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Sunday, September 20 2015
Jeremiah 27: Who Are The Agents Of The LORD's Wrath?
"Now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant"
When they truly obeyed Him, rather than merely obeyed themselves, in His Name, with their toy ("A nonfunctional replica of something else") countries and fantasy ("Imagination unrestricted by reality") religions (a lesson for the people of Israel, including the "lost ten tribes," today as those in ancient times), the people of Israel were militarily and politically secure. They were a superpower of safe. They were blessed with a fear of no one, even though there were many people in the "world" to fear.
There were many nations that were militarily stronger (who rose and fell, rose and fell, rose and fell - because their security was based upon the political cults of men - just as Israel and Judah also did later, so they fell too), but the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) defended the Kingdom of Israel, and then the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah), because it was a living prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God (see When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?).
But when the people became corrupt, they no longer were, and Who, they were given to represent - so the LORD appointed Israel's enemies, that the LORD had been holding off, as the agents of His wrath upon a people who had rebelled against Him.
In the case of the Kingdom of Israel, after the division, it was the Assyrian Empire that was blocked from conquering Israel. But when the Kingdom of Israel became corrupt, the Assyrians became the agents of the LORD's wrath against Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes). The Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) was still faithful to the LORD at that time (the Kingdom of Judah lasted for about 135 years longer than the Kingdom of Israel; they fell in 721 and 586 BC, respectively), so the LORD, while allowing the Assyrians to destroy the Kingdom of Israel at that time, destroyed the Assyrian army when it turned southward toward Judah (see Why Did The Assyrian Army Cross The Line? and The Invasions of Shalmaneser and Sennacherib).
By the time that the Kingdom of Judah had became as morally rotten (very similar to the "free" world today, in which vile and anti-nature perversions are now proclaimed to be "rights") as Israel has been, the Assyrian Empire had fallen to the Babylonian Empire. Again however, the LORD held off the Babylonian "superpower" from the Kingdom of Judah until they became worthless in the LORD's sight. Then, as was done with Assyria, the LORD appointed the Babylonian Empire, under King Nebuchadnezzar, to be the agents of His wrath upon the degenerate kingdom that also arrogantly defied the Word of God.
"27:4 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters; 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. 27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him." (Jeremiah 27:4-7 KJV)
Notice carefully that when they had been obedient, the LORD defended Judah from its enemies, but when they became heretical enemies of the LORD, the LORD used the heathens to take down those who had also made themselves into just another heathen country.
"27:1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
This Day In History, September 20
480 BC: The Greek fleet under Thermistocles defeated Persian naval forces of Xerxes. The Persian empire and Xerxes are recorded the Bible's Book of Esther (see Esther: The Lots Of Purim, The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia).
357 BC: Alexander the Great was born. The young Macedonian-Greek king conquered much of southern Europe, the Middle East and southern Asia before dying at age 34. Alexander is prophesied in the Bible (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat).
451: The Battle of Chalons in what is today France - regarded by some historians as the largest battle in the ancient world. Roman forces under Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun (see Legions Of Men And Angels).
1187: Saladin began his Siege of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1260: The Prussian Uprising against the Teutonic Knights began.
1378: The Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church began when Robert of Geneva (known by some as "the Butcher of Cesena") was elected as anti-pope Clement VII. The division went on for almost four decades, during which there were 2 and sometimes even 3 competing popes at one time (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1519: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan left Spain with 5 ships on the first-ever around the world voyage. Although Magellan himself was killed in the Philippines, and 4 of the ships were lost in the 3 year exploration, 1 ship did return home after successfully circling the earth. The voyage proved that the earth was indeed round (which believers in the Holy Bible already knew - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible) and that North America and Asia were separate continents.
1586: An Englishman, Anthony Babington, Roman Catholic priest John Ballard, and 5 others were executed for high treason. In an attempt to surrender England back to Roman Catholicism, they planned to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I (ruled 1558-1603) and install the Roman Catholic rival, Mary Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots) on the English throne. Mary was also executed a few months later, on February 8 1587.
1633: Galileo Galilei was brought to trial before the Church of Rome's "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith." Galileo was later released after he "repented" of his "heresy" - his correct teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun (see also Earth's Star).
1697: The Treaty of Rijswijk was signed by England, France, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic. It ended the Nine Years' War (1688-97).
1854: The Battle of the Alma during the Crimean War. The victory by the British and the French left the Russian naval center of Sevastopol vulnerable and endangered the entire Russian position in the war.
1870: Italian troops under Victor Emmanuel II conquered Rome in the name of the Kingdom of Italy. The population of the city, the Romans, later voted to become part of the Italian Kingdom.
1909: The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the South Africa Act 1909. It created the Union of South Africa from the British-established colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, Orange River Colony, and the Transvaal Colony.
1934: In New Jersey, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of the infant son of U.S. aviator Charles Lindbergh. He was found guilty and executed by electrocution in 1936.
1952: Scientists confirmed that DNA holds hereditary data.
1967: The British liner Queen Elizabeth II was launched at Clydebank, Scotland.
1973: The Lesbian tennis player Billie Jean King, at age 29, defeated long-retired professional tennis player, Bobby Riggs, at age 55, in "The Battle of the Sexes" tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
1977: Vietnam, as a single nation again, became a member of the United Nations. The Vietnam War, in which the U.S. involved itself, years after the war had already started (after another imperial power, France, had divided Vietnam into North and South), was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people.
2005: Simon Wiesenthal died at age 96. The Jewish Holocaust survivor became famous as a relentless Nazi war criminal hunter.
2011: The U.S. military ended its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, thereby allowing sodomites (Official dictionary definition, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Sodomite: a person who has anal sex with another person; someone who practices sodomy") and lesbians (Official dictionary definition, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Lesbian: a woman who is sexually attracted to other women; a female homosexual") to serve openly for the first time.