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Wednesday, August 12 2015
Isaiah 55: Why Repent?
"Why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"
There are millions of Christian-professing people today who have convinced themselves, or been misled into believing, that salvation is a come-as-you-are, do-whatever-you-please obligation that the LORD must obey. They are, in effect, demanding that the LORD must fulfill the man-made doctrines of the thousands of conflicting man-made "Christian" churches. Most still preach "hell fire," but only for those who haven't yet claimed (i.e. seized) "the name of Jesus" for themselves and their religions. But the Messiah never taught any such thing. He in fact directly warned against those acts of rebellion and defiance.
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Faith is about being faithful. Someone who merely claims to be faithful to their spouse while being, or consorting with, harlots is a fraud - their relationship is worthless and invalid. Claiming to have faith in the LORD while being unfaithful to Him in deed is a fraud in exactly the same way - it's the reason that the antichrist "Babylon" church, that claims to be Christian, is called a harlot (see The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots).
"6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 KJV)
Many misled people have been drawn into the lawless grace trap (see Ungodly Men Who Turn Grace Into Lawlessness) because they have been deceived into equating Christian "works," which simply means obedience to the LORD (see Works Means Obedience), with the dead-end, man-made works of Judaism ("7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition"; Mark 9:9 KJV) - which are no different than the dead-end works of people who claim to be Christian while ignoring or contradicting what the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) taught and commanded.
Once again, from the Messiah's own words.
"5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 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 5:13-18 KJV)
The prophets had an immediate and a long view. They were given to preach to the people of their time, but their message was the same to people of all time: "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon" (see also What Does Mercy Really Mean?).
"55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
Fact Finder: Why does iniquity seem so right to those who are held captive by it?
This Day In History, August 12
30 BC: Cleopatra (see The Cleopatra Connection), the last ruler of the Greek Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids), committed suicide.
1099: During the First Crusade, the Crusaders defeated the Egyptians at Ascalon on the "Palestine" coast (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; also Where Is Palestine?).
1281: Kublai Khan's Mongolian fleet was destroyed by a typhoon as it was nearing Japan.
1332: The Battle of Dupplin Moor; Edward Baliol, king of Scotland, with the aid of Edward III defeated Donald, earl of Mar and regent for David II (who was 8 years old at the time).
1499: The naval Battle of Zonchio began between the Venetians and the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1450: During the Hundred Years War, the English surrendered Cherbourg, completing Charles VII's conquest of Normandy.
1508: Ponce de Leon arrived in Puerto Rico.
1759: The Russians under General Soltikov and the Austrians under General Landon defeated 40,000 Prussians under Frederick the Great at the Battle of Kunersdorf in the Seven Years War.
1762: The British captured Cuba from Spain after a two month siege.
1779: The Royal Navy defeated the Penobscot Expedition, resulting in the largest loss of US naval forces prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor over 160 years later - all 19 US warships sunk or run aground while attempting to escape the battle.
1813: Austria declared war against Napoleon.
1851: Isaac Singer received a patent for his "sewing machine."
1877: British explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley reached the mouth of the Congo River.
1896: Gold was discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. The news set off the "Yukon Gold Rush."
1898: The Spanish-U.S. war ended with the signing of a protocol by Spain and the U.S. Spain relinquished Cuba and ceded Puerto Rico.
1898: The Hawaiian flag was lowered from Iolani Palace in an annexation ceremony that marked the end of Hawaii as an independent nation.
1908: Henry Ford's first Model T rolled off the assembly line.
1914: At the start of the First World War (1914-1918), the first troops of the British Expeditionary Force crossed the English Channel for battle. In 10 days, 120,000 men were transported without loss of a single man or ship.
1944: Nazi Waffen SS troops massacred about 560 people in Sant'Anna di Stazzema (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1944: Nazi German troops ended the week-long Wola massacre, during which time at least 40,000 people were killed indiscriminately or in mass executions (again, see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1944: The first PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) supplying gasoline across the English Channel to the Allied forces in France, went into operation from the Isle of Wight. It could transfer up to 700 tons of gasoline a day.
1961: The erection of the Berlin Wall began.
1992: The U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to form a free-trade zone that would rank as the world's largest single trading bloc. The agreement was later dwarfed by the rise of China which flooded North America with made in China products, while at the same time China became the largest creditor of the soaring U.S. national debt i.e. in 2010, China became the major financial supporter of the technically-bankrupt U.S. government which was actually paying most of the billions of dollars of debt interest with even more borrowed money.