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Wherever we read of God judging whether it be of the old world or the cities of the plains his judgments are partial. Noah and his family, altogether 8 souls were spared from the flood.

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved to fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men (2Pe.3:7-American KJV)”.What we often miss is that the heavens also are reserved for judgment. Satan is prince of the power of the air among other things. Judgment of heavens shall occur only when Satan is finally consigned to the lake of fire and brimstone (Re.20:10). Prior to this Satan shall be bound for a thousand years. It signals the Millennial Reign where Jesus Christ shall set up his kingdom on the earth. The Spirit while setting down the story of Noah in his ark serves us a foretaste of earthly bliss that no worldly governments could provide. Immediate purpose of the Spirit in setting the narrative account of the Son is to make Noah as a forerunner of Jesus Christ the Messiah-King. Noah is an antitype of the Messiah.

Judgment as we discussed here is only partial. What we may conclude from this is sovereignty of God makes heaven and the earth as one. Similar to the realities of the earth there exists reality of the heaven. Thus whenever God makes a covenant with man we shall see a testimony similarly set up in heaven. Why this must be so? The Word settled in heaven is eternal. It is the constitution of the sovereign God. So much so not a jot or tittle shall pass from it though heaven and the earth pass away (Mt.5:18). Millennial Reign is an event that must occur on the earth in God’s Time. We also see the testimony in heavens in the shape of the four living creatures. They were shown in the vision of John being present in the midst of the throne. “And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle (Re.4: 7)”. When God made a covenant with Noah the Spirit would instruct us that it had become a memorial before God. Whether it was Adam or Noah, man’s association with other creations of God are recorded in heaven.

We see before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah he tells thus: “I will go down now, and see whether they (people of S&G) have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me…(Ge.18:21)” Omnipresent God has no need to go on any fact finding mission. The Spirit is, however, referring to this ‘cry’ as a testimony on which his judgment shall be passed. The parable of the Persistent widow (Lk.18:1-8) teaches us the same. God shall execute his judgment certainly in his Time, so no one shall accuse him of neglecting his sovereign Authority.

(text reprinted from Guide to His Word of 27 Jan,18)

Benny

 

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The Wow-Wow Tales is a collection of tales, 84 of them, quite a number of them new and never published before makes this very special for me. There are some 41 illustrations also made for this edition. Pages: 228

The paperback version is released through createspace.com.

There are two editions one is in black and white. The Plain Wow-Wow Tales is priced at $16 and the one with color and b&w illustrations at $46.

I shall give an excerpt from the Introduction:

When elephants gather it is news. That was how with Wow-Wow, the elephant.

Wherever he went he was in the news. As a baby he strayed from his herd and it made news. Now he was back some hundred years old if not more, he still wowed them.

Coming home was not so much as telling all the stories he knew.

So when the Mayor Oddlegs, after introduction cleared the field for him he began, ‘I have so much to tell but I shall begin with two friends who are not here.’

While his audience stirred he said, ‘In Bolivia, I think it was, a parrot became my boon companion. Except that he wasn’t there whenever I wanted to make a conversation.’ A hubbub. The elephants did not care much for asides. ‘Come to the point, Wow-Wow’, said they all.

‘The parrot was not seen but he heard just the same. In fact he retold all my stories verbatim. Now memory is not what it was. If it weren’t for his knack I would not have known how to amuse you.’

‘Then there was a mouse, the like of which you shall never see, and he could chew into anything or make holes. Whenever I laid my hand on my cheese I knew my friend was already at it.’ Wow-Wow chuckled at this point. ‘While I was in service of the King of Siam, the royal treasury was soon emptied. The king looked high and he looked low. What did he see? My friend the mouse had made a hole in the royal chest and decamped with the goods. Oh that was nasty! I got the blame. When the charges were read to me I went white. Literally! I lost my position but found direction in life. I am home.’

The elephants at the point trumpeted their satisfaction. The Mayor said in appreciation, ‘You came back anyway, white or not’. The herd would have tittered more but the volcano in the background belched. It didn’t do any damage except in the sound and fury of an eruption. Before the startled elephants a parrot flew in. Wow-Wow was delighted. ‘At last you are seen.’

His former companion equally delighted to add, ‘And I heard you out there.’ A squeak, and there was his other companion! The beasts looked at the sorry looking mouse. His whiskers were gone and his tail still smouldering. Oh he looked terrible! He jumped into the arms of Wow-Wow. He said, ‘Don’t speak! You are looking at a friend who made a hole through a hill with the mightiest bellyache. I walked o’er hot coals for you.’ The scamp squeaked, ‘What are friends for!’

Wow-Wow felt his life was coming to him. He had his friends back. Now he could tell all…”

Benny

 

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“And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard (Ge.9:20).”

While discussing the symbolism in the Book of Genesis we dealt with the butterfly effect in an earlier instance. We shall consider the vine and husbandry associated with it. What does this effect signify? A symbol introduced under the Old Covenant, the import of which becoming far greater in the end explains the butterfly effect. The Spirit’s intent is two fold: It glorifies the Son as the heir of all things (He.1:2) and secondly establishes the Alpha and Omega aspect of Jesus Christ.

In order to illustrate this effect let us consider the symbolism of the olive leaf  introduced in the episode of Noah and the flood. After the ark of Noah came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat, he sent a a dove to investigate. We read that she brought back ‘an olive leaf pluckt off’ Whereas in the Genesis account it is casually presented the symbolism however becomes preeminent in establishing the salvation plan of God. Thus what was a trifle  casts a long shadow to the end times. The idea of the dove not finding ‘no rest for the sole of her foot’ acquires a greater significance when we associate the Holy Spirit is represented by a dove.  At the baptism of Jesus we read in the gospel of St Matthew thus, “…And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove(Mt.3:16). It points to the outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh on the day of Pentecost. The church is compared to a wild olive tree(Ro.11:24) “”And (graffed) contrary to nature into a good olive tree..:.The Spirit in reorganizing two narrative bodies one from God the Father and the other from the point of view of God, the Son establishes the branch from the olive tree to the Church. By the same token the vine is another symbol which is what we are considering at present.

“I am the true vine and my Father is the husbandman (Jn.15: 1).”  Considering the number of parables which our Savior Lord said in this context we shall treat  the image of Noah  planting a vineyard as intentionally set down and the Spirit instructs us to remember our place in terms of the Husbandman.”For without me you can do nothing (vs.15:5).”

Noah was drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. What shall man make of jealousy of God? Or the verse “And it repented the Lord that he made man…(Ge.6:6)” In order to understand where Ham failed we may recall the first of Ten Commandments. “Honor Thy Father and Mother…” Carrying tales or judging ‘seemingly different lifestyles of’ brethren’ must be seen as lack of reverence for God.

Benny

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“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (vs.8)”

Noah is a forerunner of Jesus Christ signifying his Messiah aspect. In order to understand his role in the whole narrative we need to look at the ark, which is a testimony of his righteousness ‘which is by faith (He.11:7).’ He prepared it ‘to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world..” Does this not echo our Savior Lord who ‘endured the cross, despising the shame’ so ‘he might present to himself a glorious church …without blemish (He.12.2;Ep.5:27).

Noah stood out in his generation as righteous. Jesus was the light of the world in a crooked and perverse world. We read in the gospel of John thus: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness than light, because their deeds were evil (Jn.3:19).” Noah was a faithful witness as Jesus was (Re.1:5).

Noah was preacher of righteousness as Jesus was. By bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly God condemned the old world. He spared Noah and his family, altogether eight souls from destruction. The Spirit in presenting him draws parallel with the event set down in the Book of Revelation (Re.25.2)

Noah’s Ark (Ge.6:14-22)

The ark was of gopher wood and Noah constructed it to specifications given by God. God gives measurements, which however we may not know precisely. How does one measure anything that a dream presents? A similar difficulty exists when the Spirit set down things of God in a similitude.  Since the Spirit is setting the divine Plan of God, the Father symbolism which he uses must have its own value. We have the emblems of ark, tabernacle in the wilderness and city of Jerusalem coming out of heaven from God,- an assortment of emblems to indicate the consistency of divine Will. In terms of the last we are told the angel ‘talked with me (John) had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof…’. It was ‘according to the measure of man, and that is, of the angel (Re.21:17)’.

The ark had three compartments the number is a dead giveaway to us and what is more fits with the figurative elements of the emblem. Noah’s Ark signifies the church signaling interregnum, between the rapture (Mt.24:30-31) and revelation of the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.

Also significant is a clue thrown in by the Spirit, “And there was no more sea (Re.21:1)” Noah led his family and the creatures placed under his care to a new world purged out of the world of ungodly men.

In the Revelation we are told the saints martyrs and His servants shall descent out of heaven to inherit the earth. It is the new earth as the heaven is new since Jesus Christ has accomplished the Will of his Father. These are the overcomers. In this context we shall recall what Jesus had promised his disciples: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Lk.12:32)”. This would only happen after the Christ had arisen. As he promised he shall come in God’s Time to gather his elect. After rapture shall the Great Tribulation and collapse of world order which is reminiscent of the flood the “day were all the fountains of the deep broken up.” These events lead to reveal an everlasting kingdom. “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever (Dan.2:44-45-NASB).”

(reprinted from Guide To His Word Dec.12,18)

Benny

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Couple of days ago the news was something shocking as well as tragic: “Thirteen siblings ‘held captive’ by parents in Perris, California: ‘Deeply religious’ couple arrested on torture charges.”

An earlier news reported that all thirteen appeared to be children, so deputies were “shocked” to discover that seven of them are adults. Capt. Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said “If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished and the injuries associated with that — I would call that torture.” The biological parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been arrested on charges of torture and child endangerment, authorities said.

Our conventional concept of family has taken a terrible beating and for any thinking person it must lead to soul searching. As a Christian it made me wonder: Is this what a couple deeply religious as reported in the press would do to their own flesh and blood?Deeply religious do sometimes equally bad as the Turpins did.  They will show by example how to keep a lie in circulation and yet be pillars of their Christian community. It is what their activism and evangelicalism would mean to others. Christ is merely a talking point but not believed or followed. Otherwise what is the point in castigating LGBT or abortion laws? What made you a judge, hypocrite, when God alone is the judge?

A family is a snapshot of the nation where the parents in a Christian home are as vital as the President of the nation. He has to set the highest example for others to note and follow. The case of the Turpins is all the more relevant considering the despicable standard the White House has set. Is this what a lie when conceived should look like? The President is the head of all, races ethnic groups rich or poor across the political spectrum; besides being the steward of the citizenry his ‘stable genius’ would lay in nurturing  the environment, health of the sea, rivers and natural resources.

Think of Noah in the ark, which was built according to the specifications God gave him. He also brought the creatures under his care. Think of nations as the ark and while it is negotiating its way across  every governor is to think of a safe haven and not to give postures of their preeminence over others. Suppose Noah or members of his family had created rift in the harmony enjoined on the whole by God what catastrophe it could have caused? Modern nations are no different. Man cannot quite bring it off by his selfishness or greed and expect peace among nations.

“Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Benny

 

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Pride wherever it may arise has its antecedent. Satan is accused of it. In the book of Isaiah we read thus:

“O Lucifer the son of the morning!…I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High…(Is.14:12-20) The fate of Satan is entwined with those fallen angels that left their first estate. In the short epistle of Jude we are forewarned the fate of those who do not earnestly contend for the faith that is delivered to us. What is it?

It is the word in which the glory of God is not expressed in a spirit of pride but in all humility. God the Son in becoming a man chose to minister those whom he would rather save than leave them to their ignorant ways. If his self-effacing life and death created a template it is our blueprint to be molded in selfsame manner. In the things we would not be saddled with we are correspondingly made stronger. A man who has learned to live on little so he might be free to study the word of God (rather than scatter his time in frivolous things) has the best chance to be built up.

Those who set out to build the tower wanted to make a name for themselves. What honor is when a frog in the well call himself a stable genius? The drought and cataclysmic changes in heavens may even make the well he sits on a cesspool? This is what pride of man who desires honor that alone comes from God. God made the name of Jesus above every other name in heaven or the earth. The quintessence of the Son of man is humility and not pride.

Thy  Word forever settled in the heaven (Ps.119:89) is the Constitution of God. It applies to His demesne. The heaven is his throne and the earth is foot stool. Wherever God passed judgment it has been to purge the earth of offense lest it should spread like cancer does. Early prognosis and treatment offers a chance for recovery. Similarly wherever God judges and in this case destruction of the old world it was never the last word. The world Noah inherited shall bring up those who fashioned their pride to defy God.

Before we consider the folly of the Tower of Babel  let us understand the significance of the Word in terms of man. God does not consider man as some unit or number. He is in a context. It was thus Adam and Eve; God let Adam name all the creatures and what is the Spirit telling us? Is it not his authority or responsibility over them? We saw failure of Adam to obey the commandment of God put the childbearing capacity of woman ever since to risk and undue pain and even death from complications at childbirth. Principle of Association exists between God the Father and God the Son. A similar association which has to do with man’s future as far as his creature comforts and physical well-being go depends on his relation ship with God. The Word is the witness over this bond.

“And the whole earth was of one language, and was of one speech.(Ge.11:1).”  Had those who set out to build the Tower known the sovereignty of God their language would not have presented a problem. Their pride came in between.  Folly of the Tower of Babel is of man who relies on his own wisdom. the same we saw with the  Manhattan Project in the 40s. Sovereignty of God determines our course of action and obedience due to Him guarantees victory.

Benny

 

 

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Here is a news item: The Hubble and Chandra space telescopes have detected a new belch emerging from a black hole located about 800 million light-years away. But they saw a remnant of another belch that occurred 100,000 years earlier. “Black holes are voracious eaters, but it turns out they don’t have very good table manners,” Julie Comerford, from the University of Colorado, Boulder, told the 231st American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington DC. “There are a lot of examples of black holes with single burps emanating out, but we discovered a galaxy with a supermassive black hole that has not one but two burps.” The burp itself consists of a stream of high-energy particles that is kicked back from the black hole.(BBC online news/science)

When man talks about God, happiness or anything else his language is peppered with what is familiar to his world. Blackholes have voracious appetites we say. I can understand it since I have had voracious appetite some times and so long ago when I have had a cast-iron constitution. It has no meaning whatsoever outside the specific context of humans conveying their observations and based on their own experience. Nature of God, Trinity are all concepts which we employ in human language; logic, rhetorics by the same token are artifices to makes one’s arguments sound superior and it does not however means truth has been established. When we read in the Bible and in several passages, God’s blessings are given in conjunction with all living creatures who makes case for his right to cut out all competition?  When the Spirit writes of God’s anger over the old world he writes,”It grieved him at his heart” and he would destroy them as well. From so many examples it is very clear that God’s Providence would see man in a context than singly. Why? Man is a steward (Ge.1:28) and is responsible for their welfare. In salvation also he is a witness and bring others to peace of God which He assures as the portion for the righteous. Noah among the creatures in the ark is but a snapshot of the Millennial Reign on the earth. This being the case  when we see so many species are either extinct or on the endangered list where did man go wrong? His rational mind only makes his world in terms of dollars and cents but he is steadily making his own future in jeopardy. He accepts only ‘here and now’ and not the way God wants him to. His Time sees past future and present as here and now. God knew that there would be a great famine in Israel so he had set Joseph as his instrument and bestowed bumper crop to Egypt so much so they could be helped. Sufferings of Joseph were foreseen and God’s Providence to sustain a nation it was necessary. God also had instilled in him necessary qualities to ride out all injury and humiliation. Besides God sets him as an antitype for Jesus Christ whose death would bring great many to eternal salvation. God sees all events and persons and their roles in 360°. In short God’s ways are mysterious where man’s ways are only based on short term benefits for himself.

Cosmic lunch where stars partake their table manners however clumsy it would seem leave great blessings. ISM for instance. Do not however ask me who says Grace for the occasion.

Benny

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