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Wednesday, March 11 2015
Psalm 109: What Does Peace Really Mean?
"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 English-language word "peace" originated from a Latin word, pax, that meant to agree. Although the original definition seems innocuous, the word is perhaps best-known from Pax Romana, meaning the Peace of Rome. To the ancient Romans, "peace" was when they killed or imprisoned all of their "enemies" i.e. the people who fought to defend their countries from Roman invasion and rule. To the Romans, "peace" meant endless war of annihilation or domination to maintain an insatiable empire. The Messiah was Crucified by that malignant Pax Romana (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty).
What does "peace" actually mean in the Holy Scriptures? The Roman / English word "peace" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words, primarily:
King David was a man of war, from which he built an empire (see King David's Empire), but he first sought the Biblical meaning of peace whereby enemies did not exist because they chose to be at peace with the LORD, as David was at peace with the LORD. That principle is found throughout the Bible, including the famous "swords into plowshares":
"4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:2-3 KJV).
It's only after a Satanic rejection of peace with the LORD that wrath comes (see also Why Love A Dictator?).
"109:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: Jerusalem means city of peace. When will Jerusalem be at peace?
This Day In History
This Day In History, March 11
222: Roman Emperor Elagabalus was assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard (their palace guards) during a revolt. Their mutilated bodies are dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber River (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
537: The Goths besieged Rome. The Goths were one of the tribes of Teutonic/Germanic people who invaded the Roman Empire in the 3rd to 5th centuries, eventually conquering and succeeding it. Thereafter, the Roman Empire became officially known as Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica i.e. the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1708: Queen Anne withheld Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoed legislation.
1810: Napoleon was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise.
1812: An edict emancipated the Jews in Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany). In reality however, the edict was evaded e.g. Jews could study law but not practice it (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1824: Amidst the ongoing genocide and homeland seizure of the Native Americans, the United States Department of War created the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1900: British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury rejected the peace overtures offered from Boer leader Paul Kruger.
1917: General Maude with 50,000 British and Indian troops marched into Baghdad, capturing 9,000 Ottoman/Turkish prisoners (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1931: The communist Soviet Union banned the sale or importation of The Holy Bible.
1935: Hermann Goering established the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe.
1949: Israel's application for membership in the United Nations was approved by the Security Council (membership itself came the following May). Present-day Israel is actually the restoration of the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?)
1953: A U.S. bomber accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb on South Carolina, however the weapon of mass destruction did not explode due to 6 "safety" catches.
1985: Mikhail Gorbachev became head of the Soviet Union following the death of Konstantin Chernenko. At 54, he was the youngest member of the ruling Politburo.
1990: The Lithuanian Parliament proclaimed the restoration of the Baltic Republic's pre-World War Two independence from the Soviet Union. Lithuania was the first Soviet Republic to break away from Communist control.
2011: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck 130 kilometers east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami that killed thousands of people. The event also caused the second-worst nuclear power plant disaster in history.