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Saturday, November 21 2015

Ezekiel 28: The Pricking Briers

"And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD"

The English-language word "brier," or "briar," originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, braer, that meant a thorn. It came to be used as a general term for prickly plants or shrubs that form obstructive, and usually advancing, thickets. While some kinds of briers are beautiful in appearance, perhaps even with colorful flowers, they nevertheless have sharp, painful thorns whose presence alone makes them hostile.

The nations around the kingdoms of Israel (i.e. the people from whom "Israel" was created; see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews) eventually made themselves into "a pricking brier unto the house of Israel," a "grieving thorn of all that are round about them.

"28:24 And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 28:24 KJV)

Even some of Israel's former close friends and allies became "a pricking brier" to Israel and Judah. Hiram, the king of Tyre, had been a close ally of King David and then King Solomon (the Temple was built by fine cedar that Hiram provided to Solomon; see King Hiram of Tyre), but even Tyre was lost to prickly arrogance that forced away the many friends that had made the city great through their trade and good will (see Tyre's World Trade Center). Tyre didn't make Tyre great - the world did.

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"28:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: 28:3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

28:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. 28:8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 28:1-10 KJV)

The LORD's (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) condemnation of the king of Tyre was dual because it was the degenerate spirit of Satan that causes people to become a worthless "pricking brier." Satan too had been created wise, beautiful and prosperous, but threw it all away for prickly vanity.

"28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more." (Ezekiel 28:11-19 KJV)

Along with Tyre, Sidon was another great commercial city of the Phoenicians. It too was brought down, for the same reason.

"28:20 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

28:21 Son of man, set thy face against Zidon, and prophesy against it, 28:22 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her. 28:23 For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

28:24 And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

28:25 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob. 28:26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God." (Ezekiel 28:20-26 KJV)

Fact Finder: Briers are weeds. Who created weeds?
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This Day In History, November 21

164 BC: Judas Maccabaeus, the son of Mattathias the Hasmonean, restored the Temple in Jerusalem after the original "abomination of desolation" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Hasmonean Judea). The event is celebrated each year by Jews with the festival of Hanukkah (see Why Did The Messiah Observe Hanukkah? and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).

Hasmonean Judea 235: Anterus began his reign as pope (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1620: Leaders of the Mayflower expedition wrote the Mayflower Compact which was designed to bolster unity among the English settlers of "New England." (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and The Pilgrims).

1783: In Paris, France, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d' Arlandes made the first uncabled balloon flight, covering nearly 6 miles in 23 minutes.

1818: Czar Alexander I of Russia called for a Jewish state in "Palestine" (the word "Palestine" originated as an alternate English pronunciation of Philistine; see also Gaza In History And Prophecy).

1880: Emmanuel Daude d'Alzon of France died at age 70. The Church of Rome cleric, who founded the order of the "Augustinians of the Assumption," was active in preparing the Church of Rome's anti-Biblical doctrine of papal infallibility - that has proven itself false, by numerous papal blunders (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1904: Motorized buses replaced horse-drawn cars in Paris.

1905: Albert Einstein's "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?" was published in the journal Annalen der Physik (Annals of Physics). The paper examined the relationship between energy and mass which led to Einstein's famous mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).

1907: The Cunard liner Mauretania set a new speed record for steamship travel: 624 nautical miles in a one-day run.

1916: During the First World War (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Britannic, the larger sister ship of the Titanic, sank in the Kea Channel off Greece. It was on its fourth trip from Southampton to the island of Lesbos to pick up casualties. 18 people died, 1,106 survived. Still under construction when the Titanic sank in 1912, the Britannic had its design changed to correct defects in what was supposed to have been the unsinkable Titanic.

1918: The German High Seas Fleet surrendered at the Firth of Fourth in Scotland, one of the key conditions of the First World War armistice signed on November 11.

1929: A tidal wave caused by an underwater earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean off southeastern Newfoundland killed 29 people who were drowned when their homes were swept into the ocean.

1949: The United Nations granted Libya its independence (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).

1953: The British Museum published a scientific report proving that the "Pitdown Man," discovered in 1912 by Charles Dawson (not to be confused with Charles Darwin), proved to be a hoax (see also Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

1962: The Chinese People's Liberation Army declared a unilateral cease-fire during the Sino-Indian War.

1977: The first operational flight of the supersonic Concorde took place from London to New York.

1985: U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard was arrested for spying after being caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations. He was sentenced to life in prison.

1986: During the "Iran-Contra Affair," National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary destroyed documents that implicated them in the sale of weapons to Iran and the channeling of the proceeds to help support the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

1991: The UN Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.

2002: NATO invited former East-Bloc communist nations Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.

2004: The island of Dominica was hit by the most destructive earthquake in its recorded history.

2006: Anti-Syrian Lebanese Member of Parliament Pierre Gemayel was assassinated in suburban Beirut.


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