|Biblical Egypt||by R. David Pogge|
The psalmist tells us,
Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty,†if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Ö Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. 1
It is now just a few days before my 70th birthday. My mother died when she was 61. My father died when he was 72. I am still in good enough health that every week I throw a 16-pound bowling ball nearly 15 miles per hour to get about 14 pins per frame to maintain my 143 pin league bowling average. So, donít throw dirt on my grave yet.
That being said, I still have to face the fact that my days are growing short. I now spend more time thinking about how Iíve spent my threescore and ten years, and how to best use the days I have left. Thatís why finishing this book has become a top priority.
As I get older, time seems to go by faster. It seems like just yesterday that we were all worried about the Y2K Bug, and I remember exactly where I was on the morning of September 11, 2001. My grandsons donít remember those things because that was before they were born, and it seems like a long time ago to them. Time goes by faster for me than it does for my grandchildren, and apparently it goes by even faster for God than it does for me. The psalmist said,
A thousand years in your [Godís] sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. 2
Peter confirms this.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 3
It is generally well-known that by Bishop Ussherís estimation, the world was created in 4004 BC.
According to rabbinic reckoning, the beginning of "year 1" is not Creation, but about one year before Creation... The Jewish calendar's epoch (reference date), ... is equivalent to Monday, 7 October 3761 BC. 4
Ussher puts the creation of the world about 6021 years ago; Jewish tradition puts creation about 5777 years ago. As we have noted earlier, exact dates that far in the past arenít precise. By either reckoning, thatís about 6,000 years to us, but only six days to God. According to Revelation 20:1-8, when Jesus returns, the righteous will spend 1,000 years (just one day to God) in Heaven before living eternally on the recreated New Earth.M/P>
The similarity (of six working days on Earth followed by a seventh-day Sabbath in Heaven) to the six days of creation followed by a day of rest in Genesis, is easy to see. If Jesus is going to return, about now would be the most likely time.
Biblical references to Egypt are consistent with the discoveries Egyptologists have made.
Nearly all of the Biblical prophecies have been perfectly fulfilled. The only ones which have not are the prophecies dealing with The Second Coming and the events leading up to Jesusí return.
Egyptian history and the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies convince me that the Bible is true, we are in the last days of Earthís history, and Judgment Day is coming soon. We all need to adjust our priorities accordingly.
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Footnotes:1 Psalm 90:10, 12