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Monday, December 24 2018
A Bible Journey, 92: The Grain Of Salvation
"For the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the LORD"
Most people easily recognize that the "Old Testament" Passover lamb was actually about Christianity. Christianity didn't somehow abscond with Passover and make it into a Christian observance. It was always about Christianity (see The Passover 'High Day' Sabbath and Israel In History and Prophecy: Passover; also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?).
The same is true for "Old Testament" Pentecost, known as the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of Firstfruits. It was always about Christianity (see Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Firstfruits). So too all of the other true Christian Holy Days (see The Christian Feast Of Trumpets: The First Day Of Salvation, Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement?, Why Christians Observe The Messiah's Feast Of Tabernacles and The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries).
The "LORD God" of the "Old Testament" was and is Jesus Christ (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"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." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
At the very beginning, the Messiah was sent by the Father (see The Forerunner Of Man and Of God) to do the actual work of Creation. We first read of Jesus Christ in the Holy Scriptures in the first verses of Genesis (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word).
"1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
The ancient observances that the LORD gave to the Levite priesthood (e.g. see Leviticus 1: The Burnt Offerings Of The Ancients) were not merely ceremonial - they were Christian prophetic (see the Fact Finder question below).
"2:1 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: 2:2 And he shall bring it to Aaron's sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: 2:3 And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron's and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire." (Leviticus 2:1-3 KJV)
Centuries later, the invention of Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) turned the Christian Levitical observances into an end in themselves, turning their backs to the LORD Who gave the observances to their ancient fathers to begin with. But they were Christian to begin with, and they were restored as Christian by later Levites (see The Levites Of Christ) - not as "dead works" ends in themselves, but as the living prophecies of Christianity that they have always truly been to the LORD.
"2:4 And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil. 2:5 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in a pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil. 2:6 Thou shalt part it in pieces, and pour oil thereon: it is a meat offering. 2:7 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil. 2:8 And thou shalt bring the meat offering that is made of these things unto the LORD: and when it is presented unto the priest, he shall bring it unto the altar. 2:9 And the priest shall take from the meat offering a memorial thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. 2:10 And that which is left of the meat offering shall be Aaron's and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.
Fact Finder: How is salvation prophesied by the natural series of seasonal harvests?
This Day In History, December 24
563: The Byzantine (East Roman Empire) church building Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (named after Roman Emperor Constantine; see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs) was dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes. The building became a mosque in 1453 and remained so until 1931.
1144: The capital of the crusader County of Edessa fell to Imad ad-Din Zengi, the Atabeg of Mosul and Aleppo (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1524: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died at age 55. He was the first recorded European to reach India by sea.
1524: Poland agreed to truces in its conflicts with both Sweden and Turkey.
1638: The Ottomans under Murad IV recaptured Baghdad from Safavid Persia (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1777: Kiritimati, now also known as Christmas Island, was discovered by English explorer James Cook.
1781: German immigrant Baron Friederike von Riedesel erected what is believed to be the first Christmas tree in North America, at Sorel, Quebec (listen to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).
1814: A peace treaty between Great Britain and the former New England colonies was signed at Ghent, Belgium to end the War of 1812 (1812-1814). The combatants kept fighting and dying however because the news of the war's end did not arrive from Europe for another 2 weeks (longer in some more remote areas e.g. the Battle of New Orleans).
1865: The terrorist group "Klu Klux Klan" was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee by a group of Confederate war veterans. Although originally created by racists who feared black people, the "Klan" later included many other groups of people in their fear/hate list i.e. Jews, Catholics and immigrants from anywhere.
1914: During the First World War (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the first air raid on Britain took place when a German monoplane dropped a single bomb on Dover.
1942: The German research station at Peenemunde successfully tested a new surface-to-surface weapon system. Called the FZG76, it later became better known as the V1 Flying Bomb.
At the end of the Second World War (1939-1945) that followed, many prominent Nazi scientists who worked for Adolf Hitler's war and holocaust regime (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) were welcomed into the U.S. The "reformed" Nazis (many people, at the time and ever since, nevertheless regarded them as war criminals who escaped justice, including Jewish concentration camp survivors who were victims of some of their "experiments") later worked for various government and military agencies, including NASA and nuclear missile programs.
Among them was the Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun (the developer of the rockets that Hitler used to bomb Britain) who worked at NASA to develop the U.S. space program using Hitler's rocket designs. Many who knew the truth about Wernher von Braun referred to him as the "NASA Nazi."
1946: The French Fourth Republic was established.
1968: The crew of Apollo 8 entered into orbit around the Moon, thereby becoming the first humans to do so. They completed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures for the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched broadcasts in history.
1974: Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin, Australia (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as leader of the Soviet Union.