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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)

"19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand." (Revelation 19:1-2 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.

Babylon

"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.

3:3 Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day. 3:4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones. 3:5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. 3:6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.

3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. 3:8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer. 3:9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.

3:10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places. 3:11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate. 3:12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

3:13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins. 3:14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day. 3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.

3:16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. 3:17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:

3:19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 3:20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.

3:22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. 3:27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

3:28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him. 3:29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope. 3:30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.

3:31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever: 3:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. 3:33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

3:34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth, 3:35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High, 3:36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.

3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good? 3:39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. 3:41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. 3:42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.

3:43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied. 3:44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through. 3:45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.

3:46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 3:47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction. 3:48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

3:49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission, 3:50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven. 3:51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.

3:52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause. 3:53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me. 3:54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.

3:55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon. 3:56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. 3:57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.

3:58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. 3:59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause. 3:60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.

3:61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me; 3:62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day. 3:63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick.

3:64 Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. 3:65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them. 3:66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD." (Lamentations 3:1-66 KJV)

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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)

The People's Crusade 1209: The German King Otto IV was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Innocent III (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes).

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.





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