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.
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)
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Fact Finder: What and where is "Babylon" today? Is it religious, political or economic - or all of them together?
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).