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Tuesday, November 1 2016
2 John 1: The Elect Lady And Her Children
"The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth"
The true Church of God is described, in analogy, as a "woman" because it is from the true Church that the children of God will be "born again" to eternal life (see Eve Was Created From Adam; What Woman Was Created From Jesus Christ?) by means of being conceived by the Holy Spirit of God - the reason that God is called The Father.
There is however another entity that is also described as a "woman" - because of the children of disobedience that come into existence by means of the spirit of lies and deception that conceive them. It was from that "harlot" that humanity is called to "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Revelation 18:4 KJV)
A prophecy of the great "harlot" of Babylon, and her daughter harlots who went out from her in protest, but who kept her antichrist doctrines:
"17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
The loser/rebel Satan has stalked the Church of God from the time of the Garden of Eden (see The Church In The Garden) right to the present (see Why Does The LORD's Armour Attract The Devil's Fire?).
"12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon [see The Dragons Of The Bible], having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Satan detests the Church of God, the people of God, because they "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Satan is the originator of the abominable false doctrine that "God's Law is done away" (see Faith Is The Law).
"12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners], and have the testimony of Jesus Christ [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?]." (Revelation 12:13-17 KJV)
John's second epistle is a general letter addressed to "the elect lady and her children," the Church of God, as explained above.
"1:1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
The reason that John addressed them in that way is because "I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father." A true Christian church is not an invention of men and women merely looking to idolize their own egotistic ideas that they presume to call "Christian."
"1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments [see Works Means Obedience]. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." (2 John 1:4-6 KJV)
The greatest threat to true Christians are not atheists or people of other religions, but rather those who teach false Christianity (see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans). The ultimate "antichrist" will claim to be a Christian (see The Signature Of The Antichrist).
"1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist [see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?]. 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." (2 John 1:7-11 KJV)
John ended the letter with a greeting from the people, the church, the "woman," that were with him: the "children of thy elect sister greet thee."
"1:12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
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This Day In History, November 1
79: Near Naples, Italy, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the ancient Roman port city of Pompeii.
365: The Alamanni (a confederation of Germanic tribes) crossed the Rhine River and invaded Gaul. Roman Emperor Valentinian I took command of the Roman army to defend the Gallic cities. Germany later became the prophetic successor of the Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1043: Holy Roman emperor Henry III (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) married Agnes of Poitou, a descendant of kings of Burgandy and Italy, to form an alliance designed to seal the empire's relations with the neighboring states to the west.
1512: Michelangelo's painting of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel ceiling was opened to the public.
1520: The Strait of Magellan, the passage south of mainland South America connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, was first discovered and navigated by a European, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, during the first around the world voyage.
1683: The British colony of New York (named after England's Duke of York and Albany) was subdivided into 12 counties.
1688: During the Glorious Revolution, William III of Orange departed from Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands to assume the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland from King James II of England.
1762: French troops capitulated at Cassel and evacuated to the right bank of the Rhine during the Seven Years War.
1755: An earthquake destroyed Lisbon, Portugal and killed 60,000 people.
1765: The British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act, a tax on the New England colonies that helped to pay for British military defense of those same colonies against invasion by the powerful French and Spanish military presence in North America (see the actual newspaper report below).
The French held extensive colonies in what is today eastern Canada and Louisiana, while the Spanish (thanks to Christopher Columbus who claimed the entire "New World" for Spain and the Papacy; see the map of the voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy) held the vast Caribbean region from Florida to what is today Mexico, and south into South America.
Ironically, the tax to pay for the defense of the colonies became one of the major incitement tactics used by the leaders of the revolution. France eagerly assisted the insurgency (while hypocritically tolerating no independence for their own colonies throughout North America), with the intent to invade them once the British military connection could be broken. France couldn't carry through with their strategic plan because of the disastrous wars that the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte started in Europe and into Russia (the Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815) that consumed the French army, culminating in the famous Battle of Waterloo (Belgium) in June 1815, during which Prussian (German) and British forces routed the French army under Napoleon.
1790: Edmund Burke published "Reflections on the Revolution in France" that predicted that the French Revolution would fail.
1800: U.S. President John Adams became the first President of the U.S. to live in the Executive Mansion, later renamed the White House. That original White House was burned to the ground by Royal Marines during the War of 1812 (1812-1814, started by U.S. President James Madison with the publicly-stated goal of annexing Canada and subjecting its people to colonial rule by politicians in Washington) in retaliation for the U.S. burning of the Parliament Building in York (known today as Toronto) earlier in the year.
1814: The Congress of Vienna opened with the purpose of re-drawing the European political map after the defeat of France during the Napoleonic Wars.
1856: Britain declared war on Persia (Persia is known today as Iran) after Persia invaded Afghanistan (see also Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist).
1869: Louis Riel seized Fort Garry (Winnipeg, Manitoba) during the Red River Rebellion.
1932: Wernher von Braun was named head of Adolf Hitler's (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed and wounded) during the Second World War (1939-1945). After the war, the "reformed Nazi" Wernher von Braun was admitted into the U.S. where the Nazi (he later admitted that he had been a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.
1936: Benito Mussolini announced the formation of the "Rome-Berlin Axis."
1939: The world's first jet plane, the German Heinkel HE 178, made its first flight.
1950: Pope Pius XII declared "the assumption of Mary" (i.e. taken into heaven, body and soul, upon her death) to be definitive dogma for Roman Catholics. The false doctrine is blatantly contrary to the true Word of God in the Holy Bible (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).
1956: The Springhill Mining Disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia killed 39 miners; 88 were rescued.
1959: Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens became the first goal tender to wear face protection in the National Hockey League.
1963: President Diem of South Vietnam was overthrown in a U.S.-staged coup. He was killed the next day.
1973: During the Watergate criminal investigations in Washington, Leon Jaworski was appointed as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor.
1984: Rajiv Gandhi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India amid anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, by two of her Sikh bodyguards. Rajiv Gandhi was in later years also assassinated, by a suicide bomber.
1993: The Maastrict Treaty came into effect, creating a new European Union (a Biblically-prophesied event - see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).