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The Bible – Reliable News Source, Thousands of Years in the Making

Egypt Erupts in Riots and Looting

If you have flicked on the T.V. and watched headlines for even a brief moment within the last few days, you are aware that something major is going on the Middle East, specifically Egypt.  As a self-described “news junky,” and a student of the Bible, it’s as though I am reading one source in the same.  One difference, the Bible was written in the span of 1500 years, hundreds to thousands of years ago.  With the amount of media coverage that the chaos in Egypt is receiving, it was natural for me to open the “Good Book” and see what may have been written about the topic.  What I found is staggering…

Isaiah 19

A Prophecy Against Egypt

1 A prophecy against Egypt:

See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud

and is coming to Egypt.

The idols of Egypt tremble before him,

and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.

2 “I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian—

brother will fight against brother,

neighbor against neighbor,

city against city,

kingdom against kingdom.(emphasis added) 

3 The Egyptians will lose heart,

and I will bring their plans to nothing;

they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead,

the mediums and the spiritists.

4 I will hand the Egyptians over

to the power of a cruel master,

and a fierce king will rule over them,”

declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

—————————————–

Ezekiel 30

   A Lament Over Egypt

 1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

   “‘Wail and say,

   “Alas for that day!”

3 For the day is near,

   the day of the LORD is near—

a day of clouds,

   a time of doom for the nations.

4 A sword will come against Egypt,

   and anguish will come upon Cush.[a]

When the slain fall in Egypt,

   her wealth will be carried away

   and her foundations torn down.

 5 Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.

 6 “‘This is what the LORD says:

   “‘The allies of Egypt will fall

   and her proud strength will fail.

From Migdol to Aswan

   they will fall by the sword within her,

            declares the Sovereign LORD.

7 “‘They will be desolate

   among desolate lands,

and their cities will lie

   among ruined cities.

8 Then they will know that I am the LORD,

   when I set fire to Egypt

   and all her helpers are crushed.”

For skeptics of the Bible, let me ask you a question. 

How do you explain this??

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  1. sitanbul
    January 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Are you serious or is this some kind of a sick joke???????

    • Order in the Quart!
      January 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Completely serious. I’m not sure how it is a “sick joke.” I am merely pointing out what the Bible states and how similar it is to what is actually going on and cited in the news. I didn’t write the Bible, I study it.

  2. sitanbul
    February 2, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Maybe you should have a look at the work of Umberto Eco and his ideas concerning authorial intent and reader’s perception . . .

    • Order in the Quart!
      February 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      I’m good, thanks for the suggestion though. Have you read the Bible?

  3. sitanbul
    February 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    As a matter of fact, I have, I have also read bits of the Edda, the Gilgamesh epic, the Kuran, and many more . . . I still remain to be convinced of the veracity or prophetic content of any of these writings. Conversely, I would like to invite you to have a look at this post: “Apocalypse Soon: Rapture Event Expected on 21 May 2011” — http://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/apocalypse-soon-rapture-event-expected-on-21-may-2011/

  4. Order in the Quart!
    February 3, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Actually, I am aware of the falsity of this “prediction.” The Bible is absolutely, crystal clear that we do NOT know the day or the hour of the rapture. I reject date setting, vehemently.

    Matthew 24:36
    36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father.

  5. sitanbul
    February 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

    But, the point is, don’t you realise that the “inerrancy” is but a new, a comparatively recent “invention”, given academic credibility by the dynamic duo of Hodge and Warfield. All text is written down by somebody somewhere sometime, hence it is the reader who gives ultimate meaning to a written word (reader’s perception). Of course, true believers claim that Allah wrote the Kuran in heaven, then passed it on to Gabriel who whispered it into Muhammad’s ear . . .

    So, is Biblical inerrancy but a ploy to live up to Islam’s ideal of possessing a book with a divine author, or did God (or Allah) write two books, if not more????

    • Order in the Quart!
      February 4, 2011 at 4:55 am

      The Bible is complete and does not contradict itself. Each book within the Bible written is fits with the theme of every other book. Let me be clear. Allah is not the same as the God of the Bible. No, God didn’t write the Qur’an, the sentiment is completely contradictory to that of the Bible. The theme of the Bible, overall, is redemption through Christ. Where is the salvation from Allah? There is NO assurance of salvation. Allah isn’t depicted as a consistent, just god. He delights in chaos and discord. He delights in making men squirm and bloodshed. God, the God of the Bible, the “I AM” is just and consistent. He doesn’t take pleasure in torturing men for the sake of entertainment. Though He has all authority, He chose to make salvation possible, He gave man a second chance. Even in His just anger, He loved us and made a way. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that noone should perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17
      Jesus is the ONLY way to salvation. And only by confessing “Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead. You SHALL be saved.” Romans 10:9

  6. sitanbul
    February 5, 2011 at 7:03 am

    There are those who say “He” is . . . I have met them, I have heard such people speak. As for the Bible, the Old Testament was written by a number of anonymous Jews, and I would suggest you have a look at the book ‘Who Wrote the Bible?’ written by the renowned Biblical scholar Richard Elliot Friedman. As for the New Testament, as you know, it was written after the death of that Jewish-miracle-worker-turned-religious founder figure known as Jesus. In fact, it was Paul, or should I say Saint Paul, who came up with this idea of constructing an all-encompassing ideology that would be able to convert the Gentiles, in addition to the small Jewish sect already in existence. On this point, I would suggest you have a look at Hyam Maccoby’s ‘The Mythmaker. Paul and the Invention of Christianity’. Whereas the work of Géza Vermes is also useful. As for typology, or the notion that events described in the OT are presaging events relating to the miracle-worker Jesus, that was nothing but a mediaeval Hineininterpretierung, so to say . . . Those Church Fathers and assorted Saints, they had to do something . . . and here, you could have a look at Earl Miner’s ‘Literary uses of typology : from the late Middle Ages to the present’.

    • Order in the Quart!
      February 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      It doesn’t matter what “they” say, the portrayals between the two books are incomparable. They are two different beings. One is a lie and one is the truth. And it was NOT Paul who “came up with the idea” to convert Gentiles. That would be God’s doing. Paul was merely the tool God used. I have no need for books that are biased in nature and based on opinion rather than truth. I am surprised at your continued interest in dialogue on the matter, particularly given your initial harsh cynicism. And I appreciate your willingness to discuss it. The Bible was authored by more than 30 people under the direction of the Lord. The time period spanned 1500 years. Within all of that time and in each individual, the Book is cohesive and continuous.
      Isaiah 42:6 –
      6 “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;
      I will take hold of your hand.
      I will keep you and will make you
      to be a covenant for the people
      and a light for the Gentiles, ”

      Isaiah 49:5-6
      5 And now the LORD says—
      he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
      to bring Jacob back to him
      and gather Israel to himself,
      for I am[a] honored in the eyes of the LORD
      and my God has been my strength—
      6 he says:
      “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
      to restore the tribes of Jacob
      and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
      I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
      that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

      Search the Scriptures, themselves, friend. I pray that you will, indeed, find the truth….

  7. sitanbul
    February 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Richard Elliot Friedman is a renowned Biblical scholar, whereas Hyam Maccoby was an equally renowned scholar of Judaism. As for Miner, he was a well-respected scholar of English and Japanese literature, if I am not mistaken. Rather than limiting yourself to the self-referentiality of intra-textual complacency, reading outside the confines of your book of choice might make you realise that there is “More Between Heaven and Earth than Dreamt of in Your Philosophy” or religion . . .

    Muslims see the Kuran as the word of God, communicated by Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad. Whereas they regard Christianity and Judaism as precursors of the true religion of Islam, precursors that went awry somewhere along the way . . .

    Reading is such a wonderful thing, it broadens your mind and opens up new vistas, unseen and unheard of before . . .

    • Order in the Quart!
      February 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      You are correct that reading broadens the horizon. I have even read some of the Qu’ran to know what it says, though I was certain and grounded in the Bible as the Word of God. As I am limited in time, I don’t waste it with books that are completely contrary to my belief system. I don’t see my firmness in “intra-textual complacency” as limiting, at all, though I can see why you, as a skeptic, would be led to believe that. If the texts were contradictory, I could see your point. However, I understand the benefit to reading books that offer a unique perspective into the interpretation. But, interpretation is only permissible so long as it does not contradict the Word itself, in any part.

      There isn’t much information about who you are on your blog. Can you give me any insight into your background? I will look into the authors you suggest. (Extending an olive branch, one might say 🙂

  8. sitanbul
    February 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    How generous and kind of you, extending an olive branch . . . well, I am currently an independent scholar residing in Istanbul. As such I am an historian by training and a writer by vocation . . . and I have a deep interest in the history and culture of the wider Middle East and Balkans, as well as a near-obsessive preoccupatin with all forms of religious beliefs and opinions.

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