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Sunday, December 11 2016
The Pharaoh's Welcome
"And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell ... And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly"
The Pharaoh of the Exodus, although not identified by name, is the most-familiar Egyptian king to most people ("pharaoh" was a term that originally referred to the palace of the Egyptian king, but later came to be used as a title for the king himself). The Israelites in his time had grown into a potentially-powerful rebel force within his country - a fear that was hardly unfounded. The first census after the Exodus (see The First Sinai Census) states that there were over 600,000 military-age males alone within the Israelite population. Also, at the time of the Exodus, they were armed ("And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle" Exodus 13:18 RSV). The slavery and genocide of the Israelite people was committed by the Exodus Pharaoh out of fear for his country's security.
"1:9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
That Pharaoh welcomed them into Egypt and gave them to settle in the warm, well-watered area of the Nile Delta known as "Goshen."
"47:1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen. 47:2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.
Fact Finder: Who decided that the Israelites would grow from a family into a powerful nation in Egypt?
This Day In History, December 11
361: Julian (known as "the Apostate") entered Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) as sole Emperor of the then collapsing and fragmenting Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
630: Muhammad led an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca. The religion that he created, known as "Islam," quickly spread across the Middle East, Africa and southern Europe (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1205: John Grey, Bishop of Norwich, was elected Archbishop of Canterbury. He was later rejected by Pope Innocent III.
1640: English Puritans introduced the "Root and Branch" petition to the Long Parliament in London.
1688: King James II abdicated the British throne.
1792: King Louis XVI of France was put on trial for treason.
1845: The Sonderbund was established by the 7 Catholic Swiss cantons to oppose anti-Catholic measures by Protestant cantons.
1845: In India, Sikhs crossed Sutlej and made a surprise attack on the British, starting the Anglo-Sikh War.
1899: During the second British-Boer War, the British under Methuen attempted to advance and were defeated with the loss of over 1,000 men by 9,000 Boers under Cronje at the Battle of Magersfontein.
1901: Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi flew a kite fitted with an aerial from the Cabot Memorial Tower on Signal Hill in Newfoundland which enabled him to receive the world's first transatlantic radio message. Sent from Cornwall, England, it consisted of 3 dots, the Morse Code signal for the letter "s".
1917: British forces under General Edmund Allenby liberated Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1930: The Bank of The United States in New York failed and closed all of its 60 branches. The bank had over 400,000 depositors.
1931: Britain's Statute of Westminster gave complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and Newfoundland.
1936: Britain's King Edward VIII told a radio audience that he was abdicating the throne to marry U.S. divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward had reigned for only 11 months, the shortest reign since that of Edward V in the 15th century. George VI, father of Elizabeth II, became king.
1937: Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.
1941: Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. then declared war on them. Poland declared war on Japan. Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Guatemala all declared war on Germany and Italy.
1941: Japanese forces occupied Guam.
1948: Newfoundland signed an agreement to become Canada's 10th province.
1961: Captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). He was hung in May of the next year.
1962: Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin were hung at Toronto's Don Jail (Turpin murdered a Toronto police officer while fleeing an armed robbery; Lucas, who was a U.S. citizen from Georgia, murdered an undercover U.S. narcotics officer from Detroit while he was visiting Toronto). There were 710 executions in Canada between 1867 (when Canada became a self-governing member of the British Empire) and 1962 when the death penalty was abolished.
1967: The Concorde, a joint British-French development and the world's first supersonic airliner, was formally introduced in France.
1973: West Germany and Czechoslovakia signed a treaty nullifying the 1938 Munich Pact which sanctioned Hitler's seizure of the Sudetenland.
1983: The first visit to Lutheran church by a pope was made by Pope John Paul II in Rome.
1991: European Community leaders signed the "Maastricht Treaty" which aimed for a common foreign policy and a single currency by 1999.
2001: China joined the World Trade Organization.
2008: Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme (some debt-swamped countries are using the same principle to delay economic collapse - using more borrowed money to just be able to pay the interest on the massive debt that they already have).