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Wednesday, December 3 2014
Psalm 12: The Original Tongues
"They overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony"
The English word "tongue" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, tunge, that referred to both the organ of speech and the genuine languages that were spoken. Although millions of people in the present world have drifted away into the delusion that "speaking in tongues" is some sort of seizure-religious experience, babbling words that no one else can understand (see Do You Speak In Tongues?), most earlier people well-understood the true meaning (see also The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man).
An example from a 1772 King James Version translation of the Holy Bible that was "Translated [into the English tongue] out of The Original Tongues [the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek tongues]":
"The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of The Original Tongues: And with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised, By His Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to be read in Churches. Oxford: Printed by T. Wright and W. Gill, Printers to the University: And sold by S. Crowder, in Paternoster Row, London; and by W. Jackson, in Oxford. 1772."
Humans are capable of speaking with good or evil. The Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) provided the ultimate example of how to speak righteously.
"14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." (John 14:10 KJV)
Without the Holy Spirit, no human can tame the tongue because of the "inspiration" that causes people to look for evil rather than good (see Blaspheming The Name Of God and How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan?).
"3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 3:4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Satan (a name that means Accuser i.e. Bad Mouther) created speaking with an evil tongue - and the deception that it has caused to humanity. Satan's evil mouth, and his influence that makes humans speak with an evil mouth, will be ended forever in due time. The evil speaker will be defeated by the Word of God.
"12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Revelation 12:10-11 KJV)
King David was surrounded by "evil tongues" for most of his life. He often prayed for the deliverance from it that he knew is surely coming (see David's Prayer and The Morning Blessing; also The Righteous Don't Fear The Reaper and The Refuge From Violence).
"12:1 To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: How did "Lucifer" change his name to "Bad Mouther"?
This Day In History, December 3
311: Roman emperor Diocletian (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus Augustus) died at age 66 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?). Born in the Roman province of Dalmatia, Diocletian advanced through the ranks of the Roman military to become cavalry commander to the Emperor Carus. After the death of Carus and his son Numerian in Persia, Diocletian was proclaimed emperor.
1586: Sir Thomas Herriot introduced potatoes to England, from Columbia.
1621: Italian astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei (who the "infallible" Pope threatened to burn at the stake for correctly teaching that the earth orbits the sun, not the sun orbits the earth as the Pope incorrectly proclaimed; see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible) perfected the telescope (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1762: France transferred to Spain all territory west of the Mississippi - known as Upper Louisiana.
1800: During the War of The Second Coalition, 60,000 French under Moreau defeated 70,000 Austrians under Archduke John at the Battle of Hohenlinden in upper Bavaria.
1910: The neon lamp, developed by French physicist George Claude, was displayed for the first time at the Paris Motor show.
1912: An armistice was signed by Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, ending the First Balkan War.
1917: The Quebec Bridge opened over the St. Lawrence River. At nearly 1 kilometer in length, it is the world's longest cantilever span.
1917: The U.S. declared war on Austria-Hungary during the First World War, 8 months after the U.S. declared war on Germany, and 3 years and 4 months after the war in Europe began (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1931: The Statute of Westminster was passed, under which British dominions gained complete legislative independence.
1967: A team of surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christian Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived for 18 days.
1970: British Trade Commissioner James Cross was released by the Front de Liberation du Quebec ("FLQ") terrorists in Montreal. Cross was kidnapped in October along with Quebec cabinet minister Pierre Laporte (Laporte was murdered). The FLQ sought to remove Quebec from Canada by means of violent revolution (see also Violence); the majority of the people of Quebec however democratically and peacefully chose for themselves to remain Canadian through repeated referendums in which Quebec voters, not criminals, decided the future of Quebec.
1971: Pakistan launched a pre-emptive strike against India, beginning the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
1979: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became the "Supreme Leader" of Iran.
1984: Over 2,500 people were killed and thousands injured when deadly gas leaked from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India.
1997: In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries signed The Ottawa Treaty. It outlawed the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The U.S., communist China and Russia refused to participate in the treaty.