25 July 2017
(A writing in process)
A STORY WITHIN A STORY
The Story of Speculation – Before Space and Time
A story has a beginning a middle and an end. Go back to the beginning.
I found the beginning in the middle, hidden within a writing of an illustration of a son working with his father, as a master craftsman, in the depths of wisdom and in the fields of faith. It has been recorded in Proverb 8
“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
I have been established from everlasting,
In my imagination, there were the treasuries of the tools of creation.
Huge glass vats that held the pillars of chemistry, – the gasses that formed the foundational ground of everything.
Huge containers with envelopes of electronic particles, quarks, photons, neurons and atoms, that formed light and energy and sound.
Notebooks of formuli and equations that binded together into the measurements of numbers, that brought about order and knowledge, and understanding.
There were huge corridors for the four winds, that formed the pressure and temperatures, that directed the clouds that brought the rain, and announced the seasons.
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth
When there were no depths I was brought forth
When there were no fountains abounding with water
Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world,
When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men”
A Story of Heaven, The City of God.
Now, Aeons ago, in the same fields of faith a story is told of a City bustling with the living life of a story to be told. Distant and indistinct are beings emerging that will emerge in time to come.
Time was not yet made, so there is no chronological order. Just a play on character and event. Yet, within the imagination of the Author, the scene is being set so that the story can be told of a revealing of the glories of the unknown City, and its own story in another aeon, in another time… a time yet to come, when the design was ready, the pattern set , and the names were given. For every name will tell its own story in the new reality to come.
This City, in this other realm, was populated by many many spirits, in fact a whole host of them.
The City was one of order, of beauty of righteousness, justice and of peace. A city of splendour, with bright buildings made with blocks of light It was often known as the City of Peace, or the Kingdom of Righteousness.
There was a temple for worship and an Order of priests who attended to the worship patterns of the City.
There were great halls of books and archives that held the mysteries of Wisdom.
There were halls of history. Halls of science. Halls of music and the Hall of Registration with the personal names on those who were written in the Book of Life..
There were courts for rewards.
There was the Creation Room with giant workshops that held the elements of creation.
Magnificent beings had been created to dwell and to take charge of the City. Great and mighty, and magnificent beings, each tasked and assigned to their precincts, their own assignments and their roles in the story. They were many – hosts of hosts spiritual angelic beings. There were the created beings named Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Lucifer, and others.
The Story of Lucifer
Lucifer renowned for his splendour and his gifted music on flute percussion and strings was highly regarded, and highly ambitious.
There was trade and kingdoms of wealth within this Kingdom City . There were provinces and high mountains were the rulers or princes met to converse. There was no poverty and no crime, no want, no lack, no tears and no sorrows. All were content and went about their assignments and duties with willingness and diligence, and in perfect harmony. This city was a place of magnificent beauty, clean and pure, orderly with joy and contentment in the Kingdom City, the city of Salem, the City of Peace.
Then one day a strange sign appeared. It was a cataclysmic event. All saw it and wondered what it meant. The wise sages and priests of the City were prepared, but none the less held their breath in fear and trembling. They murmured among themselves : “now the Christ and His kingdom will come”
The strange event unfolded to show a woman with a child, and a great fiery dragon that roared fire. The dragon intimidated by the event set out to destroy the woman and her child. But a great flood of waters swept the woman away to a place of safety. The dragon knew it was only a matter of time when all was going to be revealed, exposed and played out in a more distinct manner. So greatly disturbed and anxious by the event, the dragon went about the City inciting others to join him to set up a kingdom against the Holy City and its Founder. His ambition exposed, his pride revealed it was time to make his move to the top of the mountain of the north. Great battles ensued by the South and the North. So the fierce Rebellion occurred, a mighty battle for Salem ensued, for Salem and its inhabitants had to be defended, and in this great undoing it’s name had to be changed to Jeru (defend) Salem (peace) – and this would be the theme and pattern of another time and space.
Defeated by the angel Michael and his hosts, the dragon and a third of his consorts were thrown out of the City and banished to a deep dark black Pit, in time to come, but for now he would be allowed to reign in the Space Time that was to be created for another story to be told. He took with him captives from the Holy City. Captives he would steal, kill and destroy, imprison, torment, hold ransom and use in a diabolic way to feed his pride, and to have his way and achieve the motivation of his driving desire – to be supreme ruler and to be worshipped by all.
The Story of Jesus (to be written)
The Story of Light.
Now the moment had come. It was black, dark and empty and there was a long, long, long silence. Then a faint stirring occurred, as if a gentle sign had gone out from somewhere, like the inhaling breath of new birth, the gentle wisp of a whisper, or perhaps a delicate soft wind blowing, even a brooding or a hovering sense over the deep long long black Dark Silence. The Silence persisted, for the inevitable, as an expectation arises, when faith is stirred.
The invisible Dark Silence heard the intangible vibration. Then the frequency became stronger, a high pitched vibration, faint at first, but marking momentum until finally The Word spoke : “Let there be light”; and there was light. And it was glorious. The Dark Silence was banished.
Job says … His hand flung the stars into space. Light particles, prepared in the Creation Room, before Time was, were flung into the deep Dark Silence, dividing the light and the darkness.
The Light was good, and the Light was the life of the new reality. In this Light all things would consist. All things were made through the Light, and without the Light nothing was made that was made. In the Light was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1 :1-5
A Space had been created between the Light and the Dark. A space had been created by Wisdom for wisdom. And Time was born that became the very platform for a story of redemption and restoration. But the deep Dark Silence, did not comprehend it.
To understand that there are two worlds, the physical and the spiritual, the light and the dark, it may be that it can only be necessary to convey these two realities through words, concepts, precepts, a story, a narrative interlaced with anecdotes and more stories to bring out understanding and localised revelations in people and their regions and their times, that form a history – for history exists in stories, and through story telling. How else can be convey God’s story. And He has written this story, His story, in a book – the Bible, to let us know His story and plans, and our purposes
The Great Particle Story – Quantum Science.
Space-Time the matrix.
The meaning of matrix : …. the womb, from which the story or object emerges. Like the cocoon and the butterfly. Space-Time is the matrix of all story-telling. The platform on which all happens. The stage of the Great Play. You and I have a part in it with our own story, to be told.
What is this Light ? Light is made up of particles called photons, transported in waves through space.
There are other fundamental particles like electrons, neurons and protons that form the nucleus of the atom. All matter is made up of atoms. This is the beginning of the study of quantum physics, a study of tiny things, of the minute things, the unseen things, the invisible, this is the threshold of great power, of electromagnetic energy, and the creation of a l l things that make up the physical realm, our finite space, our world in which we exist.
And what about the long silent Darkness ? What is this Darkness ? The Darkness is the opposite of the Light. It may be thought of as the Anti-Light. As the Light brings life, does the Darkness bring death. And Life and Death are both part of our world that we know today. Two forces of power at work against each other. As material is from atoms, may the Anti-matter be from the Darkness ?
What is Anti-Matter ? In quantum physic “speak it has been said : Anti-Matter..
But woven into the great particle story is the boson. What is a boson ?……. and
The Theory of Entanglement – the speed of thought !
The journey into quantum physics has but just begun, and will lead to more knowledge that will bring us to the boundary of the invisible realm. Is there more ? Well we may have to look to Theology for more understanding of the spiritual realm. What better way to translate the meaning and purpose of the creation of the material physical realm, which includes me and you, and thus makes it immensely personal, than through a story. The narrative of the Author of the Beginning and the End of all things. The Bible, God’s Word, is such a story, to relate to us, to impart to us , the secret things of Darkness, and the rich treasures of the hidden mysteries of Wisdom, so that we may come to know the name of the Creator of all, and all that He has done for us, and to know that He knows us all by our name ! Isaiah 46 :
Wrapped in mystery is our story. And to comprehend we will need to leave the measured and numbered and equations of the analytical shores of the quantum sciences, approach our purpose and destiny with heart and spirit, and with questions of curiosity, gleaned from the Bible such as : What is man that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man that Thou visitest him ? Psalm 4
The Story of Creation
This is the part of the foundation story and careful scrutiny must bring one to absolute awe of the magnificence of the mind of God to have created such a wondrous work that is passed comprehension to the ordinary mind.
To keep in line with the broad brush strokes of the story, not much time will be given to the number of days or the arguments that rise up from the book of Genesis. To keep the flow of the story moving so that a big picture will emerge and God’s story will unfold. So to change the thought line, instead of days the concept of Dimension will be used.
The history of Creation of the heavens and the earth
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning … the Spirit of God, hovering over the deep …
Dimension One : Let there be light, dividing light and darkness
Dimension Two : The Firmament, the heavens
Dimension Three : The sea and the dry land
Dimension Four : The grass, herbs and fruit trees
Dimension Five : The living creatures in the waters, and the birds of the air.
Dimension Six : The cattle, creeping things and beasts.
The making of man spiritual man, to have dominion. God’s people of faith.
And God Rested on the seventh day.
The Story of Adam
The Grand Plot of the Whole Story
A self sustaining earth, became the garden of God, that would provide all man and creatures needs for survival and posterity.
Then God made man from the dust of the earth, and breathed His breath into his nostrils and man became a living soul ? All of Mankind, all souls a place provided for in His story.
And Adam named all the animals, and God saw that he need a companion, a help-meet.
So He put Adam to sleep and from his side brought forth a rib and formed a woman, Eve.
Adam was delighted and said : Flesh from my flesh, and bone from my bone.
These words echo from another story, the story of a new creation, the mystery of Christ, where believers in Him are brought forth from Christ, from His flesh and from His bone, all neatly knitted together to form the Body of Christ, an organism for life.
Perhaps this is a pattern that is set, this “brought forth” – a calling out. Should a chorus line be adopted it may well be : Come out My people -the Faith cry of “Come Forth”
Out of Adam came Eve. Out of Jesus came the Church, out of the church came the Body of Christ, and the New Creation, the New Jerusalem, which is likened to a woman with a garland of twelve stars on her head.
Story continues with a distinct line being drawn through the genealogies to keep a trace or a record or a recurring theme of persons and families moulded into a The People of God, the People for God’s purposes.
The Beginning of Genealogies, the beginnings of Nations.
The Family of Adam to Seth, to Noah
Genesis 6 : ? Now Genesis is a questioning chapter and may be a look into a time period that is not familiar to the ordinary. Is it the era of giants, dinasaurs and other types of creatures. Is it a weaving in of something unrevealed, and yet ? Is it a time of global destruction, and the start of another chapter of the world as we know it to this day. The first draft discarded and the restart of the same story retold?
The Story of Noah
Nations and the Tower of Babel
Shem’s descendants to Abram..
Observing – The Old Testament
Stories are told in relationships. This is legacy, this is communication. Stories are what we understand. And this is what is related to the next generation. Generations make up history, which displays His story !! His story told through a People He called to be His own and to display His character and His goodness, to make Him known to all generations.
The Story of a Called Out People
He heard the call of God, to find another City
Just as the Darkness heard the call that went out for the Light to come, so Abram of Ur heard the call from the vibration of thought that called him out of his fatherland to a new city he had never known, in a distant land that was filled with milk and honey. He was to leave his father and mother and his whole established family, soaked in tradition and idolatry, and make the journey to a place he did not know, or even the road he had to travel to this new land.
Abram responded to this call, the call of God for a people He could call His own. At the time his understanding or his imagination could not conceive what the far reaching implications would be to this obedient act of faith.
So Abram took a wife Sarai and they went out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan.
Now the LORD had said to Abram :
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3
Now Sarai was unable to give Abram an offspring and he wondered at this promise and enquired of the LORD. The LORD brought him outside and said “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them” And He said to him “So shall your descendants be”
And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
And so the LORD made a Covenant with Abram, for a Covenant People. The People of the Promise, the People of God.
Abram’s name became Abraham, and his wife’s name was changed to Sarah. And so their story is filled with faith, intrigue and lessons for all the People of Promise. For in and through their lives, the foundation of the story for His people was being laid.
Abraham had his promised son and called him Isaac. But Abraham had another son too who was name Ishmael. Here the genealogy split and present day crisis in the Middle East bears witness to this divide. Abraham had many other children with Kathura, after Sarah had died. The history of the nations tinted in genealogies.
Isaac, was Abraham’s special promise child. And to him he gave everything he had, and gifts to his other children – who went east.
It seems Isaac was a man of a placid and submissive nature, a willing son to be the sacrifice his father needed when he went up to Mount Morai to worship God.
And in the seeking out of new ground for wells to be dug for his many flocks of sheep and herds of cattle, and sustenance for his family and servants, Isaac meekly moved on from well to well when he was denied access to the land by the Philistines living in the land. He kept moving until he came to a place of sufficiency, a place called ….. (room enough.
A wife was sought for Isaac from Abraham’s own family, and so a servant was sent to (Haran) to find a wife for him.
Amazing how the stories of heaven and earth are woven into the story of God’s people. The correlation between Isaac and Jesus. Jesus was obedient unto death, willing to be a sacrifice for His Father. Jesus was sent to a far land to bring a wife home for the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Interestingly too, is the blessing spoken over Rebekha, by her family, and who was willing to go with her bridegroom to another land.
Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her
“Our sister, may you become
The mother of thousands of ten thousands;
And may your descendants possess
The gates of those who hate them”
And yet Isaac and Rebekha had only two sons, how were the prophecies of thousands of descendants going to come through only two sons ? Yet the promises of God are true.
Isaac brought forth Jacob and Esau and history of the Called People deepens.
Jacob was hugely implicated in God’s story, in as much as making God’s promise to Abraham a reality – the continuation of the blessing :
“I will make of you a great nation”
Jacob, to me, was a delightful character. A shirker of duty perhaps, a lazy mommy’s boy, a conniver of sorts, ambitious, a surplanter, and cunning to outwit others, his brother Easu from his own birthright with a bowl of lentils. A passive aggressive personality.
Yet, a character of thinking, and determination, a planner, looking at how to get ahead. A strong, if not misguided, character. These were some of the DNA strains that would become part of the character of an unborn people , as a nation forming and evolving with time and history.
However, encounters with God changed Jacob. He was transformed at Pniel, when he saw angels on a ladder ascending and descending from heaven – and put up stones of remembrance, and as an altar to God. A pattern that he perhaps followed on from his grandfather Abraham, who placed stones for an altar to God at …Shechem ?
Jacob developed a strong work ethic, as he worked for Laban for seven years to marry Rachel, but was deceived into marrying Leah. But Jacob was willing to work another seven years for what he truly wanted – Rachel. In the meantime he built up a wealth of his own through dedicated hard work and skilful negotiations with Laban. And he had the place and time to have many children.
These were the sons of Jacob.
Genesis 35 :22,23 Leah : Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issacher, Zebulun
Rachel : Joseph and Benjamin
Bilhah : (Rachel’s maid servant : Dan and Naphtali
Zilpah, Leah’s maidservant : Gad and Asher.
It is interesting to see how delays can bring about, cultivating patience, endurance and long suffering, to form the character that God desires in His people, and then to pave the way for their destiny.
Jacob was growing into a fine upstanding and wealthy man, and wanted to make right with his past. He faced his fears, when he faced his bother Esau with confrontation and gifts. Again another encounter, when he wrestled with the angel of God for a blessing, and prevailed. And Jacob’s name was changed to Israel.
Gen 35: 11 I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. 12. The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac I give to you, and to your descendant after you I give this land”
So the legacy for God’s people continues through His words spoken to Jacob, at Bethel.
Jacob’s twelve sons, who later in time become the 12 tribes of Israel, were drawn by drought to Egypt to become an oppressed people.
Dreams, strife and discord estrange Joseph from his father’s other sons. They plotted to leave him in a pit, until the Midianite traders passed by. The brother’s reconcidered and pulled Jospeh up out of the pit to sell him to the Ishmaelites for 20 shekels of silver. They sent Josheph’s tunic of many colours, dipped in goat’s blood to their father Jacob.
The Midianites sold him in Egupt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharao and captain of the guard.
Joshesph had favour and wisdom with Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
Famine brought Jacob and his relatives with 75 people The people grew and multiplied in Egypt till another king, who did not know Joseph, and four hundred years of oppression began and their babies exposed so that they might not live.
At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God.
from the pit to the prison to the prime minister of Egypt.
Egypt’s 400 year Oppression
Pharoah and the Plagues, – also in the Judgement Story of Revelation.
A story Deliverance
Consider Moses :
Moses a son of the Hebrew people, rescued from the river and placed in Pharao’s palace. Pharoaho’s Egypt, a land of wealth, power and knowledge, and Moses had access to it all. Schooled in the best of what Egypt had to offer, was enabled to write the first five books of the Bible the Torah, the creation story, the nations’ story, the Abrahamic story of God’s called people, the laws and the patterns of grace. What a wealth of knowledge must have been at his disposal for him to be so informed of the ways of the world and of man’s ways in the world.
Yet Moses was set aside for forty years in the backwardness of the desert in preparation of the great deliverance God called him to, to set His people free from the tyranny and oppression of the great Egyptian power, to lead them out of bondage and into the promised land – a hint of another prophetic story, already told in another realm ?
Moses’s story is a mighty Deliverance Story : From the exodus from bondage, on the way to the Promised Land of Milk and Honey. A journey of many miles in dangerous wilderness territory that Moses urged the people to fear their God and made the The Law
known, that forms and shapes a Hebrew People.
The Tabernacle – the presence of God
The Wilderness experience
The Promised Land of Milk and Honey – the Eternal Hope.
over the Jordan River, and land distribution.
A History of the Nation of Israel
A People without a King. Judges
The Story of Samuel, Saul and David
A man after God’s heart.
From Shepherd boy to king.
Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah
David desires to build a Temple for God
The history of kings and kingdoms
King Solomon’s wisdom in the Proverbs and Ecclesiates.
The Prophets – Isaiah prophesying of the coming King and His Kingdom.
– Jeremiah – the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem, and captivity in Babylon
– Ezekiel – the glories of God.
– Daniel – prophesies of nations and the End Times.
Joel, Micah, Amos, Zechariah, Zephania, Malachi, ….
The History of the Jews, and the final destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem.
Judaism raised to preserve the traditions of the Jewish nation.
History of the Roman Empire shapes the World’s modern history.
Jesus Christ is born in Bethlehem – the birth of a new dispensation of grace for God’s People.
History and Time is split into Before Christ BC and Anni Domino (AD)
Christian Churches established by Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ.
The first Church.
The Roman Catholic Church.
The Church in History woven into the history of the World.
THE NEW CREATION
The Kingdom of God
Jesus Christ ushers in the invisible Spiritual Real as The Kingdom of God.
The New Birth – “You must be born again.”
The Veil torn in two.
The Parables of the Kingdom of God. Stories ….
The Miracle of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Resurrection, the foundation of the New Creation
The Revelation of the end of time.
(to be continued)