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Friday, March 31 2017

The Silk Lessons

"I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk"

Silk is obtained from a natural fiber that is produced by some varieties of moth caterpillars that have become known as "silkworms" while making their cocoons (see the second illustration below). Silk has been used by humanity since early times to make a very fine, shining fabric. One of the major ancient trade routes that connected Asia to Africa and Europe was known as the "Silk Road" (see also What Really Happens In A Trade War?).

Some translations of the Holy Bible use "silk" for the Hebrew words pronounced meh-shee and shesh-ee, which could have meant either silk or very fine linen (see also Linen In History And Prophecy). The Greek word of the Holy Scriptures specifically means silk - the root word of which is also the Greek word for China, where much of the world's silk was and is produced.

Traders

Silk was used in two contrasting lessons about righteousness and unfaithfulness. A "woman" is used in both lessons because the term is ultimately applied to the true Church of God (see the Fact Finder question below), from which the children of God will be "born again" if they live a righteous life according to the LORD's Way.

The righteous "woman" (see Eve Was Created From Adam; What Woman Was Created From Jesus Christ?):

Silk

"31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 31:14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 31:15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 31:18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 31:19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 31:22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 31:24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates." (Proverbs 31:10-31 KJV)

In contrast were the two sisters, analogies of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah), who took their blessings and used them as a means to make themselves unrighteous with it (see The Pride Of The Sisters Of Sodom).

"16:10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. 16:11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. 16:12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head. 16:13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. 16:14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.

16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them, 16:18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them. 16:19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 16:10-19 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why does Satan fear and hate the righteous "woman"?
See The Woman And The Dragon


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This Day In History, March 31

307: After divorcing Minervina, Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) married Fausta, the daughter of the former Roman Emperor Maximian.

627: Muhammad, the inventor of the Islamic religion (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), survived a siege of 27 days at Medina (Saudi Arabia) by Meccan forces under Abu Sufyan. Known as the Battle of the Trench.

1084: Clement III, who was elected antipope (see Antipopes) in 1080, was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see Emperors and Popes).

1492: In the same year that they employed Christopher Columbus to explore the "new world" (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy a map of the four voyages of Columbus) King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain (their youngest daughter, Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of King Henry VIII of England; their divorce eventually resulted in Henry breaking away from the Church of Rome and creating his own Church of England) began enforcing their Edict of Expulsion.

All Jews in Spain who would not accept immediate conversion to Roman Catholicism were to be physically put out of the country. About 100,000 trudged across the frontier into Portugal, where they were in turn expelled 4 years later; 50,000 went across the straits into North Africa, or by ship to Turkey. About 50,000 chose to become Catholics and remain, including the senior rabbi and most of the leading families. By the end of July, the expulsion of those who would not convert was an accomplished fact. The destruction of Spanish Jewry is considered by some to be the most momentous event in Jewish history since the mid-second century A.D.

Spain

1854: The Treaty of Kanagawa was signed between the U.S. and Japan. Signed under an offshore show of threatening U.S. naval force commanded by Admiral William Perry, it opened Japan-U.S. trade.

1866: Spanish naval forced bombed the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile.

1889: The Eiffel Tower in Paris was officially opened to the public.

Eiffel Tower

1903: Richard Pearse, a New Zealand farmer and inventor, achieved a powered flight in an aircraft that he built. Despite the popular propaganda that has dishonestly ignored and denied them, Pearse was among a number of true aircraft pioneers around the world (including Gustave Whitehead of Germany, Alexander Fyodorovich Mozhayskiy of Russia and Clement Ader of France - the French word "aviation" itself was named after Ader's aircraft) who flew a heavier-than-air vehicle long before the Wright Brothers in the U.S. (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).

Clement Ader

1909: Construction of RMS Titanic began at the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast. The "unsinkable" ocean liner sank on its first voyage, less than three hours after scraping an iceberg in the North Atlantic.

1909: Serbia submitted to Austrian control over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1917: The U.S. purchased some of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.

1939: All fighting ceased in the three year Spanish Civil War, completing a victory by Fascist forces, who were assisted by German pilots, more than 50,000 Italian troops and other pro-Fascist volunteers against Spanish republicans. The Second World War began a few months later, in September, when Germany invaded Poland.

1949: The British colony of Newfoundland joined Canada as the 10th province.

Newfoundland

1949: Winston Churchill said that the atomic bomb was the only thing that kept the Soviet Union from taking over Europe (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

Invasion of Russia

1954: The Soviet Union offered to join NATO.

1966: The Soviet Union launched Luna 10. It became the first space vehicle to orbit the Moon.

1971: Lt. William Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment (later reduced to 20 years, of which he actually served almost nothing before being quietly released) for the My-Lai massacre of 500 women and children in Vietnam.

1979: The military relationship between Britain and Malta ended after 181 years with the departure of the destroyer HMS London from Valetta Harbor.

1991: The Warsaw Pact formally ceased to exist.





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