The Greatest Events in the Bible

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Have you ever wondered what are the greatest events in the Bible? The below list delineates the moments in time that had, or continue to have, a profound impact on humanity.

God creates universe
Date: ???
God, through the second Being of the Godhead who would later become Jesus Christ (1Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 1:16), performs the first and one of the greatest events in the Bible. He creates our entire vast universe!

Lucifer sins and rebels
Date: ???
Lucifer deceives one third of the angels (Revelation 12:4) into believing his lies and that HE deserves to rule all things (Isaiah 14:12 - 14). Turning himself into Satan (which means 'adversary'), he leads the greatest demonic assault on God's throne in order to take control. His attempt, however, is met with the worst one-sided defeat that will ever exist (Luke 10:18).

Adam and Eve created
Date: 3969 B.C.

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Adam and Eve sin
Date: 3969 B.C.
Adam and Eve's disobedience bequeaths to all humans separation from God, toilsome work to survive, trials, pain, suffering, and all the great problems we see today (Galatians 3:22, Romans 5:12 - 14, 1Corinthians 15:22, Revelation 21:4, etc.).

The Deluge (Noah's Flood)
Date: 2313 B.C.
At the time of Noah mankind had risen to its greatest level of evil since Adam was created. Because of humans constant focus on doing evil, God decides to wipe out the population of the earth and start anew with just eight people. Based on conservative calculations performed by and others, the earth's population at the flood could easily have been TEN BILLION and likely more.

The Tower of Babel
Date: shortly after Noah's Flood (About 2233 B.C.)
After the deluge, mankind desires to build the greatest tower possible in order to avoid being killed by another flood. God sees this activity and changes man's single language changes into many (in 2014 more than 6,900 distinct languages are known). The confusion brought by the inability to speak with one another causes man to migrate to other parts of the world (Genesis 11: 1 - 9).

Calling of Abraham
Date: 1885 B.C.
God calls Abram (later renamed Abraham) at the age of 75. He will eventually be considered one of the greatest characters in the Bible! It is through one of his descendants, Jesus Christ, that God will ultimately offer ALL humans a full chance at salvation.

Abraham proves his faith
Date: 1845 B.C.
At the age of 115, Abraham's faith is tested when God asks him to sacrifice his only son Isaac (15 years old). Because of Abraham's faith and obedience, God promises not only to make his name great but also to make his descendants numerous and powerful (Genesis 22:15 - 17). He is also told that ALL the nations would be blessed through his family (verse 18).


Young stars emerge out of the head of Orion
Young stars emerge out of the head of Orion
Image courtesy of NASA / JPL-Caltech

The Ten Commandments
Date: 1445 B.C.
At Mount Sinai God writes the greatest set of laws mankind has, up to this point, ever received. They are the Ten Commandments. Moses also records other commands, instructions, and judgments from the Eternal. God's law eventually becomes the moral basis of many judicial systems around the world.

David anointed King
Date: 1025 B.C.
David is anointed, around the age of 15, as the human King of Israel by the prophet Samuel (1Samuel 16). He also receives God's Holy Spirit (verse 13). He does not assume the throne, however, until the age of 30. He will become Israel's greatest King and the beginning of a royal line the throne of which Jesus inherits (Matthew 1:1, Luke 1:32, etc.).

Canonization of the Old Testament
Date: 500s - 400s B.C.
Ezra, Nehemiah, priests, Levites and the Great Synagogue edit and finalize what we call the Old Testament. This allowed the Bible to be accurately preserved, copied, and dispersed throughout the world.

Birth of the Messiah
Date: 5 B.C.
One of the greatest Biblical events, anticipated by both humans and angels, occurs with the birth of Jesus as a human. His birth fulfills several Old Testament prophecies regarding the Messiah.

Temptation of Jesus by Satan
Date: Early part of 27 A.D.
Jesus' public ministry could not begin until he overcame Satan's greatest temptations to get him to sin. After his victory over temptation, the Bible says he went to Jerusalem and zealously threw out of the temple the moneychangers and those selling merchandise (John 2).

The Sermon on the Mount
Date: Around Pentecost, 27 A.D.
Jesus reveals the greatest and most profound principles for living life since the Ten Commandments. His teachings are the foundation of the New Covenant offered to all humans. His message outlines, in a basic way, what it means to live a life that pleases God and benefits others.


Sermon on the Mountain
Sermon on the Mountain
Karoly Ferenczy, 1896

Crucifixion and Death of Christ
Date: Wednesday, April 5th, 30 A.D.
Though innocent of all charges laid against him, the Romans, at the behest of Jewish leaders, condemn Jesus to die by crucifixion. As God in the flesh, his sinless sacrifice is the greatest death in human history. His sacrifice makes possible the forgiveness of all sin and opens the way to eternal salvation through reconciliation with God the Father (2Corinthians 5:18 - 19, Hebrews 2:17).

The Resurrection of Christ
Date: Saturday, April 8th, 30 A.D. at sunset
Jesus' resurrection from the dead is the fulfillment of the ONLY sign in the Bible he gave to prove he was the Messiah (Matthew 12:40). It makes possible the resurrection to eternal life of all those who remain faithful unto death (1Corthians 15:12 - 22).

The Ascension of Christ
Date: Thursday, May 18th, 30 A.D.
Just before his ascension to the right hand of God, Jesus charges his disciples with an awesome task. Known as the Great Commission, the disciples are told to spread the Gospel, baptize converts, and teach obedience to all the things Christ commanded. These specially chosen men will be the foundation on which true Christianity spreads worldwide.

Birth of New Testament Church
Date: Sunday, May 28th, 30 A.D. (Pentecost)
The greatest outpouring of God's Holy Spirt takes place ten days after the ascension of Jesus. The events that take place on this Pentecost become the pivotal springboard that will ultimately lead to evangelizing the entire world.

The conversion of Saul to Paul
Date: 33 A.D.
Next to Jesus, no other Bible believer has had the greatest impact on Christianity than the apostle Paul. His conversion from Saul, a person who persecuted believers, to Paul ultimately produces unparalleled fruit. His FOURTEEN books in the Bible help define Christian doctrine even to modern times.

Canonization of New Testament
Date: 96 - 99 A.D.
Paul, Peter, and John canonize the New Testament and ultimately complete the Bible. Paul edits and finalizes his writings before his death in 68 A.D. Peter finalizes his writings and helps compile manuscripts before his death in the same year. The apostle John writes the book of Revelation around 95 A.D. and finishes the work of canonization soon after.

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