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Friday, October 30 2015
Ezekiel 7: Blown To Smithereens
"Ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth"
Smith (and its variations in spelling) is one of the most-prevent English family names. It's also found in other Germanic languages e.g. Schmidt, Schmitt etc. in German and De Smedt, Smeets, Smets etc. in Dutch. It's a family name that developed from related occupations.
The word "smith" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, smith, that meant someone who forges with a hammer. The "blacksmith" is the most familiar to many people (i.e. with the hammer and anvil), but numerous other kinds of craftsmen were and are still known as such from their speciality e.g. goldsmith, swordsmith, arrowsmith, gunsmith, coppersmith, silversmith, among many others.
The English word "smithereens" began as a term for something that is forcefully struck by a smith and rendered into tiny pieces.
One of the most famous prophecies of the Holy Bible refers to how the LORD's return will be like a smith's hammer rendering something into smithereens - which will then be blown away into oblivion (see also The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image).
"2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
The Kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) and the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) also found themselves under the LORD's Hammer (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) when they became filled with impurities that needed to be forged out of them - so that "ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth."
"7:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 7:2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land. 7:3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations. 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Fact Finder: After the return of the Messiah, what will humanity do with their weapons and tools of death and destruction? What will they hammer them into?
This Day In History, October 30
539 BC: Cyrus the Great of Persia (Persia is known today as Iran) entered Babylon and brought the Babylonian empire to an end - exactly as prophesied (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia, Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia and The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall).
130: The Roman emperor Hadrian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) founded Antinoopolis, Egypt. He named it after his homosexual lover Antinous who had drowned (or committed suicide) in the Nile River near the site earlier in the year.
1226: Tran Thu Do, patriarch of the Tran clan of Vietnam, forced Ly Hue Tong, the last emperor of the Ly dynasty, to commit suicide.
1270: The Seventh Crusade ended with the Treaty of Barbary (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1340: During the Spanish-Muslim Wars, an army under Alfonso IV of Portugal defeated the Moors under Abu Hamed at the Battle of Salado.
1470: Henry VI of England returned to the throne after Earl of Warwick defeated the Yorkists.
1485: Henry VII of England was crowned.
1536: Denmark adopted Lutheranism as the official state religion.
1697: The Treaty of Ryswick ended the war between France and "the Grand Alliance."
1864: The Peace of Vienna was signed; Denmark ceded Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg to Prussia.
1905: Czar Nicholas II issued the "October Manifesto" offering extended suffrage, an elected parliament (Duma) with legislative powers, and guaranteed civil liberties. Nicholas and his entire family were executed in Russia's communist revolution a decade later.
1918: At the end of the First World War, Turkish acceptance of an armistice marked the end of the Ottoman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1918: The Slovaks agreed to a union with the Czechs under the national name Czechoslovakia.
1922: The fascist Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy.
1938: Orson Welles' radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds caused panic among thousands in the U.S. who misunderstood it be an actual invasion from Mars.
1939: At the start of the Second World War (1939-1945), Hitler's Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and the Soviet Union agreed on partitioning Poland between them.
1961: The Soviet Union detonated its 50 megaton Tsar Bomba ("Caesar's bomb") hydrogen bomb - the largest explosive device ever detonated.
1970: A monsoon struck Vietnam, causing widespread floods, 300 deaths, 200,000 homeless and a temporary halt to the Vietnam War.
1985: The Space Shuttle Challenger was launched on its last successful mission. It was lost on its next launch.
1990: Engineers digging the Channel Tunnel from both directions connected Britain with the European continent for the first time since the Ice Age when they linked up under the seabed of the English Channel.