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Saturday, March 18 2017
"For verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you"
The English-language word "yonder" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word that referred to the sight of an object at some distance. "Look over yonder" meant "Look at that _______ over there." It could mean the distant object itself, or something that was happening with it. A well-known example of that combination is William Shakespeare's famous "What light through yonder window breaks?" from the play Romeo and Juliet.
"22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
The two and a half Israelite tribes whose assigned territorial inheritances were east of the Jordan River did not settle "on yonder side" across the river (see The Israel Of East Jordan and The Return Of The Eastern Tribes).
"32:19 For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan eastward." (Numbers 32:19 KJV)
The Messiah's famous "moving mountains" teaching "to yonder place" was an explanation of the power of the Holy Spirit in those who welcome it by means of their genuine obedience to God (see The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Creation Of Matter And Man and The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Church Of God).
"17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
On the night before His Sacrifice, the Messiah prayed, alone, with the command to the others "Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder" (see The LORD's Prayers To The Father and The Messiah's Triumph Over The Night Of Infamy).
"26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder." (Matthew 26:36 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is the yonder place where the Messiah went after His Sacrifice?
This Day In History, March 18
37: The accession of Caligula, the third Roman emperor. The first two, Augustus and Tiberius, are recorded in the Bible (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea).
235: Emperor Alexander Severus (official name Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander Augustus) and his mother Julia Mamaea were killed by Roman troops near Moguntiacum (modern Mainz), thereby ending the Severan dynasty.
1241: The Battle of Chmielnik; Mongols overran the Polish army in Krakow.
1286: Alexander III, 45, king of Scotland 1249-1286, died. He was the last major ruler of the dynasty of kings descended from Malcolm III Canmore (ruled 1058-1093), who consolidated royal power in Scotland.
1314: Jacques de Molay, the last "Grand Master of the Knights Templar," was burned at the stake.
1438: Albrecht II ("the Bear") was elected King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor. The official title of the "Holy Roman Empire" was actually the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1584: Ivan IV, the first czar of Russia, died. His cruelty and oppression earned him the nickname Ivan the Terrible.
1673: Lord Berkeley of England sold his half of the colony of New Jersey to the Quakers.
1834: In Dorset, England, 6 laborers were sentenced to 7 years banishment to a penal colony in Australia for forming a trade union. They became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
1850: American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
1913: King George I of Greece was assassinated.
1916: On the Eastern Front during the First World War (1914-1918), the Russian army countered the Verdun assault with an attack at Lake Naroch. The Russians lost 100,000 men and the Germans 20,000 (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1922: Mahatma Gandhi was sentenced to 6 years in prison for civil disobedience.
1938: Mexico nationalized all foreign-owned oil properties within its borders.
1940: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agreed that Italy would eventually join the war (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1965: Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov exited his spacecraft Voskhod 2 to become the first human to walk in space (U.S. astronaut Edward White became the second human to do so months after, on June 3 1965; White died in 1967 along with Virgil Grissom and Roger Chaffee in the Apollo 1 launch pad fire).
1965: King Farouk I of Egypt died in exile in Italy.
1967: The oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the Cornish coast of England, spilling 919,000 barrels of oil into the sea.
1968: The U.S. Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency. The U.S. dollar thereafter became only printed paper with a declared value (see also The Birth Of The Dollar).
1969: Richard Nixon began the secret bombing of North Vietnamese forces in Cambodia; it lasted 14 months. Nixon kept it a secret for domestic political reasons, the North Vietnamese said nothing because they didn't want the world to know that they were in Cambodia.
1989: A 4,400-year-old mummy was found near the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt (see also Jacob's Mummy).
1996: The Palestinian Authority (formerly known as the terrorist organization the Palestine Liberation Organization) renamed the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as the "District of Gaza" and the "Northern Counties of Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).