Archive for May, 2009

Christ and the Restoration of the Universe

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Christ and the Restoration of the Universe

In Gen 1:1, 2 Moses received a revelation that God created the heavens and the earth. In Gen 1:3 he received a further revelation about the make up of the universe.

וְהָאָרֶץ הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְחֹשֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵי תְהֹום וְרוּחַ

אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל־פְּנֵי הַמָּֽיִם׃ Gen 1:2

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

תהו tohu means formlessness of a primeval condition or earliest stage of the earth development

בהו wabohu means emptiness.

The hendiadys of without form and void is the grammatical use of two words having similar meanings but with the words separated by a conjunction, so as to emphasize the complexity or intensity of the relationship. Examples of hendiadys are “sound and fury” and “nice and warm”.

These words without form and void when used together suggest a state of potential existence of the earth which preceded actual space and time.

. בַּהֲכִינֹו שָׁמַיִם שָׁם אָנִי בְּחוּקֹו חוּג עַל־פְּנֵי תְהֹֽום׃ Prov 8:27,29

27When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth …29when he appointed the foundations of the earth.

One interpretation of this proverb is that He was present when He made the formless part of the earth to become firm. (כון kuwn-means to make firm) with its core, inner and outer mantle and crust consisting of land masses and oceans in the form of a sphere ((חוג khüg) means sphere of the heavens). It was a time when the elements were formed by nucleosynthesis and a time when water was formed in the deep parts of the earth and atmosphere.

The spirit of God fluttered or hovered (רחף rakhaf) over this early stage of the earth’s development with tender love The universe, as we see it now, had a comparatively smooth distribution of matter until the time of the Big Bang. It was formless.

Dark matter filaments began to form first, providing underlying scaffolding for the subsequent development of stars and galaxies from the primeval formless matter (Vera Cooper Rubin 2000, UCLA)

Gen 1:4 “and God divided the light from the darkness”.

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       Dark Matter                      Light Matter

Into it God sent light. “Let there be light” Gen 1:3.

The same revelation about light in the heavens was given to Moses in Gen 1:14 “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven”. God made the stars and galaxies by Christ (Light) interacting with the dark formless precondition of creation.

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Distribution of Dark Matter around light to form stars and galaxies (bottom of picture)

Information from the Hubble Space Telescope

The beginning of space and time centered on Christ manifested in the luminous portion of the universe. Christ, as light, is the foundation of the universe in the same way as He is as the light of the world.

This primeval formlessness existed in a vast area of darkness (חשך khoshek – dark, secret place) composed of dark matter, dark energy and non-luminous matter according to current scientific theory. Things that we can see are but a small part of existing universe, only about 0.4% of the total.

 

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United States Geological Survey of the composition of the universe

Vast darkness makes up 99.6% of the universe. Since it is created, it must be restored, too, and we don’t even know that much about it. The great size and complexity of the visible universe is astounding. How much more so those areas of darkness?

Since restoration includes all things, the magnitude of the restoration process is great! Christ created all things and will restore all things. We, as the completed body of Christ will participate in the restoration process with Him.

There will be a need for metamorphosis of our bodies to set us free from the constraints of space and time allowing us to venture into distant and unknown parts of the universe. In that regard, our bodies will be like the body that Christ had after His Resurrection.

John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also”.

The 10 "D" Words

Monday, May 25th, 2009

 

Depreciation is a decrease in value.  There is a normal decline in value of a physical asset because it simply wears out.  Depreciation can occur when a product is no longer in demand relative to its supply.  On a global basis, when a currency is excessively created, its supply outstrips demand is depreciates in value.  The Federal Reserve is creating a large supply of the U.S. Dollar

Deficits in the U.S. are running at historic highs at an anticipated $1.2 Trillion for 2009.  On the balance sheet, a deficit reduces owner equity relative to the liabilities.  If the liabilities outstrip the ability of income to service the outstanding debt, insolvency will occur.  The assumption that the government has the power to create money is applicable to the degree that the rest of the world is confident in the valuation of the U.S. Dollar.

Debt accumulated by consumers has forced a reduction in consumption in order to pay down the accumulated liabilities.  With the consumer accounting for 70% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the U.S., the economy must contract to allow for a re-balancing of the consumer’s balance sheet.

Dwellings or housing is normally the largest asset held by a consumer.  Most of those who purchased houses in the last seven years may have lost a sizable value of the personal net worth.  If the asset value declines with the liability still in place, net worth evaporates.  When the emotion kicks in that your net worth has declined substantially, your spending habits change drastically.  Depending on your leverage (assets divided by net worth), you may have to liquidate holdings in an adverse market thus perpetuating a deflating asset price.

Deflation of goods and services adversely affects accumulated wealth of the individual stock portfolio especially when there is monetary inflation occurring at the same time.  When demand decreases relative to supply, prices deflate.  However if those goods and services are discretionary, then the price deflation does not help the consumer.  If you own a hotel stock in your portfolio but the public has reduced travel plans, you lose.  The price for a room goes down, the value of the stock goes down, but you are still dealing with monetary inflation decreasing the value of your purchasing power as you attempt to buy food and energy.

Demographics is a huge issue for the developed countries.  Like a broken record, I keep referring to the “baby boomer” generation.  The current paradigm of social security will not handle the liability commitment to this generation.  Over the last forty years, Congress has misappropriated the social security funds and placed IOU’S in their place.  I believe this issue is the reason many legislators have opted to leave public service when there was no apparent reason to step down.  Whoever is in power when this issue arrives at the breaking point will suffer the wrath of the baby boomer generation.  We worked throughout our adult lives paying into the system while being assured of retirement funds at the age of 65.  This backdrop assured the less fortunate of a subsistence level of living.  See: http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Derivatives are bets against the future.  There is a buyer and seller of the derivative and the seller receives a “time” premium for selling the derivative.  The buyer’s incentive is that he wants to cap his risk in the underlying investments.  The problem lies in the seller’s financial strength that backs the derivative instrument.  If the seller sells more derivatives than his capital structure can support, the derivative’s value becomes worthless thereby resulting in the buyer having no real insurance supporting his investment.  Derivatives are now in the quadrillions and a substantial portion of that total cannot be supported by existing capital.  As derivatives unwind the losses must be realized on the balance sheets and when this happens capital evaporates and moves the entity toward insolvency.

Devaluations of asset values has an emotional impact on the owner of these assets.  As the devaluations move toward a minimum operational level, the equity owner will change their spending pattern.  For example, if you have an equity of $1 million you will spend as though you are a millionaire because you have plenty of buffer if you have a negative economic event occur.  You will take nicer vacations, make home improvements, and eat at restaurants more often.  In other words, your consumption goes up.  If you lose $600,000 in equity, you will cut back in all discretionary spending and move to a defense posture.  You will defer spending thus increasing deflation of consumption based goods and services.

Dollar, that is the U.S. Dollar, is in serious risk of default.  The long term decline (3 t0 5 years) is expected to be 50% of its current value.  This translates to an equivalent decline in purchasing value to the average U.S. citizen.  Those on fixed incomes will suffer the greatest loss of purchasing power.  Workers may have a small buffer by demanding greater wages to offset inflation but will lag behind the dollar decline.

Depression is becoming a real global possibility, mainly for the developed countries.  Those economies who shipped their manufacturing jobs to cheaper jurisdictions in favor of a service-based economy will suffer the greatest contraction.  Anytime you have a decline in revenue, services get cut first.  There is a battle between the government protecting the current paradigm and the reality of the consumer-based de-leveraging requirement.  The de-leveraging requirement will win.

Destruction may result from man’s attempt to defy realities created by greed.  Resources are being consumed at record rates and the global population growth cannot be supported by the current infrastructure.  When this happens war results, maybe a world war.  Each country believes it is entitled to resources and when that country becomes desperate, they will take desperate measures.

There are more D’s we could cover but the above provides us a clear view of the current environment.  Filled with negatives, the D’s are a result of man’s best attempt to manage the globe without the Wisdom from above.  As men become desperate, they will shift their focus from the mirror to the Heavens and seek Our Heavenly Father’s face.  Could this be the major paradigm shift many of us have been looking for?  The smoke and mirrors of government rhetoric will not bail us out of this time of extended greed.  A new era is coming whether it be natural or supernatural!

Basic Biophysics for Biology

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Basic Biophysics for Biology

The subject of this discussion is taken from the title of a book written by Edgar K. Yeargers PhD, a professor of biophysics at Georgia Tech. His book was written so that student of physics would be able to understand that the rules of physics for nonliving systems also apply to living systems.

Our discussion will involve understanding the interaction of electric charges. By convention a proton is assigned to be a positive charge and an electron is assigned be a negative charge.

Material substances are mostly neutral in charge but are composed of large fixed positive and negative charges. If there is an imbalance in the charges, the material it is said to be “charged” with each charge exerting a force on the other- “unlike charges attract, like charges repel”.

On the other hand, charges that are opposite in sign and equal in magnitude, when aligned along a common axis, are called an electric dipole. When dipole charges move, they move independently of each other. When oscillating up or down along their axis, they pass each other going in opposite directions. In doing so, a variable electric force and a corresponding electric field effect develops. The field effect can be propagated some distance away from the oscillating dipole and can be detected on the skin by an electromagnetic sensor.

In the laboratory dipole antennas generate large (macroscopic) radiations

Below is an oscillating electrical dipole:

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipole

On a submicroscopic scale, as in living systems, the antenna is replaced by an oscillating emission source that cannot be measured directly. There is evidence that dipole generated radiations do exist and that they come from nuclei, electrons, light and chemical bonds and numerous other sources. It is postulated that oscillations in living systems produce propagated electromagnetic waves.

Electromagnetic radiations (waves) have:

Amplitude (height of the wave)

Amplitude is proportional to strength of the electric force

Amplitude may be positive or negative coinciding with the direction of the electrical charge resulting from the dipole movement

Frequency (rate of change of a charge in oscillating from positive to negative

Energy

Is proportional to the wavelength of the oscillating wave

Short wavelengths have higher energy than long wavelengths

Electric field effect

May be local, at the site of the oscillating dipole

May be propagated at a distant site such as, the skin or a secondary detection site

Propagation of the electric field is at the speed of light

Remember that a wave is a variable electric charge. It is not a line on a piece of paper that is represented as a sine wave.

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Characteristics of electromagnetic waves

Interference

One of the characteristics of propagating waves is that they interfere with one another.

When the peaks and troughs of two identical waves meet, they are said to have a condition of constructive interference because the arithmetic sum of the resulting wave is bigger (more intense) than either of the two contributing waves.

When the peak of one wave coincides with the trough of another identical wave the arithmetic sum of the resulting wave is zero. This is a condition of destructive interference.

By using the electromagnetic model in the study of biology we use a paradigm built upon the most essential elements in our physical existence:

1. Oscillating dipoles producing variable electric fields

2. Variable electric fields propagating at a distance from the dipole source.

These two elements are found at all levels of structure.

They are found in:

Subatomic particles

Atoms

Molecules

Hydrated molecules essential in biology such as sols and gels

Cells

Tissue

Organs

Systems

Each level of structure has dipole depicted waves that are derived from components that make up structure, the result of constructive and destructive interference. For example, waves from subatomic particles are the components that make up an atom. Waves from atoms are the components of molecules, etc.

Locally, at the site where the variable electric field originates, a charge has its own amplitude, frequency and energy, that is, bits of information that gives the charge an identity. In that sense this model can be understood as being information technology. When applied to a living system it is information technology in biology.

Electric fields from each level of structure radiate distally. The ability of variable electric fields to radiate distally is the characteristic that is of most interest to us. In addition to having amplitude, oscillating frequency and energy like the charge at the site of the oscillating dipole, radiating electric charges have an additional characteristic of being able to be propagated to a distal site and to be detected at the site of termination.

In propagating, the electric field, depicted graphically as a wave, results from all of the constructive and destructive interferences it encounters from other sources as it propagates along its conductance pathway. The net result is that portions of some propagating waves are amplified and some portions are neutralized.

Radiating electric fields do not scatter but are modified by forces from the mix of surrounding electric fields to form discrete propagation pathways.

The distal site of propagation, in our model, is the skin.

The propagation pathway conducts both energy and bits of information.

The basis for our evaluation is to match analog wave information from the test subject with digital information in the form of pulse codes stored in the computer.

The propagation pathway is not an anatomical structure such as a nerve, but is a

non-anatomic electromagnetic channel carrying energy and information from a site of origin to a site of detection.

In the acupuncturist model energy is conducted through conductance pathways called acupuncture meridians. Our electromagnetic model detects information imbedded in the energetized conductance pathway

Our next discussion will focus on the instruments used in doing an analysis.

Reference:

Yeargers, Edward K. Basic Physics for Biology (Boca Raton: CRC Press 1992)

Vincent J, Speckhart MD, MD (H)

The Biggest Bubble of All

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The Internet bubble burst back in 2000 and was followed by the housing bubble.  We are now facing the biggest bubble of them all: the Monetary Bubble.  This bubble is a precursor to hyper-inflation and this environment will take no prisoners.  The megabanks have operated as drug addicts and the Fed has become their “enabler”.  Their actions moved them to insolvency and the Fed has endorsed their actions by funding their addiction.  Bankruptcy of these institutions was the best solution in order to cleanse the system of unfruitful works.

The following is an example of insolvency:

Mat 21:19  And when he (Jesus) saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

We are not to judge the heart of man, only the fruit.  Jesus became a fruit inspector of Israel and found it lacking.  It was bankrupt.  Our Heavenly Father had been longsuffering with the sins of Israel and had once “married” Israel only to divorce later.  The people no longer loved The Lord and chose to live according to fleshly desires.  They gave lip service to serving The Lord but their actions communicated a different direction.  Revelation was converted to tradition and the Glory of The Lord had left the Temple.

Today, the financial industry is no different.  Rather than serve the public, these institutions are exploiting their customers with predatory practices of high and hidden fees, high interest rates relative to their cost of money (nearly 0%), and misleading information about their financial status.  Effectively, they have exploited customers and the government at the same time.

Irresponsibility-a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions.  The last fifty years has seen the monetary system go from a conservative, stable system to a casino-style system of greed.  Don’t get me wrong, greed was always there but was in check until Congress lifted the restraints.  Those restraints had been in place since the Great Depression.  Once again we have confirmations that man’s sin nature is alive and operational.  Community banks generally did not participate in the instruments of greed because they knew that they are too small to save.  They simply had to make money through normal, prudent lending and investing practices.

The economic environment is changing.  Baby boomers will swing to the ultra-conservative side by curbing consumption, cutting back on luxury goods, and looking for more secure investments.  It is no surprise that Home Depot and Lowe’s home improvement centers are topping Wall Street estimates.  People will repair and enhance their current homes rather than increase their square footage.  The repair industry will show signs of life.  Homebuilders will shrink to pre-1990′s levels.  Commercial real estate will be the next topic of the network nightly news anchors.  The contraction is rapidly reducing the retail space needs around the country.  Some of the large mall operators have already been mentioned in the financial news media as having serious cashflow problems.

Credit card companies are attempting to keep the current paradigm intact by raising rates and fees while reducing credit limits.  Many of us have received notices of a reduction in credit limits due to lack of activity on the account.  The credit card companies have abused many cardholders with these changes and will force Congress to respond with new regulations.  Leadership maintained the status quo of consumer exploitation until the cries became too loud.

When you add up all of the woes in the current system, you find no good fruit.  The summation of Irresponsible actions over the last forty years has produced the current perfect storm.  Leaders around the world are desperately trying their best to keep the current paradigm intact.  “Hot” money is smelling blood in the currency arena and is now making large investments in precious metals expecting notable appreciation in gold and silver in the coming months and years.  Purchasing power of the U.S. Dollar will substantially decline in coming years with the current economic policies in place.  Stockholder rights have been shredded by the current government intervention in publicly held companies.  Mankind will hold on to recent history as their hope to restore things back to the way they were.  Is the writing on the wall?

Daniel 5:25 “This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE,TEQEL, and PHARSIN. 5:26 This is the interpretation of the words:  As for mene– God has numbered your kingdom’s days and brought it to an end. 5:27 As for teqel – you are weighed on the balances and found to be lacking. 5:28 As for peres  – your kingdom is divided and given over to the Medes (middle land) and Persians (pure).”

Christ and Creation

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Christ and Creation

The experimental method has limits in documenting all of the factors involved in the creation of the universe. We simply do not have the tools or the understanding to measure everything that is involved. So we must rely on other ways to understand the creative process.

There are two sources of knowledge: experience and revelation.

Experience results in knowledge obtained by observing events in space-time. Human experience gives knowledge that comes from outside of the individual through the senses such as observing a beautiful sunrise or by feeling a warm breeze or experiencing an exciting sports event. Science is experience that is organized for the purpose of obtaining knowledge

Revelation is knowledge that that is perceived as coming from outside of oneself and is of human or divine origin. Human revelation may come from human reasoning as in that expounded in the world’s philosophies.

Much of divine revelation is knowledge communicated by God to inspired writers who canonized their revelation. Divine revelation may be given directly to any of us when we hear God’s voice.

By divine revelation certain characteristics of God can be known.

For example:

In Gen 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Read from right to left

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ׃

earth and the heavens the divine ones made In the beginning

ha-eretz v-eth ha-shamiyim eth elohiym bara bereshiyth

It is evident that God (elohim-the divine ones) created (bara) the heavens (hashamiyim) and the earth (haeretz). Scholars of ancient Hebrew accepted the fact that God created the cosmos.

בָּרָא (bara) comes from the Qal Hebrew vowel stem in the active voice and means to create, always with God as subject. It is a theological term and is appropriate to the concept of creation by divine fiat. The term denotes the initiation of something new but does not necessarily require that creation was made from nothing, ex nihilo. This was the level of revelation given to Moses during the Passover Age.

There was a greater revelation regarding the creator given to the Apostle John at a later time, in the Age of Pentecost. It read as follows:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

The same was in the beginning with God. John 1:2

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being John 1:3 (NASB).

The term word is important because God spoke space and time into existence.

Paul, like John wrote of his revelation during the Pentecostal Age. Both attest that Jesus Christ was the creator of all things. This revealed knowledge to Paul is found in his following writings:

Eph 3:9 …the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ and

in Hbr 1:10 “you, lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands

The Law of the Double witness has been satisfied by John and Paul, so the matter has been established that Christ is the creator. What is the evidence that this is indeed the fact? Ultimately it is a matter of faith since no one was there to observe the process but there are certain statements in the revelations that agree with current scientific understanding.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Gen 1:3

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וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי אֹור וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור׃

owr hayah owr hayah ‘elohiym amar

light and there light let there the divine and uttered

was be ones

The consonants that make up the first hayah (he-yod-he-yod) is contracted to (yod-he-yod) because it is a Jussive conjugation expressing a mild command or a strong wish. This means that within the Godhead there was not only a desire to form light in the creation but an agreement to do so and indeed “there was light”.

The Jussive conjugation also expresses the relationship of the Father with the Son. There was a relationship of the Creator as being both a servant and a son. A servant being obedient to his master’s command and a son being in agreement with his father out of love. This love relationship existed even before space and time. It was ever present. It was God’s plan to create an imperfect cosmos, so He could perfect it Himself through Christ over time in love because, God is love 1 John 4:8

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life John 3:16.

Christ had to be the foundation of the universe because He alone could perfect creation and present it to His Father.

Creation will be complete when God is all in all.

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 2nd ed., G. Practico, and M. Van Pelt, Zondervan Publishers 2007, pg 133

Light

Light was uttered into existence. The word amar means to utter or to speak and caries with it a subvocal creative intent. In Genesis it is used 10 times in this regard. (SWOT 118) Theological Wordbook off the Old Testament

John records Jesus saying:

While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” John 9:5

ὅταν ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ὦ φῶς εἰμι τοῦ κόσμου

Hotan en to kosmos o phos eimi tou kosmou

This, then, is the first evidence of Christ in a pre-incarnate form in the earth.

It was important for Christ to be present in creation from the beginning because the process of restoration leading to perfection had to start at the beginning through Him. From the beginning, God’s plan for creation was to reconcile all things through Himself in order to make them complete. This was to be done by faith, one of the elements of the restoration process.

“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. John 12:46

Light is electromagnetic radiation, particularly radiation of a wavelength that is visible to the human eye (about 400–700 nm), or perhaps 380–750 nm

In physics, the term light sometimes refers to electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength, whether visible or not.

Light exhibits properties of both waves and particles (photons). This property is referred to as wave–particle duality

So light in the created space time realm, can be understood a two levels:

· As a series of electromagnetic frequencies from the very lowest to the highest

· As a particle, a Quantum, as a foundational unit of creation

According to Richard Feynman, a quantum physicist, light behaves like a particle even though it has characteristics of a wave. For convention’s sake it was called a particle instead of a new word like a “wavicle”

Richard Feynman, QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (1985), p. 15

Time

Oscillations take place over time, and are measured as cycles per second. Since light and time exist together, the creative process took time as revealed to Moses, so too the perfecting of creation is a continuing process that will take place over time.

Other Dimensions

According to Calabi-Yau string theory there are six dimensions other than length-width-height and time that cannot be measured by normal scales of sight. Other dimensions have been suggested.

Calabi, Eugenio (1954), “The space of Kähler metrics”, Proc. Internat. Congress Math. Amsterdam, pp. 206–207; Tian, Gang; Yau, Shing-Tung (1991), “Complete Kähler manifolds with zero Ricci curvature, II”, Invent. Math. 106 (1): 27–60

The smallest quantum that can be measured electromagnetically is the dipole, which is made of positive and negative charges. These particles oscillate to form a continuous wave that radiates.

The first quantum or particle in creation was Christ. He was spoken into creation by the Godhead, as a wave, and manifested himself as a particle of light. He is the light of the world that continually radiates between God and the created realm.

We should look for qualities that reflect the character of Christ in the yet to be defined, non-measurable dimensions of creation.

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Arresting Aggression against the Kingdom

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

When Jesus arrived on the scene, the Jewish leadership was expecting a conquering king to redeem the land back from the Romans and establish the kingdom of Israel.  Instead, Jesus came to redeem the people back to the Kingdom of God.  Although He was called to suffer at the cross for mankind, that calling did not prevent Him from “arresting aggression” against the Kingdom.  The following passage takes place during the last week of His earthly ministry:

Mat 21:10-14

10  And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11  So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

12  Then Jesus went into the temple of God[fn6] and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

13  And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’[fn7] but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”[fn8]

14  Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.

This facet of Love seemed a little unusual for Jesus for the Gospels projected Him as a man of peace and compassion.  What made this different?  What caused Jesus to take action against the money changers?

Previous to this incident, Jesus had prophesied that the Jewish nation would never produce any fruit (the parable of the fig tree) and was preparing to teach in the temple.  Upon His arrival, the temple had become a commercialized market for “sacrifices” and had lost its significance as a house of prayer.  Revelation had been replaced by tradition. 

The temple had been known historically as where the glory of God resided but the people knew that HIS occupation had long since been removed.  The priests continued their sacrifices and supplications as prescribed by the Law, hoping against hope that HIS presence might return.  The leadership had lost the revelation of the importance of holiness and the “Fear of the Lord”.  What was once protected against exploitation had now become the center of commercial activity.  Jesus called it a den of thieves.

Today, we are faced with the same aggression.  People, circumstances, trends, media, laws, and our own ego are attempting to turn our temple into a den of thieves.  This is applicable on a personal, corporate, and national level.  Mystery Babylon has become blatant in its attempt to replace the Kingdom of God.  In the past, men have met behind closed doors to promote their plans of greed knowing that the consequences of their actions would hurt millions of unsuspecting souls.  Christians have become passive and silent hoping that things would just turn out alright.  Now, those plans have come out of the smoke filled backrooms and are openly touted as the answer to all of our problems.  Governments around the world have taken on a character of their own, failing to serve mankind.  Now, self interest, greed, exploitation, genocide, and invasion of sovereign land are the characteristics of global thinking.

Jesus walked at the expression of Love.  Every action, every word, and every encounter were all guided by Love.  Love does not start a fight but it does not back down when confronted by sin.  Spiritual intercession and warfare is critical but don’t think for a minute that there will be no physical outworking of this warfare.  The key is to respond to aggression with Love, not vengeance.  Jesus found it necessary to arrest the aggressive behavior of the money changers.  You may be called on to do the same. 

Toxicity in Life

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

A toxin (Greek: τοξικόν, toxikon, lit. (poison) for use on arrows) is a poisonous substance produced or consumed by living cells or organisms.  My close friend Dr. Vince Speckhart, a highly successful oncologist who practiced medicine for forty years, once told me “the human body is designed to live forever”.  His success rate for treating cancer improved dramatically when he found a methodology that detected “toxic” interferences in the body thus allowing him to isolate a remedy for their removal.  Once the toxic substance or “signal” was removed, the body began to heal itself.  If you get a splinter in the finger, it will not heal until the splinter is removed.  The needle and tweezers used for the removal are not the cure, they simply facilitate the cure by removing the “toxic” substance.  In Dr. Speckhart’s practice, this simple understanding led him to an alternative way of treating his cancer patients.  Rather than promoting consumption of a toxic pharmaceutical, he focused on the removal of what appeared to be “triggers” or precursors to cancer.  Once he began to focus on toxin removal rather than “treating the symptom”, his success rate notably improved.

I had a friend who served as a medic in Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange (dioxin).  Within twenty years he was diagnosed with cancer in the lung area where his lungs were fusing with the wall around them (a layman’s description).  He went through the standard treatments and the doctor confirmed that Agent Orange was the trigger.  His immune system ultimately became overloaded and those “rebellious” cells began growing as cancer.

Dr. Sherry Rogers, another physician who began to search for alternatives to the current medical traditions, became deathly sick from her exposure to chemicals used on her parents’ farm.  Like Dr. Speckhart, she found that “detoxification” methodologies were her only solution.  Once she detoxified her body, her health returned.  She has written several books on using detoxification methodology to restore your health.  In her writings, she provides proof that chemicals ingested through commercially supplied means are poisoning our bodies on a daily basis.  Plastics are leached into our drinking bottles and are being stored in our bodies causing abnormalities.  Herbicides and pesticides used around the house are adding to the immune system burden of the body.  At some point, sickness and disease spring forth.

“Toxins” are occurring in our society as well.  Gradual introduction of perversity in society promotes illicit sex, violence, and destruction of the family unit.  With this path comes the consequences of death and destruction to society.  With the hippie movement of the 60′s and 70′s came open sexual relationships.  The 80′s brought unbridled greed.  The 90′s ushered in the demise of business ethics.  The “I’m OK, you’re OK” attitude meant that any act can be redefined as being acceptable.  This lawless attitude is promoting cancer to form and mastisize where only major surgery can remove it.

In the economics picture, removal of restrictions in the area of finance created a toxin-rich environment.  In the Great Depression, leaders found that the absence of regulation and allowing banks to be both commercial and investment banks created an environment conducive to lawlessness.  In 1933, in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash and during a nationwide commercial bank failure and the Great Depression, two members of Congress put their names on what is known today as the Glass-Steagall Act (GSA). This act separated investment and commercial banking activities. At the time, “improper banking activity”, or what was considered overzealous commercial bank involvement in stock market investment, was deemed the main culprit of the financial crash. According to that reasoning, commercial banks took on too much risk with depositors’ money. (See: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/03/071603.asp)  Under the direction of President Clinton and Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, the Glass-Steagall Act was repealed in 1999.  This was the first step to lifting protection of risky banking practices that have led to the current crisis.

The Bush’s administration continued to provide an environment that would lead to a toxic environment by removing or reducing regulation of the financial industry.  This photo from 2003 shows two regulators: John Reich (then Vice Chairman of the FDIC and later at the OTS) and James Gilleran of the Office of Thrift Supervision (with the chainsaw) and representatives of three banker trade associations: James McLaughlin of the American Bankers Association, Harry Doherty of America’s Community Bankers, and Ken Guenther of the Independent Community Bankers of America.

Cutting Red Tape

Once you remove the rule of law from any subset of society, greed and self interest will prevail.  Lawlessness and rebellion will prevail until the organism becomes toxic and ultimately perishes.  Only by removing the toxic origin will the organism repair itself.  By feeding the organism with an opiate, you simply provide it with a temporary “high” while it continues to die.