One of the harshest places on earth is the Kalahari Desert.  It can get quite hot and go months without a trace of rain.  Located near the edge of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa is a huge cave known as the Wonderwerk Cave.

A team of researchers from Hebrew University and the University of Toronto have been studying Wonderwerk Cave and the ancient artifacts it contains.  Sorting through the layer they dated at one million years old, they found animal bones and stone tools.  When they examined the soil under a microscope, they also discovered ash from burned wood.

Prior to this discovery, evolutionists placed the earliest known use of fire to be around 300,000 years ago.  The new find pushes that date back to one million years ago, that is you believe their dates.

Michael Chazan, an anthropologist and team leader from the University of Toronto commented about the find saying:

The control of fire would have been a major turning point in human evolution.  The impact of cooking food is well documented, but the impact of control over fire would have touched all elements of human society.

Socializing around a camp fire might actually be an essential aspect of what makes us human.

When I wanted to find out when man first used fire, I turned to the only reliable source and that is the Word of God.  From God’s Word, there is a hint of the use of fire not after God created man.

In Genesis 4 we see a hint to the first use of fire in verses 3-4 which read:

In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions.

Whenever animal parts are used as an offering to God, it is always placed in a fire so that the sweet aroma will lift to the skies and so that it is not left to rot and draw bugs.  So while we are not told that Abel used fire, there would be a significant argument to say that he did, placing the first record of man using fire just under 6,000 years ago.

But for the skeptics that may doubt that Abel used fire, there is a definite reference later on in the chapter when it talks about Cain’s descendants.  In verse 22 it says:

Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron.

Tubal-cain was six generations from Cain which places him approximately 280-320 years after Creation or about 5,700 – 5,740 years ago.  As a forger of bronze and iron, he had to work with fire to smelt the ore in order to get the iron and copper and tin used to create the bronze.

So which date for the first use of fire do you trust the most: microscopic particles from a cave floor or the Word of God that created man and gave him the knowledge to use fire for a number of different purposes?  I don’t know about you, but I prefer to trust the eyewitness account of the Bible over the highly errant speculative dating methods of men who don’t believe God and what He tells us.

References

Choi, Charles.  Hot Find! Humans Used Fire 1 Million Years Ago, April 2, 2012.

Evidence That Human Ancestors Used Fire One Million Years Ago, Science Daily, April 2, 2012.

Adams Chart of History (Bound) + Annals of the World (Paperback)

Adams’ Chart of History (Bound)

A vintage reproduction of this famous illustrated timeline of earth history first published in 1871.

The foldout chart features detailed, full-color drawings of various stages of history, from Adam and Eve to the late 19th century, with handwritten commentary throughout. Perfect for educational settings or Sunday School walls, it includes the descriptive booklet that was originally published with the chart. Follows James Ussher’s time-line from The Annals of the World (also in paperback), the inspiration for Adams’ monumental work.

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The Annals of the World (Paperback)

Master Books commissioned this important literary work to be updated from the 17th-century original Latin manuscript to modern English and made available to the general public for the first time. In its pages can be found the fascinating history of the ancient world from the Genesis creation through the destruction of the Jerusalem temple. Find Out:

  • Why was Julius Caesar kidnapped in 75 B.C.?
  • Why did Alexander the Great burn his ships in 326 B.C.?
  • What really happened when the sun went backward as a sign to Hezekiah?
  • What does secular history say about the darkness at the Crucifixion?

In the years 1650-1654, James Ussher set out to write a history of the world from creation to A.D. 70. The result was published in 1658 as the literary classic The Annals of the World. This famous comprehensive history of the world, originally published in Latin, offers a look at history rarely seen. Ussher traveled throughout Europe, gathering much information from the actual historical documents. Many of these documents are no longer available, having been destroyed since the time of his research. Using the Bible as his timeline, Ussher began with the death of Nebuchadnezzar as a reliable date and worked backward through the genealogies of the Old Testament to arrive at the date of creation – 4004 B.C. Integrating biblical history (around 15% of the text is from the Bible) with secular (around 85% of the material is from non-biblical sources), Ussher wrote this masterpiece.

Considered not only a literary classic, but also an accurate reference, The Annals of the World was so highly regarded for its preciseness that the timeline from it was included in the margins of many King James Version Bibles throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, calling to mind the fact that the earth is only around 6,000 years old. The fact that Usshers chronology has been deleted from Bibles is evidence of the Churchs backsliding into the deceptive ideas of evolution. The Annals of the World is a necessary addition to any church library, pastors library, or any library – public or personal. The entire text has been updated from 17th-century English to present-day vernacular in a five-year project commissioned by Master Books. Containing many human-interest stories from the original historical documents collected by Ussher, this is more than just a history book – its a work of history.

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  • Translated into modern English for the first time
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  • Over 2,500 citations from the Bible and the Apocrypha
  • Usshers original citations have been checked against the latest textual scholarship
  • One of historys most famous and well-respected historians Spent over five years researching and writing this book Entered college at age 13
  • Received his masters degree at age 18
  • Was an expert in Semitic languages
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  • Made of the highest quality material: Smyth sewn, gold-gilded edges, foil embossing on front, back, and spine
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  • Fully indexed
  • Paragraphs numbered
  • Chronological presentation of material

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