Escape From Planet EgyptPart 1

   
Prophecy students that have been paying close attention to the
prophetic 'signs of the times' will have long ago noticed how Egypt
continually resurfaces as a 'type' and simile of the world. For many
years, Christian pastors have preached sermons that point out the fact
that, throughout scripture, Egypt symbolizes the world.

   
As prophecy writer Wilbur Smith put it back in 1957, "Egypt
represents the world and the pull of the world, a magnetism from which
Israel was never fully loosened,"
1. Just like the
ancient Hebrews that were delivered from the bondage of slavery, the
scriptures repeatedly instruct us to come out of Egypt so that we may passover
to the promised land.

   
In this context, Egypt is also a type of sin and of the world system.
The Egyptian handmaiden Hagar was, for example, the
'mother of disbelief' as she bore Ishmael to Abraham
when he doubted God's promise to give him a son through Sara.

   
The Egyptian pretender to the throne of the world, the Pharaoh,
was the chief oppressor of God's covenant people in the Old Testament.
The Egyptian priests sought to counterfeit the miracles of God
manifested in Moses at the deliverance of his people.

   
But do the analogies end here? Or are there even deeper mysteries and
clues to the final days that have been obscured by the ages? I contend
that Egypt provides another primary key in unlocking an understanding
of the times of the end. My research shows that the analogies continue
far beyond a simple characterization of saved versus unsaved. They
show that Egypt is more specifically the type of the world during
the last days.
To study Egypt is to seek to unravel the history of
the deception of planet Earth, for the great civilization on the banks
of the Nile is central to understanding how the Devil has deceived the
nations. Apostate religion and the so-called New Age
theological precepts were all derived from Egypt. The attempted
corruption of the Bible through the infiltration of faulty
translations and manuscripts originated in Egypt. The prophecies
of world history and political dominion in the books of Daniel
and Revelation all take us back to Egypt as the
first kingdom with a throne that dominated the known world.

   
Egypt is in a class all by herself in the study of archaeology and
ancient civilizations. As we shall soon see, I believe that the
entire premise of history
is founded on a series of false
interpretations of early Egyptian historical accounts. These
distortions in our modern understanding of the scholarly accounts of
ancient times have enabled Satan to obscure the truth about God and
his Word

- and Egypt is the tool the
Devil has used in his attack on the Word of God.

   
The foundation of all ancient historical understanding is based on two
seemingly different historical streams of information. The first is
found largely in the Old Testament, and other extra-biblical Jewish
commentaries and writings. These are, obviously, written from the
perspective of the ancient Israelites. The other historical body of
information is from the perspective of the ancient Egyptians. The
Egyptian accounts are widely dispersed through ancient lists of kings
and priests, historical monuments, inscriptions, stelae, tombs, &
pyramids. Historical records & archaeological information from
ancient Egypt are extensive & well documented.

   
The conflict that has raged from the beginning is the fact that the
two accounts are almost completely contradictory. The parallel
chronological time-lines are uneven and chaotic. When there are dates
that are seemingly well established in one history, the parallel
account doesn't match up at all. The conclusion reached by the
majority of scholars is that the evidence is saying that one or the
other account must be fictional, or riddled with errors.

   
For example, one Egyptian document will speak of a certain historical
account

- say a famous battle with a people that
sound very much like the Israelites; but the Bible says
that during that period, there was peace. Or the Bible will describe a
certain tribal settlement during a very specific time period, while
the archaeological records show no hint of any Israelite occupation in
that strata.

   
Another seeming contradiction is found in Old Testament prophecy. In
both Jeremiah and Ezekiel, we have prophecies that say
that Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon would go to war with
Egypt; yet in the Egyptian accounts, there is apparently no record
of such an invasion. And what of the Exodus account

- the foundation of the Jewish faith?

   
The Bible says that Egypt was completely and incontrovertibly
decimated through 10 cataclysmic plagues. Exodus further states
that the entire Egyptian army and their god-king, the Pharaoh,
drowned when the waIls of the red sea collapsed after the fleeing
Israelites had escaped. Yet the Egyptologists uniformly state that
there is no Egyptian historical record of such a catastrophe. How can
this be?

   
Because of the widespread dissemination of these apparent historical
inconsistencies and discrepancies, the overwhelming majority of
teachers, scientists, linguistics experts, archaeology professors, and
scholars of every discipline believe the Egyptian accounts are
accurate; and because these secular professionals are predisposed to
reject the staggering and often miraculous claims of the Bible (and
thereby rid themselves of the conviction of the Holy Spirit that is
seeking to point them to the truth), these Egyptian historical records
have been endorsed and practically canonized by modern man.
Conversely, the 'religious' accounts from the same period (as recorded
in the Old Testament), have been relegated to the trash bin as
unscientific and contradictory legend and myth.

   
The vehicle that has seemingly accomplished this overwhelming denial
of the truth of ancient history as documented in the Bible has been Egypt.
In fact, Egyptology is (arguably) the largest single field of
specialization in the study of antiquities. The study of the
contradictions alone has baffled students of both historical
time-lines for ages. How ironic that the explanation for all of these
anomalies was originally published over 40 years ago; and yet the same
scholars who have rejected the historicity of the scriptures have
rejected the truth of why these seeming contradictions exist.

   
Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1980)
was the first scholar to fully understand and explain the puzzle of
ancient history. Velikovsky determined that the chronological
time-lines between the two historical chronologies were shifted by
early archaeologists as they interpreted what they thought the data
was telling them.

   
In a now obscure book called Ages In Chaos, Velikovsky
convincingly showed that an error in the Egyptian chronology of about
600 to 700 years has caused all the confusion. As each chronological
event in the two parallel accounts occurs, the two accounts
consistently differ because one of them is always recounting events
that are out of sequence by about 700 years. It is not an accident
that such a historical dislocation has occurred.

   
To try to grasp the scope & severity of the miscalculation, let's
say that in the far distant future historians are looking at the
history of England and America. A rough analogy would be
if the historians were looking at British accounts that were dated
1341, and then somehow came upon a group of American historical events
that actually occurred in 1941. The American records had no dates, so
the students thought the American events of 1941 paralleled the
British events that occurred in 1341.

   
Using this distorted premise of history, Velikovsky
states that,

"The
Churchill of 1341 could not have visited this country, but must have
visited some other land...and met its chief. Another chief, not
Franklin Delano Roosevelt of Washington, would live in history as
cosigner of a charter with Churchill of Britain in 1341. But as
American records would speak of Churchill who crossed the ocean in the
early forties of the twentieth century, British history would also
have a Churchill II, six hundred years after the first one." 2.

   
Please allow me to elaborate. If Churchill was mentioned by name in
the American accounts, but the British accounts simply mentioned a
king, the scholars might have assumed that Churchill was that king
because they've assumed the two chronologies are parallel. Then, when
even later records clearly documented that a man named Churchill was
prominent 600 years later, they would have assumed he was another
Churchill. Furthermore, they probably would have called him Churchill
II instead of reconstructing the original chronology.

   
Velikovsky's revisionist explanation has not only demonstrated that
many dynasties have been counted twice, but even some ancient empires
have been counted twice because different accounts use different
linguistic versions of their names.

   
Velikovsky showed, for example, that the so-called Hittite
empire never even existed, but was really the neo-Babylonian empire
simply noted under another one of their national names. To further
illustrate this complicated scenario, let us go back to our future
analogy.

   
Archaeologists dig up extensive histories of the Americans
1,000 years in the future, and they find numerous references to the Californians.
Because they don't have anything to show that California is part of America,
they try to place the history of the 'nation' of California before or
after the history of America. In other words, instead of counting
their histories concurrently, they instead record them consecutively.
So now you have 220 years of American history plus 150 years of
California history for a total of 370 years. This error then forces
the scholars to work up all sorts of scenarios to explain the
additional 150 years of history which never actually expired.

   
Multiply this error a thousand fold and you can see why the accounts
are so distorted. As scholars continue to study the histories of Egypt
and her neighbors, the error is compounded because each
historical key event, dynasty, or empire is effectively doubled
because of the original error. This means the historical accounts
would be so convoluted that the scholars would be compelled to put
forth all sorts of exotic explanations to explain why various
historical names continually show up again 600 or 700 years later.
Each of these historical 'doubles' then is, in effect, considered a
descendant of himself.

   
Velikovsky (and other writers such
as David Fry, myself, and others) have shown that this false
chronological sequencing has contaminated the studies of all ancient
nations such as the Babylonians, the Assyrians, and the Persians,
in addition to the Egyptians. Because every ancient
historical chronology is synchronized to the Egyptian time-line
instead of the accurate Hebrew time-line, our entire perception of
ancient history has been completely distorted; and accordingly, man's
"foolish heart was darkened" 3.

   
Once the two chronologies have been properly re-synchronized by
conforming the Egyptian chronology to the Hebrew accounts in the
Bible, all the various events begin to mirror each other in the
two chronologies. The characters frequently have different names, but
that is not uncommon in ancient societies. The Bible might have one
name for an Egyptian king, while the parallel Egyptian
account uses many different names. Ancient kings were known to have
throne names, religious names, dynastic names, and so forth. There are
documented cases of several Pharaohs with as many as 30 different
names. If these names are stretched end to end consecutively, you can
have an entire dynasty of 30 kings listed when actually there was only
one!

   
The original chronological errors go back at least to the time of the
pyramids in Egypt; however the dating of the pyramids can actually
help us to accurately re-synchronize the two histories. While there is
evidence that the pyramids were somehow related to the Semitic
designed ziggurats of Mesopotamia (the Tower of Babel was a
ziggurat), scholars aren't sure how the design got imported into
Egypt. This is a first rate clue, because the pyramids show up
rather suddenly during the start of the 3rd Egyptian dynasty.

   
Writer David Fry has noted that 3 things had to occur for the
pyramid age to begin: They needed a technical mastermind to design
them, there had to be a social need (or possibly a crisis) that was
intense enough to unify the people into a common goal, and most
importantly, the royal family had to have the wealth to finance such
an undertaking.

   
Egyptian historical accounts provide part of the picture, but logic
and familiarity with the scriptures will help us to
synchronize the time with the Biblical accounts. The Egyptian
histories specify that the first pyramid was designed by Egypt's first
Grand Vizier. A very wise man named Imhotep, his name
appears in the archaeological records on the pedestal of a statue in
the court of the step pyramid (the first pyramid). According to most
authorities, this Imhotep came to power under Pharaoh Zoser
just before a great 7-year famine. 4. The accounts say that
this famine occurred because the Nile failed to rise.

   
The Egyptian Stele of the Famine further states
that the Pharaoh asked Imhotep how to deal with the
problem of the famine. Other historians associate Imhotep with Pathotep
who was also the Grand Vizier of Egypt during ancient times.
They are very likely one and the same for the second name simply adds
the Egyptian god name 'path' or 'ptah' to the individual's name.

   
The interesting thing about Imhotep/Pathotep is that the Egyptian
accounts say he was "a foreigner," who lived to be 110. The
famous Egyptologist James Breasted wrote that "The success
of Zoser's efforts was perhaps in part due to the counsel of the great
wise-man, Imhotep, who was one of his chief advisers. In priestly
wisdom...and architecture, this remarkable figure...was never
forgotten." 5. The historical records show that Imhotep
was among the most beloved leaders in all of Egyptian history. He was
so favored by Pharaoh himself that the king gave him the daughter of
the high priest of Heliopolis to be his wife.

   
According to another of Imhotep's biographers, one of his
greatest political achievements was the inauguration of the first
income tax in Egypt. She writes that this "...income tax in Egypt
was one-fifth of the harvest and of the increase of cattle, plus
several months of labor each year upon great public works by all able
bodied men." 6. Yet another historian writes that,

"The
Egyptians ascribed the invention of the art of building with stone to
Imhotep, Vizier and architect of King Zoser, who reigned about 50
years before the building of the great pyramid... The Egyptians
described Imhotep as a sort of Leonardo da Vinci of Egypt,
mathematician, scientist, engineer, and architect." 7.

   
This statement clearly puts Imhotep in the time of the building
of the first pyramid. Although there is a tremendous body of
additional evidence about Imhotep/Pathotep, by now it should be
obvious that Imhotep was, indeed, the son of Jacob
described in the Bible as JOSEPH.

   
The scriptures say that Joseph came to prominence in Pharaoh's
court by interpreting a startling & vivid prophetic dream of the
king. The prophetic dream forecast a great 7-year famine that was to
fall on Egypt. Joseph & Imhotep both came to
power as a result of his counsel to the Pharaoh amidst a
great 7-year famine.

   
The Egyptian records show Imhotep created the first income tax
and that it was "one-fifth." The book of Genesis says
that income tax came to Egypt because "...Joseph
made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh
should have the fifth part...." 8.

   
The Egyptian inscriptions show that Imhotep/Pathotep was the first
Grand Vizier of Egypt while the Genesis record says that Pharaoh
set Joseph "...over all the land of Egypt" and said to him
"...only in the throne will I be greater than thou." 9. 

Imhotep/Pathotep's biographers say he
"...was not a native Egyptian, " 10. while the Bible
also clearly shows that Joseph was not an Egyptian, but a
Hebrew. The Egyptian documents say that Imhotep/ Pathotep lived
to be 110. Genesis says that "...Joseph died, being an
hundred and ten years old...." 11. The Egyptian
accounts say that Pharaoh held Imhotep in such
high esteem that he gave him the daughter of the high priest of Heliopolis
as his wife. The Bible says Pharaoh gave Joseph
"Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On." 12.
The city of On was also known as Heliopolis.

   
There are many, many more compelling reasons to connect the two. Why
have I gone into such detail? Because the conventional historical
chronology put forth by authorities everywhere says that Joseph
could not possibly be Imhotep because they are sure that
they lived about 600 to 700 years apart. But did they?

November 18, 2002 - James Lloyd

Copyright © 2002 Christian Media Network

See Also

Entrance Into Egypt

The Assyrian Conquest

The Dark Age Of Greece

FOOTNOTES

1.
Egypt In Biblical Prophecy, Wilbur M Smith, 1957, page 55

2.
Ages In Chaos, Immanuel Velikovsky, page 21

3.
Romans 1:21

4.
The Pyramids, Ahmed Fakhry, page 23, cited by David Fry in Hebrew
Sages Of Ancient Egypt

5.
A History Of Egypt (1937), James Breasted, page 112, cited by David
Fry in Hebrew Sages

6.
Imhotep, Builder In Stone (1965), Maribelle Cormack, page 29, cited by
David Fry In Hebrew Sages

7.
Secrets Of The Great Pyramid, Peter Tompkins, page 375, cited by David
Fry In Hebrew Sages

8.
Genesis 47:26

9.
Genesis 41:41, 40

10.
Hebrew Sages Of Ancient Egypt (1994), David Fry, page 43

11.
Genesis 50:26

12.
Genesis 41:45

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