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Friday, July 5 2019
A Bible Journey, 200: The Western Frontiers
"Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed"
Joshua's victories acquired the southern heartland of Abraham's Promised Land (see A Bible Journey, 199: When Did Abraham Become A King?). By the end of Joshua's long life of service to the LORD, there remained only the frontier areas, from the Lebanon mountains in the north to the sea-level coastal areas down to Gaza in the south.
It's very interesting, and hardly just a coincidence, that the advance of the Israelites followed, or was based on, not merely geography in general, but the specific topography of the land. It's visibly obvious in the modern-day satellite photo below. The Sea of Galilee is shown at the top, the Salt Sea / Dead Sea at the bottom, with the Jordan River flowing southward between them.
"13:1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
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) had already overseen the acquisition of what would have been eastern frontier areas, but which became Israelite territory, east of the Jordan River (see A Bible Journey, 149: The Eastside Israelites).
"13:8 With whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward, even as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them;
Fact Finder: How did major rivers determine much of the history of the people of Israel - even before there were any people of Israel?
This Day In History
This Day In History, July 5
328: "Constantine's Bridge" over the Danube River was opened. Constantine was the primary creator of the Church of Rome and its "Sunday" doctrine (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1295: Scotland and France made the "Auld Alliance" against England.
1610: Forty colonists, led by John Guy, departed Bristol, England to settle in what is today Newfoundland (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1687: Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica was published by The Royal Society in England (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula and Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
The author's modern-day 10" (the diameter of the light-gathering mirror) Newtonian telescope is shown below with its inventor.
1770: The Battle of Chesma began between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1809: The Battle of Wagram. It was the largest battle of the Napoleonic Wars.
1811: Venezuela declared independence from Spain.
1830: France invaded Algeria.
1865: William Booth founded the "Christian Mission" in London, England. It was later renamed the "Salvation Army."
The Salvation Army split in 1889 when some within the denomination rebelled against allegiance to its founder William Booth and took part of it over for themselves. Booth's son Ballington and his wife Maud led the U.S. splinter group, which in 1896 incorporated itself as a separate denomination known as the "Volunteers of America." Regardless of its self-proclaimed all-inclusive name, the new organization actually only involved the United States of America; the Salvation Army continued in Canada and the numerous other countries that also exist throughout the vast continents of North and South America.
1932: Antonio de Oliveira Salazar became the leader of Portugal.
1934: Police opened fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco in what became known as "Bloody Thursday."
1940: In France, Henri Petain's "Vichy" government (that cooperated with the Hitler's invasion forces) severed diplomatic relations with Britain.
1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars and Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?), the battle of Kursk began between the armies of Germany and Russia. It was the largest full-scale battle in history, and the world's largest tank battle.
1950: The Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed the Law of Return. It granted all Jews (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) the right to immigrate to Israel (unfortunately, for many of the people of Judah to this day, the most famous Jew of all, Jesus Christ, is still not welcome to them; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism).
1959: President Sukarno of Indonesia dissolved Parliament and proclaimed dictatorial powers.
1963: The Roman Catholic Church granted permission for Catholics to be cremated (see also Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?).
1994: Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat traveled to the "West Bank" (see Jordan's West Bank Invasion) after 27 years in exile, determined to turn the self-rule areas of Gaze and Jericho into a "Palestinian state" (see Where Is Palestine?) with its capital in East Jerusalem.
1996: A sheep (named Dolly) became the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell.
1998: Japan launched an unmanned spacecraft to Mars, thereby becoming the third nation, along with the U.S. and Russia, to have exploration vehicles in space.
2009: The largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, over 1,500 items, was found near Hammerwich, England.