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Tuesday, January 10 2017
How Long Was Adam Alone?
"And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him"
The English-language word "beast" originated from a Latin word, bestia, that referred to "Any four-footed animal, as distinguished from birds, insects, fishes and man" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary). That definition matches the Hebrew word of the Holy Bible, pronounced khaw-ee, so it is appropriate that "beast" is used to translate it.
Humans are not animals, or descended from animals, although that same dictionary goes on to include, whether it intended to do so or not (it's a dictionary that was published before the present day hysterical "political correctness" tyranny and censorship began), the other figurative definition of "beast": "A brutal man, a disgusting person." That term is used in prophecy for the "man of lawlessness" (i.e. he will declare all of his crimes "legal"; see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?) who will match that definition (see the Fact Finder question below).
The "beasts," the four-footed animals, were created on the sixth day of Creation. The first human was created later that same day - when the day was almost over (keep that point in mind).
"1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
While the first chapter of Genesis provides the summary historical statement "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (verse 27, above; see Who Did God Call Adam?), we know from the more-detailed second chapter of Genesis that there was a substantial time between the creation of the first man and the first woman.
Notice that the man, after he was created, was placed in the Garden of Eden and commanded to work there to care for it - which he did. When he became lonely, after some time had passed, he was given animal companions. When that proved inadequate for him, the first woman was created. Could all of that have happened in just the last hour or two of the sixth day? It seems very unlikely. Almost certainly, the first man on Earth wasn't just the first man created on Earth - for some substantial time, long enough to get lonely, he was the only man, the only human, on Earth.
"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Fact Finder: What does Bible prophecy tell us about the end-time "beast" and his political and military rampage?
This Day In History, January 10
49 BC: Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River (a political/military boundary), defying the Roman senate, and plunging Rome into civil war (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1072: Norman adventurer Robert Guiscard conquered Palermo.
1430: Charles V (Hapsburg) founded his knights of the "Order of The Golden Fleece" (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1475: Stephen III of Moldavia defeated the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vaslui. The Ottoman Empire ruled much of the Middle East for centuries, until after the First World War of 1914-1918 (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1538: A statement by Martin Luther regarding the Roman Catholic doctrine of Purgatory: "God has placed two ways before us in His Word: salvation by faith, damnation by unbelief. He does not mention purgatory at all. Nor is purgatory to be admitted, for it obscures the benefits and grace of Christ."
1645: William Laud, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded for treason.
1810: Napoleon Bonaparte divorced his "eternal love" Josephine (Josephine de Beauharnais) after 14 years of marriage. Josephine was "Empress consort of the French" during the years that Napoleon waged his wars of aggression all across Europe and into Russia (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1863: The world's first underground ("subway") railway service opened, in London, England.
1920: After the First World War (1914-1918), the Treaty of Versailles took effect. The Treaty had also established the League of Nations.
1920: The League of Nations opened, in Geneva. The organization was replaced by the United Nations after the Second World War.
1922: Arthur Griffith was elected President of the newly formed Irish Free State.
1934: Marinus van der Lubbe was guillotined in Germany for allegedly setting fire to the Reichstag (the German Parliament Building). The fire (which many believe was actually started by the Nazis themselves; see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator) was used by Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars?) as his excuse to institute wide-ranging "homeland security" measures, including the creation of the infamous Gestapo - a German abbreviation of "The State Police" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: German aircraft attacked 12 ships off the British coast; 3 ships sunk, 35 crewmen killed.
1942: Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1946: The League of Nations was officially superseded by the United Nations when the first U.N. General Assembly opened in London.
1947: Two years after the Second World War ended, the Greek ship Himara struck a wartime mine in the Saronic Gulf south of Athens; 393 of the 637 people aboard were killed.
1962: 4,000 people were killed by an eruption and avalanche in Peru.
1970: Russian cosmonaut Pavel Belyayev died at age 45. He was the pilot of the Soviet's Union's 8th manned space mission in 1965 when Belyayev's co-pilot, Aleksey Leonov, became the first man to walk in space (Ed White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space 6 months later).
1984: The U.S. and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations (see also The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans).
2003: Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row after Chicago police were convicted of torturing false murder confessions out of over 200 people between 1972 and 1991.
2008: Edmund Hillary died at age 88. In 1953, the New Zealander, along with his Sherpa (a people of Nepal) guide Tenzing Norgay, became the first to climb Mount Everest.