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Tuesday, December 8 2015
Ezekiel 45: When The Prophecy Of Israel Will Be Fulfilled
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, That I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah ... And David My servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them"
The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) changed Jacob's name to "Israel" (see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel) for an emblematic, prophetic purpose. As we will get to, "Israel" would not only produce the King who would be the Savior of all humanity, but "Israel" would be created from the people of all nations (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews) as a living prophecy of the Kingdom of God that will be inhabited by those who are saved from all nations (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
"32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." (Genesis 32:28 KJV)
But the then carnal-minded Israelites, apart from the spirit-minded Israelites (e.g. Moses, King David, the prophets), failed to literally live up to their calling as a "model nation" in their time. They squandered their opportunity in their time, but not for all time. The LORD is yet to take the scattered people of Israel and Judah, ancient and present day, home.
"8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, That I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers In the day that I took them by the hand to lead them forth out of the land of Egypt; For they continued not in my covenant, And I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
"14:28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, 14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. 14:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. 14:32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness." (Numbers 14:28-33 KJV)
The children and grandchildren of the adults of the Exodus did get to their promised land, in the time of Joshua (see Joshua's Commission), but later the united kingdom of Israel was divided into two independent kingdoms, known as "Israel" and "Judah" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah). They too squandered what was given to them to represent - a nation that lived by the Way of the LORD. "Israel" fell first, in 721 BC (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes).
"17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, 17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. 17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 17:10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 17:11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 17:12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
The Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) lasted for about 135 years longer than the Kingdom of Israel, but it eventually fell too, in 586 BC, for the same reason (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?).
"36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 36:18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
Although people of the Kingdom of Judah returned after their seventy years exile in Babylon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah), they again lost their prophetic purpose after they created a state religion, known as "Judaism," that superseded what the LORD had originally gave to them (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism). The result is that many of them failed to recognize the Messiah when He came the first time. They will not however, along with all the Israelites from all of history who were not called to enlightenment (and who will therefore be in the first resurrection e.g. David, as we read below; see When The LORD Will Raise All Of The Dead), fail to recognize Him at the time of His return. The great "dry bones" prophecy reveals the time when the kingdoms of Israel will be reunited (see When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?) and then thereafter truly fulfill what "Israel" was created to portray.
"37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
Along with prophecies of the Temple that will exist at that time (see What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?), the Israelites will return and live to accomplish what they were created to fulfill.
"45:1 Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the LORD, an holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand. This shall be holy in all the borders thereof round about. 45:2 Of this there shall be for the sanctuary five hundred in length, with five hundred in breadth, square round about; and fifty cubits round about for the suburbs thereof. 45:3 And of this measure shalt thou measure the length of five and twenty thousand, and the breadth of ten thousand: and in it shall be the sanctuary and the most holy place. 45:4 The holy portion of the land shall be for the priests the ministers of the sanctuary, which shall come near to minister unto the LORD: and it shall be a place for their houses, and an holy place for the sanctuary. 45:5 And the five and twenty thousand of length, and the ten thousand of breadth, shall also the Levites, the ministers of the house, have for themselves, for a possession for twenty chambers.
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This Day In History, December 8
395: China's Murong-Xianbei state Later Yan was defeated by its former vassal Northern Wei at the Battle of Canhe Slope.
757: In China, Du Fu returned to Chang'an as a member of Emperor Xuanzong's royal court, after having escaped the city during the An Lushan Rebellion.
1432: The first battle between the forces of Svitrigaila and Sigismund Kestutaitis was fought near tOszmiana, thereby beginning the Lithuanian Civil War.
1813: The first public performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
1854: Pope Pius IX proclaimed the anti-Biblical heresy of the "immaculate conception" of Mary (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).
1869: The Vatican I Council began in Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1907: Gustaf V acceded to the Swedish throne.
1912: The German Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) held an Imperial War Council of its members to discuss the possibility that war might break out. It did two years later, in the First World War.
1914: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German cruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg, and Liepzig were sunk by Britain's Royal Navy at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
1915: The poem In Flanders Fields first appeared in print, in Punch magazine. It was written by Canadian medical officer Lt. Col. John McCrae at Ypres, Belgium.
1940: During the Second World War, a heavy overnight raid by German bombers on London caused the first serious damage to the House of Commons and the Tower of London.
1941: The first large Nazi death camp, Chelmno, started functioning. There were to be 6 such death camps: Chelmno and Auschwitz in the Polish territories incorporated into Germany, and Treblinka, Sobibor, Majdanek and Belzec in the Polish "General Government" area. Besides these 6 "death camps", there were to be 1,634 "concentration" camps and their satellites, and over 900 "labor" camps. Of the over 8,860,000 Jews in countries of Europe directly or indirectly under German control, over 5,930,000 were murdered during the war (see Hate Jews? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1948: South Korea was recognized by the United Nations.
1965: The Vatican II Council officially closed after over 3 years.
1971: During the Indo-Pakistani War, the Indian Navy launched a major attack on West Pakistan's port city of Karachi.
1974: A plebiscite abolished the monarchy in Greece.
1978: Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died in Jerusalem at age 80.
1980: Former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death at age 40 while entering his apartment building in New York City.
1991: Russia, Byelorussia and the Ukraine formed the Commonwealth of Independent States.
2004: The Cuzco Declaration was signed in Cuzco, Peru. It established the South American Community of Nations.