Why did the Son of God wait 4000 years to come to earth?


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God rules the universe with order and precision. In a similar way, He appointed set times to carry on His purposes in saving our planet (Isaiah 55:8). “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law” (Galatians 4:4). The word “fullness” implies that all events foretold as preceding the advent had been, or were on the point of being, fulfilled.

The Godhead in heaven predetermined the timing of Jesus’ first advent (Acts 17:26). The very exact time for His coming was foretold by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 9:24, 25). For more on Daniel’s prophecy, check the following link: https://bibleask.org/can-you-explain-the-70-weeks-in-daniel/

Not only did the Messiah come at the time indicated in Daniel’s prophecy, He came at the most favorable time in all history. The world was under one government (Rome) with a universal language (Greek). The world was at peace which made traveling from one place to another relatively safe. The Jews were able to go everywhere. And from all parts of the world, they also came to attend the feasts at Jerusalem, and return to their homes with the news of the Messiah’s coming thus bearing their witness everywhere.

The Holy books were in the Greek language—the LXX—for about two hundred years. And the Scriptures were available to truth seekers. The pagan religions proved fruitless in bringing peace to the souls of men. People were unsatisfied with their religious dry doctrines and were looking for answers that could fulfill the longings of their hearts. Many people outside of the Jewish faith who had read these writings were waiting in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

Providence appointed this favorable time for starting and spreading the gospel message to the world from the land of Israel. God is perfect in wisdom and knowledge (Psalm 147:5), and all events in His great heavenly plan are to move forward in order and at the appointed times.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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