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Thursday, November 5 2015
Ezekiel 12: Zedekiah's Twilight Prophecy
"In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel"
The English-language word "twilight" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word that meant two light. It was used to refer to the faint light that occurs in the atmosphere for a short time after sunset or before sunrise. It occurs because, although the sun is below the ground horizon, it is, in effect, still above the atmosphere's horizon.
Twilight is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced awl-aw-taw, which refers to the same effect as the English word. People of ancient times were generally more familiar with astronomy (which has nothing to do with heathen astrology) because, apart from the fact that they could see the heavens much more clearly than those of the present world where artificial lighting has transformed the night sky into a light-gray fog, they also used the LORD's calendar in which days were marked from sunset to sunset.
While the Bible speaks of literal twilight, it sometimes also uses it metaphorically, or literally and metaphorically, as in this example from Ezekiel that prophesied the fate of Judah's last king, Zedekiah (see Zedekiah Of Judah), years before it happened.
The "twilight" capture and blinding of Zedekiah, as prophesied by Ezekiel:
"12:12 And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes. 12:13 My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there." (Ezekiel 12:12-13 KJV)
It later happened exactly as prophesied.
"25:1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about. 25:2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
"12:1 The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying, 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
Fact Finder: How did the royal Messianic line survive and return so that the Messianic was born from it?
This Day In History, November 5
1138: Ly Anh Tong became the emperor of Vietnam.
1219: Damietta was captured by the "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1414: The Council of Constance (ecumenical council) opened.
1492: While on his voyages to claim the "New World" for Spain, Christopher Columbus "discovered" corn (i.e. maize) from the natives of Cuba. All of the voyages of Columbus were within the Caribbean Sea area, none to North America which was discovered by Vikings, over 500 years before Columbus, with their landings on what is today the east coast of Canada (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1530: The St. Felix's Flood destroyed the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands.
1556: Akhbar the Great routed the Hindus under Hemu by turning their elephants against them at the Battle of Panipat in the Hundu Revolt.
1605: Guy Fawkes was arrested for the "Gunpowder Plot" - English Roman Catholics failed in a plan to blow up the British House of Parliament and kill King James I (from whom the King James Version of the Bible is named).
1757: During The Seven Years War, Prussian forces under Frederick II defeated French forces at Rosbach.
1831: Nat Turner, a U.S. slave working to free his people, was sentenced to death in Virginia.
1854: During the Crimean War, British and French forces defeated the Russian forces at Inkerman.
1911: Italy announced the annexation of Libya, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica.
1914: At the start of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), France and Britain declared war on the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) that then had control of the territory that is today Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). At the end of the war 4 years later, control of the land of Israel went to the British, who in turn administered it until 1948 when the modern state of Israel was born. The British liberation of "Palestine" enabled the modern state of Israel to be born, something that did not and could not have happened during centuries of occupation by the Ottomans - see The Balfour Declaration.
1917: Three years after the beginning of the First World War (1914-1918), U.S. troops under General Pershing entered the war against Germany.
1928: Mount Etna in Sicily erupted and devastated a large area including the village of Mascali which was completely buried.
1950: During the Korean War, British and Australian forces of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade successfully halted the advancing Chinese 117th Division during the Battle of Pakchon.
1956: The 8th and last day of the Sinai War. At a cost of 180 men killed and 4 captured, 20 planes and 2,000 old vehicles, Israel in a 100-hour campaign occupied the entire Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip, had destroyed 3 divisions, killed 2,000 of the enemy, and took nearly 6,000 prisoners. Israel also captured a huge amount of military equipment, valued at over $50 million (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1965: Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith declared a state of emergency in preparation for his declaration of independence from Britain.
1990: Meir Kahane, a U.S.-born rabbi who advocated expelling all Arabs from Israel, was assassinated in New York.
2006: Saddam Hussein, the conquered President of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar were sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982.
2007: China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1, entered orbit around the Moon.
2009: U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 30 at Fort Hood, Texas. It was the largest mass shooting at a US military installation.