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Saturday, October 29 2016

1 John 5: Imagination Worship

"And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken My Law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, neither walked therein; But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim"

The English-language words "idol" and "idolatry" originated from a Latin word, idolum, that itself originated from a more-ancient Greek word, pronounced eidolon, that meant to imagine, or an idea.

"Idol" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, including:

Statue

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced el-eel, which means nothing. Example:

    "16:26 For all the gods of the people are idols [i.e. nothing]: but the LORD made the heavens." (1 Chronicles 16:26 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced mif-leh-tseth, which means horrible thing. Example:

    "15:13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol [i.e. horrible thing] in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron." (1 Kings 15:13 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced seh-mel, which means a likeness i.e. a portrait statue of someone. Example:

    "33:7 And he set a carved image, the idol [i.e. a likeness - a portrait statue of someone] which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:" (2 Chronicles 33:7 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced ghil-lool, which means a carved log or tree trunk. Example:

    "17:12 For they served idols [i.e. a carved log or tree trunk], whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing." (2 Kings 17:12 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced aw-tsawb, which means an image of someone or something. Example:

    "115:4 Their idols [i.e. an image of someone or something] are silver and gold, the work of men's hands." (Psalm 115:4 KJV)

The Second Commandment is about not foolishly worshiping imaginary gods. The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The Christian Ten Commandments) is real.

"20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." (Exodus 20:4-6 KJV)

The apostle John closed his first Biblical epistle with an admonishment to worship the true and living God, not mere idols of their imaginations: "Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen."

"5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen." (1 John 5:1-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: When are all idols, physical and imaginary, going to be trashed forever?
See Trash Day For Idols


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This Day In History, October 29

539 BC: Cyrus the Great of Persia conquered Babylon. Cyrus thereafter permitted the people of Judah to return home after their prophesied 70-years exile in Babylon (see The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall and The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).

Persian Troops

312: Constantine the Great entered Rome after his battle victory at the Milvian Bridge (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

437: Valentinian III, Emperor of the Western Roman, married Licinia Eudoxia, the daughter of his cousin, Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II.

969: Byzantine forces occupied Antioch Syria.

1618: Sir Walter Raleigh was executed at age 66 for treason against King James I (of the King James Bible fame). Raleigh was a writer, statesman and explorer. He is noted for introducing potatoes and tobacco to England.

Sir Walter Raleigh

1709: The First Barrier Treaty; Britain agreed to support the restoration to the United Provinces of the fortresses that it had been granted by the Treaty of Rijswijk.

1727: A severe earthquake struck northeastern North America.

1762: The Battle of Freiburg. The Austrians were defeated by the Prussians under Prince Henry. It was the only Prussian victory without Frederick II in command.

1792: Mount Hood in Oregon was named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood.

1886: The first "ticker-tape parade" took place in New York City when office workers spontaneously threw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. While most are aware that the image 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, shown 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.

Libertas

1889: The British South Africa Company, headed by Cecil Rhodes, was granted a charter by the British government. The charter gave extensive powers over the area which later became Rhodesia.

1911: Hungarian-born U.S. newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died at age 64. The Pulitzer Prizes are named after him.

1922: Italian King Victor Emmanuel II called on Benito Mussolini to form a government.

1923: After the fall of the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate), Turkey became a republic under its first President, Kemal Ataturk.

1927: Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff discovered the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert.

1929: Wall Street "Black Tuesday" marked the final collapse of the U.S. stock market and the beginning of the Great Depression.

1945: The first ballpoint pen went on sale, 57 years after it was patented.

1956: Israel invaded the Sinai in response to belligerent actions by Egyptian President Gamal Nasser, including refusing access of Israeli ships to the Suez Canal and Gulf of Aqaba, and forming a unified military command with Jordan and Syria. In the brief war that followed, Israeli, British and French troops landed in the Canal Zone. By the end of the conflict, Israel had conquered the whole of the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza. It was the second major Israeli-Arab war since the founding of the modern state of Israel, as made possible by the British presence there after the end of the First World War (see The Balfour Declaration). Known as the Sinai War, it was code-named Operation Kadesh by the Israelis (whoever named the operation "Kadesh" was apparently unmindful of the historical reality that Kadesh was the place in the Sinai wilderness where the Israelites refused to obey the LORD and enter the promised land when they first had the opportunity to do so, and so were left to wander and die in the wilderness (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey).

Suez War

1957: Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and a number of government members were injured when a hand grenade was thrown into Israel's Parliament, the Knesset.

1967: Expo 67, Montreal's World Fair, ended after over 50 million visitors.

1972: A "Black September" terrorist group hijacked a Lufthansa airliner as it flew over Turkey. They demanded the release of 3 of their members who were being held for the murders of Israeli athletes at the Olympics.

1999: A cyclone devastated Orissa, India.

2004: The Arabic news network Al Jazeera broadcast a video of Osama bin Laden in which, for the first time, he admitted direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He claimed that he got the idea to use airliners to destroy buildings after watching U.S.-manufactured F-16 fighter aircraft of the Israeli Air Force bombing high-rise buildings in Lebanon.

2012: Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the U.S, killing nearly 300 people and causing about $70 billion in damage.



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