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Sunday, April 26 2015
Psalm 149: What Does Saint Really Mean?
"Sing unto the LORD a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints"
The English-language word "saint" originated from a Latin word, sanctus, that meant chosen to be set apart. The words sanctuary, sanctified and sanction all began from the same root word as saint.
As is often the case, a single word, "saint," is used to translate a number of the actual Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures.
By the Word of God, "saint" means anyone who is made set apart by actual repentance and genuine obedience to the Commands of the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour). It is not a man-made and man-serving title for those who rank highly in the man-made religions of the world as it still is at present (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and Iniquity In History And Prophecy).
It will in fact be the false "saints" of the as-yet deceived people of the "Babylon" churches of this world (see How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ?) who will be leading the great tribulation against the true saints for the "crime" of actually following the LORD - before the deliverance of the true saints happens on the day of the Messiah's return (see The Harvests Of Salvation and What Will Your First Day In Heaven Be Like?).
"17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." (Revelation 17:3-9 KJV)
King David was a saint according to the actual Biblical definition (see also David's View From The Cross). Many of his Psalms were composed to sing "His praise in the congregation of saints" (see also A Song Of Degrees and The Songs Of Asaph).
"149:1 Praise ye the LORD.
This Day In History, April 26
1514: Copernicus made his first observations of "Saturn" (a pagan name that scientists gave to the planet; see also Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists and What Did Jesus Tell John About Creation?; also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).
1607: English pioneers established a colony at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1654: Jews were expelled from Brazil.
1721: A massive earthquake destroyed Tabriz, Iran.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte signed a general amnesty to allow most of the members of the French Revolution to return to France.
1803: Thousands of meteor fragments fell over France. The event advanced the study of meteors in European science.
1807: Russia and Prussia signed the Convention at Bartenstein, forming an alliance to force France out of the German states.
1828: Russia declared war on Turkey (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) to support Greece's battle for independence.
1865: John Wilkes Booth, 27, the accused assassin of Abraham Lincoln, died in a shootout with Federal authorities 11 days after Lincoln died.
1923: Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II) married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon ("The Queen Mother") in Westminster Abbey.
1933: The Gestapo (a German abbreviation of "The State Police" - ge-sta-po), the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, was established.
1937: German fighters sent by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) to help fascist General Francisco Franco overthrow the communist Popular Front destroyed the undefended Basque town of Guernica, killing 1,000 and injuring 900.
1942: An explosion in a coal mine killed 1,549 in Manchuria.
1944: During the Second World War, Georgios Papandreou became the leader of the Greek government-in-exile based in Egypt.
1945: Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy regime that collaborated with the Nazi invaders during the Second World War, was arrested on treason charges.
1954: The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina (Vietnam) and Korea, began. The people of Vietnam and Korea were nevertheless each divided into North and South by meddling foreigners.
1964: Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
1971: 15" of rain fell in 24 hours in the Bahia district of Brazil.
1982: The Falklands War between Britain and Argentina ended.
1986: The worst nuclear accident in history (up to that time; the 2011 earthquake-caused nuclear power plants disaster in Japan exceeded it) occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, just north of Kiev. A fire caused by an explosion in one of the plant's 4 reactors released a cloud of radioactivity that was blown over Europe by shifting winds. Within 2 weeks, winds in the upper atmosphere had carried dust from the explosion completely around the world. At least 31 people died as a direct result of the accident.
1989: The deadliest tornado on record struck Bangladesh. Over 1,300 people were killed, over 12,000 were injured and 80,000 were left homeless.
2005: Syria withdrew the last of its 14,000 troops from Lebanon, ending a 29-year military occupation.