What is Freedom?
By: Herschel Lyda 5/01/2005
I didn't have a choice of being born or of my status in life. God and my parentage assigned it to me. Then God gave us all, the freedom to choose to exist (live) or not (die).
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
It is a free choice without any coercion or adverse persuasion. That is the ultimate freedom, the right to choose your destiny without retribution.
I didn't have a choice of being born in these United States or any other nation. God and parentage assigned it to me. Now I have the freedom to choose where on this beautiful earth, I want to live or not. I still choose these United States because of all nations, it is the one that gives me the most freedoms. Freedom to live right or freedom to live wrong, it is my choice.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
We as a nation also have the same freedoms. We have the freedom to live according to God's commandments and statutes or the freedom to live rejecting God and his way of life. If we as a nation accept him, we must also accept his precepts and live thereby. If we do, we will be blessed beyond all comprehension. But if we as a nation claim to accept God but do not live by his precepts, we will be punished by all the plagues of Egypt.
Exodus 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur, and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
25 And he cried unto the Lord, and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
26 and said, If thou wilt diligentlly hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
Deuteronomy 7:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
13 and he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
15 And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
21 The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to posses it.
22 The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
27 The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
Deuteronomy 28:59 Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
Leviticus 26:21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
AIDS - It is now generally accepted that HIV is a descendant of simian (monkey) immunodeficiency virus (SIV). For example HIV-2 corresponds to a simian immunodeficiency virus found in the sooty mangabey monkey (SIVsm), sometimes known as the green monkey, which is indigenous to western Africa. http://www.avert.org/origins.htmlWEST NILE VIRUS - West Nile virus was first isolated from a febrile adult woman in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937. The ecology was characterized in Egypt in the 1950s. The virus became recognized as a cause of severe human meningitis or encephalitis (inflammation of the spinal cord and brain) in elderly patients during an outbreak in Israel in 1957. Equine disease was first noted in Egypt and France in the early 1960s. WNV first appeared in North America in 1999, with encephalitis reported in humans and horses. The subsequent spread in the United States is an important milestone in the evolving history of this virus. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/background.html KILLER BEES - The ancestors of the Africanized bee live throughout Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. African bees were accidentally introduced into the wild in South and North America during 1956.http://www.insecta-inspecta.com/bees/killer/
POX: SMALL; MONKEY; CHICKEN; ETC. - any of various diseases characterized by skin eruptions. The diseases caused by poxviruses, particularly smallpox have long been feared as agents of terrible illness. Even during the Egyptian empire, smallpox was known and it is believed that the Pharoah Ramses V died of the disease in 1157 B.C.
The incidence of human monkey pox was discovered in West and Central Africa in the early 1970's. Smallpox had already been eradicated from these regions, but the signs and symptoms were very similar.The human disease of monkeypox has been cosidered a rare zoonosis, and though vaccinia can prevent the development of disease, it is so rare vaccination is believed unnecessary. http://www.stanford.edu/group/virus/1999/reynafue/history.html
MED FLY - Mediterranean fruit fly. It is one of the world's most destructive fruit pests. The species originated in sub-Saharan Africa and is not known to be established in the United States. Mediterranean fruit fly infestations in the United States have occurred in Hawaii since 1910; in Florida from April 1929 to July 1930, April 1956 to November 1957, June 1962 to February 1963, June to August 1963, 3-14 August 1981, and April to August 1998, with one or two flies found in various counties during 1967, 1983 to 1988, 1990 to 1991 and in May to October 1997; in Texas from June to July 1966; and in California in 1975, and chronically after 1980. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/fruit/mediterranean_fruit_fly.html
9/11 - The world's largest terrorist act; part of the terrorists came from Egypt led by Mohammed Atta al Sayed (September 1, 1968 - September 11, 2001). he was named by the FBI as the suicide pilot of the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center in the September 11, 2001 Terrorist attacks. he is now believed to have been the leader of the attacks. Atta was born September 1, 1968 in Kafr El Sheikh, a city in the Nile Delta in Egypt. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Atta
HEMORRHOID - The earliest record of hemorrhoids comes from Egyptian Papyrus dated at 1700 BC. The document recorded the first treatment for pile. The Egyptians concocted "an ointment of great protection". http://www.hemorrhoidsinplainenglish.com/hemorrhoid/history-surgery.html
THE DESERT LOCUST
A. This species of grasshopper inhabits the dry areas of northern Africa.
B. Periodically, populations build up to enormous levels and swarms of individuals take off. This is called mass streamaway and the locusts are in search of food to sustain themselves. According to the University of Florida Book of Insect Records (http://ufbir.ifas.ufl.edu), the desert locust holds the records for both largest swarm and longest migration.
1. In early 1954, a swarm that invaded Kenya covered an area of 200 km2. The estimated density was 50 million individuals per square kilometer, giving a total number of 10 billion individuals in that swarm.
2. Swarms are maintained as cohesive units for days or weeks over thousands of miles. During October of 1988, many individuals were found along a front reaching north from the island of St. Croix in the West Indies, and south to the eastern coasts of the South American Countries of Surinam and Guyana. These individuals were arriving with a subtropical wave of low pressure that later spawned a hurricane. The distance traveled from the west coast of Africa to the islands of the West Indies was 4500 km.
3. Swarms of Desert Locust have been recorded in every year since 1860. The longest plague period lasted from 1950-1962.
Nineteenth century locust encounters in the U.S.
1. Pioneers who settled the Great Plains were hardy folk, inured to summer drought and winter blizzards. But the plague of grasshoppers in the 1870s was outside of their experience. Melanoplus spretus, the Rocky Mountain grasshopper. Cut a swath from the Dakotas to northern Texas.
2. These were so bad that swarms could stop a train. Railroad workers had to shovel the pests from the warm rails they were attracted to, because it made them so slippery the locomotive wheels could not gain enough traction to pull the train. The same thing was reported for trains in South Africa in the 1960ís http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:onLgDM6aqrYJ:entomology.wisc.edu/bugnet/Lecture%252031%25202003%2520grasshoppers.pdf+%22history+of+locusts+%22&hl=en
TUBERCULOSIS - Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been present in the human population since antiquity - fragments of the spinal column from Egyptian mummies from 2400 BCE show definite pathological signs of tubercular decay. http://www.umdnj.edu/~ntbcweb/history.html
LEPROSY - We know nothing certain about the origins of leprosy, except that it is old, very old. An account of a disease that could be leprosy appears in an Egyptian papyrus inscribed about 1552-1350 B.C. But this is an imaginative guess, made by modern scholars, that could be wrong. Until the coming of AIDS, leprosy was the most feared of infectious diseases. Even today, it warps the lives of millions of people; mostly in South America, Africa, and the Orient. The Black Death that swept though Europe in the last half of the 14th century, killing one third of the people, was more violent in its ravages. But it came and went quickly, like a great earthquake, followed by a series of after shocks. The. http://pandoras-box.org/my05002.html United States is rated third in the world in number of Leprosy cases http://www.who.int/lep/stat2002/global02_files/lep04.xls These are only a few of the plagues that came from Africa (Egypt) but if we are seeing these plagues within our land, it is as sign that we have accepted the one true god but we are not keeping his commandments and statutes. We have either turned aside to go after other gods or we have become complacent and not assembling ourselves together to worship him and observe his commandments and statutes. If we were a heathen nation he would turn his back on us and not strive to bring us back to him. The difference between the heathen nations and us is for example: The Tsunami that hit Southeast Asia destroyed people that were worshiping false gods. That was not a warning such as he has given to us. It was destruction. God did not cause it to happen, but he turned away from a people that have constantly rejected him and worshiped other gods. They had the freedom of choosing to not exist. If God turns away and does not give his protection, destruction is the result of his not controlling everything. It is nature taking its normal course. Without God to control nature, it would destroy everybody and everything. This is evidenced by everything deteriorating around us with out constant upkeep or repair. Our homes, our material possessions, the majestic mountains and lands we see around us deteriorate constantly through erosion and other effects of nature. Without the constant influence of some external influence it would all cease to exist.
We are blessed with a merciful God that watches over our world and us if we will only believe and obey his commandments and statutes. It is the ultimate freedom when we worship by choice, the one and only true God. Then we shall be free of disease, pestilence and plagues.
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