Gates Promised to Israel as Proof of Ancestry (11 August, 2015, 26 Av, 5775)
Abraham was told that his seed would inherit the gate of his enemies. This was part of an irrevocable Promise from the Almighty:
16 and said: BY MYSELF I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess THE GATE OF THEIR ENEMIES. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
God says that "By Myself" HE has sworn. God is eternal and so is the promise. The promise was made as UNCONDITIONAL and IRREVOCABLE. It had to be fulfilled as it has been. Abraham was promised that his descendants would control strategic points giving him an edge over actual and potential adversaries. This is the gate of their enemies. The son of Abraham was Isaac. Isaac married Rebecca who it was predicted would become the mother of 'alfei revava' or thousands of ten thousands, or of millions (Genesis 24:60) and that her seed would possess the gate of those who hate them:
60 AND THEY BLESSED REBEKAH, AND SAID UNTO HER, THOU ART OUR SISTER, BE THOU THE MOTHER OF THOUSANDS OF MILLIONS, AND LET THY SEED POSSESS THE GATE OF THOSE WHICH HATE THEM.
Abraham was told that his seed would inherit the gate of his enemies (Genesis 22:17). This was part of an irrevocable Promise from the Almighty (Genesis 22:16).
This promise was repeated by the family of Rebecca when she left to marry Isaac and give birth to Israel (Genesis 24:6).
Abraham was promised that his seen would acquire the gates of his enemies and Rebecca that they would obtain the gates of those that hate them.
These prophecies meant that the promised seed would possess international thoroughfares and vantage points of strategic importance as the USA and Britain (and only they) have done. Obtaining bases and control over international strategic points is still a fundamental part of American and British foreign policy and military strategy. They are unique in this matter.
First the British Empire then the USA emphasized the need for acquiring "gates" i.e. strategic points that enable access to vulnerable areas of foreign places that may be hostile or potentially a threat to Allied interests.
A comparison of Overseas Bases held by all nations shows that ONLY France, the UK, and the USA take the concept of "gates" seriously.
France is also at least in part a nation of Israelite presence.
Russia for centuries has been interested in acquiring strategic points but in practice most of her bases today are found in areas neighboring to her.
China also is active today in attempting to acquire overseas resources and strategic locations but so far has had limited acheivements.
The list below illustrates the matter.
List of countries with overseas military bases [August, 2015]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
French: 15 bases were listed for France. Most were in former French possession in West Africa. Mali had 2000, Central African Republic had a 1,600 of personnel. Gabon had 900. Djibouti in the strategically important Horn of East Africa (adjoining Eitrea) had 1,900. There were 1,100 in Lebanon and a few more in scattered areas.
In addition, France has military bases in French overseas territories: French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Re'union and Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
Germany had 630 personnel near Strasbourg east france.
India has a few bases and listening posts (Radar, etc) in areas neighboring it or in sea-lines (e.g. Mauritius) leading to it.
Italia has scattered forces aparently as contingents of various peace-keeping missions.
Japan has 180 personnel in Djibouti and a few hundred in Tel Aviv (Israel) engaged in officially tolerated industrial espionage against Israeli start-up high tech companies.
Russia has quite a few military bases some of which are quite large. Most of them are in former member states of the USSR
(Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzsta, Moldova, Tajikistan).
Russia also has a Naval facility in Tartus, Syria.
Turkish has forces in Cyprus and in Iraqi Kurdistan.
United Kingdom has bases in Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Germany (21,500 personnel as of 2012), Kenya, Sierra Leone, Falkland Islands, Ascension Island, Bahrain, Qatar.
United States has ca. 776 (or more) bases around the world.
Here is a partial list:
Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory , Bulgaria, Cuba, Djibouti , Germany (about 60 facilities, more than 30,000 personnel), Greece, Honduras, Israel - The Port of Haifa maintains facilities for the United States Sixth Fleet, Dimona Radar Facility in Negev, Italy (ca. 23,000 personnel, more than 100 facilities), Japan - more than 50,000 personnel (not including dependants, about 100 facilities many in Okinawa),
Kosovo, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Romania, Portugal, Qatar,Saudi Arabia Singapore, South Korea (28,500 personnel), Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom about 11,000 personnel.