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Findley Family Video Publications Sampler One: Historical Fiction

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Have you ever wanted to dip into our fourteen historical fiction books but couldn’t decide which is right for you? Now you can “taste and see” anything from Ice Age times to the New Mexico territory. Some have romance, some have political intrigue, all have life and death struggles for what’s right. Sample chapters from all our historical fiction works, free, here on our blog!

Sneak a peek at historical fiction chapters spanning time from the Ice Age to the American frontier. 1. Even after he rescues a damsel in distress, Prince Tristan hasn’t quite arrived at happily ever after.  2. Widowed by the Civil War, northerner Carrie Wilkes needs to save her southern farm, but has she invited a traitor in as a hired man? 3. New Mexico territorial judge Bart Durant can’t face both an assassin and a mail order mistake. 4. A marriage of convenience might painfully distract Ham Jessup, or give him just the information he needs to save Texas. 5-9. Meet the builder who met Abraham, the dragonslayer who sat while Sargon attacked, the warrior with a secret weapon and weakness, the rebellious wife who became an advocate for women, and the peacemaker who wonders how much it will cost him to save the Hittite Empire. 10. Seventeen-year-old Hope rebels against an arranged marriage in Medieval England but must trust a disgraced crusader when her family disappears and everyone thinks she’s mad. 11-14. Benny Richardson works his way west through loss, hardship, and mysteries that sometimes include murder as he fights for his family, his friends, and his future.

Please enjoy this free sampler by downloading the pdf file to your computer. You may put it on any reader device and share with friends. — post by Mary C. Findley

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Dating the Ice Age Part One: From The End of the Flood to the End of the Ice Age — post by Michael J.Findley

Dating the Ice Age

Part One:

From The End of the Flood to the End of the Ice Age

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The oldest human remains and artifacts are from the Ice Age. All older human artifacts were destroyed by the flood. These artifacts allow modern observers to use some other tools and other forms of evidence to understand this time period. It begins with  Noah and his family leaving the ark at the end of the flood and continues until Jacob brings his family to live in Egypt. The entire Ice Age was less than seven hundred years.

The universal flood of Noah is recorded not only in the Bible, but in hundreds of other sources such as the Epic of Gilgamesh. The worldwide catastrophe of the Flood as well as a series of catastrophes after the Flood make all 14C dates before the Roman Empire too old. 14C dates are very close to actual dates for artifacts from the present back to the Roman Republic. As we go backward in time, the radiocarbon dates become increasingly less accurate. There are other factors which can alter the accuracy of 14C dates, even recent dates, usually making the date too old, certainly making them inaccurate.

If we take its severe limitations into account, 14C dating is a useful tool for relative dating. Unlike other forms of radiometric dating, we can know the original condition of the 14C sample being tested. Relative dating is built on the assumption that conditions were similar throughout the earth at the same time. Therefore, an artifact which 14C dates to be older in one part of the earth (Akkad for example) than an artifact from another part of the earth (Japan for example) will have an actual date which is older. The geography will not matter, because of the assumption that conditions were roughly the same all over the earth at the same time. There are significant exceptions, but it still allows for 14C to be a useful tool for relative dating. It is important to understand that relative dating (for example; sample b is older than samples d and a, but younger than sample c) is neither actual dating nor is it absolute dating. But it can be a useful tool.

carbon 14Secular 14C dates are always based on the assumption that the rate of 14C formation was always constant in the past. That is the red line on the chart. The change in 14C formation does not change the decay rate. An accurate understanding of the original amount of 14C in the sample being tested will result in an accurate date.

The Ice Age began after Noah and his family left the ark. It lasted approximately 700 years, based on Michael Oard’s examination of the evidence. Noah left the ark approximately 2350 BC according to Ussher’s chronology. If Ussher’s chronology is incorrect, it is likely to be too old. The Ice Age ended approximately 1700 BC. Joseph was vizier of Egypt during the seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine, which ended the Ice Age.

About a century after the Flood, Nimrod formed a government to rebel against God. Since no one had died a natural death at this time, there was another population bloom, a period of explosive growth. By the time the tower of Babel was built, at least a hundred thousand people were on earth. It is possible that there were over a million people at that time. The population bubble continued until approximately the time of Abraham, three hundred years after the flood. At this time both warfare and natural death reduced overall population growth.

Noah lived 58 years after the birth of Abraham. His son Shem, who survived the Flood, died fifty years after the birth of Jacob (Israel).
Noah lived 952 years.
Shem lived 600 years.
Arphaxad lived 438 years.
Salah lived 433 years.
Eber lived 468 years.
Peleg lived 239 years.
Reu lived 239 years.
Serug lived 230 years.
Nahor lived 149 years.
Terah lived 205 years.
Abraham lived 175 years.
Isaac lived 180 years.
Jacob lived 147 years.
Joseph lived 110 years.
We do not have the lifespans in Egypt until Moses.
Moses lived 120 years.

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The Hittite Series — Post by Michael J. Findley

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The book of Genesis, post-flood to the death of Joseph, is the ice age. Michael Oard has done extensive work demonstrating that there was a single ice age immediately after the flood lasting about seven hundred years. For an introduction to this concept, the book Frozen In Time is available without charge as a series of .pdf documents on the answersingenesis.com website.

We wrote detailed, documented works on the establishment of religion, secular humanism, science, the results of secular humanism as an establishment of religion, creation, the origin of evil, the flood and the ice age. Critics complained that is was too long, too difficult to read, too many sources. So I removed all of the documentation, repetition, and restatement for clarity. No explanations for unusual words, nothing but basic assertions. This book is only about sixty pages and is called Disestablish.

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To some critics, it is still too difficult to read. So I wrote a series of novels about the Hittites. The first book begins just after the fall of the tower of Babel, and the Hittites cannot comprehend a foreign language. Abraham is a friend of Ephron. Sarah and Hagar are friends of Shelometh. Biblical events are woven into the story line.

The series shows a population explosion, rapid advances in technology, knowledge of world wide events, the ability to travel great distances, wars, the introduction of idolatry, the consequences of idolatry, and long life spans.

It describes tools, food, eating habits, clothing, travel, domestic animals, marriage customs, jewelery, slavery, trade, relationships between cities and cultures, money, hunting, and sailing.

One of the characters talks about his visit to Noah. Death is rare in the first three books. Death is part of warfare in the fourth book, but otherwise uncommon. Death is common in the fifth book, with most of the characters introduced in the first three books dying. Children are born to parents in the fifth book who were born in the fourth book.

There are complex relationships between brothers and sisters and empires. Slaves are as important as royalty. Kings make mistakes. Slaves save empires. Most of the characters are neither royalty nor slaves.

The setting is primarily Hattusha and Hebron. However, it ranges from the first cataract of the Nile, to Troy, to the Black Sea to the Tigris River, to Damascus. Building by stone is detailed, Life an a Phoenician ship is described, but most of the time they live either in a city or a tent.

The standard method of transportation was walking, though riding a camel or a horse was common. During the course of these stories, the wagon and chariot are invented, improved and used in warfare. Ships were common. Writing predates this series. However, at the beginning, writing was very difficult and almost unknown. By the end of the fifth book, reading is common, almost universal.

But the primary purpose was to make the stories interesting. Because, if no one reads them, they do not teach.

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Here is the link tot he Ephron the Hittite series on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Ephron-Hittite-5-Book-Series/dp/B016QAVDB2

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Ice Age Civilization — Post by Michael J. Findley

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Secularism teaches a very long, slow progress for humans. They believe that the discovery of fire, the wheel, and how to domesticate animals took millennia. With much trial and error, one culture very slowly evolved into another. The evidence, however, shows a very rapid, sudden, even explosive growth of population, civilization, and advanced technology from the very beginning.

Rapid, even explosive growth fits the records available in Hebrew History. Noah and his family left the ark about 2350 BC. (Ussher’s date) Arphaxad was born 2 years later, then Arphaxad and his wife gave birth to Salah 35 later, followed by Eber thirty years later. Thirty-four years later, one hundred one years after leaving the ark, Noah’s great, great, great grandson Peleg was born. And Noah lived another 249 years.

During Peleg’s lifetime men decided to rebel against God by building a tower. Ussher tells us that they went “into the valley of Shinar. Genesis 11:2 Here the people impiously conspired as we find in the book of Wisdom /APC Wis 10:5 to hinder this dispersion of them as commanded by God and began by Noah (as may be gathered from Genesis 11:4,6,8,9 compared together).” [Annals of the World] This took place during Peleg’s lifetime, somewhere between 101 and 340 years after the flood.

Josephus tells us, “Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah…” At this time there was only one language and only one culture. Under Nimrod’s leadership, they hunted down people to work on a tower. This explanation fits in with the rapid dispersment of nomad groups such as the Australian Aborigines and the Clovis people of the Americas. It also helps explain why the oldest artifacts show cave dwellers.

The Lord God intervened in the building of the tower. The languages were confounded and various people groups were divided. After the division, the various language groups began fighting among themselves. Unrepentant, they moved off and founded their own civilizations. Nimrod attempted to recapture these people for his own kingdom. This explains why civilizations suddenly appeared in China, Egypt, Europe, and the Indus Valley as well as Mesopotamia at nearly the same time. It shows why the Sumerian and Akkadian cultures are slightly older than the rest. It also explains why the oldest aspects of human culture are large buildings and warfare.

The tower of Babel and the confusion of languages took place near the beginning of the Ice Age. Meteorologist Michael Ord believes that the physical evidence shows that “the total length of time for a post-Flood Ice Age is about 700 years.”
https://answersingenesis.org/environmental-science/ice-age/where-does-the-ice-age-fit/

Using a seven hundred year period for the end of the Ice Age, we look for an event at the end of this time period to indicate the end. The seven years of plenty in Egypt began in 1715 BC [Ussher] when Joseph was vizier of Egypt. That was 737 after the flood ended, according to Ussher’s dating. It would have been several decades after the flood before the ice began to accumulate. While there is nothing which says that the seven years of famine ended the ice age, it was a worldwide famine and the timing fits. The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth. Genesis 41:57 NASB

It is a reasonable assumption that Egypt, which depends on the flooding of the Nile, would experience greater harvests as the rapidly melting ice caps added more soil, nutrients and increased the areas flooded. It is another reasonable assumption that the areas formerly covered by ice in central Africa which had supplied the Nile with annual floodwater would be bare and unable to retain both rain water and water from the annual snow thaws. These areas which were barren because they were covered by ice needed to grow vegetation. The vegetation would keep the rain waters which used to be snow from immediately rushing down the Nile and out to sea without providing Egypt with annual floods. It is also possible that is the time Lake Victoria formed. Whatever the reason, at the end of seven years of drought, the Nile River returned to annual flood cycles. These are assumptions, but they are reasonable assumptions based on the facts.

II. The Post Flood World: the Ice Age

“And the Chaldaeans boasted further, that they had observed the Stars 473,000 years; and there were others who made the Kingdoms of Assyria, Media and Damascus, much older than the truth.” Sir Isaac Newton, (emphasis added), The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended printed posthumously by J. Tonson, J. Osborn and T. Longman. 1728, London, England

When Noah and his family left the ark, the volcanic activities of the flood made the oceans warmer than any time in earth’s history. It is probable that near the end of the flood that the mountains rose and the valleys descended.

You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they
[the waters] will not return to cover the earth.
Psalm 104:6-9 NASB

As the sea level lowered, ice formed on the rising mountain peaks and the Ice Age began. This began soon after they left the ark; perhaps immediately but decades at the most.

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Important Points Which Must Be Covered in Education


I. The Bible is the authoritative foundation for science, arts, literature, math, history, geography, geology, physics, chemistry, medicine, biology and all other academic disciplines. Anything which contradicts the Word of God either directly or by ignoring it, is in error.

II. The Material universe was created out of the non material world.

III. The Original Creation was water.

IV. God worked on the first six days of creation. That is, God supernaturally used power that is not being used today. God’s creative power cannot be measured with scientific instruments. There were no human observers.

V. All men have souls. Both men and animals are more than material creatures.

VI. There is good and evil.

VII. Adam was created good but by his own choice became evil. This sin nature is passed to all men.

VIII. Time is part of the original creation. There was no time before God created. The entire universe is less than seven thousand years old.

IX. Four rivers flowed out of the garden in (not of) Eden. The only way this could be possible is that the entire earth was only one continent.

X. All technology, arts and science were fully developed soon after creation, before the flood.

XI. Noah built his ark on a mountain. The draft of his ark was fifteen cubits. When the ark floated off the mountain, every mountain on earth had to be covered. It also means that the highest antediluvian mountain on earth was low enough to build an ark on. It had to be much lower than Kilamanjaro or Mount Everest today.

XII. Men immediately after the flood were technologically advanced. They had ships which could navigate throughout the entire earth.

XIII. Nimrod and the tower of Babel is a true historical event.

XIV. Genealogies are accurate.

XV. The table of nations is accurate.

XVI. Ancient documents which support the Scriptures are accurate. Ancient documents which do not support the Scriptures are in error.

XVII. The Ice Age was immediately after the flood and probably ended while Joseph was in Egypt. This is a time after the flood of worldwide geologic upheaval. The great mountains were created suddenly at this time.

XVIII. Though our modern Gregorian calendar is inaccurate, Adam was thrown out of the garden about 4000 BC and the Exodus took place about 1446 BC.

XIX. Written documents are the records of observers and therefore accurate scientific records. Artifacts unearthed by modern scientists have many problems and are of secondary value.

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