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Saturday, March 11 2017
The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Spirit Of The Messiah
"And the Child grew, and waxed strong in Spirit, filled with Wisdom: and the Grace of God was upon Him"
The Conception of the Messiah was by the Holy Spirit - The Father was The Father of the Messiah both spiritually (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) and physically (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: How Long In Bethlehem?).
"1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
The Messiah was raised to righteousness by the Holy Spirit (see also A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Life In Nazareth).
"2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." (Luke 2:40 KJV)
"4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
At the Baptism of the Messiah, the Holy Spirit was manifested as a dove (see The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: Holy Ghost Or Holy Spirit?).
"3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
The "temptation of Christ" was a showdown of the Holy Spirit hunting out and confronting the Devil. Satan was the prey, not the Messiah.
"4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." (Matthew 4:1 KJV)
The Messiah is called the Word of God because the Word of God is what He spoke. The same is true for all true prophets.
"10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." (Matthew 10:19-20 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why is Salvation called "the Kingdom of the Father" i.e. "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father" (Matthew 13:43 KJV)
This Day In History
This Day In History, March 11
222: Roman Emperor Elagabalus was assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard (their palace guards) during a revolt. Their mutilated bodies are dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber River (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
537: The Goths besieged Rome. The Goths were one of the tribes of Teutonic/Germanic people who invaded the Roman Empire in the 3rd to 5th centuries, eventually conquering and succeeding it. Thereafter, the Roman Empire became officially known as Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica i.e. the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1708: Queen Anne withheld Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoed legislation.
1810: Napoleon was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise.
1812: An edict emancipated the Jews in Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany). In reality however, the edict was evaded e.g. Jews could study law but not practice it (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1824: Amidst the ongoing genocide (Legal Definition: "The systematic killing of people on the basis of ethnicity, religion, political opinion, social status") and homeland seizure of the Native Americans (the genocide became a children's game known as "Cowboys and Indians"), the United States Department of War created the Bureau of Indian Affairs (see also The First Chinese American War).
1917: General Maude with 50,000 British and Indian troops marched into Baghdad, capturing 9,000 Ottoman/Turkish prisoners (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1931: The communist Soviet Union banned the sale or importation of The Holy Bible.
1935: Adolf Hitler's Nazi air force leader Hermann Goering (who was a German fighter pilot during the First World War, 1914-1918) established the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe. Goering, along with a few other Nazi leaders, were sentenced to death by war crimes trials after the Second World War (1939-1945), but like Hitler, Goering committed suicide before he could be executed (Goering is shown in the photograph below, at left, with his arm on the railing).
1949: Israel's application for membership in the United Nations was approved by the Security Council (membership itself came the following May). Present-day Israel is actually the restoration of the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?)
1953: A U.S. B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb on South Carolina, however the weapon of mass destruction did not explode because the detonation device within the bomb was destroyed upon impact with the ground - the detonation altitude setting was incorrect for the location where the bomb was dropped (nuclear weapons are designed to explode while still in the air).
1990: The Lithuanian Parliament proclaimed the restoration of the Baltic Republic's pre-World War Two independence from the Soviet Union. Lithuania was the first Soviet Republic to break away from Communist control.
2011: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck 130 kilometers east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami that killed thousands of people. The event also caused the second-worst nuclear power plant disaster in history.