We see form the chronicles of our days, a special hatred between what seems to be the reborn Byzantine empire (Russia and her allies), and the religious descendant of the Ottoman destroyers of the old Byzantine empire. Is this a common sense of vengeance transmitted down generation by generation by the defeated side of the clash, or we can extract from it a more heavy Biblical teaching?
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The Byzantine empire has ever been associated with the iconoclastic/idolater clash:
Iconoclastic Controversy, a dispute over the use of religious images (icons) in the Byzantine Empire in the 8th and 9th centuries. The Iconoclasts (those who rejected images) objected to icon veneration for several reasons, including the Old Testament prohibition against images in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:4) and the possibility of idolatry. The defenders of the use of icons insisted on the symbolic nature of images and on the dignity of created matter.
The involvement of the Paulician is evident, due to the temporal cohabitation of both 'problems' for the Orthodox idolatry. We'll deal with the Paulicians in a following post. Here it is marked the connection between the staunch idolatry of the Byzantine empire which caused countless multitudes of victims among the Biblical Christians, and the century later following definitive punishment of the Orthodox idolatry with the demons of Islam:
Fall of Constantinople, (29 May 1453). After ten centuries of wars, defeats, and victories, the Byzantine Empire came to an end when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in May 1453. The city’s fall sent shock waves throughout Christendom. It is widely quoted as the event that marked the end of the European Middle Ages.
From this lesson of history, learned through the lenses of the Bible, and especially the OT, we understand the relation of the Islam heresy with God's plan. Islam is still allowed in the world as warning, example and punishment for the apostasy and heresy in the s.c. Christian nations. As an allegory of the future (the writing blogger is a "Jesuitical" Futurist (ironic sense of ""), i.e. he reads the book of Revelation in a literal sense, refusing historical allegories), the "Islamic hordes" are a perfect forewarning of the still to come at the End Day(s) Locusts and of the related punishment inflicted by God.
Coming back to our idolatrous and Christian-persecuter Byzantine empire, it is now, after the above presented considerations, easy to see in the 1453 fall of Costantinople the wrath of God for the countless victims of the Byzantine idolatry, especially the proto-Baptist Paulicians. The idolaters had uncircumcised ears, and refused to hear the Lord, therefore God allowed the Devil to talk to them. With the Islamic conquest, the Devil told them about the warning of the Second Commandment about idolatry. But not in heavanly language, rather in the language of that Hell whose reality has been mocked by those idolatrous Byzantines, when murdering Christians who refused to worship Orthodox idols.
God wanted the OT as fundamental of the Bible for the gentile nations, not because they learn "how they are better than the Jews" (God doesn't instigate pride and self-righteousness!!), but simply to learn from the Jewish history in order to not repeat their error. God, throught the mouth of Jeremiah, didn't speak only to the Jews of those times, is still actually speaking to us, Gentiles of our days:
19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? Jeremiah 8:9
15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.
16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men. Jeremiah 5:15-16
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