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Wednesday, July 20 2011

It's Always A New Day

The illustration below was entitled "A View Of Jerusalem" by its creator, James Fairman (1826-1904). The sun is also shown, low toward the horizon in the distance. Is that a rising sun? Or is it a setting sun? Can we tell?

There are clues that give us the answer. The Temple Mount is shown in the foreground. The Temple Mount is located on the east side of the old city. The sun is shown on the opposite side of the city. The opposite of east is west. The sun sets in the west. So, the illustration seems to be showing a sunset.

I say seems because, although it is obviously a setting sun at that particular time in Jerusalem, for someone in the opposite distance, it would appear as a rising sun. When the sun disappears below the horizon, it also appears on the horizon for someone else. That may also help to explain the logic of the LORD (see Christ The Creator) reckoning the beginning of the "day" at sunset. The sun is always rising, at sunset, or at sunrise. The light of the sun itself has never set.

"1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:3-5 KJV)

"Let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil"

People of all nations have foolishly worshipped the sun (even the people of Judah did it when they became corrupt, right in the very place shown in the illustration i.e. "8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east" Ezekiel 8:16 KJV), but those who truly recognized the LORD also recognized that the sun was a glorious creation of the Creator.


"148:1 Praise ye the LORD.

Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. 148:6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass." (Psalm 148:1-6 KJV)

While there were pagan sun worshippers at that time too, the Messiah did not avoid the use of the sun in His teachings merely because others were misusing it. An example:

"13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Matthew 13:43 KJV)

Perhaps the primary reason that the Messiah used the sun in His teachings can be explained by what was seen in the "transfiguration" - a vision of the future Kingdom of God on earth in which "his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light."

"17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light." (Matthew 17:1-2 KJV)

So too, the apostle Paul used the sun to describe the same thing, "There is one glory of the sun ... So also is the resurrection of the dead."

"15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead [see the Fact Finder question below]. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul [see The First Souls and Dead Souls]; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God [see Born Again - When?]; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." (1 Corinthians 15:40-53 KJV)

But until then, Satan is doing all that he can to extinguish the light. How?

Jesus Christ is the Word of God ("1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" John 1:1,14 KJV). On the other hand, Satan is literally the spirit of antichrist, by means of the word of antichrist.

Why describe Satan as "word"?

When Lucifer, which means light bringer (the reason that he was also called "son of the morning" in "14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" Isaiah 14:12 KJV - which is also the reason that sun worship is now directly Satanic) became evil, he was given a new name, "Satan," a Hebrew word that means accuser, or blasphemer. Just as he got the first humans to sin with his words, Satan incites darkness with evil words - by using deceived people (have you ever heard evil spoken by Satan himself?) to mislead or to incite strife with words, with the ultimate purpose of provoking God's people to respond with evil words too.

Righteous angels don't respond to evil with evil e.g. "1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee." (Jude 1:9 KJV).

It's for that reason that God's people are warned to "Neither give place to the devil" by responding to evil words with evil words - a diabolical "sticky trap" that we can all very regrettably soon-afterward fall into when we "let the sun go down on our wrath."

"4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:22-32 KJV)

In the Kingdom of God, there will be no more sunsets, because there will be no more evil. Everyday will be a purely new day. Only the true Light will shine in that Day.

"21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:21-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: If you are a true Christian in the time prior to Christ's return, will your salvation begin in the place shown in the illustration above?
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This Day In History, July 20

70: The Roman army (see also Ancient Empires - Rome) under the command of Titus (see Titus Vespasianus) stormed the area of Jerusalem north of the Temple Mount (see also What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and Jerusalem In Flames).

1402: Tamerlane, leading a massive force of Tartars, defeated and captured the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Angora, now known as Ankara (listen also to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1654: Portugal was placed under English control after the signing of the Anglo-Portuguese treaty.

1667: The Peace of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1664-1667). The city of New Amsterdam was conceded by the Dutch to the English - who renamed it New York.

1773: Scottish settlers arrived at what is today Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia means New Scotland).

1810: Colombia declared independence from Spain.

1866: Austrians partially destroyed the Italian fleet at Lissa Island during the Seven Weeks War.

1871: British Columbia joined the Canadian confederation, thereby becoming a province of Canada.

1903: The first Ford Motor Company automobile was sold.

1917: The Pact of Corfu was agreed under which Serbs, Croats and Slovenes agreed to form a union called Yugoslavia.

1923: Mexican revolutionary Francisco "Pancho" Villa was assassinated at age 46 by political rivals.

1924: In Teheran, Persia (Persia is known today as Iran; see also Ancient Empires - Persia), martial law was declared after U.S. vice-consul, Robert Imbrie, was killed by a religious mob who rioted after hearing a rumor that the diplomat had poisoned a water fountain that killed a number of people.

1932: Washington, D.C. police fired tear gas on protesting First World War veterans who were attempting to march to the White House.

1933: In response to rising anti-Jewish attitudes in Europe, 500,000 people marched in London against anti-Semitism (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1944: Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by planting a bomb under his conference table in the "Wolf's Lair" headquarters.

1951: King Abdullah, 69, the first ruler of independent Jordan, was assassinated by dissident Arabs on the steps of the el-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. He was the only Arab ruler to accept the United Nations partitioning of "Palestine" into Jewish and Arab states (listen also to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration). In the 1948 war with Israel, his armies occupied the West Bank and Old Jerusalem. He was succeeded by his 16 year old grandson, Hussein.

1960: 2 dogs aboard a Russian spacecraft became the first living creatures to be launched into space and survive re-entry.

1969: Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command module.

1976: Viking 1 landed on Mars. It then transmitted back to earth the first-ever images from the surface of Mars.

1977: The Central Intelligence Agency released documents under the Freedom of Information Act that revealed that the CIA had conducted mind control experiments on people in the U.S.

2005: James Doohan died at age 85. The Canadian actor (born in Vancouver, BC) played "Scotty" in the widely popular Star Trek TV and movie series. The accent of "Scotty" was actually part of the character's portrayal; in real life, Doohan spoke like a Canadian, eh? (William Shatner, who played Captain James Kirk was also Canadian, born in Montreal).


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