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Tuesday, July 8 2014
1 Chronicles 8: The Prophecies Of Rachel's Children
"I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin"
Benjamin was the son of Jacob and Rachel (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria). His brother was Joseph, who became the Prime Minister of Egypt (see The Benjamin Connection and How Long Were They Slaves?) and the father of Ephraim and Manasseh.
Benjamin was the only Israelite patriarch to actually be born in what became the land of Israel. It was a tragic birth in which his mother Rachel died. Rachel's death was the stated cause of Jacob later adopting Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manassaeh, as his own.
"48:5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. 48:6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance. 48:7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem." (Genesis 48:5-7 KJV)
Israel's first human king was Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin (see King Saul of Israel).
"8:1 Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third, 8:2 Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth. 8:3 And the sons of Bela were, Addar, and Gera, and Abihud, 8:4 And Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah, 8:5 And Gera, and Shephuphan, and Huram. 8:6 And these are the sons of Ehud: these are the heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Geba, and they removed them to Manahath: 8:7 And Naaman, and Ahiah, and Gera, he removed them, and begat Uzza, and Ahihud. 8:8 And Shaharaim begat children in the country of Moab, after he had sent them away; Hushim and Baara were his wives. 8:9 And he begat of Hodesh his wife, Jobab, and Zibia, and Mesha, and Malcham, 8:10 And Jeuz, and Shachia, and Mirma. These were his sons, heads of the fathers. 8:11 And of Hushim he begat Abitub, and Elpaal. 8:12 The sons of Elpaal; Eber, and Misham, and Shamed, who built Ono, and Lod, with the towns thereof: 8:13 Beriah also, and Shema, who were heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove away the inhabitants of Gath: 8:14 And Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth, 8:15 And Zebadiah, and Arad, and Ader, 8:16 And Michael, and Ispah, and Joha, the sons of Beriah; 8:17 And Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and Hezeki, and Heber, 8:18 Ishmerai also, and Jezliah, and Jobab, the sons of Elpaal; 8:19 And Jakim, and Zichri, and Zabdi, 8:20 And Elienai, and Zilthai, and Eliel, 8:21 And Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, the sons of Shimhi; 8:22 And Ishpan, and Heber, and Eliel, 8:23 And Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan, 8:24 And Hananiah, and Elam, and Antothijah, 8:25 And Iphedeiah, and Penuel, the sons of Shashak; 8:26 And Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and Athaliah, 8:27 And Jaresiah, and Eliah, and Zichri, the sons of Jeroham. 8:28 These were heads of the fathers, by their generations, chief men. These dwelt in Jerusalem.
When the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) divided Israel into the kingdoms of "Israel" and "Judah" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah), the tribe of Benjamin remained with Judah, from which they thereafter became politically (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah), and then religiously (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism), known as "Jews" - while maintaining their own tribal identity as Benjamites.
Although King Saul is usually regarded as the most familiar Benjamite, there was a later Saul of the tribe of Benjamin who is even more well-known - Saul the Pharisee who became known as the apostle Paul (see Was Paul A Jew or a Benjamite?).
"11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin." (Romans 11:1 KJV)
Fact Finder: What prophecies about Benjamin's mother Rachel involved the Messiah?
This Day In History, July 8
1099: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), 15,000 starving Church of Rome soldiers marched in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders looked on (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1249: Alexander II, king of Scotland 1214-1249, died at age 51. He maintained peace with England and greatly strengthened the Scottish monarchy.
1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama departed on the first direct European voyage to India.
1608: The first French settlement at Quebec was established by Samuel de Champlain.
1652: The First Anglo-Dutch War (1652-1654) began.
1663: King Charles II of England granted a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship to Rhode Island.
1709: Peter the Great defeated Charles XII at Poltava, in the Ukraine, effectively ending the Swedish empire.
1714: The government of Queen Anne offered a 20,000 pound reward for anyone who produced a chronometer that was capable of determining longitude at sea to within thirty miles after a 6 week voyage. A Yorkshireman, John Harrison, produced a highly accurate device in 1759, which was tested and proven 2 years later.
1730: An estimated 8.7 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that damaged more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of Chile's coastline.
1755: Britain broke off diplomatic relations with France over their dispute about territorial claims in the New World.
1815: King Louis XVIII returned to Paris after the defeat of Napoleon.
1835: The Liberty Bell cracked (again, as it repeatedly did, despite efforts at repair and recasting over decades). The first crack occurred in March 1753 when the brand-new bell was tested in Philadelphia upon delivery from its manufacturer in London. The bell was ordered for use in the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly (now known as Independence Hall) before the revolution of the English-established colonies of New England. The English named it the "Liberty" bell (despite the popular myth and propaganda that millions of people eagerly want to believe, the bell was not named after a revolution, or by revolutionaries) because of the partial quote of Leviticus 25:10 on the bell, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." The full Scripture, that is, what is actually written and intended in the Word of God, refers to the regular Jubilee Year (see The Seven Sabbaths Of Years To The Jubilee) in the united kingdom of Israel:
"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family."
1889: The Wall Street Journal began publishing.
1892: St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
1896: Sir Wilfred Laurier became the first French-Canadian Prime Minister.
1937: Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan signed the Treaty of Saadabad.
1947: News reports were broadcast that a UFO crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
1974: U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ordered President Richard Nixon to hand over the tapes to Watergate criminal investigators.
1975: An earthquake damaged over 2,000 temples in Pagan, Burma. A 20-foot-high seated Buddha was decapitated.
1994: Kim Jong-il became the "supreme leader" of North Korea upon the death of his father, Kim Il-sung.
1997: In Madrid, NATO leaders agreed to allow Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic - 3 former "Warsaw Pact" nations - into membership.