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Elohim is said to be light (1st John 1:5). We can understand some of the symbolism in that, but there may be something beyond symbolism there. Light is a very strange thing. The entire universe is bathed in light. There is a constant stream of light flowing from the sun to the moon, but we can’t see the rays as they travel between them. We can only see the rays that are reflected directly into our eyes. Otherwise, we would be blinded by the light.

There are also different wavelengths of light. Our eyes can detect wavelengths within a certain range. They appear to us as colors when reflected from various objects. Things can appear beautiful only because of the interplay between them and the light. If everything around us reflected all the available light, we would see nothing except light. We shield our eyes when brilliant sunshine glares from snowy fields. Snow is beautiful when the lighting is right, but blinding when it’s too bright.

It is that way with Elohim. He must shield us from the energy of his own being. That particular thing is a matter of physics. Our relationship with Elohim may seem unrelated to physics, yet I’ll bet that when all is known, physics will play a part of that as well. When Elohim said, “Let there be light,” physical light came into existence, and time began to be reckoned from that point. That was the first day.

We tend to think of a day as a morning and night in that order. To the Hebrews, a new day begins at the sunset of the previous day. Elohim is not limited by the hours in a day as we are. In several places, the Script records what seem to be anomalies of time. It is as if Elohim moves at the speed of light, or beyond. Some of the things recorded in the Script are as strange as the theories of physics. They seem to fit very well together.

An expanse was created in the midst of the waters on the second day. “In the beginning Elohim created Shamayim.” The expanse that was created afterward, on day two, was also named shamayim. I don’t know if we should consider this the earth’s atmosphere alone, or if it should also apply to space beyond. The original Shamayim could be the dwelling place of Elohim that is known as the “third heaven,” rather than space. I don’t think we can know how to interpret these things perfectly.

On day three, land was raised out of the waters that were “under the expanse.” We aren’t told, in exact words, about the waters above the expanse. I’ll try to say something about that later. The Script was carefully written to let us understand, that from an earthly perspective, all this happened within a short period of time. If we had been there to observe the creation, I think we would have seen it happen in six “regular” days.

If this wasn’t an actual record, the writer would have reasoned that the sun should have been created before light, and before plant life which was created on day three. Instead the sun, moon, and stars, as natural sources of light, are created on day four. The Script tells us they were set in the “expanse of shamayim.”

On the fifth day, aquatic life was created, and also birds that were designed to fly in the “face” of the expanse of shamayim. By adding the word “face,” the Script differentiates between the atmosphere where birds fly, and the location of sun, moon, and stars in outer space beyond. Several translations of the Script fail to make this distinction evident. Sometimes our efforts to make the Script easier to read have inadvertently obscured important information. The information is there, but you must dig deeper to find it.

I’m not a writer, and I’m a worse speaker. I struggle terribly with grammar, and sentence structure, yet I have something to say. As I study the Script, I see things that are very difficult to put into words. Some have argued that we don’t have to know all this stuff. That is true, but maybe we do need to know that it’s there.

Looking into the Script is like looking into the heavens at night. Bring it closer with telescopes, and it’s even more beautiful and mysterious. In looking into these things, I want others to get a better glimpse of him (Elohim). The truth is much more wonderful than could ever have been dreamed. Why would we not want to learn of it?

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This is not the Script itself, but a view of it from an overlook where you may not have been before.

In the beginning Elohim created Shamayim (Shamayin) and Erets. Our word “terrestrial” (see note on terra below) comes from the Hebrew word “Erets.” The Hebrew language was written from right to left. When some words were adopted into languages that were written left to right, such as Greek or Latin, they were pronounced and spelled in reverse.

There are many such words, and they are easily recognized. Their meanings are similar, and they are composed of similar consonants. In some words, the letter order may be the same with only a change in the vowels. Similar words are often formed from them.

“Shamayin,” is probably the origin of the words “Shaman,” and “Mayan.” That isn’t the stretch that it might seem since Shamayim means “heavens.” The initiation rites of various branches of shamanism involve claims of ascension to heaven (see note on shamanism below). Mayan beliefs were similar but they developed an advanced knowledge of astronomy.

If you like, Elohim can be thought of as an extra-terrestrial being, but he isn’t confined to time and space. His dwelling is not in the sky, nor in space beyond, but in what is known as the third heaven (2nd Corinthians 12:2-4). His awareness however, extends to all creation. In the Script, he has at times called himself by different names because the names reveal some facet of his being. I intend to explain why he has revealed himself the way he has, and to list some of the names later.

At the time of its creation, Erets was formless and void, and we can’t say how long it continued in that state. The sun had not yet been created, and time as we think of it may not have existed then. We’re not told of any reckoning of time until light was created (Genesis 1:3-5). Nothing tells us of any prior creation of matter or material existence, but Elohim had created the angels before that. They were there to witness the material creation (Job 38:4-7).

In the early stages of creation, Elohim brooded over the dark waters (Mayim). This may not have been water alone. “Mayim” could have meant all matter in a molten or gaseous state. Obviously the word “Shamayim” has something to do with being “over the waters,” or “between the waters.” Hovering above the waters, Elohim may have seen his reflection from the depths below. In a book of the Script (1st John 1:5), he is said to be “light.” We don’t know the full meaning of that.

In Spirit, he has at times taken the bodily form of a dove. That may be reminiscent of his reflection upon the waters. In his mind, he could see the creation, the water receding, and the land rising out of it. He could see the life forms, beautiful plants, and creatures. Elohim foresaw the danger inherent in creatures possessing a high level of intelligence, but he also saw something beyond beauty in his creation. He saw us, and though he foresaw the pain, it had to be.

The plan was formed. The Book of Life was written (Exodus 32:32, Rev. 21:27). The Script lay open before him.

Note: Looking at it as written, “erets” is written “tsre,” because it was meant to be read from right to left. “Ts” is one form of the Hebrew “t.” (T, ts, and st were sometimes exchanged in early languages) There is the sound of an “e” between the ts and the r in “tsre,” because it’s thought to be a two-syllable word. We don’t know for certain that the first letter of “erets” was pronounced as an e. It could actually have been any vowel sound. “Th” is another Hebrew form of the letter “t,” so you can see how “erets” is the ancestral word of both “terra,” and “earth.”

Note: Some Siberian shamans expressed their claim of “ascension” to heaven by climbing a birch tree. This was intended to symbolize ascension of the “world tree.” This idea of shamanism is a twist upon the deception of mankind involving the tree of knowledge. The greatest deceptions are those that make the best use of shards of factual information. That is how pagan myths, and beliefs such as shamanism came into existence.

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If you were to repeat anything I’ve written, you should seek the Lord’s will carefully. If your position is secure, you might get somewhere with it. If you aren’t in authority, with the proper degrees to back you, you will likely encounter opposition. It could help tremendously if you’re popular, or financially influential, because success breeds success. This post is not about money though. I hope to get to that some other time.

I’m not attacking the church. I understand that it’s necessary to maintain a certain degree of order within the church. I am protesting the tendency of the church to micro-manage people. In doing so, bit by bit, God is ruled out. They don’t understand that as they try to squeeze everyone into the same mold, they are quenching the Spirit of God (1st. Thessalonians 5:19).

I think it’s safe to say that no two people will agree on everything. I’ve even disagreed with myself sometimes. That is, as I grow older, I often find myself learning something that alters some view that I once held. That doesn’t mean that everything is subject to change. God doesn’t change, but our understanding of his word should change as his Spirit leads us deeper into truth.

He doesn’t just download everything to our brain when we accept him. He seals us with his Spirit to keep us, and so that we can learn more of him. If someone’s heart or head is sealed against learning, that is not the Holy Spirit. That is another reason for this warning. There is very little real spiritual discernment out there. If something does not come through familiar channels, it is automatically rejected.

Sunday School booklets, and Life Studies, or whatever else they are called, take precedence over actual Bible study. Through them, the church tells you how to interpret the Bible. To discern if something is true or not may mean searching the scripture for an answer. That’s just too time-consuming for most leaders, so don’t expect understanding.

It’s been a real disappointment to me to learn that sincere Christians can be so easily mislead. You might try to reason with them from the Bible, but they won’t let you. You can keep silent in order to keep the peace, but they will keep pressing you to profess something that you don’t believe is Biblical.

Whether they are Christian or not, most people cannot be pleased. They are like the people in the old parable of the man, his son, and the donkey. Someone will think the man should let the boy ride the donkey. Someone else will think the boy should let his old father ride. On down the road, someone will wonder why both of them aren’t riding. Then someone else will think the donkey is being abused, and should itself be carried. You can’t please people.

Sooner or later, if you speak or write enough, disagreements are inevitable. The Lord Jesus was the only perfect person. Even then, not everyone recognizes him as perfect. Imperfect beings can’t comprehend perfection. There’s a lot more to the Bible than we’ve been taught. Some things that I’ve written may seem to run counter to things we’ve always heard. I believe that’s only because we’ve been putting the pieces together wrong.

Christianity is much greater than “the sum of all its pieces.” If you could take all of the universe that’s only truly beautiful and good; it would not equal the Lord. When the church thinks they have it all figured out, they are wrong. Maybe their cups do run over, but they have such little cups.

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The time and culture, in which we live, colors our understanding of everything. That is one of the reasons God had to simplify the way of salvation. He had to get through some way, to a world that won’t hear what words say. He went to the cross, have you heard? Don’t his actions speak louder than words? If tears could have won us, would God only have cried?

John 11:35 says, “Jesus wept.” That is the shortest verse in the Bible. It should be an easy verse to memorize, but yet we always seem to forget. Luke 19:41 records that Jesus wept over Jerusalem. He wept for the things that could have been, and for the things that would happen instead, but the world isn’t moved very much by tears. If words could have won us, then would he have died?

His blood is a red light. Sometimes, nothing less than blood will cause mankind to stop and think. He could not live with us without dying. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, and your household.” The sacrifice of Jesus cuts through all the red tape of knowledge, and mis-knowledge.

Sometimes the church presents itself as the “spotless bride of Christ” as if we were already in heaven. There is a spiritual, and symbolic sense in which that is true, but we’re not there yet. I don’t have anything against stained glass. I’ve admired some beautiful artwork of stained glass, but I don’t think we should look at each other through stained glass eyes. Philippians 2:3 says that we should consider others better than ourselves. Before all is said and done, it can easily turn out that way.

There is work that can only be accomplished by faithfully looking at the end result as if it were already in sight, but the church is not yet a resurrected, glorified body. Psalm 22 is a prophecy, written about a thousand years before the coming of Christ. It foretells the crucifixion of Jesus, giving us a list of the things he would experience.

He would feel as if he were one who was God-forsaken. He would be mocked. He would experience fear, weakness, and thirst. His hands and feet would be pierced, and his clothes would be divided between his tormentors. They would “cast lots,” rolling the dice to see who would get which item of clothing. Psalm 22:14 says, “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint…”

That is the body of Christ in this world. God is trying to pull us all together through his Son (Ephesians 1:10). I don’t want to look at the church, or any individual through stained glass, and I don’t want to be seen that way. The Apostle Paul said in 1st Corinthians 13:12, “Now I know in part, but then I shall know even as I also am known.” There are things that we do know, but the Bible says we never know them as well as we should.

We can never truly know one another. We have only a few fragmented things we’ve seen or heard to judge one another by. It is natural for us to try to arrange these broken shards into some sort of picture that makes sense to us. That kind of thing happens no matter what someone believes. It is a form of worldliness that the church doesn’t seem to recognize. It may make a pretty picture, or it may not, but it isn’t totally real either way.

The Bible teaches that we shouldn’t form false images of God. We shouldn’t form false images of people either. When we form images, we won’t be able to see the real person, and someone will be hurt because of that every time.

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