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We use time to separate events where as God being omnipresent has no need for it. In God’s Time the Spirit reconciles different time scales in terms of symbol. By the same token the Lamb slain is an emblem set in heaven that shall not change no matter whether we speak eternity or historical time. John the Baptist by pointing out to his disciples Jesus who was embarking on his earthly ministry hails him as ‘the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world (John.1:29)’. Symbols play a crucial part in reconciling the realities of heaven and the earth on a single standard and God’s Time validates them.
Disregard for this aspect of time has rendered many interpretations fall flat. Significant is the opening statement in the Book of Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen.1:1).” Similarly when speaking of the birth of Jesus we have this, ‘But when the fullness was come (Gal.4:4).’ Throughout the Bible we shall see the Spirit serving as timekeeper holding the narrative accounts together. From these examples mentioned here my purpose is to point out Rule of Three carries the burden of narrative where history of the nation of Israel and the gentiles must also be subsumed into God’s Time in order to throw the Salvation Plan of God into sharper relief. To sum: the narrative mode employed by the Spirit throws light into the Will of the Father; and how these have been fulfilled by the Son hints into the rationale of his narrative method. The Spirit has an additional task to glorify the Son of which Jesus foretold (Jn.16:14). Yes indeed, the Spirit does not draw attention to himself. As an example I shall cite two almost identical verses side by side. Matt.12:31-32 Jesus warns of the unpardonable sin and one verse is from the Father while the Spirit throws a veil on his view in the matter.

Principle of Similitude

This is on the basis of comparing the like with like. The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray “Thy Will be done, as in heaven, so in earth (Luke.11:2).” Divine Will of God the Father is compared by the free will of man. Where Adam placing his will over that of God brought curse upon the world Jesus by obedience brought salvation to the world. Negating his will to do the Will of his Father is called obedience. (‘Lo, I come to do thy will, O God’-Heb.10:9’). What would this mean to us? Similitude is not merely comparing for its sake but for instruction. Righteousness of God by Association is what Christ demonstrated and it available to whosoever believes in his death and resurrection. “By man came also the resurrection of the dead (1 Cor.15:21).” Representational typology of Christ can be compared with Adam as antitype. Also significant is how St Paul qualifies the risen Christ as last Adam (1 Co.15:45)
As mentioned earlier the emblem of light set in heaven (‘Father of lights’) compares with Jesus Christ who is the light of the world..
When God predicts ‘And I will put enmity between thy seed and her seed’ it speaks of two groups of people, which are as dissimilar as light and darkness are. In the very outset we have had God separating the light from darkness (Gen.1:3). Principle of Similitude is a device the Spirit employs from two narrative strands of the Father and of the Son to instruct man what makes both children of light and of wrath as irreconcilable. “This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness than light (John.3:19-20).” So when Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John.8:12; Jn.6:37).”, we understand that the light makes all the difference. The Spirit by judicious use of symbols gives continuity to the whole narrative. When the holy city of God is revealed in eternity we read that ‘the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light of thereof’. This symbol of the Lamb similarly is with reference to the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev.13:8). Those who follow Jesus Christ have abridged the earth and heaven as one. It speaks for their bodies while being absent from the Lord ‘being hid in Christ (Col.3:3; 2 Cor.5:8).

Benny

 

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From the analogy of apple (4.4) what changes it undergoes owe to the second law of Thermodynamics and it marks passage of time.

Time has no effect on a single atom. If an atom is smashed all you get is something else and by repeating it does not change. Atom is timeless in a manner of speaking. There is something complex about time, which is merely the means to separate an event from another. It is as mysterious as the first law: energy is indestructible.

 

4 Day 6

 

The second law can be expressed in several ways, the simplest being that heat will naturally flow from a hotter to a colder body. It is as simple as prayer of a believer goes up while blessings of the greater go toward the lesser.

 

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Testimony of God is eternal. When the Spirit reorganizes narrative account from the view of God, the Father and the Son he is setting into Time, which for clarity sake must be understood is not time counted as we do. For example when the Spirit writes, ‘Now is the day of your salvation’. Salvation of man is brought into it. Saul or Paul’s conversion as he journeyed towards Damascus is covered by ‘Now’ as the time you and I accepted the call and became His children. What does that mean? Time is reset so salvation is part of the Core Will without any unseemly joint of being an afterthought or correction.

At the mouth of two or three every matter is settled. Witness of God the Father and the Son make time established and it is how we ought to approach the Bible.

Topolgy is a term belonging to the field of mathematics also in computing.  It has two meanings. One is the study of geometrical properties and spatial relations unaffected by the continuous change of shape or size of figures. 2nd meaning is the way in which constituent parts are interrelated or arranged. Topology of the Spirit refers to the manner the Spirit has rearranged two narrative bodies from God the Father and God the Son respectively into one. Time also is set by the Spirit to hold the Scripture as one single narrative. Think of the Bible as obeying the topology where we hold to the second meaning.

The Book of Zechariah mentions of the vision of a flying roll (Zech.5:1) ( Zech.5:1). Suppose we take a similar roll and were to set down the narrative from the Son and the Father along the length and breadth respectively truth of the roll is not lost. The roll can serve as ice cream cone for waffle or as dunce cap is still true since integrity of the roll is intact. The Spirit similarly fits the scriptural passages according to the purpose. Topology of the Spirit assigns God’s Time to the Father-Son relationship,- entire Will and Fulfillment, in order to fit. It is the Testimony of God set in verbal mode.

Core Will is the Testimony of God applied to the earth and mankind. Time operating here is God’s Time. In order to hold the inerrancy of the Word we are to read as the Spirit has applied it to the Scripture.

Core Will when applied to heaven and mankind ask ourselves what must take precedence God or man. Blessings always conferred from the greater to the lesser. Thus God the Son is about whom CoreWill of the Father revolves.

The Spirit while reorganizing the narrative bodies from the Father and the Son uses symbols. The Greater Light and the Lesser Light for example are symbols to indicate the Father-Son Relationship. Light radiating from heaven is for man. Light reaching other worlds besides the earth is not for man’s benefit so we may concentrate our attention on our kind.

All Scripture is intended as set forth in 2 Ti.3:16  for our correction, consolation; it is most conducive for man to be built up from examples for instruction in righteousness. For this reason the Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ above everything else. He is the key figure. (Jn.16:14) This we shall see from the first book to the last His shadow looms over everything else so we may be consoled, enthused and be instilled in virtues. To all intent and purpose God the Son who became a man makes heaven and the earth as one. His quintessence Love is the mortar that holds Core Will together.

From many examples we shall see the Spirit keeps time. Conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch owes to his direct intervention (Ac.8:29). Holy Spirit pouring over the Gentiles also owe to him (Ac.10:19).When the Spirit writes about the Lamb slain before the worlds began it is set in Time. When God warns of the death of firstborn in all Egypt we have punishment for disobedience in balance. The Son had already paid the price and it makes Punishment and Atonement in balance. So who shall accuse God of injustice?

Benny

 

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No refill for me

This round I must forgo; You say

Tarry. But what for?

benny

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In order to indicate how time distorts we have an expression ‘rose-colored glasses’ we tend to look with emotions that are ‘let-us-pretend’ kind. Thus we look back at our youth with nostalgia however miserable it may have been actually. What has been ‘American dream’? Was it not one such? When all that  honest- to- God hard work can be wiped out and LBJ’s Great Society with it, was it not because our dream tells a lie? A lie conveniently sold by those who stand to benefit from it.

Yesterday’s quote from Ernest Dowson was also a dream, a poetic expression farther from truth.

Let us look at history. Remember the movie Enemy At the Gates? It is based on the life of one man. Vasily Zaytsev as a sharpshooter in the siege of Stalingrad looms large  whenever that crucial battle is recalled. But in the history of WWII his name may not even figure. It is thus history is a distortion of actual events so any incident recalled after sixty years or more would require footnotes. Naturally you are swallowed up by narrative on larger events . Neither you or I am a dream but represents something. Time however finite is only set against timelessness that envelops all. Shall I call it Truth since our actions and what we represent is in context of it and not in context of some continents or nations which themselves change shapes?

It is in this context we need to speak we are an idea, considering how we are preoccupied with our rational mind than anything else. Mother Theresa would devote her whole life for an idea as John Rockefeller or Carnegie for something else. It comes up for comparison against Idea into which all ideas must come up for comparison.  I call it God. (God is truth)

benny

 

 

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Euclid’s axiom: Two parallel lines in a plane shall never meet. When one watches in real time two railway tracks making two parallel lines in front  we create a picture plane and  we see the lines merge at a vanishing point. It is imaginary but that is perspective. Our mind plays tricks and optical illusion is as a result. The famous vase-face illustration  is on a picture plane. When one notices a vase another may as well settle for faces on either side.

When we look up we see the sun, light of which takes eight minutes to impinge on our retina. What does it mean? We are looking into the past. We don’t even notice. It is the present but past is addressing us; similarly genetic information we carry within is setting our future as well. By fifty mortality kicks in and we begin to think more of death that we never gave a thought earlier. Give a few more decades and when the funeral hearse takes its final journey are not reduced to a notice in the obit page?

Law of entropy states atoms tend to loosen up from objects so an apple left alone becomes ripe over ripe and in the end it is mush. It speaks of time. Smash atoms and you can produce fundamental particles. There comes a point you cannot go further. At one level we are timeless!. In short we delude ourselves to think of our world in terms of days months or years. There is a mysterious timelessness which envelop our  conscious world. Dreams and visions clue us in and yet do we give heed to these? Delusional man who make much of now imagines it is meant for making the hay while the sun shines. It was thus 2008 ripped apart his smug complacency to show how deceived he was. Did he learn the lesson for good? Those who go on making hay merely because the sun shines overhead will get to eat lot of it.

‘Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.’

 

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Nature holds great many secrets, which we make use of and it can lead us for greater understanding of our place in the scheme of things. Growth rings of trees help us reconstruct climate conditions of a bygone age; marine animals like nautilus are marked similarly and shall we say we are custodians of time?  So much so we can say with the Preacher emphatically: Yes He has set eternity in our hearts! (Eccl.3:11). Our heatbeats are one way of counting it in terms of eternity. Who but a fool shall assume such a service that Nature does is to enable some fill their coffers with silver by exploiting the natural resources, and in the process make the world far less fortunate for future?

In our uniqueness we carry our condemnation that we neglected while we have had time to improve the lot of those who merited our support. Conservation is one way we point our kinship with our Maker.

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Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the sharks, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old. The results are published in the journal Science (science.sciencemag.org).

Lead author Julius Nielsen, a marine biologist from the University of Copenhagen, said: “We had our expectations that we were dealing with an unusual animal, but I think everyone doing this research was very surprised to learn the sharks were as old as they were.”

The team found that the sharks grow at just 1cm a year, and reach sexual maturity at about the age of 150. Greenland sharks are huge beasts, that can grow up to 5m in length.

For some fish, scientists are able to examine ear bones called otoliths, which when sectioned, show a pattern of concentric rings that scientists can count as they would the rings in a tree.

Sharks are harder, but some species, such as the Great White, have calcified tissue that grows in layers on their back bones, that can also be used to age the animals.

“But the Greenland shark is a very, very soft shark – it has no hard body parts where growth layers are deposited. So it was believed that the age could not be investigated,” Mr Nielsen told the BBC

However the team found a clever way of working out the age.

“The Greenland shark’s eye lens is composed of a specialised material – and it contains proteins that are metabolically inert,” explained Mr Neilson.

“Which means after the proteins have been synthesised in the body, they are not renewed any more. So we can isolate the tissue that formed when the shark was a pup, and do radiocarbon dating.”

The team looked at 28 sharks, most of which had died after being caught in fishing nets as by-catch.

Using this technique, they established that the largest shark – a 5m-long female – was extremely ancient.

Because radiocarbon dating does not produce exact dates, they believe that she could have been as “young” as 272 or as old as 512. But she was most likely somewhere in the middle, so about 400 years old.

It means she was born between the years of 1501 and 1744, but her most likely date of birth was in the 17th century.

“Even with the lowest part of this uncertainty, 272 years, even if that is the maximum age, it should still be considered the longest-living vertebrate,” said Mr Nielsen.

Trivia:

The former vertebrate record-holder was a bowhead whale estimated to be 211 years old.

But if invertebrates are brought into the longevity competition, a 507-year-old clam called Ming holds the title of most aged animal.( ack: By Rebecca Morelle

Science Correspondent, BBC News/Aug.11, 2016)

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