Today we begin Genesis Chapter 10.
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So Chapter 10 presents us with the Table of Nations that branched out from Noah’s three sons Shem, Japheth, and Ham.
There are two reasons we should be intensely interested in this information.
The first reason is that each and every one of us is a descendant of Noah.
The second reason is that the prophecies that Noah pronounced on his three sons are still in effect today and will continue to play their course until the coming of the messiah.
So let’s take a look at the descendants of Japheth who for the most part ended up occupying Europe.
Please be advised, however, that the following is by no means a 100% comprehensive record.
In chapter 10, seven sons of Japheth are listed. They are Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Tiras and Meschech. Here is a quick snapshot of where they are today.
Gomer: The descendants of Gomer generally settled in what is today Wales and Great Britain.
Magog: The descendants of Magog became the Russian peoples.
Madai: The descendants of Madai became the Medes.
Javan: Generally speaking, the descendants of Javan became the Greeks. It is also interesting to note that one of Javan’s sons Tarshish has become what is today modern day Spain. Tarshish is mentioned in a prophecy in the Book of Isaiah 60:1-12.
Tubal: A bit of controversy on this one. However, I’ll go with Josephus’s take on the matter
who identified the descendants of Tubal with the Iberians, that is, the inhabitants of a tract of country between the Caspian and Euxine Seas, which nearly corresponded to the modern Georgia.
Tiras: From Tiras came a group of people known as the Thracians who became the Macedonians from whom Alexander the Great came,
Meschech: The descendants of Meshech were believed to have originated from the North-east of Asia Minor, particularly in the area that is now Turkey. Then they travelled north and settled in Rosh, which is modern day Russia.