What do all these nations have in common?
Edomites, Elamites, Philistines, Lydians, Phrygians, Lycaonians, Bithynians, Seleucid Empire, Ptolemaic Empire, Sabaeans, Carthaginians, Carians, Lycians, Phoenicians… and believe me, the list could be three or four times longer.
But what do they all have in common?
They were all contemporaneous with Israel/Judah–enemies, allies, competitors.
And today they’re all gone. Wiped off the map. Their DNA is still floating around, but their cultures, their languages, their traditions, have vanished.
But Israel is still here. Most of those nations, at one time or another, were much richer, much stronger, than Israel or Judah. Some of them created empires. But they’re all gone.
Did God say He would preserve a remnant of Israel?
Did God say He would plant them back in the land that He had given them?
Cimmerians, Mysians, Moabites, Chittim, Perizzites, Dardanians…