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Sunday, December 17 2017

Hometowns: Tyre

"Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house ... Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees ... Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre"

Phenicia, or Phoenicia, originated from the Greek word pronounced phoinix, which meant both a palm, with an intended meaning of the land of palm-trees (palm trees were apparently found through the area - they're pictured on ancient Phoenician coins), and dark red, which may also well apply to the Phoenicians because they are believed by some to be the discoverers of the red-purple dye made from the murex shellfish.

Phoenicia was a band of territory varying up to 32 kilometers / 20 miles wide, with a length of approximately 200 kilometers / 120 miles along the Mediterranean Sea from upper Galilee from what is today Haifa, north to the Lebanon mountain range. Among the principal Phoenician cities were Tyre, Sidon, Byblos (a major manufacturer and exporter of papyrus, a tall reed-like plant that grows in swamps and along rivers, that was used to make some of the earliest writing material - and hence, "books" - the English-language word "Bible" is derived from Byblos, meaning "the papyrus," or "the book") and Berytos (Beirut).

Tyre (alternately translated as "Tyre" or "Tyrus" in the King James Version) was a major port city of the Phoenicians on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in what is today southern Lebanon, just north of Galilee (see the map below).

Tyre

As shown on the city map above, the city of Tyre was originally built on both an island and the adjacent mainland, which provided for it to be a major port of commerce in the region. According to one ancient account:

"Tyrian merchants were the first who ventured to navigate the Mediterranean waters; and they founded their colonies on the coasts and neighboring islands of the Aegean Sea, in Greece, on the northern coast of Africa, at Carthage and other places, in Sicily and Corsica, in Spain at Tartessus, and even beyond the pillars of Hercules at Gadeira."

Tyre When King David first made Jerusalem into an Israelite city (see How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel?), King Hiram of Tyre (see King Hiram of Tyre) sent cedar lumber, carpenters, and stonemasons to help David build his palace.

"5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him. 5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house." (2 Samuel 5:9-11 KJV)

Later, when King Solomon succeeded his father David as king, King Hiram continued his alliance with Israel. All of the fine cedar for the first Temple in Jerusalem came from Tyre (see The Temple That Solomon Built).

"5:8 And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir. 5:9 My servants shall bring them down from Lebanon unto the sea: and I will convey them by sea in floats unto the place that thou shalt appoint me, and will cause them to be discharged there, and thou shalt receive them: and thou shalt accomplish my desire, in giving food for my household. 5:10 So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to all his desire." (1 Kings 5:8-10 KJV)

From adjacent Galilee, the Messiah easily visited Lebanon, "into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon." It was there that the famous teaching, and healing, with the believing and faithful Canaan woman of "the coasts of Tyre and Sidon," happened.

Tyre

"15:21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs.

15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour." (Matthew 15:21-28 KJV)

After word of that miraculous healing "in the coasts of Tyre and Sidon" had quickly spread, great multitudes followed Him into the wilderness where another of His famous miracles was done i.e. "because they continue with Me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way." Those miracles happened because of the Messiah's journey to Tyre.

"15:29 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. 15:30 And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

15:33 And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?

15:34 And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye?

And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.

15:35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 15:36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 15:37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. 15:38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. 15:39 And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala." (Matthew 15:29-39 KJV)

Fact Finder: As a craftsman with wood in Galilee, the Messiah would have been well-familiar with the fine cedar and fir trees of nearby Tyre. What was the purposeful significance of the Messiah being a "carpenter"?
See Why Was Jesus A Carpenter? and The Carpenter Who Created Trees


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This Day In History, December 17

497 BC: The first recorded Saturnalia festival was observed in ancient Rome. It was later further observed at the time of December 25, just a few days after the winter solstice, when the sun begins rising again from the lowest seasonal point in the sky. The pagan-observance date was later used for "Christmas" - a time of year in which the Messiah was surely not born (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?). The same "Sol Invictus" Babylonian / Roman festival was used to invent the Church of Rome's "sun day" worship (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?), as invented and dictated by the Roman Emperor Constantine (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

Constantine with Sol Invictus

546: The Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoths under king Totila plundered the city (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

942: William I of Normandy was assassinated.

1399: Mongols under Tamerlane defeated forces of Mahmud Tughluk, Sultan of Delhi, at the Battle of Panipat (see also The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog).

Mongols

1538: Pope Paul III excommunicated King Henry VIII after He defied Rome and established himself as head of the Church of England. British monarchs remain as head of the Church of England right to the present day.

1577: Francis Drake sailed from Plymouth, England, to explore the Pacific Coast of America (i.e. the continents of North and South America) for Britain. In geographic reality, "America" was the name given to the continents that extend from northern Canada to southern Chile - 35 nations and 1 billion people, all of whom are Americans (see also The First Chinese American War).

America

1718: Britain declared war on Spain.

1777: France recognized the independence of the New England colonies after their rebellion of 1776 (at the same time however, France hypocritically didn't tolerate independence efforts by any of its own colonies throughout North America, from Louisiana to eastern Canada).

1830: Simon Bolivar died at age 47. Known as the "Liberator," he freed Columbia in 1819 and was elected its president. He then took Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru from the Spain. Upper Peru was renamed Bolivia after him.

1862: General Ulysses Grant (U.S. President 1869-1877) issued "General Order Number 11" expelling all Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first U.S. flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A Frenchman, Clement Ader, became the first in the world to fly 13 years earlier near Paris (the word "aviation" itself is a French word - from the name of Ader's aircraft, the Avion) (see Who Was The First To Fly?).

First Flight

1909: King Leopold II of Belgium died at age 44.

1914: Beha-a-din, the Ottoman governor of Jaffa, ordered the immediate expulsion of the 6,000 Russian Jews living in the city. The same day, the police rounded up 700 of them, loaded them on an Italian steamer, and shipped them to Alexandria, Egypt (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1939: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?), the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew in Montevideo harbor after sustaining damage from British warships off the Rio de la Plata in South America. Its captain, Hans Langsdorff, later committed suicide.

1967: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt drowned while swimming off Portsea, near Melbourne.

Australia

1969: The U.S. Air Force closed Project Blue Book, its study of UFOs, stating that UFO sightings are a result of "a mild form of mass hysteria, individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects."

1971: The India-Pakistan War over East Pakistan (later named Bangladesh) ended when 90,000 Pakistani troops surrendered.

India

1973: 32 people were killed at the Rome airport when terrorists threw bombs at a Pan Am jet and machine-gunned the terminal building.

1986: The first heart, lung and liver transplant took place, in Cambridge, England.

1991: Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev announced that the Soviet Union would cease to exist, and be replaced by a new commonwealth of independent states.

1997: General Uzi Narkiss died at age 72. Under his command, Israeli troops liberated Jerusalem's Old City during The Six Day War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

2005: U.S. journalist Jack Anderson died at age 83. In the time before today's "politically correct" tyranny turned "reporters" into "patriotic" parrots for government/political propaganda (see Fake News - News, Or Noose?), corporate sponsors or special-interest "minorities," Washington-based Anderson was best-known for his fearless investigations and exposure of numerous corrupt politicians and government bureaucrats.





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