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Sunday, March 15 2015
Psalm 113: Sheep From The Goats
"Before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats"
Human defiance toward the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God) began, again, after the Flood (see Why Did The Flood Happen?) when the people of Eden (the vast area in which the Garden of Eden was planted; see How Did Eden Become Babylon? and The Garden In Eden; also The Only Child Of The Garden) declared themselves independent of the LORD's rule. Their effort failed because it was a vain, stoned-on-arrogance attempt to match the LORD's righteousness and power (see The Most High).
"40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity." (Isaiah 40:17 KJV)
While the nations (see also The First Nations Of The New World) are "to him less than nothing and vanity," humans have the potential, in due time, to become actual children of God. That begins, sooner or later (see What Will Happen On Your Next Birthday? and Those Who Will Awake Early), when people can see the LORD in Truth.
"66:18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory." (Isaiah 66:18 KJV)
The famous "swords into plowshares" (written by both Micah and Isaiah) is a principle that is actually found throughout the Holy Scriptures. Humans produce weapons to make war against people and nations that are foreign to them. The true Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God is about when the entire world will consist of a single family, of perfectly law-abiding citizens, in a single Kingdom, under a single King. There won't be anyone to fear or hate in the Kingdom of God (see What Does Peace Really Mean?).
"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:2-4 KJV)
The nations will learn the living prophetic purpose of the true Christian Holy Days (see The True Christian Holy Days). Those who chose to reject those patriotic national observances of the Kingdom of God (see The Patriotism Prophecy) will receive the wrath that their rebellion asks for (see Why Love A Dictator?).
"14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one." (Zechariah 14:9 KJV)
Judgment is about those who choose to repent and those who choose not to repent (see What Does Mercy Really Mean?). Everyone is completely free to do one or the other - but only those who want to be in the Kingdom of God will be in the Kingdom of God. The free-choice "sheep" will make it, while the free-choice "goats" will not (see also Putting Away Satan's Goat).
"25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." (Matthew 25:31-33 KJV)
"7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." (Revelation 7:17 KJV)
The result will be that the vast majority of the people of the nations will joyously accept the LORD's offer of eternal life: A "great multitude ... of all nations" will proclaim "Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb."
"7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." (Revelation 7:9-10 KJV)
"113:1 Praise ye the LORD.
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This Day In History, March 15
44 BC: Julius Caesar was assassinated (stabbed 23 times while entering the Roman Senate) by Senators led by Brutus (Marcus Junius Brutus) and Cassius (Gaius Cassius Longinus). The date has become known as the "Ides of March" (Latin Idus Martii). The term ides was used for the 15th day of the Roman months of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other months (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also How Did Rome Change True Time?).
351: Constantius II proclaimed his cousin Gallus to Emperor of the Eastern part of the then in-decline Roman Empire - which was superseded by Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
493: Odoacer, the German conqueror of the West Roman empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), was assassinated by Theodoric, who split him in two from shoulder to waist with a broad sword.
933: Henry the Fowler defeated the raiding Magyars at Merseburg, Germany.
1341: During the Hundred Years War, an alliance was made between Roman Emperor Louis IV and King Philip VI of France.
1493: Christopher Columbus arrived back in Spain after his first voyage to the "New World." Despite popular myth and propaganda, all of the four voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually only to the islands of the Caribbean Sea - Columbus never set foot on what today calls itself "America" (see the Christopher Columbus map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). The Vikings arrived on the east coast of North America about 5 centuries before Columbus was born.
1545: The first session of the Council of Trent began.
1603: French explorer Samuel de Champlain set out on his first voyage to what is now eastern Canada. He established friendly relations with the natives and explored the St. Lawrence River to the rapids above Montreal. He returned several times, and was made the first governor of "New France" in 1632 (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1744: During the War of the Austrian Succession, France declared war on England.
1827: The University of Toronto was chartered.
1888: The Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888 began.
1906: Rolls-Royce was incorporated.
1916: Woodrow Wilson sent 4,800 troops over the U.S.-Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa.
1917: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated the Russian throne; his brother became then Tsar.
1922: After Egypt was granted independence from the United Kingdom (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate), the Sultan of Egypt assumed the title of King Fuad I.
1939: German troops occupied Czechoslovakia.
1957: Britain became the 3rd nation to explode a nuclear bomb.
1985: The first Internet domain name was registered (symbolics.com).
1990: Iraq executed, by hanging, a British-based journalist for London's Observer newspaper after being accused of espionage.
1991: 4 Los Angeles police were charged with beating Rodney King, an incident that set off major riots in the city.
1998: Edwin Shoemaker died at age 90. He was the inventor of the "La-Z-Boy" (plushly padded rocking and swivel) chair. He died in one while taking a nap.
2004: French President Jacques Chirac signed the law on (in English) "secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools," commonly known as the headscarf ban.