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Sunday, November 1 2015

Ezekiel 8: Halloween In The Jerusalem Temple

"So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about"

When construction of the LORD's Temple in Jerusalem was completed by King Solomon, it was a bright, clean place of physical beauty and spiritual purity. On the day that it was completed, it was a time of righteous celebration for the nation (see Solomon's Temple Address).

In reply to Solomon, the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) declared that He would be watching, for all of the good, and for any evil, that would present itself there.

Saul Consulting A Witch

"7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

7:17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; 7:18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.

7:19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 7:20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. 7:21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? 7:22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them." (2 Chronicles 7:15-22 KJV)

By the time of the fall of the Kingdom of Judah (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) to Babylon (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?), the people had made themselves into heathens - and made what had been the LORD's pure and clean Temple into a creepy, evil place of demon worship. It had become, in effect, a place where Satan's Halloween (see Halloween: Partying With The Spirits Of Antichrist) was observed every day of the year with "every form of creeping things" and mockeries of blood and violence.

As recorded by the prophet Ezekiel:

"8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me. 8:2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber. 8:3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.

8:5 Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.

8:6 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.

8:7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. 8:8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.

8:9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. 8:10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. 8:11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

8:12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth. 8:13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. 8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

8:17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them." (Ezekiel 8:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: Sun worship was a major part of the religions of Babylon, and then Rome. As stated in verse 16 above, were the Israelites also observers of "sun day"?
See Sun Worship In Israel


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This Day In History, November 1

79: Near Naples, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the ancient Roman port city of Pompeii.

365: The Alamanni (a confederation of Germanic tribes) crossed the Rhine River and invaded Gaul. Roman Emperor Valentinian I took command of the Roman army to defend the Gallic cities. Germany later became the prophetic successor of the Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1043: Holy Roman emperor Henry III (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) married Agnes of Poitou, a descendant of kings of Burgandy and Italy, to form an alliance designed to seal the empire's relations with the neighboring states to the west.

1512: Michelangelo's painting of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel ceiling was opened to the public.

1520: The Strait of Magellan, the passage south of mainland South America connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, was first discovered and navigated by a European, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, during the first around the world voyage.

The Pacific Ocean

1683: The British colony of New York (named after England's Duke of York and Albany) was subdivided into 12 counties.

1688: During the Glorious Revolution, William III of Orange departed from Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands to assume the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland from King James II of England.

1762: French troops capitulated at Cassel and evacuated to the right bank of the Rhine during the Seven Years War.

1755: An earthquake destroyed Lisbon, Portugal and killed 60,000 people.

1765: The British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act, a tax on the New England colonies that helped to pay for British military defense of those same colonies against invasion by the powerful French and Spanish military presence in North America (see the actual newspaper report below).

The Stamp Act The French held extensive colonies in what is today eastern Canada and Louisiana, while the Spanish (thanks to Christopher Columbus who claimed the entire "New World" for Spain and the Papacy; see the map of the voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy) held the vast Caribbean region from Florida to what is today Mexico, and south into South America.

Ironically, the tax to pay for the defense of the colonies became one of the major incitement tactics used by the leaders of the revolution. France eagerly assisted the insurgency (while hypocritically tolerating no independence for their own colonies throughout North America), with the intent to invade them once the British military connection could be broken. France couldn't carry through with their strategic plan because of the disastrous wars that the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte started in Europe and into Russia (the Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815) that consumed the French army, culminating in the famous Battle of Waterloo (Belgium) in June 1815, during which Prussian (German) and British forces routed the French army under Napoleon.

1790: Edmund Burke published "Reflections on the Revolution in France" that predicted that the French Revolution would fail.

1800: U.S. President John Adams became the first President of the U.S. to live in the Executive Mansion, later renamed the White House. That original White House was burned to the ground by Royal Marines during the War of 1812 (1812-1814, started by U.S. President James Madison with the publicly-stated goal of annexing Canada and subjecting its people to colonial rule by politicians in Washington) in retaliation for the U.S. burning of the Parliament Building in York (known today as Toronto) earlier in the year.

1814: The Congress of Vienna opened with the purpose of re-drawing the European political map after the defeat of France during the Napoleonic Wars.

1856: Britain declared war on Persia (Persia is known today as Iran) after Persia invaded Afghanistan (see also Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist).

1869: Louis Riel seized Fort Garry (Winnipeg, Manitoba) during the Red River Rebellion.

1932: Wernher von Braun was named head of Adolf Hitler's (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed and wounded) during the Second World War (1939-1945). After the war, the "reformed Nazi" Wernher von Braun was admitted into the U.S. where the Nazi (he later admitted that he had been a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.

1936: Benito Mussolini announced the formation of the "Rome-Berlin Axis."

1939: The world's first jet plane, the German Heinkel HE 178, made its first flight.

1950: Pope Pius XII declared "the assumption of Mary" (i.e. taken into heaven, body and soul, upon her death) to be definitive dogma for Roman Catholics. The false doctrine is blatantly contrary to the true Word of God in the Holy Bible (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).

1956: The Springhill Mining Disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia killed 39 miners; 88 were rescued.

1959: Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens became the first goal tender to wear face protection in the National Hockey League.

1963: President Diem of South Vietnam was overthrown in a U.S.-staged coup. He was killed the next day.

1973: During the Watergate criminal investigations in Washington, Leon Jaworski was appointed as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor.

1984: Rajiv Gandhi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India amid anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, by two of her Sikh bodyguards. Rajiv Gandhi was in later years also assassinated, by a suicide bomber.

1993: The Maastrict Treaty came into effect, creating a new European Union (a Biblically-prophesied event - see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).


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