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Monday, January 6 2014
Deuteronomy 13: The Other Proof Of False Prophets
"Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul"
The first humans were created sinless (see Adam and Adamah and The First Souls). But righteous character is a quality that can only exist by free choice. Without a possible alternative, there would only be a neutral state of mind. Adam and Eve, at first, did have righteous character with their sinlessness, which was proven when they rejected the lies of the Devil - the original false prophet ("8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44 KJV).
They lost their righteous character when they freely chose to follow the word of the Devil and to forsake the Word of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God). When faced with a false prophet, they later proved themselves unrighteous in response to him.
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
A false prophet can be proven so simply by comparing their word to the Word of God (see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans) - even if they have the ability to perform seeming "miracles" ("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 shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before." (Matthew 24:23-25 KJV).
But, as in the example of Adam and Eve (see also How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?), there is another proving of and from a false prophet - the proof of righteous character, in those who remain true to the Word of God, or the proof of evil character, in those who allow themselves to be deceived after they know the Truth - "for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul."
"13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Satan often uses those who are yet deceived as the means to preach what is antichrist (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and Antichristians). Those who are deceived will, sooner or later, have their eyes opened (see The Church In The Kingdom Of God and The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries), but until then they are not to be followed.
"13:6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 13:7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: 13:9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 13:10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13:11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.
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This Day In History, January 6
871: The Battle of Ashdown between the Danes and the West Saxons under Ethelred and Alfred the Great.
1066: Harold Godwinson, England's last Anglo-Saxon king, was coronated as Harold II. He succeeded his deceased brother-in-law, Edward the Confessor.
1099: Henry V, second son of Henry IV and his first wife Bertha of Turin, was crowned king of Germany.
1169: England and France agreed to peace when Louis VII and Henry II met at Montmirail.
1205: Philip of Swabia, King of the Germans, became "King of the Romans" (Latin: Rex Romanorum; German: Romisch-Deutscher Konig; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1540: King Henry VIII of England married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.
1558: The French seized the British-held port of Calais.
1781: During the Battle of Jersey, the British defeated the last attempt by France to invade the island (Jersey is the largest island in the English Channel).
1848: Pope Pius IX, in his encyclical letter "In Suprema Petri Apostoli Sede" ("On The Supreme Throne Of Peter The Apostle"; see also Papal Bull) invited the Orthodox Church to reunite with the Church of Rome.
1884: Austrian monk Gregor Mendel died. He made many scientific discoveries involving genetics.
1912: German geophysicist Alfred Wegener published his (correct) theory of continental drift. Although obvious, such as in how the west coast of Africa and the east coast of South America would fit together perfectly (because they were joined long ago), Wegener was rejected and mocked in his own time for it. It was only in the 1950s that continental drift became accepted by science.
1929: King Alexander of Yugoslavia abolished the constitution, dissolved the government and established a royal dictatorship.
1959: The British jet Lightning P-1 flew twice the speed of sound.
1969: President Charles de Gaulle of France banned French arms sales to Israel.
1989: Emperor Hirohito of Japan died at age 87. He reigned 62 years.
1990: Poland's Communist Party leaders agreed to its dissolution and replacement by a non-Marxist party.
2009: In response to continuous rocket attacks on civilian population centers by Palestinian terrorists, Israel began a counter-attack on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead.