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Saturday, December 16 2017
"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.
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.
"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.
Fact Finder: What is the Messiah going to do when He returns to Salem?
This Day In History, December 16
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.
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.
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.
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).