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Friday, November 21 2014
Job 42: Rebels Against The Devil
"The LORD turned the captivity of Job ... also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before"
Satan's attack upon Job (see How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan? and What Did Satan Do To Job's Soul?) happened because Job wasn't a liberal who claimed an "anything goes and God will love me" religion for himself (see Satan's Calling and The Seed Of Fools; also What Is Satan's Real Name?). Satan viewed Job as a righteous rebel who was fighting against the Devil's "Babylon" regime in the present world.
"1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil." (Job 1:1 KJV)
God's offer of salvation is open to everyone who repents of the self-worship dead-end ways of Satan and follows the eternal life Way of the LORD. "The LORD loves everyone" - who obey His Laws against foolishness and evil (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:6-8 KJV)
The LORD provided Job with many teachings as part of his healing from an ordeal that made him stronger in knowledge and righteousness (see What Did The LORD Teach About How To Pray?, The First Teacher, Red Sky At Night, Sailor's Delight, What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven?, What Did The LORD Say About Animals?, Meet Your Maker and The Origin Of Moby Dick).
"42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job's friends were righteous men whose understanding required more depth (see Job's Inquisition, Who Were Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar?, In The Eyes Of The Beholder and Innocent Until Proven Guilty). When all was done, they too got the message.
"42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job." (Job 42:7-9 KJV)
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) then restored Job to more than he had before his righteous tribulation. The restoration was itself a prophecy of salvation to eternal life (see the Fact Finder question below).
"42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. 42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
Fact Finder: Did Job well-understand how and when salvation and eternal life will happen?
This Day In History, November 21
164 BC: Judas Maccabaeus, the son of Mattathias the Hasmonean, restored the Temple in Jerusalem after the original "abomination of desolation" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Hasmonean Judea). The event is celebrated each year by Jews with the festival of Hanukkah (see Why Did The Messiah Observe Hanukkah? and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).
235: Anterus began his reign as pope (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1620: Leaders of the Mayflower expedition wrote the Mayflower Compact which was designed to bolster unity among the English settlers of "New England." (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and The Pilgrims).
1783: In Paris, France, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d' Arlandes made the first uncabled balloon flight, covering nearly 6 miles in 23 minutes.
1818: Czar Alexander I of Russia called for a Jewish state in "Palestine" (the word "Palestine" originated as an alternate English pronunciation of Philistine; see also Gaza In History And Prophecy).
1880: Emmanuel Daude d'Alzon of France died at age 70. The Church of Rome cleric, who founded the order of the "Augustinians of the Assumption," was active in preparing the Church of Rome's anti-Biblical doctrine of papal infallibility - that has proven itself false, by numerous papal blunders (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1904: Motorized buses replaced horse-drawn cars in Paris.
1905: Albert Einstein's "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?" was published in the journal Annalen der Physik (Annals of Physics). The paper examined the relationship between energy and mass which led to Einstein's famous mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2.
1907: The Cunard liner Mauretania set a new speed record for steamship travel: 624 nautical miles in a one-day run.
1916: During the First World War (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Britannic, the larger sister ship of the Titanic, sank in the Kea Channel off Greece. It was on its fourth trip from Southampton to the island of Lesbos to pick up casualties. 18 people died, 1,106 survived. Still under construction when the Titanic sank in 1912, the Britannic had its design changed to correct defects in what was supposed to have been the unsinkable Titanic.
1918: The German High Seas Fleet surrendered at the Firth of Fourth in Scotland, one of the key conditions of the First World War armistice signed on November 11.
1929: A tidal wave caused by an underwater earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean off southeastern Newfoundland killed 29 people who were drowned when their homes were swept into the ocean.
1949: The United Nations granted Libya its independence (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1953: The British Museum published a scientific report proving that the "Pitdown Man," discovered in 1912 by Charles Dawson (not to be confused with Charles Darwin), proved to be a hoax (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1962: The Chinese People's Liberation Army declared a unilateral cease-fire during the Sino-Indian War.
1977: The first operational flight of the supersonic Concorde took place from London to New York.
1985: U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard was arrested for spying after being caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations. He was sentenced to life in prison.
1986: During the "Iran-Contra Affair," National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary destroyed documents that implicated them in the sale of weapons to Iran and the channeling of the proceeds to help support the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1991: The UN Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.
2002: NATO invited former East-Bloc communist nations Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
2004: The island of Dominica was hit by the most destructive earthquake in its recorded history.
2006: Anti-Syrian Lebanese Member of Parliament Pierre Gemayel was assassinated in suburban Beirut.