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Sunday, January 18 2015
Psalm 58: Theaters Of Vanity
"The whole city was filled with confusion ... they rushed with one accord into the theatre"
The English word "theatre" originated from a French word of the same spelling (some have Anglicized the word by spelling it as "theater") that itself originated from a Latin word, theatrum, that further-back originated from a Greek word, pronounced theatron, which meant to view. It was was generally used to describe a place where any public event was held (as it still is), but was also used for a "theater" of some religion (as it still is).
The apostle Paul (see also Paul's Ephesus Ministry and Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?) knew the word in its original Greek form when he confronted a religious theatre of vanity - a trade show being held by the idol manufacturers of Ephesus (the ancient theater in Ephesus is shown in the photograph).
"19:25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. 19:26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: 19:27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
The Messiah was rejected by the people of Judaism (He was rejected by Judaism, not by "the Jews") because it had become a nationalized religion in and of itself (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism). Some became merely theaters of vanity that violently drove away Jesus of Nazareth.
"4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
By their far-greater numbers, much of the Christian-professing world have also become theaters of vanity - as the Messiah starkly warned (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?).
"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)
"58:1 To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.
Fact Finder: What is going to happen to all of the religious theaters of vanity?
This Day In History, January 18
350: Generallus Magnentius deposed Roman Emperor Constans and proclaimed himself Emperor (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1126: Emperor Huizong abdicated the throne of China in favour of his son Qinzong.
1486: Henry VII of England married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, uniting the houses of Lancaster and York.
1535: Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the present-day capital of Peru.
1670: Welsh privateer Henry Morgan captured Panama. Morgan's checkered career included years as a pirate and as an Admiral of the England's Royal Navy.
1701: Frederick III, the elector of Brandenburg, became the king of Prussia.
1778: English explorer James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. They were initially called the Sandwich Islands, after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich.
1871: The proclamation of the Second German Reich (empire). Otto von Bismarck named King Wilhelm I of Prussia as German emperor ("Deutscher Kaiser", meaning German Caesar; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) in The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, near Paris. North and south Germany were united. Bismarck consolidated Germany under the (Protestant) Prussian Hohenzollerns, assumed the office of Reich Chancellor and was made a prince. The Second Reich lasted for 47 years, until the end of the First World War in 1918 (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars). Adolf Hitler called his regime the Third Reich (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro! and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1886: Hockey ("Field Hockey") was established with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. Ice hockey in its modern-day form is regarded by most historians to have been invented by British soldiers and immigrants to Canada around the same time (the "National" in the National Hockey League originally meant Canada, in which all of the first teams were located).
1919: Two months after the First World War ended, the Versailles Peace Conference opened in Paris with Prime Minister David Lloyd-George of Britain, President Woodrow Wilson of the U.S. (the U.S. entered the 1914-1918 war only during the last 18 months from April 1917, after the greatest battles had been fought) and Prime Minister George Clemencea of France. Kaiser Wilhelm had abdicated and departed for exile in Netherlands where the Dutch refused to extradite him for trial as a promoter of the war. The Weimar Republic was established.
1944: During the Second World War, Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, thereby ending a three-year Nazi "Siege of Leningrad."
1967: Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler," was convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.
1974: Israel and Egypt signed peace agreements to officially end the Yom Kippur War which had began on the previous October 6 (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1977: Medical researchers identified a previously-unknown bacteria as the cause of "Legionnaires' disease" (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).
1995: The European Parliament endorsed the new 20-strong European Commission, marking the Strasbourg-based assembly's political birth.
2000: The Tagish Lake meteorite impacted the Earth in northern Canada. It was estimated to have been 4 meters in diameter and weighed 56 tons when it entered the atmosphere and exploded. Over 500 fragments have been found.
2005: The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner, was unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.