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Monday, November 12 2018
A Bible Journey, 72: The Perfect Law Of Liberty
"But whoso looketh into the perfect Law of Liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed"
The English-language word "liberty" originated from a French word, liberte, which itself originated from a Latin word, libertas. "Liberty" is now usually declared to mean "personal freedom from servitude, confinement, or oppression." The English word liberal originated from the same root word as liberty.
As with so many other things, during their turn in the sun (as prophesied, all human empires fall - see The Empires Of Bible History And Prophecy), the ancient Romans had their version of liberty. They in fact made an idol out of their "lady liberty" - a Roman coin of it is shown below. The idol was a favorite of Julius Caesar who transformed the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar and The Origin Of Politics and Republics and The Character Assassins).
The Holy Scriptures have much to say about the two kinds of liberty that humans may choose for themselves (see also What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
The first, Godly lawful liberty, is the one in which everyone is truly free because of the rights that the Law of God guarantees them. The Law and Rights of God are truly inalienable - no politician, rebel or criminal (all three usually exist as one when it comes to attempting to rebel against God's Law) can interfere with them.
The second, Satanic lawless liberty, is the one in which everyone is "free" to do whatever they please, to whomever they please - a "law of the jungle" predatory freedom (if cancer could talk, its favorite word would be that sort of malignant "freedom" to go wherever it wants and do whatever it wants when it gets there - while also destroying itself in the process).
The Messiah's Ten Commandments (see A Bible Journey, 70: The Christian Ten Commandments) provide humanity with the inalienable rights to be truly free of harm to themselves or their property. Those rights are made possible by the responsibility to obey God's Law. Unlike Satanic liberalism (i.e. lawless liberty - regardless of whether or not violators call themselves "conservative" while they are doing it - see the Fact Finder question below), the people of the LORD are set free by the Law of God, not from the Law of God - as the now-lost loser Satan tried to do with this rebellion.
The liberated, but subject to the Law of the LORD Israelites (see A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson) were also given many object-lesson examples, not only how to do right, but how to make right from a wrong. People who did wrong were forgiven because there was not only forgiveness, but restitution. Those who forgave did not do so at their own expense; those who did wrong did not do so without expense.
"22:1 If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) is a defender of the weak (a relative term), for "If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry."
"22:16 And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. 22:17 If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.
Fact Finder: Is good or evil based upon man's "liberal" or "conservative" politics?
This Day In History, November 12
764: Tibetan troops occupied Chang'an, the capital of China's Tang Dynasty (see also The First Chinese American War).
1035: King Canute of Denmark (ruled England, Norway and Denmark) died at age 40.
1439: Plymouth, England, became the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.
1812: In their retreat from Moscow, the remnants of Napoleon's "Grand Army" crossed the River Berezina; 10,000 sick or wounded were left behind to die (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1833: A meteorite deluge occurred, estimated at 1,000 per minute. Scientists believe that about 25,000,000 enter earth's atmosphere each day (see also When Space Rocks Collide With Earth).
1859: In Paris, France, the first flying trapeze act was performed, by Jules Leotard at the Cirque Napoleon, without a safety net. The body-hugging costume he used was later named after him - leotards.
1867: A major eruption of Mount Vesuvius (one of many in history) in Italy began and lasted for several months.
1912: A search party found the remains of British explorer Robert Scott and his companions after their ill-fated South Pole expedition.
1918: The day after the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars) armistice, Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary abdicated, making Austria a republic.
1923: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) was arrested for his failed "Beer Hall Putsch" 4 days earlier. Hitler was nevertheless elected as the President of Germany a few years later.
1933: The Nazi Party and their leader Adolf Hitler received 92% of the vote in the German election ( (see What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It? and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator)s).
1938: High-ranking Nazi official Hermann Goering stated that Madagascar should become a Jewish homeland.
1939: The occupying Nazi forces in Poland ordered Jews to wear yellow arm bands.
1942: The British 8th Army under General Bernard Montgomery captured Tobruk in Libya, taking over 30,000 German prisoners (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1944: The German battleship Tirpitz, sister ship of the Bismarck and Hitler's last major warship, was sunk by Lancaster bombers at Tromso Fjord in northern Norway.
1948: In the aftermath of the Second World War (1939-1945; see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?), Japanese Prime Minister Hikedi Tojo and 7 others were sentenced to hang by a U.S. war crimes court for "breaching laws and customs of war." Among the specified war crimes for which they were convicted and sentenced to death by U.S. judges was the waterboarding torture of prisoners - the very same form of torture used in the present-day "war on terror."
Waterboarding was actually invented during the Church of Rome's "Inquisition" in which people were tortured into "conversion."
1968: The U.S. Supreme Court overturned an Arkansas law that banned the teaching of evolution in U.S. public schools (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1969: After the "classified" incident was made public by independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the U.S. Army announced that it was investigating Lt. William Calley for his ordering the massacre of over 500 Vietnamese civilians (unarmed old men, women and babies) in their village of My Lai in March 1968. Calley was later convicted of the war crimes, but was quietly released from custody not long afterward.
Among those present that day that are awaiting the LORD's justice for their war crimes will not be Hugh Thompson. The U.S. Army helicopter pilot from Atlanta, Georgia, at age 24, along with his crew, stopped the infamous U.S. massacre at My Lai by landing his helicopter between the Vietnamese men, women and children and the U.S. troops who had already murdered about 500 of them. Thompson ordered his two door gunners to open fire on the U.S. troops if they didn't stop their murders of helpless women and children. Hugh Thompson was ostracized at the time, but is now regarded as an extremely courageous and honorable warrior - a genuine hero. Hugh Thompson died in 2006 at age 62.
1970: A cyclone and tidal wave in East Pakistan killed over 200,000 people (see The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
1982: Yuri Andropov was elected First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party following the death of Leonid Brezhnev.