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Saturday, July 18 2015
Isaiah 30: What Did They Say To The Prophets?
"Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us"
The LORD sent His prophets ("My servants the prophets") to the Israelites to warn them when they had drifted away from the wise and winning Way into liberal (see Which Way Is Right And Left?) self-righteous immorality (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy) and self-destruction (see Decadence In History And Prophecy). The message was simple and consistent ("Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep My Commandments and My Statutes"), but they responded to the warnings by becoming even more defiant and foolish ("They would not hear, but hardened their necks").
"17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. 17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God. 17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them." (2 Kings 17:13-15 KJV)
The fools even "fired back" by demanding that the LORD's prophets preach the lies that they lusted for: "Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits."
"30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." (Isaiah 30:9-11 KJV)
Israel and Judah both fell after years of warning by many of the LORD's prophets (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Prophets).
The Kingdom of Israel fell to the Assyrian Empire by 721 BC, thereafter becoming "the lost ten tribes" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes). "The LORD removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets."
"17:22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; 17:23 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day." (2 Kings 17:22-23 KJV)
The Kingdom of Judah lasted about 135 years longer than the Kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) until they too were conquered, by the Babylonian Empire, by 586 BC (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Back To Babylon). "They mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy."
"36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 36:18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. 36:20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia" (2 Chronicles 36:15-20 KJV)
Isaiah witnessed the fall of the Kingdom of Israel (see The Lost Ten Tribes Would Love Today's "Free" World), while warning the Kingdom of Judah to not repeat Israel's mistake. Their rebuke to Isaiah was the same as to all of the prophets before and after him: "Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us."
"30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 30:2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! 30:3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion. 30:4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes. 30:5 They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.
This Day In History, July 18
390 BC: The Battle of the Allia during the Roman-Gaulish Wars. The Roman army (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Legions Of Men And Angels) was defeated by the Gauls, who thereafter sacked Rome.
64: The great fire of Rome destroyed two-thirds of the city. To suit his own purposes, the Emperor Nero accused Christians of causing it, while many believe that he was the one actually responsible (see Did Nero Really Fiddle While Rome Burned?).
362: During the Roman-Persian Wars, a Roman force under Emperor Julian arrived at Antioch beginning a campaign against the Persian Empire (see Ancient Empires - Persia; also The Medes And Chaldees Prophecies).
1195: The Battle of Alarcos. A celebrated Almohad victory in Muslim Spain over the forces of King Alfonso VIII of Castile (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1290: King Edward I of England issued the Edict of Expulsion that banished all Jews from England (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1342: The forces of Mu'izz al-Din Husayn defeated the Sarbadars at the Battle of Zava.
1389: England and France agreed to the Truce of Leulinghem. It lasted for 13 years, the longest period of peace during their Hundred Years' War.
1536: The authority of the Pope was declared void in England by an Act of Parliament.
1656: Polish-Lithuanian forces fought those of Sweden and its Brandenburg allies at The Battle of Warsaw.
1812: Britain signed the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.
1870: The Vatican I Ecumenical Council issued the proclamation Pastor Aeternus, declaring the pope's "primacy and infallibility" in deciding faith and moral matters. Most Protestants believe that only God is infallible.
1936: The Spanish Civil War began.
1942: The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, made its first flight.
1968: Computer-components manufacturer Intel was founded.
1969: While driving home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off of the side of a bridge. His passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned. The incident is regarded by many as ending Kennedy's chances of successfully running for President.
1971: Australia and New Zealand announced that they were pulling their troops out of Vietnam.
1976: Nadia Comaneci of Romania became the first athlete in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
1995: The Soufriere Hills volcano erupted on the Caribbean island of Montserrat.
2013: The city of Detroit, with $20 billion in debt, filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.