In a world of 'Fake News', with lots of "Faction" as Mr Dan Brown explains in The Da Vinci Code, Fakebooks, etc., only one book now retains any credibility. It is the much maligned 'Bible'. Much of the Bible was composed so that every generation could understand the overall plan God has for this chaotic world. However, it is equally clear, certain passages were not to be understood until the world entered a specific era or period in History (or His Story). That is variously labelled in the Bible itself as 'The Last (or Latter) Days', 'The End of the Age' or as Israel's Prophet Daniel was advised, "The days when travel and knowledge would greatly increase" (Daniel 12:4 & 9). Whether we are now in such a period, era, 'age' or epoch remains to be seen. That's something on which 'science', technology and archaeology, can lend evidence. Those disciplines cannot close the gap on the Faith needed to fill the 'lacuna' (as the archaeologists say) all the evidence ultimately leaves us with.
Yeshua b'Nazareth, a.k.a., "Jesus of Nazareth", added His clues as to when that crucial stage of Man's chaotic reign on Earth would be curtailed. He labelled them as "The Days of Noah" and the "Days of Lot". He also explained it would be a period when every nation would seem to be at war within itself, c.f., DRC (Congo), The Sudan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Honduras, Nicaragua, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Spain-Catalonia, Mali, The South Sudan, and even the USA (an unraveling Constitution) and the UK (Brexit). There is strife on a similar basis within institutions like the Roman Catholic Church, The Arab League, The Gulf Cooperation Council and the EU. That is the sort of world-wide situation that means, implicitly from the prophecies in Daniel, the world will have arrived in this designated 'Latter Time'. There are no other historical precedents apart from some regional parallels such as "intermediate periods" between dynasties in Egypt and China or as in Western Europe between circa AD 500-1200.
There are also many international 'issues' that need urgent attention. Plastics in the oceans or micro-plastics in natural food chains seem to be the latest pollution problems to have grabbed the headlines. However, other pollutants, even some we are not yet aware of, are also fulfilling what another Biblical Prophet foresaw 2700 years ago in Isaiah 24:5, "The Earth is polluted under its inhabitants". Isaiah wrote that in a context where he fore-saw a time wherein God would intervene in some special way possibly because he had just witnessed a terrible earthquake in the days of Jewish King Uzziah and was thereby moved by God's Spirit to compose those words for our possibly-last 'generation' before the Messiah of Israel takes over.
However, one thing these prophets all seemed to be aware of was that as the Days of "Noah" or of "Lot" imply, very few people will be taking any notice of these Biblical texts in those putative 'End-Times'. Which is why one feels it necessary to make the point now. So why does the Bible now get such a bad rap?
The Bible has long been regarded an important document in world literature. The world's greatest thinkers such as Sir Isaac Newton believed that one could harmonize the Bible with the data we collect from Scientific Investigation, History (or His Story), Archaeological Excavation and other investigative endeavors.
No one has succeeded in doing this to date. However, today there are three primary reasons for continuing failure in this task.
Firstly, one needs to be able to study the Bible in its original language, i.e., Hebrew. Readers misinterpret text because they did or do not base their thinking on the original Hebrew text, relying on translations instead. This is true for the New and Old Testaments. The New Testament has been handed down to us only in Greek manuscripts. Nevertheless, the authors were thinking in Hebrew when they translated into Greek which was the international language of the time. In order to establish what original Hebrew drafts contained requires additional rather more sophisticated analysis. That is not impossible. There is a paper in the files in the URL below where we identify Simon the Pharisee with Simon the Leper and Lazarus (Hebrew, La'Tzaraa or the one who became a leper). Those apparently three different men in the Gospels were the same person. Sometimes, words supposedly being part of the Greek Lexicon are simply Hebrew words transliterated into Greek letters such as Erevon or Arrabown which the Apostle Paul uses for 'pledge' in two of his letters to the Ephesians and Corinthians.
Secondly, there is a major problem with chronology in two situations. Evolutionary Theory requires the existence of mankind, plants and animals on this Earth for millions or billions of years. Certainly, the Bible acknowledges a universe and Earth or a 'Mineral' Universe aged anything up to 40 billion years. The Bible clearly states the angels watched God create the Universe. It also notes the Universe later fell into decay after many, but not all, of the angels followed Satan into disobedience perhaps 4.5 billion years ago. The very first man (Adam); that God formed from the dust, the detritus of decayed minerals and rock the result of judgment following Satan's fall; lived for nearly a millennium. Adam's sons and grandchildren also lived long lives. Only more recently did men age more quickly as the result of compounding genetic decay. But the animal-vegetable environment is about 6000 years old according to Biblical chronology. By counting years as literal we now can estimate Man's presence on this earth at about 6000 years out of some 15-40 billion in the Universe's History.
In human History, chronologists have set false dates for Egyptian pharaohs. For example, the Ramesside kings of Egypt supposedly were contemporary with Israel's Moses in circa 1500 to 1300 BC. But the Ramessides actually ruled Egypt circa 700-550 BC. The rest of Egyptian chronology which is used to establish dates in many other regions' historical chronologies is also in a mess. Chronological errors ranging from 200 to 700 years over the era circa 2200 BC to 500 BC badly distort our understanding of world history. Thus, the overall historical context within which the Bible's narrative is studied and analysed is also compromised or indeed falsified. Obviously these two errors in dating or chronology cause disharmony between the Bible and observed data.
Thirdly, another factor that is only now becoming apparent, is that the Bible itself in several places clearly states that only in an era termed 'The Last (or Latter) Days' would certain material in the Bible be understood by anyone. Daniel 12:4, 9 are the best verses making this point. There an angel instructs the Prophet Daniel, famous for surviving a night in a den of ferocious lions, to write down what he was told. He had to write without understanding because the material would only make sense when travel and education or knowledge would become a world-wide phenomenon and either 'greatly' increase or just 'increase'.
Thus Aristotle and Plato; their disciples and neophytes; then Augustine, Aquinas, Mohammad, Luther, Kepler and Newton were trying to do something they could not hope to achieve. Instead, what happened was that society developed inappropriate or incorrect frameworks of knowledge or information. With that handicap, they attempted to harmonize Science, History etc., and the Bible within these false frameworks and ran into all sorts of problems. Newton's critics said he in effect proposed a God who is a perfect watch-maker but a lousy repair man.
In the essays on this blog (refer to the labels to the right-hand side of this page) and in the papers archived in the following URL we develop these points in the directories and files therein:
Possibly, we Europeans (and Americans) are mostly at fault for landing this problem on the World. After the fall of the Roman Empire circa AD 450, Europe turned to the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches for governance. The Bible was the governing manifesto. Other parts of the world: in India; China; the non-European-Americas; and some regions in Africa or elsewhere in Asia; many societies were civilised and as normal as could be expected given technological and natural resources available to them. Following Rome's demise, Europe slipped deeper into chaos. The Churches interpreted this as a holding period until Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah or Christ of Israel, returned to Earth to take control of world governance. As the millennium between AD 30 and AD 1030 progressed, the prevailing 'European' view became the norm. The rest of the world avidly watched Europe as being the inheritor of the fallen Roman System which it in turn anticipated would rise again according to Biblical Prophecy. Scholars and observers grossly underestimate the extent to which ancient nations had an appreciation of the role of ancient Israel and her 'Scriptures' or "Oracles of God" as the Apostle Paul described them.
Much world history since the demise of Rome needs to be seen in that light. International diplomacy today, in AD 2018, turns on this anticipation.
Europe's understanding of 'The Millennium'Especially in the last 2-3 centuries of that millennium (AD 30-1030), the prevailing view was that the world was already in the Millennium mentioned in the The Book or Revelation. It would be the last before Jesus of Nazareth would return from Heaven to take the reins of world government. Therefore, the expectation grew by AD 1030 that Jesus would return on the 1000th anniversary of His Ascension to Heaven. In England, from AD 1066, King William of Normandy even surveyed his newly acquired kingdom in order to produce a stock-take of his realm's assets for the returning Messiah he believed he served.
Jesus' no-show in AD 30 prompted Europe to return Jerusalem and Israel into Christendom's hands so its Roman Catholic popes launched several crusades to achieve that. All in the false belief, based on very poor and unsystematic theology, that Revelation's Millennium of AD 30-1030 was effectively extended becuase Jesus' servants had left His capital city and the former state of Israel (circa 1445 BC - AD 70) in the hands of the Muslims. In fact, the rise of Islam was a product of Christendom's theological and spiritual corruption that was rife by AD 700. The theological chaos prompted an Arab named Mohammad to reconstruct 'Christianity' or Christendom or God's Kingdom as he thought it should be practised. Mohammad used Greek philosophy, Post-temple Era Judaism as practised via the Talmud, Arab custom and the Bible to concoct a 'reformed' religion. In some ways he pre-figured Martin Luther. Like the renegade Roman Catholic priest, Mohammad only succeeded in presenting yet another, although much worse, variation of true Christianity. Luther's virulent anti-semitism, extreme in its character even in the context of his own rather nasty era in that regard, compromised some otherwise constructive criticisms he had of Roman Catholicism - the church, congregation or synagogue with political and military power and status at the time.
'The Crusades', circa AD 1000 to 1300, failed in their main objective. There was no sign of Jesus by AD 1200 even after nearly a century with Jerusalem and many parts of ancient Israel in Crusader hands. Thus, a new form of thinking surfaced in Europe. This period is referred to as The Ranaissance or Re-birth or Re-thinking. This led to new attempts at investigating what the Bible really was telling us. This aspect became known as "The Reformation". By and large, this had become a European task as other parts of the world were dominated by competing philosophies or religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Paganism, Pantheism, Panentheism, Animism, Shintoism, latterly Islam and of course Secularism. Many within the churches' educational and investigative institutions were Aristotelians of one sort or another or followers of Plato. But, by AD 1600, Johannes Kepler, then later Newton, helped lead Europe out of philosophical and theological chaos. In 1608, Nicholas Byfield realised that Jesus was not returning to Earth until the Jews had accepted Him and were in control of their ancient homeland in Israel. Byfield realised the Crusades were a wasted endeavour.
But between 1618 and 1648, Europe fell into a civil war much like the one currently dividing modern Islam and destroying its societies. The casues of this 'Thirty Years War' were quite similar to the current dilemmas modern Islam faces. Much of the fighting in Europe then, and in Muslim countries now, was about how we govern society. In Europe's 17th Century situation, in the wake of the failure of Christendom. In modern Islam's situation because of an expectation amongst Shias and others that their messiah is on the way whereas the Sunnis and others, such as some Taliban and Wahaabis, Muslims should be introducing modern-day versions of the Caliphate although they also fight about which version, c.f., in Turkey between Mr Erdogan's version or the Gulanists'. In Europe of those days, as with Islam now, old power structures had to fall and power-vacuums appeared. In Europe, or The West, the union of Church and State (Theocracy) between circa AD 100-1600, or certainly since Rome's fall, had not worked. Many people then correctly thought there should never have been such a system of governance. God had only mandated 'Theocracy' for Israel between Moses (1500 BC) and Jesus (7 BC to AD 30) and only for governance of the tiny Holy Land of 'Israel'. It had stretched over a small sliver of territory from Sinai to the Lebanese border and from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River. Even England had a county (Yorkshire) almost as large! But that small space of land in the Middle East (mid-west for the Chinese and other Asians) eked out of the League of Nations' Mandate of greater Palestine for the tiny modern state of Israel, was enough for God to work out many physical blessings for the Israelite nation in order to witness God's goodness even to fallen mankind who had so insulted Him there in Eden. But silly old Roman Europe thought it should be theorcratic too. That is until a bit of sense began to prevail in the wake of Westphalia.
After the Treaty of Westphalia which halted Europe's "Thirty Years (Civil-) War", the sub-continent moved to separate Church from State. Wrongly, however, it also began to separate Science from Theology which until then had been "The Queen of Sciences". Others describe this as the separation of Faith from Reason. Thus Europe lurched from Christendom's false integration of knowledge and the Bible to Secularism. In that new system, government would henceforth be run on lines of reason, not faith; science (and engineering), not theology. 'Religious' matters, or issues of the Soul and Spirit, would be left to the churches, synagogues, mosques, masonic halls, other temples and perhaps even universities. Henceforth, Government and tasks like managing infrastructure development, health services, education, defence, policing, regulation etc., would not be affected by theological considerations. Hindu India, Islamic Asia and Africa, Pagan countries, Shintoist Japan (until the mid 19th Century) did retain a fusion of science and governance with 'religion'. Confucian China and Buddhist lands maintained their fusions of Philosophy and Governance and Science but Europe by AD 1700 was well on the way to separating or indeed isolating 'religion' from science and governance. Hence some of the collision courses we are now observing. What Europe really needed to do was to find the proper fusion of Theology and Science and Governance to replace its improper fission. But it decided it had enough trouble finding any such way. So Europe went for for the jugular of near-absolute secularism. This developed into the Paradigm of Secular Humanist Evolutionist Materialism (S.H.E.M-itism). The reader may now be aware that the author is anti-S.H.E.M-itic and Pro-Semitic.
Anyway, from the mid 17th Century, with some early official exploratory sea voyages by the likes of Abel Tasman and James Cook, this S.H.E.M-itism began to be exported abroad. Today, the whole world is dominated by secular government. That is mostly true, except in Muslim countries; or perhaps in some odd places like Buddhist Myanamar (Burma); where the struggles Europe had particularly in the first half of the 17th Century are only just beginning. The Thirty Years War and Islam's civil wars today are the result of an inappropriate combination of Theology and Science, or a confused fusion of Faith and Reason.
Unfortunately for the Secular Governance Model current events around the world are throwing spanners in the works. Problems seem to be compounding. Some unexpected developments are adding to build new and potentially unmanageable crises. It is those crises we think the Bible warned us of. Unfortunately, the Bible is now widely disregarded. Even in churches, ministers only teach the bits that suit them or which fit with mostly narcissistic sentiments complementary with our modern secular environment. Thus very few people, even in Universities and Bible Colleges, are any longer seriously studying The Bible's History, Prophecy and Theology from correct chronological, cultural (a.k.a., Hebrew Perspective), literal-lingusitic or sometimes cryptic perspectives (c.f., Daniel 12:4 & 9). Even though the degradation in the genomes of every species is now obvious under their microscopes, the scientists still insist we are evolving toward greater things and the conquest of the universe. The world is overheating for reasons also only explained by reference to the Bible's record of environmental and geological History. Israel is emerging to play the central role (as bad kid on the blocj) in world history as predicted by the Bible in the last few years before the Sceond Coming. That gets super-critical after the true believing Church of the Christ is raptured into Heaven to rescue 'The Body' from the Apocalypse and related events that span perhaps a decade or so before the Messiah's actual return to Ground Zero.
By accessing the material in the associated essays on this blog and in the URL below readers can follow our arguments for a new harmony between the Bible and knowledge. We use the Bible to explain the data. The world has been reinterpreting the Bible to fit current fashions in knowledge as Christendom and Islam have been doing. But we are using the Bible to explain how to fit the current events around us into a sensible Biblical farmework. With that framework, one can unravel God's Good, Perfect and Acceptable Will or Plan for the World after about six thousand years (or six days) of folly btought on by Adam's rebellion in Eden which is now a vast pool of oil under the ancient realm of Babel, Ur and Babylon now administered by Arabs, Iranians, Emirates, Iraqis, Aramco, etc., etc.
Summarising the crises since Westphalia
The research papers mentioned above mainly cover problems with paradigms in three main areas or the Three E's and C's:
Firstly in Egyptology and Chronology, the standard view that about 30 dynasties of pharaohs ruled ancient Egypt between circa 2900 BC and the Roman era (circa 50 BC) needs to be replaced. In our papers we point to about only 7 or 8 real dynasties between circa 2200 and 550 BC actually ruled Egypt. For long periods there was either chaos verging on anarchy or governance involving minor kings of one sort or another including large-city mayors or priest-kings. This means, for instance, the 18th and 19th Dynasties ruled Egypt between circa 1000 and 600 BC rather than between circa 1500 and 1100 BC. It means, for instance, the Bible's "Queen of Shera" actually was Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt and Ethiopia the then united kingdoms of the Nile River. She was the "Queen of the South" that Jesus of Nazareth referred to. Hopefully that gives the reader an idea of the scope or magnitude of the problem we are dealing with here.
The Second area lies in that of the modern religion of Environmentalism and Climate Change. Environmentalism is essentially the religion of the first chapter of the Book of Romans where the created order begins to worship the Creation without any longer believing in and indeed publicly rejecting the Creator. That is despite considerable scientific evidence of the last two decades supporting the Bible's view of origins. Specifically, in Environmentalism, we point to the strong likelihood the globe is indeed getting significantly warmer, over and above any long-term cycles in temperature change we may have observed. But that extra warmth is due to factors involving the alteration of constituents of the Earth's atmosphere since the Noahic Flood recorded in the Bible and dated therein at circa 2500 BC. Consequently, the environmental equilibrium between the Sun's energy and the atmosphere that operated before the Flood fell into disorder. Thus, the globe has been importing more energy than it uses and storing the balance in its core. The Earth has not been radiating enough heat back into space since then. The extra heat, absorbed in the Earth's core, is causing the kettle to boil deep inside the Earth so that we are now experiencing melting ice caps, more rain, more tornadoes and hurricanes, more volcanos and earthquakes.
Thirdly, NASA and the European Space Agency are both now telling us the early life forms that were supposed to have evolved in the soups of the primal and volcanic early Earth did not evolve there after all. They were ferried here by comets from other parts of the Universe, even from beyond the event-horizon out there which is the region in Time and Space beyond which we cannot see. The whole Theory of Evolution is now a mere Idea and not a proper scientific investigation at all! In the field of genetics, we now know every human is descended from a femal ape who mutated in her mytochondria about 250,000 or 150,000 years ago. We contend that female was the "Eve" of Genesis in the Bible and she was a Human Woman. The Creator formed her from Adam's body six thousanbd years ago. At that time God formatted the entire environment from the minerals and dust or detritus formed after the Earth's descent into disorder and chaos after the fall of the angels who had inhabited the Universe and enjoyed its delights for possibly billions of years before Man's creation. The Bible teaches that God created the Universe when the angels were already in existence and they were the beings who first delighted in it. Until some of them followed Satan in his act of rebellion possibly 4.5 billion yesars ago if our readings from radiometrics are accurate. And we see no reason they should not suggest these datings.
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