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Tuesday, January 24 2017
The Golden Flowers
"Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch ... all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold"
Despite its wilderness location, the Tabernacle in the time of Moses (see The First Passover At The Tabernacle and The Christian Feast Of Tabernacles In History and Prophecy) was ornate and beautifully decorated - as made possible by Egypt's "parting gift" to the Israelites.
"12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 12:36 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians." (Exodus 12:35-36 KJV)
The famous seven-branches olive-oil lampstand ("candlestick in the King James Version") was also ornately crafted. The oil bowls (see also The Seals, Trumpets And Vials Of The Messiah's Return) were shaped like almond flowers, made of gold.
" 25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. 25:32 And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: 25:33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.
"6:21 So Solomon overlaid the house within with pure gold: and he made a partition by the chains of gold before the oracle; and he overlaid it with gold. 6:22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.
Fact Finder: When won't there be any more Temples? When will all be "gold"?
This Day In History, January 24
41: Roman emperor Caligula was assassinated by his own bodyguards, the Praetorian Guards. Caligula had succeeded Tiberius who ruled the Roman Empire at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The assassins then proclaimed Caligula's uncle Claudius (who they found hiding behind a curtain amidst the murder) as Emperor.
1076: German bishops renounced their subjection to Pope Gregory at the Synod of Worms (Vorms, rendered in English as "Worms," is a city in Germany).
1438: The Council of Basel suspended Pope Eugene IV.
1458: Matthias Corvinus was elected the king of Hungary. He was the son of the popular Hungarian nationalist leader John Hunyadi.
1568: The Spanish imperial governor, the Duke of Alva, declared William ("William of Orange") of the Netherlands an outlaw. William was a leading founder of Dutch independence.
1679: King Charles II of England dissolved the Cavalier Parliament. It became the longest-running English Parliament, during 18 years of the reign of Charles II. Like its predecessor, the Convention Parliament, it was patriotically Royalist ("patriotism" originally meant faithful to the king).
1742: Charles Albert of Bavaria was proclaimed Holy Roman Emperor as Charles VII. Charles opposed the Hapsburg, Francis, husband of Maria Theresa (see Emperors and Popes).
1800: The Convention of al-Arish. An abortive Anglo-French agreement for the French evacuation of Egypt.
1908: The first Boy Scout troop in the world was formed in England by Robert Baden-Powell, a British army officer with distinguished service in the South African (Boer) War of 1899-1902. Baden-Powell also founded the Girl Guides in 1910. Both organizations have spread around the world, although not all give credit where credit is due for the actual founder.
1915: During that First World War (1914-1918), the British fleet under the command of Admiral Beatty defeated the German navy under Von Hipper at the Battle of Dogger Bank. The German cruiser Blucher was sunk, killing 870.
1931: The League of Nations rebuked Poland for the mistreatment of a German minority in Upper Silesia.
1961: A U.S. B-52 bomber, with two 24-megaton nuclear bombs aboard, crashed near Goldsboro, North Carolina. While neither of the weapons of mass destruction detonated from the impact, the explosive uranium core of one of them was never recovered.
1965: Sir Winston Churchill died at age 90. He served as the Prime Minister of Britain during the Second World War (1939-1945).
1966: Indira Gandhi, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first prime minister), became Prime Minister of India after the death of Sri Shastri.
1972: On Guam, a Japanese soldier from World War Two was discovered. Shoichi Yokoi had spent 28 years in the jungle with the belief that the war that ended in 1945 was still ongoing.
1978: A Soviet Union satellite, powered by a nuclear reactor, re-entered the earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over northern Canada.
1981: Millions of workers in Poland boycotted their jobs to support the Solidarity trade union's demand for a 5 day work week. The communist government eventually relented.
1986: Voyager 2 made a fly-by of the planet "Uranus" (a pagan name given to the planet by man) at 81,593 km. It found new moons.
1989: Mass murderer Ted Bundy, 42, was executed in the Florida electric chair; he killed up to 100 women.
2003: The U.S. "Department of Homeland Security" officially began operations.