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Moab, an ancient country; Its future role for Israel's protection during
Divine wisdom revealed referring by Ancient
The Jewish people in the ancient times (Old Testament) have specific things in the Scriptures to refer for illustrations to their occupation, environment and to the different kind of scenes in their life's with which the Jewish people in ancient times had to endure! So also what these writing's in this site reveals is based on these things. This time it is (still) coming from God's revelations toward us!
Personal I believe that archeology findings from Ancient Hebrew time's will increase in this end-time, so that our generation will be confronted with G-D's truth! That the Scriptures are truth! Examples are the most recent one is the "Death sea scrolls in 1946; skeletons of Giants of 18 feet', The Moabite Stone” or the “Mesha Stele” and so much more! It is a significant way how God can reveal TODAY certain things from ancient time's!
There are directions on how to profit by that which wisdom has already delivered; the purpose for such examples and the nature of the message. Bow down your ears and hear the words of G-Dly wisdom, who refer these illustrations to the scenes what happened during these ancient time's! So that you become able to apply your own heart to knowledge! That you may receive personal profit to your own soul and can get experiential Divine knowledge and be equipped to speak of wisdom also to others! So that on their turn they may learn to trust in the Lord, get to know the absolute certainty of truth and the excellent things in counsels and knowledge (Proverbs 22:17-21)!
Moab, ancient country on the hill plateau east of the Dead Sea, in what is now Jordan. The Moabites were closely related to the Hebrews and were subject to Israel during the reigns of David and Solomon (11th century BC to 10th century BC). They later regained their independence but were temporarily re-conquered by Omri, king of Israel (reigned 876-869 BC). Moab, like neighboring Judah, became tributary to Assyria in the 8th century BC and was conquered by the Babylonians in the 6th century BC. After that the Moabites ceased to exist as a separate people. The Moabites are frequently mentioned in the Scripture. King Solomon had built an altar tot heir “idol-god Chemosh” in Jerusalem.
After Lot was spared from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, he went up into the hills above Zoar with his two daughters. Lot’s wife had been turned into a pillar of salt for looking back toward Sodom in disobedience to G-D’s Command. So, to preserve their line, Lot’s two daughters conspired to conceive children by their father. Moab was the son born to Lot and his elder daughter, while the incestuous union between Lot and his younger daughter produced Moab’s half brother, Ben-ammi.
The descendants of Moab, the Moabites, were closely
related to the descendants of Ben-ammi, the Ammonites; through Lot. Both
tribes were connected to the Israelites, but they were often at war with
them. Once Moab’s birth is recorded, he is not mention again in
Further references to Moab mean the land East of the Dead Sea between
the rivers Arnon and Zered or the Moabite people.
(1) Ruth is an ancient Hebrew short story. The book tells of a family from the ancient town of Bethlehem in Judah that takes refuge in the country of Moab during a famine. While there, the sons of the Judean family marry Moabite women. When the father and the two sons die, Naomi, the bereaved mother, determines to return to her home in Bethlehem. She urges her daughters-in-law to remain in Moab with their own people, but one of them, Ruth, insists on returning with Naomi (Ruth 1:16-17). In Bethlehem, Ruth's devotion and kindliness soon attract the attention of Naomi's near kinsman Boaz (Ruth 2:1-4:12). Despite the fact that Ruth is a “foreigner”, Boaz, a Jew, marries her, and she becomes the great grandmother of King David, of whose family Yeshua Messiah or Jesus Christ was born. This is noted in the genealogy given at the beginning of Matthew's Gospel. Her place in the genealogy of King David, and the acceptance of the book as part of the Hebrew canon all suggest a deeper and more complex purpose!
A good number of today's Bible teachers see
the book of Ruth
picture of the End-time
Church. Ruth the Gentile clung to Jewish Naomi. Ruth had done what
all true Christians have done, whether they realize it on not, in making
the G-D of the Jews,
their God. But Ruth had gone even further. She said to Naomi,
"Your people shall be
my people, and your G-D shall be my G-D Where you go I shall go, and
where you die I shall die" (Ruth 1:16)
This is a picture of
total commitment and a picture of the end-time 'Ruth' Church standing
with the Jewish people in the last days! 'Ruth' means friend and
Israel needs as many friends as possible in the days of the
Ultimately, the whole world will come against Jerusalem and Israel in
the final days. The non-Bible believing world will never be
Israel's friend - quite the opposite will be seen to be true. Only the
true Church of
will stand with Israel in the
dark days ahead as both Jews and Christians pass through the days of
Jacobs Trouble standing united against the wrath of a
satanically inspired one
world government and the false church, both of which
are already being formed.
(Source of 2 sd part of Ruth:
Then—after the death of Ahab, Moab rebelled against the northern kingdone up to the time of the Septuagint translators in the third century B.C. It was then that the book of Kings was divideom of Israel! The word "then" indicates the book is a continuation of 1 Kings. The two books were d into two sections.
Moab had been subdued by David (2 Samuel 8:2; 2 Samuel 23:20). After the division of the kingdom, the Moabites were under the northern kingdom. Omri and Ahab greatly oppressed them. When Ahab died, however, Mesha, king of Moab, rebelled and gained independence!
The Moabite stone discovered in 1868 at Dibon in Moab is revealing. The writing is in ancient Hebrew characters down to the time of 140 B.C. when it was replaced by the square characters used today. According to the stone, Mesha, son of Chemosh-Melech, king of Moab of Dibon, carried out his desire upon his enemies after Omri and Ahab had oppressed them for many days. It tells of his victories at Ataroth, Kerioth, Nebo, Jahaz, and other places. It gives all credit for past defeats and slavery to Israel to “Chemosh, the national idol - god” of Moab, because he was angry; this idol - god is also credited for the victories won after this. (See 2 Kings 3:1-27)
Remarkably, King Mesha’s own account of the ninth-century B.C. war of Israel and Judah against Moab has been preserved in a block of black basalt stele discovered near Dibon, east of Jordan in 1868. Before it could be purchased, local Arabs smashed the stone – but only after a French scholar had copied the inscription. The reassembled fragments are now in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The 34 line on the Moabite Stone (also called the Mesha Inscription or Stele) commemorate the King’s building activities as well as his military accomplishments; his achievements are attributed to the favor of the “Moabite idol-god Chemosh”. The inscription confirms Israel’s oppression of Moab under the house of Omri, Mesha’s Revolt against Omri’s son (actually his grandson, Jehoram), and a brutal slaughter to appease “Chomosh” – in this instance, the Gadites living at Ataroth rather than Mesha’s own son, as reported in 2 Kings 3-4. The Moabite Stone bears the oldest known reference to Israel’s God, Yahweh, outside the Bible! It records Mesha’s capture of Israel’s sacred vessels and his presentation of them to “Chemosh”. The Moabite Stone bears an inscription in the Moabite language; dates to c. 840 – 820 B.C.! It is describing a 9th-century-BC - victory of King Mesha of Moab over the Israelites. The stone is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris. (Source: “Who’s Who in the Bible; Pg.: 295 ISBN 0-89577-618-9 1997; Reader’s Digest; also information added from “Le Louvre Museum; Paris; France + added information from Encarta)
The stele of King Mesha constitutes one of the most important direct accounts of the history of the world that is related in the Bible. The inscription pays tribute to the sovereign, celebrating his great building works and victories over the kingdom of Israel during the reign of Ahab, son of Omri. The mention of "Israel" is its earliest known written occurence. Dhiban, ancient Dibon, where the stele was found, was the capital of this kingdom of Moab, located on the left bank of the Dead Sea.
The history of the discovery of this stele in 1868 and its arrival at the Louvre is a colorful one. It should be placed in the context of the period. Researchers and missionaries were only just beginning to access the inland areas of the Holy Land. An expedition on the right banks of the Dead Sea was still full of dangers. In Jerusalem, scholars were competing in a feverish quest for inscriptions and material proofs relating to the Bible, which encouraged a number of antiquities dealers and their intermediaries to produce forgeries. The most famous of these were the Moab fakes, crudely made items of pottery copied from the inscription on Mesha's Stele, which had just been found. Tribute should be paid to the sagacity of Charles Clemont-Ganneau (1846-1923), a great Orientalist and disciple of Ernest Renan, to whom we owe the stele's rescue. While in Jerusalem, Clermont-Ganneau learnt from an Alsatian missionary, F.A. Klein that a large block of black stone covered with characters had been found at Dhiban. He first sent an Arab intermediary from Jerusalem, Selim al-Qarim, who, in October 1869, made a schematic copy (today in the Louvre) of the inscription, which enabled Clermont-Ganneau to recognize the importance and early date of the monument. He then sent a second intermediary, Yaqoub Karavaca, to make a stamp of the inscription, in December 1869. It is not known exactly how and why this operation aroused the anger of the villagers: in the skirmish, the print was torn (but the pieces reached Clermont-Ganneau and eventually the Louvre) and the stele, hitherto intact, was broken into many pieces, which were sent to the antiquities market in Jerusalem. Thanks to his careful negotiations, Clermont-Ganneau succeeded in retrieving the two main pieces and some remains; other fragments went to the great British excavator in Jerusalem, Captain Warren and the Palestine Exploration Fund company, and to Professor Schlottmann, from the German Oriental Society (Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft). When the Palestine Exploration Fund learned that the Louvre had acquired the pieces retrieved by Clermont-Ganneau, it generously donated its fragments, and the daughter of Professor Schlottman donated her piece in 1891. (Source from: “Le Louvre Museum; Paris; France)
The arched shape of the stele and the basalt used are characteristic of the votive steles erected in the Levant since the Bronze Age, from Ugarit on the Syrian coast to Hazor in Galilee. The complete absence of figurative representation on this particular stele is exceptional, however, as is the predominant place given to the text. With its thirty-four lines, it is "the most important discovery ever made in the field of Oriental epigraphy," as proclaimed by Ernest Renan. The glorification of the king and his undertakings were a standard part of the traditional literature of royal ideology in the ancient Orient and Egypt. The inscription features the earliest written occurrence of the world Israel and constitutes the most detailed documentary source of information about the kingdom of Moab and its rivalry with the kingdom of Israel since the time of King Omri and his successors, particularly Ahab (see the Bible, 2 Kings 3-4). It also cites the name of the great idol-god of Moab, “Chemosh”, whose spiritual "son" Mesha claims to be. Chemosh was probably the god of storms that appears on another Moabite stele, an epigraphic this time, the stele found at Schihan showing a warrior god brandishing a spear in a pose commonly found on Levantine steles. King Mesha's victories and constructions concern mainly the northern territories of Moab, with the tribe of Gad and Madaba. (Source from: “Le Louvre Museum; Paris; France)
The identification of
present-day Dhiban as the biblical site of Dibon has been confirmed by
the text of the stele and American excavations over the years that have
shed new light on the capital of the kingdom of Moab. This site has been
occupied since the beginning of the 2nd millennium. The layers
corresponding to the Moabite period (9th-6th centuries) are well
represented by an official building (perhaps a palace) and a temple,
where a terracotta base of an altar was found. A "royal quarter" backing
onto an imposing wall, containing a podium with a tower, probably
corresponds to the constructions described by Mesha.
(Source from: “Le Louvre Museum; Paris; France)
The 17th Prophecy in
Moab will yet be at the fords of Arnon (the northern border of Moab) to welcome Israel as she flees from Antichrist into the mountains of Edom and Moab—countries that escape him (Isaiah 16:2)
Moab will take counsel (or advice) and execute justice in protecting Israel from Antichrist who will be the common foe of both Israel and Moab in the tribulation days (Isaiah 16:3)
Moab will protect Israel from antichrist like hiding something in the darkness of night
Moab will not betray the Israelites as they flee from Judea into the mountains (Isaiah 16:3; Matthew 24:15-22; Revelation 12:6, 14)
Moab will permit Israel to dwell in her land during the last three and a half years of this age and during the great tribulation—known as the time of Jacob's trouble (Isaiah 16:4; Jeremiah 30:1-9)
Moab will be a covering to Israel from the face of antichrist the spoiler (Isaiah 16:4; Daniel 11:40-44)
Moab will maybe protect Israel until the very end of this age, until the end of Antichrist, until the spoiler ceases to be, until the oppressors of Israel are consumed out of the land, and until the throne of David is established again under the Messiah (Isaiah 16:4-5)
The throne of David will be established in mercy again (Isaiah 9:6-7; Isaiah 16:5; Jeremiah 30:1-9; Ezekiel 34:23-24; Ezekiel 37:24-25; Hosea 3:4-5; Acts 15:13-18)
The Son of David, the Messiah, shall sit in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, seeking judgment, and hastening righteousness among men in all the earth (Isaiah 16:5; Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 15:13-18)
Moab, the son of Lot (Genesis 19:31-37), and his descendants settled east of the river Jordan and the Dead Sea—from the south end of this sea to the river Zered and north to about 5 miles above the sea and 30-40 miles east. Edom joined Moab south of the river Zered and Ammon joined these on the north. The land was originally occupied by giants called Emims, who were defeated and expelled by the Moabites (Deuteronomy 2:10). The north part of Moab was conquered by Sihon, giant king of the Amorites, and the river Arnon then became the boundary of Moab. When Israel came out of Egypt, Sihon was defeated by them and all his land (as well as that of Og, king of Bashan, and the land north of Og's kingdom) became the possession of Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh. Moab oppressed Israel for 18 years after the death of Joshua (Judges 3:14-21). Later peace was restored and Moab became a place of refuge for many Israelites (Ruth 1:1; 1 Samuel 22:3). The record shows that Saul (1 Samuel 14:47), David (2 Samuel 8:1-12), Ahab (2 Kings 1:1; 2 Kings 3:4-5), and Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles. 20:1-30) defeated Moab. The Moabites continued as a nation after their defeat by Assyria about 3 years after this prophecy (Isaiah 15:1-9; Isaiah 16:6-14). They are mentioned in prophecies of the latter days along with Israel (Isaiah 11:14; Isaiah 16:1-5; Jeremiah 48:47; Daniel 11:41).
the chief city of Moab, was located about 15 miles south of the river
Arnon, the northern border of Moab
(Numbers 21:15,28; Deut. 2:9,18,29).
a bird cast out of her nest wanders about, so the daughters of Moab are
to be disturbed at events when Antichrist suddenly takes over Palestine
and the Jews are forced to flee. The Moabites will be much distressed,
not knowing whether he will enter their country to take over. Many will
leave their homes to welcome the fleeing Israelites and flee with them
from a common enemy
would no doubt continue his conquests and take over
Moab if war tidings out of the North and East did not hinder him
According to the
allies, and other countries north and east of the ten kingdoms will
suddenly declare war on
will leave the Jews and Moab
for the time being to go forth against these new enemies until
conquers them in the as three and a half years of this age.
He will then come
back into Palestine to do what he formerly planned, only to be defeated.
During the last days of this three and a half years the Jews will have
regained control of Jerusalem, and
will come against the
city intending to destroy the Jews and Moab; but
will come suddenly
from heaven with His armies when Jerusalem
is only half taken and deliver them
For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. (Isaiah 16:2)
from: “Le Louvre Museum; Paris; France)
*2 Ancient City Gate of Petra; When we have more information about the happenings we will continue about the hiding place "Petra" as soon as possible! Good book we recommend: "Count Down Jerusalem" by John Hagee!
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