Ezekiel 12 – Captivity Symbolized & Thailand

Wow, I didn’t know that Buddha has been around since 1800 B.C.  According to James Ussher’s “The Annals of the World,” Buddhism is older than Moses.  Therefore, in the beginning Buddhism wasn’t a sin because there was no law and with no law there is no sin.

Ancient Babylon – Artist Concept

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come” (Rom 5:12 – 5:14).

But now, just like all these other worthless religions, Buddhism is idolatry.

Okay, now can we go look at another Near East lost city?  How about…

Ezekiel 12
Captivity Symbolized

1 The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

3 Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house.

4 Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.

Babylon Ruins

5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.

“Dig…through the wall” – not the city wall which was made of stone and was many feet thick, but the sun-dried brick wall of his house.

6 In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel.

7 And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.

8 And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,

9 Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?

10 Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them.

“Prince in Jerusalem” – Zedekiah.

11 Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.

12 And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes.

Babylon Ruins

13 My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.

14 And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.

15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.

16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;

Babylon Reconstruction

19 And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.

20 And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

21 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

23 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.

Some of the original walls of ancient Babylon Empire.

24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.

25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

26 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.

28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.

Thailand

Throughout its history, Thailand has been characterized by its tolerance for alien religions and beliefs.

Buddha has to be dated to 1800 BC
One of the most important calculations of Indian history has been done on the basis of the lifetime of a certain Indian emperor called Ashoka, considered to be one of the greatest emperors of world history. He was a Buddhist emperor who was responsible for the spread of Buddhism, to distant corners of India and the neighboring countries, by sending large number of Buddhist missionaries to these places.

Ashoka built thousands of Buddhist stupas and established thousands of Buddhist monasteries all over his empire that stretched from Iran to Bandladesh and from Central Asia (Afghanistan) to South India. A large number of rocks and pillars, present all over his empire, have been inscribed with his edicts and promulgations to his subjects, written in Magadhi, Sanskrit, Greek, and Aramic languages.

Although census records that 94% of its populace are Theravada Buddhists, the country has always extended religious freedom to its subjects. Of the remaining 6% of the population, 3.9% are Muslims, 1.7% Confucianists, and 0.6% Christians (mostly hill-tribe people living in the north).

Though the King is the designated protector of all religions, the constitution stipulates that he must be a Buddhist.

Thai Buddhism was based on the religious movement founded in the 6th century B.C. by Siddhartha, later known as the Buddha, who urged the world to relinquish the extremes of sensuality and self-mortification and follow the enlightened Middle Way.

The focus of this religion is on man, not gods; the assumption is that life is pain or suffering, which is a consequence of craving, and that suffering can end only if desire ceases. The end of suffering is the achievement of nirvana (in Theravada Buddhist scriptures, nibbana), often defined as the absence of craving and therefore of suffering, sometimes as enlightenment or bliss.

Ban Chiang

Ban Chiang, a little town in northern Thailand. Legend has it that Ban Chiang (the archaeological site), was discovered by a clumsy American college student, who fell in the main road of Ban Chiang and noticed ceramics eroding out of the roadbed.

The first excavations at the site were conducted in 1967, this and subsequent excavations have revealed evidence of a prehistoric occupation beginning possibly as early as 3,600 B.C. and continuing, until about 200 A.D.

What’s really remarkable about Ban Chiang, is that it gives evidence of a people and a culture that was as technologically advanced as any other in the world. Indeed, they had a fully developed Bronze Age metallurgy, but they didn’t use it to make weapons.

They knew sophisticated building techniques, but did not build great structures. As a matter of fact, they took on none of the trappings of other advanced cultures with sophisticated technology. Even their social organization was easy, they lived in villages, with little social hierarchy.

Religion

The Kingdom of Funan
Historically the first Great Southeast Asian kingdom, is the Khmer kingdom of Funan. We know very little about it, except that it was a powerful seafaring and trading state. The capital is thought to initially have been located at Vyadhapura, near modern Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Funan kingdom is said to have been heavily influenced by Indian culture, Sanskrit was the language at the court, and the Funanese advocated Hinduism. Later, after the fifth century, also Buddhism.

From earliest times, religion was the impetus and driving force for the building of the first large structures – Temples. Around these Temples – homes and businesses were built. Around these Temples, homes and businesses, walls were built so the first cities were created.

It appears that the late ascension of these Southeast Asian people, was due to the lack of this requirement – an all-encompassing, unifying religion.  Because true to form, once the great Indian religions of Buddhism and Hinduism had been introduced to, and accepted by these civilizations, they took off!

Buddhism

By the 3rd century B.C., Buddhism had spread widely in Asia, and divergent interpretations of the Buddha’s teachings had led to the establishment of several sects.

The teachings that reached Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) were first written down in Pali (an Indo-Aryan language closely related to Sanskrit) in the 1st century A.D. and provided the Tipitaka (the scriptures or “three baskets”; in Sanskrit, Tripitaka) of Theravada Buddhism.

This form of Buddhism was made the state religion only with the establishment of the Thai kingdom of Sukhothai in the 13th century A.D.  According to many historians, around 228 B.C. Sohn Uttar Sthavira (one of the royal monks sent by Ashoka the Great) came to Suvarnabhumi (or Suvannabhumi) which some identify with Thailand along with other monks and sacred books.

…Persepolis.