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Sunday, November 16 2014

Job 37: Red Sky At Night, Sailor's Delight

"When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring"

The English word "climate" originated from an ancient Greek word, pronounced klima, that meant to bend. The term referred to the curve of the Earth from the equator to the poles (the words climb and climate originated from the same word). Specifically, it came to be used for the weather that is common to each zone of the curved Earth i.e. "climate" is the "weather" of a particular area over a long period of time.

The ancient Greeks knew and understood, thousands of years ago, that the Earth was a globe - not flat, like so many others believed until only a few centuries ago. The Holy Bible also stated that the Earth was a globe, long before the Greeks.

The Earth

"40:21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:" (Isaiah 40:21-22 KJV)

The English word "weather" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, weder, that meant the wind, or more specifically, the atmospheric conditions that are common to a particular wind direction e.g. here in southern Ontario, "an east wind brings rain" or "a north wind brings cold" are familiar, and usually accurate, terms.

The Holy Bible also scientifically describes the relation of wind direction to precipitation and temperature (from the perspective of the land of Israel) e.g. "Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north" (verse 9 below). The Bible even makes seasonal specific statements (summer versus winter) in the same way e.g. "Fair weather cometh out of the north" (verse 22 below).

The Messiah (Who was the Creator of climate and weather; see By Him Were All Things Created and The First Teacher) also referred to the "weather." The principle of the famous "red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky in morning, sailor take warning" saying originated from the words of Jesus Christ.

"16:2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matthew 16:2-3 KJV)

Job's wise young friend Elihu knew the "weather" very well (see Elihu's Answer, The Postponement Of Death, The Spirit Of Life and What Did The LORD Teach About How To Pray?).

"37:1 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place. 37:2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. 37:3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. 37:4 After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. 37:5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. 37:6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. 37:7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. 37:8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places. 37:9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. 37:10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. 37:11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: 37:12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. 37:13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

37:14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. 37:15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? 37:16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge? 37:17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind? 37:18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? 37:19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. 37:20 Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. 37:21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. 37:22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty. 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. 37:24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart." (Job 37:1-24 KJV)

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This Day In History, November 16

42 BC: Tiberius Claudius Nero was born. Tiberius was the Roman Emperor at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The predecessor of Tiberius, Augustus, was the Emperor at the time of the Messiah's birth, as recorded in the Bible (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).

Tiberius 1272: King Henry III of England, who had ruled since 1216, died and was succeeded by his son Edward I.

1532: Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and his army captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa at the Battle of Cajamarca.

1621: The Pope proclaimed January 1st to be the beginning of the Roman calendar year. Before that time, March was the first month - the reason why a number of today's Roman calendar month names are misnomers e.g. September ("sept" is a prefix meaning "seven") went from being the seventh month to the ninth (see Pope Gregory's Calendar and The Blasphemy Calendar; listen also to our Sermon Do We Use The 'Hebrew' Calendar?).

1686: Britain and France signed the Treaty of Neutrality regarding their colonies in North America in the event of war in Europe. France later supported the revolution of the New England colonies against Britain, not for any purpose of "freedom" (at the very same time that the France-supported revolution in New England happened, France hypocritically had its own colonies in Louisiana and elsewhere in North America - in which France tolerated no independence), but with the intention of conquering New England for France after the colonies became independent of British military support. Later costly wars in Europe, started by the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, diverted French military forces from North America.

1797: Frederick William II, king of Prussia from 1786, died and was succeeded by his son, Frederick William III.

1885: Louis Riel, the rebel leader of the "Riel Rebellion" in Canada, was executed for treason.

1894: Over 6,000 Armenians were reported massacred by Turks in Kurdistan.

1904: English electrical engineer and physicist John Ambrose Fleming received a patent for the "thermionic valve" (later known as the vacuum tube).

1918: With the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The European World Wars), Hungary was proclaimed an independent republic.

1938: The hallucinogenic drug LSD was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.

1945: At the end of the Second World War, many prominent Nazi scientists who worked for Adolf Hitler's war and holocaust regime (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) were admitted into the U.S. The "reformed" Nazis (many people, at the time and ever since, nevertheless regarded them as war criminals who escaped justice, including Jewish concentration camp survivors who were victims of some of their "experiments") later worked for various government and military agencies, including NASA and nuclear missile programs.

1960: Riots occurred in New Orleans after two all-white schools began allowing blacks to attend classes.

1965: The Soviet Union launched its Venus III spacecraft. Its arrival on Venus in March, 1966 made it the first spacecraft to land on another planet.

1988: Benazir Bhutto was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan; she was assassinated in 2007.


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