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Thursday, May 21 2015

Proverbs 24: The Proverbs Prophecies

"Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out"

All of the Holy Scriptures are prophetic to some degree. Even at the beginning, in Genesis, the return of the Messiah (written many centuries before He was born as a man) and His rule over all nations at the establishment of the Kingdom of God, was known and written. Jacob knew it. Abraham knew it.

"49:1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. ... 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." (Genesis 49:1,10 KJV)

"8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: ... 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad." (John 8:54,56 KJV)

Mountain So too, the applied righteous wisdom of the Proverbs is the means to be in the right place when the day of reckoning comes - and to not be in the place where the evil are going to end up if they don't repent. Proverbs is filled with encouragements to the righteous and warnings to the unrepentant - toward that end time.

It doesn't matter how "successful" the deceived and the evil may seem to become in Satan's dead-end world - all of that is going to be obliterated by the LORD when He returns and establishes the Kingdom of God (What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and The LORD God Our Saviour).

Note, in the prophecies of the Proverbs, how the salvation of the righteous is contrasted with the destruction of the wicked. As well, in the meantime, "Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out."

"24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. 24:2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: 24:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

24:5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

24:8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person. 24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

24:11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

24:13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: 24:14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

24:15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: 24:18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; 24:20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: 24:22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

24:24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: 24:25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. 24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 24:31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. 24:32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. 24:33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 24:34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man." (Proverbs 24:1-34 KJV)

Fact Finder: As stated in the Proverbs, "the candle of the wicked shall be put out" (verse 20 above). How must the righteous care for their "light"?
See Why Can't Light Be Hidden?


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This Day In History, May 21

293: Roman Emperors Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius and Diocletian began to reign as a Tetrarchy, meaning "four rulers" (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

Tiberius 878: Syracuse, Italy, was captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.

996: Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) by Pope Gregory V. Gregory's actual name was Bruno of Carinthia; he was the first German pope and a cousin of Otto (see Emperors and Popes and The Struggle For The Papacy; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1471: King Henry VI was murdered in the Tower of London during the Wars of the Roses. Edward IV took the throne.

1502: Portuguese explorer Joao da Nova discovered the island later known as Saint Helena.

1536: The General Assembly of Geneva, Switzerland officially embraced Protestantism by accepting the "evangelical faith" of the Swiss reformers.

1554: Queen Mary I granted a royal charter to Derby School to be established as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England.

1809: The Battle of Aspern-Essling, Napoleon's first serious personal defeat, fought between a French and allied army of 73,000 men, and 115,000 Austrians under Archduke Charles around the towns of Aspern and Essling near Vienna. Austrian loses were 23,400 men, French losses over 23,000.

1856: The town of Lawrence, Kansas was burned by pro-slavery forces.

1894: England's Manchester Ship Canal was officially opened by Queen Victoria.

1939: The Canadian National War Memorial was unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the mother of Queen Elizabeth II) in Ottawa. Canada immediately joined with Britain in the war against Adolf Hitler a few months later (Canada had 1 million men and women in the military during the war and 3 aircraft carriers from that era), at the start of the Second World War in September 1939 (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1940: British tank forces attacked German General Erwin Rommel's 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.

1946: Nuclear weapons physicist Louis Slotin was fatally irradiated during an experiment with the "Demon core" (a 14 pound mass of plutonium that was detonated in an experimental atomic explosion a few weeks later) at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

1956: The U.S. exploded the first airborne weapon of mass destruction with a hydrogen bomb over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

1960: 5,700 people were killed in southern Chile by the by one of the strongest earthquakes on record: magnitude 9.5

1982: During the Falklands War, a British amphibious assault led to the Battle of San Carlos.

1991: Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a bomb hidden in a bouquet of flowers while campaigning in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu.

2001: France (by means of the "Taubira law") officially declared the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.

2003: An earthquake in northern Algeria killed over 2,000 people.





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