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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface (click)

Part 1 – When time was not an issue (click)

The geologic period table (click)

Part 2 – When time became the issue (click)

Part 3 – The pre-flood years = 1,656 years (click)

Part 4 – The flood and one year after (click)

Part 5 – From Noah to today (click)

Impact of Moses on Egyptian history (click)

Daniel (click)

Part 6 – The Period of Grace (click):  Jesus came to this world!

The Silence and the Light (click)

Jesus’ death, Satan’s defeat – how? God’s love! (click)

Part 7 - The empire of iron and baked clay feet and toes (click)

The Prayer of Faith and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour (click)

The ministry of the Holy Spirit (click)

Perspectives on our life (click)

Part 8 – What is next? The Last Days (click)

Epilogue (click)

Timeline from the Flood to February 15, 2011 (click)

Related information (click)

References (click)

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"Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers…" Daniel 2: 20-21, 23

I would like to echo what Daniel said. This collection of discussions is dedicated to my wife, Dr. Edna Llido, my children: Pinkee, Lester, and Daniel. The same goes to my parents and my “biyenans”, then to my immediate Nazareth, Galilee, Jerusalem, Israel, and the rest of the world. Thanks to our Bible Study group, Robby and Zeny Santos, our CCF (Christ Commission Fellowship) leaders especially those who prepared the work on “The Last Days”.

To those who read the first page and stopped, my thanks – it means you still have to figure out how to go to heaven; to those who read partly but did not reach the gospel (pages 43-44), I hope you will be able to avoid the lake of fire and brimstone; and finally to those who finished reading the whole dissertation I believe God made you do it to give the author some sense of accomplishment: at least five people appreciated the work. Sounds like Abraham when he pleaded with the Lord to spare Sodom and Gomorrah.

There is one aspect in this dissertation that I really recommend you read – the timeline tables. They were painstakingly done and more or less depict the time frame from Genesis chapter 3 to February 2011. You will be surprised at what they will tell you as they did to me.

Anyway God bless you all and hope you will recognize the only person who can give you eternal life, the Lord Jesus Christ. Accept Him, or…

 

Part 1: WHEN TIME WAS NOT AN ISSUE | Back

When the Bible stated that God was there before everything came to be I don’t question it. Who am I? When I read about the theory of evolution in Wikipedia it was clear it was made by men who could not even create a single piece of banana – why this theory is even accepted as fact by the greatest minds this world has ever seen or by those whose scientific articles in nutrition I read, boggles my mind. Even so let me continue. These verses in the Book of Genesis, “God said . . .”, reminded me of these verses in the Gospel of John which said “in the beginning was the word . . . and the word was God”, this Word was Jesus. It is clear Jesus was the One who said “Let there be . . . “ and everything came to be. I have to be clear on this point – God created the heavens and the earth. Jesus is God.

The series of creations that followed did not have a time frame – they were actually days, as the days we have now, morning and evening, another day. Day 1 – day and night were created. Day 2 – the sky was created. Day 3 – the land and seas were created; from the land vegetation (including plants and trees) came forth. Day 4 – the sun, moon, and stars were created. Day 5 - the fish in the waters and the birds in the sky were created. Day 6 – from the land came all living creatures (crawlers, wild ones, livestock) and finally man, Adam. Day 7 – God “rested” which simply means all creation is complete and God saw it was very good and He gave it a full blessing. If you notice the word “bad” is not mentioned here. Seven days – not thousands, or millions, or eons as what we were told by our teachers and the children’s books open to all in the bookstores. Read a serious book on evolution and you will grow a white beard with arthritis just by reading them – they all seem sooooo long ago; before you know it you have become another “Rip Van Winkle”. Not true, folks, God did not take long to do it, OR ELSE HE WOULD NOT BE GOD.

Okay if you don’t believe me check out this table from my favourite source, Wikipedia:

THE GEOLOGIC PERIOD

Geologic Period

Description

Time covered

Author

Paleozoic

 

532 to 251 M years

 

  • Cambrian

 

542 to 488 M years

Adam Sedgwick
(1873+)

  • Orduvician

 

483 to 443 M years

Charles Lapworth
(1920+)

  • Silurian

 

443 to 416 M years

Roderick Murchison
(1871+)

  • Devonian

Fish developed legs / first seed bearing plants

416 to 359 M years

Adam Sedgwick

  • Carboniferous

Glaciations period / coal laying period

359 to 299 M years

 

  • Permian

Ancestors of mammal, turtles, lepidosaurs, archosaurs

299 to 251 M years

Roderick Murchison
(1871+)

Mesozoic

 

251 to 65 M years

 

  • Triassic

 

250 to 200 M years

Friedrich August
 von Alberti (1878+)

  • Jurassic

Age of reptiles

199 to 145 M years

Abraham Gottlob Werner (1817+)

  • Cretaceous

 

144 to 65 M years

Jean Baptiste Julien d'Omalius d'Halloy (1875+)

Cenozoic  to the Present

 

65 M year to
the present

Giovanni Arduino
(1795+)

  • Paleogene

 

65 to 23 M  years

 

  • Neogene

 

23 to 2.5 M years

International Commission on Stratigraphy

  • Quaternary

 

2.8 M years to
the present

Giovanni Arduino
(1795+)

M =million

  • Complicated system
  • Looks impressive and huge!
  • Even describes the atmosphere and the land masses
  • Scientists are multi-awarded – They are all dead

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Forget “Rip van Winkle” – after going through this timeline table you would have turned into a fossil also. Notice the following: all of the proponents are dead just like Charles Darwin, there is more “faith” in people who lived in the past 19th to early 20th century, there is no mention of the FLOOD, have these men ever read the Bible? I am confused why the geologic period passed with flying colors today in spite of the accumulated “scientific evidence” using better tools. Or is it that the mind of men is just “depraved” preferring to worship the created rather than the creator? (Romans 1:25)

Adam was special – he was created according to God’s image and he was given the great responsibility of ruling over all creation. God even created a special place for him to work – the Garden of Eden. Where? The river Euphrates and Tigris are familiar names – modern day Iraq. There Eve was created from Adam and they had a grand time together – the perfect couple, rulers of all creation with plants as their source of food. Notice there was no killing or eating of all living creatures – their diet? plants. What about fish? Ask Jesus when your time comes, but will you be able to meet Jesus when your time comes? Can you choose to do so? The answer will be revealed to you once you have gone through these “writings”.

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Part 2: When time became the issue (back)

Sin came through the deceiver in the person of the serpent (or “dragon”) and what followed was a whirlwind of disasters which currently describe our present world. First Eve ate the forbidden fruit and she became “mortal” – she knows about good and evil and her body started to undergo decay. Even her thinking started to deteriorate. Adam came and did not assert his authority – both of them also deteriorated in thought, word, and deed. They now lied, realized their nakedness (God even had to sacrifice some animal to cover their shame – I am not sure if this is really pointed at in the Bible), and blamed each other and even God himself for their misfortune. God’s first judgment on them was given and now time became real. They were banished from Eden, the joy in work was lost, their authority over all creation was diminished, and even creation seemed to blame them for suffering God’s judgment – “nagtampo”.

Childbirth became painful and when the first two male children came into this world, the elder murdered the younger for jealousy, how is that for a first family? Murder and violence came into the world and stayed – it did not just happen to man, it also happened to all creation (look at those huge teeth of the T-Rex, those were not for eating grass, they were designed to tear out flesh!). God fearing and God rejecting generations followed until the time of Noah.

What happened? For me these are the salient points in the story of man and creation. First Satan came and usurped authority over all creation from man. (Yet he told Jesus during that great temptation: “All these have been given to me”, Luke 4:5 – ngek, he took it through deception, all lies by the father of lies). He used Eve and when he got control, literally “all hell broke loose”. Man will die. Creation is not pristine anymore – it too will undergo deterioration. The pure relationship with God is lost and cannot be regained by man. Sin and its consequences will reign up to the time when God will give the final judgment. All of us are living within this time frame.

Poor me. The world is now under the father of lies and according to Jesus, there is no truth in him. I agree – I also lie, but for me there is ANOTHER GREAT LIE which has not been recognized even in our lifetime. IT IS THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION. The SECOND GREATEST LIE (the first was told to Eve) given by the deceiver to totally reject God, His person, and His power to create. Satan is telling us since the beginning: God cannot create all of these in just seven days. What are Satan’s current tools? National Geographic and Discovery channels to name a few, but these are the ones who can get our attention and control our way of thinking - media. Even Ely Soriano caught this line when he said that creation took millions of years as evidenced by a certain shell.

 

Part 3: The pre-flood years = 1,656 years (back)

Okay I have said my piece. Do we now have a time frame? There is – the Book of Genesis clearly tells us through the generations which recorded their life stories. From the time Adam committed sin to the time of the FLOOD it was around 1,656 years. The pre-flood generation was not that far off based on this time frame from the book of Genesis. (See Table 1) Adam was able to see all the future patriarchs born, from Seth to Methuselah, before he died. I would not be surprised – he lived for 930 years. Judging by the kind of food and environment God made, he would have lived forever, but alas, he chose not to. By the way Methuselah, the oldest patriarch who died before the flood, was the grandfather of Noah, the first patriarch after the flood.

TABLE 1

Years
After
Creation
 Sin

Born/Start

Died/End

Age years

Approx
Date
(BC)                  

Reference

 

Creation

6 days + 1 Day of Rest

 

 

Genesis 1;
Gen 2: 1-2

0

Adam
Committed SIN → Time started

 

 

4115

Gen 1: 26-27
Gen 3: 6

130

Seth (Adam=130y)

 

 

3985

Gen 5: 3

235

Enosh (Seth=105y)

 

 

3880

Gen 5: 6

325

Kenan (Enosh=90y)

 

 

3790

Gen 5: 9

395

Mahalalel (Kenan=70y)

 

 

3720

Gen 5: 12

460

Jared (Mahalalel=65y)

 

 

3655

Gen 5: 15

622

Enoch (Jared=162y)

 

 

3493

Gen 5: 18

687

Methuselah (Enoch=65y)

 

 

3428

Gen 5: 21

874

Lamech (Methuse- lah = 187y)

 

 

3241

Gen 5: 25

930

 

Adam

930

3185

Gen 5: 5

987

 

Enoch

365

3128

Gen 5: 23

1042

 

Seth

912

3073

Gen 5: 8

1056

Noah (Lamech=182y)

 

 

3059

Gen 5: 28-29

1140

 

Enosh

905

2975

Gen 5: 11

1235

 

Kenan

910

2880

Gen 5: 14

1290

 

Mahalalel

895

2825

Gen 5: 17

1422

 

Jared

962

2693

Gen 5: 20

1558

Shem (Noah=502y)

 

 

2557

Gen 5: 32
Gen 11: 10

1651

 

Lamech

777

2464

Gen 5: 31

1656

First month (?)

Methuselah

969

2459

Gen 5: 27

 

NOTE: * (Hebrew calendar year = 360 days; Gregorian calendar year = 365.25 days → there will be differences/discrepancies) The dating is essentially based on Daniel 9: 25,26 as interpreted by Josh McDowell and Exodus References (Related Information 1 and 2, page 97); adopted Birth of Jesus as “0” to separate “Before Christ” and “After Christ” – this is only a marker designated by the one who made this table to clarify things, knowing fully well that there is no such thing as “0” year

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Did civilization make great strides in development? I believe it did, even surpassing some of what are still being discovered or developed today. The knowledge Noah and his three sons gained from this civilization can be seen from our past civilizations, which I will try to show in the succeeding pages of this discussion. From writing, communication, education, arts, architecture, industry (construction, metal work), philosophy and politics – all that we see today are products of what was done before. Again as the Book of Ecclesiastes said, “There is nothing new under the sun”. What am I trying to say? There is NO STONE AGE or a primate walking, slowly developing a standing posture then finally, a primitive man with a spear in hand. Louis Leakey was a missionary’s son and read the Bible, what was he thinking when he conceived of the idea of the “missing link”? There is no “missing link”. We just missed God and our inheritance when Adam sinned. Yes, the only missing link was the relationship man had with God before he committed SIN – now it is broken.

 

Part 4: The Flood and one year after (back)

Did I say something about the heart of man in those 1,656 days? It was the same or even worse compared to today. Why? As told in the records of Genesis, God was grieved when He saw the violence in the world and He wanted to end it. When we look at all those huge bones and teeth of the dinosaurs in the natural museums, you can just imagine the extent to which the violence has become: even nature or the whole creation has taken the “dark path” of evil to such extreme levels.  Of course Noah was the saving grace of man during that time and so comes the next hugely exciting moment of our lifetime, which again is downplayed by our favorite theory – SATAN’S LIE OF EVOLUTION.

Everyone knows the story of the Flood: how God told Noah to build the ark and how all the animals came into it. This is a popular children’s story, even movies were made from it (I saw the one directed by John Huston - looked all cute and nothing else). Anyway the flood happened and I am amazed at the details: Noah was 600 years old, it started on the 17th day of the second month, it rained (more like flood gates opening and poured down to earth) for 40 days and nights, the underground caverns of water opened up, these and the rain merged, and the water level rose to more than 20 feet above the highest peak. It took around 150 days to stay over all the earth. The process of the underground caverns opening up and displacing huge amounts of water gives us the image of the earth crust breaking up and moving about finally causing those huge mountains arising and the current continents traveling to their present positions. I can just imagine all those volcanoes erupting with the whole earth covered by a dense cloud of smoke and water. No living thing could have lived the turbulence or lasted that long. Yes folks, it was the biggest “mama” of all disasters that has come to the world. Then after that all was silent except for the flowing waters and the sounds of animals and man coming from a small ark in the middle of all that water – a mere dot in the huge expanse of blue.

How did the waters recede? God sent a wind and the earth was again dry after one year with Noah getting out of the ark on the 27th day of the second month, one year after the flood started. And that was that. (See Table 2) Man again lived on the cleared up earth and the animals came out of the ark, all of them to repopulate the whole earth. God then had this covenant with Noah – never again will he destroy mankind through water, and the rainbow we see after the rain is our reminder of God’s oath.

TABLE 2

Yrs
After
Create

Yrs
After
Flood

Birth/Start

Death

End

Age

Approx
Date (BC)

Reference

1656

0

Flood

  • Noah = 600 y/o
  • 17th day of 2nd month
  • Rain 40 days and nights
  • Waters rose above mountains by >20 feet

Flood = 150 days

  • 17th day, 7th month: ark rested on mountains of Ararat
  • 1st day, 10th month: top of mountains visible

 

 

2459

Gen 7: 6
Gen 8: 4,5

1657

1

  • Noah = 601 y/o
  • 1st day, 1st month: water dried up from the earth
  • 27th day, 2nd month: earth was completely dry
  • Exit from the ark

2458

Gen 8: 13,14
Gen 8: 15-19

NOTE: * (Hebrew calendar year = 360 days; Gregorian calendar year = 365.25 days → there will be differences/discrepancies) The dating is essentially based on Daniel 9: 25,26 as interpreted by Josh McDowell and Exodus References (Related Information 1 and 2, page 97); adopted Birth of Jesus as “0” to separate “Before Christ” and “After Christ” – this is only a marker designated by the one who made this table to clarify things, knowing fully well that there is no such thing as “0” year

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Here comes the thing: we are told even in the beautiful Time-Life magazines and hard-bound books that it took millions of years for earth to become what it is now (please look up the geologic table in page 4). There were several ice ages and the Grand Canyon is the work of one small river, the Colorado river, with the other breath taking views of earth formations we see in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” shaping up through millions of years. Up to now the geologists, paleontologists, and evolutionists are debating on who is correct. We have the theory of plate tectonics of the earth being made up of several huge plates bumping each other. What is the illustration used? Cut out the world map, fit them together and all the continents become one land mass which our paleo experts call “Pangaea”. However, I have to consider this subject of plate tectonics to be close to the context of what the Bible is saying on the flood, but am I that credible? No. The Bible is. I am no expert.

From the account of the Book of Genesis, APPARENTLY WHAT IS CLAIMED TO HAVE TAKEN MILLIONS OF YEARS JUST HAPPENED IN ONE YEAR. This is my own personal one cent idea of what happened. The earth was more or less one land mass with seas lying around. Man occupied one part of the earth (east of Eden, he disobeyed the “go forth and multiply” command). The rest of the created world was teeming with vegetation and dinosaurs! Even the seas have those huge monsters.

When the flood came the earth broke up and moved to what we have today. The possible initiating point could be the area of the Atlantic Ocean. The changes must have been so violent even the birds, fishes and sea monsters were caught in the turmoil of water and mud and died instantly, now preserved in stone, as seen in the museums of natural history. God chose what He wanted to live. The waters did not totally recede and a lot of these were turned to ice (for me a great way of removing the flood waters) – from the Arctic to Antarctica. Today they are slowly melting. As before our world is still changing from the climate changes, earth movements (earthquakes and volcanoes) to the pollution effects – an imperfect world still waiting for its ultimate salvation.

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Man moved on. The setting is now our current world. From the time of Noah’s first year after the flood to today (Reference date: February 15, 2011) is now almost 4,500 years – still not reaching the one million year period. I have to be crazy in even thinking about this, why? I believed in the theory of evolution before I started “really” reading the Bible. Now I am nuts about the Bible’s accuracy and truth. Let us go back to the story of man in this current world. (See Table 3)

TABLE 3

Yrs
After
Create

Yrs
After
Flood

Birth/Start

Death/End

Age

Approx
Date
(BC)

Reference

1657

1

  • Noah = 601 y/o
  • 1st day, 1st month: water dried up from the earth
  • 27th day, 2nd month: earth was completely dry
  • Exit from the ark

2458

Gen 8: 13,14
Gen 8: 15-19

1658

2

Arphaxad (Shem=100y)
* First human born after the flood

 

 

2457

Gen 11: 10

1693

37

Shelah (Arphaxad=35y)

 

 

2422

Gen 11: 12

1723

67

Eber (Shelah=30y)

 

 

2392

Gen 11: 14

 

67?

Nimrod born? (Father=Cush)

2392?

Gen 10: 8-12

 

101?

Tower of Babel? “Earth divided”

2358?

Gen 11: 5-9

1757

101

Peleg (Eber=34y)

 

 

2358

Gen 11: 16

1787

131

Reu (Peleg=30y)

 

 

2328

Gen 11: 18

1819

163

Serug (Reu=32y)

 

 

2296

Gen 11: 20

1849

193

Nahor (Serug=30y)

 

 

2266

Gen 11: 22

1878

222

Terah (Nahor=29y)

 

 

2237

Gen 11: 24

1948

292

Abraham (Terah=70y)

 

 

2167

Gen 11: 26

1966

310

 

Peleg

209

2149

Gen 11: 19

1968

312

 

Nahor

119

2147

Gen 11: 25

1994

338

 

Reu

207

2121

Gen 11: 21

2006

350

 

Noah

950

2109

Gen 9: 28

2019

363

 

Serug

200

2096

Gen 11: 23

NOTE: * (Hebrew calendar year = 360 days; Gregorian calendar year = 365.25 days → there will be differences/discrepancies) The dating is essentially based on Daniel 9: 25,26 as interpreted by Josh McDowell and Exodus References (Related Information 1 and 2, page 97); adopted Birth of Jesus as “0” to separate “Before Christ” and “After Christ” – this is only a marker designated by the one who made this table to clarify things, knowing fully well that there is no such thing as “0” year

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From the three sons of Noah (Shem, Ham, and Japheth) came the current world population. Where did they initially live? In the region of modern day Turkey. In southern Turkey there are places whose names are the very names of Abraham’s ancestors: Serug (Suruc), Terahi, and Nahor (same names that you see in the last rows of Table 3). One particular city is named Urfa – this is the Ur mentioned in the Bible, Abraham’s original birthplace – not the excavated Ur of southern Mesopotamia (present day Iraq).

The ark must be in that area and people are still looking for it with several groups claiming to have found it. These are the family lines and civilizations that followed. (See Table 4) By the way most of the following information was culled from the Bible and “Wikipedia”, my favorite resource on “secular matters”, as what my wife calls my preoccupations.

TABLE 4

Years Post Flood

Event/Kingdom

Year

Family Line

67

Nimrod (Father=Cush)

2392 BC

Ham/Cush

101

Tower of Babel “Peleg"

2358 BC

Migrations started FINALLY!

467

Egypt

1992 BC

Ham/Mizraim

1344

Assyria – Tiglath Pileser 1

1115 BC

Shem/Asshur

1488

Israel – Solomon

971 BC

Shem/Arphaxad

1852

Nebuchadnezzar-Babylon

607 BC

Ham/Cush

1922

Cyrus – Persia

537 BC

Shem/Elam

2136

Greek – Alexander

323 BC

Japheth/Javan

2238

Qin dynasty (China) – start

221 BC

Japheth/Magog

2396

Roman=Augustus Caesar

63 BC

Japheth/Javan

2709

Classic Maya civilization

250 AD

Japheth/Tiras

2861

Khmer empire

402 AD

Japheth/Gomer

3091

Muhammad (Islam)

632 AD

mixed

3659

Inca civilization started

1200 AD

Japheth/Tiras

3686

Mongolian-Genghis Khan

1227 AD

Japheth/Magog

3697

Thailand

1238 AD

Japheth/Gomer

3752

Majapahit empire

1293 AD

Japheth/Javan

3887

Aztec

1428 AD

Japheth/Tiras

4097

Japan - Tokugawa shogunate

1633 AD

Japheth/Javan

4100+

Modern World

1800 AD +

All  three

And that completes our line-up of generations. Nowadays everyone is global, however, the traits that show where the descendants came from can be seen. You can see these faces in CNN or BBC. We are now in the last days and how did I know this? From the Book of Daniel. What was said? God showed King Nebuchadnezzar the main empires of the world that would arise starting from him:

  1. Babylonian empire
  2. Medo-Persian empire
  3. Greek empire
  4. Roman empire
  5. Iron and Clay empire
  6. Rock empire

The Babylonian to the Roman empires have gone and we are now in the Iron and Clay empire – the current modern world with all the problems of both strong and weak nations trying to co-exist.

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Salvation!

I declare that I am a Christian. How did this happen? The moment Eve sinned God provided a way out for all mankind – salvation through the “seed” of the woman. Satan will bite His heel, but Jesus will crush Satan’s head – see the classic description of Satan’s puny efforts to harm and remove the Savior of the world and Jesus’ final crushing of Satan’s rule and authority through the cross. The line started from Noah, Shem to Arphaxad then to Abraham’s kin. Satan’s attempts by the way are not really that puny – look at these two major examples: when Moses was born, Satan influenced pharaoh to kill all the male infants within that time period and when Jesus was born Satan influenced Herod to kill all the male infants also during that time period. Where are the lies? In Moses’ case – that the Hebrew women are getting pregnant too fast there will eventually more Hebrews than Egyptians. In Jesus’ time, Herod wanted to eliminate any future threat to his throne. Very consistent lies and the line has not changed through the years. Remember Hitler and the Jews?

God spoke to Abraham telling him that he was chosen to be the father of a great nation from whom the blessings for mankind will come and Abraham believed (that is why he is considered to be one of the great heroes of faith, although his favorite weakness was telling “half truths”). He obeyed and off he went with his wife, Sarah, to the promised land, modern day Israel. The rest is history – Isaac and Jacob were born and then the twelve tribes came to be. (See Table 5) Joseph and his dreams is now a musical. Then the whole family was moved to Egypt and within 400 years they became slaves. Another unlikely hero came, Moses, and we now have one of the great movies of all time, “The Ten Commandments” with an imposing Charlton Heston as Moses.

TABLE 5

Yrs
After
Create

Yrs
After
Flood

Birth/Start

Death/
End

Age

Approx
Date
(BC)

Reference

2048

392

Isaac (Abraham=100y)

 

 

2067

Gen 21: 5

2058

402

 

Shem

500

2057

Gen 11: 11

2061

405

 

Arphaxad

403

2054

Gen 11: 13

2083

427

 

Terah

205

2032

Gen 11: 32

2096

440

 

Shelah

903

2019

Gen 11: 15

2108

452

Jacob (Isaac=60y)

 

 

2007

Gen 25: 26

2123

467

 

Abraham

175

1992

Gen 25: 7

2153

497

 

Eber

430

1962

Gen 11: 17

2198

542

Joseph (Jacob=90y)

 

 

1917

Gen 37: 2;
Gen 41:46

2228

572

 

Isaac

180

1887

Gen 35: 28

2238

582

Israel transfers to  Egypt

 

 

1877

Gen 41: 46;
Gen 47: 9;
Exodus 12: 40-41

2255

599

 

Jacob

147

1860

Gen 47: 9;
Gen 47: 28

2308

652

 

Joseph

110

1807

Gen 50: 22,26

2588

932

Moses

 

 

1527

Deuter 34:7

2668

1012

  • Exodus
  • Total stay in Egypt

 

 

430 yrs

1447

*Guthrie, New Bible Commentary,
1Kings 6: 1;
Exodus 12: 40-41;
Related Information (1,2)

2708

1052

Joshua, new leader of Israel

Moses

120

1407

Deuter 34:7;
Acts 7:36

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Those were really hard and exciting times specially the return of the Hebrews back to Israel. Here God again showed His power through the different plagues given to pharaoh and we have these events recorded in the Book of Exodus and alluded to in some Egyptian papyri. (See Related Information, page 97)

Today the crossing of the Red Sea is pointed to be at the place where General Moshe Dayan crossed into Egypt during the war of Israel against the Arabs (the place is now called Nuweiba, short for Nuwayba' al Muzayyinah which means "Waters of Moses Opening" - note the name of Moses: they are all there!). His source of information? - the Scriptures and Jewish historical records. One guy in particular espoused this idea, Ron Wyatt, an American who took great lengths to find the “real” Mount Horeb. Tracing the route of the Hebrews he pointed out that the real Mount Horeb is inside Saudi Arabia. The name of the mountain? Jebel-al-Lawz and it is said to be near the home of Jethro, Moses’ father in law. “Al Bad” the excavated town near that area is now recognized as the home of Jethro. Yes, folks, the land of Midian is located inside present day Saudi Arabia. When the Arabian authorities knew about this – they cordoned the area and now it is off-limits to everybody (I am not really sure about this decision – this would be a great tourist site and source of income). Some “serious” archaeologists agree with him and did their own investigations. They, too, agreed that the historical route of the Exodus was way off-course.

The impact of Moses and the Exodus on Egyptian History | Back

I have often wondered why such a great event as the exodus was not mentioned or even recorded in Egyptian history, surely one or two generations would have experienced or talked about it. Even National Geographic or Discovery channels could not come up or dig out some “old records”. Then I suddenly came to watch a feature on the ”heretic” king, Akhenaten, by National Geographic. Why “heretic”? He was a monotheist! He worshipped only one God and he caused all the old gods and priests removed from the official religion of his kingdom. He even transferred his kingdom to Amarna and away from the palace in Thebes. Who influenced him? Then it was mentioned that his great grandfather, Amenhotep II, was also a monotheist. What caused this family to become worshippers of one God from the usual polytheistic religion of Egypt?
You guessed it right – they were all influenced by Moses and the events that happened in the book of Exodus. In looking further into their time frame of ruling this is what was revealed (to me):

Event

Event / Time (in power)

*Thutmose I

1529 – 1516 BC

Moses born (Hatshepsut=stepmom)

1527 BC

*Thutmose II

1516 – 1506 BC

*Thutmose III

1506 – 1452 BC

Moses flees Egypt (=40 yrs old)

1487 BC

* Amenhotep II (a,b)

1452 – 1418 BC

The Exodus (Moses=80 yrs old)

1447/1446 BC

*Thutmose IV (a,b)

1418 – 1408 BC

Amenhotep III (a,b)

1408 – 1369 BC

*Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) (a,b)

1369 – 1352 BC

*Smenkhkare (regent?) (a,b)

1352 – 1349 BC

*Tutankhamen (son of Akhenaten)

1349 – 1339 BC

*Institute of Biblical Research (www.biblearchaeology.org)
a  http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2008/02/Amenhotep-II-as-Pharaoh-of-the-Exodus.aspx
b  http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2009/10/19/Recent-Research-on-the-Date-and-Setting-of-the-Exodus.aspx#Article

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Amenhotep II (the father), Thutmose IV (the son), Amenhotep  III (the grandson) and Akhenaten (the great grandson) were all influenced by Moses and the effect of the exodus was so dramatic it led four generations  to embrace the monotheistic faith with Akhenaten breaking away from tradition by removing all the gods and the priests from the official state religion and transferring his palace to another place in what is today Amarna. That is why Akhanaten was called the “heretic king”. By the way Akhenaten is the husband of Nefertiti whose bust is now in the Berlin museum, considered one of the most beautiful women of all time. You all know the story of King “Tut” – the traditionalists won and they moved back to the old palace leaving Amarna in ruins and forgotten. National geographic apparently could not embrace the truths written in the Bible. Another good reason is – no pharaoh in his right mind would advertise his failures to everyone most of all his enemies.

Then the Bible now focuses on the nation of Israel from Joshua to the judges then to the kings of Israel and Judah. Israel was one nation under Joshua, David, and Solomon and when Solomon died his son, Rehoboam, made the foolish decision to listen to his younger colleagues (do not let your children fall into this trap, or we would spend the last days of our lives sighing: “If only…”). What happened next was the birth of a divided Israel which persisted up to the time when Nebuchadnezzar arrived, conquered them and brought everything (including the choice treasures and beautiful men and women) back to Babylon. One should listen more to the older folks – that is the main lesson here. Why? God has given them the experience and wisdom. Then look at the richness and sadness of Israel and Judah’s history. (See Table 6)

TABLE 6

Yrs
After
Create

Yrs
After
Flood

Birth/Start

Death/
End

Age

Approx
Date
(BC)

Reference

2708

1052

Joshua, new leader of Israel

Moses

120

1407

Deuter 34:7;
Acts 7:36

3000

1344

Assyria: Tiglath Pileser 1

1115

Wikipedia

3074

1418

David

 

 

1041

2Sam 5: 4

3104

1448

  • David anointed king/
  • Solomon born (assumed)*

 

 

1011

2Sam 5: 4

Wikipedia

 

Zoroaster (Persian)* approximation

1000

Wikipedia

3144

1488

Solomon anointed king

David

70

971

1Kings 11: 42

3148

1492

Temple built by Solomon
Years after Exodus

 

 480

967

1Kings 6: 1

3184

1528

Divided Kingdom/

  • Rehoboam (17yr) of Judah
  • Jeroboam of Israel

Solomon

80

931

1Kings 11: 42;
1Kings 12
1Kings 14:21

3201

1546

 Abijah of Judah (3yrs) on 18th yr of Jeroboam of Israel

Rehoboam of Judah

58

913

2Chron 12: 13
1Kings 15: 1

3203

1548

Asa of Judah (41yrs) on 20th yr of Jeroboam of Israel

Abijah of Judah

911

1Kings 15:9

3205

1550

Nadab of Israel (2yrs) on 2nd yr of Asa of Judah

Jeroboam of Israel

909

1Kings 15:25

3206

1551

Baasha of Israel (24yrs) on 3rd yr of Asa of Judah

Nadab of Israel

908

1Kings 15:33

3229

1574

Elah of Israel (2yrs) on 26th yr of Asa of Judah

Baasha of Israel

885

1Kings 16:8

3230

1575

Zimri of Israel (7 days) on 27th yr of Asa of Judah

Elah of Israel

884

1Kings 16:15

3234

1579

Omri of Israel (12yrs) on 31st yr of Asa of Judah

Zimri of Israel

880

1Kings 16:23

3241

1585

Ahab of Israel (22yrs) on 38th yr of Asa of Judah

873

1Kings 16:29

3244

1589

Jehoshaphat of Judah (25yrs) on 4th yr of Ahab of Israel

Asa of Judah

869

1Kings 22:41

3246

1591

Omri of Israel

868

1Kings 16:23

3262

1607

Ahaziah of Israel (2yrs) on 17th yr of Jehoshaphat of Judah

Ahab of Israel

852

1Kings 22:51

3263

1608

Joram of Israel (12yrs)

Ahaziah of Israel

851

2Kings 1:17
2Kings 3:1

3269

1614

 Jehoram of Judah (8yrs) on 5th yr of Joram of Israel

Jehosha
phat of Judah

60

845

1Kings 22: 41,42
2Kings 8: 16

3274

1618

Ahaziah of Judah (1yr) on 12th yr of Joram of Israel

Jehoram of Judah

40

841

2Kings 8: 25
2Kings 8:16,17

3275

1619

Jehu of Israel (28yrs)

Ahaziah of Judah and Joram of Israel killed by Jehu

840

2Kings 9: 14-29
2Kings 10: 36

3282

1626

Joash of Judah (40yrs) on 7th yr of Jehu of Israel

833

2Kings 12:1

3303

1647

Jehoahaz of Israel (17yrs) on 23rd yr of Joash of Judah

Jehu of Israel

810

2Kings 13:1

3319

1663

Jehoash of Israel (16yrs) on 37th yr of Joash of Judah

Jehoahaz of Israel

796

2Kings 13:10

3320

1664

Amaziah of Judah (29yrs) on 2nd yr of Jehoash of Israel

Joash of Judah

794

2Kings 14:1

3323

1667

Uzziah or Azariah of Judah (52yrs) on 27th yr of Jeroboam2

792

2Chron 25:25
2Kings 15:1?

3335

1679

Jeroboam2 of Israel (41yrs) on 15th yr of Amaziah of Judah

Jehoash of Israel

780

2Kings 14:23

3349

1693

Amaziah of Judah

54

766

2Kings 14:2

3362

1706

Menahem of Israel (10yrs) on 39th yr of Uzziah

753

2Kings 15:17

3367

1711

Jotham of Judah

748

2Kings 15:32,33

3373

1717

Pekaiah of Israel (2yrs) on 50th yr of Uzziah of Judah

742

2Kings 15:23

3375

1719

Isaiah called*

Uzziah of Judah

68

740

2Chron 26:3
2Kings 15:2
*Isaiah 1: 1

3383

1727

Ahaz of Judah (16yrs) on 17th yr of Pekah of Israel

Jotham of Judah

41

732

2Kings 16:1

3395

1739

Hoshea of Israel (9yrs) on 12th yr of Ahaz of Judah

Pekah of Israel

720

2Kings 17:1

3399

1743

Hezekiah of Judah (29yrs) on 3rd yr of Hoshea of Israel

Ahaz of Judah

716

2Kings 18:1

3404

1748

Fall of Samaria/ 9th yr of Hoshea as king of Israel

 

 

711

2Kings 17: 6

3418

1762

Manasseh of Judah (55yrs)

Hezekiah of Judah

54

697

2Kings 21:1
2Chron 29: 1

3472

1816

Manasseh of Judah

67

643

2Kings 21:1

3485

1829

Josiah of Judah (31yrs)

Amon of Judah

630

2Kings 22:1

3498

1842

Jeremiah called (29yr) 13th yr of Josiah as king

 

 

617

Jeremiah 1: 1-3

3505

1849

Jehoiakim installed king by Pharaoh Neco

Josiah of Judah

39

610

2Chron 34: 1

3508

1852

  • Daniel to Babylon (17y/o)
  • Start of the 70 yr captivity
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s 1st yr as king

 

 

607

Daniel 1:
1-7
Jeremiah 25: 1-12

3510

1854

Daniel interprets dream

605

Daniel 2:1

NOTE: * (Hebrew calendar year = 360 days; Gregorian calendar year = 365.25 days → there will be differences/discrepancies) The dating is essentially based on Daniel 9: 25,26 as interpreted by Josh McDowell and Exodus References (Related Information 1 and 2, page 97); adopted Birth of Jesus as “0” to separate “Before Christ” and “After Christ” – this is only a marker designated by the one who made this table to clarify things, knowing fully well that there is no such thing as “0” year

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Occasionally I asked myself, “Why is Israel not mentioned in the other kingdoms or civilizations regarding its greatness as mentioned in the Bible?” Looking at the timeline I realized it had already reached its zenith during the time of Solomon when Assyria was still a small kingdom as well as Egypt, which although great was not that great compared to the time of Moses. When we look back at history our historians and archaeologists were praising those kingdoms or culture at the time when Israel was either reaching to or already past its prime. When Moses was writing down the books of Exodus to Deuteronomy God told the Israelites what will happen when they do not obey His commands. Isaiah prophesied they will bear God’s judgement through the Assyrians’ destruction of Israel and the Babylonians razing of Judah, particularly Jerusalem. Anyway their sin finally caught up with them and God judged them both – Israel first because it had no good king (around 700 years from Moses and around 30 years from Isaiah – there is a 680 year difference between Moses and Isaiah) and Judah eventually followed although it had some good kings (around 810 years from Moses and around 130 years from Isaiah to the fall of Jerusalem). How did I get these numbers? From the timeline.

Daniel | Back

We are then introduced to a remarkable young man named Daniel. Why remarkable? First like Joseph he interprets King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream with a difference: he had to ask God for the details of the dream because even the king could not remember it! And what was the dream all about? The future and let us dissect what would happen.

  1. The head of gold is the Babylonian empire
  2. The chest of silver is the Medo-Persian empire
  3. The belly and thighs of bronze is the Greek empire
  4. The legs of iron are the Roman empire
  5. The feet and toes of iron and baked clay is the revived Roman empire
  6. Then all are replaced by the stone that struck the feet of iron and clay then crushed all five, after which the stone became a mountain and covered the whole earth

Please look at the following timeline in Table 7 below and marvel at the hand of God through time.

Table 7

Yrs
After
Create

Yrs
After
Flood

Birth/Start

Death /
End

Age

Approx
Date
(BC)

Reference

3510

1854

Daniel interprets dream

605

Daniel 2:1

3522

1866

  • Jehoiakin (5th year of exile)
  • Ezekiel called (30y/o)

 

 

593

Ezekiel 1: 2

3528

1872

  • Fall of Jerusalem/Zedekiah on his 11th year as king
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s 19th yr as king

 

 

588

2Kings 25: 2,8

3555

1899

  • Evil-Merodach 1st yr as king of Babylon
  • Jehoiakin 37th yr of exile

561

2Kings 25:27-29

3562

1906

  • Belshazzar, 1st yr as king of Babylon
  • Daniel’s dream of the 4 beasts
  • Daniel’s age

 

 

71y

553

Daniel 7:1

 

  • Belshazzar of Babylon 3rd yr
  • Daniel’s dream of ram and goat

Daniel 8:1

3577

1921

  • Writing on the wall /Babylon falls
  • Darius the Mede (62y/o)
  • Daniel in lions’ den
  • Daniel’s age
  • Dream of the seventy “sevens”

 

 

86y

538

Daniel 5

 

Daniel 6

Daniel 9

3578

1922

  • End of captivity in Babylon
  • Cyrus decree ending Jerusalem captivity; influenced by Daniel; edict #1

 

70y

537

Jeremiah 29:10
2 Chronic 36: 22-23
Ezra 1: 1-4

3581

1925

  • 3rd yr of Cyrus as king of Persia
  • Daniel’s vision of great war

 

 

90y

534

Daniel 10

3585

1929

Cyrus

530

Wikipedia

3595

1939

Darius the Great, edict to build temple; edict #2

520

Ezra 6: 3-12

3632

1976

Esther / Xerxes 1, 3rd yr as king

483

Esther 1: 1-3

3659

2003

Artaxerxes 1 decree - 7th yr of kingship; Ezra: treasures of the temple; edict #3

456

Ezra 7: 13-28

3672

2016

  • Artaxerxes1 20th yr as king
  • To rebuild walls  Jerusalem c/o Nehemiah; edict #4

 

 

443*

Daniel 9: 25-26; Nehemiah 2: 1-9

3695

2039

Malachi – last prophet of Old Testament

 

 

420

Wikipedia

3704

2048

Buddha

411

Wikipedia

 

Socrates

71

399

Wikipedia

3792

2136

Greek empire

Alexander the Great

32

323

Wikipedia

3894

2238

Qin dynasty (China) – start

221

Wikipedia

4052

2396

Augustus Cesar (77yrs)
Roman Empire

63

Wikipedia

NOTE: * (Hebrew calendar year = 360 days; Gregorian calendar year = 365.25 days → there will be differences/discrepancies) The dating is essentially based on Daniel 9: 25,26 as interpreted by Josh McDowell and Exodus References (Related Information 1 and 2, page 97); adopted Birth of Jesus as “0” to separate “Before Christ” and “After Christ” – this is only a marker designated by the one who made this table to clarify things, knowing full well that there is no such thing as “0” year

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These are the other developments:

  1. 1,921 years after the flood or on 538 BC, Daniel’s prophecy became true with the victory of the Medes over king Belshazzar and the kingdom of silver or the reign of the Medo-Persians followed. The Babylonian empire lasted for only 70 years.
  2. Daniel dreamed of the seventy “sevens” and what did this mean? It told when Jesus would DIE ON THE CROSS 476 years later on 33 AD. DECLARING THE START OF THE PERIOD OF GRACE! If this is not God’s hand then I don’t know what is – definitely it is not human.
  3.  Then on 537 BC king Cyrus decreed the end of the Israel captivity in Babylon. It fulfilled Jeremiah’s prophecy and reflected Daniel’s influence on the king.
  4. Then Alexander the Great came on 323 BC together with the reign of the Greek empire. It was around 2,136 years after the flood. The Medo-Persian empire lasted 215 years - quite long.

God spoke through His prophets during these times from the major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Exekiel, and Daniel) to the minor ones (Hoshea, Micah, etc) who are not really “minor”. Anyway the exiled Jews finally made it back to the promised land through God’s mercy when He made these great kings, Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes give orders allowing them to return piece meal (from the people to their belongings). I think Daniel, the statesman - not really a full time prophet as claimed by some of our modern day scholars, had a hand in this series of decisions.

Let us look again at the rest of the empires: the Greek empire came and went for around 250 years. The Qin dynasty of the Chinese civilization came at around 221 BC or 2,238 years after the flood, but they are not mentioned in the Bible because they are not the focus of the salvation timeline – but of course they too are the future recipients of salvation by Jesus. They had a great civilization coming from the line of Japheth through his descendant, Magog. Then “Pax Romana” came through the Roman empire under Emperor Augustus who came to power at around 63 BC. This is the start of the first iron leg and when the Roman empire shifted from Rome to Constantinople it was the other iron leg. It lasted until 1453 AD or a period of 1,500 years. That long! To summarize again:

  1. Babylonian empire = 70 years
  2. Medo-Persian empire = 215 years
  3. Greek empire = 250 years
  4. Roman empire = 1500 years
  5. The New Roman empire = this is now on-going. This is our time, folks!
  6. Everything is replaced by THE ROCK

 

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There was a silence of 400 years between the last prophet, Malachi, and the New Testament. So the Greeks came and established the Hellenistic culture and was gone, then the Romans came with the Roman peace setting the stage for the greatest event in human history.

Just like God’s command, “Let there be light!” Jesus came to this world. I am just amazed at how this event was not noted by the Jews: Isaiah mentioned it in his prophecies (the “great light”, Isaiah 9:2), Daniel referred to His coming and exact appointed time in his documentation of the seventy “sevens” dream interpretations (“Anointed One, the ruler, will come”, Daniel 9:25) and the book of Micah was even quoted by the advisers of King Herod when asked where the Ruler of Israel would come (“Bethlehem ephrathah”, Micah 5:2). It is interesting that Jesus came at the time of the height of the Roman empire (the “iron legs” in Daniel’s book), then what followed were the feet and toes, which are a mix of iron and clay – that is our time. Now this will get more interesting. (Table 8)

TABLE 8

Yrs
After
Create

Yrs
After
Flood

Birth/Start

Death/End

Age

Approx
Date
(BC)

Reference(s)

4052

2396

Augustus Cesar (77yrs)
Roman Empire

63

Wikipedia

4115

2459

Birth of Jesus

 

 

0

Daniel 9: 25-26

4148

2492

Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem

33 AD

Daniel 9: 25-26 → “Anointed”

NOTE: * (Hebrew calendar year = 360 days; Gregorian calendar year = 365.25 days → there will be differences/discrepancies) The dating is essentially based on Daniel 9: 25,26 as interpreted by Josh McDowell and Exodus References (Related Information 1 and 2, page 97); adopted Birth of Jesus as “0” to separate “Before Christ” and “After Christ” – this is only a marker designated by the one who made this table to clarify things, knowing fully well that there is no such thing as “0” year

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After Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem came his appointed hour – His own sacrifice on the cross which will finally redeem all mankind – past, present, and future. Then the exclamation mark of victory is seen when He rose again from the dead – the FIRST FRUIT!  JESUS IS THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!

 

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Why is Satan what he is and why did Jesus do what He did by DYING ON THE CROSS for all men in OBEDIENCE TO THE FATHER? What did Satan in? Answer: Two biblical passages.

The first – John 3:16-18. 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

The second – Philippians 2: 5-11  5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

These Satan could never understand – that is why he is a fallen angel.

For forty days after His resurrection Jesus was seen by selected Jews (Acts 1:3) and finally He went back to heaven and was hidden by the clouds (Acts 1:9). Yes, He said He will prepare a place for His disciples and He needed to go or else the Holy Spirit cannot come. Is there something more? The Book of Revelations shows us something more. John saw and wrote the following scenes in chapters 5 to 6:

IN HEAVEN

ON EARTH

Scroll with 7 seals – Jesus accepted it; He is the only one who can break the seals

 

Seal #1 -  rider on white horse

Conquest

Seal #2 – rider on red horse; large sword

No peace
Men slay each other

Seal #3 – rider on black horse; pair of scales

One day wage = quart of wheat, ¾ of barley - Economic woes

Seal #4 – rider on pale horse; name = “Death”; Hades close behind

Kill ¼ of the earth by sword, famine, plague, wild beasts

Look at Table 9. Events started to move at a faster pace. The Christian Church started to grow real fast under the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jerusalem received its due when Titus destroyed it in 70 AD (as Jesus has predicted) and when you look at the world events up to today – it is just as what happened when the first four seals were opened by Jesus.


TABLE 9

Yrs
After
Create

Yrs
After
Flood

Birth/
Start

Death/
End

Age

Approx
Date
(BC)

Reference

4177

2521

James, Lord’s brother

62 AD

Wikipedia

4182

2526

Peter

67 AD

Wikipedia

4182

2526

Paul

67 AD

Wikipedia

4185

2529

Jerusalem destroyed by Titus

70 AD

Wikipedia

4215

2559

John, Evangelist

100 AD

Wikipedia

 

Marcus Aurelius

58y

180 AD

Wikipedia

4365

2709

Classic Maya civilization started

250 AD

Wikipedia

4452

2796

Constantine the Great

65y

337 AD

Wikipedia

4517

2861

Khmer empire starts (402-1431)

402 AD

Wikipedia

4545

2889

 

Augustine of Hippo

76y

430 AD

Wikipedia

4747

3091

Muhammad (Islam)

63y

632 AD

Wikipedia

4929

3273

Charlemagne

814 AD

Wikipedia

5315

3659

Inca civilization started

1200 AD

Wikipedia

5342

3686

Mongolian empire

Genghis Khan

65y

1227 AD

Wikipedia

5353

3697

Thailand – Sukhothai kingdom first

1238 AD

Wikipedia

5408

3752

Majapahit empire

1293 AD

Wikipedia

5483

3827

Ming Dynasty - start

1368 AD

Wikipedia

5543

3887

Aztec Triple Alliance founded

1428 AD

Wikipedia

5568

3912

Constantinople falls to the Ottoman Turks – end of the Roman empire

1453 AD

Wikipedia

5753

4097

Tokugawa shogunate, Japan

1633 AD

Wikipedia

NOTE: * (Hebrew calendar year = 360 days; Gregorian calendar year = 365.25 days → there will be differences/discrepancies) The dating is essentially based on Daniel 9: 25,26 as interpreted by Josh McDowell and Exodus References (Related Information 1 and 2, page 97); adopted Birth of Jesus as “0” to separate “Before Christ” and “After Christ” – this is only a marker designated by the one who made this table to clarify things, knowing fully well that there is no such thing as “0” year

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It is interesting to note that the other “old” civilizations that we know came during the First Roman empire era, remember the first Roman era started on 63 BC and ended on 1453 AD:

  1. The Maya civilization started in 250 AD (=2,709 years after the flood from Japheth through the line of Tiras).
  2. This was followed by the Khmer empire in 402 AD (= 2,861 years after the flood from Japheth through the line of Gomer)
  3. Islam arose in 632 AD (=3,091 years after the flood; coming from a mixed ancestry).
  4. Charlemagne of the Frankish empire came in 814 AD (=3,273 years after the flood)
  5. Then the Inca civilization in 1,200 AD (=3,659 years after the flood from Japheth through the line of Tiras).
  6. Genghis Khan and the Mongolian empire came in 1227 AD (=3,686 years after the flood from Japheth through the line of Magog).
  7. The Sukhothai kingdom of Thailand came in 1238 AD (=3,697 years after the flood from Japheth through the line of Gomer).
  8. Then the Madjapahit empire of Indonesia from where my ancestors came rose in 1293 AD (=3,752 years after the flood from Japheth through the line of Javan).
  9. The Ming dynasty of China came in 1368 AD (=3,827 years after the flood)
  10. The Aztec triple alliance was forged in 1428 AD (=3,887 years after the flood from Japheth through the line of Tiras).
  11. Then Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks formally ending the reign of the first Roman empire in 1453 AD or 3,912 years after the flood.
  12. In Japan the Tokugawa shogunate was established in 1633 AD (=4,097 years after the flood from Japheth through the line of Javan)

The New Testament came and in a short period of three years Jesus established the Christian ministry. The whole world was reclaimed by Jesus from Satan’s 4,148 year tyrannical clutches when He triumphed on the cross and made the huge exclamation point of victory during His resurrection. Man and creation are now free, but it will take more time for the full manifestation of freedom to be realized by all men.

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Part 7: The empire of iron and baked clay feet and toes | Back

Our time. It is interesting to see that the second or “revived” Roman empire started more or less with the printing of the first Bible by Johann Gutenberg. Then look what follows: (Table 10)

  1. The Christian faith arrived in the Philippines in 1521 AD (through Ferdinand Magellan)
  2. The Bible was translated from Greek and Latin to English by William Tyndale in 1525 AD, (4 years later).
  3. Martin Luther died in 1546 AD; he translated the Latin Bible to German; the gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit is running at full steam; he was followed by Galileo in 1642 AD after the foundations of modern science was started.
  4. The Modern Age has come.
  5. Then came John Wesley, David Livingstone, Charles Spurgeon and Dwight Moody – the Christian faith is getting stronger than before and it is now 1889 AD.
  6. Then the state of Israel was “born again” in 1948 or 4,407 years after the flood.

Table 10

Yrs
After
Create

Yrs
After
Flood

Birth/Start

Death/End

Age

Approx
Date
(BC)

Reference

5569

3913

First printed Bible was finished and available: “Gutenberg Bible”

1454 AD

Wikipedia

5636

3980

Magellan arrived in the Philippines; March 16, 1521

1521 AD

Philippine History

5640

3984

First English Translation of the Bible by William Tyndale published

1525 AD

Wikipedia

5661

4005

Martin Luther

63

1546 AD

Wikipedia

5753

4097

Japan - Tokugawa shogunate

1633 AD

Wikipedia

5762

4106

Galileo Galilei

77y

1642 AD

Wikipedia

5906

4250

John Wesley

88y

1791 AD

Wikipedia

5988

4332

David Livingstone

60y

1873 AD

Wikipedia

6007

4351

Charles Spurgeon

58y

1892 AD

Wikipedia

6014

4358

Dwight Moody

62y

1899 AD

Wikipedia

6063

4407

Israel became a state

1948 AD

Wikipedia

6126

4470

February 15, 2011: this timeline was initiated

 

 

2011 AD

Louie and Edna Llido

NOTE: * (Hebrew calendar year = 360 days; Gregorian calendar year = 365.25 days → there will be differences/discrepancies) The dating is essentially based on Daniel 9: 25,26 as interpreted by Josh McDowell and Exodus References (Related Information 1 and 2, page 97); adopted Birth of Jesus as “0” to separate “Before Christ” and “After Christ” – this is only a marker designated by the one who made this table to clarify things, knowing fully well that there is no such thing as “0” year

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This is the time when the stone struck the feet of iron and clay – meaning the gospel is spreading and removing all those errors through the TRUTH - and in “slow motion” the broken pieces are strewn about until the MILLENIUM comes when all the iron and clay are blown away and replaced by the STONE (I prefer to say “THE ROCK” in the manner Sean Connery said it in the movie with the same title). This stone become a mountain covering the whole earth. Yes folks, the future will be one great happy ending for those who accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord and the Book of Revelation has been telling us all about it for more than a thousand years already; as the Lord has declared “My words will never pass away” (Mark 13:31). He will come back to finally establish perfect world peace, but this will be a rule with a rod of iron.

I declare I am a Christian. Why? I abhor sadness and frustrations. I don’t like the idea of me “weeping and gnashing my teeth” when I die. I love happy endings and when the Bible says there is HEAVEN and there is HELL – I will always choose heaven. Nobody wants to go to hell.

Jesus is the only way to heaven and He came to offer everyone the chance to go there if he or she accepts Him as the only Lord and Savior in his/her life. How will we know? Proof? All scripture from the Old to the New Testament tells about this. If you are still not sure – read and memorize the whole New Testament (from the Gospels to Revelation) – that is how the movie, “Ben-Hur” came to be. General Lew Wallace, the author and an atheist, wanted to prove the Bible wrong and became a Christian instead. We have no excuse for going to hell and if ever one did, it was his or her choice and fault alone.

Have you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord? If not please do so right now – you will not regret it. If you want to do so, just pray or repeat this simple prayer below. (If this looks familiar - it is, it is taken from the yellow booklet, “Four Spiritual Laws”, of the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry, thanks to you guys and Bill Bright).

The Prayer of Faith | Epilogue

“Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross and saving us from the fires of hell and painful torment forever. I don’t want this to happen to me.  Thank you for giving us eternal life. I want you to be the Lord and Savior of my life. I CONFESS MY SINS AND ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND SAVIOR FROM NOW ON. Do with me according to what your plan for my life.  Amen.”

A simple prayer and that is just what the Lord Jesus needs. He is not after long prayers or calluses on bended knees – He is after your heart, your sincerity. Your complete surrender to Him is enough as what happened to the thief on the cross – he did not have any chance to correct things (he was about to die any moment). And what did Jesus say? “TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.” These words are for all men to hear that is why it was recorded in the gospel of Luke 23: 39-43. The first person to experience paradise with Jesus was a criminal and he did not even have a chance to do restitution for the bad things he had done. FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS AS GOD AND SAVIOR AND ACCEPTING HIM AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD, BELIEVING THAT HE DIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD TO SAVE SINNERS LIKE YOU AND ME – THAT IS WHAT IS NEEDED. The difference between heaven and hell is a prayer of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

When I read the Bible it just struck me, salvation is free for everyone to claim and to live. I was free from sin and its consequences when I accepted the Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Now I have the choice to have either a victorious or defeated life. That is why I said I am a Christian because I chose to be. I thank all the people who lead me to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, especially my wife.

We are now in the season of grace – from the time Jesus came up to this cut-off date (February 15, 2011) it is around 2011 years and from the time of the flood up to this date, it is around 4.470 years – still way below  the one million year mark. (See Tables 2 to 10) If you will notice I am really hammering down this GREAT OLD LIE of evolutionary and geologic “millions” of years. No offense against my classmate who is a geologist, but he has been given a bunch of “hocus-pocus” data covered under the title of “scientific evidence”. Sorry. And there is more – again I will re-emphasize that the Bible has a weakness of telling about happy endings and that is exactly what it shows in the book of Daniel and in the New Testament, especially in the Book of Revelation.

 

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What has happened to the world from the time of Jesus down to the present? (February 15, 2011) – a lot. First Jesus went back to heaven, the Holy Spirit came and like wildfire the Christian faith spread to all corners of the earth. It is the Holy Spirit, folks, who is working in our lives today – and yet only a few mention Him. Why? Again the enemy is trying to dampen the impact of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life by emphasizing on DISTRACTIONS like Mama Mary, the saints, good works, chants of Buddha, nirvana, karma etc… Clearly these are the statements he had been using:

  1. Really! God said that?
  2. No, creation did not take six days – millions of years!
  3. The flood is not universal – it was local. No such thing as a deluge.
  4. The current world is a product of hundreds of thousands of years of ice ages and earth crust sculpturing by volcanoes and meteorites.
  5. Some dinosaurs escaped the flood – there are paleontological evidences to point out.
  6. Man came from the apes – we still are looking for the missing link, don’t worry it will be found one day.
  7. Jesus is not the only way to salvation – He is just one way.
  8. Jesus and Mary work together.
  9. The Holy Spirit? You sure? Mama Mary or those handkerchiefs are enough!

The Book of Acts documents the work of the Holy Spirit when it started and He is still working up to today until the time when the gospel will be preached to all the nations (Revelation 14: 6-7).

 

PERSPECTIVES ON OUR LIFE | Back

How do we see ourselves in the grand plan of God? According to Jesus He knows the number of hairs on our head and no bird falls on the ground without the Father knowing it. For me after doing all these readings both on the Bible and human literature this timeline flow came up: from the Book of Genesis up to the year 2011 it points to the final day when God will finally put an end to sin. All of us living today are within this timeline and finally when we die, what has been told in the Old and New Testament writings especially Revelation are more or less depicted in this flowchart (=my personal interpretation of our current position in time and what would happen to us when we die).

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This figure is an attempt to summarize what I have been discussing for the past pages. From creation to the flood took 1656 years, from the flood to the time Jesus was born 2,460 years, and from the time Jesus was born to the time Israel was “born again” 1948 years. The period from creation to the time Jesus was born is around 4,116 years. From Jesus to the time Israel became a state again is 1,948 years. Total = 6,064 years. Then from the time Israel became a nation once again up to year 2011 is only 63 years. The series of events that occur in the past 70 years are really gaining at a faster pace and we have seen with our very own eyes the unfolding of history as written in the books of Daniel, the prophets, the gospels, letters, and Revelation.

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However, one question still remains in my mind – what happens to you or me when we die? Of course it is very clear that after we die we face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). There is no soul sleep or nothingness, but certain peace or torment (Luke 16:19-25). The figure below more or less depicts what will happen once someone dies based on several scripture passages. I have to emphasize this – WE ARE THE ONES WHO DETERMINE OUR ULTIMATE FATE (outcome of being in heaven or hell) WHEN WE DIE. The major issue is – OUR CHANCE TO DECIDE IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHILE WE ARE STILL ALIVE. It means TODAY! When we die, that’s it - no more chance. There is no purgatory, reincarnation, or opportunity to go to heaven once you are dead (Luke 16:26). So I urge you to read and pray again that little prayer of faith.

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Let us talk about praying for the dead – it always gives me the jeepers just thinking about it. Does it mean they are still around us once they are officially declared dead and the death certificate written? Can they still communicate with us? Look at all those horror movies like “Dalaw”. Something is wrong here.

According to the Catholic Church doctrines there is a place called PURGATORY where the “not so bad souls” are suffering, but after some time when the accumulated prayers of the living relatives or friends during the “40 days prayer time”, “masses”, and “novenas” have reached their required points then these souls are allowed to enter heaven. Sounds good, even Johann Tetzel used this line to raise money for the construction of the St. Peter’s basilica (I have been there – did you go to the crypts? I could not breathe in that place). What did he say? “For every ring a coin makes as it goes into the money chest, a soul to heaven from purgatory springs”.

Too good to be true and not a single Biblical basis – read again Luke 16: 19-25 specifically verse 26, “between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us” – end of discussion. There is no value of prayers for the dead – pray for the living instead.

Have you heard of the Book of Life? Anyone whose name is written in this book will go to heaven. How will you qualify? By accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (=the Prayer of Faith). The Book of Revelation talks more about this (click to go to the section on the Final Judgment).

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