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Monday, October 12 2015
Jeremiah 46: Children Of Ham - The Origin Of Egypt And Iraq
The children of Ham's sons Mizraim and Cush
The homelands of Egypt and Iraq originated on two great river systems - Egypt on the Nile, and Iraq on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. As such, they became the beginning and end points (depending on which direction of the journey) of the "Fertile Crescent" that became the major route of trade and war in the ancient Middle East.
The land of Israel is located in the center of the Fertile Crescent. Israel also had its origins from the nations at both ends of the Fertile Crescent. Abraham was from Iraq (see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram and A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan), while the Israelites grew from a family into a multitude in Egypt (see Jacob's Israel In The Land Of Goshen and I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation).
Egypt and Iraq are two of the most-ancient nations. Both originated from Noah's son Ham.
The Origin of Egypt
Noah's son Ham had four sons: Cush, Mizraim, Put, Canaan (see also The First Nations Of The New World).
"1:8 The sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.
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 also The Cleopatra Connection). The actual Hebrew name is found hundreds of times in the Holy Scriptures - from which various translations render it, interchangeably, as either "Mizraim" or "Egypt" e.g. Genesis 10:6 in the King James Version and the Revised Standard Version:
"10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan." (Genesis 10:6 KJV)
The Origin of Iraq
The area was earliest known as Eden - the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) planted the Garden in Eden there. Later, after the Flood, when humans became confused in their attitude toward the LORD, the area became known as Babylon - which means confusion (see How Did Eden Become Babylon?). The origin of the name "Iraq" is thought to be from the name of the city of Erech (verse 10, below). Notice that in the Scriptural record that "Babylon" and "Iraq" were two of the cities, built by Nimrod, from which the entire region came to be known in turn i.e. "the beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech."
"10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. 10:7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
The Wars Between Egypt and Iraq
As two major powers of the ancient "Middle East" (as it's now called - it was the world of all of humanity then), each holding an anchor point of the Fertile Crescent, it was natural (i.e. natural for what human nature became after it chose to turn from the Way of the LORD) for them to seek to control all of it. Hence the wars between Egypt and Iraq - including those during the lifetime of the prophet Jeremiah (see The Flight To Tahpanhes).
"46:1 The word of the LORD which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles;
This Day In History, October 12
539 BC: The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia captured Babylon - an event that later permitted the return of the people of Judah to Jerusalem (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall).
1285: 180 Jews were burned to death in Munich, Germany, after refusing to convert to the Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1492: Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the "New World" (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). All four of the voyages of Columbus were actually limited to the area of the Caribbean Sea - despite popular myth and propaganda, none landed in North America.
1518: After the "Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) began proceedings against him for heresy, 35 year old Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet at Augsburg. In the theological discussions that followed, Luther refused to recant his 95 Theses that he had posted on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. While Luther rejected the corrupt leadership of the Papacy, he, and most "Protestants" ever since, maintained nearly all of Rome's antichrist doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1576: Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeded his father Maximillian II as Holy Roman emperor.
1692: Massachusetts Governor William Phips ordered an end to the Salem witch trials that caused numerous innocent people to be executed (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1702: In the War of The Spanish Succession, Admiral Rooke with 30 British ships defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Vigo Bay and seized 11 ships full of treasure.
1810: Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildurghausen. The festivities became an annual event and evolved into the present Oktoberfest festival of beer and bratwurst.
1811: Paraguay declared its independence from Spain and Argentina.
1822: Brazil formally became independent of Portugal.
1899: The Anglo-Boer War began in South Africa.
1918: A forest fire killed 453 people in Minnesota.
1928: The Graf Zeppelin became the first commercial dirigible to cross the Atlantic. The Zeppelin, named after its inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, made more than 500 trans-Atlantic flights until it was retired in favor of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg.
1933: Alcatraz was opened as a U.S. federal maximum-security prison.
1945: A few months after the Second World War in Europe ended, the Allied Control Council ordered the dissolution of the Nazi Party of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pounded his desk at the United Nations with his shoe after becoming angry during a debate.
1963: Archaeological research digs began at Masada in Israel.
1964: The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit. It was the first spacecraft to carry a multiple crew.
1970: President Richard Nixon announced the withdrawal of 40,000 more U.S. troops from the Vietnam civil war (Vietnam was divided into North and South by France; when France was driven out, the U.S. replaced French forces and took the side of South Vietnam).
1973: Spiro Agnew resigned as U.S. Vice-President after being convicted of tax evasion. He was replaced by Gerald Ford.
1984: 5 people were killed when an Irish Republican Army terrorist bomb exploded at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, during the annual Conservative Party Conference. It was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.
1992: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale struck Cairo; 552 killed, nearly 10,000 injured. The epicenter was not far from the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.