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Thursday, October 29 2015
Ezekiel 6: Getting High
"They also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree ... And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom"
"14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:13-14 KJV)
Eden became "Babylon" (from the Hebrew word that means confusion; see How Did Eden Become Babylon?) when humanity lusted to get high on a phallic steeple to heaven.
"11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven ..." (Genesis 11:4 KJV)
The "high places" were often atop hills and mountains, but they were also found in the dregs of the lowest places because it was as much a self-inflicted defective state of mind as a state of place. Even when they reduced themselves to lying in the spiritual or physical gutter, they still called it getting "high."
"14:23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree. 14:24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel." (1 Kings 14:23-24 KJV)
So it was then that the Israelites, the Kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) and then the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah), were sent back to Babylon because, in their arrogant presumptuousness that they were the LORD's people who could do no wrong, regardless of the reality of how much wrong they willfully and defiantly were actually doing, they became worse than the idol-worshipping "high" heathens that were driven out of the land so that the Israelites could possess it.
"36:14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. 36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy." (2 Chronicles 36:14-16 KJV)
Ezekiel, while one of the earlier exiles of Judah in Babylon (see Ezekiel's Whirlwind), was given to record the LORD's condemnation of their "high places," high and low, that they had used to destroy themselves and their nation.
"6:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 6:2 Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, 6:3 And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. 6:4 And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. 6:5 And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars. 6:6 In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. 6:7 And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
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This Day In History, October 29
539 BC: Cyrus the Great of Persia conquered Babylon. Cyrus thereafter permitted the people of Judah to return home after their prophesied 70-years exile in Babylon (see The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall and The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).
312: Constantine the Great entered Rome after his battle victory at the Milvian Bridge (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
437: Valentinian III, Emperor of the Western Roman, married Licinia Eudoxia, the daughter of his cousin, Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II.
969: Byzantine forces occupied Antioch Syria.
1618: Sir Walter Raleigh was executed at age 66 for treason against King James I (of the King James Bible fame). Raleigh was a writer, statesman and explorer. He is noted for introducing potatoes and tobacco to England.
1709: The First Barrier Treaty; Britain agreed to support the restoration to the United Provinces of the fortresses that it had been granted by the Treaty of Rijswijk.
1727: A severe earthquake struck northeastern North America.
1762: The Battle of Freiburg. The Austrians were defeated by the Prussians under Prince Henry. It was the only Prussian victory without Frederick II in command.
1792: Mount Hood in Oregon was named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood.
1886: The first "ticker-tape parade" took place in New York City when office workers spontaneously threw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. While most are aware that the image 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, shown 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.
1889: The British South Africa Company, headed by Cecil Rhodes, was granted a charter by the British government. The charter gave extensive powers over the area which later became Rhodesia.
1911: Hungarian-born U.S. newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died at age 64. The Pulitzer Prizes are named after him.
1922: Italian King Victor Emmanuel II called on Benito Mussolini to form a government.
1923: After the fall of the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate), Turkey became a republic under its first President, Kemal Ataturk.
1927: Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff discovered the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert.
1929: Wall Street "Black Tuesday" marked the final collapse of the U.S. stock market and the beginning of the Great Depression.
1945: The first ballpoint pen went on sale, 57 years after it was patented.
1956: Israel invaded the Sinai in response to belligerent actions by Egyptian President Gamal Nasser, including refusing access of Israeli ships to the Suez Canal and Gulf of Aqaba, and forming a unified military command with Jordan and Syria. In the brief war that followed, Israeli, British and French troops landed in the Canal Zone. By the end of the conflict, Israel had conquered the whole of the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza. It was the second major Israeli-Arab war since the founding of the modern state of Israel, as made possible by the British presence there after the end of the First World War (see The Balfour Declaration). Known as the Sinai War, it was code-named Operation Kadesh by the Israelis (whoever named the operation "Kadesh" was apparently unmindful of the historical reality that Kadesh was the place in the Sinai wilderness where the Israelites refused to obey the LORD and enter the promised land when they first had the opportunity to do so, and so were left to wander and die in the wilderness (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey).
1957: Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and a number of government members were injured when a hand grenade was thrown into Israel's Parliament, the Knesset.
1967: Expo 67, Montreal's World Fair, ended after over 50 million visitors.
1972: A "Black September" terrorist group hijacked a Lufthansa airliner as it flew over Turkey. They demanded the release of 3 of their members who were being held for the murders of Israeli athletes at the Olympics.
1999: A cyclone devastated Orissa, India.
2004: The Arabic news network Al Jazeera broadcast a video of Osama bin Laden in which, for the first time, he admitted direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He claimed that he got the idea to use airliners to destroy buildings after watching U.S.-manufactured F-16 fighter aircraft of the Israeli Air Force bombing high-rise buildings in Lebanon.
2012: Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the U.S, killing nearly 300 people and causing about $70 billion in damage.