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Thursday, January 25 2018
Do You Know The Signs Of The Times?
"And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?"
The English-language word "time" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, tima, that referred to the duration of something. It was used to refer to various periods, including hours, days, weeks, months, seasons, years or eras. By definition, any "time" has signs, or significance, that marked when it begins, when it is happening, and when it has or will end.
The Messiah's famous Olivet Prophecy, named from the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem, lists many of the signs that will mark the duration of the "end time." It will last 42 months - as specified by another time-sign prophecy (see the Fact Finder question below).
"24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple [see also What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?].
Fact Finder: How do we know how long the "end time" will last? How do we know when it will begin? How do we know when it will end?
This Day In History, January 25
41: The Roman Senate (see The Politics Of Rome and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus) accepted Claudius (see The Roman Emperors: Claudius) as the new Roman Emperor (see The Messiah And The Caesars and Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome).
1327: Edward III became king of England after a coup that removed his father Edward II from the throne.
1533: In defiance of the Pope's "authority" over English kings, England's King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.
1554: When Queen Mary announced her intention to marry the Roman Catholic Philip II of Spain (during his lifetime Philip colonized what later became the southern U.S.A.; the Philippines are named after him), a rebellion was led by Thomas Wyatt (who was later hanged for treason).
1579: The Union of Utrecht (Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Friesland, Groningen and Overyssel) formed the Dutch Republic as an independent nation from Spain.
1755: Moscow University was founded.
1791: A Royal proclamation created Upper and Lower Canada. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte became President of the Italian (Cisalpine) Republic.
1831: In Poland, the Diet (the name for the legislative assembly in some countries) declared independence, thereby removing Tsar Nicholas from the throne.
1846: The Corn Laws were repealed by the British Parliament. They taxed imported "corn" (the English term for grain, particularly oats, wheat and barley; see also The Corn Field Lessons).
1858: German composer Felix Mendelssohn's famous "Wedding March" became a popular choice at weddings after it was played during the marriage ceremony of Queen Victoria's daughter to the crown prince of Prussia.
1878: A Russian boat became the first vessel to sink another with a torpedo after it sunk a Turkish steamer.
1904: A mine explosion in Pennsylvania entombed 200 coal miners.
1918: Russia declared a republic of Soviets (soviet means council in Russian). Hence the origin of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, an empire that lasted 70 years before collapsing due to bankruptcy.
1919: A year after the end of the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the League of Nations (the fore-runner of the United Nations) was founded in Geneva. The United States refused to become a member. The League of Nations was made defunct by the Second World War (1939-1945).
1947: Al Capone, the infamous Chicago murderer and gangster, died of syphilis at age 48. One of Capone's errand boys in the 1930s was Jacob Rubenstein, who himself later became infamous as "Jack Ruby," the murderer of Lee Harvey Oswald.
1949: The newly-created (modern-day) state of "Israel" (which is actually a restoration of the Kingdom of Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah; also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah, Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) held its first general election. Number of seats by party: Labor 57, Center-Right 31, Religious 16.
1949: For her broadcast of Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops in Europe during the Second World War, "Axis Sally" (Mildred Gillars, born Mildred Sisk in Portland, Maine in 1900) was tried as a war criminal in the U.S. She was sentenced to a 10-30 year prison term. Upon her release in 1959, she entered a convent and became a teacher at Catholic schools in Ohio.
1950: During the hysteria of the McCarthy-era communist "witch hunts" in the U.S., Alger Hiss, a State Department official, was convicted of perjury for denying his membership in the communist party. Formerly powerful Senator Joseph McCarthy was later censured by the U.S. Senate for misconduct. McCarthy's ruthless "Red Scare" persecutions destroyed the lives and careers of thousands of innocent people after they were "blacklisted" by McCarthy's delusional hunt for communists. McCarthy died in 1957, at the age of 48, of liver failure caused by his severe alcoholism.
1959: Church of Rome Pope John XXIII proclaimed the coming Second Vatican Council.
1963: Wilson Kettle, the son of an English immigrant, died in Canada at age 102. At the time of his death, the Newfoundland man had 582 living descendants - a real-life "Pa Kettle."
1971: A coup made Idi Amin became president of Uganda.
1971: Charles Manson and 3 women followers were found guilty of the murders of actress Sharon Tate (the pregnant wife of film-maker Roman Polanski) and 6 other people, including the Folger coffee company heiress Abigail Folger.
1981: During China's "Cultural Revolution," Jiang Quing (the widow of Chinese communist founder Moa Tse-tung) and other "Gang of Four" members were convicted of "counter-revolutionary" activities.
1990: Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan gave birth to a girl, the first-ever head of government to give birth while still in office. Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.
1996: Billy Bailey became the last person in the U.S. to be executed by hanging. He was the first to be executed by hanging in Delaware in 50 years.