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Monday, August 18 2014
2 Chronicles 20: Jordan's West Bank Invasion
"The children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle"
The territory and the people of the country that is known today as Jordan, or the Kingdom of Jordan (officially, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) has had a long history with Israel. The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) renamed Jacob as "Israel" in what is today Jordan (see Where Jacob Became Israel).
Most of what is now Jordan was given to some of the tribes of Israel in the time of Moses (see The Israel Of East Jordan). Those original boundaries of Israel could have existed today if the people of Judah had been more patient in the time of the British Mandate of "Palestine" and "Transjordan" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
In reality, the so-called "West Bank" was merely a creation of Jordanian military forces who temporarily captured it in the war at the time that the modern-day state of Israel was created in 1948. It was a perfect opportunity for Jordan to create a "Palestinian state" for their "Muslim brothers" there, but Jordan kept the territory for itself. When Jordan lost the "West Bank" in a later war with Israel, Jordan then hypocritically demanded that Israel give away the same territory for the creation of a supposed "Palestinian state" (see the Fact Finder question below to understand where "Palestine" is and always has been) - which Jordan itself refused to do in all of the time that they held it.
Amon and Moab were the children of Abraham's nephew Lot who were born after Lot fled the destruction of Sodom (see Why Did Lot's Wife Look Back?). The Ammonites and Moabites settled in parts of what is today Jordan. They too have had a long history with Israel - sometimes peacefully (Ruth, a key ancestor of King David, was from Moab; see The Messianic Role Of Naomi, Ruth And Boaz), while at other times they were at war, as they were in the time of King Jehoshaphat of Judah.
"20:1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
Jehoshaphat's primary battle was to do what was righteous (see Jehoshaphat's Judges and Jehoshaphat's Castles). In so doing, the LORD would defend the kingdom: "Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's."
"20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, 20:6 And said,
There was peace with Jordan until Jordan invaded Israel. Then, "the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten," after which "the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel."
"20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
Jehoshaphat remained an overall righteous king of Judah for the 25 years of his reign. His major troubles happened when he associated himself with the corrupt kings of Israel (see The Two Kinds Of Patriotism).
"20:31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 20:32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD. 20:33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
Fact Finder: How did the Philistines of Gaza come to be called "Palestinians"?
This Day In History, August 18
684: Umayyad partisans defeated the forces of Ibn al-Zubayr at the Battle of Marj Rahit, thereby bringing about Umayyad control of Syria (see also Damascus In History And Prophecy).
1304: The indecisive Battle of Mons-en-Pevele was fought between armies of the French and the Flemish.
1503: Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) died. His corrupt behavior contributed to the Protestant Reformation (although the "Protestant" churches have maintained almost all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines right to this day; see Antichristians).
1559: Pope Paul IV, pope from 1555 to 1559, died. His reign was marked by his implacable opposition to Spain, renewing the war between France and the Hapsburgs.
1572: Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre married Margaret of Valois, in an attempt to make peace between Protestants and Catholics in France.
1634: Urbain Grandier, a priest accused and convicted of sorcery (see also What Is Sorcery?), was burned alive in Loudun, France. Most historians believe that Grandier was the simply victim of a politically motivated persecution led by the powerful Cardinal Richelieu.
1698: After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forced Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.
1759: A French fleet was destroyed at Lagos, Portugal, by the British under Admiral Boscawen.
1783: A massive fireball meteor was seen over the east coast of Britain.
1825: Scottish explorer Alexander Gordon Laing became the first European to reach Timbuktu, now in Mali. He was murdered there the following month.
1868: The French astronomer Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen discovered helium.
1917: Fire destroyed nearly half of the city of Thessaloniki, Greece (known in the Bible from the Thessalonians who lived there; see 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition). Over 70,000 people were left homeless.
1932: Scottish aviator Jim Mollison made the first westbound transatlantic solo flight, from Portmarnock, Ireland, to Pennfield, New Brunswick, Canada.
1943: The Royal Air Force Bomber Command completed the first major strike against the German missile development facility at Peenemunde.
1961: Construction of the Berlin Wall was completed.
1969: The first commercially-produced oral contraceptive, Enovid 10, was launched in Skokie, Illinois.
1971: Australia and New Zealand announced that they were withdrawing their troops from the Vietnam civil war.
1983: Hurricane Alicia killed 22 people and caused 1 billion dollars of damage in Texas.
2005: An electrical generation failure affected nearly 100 million people on the Indonesian island of Java.