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Barely Worth the Effort
It is going to take a great deal of effort to get Humanity through the next few millennia. Without help, there is no chance of them surviving the approaching period of intellectual, technological, and industrial advancement. They have already produced a succession of promising societies, all of which have plummeted into depravity before they have barely begun.
It is regrettable, but the vast majority of the rapidly expanding Human population, has no practical value. Many societies have destroyed themselves, while others have been eliminated by either the Demons or the Alliance. The importance of terraforming the planet to clear the way for a new hybrid population, has been proven many times.
The Hebrew tribe has grown and spread throughout the land, but like the rest of Humanity, they are largely a disappointment; entirely unreliable and generally untrustworthy. Their treacherous behaviour has done little to gain favour or respect from the Alliance. If it wasn’t for the fact they are needed, the UCC would happily leave them to the Demons, to whom they are much better suited.
The Alliance have been keeping a secret. They have been taking advantage of a typically conceited Human presumption. Human males long since assumed the dominant role of primary hunter-gatherer and defender of the family. Consequently, they have also presumed it is the male bloodline that propagates the Hebrew tribe. It isn’t. But allowing them to think so has been a convenient ploy.
The really important factor is not one of blood, but one of genes, and that critical genetic legacy can only progress through the female lineage. The specialised hybrid DNA was entrusted to Eve, not Adam; placed into her genome by the UCC. With each successive generation, it has been passed from the mother to her children. Theoretically, the Eve Gene could be traced back through the female lineage to that one individual.
The Hebrews of course, have no idea. To them it is the bloodline that matters. And it does, but only in terms of maintaining culture and behaviour. It is important, just not as critical as they think. Males do not have the same genetically traceable ancestry. If their mother carries the Eve Gene, so will they, but they alone cannot pass it on. Only a female with the special mitochondria can produce a truly Hebrew child. Hiding the genetic distribution behind a convenient smoke screen of bloodline heritage, has successfully spread the Hebrew genome in a way that is almost impossible to trace locally.
It is just as well, because the Hebrew bloodline has also become an obsession for the Demons and their Humon counterparts. Paranoid Demonic leaders and their minions make regular calls for the sons of anyone they suspect of being a Hebrew, to be killed. But the focus of their attempts to break the Hebrew bloodline is misplaced and will never succeed, because the vital information is secreted safely in the DNA of an undetectable female lineage, a factor they will never suspect, and cannot detect.
But that doesn’t make the Hebrews invulnerable. Humans, Human males, are habitually disrespectful towards women, whose lives are continuously in danger. Women can also remain unmarried or never bear offspring; frivolous promiscuity is not as acceptable for women as it is for men. So, although the perpetuation of the Hebrews is safer than it seems, it is still far from guaranteed.
The Hebrews that remain, are almost exclusively the descendants of Noah’s son, Shem, and the current alpha male is a man called Abram; the son of Terah.
The Alliance first encountered Abram when he was around ten years old and hiding in a cave from his relative, Nimrod. Nimrod had been hunting for Abram after being told the boy would become a great leader. It was information that Nimrod’s Ego struggled to deal with, so he had demanded that Abram be found and killed, therefore eliminating the threat to Nimrod’s dominance.
The UCC had heard Abram praying, and arranged a visitation. Abram had been in despair; lonely and frightened in his incarceration.
Impressed by his faith, the Alliance had assured Abram he would indeed become a great leader of his people, and that he would secure them a nation of their own. It was a bold promise to make, as was the promise that Abram would eventually have sons and a large family.
Now, many years later, it has become necessary for the Alliance to return and visit Abram again.
The Angels find Abram discontented. He has led his people well, but they have spent their time living either nomadically in the wilderness, or as slaves in Egypt.
Abram is now married but in contrast to the many sons the UCC had promised, Abram and his wife are unable to have children.
The Yahweh instructs Abram to take his people to the land of Canaan, between Jordan, the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. Abram is informed, these will be the God given lands of his people. They are to take control of the territory and treat it as their own.
Abram follows the Yahweh’s instruction, but times and circumstances are turbulent, and the land is plagued by drought and famine. Consequently, Abram, once again, finds himself in Egypt, but this time he becomes relatively successful, and when the famine ends, he returns to Canaan a wealthy man; but Abram is still discontented, unhappy about his lack of offspring. So, in her desperation, his wife, Sarai, agrees to let her slave, Hagar, bare a son for Abram. His name is Ishmael.
A New Start
The Angels visit Abram and reassure him that things will get better. They instruct him to change his name to Abraham, and his wife’s name to Sarah. A fresh start is needed to raise their Spirits.
Fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham is important, but perpetuating the genetic lineage is the priority. It is more important for Sarah to have a daughter than Abraham to have a son, so the Angels enable the pair to bear children even though they are quite elderly.
The result is a son called Isaac; and when he is born, Sarah banishes Abraham’s first son, Ishmael, and his mother Hagar, from the area, but the UCC takes pity on Ishmael, and in a dream promises him that one day he too will be a great leader of men.
Even though the tribe is growing, the Hebrew numbers are still relatively few, making it difficult for them to manage and defend such a large territory. The Angels can see it isn’t working. The surrounding nations are growing in numbers and size, and they don’t like the Hebrews.
Eventually, the Angels warn the Hebrews their situation must change. They must prepare themselves to spend 400 years in the wilderness, but the Yahweh promises: when they return, the rewards will be worth the effort they must invest.
As the Hebrew tribe, once again, embarks on a nomadic trek, the Angels are forced to leave them alone to endure centuries of hardship as they undertake another time-warping journey.
In their absence, both sons of Abraham have great success; Ishmael founders the Arab Nations, and Isaac establishes himself as a patriarch of Judaism. Both factions quite justifiably, consider themselves to be the legitimate descendants of Abraham, and assume they are favoured by God.
Generations pass, and leadership of the Hebrews passes from Isaac to Jacob, who wants to ensure they are ready to retake the land they have been promised.
Jacob eventually changes his name to Israel and sees the Hebrew tribe split and expand into 12 independent, and often mutually hostile, tribes. Collectively they all become known as Israelites.
A son of Jacob founders a city called Judah and the province eventually becomes the heart of the Israeli nation and the home of the Israelite faith, Judaism, shared by all the tribes.
Under the watchful eye and subtle influence of the UCC, the Israelites endlessly win and lose their territories. They live in both harmony and in conflict; existing both in the freedom of their own territories; and suffering the hardships of slavery.
The leadership is passed into the hands of Jacob’s legitimate son Joseph, but Joseph’s great confidence and ambition for his future, brings about hostility and rejection from his brothers, causing him to flee to Egypt.
Nevertheless, Joseph goes on to great success; rising from being a slave to becoming a powerful Egyptian leader. Eventually his brothers and their families join Joseph in Egypt, but their insular behaviour unnerves the new Egyptian king, who forces them back into slavery.
Joseph eventually becomes too sure of himself, and defiantly claims that the Hebrew God is the only god, and above all others. He causes even greater antagonism by proclaiming that the Hebrew God will soon deliver his promise and award the Israelites great power and domination.
The Egyptian King is a powerful Humon representative of the remaining Demons, and he is infuriated by Joseph’s insolence. In a fit of jealous rage, the king orders that all first-born Israelite boys are killed.
Many children die, but one child of the Levite tribe is hidden. His name is Moses. He is discovered by the daughter of a King, and even though she recognises him as a Hebrew child, she sympathetically adopts him. Quite unknowingly, she then engages the boy’s own mother, who is loitering watchfully nearby, to care for him.
Moses will become the next Hebrew leader to directly encounter the Angels.