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Sunday, April 16 2017
Who Vandalized The Menorah?
"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles"
The English-language rendering of "Menorah" is from the Hebrew word pronounced men-oh-raw. The Menorah was the seven-branched lampstand that was originally made for use in the Tabernacle (see The Seven Lamps Of The Lampstand and The First Christian Tabernacle), according to command of the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) as given to Moses.
The King James Version translates the original Hebrew word as "candlestick," even though it had olive-oil lamps, not candles. The Revised Standard Version more-accurately translates it as "lampstand," while the Complete Jewish Bible uses the English rendering of the Hebrew word, "menorah."
"25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same." (Exodus 25:31 King James Version)
Later, the Temple in Jerusalem also had the specified-use lampstand - which was lost in 70 AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple (see the photograph below of the Arch of Titus). The works of Titus Flavius Josephus, more popularly-known simply as Josephus, are an independent eyewitness account of the Truth found in the Holy Bible - including direct references to Jesus Christ, outside of the Bible itself, such as these from Josephus' Jewish Antiquities.
"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so named from him are not extinct at this day."
The historical record by Josephus of the fall of Jerusalem is an eyewitness account of the fulfillment of the prophecy of it given by Jesus Christ nearly forty years earlier e.g. Christ's "There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down" of Matthew 24:2 was actually witnessed by Josephus with his description "the battering rams began their thundering work."
An excerpt from Josephus' The Wars Of The Jews:
"Nero died after having reigned thirteen years and eight days, and Vespasian, being informed of the event, waited for a whole year, holding his army together instead of proceeding against Jerusalem. Galba was made emperor, and then, after the defeat and death of the emperor Vitellius, Vespasian was proclaimed by the East. He had preferred to leave the Jews to waste their strength by their internal feuds while he sent his lieutenants with forces to reduce various surrounding districts instead of attacking Jerusalem. When he became emperor, he released Josephus from his bonds, honouring him for his integrity. Hastening his journey to Rome, Vespasian commanded Titus to subdue Judea.
The Romans themselves made a historic documentation of their looting of the Temple in Jerusalem on the famous Arch of Titus that was constructed shortly after the event. Included in their takings from Jerusalem was the Menorah, as clearly shown.
The Roman Empire, like all empires before and since, eventually fell from its presumed and self-declared "leading" of other nations. The weakened by corruption and moral perversions Romans themselves were then invaded in their homeland, just as they had done to others for centuries. Among those fierce and battle-smart opponents were the Vandals, a Germanic tribe who typically invaded and looted other nations - the modern-day term "vandalism" originated from the ancient Vandals.
Many believe that the Menorah and other Temple articles are still in Rome, as documented by the Arch of Titus. But the vandals looted Rome, just as the Romans had looted Jerusalem. The artwork below portrays an interesting possibility - the Vandals taking the Menorah away from Rome to their homelands in northern and eastern Europe.
Fact Finder: How are a "lampstand" and "olive trees" involved in the Messiah's return?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 16
1457 BC: The estimated date of a Battle of Megiddo (an ancient "battle of Armageddon"; see also The Battles Of Megiddo) between Thutmose III of Egypt and a Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh (see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?).
73: Masada fell to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).
1065: The Norman Robert Guiscard took Bari, ending 5 centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.
1175: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I ended the siege of Alessandria and signed the Treaty of Montebello with the Lombard League (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1521: Martin Luther, 34, arrived at the Diet of Worms (i.e. "Worms" is the English rendering for Vorms, a city in Germany), where he defended his "Ninety-Five Theses," first advanced in 1517. At the Diet (a term for a legislative assembly used some countries, "Diet" derived from the Latin word for day), Luther refused to recant his rebellion against the Papacy (while at the same time, Luther kept nearly all of the Papacy's antichrist doctrines, as do most "Protestants" to this day - see Antichristians and Is Your Religion Your Religion?; also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men? and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
1542: The Sieur de Roberval, France's first viceroy in Canada, sailed for the New World with 3 ships and 200 colonists. He explored the St. Lawrence as far as Montreal Island, searching for the legendary kingdom of Saguenay. The expedition returned to France in 1543.
1582: Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founded the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
1705: Queen Anne knighted Isaac Newton at Trinity College.
1746: Forces under the Duke of Cumberland fought the Jacobite Scots under Prince Charles Edward at the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness, Scotland.
1780: The University of Munster in Munster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was founded.
1818: After the U.S. failed to obliterate the Canadian people as a nation and annex Canadian territory into the U.S. (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he declared the start of the War of 1812 - that ended in 1814 with British Marines burning the White House and Madison fleeing the city with his army, in retaliation for the U.S. burning and looting of the Parliament Building in Toronto earlier that year), the U.S. Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada that remains to this day nearly 200 years later.
The United Empire Loyalists were conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists.
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1856: The Declaration of Paris was signed. It recognized the principle of free ships and free goods and defined contraband and blockade.
1912: Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, from Dover to Hardelot.
1942: The Island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack during the Second World War. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.
1947: Bernard Baruch, a U.S.-Jewish financier, originated the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
1953: The British royal yacht Britannia was launched, just months before Queen Elizabeth's coronation. The ship served the monarchy for 45 years before being decommissioned in 1998.
1982: Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new constitution, ending the last colonial links with Britain - the Kingdom that gave Canada birth and defended it for 2 centuries.
1995: Canada and the European Union settled a dispute over fishing rights in the north Atlantic after weeks of tense negotiations. The incident began when a Canadian Coast Guard ship fired upon and arrested a Spanish ship on the high seas.
2007: The Virginia Tech Massacre, one of the deadliest shooting sprees in U.S. history - 32 killed, 23 wounded. The gunman committed suicide.