Jesus is the Tree of Life

This Sunday’s sermon was a very simple message — Jesus is the tree of life. In the Garden the tree of life was a symbol of the Mashiac. The Jewish Bible reveals that wisdom is a tree of life by which the LORD founded the earth and established the heavens (Proverbs 3:18-19).

The psalmist gives glory to the LORD for all the works He has done in wisdom (Psalm 104:24); for by wisdom He made the heavens (Psalm 136:5).

You may ask, “But I thought the earth was created by the Word of God?” The LORD’s wisdom in the Old Testament is a reflection of His word in the New Testament. Why do I say that?

John revealed that Christ is the Word of God through whom all things were made (John 1:1-3); and Paul wrote that Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24).

In the Tanakh it was by the LORD’s wisdom that all things were made. In the B’rit Chadasha it is by His word which is Jesus Christ — the wisdom of God — that all things were created.

Wisdom is a tree of life and her fruit is length of days (Proverbs 3:16). God’s wisdom (or word) was made manifest in Yeshua HaMashiach. Whoever eats of Jesus Christ will have eternal life. This is a stumbling block for Israel (John 6:52).

In John’s vision the apostle saw the water of life as a river flowing from the throne of God through the tree of life (Revelation 22:1-2). Only those who endure, said Jesus, will be granted the right to eat the fruit of this tree (Revelation 2:7).

Imagine, Adam and Eve could have eaten from this tree (which John saw in the paradise of God), but they chose instead to eat from the tree of knowledge.

You have a choice. You can indulge in the temptations of the world …

— or —

… you can eat the flesh of Christ who is the bread of life and cup of salvation.

Let’s say you have a choice between a serving of your favorite dessert, or a wafer of unleavened bread. Well, Adam and Eve chose the dessert. We don’t know what kind of fruit blossomed on the tree of life, but the fruit on the tree of knowledge was attractive and tasty (Genesis 3:6).

Ironic … Eve believed the forbidden fruit would impart wisdom, but that can only be found in obedience to God. (So mind your mother when she tells you to stay out of the cookie jar, or something like that.)

As I listened to the sermon on the tree of life I couldn’t help but think about this song, Heart of the Wood, and its closing lyrics:

He said we can mark a tree to keep from getting lost
And it’ll always point our way home like that old rugged cross
A hundred years and it just grew and only heaven knew just what it’d be
And who’d hang on that tree
It held the Son of God like it should
But I know it broke the heart of the wood

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ


Are You Feeling Flat Today?

This subject has been on my mind for some time, but I was hesitant to write about it because it generates a whole lot of spam from fundamentalists who are convinced this is what the Bible teaches …

… that the earth is flat.

Wait, what? Oh, yes, they call into Christian talk radio, or secular programs like Coast to Coast, to expose the conspiracy that the earth is — gasp! — round.

And just who are the conspirators? The Vatican and the scientific community. In fact, the space program was conceived for the purpose of perpetuating the myth. Man never went to the moon. It was all a hoax, well, except for the launches and landings.

We saw Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins lift-off from Florida, and land in the Pacific Ocean; but the rest of the mission was simulated. And maybe the astronauts were not even aboard the spacecraft. Eight days later we saw them bobbing on the ocean, but they never left earth!

Hollywood profited richly from the space program’s CGI technology. Your favorite blockbuster movie was filmed using computer generated imagery.

The earth is depicted as a round globe using similar techniques. But why? To authenticate the theory of evolution.

The earth began as a jagged rock, but millions of years of rotation and revolution eroded the rough edges into a smooth, rounded globe. A flat earth, on the other hand, does not support the theory of evolution.

Philip Stallings, founder of the Biblical Flat Earth Society, wrote:

As a Christian, the flat earth begins and ends with Scripture. While the evidence continues to mount, and has, for the flat earth, I must begin by saying, “the Scriptures told you so.”

Just like so many people have been deceived regarding evolution, the big bang, and heliocentrism, so to have many been duped into believing that we are on a spinning ball. The ramifications of these lies have wide sweeping effects upon every sphere of life and society.

Stallings addresses a number of Old Testament verses including:

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in (Isaiah 40:22).

And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day (Joshua 10:13).

He noted that Scripture uses the Hebrew word (ח֣וּג, chuwg) meaning circle rather than (דּוּר, dure) which can be translated circle, but is typically used to denote a ball, or hemisphere.

Stallings interprets Joshua:

If the sun is the center of the universe and the earth is orbiting around it, then for this event to occur, it would have to have been the earth standing still, not the sun, however. If the earth is flat and the sun and moon rotate above us, it would make perfect sense for the sun to stand still in order to prolong the day here.

Michael Heiser is a Bible scholar and Semitic language expert. His writings have been — much to his dismay — cited in defense of the flat earth theory. Taken literally, Scripture seems to suggest that the ancients believed the earth was flat. “Not so,” said Heiser, “nor do I.”

Heiser wrote:

Lately I’ve been seeing things on Facebook (or have had those who follow my work sending me items) that ask if I believe the earth is flat. That’s a question I never thought I’d get, and I’ve gotten hundreds. Why the surprise? It’s difficult for me to believe anyone is so gullible … to believe the earth is flat. But as with so many other nuggets of nonsense, social media has brought forth its exhibits to demonstrate that reality.

Heiser’s comment that flat earthers are … stupid and dumb … was deleted. I would say that they are deeply sincere as evidenced by the following reply:

You think it is silly, but when you start to look into it, the answer is not so clear-cut. People don’t believe in Genesis and start to trade it off for a belief in evolution. It gets to a point where if you start questioning a lot of things in the bible … why believe any of it?

If you took the time, you would discover NASA’s occult history (and their collaboration with the Nazis). Throughout the Vatican, throughout the USA. You can dismiss this all as conspiracy theory. You can go on dismissing people as stupid and crazy. So before you start calling others stupid or ignorant, first question if you are in fact the one that is guilty of this.

Wherever this topic posts on the Internet it sparks a vigorous debate that often turns acidic and hateful. I don’t expect that to happen since my spam filter is set to the strictest level.

What say you … is the earth flat?

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

Are You a Figment of God’s Imagination?

Did you see the story that scientists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research concluded that the universe should not exist? I’ll try to explain this so even I can understand it, but the theory is that the Big Bang produced particles of matter and antimatter that should have collided into a mass of pure energy.

Well, think of it in terms of the Starship Enterprise. The blending of matter and antimatter is what propelled the Enterprise across the galaxy at warp speed.

In theory, then, there should be no planetary bodies — not even star dust — because matter would not be able to convert into anything of substance.

Imagine the universe as a giant engine fueled by the smashing particles of matter and antimatter. There would be nothing but void — not even an asteroid.

A universe of nothingness.

How does matter and antimatter co-exist? All of the scientific observations indicate symmetry, or balance between the opposing particles. This would support the theory of nothingness as equal parts of antimatter would neutralize the equal weight of matter.

Weight? Maybe the particles differ in weight, or magnetic charge? No, concluded the scientists, there is symmetry by every measure.

One researcher suggested that the universe doesn’t even exist — that it can be likened to a computer simulation.

In other words, you are nothing but a figment of God’s imagination. Except that the scientist discounts God.

Various publications posted this story, but I enjoyed reading the comments at Newsweek which mostly reflected a Christian worldview. Newsweek closed the thread after these two insightful comments.

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