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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.
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.
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)
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)
Fact Finder: What do trumpets have to do with the return of Jesus Christ?
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.
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).
1617: Louis Hebert signed an agreement that entitled him to become the first farmer in New France (North America).
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).
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).
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.