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Tuesday, January 23 2018
What Is A Trance?
"When I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the Temple, I was in a trance"
The English-language word "trance" originated from a Latin word, transitus, that meant a passage across, or to go across. The words "transit" and "trance" originated from the same word, and mean the same thing. In their literal physical meanings, millions of people "go into a trance" every day when they use a "transit" system (cars, buses, trains) to get to work or school.
"Trance" is used by the King James Version to translate the Greek word, pronounced ek-sta-sis, which means to travel somewhere else in vision or spirit. The English word ecstasy originated from that Greek word.
While many of the prophets were transported, in vision or spirit, to other places or into the future (e.g. the prophet Daniel with his end-time visions and prophecies, as recorded in the Book of Daniel, and the apostle John with his end-time visions and prophecies, as recorded in the Book of Revelation; see The Prophet Daniel: The Hiddekel Vision and Revelation: The LORD's Letter From Patmos), the King James Version uses "trance" for visions that were experienced by the apostles Peter and Paul.
Peter's famous vision of "a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth" was when "he fell into a trance" (see Peter's Lesson With Cornelius The Centurion).
"10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10:10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 10:12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
The apostle Paul experienced a "trance" when the LORD appeared to him in Jerusalem: "When I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance" (see Why Didn't The Romans Torture The Apostle Paul?)
"22:1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.
Fact Finder: What happened one time when the Messiah was making a transit, a trance, across the Sea of Galilee? What is a "Euroclydon"?
This Day In History, January 23
393: Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaimed his eight year old son Honorius as co-emperor (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
971: In China, the military elephant corps of the Southern Han were defeated at Shao by long-range crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops (see also The Rockets' Red Glare).
1264: The Mise of Amiens, an agreement arranged by Louis IX of France between Henry III of England and his barons. It invalidated the Provisions of Oxford.
1265: The first Parliament of England convened.
1492: The Pentateuch (i.e. the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) was first printed.
1516: Spanish King Ferdinand II died. While he and his wife Queen Isabella are most famous for employing the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (who "discovered" the Caribbean islands; see a map of all of the voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Ferdinand, also known as "Ferdinand the Catholic," was the perpetrator of the infamous Spanish Inquisition in which tens of thousands of non-Catholic people were tortured and executed. Thousands were burned alive at the stake, while others were tortured with "waterboarding" in an attempt to brutalize them, by near-drowning, into forsaking the genuine method of baptism, by immersion (the exact same torture used by the CIA around the world today, despite, at the end of the Second World War, the U.S. having executed Japanese military officers for the "war crime" of torturing prisoners by the very same waterboarding).
1556: Over 800,000 people died in an earthquake in China. It remains the most deadly earthquake on record.
1570: James Stewart, the Earl of Moray, who was appointed Regent of Scotland on the abdication of Mary Queen of Scots, was assassinated.
1579: The Dutch Republic was formed with the signing of the Union of Utrecht.
1622: William Baffin died at age 38. The British explorer's calculation of longitude at sea by using observations of the moon's position was the first documented. Canada's Baffin Island is named after him.
1631: The Treaty of Barwalde between France and Sweden in which Louis XIII consented to pay Gustavus II Aldolphus a million livres per year to continue to fight the Habsburgs in the Thirty Years War (see also The Birth Of The Dollar).
1668: The military Alliance of The Hague, also known as the Triple Alliance, was signed by Britain, Sweden and Holland.
1719: The Principality of Liechtenstein was formed within The Holy Roman Empire by the amalgamation of Vaduz and Schellenberg.
1793: Prussia (a German kingdom in northern Europe located in what is today northern Germany and northern Poland) and Russia declared the second partition of Poland.
1806: William Pitt, the Younger, died at age 47. As Prime Minister, he led Britain during the Napoleonic Wars against France. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was named after his father, William Pitt, the Elder (neither father nor son were revolutionaries in the New England colonies that were built by English pioneers in the wilderness).
1812: The great New Madrid earthquake struck in Missouri. It registered 7.8 on the Richter Scale.
1831: The Lower Canada Assembly ("Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based on the flow of the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec) voted to extend legal rights to Jews.
1870: In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen murdered 173 Native Americans, mostly unarmed women and children, in what became known as the Marias Massacre (see also The First Chinese American War).
1900: In the second Boer War, the British attempted to break through the Boer lines to relieve Ladysmith but were thwarted at the Battle of Spion Kop.
1920: The Dutch refused to extradite German Kaiser Wilhelm II after he went into exile after the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?), Tripoli, Libya was captured by British and Canadian forces under Field Marshal Montgomery.
1950: George Orwell (actual name Eric Blair) died at age 46. The British novelist was the author of Animal Farm (that dealt with the hypocrisy of revolutionaries who end up becoming the very same sort of people that they rebelled against; see also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?) and Nineteen Eighty Four (a futuristic warning about "Big Brother" government).
1968: North Korea captured the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo. The crew was released later that year, but the ship remains in North Korea to this day (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1973: Richard Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam).
2006: Stephen Harper was elected Prime Minister of Canada.