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Wednesday, April 8 2015
Psalm 132: Strait And Straight
Strait: "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat"
The English-language word "strait" originated from a Latin word, strictus, that meant a narrow passage. The words strict and constricted originated from the same word.
While "strait" is now commonly defined as "a narrow passage of water between two seas or oceans," it applies to any "narrow pass or passage" (definitions from The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary - an old, but timelessly-accurate, dignified dictionary that has not been perverted by present day iniquity in which many once-good and noble words now commonly mean something foul and degenerate; see also Iniquity In History And Prophecy and The First Rock Star).
"Strait" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced tsaw-rawr, that meant narrow, or specialized. It was that Hebrew word, as recorded in the New Testament with its Greek equivalent, that was used by the Messiah in His famous "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat" (see also The Messiah's Teachings About Gates).
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Straight: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight"
The English-language word "straight" originated from an Old English word, strecche, which meant to stretch (the English word "stretch" is a direct transliteration of the word), but came to mean, not only a straight line, but the closest distance between two points i.e. the original word meant to stretch a string tightly between two points, thereby giving a "straight" line. A plumb line, that is used to measure genuine uprightness (an ancient, but still used tool that the Messiah would almost certainly have used as a carpenter; see also Who Was The Carpenter That Built The Cross?), uses the same principle (see also The Lord's Plumb Line).
"Strait" and "straight" do not have the same literal meaning, nor do they from the perspective of the Holy Bible. People can live a "straight" life (i.e. living according a chosen path), but still not be living a "strait" life of actual obedience to the LORD. The saying "going straight to hell" is not Biblically inaccurate for those who are going in the wrong direction, or who compromise the LORD's Truth with their own lusts and man-made traditions while calling it Christianity (see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?).
"Straight" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced yaw-shawr, that means directly in the right direction. John the Baptist (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets) prepared the way of the Messiah's first coming by preaching the "straight" course, the right way - including to those "religious authorities" who claimed to already be doing so, while actually disobeying the Word of God (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
Once the right direction is set "straight" (aimed directly at salvation), then the "strait" life of living according to the LORD's Law is applied to it. Those who thereafter reject or pervert the straight and strait way are going to go "straight" to hell: "He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
King David lived a straight life (in the right direction) and a strait life (obeying what the LORD actually commanded; see On Course). David understood the destination of the one right direction and of the many wrong directions (see David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise).
"132:1 A Song of degrees.
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah teach about "gates"?
This Day In History, April 8
217: Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antonius), the 23rd Roman emperor, a man noted for his brutality (even for Roman emperors; see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), was assassinated at age 29 as he launched a second campaign against the Parthians.
632: Charibert II, King of Aquitaine, was assassinated at Blaye.
1093: Winchester Cathedral was dedicated by Walkelin.
1513: Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed in Florida and claimed it for Spain (for a map of the actual four voyages of Christopher Columbus to "America," see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1525: Albert von Brandenburg, leader of the Teutonic Order, became Duke of Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany). He made Prussia a Protestant state.
1546: The Council of Trent adopted Jerome's Latin Vulgate as the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church. It includes the 15 apocryphal books which are not accepted by most "Protestants" (ironic, since the "Protestant" churches kept nearly all of Rome's antichrist doctrines; see also 2 John: The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots).
1808: The Church of Rome's presence in the U.S. grew when the Diocese of Baltimore (in Mary-land) was promoted to an archdiocese, along with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
1808: "The American Fur Company" was incorporated in New York State by John Jacob Astor. It dominated the fur trade of the central and western U.S. during the first third of the 19th century (see also Who Invented Fur Coats?).
1820: Thomas Douglas Selkirk died at age 48. The Scottish-born philanthropist and colonizer established settlements in Canada's Prince Edward Island and near Lake St. Clair in Upper Canada ("Upper Canada" was a term based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; Lake St. Clair is in southern Ontario).
1838: The Great Western sailed from Bristol, England, on its first voyage. It was the first to make regular Atlantic crossings.
1866: Italy and Prussia made an alliance against the Austrian Empire.
1904: The Entente Cordiale was signed by Britain and France. It settled disputes over Newfoundland, West Africa, Egypt and Morocco.
1908: Herbert Henry Asquith became Prime Minister of England.
1938: Italy invaded Albania. King Zog fled to Greece.
1942: U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered to Japanese invasion forces in the Philippines.
1946: The League of Nations began its final session in Geneva after being replaced by the United Nations.
1952: U.S. President Harry Truman called for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
1962: The CIA "Bay of Pigs" invaders were sentenced to 30 years in prison in Cuba.
1970: The Bahr el-Baqar incident. Israeli warplanes bombed an Egyptian school, killing 46 children.
1973: Spanish painter Pablo Picasso died at age 92.
1977: Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel admitted that he had violated the country's currency laws. He later resigned.
1986: Jennifer Guinness of the well-known brewing family was kidnapped in Ireland and held for a 2 million Pound ransom.
1992: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat survived a plane crash in the Sahara Desert. The plane's 3 crew members were killed.
2006: The Shedden massacre. The bodies of 8 men were found in a field near Shedden, a town in southern Ontario, Canada. The murders were linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
2013: Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died at age 88.