Bible Time Line - Part 1
4000 B.C. - 2343 B.C.
Creation: Six days
1st day: Sunday - Earth / Night / DayIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void; darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light; God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. [Gen 1:1-5]
The sun, moon, and stars were not created until the 4th day.
2nd Day: Monday - HeavenGod said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; God called the firmament Heaven. [Gen 1:6-8]
firmament = The vault or expanse of the heavens; the sky.
The Lord God has not caused it to rain on the earth, but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. Before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown, and there was no man to till the ground. [Gen 2:4-6]
3rd Day: Tuesday - Continents / Oceans / Grass / Herbs / TreesGod said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear;" and God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called seas. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself." [Gen 1:9-13]
4th Day: Wednesday - Sun / Moon / StarsGod said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth;" then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day, the night, and to divide the light from darkness. [Gen 1:14-19]
Since the earth was in existence on the 1st day, although without form and void... It appears that the earth was created before the sun, moon, stars and other planets... so much for the "big bang theory."
5th Day: Thursday - Great Sea Creatures / Fish / BirdsGod said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens." So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth." [Gen 1:20-23]
6th Day: Friday - Animals / Reptiles / Insects / ManGod said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind." [Gen 1:24-25]
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, over the cattle, all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him. 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 being. The Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make a helper comparable to him.... And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in it's place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: 'This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.' " [Gen 2:7, 18, 21-24]
The Bible states that God made Man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him! Man was the last to be created... the animals, reptiles, birds, sea creatures were here already... so we lived together with them... all of them... including dinosaurs. The Evolution theory, spouted as fact in our schools and the media, states that millions of years ago ocean slime evolved into a fish that eventually crawled ashore then further evolved into a land animal, ie., a monkey, which in turn slowly evolved into a human being. ~ The Biblical Creation and the Evolution theory are diametrically opposed... they can not both be true!
The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.... And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not ear, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die."
God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food; and it was so." [Gen 1:29-30]
Man, animals, birds were not originally carnivores. Only after the Flood did man and animals begin to eat meat. [Gen 9:1-3]
7th Day: Saturday - God Rests - The Sabbath DayOn the 7th day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the 7th day. Then God blessed the 7th day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. [Gen 2:1-3]
created = out of nothing; made = from something already existing.
3999 BCThe Temptation / The Fall / Expulsion from Garden
God told Adam he could freely eat of every tree in the garden except the tree in the middle... the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God didn't say he couldn't touch it... He said don't eat it or you will surely die. Evidently, when Adam relayed this command to Eve, she either didn't understand or didn't trust God's word and was therefore tempted to sin by the serpent/dragon/Satan who told her she wouldn't die but would be like God. Adam however, standing right next to her, was not tempted, he just took the forbidden fruit Eve offered and ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings (Man's attempt to save himself). Both she and Adam disobeyed God, blamed someone else for it, and died spiritually immediately. God made tunics of skin and covered them (God's provision for salvation). They were then driven out of the garden of Eden. [Gen 3:1-24]
First Satan twisted God's words, then outright lied to her... telling her that she would not die, that God didn't want her to know that she would become a god herself. He is still using the same tactics today... and people are still falling for it. Eve blamed the serpent and Adam blamed God. If they had only confessed their sin and ask forgiveness they would have been forgiven. This is the first animal sacrifice for sin... the first reference to the blood of Christ for salvation. It is also interesting to note that they "sewed" the fig leaves together so they must have invented needles and thread to do it with. [Gen 3:7; Heb 9:22]
3979 BCThe First Murder
Two sons were born to Adam and Eve: Cain and Abel. Cain was firstborn. Both were evidently taught what God said... nothing man can do will earn his salvation, only the shed blood of an "innocent substitute" will do. When they were grown, Abel brought the blood sacrifice (a lamb) that God required and was accepted. Cain, on the other hand, either doubted or outright rejected God's Word, as he brought "of the fruit of the ground" and was promptly rejected by God, "If you do what is right will you not be accepted?" Rather than do as God commanded, Cain became furious with jealousy and killed his brother. Cain was given a "mark" so that no one would kill him. He did not repent even after God spoke to him, but went out from the presence of God to the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. [Gen 4: 1-16]
The ground had been cursed by God because of Adam and Eve's sin. So, when Cain brought the fruit of the ground as an offering, he was rejected by God. Cain killed Abel because his works were evil and Abel's righteous [1 John 3:12]. Since only a male, the head of the household, is allowed to offer a sacrifice... Abel must have been full grown, at least 20 years old (age of a warrior), when he began to sacrifice. If not, Adam would have made the sacrifice for his entire family. Abel might have even been married... Cain was. It is also interesting that Abel, and Adam, had to have fire in order to perform the sacrifice God wanted. [Num 1:1-3]
Cain and his wife had a son and named him Enoch. Cain built the first known city and named it after his son. [Gen 4:16-17]
Adam and Eve had many children and since they were the only people on earth, Cain's wife was one of his sisters. Cain built the first city and named it after his firstborn son, Enoch. It was built east of Eden in the land of Nod. Nod was probably in Asia, maybe China. It is believed that Eden is buried under the waters of the Persian Gulf.
3870 BCIn the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. [Gen 5:1-2]
Seth was born to Adam at the age of 130. Eve said, "God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel whom Cain killed." Adam begot Seth in his own likeness, after his own image. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 more years and had other sons and daughters. [Gen 4:26; 5:3-4]
Adam was created in the image of God. Seth, as well as the rest of us, was born in Adam's image, the image of fallen man... in need of redemption.
3765 BCEnosh was born to Seth at the age of 105. Men began to call on the name of the Lord after Enosh was born. [Gen 5:6]
Adam 235 / Seth 105
3675 BCCainaan was born to Enosh at the age of 90. [Gen 5:9]
Adam 325 / Seth 195 / Enosh 90
3605 BCMahalaleel was born to Cainaan at the age of 70. [Gen 5:12]
Adam 395 / Seth 265 / Enosh 160 / Cainaan 70
3540 BCJared was born to Mahalaleel at the age of 65. [Gen 5:15]
Adam 460 / Seth 330 / Enosh 225 / Cainaan 135 / Mahalaleel 65
3378 BCEnoch was born to Jared at the age of 162. [Gen 5:18]
Adam 622 / Seth 492 / Enosh 387 / Cainaan 297 / Mahalaleel 227 / Jared 162
3313 BCMethuselah was born to Enoch at the age of 65. [Gen 5:21]
Methuselah is the 8th generation from Adam through Seth. Lamech is the 8th generation from Adam through Cain. Lamech's sons Jabal, Jubal (mother Ada), and Tubal-Cain and his daughter Naamah (mother Zillah) were born to him through his two wives. Jabal was the father of all those who dwell in tents and have livestock. Jubal was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. Tubal-Cain an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. The use of iron followed bronze. This is the first reference to a man having two wives. Lamech states, "Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; O wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, even a young man for hurting me. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold."... It appears that Lamech has killed 11 men. This side of the family did not know or understand God or His word. Each generation was more-than-likely told the story of Creation, the Fall, and the murder of Abel, from Cain's perspective. [Gen. 4:19-24]
Adam 687 / Seth 557 / Enosh 452 / Cainaan 362 / Mahalaleel 292 / Jared 227 / Enoch 65
3126 BCLamech was born to Methuselah at the age of 187. [Gen 5:25]
Adam 874 / Seth 744 / Enosh 639 / Cainaan 549 / Mahalaleel 479 / Jared 414 / Enoch 252 / Methuselah 187
3070 BCAdam died at the age of 930. [Gen 5:5]
Adam died spiritually at the Fall and now he dies physically. Nothing is said about the death of Eve. The people of the antediluvian age had knowledge of God, His word to man, the Fall and the consequences of it, directly from Adam for 930 years. Methuselah had heard God's word directly from Adam for 243 years, and his son Lamech (Noah's father) for 56 years.
Seth 800 / Enosh 695 / Cainaan 605 / Mahalaleel 535 /Jared 470 / Enoch 308 / Methuselah 243 / Lamech 56
3013 BCEnoch was translated by God at the age of 365. As a prophet of God, Enoch said, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." [Gen 5:23-24; Jude 1:14-15]
"translated by God" = raptured = taken alive to heaven. This is a prophecy of the end times and the 2nd coming of Christ - see also [Rev 19: 11-16].
Seth 857 / Enosh 752 / Cainaan 662 / Mahalaleel 592 / Jared 527 / Methuselah 300 / Lamech
2958 BCSeth died at the age of 912. [Gen 5:8]
Enosh 807 / Cainaan 717 / Mahalaleel 647 / Jared 582 / Methuselah 355 / Lamech 168
2944 BCNoah was born to Lamech at the age of 182. [Gen 5:28]
Lamech said, "This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground that the Lord cursed." [Gen 5:59]
After the Fall, planting and growing food had became more difficult because of thorns and thistles... weeds. After the Flood Noah and his family (and animals) were allowed to eat meat... which would make it easier to feed themselves. Noah would have learned about God and the Fall from his grandfather Methuselah who had learned directly from Adam.
Enosh 821 / Cainaan 731 / Mahalaleel 661 / Jared 596 / Methuselah 369 / Lamech 182
2860 BCEnosh died at the age of 905. [Gen 5:11]
Cainaan 815 / Mahalaleel 745 / Jared 680 / Methuselah 453 / Lamech 266 / Noah 84
2765 BCCainaan died at the age of 910. [Gen 5:14]
Mahalaleel 840 / Jared 775 / Methuselah 548 / Lamech 361 / Noah 179
2710 BCMahalaleel died at the age of 895. [Gen 5:17]
Jared 830 / Methuselah 603 / Lamech 416 / Noah 234
2578 BCJared died at the age of 962. [Gen 5:20]
Methuselah 735 / Lamech 548 / Noah 366
2464 BCSons of God & the daughters of Men
When men began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. The Lord said, "My Spirit will not always strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days will be 120 years. There were giants on the earth in those days and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were old, men of renown. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." [Gen 6:2-5]
"sons of God" = angels. Gen 18:2-8, and Heb 13:1, tell us of three angels who materialized and appeared to Abraham, and while visiting with him partook of the meal which he provided. If a materialized angel can eat, there is no reason to suppose that other functions of the body would be impossible. The only human son of God in this pre-Flood age was Adam, "he is a type of Him who was to come" [Romans 5:14-18]. This is the first reference of angels appearing to humans in human form. Even so, it seems logical the people knew they were angels and still they corrupted themselves... which is probably the reason God declared them evil. In procreating with angels, a race of giants was born that persisted even after the Flood. In these days there were probably no official wedding ceremonies. The act of procreation created the marriage in the sight of God... as it still does today.
Noah Commanded to Build ArkThe end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. This is how you shall make it: The length shall be 300 cubits, its width 50 cubits, its height 30 cubits. You shall make a window, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door in its side. You shall make it with lower, 2nd and 3rd decks. And behold, I Myself am bringing the flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; and everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark - you and your sons, your wife, and your son's wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them. [Gen 6:17-22]
The ark was 450 ft L x 75 ft W x 45 ft H, the window was 18 inches below the roof. --- Noah has 120 years to build the ark before the Flood comes. It was in progress about 23 years when his sons were born. It is interesting to note that Noah didn't have to go fetch each pair of animals and birds... they came to him [Gen 6:20; 7:19-21].
Methuselah 849 / Lamech / Noah 480
2442 BCJapheth was born to Noah at the age of 502. [Gen 5:32]
Japheth was Noah's first born.
Methuselah 869 / Lamech 682 / Noah 502
2441 BCShem was born to Noah at the age of 503. [Gen 5:32]
Since Shem's son Arphaxad was born in 2341 BC (2 years after the Flood at age 100), it stands to reason that Shem was born in 2441 BC. [Gen 11:10]
Methuselah 872 / Lamech 685 / Noah 502 / Japheth 1
2440 BCHam was born to Noah at the age of 504. [Gen 5:32]
Ham was Noah's youngest son.
Methuselah 873 / Lamech 686 / Noah 504 / Japheth 2 / Shem 1
2349 BCLamech died at the age of 777. [Gen 5:31]
Assur-banipal, king of Babylon (c. 1364-1368 BC), recorded that he "loved to read the writings of the age before the Flood." He referred to "inscriptions of the time before the Flood.".... Each person had their own seal. Seals were carved by delicate saws or drills on small pieces of stone or metal. In use they were impressed on clay tablets, while the clay was yet soft. The people of the antediluvian age were not ignorant cavemen, their seals and writings have been found under the Flood layer in Ur (modern Kuwait) ie., the "Temptation Seal" was found near Babylon, portraying in pictures exactly what Genesis says in words. It shows a tree, on the left side a man, the right side a woman plucking fruit, and behind her a serpent.
Source: Halley's Bible Handbook, by H.H.Halley; Zondervan Publishing Co.; Copyright 1965; p. 44
Methuselah 964 / Noah 595 / Japheth 93 / Shem 92 / Ham 91
2344 BCMethuselah died at the age of 969. [Gen 5:26]
George Smith, of the British Museum, found in 1872, the tablets from the Library of King Assur-banipal at Nineveh, accounts of the Flood curiously parallel to the Bible account, which had been copied from tablets dating back to the First Dynasty of Ur, a period about midway between the Flood and Abraham... In these tablets these expressions repeatedly appear -- 'The Flood,' 'the age before the Flood,' 'inscriptions of the time before the Flood.'
Source: Halley's Bible Handbook, by H.H.Halley; Zondervan Publishing Co.; Copyright 1965; pp. 76; 328
Jesus said, "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not understand until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." [Mat 24:38-39]
You gotta know Noah and his family pleaded with all who would listen that God was going to send a world wide flood to destroy all people on earth ... and you know they didn't listen. They must have been tickled silly laughing at the old man and his kids building a huge boat in the middle of the desert. Today, Jesus is our Ark... and they're still not listening.
17 May 2344 BCIn the 600th year of Noah's life, in the 2nd month, the 17th day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. On the very same day Noah, Noah's sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth, Noah's wife and his sons three wives with them, entered the ark with two of every animal and bird. God shut the door of the ark, and the Flood began. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed 15 cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth and every man.... Only Noah and those with him in the ark remained alive. [Gen 7:11-23]
15 cubits = 22.5 ft. It's curious that nothing is said about the dinosaurs that lived at the same time as the pre-flood generation... maybe they're just included with the other animals. Dinosaur footprints along side human footprints have been discovered in a Texas riverbed... a fact which the Evolutionist seem to ignore. Also, nothing is said about any of the animals being full grown when they entered the ark... they could have been babies, or eggs, and therefore much smaller. The dimensions of the Ark allow for it's volume to equal that of 569 railroad box cars.
2344 BC marks the end of the Antediluvian age, it lasted 1,656 years. These people were not stupid cave men. They built ships; ruled cities; farmed the land; tended herds; and created music. They had fire; ate; walked; talked; married; danced and sang. They created extravagant gold, silver and lapis lazuli jewelry; bowls of alabaster, objects of art; and weapons. They had language and writing. From Adam to Noah each person had many children, who in turn had many children. This was a huge population that disappeared. Is it possible that the Pre-Flood Age represents Atlantis referred to by Plato... that "sank beneath the sea" 10,000 years before his time? You never know.
Noah 600 / Japheth 98 / Shem 97 / Ham 96
27 June 2344 BCGod remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. [Gen 8:1-3]
Three things were let loose creating this flood... (1) fountains of the great deep (2) windows of heaven, and (3) 40 days and night of torrential rain. (17 May plus 40 days/40 nights = 27 June 2344)
17 October 2344 BCThe waters prevailed on the earth for 150 days then began to decrease. In the 7th month, on the 17th day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. [Gen 7:24; 8:4]
It has been 5 months since the flood began - 17 May plus 150 days = 17 October 2344 (150 ÷ 30 days = 5 months) -- Mount Ararat is in Eastern Turkey (Old Armenia).
"There are two main mountains. Great Ararat has an altitude of 16,946 feet (5,169 m) above sea level; 7 miles (11 km) southeast, Little Ararat is 12,877 feet (3,928 m) above sea level. Both are symmetrical, cone-shaped volcanoes composed of alternating layers of lava and ash. Because of the lack of water, the area is relatively barren and uninhabited. From medieval accounts, the Ararat region was a beautiful, forest-clad mountain with many human settlements and abundant wildlife; however, deforestation, overgrazing, and a destructive earthquake in 1840 have severely impacted the area."
Source: - http://worldroom.tamu.edu/mideast/photos/064-80-087.html
1 January 2344 BCThe waters decreased continually until the 10th month. In the 10th month, on the 1st day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. [Gen 8:5]
Noah and his family have been on the ark for 8 months and 14 days. The tops of Mt Ararat were seen. Actually there are two mountains... Great Ararat and Little Ararat.
11 February 2344 BCAt the end of the 40 days, Noah opened the window and sent out a raven which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth, He also sent out a dove, to see if the waters had abated from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. [Gen 8: 7-11]
It is now 9 months and 10 days since the flood began -- The Bible clearly states that the Flood covered the whole earth, it was not just a local flood as some believe.
18 February 2344 BCAt the end of 7 more days, Noah sent out the dove again, and it returned in the evening with a freshly picked olive leaf in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had abated from the earth. [Gen 8:10]
It is now 9 months and 17 days since the flood began
25 February 2344 BCAfter another 7 days, Noah sent out the dove, and it didn't return. [Gen 8:12]
It is now 9 months and 24 days since the flood began.
1 April 2343 BCAnd it came to pass in the 601st year of Noah's life, in the 1st month, the 1st day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. [Gen 8:13]
The flood is finally over for Noah and his family after 11 months and 14 days. Actually we have no idea on what date a new year began in the antediluvian age. However, in Exodus 12:2... God made it law that April would be the 1st month of the Jewish year, so this is the date I have used for all calculations here... accurately or inaccurately assuming it is the date He prefers for this time in history as well.
Noah 601 / Japheth 99 / Shem 98 / Ham 97
Archaeological Significance of the FloodCreation scientists believe the great coal deposits of the world are the transported and metamorphosed remains of the extensive vegetation of the antediluvian world. This catastrophic interpretation is further supported by the presence of polystrate fossils in coal beds which indicate rapid formation. Also, the type of plants involved and the texture of these deposits testify of turbulent waters, not a stagnant swamp. ... human skeletons and artifacts, such as intricately structured gold chains, have been found in coal deposits. In Genesis 4 we learn that metal-working was already highly developed; Tubalcain was an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron.
Source: - http://www.chick.com/reading/books/174/evolvex.htm
Source: - http://www.wyattarchaeology.com/noah.html (Noah's Ark)