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Tuesday, December 29 2015
Hosea 6: When The World Is Going To Reject The Way Of Satan
"Many nations shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem"
The Kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David and How Many Kings Reigned In The United Kingdom?; also The Return Of The King) was created as a living prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God (see The First And Last Nation and The Patriotism Prophecy). The people of Israel repeatedly failed to live up to their calling however, although they never ceased to be a "religious" people - followers of themselves in His Name. In that regard, the people of the Christian-professing world (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) have repeatedly done the very same thing.
Numerous prophecies of the Holy Bible refer specifically to the people of Israel's future restoration as true followers of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), but the time that it will be accomplished will also be the time when all of humanity will turn its back to Satan's deceptions and seek the LORD's Way.
The famous "dry bones" gathering of Israel at the time of the return of the Messiah (see also The Eighth Day: When Life Will Begin Again):
"37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 37:2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 37:3 And he said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"
At the very same time, all of humanity will also find their way back to the LORD - as described in the famous "swords into plowshares" prophecy (see also Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives):
"4:1 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, 4:2 and many nations shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
The other prophets saw it all too. Notice here in Hosea, how the people of Judah, specifically, will at last accept the Messiah's three days and three nights death and resurrection, as spoken in direct reference with "on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him."
"6:1 "Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. 6:2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. 6:3 Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth."
This Day In History, December 29
1170: Thomas Beckett, the archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered on the altar of Canterbury Cathedral by knights of King Henry II.
1223: Pope Honorius III approved the Franciscans ("The Order of the Friars Minor"). The Roman Catholic order was founded in 1209 Francis of Assisi.
1427: The military forces of China's Ming Dynasty withdrew from Hanoi, thereby ending their colonial occupation of the Vietnamese people. Vietnam has experienced a very long and ancient history of being subjected to foreign empires.
1508: Portuguese military forces under Francisco de Almeida attacked Khambhat in the Battle of Dabul.
1786: The "Assembly of Notables" was convened during the French Revolution.
1837: The U.S. ship Caroline, that had been supplying the criminal rebel forces of William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada, was set on fire by Canadian defence forces and sent over Niagara Falls.
1845: The U.S. annexed the Republic of Texas. The Republic of Texas had been independent from Mexico since the Texas Revolution of 1836.
1859: The first iron-hulled armored warship, Britain's HMS Warrior, was launched.
1874: Alfonso XII, son of deposed Queen Isabella, was proclaimed king of Spain.
1890: About 200 Sioux men, women and children were slaughtered by the U.S. Army at the "Battle" of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
1911: Sun Yat-sen became the provisional President of the Republic of China.
1937: The second Irish constitution went into effect, the Irish Free State renamed Eire.
1914: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Battle of Sarikamis began between Russia and the Ottomans (i.e. Turkey; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire). Although greater in numbers, the Turks were defeated in 5 days of fighting and lost 77,000 men.
1921: William Lyon Mackenzie King succeeded Arthur Meighen as Prime Minister of Canada.
1934: Japan formally refuted the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Treaty of 1930. It led to Japan's rise as a major naval power in the Pacific during the Second World War.
1937: The Irish Free State was superseded by a new state called Ireland.
1940: During the Second World War, 1,500 fires were started in 1 day alone by German bombers dropping thousands of incendiary bombs on the center of London during "the blitz" winter of 1940-41. The bombing caused the worst damage since the great fire of 1666.
1972: 16 survivors from an Andes plane crash were rescued over 3 months after the plane went down. Those rescued later revealed that they had survived by eating passengers who were killed in the crash.
1986: Former British Prime Minister (1957-1963) Harold Macmillan died at age 92.
1989: Playwright Vaclav Havel, who had earlier been jailed for 5 years for his human rights activities and long denounced in the Communist media as an enemy of the state, was sworn in as president of Czechoslovakia.
1996: Guatemala and the leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity signed a treaty to end their 36-year civil war.
1997: Hong Kong began the culling of the country's 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.