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Saturday, February 16 2019

A Bible Journey, 119: Battle Flags

"Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house"

The LORD God was and is Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name). The "Exodus" (see A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson and A Bible Journey, 15: The Exodus Prophecies) was Christian.

"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 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)

Sinai

Jesus Christ commanded that the first official census of the Israelites after the Exodus was to be a military census, "with the number of their names, every male by their polls; from twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel" (see A Bible Journey, 118: The Reckoning Of Israel In The Sinai).

"1:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 1:2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; 1:3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies." (Numbers 1:1-3 KJV)

So too, the order of the Israelite camp, which at that stage was the entire Israelite nation, was arranged at all times in a battle formation, with the Tabernacle (see A Bible Journey, 90: The Founding Of The Tabernacle) double-defended on all sides, first by all tribes, and then the Levites (see the illustration). When the camp advanced, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun "shall first set forth."

The Camp

"2:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 2:2 Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.

2:3 And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah. 2:4 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.

2:5 And those that do pitch next unto him shall be the tribe of Issachar: and Nethaneel the son of Zuar shall be captain of the children of Issachar. 2:6 And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were fifty and four thousand and four hundred.

2:7 Then the tribe of Zebulun: and Eliab the son of Helon shall be captain of the children of Zebulun. 2:8 And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.

2:9 All that were numbered in the camp of Judah were an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies. These shall first set forth.

2:10 On the south side shall be the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their armies: and the captain of the children of Reuben shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur. 2:11 And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.

2:12 And those which pitch by him shall be the tribe of Simeon: and the captain of the children of Simeon shall be Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. 2:13 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.

2:14 Then the tribe of Gad: and the captain of the sons of Gad shall be Eliasaph the son of Reuel. 2:15 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty and five thousand and six hundred and fifty.

2:16 All that were numbered in the camp of Reuben were an hundred thousand and fifty and one thousand and four hundred and fifty, throughout their armies. And they shall set forth in the second rank.

2:17 Then the tabernacle of the congregation shall set forward with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camp: as they encamp, so shall they set forward, every man in his place by their standards.

2:18 On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their armies: and the captain of the sons of Ephraim shall be Elishama the son of Ammihud. 2:19 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty thousand and five hundred.

2:20 And by him shall be the tribe of Manasseh: and the captain of the children of Manasseh shall be Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. 2:21 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred.

2:22 Then the tribe of Benjamin: and the captain of the sons of Benjamin shall be Abidan the son of Gideoni. 2:23 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred.

2:24 All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim were an hundred thousand and eight thousand and an hundred, throughout their armies. And they shall go forward in the third rank.

2:25 The standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the north side by their armies: and the captain of the children of Dan shall be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. 2:26 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.

2:27 And those that encamp by him shall be the tribe of Asher: and the captain of the children of Asher shall be Pagiel the son of Ocran. 2:28 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty and one thousand and five hundred.

2:29 Then the tribe of Naphtali: and the captain of the children of Naphtali shall be Ahira the son of Enan. 2:30 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were fifty and three thousand and four hundred.

2:31 All they that were numbered in the camp of Dan were an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six hundred. They shall go hindmost with their standards.

2:32 These are those which were numbered of the children of Israel by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps throughout their hosts were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty. 2:33 But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses.

2:34 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, every one after their families, according to the house of their fathers." (Numbers 2:1-34 KJV)

Israelites

Fact Finder: When Jesus Christ delivers His people "out of this world" upon His return, will He do so as a military leader at the head of a great cavalry charge? Will "in righteousness he doth judge and make war"?
Revelation 19:11-21 and see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?


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This Day In History, February 16

116: Emperor Trajan sent laureatae to the Roman Senate at Rome for his victories over Parthia (see The Politics Of Rome and The Messiah And The Caesars).

Roman Soldier

Roman Marines

374: The ninth recorded perihelion passage of what was later named Halley's Comet occurred (see also What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven? and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain).

Halley's Comet

1249: Dominican missionary and diplomat Andrew of Longjumeau was sent by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to establish diplomatic relations with the Khagan of the Mongol Empire (see The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog; see also The First Chinese American War).

Mongol Cavalry

1270: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the Livonian Order at the Battle of Karuse.

1349: Jews were expelled from Burgsdorf, Switzerland (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

1559: Pope Paul IV called for the overthrow of any king who opposed the Church of Rome's doctrines (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The decree was aimed primarily at England (see also Send In The Marines).

1646: The Battle of Torrington in Devon. It was the last major battle of the First English Civil War.

1699: The First Leopoldine Diploma was issued by the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). It provided the Greek Catholic clergy with the same rights as Roman Catholic priests in the Principality of Transylvania.

1771: Astronomer Charles Messier presented his original list of 45 M-objects to the French Academy.

1808: France invaded Spain during the Peninsular War.

1881: The Canadian Pacific Railway was incorporated by and Act of Parliament at Ottawa.

Canadian Pacific Railway

1918: Lithuania proclaimed its independence from Russia.

1923: Howard Carter unsealed the newly-discovered burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun (see also Ipuwer's Exodus and Jacob's Mummy).

Howard Carter

1940: The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescued British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.

1944: The Japanese naval base at Truk, Caroline Islands, was bombed by Allied aircraft, destroying 201 planes.

1948: "Miranda," a moon of the planet "Uranus," was photographed for the first time. While many scientists claim to reject religion, they nevertheless very often name heavenly objects after pagan gods e.g. Saturn, Uranus, Pluto.

1956: Britain abolished the death penalty.

1959: Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that ousted the CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are based on historical reality) backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on New Year's Day. The "out of the frying pan, into the fire" Cuban people went from being ruled by a fascist, U.S.-backed tyrant to a communist rebel (see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).

Fidel Castro

1987: The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" of the Treblinka death camp, began in Israel.

2005: The Kyoto Protocol came into force after its ratification by Russia.


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