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Tuesday, October 27 2015

Ezekiel 4: Ezekiel's Satellite View

"Take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about"

The fall of the Kingdom of Judah to the Babylonian Empire was gradual. The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) gave the by-then stubborn and defiant people of the kingdom every possible opportunity to repent and save their nation, even while it was being dismantled - which itself provided even more incentive to turn from their foolish ways of self destruction. It was the primary reason that the prophet Jeremiah's ministry was given to last forty years (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers).

The prophet Ezekiel was taken in one of the earlier captivities, so that by the time of the complete devastation of the kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) and their capital city Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah) in 586 BC, he was safely out of the city. As such, unlike the prophet Jeremiah who remained in, and survived, the fall of Jerusalem, Ezekiel was not physically present when the siege began, or when the city fell 18 months later (see also The LORD's Letter To The Exiles In Babylon).

Ancient Jerusalem

"25:1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about. 25:2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

25:3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land. 25:4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain. 25:5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him. 25:6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him. 25:7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.

25:8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem: 25:9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire. 25:10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about. 25:11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away. 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

25:13 And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the LORD, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Babylon. 25:14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away. 25:15 And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away.

25:16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was without weight. 25:17 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with wreathen work.

25:18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door: 25:19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's presence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the city: 25:20 And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah: 25:21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath.

So Judah was carried away out of their land." (2 Kings 25:1-21 KJV)

As it was happening, Ezekiel was however spiritually present, through vision and object-lesson prophecy. Ezekiel's "satellite" view of the fall of Jerusalem and the forced-famine from the siege:

"4:1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: 4:2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about. 4:3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.

4:4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year. 4:7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. 4:8 And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.

4:9 Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. 4:10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it. 4:11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink. 4:12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. 4:13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.

4:14 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.

4:15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.

4:16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: 4:17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity." (Ezekiel 4:1-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: What have been, and will yet be, the major sieges of Jerusalem?
See The Sieges Of Ariel - Past And Future and Salem In History And Prophecy


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This Day In History, October 27

97: To placate the Praetorians of Germany, Nerva of Rome adopted Trajan (see New Testament Roman Emperors and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?), the governor of lower Germany. The "German connection" to the later "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (its official title) was established very early (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

312: Constantine the Great claimed to see his "vision of the Cross." Constantine was the inventor of the Church of Rome and its "sun day" worship law (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).

The Churches of Rome
939: Athelstan died. He was the first Saxon king to have effective rule over the whole of England (Saxons were from Saxony in Germany; the Anglo-Saxons were a tribe of the Saxons).

1275: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Cuba (it was no "discovery" for the people who were already there; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1553: Spanish reformer theologian and physician Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for heresy.

1644: The Battle of Newbury; 9,000 royalists under English King Charles I held out against the parliamentary army of 17,500.

1662: Charles II of England sold Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres.

1795: Pinckney's Treaty between the U.S. and Spain established the U.S. southern boundary at the 31st parallel and gave the U.S. the right to ship down the Mississippi without having to pay duty to Spain.

1806: Napoleon's troops entered Berlin.

1808: The Treaty of Fontainebleau was signed by Napoleon and Charles IV of Spain, divided Portugal into 3 parts.

1809: U.S. President James Madison ordered the annexation of the western part of Florida after Spanish settlers there rebelled against the Spanish authorities. The U.S. was actually created from four rebellions against those who had established colonies in the wilderness: England in the northeast, Spain in Florida, France in Louisiana and Mexico/Spain in Texas. Madison later declared the start of the War of 1812 (1812-1814) with the stated intention to annex ("take territory by conquest") Canada; the war ended with the borders intact, as they remain to this day.

1871: The diamond fields of Kimberley in South Africa were annexed by Britain.

1936: Wallis Simpson was granted a divorce in her native U.S. She later married Edward, the Duke of Windsor, who gave up the throne of England for her.

1962: Major Rudolf Anderson of the U.S. Air Force became the only human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba by a surface-to-air missile.

1942: During the Second World War, an indecisive 2-day air and sea battle around the Solomon Islands ended with substantial damage to both the U.S. and Japanese fleets.

1971: Republic of The Congo name changed to Zaire. The country was earlier ruled by Belgium.

1978: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1994: The U.S. prison population exceeded 1 million people.

1999: Gunmen opened fire inside the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members of the government.


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