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Sunday, December 31 2017
The Messiah's Grape Lessons and Prophecies
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the Husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit ... Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them"
Grapes have been known to humanity since the earliest times. Many of the Messiah's teachings and prophecies involved grapes, their culture and their products - wine (see Wine or Grape Juice? and Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?), raisins (see Flagons of Raisins or Wine?) and vinegar (see Vinegar).
The Messiah's first public miracle was the famous turning water into "the fruit of the vine" - wine (see The Messiah's Beginning Of Miracles).
"2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2:2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
The Messiah taught with concise clarity and logic (see Why Are True Prophets Hated? Why Are False Prophets Loved?). His "Beware of false prophets" was illustrated with the obvious with "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns?" True prophets of the LORD teach and preach the Word of the LORD, not their own inventions and perversions of it.
Along with the warning to beware of false prophets was a warning to false prophets themselves of the hell fire that awaits them: "Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity ... and cast into the fire" (see Where Did True and False Prophets Originate? and The Coming End Of Idols And False Prophets).
"7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
The Messiah even used a grape vineyard to illustrate how repentance and salvation are made, and made possible: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the Husbandman ... I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing" (see also What Does God The Father Really Look Like?).
"15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Fact Finder: Was the Messiah's "workers in the vineyard" parable known to the early prophets?
This Day In History, December 31
406: Germanic Vandals and Suebians crossed the Rhine River, thereby beginning an invasion of Roman-occupied Gaul (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
535: Byzantine (East Roman Empire) general Belisarius completed his conquest of Sicily.
1229: James I of Aragon ("the Conqueror") entered Medina Mayurqa (Palma, Spain), thereby culminating Rome's reconquest of Majorca.
1384: English religious reformer and Bible translator John Wycliffe died at age 56. Among His teachings were that The Scriptures are the supreme authority in all doctrinal matters, and that Jesus Christ is anyone's only overlord.
1492: Jews were expelled from Sicily.
1600: Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to the "company of merchants of London trading to the East Indies" - the East India Company.
1687: The first shipload of emigrating Huguenots (French Protestants) left France for South Africa.
1719: English astronomer John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, died at age 73. The Greenwich Observatory was built for him.
1775: The Battle of Quebec began. British forces repulsed an attack by New England rebel forces under General Richard Montgomery.
1857: Queen Victoria chose Ottawa, Ontario (on the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec) as the new capital of Canada. The earlier choice, Kingston, Ontario (located on the north shore of Lake Ontario), was by then regarded as too convenient and vulnerable to attack by the U.S. (a lesson learned and never forgotten during the Wars of 1776 and 1812).
1911: Marie Curie received her second Nobel Prize for her work on radioactive elements.
1923: The chimes of Big Ben in London were broadcast for the first time by the BBC.
1923: The Sahara Desert was crossed by an automobile for the first time.
1930: Brewery heir Aldolphus Busch was kidnapped ("Bush" is an abbreviated form of the German name Busch).
1938: Dr. R.N. Harger's "drunkometer," the first breath test for car drivers, was officially introduced, in Indianapolis.
1968: Russia's TU-144 supersonic airliner made its first flight, several months ahead of the Anglo-French Concorde.
1973: A three-day work week was introduced in Britain to conserve energy during a miners' strike.
1980: Canadian communications theorist and educator Marshall McLuhan died at age 69. He is most well-known for his statements that electronic media were turning the world into a "global village" in which "the medium is the message." Among his lesser-known statements, referring to the drivel that dominates TV programming, was "TV sucks the brain right out of your skull."
1987: One second was added to that year to compensate for precession of Earth's axis.
1991: The Soviet Union was officially dissolved as a political entity.