For those who are old enough to remember the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, or those who are musicians, they will appreciate the expertise required to have musicians on 84 grand pianos playing the song Chariots of Fire, and being in tune with each other. How is this accomplished? It was amazing and beautiful to watch and listen to.
It doesn’t “just happen”. It has to be intentional.
If they were to tune the first piano, then tune the second piano to the first one, then the third piano to the second, and continue on until the 84th piano is tuned to the 83rd, then your pianos will not be in tune with each other. Or if a few pianos tune to # 1, then a few pianos tune to #25, and so on, they still will not be all in tune with each other.
Instead, each piano gets tuned to the same tuning fork. When they all are tuned to the same tuning fork, they all sing they same tune!
I believe the same is true for those seeking the Creator of the universe. When everyone seeks unity among groups and denominations, they may be close, but still will lack true unity. But, if we consider what Jesus said in John 17, when he prays for unity among His followers, we see that as we tune ourselves individually to Him as our priority, then other things will come properly into place, and all His followers (not the whole world), will be unified in Him.
If we try unifying to various people and groups, we will become like a muddled messy sound. Those who ask Jesus to be their tuning fork, will become a unified instrument playing His Song.
Finding the Source is more important that finding unity.
To find “unity”, we must seek the Source – Jesus!
Having grown up on a farm in the Canadian prairies, I can’t really blame someone living in the southern part of the province of Saskatchewan for believing the entire planet is flat. Southern Saskatchewan is very flat. I fortunately had some rolling hills in my region to add scenery, especially as the rising or setting sun creates shadows and increases the depth perception one sees. However, flat land also means more sky to see than if you’re in a city or in the mountains! On a remote farm, there’s minimal light pollution. On a cloudless night, you get a massive view of our part of the cosmos!
You can see many stars rise in the east and set in the west, just like the sun, then reappear the next day. They appear to be travelling in a circular path. You also see numerous stars that don’t actually rise or set, because they’re in the northern part of the sky, and because of the earth’s motion, they are always visible, but appear to be moving in an arc over the horizon, and actually are consistent in their distance from what we observe as the pole star, the star which is nearly straight above the planet’s north pole. In the northern hemisphere, Polaris, the North Star, appears motionless, although in reality it does complete a tiny circle in the sky every 24 hours. It’s so consistent that the crews of sea faring ships have used it to navigate for centuries.
In the southern hemisphere you can’t see the North Star. The farther south you go, the fewer stars from the north that can be seen. Star based navigation has to use different stars. If the earth was flat, you would see the same stars, the same as if you hung various objects above a flat board-game on a table, those objects would be visible from any position on that game board. If you change that game board into a sphere, not all objects hanging above it will be visible from all positions on the sphere.
If a person situated in Antarctica can’t see the North Star, but someone in New York can see it, we have to assume the earth is a sphere in order to account for lines of sight and what can and cannot be seen.
Another point to consider in determining if the earth is flat or a sphere, is to look at the other objects in space. Even with common high power binoculars and small telescopes, most everything appears round, and can be seen to be rotating in a circle around something else. Moons rotate around planets, planets rotate around the sun. If you can see enough detail on some of the planets, like Jupiter, you can tell that they are rotating, as a spot on its surface appears to move from one side, to the other, disappear, then reappear where you first saw it. The same is true for its moons. Over the course of days and weeks, the moons appear to be moving in a circular orbit around a spherical planet. If everything else in our observable solar neighborhood is spherical, it only makes sense that the earth is as well.
Then there’s the photo evidence, not just from the world’s space agencies, but even from universities and high schools. Here’s a link to a school group in California which regularly sends helium balloons with radiation sensors up into the atmosphere as a class project, and takes photos on the way up and down, often achieving altitudes of well over 100,000 feet. The curvature of the earth is plainly seen here: https://www.earthtosky.store/product-page/floating-golf-balls and checking out their many other examples will show more of the same. (Note: I have no affiliation with this group, but I think they are a great example of non-professionals doing neat practical science, and inadvertently showing that the earth is spherical.)
Hopefully this has given people some interesting “down to earth” and real experience insights to help get a more accurate perspective on the earth, and our place in the universe. Be sure to enjoy and appreciate the starry view, and remember, we’ve been put here for a reason!
This is a heavier topic. Hang on tight!
Although the Scriptures of the Bible don’t specifically say there isn’t life existing on other planets in the universe, I’m inclined to believe there isn’t. I do believe numerous reports of UFO’s and alien encounters are based on what people have actually experienced, but I don’t believe they are “other-worldly” creatures. Instead, I understand many of these beings are the hybrid mutant offspring from fallen angels and humans, or may be actual angels or fallen angels.
Scripture reports numerous occasions where people were visited by angels, which were created by the Lord God of the Bible for a purpose, with the primary purpose being to fulfill his good and pleasing will, and the tasks they are given will ultimately bring glory to God. There are many of them, and they normally are not seen by people, except when God directs them to interact with us. They exist in an unseen realm, which many today are referring to as other dimensions.
God exists eternally, or has always been. He created all that now exists, and he exists apart from it, but directly enters it as it suits His purpose. Science today believes there are multiple dimensions which exist, but humans normally can only experience and comprehend three to four of them. We exist and move within our designated realm of dimensions, while the angelic and spiritual beings exist and move within their designated realms. Scripture says some left their designated “abode”, and had direct and unapproved contact with the human realm.
Genesis 6:1-4 speaks of “great men of renown” / the Nephilim / giants, being the offspring of “sons of God” / fallen angels and human women. As a result of this corruption of mankind, God the Creator saw it necessary to use a flood to destroy His created living beings on the earth and let humanity begin again starting with Noah and his family, of whom Noah was said to be “perfect in his generations”, or having an uncorrupted genealogy.
However, Scripture says these mutant offspring didn’t completely cease with the flood. Genesis 6:4 says these “Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward…”, referring to after Noah’s flood. After the exodus from Egypt, Joshua and the Israeli people had to deal with them when entering their Promised Land. About 2500 years after the flood, Matthew 24:37 records Jesus as saying, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah”, which some scholars are now interpreting to include the spiritual – human hybrids making a return in the latter days before the return of Jesus.
In a nutshell, if the governments of the world and various religions suddenly declare the existence of “aliens”, and visibly show them in the presence of people, I believe we need to ask, is this event and are these beings bringing people into relationship and restoration with the Jesus / Creator / God of the Bible, or with the “god” of multiple or a unified religion(s). If it’s the latter, then realize this could be the prophesied deception which is spoken of in the book of Revelation and elsewhere which deceives the whole world to follow after the beast / anti-christ, and rebel against the actual Lord, God, Creator, Jesus Christ.
The battle belongs to the Lord!
Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord of hosts! (the Lord of angel armies)
Aliens / demonic entities are created beings, who are subject to the King and Creator of the universe, Jesus, God, the Great I Am. When these things are encountered, we need to put our focus on the Lord Jesus, our defender and mighty warrior. “Yeshua”, Jesus’s name in Hebrew, actually means “salvation”.
The Lord inhabits the praises of His people!
Somehow, there is power and strength when we praise the Lord, whether singing His praises, or speaking of His greatness. Speaking those words of praise, blessing, and adoration of the Lord… especially speaking or singing the ancient Scriptural words, and truth about Him and His greatness has an effect on us. It builds confidence and faith, and reminds us of who Jesus is, that He is the final and ultimate hope we can have.
Speaking and singing truth, facts, and Scripture about the Lord also has an effect on the unseen world, the unseen dimensions around us, reminding those in the unseen realm of who our God is and who their creator actually is.
Everything that exists, had to have been created, and is therefore ultimately subject to its creator. This includes things which exist in the spiritual world, or a dimension which we humans don’t normally see.
Two closing thoughts:
Jude, the brother of James reminds us, “But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.’” (Jude vs. 9)
Speaking of Jesus, Paul wrote:
“For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins. And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation.
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:13-17)
Do you seek more?
Are you tired of settling for 2nd or 3rd best?
Do you want to know and understand the power of the universe?
You’ve gained much, but you know there is more?
You’ve accomplished much, and rule much, but you know there is more,
You know you were meant for more.
Life seemed long, but you’ve recognized, your 80 years on this planet are a mere speck in relation to the age and size of this massive universe we’ve been allowed to observe and experience.
You want to experience more than you’ve experienced.
You desire more positive than you have.
Maybe you have no real positive, only statistical success,
You crave real, positive.
You’ve heard many things.
You’ve been taught many things about life,
and where we all come from.
And, where we’re going.
In the depths of your heart, the deepest part of your soul,
You question what you’ve been told,
Because, you know there is more to life than this.
We see a beautiful sunrise,
We see the constellations in the heavens,
The stars have names dating back millennia,
Today these are observed, measured, and calculated with great scientific precision, and knowledge.
But, we know there are deeper questions.
“Why is it so beautiful?”
“Why do we seek and see pictures in the starry skies?”
“Why do the chemical compounds in these vastly distant objects obey physical scientific laws, yet when seen with a telescope, create true works of art?”
Are you aware, that many astrophysicists studying these cosmos believe it all had to come from an outside force,
an intelligence from outside our dimensions of space and time?
It had to come from One who designed this universe intentionally,
And created you and me, intentionally.
For a purpose,
For a purpose greater than ourselves, and what society teaches.
We have been created for a relationship the world doesn’t offer,
Even if we have wonderful family relationships, there is more, and better, for which we have been created.
Definitely more than money can buy, more than any physical high a person can obtain chemically, or by force… which is temporary at best… no matter how much power a person may believe he has.
Even if you are the most powerful person on the planet, in your heart of hearts, you humbly know,
Ultimately, this is temporary.
Still, it’s that humble recognition of the temporary and the lacking in us, which can allow our minds and spirits to open up to the truth, to the One Who is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.
You may have heard some of this before, from religious leaders who are imperfect, yet,
The words spoken out of the ancient book, some of which is more than 5000 years old, speaks truth, rings truth, even uncomfortable truth which may cause our spirits, our hearts, to be in disagreement, and uncomfortable, yet that’s because we recognize it to be true.
We musn’t stop there.
With that uncomfortable truth, is awesomely powerful encouraging truth and hope.
This hope is from the One whom in recorded human history said,
“… I am with you always,
even to the end of the age!”
Sounds like something out of science fiction or fantasy.
But, it is recorded in history.
Two millennia ago, many people saw and walked with this one who proved Himself to be not just a man, but God also, the Son of God. The One True God.
He was born to a human mother, lived as a man, yet did no wrong, lived humbly, yet strongly and lovingly with people, showing humankind the way to live, and what we were meant for.
What each and every person on this planet earth is meant for,
and what we mean to Him,
and how much He, the eternally Great I Am actually loves us.
Loving us so much, that He died for us.
But, He couldn’t stay dead. He didn’t stay dead.
In our heart of hearts, we know that no matter how good we are, we aren’t perfect.
We know that even our relative goodness still has imperfections, which doesn’t allow us access to the truly good, One true God, the Great I am, the One Creator of the universe.
The One who is the first and last.
The Alpha and Omega,
The Beginning and the End.
The one who’s name in English is Jesus,
And in His native language, Yeshua, which means Salvation.
The One who is Salvation was and is perfect.
We, are not.
The One who is perfect and pure and holy, allowed himself to be falsely judged and penalized by death for our imperfections, our wrong doings, our sins… all of them, from all of human kind.
Hard to fully grasp.
Still, He is Holy, and is Salvation, and as such, even though He died, death could not keep Him in the ground.
Jesus conquered sin, death, and the grave, because He is the One True God, He is Salvation, and loved you and me enough to pay our debt, and give us salvation and life.
This happened in history about two millennia ago, a mere 20 centuries ago.
Those who saw and walked with him recorded it on paper within about 70 years of Him having lived on earth, being crucified, dying, coming out of the grave, walking among people again, then floating up through the air to heaven.
Shortly after, He sent His Spirit to dwell within His followers, those who had submitted themselves to Him and received His forgiveness, salvation, and new life with true meaning and purpose, as intended by this same Jesus who is God, the Great I Am, who created the universe and all it contains, including you and me.
For the last 2000 years, His followers have shared the truth and realities of Jesus with many people the world over, often being persecuted, misunderstood, used, and their words twisted for selfish and political purposes.
Still, He brings life and peace to those who truly surrender their wills to His.
He desires this for each of us, for every human being.
He desires this for you.
He desires you to know Him, His love, His peace, His strength, His power, His purpose for life and confidence at death, because He desires you to be with Him for eternity.
Jesus desires you to know His hope.
He is the Great I Am.
The beginning and the end.
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”
He invites you to receive Him by faith, now, and begin a new life, with Life.
Call on His Name, the Name above all other names, the name of Jesus, and He will receive you as His own.
His promises hold true.
“And lo, I am with you always,
Even to the very end of the age!”
We are here on earth for just a moment of eternity. But, then, our souls, our being, still exist for the rest of eternity. Can we grasp that? It’s truly hard to fathom.
“God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; Yet they cannot fathom the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”
We look at photos of galaxies vast distances from earth, and realize we’re not only viewing an image of something a great geographical distance from us, but a great time distance from us as well, thus the phrase “space-time”. We’re viewing something that once was, but at an earlier point in eternity.
Many awe-provoking phrases of Scripture come to mind. Jesus said, “before Moses was, I Am”, meaning He is God, and has always existed, even outside of time and space as we know it. He simply chose to enter our current physical dimensions for a time, in order to live among us.
We were made a little lower than the angels.
There are various levels of living creations which the Creator of the universe brought into being. From the simplest single celled organisms, to the plants which provide the nutrition for higher lifeforms to thrive, to the pets, the cats and dogs which have such an ability to communicate with and understand their human companions, to the abstractness of angelic beings some of whom have much greater abilities and responsibilities than others.
Scripture says we were made in the image of God, and a little lower than the angelic beings. This makes us an extremely high value creation.
Do you grasp that? Think of all the beings that exist on our planet, maybe the universe, and in the spiritual dimensions. We humans have been made a little lower than the angels, and the God who created us, entered our dimension because He wanted to be with us, and show us the way to a healthy, positive way to live, both for this life, and an opportunity for the life to come.
Where can I go from Your Spirit, Where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
Even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day,
For darkness is as light to You.
How poetic, inspiring, courage building, and confidence building for all who are heading off into space with the big picture in mind.
What is also inspiring, is to realize this Psalm was written by the ancient King David about 3000 years ago. And an interesting note is, the Hebrew word for heaven, שׁמה, shaw-meh’, includes in its definition “…alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve”. (Strong’s Concordance #H8064)
I always find it so amazing to see in the ancient writings of Scripture words and phrases that can directly pertain to things in our modern world which the original writers may not have even dreamed of. In essence its saying, ‘If I go up to space, You God are there with me.”
Still, for the majority of humanity who may not have the opportunity to travel beyond Earth, the key thought remains, wherever I am on the planet, You God are there with me, desiring that I rest in You.
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Did you know that caterpillars are not “transformed” into butterflies? In metamorphosis (the name of the process), a caterpillar is liquefied—nothing remains of its old nature. Only after the creature’s death can an entirely new creation, a butterfly, emerge!
But most people’s image of the process is more like Eric Carle’s classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in which the little caterpillar “makes a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep, only to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!” (amazon.com)
The Very Dead Caterpillar would probably have sold fewer copies. But it would have been more accurate.
When I was a kid, I used to love going to La Mirada Creek and catching those pudgy little pre-frogs we called pollywogs (you may have called them tadpoles–I forgive you). I would bring them home and dump them into a tub, and…
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Psalm 19:1-4: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…” (KJV)
Who are the heavens declaring God’s glory to? Is it just to humans, or is it also to the entirety of creation? Could it even be to the majestic King and Creator of the universe? The visual beauty of the planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more, only increases as we seek further and gaze further through both space and time. They contain an artistic rendering of One so awesome, it brings us to ponder the question of how exceedingly great and marvelous is the One who is able to bring both the natural laws into being to make these wonders exist in the first place, but also to give them visual beauty which causes us to sit back and enjoy the gallery before us, and consider Him who brought forth the gallery.
Yet, we now know it’s more than visual…
A classic hymn contains the phrase, “the music of the spheres”, in reference to the planets and likely the stars as well. Until recent decades, this seemed merely like a well-chosen poetic and inspiring phrase, however, when the Lord of the universe gives one of His servants prophetic words of praise, there is often more depth to it than even the prophet initially understands! Because of modern radio-telescopes and various space monitoring technologies, we now know the stars and planets vibrate on various frequencies, many of which can be listened to through audio systems.
Not only do they produce tones, but they also produce rhythms. People have created music using recordings of various instruments of the heavenly orchestra to make music which our human ear can comprehend. However, we must ask, how much greater is that universal star-song which is heard by the King who created the entire cosmos?
By all definitions of the word “declare”, the heavens truly do declare the glory of God!