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Thursday, April 17 2014
1 Samuel 29: Where Is Palestine?
"Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, and Pathrusim, and Casluhim, of whom came the Philistines"
Noah (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq) had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, from whom the primary families of humanity originated (see Genesis 10: The First Nations Of The New World).
Ham had four sons: Cush, Mizraim, Put, Canaan.
"1:8 The sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.
It's obvious that the Canaanites originated from Ham's son Canaan. But who originated from Ham's son Mizraim?
Mizraim was the Hebrew name given to Egypt and northeast Africa by the Israelites because of Mizraim's descendants there. Mizraim is rendered into English as "Egypt" (from the name that the ancient Greek empire gave to it, pronounced Aigyptos; see The Cleopatra Connection) over 600 times in the Holy Scriptures. Various translations use "Mizraim" or "Egypt" interchangeably, as shown in the example below.
"10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan." (Genesis 10:6 KJV)
As also stated in the verses above, the descendants of Mizrain were not Canaanites. Among the descendants of Mizraim / Egypt were, obviously, the Egyptians, but also the Philistines. The Egyptian and Philistine people were cousins from their common ancestor.
"1:11 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, 1:12 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (of whom came the Philistines,) and Caphthorim." (1 Chronicles 1:11-12 KJV)
The name "Palestine" originated from the Greek word pronounced Palaistina, which is derived from the Hebrew word pronounced pel-eh-sheth, meaning land of the Philistines - a small coastal territory corresponding to what is today Gaza.
The definition of Palestine was first expanded when the invading Romans (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) used the name Syria Palaestina during the second century before Jesus Christ. They used it to designate the southern portion of their created province of Syria, which then took in Judea, including Jerusalem.
In modern times, the accepted meaning of Palestine was again greatly inflated after the First World War. Britain, which then held control of the land of Israel under a mandate of the League of Nations (British control eventually made possible the birth of the modern state of Israel, thereby fulfilling a vital Biblical element of Prophecy - see the Fact Finder question below), revived the name as an official title for practically all of the land - from Dan to Beersheba, and from The Mediterranean Sea to The Jordan River. And so it has been ever since. Nevertheless, from the actual Biblical perspective, "Palestine," which is merely a different pronunciation of "Philistine," consisted only of the coastal area centered on what is today Gaza.
David sought refuge in "Palestine" for about a year at the beginning of the civil war with Saul (see 1 Samuel 27: David The Philistine Warrior). Note carefully in this example that the actual Palestinians / Philistines never regarded the land of Canaan, that the LORD gave to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as "Palestine."
"29:1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel. 29:2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward with Achish. 29:3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here?
Fact Finder: How did "Palestine" become "Israel" in modern politics?
This Day In History, April 17
69: Vitellius became Roman Emperor after the First Battle of Bedriacum (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1080: King Harald III of Denmark died. He was succeeded by Canute IV.
1194: The second coronation of England's King Richard I, after his return from the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1421: The sea breached the dikes at Dort in the Netherlands. More than 100,000 people were killed.
1492: Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (Ferdinand and Isabella were the parents of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England) signed a contract giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and the map below to understand what part of "America" that Columbus actually discovered).
1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. While Luther rejected the leadership of the papacy because of the pope's immoral and unethical behavior, Luther's "protest" did not include most of the Church of Rome's actual antichrist doctrines (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?). Luther, and most of the "Protestant churches" of today, remain Roman Catholic in doctrine (see Antichristians).
1555: The city of Siena surrendered to Philip of Spain after a lengthy famine. He later sold Siena to Cosimo de Medici.
1610: Henry Hudson sailed from London, England; among his discoveries (to Europeans; the native people who were there already knew it) included what would later be known as Hudson Strait.
1793: The Battle of Warsaw.
1808: The Bayonne Decree by Napoleon ordered the seizure of U.S. ships (France had supported the rebellion of the New England colonies against their creators in England, while at the same time tolerating no independence efforts in any of the French colonies in Louisiana or elsewhere throughout the continent of North America).
1864: During the Schleswig Holstein-Prussian War, Prussian forces under Prince Frederick Charles attacked the fortress at Dueppel.
1895: The Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the Sino-Japanese War. China and Japan recognized Korean independence and China gave up Formosa to Japan.
1916: Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lankan stateswoman, was born. In July 1960, she became the world's first woman prime minister.
1941: The entire Yugoslav army and government surrendered to the Germans in Belgrade.
1946: Syria became independent from France.
1961: The CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are historically correct) backed "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba. The 3-day fiasco left 100 killed and more than 1,000 invaders captured.
1969: Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian-born Arab, was found guilty of the assassination of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.
1970: Apollo 13 returned to earth after an oxygen tank explosion caused the moon-landing mission to be aborted and the near-loss of the crew.
1975: Phnompenh fell to the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian communist insurgents, just as North Vietnamese and Vietcong were sweeping south toward Saigon. The communists under Pol Pot (actual name, Saloth Sar) would eventually murder over 2 million Cambodian people - 1/4 of the population.
1989: The Polish trade union Solidarity was legalized after a 7 year ban by the communist government.
1997: Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog died at age 78 (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).