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Sunday, October 7 2018

A Bible Journey, 49: The Sceptre Of Israel's Last Days Prophecies

"Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days ... the sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be"

As his physical life's journey was nearing its end, Jacob, who the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) renamed as Israel (seeA Bible Journey, 32: Thy Name Shall Be Called No More Jacob, But Israel), made detailed prophecies for each of his sons (see A Bible Journey, 46: The Family At The Heart Of A Nation). The prophecies were moreover about the descendants of those tribal patriarchs, including the Messiah Himself.

"49:1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days." (Genesis 49:1 KJV)

The prophecies included historic events that were sometimes the basis for the prophecy e.g. "for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall" and so "I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel." Others were entirely prophetic, and in one case, Messianic i.e. "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be."

The Tribes Of Israel

An illustration of the Israelite tribes shown above, from a synagogue wall in Jerusalem, is based primarily upon the verses below. Can you match the illustration to the tribal description?

"49:2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.

49:3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: 49:4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch [see Reuben and Bilhah].

49:5 Simeon and Levi [see also The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood] are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce [see A Bible Journey, 34: The Daughter Of Israel]; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

49:8 Judah [see A Bible Journey, 38: Judah's Children], thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. 49:9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. [see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?] 49:11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: 49:12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

49:13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.

49:14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: 49:15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.

49:16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. 49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. 49:18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

49:19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

49:20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

49:21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

49:22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: 49:23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: 49:24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) 49:25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: 49:26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

49:27 Benjamin [see also The Rachel Prophecies] shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

49:28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them." (Genesis 49:2-28 KJV)

The last words of Jacob / Israel were instructions to be buried in the Hebron tomb of his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham (see A Bible Journey, 23: The Hebron Sepulchre and Jacob's Mummy].

"49:29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 49:30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. 49:31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. 49:32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.

49:33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people." (Genesis 49:29-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: At the moment that Jacob died, he "yielded up the ghost." What does that mean?
See Giving Up The Ghost and What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?


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This Day In History, October 7

13 BC: Drusus Julius Caesar, the son of Tiberius, was born. Tiberius was the Roman Emperor at the time of the Crucifixion of the Messiah (seeThe Roman Emperors: Tiberius).

Tiberius

1571: The Battle of Lepanto, fought off Lepanto, Greece, between the fleet of the "Holy League" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) commanded by Don John of Austria with his 316 ships, and the Turkish fleet, commanded by Ochiali Pasha with 250 galleys. The allies (mostly Spanish, Venetian and papal ships) defeated the Turkish fleet, killing at least 25,000 Turks, destroyed 80 ships, and liberated about 10,000 "Christian" (i.e. Church of Rome) galley slaves. It was the last great confrontation between oared ships (see also Send In The Marines).

Oared Ships

Roman Marines

1691: The English Royal Charter for the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England was issued.

1737: Waves up to 15 meters (about 50 feet) sank 15,000 small craft off the coast of India with a loss of life estimated over 250,000 people.

1763: The Proclamation of 1763 was issued by King George III, closing lands north and west of the Alleghenies to white settlement, and providing boundaries and terms of government for the territories Britain acquired from France under the Treaty of Paris. "New France" ceased to exist and was replaced by the much smaller province of Quebec. As a result of the treaty, the region's borders were changed to make it rectangular, centered on the St. Lawrence River; the borders no longer ran south to the Mississippi and east to Newfoundland (if they continued to so do, the border today between Canada and the U.S. would run north to south, rather than east to west).

New France

1806: Carbon paper was patented in London by inventor Ralph Wedgewood.

1826: The Convention of Akkerman, an agreement signed in Akkerman, Romania, between the Ottoman Empire and Russia in which the Ottomans accepted, under threat of war, Russian demands concerning Serbia and the Danube principalities of Moldavia and Walachia.

1840: Willem II (Willem and Wilhelm are the Dutch and German versions of the English name William) became King of the Netherlands.

1862: Royal Columbian Hospital opened as the first hospital in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

1879: Otto von Bismarck concluded a military pact with Austria-Hungary, allying the Habsburgs with the Prussian-dominated Germany; the alliance was intended to render France powerless against the Reich (Reich is the German word for Empire - see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). Adolf Hitler later called his regime "the Third Reich" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

The German Empire

1919: KLM, the national airline of the Netherlands, was established. It is the oldest existing airline.

1944: The Jewish revolt in Auschwitz; Jews working in a Krupp plant smuggled in explosives, which were turned into grenades and bombs by skilled Soviet POWs. They blew up Crematorium III and killed 3 SS men. 250 Jews were massacred by the guards, but 27 escaped.

1949: The German Democratic Republic (communist East Germany) was proclaimed in the Soviet sector of occupied Germany; Wilhelm Pieck was appointed President, Otto Grotewohl was appointed Prime Minister (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1959: The far side of the moon was photographed for the first time, by the Soviet Luna-3 spacecraft.

1981: Hosni Mubarak became acting president of Egypt after the assassination of Anwar Sadat the day before.

1985: "Palestinian" (see Where Is Palestine?) terrorists seized control of the Achille Lauro, an Italian passenger ship carrying 440 people. They threatened to blow it up if Israel did not release 50 Palestinian prisoners. During the incident, the hijackers murdered Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish-U.S. man in a wheelchair.

1996: The Fox "News" Channel began broadcasting (see also Fake News - News, Or Noose?).

2001: The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began with bombing and forces on the ground.

Afghanistan





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