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Sunday, March 5 2017
The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey
"I will take of the Spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone ... I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship"
The Israelites entered Egypt as a family of about 70 refugees (see The First Census Of Israel) who were fleeing a great famine in the land of Canaan. Over the next 400 years, they grew into a multitude, in which military-age males alone totalled over 600,000 men (see The First Sinai Census), in an area of Egypt's abundantly-watered and fertile Nile Delta region known as Goshen.
All of that was made possible by Jacob / Israel's son Joseph who was betrayed and sold into slavery by his jealous brothers (see Joseph's Coat Of Many Colours). Within 2 years however, Joseph went from a dungeon slave to the Prime Minister of Egypt, second only to the King of Egypt himself ("Pharaoh" was originally the term used for the Egyptian king's palace, but later came to be used for the king himself). All of that because the Pharaoh was given to recognize that Joseph was made wise by the Holy Spirit of God (see The Pharaoh's Dreams): "Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?"
"41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
Centuries later, the LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) blessed Moses with the Holy Spirit. After the Exodus, others were also given the Holy Spirit to assist Moses in providing wise leadership for the Israelites.
"11:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. 11:17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone." (Numbers 11:16-17 KJV)
The technical and crafts people who built the Tabernacle (see The Glory Of The LORD In His Tabernacle), constructed the Ark of the Covenant, the furnishings and did the intricate tailoring and decoration did so with "superhuman" ability because the LORD had given them the power of the Holy Spirit.
"31:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
"34:7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. 34:8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
Fact Finder: What did the LORD declare in His Sermon from Mount Sinai?
This Day In History, March 5
363: Roman Emperor Julian left Antioch with a force of 90,000 to attack the Persian Sassanid Empire (see also How Hadassah Of Benjamin Became The Queen Of Persia and Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea).
1179: The Third Lateran Council opened under Alexander III. The 300 bishops enacted measures against the Waldenses and Albigensians. Lateran III also required that popes were to be elected by two-thirds vote from the assembled cardinals (see also The Struggle For The Papacy and The Little Big Horn).
1279: Forces of the Livonian Order (a branch of the Germanic the Teutonic Order) were defeated by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the Battle of Aizkraukle (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1496: King Henry VII of England issued letters patent to the Italian explorer Zuan Chabotto (known in English as John Cabot) and his sons, authorizing them to explore "unknown lands." They became the first to reach northeastern North America (Newfoundland) since the Vikings nearly five centuries before them.
1616: Nicolaus Copernicus's book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (that correctly proposed that the Earth orbited the Sun) was banned by the Roman Catholic Church (see also The Maker Of Mystic Mountain and What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven?).
1778: Thomas Arne, English composer of Rule, Britannia, died.
1790: Flora Macdonald, Scottish Jacobite heroine, died. In 1746 she helped "Bonnie Prince Charlie," the Stuart claimant to the British throne, escape from the Hebridean island of Benbecula.
1824: The British, concerned of a Burmese invasion of Bengal, launched the First Anglo-Burmese War. It lasted nearly 2 years.
1912: Italian forces became the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines (see also The Rockets' Red Glare).
1918: The Soviets moved the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.
1926: Clement Ader, French self-taught engineer, inventor, and pioneer of flight died at age 85 (see Who Was The First To Fly?). In 1890 he flew his steam-engine powered aircraft, while the Wright brothers did not fly their gasoline-engine powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk until 1903, 13 years later. The Wright brothers were the first to fly in the U.S. - they were not the first to fly in the world. The word "aviation" itself originated from the name of Ader's aircraft, the Avion.
1933: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt ordered a 4 day "bank holiday" in order to stop large amounts of money from being withdrawn from the banks during a financial panic.
1933: Election returns in Germany gave the Nazis and their allies 52% of the seats in the Reichstag (see What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It? and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator; also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1936: The Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane went on display for the first time in England. Over 20,000 of the aircraft were manufactured for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War (1939-1945).
1946: In a speech at Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill uttered his now-famous: "From Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent."
1953: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin died.
1974: During the Yom Kippur War, Israeli forces withdrew from the west bank of the Suez Canal (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1979: Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Jupiter. Voyager 2 followed 4 months later.
1982: The Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus.
1999: Paul Okalik was elected the first Premier of Nunavut.
2013: President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela died of cancer at age 59.