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Thursday, January 26 2017
Rocking On Solomon's Porch
"Jesus walked in the Temple in Solomon's Porch ... Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him"
The first Temple in Jerusalem was built in the time of King Solomon (see The Temple That Solomon Built). That Temple was later completely destroyed when the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) sent the Babylonians to remove the corrupt Kingdom of Judah for a prescribed time (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon? and How The Messianic Line Survived In Babylon). All of "Solomon's Temple" was reduced to rubble.
In the time of the Messiah's first coming (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Setting The Stage Of Jerusalem), centuries after the first Temple was demolished, we read of "Solomon's porch" (the King James Version rendering) in the rebuilt Temple (see also When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?). It referred to a colonnade ("A structure consisting of a row of evenly spaced columns" The WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University) on the east side of the Temple, not meaning that it was built in the time of Solomon, but was named from him (named "in honor" of him isn't appropriate because it was Solomon's idolatry that led to the original Temple being destroyed; see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?).
The Messiah frequently walked through Solomon's porch / colonnade, including in this incident in at the time of Hanukkah ("the Feast of the Dedication"; see the Fact Finder question below) in which some followers of Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism) picked up rocks to stone Him.
"10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
Fact Finder: What is the prophetic Christian connection to Hanukkah?
This Day In History, January 25
66: The comet later known in the modern day as Halley's Comet (named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, 1656-1742) made its fifth perihelion (the point of an orbit that an object is closest to the sun) transit on record (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1340: England's King Edward III was proclaimed king of France.
1500: Spanish explorer Vicente Pinzon discovered Brazil (for Europeans, that is; as was the case for all "new world" discoveries, the native people who were already there needed no "discovery") (see also The Greatest Islands Of Earth).
1531: A powerful earthquake killed 30,000 people near Lisbon, Portugal.
1564: Church of Rome Pope Pius IV issued his Benedictus Deus at the Council of Trent. Included in the decree was an Index of Prohibited Books, a listing of unapproved authors and their publications. Also issued was the Tridentinum that supposedly established a distinction between the Church of Rome and Protestantism (most of their doctrines are actually the same; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1699: The Peace of Karlowitz ended the war between Turkey (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) and Austria.
1788: The first settlers from England, including a group of exiled convicts, arrived at Sydney, Australia.
1841: A few days after China conceded the island to Britain, the British flag was raised on Hong Kong.
1891: German engineer Nikolaus Otto died. He was a prime developer of the four-stroke internal combustion engine that was to power the automobile.
1905: The world's largest diamond, weighing over 3,106 carats, was discovered near Pretoria, South Africa. It became known as the Cullinan diamond.
1924: After the communist revolution, the Russian city of Petrograd ("Peter City") / Saint Petersburg was renamed Leningrad ("Lenin City").
1926: Television was first publicly demonstrated.
1934: Germany signed a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland. It ended with the German invasion of Poland a little over 5 years later (in September of 1939) which began the Second World War (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1949: The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory began operation under the direction of Edwin Hubble. It was the largest aperture optical telescope at the time (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1950: India became an independent republic with Jawarhalal Nehru as Prime Minister.
1965: Hindi was proclaimed the official language of India.
1980: Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1992: Russian leader Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would cease routinely targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.
1998: During a nationally-televised Presidential address, Bill Clinton denied having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Physical evidence later proved that he was a liar.
2001: Over 20,000 people were killed by an earthquake in Gujarat, India.