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Wednesday, November 25 2015
Ezekiel 32: The Empires Of Bible History And Prophecy
"Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? ... And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever"
The nation of "Israel" was created by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) as an in-itself prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). That is, the people of Israel originated from, and by, the nations of the world (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews), just as will the Kingdom of God (see The First And Last Nation).
The world has known many empires - the rule of one nation over many other nations. Some empires were builders, creating new nations out of wilderness (e.g. Egypt and Greece), while others were merely malignant and destructive of what others had already built (e.g. Babylon and Rome). Whether ancient or modern, some empires build cities as their means of victory, while others render cities into rubble as their delusion of victory.
While many regard emperors to be kings, as many were in more ancient times, an emperor can be of any form of government, as made obvious by Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler, both of whom were definitely emperors. Napoleon Bonaparte was not a king; he was the democratically-elected "First Consul" of a militaristic, republican form of government. So too, Adolf Hitler was not a king; he was the democratically-elected "Chancellor" (a term that originated from the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation - see below) of a militaristic, autocratic republic. An emperor can happen anywhere.
Israel knew many empires through its history - and is yet to know one more. The primary empires of Biblical history and prophecy:
Egypt is one of the most ancient of nations (see Children Of Ham - The Origin Of Egypt And Iraq) and as such became one of the earliest empires. While Egypt remained a great nation, that still exists today, its time of empire ended with the fall of the Kingdom of Judah (for the reason why, see Man's Way Of Choosing Friends And Enemies).
"32:1 And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 32:2 Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him,
Fact Finder: Israel's centuries of refuge in Egypt also resulted in two of the tribes of Israel having been born of an Egyptian mother. Why did Jacob / Israel promote them from grandsons to sons?
This Day In History, November 25
571 BC: Servius Tullius, king of Rome, declared victory over the Etruscans. The Roman Republic grew out of that earlier Roman monarchy; Imperial Rome, which was a restoration and expansion of the Roman Monarchy, from King to Emperor, grew out from the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1177: During the "Crusades" between the Church of Rome against the Muslim nations for control of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South), Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeated Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.
1487: Elizabeth of York was crowned Queen Consort (i.e. wife of a reigning king) of England. Elizabeth was a daughter, sister, niece and wife of a number of English monarchs – Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III and Henry VII. She was the mother of King Henry VIII, and the grandmother of his children Mary I, Elizabeth I and Edward VI.
1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa became the first known European to sight the Pacific Ocean. He claimed the entire Pacific Ocean, and all lands anywhere that were touched by it, for Spain.
1555: In Germany, the Peace of Augsburg was declared. It was the first effort in the so-called Holy Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) to allow Lutheranism (Protestantism) and Catholicism to exist together in the Holy Roman Empire (not a difficult task because the doctrines of Roman Catholicism and "Protestantism" are practically identical; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1644: Ole Romer was born. The Danish scientific researcher and astronomer was the first to accurately determine the speed of light - 186,000 miles per second. Light can travel around the entire earth 7 times in 1 second, or travel from the earth to the moon in just over 1 second.
1667: An earthquake struck the area of Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.
1703: The Great Storm of 1703, with winds up to 120 mph (the most powerful windstorm ever recorded Britain) killed over 9,000 people.
1741: Forces supporting Elizabeth, daughter of Peter I the Great, staged a coup d'etat to seize the Russian throne from Ivan VI. Elizabeth was empress of Russia from 1741-1762.
1759: A Mediterranean earthquake devastated Beirut, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria; approximately 40,000 people died.
1818: The first human blood transfusion took place at a hospital in London, England.
1839: A cyclone struck India with a 40-foot storm surge; 20,000 boats and ships were destroyed and an estimated 300,000 people were killed.
1867: Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. The fortune that he made from the explosive and his other weapons-of-war manufacturing interests (i.e. cannons) was used to finance the Nobel Prizes that are named after him - including, ironically (some say hypocritically), the Nobel "Peace" Prize.
1914: German General Hindenburg called off the Lodz offensive 40 miles from Warsaw. The Russians lost 90,000 to the Germans' 35,000 in 2 weeks of fighting.
1917: The National Hockey League (NHL) was established, in Montreal (i.e. the "national" referred to Canada). The original 5 teams were the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Arenas. Quebec had a franchise but decided not to operate that season. The Boston Bruins became the first U.S. team to join, in 1924.
1936: The "Anti-Comintern Pact" was signed between Germany and Japan; it provided for collaboration between them in opposition to Communist International. Italy joined the next year.
1940: 240 Jews and a dozen British policemen were killed in the sinking of the Patria in Haifa harbor. In order to prevent the removal of the Jewish refugees on the ship from "Palestine," the Haganah (a Jewish "resistance" group; in today's terminology, they would be defined as "terrorists") arranged to blow a hole in the ship's hull, intending to force the disembarkation of the passengers. Tragically however, the ship sank almost immediately. Ironically as well, the Jewish "resistance" were fighting the British who liberated the land of Israel from centuries of Ottoman (a Muslim empire of Turkey) rule (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1941: A Japanese naval armada left their home ports to carry out their attacks on numerous Australian, Dutch, British and U.S. targets (the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was just one of many Japanese near-simultaneous attacks on nations all across the Pacific in December of 1941).
1941: In the Mediterranean, the British battleship Barham was sunk by a German U-boat (German Unterseeboot, meaning "undersea boat" i.e. a submarine) off Sollum, Egypt, killing 848 British Navy seamen.
1956: The first transatlantic telephone cable between Europe and North America went into service.
1984: William Schroeder became second human to receive an artificial heart. After 18 days with the mechanical heart, he suffered a series of strokes that left him in a vegetative state. He died August 7 1986, from a lung infection, 620 days after receiving the artificial heart.
1996: Israeli troops and Palestinian (a word that originated from "Philistine") security forces exchanged gunfire in Jerusalem and in other areas in Israel, set off by Palestinian opposition to an Israeli historical research tunnel dug in Jerusalem in the area of the Temple Mount (see What Was Holy About Herod's Temple? and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today). The confrontation was described as the heaviest fighting in Jerusalem since the area was captured by the Jews during the 1967 Six Day War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
2009: The 2009 Saudi Arabian Floods inundated the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during a Hajj pilgrimage. 3,000 cars are swept away and 122 people died in the waters, with 350 others missing.