We only know with certainty, three of the nearly 50 places listed in the exodus between Egypt and the Jordan 40 years later.
Additionally, of all the wilderness areas mentioned in the exodus, we only know for certain that the Wilderness of Shur was in Midian where Ishmael settled.
In trying to locate the crossing point of the Red Sea, we need to follow closely what the Bible says. All things considered, we are proposing that the Straits of Tiran in the Gulf of Aqaba, is the best candidate crossing point in 1446 BC. In addition to directly contradicting the Bible, all northern crossing points like "Lake Sirbonis" must be wrong because like the Bitter Lakes, they provided no absolute security and protection Egypt. No freshwater body of water is ever called the Red Sea in the Bible including the Bitter Lakes and Lake Timsah.
Bitter Lakes and Lake Timsah are never called the Sea of Reeds but they are shallow lakes with reeds in them. When Israel saw the Egyptian army getting ready to attack them: "Then they said to Moses, "Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? This is where any suggested crossing point like the Bitter Lakes or the northern Suez becomes plain silly because they are just too close to Egypt to say this. Three suggested crossing points must be wrong because they provided absolutely no security: 1.
If I had just crossed a small lake that was 5 miles through the middle and 10 miles around the shores, I would not be singing the song of Moses, I would keep running away!
Therefore, the only crossing point of all our choices that would provide absolute security and peace of mind is the "Straits of Tiran" at the Gulf of Aqaba. The Bible sequence for the exodus route says they traveled in the wilderness of Egypt to get to the Red Sea. Only a crossing at the Gulf of Aqaba has a wilderness wandering before they crossed the Red Sea. The traditional crossing points like the Bitter Lakes, have no "wilderness sojourn before the Red sea.". Those who believe Israel crossed at the north tip of the Gulf of Suez fail to harmonize the sequence of "Wilderness travel before Red Sea". Some "north Gulf of Suez crossing advocates attempt to harmonize the "Wilderness before the Red Sea crossing" sequence by tracing the route as follows: From Goshen east of either the Bitter lakes, "into the wilderness" then south for 20 miles, then west (back out of the wilderness) towards the Nile over top of the Gulf of Suez, then south again for about 5 miles to the west side of the Gulf of Suez where they crosses the "Red Sea" from west to east back into the "Wilderness of Sinai" a second time.
Most people completely overlook this clear detail that Israel traveled through a wilderness to get to the Red Sea. Only the Gulf of Aqaba crossing at the Straits of Tiran agrees with the sequence of events in the Bible: 1.
The correct interpretation is that Etham was on the far and outer edge of the wilderness after they had traveled through it to reach the Red sea.
If the 10 mile area between the outskirts of Goshen and the Bitter Lakes are considered a wilderness, then the edge of the wilderness, in traditional thinking, would be at the outskirts of Goshen where they began. You cannot travel through a wilderness, then be at the starting edge of the same wilderness at the same time. It just so happens that the distance from Egypt they went through the wilderness to the Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea) is roughly about the same distance of 220 Miles.
The traditional and most popular route is a red sea crossing at the Bitter Lakes, through the wilderness to Jebel Musa in what is traditionally called the Sinai Peninsula, then to Kadesh Barnea at Ein el Qudeirat. For the traditional thinkers, if Israel crossed at the Bitter Lakes, then Judges 11:16 would read differently than it does. The Bible no where identifies the wilderness of Sinai as being geographically tagged to the V shaped area of land between the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba.
Although the Bible never directly tells us where the Wilderness of Sinai is, the Bible does give four different names for geographic V shaped area of land between the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba that has traditionally been called the Sinai Peninsula. In Isa 21:1 Babylon is likened unto the geographic region west of the Negev (traditionally called the Sinai peninsula) and called "the wilderness of the sea". Notably, when people cross the River of Egypt the Bible never puts any land, region or area between the two. Premillenialists discount the Bible verses that say Israel got all the promised land: "So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it. The power of name of this river that the sets the boundary between Egypt and Israel was understood in the mind of every Jew. The Ishmaelites and the Midianites lived together in the land of Midian and are referred to interchangeably in the Bible.
If we let the Bible guide us first, then look at the geography of the Gulf of Aqaba, we will see that the Straits of Tiran are the best candidate for the Red Sea crossing. Scripture says that Israel went past the Red Sea crossing point to Pi-hahiroth, then turned back again. Pharaoh, knowing the geography of the area understood that Israel had reached the dead end of this plain and was literally boxed in by high mountains and the Red Sea.
There is no absolute "boxing in" at any other crossing point like the Bitter Lakes or the north Gulf of Suez.
The Gulf of Aqaba is a very deep channel of water ranging from 800-1800 meters in the middle.
The crossing at the Straits of Tiran is 18 km long and a natural land bridge provides for an 800 meters wide pathway the full distance of the crossing. Coral growth over the last 3500 years since the miraculous crossing means that we cannot really know what the sea floor looked like exactly back then.
So 3500 years ago the 18 km crossing point at the Straits of Tiran would likely have been deeper than it is now over the coral reef and shallower than it is now in the two shipping channels. There is one other natural land bridge that provides the only other possible crossing site in the Gulf of Aqaba that is adjacent to Nuweiba. The incline across the Enterprise Passage on the west side of Gordon Reef is easy even today to cross. The Bible says that pharaoh's army sank to the bottom of the sea like a stone, as well as others washing up on shore.
Divers have claimed to find what looks like "18th dynasty Egyptian, eight spoke chariot wheels", 50 miles north of the Strait of Tiran in shallow water.
Once they crossed the Red Sea into the Land of Midian, what is now North Saudi Arabia, they headed for Jebel al-Lawz, which we consider the best candidate for Mt. The Bible is completely unique among all religious books or ‘Scriptures’ in that it contains hundreds of specific future prophecies, unlike all others which may contain a few vague forecasts at best.
Precisely fulfilled Biblical prophecy firmly establishes its credibility as a revelation from the Creator, who alone exists outside of time.
According to the Bible, fulfilled prophecy is one of the strongest proofs of its authenticity as a precisely accurate and unique revelation from God, in contrast to all false religions, belief systems, and individual cult leaders. The first example below is how the Bible predicted the exact day of Christ’s presentation of Himself as Messiah over 600 years in advance. Ancient Jewish Rabbinical writings in the Talmud, which are dated from the time between the prophet Daniel and the time of Jesus Christ, reveal that Hebrew scholars recognized Daniel’s prophecy as referring to the coming of the Messiah. Consistent with the first prophecy example above, King Cyrus of Persia released the Jews to return to their homeland after 70 years of captivity, exactly as both Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesied and Daniel recognized (Isa. Since the Israelites did not repent, the punishment previously promised by Ezekiel (360 years remaining for fulfillment) was multiplied seven times (360 years x 7 = 2,520 Biblical years). The starting date for this prophecy is the release of the Hebrew captives to return to Judea to rebuild their temple, which is known from history to have occurred in the summer of 537 B.C. May 14, 1948 is the exact day the modern state of Israel was proclaimed by the Jewish leader, David Ben Gurion!
Could these seemingly impossible prophecies have been faked, written after they were fulfilled, or intentionally fulfilled? There’s no way to fake them, since archeological evidence indicates the prophecies are very ancient. Except for those whose hearts are irrevocably hardened against Him, fulfilled Bible prophecy is a miracle of God and dramatic evidence of precise word for word accuracy of the Holy Scriptures, God-breathed from our eternally loving and omniscient Creator.
Rory Roybal + is the author of Miracles or Magic?, and has over 10 years of experience leading in-depth church and home Bible studies.
This entry was posted in Articles and tagged bible prophecy, christianity, Daniel, end times, ezekiel, Israel, jesus christ, messiah, nehemiah by admin. It's no fairytale - one day, you can be free from all the hurt, hunger, aloneness, crime, and chaos infecting the world today. Answer: A The Scriptures promise that Jesus will return to this earth in the same manner that He left at His ascension--in a visible, literal, bodily, personal manner.
Answer: A Every man, woman, and child living in the world when Jesus returns will see Him at His second coming. Answer: A Jesus is coming back to this earth to reward His people as He promised and to take them to the beautiful home He has prepared for them. Answer: A The righteous dead will be raised from their graves, given perfect, immortal bodies like that of Christ, and caught up into the clouds to meet the Lord. A A Does the Bible give specific information regarding the nearness of Christ's second coming?
Answer: A a€?Satan has invented many false teachings about the second coming and is deceiving millions into believing that Christ has already come or that He will come in some non-biblical manner.
Answer: A There is great danger in becoming so busy with the cares of this life or so entranced by the pleasures of sin that the coming of the Lord may slip up on us as the Flood did on the world in Noah's day, and we will be surprised, unprepared, and lost. It is true that a terrible tribulation will cover the earth just before Jesus returns to deliver His people. 9.A A Does the Bible give specific information regarding the nearness of Christ's second coming?
Answer: A Satan has invented many false teachings about the second coming and is deceiving millions into believing that Christ has already come or that He will come in some non-biblical manner.
People might feel like they can get away with violating a traffic law or cheating on their taxes, but God and His laws work much differently.
Answer: A Yes, God knows each one of us (every person on earth) better than we know ourselves. Answer: A Because there is only one narrow path that leads to godlikeness, and thus to His kingdom.
Answer: A God permits disobedience and sin to continue until all people everywhere are at last fully convinced of God's justice, love, and mercy.
Answer: A If I have had no opportunity to learn a certain Bible truth, God does not hold me accountable. Jesus says that He will call them to His true way, and His true sheep will hear and follow (John 10:16, 27).
Answer: A The sanctuary blueprints and full specifications for its construction were given to Moses by God. Answer: A The sacrificing of animals was necessary to help people understand that without the shedding of Jesus' blood, their sins could never be forgiven. Answer: A When a sinner brought a sacrificial animal to the door of the courtyard, a priest handed him a knife and a basin. As our High Priest, Jesus gives us the power to live right in the present and in the future.
A A What six sublime promises does the Bible give us about the righteousness offered to us through Jesus? The sprinkled blood (representing Jesus' sacrifice) was accepted by God, and the confessed sins of the people were transferred from the sanctuary to the high priest.
Answer: A The Lord asked Moses to erect a sanctuary--a special building that would serve as a dwelling place for the great God of heaven. A Brief Description of the SanctuaryThe sanctuary was an elegant, tent-type structure (15' x 45'--based on an 18-inch cubit) where the supernatural presence of God dwelt and special services were conducted.
12.A A What six sublime promises does the Bible give us about the righteousness offered to us through Jesus?
Answer: A Misguided men introduced other forms of baptism in direct contradiction of God's Word.
Answer: A It represents the believer following Christ into His death, burial, and resurrection. Answer: A This is like saying a baby should never try to walk until certain that he will never slip and fall. A A Jesus asks you to be baptized by immersion as a symbol that your sins have been washed away. Old enough to understand the difference between wrongdoing and right-doing, and to make an intelligent decision to surrender to Christ and follow Him. In Matthew 28:19, we are told to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. 15.A A Jesus asks you to be baptized by immersion as a symbol that your sins have been washed away. Of course the actual crossing point needs to be possible, logical and harmonize with scripture. About 70 years later, Pharaoh Akhenaten (1379 - 1362 BC) would arise and promote a monotheism that worshipped the sun god Aten. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The wind both helped divide the waters, but more likely were the agent that dried the seabed. The word baptism always means full immersion in the Greek and it was only changed to sprinkling for "dead bed baptisms" in 757 AD and even then immersion was the normal mode of baptism. The Bible says that their was a wall of water on both sides of the sea when they crossed, indicating a great depth that would not allow reeds to grow. They are clearly NOT IN THE WILDERNESS, since the Bitter lakes are about 25 miles from the edge of Goshen where they lived. But when they crossed at the Gulf of Aqaba, they knew they were fully secure right there and then with no "what ifs", second thoughts or worries. They trace the route due south from Goshen towards the western side of the Gulf of Suez, then cross over into what is traditionally called the Sinai peninsula where they travel in the wilderness to the traditional Mt. Traditional thinking interprets this as the starting edge of the wilderness on the west side of the Bitter Lakes before they entered what is traditionally called the Sinai Peninsula.
The near edge at the start of the wilderness crossing and the far edge as you leave the wilderness.
Remember the Bible sequence: They leave Goshen, travel through the wilderness and after they have crossed this wilderness, they arrive at the Red sea and cross it". They arrived at the Red Sea after traveling through the wilderness and were then at the "distant edge" of the wilderness. But the traditional route from Egypt to the Bitter Lakes to Kadesh are dramatically unequal in every regard.
One glaring error is calling "V" shaped area of land between the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba the Sinai Peninsula. If the border of Egypt really was at the edge of the land of Goshen by the Bitter Lakes, we would expect the Bible to say things like, "An Abraham left the Negev and travelled in the wilderness, then came to Egypt. Pharaoh's best army came roaring up behind them leaving them only two choices: climb or swim. There is a wide coastal plain on the eastern side of the Gulf of Suez that butts up against a high mountain range and also follows the coastline around to the Straits of Tiran.
However at the Straits of Tiran, there is a natural land bridge so the deepest point the Israelites would encounter is only 205 meters. The Straits of Titan have a shallow coral reef in the middle with a one way shipping lane on either side.


For example, as the coral grew up and came to the surface, the tides flowing around the coral would dig a natural channel deeper on the north and south ends of the reef where all the water would flow around. In other words, 3500 years ago it may have been a uniform depth for the entire 18 km of between 100-200 meters. This is not likely the crossing point, since the depths there reach 765 meters (2300 Ft.) and with much steeper slopes. Remember miracles were involved here so if it was too steep, perhaps God filled in some dirt ahead of time! To really do the job right, a professional deep sea archeological expedition of "Titanic proportions" is needed to explore the depths of 1800 meters in much of the 30 mile ocean gully at the bottom of the Gulf of Aqaba. Sinai located near the following areas: Wilderness of Etham and wilderness of Sinai are synonymous. Popular individuals such as Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and Jeane Dixon have also made many predictions, and a small percentage of their prophecies seem to have been fulfilled in a general sense, but most of them completely failed. In addition to unparalleled historical and documentary evidence, the Bible stands alone in this regard, and there is nothing else even remotely similar. The second example is how the 20th century end times rebirth of Israel was predicted over 2,500 years in advance by the Bible. 32, ‘Palm Sunday’, the exact day of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the only time he officially presented Himself to Israel as their Messiah! Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: [according] to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. Therefore, Israel and Judah were to be punished for a total of 430 Biblical (360 day) years (390 + 40 years). But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I [am] the LORD” (Lev. The Jewish people proclaimed the independence of Israel and the end of their worldwide captivity on the precise date prophesied by Ezekiel. Ask yourself what the odds are of predicting Jesus’ offer of Himself of Messiah to Israel over 600 years in advance to the exact day, or the rebirth of end times Israel over 2,500 years in advance. He also has more than 20 years of executive management experience, leading groups up to 400 people and $30M+ technical business units.
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? The staggering threefold (Luke 9:26) brightness of His coming will stretch from horizon to horizon, and the atmosphere will be charged with brilliant glory like lightning. As the cloud nears the earth, Jesus will send His angels, and they will quickly gather together all of the righteous people in preparation for the trip back to heaven (Matthew 24:31).
He will restore to His people all of the joys and glories of Eden that Adam and Eve lost by sinning.
Then the righteous living will also be given bodies like Christ and will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
This earthquake will be of such a devastating nature that it will leave the world in a state of total destruction. Through the Holy Spirit and my conscience, Jesus knocks and asks to come into my heart so that He can change my life. God sees everything we do, hears everything we say, and He really does care about how we behave. All will finally realize that God, by requiring obedience, is not trying to force His will upon us, but rather is trying to keep us from hurting and destroying ourselves. He promises to keep me from error and lead me safely to all truth if I: (1) pray earnestly for guidance, (2) sincerely study God's Word, and (3) follow truth as soon as I am shown. But the Bible teaches that I am responsible to God for all the light (knowledge of right) I have and all I can have! Satan, in order to make God's requests appear unreasonable, invented the falsehood that obedience is impossible. We must give God credit for being wise enough to require some things of us we may not understand. He knows that all disobedience is sin and that sin brings unhappiness, tragedy, alienation from God, and eventual destruction. He promises that just as He worked a miracle to bring us the new birth, He will also continue to work needed miracles in our lives (as we gladly follow Him) until we are safe in His kingdom. Matthew 7:21-23 makes it clear that many who prophesy, cast out devils, and do many wonderful works in Christ's name will be lost but will think they are saved.
The walls were made of upright acacia (wooden) boards, set in silver sockets and overlaid with gold (Exodus 26:15-19, 29). The Bible teaches that everything in the sanctuary or connected with its service was a symbol of something Jesus would do in saving us. They were a copy of the original sanctuary in heaven, which was the pattern for Moses' sanctuary. The laver, located between the altar and the entrance of the sanctuary, was a large washbasin made of brass. Jesus' death as our sacrificial lamb and substitute, and His continual powerful ministry as our heavenly Priest, accomplish two incredible miracles for us:a€?a€?A. This righteousness, which is miraculously accomplished for me and in me by Jesus, is the only true righteousness that exists.
Once each year, on the day of atonement, a solemn day of judgment took place in Israel (Leviticus 23:27). He then transferred these confessed sins to the scapegoat, which was led into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:16, 20-22). That day's services pointed to the blotting out of sin by the real High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary.
The altar of burnt offerings where animals were sacrificed was located in the courtyard, just inside its entrance (Exodus 27:1-8). Jesus' death as our sacrificial lamb and substitute, and His continual powerful ministry as our heavenly Priest, accomplish two incredible miracles for us:A.
Please notice that Philip, a leader in the early church, baptized the treasurer of Ethiopia by immersion precisely as John baptized Jesus.
So, today, God is well pleased when a person is baptized by immersion in harmony with His command. No one should be baptized unless he (1) knows the truth of God, (2) believes it, (3) has repented, and (4) has experienced conversion.
The Bible shows in Acts 10:44-48 that water baptism is necessary, even when the baptism of the Holy Spirit has preceded it. Obviously you are not ready to be buried in the baptismal waters, because the old life of sin is not dead.
The person who is baptized thus publicly acknowledges that he has taken Christ's name (Christian), just as a bride publicly announces the taking of her husband's name at the time of the wedding. For example, crossing a shallow freshwater lake like the Bitter Lakes, where winds merely blew the water away, creates a problem for how the Egyptian army would be drowned.
The point here is that Paul argues that the Israelites were a type of full immersion, with water on both sides like city walls, and a cloud of water vapour over top of their heads.
So being 30 miles from their beds, with ample food supply, beside a major fresh water lake, no one would call this "in the wilderness". The first leg was 30 miles from Goshen to the Bitter Lakes (Red Sea) and the second leg was a wopping 350 miles to Kadish Barnea. Psalm 106:22 "And smote all the firstborn in Egypt, The first issue of their virility in the tents of Ham.
We never find a single Bible verse that indicates a land between Egypt and Israel, because the River of Egypt is the eastern boundary of Egypt! Because of mining operations, it was an Egyptian protectorate under the military control of Egypt. So as they walked south for the entire trip beside the Gulf of Suez, they were boxed in on the east by the mountains and on the west by the Gulf of Suez.
From modern nautical charts, we can see that the eastern "Enterprise Passage" is 205 meters deep and 800 meters wide and the western "Grafton Passage" is only 70 meters deep and 800 meters wide. The Straits of Tiran, as we see them today pose absolutely no problem for a crossing by a million people since the slope is shallow and the depth is no more than 600 feet. Neweiba is also in the middle of a mountain range making it difficult to access for the Israelites. In contrast, some of the Bible’s fulfilled prophecies are spectacular, even predicting specific events hundreds or thousands of years in advance to the exact day. Because it has been proven impeccably trustworthy for an abundance of very specific prophecies via recorded history, it can be trusted for events we cannot empirically verify, including those in the distant past or future.
There are hundreds of other excellent examples of fulfilled Bible prophecy, but the following are not as generally well known, and some may find these exceptionally incredible. Moreover, Daniel predicted that after this time the Messiah would be violently murdered, but not for Himself (it was for us). For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, 390 days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.
Since the Jews were already punished 70 years in Babylonian captivity, 360 years of punishment remained after their captivity until the final return of the Jews to Israel, and therefore the prophecy would have been fulfilled in the second century B.C.
On this day a united Israel again took its place as a sovereign, independent state among the nations, after being without a homeland for an unprecedented ~2,000 years.
The book of Daniel is one of the most authenticated books of the Old Testament, translated into other languages several hundred years before the birth of Christ, including the Greek Septuagint, so there is absolutely no possibility this prediction was written after the fact.
We cannot know the exact day and hour of Christ's return (Matthew 24:36), but we can be confident that we are the people who will live to see Jesus return. While the Lord offers forgiveness for our sins, there still are deadly consequences for breaking God's law.
The Bible is the map and guidebook with full instructions, warnings, and information on how to safely reach that kingdom. The sin problem is not settled until even the most cynical and hardened sinners are convinced of God's love and confess that He is just.
This being true, surely it is high time to abandon all fuzziness regarding what is right or wrong. It seems so harmless to wait, but the Bible teaches that unless a person acts immediately upon light, it quickly turns to darkness.
When a person knowingly rejects light and continues in disobedience, the light eventually goes out, and he is left in total darkness. The Bible is speaking here not of one single act or sin but of a presumptuous continuation in sin and a refusal to surrender to Christ after one knows better. But most people don't know that at the same time, the Lord gave Moses the blueprints for one of the most mysterious structures ever built - the sanctuary.
This means we cannot fully comprehend the plan of salvation until we understand the symbolism connected with the sanctuary. Between these angels was the mercy seat (Exodus 25:17-22), where the supernatural presence of God dwelt. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. In this manner, the sanctuary was cleansed of the sins of the people, which had been transferred there by the blood sprinkled before the veil and had been accumulating for a year. Through His shed blood applied to those written in the book of life, Christ would confirm the decisions of His people to serve Him eternally. He might even be immersed after the example of Jesus, but he would simply come up a wet sinner instead of a dry one--still without faith, without repentance, without a new heart. It would be a criminal act for a funeral director to bury someone who is not dead and equally serious for a minister to baptize one whose old sinful life is not dead. On the other hand, a crossing through the center of either the Gulf of Suez or Gulf of Aqaba where the water is often 1800 meters deep, easily explains the drowning of the army, but creates a problem in actually getting one million men, women, children and livestock to negotiate the steep 60 degree downward slope to the bottom almost a mile deep, then back up the other equally steep side.
So for those not content to call it just the Red Sea, they should be consistent and call it: "sea of plants" "Sea of weeds".
Skeptics looking for naturalistic and non-miraculous explanations, like to think of a shallow lake a few feet deep (like the Bitter Lakes), being swept back by a typical strong wind. Paul says that just as Israel was saved when they were "baptized into Moses", so too we are saved when we are baptized into Christ. They explain that it was a shallow fresh water lake of bullrushes and God simply blew away 10 feet of water to allow them to cross. Far too close to worry about dying in the wilderness if it was just a days walk back to your old bed in Goshen. The crossing therefore was the approximate halfway mark of the journey to Kadish Barnea (just south of Petra) where they spent 30 years (many days) living before entering the promised land. This verse is exactly what we would expect if the River of Egypt (Wadi al-Arish) is the boundary line between the Negev and Egypt.
Of course this won't work because the Nile is a much greater river than the Euphrates and of course it would mean that they were already in the promised land in Goshen before the exodus started!
The fact remains that from 1500BC up to the completion of the New Testament, the land west of the River of Egypt was considered part of Egypt.
This means that Egyptian territory butted up to the western boundery of Israel (Wadi al-Arish in the Negev). The first recorded faithless grumbling is Israel was while they were still in Egypt against Moses who was trying to get them to leave in the first place. Another reference to this highway is: "So Saul defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah as you go to Shur, which is east of Egypt. This is a very realistic scenario and means that 3500 years ago, the coral was under water and therefore the tides would not dig the deep channel at either end of the reef where it is today. Although cold water would preserve the wood, realistically, with earthquakes and natural sedimentation, it is unlikely to find anything that is 3500 years old at the bottom of the deepest parts visible to any dive team, but its worth a try! Sinai was in the wilderness of Shur, where the Ishmaelites lived, which was in the land of Midian. However, fulfillment of the prophecy was delayed, according to disobedience of the vast majority of Jews who chose to remain in the Persian Empire as colonists, along with a previous condition God stated in Leviticus that extended the prophecy if Israel continued to disobey.
And these are just a few of many, many positive signs that show we are in the closing days of earth's history. Spiritism has invaded the churches, as well, with the false teaching of the immortality of the soul.
For example, Jesus stated specifically that He will not appear in the desert or come to the seance chambers (verse 26).
As a free gift, He bestows upon me His own righteous character so I can stand unafraid before a holy God when my life is changed by Jesus.
They surround the holy city to capture it (Revelation 20:9), and fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. God does not promise eternal life to those who merely make a profession of faith or are church members or are baptized, but rather to those who do His will, which is revealed in Scripture. It will take perhaps a major catastrophe or worse to convince some, but the horrible results of sinful living will finally convince all that God is just and right. People had better stop letting their own foolish whims and egotistical notions guide them and pay attention to God's great book. Of this group, only two (Caleb and Joshua) fully followed the Lord, and they alone entered Canaan. Obstacles to obedience are not removed while we stand and wait; instead, they usually increase in size.
No child will fully obey his parents unless he loves them, nor will he love his parents if he does not obey.


Simple faith and trust in God will cause us to believe that He knows what is best for us and will never lead us in any wrong path. Those who refuse to obey God will end up believing a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12) and thus think they are saved when instead they are lost. It must have been important, because the Israelites could not enter the Promised Land until it was completed. This symbolized Goda€™s throne in heaven, which is likewise located between two angels (Psalms 80:1). When Adam and Eve sinned, they would have died at once except for Jesus, who stepped forward and offered to give His perfect life as a sacrifice to pay the death penalty for all people (Revelation 13:8). This ministry of the blood by the priest foreshadowed Jesus' present blood-ministry for us in heaven. This special judgment day, like that of Israel's Yom Kippur, foreshadowed the final atonement to be made for planet Earth. The sacred ordinance of baptism has been changed and made of little consequence during truth's hazardous journey through the centuries. Then comes burial in the water and resurrection from the watery grave to a new life in Christ. This contamination and burden is so devastating to the human personality that people will go to almost any length to achieve a sense of forgiveness and cleansing. No age level is specified in the Bible, because children have different levels of experience and understanding.
Identifying Jesus as the Christ and Messiah was present truth for the people of that day; therefore, it was crucial for them to be baptized in His name. Calling it "Sea of Reeds" creates a bias towards a freshwater body and causes us to rule out the Gulf of Aqaba. Of course their real intent is to find a non-miraculous explanation for the story and this is why they prefer to call the Red Sea, the Sea of Reeds.
Even if they got the location of Kadish Barnea correct just south of Petra, the second let is still 300 Miles.
Here the "the wilderness of the [Red] sea" does not refer to the geographic land of Babylon. Ezekiel makes reference to the second recorded faithless grumbling of Israel in the wilderness of the land of Egypt just before crossing the Red Sea: "Then they said to Moses, "Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? When they got to Pi-hahiroth, they turned back again to the Straits of Tiran because they hit a dead end: A mountain range. It does too good a job at "shutting them up in the wilderness" since there is a very narrow and long canyon through the mountains they needed to cross to even get to the shore at Neweiba.
Now let’s do a little math, keeping in mind that a year in the Bible always refers to a Jewish year of 360 days (the prophecy was written in Babylon, which also used a 360-day year). Despite royal permission, however, only a small remnant of the Jews left Babylon for Israel. Also, the events prophesied were out of the control of any individuals who might imagine fulfilling them, so they were not “self-fulfilling prophecy” as skeptics might claim. Jesus is coming soon, but there is a lot of popular misconceptions regarding just how He's coming.
Even religious leaders are denying the plain Bible teachings of Creation, the Flood, the divinity of Christ, the second coming of Christ, and many other vital Bible truths.
Only a small percentage of the citizens of our large cities attend church services regularly, but they jam pleasure resorts by the thousands. There is no reason to be deceived if we learn what God's book teaches about Christ's second coming. Those who deny, ignore, or make light of Christ's second advent (as a literal, soon-coming event) are specifically fulfilling Bible prophecy--and doing the devil a very great service. It is folly for us, in our ignorance, to question God's leadership, even when we may not fully understand all His reasons.
People who won't accept the plain teachings of the Bible would not be convinced by a sign either.
This unique portable temple represented God's dwelling place among His people, and its services showed the nation of freed slaves a three-dimensional panorama of the plan of salvation.
After Jesus died on the cross as our sacrifice for sin, He arose and went to heaven as our Priest to minister His blood in the heavenly sanctuary (Hebrews 9:11, 12).
From the yearly type of the ancient day of atonement, all of humanity is assured that our faithful High Priest, Jesus, still mediates in heaven for His people and stands ready to blot out the sins of all who will exercise faith in His shed blood. When raised from the water, the eyes open and the candidate begins breathing again and mingles with friends--a complete likeness of resurrection.
Many have been driven to the psychiatrist's couch, where human beings earnestly attempt to assist other human beings.
It should never be entered into unless the candidate has determined to be faithful through thick and thin.a€?C.
It should never be entered into unless the candidate has determined to be faithful through thick and thin.C. In fact they dismiss the wall of water, saying the word in Hebrew just means a brim, a wave. But if you are 240 miles away from your bed, in a desolate area far from civilization, then the complaints about dying in the wilderness at the hands of Pharaoh's army are quite justified. Instead, it is saying that Babylon will destroy Judah, like the wind that blows into the Negev from "the wilderness of the sea".
We admit the Hebrew parallelism of Ps 106:22 is weak because it also works for a crossing at the Bitter Lakes. Now that we know the highway ran north and south but east of Araba Valley which would drain the dead sea into the Red sea if the water still flowed. Pharaoh knew Israel must trace their steps back the way they came and figured it would an easy slaughter, since Israel was trapped. Neweiba is therefore a distant second choice to the Straits of Tiran for the location of the Red Sea crossing. As God released the water, the surge would be like a 40 foot tsunami (wave) that would easily sweep the entire army off the 800 meter wide land bridge into 1300 meter deep water immediately on either side. The vast majority never returned, choosing rather to reside in the nation of their captivity. For example, how does one predict in the distant future when someone will be born or murdered, or when an entire nation could be free to return to their homeland? So take a few minutes to understand what the Bible really says about the second coming so you won't be left behind! False christs will appear and do miracles on the earth (Matthew 24:23-27), but Jesus will remain in the clouds above the earth at His second coming. It is said that 80percent of the world's total knowledge has been brought forth in the last decade and that 90percent of all the scientists who have ever lived are alive today. Psychiatry and the traditions of pseudo-intellectuals have replaced the Bible in many religious circles. Freedom without obedience is like the false freedom of the drifting balloon or the driverless car. A careful look into the secrets of the sanctuary will crystallize your understanding of how Jesus saves the lost and leads the church. By slaying the animal with his own hand, the sinner was thus graphically taught that sin caused the innocent animal's death and that his sin would cause the death of innocent Jesus.
The blood ministered by the earthly priest represents Jesus applying His blood to our record of sins in the sanctuary above, showing that they are forgiven when we confess them in His name (1 John 1:9). There is no possible way for a person to become righteous by works (his own efforts), because righteousness requires miracles which only Jesus can accomplish (Acts 4:12). God has a plan that can totally wash all your sins away and supercharge your character - preposterous? The great difference between Christianity and every other religion is simply the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
We begin the Christian life as babies, rather than adults, and God judges us on our attitude and the trend of our life, rather than on a few slips and falls that we may experience as immature Christians.
Misguided men in the church years ago decreed that unbaptized babies are lost, but this is scripturally untrue.
Combining the testimonies of Matthew with the book of Acts, we baptize people in the name of the Father, and the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
Although the Gulf of Aqaba is the Red sea, we feel it best to just stick with what the Bible called it. In fact the word "wall" is used over 140 times in the Old Testament and it is the common word used countless times for city walls.
At these crossing points, the pillar of fire could not protect Israel, since Pharaoh's army would simply go around the lake from both sides and ambush them! The heavy and damaging winds always blow from west to east, so the Bible calls the modern Sinai Peninsula "the wilderness of the sea". It also could be viewed as not being a Hebrew parallelism: "Wonders in the land of Ham (ten plagues) and awesome things by the Red Sea (parting the water). Remember Queen Helina chose a lot of places in 325AD on the basis of feelings and superstition that were clearly not historically correct. Here is the point: This area is described as being, "east of Egypt" which only makes sense if the "Traditional Sinai Peninsula" is considered part of Egypt. So for a military leader the route they traveled was a disaster, but Israel's military leader could part the red sea.
Secular educators teach our youth to scoff at the Bible record of these great truths and substitute evolution and other man-made, false teachings for the plain, simple facts of God's Holy Word. Pleasure-mad Americans waste billions of hours in front of the TV set in direct fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3:4. The wisest statesmen of our time are concerned for the survival of civilization because crime sweeps forward seemingly beyond control.
People who know what the Bible says about the second coming will not be led astray by Satan.
But on this day the blood was taken into the most holy place and sprinkled upon and before the mercy seat (Leviticus 16:14).
It defames God as an unjust tyrant who would destroy innocent infants who died, simply because unworthy parents failed to have baptism administered. Even with Pharaoh's army drowning, these crossing points are so close to Egypt, that a second army, though inferior to the first, would be sent by Pharaoh. The traditional crossing points have it opposite: They crossed the Red Sea then afterwards, entered the wilderness. We feel perfectly justified in calling it the "The Egyptian Red Sea Wilderness", based strictly upon what the Bible calls this region.
The Israelites were all too familiar with the strong and destructive winds that blew from this area into the Negev. It does not take place at a man's death, nor is it figurative--to be manifested by better world conditions. A recent poll discovered that only two percent of American student ministers believe in the literal second coming of Christ. If the Bible had not been given, people would sooner or later have discovered (by trial and error) that the great principles of the Bible exist and are true. And it indelibly impressed the sinner with the solemn reality of sin's awful consequences (eternal death) and the desperate need of a Saviour and a substitute.
Only on this special judgment day did the high priest enter the most holy place to meet God at the mercy seat.
To keep these three vital acts alive in the minds of Christians until the end of time, the Lord instituted baptism by immersion as a memorial. Burial in the water of baptism symbolizes the burial of the ugly corpse of the old sinful life.
Isa 21:1 is warning that destruction for Judah will originate with Babylon in the same way that the strong winds originate from the "the wilderness of the Red sea". Although God did not kill them until their next faithless grumbling on the other side of the Red Sea, Ezekiel tells us that God had Judged them for their faithlessness. His part is to work the mighty miracle within me that changes my life and prepares me for His second coming. The ordinance is of utmost importance because it publicly represents the most stupendous provisions ever made for people. The "the wilderness of the Red sea" is a metaphor for Babylon, but not exactly the same as Babylon. The second coming will be a literal, worldwide, visible, personal appearance of Christ in the clouds to bring this world to an end and to reward or punish all men and women. Divorce rates are climbing wildly, with nearly one marriage in two ending in the divorce court. Perfect, holy, happy beings, restored once again to the perfect image of God, will at last be at home in a sinless, spotless world as God originally planned.
It is infinitely worse to hold to the unscriptural concept that babies are lost eternally because careless parents failed to do their duty.
The current immoral generation--with its obsession with sex and filth, with its increasing church membership but decreasing true spirituality--is plain and positive fulfillment of God's Word. Fulfillment: This prophecy points primarily to the long period of tribulation that took place during the Dark Ages and was instigated by the apostate church.
So the words of the Bible are not merely advice which we can accept or ignore without consequences.
Did you know the cross is mentioned 28 times in the Bible, but baptism is mentioned 97 times?
Adopts us as His own sons and daughters.a€?a€?Certainly no truly converted person would want to delay baptism, which publicly pays tribute to Jesus for working all these miracles.
Adopts us as His own sons and daughters.Certainly no truly converted person would want to delay baptism, which publicly pays tribute to Jesus for working all these miracles. For a real shock, see how many of the last-day sins listed in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 you can find depicted in any issue of your Sunday newspaper. That's why Luke 17:37 speaks of the bodies of the wicked and mentions the eagles (or vultures) gathered around them. It must be pretty important then, and no wonder, because it signifies a new life with the haunting, sinful past buried and forgotten forever. Nothing short of the coming of the Lord will stem the tide of evil that is now engulfing the world. A person cannot live any way he wishes and still become godlike any more than a builder can ignore the blueprints for a house without running into trouble. Sinai is really Jebel al-Lawz in modern North Saudi Arabia, this really changes everything!
Baptism is a symbol of true conversion, and unless conversion precedes baptism, the ceremony is meaningless. Candles were lighted in many houses; the birds were silent and disappeared, and the fowls retired to roost.



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