“Scientists: Biblical Plagues Really Happened” by Michael G. Mickey

Scientists are saying the ten plagues that fell upon Egypt, which led to Moses freeing the children of Israel from slavery as recorded in the Book of Exodus, really happened. Well, sort of – or not so much.

The Telegraph is reporting the following, in part (emphasis added mine):

Researchers believe they have found evidence of real natural disasters on which the ten plagues of Egypt, which led to Moses freeing the Israelites from slavery in the Book of Exodus in the Bible, were based.

But rather than explaining them as the wrathful act of a vengeful God, the scientists claim the plagues can be attributed to a chain of natural phenomena triggered by changes in the climate and environmental disasters that happened hundreds of miles away.

They have compiled compelling evidence that offers new explanations for the Biblical plagues, which will be outlined in a new series to be broadcast on the National Geographical Channel on Easter Sunday.

Typical ‘scientific proof’ of what the bible records, isn’t it? Sure, the ten plagues may have happened, but it wasn’t the wrath of God! No way! It was just climate change of all things! How convenient of science to conclude that at a time like this when climate change is under such tremendous scrutiny, huh? And look at the date the National Geographic Channel has chosen to air this doubt-inducing propaganda on the spiritually immature and blind – Easter Sunday! What better time to cast a shadow on the accuracy of God’s Word than on a day when the vast majority of the Christian world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord? If you listen closely, you can almost hear Satan giggling, can’t you?

Who knows? Based on this, given enough time, scientists may someday find ‘compelling evidence’ Christ actually rose from the grave as depicted in the scriptures. If they do, their discovery will probably link the Roman empire passing an unpopular healthcare reform package into law, one so great it led to doctors in Jerusalem being able to do amazing things like miraculously heal people who appeared to be dead. (The surrounding storyline of a scientific discovery like that could suggest that the disciples may have rushed a doctor to Jesus’ tomb shortly after his crucifixion – just in case. The rest, as they say? Well, it would be history. Sort of.)

Assuming for a moment that the scientists’ “compelling evidence” of natural phenomena being the explanation for the ten plagues of Egypt occurring is factual, why would evidence to that effect preclude Almighty God from having brought about same to achieve His purposes? Of course not! Their scientific case would still have a few gaping holes to fill.

How did Moses, for example, hundreds of miles away from where the ‘natural phenomena’ took place that led to the biblical plagues, know about them all in advance? Was he a climatologist? Did Al Gore, the creator of the Internet, also secretly create a time machine and utilize it to show Moses an advanced screening of “An Inconvenient Truth” or what? We’re left to wonder.

How was Moses so accurate in seeing what was taking place around him that he was literally able to raise his hands toward heaven, at precisely the right moment no less, after which a “thick darkness” fell over Egypt for three days as recorded in Exodus 10:22 – a darkness that oddly weaved its way to and fro throughout the land, managing to fall everywhere but upon the dwellings of the children of Israel? (Exodus 10:23) We’re left to wonder.

One of the examples of science explaining the ten plagues deals with the following plague, recorded in Exodus 11:4-7:

And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

Moses forewarned Pharaoh of what was to come, but Pharaoh hardened his heart. In doing so, he brought terrible pain upon his household and all his people’s as well as recorded in Exodus 12:29-30:

And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

How are scientists explaining the plague that befell Egypt’s firstborn? From the article:

The cause of the final plague, the death of the first borns of Egypt, has been suggested as being caused by a fungus that may have poisoned the grain supplies, of which male first born would have had first pickings and so been first to fall victim.

Almighty God, the master of heaven and earth, couldn’t have used something as simple as a fungus or as massively powerful as a volcanic eruption to bring about the ten plagues of Egypt as recorded in scripture? No. Not according to science which brings us to a teaching moment.

Is that sulfur I’m smelling?

What we are expected to believe when science finds an explanation, whether factual or merely theoretical in content, is that those who wrote the bible, Moses himself among them, took artistic license of real events and turned them into what we today believe to be the divinely inspired Word of God. (Don’t buy the hype, skeptics!)

Science is forever looking to explain away the teachings of scripture, plain and simple. In doing so, however, science completely misses the point of same, as Dr Robert Miller, associate professor of the Old Testament, from the Catholic University of America concludes at the end of the article whom I’m going to paraphrase in conclusion.

The point of the scriptures in question is that the children of Israel didn’t come out of Egypt by natural causes, but by the hand of God! Whether God used a fungus to kill the firstborn of Egypt or a volcano to bring darkness upon the land of Egypt doesn’t change a thing! He is God after all! All things were possible through Him in the days of Moses and all things remain possible with Him today.

Each and every time an unfulfilled bible prophecy is fulfilled from this point forward, which we know is going to occur? Skeptics and scientists alike are going to line up to dismiss it all as coincidence or merely natural phenomena. Regardless, God’s Word will still be relevant and perfectly accurate, fulfillment of same being His signature as the driving force behind its authorship.

2 Responses to ““Scientists: Biblical Plagues Really Happened” by Michael G. Mickey”

  1. I saw an interesting comment of the plagues, that they were designed by the Hebrew God to show His power was superior to all of the gods of the Egyptians, who worshiped practically everything that crawled, swam or flied. Picture the Egyptians starting to pray to their gods to try to stop each plague, and each time their god is powerless. It seems like the plagues are more of a designed thing than a random, natural thing.

  2. Steve says:

    I couldn’t agree more. God’s detractors explain these things away as “natural”, all the while ignoring who made and controls “nature”.

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