Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that archeology continues to substantiate the accuracy and historicity of the Bible, examines the discovery of a 2,700 year-old bulla, a clay impression about the size of a dime. On the bulla are the figures of two men facing each other; the inscription reads, "Governor of the City." The discovery substantiates the account of II Chronicles 34:8, which avers that King Josiah appointed Ma-aseiah to serve as Governor of Jerusalem, debunking the claim of Biblical Minimalists' (that is, scholars who aver that Biblical accounts cannot be trusted for accuracy) that Jerusalem was too small to warrant a "governor." Another archeological discovery, the Dead Sea Scrolls, lends support to the understanding of the Church of the Great God that the count to Pentecost should begin from the day of the wave sheaf offering adjacent to the Sabbath following the Passover.
Martin Collins, reflecting on some of the dazzling recent accomplishments of technology, cautions us not to swallow the deceptive Satanic evolutionary hypothesis taught in our public schools that mankind is becoming smarter than ever before. While Daniel proclaimed that knowledge would increase in the end times, he did not debunk the stellar accomplishments of ancient civilizations such as the Great Pyramid, a structure whose measurements indicate the circumference of the earth and its axial movements, all done without the aid of computers. Moderns have never replicated the knowledge possessed by the engineers of these great pyramids. Not a primitive folk, but one enjoying superior knowledge, informed by God Himself, constructed this structure, occupying 13 acres, 481 feet high (50 stories tall), containing 2 ½ million blocks of stones, some weighing 7 tons. In many ways, moderns, using technology for destructive purposes, are more ignorant than their ancient counterparts.
Martin Collins, reflecting on some significant archeological findings of metal pots and utensils, tiny metallic rods, tubes, screws, and intricate microscopic artwork found in deposits of coal, granite, and feldspar all around the world, reckoned by radiocarbon dating to be at least hundreds of thousands of years old or more (if the radiocarbon measurements can be trusted), asserts that the social anthropological evolutionary hypothesis (from caveman to farmer to city dweller) suffers violence when we realize that sophisticated industrial metallurgical and optical technology as well as a sophisticated understanding of genetics (Genesis 4:17-22) existed before The Flood. There is no longer any reason to believe that the technology of the civilizations from the time of Noah to Adam were not only just as advanced as today, but perhaps far more superior. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun; nothing happens that is really new. All material accomplishments produce a degree of weariness unless we fix our sights on things that are truly eternal and above the sun.
Martin Collins, focusing on the clear evidence of fairly recent pre-flood underwater discoveries, maintains that unbiased archeological evidence, uncontaminated by farcical Darwinism, corroborates the Biblical account of a universal flood and of thriving civilizations existing up to the time of the deluge recorded in scripture. Dr. John Osgood of the Creation Ministries International has calculated the time of the Noachic flood to have been around 2304BC. In the 1980's a huge underground pyramid was discovered off the coast of Japan, estimated to be around 4000 years old, clearly a pre-flood structure. Other evidence of pre-flood civilizations were found in the Aegean Sea as well as the estimated 5000 year old city of Pavlovpetri in southern Greece, indicating technologically advanced pre-flood civilizations, totally at odds with Darwinian fairy tales of dull pre-humanoid Cavemen descended from Apes.
Martin Collins continues his expose of the deliberate and shameless suppression of pre-Columbian archaeology on the part of some members of the scientific community in order to preserve a pre-conceived 'party-line' narrative that Columbus was the first representative of the Old World on what would become the American continents. Smug 'gatekeepers' of modern academia resorted to elaborate extremes to maintain their despicable state of denial. Sadly, the truly exciting history of America's pre-Columbian past has been withheld for hundreds of years. Fire-tempered pottery dating from 2500 BC has been discovered in Florida and Georgia. Spent copper mines in Michigan indicate a vast extraction of copper ore around 2000 BC. Nordic navigators arrived at what became Ontario in 1700 BC, bartering textiles for copper ingots. In 1500 BC, Celtic, Egyptian, and Iberian travelers established contact with the Algonquin peoples, significantly influencing their vocabulary. 1000 BC Celtic travelers following the Trade winds arrived in the West Indies, from where they migrated northward to "Largalon" (the land beyond the sunset, the region which would be later named New England.) This settlement still existed during the reign of Julius Caesar in about 49BC. At the same time Phoenician and Basque settlers established communities in what later became Pennsylvania and further south, while Libyan mariners explored what would later become Iowa, all leaving written documents behind them as evidence of their presence, influencing the spoken language of Algonquin. In 800 BC, a commemorative stone called a stele (inscribed in Egyptian, Iberian, and Libyan) was left in what would later be known as Davenport, Iowa, dedicated to the celebration of Osiris, providing instructions for calculating the spring equinox. Artifacts of Semitic culture have been found in New Hampshire, dating from before the captivities of Judah and Israel. The question is not "Who discovered America?" but "Who didn't discover America?"
Martin Collins, resuming his exposé of American academics who have deliberately sought to suppress evidence of pre-Columbian migrations of Old World civilizations, including Hebrew, Phoenician, Roman, Arabic, Basque, and Viking cultures, identifies settlements throughout the southwest in which patterns of the Hebrew priestly garments have been preserved in the Navajo and Apache culture, the pattern presumably given to them by earlier explorers or settlers. In addition, menorahs (seven-branched candle stands) and shekels have been found among the petroglyphs in Arizona, Michigan, Kentucky, and the Catskill Mountains of New York. Additionally, Roman coins and Roman swords have been found at the juncture of every major waterway in North America. Muslim rock-cut texts dating from 1200 AD have been identified. In 1000 AD, Viking explorers left artifacts in Labrador and Newfoundland. Norse explorers beat Columbus to what became Minnesota in 1362, leaving the Kensington Rune Stone. Dr. Gunar Thompson has uncovered evidence of extensive trading between Mexico and China in 1414. As late as 1450, a Basque fishing fleet had preceded Columbus to what would later be called North America. The plethora of artifacts, including coins, weapons, and engraved monuments call into question the judgment and motives of those ‘scientists’ denying pre-Columbian migrations from the Old World.
Martin Collins, observing a systematic denigrating (on the part of the 'intellectuals' in the Smithsonian Museum) of evidence of pre-Columbian migration from the Old World to the western hemisphere, examines the case of the Bat Creek Tennessee stone, an artifact discovered in 1889, 'assumed' to be Paleo Cherokee. When Cyrus Gordon in 1970 observed that, if the stone were turned over, the inscription could be identified as Paleo-Hebrew, displaying the inscription Judea or For Judah. Following these revelations, character assassinations and questions of competence were leveled against John Emmert, whose team of excavators discovered the stone, accusing them of perpetrating a fraud. In 2010, Scott Wolter, of the American Petrographic Services in St. Paul Minnesota, scientifically vindicated the discoveries of John Emmert and Cyrus Gordon, substantiating not only that the relic is genuine, but existed on the western continent 1300 years before arrival of Columbus and may reflect a migration to America by Jews in the proximate decades following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. This pre-Columbian migration of Hebrews to the western hemisphere is an event given credence by the works of Josephus.
John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that wisdom is not the answer to all of life's problems, indicates that it is still a valuable virtue, transforming us for good and a sense of well-being. In the matter of deference to civil authority, we must remember that, as ambassadors and sojourners in a foreign land, we must give governing officials respect, even though they may be the basest scoundrels on earth. God may have not directly appointed them, but He passed on their placement in office. Being subject to these officials does not mean that we can obey human laws which conflict with God's laws. We are to pay deference to governing authorities both for conscience sake and so that their oversight enables us to live in peace, a necessary pre-requisite for spiritual growth. Even the local magistrates, elected locally, have been passed on by the Almighty, similarly to Moses' selection of captains of 100, 50, and 10, which were possibly democratically elected by people who knew them best. Our current judicial system, with its appellate levels, evidently was patterned after this Jethro-like concept. Realizing that God allows for human foolishness and that He has allowed the basest scoundrels to hold the highest offices in the land, we are nevertheless, as painful as it may seem to us, obligated to treat them with respect and dignity, realizing that God has a purpose for all of His appointments. Government has been established so that (1) law abiding citizens can be protected, (2) evil doers can be restrained, and (3) order and tranquility can be established. As bad as government can become, the alternative, anarchy, is unthinkable madness and chaos. At our baptism, we made a covenant with Almighty God, giving Him our lives, and remembering that His purposes take precedence over everything else
Martin Collins, asserting the presence of Semitic peoples on what was to be called the American Continent (named after Amerigo Vespucci) over 2,000 years before Columbus set foot in the western hemisphere, explains that this presents a nightmare to evolutionists and progressive humanists, who are seeing their lies dissolve amongst a continent-wide plethora of ancient Semitic artifacts. Archeologists have discovered that copper mines on what became the Michigan Peninsula were mined to exhaustion in circa 1000 BC by peoples who later used the Paleo-Hebrew alphabet. A Decalogue Stone was uncovered from a gravemound near Newark, Ohio, evidently there from the time the Jews went into captivity. Although the discoverer of this artifact was intimidated by those clinging to the Columbian agenda, thousands of other artifacts, including ancient Jewish coins, have subsequently been unearthed substantiating Wyrick's discovery and discrediting vicious evolutionist attacks. Evidently, the technology in 1000 BC was further advanced than technology 1000 AD.
Martin Collins continues to expose disingenuous members of the archeological scientific community who do not want to deviate from their curious agenda of suppressing evidence of any Western Hemispheric explorations before Columbus, especially evidence to corroborate the existence of any Semitic settlement in what eventually became the American Southwest nearly 3000 years ago. The Las Lunas New Mexico Decalogue Inscription is actually an abridged version of the Ten Commandments carved into a flat boulder by a clan of commandment-keeping Semitic peoples thousands of years before Columbus set foot in the Western Hemisphere. These discoveries are a perpetual source of embarrassment for the secular progressive, anti-God humanists who mistakenly think they are the 'gate-keepers' of scientific knowledge. The very stones of the earth cry out against these pseudo-scientists who profess themselves to be wise, but in reality they are hopelessly debased fools given over to reprobate minds for refusing to acknowledge even the possibility of a sovereign Creator. Well did Paul speak of these as folk who have left God out of their knowledge.
Martin Collins, reflecting on the old limerick about Columbus sailing the ocean blue, focusing upon the second almost-forgotten line, "to learn if the old maps were true," indicates that many explorations may have taken place to the western northern hemisphere by a technologically advanced people, distinct from the Native Americans. The technological advanced folk were tall of stature, wore full armor and had the ability to construct mounds containing graves and records of their settlements or civilization. Several groups have questioned the bias of the Smithsonian Institute for suppressing records of pre-Columbus exploration, probably in an effort to maintain John Wesley Powell's attempt to lionize the contributions of the Native American culture and to denigrate non-aboriginal explorations. The Smithsonian Institute apparently has been disingenuous about some discovered artifacts, including the discovery of large wooden coffins in the Crumf Cave. Some unconfirmed reports suggest that the proprietors of the Smithsonian Institute surreptitiously loaded a barge with artifacts, sinking it in the Atlantic Ocean to dispose of the inconvenient truth of cultural diffusionism throughout history.
Martin Collins, examining the various 'scientific' debates on the historicity of Biblical events, including the Exodus from Egypt, concludes that it is in the best interests of secular scientists to remain politically correct, denying anything which would establish the historicity of the Bible, even the location of Joseph's tomb in the settlement of Goshen, containing a statue of Joseph wearing a coat of many colors. Consequently, it is not that the Biblical account which is in error about the events surrounding the Exodus, but historians' pitifully errant chronologies , which are incorrect by some 400 years. Nevertheless,secular scientists and religious leaders, not wanting to be subject to God's laws, boldly proclaim the lie, scoffing at the evidence substantiating the truth. As God's called-out ones, we need to constantly search for the truth, realizing that truth trumps all tradition and scientific manipulation.
Martin Collins, reiterating that God's sovereignty is a major theme in the book of Daniel, reminds us that if we submit unconditionally to His sovereignty, we have a win-win situation- even when initially, it looks bleak and hopeless. After Nebuchadnezzar's death, the successive tenures of each of his descendants became increasingly attenuated and truncated, mortally weakening Babylon's here-to-fore impregnable position. Belshazzar's blasphemous banquet was the last straw, bringing about the cryptic 'handwriting on the wall' - a somber judgment from Almighty God against the haughty, presumptuous grandchild of Nebuchadnezzar. The words "Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin" signified that Belshazzar's kingdom had been weighed in the balances and was seriously wanting, forcing a calamitous division and destruction at the hands of Darius the Mede. Belshazzar had to learn the painful lesson that sin is not static, but its path leads precipitously downhill to perdition. Sin, the real opiate of the people, makes us oblivious to danger, giving us a debased and reprobate mind. God is not static; His deferred justice will not be deferred in perpetuity, but evil will be totally recompensed. As Daniel experienced, devotion to God and His laws will stir up jealousy in high places. Daniel maintained his devotion to God in spite of dangerous political circumstances, seemingly standing alone amidst a totally pagan culture. Yet, Daniel was the only one who had it together in the whole empire, totally convicted about what God would soon bring to pass. God wants a voluntary relationship, but leaves it up to us as to how to show our devotion. We could emulate Daniel, seeking contact with God multiple times in the day through prayer, praying in all kinds of situations (in the morning when we are beginning; evening to offer Thanksgiving for the mercies of the day, Before sleep to commend ourselves to Him, in times of embarrassment, and when tormented with strong temptations.) In life and death, God is in control.
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John Ritenbaugh torpedoes some popular misconceptions about the father of the faithful, revealing that Abraham did not come from a primitive, but a highly advanced civilization, having huge multi-storied dwellings with running water and indoor lavatories. The size of Abraham's retinue indicates that, far from being an ignorant desert nomad, he was a highly influential man of incredible financial substance. It appears that God used Abraham's skills as an astronomer and mathematician and publisher to help build Egypt's infrastructure at a time when it was being unified under one dynasty, enabling Egypt to become a major power. This study also goes into Abram's and Sarai's name change, the deception of Abraham, claiming the half truth that Sarah was his sister, and Lot's fateful choice, leading to a dilution of the Assyrian power.
Taking issue with misguided notions of the primitiveness of Abraham, John Ritenbaugh contends that the patriarch was an extremely learned man, a product of a highly advanced civilization. Far from being "an ignorant donkey caravaneer," Abraham was a gifted, wealthy and influential man, who instructed the Chaldean priesthood on the reality of God, demonstrating the foolishness of worshipping created objects rather than the Creator. In terms of prestige, honor, and wealth, he perhaps sacrificed more than anyone else, including Moses, to obey God's command to follow Him. For his faithfulness, Abraham's offspring were richly repaid and blessed for his sacrifice.
John Ritenbaugh takes issue with certain misguided biblical scholars who claim Abraham was a primitive, backward donkey caravaneer or perhaps a mythical or composite figure. Abraham came from a highly advanced civilization located in Mesopotamia, highly advanced in science, knowing calculus and chemistry, having indoor running water under pressure. Abraham, a direct descendant of Eber, Shem, and Noah, was drafted by God to leave his land at 75 years of age, vested with the patriarchal responsibility to teach and command his family the wisdom of God, providing a genealogical line from which Christ emerges.
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