|Ezekiel’s Years: In the Twelfth Year:
13 January 1975
“The word of Yehuveh came expressly unto Ezekiel. . . .”
|13 January 1975:
Twelfth year, twelfth month, first day 12y 12m 1d
Based on 13 January 1975 = 12m 1d with moon at 1%.
Summary: A lamentation for the fate of someone, like a funeral durge, represents mourning and grief. It is interesting that Yehuveh raises a lamentation over Egypt, but not over Israel when their idolatrous ways demand that similar destruction brings their nation down and empties their land.
|Scriptural Reference: Ezekiel 32:1-2.
“And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, that the word of Yehuveh came unto me, saying,Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharoah king of Egypt . . . .”
History and Related Events: Yehuveh, still addressing the Egyptian situation, says, I will “set darkness upon thy land. . . . I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known. Yea, I will make many people amazed at thee, and their kings shall be horribly afraid for thee, when I shall brandish my sword before them; and they shall tremble at every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of thy fall.” Ezekiel 32:8-10.
The Palestinian peoples, derived in part of Egyptian lineage, were indeed scattered to all nations and a perplexity to the governments where they took refuge. Many died in refugee camps or violent incidents in their host countries. “In January 1975, only a few months after Rabat [the Arab Summit at Rabat in 1974 which recognized the P.L.O. as sole legitimate representatives of the Palestinians], representatives of Jordan, Egypt, Syria and the P.L.O. met in Cairo. There they agreed that the Palestinians ‘would maintain their Jordanian citizensip and the rights deriving therefrom.’ In the following months, the Jordanian Premier, Zayd al-Rifai, referred publicity to ‘the reality which has been created by the merger of the East and West Banks.’ ‘The two peoples,’ he declared, ‘are completely merged in one entity and common institutions.’” O’Brien, Conor Cruise. The Siege: The Saga of Israel and Zionism. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1986. P. 453.
Henry Kissinger was still seeking to broker some kind of peace agreement between the nations of the Middle East, but the players were not motivated to cooperate with him. “The Government of Israel, by early 1975, was no longer under any kind of internal pressure to reach some agreements, as it has been during the actual disengagement period (because of prisoners and reservists). The internal pressure, once disengagement was complete, all went the other way: against any further consessions to Arabs, except in exchange for visible and solid advantages to Israel. Sadat at this point was not even willing to offer Israel a minimal declaration of ‘nonbelligerency,’ as demanded by Israel.” Thus the shuttle diplomacy which Kissinger was pushing at this time was not met with the same urgency within the somewhat split leadership of Israel. Ibid., p. 545.
Originally Written: 16 November 2007
Latest Update: 20 November 2007
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