The Great Pyramid of Giza is a phenomenal site! One of the ancient wonders of the world, the Pyramid still produces awe and wonder.
The dimensions of the Great Pyramid reveal incredible mathematical insights. The architect possessed knowledge way ahead of his time. In fact, we now know that the Great Pyramid solves one of humanity’s most difficult mathematical challenges—the squaring of the circle. When the radius of a circle equals the height of the pyramid, then the circumference of that circle equals the perimeter of the pyramid’s base. Indeed, twice the height of the Great Pyramid, divided into the distance around its base, equals nearly perfect pi. Mankind has only recently been able to calculate pi to this level of mathematical accuracy!
The length of each side of the Great Pyramid’s base is 365.2422 Royal Egyptian cubits (“pyramid cubits”). Amazingly, our astronomical year has a mean length of 365.2422454 solar days. Also, the perimeter of the base of the Great Pyramid is 36524.22 “pyramid inches,” the length of 100 years expressed in days. The angle of the sides as they rise to the apex is 51.7 degrees close to the most stable angle to guarantee the stability of this type of structure. And we thought all the brains lived in the 20th and 21st centuries. Khufu, the Pharaoh who built the colossal structure, stood at the head of this engineering wonder and ruled the ancient world’s most powerful kingdom.
When Moses stood before Pharaoh and said, “Let my people go!” the Great Pyramid had already stood guard over Egypt for more than a thousand years. Egyptian power had increased. No wonder the Pharaoh laughed when the leader of an enslaved people challenged him.
You know the story of the Exodus. Pharaoh stopped laughing when he lost his army and their chariots in the waters of the Red Sea. The animosity and conflict between Egypt and Israel have continued down through the centuries, but did you know that an 8th-century prophet predicted that there would come a time when Egypt would build not a monument to house the dead like the Great Pyramid, but a monument to the Lord of Life, Israel’s God?
Listen to Isaiah’s prophecy about the end times:
“In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. It will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them” (Isaiah 19:19–20).
In 1978, Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt, signed the Camp David Accords establishing peace with Israel. On October 6, 1981, Omar Abdel-Rahman, a cleric later convicted for his role in the World Trade Center bombing in New York, issued a fatwa (an Islamic law ruling), and Sadat died in a storm of grenades and rifle fire from assassins.
The Middle East continues to explode in violence, but Isaiah predicted that Israel’s God would come to Egypt’s rescue. He would send a Redeemer who would conquer their enemies and deliver them.
The prophet Isaiah said that the Lord would send a precious cornerstone who would provide a foundation that would last. Anyone who trusted in him would not be ashamed. (Isaiah 28:16).
The Apostle Peter identified this cornerstone and his name is Jesus, the Christ (1 Peter 2:6). In his powerful sermon in the book of Acts, Peter said this about his Savior:
“He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11–12).
We don’t believe it, but one day our “great pyramids”, skyscrapers built with the hands of humans, will no longer cause wonder and awe throughout the world. Jesus Christ challenges us to put our trust in him, not in what our hands and minds can build. Where is your trust?