Google can’t give us an answer for everything.
Einstein said “The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavour in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind.”
So who do we call when we want to delve into mysteries?
God says “Call on me, and I will show you great and unsearchable things.” Jeremiah 33:3
“It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, to search a matter is the glory of Kings.” Proverbs 25:2
The joy is in arriving at the answers.
Did you know birds, insects and fish form choirs? Ask the animals, how great is God?
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10
Humans, Home Free – How Great Thou Art
The song pattern of each cricket species is stored In its genes. The songs are thus clues to the links among genetic information, development, the organization of the nervous system and behavior. Source: https://courses.cit.cornell.edu/bionb4240/Reprint/Bentley%20and%20Hoy%20scientificamerican0874-34.pdf
Many scenes in my book “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams” take place in the Kingdom of God. What is the Kingdom of God? It’s hard to explain because the Kingdom is both personal and all-encompassing. It’s not about church – although church can be part of it. This short whiteboard explanation is worth watching.
How essential is it for a nation to know their identity, their DNA, who they are and what they stand for? What have we been taught about our origins from the academic and scientific establishment?
God says “my people perish for lack of knowledge”, Hosea 4:6. It’s followed by a solemn warning about the consequences of rejecting knowledge. Again, he says “people without knowledge will come to ruin.” In Proverbs he urges us “Whatever you do, get knowledge, get wisdom.”
I’ve just finished reading for the second time a book “After the Flood” by Bill Cooper, an English historian. This book shows how European history can be traced right back to the flood and the descendants of Japheth, the son of Noah, through contemporary accounts and the table of nations.
The third chapter opens with a quotation from Nennius, a Welsh monk from the 9th Century; “I Nennius, pupil of the holy Elvodug, have undertaken to write down some extracts that the stupidity of the British cast out; for the scholars of the Island of Britain had no skill … I have therefore made a heap of all that I have found …”‘
Bill Cooper suggested the word Nennius used for stupidity would have been better translated as “complacency” or “lethargy,” the mood of the Britons that followed in the wake of the massacre of the monks at Bangor.
You see, their knowledge had been taken away from them.
“The profound cultural shock of seeing their finest scholars and spiritual leaders massacred by supposedly fellow Christians at the instigation of a Roman Bishop no less, would have left a very deep wound indeed, and it is this state of mind amongst the British or Welsh that Nennius laments and which lead to the neglect and loss of many records and books.”
Christianity was already established in Britain before Rome arrived. “That Christianity was firmly established in even remote parts of Britain at the close of the second century is shown by Tertullian stating “the Britons in parts inaccessible to the Romans, Christ has truly subdued.”
British Bishops attended the Council of Arles in 314AD, before the Roman Catholic church was formed. When Augustine went to Britain in 601AD as a representative of Rome, he could not get them to convert. The Welsh already had the true faith, given to them by the early church, and they did not need any new innovations from Rome.
When the monks refused to accept the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, he instigated the Saxon army to attack the monastery at Bangor-is-y-coed, killing 1200 monks and scholars.
Much was lost, including the history of the early British kings. To regain what was lost, I recommend you read the book “After the Flood.”
And now here we are at the end of the age. Has Britain abandoned its Christian heritage? Is Britain again in the grip of a culture shock following political correctness and imposed multiculturalism, with the resultant Islamic attacks in its cities?
Did you know that in World War 2 the nation, led by its King, prayed? When Britain stood on the brink of invasion, with 330,000 men trapped on the beach at Dunkirk, King George VI called for an unprecedented week of prayer. Throughout the country, people prayed on 26 May 1940 for a miraculous delivery.
May 29 was the day of the evacuation of Dunkirk. We know what happened. On the 28 May a storm of unprecedented fury grounded the German Luftwaffe – while the English channel became as still as a millpond, despite the storm in Flanders, enabling a vast armada of little ships, big ships, warships, privately owned motor-cruisers from British rivers and estuaries – in fact, almost anything that would float – to get the men off the beach.
The Queen has the title “Defender of the Faith.” Does she defend it? In 2014 she gave into political correctness, signing into law same-sex marriage, a law that the nation never gave the government a mandate for. Following that, Britain had a series of storms that were described by the British prime minister as “biblical.”
Who is going to the defend the faith now? British people, you do have a King … the same King as the Polish people.
Here is Poland the following year. In November of 2015 Poland marched in the streets and took a stand for Christianity. They declared boldly to the world “here, Jesus Christ is our King!” It was the biggest march in Poland’s history. The media were silent.
Is it time for the spirit of the nations to rise, to go to war again through intercessory prayer?
John R. Mott, Nobel Peace Prize winner, said “The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer.”
Britain, as the sun sets in the west, may you remember who you are.
Ishmael, a character in my book is about to read my story. That’s not his real name, but it suits him. He is a Moslem. Before reading it, I was at pains to explain who “the King,” the main character in my book is.
“We worship the same God,” he replied, wanting peace between us.
Really? I heard the same thing from my new age publishing consultant. She believed the market would be fine with my story as “any deity could play the King.”
“You mean, Jesus could be the same as Allah?” I asked the publishing consultant, to clarify.
“Well, yes – as the Bible and the Quran contain many of the same elements” she replied.
It is true that Islam’s warlike prophet Mohammed did include parts of the Bible in the Quran. The Gospels had been around at least 500 years before Islam.
But both books can’t be right. I made it quite clear before publishing the book that I would not change the name of the King or dilute his persona or character – not for anybody. He is who he is.
“Who do you say I am?” Jesus asked.
“What is truth?” Pilate asked.
These are the questions we all have to decide. I only hope my book “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams” presents the King as he is in the Bible; the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God. 1 Timothy 1:17
For Ishmael’s sake, I did try to read the Quran years ago. I got through a good part of it before stopping at the part which advocated killing Jews and infidels. There are over a hundred verses in the Quran dealing with Jihad or holy war. That’s why we’re having so many problems with terrorism, which would be better named “Muslim fundamentalism.”
At his arrest, Jesus, the King in my story, told Peter “Put away your sword, for those who live by the sword will die by the sword.” Matthew 26:52.
Jesus fought with a different sword – the word out of his mouth.
After praying for wisdom, I tried a different tack with Ishmael. I looked at who Jesus, Isa is in the Quran. Much to my surprise, in the Quran Jesus is called “Spirit of God” and “Word of God.” And he is mentioned more in the Quran than Mohammed, their prophet.
But it’s like the truth is veiled from Ishmael. His religion is designed to keep them away from Christ. Knowing that only the true God can remove the veil. I presented Jesus, Isa to him as the “Spirit of God.” I can remember Ishmael referring to Jesus as such.
The Bible explains that with the Lord, there is freedom; “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
This poem is for Ishmael. Although we are related through Abraham, peace cannot come through compromise. To agree that God and Allah are the same is to break the first commandment, which says; “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:1-3
Ishmael, my brother, How long shall we fight each other? My brother from times bygone, My brother - Hagar's son, My brother the wandering one. One angel was sent to us both, One angel watched over our growth - There in the wilderness, death threatened through thirst, I a sacrifice on the alter, Sarah's first. Ishmael, my brother, hear my plea: It was the angel who tied you to me. . . . Time is running out, put hatred to sleep. Shoulder to Shoulder, lets water our sheep.
Here is a Moslem who was asked “who is Jesus?” It’s 3.31 mins.
God is fussy about His name.
Islam has 99 names for God and they don’t match up.
How Muhammad Broke the 10 Commandments – #1 I am the Lord thy God
Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12
Weeping broke the early morning silence. It was the first day of the week. While the world woke up, an uncomprehending woman cried her heart out beside a tomb.
It was a world stricken with death. It came to them all, sooner or later. But this was a day unlike any other. Resurrected feet trod the earth.
“Woman, why are you crying? Who do you seek?” the King asked, approaching her.
Standing at the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene didn’t recognise him. With the light and the tears blinding her eyes, she cried “They’ve taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve laid him. If you have taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
“Mary,” the King said.
“Teacher!” she cried in recognition, turning to him.
The risen Lord had been in the belly of the earth for three days and nights, even preaching to those who’d perished in the flood of Noah. Now, he had returned from death. (1 Peter 3:19)
He said, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God.” (John 20)
Obeying him, Mary, Joanna and Mary the mother of James went and told the disciples the Lord had risen, but they were not believed.
Ascending to his Kingdom, the King was greeted with songs, shouts, and cries of joy. Walking across the sapphire pavement, the resurrected Son of God approached the throne of his Father, the keys of Death and Hell in his hands. The gates of Hell had not prevailed against him.
All of Heaven rejoiced. The eyes of the creatures hailed their creator as the angels formed a rank of honour. All bowed down as he passed.
A throne awaited him.
But first, before mounting the stairs to take his place at the right hand of the Father, the Son of God presented himself as the first of the harvest.
Looking ahead to the harvest of mankind that awaited, the angels sang for joy. The creatures added their voice, “Hail to the First-fruits of the earth.”
All of Heaven rose to their feet as the Father rose from his throne, accepting the sinless offering of the earth.
The Son of Man would serve as the High Priest of the New Covenant in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.
The sanctuary built by Moses was a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. (Hebrews 8)
The only man-made thing in this place were the scars on the King’s body.
Now all of Heaven would await the arrival of the Church of the Firstborn.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18
This story is taken from Mark 16 and Luke 24.
Here are some interesting facts I found while writing The Lord of the Harvest. I wrote it to clear up some confusion over the end times harvests known as the rapture.
Did you know Jesus likened himself to a grain of wheat? There are fifty grains in a stalk of wheat and the Church began on the fiftieth day, a day which the Jews celebrated as the “Beginning of Harvest.”
- Jesus said of Himself, “I am the Bread of Life.”
- Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born, means “House of Bread.”
- Unleavened bread is eaten for seven days from Passover. The bread is striped and pierced. These stripes were seen by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ; “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
- Jesus likened himself to a grain of wheat. A stalk of wheat has fifty grains. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John 12:24
- The Church began on the fiftieth day after the Feast of First Fruits which was called “the Beginning of Harvest.”It was when the very first sheaf of the harvest was offered and waved before the Lord north, south, east, and west.
- The fiftieth day is also celebrated by Israel as the Feast of Shavuot when seven lots of seven weeks are marked off after the first three spring festivals of Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Feast of First Fruits. Shavuot marks the all-important wheat harvest.
- The distinguishing feature of Shavuot is the offering of two leavened loaves of bread made of fine flour. The Greek word for leavened bread is ‘artos,’ meaning a raised loaf of normal, natural regular bread. With the leaven, it’s sure to rise.
- The temple at Jerusalem was built on Araunah’s threshing floor. Araunah means ‘ark.’ David paid Araunah fifty shekels of silver for it, denoting a full price and a full purchase. (2 Sam. 24:24)
- Jesus mentioned the First Fruits, the Beginning of the Harvest when he was in Sychar, a Gentile area.
“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35.
- Sychar means ‘end.’
As for the end, there has been much speculation about when this will be. Jesus said it’s not for us to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. Acts 1:7
But we can know the season. Jesus did leave a clue about it when he said in Matthew 24; “no man knows the day or the hour.” The autumn Feast of Trumpets was the only festival where the Jews did not know the day or hour it would be, as it was dependent on the first sighting of the new moon.
Paul wrote about the Church being gathered at the last trumpet; “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51
Two loaves, two harvests
- The autumn festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles marks the ingathering. These are people from the Great Tribulation who have responded to the worldwide preaching of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists. They show up in Revelation 7, waving lulavs – a closed frond of the date palm tree waved at Sukkot.
The Autumn harvest will begin when the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
These facts are summed up from my story The Lord of the Harvest.
Here’s another interesting site: The Biblical Feast of Firstfruits, How It Explains a Great Mystery