1543 - Nicolaus Copernicus published proof of a sun-centered solar system.
1607 - Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia.
1610 - Sir Thomas Gates institutes "laws divine moral and marshal," a harsh civil code for Jamestown.
1624 - After years of unprofitable operation Virginia’s charter was revoked and it became a royal colony.
1689 - The English Parliament passed Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics were specifically excluded from exemption.
1738 - The Methodist Church was established.
1764 - Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounced "taxation without representation" and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.
1798 - Believing that a French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the British occupation.
1816 - Emamual Leutze was born in Germany. He was most famous for his paintings "Washington Crossing the Delaware" and "Columbus Before the Queen".
1822 - At the Battle of Pichincha, Bolivar secured independence of the Quito.
1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began service.
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was "What hath God wrought?"
1859 - Charles Gounod's "Ave Maria" was performed by Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho for the first time in public.
1863 - Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attacked a U.S. Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.
1878 - The first American bicycle race was held in Boston.
1881 - About 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ontario.
1883 - After 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.
1899 - The first public garage was opened by W.T. McCullough.
1913 - The U.S. Department of Labor entered into its first strike mediation. The dispute was between the Railroad Clerks of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.
1930 - Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly from England to Australia.
1931 - B&O Railroad began service with the first passenger train to have air conditioning throughout. The run was between New York City and Washington, DC.
1935 - The Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies in the first major league baseball game at night. The switch for the floodlights was thrown by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.
1941 - The HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic. Only three people survived.
1950 - ‘Sweetwater’ (Nat) Clifton’s contract was purchased by the New York Knicks. Sweetwater played for the Harlem Globetrotters and became the first black player in the NBA.
1954 - The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, NJ.
1958 - United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1961 - The Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
1962 - The officials of the National Football League ruled that halftime of regular season games would be cut to 15 minutes.
1967 - California Governor Ronald Reagan greeted Charles M. Schulz at the state capitol in observance of the legislature-proclaimed "Charles Schulz Day."
1974 - The last "Dean Martin Show" was seen on NBC. The show had been aired for 9 years.
1976 - Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
1980 - The International Court of Justice issued a final decision calling for the release of the hostages taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.
1983 - The Brooklyn Bridge's 100th birthday was celebrated.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate.
1986 - Montreal won its 23rd National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup championship.
1990 - The Edmonton Oilers won their fifth National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup.
1993 - Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posada Ocampo and six other people were killed at the Guadalajara, Mexico, airport in a shootout that involved drug gangs.
1993 - The Ethiopian province of Eritrea declared itself an independent nation.
1994 - The four men convicted of bombing the New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
1999 - 39 miners were killed in an underground gas explosion in the Ukraine.
2000 - Five people were killed and two others wounded when two gunmen entered a Wendy's restaurant in Flushing, Queens, New York. The gunmen tied up the victims in the basement and then shot them.
2000 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved permanent normal trade relations with China. China was not happy about some of the human rights conditions that had been attached by the U.S. lawmakers.
2000 - A Democratic Party event for Al Gore in Washington brought in $26.5 million. The amount set a new record, which had just been set the previous month by Republicans for Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
2001 - Temba Tsheri, 15, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2:1And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2:2And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. 2:3And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. 2:4And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. 2:5And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. 2:6And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said,As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. 2:7And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.2:8And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped ittogether, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.
“ And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; “
“ And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: ”
The Greek word “ kauchometha “ translated “ we glory “ means to vaunt, either in a good or bad sense, boast, joy, glory, rejoice. It means to brag about.
The Greek word “ thlupsesin “ ( and it is in the plural ) translated “ tribulations “ means pressure, tribulation, trouble, anguish, burden, persecution, affliction.
The truth is, what Paul said is reality in living for Jesus.
Jesus Himself promised a hundredfold to His faithful followers but even then, it comes with trouble;
“ Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. “ Mark 10:28-30
Yes my friend, Jesus added to all the blessings of money, lineage and eternal life… persecution;
“ with persecutions; “
This is what will throw the faith of many evangelicals from the gospel to “ apostasy “ before Jesus returns.
Be watching for my “ This week’s Sermon “ video on the topic of the Biblical truth of what Paul called “ apostasy.” I will explain it Biblically since it is presently happening today. According to Paul. apostasy is one of most important signs Jesus is returning.
Paul also said to those who believe in Jesus who actually try to live a life pleasing unto Him;
“ Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. “ 2 Timothy 3:12
“ Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; “ Titus 2:12
“ knowing that tribulation worketh patience; “
The Greek word “ hupomonen “ translated “ patience “ means cheerful, hopeful, endurance, constancy, patient continuance, waiting.
This is also contrary to today’s modern evangelical preaching, even since the 1500’s, and since the year 1836, and ever present today.
This is why Paul said to Timothy before his departure;
“ Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. “ 1 Timothy 6:12
“ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: “ 2 Timothy 4:7
“ Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. “ 1 John 2:24
And yes my friend, the Greek does say the conditional particle “ ean “ translated “ if “.
In other words, not all born again christians will remain in “ the faith “ to the end.
Jesus Himself said that not all will remain saved;
“ They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. “ Luke 8:13
And yes my friend, Jesus admitted that for a while they actually believed;
“ which for a while believe, “
In other words, they were saved to begin with.
Paul said that not only are we perfect, complete, whole, righteous, etc… we are also still waiting for all this;
“ But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. “ Romans 8:25
“ For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. “ Galatians 5:5
“ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. “ Matthew 7:21-23
Patience, as a result of enduring tribulations and afflictions can make us more grounded in " the faith."
" But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. " Matthew 24:13
So, to wrap up what Paul is saying in the verse of our study, troubles while even being a born again christian, being perfect, righteous, whole, complete, a saint, etc… can either make us anchored in Jesus to the end of life or like Demas, depart from Jesus.
The choice is ours.
Always keep your faith in Jesus.
I will continue with verse 4 in the next study.