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Sunday, September 6 2015
Jeremiah 14: What Happens During A Dearth?
"The Word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth"
The English-language words "dearth" and "dear" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, deore, that meant high priced. It was actually an ancient economic "supply and demand" term in which prices for a commodity increase when it becomes scarce. While "dearth" is rarely used today, "dear" is still used to describe an expensive price - to "pay dearly." The same word "dear" is also used as a personal term of endearment (in-dear-ment) i.e. affection - being greatly affected by someone, rather than something.
"Dearth" is used by the King James Version to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced, raw-awb, that meant hunger, but referred to famine and economic destruction. The people of Bible history experienced "dearths" - including the great one that caused the family of Israel to seek refuge in the well-watered Nile Delta region of Egypt (see Jacob's Israel In The Land Of Goshen).
"41:54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 41:55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do. 41:56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. 41:57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands." (Genesis 4:54-57 KJV)
The LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) delivered the Israelites to their "land of milk and honey" - where the LORD would not let a dearth happen to His people (the Kingdom of Israel was created by God as a living prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God; see The First And Last Nation and The Patriotism Prophecy). When they rebelled against His Law however, the blessings for obedience were withdrawn. The LORD does not reward evil and self-righteousness (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy), so they reaped the dearth that they had sown for themselves (see Reap What You Sow).
"14:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.
Fact Finder: How will the "four horsemen of the apocalypse" cause a great dearth in the world?
This Day In History, September 6
394: Theodosius became the sole ruler of the East and West Roman empires after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the River Frigidus. After he died however, the Roman empire again divided - as illustrated in the two legs of the great prophetic statue seen in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2:31-25 (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image; also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1492: Christopher Columbus sailed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his last stop before crossing the Atlantic for the first time. All of the voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually to the islands of the Caribbean Sea and what is today Mexico and South America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1522: One of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world returned to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
1620: The "Pilgrims" left Plymouth, England, bound for the New World (see also The Pilgrims).
1898: Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands was coronated.
1901: U.S. President William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He died a week later.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the first Battle of the Marne began along a 500 kilometer (300 mile) front when the French launched a counter-offensive against the German advance.
1941: The liberal-socialist Nazi government of Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars?) issued an order that all Jews in Germany were to wear a yellow Star of David at all times in public.
1945: Amidst surrendered Japanese forces, Russian forces brought about the proclamation of The Korean People's Republic (North Korea). To avoid a power vacuum in the south, the U.S. ordered the surrendered Japanese military command to maintain authority until U.S. forces arrived, which they did 2 days later.
1948: Princess Juliana became Queen of The Netherlands following her mother's (Queen Wilhelmina) abdication.
1949: Howard Unruh, a former U.S. Army sharpshooter during the Second World War (1939-1945, the U.S. entered in December 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked), killed 13 people in Camden, New Jersey. He is regarded as the first U.S. single-episode mass murderer.
1970: "Palestinian" (see Where Is Palestine?) terrorists hijacked four airliners traveling to New York from Europe. One Pan Am Jumbo was blown up the next day in Cairo, and two Boeing 707s which landed at Dawson's field in Jordan were blown up on September 12. The fourth plane landed in London.
1977: Leslie MacFarlane died at age 74. The Canadian author from Whitby, Ontario (near Toronto) wrote the first 20 books of the popular "Hardy Boys" series.
1977: Highway signs across Canada were converted to metric. As of 2014, the U.S. is the only country that still uses the old system of pounds, miles and fractions (e.g. writing 9/10 instead of .9). While many regard the "miles and Fahrenheit" system to be an entirely-English creation, miles were actually invented by the ancient Romans and the Fahrenheit temperature scale was invented in 1724 by a German physicist, Daniel Fahrenheit. "Miles and Fahrenheit" are just as European in origin as the Metric System. Even the word "mile" uses the same prefix, "mill," meaning thousand, as the Metric System.
1991: After 67 years as Leningrad, the name St. Petersburg was restored to the Russian city.
1997: The funeral of Princess Diana. Great numbers of people lined the streets of London to view the procession, and hundreds of millions of people around the world watched on television. One of the biggest funerals in human history. She was later that day buried on the Spencer family property in the Northamptonshire countryside.