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Archive for August, 2012

As the Script has unfolded to reveal God’s plan for the future, more has also been made known about the distant past. Much of the Bible is written in a way that links elements of the past with current and future events. That is because history repeats itself and God draws parallels between events from different periods of time. Mankind repeatedly makes the mistakes of prior generations, and similar errors were made by certain angels before we existed.

The books of Isaiah and Ezekiel were written between two and three thousand years after the early chapters of Genesis, but they provide behind the scenes information from a time before the fall of man. Chapter fourteen of Isaiah draws a parallel between the fall of an angel called Lucifer (14:12-14), and the ruler of Babylon. “Lucifer” is the Latin version of the Hebrew name “Heylel” (ref. “Heylel” in my Dec. 2011 archives).

Lucifer said, “I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will be like the most High.” In verses thirteen and fourteen in many Bible translations, the Hebrew word “alah,” is translated as “ascend.” There’s nothing in particular wrong with the word “alah,” but there is something very wrong with an attitude of such altitude. In his quest to rise to dominion over the other angels and to take the place of God, Lucifer became the being known as Satan (Adversary).

In Ezekiel 28:2, a parallel is drawn between the ruler of Tyrus (Tyre), who has called himself “a God,” and a fallen angel (Ezekiel 28:14) called “the cherub that covers.” These chapters of the Bible also contain veiled references to the Antichrist who will rule the earth for a short time before the return of Jesus (See parts 1-5 of “Antichrist’s Control” in my May 2011, and June 2011 archives). Other angels followed Satan in attacking God and fell from their God-given habitations. Like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden; at one time they had it all, but they lost everything by endlessly coveting more.

The way to paradise is a humble path. Jesus said in Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus is the way (John 14:6). We can’t become gods, or become like God, by ascending anything, and that includes our “tree of knowledge.” Ascending the steps of this world’s hierarchies may be the way to go places in the temporal realm but it gets us nowhere with God.

The word “alah” is similar to Hebrew words for a holocaust or burnt offering (something going up in smoke), a stairway, and a leaf on a tree. The spelling of the words was the same before the invention of Hebrew vowel symbols, and the word “alah” can describe a violent ascent as well as a progressive one. Lucifer’s words in Isaiah 14:13 could be paraphrased as, “I will go up like a rocket.” Jesus said in Luke 10:18, “I beheld Satan, as lightning fall from heaven.” In defending the universe from Lucifer, a swift reaction from God seems to indicate that Satan’s strike against him was swift.

I think we need to be open to the possibility that the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2-4 were fallen angels (ref. my previous post). The primary meaning of the Hebrew word “Nephilim” is “the fallen ones,” though it can be translated as “giants,” or “tyrants.” A literal reading of Genesis 6:4 makes it sound as if there was definitely something different about the children of the sons of God and the daughters of men.

Some ancient writings apart from the Bible make it sound as if scientific experimentation was taking place in these “marriages,” perhaps in an attempt to lengthen the lifespan of a hybrid individual. It is right in the middle of these strange verses, in Genesis 6:3, where we learn that God was forced to shorten the lifespan of man (ref. “Wandering With God,” in my July 2012 archives).

Much of the mystery of the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:1-4 may be due to our lack of knowledge about what fallen angels could, or could not do. A study of angels in the Bible seems to indicate they can do about anything that they choose within limits set by God. One thing they can certainly do is deceive us if we don’t believe God.

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Within the Bible is a universe of both mystery and meaning. While much of the mystery can be resolved and the meaning understood, especially that which is most important, we are not going to comprehend everything. Chapter six of Genesis has content that will fit into all those categories. The Bible says that God is not the author of confusion, so that leaves us, and the fallen angels.

Life is often very bizarre. Genesis 6:5 says of mankind in the days before the great flood, “Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Every human being should be able to at least partially understand that verse. We are constantly bombarded by thoughts from all directions. If we accept them as ours, they become ours. One thing we don’t want to do is to let our thoughts run away with us. I’ve already written quite a bit about this sort of thing (ref. “the Mind Games,” in my Dec. 2010 archives, and “the Thinking Tree”, “Whispers in the Mind,” and “Nachash,” in my Dec. 2011 archives).

Even when we try to pray, our thoughts will often drift where they shouldn’t. I have found that the solution is to continue praying. The thoughts don’t actually have to be that bad; just something to shift our focus. Our thoughts are consumed by the problems and demands of life, and all the things of the self that come with being human. We act on foolish thoughts, and we act thoughtlessly. Ways of thinking can become so habitual that we’re no longer conscious of them.

So, we can understand Genesis 6:5, but we’ll have to wait for the Lord’s return to fully resolve the mystery of Genesis 6:1-4. In Genesis 6:2, are the “sons of God” descendants of Seth who married women descended from Cain? Although that may be a prominent conservative view, it’s difficult to read that much into the verse.

There are people who go far beyond this, forming twisted ideas about the bloodlines of Cain and Seth. If you make a study of these things, you will probably stumble upon some bizarre beliefs. For one thing, the bloodlines are used to justify forms of prejudice. By the way, the theory of evolution has been used in much the same manner, teaching that some families of man are more highly evolved than others.

Sometimes evolutionary ideas have been crossed with “religious” ones. I had written in more detail about this for this post, but I deleted most of it. I just don’t want to repeat some of the ideas involved. I want to prove my point, but not that badly. Hopefully, that which I’ve written will be sufficient to make the point that people let their thoughts run away with them.

Were the “sons of God” tyrants who forcibly gathered women in harems, and fathered children who became tyrants themselves? “Nephilim,” the Hebrew word translated as “giants” in some Bibles, is sometimes translated as “tyrants,” but there seems to be more to the story than that also.

No doubt there were many marriages between the families of Cain and Seth. There wouldn’t necessarily have been anything wrong with those marriages, but individuals do bring ideas and patterns of behaviour into relationships that are harmful to their children. Those are the things that are wrong, regardless of the bloodline.

Children inherit much more than a physical body from their parents, and from society, they inherit the ways of the world around them. Children of tyrants may be more likely to become tyrants themselves, though they are not fated to do so.

Another possible interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4, is that the “sons of God” were fallen angels. That expression is clearly used of angels, including fallen ones, in Job 1:6. I looked at several resources concerning this. The Nelson Study Bible (NKJV) says of Genesis 6:1-4, “The most likely interpretation is that the sons of God were fallen angels.”

Many other reputable resources reach the same conclusion. I intend to write about the fallen ones as soon as possible. It’s important to remember that Jesus, the only begotten son of God, is able to restrain the fallen angels. According to Jude 1:6, many of them are now bound in some way in order to protect mankind.

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There’s more to the world than meets the eye. There are undiscovered and unknown things, and “freaks” of nature. “Snow Rollers” are a well documented phenomena. Beautiful photos of them can be found on the internet, yet when you actually see them, it’s hard to believe your eyes.

I once saw them on my way to work on a windy winter morning. Not knowing their proper name at the time, I called them “snow wheels”. There were dozens of them in a field on a hillside. Most of them were around three feet high and more than half as wide, with holes through the centers large enough to see the sky beyond them. The moment you see them, you know they are a work of gravity, wind, and snow, but you can’t help but also feel that God has been playing there.

This was before cell phones with cameras, so what do you do? You don’t see such a wonder without telling someone, even though you know they probably won’t believe you. Snow rollers are rare, but can be scientifically verified. Some things can’t be easily verified.

I know three people who once saw UFOs, and I absolutely believe their story. One of them is now a Christian and doesn’t want to raise doubts about his character by talking about UFOs. He believes that what they saw had something to do with some phenomena of spirit, even though the UFOs appeared to be material objects. I’m aware that I risk losing credibility simply by saying that I believe my friends. They saw something very unusual, or they would not have told about it. Another of the three also became a Christian, but is now with the Lord, and I haven’t seen the other person in several years.

They told the same story, each from a slightly different perspective. One person will often notice something that another does not. My Christian friend was the last to see the objects. The roof of the car they were in blocked his view. At first he couldn’t see why the driver suddenly stopped the car, or what the yelling was about. They were all so stunned by what they were saw that neither of them remembered being afraid.

They were on a country back road at night, and the objects must have come down steeply to hover above the power lines just to the left of their car. All of them thought they were seeing a single object at first. When the objects separated, they realized that three smaller objects had been hovering in formation. No one remembered hearing any sound, though they got out of the car while the objects were nearby.

It’s difficult to estimate the size of something in the night sky, but the objects seemed to be about the size of a small auto a hundred feet or so above them. There was a large white light on the bottom of the object, and a small red light at the top, if I remember correctly (someone could correct me on the color and position of the lights). The bottom of the objects appeared to be flat and circular, and it seemed like a faint outline could be seen tapering in a short cone to the top. The height appeared to be about half as much as the diameter.

My friends estimated that they watched the objects for about 15 minutes. It could have been longer. At first, the objects moved fairly slowly around the horizon, but then they began to perform maneuvers that defied the laws of physics. They didn’t always stay close together. They oscillated back and forth at such speeds that they appeared to be a straight line of light, perhaps a hundred yards long. They shot straight up faster than the eye can follow and disappeared from sight, and my friends thought the show was over. Then they came back down to a dead stop, just as fast as they had ascended. When airplanes moved into the area the objects flew away much faster than the planes, yet not as fast as they had shown themselves capable of.

Jesus said in John 3:12, “I have told you of earthly things and you do not believe; how will you believe me if I speak of heavenly things? It’s very hard for most people to grasp that Jesus knows all that is out there. He created everything, and he is keeping track of all of it (John 1:1-3 & 1:10).

Science is searching for life in outer space believing it would have evolved in other places also. The Pioneer and Voyager spacecrafts, that we sent beyond the solar system, carried drawings and messages intended to inform aliens about us if the crafts are intercepted.

Ancient peoples were so certain that beings existed “out there” that they etched pictographs so large they can only be viewed from the sky. Many of the ancients also mistook angels for gods, and worshipped them instead of God. It would be easy to make such mistakes if God didn’t intervene. Jude 1:6 tells of angels who have been bound by God because they ventured far beyond the boundaries of freedom. Not all fallen angels are bound at this point in time though; Satan is not bound, but is roaming the earth (1st Peter 5:8, and 2nd Corinthians 11:14).

The apostle Paul in his letter to the churches at Galatia (Galatians 1:8) warned, “Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Just because someone appears to be wearing a halo doesn’t mean they know the truth. We are not to follow our imagination, nor to allow a message from what seems to be an angel, or an alien, to assume the importance of that which is revealed through Jesus Christ. There are factions, and false religions, that were founded more upon such “messages”  than upon the Script.

We can have confidence in Jesus because the revelation of the Bible is verified by history, science, and everyday life. We are to trust Jesus rather than in our own limited knowledge. One lesson that can be learned from UFOs, and everyday life, is that we know very little about the universe we live in. It is critical that we trust Jesus, the trustworthy one. Without him, a world of wonders becomes a world of deception.

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Without freedom an intelligent creature would never realize its potential. It would wither in whatever state that it existed. Theoretically, intelligent life could have been created without freewill, but wouldn’t that be just another form of slavery?

That wasn’t God’s intention. In his sovereign will, besides giving life to us, God has given freedom and freewill. The angels that God created before us have freedom of will. The extremes to which we take these gifts are of our own choosing, and we will eventually have to answer to God for them.

Since every human being now possesses potential for both good and evil, freedom without constraints becomes impossible. While it is possible, at least for a while, to be blissfully unaware of the limits, freedom can’t exist for long outside certain perimeters. Beyond a certain point it trespasses, trampling the rights of others, and becomes a breeding ground for oppression. Every kind of oppressive government then arises from the smoke.

God has endured man as we’ve experimented with all these things. He would have led us right all along, but we chose to experiment. We (Adam and Eve) chose the Tree of Science (scientia, or knowledge) instead of believing God. We’ve taught our children (mankind) conflicting versions of ethics. We either hold too tightly, or we allow too much, and can never keep our balance all the way.

Each generation tends to assert their right to eat of whatever knowledge or experience that seems forbidden, and to decide right and wrong for themselves. They think they are free to define God, knowledge, truth, love, marriage, and the limits of freedom.

In reality only God can correctly define these things. God sees the complete picture and the cause and effect of everything. He sees how far the ripples from our little movements go. That which we happen to learn from the tree of knowledge comes to us hard way, and most of the lessons learned from history seem to be lost within a few generations.

Then man has to start all over again. Abuse of freedom inevitably leads to the loss of freedoms, and that is where America is being led today. Secular society does not believe that man will destroy the world, and God must let the world see for itself. Instead of furthering the cause of freedom, Secularism is closing the door on freedom. God is as the song says, the “author of liberty.” In Luke 4:18, one of the reasons Jesus gave for his coming to this world is, “…to set at liberty them that are bruised.” God is love (1st. John 4:8), and God is freedom (2nd. Corinthians 3:17).

Insight into humanities captive state of mind is found scattered throughout the Script. The following comments are excerpts from various translations and paraphrases of Romans 1:21-25. When mankind knew God, they didn’t regard him with respect. They became thankless, and vain in their imagination. Professing themselves to be wise, they became foolish (a natural result of eating from the tree of knowledge is believing that we are the highest form of intelligence, Genesis 3:1-6).

They abandoned the idea of being created in the image of the immortal God and made idols modeled after themselves and other creatures (Romans 1:23 is also a prophecy about evolutionary thinking). They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and God let go of them.

When God lets go, we do not fall into freedom, but farther and farther away. A loosening of God’s hand doesn’t yet mean that we’ve reached the point of no return, but we don’t know where that point is. How can God let this world go on? How can God just put an end to it? God is between a rock and a hard place, or in another manner of speaking, torn on a cross between the two.

God is continually intervening in ways we don’t see, making the best that can be made of the situations we create. The Lord is holding on for that last child of freedom. When the children of this world no longer have the freedom to become children of God, there won’t be sufficient reason for the world to endure any longer. The world is screaming for God to let go, and eventually, he will let it go.

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