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Monday, August 3 2015
Isaiah 46: The Idols Of The Old Country
"Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD"
A history lesson and an admonition from Joshua (see Joshua's Commission) to the Israelites as they took possession of the land that the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) promised to the Messianic line of Abraham (see the complete study series for Abraham, beginning with A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram). Note carefully the point of it all: "Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD."
"24:1 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.
The Israelites failed to do what Abraham did. They reverted to decadent (see Decadence In History And Prophecy) idol worship (see also The History Of Idolatry), while claiming for themselves that it was "right" to do so (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy), so the LORD sent them religiously back to where they came from - Babylon. Again, Joshua's warning: "Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD."
The corruption, on a national scale, began with formerly-wise King Solomon. The LORD divided the united kingdom of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" as a condemnation (in effect, a condemed nation) of Solomon's idolatry (see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry? and Solomon's Ballad To Losers).
"11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
The Kingdom of Israel (i.e. the northern and east of the Jordan River ten tribes; see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) lasted about 212 years, until 721 BC when the LORD had the Assyrians conquer and take them away to Babylon (the homeland territory of the Assyrian and Babylonian empires were practically the same - centered on the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers area of central Babylon) because of their gross and defiant idolatry.
"5:25 And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.
The Kingdom of Judah (i.e. Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) lasted about 347 years, about 135 years longer than the Kingdom of Israel, until 586 BC when the LORD had them conquered and taken away to Babylon because of their gross and defiant idolatry. Religiously, Israel and Judah were both sent back to the land of idols that Abraham had rejected.
"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.
As a citizen of the Kingdom of Judah, Isaiah had witnessed the fall of the Kingdom of Israel (see The Invasions of Shalmaneser and Sennacherib). Isaiah did not live to see the fall of Judah, as a later prophet of Judah, Jeremiah, did, but Isaiah knew that it was coming. The same return to the state of idolatry, that can exist anywhere and everywhere on Earth, that Abraham had left behind.
"46:1 Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast. 46:2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
Fact Finder: What "country" existed at the very beginning - and will be restored at the end? What was and is the prophetic purpose of "Israel"?
This Day In History, August 3
8: Roman General Tiberius defeated the Dalmatians at Bathinus. Tiberius later became Emperor, reigning at the time of Christ's Crucifixion (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
435: Nestorius, the deposed Patriarch of Constantinople (the city was named after Constantine, the Roman Emperor who was the creator of many of the present-day doctrines of the Church of Rome and Rome's "Protestant" daughters who rejected the Pope's leadership but not his antichrist doctrines, including replacing the true Sabbath with the ancient Babylonian/Roman "sun day"; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy, A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Why Observe The True Sabbath?) was exiled by Roman Emperor Theodosius II to a monastery in Egypt. Nestorius is was the originator of "Nestorianism."
881: The Battle of Saucourt-en-Vimeu. King Louis III of France defeated Viking invaders (commemorated in the poem Ludwigslied).
1347: Six burghers of the surrounded French city of Calais surrendered to Edward III of England in hopes of ending the siege.
1492: Christopher Columbus sailed from Palos, Spain, on his first voyage to the "New World" - for him, the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1527: The first documented postal letter sent from America was "mailed" from what is today St. John's, Newfoundland.
1546: French printer Etienne Dolet, accused of heresy, blasphemy and sedition, was hanged and burned at the stake for printing reformist literature.
1553: Mary Tudor, the new Queen of England, entered London.
1610: English explorer Henry Hudson discovered a great bay on the north coast of Canada. It was later named after Hudson himself - Hudson's Bay.
1678: French explorer Robert de La LaSalle (Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle) built Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes.
1783: An eruption of Mount Asama in Japan killed over 35,000 people.
1797: Jeffrey Amherst died at age 80. Amherst was the army commander who captured what is today Canada for Britain (1758-1760). Leading a force of 14,000 he captured the French fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, in 1758, and when Montreal surrendered to him in 1760 all of Canada fell to the British.
1914: During the First World War, airplanes were used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoitered Turkish lines near Tripoli.
1914: Germany declared war on France, and entered Belgium. Later that night, Britain declared war on Germany after warning the Germans not to enter Belgium Listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1934: Adolf Hitler (who was elected; see also Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) merged the offices of President and Chancellor into Der Fuehrer ("the Leader").
1948: Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union. It began the xenophobic "Red Scare" hysteria in the U.S. (also known as "McCarthyism"), a modern-day witch-hunt that destroyed the careers and reputations of many innocent people for over a decade.
1960: Niger became independent from colonial France.
1972: The U.S. Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (which had no genuine effect on the spread of nuclear weapons of mass destruction).
1981: Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launched the "Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi".
2001: "Irish Republican Army" terrorists detonated a car bomb in London.
2005: A military coup in Mauritania overthrew the government of President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya while he was in Saudi Arabia for the funeral of King Fahd.
2005: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became President of Iran.