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Saturday, November 14 2015
Ezekiel 21: When The LORD Draws His Sword
"Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath"
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3 KJV)
Notice the duality of the Title "Word of God." The Messiah literally spoke the Word of God ("... the Word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me" John 14:24 KJV), which was then written in the Holy Scriptures - and, as we will read, the LORD has the Power and Authority to enforce it in any due time (see Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?).
"4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
The apostle John knew the Messiah when He lived as a normal human. John was also given to see the LORD after He had been restored to His Eternal Glory. Notice carefully how, as before and after, the connection between the Word and the "Sword."
"1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." (Revelation 1:14-18 KJV)
The return of the Messiah will be to a world that hates the Word of God. Most of defiant and arrogant humanity will attempt to fight the Messiah to prevent Him from establishing the Kingdom of God on the planet that He created for that very purpose (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and What Does Earth Mean?). Notice again, as always before, the connection between the Word of God and the "sword" i.e. "His Name is called The Word of God ... And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword."
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
When the Kingdom of Judah had made itself and Jerusalem into a place of corruption and iniquity (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?), the LORD used His "sword" to render the evil into non-existence. Notice again also how, as in the Book of Revelation quoted above, the connection between the sword and the rod of iron i.e. "Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod" that will not make war, but will restore peace.
"21:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
In the case of the fall of the corrupt Kingdom of Judah, the Babylonian Empire was utilized as the sword of the LORD.
"21:18 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,
Fact Finder: When did the "sword" of the LORD hang over Jerusalem in the time of King David?
This Day In History, November 14
565: Roman emperor Justinian died at age 81. The "Imperial Restoration" temporarily occurred during his reign, but it was too late; the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) had already moved north, into Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1501: Arthur Tudor and Katherine of Aragon were married.
1533: Spanish "Conquistadors" under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrived in Cajamarca of the Incas.
1666: Samuel Pepys reported on the first blood transfusion (between dogs).
1792: Captain George Vancouver and his crew became the first Englishmen to enter San Francisco Bay.
1851: Moby Dick by Herman Melville was published (see also The Origin Of Moby Dick).
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), the Battle of the Somme ended. It was one of the bloodiest battles of all time with over 1,000,000 troops killed or wounded.
1922: The BBC began daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.
1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Coventry, England was severely damaged by German bombers in the "blitz." It was the worst single-day bombing of Britain of the war; over 1,000 were killed (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was lost after being torpedoed by a German submarine.
1951: French paratroopers captured Hoabinh, Vietnam, thereby involving France in the Vietnam civil war for most of the 1950s. The U.S. replaced France in that intervention for most of the 1960s and early 1970s. When the U.S. withdrew, the Vietnamese of the north defeated the Vietnamese of the south and made Vietnam into a single country again, as it had been before foreigners divided Vietnam into north and south.
1964: The U.S. Army entered the Vietnam civil war. The homeland of the Vietnamese people was divided into two countries, North and South Vietnam, during the 1940s. When French imperial forces withdrew "a war that cannot be won" in the early 1960s, the U.S. replaced them. When the U.S. forces withdrew in the early 1970s, Vietnam was reunited into the single nation that it had been for centuries before French and U.S. involvement in their country.
1969: 250,000 people marched in Washington to protest the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war.
1983: The first U.S. cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads arrived at Greenham Common airbase in England amid protests from British people who didn't want foreign weapons of mass destruction in Britain (Britain itself has a large nuclear arsenal of doomsday weapons; see also 'Weapons Of Mass Destruction' Found!).
1994: The first fare-paying passengers on the new rail service traveled through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.