Monday, January 10 2011
The View From Afar Off
The term "afar off" is used in the Holy Bible in both a literal, physical sense, and/or a prophetic sense, in that the "seeing" is through time (see also Parabolic Prophecies), as made possible by the "eyes" of knowledge and understanding of what is written in the Scriptures. The actual Hebrew word that is usually translated as "afar" is pronounced raw-khoke; it means remote, in space (i.e. from one place to another) or time (whether "looking" forward, as made possible by Prophecy, or back, as made possible by Bible History).
For the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'), who "sees all things" (in space or time), there is nothing, or no one, hidden.
"23:23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 23:23-24 KJV)
When the Messiah returns, to rule (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah and The Coming World Dictator), everyone on earth will see and know Him from "afar off" - because in the Kingdom of God, everywhere will be in the Kingdom of God (see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God).
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)
"But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins"
When the LORD tested Abraham with a command to sacrifice his son Isaac (on Moriah - the same place, centuries later through time, that God would go through with the Sacrifice of His Son), Abraham "saw the place afar off" as he approached it (see What Made Abraham Righteous?).
"22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:
And what was Abraham "seeing," in his eyes, and in his mind? "The promises, but having seen them afar off" of the Kingdom of God, as ruled by one of Abraham's own "seed" (the line of the Messiah originated from Abraham, a "gentile" from Iraq; see Israel's Iraqi Roots and The Covenant With Abraham's Seed).
"11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
What Abraham saw when he answered the call of the LORD, any repentant person can see too, "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
"2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:38-39 KJV)
The Creation (see Christ The Creator) is obvious evidence of itself. Humans are themselves proof of God "afar off."
"36:24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. 36:25 Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off." (Job 36:24-25 KJV)
"Coming out of the world" is done by living a Christian life in which the Holy Spirit is the pathfinder of the journey to the place which is "afar off" only in time (seemingly - see Could Christ Return Tonight?), not in space (see Are We In Heaven Now?).
"1:2 Grace [see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge] and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
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This Day In History, January 10
49 BC: Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, defying the Roman senate, and plunging Rome into civil war (see also Caesar).
1430: Charles V (Hapsburg) founded his knights of the "Order of The Golden Fleece."
1538: A statement by Martin Luther regarding the Roman Catholic doctrine of Purgatory: "God has placed two ways before us in His Word: salvation by faith, damnation by unbelief. He does not mention purgatory at all. Nor is purgatory to be admitted, for it obscures the benefits and grace of Christ."
1645: William Laud, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded for treason.
1863: The world's first underground ("subway") railway service opened, in London, England.
1920: After the First World War (1914-1918; listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Treaty of Versailles took effect. The Treaty had also established the League of Nations.
1920: The League of Nations opened, in Geneva. The organization was replaced by the United Nations after the Second World War.
1922: Arthur Griffith was elected President of the newly formed Irish Free State.
1934: Marinus van der Lubbe was guillotined in Germany for allegedly setting fire to the Reichstag (the German Parliament Building). The fire (which many believe was actually started by the Nazis themselves) was used by Adolf Hitler as his excuse to institute wide-ranging "homeland security" measures, including the creation of the infamous Gestapo - a German abbreviation of "The State Police" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: German aircraft attacked 12 ships off the British coast; 3 ships sunk, 35 crewmen killed.
1942: Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.
1946: The League of Nations was officially superseded by the United Nations when the first U.N. General Assembly opened in London.
1947: Two years after the Second World War ended, the Greek ship Himara struck a wartime mine in the Saronic Gulf south of Athens; 393 of the 637 people aboard were killed.
1962: 4,000 people were killed by an eruption and avalanche in Peru.
1984: The U.S. and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
2008: Edmund Hillary died at age 88. In 1953, the New Zealander, along with his Sherpa (a people of Nepal) guide Tenzing Norgay, became the first to climb Mount Everest.