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Saturday, February 25 2017
The Messiah's Appearances On Earth After His Ascension To Heaven
"There shined round about him a light from heaven ... I am Jesus ... His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire"
The Messiah appeared to many people after His resurrection (see The First Witnesses Of The Messiah's Resurrection and After The Resurrection - Back Home In Galilee). Some of those people further witnessed the Messiah's ascension to heaven weeks later (see The Passover To Pentecost Connection and The Messiah's View As He Ascended To Heaven). But the Messiah also appeared, on Earth, to at least two of the apostles after His ascension to heaven.
The first was the Pharisee Saul who became the apostle Paul from that encounter.
"9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." (Acts 9:1-6 KJV)
Paul later reiterated the incident, while providing more detail - including a second appearance of the Messiah to Paul that later happened in the Temple in Jerusalem. It was during that second appearance that the LORD declared that Paul's ministry would be to all nations: "And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles" (see Paul, The Apostle To The World and What Was Different About Peter And Paul?).
"22:6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. 22:7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
It was during yet another appearance to Paul that the LORD declared that Paul would take the Gospel right to the head and heart of the Roman Empire: "So must thou bear witness also at Rome" (see also Why Was Paul Sent To Rome?).
"23:10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle. 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome." (Acts 23:10-11 KJV)
Perhaps the most-famous on-Earth appearance of the Messiah after His ascension was to the apostle John on the island of Patmos. The result was the letter to the seven churches of Turkey (see also Turkey In History And Prophecy) that is known today as the Book of Revelation (see The LORD's Letter From Patmos and Why Were The Seven Churches Listed In That Order?)
"1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
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This Day In History, February 25
138: Roman Emperor Hadrian adopted Antoninus Pius, providing the way to make Antoninus Pius the next emperor (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
493: Odoacer surrendered Ravenna after a 3-year siege.
628: Persian Kiung Khosrau II was overthrown by his son Kavadh II.
1308: Edward II was became king of England.
1336: 4,000 defenders of Pilenai (a fortress in Lithuania) committed a mass suicide rather than be captured by the Teutonic Knights.
1525: French king Francis I was defeated and captured by Imperial forces at Pavia.
1570: In the last such decree made (to date) against a reigning British monarch by any pope, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I (daughter of Henry VIII who broke away from the Church of Rome and created the Church of England). Pius (his real name was Antonio Ghislieri, born in Bosco, Italy) also absolved her subjects from allegiance to her (the pope in effect gave his "blessing" to anyone in England who would assassinate Queen Elizabeth), an of murder and treason that the majority of them refused to attempt.
1723: Christopher Wren died. The English architect became a prolific designer of buildings after the Great Fire of London in 1666, notably the new St. Paul's Cathedral.
1815: Napoleon left his exile on Elba, intending to return to France.
1831: The Battle of Olszynka Grochowska during the Polish November Uprising against the Russian Empire.
1856: The Paris Peace Conference opened after the Crimean War.
1899: Paul Julius Reuter, German founder of the Reuter's news agency that bears his name, died. It began in 1850 when he set up a European pigeon post service from Aachen to Brussels.
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), German forces captured Fort Douaumont during the Battle of Verdun.
1932: Austrian-born Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship, thereby allowing him to run for President (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Turkey (see also Turkey In History And Prophecy) declared war on Germany near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945).
1954: Gamal Abdul Nasser, a man dedicated to the destruction of Israel, became leader of Egypt.
1971: The Pickering (a city near Toronto) Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, became operational.
1986: After the assassination of his major political opponent Benigno Aquino, and the uprising that followed, Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos fled into exile in the U.S. (adding to the U.S. collection of ousted dictators during that time, which earlier included the Shah of Iran).
1991: Members of "Warsaw Pact" signed an agreement to dismantle the once powerful communist military alliance.
1994: Baruch Goldstein, a U.S.-born Jewish settler, murdered 43 Muslim worshipers at a mosque in Hebron before he was overcome and beaten to death (see also A Biography Of Abraham: Mamre in Hebron and Caleb's Hebron).