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For centuries while El Shaddai stood apart, a great nation had been raised up to Abraham, the children of Israel, and all of them kept the covenant of Abraham even after they migrated from Canaan to Egypt during a “dark ages” which had been triggered by a severe long-term drought. This change in the regional climate also brought about the rapid decline of many advanced Bronze Age civilizations throughout the area of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. But Mastema’s original claim that humans would never remain loyal to Elohim if they were left to themselves utterly failed.
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TC1948: Derash put Elam to the most refined torment, but che learned naught of the movements of the Remnant as they were led by Chokhmah himself by means of the Ark. And Jemuel and Rosh led a war party from among the people to assail the camp of Derash and release their brother.
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Mastema no longer had valid grounds to call for the destruction of the whole human race. Thus was the oracle of El Shaddai fulfilled when she said to Abraham, “All the earth shall find blessing in you.” El Shaddai would never carry out a demand by Mastema to destroy the human race, and there was nothing Mastema could do to assail mankind from his own remote location. Without a doubt, El Shaddai knew humans were the Students foreseen by the Old One. It was clear Elohim would need to come to terms with human beings and learn to co-exist with them. El Shaddai said it was time to make the announcement to El.
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TC1949: And Elam, in vengeance for his pain, put Derash to the sword, and slew also his lieutenant, Hovan son of Bron. Rosh and Jemuel wounded four others, but the unscathed yeng and jan of Derash' force were scattered into the depths of Shaula Wood and came not against them again.
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But Mastema thought to move the goal posts and try another delaying tactic. He told El Shaddai that anyone could obey a simple injunction like circumcision, but give the people a comprehensive written law like the Code of Ur-Nammu and they would soon break most of its precepts with abandon.
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TC1950: But one among them made hez way to the city of Eniph in the Saiph League, and gave report to King Bron that hez son Hovan had been cruelly slain while a helpless captive of a band of nomads that counted a mere dozen men of fighting age
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El Shaddai’s first impulse was to ignore this foot-dragging on Mastema’s part, but she thought at the very least it would present an opportunity to break loose a concession. The children of Israel had grown very numerous but they were not free, and as a nation they had slipped into bondage under Egypt. So El Shaddai would entertain Mastema’s idea for a second test, but to carry it out she required another agent from Barbelo, preferably in the same mold of Melchizedek.
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The task that would be laid before this agent was almost inhumanly great. He was to establish himself as the leader and spokesman of the children of Israel in Egypt. He was to negotiate with Pharaoh for their release, or, failing that, lead a revolt to achieve their freedom. He was to lead the house of Israel back to Canaan, the land El Shaddai had promised to Abraham and his progeny, putting down any resistance by the existing inhabitants. And finally he was to give the Immigrants a working legal code that would get their society up and running.
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TC1950: And it came to pass that the Ark of the Covenant led the Remnant across a prairie of scattered oak trees between Adjara and Lake Enkaa, west between Mount Naratha and Mount Linan, and there the graven gold Director began to spin, and Elam called their wanderings to a halt.
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Mastema turned once again to the city of Salem in the far west of the Middle Land and selected Prince Moshe to meet the challenge laid forth by El Shaddai.
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TC1951: When the Day of Atonement drew on, King Thausael led a pilgrimmage of many of the people from Hadal as well as others from throughout Nath to be present when made the yearly sacrifice for all the sins of the children of Israel, and perchance also to hear the oracles of God.
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After four hundred years of oppression the children of Israel had been beaten down so thoroughly that Moshe found the first challenge, the task of taking up the mantle of leadership for the children of Israel, to be much easier than he had anticipated. After Moshe spoke to the people and got most of them on board with his plan to rescue them, he went before Pharaoh.
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TC1952: But King Bron of Eniph in the Saiph League crossed the mouth of the River Sabik
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All Moshe wanted at first was three days off for the people to go into the desert east of the Nile delta and hold a feast to rededicate everyone to the God of their forefathers. Not only did Pharaoh tell him no, he punished the Immigrants for even asking to get three days off by increasing their workload. The Immigrants complained to Moshe that so far his mission had only made things worse for the people. So Moshe decided he needed a little help from El Shaddai and the judicious transfer of various things from Barbelo to Earth through the wormtunnel.
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In the battle Bron smote upon King Ravenmaster with many wounds, and the king fainted from the loss of blood and was carried away. After the battle casualties were so high on both sides that Bron ordered his people not to pursue the armies of King Ravenmaster as they withdrew again to the vale of Armak.
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So began a sequence of ten plagues. Each cycle began with Moshe requesting three days of religious leave for the Immigrants, and if the religious leave was not granted, Moshe would do something to change Pharaoh’s mind. More often than not, Pharaoh’s court wizards were able to duplicate the plague on a smaller scale, so Pharaoh was not impressed and denied the religious leave.
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The first plague was a heavy spill of rock oil, which covered the surface of the Nile River with a brown syrupy layer. Many of the people said the god of Moshe had turned the river into blood, and it was bitter, and they were forced to dig new wells near to the river to drink. But Pharaoh’s magicians were able to mix oil with water and produce the same brown mess in the court of Pharaoh, so Pharaoh did not give in to Moshe’ request for religious leave for the Immigrants.
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The second plague was a great swarm of frogs that covered every square foot of Egypt. Pharaoh’s magicians were also able to bring forth frogs, but they could not remove the frogs, so this time Pharaoh said he would grant the religious leave if Moshe made the frogs go away. Moshe made the frogs go away, but Pharaoh went back on his word and did not grant the religious leave for the Immigrants.
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The third plague was lice, and Pharaoh’s magicians could not duplicate this plague, but Pharaoh did not let the Immigrants go on religious leave to worship El Shaddai, and he waited out the plague, which only lasted a few days anyway.
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The fourth plague was a swarm of flies that came upon the Egyptians and covered their skin, but did not come upon the Immigrants. Pharaoh begged Moshe to remove this plague, but after Moshe did so, Pharaoh refused to grant religious leave for the Immigrants.
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The fifth plague was a fungus from Barbelo that exterminated all the Egyptian livestock but left the Immigrant’s livestock standing. Pharaoh not only refused to let the Immigrants go on religious leave, he took the Immigrant’s cattle for his own people to replace the cattle that had been slain.
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The sixth plague was a loathsome skin disease, also from Barbelo. Pharaoh’s magicians could not even heal themselves, let alone anyone else afflicted in Egypt, but Pharaoh hardened his heart and did not grant the Immigrants three days of religious leave to worship El Shaddai.
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The seventh plague was giant hailstones that slew all the cattle that Pharaoh had stolen from the Immigrants, as well as anyone standing outdoors. But none of the hail fell on the Immigrants. Pharaoh admitted his guilt, and Moshe caused the hail to stop. But Pharaoh went back on his word again. Moshe, at great length, began to discern a pattern.
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The eighth plague was a swarm of locusts that ate every green thing in Egypt. Again, the three days of religious leave was not granted.
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The ninth plague was a darkness in Egypt so thick that the Egyptians could not even see each other across the room, and it was hard to breathe, but the Immigrants all had light in their houses. Pharaoh told Moshe he never wanted to see his face again, and that the next time they met, Moshe would surely die.
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Then Moshe said to him, “O Pharaoh, you have spoken true, you will never see my face again. But to you I say, a tenth-part of all the houses in Egypt will be destroyed this very night, killing or maiming everyone sleeping within, but none of the houses of my people will come to harm. Then when your servants come and bow down before me, and beg me to take the people on the three days of religious that leave that I have requested, only then will we go.”
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Then Moshe instructed the Immigrants in a new ritual that involved each Immigrant family killing a lamb without blemish, marking their front door with the lamb’s blood in the sign of the cross, roasting the lamb, and eating it in haste. That evening the avatar of El Shaddai passed over the whole land of Egypt and smote one in ten of every house where there was not a token of blood on the frame of the front door.
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And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants, and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not one warren where there were not flattened dwellings and many dead or dying.
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Then Pharaoh sent servants to prostrate themselves before Moshe and beg him to take the Immigrants and go into the desert on the brief religious leave they wanted. What Pharaoh had in mind, of course, was just a temporary leave of absence, and he was counting on them coming back to work later. That is why their Egyptian friends and neighbors “lent” the Immigrants jewels of silver and gold, ostensibly to wear for the feast, and much clothing for the trip. They all assumed the Immigrants would return within the week and give it all back.
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So a great multitude went into the desert on foot with all their animals. The crowd was not pure Israelite, but included those of mixed ancestry, half-Israelite and half-Egyptian. There were in such a big hurry that they had to eat unleavened bread, because there was never time to let the bread rise, and that is in fact what the Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorates, the necessity to make do when responding immediately to the imperatives of El Shaddai. The Immigrants had lived in Egypt a total of four hundred and thirty years.
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The avatar of El Shaddai led the chosen people out of Egypt, concealed inside a moving pillar of smoke during the day, and at night this was seen as a pillar of fire which gave them light to see. El Shaddai did not go straight to Canaan, the land of promise, because she knew when the Immigrants saw the Hittites and their chariots of iron their courage would fail, and they would all run back to Egypt.
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The Red Sea separates Egypt and Arabia, and at the Sinai Peninsula it divides into two long fingers of water that resemble the eyestalks of a snail. In ancient times the left eyestalk terminated at what is now called Lake Timsah, or Crocodile Lake. Timsah Lake and the Bitter Lakes are in the ancient depression of this old seabed. Perhaps the land has risen a bit, or the sea level has fallen. But so nearly flush with sea level is this whole area that a simple ditch dug in only ten years was sufficient to link the lakes with the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to create the Suez Canal. This artificial waterway sliced seven thousand miles off the route from India to Europe.
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Soon after fleeing Egypt, El Shaddai led her people to make their first encampment on the west shore of that extension of the Red Sea that today is a just a string of lakes. And when it became obvious the Immigrants were not coming back to labor for Egypt once again, nor to return the jewelry and clothing they “borrowed”, Pharaoh took his charioteers and went out after them.
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The tide went out. The stretch of sea water that is in modern times the land between Lake Timsah and the Great Bitter Lake became mudflats that were dry enough for those who go on two and four feet to cross to the eastern shore, but those who went about on chariot wheels had more trouble. Pharaoh and his Egyptian cavalry became stuck in the mud, and they could not escape before the sea tide flooded the mudflats once more and drowned all of them.
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After the transit of the House of Israel across the Sinai, aided by much food and drinking water transferred from Barbelo, El Shaddai learned that Moshe’s father the king had died, and Moshe was required to return home to take his seat upon the throne of the city-state of Salem in the Middle Land.
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Count Michael of the House of Gerash took command of the armed forces of the House of Israel in the place of Moshe and led them west over the Jordan River into the promised land of Canaan. And to him was given also the Golden Gift that had once been wielded as a fearsome weapon by Melchizedek.
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Michael led the army against the ancient settlement of Jericho, which was the first continuously inhabited walled city in the world. On the plains of Jericho before the battle was enjoined, Michael shouted to the defenders of the city, “As captain of the host of El Shaddai have I come. Throw open your gates, lay down your arms, and no harm shall come to you! But if you do otherwise, then none who dwell within the walls of the city shall live!”
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In response to this the archers of the city loosed a volley at Count Michael, who rendered them harmless with a sweep of the hissing black blade in his hand. Then he gave his lieutenant, General Joshua, detailed war orders. Even as Michael spoke, the mouth of the wormhole tunnel was undermining the walls of Jericho such that they stood with only the most precarious support.
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Then the avatar of El Shaddai landed outside the city with much smoke and fire, striking absolute fear into the heart of the people of Jericho. The avatar sent forth a sound like a trumpet that shook the earth, and the city walls fell flat to the ground, permitting the Immigrant army to rapidly occupy the city and carry out Michael’s threat to put every inhabitant to the sword.
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Buoyed by the spectacular victory over Jericho, the Immigrants had the animal spirits to conquer the rest of Canaan, even without the direct leadership of Michael and the appearance of the avatar of El Shaddai. Soon the territory of the Immigrants extended from Kadesh-barnea to Gaza and many cities in central and northern Palestine. General Joshua partitioned all these lands among the twelve tribes which still bore the name of the sons of Israel. But the Philistines, Moabites, and Ammonites continued to harass the Immigrants long after they had been dispossessed of their cities, even into the period centuries later when kings ruled the House of Israel.
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After the death of Joshua, the House of Israel had no formal ruler, but for the next two centuries a number of major and minor judges found themselves in positions of leadership over one or more tribes as the Immigrants continued to fight a stubborn insurgency by the people they had conquered.
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In the latter days of the period of judges, Eli became the first judge to be accepted by the whole House of Israel, but his own sons Hophni and Phinehas were greedy, and contrary to the Law they enlarged their own portion of the offerings made to El Shaddai. Eli knew about this but he refused to rebuke his sons. El Shaddai also knew about this and she didn’t like being short-changed. Mastema might say, “See, I told you so!”
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There was a young man named Samuel who also lived in the house of Eli, and Eli considered him almost another son. Samuel was the test subject of a medical experiment conducted by El Shaddai, the second attempt by Elohim to create a direct interface between the world-dwellers and the gods, and one that El Shaddai found much more palatable than the outright possession practiced by Mastema with abandon. One night while Samuel slept, El Shaddai narrowed her fold-door to just a little more than a hairbreadth, and briefly anchored the mouth of this tiny passage inside the head of Samuel. Then El Shaddai inserted a tiny bead about the size of a poppy seed and left it inside buried the young man’s skull.
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The next night Samuel began to hear voices. When he brought this to the attention of his patron, Eli recognized that he was beginning to receive revelations from El Shaddai. Eli instructed Samuel on how to listen, and Samuel did all that he was told. But Samuel knew some of the words he heard would be grievous for Eli to hear and he feared to speak them. In the morning Samuel came to Eli, but he was silent, and Eli ordered him to speak. For a little extra weight Eli added, ”May El Shaddai punish you if you do not speak!”
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Thus constrained, Samuel had no choice but to repeat the words of the vision and pronounce doom on the house of Eli. He said that many of the descendants of Eli would die by the sword, and of those who escaped this, none would attain to old age. The remnant of his family would beg to be appointed to a minor priestly function that they might have at least a morsel of bread to eat. And Samuel gave a sign so that Eli would know beforehand that this divine curse was coming true, and the sign was this: Both of Eli’s sons would die on the very same day.
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And it came to pass in the lands nigh to the sea claimed by the tribe of Ephraim that all of the men under arms in Israel camped at Ebenezer, while the Philistines camped at nearby Aphek. In the battle that followed, thirty-four thousand men among the House of Israel were killed, severely wounded, or taken captive. And Eli’s two sons Hophni and Phinehas were among the dead.
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When word of this reached Eli in Shiloh, Eli accidentlly tipped back in his chair and struck the ground, breaking his neck. Thus passed Eli, who had judged the entire House of Israel for forty years. And Samuel, already a renowned prophet, attributed the terrible defeat to the straying of the Israelites after foreign gods, and exhorted them to return to El Shaddai and offer worship to him alone.
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So at Mizpah the people renewed their covenanted devotion to El Shaddai and Samuel began to judge all Israel on that day. Under Samuel the Philistines were routed, and the territory from Ekron to Gath was restored to Israelite control. The Philistines were subdued for all the years of Samuel’s life, and there was peace also between Israel and the Amorites.
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When Samuel waxed old he appointed his own sons Joel and Abijah to judge Israel in his stead, but the young men accepted bribes and perverted justice. So the elders of Israel came to the house of Samuel at Ramah and said, “Now that you are old, and your sons do not follow your own example, appoint a king to rule over us.”
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And Samuel tried to warn them all about the procedures of a king. He said, “The king would take your sons and make them serve in his army. He would set them to do his plowing and harvesting, and to make weapons of war and chariots. He would use your daughters as makers of ointments and cooks. He would take the best part of your fields and vineyards and groves and give them to his officials. He would take a tenth part of your increase to support his eunuchs and slaves, and over time you yourselves will become his slaves.”
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But the elders would not hearken to Samuel’s warning. They insisted that Israel must become just like all of the other nations in Canaan and have a king. So Samuel anointed Saul of the tribe of Benjamin to govern all the people as their first king. And King Saul reigned for twenty years, defeating the enemies of Israel on all sides. He defeated in turn the Moabites, the Ammonites, the Edomites, the Philistines, Beth-rehob, and the king of Zobah.
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But Samuel had developed a personal grudge against the Amalekites over the years, and he still felt he spoke for El Shaddai. Samuel ordered King Saul to attack Amalek. “Spare no one,” he said, “not the king, not the men and women under him, nor their children, nor their infants, nor even their animals and other property.
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King Saul duly routed Amalek in the field and put to death all of the Amalekite men, women, and children. But Agag their king he captured alive, and Saul’s troops took possession of the Amalekite animals and other items of worth as war booty in accordance with the war-making norms of the time.
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But Samuel was greatly displeased, and said El Shaddai had rejected Saul as king over his people on account of his disobedience of Samuel, which, Samuel claimed, was tantamount to disobedience of El Shaddai.
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Then Saul was very sorry for his mistake of allowing his troops to take booty from Amalek, but Samuel refused to forgive him, and ordered that king Agag be brought before him in Gilgal. And Samuel himself killed Agag with a sword, and departed to Bethlehem, where he anointed a youth named David, son of Jesse, to be the new king of Israel.
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El Shaddai realized that something had gone wrong with the modification to Samuel. In the absence of actual commands from El Shaddai, Samuel was hallucinating false ones. El Shaddai vowed to look into it and try to improve the design, but Samuel was a lost cause.
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David served for a time in the house of King Saul, but for ten years following that David became little more than a refugee fleeing before the wrath of the king, for it had become widely known that Samuel had withdrawn the divine mandate of kingship from Saul and had bestowed it upon this youth. Saul had lost the moral authority to be king, but he retained the actual power of kingship until his death in battle against the Philistines at Mount Gilboa.
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Upon the death of King Saul, David was anointed king of Israel on the strength of his selection by Samuel, but only the men of the city of Hebron recognized this. Meanwhile Ishbaal, son of Saul, was anointed king over the rest of Israel, and for seven years the land was torn by civil war between the allies of David and the allies of the house of Saul who favored Ishbaal, but David gradually prevailed. When David’s power in Israel finally was unchallenged, all the tribes of Israel came to him in Hebron and offered fealty to David as their king. And David was thirty years of age when he became King of the whole House of Israel.
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Then David moved against the Jebusites and captured the city of Jerusalem. To this city David moved his wives and concubines and sons and daughters, and built the city up as the capital of Israel. After David’s victory in the Valley of Salt, the Edomites became David’s subjects as a close commonwealth of Israel rather than merely tributary to it, as befitting their origins as the descendants of Esau, twin brother of Israel.
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When David invaded the land of the Geshurites, the Gezrites, and the Amalekites he left no man or woman alive. He conquered Rabbah and Ammon, and put the people of those cities under saws and harrows and axes of iron and made their dead bodies pass through a brick kiln.
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David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of a loyal officer named Uriah, and tried to cover it up. When this was in danger of being exposed, David had Uriah killed on the battlefield by other officers in order to obtain Bathsheba as his wife.
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When David was on his death bed he shivered all the time. They piled blankets on him, but he was still cold. So finally they rounded up a virgin to crawl into his bed to give him heat, which she promptly did. Some murmured, “David’s wife Bathsheba is nearby, what is wrong with her body heat?” but it was perks like deathbed virgin heating pads that has inspired men to become kings throughout history.
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David revived enough to make his final words a command for his son Solomon to whack Joab, because David was wroth with Joab for whacking his son Absalom. David also broke his promise to Shimei not to kill him, and arranged to have him murdered as well.
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After reigning over the House of Judah for forty years, and over all of the House of Israel for thirty-three years, King David died and he was succeeded by his son Solomon. And it is written in the chronicles of the kings of the House of Israel that King David did right in the eyes of God, that David was a man after God’s own heart, that he was an angel with a heart perfect with God, and that evil had not been found in David all his days.
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When Solomon was elevated to the throne over the House of Israel, El Shaddai caused the Ark of the Covenant to be brought before him. This was a box of Barbelo make, wood overlain with gold and of exceedingly fine workmanship. El Shaddai considered it another type of avatar, even if it was required to be carried about by men rather than capable of moving under its own power. Through the agency of the Ark, El Shaddai could speak and listen to Solomon. She commanded him to construct a temple nigh to Jerusalem to house the Ark. And El Shaddai granted King Solomon one wish.
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Solomon could have asked for a chariot driven by lions and made of pure gold, or 72 virgin heating pads, but instead he just asked for wisdom and discernment. El Shaddai was pleased, and granted the request immediately.
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After that King Solomon eliminated his rivals and consolidated his claim to the throne. He reigned over a united kingdom in the period of ancient Israel’s greatest prosperity. Solomon introduced a system of taxation, slave labor, and foreign trade that financed the construction of the temple-palace complex on Mount Zion, adjacent to the old walled city of Jerusalem, as El Shaddai commanded. But it was in this temple that Solomon unwisely carried out his father’s order to whack Joab.
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King Solomon unwisely had seven hundred wives and he most unwisely had three hundred concubines. Some of these women were the daughters of foreign kings and noblemen, and using their sexual power they enticed Solomon’s heart to unwisely follow after strange gods.
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Solomon unwisely adored the goddess Astarte and Milcom the god of the Ammonites. Also, near Jerusalem, Solomon unwisely built a shrine to Chemosh, god of Moab, and to Molech another god of the Ammonites. Solomon unwisely built a shrine for each one of his foreign wives who sacrificed to other gods, all to please them.
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Solomon unwisely murdered his half-brother Adonijah for asking his mother Haggith to request Abishag the Shunamite, the young girl who was asked to try to revive David’s virility, to be his bride, even though Solomon promised Haggith that he would grant any request she made. Adonijah was cut down in the sanctuary of the temple where he fled for safety, mistakenly hoping that the awesome holiness of the site would be wisely observed.
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When Solomon had reigned as king over the whole House of Israel forty years, he died and was buried in Jerusalem. His son Rehoboam succeeded Solomon as king at the age of forty-one. And it is written in the chronicles of the kings of the House of Israel that Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived.
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Upon the death of Solomon the Kingdom was split into two separate states, with the ten northern tribes of the Kingdom of Israel moving its capital to Shechem in the saddle between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, while the two southern tribes of the kingdom of Judah retained its capital at Jerusalem.
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Jeroboam I became the first king of the northern part of the broken kingdom that came be called Samaria. He built up his capital first at Shechem, but them moved his court to Penuel east of the Jordan River. To prevent the people from going down to the temple in Jerusalem to worship there, Jeroboam broke with the established religion by introducing the worship of a golden calf at Bethel and in the region of Dan. Jeroboam told the people the golden calf was El Shaddai all along, and the feast days for the golden calf were timed to coincide with the feast days in Jerusalem.
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After that it was a steady ride downhill. By the time the Assyrians made their bid to become a regional great power, Samaria was reduced to solely the lands belonging to the tribes of Ephraim and parts of the lands of Manasseh.
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In the fourth year of his reign, King Hoshea was summoned to the court of Shalmaneser to explain his failure to pay the thousand talents of tribute required of him. He was imprisoned, and the Assyrians attacked Israel. The province of Samaria became, for all intents and purposes, a vassal of Damascus governed by military officers.
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Now Samaria was comprised of the ten tribes of Dan, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Zebulun, Issachar, Gad, Ephraim, Reuben, and Simeon. They had largely accepted the polytheism of their pagan neighbors and had grown weaker until the king of Assyria, Sargon II, conquered them.
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Sargon deported all of the people of those tribes he had captured, and settled them far to the east in Medea, where they slowly lost their tribal identity through interbreeding with the people of that land. For that was the deliberate policy of the Assyrian Empire as a solution to the ancient problem of tribalism. Many of the people of the ten tribes of Israel escaped to Judah and united themselves to the people there, who would later become known as Jews. Only the remnant, which El Shaddai brought to Barbelo, retained their original identity and forms of worship, but this he did to fulfill his promise to Abraham to raise up from his loins a great nation, and he would not be held faithless in his covenant.
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El Shaddai selected only those families who rejected the worship of Baal, and who rejected the golden calves that were set up in Bethel and Dan, and also those who disdained cult prostitutes and all other forms of idolatry. Only those with zeal for El Shaddai alone were permitted to colonize Barbelo, and this remnant numbered only about seven thousand. And the place where they settled was called Haaretz.
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The tribe of Ephraim built the city of Hadal far in the north and east of Haaretz, in a cool vale between Shaula Wood and the face of the Wall of God, and Hadal became the leading city in the kingdom of Nath.
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The tribe of Simeon built the city of Adjara on the western edge of the Shaula Wood and it was a great crossroads in that land, and the center of the weapons trade that came to be in later years. And in time another Temple of El Shaddai would be constructed nigh to this city, and there the Ark of the Covenant would be safely brought to rest within the Holy of Holies.
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The tribe of Reuben built the city of Mizal at the foot of Mount Narutha, but the land about was dry and impoverished for the mountain cast a rain shadow. And ever the tribe of Reuben made war upon the Gold Beards of Linan to the north for the rich fruit of the orchards round about that city. At length the colonists prevailed and drove all of their native rivals out of Linan and extended the borders of Nath thither.
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The tribe of Gad built the city of Kabark on a rich plain south of the river Armak, but here also the land lacked for water. So they built a mighty work, a dam of cunning stonework upon the river, and backed up the river into a man-made lake called Enkaa. Then the tribe of Gad dug many canals and ditches from the lake toward Kabark, and using this water they planted farms that became the envy of Haaretz.
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The tribe of Dan built the city of Fatho at the foot of the Wall of God, where there were many natural caves and mines dug by men, and they reaped many underground treasures buried there. Dan was the fifth tribe that founded the kingdom of Nath in the northeast of Haaretz.
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The tribe of Issachar founded the city of Nyduly in the forest known as Canterwood, which stretched along the southern bank of the river Sabik, and they were skilled in felling timber and all manner of woodcraft. But their women were the first to fall away from the exclusive worship of El Shaddai, for they listened to the women of the House of Sala who seduced them to the worship of Bat-El, and the Issacharite women enticed their men to worship Bat-El also. And the sacred pool of Bat-El in the heart of Canterwood was the location Mastema had selected for the open portal to Earth.
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Revision as of 11:40, 31 January 2019

TC1948: Derash put Elam to the most refined torment, but che learned naught of the movements of the Remnant as they were led by Chokhmah himself by means of the Ark. And Jemuel and Rosh led a war party from among the people to assail the camp of Derash and release their brother.

TC1949: And Elam, in vengeance for his pain, put Derash to the sword, and slew also his lieutenant, Hovan son of Bron. Rosh and Jemuel wounded four others, but the unscathed yeng and jan of Derash' force were scattered into the depths of Shaula Wood and came not against them again.

TC1950: But one among them made hez way to the city of Eniph in the Saiph League, and gave report to King Bron that hez son Hovan had been cruelly slain while a helpless captive of a band of nomads that counted a mere dozen men of fighting age

TCXXXX: And Bron was greatly wroth, and mustered .

TC1950: And it came to pass that the Ark of the Covenant led the Remnant across a prairie of scattered oak trees between Adjara and Lake Enkaa, west between Mount Naratha and Mount Linan, and there the graven gold Director began to spin, and Elam called their wanderings to a halt.

TC1951: When the Day of Atonement drew on, King Thausael led a pilgrimmage of many of the people from Hadal as well as others from throughout Nath to be present when made the yearly sacrifice for all the sins of the children of Israel, and perchance also to hear the oracles of God.

TC1952: But King Bron of Eniph in the Saiph League crossed the mouth of the River Sabik

In the battle Bron smote upon King Ravenmaster with many wounds, and the king fainted from the loss of blood and was carried away. After the battle casualties were so high on both sides that Bron ordered his people not to pursue the armies of King Ravenmaster as they withdrew again to the vale of Armak.

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