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Sunday, August 9 2015
Isaiah 52: When Zion Awakes
"According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day ... Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city"
"Zion" was the name given to one of the highest hills in Jerusalem. The English-language rendering of the word is from the Hebrew word, pronounced tsee-yone, that meant an elevated place, or a height, with an applied meaning to be bright. Elevated places are naturally more exposed to sunlight and therefore are often seen "shining" from lower elevations. The literal meaning is also read (when translated correctly) in its ultimate purpose as spoken of by the prophets - including King David in such verses as "50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined" (Psalm 50:2 KJV).
While "Zionism" is popularly-regarded to mean the return of the people of Judah (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) to Jerusalem, it was never described in the Bible in such a limited way. It was always about the prophecies of the time when the Messiah will return to enlighten and rule the world - including the people of Judah who "slept" through his first coming (see Why Can't 'The Chosen People' See?). It will be a time when all of humanity will rejoice in the genuine freedom that the Truth of the LORD God will provide (see The LORD God Our Saviour).
"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:2-4 KJV)
The awaking, spiritual and physical (see The Sleep Of Death), will include many of the people of Israel since the ancient times who will, along with everyone else who will not be in the early resurrection (see The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day), learn the actual meaning of Zion. From Ezekiel's famous "dry bones" prophecy (see also Ezekiel: The Work Of The Watchman):
"37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
All of the prophets were aware that the Kingdom of God will be a spiritual Kingdom on a physical Earth (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?) - that will begin when the LORD comes to rule (see The First And Last Nation).
"52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. 52:2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
Fact Finder: What did King David know about the actual meaning of "Zion"?
This Day In History, August 9
480 BC: The Persian army defeated Leonidas and his Spartan army at the Battle of Thermopylae in Persia (Persia is known today as Iran; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia).
48 BC: The Battle of Pharsalus. Julius Caesar defeated Gnaius Pompey (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
378: The Battle of Adrianople in Turkey. The defeat of a Roman army commanded by the Emperor Valens (who was killed on the battlefield) at the hands of the Germanic Visigoths led by Fritigern and augmented by Ostrogothic and other forces. It was a major victory of "barbarian" horsemen over Roman infantry and artillery, and marked the beginning of Germanic inroads into Roman territory (Germany later became the Roman Empire; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
681: Bulgaria was founded as a Khanate (a Turco-Mongol word used for a political area ruled by a Khan) on the Danube.
1173: The construction of the campanile of the cathedral of Pisa (now known as "the Leaning Tower of Pisa") began.
1483: Pope Sixtus IV held the first Church of Rome mass in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel - that was named after that pope, Sixtus.
1549: England declared war on France.
1584: The construction of Spain's El Escorial was completed after 21 years, by Philip II (a Hapsburg).
1653: Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp was killed following the battle of Terheijde with the English fleet off the Dutch coast. He was the Dutch commander at the defeat of a superior Spanish fleet at the Battle of the Downs in 1639.
1810: Napoleon Bonaparte annexed (to seize by conquest and dictatorial rule) Westphalia into the First French Empire.
1830: Louis-Philippe formally accepted the crown of France after the abdication of Charles X on August 2.
1842: The Webster-Ashburton Treaty established the present-day border between Canada and the U.S. Just 30 years before, U.S. President James Madison started the War of 1812 (fought 1812-1814) with the primary stated goal of annexing ("take by conquest; as of territory") Canada to the U.S. It was the last invasion of Canada by any aggressor nation.
1902: Edward VII of England was crowned after death of his mother Queen Victoria.
1907: The first official Boy Scout encampment was completed at Brownsea Island in southern England. Robert Baden-Powell, a lieutenant general in the British Army, founded the Boy Scouts as an organization in 1908. The Boy Scouts were established in Canada that same year. The U.S. copied the organization in 1910 along with many other nations, including Russia, the Netherlands, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Malaya, Mexico, Norway and Sweden. Today there are over 32 million registered Scouts in countries all around the world.
1942: After the passing of a "Quit India" campaign by the All-India Congress, Mahatma Gandhi and 50 others were arrested in Bombay.
1945: The Nagasaki atomic bombing. Over 75,000 men, women and children were indiscriminately incinerated to death, while many more were horribly burned and/or poisoned by the radiation. It was the second U.S. use of an atomic "weapon of mass destruction," a plutonium device (the first U.S. atomic bomb, used at Hiroshima a few days earlier, was a uranium device).
1969: Actress Sharon Tate (wife of film director Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger and three others were found murdered in their home in Beverly Hills, California. The Charles Manson cult/gang was later convicted for the murders.
1974: Gerald Ford was sworn in as president of the U.S. He replaced Richard Nixon who resigned in disgrace to avoid criminal prosecution and imprisonment for the Watergate burglary and obstruction of justice cover-up (Ford later pardoned Nixon so that Nixon wouldn't become a felon as had numerous members of the Nixon regime, including Vice President Spiro Agnew for tax evasion and Attorney General John Mitchell for obstruction of justice).
1993: The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan lost a 38-year hold on national leadership.