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Friday, December 19 2014
Psalm 28: The Rock and Sand Prophecies
"He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of Truth and without iniquity, just and right is He"
Sand may be defined as "a loose material consisting of grains of rock." Sand is merely the eroded remains of a once-massive rock formation.
"32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he." (Deuteronomy 32:4 KJV)
Many prophecies use the analogy of the Messiah as the Rock upon which the Kingdom of God will be established (see the Fact Finder question below). One of the most-famous was that given to the prophet Daniel (see The Prophet Daniel: A Child Of The Exile) whereby a Rock from heaven will obliterate the politics of the present world into sand so fine that it will be like "dust on the threshing floor."
The prophecy, as given by the LORD to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image):
"2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:31-35 KJV)
"2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
Although most people don't recognize it as such, the Messiah's "house on the sand" prophecy describes the same result of people looking to themselves and their politics for their "Christianity" (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and Where Is The Congregation of Evil Doers Headed?; also Truly Uplifting and The Most High).
"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.
Satan's attacks sometimes caused King David to stumble and fall, but David always fell upon, and then stood up again, upon the Rock. David never lost sight of who he was (see David's Prayer and The Morning Blessing) and Who the LORD is (see The Way To Eternal Life and When Will The LORD Let You See His Face?)
"28:1 A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: What is going to happen when the "Rock" returns to establish the Kingdom of God?
This Day In History, December 19
211: Publius Septimius Geta, then co-emperor of Rome, was assassinated by his own Praetorian Guard (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1154: Henry II was crowned king of England.
1490: Anne, the Duchess of Brittany, was married to Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) Maximilian I by proxy.
1562: The French Wars of Religion between the Huguenots (French Protestants) and the Catholics began at the Battle of Dreux.
1606: Three ships, the Susan Constant (or Sarah Constant), the Godspeed and the Discovery sailed from England to establish English colonies for the King and the Virginia Company of London.
1741: Vitus Bering, Danish navigator and explorer, died at age 60. The Bering Strait and the Bering Sea (located between Russia and Alaska - Alaska was then Russian territory) are named after him.
1793: French forces recaptured Toulon from the British.
1915: German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer died at age 51 of rheumatic fever and kidney failure brought on by a common cold or influenza infection. "Alzheimer's disease" was named after Alzheimer, from his professional studies of "presenile dementia" (i.e. dementia with onset before the age of 65).
1917: The first National Hockey League game was played on artificial ice, in Toronto.
1932: The BBC World Service began broadcasting overseas as the BBC Empire Service.
1941: Adolf Hitler (whose military experience consisted of his having been a corporal in the German Army during the First World War) became Supreme Commander-in-chief of the German Army (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1941: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Japanese forces invaded British-held Hong Kong.
1946: War broke out in Indochina when Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh attacked French colonial forces in Hanoi. The French left in the 1960s (after dividing Vietnam into North and South, which resulted in the Vietnam civil war) and were replaced by the U.S. who remained until the 1970s.
1972: Apollo 17, the last manned lunar flight returned to Earth.
1986: Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, considered the father of the Soviet atomic bomb, was released from exile. He had been seized in January 1980 and sent to the closed city of Gorky, 400 kilometers east of Moscow where he was kept in isolation.
1998: During the Lewinsky scandal, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached ("Charge with a crime or misdemeanor") President Bill Clinton on 2 counts - perjury and obstruction of justice.
2001: A record-high barometric pressure occurred at Tosontsengel, Khovsgol, Mongolia.