and the he goat" and "the seventy weeks" with the instruction to record them for all to read from that time on. Gabriel appeared to Daniel in Babylon during the time of Judah's exile there (see also What Part Of The Bible Was Written By A Babylonian King?).
The "ram and the he goat" (see Daniel 8: The Ram And He Goat Of Persia And Greece):
"8:15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
The "seventy weeks" (see Daniel 9: The Seventy Sevens In History And Prophecy):
"9:20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; 9:21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. 9:22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. 9:23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
Centuries later, the LORD sent Gabriel to announce the coming miraculous birth of John the Baptist (see The Miraculous Birth Of John The Baptist and What Did John The Baptist's Father Do At The Temple?).
"1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
Then, Gabriel was sent to announce the coming birth of the Messiah to the young woman who was chosen to be His mother (see the Fact Finder question below).
"1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Fact Finder: What does the Holy Bible actually record about Mary, the mother of the Messiah?
This Day In History, December 14
557: Constantinople was severely damaged by an earthquake. The city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
704: Aldfrith, king of Northumbria 685-704, died.
1287: A Zuider Zee (i.e. sea in Dutch) seawall failure in the Netherlands caused the drowning of over 50,000 people.
1542: Princess Mary Stuart became Mary, Queen of Scots.
1782: In France, the Montgolfier brothers' balloon made its first test flight.
1812: The French invasion of Russia ended with the remnants of Napoleon's Grande Armee retreating from Russia (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1822: The Congress of Verona, a last meeting of the powers of the Holy Alliance and Britain, ended with Britain preventing a possible intervention in revolutionary Spain.
1860: George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, died at age 76. The British statesman and Prime Minister (1852-1855) led a government that involved Britain in the Crimean War against Russia. His government settled disputes over boundaries between Canada the U.S. by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842.
1861: Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha died of typhoid at age 42. The German-born husband and first cousin of Queen Victoria (Albert and Victoria were the nephew and niece of King Leopold of Belgium, who promoted their marriage) was the father of King Edward VII. Throughout her almost 40 years of widowhood, Queen Victoria decided important questions on the basis of what she thought "Albert would have done."
1900: Max Planck presented his quantum theory at the Physics Society in Berlin.
1911: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and three others became the first known humans to reach the South Pole.
1920: The first fatalities on a scheduled passenger flight occurred when an aircraft crashed into a house, killing the two-person crew and two passengers at Cricklewood, London.
1927: Britain signed a treaty allowing for Iraqi independence. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War, numerous Middle East nations, including Israel, regained their independence by means of the British Mandate (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1946: Primarily because Europe was still then in ruins at the end of the Second World War, the United Nations voted to move its headquarters to New York.
1977: Representatives from Israel and Egypt met in Cairo for the first peace conference between the two nations.
1981: Israel annexed the Golan Heights. It had been captured from Syria during the 1967 War.
2004: Cuba and Venezuela founded the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.
2012: 20 children and 6 school staff were murdered in a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.