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Friday, December 11 2015
Ezekiel 48: Going Home
"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 ... For they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more"
The Temple that the prophet Ezekiel was given to see will exist from the time of the Messiah's return (see What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?). Many great and wonderful things will be accomplished for all of humanity in that day. The first resurrection, of everyone who had their calling through human history, and lived a repentant life in response to it, will occur on the day of the Messiah's return (see When The LORD Will Raise All Of The Dead). So too, Satan will be put away on the day of the Messiah's return - the father of the perversions that destroyed Paradise will be eliminated (see Putting Away Satan's Goat).
As well, the people of Israel, of all time from the creation of Israel from the nations of the world (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews), those who will not be in the first resurrection because they hadn't yet received their calling (see The Eighth Day: When Life Will Begin Again), will then be restored to physical life, or gathered if alive that day, and be taken to the Promised Land that they failed to arrive at (see The Israelite Wanderland) or to keep (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?). In so doing, they will then fulfill the prophecy of "Israel" - which was a prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God (see When The Prophecy Of Israel Will Be Fulfilled).
"37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD;
It's interesting to note that the distribution of the tribal lands at that future time, as specified below, are slightly different than what they happened to be in the earlier time (see The Israel Lottery). It's as though they had entered the Promised Land at their first opportunity, about fourteen months after they Exodus, rather than refusing it and so having their children and grandchildren enter forty years later (see Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?).
As well, the future distribution of the tribal lands will be as though the division of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) never happened. At that time, the LORD is going to give them a fresh opportunity, with no historic "baggage," to do for themselves what they failed to do long ago.
"37:19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD;
The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) provided Ezekiel with detailed information about that future Kingdom of Israel that will exist through the 1,000 years - until all is done and the New Jerusalem comes to Earth (see Will The Pearly Gates Ever Be Closed?).
"48:1 Now these are the names of the tribes.
Fact Finder: Humanity's first home was Paradise, but they were put out of it when their behavior made it into a place of rebellion and disobedience to the LORD, their Creator. When will all of humanity return home to the Paradise that was created for them?
This Day In History, December 11
361: Julian (known as "the Apostate") entered Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) as sole Emperor of the then collapsing and fragmenting Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
630: Muhammad led an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca. The religion that he created, known as "Islam," quickly spread across the Middle East, Africa and southern Europe (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1205: John Grey, Bishop of Norwich, was elected Archbishop of Canterbury. He was later rejected by Pope Innocent III.
1640: English Puritans introduced the "Root and Branch" petition to the Long Parliament in London.
1688: King James II abdicated the British throne.
1792: King Louis XVI of France was put on trial for treason.
1845: The Sonderbund was established by the 7 Catholic Swiss cantons to oppose anti-Catholic measures by Protestant cantons.
1845: In India, Sikhs crossed Sutlej and made a surprise attack on the British, starting the Anglo-Sikh War.
1899: During the second British-Boer War, the British under Methuen attempted to advance and were defeated with the loss of over 1,000 men by 9,000 Boers under Cronje at the Battle of Magersfontein.
1901: Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi flew a kite fitted with an aerial from the Cabot Memorial Tower on Signal Hill in Newfoundland which enabled him to receive the world's first transatlantic radio message. Sent from Cornwall, England, it consisted of 3 dots, the Morse Code signal for the letter "s".
1917: British forces under General Edmund Allenby liberated Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1930: The Bank of The United States in New York failed and closed all of its 60 branches. The bank had over 400,000 depositors.
1931: Britain's Statute of Westminster gave complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and Newfoundland.
1936: Britain's King Edward VIII told a radio audience that he was abdicating the throne to marry U.S. divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward had reigned for only 11 months, the shortest reign since that of Edward V in the 15th century. George VI, father of Elizabeth II, became king.
1937: Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.
1941: Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. then declared war on them. Poland declared war on Japan. Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Guatemala all declared war on Germany and Italy.
1941: Japanese forces occupied Guam.
1948: Newfoundland signed an agreement to become Canada's 10th province.
1955: Israeli forces attacked Syrian positions on the Sea of Galilee.
1961: Captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). He was hung in May of the next year.
1962: Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin were hung at Toronto's Don Jail (Turpin murdered a Toronto police officer while fleeing an armed robbery; Lucas, who was a U.S. citizen from Georgia, murdered an undercover U.S. narcotics officer from Detroit while he was visiting Toronto). There were 710 executions in Canada between 1867 (when Canada became a self-governing member of the British Empire) and 1962 when the death penalty was abolished.
1967: The Concorde, a joint British-French development and the world's first supersonic airliner, was formally introduced in France.
1973: West Germany and Czechoslovakia signed a treaty nullifying the 1938 Munich Pact which sanctioned Hitler's seizure of the Sudetenland.
1983: The first visit to Lutheran church by a pope was made by Pope John Paul II in Rome.
1991: European Community leaders signed the "Maastricht Treaty" which aimed for a common foreign policy and a single currency by 1999.
2001: China joined the World Trade Organization.
2008: Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme (some debt-swamped countries are using the same principle to delay economic collapse - using more borrowed money to just be able to pay the interest on the massive debt that they already have).