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Sunday, April 28 2019
A Bible Journey, 183: The LORD's Favorite Direction
"If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will He fetch thee"
The English-language word "prosper" originated from an ancient compound Latin (see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus) word, pro, which originally meant before, but later also came to mean for, or in favor of (i.e. before, as in to be for something - consider the multiple meanings), and spes, which meant hope. "Prosper" originally meant what comes before hope, or in the same context, to be for, or in favor of, hope.
"Prosper" is used to translate the actual Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced tsaw-lay-awkh, that meant to move forward favorably. It was that sort of "prosperity" that 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) gave the Israelites by means of "the land of milk and honey" (see the Fact Finder question below to understand the actual Biblical context of that term) if they would obey Him (see A Bible Journey, 122: The Salvation Training Manual).
The LORD's favorite, and favored, direction is when humanity chooses to go the way (see the Fact Finder question below) that brings them to Him.
"30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, 30:2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; 30:3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. 30:4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 30:5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. 30:7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. 30:8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. 30:9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: 30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul." (Deuteronomy 30:1-10 KJV)
The ancient Israelites (see Why Jesus Christ Created Israel), as well as every human being before (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq) and ever since (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?), have the blessing of "prosperity" within their grasp - by following the Way of the LORD to "the land of milk and honey" (see the Fact Finder question below).
"30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 30:12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 30:13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Fact Finder: What does "the land of milk and honey" actually mean in the Bible?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 28
357: Emperor Constantius II entered Rome for the first time after his victory over Magnus Magnentius (see also The Roman Border Walls Paradox).
1192: Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I), "King of Jerusalem," was assassinated in Tyre (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1282: The people of Palermo lead a revolt against French rule in Sicily.
1503: The French were defeated by the Spanish under Gonsalvo de Cordoba at the battle of Cerignola near Naples. It is regarded as the first battle in history won by weapons using gunpowder (see also The Rockets' Red Glare).
1521: In Germany, Protestant reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: "The authority of Scripture is greater than the comprehension of the whole of man's reason" (an ironic statement because, despite his "protest" against an immoral pope, Luther, and all of the "protestant" churches to this day maintain nearly all of the Church of Rome's anti-Bible doctrines e.g. Sun Worship).
1686: The first volume of Isaac Newton's Principia Mathamatic was published.
1760: One of the bloodiest battles in Canadian history. In an attempt to recapture Quebec City, Francois de Levis and his French force of 5,000 men attacked the British on the Plains of Abraham in what became known as the Battle of Ste-Foy. The British resorted to Quebec City, which they still held, and Levis was unable to take control of the city before British reinforcements arrived May 10. Levis was forced to retire to Montreal.
1770: Captain James Cook landed at what is today known as Botany Bay in Australia.
1789: Some of the members of the crew of the Bounty, led by the conniving and "ambitious" Fletcher Christian who lusted to be a "leader," mutinied against Captain William Bligh, and set the captain and 18 honorable crew members adrift in small boat on the open ocean - in which they amazingly made it to the island of Timor, a distance of over 3,600 nautical miles. Some of the cowardly and criminal mutineers settled on Pitcairn Island, east of Tahiti, where their descendants still live.
1792: France invaded the Austrian Netherlands (present-day Belgium), beginning the French Revolutionary War.
1817: Britain and the U.S. signed the Rush-Bagot Treaty, in which they agreed not to have guns or ships of war on the frontier waters of the Great Lakes.
1920: Azerbaijan joined the Soviet Union.
1944: Exercise "Tiger" ended with 750 U.S. soldiers dead in a D-Day rehearsal after their convoy ships were attacked by German torpedo boats off Slapton Sands, on the southwest coast of England.
1945: At the end of the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, 62, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were captured and shot by Italian partisans while attempting to flee to Switzerland. The next day, their mutilated corpses were hung from lamp posts at a gasoline station in Milan for public display (see When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?; see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1947: Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia.
1969: Charles de Gaulle resigned as president of France.
1974: At the end of the Vietnam civil war, the last U.S. military and diplomatic (i.e. CIA) personnel were evacuated from Saigon as the city was about to be taken by North Vietnamese forces.
1992: The body of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich Romanov, heir to the vacant Russian throne, was returned to St. Petersburg to be buried in the city of his czar ancestors.