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Wednesday, January 18 2017
When Prophets Anointed Kings
"And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons"
The physical people and kingdom of Israel were created as an object-lesson prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God (see The Patriotism Prophecy). "Israel" was made from Babylonians (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan), Syrians (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria), Canaanites (see The First Jews), Jordanians (see Ruth: Building The House Of Israel), Egyptians (see The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh) and others, just as the Kingdom of God will consist of people of all nations who choose to become native-born citizens of the LORD's Eternal Kingdom (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and The Only Political Party That's Going To Survive).
The people of Israel already had a King (see The LORD God Our Saviour and Why Is God A King, Not A President?) - there was no need for a prophetic substitute in that regard. But the people demanded a king like the other nations (see Our King May Judge Us), so the LORD granted their request. As such, the LORD sent His prophets to anoint kings of Israel. The first was Saul of Benjamin (see King Saul of Israel).
"9:15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 9:16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
Saul was chosen because he was humble and wise, but he became power drunk - he chose to become arrogant and foolish. The LORD then declared Saul unfit (see Saul's Impeachment) and sent Samuel to anoint Saul's replacement - David (see The Anointing Of David).
"16:1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons." (1 Samuel 16:1 KJV)
This Day In History, January 18
350: Generallus Magnentius deposed Roman Emperor Constans and proclaimed himself Emperor (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1126: Emperor Huizong abdicated the throne of China in favour of his son Qinzong. The Chinese painting below was done in that same century (see also The First Chinese American War).
1486: Henry VII of England married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, uniting the houses of Lancaster and York.
1535: Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the present-day capital of Peru.
1670: Welsh privateer Henry Morgan captured Panama. Morgan's checkered career included years as a pirate and as an Admiral of the England's Royal Navy.
1701: Frederick III, the elector of Brandenburg, became the king of Prussia.
1778: English explorer James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. They were initially called the Sandwich Islands, after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich.
1871: The proclamation of the Second German Reich (empire). Otto von Bismarck named King Wilhelm I of Prussia as German emperor ("Deutscher Kaiser", meaning German Caesar; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) in The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, near Paris. North and south Germany were united. Bismarck consolidated Germany under the (Protestant) Prussian Hohenzollerns, assumed the office of Reich Chancellor and was made a prince. The Second Reich lasted for 47 years, until the end of the First World War in 1918. Adolf Hitler called his regime the Third Reich (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).
1886: Hockey ("Field Hockey") was established with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. Ice hockey in its modern-day form is regarded by most historians to have been invented by British soldiers and immigrants to Canada around the same time (the "National" in the National Hockey League originally meant Canada, in which all of the first teams were located).
1919: Two months after the First World War ended, the Versailles Peace Conference opened in Paris with Prime Minister David Lloyd-George of Britain, President Woodrow Wilson of the U.S. (the U.S. entered the 1914-1918 war only during the last 18 months from April 1917, after the greatest battles had been fought) and Prime Minister George Clemencea of France. Kaiser Wilhelm had abdicated and departed for exile in Netherlands where the Dutch refused to extradite him for trial as a promoter of the war. The Weimar Republic was established.
1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, thereby ending a three-year Nazi "Siege of Leningrad" (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1967: Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler," was convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.
1974: Israel and Egypt signed peace agreements to officially end the Yom Kippur War which had began on the previous October 6 (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1977: Medical researchers identified a previously-unknown bacteria as the cause of "Legionnaires' disease" (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).
1995: The European Parliament endorsed the new 20-strong European Commission, marking the Strasbourg-based assembly's political birth.
2000: The Tagish Lake meteorite impacted the Earth in northern Canada. It was estimated to have been 4 meters in diameter and weighed 56 tons when it entered the atmosphere and exploded. Over 500 fragments have been found.
2005: The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner, was unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France. The full-length double-deck airliner has a capacity of up to 853 passengers.