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The Twelve C's of History: A Brief History of the World, insofar as this fallible author employing infallible, inerrant, and inspired Scripture is capable of laying out at this present time (with special thanks to kind contributors, and especially to the organization Answers in Genesis for their original Seven C's of History concept):

1. CREATION (c. 4,000 BC) - The LORD God Almighty, YHWH, Alpha and Omega, I AM THAT I AM, created a "very good" cosmos in six days, and rested on the seventh day. Adam, the first human, was created in God's own image as the crowning masterpiece and steward of God's creation.

2. CORRUPTION (c. 4,000 BC - present) - Adam chose to sin against the LORD, thereby plunging all of Creation into a state of physical and spiritual decay.  God in his mercy, however, provided a way to redeem mankind from the curse of sin and death. Only a "kinsman redeemer", the future Messianic seed of Eve, could buy back man from slavery to sin and Satan.

3. CATASTROPHE (c. 2,350 BC) - The wickedness of men and their fallen angelic associates became so great that God sent a global flood to destroy all living things from off the face of the earth. However, Noah (a "preacher of righteousness"), his family, and at least two of each kind of beast and fowl were spared by way of a large wooden Ark.

4. CONFUSION (c. 2,200 BC) - Noah's descendants sought to remain together and build a city and a tower "unto heaven." God foiled their evil purpose by confusing their speech into many languages, thereby compelling them to scatter over the earth, as he had commanded.

5. CALLING (c. 1875 BC) - The LORD called Abram the Hebrew (later named Abraham) to be the father of a great nation, to shine as a light to the people and nations round about. Through the Hebrew people, the nations would see that blessed is that people whose God is the LORD, the Creator of heaven and earth. Abraham begat Isaac, the father of Jacob (later named Israel), the father of the twelve patriarchs, including Joseph, who later rose to power in Egypt, and sustained his father and brethren therein.

6. COMMANDMENTS (c. 1445 BC) - A new dynasty of Pharaohs arose, which "knew not Joseph", and grievously afflicted the Israelites in the land of Egypt. God raised up Moses to deliver the people of Israel from their bondage, smiting the Egyptians with plagues and ultimately overthrowing Pharaoh and his host in the midst of the Red Sea. Moses subsequently received the Law and the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai in Arabia.

7. CANAAN (c. 1405 BC) - The children of Israel rebelled against the LORD in the wilderness, and were sentenced to wander there for forty years because of their unbelief. Joshua, Moses' successor, then led the conquest of the Promised Land of Canaan. For over 300 years, Israel followed a pattern of idolatry -> enemy oppression -> deliverance -> idolatry, etc., until the Israelite demands for a king led to the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon. Solomon's reign brought Israel to its zenith of wisdom, wealth, prosperity, influence, and might, but the foolish policies of his successor Rehoboam led to the nation's split into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah.

8. CAPTIVITY (722 BC, 586 BC) - For over 200 years, the divided Hebrew kingdoms underwent wars, pestilences, and judgements, until at last the Assyrians brought the northern kingdom of Israel to and end. Almost a century and a half later, Judah was brought into captivity by the Babylonians. The LORD promised throught the mouth of his prophets, however, to one day restore the kingdom of Israel and the throne of David.

9. CHRIST (c. 2 BC - c. AD 30) - For centuries, the Jews were strangers in foreign lands, undergoing rule by the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and finally the Romans. When "the fulness of the time" was come, the "Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us", God himself come down to earth in the form of a man, fully human and fully God, and was tempted in all points like as we are, "yet without sin."

10. CROSS (c. AD 30) - Jesus' earthly ministry came to an end when he was betrayed by a disciple, condemned by the Jewish religious leaders, and crucified by the Roman authorities on the hill of Calvary outside Jerusalem. The infinitely perfect and mighty Son of God died, and paid sin's penalty for a finite span of time in order to save from everlasting condemnation all who believe on him. Thus, through the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, could sinful men bridge the gap between them and the holy and righteous God the Father, who cannot allow sin into his presence.

11. CHURCH (c. AD 30 - present) - Jesus rose from the grave on the third day, defeating sin, death, and the Devil, and fulfilling the "kinsman redemption" of mankind. For forty days thereafter, Jesus presented himself to numerous eyewitnesses, and then ascended into heaven, where he is now seated at the right hand of the Father. The apostles then spread the Gospel, first in Jerusalem and then throughout the known world. All who place their faith in Jesus, the Son of God, are members of a universal Body of Christ, of which he is the Head and Chief Cornerstone.

12. CONSUMMATION (TBA) - "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shephered divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:...."

"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:.... And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." - Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46

"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.... He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus." - Revelation 22:16-17, 20.

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"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

- Genesis 1:1

"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them."

- Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

- John 1:1-5

"Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, 'For we are also his offspring.'

"Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."

- Acts 17:24-31

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."

- Hebrews 11:3

"And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of the book."

- Revelation 22:6-7

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