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Sunday, September 8 2013
Genesis 49: Jacob's Prophecy To Israel
"Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days"
Near the end of his life, Jacob, who 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) renamed as Israel (see Genesis 32: The Origin Of Israel), made a prophecy specific to each of his sons (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria). The descendants of those tribal patriarchs would become the nation ("nation" means all of those of a nativity, a birth) and the Kingdom of Israel ("king" means the head of a kin, the patriarch; "patriotism" means faithful to the patriarch).
"49:1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days." (Genesis 49:1 KJV)
The prophecies included historic events that were sometimes the basis for the prophecy e.g. "for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall" and so "I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel." Others were entirely prophetic, and in one case, Messianic i.e. "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be."
The illustration of the individual tribes, from a synagogue wall in Jerusalem, is based primarily upon the verses below. Can you match the illustration to the tribal description?
"49:2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
The last words of Jacob / Israel were instructions to be buried in the Hebron tomb of his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham (see Jacob's Mummy].
"49:29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 49:30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. 49:31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. 49:32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.
This Day In History, September 8
394: Arbogast, a general of the Roman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots, A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), committed suicide after the battle of the Frigidus River that ended in victory for Theodosius.
617: The Battle of Huoyi in China. Li Yuan defeated a Sui Dynasty army, enabling his capture of the imperial capital Chang'an and the eventual establishment of the Tang Dynasty.
1011: The Danes sacked Canterbury and seized Aelfheah, the archbishop of Canterbury, who they held for 7 months before killing him in April 1012.
1264: The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews safety and personal liberties and giving battei din jurisdiction over Jewish matters, was promulgated by Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Greater Poland.
1331: Stephen Uros IV Dusan declared himself king of Serbia.
1380: The Battle of Kulikovo. Russian forces defeated an army of Tatars and Mongols, stopping their advance.
1504: Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Florence, Italy.
1565: The Knights of Malta lifted the Turkish siege of Malta that began on May 18.
1664: The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York after the Duke of York.
1755: During the Seven Years War (1756-1763) in North America, English troops under the command of William Johnson defeated French and native-American force at the Battle of Lake George. Although known as "the French and Indian War" in the U.S., it was actually a world war, fought on a larger geographic scale (Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines) than the two world wars of the twentieth century.
1760: The French surrendered Montreal to British forces under the command of Jeffrey Amherst.
1831: William IV and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen were crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1860: The Steamship Lady Elgin sank on Lake Michigan, with the loss of around 300 lives.
1900: A hurricane with winds of 120 mph and a following tidal wave at Galveston, Texas, killed at least 8,000 people and destroyed over 2,500 buildings in the city.
1923: The Honda Point Disaster. Nine U.S. Navy destroyers ran aground off the California coast. Seven of the ships were lost, twenty-three sailors killed.
1944: Germany began the V-2 rocket bombing of Britain.
1945: Korea was partitioned into North and South by the U.S. and the Soviet Union (within a decade, the French partitioned Vietnam into North and South also).
1945: Hideki Tojo, Japanese prime minister during most of the Second World War, attempted suicide rather than face a war crimes tribunal. The attempt failed and he was later convicted and hanged.
1974: To prevent criminal prosecution of Richard Nixon, President Gerald Ford granted the former President a full pardon for "any and all crimes that he may have committed while in office."
1991: The Republic of Macedonia became independent.