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Tuesday, March 20 2018
When Life Will Triumph
"For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death"
The first mention of death in human history was the warning by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) to the first humans of what would happen to them if they chose to become losers by disobeying His Law.
"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:15-17 KJV)
Humanity remained without the means of redemption until the Sacrifice of the Messiah, Who died for all who would do what the first humans refused to do - obey His Law, rather than the "dead works" of rebellion and man-made lawless religions (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy). That is what the Judgment Day is all about (see Who Can Be Saved? and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
"1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:" (2 Timothy 1:9-10 KJV)
When all is done, the Kingdom of God on Earth (as millions of people recite in the LORD's Prayer: "Thy Kingdom come..."; see The First And Last Nation) will be a place of eternal life, in which death itself will have been put to death. Those who choose to be dead, by their defiant refusal to repent and truly obey the LORD when they have every means and opportunity to do so, will not merely be made dead, because death itself will no longer exist, but rather it will be as though they never existed. Oblivion, not just death: "65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." (Isaiah 65:17 KJV)
"15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (1 Corinthians 15:22-26 KJV)
The people of ancient Israel who failed to reach their destination will yet also have the means and opportunity to finish their journey: "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes" (see also The Seasons Of The Firstfruits and The Return Of The King).
"13:1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died. 13:2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves. 13:3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.
Fact Finder: What two true Christian Holy Days prophesy the resurrections of the dead and the final Judgment of those who refuse to repent?
This Day In History, March 20
141: The 6th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a comet or planet when it is closest to the sun) passage of what was later named Halley's Comet (named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, 1656-1742) (see also The Christian Universe and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain).
235: Maximinus Thrax was proclaimed Emperor of Rome. He was the first foreigner (he was born in the Balkans of northern Greece) to hold the Roman throne, and the first Roman Emperor to have never been in Rome (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1413: King Henry IV of England died. He was succeeded by Henry V.
1568: Albert (German, Albrecht) died at age 78. The Protestant German ruler was known chiefly for ending the Teutonic knights government of East Prussia (as advised by Martin Luther) and founding a hereditary dukedom in its place. For that, he was placed under the ban of the empire by Emperor Charles V (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1602: The Dutch East India Company was established. It became one of the world's most powerful companies over its 96-year history.
1616: Sir Walter Raleigh was freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment for plotting-for-profit (a 160,000 pound bribe from the government of Spain) a "regime change" against King James I (after whom the King James Version of the Bible is named). After further subversive activity, Raleigh was executed in 1618.
1727: Sir Isaac Newton died at age 84. The English mathematician and physicist was best-known for developing calculus and for his studies of the Creator's laws of physics that governed motion.
1792: The French Legislative Assembly approved the use of the guillotine for executions.
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris after his return from Elba, beginning his "Hundred Days" reign before his defeat at Waterloo in Belgium.
1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was first published in book form.
1916: In Switzerland, German-born Albert Einstein published his now-famous general theory of relativity.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918), the U.S. took over Dutch merchant vessels lying in U.S. waters (the U.S. did not enter the war itself until 1917, more than half-way through the war).
1922: The converted navy coal carrier USS Jupiter was re-commissioned as the USS Langley to become the first U.S. aircraft carrier. Japan launched the first purposely-built aircraft carrier, the Hosyo, that same year. During the Second World War (1939-1945), the U.S. and Japan lost numerous aircraft carriers in battle. Japan lost over 20 aircraft carriers (including those that were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941), while the U.S. lost over 12 (including the Hornet, Langley, Lexington, Princeton, Wasp and Yorktown).
1948: The Soviet Union, in response to the signing of the "Brussels Treaty" 3 days earlier, withdrew from the Allied Control Council, ending all formal four-power control of Germany (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1956: Tunisia became independent from France.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson ordered 4,000 troops in to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers.
1974: An attempt was made to kidnap Britain's Princess Anne in The Mall, London.
1985: Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen began his circumnavigation of the Earth in a wheelchair for spinal cord injury medical research.
1990: Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos's widow, Imelda Marcos, went on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
1996: The British government announced that mad cow disease could probably be transmitted to humans.
2003: The U.S. began the bombing and invasion of Iraq with the stated purpose of seizing Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction." After a million people of Iraq were killed or maimed, no such weapons were ever found to actually exist.