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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.
"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)
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).
"27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Fact Finder: What does "iniquity" mean? When did it begin? When will it end?
This Day In History, May 25
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.
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.