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Monday, August 17 2015
Isaiah 60: No More Fear Of The Night
"Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders ... Thy sun shall no more go down ... for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light ... Thy people also shall be all righteous"
Millions of people today live in cities all around the world - some of which are statistically more dangerous than any war zone "over there." People in those places are afraid to leave their homes at night, or if they do, they never go out alone, or unarmed, because they fear their fellow citizens in their own neighborhoods far more than any foreign enemy, real or imagined. That is the state of the violent world that exists today - and has existed ever since man again became the most wantonly vicious, destructive form of life on Earth. I say "again" because it reached such a peak at a time long ago - and notice what the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) did to deliver the righteous people from it.
"6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
The violence of "human nature" is not natural. Humans were created as peaceful, sinless creatures (see Who Were The Three Sinless People?) who didn't require any kind of force to keep them from violating the law (see Peace In The Garden). They were law-abiding because they chose to be. There was no crime because no one wanted to be a criminal - until Satan's influence created the "human nature" that became the new "normal" ("normal" simply means what most people are - whether they are good or evil; see Iniquity In History And Prophecy). The result included the first act of violence - the fratricide of Abel by his brother Cain (see Cain and Abel).
Salvation is about a choosing between living forever, as a sinless child of God, or being obliterated. There will be no violence in the Kingdom of God (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and The First And Last Nation) because the only people who will get there will be those who have chosen to obey the LORD's Law of Peace and true Freedom. The apostle John was given to write of it in the Book of Revelation.
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
The apostle John was not the only, or the first, prophet to see and record the world of peace that is coming. Isaiah saw and recorded it all too, right down to "Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders," and "Thy sun shall no more go down ... for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light" and "Thy people also shall be all righteous."
"60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. 60:4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. 60:5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. 60:6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD. 60:7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.
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This Day In History, August 17
986: A Byzantine army was destroyed in the pass of Trajan's Gate by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron. The Byzantine emperor Basil II narrowly escaped.
1424: The English fought the Scots and French at the Battle of Verneuil during the Hundred Years War.
1585: Spanish forces, led by Duke of Parma, took Antwerp after a 14-month siege in the Dutch War of Liberation.
1590: John White, the leader of 117 colonists sent in 1587 to Roanoke Island (North Carolina) to establish a colony, returned from a trip to England to find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers is ever found (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1743: The Peace of Abo was signed, ending the Russo-Swedish War of 1741-43.
1812: Napoleon Bonaparte's army defeated the Russians at the Battle of Smolensk during the Russian retreat to Moscow.
1833: The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic entirely on its own power, the Canadian ship Royal William, began its journey from Nova Scotia to The Isle of Wight.
1915: A Category 4 hurricane hit Galveston, Texas with winds at 217 km/hr (135 mph).
1915: Leo Frank, a Texas-born U.S. Jew, was lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia after the State Governor, believing that Frank's conviction was based more on racist anti-Semitism than factual evidence, commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment. Leading the frenzied lynch mob (the girl's actual murderer was very likely among those doing the lynching) were prominent "White Christian" citizens of the town, including a former Governor, the son of a Senator, a Methodist Minister, a State Legislator, and a former State Superior Court Judge. Frank was posthumously pardoned in 1986.
1918: Russian Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky was assassinated.
1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the U.S. Eighth Air Force lost 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt-Regensburg bombing mission.
1945: Indonesia claimed independence from the Netherlands with the setting up the Provisional Indonesian Republican Government.
1962: Peter Fechter, 18, was shot by East German guards as he attempted to flee across the Berlin Wall. Left to bleed to death, his case was the most notorious in the history of the Wall. In July 1996, two former guards were charged with manslaughter.
1969: A Category 5 Hurricane, named Camille, struck the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage.
1969: Dr. Philip Blaiberg died in South Africa, 19 months and 15 days after receiving a heart transplant, a survival record at the time.
1970: The Russian Venera 7 was launched. It become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet - Venus.
1977: The Soviet icebreaker Arktika became the first ship to reach the North Pole.
1987: Nazi war criminal Rudolph Hess committed suicide by hanging with a lamp cord, at age 93, after 46 years in Spandau Prison. He had been the only inmate of the prison for the last 20 years of his life.
1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton testified before Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's grand jury regarding Clinton's sexual adventures with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. Clinton thereby became the first U.S. President to testify under oath (he had previously denied any adultery and fornication with the young assistant) before a grand jury.
1999: A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Izmit, Turkey; over 17,000 people were killed and 44,000 were injured.
2005: Over 500 terrorist bombs were detonated 300 locations across Bangladesh.