Wednesday, October 7, 2015
HEB 6:10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
Point 4. The Relationship between the Pivot of Believers toward The Jews And The Nation Of Israel.
1CO 10:6 Now these things [their divine discipline and ultimately the sin unto death] happened as examples for us, that we should not
lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
Why did God place the nation of Israel under divine discipline for approximately 2,018 years from 70 AD when Titus came down from Rome and destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish temple until 1948 when Israel became a nation again.
They were also placed under discipline because they had rejected their true and only Messiah, TLJC.
JOH 1:11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
MAT 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
MAT 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. "
They also misrepresented character and nature of God by adding works and self-righteousness to the plan of God; ROM 4:17-24.
Then they added the law to the Church-age according to ROM 10:2-4.
These are just some of the principles that the pivotal believer must learn from the nation Israel when they failed being under the Law and the Jews who failed to fulfill their responsibilities to God.
Israel was founded on God’s word, dedicated to His will, and set apart for His purposes.
ISA 43:21 "The people whom I formed for Myself, Will declare My praise.
God blessed them with prosperity, power, security, peace, and a place at the head of nations.
Jannes and Jambres were the two chief magicians who withstood Moses and Aaron in Exodus 7, when Pharaoh asked Aaron to do a miracle in front of him to prove that God was with the Jews.
Pharaoh summoned his so-called wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:
Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake.
But, "Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs” (EXO 7:10-12), and under the first mention principle it illustrated that the plan of God would destroy the work of Satan.
1JO 3:8b The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
According to one commentator, the two magicians left Egypt with the Israelites after the first Passover and were later instrumental in promoting the worship of the golden calf that Aaron made (Exo 32).
GAL 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.
1CO 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."
2Ti 3 = to remind us of the fact that we live in a day an age and in a time of human history in our nation that if believers do not become a part of the pivot, we are going to be in real trouble as a nation.
"As goes the believer, so goes the nation."
He knew one of them was Jehovah Elohim, that is The Lord God, appearing as a Theophany, which is an Old Testament manifestation of TLJC, the only member of the Trinity who can be seen.
We will compromise between the estimate of 600 to 1200 and estimate the population of Sodom to be around 900.
The names Sodom and Gomorrah are actually bywords in our modern society used especially for a wicked place, especially in the sexual realm.
Pastors are sometimes said to be preaching "fire and brimstone" when they talk about sexual sins because the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with "fire and brimstone."
We also have the legal term sodomy for unnatural sex acts.
JUD 1:7 Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.
"going after strange flesh" = bestiality, having illicit sex with strangers, having sex with angels, but most often God's destruction of the populations of the four cities is interpreted to mean homosexuality.
EZE 16:48-50, "As I live," declares the Lord God, "Sodom, your sister, and her daughters, have not done as you and your daughters have done. Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food, and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it."
Using our estimate of 900 people populating Sodom, there were not even 10 righteous believers found in Sodom, which would have been a pivot of about 1 %.
We are forced to conclude that if the pivot of believers is as low as 1% , that because of them God would spare their nation.
"A nation that does not learn from history, is bound to repeat it."
As Hegel said If we have learned anything from history, it is that we have learned nothing from history.
Aldous Huxley said "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history."
Another epigram is that "History repeats itself because no one was listening the first time."
"If we do not learn from the mistakes of history, we are doomed to repeat them."
"Will America Learn from Rome?" by Art Fisher.
"It is evident that the United States has ignored the lessons of the past and has trodden the same road that led to the decline and fall of great nations like Carthage, Greece, and Rome."
1. No nation has survived its greatness beyond 50 years once it lost its first war.
2. Every nation that has neglected or refused to stand by and defend its allies has perished.
3. Every nation that has compromised with its enemies eventually finds itself "conquered by" or "left at the mercy of its enemies."
4. Every nation that openly condoned sexual deviancy ended up on the dung heap of "has-been" empires.
5. Every nation that refused to execute its capital crime offenders succumbed to a lawless society before losing its sovereignty and status as a nation.
Every 6 seconds = major crime.Every 30 seconds = personal assaults.Every 50 seconds = robbery.Every 6 minutes = a rape.Every 22 minutes = a murder.
6. Without exception, when a nation's people turn their back on morals, that nation always falls back into a state of slavery and tyranny.
7. Whenever a nation fails to support its military as a protector of national freedom, politicians always bring forth tyranny and use the military to enslave the nation's citizens.
Abraham Lincoln - America would never fall by an overwhelming enemy invasion from without, unless the people from within, failed to maintain the strength, morals, and foundations this "republic" was founded upon.
Professor Alexander Fraser Tytler - "A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government; it can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves gifts and benefits, such as welfare, out of the public treasury."
From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that Democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship."
a. The Romans had become corrupted by their wealth, prosperity, and materialism, it being the criteria for their social and political status.
b. The population of the cities, especially in Rome, was decreasing.
c. The Free Farmer class had literally disappeared, due to Rome's interference with trade and farm programs.
All the food was being imported, even from some of Rome's enemies.
d. The cost of living was sky high with inflation sweeping the land. The cost of government stole a major portion of the people's prosperity and existence.
e. Government promoted welfare programs, supported many thousands of people. Unemployment was rampant; as Rome perpetuated its welfare state.
f. Government intrusion into the lives and privacy of the people accelerated as Rome sent hundreds of information gatherers and tax collectors, using the pretext that it was necessary in order to help the people.
g. The economy was in constant upheaval. Since Rome had gone off the gold and silver standard, the money was unstable and continuously being devalued.
h. Manufacturing continued to decline, world trade dwindled. Imports far exceeded exports.
i. The Roman government offered free land, if the people would only farm it.
The people preferred 'the government handouts of "free bread and circuses."
j. Immorality, greed, and fear swept the land like wildfire, as crime of every category increased at a rapid pace.
k. Taxation increased by leaps and bounds, along with the confiscation of property. Imprisonment and even death were the result of not being able to pay the taxes.
l. The people turned from morality. Those who didn't were persecuted.
The barbarian tribes to the north and east of Rome saw that the Empire was weakening from internal turmoil and dissension.
Rome was forced to fight many wars to keep her enemies from invading and entering the Empire.
Pacifism and cowardice became rampant.
Rome had refrained from supporting her allies in the time of need, which contributed to the loss of Rome's outer perimeters of defense.
The combination of internal strife with the onslaughts of the Barbarians ultimately toppled Rome. The Roman Empire ended in 476 AD.