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Thursday, April 4 2019
A Bible Journey, 166: The Prophets On Probation
"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die"
The English-language word "prove" originated from a Latin word, probare (the word probation is based on that word), that means to test, or to try.
"Prove" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced naw-saw, that means to measure, or to test, and the Greek word, pronounced dock-im-ad-zo, which means to examine, or to test.
An example of the Hebrew (from Exodus) and Greek (from 1 Thessalonians) words as translated with "prove":
"16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. 16:5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily." (Exodus 16:4-5 KJV)
The first humans became sinners because they believed the words of a false prophet, Satan himself, who prophesied that "Ye shall not surely die" if they rebelled against the Commandment of 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).
They didn't prove it as they had done with the LORD Himself from their obvious existence and their first-hand awareness of how they came to life (see Creation Day 6: Animals And Mankind). They simply accepted the word of the slick "whisperer" (see Why Is The Devil Called A Snake?) and made themselves ignorant ("ignorant" isn't a matter of not knowing something - it's a matter of ignoring what is known).
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
A false prophet can be proven so simply by comparing their word to the Word of God (see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans) - even if they have the ability to perform seeming "miracles" ("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. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before." (Matthew 24:23-25 KJV).
As with the example of Adam and Eve (see also How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?), there is another proving of and from a false prophet - the proof of righteous character, in those who remain true to the Word of God, or the proof of evil character, in those who allow themselves to be deceived after they know the Truth - "for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul."
"13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Satan often uses those who are yet deceived as the means to preach what is antichrist (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and Grace Is Not A Gift Of Lawlessness).
"13:6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 13:7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: 13:9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 13:10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13:11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.
Fact Finder: Why don't true prophets just preach their own word?
This Day In History, April 4
527: In Constantinople (named after Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs), a gravely-ill Justin crowned his nephew Justinian as co-emperor.
1147: The first historical record of Moscow (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1284: Alfonso X, king of Castile and Leon, died at age 63. His reign was dominated by a costly and unpopular attempt to become German king, and thereby the Holy Roman emperor (the official title of which was "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). Although he was actually elected German king in 1257, the Pope refused to accept the election, and Alfonso spent years fruitlessly pursuing the matter (see Emperors and Popes).
1460: The University of Basle in Switzerland was established.
1507: Future Protestant reformer Martin Luther, age 21, was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. Although Luther later rejected the leadership of the Papacy (because of the immoral behavior of the pope at the time), he nevertheless kept practically all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines, as do most of the "Protestant" churches to this day (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1541: Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits.
1581: English explorer and naval commander Frances Drake and his crew completed their circumnavigation of the world.
1687: James II ordered his Declaration of Indulgence read in church, allowing for full liberty of worship in England. It allowed peaceable meetings of nonconformists and forgave all penalties for ecclesiastical offenses.
1721: Sir Robert Walpole became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, under King George I.
1812: In his belligerent provocations that led to his declaring the start of the War of 1812-1814 (in which his publicly-stated goal was to obliterate Canada as a nation and annex the Canadian people and territory into the U.S. by conquest), U.S. President James Madison enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with Britain.
1905: An earthquake in Kangra India, killed 375,000 people.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the Battle of The Somme ended.
1939: Faisal II became King of Iraq.
1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), British troops captured Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1949: 12 nations - the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Portugal - founded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). West Germany, Greece, Turkey and Spain joined later.
1968: Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 39.
1975: Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1973: The World Trade Center in New York was officially dedicated.
1975: A U.S. Air Force C-5A Galaxy, transporting orphans out of the war zone that the U.S. created, crashed near Saigon, South Vietnam shortly after takeoff; 172 of the children died.
1983 The first launch of the space shuttle Challenger. It was in service for less than 3 years before exploding on January 28 1986 while attempting its tenth launch.
1984: U.S. President Ronald Reagan called for an international ban on chemical weapons (while declaring the U.S. exempt of any ban for reasons of "national security").
2002: The government of Angola signed an agreement with rebels to end the Angolan Civil War.