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Friday, August 28 2015
Jeremiah 5: Backsliding The Way To The Top
"Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding daughter? That trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me?"
"Backsliding" is generally regarded to mean sliding backwards i.e. simply the opposite direction from forward. That's a reasonable and logical conclusion, but the origin of the English-language word and term, and the actual meanings of the Hebrew words that "backsliding" is used to translate, provide the full intent of the words that were spoken by the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour).
The English-language word "back" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, bak, that meant "the posterior part of the trunk; the hinder part of the body of man" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary). The term "backsliding" originally referred to sliding on one's back - in any direction. From that, it became terms of morality and/or religious fidelity in which people can "backslide" their way to the top (if wrong is accepted as right by "society" i.e. iniquity; see Iniquity In History And Prophecy) as much as they can backslide their way to the bottom (personal and national destruction by means of loser behavior i.e. decadence; see Decadence In History And Prophecy).
"Backsliding" is used to translate two Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures - both of which hold the same directionlessness - people can backslide their way to the top as much as they can backslide their way to the bottom. Many of Israel's corrupt kings and religious officials, the "leaders" and perceived "winners" of the nation, were "backsliders" - as are many of the false-church "leaders" of today (the reason that they are collectively called the "great harlot" and her "daughters"; see The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots).
When Jeremiah was commissioned by the LORD to prophesy to the Kingdom of Judah (see Why Didn't Jeremiah Live In The Kingdom Of Israel?), he began a forty-year ministry to a backsliding self-righteous people (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers).
"5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it. 5:2 And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.
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This Day In History, August 28
475: As the Roman Empire continued to crumble, Western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos fled Ravenna, his capital, while under attack by Roman general Orestes (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The original Roman Empire "fell," but was superseded by "the Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
489: Ostrogoth forces under King Theodoric defeated Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo.
1189: During the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Church of Rome "Crusaders" began the Siege of Acre (Acre is an ancient city in the western Galilee area of northern Israel).
1349: Thousands of Jews in Mainz, Germany were murdered by people who accused them of causing the bubonic plague. The Jews were actually healthier than their ignorant persecutors because they generally observed the Biblical laws of health that the LORD gave to everyone (see Bacteria, Sexual Abominations and What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean?).
1413: St. Andrew's University in Scotland was chartered by a papal decree from Gregory XII.
1521: Ottoman Turks occupied Belgrade (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1565: Spanish admiral and explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles sighted land near what is today St. Augustine, Florida. He founded there the oldest continuously-occupied European-established city in the continental U.S. (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1609: Delaware Bay was explored by Henry Hudson, for the Netherlands.
1619: Ferdinand II was elected Emperor of the "Holy Roman Empire."
1789: William Herschel discovered Saturn's moon Enceladus (both "Saturn" and "Enceladus" are examples of pagan names that many scientists have foolishly applied to many things in God's Creation - they hypocritically deny the existence of God, while using the names of pagan gods for their "science").
1859: A geomagnetic storm caused the Aurora Borealis ("the Northern Lights") to shine so intensely that it was seen over central and southern Europe and Asia.
1883: The British Parliament banned slavery throughout the British Empire.
1914: Three German cruisers were sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrived in Chunking to meet with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in what turned out to be a fruitless attempt to avert civil war.
1957: U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond began a filibuster to stop the Senate from voting on the Civil Rights Act of 1957. It became the longest filibuster ever produced by a single U.S. Senator.
1963: Amidst a national protest march for integration, U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King met with President John Kennedy at the White House. Later that day, King made his famous "I have a dream" speech. Within 5 years, both Kennedy (later that same year) and King (in 1968, the same year as John Kennedy's Presidential-candidate brother Robert) were assassinated.
1988: The Ramstein airshow disaster. Three aircraft of the Frecce Tricolori team collided. The wreckage of the falling aircraft killed 75 people and injured 346.
1990: The government of Saddam Hussein declared Kuwait to be the 19th province of Iraq, in a move that foreshadowed the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
1996: A British court finalized the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.
2005: Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana and Mississippi, devastating New Orleans.
2011: Hurricane Irene struck the U.S. east coast, killing 47 people and causing over $15 billion in damage.