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Saturday, March 9 2019

A Bible Journey, 140: The Profit Prophets

"He took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel."

Balaam was a "prophet for profit" (see also What's The Bible Word For False Prophet?) who was hired by King Balak (the same principle is widespread in the "Christian" world today were "churches" employ people to preach what they're told - or else they are fired) to put a curse on the Israelites who sought only to pass through Moabite territory on the way to their own homeland on the other side of the Jordan (see A Bible Journey, 139: King Balak and The Diviner Balaam).

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) intervened however - giving the false prophet a true prophecy to deliver to his employer.

Elmer Gantry

"23:1 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams. 23:2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

23:3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And he went to an high place.

23:4 And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

23:5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

23:6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab. 23:7 And he took up his parable, and said,

Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel. 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? 23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. 23:10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

23:11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

23:12 And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?" (Numbers 23:1-12 KJV)

Balak did not welcome the truth that he was given by Balaam, so he demanded again that Balaam put a curse on the Israelites. Balaam replied, according to the command of the LORD with another parable that was also favorable to the Israelites.

"23:13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence. 23:14 And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

23:15 And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.

23:16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

23:17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the LORD spoken?

23:18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor: 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 23:20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. 23:21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. 23:23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

23:25 And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.

23:26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?" (Numbers 23:13-26 KJV)

Balak then had Balaam go "unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence." The result would be the same.

"23:27 And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence. 23:28 And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon.

23:29 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams. 23:30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar." (Numbers 23:27-30 KJV)

Fact Finder: In what way is a Biblical parable like a telescope mirror?
See Parabolic Prophecies


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This Day In History, March 9

141 BC: Liu Che, known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumed the throne of the Han Dynasty of China (see also The First Chinese American War).

China
632: The last public sermon of Muhammad, the founder of his religion of Islam (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1074: Pope Gregory VII excommunicated all married Roman Catholic priests (see also How Did Rome Change True Time?).

Europe
1230: Bulgarian tsar Ivan Asen II defeated Theodore of Epirus at the Battle of Klokotnitsa.

1276: Augsburg became an Imperial Free City.

1496: Jews were expelled from Carintha, Austria.

1796: Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais, widow of a French officer who was executed during the revolution.

1812: Swedish Pomerania was taken by Napoleon.

1831: The French Foreign Legion was founded in Algeria by King Louis Philippe.

1873: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was established.

Mountie

1888: Wilhelm I, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia from 1861, died.

1916: Pancho Villa and 1,500 Mexican cavalry troops raided New Mexico.

Mexico

1933: State Police ("Gestapo" is the German abbreviation for "the State Police") in Nazi Germany opened the Dachau concentration camp, near Munich (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).

1936: The German press warned that all Jews who voted in the upcoming elections would be arrested (see also The Character Assassins).

1945: The Bombing of Tokyo by the U.S. Army Air Force began; it became one of the most destructive bombing raids in history (prior to the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan later that year; see Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).

1961: The Russian Sputnik 9 carried a dog into orbit. Dozens of dogs were launched into space prior to manned space flight. Most survived, although one in particular, Laika, was deliberately allowed to die to test the effects of a used up oxygen supply.

Dogs

1968: U.S. General William Westmoreland requested 206,000 more U.S. 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).

Vietnam
1986: U.S. Navy divers found the intact crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger, along with the remains of the astronauts, nearly 6 weeks after the failed launch. While many at first believed that the crew compartment had been disintegrated by the explosion, it actually was just sheered away from the rest of the vehicle and plummeted, with the crew still alive (crew members were found having deployed emergency equipment that would only have been used after a catastrophic event), until it struck the ocean surface at hundreds of miles per hour.

1992: Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin died at age 78. He and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt were awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1978 for the Camp David Peace Accord.

1995: A Canadian Coast Guard ship fired upon and arrested the fleeing Spanish ship Estai after pursuing it out into international waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The Spanish ship was observed violating Canadian law within Canadian waters; as well, a Canadian Navy submarine later recovered the net that the Spanish ship cut while being pursued and found it to have an illegal small-mesh liner that was "vacuuming the ocean" of fish of all sizes, thereby exterminating future fish stocks.

The seizure of the Spanish ship and its crew led to weeks of political tension and an escalating high-seas warship standoff between Canada and the rising-superpower European Union (which forced Britain to chose between its European Union membership and "the Canadians that have always been there for us during two world wars" - to which the British government chose Canada; as well, during the crisis hundreds of British fishing boats flew Canadian flags while working off the coast of Europe).

1997: A solar eclipse permitted people in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia to see the Hale-Bopp Comet during the day.

2010: The first homosexual "marriages" in Washington, D.C. were conducted.

2011: The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final landing after 39 flights.





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