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Friday, December 25 2015
Hosea 2: Who Are The Children Of God?
"By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil"
The purpose of salvation is to create children of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). It's the reason that God is called the Father of those who will become His children (see Who Can Be Saved?).
Righteousness isn't merely a vain matter of appearance (see How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ?). The evil Devil is very beautiful and righteous in appearance ("11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 11:15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness"; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV). True righteousness is a matter of genuine obedience to the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
"8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him." (Romans 8:16-17 KJV)
On the other hand, people can be temporarily (until they repent and truly obey the LORD) or permanently (if they defiantly refuse to repent when the Truth has been made known to them) engendered, as a result of spiritual adultery, by the fornicating spirit of the rebel Satan - thereby becoming, temporarily or permanently, by their behavior, regardless of how righteous it appears or is self-declared to be (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy), children of the devil.
"3:8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 3:9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. 3:10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. 3:11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 3:12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous." (1 John 3:8-12 KJV)
The Kingdom of Israel was created, from the nations of the world (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews), as a living prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God - that will be inhabited by the children of God who will be created from truly-repentant people of all nations of the world. "Israel" were called "out of the world" to live according to the Law of the LORD, rather than the politics and religions of carnal man.
Salvation is a free gift to those who truly obey the LORD. Salvation is not for those who merely use His Name for their self-righteous, make-believe religions (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) in which they make, not only a god for themselves, but a god of themselves.
When the Israelites failed to live up to their prophetic purpose, the LORD removed them from His Sight and gave the responsibility to a later generation. It happened over and over and over again.
So it was then that the LORD gave Hosea to rebuke Israel in the graphic language of spiritual adultery and whoredom that they committed in that time (see also Gomer's Children). The words were a reflection of what they had made of themselves.
"2:1 Say to your brothers, "You are my people," and to your sisters, "You have received mercy."
This Day In History, December 25
274: Roman Emperor Aurelian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) declared the pagan Sol Invictus ("the invincible sun," from which the heathen "Sunday" originated; see Why Observe The True Sabbath?) to be the state religion of the Roman Empire and the "Church" that it created for itself (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
336: The first documented observance of "Christmas" in Rome, observed at the time of their sun god (Sol Invictus) festival (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
496: Clovis and 3,000 of his warriors were baptized into the Church of Rome. Clovis is considered to be the founder of the Frankish kingdom (see the map below), the first Church of Rome king of the Franks, and the only orthodox "Christian" ruler in the west.
597: England adopted the Julian calendar (see How Did Rome Change True Time? and The Restoration Of The True Week And Month Is Coming).
795: Adrian I, pope 772-795, died. His relationship with Charlemagne "symbolized the medieval idea of union of church and state in a united Christendom." He was elected with the support of the Frankish party at Rome (see Emperors and Popes).
800: Pope Leo III crowned Charles, King of the Franks (subsequently called Karl der Grosse / Charles the Great, or Charlemagne) "Emperor of the Romans." Some consider this date to be the beginning of "The Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The iconography of the Middle Ages shows the Emperor, not the Pope, as "Peter's representative." The emperor was often portrayed as standing alone as "God's earthly vicar" (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1100: Baldwin of Boulogne, one of the leaders of the Church of Rome's first "Crusade" was crowned the first King of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1635: French explorer Samuel de Champlain died at age 68. He was the chief founder of "New France" in North America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1651: The General Court of Boston levied a five shilling fine on anyone found "observing any such day as Christmas" (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1926: Hirohito became emperor of Japan.
1941: With France under German occupation at the start of the Second World War, many "Free French" forces retreated to the tiny French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the Canadian east coast (St. Pierre and Miquelon are to this day owned by France).
1950: Scottish nationalists stole the Stone of Scone (the "Coronation Stone" or "Stone of Destiny") from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey. Weighing 485 pounds / 220 kilograms, it was recovered 4 months later.
1977: Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel met with Egyptian President Sadat in Egypt.
1989: Romanian dictator Nicolea Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed by a rebel firing squad during the overthrow of the communist government.
1991: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned amidst the political death of the "Soviet Union." The USSR lasted for 70 years; it collapsed due to national bankruptcy.