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Tuesday, April 25 2017
Biblical Eras: In The Beginning
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father"
Prior to His Birth as the human known as Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God was, and is, the Word of God - the LORD God (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation).
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:1-5 KJV)
The physical universe was created sinless.
"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth [see also Are We In Heaven Now?]. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Humans were created, sinless, on the sixth day.
"1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so [see also What Makes Physical Life Possible?]. 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Fact Finder: What is the Power of God that was the means of Creation? How was physical matter created from Spirit?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 25
404 BC: At the end of the Peloponnesian War, Lysander's Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
775: The Battle of Bagrevand ended an Armenian revolution against the Muslim Abbasid Caliphate. Numerous Armenian nobles fled to the Byzantine Empire (i.e. the East Roman Empire; see also The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1530: The Augsburg Confession was read at the Diet of Worms (i.e. Vorms, a city in Germany). Written primarily by Philip Melanchthon, the document comprised the first official summary of the "Lutheran" faith.
1590: The Sultan of Morocco launched his successful attack to capture Timbuktu.
1607: During the Eighty Years' War, the Dutch fleet destroyed the anchored Spanish fleet at Gibraltar.
1644: The Ming Chongzhen emperor committed suicide during a peasant rebellion led by Li Zicheng.
1707: At the Battle of Almansa, Franco-Spanish forces defeat the Anglo-Portuguese.
1792: Nicolas Pelletier, a convicted forger and highwayman, became the first person executed by guillotine.
1809: The Treaty of Amritsar, concluded in India between the British East India Company and the Sikh Kingdom of Punjab. It settled Indo-Sikh relations for a generation.
1849: Governor General Lord Elgin signed the Rebellion Losses Bill, which gave compensation to residents of Lower Canada (i.e. Quebec - "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were geographic terms based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean) whose property had been damaged in the rebellions of 1837. It became known as the "rebel rewarding bill" because in the confusion some rebels were compensated. Opposition to the bill was severe; Elgin was attacked by an English-speaking mob and the Parliament Buildings in Montreal were burned down.
1859: British and French engineers began construction of the Suez Canal.
1867: Tokyo was opened to international trade.
1882: French commander Henri Riviere seized the citadel of Hanoi. French colonial involvement in Vietnam eventually resulted in the division of the country into North and South Vietnam, which in turn caused the Vietnam civil war, which the U.S. became mired in after the French retreated from it. The result of their century of war is that Vietnam is today a single country again, just as it was a long ago before the French and then the U.S. empires claimed "leadership" over the Vietnamese people in their own country.
1915: During the First World War (1914-1918), troops of Australia and New Zealand landed at Gallipoli in Turkey (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1925: Paul von Hindenburg became President of Germany. The old "conservative" was soon replaced by a "liberal" - Adolf Hitler (see When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?; also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1926: In Iran, Reza Kahn was crowned Shah and chose the name "Pehlevi." His brutal, undemocratic regime lasted until the Iranian revolution of 1979 (the "hostage crisis" of the U.S. Embassy in Iran began not long after Pehlevi fled the country; see also Has Another Haman Arisen?).
1945: Representatives of fifty nations gathered in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations. The U.N. general assembly headquarters was later constructed in New York, apart from its many offices and agencies in Europe.
1959: The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the Atlantic Ocean to Canadian and US ports on the Great Lakes, opened to shipping.
1967: Britain granted internal self-government to Swaziland.
1971: Bangladesh (which means "country of Bengal") was declared. Civil war immediately followed which killed an estimated 1 million people before India intervened against Pakistan.
1974: Antonio Salazar was overthrown in Portugal.
1988: John Demjanuk was sentenced to death by an Israeli court for war crimes committed during the Second World War (1939-1945). The verdict was later overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court in 1993, after which Demjanuk returned to his home in Ohio.
2007: The funeral of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin was held. It was the first funeral to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.