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___Archaeologists are scientists who study the past. They are especially interested in
how people lived and what their cultures were like. One of the ways they do this is by
digging in areas of ancient cities and studying what they find. Archaeologists have made
great progress, especially over the past 150 years.1 Improvements in scientific equipment
have also made it easier for archaeologists to do their job and for "knowledge to increase."
___Finding hundreds of thousands of artifacts, archaeologists have proven over and over
that the Bible is a reliable source of information about man’s past.2 Not only can most of
the major biblical cities be identified, over 25,000 sites have been found in the Holy Lands
that show some connection to the Old Testament.3 For instance, they have discovered:
___(1) palaces, statues, coins, seals and written records of leaders mentioned in the
___Bible, as well as seals of their servants4, 5, 6
___(2) various historical records of and physical evidence related to battles recorded in
___the Bible7, 8
___(3) evidence of fire and destruction at Sodom (Ex 19)9
___(4) evidence of cities, peoples and nations mentioned in the Bible that critics thought
___had not existed10, 11
___(5) the ruins of Pithom showing bricks made with and without straw (Ex 5:7)12
___(6) historical records of the Exodus plagues (Ex 7-12)13
___Another interesting discovery was made by a Bedouin goat herdsman in 1947. He
found some clay jars in a cave near the Dead Sea that contained some scrolls. Experts
studied these Dead Sea Scrolls and found them to be some of the oldest manuscripts of
the Bible that exist. They found that they help verify the accuracy of the Bible.14
___Well-known archaeologist Nelson Glueck put it this way, " . . . no archaeological
discovery has ever controverted a single biblical reference. Scores of archaeological
findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements
in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of biblical descriptions has often
led to amazing discoveries."15
___In fact, because we know the Bible is true and God is all-knowing, we also know that
no accurately identified historical, geographical or scientific discovery has ever disproved16
or will ever disprove anything in the Bible!
Dan 12:4 (KJV) . . . "even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and
knowledge shall be increased."
Dan 2:21-22 . . . He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He
reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells
Additional Reference Verse
Ex 5:7 "You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go
and gather their own straw."
An Extra Lesson: Prophesied Increase in Travel and Knowledge
___The prophecies in Daniel 12:4 (above) have been fulfilled in a very interesting way.
The total amount of mankind’s available knowledge once took many centuries to double.
Now it has been estimated that knowledge (including the creation of new knowledge
through discoveries, inventions, etc., as well as increasing discoveries of historical matters)
is doubling as often as every one year or so!
___Just in the last 200 years, many of the most significant inventions in history have been
produced, including the modern versions of the electric power plant, telegraph, radio,
telephone, television, computers, email, the World Wide Web, cars, airplanes, spacecraft
___Around the year 1900, most travel was by foot, horse (or horse-drawn vehicles),
train or ship. Now, however, mankind can fly faster than the speed of sound, rocket into
outer space and even drive around on the moon!
___Whereas long-distance communication around 1800 could take months by mail, now
we can watch news events occurring live worldwide and instantly talk with or text people
around the globe.
___Can you imagine being a person from Bible times and getting to briefly visit our
present world? How would it feel to see and interact with today’s inventions? What
modern man takes for granted would simply boggle your mind!
[Resource: For more information on the Dead Sea Scrolls, see
1 Grant R. Jeffrey, The Signature of God (Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, 2010) 55.
2 Jeffrey 57-59.
3 Paul and Marie Little, Know Why You Believe (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1988) 87.
4 Little 85-98
5 Jeffrey 59-71
6 Henry M. Morris with Henry M. Morris III, Many Infallible Proofs: Practical and Useful Evidences for the
Christian Faith (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 1996) 55-56.
7 Norman L. Geisler and Ronald M. Brooks, When Skeptics Ask (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1990) 192-199.
8 Robert W. Faid, Scientific Approach to Biblical Mysteries/A Scientific Approach to More Biblical Mysteries (Carmel,
NY: Guideposts, 1993) 135-140.
9 Geisler 187.
10 Morris 55.
11 Geisler 187.
12 Merrill C. Tenney, et al., The Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing
House, 1963, 1964, 1967) 132.
13 Geisler 192.
14 Little 75-76.
15 Morris 56-57.
16 Morris 23.
. . . we have this treasure in jars of
clay to show that this all-surpassing
power is from God and not from us.
2 Cor 4:7