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Monday, May 25 2015

Proverbs 27: It's Getting Much Easier To Be A Winner

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us"

The present-day world is in an increasingly-steep moral decline. Iniquity (see the Fact Finder question below), a generally-accepted state of "society" where behaviour that is grossly foolish and self-destructive is regarded as "right," or even a "right," has become "normal" - exactly as prophesied long ago by many of the prophets, including the Messiah Himself.

Before The Flood

"3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV)

"3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3:2-7 KJV)

"24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Matthew 24:8-13 KJV)

The good news is that most of those who are ensnared by the devil's putrid ways will one day be freed from it (see Rescue From The Snare Of The Devil and The Cure For Confusion). Most are not lost in finality (see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries) - they are merely learning their lessons, about the wrong way, the hard way.

How others choose to think and behave does not control how you choose to think and behave when you come to know better. While many of those who truly follow the LORD will face persecution (particularly those who choose not to defend themselves by whatever legal-in-God's-eyes means necessary), that too has no control over the absolutely-certain result for those who hold to the Truth.

"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts." (Malachi 4:1-3 KJV)

Ironically, living in an evil world makes it easier to be a genuine winner - competing with so many who choose to make themselves weak and stupid by rejecting the Way of the LORD and following the loser ways of the Devil. It's always been that way (e.g. what "everyone" did had no result-effect on Noah and his family), but the true followers of the LORD in the end-time will find it particularly easy to win over those who choose to be losers in their iniquity.

"12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." (Hebrews 12:1-4 KJV)

The Proverbs are the Ways of Winners (see Words To Get Ahead).

The Holy Scriptures

"27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

27:7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

27:8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

27:10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

27:11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

27:13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

27:14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

27:16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

27:18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

27:19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

27:21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.

27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

27:25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

27:26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.

27:27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens." (Proverbs 27:1-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "iniquity" mean? When did it begin? When will it end?
See Iniquity In History And Prophecy

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This Day In History, May 25

567 BC: Servius Tullius, king of Rome, celebrated his triumph for his victory over the Etruscans (see also The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

Charles Darwin 240 BC: The first recorded perihelion ("the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun) passage of what was later named Halley's Comet (after English astronomer Edmund Halley, who, after observing it in 1682, correctly predicted its next return, based on the comet's approximate 75 year return as recorded over the centuries).

1085: Alfonso VI took Toledo, Spain, from the Muslims.

1521: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) pronounced Martin Luther an outlaw and heretic for refusing to recant his teachings while at the Diet of Worms ("Diet," meaning day, is a legislative assembly in some countries; "Worms" is the English rendering of "Vorms," a city in Germany). The emperor, not the pope, declared Luther a heretic because of Luther's opposition to the empire's official church of which the emperor claimed to be the head (see Emperors and Popes and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1810: The people of Buenos Aires expelled Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros, beginning the Argentine War of Independence against Spain.

1819: Argentina's Constitution of 1819 was promulgated.

1895: The Republic of Formosa was established with Tang Ching-sung as its President.

1914: The British House of Commons passed Irish Home Rule.

1915: Arthur James Balfour (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration) succeeded Winston Churchill as first lord of the Admiralty.

1925: Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists; also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).

1946: Newly-independent Transjordan (as made possible by Britain's defeat of the centuries-old Ottoman control of the Middle East; seeIsrael In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration) appointed Abdullah I the their king.

1950: The "Tripartite Declaration" by Britain, the USA and France. It sought to prevent further war in the region of Israel.

1953: At one of the U.S. weapons of mass destruction test sites in Nevada, the U.S. conducted the first nuclear artillery test.

1977: The Chinese government removed a ban on William Shakespeare's work.

1985: A cyclone (a "rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern" from the WordWeb Dictionary by Princeton University) and storm surge killed approximately 10,000 people in Bangladesh.

1996: Bulgaria's King Simeon II returned home after 50 years of exile; he fled in 1946 after the Soviet Red Army installed a puppet communist regime (while the Western "democracies" were installing their puppets in the countries under their control and occupation, as is continuing to this day e.g. the foreign "approved" and controlled "leaders" in Iraq and Afghanistan).

2009: North Korea reportedly tested its second nuclear bomb.


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