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Monday, February 13 2017
The Guardian Cherubims With Wings And Wheels
"This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar ... The sound of the Cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when He speaketh ... The Cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the Earth ... The likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings"
The first Biblical mention of "Cherubims" was when some were positioned at the perimeter of the Garden of Eden to enforce the LORD's expulsion of the first humans whose "original sin" was to violate the boundaries that they were given. The Cherubims were armed with "a flaming sword which turned every way" (see also The Flaming Swords Of Angels And Man).
"3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
What exactly did "Cherubims" look like? Were they just chubby little fairies that have been created from the imaginations of human artists for the amusement of "bubble gum Christians"? Or does the Word of God provide us with a very detailed description of the reality of "Cherubims"?
The prophet Ezekiel encountered "Cherubims" while he was one of the exiles of Judah in Babylon (see the Fact Finder question below). What Ezekiel saw, and portrayed in writing, was no chubby little fairy.
"10:1 Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne. 10:2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.
Fact Finder: Ezekiel was in Babylon after the first Temple had been destroyed - it didn't exist any more. As, well, the later Temple had not yet been rebuilt - it didn't exist yet. So, what Temple did Ezekiel see?
This Day In History, February 13
1462: The Treaty of Westminster was completed between Edward IV of England and the Scottish Lord of the Isles.
1542: Catherine Howard, the 5th wife of Henry VIII, was beheaded for alleged adultery.
1575: Henry III of France was crowned at Rheims.
1633: Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition. In 1992, the Vatican acknowledged that the excommunicated Italian astronomer had been right in saying that the earth orbits around the sun, not vice versa as the Church of Rome had earlier taught - a mistake that the leaders of the Church of Rome might not have made if they had based their beliefs on the Word of God e.g. see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible (see also What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven? and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain).
1668: Spain recognized the independence of Portugal under the Treaty of Lisbon.
1689: William of Orange and his wife Mary, daughter of the deposed James II, were declared joint sovereigns of Great Britain and Ireland.
1689: The British Parliament adopted the Bill of Rights.
1759: At a session of the Nova Scotia legislature in Canada, the first vote by secret ballot in the British Empire was held.
1788: In Britain, the trial of Warren Hastings began. Governor-general of India, he was charged with "high crimes and misdemeanors" in a case which took 7 years to complete.
1793: Britain, Prussia, Austria, Holland, Spain and Sardinia formed an alliance against France.
1858: Sir Richard Burton and Captain John Speke became the first (known) Europeans to discover Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.
1895: French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere were granted a patent in France for their machine "to film and view chronophotographic proofs" - one of the earliest video projectors.
1909: The "Young Turk" revolution gathered added momentum when the Grand Vizier (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) was overthrown in Constantinople.
1927: Brooks Adams died at age 79. The U.S. historian (and grandson of President John Quincy Adams) developed the correct theory that "by its nature and substance, U.S. democracy was foreordained to degradation and decay." The ancient Greeks who invented democracy themselves saw its fatal flaw (see What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1945: The Royal Air Force Bomber Command devastated the German city of Dresden with night missions by 873 heavy British and Canadian bombers. The attacks were followed by 521 U.S. heavy bombers flying daylight missions.
1955: Israel took possession of 4 of the Dead Sea scrolls (listen to our Sermon The Dead Sea Scrolls).
1960: France became the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons.
1961: A supposed 500,000-year-old rock, discovered near Olancha, California, was found to have a modern-day spark plug encased within it. It became known as the Coso Artifact.
1974: Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, was deported from the Soviet Union and deprived of Soviet citizenship.
1984: Konstantin Chernenko succeeded Yuri Andropov as General Secretary of the then-declining Communist Party of the Soviet Union (the Soviet Union itself was by then soon to cease to exist).
1990: An agreement was reached to reunite Germany, again (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
2012: The European Space Agency (ESA) made the first launch of its Vega rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.