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Friday, April 17 2015
Psalm 140: The First Civil War
"Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war"
The greatest joy in life, physical or spiritual, comes from the awareness that God really exists and that His Way is absolutely right. Among the second-greatest joys of life (everything is second to the awareness that God really exists that His Way is absolutely right) is the awareness that saving life, human or animal, is far better and personally-satisfying than destroying a life. That, in itself, is the primary difference between the good Way of the LORD and the loser ways of Satan. God delivers and conserves construction, while the spirit-of-liberals Satan looks only to pervert, tear down and destroy (see also Iniquity In History And Prophecy).
The universe and the Earth were created in peace (see The Christian Universe). There were no enemies or criminals anywhere. There was only a united spiritual Kingdom of God.
"38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7 KJV)
The Paradise that God created changed when a formerly-righteous angel ("Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God ... Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee") became a rebel (see What Is Satan's Real Name?) and the first "foreign" leader ("foreign" means far reign i.e. a country led by some other leader).
The Devil's rebellion began as a Civil War within the Kingdom of God, that then escalated into a world war when he declared his stolen territory independent within God's Kingdom i.e. within the created universe. Satan was cast down to the Earth where he still, for now, sits as the ruler of "all the kingdoms of this world."
"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
When the LORD returns (see The Identity Of The LORD God) , Satan will be put away (see Putting Away Satan's Goat) - and with him the spirit that lusts to make war against all other living creatures. The Devil's days of destruction are numbered.
"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 4:1-3 KJV)
The peace will be so pure that even memories will be peaceful. All things and people who chose not to be good will be rendered as though they never existed.
"65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." (Isaiah 65:17 KJV)
The shepherd David was forced to be a mighty warrior; he never sought war.
David never sought to fight predators in order to save the life of his sheep and himself (1 Samuel 17:34-35). David never sought the Philistines to attack and occupy the land of Judah, from which David killed the arrogant warlord Goliath (see The Battle Of David And Goliath). David never sought to fight a war against his own rebel son - who would have killed his father if he could have (see The Treason Of Absalom and The Fall Of The Rebel Prince). David was forced to fight the Israelite Civil War - while refusing to kill Saul, the opposing king (see the Fact Finder question below).
Over and over and over David fought to win wars that he didn't want or start. Righteous David's goal was always to restore peace, not merely to conquer and destroy, like Satan - the loser of every war that he ever "won."
"140:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: Why did David refuse to kill Saul?
This Day In History, April 17
69: Vitellius became Roman Emperor after the First Battle of Bedriacum (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1080: King Harald III of Denmark died. He was succeeded by Canute IV.
1194: The second coronation of England's King Richard I, after his return from the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1421: The sea breached the dikes at Dort in the Netherlands. More than 100,000 people were killed.
1492: Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (Ferdinand and Isabella were the parents of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England) signed a contract giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and the map below to understand what part of "America" that Columbus actually discovered).
1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. While Luther rejected the leadership of the papacy because of the pope's immoral and unethical behavior, Luther's "protest" did not include most of the Church of Rome's actual antichrist doctrines (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?). Luther, and most of the "Protestant churches" of today, remain Roman Catholic in doctrine (see Antichristians).
1555: The city of Siena surrendered to Philip of Spain after a lengthy famine. He later sold Siena to Cosimo de Medici.
1610: Henry Hudson sailed from London, England; among his discoveries (to Europeans; the native people who were there already knew it) included what would later be known as Hudson Strait.
1793: The Battle of Warsaw.
1808: The Bayonne Decree by Napoleon ordered the seizure of U.S. ships (France had supported the rebellion of the New England colonies against their creators in England, while at the same time tolerating no independence efforts in any of the French colonies in Louisiana or elsewhere throughout the continent of North America).
1864: During the Schleswig Holstein-Prussian War, Prussian forces under Prince Frederick Charles attacked the fortress at Dueppel.
1895: The Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the Sino-Japanese War. China and Japan recognized Korean independence and China gave up Formosa to Japan.
1916: Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lankan stateswoman, was born. In July 1960, she became the world's first woman prime minister.
1941: The entire Yugoslav army and government surrendered to the Germans in Belgrade.
1946: Syria became independent from France.
1961: The CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are historically correct) backed "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba. The 3-day fiasco left 100 killed and more than 1,000 invaders captured.
1969: Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian-born Arab, was found guilty of the assassination of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.
1970: Apollo 13 returned to earth after an oxygen tank explosion caused the moon-landing mission to be aborted and the near-loss of the crew.
1975: Phnompenh fell to the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian communist insurgents, just as North Vietnamese and Vietcong were sweeping south toward Saigon. The communists under Pol Pot (actual name, Saloth Sar) would eventually murder over 2 million Cambodian people - 1/4 of the population.
1989: The Polish trade union Solidarity was legalized after a 7 year ban by the communist government.
1997: Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog died at age 78 (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).