Creator's Window - Viewing Global Change, Universal Timelines & The Promise
Part Four — The Fabric
Quote from Walden by H. D. Thoreau (a part of which is given below):
'...where any thing is professed and practised but the art of life; - to survey the world through a telescope or a microscope, and never with his natural eye; to study chemistry, and not learn how his bread is made, or mechanics, and not learn how it is earned; to discover new satellites to Neptune, and not detect the motes in his eyes, or to what vagabond he is a satellite himself; or to be devoured by the monsters that swarm all around him, while contemplating the monsters in a drop of vinegar.'
This chapter presents a graphic to summarize themes found in Parts One to Three—from the Big Bang to Eternity Future—and serves as a introduction to the window's final, holistic, view. The former 'we' questions are now revised (see above Chapter VI) here as follows: a) What kind of world is this?, b) What do you really need?, c) What is humanity doing?, and d) Can 'WE' really save us? As the previous themes are interwoven into the topics to follow the view focuses on prophecy and human choice. Global change leads to a discussion of materialism and stewardship. The Universe becomes a stage set in the heavens and on Earth. Daniel's writings are joined by John's visions recorded in Revelation and biblical types lead to environmental types which put present circumstances in parallel with future prophetic events. The narration thus uses stewardship, materialism, and the environment as unifying themes throughout the following chapters.
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The environment and global change were previously addressed in the context of change without specific examples for the power of individuals and organizations to make a difference. Three aspects of stewardship are presented here: 1) secular examples of good stewardship, 2) persons and their organizations using democratic principles to systematically destroy the environment for temporary material and personal gains, and 3) the plight of policy-makers who now attempt to regulate industries but see immense—even irreversible—losses in natural resources. Humanity's material nature and these varied examples of stewardship characterize ongoing activity. Negative examples fuel negative changes.
Principles of biblical stewardship, followed by warnings presented in the Scriptures, state a case from the Creator's perspective. The warnings stated here are a spring board for the next three chapters which all incorporate some aspect of positive or negative consequence of human (material or environmental) activity consistent with or in opposition to God's will.
Slash and Burn Agriculture in the Tropics Today
Revelation's prophecies are separated into three components in this book. The first aspect entertained here concerns future material abuse of the world's resources. A future world leader—the Antichrist here called Exploiter—and a material-based false religious system—Revelation's Harlot riding the red beast—are introduced along with the Dragon (Adversary) and False Prophet. A brief study of Revelation 17 and 18 demonstrates the continuing and futuristic exploitation of Earth's resources. The interaction between the Exploiter and the Harlot leads to a one world political and religious system—under the Antichrist—which by its nature controls human activity and material goods. The Hebrew reader is introduced to a tri-unity in Hebrew terms. The same tri-unity is further placed in parallel to God's Holy Trinity and the false trinity of the Beast. These relationships are applied to a modern-day type, using the Universal Product Code (UPC), to demonstrate the future application of Revelation's Mark of the Beast.' And this brief disclosure of this symbol ties in later to discussions of environmental types and the Universal timeline sequence.
In the midst of the discussion the reader is informed that the future global political systems are somehow unified. This pivotal theme returns in the Universal timeline—Chapter XXIII.
Contrary to other descriptions of prophecy, the author strives to explain characters and events in a practical manner. The narrator's perspective as scientist and technician comes though here as information, more than emotion, is put in a sensible perspective. The fact that the UPC type exists today brings a sense of reality to a subject one often finds described in grandiose terms. This provides an opportunity to think about interesting parallels between current events, human behaviors, and ancient Scriptures.
Chapter I referred to a Good Steward, Chapters XIV to XVI identified the Jewish Messiah, and now this chapter brings these two persons together as one. A discussion of The Vineyard parable fits the Earth into a biblical and environmental scenario. This explains the first coming of the Messiah and describes the function of creation—and further the earth becomes a stage preparing us for a description of the Millennial Kingdom. The love and caring nature of the Good Steward is important information prior to descriptions of God's wrath as recorded by John. Part Four is somewhat like a roller coaster, this up-lifting section of the ride precedes a gut-wrenching, twisting, downward section just ahead.
The narrative now considers a second facet of Revelation in a presentation of judgments—from seals, to trumpets, to bowls. Present day global change or 'environmental types' are described only where they apply to the sequential description of God's judgments. A scientist's perspective reveals the apocalypse is not simply destruction and doom. There is a matter of human choice left to those living in this last week of Daniel's 70 weeks of seven years.
The narrative distinguishes present day, natural, circumstances, from the God-natural (super-natural) events. The story line also reveals a transition in the nature of judgments, from choice to a point of no return. Concerns for global change return here. Ironically, secular scientists already wonder if humanity is abusing the Earth to the point of no return. God makes certain this is so! All the devastation and chaos, however, has a specific purpose! This thought conveys the reader into the book's climax presented in the next chapter.
The third and final aspect of Revelation is presented as part of a timeline running from Eternity Past to Eternity Future. The reader starts from the beginning—the Big Bang—to collect covenants along time, to fit Old Covenant and New Covenant histories together, to witness predictions for the very near future, and to get past Messiah's second coming and into the Millennial Kingdom. The Bible's major covenants are briefly introduced as we proceed along the timeline (additional information for the covenants is given in Appendix B). The timeline combines themes presented in Parts One to Three and adds new information to make a flowing sequential story. The reader is informed that more detailed studies of these topics exist, which allows this presentation the freedom of a quick holistic review of biblical history and eschatology. With this approach, the reader moves through the end-time scenario quickly enough to feel the momentum carrying every believer into Eternity Future.
Stewardship, global change, and the physics of the Universe all play a role as the earth and heavens are revitalized and regenerated. Concepts of atonement and judgments are finally set in order. And after the Messianic Kingdom is concluded the reader faces the prospect God will eventually collapse the asymmetric Universe to reveal complete symmetry with its numerous dimensions—a reality currently hidden to the physical world—which is consistent with the physics previously described in Part Two.
This final chapter presents an opportunity to consider personal choice. Making a choice to put one's milestone along the Universal timeline. This signifies acceptance of God's purpose for life now and into eternity.
Quote from Walden by H. D. Thoreau (a part of which is given below):
'Will you be a reader, a student merely, or a seer? Read your fate, see what is before you, and walk into futurity.'
Quotes from Revelation concerning the Book of Life
Appendix A — Rebuilding the Temple
Reprint of Washington Post article, November 25, 1989.
Scriptures and other details outlining a chronological series of events associated with the Messiah. Prophecy and fulfillment and future as yet unfulfilled prophecies are indicated. The major biblical covenants are summarized and put in this outline as they apply to their future Messianic fulfillment.
The Creator's Window - Viewing Global Change, Universal Timelines & The Promise
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