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Tuesday, April 15 2015
Psalm 138: The Kings Of The Earth Prophecy
"All the kings of the Earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of Thy mouth"
The English-language word "king" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, cyning, that meant the father of a family. "King" originated as a family term, for the head of a kin.
An example: The Anglos, from which the word "English" originated, were a tribe of the Saxons who settled in Britain after migrating from their native Saxony, which is in Germany. The map below shows ancient Saxony in about 700 AD. Although they later further migrated all around the world, thereby becoming native-born citizens of many countries, they still commonly use the term "Anglo-Saxon" for themselves, just as others refer to them as such. People don't stop being who they are - a principle that applies to all people of all nations today.
Some families prospered and grew into a multitude, after which "king" also became a political term, but with the same intent of meaning - the father of a race ("nation" means nativity - the family from which someone was born). Later, "king" was used as an office that represented the father of the nation (the original meaning of "patriotism" was faithful to the father, the head of the kin, the king).
Jacob, who the LORD renamed as Israel (see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel), is the prime Biblical example of how a family (see The First Census Of Israel and I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation), who were descended from a common ancestor, grew into a multitude of a nation (see The First Sinai Census) - who then established themselves within the borders of a territory that became their country ("nation" means family, while "country" means territory).
It applies to all people today, regardless of where they were born in the present day. From the Biblical perspective, people are who they are based upon their roots, not the mere tips of their branches in the present season.
"King" is used to translate the Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced meh-leck, that is identical in meaning and purpose as that explained for the English word king. In Bible history and prophecy, "nation" moreover refers to a people, not merely where they were born or live.
The people of Judah are an obvious example. Jews can be born in any country, and are therefore citizens of practically every country on Earth - but they are all Jews. The same applies to all people.
The LORD-declared reality that people never stop being who they really are is documented in prophecy. While the people of Judah for the most part never lost their identity, the "lost ten tribes" of Israel did - today, they don't know who they really are. But they are going to know when all of the people of Israel are united again, under their patriarch. All of their seeming nationalities will be void on that day.
"37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: 37:17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
The same principle applies to all people. For those not called into the first resurrection (see The Harvests Of Salvation and Those Who Will Awake Early), physical families are going to be restored alive to the progenitor who created them. Together, all will then look their ultimate Creator for the way to be born in the Kingdom of God.
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 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 4:1-4 KJV)
King David was a prime example of the true meaning of king. He fulfilled the role of head of the family that was created by the patriarchs of Israel and Judah. But David was also a prophet who knew the reality of "Thy Kingdom come" (see What Did King David Really Say About Zion?).
"138:1 A Psalm of David.
This Day In History, April 15
769: The Church of Rome's Lateran Council (named after the Basilica in which it was held) condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic (opposing religious idols and images) rulings.
1071: Bari, the last Byzantine-held territory in southern Italy, was surrendered to Robert Guiscard.
1450: French forces under Comte de Clermont attacked 4,000 English troops under Sir Thomas Kyriel at the Battle of Formigny during the last stage of The Hundred Years War.
1632: George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, died at age 52. The English statesman was directly involved in the founding of the North American province of "Mary Land" (named after the Church of Rome's ideas of Mary; see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?), which later became the state of Maryland. A former member of the English House of Commons, Calvert gave up his seat in 1625 after he declared himself a Roman Catholic.
1715: The Pocotaligo Massacre set off the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
1800: James Ross discovered the North Magnetic pole.
1859: The first steamboat began operating on the Red River, carrying freight and passengers between Fort Garry, now Winnipeg, Manitoba, and St. Paul, Minnesota.
1861: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to put down the insurrection that later became the U.S. Civil War.
1865: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington the previous night.
Ronald Reagan broke the so-called "year zero curse" in 1989 when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Reagan was also seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):
1980: Ronald Reagan
1880: William Gladstone became the Prime Minister of Britain.
1912: The British ocean liner Titanic sank on its first voyage after colliding with an iceberg. 1,523 of the 2,200 passengers and crew were lost.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the British defeated the Germans at the Battle of Arras.
1923: Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
1927: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 began. It was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history.
1938: Francisco Franco's forces captured Vinaroz in the Spanish Civil War.
1941: During the Second World War, the Belfast Blitz. Over 200 bombers of the German Luftwaffe bombed Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 1,000 people.
1942: During the Second World War, the George Cross, Britain's highest accolade for civilian gallantry, was conferred on Malta by King George VI for bravery in withstanding Italian and German attacks.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated by British forces.
1949: Pope Pius XII issued his second encyclical on "Palestine" (see Thursday April 17 2014 - 1 Samuel 29: Where Is Palestine?), titled Redemptoris Nostri, that urged Roman Catholics to exert every effort on behalf of their Scriptures-ignoring plan to make Israel's national capital, Jerusalem, into a corpus separatum - an "international city" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah).
1952: The first flight of the Boeing B-52 bomber. Named after the year that it began flying (i.e. B-52 is from 1952), the B-52 is still in war service today (the crews are often just half of the age of the airplane).
1969: 30 military and CIA crew members were killed when North Korea shot down a U.S. electronic surveillance plane in the Sea of Japan. The Nixon administration chose not to retaliate against North Korea and start another Korean War.
1997: Over 300 Islamic worshipers were killed and over 1,200 injured at a tent city on the plain outside Mecca. Most of the dead were Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. The fire destroyed an estimated 70,000 tents which they use for shelter in the final days of their Hajj.
1998: Cambodian "Khmer Rouge" leader Pol Pot died at age 73. He is reported to have been responsible for the deaths of up to 2 million people in the "killing fields."
2010: Volcanic ash from a volcano in Iceland caused airspace over Britain and much of Europe to be closed.