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Tuesday, November 3 2015
Ezekiel 10: Guardians Of The Way
"He placed, at the east of the garden of Eden, Cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life"
"Cherub" (plural, cherubim) is from the Hebrew word pronounced care-oob. It is used to refer to angelic beings (or "regular" angels that are given a specific means or responsibility) that are recorded as having power for a purpose. For example, from their first mention in the Scriptures, they were positioned around the Garden in Eden to keep the first humans, after they had chosen to become sinners, from taking of the tree of life - while in their sinful state (see Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?).
"3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:24 KJV)
Carved Cherubim were made on the top cover of the Ark of the Covenant (see the Fact Finder question below to understand Who that "Mercy Seat" of Judgment has always been about; see also see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
"25:10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 25:11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. 25:12 And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. 25:13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 25:14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. 25:15 The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.
Cherubim were also portrayed on the walls of the Temple in Jerusalem (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple).
"3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite." (2 Chronicles 3:1 KJV)
Keeping in mind that the Holy Scriptures did not have chapters as they were originally written, Ezekiel chapter 10 is a continuation of the task given to the angels in Jerusalem as it was about to fall to the Babylonians (see Ezekiel 9: The Mark Of The Angel). Chapter 10 continues the account of the cherubim in Jerusalem at that time i.e. "he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city." Along with the cherubim portrayed on the Ark and the walls of the Temple at that time were actual cherubim bringing about the destruction of the Temple that had become a place of heathenism (see Halloween In The Jerusalem Temple).
"10:1 Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne. 10:2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.
This Day In History, November 3
361: Roman Emperor Constantius II died of a fever in Cilicia. He was succeeded by his cousin Julian. Constantius II is shown in the Vatican portrait below; note the typical Babylonian / Roman "halo" around his head (see What Is A Halo?; also Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
644: Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim caliph, was assassinated by a Persian slave in Medina (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1394: King Charles VI ordered the expulsion of all Jews from France.
1492: The Treaty of Etaples was signed between Charles VIII of France and Henry VII of England. Under the pact, England renounced its claims to French territory in return for indemnity.
1493: Christopher Columbus discovered Dominica while on his second voyage to the New World (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). The country became independent on this date in 1978.
1534: The Act of Supremacy was passed by the British Parliament. It established King Henry VIII (and his successors) head of the Church of England - an office until then occupied by the Roman Catholic pope.
1679: A bright comet caused widespread panic across Europe.
1760: Frederick the Great of Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany) with 44,000 men defeated 65,000 Austrian troops at Torgau in Seven Years War; more than 13,000 Prussians died in the attack (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1762: Spain acquired Louisiana.
1804: The defeated Sauk and Fox Indians signed a treaty ceding Illinois to the U.S.
1817: The Bank of Montreal, Canada's first bank, opened. With head offices in Montreal, it was the banker in Canada for the Canadian government until the creation of the Bank of Canada 118 years later, in 1935. It participated in many early Canadian developments, including first canals, the telegraph, and the Canadian Pacific Railway.
1838: The Times of India, the world's largest-circulation English language daily newspaper, was founded.
1839: The Opium War between the British and the Chinese began when British warships blew up several Chinese boats at Canton.
1883: The U.S. Supreme Court declared native Americans (the "Indians") to be "dependent aliens."
1903: Following a revolt engineered by the U.S. and encouraged by the presence of a U.S. warship in Panamanian territorial waters, Panama declared itself independent of Columbia - after which Panama became a colony of the U.S.
1918: The fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1918: Poland proclaimed independence from Russia.
1956: Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary in response to the Hungarian Revolution.
1957: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik II into orbit. It carried the first animal in space, a dog named Laika.
1957: One of the most advanced atomic energy reactors in the world opened at Chalk River, Ontario. Despite an abundance of materials and technology that would permit the rapid production of nuclear weapons, Canada continues to use nuclear technology only to generate electricity.
1970: Salvadore Allende was inaugurated as Chile's first Marxist president. He was overthrown on September 11 1973.
1982: During the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, up to 1,000 Soviet soldiers and Afghan civilians died in the Salang tunnel when a tanker exploded near a Soviet military convoy.