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Saturday, April 22 2017
From Paradise To Fool's Paradise
"They despised the pleasant land, they believed not His Word"
"Eden" originated from the Hebrew word, pronounced ay-den, that meant pleasing, or delightful. It was first used to describe the region of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in which the Garden in Eden (see The Garden In Eden; also Was The Garden Of Eden At Jerusalem?) was planted by the LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation).
"2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground [see Life From The Dust - Past And Future], and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul [see What Does The LORD Say About Your Soul?].
The first humans chose to live a life of confusion for themselves when they ignored the Truth that the LORD gave to them in favor of their own ideas. Instead of living in the real world, they made a self-worshiping fantasy world for themselves. When they became their own morality (the origin of the present-day "it's not wrong if we do it"), humanity began a rapid descent into chaos that ended with the Flood (see Why Did The Flood Happen?).
"6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5 KJV)
Humanity began again after the Flood from the righteous family of Noah, but soon the spirit of rebellion again turned Eden into a place of defiant sinners. The region then became known as "Babylon," which means confusion. It wasn't merely a matter of the many languages - it was the mixed-up attitude that they made of themselves long before then.
"11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
A "fool's paradise" is defined as "To be happy because you do not know or will not accept how bad a situation really is" (Cambridge English Dictionary) or "A state of delusory happiness" (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary). The world today has become such a place, but the good news, for those who love Truth rather than arrogant delusions, is that the Messiah is going to return to restore genuine Paradise on Earth - forever.
Fact Finder: What is the Messiah going to do when He returns?
This Day In History, April 22
238: The Year of the Six Emperors: The Roman Senate outlawed emperor Maximinus Thrax and nominated two of its own Senators, Pupienus and Balbinus, to the throne of Rome (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1124: Alexander I, king of Scotland, died. King from 1107, he was succeeded by his brother David.
1145: The 19th recorded passage of what is now known as Halley's Comet.
1370: Construction began of the Bastille, a medieval fortress on the east side of Paris, at the order of Charles V.
1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral, on a voyage to India, sailed far to the southwest and discovered Brazil, claiming it for Portugal. The land was first sighted earlier that year by a Spanish explorer, Vincente Yanes Pinzon, but he failed to claim it for Spain.
1509: Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England.
1519: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés established a "settlement" (i.e. a garrison) at Veracruz, Mexico.
1529: The Treaty of Saragossa, which divided Spanish and Portuguese interests in the Pacific Ocean, was signed.
1793: Prior to the U.S. becoming an aggressive imperial power itself (the U.S. has become even more of what it claims to have been founded against), U.S. President George Washington, a former British Army officer in Virginia (see the official portrait below), issued a Proclamation of Neutrality for the U.S. to not become involved in the imperial wars between France and Britain.
Washington discovered that France agitated and supported the rebellion of the New England colonies for no other reason than to reduce the British military presence in North America, so that France could eventually widen its own colonies in and from Louisiana in the south and eastern Canada in the north (see the map below). France had no interest in anyone's "freedom" (while aiding the rebellion of the New England colonies, France tolerated no independence in any of its own colonies in North America).
One of the greatest ironies (some say hypocrisies) of Washington's political legacy is that the capital city that is named after Washington became a worldwide symbol of the very same colonial imperialism that Washington declared was wrong - when he wasn't in charge of it (see also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It? ).
1834: The Quadruple Alliance was formed by Britain, France, Portugal and Spain, supporting Isabella II's claim to the Spanish throne against Don Carlos.
1838: The British steamship Sirius became the first to cross the Atlantic from Britain to New York solely on steam power. The journey from Cork to New York took 18 days, 10 hours.
1889: Territory in Oklahoma, formerly the free lands of native American (the "Indians" didn't have a concept of owning land), was opened to white settlers. About 50,000 settlers rushed in on the first dayn (see also The First Chinese American War).
1912: Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, began publication in Saint Petersburg.
1915: The Battle of Ypres (in Belgium) began. It was the first major battle for Canadian troops in the First World War. The Germans released chlorine gas (the first use in warfare), forcing the unprepared French army to retreat. The 1st Canadian Division and British troops rushed to halt the German advance. It took a week of fierce fighting and counterattacks involving more gas before the German attack was brought to a halt.
1933: Frederick Henry Royce, co-founder of the English auto company Rolls-Royce, died.
1944: The British 1st Air Commando Group, using Sikorsky R-4 helicopters, became the first to use helicopters in combat.
1948: During the Israeli War of Independence (the "1948 Arab-Israeli War"), Haifa, the major port of Israel, was captured from Arab forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1991: Intel released the 486sx processor.
1994: Richard Nixon, who resigned the office of U.S. president due to the Watergate criminal investigations, died at age 81.
2005: Philip Morrison died at age 89. He was a prominent member of the "Manhattan Project" that developed the U.S. atomic bombs that incinerated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Morrison later became popularly known from his book and PBS series entitled The Ring Of Truth.