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Thursday, March 8 2018
"Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things ... Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."
Satan (see also What Is Satan's Real Name? and Satan's Sandals) created sinners with the very same vanity that made him a sinner ("28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness" Ezekiel 28:17 KJV) - vain beauty that corrupts wisdom. Notice how the words used are even the same.
"3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:6 KJV)
From that time on, carnal-minded humanity (humans were created sinless - that is the true "human nature" that needs to the recovered and restored) became "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" all of the time, just like Adam and Eve, declaring that there is nothing wrong if "I do it." But while humans can deceive themselves, and other humans, the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) cannot be deceived: "I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings."
"17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
So it has been that carnal-minded humanity, left to itself, demands the lies that feed the narcissism ("An exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself" The WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University). Even when Truth is made evident, they "Say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits" (see also Why Are True Prophets Hated? Why Are False Prophets Loved?).
"30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." (Isaiah 30:9-11 KJV)
The Holy Spirit makes possible a cleansing from Satanic vanity (see The Cure For Confusion). But therein comes the greater danger because it's no longer just a matter of lies appealing to carnal egotism - it's a threat to blaspheme the Holy Spirit by committing the unpardonable sin (see the Fact Finder question below). Merely claiming the Messiah's Title ("the Christ" i.e. Christian; see also Where Believers Were First Called Christians) does not make one a genuine Christian if God's Truth of the genuine Gospel is not obeyed (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and Strait And Straight).
"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.
Once the Truth is known, the Messiah warns "Take heed that no man deceive you."
"24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:4-5 KJV)
In the end, the vanity of deception will reach its peak: "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders."
"24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:23-24 KJV)
The apostle Paul frequently encountered those who "pervert the gospel of Christ" and lured people, who knew better, into a love of self.
"1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Notice how Paul referred specifically to the "It's not wrong if I do it" vanity that caused the first humans to repeat Satan's fall into sin, "as the serpent beguiled Eve" (see also Eve Was Created From Adam; What Woman Was Created From Jesus Christ?).
"11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (2 Corinthians 11:3-4 KJV)
And again, the beauty that can be misused to dazzle those with a vanity-receptive heart.
"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV)
Fact Finder: How and why did the Messiah classify the Ten Commandments into "Two Great Commandments"??
This Day In History, March 8
1126: Alfonso VII was proclaimed king of Castile and Leon (see map of Spain below).
1576: Spanish explorer Diego Garcia de Palacio first sighted the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copan.
1618: Johann Kepler discovered what humans call the third Law of Planetary Motion (see also The First Scientist).
1702: King William III of England was killed in a riding accident at age 52. Queen Ann became the English monarch.
1736: Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, was crowned Shah of Persia (Persia became known as Iran in the 1920s; see also How Hadassah Of Benjamin Became The Queen Of Persia and The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).
1765: One-quarter of Montreal, Quebec was destroyed by fire.
1782: The Gnadenhutten massacre. 96 Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity, were murdered by Pennsylvania militiamen in supposed retaliation for raids carried out by other "Indians" (see also The First Chinese American War).
1801: During the Napoleonic Wars, the British forces under Ralph Abercromby captured Aboukir Bay from the French. Abercromby was killed in the battle (Britain put only a small fraction of its military forces into the War of 1812-14 against the U.S.; the bulk of the British army and navy was involved in fighting Napoleon's French Empire in Europe and Africa e.g. British Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French fleet at Trafalgar and Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo).
1917: Riots and strikes in St. Petersburg marked the beginning of the communist revolution against Czar Nicholas II in Russia.
1921: Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato was assassinated in Madrid.
1921: Following Germany's failure to pay reparations from the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), French troops occupied Duesseldorf and other towns in the Ruhr.
1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Japanese forces entered Rangoon, Burma, the day after British forces evacuated (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1948: The U.S. Supreme Court ("In God We Trust") ruled that religious teaching in public schools violated the U.S. Constitution.
1965: 4,000 U.S. marines (marine troops have been known for over 2,000 years, in ancient China and Greece; today, about 60 countries have marines; see Send In The Marines) arrived at Da Nang in South Vietnam to become the first U.S. combat troops to become involved in the Vietnam civil war. Earlier French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade.
1983: U.S. President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire." The Soviets responded by calling the U.S. an "evil empire." History will be the judge of who was right.
2004: A new constitution of Iraq was signed by the U.S.-installed "Governing Council." The puppet regime was however unable to stop the insurgency that demanded genuine independence for Iraq.
2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.