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Saturday, December 16 2017

Hometowns: Salem

"Melchizedek, King of Salem, brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the Most High God"

It surprises many people that Jerusalem did not become an Israelite city until the time of King David (see When Did Jerusalem Become An Israelite City?). Jerusalem was known then from the Canaanite people who occupied it at the time - the Jebusites.

"5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

5:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him." (2 Samuel 5:6-10 KJV)

Jerusalem

But Jebus was merely a later name for the LORD's name for the city - Salem (which means peace - the well-known Hebrew Shalom is the same word), from which the present name, Jerusalem (meaning city of peace - an obvious yet-future fulfillment name for the city) originated.

Salem was the hometown of Melchizedek - the Christian King of the city (Who existed before Israelites even existed) in the time of, and long before, Abraham.

Melchizadek and Abraham

"14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all." (Genesis 14:17-20 KJV)

Salem / Jerusalem, was a Christian city from the beginning. Never has it merely been about taking it from one mortal people to give to another mortal people, but rather it was created to serve as the place where the Messiah will be the only true God of Salvation for all people (see the Fact Finder question below)

The meeting of Melchizedek and Abraham, in Salem/Jerusalem, involving ceremonial bread and wine, and a sacrifice that Christ later Himself fulfilled, had directly-Christian significance - not only long before the time that many people think that "Christians" existed, but also long before any Israelites or Jews existed - they were Abraham's descendants (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews).

The explanation of how a faithful and obediently righteous man was worthy to accept the Sacrifice of the only one Who was worthy to declare him righteous, is explained further in the book of Hebrews.

"6:13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 6:14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 6:15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

6:16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." (Hebrews 6:13-20 KJV)

"7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him." (Hebrews 7:1-10 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the Messiah going to do when He returns to Salem?
See A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Return Of The Messiah and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The 1000 Years and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Kingdom Of God


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This Day In History, December 16

755: The An Shi Rebellion began during the Tang Dynasty of China (see also The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog; also The First Chinese American War).

China

1431: During the Hundred Years' War (actually about 116 years, from 1337 to 1453), Henry VI of England was crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.

1485: Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England, was born. Henry divorced her without Papal approval, starting the English Reformation. Catherine was the Spanish-born daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain - the Spanish monarchs for whom Christopher Columbus was an explorer - and who were the force behind the evil "Spanish Inquisition" that tortured, imprisoned and murdered non-Catholics all across Europe.

Catherine of Aragon

Ferdinand and Isabella

1497: Vasco da Gama cleared the Cape of Good Hope, in the area where Bartolomeu Dias had earlier turned back to Portugal.

1653: During England's Interregnum (the time between two reigns; "when there is no king, the people do mischief"), the Protectorate was established; Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. He went on to establish religious tolerance and allied England with France against Spain.

1631: Mount Vesuvious in Italy erupted, killing over 4,000 people.

1689: During the Convention Parliament, the Declaration of Right was embodied in the English Bill of Rights. Although others claimed to be the originators of such rights in their later-created nations, the English Bill of Rights, along with the Magna Carta, the Petition of Right and the Habeas Corpus Act 1679 were the inspiration for all of them.

Declaration of Right

1707: The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji occurred in Japan.

1740: The War(s) of the Spanish Succession began when Frederick of Prussia invaded Silesia, one of the richest Hapsburg provinces. His victory encouraged other Hapsburg adversaries and thus insured that the war would become generalized.

1761: During the Seven Years' War, the Russian forces under Pyotr Rumyantsev captured the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg after a four-month siege.

1811: A powerful earthquake changed the course of the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Missouri.

1835: A fire in New York City destroyed property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. Beginning in a store at Pearl and Merchant (Hanover) Streets, it lasted two days, ravaged 17 blocks (52 acres), and destroyed 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, Merchants' Exchange, Post Office, and the South Dutch Church.

1914: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), German battleships under the command of Franz von Hipper bombarded the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.

1916: The infamous Russian monk Grigori Rasputin was murdered. "Rasputin" wielded powerful influence over Alexandra, wife of Czar Nicholas of Russia; he was murdered by members of the royal family and the Duma.

1920: One of the worst earthquakes of all time occurred in Kansu province, China, killing 180,000 people.

1944: German forces launched a major offensive in Belgium's Ardennes Forest. It became known as the Battle of the Bulge.

1950: During the Korean War, Chinese troops began supporting North Korea (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).

1965: During the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people caused by the division of their country by France in the 1940s), U.S. General William Westmoreland requested that Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara send 243,000 more U.S. troops into the colonial conflict.

Vietnam

1969: The British House of Commons voted by 343-185 to approve the permanent abolition of the death penalty.

1991: The United Nations reversed its earlier declaration that "Zionism is racism" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion).





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