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Monday, November 6 2017
The Straight Ways To Heaven or Hell
Strait: "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"
The English-language word "strait" originated from a Latin word, strictus, that meant a narrow passage. The words strict and constricted originated from the same word.
While "strait" is now commonly defined as "a narrow passage of water between two seas or oceans," it applies to any "narrow pass or passage" (definitions from The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary - an old, but timelessly-accurate, dignified dictionary that has not been perverted by present day iniquity in which many once-good and noble words now commonly mean something foul and degenerate; see also Iniquity In History And Prophecy and The First Rock Star).
"Strait" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced tsaw-rawr, that meant narrow, or specialized. It was that Hebrew word, as recorded in the New Testament with its Greek equivalent, that was used by the Messiah in His famous "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" (see also The Messiah's Teachings About Gates).
"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.
Straight: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight"
The English-language word "straight" originated from an Old English word, strecche, which meant to stretch (the English word "stretch" is a direct transliteration of the word), but came to mean, not only a straight line, but the closest distance between two points i.e. the original word meant to stretch a string tightly between two points, thereby giving a "straight" line. A plumb line, that is used to measure genuine uprightness (an ancient, but still used tool that the Messiah would almost certainly have used as a carpenter; see also Who Was The Carpenter That Built The Cross?), uses the same principle (see also The Lord's Plumb Line).
"Strait" and "straight" do not have the same literal meaning, nor do they from the perspective of the Holy Bible. People can live a "straight" life (i.e. living according a chosen path), but still not be living a "strait" life of actual obedience to the LORD. The saying "going straight to hell" is not Biblically inaccurate for those who are going in the wrong direction, or who compromise the LORD's Truth with their own lusts and man-made traditions while calling it Christianity (see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?).
"Straight" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced yaw-shawr, that means directly in the right direction. John the Baptist (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets) prepared the way of the Messiah's first coming by preaching the "straight" course, the right way - including to those "religious authorities" who claimed to already be doing so, while actually disobeying the Word of God (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
Once the right direction is set "straight" (aimed directly at salvation), then the "strait" life of living according to the LORD's Law is applied to it. Those who thereafter reject or pervert the straight and strait way are going to go "straight" to hell: "He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
King David lived a straight life (in the right direction) and a strait life (obeying what the LORD actually commanded; see On Course). David understood the destination of the one right direction and of the many wrong directions (see David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise).
"132:1 A Song of degrees.
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah teach about "gates"?
This Day In History, November 6
355: Roman Emperor Constantius II promoted his cousin Julian to the title of Caesar, assigning him to rule the Prefecture of the Gauls (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1429: Henry VI was crowned king of England, 7 years after succeeding to the throne at age 8 months.
1528: Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca became the first known European to set foot in what is today known as Texas.
Contrary to the popular myth that has been created and perpetuated by the Church of Rome and the U.S.A., the voyages of Christopher Columbus were limited to the Caribbean Sea area (see the actual voyages of Columbus on the second map below; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). The continent of North America itself was discovered by Vikings who landed on what is today the east coast of Canada - over 5 centuries before Columbus was even born.
Columbus was working for the fanatical Roman Catholic Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain (the king and queen that started the infamous "Spanish Inquisition"), while the Vikings were "protestant" - long before Martin Luther. The Church of Rome was responsible for selling the Columbus-was-first myth. Their religion was used to dictate history. Anyone who taught otherwise was declared a "heretic."
But why then was the blatant Columbus-was-first myth perpetuated by people who know the truth centuries later? Politics. Quoted from the article at livescience.com: "So why does the United States celebrate the guy who thought he found a nifty new route to Asia and the lands described by Marco Polo? This is because the early United States was fighting with England, not Spain. John Cabot (a.k.a. Giovanni Caboto, another Italian) "discovered" Newfoundland in England's name around 1497 and paved the way for England's colonization of most of North America. So the American colonialists instead turned to Columbus as their hero, not England's Cabot."
1572: A supernova (a newly-visible "star" caused by the explosion of an old star) was observed in the constellation Cassiopeia. Another example of a supernova remnant is the "Crab Nebula" show below; it was first observed and recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054.
1632: King Gustavus II of Sweden was killed during the Battle of Lutzen in the Thirty Years War.
1813: Mexico was declared independent of Spain.
1861: During the U.S. Civil War, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America.
1867: The first Parliament of Canada opened.
1889: The Eiffel Tower opened in Paris.
1913: Mohandas Ghandi was arrested in South Africa for leading an Indian miners march.
1917: During the First World War (1914-1918), the 5-month third Battle of Ypres ended when Canadian and Australian troops took Passchendaele. The advance of 5 miles cost 240,000 men.
1917: The beginning of the "October Revolution" by the Bolsheviks (October 25 according to the then-used Russian calendar), led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
1918: The Republic of Poland was proclaimed.
1923: During the time of out of control inflation in Germany, a single loaf of bread sold for over 100 billion Marks. Much of the inflation was caused by the government printing vast amounts of (eventually worthless) paper money to pay its vast government debt in which it couldn't afford to even pay the interest any longer.
1932: In German elections, the Nazis lost 34 seats and 2,000,000 votes but still remained the largest party in the Reichstag with 196 seats. Adolf Hitler was eventually elected President of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1935: The first flight of the Hawker Hurricane. Over 14,000 Hurricanes were built during the Second World War (1939-1945), including 1,400 built in Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires defeated Hitler's air forces in "the Battle of Britain."
1943: After over 2 years of German occupation, the Russians captured their city of Kiev.
1944: Walter Edward Guinness, first Lord Moyne, British Minister for Middle East Affairs, owner of the Guinness beverage company, was murdered by radical members of the Zionist "Stern Gang," named after its leader Avrahan Stern. With few exceptions, the "Zionists" were horror-stricken by the assassination. The 2 youths who committed the crime were placed on trial in Cairo in January 1945, and swiftly found guilty and hanged (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1962: The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning South Africa for its apartheid policies.
1991: A Canadian fire-fighting team extinguished the last of the 751 oil fires that had been started by Iraqi troops in Kuwait at the end of the Gulf War.
1996: Over 2,000 people were killed or lost at sea when a cyclone struck India's major crop-growing state of Andhra Pradesh.
1999: A referendum in Australia voted to retain the British monarch as head of state.