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Wednesday, January 25 2017
Can Satan Make A Nation Rich And Powerful?
"The devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me"
The world, such as it is, is still, at the carnal-minded level (a paradox, because it's the Devil's spiritual influence that causes the confusion; see The Cure For Confusion) under the control and influence of Satan. It will remain so until the return of the Messiah and His re-establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Kingdom Of God).
The "temptation of Christ" was Satan's offer of power and wealth to the Messiah - if the Messiah lived the deviant, self-righteous ways of Satan, rather than the pure Way of God. That temptation has been repeated millions of times, to millions of people. The difference is that the Messiah remained true and faithful to God's Way (see The Patriotism Prophecy), while many humans have taken the shiny bait and accepted the Devil's offer - most, without even realizing or acknowledging it.
"4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Revelation chapter 13 is a summary prophecy about the end-time Satan-empowered political and military superpower "Beast" (see The Rise Of The Malignant Beast) and his "great false prophet" (see Why Are True Prophets Hated? Why Are False Prophets Loved?) who will be the "leader" of the Beast's antichrist religion - while claiming to be the ultimate Christian. They will have great military and religious power - gifted to them by Satan for their living by his anti-law ways.
The Beast's political and military power will be based upon his false, but backed up by brute force, claim to be the chosen one of God - while actually being the chosen one of Satan ("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?"). Notice that the political and religious leader will be able to persecute genuine Christians because, for the masses of his deceived "Christian" followers, their politics and their military will have become their religion.
"13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 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?
The Beast's "great false prophet" will also have great power, but only by means of his subservience to the Beast. The Roman Emperors created the Papacy merely to administer "their" church (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). It grew powerful over time because of its political and military support of the Beast (see The Little Big Horn).
"13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Fact Finder: What are the two ways that someone can "rise to the top"? What's the difference between "cream" and "slag"?
This Day In History, January 25
1327: Edward III became king of England after a coup that removed his father Edward II from the throne.
1533: In defiance of the Pope's "authority" over English kings, England's King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.
1554: When Queen Mary announced her intention to marry the Roman Catholic Philip II of Spain (during his lifetime Philip colonized what later became the southern U.S.A.; the Philippines are named after him), a rebellion was led by Thomas Wyatt (who was later hanged for treason).
1579: The Union of Utrecht (Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Friesland, Groningen and Overyssel) formed the Dutch Republic as an independent nation from Spain.
1755: Moscow University was founded.
1791: A Royal proclamation created Upper and Lower Canada. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte became President of the Italian (Cisalpine) Republic.
1831: In Poland, the Diet (the name for the legislative assembly in some countries) declared independence, thereby removing Tsar Nicholas from the throne.
1846: The Corn Laws were repealed by the British Parliament. They taxed imported "corn" (the English term for grain, particularly oats, wheat and barley; see also The Corn Field Lessons).
1858: German composer Felix Mendelssohn's famous "Wedding March" became a popular choice at weddings after it was played during the marriage ceremony of Queen Victoria's daughter to the crown prince of Prussia.
1878: A Russian boat became the first vessel to sink another with a torpedo after it sunk a Turkish steamer.
1904: A mine explosion in Pennsylvania entombed 200 coal miners.
1918: Russia declared a republic of Soviets (soviet means council in Russian). Hence the origin of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, an empire that lasted 70 years before collapsing due to bankruptcy.
1919: A year after the end of the First World War (1914-1918), the League of Nations (the fore-runner of the United Nations) was founded in Geneva. The United States refused to become a member. The League of Nations was made defunct by the Second World War (1939-1945).
1947: Al Capone, the infamous Chicago murderer and gangster, died of syphilis at age 48. One of Capone's errand boys in the 1930s was Jacob Rubenstein, who himself later became infamous as "Jack Ruby," the murderer of Lee Harvey Oswald.
1949: The newly-created (modern-day) state of "Israel" (which is actually a restoration of the Kingdom of Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah; also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah, Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) held its first general election. Number of seats by party: Labor 57, Center-Right 31, Religious 16.
1949: For her broadcast of Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops in Europe during the Second World War, "Axis Sally" (Mildred Gillars, born Mildred Sisk in Portland, Maine in 1900) was tried as a war criminal in the U.S. She was sentenced to a 10-30 year prison term. Upon her release in 1959, she entered a convent and became a teacher at Catholic schools in Ohio.
1950: During the hysteria of the McCarthy-era communist "witch hunts" in the U.S., Alger Hiss, a State Department official, was convicted of perjury for denying his membership in the communist party. Formerly powerful Senator Joseph McCarthy was later censured by the U.S. Senate for misconduct. McCarthy's ruthless "Red Scare" persecutions destroyed the lives and careers of thousands of innocent people after they were "blacklisted" by McCarthy's delusional hunt for communists. McCarthy died in 1957, at the age of 48, of liver failure caused by his severe alcoholism.
1959: Church of Rome Pope John XXIII proclaimed the coming Second Vatican Council.
1963: Wilson Kettle, the son of an English immigrant, died in Canada at age 102. At the time of his death, the Newfoundland man had 582 living descendants - a real-life "Pa Kettle."
1971: A coup made Idi Amin became president of Uganda.
1971: Charles Manson and 3 women followers were found guilty of the murders of actress Sharon Tate (the pregnant wife of film-maker Roman Polanski) and 6 other people, including the Folger coffee company heiress Abigail Folger.
1981: During China's "Cultural Revolution," Jiang Quing (the widow of Chinese communist founder Moa Tse-tung) and other "Gang of Four" members were convicted of "counter-revolutionary" activities.
1990: Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan gave birth to a girl, the first-ever head of government to give birth while still in office. Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.
1996: Billy Bailey became the last person in the U.S. to be executed by hanging. He was the first to be executed by hanging in Delaware in 50 years.