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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).

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"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.

52:17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the LORD, the Chaldeans brake, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon. 52:18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away. 52:19 And the basons, and the firepans, and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; that which was of gold in gold, and that which was of silver in silver, took the captain of the guard away.

52:20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brasen bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the LORD: the brass of all these vessels was without weight. 52:21 And concerning the pillars, the height of one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a fillet of twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness thereof was four fingers: it was hollow. 52:22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and the height of one chapiter was five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the chapiters round about, all of brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates were like unto these. 52:23 And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; and all the pomegranates upon the network were an hundred round about.

52:24 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door: 52:25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, which had the charge of the men of war; and seven men of them that were near the king's person, which were found in the city; and the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city. 52:26 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah. 52:27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried away captive out of his own land." (Jeremiah 52:12-27 KJV)

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.

O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. 79:2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth. 79:3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them. 79:4 We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.

79:5 How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire? 79:6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name. 79:7 For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place. 79:8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.

79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake. 79:10 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed. 79:11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;

79:12 And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord. 79:13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations." (Psalm 79:1-13 KJV)

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?
See Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon? and The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia


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This Day In History, February 8

421: Constantius III became co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

1204: Byzantine Emperor Alexius IV Angelus was strangled by his successor, Alexius V.

Mary Queen of Scots 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.


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