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Wednesday, February 8 2017
The Flaming Swords Of Angels And Man
"So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life"
When the first humans became sinners, they were expelled from the Garden of Eden (see When Did Humans Become Mortal? and What Was The Name Of The First City? Why Was It Built?). They were also prevented from returning by an angel with a "flaming sword."
"3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
What was the "flaming sword"? Was it merely the typical cartoon-like idea that has been portrayed by artists, as in the example above?
It's interesting that, in the original Hebrew, while the word "sword" is literal, the Hebrew word that is translated as "flaming," pronounced law-hawt, is used a describe "a wrapped fire" i.e. the flames came out from inside the "sword." How can that be?
It's important first to realize that when the Holy Scriptures were originally written, flames and swords were the limits of man's technological understanding. Many prophecies used symbolism for that reason e.g. describing end-time war helicopters as "locusts" with armor and stings in their tails (see Locusts In History And Prophecy). Later, by the time of the translation of the King James Version in 1611 (and others even much later than that), flames and swords were still the limits of man's understanding.
But are the LORD and His angels in any way limited to crude weapons simply because humans couldn't yet understand them? Is the LORD somehow required to accommodate Himself to man's ignorance of what is "supernatural" (i.e. a far advanced state of what is natural)? Not hardly.
The "flaming sword" "turned every way." Does that simply mean that the sword was on fire and the angel stood there swinging it? Or was it a weapon of "wrapped fire" that only today can be understood? A laser i.e. the acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" matches the Biblical description better than the crude translation. A laser is "a device that utilizes the natural oscillations of atoms or molecules between energy levels for generating a beam of coherent electromagnetic radiation usually in the ultraviolet, visible, or infrared regions of the spectrum" (the Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
Notice another example of the same kind of weapon or device. The angel had a "staff" (the "fire wrapper") in his hand that, when triggered, could, at various power levels, do anything from cook meals to incinerating them - while melting solid rock.
"6:21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight." (Judges 6:21 KJV)
Some believe that it was such a hand-held device, a "laser pen" (the "finger" of God") that the LORD used to write the Ten Commandments - once again, because the LORD is not limited by man's crude understanding of what is "miraculous."
"9:10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly." (Deuteronomy 9:10 KJV)
Fact Finder: What did the "tables of stone," upon which The Ten Commandments were written, actually look like? The first set, and then the second set?
This Day In History
This Day In History, February 8
1204: Byzantine Emperor Alexius IV Angelus was strangled by his successor, Alexius V.
1238: The Mongols burned the Russian city of Vladimir.
1250: Church of Rome "Crusaders" fought Ayyubid forces at the Battle of Al Mansurah (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1587: After 19 years in prison, Mary Queen of Scots, 45, was beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle for her part in an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and return England to Roman Catholicism (it nevertheless remained, as all "Protestants" do, under the spell of nearly all of the anti-Biblical doctrines of the Church of Rome; see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1725: Peter the Great of Russia died. He was succeeded by Catherine I.
1726: Russia's Supreme Privy Council was established.
1807: Napoleon's forces under Pierre Agureau attacked the Russians at Eylau (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?). The battle was indecisive, with causalities from the slaughter exceeded 20,000 on each side.
1856: Agostino Bassi, Italian pioneer bacteriologist, died. He preceded Louis Pasteur by 10 years in discovering that many diseases are caused by micro-organisms.
1863: Prussia (a territory in Germany) allied with Russia to suppress a revolution in Poland.
1879: Sir Sandford Fleming first proposed the use of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China.
1910: The Boy Scouts of America (i.e. in the United States of America, not the United States is America - imagine, for example, if the people of Germany claimed to be THE Europeans; in reality, there are 35 countries in America, from the northern border of Canada in North America to the southern borders of Argentina and Chile in South America) was incorporated by William Boyce who copied it from its origin in England. The Scout Movement was created in England by Lt. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell of the British Army in 1908. Scouts Canada was founded in 1908, immediately after it began in Britain.
1924: The gas chamber was used for the first time as a form of execution in the U.S. when a man convicted of murder was put to death in Nevada.
1942: Japan invaded Singapore during the Second World War.
1946: The first section of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Holy Bible was published.
1952: Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom after her father, King George VI, died.
1960: Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council stating that she and her family would henceforth be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will have the name "Mountbatten-Windsor."
1969: A meteorite weighing over 1 ton struck the earth in Chihuahua, Mexico.
1993: The newly separated Czech and Slovak republics began using separate currencies for the first time.
2010: A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan created at more than three dozen avalanches.