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Sunday, November 18 2018
A Bible Journey, 78: The Messiah's Holy Garments
"Thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty ... and touched the hem of His garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole"
The LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) delivered the Israelites out of their bondage (see A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson and A Bible Journey, 62: Why Is It Called Passover?) and declared to them His Law of Salvation (see A Bible Journey, 70: The Christian Ten Commandments).
The LORD then provided them with a structure that was to serve as the constitutional heart of the nation (see A Bible Journey, 76: Why Did The LORD Build His Tabernacle?). The Levite Priesthood was established at that time, after the Exodus (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood).
The garments given to the priesthood were a specialized version of clothing that was customary at that time, including the linen turban (see also 'Raghead' Racism). Numerous Christian-professing religions, in their garments that are intended to imitate the Israelite High Priest (e.g. the Papacy of Rome) have ignored the Scriptures and replaced the linen turban with a Roman "mitre" ("a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions").
"28:1 And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother [see also The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron], and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons. 28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.
The Ephod, from the Hebrew word pronounced ay-fode, meaning to bind or to encircle, was a sacred garment worn by the Levitical High Priest. It was skillfully woven from fine linen (see the Fact Finder question below) and embroidered with various colours. The two sections of the ephod were joined together at the shoulders and bound at the waist with a belt of the same design. The ephod was the central part of the priest's official garments.
"28:6 And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work. 28:7 It shall have the two shoulderpieces thereof joined at the two edges thereof; and so it shall be joined together. 28:8 And the curious girdle of the ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
The High Priest was a living prophecy of the Messiah (see Christ The High Priest and the Fact Finder question below). The Most Holy Place represented the Throne of God; the High Priest delivered the atonement blood there once per year as a prophecy of the Messiah delivering His atonement blood to God once for all time (see The Day Of Atonement: Deliverance Of The Passover Blood).
"28:15 And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. 28:16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. 28:17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. 28:18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. 28:19 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. 28:20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. 28:21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.
The priestly Levites (see The Levites Of Christ) also wore specified linen garments for their prophetic significance.
"28:31 And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 28:32 And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent. 28:33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about: 28:34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about. 28:35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.
This Day In History, November 18
401: The Visigoths, led by King Alaric I, crossed the Alps and invaded northern Italy. The Visigoths (from the Latin meaning western Goths) and Ostrogoths (from the Latin meaning eastern Goths) were tribes of Germanic people who eventually overwhelmed and replaced the Roman Empire in Europe (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1095: Pope Urban II opened the Council of Clermont. Summoned to plan the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs), it was attended by over 200 bishops of the Church of Rome (all of whom had earlier been equal in rank to the bishop of Rome; see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1105: Maginulfo was elected Antipope, as Sylvester IV (again, see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1302: Pope Boniface VIII proclaimed his Unam Sanctam. It decreed that the Church of Rome was superior in authority to all national governments and that obedience to the pope was necessary for salvation.
1307: The famous incident in Switzerland when William Tell was forced to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow or be executed along with his son.
1421: The Zuider Zee flooded 72 villages in the Netherlands, killing an estimated 10,000 people.
1477: William Caxton produced the first printed book in the English language, "The Dictes and Sayengis of the Phylosophers."
1493: Christopher Columbus first sighted the island now known as Puerto Rico. All of the four voyages of Columbus were limited to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). The Vikings arrived in continental America, in what is today eastern Canada, over 500 years before Columbus.
1497: Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias became the first to round the Cape of Good Hope, thereby opening a sea route to India from Europe.
1755: The worst recorded earthquake on the Massachusetts Bay area struck Boston.
1883: Canada and U.S. adopted standard time. Standard Time was the invention of Sir Sanford Fleming, who immigrated to Canada from Scotland. He was Canada's foremost railway surveyor and construction engineer in the 19th century. The standard time system was adopted by the rest of the world in 1884.
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), General Douglas Haig of Britain called off the First Battle of The Somme after 5 months of futile battle, which included the first use of tanks in actual conflict. The allied advance of just 125 square miles cost 420,000 British, 195,000 French and 650,000 German casualties.
1936: Germany under Adolf Hitler and Italy under Benito Mussolini (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?) recognized General Francisco Franco's provisional government in Spain (see also The Origin Of Politics and Republics and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1941: Britain opened its second Western Desert offensive in Libya when the 8th Army advanced into Cyrenaica.
1961: U.S. President John Kennedy sent 18,000 imperial "military advisors" to South Vietnam. The Vietnam War was actually a civil war between the people of Vietnam who had been divided into two countries by French colonial forces in the 1940s. When France was driven out by Vietnamese military forces, the U.S. replaced them and participated in the Vietnam civil war until the early 1970s. When the U.S. withdrew, Vietnam was re-united into the single nation that it had been for centuries before the French and U.S. occupations.
1966: The Roman Catholic Church ended its "meatless Friday" requirement.
1970: West Germany and Poland initialed a treaty recognizing the Oder-Neisse line as a common border and pledging each other to territorial integrity (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1978: U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan was shot and killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Jim Jones' "People's Temple." Ryan's murder was followed by the mass suicide and murder of 912 members of the California cult (see also Is Your Church A Cult?).
1991: British peace envoy Terry Waite and U.S. academic Thomas Sutherland were released after 5 years of captivity in Lebanon by the Islamic Jihad terrorist group.
1993: White and black leaders in South Africa approved the new constitution which gave blacks the right to vote and ended white minority rule.