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Korea



Map of Korea
[Map from the Perry Castenada Library,
Courtesy The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin]

North Korea is a communist country, but South Korea is free, and the world's most heavily guarded border separates the two. However, in this study we're going to look at North and South Korea as if they were one nation. Here is what Korea is shaped like:


Korea is a rabbit

Korea is a rabbit!

I'm not the only one who thinks Korea is shaped like a rabbit. The following quotation is from "The Korean, Contemporary Politics and Society," 3rd edition by Donald Stone MacDonald, edited by Donald N. Clark, page 3:

"Korea's shape has been compared by Korean scholars to a rabbit whose ears touch Siberia at the 43rd parallel in the north-east, whose legs paddle in the Yellow Sea on the west, and whose backbone is the Great T'aeback mountain range along the east coast. The semi-tropical volcanic Cheju Island - which is just above the 33rd parallel - south of the peninsula could be regarded as the rabbit's slightly misplaced cotton tail." And it's sitting on China's head.

The tail could easily double as an egg which, along with "quick like a rabbit", have become symbols of the pagan holiday of Easter that has supplanted Passover. Passover was the feast that Jesus celebrated, not Easter. Easter only occurs in Acts 12:4 where it was mistranslated from the Greek pascha (Strong's Concordance #3957). Every other place this word occurs in the New Testament it is always translated 'Passover'. Although the word 'Easter' is derived from the goddess Astarte, it's interesting that the Korean rabbit is here in the East. It's an Easter(n) rabbit.


Rabbit


Here is another reference to Korea as a rabbit from Daily Korean Stuff:


"As a reaction to the depiction of Korea as a Tiger in late Joseon period, the Japanese colonialists started likening the peninsula to a rabbit, which made it look a lot weaker. The idea is said to have come from the famous geographer, geologist and sismologue Bunjiro Koto (小藤 文次郎) who first established the link between faults and earthquakes in 1893.... Likening the peninsula to a rabbit is still commonly done today, without any nationalist or colonialist reference, as can be seen in the following drawing executed by a 7 year old girl:"

Korean Rabbit


And finally, another quotation from Emergent Cities:


"Apparently, in some Japanese maps from the colonial era Korea was depicted as a rabbit. Though I have yet to see one myself, I imagine it might look something like this..."


Korea Rabbit


Rabbits and hares are so cute and cuddly that they're irresistible to most people, but rabbits are actually negative symbols.

This can be found within the Hebrew word for 'hares' which is arnebeth (#768), the feminine form of arnebo. The Strong's Concordance says the origin of this word is uncertain, but E.W. Bullinger, in his "Witness of the Stars", says it means 'the enemy of Him Who cometh'; that is, the enemy of Christ. Dr. Bullinger doesn't say how he derived this word, but apparently it is from ar (#6145), an 'enemy'; and nebo (#'s 5012,5015,5030) that means 'prophet'. Dr. Bullinger was describing the constellation Lepus, the Hare that is at the feet of Orion.

Hares and rabbits occur in the Bible only in the health laws, in Leviticus 11:6, and in Deuteronomy 14:

7 Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.

Hares are said to chew the cud, but they only appear to chew the cud. Chewing cud is like meditating, especially meditating on the scriptures. So we might say the enemy only appears to meditate on the scriptures. What else rabbis chew on is their own dung - which I believe is a symbol of false doctrine - to supplement their diet.

Rabbits are also serious pests to farmers, and they can multiply quickly, and wipe out your crops and gardens in a very short period of time. I don't know the origin of the word 'rabbit', but the Hebrew root rab (#7227) means 'abundant', even 'multiplying' which rabbits are famous for, so maybe there's a connection. So even though rabbits are cute and fuzzy, they symbolize the enemy.

Speaking of the enemy, let's focus on a certain battle that took place during the Korean War, the battle of the Chosin (or Changjin) Reservoir. The battle of the Chosin Reservoir took place in November-December of 1950, and veterans are called the Chosen Few, or the Frozen Chosen because of the extreme cold. The reservoir's approximate location is indicated by the red dot on the following map:


Chosin Reservoir


The battle took place in the ears of the Korean rabbit. Many details can be found at The Chosin Reservoir website. It was a battle that some might call a defeat, but it was a fighting retreat that turned out to be a great victory: about 25,000 Allied forces, including the 1st Marine Division, suffered about 6000 casualties in a battle against 120,000 Communist Chinese forces who suffered about 72,500 casualties, 60% of their army, many of which died because of the extreme cold. The enemy was beaten badly.

I think that's why the Korean rabbit has lost his tail, to show us that we should not despair; there is an end, and the enemy will be cut down when the time is right.




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