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All Rights Reserved; G.W. Helon: Australia, 2009
[By Publishing this Article I assert my Right and Claim to be the Discoverer of this Map and its Significance]
Who really discovered Australia? the Great South Land; Terra Australis?
Who actually was the first maritime explorer to map Australia's coastline?
According to historian and avid genealogist George Helon of Toowoomba, Australia, "contrary to popular history, it was not the Dutchman and maritime explorer Willem Jansz in 1606, the Dutch navigator Abel Janszoon Tasman in 1644, nor was it the British navigator and chart-maker Captain James Cook in 1770.".
The answer to these questions can be found on an obscure map detailed by the English historian, essayist and biographer Thomas Fuller (1608-1661).
First published by John Williams of London in 1650, the map, entitled "?Zebulon" appeared in the book "A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof, With the History of the Old and New Testament Acted Thereon".
The map was a rendering of the geographical tribal boundary of the Hebrew seafaring tribe of Zebulon which was dedicated to sea-trade.
Mr Helon added that "my family is actually Hebrew, it heralds from Helon, son, ben akhar ben Zebulon; yes, the very same Zebulon and son of Jacob (Israel) and Leah."
"Quite by accident, or should I say by divine grace, I stumbled across this map during one of my many investigations in to my family ??s history and origins. "
"The tribal boundary of Zebulon, along with that of his princely brothers, was deduced after the extensive examination of, and meticulous
"The Book of Genesis (30:20) tells us that Zebulon was the sixth son of the great Patriarch Jacob and Leah, and that "?Zebulon (would) live beside the sea, his shore (would) be a haven for ships, (and that) his territory (would) reach as far as Sidon (Gen. 49:13)". "
Sidon was a major Phoenician trading port and seafaring city on the Mediterranean coast where many vessels were built, and from whence many a maritime explorer embarked.
Given the types of shipping being built and the rapid advancements in navigation techniques and methods during both the Old and New Testament times, there is no reason to doubt that Australia was not visited long before white-settlement; afterall, throughout Australia there are numerous sites where ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and ancient artifacts have been found.
"Coincidental, accidental, or by divine inspiration, the map is unambiguous in its representation of the Australian coastline from about Maria Island off the east coast of the Northern Territory (lat. 14.52S X long. 135.40E), all along the Australian west coast, down to South West Cape in Tasmania (lat. 43.34S X long. 146.02E)", Mr Helon said.
"It is interesting to note too, not only my family's affiliation with certain ancient places, but the unique association and special significance attributed to the names Zebulon, which means dwelling by the sea; Helon meaning sand, and Eliab ? a later descendant ? which means the ship, " Mr Helon said.
"But that's not all," he added. "According to the biblical prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, Australia is yet to play its major part in the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. "
"From the Latin Vulgate Bible (circa 405 A.D.) 'ecce isti de longe venient et ecce illi ab aquilone et mari et isti de terra australi [the Southern Land, i.e. Australia] " ~ Isaiah 49:12.
"And from the Douay-Rheims Bible (which preceded the King James Bible of 1611): "Behold these shall come from afar, and behold these from the north and from the sea, and these from the south country [i.e. Australia; also rendered as "Sinim" in other Bible Versions] "~ Isaiah 49:12.
"The prophet Jeremiah added (Jer. 16:15): "But, the Lord liveth, that brought the children of Israel out of the land of the north, and out of all the lands to which I cast them out (i.e. the convicts and subsequent immigrants to Australia): and I will bring them again into their land, which I gave to their fathers".
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1. Map, Zebulon_Original.jpg, showing original of map described unaltered.
2. Map, Zebulon_Overlay.jpg, showing outline map of Australia adjacent to area and geographical boundary as described.
On Jan 15, 2009, at 8:59 AM, yair wrote:
##Another point is that certain "Ephraimite"
groups and individuals in some ways are against "Ephraim"!
They may not be especially interested in seeing the message of Israelite Origin accepted by those outside of their own limited circles or belief-systems. Maybe they do not really want the Brit-Am message to spread?
This to my mind indicates an underlying anti-Jewish and anti-Israelite sentiment they have not been purified from.##
Dear Mr. Davidy,
You made this comment [above] in your newsletter a few weeks ago. I think there's a simpler issue involved here. Fear. Fear of being accused of "British-Israelism" or being called a racist. Fear of social ostracism can be a power motivator to keep one's mouth shut about an issue which is so controversial.
I know I have been reluctant to discuss the issue with most of my Christian friends but I am able to freely discuss the issue with my Messianic friends. Since my Messianic friends are already on the road to greater Torah observance and are "deprogamming" themselves of the Replacement Theology they had been taught for so long, I feel I can talk with them about Ephramite issues.
My Christian friends, OTOH, need to come to a more Hebraic understanding of their faith before they would be open to discussing Ephramite issues. Unless your Christian friends are willing to divest themselves of their Greco-Roman view of their faith and turn to more of a Hebraic view of their faith, any efforts to discuss Ephramite issues will end in failure. They won't understand the relevance of understanding their Ephramite lineage (since simply being a direct descendant of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob doesn't save your soul).
Accusing those of us who are cautious of when, how , and to whom we speak of Ephraim as having "underlying anti-Jewish and anti-Israelite sentiment" is counterproductive.
Windsor CA USA
There seems to have been a misunderstanding.
At all events I probably should not have made the comment in question.
(a) I myself do not usually go around discussing Brit-Am beliefs unless explicitly asked about them. I can quite understand someone being reticent to bring these matters up
in the company of those who might not yet be as enlightened in their outlook as ourselves.
(b) We see the point that acceptance of Brit-Am beliefs is often concomitant with a change in religious
outlook in general. Nevertheless this does not hold in every case and does not have to be taken as a universal rule.
Our own approach is to promote Brit-Am beliefs on Israelite ancestry etc while avoiding as much as possible
discussions on theology etc.
(c) What we were protesting about was the case of "Ephraimites" who believe in the Lost Ten Tribes etc
but seem to wish to disregard or deny the specific contribution that Brit-Am has to offer on the subject.
I hope this is OK with you.
God bless you
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