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Sunday, April 7 2013

Dust and Ashes

"There went up a mist from the earth ... the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground"

The English word "dust" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word that itself originated from the pronunciation of a Greek word (English and Greek use two very different alphabets) that meant vapor, as in a fine mist that could be blown in the wind. It was later applied to fine, dry mineral or organic material that could be carried by the wind in the same way. The ancient Biblical Hebrew word, pronounced aw-fawr, which is usually translated as "dust," also means a fine organic or mineral material, including ashes.

Mist Amazingly, all of those points are found in the account of the creation of the first human.

"2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 2:7 And the LORD God [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:6-7 KJV)

Long after the Creation, righteous humans never forgot their "dust and ashes" origin (arrogant humans ignore and forget about it very quickly; see also Why Does Satan Hate Humility?).

"18:27 And Abraham [see also What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham?] answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes" (Genesis 18:27 KJV)

"30:19 He hath cast me into the mire [see Job: Why Do The Righteous Suffer?], and I am become like dust and ashes." (Job 30:19 KJV)

"42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:6 KJV)

"27:30 And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes" (Ezekiel 27:30 KJV; see also Ezekiel: The Work Of The Watchman)

While many are familiar with the "shake the dust off your feet" command to reject those who reject the Truth, the Messiah was talking about much more than mere symbolism of removing incidental dust.

"10:10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

10:12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city [see also 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition].

10:13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 10:14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you.

10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell." (Luke 10:10-15 KJV)

Those who refuse to repent will be rendered into lifeless dust and ashes - the very same material (using the very same original words), from which the first human was made alive.

Fire

"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4:1-6 KJV)

The Flood in the time of Noah was moreover an object-lesson prophecy of the flood of fire that is coming.

"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 [see also How Did The Flood Happen?]: 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.

3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (2 Peter 3:5-13 KJV)

"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality"

Throughout the Bible, people were routinely buried. It should be kept in mind however that the bodies of those who are buried are also all eventually reduced to "dust," the indistinguishable earth elements from which man was created. Eventually, there is nothing left of buried physical bodies other than the same "dust" from which the first human was created. It should also be kept in mind that many of God's people over the centuries have been completely lost in fires (including some of the most righteous, as martyrs), or vaporized in explosions, or eaten by lions or sharks etc. in which there remained no body, but you can be absolutely sure that the absence of a body will make no difference what-so-ever to their salvation.

A Cemetery While being rendered into dust and ashes is the final fate of the unrepentant, the repentant who are resurrected to spirit will have no need of their physical body that may have been rendered into a state of "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" through natural or violent means. Notice that the apostle Paul, when asked about whether a physical body was necessary for the resurrection, answered with the very same account of the creation of the first human, who was created from nothing more than "dust" and "ashes."

"15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?

15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 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. 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 [see also What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?].

15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; 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; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 15:51 Behold, I shew 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 [see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy]: 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. 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:35-55 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the "soul" that the LORD gave to Adam?
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This Day In History, April 7

451: Attila the Hun attacked and looted towns in Gaul.

1118: Pope Gelasius II excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Henry V at Capua (see Emperors and Popes).

1148: Alphonse I, count of Toulouse, died in Israel while on the Second Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1348: Prague University, the first in Central Europe, was founded by Charles IV, King of Bohemia.

1652: The Dutch established a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.

1739: English highwayman Dick Turpin was hanged for murder at York.

1823: French troops under Louis de Bourbon invaded Spain, starting the Franco-Spanish war.

1827: John Walker, an English chemist, sold the first friction match that he had invented during the previous year.

1868: Thomas D'Arcy McGee was assassinated in Ottawa. McGee was an Irish nationalist who immigrated to Montreal in 1857 and later became one of the fathers of Canadian Confederation. He had just made a speech in Parliament when he was shot by a member of the Fenians, a radical group of Irish-Americans. Patrick Whelan was hanged for the murder.

1943: The psychosis-producing drug LSD was first produced at Sandoz Laboratorie in Basel, Switzerland, by Albert Hofman.

1963: The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was established with Marshall Tito as its president.

1967: A few weeks before the outbreak of the Six Day War, a flight of Israeli fighter aircraft entered Syrian airspace and shot down 6 Syrian MiGs before circling freely over Damascus.

1971: U.S. President Nixon pledged a withdrawal of 100,000 more troops from the Vietnam quagmire by the next December.

1978: Development of the neutron bomb (high radiation that kills people but leaves cities relatively undamaged) was canceled by U.S. President Jimmy Carter because he believed that it would increase the possibility of nuclear war.

1981: A new constitution in the Philippines gave Ferdinand Marcos dictatorial powers.

1985: Mikhail Gorbachev declared a moratorium on the deployment of Soviet middle-range missiles in Europe.

1990: U.S. national security advisor John Poindexter was found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.

2003: U.S. and British invasion forces captured Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. The government of Saddam Hussein collapsed 2 days later.

No "weapons of mass destruction" (the sole legal pretext, revised later after nothing was found, that was used by George W. Bush and Tony Blair for the invasion that devastated Iraq's civilian population and infrastructure) were ever found. Nor has there ever been found any connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9-11 terrorist attacks that were perpetrated by the al-Qaida terrorist organization. All of the suicide attackers entered the U.S. legally, directly from Saudi Arabia (the native country of Osama bin Laden) and Pakistan with tourist and student visas issued by U.S. Immigration (none of the terrorists entered the U.S. from Canada, a malicious myth that is still perpetuated by some who ignore the official U.S. immigration records).

Perhaps more ironic than the fact that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where all of the 9-11 terrorists came from, are regarded as among the closest allies against terrorism in the Middle East, Iraq, that had nothing to do with 9-11, faced the greatest retaliation after the 9-11 attacks. While, just like numerous other tyrants around the world that are conveniently (i.e. those with oil) or fearfully (those with the military ability to defend themselves from invasion) ignored, Saddam Hussein was a murderous dictator within his own country (although the invasion killed and maimed far more Iraqi civilians in a few years than Saddam Hussein ever did over decades), captured documents indicated that not only was Saddam Hussein not connected to the al-Qaida terrorist organization, he actually feared al-Qaida, and regarded it as a radical foreign threat to his own regime.





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