The first question as we experience Coronavirus is; did the 10 plagues of Egypt really happen? And if so, how did they take place? Well, in this article, I am going to reveal to you from both the Biblical and Scientific facts.
Bearing in mind, God’s purpose in sending the 10 Plagues upon Egypt was to convince Pharaoh to set the Hebrews free and allow them to worship God. Unfortunately, Pharaoh didn’t let the Hebrews go free and Egypt suffered extreme devastation because of the 10 plagues.
There was not much left in Egypt after the 10 Plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. The Egyptians had lost their army, crops, cattle and even their firstborn sons.
In that case, please note: the 10 Plagues can be found in the Bible from Exodus 7:14 to Exodus 12:36. But, before I proceed, my BIG QUESTION – Is the Coronavirus one of the last plagues mentioned in Bible prophecy?
Which are the Plagues of Egypt?
As the Passover story tells it, after Pharaoh refuses Moses’ entreaties to let the enslaved Israelites go free, God sends a series of 10 Plagues to pressure the Egyptian ruler.
Each time, Pharaoh promises to free the Israelites but reverses his decision when the plague is lifted — until the last one.
The 10 Plagues of Egypt are;
But, the question of whether Bible stories can be linked to archaeological discoveries is one that has long fascinated scholars.
The ten plagues are no exception, and over the years scientists have been curious. So, below are three of the major theories to know.
Volcanic Eruption Theory
Eventually, this theory argues that the plagues were really the fallout of volcanic eruption on the island of Santorini in the south of Greece around 1620-1600 BCE. Microbiologist Siro Trevisanato, author of The Plagues of Egypt: Archaeology, History, and Science Look at the Bible, argues that ancient Egyptian medical texts support this idea.
Winds would have carried the volcanic ash to Egypt at some point over the summer, and the toxic acids in the volcanic ash would have included the mineral cinnabar, which could have been capable of turning a river a blood-like red color, Trevisanato holds.
The accumulated acidity in the water would have caused frogs to leap out and search for clean water. Insects would have burrowed eggs in the bodies of dead animals and human survivors, which generated larvae and then adult insects. Then, the volcanic ash in the atmosphere would have affected the weather, with acid rain landing on people’s skin, which in turn caused boils.
The grass would have been contaminated, poisoning the animals that ate it. The humidity from the rain and the subsequent hail would have created optimal conditions for locusts to thrive. Volcanic eruptions could also explain the several days of darkness — which means nine plagues are accounted for.
Red Algae Theory
This theory — put forth by scientists like John S. Marr, an epidemiologist who wrote a 1996 journal article featured in the New York Times — argues that red algae could have sucked the oxygen out of Egypt’s waterways. Killing the fish and turning the water red.
Just as in the volcano theory, frogs then leaped out looking for food and died. Without frogs to eat the insects, the pests proliferated and feasted on corpses, a feeding frenzy for flies and locusts. The paper argued that the lice could have been a type of insect called culicoides.
After all, which can carry two diseases that could explain the livestock deaths: African horse sickness and Bluetongue. The boils on humans could have been caused by glanders, an airborne bacterial disease spread by flies or tainted meat.
In this theory, the darkness is coincidentally caused by a sandstorm. The darkness would have left the crops. Well, whatever crops were left after the other problems — moldy, and the mold could have produced airborne toxins. That might explain widespread childhood death.
Climate Change Theory
Surprisingly, this addendum to the algae theory points out that, for red algae to flourish in the first place, there needs to be slow, sludgy, warm water.
In 2010, research on stalagmites —elongated mineral deposits that form out of calcium in precipitation — suggested that there had been a dry period towards the end of the rule of Pharaoh Ramses II. That change would have dried up the Nile and significantly slowed down the flow of water. According to paleoclimatologist Augusto Mangini.
These conditions are ripe for the growth of the bacterium Oscillatoria rubescens, more colloquially, Burgundy Blood algae, according to biologist Stephan Pflugmacher.
But ask someone who’s celebrating Passover, and they’re likely to say that the question of whether scientists can prove the plagues really happened in ancient history is irrelevant to the holiday.
Below are the Biblical events that led to the 10 Plagues of Egypt.
1. The water turned to blood
“Thus says the Lord, ‘By this, you shall know that I am the Lord: behold, I will strike the water that is in the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and it will be turned to blood. The fish that are in the Nile will die, and the Nile will become foul, and the Egyptians will find difficulty in drinking water from the Nile’” (Exodus 7:17-18).
2. Plague of frogs
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all your territory with frogs. So the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house, into your bedroom, on your bed, into the houses of your servants, on your people, into your ovens, and into your kneading bowls. And the frogs shall come upon you, on your people, and on all your servants”’” (Exodus 8:1-4).
3. Plague of lice or gnats
“So the Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Stretch out your rod, and strike the dust of the land, so that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.”’ And they did so. Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and struck the dust of the earth, and it became lice on man and beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt” (Exodus 8:16-17).
4. Plague of flies
“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh as he comes out to the water. Then say to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me. Or else, if you will not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand. And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, in order that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the land’”’” (Exodus 8:20-22).
5. Plague of livestock
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go into Pharaoh and tell him, “Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: ‘Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For if you refuse to let them go, and still hold them, behold, the hand of the Lord will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep—a very severe pestilence. And the Lord will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt’”’” (Exodus 9:1-4).
6. Plague of boils
“So the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Take for yourselves handfuls of ashes from a furnace and let Moses scatter it toward the heavens in the sight of Pharaoh. And it will become fine dust in all the land of Egypt, and it will cause boils that break out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt’” (Exodus 9:8-9).
7. Plague of hail
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt—on man, on the beast, and on every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.’ And Moses stretched out his rod toward heaven; and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire darted to the ground. And the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt” (Exodus 9:22-23).
8. Plague of locust
“…if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. And they shall cover the face of the earth so that no one will be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of what is left, which remains to you from the hail, and they shall eat every tree which grows up for you out of the field” (Exodus 10:4-5).
9. Plague of darkness
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.’ So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days” (Exodus 10:21-22).
10. Plague of the firstborn
“Then Moses said, ‘Thus says the Lord: “About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the hand-mill, and all the firstborn of the animals.
Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again. But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel”’” (Exodus 11:4-7).
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