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Thursday, October 20 2016
1 Peter 5: Who Was The Haughty Spirit That Fell?
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall"
"Pride" is defined as "to regard something, or someone, as excellent or magnificent." Pride can be good, or it can be made evil.
Examples of righteous pride (notice that all are based upon what the LORD has done in His Creation; see also What Did Jesus Tell John About Creation?):
"11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh." (Hebrews 11:4 KJV; see also Cain and Abel)
On the other hand, Satan became a pathetic loser because of egotistical pride that he allowed to rise up and pervert his wisdom and beauty (see What Is Satan's Real Name?). He lost it all for nothing more than his own made-backwards image (see Is Your Bible A Window Or A Mirror?).
"28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee." (Ezekiel 28:17 KJV)
Notice that the end-time antichrist will have the same sort of "pride" (see also The Signature Of The Antichrist):
"13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Revelation 13:4-8 KJV)
The Word of God (see The Sword Of The Truth) has much to say and warn about that Satanic egotistical pride (including the famous "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall" - that applied first to Satan) - to make an idol out of one's self, or some object or entity that is used merely for personal glorification.
"8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." (Proverbs 8:13 KJV)
Peter was never one of the mighty or glorious ones of his nation. But he could nevertheless have become egotistically proud because of his closeness to the Messiah during His Ministry, as well as his having been appointed as one of the twelve apostles (see What Did Peter And Isaiah Say About Being Born Again? and The Cornerstone Prophecy). But he recognized that such pride is a trap that can destroy the righteousness of the righteous. Peter's "For God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble" in verse 5 below is a quote of Proverbs 3:34-35 ("3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools").
"5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Fact Finder: How did egotistical pride turn a man named Diotrephes into a rebel within a congregation of the Church of God?
This Day In History, October 20
480 BC: Greek naval forces defeated the Persian forces in the battle of Salamis (see The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat).
1632: Sir Christopher Wren was born. He became one of Britain's most outstanding architects.
1720: The Caribbean pirate known as Calico Jack (actual name John Rackham, born of English and Cuban parents) was captured by the Royal Navy. The pirate was famous for his "Jolly Roger" flag, a skull with crossed swords, that contributed to the popularization of the design. The origin of the Jolly Roger is unknown, however some historians believe that it was derived from "Old Roger," a term for the Devil.
1740: Charles V, Holy Roman emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and head of the house of Habsburg, died. Two of the Wars of the Spanish Succession developed directly from his death.
1921: The Treaty of Ankara between France and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was signed. It formalized the French recognition of the Assembly rather than the government of Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI, as the sovereign power in Turkey (listen also to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1822: Andrew Bonar Law became the first Canadian-born Prime Minister of Britain.
1827: In the Greek War of Independence, the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were devastated by the British, French and Russians at the Battle of Navarino.
1867: Ottawa was proclaimed the capital of Canada. Founded in 1827 by Col. John By, Ottawa was first named Bytown. It was renamed after the Ottawa Indians in 1854. In 1858 Ottawa was chosen by Queen Victoria to be the capital of the "United Provinces of Canada," and in 1867 it became the capital of the sovereign nation of Canada.
1911: Roald Amundsen set off with 4 others on his journey to the South Pole. They arrived on December 14.
1930: Jews in "Palestine" ("Palestine" is an English-language rendering of "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) were banned from purchasing Arab land by the British authorities. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain controlled Palestine from the end of World War 1 in 1918 to Israeli independence in 1948 (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1935: The "Long March" of Chinese communists led by Mao Zedong ended. Of the 80,000 who set out, only 9,000 completed the 6,000 miles (9,700 kilometers) to Yanan.
1944: Aachen became the first large German city to fall to the advancing allied forces near the end of the Second World War.
1971: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1973: During their Watergate investigations of Nixon himself, President Nixon fired Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.
2011: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed by rebel forces after the Battle of Sirte (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).