The Laws of Human Time Travel – Why?

A sage once said to me, God does not suspend nor set aside his laws to affect miracles. He put the creation in motion with the laws he would need, and the laws serve his glory. Just as we can see birds fly, we know laws exist to govern flight. We can access those laws and leverage flight.

I kept that thought in my heart for many years. As I approached the subject of time travel, this arose again, but in different form. Just as we see people in the Bible folding time or traveling through it, we can know time travel is possible, and the laws already exist to govern it. Could we ever access those laws? If we did, our actions would have to dovetail with the rest of the laws. We can’t break God’s immutable physical laws.

The Time Traveler’s World has a thematic verse:

Ecc 3:15 “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

Think a bit about the profundity of this verse concerning God’s establishment of time:

That which hath been is now  – Does this mean history repeats itself, or that a theme of “already happened” is always in play? The Bible says “there is nothing new under the sun”. We hear “times change, people don’t.”  Do the past and present fold together as one? If this is true, it’s always true. In other words, we are living in history yet-to-be. What is happening now will be history, so what is happening now is also in the future. Think “already happened.”

and that which is to be hath already been – Does this mean the events of the future have “already happened” – at least to God, who is every-where and every-when, all of Earth’s history has come to pass, even what’s in the future? Does this mean a person can go into the future and change things, or change things in the present to affect the future? Of course, to a degree.

Moreover, it means the foretold events of Scripture are immutable. No human can thwart their arrival.

and God requireth that which is past – Does this mean all of history is etched in stone? God says we will account for every idle word, thought, deed, etc. Everything is recorded. Does this mean a person cannot travel into the past and expect the past to accommodate him? I would suggest a person would be accommodated, if only we had access to the laws governing time travel. Or rather, if a person has traveled into the past, but hasn’t traveled yet, the person doesn’t have the option to back out of the trip, because it’s “already happened.”.

In the book, once Marcus is in the tour, he’s informed of the tour’s itinerary, and wants it to stop. The problem is, he’s already affected history with his presence, so he can’t opt-out.

If we regard the future events as foretold, as already having happened to the prophets who foretold them, then they are part of “someone’s past” and God will require them. They are significant.

From this verse, we can derive some additional profound truths about time,  which I formalized into laws. These govern the boundaries of what the characters can (or can’t) do.

Recall in the Disney animated film Aladdin, the Genie had rules. He couldn’t make someone fall in love. He couldn’t raise someone from the dead. He couldn’t kill, and no wishing for more wishes. These rules guided the storyline and required Aladdin’s ingenuity to win the day.

Another case is the original Toy Story from Pixar, where Woody gathers the toys to take revenge on Sid. He says “we’ll have to break a few rules”.  But “can” toys break the rules on their own? In every scene where a human shows up, they “strike a pose” as though they have no choice. When Woody breaks these rules – the most obvious one, he turns his head around and says “so play nice”  – Sid has an emotional/mental break because the veil on one world has been breached.

There is a veil between the spiritual realm and the physical realm. Beings crossing this boundary have a responsibility to reduce mayhem, and say so. When angels encounter humans, they say “Fear not”, because the encounter could cause a mental breach.

The same is true for the Time Traveler’s World – it is separated from the normal physical world, but unlike Woody, the travelers don’t have the ability to arbitrarily break the rules.

In fiction, these rule-based scenarios are common in movies and literature (Monkey’s Paw, Superman, etc.) but are used in strange ways in time travel stories. We expect time to behave a certain way, but if we have control over time, it bends to our will, not the other way around.

“God is not mocked…” (Gal 6:7)

This is an important factor, that the rules are in place for a reason above the time travelers, and they are still subject to a Sovereign owner of the Creation. Breaking the rules, for purposes of fictional license, just to solve a problem in the fictional storyline, mocks the rules. It’s also a lazy way around the problem in a creative sense. so the author bears the responsibility to stay inside the rules and solve the problem in a creative way that also satisfies the reader.

If our Story World is to be immersed in Scriptural truth, we don’t have license to allow any-old-activity in time travel. It purposefully constrains the traveler’s activity such that a paradox is prohibited (can’t go back in time to kill your own grandfather). And the travelers can’t say “just this once” as a rescue device.

Each traveler is warned – don’t mess with the rules. They might backfire on you. The rules are embodied in “the Timeline”, the strange, structural data source that is plumbed by the machine to affect the traveler’s journey. The Timeline governs what is available and what is not, and sometimes acts as though it has a mind of its own.

If the traveler violates the rules, the Timeline will automatically bounce the traveler back to “home time”, or the Timeline may affect circumstances to avoid a paradox.

A hard-and-fast rule, is that the technology can’t be used in front of someone who isn’t already aware of its existence. This includes the spirit world, of the evil spirits. The angelics are aware of God’s rules, and use them to fold space, and are also privy to the laws for time. The evil spirits are unaware that human beings have harnessed time travel until the day it happens. This means the Timeline will not allow a human to use the technology in the presence of a spirit prior to this time. If they go back in time, they may find themselves constrained, depending on who is watching or aware of their activities.

Laws of Human Time Travel

Law OneThe time traveler is unable to affect significant events anywhere in the Timeline.

In David Gerrold’s The Man Who Folded Himself,  the traveler goes back in time to kill Jesus Christ, and then into the future to test its effect. He doesn’t like the world without Christ, so goes back in time to stop himself. The obvious problem with this – is paradox. If I’m about to shoot Christ, and then stop myself, why would I stop myself if I hadn’t already shot him and realized the consequence? Moreover, there has to be a rule constraining the changing of significant events and persons, both in the past and the future. As nobody will be able to kill Christ before a time of Christ’s choosing,  clearly a rule affects this.

What of the Rapture? The Great White Throne? The presence of the Antichrist / son of perdition? What if a person could foresee the Antichrist’s identity and kill him before he rises to power? According to Law One, this would be impossible. The advent and demise of the Antichrist are foretold, and are significant.

On the other hand, whether it is sunny tomorrow at noon might be significant to some, but not to others. The point being, “significance” on one hand has a strong meaning, but on the other hand is quite subjective and circumstantial.

Law TwoThe time traveler may arbitrarily affect insignificant events anywhere in the Timeline, except where such activity violates the first law.

A conundrum of “predestination” is the idea that God already knows what’s about to happen, so why bother? Nihilism, fatalism, and other “isms” dealing with fate, all presume the human’s role is futile. Our decisions are meaningless, and our actions cannot affect anything. This is simply not true.

God interacts with individuals in Scripture with the clear context of affecting the future. God gave humans the capacity to reason, and whether one agrees with “free will” or not, clearly humans have an independent decision-making capacity. Imagine, your spouse loves you because of a hypnosis program. They do and say everything you want, all the time. This is not genuine love, because the spouse is a robot. Genuine love is when a person is loyal because they want to be loyal – it’s internalized.

All that said, God says “my strength is made perfect in weakness” – another thematic verse of the time travelers. “Confound the wise”, “foolishness of preaching” and various other sentiments, means God uses the weak, mundane, insignificant, to bring about extraordinary change.

The time travelers learn they can’t always affect something big, but they can do simple things, or multiple simple things, such as solve a larger problem with its component parts (yes, algebraically!) – but the answer is always in the simplicity, not the complexity.

In my own industry, I’ve learned that “standardizing on simplification” is one sure way to success. Simplification is hard, but when we make things simple for others, we provide a valuable service.  In one instance, several of us set up a church-wide passion play for Easter, and worked hard, and diligently, in the background to make it simple for even children to participate in it. Before the curtain rose, over half the church was involved in the play. Involved in telling the Greatest Story Ever Told. Isn’t that where we want to be?

Law ThreeThe time traveler is free to visit anywhere in the Timeline as a common tourist, except where such activity violates the first two laws.

This simply means the timeline of history will accommodate the travelers as long as they play by the rules. The Timeline is intolerant of rulebreakers just as God is intolerant. There’s a big difference however, in that God offers grace and patience to rulebreakers, but the Timeline does not. Just as physics and chemistry follow lockstep, immutable laws, the laws of the Timeline will accommodate to a point (grace) beyond which it will act without the permission or control of the travelers.

Law FourThe Timeline will automatically enforce Law One, and accommodate (or self-correct for) Law Two.

As noted in Law Three, the Timeline offers grace as long as the travelers “play nice”, but when the travelers attempt (or inadvertently stumble into) a violation, the Timeline acts independently to correct it. Can be a little awkward and unexpected.

This enforcement is automatic in the sense that the Timeline won’t allow certain things, not that it will correct for a violation. In law, we understand that laws are to guide the government in what to do when a law is violated, as well as set the expectation of a citizen what to expect from the government if they do so. But the law cannot stop the crime from happening  We know murder is illegal, so why are there 20+ thousand murders every year? Human law will not protect a person from someone who is willing to break it.

That said, the Timeline actively enforces. If a traveler wants to jump to or from a certain location and such an action would create a paradox, the Timeline doesn’t allow it to happen. In the traveler’s corneal displays, they see a “flashing red dot”, meaning their options are limited. They can freeze, slow-mo, etc. They can jump out and come back, but they can’t leave the scene completely until the paradox is resolved.

Law FiveThere is no Butterfly Effect – Insignificant things can collectively create larger effects, but not in a runaway form.

If the former laws are in play, this naturally falls out as a warning. The Butterfly Effect is thus: A butterfly moving its wings in Asia ultimately causes a typhoon in the Pacific. The wing motion set into play another motion, and another, ultimately converging to the typhoon.

In time travel scenarios, the Butterfly Effect means I can change the past, and with the tiniest change, radically affect the future. The Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury embraces this theme, where a person is told they can go back in time but must limit their interaction with the past, because the slightest change can cascade into the future.

The Story World of the book series views time as more elastic (or plastic) than rigid, and accommodates the travelers within self-enforcing limits.

 

 

Resurrection vs Resuscitation & The “Silver Cord”

In Scripture, we read of two particular individuals declared dead by their friends and loved ones, but Jesus Christ raised them from the dead. Interestingly, he claimed both were “only sleeping.”

Jesus likened his own death and resurrection to Jonah, who was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. A question arises, did Jonah get swallowed and coughed-up on shore? Or did Jonah die, and later was resuscitated, and coughed-up on shore?

Let’s look at the words and imagery:

Jon 2:2-6   “And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.”

We didn’t see this part of the scene, did we? Where Jonah is in the belly of hell, or weeds were wrapped around his head, and saw prison bars.

But these phrases are not poetic and accidental.  If weeds were wrapped around his head, and in the belly of hell, what gives? Jonah was out for three days and three nights, a time frame Jesus wrapped around his own death and resurrection.

What of Lazarus?

Jhn 11:39  “Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”

Lazarus had been dead four days, but what did Jesus say of him when he heard of it?

Jhn 11:11  “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.”

And of the daughter of Jairus, which Jesus raised to life?

Luk 8:52  “And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.”

First, let’s point out that each of these individuals died later in life. Jesus resuscitated them to show he had power over life and death – and certainly over death as everyone understood it. That is, irreversible in human terms.  Beyond the capacity of a doctor to help.

We also know these folks didn’t die in the most permanent sense, because we are told humans die only once:

Heb 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

And as noted in other essays, God doesn’t have a need to bend or suspend his own rules. He is wise enough to make all the rules he will need, and integrate them to a Grand Architecture.

Our response is to gain insight on what happened here. If the person didn’t die, but was asleep as Jesus asserted, what did Jesus mean? These people were not resurrected (they didn’t receive immortal bodies).

Ecc 12:5-7  “ …because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

In the above description of the death process, we note several transactions. It’s almost like when a person takes their car to the DMV to transfer of title. They will see people printing, stapling, pulling pages apart, dropping things into the correct files for later processing, etc. The above has the feel of that sort of “administrative dispatch”. e.g. when it’s time to die, we have mourners, silver cord loosed, golden bowl broken, and the dust returns to the earth, and the spirit to the God who gave it – dismantles a person and the parts dispatched.

Here’s a thought: The chemicals in our bodies are transient. When we eat and breathe, we interact with the environment. What we eat and drink literally becomes part of us. Old chemicals are ever-so-slowly swapped out for new as we absorb food and eliminate waste. Chemically speaking, we are not the same person we were a year ago. What didn’t change? Our eternal soul and the information in our DNA.

So now we have an answer as to how God could form Adam “from dust”, and the valley of the dry bones could be reconstructed into humans, and how people who died a thousand years ago (and truly are dust now) can be restored completely.

Jesus said of the little girl “her spirit came back”, so clearly Jesus has power over the spirit world. Did this little girl’s silver cord get loosed, or did Jesus restore it? The Bible says clearly we only die once. Jesus would have no need to restore it if the cord was still intact and the girl’s spirit was  “nearby”.

It is clear this “silver cord” plays a role. This is the only mention of it in Scripture.

Anecdotally, when people testify of a near-death experience, they report the presence of a silvery cord connecting their spirit to their physical body. Could this be the “tie” to the physical world that had not yet irreversibly broken for Jonah, Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus? How much time is necessary to be certain that the cord is loosed? Clearly Lazarus was in the grave four days and Jonah three days.

But Christ was in the grave three days and did not resuscitate, but resurrected.  He had a completely different body than when he walked the earth before. We are also told in 1 Cor 15 we will be “transformed” into a resurrection body. and that Jesus is the “first fruits of them that slept”, clearly asserting that our resurrection bodies will be like his – incorruptible and immortal.

The Bible teaches Jesus most certainly died (spear in his side, with blood and water). He didn’t “sleep” or “swoon”.

And like Jonah,  Jesus descended to hell.

1Pe 3:19  “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;”

The mechanics of resuscitation are no different than the mechanics of a common clinical resuscitation. The problem is, the aforementioned persons had passed into a state from which a common doctor could never recover them.

And why were they resuscitated? What was the purpose? As with all miracles, the purpose is not the miracle itself, but in God declaring the miracle-worker as being his own mouthpiece. “Hear ye him”. This is true of all the prophets as well. If God merely told the prophets what the future would be, what would cause anyone to take them any more seriously than you or I? Can’t anyone claim to foretell the future? But if the miracle worker does something in real-time, like fire from heaven, healing the sick, or raising the dead, all eyes are on the miracle worker, and all ears are on his words.

 

Whence the Flood? Corruption of Flesh, Giants and Genetics

In Genesis 6 we read an oft-debated passage:

Gen 6:1-4 “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”

Some superficial takeaways from the above – angelic beings took human wives and sired giants. At the same time, God limited mankind’s lifespan to one hundred twenty years, from the point in time of the declaration.

We’ll get to giants (below) but first, people born well-after this declaration lived much longer than the one-hundred twenty. Abraham lived longer, and Shem almost outlived Abraham, over 300 years after the Flood! Many of the lifespans after coming off the Ark were in the many hundreds of years. Clearly this declaration was for a temporary situation, the conditions leading up to the Flood.

We can presume the Lord had already decided the Flood was one hundred twenty years hence, and this would be the max lifespan of anyone born this day forward (they would die in the Flood). We read a few verses afterward that Noah was commissioned to build the Ark at age 500, the Flood came when he was 600. So for at least twenty years prior to Noah’s commission, the decision to destroy it was in play.  Noah lived another 350 years and died at age 950.

Think about that. For over three centuries, Noah was alive and well, and could testify to the Flood’s reality. The Epic of Gilgamesh dates to this time, and includes the enigmatic Upnapishtim, a character who captained the boat of the Great Deluge.

Dr. John Sanford, a geneticist who wrote “Genetic Entropy”, points out the mathematical nature of the ages of humans. If we take the ages of Adam, Noah, etc all the way to Abraham, and plot them on a curve, we find an interesting artifact: The curve matches an exponential decay curve to within half a percent of tolerance. Did the ancient scribes have access to this algorithm, or were they simply writing down “what happened”? The reason for this decay curve is the decay of the human genome, which is still decaying. The loss of longevity is only one of many loss-of-function observations since the original Creation. If this holds true, the human race is headed for extinction within 2000 years. The genome is already compromised. Every new generation adds up to one hundred mutations for each individual. Cross-multiply this through all the possible combinations of genes, and we have a genome that is debilitated and devolving.

This fits what Jesus told us about a new heaven and earth. The current heaven and earth was always a temporary habitat.

Now for Giants.

A wide range of opinions are discussed across the internet on who these were, and the discussion centers on who the Sons Of God were: Mere men or Fallen Angelic Beings? This same notation “Ben Eloheem” is used in the book of Job to describe angelic beings coming to God’s throne. Some say they are unrelated, but Job was written right after the Flood, so the words do have common meaning and context.

Some say these Genesis 6 chaps are the sons of Seth (righteous folk) and the daughters of everyone else, but doesn’t resolve why such a union would produce a race of giants (Nephilim).  Moreover, the Bible says in this same section that everyone was wicked, and offers no exception to the children of Seth. Why would we single them out as righteous? We wouldn’t, unless someone was trying to create a doctrinal thesis to move our thinking away from fallen angelic beings. In plain vanilla reading, this is exactly what it’s saying, so why take it somewhere else?

I would adjure the reader to keep an open mind and allow God’s spirit to guide on this important topic. Some devout Christians shy-away from discussions concerning the spirits. They are described in Scripture as real, cunning and powerful, so dismissing them as a fairy-tale, while accepting the remainder of Scripture as true, is nothing more than intellectual dishonesty. It will also hinder a person’s understanding of what was going on in this time period, and why a Flood was necessary. It will also hinder a believer’s understanding of the very real spiritual war going on all around us, directly affecting our lives.

As a note: The giants also appear in the OT (David slew Goliath) and are mentioned as peppered among the people-groups of Canaan. In fact, anytime God mentions a series of people-groups he wants eradicated, we can trace all of them back to races of giants (Rephaim). After the Flood, apparently a new crop of angelic activity procreated more giants, who fanned-out into the world. Their remains can be found in the Americas. Much research and investigative work is available on this subject.

A common misunderstanding of the Flood’s purpose goes like this:

God’s wrath on evil people. Grrrr.

But this misses the mark so completely.  God’s very first assessment of humanity after the Ark landed, goes like this:

Gen 8:21 ” …for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…”

So clearly, the Flood didn’t solve a sin problem. Nor a problem with wickedness or evil. The Bible chapters following Genesis 8:21 show a wide range of evil and mayhem.

This is because wickedness, evil and sin were prevalent before the Flood, but not the root cause the Flood was intended to solve. If this were the case, why wouldn’t God solve it with something less physically catastrophic? After all, when God solved the sin problem once and for all, one man, Jesus Christ, took the whole burden himself.  No global cataclysm required.

In another essay, I deal with the Virgin Birth. This question of Why the Flood is directly tied.

Much is known about genetics today, and more every day. None of this was known even a century ago, much less at the time of the Flood. Isn’t it interesting then, the writer still knew the mechanics of procreation – the Sons of God (the male) and the daughters of men (the female) are required for procreation (of giants).

Didn’t Jesus say there was no marrying in heaven –  (Matt 22:30, Mark 12:25) and directly relates it to the angelic host. They don’t marry because they are a finite host with no commandment to multiply.  This is why they are called “Ben Eloheem” – sons of God – because they are each individually created by God. The same could be said of Adam, who is called a “son of God” (Luke 3:38) in this same context. A slice of this same context is attributed to Jesus Christ because he was also the result of a deliberate creative act, not a sole product of procreation (genetic descent alone).  (More on the Virgin Birth in another essay).

The heresy-chasers will “ding” me on the above, as though I am denigrating Jesus Christ as being “created” and not fully God. No, I am merely explaining how Jesus Christ’s physical body was a product of the God’s spirit plus the genetic material in Mary’s ovum. This makes Jesus fully God and fully Man, and unique in all the universe to carry the sins of mankind – while still pleasing the father. It’s truly an amazing architecture, this DNA.

If God’s spirit could overshadow Mary (Matt 1:18-20, Luke 1:35) and conceive a child, what were the mechanics in play? Clearly Mary provided an ovum, and her genetic lineage puts her in line for King David’s throne.  Joseph’s line, however, was cut off from the throne. Only a child of Mary would be eligible to be King of the Jews.

Physical ovum, proper lineage, check.

Where did the male gamete material come from? Clearly this was a product of God’s creative hand. He didn’t have to create anything new. He simply had to assemble a gamete from existing materials, configured with the proper information to impregnate Mary. What was the source of this information? The mind of God – the same source as the information in Adam’s genetic material. And isn’t Jesus Christ called the “last Adam” (1 Cor 15:45) in the very context of God’s creative acts?

1 Cor 15:45 “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

Both were products of God’s personal, deliberate handiwork.

What does this mean? God intended to use DNA as a path to enter history. This was his chosen mechanism to bring about the Virgin Birth and join humanity in a specific time and place, as he had long since foretold through the prophets.

How long did God have this plan in place? Did he cook it up after the Fall of Man? Clearly he needed a way to redeem mankind. Clearly his chosen method was to enter humanity and give his life for his own creation. When was this decided?

Rev 13:8  “…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

At the foundation of the creation itself, this was part of the Grand Architecture, not an afterthought. This is how we know DNA has foundational place in the architecture, not a product of chance process or tinkering.

Ive spent a career building very large scale, highly complex systems, and can say categorically that failure control is always a part of any good architecture. Never an afterthought. But is this really all the Crucifixion was? A “failsafe”? It certainly fulfilled this functional role, but it was so much more  (see my essay on the Virgin Birth, and one on Crucifixion).

Why does this matter? And what does it have to do with giants?

A little more info on genetics: Whenever a mutation arises in DNA, it behaves as recessive to a non-mutated gene. Just as recessive eye color of blue will not express in the presence of a brown or green dominant gene, so the mutated gene will not express in the presence of good gene. The good gene will dominate. This amazing information architecture keeps mutations at bay.

When God’s spirit overshadowed Mary with pristine male genetic material, it would guarantee all of Mary’s mutations remain recessive. No “blemishes” in Mary’s genes would express through her son Jesus. God’s pristine genes would dominate those mutations. Would Jesus have “Mary’s eyes”? Would other obvious traits of Mary be visible on him? I would suggest yes, because this is simply how DNA works. If God didn’t want Jesus to have some of Mary’s features, he could have formulated an ovum and treated Mary as a surrogate mother.  This would not however, firmly lash Jesus into the lineage of true humanity.

Jesus was destined to fulfill two primary roles, among others. One as a high priest (Heb 5:5-10), and a sacrificial lamb (Rev 13:8, John 1:29).

In the Old Testament, we read that neither a priest (Lev 21:17-21) nor a sacrificial lamb  (Ex 12:5) may have a “blemish”, clearly described in Scripture as today’s textbook examples of a genetic mutation.

God designed DNA to be a repository of his own mind’s information, recording his intent over history, to enter humanity as the unblemished Priest and Lamb of God.

Again, what does this have to do with the Flood, and giants?

God’s plan and method to enter humanity was known to the angels:

Gal 3:19 “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels …”

The fallen angels in Genesis 6 came to the daughters of men, not just because they were attractive, but because they had a plan to corrupt God’s creation. By procreating with humans and making giants, they succeeded in several nefarious goals:

  • Defile God’s directive for marriage, an institution for humans alone, to support procreation (angels don’t procreate)
  • Create a race of beings with no human father, and no traceability to the direct hand of the Creator, such that the souls of the Nephilim could never rest. Unclean spirits in today’s world are the spirits of the Nephilim, and as Jesus noted, “wander in dry places” – an allusion to their trauma with water
  • Defile God’s desire to be the only One to use this method to enter humanity, for humanity’s salvation
  • Defile God’s plan to use genetic material to impregnate only one woman, the chosen woman for the creation’s redemption, instead using many women and washing away its uniqueness
  • Defile God’s plan to personally use this method bring forth an unblemished priest and lamb (the giants were clearly genetic mutants)
  • Bring about violence on the earth to eradicate humanity, so that no humans would survive – cutting off human lineage so that no Redeemer could arrive at all.
  • This last part, cutting off the Redeemer, has a higher, insidious purpose, in that it cancels God’s promise to redeem. God never breaks a promise, so if the evil spirits can thwart God’s plans to the point of breaking a promise, they have effectively proven God a liar. Very serious, indeed.
  • In all of the above, is it any wonder the path keeps leading directly to the foot of the Cross? Do you have any doubt, apart from Rev 13:8, the Cross is the pivotal goal for every verse in the Scripture?

Stepping back, what was God’s stated purpose for the Flood?

Gen 6:12 “And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.”

How does “flesh” become corrupted? And what is the “way” of the “flesh” upon the earth? Flesh only has one way, or path to take, and that is the lineage prescribed by genetics. This isn’t stated in the passage, but modern science would agree that if an animal’s genes strongly deviate from the those handed down by its ancestors, it has departed from its ancestral genetic plan. Anyone looking at the creatures to compare them to ancestors, would declare them in deviance.

It is this deviance that grieved God. Wouldn’t it you? If you put together processes and systems in a place to help a company stay healthy and prosperous, and came back one day to find the systems weren’t doing what you designed them to do, especially if the new form is deleterious to your loving provision, you would ask only two questions: Did errors creep into the system, or did someone sabotage it?

Gen 6:13 “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”

In this verse, God uses the same word for “destroy” as for “corrupt” in the prior verse. Clearly he saw the genetics of animals (and certainly the Nephilim) as past the point of recovery. We can only imagine if the genes were corrupted and they proliferated, the mutated forms could rapidly eclipse and overwhelm the good ones. This is what happens today with so-called “good” mutations. They arrive on chromosomes in unbreakable chains and clusters with all the bad mutations. So if one “good” shows up along with 50 bad, we can’t sift them (they are on unbreakable chains). And if the next generation adds 50 more bad, and so forth, we will have a tsunami of bad mutations subsuming the “good” ones.

How did Noah determine which animals were “good” and which ones had not been corrupted? If he identifies good ones, he really wants the best ones, right? Those with the highest viability for the new world.

Fortunately, Noah didn’t have to make these choices. Movie-versions of the Ark’s construction show animals being chaotically herded into the Ark. And Noah’s sons running about “scouring the earth” for good male-female kinds, in a rousing, heartwarming, family-friendly adventure.

Gen 6:20 says God would send the animals to Noah. This is important, because it means Noah can focus on Ark construction, and he doesn’t have to worry about whether the Ark will be big enough. God knows what/how-many animals he intends to send, and God gave Noah the Ark’s dimensions. God is the only one with visibility to an animal’s genes, and which ones are most viable to carry their kind’s torch into the new world.

If the giants exemplified the corruption of human kind, why stop there? Wouldn’t it be important for them to corrupt the sacrificial animals? If the intent is to cut off mankind from redemption, why not start early and corrupt the clean animals? if all the clean animals start showing up with blemishes, and none are acceptable for sacrifice, humans can no longer use animals to redeem themselves until the Redeemer comes. They are totally cut off from fellowship with the Creator.

The Bible says “all flesh” had corrupted his way. We can be sure the fallen angels weren’t just experimenting with giants, they were hard at work defiling the whole creation. Corrupting “all” flesh.

Doesn’t this better explain why God required such a global, physical solution to this problem? While the violence may have initially caught his attention, God clearly identifies the root – the corruption of the flesh. The only way to solve a problem this global, this pervasive, and this freight-train runaway, is to cut it off all at once, and restart with uncorrupted forms.

Doesn’t this better explain why God was so grieved with the corruption of the flesh? He made all this for our blessing, and his enemies sabotaged it.

Doesn’t this better dovetail with the plans and purposes of God’s enemies, in their constant thwarting of God’s desire to redeem his creation to himself?

Gen 6:17 “And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.”

In the above verse, the purpose of the Flood is restated. To destroy all flesh. Not to correct man’s sin, or teach man a lesson, or correct some abominable behavioral issue, but to destroy all flesh.

Think about it, would a local Flood, as some purport, accomplish the goal of destroying all flesh, for purposes of cutting off all corrupted flesh? If the Flood was local:

  • Noah would have 100 years to find high ground, and take as many animals as necessary. That’s a lot of time, plenty of time, in fact.
  • Why bother with an Ark? In a hundred years, he could walk as far as he wanted in any direction, no Ark necessary.
  • Couldn’t we expect at least one corrupted kind to make it out of the local Flood? If so, it would not accomplish its purpose.
  • Plenty of local floods have happened since then, so if God said he would never do it again, he lied, because it’s happened (local flooding) countless times
  • Separate and unique words (both in Hebrew and Greek) are used for the Flood, and they are words connoting all-encompassing, global events
  • Fossil records are ubiquitous on every continent and on the highest mountaintops. Fossils are billions of dead things, trapped in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth.  They don’t represent the history of life, but the one-time record of death.
  • Rock layers all over the globe have an interesting characteristic – at the lowermost level they have coarsest grains, and the grains “fine” or become smaller as we rise to the surface
  • Another characteristic of layers, is no evidence of erosion exists, they are one-atop-the-next as though laid down in rapid succession
  • Another characteristic of layers, no bioturbation. Whenever soil is exposed, the natural processes of life churn the soil many inches deep. No evidence of this exists in the rock layers
  • In plain vanilla terms, all 24 phyla are represented at the lowest levels of rock layers, fully-formed, with no record of ancestry.

How are fossils laid into the ground, according to today’s scientists? An animal dies, and is covered with sediment (e.g. successive layers of dust). until completely covered over. Think about how long such a process would take – the animal would decay and/or be scavenged long before it was ever covered, yet the majority of fossils worldwide are very well preserved, even at the deepest rock layers.

The above would lead to the reasonable conclusion that the rock layers, and the fossils in them, were laid down rapidly. It is the chief evidence that the Flood actually happened.

Closing

What does this say of people who claim God “used” evolution to bring about mankind? That DNA was assembled through some happenstance, chaotic process without a Grand Architecture in mind?

Think about the implications – if God intended to use DNA to enter humanity, what did that DNA look like? (I would humbly submit it looks like the same DNA he used to create Adam). A pristine set of 23 chromosomes.

But in evolutionary terms, if we assent the DNA for Adam was fleeting, a transient product of descent from “apelike creatures”, what DNA did God use to impregnate Mary? And does DNA really have a purpose? Or is it just a passive mechanism God tinkers with?

Likewise if we accept God allowed DNA to functionally mature over millions of years, what DNA would he use to impregnate Mary? Keep in mind it has to be DNA that won’t express a “blemish”. And if God is that good at engineering a gamete for impregnating Mary, why aren’t we giving him the credit for having created DNA pristine, from the beginning?

I’m asserting God’s purpose for DNA – to inject his knowledge into the creation, for the ultimate purpose of entering his creation through the Virgin Birth. This means DNA had a purpose in the Grand Architecture on “day one”.

Here’s the deal: God made everything with DNA, pristine to an original blueprint. He looked upon the earth at the time of Genesis 6, and saw his original design was irreversibly corrupted. The outcomes of this corruption, violence and evil, grieved him to the point of wanting to destroy it.

But rather than completely destroy everything, he provided a second chance, a do-over. The earth would be different, but mankind, and the animals, would have a fresh, near-pristine start.

While we live on the earth, we can depend on God to be a God of second chances.  He gave the whole creation a second chance with the Flood. He gives each of us a second chance through his son,  Jesus Christ.

Rom 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Thanks for reading – Joshua Light

Virgin Birth – the Purpose of DNA

When someone first hears, “born of a virgin”, it raises the specter of whether Mary was truly a virgin. I know a man who is convinced she ran out back with another lover, got herself pregnant, and made the whole thing up.

Sounds reasonable in the twenty-first century. But we know today, a woman could be artificially inseminated or even made pregnant in-vitro, and never need intercourse to make it happen, and very little social stigma would apply. She could find any number of support groups and programs to help her with the pregnancy and thereafter.

In-vitro of course, didn’t exist in first century Nazareth. If a young Jewish girl turned up pregnant during betrothal, the very situation experienced by Mary, the law allowed her husband to have her stoned to death. Harsh, but since this didn’t happen, we have to ask: Why would Joseph relent in a culture that strongly imposed and enforced such things? The record says he was visited by an angel and given the “inside scoop” on the pregnancy.

Mentioned in another essay: Science has literally room-fulls of information on the process of human procreation. The ultimate conclusion, without technology to assist, male and female parents are required to make a baby. Any discussion of a virgin birth flies in the face of all known data to the contrary. This was true of the first century also – everyone knew the male-female kinds, including people, required a male and female parent to procreate. This is why “born of a virgin” is anathema to common expectations.  I’m stating the obvious, for a reason.

Yet people believe. They believe in a virgin birth with all their heart.

 

Virgin Birth

If God’s spirit could overshadow Mary (Matt 1:18-20, Luke 1:35) and conceive a child, what were the mechanics in play? Clearly Mary provided a human ovum and  23 genetic chromosomes, and her genetic lineage puts her in line for King David’s throne.  Joseph’s line, however, was cut off from the throne. Only a child of Mary would be eligible to be King of the Jews, not a child of Joseph.

Physical ovum, proper (foretold)  lineage, check.

Where did the male gamete material come from? We need another 23 chromosomes to top-up the total. Clearly this was a product of God’s creative hand. He didn’t have to create anything new, just assemble a gamete from existing materials, configured with the proper information to impregnate Mary. What was the source of this information? The mind of God – the same source as the information in Adam’s original genetic material. And isn’t Jesus Christ called the “last Adam” (1 Cor 15:45) in the very context of God’s creative acts?

1 Cor 15:45 “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

Both were products of God’s personal, deliberate handiwork.

What does this mean? God intended to use DNA as a path to enter history. This was his chosen mechanism to bring about the Virgin Birth and join humanity in a specific time and place, as he foretold through the prophets.

How long did God have this plan in place? Did he cook it up after the Fall of Man? Clearly he needed a way to redeem mankind. Clearly his chosen method was to enter humanity and give his life for his own creation. When was this decided?

Rev 13:8  “…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

At the foundation of the creation itself, this was part of the Grand Architecture, not an afterthought. This is how we know DNA has foundational place in the architecture, not a product of chance process or tinkering.

I interacted with a “wannabee” minister at a kid’s camp who told me he believed “Adam” was just the first transitional form of an ape to man. He believed DNA is the product of blind process over millions of years, not a deliberately designed biochemical mechanism.  In other words, he believes the words of scientists who weren’t there, and have no evidence to support their claims (they cannot go back in time).

Which of these models better fits the observation of God interacting with Mary? And if God knew he would need to interact with humanity, through DNA, at the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8) how would an ape-like creature fit into this plan? The plain fact is, it wouldn’t fit at all. God designed Adam. DNA is an expression of God’s mind. It holds detailed information about the physical creature it describes.  Every day, scientists learn more about the breathtaking information content in the DNA molecule.

God constantly warned the Israelites not to intermarry with other people groups. Some have asked why – but knowing how God intended to use DNA at some point in the future, isn’t it clear he used the Hebrews to self-contain the genetic material in their own bloodline? He foretold the lineage of Christ (from the line of Abraham and Jacob, and from the House of David). In order to preserve these lineages, the Jews cannot intermarry and muddy the genetic water. If they did, how could we possibly know if Jesus had arrived according to the foretold lineage, and fulfill this prophecy of old?

More to this, and I’ll discuss deeper with and essay on Nephilim – but we are also told that a high priest can have no blemishes (Lev 21:18).  Also a lamb can have no blemishes (Ex. 12:5). Jesus was foretold to fulfill both of these roles (Hebrews 5:6, 6:20),  (John 1:29).

How can God guarantee Jesus will have no blemishes, especially if born to a human? All humans, by the first century, had some amount of mutations in their genes. The answer is in the genetic material God personally supplied through the male gamete he introduced. The genetic material would be pristine, just like Adam’s had been pristine. If this is mated with Mary’s, geneticists tell us the good genes in the God-provided chromosomes will cancel out any mutations in Mary’s chromosomes, and the result is a blemish-free offspring. How cool is that?

But let’s imagine the youth minister above is correct, and Adam was nothing more than a transitioning apelike creature.  His DNA is transient, not pristine at all, in fact inferior to modern-day humans. How will God, four thousand years later, manufacture the genetic material to override all blemishes in Mary’s genes? We could say, “he’s God, of course he can do that.”  But what about the architecture, the design, the message God is modeling to all of mankind?

What does it say of a God who claims in Genesis 1 that the Earth and Cosmos were formed recently, for scientists to arbitrarily disagree with God on this, and then we manufacture a subtext-like narrative as to how God pulled off the virgin birth using ape-like DNA? What kind of designer/architect would rely on such things? The very injection of evolution into the conversation means God is not a very good designer. Yet what he did through Mary, so perfectly dovetails with hundreds of prophecies, and the rules for no-blemishes, there is no doubt God is a careful planner.

The designer/architect of the cosmos knew from the beginning he would have to personally enter history through a virgin, and made deliberate, calculated plans to accomplish this. DNA is a product of his mind, to carry out his plans, over the vast stretch of time between Adam and Christ.

God used prophets to foretell his plans, and God fulfilled those plans in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and a virgin birth. We can trust God knew what he wanted, knows what he’s doing, and is in complete control.

Is God awesome, or what?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agrarian knowledge permeated the culture at the time of Christ’s birth. This is important, because everyone knew it was impossible for a female of a male/female kind to have an offspring without the male involved. Today of course, with many artificial means to inseminate a woman, a virgin birth is technologically feasible. Not so in the first century.

Scientists now know much of the mechanics of human conception, how the ovum and sperm meet, do their dance and conceive. They have live pictures and video of the process (at a highly detailed level), and of the baby growing in the womb.

As an aside, in speaking with a minister some years ago, he believed God “used” evolution to bring about mankind. This view misses a very important aspect of DNA. What is the purpose of DNA?

Evolutionary thinkers see DNA only as a passive vehicle (DNA reposits and accumulates information over generations, but has no active role in shaping the future of a population). It would be easy to get caught up in the rhetoric of the evolutionary discussion, where DNA accumulates functionality over time, eventually arriving to the present-day mankind.

But is this really the purpose of DNA? Capture useful features as the creature or population needs them? Growing “organically” rather than a product of design and architecture? By “organically” perhaps we could use “stochastically” – new genetic material is simply accumulated and bolted-on tot the existing genome.

But what if this isn’t the case at all? What if God built every genome in pristine, highly-adaptable form? Let’s say this uber-adaptation operates like a Swiss-Army knife. Or a Popeil Pocket Fisherman. It has all the gadgets and whistles built-in before you ever need them.

Contrast this to the evolutionary model – where functionality rises with the need. The problem with this: It doesn’t bear itself out in reality. When a need arises, it can be a population-threatening need, requiring near-term if not immediate response. The touted evolutionary mechanism is too slow to respond this way.  In the end, the functionality always has to precede the need, or there won’t be anytime to enable/activate it before the population dies.

What we have before us, is the end-game. The final results of many years of migration, multiplicaiton, specialization etc. The animals settled into habitats they were already designed for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time had a beginning

Many scientists regard “time” as a philosophical or logical construct. A common phrase is “The Universe does not exist in time, but time exists in the Universe”. Or rather, time is like math. It only exists in the human mind.

While it is true that mankind is the only creature with a regard for time (and likewise, an understanding of one’s own mortality), it is important to treat time with a bit more reverence.

Tit 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

The word “world” here, translates to “time”, or “this present age of time”. Time had a beginning. God created time.

Some nay-sayers have suggested “time created God”. That is, over many millennia of time, mankind came up with ways to explain things he could not explain. They attributed these things to God, or to a pantheon of capricious actors nobody could see.

As mankind became more knowledgeable, they realized many things attributed to “God” could be explained with science. I will elaborate on this in a later blog.

So they “wrested” those things back from “religion” and over time declared themselves victors – such that anything without an explanation should not be attributed to God, because science will figure it out. What most people don’t realize, is how much flux science experiences on a regular basis. The only mythos here is that any science is “settled.” One scientist claimed that in the last hundred years, every major theory of science has been replaced at least once. Scientists pride themselves on being able to adapt their theories to new discoveries, but even recent history shows that discoveries cannot up-end a theory even when the theory is in opposition to the observations.

But with this “God created time” scenario, why would God create time? What value does it have? And why does God say “redeem the time”. He sees time as something valuable, not to be wasted. Why is time so valuable to God?

If we unpack it just a little, we begin to see God’s work over history, in describing himself to mankind, is always about “what he’s done”. He defines himself with his actions in history. Not with a description of his physical appearance (in the OT, he doesn’t have one, being a spirit).

Another aspect is how God uses time to express his greatest qualities. Isn’t it true that without time, there is no such thing as faith, mercy, longsuffering, repentance, grace, patience, kindness etc? Anything requiring time to fully realize, would no longer exist without time. And doesn’t the greatest evil exist with no regard to time? Isn’t sin always in the moment, and we regret it over time?

More important is the time required to respond to the Gospel. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” It takes time to preach, to hear, to generate faith and respond. Without time, none of this is available.

And what of God’s other qualities? Justice would be instant. Anger would be unstoppable. Wrath could not be throttled. One could say, that God invented time as a means of avoiding the instant annihilation of his own creation. His holiness compels him to respond to sin. And since the entire creation, from ground to the farthest heavens, is under God’s Curse, and was all redeemed by Jesus Christ (not only humanity) – it seems God required time to constrain his own wrath against the creation.

Some have said “Time always has been, and always will be”. But doesn’t that sound like a description of God? God is sovereign over time. He isn’t beholden to his own creation. “God has always been, and always will be”.

Now consider a most famous passage, John 3:16, which uses the very same word for “time” as for “everlasting”. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The word for “world” in this verse is different from the one in Titus. It is “kosmos”, meaning the physical creation.  So if we put these two together, we realize God created space, matter and time all at once. Latest theories about the origin of the universe include the notion that space, matter and time all appeared at once. At least, no human can conceive of a universe without time.

Point being,  God created time, and is sovereign over it.

Imagine also what time means to our perception of reality. If I see you across the room, I have an understanding it will take time for me to move from where I am to where you are. Seems simplistic, but even cats and dogs understand this basic concept of reality. God has said he’s put the “world” (the understanding this present age of time) into our hearts.

Ecc 3:11 “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

It seems the main reason we cannot discover “what happened” before time began, is a God has constrained our ability to discover it.  Sort of like, if our parents tell us we’re going to Orlando, and we’ve never heard of Disneyworld. One day we do something wrong and they say, maybe we shouldn’t go to Disneyworld after all. For someone who’s been there at least once, such a statement would be disappointing indeed. But for someone who’s never been there, so what? Science treats the time-before-time-began with tepid philosophy to avoid the conversation. It’s not knowable and because it’s so far in our past, it devolves to the conclusion “So what?”

And in the same breath, scientists add extraordinary time to the age of the earth and cosmos, because their evolutionary philosophies are not credible without a lot of time. One of the anomalies of the Sun is the “faint young sun”, that is when the Sun was first formed 4+ billion years ago, it was very faint. Too faint to support life on Earth. The Sun would not produce enough radiance for almost three billion years, during which Earth would be iced-over. The explanation they give is that the Earth’s cloud-cover somehow responded to this, and made a greenhouse effect (which has also never been observed in the atmosphere). Why would clouds cover the earth when the sun is faint, and then become as they are when the sun is radiant? As if the clouds responded to the sun’s radiance – dare I say it – once upon a time.

Recent studies of clouds have shown why many trillions of tons of water can remain suspended in air for indefinite periods. Seems the water droplets are negatively charged ions and the earth is naturally negatively charged. This like-charge causes the water molecules to repel. Moreover, measuring the speed of rainfall show it falls faster than gravity would cause, sometimes ten times faster than gravity would pull it, due to the rain itself not falling, but being pulled to the ground by electric charge.

All that said, does it sound like clouds will form based on the radiance of the sun? Of course not, it’s just another rescue device.

So the natural question arises, if time had a beginning, so what? Well, it matters, because time is no trivial thing. It literally governs our reality. If a loving God made time for our use, and we’re charged with redeeming it, we need to look a little deeper into the meaning and value of time.

Time is a gift. Use it wisely.

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn’s Early Light

The new book is out and looks awesome. Many years ago I undertook research on the technologies of the ancient world. Amazingly, many artifacts reveal ancient man had a high degree of knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, mechanics and engineering, and overall science.  Recently an artifact was discovered many thousands of years old, with trignonometry on it more advanced and accurate than modern trig.

All over the world, sites both above ground, below and even underwater, reveal the advanced capabilities of ancient man. One set of human fossil footprints of a running man were so far apart, the owner had to be running faster than Usain Bolt. Considering these were on untrained legs, one has to wonder what capacity he might have achieved. Stories about of ancient warriors, the Spartans for one, who could march for many hundreds of miles in full armor. Legends of Roman soldiers abound with average soldiers exceeding the stamina of modern athletes.

Recently a video about ancient animals showed how a particular sauropod dinosaur’s neck alone would have weighed over forty tons (if using modern gravity).  Based on common metrics for determining sizes, the largest land animal today could get no larger than twelve tons, which perfectly intersects to the largest known elephants.  What does this mean? If dinosaurs were to rule the earth, the gravitational attraction of Earth had to be different back then. If we take a step back and look at why things grew so large, even animals we consider small today, lower gravity makes perfect sense, yet flies in the face of modern models.

What if an adventure took us into this world with all these things as a backdrop?

All that said, in “Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome” by John Sanford, we learn the truth of genome decay over generations. We are not getting better, but moving toward extinction. Biblically speaking, this dovetails with the understanding that our current Creation has a shelf-life, and was always a temporary abode.  It will be replaced by a new heaven and new earth.

Sanford’s assertion, proven with science, the behavior of genetics, and countless observations, is that genetic decay is ever-present, is active in our bodies now (it is why we age and die) and the decay appears over generations, each new generation being less functional than the last. He points out that in the Bible, the first recorded men were quite old, and the ages of men declined through Abraham and then to David. If we put these dates in a spreadsheet and measure them, they are only the tiniest fraction off-tolerance of an exponential decay curve. We are left with the question – were the Bible’s pens merely writing down “what happened”, or did they have access to the exponential decay curve algorithm and applied it to the numbers, over a millennia? And if they did so, what would be the purpose? The easiest answer is – they simply recorded history as they encountered it.

This means however, the genomes around us will (and are) exhibiting a loss-of-function, not a gain of function, and rather than getting upwardly better, they are all declining toward extinction – yes – even humans.

It also flies in the face of evolutionary assertions, that humans are getting better. He points out that any given gene is bound in an unbreakable chain of genes, and these are in unbreakable clusters, and the clusters are multi-nested. Even if one of these genes exhibited a “good” mutation, it could not be pulled out and set apart. It would arrive with a tsunami of “bad” mutations that cannot be removed (they are in unbreakable chains).  How then can natural selection cherry-pick the good genes from the bad when it can only eliminate individuals, not particular genes? Of course, it can’t do this, no matter how much one might believe it can.  In short, natural selection has no access to the genes to make such “good” changes stick, or to eliminate bad changes. They all arrive at once, and considering the bad ones eclipse the good ones, this can’t end well.

Recently a genetic editing experiment allowed the scientists to perform detailed genetic editing using electromagnetic waves. Strange to tell, the DNA molecule can behave like an electrical antenna, send and receive signals. If this is all it takes to perform genetic editing, the science is fairly straightforward. Imagine if a person sitting next to you had detailed knowledge of the human genome, detailed knowledge of which electrical signals can affect it, and detailed knowledge of how to build devices to affect it, you aren’t very far away from being a crack genetic editor.

A theme of the Once Upon A Time…Traveler series is the influence of the Fallen Angelic host upon mankind, and the knowledge they brought with them to corrupt mankind.

The Bible does not say that the purpose of the Flood was to destroy mankind for wickedness. If this is true, it failed miserably.  No, the stated purpose was “the corruption of the flesh” (more later). The only way “flesh” can “corrupt his way” – what is the “way” or “path” of the flesh if not its genetic path? How did these get corrupted? Through cross-breeding? Doubtful this would have created an “irreversible” trend in genetics.  Yet there it was, corrupted flesh in the humans (Nephilim) and corrupted flesh in the land-based animals. The only thing that could stop such runaway corruption would be a global flood. This is why God’s answer to the problem is physical rather than spiritual. It is a physical problem requiring a physical answer.

The underpinning theme of “Dawn’s Early Light” therefore, is the “early light” of man, at the dawn of man’s existence. Rather than the dawn peeking over the horizon, the dawn of man exploded, with its best and brightest minds it would ever have. And would apply their minds to extraordinary technologies and achievements. Dawn’s earliest light, for mankind, was its brightest light, and had angelic assistance in expanding and using it.

As our heroes are immersed into the pre-Flood world, they encounter extraordinary technologies, structures and science.

Also, I have been enamored with certain theories about the Earth’s near history, myths and legends rising from the “mists of time”. These are lot of fun to dive into, as long we know where the boundaries are. One of these theories suggests the planetary configurations were very different not too many thousand years ago. Ancient man attributed human characteristics to the planets and revered them as gods. I weave some of this through the storytelling, with the understanding that it’s a fictional account on my part.

Another big theme is how the spirits transcend every generation as an eternal being. What if we traveled time to within a hundred years of the Creation, and happen to encounter some evil spirits along the way? We then come back to the future and the spirits remember us from way-back-when. We wouldn’t have to worry about such things if the only beings we will encounter are humans, because they will be dead by the time we return to the future.

Another aspect of being able to travel time, is we should be able to know the time of the Rapture, right? Jesus said no man knows the day nor hour, and I believe him, so this part of time travel could fly in the face of Christ’s assertion. In the book series is the concept of the Dead Zone, a three-week window of time, that floats on the timeline, and there’s no information available inside it. As you may know, the time travel technology “reads” data from the timeline and uses it to map coordinates and anchor points for a jump through space or time. The Dead Zone provides no such information, so we can’t jump in, nor jump out. Once inside the Dead Zone in real time, nothing will stop a person destined to be raptured, from being raptured. Likewise for those left behind.

My children contributed to the storyline and we all shared the adventures together. Now these adventures are shared with you, and we sincerely hope you enjoy them.

 

On Foreknowledge

The most dramatic, and most debated passages of Scripture deal with prophecy. Jesus himself appealed to prophecy for his own identity. The Bible speaks of “foreknowledge”. What does this mean?’

Rom 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

We can see that if a prophet “knows” something about the future, he has some foreknowledge, and this isn’t the common “knowledge” of a future event. If I’m planning an event for the weekend, I might have a detailed guest list, times, food, etc. It’s what I’m planning. And if all goes well, the event will come to pass. But this isn’t foreknowledge. It’s just knowledge.

Another example, many times I’m called to speak at a venue. I’m given basic logistics. When I show up, the crowd is seated, a person attaches a microphone to my lapel and scoots me onto the stage. It’s all ready to go. Everyone at the venue had a “broader” scope of the event than I did, but did they have “foreknowledge”? Clearly not. Everything was planned by humans in the here-and-now.

This is however, the foreknowledge often attributed to God. He is planning. He is orchestrating. He has intentions. H.G. Wells once described God as a “frenetic director” trying to keep a stage play on-task and running smoothly while everything is falling apart around him.

I don’t think we serve a God so small.

God is described outside of time. He is the same yesterday, today and forever; who was, and is, and is to come; who changes not; has no shadow of turning – all these things describe a being outside of time, not beholden to it. This gives us some profound insights as to how God uses history to communicate with us.

For example, when God told the prophets his son would be born in Bethlehem, is this something God had planned, or something God already knew? In other words, God was standing on the fabric of time in Bethlehem and knew his son would be born there, because it’s happening in-the-moment. God reports this to the prophets. They claim “foreknowledge” and scribe it as a prophecy. But don’t miss this – to God it wasn’t foreknowledge at all. He was actually standing there, watching everything in real time. For him, it was just knowledge.

Is God really this powerful? Do we see God as someone who is both every-where and every-when? Think about a verse which is the fulcrum-verse for the Once Upon a Time Traveler series:

Ecc 3:15 “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

Can we imagine a God so awesome, that He is present in all times and places at the same time? It takes “omnipresence” to a higher level. He is “every-where” and every-when”. His presence is in all places and all times, at the same time.

Whew!

So think about this: Every architect leaves themes in his work. God has left a theme of “threes”, and one of these in the Trinity. Can we see the Trinity in the overall creation? All over the place. But in the Grand Architecture of the Creation, we see Space, Matter and Time.  Doesn’t “space” seem oddly like the Holy Spirit; and “matter” correspond to the physical presence of God in Jesus Christ; and “Time” correspond to a controlling factor, a means to express the greatest aspects of God? (More on this in a later essay).

Saw “Time” described once as a river, where we’re in a boat on that river. Ahead is a thick fog bank (we can’t see the future). Behind is a light fog bank. (We can see some of the past, depending on what was recorded or remembered). Is God on the boat with us? Surely he is, but he is not constrained on the boat with us. He owns the river itself, and sits on the river’s beginning, its end, and every nano-second in between, all at once.

How does this affect our understanding of God’s “foreknowledge”? From our limited visibility of time, God is with us moment-to-moment, and this is how we perceive reality and the passage of time. Anything we learn about God “knowing” something that will come to pass, we naturally understand as “foreknowledge”. But we undercut God’s glory if we leave it there. Surely we can discuss foreknowledge in “watercooler” terms so we don’t trip over each other.

Let’s say I’m at a party and several movie stars are present. I call you, and you tell me you’re thirty minutes away. You hop in the car and get to the party, and sure enough, those movie stars are there and you have a great time. But when I told you about the party, it was still thirty minutes into your future (that’s how long it would take to get to me) even though I was already there, talking to you about it.

Contrast this to: Both of us are in a car on the way to the party, and I tell you movie stars are supposed to be there (I don’t know for certain, because I’m not there yet). And I tell you I was personally responsible for organizing the party, inviting guests and so forth. I’m telling you what I put together, what I expect to find when we get there. But I’m not actually there (yet).

Many people view God in the second form, the “frenetic director”, planning, intending, orchestrating, but arriving at the same time we arrive. The Bible both directly and indirectly describes God in the first form, already present in the future before we arrive.

If we want to understand God’s point of view, we have to accept that to God, it’s all “just knowledge”.  Putting a “fore” on it helps us understand its origin (God is the eyewitness) but if we presume God isn’t the eyewitness, we subtract from God’s power. He fully exists as God in the moment. And he fully exists as God ten seconds from now, ten minutes from now, ten hours, years or decades from now – all at once – already there before I am, waiting for me. I just haven’t experienced it yet.

One day I was in my daughter’s room and opened the closet. The light popped and went dark. In between my fetching  a light and actually fixing it, she came upon the darkened closet also. I fixed the light without her knowing. Later in the day she said, “Dad, my closet light is burned out”. I twiddled my fingers and said “All fixed”. She got very frustrated with me. She went upstairs and moments later called down- “Daaaaaaad!”

Point being – I had provided for her even before she knew she needed it, and before she asked for help. I have found God is this way, and he promises as much. He is watching our back and planning our future, before we even know what to ask for.

He’s already there for us. We just haven’t experienced it yet.

Is Time Travel Possible?

The Bible shows us God using natural forces to affect miracles. He brought a mighty east wind to part the Red Sea. He used columns of fire and cloud to guide the Israelites. Jesus spat into his hands, added dirt and placed over a man’s eyes to give him sight. Jesus calmed the seas and fed five thousand from five loaves and two fishes.  We see countless examples of God using natural forces in tandem with his own power.

We see birds fly. Without this, would we even imagine the possibility of flight? Powered flight uses different laws than gravity, but without the laws of gravity and motion, flight would be impossible. Air pressure is necessary for flight. Gravity is what keeps the atmosphere intact. So the law of gravity and the laws of aerodynamics complement each other.

Which brings us to the concept of “law”.  Some say the miracles of God are a picture of God setting-aside his laws to affect the miracle. I was actually taught this by pastors at a young age. Only later did someone, not a pastor but a scientist, point out a significant implication of this notion:

Luk 16:17 “And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.”

God’s laws don’t fail. He doesn’t set aside, suspend or bend his laws. Why would he have to? If he’s put laws in place for birds to fly, why wouldn’t he put laws in place to affect his miracles? He knows he’ll need them to inform the prophets.  We can presume God has laws we may never discover this side of heaven, but those laws are just as important as any other. This means the moral law, judicial law, physical law, scientific law etc., all dovetail to a common Source, and that Source does not change. That Source sees in real-time, all the places he would need a given law, so has put them in place for his own use.

So when Jesus was born of a virgin, calmed the seas, healed the blind, rose from the dead or other miracles, he was invoking laws only he has access to, not suspending laws we already know about. This is where some cults jump-the-rails and claim we can access the same laws Jesus did. That Jesus was merely an advanced scientist, and if we study science long enough, we’ll be able to do the same things. What nonsense. Jesus had access to the laws because he’s God, not because the laws are readily available or accessible to common man.

All this in mind, that God uses laws of his making, many physical laws are yet undiscovered, but the laws we see in play (gravity, aerodynamics, etc) give us confidence to experiment with their possibilities.

Has God shown us anything about time travel?

Luk 9:29-31 “As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah…”

Clearly Elijah and Moses aren’t being called from the grave or the spirit world. They are interacting with Jesus in real-time, but neither of them lived in the same time frame as each other, nor the same time as Jesus.

It’s not too much of a stretch to say that during their respective prayer times, when they were in the spirit. Jesus folded space and time to bring them to him. He physically  interacted with them. What laws did Jesus invoke to make this happen? We surely don’t have access to them, but there’s no doubt as to their existence.

Gen 5:24 “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”

Here we have Enoch, son of Jared in the pre-Flood world, the seventh from Adam, being “taken” by the Lord. The context is quite clear. Enoch was “taken” by he Lord in terms of being whisked-away, removed, etc. Where did Enoch go?

John 3:13 “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.”

Here Jesus plainly asserts no man has ascended to heaven. At the time Jesus is speaking, there are no humans in heaven. Think about that. For the four thousand years preceding Jesus, all the people who died didn’t go to heaven. Where did they go?

2Ki 2:11 “Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”

Important note – the word “heaven” here is not God’s heaven but the “sky”.  Two different Hebrew words shamayim for the sky, and ouranos for God’s heaven. The “sky” is used here. Same question we would have – is where did Elijah go?

Luk 16:22 “So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.”

In this passage, Jesus refers to “Abraham’s bosom” as a real place, clearly a place of rest for believing souls. (More on this in a later essay).  Jesus had taught extensively  on “heaven”, including that he has many mansions there. Why did he specifically call-out Abraham’s bosom? Because when an Old Testament believer died, they could not go to heaven (John 3:13 above) because they had not yet been redeemed by Christ. They would remain in Abraham’s bosom until Christ came for them.

2Co 5:6,8 “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord… We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

Clearly today, when a believer dies, one is instantly in God’s presence, in heaven. This was not so prior to Christ’s redemption.

But how can we be “instantly” in God’s presence? Does God have heavenly laws allowing the folding of space to affect instant arrival? We can’t understand, measure or gain access to it, but we can be sure it exists.

Point being, in order to enter Abraham’s bosom or heaven, one has to die, because (as of today) only spirits enter these locations. Since neither Enoch nor Elijah could enter heaven (Jesus had not yet died), and they were both in possession of their bodies (could not enter Abraham’s bosom), the question remains, where did they go?

First, let’s profile these two:

Elijah:

1Kings 17:1 “And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”

And Enoch:

Jude 1:14 “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,”

Keep in mind – during the time of Enoch the Lord would not be coming with ten thousands of his saints. He would be coming with a Flood of water. What then, was Enoch talking about?

Moreover, God says of all humans:

Heb 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”

We know these two men, Elijah and Enoch didn’t die, but we also know their time-frames weren’t bumping-up against the Rapture. God didn’t take them to judgment (they would have to die). So in order for God to be true to his words, and his law, they would have to show up in history somewhere else. This is a general conclusion, there could be others.

So did God transport these two men into the future? If so, they would have arrived at a point in history, a time-certain, just as if they had been plucked from the ground and dropped into the right place and time.

In the book of Revelation, we read:

Rev 11:3 “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

And what are these two famous for?

Rev 11:6 “These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.”

The power to shut heaven was given to Elijah. Most agree one of these witnesses is Elijah.

The power of water into blood, and all plagues was demonstrated by Moses, but is this really Moses? From the above, it is appointed to man “once” to die. Moses has already died. Moreover, they are standing in Jerusalem, and Moses was denied entry to Jerusalem. In order for this to be Moses, he would have to be fully resurrected from dust.  And then, he would die again, because both of these prophets are killed.

Rev 11:7-8 “When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.”

So Moses would physically die twice, in violation of the hard-and-fast rule that people only die once. (More detail on this with Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus in another essay)

What was Enoch’s testimony? The coming of the Lord with ten thousands of his saints? Isn’t that what we would expect these two witnesses to preach? Not just a few chapters later, the Lord actually arrives with ten thousands of his saints!

Rev 19:11,14 “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war… And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.”

All that’s a long way around to say, it’s clear Elijah and Moses were time-slipped to visit Jesus at the Transfiguration, and it’s discernible that Elijah and Enoch arrive on the Temple Mount as the two witnesses.

Apart from this, where do we derive these truths? From the book of Revelation, written by John, who was himself catapulted many millennia into the future and time-slipped over one thousand years (Rev 20:4). He watched an angel physically measure things (Rev 21:6), and claims he physically looked (Rev 15:5), and physically saw and heard these things (Rev 20:8).

Clearly John wasn’t immersed in some sort of transcendental vision. He was physically ported into another space and time, and was returned to the Isle of Patmos when it was all done.

So there we have examples of four individuals, the original time travelers (Elijah, Enoch, Moses and John), plus many more prophets who were shown prophetic visions. God “folding” time and space to them in prophetic revelations.

May we glean from all this, that time is a sort of fabric, and can be folded, stretched and the like. We cruise along the fabric at one speed. God can change the speed, or our location altogether. Either way, time travel is possible, but only God controls these laws.

For the Once Upon a Time Traveler series, I depict mega-scientists using powerful superconductors to gain access to these laws and affect their own time travel.  They later learn the fabric of time has immutable rules. They can’t just go anywhere they want, nor can they get a “do-over”. Once it’s part of history, it stays put. Where would we derive such a rule? The book of Ecclesiastes has a dissertation on time in chapter 3:

Ecc 3:15 “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

Think about how profound the above is: God requires that which is past – history will stay put. But that which has been is now, and that which is to be has already been. He’s simply saying that, to God’s perspective, time is something He created and he is present in every part of time, all at once.

People define God’s sovereignty in one of the two ways above. Either he is sovereign over all time, or only over the current time frame. Either he “knows” about the future, or he is “orchestrating” it.

The Once Upon A Time Traveler series follows the first model. God is always out in front of us. He can tell the prophets what’s going on in the future because he’s there. The prophets (and the world) haven’t yet arrived.  (I deal with this in detail in an essay on foreknowledge).

To wrap it up – God has laws for time travel and has exhibited his own capacity to leverage those laws to provide prophecy to humans, as a demonstration that he is outside of time, because he is the Creator.