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Thursday, February 4 2016
Habakkuk 2: Filled With The Knowledge 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"
"For the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (see also What Does Earth Mean?) is a well-known prophetic statement by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour). It was actually recorded by two of His true prophets - Isaiah and Habakkuk (see also Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?).
What however was and is the context of the statement? That is to say, how is the state of moral and spiritual darkness of the world (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy; also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?) described before the Earth becomes full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea?
First, what was the historic event at the beginning (see In The Beginning Was The Word) that serves as a portrayal of the prophecy of the end?
"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5 KJV)
Consider then the state of moral and spiritual darkness in the world before "the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." As recorded by Isaiah (see also What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day? and Decadence In History And Prophecy):
"10:1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! 10:3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?" (Isaiah 10:1-3 KJV)
Then, as recorded by Isaiah, "for the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (see also The First And Last Nation):
"11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:6-9 KJV)
So too Habakkuk, as he was given to see the same state of moral and spiritual darkness in the world before "the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."
"2:8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 2:9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! 2:10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. 2:11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 2:12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity! 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:8-14 KJV)
Habakkuk was given to prophesy to the self-destroying Kingdom of Judah just prior to its fall to Babylon (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?). But the principle and the result is timeless, not merely for the prophecy of Israel and Judah, but for all of humanity (see When Will The Prophecy Of Israel Be Fulfilled? and the Fact Finder question below).
"2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
Fact Finder: The righteous in the time of Noah were saved out of the Flood, while those who refused to repent were destroyed by the Flood. How is that going to be repeated for the Final Judgment - not with a Flood of water, but of fire?
This Day In History, February 4
211: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus died at Eboracum (now York, England) during a campaign against the Caledonians. He was succeeded by his sons, Caracalla (reigned 211-217) and Geta (reigned 211) (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
634: The Battle of Dathin. Rashidun military forces under Yazid ibn Abi Sufyan defeated the "Christian" Arabs around Gaza (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad, What Does The Bible Say About Arabs? and Gaza In History And Prophecy).
1169: A severe earthquake struck the coast of Sicily, causing tens of thousands of deaths and injuries.
1194: Richard I ("Richard Lion Heart") of England was freed from captivity in Germany where he had been held as the prisoner of Holy Roman Emperor Heinreich ("Henry") VI (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1441: Pope Eugene IV published the encyclical Cantante domino. It proclaimed that the Bible of the Roman Catholic Church contains the 66 protocanonical books (i.e. the complete "Protestant" Bible) and 12 deuterocanonical ("apocryphal") books (see also Apocryphal Means Not Authoritative).
1783: An earthquake killed 50,000 people in Italy.
1783: England officially proclaimed an end to hostilities with its rebellious colonies in New England.
1787: Shay's Rebellion, an uprising of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers, failed.
1797: An earthquake killed 40,000 people in Ecuador.
1859: The Codex Sinaiticus was discovered in Egypt.
1861: After some of his relatives were lynched, Chief Cochise began the 25 year Apache war with the US Army.
1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when Japan laid siege to Port Arthur.
1915: At the beginning of the First World War (1914-1918), the first Canadian troops arrived in Europe and entered battle at Flanders. Among them was a Canadian Army doctor, John McCrae (1872-1918), who while serving on the front lines, wrote In Flanders Fields, a poem made famous after the war (McCrae did not survive the war and ironically became among those that he wrote about in his poem).
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
1924: Mahatma Gandhi was released after spending 2 years in jail in Bombay.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet Union leader Josef Stalin (Britain and the Soviet Union entered the Second World War at the beginning, in September 1939) and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt (the U.S. entered the Second World War in December 1941, in the Pacific, and the war in Europe in 1942 - 3 years after the war began) held meetings at the Soviet Black Sea port of Yalta; they agreed to demand Germany's unconditional surrender, to try its leaders as war criminals, and to share the occupation of Germany with France.
1969: Yasser Arafat became chairman of the terrorist "Palestine Liberation Organization" (see Where Is Palestine?).
1974: Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the "Symbionese Liberation Army" in California.
1976: An earthquake killed 23,000 people in Guatemala; 1,500,000 homes were destroyed.
1992: A coup d'etat led by Hugo Chavez overthrew Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez.
1997: 73 Israeli soldiers were killed when 2 Sikorsky transport helicopters collided while ferrying troops to Lebanon. It was Israel's worst military aircraft disaster (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1998: A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northeast Afghanistan, killing more than 5,000 people.
2003: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was officially renamed as Serbia and Montenegro.