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Saturday, December 31 2016
A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Setting The Stage Of Jerusalem
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! ... For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the LORD"
The Messiah's experiences with Jerusalem began in the most ancient time (see Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation and Melchizedek Of Salem). When He was born as a man, everything that He did in Jerusalem was for the purpose of fulfilling the prophecies about Him (see also The Messiah's Levitical Birth).
"2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
The only recorded event of the Messiah's life after His Birth, until His Ministry began, was the incident at the Temple in Jerusalem when He was age twelve (by no coincidence, He was then almost at the "coming of age" year of Judaism - He would have turned thirteen before His return for the next Passover).
"2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
The Messiah's Ministry began in Galilee, but its fulfillment was always aimed at Jerusalem.
"20:17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, 20:18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again." (Matthew 20:17-19 KJV)
As had happened with Nazareth (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Life In Nazareth) and Capernaum (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Capernaum On The Lake Shore), the Messiah was rejected at Jerusalem - for which each received their Judgment, until He returns to restore Truth to the world (see What And When Is The Day Of The LORD? and What Happens After The Day Of The LORD?).
"23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Fact Finder: When did the history of Jerusalem begin?
This Day In History, December 31
406: Germanic Vandals and Suebians crossed the Rhine River, thereby beginning an invasion of Roman-occupied Gaul (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1229: James I of Aragon ("the Conqueror") entered Medina Mayurqa (Palma, Spain), thereby culminating Rome's reconquest of Majorca.
1384: English religious reformer and Bible translator John Wycliffe died at age 56. Among His teachings were that The Scriptures are the supreme authority in all doctrinal matters, and that Jesus Christ is anyone's only overlord.
1492: Jews were expelled from Sicily.
1600: Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to the "company of merchants of London trading to the East Indies" - the East India Company.
1687: The first shipload of emigrating Huguenots (French Protestants) left France for South Africa.
1719: English astronomer John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, died at age 73. The Greenwich Observatory was built for him.
1775: The Battle of Quebec began. British forces repulsed an attack by New England rebel forces under General Richard Montgomery.
1857: Queen Victoria chose Ottawa, Ontario (on the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec) as the new capital of Canada. The earlier choice, Kingston, Ontario (located on the north shore of Lake Ontario), was by then regarded as too convenient and vulnerable to attack by the U.S. (a lesson learned and never forgotten during the Wars of 1776 and 1812).
1911: Marie Curie received her second Nobel Prize for her work on radioactive elements.
1923: The chimes of Big Ben in London were broadcast for the first time by the BBC.
1923: The Sahara Desert was crossed by an automobile for the first time.
1930: Brewery heir Aldolphus Busch was kidnapped ("Bush" is an abbreviated form of the German name Busch).
1938: Dr. R.N. Harger's "drunkometer," the first breath test for car drivers, was officially introduced, in Indianapolis.
1968: Russia's TU-144 supersonic airliner made its first flight, several months ahead of the Anglo-French Concorde.
1973: A three-day work week was introduced in Britain to conserve energy during a miners' strike.
1980: Canadian communications theorist and educator Marshall McLuhan died at age 69. He is most well-known for his statements that electronic media were turning the world into a "global village" in which "the medium is the message." Among his lesser-known statements, referring to the drivel that dominates TV programming, was "TV sucks the brain right out of your skull."
1987: One second was added to that year to compensate for precession of earth's axis.
1991: The Soviet Union was officially dissolved as a political entity.