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Thursday, July 2 2015
Isaiah 14: How Art Thou Fallen From Heaven
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!"
"Lucifer" (see What Is Satan's Real Name?) was created perfect, righteous - and free. He made himself defective however when he became vain. He declared "I will be like the most High."
"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:12-15 KJV)
Satan's attempt to rise to where he had no right to be (see also Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?) resulted in him being brought low to a place that he never had to be (the lust to abuse otherwise-legitimate things to get "high" is another common trait of those who follow the ways of Satan; see What Is Sorcery? and Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?; also The First Rock Star and They That Tarry Long At The Wine).
The Devil then influenced and enlisted the first nation of humanity to take his side in his loser's mistake (see also It's Getting Much Easier To Be A Winner) - to which they too were cast away from the Paradise that had been their national territory. Satan's influence "didst weaken the nations" ever since (see also How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ?).
"3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:23-24 KJV)
Israel, and then Israel and Judah (see A History Of Israel's United And Divided Kingdoms), had the means to be the superpower in Paradise. While they obeyed the LORD, no enemy could even threaten them. While they obeyed the LORD, they were blessed with perfect weather and peace in their land. But they chose to squander their blessings by leaving themselves open to Satan's misleadership - when God's Law is forsaken, Satan's liberal anarchy takes its place. It's within the full context of that self-inflicted fall that the verses quoted above (Isaiah 14:12-15) are found below. Instead of the children of God, they became illegitimate "children for the iniquity" (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Decadence In History And Prophecy; also The Declaration Of Repentance).
"14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. 14:2 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
Even the nations that the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) permitted to physically destroy Israel and Judah after they spiritually destroyed themselves were brought low. For example, the Assyrians, who the LORD used to destroy the corrupt northern Kingdom of Israel, were then given the opportunity to repent and live according to God's Law - which they did after the preaching, specifically to them, by the prophet Jonah (see The Nineveh Prophecies). But they later fell away from their repentance and so were destroyed by the Babylonians (see The Medes And Chaldees Prophecies).
"14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying,
The Palestinians ("Palestinian" is a variant English-language pronunciation of Philistine; see Where Is Palestine?) too were warned by the LORD not to gloat over Israel's self-inflicted fall from "heaven" - or they would share their fate.
"14:28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.
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This Day In History, July 2
437: Emperor Valentinian III, began his reign over the Western Roman Empire.
626: Li Shimin, the succeeding Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China, killed his rival brothers in an ambush at the Xuanwu Gate.
1298: An army under Albert of Austria defeated and killed Adolf of Nassua near Vorms (often rendered in English as "Worms"), Germany (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1494: The Treaty of Tordesillas was ratified by Spain. It divided the "New World" outside of Europe between Portugal and Spain.
1555: The Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis sacked Paola, Italy (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1625: The Spanish army took Breda, Spain, after nearly a year of siege.
1644: The Battle of Marston Moor near York brought the first major Royalist defeat in the English Civil War.
1747: Marshall Saxe led French forces to victory over an Anglo-Dutch force under the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Lauffeld.
1777: Vermont becomes the first U.S. territory to abolish slavery.
1853: The Russian army crossed the Pruth River, invading Turkey and beginning the Crimean War.
1871: Rome officially became capital of a united Italy; after 1,500 years, Rome again the capital of Italy.
1881: U.S. President James Garfield, who was sworn-in only 3 months earlier, was shot by Charles Guiteau. He died from the injury on September 19.
1897: Guglielmo Marconi, a scientist from Italy, obtained a patent for his "radio" in London.
1900: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flew his first airship, over Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
1937: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while trying to fly around the world.
1940: The liner Arandora Star was torpedoed by a German submarine while transporting German and Italian prisoners to Canada; over 750 prisoners and crew died.
1962: The first Wal-Mart store opened, in Rogers, Arkansas.
1964: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Public Accommodations Bill that guaranteed equality to blacks. Despite the new laws, a month later 3 civil rights workers were found murdered in Mississippi; police were implicated.
1966: France detonated a nuclear bomb at a test site in the Pacific.
1976: Following Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose nation had been divided into two by western imperial powers in 1954), North and South Vietnam were reunited as one country with Hanoi as the capital.
2000: Vicente Fox Quesada was elected President of Mexico, the first from an opposition party, after over 70 years of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.