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Monday, November 21 2011
The Journey From Ur Of The Chaldees
Chaldea was the geographic term used for the southern area of Babylonia, in Mesopotamia (a Greek word which means between the rivers i.e. the Tigris and Euphrates - see the map below), today known as Iraq. Much of it was a great plain, made fertile by the water and organic-matter deposits of the two rivers (just as the Nile River did for Goshen in Egypt; see Why Did They Go To Goshen?).
Ur was a major city of Chaldea. It functioned as a commercial and political power base for the region. Ur was named after the Sumerian moon god, Ur (or Urim). The Great Ziggurat of Ur (the present-day excavated ruins are shown in the photograph) was a temple to that pagan god (i.e. worship of the moon); it was constructed in the shape of a massive step pyramid about 200 feet long, 150 feet wide and 100 feet high.
The original Babylonian Empire (see the Fact Finder question below) rose from, and fell in, Chaldea; its last imperial king is called a Chaldean.
"5:17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. 5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 5:19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. 5:20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: 5:21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will [see Nebuchadnezzar's Lesson].
"In the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees"
"11:10 These are the generations of Shem:
The immigration from Ur began under the leadership of Abram's father, Terah.
"11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah:
From Haran, in what is today Syria, the journey continued on according to the specific command of the LORD (see The First Christian Church) to Abram. He obeyed the LORD and continued right on to what is today the southern border of Judea, in the Negev Desert.
"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee:
Fact Finder: How is "Babylon" used in prophecy?
This Day In History, November 21
164 BC: Judas Maccabaeus, the son of Mattathias the Hasmonean, restored the Temple in Jerusalem after the original "abomination of desolation" (see Antiochus And The Maccabees). The event is celebrated each year by the festival of Hanukkah (see Christ's Hanukkah and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).
235: Anterus began his reign as pope.
1620: Leaders of the Mayflower expedition wrote the Mayflower Compact which was designed to bolster unity among the English settlers of "New England."
1783: In Paris, France, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d' Arlandes made the first uncabled balloon flight, covering nearly 6 miles in 23 minutes.
1818: Czar Alexander I of Russia called for a Jewish state in "Palestine."
1880: Emmanuel Daude d'Alzon of France died at age 70. The Church of Rome cleric, who founded the order of the "Augustinians of the Assumption," was active in preparing the Church of Rome's doctrine of papal infallibility (that has proven itself false, by numerous papal blunders; see also The Struggle For The Papacy and listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1904: Motorized buses replaced horse-drawn cars in Paris.
1907: The Cunard liner Mauretania set a new speed record for steamship travel: 624 nautical miles in a one-day run.
1916: During the First World War (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Britannic, the larger sister ship of the Titanic, sank in the Kea Channel off Greece. It was on its fourth trip from Southampton to the island of Lesbos to pick up casualties. 18 people died, 1,106 survived. Still under construction when the Titanic sank in 1912, the Britannic had its design changed to correct defects in what was supposed to have been the unsinkable Titanic.
1918: The German High Seas Fleet surrendered at the Firth of Fourth in Scotland, one of the key conditions of the First World War armistice signed on November 11.
1929: A tidal wave caused by an underwater earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean off southeastern Newfoundland killed 29 people who were drowned when their homes were swept into the ocean.
1949: The United Nations granted Libya its independence (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1953: The British Museum published a scientific report proving that the "Pitdown Man," discovered in 1912 by Charles Dawson (not to be confused with Charles Darwin), proved to be a hoax (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1977: The first operational flight of the supersonic Concorde took place from London to New York.
1991: The UN Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.