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Tuesday, February 23 2016
Zechariah 13: The Coming End Of Idols And False Prophets
"And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land"
The world, such as it has become, is grossly-infested with idols of all sorts - religious, political and personal - and the false prophets and politicians (see When Democracy Becomes Demolatry) who propagate them, and themselves. The idolatry began with the fall of humanity from its created-sinless state. The idolatry will end when humanity is risen from that dead-end carnality (see When The World Is Going To Reject The Way Of Satan and The Declaration Of Repentance).
"2:17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. 2:18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish. 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
As seen by the apostle John and recorded in the Book of Revelation (see also Revelation: Thy Kingdom Come). Notice that Isaiah and John describe the same powerful return of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) in which those who have been clinging to idols will then toss them into the trash where they belong.
"7:16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity. 7:17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water. 7:18 They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads. 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity. 7:20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them. 7:21 And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it." (Ezekiel 7:16-21 KJV)
Zechariah too, like the other true prophets of the LORD, was given to see and record the prophecies of when the world will be made true and clean again (see The City Of Truth Prophecy and The Former Rain And The Latter Rain).
"13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
This Day In History, February 23
303: Prior to its creation of a perverted version of Christianity for itself (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Emperor Diocletian began the persecution of unspecified "Christians" in Rome (see also The Church Of God At Rome).
532: Byzantine Emperor Justinian I proclaimed the construction of a new Orthodox "Christian" basilica in Constantinople (today known as Istanbul, Turkey). It became known as the Hagia Sophia. It later became mosque (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) and is today a museum.
1455: Johannes Gutenberg printed the first book with the newly-invented process of movable type - the Bible.
1554: Mapuche forces under Lautaro defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Marihuenu in Chile.
1574: The Fifth War of Religion began in France.
1820: The Cato Street Conspiracy, an attempt to assassinate British Cabinet ministers, was foiled with only hours to spare.
1861: After seceding from Mexico in 1836, and then being annexed by the U.S. in 1845, Texas became the 7th state to secede from the U.S. and join the Confederates States of America.
1887: An earthquake killed about 2,000 people in the French Riviera.
1898: In France, novelist Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
1903: While under U.S. military occupation, the puppet government of Cuba at the time leased Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. "in perpetuity." It is today the site of the infamous U.S. concentration camp where prisoners have been tortured, killed or indefinitely incarcerated without charge or trial. Outside of the walls of the Nazi-like camp is a large official sign that proclaims "Honor Bound To Defend Freedom."
1919: Benito Mussolini left the Socialists and founded the Fasci del Comattimento (Fascist) party in Italy.
1934: Leopold III became King of Belgium.
1942: A Japanese submarine shelled an oil refinery in Santa Barbara, California, the first Japanese bombs to hit U.S. the continental U.S. during the Second World War.
1944: Russia's Josef Stalin forced 1 million Chechens into exile. He dissolved their republic while accusing them of collaboration with Nazi Germany.
1970: Guyana, formerly British Guiana, became an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.
1987: Ian Shelton, a Canadian astronomer from Winnipeg, discovered the first supernova since Kepler's observation in 1604 while working at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The star, Sanduleak 69 202 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, is estimated to be 160,000 light years away i.e. the image of it that is seen today left 160,000 years ago.
1996: Pope John Paul II issued an updated code for electing popes, introducing modern comforts for cardinals in conclave and reaffirming rules against electronic bugging to safeguard their secrecy.
1998: Osama bin Laden (born in Saudi Arabia) published a fatwa of jihad against all Jews and "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).