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Saturday, February 4 2017
The Messiah's Instructions After His Resurrection
"Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures"
The followers of the Messiah had faithfully done so through the time of His Ministry (see The Early Days Of The Galilee Ministry). They were personally taught by Him. But even with all of that, they still were unable to understand until the Holy Spirit was given to them in sufficient measure.
Notice carefully that only after His Resurrection, "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" so that only then could they begin to fully understand: "These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."
The instructions that He gave to them at that time were not new, but rather were clearly heard by them for the first time. The ability to hear would become even greater, for many more people, at the soon-coming Pentecost: "Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high" (see the Fact Finder question below).
"24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
The risen Messiah appeared to them up in Galilee in the weeks that remained until His Ascension before Pentecost (see the Fact Finder question below).
"28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 28:17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
Luke ended the Book of Luke with the Ascension of the Messiah from Bethany, a village on the slope of the Mount of Olives (see What's Going To Happen To The Mount Of Olives?).
"24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Luke then began the Book of Acts (see Acts: Luke's Second Letter To Theophilus) with a more detailed account of the Ascension - and the prophecy of His Return (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Return Of The Messiah).
"1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Fact Finder: What was special about the first Pentecost after the Messiah's Resurrection?
This Day In History, February 4
211: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus died at Eboracum (now York, England) during a campaign against the Caledonians. He was succeeded by his sons, Caracalla (reigned 211-217) and Geta (reigned 211) (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
634: The Battle of Dathin. Rashidun military forces under Yazid ibn Abi Sufyan defeated the "Christian" Arabs around Gaza (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad, What Does The Bible Say About Arabs? and Gaza In History And Prophecy).
1169: A severe earthquake struck the coast of Sicily, causing tens of thousands of deaths and injuries.
1194: Richard I ("Richard Lion Heart") of England was freed from captivity in Germany where he had been held as the prisoner of Holy Roman Emperor Heinreich ("Henry") VI (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1441: Pope Eugene IV published the encyclical Cantante domino. It proclaimed that the Bible of the Roman Catholic Church contains the 66 protocanonical books (i.e. the complete "Protestant" Bible) and 12 deuterocanonical ("apocryphal") books (see also Apocryphal Means Not Authoritative).
1783: An earthquake killed 50,000 people in Italy.
1783: England officially proclaimed an end to hostilities with the rebels in its New England colonies that Britain founded and built in the wilderness of north-eastern North America over a century earlier. Despite the propaganda myths, not all were liberal rebels however (see When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?; also What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
The United Empire Loyalists were conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists.
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1787: Shay's Rebellion, an uprising of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers, failed.
1797: An earthquake killed 40,000 people in Ecuador.
1859: The Codex Sinaiticus was discovered in Egypt.
1861: After some of his relatives were lynched, Chief Cochise began the 25 year Apache war with the US Army.
1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when Japan laid siege to Port Arthur.
1915: At the beginning of the First World War (1914-1918), the first Canadian troops arrived in Europe and entered battle at Flanders. Among them was a Canadian Army doctor, John McCrae (1872-1918), who while serving on the front lines, wrote In Flanders Fields, a poem made famous after the war (McCrae did not survive the war and ironically became among those that he wrote about in his poem).