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Monday, January 25 2016
Micah 2: Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?
"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand"
Iniquity (see the Fact Finder question below) is when a people declare that what is evil is right - and what is right, as determined by the LORD, the Judge that all humans will one day face, is regarded as wrong, or even criminal. Iniquity isn't just a matter of gutter-level sexual immorality - it involves everything.
Iniquity isn't simply a matter of "liberal" or "conservative." Adolf Hitler (see also Why Does Satan Love Liars?) was a "liberal" with his "National Socialist German Workers' Party," while his major wartime ally in Europe, Benito Mussolini of Italy, became a "conservative" with his "National Fascist Party."
It seems no mere coincidence that both Hitler and Mussolini saw themselves as restorers of the Roman Empire - in the Italian Mussolini's case, the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), while in the Austrian-German Hitler's case it was the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
Adolf Hitler was one of the most evil and despicable war criminals that ever lived. He invaded and plundered country after country. He obliterated civilized human rights wherever he went. He was responsible for the torture and deaths of millions of innocent people in his concentration camps. But Hitler (and those like him, before and ever since) did it all "legally" because his government (democracy is not an effective defense, for any nation, from creating a "Hitler" - Hitler was democratically elected to the German Parliament) passed legislation that said that Hitler had the "lawful right" to do what he did. As President, Hitler never violated the law of his own country (or whenever he did, he simply passed some other law that made whatever he did "legal") and yet he was a Satanic man of lawlessness. Hitler was not the first "law-abiding" man of lawlessness, iniquity, nor will he be the last.
As yet another example of how far and bizarre that iniquity can go, Hitler regarded himself as a Christian while committing his Satanic crimes e.g. "We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit" and "I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator" (see some of his other narcissistic quotes at Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). Hitler was born as a Roman Catholic; the "Mary and Jesus" painting below was done by Adolf Hitler (note how he portrays them as Nordic and Germanic, rather than the Middle East Jews that they actually were).
Prior to the return of Christ, the world is going to be devastated by another Hitler-like "man of lawlessness," a great political and military leader - who will be loved and revered by most of the people. Those who do not truly obey God will not recognize him as being evil:
"2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 KJV).
The Holy Bible is filled with warnings of the end-time iniquity in which "law-abiding" (of the laws that they make for themselves) criminals (in the eyes of the LORD, for which their Judgment will surely come) will run with the Devil.
The apostle Paul's warning (see also 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition):
"2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him [see To Meet The Lord In The Air], 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand [see also Could Christ Return Tonight?]. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The apostle John's warning (see also 3 John: Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good and 2 John: The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots):
"13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months [see notes for Revelation 13]. 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Revelation 13:5-8 KJV)
The apostle Peter's warning (see also 2 Peter: 'The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty'):
"2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government [see Grace Into Licentiousness]. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness" (2 Peter 2:10-15 KJV)
The prophet Micah, along with the other prophets, was given to warn the kingdom of Israel and Judah against the iniquity that they were committing. Unfortunately, those who choose iniquity for themselves end up learning their lessons the hardest way possible (see The Capital Of The Lost Ten Tribes Of Israel).
"2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
Fact Finder: When did iniquity begin? When is it going to end forever?
This Day In History, January 25
41: The Roman Senate (see The Politics Of Rome) accepted Claudius (see Claudius) as the new Roman Emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1327: Edward III became king of England after a coup that removed his father Edward II from the throne.
1533: In defiance of the Pope's "authority" over English kings, England's King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.
1554: When Queen Mary announced her intention to marry the Roman Catholic Philip II of Spain (during his lifetime Philip colonized what later became the southern U.S.A.; the Philippines are named after him), a rebellion was led by Thomas Wyatt (who was later hanged for treason).
1579: The Union of Utrecht (Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Friesland, Groningen and Overyssel) formed the Dutch Republic as an independent nation from Spain.
1755: Moscow University was founded.
1791: A Royal proclamation created Upper and Lower Canada. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte became President of the Italian (Cisalpine) Republic.
1831: In Poland, the Diet (the name for the legislative assembly in some countries) declared independence, thereby removing Tsar Nicholas from the throne.
1846: The Corn Laws were repealed by the British Parliament. They taxed imported "corn" (the English term for grain, particularly oats, wheat and barley; see also The Corn Field Lessons).
1858: German composer Felix Mendelssohn's famous "Wedding March" became a popular choice at weddings after it was played during the marriage ceremony of Queen Victoria's daughter to the crown prince of Prussia.
1878: A Russian boat became the first vessel to sink another with a torpedo after it sunk a Turkish steamer.
1904: A mine explosion in Pennsylvania entombed 200 coal miners.
1918: Russia declared a republic of Soviets (soviet means council in Russian). Hence the origin of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, an empire that lasted 70 years before collapsing due to bankruptcy.
1919: A year after the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the League of Nations (the fore-runner of the United Nations) was founded in Geneva. The United States refused to become a member. The League of Nations was made defunct by the Second World War.
1947: Al Capone, the famous Chicago gangster, died of syphilis at age 48.
1949: The newly-created (modern-day) state of "Israel" (which is actually a restoration of the Kingdom of Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah; also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah, Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) held its first general election. Number of seats by party: Labor 57, Center-Right 31, Religious 16.
1949: For her broadcast of Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops in Europe during the Second World War, "Axis Sally" (Mildred Gillars, born Mildred Sisk in Portland, Maine in 1900) was tried as a war criminal in the U.S. She was sentenced to a 10-30 year prison term. Upon her release in 1959, she entered a convent and became a teacher at Catholic schools in Ohio.
1950: During the hysteria of the McCarthy-era communist "witch hunts" in the U.S., Alger Hiss, a State Department official, was convicted of perjury for denying his membership in the communist party.
1959: Church of Rome Pope John XXIII proclaimed the coming Second Vatican Council.
1963: Wilson Kettle died in Canada at age 102. At the time of his death, the Newfoundland man had 582 living descendants - a real-life "Pa Kettle."
1971: A coup made Idi Amin became president of Uganda.
1971: Charles Manson and 3 women followers were found guilty of the murders of actress Sharon Tate (the pregnant wife of film-maker Roman Polanski) and 6 other people, including the Folger coffee company heiress Abigail Folger.
1981: During China's "Cultural Revolution," Jiang Quing (the widow of Chinese communist founder Moa Tse-tung) and other "Gang of Four" members were convicted of "counter-revolutionary" activities.
1990: Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan gave birth to a girl, the first-ever head of government to give birth while still in office. Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.
1996: Billy Bailey became the last person in the U.S. to be executed by hanging. He was the first to be executed by hanging in Delaware in 50 years.