Posted in Biblical Calendar

A Word about Time

The title is a play on an earlier post  and Im being intentional about implying a connection with the concept of time and the Word of Yah…

In modern experience, time is something so simplistic and taken for granted. We have dozens of devices that are constantly interconnected and so accurate its hard to imagine how difficult it was for someone even 100 years ago trying to coordinate something that relies on a time reference from more than one clock.  Clocks in different cities were not always coordinated by any objective standard. The accuracy of clocks were themselves a problem, and the corrections to a clock were serious endeavors.

Why is this problem?

As far as I can tell, there are 2 significant issues at hand:

1. Modern, post Industrial Revolution society has resulted in a lifestyle that is so active and dense that life is broken down to ever decreasing slivers of time. The need for accuracy down to hours and minutes (let alone even further) required a shift in thinking.

In history, a central clock (a bell tower, town crier etc…) could adjust and it only changed the experience of the local populous. And when the activities of a common person were agricultural, sunrise and sunset were a self correcting mechanism objective to the clock itself.  If a commitment were made to see someone tomorrow “early” or “first thing” it wasnt a specific hour, but clearly related to sunrise. 10 minutes or even 60 wouldnt be all that perceptible, as the indicator would be light or no light.

With the advent of indoor lighting on demand (electricity) night is like day. People could work longer. Sunset or Sunrise is irrelevant. As this becomes a societal standard, it is the norm or reference. The reality of needing to coordinate timing on things to much greater precision because external reference wasnt precise enough emerged in general behavior.

In modern experience, navigation itself requires sub second precision, and communications rely on much smaller slices of time to triangulate and coordinate communication with satellites. Standards of distance rely on time. A Meter is defined as “the length of the path traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second”.

To summarize, modern man created a need for ever increasing precision and took advantage of that precision to produce (and therefore consume) more and more.  It has gotten so common almost no one even wonders seriously if it is a good thing. To even consider this is to be thought (at best) a Luddite, or at worst, simply deranged.

The even bigger question lies underneath, and is nefarious…

2. A very significant aspect of a character in scripture revealed in the book of Daniel explains that this person, so full of evil as to be understood as given over to Satan, desires to control the times.

Dan 7:25 NKJV – He shall speak [pompous] words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then [the saints] shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.

By changing times (and law/Torah), all things that rely on timing are redirected. Certainly, controlling the times makes one appear to be a God, and there is a clear desire for this in the passage. However, strategically speaking, redirecting anything associated with times results in anything related to timing to be missed or unfulfilled.

What if there are things that are tied to timing that ARE law/Torah? What if there are things that would direct our behaviors if they happened according to an expected time? What if we could expect Yahweh to be doing something at a specific time, and to prepare for it, yet not actually know what the time currently is?

It would be an effective strategy to derail a specific people if you could disconnect them from key events and timings commanded by their God to observe.

For incredibly intense, yet excellently presented breakdowns of “Hebraic” thought about understanding the Calendar, I recommend doing general searches on Google.

Michael Rood in conjunction with Nehemia Gordon has done a lot of work in determining calendars in modern time, and using technology to reverse calculate timing back throughout history. This has some radical ideas of specific days being targeted by Yahweh with critical actions that are very significant.

119 Ministries have done an in depth video series that will take a lot of time and patience to work through. It is best viewed after some basic research.

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Selah

I just use the word because it is cool, but it also really does fit. Lets stop and ponder what we have been shown, and some of the possible inferences we can draw (many people can drawn far more Im just speaking from my vantage point)

Yahweh created everything, but we dont actually know when the Earth was created.  Darkness was the characteristic state of things at least from the Earth perspective. The Earth itself at the beginning was formless and void, empty and chaotic. The work was in darkness, at least not in visible light.

Yah created the framework of time, physics and chemistry required to initiate energy and matter, and then created it if it wasnt already in place and just literally dark and empty.  There is mention of days, btuthere is no indication that the sun is created, ans things are dark. Im assuming Yah turned light on and off until the sun and starts were made and the Earth was rotating.

The Earth in its initial forms is describes as water, and chaotic, even confused. However there was a separation of “waters” making at best guess atmosphere.  Pressure and density separate “outer” space from “inner” space.  This can indicate rotation and centrifugal force making less dense matter move farther away from the earth.

Then the waters under the atmosphere were separated with part below land, and part above. The land appeared above the surface and water receded. According to some theories either the land was all one continent (Pangea) or it was fairly similar to now, but the water was much lower with land bridges between what we know as continents now.

Then Yah put in place light sources (if they were not already present in the earlier verses), and the light sources govern timing of events that later become critical to signs of Yahs work, as well as a calendar that governs the people Yah calls out…

We have the framework for Yahs creativity to go forward.  We have physics, chemistry, and rules. We have energy, time, space. We have mass and interactions of energy and mass.  We have a rhythm to things that are oriented around Sun, Moon and Stars, which are visible and direct.

As we go forward we have a foundation to things that provide for and govern interactions. Its a true person (God/Yahweh) who initiated all this, and did this via mechanisms that arent totally explained, but infer many creative and sophisticated things that get expanded on later in scripture.

There are many things we find out later the expand on and interact with this, but at this point, this is all we know.

Posted in True Rootz

True Rootz

Its far more impacting than I have ever understood to grasp both the simplicity, and fundamental nature of Yahweh’s calendar. As you begin to look at scripture, especially from Creation forward, within the scriptural context, it is hard to escape the concept of “Hebraic” thought.

I am connecting to this in very profound ways, yet I see tremendous opportunity for error in application:

1. “Hebraic” thought, while associated with a “Hebrew” milieu, is currently understood more as “Jewish” thought, and that is an error. Jewish or Judaic is the modern vestige of an ancient Israelite nation called by Yahweh, and the subsequently formed into a people group for Yah. Their mindset is (or rather should have been) informed by Yahweh. It didnt exists until Yahweh told them what truth was, and what to do about it. To the extent that a “Jewish” opinion is valid or “Hebraic” relies solely on whether or not it is scriptural and Yahweh ordained. As the Israelites abandoned Yahweh and Yahs Word, they lost their “Hebraic” mindset. Modern Common Jewish thought is so far removed from the Truth it is essentially a heretical cult. That sounds insulting, but I believe it to be true.

2. It wasnt that Yahweh chose the people because they were better thinkers, superior, or in any way superior. In fact, my conclusion so far is simply because they WERE NOT in any way superior that Yahwehs Grace chose them and kept them. Yahwehs strength and wisdom is demonstrated in SPITE OF Israels weakness.

3. It is almost as hard to figure out true Hebraic thought working backwards from a christian perspective (what I call from fruit to the root thinking) as it is looking at jewish perspective (from dead branches to the root) and working back. They are both in modern practice and dialog so different once you look into it it is amazing. Only by Grace are any of us receiving revelation from Yahweh for sure.

While I have learned, and am learning a lot from many of all of the above, it can easily be distracting and even inhibiting. For instance, studying the pattern of a seder on Passover contains neat things that speak to truth, it has NOTHING to do with the commanded feast of Yahweh.  If you are not careful, you actually begin to think this 3 hours ritual is somehow ordained. Yet in reality almost none of it has any real “Hebraic” thought. And almost none of it would work backwards into fundamental theology revealed by Yahweh in Yahs Word.

However, if you study Passover in Exodus, and begin to grasp it as a the beginning of gathering the people of Yahweh out of weakness and slavery, as the beginning of the emergence of the covenant of Abraham to a whole race of people, as a reference point that establishes Yahwehs thoughts about Yahs people etc…. then as you look at the Jewish (orthodox, reformed, hassidic etc..) haggadah, you recognize some things that build on these fundamentals.

Another one is Kosher for Passover. It is a scam, and has nothing to do with Levitical ordinance about what is food, and what is not. None of the rabbinic requirements that are measurements or indicators of a food being “Kosher”. There is no command to verify this, nor is there any measurements written to determine something outside your house is acceptable.

However, the whole idea of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is profound. It is a shadow of searching our hearts and lives for remnants of Egypt, a metaphor for sin, and removing it. It builds on the Passover lamb (NOT a sin Offering but a covering of the house from Judgment. More on that in another post), and then indicates a further work or purification, being set apart, holiness (and a shadow of the Set Apart Spirit).   Some traditions like shining lights into dark corners, families teaching their children to look for it, and rewarding them for finding this, is all a fantastic thing. but only when understood from the Rootz, because without it, the Jewish activity doesnt relate to the Hebraic, Yah informed principle.

Im all for studying the True Rootz (Hebraic paradigm) as I wish to work from the Root to the Fruit, rather than vice versa.  But it is a discipline and takes a lot of patience to find the True Rootz.

Posted in Creation, Torah

Gen 1:14-19

Gen 1:14 ESV – And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,
Gen 1:15 ESV – and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
Gen 1:16 ESV – And God made the two great lights–the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night–and the stars.
Gen 1:17 ESV – And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
Gen 1:18 ESV – to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:19 ESV – And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

Light: This word for light is an object, like “Go get the light” or “light a candle”. This is now taking what was created (light itself Electromagnetic Radiation) but the source of it.

The whole passage tells us it was the Sun and the Moon, and then stars. In reality, stars ARE suns in our understanding. Gigantic balls of plasma that have their own gravity holding it together. They eventually become denser and denser as the gravity overcomes the intense pressure of expansion from nuclear fusion. Once this fusion starts (with hydrogen turning into helium, going from lighter (lightest?) materials to heavier) it radiates energy and heat away from itself.

Once it converts all the hydrogen into helium, it expands significantly. Our sun will expand to about 250 times its present size when this happens. As it expands it cools, but the core begins to actually shrink and gets heavier and denser and starts fusing helium. In cases of very large stars, it can undergo additional fusion making carbon, then neon, then oxygen, then iron. The fusion is actually occurring in layers (like an onion) with lighter elements to the outside and heavier in the core.

Any fusion past this begins to consume energy rather than release it, and it begins to cool, and eventually collapse. The collapse can cause a release of energy so large it can outshine all the light in their own galaxy. These collapses cause so much energy release it is staggering. A Gamma Ray Burst is so powerful it is thought if one happened in the Milky Way, and was pointed at Earth, it would destroy all life  (a typical burst releases as much energy in a few seconds as the Sun will in its entire 10-billion-year lifetime)

The Moon is a reflector of the Sun and provides a light source along with stars at night.

Yahweh set these not only in space (how they were created isn’t known, but once they were positioned the Earth needed to spin to have an experience of night and day unless Yah literally blocked the light through some other means.

The interesting and significant idea in this passage is the concept of governance of time, seasons, days, and years, as well as signs.

Signs: This really means a communication of something intentional, not accidental. The sun, moon, and stars are given as signs to creation. They indicate things to us on purpose, and are the first communication tool noted in scripture. Light can be considered the first created THING, and sun moon and stars are the first mentioned agent of light.

Seasons: This is not our modern idea of seasons (like 4 seasons). Although that is a concept in this word, the deeper meaning/application is appointed time, meetings, and gatherings. The idea here is creation has associated with it an idea of meetings, gatherings and assemblies etc… that are informed by these lights. An idea of structure, or set aside times, things being ordained. We see the emergence of an idea of normal, and then special or at least appointments separate from the typical. Later on we see the idea of moons indicating months, telling us when a cycle of events change from one to another that progresses on to a year, which then starts the process over.

These seasons become key to understanding Yahweh’s works later on in scripture.

Days: We saw the use of day earlier, now we understand the event of a day is understood by the use of light. A Day begins at night. The understanding of time is reduced to a unit of a day at its smallest so far. And to my knowledge, we don’t see use of a smaller unit of time as a reference to measurement in scripture until apostolic scriptures talk about hours (the 4th hour). Yahweh created things to be easily understood visually. In Modern times, a day begins at midnight, which is dependent on hours. But Yahweh didn’t create hours, nor did Yah reference them. It is impossible for anyone to know intuitively when midnight is. Therefore certain things associated with days later on in scripture would be impossible to participate in, and obey.

But Yahweh made it simple and easy to know where you are in the calendar of life. You see it because the sun goes down, and that is the start of a day. This becomes very important later on in scripture, and is the point of much debate.

Years: This definition is year, but also measures, age, lifetime etc… We measure it because these (like days and seasons) start again and follow a pattern. The root of this is a word for change, pattern, repeated (even change or alter!).

In my life recently, it has become an ever increasing key that Yahweh made things simple with regards to time and the calendar of life Yahweh ordained. However mankind has screwed with it so radically, it has become impossible (until recently) to even know where we really are in Yah’s ordained time.

One of the characteristics of an evil power that is going to be presented later in scripture is a desire to change times and the laws of Yahweh. This desire is very profound as it begins to separate th creation from the creator in the most fundamental element of connection, appointed times (signs and seasons).

The wonder of this s how simple it is. With the naked eye you will know where you are without any need for someone else. Yahweh made it clear to each one where they are and when they are. It is important to Yah, and all of creation.

This is the 4th day. Truthfully we still don’t know if a day before this was what we know as 24 “hours” as we don’t know that a sun was even made before this. The only thing we know if light was on, then off, making days. With the sun here, we have to infer rotation of earth at least now, but perhaps the 2nd day (which makes sense in the gathering of the waters earlier, as rotation would expand the water through centrifugal force and gather it above and under a “firmament”). At this point however, if the sun exists and is lit, then rotation is what would make a day or a night unless the sun was literally blocked by Yahweh.

Posted in Creation, Torah

Gen 1:11-13

Gen 1:11 ESV – And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.
Gen 1:12 ESV – The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:13 ESV – And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

The key here, that seems to be so important in modern times, is the reality that what Yah made has seeds that bear its own kind. Anything that does not bear fruit with seeds in it, that makes more fruit of the SAME kind.

In modern agriculture, hybridization creates a sterile, non-reproducing fruit. Think seedless watermelon, or limes without seeds, or English cucumbers.

However, it is important to note that hybridization isn’t the same thing as Genetically Modified Organisms. GMO’s are actually modified directly at the gene level rather than selectively breeding out reproductive properties.

It is my belief that GMOS are actually more than just a profitable business venture for Big Ag corporations (who create BS marketing by explaining that these help feed the world, and are more efficient), I believe it is actually world domination and is evil at its root. It will soon enslave whole nations, especially the 3rd world.

GMO’s take the wisdom of man to a whole other level, and are going to bear fruit after their own kind whether the scientists believe it or not. The fruit of mans wisdom is death. God’s wisdom is reproducing like kind. And shortly we see Yahweh making a direct command to BE fruitful, and to multiply.

A dear man I knew said something so profound when he told me “Man knows how many seeds are in an apple, but only God knows how many apples are in a seed”. At this point, which is the 3rd day of creation, Yahweh is developing vegetation that will be self-reproducing, and does not state anything was created that was not intended to reproduce. Just like Yah is creating something, which is fruitfulness itself, the things created are to be fruitful, or consistent with Yahwehs nature. And Yahweh calls this good.

Posted in Creation, Torah

Gen 1:9-10

Gen 1:9 ESV – And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
Gen 1:10 ESV – God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

This has to be a receding of waters that covered the earth. This occurs once more in the flood of Noah, and God promises it wont ever happen again because Yahweh promises never to destroy the living on the Earth by a flood of waters. .

There is an awesome concept called the hydroplate  theory which describes what appears scripture is saying. A gathering of waters under an expanse, and then land coming forward and the waters migrating to its own level.

Reading the site about this theory is interesting as it points to land bridges, as well as how the great flood of Noah occurred.

At the very least, what is here is God’s decision that land is what is required for what God wants to do. Although the sea is the majority of the surface of the planet, and the air (atmosphere) is probably the biggest part of the volume, the land is where the focus is, and remains for the rest of the scriptures. Humanity comes forth on the land, but had Yah created man in the air, or the earth, or even in the earth, then the focus would demonstrate that, and then we would see the focus there.

From Earth Fact Sheet

Atmosphere Mass/Volume: 5.15 x 1015 Metric Tons/ 51 x 109 km3

Hydrosphere Mass/Volume: 1.25 X 1018 Metric  Tons/1.332 X 109 km3

Land Mass/Volume: ?

Cool picture that seems to relate volumes of water and atmosphere to the planet…

Posted in Creation, Torah

Gen 1:6-8

Gen 1:6 ESV – And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
Gen 1:7 ESV – And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.
Gen 1:8 ESV – And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

The strange descriptions here make the images hard to grasp. Waters just doesn’t make sense. Im not sure if the Hebrew mind (or any ancient mind) grasped the idea of a gas, or gas/liquid/solid as state of matter. It is hard to read these verses and visualize that the Earth at this point was a ball of water(s). Im not even sure it is possible for water itself (H20) to be collected in one place through gravity without a core of solid (or plasma?). And to conceive of literal water with a molten core at temperatures we know exists is even harder to conceive.

Is it possible that the “waters” which previously had been described as formless and void (chaotic, confused etc…) were really gases that were churning and forming and reforming like we see on other planets? Where it looks like water flowing all around, but in fact could be gases and liquids? As Gad creates this firmament, it is really described as air, or sky, or atmosphere.

In any case, there was then the emergence of a separation in the middle of this substance (waters), and God made it. And it was comprehensive enough that it literally separated the environment, and water gathered together underneath it and didn’t mix any longer with anything above it.

Heaven: This is sky, but also the atmosphere, even visible universe. This has to be a reference to looking up from the earth out. Firmament seems an odd word to use, as nothing is firm about atmosphere. But it does separate “outer space” from “sky”, and keeps them at bay.

This tells me that we have literal water now on the surface of the earth. The pressures of atmosphere (it literally has weight) acting as a barrier and the waters collecting below. However in the next set of verses we see actual land under all this, so there is a core of minerals having already been formed inside this earth that aren’t too far under what is happening.

This does follow what most understand as planet formation. Gases cooling and forming into denser and denser states of matter until some kind of balance is achieved.

There then had to be light being turned on as we see a reference to a second day. We don’t know how long the night was as well. The actual duration of these 2 things (night and day) have not yet been regulated by orbit or rotation in the description. If later scripture includes this, then we could confirm they were equal.