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Tuesday, August 28 2012
Blaspheming The Name Of God
The English word "blasphemy" originated from a Latin word, blasphemare, which itself originated from a more-ancient compound Greek word, pronounced blasphemein, which meant to speak injury. Interestingly, the English word "blame" originated as an abbreviation of blasphemy.
While the New Testament Greek word that is translated as "blaspheme," "blasphemies," or "blasphemous" is a form of the same Greek word indicated above, a number of Old Testament Hebrew words are translated as such:
Notice from the literal meanings of the original Hebrew words, God's Name can also be blasphemed without even saying it i.e. by revering man rather than God.
"The servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me"
Sennacherib was a king of Assyria who turned his malignant empire's attention, after conquering the northern kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) to the southern kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah). After he besieged Jerusalem with a very large invasion force, he bragged that the LORD could not stop him - thereby blaspheming the Name of God by the definition of at least four of the different words explained above.
"18:33 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 18:34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand? 18:35 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD [see Who Is The LORD? to understand what "LORD" is based upon, as shown in the illustration] should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?" (2 Kings 18:33-35 KJV)
Isaiah the prophet was there, warning Judah to repent of their corruption, when the Assyrians came (Judah would later fall because of their corruption, but to Babylon, not Assyria; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Back To Babylon).
"19:5 So the servants of king Hezekiah [see Hezekiah Of Judah] came to Isaiah. 19:6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me." (2 Kings 19:5-6 KJV)
The LORD then demonstrated to Sennacherib that He could not only stop his army, but annihilate it. That night, the LORD inflicted a loss of 185,000 troops on the Assyrian invaders.
"19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 19:36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh [see also The Nineveh Prophecies]." (2 Kings 19:35-36 KJV)
"They that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and My Name continually every day is blasphemed"
Keeping in mind the different words that have been translated as "blaspheme," the people of Israel and Judah frequently, by various means, blasphemed the Name of God. In this example however, it was foul-mouthed profanity. The LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ; see Who Is The LORD?) declared the death penalty, by stoning, for those "that blasphemeth the name of the LORD."
"24:10 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp [see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey]; 24:11 And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:) 24:12 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be showed them.
Later (and to the present day), the people of Judah, because of their corrupt leaders, blaspheme the Name of God "continually every day," even by profanity, or by revering their own religion over the LORD who created them as a nation (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism). The good news is that the cure for their blasphemy is coming (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant).
"52:5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
With his "as it is written" (verse 24 below). the apostle Paul referred to the same above-quoted verse in Isaiah, along with Ezekiel 36:32, when he rebuked the people of Judah for their self-righteous hypocrisy that made them a spectacle to the world in which "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you" - either by mocking their behavior, or emulating it.
"2:17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, 2:18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; 2:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
Nothing changed when what calls itself Christianity began. The Messiah warned against those who would do, in Christ's Name, exactly the same as what those who rejected Christ were doing (see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans). Today, millions of people look at the corruption and buffoonery and blaspheme the Name of God because of those who claim to be God's people.
"2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
"I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy"
The years just prior to the return of the Messiah will see the greatest blasphemy of God's Name, by a great military and political superpower - the final revival of the Roman Empire.
"13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea [see From What Sea Has The Beast Risen?], and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Their blasphemy will bring the wrath of God upon them - to which they will respond with more blasphemy i.e. "blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds."
"16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
The Roman Empire also has its "Christian" church that it invented for itself (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). It will be the religious means of the blasphemy of God's Name by "Babylon" (see What And Where Is Babylon Today? and the Fact Finder question below).
"17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Fact Finder: How will the blasphemy of God's Name (as we read in the verses above) be involved in the "abomination of desolation" that will occur just before Christ's return?
This Day In History, August 28
475: Western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos fled Ravenna, his capital, while under attack by Roman general Orestes (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
489: Ostrogoth forces under King Theodoric defeated Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo.
1189: During the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Church of Rome "Crusaders" began the Siege of Acre.
1349: Thousands of Jews in Mainz, Germany were murdered by people who accused them of causing the bubonic plague.
1413: St. Andrew's University in Scotland was chartered by a papal decree from Gregory XII.
1521: Ottoman Turks occupied Belgrade (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1609: Delaware Bay was explored by Henry Hudson, for the Netherlands.
1789: William Herschel discovered Saturn's moon Enceladus (both "Saturn" and "Enceladus" are examples of pagan names that scientists have foolishly applied to many things in God's Creation - they hypocritically deny the existence of God, while using the names of pagan gods for their "science").
1883: The British Parliament banned slavery throughout the British Empire.
1914: Three German cruisers were sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrived in Chunking to meet with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in what turned out to be a fruitless attempt to avert civil war.
1963: Amidst a national protest march for integration, U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King met with President John Kennedy at the White House. Later that day, King made his famous "I have a dream" speech. Within 5 years, both Kennedy (later that same year) and King (in 1968, the same year as John Kennedy's Presidential-candidate brother Robert) were assassinated.
1990: The government of Saddam Hussein declared Kuwait to be the 19th province of Iraq, in a move that foreshadowed the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
1996: A British court finalized the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.
2005: Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana and Mississippi, devastating New Orleans.