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Friday, February 27 2015
Psalm 97: The King Of Earth
"The LORD reigneth; let the Earth rejoice"
The English-language word "reign" originated from a Latin word, regnare, which meant to rule, and regnum, which meant a kingdom. The word "sovereign," meaning sole reign, is based upon the same word i.e. to reign over one's own kingdom.
The word "foreign" is also based upon the same root word, but with a prefix that when compounded means far reign i.e. the ruler that other countries have made for themselves, or, in the case of aggressive empires, being subjected to the ruler of some other country who presumes to rule over other people's countries - while tolerating no foreign interference in his own country ("malignant" actually began as a political term, not a medical term; see The Rise Of The Malignant Beast).
Not all empires were toxic. The Greek Empire invented and spread democracy long ago ("democracy" originated from an ancient Greek word, pronounced demo-kratia, that meant people power) and the British Empire built cities and economies out of wilderness all around the world (a reality that a number of now-independent countries dishonestly distort or leave out of "their" history, thereby diluting and deluding the education of their children, generation after generation; see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
It's no coincidence that Greek was the welcomed "language of the world" in ancient times (the reason that the New Testament was written in Greek, according to the Will of the LORD) and that English is the welcomed "language of the world" today, but most human empires have been destructive, not constructive, because they were, or are, based on no more than a selfish lust to rule over other free people.
The general definitions explained above are the product of typical human politics - that will not exist in the Kingdom of God. "King" began as a family term, not a political term. "Patriotism" too, literally means faithful to the father, the king. "King" means the head of a kin, the father of a family. That is exactly what will be created by means of the Kingdom of God. Fathers aren't elected by their children; neither are kings.
When He returns, the LORD will rule the only Kingdom that will then exist on Earth (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." (Daniel 2:44 KJV)
Then, after all has been completed during the 1,000 year reign of the LORD God (see The Identity Of The LORD God), God the Father, the Ultimate King, is coming to Earth (Revelation 21:1-4; see also The Church: Mission Accomplished) whereby the Kingdom of God will be populated by the then born-again, as spirit, Children of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and What Will Happen On Your Next Birthday?). The Kingdom of God will be composed of one King, one Kingdom (no man-made "country," which means a separate political territory, will no longer exist) and one native-born spiritual family that formerly existed throughout all of humanity.
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
The Book of Psalms is also a book of history and prophecy, from Creation (see Psalm 19: The Christian Universe and Psalm 15: When Man First Walked Upright) to the coming Kingdom of God (see Psalm 29: The Patriotism Prophecy and Psalm 21: David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise).
"97:1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
This Day In History, February 27
380: The Edict of Thessalonica. Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II (see also Who Were Valentine And Cupid?) proclaimed that all Roman citizens were to convert to the Roman perversion of Christianity (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
837: The 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1189: Richard the Lion-Hearted ascended the throne.
1526: In Germany, Saxony and Hesse formed the League of Gotha, a league of Protestant princes (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1531: German Protestants established the League of Schmalkalden to resist the authority of the Emperor (although doctrinally, there is no difference between the Church of Rome and her "Protestant" daughters; see Antichristians).
1560: The Treaty of Berwick, which expelled the French from Scotland, was signed by England and Scotland.
1594: Henry IV was crowned King of France.
1670: Jews were expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I.
1803: The Great Fire of Bombay.
1861: The "Warsaw Massacre" occurred when Russian troops fired on a crowd demonstrating against Russian rule.
1881: The Boers defeated the British at the Battle of Majuba Hill, South Africa.
1900: The British Labour Party is founded.
1900: Canadian forces under Lord Kitchener led the final attack of The Battle of Paardeberg, the last battle of the South African Boer War.
1933: The Reichstag Fire. The Nazis claimed the burning of the German Parliament building was a "conspiracy" by "terrorists" and used it as an opportunity to outlaw their political opponents. A Dutchman, Marius van der Lubbe, who was later executed for starting the fire, is regarded by many historians to have been either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was posthumously pardoned in 2008 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: The Battle of the Java Sea began; a U.S., British, Dutch and Australian naval force under command of Dutch admiral Karel Doorman fought the Japanese. Doorman was killed when the Dutch cruiser De Ruyter was sunk.
1948: The Communists forcefully took over the government of Czechoslovakia from President Eduard Benes.
1949: Chaim Weizmann became the first President of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1967: Revered CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite editorialized against 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), changing from his previous neutral stance.
1973: Native Americans began an occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a siege that lasted until May.
1974: A new constitution was approved in Sweden which reduced the status of the king to a figurehead.
1991: During the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq, Kuwaiti troops re-entered Kuwait city.