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Thursday, August 18 2011
The Rachel Prophecies
Jacob and Syrian-born Rachel were married and lived together in Syria (see The Syrian Marriage Wells) for twenty years before they made their journey to what is today called the land of Israel.
"35:1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
Of all of the Israelite patriarchs (e.g. from Levi came the Levites, from Judah came the Jews etc.; see Are Levites 'Jews'?), only Benjamin, the youngest son of Rachel, was born in Israel. It was not a joyous birth - having just arrived, Rachel died, near Bethlehem, giving birth to Benjamin. Rachel's tomb has become one of the most well-known places in Israel (even appearing on bank notes and postage stamps, as shown in the illustration below).
"35:16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. 35:17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, for she died that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
"Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD"
Many years later, when Jacob's own life was nearing an end in Egypt (see The Exodus Into Egypt), Jacob adopted Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Rachel's firstborn son Joseph, as his own - in effect promoting them from grandsons to sons ("thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine"). Why? He did it in order that he could have more sons with Rachel, by means of Rachel's son Joseph. The many prophecies that were thereafter made about Ephraim and Manasseh were made possible by means of the memory, the memorial, of Rachel.
"48:1 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 48:2 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
The memory of Rachel was again used in a prophecy when Boaz of Bethlehem married Ruth of Moab ("The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel). From their line came King David.
"4:9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi. 4:10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.
Rachel was again spoken of in prophecy at the time of the birth of the Messiah - regarding the slaughter of the innocents by Herod (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
"2:11 And when they were come into the house [see Why Did The Magi Come?], they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Many have debated the meaning of the prophecy from Jeremiah, as quoted in Matthew. If one reads the entire prophecy however, in context, directly from Jeremiah, it becomes obvious that is was not spoken of as a matter of dead-end hopelessness and grief, but of a future time in which the birth of the Messiah will bring about the end of grief - when even Rachel herself will be resurrected i.e. finish "31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not" (Jeremiah 31:15 KJV) with what was said with it in the very next verses: "31:16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. 31:17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border." (Jeremiah 31:16-17 KJV)
"31:7 For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn [see The Gathering of Israel and Judah]. 31:10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. 31:11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. 31:12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all [see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff]. 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. 31:14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.
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This Day In History, August 18
293 BC: The earliest known Roman pagan temple was founded, to Venus. Most of the ancient Babylonian/Roman idolatry has been perpetuated by the Church of Rome (and her "Protestant daughters"), including their Ishtar ("Easter") festival and worship on their "sun day" (see The Antichrist Calendar and Why Observe The True Sabbath?; also Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope? and Born In The Tabernacles Season).
1227: Mongol emperor Genghis Khan died.
1503: Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) died. His corrupt behavior contributed to the Protestant Reformation (although the "Protestant" churches have maintained almost all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines right to this day; see Antichristians).
1559: Pope Paul IV, pope from 1555 to 1559, died. His reign was marked by his implacable opposition to Spain, renewing the war between France and the Hapsburgs.
1587: Virginia Dare became the first recorded child of English parents to be born in New England. She, along with the rest of the early settlement at Roanoke, later disappeared without a trace.
1698: After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forced Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.
1759: A French fleet was destroyed at Lagos, Portugal, by the British under Admiral Boscawen.
1825: Scottish explorer Alexander Gordon Laing became the first European to reach Timbuktu, now in Mali. He was murdered there the following month.
1917: Fire destroyed nearly half of the city of Thessaloniki, Greece (known in the Bible from the Thessalonians who lived there). Over 70,000 people were left homeless.
1932: Scottish aviator Jim Mollison made the first westbound transatlantic solo flight, from Portmarnock, Ireland, to Pennfield, New Brunswick, Canada.
1943: The Royal Air Force Bomber Command completed the first major strike against the German missile development facility at Peenemunde.
1961: Construction of the Berlin Wall was completed.
1969: The first commercially-produced oral contraceptive, Enovid 10, was launched in Skokie, Illinois.
1971: Australia and New Zealand announced that they were withdrawing their troops from the Vietnam civil war.
1983: Hurricane Alicia killed 22 people and caused 1 billion dollars of damage in Texas.
2005: An electrical generation failure affected nearly 100 million people on the Indonesian island of Java.