Jul 16, 2019
I spend hours researching science and archaeology discoveries. Many times I fall down rabbit holes learning interesting stuff, but not exactly what I need. Like this article on elephants in the ancient Levant.
Perhaps you didn’t know elephants lived in Israel? I admit, I never really thought about it, but the animals had to pass through there from Ararat to Africa somehow. Anyway, there are two sites mentioned in the article, one near the Golan Heights and the other near Kafr Qasem, about ten miles northeast of Tel Aviv.
The researchers had studied the bones of ancient elephants unearthed in these areas and concluded that their disappearance might have been caused by pre-modern men over hunting them. By pre-modern I am referring to homo erectus the term in the article. The elephants faded from the scene about 400,000 years ago. I am sure this announcement would have been a surprise to them, since no elephant existed 400,000 years ago.
But the researchers were puzzled themselves.
It seems they had previously found the remains of modern men, homo sapiens also dating back 400,000 years at Kafr Qasem. This presented two problems. One, where was homo erectus the elephant hunter? Two, these homo sapiens predated discoveries in Africa by 200,000 years, upsetting the evolutionary Out of Africa theory.
So what is a scientist to do with this information? The article states, “...they had no explanation for this.”
But here is where the ancient elephants came to the rescue in forming a new theory. It goes like this: homo erectus hunted slow moving animals with a spear, and when they were gone, his brain grew and he started hunting smaller, faster animals which caused man to evolve faster in the Levant than in Africa.
They are still considering other theories, however.
One they are not considering is that man has an appointed time on earth. So do the elephants. According to the Bible, that time has been less than 10,000 years.
There is another time for us many do not consider. It is the acceptable year of the Lord, the time of His favor and grace, and we are living in it.
2 Corinthians 6:1-3 says, “Working together, we entreat also that you not receive the grace of God in vain, for he says, ‘At an acceptable time I listened to you, in a day of salvation I helped you.’ Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.” (WEB)
Let’s take the evidence for what it is and not receive the grace of God in vain. The discoveries point to the movement of animals and mankind after leaving the ark and the Tower of Babel. It is evidence that speaks to the truth of God’s word so we may confidently receive the help God brought us, our salvation. And we say, "Thank You, Jesus!"
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