The Descendants of Abraham
The Exodus took place two hundred and fifteen years after Jacob and the children of Israel came to Egypt at the invitation of Jacob’s son Joseph, who was now the governor of Egypt, as they fled the famine in Canaan. Therefore when Yahweh prophesied that Abraham’s descendants would be slaves for 400 years, He was not referring to the Hebrews who had been slaves in Egypt.
This is the prophecy of the slavery of Abraham’s descendants:
And He (YAHWEH) said unto Abraham, “Know for a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.” Genesis 15:13
This is another Scripture concerning the prophecy:
And Yahweh spake on this wise, “That his (Abraham's) seed should dwell in a foreign land; and that they would bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years. And the nation to whom they will be in bondage I will judge,” said Yahweh. And after that they will come out and serve Me in this place. Acts 7:6-7
This Scripture confirms that the children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt for less than 220 years:
They (the children of Israel) left Egypt in the month Xanthicus, on the fifteenth day of the lunar month (April 15th); four hundred and thirty years after our forefather Abraham came into Canaan, but two hundred and fifteen years only after Jacob removed into Egypt. It was the eightieth year of the age of Moses, and of that of Aaron three more. They also carried out the bones of Joseph with them as he had charged his sons to do. Josephus Book 2, Chapter 15:2
It is mistakenly assumed that the prophecy was about the children of Israel being in bondage until Moses delivered them, and the “foreign land” was Egypt. However in the Book of Genesis alone, the name of Egypt is mentioned a whopping 78 times, so if the foreign land was Egypt no doubt the Scripture would have said Egypt. Also remember that Abraham had just come out of Egypt right before that prophecy, so Egypt would not have been considered foreign to him, (see Genesis 12:10 ). Canaan (Israel) where Abraham dwelled, and Egypt where Abraham sojourned are only about 250 miles apart; so again Egypt would not have been considered foreign to Abraham. It is just like Mississippi would not be considered a foreign land to Louisiana, as both states are in very close proximity of each other.
Egypt was not the foreign land where Abraham's descendants would be oppressed for 400 years. First and foremost the prophecy states 400 years of bondage and not 430 years, which the Holy Bible states as the number of years referring...
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