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Wednesday, November 18 2015
Ezekiel 25: The Fall Of The Muslim Empire
"They have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred"
The Ottoman Empire, as it happened, a Muslim empire, was one of the most geographically-extensive empires in human history. Over the course of its expansion and contraction, were Turkey, large areas of Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson), Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Greece, Jordan, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania - and "Palestine." It was also one of the longest-lasting empires history. Centered on a ruling dynasty in Turkey, it existed from the late thirteenth century to the early twentieth century.
During the First World War (1914-1918), the Ottoman Empire sided with Germany, and so found itself facing British and British Empire forces in battle. Jerusalem was taken by British forces under the command of General Edmund Allenby after the Battle of Jerusalem in 1917. At the end of the war, with the fall and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the League of Nations, at the Conference of Lausanne, established the internationally-recognized legal framework the British "Mandate for Palestine," that would result, by means of British management, in the birth of the modern state of Israel in 1948 (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
The Israelites were created from the nations around them (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews) because the coming Kingdom of God will be for all people (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq and What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). It wasn't just "love your neighbor as yourself" - it was love your neighbor because he is yourself.
Those nations also contributed, not only the people through whom Israel would exist, but the land in which Israel would exist. The principle will be fulfilled when all of the countries of today will be the Kingdom of God - on the entire planet that the LORD created for that very purpose (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
When the nations around Israel and Judah gloated at the sight of the self-inflicted fall of Israel and Judah (which had no effect what so ever on the coming fulfillment), they were in fact mocking the LORD - and their own future salvation. It's for that reason that the LORD rebuked them too. It's a principle that applies, and is applied, as much in the present as it was in the past.
The land of Ammon was on the east side of the Jordan River, where Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh were given their national territory (see The Return Of The Eastern Tribes). Ammon is today within the Kingdom of Jordan, whose national capital city, Amman, is named after the territory of Ammon (it's the same word; the spellings are merely based on different pronunciations and accents).
"25:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
Moab is also today in the Kingdom of Jordan (Moses is buried in Moab).
"25:8 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen; 25:9 Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Bethjeshimoth, Baalmeon, and Kiriathaim, 25:10 Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations. 25:11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezekiel 25:8-11 KJV)
The land of Edom is immediately to the south of the land of Israel.
"25:12 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them; 25:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword. 25:14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 25:12-14 KJV)
The Philistines, from which the English-language word "Palestinian" originated, were the ancient inhabitants of Gaza.
"25:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; 25:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. 25:17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them." (Ezekiel 25:15-17 KJV)
This Day In History, November 18
401: The Visigoths, led by King Alaric I, crossed the Alps and invaded northern Italy. The Visigoths (from the Latin meaning western Goths) and Ostrogoths (from the Latin meaning eastern Goths) were tribes of Germanic people who eventually overwhelmed and replaced the Roman Empire in Europe (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1095: Pope Urban II opened the Council of Clermont. Summoned to plan the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), it was attended by over 200 bishops of the Church of Rome (all of whom had earlier been equal in rank to the bishop of Rome; see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1105: Maginulfo was elected Antipope, as Sylvester IV (again, see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1302: Pope Boniface VIII proclaimed his "Unam Sanctam." It decreed that the Church of Rome was superior in authority to all national governments and that obedience to the pope was necessary for salvation.
1307: The famous incident in Switzerland when William Tell was forced to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow or be executed along with his son.
1421: The Zuider Zee flooded 72 villages in the Netherlands, killing an estimated 10,000 people.
1477: William Caxton produced the first printed book in the English language, "The Dictes and Sayengis of the Phylosophers."
1493: Christopher Columbus first sighted the island now known as Puerto Rico. All of the four voyages of Columbus were limited to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1497: Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias became the first to round the Cape of Good Hope, thereby opening a sea route to India from Europe.
1755: The worst recorded earthquake on the Massachusetts Bay area struck Boston.
1883: Canada and U.S. adopted standard time. Standard Time was the invention of Sir Sanford Fleming, who came to Canada from Scotland and was Canada's foremost railway surveyor and construction engineer in the 19th century. The standard time system was adopted by the rest of the world in 1884 at an international conference in Washington.
1916: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), General Douglas Haig of Britain called off the First Battle of The Somme after 5 months of futile battle, which included the first use of tanks in actual conflict. The allied advance of just 125 square miles cost 420,000 British, 195,000 French and 650,000 German casualties.
1936: Germany under Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and Italy under Mussolini recognized General Francisco Franco's provisional government in Spain.
1941: Britain opened its second Western Desert offensive in Libya when the 8th Army advanced into Cyrenaica.
1961: U.S. President John F. Kennedy sent 18,000 "military advisors" to South Vietnam. The Vietnam War was actually a civil war between the people of Vietnam who had been divided into two countries by French colonial forces in the 1940s. When France was driven out by Vietnamese military forces, the U.S. replaced them and participated in the Vietnam civil war until the early 1970s. When the U.S. withdrew, Vietnam was re-united into the single nation that it had been for centuries before the French and U.S. occupations.
1966: The Roman Catholic Church ended its "meatless Friday" requirement.
1970: West Germany and Poland initialed a treaty recognizing the Oder-Neisse line as a common border and pledging each other to territorial integrity.
1978: U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan was shot and killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Jim Jones' "People's Temple." Ryan's murder was followed by the mass suicide and murder of 912 members of the California cult (see also Is Your Church A Cult?).
1991: British peace envoy Terry Waite and U.S. academic Thomas Sutherland were released after 5 years of captivity in Lebanon by the Islamic Jihad terrorist group.
1993: White and black leaders in South Africa approved the new constitution which gave blacks the right to vote and ended white minority rule.