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Monday, May 4 2015
Proverbs 7: What Church Did The LORD Describe As Pornographic?
"Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death"
The English-language word "harlot" originated from a Latin word, arlotto, that meant "a glutton; a lazy good-for-nothing" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary; see also How Do Sluggards Violate The Fourth Commandment?). While the original meaning of the word applied to men and women equally, it came to mean "a woman who prostitutes her body for hire" - although, as we will read, the immorality is the same for all participants.
"Harlot" is used to translate three words of the Holy Scriptures - two Hebrew, one Greek.
The LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) used that Greek word for "pornography" (i.e. an unfaithful church and the images of it that are displayed by it) to describe the great antichrist church that falsely calls itself Christian (see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 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." (Revelation 17:1-6 KJV)
The good news is that those who have been misled by the false church are not lost. They are deceived. Only those who come to the truth, but remain a part of the lie, are in danger of condemnation. The rest, the vast majority, will be liberated with the Truth in their due time (see The Harvests Of Salvation) - after which they themselves will remove it: "These shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire."
"17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." (Revelation 17:15-17 KJV)
As we have read, physical immorality is a serious crime in the eyes of the LORD. But it also has a greater spiritual meaning and application - as made plain by the actual Biblical words that mean both prostitution and idolatry. That is ultimately what is described in this chapter of Proverbs.
"7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. 7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: 7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
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This Day In History, May 4
1256: The Church of Rome's Augustinian monastic order was established with Pope Alexander IV's papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae (see Papal Bull).
1415: "Protestant" reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus were condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance (ironically, like most of the "Protestant" world today, they were persecuted for rebelling against the Pope's leadership, not the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines; see Antichristians, The Church Today, The Church In The End Time and The Church In The Kingdom Of God; see also What Do Leaders Do?).
1471: During the Wars of the Roses, the Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians in the Battle of Tewkesbury.
1493: Pope Alexander VI, a Spaniard (at the time, Christopher Columbus was exploring and claiming the "new world" for Ferdinand, the king of Spain who started the murderous "Spanish Inquisition" against non-Catholics in Europe), decreed that all new lands discovered west of the Azores were Spanish, in effect dividing the world between Spain and Portugal.
1626: Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrived in "New Netherland" (present day Manhattan Island).
1639: The St. Joseph and 2 other ships left Dieppe, France, for Canada; its travelers would eventually found a Jesuit College, a Hospitaliers house, and an Ursuline convent in "New France."
1675: King Charles II of England ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1814: The Bourbon reign was restored in France.
1886: The Haymarket Square Riot in Chicago by anarchist organized labour; 7 Chicago policemen were killed.
1910: The Royal Canadian Navy was created. During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Canadian Navy became the third-largest allied navy in the world, after the U.S. Navy and the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. During the "Cold War" years of the 1950s and 1960s, Canada had three aircraft carriers.
1919: The "May The Fourth" movement began in China when 3,000 students at Peking University launched a national protest.
1945: British Field Marshal Montgomery announced that all enemy forces in the Netherlands, northwest Germany and Denmark had surrendered unconditionally. on the same day, the U.S. 7th Army captured Hitler's country retreat of Berchtesgaden (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1947: The Etzel (a self-proclaimed "zionist" group - true Zionism is about Jesus Christ, not those who deny and reject Him - see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace) launched a deadly assault on the British prison at Acre, several weeks after 4 of their gang were hanged there for murders that they committed. By dynamiting its walls, 251 convicted criminals were able to escape, although several of the condemned felons were later recaptured and hung (2 days after the executions, 2 British soldiers were taken hostage and hanged by the Etzel in "retaliation"). By the present-day definition, the Etzel were a terrorist group who ignored (or were just plain ignorant of the fact) that it was the British that liberated the land of Judah, and much of the rest of the Middle East, from centuries of rule and occupation by the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) and that it was the British Balfour Declaration (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration) that enabled the independence of the modern-day state of Israel. The Etzel were killing the people that were freeing them.
1961: During the U.S. civil rights movement, the "Freedom Riders" began a bus trip through the South.
1970: Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine others.
1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1982: During the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina, the destroyer HMCS Sheffield was struck by a French-made Exocet missile. 20 British seamen were killed and 24 others injured. The missile plowed through the very center of the ship, causing so much damage that it later had to be scuttled.
1994: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat signed a "peace accord" regarding Palestinian autonomy. It granted self-rule for "Palestinians" in the Gaza Strip and Jericho (see Where Is Palestine?).