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Tuesday, January 31 2017
What Was Ancient To The Ancient People Of The Bible?
"Who hath declared this from ancient time? Who hath told it from that time? Have not I the LORD? And there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me"
The people recorded in Bible history are regarded as ancient - and so they were. They lived long ago.
But those people, even the earliest ones, also had a profound awareness of the ancient time before them. They became aware of it by means of the Word of God.
When Jacob / Israel blessed each of his sons (see Jacob's Prophecy To Israel), the Israelite tribal patriarchs, he did so with a view of time forward and back. Consider how his prophecy about Joseph, the father of Ephraim and Manasseh, included his awareness of "the ancient mountains." Jacob understood the principle of Creation that created geology (see also The Greatest Islands Of Earth).
"33:13 And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, 33:14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, 33:15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, 33:16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren." (Deuteronomy 33:13-16 KJV)
They also knew that rivers, such as the Kishon (see The Journey Of The River Of Kishon), were ancient.
"5:21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength." (Judges 5:21 KJV)
King David understood the ancient times - as well as the future of them (see David's View From The Cross).
"77:5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times." (Psalm 77:5 KJV)
They all knew the "ancient" things because the LORD, who was born as Jesus Christ made it known to them: "Have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me" (verse 21 below; see also The LORD God Our Saviour).
He refered to Himself as the only God that they could then know because the Father is yet to come in the future (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Kingdom Of God). That's why He said "5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape." (John 5:37 KJV) and "6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father" (John 6:46 KJV).
"45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear." (Isaiah 45:21-23 KJV)
Notice how the ancient times were created for the fulfillment of the eternal future.
"46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:" (Isaiah 46:9-10 KJV)
The prophet Daniel was given to see "the Ancient of days" (He was called that because in Daniel's time He hadn't yet been born as Jesus Christ) arrive in heaven after His Sacrifice (see The Messiah's Atonement Of Passover At God's Throne).
"7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
Fact Finder: What are the "seventy sevens" of prophecy? What leads up to them?
This Day In History, January 31
876: German Emperor Charles ("Charles the Bald") became king of Italy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1504: France ceded the Italian city Naples to the Spanish kingdom of Aragon.
1606: Guy Fawkes was executed for his involvement in the "Gunpowder Plot" - an attempt by English Roman Catholics to blow up the British Houses of Parliament and assassinate King James I (for whom the King James Bible was named). As a well-deserved end for any treasonous rebel (see The Spirit Of Traitors and The Treason Of Judas), Fawkes was hanged, drawn, and quartered.
1788: Charles Edward Stuart (popularly known as "Bonnie Prince Charlie" and the "Young Pretender") died in Rome at age 67. He was the leader of the Jacobite rebellion against the English (1745-46).
1915: During the First World War (1914-1918), Germany used poison gas on the Russians at Bolimov (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?). On the same day in 1917, Germany announced that it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare in the Atlantic Ocean.
1918: In the Soviet Union, January 31 under the Julian calendar system was the last day of its use (the Julian calendar was named after Julius Caesar; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The next day was designated February 14 under the Gregorian calendar - the dates in between were simply skipped (see Pope Gregory's Calendar and The Antichrist Calendar).
1929: Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Union after losing a struggle for leadership of the country with Joseph Stalin (see also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?).
1930: Britain, the U.S., France, Italy and Japan began the London Naval Conference. The purpose was to halt the arms race and prevent war. The Second World War followed only nine years later.
1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Battle of Stalingrad ended with the Russians victorious over Hitler's invasion army (again, see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1950: U.S. President Harry Truman (the only man to ever order the use "weapons of mass destruction" without fear of nuclear retaliation; see Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?) announced that he had ordered the development of hydrogen bombs that would greatly surpass the destructive power of the U.S. atomic bombs that he used to incinerate the civilian populations of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Russia responded to Truman's increase of military power with the development of their own "H Bomb," beginning the nuclear arms race.
1953: 2,000 people were drowned when hurricane-force winds flooded the Netherlands.
1958: James van Allen discovered the solar system's radiation belt that is now named after him - the Van Allen Belts.
1968: During the Tet offensive of the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam), a captured Vietcong soldier was summarily shot in the head on a Saigon street by the chief of South Vietnam's police, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. The execution caused international outrage after it was seen around the world in newspapers and TV news.
1976: Ernesto Miranda, famous from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling "Miranda Rights" reading to an accused person ("You have the right to remain silent etc."), was stabbed to death in Arizona.
1996: Comet Hyakutake was discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake.