Jesus answered them and GAVE THEM THE SIGN: “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)...” Mark reported: “But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand)” Luke's Report TELLS US PLAINLY what we're supposed to "UNDERSTAND": “And WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW that the DESOLATION THEREOF is nigh.” The END-TIME ANNIHILATION of JERUSALEM IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION!! (Mat 24:15, Luk 21:20, Mar 13:14) ..... Let's TURN ON THE NEWS and see if armies are CURRENTLY surrounding Jerusalem?? --clark

Thy Seed Shall Be As the Dust of the Earth

God spoke to Jacob:

"And, behold, the LORD stood above it [the ladder of Jacob’s dream], and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.  (Gen 28:13-15)"

Jacob is the father of the 12 Tribes of Israel.  Previously God made a similar promise to his grandfather Abraham:

“Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be. (Gen 15:5)”

Since Abraham, I don’t think any human has been capable of being “able to number” the stars.  What about the dust of the earth?

“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? (Isa 40:12)”

We cannot comprehend or measure “the dust of the earth” but we can arrive at an estimation.  I have read that one typical particle of dust weighs about 10 nanograms.  Let’s do some math:

A trillion nanograms equals one gram.  So a gram would contain about 100 billion dust particles. 1 pound = 453.59237 grams.  453.59237 x 100 billion = 46.36 Trillion dust particles per pound. Only one ton of earth would contain:

92.720 Quadrillion dust particles (92,720,000,000,000,000)

The Mass or Weight of Earth is about 6,592,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (6.6 sextillion tons). So:

92,720,000,000,000,000 x 6,592,000,000,000,000,000,000 =

611,210,240,000,000,000,000,000,000 Total Dust Particles in the Earth
(That puts Jacob’s seed at about 611.2 Septillion people)

It is estimated that, since Adam and Eve, 300 Billion* total souls have been born into this earth.  At that rate, Jacob’s additional seed of 611.2 Septillion people would re-populate the earth an additional 2,037,367,466,666,667 times!

To summarize:
God told Jacob (Israel) that his seed (his descendants) would be spread, in all directions, and would be numbered as the dust of the earth. It is estimated that 300 Billion* total souls have been born to this earth since the Garden of Eden.  Using simple math I estimated the total particles of earth-dust and divided that number by the 300 Billion.  That number is about:

Two Quintillion People (2,037,367,466,666,667).  “We can estimate the number of stars in our galaxy (Milky Way) as roughly 100 billion** (100,000,000,000).”  If we gave each star (each solar system) 300 billion (like this solar system) we still would need to come up with over 20,000 more galaxies before we finished filling them with Jacob’s seed!

Now if we think those numbers are big (and assuming the Universe is Infinite) ... then God’s promise to Jacob’s grandfather Abraham is even bigger yet:

“Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be. (Gen 15:5)”

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." (1Co 2:9)

1 comment:

  1. Preacher Larry just commented that my numbers shown on this blog are too conservative. He says:

    Clark I believe your numbers are too low? You might look up what they have found through the Hubble Telescope. It is something like this 40 with I think 21 0's behind it?? Oh yes and God has numbered them all, and calls them all by name!! Found in Psalms!!!!