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Saturday, March 10 2018

Why Jesus Christ Created Israel

"Like grapes in the wilderness, I found Israel. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers"

The Kingdom of Israel was created by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) as a living prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and The First And Last Nation). The Israelites were created from the people of the nations all around them, including Iraq, Syria, Cannan, Jordan, Egypt (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews), in the same way that the Kingdom of God will be inhabited by people of all nations who have chosen to be there by truly following the Way of the LORD (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and Who Can Be Saved?; also Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?).

The only difference, the only thing special about the physical nation of Israel, is that they were given the Law of the LORD, on a national basis, first. In so doing, the LORD thereby also made the physical nation of Israel the genesis of the Church of God, "the congregation in the wilderness," - the firstfruits of salvation (see the Fact Finder question below to understand the actual origin and true purpose of Pentecost).

"7:38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us." (Acts 7:38 KJV)


But the people of the Kingdoms of Israel (see A History Of Israel's United And Divided Kingdoms) repeatedly failed to live up to the prophetic task that the LORD assigned to them - the reason that the LORD repeatedly tore down their kingdoms when they became incorrigibly corrupt, and then started again with a later generation - a new crop, in a later year. That happened with the Exodus generation (see The Israelite Wanderland and Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?) and it happened with the Kingdom of Judah who were given to return, seventy years later, from the Babylonian exile (see The LORD's Letter To The Exiles In Babylon).

"14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, 14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. 14:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. 14:32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness." (Numbers 14;29-33 KJV)

"29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive." (Jeremiah 29:10-14 KJV)

Hosea was one of the true prophets of the LORD who was sent to declare the LORD's Judgment of the spoiled fruit, and to declare that the firstfruits harvest would be accomplished from new crop, at a later season.

"9:1 Rejoice not, O Israel! Exult not like the peoples; for you have played the whore, forsaking your God. You have loved a prostitute's wages on all threshing floors. 9:2 Threshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail them. 9:3 They shall not remain in the land of the LORD, but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria. 9:4 They shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the LORD, and their sacrifices shall not please him. It shall be like mourners' bread to them; all who eat of it shall be defiled; for their bread shall be for their hunger only; it shall not come to the house of the LORD.

9:5 What will you do on the day of the appointed festival, and on the day of the feast of the LORD? 9:6 For behold, they are going away from destruction; but Egypt shall gather them; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver; thorns shall be in their tents. 9:7 The days of punishment have come; the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it. The prophet is a fool; the man of the spirit is mad, because of your great iniquity and great hatred. 9:8 The prophet is the watchman of Ephraim with my God; yet a fowler's snare is on all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God. 9:9 They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah: he will remember their iniquity; he will punish their sins.

9:10 Like grapes in the wilderness, I found Israel. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. But they came to Baal-peor and consecrated themselves to the thing of shame, and became detestable like the thing they loved.

9:11 Ephraim's glory shall fly away like a bird no birth, no pregnancy, no conception! 9:12 Even if they bring up children, I will bereave them till none is left. Woe to them when I depart from them! 9:13 Ephraim, as I have seen, was like a young palm planted in a meadow; but Ephraim must lead his children out to slaughter.

9:14 Give them, O LORD what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. 9:15 Every evil of theirs is in Gilgal; there I began to hate them. Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of my house. I will love them no more; all their princes are rebels. 9:16 Ephraim is stricken; their root is dried up; they shall bear no fruit. Even though they give birth, I will put their beloved children to death. 9:17 My God will reject them because they have not listened to him; they shall be wanderers among the nations." (Hosea 9:1-17 KJV)

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This Day In History, March 10

241 BC: The Roman fleet sank 50 Carthaginian ships during the Battle of Aegusa, bringing the First Punic War to an end (see also Send In The Marines).

Roman Marines

49 B.C. Julius Caesar "crossed the Rubicon," a small river that separated Cisalpine Gaul from Italy. Caesar's crossing violated a law of the Roman Senate (the Lex Cornelia Majestatis) that stated that a general was not permitted to lead a military force out of the province in which it has been assigned. The action triggered a 3-year civil war that ended with Julius Caesar becoming the ruler of the Roman Republic as it was metastasizing into the Roman empire (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar; also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).

Julius Caesar


298: Roman Emperor Maximian concluded his campaign in North Africa against the Berbers and made a triumphal entry into Carthage.

418: Jews were banned from holding public office in the Roman Empire.

1528: Balthasar Hubmaier, a prominent Austrian Anabaptist (see Anabaptists), was burned at the stake as a heretic in Vienna.

1629: King Charles I of England dissolved Parliament, thereby beginning the eleven-year period known as the Personal Rule.

1656: The Virginia Colony extended voting rights to all free (i.e. white) men regardless of their religion.

1831: The French Foreign Legion was established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.

1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ended the U.S. war with Mexico (see also The Mexican Border Wall).


1922: Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British governors of India; he was justifiably convicted of sedition ("an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government") and sentenced to 6 years in prison.

1927: Prussia (an area of Germany, not to be confused with Russia) lifted its Nazi ban; Adolf Hitler was then allowed to speak in public (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: During the Second World War, 300 U.S. B-29 bombers (with conventional bombs; the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki came a few months later, on August 6 and August 9) bombed Japan's capital in what became known in the U.S. as "the Great Tokyo Air Raid." The resulting firestorm killed 100,000 civilians (the atomic bombings of the other two civilian targets killed or horribly burned another 250,000 men, women and children).


1952: The government of Cuba was overthrown by Fulgencio Batista, who ruled as an obedient Mafia and CIA-backed puppet/stooge dictator until 1959 when he was overthrown by the communists led by Fidel Castro. The people of Cuba traded a thug dictator (controlled by the western "democratic" nations) for a communist.

1969: James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the murder of U.S. civil rights activist Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

1973: The governor of Bermuda, Sir Richard Sharples, was assassinated on the grounds of Government House.

1985: Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko died after only 13 months in office.

1995: The European Union responded belligerently to Canada's seizure of the Spanish fishing ship Estai and its crew in international waters the day before, demanding its release and calling for economic and military retaliatory measures. Prior to its arrest, the Spanish ship was observed violating Canadian law within Canadian waters. Also, a Canadian Navy submarine later recovered the net that the Spanish ship cut while being pursued and found it to have an illegal small-mesh liner that was "vacuuming the ocean" of fish of all sizes, thereby exterminating future fish stocks. The seizure of the Spanish ship and its crew led to weeks of political tension and an escalating high-seas warship standoff between Canada and the European Union (which forced Britain to chose between its European Union membership and "the Canadians that have always been there for us during two world wars" - to which the British government chose Canada; as well, during the crisis hundreds of British fishing boats flew Canadian flags while working off the coast of Europe).


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