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Monday, April 3 2017
Forth Unto Salvation
"And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire"
The English-language word "forth" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word that meant ahead. The words fore and forward originated from the same root word (the numeric word "fourth" is from a different, unrelated word).
"Forth" is as much an attitude as a direction of movement. Forward means to go ahead, while backward means to go to, or to remain, behind - a fundamental definition of liberal (which in its pure original form meant to liberate; see What Did Liberal Mean Before Liberals Changed It?) and conservative (conservatism is good if it isn't merely conserving error and evil - the Messiah was assassinated by "conservatives" see The Religion And Politics Of The Messiah's Assassination and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
"Forth" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced yaw-tsaw, that means to grow, or to accomplish. The first use of the word in the Holy Scriptures was at the time of Creation (see The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Creation Of Matter And Man) when the biology of life (see the Fact Finder question below) was set in motion by the LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation).
"1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
The LORD commanded Abraham to go forth to a spiritual destination (see the complete biography series for Abraham, beginning with A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram).
"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Abraham understood that the "promised land" that he set forth toward was not merely another man-made country. If that was all that it was, he could just have remained in the "Babylon" that then, and still now, exists everywhere. But Abraham's journey was a matter of coming forth out of the world of Satan's loser ways to arrive at the Kingdom of God in due time (see The Christian Feast Of Trumpets: The First Day Of Salvation). That repentance is the "going forth" that is necessary for salvation (see The Soul That Repents Shall Live and The Saviour Of All Repentant People; also A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers).
"11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." (Hebrews 11:8-10 KJV)
The Messiah plainly stated the promise, and the warning, about "bringing forth good fruit" in order to be worthy of salvation.
"3:9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." (Luke 3:9 KJV)
Fact Finder: How is the Messiah identified in the word "biology"?
This Day In History, April 3
503 BC: As stated on the Fasti Triumphales (stone tablets that were once erected in the Roman Forum), Roman consul Publius Postumius Tubertus celebrated a military victory over the Sabines (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
686: Maya king of the Kaan kingdom Yuknoom Yich'aak K'ahk' assumed the throne of Calakmul.
1043: Edward the Confessor was crowned the King of England.
1531: Martin Luther was excommunicated by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (Luther was condemned by the Emperor, not the Pope; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) at the Diet (the term for a legislative assembly in some countries) of Worms ("Worms" is the English rendering of Vorms, a city in Germany).
1559: Philip II of Spain and Henry II of France signed the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in France, ending nearly 60 years of war.
1721: Sir Robert Walpole was appointed first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer, effectively Britain's first Prime Minister.
1756: The Marquis de Montcalm sailed from France for Canada, where he would later die at the Battle of The Plains of Abraham (a battle that decided Canada's political future, which up to that time had been contested between Britain and France). The British commander, General James Wolfe, was also killed in the battle, near Quebec City on September 13 1759.
1882: The U.S. frontier criminal (gang leader, bank and train robber, murderer) Jesse James was killed by a member of his own outlaw gang, Robert Ford.
1885: Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine design.
1922: Joseph Stalin was appointed as the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1930: Ras Tafari was proclaimed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.
1933: Royal Air Force Lt. David McIntyre and the Scottish Marquess of Clydesdale, flying 2 open-cockpit Westland aircraft, completed the first overflight and aerial photographic survey of Mount Everest.
1936: Bruno Hauptmann, convicted kidnapper and killer of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh's infant son, was executed.
1949: Transjordan signed an armistice with Israel (which was actually the return of the southern kingdom of Judah; see The Southern Kingdom and The Gathering of Israel and Judah) that had become an independent nation (again) the year before (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. It was his last; King was assassinated the next day by James Earl Ray, a U.S. Army veteran and escaped felon with convictions for burglary, armed robbery and mail fraud.
1969: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announced that the U.S. would start to "Vietnamize" the war effort (the Vietnam War was actually a civil war of the Vietnamese people whose nation had been divided into South and South by imperial France and the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s).
1996: Theodore Kaczynski was arrested in Montana as the terrorist "Unabomber."
1996: Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and all 29 passengers and 6 crew were killed when a U.S. government aircraft crashed in Croatia.
2000: Microsoft was ruled to have violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.