Tags

Libya is mentioned a number of times in the bible and under different names. The coast of Cyrene for example was to become a component of the bread-basket to feed the Roman world in the time of the apostles. Phut, Lubim are other names. Lehabim is  a Hebrew word meaning flames, Gen 10:13; 1Chron 1:11 later translated as Lubim Nahum 3:9. Lybia has always been a conglomeration of tribal interests. This name is most likely related to the  southern segment of the country, and is historically understood to be  Libyo-egyptian, and interaction of the early association with Egypt to supply mercenaries 2Chron 12:3; 16:8; Nahum 3:9.  The etymology suggests desert dwellers, and is probably equivalent to the modern Berbers, Tuariks or Turegs. These may be part of the “mingled peoples” Ezek 30:5 representing numerous small nomadic peoples combined as Lubim (plural) who roamed the northern Sahara and parts of Lybia and Egypt. Lehabim seems to be separate to Libya proper, as the nation was created from a separate son called P(h)ut Gen 10:6 and troops from Lehabim and Phit are mentioned separately in Nahum 3:9.

The modern separation of these segments of Libya is seen with the removal of the power of Muammar Gaddafi there has been the creation of an almost independent eastern territory and the rise of southern Islamist forces who have contributed to the events in Mali.

The end of Libya is mentioned in the bible. Libya is a component of a northern confederacy to invade the middle east Ezek 38:5 but will fall at the hand of the returning messiah during the events of Armageddon.

Coke in the lybian desert

    Coke in the Libyan desert

Advertisements