The Exodus – Take the Stuff!!

But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”   Exodus 3:22

I can’t help thinking of the movie Speed with Keanu Reeves. He’s commandeered a man’s sports car and ripped the door off. Before jumping from that speeding car onto a moving bus, he politely asks the guy if he may borrow his cell phone. The response?

Take the phone

“Take the phone!”

The God of Israel has turned their water to blood, killed their livestock, inflicted them with disease, destroyed their crops and killed every first-born man and animal in the country.  Every Egyptian is standing in what’s left of their homes, surrounded by devastation, the bodies of their loved ones, and there’s a knock on the door.  It’s a Hebrew slave.

“Excuse me, but…can I have your stuff?”

“Take the stuff!”

Without U-Hauls, just how much stuff did they take? Let’s start with how many Israelites there might have been. When they first showed up in Egypt it was just Jacob and families coming to be with Joseph where all the food was. Genesis 46:27 tells us that “And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt were two persons. All the persons of the house of Jacob who went to Egypt were seventy.”

The Exodus happened 430 years later, and those 70 had grown to over two million! Without going into all of the population models covered by Dr. Lennart Moller in his book, The Exodus case, I’ll just tell you that’s a conservative estimate. The book of Numbers bears this out.

Numbers 1:17-50 gives us a count of all the fighting men over the age of 20 just two years after the Yam Suph (Red Sea) crossing; 603,460! Obviously, that doesn’t count old men, young men, women, and children.  Every one of them could carry something!

Additionally, remember that the Israelite’s livestock was spared, and Egyptians who believed were given a chance to bring their servants and animals into shelter before the hail killed the rest.

Between people and animals, that’s a lot of bodies to carry a lot of loot!

Egyptian_Plunder

You’re sure that’s everything on the list??

“Sarah! Let mommy put these necklaces on you before we hit the road. Benjamin, put these plates in your sack. Sweetheart, do you like this amulet on me? Does this linen dress make me look fat?  Don’t leave that goat behind!”

Like I said…lots of bodies carrying lots of stuff.

And don’t forget Mr. Ipuwer, he of the famous papyrus:

“Gold and lapis lazuli, silver and malachite, carnelian and bronze… are fastened on the neck of female slaves.”

The evidence is that the Israelites made out like bandits! After all, where do you think they got all of that gold to make the Golden Calf when they felt Moses was a tad overdue from his visit on Mt. Sinai with God? I can tell you they didn’t go to Jared!

NEXT – Which way did they go?

The Exodus – The King Tut Connection

At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.  Exodus 12:29

King TutKing Tut was a complete unknown until his tomb was discovered in 1922. Despite the magnificence of his treasure, he was apparently buried very quickly. The tomb is modest; four rooms. That is not in balance with the gold and riches found with him; stuff befitting a king, but not his tomb.

Before starting on this article, I researched to make sure I remembered things correctly as well as assure myself that there were no new developments. My recollection is that Tut was thought to have died mysteriously, but later examination of his corpse indicated a fatal head wound, probably indicating assassination.

Current research indicates he was 9 when he ascended the throne. That must be viewed in light of what we already know about Egyptian government. The Pharaoh remained in charge while his successor was apprenticed in to the “family business” as a co-ruler. His father, Amenhotep III going by the chart, would still be the overall head of the government.

Egyptian Succesion Chart

The Exodus Case, Page 126

 

I should also point out here that one history names Akhenaten/Amenhotep IV as his father. I personally don’t place a great deal of concern onto this discrepancy. Egyptian history is very sketchy, in no small part due to their never having used a calendar as we know it. Placing Egyptian events can be tricky, so Amenhotep III vs. Amenhotep IV does not give me great pause. However, in the name of credibility, I felt it only it fair and responsible to point out this discrepancy of different accounts.

The real thing that focuses our attention on Tut in this point in history is his death at about the same time as The Exodus. He died at 19, and prior theories aside, his death remains an admitted mystery.

Tuts MummyI viewed a National Geographic video in preparation for today’s article, which is very intriguing. The first big discovery is the hole in the base of his skull, which was thought to have been the result of assassination. Tut’s remains were scanned by MRI in 2006. The hole was discovered NOT to have been a fatal wound, but part of the embalming process. The MRI revealed traces of embalming fluid running down inside the hole in his skull.

Second is that the MRI shows that his right leg was broken at the knee. The kneecap is missing, and the flesh is torn such that it appears to have never healed. These are the facts.

The interpretation of those facts is that he had a fall, broke his leg, developed gangrene, and that’s what killed him. Remember that the gangrene is part of the theory, not established fact as far as I have seen and read. That is why his death remains a mystery.

Why did he fall in the first place? Some theorize that it was a fall from a chariot in a battle, but others discount this due to his age. Hold on to that one, and we’ll circle back.

The same history that theorizes the chariot accident also relates that his wife, Ankhesenamun, contacted the Hittite King, asking for a marriage with one of his sons. He eventually sends her a son. It is understood that he died en route, and no more is known. That’s very odd, but let’s circle back to that shortly as well.

Hopefully you are starting to see where this is leading us; namely, the theory that King Tut, son of Amenhotep III, was the first-born of his father, and died as part of the final plague God sent upon Egypt. If this is indeed the case, then Amenhotep III was the Pharaoh who gave chase after the Children of Israel and was drowned in Yam Suph along with his entire army.

Egypt would then have no Pharaoh to bury; only his dead, first-born son. Tut was too young to have accomplished much of anything, too young to have earned the riches he was buried with. All that was found in his tomb was his father’s, not his. That would explain the hasty burial and modest tomb, which was filled with incredible treasure.

The leg wound? I submit it was not his cause of death, but probably happened if he was struck down while standing and fell.

Ankhesenamun: maybe she was not Tut’s wife, but rather his father’s wife. In the exodus Case, Dr. Lennart Moller relates a strange exchange between the pharaoh’s widow and the Hittite king. The summary is the record left by one of the Hittite king’s sons.

“…the widowed queen of Egypt sent an ambassador to my father and wrote to him these terms: ‘My husband id dead and I have no son. If you send me one of your sons he will become my husband, for it is repugnant to me to take one of my servants to husband.’”

The king suspected he was being duped and replied to her as much. Her response in part:

“If I had a son, should I write to a foreign country in a manner humiliating to me and to my country?”

Tut Letter

The Exodus Case, Page 164

 

If indeed part of the plagues and The Exodus, her son, Tut, died in the final plague, and her husband was drowned with his entire army in Yam Suph. That means potential husbands like senior generals along with any other eligible officials were all dead from any of the plagues or drowning. Her only option outside of a servant was foreign.

Indeed, without an army, alliance with another country which still had an army was her only option in preserving herself and her country.

NEXT – How many were there and which way did they go?

Let My People Go – The Ipuwer Papyris

Egyptian PlunderDuring the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” 33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” 34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. 35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.   Exodus 12:31-36

Sakkara

Sakkara – Built like a fortress with only one way in

Let’s take a quick trip back to Joseph and the great famine he saved Egypt from. Egypt was not yet the great country it would become. Thanks to Joseph’s management, courtesy of God, people from the entire region came to Egypt to buy grain. Business was booming! Egypt didn’t just survive the famine; they made out like bandits! When money ran out, people gave over their land to the Egyptian government, which increased their wealth exponentially.

 

This is what turned Egypt from being an also-ran country to the regional superpower! There were even more building projects as well as a military buildup; a standing army, spears, metal-works, bows and arrows, and even the “tank” of their day – the chariot.

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1-2 horses and 1-2 soldiers; driver and archer

 

Egypt had become the USA of the ancient Middle East. Then they got hit with these plagues. The land was completely ravaged of crops by way of the hail and then locust swarms consuming what was left. People likely died from the Nile turned to blood, boils, frog carcasses, and especially mosquitos! Think about it for a moment; mosquitos are the deadliest creature of the entire animal kingdom spreading more death by disease than anything else in nature.

Finally, the first born of every Egyptian citizen and their entire livestock died overnight, absolutely devastating the population and especially the government! Rule of law would have fallen by the wayside as panic ensued!

If something like that happened to the USA, you’d expect someone might notice and write about it!

In The Exodus Case, Dr. Lennart Moller correctly notes that the first order of business for the country was survival. There was no CNN, and people were too busy staying alive to keep diary entries.

Still…

A man named Ipuwer wrote a poem lamenting the destruction of his country – Egypt. It is called The Admonitions of Ipuwer, part of a larger and incomplete literary work. From Wikipedia:

Ipuwer – a name typical of the period 1850-1450 BCE – complains that the world has been turned upside-down: a woman who had not a single box now has furniture, a girl who looked at her face in the water now owns a mirror, while the once-rich man is now in rags. He demands that the Lord of All (a title which can be applied both to the king and to the creator sun-god) should destroy his enemies and remember his religious duties. This is followed by a violent description of disorder: there is no longer any respect for the law and even the king’s burial inside the pyramid has been desecrated. The story continues with the description of better days until it abruptly ends due to the missing final part of the papyrus.

The Ipuwer Papyrus, as it is now known, was discovered in the early 1800’s and taken to the Leiden Museum of Holland. A.H. Gardener was able to translate in 1909.

 

Following is a table comparing the description Ipuwer wrote to the events related in Exodus. As you read through the comparisons, ask yourself the following:

Exodus CaseHow many coincidences does it take to make a connection? What are the odds that there should be so many parallels? As Dr. Moller asks in summary of his entire book, if this was presented in evidence for a court trial, what verdict would you give in The Exodus Case?

IPUWER PAPYRUS – LEIDEN 344 TORAH – EXODUS
2:5-6 Plague is throughout the land. Blood is everywhere.

2:10 The river is blood.

2:10 Men shrink from tasting – human beings, and thirst after water

3:10-13 That is our water! That is our happiness! What shall we do in respect thereof? All is ruin.

7:20 …all the waters of the river were turned to blood.

7:21 …there was blood thoughout all the land of Egypt …and the river stank.

7:24 And all the Egyptians dug around the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.

2:10 Forsooth, gates, columns and walls are consumed by fire.

10:3-6 Lower Egypt weeps… The entire palace is without its revenues. To it belong [by right] wheat and barley, geese and fish

6:3 Forsooth, grain has perished on every side.

5:12 Forsooth, that has perished which was yesterday seen. The land is left over to its weariness like the cutting of flax.

9:23-24 …and the fire ran along the ground… there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous.

9:25 …and the hail smote every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field.

9:31-32 …and the flax and the barley was smitten; for the barley was in season, and flax was ripe.

But the wheat and the rye were not smitten; for they were not grown up.

10:15 …there remained no green things in the trees, or in the herbs of the fields, through all the land of Egypt.

5:5 All animals, their hearts weep. Cattle moan…

9:2-3 Behold, cattle are left to stray, and there is none to gather them together.

9:3 …the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field… and there shall be a very grievous sickness.

9:19 …gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field…

9:21 And he that did not fear the word of the Lord left his servants and cattle in the field.

9:11 The land is without light 10:22 And there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt.
4:3 (5:6) Forsooth, the children of princes are dashed against the walls.

6:12 Forsooth, the children of princes are cast out in the streets.

6:3 The prison is ruined.

2:13 He who places his brother in the ground is everywhere.

3:14 It is groaning throughout the land, mingled with lamentations

12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive that was in the prison.

12:30 …there was not a house where there was not one dead.

12:30 …there was a great cry in Egypt.

7:1 Behold, the fire has mounted up on high. Its burning goes forth against the enemies of the land. 13:21 … by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.
3:2 Gold and lapis lazuli, silver and malachite, carnelian and bronze… are fastened on the neck of female slaves. 12:35-36 …and they requested from the Egyptians, silver and gold articles and clothing. And God made the Egyptians favour them and they granted their request. [The Israelites] thus drained Egypt of its wealth.

NEXT – Who died? Anyone we know?

Abraham 2.0 – Chosen

So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing.[c] 10 Therefore she said to Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son…   Genesis 21:8-10

Isaac and Ishmael. Jews and Arabs. As I wrote in the June 6 article, God foretold that Ishmael will be a man at odds with everyone. He was born in 2032 CP (Creation Plus). Isaac was born 14 years later in 2046 CP.

Abraham found it hard to send Hagar and Ishmael out into the wilderness. A harder deed was to come! Hagar and Ishmael would have died of thirst, but God rescued her. They found a home, and she found him a wife from Egypt.

That was it. We hear no more of Ishmael outside of genealogies except for Genesis 25. Abraham dies, and he is buried by both sons. Abraham left everything to Isaac when he died. He gave gifts of support to the sons he had through concubines, which I believe must have included Ishmael.

Ishmael might have counted his blessings. He wasn’t chosen, while Abraham and Isaac Tearwere. I recall a quotation from a WWII movie titled, Defiance. It’s about Jews escaping Nazi persecution. An old rabbi in the ghetto said, “Merciful God…We have no more prayers, no more tears; we have run out of blood. Choose another people. We have paid for each of Your commandments; we have covered every stone and field with ashes. Sanctify another land. Choose another people.”

Abraham was chosen, and I’m sure he felt pretty good about that. What neither he nor Ishmael realized at the time was that there is a price to being chosen, to being special.

Abraham sacrificing-isaacGod tested Abraham’s faith. He asked him to sacrifice his only legitimate son, Isaac, on a mountain top. Abraham dutifully, and I’m sure achingly, complied. At just the last minute after he had tied Isaac on the alter and raised his knife to strike, and angel of God stopped him and provided a ram for the sacrifice.

There are several things we should consider concerning this very troubling part of Abraham’s life. First is that this test of faith was not for God. It was for Abraham.

God is omniscient. Furthermore, he created us and knows us better than we know ourselves. Therein lies the answer to this question of a test. God knew how strong Abraham’s faith was, but Abraham did not. He needed to learn how strong he was. Isaac needed to see how strong his father’s faith was and the legacy he would inherit. He got a tutorial on the nature and workings of God at a very young age.

Both needed to know how tough things might possibly get. They had to know how tough they were. They had to know how far God can and will go to keep His promises.

We also need to know how much God hurt. I’ll say it again…

We also need to know how much God hurt! Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son is a foreshadowing of God actually sacrificing His Only Son, Jesus, to atone for our sins, to choose Him as they Savior we need. How can we even begin to understand that unless we see another person doing that, unless we can find a point at which we can identify with that sort of sacrifice?

JesusPrayingInGethsemaneJesus was a willing sacrifice, as was Isaac. Isaac must have been terrified. We can identify with that and can get an idea at how much Jesus suffered even before he was taken by the Roman soldiers. The Gospels report that His sweat was as great drops of blood as He prayed to God to let Him off.

Anyone who is a parent can understand the sheer agony of losing a child. It was even more so for God, The Father. There’s only one thing that’s even more amazing, more intense than that…

His love for us that outweighed the pain of the sacrifice!

Abraham 1.0 – Sodom & Gomorrah

Sodom DestructionThen the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 So He [a]overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.    Genesis 19:24-25

Just to make sure we’re all clear as to why God burned those two cities to a crisp, here’s a recap:

Those cities were sexually depraved, perverted. When two angels came to Abraham’s nephew, Lot, to guide him and his family out of the city before the destruction, he told them to stay in the house that night, not in the town square. Lot knew the neighborhood.

Word got around town that Lot had some male guests that were pretty hot, and all the guys in town came around, surrounded the house, and demanded Lot give them up to be raped. Lot pleaded with the crowd to not be so wicked. He even offered his virgin daughters to the crowd in place of these men, whom he knew to be of God. Personally, I think he should have been left by the angels for that! The angels pulled Lot back into the house, struck everyone blind, and they all escaped.

Pretty fantastic story, isn’t it? Either it’s some sort of allegory to make a point, or maybe there was a volcanic eruption, but fire and brimstone from heaven?

Exodus CaseEnter the book, The Exodus Case by Dr. Lennart Moller. He’s done a lot of archeological research into the events of Exodus, and started with Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis.

He believes the site has been found. First, it’s geographically sited where the Bible locates it. Secondly, this 2 x 3 kilometer area is burnt to a crisp. He describes how the entire area is covered by a thick layer of a finely grained substance that is apparently some sort of ash that even drifts in some spots like snow. It clung to their clothes like ash, and smelled of sulfur It appears there could have been a town there, but the destruction is too great to be certain. There are some walls which are not affected. He believes they are a quartz based rock not affected by burning sulfur. Why did he specify burning sulfur?

Sulfur BallHere is where it gets interesting. There are stones all over the place, and all appear to have been plugged. Curious, he cut several in half so that he cut into the plug. The profile shows a hole into the center where he found a ball of sulfur of such purity that a chemist friend of his at first couldn’t believe it was sulfur. When he decided it definitely was sulfur, he couldn’t believe Dr. Moller found it as he said he did. He thought it could only have been manufactured to be that pure.

Such sulfur balls were found not only in round stones but in blocks of stone as well. I won’t attempt to reproduce the technical discussion Dr. Moller gives in the book, but I will share the analytics that were performed on samples in the lab: “X-ray crystallography, liquid chromatography, and atom absorption spectrophotometers, by qualified geological and analytical laboratories, who knew nothing about the identity of the samples to be analyzed.”

How did those sulfur balls get into the stones? Already alight, they apparently hit, burned their way in, and melted the host rock to form a plug. Starved of oxygen, the sulfur ball extinguished and was preserved inside the stones. As to how the round rocks came to be, the heat turned the stone immediately around the burning sulfur into a harder stone. Over the centuries, erosion wore away the surrounding stone, leaving the stone balls containing the sulfur.

Partially revealed stone balls can still be seen protruding from their host rock.Sulfur Ball in Rock

Did I mention he touched off a few of those sulfur balls in the field to see what would happen? They burned like hell!

He also found what appear to be skeletal remains that had been exposed to high heat. Again, I’ll leave the technical discussion for you to read in the book. I will say that the skeletal portions he believes them to be – pelvis, for example – are those that are the most resistant to destruction by heat.

The remains, the ash, and the sulfur balls were all subjected to rigorous laboratory analysis by scientists who were asked to do their analysis in the blind so as to not prejudice results. Dr. Moller’s discussion includes a chemical analysis of the types of rock on the site vs. the surrounding area and how the burning sulfur would yield the composition of materials on site.

“But He answered and said to them, ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.’”   Luke 19:40

In addition, this site was known in antiquity as Sodom and Gomorrah. The great Roman historian Josephus recounts reports he had heard of this area, right down to the odd stone with sulfur in them, which were described as looking like a fruit.

Here is what is so impressive about Dr. Moller’s style; he does not claim that this is definitely the site of Sodom and Gomorrah. He puts it forth as his theory which currently fits all known facts. As with any theory, he acknowledges he could be proven wrong with the introduction of new data. This is how he writes the entire book. He is very careful to differentiate between theory, speculation, and fact. He is not a Christian with an agenda to prove Exodus. He is a scientist who is a Christian, following sound principles of investigation. His conclusions are drawn with extremely conservative reasoning and an abundance of data.

Intrigued? The book is available on Amazon. I’d also recommend getting the two DVDs that Amazon will suggest you buy along with it. I got them and, boy howdy, I’m glad I did. The book is 400+ pages with tons of documentation and high quality pictures.  It is VERY readable!

The Flood

the-floodAnd God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.   Genesis 6:13

Well! There certainly was a lot to come out of Genesis 6:4! Giants, fallen Watchers, false gods, North American Indians, and even Jesus’ warning that the end will be like the days before The Flood. That’s why it’s a good thing to delve into and understand ALL of the Bible as well as studying history in general and keeping one’s eyes open!

And now (drum roll) for the Flood itself!

I needed a science course for my general ed requirements in college. Not being much of a science or math person, I mentally threw a dart at the board and came up with geology.

*sigh*

I ended up being pretty good at it and went on to take historical geology, which was all about the geologic layers and ancient past. I couldn’t wait to find evidence of a worldwide flood. I figured there just HAD to be a layer that would show evidence of Noah’s flood.

Geologic LayersAlas, there was none! Nothing. Nada. But I again did quite well, acing the course and a monstrously difficult all-essay final exam. You just knew it was going to be a bad morning when all you were told was to bring plenty of blue books. Pre-computer, these were blue-covered booklets with blank, lined pages specifically for essay exams. The prof strolled in with nothing in his hands and wrote one instruction on the blackboard: list all geologic periods in order, citing all characteristic flora and fauna along with hand drawn maps for each.

Um…

But I digress. Let’s take a look at The Flood. It happened 1656 years after Creation. Noah was 600 years old at the time. Methuselah, the longest lived human in history, died the same year.

How long did The Flood last? Forty days and nights? Nope. That’s how long the rains lasted and the waters rose. Per Genesis 7:11-12, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

In this New King James Revised translation the reference is unclear. Was it the second month of Noah’s 600th year or the second month of the calendar year? If there was a calendar, it was likely a lunar calendar unlike what we use. For argument’s sake, let’s just call it February 17, 1656CP (Creation Plus).

Again, for argument’s sake, let’s assume all 30 day months. That’s 13 days to February 30. Another 27 days to the end of the rain brings us to March 27.

Without quoting each verse and all of the possible variations, following is a timetable I put together, using Genesis 7 and 8.Flood Timeline

That’s twelve months for water covering the entire planet and the draining into a completely new configuration. That is the land breaking up as underground water is released, probably including volcanic activity.

All of this land shifting and water moving happened in stages, just as described in the Bible. This would account for a number of geologic layers and different fossils in different layers as different animals succumbed to the waters at different times. There were underwater avalanches laying down layers of sediment worldwide, etc.

The point is that there is no single layer denoting The Flood as I’d hoped to see in college. Instead we have many layers found uniformly everywhere in the world. How else would that happen but in a global cataclysm?

As the Flood progressed, different varieties of animals would be affected, both on land and in the oceans. That would explain different varieties of animal fossils in the various layers. The more “primitive” creatures, smaller and less mobile, would be the first to succumb to the underwater landslides. Animals that could run to higher ground or were swim at shallower depths were less likely to fall victim until later stages. That would look like evolution in the different geologic layers to those so inclined.

I do recall listening to an evolutionist recently who claimed that there were no fossils that crossed the geologic layers, proving evolution. He said something to the effect that he’d hang up his evolutionary hat if someone could produce just one fossil animal that crossed those boundaries.

Trilobite

Trilobite – Cambrian through Permian layers

I couldn’t help laughing, because, as every beginning geology student knows, the trilobite is present in most, if not all, layers. The man clearly did not know his subject!

 

My explanation as to how the different layers formed above is a widely-held theory with which I agree based on my knowledge of geology, underwater cataclysms, volcanic activity, and the like. My comments on how there are different populations in different layers are my best effort. I couldn’t offer a theory as to why the trilobite is in most all layers.

Ken Ham, scientist and founder of the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter has said that we all have the same evidence. How you interpret it is based on where you start. Evolutionists start with no God and millions of years. Christians start with the Bible. The thing to remember is that the Bible time and again is proven to be accurate as written.

Exodus CaseThe Exodus Case by Dr. Lennart Moller details archeological finds in the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba, and Saudi Arabia that precisely fit the description of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. That includes a massive land bridge in the Gulf of Aqaba littered with the remains of Egyptian-style chariots and skeletal remains of people, horses, and oxen, just as one would expect from an ancient army.

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The Tel Dan Stele, which refers to the King of the House of David

Critics have long argued that King David had to have been an amalgamation of various people; that he never existed. Then an ancient stone stele was discovered that mentioned the house of David, giving credence to the Biblical record.

 

Skeletal remains of giants have been uncovered around the world with six fingers and toes and double rows of teeth. Most are in the 8 to 15 foot range, but there are outliers that are MUCH bigger! There is even a mass grave that was discovered out west with these giant skeletons as well as normal sized people, indicating a massive battle, which supports American Indian oral histories along with the Bible.

All this and more. So…who ya gonna trust? My faith rests with God’s Word!

North American Indians and God

Thats What The Old Ones SayJesus said, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”   Revelation 22:16

I happened across a video on YouTube of Chief Joseph RiverWind. He is a devout Christian as well as an American Indian chief. He related their ancient oral history of giants and how Star Beings – what sound to me like fallen Watchers – came, took their women, and produced the race of cannibalistic giants just as described in the Book of Enoch.

Listen for yourself, then read on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT4L9C0aa5E

Intrigued, I watched more interviews with him and ended up buying his book, That’s What the Old Ones Say. Instead of trying to explain the book in my own way, here are several direct quotations about the oral history from his book, which impressed me greatly.

christian-fish-symbol“Our Atawak Taino ancestors were always ready to be taken home to “Yah-Yah” which is one of the names our people have for The Creator, and in the old stories he had a son called Yah-El whose symbol is a fish. It is interesting to note that Yah-El in Hebrew means The Son of Yah.”

“From the time of the Great Flood there was one prophecy our ancestor looked for in every generation. The prophecy is of the Talking Leaves coming to our shores in a strange way.” It was realized that the Talking Leaves were the pages of books, which are of paper from trees.

“…Talking Leaves which would bring further knowledge about the Creator. With the advent of these Talking Leaves, there would come a great destruction of our people and way of life.”

“Creator had come to a man named Nu-u (Noo-uh) and told him to build a large canoe because water would soon cover all the land…Only one family survived and two of every animal that Creator led into the giant canoe…The door closed; the rain began to fall, increasing in volume for many days and nights until thousands of people and animals perished.”

turtle Island“The Choctaw storytellers also tell us another story that bears great similarities with the Bible. They say that there was once a time when the earth was one solid land mass. The land looked like a turtle’s back as it was rising out of the ocean…We all spoke the same language until the people decided they wanted to be able to ascend into the Sky World in order to meet with the Creator. The people set out to building a large sky tower that would reach past the stars and into the heavenly realm. The Creator saw what they were doing and became very upset, so He promptly destroyed the Sky Tower that the people were building. Then The Creator grabbed the land and spread it apart, separating many of the people. It was then that The Creator gave people different languages so that they would not come together again in an attempt to rebuild the Sky Tower.”

My favorite tale from the book is about an old chief who went up on a mountain to fast and pray for his people who were suffering –

“Creator sent a spirit being who hovered in the sky above the old chief…The spirit being moved his arms and with its fingers drew a window in the sky above the old chief.

“’Look through this window, and you will see the answer to your prayers,’ the spirit said with authority.

“The old chief…saw a man who was pierced and hanging on a tree. The spirit said, ‘He is dying so that your people may live.’

“’Wait!,’ the old chief exclaimed. ‘What is His name so that we can remember Him and His sacrifice for our people?’

“’His name is Bright Morning Star. Remember His name.’”

old-holy-bible-olivier-le-queinecThis stunned me when I read it, because I knew that in Revelation 22:16 Jesus said, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

Finally, the following, which obviously relates how the Cherokee were told of Jesus’ birth and death.

“The Oldest Cherokee Story Ever Told. It tells about when a great star appeared in the eastern sky, so the Cherokee gathered near modern day Tallulah Falls (Georgia) and how spirit beings brought the message to the Cherokee that the greatest Holy Man the world had ever seen was born. They brought stories from across the great waters about miracles this great Holy Man performed.

“But one day the sky grew dark, the earth shook, and the spirit beings came across the great waters crying because this great Holy Man had been killed in a cruel and unusual way. Their tears hit the stones and the stones turned into crosses that can still be seen to this day.”

In the early 1700’s, Irish born Hebrew scholar James Adair lived among the Cherokee for 40 years. He compared their culture and heritage with the Hebrew’s. He found that their feast days, traditions, laws, and more are either similar or identical to the Torah that was given at Mt. Sinai! Chief Joseph lists over two pages’ worth of these correlations, which are only a small sample of the correlations between the Cherokee and Hebrews!

The feeling I’d had for years that perhaps, of all cultures of the world, the American Indians were truly our Christian brothers has now been confirmed! They were even aware of Jesus even if they were not given His name that we have always known!

If you’d like to listen to a longer interview with Chief Joseph RiverWind and his wife, here’s another link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wu8XE3saJI

I also strongly urge you to buy his book, That’s What the Old Ones Say!

Giants and North American Indians

Giants and IndianThere were [a]giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.   Genesis 6:4

I have long wondered about North American Indians and their relationship to God. Everything I had ever heard about their beliefs and the Great Spirit gave me a suspicion that they worshipped the same God as we do. They preached peace and harmony with the Great Spirit and nature. Unlike most all other world religions, theirs was not about gaining more knowledge (Gnosticism), reincarnation, or killing those of other faiths.

They have legends of great giants that invaded their lands 5000 years before Columbus arrived in America. The oral histories tell of an incredibly fierce, cannibalistic race with six fingers and toes and double rows of teeth, just as described in The Book of Enoch. This race, while usually very tall, were sometimes more human-sized. I personally think Indian Hand Greetingthat the stereotypical Indian greeting with a raised hand was not to show that they carried no weapon.  Indians always had a knife, tomahawk, or bow and arrow. They were always armed. What good would a raised hand do? I think they were showing how many fingers  had; not six!

Several years ago my feelings about this were stirred once again when I read about two related incidents from the biography, George Washington’s Sacred Fire by Peter A. Lillback.sacredfire

First, Washington had been in a battle which saw every man shot but him, every officer killed but him. He escaped with bullet holes in his coat, but nothing else. An eyewitness recalled, “I expected every moment to see him fall. Noting but the superintending care of Providence could have saved him.”

There was a total of 714 killed and wounded with Washington alone uninjured.

Many years later a contingent of Indians called on Washington, and an old chief spoke to him. He had been there the day his people had killed and wounded all but Washington. His words:

“I have travelled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. It was on the day when the white man’s blood mixed with the streams of our forests that I first beheld this chief: I called to my young men and said, mark ton tall and daring warrior? He is not of the red coat tribe – he hath an Indian’s wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do – himself alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies. Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss – ‘twas all in vain, a power mightier than we, shielded him from harm. He cannot die in battle. I am old and soon will be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of shades, but ere I go, there is something bids me speak in the voice of prophecy: Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man, and guides his destinies – he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire!”

I got chills the first time I read that. Then the thought came that either the Indians worshipped a false god who is very cunning, or the worship precisely the same Yahweh we do!

Only God is omniscient, so logic says that Satan and his crew cannot tell the future. That means that our Yahweh and their Great Spirit are one and the same!

But that ain’t all, sport fans. Wait till next time!

Genesis 6 – The Book of Enoch, Part 7

Olivet DiscourseNow as He (Jesus) sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”   Matthew 24:3

The disciples want to know what to watch for. Jesus tells them, giving them a Cliff Notes version of Revelation.

Jesus warns them to be careful not to be taken in by imposters. He predicts wars, famine, and many disasters, but also cautions that this is just a warmup.

Christians will be betrayed by people they thought were friends, because those people took offense at Jesus’ Gospel. Lawlessness will become common and love will grow cold. Things will become so bad that humanity would be extinguished except for His coming.

23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.

We don’t think we could be taken in by great signs and wonders or be deceived by a false Christ. We’re modern folks, familiar with technology. Who could possibly fool us Christians who have been warned?

Friendly AlienWhat if aliens turn out to be real? What if they perform great feats, and then tell us they too know God. What if they tell us that they can bring greater clarity to our understanding of God? Might we not listen in wide-eyed wonder?

What if these aliens are the same fallen Watchers that posed as the Greek gods? Crazy, you say? Has Jeff lost it? It isn’t as crazy as it sounds when you find out that a lot of money has been spent on spotting and photographing UFO’s…by the Roman Catholic Church.

What if the Roman Catholic Church told its followers that these aliens are right, and we should all do as they say? That plan is already in place. See It’s a Real Fight. In it I relate how the Vatican has what they call the L.U.C.I.F.E.R. Device at their own observatory. The men who researched the article I reference tell us that…

…they asked “…the Jesuit Father on duty that day (whom we got on film) who told us that among the most important research occurring with the site’s Vatican astronomers is the quest to pinpoint certain extrasolar planets and advanced alien intelligence.”

Indeed, the openness with which the Father discussed UFOs “…stunned us as we sat in the control room, listening to him…speak so casually of the redundancy with which UFOs are captured on screens darting through the heavens…we were shocked at this, how ordinary it seemed to be.”

lucifer_project_21The LUCIFER Device is an infrared telescope that they developed with other agencies, because photos of UFO’s come out better in infrared.

By the way; since this is a Vatican project, couldn’t they have come up with ANY other acronym?

Another Jesuit priest, Guy Consolmagno, shared a private article with them “…in which he admits how contemporary societies will soon ‘look to The Aliens to be the Saviours of humankind.”

He actually uses the story of the Nephilim from GENESIS 6 to present “sound” theology that humans are not the only intelligence created by God. There are likely others who are closer to God than we are.

But the authors weren’t done being shocked by a long run. Imagine their surprise when…

“Observatory director, Father Josè Funes who has gone equally far, suggesting that alien life not only exists in the universe and is ‘our brother’ but will, when manifested, confirm the ‘true’ faith of Christianity and the dominion of Rome.”

arrival-poster-lgThen, in the same interview, Father Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti “…states this would not immediately oblige the Christian ‘to renounce his own faith in God simply on the basis of the reception of new, unexpected information of a religious character from extraterrestrial civilizations,’ but that such a renunciation could come soon after as the new ‘religious content’ originating from outside the Earth is confirmed as reasonable and credible…(and may require) conducting a re-reading [of the Gospel] inclusive of the new data…’” (emphasis added)

The Vatican apparently believes we will be visited and enlightened by aliens. How different would this be from the ancient Greeks being enlightened by false gods, fallen Watchers? They could lead us down the same paths as those Greeks. We’d continue our current depravity, possibly have it accelerated by “aliens”?

I know this sounds pretty fantastical, but I encourage you to do your own research. Use the links I’ve provided. There truly is an infrared telescope called The LUCIFER Device at the Vatican Observatory. Vatican personnel have said these things. But then also remember what Jesus said in Matthew 24:

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

The days of Noah; complete with Nephilim, human animal hybrids, false gods…the whole enchilada. All of the technology is in place. God has been replaced by anything BUT God. World leaders, including some religious leaders, are prepping us for this path. Refer to the quotations above. Take a look at today’s entertainment. It’s all there.

Do you know what else is working against us? Modern Christianity that goes to church on Sunday, knows the basic bible stories, and leaves it at that. It’s modern Christianity that doesn’t really believe that the supernatural intersects with the physical world in utterly incomprehensible ways. That happened back in Bible times, not in the 21st Century.

Reread this Genesis 6 series. Really take it in; not to immediately accept at face value, perhaps. Just to understand the data. Then look around for yourself.

Genesis 6 – The Book of Enoch, Part 6

Enoch-Sakach-Ph-D-9780934917056Be still… and know that I am God;   Psalm 46:10a

In Part Five I listed a few creatures associated with Greek mythology and the gods. Dionysus in particular had a retinue of human-animal hybrids. Here are some of the other critters populating Greek Mythology:

  • Centaur  – Half-men, half-horse creatures that ran wild and unruly.
  • Cerberus  – The three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades.
  • Chimera  – Part-lion, part-goat, part-snake – all monster.
  • Gorgon – The snake-haired and snake-bodied humanoid that was created in its mother’s image. Its stare could turn a person to stone. Medusa became one of these creatures in a later myth.
  • Griffin  – A creature with the body of a lion, the tail of a snake, and the head and wings of an eagle.
  • Medusa – A disciple of Athena who was turned into a gorgon.  She had the hair of snakes and could turn men to stone with her gaze.
  • Mermaids  – Sea creatures with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish.
  • Minotaur  – The creature with the head and legs of a bull and the torso of a man, who guarded the exit to The Labyrinth.Minotaur
  • Pegasus – Technically the proper name of Bellerophon’s winged horse, which became the general name for winged horses.
  • SatyrSatyr – Half-men, half-goats who were wild and lustful.  The god Pan was one of these.
  • Sphinx – The half-human, half-lion that forces those it meets to answer its riddles, or die.
  • Unicorn  – A magical horse with a single horn on its forehead.

These are the more well-known of the human/animal hybrids that populated Greek mythology. I never considered that might have been real, because as we all know…well, knew…you can’t mix different species together. That has changed in recent years.

Human beings have learned how to mix DNA from different species and create modern-day chimeras. It’s progressed far enough that laws regulating it have already been enacted in the US and Europe. See Animal Human Cross Breeding.

“Several states have already made it a felony to produce mixed species hybrids. It’s only a misdemeanor to simply have one you bought from…somewhere. Probably England. This sort of thing is legal across the pond.”

But that wasn’t the only eye-opener floating around in the news. In Human-Pig Hybrid?? I wrote about how they continued to move along in human/animal hybrid research. The goal is to grow a replacement human pancreas in a pig using stem cells. Then they drop the bomb:

They let the human-pig embryo grow for a month, then remove and dissect it to see how things appear to be developing compared to plan.”

Lead author of the research, Izpisua Belmonte, told Futurism: ‘This is long enough for us to try to understand how the human and pig cells mix together early on without raising ethical concerns about mature chimeric animals.’

Apparently, his ethics are about what it looks like, not what it is. This fits right in with the abortion mentality. ‘It’s in the womb. We can’t see it. It’s an embryo, not a human being.’”

To connect the dots, we as a race are playing around with something that is infinitely beyond our pay grade. This is no different from what the fallen Watchers were doing with humans and about anything else they could get their hands on. They didn’t use modern technology, but they did it. I refer you to the book 23 Minutes in Hell in which Bill Wiese relates how he saw a veritable horror show of creatures in his tour of hell.

DNA-strandThe fallen Watchers didn’t have test tubes and gene sequencers, but they had the secrets of the universe to draw on and the ability, as spirits, take different physical forms. Here are a couple verses from Enoch to tell us about it.

Enoch 17:1-2a – And they took and brought me to a place in which those who were there were like flaming fire, 2and, when they wished, they appeared as men…

Enoch 19:1-3a – And Uriel said to me, “Here stand the angels who have connected themselves with women, and their spirits assuming many different forms are defiling mankind and shall lead them astray into sacrificing to demons as gods, (here they shall stand,) till the great day of judgment in 2which they shall be judged till they are made an end of. And of the women also of the angels who 3went astray shall become sirens.” And I, Enoch, alone saw the vision, the end of all things: and no man shall see as I have seen.

Genesis 6:2 tells us that the fallen Watchers mated with women, producing the Nephilim. They also mated with other animals to produce, in all likelihood, several, if not most, of the mythological hybrids.“…they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish…” Enoch 7:5b.

What does this mean for us? That’s coming up in Part 7.