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Saturday, January 21 2012
A History Of Jerusalem: In The Beginning
Jerusalem is one of the most ancient cities of humanity. For millions of people, Jerusalem has become a center of their religious world, hence the reason that the NASA photograph showing Jerusalem "on top of the world" is so popular. But those who study prophecy also understand that one day Jerusalem will indeed be the Capital of the world:
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more [see The True Gospel Of Christ]." (Micah 4:1-4 KJV)
But how did Jerusalem get to be such a focal point of humanity? The LORD chose the site, but why? Why there? How is it that it became a place that brought the world together - sometimes for good, at other times for conflict? The answer may be found on any map of the world, ancient or modern. Jerusalem is located where the people, nations and religions of Europe, Asia and Africa (all from which everywhere else on Earth was populated) converge - and it's been that way since the world began again in the time of Noah, from the descendants of his three sons (see the map below; I added an X to show where Jerusalem is located).
The descendants of Japheth at first settled north of where Jerusalem would be located.
"10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
The descendants of Ham at first settled west and east of where Jerusalem would be located.
"10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
The descendants of Shem at first settled south and east of where Jerusalem would be located.
"10:21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
Fact Finder: How did geography also affect where the Garden in Eden was located? How did geography also determine where Noah's Ark landed?
This Day In History, January 21
1189: The Third Crusade began with the united military forces of King Henry II of England, King Philip II of France, and the "Holy Roman" Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Also known as the King's Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and The Crusades).
1356: King Edward de Balliol vacated his throne to Edward III of England after his authority over Scotland declined in favor of the supporters of King David II.
1542: The Bill of Attainer was passed by Parliament against Queen Katherine Howard.
1549: The first (of four in total) British Acts of Uniformity were passed by Parliament, requiring the Anglican Church to use the Book of Common Prayer (later called the First Prayer Book).
1604: Tsar Ivan IV defeated the False Dimitri, who claimed to be the true tsar ("tsar" is the Russian version of "caesar").
1790: Joseph Guillotine invented a new beheading machine (called the "guillotine" after its inventor) for "painless" executions.
1793: King Louis XVI of France, who ruled from 1774 to 3 years after the revolution of 1789, was executed for treason. He was decapitated with the newly-invented guillotine.
1924: Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died of a stroke at age 54.
1936: After the death of his father King George V, Edward VIII became king. He resigned the throne later that year to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced US woman. Edward was succeeded by George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
1942: German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (the "Desert Fox") mounted a counter attack against British forces in North Africa.
1959: Hollywood movie maker Cecil de Mille died. He is most famous for his film The Ten Commandments.
1965: The Prime Minister of Persia (known today as Iran; see also Ancient Empires - Persia), Hassan Ali Mansur, was assassinated.
1976: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its first commercial flights. Two of the aircraft flew from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro.
1977: Almost all Vietnam War draft evaders were pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.
1984: Britain's first "test-tube" triplets (two boys and a girl) were born in London.