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Friday, June 17 2011

The Devil Cure

The King James Version uses "devil" (singular) to translate the Greek word, pronounced dee-ab-ol-os (from which originated the English word diabolic), which literally means someone who attacks by means of slander, to refer to Satan (a word/name that means accuser; see also Gossip Against The Gospel). The KJV uses "devils" (plural) to translate a different Greek word, pronounced dah-hee-mon (from which originated the English word demon), for evil spirits in general.

Immediately after "the temptation of Christ," in which the Messiah overcame every attempted influence of Satan, the Son of God began His Ministry by preaching to, and healing, many who were "possessed with devils."

"4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee [see also The Prophet Of Galilee], teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan." (Matthew 4:23-25 KJV)

The famous "beatitudes" of the "sermon on the mount" were immediately delivered to those same people, many of whom had just been set free from all (i.e. everything and everyone) that ailed them. Imagine the state of mind of those people, who sat and listened to the Truth, while experiencing perfect health (physically and spiritually), both for the first time in their lives.

"5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [see also What Will Heaven Be Like?].
5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin].
5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:1-10 KJV)

"I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is come unto you"

Among those who had been healed of devils at the beginning of Christ's Ministry was a young woman named Mary (Miriam in the actual Hebrew) from Magdala, a fishing town on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee (which is actually a freshwater lake through which the Jordan river flows). Mary, and a number of other women who had been healed of devils, thereafter became devout followers (literally and figuratively) of the Messiah. Mary of Magdala was however unique; she stood at the Cross, with only a very few others, when Jesus died ("19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene" John 19:25 KJV) and she alone became the first human witness of His resurrection (see True Witnesses Of The Resurrection).

Healed

"8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance." (Luke 8:1-3 KJV)

As with everything else about Him (see The By-The-Book Messiah and Was Jesus A 'New Testament' Christian?), the Messiah fulfilled the prophecies about curing those with "devils" (the verse from the "Old Testament" quoted below is Isaiah 53:3-4, "53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted"):

"8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house [see also The Ships Of Galilee], he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." (Matthew 8:14-17 KJV)

The incident of causing devils to go from a possessed man into a herd of swine is well-known, but the result is often overlooked: "the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind."

"8:26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 8:29 For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.

8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name?

And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 8:31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

8:32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 8:33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.

8:34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 8:36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed." (Luke 8:26-36 KJV)

Some of the Pharisees knew and fully understood that Jesus of Nazareth healed by means of the Holy Spirit (such as the repentant Pharisee, Nicodemus: "3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him" John 3:1-2 KJV), and yet others, for their own political reasons (see also Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?) blasphemed the Holy Spirit (see The Unpardonable Sin) with their lie "This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils."

"12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." (Matthew 12:22-28 KJV)

The Pharisees did however speak correctly about some others, then (i.e. themselves) and others ever since, who fraudulently "cast out devils," in Jesus' Name, but only as a means to mislead and deceive people into thinking that they are teaching the Truth. Christ's warning of the Judgment coming to them:

"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:13-23 KJV)

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This Day In History, June 17

1579: Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay for England. He called it Nova Albion.

1631: Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, spent the next 20 years building her mausoleum, the now world-famous Taj Mahal.

1673: French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reached the Mississippi River.

1799: Napoleon Bonaparte incorporated Italy into the French empire.

1867: Joseph Lister performed the first surgical operation under antiseptic conditions on his sister Isabella, at Glasgow's Royal Infirmary in Scotland.

1876 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse (the leader of the Sioux at the battle of the Little Bighorn a few days later, in which Custer and his 7th cavalry were wiped out) repelled General George Crook's attack at Rosebud Creek in Montana.

1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City from Europe. It was a gift from France, designed by Frederic Bartholdi, to represent Libertas, a Roman goddess known since at least 200 BC.

1924: The Fascist militia marched into Rome.

1925: 29 countries signed the Geneva Protocol which prohibited the use of poison gas in war.

1967: China detonated its first hydrogen bomb.

1972: 5 White House operatives were arrested at the Democratic Party Headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington. The break-in eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

1974: An Irish republican guerrilla bomb exploded at Westminster Hall, in the British Houses of Parliament injuring 11.

1994: After the "L.A. Freeway Bronco Chase," O.J. Simpson was arrested for the knife murders of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

1997: During the Amsterdam conference of European Union members, a French diplomat replied in response to the slow progress of negotiations, "Rome wasn't built in a day" (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?).

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