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Monday, March 2 2015
Psalm 100: Court In History and Prophecy
"I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works ... And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire"
The English-language words "court" and "courtyard," originated from a compound Latin word, cohortis, which meant an enclosed, uncovered area i.e. a public venue where everything could be seen and heard. "Court" now has many applied meanings, ranging from a frivolous tennis court, to a dignified court of law. The word courteous, meaning respectful and polite, also developed from the manners of court.
While some courts of law around the world are still held in open courtyards, many are now conducted within a court building - although still open to the public, thereby maintaining the original principle. Even dictatorial regimes tend to have open courts, not as a democratic principle (political democracy was invented by the ancient Greeks; "democracy" is from a Greek word, pronounced demo-kratia, that meant people power), but as a means to warn people what will happen to them if they defy their fellow citizens (or an invader; see also The King Of Earth) who have become the "government" (see also The Government). It was the primary reason that Roman crucifixions were public spectacles.
In earlier times, "court" (the place became a term for the legal proceedings there) was commonly held in open, but walled, places where kings and judges gave their rulings for public matters. Courts, or courtyards, were not always where apparent justice was done however. The Messiah was "convicted" in such a court, while a another political prisoner (from the Roman perspective, Jesus of Nazareth was a political threat i.e. "Art thou the King of the Jews" and "We have no king but Caesar") was set free (see Why Did They Want A Murderer Released Instead Of Jesus?).
"27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews?
According to the specific instructions given by the LORD, the Tabernacle had a "court" as the entrance to the Most Holy Place (see also The Holy Place In History And Prophecy). The Tabernacle was, in effect, a stage play of prophecy. It was the Messiah Who gave the instructions for how to build it (see The Identity Of The LORD God) and everything done there was about the step-by-step process of Christian salvation that is now in progress (e.g. see Unleavened Bread: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days? and The Christian Day Of Atonement: Past, Present and Future).
Those who truly repent and genuinely follow and obey the LORD (rather than just using His Name for their self-religions; see Toy Bibles and Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?; also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) have no fear of their "day in court." The judgment of the arrogant will however be another matter.
"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4;1-6 KJV)
Many of the Psalms are prophecies of the coming Judgment that will vindicate the righteous and deliver to the evil what is due to them (e.g. see Psalm 98: How Will Jesus Christ Judge The Earth?). So too this Psalm that joyously proclaims "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."
"100:1 A Psalm of praise.
Fact Finder: What did the LORD say about "gates"?
This Day In History, March 2
537: The Ostrogoth army (the Ostrogoths were a Germanic tribe) under King Vitiges began the Siege of Rome. Germany later became the Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1127: Charles (known as "Charles the Good"), Count of Flanders, was assassinated.
1461: The Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists at the second Battle of St. Albans'.
1509: The Portuguese, led by Francisco de Almeida, destroyed the Muslim fleet in the Battle of Diu, establishing Portuguese control of Indian waters.
1536: Spanish explorer Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires.
1556: The world's worst earthquake, in China's Shaanxi, Shansi and Henan provinces, killed an estimated 830,000 people.
1619: Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I of England (after whom the King James Version of the Bible is named) died at age 45.
1626: Charles I was crowned king of England.
1653: New Amsterdam became a city (it is known today as New York).
1709: British sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years. His story was the inspiration of Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe."
1797: The Bank of England issued the first one and two Pound banknotes.
1801: The War of The Oranges between Spain and Portugal began. French troops fought alongside the Spanish after Portugal refused Napoleon's demand to cede much of the country to him.
1807: The U.S. Congress passed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, disallowing the importation of new slaves into the country (the Act did little to decrease slavery because there was already sufficient "breeding stock" in the U.S. to supply slave holders).
1808: French forces under Napoleon occupied Rome. Pope Pius VII was arrested and detained.
1848: The war between the U.S. and Mexico ended after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo.
1882: Queen Victoria narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor.
1943: The Battle of the Bismark Sea began. 12 Japanese ships carrying reinforcements to New Guinea were sunk by Allied airplanes, killing nearly 4,000 troops and sailors.
1945: During the Second World War, 1,200 British Royal Air Force planes bombed Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe in Germany.
1965: During the Vietnam Civil War (of which first France, and then the U.S. became involved), the U.S. began "Operation Rolling Thunder," a sustained heavy bombing campaign of North Vietnam.
1969: In Toulouse, France, the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is completed.
1974: A grand jury in Washington concluded that President Richard Nixon was criminally involved in the Watergate cover-up.
1983: The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) resumed in Geneva.
1998: Scientific data from the Galileo spacecraft indicated that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
2002: The U.S. invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of a response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks. All of the 9-11 terrorists were actually from Saudi Arabia (as was Osama bin Laden himself) and Pakistan - two countries (Saudi Arabia, with a major U.S. oil supply that no one wanted to bomb, and Pakistan, that has nuclear weapons to defend itself from any invader) that were instead declared to be "partners in the war against terrorism." All of the 9-11 terrorists were legally allowed into the U.S., directly on flights from the Middle East, with official U.S. tourist or student visas (some of them even learned to fly airliners at U.S. flight schools). As well, none of the terrorists entered through Canada, despite a convenient "blame everyone else" propaganda myth that they did.