And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abran, and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that they seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them: and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
And also that nation whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the inquity of the Amorites ‘s is not yet full. (Genesis 15: 12-16)
The reason that I bring this up is because most people quote Deut. for the reason for the enslavement of the Hebrews. We know in the Bible that Israel went into captivity in the past because of their disobedience to God’s law. Yet if we do careful research we will notice that this new enslavement occurred after the twelve disciples were sent out to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. The papal bull of the 1400’s allowed the papacy to seize the property and person’s of competing religions (supposedly pagan) and enslave them. Also the time of Israel’s enslavement in Egpyt was probably not more than 7o years. My theory is that Abraham’s dream was for future generations after Israel’s dispersion.
Yes, you are correct, the Egyptian captivity could not be longer than 70 years.
We also know the number 4 is very symbolic in the Bible Judah was the fourth son.
Some people will not accept this certainly scholars who defend the lie of white Christianity, they will almost always jump straight to that Genesis 15;13 is talking about Egypt even though that harshly contradicts the Bible.
We know that Joseph was second in command under pharao before the rise of Moses by Yahawah.
So during his time, the Israelite’s were not enslaved but sojourned among the Egyptians and were treated fairly.
But then this happend:
Exodus 1:8-10 KJV
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
So here is the start of that rulership, Moses was 40 when he killed the Egyptian man.
We can count that to (40 years of slavery for the people).
Then, when they finally when to talk to Pharaoh, Moses was 80 and Aaron was 83:
Exodus 7:7 KJV
7 And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.
What we do know is that it cannot be 400 years.