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Wednesday, July 27 2011
The LORD And The Two Angels
The LORD is all powerful (see The Brightness Of His Coming), which in itself means that He has the power to appear in any way that He wills - even as an ordinary man. That was made obvious by the human birth of Jesus Christ, but it was also manifested numerous times long before that (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') - as people such as Moses or Abraham can (and will) testify. One of the reasons why many of the people of Judah did not recognize the Messiah when He came to them is because many of them didn't recognize the same LORD when He came their ancestors (see also The Mount Sinai Riot).
"8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:56-58 KJV)
There were no Israelites (within which the people of Judah, the Jews, are just one of the tribes; see also Are Levites 'Jews'?) in the time of righteous Abraham (see What Made Abraham Righteous?; also 'Raghead' Racism). The people of Israel were named after Jacob (who the LORD renamed as "Israel"; see The First Meeting Of Israel And Esau). Jacob was the son of Isaac (see also Who Chose Rebekah?). Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah. Isaac was born "out of season" because Sarah was past the time of having children. Isaac was born according to the will of the LORD, Who was Christ, as recorded here in which the birth of Isaac was personally announced by the LORD to Abraham.
"18:1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 18:2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
"The men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD"
Another famous event happened at the same time. The announcement of the future birth of Isaac was actually intended as the first stop on a visit that was to conclude at nearby Sodom (see also Abraham And The King Of Sodom). As the LORD and the two angels began to leave Abraham, the LORD stopped to talk further with Abraham, while the two angels departed for Sodom ("19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom" Genesis 19:1 KJV).
"18:16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. 18:17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Abraham then did something that very few righteous people would dare to do (Moses was one of only a very few others; see The Mount Sinai Riot), let alone have any hope of doing it - to negotiate with the LORD.
"18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 18:24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Abraham had pleaded for the city, primarily for the sake of his nephew Lot and his family, who did not total ten people - or perhaps rather, ten people who wanted to leave that place of evil. Nevertheless the two angels that went there did remove Lot and his two daughters. The husbands of the daughters, and Lot's own wife, and others who may have been associated or servants of their households, chose not to leave.
"19:12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 19:13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
Fact Finder: According to the Word of God, what and where is "hell"? What does fire have to do with "hell"?
This Day In History, July 27
190 BC: Apollonius of Perga died at age 72. He was known to his contemporaries as "The Great Geometer." His treatise "Conics" (conic sections) is one of the greatest scientific works from the ancient world. He introduced the terms parabola, ellipse and hyperbola for the conic sections (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1054: Siward of Northumbria and Malcolm defeated Macbeth at Dunsinane, a peak in Scotland.
1214: Philip II of France defeated an allied English, Flemish and German army under Otto IV, the Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire), at the Battle of Bouvines. This broke up the coalition and secured Philip's position.
1245: Frederick II of France was deposed by a council at Lyons, which found him guilty of "sacrilege."
1540: Thomas Cromwell, principal adviser to King Henry VIII of England, was executed for treason.
1586: Sir Walter Raleigh brought the first tobacco to England from Virginia.
1588: The Spanish Armada reached the Strait of Dover and anchored off Calais. The invasion force position on the coast of the Netherlands that was to arrive was not prepared, which thwarted the entire Spanish plan of a coordinated land and sea invasion of Britain, leaving only a few thousand marines on the ships. The next night, the English launched 6 fire ships (derelict ships set on fire and sailed into the enemy ship formation) into the harbor at Calais, causing the Spanish to irretrievably lose their battle formation. The Royal Navy then attacked. Of the 130 ships originally in the Spanish Armada, only 76 made it back to Spain.
1675: Henri de Turenne, French military leader in the Thirty Years' War, was killed during the Battle of Sasbach during the Dutch War.
1689: General Mackay led troops loyal to William of Orange to subdue the Scottish Jacobites under Dundee. The royal troops were utterly routed at the following Battle of Killiecrankie and over 2,000 were killed.
1742: The Peace of Berlin between Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Prussia ended the first Silesian War.
1866: A transatlantic cable laid by the steamer Great Eastern established reliable communication by telegraph between Britain and the U.S.
1921: Canadian medical researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best at the University of Toronto isolated insulin for the first time. It proved an effective treatment for diabetes.
1953: After over 3 years of war, the armistice at Panmunjon was signed between the United Nations and North Korea to end the Korean War. The agreement saw a 4 kilometer buffer zone created to separate the two Koreas. During the war, 116,000 United Nations and 1,500,000 Chinese and North Korean troops were killed.
1954: Britain and Egypt signed an agreement to end British administration of the Suez Canal Zone (that Britain had defended, for Egypt, against Nazi Germany during the Second World War).
1955: Austria regained its sovereignty after 17 years of occupation by foreign troops (German troops just before and during the Second World War, the primarily U.S., British and Canadian troops after).
1964: Winston Churchill, the longest-serving Member of Parliament in British history, made his last appearance in the House of Commons.
1964: President Lyndon Johnson sent an additional 5,000 US Army "advisers" into the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the people of Vietnam whose nation had been divided into "north" and "south" by French colonial forces in the 1950s).
1980: Mohammed Reza Pahlavi died of cancer while in exile in Egypt. The Shah of Iran from 1941, the US-backed puppet dictator fled the country during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Ayatollah Khomeini succeeded him as Iran's leader.
1989: Christer Pettersson was found guilty and jailed for life for the 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. He was later acquitted and the crime has remained unsolved.
1990: Belarus declared its independence from the Soviet Union.
1996: During the Olympic Games in Atlanta a bomb exploded in an entertainment park, killing two and wounding 110.