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Thursday, October 15 2015
Jeremiah 49: What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks?
"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts"
The English-language rendering of "gentile" is from the Biblical Hebrew word, pronounced goy-ee (or goy-im in plural), that means nation. It is first found in the Holy Bible in referring to the "gentiles," the nations, from which the people of Israel and Judah were later born i.e. Israelites were descended from people of Iraq (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan), Syria (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria), Canaan (see The First Jews), Egypt (see The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh), Moab (see Ruth: Building The House Of Israel) and others.
"10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations." (Genesis 10:5 KJV)
"Gentile" later came to be used in a way that referred to other nations as though Israel was not itself a nation, a "gentile," according to the literal meaning of their own Hebrew word. It's a common political or geographic manifestation that can happen both ways i.e. Israel refers to other nations as though it isn't itself a nation (the actual meaning of the Hebrew word), while, for example, "America" has come to be defined as just one of the 35 nations (with a population of over a billion people) of America. Israel is a "gentile" too, just as all of the other people of America, from the northern tip of Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, are Americans too.
While, in most cases, the nearsightedness ("distant objects appear blurred") is just a harmless, but very revealing spectacle of a people's ability or willingness to see the real world, it can cause distorted perceptions in matters of prophecy because, one way or the other, it causes people to lose sight of themselves as who they really are, or of the world, in which they really live. In the words of the apostle Peter (see 2 Peter: 'The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty'):
"1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." (2 Peter 1:19-20 KJV)
The neighboring nations around Israel shared in their blessings, or their wrath, based upon how they chose to behave toward the LORD's Kingdom - of which "Israel" was just a living prophecy of how people of all nations will be born as citizens of the Kingdom of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and the Fact Finder question below).
The Ammonites were the descendants of Abraham's nephew Lot (see also Moab's Babylon Lesson).
"49:1 Concerning the Ammonites, thus saith the LORD;
49:7 Concerning Edom, thus saith the LORD of hosts;
49:23 Concerning Damascus.
Kedar, from the descendants of Abraham's son Ishmael (see A Biography Of Abraham: Hagar And Ishmael), and Hazor, a Canaanite city in Galilee (the mothers of the first Jews were two Canaanite women who had children with Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Jews).
49:28 Concerning Kedar, and concerning the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon shall smite, thus saith the LORD; Arise ye, go up to Kedar, and spoil the men of the east. 49:29 Their tents and their flocks shall they take away: they shall take to themselves their curtains, and all their vessels, and their camels; and they shall cry unto them, Fear is on every side.
Elam, of the line of Noah's son Shem, through whom also the Israelites originated (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
49:34 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying,
This Day In History, October 15
1066: Edgar the Aetheling was proclaimed King of England, but was never formally crowned.
1080: Heinrich (in English, Henry) VI of Germany was defeated by Rudolf of Rheinfelden at the Elster River; Rudolf was killed in the battle (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1211: Latin Emperor Henry of Flanders defeated the Nicaean emperor Theodore I Lascaris at the Battle of the Rhyndacus.
1529: Ottoman (Turkish) forces lifted their siege of Vienna, Austria. The military struggles through that time determined whether Europe would be Roman Catholic or Islamic (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1582: The Gregorian calendar began in Italy and Spain. 10 days were skipped to correct the accumulated seasonal error of the Julian calendar - October 5 was followed by October 15, although the days of the week were not affected.
1764: Edward Gibbon observed a group of Church of Rome monks singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome. The scene inspired him to begin work on his famous The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1783: In France, the Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon achieved the first human ascent, by Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier.
1815: After his defeat and capture by the British at the Battle of Waterloo the previous June, Napoleon Bonaparte arrived under guard at the island of St. Helena where he was held in exile until he died in 1821.
1839: Britain's Queen Victoria proposed marriage to her first cousin, Albert. The marriage between Victoria and Albert was promoted by their uncle Leopold I, king of the Belgians.
1894: Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was arrested for treason, tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison on Devil's Island. He was proven innocent in 1930, 36 years after his conviction. The "Dreyfus Affair" became one of the most famous stories of French history.
1917: Mata Hari (actual name Margaretha Zelle), 41, a Dutch spy for Germany during the First World War, was executed by a French firing squad at the Vincennes Barracks outside Paris.
1945: Vichy French Premier Pierre Laval is executed by a firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans.
1946: Hermann Goering, 53, high-ranking Nazi official under Adolf Hitler, committed suicide in his prison cell 2 hours before his scheduled hanging for war crimes (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1964: Nikita Khrushchev was ousted as First Secretary of the U.S.S.R. Communist Party. He was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev, and Alexi Kosygin as Prime Minister.
1970: Anwar Sadat became president of Egypt, succeeding Gamel Abdel Nasser.
1971: Iran (known until the 1920s as Persia) celebrated 2500 years as a nation. It was Persia that defeated the Babylonian Empire (see The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall) and freed the people of Judah from their Babylonian captivity (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).
1990: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize for his removal of the Berlin Wall and the "Iron Curtain" in Europe.
2013: A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines.