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The story of Balaam and his prophesy about the advent of the Lord (Num. 24:17) shows that a remnant of the Ancient Church existed in Syria at least until the time when the Children of Israel entered Canaan (AE 422). Balaam was a soothsayer from Pethor in Syria. He was asked by Balak, king of Moab, to curse the Israelites before they entered Canaan, but the Lord caused Balaam to bless them instead (AE 422, AE 140). Balaam also prophesied that the Lord would come into the world, and that a star would appear at that time (AC 9293, AE 422). It is evident that Balaam acknowledged Jehovah as a God and that he possessed something of the goods and truths of the Ancient Church, which he could only have received from the last remnant of that church while he was living in Syria (AC 3249).

See also:

Eber, The Fall, Remnants, Syria

Passages relating to Balaam and the Ancient Churches:

AC 1343; AC 1366; AC 1675; AC 1756; AC 1992; AC 2898; AC 3249; AC 3762; AC 4112; AC 7097; AC 9293; AE 140; AE 422; SS 101; TCR 264
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