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Tuesday, September 12 2017
Biblical Eras: Babylon - Back To The Beginning
"But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy"
Humanity began in Eden, a land of Paradise centered on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers of what is today Iraq (see Biblical Eras: In The Beginning). It was beautiful and perfect, until humans chose to walk with the Devil rather than with the LORD (see Biblical Eras: Satan's Revolution and Biblical Eras: The Rise And Fall Of The First Family; also Biblical Eras: Cain's World Before The Flood). It thereafter became known as "Babylon" - from the Hebrew word that means to babble senselessly (see How Did Eden Become Babylon?).
Abram, later known as Abraham, was born in Babylon (see Biblical Eras: The Messiah's Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq). The LORD chose him to come out of that world and go on a symbolic journey along the "fertile crescent" to the Kingdom of God (see Biblical Eras: The Lands Promised To Abraham).
Abraham's descendants were chosen to carry on what was given to Abraham to do (see Biblical Eras: Abraham, Isaac And Jacob Were Not Israelites Or Jews). But "Israel" failed to uphold Abraham's righteousness. So the LORD sent them back to square one - back to Babylon. The "lost ten tribes" went first, by 721 BC (see Biblical Eras: The Lost Ten Tribes Of Israel - Why?), and then the Kingdom of Judah were sent back by 586 BC.
"36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 36:18 And all the vessels of the house of God [see also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today], great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
The cause of their exile was identical - idolatry and moral perversion (see Biblical Eras: Solomon's Idolatry and The Division Of Israel) - but the "lost ten tribes," who had separated themselves from the Messianic line anyway (see How Did Israel Separate Itself From The Messianic King?), have yet to return.
Judah however, after a prescribed seventy-year exile that wiped out the corrupt generations that had been exiled to Babylon, did return to Jerusalem - with the Messianic line intact (see the Fact Finder question below). It was from that line that Jesus of Nazareth was born.
Fact Finder: How did the Messianic line survive the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah and the Babylonian exile?
This Day In History, September 12
490 BC: The Battle of Marathon. Athenians defeated the second Persian invasion of Greece (see also Send In The Marines) at the Greek town of Marathon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia and A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1309: The First Siege of Gibraltar began during the Spanish Reconquista; the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against the Emirate of Granada produced a Castilian victory.
1609: English explorer Henry Hudson, while employed by the Netherlands, discovered a river in eastern North America that would later be named after him - the Hudson River. New York City was originally named New Amsterdam by its Dutch founders.
Canada's vast Hudson Bay is named after Henry Hudson from his exploration of it.
1683: Austrian and Polish forces took Vienna, Austria, back from the Ottomans after the Battle of Kahlenberg (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1683: Vienna was retaken from the Ottomans.
1722: The Treaty of St. Petersburg ended the Russo-Persian War.
1758: French astronomer Charles Messier began his Messier Catalog of deep-sky objects with the Crab Nebula - the remnants of a supernova explosion that was first observed by Chinese astronomers in 1054.
1848: Switzerland adopted a new constitution under which it became a federal republic.
1878: The obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle, originally cut from the quarries of Aswan in about 1475 B.C., was erected in London (see also The Cleopatra Connection). The Washington Monument was designed identical to the same ancient phallic symbol from Egypt.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the First Battle of the Aisne in France began. It lasted 17 days. British and French forces battled the Germans to a stalemate; static trench warfare set in on the Aisne and lasted for the next 18 months (see The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1934: The Baltic Entente, a mutual defense pact by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, was signed. Intended primarily against Nazi Germany which had replaced the Soviet Union as the greatest (perceived) threat against them.
1938: Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany annexed Czech Sudetenland (see also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).
1962: In a lead-up to his political face-saving "Cuban Missile Crisis" (after the failed CIA "Bay of Pigs" attempted invasion of Cuba), U.S. President Kennedy held a news conference and announced that the U.S. would not tolerate any Soviet base in the western hemisphere (while at the same time the U.S. itself had dozens of offensive bases in the eastern hemisphere, some right on the Russian border, as is still the case today).
Militarily, Russian missiles in Cuba actually would have been no greater threat to the U.S. than long-range ballistic missiles launched from Russia (which to this day cannot be stopped - no effective defense has yet been developed that is capable of stopping ballistic missiles) or from missiles and cruise missiles launched by Russian submarines positioned near the U.S. east and west coasts, much closer than Cuba, as is still the case today. The "Cuban Missile Crisis," that could have killed millions of people all around the world, was about little more than one man's domestic U.S. politics (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1988: Hurricane Gilbert inflicted heavy damage on Jamaica before turning toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula where it caused an estimated $5 billion in damage (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
1972: Idi Amin, dictator of Uganda, sent a cable to the United Nations Secretary General to announce that since no statue of Hitler had been erected in Germany, he proposed to set one up in Uganda.
1974: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was deposed by a military coup, ending a reign of 58 years.
1990: Agreements were signed by Britain, the U.S., France, Russia, and East and West Germany that permitted the re-unification of Germany - a key event in European history, and Bible prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
2003: In Fallujah, U.S. forces shot and killed eight Iraqi police officers in a "friendly fire" incident. Over the course of the first ten years of the conflict that began when George W. Bush ordered the invasion, over 1 million Iraqi people were killed, wounded or maimed, while the country was reduced to rubble and chaos. Bush's justification for the destruction, Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction," were never found, and were later declared to have never existed. Despite a persistent myth, Iraq also had no connection to the 9-11 terrorist attacks; captured documents proved that Saddam Hussein actually viewed Al-Qaeda, the terrorist Muslim organization founded by Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, as a threat to Iraq.