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Thursday, August 11 2016
2 Corinthians 11: Morning Stars - The Good And The Evil
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light"
The Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) sometimes uses "morning stars" to describe angels. For example, at the time of Creation (see In The Beginning Was The Word), the angels, or "morning stars," joyously celebrated:
"38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:7 KJV)
The term, which is used to refer to bright appearance, is even used for the LORD God, who was born as Jesus Christ (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour): "I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
"22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." (Revelation 22:16 KJV)
Among the angels were those who later became whining, misfit rebels, including "Lucifer" (see What Is Satan's Real Name?) who, as we will read, remained bright. Satan's behaviour turned into darkness, while his appearance remained bright.
"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV)
The only way to recognize good or evil is by behaviour, in the "light" of the Holy Scriptures (see Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?). What is beautiful might be good and righteous, or it can be despicably evil.
Satan mesmerized Eve with his beauty and vanity, in appearance and words ("as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty"), while being morally rotten and evil to the core - just as he still does, and just as he empowers those who serve him, whether they themselves realize it or not: "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
"11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
Over the course of his ministry, the apostle Paul suffered greatly at the hands of those who were not what they appeared to be. He received forty lashes of the whip five times, was beaten with rods three times, was shipwrecked three times, he was repeatedly imprisoned, stoned and left for dead and often left cold and hungry - even by those who claimed to love him.
Paul knew the difference between those who are truly good, and those who merely appear that way.
"11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. 11:17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. 11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. 11:19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. 11:20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. 11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak.
Fact Finder: Who is actually portrayed in most of the "Jesus pictures" that deceived artists have consistently produced over the centuries?
This Day In History, August 11
117: The accession of Hadrian, the 14th Roman emperor. Hadrian reigned 117-138 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
355: Claudius Silvanus proclaimed himself Roman Emperor against Emperor Constantius II.
490: The Battle of Adda. The Goths under Theodoric the Great and his ally Alaric II defeated the army of Odoacer on the Adda River, near Milan.
991: The Danes under Olaf Tryggvason defeated the Saxons at Maldon.
1332: The Battle of Dupplin Moor during the Wars of Scottish Independence (1296-1328 and 1332-1357). Scots under the command of Domhnall II, Earl of Mar were defeated by Edward Balliol.
1675: During the Franco-Dutch War, armies of "the Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) defeated the French at the Battle of Konzer Brucke.
1712: The Treaty of Aargau was signed which ended the Swiss War and guaranteed Protestant superiority over Catholic Cantons.
1786: Francis Light established the British colony of Penang, Malaysia.
1718: The English fleet under Admiral George Byng destroyed or captured 15 out of 22 Spanish ships at the Battle of Cape Passaro off Sicily.
1804: Francis II became the first Emperor of Austria.
1858: The Eiger of the Bernese Alps was climbed for the first time.
1863: Cambodia became a French protectorate.
1898: U.S. troops seized the city of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico during the Spanish–American War of 1898.
1906: In France, Eugene Lauste received the first patent for a "talking film."
1908: Britain's King Edward VII met with Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar; again, see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) to protest the growth of the German navy.
1919: After the First World War, the constitution of the Weimar Republic was adopted in Germany.
1933: "The Assyrian Incident" - a massacre of Assyrian villagers (315 men, 4 women, 6 children) by Iraqi government forces.
1934: The first civilian prisoners arrived at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island, California. The incarceration rate in the USA today is the highest in the world. With only 5% of the world's population, nearly 25% of the world's prisoners are in US jails and penitentiaries.
1942: A German submarine sank the British Navy's HMS Eagle, one of the world's first aircraft carriers.
1952: King Hussein of Jordan succeeded to the throne after his father, King Ala, was deposed. He reigned for 47 years, until his death in 1999 (see also Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
1962: The Russian Vostok 3 was launched. During the flight, Cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev became the first human to float in low gravity.
"3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." (Proverbs 3:27 KJV)
1965: Major race riots (known as "the Watts Riots") began in the Watts area of the city of Los Angeles, California.
1972: The last U.S. military forces withdrew from Vietnam. Soon thereafter, North Vietnam over-ran South Vietnam, ending the Vietnam civil war between north and south, thereby creating a single country free of foreign interference for the first time since colonial France divided Vietnam into North and South in the 1950s.
1990: West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher's Free Democrats (FDP) merged with their liberal East German allies to become the first revived all-Germany political party.
2003: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) took over command of the "peacekeeping" force in Afghanistan, its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history (NATO was formed to defend western Europe from Soviet invasion).