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Saturday, November 22 2014

Psalm 1: The Way To Eternal Life

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven"

John the Baptist prepared the way for the Messiah who would lead The Way. John lived his life (John wouldn't have been born otherwise; see The Mothers Of The Two Greatest Prophets) and lost his physical life (John was martyred at the end of his ministry; see Ahead Of The Prophet) for the purpose of the Way of the Messiah.

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"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Matthew 3:1-3 KJV)

John the Baptist was a true prophet and teacher of the LORD. He taught that people should turn from the dead-end ways of the carnal world and obey the LORD's Commandments - rather than doing whatever they please, in the LORD's Name, and expecting the LORD to follow them (see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion? and Is Your Church A Cult?).

"3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:5-12 KJV)

The Messiah is the Leader of the Way to eternal life. He warned not to follow sweet-talking harlots-in-a-pulpit preachers who prey upon the unrepentant (see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans).

"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:13-15 KJV)

Salvation is for the repentant (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners). It is not for arrogant, self-worshipping people who create a "church" for themselves (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:21-27 KJV)

The Book of Psalms is one of the most prophetic of the Holy Scriptures (it even provides an eyewitness account of the Messiah's Crucifixion - through the Messiah's own eyes; see The Messianic Psalms). The Psalms provide the same true Gospel that the Messiah taught (see The True Gospel).

"1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish." (Psalm 1:1-6 KJV)

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This Day In History, November 22

498: Upon the death of Pope Anastasius II, Symmachus was elected Pope in the Lateran Palace, while Laurentius was elected Pope in Santa Maria Maggiore (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

845: Nominoe, the first King of all Brittany, defeated the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon, near Redon.

John F. Kennedy 1220: Frederick II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Honorius III at St. Peter's in Rome (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes). Frederick pledged to defend the Catholic Church and launch the next "Crusade" for the Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1497: Vasco Da Gama of Portugal became the first navigator to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a sea route to India.

1718: Edward Teach, the English pirate known as "Blackbeard," was killed off the east coast of North America.

1757: Austrian forces defeated the Prussians at Breslau during the Seven Years War.

1830: The Belgian Congress voted to establish the country into a monarchy.

1837: Scottish-born Canadian journalist and politician (he was the first Mayor of the city that is known today as Toronto) William Lyon Mackenzie called for a revolution against the United Kingdom in his essay "To the People of Upper Canada." Mackenzie fled to the U.S. after the people of Canada rejected his rebellion.

1860: Prior to the U.S. Civil War, a secessionist meeting was held in Abbeville, South Carolina, causing some to refer to the city as "The Birthplace and Deathbed of the Confederacy" (Jefferson Davis held one of his last cabinet meetings there on May 2 1865).

1869: In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark was launched. It was one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving today.

1878: In Afghanistan, the British under Sir Samuel Browne bombed and captured the Ali Masjid fortress, thus beginning the Second Afghan War.

1906: The International Radio Telecommunications Commission adopted "SOS" as a new distress call.

1942: The Soviet army completed the encirclement of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad during the Second World War (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1943: Lebanon became independent after 23 years of French rule.

1963: U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated at age 46. The shots were allegedly fired in Dallas from the Texas School Book Depository by a former U.S. Marine, Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, who himself was shot and killed 2 days later while denying the charge and claiming "I'm just a patsy."

1967: United Nations Resolution 242 was passed by the Security Council. It intended to provide Israel with secure frontiers, while at the same time requiring it to return "conquered" territories, and stated a need for a just solution for the Palestinian refugees (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Balfour Declaration).

1975: Juan Carlos was sworn in as king of Spain, the first Spanish monarch since Alfonso XIII went into exile in 1931. General Francisco Franco, who had ruled Spain since 1939, died 2 days earlier.

1990: Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as British Prime Minister after 11 years in office.

1991: The UN Security Council chose Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Boutros Boutros Ghali to be UN Secretary General, succeeding Javier Perez de Cuellar.

2005: Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.


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