|Ezekiel’s Years: In the Sixth Year:
29 August 1968
“The word of Yehuveh came expressly unto Ezekiel. . . .”
|29 August 1968:
Sixth year, sixth month, fifth day 6y 6m 5d
Based on 25 August 1968 = 6m 1d with moon at 3%.
Summary: Following their success in the Six Day War of June 1967, Israel became self-confident and more established in following their own course without regard to Yehuveh’s instruction. While professing a zeal for the ancient values, the nation disregards Yehuveh’s instructions, disdains His position as national leader, determines to follow the ways of the nations around them, and continues to use artificial time-keeping. For these open rebellions, Yehuveh deals with them in fury and ongoing violence.
|Scriptural Reference: Ezekiel 8:1.
“And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of Yehuveh Elohim fell there upon me”
History and Related Events: Ezekiel 8 portrays four national actions/attitudes which Yehuveh openly condemned as abominations: (1) artificial zeal [“the image of jealousy/zeal.”], (2) vicar leadership [“men of the ancients of the house of Israel” leading rather than accepting Yehuveh’s leadership], (3) incorporated Babylonian beliefs and rituals [“weeping for Tammuz,” etc.], and (4) sun-worship [“they worshipped the sun toward the east”]. Study the examination of the text of this chapter. While the nation of Israel did not specifically have a council of seventy men or a priesthood with twenty-four courses established in the late summer of 1968, they were committing in spirit all of these abominations and had, therefore, forfeited Yehuveh’s protection. Having made themselves deserving of the punishments which were to follow, Israel was vulnerable to every evil from this time forward. Thus Yehuveh pronounced their judgment: “Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke Me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in Mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.” Ezekiel 8:3, 11, 14, 16, 17-18.
Among other things going on around August 1968, the settlement of the newly occupied lands and the Arab rebellion and resistance against it certainly “filled the land with violence.” The following history is significant.
“The PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization] rejected the entire [United Nations Security Council] resolution [242, which called for Israel to return the lands acquired in the Six Day War, but made no provision for a Palestinian homeland], as its official goal was the destruction of Israel. At the beginning of July 1968, the Palestinian National Council adopted a constitution, known as the Palestinian Charter. This is a bloodcurdling document, clearly stating the Palestinian rejection of Israel’s existence and their choice of means to achieve this: violence, and only violence.”
“From 1968 onward, the PLO engaged in three types of activity: attacks on Israeli targets, military and civilian, along the border; infiltration into the West Bank in order to activate terrorist cells; and—a novelty at the time—exporting the conflict to Europe, initially by attacking airliners. Bombs went off in places like the central bus station in Tel Aviv, the central open-air markets in Jerusalem, or the cafeteria on the campus of Hebrew University. The terrorists who planted a land mine north of Eilat that exploded under a school bus, killing three and wounding sixteen, may have wanted to kill Israelis, but not specifically children; when a school bus was ambushed in May 1970 near Avivim on the Lebanese border, killing twelve and wounding twenty-four, the attackers knew precisely what they were doing.” Lozowick, Yaacov. Right to Exist: A moral Defense of Israel’s Wars, Anchor Books/Random House, Inc., New York, NY, 2003. Pp. 143, 145.
Originally Written: 16 November 2007
Latest Update: 20 November 2007
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