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Thursday, August 27 2015
Jeremiah 4: When The LORD's Flag Is Raised Over The Earth
"All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the Earth, see ye, when He lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when He bloweth a trumpet, hear ye"
The English-language word "flag" originated from a Saxon (although, curiously, it's not found in the Anglo-Saxon dialect of the same early time; Saxony is in Germany, the Anglos were a tribe of the Saxons) word vlag, or flagg, that meant "a cloth, usually bearing emblems or figures, borne on a staff, and employed to distinguish one party of nationality from another" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary).
The English-language word "ensign" is derived from a French word meaning a sign i.e. en sign. The term was originally used primarily for military identification items, ranging from badges to banners and signal flags. An ensign, or ensign-bearer, was also sometimes used as a term for someone who carried, or who was responsible for, the ensign.
The word "ensign" is used to translate two Hebrew words of the Scriptures, (pronounced) oth, meaning a signal, or a beacon, and nace meaning a signal.
While the individual tribes of Israel had their own ensigns, as a means to quickly and efficiently organize and mobilize themselves (see Israel's Battle Formation), they made no national ensign because the LORD alone was their beacon and sign. During the times that they were faithful to Him (see The History Of Idolatry), the Israelites didn't look up to and idolize a flag on a pole; they looked up to the LORD of the Earth.
Salvation will be accomplished by admittance to the eternal Kingdom of God. The "church" is merely the first-called class of students who are learning how to be citizens of the Kingdom of God (see What's The Expiration Date Of The Church? and the Fact Finder question below). The Holy Bible is the inventory of text books.
When the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour and The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day) returns, the nations (i.e. the families of people who have grown into multitudes; see also The First Nations Of The New World) will no longer look up to and worship flags on poles - or want to "play country" any more. They will look the LORD, the sole "ensign" of the Kingdom of God.
"5:26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: 5:27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken" (Isaiah 5:26-27 KJV)
Salvation, actually being "born again" as children of God in the Kingdom of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?), will not happen by accident or by means of defiance toward what the LORD commands. Salvation is for the people who choose to be winners (see Choosing The Right Way and Why Repent?). The purpose of the LORD's prophets was to deliver the LORD's declarations of correction when those who claimed to follow Him, to salvation, began to follow themselves to their man-made dead ends.
"4:1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove. 4:2 And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.
Fact Finder: Why is the place of Salvation called the Kingdom of God?
This Day In History, August 27
479 BC: The Battle of Plataea during the Greco-Persian Wars. The Persians (see Ancient Empires - Persia; Persia is known today as Iran) under Mardonius were defeated by the Greeks (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) under Pausanias.
1593: Pierre Barriere failed in his attempt to assassinate King Henry IV of France.
1626: The Danes were defeated by the Catholic League in Germany (again, see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), marking the end of Danish intervention in European wars.
1689: The Treaty of Nerchinsk was signed by Russia and the Qing Empire of China.
1776: The Battle of Long Island during the revolution of the New England colonies. In what is now Brooklyn, New York, the British Army under General William Howe defeated a rebel force under George Washington, a former Colonel of the British Army in Virginia.
1793: During the French Revolutionary Wars, the city of Toulon rebelled against the French Republic and allowed British and Spanish forces to seize its port, leading to the Siege of Toulon by French Revolutionary forces.
1813: French Emperor Napoleon I defeated an allied army of Austrians, Russians, and Prussians at the Battle of Dresden.
1828: Uruguay became an independent state.
1832: Black Hawk, the leader of the Sauk tribe of Native Americans, surrendered to U.S. authorities, ending the Black Hawk War.
1883: 36,000 people died in the eruption of a volcano on the island of Krakatoa; it produced the loudest noise (in recorded history) to echo around the world.
1916: Italy declared war on Germany (both Italy and Japan fought against Germany during the First World War; both Italy and Japan were allied with Germany during the Second World War - listen to our sermon The European World Wars).
1921: Britain installed the son of Sharif Hussein bin Ali (leader of the Arab Revolt of 1916 against the Ottoman Empire) as King Faisal I of Iraq (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1928: The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris by 60 nations, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes. The Second World War followed a little over 10 years later.
1939: Just before the start of the Second World War, Germany's Heinkel He 178, the first jet aircraft, made it first flight.
1962: The Mariner 2 spacecraft was launched to "Venus" (the pagan-god name that scientists gave to the second planet from the sun).
1975: Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia, died at age 83.
1979: Louis Mountbatten was killed by an Irish terrorist bomb in his sail boat in Sligo, Ireland.
1991: The European Union recognized the independence of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
2003: The planet "Mars" (the pagan-god name that scientists gave the fourth planet from the sun) made its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years.