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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).
"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.
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.
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?).
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.