Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bible: Eighth Day. Double-decked Steamboat. "Route 66". Kitten Rescue.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

The Eighth Day (also known as "The Last Great Day"and Shemini Atzeret)

“The ''Feast of Tabernacles'' is an 8-day Biblical pilgrimage festival, also known as the ''Feast of Booths,' the '''Feast of Tabernacles," or ''Tabernacles."  The Jews have been observing this day, along with all God's festivals, for the past 3,500 years, since the time of Moses. Therefore, their insights ought to be instructive and meaningful.

The seven day Feast of Tabernacles is immediately followed by the eighth day. This year it is on the 8th. October.  Christians normally call this the ''Last Great Day'' based on these statement from Jesus in John 7:37-38,  On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."

This eighth day, technically a separate feast, is called "the last day, that great day of the feast" (John 7:37).

Old Testament meaning...Adjacent to the Feast of Tabernacles, this eighth day is considered a separate Feast. (Leviticus 23:36, 39)

Seventy bullocks were sacrificed to God during the Feast of Tabernacles, picturing the "seventy" nations of mankind having their sins atone for, and becoming obedient to the truth of God and the commandments of the Lord (Isa.2:1-4; Micah 4:1-4). But on Shemini Atzeret, only one bull was offered.

New Testament meaning...Pictures the coming "Great White Throne Judgment" at which all of humanity not previously called will have the chance to hear the True Gospel and accept salvation.

What does this final holy day represent?

Jesus Himself attended the Feast (John 7:10-26).  This was Jesus' sermon giving the meaning of the last great day!  Notice what Jesus preached about on that day: "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink . . . out of his belly [innermost being] shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive . . .)" (John 7:37-39).

Now turn to Revelation 20. After the Millennium, what happens? A resurrection! The dead stand before God. This couldn't include true Christians today, as they will appear before the judgment seat when Christ returns. It couldn't refer to those converted during the Millennium. They have already inherited the Kingdom during the Millennium, after living out a normal life-span. Those in this resurrection must be those who died in ignorance in past ages! They are not brought to life until after the Millennium (Revelation 20:5).

This is that judgment day mentioned in Matthew 10: 15. It is a time when Gentiles who died in ignorance will be given an opportunity to receive salvation. Ezekiel 16:53-55 makes this very plain. Even those in Israel who died in their sins will be given their FIRST opportunity to understand the truth of God and His way (Ezekiel 37). The prophet wrote that God would pour out His Spirit on those resurrected (verse 14). This is precisely the salvation that Jesus mentioned in His sermon on that great day of the feast in the autumn of AD 30.

This eighth day, which immediately follows the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles, pictures the completion of the plan of redemption. It is just prior to the new heaven and the new earth. All parents and children, young and old will be resurrected. Notice that the "book of life" typifying salvation is opened (Revelation 20:12). Revelation presents the final view of the "judgment day" as the present material heaven and earth are perishing and the faithful are receiving their eternal reward at the throne of Christ. The wicked those who disobey are seen perishing in the lake of fire! What a marvelous plan! All will have an equal opportunity.

Isaiah prophesied how long the White Throne Judgment period would last. During this time Christ and the resurrected saints will rule. It is the time of the second resurrection. The earth will be as peaceful and productive as the Millennium itself. Children who died will live again for one hundred years, building character through the power of God's Holy Spirit. Older people who had died without knowing God's plan for them will also be resurrected to live for one hundred years. The close of the one-hundred-year White Throne Judgment is pictured by John in Revelation 20:11-12…100 years of testing…Isa. 65:20.”



The program on WGN this morning:

Christ's Second Coming: What Are the Signs?


Transcript at:


On This Day:

First double-decked steamboat, the Washington, arrives in New Orleans, Oct 7, 1816:

“On this day in 1816, a steamboat with a design that will soon prove ideal for western rivers arrives at the docks in New Orleans. The Washington was the work of a shipbuilder named Henry M. Shreve, who had launched the steamboat earlier that year on the Monongahela River just above Pittsburgh. Shreve's cleverly designed Washington had all the features that would soon come to characterize the classic Mississippi riverboat: a two-story deck, a stern-mounted paddle wheel powered by a high-pressure steam engine, a shallow, flat-bottomed hull, and a pilothouse framed by two tall chimneys.

Perfectly designed for the often-shallow western rivers like the Mississippi and Missouri, the Washington proved itself on its inaugural voyage the following spring. Steaming upriver against the current with full cargo, the Washington reached Louisville in only 25 days, demonstrating that the powerful new generation of steamboats could master the often-treacherous currents of the mighty western rivers. Soon the Washington began to offer regular passenger and cargo service between New Orleans and Louisville, steaming upstream at the then dizzying speed of 16mph and downstream at as much as 25mph.

With the brilliant success of the Washington, other similarly designed steamboats followed. At the peak of the era of the paddle wheelers in 1850, 740 steamboats regularly moved up and down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, carrying three million passengers annually. Had it not been for the ready availability of this rapid transportation technology, settlement of the western United States would undoubtedly have been far slower. Many emigrants setting out for the far western part of the U.S. often cut the first stage of their long journeys short by booking passage on a steamboat to the overland trailheads at Independence, Saint Joseph, and Council Bluffs. Gold seekers heading for Montana after 1867 could even take steamboats all the way up the Missouri to Fort Benton, just below the Great Falls, cutting months off the time required for an overland journey.

By the late 19th century, though, the golden age of the western steamboat was over, a victim of cheap rail transport and diesel-powered towboats and barges. But in its era, the steamboat was as important as any explorer or trailblazer in opening the American West to widespread settlement.”


CBS broadcasts the premiere episode of "Route 66", Oct 7, 1960:

“On October 7, 1960, the first episode of the one-hour television drama "Route 66" airs on CBS. The program had a simple premise: It followed two young men, Buz Murdock and Tod Stiles, as they drove across the country in an inherited Corvette (Chevrolet was one of the show's sponsors), doing odd jobs and looking for adventure. According to the show's creator and writer, Stirling Silliphant (best known for his acclaimed "Naked City," an earlier TV series), Buz and Tod were really on a journey in search of themselves. "Call 'Route 66' 'Pilgrim's Progress,'" Silliphant told a reporter. "The motive power driving our two characters is not a Corvette: it is the desire for knowledge--and for sentience; it is a quest through the perennially fascinating cosmos of personal identity."

"Route 66" was different from every other show on television. For one thing, it was shot on location all over the United States instead of in a studio. By the time its run was up in 1964, the show's cast and crew had traveled from Maine to Florida and from Los Angeles to Toronto: In all, they taped 116 episodes in 25 states. (Silliphant himself arrived at all the show's locations six weeks before anyone else. When he got there, he would acquaint himself with local culture and write the scripts on-site.)  The show was a serious drama with social-realist pretensions, but its nomadic premise meant that it could tackle a new issue--war, mental illness, religion, murder, drug addiction, drought--every week. By contrast, police procedurals and hospital dramas necessarily had a more limited range. The show's stark black-and-white cinematography was likewise suited to its serious tone.

The real Route 66 was a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles.  From its completion in the late 1930s, it was one of the major routes across the American Southwest.  It was also probably the most famous: John Steinbeck called it the "Mother Road" in his book "The Grapes of Wrath," and Nat King Cole's version of songwriter Bobby Troup's 1946 song "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" is still familiar to many people today.

In 1993, NBC developed a peppier, less gritty remake of the show--in fact, about the only thing the two "Route 66"s had in common was the Corvette--but it went off the air after just a few episodes. Today, fans of the original can watch it on DVD.”



Ray washed the toyhauler-cargo-trailer, as this had to be done before the prospective buyer came to see it.  He lives in another town east of here, and he was coming to see it while he was in the area to see the Huntsville Fair On The Square.

Parts of the trailer were dirty and algae had formed in places, even on the bottom of the rolled-up awning.  With the clean the windows and floor, it was very presentable when the man came earlier than expected, and he liked it very much.  Especially as the bed is 6’8” long, and he is over 6’.  But his main mission was to take measurements for now. He wanted to make sure that it would go through his gate without hitting the eaves of his house. 

I had changed my ad stating that I would consider a trade-in, as that sometimes sells something quicker.  He said he had a travel trailer, smaller than mine, and that the bed was only 5’6”, which just didn’t work for him.  Then I found out that it is a ‘fiberglass egg’, my favourite type of RV.  But he emailed later and said that my trailer was too wide and too high.

Then, this morning, Jay called to say that there were tiny starving kittens crying in their lawnmower shed, and invited me to have coffee down there.   First, I mixed up some kitten formula, as I knew that I was going to feed them before drinking coffee, and so off Misty and I went, in our jackets as it was chilly.   Jay could only find one kitten, and it was a fluffy little tortie; and it was crying constantly.  We looked around in the shed, but couldn’t find anymore kittens, but there is also a mama armadillo with babies in there.  I could hear her growling at me.  Maybe she scared off the mama cat.

The little tortie didn’t really want the formula, and it wouldn’t stop crying until I tucked it in my shirt to keep it warm. I turned the heat on when I got home, and I will be taking care of it for the rest of the day.


Dizzy-Dick said...

I wonder what happened to the other kittens? Maybe the mother cat took them away.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

No, she didn't, DD.

Jay just called and he found the others dead in the shed. He said they looked like they were mangled, and there was a dead snake in there, too.

I looked up about armadillos and they aren't kitten killers, so there is no telling what happened to them.

This one still isn't eating well, and cries a lot in between naps. I don't have the heart to take it to the pound, where they would put it to sleep as there would be no one to feed it. I hope I can save it, and maybe get it adopted.

Happy Tails and Trails, Penny