|Ezekiel’s Years: In the Twenty-fifth Year:
9 April 1987
“The word of Yehuveh came expressly unto Ezekiel. . . .”
|9 April 1987:
Twenty-fifth year, first month, tenth day 25y 1m 10d
Based on 31 March 1987 = 1m 1d with moon at 3%.
“in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten” refers to the fall in 11y 4m 9d, 10 June 1973
Based on 2 June 1973 = 4m 1d with moon at 1%.
Summary: The inclusion of this date in chapter 40 is reflective, for the events of chapters 34 to 39 are yet future, whereas this date recalls events long past.
|Scriptural Reference: Ezekiel 40:1.
“In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of Yehuveh was upon me, and brought me thither.”
History and Related Events: “On 11 April 1987, following secret talks with King Hussein [of Jordan] in London, Peres and Hussein reached an agreement outlining the method whereby a peace treaty could be negotiated between Israel and Jordan. The agreement went even further: the first part laid down that the Secretary-General of the United Nations would invite the five Permanent Members of the Security Council (the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain, France and China), and all the parties involved in the Arab-Israel dispute, to negotiate a settlement based on Security Council Resolutions 242 (Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967) and 338 (the implementation of Resolution 242).
“As envisaged by Peres, the London Agreement offered a chance to break a forty-year deadlock. But Shamir, who opposed it, sent Moshe Arens, whom he had appointed to be in charge of Arab affairs, to Washington. Arens informed the Secretary of State, George Schultz, that the adoption of the agreement by the Americans would be seen by Shamir as an ‘intervention in the internal affairs of Israel.’ The agreement was also leaked to the Israeli press, with the result that King Hussein—who had insisted that it be treated with ‘great confidentiality’—denied its existence. When Peres brought it to the Israeli Cabinet for approval, the Likud members, including Shamir, opposed it, and the vote was a tie. The plan was therefore rejected.
“Shamir had been furious over Peres’s initiative, and with Peres personally.” Gilbert, Martin. Israel: A History. William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1998. Pp. 523-524.
Originally Written: 16 November 2007
Latest Update: 20 November 2007
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