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Wednesday, December 17 2014
Psalm 26: Where Is The Congregation of Evil Doers Headed?
"I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked"
The greatest irony of the Exodus may be that nearly all of the people who were liberated from their slavery never arrived at the Promised Land because they misused their freedom to rebel against the LORD - instead of ever rebelling against their slave masters, they rebelled against their Savior. They made themselves into an "evil congregation" of people who nevertheless still claimed the LORD as their God. So, instead of arriving in the Promised Land about fourteen months after the Exodus, they were given to wander in the Sinai for forty years - until the entire generation of adult rebels had died in the wilderness (see The Israelite Wanderland). It was their children and grandchildren who later entered the Promised Land under the command of Joshua (see Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?).
"14:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
The spirit of rebellion that destroyed the deliverance of the people of the Exodus has continued on through the centuries, right into the present day. Much of the Christian-professing world, Church of Rome and "Protestant" (doctrinally, there was no "Protestant Reformation" against Rome's anti-Biblical heresies and abominations) has chosen to go its own way, in Christ's Name, while expecting their deliverance to the ultimate Promised Land to happen regardless of what they do (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?).
What did the Messiah say to those who do as they please, while expecting Him to obey them with their "my Jesus" and "my church" fantasies?
"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.
King David was a wise man of God who "hated the congregation of evil doers." He knew that salvation will be found only by those who truly repent and truly obey the LORD (The Way To Eternal Life and The Messiah's Rod Of Iron; also Truly Uplifting and Your Life Preserver).
"26:1 A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: Why is evil attracted to good, while true good is not attracted to evil?
This Day In History, December 17
497 BC: The first recorded Saturnalia festival was observed in ancient Rome. It was later further observed at the time of December 25, just a few days after the winter solstice, when the sun begins rising again from the lowest seasonal point in the sky. The pagan-observance date was later used for "Christmas" - a time of year in which the Messiah was surely not born (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?). The same "Sol Invictus" Babylonian / Roman festival was used to invent the Church of Rome's "sun day" worship (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?), as invented and dictated by the Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
546: The Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoths under king Totila plundered the city.
942: William I of Normandy was assassinated.
1399: Mongols under Tamerlane defeated forces of Mahmud Tughluk, Sultan of Delhi, at the Battle of Panipat.
1538: Pope Paul III excommunicated King Henry VIII after He defied Rome and established himself as head of the Church of England. British monarchs remain as head of the Church of England right to the present day.
1577: Francis Drake sailed from Plymouth, England, to explore the Pacific Coast of America (i.e. the continents of North and South America; "America" is actually a vast area from northern Canada to southern Argentina) for Queen Elizabeth I.
1718: Britain declared war on Spain.
1777: France recognized the independence of the New England colonies after their rebellion of 1776 (at the same time however, France hypocritically didn't tolerate independence efforts by any of its own colonies throughout North America, from Louisiana to eastern Canada).
1830: Simon Bolivar died at age 47. Known as the "Liberator," he freed Columbia in 1819 and was elected its president. He then took Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru from the Spain. Upper Peru was renamed Bolivia after him.
1862: General Ulysses Grant (U.S. President 1869-1877) issued "General Order Number 11" expelling all Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first U.S. flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A Frenchman, Clement Ader, had flown 13 years earlier near Paris.
1909: King Leopold II of Belgium died at age 44.
1914: Beha-a-din, the Ottoman governor of Jaffa, ordered the immediate expulsion of the 6,000 Russian Jews living in the city. The same day, the police rounded up 700 of them, loaded them on an Italian steamer, and shipped them to Alexandria, Egypt (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1939: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew in Montevideo harbor after sustaining damage from British warships off the Rio de la Plata in South America. Its captain, Hans Langsdorff, later committed suicide.
1967: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt drowned while swimming off Portsea, near Melbourne.
1969: The U.S. Air Force closed Project Blue Book, its study of UFOs, stating that UFO sightings are a result of "a mild form of mass hysteria, individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects."
1971: The India-Pakistan War over East Pakistan (later named Bangladesh) ended when 90,000 Pakistani troops surrendered.
1973: 32 people were killed at the Rome airport when terrorists threw bombs at a Pan Am jet and machine-gunned the terminal building.
1986: The first heart, lung and liver transplant took place, in Cambridge, England.
1991: Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev announced that the Soviet Union would cease to exist, and be replaced by a new commonwealth of independent states.
1997: General Uzi Narkiss died at age 72. Under his command, Israeli troops liberated Jerusalem's Old City during The Six Day War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
2005: U.S. journalist Jack Anderson died at age 83. In the time before today's "politically correct" tyranny turned "reporters" into obedient parrots for government/political propaganda, corporate sponsors or special-interest "minorities," Washington-based Anderson was best-known for his fearless investigations and exposure of numerous corrupt politicians and government bureaucrats.