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feast: The Third Day (Part One)

Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 17-Oct-16; Sermon #FT16-02; 61 minutes

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Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil, the Battle of Gettysburg, focuses upon the turning point of the third day, a time when the retreating Union forces, aided by significant errors made by the Confederate forces, were able to rally, become newly inspired, and turn the tide of the battle—and of the War Between the States. Biblically, the third day carries much historic and prophetic significance. When Christ began His ministry by reading from Isaiah 61, He "closed the book" before getting to the part which focused on a time of renewal and restoration, a time when the resurrected saints will assist Christ in repairing the breach. The law of first mention in the account of creation indicated that God separated the light from the darkness, preparing for a dramatic revelation of an explosion of life, a kind of eukatastrophe (that is, a good catastrophe) where things that previously looked hopeless take on a decidedly joyous cast. Plants, animals, and humans began to procreate after their kind, God makes life appear from what appeared to be dead, as bleak world of lifeless water. God is stronger than entropy and death. When King David foolishly brought on a curse by conducting a census, he prayed that God would spare the people from his misguided foolishness. He made a sacrifice on the threshing floor of Aruna. On the third day of the judgmental plague, God relented. Out of this black episode came a good thing: God indicated to David where Solomon was to later erect the Temple.

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Acts of creation Big Round Top David's foolish act of taking a military census Events on the third revelatory I John 3:2 Gettysburg- bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil God is stronger than death Isaiah 58; 61:1-2 Job 14:7 Leviticus 23: 23-43 Law of first mention Little Round Millennium- greatest period of revival this world will ever see Pickett's charge Resurrection from the dead Rebuilding Restoration Revelation 20:4-6 II Samuel Third day

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