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Saturday, October 25 2014

Job 15: Satan's Calling

"In all this did not Job sin with his lips"

The English word "voice" originated from an Old English / Anglo Saxon word, voys, that meant to call. The original word, like its present usage, refers not only to the mere sound of a voice, but a "calling" to a way or purpose - hence the reason for the other words that are based upon the same root as voice e.g. vocation, advocate, invoke and convoke.

Lucifer (which means Light Bringer; see the Fact Finder question below) was created by God to be a righteous servant of God - a position that he held as a free moral agent, until he chose to become a loser when "iniquity was found in thee" (see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal).

In The Wilderness

"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-15 KJV)

Lucifer thereafter became known by his evil mouth, his "calling," "Satan" - from the Hebrew word pronounced saw-tawn, which means accuser, or blasphemer.

"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV)

Satan's attack upon Job was intended to turn righteous Job into a blasphemer (see What Was In The Heart Of Job's Tabernacle? and How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan?). Satan was "calling" Job to become a loser like him.

The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) permitted the challenge to Job because He knew that Job (as he proved) was not only capable of the test, but would actually be made even stronger in righteousness because of it (see also Job's Prophecy Of The Resurrection).

"1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face." (Job 1:11 KJV)

"2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face." (Job 2:5 KJV)

Satan used Job's misguided wife to further provoke Job to "curse God, and die." Notice that, whether by Satan himself, or by those that Satan uses, the goal is always the same.

"2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." (Job 2:9-10 KJV)

So too, three of Job's friends then arrived to comfort him (see A Friend In Deed), but they also soon began accusing Job of wrongdoing. In doing so, they inadvertently added much more to Satan's attack upon Job. They were yet ignorant of the reality that while the LORD's wrath will come upon those who do evil, Satan's wrath will come upon those who do right.

Light

"15:1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? 15:3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? 15:4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God. 15:5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. 15:6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

15:7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills? 15:8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? 15:9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us? 15:10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father. 15:11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee? 15:12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at, 15:13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?

15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15:15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water? 15:17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare; 15:18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it: 15:19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them. 15:20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. 15:21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. 15:22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. 15:23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 15:24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 15:25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty. 15:26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:

15:27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks. 15:28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps. 15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth. 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away. 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green. 15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive. 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit." (Job 15:1-35 KJV)

Fact Finder: How has Satan created a conterfeit version of Christianity for himself?
See Satan's Masquerade and Who Lights Your Walk?


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This Day In History, October 25

473: Emperor Leo I proclaimed his grandson Leo II as Caesar of the Byzantine Empire.

732: Charles Martel, ruler of the Franks, defeated the Saracens at Poitiers.

Battle of Agincourt 1147: Seljuk Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) annihilated an army of Church of Rome "Crusaders" under the command of German King Conrad III at the Battle of Dorylaeum (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1154: Henry II was crowned becomes King of England.

1415: The Battle of Agincourt, in France. A bloody victory of 12,000 English led by Henry V over 60,000 French in the middle period of the Hundred Years War. The 3-hour battle resulted in the deaths of the French forces leader Charles d'Albret, 12 other members of the highest nobility, 1,500 knights, and 4,500 men-at-arms. The victory was made possible by a new British weapon - longbows, that devastated the enemy sword-armed armored knights at a distance. The English losses were negligible.

1555: Charles V (a Hapsburg) abdicated as Holy Roman Emperor. His son Philip II received Spain, the newly-discovered continent of North America (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Italy and the Netherlands, while his brother became Holy Roman Emperor as Ferdinand I (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog made a second recorded landfall by a European on the Australian continent, at the later-named Dirk Hartog Island off the West Australian coast.

1671: Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, a moon of the planet that humans call Saturn.

1747: The British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeated the French fleet at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.

1760: King George III of England was crowned. The King's reign was marred by the rebellion of about half of the inhabitants of the New England colonies that Britain founded and built in the wilderness of north-eastern North America over a century earlier.

The United Empire Loyalists were conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists. When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later, in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. annexation (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war).

A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:

United Empire Loyalists

"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of

THE UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS

Who, after the Declaration of Independence, came into British North America from the seceded American colonies and who, with faith and fortitude, and under great pioneering difficulties, largely laid the foundations of this Canadian nation as an integral part of the British Empire.

Neither confiscation of their property, the pitiless persecution of them by their kinsmen in revolt, nor the galling chains of imprisonment could break their spirits, or divorce them from a loyalty almost without parallel.

No country ever had such founders --

No country in the world --

No, not since the days of Abraham."

1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814; declared by U.S. President James Madison with the stated purpose to annex Canada), Canadian militia and Mohawk allies repelled U.S. invasion forces in the Battle of Chateauguay.

1854: During the Crimean War at the Battle of Balaclava, Lord Cardigan led the famous "charge of the Light Brigade" cavalry against the Russians.

1861: The Toronto Stock Exchange was established

1900: Britain's annexation of the Boer Republic came into effect. The territory was renamed Transvaal.

1923: Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. J.R. Macleod of the University of Toronto were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery of the hormone insulin. The discovery made possible more effective control of diabetes.

1936: The government of Germany and Italy declared their formation of the "Rome-Berlin Axis" (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1950: Communist Chinese forces crossed the Yalu River into North Korea.

1951: Winston Churchill was again elected Prime Minister of Britain after 6 years out of office.

1955: Austria was reinstated as a sovereign country when the last World War Two allied occupation forces left.

1971: The United Nations General Assembly voted to remove Taiwan from the U.N. and to admit communist China in its place.

1983: U.S. troops invaded Grenada to stop alleged Cuban and Soviet influence on the tiny Caribbean island. Britain was not informed before the invasion even though Grenada was a member of the British Commonwealth.

2004: Cuban President Fidel Castro banned the U.S. dollar from Cuba. Nearly 40 years earlier, the U.S. had already declared a trade embargo with Cuba after the Cuban revolution overthrew the Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are actually historically correct) and CIA-backed fascist dictator Fulgencio Batista Zaldivar.



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