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Friday, May 5 2017
Biblical Eras: The Nations Of Jacob And Esau
"And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel"
Esau was the fraternal-twin brother of Jacob - the sons of Isaac and Rebekah (see The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah). The Israelites are descended from Jacob (see Biblical Eras: Abraham, Isaac And Jacob Were Not Israelites Or Jews), while other nations are descended from Esau.
Esau is also known historically and prophetically as "Edom" - a name that he acquired from the famous incident involving the sale of his birthright: "And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom"; see The Birth of Jacob and Esau).
"36:1 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.
Esau chose to depart from the land of Canaan, away from Jacob, "For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle" (the same reason that Abraham and Lot had went their separate ways; see also The Parting of Abram and Lot). Esau settled in the area south of the Salt Sea (see The Salt Sea In History And Prophecy).
"36:6 And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob. 36:7 For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle. 36:8 Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom." (Genesis 36:6-8 KJV)
The Word of God records Esau's family in detail, for the simple reason that, as another grandson of Abraham, Esau too had a part in fulfilling the "seed" prophecy of Abraham (see the Fact Finder question below).
"36:9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:
The people of Esau became a kingdom before the people of Israel did (the Israelites passed through the land of Edom on their way from Egypt to their promised land).
"36:31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
Fact Finder: How are the descendants of Esau also among the nations of the prophecy regarding Abraham's "seed"?
This Day In History, May 5
553: The Second Council of Constantinople began with participants from the West and East (Byzantine) Roman Empire.
1215: Rebel barons renounced their patriotism to the father of their nation, King John of England (the original meaning of patriotism was loyalty to the father; "king" meant father of the kin; it's the same reason that God is called the Father and that genuine salvation will occur in the Kingdom of God - see also The Patriotism Prophecy).
King John responded with the Magna Carta, the "Great Charter" of English liberties, at Runnymede, near Windsor. The Magna Carta was a key building block of Constitutional Law in the English-speaking world that many countries, even centuries later, used as the basis of their constitution - while often ignoring or failing to credit the principles of the Magna Carta that they copied (sometimes word for word) and claimed as their own.
1292: Adolf of Nassau was crowned German king (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). He was deposed in June 1298 by his Habsburg opponent Albert I.
1494: Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Jamaica. He named the island Santa Gloria. All four of the made-legendary voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually just to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1646: After his defeat at the Battle of Naseby during the English Civil War, Charles I surrendered to a Scottish army at Newark.
1705: Leopold I, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), died at 64.
1821: Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France and conqueror of much of Europe, died at age 52 (most historians believe it was of cancer) while a prisoner on the island of St. Helena after his famous defeat at Waterloo (Belgium) on June 18 1815.
1860: Giuseppe Garibaldi and his "Thousand Redshirts" sailed from Genoa to conquer Sicily and Naples.
1865: The U.S. Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, outlawing slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.
1893: The stock market crashed on Wall Street, resulting in the closure of 600 banks, the bankruptcy of thousands of businesses and the unemployment of 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. work force.
1925: High school biology teacher John T. Scopes, 24, was arrested for teaching the theory of evolution in his Dayton, Tennessee classroom (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia returned to his capital after British forces liberated Ethiopia from the Italian invasion forces that had occupied the country since 1935.
1945: British and Canadian troops liberated the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation.
1949: The Council of Europe was established.
1955: The Federal Republic of Germany became a sovereign state after the Allied High Commission dissolved itself.
1961: Alan Shepard became the first U.S. astronaut in space with a 15 minute sub-orbital flight (i.e. it did not go completely around the Earth) in a Mercury spacecraft. The Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space a month before, on April 12, with a 108-minute full orbital flight.
1964: The Council of Europe declared May 5 as Europe Day.
1980: In London, elite British SAS (Special Air Service) troops stormed the Iranian Embassy, killing 4 of the 5 gunmen who had taken over the building and seized hostages.
2006: The government of Sudan signed an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
2010: Mass protests in Greece erupted in response to the austerity measures imposed by the Greek government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.