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Wednesday, June 10 2015
Ecclesiastes 12: When Did The Ten Commandments Begin?
"Fear God, and keep His Commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into Judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil"
Centuries before the LORD's Ten Commandments were made known to the Israelites (who never knew them in the sun-worshipping Egypt of the time) in the Sinai, Abraham, and all other righteous people before him, was Judged righteous because he obeyed the Ten Commandments (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
Abraham was not an Israelite or a Jew. Israelites and Jews did not yet exist in the time of Abraham, and Abraham is as much an ancestor of many of the Arab people as he is of the Israelites (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews and Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates). Abraham was declared to be a righteous man (see Which Way Is Right And Left? to understand what "righteous" means) because he obeyed "My Commandments, My Statutes, and My Laws" - long before they were also given to those people at "Sinai."
"26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." (Genesis 26:4-5 KJV)
By the time of "Sinai," the LORD (see the Fact Finder question below to understand Who "the LORD God" was and is), by giving His Law to them, told them to "remember" - not only to never forget it of themselves, but to "remember" His Law that had existed from the time of Creation i.e. Adam and Eve (who, by the way, were the first human observers of the Fourth Commandment - long before some began to sneeringly call it the "Jewish Sabbath") became sinners when they violated at least two of the Ten Commandments - against coveting and theft.
When the Exodus generation chose not to remember God's Eternal Law, they were left to die in the wilderness (see The Israelite Wanderland). Their children and grandchildren, who did remember (i.e. obey) God's Law, were then given to enter the Promised Land, forty years after the Exodus (see Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?).
"8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers. 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live." (Deuteronomy 8:1-3 KJV)
While many Christian-professing people have fallen for the loser Satan's rebel lie that "God's Law is done away," that isn't what the Messiah says. If you are a Christian, sooner or later you are going to have to choose to believe and obey Satan (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy), or to believe and obey Jesus Christ.
"5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:17-18 KJV)
Satan absolutely detests the Ten Commandments and those observe and teach them. But Satan, and all who follow his leftist revolution against God's Law (see Which Way Is Right And Left?), are headed for oblivion, while those who truly obey God's Commandments, in the way that they are genuinely stated and intended, will live forever in the glorious Kingdom of God.
"12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman [i.e. the true Church of God], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Revelation 12:17 KJV)
King Solomon became a very confused old man - not from natural dementia, but from the dementia that is caused, at any age, when the Holy Spirit is rejected (see The Cure For Confusion). Amidst his vain ramblings at that time (see Ecclesiastes 1: Solomon's Ballad To Losers and Ecclesiastes 2: Solomon's Bubbles), he was still able to recollect (even though he was not himself doing it any more), for his closing of the Book of Ecclesiastes, the key of what made him a wise man in the first part of his life: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His Commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
"12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 12:4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
This Day In History, June 10
323 BC: Alexander the Great, Macedonian king, died at age 33 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat).
1190: During the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Frederick I Barbarossa drowned in the Saleph River while leading his army to Jerusalem.
1285: King Philip III of Spain was succeeded by Philip IV.
1307: Robert the Bruce, Scottish king fought an English attacking force of cavalry under Aylmer de Valence at the battle of Louden Hill in Ayrshire.
1503: Christopher Columbus "discovered" the Cayman Islands (it wasn't a discovery for the people already living there). All of the four voyages of Christopher Columbus to "America" were actually only to the islands of the Caribbean (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and the map below).
1610: The first Dutch settlers arrived on the wilderness island that is known today as Manhattan.
1655: Jamaica was taken by the British after being held by the Spanish for 161 years.
1692: During the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials, Bridget Bishop was hanged at Gallows Hill for "certain Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries" (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1774: King Louis XV of France died of smallpox. He became king at the age of five on the death of his great-grandfather, Louis XIV.
1791: The British Parliament passed the Constitutional Act following the arrival in Canada of 10,000 more Loyalist refugees from the revolution of the New England colonies (most of the Loyalists were hard-working, conservative people who had been successful in their businesses, professions or trades in New England). The Act divided Canada into two provinces, Upper Canada with a capital at Newark (Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario) and Lower Canada with a capital at Quebec City ("Upper" and "Lower" Canada were geographic terms simply based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean).
1794: Elizabeth, the sister of French King Louis XVI, was beheaded.
1796: Napoleon's Army of Italy defeated the Austrians under Baron Beaulieu at the Battle of Lodi, southeast of Milan. Over 2,000 Austrians were killed or wounded.
1798: British explorer George Vancouver died. He sailed with Captain James Cook to Australia and New Zealand and to the west coast of North America where Vancouver Island and Vancouver B.C. are named after him.
1809: Pope Pius VII excommunicated Napoleon for his decree to annex the Papal States as part of the French Empire.
1857: The Seepoys of India revolted against the British rule.
1871: France and Germany signed a peace treaty in Frankfurt by which France ceded Alsace-Lorraine.
1898: During the Spanish-U.S. War, U.S. Marines invaded Cuba.
1933: Nazis in Berlin burned books by Jewish authors, including those by Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: Winston Churchill took over as British Prime Minister after the resignation of Neville Chamberlain (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1940: Germany invaded Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium.
1941: Nazi government member Rudolf Hess flew a Messerschmitt fighter from Augsburg, Germany and parachuted out near Glasgow, Scotland, with his unauthorized "offer of peace" with Britain. He was imprisoned for the rest of his life.
1967: Day 6 of the "6 Day War." At the end of the conflict, Israeli casualties: 759 killed, about 1,500 wounded, 40 aircraft, 80 tanks. Arab casualties: 30,000 killed and wounded, over 450 aircraft, 1,000 tanks destroyed or captured. Within the newly captured territories, Israel also found itself with over 1,000,000 new Arab "subjects": 670,000 in the West Bank and Jerusalem, 356,000 in the Gaza Strip, 33,000 in Sinai, and 6,000 in the Golan Heights (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace and Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1989: The official opening of Skydome in Toronto.
2002: The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans was accomplished, in the United Kingdom.