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Friday, October 28 2016
1 John 4: Try The Spirits
"Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world"
The Biblical Greek words, pronounced hil-as-mos and hil-as-tay-ree-on, mean to conciliate or to atone for (see also The Christian Day Of Atonement). The words are always used in the Holy Bible in describing the Messiah's task (see The Messiah's Atonement And Reconciliation For You).
The words are accurately translated in the King James Version three times as "propitiation," which means the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing and once as "mercy seat" - the name given to the cover of the Ark of the Covenant which contains (to this day) the stone tablets on which were written the Ten Commandments (see the Fact Finder question below).
Other translations render the original Greek words similarly: Where the KJV uses "propitiation," the Revised Standard Version uses "expiation," and the New International Version uses "atoning sacrifice" or "sacrifice of atonement." Where the KJV uses "mercy seat," the RSV also uses "mercy seat," while the NIV uses "atonement cover."
Many seek to understand the Holy Scriptures by means of human philosophy or opinion (see The Philosopher's Folly), but the Holy Bible can only be understood by means of the Light of the Holy Spirit (see The Light That Shines Through All Darkness). Otherwise, it's like reading a book in a room in which there is no light.
As such, the Holy Spirit, the "inspiration" by which the Holy Scriptures were written, does not contradict itself - the reason that we are to "try the spirits" (i.e. test the spirits) by comparing the Truth that was actually written and rejecting all of the deviant spirits of man and demons that lust to make the Scriptures say what they want them to say for themselves.
"4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Hence, John's "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" isn't just a statement of belief that the Messiah came in the flesh (the antichrists and even some atheists freely admit that Jesus of Nazareth existed; see Where Did John Say That The Antichrist Would Come From? and What Prophecy Do Atheists Fulfill For Themselves?), but moreover to do what He commanded. Merely claiming Christ's Name for one's religion doesn't make one a genuine Christian - as the Messiah warned (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
This Day In History, October 28
97: Roman Emperor Nerva was forced by the Praetorian Guard (the Emperor's bodyguards) to adopt General Marcus Ulpius Trajanus as his heir and successor (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
306: Maxentius was proclaimed Roman Emperor.
312: Over the previous 24 hours, the Battle of Mulvian (or Milvian) Bridge over the Tiber River near Rome was fought. Constantine the Great defeated the forces of Maxentius to become the sole ruler of the western Roman empire. Prior to the battle, Constantine claimed to have seen a vision of a cross (Christ was not crucified on a "Latin" cross - see The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?) in the sky with the words "In Hoc Signo Vinces" ("In this sign conquer"). After the victory, he nominally converted to Christianity, and was largely involved in the Romans' change from God's true and only Sabbath to the old Babylonian pagan "sun day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
900: King Alfred the Great of England died.
969: After a prolonged siege, Byzantine forces ended 300 years of Arab rule in Antioch.
1216: King Henry III of England was crowned.
1420: Beijing was officially designated as the capital of China's Ming Dynasty.
1492: Christopher Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain. Contrary to propaganda myths, Columbus, an Italian, who was working for the king and queen of Spain, claimed land in the "new world" as colonies of the "old world" - Columbus had no intention of those lands ever being anything more than colonies of Spain. Nor was Columbus the first to discover the continent of North America; the Vikings of Scandinavia left behind physical proof of their being there centuries before Columbus (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1628: After being besieged for months the Huguenots at La Rochelle capitulated to troops of the French crown under Cardinal Michelieu.
1636: English colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony founded a college at Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is known today as Harvard University.
1664: The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, was established. Many other nations thereafter copied the establishment of marines.
1746: The Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao were destroyed by an earthquake, at least 18,000 killed.
1870: In the Franco-Prussian War, Strasbourg surrendered to Prussian forces.
1886: The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland. While most are aware that it was a gift from the Roman-Catholic people and government of France, very few are aware that the Statue of Liberty was a deliberate, as stated by its builders, reproduction of the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, idol-worshipping Rome's "goddess of freedom." A 2,000 year-old Roman coin from 42 BC, from the era of the birth of the Roman Empire, seen below, shows Libertas (including the idol's name, the Latin Libertas, in English meaning "Lady Liberty" right on the coin); the face and the crown are identical to the Statue of Liberty.
1891: An earthquake struck the Niphon Islands in Japan, killed 10,000 people and left 300,000 homeless.
1918: The Czechoslovak state came into being when the Prague national committee took over land upon the dissolution of Austria-Hungary.
1922: Fascist "Blackshirts" began a march on Rome which led 2 days later to a formation of an Italian government under Benito Mussolini.
1948: The modern-day national flag of "Israel" was adopted (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1958: Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, patriarch of Venice, was elected as Pope John XXIII.
1971: By a vote of 356-244 the British House of Commons voted to join the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the end-time European Union (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1985: Sandinista rebel Daniel Ortega became President of Nicaragua.
2007: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the first woman to be elected President of Argentina.