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Saturday, February 16 2019
A Bible Journey, 119: Battle Flags
"Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house"
The LORD God was and is Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name). The "Exodus" (see A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson and A Bible Journey, 15: The Exodus Prophecies) was Christian.
"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)
Jesus Christ commanded that the first official census of the Israelites after the Exodus was to be a military census, "with the number of their names, every male by their polls; from twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel" (see A Bible Journey, 118: The Reckoning Of Israel In The Sinai).
"1:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 1:2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; 1:3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies." (Numbers 1:1-3 KJV)
So too, the order of the Israelite camp, which at that stage was the entire Israelite nation, was arranged at all times in a battle formation, with the Tabernacle (see A Bible Journey, 90: The Founding Of The Tabernacle) double-defended on all sides, first by all tribes, and then the Levites (see the illustration). When the camp advanced, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun "shall first set forth."
"2:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 2:2 Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.
Fact Finder: When Jesus Christ delivers His people "out of this world" upon His return, will He do so as a military leader at the head of a great cavalry charge? Will "in righteousness he doth judge and make war"?
This Day In History, February 16
374: The ninth recorded perihelion passage of what was later named Halley's Comet occurred (see also What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven? and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain).
1249: Dominican missionary and diplomat Andrew of Longjumeau was sent by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to establish diplomatic relations with the Khagan of the Mongol Empire (see The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog; see also The First Chinese American War).
1270: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the Livonian Order at the Battle of Karuse.
1349: Jews were expelled from Burgsdorf, Switzerland (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1559: Pope Paul IV called for the overthrow of any king who opposed the Church of Rome's doctrines (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The decree was aimed primarily at England (see also Send In The Marines).
1646: The Battle of Torrington in Devon. It was the last major battle of the First English Civil War.
1699: The First Leopoldine Diploma was issued by the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). It provided the Greek Catholic clergy with the same rights as Roman Catholic priests in the Principality of Transylvania.
1771: Astronomer Charles Messier presented his original list of 45 M-objects to the French Academy.
1808: France invaded Spain during the Peninsular War.
1881: The Canadian Pacific Railway was incorporated by and Act of Parliament at Ottawa.
1918: Lithuania proclaimed its independence from Russia.
1940: The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescued British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.
1944: The Japanese naval base at Truk, Caroline Islands, was bombed by Allied aircraft, destroying 201 planes.
1948: "Miranda," a moon of the planet "Uranus," was photographed for the first time. While many scientists claim to reject religion, they nevertheless very often name heavenly objects after pagan gods e.g. Saturn, Uranus, Pluto.
1956: Britain abolished the death penalty.
1959: Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that ousted the CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are based on historical reality) backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on New Year's Day. The "out of the frying pan, into the fire" Cuban people went from being ruled by a fascist, U.S.-backed tyrant to a communist rebel (see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1987: The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" of the Treblinka death camp, began in Israel.
2005: The Kyoto Protocol came into force after its ratification by Russia.