Is France REUBEN?
Israel (Gen. 32:28) dwelt in GALILEE and GILEAD (Deut.3:12,16; 1 Chr.5:3-10; 2 Ki.15:29), or GAULANITIS in Christ's day. REUBEN whose name means "See a Son" dwelt in GILEAD on the eastern banks of the Jordan with Gad and half-Manasseh before being taken into CAPTIVITY (Joshua 22:9; 1 Chr.4:42) so this is another possible source of the name GAUL. These tribes were taken "unto Halah (Holman), and Habor (Khabur), and Harah (Aria, Ariana, Arachosia, Harat), and to the river Gozan (Gauzanitis, Ouzan R., Cyrus R.)" (1 Chr.5:26).
Did The GAULS Come From GALILEE?
Palestine in ancient times was divided into four provinces: GALILEE, GILEAD, GAULEN and CANAAN. The Assyrians conquered the first three in their first attack on Israel. The Celts have been known as the Keltae, Geltae, Galatae, Galatians, Goidels, Gauls and Gaels because they were taken CAPTIVE from the northern and eastern regions of the northern Kingdom of Israel -- GALILEE, GILEAD and GAULEN. There was also a practice of attaching GILEAD as a suffix to places (e.g. Jabesh-Gilead and Ramoth-Gilead). Just to the east of the Sea of GALILEE we still find the GOLAN Heights. The Hebrew GOLAN comes from GOLAH meaning "CAPTIVE" or "EXILE." On the western shore of the Black Sea is the River Sereth, where Israel settled, which enters the Danube at GALATZ in Roumania. GOLAH refers to Israelite "communities living beyond the confines of Israel" (p.62, Arthur Spier, A Comprehensive Hebrew Calendar).
Why Are The French Called "FROGS"?
Christ commanded his disciples to visit only "the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matt.10:6). In Acts 2:10, we read about "devout men "from PHRYGIA and in Acts 16:6, Paul, Silas and Timothy visit PHRYGIA and GALATIA to "strengthen all the disciples there" (18:23). (PHRYGIA was the name of a large country of Asia Minor.) Therefore we know these were "lost sheep of the house of Israel." The Greeks called the Franks FRAGGOI. "GOI" means "People" in Hebrew and "FROEG" means "Hebraic" in Saxon (p.24, Senior's British Israelites). Hence the slang term "FROG" for a Frenchman. The Greeks would pronounce FRAGGOI as "FRANCI" today since they put an "n" before a double "g."
After the Trojan War, Phrygia was utterly devastated by Cimmerians. The Phrygians migrated into Europe. The Greek name Phryges was gradually changed to Phraggoi. When the Romans encountered them, they applied the Roman word for Freemen -- Franci -- Franks in English. Procopius, in his Roman history, called the Franks Phraggoi (III, 3, 1). They finally settled in France. Is it only a coincidence that the capital of their new land is called Paris -- the name of the famous Trojan or Phrygian hero Paris, son of Priam? London became New Troy.
FRANCE was also called "GALATIA" (Strabo 1:3:21; 4:2:1). Justin recorded the migration: "The GALLAECIANS claim a GREEK ORIGIN ... they took possession of those parts where New Carthage now stands (S.E. SPAIN) and passing from thence to GALLAECIA (N.W. SPAIN)" (44:3). Diodorus Siculus 16:32 says the Cimmerians were in PHRYGIA. Just as we find the city of TROY in PHRYGIA next to GALATIA, so also we find TROYES in France. Just as PARIS was a Trojan war hero, so also we find PARIS, France. The "PYRGI" of Ptolemy 3:1:71 went to Italy. In Greece and Asia Minor, the names PHRYGIA , PRYTANES, BRYTANEUM, BRIGIA, and BRIGANTES follow the Celtic race. In Thrace, the name PRYDANE is found (Ritson's Celts 1827, note p.41).
About 280 B.C. vast hordes of GAULS entered Macedonia and threatened Greece. Repulsed at Adelphi, they crossed the Dardanelles, invading Asia Minor, and permanently settled in PHRYGIA and GALATIA. Here they were at the time the Gospel was being preached. They call themselves KELTOI but the Romans called them GALLI. Pausanius says "They have but lately called themselves GALATAI, they anciently called themselves KELTOI." Arrian affirmed that the KELTOE were KIMMERIANS (Strabo 1; see also Herodotus). Niebuhr says that the Kymri and Gaels can very properly be called by the common name of KELTS. They occupied BOURGES France (Livy 5:34). Welsh tradition says two colonies of KELTS came from Gaul, one from Armorica and the other from Gascony. The KELTS settled in Spain and southern France. North central Spain was thereafter called CELT-iberian (Enc. Brit. 14th ed., vol. 5, p.102).
The PHRYGIANS (Briges) are the people known over England, Scotland and Ireland, by the name of BRIGANTES; the BRITANNI on the sea coast of Gallia Belgica; the BRIGANI on the NW coast of Europe and those mentioned by Pliny as seated in the Alps, a BRIGANTIUM, now BRAGANZA in Portugal; and another (town) of the same name, now BRITANCAS or Corunna, called anciently Portus BRIGANTINUS, in Gallicia. According to this the BRIGES would be the common ancestors of the Britons of England, France and Spain, and the similarity of the names in these countries could be accounted for. The two islands, Albion and Iverna, are called in Greek the PRETANIC Islands. "PRETANI" represented in early Irish by "Cruithin," was the name of the people who in later times are known as "Picti" -- or Picts. Hence it may be inferred that during the bronze age the Picts were the chief people of Ireland as well as of Britain, and this inference is amply confirmed by ancient Irish tradition (Enc. Brit. 14th ed. vol.12, p. 598).
Reuben's Birthright Given to Joseph
FRANCE was the FIRST of the colonial empires of Europe to acquire worldwide possessions, just as a FIRST-BORN should do. "From its beginnings in the early 1600s through the great expansion of the late 19th century, the French overseas empire" acquired "Canada, Louisiana, several West Indian Islands, and part of India for France. In 1763, at the end of the Seven Years' War, the French LOST Canada (due to Montcalm's defeat by Wolfe at the Plains of ABRAHAM) and India to the British, and in 1803, Napoleon SOLD the Louisiana Territory to the United States for about four cents per acre. Nelson BEAT Napoleon for control of Europe. Disraeli purchased the French-built Suez Canal from Egypt. Roosevelt bought rights to the Panama Canal from France and both Vietnam and Cambodia were French colonies before the U.S. stepped in. By 1815 only the West Indian sugar islands and some scattered African and Asian posts remained French" (Acad. Am. 8:309). This is because "the birthright was Joseph's" (1 Chr.5:2) after Reuben's incest with Bilhah (Gen. 35:22), "but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was GIVEN unto the sons of Joseph" (1Chr.5:1). Reuben was morally "UNSTABLE" (Gen.49:4). Thus the symbol of France is a white Fleur-de-Lees (reproductive organ).