NEW! Ancient Messengers of Yahweh in China
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CHAPTER 2 (portion only) - ANCIENT MESSENGER OF YAHWEH IN CHINA
WHO WERE THE ANCIENT MESSENGERS OF YAHWEH IN CHINA? There are only two places in the Book of Genesis where we can find the likely candidates to be the messengers of Yahweh in pre-dynastic China. They were the other sons and daughters begotten by the patriarchs in the line of Seth and Shem. Their names were neither mentioned in the genealogy from Seth to Noah in Genesis 5:1-32, nor in the genealogy from Shem to Abraham in Genesis 10:11-26.
The patriarchs had begotten many other children over their long life span besides the ones named in the above genealogies. The Book of Genesis didn't say how many other sons and daughters had been begotten by the patriarchs, however, it must be in the hundreds if not thousands since they had lived very long lives.
Many of these other sons and daughters must have departed to distant lands before the Book of Genesis was written. We were told Moses wrote the first five books of the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy). He recorded that there were other sons and daughters begotten by the patriarchs besides the ones named in the genealogy. Clearly, his intention was to recognize there were also other sons and daughters begot by the patriarchs, but they were not accounted for because either he couldn't trace them or there were too many of them to list in the genealogy. The former difficulty was obvious.
The first genealogy from Adam to Noah in Genesis 5:1-32 mentioned there were other sons and daughters begotten by the patriarchs. The last patriarch in the genealogy was Noah. He had only three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth and he didn't have any other children. See genealogy 1 below.
Genealogy 1 – Genesis 5:1-32
Other Sons & Daughters of Adam to Lamech
5:1-5 … Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters….
5:6-8 … Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters ….
5:9-11 … Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters….
5:12-14 …Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters ….
5:15-17 …Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters….
5:18-20 …Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters….
5:21-24 …Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters….
5:24-27 …Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters....
5:28-31 …Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters….
5:32 After Noah was 500 years old; he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth
The second genealogy from Shem to Abraham in Genesis 11:10-26 also mentioned there were other sons and daughters begotten by the patriarchs. The last patriarch in this genealogy line was Terah. Like Noah, he had only three sons. One of them was Abraham. Terah lived 70 years and died. He had had the shortest life of all the patriarchs. See Genealogy 2 below.
Genealogy 2 - Genesis 11:10-26
Other Sons & Daughters of Shem to Terah
11:10-11 … Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters….
11:12-13 … Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters….
11:14-15 … Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters….
11:16-17 … Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters….
11:18-19 … Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters….
11:20-21 … Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters….
11:22-23 … Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters….
11:24-25 … Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters….
11:26 ……. After Terah had lived 70 years; he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran
The Book of Genesis has no information about where the other sons and daughters in the above two genealogies went to or what happened to them. We could only imagine that they had departed to distant lands to be forever forgotten by their families.
Early humans had migrated from Eden to regions all over the world since the dawn of mankind. The Bible doesn't tell us exactly where early humans had migrated to. Those early humans who ventured afar, would lose contact and eventually be forgotten by their families back home. If they survived the journey and settled in their chosen new land, their posterity would slowly either lose knowledge of their past or orally pass down their past relating vague and distorted stories, passing them down generation after generation until those stories became myths and legends, totally obliterating their biblical origin. Finally, over time their posterity would assume they had originated from the land where they dwelled and totally forget where their remote ancestors had come from. And thus, they would transform into an aboriginal people, having developed their own new unique culture. This is what has happened to many races after their remote ancestors journeyed afar from the biblical homeland to their new land.
Seth, the virtuous patriarch
After Adam and Eve were expelled to the East of Eden (in ancient Iraq), their first two sons were Cain and Abel. Cain murdered Abel out of jealousy for being favored by God. God replaced Abel with Seth to be His planned seed for the genealogical line of descent from which would come the future Messiah.
The Bible doesn't give an account of Seth's character and what sort of man he was. We can only learn about Seth from Josephus, the Jewish Historian, in his book Antiquities of the Jews. Josephus wrote that Seth was a virtuous and righteous man, that his descendants imitated his character for seven generations! His descendants all lived in harmony for seven generations until they gone astray in the time of Noah. From Josephus, we could picture what kind of sons and daughters from the line of Seth were. They were people full of love, virtue, righteousness, and kindness.
Seth's line of other children in Genesis 5:1-32 were the first wave of migrants to venture to distant lands including China. Unfortunately, the fallen angels had corrupted mankind; and in the end the punishing Deluge sent down by God killed all mankind, along with the migrants from the line of Seth. Worst of all, any evidences of their existence in other lands including China had all been totally wiped out by the Deluge.
Shem, the second virtuous patriarch
After the Deluge, the line of Shem succeeded the line of Seth as the blessed line from which the Messiah would come. They were the second wave of Yahweh messengers to migrate to distant lands including China.
Shem was also a virtuous and righteous man worthy of God's blessing to carry on the sacred line. Among Noah's three sons, the children from the line of Shem were the most faithful to Yahweh. They practiced their faith vehemently under the guidance of their righteous and obedient patriarch of Yahweh. They were people of love, virtue and righteousness like the children of Seth.
We learn from the Bible that Ham offended his naked father, Noah, while he was drunk inside his tent. No one knew exactly what the offence was but it must have caused much shame and disgrace to Noah.
Shem and Japheth went backward inside the tent with a garment to cover their drunken and naked father. From this instance we can picture Shem and Japheth as both possessing good moral character, having total respect for their father.
The departed other sons and daughters of Shem remembered the stories of what had happened in the Biblical homeland. From the seven-day Genesis of the world, to the creation of Adam and Eve, to the Deluge that God sent down to destroy mankind; they had passed down their memory to their descendants, generation after generation. Thus, they were truly the messengers and storytellers of Yahweh, wherever they wandered and dwelled.
We have no idea of how many other sons and daughters in Genesis 5:1-32 and in Genesis 10:11-26 had departed to other lands. Some of them might have moved to place within contactable distance with their patriarch and family. Because many of their names were not mentioned in the genealogy list, we have to assume they must have gone very far away and the author of the Book of Genesis couldn't trace them from their descendants.
Surely, the departed other sons and daughters of Seth and Shem would have faced many unknown challenges in their eastward journey. Their adventure would resemble modern astronauts in a spaceship flying out of the Solar System without knowing what challenges they would face in the galaxies or planets where they are heading. In both cases, the other sons and daughters and the astronauts would be assumed dead if they didn't return to tell their adventure. Certainly, very few would have returned home after they traveled so far away from their Biblical homeland. Finally, they were forgotten by their families and friends back home. They were like those astronauts in the spaceship traveling many light years afar to a distant planet. Over time their families on Earth would have ceased to remember them.
The forgotten other sons and daughters of Shem are the subjects of this book, about who had populated early China. They and their descendants must have been the ones who seeded the knowledge of God in the legendary beginning of China.
Unfortunately, the Book of Genesis doesn't record any Table of Nations founded by the lines of Seth and of Cain (their descendants also all killed by the Deluge). Thus, we have no way of knowing what clans, tribes, or nations were found by the descendants of Seth and Cain in the antediluvian world.
Chapter 10 of the Book of Genesis lists the Table of Nations founded by the lines of Shem, Ham, and Japheth in the postdiluvian world. However, it couldn't be a complete list of all the nations in the world, because no one has information about tribes and nations which may have formed by descendants of the other sons and daughters who had gone to settle the areas beyond the immediate and contactable regions outside Ancient Near East .... Continues in next hub (coming soon).
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Here is the Table of Content:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 5
Chapter 1 Biblical Migration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Chapter 2 Ancient Messengers of Yahweh in China . 14
Chapter 3 The East. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Chapter 4 The First Chinese People . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Chapter 5 Son of Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Chapter 6 The Vanished Mongoloid Race. . . . . . . . . 36
Chapter 7 Tower of Babel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Chapter 8 Primitive Chinese People. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Chapter 9 Sages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..50
Chapter 10 Shang-Ti. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Chapter 11 Virtuous Emperors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Chapter 12 The Migrated Sons and Daughters of
Shem in China .. 64
Chapter 13 The Migrated Sons and Daughters of
Ham in China.. 70
Chapter 14 The Migrated Sons and Daughters of
Japheth in China.. 77
Chapter 15 Chinese Characters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . 83
Suggested Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Suggested Reading & Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
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