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Monday, December 25 2017
When It Snows In Jerusalem
"The day is Thine, the night also is Thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the Earth: Thou hast made summer and winter ... And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be"
The natural seasons of the Earth are produced by the planet being inclined approximately 23½ degrees to the plane of its orbit around the Sun. On December 21 or 22, the most-direct rays of the Sun are over the so-called Tropic of Capricorn at 23½ degrees latitude in the southern hemisphere, thereby causing winter in the northern hemisphere, while on June 21 the most-direct rays of the Sun are over the so-called Tropic of Cancer at 23½ degrees latitude in the northern hemisphere, thereby causing winter in the southern hemisphere.
The English-language word winter originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word that meant windy and wet. While winter weather varies tremendously around the world, and the land of Israel itself has a surprising variety of climatic regions, from the standpoint of Jerusalem, the meaning of that old Anglo-Saxon word for winter, windy and wet, applies generally well. The December to January daily high for Jerusalem averages 13 degrees Celsius / 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the daily low averages 6 degrees Celsius / 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow, although not a common sight in Jerusalem, can occur (see the two photographs below).
The seasons were often included within Biblical history and prophecy. In this example, the king's "winter house" and "summer house."
"3:13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD [see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation], the God of hosts, 3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground. 3:15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD." (Amos 3:13-15 KJV)
The seasons were no accident. The declination that causes the seasons ("Thou hast set all the borders of the earth"), as illustrated above, was deliberate ("Thou hast made summer and winter").
"74:16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter." (Psalm 74:16-17 KJV)
Hanukkah (see the Fact Finder question below) is observed during or near winter - "the feast of the dedication, and it was winter."
"10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch." (John 10:22-23 KJV)
Christ's warning "pray ye that your flight be not in the winter" in the same reference to "the abomination of desolation" is interesting in that the origin of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah (see the Fact Finder question below) was directly the result of the original abomination of desolation that will be ultimately repeated and fulfilled at Christ's return. Hanukkah is in winter and so was Christ's "pray ye that your flight be not in the winter."
"24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet [see the series of studies for the prophet Daniel, beginning with The Prophet Daniel: A Child Of The Exile], stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand:
After the Messiah returns (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?), winter will remain a normal part of Creation: "And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be."
"14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Fact Finder: What does the Jewish observance of Hanukkah have to do with a prophecy about the return of Jesus Christ?
This Day In History, December 25
274: Roman Emperor Aurelian declared the pagan Sol Invictus ("the invincible sun," from which the heathen "Sunday" originated; see Why Observe The True Sabbath?) to be the state religion of the Roman Empire and the "Church" that it created for itself (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
336: The first documented observance of "Christmas" in Rome, observed at the time of their sun god (Sol Invictus) festival (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
496: Clovis and 3,000 of his warriors were baptized into the Church of Rome. Clovis is considered to be the founder of the Frankish kingdom (see the map below), the first Church of Rome king of the Franks, and the only orthodox "Christian" ruler in the west.
597: England adopted the Julian calendar (see How Did Rome Change True Time? and The Restoration Of The True Week And Month Is Coming).
795: Adrian I, pope 772-795, died. His relationship with Charlemagne "symbolized the medieval idea of union of church and state in a united Christendom." He was elected with the support of the Frankish party at Rome (see Emperors and Popes).
800: Pope Leo III crowned Charles, King of the Franks (subsequently called Karl der Grosse / Charles the Great, or Charlemagne) "Emperor of the Romans." Some consider this date to be the beginning of "The Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The iconography of the Middle Ages shows the Emperor, not the Pope, as "Peter's representative." The emperor was often portrayed as standing alone as "God's earthly vicar" (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1100: Baldwin of Boulogne, one of the leaders of the Church of Rome's first "Crusade" was crowned the first King of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1635: French explorer Samuel de Champlain died at age 68. He was the chief founder of "New France" in North America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1651: The General Court of Boston levied a five shilling fine on anyone found "observing any such day as Christmas" (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1926: Hirohito became emperor of Japan (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1941: With France under German occupation at the start of the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), many "Free French" forces retreated to the tiny French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the Canadian east coast (St. Pierre and Miquelon are to this day owned by France).
1950: Scottish nationalists stole the Stone of Scone (the "Coronation Stone" or "Stone of Destiny") from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey. Weighing 485 pounds / 220 kilograms, it was recovered 4 months later.
1977: Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel met with Egyptian President Sadat in Egypt.
1989: Romanian dictator Nicolea Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed by a rebel firing squad during the overthrow of the communist government.
1991: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned amidst the political death of the "Soviet Union." The USSR lasted for 70 years; it collapsed due to national bankruptcy.