Congregation in the Wilderness
The word “church” is sometimes wrongly referred to as a building or a
religious organization. The Greek word used in the New Testament for church “ecclesia” signifies those
who are called-out and respond to the Holy Spirit and who exercise "repentance
toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21).
It is described as the “Church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). The Children of
For centuries Bible scholars have been puzzled as to where the real Mount Sinai is located. The traditional Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula has no archaeological evidence to support its claim. The only reason that a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula is called "Mount Sinai" is because Helena, the mother of Constantine who was the first Roman emperor converted to Christianity, guessed this to be its location. Tradition is the only evidence that exists. The map on the right shows the traditional route of the Exodus.
There is a biblical prophecy that in the End Time "many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase" (Dan. 12:4). With the advent of modern transportation system, using space age technology in archaeology and advanced biblical scholarship we are much better equipped than the medieval Church in the discovery of biblical lands and works of God. The modern discovery of Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia is a much more plausible solution than the traditional location in the so-called Sinai Peninsula.
One of the reasons Moses was chosen by God to lead Israel out of bondage is because he was familiar with Egypt where he was a prince, and also the land where he
had spent forty years during the time of his exile. After killing an
Egyptian for beating a Hebrew slave Moses “dwelt in the
“Midian’s descendants and the land they claimed, lying
mostly east of the
God promised Moses that
He would bring him back to the
“So He said, ‘I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have
sent you: When you have brought the
people out of
"This mountain” refers to Mount Sinai which is in
The distance between
“So God led the people around by way of the
wilderness of the
“So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people”. (Ex. 13:20-22)
“Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the
After going through a winding path in the canyon the Children of Israel
were led to a large beach where God instructed them to camp there.
God had provided this large beach for the Children of Israel to camp.
“Your way was in the sea. Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known. You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron” (Psm. 77:19-20)
With modern technology in oceanography scientists have been able to chart
the topography of the seabed below the water level. They have discovered a
natural land bridge that spans the entire distance between Egypt and Arabia.
19 And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of
20 So it came between the
camp of the Egyptians and the camp of
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.
22 So the children of
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