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Saturday, September 2 2017
Biblical Eras: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?
"But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness"
The Israelites (see Biblical Eras: Jacobites To Israelites) departed Egypt at the time of Passover. The Pharaoh had suffered catastrophic damage to his country for no other reason that he chose to defy the LORD. It need not have happened that way if the last Pharaoh of Israel's time in Egypt had been as welcome to them leaving as a Pharaoh of four centuries before had welcomed their arrival (see Biblical Eras: Israel's Immigration To Egypt and Biblical Eras: 400 Years Of Israel's Prosperity In Egypt).
But even then, the Pharaoh changed his mind and arrogantly pursued the Israelites into the Sinai. The result was his needless destruction of his army (see Crossing The Sea).
"14:23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
The LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour and The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey) then led the Israelites southward toward Mount Sinai (see Arrival At Mount Sinai) - which, as its name plainly says, is located in the Sinai Peninsula section of Arabia (ancient Arabia was in three sections, of which the Sinai is still one; see The Prophecy Of Mount Sinai In Arabia). It was there that the Israelites were formally given The Ten Commandments for all of humanity (see The Ten Commandments; also The Ten Commandments In Prophecy).
It was also there that the Israelites demonstrated how foolish humans can be - while Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving The Ten Commandments, some of the people made themselves the infamous calf idol from some of their gold (see The Mount Sinai Riot and What Did They Do In The Sinai With Their Egyptian Gold?; also Why Did Moses Pitch A Tabernacle Outside The Camp? and The Second Tables Of Stone).
The LORD then led the Israelites northward toward their promised homeland. The Israelites could have entered their homeland only about 14 months after the Exodus. But the people rebelled, again, and so the LORD turned them around and had them wander in the Sinai for 40 years, until nearly all of the adults of the Exodus had died - it was their children and grandchildren, those who were children at the time of the Exodus, or who were born in the Sinai during the 40 years there, that later entered the promised land, in the time of Joshua (see Eshcol's Grapes: 40 Years And A Generation Later and Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?).
"14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 14:3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? 14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt." (Numbers 14:1-4 KJV)
The LORD's 40-year Sinai death sentence to the rebels who refused to come home just a few months after the Exodus:
"14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it" (Numbers 14:22-23 KJV)
Fact Finder: Where was Jesus Christ during the Exodus and the Sinai years?
This Day In History, September 2
490 BC: The Greek "hero" (see Demigod to understand the origin of the term "hero") Pheidippides died (see also Daniel 8: The Ram And He Goat Of Persia And Greece).
47 BC: Cleopatra VII of Egypt declared her son to be co-ruler, with the name Ptolemy XV Caesarion (see The Cleopatra Connection and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Years In Cleopatra's Egypt).
31 BC: Octavian, later known as Caesar Augustus (as he is also recorded in the Bible i.e. Luke 2:1-7) defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium. Some historians regard this date to be the end of the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome) and the beginning of the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1547: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes died at age 62. The "Conqueror" battled Aztec emperor Montezuma in Mexico (see also The Mexican Border Wall).
1649: Castro, Italy was destroyed by military forces at the behest of Pope Innocent X.
1752: The last day that the Julian Calendar (named after Roman emperor Julius Caesar) was used in Britain and its colonies. The present Gregorian calendar (named after Roman Catholic Pope Gregory XIII) began in use the next day.
1859: A solar storm caused outages in telegraph service (see also The Sun In History And Prophecy).
1864: During the U.S. Civil War, Atlanta, Georgia fell to Federal troops.
1870: During the Franco-Prussian War, France suffered a devastating defeat at Sedan when the Germans captured an entire French army along with emperor Napoleon III. The new German Reich chose September 2 - in commemoration of the German victory and French humiliation - as a national holiday. The French response to the German victory was the deposition of Napoleon III and a proclamation of a republican Government of National Defense.
1901: U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt stated his famous imperial policy that the then-emerging U.S. Empire (ironically, the U.S. has become what its founders supposedly rebelled against) should "speak softly and carry a big stick."
1935: The "Labor Day Hurricane of 1935" killed over 400 people in the Florida Keys.
1944: Anne Frank, at age 15, was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The Dutch-Jewish girl, famous for her Diary of Anne Frank died at the Belsen concentration camp the next year, shortly before it was liberated by Allied troops near the end of the Second World War.
1945: "VJ Day" at the end of the Second World War (1939-1945). Japanese officials signed the terms of surrender with Allied leaders in Tokyo Bay (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1945: Vietnam declared its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The country was later divided into North and South by French imperial forces, who called the country "French Indo-China," thereby triggering the later Vietnam civil war that the U.S. became involved in during the 1960s, before the Vietnamese people were again unified into a single country in the 1970s, free of foreign interference.
1958: A U.S. Air Force C-130 spy plane was shot down by Soviet warplanes in Armenia when after it flew into Soviet airspace. All crew members are killed. No military response was done.
1980: Terry Fox (who lost a leg to cancer) was forced to stop his cross-Canada "Marathon of Hope" run at Thunder Bay, Ontario, after he learned that his cancer had returned.
1998: The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found Jean Paul Akayesu guilty of genocide.
2001: South African heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard died at age 78. In 1967, he became the first to perform a heart transplant on a live human.