Post by watchmanjim on Oct 8, 2017 12:02:02 GMT -6
This article from the NY Times recently shows how more than 1,000 ISIS fighters have recently surrendered to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq. They surrendered to the Kurds rather than the regular Iraqi forces or Shiite Militia because the Kurds are the only ones known to be humanitarian enough to take prisoners without executing them.
There are hints from the Bible that the lands of the western Mediterranean were well known to the Israelites. Around 970 BCE Solomon formed an alliance with Hiram of Tyre, the king of the Phoenicians, providing Hiram with sailors who had a knowledge of the sea equivalent to that of the Phoenician sailors. The territories of the Israelite tribes of Asher, Zebulon, and Dan were part of Phoenicia and some early Spanish Jewish documents actually refer to those tribes as having descendants living in Iberia 3 The Bible implies that expeditions to Spain were routine as early as the tenth century BCE. Solomon also built ships.... And Hiram sent his servants to serve as shipmen in the navy, those that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. (1 Ki 9:26–27; see also 2 Ch 8:17–18)
For the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram: once every three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. (1 Ki 10:22; Tarshish has frequently been identified as Tartessa—southern Spain)
Men of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen; your skilled men, O Tyre, were aboard as your seamen. (Eze 27:8)
But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. (Jon 1:3)
According to the census of 1900, Catalonia had a population of 1,960,620—an average of about 157.25 to the square mile. Its climate, somewhat cold in the northeast, is generally very temperate, the olive and fig being cultivated throughout, and the orange in the maritime regions, which compare in beauty with the most celebrated portions of Greece and Italy.
For Star gazers (I have no idea): The principality forms a right-angled triangle, of which the least side lies along the Eastern Pyrenees, the greater leg of the right angle forming the boundary of Aragon, while the hypotenuse of the triangle is represented by the Mediterranean coastline. Thus Catalonia is bounded on the north by France (the ancient province of Roussillon) and the little independent republic of Andorra, on the west by Aragon, on the southwest by Valencia, and on the east by the Mediterranean.
But after the conquest of the Mohammedans by Charles Martel, and their expulsion from Gallia Narbonensis, the Catalans could lift up their heads among the recesses of the Pyrenees, where they gathered under the leadership of Quintillian, an independent chief in the district of Montgrony. Soon Charlemagne began his expeditions into Catalonia (778), conquering Gerona, Barcelona, Ausona (the modern Vich), and Urgel.
The Order of Mercy, for the redemption of captives, originally an order of knighthood, was founded on Catalan soil, in 1223, by St. Peter Nolasco and St. Raymund of Penafort.
Castilian influence began to make itself felt in Catalonia from the time when the Castilian dynasty, in the person of Fernando I, of Antequera, ascended the throne of Aragon. The first important collision between Catalonia and her Castilian rulers had its origin in the persecution which Juan II, the husband of Dona Juana Enriquez, carried on against his son, the Prince of Viana, who was generally beloved by the Catalans. From this resulted a war lasting twelve years. The marriage of Fernando (Ferdinand) II of Aragon with Isabel of Castile established Spanish unity and Castilian preponderance, to which, also, the discovery of America in the name of Castile, together with the diversion of commerce from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, and the consequently diminishing economic importance of Barcelona and other ports on that coast, largely contributed. Catalonia no doubt played an important part in the direction of Spanish policies in Italy, and the principality lived in a state of contentment under the first three Austrian monarchs. But the misgovernment of Philip IV provoked an uprising in Catalonia (Feast of Corpus Christi, 1640),
I kept reading and there are overwhelming confirmations that this is somehow important. Catalonia is in the news for a reason.
The first Church council that ever met in Spain took place in 306 in Iliberis (Elvira) in southern Spain (close to Granada). This was a meeting in which nineteen bishops and many other clerics and laymen from most Iberian provinces participated and passed 81 ecclesiastic laws (canons) of which four directly pertained to the Jews.
Read the canons. They're bad.
Canon 50: On Christians who eat with Jews.
It was resolved that if, indeed, any cleric or faithful should take food with Jews, he shall be removed from communion, in order to make him amend.
Ample evidence exists from around the Roman Empire that shows that Christian clergy often attended ceremonial meals held by Jews. This practice was becoming a threat to the Christians, since of the few Jewish ritual practices that the Christians retained, the blessings over wine and bread were paramount, having been incorporated into the eucharist ceremony. Since Jewish meals began with these blessings, a Christian who participated in the Jewish ritual would essentially be seen as rejecting communion; thus he was to be removed from communion until he repented.
I believe we are looking in the wrong place. It's time to proclaim the non-corrupted Gospel.
Catalonia = Tarshish
Why did Jonah try to go to Tarshish instead of Nineveh?
Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters;
Post by watchmanjim on Oct 9, 2017 20:29:53 GMT -6
It does compute that Catalonia could well be at least part of Biblical Tarshish. Tarshish is hard to pin down precisely, but is understood to be the far west of the Old Testament world. The connection with Jonah is intriguing, since Jonah went to NINEVEH which is part of Kurdistan today.
Now should we expect some strange thing to happen at Joppah???
That totally blows my mind, watchmanjim! Here we've been discussing the eclipse and its relation to the Jonah story, and now we have two world regions connected with the story coming into the headline news!
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. (Psalm 119:148)
Gary: Very interesting guys. And happy Monday! I hope everyone is well-caffeinated for the week ahead. I think we'll see some major developments.
Sept 21, 2020 10:08:57 GMT -6
Natalie: Maybe that's what I need, more caffeine. I have been extremely tired the past two days.
Sept 21, 2020 11:22:56 GMT -6
tlwald: Natalie I’m not overly tired BUT I feel weird. Can’t decide if it’s just nerves.
Sept 21, 2020 11:38:26 GMT -6
inaweofhim: Hello brothers and sisters: I also feel hopeful, expectant, ready to go! My husband and I are actually planning a road trip in mid-October. I am starting to get excited about that because we will see family - but I would MUCH rather see our ENTIRE family!
Sept 21, 2020 11:59:28 GMT -6
EnochWalked: "Einav compared the numbers to those who fell in Israel’s wars, noting that 660 people died in first Lebanon war ... and about 2,700 people in the Yom Kippur War. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic hit 1,260 by Monday afternoon." That number.
Sept 21, 2020 12:54:12 GMT -6
EnochWalked: "The sheikh added in a statement to Palestinian media that Israel is attempting to slowly change the religious status quo on the important holy site until “the settlers” achieve their goal of building the [Third] Temple in the area."
Sept 21, 2020 13:50:52 GMT -6
EnochWalked: "Israel's agreement with Bahrain, which Netanyahu also signed last Tuesday, is a declaration of intent and not a peace treaty, due to timing issues. As such, it does not need to be brought before the government until a full treaty is agreed upon."
Sept 21, 2020 13:54:05 GMT -6
EnochWalked: Interesting links, bernie, thank you. I'm wondering if all these Arab peace deals will lead the Palestinians to rely more on Turkey and Iran. Not an obvious alliance, but I think both would be interested in claiming the Temple Mount.
Sept 22, 2020 11:58:52 GMT -6
Servant: The peace talks must be pushing Iran, Turkey, Russia and maybe China into a corner. Not sure what will happen. Anyway, a word of encouragement, the LORD presently fighting the war in other realm to take YOU and ALL of us home. Check Gary's post.
Sept 22, 2020 15:36:47 GMT -6