The ultimate reveal

This is going to wander a bit, but I hope you’ll bear with me.  We’re going to go from clothes, to Chinese characters, to Mount Hermon, and back to clothes.  I promise you it will be interesting.  It’s based on the theme of “light”.

Lately I’ve had to take more of an interest in fashion.  My daughter made me an appointment with a style consultant at the shopping mall where she works.  It was to help me sort out which outfits and colour combinations suit me best.

I’d rather wear clothes that suit me than bow to the current fashion fad, and I hate uncomfortable womens shoes. I grew up on a farm wearing jeans and gumboots.  Now I work in a computer workshop, wearing pants and a monogrammed polo shirt. My daughter on the other hand, works in retail fashion, and has no trouble choosing clothes and shoes.  She was inspired to help women with clothes because of the difficulty I have experienced getting help and advice when shopping.

I was anxious about the consultation beforehand, but I needn’t have worried.  The stylist was really helpful and didn’t judge me.  She was amused at the contrast between me and my girly-girl, fashion-ista daughter.
Me at work - 2014
Here’s a photo of us at work.  My daughter worked for us for three weeks while between jNic at YITSobs.  Here she is with her nail kit, filing her nails at reception!  It was so cliche, but she didn’t care.
While waiting for the stylist I thought about dreams where you are unclothed, or not dressed right.  Have you ever had dreams where you are walking in a public place naked or in pyjamas?  I’ve heard it’s quite common.

It makes me think about Adam and Eve, and their wardrobe malfunction.  Imagine it.  Here’s God walking through the garden, and they’re naked.  Eeek.  The serpent took everything, even the clothes.

chinese character for naked

The Chinese character for naked. Notice the word ‘fruit’ in the character.

Do you think the story is a myth?
Here’s some anthropological proof that the story is based on fact.  Did you know the ancient Chinese script contains the story of Genesis, long before the Bible came to be written?  Here we see the ancient character for fruit.  How on earth did the ancient Chinese associate the word ‘naked’ with fruit?
Here’s a link to a site that shows how the Chinese characters tie in with Genesis:
The Chinese character for LIGHT has MAN in it.  I wonder if Adam and Eve’s garments were garments of light.I know the Lord has a garment of light.  Psalm 104 speaks of his garment, and dimensions.  It is written that the LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent.  Psalm 104:2.
Jesus let three of the disciples see him clothed in light.
Here it is in Matthew 17:Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”
Mount_Hermon

Mount Hermon dwarfs the remains of the ancient city of Caesarea Philippi (located at the bottom center of the photo).

I believe the mountain the Lord took them up was Mount Hermon.  The reason I think so is because in the previous chapter of the Bible, Matthew 16, Jesus was at Caesarea Philippi, a town at the foot of Mount Hermon.

Caesarea Philippi was the place where Jesus stamped his authority over the gates of Hell after Peter confessed Him as the Messiah.  I wrote about this in my blog post: True confessions at the Gates of Hell.

It’s interesting that the “Hermon Hotel”,  the highest permanently manned UN position in the world, sits on top of Mount Hermon in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel.

In the Book of Enoch, Mount Hermon is the place where the Watcher class of fallen angels descended to Earth. They swore upon the mountain that they would take wives among the daughters of men (Enoch 6).

The mountain or summit, referred to as Saphon in Ugaritic texts, is the place where the palace of Baal is located in a myth about Attar. Source: Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Hermon.  Attar is also known as Ashtar and Ishtar; god of the Morning Star.

So here we have Jesus, the Light of the World, stamping his authority all over Attar, Ashtar or Ishtar as well.  It kind-of puts Jesus’s promise about the Morning Star being given to those who have not learned Satan’s so called deep secrets in a new light, don’t you think?  (Revelation 2:28, Church at Thyatira)

 

I believe Moses and Elijah may be the two witnesses of Revelation 11, but that’s the subject for another post.  I believe it because of what these two can do.  Elijah was able to bring down fire and cause the rain to stop for 3½ years; and Moses was able to turn water into blood and bring several other plagues upon Egypt. And guess what the two witnesses do?  They will also be able to bring down fire, stop the rain, and cause various plagues for 3½ years,  (Revelation 11:5,6).

Anyway, to get back to clothes – they’re clothed in sackcloth for their earthly mission.  Sackcloth represents debasement, mourning, and/or repentance.

Do you have any white clothes?  Jesus talked about being dressed in white when he wrote to the Church at Sardis in Revelation 3.  This Church has a reputation for being alive, but it’s sound asleep.  Jesus said if it doesn’t wake up, he’ll come upon it like a thief, and they will not know at what time he comes.
(This is not a time to be caught napping.  Jesus expects us to be dressed for work and have our lamps burning.  (Luke 12:35))
Yet he said there are some in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with him dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.

How bright will the white be?

 Whiter than white

Seeing in the mirror darkly

Cern Collider imageAfter discovering the Higgs Boson particle, the “God particle”, the physicists at Cern want to find dark matter.  Is dark matter mentioned in the Bible?

Here’s a verse that hints of the dark matter;  “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”  Hebrews 11:3 (KJV).

How does that work?  Even through faith, we have a hard time understanding just what God did when He made the universe through Jesus.  We’ve had bad science – for centuries.

When I first started reading the Bible I used to skip over Genesis because it was at odds with science.  I felt I couldn’t take God at His word.  I had doubts about science too.  On the highest hill on our farm, I’d dig sea shells out of an exposed cliff – and they were exactly the same as the ones on the beach.  “How can that be?” I’d ask myself.  Clearly they weren’t 65 million years old.

I approached everything about the world’s beginnings with distrust, until the day I read a book by a couple of scientists explaining Genesis; “The Genesis Flood”.  The authors answered all the nagging questions I’d been left with.  I read Genesis after I finished that book, and then of course I had more questions … like why did God create the vegetation BEFORE the Sun?

Non believers could seize on that alone as a reason not to believe Genesis.  So I asked God why He did it that way, and through various Bible passages, He showed me I could take Him at His Word.

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

It’s all about “THE WORD”.

For the first three days, the Lord provided the light for the world.  When He said “I AM the Light of the World” (John 8:12), He wasn’t kidding.

God created by speaking.  He created using light.  When He said “Let there be light”; the Light appeared – the firstborn over all creation. (Colossians 1).  And the light was good.  

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not understood it.  John 1:1

The Light was with God from Day One.  Can you imagine the glory of the sunset and sunrise of the first three days, when the Son ruled the day and the night?  Can you see the plants and trees created on the third day growing in the light, sustained by the Son who is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being?  Can you see the tree of knowledge and the tree of life grow in the light of the creator and bring forth their fruit?

Time didn’t kick in until Day Four when the Sun, Moon and stars were made.  That would explain why the metamorphic rocks appear to be ageless.  I’m not talking about the more recent sedimentary layers that are full of fossils from Noah’s flood.

Why can’t Science at least consider this?  The Bible says unbeliever’s minds have been blinded by the god of this age.  The god of this age would be the horned god of the underworld.  His Celtic name is Cernunnos – Cern for short.

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  2 Corinthians 4:4.

Dark matter isn’t ‘dark’, it’s just invisible.  In Isaiah 5:21 it says; “Woe to those who put darkness for light and light for darkness.  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.”

It’s the glass or the mirror that we’re looking through that’s dark; “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”  1 Corinthians 13:12.

In all the noise and obfuscation of science, will you hear Him speak?

2 Corinthians 4-4


Signs in the Heavens – March 2015

I am the light, Image of Christ appears in the aurora borealis above Iceland 19-3-15

‘I am the light’: Image of Christ the Redeemer appears in the aurora borealis above Iceland.

We are truly in the times of the signs, and I promised I’d blog about them.  First of all, we had Northern and Southern lights, on the 18th March 2015 from the magnetic storms hitting the planet.  Here in NZ, they went all the way up to Auckland.  Did you see them where you were?

When Jesus was asked about the signs in the end times, He said; “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.” Luke 21:25.

Here is a wonderful sign that appeared from the Northern lights >

source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2911437/I-light-Image-Christ-Redeemer-appears-aurora-borealis-Iceland.html?printingPage=true

It confirmed something I’d prayed about earlier in the week.  I asked the Lord what He wanted me to blog about in the lead up to Easter.  “I AM the Light of the World” is the answer that came to me.  I always wait for a confirmation, and I think the picture of Him appearing in the aurora borealis is a wonderful sign.

Solar Eclipse 20-3-2015

Solar Eclipse 20-3-2015

Tomorrow there will be a solar eclipse on Friday the 19/3/15 in the northern hemisphere.  This is a solar occurrence that has never happened before in human history.  It coincides with the day of the Spring (and Autumn) Equinox and the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nissan, the first month in the Biblical calendar year.  “The concurrence and rarity of this natural event, together with the times in which we live, indicates the finger of God,” Gidon Ariel, an Israeli Orthodox Jew told Breaking Israel News.  Source: http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=15598

The 3rd blood moon of the Tetrad occurs next month on April 4th.  A Tetrad is where there are four lunar eclipses in a row.

Here’s a handy link if you want to track the eclipses: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/uk/london?iso=20150320

I’m down in the southern hemisphere so I won’t see tomorrow’s eclipse, but I’d be interested in hearing about what you see in the northern part of the world.

 

How about a bonfire for St Patrick’s day?

St PatrickI reckon we should be lighting bonfires on St Patrick’s day, rather than drinking green beer!  Why?  To commemorate the day in 433 AD when St Patrick served notice on the gates of Hell in Ireland.  

Lucifer loves to be known as “the light bearer.”  There was a pagan law that no fire should be lit before King Laeghaire lit the fire of Beltane.  The fires of Tara, the seat of the Irish High Kings, were the first ones lit every year at Beltane – and all other fires were lit with a flame from Tara.

Despite the fires, Ireland was left in darkness.  Wanting to bring light to Ireland, God gave a young Briton called Patrick a vision;

I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: “The Voice of the Irish”.  As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea—and they cried out, as with one voice: “We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.”  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick

So Patrick, a man on a mission, returned to the land where he had formerly been a slave.  He lit the fire on Slane Hill to show that Jesus Christ is the one who is the light of the world.

And the people living in darkness saw a great light;
 on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light dawned.
 (Isaiah 9:2 and Matthew 4:16)

So here’s to St Patrick bringing the light of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God to Ireland.

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”  Hebrews 12:28

 

 

 

A Christmas message

On December 24th, 1968, Apollo 8 made its final pass around the moon and the crew, in turn, sent home this Christmas message:

In the beginning God …

NASA-Apollo8-Dec24-Earthrise

Earthrise

As well as this awesome Christmas message, Apollo 8 also gave the world the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.  It was called “Earthrise”.

Looking at the Earth, the miracle of it all is the one who created this beautiful blue planet came to us as a baby.

Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, described Jesus as
“the rising sun come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
– Zechariah’s Song, paraphrased from Luke 1:76-69

May his light shine on you this Christmas.

But for you who revere my name, the sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.  Malachi 4:2 (NIV)

Happy Christmas to all of you on this good Earth.

Holy smoke, St Patrick and the fire he lit

St Patrick and shamrockcloverWhen I think of St Patrick’s day, I think of green beer, leprechauns and shamrocks.  Everything Irish.  It’s celebrated somewhat in NZ, but for me I’d have to go back five generations to find only one Irish ancestor, so it’s hardly worth observing.  I don’t even give it a nod by wearing green.  How about you?  Do you celebrate it where you are?

I can see how the shamrock came about.  Saint Patrick, a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century, explained the Trinity using a clover leaf.  I thought it was a clever idea.  Its the kind of thing Jesus would do.

The word Trinity means the triune nature of God as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is love.  The bond of love between the three is so strong they are like one being.  The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, but I can demonstrate the Trinity to you using these two passages from the Bible;

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  Matthew 3:17

Here’s the Trinity in a blessing;

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  2 Corinthians 13:14

So I hope you can see the Trinity from those verses.

Now here is something I didn’t know about St Patrick;
St Patrick Paschal fireOn Easter eve of March 26, 433,  Patrick lit a fire on a hill in defiance of a King who had ordered all household fires be extinguished in preparation for a pagan festival of light.  The Paschal fire Patrick lit was a real bonfire which blazed out the message that Jesus Christ is still the Light of the world.

It could be seen across to the next hill, the hill of Tara where the king and his followers were preparing for their pagan festival.  It was fortunate that the pagan king did not kill him for his defiance, but Patrick’s courage and faith won the day. From that time on, the influence of St. Patrick increased until the whole of Ireland had heard the message of Easter: that Christ is the Light of the World and that everyone can be saved through Jesus Christ.

Hill of SlaneWhat I like about St Patrick’s day, besides Patrick’s clever use of the Shamrock is an Irish folk song called “Slane” – for the hill where St. Patrick lit his holy fire.   My favourate hymn “Be thou my vision” uses the music from Slane.  It’s an old Old Irish hymn originally sung by 6th century monks.  The English version is still sung to the tune in which it was sung originally.  The song reminds me of the Kingdom of God; with the King, the word, the tower, the armour and the battle we fight.  May we be as brave and bold and defiant as St Patrick.

Here are the words;

Be thou my visionBe thou my vision, O Lord of my heart.
Be all else but naught to me, save that thou art.
Be thou my best thought, in the day and the night.
Both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word.
Be thou ever with me, and I with thee Lord.
Be thou my great Father, and I thy true son.
Be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight.
Be thou my whole armor, be thou my true might.
Be thou my soul’s shelter, be thou my strong tower.
O raise thou me heavenward, great power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise.
Be thou my inheritance, now and always.
Be thou and thou only, the first in my heart.
O sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, thou heaven’s bright sun.St Patrick Slane Hill
O grant me its joys after victory is won.
Great heart of my own heart, whatever befall.
Still be thou my vision, O ruler of all.

A statue of St Patrick keeps watch over the surrounding land from Slane Hill.  It’s quite a view.  The hill of Slane towers 521 feet above the surrounding Irish countryside.  To the east are the mounds of Newgrange and Knowth, and the Irish sea beyond.  To the north can be seen Slieve Guillion, a mountain in Northern Ireland, to the south is the Sugarloaf Mountain in Wicklow, and to the west are the midlands of Ireland.

Here’s a clip of the song “Be thou my vision”.

The light shines in the darkness

Mangaehuehu, Mt RuapehuPanting harshly, we hurriedly left the river to scramble up the steep bank to gain the top of the ridge near the Mangaehuehu hut on Mt Ruapehu. 

Fog rolled down the mountain’s slopes just as we’d finished washing the last of the dishes in the clear mountain river, touching us with its damp fingers.  It conquered the evening sun that lit the folds and ridges of the land, leaving us disoriented and lost.  Dropping down to our hands and knees, we crawled down the ridge hoping to find the hut.  No landmark was visible, nor could we discern the track. We were caught out.

When we reached the ridge we stood to our feet in the grey void, unnerved and too afraid to move.  The feeling of fear was clammier than the air.  Our packs and sleeping bags were in the hut.  The majestic volcano that crowned the hills near the land I lived was my friend, a great playground for skiing and tramping, but it was complex and had rules.  Confident of the mountain’s good mood, we’d gone out clad only in our shorts and T-shirts.  Even though it was mid-summer, we knew the peril from exposure if we were forced to spend the night in the open.  How were we going to get back to safety?

Just as we were debating what to do, a light appeared, beckoning us to safety.  That light that someone, recognising our peril, had put in the hut window, was our salvation.

That is what Jesus, the Light of the World, is for me.  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2

He promises that “whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.

The King, the great ‘I AM’, is mightier than the light in the hut, mightier than the cyborg robot played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2, who reached out his hand saying “Come with me if you want to live.”