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Thursday, January 12 2017
Peter And The Pearly Gates
"The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb ... And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl"
The calling of the twelve disciples (see also Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?) who would be educated ("disciple" means student) to become the twelve apostles ("apostle" means some authorized person who is sent to represent someone; see also Who Was The Greatest Apostle? and the Fact Finder question below):
"10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Notice carefully that the twelve apostles were sent to the tribes of Israel, not to the other nations. "Gentile" simply means nation - Israel was "gentile" too, but it was to the other gentiles, the other nations, that the twelve apostles were sent, while others, such as Paul, were sent to the world (see What Was Different About Peter And Paul?).
"10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 10:9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10:10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
The purpose of the twelve apostles was not limited to their physical lifetimes. In the coming Kingdom of God (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Kingdom Of God and Why Is God A King, Not A President?), "when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
"19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." (Matthew 19:28 KJV)
"Peter at the pearly gates" is a very famous belief that will be partially true after the Messiah's return - although Peter's actual presence then and there will not be like the fantasy. As we read, Peter will be just one of the equal-responsibility apostles there, and as stated below, nearby will be the gates to the New Jerusalem - each of which will be a gate of pearl: "the twelve gates were twelve pearls."
"21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 21:13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." (Revelation 21:10-14 KJV)
Fact Finder: What are the actual meanings of disciples, ministers, apostles and prophets?
This Day In History, January 12
475: Basiliscus became the Byzantine (East Roman) Emperor during a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople (the city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, the inventor of the Roman Catholic Church; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1519: Maximilian I, King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor, died. The actual official title of the "Holy Roman Empire" was Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica - "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1539: The Treaty of Toledo was signed by King Francis I of France and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
1598: Pope Clement VIII seized the duchy of Ferrara on the death of Alfonso (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1806: The French evacuated from Vienna.
1816: France decreed that the Bonaparte family should be excluded from the country forever (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1820: Britain's Royal Astronomical Society was founded (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1848: The revolution against Ferdinand II, king of the Two Sicilies, began.
1879: The Zulu War began between the British of the Cape Colony and the natives of Zululand.
1897: Isaac Pitman died at age 84. The English educator was the inventor of the "Pitman Shorthand" system that was named after him.
1908: A wireless message was sent long-distance for the first time, from the recently-built Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1920: 29,000 Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were reported killed in the 1919 Ukraine pogroms.
1928: Ruth Snyder, the first woman to die in the electric chair, was executed in New York.
1938: Austria recognized the Franco government in Spain (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1950: A Swedish tanker struck the British submarine Truculent during the submarine's trials in the Thames River. Only 15 of the 70 men on the submarine survived.
1967: James Bedford, 73, became the first human deliberately frozen with the hope of restoring him to life at some point in the future (it will happen, but the freezing was completely unnecessary - see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).
1967: The Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches announced the "first step toward restoring full unity" after the separation 400 years before in the time of King Henry VIII.
1970: Biafra surrendered, thereby ending the Nigerian civil war.
1977: Anti-French demonstrations took place in Israel after France released Abu Daoud, who was responsible for leading the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes.
1990: Romania banned the Communist Party, the first former Warsaw Pact member to do so.
2004: The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, made its maiden voyage.
2010: An earthquake in Haiti killed over 300,000 people and destroyed the capital city of Port-au-Prince.