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Friday, July 8 2016
Romans 9: The Only Political Party That's Going To Survive
"The God of heaven shall set up a Kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall the Sovereignty thereof be left to another people ... It shall stand for ever"
Humans have created many forms of politics and government for themselves. The methods and philosophies differ greatly across a wide behavioral spectrum (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?), but they all share a common future - oblivion. It is in fact that coming political reality that the true Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God is all about (see the Fact Finder question below).
The prophet Daniel knew and understood it (see Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Of The World To Come):
"2:44 And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall the sovereignty thereof be left to another people; but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." (Daniel 2:44 KJV)
The apostle John, who was also a major prophet from his writing of the book of Revelation that the Messiah spoke to him, knew and understood it (see Revelation: Thy Kingdom Come):
"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show unto his servants, even the things which must shortly come to pass: and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" (Revelation 1:1 KJV)
The famous "LORD's Prayer" (see also The LORD's Prayers To The Father) is a political statement about what and where Salvation means: "Thy Kingdom come."
"6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye:
The reason that it will be the Kingdom of God is the same reason that God is called The Father.
The English-language word "king" originated from a compound Anglo-Saxon word, cyning, which literally meant the father of a kin. The Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures that is translated as "king" is pronounced meh-lek. It means exactly the same as the English word that is used to translate it - king, the father of a people. God will be the Father of His people when they are "born again" - after being conceived by the Holy Spirit (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
The word "patriotism" originated from a Latin word that meant faithful to the father. The terms patriot and patriotism were both originally family, not political, terms. "Patriotism" meant and truly means, faithful to the Father, not faithful to one's brothers or sisters in man-made governments.
The penalty for being a traitor to the Patriarch of a family was exactly the same as it later became for traitors to the Patriarch of a kingdom (keeping in mind that nations and kingdoms originated from families - Israel is the most obvious example; see The Origin Of Israel and The Origin Of Israelites And Jews). It was blasphemy against the family itself.
"21:15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death." (Exodus 21:15 KJV)
The true and literal meaning of "patriotism" is the basis of the Fifth Commandment. Notice the stated connection between Patriotism and "the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." Ultimately, that means the Kingdom of God.
"20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12 KJV)
The united Kingdom of Israel was created by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) as a living prophecy of the coming united Kingdom of God (see When Will The Prophecy Of Israel Be Fulfilled?).
The Israelites however did not live up to their calling, but instead lived down to themselves. They rejected the LORD as their King, and began their democratic death-spiral of choosing for themselves one bungling and corrupt "leader" after another. The LORD did not stand in the way of their demand for "freedom" from His Rule - He permitted them to destroy themselves with it (see The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes and The Politics Of The Two Kingdoms).
"8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them." (1 Samuel 8:7 KJV)
So it was then that, very often, the preachers of the Gospel, including the Messiah Himself (see the Fact Finder question below), used history as the basis of presenting the Truth to those who had the good sense to hear it.
"9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
This Day In History, July 8
1099: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), 15,000 starving Church of Rome soldiers marched in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders looked on (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1249: Alexander II, king of Scotland 1214-1249, died at age 51. He maintained peace with England and greatly strengthened the Scottish monarchy.
1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama departed on the first direct European voyage to India.
1608: The first French settlement at Quebec was established by Samuel de Champlain.
1652: The First Anglo-Dutch War (1652-1654) began.
1663: King Charles II of England granted a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship to Rhode Island.
1709: Peter the Great defeated Charles XII at Poltava, in the Ukraine, effectively ending the Swedish empire.
1714: The government of Queen Anne offered a 20,000 pound reward for anyone who produced a chronometer that was capable of determining longitude at sea to within thirty miles after a 6 week voyage. A Yorkshireman, John Harrison, produced a highly accurate device in 1759, which was tested and proven 2 years later.
1730: An estimated 8.7 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that damaged more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of Chile's coastline.
1755: Britain broke off diplomatic relations with France over their dispute about territorial claims in the New World.
1815: King Louis XVIII returned to Paris after the defeat of Napoleon.
1835: The Liberty Bell cracked (again, as it repeatedly did due to its original crack damage, despite efforts at repair and recasting over decades). The first crack occurred in March 1753 when the brand-new bell was tested (before being properly hung and supported - causing the striking stress to be fully absorbed by rigid metal rather than released by vibrations of sound as bells are designed to do) in Philadelphia upon delivery from its manufacturer in London.
The bell was ordered for use in the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly (now known as Independence Hall) before the revolution of the English-established colonies of New England. The English named it the "Liberty" bell (despite the later "revising" of the historic reality to suit political purposes, the bell was not named for a revolution, or by revolutionaries) because of the partial quote of Leviticus 25:10 on the bell, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."
The full Scripture, that is, what is actually written and intended in the Word of God, refers to the regular Jubilee Year (see The Seven Sabbaths Of Years To The Jubilee) in the united Kingdom of Israel:
"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family."
1889: The Wall Street Journal began publishing.
1892: St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
1896: Sir Wilfred Laurier became the first French-Canadian Prime Minister.
1937: Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan signed the Treaty of Saadabad.
1947: News reports were broadcast that a UFO crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
1974: U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ordered President Richard Nixon to hand over the tapes to Watergate criminal investigators.
1975: An earthquake damaged over 2,000 temples in Pagan, Burma. A 20-foot-high seated Buddha was decapitated.
1994: Kim Jong-il became the "supreme leader" of North Korea upon the death of his father, Kim Il-sung.
1997: In Madrid, NATO leaders agreed to allow Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic - 3 former "Warsaw Pact" nations - into membership.