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Friday, September 6 2013
Genesis 46: The First Census Of Israel
"All the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten"
While his son Joseph had made the invitation (see Genesis 45: Joseph's Revelation), it was the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) Who made the declaration that Jacob / Israel was to go to Egypt for the rest of his life.
"46:1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
So Jacob and his growing family "took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him" (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
"46:5 And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 46:6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him: 46:7 His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt." (Genesis 46:5-7 KJV)
The first census of "Israel" was made as Jacob's family, the Israelites, entered Egypt.
"46:8 And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons:
The Israelites had a census at the time of the Exodus, four hundred years later (Numbers 1:1-54). By that time, each tribe had grown into tens of thousands of people, but their multitude began with just seventy children of the family of Jacob.
"46:26 All the souls [see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six; 46:27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten." (Genesis 46:26-27 KJV)
The meeting of Jacob and his favorite, but long-lost son Joseph (see Genesis 37: Joseph's Coat Of Many Colours) was an emotional event for both of them - and no doubt for Joseph's brothers who had sold Joseph into Egyptian slavery, while telling their father that he was dead.
"46:28 And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen. 46:29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
Fact Finder: After living a relatively short time in the land of Canaan, the Israelite tribal patriarchs (i.e. Reuben, Dan, Benjamin, Judah etc, as listed above) moved to Egypt where they lived out the rest of their lives. Where were they born?
This Day In History, September 6
394: Theodosius became the sole ruler of the East and West Roman empires after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the River Frigidus. After he died however, the Roman empire again divided - as illustrated in the two legs of the great prophetic statue seen in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2:31-25 (see Nebuchadnezzar's Dream and What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).
1492: Christopher Columbus sailed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his last stop before crossing the Atlantic for the first time. All of the voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually only to the islands of the Caribbean Sea.
1522: One of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world returned to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
1620: The "Pilgrims" left Plymouth, England, bound for the New World (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1898: Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands was coronated.
1901: U.S. President William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He died a week later.
1914: During the First World War, the first Battle of the Marne began along a 500 kilometer (300 mile) front when the French launched a counter-offensive against the German advance.
1941: The Nazi government issued an order that all Jews in Germany were to wear a yellow Star of David at all times in public.
1945: Amidst surrendered Japanese forces, Russian forces brought about the proclamation of The Korean People's Republic (North Korea). To avoid a power vacuum in the south, the U.S. ordered the surrendered Japanese military command to maintain authority until U.S. forces arrived, which they did 2 days later.
1948: Princess Juliana became Queen of The Netherlands following her mother's (Queen Wilhelmina) abdication.
1949: Howard Unruh, a former U.S. Army sharpshooter during the Second World War (1939-1945, the U.S. entered in December 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked), killed 13 people in Camden, New Jersey. He is regarded as the first U.S. single-episode mass murderer.
1970: Palestinian terrorists hijacked four airliners traveling to New York from Europe. One Pan Am Jumbo was blown up the next day in Cairo, and two Boeing 707s which landed at Dawson's field in Jordan were blown up on September 12. The fourth plane landed in London.
1977: Leslie MacFarlane died at age 74. The Canadian author from Whitby, Ontario (near Toronto) wrote the first 20 books of the popular "Hardy Boys" series.
1977: Highway signs across Canada were converted to metric. As of 2010, the U.S. is the only country that still uses the old system of pounds, miles and fractions (e.g. writing 9/10 instead of .9).
1991: After 67 years as Leningrad, the name St. Petersburg was restored to the Russian city.
1997: The funeral of Princess Diana. Great numbers of people lined the streets of London to view the procession, and hundreds of millions of people around the world watched on television. One of the biggest funerals in human history. She was later that day buried on the Spencer family property in the Northamptonshire countryside.