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Saturday, September 12 2016
1 Timothy 2: The Carnival Churches
"When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the LORD's supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the Church of God?"
The English-language word "carnival" originated from a Latin word, carnovale, that meant flesh. The words carnal ("fleshy") and carnivorous ("meat eater") originated from the same word. The original applied-meaning of carnival was a feast, but it later came to mean a wild gathering involving drunkenness and fornication.
The apostle Paul was appointed by the LORD (see Paul, The Apostle To The World) to preach the true Gospel (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?) where it was never heard before. If it was their time of calling, the people who heard him then began new lives as Christians (see Faith Is The Law), meeting together for the weekly Sabbath and annual Holy Days (see The Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts Of The LORD).
Paul's work covered a wide area from Asia to Europe (see The Intercontinental Church Of God). His three major journeys were a circuit that joined where he was going to where he had been. This gave Paul the opportunity to meet with those who had become Christians earlier. All too often however, although he had left a church congregation, upon his return he sometimes found a social club - sometimes even to the extreme that it had become a flagrant carnival.
It happened in a number of places, including in this example with the congregations around Corinth (see The Christians Of Achaia). The Sabbath and Holy Days had become a party ("For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken") and a fashion show ("Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered" and "For if the woman be not covered") for them.
Paul then reminded them of how, as Christians, they should have been living according to the prophetic meaning of "church" (see Eve Was Created From Adam; What Woman Was Created From Jesus Christ?). Paul's admonition to them wasn't merely about how men and would should "act."
"11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
The same slide (see the Fact Finder question below) happened to the congregation at Thessalonica (see The Church Of Mount Olympus) where meetings had become a carnal contest - a carnival.
"2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
Fact Finder: What does "backsliding" mean?
This Day In History, September 12
490 BC: The Battle of Marathon. Athenians defeated the second Persian invasion of Greece at the Greek town of Marathon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia and A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1309: The First Siege of Gibraltar began during the Spanish Reconquista; the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against the Emirate of Granada produced a Castilian victory.
1609: English explorer Henry Hudson, while employed by the Netherlands, discovered a river in eastern North America that would later be named after him - the Hudson River. New York City was originally named New Amsterdam by its Dutch founders.
1683: Austrian and Polish forces took Vienna, Austria, back from the Ottomans after the Battle of Kahlenberg (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1683: Vienna was retaken from the Ottomans.
1722: The Treaty of St. Petersburg ended the Russo-Persian War.
1758: French astronomer Charles Messier began his Messier Catalog of deep-sky objects with the Crab Nebula - the remnants of a supernova explosion that was first observed by Chinese astronomers in 1054.
1848: Switzerland adopted a new constitution under which it became a federal republic.
1878: The obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle, originally cut from the quarries of Aswan in about 1475 B.C., was erected in London (see also The Cleopatra Connection). The Washington Monument was designed identical to the same ancient phallic symbol from Egypt.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the First Battle of the Aisne in France began. It lasted 17 days. British and French forces battled the Germans to a stalemate; static trench warfare set in on the Aisne and lasted for the next 18 months (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1934: The Baltic Entente, a mutual defense pact by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, was signed. Intended primarily against Nazi Germany which had replaced the Soviet Union as the greatest (perceived) threat against them.
1938: Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany annexed Czech Sudetenland.
1962: In a lead-up to the political face-saving "Cuban Missile Crisis" (after the failed CIA "Bay of Pigs" attempted invasion of Cuba), U.S. President Kennedy held a news conference and announced that the U.S. would not tolerate any Soviet base in the western hemisphere (while at the same time the U.S. itself had dozens of offensive bases in the eastern hemisphere, some right on the Russian border, as is still the case today). Militarily, Russian missiles in Cuba actually would have been no greater threat to the U.S. than long-range ballistic missiles launched from Russia (which to this day cannot be stopped - no effective defense has yet been developed that is capable of stopping ballistic missiles) or from missiles and cruise missiles launched by Russian submarines positioned near the U.S. east and west coasts, much closer than Cuba, as is still the case today.
1988: Hurricane Gilbert inflicted heavy damage on Jamaica before turning toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula where it caused an estimated $5 billion in damage.
1972: Idi Amin, dictator of Uganda, sent a cable to the United Nations Secretary General to announce that since no statue of Hitler had been erected in Germany, he proposed to set one up in Uganda.
1974: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was deposed by a military coup, ending a reign of 58 years.
1990: Agreements were signed by Britain, the U.S., France, Russia, and East and West Germany that permitted the re-unification of Germany - a key event in European history, and Bible prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
2003: In Fallujah, U.S. forces shot and killed eight Iraqi police officers in a "friendly fire" incident. Over the course of the first ten years of the conflict that began when George W. Bush ordered the invasion, over 1 million Iraqi people were killed, wounded or maimed, while the country was reduced to rubble and chaos. Bush's justification for the destruction, Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction," were never found, and were later declared to have never existed. Despite a persistent myth, Iraq also had no connection to the 9-11 terrorist attacks; captured documents proved that Saddam Hussein actually viewed Al-Qaeda, the terrorist Muslim organization founded by Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, as a threat to Iraq.