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Monday, May 8 2017

Biblical Eras: 400 Years Of Israel's Prosperity In Egypt

"I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation ... The children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them"

As Jacob was about to enter Egypt (see Biblical Eras: Israel's Immigration To Egypt), the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) made a dual promise to Jacob (see Biblical Eras: Jacobites To Israelites):

  • Jacob's family would grow into a great multitude at the expense of the prosperity and natural blessings of Egypt.

  • Jacob himself, at the end of his mortal life, would be brought back to the land of Canaan where he was born (see also Jacob's Mummy).

Nile River

The prophetic promises make to Jacob about Egypt (see also A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Years In Cleopatra's Egypt):

"46:2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob [see Genesis 32: The Origin Of Israel].

And he said, Here am I.

46:3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: 46:4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes." (Genesis 46:2-4 KJV)

Although the Israelites would then surely grow into a great multitude over the next four hundred years (a number that was prophesied to Abraham before Jacob / Israel himself was even born; see The Exodus Prophecy), they began as a famine-refugee family of only seventy adults and children.

Ancient Egypt

"1:1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.

1:2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah [see Genesis 38: The First Jews], 1:3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 1:4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]: for Joseph was in Egypt already." (Exodus 1:1-5 KJV)

Political circumstances for the Israelites changed over time. Joseph, the Israelite who became the Prime Minister of Egypt (see Joseph's Revelation), died. The later Pharaohs apparently did not have the historical awareness of Israel's favorable entry into Egypt.

But moreover, the Israelites became a legitimate security threat to Egypt because "the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them." They were obviously docile, but sooner or later, as typical of human nature through the centuries, some politically-ambitious and/or disgruntled individual (colonels passed over for promotion have been one of history's favorite rebel leaders) or group among them would have led them into a revolution.

"1:6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.

1:7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them." (Exodus 1:6-7 KJV)

A later Pharaoh feared the "foreign" multitude in his kingdom: "Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we." Although the Israelites had been native-born citizens of Egypt for centuries by then, they obviously remained as aliens to the Egyptian Egyptians (exactly as prophesied to Abraham as well; see Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates).

"1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

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." (Exodus 1:8-10 KJV)

The Pharaoh began his attempt to control the security threat by restricting how the Israelites could make a living. Keep in mind that they entered Egypt as property-owning free men: "47:5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: 47:6 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 if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle." (Genesis 47:5-6 KJV). At the end however, they were reduced to slavery.

"1:11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens.

And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.

1:12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

1:13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: 1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour." (Exodus 1:11-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why were the Israelites very wealthy at the time of the Exodus?
See What Did They Do In The Sinai With Their Egyptian Gold?

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This Day In History, May 8

413: Amidst the political and military crumbling of the Roman Empire, Emperor Honorius signed an edict for tax relief for the Italian provinces of Tuscia, Campania, Picenum, Samnium, Apulia, Lucania and Calabria, who were then being plundered by the Visigoths because Rome could no longer defend its own internal borders (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea and Israel In History and Prophecy: Aelia Capitolina). The original Roman Empire was superseded by Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Sack Of Rome

589: Reccared I, the Visigothic King of Hispania (the ancient Roman name for Spain), Septimania (an area that is today part of southern France) and Galicia (an area that is today a part of northern Portugal and Spain), summoned the Third Council of Toledo.

1429: The siege of Orleans ended when French troops stormed the English forts in the Hundred Years War.

1541: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered (it wasn't a discovery for the tribes of native people who lived there; see also The First Chinese American War) the Mississippi River. He called it Rio de Espiritu Santo ("the Holy Spirit River").

New France

1559: The Act of Supremacy was passed by which the new Queen Elizabeth I became "Supreme Governor" of the Church of England; the Act of Uniformity was passed and a Common Prayer book was introduced.

Queen Elizabeth I

1792: British captain George Vancouver sighted and named Mount Rainier on the west coast of the continent of North America.

1794: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, "the father of modern chemistry" (he identified the element oxygen) was guillotined in Paris by the Revolutionary Convention.

1811: The British under the Duke of Wellington defeated the French in Portugal.

1821: During the Greek War of Independence, the Greeks defeated the Turks at the Battle of Gravia Inn.

1852: The Treaty of London was signed by Britain, France, Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden, guaranteeing the integrity of Denmark.

1882: The vast Northwest Territories of Canada were divided into 4 districts: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Assiniboia and Athabaska.

1886: Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented Coca Cola as a pain killer and stimulant patent medicine. As its name indicates, the original formula for "coke" contained coca, from which cocaine is produced. The present-day version replaced coca with high amounts of caffeine and sugar.

1895: China ceded Taiwan to Japan under the Treaty of Shimonoseki.

1902: The eruption of Mt. Pelee, near St. Pierre, Martinique, destroyed the town within minutes, killing all but 2 of the town's 30,000 inhabitants.

1921: Capital punishment was abolished in Sweden.

1943: Mordecai Anielewicz, 24, the leader of the Jewish "Warsaw Uprising" against the Nazi Waffen-SS, was killed in battle.

1945: Near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), "V-E Day" (Victory in Europe Day). Nazi German military forces agreed to an unconditional surrender.

VE Day

1949: The Basic Law, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), was adopted by the Parliamentary Council at Bonn.

1972: Four "Black September" terrorists hijacked Sabena (the Belgian national airline) Flight 571. Israeli special forces freed the airliner the following day.

1973: A 71-day standoff between the U.S. Government and the "American Indian Movement" members who were occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ended with the surrender of the militants.

1977: David Berkowitz pleaded guilty to the "Son of Sam" (also known as the "44 Caliber Killer") shootings that terrorized New York City. He was sentenced to 365 years in prison.

1980: The eradication of smallpox was proclaimed by the World Health Organization.

1987: Canada officially minted the first $1.00 coins. Made of a nickel with a gold-colored aureate coating, the "loonie" (a nickname from the picture of the aquatic bird, known in North America as the loon, on one side of the coin) is estimated to have a lifespan of 20 years, as compared to 9 months for the traditional $1.00 bill that it replaced. See also The Birth Of The Dollar to know where and when the worldwide use of the "dollar" originated.


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