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Sunday, February 8 2015
Psalm 79: Asaph's Babylonian Prophecy
"In the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem"
Asaph was a Levite who lived in the time of King David (see The Songs Of Asaph). Asaph was assigned to the Temple service while the construction of the Temple was still in the planning stages (see King David's Temple Decision). The Temple was built by King Solomon in the mid-tenth century BC (see Solomon's Temple Address).
The destruction of the Temple by the Babylonians (see the Fact Finder question below) happened centuries after the life of Asaph. The prophet Jeremiah personally witnessed and recorded that destruction in 586 BC (see Jeremiah: The Prophet's Conception).
"52:12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, 52:13 And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire: 52:14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about. 52:15 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive certain of the poor of the people, and the residue of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude. 52:16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen.
Asaph was given to witness, from a distance of centuries, what Jeremiah saw as it was happening. Their response was also similar (see below and Jeremiah's lamentations at Lamentations: The Desolation Of The Rebel Kingdom), but the incredibly-amazing thing is that Asaph saw the destruction of the Temple to its foundation while the foundation was being built centuries before.
"79:1 A Psalm of Asaph.
Fact Finder: Why did the Kingdom of Judah fall to Babylon? Why were the people of the Kingdom of Judah given to return after 70 years?
This Day In History, February 8
1204: Byzantine Emperor Alexius IV Angelus was strangled by his successor, Alexius V.
1238: The Mongols burned the Russian city of Vladimir.
1250: Church of Rome "Crusaders" fought Ayyubid forces at the Battle of Al Mansurah (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1587: After 19 years in prison, Mary Queen of Scots, 45, was beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle for her part in an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and return England to Roman Catholicism (it nevertheless remained, as all "Protestants" do, under the spell of nearly all of the anti-Biblical doctrines of the Church of Rome; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1725: Peter the Great of Russia died. He was succeeded by Catherine I.
1726: Russia's Supreme Privy Council was established.
1807: Napoleon's forces under Pierre Agureau attacked the Russians at Eylau.
1856: Agostino Bassi, Italian pioneer bacteriologist, died. He preceded Louis Pasteur by 10 years in discovering that many diseases are caused by micro-organisms.
1863: Prussia (a territory in Germany) allied with Russia to suppress a revolution in Poland.
1879: Sir Sandford Fleming first proposed the use of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China.
1910: The Boy Scouts of America (i.e. in the U.S.; there are many countries in America, from the northern border of Canada in North America to the southern borders of Argentina and Chile in South America) was incorporated by William D. Boyce. The Scout Movement was created by Lt. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell of the British Army in 1908. Scouts Canada was founded in 1908, immediately after it began in Britain.
1924: The gas chamber was used for the first time as a form of execution in the U.S. when a man convicted of murder was put to death in Nevada.
1942: Japan invaded Singapore during the Second World War.
1946: The first section of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Holy Bible was published.
1952: Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom after her father, King George VI, died.
1960: Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council stating that she and her family would henceforth be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will have the name "Mountbatten-Windsor."
1969: A meteorite weighing over 1 ton struck the earth in Chihuahua, Mexico.
1993: The newly separated Czech and Slovak republics began using separate currencies for the first time.
2010: A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan created at more than three dozen avalanches.