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Monday, July 20 2015
Isaiah 32: What Did Liberal Mean Before Liberals Changed It?
"The vile person shall be no more called liberal"
The term "liberal" is today based upon a political philosophy that may be summed up by the definition "Not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition" (The WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University). On the political and religious spectrum (see also Which Way Is Right And Left?), liberalism may be found at the opposite end of conservatism (which simply means to conserve what has been proven to be successful - conservatives do not oppose progress; they oppose self-inflicted stupidity that will bring down a nation and its civilization) and at the same end as anarchy ("A state of lawlessness and disorder") and rebellion ("Refusal to accept authority, code or convention").
That's not to say that liberalism has no law. Indeed, it does have many "laws" that support and enforce their ways of iniquity (i.e. declaring that vile and filthy behavior is a "legal right"; see the Fact Finder question below), decadence (i.e. moral decay; see the Fact Finder question below) and violence (a term, as used in the Bible, that means violation of God's Law i.e. "violence against the Law").
Adolf Hitler was a prime example. He was a liberal who, along with his National Socialist Party (abbreviated in German as "Nazi"), passed many laws that made his heinous crimes, wars and atrocities, including the Holocaust, "legal" in the country in which he had usurped power (Hitler wasn't even qualified to be Germany's leader because he was born in a foreign country, Austria - but he got a liberal law passed that revoked the existing conservative law that required that a German must be the leader of the German nation; see also he Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
As has been the case with many terms over time, meanings of some words have been distorted to signify something other than what they originally meant. "Liberal," at the time that the King James Version was written, meant being a productive, generous, respectable citizen who was loyal to and supportive of his or her nation - it did not mean someone who wanted to foolishly "move forward," in the wrong direction, against the successful established order.
Consider the very different statements presented in these translations of the Isaiah 32:5 verse in which, in the iniquity of that time in ancient Israel, evildoers and fools were regarded as respectable - what "liberal" meant at that time, but when the principle was twisted, while the word was still straight (see also Strait And Straight).
"32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal" (King James Version)
The first and ultimate liberal was and is Satan (see What Is Satan's Real Name?). While he was originally a conservative servant of God, he went insane from liberalism and so now wants to tear down pervert everything that is good and wise. It began with his rebellion, and has continued by deceived humanity ever since. We live in a very liberal world. But that is going to end when the Messiah returns to establish the Kingdom of God.
As the LORD stated through Isaiah:
"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
What about political and personal "freedom" in the world as it is? The LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) guarantees each person's God-given right to live any way that they please. The LORD will deliver the reward of both the righteous and the liberal - according to the choice that they personally make for themselves.
"22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." (Revelation 22:11-15 KJV)
The King James Version translators used "liberal" frequently in this chapter (and elsewhere), but keep in mind that actual meaning of the word at the time, not only when Isaiah originally wrote it, but when the King James scholars translated it as it was published in 1611. They did not mean what many people today have declared it to mean for themselves.
"32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
This Day In History, July 20
70: The Roman army under the command of Titus (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots) stormed the area of Jerusalem north of the Temple Mount (see also What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and The Sieges Of Ariel - Past And Future).
1402: Tamerlane, leading a massive force of Tartars, defeated and captured the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Angora, now known as Ankara (listen also to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1654: Portugal was placed under English control after the signing of the Anglo-Portuguese treaty.
1667: The Peace of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1664-1667). The city of New Amsterdam was conceded by the Dutch to the English - who renamed it New York.
1773: Scottish settlers arrived at what is today Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia means New Scotland).
1810: Colombia declared independence from Spain.
1866: Austrians partially destroyed the Italian fleet at Lissa Island during the Seven Weeks War.
1871: British Columbia joined the Canadian Confederation, thereby becoming a Province of Canada.
1903: The first Ford Motor Company automobile was sold.
1917: The Pact of Corfu was agreed under which Serbs, Croats and Slovenes agreed to form a union called Yugoslavia.
1923: Mexican revolutionary Francisco "Pancho" Villa was assassinated at age 46 by political rivals.
1924: In Teheran, Persia (Persia is known today as Iran; see also Ancient Empires - Persia), martial law was declared after U.S. vice-consul, Robert Imbrie, was killed by a religious mob who rioted after hearing a rumor that the diplomat had poisoned a water fountain that killed a number of people.
1932: Washington, D.C. police fired tear gas on protesting First World War veterans who were attempting to march to the White House.
1933: In response to rising anti-Jewish attitudes in Europe, 500,000 people marched in London against anti-Semitism (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1944: Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by planting a bomb under his conference table in the "Wolf's Lair" headquarters.
1951: King Abdullah, 69, the first ruler of independent Jordan, was assassinated by dissident Arabs on the steps of the el-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. He was the only Arab ruler to accept the United Nations partitioning of "Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine?) into Jewish and Arab states (listen also to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration). In the 1948 war with Israel, his armies occupied the West Bank and Old Jerusalem. He was succeeded by his 16 year old grandson, Hussein.
1960: 2 dogs aboard a Russian spacecraft became the first living creatures to be launched into space and survive re-entry.
1969: Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command module.
1976: Viking 1 landed on Mars. It then transmitted back to earth the first-ever images from the surface of Mars.
1977: The Central Intelligence Agency released documents under the Freedom of Information Act that revealed that the CIA had conducted mind control and drugs experiments on unknowing people in the U.S.
2005: James Doohan died at age 85. The Canadian actor (born in Vancouver, BC) played "Scotty" in the widely popular Star Trek TV and movie series. The accent of "Scotty" was actually part of the character's portrayal; in real life, Doohan spoke like a Canadian (William Shatner, who played Captain James Kirk was also Canadian, born in Montreal).