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Thursday, July 16 2015
Isaiah 28: The Lost Ten Tribes Would Love Today's "Free" World
"Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower"
The time of the prophet Isaiah (see also What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day? and Why Did Isaiah Say The Messiah's Name Is Immanuel?):
"1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." (Isaiah 1:1 KJV)
Notice from the chart below that Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were the 10th to 13th kings of the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah). Their reigns, and Isaiah's ministry, coincided with the reigns of the last seven kings of the Kingdom of Israel before it was completely conquered in 721 BC (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes). Isaiah's ministry witnessed the fall of the Kingdom of Israel to the Assyrian Empire, after which the Kingdom of Judah continued on for another 135 years before it fell to the Babylonian empire in 586 BC.
The capitals of the Kingdom of Israel (Shechem, Tirzah and the city of Samaria) were in Samaria - specifically, in the tribal territories of (west) Manasseh (see West Manasseh) and Ephraim (see Ephraim's Inheritance). As such, the area was also a federal capital region of the Kingdom of Israel, while the Kingdom of Judah maintained Jerusalem as their capital (see The Capitals Of Israel).
The time frame of Isaiah's work produced a different message to Israel than to Judah. To Israel, it was a matter of "Why you're now falling," while to Judah it was "That is what is going to happen to you too if you go corrupt as Israel has done." Notice how the iniquity and decadence (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Decadence In History And Prophecy) of the ancient people of Israel is very "modern" in character and attitude - the people of the "lost ten tribes," as they were going down, would be very much "at home" living in the Western nations of today. Been there, done that.
Nevertheless, the prophecy also revealed the time when the restoration of all good things will come, for all nations - including the return of not only the divided kingdoms of Israel, but the return of the united Kingdom of Israel itself (see the Fact Finder question below).
"28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! 28:2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand. 28:3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: 28:4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
Fact Finder: When will the people of Israel and Judah become Israel again?
This Day In History, July 16
622: The beginning of the Islamic calendar (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1048: Benedict IX, known as the "Boy Pope," resigned from the Papacy.
1054: The "Great Schism" began between the Western and Eastern churches of the Roman Empire (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) over rival claims of universal pre-eminence. In 1965, 911 years later, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras met to declare an end to the schism.
1377: The coronation of Richard II of England.
1661: The first bank notes in Europe were issued, by the Bank of Stockholm.
1774: Russia and the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) signed the treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji, ending their six-year war.
1790: The District of Columbia, formed from neutral swampland of the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia, was established as the capital of the U.S.
1917: The Bolsheviks began an attempt to seize power in Petrograd but were defeated. Trotsky was arrested and Lenin went into hiding.
1918: Nicholas II, the last Russian czar (the Russian form of "Caesar"), was murdered together with his family and entourage by the Bolsheviks at Yekaterinburg.
1931: Emperor Haile Selassie I signed the first constitution of Ethiopia.
1940: Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) ordered the preparations for the invasion of Britain. The invasion plans were later cancelled after the Royal Air Force won the "Battle of Britain" air war.
1942: Nearly 14,000 Jews were arrested in Paris as part of a Nazi roundup of the Jewish people in France (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1945: The U.S. detonated the first atomic weapon of destruction, a plutonium device named "Trinity," in the New Mexico desert.
1965: The seven-mile tunnel through Mont Blanc connecting France and Italy was opened.
1979: Saddam Hussein became the President of Iraq, succeeding President Hasan al-Bakr (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
1994: The fragmented Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 began 7 days of impacts on the planet known to man as "Jupiter" (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1999: John F. Kennedy Jr., 38, his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 33, and his wife's sister Lauren Bessette, 35, were killed in a plane crash in the waters off Massachusetts. Investigators found that the inexperienced pilot, John Kennedy, who did not have an instrument rating, may have become disoriented in the darkness and put the small plane into a stall or spin from which he was unable to recover before crashing into the ocean.