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Wednesday, October 28 2015
Ezekiel 5: What Is At The Center Of The Earth?
"This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her"
If one looks at the location of Jerusalem on a map, it's easy to see why the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) said "This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her" (Ezekiel 5:5 KJV).
Jerusalem is indeed literally at the center of the origin of nations (i.e. the people) of humanity. Africa is to the southwest, Europe is to the northwest and Asia is to the northeast. Jerusalem is located exactly at the point that joins them. So too, the people of the nations of the other continents of the world nevertheless had their origin around Jerusalem, from those three continents. The LORD's statement includes everyone, everywhere.
Israel was created as a living prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God and the New Jerusalem that will then be the Capital of everywhere (see The First And Last Nation and The Patriotism Prophecy). When the people of the Kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes), and then the Kingdom of Judah about 135 years later (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah), became corrupt, they were sent back to "Babylon" (from a Hebrew word that means confusion; see How Did Eden Become Babylon?) because they had turned Jerusalem into confusion (see The Cure For Confusion).
A number of the prophecies that were given to Ezekiel about that were presented in symbolism that was both timeless and in a portrayal language that all could witness. The prophecies are not only written, but also illustrated.
"5:1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair. 5:2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them. 5:3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts. 5:4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.
Fact Finder: For a complete 20 part series of studies of the history and future of Jerusalem, begin with the link below. The links to all of the studies are in each one.
This Day In History, October 28
97: Roman Emperor Nerva was forced by the Praetorian Guard (the Emperor's bodyguards) to adopt General Marcus Ulpius Trajanus as his heir and successor (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
306: Maxentius was proclaimed Roman Emperor.
312: Over the previous 24 hours, the Battle of Mulvian (or Milvian) Bridge over the Tiber River near Rome was fought. Constantine the Great defeated the forces of Maxentius to become the sole ruler of the western Roman empire. Prior to the battle, Constantine claimed to have seen a vision of a cross (Christ was not crucified on a "Latin" cross - see The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?) in the sky with the words "In Hoc Signo Vinces" ("In this sign conquer"). After the victory, he nominally converted to Christianity, and was largely involved in the Romans' change from God's true and only Sabbath to the old Babylonian pagan "sun day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
900: King Alfred the Great of England died.
969: After a prolonged siege, Byzantine forces ended 300 years of Arab rule in Antioch.
1216: King Henry III of England was crowned.
1420: Beijing was officially designated as the capital of China's Ming Dynasty.
1492: Christopher Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain. Contrary to propaganda myths, Columbus, an Italian, who was working for the king and queen of Spain, claimed land in the "new world" as colonies of the "old world" - Columbus had no intention of those lands ever being anything more than colonies of Spain. Nor was Columbus the first to discover the continent of North America; the Vikings of Scandinavia left behind physical proof of their being there centuries before Columbus (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1628: After being besieged for months the Huguenots at La Rochelle capitulated to troops of the French crown under Cardinal Michelieu.
1636: English colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony founded a college at Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is known today as Harvard University.
1664: The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot, later to be known as the Royal Marines, was established. Many other nations thereafter copied the establishment of marines.
1746: The Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao were destroyed by an earthquake, at least 18,000 killed.
1870: In the Franco-Prussian War, Strasbourg surrendered to Prussian forces.
1886: The Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland. While most are aware that it was a gift from the Roman-Catholic people and government of France, very few are aware that the Statue of Liberty was a deliberate, as stated by its builders, reproduction of the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, idol-worshipping Rome's "goddess of freedom." A 2,000 year-old Roman coin from 42 BC, from the era of the birth of the Roman Empire, seen below, shows Libertas (including the idol's name, the Latin Libertas, in English meaning "Lady Liberty" right on the coin); the face and the crown are identical to the Statue of Liberty.
1891: An earthquake struck the Niphon Islands in Japan, killed 10,000 people and left 300,000 homeless.
1918: The Czechoslovak state came into being when the Prague national committee took over land upon the dissolution of Austria-Hungary.
1922: Fascist "Blackshirts" began a march on Rome which led 2 days later to a formation of an Italian government under Benito Mussolini.
1948: The modern-day national flag of "Israel" was adopted (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1958: Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, patriarch of Venice, was elected as Pope John XXIII.
1971: By a vote of 356-244 the British House of Commons voted to join the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the end-time European Union (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1985: Sandinista rebel Daniel Ortega became President of Nicaragua.
2007: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the first woman to be elected President of Argentina.