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Saturday, September 5 2015

Jeremiah 13: Jeremiah's Linen Prophecy

"For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear"

Linen has been known and used by humanity since the earliest times. Unlike many present-day synthetic fibers, linen is naturally produced from the flax plant. When new, or properly cared for, linen is a durable, white cloth. However, because it is a natural fiber, if exposed to water and soil, it will decompose back to its origin - just like any other formerly-living life form, plant, animal or human (see also The Biology Of The Resurrection).

Linen was designated for holy garments - past and future (see the Fact Finder question below), but it was also used in an object-lesson prophecy that the LORD gave to Jeremiah that portrayed how the Kingdom of Judah (see Why Didn't Jeremiah Live In The Kingdom Of Israel?) had degenerated from holy to morally and spiritually full of holes (see Backsliding The Way To The Top and A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers).

Decayed Linen The LORD told Jeremiah to take a linen "girdle" (the 1611 King James Version word for a customary outer-worn sash, or waistband, that was used as a belt) and allow it to become decadent - just as the people of Judah had become (see Decadence In History And Prophecy and Iniquity In History And Prophecy). The symbolism of Babylon was a direct warning of what and who was coming if they did not repent (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?).

"13:1 Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.

13:2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins.

13:3 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,

13:4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

13:5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.

13:6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.

13:7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.

13:8 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

13:9 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. 13:10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. 13:11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

13:12 Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine? 13:13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness. 13:14 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.

13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. 13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive.

13:18 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory. 13:19 The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open them: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive. 13:20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock? 13:21 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail? 13:22 And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare. 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 13:24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness. 13:25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood. 13:26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. 13:27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?" (Jeremiah 13:1-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is linen used in Biblical prophecy?
See Linen In History And Prophecy


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This Day In History, September 5

394: The 2-day battle at the Frigidus River in northwest Italy ended in victory for Theodosius; Eugenius was beheaded, Arbogast committed suicide.

917: Liu Yan declared himself Emperor of China (see also Gog and Magog).

1590: Alexander Farnese's army forced Henry IV of France to lift the siege of Paris.

1664: The Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam was taken by the British who later renamed it New York.

New Amsterdam 1666: The Great Fire of London was extinguished after two days. Over 10,000 buildings were destroyed.

1697: During the War of the Grand Alliance, naval forces of England and France fought the Battle of Hudson's Bay.

1800: Napoleon surrendered Malta to Britain.

1836: Sam Houston was elected as the first President of the Republic of Texas (unlike the New England colonies, Texas rebelled against, and declared independence from, Mexico).

1877: The native American warrior Crazy Horse (who led the Sioux at the Battle of the Little Bighorn) was fatally bayoneted by U.S. troops "while trying to escape" (while in chains). Crazy Horse, who surrendered to stop the genocidal slaughter of entire villages of his people, was diplomatically guaranteed that he would be allowed to live free on a reservation - but was instead transported to a prison of common white criminals where he would have spent the remainder of his life in a tiny concrete and steel cage.

1905: The Peace of Portsmouth ended the Russo-Japanese War.

1910: Marie Curie demonstrated the transformation of radium ore to metal at the Academy of Sciences in France.

1914: At the start of the First World War (1914-1918), the Treaty of London formally linked the British Empire, France and Russia as allies.

1945: Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk in the Soviet embassy in Ottawa, Canada defected with documents that revealed an active Soviet espionage system in the West. His defection resulted in 20 espionage trials and 9 convictions. Gouzenko lived in Canada under an assumed name until his death in 1982.

1969: During the Vietnam War, U.S. Army Lt. William Calley was charged with premeditated murder for the massacre of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese civilians (old men, women and children, including infants in their mother's arms), in the My Lai Massacre. Although later convicted of the heinous war crime, the mass murderer was released by President Nixon (a man who later resigned from office to escape criminal prosecution for crimes that he committed) to serve comfortable house arrest, where he remained for a little over three years before going free (about 2 days for each cold-blooded murder). God's True Judgment yet awaits Calley, and all other war criminals through the ages.

1972: At the Olympic Games in Munich, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palestinian "Black September" terrorists.

1977: The Voyager 1 unmanned spacecraft was launched. Just over 20 years later, in 1998, it became the most distant human-made object from earth at 6,500,000,000 (6.5 billion) miles away, while continuing to travel at 39,000 miles per hour. Unless it hits something (unlikely in the great void of space), its journey will never end.

1978: The Camp David peace conference began between Israel's Menechem Begin and Egypt's Anwar Sadat, with U.S. President Jimmy Carter presiding.

1980: Switzerland's St. Gotthard Tunnel opened. At 16.2 kilometers / 10.1 miles, it is the longest highway tunnel in the world.

1984: Western Australia abolished capital punishment, the last Australian state to do so.

1997: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu ("Mother Teresa") died at age 87. The Albanian-born Roman Catholic nun was known for her work with the "poorest of the poor" in India. She was awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.



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