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Wednesday, February 3 2016

Habakkuk 1: The Burdens And Oracles Of Prophecy

"Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them"

Habakkuk, from the Hebrew word pronounced cawb-awk-cook, meaning embrace, was a prophet of the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) about twenty years before the Babylonian Empire made its culminating invasion in 586 BC (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?).

Habakkuk's prophetic ministry was also a lament over how the people of the Kingdom of Judah (i.e. the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) had arrogantly and defiantly ignored the warnings of the earlier prophets, as well as the prophets of that time (Habakkuk was a contemporary of Jeremiah; see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers and Why Didn't Jeremiah Live In The Kingdom Of Israel?) and that the time of the LORD's Wrath was nearly upon them. Habakkuk and Jeremiah lived in a political and religious twilight zone of their nation - a twilight toward the sunset of the Kingdom of Judah, not the twilight toward sunrise - all because of their foolish refusal to repent.

Jerusalem The Hebrew word pronounced maw-saw means a burden, or something "heavy" to be delivered. As written in the Holy Scriptures, it was further used to refer to the responsibility and effort (and frequent danger) required to deliver a spoken prophecy, or "oracle" ("oracle" is not some sort of mystic or occult word; it simply means a spoken message i.e. from oral, a spoken oration) by a prophet. Hence the reason that translators accurately use "burden," "oracle" or "prophecy" to render the single Hebrew word into English.

Examples, from the beginning of the Book of Habakkuk:

"1:1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see." (Habakkuk 1:1 in the King James Version)

"1:1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw." (Habakkuk 1:1 in the English Standard Version)

"1:1 This is the prophecy which Havakuk the prophet saw." (Habakkuk 1:1 in The Complete Jewish Bible)

Delivering the "burden" of prophecy was common to all of the prophets because, if the people had been obeying the LORD, there would have been no need of the prophets to deliver the LORD's warning to repent. It's also the reason that the true prophets were almost always feared and hated - while the corrupt false prophets were popular and loved (see also Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?).

"13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see." (Isaiah 13:1 KJV)

"12:10 Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them." (Ezekiel 12:10 KJV)

So too then the "burden" of Habakkuk which "the prophet did see."

"1:1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.

1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 1:3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

1:6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs. 1:7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. 1:8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. 1:9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. 1:10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. 1:11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

1:12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? 1:14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad. 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. 1:17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?" (Habakkuk 1:1-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: What "burden" did the Messiah carry?
See The Son's Burden Prophecy

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This Day In History, February 3

19: Arminius (German name Hermann), died. The German tribal leader inflicted a major defeat on the emerging Roman Empire (see The Politics Of Rome) by destroying 3 full legions under Publius Varus in the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD (see also Legions Of Men And Angels). The defeat severely checked the plans of Emperor Augustus (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) to take the territory between the Rhine and Elbe rivers (see Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire). Ironically, by the Middle Ages, Germany itself became the Roman Empire - the official title by then was "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

313: The Edict of Milan: Constantine the Great (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) and co-emperor Valerius Licinius met at a conference in Milan. They proclaimed a policy of religious freedom for their hijacked version of Christianity, ending the persecution of Christian-professing people (i.e. people who call themselves Christians while ignoring or rejecting what the Messiah actually taught; see Antichristians) in the Roman Empire. Rome's (including her later "Protestant" daughters i.e. Revelation 17:5) persecution of true Christians never stopped.

95 Theses 1014: King Sweyn of Denmark died. He was succeeded by his son, Canute II. After King Ethelred II of England ordered a massacre of Danes in 1002, Sweyn invaded Britain and conquered much of the country.

1160: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa catapulted live prisoners, including children, at the Italian city of Crema, forcing its surrender (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1194: King Henry VI of Germany released King Richard I (the Lion-Heart) of England, who had been captured during the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1377: Over 2,000 people of Cesena, Italy were slaughtered by Papal Troops. The murders became known as the Cesena Bloodbath during the "War of the Eight Saints" (1375 to 1378) - a war between Pope Gregory XI and allied Italian city-states led by Florence.

1451: Sultan Mehmed II succeeded to the throne of the Ottoman Empire.

1468: German printer Johann Gutenberg died. He is regarded as the first in the world to use movable type, thereby making mass production of books, including the Holy Bible, possible (see also How Many Pages Did The First Bibles Have? and Is God Using Electronic Books Now?).

1518: Pope Leo X imposed silence on the Augustinian monks.

1690: The first paper money in New England was issued in Massachusetts to pay Britain's soldiers who were fighting a war against France in Quebec.

1916: Fire destroyed the center block of Canada's Parliament Buildings. 7 people were killed in the blaze. Iron doors saved the adjoining Parliamentary Library, but the center block containing the House of Commons and the Senate had to be rebuilt. Reconstruction was completed in 1920.

1917: A German submarine sank the U.S. liner Housatonic off the coast of Sicily. The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Germany after the attack.

1920: After the First World War, the "Allies" demanded that 890 Germany military leaders stand trial for war crimes.

1958: The Benelux Economic Union Treaty was signed between Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands.

1962: The U.S. government banned all U.S. trade with Cuba after the failed CIA "Bay of Pigs" invasion of the island nation.

1966: The first controlled landing on the moon was made by the unmanned Soviet Luna 9.

1969: The "Palestine National Congress" appointed Yasser Arafat as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (see Where Is Palestine?).

1996: An earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked southwestern China, killing at least 302 people and injuring 15,000.

1998: Karla Faye Tucker was executed in Texas, thereby making her the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1984. She was convicted of murdering 2 people with a pickaxe in 1983. The Texas psychopath bragged to friends, and then to police after her arrest, that she experienced intense multiple orgasms with each of the 20 strikes of the pickaxe on her victims.

2010: Regina, the Crown Princess of Austria, died at age 85.



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