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Saturday, June 7 2014
2 Kings 3: Moab's Rebellion
"There was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him"
Israel became an empire ("a nation that occupies and rules other nations in their own homelands") in the time of King David and King Solomon (see 2 Samuel 8: King David's Empire). The imperialism even continued, albeit fragmented, after the division of the united kingdom of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" (see 1 Kings 14: The First Kings Of Israel and Judah). From time to time, the nations that were dominated by Israel or Judah attempted to fight for their political freedom - just as Israel and Judah had done for themselves. Such was the case of King Mesha of Moab who rebelled against King Jehoram of Israel (he is recorded as both "Joram" and "Jehoram"; see Joram Of Israel).
"3:1 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. 3:2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made. 3:3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
Jehoram apparently didn't think that he could defeat the rebels himself, so he sought a military alliance from Jehoshaphat, king of Judah (see Jehoshaphat Of Judah). It was another irony since Israel and Judah had declared independence from each other in the same way that Moab was now seeking its freedom from them. Israel and Judah had actually fought wars against each other for that and other reasons (see How Many Kings Reigned In The United Kingdom?).
"3:6 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) delivered the victory to Israel and Judah, not for the sake of mere imperialism (that Israel and Judah themselves would soon be subjected to, for centuries afterward - see the Fact Finder question below) but rather for the long-term purpose of prophetic "Israel" (see the Fact Finder question below).
"3:9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days' journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.
Fact Finder: What were some of the empires that ruled Israel and Judah after Israel and Judah themselves ceased to be an empire?
This Day In History, June 7
421: Roman Emperor Theodosius II married Aelia Eudocia at Constantinople. The city in Turkey was re-named after the Roman Emperor Constantine - the primary inventor of the Church of Rome and the false-Christian "Sunday" worship (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy, A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1099: The armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) reached Jerusalem (again, see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1329: Robert the Bruce, who seized the Scottish throne in 1306, died. He was succeeded by David II.
1494: After the first discoveries by Christopher Columbus and others, the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed; Spain and Portugal agreed to divide "the New World" between them.
1498: Christopher Columbus departed on his third voyage of exploration to the New World. Despite all of what has lamentably become little more than selfish fantasies and misinforming propaganda that now pose as "history," all of the voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually limited to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see the map and Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1546: The Peace of Ardes ended the war between France and England.
1628: The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, became law after Royal Assent by Charles I.
1654: Louis XIV was crowned king of France.
1677: Olivier Moriel de la Durantaye claimed the Lake Huron to Lake Erie area for France.
1692: 1,600 people were killed and 3,000 were injured when an earthquake struck Port Royal, Jamaica.
1863: French troops captured Mexico City.
1886: Elzear-Alexandre Taschereau was appointed Canada's first cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.
1929: The Papal State was revived when the Vatican was established in Rome. It had not existed since 1870.
1939: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the parents of the present-day Queen Elizabeth I) crossed from Canada to the U.S. to become the first British monarchs to visit the former colonies.
1942: During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupied the U.S. islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.
1944: During the D Day invasion of Normandy, the Nazi SS troops murdered 23 Canadian prisoners of war.
1967: Day 3 of the "6 Day War" - Israeli forces took The Old City, thereby securing the entire city as Israel's capital (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1981: To stop (as it is now known, non-existent) Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction" (Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that has nuclear "weapons of mass destruction" - as proven by the later invasion of Iraq), Prime Minister Menachem Begin sent Israeli warplanes to bomb a French-built nuclear reactor that was only capable of generating electricity for Baghdad.
1991: Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted, sending a plume of ash 7 kilometers (over 4 miles) into the atmosphere.
1998: In Texas, James Byrd, Jr., was murdered by "white supremacists" who dragged him behind their pickup truck along an asphalt road.
2000: The United Nations defined the "Blue Line" as the border between northern Israel and Lebanon.