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Saturday, November 4 2017
The Fruit Prophecies
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits ... And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire"
In nature, "fruit" is the seed-bearing culmination of flowering plants. The purpose of fruit, apart from those that are edible, is to produce the seed that will carry life beyond the death of the plant that produced the fruit. It's the reason that "producing fruit" is used to describe the harvest of salvation (see The Harvests Of Salvation; also Let Both Grow Together Until The Harvest).
But not all fruit or seed is good. Some fruit cannot be eaten because of bad or bitter taste, while some are actually poisonous regardless of how they taste.
Appearance alone is not what makes "good fruit" - salvation is not just a show, or a loud-mouth declaration, of self-righteousness.
Seed too must be good - it cannot simply be the means of producing more bad fruit whose destiny is to rot or burn. That fact of nature is also a fact of salvation as warned by John the Baptist (see also The Miraculous Birth Of John The Baptist) to the unrepentant people who came to him among those who truly were repenting. They sought to learn the Gospel, but only then to live it in their own way - using up "good soil" to produce "bad fruit."
"3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
The Messiah reiterated the warning. Notice that His famous "wolves in sheep's clothing" was actually based upon what those who bear bad fruit do with it (see also The Seed Parables).
"7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
So too the parable of the sower in which good fruit can become bad (see Biblical Eras: The Rise And Fall Of The First Family).
"13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
This Day In History, November 4
1307: The Swiss Confederation declared independence from Austria (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1493: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Guadeloupe (it wasn't a discovery to the native people who were already there) during his second voyage to the "New World." The four voyages of Columbus were actually all limited to the islands area of the Caribbean Sea (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
Continental America was actually discovered by Vikings, over 500 years before Columbus was even born, with their landings on what is today the east coast of Canada.
1520: Christian II of Denmark was crowned king of Sweden.
1576: During the Eighty Years' War, the Spanish defeated the Walloons and took Antwerp (in what is today Belgium).
1605: The Gunpowder Plot (also known as the Gunpowder Treason Plot, or the Jesuit Treason) to blow up the British Houses of Parliament was discovered (see also The Rockets' Red Glare).
1646: English colonists in the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law making it illegal to deny that the Bible was the Word of God (see also What Does Word of God Mean To You?). The penalty for violators was execution (see also The Pilgrims).
1760: Frederick II of Prussia defeated Austrian forces at the Battle of Torgau.
1847: Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.
1854: During the Crimean War (1853-1856), the famous Florence Nightingale and a team of 38 other English nurses arrived in the Crimea to set up a military hospital for British troops there. The Crimean War was a major conflict from which the Russian Empire was defeated by the forces of the Ottoman Empire (centered on Turkey), Britain France and Sardinia.
1862: Richard Gatling of North Carolina patented his hand-cranked "machine gun." It was later known as the "Gatling Gun."
1890: The first electrified underground railway was officially opened in London, England.
1921: Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi was assassinated in Tokyo.
1922: British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamen (see also The Israelites Of The Pharaoh's Palace).
1942: British and Commonwealth forces under Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery defeated German forces under Erwin Rommel after the 12-day Battle of El Alamein.
1956: Soviet military forces occupied Budapest and crushed the Hungarian uprising; over 10,000 Hungarians died in the brief revolution, and another 200,000 fled. Imre Nagy was ousted as prime minister and was replaced by Janos Kadar.
1966: A British newspaper quoted John Lennon as saying that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." The statement was rightfully regarded as arrogant blasphemy by many people (see also Blaspheming The Name Of God), resulting in worldwide protests where Beatle records were sometimes burned.
1979: In response to the Shah of Iran (a CIA-backed dictator) being given exile by the U.S. after he fled the country, Iranian militants invaded the U.S. Embassy in Teheran, beginning the 444-day Iran Hostage Crisis. They demanded the return of the Shah in exchange for the hostages.
1995: Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah), was assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv by Yigal Amir, a young right-wing Jewish Orthodox (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism) extremist.
2008: Barack Obama became the first black man to be elected President of the U.S.