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Sunday, July 29 2018
A Bible Journey, 5: When Humans Lived For Centuries
"And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died"
The fifth chapter of Genesis (keeping in mind that the Holy Scriptures were actually written without chapters or verses - they were added by European many centuries later - chapters during the 13th century and verses in the 16th century) details a genealogy of the line of humanity from the creation of the first humans to the man through whom all humanity would begin again - Noah (see How Was Noah Named From Adam's Curse? and The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq; see also How Much Did Noah's Ark Weigh?).
It was during that antediluvian ("before the deluge") world that humans had the great potential lifespans with which they were originally created - hundreds of years ("all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years"), whereas after the Flood, the LORD (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) limited human lifespan to 120 years (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what determines human longevity - and how it makes life itself possible).
It's also interesting, and hardly coincidental, that humans (and all animals; see Creation Day 6: Animals And Mankind) were created as vegetarians and remained so during the epoch of their great longevity. It was after the Flood that, at the very same time, the LORD declared that humans were to have a maximum lifespan of 120 years and be omnivorous - continue to be at least in part vegetarians, but also from then on meat eaters (see also The Evolution Of What Humans Eat).
"5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam [see also A Bible Journey, 2: Mother Earth]. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Fact Finder: What determines human longevity? What makes human physical life possible at all?
This Day In History, July 29
238: As the Roman Empire (see The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus and The Messiah And The Caesars and The Roman Emperors: Domitian and The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar) continued to unravel (although Roman imperial architecture, columns and capital domes, are still popular today - the lessons of history usually don't get learned very well), the Praetorian Guard (the supposed bodyguards of the Roman Emperors) executed the co-Emperors Pupienus and Balbinus in Rome. Gordian III, at age 13, was proclaimed Emperor. The original Roman Empire was superseded by Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
904: Saracen raiders sacked Thessalonica (known in the Holy Bible from the epistles to the Thessalonians; see also 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition), which at the time was the Byzantine (East Roman Empire) Empire's second-largest city (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1030: Olaf II was killed at the battle of Stiklestad while attempting to recover his Norwegian throne from the Danes.
1148: The Siege of Damascus ended with a decisive crusader defeat which led to the disintegration of the Second Crusade (see also Damascus In History And Prophecy).
1565: Mary Queen of Scots married Henry Stuart at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1567: James VI was crowned King of Scotland.
1588: During the Anglo-Spanish War, the Battle of Gravelines. English naval forces under the command of Charles Howard and Francis Drake defeated the Spanish Armada off the coast of Gravelines, France.
1715: Ten Spanish treasure galleons were sunk off the Florida coast by a hurricane. Florida began as two colonies of Spain (see the map below).
1793: John Graves Simcoe began the construction of a fort and settlement in a bay on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is known today as the Canadian city of Toronto.
1830: Charles X of France abdicated.
1848: Hopes of a nationalist uprising in Ireland were dashed when an insurrection at Tipperary led by William Smith O'Brien failed.
1900: King Umberto I of Italy was assassinated at Monza by anarchist Gaetano Bresci.
1914: Austria-Hungary bombarded Belgrade, Serbia; the first military action of the First World War (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1947: Three Jewish terrorists were hung by the British for an attack on the Acre prison that freed 251 convicted criminals, including murderers. In response, Jewish resistance leader Menachem Begin (a future Prime Minister of Israel) ordered the hanging of 2 British hostages, Army Sergeants Clifford Martin and Mervyn Paice, the same day. The action set off anti-Jewish riots across Britain, the first in Britain since the 13th century. See A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate to understand that the present-day state of Israel, which is actually Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah), came into existence because the British freed "Palestine" (an English rendering of the Hebrew word "Philistine"; see also Where Is Palestine?) from centuries of control and occupation by Muslim forces.
1948: The first Olympic Games after World War II opened in London at Wembley Stadium.
1957: The International Atomic Energy Agency was established (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1968: Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical entitled Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), declared that any artificial forms of birth control were prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church.
1973: Greeks voted to abolish their monarchy.
1987: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Britain and President Francois Mitterrand of France signed an agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel, later known as the Eurotunnel.