Heavenly creatures

Do you believe there are animals in the Kingdom of Heaven?  Let’s imagine we can have a peek in the Kingdom from the Bible.  Here’s the throne of God, with a floor of sapphire, and encircled by an emerald rainbow.

In front of the throne on what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the centre, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.” Revelation 4:6

Covered with eyes?  I can’t really picture it.  The creatures described in Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4 aren’t like anything we have on earth.

Perhaps God has tried to show us with the peacock!

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The Hebrew word for eyes is ‘ayin‘ which represents consciousness – the idea of seeing and watching as well as knowledge.  Here in this world, our animals eyes show innocence, the innocence of our lost Eden.  Before the throne of God, I can imagine their innocent eyes reveal intelligence and spiritual insight.

These creatures are in the midst of the throne so we can see that God has his companion creatures, just as we do.

The living creatures are of four types, and of four in number.  Four is the “earth number,” for they have something to do with the earth. “They wait in eager expectation for children of God to be revealed.” Romans 8:19.

Animals have a soul.  God had given his creatures breath, “ruach”, a soul – just as man has been given breath, a soul.  “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”  Job 12:10

Does God care about our animals?  I’d say yes, for he writes that a righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.” (Proverbs 12:10). He cares about us all.

He watches over them.  Jesus said “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  Matthew 10:29

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The animals belong to God, and he knows each one.  “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.”  Psalms 50:10-11

It says in Revelation 4:11 that God created all things, and they were created for his pleasure.

Although the creatures are God’s, God placed them under Adam’s dominion.  After the fall of man, all creation suffered when the Earth came under a curse.

Job, the oldest book in the Bible deals with suffering.  Job spoke of the life of the creatures and the breath of all mankind being in God’s hand.  He said, “Ask the animals, and they will teach you.”  Job 12:7-10

The creatures can’t tell us, but they have this hope of being released from suffering. They’re looking forward to the day when they can join us in the new Kingdom, where there will be no more death or suffering.

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Romans 8:19-22

All creatures will be brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God when God’s Kingdom comes.

The wolf will live with the lamb, 
the leopard will lie down with the goat, 
the calf and the lion and the yearling together; 
and a little child will lead them.
Isaiah 11:6

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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?

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The butterfly effect

The Lord I follow wants us to die to self, while the world wants us to live for self.  Why is that?  I believe its because we are created for a reason, to be saved and then transformed into the son or daughter of God.  Our fallen, natural self wants to be the one in charge and will fight His will.  Why should we allow ourselves to be saved and transformed?

Does the Lord have a story to tell us about this?  His word states that “through Him all things were created”, so it would be entirely possible for Him to leave some parables in nature for us to find.   His word calls it ‘being understood through what has been made’ (For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made … Romans 1:20).

Learn the lesson of the caterpillar.

What the caterpillar calls end of world, the master calls a butterfly

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

If you can think of some other parables from nature I’d like to hear them.

The Light of the World, and the Word in Chinese characters

Christ made seven “I AM” statements.   I am going to write about His second “I AM” statement, “I AM the light of the world.”  It starts off in Genesis.

I asked God a lot of questions after reading Genesis, the first book of the Bible.  Like why were plants created before the Sun?  Why did man live for hundreds of years at the beginning, and not now?

The best question I ever heard asked though was by my Chinese friend Marie, a convert to Christ from Buddhism.  She understood the creation story from the characters in her ancient language, telling me the Bible story was in the Chinese characters long before the missionaries arrived.  She asked “Why did God put the tree that caused all the trouble in the Garden in the first place?”  I said I didn’t know, but it was a good question.

Chui, my friend from Malaysia confirmed what Marie said about the characters.  Here’s another example from a Chinese character:

Chinese for CONVERSE: 火火 (Two glowing people) (talking) to one another. From the time they ate the fruit and sinned, (man) is written without a glow upon his body. When in the presence of God, God’s glory comes upon mankind, (2 Cor. 3) as it did with Moses. Sin removed the glory of God (Romans 3:23) which came upon the man and the woman when they came into God’s presence daily. Source: http://waysoflife.info/SPANISCH/ChineseCharacters.html

I was intrigued and more than a bit envious of their pictorial language, even though English was easier to learn at school.  I missed out on a lot in my education.

This story I am going to tell about “The Bright Morning Star” arose from my question about why  the plants were created before the sun.  It too turned out to be a good question.

If you want to know more about the Chinese characters, here is a good link I found: