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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)

"5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21 KJV)

Adam and Eve

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?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

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. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." (Genesis 3:1-13 KJV)

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).

Elmer Gantry 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.

13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 13:5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee." (Deuteronomy 13:1-5 KJV)

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.

13:12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, 13:13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; 13:14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; 13:15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. 13:16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. 13:17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; 13:18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD thy God." (Deuteronomy 13:6-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why don't true prophets just preach their own word?
See The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Spirit Of All True Prophets


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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).

Spain

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.

Francis Drake

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.

First World War

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.

Challenger

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.


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