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Sunday, April 7 2019
A Bible Journey, 169: The Christian Spring And Autumn Holy Days In Prophecy
"Thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place His Name there"
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 genuine Holy Days of the LORD have always been Christian. They were created by Jesus Christ as prophetic observances and celebrations of the Salvation that He is offering to those who repent and truly follow Him (see Grace Is Not A Gift Of Lawlessness).
The true Christian Holy Days begin in spring (in Jerusalem) with Passover (see Exodus 12: The First Passover and Nisan 14: The Sacrifice Of The Lamb Of God; also The Passover Moon At Midnight) and the Days of Passover / Days of Unleavened Bread (see Unleavened Bread: That Rock Was Christ and The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week).
"16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night. 16:2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there. 16:3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life. 16:4 And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.
Pentecost completes the spring Holy Days (see Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Firstfruits and Pentecost: Unto The Morrow After The Seventh Sabbath).
"16:9 Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. 16:10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: 16:11 And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there. 16:12 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes." (Deuteronomy 16:9-12 KJV)
The autumn Holy Days continue and complete the prophetic observances of true Christianity (see The Christian Feast Of Trumpets: The First Day Of Salvation, The Day Of Atonement: Deliverance Of The Passover Blood, Why Christians Observe The Messiah's Feast Of Tabernacles and The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries).
"16:13 Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: 16:14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates. 16:15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.
The Holy Scriptures were originally written without chapters and verse numbers (they were devised by European printers when Bibles began to be published - chapters were made from about 800 years ago and verses from about 500 years ago). The verses below begin and continue their context into the next "chapter" - and could just as well have begun there, in accordance of the intent of how they were originally written.
"16:18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. 16:20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Fact Finder: Why is the seventh day of the week the one and only true Sabbath for all of humanity?
This Day In History, April 7
451: Attila the Hun, the leader of the Hunnic Empire that extended from the Ural River to the Rhine River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea) attacked and looted towns in Gaul (an area of west and central Europe during the Iron Age and Roman era; it included what is today France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Northern Italy and territories of the Netherlands and Germany).
1141: Matilda (also known as Empress Maude or Matilda of England) became the first female ruler of England with the title "Lady of the English." She was a daughter of King Henry I of England and the wife of Holy Roman Emperor Henry V who she married in Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1348: Prague University, the first in Central Europe, was founded by Charles IV, King of Bohemia.
1652: The Dutch established a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.
1739: English highwayman Dick Turpin was hanged for murder at York.
1823: French troops under Louis de Bourbon invaded Spain, starting the Franco-Spanish war.
1827: John Walker, an English chemist, sold the first friction match (that are still in common use today) that he had invented during the previous year.
1868: Thomas D'Arcy McGee was assassinated in Ottawa. McGee was an Irish nationalist who immigrated to Montreal in 1857 and later became one of the fathers of Canadian Confederation. He had just made a speech in Parliament when he was shot by a member of the Fenians, a terrorist gang of Irish-Americans. Patrick Whelan was hanged for the murder.
1906: Mount Vesuvius erupted and heavily damaged Naples (Napoli in Italian), Italy.
1933: "Prohibition" in the U.S. was repealed for beer with no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight.
1943: The psychosis-producing drug LSD was first produced at Sandoz Laboratorie in Basel, Switzerland, by Albert Hofman.
1948: The World Health Organization was established as an agency of the United Nations.
1955: Winston Churchill left office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom due to failing health.
1963: The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was established with Marshall Tito as its president.
1967: A few weeks before the outbreak of the Six Day War, a flight of Israeli fighter aircraft entered Syrian airspace and shot down 6 Syrian MiGs before circling freely over Damascus (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1971: U.S. President Richard Nixon pledged a withdrawal of 100,000 more U.S. troops from interference in the Vietnam Civil War by the next December (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1978: Development of the neutron bomb (high radiation that kills people but leaves cities relatively undamaged) was canceled by U.S. President Jimmy Carter because he believed that it would increase the possibility of nuclear war (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1981: A new constitution in the Philippines gave Ferdinand Marcos dictatorial powers.
1985: Mikhail Gorbachev declared a moratorium on the deployment of Soviet middle-range missiles in Europe (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1990: U.S. national security advisor John Poindexter was found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.
2003: U.S. and British invasion forces captured Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. The government of Saddam Hussein collapsed 2 days later.
No "weapons of mass destruction" (the sole legal pretext, revised later after nothing was found, that was used by George W. Bush and Tony Blair for the invasion that devastated Iraq's civilian population and infrastructure) were ever found. Nor has there ever been found any connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9-11 terrorist attacks that were perpetrated by the al-Qaida terrorist organization. All of the suicide attackers entered the U.S. legally, directly from Saudi Arabia (the native country of Osama bin Laden) and Pakistan with tourist and student visas issued by U.S. Immigration (none of the terrorists entered the U.S. from Canada, a malicious myth that is still perpetuated by some who ignore the official U.S. immigration records).
Perhaps more ironic than the fact that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where all of the 9-11 terrorists came from, are regarded as among the closest allies against terrorism in the Middle East, Iraq, that had nothing to do with 9-11, faced the greatest retaliation after the 9-11 attacks. While, just like numerous other tyrants around the world that are conveniently (i.e. those with oil) or fearfully (those with the military ability to defend themselves from invasion) ignored, Saddam Hussein was a murderous dictator within his own country (although the invasion killed and maimed far more Iraqi civilians in a few years than Saddam Hussein ever did over decades), captured documents indicated that not only was Saddam Hussein not connected to the al-Qaida terrorist organization, he actually feared al-Qaida, and regarded it as a radical foreign threat to his own regime.