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Friday, September 11 2015
Jeremiah 19: The Valley Of Hinnom Proclamation
"Go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee"
The Hinnom Valley of Bible history was a deep, narrow ravine in Jerusalem. It was located along the south side of Mount Zion (as shown and marked on the map below; see also When Zion Awakes and What Is Jesus Going To Do In Zion?). It was named after a "son of Hinnom" who owned or had some significant association with the valley at or before the time of Joshua (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua). It was later referred to as the "valley of the children of Hinnom."
"15:8 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward" (Joshua 15:8 KJV)
Whether coincidence or not, the ancient Hebrew word, pronounced hin-nowm, means a cry of sorrow and grief (see also The Two Ways That Weeping Will End). The Valley of Hinnom had a very horrendous history in ancient times. It was used as a degenerate gathering place where Sodomites and other idolaters (the Hebrew word for Sodomite literally means male idolater) did all sorts of vile and wicked things - including burning children alive as sacrifices to the Satanic idols Moloch and Baal. One section of the valley was called Tophet, or the "fire-stove," where the children were slaughtered. Josiah, a relatively righteous king of Judah, put a stop to it, albeit temporarily during his reign (see Josiah's Restoration Of The Covenant).
"23:7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove. ... 23:10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech." (2 Kings 23:7,10 KJV)
After their return from the Babylonian exile (see Zerubbabel's Return, Ezra's Journey From Babylon and The Arrival Of Nehemiah's Cavalry), the people of Judah turned the Hinnom Valley into the city dump where garbage and anything deemed unclean (including the bodies of executed criminals) was incinerated. For that purpose, a fire was kept constantly burning there. Even though it was no longer used for evil worship, during that time, with all the filth and thick smoke it remained a very dark and dreary place.
The Hebrew name Hinnom, when translated into New Testament Greek, is (pronounced) gehenna, from which the translated word and concept of a burning "hell" originated. By the time of the Messiah, the deep, constantly-burning Valley of Hinnom was also known as the Valley of Gehenna, or Hell, and had taken on a popular image as the place "down there" where the wicked would eventually be cast into the flames for destruction.
In the time of Jeremiah, just prior to the fall of Judah to Babylon because of their horrendous idolatry, the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) gave the prophet to deliver a proclamation from the Valley of Hinnom: "Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents; They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind: Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter."
"19:1 Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests; 19:2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee, 19:3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle. 19:4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents; 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind: 19:6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
This Day In History, September 11
1297: The Scots under William Wallace battled an English force under the Earl of Surrey at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
1541: French explorer Jacques Cartier reached Lachine rapids, near present-day Montreal, on his third voyage to Canada.
1609: English explorer Henry Hudson discovered what was later named Manhattan Island.
1709: An Anglo-Dutch-Austrian force led by the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy won a costly victory over the French in the Battle of Malplaquet, the last great battle of the War of the Spanish Succession.
1712: French astronomer (of Italian origin) Giovanni Cassini died at age 87. He made numerous discoveries, including 4 moons of Saturn, the existence of divisions in the rings of Saturn, and the rotational period (the length of its "day") of Mars.
1777: The Battle of Brandywine. The British Army defeated rebel forces under George Washington (a former Colonel in the British Army in Virginia; Washington fought as a British Army officer during the "French and Indian Wars," the North American theater of the worldwide Seven Years War) and advanced on Philadelphia.
1792: The Hope Diamond is stolen along with other French crown jewels.
1919: U.S. Marines invaded Honduras (1 of 5 invasions of the country over a span of 20 years), primarily at the behest of U.S. corporations that were involved in the banana industry of the Central American nations. The derogatory term "Banana Republic" was originated by the U.S. writer William Sydney Porter (pen name O. Henry) in describing those for-business invasions.
1922: Under the authority of a United Nations Mandate, "Palestine" (an English rendering of the Biblical word "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) and Trans-Jordan ("across the Jordan"; see also Jordan's West Bank Invasion) came under British control as one of the major after-effects of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1941: Construction of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia began. Exactly 60 years to the day later, it was severely damaged during the 9-11 attacks (see the entry for 2001, below).
1971: Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77. He led the Soviet Union through the height of the Cold War with the U.S. He began to lose political power after losing the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 during which President John F. Kennedy imposed a naval blockade on the island and put all U.S. nuclear forces on their highest alert. Many historians consider the crisis to be the closest the world came to nuclear warfare.
1973: The Marxist government of Salvador Allende in Chile was overthrown by a military coup.
1974: Haile Selassie was deposed as king of Ethiopia.
1978: U.S. President Jimmy Carter, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel meet at Camp David and agree on the Camp David Accords, a basis of peace between Israel and Egypt.
1997: Scottish voters strongly approved (74.2%) plans to establish a separate Scottish parliament apart from the British parliament, 290 years after the Act of Union with England in 1707.
2001: Using hijacked airliners, terrorists from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (neither Pakistan nor Saudi Arabia were invaded in retaliation) killed approximately 3,000 people in New York (the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center), Washington (the Pentagon) and Pennsylvania (a hijacked airliner that went down before reaching its target because of a passenger revolt). The terrorist attacks triggered the U.S. military invasion of Afghanistan where the attacks on the U.S. were planned and commanded by Saudi Arabian born Osama bin Laden, and was used as a justification for the U.S. invasion of Iraq - although no evidence has ever been found that Iraqi leader Sadam Hussein had any involvement in the attacks on New York and Washington (the hijackers were all from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia), nor were any "weapons of mass destruction" ever found in Iraq. While the 3,000 people murdered by the terrorists were a national shock, the same number of U.S. citizens are shot to death by other U.S. citizens every 100 days i.e. on average, 30 deaths per day (over 150,000 lives lost from shootings from September 11 2001 to September 11 2015 alone).
2007: Russia tested the largest conventional (i.e. non-nuclear) weapon ever constructed, the Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power. The Russian bomb is also called the "Father of All Bombs" because it is reportedly four times more powerful than the US military's GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb whose official military acronym "MOAB" is often stated as the "Mother of All Bombs."