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Black Sea

[Image courtesy NASA's Visible Earth]

The Black Sea is a large, inland sea between Europe and Asia that is bordered by 6 nations: Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, and Turkey. It has an area of about 178,000 square miles, and is about 720 miles long by 330 miles wide. Above it is the Sea of Azov, and below it is the Sea of Marmara through which the Black Sea empties into the Mediterranean via the Strait of Bosporus.

Black Sea
[Image courtesy NASA's Earthobservatory]

Now let's turn the Black Sea upside down, and see what it's shaped like:

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

The Black Sea is an enormous boot!

And the Sea of Azov is a hand!

I believe these are here to draw us to Jacob and Esau, especially the part about their births that are recorded in Genesis 25:

21 And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it be so, why am I thus?" And she went to inquire of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said unto her, "Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger."

24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. 26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

Jacob is the father of the house of Israel, and I believe most of them live in Europe and North America, while most of Esau's descendants live in Russia and surrounding areas. And here we have bodies of water that lie right in between them, and help to tell their story.

Curiously, the hand (Sea of Azov) is pointing away from the heel. However, it's touching the hind leg of Russia, and the sole of the boot runs alongside it as well. There are some verses in the Apocrypha that are very appropriate to this study, from 2nd Esdras 6, where Ezra speaks to an angel:

7 And I answered and said, "What will mark the parting of the times? Or when will the end of the first or the beginning of the second be?" 8 And he said to me, "From Abraham to Abraham, for from him sprang Jacob and Esau, but Jacob's hand held Esau's heel from the beginning. 9 For Esau is the end of this age, and Jacob is the beginning of the one that follows. 10 For the beginning of a man is his hand, and the end of a man is his heel. Between the heel and the hand look for nothing else, Ezra!"

Now let's turn the Black Sea upside down again for another look:

[Image courtesy NASA's Earthobservatory]

Recall that water from the Black Sea travels to the Mediterranean via the Sea of Marmara, and the very narrow Strait of Bosporus (emphasized in this image). Now, we know that every boot and shoe has a sole. The sole on this boot connects with the hand by a narrow strait as well. Let's use a play on words, and say that this boot has a soul, and this soul can leave or seep out of the boot; rising like so much smoke out of a bottle. With this in mind, let's take a closer look at the Sea of Marmara:

It's an evil spirit, and thus an evil soul!


I believe this is another way in which our Father helps us understand evil spirits. This one is moving to the left, and his right arm is rather withered. Evil spirits are just evil people without a body. But if you had to represent them with a visual aid, this does it perfectly, like a ghost, or a genie coming out of a bottle.

I think the only place in scripture where an evil spirit is connected with Esau is in Isaiah 34 (where Idumea is the land of Esau):

6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. ...

13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls. 14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.

A satyr is an evil spirit. The same word occurs in 13:21 where the Companion Bible has the following side note: "satyrs = goat-shaped demons worshipped by the Seirites (Edom)..."

Here's another look at the Sea of Marmara:


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