Thesis on Convergence
Thesis: All WindowView Areas point to the future—knowable and verified by the evidence from science and Scripture—supported by unique data, evidence, and information offered by Change, Science, Harmony and the TimeLine. You can know your future ... now
This page is a final WindowView destination. The content below draws from all areas of the Window.
Historically, issues in each area encounter resistance from critics and skeptics. Yet each area offers unique insight. When combined, a holistic view emerges—for your benefit—this is why the window exists.
We live in a material world, but the human mind is not constrained by physical limits. We sense there is more to life and tend to live each day as if there is always a tomorrow. Most of us identify a difference between right and wrong—as if imprinted from birth. There may be various explanations for our instincts, but as the window looks out to the material world with a view that reaches further still. This illuminates evidence revealing there is more to this existence.
What might testify to us there is more to life than just the here and now?
There are three testimonies illustrated in the window's imagery — inclusive of evidence collected by humans over time—offering answers.
What does Change testify … to tell us there is more to life than just the here and now?
The first testimony starts with today’s global changes rolling into an ancient written record of anticipated future events — something no one could have imagined two millennia ago. A momentum builds driving current events toward a merger with the written account—the future can be known to those who look.
Human activities exert a growing global impact we commonly describe in naturalistic terms. Scientific data today tell the story. You know … greenhouse gases concentrating in the atmosphere trap solar heat. Nature, our global environment, then heats up. Exploring other information delivers us to a description of dramatic future changes resulting in an abomination of the earth. The source is Scripture, the book of Revelation—the window is open to this source of information. How is this relevant?
Prior conditions always blend with what follows tomorrow. So, is linking change today to biblical events too fantastic? Perhaps ridiculous to many, the window thesis states this will happen. The ancient written record will come to life as anticipated events occur. This will turn humanity’s attention from the earth to the heavens—from the natural to the supernatural. This is by design. The sequence of events is prescribed, prearranged, and alert minds will recognize the significance as specified events unfold.
The overview and thesis pages for Change describe how concerns for the environment and survival on earth will likely contribute to the appearance of a charismatic world leader. In the window he appears strong and is identified as "StrongMan." In Scripture he appears in opposition to the Messiah (an anti-messiah Gentiles call antichrist). The first glimpse of this person comes with the plausible need of global leadership, especially in the face of threats due to spiraling social, political, and environmental problems.
Outside of Scripture, on the secular stage, the StrongMan will simply appear as just an attractive masterful politician with a large ego and powerful ideas. He eventually steps up to take global control, deposes several other leaders, and terminates a material-religious system. These are vital data points. Then history pivots significantly as he next declares that he is God and imposes himself over everyone on the planet. There is more to this story, but briefly put, a man posing in God’s place elicits wrath as physical judgments exhibited through nature.
Environmental types, these judgments as defined in the Change Area, are so dramatic they will alert humanity to wake up to a message that is heaven sent. Much of what humanity sees will be rationalized as mere consequence to change. But this activity is directed, sequential, and willed, by the same intelligence that acted from the beginning. The reason for the order of events allows our recognition of the source with an opportunity to acknowledge and accept a relationship with God—as opposed to allegiance to any earthly power. With each next event comes an added chance to embrace God's promise of life. Eventually a last step in the chronology brings a final judgment. The message and testimony of events concludes. But if you read further in the Greek Scriptures, the end of the chronology is a beginning to something new—specifically for those who chose the relationship in place of judgment.
Revisit Change Area
What does Science testify … to tell us there is more to life than just the here and now?
The second testimony is hidden, right before our eyes, in the data collected from the natural world. Some of the testimony is unearthed in fossils from ancient strata. Other evidence comes from the complexity of single molecules functioning as the biological machinery of life. Discerning that ancient life forms originated with rapid appearances, new biological information, new cell types, and unique complex molecules, is a positive finding. Maybe a mystery to some, the lack ancestral predecessors, for which there are no fossils remains, brings an awesome realization that supports the thesis that life is not by chance and our existence is special.
Scientific evidence leading to the inference that we are here by design is simply and generally unacceptable to many scientists. These sincere practitioners of science insist every effect in nature requires a material and natural cause. In fact, such cause and effect is often the case—no wonder they hold fast to their position. But the detective in us can also look from another angle, to see evidence for an active intelligence working behind the scenes. If so, interventions in nature must both comply with nature but also add something that otherwise does not take place. The first intervention—commonly called the ‘big bang’—set natural laws in motion. This defines the origin of nature. The following eras of time come with only select points with interventions. Otherwise, natural cause and effect holds overall.
Consider this… to say there is no room for outside intervention in the natural scheme of our existence ignores:
• a beginning and creation of an expanding universe
• the formation of an earth-moon pair so precise for life support
• an origin for first life that defies explanation
• origin of biological information beyond explanation
• steps up in biological advancement with rapid appearances of life first at the Avalon and later Cambrian explosions
• life goes out with extinction events and reappears quickly and adjusted to the solar cycle and changing conditions on earth
• innovations appearing with advanced life more rapidly than what time can factor in Darwinian terms (e.g., body plan, eye, gills)
• the physical and chemical relationships in the universe and on earth, that at the right time, were and still are just right for life
The inference for design is based on numerous data points.
Humanity grows numb in the face of too much information, uncritically accepting technical explanations as status quo, when in fact adding all the characteristics, systems, pathways, and structures together reveal how awesome life is. Are we so blind we do not see the combined attributes and systems in life testifies to design.
Holding to an older theory that has lost explanatory power is merely unfounded faith. Digging into the data draws attention to another portion of the view on life and a stronger inference on origins. After all, Darwin developed his best inference for a general theory (macroevolution) in the absence of explanations sufficient to remove his own doubts. The inference to design today examines these areas with added insight with data beyond Darwin’s reach. Continued belief in evolution, absent explanatory power, is turning a blind eye to what the updated evidence leads to … which is special, technically speaking!
Revisit Science Area
What does Scripture testify … to tell us there is more to life than just the here and now?
The third testimony comes with some history and storylines that link God to a chosen portion of humanity. They, the Jewish people, exist and that too is a testimony to God’s existence. The biblical sequence begins with an account for creation of the universe, earth, life, and humanity. Later, one person, Abram, is called out as a special seed to a nation, Israel, to all nations, and also and ultimately to a Jewish people. From Abraham to the exodus story the God of Israel engages the nation and her people as a husband, in a special relationship. Biblical accounts record good and bad times for this relationship, but writings by the prophets, including Daniel, foretell the coming of an anointed figure (anointed one=messiah) leading to a walk-on presence and the most personal of interventions. The exact timing of the messianic appearance is laid out in Scripture, where Daniel describes the timing in a ‘riddle’ of seventy weeks of years (explained here). From the numbers the Hebrews could know beforehand when to expect the Messiah. He arrived and some were indeed waiting at just the right time. Again, all this is by design and on purpose.
You may ask: What is the point of all this? In a word: relationship. And while the God of Israel is husband to Israel, Messiah is groom and suitor to a body of people—Jew and Gentile—specifically those who have acknowledged the Messiah’s identity, embraced a relationship with Him, and collectively are the bridegroom. Husband and wife, groom and bridegroom, these relationships can only be attributed to an intention and a will that acted before the foundation of the universe.
The Harmony area gives an account for various matters that concern the Jewish people and how Gentiles factor into the larger scriptural scheme. One illustration in the Greek text is of an olive tree. The tree is Israel from which branches have fallen away. According to the apostle, the tree receives a grafting back of natural branches and also unnatural branches. The former represent Jews who recognize the true identity of Messiah and have embraced Yeshua in their lives. The latter, non-Jews, are the Gentiles who also embrace Messiah and thus are coheirs of all the promises presented by God through Messiah.
In the First Century the gatherings of believing (‘ekklesia’ in the Greek) were in fact initially all Jewish. Over time, Gentiles from Israel and neighboring lands heard the scriptural basis for accepting a relationship with the Jewish Messiah. For two millennia, even to this day, identifying Yeshua as the Messiah has brought conflict and rejection from within Israel. In recent decades, especially through recognition of what is written in Scripture (the Hebrew and Greek together in harmony) the Jewish people are offered the opportunity to see, identify, and embrace their Messiah. The source of information is Jewish. Ironically, writings by Isaiah and Daniel, and others, in the Hebrew have always been sufficient to make the identification.
Gentiles who study Jewish holy days and traditions can also recognize why Messiah is called the Passover Lamb, and thus see a logic in why this figure endures a sacrificial death. (In fact, the entire Jewish calendar and all feasts and holy days have messianic significance.) Soon after Messiah’s sacrifice, Israel lost the Temple in Jerusalem with the Roman invasion. Up to that time, Passover lambs were sacrificed yearly at the Temple. The sacrifice served to provide a mediator, a substitute, to cover one’s sin for that year. Year to year the sacrifices continued to cover each person for a short duration. Notice a big difference with Messiah’s sacrifice. He as mediator for all people, for all time, provided a one-time forever efficacious covering for sin.
This is a simple reflection that does not account for the objections and doubts that explain Israel’s historic rejection of Messiah—but not by all Jews. In time, the ‘ekklesia’ grew and the olive tree was grafted continually with more and more branches. Today, Jews and Gentiles join to expand the body. This occurrence is a sign that something is changing from a spiritual perspective.
Revisit Harmony Area
What does Time testify … to tell us there is more to life than just the here and now?
WindowView sustains a timeline tracking historical events from horizon to horizon. This is a backbone of information that testifies to the momentum of activities and direction for humanity’s future. While long and expansive, the timeline reflects a beginning and early eras of simpler human activity. From more primitive technologies, over time a momentum builds with advancements.
As more humans populate the face of the earth, technologies grow in sophistication, more resources are consumed, conflicts go from regional to global and events in the Middle East grow in prominence. The entire scriptural story has a focus on Israel. And so, too, the timeline reflects how Israel and her neighbors become a center of global attention.
Various teachings have claimed that Israel’s biblical role is replaced by the church. But the text of Scripture nowhere recognizes a shift away from Israel’s role—past or future. The timeline gives an account of seven ages, periods of time related to the history of the church. In the current and last age, there is a state of apostasy (falling away), which is evident and growing at this time. The scenario of the StrongMan described above and in the Change Area, comes full circle and draws Israel to center stage with the making of a seven year covenant. The StrongMan makes the covenant a reality, but also in time breaks the arrangement through his actions and claim as deity.
The timeline contains an outline for the chronology of events referred to above.
The following elements appear in the WindowView:
• Key Scenarios
• Driving Forces
• Sight lines
that create an opportunity for each of us to Step Up To Life.
A) Key Scenarios
The scenarios provide some of the characteristics that define an area within the window. The first such characteristic is we live in ever more complex world as illustrated by the matrix of issues associated with global change. Change is real. The introductory video and graphical review of factors brings change to life. This leads to the question about our response to changes in the world around us.
In the realm of the sciences, we have data like never before in history, to the point we can reassess what Darwin observed. The core of the science scenario is that information in living systems provides a clue to our true origin.
The third scenario in the window is a reflection of a harmony in relationship with God. Given our free will, seeing and deciding what the is, is up to us. The scriptural view leads to making a relational choice—to choose life!
B) Driving Forces
The view is not static. What we see has motion and direction. Seeing the present blend into the future is reason enough to sit at the window to look, think, and reflect. There is a need to take action to counter consequences and act now to saves us, our lives, our planet. The secular call for a response is an echo in the halls of science, politics, and elsewhere. Change moves humanity to a crossroads: "choice or crisis." How will you respond?
Current events reveal forces that move us to the end of the window's timeline. The scriptural evidence bridges from old to new, Hebrew to Greek, Jew to Gentile, and from now to the future.
C) Sight lines to the Horizon
The focal point—a convergence of lines of sight—brings us to consider life now is not by chance, has purpose, and in spite of change and threats to material life now, there is a promise for life into the future. The promise comes by way of Israel's Messiah. In this regard, the window has room for the unique perspectives from both science and Scripture. One side of the window sees our material experience, the other the spiritual dimension.
Scriptural evidence is presented in two covenant books (The Hebrew Bible, Tanach, and the Greek text of the Brit Chadeshah, The New Covenant). Viewed in this manner, there is only One book for One people, for One purpose. And that book tells of life going into the future—just beyond the coming event horizon.
WindowView has offered a gentle approach and sufficient evidence as to warrant your consideration of making a choice … a "Step up to Life." If you investigated the key scenarios, thought about what you see through the window, then perhaps you have made the step up. If so, then your life has a future. If not, then what is your life? If nothing else, this life, your life, is an opportunity to find answers and then respond.
D) A Step Up to Life
You may choose to Step Up to Life if you so choose!
At various times when looking about WindowView, you have had the opportunity to respond to the view. Each article and other pages have footer panels marked "Step Up To Life." There really are only two responses to what the window reveals. Either you reject or accept an opportunity extended to you in Scripture.
Scripture when examined objectively is not in conflict with science. Some study is required to get the context of the underlying message, but the biblical storyline goes beyond history and morality … the opportunity Scripture offers is a choice for a relationship with God. If He IS, how can you not look?
The choice is placed before Jew and Gentile alike. In fact, the biblical line of logic requires both Jew and Gentile to function. The key to the storyline and the opening to the future comes with the identification of the Messiah Himself.
Again: We exist for a relationship with God—should we choose—for both Jew and Gentile, the choice is ours to make. The evidence in the Scriptures is designed specifically to make this one main point.
T. Peterson, Ph.D., Editor