Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Singing Revolution

Looking for a movie worth watching?.....try this one from Netflix- The Singing Revolution........diane's Great Grandmother was from Lithuania (just south of Estonia) and her Great Uncle Otto was taken to Siberia and never heard from again, so she had a very personal interest in this film. We are wondering about the bigger picture though now and are curious if this nation may harbor descendents of the Temple singers....take a look and wonder for yourself :o)
The Singing Revolution - A Documentary Film
The Singing Revolution tells the extraordinary story of the non-violent path Estonia took to free itself from Soviet occupation. A documentary film about a nation peacefully standing up for its freedom through song, with the unstoppable dream of reclaiming Estonian independence.

King James BibleAnd there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

singers 1Ch 6:31 25:1-8
King James BibleAnd these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of Yahweh, after that the ark had rest. And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of Yahweh in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order. And these are they that waited with their children. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman a singer, the son of Joel, the son of Shemuel,The son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,The son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,The son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,The son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,The son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel.And his brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, even Asaph the son of Berachiah, the son of Shimea,The son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son of Malchiah,The son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,The son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei,The son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi.And their brethren the sons of Merari stood on the left hand: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch,The son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,The son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shamer,The son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.
1 Chron 25:1-8
Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise Yahweh.Of Heman: the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth:All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And Yahweh gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of Yahweh, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of Yahweh, according to the king's order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of Yahweh, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.And they cast lots, ward against ward, as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar.

Ezra 2:70
King James BibleSo the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.

Psalm 68:25
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

Ezra 2:41
The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight.

Well, the verses just go on and on, so we'll stop here........any way you cut it, that's a lot of people and to determine how many descendents there would be today from these original people is anyone's guess depending on how history treated them (plague, holocaust, etc.) but we are thinking they would be in the hundreds of thousands at the very least today.........they have to be somewhere.....we are thinking Estonia.......

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