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Tuesday, May 26 2015
Proverbs 28: The Biblical Troubleshooters
"They that forsake the Law praise the wicked: but such as keep the Law contend with them"
There is not a single verse in the Holy Bible that describes true followers of the LORD hating or opposing a true prophet of the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour). Only those who forsake the Law, even if (and often, especially when) they have replaced the Law with their own self-serving opinions and self-worshiping perversions do they make themselves enemies of the Word of God.
"8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit [see Pentecost: Power From On High and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?]. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
In practice, the LORD's true prophets have always been "Biblical troubleshooters" sent to repair malfunctions in humanity that inevitably happen when people ignore or discard their Owner's Manual (the Holy Scriptures) and replace it with fiction and nonsense - regardless of how "righteous" they declare it or themselves to be (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy).
Examples from the history of Israel and Judah (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Prophets):
There are no prophetic books for them, but Elijah and Elisha are major prophets who also lived in the time of Israel and Judah. Elijah's name became a generic term for later prophets i.e. for John the Baptist, "11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come." (Matthew 11:13-14 KJV).
The time just before the return of the Messiah will be identified (i.e. the beginning of their ministry will mean that the return of Jesus Christ is 42 months away) by the ministry of the "two witnesses" (see the Fact Finder question below).
The Proverbs are applied lessons of God's Law - the Way of Winners (see It's Getting Much Easier To Be A Winner).
"28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Fact Finder: What does prophecy tell us about the end-time prophets known as the "two witnesses"?
This Day In History, May 26
47 BC: Julius Caesar was welcomed at Tarsus (a city in southern Turkey that was the birthplace of the apostle Paul; see also Paul The Roman Citizen) while on his journey to Pontus. There he met more supporters, although among them were some of those who would eventually assassinate him (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
17: The Roman general Germanicus made his triumphant return to Rome after victories over some of the German tribes (that wasn't always the case; see Hermann).
735: The English historian and monk known as the Venerable Bede died.
946: King Edmund I of England was assassinated by Leofa, an exiled thief.
1135: Alfonso VII of Leon and Castile was crowned the Imperator Totius Hispaniae ("Emperor of all of Spain").
1232: Pope Gregory IX sent the first Inquisition "investigators" to Aragon in Spain. Their "conversion" tactics involved many forms of intimidation and torture - including the torture known today as "water boarding."
1293: An earthquake in Japan killed about 30,000 people.
1328: William of Ockham was forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.
1521: The Edict of Worms (i.e. Worms is the English rendering of Vorms, a city in Germany) banned Martin Luther following his Papal excommunication in April.
1647: Alse Young was hanged in Hartford, Connecticut; she was the first woman to be executed for being a witch in the "new world" (most of those accused were innocent; see also What Is Sorcery?).
1670: A treaty was signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV ending the hostilities between them.
1691: Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary's accession to the throne, was executed for treason.
1805: Napoleon Bonaparte was declared the King of Italy.
1879: Britain and Russia signed the Treaty of Gandamak; it established Afghanistan as an "independent" state (Russia invaded Afghanistan in the 1980s, Britain took part in the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001).
1896: The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, was crowned.
1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the 10-day evacuation of Dunkirk began. It saved 300,000 allied soldiers from the German advance.
1970: The Russian Tupolev Tu-144 became the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound).
1983: A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Japan; a tsunami followed, killing over 100 people and injuring thousands.
1986: The European Community adopted the European flag (gold stars on a blue background).
2004: U.S. Army veteran Terry Nichols was found guilty for his part of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 161 people (it was the deadliest act of terrorism in the U.S. prior to the 9-11 attacks in New York and Washington).