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Monday, March 6 2017

The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Spirit Of The Judges

"The Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet"

Israel's "Judges" era (see The Rise Of The Judges) spanned over 2 centuries, from after the death of Joshua (see The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey and Joshua's Farewell) to the time of Samuel (see Hannah's Dedication Of Samuel and Samuel's Farewell), Israel's last Judge (as the term was used in that era), when the first kings of Israel were appointed. The Holy Spirit made the Judges.

Shofar Othniel became a Judge of Israel when "the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war" (see Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar).

"3:9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.

3:10 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

3:11 And the land had rest forty years.

And Othniel the son of Kenaz died." (Judges 3:9-11 KJV)

Gideon was one of the most well-known of the Judges (see Gideon Of Manasseh). He sounded his famous trumpet when "the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet."

While Gideon's trumpet is popularly portrayed today as a modern-day trumpet, the actual word written the Holy Scriptures referred to the ram's horn, or shofar (see the Fact Finder question below).

"6:33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 6:34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him." (Judges 6:33-34 KJV)

"7:19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.

7:20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. 7:21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled." (Judges 7:19-21 KJV)

Caesarea

Samson (see Should Every Mother Be A Nazarite?) is also one of the most well-known of the Judges. He too was empowered by the Holy Spirit.

"13:24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. 13:25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol." (Judges 13:24-25 KJV)

"15:14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. 15:15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. 15:16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men." (Judges 15:14-16 KJV)

"16:28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 16:29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. 16:30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life." (Judges 16:28-30 KJV)

Fact Finder: What do trumpets have to do with the return of Jesus Christ?
See Trumpets: The Prophecy Of The Return Of Jesus Christ


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This Day In History, March 6

12 BC: Roman Emperor Augustus (formerly known as Octavian) was named Pontifex Maximus, thereby incorporating the position into that of the Emperor. Augustus was the Emperor at the time of the birth the Jesus Christ and is recorded in the Bible (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). An in-his-lifetime sculptured portrait of Augustus is shown below.

Augustus

961: Nikephoros Phokas led the Byzantine conquest of Chandax.

1521: Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam (it was no discovery for the native people who lived there).

Magellan

1617: Louis Hebert signed an agreement that entitled him to become the first farmer in New France (North America).

New France

1629: In Germany, the Edict of Restitution ordered that all church property seized since 1552 be returned to the Roman Catholic Church.

1820: The Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by President James Monroe. It provided for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a "slave state," but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.

1834: The city of York was officially renamed Toronto. The city had a population of 10,000 (the population of the "Greater Toronto Area" today is 6 million).

York Toronto

1836: The 13-day siege of the Alamo ended when Mexican troops under Santa Anna captured the mission fort.

1857: The U.S. Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision ruled that slaves were property, not citizens.

1899: Bayer registered "Aspirin" as a trademark of its brand of acetylsalicylic acid.

1900: Gottfried Daimler, engineer who built the first motorcycle, died.

1933: All U.S. banks were closed by a proclamation from President Franklin Roosevelt. The closings were considered necessary after a series of major bank failures and runs on banks (in the 8 days preceding March 4, $1,500,000,000 had been withdrawn by depositors) and the closing of banks by a number of states beginning with Michigan in mid-February. Following passage by Congress of the Emergency Banking Act 3 days later, "sound" banks were permitted to reopen.

1944: 658 U.S. bombers began a daylight attack on Berlin from bases in Britain and dropped 2,000 tons of bombs.

1946: France stated that it would recognize Vietnam as a "free state" within the French Union, with French troops stationed there (which hardly made it a "free state"), but the final confirmation of the accord never came. French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade (the U.S. replaced France in Vietnam).

Vietnam

1964: King Constantine II of Greece succeeded to the throne after the death of his father, Paul I.

1964: "The Nation of Islam" officially gave boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali.

1975: The Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas was shown to a national TV audience for the first time.

1987: A Townsend Thoreson ferry, Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized on its way out of Zeebrugge harbor in Belgium drowning 193 people.

2008: A "Palestinian" (see Where Is Palestine?) gunman murdered 8 students and critically injured 11 more in the library of the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, in Jerusalem, Israel.


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