Make a Donation
About The Author
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan
|Get Daily Bible Study on Facebook||Get Daily Bible Study on Twitter Follow @WayneBlank|
Sunday, March 25 2018
The Messiah's Beam And Pale
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up"
I live in a house that is now over 2 centuries old (modernized in interior and exterior over the years, while its "built on rock" foundation and timbers framework, the beams and pales, remain solid and sure - 200 years of time have come and gone, while the house remains as strong as ever). The 200 acres of land upon which the house was built was granted (a "Royal Patent") by King George III in 1805 to a patriotic Englishman named Henry Beamer.
After over 40 years in the Beamer family, it was sold to another patriotic English settler, Edward Paling (who also built the little Bible-based church across the road on a plot of land that Mr. Paling donated for that purpose - it is shown in the century-old drawing below, complete with a fence of "palings"), whose family then owned the house and farm for four generations - over a century. My own family purchased it about 40 years after that, while many of the youngest members of the Paling family, who were born and married in this house, were still alive - although by then in their 70s and 80s.
After I became aware of the people of the history of this house (it was their home, during which generations of them were born, grew up, married, died and whose funerals were held here - as was the custom everywhere - there were no hospitals or funeral homes - doctors and undertakers made "house calls"), I found it ironic that the two primary families who built the house and farm were named Beamer (i.e. beams) and Paling (i.e. upright posts of a building's wall or farm fence).
As a carpenter, the Messiah was familiar with beams and palings - not the people with such family names, but the actual objects. He knew them throughout His human lifetime. Moreover, He knew them on the day that they were the means of His death. The genuine "cross" of the Crucifixion is correctly illustrated in the painting below.
Although it is controversial now, the people who actually witnessed the Crucifixion, and Christians for generations afterward, knew that the Messiah was crucified on a beam and pale as shown above. Long before the introduction of Rome's inaccurate "crucifix," some true Christians actually wore the "cross" as shown below, a Capital "T" in the English alphabet or the letter tau in the Greek alphabet. They would have regarded the Roman crucifix to be a fake representation of true cross.
The crux commissa, shaped in the form of a capital T, was actually the commonly-used device used by the Romans for crucifixions.
The upright post, or paling, that was notched at or into the top, was already in place. The executed person was tied and/or nailed (nailed through the wrists, not the hands which would not hold) to the cross-section which was often carried to the place of crucifixion by the condemned man (as was done with the Messiah). The entire cross assembly, that weighed 300-400 pounds, or more, was simply too heavy for anyone to carry or drag any distance.
The cross beam, with the condemned man attached, was then simply lifted up (as the Christ spoke of before it happened in the famous "John 3:16" lesson - that is much more than a single verse; see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?) and set into the notch or joint at the top of the upright post.
"3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:14-16 KJV)
From an engineering perspective, the T-shaped cross was quickly and easily assembled, and also the strongest, because the weight of the condemned man was drawing down directly into the notch, where it couldn't go anywhere, unlike the traditional idea of the crucifix that had the cross section fastened to the side of the post, which could much more easily pull away.
As well, since the condemned man hung down below the level of the horizontal beam, there was still plenty of room for a sign to be nailed above his head, as was done with the Messiah; the "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews" on the sign is shown written below in the original Greek of John 19:19.
Fact Finder: Much of the Church of Rome's inaccurate doctrines and symbols were invented by the Roman Emperor Constantine centuries after the Messiah's Crucifixion. What was the actual origin of Constantine's "cross" and "halo"?
This Day In History, March 25
421: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Venice, Italy (see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
752: Pope Stephen II died only 2 days after his election (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1199: England's King Richard I ("Richard the Lionheart") was wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France. He died from complications of the wound (infection) on April 6. Richard had been active in the "Crusades" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs).
1306: Robert de Bruce was crowned Robert I the Bruce of Scotland at Scone. He led the forces that freed Scotland from English rule in 1328.
1409: The Council of Pisa, formed to try to end the schism in the Catholic church between popes Gregory and Benedict, began meetings at Pisa (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1584: Sir Walter Raleigh was granted a patent by Queen Elizabeth I to establish an English colony in "Virginia" (the name is a reference to Queen Elizabeth I who was known as the "Virgin Queen").
1634: The Roman Catholic church gained a foothold in the continent of North America when the ships Dove and Ark arrived with 128 Catholic colonists in what would later become "Mary Land." They had been selected by Cecilus Calvert, second Lord Baltimore.
1655: Dutch scientist Christian Huygens discovered the planet Saturn's largest moon.
1669: 20,000 were killed by the eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily.
1799: During the French Revolutionary Wars, 40,000 French troops under Jourdan battled 60,000 Austrians under Archduke Charles at the Battle of Stokach.
1807: The British Parliament abolished the slave trade in the British Empire.
1895: Italian troops invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
1911: 146 immigrant women, mostly Jewish and Italian, died when New York's worst industrial fire swept through a factory owned by the Triangle Shirtwaist Company.
1924: King George of Greece was deposed and a republic proclaimed.
1941: Yugoslavia joined the Tripartite Pact, a military alliance directed against the U.S. and Britain.
1955: East Germany was granted full sovereignty by its occupying power, the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had occupied that section of Germany as a counterattack of Germany's massive invasion of the Soviet Union at the beginning of the Second World War (1939-1945). Millions of people in the Soviet Union died from the German invasion (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1957: The Treaty of Rome was signed, providing for the establishment of the European Common Market (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1958: The first flight of the Canadian CF-105, the Avro Arrow, at Malton, Ontario. Built in Toronto by Avro Canada, the delta-winged interceptor Arrow was one of the fastest, most advanced fighters in human history (Mach 2 at altitude of 50,000 feet). Fighter aircraft designed and built over 50 years later (including the McDonnell-Douglas F-15 and F-18, both of which are slower and have a lower maximum operational height than the Arrow) are still inferior to the Arrow in some performance characteristics. When the Arrow was canceled, many of the Canadian Arrow engineers found work at NASA where elements of Arrow design and technology were used in the U.S. Space Shuttle.
1961: The Soviet Sputnik 10 carried a dog into Earth orbit, later recovered. Dozens of dogs were launched into space prior to manned space flight. Most survived, although one in particular, Laika, was deliberately allowed to die to test the effects of a used up oxygen supply.
1970: The Concorde made its first supersonic flight (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1994: Neo-Nazis fire bombed a synagogue in Luebeck, believed to be the first such incident in Germany since the end of the Second World War.