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.