Friday, August 1, 2008
AS IT WAS…SO SHALL IT BE.
AS IT WAS…SO SHALL IT BE.
AS IT IS… IS AS IT WAS.
THE CYCLE OF PROPHECY
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passed away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abides for ever.
The sun also arises, and the sun goes down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
The wind goes toward the south, and turns about unto the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to his circuits.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:1 - 9
The Paradox of Time ____________________________________________________
The words you are now reading were in the future before you began and by the time you get to the end of this sentence the concepts that pass through your mind will be the past a millisecond after you read this last word.
The only rational thing we can say about the nature of time is that it passes and is only temporary, however even this is subject to scrutiny. Add to this is the phenomenon of "deja vu", a strange feeling that time is repeating itself, and prophecy, which if correct, is a vision of future time.
In times of great stress "your entire life", in full detail, can literally pass before your eyes. The normal movement through life sometimes produces the experience of being lost in thought, which makes the real world dissolve. And what is memory but a mental recall of time past?
Many cultures teach that life is based in cycles or CIRCLES OF TIME. When you look at a clock or examine the turning of the planets and their rotations this should not be too difficult to understand. It is written that “To EVERYTHING there is a SEASON” and the seasons come and go and come again…do they not?
Prophecy is also like the seasons. A careful look at the Bible will show how mankind again and again goes through similar times and events. Each time different and each time with different places and names but the similarities cannot be easily dismissed.
We know, for example, that the Bible clearly states that “As it was in the time of Noah (Noe) so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man”. As things were so shall they be again (at least until man gets it right).
So what about the OT Prophets? Were they referring to times immediately within their short-term future or were they speaking of the times we are now in?
I propose to you that in the eyes of God (YHWH) that there really IS NO TIME and that in fact all that has happened, will happen or is happening right this moment is only a single solitary moment in the eyes of He who is Infinite.
I realize this is a difficult idea and some of you are likely a bit lost because you are used to a Beginning, Middle and End concept of Time. This is called “Linier Time Theory” and by human standards is pretty much what we have been given to perceive… However God YHWH is not limited to 3-D concepts or it would show that God is not the great Unlimited power that Christians teach.
I sometimes use the concept of “3-D” versus “Unlimit-D”. When we try to make God fit inside our own wisdom we limit Him (who has no Limits).
Man is trapped in a 3-D world and can only reach 4-D if you are an astronaut and perhaps 5-D if you can comprehend what I am saying here and think spiritually rather than simply physical… However that is the fullest limit man can reach with our limited mind and currently limited spirit.
This is a huge concept to consider and far too deep for many to comprehend. Consider for just a moment what a 12-D world be like?.. How about a 35-D? Can you see it? Of course you can’t… what would be your points of reference? In fact, the minute I mentioned 4 or 5-D I lost some of you.
These are “meat” concepts and there are many among men who still cannot handle “milk”. By the way, do not judge men by what the eat… both physically OR SPIRITUALLY since often judgment only shows ignorance and some minds are better able to comprehend higher ideas than others. Resist the temptation to say such “higher thinking” is evil just because you don’t get it. We have too many judges and not enough spiritual “meat eaters” these days.
Now, believe it or not, I shared all that with you so that you can look at a piece of prophetic Scripture in its proper context. Since all prophecy is “Multi-D” and “Repeating” and not simply set in one time and place please read the following with new eyes. Some would say it concerns ONLY the past… I say it is likewise about the Future… and the NOW .
Only the names have changed and the wise and knowing will realize not by all that much. Those who read only with the mind will see only the past… those who read in the Spirit will know the future… and the Now!
Isaiah 45 (NIV)
1 "This is what the LORD says to his anointed,
to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
to subdue nations before him
and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
so that gates will not be shut:
2 I will go before you
and will level the mountains;
I will break down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness,
riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the LORD,
the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
4 For the sake of Jacob my servant,
of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
and bestow on you a title of honor,
though you do not acknowledge me.
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
6 so that from the rising of the sun
to the place of its setting
men may know there is none besides me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7 I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the LORD, do all these things.
8 "You heavens above, rain down righteousness;
let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
let salvation spring up,
let righteousness grow with it;
I, the LORD, have created it.
9 "Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker,
to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
'What are you making?'
Does your work say,
'He has no hands'?
10 Woe to him who says to his father,
'What have you begotten?'
or to his mother,
'What have you brought to birth?'
11 "This is what the LORD says—
the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Concerning things to come,
do you question me about my children,
or give me orders about the work of my hands?
12 It is I who made the earth
and created mankind upon it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;
I marshaled their starry hosts.
13 I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness:
I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city
and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,
says the LORD Almighty."
14 This is what the LORD says:
"The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,
and those tall Sabeans—
they will come over to you
and will be yours;
they will trudge behind you,
coming over to you in chains.
They will bow down before you
and plead with you, saying,
'Surely God is with you, and there is no other;
there is no other god.' "
15 Truly you are a God who hides himself,
O God and Savior of Israel.
16 All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced;
they will go off into disgrace together.
17 But Israel will be saved by the LORD
with an everlasting salvation;
you will never be put to shame or disgraced,
to ages everlasting.
18 For this is what the LORD says—
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited—
"I am the LORD,
and there is no other.
19 I have not spoken in secret,
from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob's descendants,
'Seek me in vain.'
I, the LORD, speak the truth;
I declare what is right.
20 "Gather together and come;
assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
who pray to gods that cannot save.
21 Declare what is to be, present it—
let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the LORD ?
And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none but me.
22 "Turn to me and be saved,
all you ends of the earth;
for I am God, and there is no other.
23 By myself I have sworn,
my mouth has uttered in all integrity
a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
by me every tongue will swear.
24 They will say of me, 'In the LORD alone
are righteousness and strength.' "
All who have raged against him
will come to him and be put to shame.
25 But in the LORD all the descendants of Israel
will be found righteous and will exult.
AS IT WAS SO SHALL IT BE AGAIN!
I have already written a series I published on my now deleted MySpace Blog called “Commentary on the Prophets “ in which I focus on the Book of Isaiah. You can access the first few installments at www.wwjsnl.com (under the appropriate tab there) if you wish to .
Because of it’s length I will be eventually be offering a FREE downloadable E-Book from this site just as soon as I finish the last few chapters and add a few new insights to the finished ones. When available I will announce it and post a link to get the FREE download (I do not charge for such things.. Just not my style). Those who followed the series seemed to enjoy my take on how the Book of Isaiah applies to today and TOMORROW (for is it not ALL one in the same in an UNLIMI-D way of thinking?).
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