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Tuesday, October 9 2018
A Bible Journey, 51: The Fulfillment Of The Great Nation Prophecy
"I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation ... The children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them"
As Jacob / Israel (see A Bible Journey, 32: Thy Name Shall Be Called No More Jacob, But Israel) was about to live out his last years in Egypt, the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) made a dual promise to him - that his family would grow into a great multitude in Egypt, while Jacob himself, at the end of his mortal life, would be brought back to the land of Canaan where he was born (see Hometowns: Hebron and A Bible Journey, 50: What Is Different About Jacob's Body?).
"46:2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob [see Genesis 32: The Origin Of Israel].
While the Israelites would then surely grow into a great multitude over the next four hundred years (a number that was prophesied to Abraham before Jacob / Israel himself was even born; see The Exodus Prophecy), they began as a famine-refugee family of only seventy adults and children (see A Bible Journey, 46: The Family At The Heart Of A Nation).
"1:1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.
Political circumstances for the Israelites drastically changed over time - primarily because of their success.
Joseph, the Israelite who became the Prime Minister of Egypt (see A Bible Journey, 42: The Prophecy Of The Sheaves Fulfilled), died. The later Pharaohs apparently did not have the historical awareness of Israel's favorable entry into Egypt (see A Bible Journey, 47: Goshen During The Famine).
But moreover, the Israelites became a legitimate security threat to Egypt because "the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them." They were obviously docile, but sooner or later, as typical of human nature through the centuries, some politically-ambitious and/or disgruntled individual (colonels passed over for promotion have been one of history's favorite rebel leaders) or group among them would have led them into a revolution.
"1:6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
A later Pharaoh feared the "foreign" multitude in his kingdom: "Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we." Although the Israelites had been native-born citizens of Egypt for centuries by then, they obviously remained as aliens to the Egyptian Egyptians (exactly as prophesied to Abraham as well; see Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates).
"1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
The Pharaoh began his attempt to control the security threat by restricting how the Israelites could make a living. Keep in mind that they entered Egypt as property-owning free men: "47:5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: 47:6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle." (Genesis 47:5-6 KJV). At the end however, they were reduced to slavery.
"1:11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens.
The Pharaoh's first attempt at genocide was hidden from public view. He ordered the midwives to kill all male Israelite newborns. Not only did the midwives refuse the order to commit murder (in effect, at-birth abortions), but the LORD further increased the Israelite multitude. It was at that time that Aaron, the older brother of Moses, was born.
"1:15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 1:16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
The Pharaoh then ordered an all-out genocide - the entire population were to drown any newborn male Israelite that they found. As we will cover in our next study, it was during that order that Moses was born.
"1:22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive." (Exodus 1:22 KJV)
Fact Finder: Although four hundred years apart, did the Israelite sojourn in Egypt begin and end with an Israelite in the Pharaoh's palace?
This Day In History
This Day In History, October 9
768: Carloman I and his older brother Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The Franks - a Germanic (ancestors of the present day German, Dutch and Flemish people) tribe that controlled much of Europe. The present-day German name for France is Frankreich, meaning empire of the Franks, while the present-day name "France" itself is derived from the Latin term Francia - which was merely a translation of the Germanic term.
Germany became the Roman Empire; it was Charles V, the Emperor of the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation," who condemned Martin Luther as a heretic and an outlaw (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1000: The year that Norse explorer Leif Ericson discovered "Vineland," which was located along the east coast of North America around modern-day Newfoundland. Ericson's arrival happened about 500 years before another European, Christopher Columbus, "discovered America" - in his case merely the islands of the Caribbean Sea, not anywhere in continental North America (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1238: James I of Aragon conquered Valencia and founded the Kingdom of Valencia.
1264: The Kingdom of Castile conquered the city of Jerez. The city had been under Muslim occupation since 711.
1470: Henry VI of England was restored to the throne.
1514: The marriage of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor.
1635: Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts colony for advocating religious freedom through the separation of church and state (it didn't take long for the people of the "New World" to begin behaving like the people of the "Old World" who were supposedly persecuting them). He founded Providence, Rhode Island a year later (for the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrims," see The Pilgrims).
1701: The Collegiate School of Connecticut was founded by the English pioneers in New England. In 1718, it was renamed Yale College after British East India Governor Elihu Yale.
1776: Spanish missionaries established a colony in California that they named San Francisco.
1799: The British frigate HMS Lutine sank off the Dutch coast. The ship's bell was later salvaged and mounted in the insurance underwriter's room of Lloyd's of London. From then to now the bell is tolled on receipt of important news such as a ship sinking.
1820: A proclamation rejoining Cape Breton to Nova Scotia was issued. Cape Breton became part of the colony of Nova Scotia in 1763 but it remained largely undeveloped until 1784 when it became a separate colony for Loyalist refugees from the New England colonial rebellion. Successive waves of Scottish immigrants and the return of the Acadians were followed by the reuniting of the two colonies.
Scottish-born Alexander Graham Bell worked on many of his inventions (apart from the telephone that, according to Bell's own testimony, was invented at his home in Brantford, Ontario), including aircraft, at his home in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he is buried.
1854: During the Crimean War, the siege of Sebastopol begins.
1870: Rome was incorporated into Italy by royal decree.
1890: Clement Ader of France made the first heavier-than-air machine flight, 13 years before the Wright brothers (who were the first to fly in the U.S. - they were not the first in the world; see Who Was The First To Fly?).
1934: Alexander I, king of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes 1921-1929, and Yugoslavia 1929-1934 after he changed the name of the country to Yugoslavia, was assassinated by a Croatian terrorist in Marseilles along with French foreign minister Louis Barthou, while negotiating an alliance (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1967: Ernesto ("Che") Guevara, Argentine-born doctor, leftist revolutionary, was executed by Bolivian troops after his capture the day before while he was attempting to start a revolution there.
1983: 17 South Korean officials, 4 of them cabinet ministers including foreign minister Lee Bum-Suk, were assassinated in a bomb blast while visiting Rangoon, Burma. Three officials of the North Korean military, who slipped into the country before the bombing were later charged with the murders.
1989: An official Soviet Union TASS news agency report stated that a UFO landed in Voronezh, Russia.
1992: A 13 kilogram fragment of a meteorite that entered the Earth's atmosphere struck and destroyed an unoccupied 1980 Chevrolet Malibu that was parked in a driveway in Peekskill, New York.