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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):

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced yesh-oo-awh, that means deliverance. An example:

    "14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14:14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." (Exodus 14:13-14 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced yeh-shaw, that also means deliverance. An example:

    "22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence." (2 Samuel 22:2-3 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced tesh-oo-awh, that means to rescue. An example:

    "45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. 45:18 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: I am the LORD; and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:17-18 KJV)

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:

  • The Greek word, pronounced so-tay-ree-awh, that means to rescue, or to deliver to a place of safety. An example:

    "4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:10-12 KJV)

Ruth 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.

49:5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

49:7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; 49:9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves.

They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. 49:11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. 49:12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

49:14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. 49:17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. 49:18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

49:19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. 49:20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. 49:21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been? 49:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD,

Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

49:24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

49:25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob." (Isaiah 49:1-26 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will salvation happen?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and Who Can Be Saved?; also The Christian Feast Of Trumpets: The First Day Of Salvation

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This Day In History, April 24

1479 BC: Thutmose III ascended to the throne of Egypt (see also Children Of Ham - The Origin Of Egypt And Iraq and The Egypt Connection).

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).

Ottoman Empire

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.

Suez Canal

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.

Hubble Space Telescope

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).


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