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Saturday, April 8 2017
The First Passover In The Promised Land
"The children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho"
When the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River was completed (see Joshua's Commission, Rahab Of Jericho, The Crossing Of The Jordan and Beachhead In The Promised Land), the Canaanite nations (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?) began to panic - not because of what the Israelites did, but because of what the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) had done for them when they were obedient to Him (see also What Did They Do In The Sinai With Their Egyptian Gold?).
"5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel." (Joshua 5:1 KJV)
The arrival of the Israelites in the Promised Land was forty years later than had been originally planned (see the Fact Finder question below). Another of the results of that delay was the commandment of circumcision, that had been originally given to Abraham centuries before (see From Abram To Abraham), had been neglected by the became-liberal Exodus generation (see Liberation, Not Liberal-ation and The Israelite Wanderland).
"5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. 5:3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.
The Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt was at the time of Passover (see The Beginning Of The Passover Prophecy; also The Passover Moon At Midnight). Forty years later, the Israelites entered the Promised Land at the time of Passover. That Passover marked the end of the free manna.
"5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 5:11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year." (Joshua 5:10-12 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why is there a Book of Deuteronomy in the Holy Bible?
This Day In History, April 8
217: Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antonius), the 23rd Roman emperor, a man noted for his brutality (even for Roman emperors; see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), was assassinated at age 29 as he launched a second campaign against the Parthians.
632: Charibert II, King of Aquitaine, was assassinated at Blaye.
876: The Battle of Dayr al-'Aqul between the forces of the Saffarid amir Ya'qub ibn Laith and the Abbasid Caliphate. The battle repelled Ya'qub's advance on Baghdad (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
1093: Winchester Cathedral was dedicated by Walkelin.
1513: Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed in Florida and claimed it for Spain (for a map of the actual four voyages of Christopher Columbus to "America," see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1525: Albert von Brandenburg, leader of the Teutonic Order, became Duke of Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany). He made Prussia a Protestant state.
1546: The Council of Trent adopted Jerome's Latin Vulgate as the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church. It includes the 15 apocryphal books which are not accepted by most "Protestants" (ironic, since the "Protestant" churches kept nearly all of Rome's antichrist doctrines; see also 2 John: The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots).
1808: The Church of Rome's presence in the U.S. grew when the Diocese of Baltimore (in Mary-land) was promoted to an archdiocese, along with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
1808: "The American Fur Company" was incorporated in New York State by John Jacob Astor. It dominated the fur trade of the central and western U.S. during the first third of the 19th century (see also Who Invented Fur Coats?).
1820: Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, died at age 48. The Scottish-born philanthropist and colonizer established settlements in Canada's Prince Edward Island and near Lake St. Clair in Upper Canada ("Upper Canada" was a term based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; Lake St. Clair is in southern Ontario) and in the Red River Valley of Manitoba.
1838: The Great Western sailed from Bristol, England, on its first voyage. It was the first to make regular Atlantic crossings.
1866: Italy and Prussia made an alliance against the Austrian Empire.
1904: The Entente Cordiale was signed by Britain and France. It settled disputes over Newfoundland, West Africa, Egypt and Morocco.
1908: Herbert Henry Asquith became Prime Minister of Britain.
1938: Italy invaded Albania. King Zog fled to Greece.
1942: U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered to Japanese invasion forces in the Philippines.
1946: The League of Nations began its final session in Geneva after being replaced by the United Nations.
1952: U.S. President Harry Truman called for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
1962: The CIA "Bay of Pigs" invaders were sentenced to 30 years in prison in Cuba.
1970: The Bahr el-Baqar incident. Israeli warplanes bombed an Egyptian school, killing 46 children.
1973: Spanish painter Pablo Picasso died at age 92.
1977: Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel admitted that he had violated the country's currency laws. He later resigned.
1986: Jennifer Guinness of the well-known brewing family was kidnapped in Ireland and held for a 2 million Pound ransom.
1992: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat survived a plane crash in the Sahara Desert. The plane's 3 crew members were killed.
2006: The Shedden massacre. The bodies of 8 men were found in a field near Shedden, a town in southern Ontario, Canada. The murders were linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
2013: Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died at age 88.