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Friday, October 2 2015
Jeremiah 37: Truth versus Politics
"Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?"
Jeremiah was a Levite, living in the tribal territory of Benjamin (see No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?), which was in the Kingdom of Judah (see Why Didn't Jeremiah Live In The Kingdom Of Israel?).
"1:1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 1:2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign." (Jeremiah 1:1-2 KJV)
Jerusalem was then the capital city of the Kingdom of Judah i.e. the capital city of the Israelite tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah). As such, Jeremiah could go anywhere in the territories of Judah, Benjamin and Levi without leaving the Kingdom of Judah - of which Jeremiah was a patriotic native-born citizen and lifelong resident.
As is just as typical of politicians today, the "leaders" of the corrupt regime (see also Solomon's Regime) were devilishly skillful at deflecting the truth about themselves. They "fired back" with anything (see Why Does Satan Love Liars?) that they could in order to falsely accuse anyone who confronted them with the Truth.
For many years, Jeremiah had been ignored by the kings of Judah in favour of the "yes men" stooge prophets of the corrupt regime (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers). But when everything that Jeremiah said would happen began to undeniably happen, as obvious proof that the false prophets were indeed false prophets, they again desperately needed something to take the pressure off themselves - so they falsely accused Jeremiah of fleeing the kingdom as he was going to his own home in Benjamin of Judah - something that he had routinely done all of his life, the same as everyone else. It was a nonsensical lie that the self righteous people nevertheless wanted to hear and believe, so Jeremiah was incarcerated in their vigilante prison: "Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison."
"37:1 And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah. 37:2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he spake by the prophet Jeremiah.
Fact Finder: "Jew" is simply an abbreviation of Judah. How then did the people of the tribes of Benjamin and Levi also become known as Jews after the united kingdom of Israel was divided into the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah?
This Day In History, October 2
1187: Saladin, the sultan of Syria, captured Jerusalem from the Church of Rome's "Crusaders" who had taken their turn of holding the city (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1263: King Alexander III successfully defended Scotland from an invasion by King Haakon IV of Norway.
1535: French explorer Jacques Cartier renamed a small village in Quebec as Montreal.
1608: The first telescope was demonstrated by its inventor, Hans Lippershey of the Netherlands (although Galileo Galilei is often incorrectly regarded as the inventor of the telescope, he was actually the first to use it for astronomy).
1780: John Andre, an active-duty British Army officer during the New England rebellion, was hung as a "spy" by the rebels of the colonies.
1835: The Texas Rebellion against Mexico began with the Battle of Gonzales. Texas became independent of Mexico in 1836, before joining the United States of New England (the former 13 colonies) in 1845, but succeeded from the U.S. in 1861 to join the Confederate States of America during the U.S. Civil War.
1836: Charles Darwin returned to Falmouth, England, after 5 years of exploration of the southern oceans aboard the HMS Beagle (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution to understand how present-day scientists have changed Darwin's original writings).
1853: Austria passed a law which outlawed the ownership of land by Jews.
1870: In a plebiscite, the Papal States voted for union with Italy. The country's capital moved from Florence to Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1901: The first submarine commissioned by the British navy was launched.
1910: The first collision of 2 aircraft occurred, in the air over Milan, Italy.
1919: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke which left him partially paralyzed.
1924: Delegates at the League of Nations meeting in Geneva adopted a protocol aimed at resolving all international disputes by arbitration. The Second World War followed a few years later (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1935: Italian forces invaded Abyssinia. Apart from seeking revenge for Italy's defeat at Adua in 1896, Mussolini had imperialist ambitions in Africa. The Italian occupation lasted until 1941. Mussolini had regarded himself as the new leader of the Roman Empire, but he was too late - it had moved north, into Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire).
1940: During the Second World War, the Empress of Britain, on route to Canada with children being sent to safety from the bombing of Britain, was sunk by a Nazi submarine. British warships rescued most of the 634 children and crew.
1958: The Republic of Guinea in west Africa achieved independence from France.
1964: Scientists announced their findings that smoking causes lung cancer.
1979: While speaking at the U.N. in New York City, Pope John Paul II denounced all present-day concentration camps and torture.
1985: A joint U.S.-French expedition announced that it had found the Titanic.