God’s purpose in sending the ten plagues upon Egypt was to convince Pharaoh to set the Hebrews free and allow them to worship God.
Unfortunately, Pharaoh didn’t let the Hebrews go free and Egypt suffered extreme devastation because of the 10 plagues. There was not much left in Egypt after the plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. The Egyptians had lost their army, crops, cattle and even their first-born sons. Note: the 10 plagues can be found in the Bible from Exodus 7:14 to Exodus 12:36.
List of the ten plaguesBlood Frogs Lice or gnats Flies Livestock Boils Hail Locust Darkness Death of firstborn
Aside from Christ and the biblical writers, no one man may have exerted more influence on the Christian Church than Constantine. In fact, his mark remains with us to this day, and it is deeply imbedded in the structure and function of many denominations. Constantine the Great’s ascension to the throne is a fascinating story full of twists and mystery. Truth be told, it’s almost an implausible story.
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Who was Constantine the Great?
The life of Constantine begins with a general named Flavius Constantius III. History records that...
The violence in the Bible shows the true history of humanity and the honesty of God in that He doesn’t cover over details in relation to the true nature of humans. We see that the Bible is violent just like CNN is violent. The Bible as well as CNN "reports" on the condition of our world and the people who live in it. Please note: CNN and the Bible in themselves are not violent, but the content they portray is violent.
Sitting on the back porch of a Nova Scotia bed and breakfast one evening, I was engaged in a rather remarkable discussion with the owner of the house. "Long before Columbus," she said, "people from Europe visited this part of the world. We know that because they find a lot of stuff around here that just doesn't fit what we were taught in school. I think the Knights Templar visited this place and stashed their treasure."
It was interesting, and there is a lot of evidence that Europeans had visited North America well before Columbus set foot here. But then the story got stranger:
"In fact, I think the Knights Templar knew something about Jesus that the church has been hiding from us for years. I think Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, and they had a child....
We really don’t know the names of the magi because the Bible doesn’t tell us. In fact, the Bible is silent on how many wise men visited Jesus. However, tradition has it that the three wise men who came to seek and honor the infant Jesus were named Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior.
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The three wise men, also known as magi, were men belonging to various educated classes. Our English word magician comes from this same root. But these wise men were not magicians in the modern sense of sleight-of-hand performers. They were of noble birth, educated, wealthy, and influential. They were philosophers, the counselors of rulers,...
Who was Lot's wife? This woman, unknown by name, figures in the narrative of Lot regarding his escape from Sodom (see Genesis 19). The angels commanded Lot's wife to flee from the doomed city with her husband and daughters. They warned the little group not to look back. “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed” (verse 17, NKJV). The angels even took her hand to hurry her on her way, because she and Lot lingered, reluctant to leave their home.
Lot's Wife and the Pillar of Salt
Lot’s wife, alone of the four fugitives, disobeyed the angel’s warning and looked back at the destruction of the doomed city. As a result, she “became a pillar of salt” (verse 26). Jesus recalled her...
This is what the Bible says about Noah's wife beginning in Genesis 7:7, "So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood."
The Bible does not give her name, however, according to Jewish tradition her name is Naamah - the sister of Tubal-cain, a descendant of Cain, the son of Adam and Eve (see Genesis 4:22). Why Tubal-cain's sister (a daughter of Lamech by his wife Zillah) should be specifically mentioned is unknown. Jewish tradition made her Noah's wife. Her name, meaning "the beautiful" or "the pleasant one," reflects the worldly mind of the Cainites, who looked for beauty rather than for character as the chief attraction in women.
The 12 disciples/apostles of Jesus were the foundation stones of His church, several even wrote portions of the Bible. In Revelation 21:14 we are told that the twelve foundations of the wall of the New Jerusalem will have in them the names of the twelve disciples/apostles. It is evident, therefore, that God attaches great importance to these 12 men.Peter James John Andrew Bartholomew or Nathanael James, the Lesser or Younger Judas Jude or Thaddeus Matthew or Levi Philip Simon the Zealot Thomas
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The Apostles of Jesus
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The Bible says that Jesus was placed on the cross at 9 a.m. and darkness covered the land from noon until Jesus’ death at 3 p.m. (Mark 15:25, 33-38).
Earlier in the day the Jewish leaders came to Pilate around 6 a.m. or soon thereafter (see John 19:14). The hearing before Herod took place around seven o’clock Friday morning. Jesus’ second trial before Pilate began around 8 a.m. and according to Mark 15:25 it ended and the crucifixion took place at “the third hour,” which using the Jewish method of counting, would correspond to nine o’clock in the morning. Around noon, while Jesus was on the cross, total darkness surrounded the area, until about 3 p.m. (see Matthew 27:45) when He cried out, “It is finished” and died (John 19:30).
Most commentaries seem to indicate that...
The Bible gives limited details on the name and character of Cain’s wife. The only mention of Cain’s wife is in Genesis 4:17, where Cain and his wife had a son. They soon named a city after their son. The Bible does say that Adam and Eve had other children besides Cain and Abel (Genesis 5:4). No doubt it was one of these daughters that Cain took for a wife.
God commanded humanity to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28; 9:1) and thus it was necessary to marry one’s own relative. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob married their own relatives so as to avoid intermarrying non-believers. Later however, Moses commanded close intermarriages between members of the same family to be prohibited (see Leviticus 18:6-17).
What does the Bible say about Cain’s Life?