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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 Sinai

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.

2:2 And the LORD spake unto me, saying, 2:3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward. 2:4 And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore: 2:5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession. 2:6 Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink." (Deuteronomy 2:1-6 KJV)

The Sinai

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.

2:8 And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Eziongaber, we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab.

2:9 And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.

2:10 The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; 2:11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims. 2:12 The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave unto them.

2:13 Now rise up, said I, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over the brook Zered.

2:14 And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the LORD sware unto them. 2:15 For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed.

2:16 So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people, 2:17 That the LORD spake unto me, saying, 2:18 Thou art to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day: 2:19 And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession.

2:20 (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; 2:21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead: 2:22 As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day: 2:23 And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)" (Deuteronomy 2:7-23 KJV)

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.

2:26 And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying, 2:27 Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left. 2:28 Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet; 2:29 (As the children of Esau which dwell in Seir, and the Moabites which dwell in Ar, did unto me;) until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which the LORD our God giveth us. 2:30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.

2:31 And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.

2:32 Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. 2:33 And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. 2:34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain: 2:35 Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took. 2:36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even unto Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us: the LORD our God delivered all unto us: 2:37 Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the LORD our God forbad us." (Deuteronomy 2:24-37

Fact Finder: What was meant by Abraham's descendants receiving homelands from the Nile River (in Egypt) to the Euphrates River (in Iraq)?
See Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates

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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).

Mongols

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.

Elizabeth I

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?).

Japanese Empire

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.

Elizabeth I

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.

Jules Verne

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).

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