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Monday, January 4 2016
Hosea 12: The Way Out
"By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God"
The English-language word "exodus" originated from a compound Greek word, ex, meaning out, and hodos, meaning way, or road. Exodus, in practice and principle, means the way out.
While the Exodus of the time of Moses is the most-familiar to many people (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Exodus), there are, historically and prophetically, actually many people of a LORD-called exodus recorded in the Holy Scriptures. As we will read, true Christianity itself is an exodus out of the dead-end ways of the world by means of the Way of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
The LORD called Abraham to an exodus out of Babylon - the place that had once been Eden, but was lost when humans chose to become delusional rebels against the winning Way (see How Did Eden Become Babylon? and Iniquity In History And Prophecy).
"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Abraham's pilgrimage was Christian (see also The Pilgrims), in that while he came out of the religious and political "Babylon," the remainder of his life, even after he arrived where the LORD told him to physically go (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan), was dedicated to the journey that all must make in order to arrive at the Kingdom of God (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). What Abraham was given to do is the same journey that all true followers of the LORD have done before and since the time of Abraham - including Abraham's son Isaac and Isaac's son Jacob, who the LORD renamed as "Israel."
"11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
The LORD, through His true prophets, frequently reminded the Israelites of their history and of the "exodus" that they should have been making, but over and over, they not only stopped along the Way, they abandoned themselves along it (see Forward, Backward, Awayward).
"12:1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
This Day In History, January 4
41: The Roman emperor Caligula was murdered (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
771: Upon the death of his brother Carloman, Charlemagne becomes sole ruler of the Frankish Empire - that grew into the so-called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
871: The forces of Ethelred of Wessex were defeated by a Danish invasion army at the Battle of Reading.
1493: Christopher Columbus set sail from "America" (all 4 voyages of Columbus actually did not go beyond the islands of the Caribbean Sea) to return to Spain on his first voyage of discovery (for a map of the four voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1642: King Charles I of England ordered the arrest of members of Parliament, triggering England's civil war.
1643: Isaac Newton was born. The English physicist and mathematician is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy"), which was first published in 1687, laid the foundation for much of modern physics. Newton also made great contributions to optics (the Newtonian telescope, an excellent design that is still in use today, is named after him; the author's Newtonian telescope is shown in the photograph) and shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the invention of the infinitesimal calculus.
1861: The Confederate States of America were formed, first consisting of South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana - in effect, a rebellion against the states that had rebelled against Britain.
1863: During the U.S. Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln ordered General Ulysses Grant to revoke Grant's infamous "General Order Number 11" that expelled all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.
1912: The moon made its closest approach to the earth in the 20th century, 438,249 km. / 272,315 miles.
1944: The British Fifth Army launched an attack upon Monte Cassino, Italy. On the same day, Soviet troops crossed the former Polish border.
1948: Burma withdrew from the British Commonwealth and became independent after more than 100 years of British rule.
1951: During the Korean War, Chinese and North Korean troops captured Seoul, South Korea from United Nations forces.
1974: Richard Nixon refused to deliver evidence subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
1990: Panamanian President Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. invasion forces after taking refuge in the Vatican Embassy. Noriega's diplomatic status (he was a President of a sovereign nation) and prisoner of war rights (Noriega was a military officer in the Panamanian army), according to longstanding laws of civilized nations (including the Geneva Convention), were ignored; he was taken and imprisoned in jails for U.S. common criminals.
2010: The Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates, was officially opened. At 829 meters / 2,723 feet in height, it is the world's tallest building (in comparison to former record holders, the World Trade Center Towers in New York were 1,368 feet high and Canada's CN Tower is 1,815 feet tall).