The morning sun shone through the rift of the blinds one morning, and my semi-conscious mind must have processed the red-eyelid-grid it saw as the fret-board of a cosmic stringed instrument. I began hearing the most beautiful music I have ever heard, as my mind’s eye watched each glistening sun-ray pluck the strings. I remember being astonished by its dexterity, and melodic perfection. Upon awakening, I tried to duplicate the notes I had heard, and saw, on my guitar—If only I could remember them note for note.— From what little I was able to remember, and attempt to simulate on the fret-board, the notes seemed impossible to play in one key. Almost as if each note came from one of the 24 individual keys of the musical spectrum. It totally seemed to of been an impossible dream— But, what if all dreams came true? I thought, and then it was gone…
I was standing on a sea-shore, in some far away place beyond the familiar sea, where nothing looked real, or resonated with me. There were neon colors, and bird-like creatures. Lifelike, but surreal. I perceived them with all 5 senses at once. I felt, tasted, heard, smelled, and saw them — from one sense of awareness — at once. I wanted to talk to them, so I tried to open my mouth, instead my eyes opened. And I awakened. It was over… What if all dreams came true?
I heard the phone ring as I was walking in through a large glass door leading to a hallway between two rows of desks occupied by dogs with huge human like grins, when suddenly one of them leaped out at me and said… “You Won The Lottery” — But, then, of course, I woke up.
I dreamed I was in a terrible hurricane, worse than any of the ones I’ve experienced first hand on the Carolina coast. It was terrifying. Water started moving in beneath my feet, and gradually rose to the level of my chin. Suddenly, a tidal wave came crashing over me, the town, and everyone, and everything, as far as I could see. And, then I woke up — But, what if every dream really did come true? Or. What if some really are warnings? What if we knew that every dream would come true? What If every dream did come true?
As Our Story Begins, we find our mild mannered Captain Bell-Hook assisting hotel guest as they arrive at the front desk. He politely spiels to the arrivals, a congenial run down of the hotels lay-out, dinner menus, and basic orientation.
As most any day at hotel Canuukiwarned-ya, while there are a “Few”cheerful paying customers at the desk, the usual heel-hounds scurry about, sniffing out ways to stiff the hired help, thereby saving themselves a few dollars out of pocket change. Apparently, when some folks decide to stay in a ritzy, better than average hotel spending more on a room for a night than last months rent, they think everything else should be included in the bill.
So, as Captain Bell-Hook seemingly appears preoccupied assisting other guest, little “Chip-Off-The-Old-Skin-Flint” pulls the “make eye contact with mommie dearest” diversion, as dad makes off with the luggage cart in attempt to save himself $3.00 bucks.
This being the oldest trick in the Gratuity Gangster Game, ole dad chuckles, thinking lil flint slips the bags unnoticed right under Captain Bell-Hook, and the entire hotel staff’s noses.
As the morning progress’s,
the same old shell-games pass numerously, erroneously believed shielded just beneath the staff’s line of vision daily, and all goes on as planned. Just another beautiful morning for the Bellmen, whom we all know would rather be at work, waiting on visiting yuppy, tight wadded transients and their families, than to be at home serving their own.
Around 10:30 A.M. while the hotel lobby thinned out a bit from the hustling crowd, the phone buzzes for service from a room on the ground floor. Bzzzzz!!!
“Front desk, Hotel Canuukiwarned-ya, Hook speaking, how may I help you”?
A squeaky elderly female voice on the other end squelches out the words: “Young man, I need you to come and repair my microwave oven”.“Okay ma’am; What seems to be the trouble with it”? “Well”. She retorts, “If I knew that I wouldn’t need you to come and fix it”. “Now would I”?“Ah, no ma’am, I suppose you wouldn’t”. ”I’ll be right there ma’am”.
Just as Captain Bell-Hook hangs up the phone, this little aberration appears in front of the desk, as the sound of giggles, and occasional squeak of a luggage dolly is heard down the left corridor. “Are you gentlemen doing any hiring today”? Little miss bell-booby asked. Bell-Hook, knowing this was just an apparition conjured up via the evil-spirit, ”Red-Herrinnymphus” by another team of gratuity gluttons, left the desk manager to deal with it, and headed down the right corridor toward the old lady with the microwave issue, purposely choosing not to look left, not wanting to see the inevitable escaping caddy-cart.
As the lady shut the door after inviting Bell-Hook in to take a look at her microwave, the Hook turns and informs the lady; “Ma’am, I’m sorry, but, this is not a kitchenette room, and I will have to take your microwave back to the front desk with me”. After years of pursuing his career as a professional service person, Bell-Hook thought he had heard every slandering stream of belligerent, belittlement’s known to man…
But, he was wrong.
As he made off down the hall with granny fiery-dart’s flash cooker, he turned to let her know she could pick it up at the desk upon checkout. Unfortunately, he turned just in time to see her fling her evil toaster towards his head with the force of a forward motioned wrecking ball, and never got the words out of his mouth before being eaten alive.
The toaster rolled down the hall end over end at breakneck speed, before finally coming to rest at the lobby entrance, and spit the Bell-Hook out all warm and toasty.
I said the toaster spit him out all warm and toasty..
I said the toaster spit him out…
well, okay,.. maybe it didn’t spit him out after all, which means of course, the story now must take a turn in the …
Oh, there he is;
As Captain Bell-Hook’s assistant, “Big Bell-O-Mac”, saw what was taking place he quickly grabbed the phone to call police for obvious needed assistance, as by now little old microwave lady’s granddaughter had arrived at the scene, quite livid at Bell-Hook for taking grannies microwave. Big Bell-O-Mac had barely gotten the word; “Hello” into the phone, when the granddaughter gouged a 10 inch syringe into his leg, pumping in 800 units of green pectin, instantly turning him into a huge pile of mindless jello.
Needless to say, this was about as much as Bell-Hook could take. Still steaming from the toaster oven, he thought better of popping-off and blowing his top all over the place. Instead, as if delivered by some unseen force, a plan to calm everyone down, and get things back on an even keel instantly came to his mind. He remembers thinking to himself; ” I couldn’t have come up with a better plan if it were written specifically to me on the back of a Crunch Berry box”. While scooping up the plate of lime-jello, that was once his friend, and co-worker, and placing it gently into the mini-fridge behind the front desk, he tells the granddaughter of the oven smuggler she could take the microwave back up to her room.
Once the young lady left, he immediately began tracking the room numbers of all the tip- stiffing, cart stealing, appliance poaching, skin flint guest that had crossed his path since he arrived earlier that morning. He then called them all one by one, informing them it was now 11:45, and seeing as they had been such affable, gracious paying customers, the hotel was treating them to a special “Free-Lunch” in the restaurant on the second floor.
Never being ones to miss out on a free-lunch, everyone was in the lobby, and ready to go upstairs before the clock chimed high-noon. Exuberantly giddy, in expectation of a free meal, Captain Bell-Hook had little trouble getting them all to pack into the same elevator, ready to ship off in minutes.
No sooner than the doors of the elevator closed, Hook was in and out of the phone booth, faster than a silver bullet can kill a vampire, completely transformed from the lowly, mild- mannered Bellman, everyone knew and loved, into “Captain, You’ve Been Warned,”!!! slammed the joy stick that released the trap-door- floor of the elevator open, sending all aboard plummeting rapidly into the abyss. A place that no one knows, not I, not the Hook, not “Captain You’ve Been Warned”, or even the hotel establishment…No one knows where…this place is not even…
…Okay, it’s …somewhere in Siberia…
All seemed to be going well the rest of the afternoon, till suddenly, both front glass doors of the hotel were blown in through the lobby at the speed of light. The sudden explosive sound of shattering glass sent patrons fraying across one another, sprawling to the floor, just in time to keep from being ripped, tattered, and torn by millions of lightning speed shards of sparkling glass. To the Hook, who was now peering out from his crouched position, behind the front desk, it looked like some sort of diamonds storm- shot out from a massive cannon. What was to come through the door next, however,was even more bone chillingly frightening to the Hook, as it was none other than Arch- Nemesis of Captain You’ve Been Warned, herself, “Paula Deen”!!!
Hook was shaken even more upon learning from the blood curdling question the low country cook screeched, that the little old microwave lady was apparently Paula Deans granny too…
“Where’s my little microwave cooking granny y’aaaall…wut heff y’all done withh har”?
Looking over at the Hook, and realizing he was actually Captain “You’ve Been Warned” in a Bell Hop uniform, she screamed; “Why you yellow belly grandma hatein, non-donut eatin scandrawl you, when I git my hands own y’aaall I’m a – gonna sop you up with some maple sir-rip, and eat you alive mister”!!!
By now the news of Paula Deen’s arrival, and intentions to devour the Hook, had reached Mrs. Hook, otherwise known as “Vampire Lover”, who spread her wings and flew in like an F-22, Stealth Raptor, in hopes to help her husband. She knew even with the assisted super powers of “Captain You’ve Been Warned” the Hook was no match for the Krispe-Kreme-Burger-Queen by himself.
Swooping in, The Vampire Lover took hold of the Apple – butter, lard Queen , latching onto her neck, and with just one bite collapsed to the floor, an apparent victim of instant diabetic comma.
The Hook went completely ballistic… Reaching behind him with both arms, and swinging back around in one fluid motion, letting go of the object he’d grabbed with such a force it took out two stress bearing columns from beneath the ceiling before slamming into Deen, the Low Country Brawler Queen. Suddenly there was a massive explosion, as the entire ground floor of the hotel was coated and filled from ceiling to floor with oozing green slime. In through the holes where the two glass doors once stood, the wind blew fiercely, forming an air pocket. The green slime began to harden, as squishy, gurgley, popping sounds came from smaller bubbles lining its walls as they burst. Suddenly, one of the smaller bubbles popped sending something flying across the hotel and slamming into the far wall which had already hardened its green slime covering into something the consistency of Super-Ball rubber. The thing shot from the bubble bounced at a high rate of speed from wall to wall, back and forth across the entire span of the hotel lobby at least 20 times like a pin- ball in a rubber room. Suddenly, sticking straight out like an arrow shot from Robin Hoods bow, it came to a vibrating stop, when it stuck into the left
butt cheek of Paula Deen, who in turn fell across the Vampire lover with such a crushing impact that all the air came rushing out of the Vampire Lover, kick starting her breathing again.
As the slime hardened into a buoyant, bouncy, rubbery, cocoon, kids, and adults alike poured into the lobby from all directions, jumping up and down, whooping and laughing, and bouncing around like they were in some sort of a kids inflatable moon-walk castle or something.
Just then, as the Hook cleansed the remaining slime off the thing shot out of the bubble, enough to realize it was his buddy, and co-worker, Big Bell-O-Mac, Paula Deen turned and said;
“Hey, Wut wus that thang you stuck in my laft butt cheek”?
A little reluctant, Big Bell-O-Mac, shrugged, and said…“Erm, it was this 10 inch syringe that crazy niece of yours stuck me with earlier”.
“Hum”. Deen said. “I don’t thank I’ve felt this good in three yee-ahs, Ya’ll”.
By now the place had filled with emergency crews, paramedics, firemen, policemen, and even a doctor or two.
“Mrs. Deen, I was a guest on your show a while back”. “Here, let me have a look at you, make sure you’re okay”. A thin, pale looking lady said.
“Oh, I’m fine Dr. Wilma “. Deen Said. “Other than the diabeatus thang, I thank I feel better than I have in yee-ahs”. “And by the way, fancy a meetin you here.”
“Yes”. The young lady doctor said. “It is quite the coincidence”. ” Now, let me drawl a little blood from you, and see what effect that stuff in the syringe may have had “.
“Hmm, Mrs. Deen”. The doctor said after examining the blood on a few strips of Litmus paper, and running it through a hand held meter a few times. “I don’t see any sign of your diabetes, I think you’ve been completely healed”.
“Hehehehe!!! Did Ya’ll hear thaet”? Dean exclaimed. “I’m heaaaald”!!!
“Ya’ll need to bottle that stuff up and sell it as a meeracull quewer or something, ya’ll, in fact…I’m takin a buh-ckit of it home with me and bake me some green cakes, heheheee.”
So, along that time the Hook looks up at the clock on the wall and says to Mrs. Hook. ” Well, babe…it’s quitting time. Time for the shift change. Let’s go home”.
As they strolled arm in arm toward what used to be the front door of the hotel, Hook stops in his tracks upon hearing the chime of the elevator just as it comes to a stop in the lobby. The doors open, and inside stood eight, familiar looking, dirty, half frozen, faces gazing furiously back at him. “What now”? Asked the Vampire Lover. Hook looked at his wife through eyes half glazed over from fright and surprise, and half squinted from holding back the urge of bursting out laughing and says:
I’ve been asked many times in as many ways why I believe in God, or more specifically why I believe in Jesus. Though this post of course can only scratch the surface I felt impressed to offer a few of the practical reasons I believe.
Most recently, after stating that according to the Bible, Adam lived 930 years, I was asked how I could believe such a thing, and how could anyone know seeing as there was no written language that far back . A flurry of other questions came along with the most recent one as follows:
“If God made Adam as a likeness of himself and as the first human, why was he the only person to live that long, which means he was unlike other humans”. “And how do they know how long he lived, as there are no records from his time as they could not write, also his bones were never found”.
The answer to the first, and most important question, “Why do I believe in God, or Jesus”?, simply put, for the most part answers the question of why I believe the words of the Bible.
My belief is based on faith He has given me proven trust- worthy through both life experiences, and precise verification within the Bible itself. Was it blind faith? No, not at first, He lovingly offered me much evidence, both spiritual, and physical to see He is real.
Have I lived spotless, righteous, and holy? What? Before or after He came into my life..? Don’t answer that…Heh, If I could have saved myself from the second death I wouldn’t need a savior.
But, the reality is, though I am still not where I would like to be, and nowhere near the person He would have me to be, I know He has not, nor will He utterly cast me away. He’s not looking for the perfect specimen, as there are none. Which is why He stepped into time and died, to afford us eternal life with Him.
I wont go into many, if any , life experiences, or personal God encounters throughout this particular article, unless of course one happens to present itself while I’m sitting here. However, based on some of the questions asked about the Bible, I do find that a brief run down of its chronology may be helpful to some who have similar questions. And as time is of the essence, apparently more the pertinent.
Therefore, a good starting place might be the most recent question(s) asked on the matter.
“If God made Adam as a likeness of himself and as the first human, why was he the only person to live that long, which means he was unlike other humans”. “And how do they know how long he lived, as there are no records from his time as they could not write, also his bones were never found”?
First of all, Adam wasn’t the only one to ever live that long. In fact many who came after him lived longer. Noah, who lived 950 years, and Methuselah, the Bibles oldest man at 969, are just a few examples. Moses, however, only lived 120 years, and his bones were never found according to the Bible, as God himself buried him.
Now, also I should point out that God declared around the time of the 7th Generation, (a numerically significant generation as I’ll explain later in this post) that soon, a human’s life span would no longer exceed 120 years. Moses was the first of all the generations beginning with Adam to live only the 120 (natural) years God allocated. Abel of course being the first murder victim did not.
As for the question, whether there was an actual written language from that time or not, I’m certain much of what was written when the first alphabet, whenever it was actually invented, came from closely kept oral traditions. Exemplifying evidence of this is seen in the traditional; “Oral Torah”.
(Interesting Unrelated Note): After many years of woolgathering, theorizing, and hypothesizing, based on fossilized evidences and assumptions, archeologist of the U.S. Southwest, rather than insisting their personal presupposed explanations are correct, of what became of the lost civilization known as the “Anasazi” , have now concurred that the truth of the matter lies in the age-old “Oral Renderings” of the surrounding tribes. Which, parenthetically, the “Modern Pueblo” have told them for years. Go figure…er, wait that’s exactly why it’s taken them this long to see the forest for the trees…Anyway, back to the topic and region at hand.
Regardless whether one believes in the Torah, or Old Testament account, archeological documents take us back to the Sumerian (just outside of the presumed location of the Garden of Eden) Cuneiform language written in stone around 4000 B.C. as well as Egyptian hieroglyphics in 3800B.C.
There are those who claim that Chinese writings have been found reaching back to at least 4500 B.C. Although, as tight-lipped as the Chinese government is ..?
“Who knows? They may have more Nuclear Warheads than anyone in the world as far as the rest of the world really knows.
Shy these validations, other than a few apocryphal scribes who claim that Enoch, “the seventh from Adam”(who was said to be accepted, or walked with God and was taken to heaven without seeing death) himself invented the alphabet…(Which if one cross references the book of Enoch, the books of Jude, and Peter in the New Testament, with the renderings of Flavious Josephus, is not that hard a suggestion to accept) little else is known for sure.
Now, am I proclaiming that the Hebrew language is the original written language? Well, not me persé, as I would submit to entertain such an idea we would first have to narrow the origins of the “Spoken Language”.
Now, If tangible scientific evidence is more your speed, you’re going to love this next part. Oh, and rather than decorate this already lengthy article with more fluff and stuffed words, I’ll just post a quote from Peter Pettersson, of the “Science Mysteries” magazine section of WORLD MYSTERIES.com web site, on the study of Cymatics, Dr. Hans Jenny’s study on the effects of sound waves on matter, by observing shapes and symbols on sand, when subjected to certain sound waves.
I strongly recommend checking that, and other websites about the scientifically documented phenomena of Cymatics when you have a minute, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Scientifically Documented Phenomena? Almost as paradoxical sounding as the ways of the Biblical God does many times. I know. Anyway…
“In his research with the tonoscope, Jenny noticed that when the vowels of the ancient languages of Hebrew and Sanskrit were pronounced, the sand took the shape of the written symbols for these vowels, while our modern languages, on the other hand, did not generate the same result! How is this possible? Did the ancient Hebrews and Indians know this? Is there something to the concept of “sacred language,” which both of these are sometimes called? What qualities do these “sacred languages,” among which Tibetan, Egyptian and Chinese are often numbered, possess? Do they have the power to influence and transform physical reality, to create things through their inherent power, or, to take a concrete example, through the recitation or singing of sacred texts, to heal a person who has gone “out of tune”?”
Here is just one of many other sites on the subject to look into.
“Now he says that this flood began on the seventeenth day of the aforementioned month; and this was one thousand six hundred and fifty-six years from Adam, the first man; and the time is written down in our sacred books, those who then lived having noted down with great accuracy, both the births and deaths of illustrious men”.
I personally have little evidence to support his claim, though there is certainly less evidence to deny it. In fact, as he is speaking about the 7th to the 10th generations from Adam, which include Enoch the seventh, through Noah the tenth, there is more evidence to support the possibility of a written language by that time than there is to rebut, or refute it.
In the Book of Enoch, Enoch himself is called a “Scribe” by the Angels. In chapter 13, Enoch actually writes a prayer of petition in behalf of the fallen Angels for their teaching humans hidden things of the heavenly realms.
Some of those things were evil from the knowledge of Satan, and others from the Watchers, such as writing. Which Enoch goes on to explain that the original human-race had no need of as they were yet un-touched by knowledge of good and evil.
Among some scholars, and evangelical Christians, especially, I realize the book of Enoch is considered a controversial book. And, there were indeed proven counter-fitted versions of the book showing up in hopes of profit after the original version disappeared for many of the dark years until 18th century travel writer, James Bruce, brought three copies of the original version to the western world from Ethiopia, where it had been used, and is still considered sacred text, by the Orthodox Christian Church. It was also one of the many pre second- temple scrolls found in the caves of Qumran, better known as the “Dead Sea Scrolls” in 1947, as I delve deeper into in my writings on “Sons of Enoch” beginning in chapter 3.
These facts in themselves makes it clear to me that the art of writing was likely taught to man just after Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden, as Adam and Eve were tempted in the garden, and once Cain, and Abel were born, the first murder in history was committed just east of Eden.
Either way, some fallen Angelic beings were among the people between the time of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and Noah’s flood, according to Judaic scripture believed by the second temple worshipers to be sacred.
Nonetheless, the assumption that a historically sound written language came into being as long as 2000 years after Adam was kicked out of the garden is not that hard to accept either, given the fact that the Legend of Santa Claus has now lasted over 2000 years.
Unlike Father Christmas, ( Saint Nicholas of Myra’s), story of course, which has succumbed many veritable renditions along the way, ( as one might expect from centuries of Mommas explaining to a child why they saw Momma kissing Santa Claus last night), the Rabbi’s of Jewry, before being pronounced a Rabbi were held to the utmost verbatim chronological, and historical recital standards.
One other possible scenario believed by some is that the written language was first devised 200 years after Noah’s Ark landed on Mt. Ararat. After all, assuming one believes in God, He wouldn’t send the Patriarch of the New World across the waves of time without either a written account, or at least an accurate memory of traditional World history, would He?
The following is a quote from the book of Enoch, who lived before the flood found in the New Testament book of Jude.
♪,,,, ♫,,,, ♪ “Hey Jude” ,,,♫,,,♪,,,, No wait… that was Paul McCartney…
Here it is: The Book of Enoch
9. And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of ⌈His⌉ holy ones To execute judgement upon all, And to destroy ⌈all⌉ the ungodly:Who refuse to repent.
And to convict (not condemn) all flesh Of all the works ⌈of their ungodliness⌉ which they have ungodly committed, And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners ⌈have spoken⌉ against Him.
And the quote, or comparison as found in the New Testament:
New Living Translation (NLT)
” 14 Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones 15 to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict (NOTE… Convict…Not Condemn)!!! every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” ( He offers a choice )
An even more spot on quote is found in the King James Version of the new testament:
King James Version (KJV)
14And Enoch also, the “seventh” from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15To execute judgment upon all, and to convince, (convict) all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (End Quote)
I should probably take this time to point out that I find significances in numbers used throughout the Bible, affirming a divine architect where human geological, and historical records are concerned.
These numbers undeniably recur throughout the Bible in great frequency, and in instinctive like passages. ( Not to be confused with the Jewish system of assigning a numerical significance to every letter of the Hebraic alphabet called Gematria ).
Albeit, the Gematria plays into the acrostic patterns throughout the Bible, as I will touch on a bit further in this post.
To further explain the frequently used numbers I am referring to and their distinct significances, I’ll give a few examples.
You’ve likely heard it said that #7 is the number of Gods “completeness”,“perfection”, or as the “Good Number”. Some obvious reasoning’s for that assertion are:
At 562 appearances the number 7, or, a derivative of, is used more throughout scripture than any other number. It is also used more in the prophetic language/symbolism, of the Bible than any other. Just a few examples are as follows:
God created all things by the seventh day and said it is good. God rested the 7th day. There are 7 days in a week, Noah was instructed to carry 7 pairs of each clean animal on the ark, etc…
In the “Prophetic language” arena of the Bible, in Revelation and Daniel alone the #7 is used 42 times. (e.g., Seven Spirits, Seven Churches, Seven Vials, Seven Trumpets, Seven Angels, and the list goes on)
The first example in the Bible alluding to the number seven being the number of completion is found here:
“1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
And just a few cross references to further clarify my point:
(Note): Based on much study of His word, many of us find Jesus‘ finished works on the cross to be the undeniable representation of the “True Sabbath” afforded to those who believe in Him. ie,
Hebrews 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.“
Remember, Jesus’ final words on the cross were: “It is Finished”
“7 =complete. In other words the Lords Day, Spiritually speaking, is not just one specific day…Neither Saturday or Sunday, but the day Jesus fulfilled the law by nailing it to the cross, the ultimate day of rest began.
164Seventimes a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
Of course, it’s probably just a coincidence that the number seven is used exactly seven times in Genesis 7 , right?
Parenthetically, though I initially intended only to expound briefly on the number 7 and the number 12 as examples, it just occurred to me that it might be a great time to point out the significant Biblical meaning of the number 8, since the number of people on Noah’s ark was indeed 8. ( The ark is also easily seen as type of savior, As many other Old Testament characters, and sacred items were).
The number 8 is frequently used in context of a “New Beginning” “New Birth” and “Resurrection” ( 3 e.g., 1. The Hebrew letter assigned with the number 8 means to be super-abound, or fattened with life giving abundance. 2. On the eight day Jewish boys were consecrated unto God via circumcision. 3. Jesus rose on the third day, and according to Mathew 28 that would be the dawning of the 1st day of the next week, or, the 8th day.)
Here are just a few other examples, yet again, I can’t begin to scratch the surface in one post on the symbolic usages of numbers in the bible. Realistically, to even make a small dent in the common synonymous use of the number eight alone in our everyday lives corresponding with bible usages, one would have to write a book.
(e.g., There are 7 days in a week, then the 8th day begins a new week, their are 7 notes in a musical scale and the 8th note begins a new scale an octave higher than the 1st note in the previous scale. (There are 12 notes in a perfect measure.) 12 being the number of Perfect Governing Order…Gee, I wonder what time it is? Time to get the house in order maybe?
Circumcision,was a type of baptism to be performed on baby boys on the eight day. However, when Jesus fulfilled the law, circumcision was no longer required to enter into the New Covenant which reunites us all with our creator without the need of ritualistic ceremonies, or fleshly sacrifices. After Jesus came on the scene… the true (Spiritual Baptism/circumcision) is what makes us a new person by the Grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Romans 2:28-29) (Colossians 2:11-13),
♪,,,♫,,,♪,,, “Eight Days A Week” ,,,♪,,,♫,,,♪.. Not now !!! Ringo I’m a Little busy…
Well, I wasn’t going to throw a lot of scripture into this post, but, believe me…None of these, if you will actually read them will be perceived as empty, legalisms, because –
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Just a quick digression before moving on. The number 6 is always affiliated in context in the Bible as the number of man, beginning with the fact that man was created on the sixth day.
18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
This may or may not be speaking of using the Gematria calculations I briefly mentioned above, but, I’ll leave the counting method up to you on that one. However, since the opportunity manifest itself, I’ll take this time to touch on what the Gematria is.
Each letter of the Original languages has an equivalent, or corresponding number, and original geometric symbol, assigned to it. Most, if not every time a word is used throughout the Bible, the letter itself equates to the same significant meaning as the number, if that makes sense? No? I didn’t think so.
Math, obviously was never my strong suit, but, should one take a moment to google (significant numbers in the Bible) or the system of Gematria, called Isopsephiathey, in the Greek, you will find that this system of word/ number association goes way deeper than I could possibly attempt to explain, though I can certainly say the synonymous meanings and recurring, calculative parities are astonishingly endless.
(There are many sites to choose from on the subject).
Anyway, I only mentioned all that to point out that according to many scholars of the Gematria, regardless of which name of Jesus one uses, and which alphabet (Greek or Hebrew) or which Gematric formula one uses to calculate it, the Gematria numerical value of the name Jesus is always: 888
Now, back to where this all began.., Both the post, and the World for that matter.
It wasn’t until the 13th generation (Moses) that the completion of God’s Genesis 6 proclamation, that “mans life span would be shortened” is realized in it’s completion. If you recall, this proclamation came about in Enoch’s day. Enoch, the 7th from Adam.
After Noah’s Ark landed on Mt Ararat, (Or wherever it landed) we begin to see the life expectancy of man become shorter and shorter. For example; Abraham lived 175, and his wife Sarah to 127, and so on until, (Joshua), of the 14th generation.
Joshua lived only 110 years, but not before he delivered the Israelites into the promised land.Unfortunately, Joshua could lead the camels to water, but, he couldn’t make them drink.
Which brings up another great truth…God will never force anything against our personal will… He simply gives us a choice. And that choice is to simply believe, and be thankful for the life He has given us…And that eternal.
Joshua is the same name as Jeshua, or Jesus, by the way, which brings us back to the reference of His being our day of rest. Being as it was interpreted from the Hebrew language in the Old Testament, and from the Greek, in the New, this name was wrongly transliterated by the King James gang in at least one place in the Bible.
King James Version (KJV)
8For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
Here are a few more accurate interpretations of what that verse really says, which, is very important in ones studies to arrive at the message of Christ as our day of rest. And first let me just say, thank you Jesus…What a sweet rest it is.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Now if Joshua had succeeded in giving them this rest, God would not have spoken about another day of rest still to come.
Joshua, like Noah’s ark, the ark of the covenant, and so many other Old Testament means of temporal salvation, are all pointing us to the coming day of Jesus. Whether one takes them as allegories, or actual events in everyday lives of people from the beginning of time is between them and God. The end result still, is JESUS saves without our help.
The divine plan, and necessity of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ are self explanatory when one reads the overall story.
Like the endless recurring number/letter significant revelations throughout the bible, one Old Testament story after the other reveals all of the physical laws, days, and religious observances of that time were only temporal means of cleansing ones spirit of sin. When we compare the things Jesus did throughout the New Testament, we see that He once and for All fulfilled those things for us. How?
God Himself…stepped into time to do what no man could ever do.
One old man who’s grandson came telling him he had found God, and was now saved, said it best. The grandfather had prayed for the salvation of the boy for years. One day as the old man sat rocking in his chair on the front porch the boy came home ecstatic, laughing, and shouting “Praise God” Grandpa, he said, “I really heard and understood His word today when I was told at Church that Jesus said no greater thing can any man do than to lay down his life for his friends.” The old man, extremely happy and thankful that the boy was on his way to salvation through Christ, looked up with tears in his eyes and said; “Yes son, no greater thing can any Man do”..”But, Jesus died for His enemies.”
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
He did it for us…Not for Him. And there’s nothing we can do to help Him save us, but to accept what He did for us. And accept the “Not So Hard to Believe Reality that …We didn’t crawl out of a can of primordial mushroom soup one day and grow legs and a brain.
Oh, sorry…Didn’t mean to sound preachy… But, Testifying, that I could really get wrapped up in…
Where was I …Oh yeah, the number 12.
The number 12 in scripture always shows up when speaking of God’s Perfect Governing plan..How things are meant to be...In Tune, if you will. In fact, the first mention of number 12 in the bible speaks of many kings who served under King “Chedorlaomer”, and after 11 years they rebelled, guess they didn’t quite get it, as any one thing taken from the number twelve leaves us with number 11, which is mans attempt to be god.
All through the Bible the number 11 falls just one short of God’s way. Case in point, the Israelites wandered through the desert for 40 years…complaining, giving in to the heat, frustrated they no longer had Chef- Hatshepsut of Egypt serving up leeks, garlic and cream cheese on a bagel, yet they walked past the place of crossing over into the (number 12) promised land many times, as the Bible clearly states the trip was only an 11 day walk:
Deuteronomy 1: 2 (There are eleven days journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)
3And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;
Not to mention that any one number added to the number twelve throughout the Bible equates to bad news as well. The Number 13 always points to rebellion, beginning with the lineage of Cain’s offspring, where as Seth’s offspring rolls a 7 every time. “Ah… Lots of course, not dice”..
There are 12 notes of a musical scale…when including sharps and flats.
The Sun governing the moon and stars travels a 360 degree path=30×12
The solar system rotates through all 12 constellations of the Zodiac.
There are 12 months in a year.
There were twelve sons of Jacob
Twelve Cranial Nerves
Twelve Gates of Heaven
Twelve Guarding Angels
Twelve eggs to a dozen…erm..well, you get the point
I know this all sounds silly to some, and complicated, and, I admit it is a little deep…But oh so fulfilling when one takes an interest.
I tell you what isn’t complicated though…Salvation through Jesus. He’s done all the work.
♪,,,♫,,,Imagine there’s no heaven,,,♪,,,♫,,,it isn’t hard to do,,,♪,,,♫
Sorry John Lennon, back when you wrote that I was inclined to agree…But, knowing what I do now…Imagining There’s No Heaven…doesn’t add up, and is a total impossibility for me.
Just a few other points of how easy it is to be accepted by God…unto eternal life with Him. You may recall I mentioned the Old Testament offering many foreshadows of Christ, and Gods ultimate plan for our salvation.
Here’s the thing. The 10 commandments could never save anyone… they only brought us face to face with the reality of our selves,where if we are totally honest,,,We become self-condemned, But Jesus said:
King James Version (KJV)
24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
All those before Christ could use the commandments to TRY to please God… But, it was “Faith in God” that actually saved them.
Just as Abraham…all those listed in the Hebrew Hall of Fame, ( Hebrews chapter 11) whom, shy of Enoch, were murderers, liars, thieves and adulterers, were all accounted righteous to God, by…Faith…and responding to Gods conviction, (not condemnation) with a true contrite, humble heart of remorse for the things they did, not by any good thing they did. Hebrew Hall of Faith…Hebrews chapter 11, now there’s a story.
Well, I guess I’ll sign off for a while now, (and I wish I could have gotten this message out before Christmas), but, please take this thought…
If Jesus wasn’t the true reason for the season, after all the chronological lineage trails, and begat, after begat, after begat, from Genesis to the 4 Gospels, why is there not another birth mentioned in the remaining 10 books of the Bible?
No other birth was recorded in the Bible, after the birth of Jesus.
Just a thought…God Bless You All, and have a wonderful, thoughtful 2012.
The Bible offers some ever so brief , yet intriguing passages about Enoch. In light of the previously posted evidences and explanations showing the early church, and those of the Second Temple Jewry being versed in the Book of Enoch, I think it safe to look into the Book to see what, if any light it may shed into our investigation of who may have actually been the designer, and or the builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza. There are a few other resources that we will be looking into also, all of which were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, and were apparently a part of the Jewish religious resources dating to the 4th Century B.C. yet obviously based on older sources. It is important to realize that much of the parchment and writings especially on the outer-most part of the Scrolls were greatly damaged from centuries of exposure to the elements such as moisture. Further into the individual scrolls, however, as the experts unrolled them carefully and scientifically, a treasury of translatable ancient literature became real. The Bible itself has already given much of what was found there, in part, as most of the writings seem in line of the same narratives. Nonetheless, many of the stories are much more detailed and personal. Before continuing any further into any other area of study, book, or scroll, I feel I should probably post a little of what the Bible says about the subject that we are about to introduce here, and that would be the “Nephilim”
1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.5And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. ( notice that this verse became the 8th verse in this passage )
One such book, or writing found among the Dead Sea Scrolls is known as the (Genesis Apocryphon.) Now, at the beginning of this scroll we find a very interesting conversation, or speech from Lamech, (Grandson of Enoch & Father of Noah) who was apparently, for what ever reason, ( possibly because the Nephilim problem was greater on Earth at that time than the Canonical Genesis 6 reveals to us ) perturbed, or concerned that the child that his wife was carrying might actually be the child of one of the:..
Now, here is where we hit another crossroad in our study, so let me first just say that there are, as I mentioned earlier, pieces missing from the parchment, and therefore, in this first interpretation from:
John C. Reeves
Blumenthal Professor of Judaic Studies Department of Religious Studies The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
“Then I considered whether the pregnancy was due to the Watchers and Holy Ones, or ( should be ascribed ) to the Nephil (im), and I grew perturbed about this child.” vacat
In the John C. Reeves interpretation we see that the Watchers, or Holy Ones, and the Nephilim, or Giants could very possibly be two separate races. Which correlates well with the words in the Canonical Genesis 6 wording: Genesis 6 :4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
In a different, more recent interpretation (with added paraphrasing) of this same parchment, by:
Paraphrase and comments by Lesley Faulk and Amanda Scott
We find a bit more information leaning to the Nephilim, or Giants being thought of as the off-spring of the “Sons of God” as commonly believed in many scholarly circles, (though there are three major theories of belief on who the “Sons of God” actually were as we will soon see). Yet, this interpretation denotes an almost absolute assertion that the Nephilim were the off-spring of the Sons of God, where as the Bible, or the Genesis Apocryphon, as you will see do not.
“I thought, in my heart, that the conception was the work of the Watchers the pregnancy of the Holy Ones and that it belonged to the Giants”
Our main goal here, as far as the subject of this study goes, is to learn how the Second Temple Jews viewed the Genesis story, and moreover, how they interpreted Pre-Deluge history and tradition. Incidentally, let me point out that we can all take a deep sigh of relief, along with Lamech. The Bible, and the Genesis Apocryphon both make it very clear, that this child was absolutely not conceived of any form of fornication, or forbidden act by the Sons of God, or the Nephilim, and Batenosh, who was Lamech’s wife, because this would have been Lamech and Batenosh’ first child: Noah
Okay, so where do we go from here ? Better yet, is there anywhere for us to go from here once the Sun has been
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blotted out, ( as according to many prophecies concerning this time, including God’s Word, as well as the Ancient Mayans) or by what ever means theSun somehow does disappear ?
Of course, there are all sorts of conspiracy theories of how the Governments of the World have already made, because of some secretknowledge, or unreleased information to the public, secret tunnels and escape plans for… the Governing parties. There are also Private Sector Space Programing Shuttle excursion trips, which, if are just trips for the fun of it, then there certainly is more to the old clichéthat money can’t buy you happiness, if those who can afford such an excursion have expended all the Earthly resources for any negotiable gratificationpossibilities, and arenow opting for a privately navigated space shuttle risk into thin air just for the fun of it.Where does that leave us then? Those of us who do not have the resources to fly away to Mars …or to fly away period ? I can’t really answer that question for anyone.
"I Know I Specifically Ordered a Fairlane"
I do, however, have a great security in my heart and belief that comes from a super-natural source whom, if we look at it whether in view of the signs in the skies, which even the “Mayans” recognize as the Tree of Life, or in the symbolism in Gods Word is the Creator of all things. No one else could be righteous, yet we can rest in He whom is and be not concerned in those days of darkness.Here’s another place where the Bible, or better yet Jesus Himself tells us about that coming day:
Luke 21:25-28 (New King James Version)
The Coming of the Son of Man
25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
Now, I don’t know what this “Lift up your heads” means to you, but to me it means “Fear Not” Rest in Him.
Okay, here’s just one more point I would like to make on this fact before moving back into the story line of the book at hand. Does the Bible teach that we all must change ourselves and be as clean as Jesus before He will save us? No, but it does teach that He can give us the “Power” to change. But, what does that mean exactly? You may ask. Let’s take a quick look at it from the beginning of the Word of God from the Garden of Eden, and see how it carries through the entire Word of God with the same Truth, and concept, although in different terms and or symbols.
Within the Garden of Eden there were two trees (choices) that man was given as their choices to live by. There was the “Tree of the knowledge of good and evil” or, laterintroduced as the Covenant of the “Law” Which God warned Adam and Eve that the day that they ate of that Tree, they would surely die. Thankfully, within that same Garden, was the “Tree of Life” or, (JESUS). Now, nothing has really changed from that day, as far as our choices to live by go… of course there was always “One” other choice, and that one being to absolutely deny God altogether, thereby, either making one’s self god, or continuing to live without any care whether we live or die.
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
What’s this all mean in layman’s terms ? Okay, the “Tree of Life ” i s that which is a “Choice” That in and of itself, is Life!!! The “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”, as God told Adam and Eve, holds within the choosing certain death!!! Huh, let’s see, Life…or death…? Okay, I don’t know about you but, … I choose life.
Is it really as simple as that ? You ask. Well, what does the Bible say ?
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Oh, by the way. I realize that many take the Bible to say that the Earth is only 5-6 thousand years old, while science claims to be able to put a number of four billion five hundred and sixty-nine million years to its actual age. ( According to the most recent studies. ) Either way, though I believe that we live on a much older planet than many calculate it as being from the pages and the words given to us within the Bible, we are here on Earth, at this particular time in history, and that is indeed the more important thing to look at in my opinion.
Regardless of whether 2012’s alignment of the Sun with the Dark Rift of the Milky Way is actually, as according to science as well as the Mayan calendar a result of a 26,000 year Cycle of the Solar System or not, most agree that there is something very unique, and awe-inspiring to its timing, as well as to its possible meanings to us here on Earth.
Just to clarify why I believe that the Creation story from Gods Word holds true, yet still supports some scientific explanations of man’s science within its confines, take a look at this:
Evolutionist claim that man came from the sea, based on fossils found called tetrapods . Now they have found evenolder tetrapod fossils, which, by the way puts a little more shade and not light to the time lines that evolutionist had previously theorized that fish a pods grew legs, becoming tetrapods, (4 legged creatures), and crawled from the sea to conquer the land. Of course, most of us know the rest of the unsubstantiated story, according to the
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Evolutionists theories of how those tetrapods began to eventually walk on two legs and not 4, and became man. But, what does the Bible actually say, if anything about those 4 legged creatures, and Birds, which the Evolutionist also say came from the sea ?
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Well, it certainly doesn’t get much plainer than that. Does it ?
I believe the Bible when it says God created man from the dust of the land, in His image, though, as you can see from the previous verse, that does not mean that we have to accept the time lines which others have derived, or assumed from the Words of the Bible, or from science for that matter.
The Bible speaks in many symbolic ways as well as literal ways, in my opinion in ALL areas of its depiction of “Life as He has given it.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hathears to hear, let him hear.
How do we acquire the Spiritual Ears to begin to hear what the Symbolic and Metaphorical ( Parable) language within the Bible is telling us ?