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Wednesday, October 18 2017
Enchantments: The Pharaoh's Magicians In Concert
"And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments"
The English word "enchant" originated from a Latin word, incanto, which means to sing. There is nothing wrong with singing, if it has a righteous purpose and presentation (see Singing In History And Prophecy). But "enchant" and "enchantments" came to be used, first as what sorcerers often did in their Satanic rituals, and then also for the rituals themselves.
The definition of "enchant" from the Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary:
"To practice sorcery or witchcraft; to subdue by charms or spells; to hold, as by a spell; to fascinate; to delight in a high degree; to charm, captivate or rapture."
The classic King James Version uses "enchantments" to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced law-hawt, which literally means blazing, but was used to refer to the singing and light show that the ancient Egyptian magicians performed as a cover for their sorcery. Just like a present-day stage show in which lights and pyrotechnics are used to mesmerize the audience into thinking that they are seeing something much more than they really are (as the audience itself often chants along with the performers), the sorcerers too performed their visual and auditory diversions as a powerful means of concealing how they did their fake "magic."
The Pharaoh's magicians later admitted that they had no real miraculous power.
"8:18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. 8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God" (Exodus 8:18-19 KJV).
Until then however, they performed their "miracles" by diverting attention away from what they were doing.
Switching a wooden rod for a live snake is a cheap magician's trick made possible by a flash or smoke that blinds the onlookers for just a few seconds. Notice that the sorcerers were given to know beforehand that they needed to replace rods with snakes ("Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments"), but even then, the necessarily-small snakes that were hidden by the magicians were eaten by the large, truly-miraculous snake.
"7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. 7:2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. 7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
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This Day In History, October 18
33: Agrippina (the Elder) died at age 47. Agrippina was related to a number of well-known Romans of Bible history.
320: The Greek philosopher Pappus of Alexandria (i.e. the Greeks were then ruling Egypt - see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and The Cleopatra Connection) recorded an eclipse of the sun and wrote a commentary on The Great Astronomer (see also When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days?).
1009: The Church of Rome's "Church of the Holy Sepulchre" in Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah; the foundations were cut away right down to bedrock (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1016: The Danes defeated the Saxons at the Battle of Ashingdon.
1356: The Basel earthquake, the greatest recorded earthquake north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.
1469: Isabella of Castile (a region and kingdom of north and central Spain) married Ferdinand II of Aragon (a region and kingdom of northeastern Spain), thereby uniting all of the dominions of Spain under one monarchy. They would later support the discovery voyages of Christopher Columbus (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy for a map of where Columbus actually went).
1685: King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, thereby depriving the Protestant Huguenots of all religious and civil liberties that had been granted to them by Henry IV in 1598.
1748: The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, negotiated largely by Britain and France, with the other powers following their lead, ended the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748; also known as King George's War). The right of the Habsburg heiress, Maria Theresa, to the Austrian lands was guaranteed, but the Habsburgs were seriously weakened by the guarantee to Prussia, not a party to the treaty, of its conquest of Silesia.
1767: The Mason-Dixon Line, the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania was established. It had been surveyed 1763-1767, prior to the rebellion of the New England colonies, by English surveyors Charles Mason (who was a professional astronomer at the Royal Greenwich Observatory near London) and Jeremiah Dixon (also an astronomer, at the Royal Society of London) to settle a boundary dispute.
1860: British troops burned the Yuanmingyuan, the imperial summer palace in Beijing, China, to the ground.
1867: The U.S. took possession of Alaska after the purchase of the territory from Russia for just over $7 million.
1871: Charles Babbage died at age 79. The British mathematician and inventor originated the principle of the modern computer; published papers on mathematics, statistics, physics and geology; assisted in the establishment of a modern postal system in England; compiled the first reliable actuarial tables; invented the speedometer and the locomotive cowcatcher; he was instrumental in the founding of the Royal Astronomical Society.
1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was established.
1936: To rebuild the bankrupt German economy, Germany's new elected leader, Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars?), announced his "Four Year Economic Plan" that would restore prosperity through the aggressive rebuilding of the German military (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). Under that war-for-profit scheme, millions of civilian and military jobs would be produced by the created "need" for "defense" weapons and supplies for the endless wars that the corporate-sponsored politicians would then get the country into as a matter of "national defense."
It was a national policy later known in the U.S. as the "military-industrial complex" - a term used by President, and former Army General, Dwight Eisenhower when he warned that "freedom" must not become merely a mind-control marketing-slogan for perpetual (and very profitable for weapons manufacturers) contrived wars against invented enemies (see also Guns Versus Butter and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).
1967: The Soviet Venera-4 spacecraft entered the atmosphere of Venus and transmitted data back to earth before losing contact 27 km. above the surface.
1975: Statements made by Pope Paul VI in Rome to a large gathering of cardinals, bishops and plates: "the Catholic faith made Europe," "No other human force in Europe can render the service that is confided to us, promoters of the faith, to reawaken Europe's Christian soul, where its unity is rooted", "the Catholic faith is the secret of Europe's identity, and in discovering that secret, Europe will go on to perform the providential service to which God is still calling it." (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1991: Azerbaijan declared independence from the USSR.
1997: Severe storms accompanied by high winds, heavy rain, thunder, hail and flash floods swept through Israel during Sukkot when many Israelites were camping. More than 12 people were killed, and millions of dollars of damage was done.