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Thursday, April 30 2015
Proverbs 3: How Does Eternal Life Happen?
"The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit"
Physical objects have three dimensions - length, width and height. A cardboard box is an example - it has three dimensions that can be measured.
The three dimensions can also be used to locate things. Imagine if you were given a map that showed you where buried treasure was located on your property (see also What Did Jesus Say About The Treasure Hunters?). The map provided the instructions to go 30 cubits (a Biblical measure of length) straight out from your front door - not more, not less, or you won't find it. Then, turn right and go 20 cubits - not more, not less, or you won't find it. Then dig down 1 cubit - not less, or you won't find it, or more, or you'll dig past it, perhaps damaging it in doing so. The map would enable you to safely find the treasure by providing the three dimensions of the physical world.
But wait, someone could follow the directions perfectly and still not find the treasure! A fourth physical dimension, time, is also required. If you went before the treasure was put there, as stated on the map, you wouldn't find it even though the map directions were perfectly true and accurate. So too, if you went after the treasure was already found by a previous reader of the map, you wouldn't find it even though the map was perfectly true and accurate. The location and the existence of any physical object is determined by four dimensions - space and time. It's the basis of the physical creation - whether the size of cardboard box in the time that it exists, how to locate an object in the time that it is located there, as well as anything and everything else in the universe - as illustrated below
Do other dimensions exist? Yes, they surely do. God exists. Angels exist. The spirit world consists of at least one more "dimension" of which the physical world is not a part, but in which the spirit world can reveal itself or easily pass through. Examples:
"12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him." (Genesis 12:7 KJV)
Time is based upon physical change - again, how time and space are dependent upon each other (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula). The calendar is based upon physical change - sunset to sunset, new moon to new moon, spring to spring. All physical life, including humans, experience physical change that is measured by the units of physical change - days, weeks, months, years.
But God and the angels are not physical. They are spirit that is not subject to physical change. They have never been young, and will never get old. That is what eternal life is - and why it is.
The Holy Bible describes a "quickening" that will not only resurrect the dead, but will add a "dimension" to those formerly physical so that they are no longer subject to any physical change - the physical process that permits illness, aging and injury. On that day will be fulfilled the prophecy "death has been swallowed up in victory."
"8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." (Romans 8:11-13 KJV)
The Word of God is like a treasure map that shows the way, when the time of opportunity comes (see The Harvests Of Salvation). It enables the repentant to find the place where eternal life will be given to them.
Eternal life is a free gift to those who repent and obey the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour). "For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee" do not end for those who will be quickened to eternal life.
"3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
This Day In History, April 30
311: Galerius Valerius Maximianus issued an edict which allowed (the Roman version of) Christianity in the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
313: Licinius unified the whole of the eastern Roman empire under his own rule after the Battle of Tzirallum.
1006: The brightest supernova in recorded history was observed.
1156: Moscow was founded.
1303: When German king Albrecht (Albert) obtained confirmation of his election from Pope Boniface VIII, he swore an oath of obedience to the papacy, and promised that none of his sons would be elected German king without papal consent (see Emperors and Popes).
1492: The Papacy and the Roman Catholic king and queen of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, granted the Italian sailor Christopher Columbus (actual name in Italian: Cristoforo Colombo) his commission of exploration to the "New World." As shown on the map, the four voyages of Columbus were actually limited to the area of the islands in the Caribbean, not to what is today called "America" (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1513: Edmund de la Pole, the Yorkist pretender to the throne of England, was executed on the orders of King Henry VIII.
1527: Henry VIII and King Francis of France signed the Treaty of Westminster.
1563: Jews were expelled from France by order of King Charles VI.
1725: Spain withdrew from the Quadruple Alliance.
1803: The treaty was signed for the Louisiana Purchase. France, under Napoleon, found itself requiring the funds for Napoleon's European wars of conquest (when Britain was at war with the U.S. during the War of 1812-14, Britain was also at war to stop Napoleon in Europe; to Britain, the War of 1812 was a relative "side show" from the great war in Europe against Napoleon at the same time).
1804: Shrapnel, named after British soldier Henry Shrapnel, was used for the first time in warfare by the British against the Dutch in Suriname.
1849: Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian patriot and guerrilla leader, repulsed a French attack on Rome.
1902: In Vienna, Theodore Herzl completed his novel Altneuland.
1917: German submarines in the First World War, total ships sunk for month: 335
1943: The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped the "man who never was," a dead man planted with false invasion papers, off the coast of Spain. It turned out to be one of the greatest deceptions in military history.
1945: Adolf Hitler, 56, and his wife of 1 day, Eva Braun, 33, committed suicide in their underground "Fuhrerbunker" in Berlin as Russian troops penetrated central Berlin.
1966: The "Church of Satan" was established at the Black House in San Francisco, California.
1975: In South Vietnam, with the last of the U.S. military forces and diplomatic (i.e. CIA and mercenary "contractors") personnel having evacuated the previous day, President Minh announced an unconditional surrender to the Vietcong, ending the 20th Century's longest civil war. Vietnam became a single country again, after having been divided by imperial France earlier in the 20th century - which triggered the civil war that the U.S. involved itself in later, in the 1960s.
1980: Terrorists seized the Iranian Embassy in London.
1980: Queen Juliana of the Netherlands signed the Act of Abdication, ending 31 years as monarch. She was succeeded by Queen Beatrix.
1991: A cyclone (hurricane) killed 125,000 people in Bangladesh.
2004: Photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating live and dead Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad (where Saddam Hussein's thugs tortured and abused prisoners in the same way before Iraq was "liberated") were leaked to the public.
2009: The Chrysler automobile company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
2009: Seven people were killed and 17 others injured at a Queen's Day parade in Apeldoorn, Netherlands during an attempted assassination of Queen Beatrix.