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Monday, November 16 2015
Ezekiel 23: What Did Israel Do In The Harlot's Tent?
"The Word of the LORD came again unto me, saying ... Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah"
Aholah, from the Hebrew word pronounced oh-haw-law, and Aholibah, from the Hebrew word pronounced oh-hoh-lee-ah-baw, were variants of a term for a harlot's tent i.e. a whore house. Aholah referred to the harlot's tent itself, while Aholibah referred to being in a harlot's tent.
The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) used the very graphic terminology as an analogy of the Kingdom of Israel ("Samaria is Aholah"; see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and The Capitals Of Israel) and the Kingdom of Judah ("Jerusalem Aholibah"; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah) after they became unfaithful to the LORD with their idolatry.
"23:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
The northern Kingdom of Israel wasn't merely invaded and taken into exile by the Assyrian Empire - "she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours ... Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself." It's why, specifically, "Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers."
"23:5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours, 23:6 Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. 23:7 Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself. 23:8 Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.
The Kingdom of Judah existed for about 135 years longer than the Kingdom of Israel (Israel fell to the Assyrians in 721 BC, while Judah fell to the Babylonians in 586 BC), but the reason, and the result, were the same for Judah as they had been for Israel. The difference is that Judah became involved with both Assyria (before it fell to the Babylonians) and then the Babylonians.
"23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms. 23:12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men. 23:13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,
The LORD's Judgment of the two kingdoms was merely what they had already chosen for themselves. As in so many other things, "reap what you sow" was the self-inflicted cause and the result.
"23:22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side; 23:23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses. 23:24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments. 23:25 And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire. 23:26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels. 23:27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.
This Day In History, November 16
42 BC: Tiberius Claudius Nero was born. Tiberius was the Roman Emperor at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The predecessor of Tiberius, Augustus, was the Emperor at the time of the Messiah's birth, as recorded in the Bible (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
1272: King Henry III of England, who had ruled since 1216, died and was succeeded by his son Edward I.
1532: Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and his army captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa at the Battle of Cajamarca.
1621: The Pope proclaimed January 1st to be the beginning of the Roman calendar year. Before that time, March was the first month - the reason why a number of today's Roman calendar month names are misnomers e.g. September ("sept" is a prefix meaning "seven") went from being the seventh month to the ninth (see How Did Rome Change True Time?).
1686: Britain and France signed the Treaty of Neutrality regarding their colonies in North America in the event of war in Europe. France later supported the revolution of the New England colonies against Britain, not for any purpose of "freedom" (at the very same time that the France-supported revolution in New England happened, France hypocritically had its own colonies in Louisiana and elsewhere in North America - in which France tolerated no independence), but with the intention of conquering New England for France after the colonies became independent of British military support. Later costly wars in Europe, started by the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, diverted French military forces from North America.
1797: Frederick William II, king of Prussia from 1786, died and was succeeded by his son, Frederick William III.
1885: Louis Riel, the rebel leader of the "Riel Rebellion" in Canada, was executed for treason.
1894: Over 6,000 Armenians were reported massacred by Turks in Kurdistan.
1904: English electrical engineer and physicist John Ambrose Fleming received a patent for the "thermionic valve" (later known as the vacuum tube).
1918: With the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The European World Wars), Hungary was proclaimed an independent republic.
1938: The hallucinogenic drug LSD was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, many prominent Nazi scientists who worked for Adolf Hitler's war and holocaust regime (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) were admitted into the U.S. The "reformed" Nazis (many people, at the time and ever since, nevertheless regarded them as war criminals who escaped justice, including Jewish concentration camp survivors who were victims of some of their "experiments") later worked for various government and military agencies, including NASA and nuclear missile programs.
1960: Riots occurred in New Orleans after two all-white schools began allowing blacks to attend classes.
1965: The Soviet Union launched its Venus III spacecraft. Its arrival on Venus in March, 1966 made it the first spacecraft to land on another planet.
1988: Benazir Bhutto was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan; she was assassinated in 2007.