by Wayne Blank
Javan, "From these the coastland peoples spread"
The ancestry of Javan:
"These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth; sons were born to them after the flood. The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.
Although sometimes translated as "Grecia" or "Greece," as with Alexander the Great in the perfectly-accurate Prophecy below (note: Alexander the Great died in his early thirties, without children to succeed him as king; his kingdom was then divided among four of his generals, exactly as prophesied, long before it happened, as written in these verses by the prophet Daniel), the actual word in the Scriptures is Javan:
"And the he-goat is the king of Greece; and the great horn between his eyes is the first king. As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation [see also The Ptolemies and The Seleucids], but not with his power." (Daniel 8:21-22 RSV)
Other prophetic references to Javan translated as "Greece":
"For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there, on account of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations, and have divided up my land, and have cast lots for my people, and have given a boy for a harlot, and have sold a girl for wine, and have drunk it. "What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will requite your deed upon your own head swiftly and speedily. For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples. You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks [i.e. original Hebrew of the Scriptures, Javan], removing them far from their own border. But now I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will requite your deed upon your own head." (Joel 3:1-7 RSV)