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ISRAEL WAS ASSYRIA, BABYLON, PERSIA AND ROME.. YES

When a political power has their leaders in your land, controlling your own political leaders.
When a political power has their leaders in your land directly controlling you.
When you are under the laws of a foreign power, you are part of that empire, kingdom or country.

1. Empire (n.) An area of land over which rule is exercised:
country
kingdom
province
territory
How does a government expand their empire, by taking more land by threat or force and when that land is taken that place and the people who live there are then a part of that empire.

empire (m"pr") n. 1. Abbr. emp. a. A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.

When you look at the Babylon, Alexandria's, Hittite, Assyrian, Persian or Roman empire maps.. every land and people inside that map was a part of that empire.
People tend to think these massive empires were composed of a giant number of Arabs who invaded Israel.
Each empire starts out with one local power strong enough to take the next. When it is taken the young men of the taken area are then forced to serve the aggressor.
Each of the other Arab nations that were a part of these empires got gobbled up just like Israel did.
When the Israelites got gobbled up, their young men were then taken to serve in the military of the political power who started it all.
What ever empire ruled over Israel was what empire Israel was part of at any particular time.
It is kind of silly reading about some empire that will come against Israel, when Israel was a part of all those ancient empires.
Israel (in different time periods) was an empire and all the Hittites, Perrizites, Moabites, Havites, Jebuisites, Canaanites.. All the people the Israelites ruled over were a part of the Israelite empire.

Yes, these people rebelled against the Israelite empire as Israel rebelled against the empires which it belonged to through out history, but as long as that political power held control over the people, that land was part of the empire, kingdom or nation.
i.e. The American propaganda powers would have the world believe that the people of Hawaii voted to become a state (part of the American empire/nation), but (except in documentaries of the actual chain of events) their children's "history books" will never let them know the truth.
Hawaii was annexed (taken by force) from a poor helpless people who had no means to fight back.
If you look on the empire/nation map of America you will find Hawaii is a part of the American empire.
By now many of the natives have given up or do not even think about it, but there are still great multitudes of the natives who are outraged.
Israel was as much of any of the empires (which took it by force) as Hawaii is part of the American empire.

empire: . A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.
At one time the teachers in the British schools proudly taught their children that Britain owned 2/3 of the world... and then showed them a map of the world of the lands / nations that were part of the British empire.

2_KINGS 24:7 the king of Babylon took the turf that used to belong to the king of Egypt. (Because Egypt was now controlled by the Babylonians, Egypt was now part of the Babylon kingdom)
2_KINGS 24:11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against Jerusalem and his servants did besiege it.
2_KINGS 24:14 And he carried away all Jerusalem,... and all the mighty men of valour...
2_KINGS 24:16 And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
The Babylonians took the young strong Israelite men to serve in the Babylonian military. The Babylon, Hittite, Persian, Assyrian, Israelite.. armies were all composed of men of the territories they controlled.

No it was not Israel any of these empires were picking on, Israel was gobbled up like all the other nations who became part of that empire (by force). After Israel was taken it's young men were put in the military along with all the other men of other captured nations.

When the Persian empire expanded and gobbled up Israel, this empire had 127 provinces. Israel was one of the provinces.. look at the maps of the ancient empire of Persia.
ESTHER 1:1 In the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even to Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:).
Israel was as much of the Babylon, Assyrian, Persian empires as Hawaii is part of the United States.
The provinces of these empires are equivalent to the states of the American empire (nation). The provinces were lines drawn by the empire government to identify the land/people of it's control.

You will find Israel in the Babylon, Assyrian, Persian and Roman empires.
.... A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.
Israel was one of the nations  that composed the Babylon Empire
Israel was one of the nations  that composed the Assyrian Empire
Israel was one of the nations  that composed the Persian empire
Israel was one of the nations  that composed the Alexandrian Empire
Israel was one of the nations  that composed the Roman Empire.

Jordan was Babylon, Jordan was Assyria, Jordan was Persia, Jordan was Rome
Israel was Babylon, Israel was Assyria, Israel was Persia, Israel was Rome
Syria was Babylon, Syria was Assyria, Syria was Persia, Syria was Rome
Egypt was Babylon, Egypt was Assyria, Egypt was Persia, Egypt was Rome
Iraq was Babylon, Israel was Assyria, Israel was Persia, Israel was Rome
Lebanon was Babylon, Syria was Assyria, Syria was Persia, Syria was Rome
Turkeyt was Babylon, Egypt was Assyria, Egypt was Persia, Egypt was Rome

A nation or empire is not located in the city where the head government is located but an empire is the composite of every inch of land and every person under the control of that head government.
All empires, past, present or future are the composition of every person and inch of land under the control of that government.

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The sequence of the creation of an empire.
A political power began by invading one of it's neighbors or getting them to join their plot to take other's by force.
After one village or nation is invaded and conquered, the original force does not bring the conquered into their home turf.
* Men of fighting abilities are added to their own military to take the next village or nation.
* People with skills are taken to any area where they are useful.
* Women or young boys used for sex were seldom taken. They were used for the period the military was there and they would get new ones in the next place that was invaded.
* The population (as a whole) are left in the land to continue to farm, produce goods or wealth to become tributaries (slaves).
* The empire it's self was all the land area and people that was controlled by the original invaders who started the sequence.
* When Israelites were taken to Babylon, Persia or any empire, they were taken into Iraq, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon.. every place that was controlled by the political power was the Empire and any part of that empire skilled workers or fighting men were needed was where that portion of the Israelites were taken.
i.e. In Esther we read of Mordechi sending letters into 127 provinces of the Persian Empire. The provinces were composed of middle east nations ... Syria, Lebanon, Jordan ... (with different names in that period of history)
NO, the Persian empire was not Iran or any area in Iraq, but the Persian empire was the composite of every land / people controlled by the politicians who started the invasion.
When the invaders entered a new area, they would murder any resistors and then set up a puppet government. This government would be a composite of representatives from the political power that started it all and local turn coats ...
2_KINGS 25:22 ...Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon ... made Gedaliah (Israelite) the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.
2_KINGS 25:24 And Gedaliah said... Fear not to be the... Chaldees: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well with you
2_KINGS 25:25 But it came to pass .. that Ishmael (another Israelite) ... of the seed royal, came with ten men and smote Gedaliah and the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah.
Here the king of Babylon made Gedaliah a puppet ruler. Gedaliah said, come on lets all serve Nebuchadnezzar and we can survive... The Israelite Ishmael and some of the boys then murdered the Gedaliah and other puppet Israelites and then fled to Egypt.
When the invading power takes control of the land / people, that people / land area becomes part of that empire.
When each of the Empires took control of Israel, not only the Israelites became Babylonians but so did the Hittites, Perrizites, Moabites, Havites, Jebuisites, Canaanites.
Every land area / people controlled by a political power is a part of that nation, kingdom or empire.
There is a place on earth called Texas.
When ruled by Spain, the land and people were Spaniards.
When ruled by Mexico, the land and people were Mexicans.
When ruled by the nation of Texas, the people were Texans by nationality and the land was part of the nation of Texas.
When ruled by the nation of America, the people are Americans and the land is part of the nation of America.
Israel was every empire that controlled it, NOT the total empire it's self, but as much of that empire as every land / people controlled by that empire.
The Israelites (as well as all other captive men) be came part of the military of every invading empire.
The Israelites with special skills were taken through all other middle east nations that were part of those empires. (where they were assimilated into the people who were also controlled by that empire.)
If the empire needed masons in Egypt, they did not take whole families and feed them, but they took the males. Once in the work area they were not returned to their homes, but they would have taken women from that land and produced their new families.
Soldiers would have taken women in any place they conquered. The Israelites would have fought side by side with Philistine, Syrian, Canaanite, Moabite, Hittite.. other captive soldiers.
Some of the Roman records give accounts how the process worked... They had their elite army composed of the Roman soldiers and then divisions of soldiers composed of men of all lands they had conquered.
[ It would be my guess that the military leaders of empires first sent in the captive soldiers as cannon fodder first, then charged in over their dead bodies to take the victory.]
There is no state or part of America that is any more America than any other part ... and there was no part of the Babylon empire that was any more Babylon than Israel was.
Israel was Canaan
Israel was Israel
Israel was the empire of Babylon
Israel was the Assyrian Empire.
Israel was the Persian Empire.
Israel was the Alexandrine Empire.
Israel was the Roman Empire...

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An empire is like a cow, draw a picture of a cow (like drawing a map of an empire) and throw a dart. Tail, head, belly, butt or leg... any and every part the dart hits is cow. Throw a dart at any empire map and no matter where the dart lands inside that map is cow.. that is Assyria, Babylon, Persia or Rome. The empire is the cow and any part of that cow is the empire.

2_KINGS 24:7 the king of Babylon had taken the Egyptians turff from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates. (Because Egypt was now controlled by the Babylonians and was part of the Babylon Empire.)
2_KINGS 24:11 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against Jerusalem and took it.
2_KINGS 24:14 And he carried away ... all the mighty men of valour.
2_KINGS 24:16 And all the men of might ... all that were strong and apt for war, the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
Of course the male Israelites were made soldiers in the army of every empire which took control of Israel

That is what empires do.. go to an area, defeat it, take the wealth, make the people their tributaries and force their healthy men to be soldiers in their armies... as the Israelites put Uriah the Hittite in it's army.
Israel was not only part of all these empires, the Israelites fought as soldiers in these empires.. side by side with all the other Arabs forced in the empire's military after their nation was subdued.

An empire is not any single area, but AN EMPIRE IS COMPOSED OF  EVERY LAND AND PEOPLE IT CONTROLS. Transpose these empire maps over a modern map of the middle east and know all the countries included were parts of all the ancient empires. 

1900 BC Hittite Empire - The Hittites formed in what is now known as Turkey. They controlled the area as early as 1900 bc. The Hittites created and advanced system of government. Their military was also advanced; they were among the first to smelt iron, and their chariots were the lightest and fastest on the drag strip. Hittite Map

1813 BC Assyrian Empire - Assyria flourished Mesopotamia. An Assyrian king established the first known central organized empire in the Middle East, between 1813 and 1780 bc. Assyria map

612 BC Babylonian Empire - Extended from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded by Nabopolassar. With the help of Median king Cyaraxes they over threw the Assyrian Empire in 612bc. In 586 bc, during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, the city of Jerusalem was robbed in the path of the Babylonians invading the middle east nations. The period of exile is known as the Babylonian Captivity. The Israelites were scattered through multiple middle east nations that were part of the Babylon Empire (and only a small fraction of the Israelites ever returned to Israel). Babylon map


539 BC Persian Empire - First well known king, Hakhamanish / Achaemenes, lived around 681 bc. The Persians were dominated by the Medes until 550 bc when Cyrus became king. He overthrew the Medians , conquered the kingdom of Lydia around 546 bc then Babylonia in 539 bc and established the Persian Empire as the super power of the world. Persia map

336 BC Empire of Alexander - After 336 bc, Alexander invaded Persia and opened most l of the Persian Empire to the Macedonians (a country just above Greece). Alexander continued to India, reaching the Hyphasis River before returning to Babylon to administer his vast empire. Alexandrian map.

27 BC Roman Empire - Most historians date the beginning of the Roman Empire from 27 bc when the Roman Senate gave Gaius Octavius the name Augustus and he became the undisputed emperor. At its peak the empire included lands throughout the middle east.
The Roman Empire was composed of many ethnic groups... Celts, Italians, Berbers, Jews, Egyptians, and Greeks could all become citizens of the Roman Empire. The term Roman was not an ethnic description but a political one. Rome map

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A cluster of maps of bible/Egyptian empires. Copy and use freely. http://picasaweb.google.com/arabisraelites/Maps#

These images were created just the right size to complete fit in a Google Blog. If you have a better version you want to share.. scribesofegypt@gmail.com 


 

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