Lesson About Death*
[2:259] Consider the one who passed by a ghost town and wondered, “How can GOD revive this after it had died?” GOD then put him to death for a hundred years, then resurrected him. He said, “How long have you stayed here?” He said, “I have been here a day, or part of the day.” He said, “No! You have been here a hundred years. Yet, look at your food and drink; they did not spoil. Look at your donkey – we thus render you a lesson for the people. Now, note how we construct the bones, then cover them with flesh.” When he realized what had happened, he said, “Now I know that GOD is Omnipotent.”
*2:259 The lesson we learn here is that the period of death – only the unrighteous die; the righteous go straight to Heaven – passes like one day (see 18:19-25 and Appendix 17).
Chapter 2 + verse 259 = 2+259 = 361 = 19 x 19
God does not tell us what year this event took place, but in the past the amount of technological change that has taken place is non-existent compared to the amount of technological change that has taken place in the last 100 years. Think about how much change we have experienced in the last 100 years.
It is amazing that God held the time still for the food so that it would not spoil, yet the donkey was allowed to turn into bones and be resurrected.
This is a good comparison to the Dwellers of the Cave