Ishkur-Adad, the Jehovah of the Exodus, demands his share of virgins of conquered lands!
According to the Pentateuch, the Israelites were in the Sinai wilderness (or rather Arabian Wilderness as we now know) for 38 years or so, or approximately 40 years (this periodicity we have long debunked though and demonstrated that the wilderness years totalled 13 at most). It was at this stage Ishkur-Adad, the Anunnaki Jehovah of the exodus, decided his chosen people were now ready for the march on Canaan. First, Moses dispatched a team of 12 scouts to spy out the Negev region in Canaan whilst the Israelites were camped at Kadesh Barnea in the Wilderness of Zin. Upon their return, they filed a militarily bad and therefore demoralising report, whereupon Adad had ten of the spies killed save for Joshua and Caleb.
To signal their protest against Adad’s draconian ways, and to move against Adad’s decree that the rebellious Israelites would never enter the Promised Land, a contingent of the Israelite army broke away and decided to launch their own invasion of Canaan. THIS WAS THE ISRAELITES’ FIRST OFFENSIVE AGAINST A CANAANITE NATION. The Canaanite state the dissident Israelites targeted was that of the giant-sized Amorites, the descendants of Canaan the son of Ham, in what would become the Kingdom of Judah, and the Amalekites.
"The Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do, and crushed you from Seir to Hormah," Moses recounted to the Nation of Israel in DEUTERONOMY 1:44. The dissidents were routed and had no option but to ingratiate themselves back into Moses’ good graces.
The Promised Land was way north of Kadesh Barnea and having barred his people from proceeding there, Adad ordered them to trek southwards, in the opposite direction, to Ezion Geber on the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba, the eastern wing of the Red Sea. “Now turn around, and don’t go on toward the land where the Amalekites and Canaanites live,” Adad said to Moses. “Tomorrow you must set out for the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea” NUMBERS 14:25.
EDOMITE KING SNUB ISRAELITES
The Israelites did not linger long at Ezion Geber. Remember, they did not have territory they could call their own: the expanse of wilderness within which they wondered was Ishmaelite land – the domain of the Arabs. So at some stage, they returned to Kadesh Barnea with a view to proceeding northwards and make their first offensive foray into Canaan as a united army.
The obstacles, however, were mammoth. From the place they were stationed, they did not have direct passage to Canaanite territory. Canaan was surrounded, clockwise, by the kingdoms of Bashan, Heshbon; Ammon; Moab; Edom (now southwestern Jordan); and Arabah. Presently, the Israelites were camped near the Edomite border town of Petra, immediately south of Edom. It was therefore of necessity that Moses seek permission from the Edomite King to traverse his territory. Moses’ optimism derived from the fact that the Edomites, being descendants of Esau, Jacob’s half-brother, were cousins to the Israelites.
Edom, also known as the Land of Seir, was a rich state with luxuriant fields and vineyards and plentiful wells. Moreover, it was located on what was known as the King’s Highway, a main road and well-traversed trade route. In the message Moses sent to Edom’s King, he stressed that his caravan would restrict itself to the King’s Highway. However, the King refused to give Moses the green light, fearful that this great horde of people would either stun them with an attack or devour their crops. The King even had the Edomite army stand guard along the southeastern border.
What that entailed was that the Israelites had no option but to use the much longer route along Edom’s eastern border but via the land of the Nabateans, who were neighbours to Edom. The trek was made all the more arduous because the Israelites had to make a decoy southernward journey (done to hoodwink the Edomites) to Ezion Geber before they set course northwards again.
Moses wanted to attack Edom with a view to bulldozing his way through the country but Adad told him to desist because “I have given them all the hill country around Mount Seir as their property, and I will not give you even one square foot of their land”, DEUTERONOMY 2:5. Adad had allocated Edomite land not on his own behalf but on behalf of the Enlilite godhead, who he fronted by deliberate design. Otherwise, the Edomites’ specific god was Nannar-Sin, Adad’s older brother who is today known as Allah.
ISRAELITES INCH CLOSER TO PROMISED LAND
As Commander-in-Chief of the Israelite army, Moses did register key and decisive victories. These were four in total, three against Canaanite nations and one against a coalition of Midianite kings. The order in which the conquests are recorded in the biblical Book of Numbers is not necessarily accurate, but that does not subtract from their significance.
Now, although the King of Edom initially refused the Israelites passage through his territory, he at long last relented and gave them the nod after Moses badgered him. This was after having covered considerable distance on the roundabout route. The Moabite King, the central figure in the Balaam story, also did likewise in heed of Balaam’s warning that anybody who tried to stand in the way of Yahweh’s chosen people automatically invited a curse.
The Israelites were now camped at a place known as Arnon, on the border between Moab and Amorite lands and east of the Jordan River. The Amorites were the most dominant nation of Canaan, with the result that the terms Amorite and Canaanites are often used interchangeably in the Old Testament. The light-skinned (not white-skinned) Amorites – Amaru in Sumerian – were descended from Canaan, Ham’s fourth son. They have gone into the annals of history as the first Europeans as they were the first to settle north of the Mediterranean Sea (Europe is actually E-ru-Pan, meaning “Land of Fair-Skinned People”).
The Amorite ruling elite came from the Nephilim race – the offspring resulting from matrimonial unions between the Igigi (space-based Anunnaki who at some stage settled on Earth) and Earthling women. The Nephilim, also known as Anakim, Rephaites, Emites, or Zamzumites, were gigantic in stature thanks to the more expressive Anunnaki genes in their blood. The Bible describes them as “of the height of the cedars” and “of the remnants of the giants”. One Amorite King’s bed measured 13 feet long and 6 feet wide. The Amorites teemed in the lands west of the Jordan River though they occupied both Canaan (east of the Jordan River basically) and Transjordan (west of the Jordan River in present-day Jordan). In the Bible, they are generally associated with Canaan.
MOSES OVERRUNS THREE CANAANITE STATES
The principal Amorite states were Heshbon immediately north of Moabite territory and Bashan, the northernmost state of Transjordan. Heshbon was ruled by King Sihon, whereas Bashan, which encompassed Gilead and Galaunitis, was ruled by King Og. Heshbon had been captured from a Moabite King, which suggests the Amorites were people of substantial military mettle.
All Moses wanted was to transit through Heshbon to further his march on Canaan, and so he sent a deputation to King Sihon to make that request. Sihon not only parried the overture but declared war on the Israelites pre-emptively. It was a gross miscalculation as the Israelites turned out to be a formidable foe. King Sihon’s army was routed and at the orders of Ishkur-Adad, the Israelites saw to it that the king was killed along with all his children. IN FACT, WHAT THE ISRAELITES ADMITTEDLY PERPETRATED AMOUNTED TO A GENOCIDE. “We conquered all of King Sihon’s towns and completely destroyed everyone – men, women, and children,” relates Moses in DEUTERONOMY 2:34-35. “Not a single person was spared.”
On hearing of the fate of his counterpart and his people, King Og of Bashan feared he and his people were next. He too decided on a pre-emptive, knockout offensive at the Israelites. Big mistake: he was given a pasting and both his family members and his subjects, children included, were massacred. All of Bashan’s 60 towns were strewn with Amorite dead, the only living and breathing humans being Israelites. The Israelites now occupied the entire expanse of Amorite land.
Just how did Moses pull off this twin feat considering that in the case of Bashan, for instance, “all these towns were fortified with walls and barred gates”?, (DEUTERONOMY 3:5). It seems Adad either assisted them with aerial firepower, or the Ark of the Covenant’s military capacity was employed to full effect though it is not associated with these preliminary wars in the Pentateuch records. In delivering a walk-over victory to the Israelites, Adad must have employed mind-manipulation stratagems in part.
For of King Sihon, Moses says, “the Lord made Sihon stubborn and defiant so that he could help us defeat him … The Lord our God helped us conquer Aroer on the edge of the Arnon Gorge and the town in the gorge and whole area as far as Gilead. No town had walls too strong for us.” Meanwhile, the King of Arad, a Canaanite state that was located around the Negev Desert, got wind of the Israelite army’s exploits and its imminent approach. He decided to intercept them before they penetrated deeper into his territory.
The Israelites were stunned and a good number of them were taken as prisoners. Once again, Adad came to their rescue and somehow facilitated their eventual drubbing of the Aradians. The destruction of Arad was so comprehensive the place earned itself a new name, Horman, which means “ruins”. Clearly, Adad must have used sophisticated weaponry in the kingdom’s routing.
MIDIAN CONQUERED, PLUNDERED
Next to quake in his boots at the military might of the Israelites was the Moabite King. With Moses’ forces cutting a swathe through the region and putting everybody to the sword, King Balak was anxious that his own scalp might be next. But he didn’t have much confidence in his own forces to pit them against the mighty Moses. As such, he decided to employ the services of the most renowned sorcerer of the day to utter curses against Israel and therefore pave way for a Moabite easy victory. That was how Balaam entered the lists, an episode we have already dwelt upon in detail.
In calling upon Balaam, Balak did so in league with the Midianites. At the time, Midian was a confederacy of five states, each ruled by its own king. Having been prevented from placing a curse on the Israelites by Ishkur-Adad, Balaam had advised King Balak to strategically lure Israelite soldiers into the worship of the Moabite god using promiscuous women as the mercenary bait. It was hoped that in the process, the Israelites military prowess might be compromised and they would be easy pickings when hostilities commenced. About 24,000 Israelites were so seduced, both sexually and religiously, as a result of which Adad cracked the whip by visiting a unspecified deathly plague on them.
A livid Adad ordered Moses to attack the Midianites for leading his people into “idolatry”. Moses commissioned 12,000 soldiers, led by Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron, into the war effort and before long all of Midian had been overrun and all of its five kings executed. Balaam, who had lingered among the Midianites as their mercenary strategic tactician, was also ferreted out and put to death.
This time around, the Israelites did not kill every living and breathing Midianite: they spared the women and children, who they presented as war trophies to Moses. BUT MOSES WAS NOT AMUSED: HE WANTED A WHOLESALE MASSACRE AND SO ORDERED THAT THEY ALL BE KILLED SAVE FOR VIRGINS. “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded. “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at Mount Peor.
They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the LORD’s people. So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves”, NUMBERS 31:15-18. Of course Moses was simply doing the bidding of his sadistic god Adad and if it were all up to him, he wouldn’t have resorted to this barbarism.
Every time the Israelites conquered a state, they plundered it. From Midianite lands, the plunder consisted of 675,000 sheep and goats; 72,000 cattle; 61,000 donkeys; 420 pounds (190 kg) of gold; and a wealth of jewellery in the form of armlets, bracelets, signet rings, earrings, etc. Of these, Adad demanded 675 sheep and goats; 72 cattle; and all the gold. As for the jewellery, Adad ordered that it all be handed over to him as atonement for whatever sin the soldiers may have committed whilst waging war.
Altogether, 16,000 Midianite virgins were spared. ALL WERE GIVEN AWAY TO THE SOLDIERS FOR A JOB WELL DONE SAVE FOR 32, WHICH ADAD DEMANDED FOR HIS OWN SEXUAL GRATIFICATION (NUMBERS 31:40), AN INCIDENT YOUR PASTOR WILL NEVER PREACH ABOUT. This was Jehovah folks, the god of Christendom, seeing to it that he did not miss out on the indulgence jamboree with sexually innocent teens. This Earth, My Brother …
THREE TRIBES ALLOTED CONQUERED TERRITORY
The Israelites were now poised to invade Canaan proper, the lands east of the Jordan River. Since this was the final and decisive offensive, Moses decided to conduct a census of fighting men. The 12 tribes (excluding the Levites, who were exempt from serving in the army) totaled 601,730, only slightly lower than the 603,550 who were tallied when the Israelites arrived at Mount Sinai “40 years” before. As before, the most numerous was the tribe of Judah at 76,500 (followed by the tribe of Dan at 64,400) , and the tiniest was the tribe of Simeon at 22,200 (followed by the tribe of Ephraim at 32,500).
At this very juncture, the tribes of Reuben and Gad asked Moses for permission to settle the lands the Israelites had wrested from the two Amorite kings being enamoured with their fertility. At first, Moses rejected their request, fearing that allowing the tribes to stay behind and avoid further military service would discourage fellow Israelites and lead to disunity among tribes. Moses also interpreted their request as a cover for their fear of entering the Promised Land and suspected that it was a cleverly contrived way of pulling back from the brink. Moses believed that all the tribes should conquer the Promised Land together.
The Reubenites and Gadites responded by emphasising their commitment to the community and their willingness to fight alongside their fellow Israelites until everyone had attained the land they were promised. Moses listened to their arguments and eventually accepted their solemn promises to engage in battle for the collective conquest of the Promised Land before returning to their settlements outside Canaan. That’s how the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Mannaseh eventually came to occupy what used to be the Kingdoms of Bashan and Heshbon.
Seventy-seven years ago, on the evening of December 2, 1943, the Germans launched a surprise air raid on allied shipping in the Italian port of Bari, which was then the key supply centre for the British 8th army’s advance in Italy.
The attack was spearheaded by 105 Junkers JU88 bombers under the overall command of the infamous Air Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen (who had initially achieved international notoriety during the Spanish Civil War for his aerial bombardment of Guernica). In a little over an hour the German aircraft succeeded in sinking 28 transport and cargo ships, while further inflicting massive damage to the harbour’s facilities, resulting in the port being effectively put out of action for two months.
Over two thousand ground personnel were killed during the raid, with the release of a secret supply of mustard gas aboard one of the destroyed ships contributing to the death toll, as well as subsequent military and civilian casualties. The extent of the later is a controversy due to the fact that the American and British governments subsequently covered up the presence of the gas for decades.
At least five Batswana were killed and seven critically wounded during the raid, with one of the wounded being miraculously rescued floating unconscious out to sea with a head wound. He had been given up for dead when he returned to his unit fourteen days later. The fatalities and casualties all occurred when the enemy hit an ammunition ship adjacent to where 24 Batswana members of the African Pioneer Corps (APC) 1979 Smoke Company where posted.
Thereafter, the dozen surviving members of the unit distinguished themselves for their efficiency in putting up and maintaining smokescreens in their sector, which was credited with saving additional shipping. For his personal heroism in rallying his men following the initial explosions Company Corporal Chitu Bakombi was awarded the British Empire Medal, while his superior officer, Lieutenant N.F. Moor was later given an M.B.E.
Remember: bricks and cement are used to build a house, but mutual love, respect and companionship are used to build a HOME. And amongst His signs is this: He creates for you mates out of your own kind, so that you may find contentment (Sukoon) with them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you; in this behold, there are signs (messages) indeed for people who reflect and think (Quran 30:21).
This verse talks about contentment; this implies companionship, of their being together, sharing together, supporting one another and creating a home of peace. This verse also talks about love between them; this love is both physical and emotional. For love to exist it must be built on the foundation of a mutually supportive relationship guided by respect and tenderness. As the Quran says; ‘they are like garments for you, and you are garments for them (Quran 2:187)’. That means spouses should provide each other with comfort, intimacy and protection just as clothing protects, warms and dignifies the body.
In Islam marriage is considered an ‘ibaadah’, (an act of pleasing Allah) because it is about a commitment made to each other, that is built on mutual love, interdependence, integrity, trust, respect, companionship and harmony towards each other. It is about building of a home on an Islamic foundation in which peace and tranquillity reigns wherein your offspring are raised in an atmosphere conducive to a moral and upright upbringing so that when we all stand before Him (Allah) on that Promised Day, He will be pleased with them all.
Most marriages start out with great hopes and rosy dreams; spouses are truly committed to making their marriages work. However, as the pressures of life mount, many marriages change over time and it is quite common for some of them to run into problems and start to flounder as the reality of living with a spouse that does not meet with one’s pre-conceived ‘expectations’. However, with hard work and dedication, couples can keep their marriages strong and enjoyable. How is it done? What does it take to create a long-lasting, satisfying marriage?
Below are some of the points that have been taken from a marriage guidance article I read recently and adapted for this purposes.
POSITIVITY Spouses should have far more positive than negative interactions. If there is too much negativity — criticizing, demanding, name-calling, holding grudges, etc. — the relationship will suffer. However, if there is never any negativity, it probably means that frustrations and grievances are not getting ‘air time’ and unresolved tension is accumulating inside one or both partners waiting to ‘explode’ one day.
“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.” (49:11)
We all have our individual faults though we may not see them nor want to admit to them but we will easily identify them in others. The key is balance between the two extremes and being supportive of one another. To foster positivity in a marriage that help make them stable and happy, being affectionate, truly listening to each other, taking joy in each other’s achievements and being playful are just a few examples of positive interactions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives”
Another characteristic of happy marriages is empathy; understanding your spouses’ perspective by putting oneself in his or her shoes. By showing that understanding and identifying with your spouse is important for relationship satisfaction. Spouses are more likely to feel good about their marriage and if their partner expresses empathy towards them. Husbands and wives are more content in their relationships when they feel that their partners understand their thoughts and feelings.
Successful married couples grow with each other; it simply isn’t wise to put any person in charge of your happiness. You must be happy with yourself before anyone else can be. You are responsible for your actions, your attitudes and your happiness. Your spouse just enhances those things in your life. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”
Successful marriages involve both spouses’ commitment to the relationship. The married couple should learn the art of compromise and this usually takes years. The largest parts of compromise are openness to the other’s point of view and good communication when differences arise.
When two people are truly dedicated to making their marriage work, despite the unavoidable challenges and obstacles that come, they are much more likely to have a relationship that lasts. Husbands and wives who only focus on themselves and their own desires are not as likely to find joy and satisfaction in their relationships.
Another basic need in a relationship is each partner wants to feel valued and respected. When people feel that their spouses truly accept them for who they are, they are usually more secure and confident in their relationships. Often, there is conflict in marriage because partners cannot accept the individual preferences of their spouses and try to demand change from one another. When one person tries to force change from another, he or she is usually met with resistance.
However, change is much more likely to occur when spouses respect differences and accept each other unconditionally. Basic acceptance is vital to a happy marriage. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them.” “Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.” (Quran 15:85)
COMPASSION, MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT
Other important components of successful marriages are love, compassion and respect for each other. The fact is, as time passes and life becomes increasingly complicated, the marriage is often stressed and suffers as a result. A happy and successful marriage is based on equality. When one or the other dominates strongly, intimacy is replaced by fear of displeasing.
It is all too easy for spouses to lose touch with each other and neglect the love and romance that once came so easily. It is vital that husbands and wives continue to cultivate love and respect for each other throughout their lives. If they do, it is highly likely that their relationships will remain happy and satisfying. Move beyond the fantasy and unrealistic expectations and realize that marriage is about making a conscious choice to love and care for your spouse-even when you do not feel like it.
Seldom can one love someone for whom we have no respect. This also means that we have to learn to overlook and forgive the mistakes of one’s partner. In other words write the good about your partner in stone and the bad in dust, so that when the wind comes it blows away the bad and only the good remains.
Paramount of all, marriage must be based on the teachings of the Noble Qur’an and the teachings and guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). To grow spiritually in your marriage requires that you learn to be less selfish and more loving, even during times of conflict. A marriage needs love, support, tolerance, honesty, respect, humility, realistic expectations and a sense of humour to be successful.
The past week or two has been a mixed grill of briefs in so far as the national employment picture is concerned. BDC just injected a further P64 million in Kromberg & Schubert, the automotive cable manufacturer and exporter, to help keep it afloat in the face of the COVID-19-engendered global economic apocalypse. The financial lifeline, which follows an earlier P36 million way back in 2017, hopefully guarantees the jobs of 2500, maybe for another year or two.
It was also reported that a bulb manufacturing company, which is two years old and is youth-led, is making waves in Selibe Phikwe. Called Bulb Word, it is the only bulb manufacturing operation in Botswana and employs 60 people. The figure is not insignificant in a town that had 5000 jobs offloaded in one fell swoop when BCL closed shop in 2016 under seemingly contrived circumstances, so that as I write, two or three buyers have submitted bids to acquire and exhume it from its stage-managed grave.