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Friday, October 16 2015
Jeremiah 50: The Prophecy To The Birthplace Of Rebellion
"For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man"
Humanity began in the place that is known as Eden, pronounced in Hebrew as ay-den. It was a place of peace and truth, until Satan became a rebel (see What Is Satan's Real Name?) and then the spiritual father of rebels. Notice carefully that Satan was created sinless and righteous ("Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created"), until afterward, in the Garden of Eden, which was planted after the creation of man, "iniquity was found in thee."
"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-15 KJV)
The first generations of humanity, from Adam and Eve to the time of the Flood, rebelled against the Law of the LORD. In its place, they did whatever they pleased and declared their wickedness to be good and righteous - the very definition of iniquity (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy).
"6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5 KJV)
After the Flood, Eden again became the birthplace of rebellion. It was at that time that the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) changed the name of Eden to Babylon which means confusion. It was that "Babylon" that the LORD called righteous Abraham to come out of and become the example of the repentant (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan). The Israelites were later created from one of the lines of the descendants of Abraham (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews).
When the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) became as defiantly corrupt as their ancestors in Babylon, the LORD appropriately exiled them back there, to the land of confusion. The LORD used the Babylonians to accomplish His wrath, not because the Babylonians were faithful to Him, but because they were as spiritually low as that generation of the people of Judah had made itself. It's for that reason that the Babylonian Empire itself, in the birthplace of rebellion against Him, then knew the LORD's wrath - again.
"50:1 The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.
Fact Finder: Who did the LORD appoint to bring down the ancient Babylonian empire?
This Day In History, October 16
456: Magister militum Ricimer defeated Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and became the leader of the Western Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1555: During the reign of (Roman Catholic) Queen Mary I (known to history as "Bloody Mary" because of the religious persecution that she inflicted upon those who rejected papal rule of Britain), English Protestant reformers Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake at Oxford after being convicted of anti-Rome "heresy" e.g. promoting the printing of English-language Bibles so that people could read the Word of God for themselves (see A Christian Holy Bible Reading Plan With Detailed Study Notes and What Does Word of God Mean To You?).
1594: William Allen died at age 62. The English cardinal supervised the preparation of the Roman Catholic Reims-Douai translation of the Bible (see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?). During his lifetime he was much involved in subversive activities against the Protestant government of Queen Elizabeth I. In a blatant act of high treason, he called upon the Catholic King Philip II of Spain to conquer England and assume the English throne. After Philip's invasion force, the Spanish Armada, was defeated by the British navy (and some very "miraculous" weather), Allen fled to Rome where he was made a cardinal.
1710: Port Royal, Acadia (now Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia) was captured from the French by the British. The Treaty of Utrecht, signed 3 years later, gave the mainland part of present-day Nova Scotia to Britain, but left Cape Breton Island and present-day New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island with France (until 1763 at the conclusion of the French and Indian War, when they too came under British rule). In 1755 many Acadians were deported for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to Britain. Many of them went to the French colony known today as Louisiana (named after French king Louis) where "acadian" became pronounced as "cajun."
1793: Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, wife of King Louis XVI, was beheaded during the French Revolution.
1813: Thee 3 day Battle of Leipzig began (also called the Battle of The Nations). It was a decisive victory of the allies over Napoleon. During the battle, most of Napoleon's German auxiliary forces went over to the allies. A large monument commemorates the battle which cost about 120,000 casualties.
1841: Queen's University was founded in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
1859: John Brown led his famous raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, and seized the armory to provide for his anti-slavery militia. He was later captured and hanged.
1934: The "Long March" of Chinese communists began under Mao Zedong.
1946: After being convicted of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials, the major Nazi war criminals were executed the same day: Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Julius Streicher, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl. Hermann Goering escaped the gallows by committing suicide in his jail cell the day before (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1964: China exploded its first atomic bomb, at the Lop Nor test site in Sinkiang.
1973: U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissenger and North Vietnamese peace negotiator Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1978: Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland was elected Pope, choosing the name John Paul II. He was the first non-Italian pope in 486 years.
1984: A baboon heart was transplanted into a human infant in California. After the transplant, "Baby Fae" lived 30 days.
1987: The Great Storm of 1987 in Britain. 20 people were killed when a devastating gale with gusts up to 115 mph struck southern Britain, the worst since records began. The storm flattened 15,000,000 trees and caused 1,000,000,000 pounds damage.
1998: Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London on a warrant from Spain that requested his extradition on murder charges.
2002: Bibliotheca Alexandrina was opened in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It commemorates the great Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity.