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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Jeremiah 25

Ologies

Summary:
Jems told the people that he's been saying the same thing for ages, but they haven't paid any attention. So the northern people, and Nebuchadnezzar will destory you. The land will be desolate for 70 years. After that, Babylon herself will be judged.

God sent Jems out with a cup of wrath for the nations to drink, finally including Sheshach, which is code for Babylon. All who drink are punished, and they must drink.

God will roar and earth will shake. The dead won't be buried. You won't be able to run. Come will come out like a lion from a lair.

Key verse:
26. all the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other—all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshach will drink it too.

My thoughts:
It's numerology time!

So we have this 70 year exile in Babylon... Now, elsewhere in the Bible it refers to those 70 years as a Sabbath rest for the land, which Israel had basically raped by refusing the land it's Sabbath. The land was supposed to Sabbath every 7th year. There's two ways of looking at it, with the similar conclusion. This 70 year Sabbath comes after the 420 year non-Sabbath. Or, this 70 year Sabbath is making up for 490 years without Sabbaths. Either way, I think we can clearly conclude that if the exile started in 597BCE, then sin entered Israel in the year of 1087BCE. About the time when the monarchy started... Coincidence? I think not!

Now for some cryptology!

The name "Sheshach" confused scholars for ages. They couldn't figure out this weird place name they'd never seen before, yet it seemed to be significant. Then they figured it out. It was a Hebrew code. The first letter of the alphabet correlated to the last, the second to the second last etc. Like this (but in Hebrew):

A = Z
B = Y
...
Y = B
Z = A

If you then translate this code, thyen Sheshach comes out as Babyl! Which is Babylon! Coincidence? I think not!

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