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), creates the entire universe.

Lucifer sins and rebels
Date: ???
Lucifer deceives one third of the angels (Revelation 12:4) into believing his lies and that HE deserved to rule all things (Isaiah 14:12 - 14). Turning himself into Satan (which means 'adversary'), he leads a 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.

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 problems we see today (Galatians 3:22, Romans 5:12 - 14, 1Corinthians 15:22, Revelation 21:4, etc.).

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The Deluge (Noah's Flood)
Date: 2313 B.C.
Because of man's 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.)
At the Tower, 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. 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 in God
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

Giving of the Ten Commandments
Date: 1445 B.C.
At Mount Sinai God, with his own finger, writes 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 of Israel
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 becomes Israel's best 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 scriptures to be accurately preserved, copied, and dispersed throughout the world.

Birth of the Messiah
Date: 5 B.C.
The event of Jesus' birth marks another step in God's plan of salvation and 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 forty-day effort to get him to sin just ONE time! 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 provides the profound principles that are the foundation of following him and obeying God under the New Covenant. His message outlines, in a basic way, what it means to live a life that pleases God and benefits others.

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 the sinless sacrifice to God, his death pays for ALL of humanities' sins 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)
Ten days after the ascension of Jesus, God pours out in mass, for the first time ever, his Holy Spirit. The events that take place on this Pentecost become a springboard for ultimately evangelizing the world.

The conversion of Saul to Paul
Date: 33 A.D.
Next to Jesus, no other Bible believer has had such a profound 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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