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Sunday, March 18 2012
Born In The Land Of Promise
Abram, who the LORD renamed as Abraham, was born in the region that is today known as Iraq. Humanity itself was created there (see The Garden In Eden) and humanity began again there after the Flood (see The Voyage To The New World; also How Did The Flood Happen?), but they soon reverted to vanity and idolatry. It was from that "Babylon" principle that the LORD commanded Abram to leave - the same "Babylon" principle (it isn't about geography; see What And Where Is Babylon Today?) that the LORD has always told His people, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins."
"18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (Revelation 18:2-5 KJV)
Abraham obediently left the place where he was physically born to go to the place where he will (as we will get to) be spiritually born, along with all of the other people of God through all time (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin). Abraham thereafter lived in the land of promise, but he never yet lived in the Promised Land that was promised i.e. "11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise" (Hebrews 11:9 KJV) and "11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise" (Hebrews 11:39 KJV).
"11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. 11:28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah. 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
"Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God"
In due time, Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, and Jacob, a son of Isaac and Rebekah, were born in the land of promise, but like their father and grandfather Abraham, they never lived in the Promised Land ("11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise" (Hebrews 11:9 KJV).
Notice also that both Isaac and Jacob were born of mothers who were unable to have children until the LORD permitted them to have children - an object lesson of how conversion is not possible until the LORD enables it (i.e. "8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" Romans 8:5-9 and see the Fact Finder question below).
The birth of Isaac (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem):
"16:1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children" (Genesis 16:1 KJV)
The birth of Jacob (see also Where Jacob Became Israel):
"25:21 And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife [see also The Syrian Marriage Wells] conceived. 25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD.
We know for certain that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are going to be judged worthy of Salvation and that they will be in the Kingdom of God, on Earth, the actual Promised Land that they (and anyone who repented when they had the means) will come to after it is established by the Messiah at His return (see The True Gospel Of Christ). The Messiah said so.
"8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven [see The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand and What Will Heaven Be Like?]." (Matthew 8:11 KJV)
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had different birth dates in their physical lives, however they (and everyone else of the first harvest of salvation - including you, if your time of calling has come, and you have accepted God's offer of salvation) will have the same spiritual birth date - the day of Christ's return, because "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God" (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?).
"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [see Could Christ Return Tonight?], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV)
Fact Finder: What does "born again" truly mean? Why was it the basis of the true meaning of the famous "John 3:16" verse?
This Day In History, March 18
37: The accession of Caligula, the third Roman emperor (the first two, Augustus and Tiberius, are recorded in the Bible; see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
978: English King St. Edward the Martyr was murdered at Corfe Castle in a plot by his stepmother who wanted her own son Ethelred made king.
1241: The Battle of Chmielnik; Mongols overran the Polish army in Krakow.
1286: Alexander III, 45, king of Scotland 1249-1286, died. He was the last major ruler of the dynasty of kings descended from Malcolm III Canmore (ruled 1058-1093), who consolidated royal power in Scotland.
1314: Jacques de Molay, the last "Grand Master of the Knights Templar," was burned at the stake.
1438: Albrecht II ("the Bear") was elected King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor (the official title of the "Holy Roman Empire" was actually the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"; see The Holy Roman Empire).
1584: Ivan IV, the first czar of Russia, died. His cruelty and oppression earned him the nickname Ivan the Terrible.
1673: Lord Berkeley of England sold his half of the colony of New Jersey to the Quakers.
1834: In Dorset, England, 6 laborers were sentenced to 7 years banishment to a penal colony in Australia for forming a trade union. They became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
1850: American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
1913: King George I of Greece was assassinated.
1916: On the Eastern Front during the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Russians countered the Verdun assault with an attack at Lake Naroch. The Russians lost 100,000 men and the Germans 20,000 (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1921: The Treaty of Riga was signed between the U.S.S.R. and Poland. It fixed the Russian-Polish frontier. It gave Poland large parts of Belorussia and the Ukraine. The treaty was superseded by a Polish-Russian treaty of 1945.
1922: Mahatma Gandhi was sentenced to 6 years in prison for civil disobedience.
1938: Mexico nationalized all foreign-owned oil properties within its borders.
1940: Hitler and Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agreed that Italy would eventually join the war.
1965: Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov exited his spacecraft Voskhod 2 to become the first human to walk in space.
1965: King Farouk I of Egypt died in exile in Italy.
1967: The oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the Cornish coast of England, spilling 919,000 barrels of oil into the sea.
1968: The U.S. Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency. The U.S. Dollar thereafter became only printed paper with a declared value.
1969: Richard Nixon began the secret bombing of North Vietnamese forces in Cambodia; it lasted 14 months. Nixon kept it a secret for domestic political reasons, the North Vietnamese said nothing because they didn't want the world to know that they were in Cambodia.
1989: A 4,400-year-old mummy was found near the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.
1996: The Palestinian Authority (formerly known as the terrorist organization the Palestine Liberation Organization) renamed the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as the "District of Gaza" and the "Northern Counties of Palestine" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).