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Monday, August 20 2018
A Bible Journey, 15: The Exodus Prophecies
"Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years ... and afterward shall they come out with great substance"
Abraham is often described as the "father of the monotheistic religions" - the great "one God" sects of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Ironically however, Abraham was not a Jew (or Israelite - Jews are one of the tribes of Israel; see Who Were The First Jews? and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism), a Muslim, or a "Christian" - none of those religions existed in the time of Abraham. He never had anything to do with any of them.
Abraham, who was born in Ur, in what is today Iraq (see the Fact Finder question below), did however personally know Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God), as the Messiah Himself plainly stated.
"8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
What did the Son of God mean by "I AM"?
"3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations." (Exodus 3:14-15 KJV)
Who, specifically, was "I AM" Who led the Israelites out in the Exodus? Jesus Christ (see Biblical Eras: In The Beginning to understand the identity of "the LORD God").
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses] in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Jesus Christ also gave all of humanity His Ten Commandments.
"20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
So it was then that the LORD chose righteous Abram for a righteous journey, an exodus out of Babylon.
"15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." (Exodus 15:1 KJV)
Abram at that point had no children. Even his nephew Lot, who was like a son to Abram, had departed (see A Bible Journey, 13: How Lot Became A Sodomite). "And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless."
"15:2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 15:3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir." (Exodus 15:2-3 KJV)
The LORD then declared to Abram that he would not only have children of his own, but that his descendants would grow into a multitude of nations (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
"15:4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
As with Noah, Abram was judged righteous because he had faith in the Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?).
"15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness." (Exodus 15:6 KJV)
Abram had already experienced an Exodus of his own, out of Babylon, to a land of Promise (see Abraham's Journey: When Will He Arrive?).
"15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it." (Exodus 15:7 KJV)
Abram then asked "Whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?" It was obviously not a question of doubt, but a question of "What do I do?"
"15:8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?" (Exodus 15:8 KJV)
Abram was then instructed to offer a sacrifice, from which the answer would be given (see The Blood Of Bulls And Goats to understand why those sorts of sacrifices were made).
"15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
The LORD then declared to Abram a prophecy of the Israelite Exodus, over four centuries before it happened, and before any Israelites even existed (the Israelites were the children of Abram's grandson Jacob, who the LORD renamed as "Israel"; see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel).
"15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
The promise included the lands that were to be given to all of the "seed" of Abram. Notice, as quoted above, Egypt was not given to the Israelites, but it would be the land of other lines of Abram (see Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates).
"15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites." (Genesis 15:17-21 KJV)
Fact Finder: What do we know about Abraham's home town in Iraq?
This Day In History, August 20
14: Agrippa Postumus, the grandson of Caesar Augustus (see Luke 2:1 and The Roman Emperors: Augustus; see also The Messiah And The Caesars and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus) was executed by his bodyguards. Caesar Augustus had adopted his grandson as a son, thereby making Agrippa Postumus a presumptive heir as Emperor.
636: The Battle of Yarmouk. Arab (see also What Does The Bible Say About Arabs?) forces under the command of Khalid ibn al-Walid took Syria and "Palestine" (an English rendering of the Biblical word for "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion) from the Byzantine Empire, beginning the first series of Muslim conquests outside of "Arabia" (to understand the Biblical and historical meaning of Arabia, see Paul's Geography Lesson). It also marked the beginning of the struggles of the King of the North (the Church of Rome's Europe) and the King of the South (Muslim Arabia). See The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South.
1391: Konrad von Wallenrode became the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1467: The Second Battle of Olmedo between Henry IV of Castile and his half-brother Alfonso, Prince of Asturias.
1667: John Milton published Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
1707: The first Siege of Pensacola, Florida ended with Spanish forces holding off the English.
1741: Alaska was "discovered" (native people were already there; see The First Chinese American War) by Danish explorer Vitus Bering.
1775: The Spanish established the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson. It is known today as Tucson, Arizona (see also The Mexican Border Wall).
1794: General "Mad Anthony" Wayne slaughtered the last of the Ohio Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers; the genocide effectively ended (native) American resistance in the region (again, see The First Chinese American War).
1858: Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1914: German troops entered Brussels, the first European capital to be occupied by an invading army since the fall of Paris in 1870. Brussels itself had not been occupied since the time of Napoleon.
1929: The first airship flight around the Earth flying eastward was completed.
1940: As the months-long Battle of Britain air war raged overhead, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in referring to the heavily outnumbered Royal Air Force fighter pilots (2,200 Nazi fighters and bombers to 700 UK Hurricanes and Spitfires) who were giving the attacking Nazi air force the mauling that caused Hitler to cancel his planned land invasion of Britain, told Parliament: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
1940: Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, was fatally wounded by a Spanish communist with an ax in Mexico City. He died the next day. The Soviet government denied responsibility.
1941: When his air force failed to defeat the Royal Air Force over Britain, Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion; also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?) authorized the development of the V-2 missile that could bomb Britain while the "pilots" remained safely in Germany - beginning the modern age of "kill from the comfort of your desk" warfare (see also The Rockets' Red Glare).
1944: U.S., British and Canadian forces destroyed the German Seventh Army at the Falaise-Argentan Gap, west of Paris.
1950: During the Korean War (see Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?), United Nations forces stopped an offensive by North Korean divisions attempting to cross the Naktong River to the city of Taegu.
1960: 2 dogs and 6 mice became the first earthlings in space, aboard the Russian Sputnik V.
Dozens of dogs were launched into space prior to manned space flight. Most survived, although one in particular, Laika, did not.
1968: Elements of the Warsaw-Pact armies of Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany, Poland and the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to crush Alexander Dubcek's reformist government, ending the "Prague Spring"; Soviet communist leader Leonid Brezhnev warned that USSR could intervene in any communist country whose policies deviated from its standards.
1975: NASA launched Viking 1 to Mars.
1977: NASA launched Voyager 2.
1986: A mail carrier in Oklahoma shot 14 fellow postal workers dead. It was one of the first of such mass killings in the U.S. that came to be called "going postal."
1988: Eight British Army troops were killed and 28 wounded when their bus was hit by a terrorist "Provisional Irish Republican Army" roadside bomb in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
1998: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the approval of the Federal Government.
2001: Fred Hoyle died at age 86. The British astronomer invented the term "big bang" - but never accepted the theory as the origin of the universe (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).