Hello all you fine folks out there!
It is the beginning of the change of season—going to cooler weather in the northern hemisphere and warmer weather in the southern regions. At several points in ancient history there were also major changes of ‘seasons’ so to speak.
One of them was the loss of advanced knowledge of the ancients. But to learn about this time in history, from 2241BC forward, we have to see what the ancient human race had attained in order to understand what was lost.
So let’s go back to the very beginning…
Adam and Eve walked and spoke, and listened to God—except for their one blunder. But during the time they had with Creator God, the Intelligent Designer, they would have obtained immeasurable amounts of information. Even after The Fall it is reasonable to think God still would have guided them to some degree through answered prayers.Listen to this informative verse that is often skimmed over in the bible; “And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain [her son], an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron.” (Genesis 4:21–22, emphasis mine). This took place in the former world, the world before The Flood. It gives us some valuable clues to life as it was back then.
The making of instruments and metals took place in the decades and centuries after Adam and Eve—the first two humans—were created by God. At that time, people already had the knowledge to invent and play musical instruments, and mine, refine and shape metals. Though there are not many details, this section of the Bible tells us these people had a high degree of sophistication in a certain technologies. There may be a few of you out there who read this that have the knowledge to mine, refine and built things out of brass and iron, and maybe a few more who can make musical instruments and play them too. But I venture it is not many. I know I can’t do any of it except pluck a few cords on a guitar. I couldn’t imagine making the body of a harp let alone its strings!
It is sad that “many Christians (mostly unwittingly) have adopted an evolutionary view of man’s intelligence and achievements over the millennia.” You see, today most people have been evolutionized to the point that they believe ancient man originally communicated with gestures and grunts striving only to survive and had no complex or ordered society. However, musical instruments point to a sophisticated culture, “…advanced enough to spend time in the arts rather than simply farming and hunting at all times.”1
You have to remember that man lived for over 1,500 2 Several things back this up. First, all the people spoke one langue and could easily interchange their knowledge. Second, these ancient people lived much longer lives. Imagine the knowledge you could attain if you lived 900 years! And third, for over half the 1,500 years before The Flood, Adam and Eve were still alive, still able to share knowledge parted directly from God to the rest of humanity.
Think of all the fantastic technology we enjoy today. It is the result of an accumulation of knowledge gained over the past few hundred years. For example, the beginnings of the technologies to build automobiles go back only to the late 17th and early 18th centuries. And airplanes were invented just over 100 years ago.
It is important that we, as Christians, line our thinking up with the Bible. If we run across something either in secular articles or the Bible that makes us scratch our heads, it is imperative we choose the Bible’s documentation for it had recorded history accurately. We may not understand it at the moment, but the Bible—and Christ—will always prove true.
Until next time, God bless and enjoy His beautiful world out there!
This week in the night skies in the northern hemisphere, “with the Moon out of the evening sky, now's a good time to see what you can make of the distant galaxy cluster Abell 2666. Its location is easy to find just inside the Great Square of Pegasus. But you'll need a moderately large telescope and a good sky; the cluster's brightest member, giant NGC 7768, appears 12th or 13th magnitude. Also The big but dark-colored asteroid 324 Bamberga has brightened to magnitude 8.3. It's nearly at an unusually close, once-in-22-years opposition. Seek it out on the edge of the Circlet of Pisces sing the finder chart in the September Sky & Telescope, page 51.”3
For the southern hemisphere; “Venus climbs higher in the evening twilight. It can easily be seen 20 minutes after sunset. The brightest (spectacularly so) object above the western horizon it is visible up to two hours or more after sunset (depending on how flat your western horizon is). Venus climbs higher in the sky and approaches the bright star Spica. On the 6th, Venus is closest to Spica. On the 8th Venus, the bright star Spica, and the crescent Moon form a triangle in the evening sky. On the 9th the crescent Moon is between Venus and Saturn. On the 8th and the 9th many places in Australia will see the International Space Station pass close to Venus. Details, links to prediction sites and viewing hints are here.”4
1,2Landis, Don, The Genius Of Ancient Man, Evolution’s Nightmare, Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2nd edition 2013, p 79.