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Wednesday, May 3 2017

Biblical Eras: From Abram And Sarai To Abraham And Sarah

"Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee ... As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her"

Abram lived at a time when there were no Israelites, Jews, Muslims or Christians (see Biblical Eras: Abraham, Isaac And Jacob Were Not Israelites Or Jews). If he were to answer a question about his "religion," it would nevertheless be something like "a true follower of the LORD." The LORD Himself described Abram that way (see Biblical Eras: The Messiah's Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).

Abraham Altar

"17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly." (Genesis 17:1-2 KJV)

The LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ; see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) renamed Abram as Abraham when he was "ninety years old and nine." The reason would have been evident to anyone at the time who understood the language. "Abram" meant a father of high moral character, while "Abraham," along with a father of high moral character, meant father of many. Abraham was to be a man of great righteous character who would be the father of many nations (see also A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).

"17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God." (Genesis 17:3-8 KJV)

Circumcision didn't begin with Israelites or Jews - none existed yet (Israelites were the children of Abraham's grandson Jacob; see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria, A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel and Who Were The First Jews?). The first to be circumcised were Abraham (an immigrant from Iraq), his son Ishmael (the son of an Egyptian woman), and the servants of Abraham's household (who could only have been Egyptians and Canaanites).

"17:9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 17:11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 17:12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 17:13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 17:14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant." (Genesis 17:9-14 KJV)

Sarai too was given a new name by the LORD. It signified that the Messianic line from Abraham would happen through Sarah's only son.


"17:15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 17:16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? 17:18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!" (Genesis 17:15-18 KJV)

Just as the LORD had commanded Hagar what her son Ishmael was to be named (see The LORD's Seed Promise To Hagar), so too the LORD declared the name for Isaac - who would be born a year later (see A Biography Of Abraham: Isaac; also Isaac: Rising From The Ashes).

"17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 17:21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. 17:22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham." (Genesis 17:19-22 KJV)

So it was then that the custom of circumcision began with men of Iraq, Egypt and Canaan.

"17:23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

17:24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 17:25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 17:26 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. 17:27 And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him." (Genesis 17:23-27 KJV)

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This Day In History

This Day In History, May 3

495: Pope Gelasius proclaimed that his papal authority was superior to the civil authority of Emperor Enanstasius. The Church of Rome, the papacy, and most of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines were the invention of the Roman emperors - primarily Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperors and Popes).

1410: Alexander V (Pietro di Candia) died at age 71. He was antipope 1409-1410 during a period of 3 popes (see Antipopes) at the same time (the other 2 were Pope Gregory XII and Antipope Benedict XIII). He reigned only 10 months and his death came under suspicious circumstances; some believe that he was poisoned by his successor, Antipope John XXIII.

1481: The most powerful of a series of three earthquakes struck the island of Rhodes (see also The Colossus of Rhodes). The death toll was 30,000 people.

1494: Christopher Columbus first sighted the island known today as Jamaica. All of the four voyages of Columbus were to the islands of the Caribbean; none were to what calls itself "America" today (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Voyages of Christopher Columbus

1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral landed in Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.

1512: The 5th Lateran Council (18th ecumenical council) opened in Rome under Pope Julius II.

1616: The Second Civil War in France ended after the Treaty of Loudun was signed.

1660: John II Casimir of Poland abandoned his claim to Sweden and signed the Treaty of Oliva, ending the Polish-Swedish War of Succession.

1747: During the War of The Austrian Succession, the British defeated the French at the first Battle of Cape Finisterre.

1791: King Stanislaw Augustus signed a liberal bill of rights reforming gentry-ruled Poland and setting up a constitutional monarchy.


1802: Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.

1808: During the Peninsular War, Madrid rebels were executed near Príncipe Pío hill.

1830: The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened in Kent, England. It was the first steam-powered passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.

1841: New Zealand was proclaimed a British colony.

1859: France declared war on Austria.

1860: Charles XV of Sweden-Norway was crowned king of Sweden.

1867: The Hudson's Bay Company (founded in 1670) ceded all claims of Vancouver Island to Canada.

Hudson's Bay Company

1915: During the First World War (1914-1918), Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian army medical officer, wrote the poem In Flanders Fields while overlooking the grave of a fellow officer at Ypres, Belgium. The poem first appeared in Punch magazine December 8 1915. McCrae himself did not survive the war.

John McCrae

1916: The rebel leaders of the Easter Rising were executed in Dublin.

1926: U.S. marines (see also Send In The Marines) invaded Nicaragua to defend U.S. banana-business interests in the country after the Nicaraguan people's government began defending the rights of their agricultural laborers. The "banana republic" (the term originated from those military invasions that were committed at the request of private corporations) military occupation lasted for 7 years, until an obedient puppet government was installed.

1963: In Alabama, police used attack dogs and fire hoses against black civil rights protestors, including children. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alabama's segregation laws were unconstitutional less than 3 weeks later, on May 20.

1978: The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (later known as "spam") was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation to every ARPANET address on the US west coast.

1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of Britain.

1993: Authorities said they had identified the body of David Koresh from charred remains found after their church buildings were burned to the ground during the siege at Waco in February.

2001: The U.S. lost its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.




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