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Wednesday, March 7 2012
As In The Days Of Noah
There is a saying that "history repeats itself," not meaning that the identical events repeat (e.g. in the comedy Groundhog Day in which the character played by Bill Murray kept waking up to the same day), but rather that human psychology tends to produce the same results, whether within a lifetime or over generations. The principle is also found throughout the Holy Bible (keeping in mind that the Holy Bible is itself a history book - the first and most-ancient history text of all). For example, King Solomon recognized it with his famous "there is no new thing under the sun":
"1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV)
The English word "history" originated from a Greek word, pronounced historia, which meant learning by inquiry. Genuine history is based on investigation of facts to determine realities; history is not mere narrow-minded or close-minded propaganda that most governments funnel into children's minds so that they can parrot the same government-serving "patriotic" fiction as their parents, or governments controlling a population through "social engineering" (i.e. brainwashing) people to think that they are, or originated from, someone or something that they did not, thereby turning people into easily-manipulated "ego addicts." History, in the true meaning of that word, isn't merely "his story" - it's about what really happened.
The English word "prophecy" originated from a compound Greek word, pronounced pro, meaning before, and phemi, which meant to tell i.e. the original Greek word for "prophecy" means to tell before. Tell what before time? Things that become history.
Like grains of sand in an hourglass, the events of history and prophecy are defined as "history" or "prophecy" based upon the time in which the event is viewed, whether in the past or in the future i.e. when a prophecy recorded in history comes to happen, the prophecy becomes history. History and prophecy are a matter of time. For that reason, prophecy can repeat itself within history, and vice-versa, as stated in these Biblical examples:
"24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains" (Matthew 24:15-16 KJV)
"One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
Both of the verse quotes above are from the Messiah's famous Olivet Prophecy, which was named after the Mount of Olives upon which it was spoken (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin). We will present the entire chapter (Matthew 24) here, along with quotes of other Scriptures that provide more information for the same prophecy. In doing so, it becomes very evident how both history and prophecy repeat themselves, as even stated by Jesus Christ (in His references to Daniel and Noah) until such time that they become one in final fulfillment (i.e. the cycle caused by carnal human nature will end at the time of Christ's return).
"24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple [see A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty and A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah]: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down [Note: those actual stones, now rubble exactly as Jesus Christ said would happen, are shown in the photograph].
Notice that much of what the Messiah described has been happening through all of history (to a lesser degree, on a worldwide scale, that it will be just before Christ's return), including how truth, of any kind, is hated, but most particularly the true Gospel of Christ - which means, for now, living according to the commandments of the Messiah, not merely claiming His Name for some man-made religion (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Is Your Religion Your Religion?). Notice how the apostle Paul (a man who, before his conversion, was once a persecutor of Christians e.g. see The Crossing Of Philip And Saul) described the same warning that the Messiah did in the Olivet prophecy.
"3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:12-17 KJV)
The "abomination of desolation" is a magnificent example how prophecy becomes history - at multiple levels. Daniel described the "abomination of desolation" in prophecy; it then happened in the time between the lives of Daniel and Jesus Christ. The Messiah then referred to it as a historic event, and yet as a prophecy of an event that will be repeated in the future. In the case of the "abomination of desolation," both history and prophecy are repeated in a single kind of event (see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation).
"24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
Many have foolishly and egotistically claimed to "set dates" for the return of Jesus Christ. All have been proven to be false prophets for claiming to know something that even Christ doesn't know ("my Father only"). Others preach a "rapture" - a false doctrine (invented only in the 1800s), that is a misunderstanding of the first resurrection that will occur on the day of Christ's return (see The Raptures).
"24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left." (Matthew 24:36-41 KJV)
Another way in which the time factor of history/prophecy is manifested is in how quickly (i.e. instantly, like a blink) it will seem for the dead to go from the moment of their death to their resurrection. The dead have no sense of the passage of time, therefore all of those, from throughout history, will seem to have fulfilled their prophecy of their resurrection, from their conscious perspective, and yet are still dead. It's also the reason that we must live as though Christ could return "today" (see Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Christ's teachings of history and prophecy were always consistent in how we must live according to His teachings. Notice how the lesson, and the result, were stated in a timeless manner - in this example using a flood.
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate [see 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.
The flood mentioned in the verses above were not merely an analogy. While the LORD promised to never again destroy the wicked by means of a flood of water (see also How Did The Flood Happen?), a flood of fire is coming. Again, using the history/prophecy references to the Flood of water in the time of Noah, and Sodom which was flooded with fire.
"17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Humanity mostly ignores the warning of God's Word, just as they did in the time of Noah - Noah wasn't just a boat builder, he was "a preacher of righteousness."
"2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
As we've read, human nature has been the same throughout history (and prophecy), but the time just before Christ's return will see humanity's descent into evil at its worst. Doing wickedness will not only be regarded as right, it will be regarded as a "right" - even to the point of promoting deviancy under the guise of "education." The apostle Paul saw it:
"3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV)
The apostle Peter also saw it:
"3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
This Day In History, March 7
322 BC: The Greek philosopher Aristotle died. He was a teacher of Alexander the Great (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
161: Emperor Antoninus Pius died and was succeeded by his adopted sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.
321: Emperor Constantine I decreed that the Babylonian/Roman Dies Solis Invicti ("Sun day") was to be the official day of rest of the Empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?; also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1080: Pope Gregory VII deposed King Henry IV of Germany in a dispute over the selection of bishops (see Emperors and Popes).
1793: France declared war on Spain.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa in "Palestine" (see also The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter).
1814: Napoleon, with 37,000 troops, defeated 90,000 Prussians the Battle of Craonne in France.
1821: The Austrians with a force of 80,000, trying to restore Ferdinand IV to the throne of Naples, heavily defeated a force of 12,000 Neapolitans under Pepe at the Battle of Rieti.
1876: Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.
1906: Finland became the first democratic country to give women the right to vote.
1912: Roald Amundsen announced the discovery of the South Pole.
1912: French aviator Henri Seimet flew non-stop from London to Paris in 3 hours.
1918: The Bolsheviks renamed themselves as the Russian Communist Party.
1926: The first transatlantic telephone call, London to New York.
1935: The Saar was incorporated into Germany.
1936: Nazi Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles by reoccupying the Rhineland (on borders of Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and France). Under the treaty, the region was to remain under control of the allied nations for 5 to 15 years after the end of WW1, with Germany forbidden to militarize the area, but the last allied troops, the French, withdrew in 1930 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: The British evacuated Rangoon, after completing all essential demolition. The Japanese entered the city the next day.
1965: Police in Selma, Alabama used clubs and whips against 600 civil rights demonstrators.
1979: Voyager 1 arrived at Jupiter.
1986: Divers located the mostly-intact crew cabin of the Challenger space shuttle on the ocean floor.
1989: Iran broke off diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's novel "Satanic Verses."