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Sunday, December 6 2015
Ezekiel 43: Who Has Seen The Coming Of The Glory Of The LORD?
"For the Earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea"
The English-language word "glory" originated from a Latin word that itself originated from a Greek word, pronounced kleos, that meant fame. Cleopatra, the Greek queen who ruled Egypt when it was occupied by the Ptolemies (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) was named from that word. In her case, it referred to her incestuous ancestry i.e. The Ptolemaic kings, all fifteen of whom were named Ptolemy, often married their sisters, who were commonly named Cleopatra, from the Greek kleos patris meaning famous parents (see The Cleopatra Connection).
The Hebrew word that is often translated as "glory" is pronounced kaw-bode. It literally means weight when used to refer to the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) because His "glory" is not merely a glorious appearance. It refers to His Almighty Power - unlike Satan who remains "glorious" in appearance but is a lightweight because he is filled with nothing but his own vanity (see also How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ?).
Notice how the Glory of the LORD is expressed as Power, not appearance alone (see also The Prophecy Of The Return Of Jesus Christ).
"29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all." (1 Chronicles 29:11 KJV)
The Glory of the LORD was witnessed many times by the Israelites, and their enemies, throughout history.
"24:16 And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel." (Exodus 24:16-17 KJV; see also Arrival At Mount Sinai and The Ten Commandments)
"2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk :14 KJV)
Notice the context of when "the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (from the verses quoted above) will happen - "the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (from the verses quoted below).
"11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
Ezekiel was given to see that future time when "the Glory of the LORD" will rule (see What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and the Fact Finder question below).
"43:1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. 43:3 And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 43:4 And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. 43:5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.
Fact Finder: When will the last-ever Temple be built in Jerusalem?
This Day In History, December 6
1240: During the Mongol invasion of Russia, Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro fell to the Mongols under Batu Khan (see also Gog and Magog).
1421: Henry VI, the last Lancastrian king of England, was born. He was crowned king at the age of 8 months.
1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Hispaniola (it wasn't a discovery for the people who were already living there); the island is now divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic (for a map of all four of the voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1534: Quito, Ecuador was founded by Spanish explorers.
1768: The first edition of Encyclopedia Britannica (Latin for "British Encyclopaedia") was published. The Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopaedia still being produced.
1792: During the French Revolution, the Girondists decided to put King Louis XVI on trial.
1862: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln ordered the hanging of 39 native Americans for the "Sioux Uprising" in Minnesota.
1865: The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It banned slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime (e.g. "chain gangs").
1907: A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia killed 362 workers.
1917: Over 1,600 people were killed, 9,000 injured, and an estimated $35 million damage from an explosion in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, collided with the Belgian relief ship Imo. Sparks from the collision ignited almost 3,000 tons of explosives aboard the French ship.
1917: British troops under General Allenby entered Hebron on their way to taking Jerusalem from the Ottomans during the First World War (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1921: The Anglo-Irish Treaty ended the Anglo-Irish War and gave Ireland dominion status in the British Empire as the Irish Free State, but provided for the separate status for the 6 northern counties (Northern Ireland), thus partitioning the country.
1938: Germany and France signed a "treaty of friendship." Germany invaded France a year later.
1941: Franklin Roosevelt approved funds for the development of a weapon of mass destruction, which later became known as the "atomic bomb."
1973: Gerald Ford was sworn in as U.S. Vice-President following Spiro Agnew's resignation for tax evasion. With the later resignation of Richard Nixon because of the Watergate burglary and obstruction of justice cover-up, Ford became the only man to serve as U.S. President and Vice-President without ever being elected to either office.
1975: A $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York from bankruptcy was authorized.
1989: The Ecole Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre. Marc Lepine murdered 14 female students at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
2006: NASA announced that photographs taken by the Mars Global Surveyor suggested the presence of liquid water on Mars.