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Sunday, October 23 2011

Libya In History And Prophecy

Libya is located in North Africa. It is bordered by Algeria and Tunisia to the west, Sudan to the southeast, Niger and Chad to the south, Egypt to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the north (see also From What Sea Has The Beast Risen?). Libya is today the fourth-largest country in Africa, by area, with approximately 1.8 million square kilometers / 700,000 square miles.

Although the Sahara Desert now covers about 90% of Libya, archaeological evidence indicates that in ancient times the region consisted of lush grasslands, forests and lakes where a wide variety of wildlife could be found, including giraffes, elephants and crocodiles - as evidenced by ancient rock paintings and carvings that have been discovered in various areas of the country. The photograph below of the lush area around a desert oasis in Libya also shows, not only what once was, but what can be again with a change in prevailing weather (i.e. rainfall and wind direction) conditions.

The Mediterranean Sea Just as in the present day, Libya has been subjected to the imperial ambitions of various nations. The Phoenicians and merchants of Tyre (as mentioned in the Bible) were among the earliest to bring commercial imperialism to the area, while the Greeks brought cultural imperialism (i.e. brainwashing people to think like, and of themselves, as the foreigners who manipulate them, while regarding their own actual country as secondary or inferior) and then the Romans who inflicted direct military imperialism - occupation and rule by means of an installed puppet government of psychologically-neutered collaborationists. After the decline and collapse of the Roman Empire, Libya came under the political/religious control of the Muslim world.

"Libya" (as it is transliterated into English - the English/Roman and Greek alphabets are very different - as is also the Hebrew alphabet from the English/Roman and the Greek) is the ancient Greek name for the country. The Hebrew name for the country is "Put" (pronounced in Hebrew as poot). Some translations use the actual Hebrew word "Put," whereas others translate the Hebrew word, in and of the Old Testament, with the Greek word "Libya" of the New Testament.

"30:5 Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword." (Ezekiel 30:5 King James Version)

"30:5 Ethiopia, and Put, and Lud, and all the mingled people, and Cub, and the children of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword" (Ezekiel 30:5 American Standard Version)

"Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God"

Libya knew invaders even earlier than those described above. When the LORD permitted the Babylonians to capture the Kingdom of Judah (see The Southern Kingdom), by withdrawing His protection, the geographic block was removed that permitted the Babylonians to continue, through the land of Israel, right into Egypt and north Africa where "Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub" also fell to Babylon.

An Oasis In Desert Of Libya

"30:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 30:2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen. 30:4 And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.

30:5 Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword. 30:6 Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD. 30:7 And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted. 30:8 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.

30:9 In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh. 30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon." (Ezekiel 30:1-10 KJV)

The prophet Jeremiah also recorded that Babylonian invasion of Judah, that continued on into north Africa. Part of the reason that the Babylonians continued that far is because the Libyans were military allies of Egypt - to defeat one, the Babylonians had to defeat them all.

"46:1 The word of the LORD which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles; 46:2 Against Egypt, against the army of Pharaohnecho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah.

46:3 Order ye the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle. 46:4 Harness the horses; and get up, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, and put on the brigandines. 46:5 Wherefore have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? and their mighty ones are beaten down, and are fled apace, and look not back: for fear was round about, saith the LORD. 46:6 Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates. 46:7 Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers? 46:8 Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof. 46:9 Come up, ye horses; and rage, ye chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the shield; and the Lydians, that handle and bend the bow. 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates." (Jeremiah 46:1-10 KJV)

Centuries later, people from Libya were among those present at the Christian Pentecost in Jerusalem immediately after Christ's ascension.

"2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." (Acts 2:1-11 KJV)

The "Crusades" of the Middle Ages were a struggle of Roman Catholic Europe (the center of present-day "Babylon" - see the Fact Finder question below) and the Muslim Middle East to control Jerusalem. The end-time "King of the North" and "King of the South" will be the final war between them i.e. "11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over" (Daniel 11:40 KJV). Libya will be embroiled in that battlefield i.e. "the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps."

"11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. 11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. 11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. 11:41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 11:42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 11:43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. 11:44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. 11:45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." (Daniel 11:36-45 KJV)

Fact Finder: What and where is "Babylon" today? Is it religious, political or economic - or all of them together?
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This Day In History, October 23

42 BC: During Rome's Republic-era civil wars, Mark Antony (a later ally of Cleopatra of The Ptolemies in Egypt) and Octavian (Octavian, later known as Caesar Augustus, was the Roman imperial king who declared the famous census that resulted in Jesus Christ fulfilling the prophecy of being born in Bethlehem i.e. "2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed" Luke 2:1 KJV) defeated the forces of Brutus at the Second Battle of Philippi. Brutus committed suicide after the battle.

425: Amidst the political and military crumbling of the Roman Empire, Valentinian III was proclaimed Roman Emperor at the age of 6.

1086: Almoravid armies defeated Alfonso of Castile near Badajoz, thereby establishing a Muslim foothold in Spain.

1641: Over 50,000 people were massacred when Catholics rebelled against Protestants in Ireland.

1642: The Battle of Edgehill was fought. It was the first major conflict of the English Civil War between royalists under King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. Both sides claimed victory.

1679: The "Meal Tub Plot" against James II of England.

1694: British (82 years before the rebellion of the New England colonies that Britain established in the wilderness over a century earlier, and decades before the English of "New England" took control of "New France") colonial forces led by Sir William Phipps failed in their attempt to seize Quebec from France. After a battle in which Phipps lost over 400 men, he sailed back to Boston.

1707: The first Parliament of Britain began.

1867: The Canadian Senate was established.

1911: The first use of aircraft in war; an Italian observation plane in Libya during the war between Turkey and Italy to decide which country would rule Libya.

1942: During the Second World War, British and Canadian tanks and mechanized infantry under Bernard Montgomery launched a major offensive against Adolf Hitler's Nazi army (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) under Erwin Rommel at El Alamein in Egypt. It was one of the major tank battles of human history (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1944: The Soviet Union invaded Hungary.

1946: The second part of the first assembly of the United Nations began in New York. The first part had been held in London in January and February.

1954: Allied control permitted occupied West Germany to become a sovereign state. It was then allowed to rebuild its military and join NATO (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).

1956: The Hungarian Revolution against their communist leaders and the Soviet presence began with a large demonstration in Budapest. In the days that followed, the Stalinist leader Erno Gero resigned, and reformer communist Imre Nagy stepped in to form a new government that included several non-communists; he also announced the restoration of a multi-party system, that Hungary would withdraw from the Warsaw Pact, and declared the country's neutrality. The Soviet army invaded and put down the revolution less than 2 weeks later.

1973: U.S. President Richard Nixon agreed to release Oval Office tape recordings to Watergate Investigators.

1973: A United Nations sanctioned cease-fire officially ended the Yom Kippur war between Israel and Syria.

1983: 237 U.S. Marines were killed when a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Another bomber attacked the French military installation and killed 58 troops there.

1996: Pope John Paul II released a statement saying that Darwin's theory of evolution is "more than a hypothesis." The statement was considered the Vatican's clearest and most comprehensive in support of the un-Biblical theory of a Godless "creation." The supposed logic of Darwin's "clear and overwhelming" evidence (despite the "missing link" never having been found, because it never existed, although a number of later-proven fakes have been assembled and displayed over the years by supposed men of science who were determined, at all costs, to "prove" their hypothesis - and the fact that Darwin himself never taught evolution in the way that people today say that he did - listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution) is very similar to when humans, including "great men of science," believed that the sun orbited the earth. Despite the "overwhelming evidence" that the sun moved across the sky, it was an illusion that millions of intelligent people were wrong about - the apparent movement of the sun across the sky is caused by the rotation of the earth (a reality that Bible-believers were well aware of thousands of years before "science" realized that the earth was a spinning globe - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

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