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Monday, November 2 2015
Ezekiel 9: The Mark Of The Angel
"The LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof"
The English-language word "angel" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced mal-awk, and the Greek word, pronounced ang-el-os (from which the English word "angel" originated). Both original words of the Holy Scriptures mean messenger.
Angels were very active throughout Bible history and will remain so in the time prior to the Messiah's return (see The Seventh Trumpet Of The Seventh Seal).
What does the Holy Bible tell us about angels?
While the Babylonian army was used as the human agent of the LORD's wrath upon the incorrigibly-corrupt Kingdom of Judah (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?), angels were also sent to insure that the guilty did not escape - and that the innocent were not harmed. An angel was to "set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof," after which, when the destruction began, "come not near any man upon whom is the mark."
"9:1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
Fact Finder: When and how was the term "sons of God" used for angels?
This Day In History, November 2
1164: Thomas Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury, began a 6-year self-imposed exile in France. Once a close friend of King Henry II, he found himself in difficulty after he became an outspoken opponent of the king's policies.
1570: Nearly a thousand people were killed when a tidal wave struck the coast of Holland.
1721: Peter I was proclaimed Czar ("Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar") of all Russians.
1785: The first lifeboat was patented by London coachbuilder Lionel Lukin.
1789: During the French Revolution, all property of the church was taken over by the state.
1841: Following the British occupation of Kabul, Afghans revolted and killed Sir Alexander Burnes and 23 others, starting the Second Afghan War.
1899: The Boers (white natives of Cape Province, the Afrikaans-speaking descendants of Dutch settlers; Afrikaans is closely related to Dutch and Flemish) began their 118 day siege of British held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.
1914: Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.
1917: During the First World War, British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour, prompted by "Zionist" emigres Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, wrote a letter to the 2nd Baron Rothschild, head of the British branch of the Jewish banking family, which contained the "Balfour Declaration" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration). The declaration, pledging British aid for efforts to establish a Jewish homeland in "Palestine," was a key event in the creation of the modern state of "Israel" (which is actually Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). The modern state of Israel was proclaimed just over 30 years later, in 1948.
1930: Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
1936: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was established.
1940: During the Second World War that was started by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the Luftwaffe bombed London for the 57th consecutive night of the "Blitz."
1964: King Saud of Saudi Arabia was deposed and replaced by Prince Fail.
1965: Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, set himself on fire in front of the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam War.
1967: During the Vietnam War, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and his advisors decided that the U.S. people should be given more "optimistic reports" on the progress of the war.
1984: Velma Barfield was executed in Raleigh, North Carolina after being convicted of six murders. She became the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1962, as well as the first woman to be executed by lethal injection.
1995: The Argentine Supreme Court ordered the extradition to Italy of former SS captain Erich Priebke to face trial for a World War Two massacre of prisoners in the Ardeatine Caves.