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Wednesday, October 21 2015
Lamentations 3: Why Did Jeremiah Lament For Babylon?
"Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD"
The day is surely coming when the "Babylon" (a word that originated from an ancient Hebrew word that means confusion; see The Cure For Confusion) world that was inspired by Satan will be no more. Many already look forward to that day, while others will rejoice later (see also When Zion Awakes).
"18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come." (Revelation 18:9-10 KJV)
The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) delivered the Kingdom of Judah to the forces of the Babylonian Empire because they no longer were out of "Babylon" anyway. They had become just as corrupt as Babylon itself had become long before (see How Did Eden Become Babylon? and The Prophecy To The Birthplace Of Rebellion).
Jeremiah's lament over the fall of "Babylon" Jerusalem was yet another object-lesson prophecy of how the whole world will lament the fall of the evil regime that they had been deluded to love. In Jeremiah's experience, it wasn't a destruction of the evil that he grieved about (he actually prayed that the LORD would do it), but a lament over the waste that the people had made of themselves by turning themselves away from the LORD.
"3:1 I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. 3:2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.
This Day In History, October 21
1096: During the "People's Crusade," the Turkish Seljuk forces of Kilij Arslan annihilated the Church of Rome's "People's Army." (see The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1097: During the First Crusade, Church of Rome "Crusaders" led by Godfrey of Bouillon, Bohemund of Taranto, and Raymond IV of Toulouse, began the Siege of Antioch. The "Crusades" were a series of wars fought between the great false "church" of Christianity and the Muslims over which of them would control Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad)
1520: On the first-ever voyage around the world, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan entered a passage off the southern tip of South America. Today it is known as the Strait of Magellan.
1520: The coronation of Charles V (Hapsburg) at Aachen.
1529: King Henry VIII of England was named "Defender of the Faith" by the Pope after defending "the seven sacraments" against the teachings of "protestant" reformer Luther. Henry later rebelled against the papacy (when the pope refused to grant Henry's repeated divorces) and created the Church of England with adulterous Henry (who thereafter declared himself not to be an adulterer) as the head of his church.
1790: The French Tricolor was chosen as the flag of France.
1805: The Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars. A British fleet under the command of Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated a combined French and Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain, thereby leaving Britain the greatest naval force in the world for the next 200 years (until the Second World War when the U.S. Navy was expanded and replaced Britain as the world's Imperial power - ironic, in that the U.S. became what it was founded against). Admiral Nelson, age 47, was killed in the battle.
1824: Portland cement was first patented, by Joseph Aspdin of Wakefield in Yorkshire, England.
1854: The British nurse Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.
1880: John A. Macdonald (Canada's first Prime Minister) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company signed a contract for the construction of a cross-Canada railway. "The Last Spike" was put in 5 years later, on November 5 1885.
1921: U.S. President Warren Harding delivered the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south.
1923: The first planetarium was opened, at the Deutsche Museum in Munich, Germany.
1940: At the start of the Second World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in referring to a German invasion of Britain across the English Channel, challenged Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) in a radio speech, "We are awaiting the long-promised German invasion - and so are the fishes" (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1944: During the Second World War, the first documented "kamikaze" attack occurred when a Japanese plane carrying a 200 kilograms / 440 pounds bomb attacks the HMAS Australia off Leyte Island.
1950: The Battle of Yongju during the Korean War. British and Australians of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade fought the North Korean 239th Regiment.
1959: U.S. President Eisenhower signed an executive order to enable the captured Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun (the developer of the rockets that Hitler used to bomb Britain) and other "rehabilitated" Nazi war criminals to work at NASA to develop the U.S. space program.
1960: HMS Dreadnought, Britain first nuclear submarine, was launched.
1966: A coal mine slag heap slid and buried a school in the Welsh village of Aberfan. 116 children and 28 adults were killed.
1967: During the Vietnam War, over 100,000 war protesters gathered in Washington, D.C.
1967: A few months after the end of the Six Day War, Egyptian missiles sank the Israeli destroyer Eilat off Sinai. Israel responded by shelling the major oil installations in the Egyptian port town of Suez.
1983: The seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures defined the metre as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
1988: In New York, a U.S. Court indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering that they committed in the Philippines.