Posted by News Express | 10 May 2016 | 2,855 times
The explanation we see for the name Peleg should catch our attention indeed. Something happened when Peleg was born which gives us insight into the events and circumstances of his birth. In Israel children are often named according to the occurrences at the period of their birth. The Bible recalls that Peleg was born at the time the earth was divided. Not countries were divided but the whole earth, the land piece, was divided.
This surely must have been a rather monumental event that God needed to fix it in memory and in time. That division of the earth in the days of Peleg, I believe is what we have now come to know as continents.
I did some research on this matter and here is what I found:
Creation scientists and Flood geologists do not deny that these continents may have been connected to one another in the past as a single supercontinent in the light of Genesis 1:9. Actually, it was a Christian geologist named Antonio Snider in 1859 who was the first person to publicly comment on this jigsaw puzzle fit of all the continents, except that he believed the spreading apart and separation of the continents occurred catastrophically during the Genesis Flood.
In the 1900’s, a German meteorologist by name Alfred Wegener noticed that the continents seemed to fit together, not at the continuously changing shoreline, but at the edge to their continental shelves. He derived this hypothesis from the observation that the continents in the southern hemisphere exhibit an identical pattern of rock and fossils known as the “Gondwana sequence”. The most logical explanation was that the continents themselves were once parts of a much larger “super-continent” which was named Pangaea.
In today’s secular society, people have been taught as fact that the continents were once joined together in a supercontinent that spilt apart and then the resultant continents drifted over millions of years into their present positions. One primary piece of conclusive evidence usually presented to support this idea is the jigsaw-puzzle fit of Europe and Africa matching closely with North and South America, respectively. If the North and South Atlantic Ocean basins are closed, these continents fit together at approximately the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a range of mountains on the ocean floor centrally located in the Atlantic Ocean basins.
Creation scientists believe, along with their secular colleagues, that there is good observational evidence that is consistent with an original supercontinent in the past that was split apart, and that today’s continents moved to their present positions on the earth’s surface.
I have long discovered that there are secrets and understandings in the scriptures that have been revealed long before science discovered them. The example of continents is a case at hand. What scientists are just discovering now had been written in the Bible since the days of Peleg.
Note that when God initially created the earth, there was no mention of it been divided or separated into any large pools or continents. According to Genesis 1:9, everything was supposed to be just a vast land piece
“Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.”
It was not until the days of Peleg that the Bible recorded a division in the land piece of the earth. Please take note that this separation or division happened soon after the flood, confirming the findings of both the creationist scientists and secular scientists.
In this article, our primary interest is to establish that just as with nations so also is it with continents. They are not by accident. God worked it out in his divine purposes. Hence God’s purposes for every continent are just as they are for every nation. God had to give territories and boundaries to every continent just as he did to every nation.
God has purposes for every continent just as he has for every nation.
Finally, God has time limit for the fulfillment of His purposes for every continent just like he has for every nation. In concluding this article, I want to say, I cannot but admit that I am born an African not by accident. To everything under the sun there is a purpose.
Today it is no secret that Africa is the most backward of the continents. The poorest and the most disadvantaged. But through it all, I see the overall workings of God almighty pointing me and the world to the fact that there is a time and purpose for every nation and continent.
I therefore wish to encourage my fellow Africans to stand on the basis of the word of Christ that says “the last shall be first and the first shall be last.” There is an inevitable sequence of world history which will ascertain that each continent’s time comes.
A study of history tells us that every continent has had their chance. I hold it to be obvious and inevitable that it is now the time of Africa to arise and lead the world. I therefore release this call to my brethren.
•This is the third and concluding part of the article entitled “The purpose of nations”. Sunday Adelaja is a Nigerian born leader, Transformation Strategist, Pastor and innovator who lives in Kieve Ukraine. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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