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Wednesday, April 17 2019
The Lights Of Passover
"Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years"
The LORD's calendar of days, months and years was established with and by His Creation of the physical universe (see Creation Day 4: The Calendar). The week, which is not directly observable in nature, was created separately with and by His true Sabbath Day (see Creation Day 7: The Week And The Christian Sabbath).
"1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
The geometry of the moon's orbit around the Earth provides a stable, predictable cycle of moon phases. The full moon always rises at sunset, transits the meridian (i.e. reaches the highest point in the sky, half-way between rising and setting) at midnight and sets at sunrise. The same progressing schedule applies to all of the other phases of the moon through the month (the English word "month" originally meant moon).
The LORD's calendar month begins when the crescent new moon becomes visible to anyone whose view of it is not blocked by clouds (see the Fact Finder question below), thereby always making the middle of the month, around the fourteenth, the time of the full moon. Passover was also declared to be observed from the fourteenth day of the month - the time of the full moon, that always rises at sunset and reaches its highest point in the sky at midnight.
"12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
So it was that the death of the firstborn would occur at midnight - with a bright, full moon overhead.
"11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.
Fact Finder: How was the New Moon crescent used to determine the beginning of the month of the LORD's commanded true Christian calendar?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 17
69: Vitellius became Roman Emperor after the First Battle of Bedriacum (see The Roman Emperors: Vitellius).
1080: King Harald III of Denmark died. He was succeeded by Canute IV.
1194: The second coronation of England's King Richard I, after his return from the Third Crusade (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1421: The sea breached the dikes at Dort in the Netherlands. More than 100,000 people were killed.
1492: Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (Ferdinand and Isabella were the parents of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England) signed a contract giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and the map below to understand what part of "America" that Columbus actually discovered).
The same year, Ferdinand and Isabella ordered the expulsion of all Jews from Spain. Ferdinand and Isabella were also responsible for the horrendous "Spanish Inquisition" in which many people all across Europe were tortured (the CIA's "waterboarding" torture was actually invented during the Spanish Inquisition for use against Jews and Bible-believing Christians) and killed for not allowing themselves to be subjected to the doctrines of the Church of Rome.
1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. While Luther rejected the leadership of the papacy because of the pope's immoral and unethical behavior, Luther's "protest" did not include most of the Church of Rome's actual antichrist doctrines (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?). Luther, and most of the "Protestant churches" of today, remain Roman Catholic in doctrine (see Antichristians).
1555: The city of Siena surrendered to Philip of Spain after a lengthy famine. He later sold Siena to Cosimo de Medici.
1610: Henry Hudson sailed from London, England; among his discoveries (to Europeans; the native people who were there already knew it) included what would later be known as Hudson Strait.
1793: The Battle of Warsaw.
1808: The Bayonne Decree by Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the seizure of U.S. ships.
France had hypocritically supported the rebellion of the New England colonies against their builders and investors in England, while at the same time tolerating no independence efforts in any of the French colonies in Louisiana or elsewhere throughout the continent of North America. France merely wanted the New England colonies separated from England so that the French Empire could themselves take them over.
Only a small part of England's military forces were involved in the New England colonial rebellion - most were fighting the French Empire all across Europe at the time. The primary reason that the French Empire didn't attack the New England colonies before their revolution was because they were protected by England's military, while, ironically, the only reason that the French Empire didn't attack the New England colonies after their revolution was because England defeated the French Empire in Europe, culminated by the famous Battle of Waterloo from which Napoleon fell from power.
None of that historic reality is taught in school children's propaganda ("history") books however.
1864: During the Schleswig Holstein-Prussian War, Prussian forces under Prince Frederick Charles attacked the fortress at Dueppel.
1895: The Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the Sino-Japanese War. China and Japan recognized Korean independence and China gave up Formosa to Japan (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1916: Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lankan stateswoman, was born. In July 1960, she became the world's first woman prime minister.
1941: The entire Yugoslav army and government surrendered to the Germans in Belgrade (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1946: Syria became independent from France.
1961: The CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are historically correct) backed "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba. The 3-day fiasco left 100 killed and more than 1,000 invaders captured.
1969: Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian-born Arab, was found guilty of the assassination of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.
1970: Apollo 13 returned to earth after an oxygen tank explosion caused the moon-landing mission to be aborted and the near-loss of the crew.
1975: Phnompenh fell to the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian communist insurgents, just as North Vietnamese and Vietcong were sweeping south toward Saigon. The communists under Pol Pot (actual name, Saloth Sar) would eventually murder over 2 million Cambodian people - 1/4 of the population.
1989: The Polish trade union Solidarity was legalized after a 7 year ban by the communist government.
1997: Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog died at age 78 (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).