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Monday, May 1 2017

Biblical Eras: The Lands Promised To Abraham

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed"

Abram, who the LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) purposefully renamed as Abraham (see From Abram To Abraham), was a native of Ur, a major city of Mesopotamia (meaning between the rivers i.e. the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers). If Abraham lived today, he would be a natural-born citizen of Iraq (see Biblical Eras: The Messiah's Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).

From Iraq, Abraham and his family moved to Haran, a city in what is today Syria, which was located on a major caravan route between Iraq and Egypt (see The Way Of The Great Rivers). Then, from Haran, Abraham journeyed south to "the land of Canaan" where he would remain for the rest of his life.

Although he lived in the area that later became known as "Israel," Israel, and Judah ("Jew" is an abbreviation of Judah), as a people, or as a nation, did not yet exist in Abraham's time (see Where Jacob Became Israel and Who Were The First Jews?). Abraham never knew of "Israel," as a people, or as a place.


The move from Ur began under the family leadership of Abraham's father Terah. Abraham's brother Haran (who had the same name as the city in Syria that would become their first stop), the father of Lot, "died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees."

"11:26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.

11:28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

11:29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai [see Abram and Sarai]; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah. 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child." (Genesis 11:26-30 KJV)

The family remained in Haran for a substantial time, until "Terah died in Haran."

"11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan [see also A History Of Jerusalem: Jebus Of Canaan]; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

11:32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran." (Genesis 11:31-32 KJV)

The LORD then commanded Abraham (who was still known as Abram) to "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee." It was a journey with a Messianic purpose i.e. from that Iraqi would "all families of the earth be blessed" (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham?).

"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee:

12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3 KJV)

So Abraham left Haran, as the LORD commanded "and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan."

Abraham's Journey

"12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 12:5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan [see also The Sin Of Canaan]; and into the land of Canaan they came." (Genesis 12:4-5 KJV)

Abraham's obedience was based upon his faith in the LORD. Abraham knew that he would live his life "in a strange country," "not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth."

"11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God [see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God].

11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city [see The Church: Mission Accomplished]." (Hebrews 11:8-16 KJV)

The LORD appeared to Abraham throughout his journey, with further promises that would be fulfilled in a future time.

"12:6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him." (Genesis 12:6-7 KJV)

Abraham continued to the southernmost area of what would become the land of Israel, "going on still toward the south" - where he would settle for the rest of his physical life.

"12:8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD. 12:9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south." (Genesis 12:8-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who are all of Abraham's "seed"?
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This Day In History

This Day In History, May 1

305: The Roman emperor Diocletian abdicated together with his senior colleague Maximian; he retired to his palace at Split - in what centuries later became known as Yugoslavia, which means southern Slavia (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).

408: Theodosius II succeeded to the throne of Constantinople.

524: King Sigismund of Burgundy was executed at Orleans after an 8-year reign. He was succeeded by his brother Godomar.

1006: The brightest supernova (exploding star) on record was observed. At maximum light it cast shadows at night and could be seen during the day. Scribes in Europe, the Middle East and the Orient recorded its appearance. Another more-famous supernova (exploded star) remnant is visible in telelscopes as "the Crab Nebula."

Crab Nebula

1308: "Holy Roman Emperor" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) Albert I (a Habsburg) was murdered by his nephew John of Habsburg, and 3 others. John was thereafter known as John the Parricide (it would be a century before anyone was again named John in the Habsburg family). Over 1,000 innocent family members of Albert's killers were executed by the Habsburgs for the murder.

1486: Christopher Columbus convinced Queen Isabella of Spain to fund an expedition to the "New World" (which ended up merely becoming a copy of the same old world; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1514: Niklaus Kopernig (Copernicus), Polish scientist, circulated a manuscript The Little Commentary, in which he questioned the accepted Aristotelian system and suggested a (correct) sun-centered system with a moving Earth (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and How Does Eternal Life Happen?).


1707: Scotland, Wales and England were joined together under the name of Great Britain.

1759: Josiah Wedgwood established the Wedgwood pottery company in Britain.

1849: The Convention of Balta Liman. Russian and Turkish (i.e. Ottoman; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) agreement concerning the government of the principalities of Moldavia and Walachia (in present-day Romania) after an uprising there in 1849.

1851: Queen Victoria opened the "The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations" (also known simply as "The Great Exhibition") in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London (see also What Really Happens In A Trade War? to understand what happens when nations do not welcome trade and commerce with other nations).

The Great Exhibition

1873: David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer (of the famous "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" by Sir Henry Stanley), was found dead at Chitambo, now in Zambia.

1876: The Royal Titles Bill was passed by the British Parliament, entitling Queen Victoria to call herself Empress of India.

1908: The world's most intense rainfall on record, 2.47" in 3 minutes, at Portobelo, Panama.

1915: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the ocean liner Lusitania left New York as the German Embassy was warning anyone traveling on British ships that they did so at their own risk. It was sunk by a German submarine six days later.

1925: Cyprus officially became a British colony. It had been leased to Britain by Turkey (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) in 1878 and was annexed to the British Empire at the start of the First World War in 1914.

1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Nazi-German Messerschmitt Me 262, the world's first jet-powered combat aircraft, made its first flight.

Messerschmitt Me 262

Nazi scientists were the first to produce rockets and jet engines. After the war, many of the "reformed Nazis" who did not face justice for their war crimes were admitted into the U.S. where they worked for various military establishments, including NASA e.g. Wernher von Braun, the former Nazi SS officer, who some Jewish holocaust survivors called "the NASA Nazi."

Wernher von Braun

1945: German radio officially announced that Adolf Hitler had died (by suicide) in Berlin the day before (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: High-ranking Nazi Paul Goebbels, 48, and his family, died the day after Hitler killed himself: Goebbels' 6 children were given lethal injections, and then he and his wife, at their request, were each shot twice in the back of the head by a Nazi Storm Trooper. The bodies were then doused with gasoline and set on fire.

1960: Russia shot down a U.S. high-altitude U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers. He was later exchanged for a Russian spy who had been captured in New York.

1961: After successfully running the Mafia and CIA out of Cuba, revolutionary leader Fidel Castro declared Cuba an independent nation (see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?).

1963: Sir Winston Churchill announced his retirement from the House of Commons.

Winston Churchill

1982: British forces began the recovery of the Falkland Islands from Argentina.

1982: In Poland, 50,000 supporters of the "Solidarity" labor union demonstrated in Warsaw against military rule.

1986: Canada's first artificial heart transplant was done at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Dr. Wilbert Keon performed the operation on Noella Leclair, 41. The implanted heart, the Jarvik-7, served as a bridge until a human heart became available on May 8.

1993: Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa died of injuries suffered in a bomb blast during a May Day procession.

1997: Tony Blair was elected Prime Minister of Britain. The Labor Party won a landslide victory over the Conservative Party of Prime Minister John Major, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.

2011: Saudi Arabian terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was reportedly killed by U.S. troops during a raid into Pakistan. The body, or photographs of it, were never provided as proof.




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