81) The Stone Age

581d06885636b78696ec8091eba5d2ca-gobleki-tepe-harappanThe “prehistoric” cave people were not stupid sub-human Neanderthals.  Anthropology and archeology excavates the evidence of their high achievements from the very beginnings of human activity.

Some of the world’s oldest cave paintings have revealed how ancient people had relatively advanced knowledge of astronomy...

Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Kent studied details of Palaeolithic and Neolithic art featuring animal symbols at sites in Turkey, Spain, France and Germany.

They found all the sites used the same method of date-keeping based on sophisticated astronomy, even though the art was separated in time…

a study of stone carvings at one of these sites – Gobekli Tepe in modern-day Turkey – which is interpreted as a memorial to a devastating comet strike around 11,000 BC…thought to have initiated a mini ice-age known as the Younger Dryas period.

They also decoded what is probably the best known ancient artwork – the Lascaux Shaft Scene in France.

The work, which features a dying man and several animals, may commemorate another comet strike around 15,200 BC, researchers suggest.

These findings…will probably revolutionise how prehistoric populations are seen

Atop a limestone plateau near Urfa called Gobekli Tepe, Turkish for “Belly Hill”, Schmidt discovered more than 20 circular stone enclosures. The largest was 20m across, a circle of stone with two elaborately carved pillars 5.5m tall at its centre…The structures were 11,000 years old, or more, making them humanity’s oldest known monumental structures, built not for shelter but for some other purpose.

Breathless media reports called the site the birthplace of religion; the German magazine Der Spiegel compared the fertile grasslands around the site to the Garden of Eden…some were calling [it] the world’s first temple.

Taking into account the fierce and deadly iconography of Göbekli Tepe´s enclosures, male initiation rites including the hunt of fierce animals and the symbolic decent into an otherworld (especially if the enclosures really were roofed), symbolic death and rebirth as an initiate could have been one purpose of rituals at Göbekli Tepe.

Reshaping previous ideas on the story of civilisation, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey was built by a prehistoric people 6,000 years before Stonehenge.

Perversely, like some overlooked procedural check-off that allows a convicted criminal to walk free, it is the acknowledged unreliability of all dating methods that allows the archeological investigator to follow the conventional paradigm of backdating geology and archeology to conform with uniformitarianism. This results in a 2-5 thousand years gap in the archeological record, during which no evidence of human activity is found anywhere in the world.

Seriously?

And then, out of no-where,

~ 3750 BC the Proto-Semitic peoples migrate down from the Anatolian mountains into Mesopotamia and Egypt to create the first continuous historic civilizations.

A map of the receding glaciers at the end of the last ice age corresponds to a population map of the earliest stages of humanity history. This corresponds to the biblical record of catastrophism marking the days and nights of Creation.

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Archeological evidence shows that humanity spread throughout and filled the center of the earth with civilizations.  

And all of them eerily similar, marking them as having common cause.

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The common civilization shared by everyone across the world at this time is clarified by the geographical unity of the world at this time.

Plot this data on a more accurate map. A single land mass as described in Genesis 1, which geologists confirm existed and even name Pangea. The Medi-terranean is, in fact, the Middle of the Earth, from which civilization spread easily to all areas that later became separated into continents.

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There is compelling evidence that this this single land mass did not break up until the catastrophe of the last flood, described in that post, and did not finish spreading across the oceans to current positions until  after they had been settled. Even after that happened, the most accurate map of the configuration of the earth’s continents, the Authagraph, demonstrates that land travel was easily achieved between the “Old” and the “New” Worlds.

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Starting with just one set of parents, and calculating from a modest population growth rate of 2.5%, by 1,000 AM after Adam there could have been 3+ billion people, equal to the population of the entire world after WWII.

But there isn’t evidence of that many people in the anthropological or archeological findings.

The reason is painfully obvious.

According to the renown war historian Arther Ferril,

 …the origins of war can be traced back…to the emergence of settled life…cities develop from the beginning of the Neolithic Age…many of them are fortified sites. There was in the Near East at the beginning of the Neolithic Age a genuine burst of organized warfare…

The Stone Age from lith = rock, is subdivided by archeologists into Paleo / ancient, Meso / middle, and Neo / new. How do archeologists fix the dates of these “ancient to more recent” Ages when stone is impossible to date? They invent their own system. In this case archeologists assert that the findings of more or less refined flint arrowheads, stone tools, etc. signifies a linear timeline of evolutionary differences in mental development.

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Clearly this is not a scientifically grounded premise at all.

Our observation of cultural differences existing simultaneously among Homo sapiens in the 20th century disproves archeologists’ baseless dating system, made solely to support the evolutionary / uniformitarianism paradigm.

Just the indigenous populations were using stone missiles against the European invaders’ guns during the Age of Exploration, and Israel was forced to rely on stone missiles during the Iron Age when the Philistines maintained exclusive rights to their superior metal weapons, so likewise the Cainites are documented to have achieved military superiority by developing metal weapons during the oldest age of mankind known as the Paleolithic Age.

“Tubal-cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron:” (Genesis 4:22)

Farmers and herders used what was available to create sharpened tools since they didn’t have the time or expertise or resources to make their own metal tools. Research and development of technology requires a large enough society to enable division of labor. And one key division of labor is the military.

“The large number of Upper Palaeolithic [oldest] sites, caves, rockshelters or open settlements, provides a potent argument against the old theory of aimless wandering as a characteristic of the period. The presence of numerous rock sanctuaries in western Europe should have immediately dispelled such ideas…”

“…there was a revolution in weapons technology that has only a few modern parallels – the invention of gunpowder, the locomotive, airplanes, tanks, and the atomic bomb. Four staggeringly powerful new weapons make their first appearance, weapons (along with the Paleolithic spear) that would dominate warfare down to the present millennium:

the bow, the sling, the dagger (or the short, short sword), and the mace.

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This new, revolutionary weapons technology was combined with the invention of military tactic and, by historical standards, produced true warfare…The devastating effect of early weapons is amply illustrated by a burial site along the Nile …Signs of staggering human savagery greeted the excavators…the individuals were wounded and disabled, lying on their backs, in agony, heads thrown backwards, when they were shot through the throat with the bow and arrow…some of the multiple wounds are frightening to imagine…a young adult female, had twenty-one chipped-stone artifacts in her body. Three of them…shot into her mouth. Essentially she had been hit over her entire body. Overkill may be a modern concept, but it was an ancient practice…Altogether at the site there were skeletons of eleven children, twenty adult males, twenty-one adult females, seven adult, sex unknown…We may have at this site the first extensive skeletal evidence for warfare in prehistoric times…

The military revolution that occurred at that time – the major new weapons, the massive fortifications, the creation of strategy and tactics – ultimately gave rise to the great war machines of ancient Egypt, Assyria and Persia which dominated the Near East to the time of Alexander the Great.

“A herd of blonde beasts of prey,” says Nietzsche, “a race of conquerors and masters, which with all its warlike organization and all its organizing power pounces with its terrible claws upon a population, in numbers possibly tremendously superior, but as yet formless, . . . such is the origin of the state…This violent subjection is usually of a settled agricultural group by a tribe of hunters and herders. For agriculture teaches men pacific ways…The hunter and the herder, accustomed to danger and skilled in killing, look upon war as but another form of the chase…they look with envy upon the ripe fields of the village, they invent with modern ease some plausible reason for attack, they invade, conquer, enslave and rule.” (Retrieved from Will Durant, Chapter III, Section II, The State)

Without a doubt there were plenty of people living hand-to-mouth in caves, fleeing from armies and bounty hunters. Parallel situations occur in historic times.

  • Early Christian communities fleeing persecution found refuge in the Kadisha caves in Lebanon.
  • In the Middle Ages a massive population displacement was driven by the Mongol hordes.
  • In the 16th – 17th centuries the Europeans who conquered and destroyed the complex civilizations in Central and South America forced the survivors of great empires back into subsistence living conditions.
  • From the 17th to the 19th centuries down-trodden Europeans left their cities to tough it out in camping conditions while settling North America from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
  • The UN Refuge Agency reports that a record number 65.3 million people, or one in every 113, were displaced from their homes into substandard living conditions by war or persecution in 2015.
  • In 2017 seven million Americans in the path of Hurricane Irma were rushed to evacuate their homes, with thousands forced into shelters.

The movie Apocalypto vividly portrays the violent, oppressive means of empire building and tribulation so briefly mentioned in the Bible. Brutality in empire-building is the culmination of unregenerate human nature. Any people group that rejects the complete Word of God will invariably practice evil, as evidenced by Christian nations’ treatment of:

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Anyone who imagines that humans can achieve peace on earth without a supremely powerful God to enforce it is believing the lie that man can become like the gods. Humans are egotistical, covetous, and hard-hearted and will always exploit and enslave others. (Fair warning, this depiction of gang violence is too close to home for some to handle, also, some of what my granddaughter calls “private language.”  Bear in mind, what we sheltered people can’t bear to vicariously view is what too many people are forced to experience in real life.)

Lauding archeological remains and lavish clothing and jewelry as a sign of high culture while ignoring the exploitation and enslavement of the people whose resources were used to build those palaces and monuments is a disturbing manifestation of the hardness of human hearts. The Hunger Games strips away the veneer of respectability of our very real society and exposes the true face of selfishness that inevitably results in war.

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Can you imagine what our world would be like if the genius innovators of the last 500 years had continued research and development for hundreds of years, or the most powerful conquerors in history had continued expanding their empires?  We can, by correlating archeological finds with the ancient Hebrew record, recognizing repeating patterns in human behavior and extrapolating from the historical records of equivalent personages.

“Between 3500 B.C. and 3100 B.C. the foundations were laid for a…complex culture, based on large urban centers rather than simple villages…what we associate with civilization.”

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