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Tuesday, January 28 2015
Psalm 67: The Government
"Of the increase of His Government and peace there shall be no end"
The Holy Bible (see also Holy Bible Reading Plan With Study Notes) provides many prophecies about the coming Kingdom of God to Earth. Even Jacob, who the LORD renamed as "Israel," knew of it (see also Jacob's Prophecy To Israel).
"49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." (Genesis 49:10 KJV)
All of the prophets were familiar with it. One of the prophecies of Isaiah is the best-known to many people.
"9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV)
The prophecy quoted above is actually in two parts. The Government of God will begin to be established on the day of the Messiah's return (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns? and The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Notice however the difference between how the LORD's Government works and how human governments work (i.e don't work). With the LORD, "Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end," but when humans endlessly seek to increase their government, over other people, and then over their own people (malignant empires always eventually turn inward upon their own people), there is war, not peace, without end.
Those who truly follow the LORD (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) will joyously welcome His Government because they will have freely chosen to be in perfect accordance with it. On the other hand, those with Satan's rebel spirit fear and hate the true freedom that the Government of God will deliver because it has no place for their self-idolatry and corruption.
"2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
King David was a king, but he ruled with the humble awareness that the Government of God is coming to judge the living and the dead, "That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations" (see David's Resurrection Prophecy and The Patriotism Prophecy).
"67:1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.
Fact Finder: What ancient king of Babylon was given to see the coming of the Kingdom of God on Earth and the Government of God ruling all nations from that time?
This Day In History, January 28
98: Trajan became the Emperor of the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) after the death of Nerva. The Roman Empire reached its greatest territorial extent from the reign of Trajan, before it was superseded by the German "Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
447: Constantinople was severely damaged by an earthquake. The city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was the inventor of his Church of Rome and its "Sun Day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1186: German emperor Heinrich ("Henry") VI, king of Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), Burgundy and Italy, married Constance of Sicily.
1343: Pope Clement VI's bull Unigenitus (see Papal Bull) proclaimed the doctrine of Indulgences. The sale of Indulgences was a major part of Martin Luther's "protest" (although Luther remained a "good Catholic" for almost all of Rome's other antichrist doctrines - hence the reason that the Church of Rome is rightfully called the mother of harlots in Revelation 17:5).
1606: The "Gunpowder Plot" (an attempt to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England's Parliament, hereby also assassinating King James I - after whom the King James Bible was named) trial of Guy Fawkes and his treason accomplices began. It ended with their execution on January 31.
1731: Bartolomeo Cristofori died. The Italian harpsichord maker is credited with the invention of the piano. The major difference between the two instruments is that harpsichord strings are mechanically plucked, with very little variation in sound for each note possible, whereas piano strings are struck by hammers that permit great variation in volume and duration of each note.
1736: Stanislas II, Poland's last king, abdicated. Poland was dismembered by Germany and Russia.
1822: Greece proclaimed independence from Turkey's Ottoman Empire.
1851: Naturalist John Audubon died at age 66. He published his collection of paintings of all known species of birds in North America.
1858: Following the advice of her military advisors, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital of Canada over Quebec City, Montreal, Kingston and Toronto. Formerly called Bytown (named after Colonel John By, of the Royal Engineers, who oversaw the building of the canal through the town that was built there in 1825), Ottawa was chosen because its more-distant location from the U.S. border made it more defensible - lessons learned from the repelled U.S. invasions of southern Ontario during the War of 1812 (1812-14).
1901: Giuseppe Verdi, a major Italian opera composer of the 19th century, died (his name in English is Joseph Green).
1916: The Spartacus League, forerunner of the German Communist Party, was formed in Berlin.
1945: The Russian army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. 1,500,000 people, of whom 1,000,000 were Jews, were murdered by the Nazis at the "industrial death camp."
1967: Astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, 41; Edward White, 37; and Roger Chaffee, 32, were killed in a fire aboard Apollo 1 during a practice launch at Cape Canaveral.
1969: As part of widespread Arab persecution of Jews living in Arab countries after the Arab defeat in the 1967 war, 9 Jews were among 14 prisoners hanged as "spies" in Baghdad's Liberation Square; a crowd estimated at 200,000 marched past the dangling bodies as a loudspeaker blared commentary on "Jewish treason."
1973: A cease-fire accord was signed by the U.S., South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Vietcong to end the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam). North Vietnam then over-ran the South and declared victory.
1980: The Israel-Egypt border was opened for the first time since the 1948 war that resulted in the creation of the modern state of "Israel" (it's actually the modern state of Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1990: The Polish communist party was dissolved.
1996: Germany began to observe the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
2006: Western Union discontinued its telegram service.