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Monday, April 24 2017
"For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the Earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited"
The English-language word "salvation" originated from a Latin word, salvatum, that meant to save, as in to make safe from danger.
"Salvation" is used to translate three words of the Hebrew Scriptures (popularly-known as the "Old Testament," although most of the prophecies are awaiting the Messiah's return to be fulfilled and enacted e.g. see Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives, Micah: Swords Into Plowshares and When You See What Daniel Saw):
In the New Testament, "salvation" is used to translate a single Greek word that is itself a translation of the same Hebrew words explained above:
As we can see from the literal meanings of the actual words of the Holy Scriptures, "salvation" means being rescued, or delivered, from the destruction that is surely coming. That mortality is built-in so that all who reject the LORD's offer of salvation will be naturally obliterated - while those who choose to accept the LORD's offer of salvation, by repenting and truly obeying His commands and instructions (see the Fact Finder question below), will be delivered, or saved, from what is surely going to happen without the LORD's intervention (see The LORD God Our Saviour).
"Israel" was created from people of many nations (e.g. Abraham was an Iraqi, the mothers of Judah and nearly all his brothers were Syrian, the first Jews had Canaanite mothers, Ephraim and Manasseh had an Egyptian mother, Ruth was from the Arab kingdom of Jordan etc.; see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq, A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria, The First Jews, The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh and Ruth: Building The House Of Israel) as a living object-lesson prophecy of the Kingdom of God that will be inhabited by spiritually "born again" (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what that term actually means in the Word of God) children of God from all of humanity (see The First And Last Nation and Which Tree Will You Pick Fruit From?).
"49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 49:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 49:4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.
Fact Finder: When will salvation happen?
This Day In History, April 24
1184 BC: The traditional date of the fall of Troy, the ancient city in Asia Minor that was the site of the Trojan War.
1533: William the Silent, prince of Orange, was born. He led the revolution against Spanish rule and helped create an independent Netherlands.
1547: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V defeated the Protestants at Muehlberg, near Leipzig, Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1558: Mary Queen of Scots, at age 16, married the dauphin of France, the future Francois II.
1877: Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire of Turkey occupied and controlled much of the Middle East, including the land of Israel for centuries - until British forces liberated the region at the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1884: Otto von Bismarck cabled Capetown to inform them that South Africa was then a German colony (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1898: Spain declared war on the United States after receiving a U.S. ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
1906: William Joyce, U.S.-born British Nazi collaborator during the Second World War, was born. He broadcast German propaganda to Britain, where he earned the nickname "Lord Haw-Haw." He was later hanged for treason.
1916: Ernest Shackleton, along with five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, began a rescue, from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean, of the ice-trapped ship Endurance.
1916: The Easter Rising in Dublin, an insurrection aimed at setting up an Irish Republic, began.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918), the first tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France; British Mark IVs versus German A7Vs.
1921: The Tyrol region of central Europe voted for union with Germany.
1932: Nazis made German election gains in Prussia, Bavaria, Wurttemberg and Hamburg (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Allied troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp.
1950: The Kingdom of Jordan was formed by the union of Jordanian-occupied Palestine and the Kingdom of Transjordan ("Transjordan" means across the Jordan; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration; see also Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
1953: Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1957: The Suez Canal was reopened after UNEF peace keepers entered the region.
1967: Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his spacecraft crashed in Russia after 17 orbits of the earth.
1980: Eight U.S. servicemen died in Operation Eagle Claw, an attempt by President Jimmy Carter to rescue the seized CIA "hostages" in Iran.
1981: The "IBM Personal Computer" was introduced.
1986: The Duchess of Windsor, born in the U.S. as Wallis Warfield, died at age 89. Her marriage, as a divorced woman, to King Edward VIII led to his abdication in 1936.
1990: The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into Earth orbit by NASA. Soon after launch, it was discovered that the U.S.-built telescope had defective optics (the primary light-gathering mirror was the wrong shape) that would later require major in-orbit repairs - in effect, giving the nearsighted new telescope glasses.
1990: West and East Germany agreed to merge their currency and economies on the next July 1.
1992: Scientists working with the COBE satellite announced that their data showed hot and cold "ripples" in space which indicated proof of the "big bang". Stephen Hawking called it "the discovery of the century, if not all time." Project leader George Smoot said, "If you are religious, it's like looking at God" (see also The Christian Universe).
1996: Russian President Boris Yeltsin met Chinese President Jiang Zemin at the start of a visit to Beijing hailed by both sides as signaling a new relationship between them.
2005: Joseph Ratzinger became the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Benedict XVI (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).