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Thursday, August 6 2015
Isaiah 49: What Does Salvation Really Mean?
"For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the Earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited"
The English-language word "salvation" originated from a Latin word, salvatum, that meant to save, as in to make safe from danger.
"Salvation" is used to translate three words of the Hebrew Scriptures (popularly-known as the "Old Testament," although most of the prophecies are awaiting the Messiah's return to be fulfilled and enacted e.g. see Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives, Micah: Swords Into Plowshares and When You See What Daniel Saw):
In the New Testament, "salvation" is used to translate a single Greek word that is itself a translation of the same Hebrew words explained above:
As we can see from the literal meanings of the actual words of the Holy Scriptures, "salvation" means being rescued, or delivered, from the destruction that is surely coming. That mortality is built-in so that all who reject the LORD's offer of salvation will be naturally obliterated - while those who choose to accept the LORD's offer of salvation, by repenting and truly obeying His commands and instructions (see the Fact Finder question below), will be delivered, or saved, from what is surely going to happen without the LORD's intervention (see The LORD God Our Saviour).
"Israel" was created from people of many nations (e.g. Abraham was an Iraqi, the mothers of Judah and nearly all his brothers were Syrian, the first Jews had Canaanite mothers, Ephraim and Manasseh had an Egyptian mother, Ruth was from the Arab kingdom of Jordan etc.; see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq, A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria, The First Jews, The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh and Ruth: Building The House Of Israel) as a living object-lesson prophecy of the Kingdom of God that will be inhabited by spiritually "born again" (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what that term actually means in the Word of God) children of God from all of humanity (see The First And Last Nation and Which Tree Will You Pick Fruit From?).
"49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 49:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 49:4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.
Fact Finder: When will salvation happen?
This Day In History, August 6
1195: Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, died at age 66.
1284: The Republic of Genoa defeated the Republic of Pisa at the Battle of Meloria.
1415: Jan Hus, a Czech who spoke out against Roman Catholic Church corruption, was burned at the stake as a "heretic."
1497: John Cabot returned to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.
1538: Bogota, Colombia, was founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.
1661: The Treaty of The Hague was signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.
1806: A premature historical account, as parroted by some historians: "The Holy Roman Empire came to an end when Francis II formally resigned his titles in deference to Napoleon's victories. Founded in 962 by Otto I of Germany, the Holy Roman Empire was a political entity in parts of Europe, primarily German states, over which the pope had spiritual control." See the map of "The Holy Roman Empire of The German Nation" at The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation.
1825: Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.
1845: The Russian Geographical Society was founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1861: The United Kingdom annexed Lagos, Nigeria.
1890: Convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair when he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York.
1914: The British light cruiser Amphion struck a German mine and sunk immediately; 150 men drowned, including the German prisoners on board that had been captured from the minelayer that had laid the fatal mine.
1945: During the Second World War, the U.S. B-29 Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing over 150,000 civilians, and horribly burning tens of thousands more, in the first use of a nuclear "weapon of mass destruction" in warfare. The second came a few days later when another U.S. bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing over 200,000 more civilians. Some historians emphasize the contrast - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into the Second World (1939-1945) in 1941 was solely an attack on a military base and naval warships, not densely-populated civilian targets.
1960: After the Cuban Revolution, Cuba nationalized all foreign-owned property in the nation.
1962: Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom.
1986: William Schroeder died after living 620 days with the "Jarvik Seven" artificial heart.
1996: Scientists from NASA and a number of universities reported that a meteorite found in Antarctica in 1984, and later identified as having originated from Mars, provided "unequivocal" biological evidence that life once existed on Mars. The findings were later disputed.
2012: The Curiosity mobile science probe landed on the surface of Mars.