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Friday, February 8 2019
A Bible Journey, 111: The Thousand Year Priesthood
"They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years"
The Levitical priesthood (see A Bible Journey, 79: The Hallowing Of The Priests: also A Bible Journey, 102: Why Was The Infant Messiah Taken To The Temple?) was established by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) to serve as a prophetic portrayal of the Messiah and of those who would serve Him while the process of salvation is being completed.
The Levites were made to be the prophecy of the Christians of the first resurrection who "shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" after His return (see The Christian Holy Day Of Trumpets and What Did The Old Testament Prophets Say About The Return Of Jesus Christ?).
"3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. 3:4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. 3:5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end." (Hebrews 3:1-6 KJV)
The priests who served the High priest were prophetic of those who will serve the Messiah when the "autumn" harvest will begin (see The Harvest Prophecies.
"1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." (Revelation 1:5-6 KJV)
In accordance with the sacred (which means set apart) nature of who and what they represented, they were to live honorable lives - not meaning that they were merely to be honored for no other reason than because they were "ministers" (i.e. idolized), but because they were to live and behave with honor in keeping with the responsibility that had been assigned to them.
"21:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people: 21:2 But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother, 21:3 And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled. 21:4 But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.
Fact Finder: What did Jacob / Israel's famous "stairway to heaven" actually look like? Are there remnants of it still visible today?
This Day In History, February 8
421: Constantius III became co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire (see The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire; see also The Roman Border Walls Paradox and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
1204: Byzantine Emperor Alexius IV Angelus was strangled by his successor, Alexius V.
1238: The Mongols burned the Russian city of Vladimir.
1587: After 19 years in prison, Mary Queen of Scots, 45, was beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle for her part in an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and return England to Roman Catholicism (it nevertheless remained, as all "Protestants" do, under the spell of nearly all of the anti-Biblical doctrines of the Church of Rome; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1725: Peter the Great of Russia died. He was succeeded by Catherine I.
1726: Russia's Supreme Privy Council was established.
1807: Napoleon's forces under Pierre Agureau attacked the Russians at Eylau (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?). The battle was indecisive, with causalities from the slaughter exceeded 20,000 on each side.
1856: Agostino Bassi, Italian pioneer bacteriologist, died. He preceded Louis Pasteur by 10 years in discovering that many diseases are caused by micro-organisms (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).
1863: Prussia (a territory in Germany) allied with Russia to suppress a revolution in Poland.
1879: Sir Sandford Fleming first proposed the use of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1910: The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated by William Boyce who copied it from its origin in England. The Scout Movement was created in Britain by Lt. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell of the British Army in 1908. Scouts Canada was founded in 1908, immediately after it began in Britain.
1924: The gas chamber was used for the first time as a form of execution in the U.S. when a man convicted of murder was put to death in Nevada.
1942: Japan invaded Singapore during the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1946: The first section of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Holy Bible was published.
1952: Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom after her father, King George VI, died.
1960: Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council stating that she and her family would henceforth be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will have the name "Mountbatten-Windsor."
1969: A meteorite weighing over 1 ton struck the earth in Chihuahua, Mexico (see also When Space Rocks Collide With Earth).
1993: The newly separated Czech and Slovak republics began using separate currencies for the first time.
2010: A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan created at more than three dozen avalanches.