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Sunday, March 24 2019
A Bible Journey, 155: Their Journey Back To Egypt Today
"Wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land ... They said one to another, let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt"
When the Israelites refused to enter their Promised Land (see A Bible Journey, 130: The Journey Of The Scouts), the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) turned them back into the Sinai wilderness of Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson) where they would remain for forty years - until the entire adult rebel generations of the Exodus had died (see A Bible Journey, 131: The Sinai Sentence).
The irony, and the justice, is that while the rebels died in the Sinai, they also got their wish to "return to Egypt." The Sinai Peninsula, where their bodies lie scattered across that wilderness, is within today's borders of Egypt.
"14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 14:3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? 14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt." (Numbers 14:1-4 KJV)
The people of Israel had every opportunity to get to the Promised Land. The LORD guided and defended them - while at the same time respecting the sovereignty of the people who lived in the Sinai.
"2:1 Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.
The only blessing over those forty years ("For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand") was for the sake of the children and grandchildren of the rebels (see Hometowns: Campsites Of The Sinai). They would be maintained and care-for until their opportunity came to enter the Promised Land - while their rebel parents and grandparents were perishing in the Sinai (see A Bible Journey, 154: How The Rebellion Changed History).
"2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
Over that long time, the other nations in and around the Sinai began to mistakenly assume that the Israelites were invading and taking over their homelands - something that the LORD specifically commanded the Israelites not to do (see also The Boundary Law) while they were slowly making their way to their own homeland.
"2:24 Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. 2:25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.
Fact Finder: What was meant by Abraham's descendants receiving homelands from the Nile River (in Egypt) to the Euphrates River (in Iraq)?
This Day In History
This Day In History, March 24
1401: In his sweep through Asia and the Mediterranean, the Mongol ruler Timur (popularly-known as Tamerlane) conquered Damascus (see Damascus In History And Prophecy).
1449: England captured Fougeres from the French, leading Charles VII to renew the Hundred Years War.
1603: Elizabeth I, Queen of England over 40 years, died. James VI of Scotland succeeded the throne as James I (the King James Version of the Bible is named after him; see also A Bible Journey, 122: The Salvation Training Manual), uniting the thrones of Scotland and England.
1603: Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan proclaimed Tokugawa Ieyasu the title of shogun (a hereditary military governor), thereby establishing the Tokugawa Shogunate (to understand how Japanese military aggression produced the present-day artificial, foreigners-caused division of Korea into North and South, see Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1644: Britain granted a charter to Roger Williams for the colony of Rhode Island.
1707: The Acts of Union of 1707 officially united the Kingdoms of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1720: Count Frederick of Hesse-Kassel was elected King of Sweden by the Riksdag of the Estates.
1829: The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the "Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829." It allowed patriotic Roman Catholics (i.e. patriotic to the United Kingdom rather than to the popes who demanded that the United Kingdom return to rule by the papacy) to serve in Parliament.
1832: Mormon leader Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.
1882: Robert Koch announced his discovery of mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that caused for tuberculosis (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).
1904: Admiral Tojo had 7 Russian ships sunk as the Japanese strengthened their blockade of Port Arthur.
1905: Jules Verne died at age 77. The French author produced numerous science fiction works (including From the Earth to the Moon, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days), some of which accurately predicted actual scientific achievements of a century later.
1924: Greece became a republic.
1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), 76 Allied prisoners of war broke out of the German POW camp Stalag Luft III. The escape was later dramatized in the film The Great Escape.
1945: near the end of the Second World War, Egypt officially declared war on Germany (Germany had long before invaded Egypt and north Africa).
1972: The United Kingdom proclaimed direct rule over the province of Northern Ireland.
1976: Isabel Peron was deposed as president of Argentina in a bloodless military coup.
1978: The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz, aground in the English Channel since March 16, split in two, spilling the last of its 1.6 million barrels of oil.
1988: Former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu was found guilty in an Israeli court of treason for revealing Israel's possession of nuclear weapons (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1989: The Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing a massive oil spill of 240,000 barrels.
1993: Ezer Weizman was elected president of Israel (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1993: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered. It was unique in that it later broke apart and collided with the planet Jupiter in July 1994 thereby providing the first actual observation of a collision of Solar System objects (see also The Christian Universe).
1999: NATO forces began air strikes against Yugoslavia (to understand how "Yugoslavia" was created, see The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).