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Sunday, March 18 2018
The Lost Ten Tribes - Why?
"Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem ... the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD"
Hosea was a prophet of the LORD primarily to the Kingdom of Israel (see Gomer's Children) after the united Kingdom of Israel of David and Solomon (see How Many Kings Reigned In The United Kingdom?) was divided into the Kingdom of "Israel" and the Kingdom of "Judah" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and A History Of Israel's United And Divided Kingdoms).
The Kingdom of Israel, beginning with Jeroboam, its first king, became corrupt almost from the beginning of their independent existence, while the Kingdom of Judah, remained faithful to the LORD for much longer - the reason that the Kingdom of Israel fell in 721 BC, while the Kingdom of Judah lasted until 586 BC.
The political and religious conditions in the Kingdom of Israel, in which Hosea was sent to prophesy, are recorded in detail in the historic account of the Holy Scriptures. The reason for their self-destruction was their own defiantly-corrupt behavior - politically and religiously.
Jeroboam's political reason for the Kingdom of Israel's abandonment of the LORD's Way was that he didn't want "his" people crossing into a foreign country for their religion i.e. "If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord."
"12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
Another result, that further hastened Israel's corruption is that Jeroboam drove out the Levites (who moved to the Kingdom of Judah; see No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?) and created a priesthood from anyone who would obey him, rather than the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
"11:13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts.
The result was that by the time of Hosea's prophetic ministry to them, the Kingdom of Israel had made its pathological-minded political and religious independence into a self-destructive toxin for themselves: "They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field."
"10:1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images. 10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.
Fact Finder: What was the Messianic result of the politics and religion of the Kingdom of Israel?
This Day In History, March 18
37: The accession of Caligula, the third Roman emperor. The first two, Augustus and Tiberius, are recorded in the Bible (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea).
235: Emperor Alexander Severus (official name Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander Augustus) and his mother Julia Mamaea were killed by Roman troops near Moguntiacum (modern Mainz), thereby ending the Severan dynasty.
1241: The Battle of Chmielnik; Mongols overran the Polish army in Krakow.
1286: Alexander III, 45, king of Scotland 1249-1286, died. He was the last major ruler of the dynasty of kings descended from Malcolm III Canmore (ruled 1058-1093), who consolidated royal power in Scotland.
1314: Jacques de Molay, the last "Grand Master of the Knights Templar," was burned at the stake.
1438: Albrecht II ("the Bear") was elected King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor. The official title of the "Holy Roman Empire" was actually the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1584: Ivan IV, the first czar of Russia, died. His cruelty and oppression earned him the nickname Ivan the Terrible.
1673: Lord Berkeley of England sold his half of the colony of New Jersey to the Quakers.
1834: In Dorset, England, 6 laborers were sentenced to 7 years banishment to a penal colony in Australia for forming a trade union. They became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
1850: American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
1913: King George I of Greece was assassinated.
1916: On the Eastern Front during the First World War (1914-1918), the Russian army countered the Verdun assault with an attack at Lake Naroch. The Russians lost 100,000 men and the Germans 20,000 (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1922: Mahatma Gandhi was sentenced to 6 years in prison for civil disobedience.
1938: Mexico nationalized all foreign-owned oil properties within its borders.
1940: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agreed that Italy would eventually join the war (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1965: Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov exited his spacecraft Voskhod 2 to become the first human to walk in space (U.S. astronaut Edward White became the second human to do so months after, on June 3 1965; White died in 1967 along with Virgil Grissom and Roger Chaffee in the Apollo 1 launch pad fire).
1965: King Farouk I of Egypt died in exile in Italy.
1967: The oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the Cornish coast of England, spilling 919,000 barrels of oil into the sea.
1968: The U.S. Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency. The U.S. dollar thereafter became only printed paper with a declared value (see also The Birth Of The Dollar).
1969: Richard Nixon began the secret bombing of North Vietnamese forces in Cambodia; it lasted 14 months. Nixon kept it a secret for domestic political reasons, the North Vietnamese said nothing because they didn't want the world to know that they were in Cambodia.
1989: A 4,400-year-old mummy was found near the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt (see also Jacob's Mummy).
1996: The Palestinian Authority (formerly known as the terrorist organization the Palestine Liberation Organization) renamed the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as the "District of Gaza" and the "Northern Counties of Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).