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Posted on 05/02/2011 2:12:41 PM PDT by arderkrag
It's been in the back of my mind now that there are certain dates throughout the year that The Almighty uses as lynchpins for his purposes. God does not play dice, as we've been told. This is not to say that human decisions do not cause less-than-earth-shaking events, or that random chance does not exist, or that coincidences on a grand scale don't happen, because they do.
However, it is obvious that God prefers certain days to orchestrate historic events that are, shall I say, "plotline resolutions", where several building threads meet. Let's look at today in history - I'll cherry pick a few notable events to illustrate.
1559 John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation.
Excerpt from Scottish Reformation article: The Scottish Reformation was Scotland's formal break with the Papacy in 1560, and the events surrounding this. It was part of the wider European Protestant Reformation; and in Scotland's case culminated ecclesiastically in the re-establishment of the church along Reformed lines, and politically in the triumph of English influence over that of the Kingdom of France.
The Reformation Parliament of 1560, which repudiated the pope's authority, forbade the celebration of the Mass and approved a Protestant Confession of Faith, was made possible by a revolution against French hegemony. Prior to that, Scotland was under the regime of the regent Mary of Guise, who had governed in the name of her absent daughter Mary, Queen of Scots (then also Queen of France).
The Scottish Reformation decisively shaped the Church of Scotland and, through it, all other Presbyterian churches worldwide.
1611 King James Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
Excerpt from KJV (The Bible, not the article): But amongst all our Joyes, there was no one that more filled our hearts, then the blessed continuance of the Preaching of GODS sacred word amongst us, which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth, because the fruit thereof extendeth it selfe, not onely to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that Eternall happinesse which is above in Heaven.
1945 World War II: Fall of Berlin: The Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin and Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building.
1945 World War II: Italian Campaign General Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs the official instrument of surrender of all Wehrmacht forces in Italy.
1945 World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead inmates, most starved to death.
I think those three speak for themselves.
2011 Osama Bin Laden, the "mastermind behind the September 11 attacks", is killed by an American military mission in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
And look at the birthdays...(excerpt)
1360 Yongle, Emperor of China (d. 1424)
1451 René II, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1508)
1458 Leonor of Viseu, queen of Portugal (d. 1525)
1551 William Camden, English historian (d. 1623)
1601 Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit scholar (d. 1680)
1660 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (d. 1725)
1695 Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-born architect (d. 1766)
1702 Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German theologian (d. 1782)
1729 Catherine II of Russia, Empress of Russia (d. 1796)
1737 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)
1740 Elias Boudinot, President of the American Continental Congress (d. 1821)
1750 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
1772 Novalis, German writer (d. 1801)
1773 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian philosopher (d. 1845)
1802 Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist (d. 1870)
1806 Catherine Labouré, French visionary and saint (d. 1876)
1808 Emma Wedgwood, English naturalist, wife of Charles Darwin, (d. 1896)
1810 Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer (d. 1874)
1828 Désiré Charnay, French archaeologist (d. 1915)
1843 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-born Inventor (d. 1929)
1859 Jerome Klapka Jerome, English writer (d. 1927)
1860 Theodor Herzl, Austrian journalist/Zionist (d. 1904)
1865 Clyde Fitch, American playwright (d. 1909)
1867 Giuseppe Morello, Sicilian-American gangster (d. 1930)
1873 Jurgis Baltruaitis, Lithuanian poet (d. 1944)
1879 James F. Byrnes, American statesman, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1972)
1881 Alexander Kerensky, Russian politician (d. 1970)
1885 Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (d. 1966)
1886 Gottfried Benn, German author (d. 1956)
1887 Vernon Castle, English dancer (d. 1918)
1887 Eddie Collins, American baseball player (d. 1951)
1889 Ki Hajar Dewantara, Indonesian education pioneer and national hero (d. 1959)
1890 E. E. Smith, American writer (d. 1965)
1892 Manfred von Richthofen, German World War I pilot the Red Baron (d. 1918)
373 Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria (b. 298)
756 Emperor Shōmu, Emperor of Japan (b. 701)
907 Boris I of Bulgaria
1219 Leo I, King of Armenia (b. 1150)
1230 William de Braose, Norman-English nobleman (b. 1197)
1300 Blanche of Artois, regent of Navarre (b. 1248)
1450 William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English military leader (b. 1396)
1519 Leonardo da Vinci, Italian inventor and painter (b. 1452)
1564 Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (b. 1500)
1627 Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
1667 George Wither, English writer (b. 1588)
1683 Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (b. 1613)
1711 Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English statesman (b. 1641)
1802 Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (b. 1762)
1810 Rev. Dr. Henry Jerome de Salis, divine (b. 1740)
1819 Mary Moser, English painter (b. 1744)
1857 Alfred de Musset, French writer (b. 1810)
1864 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German composer (b. 1791)
1880 Eberhard Anheuser, German soap and candle maker and father-in-law of Adolphus Busch, founder of the Anheuser-Busch Company (b. 1805)
Now, like I said, this does not discount chance and luck. If chance and luck didn't exist, dice wouldn't work at all. They'd just sit there.
(My source for the dates is wikipedia, which we can't link to here because BADWRONGFUNliberalliberalliberal. However, it is a useful source for chronology.)
I don’t want to dampen your enthusiasm, but I think you could pick any random date, look at the things that have occured on it, and draw significance.
On this day in 1863, Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men during the battle of Chancellorsville. He didn’t die until several days later.
While you are musing there is something Else to consider. Just like the “dates” of early history are removed from the actual positions of stars and earth our ways of looking at this is different from that of the adversary.
This isn’t Over any less than when he was already dying. It was only a matter of WHEN. Since we pray to the Same Almighty LORD XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Above, Osama may have Prayed MORE! That doesn’t mean what you think I mean. Osama’s intent was to take Down the U.S.
If his death at this time results in Obama’s reelection
then his last wish is fulfilled.