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Monday, September 7 2015
Jeremiah 15: The LORD's Apostles and Prophets
"Before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations"
The English-language word "apostle" originated from the Greek word, pronounced ap-os-tol-os, which means messenger, or someone chosen and sent. It's also a definition that applies directly to some of the prophets e.g. John was chosen to be an apostle (see John: Fishers Of Men; see also John's apostolic epistles: 1 John: 'If You Love The World, The Love Of God Is Not In You' and 2 John: The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots and 3 John: Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good), but he was later also chosen to be a prophet who was given to write the Book of Revelation (see Revelation: Thy Kingdom Come). The same man, with the same calling, from the same LORD.
Jeremiah is commonly regarded as a prophet, which he sure was (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers), but considering that the LORD God Who chose Jeremiah to be a prophet was to be born as Jesus Christ (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), the principle again is the same - as was the terminology of the Gospel that Jeremiah was given to deliver (see also What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?) to those to whom he was sent e.g. Judgment (Jeremiah 9:24), salvation (Jeremiah 3:23), saviour (Jeremiah 14:8).
Consider Jeremiah's calling. The word "apostle" would be just as accurate and appropriate as "prophet."
"1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." (Jeremiah 1:4-5 KJV)
While the Messiah and Jeremiah were both rejected by the religious authorities in Jerusalem, they were actually defied by two different "religions" - both of which strayed from what the LORD originally gave to Israel.
In Jeremiah's case, it was an idol-based corruption - nearly identical to that committed by King Solomon in his later, foolish years (see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry? and Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?).
In the Messiah's case, it was a nationalistic religion (i.e. "Judaism") - the official religion of the nation of Judah that originated, ironically, after the people of Judah had returned from their Babylonian exile that was caused by their idolatry the first time.
Both situations were identical however in that it was the same LORD that they refused to obey, in Jeremiah's time, or truly obey in the Messiah's time (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism).
Keep in mind that the LORD sent Jeremiah into the same sort of situation that the Messiah Himself was subjected to when He declared the same words and warnings to them.
"15:1 Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth. 15:2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the LORD;
Fact Finder: Who was the first prophet and apostle of God?
This Day In History, September 7
70: Roman Legions (see also Legions Of Men And Angels) under Titus occupied and plundered Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).
1087: Norman King William I, known as "William the Conqueror," died. During his reign, he produced the Domesday Book, the first exhaustive survey of England.
1191: The Battle of Arsuf during the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). Richard I of England defeated Saladin at Arsuf.
1228: During the Sixth Crusade, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II landed in Acre, "Palestine" ("Palestine" is merely a variant pronunciation of "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?). The Roman "Kingdom of Jerusalem" was thereafter briefly restored (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1533: Queen Elizabeth I of England was born. The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, her reign began with the defeat of the Spanish Armada. During her time, Britain rose to international power and prominence, beginning colonization that produced its worldwide empire of commerce and civilization over the next 400 years. A golden age for Britain, Elizabeth's contemporaries were the likes of Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Martin Frobisher and many others.
1543: Mary, Queen of Scots was coronated.
1630: The town of Trimontaine, Massachusetts, was renamed as Boston.
1714: The Treaty of Badan was signed. It was one of the Treaties included in the Peace of Utrecht which ended the War of The Spanish Succession.
1763: King George III issued a proclamation inviting citizens of the British Empire to settle in Canada. A large number of people did, including many patriotic, law-abiding conservatives (hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) from the New England colonies who saw no need for a rebellion. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists. When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. "annexation" (i.e. to destroy Canada as a nation and rule it as a colony from Washington) - the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war.
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates them:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1812: Russian forces retreated from the army of Napoleon after the Battle of Borodino, near Moscow. Like Adolf Hitler 130 years later however, the invaders were eventually "stopped cold" by the Russian winter.
1822: Brazil declared independence from Portugal.
1860 "Red Shirt" forces under Giuseppe Garibaldi took Naples. The victory permitted Victor Emmanuel to become king of Italy.
1867: Adolphus abdicated as duke of Nassau and was granted 8.5 million thalers (origin of "dollars") and a few castles as compensation.
1940: During the Second World War, the Nazi "Blitz" of London began. The city was heavily bombed for 57 consecutive nights.
1953: Nikita Khrushchev became the leader ("First Secretary of the Communist Party") of the Soviet Union.
1979: The Chrysler Corporation requested $1.5 billion from the U.S. government to avoid bankruptcy.
1986: Bishop Desmond Tutu was enthroned as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. He was the first black head of South Africa's Anglicans.
1988: Abdul Ahad Mohmand, the first Afghan in space, returned to earth aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-5 after 9 days on the Mir space station.
1999: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Athens, Greece. Over 140 people were killed, 500 injured and 50,000 people had their homes destroyed.
2004: Hurricane Ivan killed 39 people on Grenada and destroyed 90% of the buildings on the island.
2005: Egypt held its first-ever multi-party presidential election.
2008: To delay further economic collapse of the housing industry, the U.S. Government took control of the two largest mortgage financing companies in the U.S., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
2012: Canada cut diplomatic ties with Iran by closing its embassy in Tehran and ordering the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa, over support for Syria, nuclear plans and alleged rights abuses.