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Saturday, April 2 2016

Mark 6: Why Are True Prophets Hated? Why Are False Prophets Loved?

"That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the Law of the LORD ... Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits"

The world, such as it has become, for now, is based upon lies and delusions. People are "offended" when Truth, any Truth, gets in the way of their self-worshiping politics and religions (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?). It's that egotistical seemingly-righteous "Babylon" (see The Idols Of Iniquity) that the LORD's true people are to come out of in genuine repentance.

"18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (Revelation 18:3-5 KJV)

Those who refuse to repent make no secret of their love for their fool's way ("Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path" i.e. go off the road and into the gutter) - and their fear and their hatred of the Truth. They celebrate their self-destructive, dead-end perversions, while mocking and persecuting (and increasingly, prosecuting) those who love, speak, and live, by the Truth of Life (see Which Way Is Right And Left? and Strait And Straight).

A straight road

"30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." (Isaiah 30:9-11 KJV)

The Messiah was the first and the greatest prophet (see the Fact Finder question below). He was violently rejected by the people of Nazareth because He spoke the Truth (see The Last Words At Nazareth). Even many of His own relatives "were offended at him" until they woke up (see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth). From that, originated the Messiah's famous "A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house"

"6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching." (Mark 6:1-6 KJV)

The twelve disciples ("disciple" means student) who were being trained as apostles ("apostle" means someone who is sent with some of the authority of the one who sent them e.g. an ambassador) were warned how that only those who love Truth will not be offended by it. For the lovers of lies, "whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city."

"6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

6:8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: 6:9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. 6:10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 6:13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them." (Mark 6:7-13 KJV)

John the Baptist (see The John The Baptist Prophecies) was murdered by a Roman politician, at the behest of his incestuous whore niece/wife (see Lethal Lust), solely because they hated the Truth that John spoke to them (see also How Did The Messiah Free John The Baptist From Prison?).

Herodias

"6:14 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

6:15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.

6:16 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.

6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. 6:18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. 6:19 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.

6:21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; 6:22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. 6:23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.

6:24 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask?

And she said, The head of John the Baptist.

6:25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.

6:26 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. 6:27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, 6:28 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. 6:29 And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb." (Mark 6:14-29 KJV)

The miraculous feeding of large crowds of people was about more than just physical hunger. They followed the Messiah because they hungered for Truth that He spoke (see Everlasting Bread).

"6:30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

6:32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. 6:33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

6:35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: 6:36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.

6:37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat.

And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?

6:38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see.

And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

6:39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 6:40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 6:41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 6:42 And they did all eat, and were filled. 6:43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 6:44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. 6:45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people." (Mark 6:30-45 KJV)

The Messiah was entirely human. He was able to do all that He did because He never strayed from the Truth that the Father had sent Him to proclaim and live by (see Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?).

"6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

6:47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 6:49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 6:50 For they all saw him, and were troubled.

And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 6:51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 6:52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

6:53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. 6:54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, 6:55 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. 6:56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole." (Mark 6:46-56 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who was the first true prophet? Who was the first false prophet?
See Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?


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This Day In History, April 2

742: Charlemagne, king of the Franks, was born. King from 768 (with his brother), he later ruled most of Europe when crowned emperor in 800 (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes).

Europe

1118: Baldwin I died at age 60. As king of the crusader state of Jerusalem (1100-1118), he expanded the kingdom and secured its territory, formulating an administrative apparatus that was to serve for 200 years as the basis for Frankish rule in Syria and "Palestine" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1513: Florida (as it is known today) was discovered (although the natives already knew that it was there) and claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon.

1524: At age 40, Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli (a former Roman Catholic priest) publicly married the widow Anna Meyer. Their marriage lasted until his death at the Battle of Kappel in 1531.

1550: Jews were expelled from Genoa Italy.

1657: Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III died (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1755: British naval commander Commodore William James captured the pirate stronghold of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.

1801: During the Napoleonic Wars, the Danish fleet was heavily damaged by the British under Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen.

1863: The Richmond Bread Riot. Starvation caused hundreds of mothers to riot in Richmond, Virginia, demanding that the Confederate regime release emergency food supplies that were being held primarily for the military.

1865: During the U.S. Civil War, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.

1912: The Titanic went out on its first sea trials under its own power.

1917: The U.S. declared war on Germany in the First World War - 2 years and 8 months after the war in Europe began (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1932: Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh paid over $50,000.00 ransom for his kidnapped son, who was later found dead.

1975: Toronto's CN Tower was topped off at a height of 1,815 feet, making it the tallest free-standing structure in the world at the time.

1982: Argentina seized the Falkland Islands and overthrew the British administration. Britain responded with a naval task force which recovered the islands.

1990: Saddam Hussein threatened to "incinerate half of Israel" with advanced chemical weapons if it joined a war against Iraq (the result of the later invasion Iraq proved that Saddam had no "weapons of mass destruction").

2002: Israeli military forces surrounded the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem after armed Palestinians had retreated there.

2005: Karol Jozef Wojtyla / Pope John Paul II, died at age 84.


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