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Saturday, October 28 2017

Walk and Roll

"I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life ... to turn them from darkness to Light, and from the power of Satan unto God"

The English-language word "walk" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, wealcan, that, curiously, meant to roll. "Wheel" originated from the same word as "walk."

Other languages have a similar origin of usage. The ancient Latin word for walk, even though it meant to roll, was volvo (a well-known automobile got its name from that ancient Latin word). Other words are also connected by that common origin, including revolve and revolution (in both the mechanical and the political sense; see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?).

Interestingly, as it is found in the Holy Scriptures, the "roll" (i.e. to turn) is what makes the a true Christian life possible. It's what repentance actually means - to turn from the dead-end ways of the world and begin the journey along the way ("way" means road i.e. highway, freeway) of eternal life.

Road

The Pharisee Saul, who thereafter became the apostle Paul (see What Did Jesus Christ Do To The Christian Hunter?), was converted on his wrong way and commanded to turn to the right way and teach others to also "turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God."

"26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;  26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,  26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." (Acts 26:16-18 KJV)

In the Holy Scriptures, the Hebrew word, pronounced haw-lawk, and the Greek word, pronounced per-ee-pat-ah-oh, that are translated as "walk," both mean to walk, but are moreover used to describe a journey, to a specific place, that takes effort - it doesn't take literal walking to successfully "walk" the way to salvation. It takes repentance, conversion and endurance to the end, all of which involve living a life of moral integrity once the Truth is known (see the Fact Finder question below).

The "followers" of the true Way of the one and only Messiah did so by genuinely doing what He commanded. They did not merely do as they please in His Name i.e. an "anything goes" perversion of Christianity that isn't Christianity at all.

"14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 KJV)

"8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12 KJV)

Merely claiming the Messiah's Name for whatever religious or political philosophy that one lusts for is a dead-end fraud.

"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14 KJV)

The danger does not end with knowing the Truth and living by it. For every day thereafter, the true Christian must endure the temptation of being drawn back into the dead-end darkness.

"2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them." (2 Peter 2:21 KJV)

"1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core." (Jude 1:11 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "repent" truly mean? Why are all arrogant rebel-minded people going to be incinerated in hell fire if they don't repent of their Satanic attitude?
See Why Repent? and The Soul That Repents Shall Live; also The Saviour Of All Repentant People and A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers; also The Declaration Of Repentance


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This Day In History, October 28

97: Roman Emperor Nerva was forced by the Praetorian Guard (the Emperor's bodyguards) to adopt General Marcus Ulpius Trajanus as his heir and successor (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

Emperor Nerva

306: Maxentius was proclaimed Roman Emperor. His reign lasted until he was defeated by Constantine (see the entry for 312 below).

312: Over the previous 24 hours, the Battle of Mulvian (or Milvian) Bridge over the Tiber River near Rome was fought. Constantine the Great defeated the forces of Maxentius to become the sole ruler of the western Roman empire.

Prior to the battle, Constantine claimed to have seen a vision of a cross (Christ was not crucified on a "Latin" cross - see The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?) in the sky with the words "In Hoc Signo Vinces" ("In this sign conquer"). After the victory, he nominally converted to Christianity, and was largely involved in the Romans' change from God's true and only Sabbath to the old Babylonian pagan "sun day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).

Constantine with Sol Invictus

900: King Alfred the Great of England died. Alfred defended England's sovereignty from Viking invasions. Alfred is one of only two English kings to have been given the title "Great."

Alfred

969: After a prolonged siege, Byzantine (east Roman Empire) forces ended 300 years of Arab rule in Antioch (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

Byzantine Empire

1216: King Henry III of England was crowned.

1420: Beijing was officially designated as the capital of China's Ming Dynasty.

China

1492: Christopher Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain. Contrary to propaganda myths, Columbus, an Italian, who was working for the king and queen of Spain, claimed land in the "new world" as colonies of the "old world" - Columbus had no intention of those lands ever being anything more than colonies of Spain. Nor was Columbus the first to discover the continent of North America; the Vikings of Scandinavia left behind physical proof of their being there centuries before Columbus (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Columbus

1628: After being besieged for months the Huguenots at La Rochelle capitulated to troops of the French crown under Cardinal Michelieu.

1636: English colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony founded a college at Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is known today as Harvard University.

1664: The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, was established. Marine military forces have existed since ancient times (see Send In The Marines).

Roman Marines

1740: Anna Ivanovna, empress of Russia 1730-1740, died at age 47.

1746: The Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao were destroyed by an earthquake, at least 18,000 killed.

1870: In the Franco-Prussian War, Strasbourg surrendered to Prussian forces.

1886: The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland. While most are aware that it was a gift from the Roman-Catholic people and government of France, very few are aware that the Statue of Liberty was a deliberate, as stated by its builders, reproduction of the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, idol-worshipping Rome's "goddess of freedom."

A 2,000 year-old Roman coin from 42 BC, from the era of the birth of the Roman Empire, seen below, shows Libertas (including the idol's name, the Latin Libertas, in English meaning "Lady Liberty" right on the coin); the face and the crown are identical to the Statue of Liberty.

Libertas

1891: An earthquake struck the Niphon Islands in Japan, killed 10,000 people and left 300,000 homeless.

1918: The Czechoslovak state came into being when the Prague national committee took over land upon the dissolution of Austria-Hungary.

1922: Fascist "Blackshirts" began a march on Rome which led 2 days later to a formation of an Italian government under Benito Mussolini.

1948: The modern-day national flag of "Israel" was adopted (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

1958: Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, patriarch of Venice, was elected as Pope John XXIII.

1971: By a vote of 356-244 the British House of Commons voted to join the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the end-time European Union (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1985: Sandinista rebel Daniel Ortega became President of Nicaragua.

2007: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the first woman to be elected President of Argentina.





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