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Tuesday, April 16 2019
The Jericho Passover
"The children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho"
When the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River was completed (see Joshua's Commission, Rahab Of Jericho, The Crossing Of The Jordan and Beachhead In The Promised Land), the Canaanite nations (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?) began to panic - not because of what the Israelites did, but because of what the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) had done for them when they were obedient to Him (see also What Did They Do In The Sinai With Their Egyptian Gold?).
"5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel." (Joshua 5:1 KJV)
The arrival of the Israelites in the Promised Land was forty years later than had been originally planned (see the Fact Finder question below). Another of the results of that delay was the commandment of circumcision, that had been originally given to Abraham centuries before (see From Abram To Abraham), had been neglected by the became-liberal Exodus generation (see Liberation, Not Liberal-ation and The Israelite Wanderland).
"5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. 5:3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.
The Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt was at the time of Passover (see The Beginning Of The Passover Prophecy; also The Passover Moon At Midnight). Forty years later, the Israelites entered the Promised Land at the time of Passover. That Passover marked the end of the free manna.
"5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 5:11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year." (Joshua 5:10-12 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why is there a Book of Deuteronomy in the Holy Bible?
This Day In History, April 16
1457 BC: The estimated date of a Battle of Megiddo (an ancient "battle of Armageddon"; see also Old Testament Armageddon) between Thutmose III of Egypt and a Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh (see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?).
73: Masada fell to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).
1065: The Norman Robert Guiscard took Bari, ending 5 centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.
1175: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I ended the siege of Alessandria and signed the Treaty of Montebello with the Lombard League (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1521: Martin Luther, 34, arrived at the Diet of Worms (i.e. "Worms" is the English rendering for Vorms, a city in Germany), where he defended his "Ninety-Five Theses," first advanced in 1517. At the Diet (a term for a legislative assembly used some countries, "Diet" derived from the Latin word for day), Luther refused to recant his rebellion against the Papacy (while at the same time, Luther kept nearly all of the Papacy's antichrist doctrines, as do most "Protestants" to this day - see Antichristians and Is Your Religion Your Religion?; also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men? and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
1542: The Sieur de Roberval, France's first viceroy in Canada, sailed for the New World with 3 ships and 200 colonists. He explored the St. Lawrence as far as Montreal Island, searching for the legendary kingdom of Saguenay. The expedition returned to France in 1543.
1582: Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founded the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
1705: Queen Anne knighted Isaac Newton at Trinity College.
1746: Forces under the Duke of Cumberland fought the Jacobite Scots under Prince Charles Edward at the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness, Scotland.
1780: The University of Munster in Munster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was founded.
1818: After the U.S. failed to obliterate the Canadian people as a nation and annex Canadian territory into the U.S. (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he declared the start of the War of 1812 - that ended in 1814 with British Marines burning the White House and Madison fleeing the city with his army, in retaliation for the U.S. burning and looting of the Parliament Building in Toronto earlier that year), the U.S. Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada that remains to this day nearly 200 years later.
The United Empire Loyalists were conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists.
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1856: The Declaration of Paris was signed. It recognized the principle of free ships and free goods and defined contraband and blockade.
1912: Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, from Dover to Hardelot.
1942: The Island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack during the Second World War. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.
1947: Bernard Baruch, a U.S.-Jewish financier, originated the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
1953: The British royal yacht Britannia was launched, just months before Queen Elizabeth's coronation. The ship served the monarchy for 45 years before being decommissioned in 1998.
1982: Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new constitution, ending the last colonial links with Britain - the Kingdom that gave Canada birth and defended it for 2 centuries.
1995: Canada and the European Union settled a dispute over fishing rights in the north Atlantic after weeks of tense negotiations. The incident began when a Canadian Coast Guard ship fired upon and arrested a Spanish ship on the high seas.
2007: The Virginia Tech Massacre, one of the deadliest shooting sprees in U.S. history - 32 killed, 23 wounded. The gunman committed suicide.