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Tuesday, January 26 2016
Micah 3: Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing"
Humans have known true and false prophets for a very long time - in fact, right from the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden (see also How Did Eden Become Babylon?).
The first true prophet was the LORD, Who warned the humans "for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
The first false prophet that humans knew also was in the Garden of Eden. Satan took the Truth and perverted it into a prophetic lie: "the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die." Coincidentally or not, the famous "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing" was also an event that had a connection to the Garden of Eden. Satan, the first false prophet, was also the spirit that caused Cain, the "shepherd" (i.e. his sarcastic "Am I my brother's shepherd?"; see Cain and Abel) into the first murderer - a double application of the lie "Ye shall not surely die."
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The humans then experienced the contrast between true and false prophets. True prophets lead the way to life, while false prophets mislead the ways to doom (see also Which Way Is Right And Left?). And so it has been ever since.
"3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
The Messiah's teachings and warnings about false prophets (keeping in mind that the Messiah, as the LORD God, was Himself the first true prophet: see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) were a direct reference to the way that it has always been in the world that went from Eden to "Babylon."
"7:13 Enter ye in at The Strait Gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
As we've read, Israel's experience with true and false prophets began long before "Israel" existed, but nothing changed in regard to Who is the Spirit of all true prophets, and who is the degenerate spirit of all false prophets. Israel (see The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes) and Judah (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?) too were put out of their home because, like Adam and Eve, they followed the word of a liar rather than the Word of the LORD.
"3:1 And I said,
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This Day In History, January 26
66: The comet later known in the modern day as Halley's Comet (named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, 1656-1742) made its fifth perihelion (the point of an orbit that an object is closest to the sun) transit on record.
1340: England's King Edward III was proclaimed king of France.
1500: Spanish explorer Vicente Pinzon discovered Brazil (for Europeans, that is; as was the case for all "new world" discoveries, the native people who were already there needed no "discovery").
1531: A powerful earthquake killed 30,000 people near Lisbon, Portugal.
1564: Church of Rome Pope Pius IV issued his Benedictus Deus at the Council of Trent. Included in the decree was an Index of Prohibited Books, a listing of unapproved authors and their publications. Also issued was the Tridentinum that supposedly established a distinction between the Church of Rome and Protestantism (most of their doctrines are actually the same; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1699: The Peace of Karlowitz ended the war between Turkey (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) and Austria.
1788: The first settlers from England, including a group of exiled convicts, arrived at Sydney, Australia.
1841: A few days after China conceded the island to Britain, the British flag was raised on Hong Kong.
1891: German engineer Nikolaus Otto died. He was a prime developer of the four-stroke internal combustion engine that was to power the automobile.
1905: The world's largest diamond, weighing over 3,106 carats, was discovered near Pretoria, South Africa. It became known as the Cullinan diamond.
1924: The Russian city of Petrograd was renamed Leningrad.
1926: Television was first publicly demonstrated.
1934: Germany signed a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland. It ended with the German invasion of Poland a little over 5 years later (in September of 1939) which began the Second World War (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1949: The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory began operation under the direction of Edwin Hubble. It was the largest aperture optical telescope at the time (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1950: India became an independent republic with Jawarhalal Nehru as Prime Minister.
1965: Hindi was proclaimed the official language of India.
1980: Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1992: Russian leader Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would cease routinely targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.
1998: During a nationally-televised Presidential address, Bill Clinton denied having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2001: Over 20,000 people were killed by an earthquake in Gujarat, India.