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Monday, January 9 2017

Elijah's Rise Where Jericho Fell

"Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho ... and they two stood by Jordan ... And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven"

The fall of Jericho at the time that the Israelites crossed the Jordan River (see The Crossing Of The Jordan and The Fall Of Jericho) into their land of inheritance is one of the most famous events of history. Along with the fall was a curse: "Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it."

"6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it." (Joshua 6;26 KJV)

Approaching Jericho

Centuries later, at the time of the divided kingdoms of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah), Hiel, a man from nearby Bethel, rebuilt the city - and suffered the prophesied curse for doing so.

"16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. 16:32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. 16:33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

16:34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun." (1 Kings 16:31-34 KJV)

Jericho thereafter became an active city again. The Messiah visited Jericho during His Ministry (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Setting The Stage Of Jerusalem and the Fact Finder question below).

Jericho was also the place near which the prophet Elijah made his famous ascent with the "chariot of fire" (see Where Did That Chariot Of Fire Take Elijah? and Did Elisha Have Chariots of Fire Too? and Chariots Of Fire In History And Prophecy). He had traveled to Jericho from nearby Bethel on his way to the Jordan River where he was taken away. Notice also that the parting of the Jordan River then was in the same area where the Israelites crossed the river long before.

Map Of Jericho

"2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2:2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.

2:3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day?

And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

2:4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho.

And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.

2:5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day?

And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

2:6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan.

And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.

2:7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. 2:8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee.

And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

2:10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2:12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

2:13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 2:14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

2:15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 2:16 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley.

And he said, Ye shall not send.

2:17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not. 2:18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?" (2 Kings 2:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did the Messiah do in Jericho?
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This Day In History, January 9

475: Byzantine (East Roman Empire) Emperor Zeno fled his capital at Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was the inventor of the Church of Rome and its "Sun Day" worship; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad); one of his generals, Basiliscus, then seized control of the empire.

Byzantine Empire

681: King Erwig of the Visigoths (the "western Goths," a Germanic people) convened a council in which he proclaimed measures against Jews in Spain.

1127: In China, the Northern Song dynasty ended when military forces of the Jin dynasty captured the capital city of Bianjing and Emperor Qinzong.

1324: Italian explorer Marco Polo died (see also What Really Happens In A Trade War?).

The Silk Road

1349: The Jewish people of Basel, Switzerland, were arrested and burned to death because the other people of the city accused them of being the cause of the ongoing Black Death plague. The Jews were not only not the source of the plague, but were actually healthier and much less infectious than the general population because they observed the Biblical laws of diet and hygiene (see Leviticus 11: What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean? and Leviticus 13: Bacteria).

1431: The trial of Joan of Arc began in Rouen, France.

1522: Adrian of Utrecht was elected as the first and only Dutch pope. He was the last non-Italian pope until the Polish-born Pope John Paul II over 450 years later (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

1719: Philip V of Spain declared war on France.

1760: The Battle of Barari Ghat, one of a series of Afghan victories over the Marathas in their war to gain control of the decaying Mughal Empire. It gave the British time to consolidate their power in Bengal.

1792: The Treaty of Jassy ended the Russo-Turkish War; the Russian frontier was extended and the Ottomans (a centuries-long ruling dynasty of Turkey; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) also gained territory.

1793: Jean-Pierre Blanchard of France made the first balloon flight over North America (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).

1799: Prime Minister William Pitt legislated a two shillings per pound income tax to finance Britain's involvement the Napoleonic Wars.

1806: British naval hero Horatio Nelson was buried at St. Paul's Cathedral in London after a state funeral. He led the British fleet against the French at Trafalgar in October 1805 where he was mortally wounded.

Admiral Horatio Nelson

1816: At the Hebburn Colliery, Sir Humphry Davy began implementing his miners safety lamp that was designed to reduce mine explosions caused by lamp flames.

1839: The French Academy of Sciences introduced the Daguerreotype photography method to the public.

1858: Anson Jones, the fourth and the last President of the Republic of Texas, committed suicide after Sam Houston was elected, rather than him, to represent Texas in Washington.

1873: Napoleon III, Emperor of France, nephew of Napoleon I, died.

1905: "Bloody Sunday," a massacre of peaceful demonstrators that marked the beginning of the Russian Revolution of 1905.

1908: Count Zeppelin announced his plans to build an airship that could carry 100 passengers.

Zeppelin

1915: Pancho Villa signed a treaty with the U.S., halting border conflicts between the U.S. and Mexico. By the end of the conflicts, Mexico lost the territories of what is today California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, plus parts of Colorado and New Mexico. As well, Texas broke away from Mexico, but later joined the U.S.

Mexico in 1847

1923: Don Juan de la Cierva, Spanish flier and inventor, made the first successful flight of an autogyro, forerunner of the helicopter.

1957: Anthony Eden resigned as British Prime Minister just months after the Suez Canal crisis.

1960: Construction began on Egypt's Aswan High Dam.

1964: 22 Panamanian students were shot dead during riots which began after U.S. residents of the Panama Canal zone prevented the Panamanians from raising the Panamanian flag in their country.

1972: Fire destroyed the liner Queen Elizabeth as it lay in waters off Hong Kong.

1980: In Saudi Arabia, 63 Muslim extremists were beheaded for their part in the siege of the Great Mosque in Mecca in November 1979.

1982: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck eastern Canada.

1992: Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina declared a Serbian republic.

2005: Mahmoud Abbas replaced Yasser Arafat as President of the "Palestinian National Authority."



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