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Saturday, August 8 2015
Isaiah 51: Israel's Physical And Spiritual Ancestors In Iraq
"Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham"
Iraq is one of the most ancient nations - while its territory, centered on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, was the birthplace of humanity itself (see The Garden In Eden and Adam and Adamah; also Life From The Dust - Past And Future and Which Tree Will You Pick Fruit From?).
The name "Iraq" has been in recorded use for at least 1,500 years. The far-more ancient origin of the name is disputed, however many historians (as well as this writer) believe that it originated from "Erech," a city in the same area as the city of Babylon, as recorded in Genesis in the time after the Flood ("the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar," verse 10 below; see also The First Nations Of The New World).
"10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
While all of humanity originated from the three lines of Noah (Shem, Ham and Japheth), all of them originated in Iraq (as did Noah himself). As well, all of the lines that contributed to the genealogy of Israel, also originated in Iraq. The key ancestor of that is Abraham, who was of the line of Shem, but notice from the genealogy listed above that others such as Canaan (Jews originated from Judah and his two Canaanite wives; see The First Jews) and Mizraim (i.e. Egypt - the Israelite tribal patriarchs Ephraim and Manasseh had an Egyptian mother; see The Egypt Connection), of the line of Ham, provided their blood lines to the line that would produce the Messiah of all people.
There is moreover the spiritual application of those physical genealogies. After Eden became "Babylon" (see How Did Eden Become Babylon?), the "come out of her my people" began its righteous and moral meaning - that "Babylon" could be, and is, everywhere on Earth.
So too Abraham himself (see the complete series of studies for Abraham, beginning with A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram) was and is a spiritual ancestor of all who truly follow the Word of God (see Strait And Straight) everywhere on Earth - as starkly-warned by John the Baptist (see also The John The Baptist Prophecies) to some physical descendants of Abraham who did not walk the spiritual way of Abraham because they replaced it with their own "laws" and traditions (a principle that applies as much to many Christian-professing people today as it did to those as-yet unrepentant Pharisees back then - keeping in mind that some of them did repent, one way or another i.e. Saul, who became the apostle Paul, and Nicodemus to whom was given the famous "born again" and "John 3:16" teachings; see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
John quoted the prophet Isaiah ("Esaias" in the KJV New Testament) in his rebuke to them, and all like them ever since (see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?):
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying,
As stated by the Messiah, in quoting Isaiah (again, "Esaias" in the KJV New Testament; see also Isaiah 1: What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?):
"15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" (Matthew 15:3 KJV)
Isaiah's view transcended any man-made nation or kingdom (see also The First And Last Nation). He knew and saw exactly what Abraham knew and faithfully lived by (see the Fact Finder question below).
"51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. 51:2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Fact Finder: What did the LORD promise Noah and Abraham in Iraq?
This Day In History, August 8
1220: The Battle of Lihula. Swedish forces were routed by Estonian tribes.
1306: King Wenceslas of Poland was murdered.
1503: King James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor, the daughter of King Henry VII of England.
1570: King Charles IX of France signed the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots (French protestants).
1576: The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory was laid on Hven.
1588: During the Anglo-Spanish War, the Battle of Gravelines ended - stopping the Spanish Armada's attempt to invade England to restore it to Papal rule (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1648: Ibrahim (from the Arabic form of Abraham; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Roots and Branches and 'Raghead' Racism), the sultan of Istanbul, was thrown into prison, and later killed.
1709: Bartolomeu de Gusmao demonstrated the lifting ability of a vehicle powered by hot air to the King of Portugal in Lisbon. Despite the Church of Rome soon thereafter demanding that he discontinue his aeronautical research, Bartolomeu de Gusmao became one of the earliest pioneers of human flight.
1786: The first ascent of Mont Blanc was completed by Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard and his porter, Jacques Balmat.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918), the Battle of Amiens began. Allied forces advanced on a 10-mile front against 20 German divisions and took 16,000 prisoners in 2 hours.
1929: The German airship Graf Zeppelin began a circumnavigation of the earth flight.
1940: The German Luftwaffe attacked Britain for the first time, beginning the Battle of Britain.
1942: During the Second World War, six Germans, who were put ashore on Long Island in June, became the first saboteurs to be executed in the U.S. They were electrocuted in a District of Colombia jail.
1963: Britain's "Great Train Robbery" took place when a gang held up the Glasgow to London mail train and stole 2.6 million pounds.
1974: U.S. President Richard Nixon announced that he was resigning for his part in the Watergate crimes committed by his regime, effective at noon the next day. Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, thereafter took the very unusual step of pardoning Nixon for the crimes that he committed before he was formally charged with them (some legal experts question whether Ford himself committed obstruction of justice by pardoning someone who hadn't yet been charged with anything).
1988: U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar announced that a cease-fire in the eight-year-old Gulf war between Iran and Iraq was to begin on August 20.
1988: Russian troops began their retreat out of Afghanistan, 9 years after their unsuccessful invasion to fight the Taliban began (ironically, the Taliban were assisted and supplied with arms by the U.S., who later fought the same Taliban when the U.S. took its turn at invading Afghanistan).
2010: During the 2010 China floods, a mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, killed over 1,400 people.