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Sunday, October 21 2018
A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition ... Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents"
It is a profound paradox that nearly all of the adult Israelites of the Exodus never made it to the Promised Land. They wanted out of Egypt, but when they got to the land of Canaan only about fourteen months later, they refused to go in - so the LORD (see also A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) had them wander in the Sinai for the rest of their lives (see Biblical Eras: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?).
Another irony is that most of the Israelites who entered the Promised Land were never slaves in Egypt (see the Fact Finder question below).
The LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) liberated the Israelites from their slavery to the Pharaoh - not so that they could thereafter live in "free" anarchy, but so that they could follow and obey the LORD. When they refused to obey Him, and instead became a rebel-minded mob who regarded grace as lawlessness, the LORD destroyed them. It was their obedient children and grandchildren who entered the Promised Land forty years later in the time of Joshua.
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
The consecration of the firstborn was prophetic, first of the Messiah (see The Firstborn Of Passover), and then of those who will be the first to serve Him in the Kingdom of God when they are resurrected, or changed if alive that day, on the day of Christ's return (Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Firstfruits and The Harvest Prophecies).
"13:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 13:2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.
The route of the Exodus was a deliberate and purposeful choice by the LORD. It also plainly proves that Mount Sinai is in the Sinai Peninsula (see Paul's Geography Lesson).
"13:17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 13:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
Fact Finder: Where were most of the Israelites who entered the Promised Land born?
This Day In History
This Day In History, October 21
1096: During the "People's Crusade," the Turkish Seljuk forces of Kilij Arslan annihilated the Church of Rome's "People's Army." (see The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy; also Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs).
1097: During the First Crusade, Church of Rome "Crusaders" led by Godfrey of Bouillon, Bohemund of Taranto, and Raymond IV of Toulouse, began the Siege of Antioch. The "Crusades" were a series of wars fought between the great false "church" of Christianity and the Muslims over which of them would control Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad)
1520: On the first-ever voyage around the world, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan entered a passage off the southern tip of South America. Today it is known as the Strait of Magellan.
1520: The coronation of Charles V (Hapsburg) at Aachen.
1529: King Henry VIII of England was named "Defender of the Faith" by the Pope after defending "the seven sacraments" against the teachings of "protestant" reformer Luther. Henry later rebelled against the papacy (when the pope refused to grant Henry's repeated divorces) and created the Church of England with adulterous Henry (who thereafter declared himself not to be an adulterer) as the head of his church.
1790: The French Tricolor was chosen as the flag of France.
1805: The Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?). A British fleet under the command of Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated a combined French and Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain (see also Send In The Marines), thereby leaving Britain the greatest naval force in the world for the next 200 years (until the Second World War when the U.S. Navy was expanded and replaced Britain as the world's Imperial power - ironic, in that the U.S. became what it was founded against). Admiral Nelson, age 47, was killed in the battle.
1824: Portland cement was first patented, by Joseph Aspdin of Wakefield in Yorkshire, England.
1854: The British nurse Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.
1880: John A. Macdonald (Canada's first Prime Minister) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company signed a contract for the construction of a cross-Canada railway. "The Last Spike" was put in 5 years later, on November 5 1885.
1921: U.S. President Warren Harding delivered the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south.
1923: The first planetarium was opened, at the Deutsche Museum in Munich, Germany.
1940: At the start of the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in referring to a German invasion of Britain across the English Channel, challenged Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) in a radio speech, "We are awaiting the long-promised German invasion - and so are the fishes" (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1944: During the Second World War, the first documented "kamikaze" attack occurred when a Japanese plane carrying a 200 kilograms / 440 pounds bomb attacks the HMAS Australia off Leyte Island (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1950: The Battle of Yongju during the Korean War. British and Australians of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade fought the North Korean 239th Regiment.
1959: U.S. President Eisenhower signed an executive order to enable the captured Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun (the developer of the rockets that Hitler used to bomb Britain) and other "rehabilitated" Nazi war criminals to work at NASA to develop the U.S. space program. Many who knew the truth about Wernher von Braun referred to him as the "NASA Nazi."
1960: HMS Dreadnought, Britain first nuclear submarine, was launched.
1966: A coal mine slag heap slid and buried a school in the Welsh village of Aberfan. 116 children and 28 adults were killed.
1967: During the Vietnam War (a civil war of the Vietnamese people that began after France and the U.S. divided the ancient country of Vietnam into two artificial nations), over 100,000 war protesters gathered in Washington, D.C. (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?)
1967: A few months after the end of the Six Day War, Egyptian missiles (see also The Rockets' Red Glare) sank the Israeli destroyer Eilat off Sinai. Israel responded by shelling the major oil installations in the Egyptian port town of Suez.
1983: The seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures defined the metre as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
1988: In New York, a U.S. Court indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering that they committed in the Philippines.