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Wednesday, January 4 2017
A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Ascension To Heaven
"He led them out as far as to Bethany ... while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven"
The Messiah ascended to heaven from near Bethany, a village on the south-eastern side of the Mount of Olives. Prior to that time, Bethany was the place where a number of famous events of the Messiah's life happened, including the restoration to life of Lazarus (see Why Did The Messiah Raise Lazarus From The Dead? and The House of Martha and Mary) and the obtaining of the donkey's colt that was used for the "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem (see also Did Mary Really Ride A Donkey Into Bethlehem?).
"24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Luke then continued the explanation (see Acts: Luke's Second Letter To Theophilus), not only of the event, but of the time and the purpose of the Messiah's Ascension (see also the Fact Finder question below).
"1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
The prophet Daniel (see also Daniel's Knowledge Of Wisdom And Science) was also given to see the ascension, just as clearly, centuries before it happened. Notice how, while Luke recorded "he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight" for the departure, Daniel records the subsequent arrival with the same miraculous clouds, "the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven."
"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 (see The LORD's Letter From Patmos) was also 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 (again, see the Fact Finder question below).
"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.
Fact Finder: How did the Messiah's Ascension connect and fulfill Passover, Pentecost and the Day of Atonement?
This Day In History, January 4
41: The Roman emperor Caligula was murdered (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
771: Upon the death of his brother Carloman, Charlemagne becomes sole ruler of the Frankish Empire - that grew into the so-called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1493: Christopher Columbus set sail from "America" (all 4 voyages of Columbus actually did not go beyond the islands of the Caribbean Sea) to return to Spain on his first voyage of discovery (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1642: King Charles I of England ordered the arrest of members of Parliament, triggering England's civil war.
1643: Isaac Newton was born. The English physicist and mathematician is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time. His book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy"), which was first published in 1687, laid the foundation for much of modern physics. Newton also made great contributions to optics (the Newtonian telescope, an excellent design that is still in use today, is named after him; the author's Newtonian telescope is shown in the photograph) and shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the invention of the infinitesimal calculus.
1861: The Confederate States of America were formed, first consisting of South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana - in effect, a rebellion against the states that had rebelled against Britain.
1863: During the U.S. Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln ordered General Ulysses Grant to revoke Grant's infamous "General Order Number 11" that expelled all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.
1912: The moon made its closest approach to the earth in the 20th century, 438,249 km. / 272,315 miles.
1944: The British Fifth Army launched an attack upon Monte Cassino, Italy. On the same day, Soviet troops crossed the former Polish border.
1948: Burma withdrew from the British Commonwealth and became independent after more than 100 years of British rule.
1951: During the Korean War, Chinese and North Korean troops captured Seoul, South Korea from United Nations forces (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1974: Richard Nixon refused to deliver evidence subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
1990: Panamanian President Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. invasion forces after taking refuge in the Vatican Embassy. Noriega's diplomatic status (he was a President of a sovereign nation) and prisoner of war rights (Noriega was a military officer in the Panamanian army), according to longstanding laws of civilized nations (including the Geneva Convention), were ignored; he was taken and imprisoned in jails for U.S. common criminals.