Philosophy of the Prophecy
The Fifth Trumpet
To Andrew the Prophet
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Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Table of Contents
On Philosophy and Prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Pythagorean Theory (570-490 BC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 The Socratic Method (469-399 BC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Platonic Light (429-347 BC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Platonic Darkness (429-347 BC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 The Tripartite Man (429-347 BC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Aristotle on Causality (384-322 BC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Aristotle on Existence (384-322 BC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Augustine on Time, Eternity, and the Mind (345-530 AD) . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Aquinas on the Trinity (1227-1274) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Copernicus on the Revolution of Spheres (1473-1543) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Newton on Natural Philosophy (1643-1727) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Machiavelli: The Prince and the Lion (1469-1527) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Bacon on Nature & Inductive Reasoning (1561-1626) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Descartes and the Soul (1596-1650) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Spinoza on One Mind (1632-1677) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Leibnitz and Calculus (1646-1716) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Locke on Knowledge Part 1(1632-1704) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 John Locke on Knowledge Part 2 (1632-1704) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Berkeley on Vision (1685-1753) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Hume on Human Nature (1711-1776) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Hume’s View of Religion (1711-1776) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Voltaire on Faith (1694-1778) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Diderot on Freedom and Liberty (1713-1784) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Rousseau on the Heart and Spirit (1712-1778) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Kant on Knowledge (1724-1804) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Kant on Morality (1724-1804) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131
Schopenhauer on the Will (1749-1832) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135 Schopenhauer on Compassion (1749-1832) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Fichte on the Soul (1762-1814) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147 Schelling on Nature (1775-1854) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Hegel on the Spirit (1770-1831) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil (1844-1900) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169 Math, Logic, and Prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 The Trinity of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 Christ is Light (NKJV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 The Value of π - Christ is the Narrow Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 The Antichrist is Here, The King Returns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .219 The Gravity of the Flesh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 A Time Four Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 God is One (NASB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .243 Zero is the Circle Back to the Father (NASB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .253 The Greek Alphabet and God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .261
On Philosophy and Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet (1965-2013) Completed August 3, 2009
Philosophy is derived from the Latin roots phil which means "love" and sophia which means "wisdom and understanding". Therefore, philosophy is the love of wisdom and understanding. And those who pursue philosophy search for wisdom and understanding. And wisdom and understanding were given to God‘s people through His statutes. For as they were commanded ―keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‗Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.‘‖ (Deuteronomy 4:5-6) But His people did not follow God‘s statutes, thus His wisdom and understanding were not theirs to have. And the Father would bestow His wisdom upon His only begotten Son. ―Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.‖ (Isaiah 11:1-2) And the Son would then bestow wisdom and understanding upon His servants. ―For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‗I will send to them My prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute.‘‖ (Luke 11:49) But those who despise wisdom have fled from the truth. For "the wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, but the foolishness of fools is deceit.‖ (Proverbs 14:8) And those who despise wisdom seek to fulfill
their own selfish desires. ―He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom. A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind.‖ (Proverbs 18:1-2) But wisdom shall understandably judge each man on that day. For some men have understood the Word and the Truth, and are founded on the Rock who is Christ. But many foolish men have not understood the Truth, and have not acted wisely. For as the Son said ―everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.‖ (Matthew 7:24-27) And those who love wisdom will search for the truth, for they wish to understand the true Word of God. And the Truth was first manifest through the ordinances of the Father, which was given to His people through the Law. For as the psalmist testified, "Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law is truth." (Psalms 119:142) And "the sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting." (Psalms 119:160) But the Law also did warn that the truth would befall them. For "as it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth." (Daniel 9:13) And the true Word of God would become manifest in the flesh. ―For the Law was given through Moses; but grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.‖ (John 1:17) And His truth would bring Light
to this world. For ―this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.‖ (John 3:19-21) And the prophets of God have sought for the truth. For prophecy is derived from the Greek root prophetia which means ―to know the will of God‖. And the will of God, regardless of our outcome, is always the Truth. For "God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?"(Numbers 23:19) And whoever does the will of God is a child of God. For as the Son said ―whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.‖ (Mark 3:35) And be doing the will of God, we vanquish the ignorance of foolish men. For ―such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.” (1 Peter 2:15-16) And the greatest philosophers have sought for the truth. For as Plato confessed, ―Is it not a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are.‖ Thus the logical assumption would be to search for the truth. For as the Son said ―Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.‖ (Matthew 7:7-8) And in searching for the truth, we shall now expound upon the thoughts of some of the greatest philosophers. For through the truth, we yearn to know things as they once were, as they presently are, and as they always shall be.
The Last School of Prophecy
Philosophy loves truths, Prophecy loves the Truth
I Pythagorean Theory (570-490 BC) To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 3, 2009
There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.
Pythagoras of Samos Pythagoras of Samos was a Greek mathematician who was the first scientist of antiquity to call himself a philosopher,or in other words, a “lover of wisdom”. Little is known about his teachings, but one thing we do know is that he thought that the laws of the universe could be explained through mathematics. Thus the Pythagorean theory has been credited to his name. And the Pythagorean theory thus states the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides. And this theory is summarized by the equation:
In other words, the length of the hypotenuse of the right triangle can be derived from the square of its two roots. And the triangle is formed by three sides and three angles. And as we know, God is Three in One: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And as we know, man is also three in one: heart, soul, and mind. (Addendum 1: The Trinity of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) And all things are rooted in the Trinity. For all things are rooted in the Father who is water. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8) And all things are rooted in the Son. For “as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” (Colossians 2:6-7) And on that day His root shall be glorious. “In that day the nations will resort to the root of Jesse, who will stand as a signal for the peoples; and His resting place will be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:10) And from the roots of the Father and the Son, the fruits of the Holy Spirit are produced. For “a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:1-2)
And God's servants and angels, are rooted in the right triangle of the Trinity. And on that day His root shall return, and they shall claim
what is rightfully theirs. For “’behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. ‘I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.’” (Revelation 22:12-16)
But man has not taken root in the Trinity, but on the mammon of this earth. And on that day , their roots will rot and burn in the fire. “Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble and dry grass collapses into the flame, so their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 5:24)
And as Pythagoras had testified, the product of a right triangle can be calculated by its roots. And “it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” (1 John 5:5-8) "And when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’” (Matthew 25:31-34)
And in that it was commanded to leave the stump with the roots of the tree, your kingdom will be assured to you after you recognize that it is Heaven that rules.
II The Socratic Method (469-399 BC) To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 3, 2009
To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
Socrates Socrates was a Greek philosopher who is considered to be the father of Western philosophy. His most significant contribution to western society was a philosophical device known as the Socratic Method. For this method of cross examination investigates one’s own beliefs inorder to establish the validity of one’s own beliefs. In other words, a hypothesis is established, but is broken down by establishing any contradictions inherent within that hypothesis, thus attempting to invalidate that hypothesis. And Christ was a master of the Socratic Method. For He utilized this method to expose the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. And the first step of this method is to examine a hypothesis which might be considered a falsehood. “And at that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat. But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, ‘Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.’” (Matthew 12:1-2) And the second step of this method is to establish a premise upon which both parties agree. And Christ established these premises with the
Pharisees, “have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?” (Matthew 12:3-4) And“have you not read in the Law,that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent?” (Matthew 12:5) Therefore, the premise that Christ established was that under many circumstances, including membership in the Pharisee priesthood, the Sabbath could and has been legally broken. And the final step of the Socratic method, is to demonstrate that their circumstance is inconsistent with the original hypothesis, and therefore conclude that the original hypothesis is false. And as He concluded "I say to you something greater than the temple is here. But if you knew what it means‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE’, you would not have condemned the innocent.” (Matthew 12:6) For the Sabbath was first established as a day of compassion of God towards His people. Thus, the Sabbath should be a day of compassion towards each other. Thus the Socratic philosophy was founded upon the premise, that each man must recognize his own ignorance, before he can establish the truth. For as Socrates said “virtue was the most valuable of all possessions; the ideal life was spent in search of the Good. Truth lies beneath the shadows of existence, and it is the job of the philosopher to show the rest how little they really know.” And the servants of the Son of God are taught to do the same. "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the
understanding of the prudent.’ Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
III Platonic Light (429-347 BC) To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 3, 2009
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Plato Plato, a fellow philosopher and a student of Socrates, is recognized as the father of epistemology. Epistemology is the branch of philosophy which examines the nature and scope of man's “knowledge". Plato hypothesized that one's knowledge is innate, and that learning is the development of ideas buried within one’s mind. In order to define this understanding of innate and developed knowledge, Plato utilized many allegories to illustrate these elusive concepts.
And Plato used the sun as an allegory for light . For our eyes depend on light from the sun, and the sun provides us with the power of vision. And “the sun not only furnishes to visibles the power of visibility but it also provides for their generation and growth and nurture though it is not itself generation. In like manner, then the objects of knowledge not only receive from the presence of the good their being known, but their very existence and essence is derived to them from it, though the good itself is not essence but still transcends essence in dignity and surpassing power.” (The Republic bk. VI, 509b) And the Platonic metaphor is that the soul relies upon light for the truth. For “when the soul is firmly fixed on the domain where truth and reality shine
resplendent it apprehends and knows them and appears to possess reason, but when it inclines to that region which is mingled with darkness, the world of becoming and passing away, it opines only and its edge is blunted, and it shifts its opinions hither and thither, and again seems as if it lacked reason.” (The Republic bk. VI, 508d) And the metaphor of Plato was correct, for in the beginning God created the light. “God said, ‘let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:3-5) And as Plato expounded, “the soul is inclined to mingle in the darkness and hides fr om the light.” And as the Lord said, on the first day the earth would dwell in the darkness. For the light had not yet been sent, thus the Father would give us the moon and the sun. “God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:16-18)
And as Plato extolled, the sun “furnishes the power of visibility and provides growth and nurture.” (The Republic bk. VI, 509b) And the Father sent the Son and the Word, and with the Word was Light, and with the Light was Life. For “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:1-5) For as the Son affirmed, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me
will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12) And Plato stated that unfortunately men are not inclined to follow the light, but rather choose to dwell in the darkness. (The Republic bk. VI, 508d) And the Light did not shine in the souls of all men. For many hated the Light and would dwell in the darkness. And “this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” (John 3:19-21) And Plato expounded that within some souls, the “light transcends essence in dignity and surpassing power.” (The Republic bk. VI, 509b) And the souls of those who would dwell in the Light, would become sons of the Light. “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” (John 12:35-36) (Addendum 2: Christ is Light) And now we as sons of the Light excel in dignity and power. “For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20-21)
There was the true Light which , coming into
the world, enlightens every man.
IV Platonic Darkness (429-347 BC) To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 13, 2009
Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
Plato expounded on the elusiveness of truth through his “allegory of the cave”. For allegorically speaking, mankind was conceived in the darkness of a cave. For in a desolate cave facing a dark wall, are prisoners who have been captive since birth. Yet the fire behind them casts light and gives them warmth. And when an object passes by, the prisoners can see the shadow of the object. Thus by casting a shadow, the prisoners ascribe life and form to this object. And when a prisoner is freed, he is allowed to see the fire, and the objects that have been casting these shadows. And he is allowed to see the sun, and can then comprehend that it is the “source of the seasons and the years, and is the steward of all things in the visible place, and is in a certain way the cause of all those things he and his companions had been seeing.” (The Republic bk. VII, 516b–c) “But when the prisoner returns to his companions how is he received? Wouldn't it be said of him that he went up and came back with his eyes corrupted, and that it’s not even worth trying to go up? And if they were somehow able to get their hands on and kill the man who attempts to release and lead up, wouldn’t they kill him?” (The Republic bk. VII, 517a)
And man has been imprisoned on this earth, and darkness and gloom have enveloped his mind. For “justice is far from us, and
righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, but behold, darkness, for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope along the wall like blind men, we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at midday as in the twilight, among those who are vigorous we are like dead men.” (Isaiah 59:9-10) And no man has the ability to comprehend the light, until he is brought into the Light. For as was testified of the Light, “all things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:3-5) And as the Son testified of the Light, “Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” (John 3:11-13) And God’s servants would show men the Light. For His servants were the prophets of God, angels who were ordained by the Light. And Moses was sent to show men the Light. “For the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB. Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.” (Luke 20:37-38) And as was said of the prophets to follow. “He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac…Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.” (Psalms 105:8-15) But how were His prophets received? “Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and
murderers you have now become; you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.” (Acts 7:52-53) And for the benefit of its prisoners, the Son would enter the depths of the cave. For the Son came down to earth, that all men may comprehend the Light. For “no one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.” (John 3:13) And the Son would show men the Light. For as the Son said “the Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:18-19) And the Son was the Light that entered this dark world. “He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” (John 9:1-5) And the man who was blind would comprehend the Light. For “Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered, ‘Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.’ And he said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshiped Him. And Jesus said, ‘For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.’” (John 9:35-39)
But those who depised the Light would remain blind. For “those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, ‘We are not blind too, are we?’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.’” (John 9:40-41) And in ignorance and blindness, they would persecute the Light. “Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, ‘Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’ And Jesus said, ‘I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.’ Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, ‘What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?’ And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. Some began to spit at Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, ‘Prophesy!’” And the Son was nailed to the cross, and at His last breath, the sun would depart. “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.’ Having said this, He breathed His last.’” (Luke 23:44-46) And by the death of the Son on the cross, we now proclaim the Truth which is Light. For the Son taught the world that the Word of Truth is Light. “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27) And by His ascension into heaven, the Son would send the Spirit of Truth. “When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13) And no longer are we prisoners
of the dark, but now we are sons of the Light. For as the Light said, “for a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” (John 12:35-36) And now that we are sons of the Light, we proclaim the Word of Truth which is Light. For “you are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket , but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) And as Plato opined on the form of the Good, “but whether true or false, my opinion is that in the world of knowledge, the Form of the Good, appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort. When seen, however, it can only lead us to the conclusion that it is the universal author of all things beautiful and right, that it is the origin of the source of light in the visible world, and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intelligible world. Without having seen the Form of Good and having fixed his eye upon it, one will not be able to act wisely either in public affairs or in private life.” (The Republic bk. VII, 518) And as the Light testified on the form of the good, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Luke 18:19) For at the beginning, “there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:3-5) For “there was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and
those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:9-13) For the Light is good, and the Light of Life is God.
I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.
IV The Platonic Man, the Tripartite Man(429-347 BC) To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 25, 2009
"Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
Plato Plato expounded on the tripartite man, that man is a trinity, that man‘s soul is three partitions of one. For as he theorized, each individual has a tripartite soul, and each partition is driven by three types of desire. And each partition has an agent of desire: that object which the soul desires. Thus the tripartite soul is divided into three: appetite, reason, and spirit. The appetite of the soul is the desire for food, drink, and other earthly pleasures. It contains desires which are necessary in order to sustain life (i.e. drinking water), desires which are unnecessary (i.e. drinking alcohol), and desires which are unlawful (i.e. drinking your child‘s blood). Yet the appetite is necessary, for it sustains even the body of a righteous man. For ―the righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite.‖ (Proverbs 13:25) But the appetite of man is never truly satisfied, for ―all a man's labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied.‖ (Ecclesiastes 6:6-7) And an appetite in excess is contrary to God. ―For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now
tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.‖ (Philippians 3:18-19) For the appetite of this earth is not of the Father. "For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world." (1 John 2:16) And their appetites will cause them to stumble at the end. ―They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD. They cannot satisfy their appetite nor can they fill their stomachs, for their iniquity has become an occasion of stumbling.‖ (Ezekiel 7:19) Reason is the partition of the soul which strives for the truth. And in the righteous man, the soul is ruled by reason and strives to fulfill reason‘s desires. And the Lord desires for reason and truth from man‘s inner being. For ―behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.‖ (Psalms 51:6) And the Lord is near those who strive for the truth. For ―the LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.‖ (Psalms 145:18) And the voice of truth shall endure forever, for ―a false witness will perish, but the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.‖ (Proverbs 21:28) And the truth is revealed by entering the Light. ―And everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.‖ (John 3:20-21)
For many do not speakof the truth, for the source of their desire comes from their father who is Satan. For ―you are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.‖ (John 8:44-47) And the spirit is the partition of the soul which satisfies the desire of reason. And in all righteous men, the Spirit ensures that the appetite is controlled by reason and truth. And as the Son promised, the Father would send us the Spirit of truth, ―I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.‖ (John 14:16-17) And contrary to the desires of man‘s appetite, the desires of the spirit and truth come from God. For ―they are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.‖ (1 John 4:5-6) And the hour draws near when His people shall worship in spirit and in truth. For ―an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father
seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.‖ (John 4:23-24)
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13
VI Aristotle on Causality (384-322 BC) To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 27, 2009
The soul is the cause and first principle of the living body
Aristotle was a student of Plato who set up much of the groundwork for scientific methodology. For contrary to Plato, Aristotle believed that philosophy should be grounded upon that which is observed, rather than that which is rationalized by man’s mind. Henceforth, his contributions were monumental towards the development of empirical science. Aristotle addressed this issue of causality in his Physics. He did so by addressing the fundamental question “what causes motion and change in this universe?” He concluded that there are four principal causes: the material cause, the formal cause, the efficient cause, and the final cause. The material cause is the matter or substance which an object is composed of. The formal cause is the image or template from which an object is designed. The efficient cause is the means or agency by which an object is created. And the final cause is the goal or purpose for which an object is created. Thus causality can be any combination of these four causes, with the most important cause being the final cause.
“Cause” means: in one sense, that as the result of whose presence something comes into being—e.g. the bronze of a statue and the silver of a cup, and the classes for which contain these; in another sense, the form or pattern; that is, the essential formula and the classes which contain it—e.g. the ratio 2:1 and number in general is the cause of the octave—and the parts of the formula. The source of the first beginning of change or rest; e.g. the man who plans is a cause, and the father is the cause of the child, and in general that which produces is the cause of that which is produced, and that which changes of that which is changed. The same as “end”; i.e. the final cause; e.g., as the “end” of walking is health. For why does a man walk? “To be healthy,” we say, and by saying this we consider that we have supplied the cause. All those means towards the end which arise at the instigation of something else, as, e.g. fat-reducing, purging, drugs and instruments are causes of health; for they all have the end as their object, although they differ from each other as being some instruments, others actions. Aristotle, Metaphysics 1013a
And man can be utilized as an illustration of causality:
For the material cause of man is the material from which man is made of. Thus the material cause of man is the dust from the ground and the breath of God. “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7
And the formal cause of man is the template which man is designed from. Thus the formal cause of man is the image of God. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth’. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27 And the efficient cause of man is the agent through which man was created. Thus the efficient cause of man is God the Creator. Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalms 100:1-3 And the final cause of man is the purpose for which man was created. And the final cause of man is to complete the temple of God. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which
he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:10-16 Thus the four-fold causality of man is God. For the material cause of man is the breath of God, the formal cause of man is the image of God, the efficient cause of man is the Creator who is God, and the final cause of man is the temple of God. And temple is derived from the Latin root templum which means “a building for worship”. Thus the four-fold causality of man is to work through the breath of God, in the image of God, by the hands of God, in order to worship God. For as this verse concludes: Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. 1 Corinthians 3:17 And all men were created by the hands of God. But few men have worked to complete the temple of God. For many have worked for the temple of this earth. Thus as it was prophesied, their temple shall be destroyed. Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months. Revelation 11:1-2
But the temple of God shall soon be closed, and the judgment and wrath shall soon come, for as the prophecy says: After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened, and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and girded around their chests with golden sashes. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels, seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished. Revelation 15:5-8 But the temple shall be closed for just a short time. For temple is derived from the Latin root tempos which means “for a time”. And when the last bowl has been poured, and all of man’s works have been tested, and every last cent has been paid, then the temporality of the temple shall be finished, and the new kingdom shall be complete for all men to enter.
I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple
VII Aristotle on Existence (384-322 BC) To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 28, 2009
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
Aristotle Aristotle introduced the concept of metaphysics, which is the philosophical study of existence, or put more simply the study of being. And in essence many fields of study examine the realm of existence. For mathematics and numbers is the study of existence in the numerical realm, physics is the study of existence in the physical realm, and medicine is the study of existence in the physiological realm. Thus metaphysics is the study of existence in the existential realm. And Aristotle concluded in his essays on Metaphysics that existence is defined as “that which it is”; thus existence is defined by its substance. But what is substance? Aristotle expounded that there are four definitions of substance. The first definition is that substance is a determinate entity which is capable of existing on its own. And God is the only substance which is capable of existing on His own. For as He said, “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone.” (Isaiah 44:24) For as we know, “there is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like Yours. All nations whom You
have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.” (Psalms 86:8-10) The second definition is that substance is the essence of itself. And what is essence? “The essence of a thing is what it is said to be in respect of itself”. (1029b14-Metaphysics) And in essence there is only one substance which is in respect of Itself. For as Moses would ask of God, “‘Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13-14) And the third definition of substance is “the principle and the cause of being”. (1041a9-Metaphysics) And God is the principle and cause of all things being. For He created the heavens and the earth. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) And He created all things which live on the earth. “God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:21) And God created the first man, both male and female, and all the future generations. “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.” (Genesis 5:1-2) And the fourth definition of substance is “the moving cause” which is its form. And what is form? “By form I mean the essence of each thing, and its primary substance”. (1032b1 – Metaphysics) And the moving cause of all things is God. And the moving cause or the
essence of man is God, for man is created in the essence of God. “God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27) And Aristotle articulated that a substance can also be determined both in potentiality and in actuality. In other words, a substance’s potentiality and actuality can be determined over time. And potentiality is the power that a substance has to produce change. For the promised land was given to God’s people with the potential to produce a great harvest. “You shall thus observe My statutes and keep My judgments, so as to carry them out, that you may live securely on the land. Then the land will yield its produce, so that you can eat your fill and live securely on it.” (Leviticus 25:18-19) And the Word was given to His servants with the potential to produce a great harvest. “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29) And actuality is the ability of a substance to achieve its full potential. And many people were given the potential to produce good fruits, but in actuality they produced only worthless ones. “He dug it all around, removed its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. And He built a tower in the middle of it and also hewed out a wine vat in it; then He
expected it to produce good grapes, but it produced only worthless ones.” (Isaiah 5:2) But God's servants were given the potential to produce great works, and in actuality they produced a great harvest! “And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.’ Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.” (Revelation 14:15-16) And Aristotle affirmed that the actuality of a substance is superior to its potentiality. For given the consideration of time, all things ultimately come to an end. And the Son considered actuality superior to potentiality. For as He said, “you will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16-20)
Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Let your hands be strong, you who are listening in these days to these words from the mouth of the prophets, those who spoke in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, to the end that the temple might be built. For before those days there was no wage for man or any wage for animal; and for him who went out or came in there was no peace because of his enemies, and I set all men one against another. ‘But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ declares the LORD of hosts. For there will be peace for the seed: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things. It will come about that just as you were a curse
among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.
VIII Augustine on Time, Eternity, and the Mind (345-530 AD) To Andrew the Prophet Completed April 20, 2009
Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.
Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo, better known as St. Augustine, was a philosopher of the medieval period and one of the most important contributors to Western Christianity, for many of his philosophical ideologies were incorporated into Catholic doctrine. And one of his most significant contributions was the vacuous concept of “time”. For as Augustine confessed to the complexities of time: “For what is time? Who can readily and briefly explain this? Who can even in thought comprehend it, so as to utter a word about it? But what in discourse do we mention more familiarly and knowingly, than time? And, we understand, when we speak of it; we understand also, when we hear it spoken of by another. What then is time? If no one asks me, I know: if I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not: yet I say boldly that I know, that if nothing passed away, time past were not; and if nothing were coming, a time to come were not; and if nothing were, time present were not. Those two times then, past and to come, how are they, seeing the past now is not, and that to come is not yet? But the present, should it always be present, and never pass into time past, verily it should not be time, but eternity. If time present (if it is to be
time) only cometh into existence, because it passeth into time past, how can we say that either this is, whose cause of being is, that it shall not be; so, namely, that we cannot truly say that time is, but because it is tending not to be?” (Confessions, Book IX, 14.17)
Yet we can refer to the beginning of time,for the scripture clearly states when time began, “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Thus the normal inclination of any man is to query that daunting question, “but how didst Thou make the heaven and the earth?” (Confessions, Book IX, 5.7) And as the Word of God proceeds to explain, “then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) Henceforth, the natural man then questions, “but how didst Thou speak?” (Confessions, Book IX, 6.8) But Augustine was no natural man, for he was able to comprehend the physical attributes of speech. “For whatsoever that were, whereof such a voice were made, unless by Thee it were made, it could not be at all. By what Word then didst Thou speak, that a body might be made, whereby these words again might be said? Thou callest us then to understand the Word, God with Thee God, Which is spoken eternally and by It are all things spoken eternally.” (Confessions, Book IX, 6.8)
For when God spoke these words, "in the beginning", He also speaks to us. "For in the Gospel He speaks through the flesh, and this sounded outwardly in the ears of men; that it might be believed and sought inwardly.” (Confessions, Book IX, 8.10) Thus Augustine refers to the physical reality of the flesh, for only through the physics of the flesh, can the transmission of sound be appreciated by the ears of men. But despite the Word making time "in the beginning" manifest, time is not a blessing but a curse to mankind, while he lives in the flesh on th is earth. For Solomon languished over the imprisonment of the flesh
through the dominion of time. “A time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; a time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.” (Ecclesiastes 3:2-10) And the natural inclination is to query “what was” before the existence of time. “For what was God doing before He made heaven and earth?” (Confessions, Book IX,10.12 ) Thus Augustine alludes to the concept of eternity, for only through eternity can we comprehend the true substance of God. “For the will of God is not a creature, but before the creature; since nothing could be created, unless the will of the Creator had preceded. The will of God then belongeth to His very Substance.” (Confessions, Book IX, 10.12) And it was not until the final hour, that the Son spoke of the eternal realm of His Father. For as the Son decreed at the last hour on the cross, “Father the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.” (John 17:1-3) For the eternal is not for the mind of man to comprehend, but it is that which God has placed in men’s hearts. For “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the
end.” (Eccles. 3:11) "For in the Eternal nothing passeth, but the whole is present; whereas no time is all at once present: and that all time is past, is driven on by time to come, and all to come followeth upon the past; and all past and to come, is created, and flows out of that which ever present”. (Confessions, Book IX, 11.1) For Eternity is held in the hands of one God. “‘I, even I, am the LORD, and there is no savior besides Me. It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, and there was no strange god among you; so you are My witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘And I am God. Even from eternity I am He, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?’” (Isaiah 43:11-13) And the Son was One from the days of eternity, for “from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” (Micah 5:2) For the Son and the Father are One and the same, the Eternal God. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) But the physical man is held within the physical constraints of time, for time only exists in the present alone. For physically time cannot be broken into units. For “if an instant of time be conceived, it cannot be divided into the smallest particles of moments, that alone is it, which may be called present … in the terms of our present memory. For although when past facts are related, there are drawn out of the memory, no the things themselves which are past, but words which, conceived by the images of the things, they, in passing, have through the senses left as traces in the mind.” (Confessions, Book IX, 18.23) And even when the future is spoken of, it is in reference to the present mind, “which when we have set up, and have
begun to do what we were forethinking, then shall that action be; because then it is no longer future but present.” (Confessions, Book IX, 18.23) Thus man is confined while in this earthen state to time in the present. Yet we are b ound to a God who is present without the constraints of time. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) And even the power of time has no hold on God's dominion. For as the psalmist said, “a thousand years in Your sight are same in the past, as His is in the present, and as He shall always be." (Psalms 90:4) And likewise, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. " (Hebrews 13:8) But the mind and the flesh still query about time as it pertains to man in the universe. Thus “in what space then do we measure time passing”? (Confessions, Book IX, 21.27) For “I heard once from a learned man, that the motions of the sun, moon, and stars, constituted time, and I assented not. For why should not the motions of all bodies rather be times? Or, if the lights of heaven should cease, and a potter’s wheel run round, should there be no time”? (Confessions, Book IX, 21.27) Yet I contend that “the stars and light of heaven are for signs, and for seasons, and for year, and for days.” (Genesis 1:14) But though the rotation of the stars and lights may symbolize time, still they do not control time. For even if they seize to move or exist, does time not seize to be? No, but on the contrary, it is God who controls the lights and the stars. For was it not God who divided the night from the day? For it was God who “said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God
separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” (Genesis 1:3-5) And was it not God who created the lights and the stars? For “God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.” (Genesis 1:16) For it is God who “counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.” (Psalms 147:4-5)
But as Augustine concludes, it is not the stars nor the lights, but it is our mind which measures time. "For it is in thee, my mind, that I measure time…in thee I measure times; the impression, which things as they pass, by cause in thee, remains even when they are gone; this it is which still present, I measure, no the things which pass by to make this impression.” And we remember in our minds God’s lessons from the past. For I “remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.” (Lamentations 3:19-21) And we set our minds on the work in the present, “constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you”. (1 Thessalonians 1:3-4) And we place our minds in the hope and revealing of tomorrow. "Therefore prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 1:13) For He shall return, and when all things are complete, even the past shall no longer come to mind. "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things will not be remembered or come to mind."
And then Time will be no more.
IX Aquinas on the Trinity (1227-1274) To Andrew the Prophet Completed September 12, 2009
Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.
Thomas Aquin, proverbially known as St. Thomas Aquinas, was the foremost proponent of natural theology: the belief that the nature of the universe and the nature of faith are not contradictory, for both pertain to the same unity which is truth. His consummate work is the Summa Theologica or “Summary of Theology”, and within this work he addresses the nature of God, and the nature of the Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He first addresses this question “Is there a Trinity in God?” (Summa Theologica Question 31 Article 1) And the objection to this statement is that the Trinity cannot be the substance of one. For the term trinity suggests that one is in relation to two other separate enties. However, according to the proper meaning of the word, it signifies instead the number of persons with a single essence.” (Summa Theologica Question 31 Art 1) And the scripture testifies as to the Trinity of God. “For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood;
and the three are in agreement.” (1 John 5:7-8) And in perfect symbolism, the substance of man is one in three. For as the Lord said, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, YOUR SOUL, AND YOUR MIND. This is the great and foremost commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38) And the Word testifies of the trinity of man. "you are standing in one spirit, with one mind (soul) striving together for the faith of the gospel; in now way alarmed by your opponents - which is a sign of distruction for them, but of salvation for you, and of that too, from God." (Philippians 1:27-28) But if the Trinity is One, “Is the Son other than the Father?” (Summa Theologica Question 31 Article 2) And Aquinas concludes that the Son is other than the Father in person but not in essence. For as he states “and so since in God the distinction is according to the persons and not according to the essence, we say that the Father is other than the Son, but not that He is other. Conversely, we say that the Father and the Son are one essence, but not that they are one person.” (Summa Theologica Question 31 Article 2) For the person of the Son is the Word, and the Word was there from the beginning. Yet the Son and the Word is the essence of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) And the person of the Son was sent by the Father. And the Word dwelt with man in the flesh. For “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) And the person of the Father loves the Son, and the Father placed all things in His hand. For “the Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:35-36) And as the Son dwelt on earth, so does the Father dwell in
heaven. For as the Son said, “do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:9) And as the Word taught us to pray to our Father in heaven, “pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.’” (Matthew 6:9) For as the person of the Father does in the heavens, so does the person of the Son do on the earth. For as the Son testified of the Father, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” (John 5:19-23) Yet the Son is one essence with the Father, for the Son is in the Father, and the Father is in the Son. For as the Son said of the Father, “do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.” (John 14:10-11) And the Son is one essence with the Father, for the Father and the Son are One. For as the Son said of the Father, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) And by going through the Son, we go through the Father, and by knowing the Son we know the Father. For as the Son said, “I am the way, and the truth,
and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” (John 14:6-7) “And does the Holy Spirit proceed from the Father through the Son”? (Summa Theologica Question 36 Article 3) As Aquinas concludes, “since the Son has from the Father the fact that the Holy Spirit proceeds from Him, one can say that it is through the Son that the Father spirates the Holy Spirit or—what amounts to the same thing— that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father through the Son.” (Summa Theologica Question 36 Article 3) For the Spirit proceeds from the Father, and the Spirit was there in the beginning. For as it says, “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2) Yet it is the Son through whom the Spirit proceeds, for as the Baptist said of the Son, “as for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11) And as the Son said of the Holy Spirit, “when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.” (John 15:26) For “the Father is said to spirate the Holy Spirit through the Son, but not vice versa.” (Summa Theologica Question 36 Article 3) And as the Son said, the Father would send the Spirit in His name, “these things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:25-26)
And now we are called upon to baptize in the Trinity, for as the Son taught us “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) And now that the Trinity is complete, we are called by the Spirit through the Son, to be sons and heirs of the Father. For “you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:6-7)
For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
1 John 5:7-8
X Copernicus on the Revolution of Spheres (1473-1543) To Andrew the Prophet Completed September 24, 2009
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. Genesis 1:16-19
The system of astronomy developed by Greek philosophy was known as the Ptolemeic system, for it taught that the earth was the center of the universe, and that the sun and the stars revolved around its center. And this theory was held by philosophers and theologians alike until the philosopher, Nicolaus Copernicus, reversed the fallacy of this presupposition. For in 1543 he published his earth shattering theory, the Six Books on the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, which established that the earth and the planets orbited around the sun, and not vice versa. And despite the persecution of the church, Copernicus rightfully asserted what he observed, and what he observed was the Truth. “For it is the duty of an astronomer to compose the history of the celestial motions through careful and expert study. Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly
induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun. I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavor to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God.” (Copernicus) And although the church believed that all things revolved around the earth, even they knew that all things revolved in a circle. For as Copernicus established, “first of all, we must note that the universe is spherical. The reason is either that, of all forms,the sphere is the most perfect, needing no joint and being a complete whole, which can be neither increased nor diminished.” (Six Books On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Book 1, Chapter 1) And as the Father established at the beginning, “when He established the heavens, I was there, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, when He made firm the skies above, when the springs of the deep became fixed.” (Proverbs 8:27-28) And as Copernicus further expounded, “the earth also is spherical, since it presses upon its center from every direction.” (Six Books On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Book 1, Chapter 2) And as the Word spoke of the circle of the earth, “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 out like a tent to dwell in.” (Isaiah 40:22) And as Copernicus spoke of earth’s waters, “it pours forth its seas everywhere, then, the ocean envelops the earth and fills its deeper chasms.” (Six Books On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Book 1, Chapter 3) And as the Word spoke of the waters, “He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters at the boundary of light and darkness.” (Job 26:10) Thus Copernicus concludes of the sun and the planets, “the motion of the heavenly bodies is circular, since the motion appropriate to a sphere is rotation in a circle. By this very act
the sphere expresses its form as the simplest body, wherein neither beginning nor end can be found, nor can the one be distinguished from the other, while the sphere itself traverses the same points to return upon itself.” (Six Books On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Book 1, Chapter 4) And man has assumed that all things revolve around the earth. For the ancient philosophers observed, that most masses gravitate towards the earth. For “the ancient philosophers sought to establish that the earth remains at rest in the middle of the universe by certain other arguments. As their main reason, however, they adduce heaviness and lightness. Earth is in fact the heaviest element, and everything that has weight is borne toward it in an effort to reach its inmost center.” (Six Books On The Revolution, Book 1, Chapter 7) Yet despite the majesty of the earth, as the Word recalls, the earth was formless and void at the beginning. For “the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep”. (Genesis 1:2) And the earth is not God’s throne, but a footstool for His feet. “Thus says the LORD, ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.’” (Isaiah 66:1) And we set our minds on the glory of God, and not on the things of this earth. “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2) Therefore, “the massive bulk of the earth does indeed shrink to insignificance in comparison with the size of the heavens.” (Copernicus) “But it is the duty of an astronomer to compose the history of the celestial motions through careful and expert study.” (Copernicus) And contrary to the Ptolemic system, Copernicus observed that the earth is not at the center of all things. For as he observed “since nothing
prevents the earth from moving, I suggest that we should now consider also whether several motions suit it, so that it can be regarded as one of the planets. For, it is not the center of all the revolutions.” (Copernicus) For “in the middle of everything is the sun. For in this most beautiful temple, who would place this lamp in another or better position than that from which it can light up the whole thing at the same time? For, the sun is not inappropriately called by some people the lantern of the universe, its mind by others, and its ruler by still others.” (Six Books On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Book 1, Chapter 10) And the sun is the “lantern of the universe”, for as we know, all things come from the sun. For in the beginning, God created the sun which gives us light and day. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” (Genesis 1:1-5) For it is by God’s commands that He prepares the light and the sun. For “Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun. You have established all the boundaries of the earth”. (Psalms 74:16-17) And the Son is the “mind and ruler of the universe” for we know that all things come from the Son. “For the LORD God is a sun and shield”. (Psalms 84:11) And all things come from the Son, for we know that the Son was there in the beginning. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through
Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.” (John 1:14) For the Son comes from the heavens, and the Father placed all things in His hands.. For “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:31-36) “Therefore the sun is placed at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the systematic procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, ‘with both eyes open’.” (Copernicus) And the Son is the center of the universe. And when the Son died on the cross, the sun would depart and darkness would fall. For “it was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT’ this, He breathed His last.” (Luke 23:44-46) And when the Son returns from the heavens, the sun shall depart once again. For “the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.” (Joel 2:31) “For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not flash forth their light; the sun will be dark when it rises and the moon will not shed its light.” (Isaiah 13:10)
But once all debts have been paid, the Son shall return and the Light shall dwell amongst men. And “no longer will you have the sun for light by day, nor for brightness will the moon give you light; but you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory. Your sun will no longer set, nor will your moon wane; for you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will be over.” (Isaiah 60:19-20)
Those things which I am saying now may be obscure, yet they will be made clearer in their proper place. Copernicus
XI Newton on Natural Philosophy (1643-1727) To Andrew the Prophet Completed September 29, 2009
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei was a philosopher who is known as the “father of modern science”. And he endorsed the Copernican notion that all things center about the sun despite nearly losing his life during the Roman Inquisition. For as he testified, “take note, theologians, that in your desire to make matters of faith out of propositions relating to the fixity of sun and earth you run the risk of eventually having to condemn as heretics those who would declare the earth to stand still and the sun to change position -- eventually, I say, at such a time as it might be proved that the earth moves and the sun stands still.” (Dialogue, Galilei) But more importantly, he was the first to observe that the laws of nature are mathematical For as he wrote “philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe ... It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures”. (The Assayer, Galilei) For Galileo’s greatest contribution was not from his scientific observations, but from his philosophical view that by observing and measuring nature, we can discover the truth. For as he professed, “I do not feel obliged to
believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect intended us to forgo their use.” But natural philosophy was endorsed most notably by the philosopher and physicist, Sir Isaac Newton. And in his publication, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, Newton discusses the laws of classical mechanics, gravitation, and motion. Yet his greatest contribution was not in the field of physics, but in the field of natural philosophy. For contrary to the notion that the laws of science are independent of God, the laws of nature point to the mind of an omniscient God. For as Newton testified, “this most beautiful system could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.” (Sir Isaac Newton) And as Newton states in his Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, the first rule of reasoning in philosophy is “to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. To this purpose the philosophers say that Nature does nothing in vain, and more is in vain when less will serve; for Nature is pleased with simplicity, and affects not the pomp of superfluous causes.” “Therefore to the same natural effects we must, as far as possible, assign the same causes. As to respiration in a man and in a beast; the descent of stones in Europe and in America; the light of our culinary fire and of the sun; the reflection of light in the earth, and in the planets.” (Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Second Rule of Reasoning, Sir Isaac Newton) And modern science has concluded that the simplest of life’s ecosystems require just three essential elements: water, oxygen, and light. And we know that life comes from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For an ecosystem requires water for its living pathways. And we need
the Father who is the living Water. For “You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it; the stream of God is full of water; You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth. Your water its furrows abundantly, You settle its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth.” (Psalms 65:9-10) And scientists concur that earth’s ecosystem requires light from the sun. And God’s children need Light from the Son. For “this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7) And scientists understand that life requires oxygen in order to grow. And His children need the breath of the Spirit in order to grow. For from man’s beginning “the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7) For “the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4) And “the qualities of bodies, which admit neither intensification nor remission of degrees, and which are found to belong to all bodies within the reach of our experiments, are to be esteemed the universal qualities of all bodies whatsoever.” (Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Third Rule of Reasoning, Sir Isaac Newton) And all bodies are made in the image of God. For the body of the earth was made in the image of the heavens. For in the beginning God created both the heavens and the earth. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) And He established the day and the night and the seasons. “Yours is the day, Yours also is the night;
You have prepared the light and the sun. You have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter.” (Psalms 74:16-17) And as the Lord rules over the heavens, so mankind rules over the earth. For “the heavens are the heavens of the LORD, but the earth He has given to the sons of men.” (Psalms 115:16) And the heavens are His throne, and the earth is His footrest. “Thus says the LORD, ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,’ declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 66:1-2) And as the earth is made in the image of the heavens, so are all men made in the image of God. For “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27) And His children have been made in the image of the Son. "For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justif ied and these whom He justified, He also glorified." (Romans 8:29-30) And “in experimental philosophy we are to look, upon propositions inferred by general induction from phenomena as accurately or very nearly true, notwithstanding any contrary hypotheses that may be imagined, till such time as other phenomena occur, by which they may cither be made more accurate, or liable to exceptions.” (Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Fourth Rule of Reasoning, Sir Isaac Newton) And as Newton spoke of the laws of the universe, “if the fixed stars are the centers of other like systems, these, being formed by the like wise counsel, must be all subject to the dominion of One; especially since the light of the fixed stars is of the
same nature with the light of the sun, and from every system light passes into all the other systems: and lest the systems of the fixed stars should, by their gravity, fall on each other, he hath placed those systems at immense distances from one another.” (Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, General Scholium, Sir Isaac Newton) And it is the dominion of God who gives great order to this universe. “Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; the LORD of hosts is His name”. (Jeremiah 31:35) But soon this fixed order shall depart. For “‘if this fixed order departs from before Me,’ declares the LORD, ‘Then the offspring of Israel also will cease from being a nation before Me forever.’” (Jeremiah 31:36) And on that day, the laws of nature and the universe shall be changed. For “THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT AND THE STARS WILL BE FALLING, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS in power and glory.” (Mark 13:24-26) But though the laws of nature may change, and though the stars and sun may wane, the mind of the Lord shall never change. “For this the earth shall mourn and the heavens above be dark, because I have spoken, I have purposed, and I will not change My mind, nor will I turn from it.” (Jeremiah 4:28) And then the end will come.
About the Time of the End, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition
Sir Isaac Newton
XII Machiavelli: The Prince and the Lion (1469-1527) To Andrew the Prophet Completed October 4, 2009
The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.
Niccolo Machiavelli Political philosophy is the branch of philosophy that analyzes the theory and practice of politics, and its founding father was the Renaissance philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli. And his coupe de grace was his political treatise, The Prince, which was intended to be a practical guide on how to rule. But though his pragmatic approach towards leadership was accurate, it was considered by critics to be harsh and cruel. Machiavelli’s first hypothesis on ruling is that the inclination of the people is towards self preservation, and that the people will either support or rebel against a leader. Thus a prince must decide whether to rule with benevolence or with fear. For “at this point one may note that men must be either pampered or annihilated. They avenge light offenses; they cannot avenge severe ones; hence, the harm one does to a man must be such as to obviate any fear of revenge.” (The Prince, Chapter III, Machiavelli) And God has pampered mankind with benevolence, by sending the prophets to foster His kingdom. “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER it out to vine-growers and went on a journey.
When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vinegrowers to receive his produce.” (Matthew 21:33-34) Yet the people responded with murder and strife. For “the vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third.” (Matthew 21:35-36) And the Lord responded a second time with benevolence. For He sent more prophets to shepherd the kingdom, but the people did not respond in kind. “Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them.” (Matthew 21:36) And God responded a third time with benevolence. For He sent His only Son to gather His sheep. “But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’” (Matthew 21:37) “But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.” (Matthew 21:3839) For God has pampered mankind with great blessings, but they have responded with murder and strife. And for their malevolence and malice, the Father shall punish them with justice. For “when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinegrowers? They said to Him, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.’” (Matthew 21:40-41) And in pragmatic fashion, Machiavelli asserts that the new prince must destroy the prior kingdom, less its people turn against him and rebel. For “people are by nature changeable. It is easy to persuade them about some particular matter, but it is hard to hold them to that persuasion. Hence it is necessary to provide that when they no longer believe, they can be forced to believe.” (The Prince, Chapter VI, Machiavelli) For the nature of man is to follow their father who is
Satan. For as the Son said “why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” (John 8:43-47) But man has not been easily persuaded, and continues to follow Satan’s ways. And by their ways they shall be destroyed. For “now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe…and these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.” (Jude 1:5,10) Thus “a question arises whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse. The answer is, of course, that it would be best to be both loved and feared. But since the two rarely come together, anyone compelled to choose will find greater security in being feared than in being loved.” (The Prince, Chapter XV, Machiavelli) And the Father taught His people to live in fear. “So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today. It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all this commandment before the LORD our God, just as He commanded us.” (Deuteronomy 6:24-25)
But fear begets love, for the Lord taught His people how to love. For as the Prince said, “this is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:12-14) And no longer are we slaves but friends of the Prince. “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another.” (John 15:15-17) And no longer do we live in fear, for when love is perfected, there is no fear. For “there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:18-19)
My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm…You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.
XIII Bacon on Nature & Inductive Reasoning (1561-1626) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 12, 2009
Science is but an image of the truth.
Sir Francis Bacon
Sir Francis Bacon was a philosopher as well as a scientist who pioneered the method of inductive reasoning, now known as the scientific method. For as Bacon explains in his Novum Organum “The New Instrument”, inductive reasoning relies not on man’s preconceived notions, but on observations and inferences from nature which surrounds him. And the first step of induction as Bacon proposes is to observe nature and its works. For “man, being the servant and interpreter of Nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature. Beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything… I am building in the human understanding a true model of the world, such as it is in fact, not such as a man's own reason would have it to be; a thing which cannot be done without a very diligent dissection and anatomy of the world.” (Bacon, Novum Organum, Book One) And God gave man signs to observe, that we would know of His works. For “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; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth; and it was so.” (Genesis 1:14-15) And by observing God’s works, we can know God’s nature which is Truth. For “He has shown to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are truth and justice; all His precepts are sure. They are upheld forever and ever; they are performed in truth and uprightness.” (Psalms 111:6-8) But Bacon forewarns that man’s false illusions can distort the truth. For “there are four classes of Idols which beset men's minds. To these for distinction's sake I have assigned names, calling the first class Idols of the Tribe; the second, Idols of the Cave; the third, Idols of the Market Place; the fourth, Idols of the Theater.” (Bacon, Novum Organum, XXXIV) "And the Idols of the Tribe have their foundation in human nature itself, and in the tribe or race of men. For it is a false assertion that the sense of man is the measure of things. On the contrary, all perceptions as well of the sense as of the mind are according to the measure of the individual and not according to the measure of the universe. And the human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.” (Bacon, Novum Organum, XXLI) And the perception of man can blind him from the truth. For “the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’” (Matthew 13:14-15)
And “the Idols of the Cave are the idols of the individual man. For everyone has a cave or den of his own, which refracts and discolors the light of nature, owing either to his own proper and peculiar nature; or to his education and conversation with others; or to the reading of books, and the authority of those whom he esteems and admires; or to the differences of impressions, accordingly as they take place in a mind preoccupied and predisposed or in a mind indifferent and settled; or the like.” (Bacon, Novum Organum, XXLII) And each man in his cave has a lamp for his body, which can fill him with darkness or light. For as the Light said, “the eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.” (Luke 11:34-36) And “there are also Idols formed by the intercourse and association of men with each other, which I call Idols of the Market Place, on account of the commerce and consort of men there. For it is by discourse that men associate, and words are imposed according to the apprehension of the vulgar. And therefore the ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.” (Bacon, Novum Organum, XXLIII) And the words of all men can turn from the truth, for “he who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool. When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable.” (Proverbs 10:18-19) But the words of the Lord hold true. For “the words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.” (Psalms 12:6) And “lastly, there are Idols which have immigrated into men's minds from the various dogmas of philosophies, and also from wrong laws
of demonstration. These I call Idols of the Theater, because in my judgment all the received systems are but so many stage plays, representing worlds of their own creation after an unreal and scenic fashion.” (Bacon, Novum Organum, XXLIV) For the teachers of the ages through the dogma of their ways have weighed down men’s lives with false teachings. For “they practice ungodliness and spread false teachings about the LORD. They deprive the hungry of food and give no water to the thirsty.” (Isaiah 32:6) Thus Bacon says that in order to observe correctly, we must start with God who is the author of all things. For “the beginning is from God: for the business which is in hand, having the character of good so strongly impressed upon than it, appears manifestly to proceed from God, who is the author of good, and the Father of Lights.” (Bacon, Novum Organum, XCIII) And contrary to popular belief, natural philosophy does not contradict faith. For “if the matter be truly considered, natural philosophy is, after the word of God, at once the surest medicine against superstition and the most approved nourishment for faith, and therefore she is rightly given to religion as her most faithful handmaid, since the one displays the will of God, the other his power.” (Bacon, Novum Organum, LXXXIX)
A little philosophy inclines man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy brings men's minds about to religion.
Sir Francis Bacon
XIV Descartes and the Soul (1596-1650) To Andrew the Prophet Completed October 14, 2009
I think; therefore I am.
Rationalism is the theory which exercises the method of reason, rather than experience, authority, or spiritual revelation, as the foundation of knowledge. For rationalism is recognized as the methodology upon which modern philosophy is founded. And the founding father of rationalism was the French philosopher Rene Descartes. For Descartes believed that in order to seek truth, one must dispose of all prior biases and beliefs. For “if you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” (Descartes) For as he exposits in his Discourse on Method, Cogito ergo sum--“I think therefore I am”. For in deconstructing our thinking, we discover that existence is the beginning of truth. And Descartes emphasizes how important it is to apply our mind to truth. “For it is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to apply it well. The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as the greatest virtues, and those who proceed only very slowly, if they always stay on the right road, are capable of advancing a great deal further than those who rush along and wander away from it.” (Descartes, Discourse on Method, Part 1) For as Solomon said of the
path of righteousness and truth, “the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know over what they stumble .” (Proverbs 4:18-19) And the first step that Descartes took was to abandon all prior knowledge, and to build his theories upon the foundation of his unadulterated thoughts. And Christ’s disciples were instructed in like manner. “You need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14) And by abandoning all prior knowledge, Descartes realized the foundation of his thoughts. For “while I wished in this way to think everything was false, it was necessary that I—who was doing the thinking—had to be something. Noticing that this truth—I think; therefore, I am—was so firm and so sure that all the most extravagant assumptions of the sceptics would not be able to weaken it, I judged that I could accept it without scruple as the first principle of the philosophy I was looking for.” (Descartes, Discourse on Method, Part 4) For as Descartes discovered, our substance starts not from our body, but from the substance of our soul. For “from that I recognized that I was a substance whose essence or nature is only thinking, a substance which had no need of any location and did not depend on any material thing, so that this “I,” that is to say, the soul, by which I am what I am, is entirely distinct from the body and is even easier to know than the body, and that, even if the body were no
longer there, the soul could not help being everything it is.” (Descartes, Discourse on Method, Part 4) But what is the body? And who is more apropos to define the body, than the mathematician who invented the Cartesian system. For it was Descartes who founded our modern method of algebraic graphing, as he explained, “after that I wanted to look for other truths, and I proposed to myself the subject matter of geometricians, which I understood as a continuous body or a space extended indefinitely in length, width, and height or depth, divisible into various parts, which could have various figures and sizes and be moved or transposed in all sorts of ways.” (Descartes, Discourse on Method, Part 4) And God placed the body of this earth in the dimension of space. For “He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.” (Job 26:7) And by length, width, height, and depth, Christ dwells within us. For “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth.” (Ephesians 3:17-18) And what is the soul? Descartes concludes that the soul is the essence which separates man from beast, for the physical construction of both is functionally the same. “For by examining the functions which, as a result of this assumption, could be present in this body, I found precisely all those which could be in us without our thinking about them, and thus without any contribution from our soul, that is to say, the distinct part of the body whose nature is solely to think (as I have said above), the functions which we can say are all those in which the animals without reason are similar to us. But in doing this, I could not find any of those which, because they are dependent on thought, are the only ones which pertain to us, as men; whereas, I found all of
them afterwards, once I assumed the God had created a reasonable soul and joined it to this body in the particular way which I described.” (Descartes, Discourse on Method, Part 4) And all souls came into being through the Father. For “the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Lit. soul)” (Genesis 2:7) And all souls shall return to the Father. For “‘as I live,’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore. Behold, all souls are Mine.” (Ezekiel 18:3-4) And Descartes asserts of the immortality of one’s soul. For “apart from the error of those who deny God, which I believe I have adequately refuted above, there is nothing which distances feeble minds from the right road of virtue more readily than to imagine that the soul of animals is the same nature as our own and that thus we have nothing either to fear or to hope for after this life, any more than flies and ants do; whereas, once one knows how different they are, one understands much better the reasons which prove that the nature of our souls is totally independent of the body, and thus it is not at all subject to dying along with the body. Then, to the extent that one cannot see other causes which destroy the soul, one is naturally led to judge that the soul is immortal.” (Descartes,Discourse on Method,5) But due to the immortality of the soul, we must be wary of its relation to the flesh. For it is the flesh which wages war against our souls , as we are warned, “ I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11) And the Son warned of the judgment on men's souls .“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28) For at the end all souls shall be judged. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the
whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.” (Matthew 16:26-27)
I think; therefore I am.
God thinks therefore I am.
XV Spinoza on One Mind (1632-1677) To Andrew the Prophet Completed October 15, 2009
Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived.
Benedict de Spinoza
As a consequence of Descartes’ writings, “dualism”, the division of mind and body, would predominate subsequent philosophical inquiry. However Baruch Spinoza, a Dutch philosopher and mathematician, would challenge this premise by questioning whether there is a distinction betweenthe two. For rather than focusing on the duality of the body and mind, Spinoza believed in pantheism, which embraces the concept that “all is God”. For Spinoza asserted that man and the world are of one substance, and that our spiritual as well as physical existence is merely an extension of God. For “whatsoever is … is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived.” (Spinoza, Ethics) Thus the first goal of Spinoza’s The Ethics was to define the essence of God. For as he expounded “by God I understand a being absolutely infinite, that is a substance consisting of infinite attributes,
each of which expresses eternal and infinite essence.” And Spinoza goes on to assert, “all things which exist, exist either in themselves or in something else.” And through a series of propositions and proofs, he concludes that “every substance is necessarily infinite.” (Spinoza, Ethics, First Part) And we as God’s children know of His infinite attributes and substance. For “He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.” (Psalms 147:4-5) And we know that all things exist through His name. For “whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.” (Ecclesiastes 6:10-11) And we understand that the soul cannot be destroyed but returns to one place. For “even if the other man lives a thousand years twice and does not enjoy good things—do not all go to one place?” (Ecclesiastes 6:6) And Spinoza expounded on the attributes of God, in particular the attributes of His mind and His thought. For as Spinoza proposed, “thought (cogitatio) is an attribute of God, or, God is a thinking thing. Particular thoughts, or, this and that thought, are modes which express in a certain and determinate way the nature of God. So the attribute whose conception all particular thoughts involve and through which they are conceived, belongs to God. Thought, therefore, is one of the infinite attributes of God, which expresses the eternal and infinite essence of God, or God is a thinking thing.” (Spinoza, Ethics, Second Part) For it was by God’s thought that man was created. For “what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalms 8:4) And it was by God’s thought that His Word became flesh. For “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) And it is from the Word that we
know of His mind. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?’” (Romans 11:33-36) And it is by His mind that we have the mind of Christ. For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) And thus Spinoza states on the oneness of God’s mind, “the idea of God from which infinite things in infinite ways follow can only be one. Infinite intellect comprehends nothing save the attributes and modifications of God, God is one. Therefore the idea of God from which infinite things in infinite ways follow can only be one.” (Spinoza, Ethics, Second Part) And Spinoza articulates on the attributes of man’s thought. For “the human body can be affected in many ways whereby its power of acting is increased or diminished, and again in others which neither increase nor diminish its power of action.” (Spinoza, Ethics, Third Part) For the greatest power of good comes from the knowledge of God. Andthe greatest knowledge of good is the knowledge of God which is love. And “this love towards God must hold the chief place in the mind. For this love is associated with all the modifications of the body and is fostered by them all; therefore, it must hold the chief place in the mind.” (Spinoza, Ethics, Fifth Part) And the mind of Christ causes us to love one another. For “the good which every man, who follows after virtue, desires for himself he will also desire for other men, and so much the more, in proportion as he has a greater knowledge of God.” (Spinoza, Ethics, Fourth Part) For as the mind of Christ taught us “the first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the
LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31) “Thus in life it is before all things useful to perfect the understanding, or reason, as far as we can, and in this alone man’s highest happiness or blessedness consists, indeed blessedness is nothing else but the contentment of spirit, which arises from the intuitive knowledge of God: now, to perfect the understanding is nothing else but to understand God, God’s attributes, and the actions which follow from the necessity of his nature.” (Spinoza, Ethics, Fourth Part)
Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.
XVI Leibnitz and Calculus (1646-1716) To Andrew the Prophet Completed October 20, 2009
The ultimate reason of things must lie in a necessary substance, in which the differentiation of the changes only exists eminently as in their source; and this is what we call God.
Gottfried Leibnitz was a German mathematician and philosopher who followed the same rationalistic philosophy as Descartes and Spinoza. Yet he is best known for his philosophy in mathematics and calculated reasoning, from which we derive our current symbols and signs of calculus. For as he said “it is obvious that if we could find characters or signs suited for expressing all our thoughts as clearly and as exactly as arithmetic expresses numbers or geometry expresses lines, we could do in all matters insofar as they are subject to reasoning all that we can do in arithmetic and geometry. For all investigations which depend on reasoning would be carried out by transposing these characters and by a species of calculus.” (Leibnitz, Preface to the General Science) In fact, so confident was Leibnitz in the objectivity of mathematics and its practical application, that he concluded that all things can be incorporated into mathematical formulas. For “the only way to rectify our reasonings is to make them as tangible as those of the Mathematicians, so that we can find our
error at a glance, and when there are disputes among persons, we can simply say: Let us calculate, without further ado, to see who is right.” (Leibnitz, The Art of Discovery) And Leibnitz has often been credited for the independent discovery of infinitesimal calculus. For calculus is defined as the mathematical study of the “rates of change”. And calculus is defined from the Latin root calculus which means “reckoning”. And Christ often referred to the rate of change, as an account of the reckoning of God. “Then came Peter and said to him, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times; but, until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would make a reckoning with his servants.” (Matthew 18:21-23) And as the Lord taught His servants, all things are subject to change. And as the Lord promised the people, the day of reckoning shall soon come. “For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning against everyone who is proud and lofty and against everyone who is lifted up, that he may be abased.” (Isaiah 2:12) Thus the presumption of calculus is that change is always occurring. For as Leibnitz presumed, “I also take it as granted that every created thing, and consequently the created monad also, is subject to change, and indeed that this change is continual in each one."And as is said of all things since creation, “Of old You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Even they will perish, but You endure; and all of them will wear out like a garment; like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.” (Psalms 102:2526) And as Paul spoke of that day, “behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53) And all things must come from a source, regardless of the change of its course. For as Leibnitz established, “the ultimate reason of things must lie in a necessary substance, in which the differentiation of the changes only exists eminently as in their source; and this is what we call God.” And the Light who is God is the source of all life. For “in the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him. Not one thing that exists was made without him. He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity.” (John 1:1-4) And Leibnitz discoursed on a series of change, which calculates the value of π, through an infinite calculation known as the Leibnitz series. And this number approaches the value of π, by the convergence of reciprocals through the infinite series of:
And as we know π is an infinite and transcendental number, for Pi is Christ, the narrow gate back to the Father. (Addendum 3: The Value of π - Christ is the Narrow Gate) And all things approach the gate of the Son, by the convergence of men who worship the Lord. For “our
eyes will shine, and your heart will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands. Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankince1nse and will come worshiping the LORD.” (Isaiah 60:5-6) However, Leibnitz’ most significant contribution to mathematics was the fundamental theorem of calculus, which is the calculation of the area under a curve. For prior to the discovery of calculus, it was tangentially impossible to calculate the area under a quadratic curve. For as Leibnitz exposed, “the general problem of quadratures can be reduced to the finding of a curve that has a given law of tangency.” And tangent means “to meet a curve or surface in a single point if a sufficiently small interval is considered”. And tangent is derived from the Latin root tangere which means “to touch”.
And man has been on a tangent a way from God from the beginning. For God warned the first man not to touch the tree of knowledge.“From the fruit of knowledge which is in the middle of the garden You shall not eat from it or touch it,or you will die. "(Genesis 3:3) And God warned the people not to touch the mountain. “You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.’” (Exodus 19:12) And God warned His sons not to touch the holy objects. “When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy objects and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is to set out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them, so that they will not touch the holy objects and die.” (Numbers 4:15) And no man could touch the Lord, and no man could calculate His number. But the Son came to man so that God could be touched.And the people would come just to touch Him. “For He had healed many, with the result that all those who had afflictions pressed around Him in order to touch Him.” (Mark 3:10) For He had the power to heal with His touch. “And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.” (Luke 6:19) And by His touch, now all men can touch and calculate His number. And now the people can touch the holy city. And now all men can touch the One who is God. “For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. For they could not bear the command, ‘IF EVEN A BEAST TOUCHES THE MOUNTAIN, IT WILL BE STONED.’ And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, ‘I AM FULL OF FEAR and trembling.’
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:18-24) And on that day, the hearts of all men shall be touched by the living God.
If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?
Calculate the measurement of the Temple, For the Temple shall soon be complete.
XVII Locke on Knowledge Part 1(1632-1704) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 7, 2009
It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean.
John Locke was an English philosopher and physician most noted for his analysis of the human mind. And in his book Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Locke examines the mind, its understandings, and its limitations. For as he discusses, “it is necessary to examine our own abilities, and see what objects our understandings were, or were not, fitted to deal with.” “For though the comprehension of our understandings comes exceeding short of the vast extent of things, yet we shall have enough to magnify the bountiful Author of our being, for that proportion and degree of knowledge he has bestowed on us, so far above all the rest of the inhabitants of this our mansion.” (Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book 1, Introduction) For Locke concluded that the mind is not born with preconceived knowledge, but is blank and more akin to a white sheet. For as he
explained, “the way shown how we come by any knowledge, sufficient to prove it not innate.” (Locke, Essay, Book 1, Chapter 1) For if innate knowledge were true, this would imply that all humans have an innate acceptance of universal principles. But the first man was without any preconceived knowledge, for he lacked the principles to obey God’s commands. For “the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat , for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17) And if innate knowledge were true, then our children would be our most reliable guide to universal truths. Yet Moses knew the children lacked knowledge and truth. “Moreover, your little ones, that ye said should be a prey, and your children, that this day have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.” (Deuteronomy 1:39) Thus man is conceived without knowledge, and the mind is born as a blank sheet, and knowledge must be acquired through experience. For as Locke proposed, “let us suppose the Mind to be; as we say, white Paper, void of all Characters, without any Ideas; How comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store, which the busy and boundless Fancy of Man has painted on it, with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of Reason and Knowledge? To this I answer in one word, from Experience. In that all our knowledge is founded; and from that it ultimately derives itself.” (Locke, Essay, Book 1, Chapter 2) For Solomon would realize from his experience, the futility and sorrow of his ways. For “I communed with mine own hear, saying, Lo, I have gotten me great wisdom above all that were before me in Jerusalem; yea, my heart hath had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. And I applied my heart to
know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind. For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” (Ecclesiastes 1:1618) For the only true knowledge comes from the Word. And from our experience with God, we acquire the knowledge of His Word. And through our experience of the Word, we have the knowledge to discern between good and evil. “For every one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. But solid food is for fullgrown men, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:13-14) And our experience comes from that which is perceived by our senses. And our experience also comes from that which is conceived in our minds. For as Locke expounded, “our observation employed either about external, sensible Objects, or about the internal Operations of our Minds, perceived and reflected on by ourselves, is that, which supplies our Understandings with all the materials of thinking. These two are the Fountains of Knowledge, from whence all the Ideas we have, or naturally have do spring." (Locke, Essay, Book 1, Chapter 2) And at the beginning, God would give light from the sun, and through our senses we could see out of the darkness. For “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:3-4) And it was through Light from the Son, that we could sense the Light of all Life. For as the Son said “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12) And it is through the internal working of our minds, that we acquire knowledge. For “the mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15) And it is through the Word that our
mind knows the Truth. For “he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:15-16) And it is through reflection that our mind can process knowledge. And the simplest form of reflection is perception, which is the passive reception of information through our senses. For as Locke postulated, “perception, as it is the first faculty of the mind exercised about our ideas; so it is the first and simplest idea we have from reflection, and is by some called thinking in general.” (Locke, Essay, Book 2, Chapter 1) And it is through our senses that we perceive knowledge. But it is through lack of senses that we are made fools. For “folly is joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight.” (Proverbs 15:21) And the prophecy spoke of man’s lack of perception. “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:9-10) And it is through the higher functioning of our mind that we can process knowledge. For from our mind comes memory, the ability to bring to mind what was previously perceived. For as Locke reminded us, “memory is the other way of retention is, the power to revive again in our minds those ideas which, after imprinting, have disappeared, or have been as it were laid aside out of sight.” (Locke, Essay, Book 2, Chapter 1) And our memory recalls the God of our forefathers. For “indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls.” (Isaiah 26:8) And from our
mind comes discernment, the ability of our mind to distinguish between ideas. Yet man fails to discern the signs of these times. For as the Word said, “Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:3) And from our mind comes compounding, which is the ability to process complex ideas together. For as Locke defined, “Composition whereby it puts together several of those simple ones it has received from sensation and reflection, and combines them into complex ones.” (Locke, Essay, Book 2, Chapter 11) And it is through our mind, that we compose of the greatness of our King. For “my heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” (Psalms 45:1) And from our mind comes abstraction, which is the ability to take general ideas and formulate them into universal truths.
Thus it is through memory, that we remember where the Word comes from. For “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) And it is through discernment, that we know the Word was with God. For “He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:2) And it is through composition, that we know all things come from the Word. For “all things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1:3) And it is through abstraction, that we know the Word is Life and Light. For “in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:4-5)
It is one thing to show a man he is in error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.
It is one thing to show a man he is in error, and another to put him in possession of the Word which is Truth.
XVIII John Locke on Knowledge Part 2 (1632-1704) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 9, 2009
The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
John Locke The knowledge of God, contrary to what many theologians believe, is inherently accessible to ALL men. For knowledge is defined as the agreement or disagreement of ideas alone. For as Locke explained, “knowledge then seems to me to be nothing but the perception of the connection and agreement, or disagreement and repugnancy of any of our Ideas. In this alone it consists.” (Locke, Essay, Book 4, Chapter 1) For knowledge occurs when men ask or seekfor the answer in question. And as the Word taught us of knowledge, “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-9) Thus Locke asserted that truth is achieved by the comparison of ideas represented by signs through reason. For as he said, “t ruth, then, seems to me, in the proper import of the word, to signify nothing but the joining or separating of Signs, as the Things signified by them do agree or disagree one with another.” And the most unsolicited of ideas comes from intuitive knowledge, which is the indubitable perception and agreement of two ideas without further mediation. For as Locke said of intuitive knowledge, “all our knowledge consisting,
as I have said, in the view the mind has of its own ideas, which is the utmost light and greatest certainty we, with our faculties, and in our way of knowledge, are capable of.” (Locke, Essay, Book 4, Chapter 2) For as Descartes likewise acknowledged, our intuitive knowledge perceives our very own existence. For “our knowledge of our own existence is intuitive. As for our own existence, we perceive it so plainly and so certainly, that it neither needs nor is capable of any proof. For nothing can be more evident to us than our own existence.” (Locke, Essay, Book 4, Chapter 1) And as Locke acknowledged, our own intuitive knowledge knows there is God. For “we are capable of knowing certainly that there is a God. Though God has given us no innate ideas of himself; though he has stamped no original characters on our minds, wherein we may read his being; yet having furnished us with those faculties our minds are endowed with, he hath not left himself without witness: since we have sense, perception, and reason, and cannot want a clear proof of him, as long as we carry ourselves about us.” (Locke, Essay, Book 4, Chapter 1) And the second hierarchy of knowledge is demonstrative knowledge, which is the agreement of Ideas established by intuitive knowledge, and their relation through a minimum of intermediary connections. And the most common and practical of demonstrative knowledge is mathematics. For mathematics is defined simply as the study of the relation of signs and numbers. And as Locke said of mathematics, “it has been generally taken for granted, that mathematics alone are capable of demonstrative certainty: but to have such an agreement or disagreement as may intuitively be perceived, being, as I imagine, not the privilege of the ideas of number, extension, and figure alone, it may possibly be the want of due method and application in us.” (Locke, Essay, Book 4, Chapter 2)
And the third hierarchy of knowledge is sensitive knowledge, which is established through our senses, that an object exists outside of ourselves. Yet Locke had great reservations on the reliability of this knowledge. For as he said, “this is certain: the confidence that our faculties do not herein deceive us, is the greatest assurance we are capable of concerning the existence of material beings. For we cannot act anything but by our faculties; nor talk of knowledge itself, but by the help of those faculties which are fitted to apprehend even what knowledge is.” (Locke, Essay, Book 4, Chapter 2) Thus knowledge is obtained through each of these three methods. But regardless of the method, our mind and knowledge can be subject to error. Thus our knowledge should be tested by reason. For as Locke emphatically stated, “Revelation must be judged of by reason. He, therefore, that will not give himself up to all the extravagances of delusion and error must bring this guide of his light within to the trial.” And the knowledge of God, which is the Word, has been tested by reason. For “who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know! Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:4-5) And the knowledge of God came through the revelation of the prophets. For as Locke said of the prophets, “thus we see the holy men of old, who had revelations from God, had something else besides that internal light of assurance in their own minds, to testify to them that it was from God. They were not left to their own persuasions alone, that those persuasions were from God, but had outward signs to convince them of the Author of those revelations.”
(Locke, Essay, Book 4, Chapter 19) And the prophecy of God has been proven by many signs. For the Lord told His witness to perform signs. For “the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may perform these signs of Mine among them, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son, and of your grandson, how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and how I performed My signs among them, that you may know that I am the LORD.’” (Exodus 10:1-2) And the knowledge of the Word was manifest in Christ, and He proved His Word through many great signs. “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31) And His disciples confirmed His Word through many great signs. For “they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.” (Mark 16:20) And as the day draws near, the prophecy shall be confirmed through many great signs. “And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.” (Acts 2:18-20) “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect
from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:28-31)
The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.
XIX Berkeley on Vision (1685-1753) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 11, 2009
The eye by long use comes to see even in the darkest cavern: and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern some glimpse of truth by long poring on it.
George Berkeley was a British philosopher who believed in the strength of the human mind, adopting the famous motto esse is percipi , “to be is to be perceived”. For he emphasized on the power of the mind, and its necessity in order to pursue knowledge. For as Berkeley said of the mind, “it is evident to anyone who takes a survey of the objects of human knowledge, that they are either ideas actually imprinted on the senses, or else such as are perceived by attending to the passions and operations of the mind, or lastly ideas formed by help of memory and imagination, either compounding, dividing, or barely representing those originally perceived in the aforesaid ways.” (Berkeley, Principles of Understanding) And in illustration of the mind and human understanding, Berkeley allegorized on vision and touch in his Essay on the Theory of Vision. And first Berkeley discredits the concept of distance as a property of sight. For “it is, I think, agreed by all that distance, of itself and immediately, cannot be seen.” (Berkeley, Vision, 2) But rather
distance is a judgment which is determined through experience. For “when an object appears faint and small, which at a near distance I have experienced to make a vigorous and large appearance, I instantly conclude it to be far off: And this, ‘tis evident, is the result of experience.” (Berkeley, Vision, 3) And the experience of His people would see God from a distance. For “all the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.’ Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.’ So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.” (Exodus 20:18-21)
And as Berkeley reaffirmed, distance is not perceived by sight. For “I say, neither distance nor things placed at a distance are themselves, or their ideas, truly perceived by sight.” (Berkeley, Vision, 45) But rather distance is perceived by touch. For when one claims to see distance, “what he sees only suggests to his understanding that after having passed a certain distance, to be measured by the motion of his body, which is perceivable by touch, he shall come to perceive such and such tangible ideas which have been usually connected with such and such visible ideas.” (Berkeley, Vision, 45) And even though the people saw God from a distance, even in His presence they were not able to touch Him. For as God commanded His servant, “you shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. No hand shall touch him, but
he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.” (Exodus 19:12-13) And as we can see, a contradiction exists, for we use the properties of touch in order to describe what we see. “For that which I see is only a variety of light and colours. That which I feel is hard or soft, hot or cold, rough or smooth.” (Berkeley, Vision, 103) “But whatever, therefore, the mind considers as one, that is an unit. Every combination of ideas is considered as one thing by the mind, and in token thereof is marked by one name. Now, this naming and combining together of ideas is perfectly arbitrary, and done by the mind in such sort as experience shows it to be most convenient: without which our ideas had never been collected into such sundry distinct combinations as they now are.” (Berkeley, Vision, 109) Thus Berkeley offers this solution, “in order to disentangle our minds from whatever prejudices we may entertain with relation to the subject in hand, nothing seems more apposite than the taking into our thoughts the case of one born blind, and afterwards, when grown up, made to see.” (Berkeley, Vision, 92) “Hence it follows that a man born blind and afterwards, when grown up, made to see, would not in the first act of vision parcel out the ideas of sight into the same distinct collections that others do, who have experienced which do regularly coexist and are proper to be bundled up together under one name.” (Berkeley, Vision, 110) And now we shall recall the story of the man born blind. “Christ saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is
coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”(John 9:1-5) Thus the Lord touched his eyes so that he could have sight. “When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’. So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.” (John 9:6-7)
Thus only the Light could give sight to the one who was born blind. For “since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.” (John 9:32-33) And only the Son could give sight to the blind. For “Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered, ‘Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.’ And he said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshiped Him.” (John 9:37-39) Thus it is only through Him, that we can both touch and see. For as He told the one who doubted Him.“Why are you troubled, and what doubts rise in your hearts? See My hands and my feet. For it is Myself, touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones that you see that I have.” (Luke 24:38-39)
And given that all men have similar visions, Berkeley concludes there are signs that are universal to all men. For “when we find the same signs suggesting the same things all over the worl d, all this persuades us they are of the same species as the things respectively represented by them, and that it is by a natural resemblance they suggest them to our minds.” (Berkeley, Vision, 144) Thus “upon the whole, I think we may fairly conclude that the proper objects of vision constitute an universal language of the Author of Nature.” (Berkeley, Vision, 147) And “all that is properly perceived by the visual faculty amounts to
no more than colours, with their variations and different proportions of light and shade.” (Berkeley, Vision, 156) And a universal sign from the Author of Nature are lights from the heavens. “Then 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; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:14-18) And another universal sign from the Author is the rainbow, the prism of light and color created in the clouds. For as “God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ And God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.’” (Genesis 9:12-17) Thus a universal sign from the Author is light. But soon the sun and the light shall be darkened. And on that day the Son shall return. And all men shall see that the Son is the Light. “Immediately after the
tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:29-30)
That thing of hell and eternal punishment is the most absurd, as well as the most disagreeable thought that ever entered into the head of mortal man.
XX Hume on Human Nature (1711-1776) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 10, 2009 David Hume was a Scottish philosopher known for his Treatise on Human Nature in which he addresses the need for an objective approach to philosophy. For as Hume wrote, “tis evident, that all the sciences have a relation, more or less, to human nature ... Even Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, and Natural Religion, are in some measure dependent on the science of Man… for the science of man is the only solid foundation for the other sciences.” (Hume, A Treatise on Human Nature) And Hume was correct, for everything on this earth was created for man. As “God said, ‘let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-27) Thus, the foundation of knowledge begins with human nature. And Hume asserted that all knowledge comes from observation and experience. For as he said, “it is not from knowledge or any scientific reasoning, that we derive the opinion of the necessity of a cause to every new production, that opinion must necessarily arise from observation and experience.” (Hume, Human Nature, Book I, Part III, Sect IV) And all men experience and observe righteousness in order to discern the difference between good and evil. "For every one that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. But solid food is for fullgrown men, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.”
(Hebrew 5:13) And as God said of observing His righteous Word. “It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.” (Deuteronomy 30:11-14) And Hume acknowledged that it is not merely through reason, that we choose between good or evil. For “upon the whole, it is impossible, that the distinction betwixt moral good and evil, can be made to reason; since that distinction has an influence upon our actions, of which reason alone is incapable.” (Hume, Human Nature, Book III, Part I, Sect I)For the choice often depends on our passions. For “the impressions, which arise from good and evil most naturally, and with the least preparation are the direct passions of desire and aversion, grief and joy, hope and fear, along with volition. The mind by an original instinct tends to unite itself with the good, and to avoid the evil, though they be conceived merely in idea, and be considered as to exist in any future period of time.” (Hume, Human Nature, Book II Part III, Sect IX) Thus the mind is not inclined to choose good over evil just through reason,but also through our passions. But these passions can lead us astray. For as a wise man once observed, "a tranquil heart is life to the body but passion is rottenness to the bones."(Proverbs 14:30)
And Hume observed that morality is often based on sympathy.For “we may observe, that all the circumstances requisite for its operation are found in most of the virtues; which have, for the most part, a tendency to the good of society, or to that of the person possessed of them. If we compare all these circumstances, we shall not doubt, sympathy is the chief source of moral distinctions; especially when we reflect, that
no objection can be raised against this hypothesis in one case, which will not extend to all cases.” (Hume, Human Nature, Book III, Part III, Sect VI) And through sympathy one has a disregard for one’s own passions. For “in sympathy our own person is not the object of any passion, nor is there anything, that fixes our attention on ourselves; as in the present case, where we are supposed to be actuated with pride or humility.” (Hume, Human Nature, Book II, Part II, Sect II) And in caring for the needs of others, we establish the good for everyone. For as we were taught, “finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:8-9) And justice defends morality by assuring the standard of good over evil. For “justice is certainly approved of for no other reason, than because it has a tendency to the public good: And the public good is indifferent to us, except so far as sympathy interests us in it. We may presume the like with regard to all the other virtues, which have a like tendency to the public good.” (Hume, Human Nature, Book III, Part III, Sect VI) And His people are called on to show justice and compassion. For “this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’” (Zechariah 7:9-10) And as Christ commanded us, “go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”(Matthew 9:13) For as we already know about justice, “justice is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.”(Proverbs 21:3) Therefore, compassion begets justice, and at the end justice shall be served.
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.
XXI Hume’s View of Religion (1711-1776) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 21, 2009
The errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
David Hume is also known for his agnostic view towards religion. And in his discourse Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, he addresses the difficulties of religious belief. For theoretically it is impossible to be assured of anything, other than the existence of oneself. Yet some of the greatest atrocities have been actuated in the name of God, and for the advancement of the “religion of the nations”. For as Hume stated, “there is a species of controversy, which, from the very nature of language and of human ideas, is involved in perpetual ambiguity, and can never, by any precaution or any definitions, be able to reach a reasonable certainty or precision.” “That the dispute concerning Theism is of this nature, and consequently is merely verbal, or perhaps, if possible, still more incurably ambiguous, will appear upon the slightest enquiry.” But “the proper office of religion is to regulate the heart of men, humanize their conduct, infuse the spirit of temperance, order, and
obedience; and as its operation is silent, and only enforces the motives of morality and justice, it is in danger of being overlooked, and confounded with these other motives. When it distinguishes itself, and acts as a separate principle over men, it has departed from its proper sphere, and has become only a cover to faction and ambition.” For “the bad effects of such habits, even in common life, are easily imagined; but where the interests of religion are concerned, no morality can be forcible enough to bind the enthusiastic zealot … the steady attention alone to so important an interest as that of eternal salvation, is apt to extinguish the benevolent affections, and beget a narrow, contracted selfishness. And when such a temper is encouraged, it easily eludes all the general precepts of charity and benevolence. Thus, the motives of vulgar superstition have no great influence on general conduct; nor is their operation favourable to morality, in the instances where they predominate.” Therefore, “true religion, I allow, has no such pernicious consequences: but we must treat of religion, as it has commonly been found in the world.” (Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Part XI) Thus as Hume acknowledged, religion by nature is both personal and institutional. For religion is defined as “a personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.” (Am Heritage) Yet the institutionalized religious system of the people has proven worthless. “For this is what the Lord says: Don't learn the practices of the nations. Don't be frightened by the signs in the sky because the nations are frightened by them. The religion of the people is worthless. Woodcutters cut down trees from the forest. The hands of craftsmen prepare them with axes.” (Jeremiah 10:2-3) For true religion is personal, and is undefiled in the presence of God. And pure religion ensures our compassion towards all men. For “pure and
undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27) But man’s false religions shall be turned into mourning. For “‘in that day,’ declares the Sovereign LORD, ‘I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your religious feasts into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.” (Amos 8:9-10) For true religion worships one Creator who is God. And at the end all nations shall worship one true God. For “in that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.’” (Isaiah 19:23-25) And they shall all sing: Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested. Revelation 15:3-4
XXII Voltaire on Faith (1694-1778) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 22, 2009
All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
François-Marie Arouet, better known by his pen name Voltaire, was a French author and philosopher known for his involvement in the Enlightenment, a period during which reason was advocated as the primary source of authority. And through his many writings, Voltaire discredited the leadership of the governments, and the theological authority of the church. And he warned men of faith not to repeat the sins of the past. “May we not return to those scoundrels of old, the illustrious founders of superstition and fanaticism, who first took the knife from the altar to make victims of those who refused to be their disciples.” (Voltaire, Letter to Frederick II of Prussia) For as Voltaire reasoned, the nature of this world alone proves of God’s power and decree. For “‘if God did not exist, He would have to be invented.’ But all nature cries aloud that he does exist: that there is a supreme intelligence, an immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own dependence on it.” (Voltaire, Letter to Prince Frederick William of Prussia) And through God’s existence
all else exists, for “in the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him. Not one thing that exists was made without him.” (John 1:1-3) And the morality of man comes solely from God. For “morality is everywhere the same for all men, therefore it comes from God; sects differ, therefore they are the work of men.” (Voltaire, Atheist) And morality is the path for light and life. “For sound advice is a beacon, good teaching is a light, moral discipline is a life path.” (Proverbs 6:23) And if any religion should have tolerance for man, Christianity should be the most tolerant of all. For “of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men”. (Voltaire) For the first Christians were taught not to judge, and strived to be tolerant like God. For “since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you?” (Romans 2:3-4) Therefore, “walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-4) And Christianity of all religions should be personal and unadulterated. Yet horrid atrocities have been done in the “name of Christ”. For as Voltaire concluded, “for seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm”. And now “every sensible man, every honest man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.” (Voltaire) For as Christ had prophesied, man's religion would become stumbling blocks
for the people. “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come,but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.” (Luke 17:1-2) Yet despite all his qualms with the church, Voltaire asserted in his own faith in God. For as he said, “faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” (Voltaire) For faith is the belief in things hoped for, and the conviction in things that are not seen. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.” (Hebrews 11:1) For many of these men “diedin faith,without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.” (Hebrew 11:13-14) And it is through God’s power that His righteousness is revealed. And at the end, He shall cause all men to believe. “For it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:1617)
Only one priest can say, “that man has faith”, And that priest is God.
XXIII Diderot on Freedom and Liberty (1713-1784) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 23, 2009
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners
Denis Diderot was a French editor and philosopher who like Voltaire participated in the Enlightenment. His principal achievement was as editor of the Encyclopédie, a collection of philosophical works intended to secularize learning and to refute the atrocities of the past. And in it were the works of over one hundred philosophers, categorizing the knowledge of how individual minds and societies functioned. For as Diderot prefaced, “an encyclopedia ought to make good the failure to execute such a project hitherto, and should encompass not only the fields already covered by the academies, but each and every branch of human knowledge. Upon encompassing
every branch of knowledge this will give, ‘the power to change men’s common way of thinking.’” (Diderot, Encyclopédie, Introduction) And was similarly said of the instruction of wisdom and knowledge "give instruction to a wiseman and he will be still wiser,teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:9-10) And it is through theWord of God that we discover knowledge and understanding. “Then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:5-6) And it is through God’s shepherds, that man has received knowledge and understanding. “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed on knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:15)
For the philosophers of the Encyclopédie sought for men’s freedom, by providing them access to knowledge. For “no man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. Freedom is a gift from heaven and every individual of the same species has the right to enjoy it as soon as he is in enjoyment of his reason.” (Diderot, Encyclopédie, Introduction) And it was Christ who fought for man’s freedom. For “it was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) For slavery is yoked by our earthly desires, and freedom is established by serving one other. “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ But if you bite and devour
one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another.” (Galatians 5:13-15) Thus freedom is in opposition to slavery. For it is defined as “the state of being at liberty rather than in confinement”. (Webster Dictionary) And as Diderot exonerated, the greater purpose of government is to protect the liberty of the people. For “the good of the people must be the great purpose of government. By the laws of nature and of reason, the governors are invested with power to that end. And the greatest good of the people is liberty. It is to the state what health is to the individual.” (Diderot, Encyclopédie, Introduction) For “this is the natural liberty of social man who no other man has the right to oppress since all men are by nature, because of their similarity of organization, equally reasonable.” (Diderot, Autorite Politique) And in the favorable year of the Lord, the Government shall establish liberty and freedom. For “the Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God”. (Isaiah 61:1-2) “And the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore.” (Isaiah 9:6-7) For the government of men has failed to establish liberty and freedom. For as the prophets forewarned, “woe to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as
to deprive the needy of justice and rob the poor of My people of their rights, so that widows may be their spoil and that they may plunder the orphans.” (Isaiah 10:1-2) And Diderot prophesied of the end that would come. “In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don’t have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all.” (Diderot, Observations on the Drawing Up of Laws)
What these atrocious Christians translated as “eternal” only means “lasting” in Hebrew. The dogma of eternal punishment comes from the ignorance of a Hebraist and the ferocious humor of an interpreter.
XXIV Rousseau on the Heart and Spirit (1712-1778) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 26, 2009
But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, 'I
COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE’, DESIRE
you would not have
condemned the innocent.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Swiss philosopher who valued the passions of the heart. For contrary to his contemporaries, Rousseau placed more value in the emotions of the heart, than in the analytical reasoning of the mind. For as he extolled, “nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it”. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau) For Rousseau claimed that though our minds can understand knowledge, it is limited by the finiteness of our existence. For as Rousseau said, “the one thing we do not know is the limit of the knowable. We prefer to trust to chance and to believe what is not true, rather than to own that not one of us can see what really is. A fragment of some vast whole whose bounds are beyond our gaze, a fragment abandoned by its Creator to our foolish quarrels, we are vain enough to want to determine the nature of that whole and our own
relations with regard to it.” (Rousseau, Emile, Book IV) For what mind can understand the “limits” of God’s knowledge? For God "determines the number of stars.He gives each one a name. Our Lord is great, and his power is great. There is no limit to his understanding.” (Psalms 147:4-5) For man exists as a limited being which is held within a finite realm. And Rousseau mourns that man’s spirit has been bound up in chains. For as he observes “men are born free, yet everywhere are in chains. One thinks himself the master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they.” (Rousseau, Social Contract, Book 1) But Rousseau testifies as to the freedom of a true Christian, for they are by grace born spiritually free. For their spirits are focused on the soaring of the heavens, and are not chained by the boundaries of this earth. For “Christianity as a religion is entirely spiritual, occupied solely with heavenly things; the country of the Christian is not of this world. He does his duty, indeed, but does it with profound indifference to the good or ill success of his cares. Provided he has nothing to reproach himself with, it matters little to him whether things go well or ill here on earth.” (Rousseau, Social Contract, Book 1) But most men have chosen to be bound up in chains. For “there were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in misery and chains, because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High.” (Psalms 107:10-11) For the sons of perdition have been bound up in chains. And the “angels who had not kept their own original state, but had abandoned their own dwelling, he keeps in eternal chains under gloomy darkness, to the judgment of the great day”. (Jude 1:6)
For as Rousseau explains, the binding of chains is the loss of one’s liberty. For “to renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to
surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For him who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man’s Nature.” (Rousseau, Social Contract, Book 1) For liberty means “the state of being free”. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) And the Son came to earth to set man free, and His Spirit would bring them liberty. For “the Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:18-19) And Rousseau explains that our hearts are innately governed by our passions. And these passions are not inherently evil, but are necessary for our own preservation. For “our passions are the chief means of self-preservation; to try to destroy them is therefore as absurd as it is useless; this would be to overcome nature, to reshape God’s handiwork. If God bade man annihilate the passions he has given him, God would bid him be and not be; He would contradict himself. He has never given such a foolish commandment, there is nothing like it written on the heart of man, and what God will have a man do, He does not leave to the words of another man. He speaks Himself; His words are written in the secret heart.” (Rousseau, Emile, Book III) For passion is derived from the Latin root passionem which means “suffering”. And compassion means the “desire to alleviate another person’s suffering”. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) For God has a heart that is filled with compassion. “For the LORD will vindicate His people, and will have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their strength is gone, and there is none remaining, bond or free.” (Deuteronomy 32:36) And it was though Christ’s
Passion that He would send us the Holy Spirit. For as Christ said, “these things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:25-26) And now God calls on His servants to have hearts of compassion. “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” (Colossians 3:12-13)
I shall always maintain that whoso says in his heart, ‘There is no God,’ while takes the name of God upon his lips, is either a liar or a madman.
XXV Kant on Knowledge (1724-1804) To Andrew the Prophet Completed December 1, 2009
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
Immanuel Kant was a German professor and philosopher, who was revolutionary in his application of epistemology, the methodology of acquiring knowledge. And in similitude with the scientific method, Kant called on a critical approach towards philosophy. For his initial approach was to critically investigate the faculties through which we acquire knowledge. And in his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant postulated that we know what we experience, and experience is acquired through our human senses. And “we can never transcend the limits of possible experience, though that is precisely what this science is concerned, above all else, to achieve.” (Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Preface and Introduction) And King Solomon acknowledged that it is through experience that we obtain knowledge. “Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” (Ecclesiastes 1:16)
But experience, due to the physical mechanisms of sensory input, is limited by space and by time. And there is no exception, for all experience is validated and acquired by space and by time. For “space and time are only forms of sensible intuition, and so only conditions of the existence of things as appearances; that, moreover, we have no concepts of understanding, and consequently no elements for the knowledge of things, save in so far as intuition can be given corresponding to these concepts; and that we can therefore have no knowledge of any object as thing in itself, but only in so far as it is an object of sensible intuition, that is, an appearance.” (Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Preface and Introduction) And God created all things which are governed by space. For “He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.” (Job 26:7) And God has dominion over all that is governed by time. For “there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven -- a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; a time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) And the knowledge that we obtain from experience is what philosophers term a posteriori, or “upon experience”. And that which we obtain through experience, is derived from that which we acquire from our senses. For “knowledge has its sources a posteriori, that is, in experience.” (Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Preface and
Introduction) However, there is a great deficiency in experience. For knowledge can also obtained from a priori knowledge, that is knowledge which is independent of experience. For “experience tells us, indeed, what is, but not that it must necessarily be so, and not otherwise. It therefore gives us no true universality; and reason, which is so insistent upon this kind of knowledge, is therefore more stimulated by it than satisfied. For if we eliminate from our experiences everything which belongs to the senses, there still remain certain original concepts and certain judgments derived from them, which must have arisen completely a priori, independently of experience, inasmuch as they enable us to say, or at least lead us to believe that we can say, in regard to the objects which appear to the senses, more than mere experience would teach -- giving to assertions true universality and strict necessity, such as mere empirical knowledge cannot supply.” (Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Preface and Introduction) For experience is derived from the Latin root experientia which means “to gain knowledge by repeated trial”. And as Solomon gained through his repeated trials, “all the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied. For what more has the wise man than the fool? What does the poor man have, who knows how to walk before the living? Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. Whatever one is, he has been named already, for it is known that he is man; and he cannot contend with Him who is mightier than he. Since there are many things that increase vanity, how is man the better? For who knows what is good, for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?” (Ecclesiastes 6:7-12) But pure concepts of
understanding, or a priori knowledge, give us that which is not gained through experience. For a priori concepts are both universal and necessary. For “necessity and strict universality are thus sure criteria of a priori knowledge, and are inseparable from one another.” (Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Preface and Introduction) Thus knowledge is a synthesis of both a posteriori knowledge (or experience) and a priori knowledge (or universal concepts). But on a higher level of cognitive function is what is termed logic. For as Kant said of logic, “logic is constructed upon a ground plan which exactly coincides with the division of the higher faculties of knowledge. These are: understanding, judgment, and reason.” (Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Analytic of Principles) For understanding is defined simply as the ability to comprehend rules. For “understanding in general is to be viewed as the faculty of rules.” And as God taught His people of understanding. “See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’” (Deuteronomy 4:5-6) And judgment is the ability to determine whether a situation holds true under a given rule. For “judgment will be the faculty of subsuming under rules; that is, of distinguishing whether something does or does not stand under a given rule.” (Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Analytic of Principles) And God instructed the judges to judge the people righteously. “Then I charged your judges at that time, saying, ‘Hear the cases between your fellow countrymen, and
judge righteously between a man and his fellow countryman, or the alien who is with him.” And He warned that the judgments are not partial to man, but in the end are subject to God. For “You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it. I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do.” (Deuteronomy 1:16-18) And reason is the mental faculty which discerns a relation with respect to time. For “the principle of sufficient reason is thus the ground of possible experience, that is, of objective knowledge of appearances in respect of their relation in the succession of time.” And it is for this reason God created man and woman, that their inheritance would spread on the earth over time. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:23-24) And it is for this reason that God hates divorce. For “you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. ‘For I hate divorce,’ says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘and him who covers his garment with wrong,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.’” (Malachi 2:13-16)
And it was for this reason that God ordered the people to obey His commands. “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the LORD, ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.’ Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 1:18-20) And when the people were devoured by the nations, God reminded them that it was for this reason that they were destroyed. “Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘For good reason they have made you desolate and crushed you from every side, that you would become a possession of the rest of the nations and you have been taken up in the talk and the whispering of the people.’” (Ezekiel 36:3) And it was for this reason that the Word came to man. For as the Word said, “‘It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. And He was saying, ‘For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.’” (John 6:63-65) And it was for this reason that they failed to hear the Word. For “He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” (John 8:47) And the Word lay down His life that all men would know. And it was for this reason that all shall be saved, “I have other sheep,which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take
it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it downon My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” (John 10:16-18)
For the time is now. And it is for this reason that all men shall know, and all shall be judged, and all shall be saved. Amen.
For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
1 Peter 4:6
XXVI Kant on Morality (1724-1804) To Andrew the Prophet Completed December 2, 2009
To behold virtue in her proper form is nothing else but to contemplate morality stripped of all admixture of sensible things and of every spurious ornament of reward or selflove.
Philosophers speak of the morality which encompasses free will. For morality is defined as “a code of conduct that would be put forward by all rational persons.” And this morality embraces two opposing views: one of reason and the other of consequence. And the opinion which Kant endorsed was that morality depends on the reason that an action is conducted, and not upon the consequence that an action produces. For Kant defines morality as the laws which are governed by rationality and reason. For “not only are moral laws with their principles essentially distinguished from every other kind of practical knowledge in which there is anything empirical, but all moral philosophy rests wholly on its pure part. When applied to man, it does not borrow the least thing from the knowledge of man himself (anthropology), but gives laws a priori to him as a rational being.”
(Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysic of Morals) And moral excellence comes directly from the knowledge of God. For the reason for morality is faith, and the consequence of morality is love. “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence , and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your selfcontrol, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8) And morality constitutes universal law in which all men act in a rational way. For according to Kant, “there is therefore but one categorical imperative, namely, this: act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law.” (Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysic of Morals) And these universal laws were given to Moses. “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.’” (Deuteronomy 6:5) And “you shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:17-18) And Christ reaffirmed these universal laws. “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall
love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31) And free will constitutes of one’s own ability to act in accordance with a universal law. For as Kant defined of free will, “the will is conceived as a faculty of determining oneself to action in accordance with the conception of certain laws.” (Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysic of Morals And the morality of free will serves the consequence that is achieved. For as Kant says, “that which serves the will as the objective ground of its self-determination is the end.” And it is promised at the end, that all men shall suffer the consequence of their actions. For “sensible people foresee trouble and hide from it, but gullible people go ahead and suffer the consequence.” (Proverbs 22:3) And the morality of free will depends on the means of our action. For as Kant says, “that which merely contains the ground of possibility of the action of which the effect is the end, this is called the means.” (Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysic of Morals) And by God’s just means, all man shall pay their deserved price. And as the Judge said of the judgment, “I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the very last mite.” (Luke 12:59) And the universal debate is which “free will” is morally correct. In other words, does the end justify the means, or does the means justify the end? And my answer to you is this … does it truly matter? For when that day comes, the end and the means will be one and the same. For God’s justice shall be served. For “the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to dishonest gain.
XXVII Schopenhauer on the Will (1749-1832) To Andrew the Prophet Completed December 3, 2009
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
Arthur Schopenhauer Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher who opined that one could examine the nature of this universe by examining the nature of oneself. For each individual partakes of this world. For “he himself is rooted in that world; and thus he finds himself in it as an individual, in other words, his knowledge, which is the conditional supporter of the whole world as representation, is nevertheless given entirely through the medium of a body, and the affections of this body are, as we have shown, the starting-point for the understanding in its perception of this world. For the purely knowing subject as such, this body is a representation like any other, an object among objects.” (Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation) And it was from the tree of knowledge, that man took root in this world. For “the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.’” (Genesis 2:16-17) And it is through the will of man, by knowing the fruit of good and evil, that he must suffer death before he can attain eternal life. “Then the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man
has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.’ Therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:23-24) And it is through the Word that man can pass out of death into eternal life. "Truly truly, I say to you,he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” (John 5:24) And Schopenhauer expounded that the world is experienced both internally and externally. For the world is experienced internally through what he termed the “will” and externally through what he termed “representation”. For “to the subject of knowing, who appears as an individual only through his identity with the body, this body is given in two entirely different ways. It is given in intelligent perception as representation, as an object among objects, liable to the laws of these objects. But it is also given in quite a different way, namely as what is known immediately to everyone, and is denoted by the word will. Every true act of his will is also at once and inevitably a movement of his body; he cannot actually will the act without at the same time being aware that it appears as a movement of the body. The act of will and the action of the body are not two different states objectively known connected by the bond of causality; they do not stand in the relation of cause and effect, but are one and the same thing, though given in two entirely different ways, first quite directly, and then in perception for the understanding. The action of the body is
nothing but the act of will objectified, i.e., translated into perception.” (Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Volume 1) For as many define, the will is an internal function of the mind which makes a choice based upon reason and knowledge. But for Schopenhauer, the will is an instinctual function which is driven not by reason but by desire. And although the will is the internal essence of each individual being, it is just a portion of the whole which he calls the “will of the universe”. For as Schopenhauer defined of the will “it is the innermost essence, the kernel, or every particular thing and also of the whole. It appears in every blindly acting force of nature, and also in the deliberate conduct of man.” (Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Volume 1) And as he concludes
of man’s will, “this and this alone gives him the key to his own phenomenon, reveals to him the significance and shows him the inner mechanism of his being, his actions, his movements.” (Schopenhauer, The
World as Will and Representation, Volume 2) And all things are completed as a whole, through the will of the Trinity. For all things were created through the will of the Father. “Now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8) And the will of the Father was to hand all things over to the Son. For as the Son testified, “all things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11:27) And the will of the Father and the Son now is manifest through the Holy Spirit. For “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.” (Acts 2:32-33)
And the world is experienced externally through representation. For each individual object is represented in time and in space. For as Schopenhauer stipulated, “he himself is rooted in that world; and thus he finds himself in it as an individual, in other words, his knowledge, which is the conditional supporter of the whole world as representation, is nevertheless given entirely through the medium of a body, and the affections of this body are, as we have shown, the starting-point for the understanding in its perception of this world.” (Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Volume 1) For Adam is the representation of the nature of man. But also by the will to eat the fruit of knowledge, he represents the nature of death. “Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many.” (Romans 5:14-15) But the Son is the representation of the nature of God. For by His will to sacrifice His life, He represents the nature of Life. For “His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:2-3) Thus Schopenhauer reasserts that the individual in itself obtains knowledge in two ways: by will and by representation which in essence are one and the same. “And it is just this double knowledge of our own body which gives us information about that body itself, about its action and movement following on motives, as well as about its suffering through outside impressions, in a word, about what it is, not as representation, but as something over and above this, and hence what it is in itself.” (Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Volume 1) And it is the Lord’s will that the Son
would be the will and representation of God. For as the Son testified, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” (John 7:16) And it is the Lord’s will that His sons are the will and representation of God. “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” (John 7:17-18)
Then Elijah called to the people, “Come over here!” They all crowded around him as he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been torn down. He took twelve stones, one to represent each of the tribes of Israel, and he used the stones to rebuild the altar in the name of the LORD.
1 Kings 18:30-32
And I heard the number of them that were sealed, a hundred and forty and four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel: Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand: Of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
XXVIII Schopenhauer on Compassion (1749-1832) To Andrew the Prophet Completed December 13, 2009
Injure no one; on the contrary, help as many as you can.
Arthur Schopenhauer, though an atheist and philosophical pessimist, conceded that all men have a portion of compassion. For there are three ethical incentives which drive all men: egoism, malice, and compassion. For as he defined, “man's three fundamental ethical incentives, egoism, malice and compassion, are present in different and incredibly unequal proportions. In accordance with them, motives will operate on men and actions will ensue.” (Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality) Egoism, or the pursuit of self interest, is based upon the concept of Wille zum Leben or the Will to Live. For as Schopenhauer defined, “the chief and fundamental incentive in man, as in animals, is Egoism, that is, the urgent impulse to exist, and exist under the best circumstances.” (Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, Chapter 3) And egoism is derived from the “wisdom” of this world. "If you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts,
do not lie about itordeny the truth. Such‘wisdom’does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (James 3:14-16) And the Son taught us to deny this selfish ambition. “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)
Malice is the extreme form of egoism, in which injury is inflicted upon another as a means of selfish ambition. For as Schopenhauer exhorted, “the maxim of Egoism, at its worst is thus there is always a condition to help nobody, but rather to injure all people if it brings you any advantage. The guiding rule of malice is to injure all people as far as you can.” (Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, Chapter 3) And to those who have refused God, He has given them over to minds full of malice. “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:28-32) And Schopenhauer mourned over the delinquency of man’s conduct. “For it is now fully apparent how difficult our problem is. We have to find
a motive capable of making a man take up a line of conduct directly opposed to all those propensities which lie deeply ingrained in his nature.” (Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, Chapter 3) And Schopenhauer identified the conditions under which true morality exists: “For the absence of all egoistic motives is thus the Criterion of an action of moral value… then we may expressly except such actions, because of their essential token the compassing of others suffering … For the moral significance of our conduct can only lie in the effect produced upon others.” “When the person on the active side, by what he does, or omits to do, simply and solely regards the weal and woe of another, and has absolutely no other object than to benefit him, by keeping harm from his door, or, it may be, even by affording help, assistance, and relief.” (Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, Chapter 3) And this pure morality is what Schopenhauer called “compassion”. For “it is, what we see every day, the phenomenon of Compassion; in other words, the direct participation, independent of all ulterior considerations, in the sufferings of another, leading to sympathetic assistance in the effort to prevent or remove them; whereon in the last resort all satisfaction and all well-being and happiness depend. It is this Compassion alone which is the real basis of all voluntary justice and all genuine loving-kindness.” (Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, Chapter 3) And the Son commanded us to learn what compassion means. “But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13) Thus the first maxim that Schopenhauer states is required for compassion, is that we must identify with those who are suffering. For this is the “first maxim: it is not in our hearts to identify ourselves with those who are happier than we are, but only with those who are
less happy.” (Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, Chapter 3) And his second maxim is that we must assist those who are in need. For “Compassion does more than keep me back from injuring my neighbor; it impels me to help him… and this sacrifice may involve the expenditure of my bodily or mental powers, the loss of my property, freedom, or even life.” (Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, Chapter 3) And when Christ saw the suffering of the sick, He first had compassion on them, and then He healed them. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14) And when Christ saw the wandering of the people, He first had compassion on them, and then He taught them. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” (Mark 6:34) And when Christ saw the hunger of the people, He first had compassion for them, and then He fed them. “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” (Mark 8:2-3) And Schopenhauer edified that compassion is comprised of two cardinal virtues: justice and loving-kindness. “Therefore, of these duties I put two virtues; the one, justice, and the other, lovingkindness; and I name them cardinal virtues, since from them all others not only in fact proceed, but also may be theoretically derived. Both have their root in natural Compassion.” (Schopenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, Chapter 3) And the prophets testified that God is a God of compassion, justice, and loving-kindness. “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion.” (Hosea 2:19) For
God showed compassion through the loving-kindness of His Son. For as the Son said “just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” And there was no greater love than this, that the Son would lay His life down for His friends. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:9-13) But man has failed to follow God's command for compassion. And man has failed to bestow justice and loving-kindness. And man has failed to show compassion towards his neighbors. Thus at the end, the Lord shall show His compassion, not through His loving-kindness, but through the vengeance of the Son.
For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.’ But you were not willing, and you said, ‘No, for we will flee on horses,’ Therefore you shall flee! ‘And we will ride on swift horses,’ Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift. One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; you will flee at the threat of five, until you are left as a flag on a mountain top and as a signal on a hill. Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice.
XXIX Fichte on the Soul (1762-1814) To Andrew the Prophet Completed December 13, 2009
To those who do not love God, all things must work together immediately for pain and torment, until, by means of the tribulation, they are led to salvation at last.
Johann Gottlieb Fichte Johann Gottlieb Fichte was a German philosopher who championed Idealism, which is the philosophy of knowing oneself, and understanding one’s existence in this world. And Fichte explained how self-knowledge originates from the ego, or the intuition of oneself. For as he spoke on the necessity of the ego, “the question has been asked, what was I before I became self-conscious? The answer is, I was not at all, for I was not I. The Ego is only, in so far as it is conscious of itself.” (Fichte, The Science of Knowledge, Book II) For the ego is what we call one’s soul. For it was at the beginning that God breathed life into man, and that he became a soul. “And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) And once the ego has acknowledged oneself, the ego becomes aware of the non-Ego, that which is not part of oneself. Thus the individual acquires knowledge of oneself, as an object that is just one of many objects within this universe. For as Fichte explained, “originally only
the Ego is posited, and this alone is absolutely posited. Hence, an absolute opposite can only refer to the Ego. The opposite of the Ego we call non-Ego”. (Fichte, The Science of Knowledge, Book II) And the non-Ego is what we call this world. And as Christ taught His disciples, one’s place in this world is opposed to one’s soul. “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Mark 8:34-37) For the soul originates from the Father, and can be destroyed by the Father. For as the prophecy says, “behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) And with the synthesis of Ego and non-Ego,Fichte conceded that one is required for the other to exist. For “as antithesis is not possible without synthesis, and vice versa, so neither is possible without a thesis; that is, without an absolute positing, whereby a certain A (the Ego) is posited, not as the equal of any other, nor as the opposite of any other, but is absolutely posited. This, when applied to our system, gives it completeness and surety. It must be a system and one system; the opposites must be united so long as opposites still exist, and until the absolute unity is produced; which absolute unity, as will be shown hereafter, can, however, only be produced by a completed approach to the infinite, that is to say, never in time.” (Fichte, The Science of Knowledge, Book II) And ad infinitum, that is to say, when time is complete, all things shall be one. For from the beginning,mankind was divided into the Ego of man and the non-Ego of woman. But when their unity is made complete, then
mankind shall be one and complete. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24-25) And from the beginning, knowledge was divided into the Ego of good and the non-Ego of evil. But when their unity is made complete, then eternal Life shall be one and complete. “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” (Genesis 3:22) And from the beginning, this world was divided into the Ego of light and the Non-ego of darkness. But when their unity is made complete, then God’s kingdom shall be one and complete. For at the beginning “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:3-4) And as was prophesied of God’s kingdom, “I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.” (Revelation 21:23-27)
For there is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
XXX Schelling on Nature (1775-1854) To Andrew the Prophet Completed December 14, 2009
Nature is visible Spirit; but Spirit is invisible Nature
Friedrich Schelling was a German philosopher who extolled the attributes of Nature because of its centrality to life. And in his book Naturphilosophie, Schelling claimed that “Nature in itself, according to census, is nothing other than the sum of total existence.” And when we philosophize about Nature, we study a subject which is active. For “we know Nature only as active – for it is impossible to philosophize about any subject which cannot be engaged in activity.” (Schelling, Naturphilosophie, First Division) And when we study the Word, we are also philosophizing about Nature. For “in the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him. Not one thing that exists was made without him.” (John 1:1-3) And the nature of God’s Word is living and active. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
And Schelling expounded that everything in Nature comes from an original actant, and that everything in Nature works towards an absolute product. For “everything that is in Nature must be viewed as something having already become. No material in Nature is primitive, for an infinite multiplicity of original actants is in existence. These actants should together represent only one absolute product. In that case, Nature must combine them.” (Schelling, Naturphilosophie, First Division) And everything in Nature comes from the original actant who is God. For “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2) And everything in Nature works towards an absolute product. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing and her people for gladness.” (Isaiah 65:17-18) And the product of Nature is produced through the cause and the effect of its actants. For “A (the cause of activity) and -A (the effect of activity) are reciprocally cause and effect of one another. In the activity that the absolutely inner opposes to the external activity lies its receptivity for the outer, and conversely, its receptivity for the outer factor depends upon its activity. Neither the activity of the organism nor its receptivity can be purely known in themselves. The former is extinguished without an object against which it struggles, and conversely, nothing is an object for it except to the extent that it is active against it.” (Schelling, Naturphilosophie, First Division) And man is the cause and effect of his choices. For the inner man is the cause of his struggles and failures. For as the Lord warned, “if
your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire-- where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’” (Mark 9:45-48) And the effect of man’s work, shall be the fruit of his righteousness. For “the fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.” (Isaiah 32:17) And God is the cause and effect of all things. “For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45) And His judgment shall soon take effect. Thus “gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame, before the decree takes effect— the day passes like the chaff— before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger comes upon you.” (Zephaniah 2:1-2) And the cause and effect of each man shall be balanced, and God shall bring a new covenant into effect. For “behold days are coming, say the Lord, when I will effect a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; not like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by hand to lead the out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not care for them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days. After those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord’. For all
will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:8-12) And Schelling expounded on the two principles of each organism. For an organism is determined by its activity and its receptivity. “And the first principle is the activity of the organism is determined through its receptivity… The second principle is the receptivity of the organism is conditioned through its activity.” (Schelling, Naturphilosophie, First Division) And faith is the receptivity of the Spirit into one’s heart. For “by believing you receive God's approval, and by declaring your faith you are saved. Scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:10-11) And our works is the activity of the Spirit perfecting our faith. “Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:22-26) And Schelling corroborated that all things in Nature communicate through the medium of light. (Schelling, Naturphilosophie, Third Division) “For the ACTUALITY of the dynamical process for every individual product is conditioned by COMMUNICATION, which takes place in the universe to infinity, and whose universal medium is LIGHT, for the part of the universe known to us.” And the actuality
of light was created from the beginning. “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) And the Light was the Son who would Light up the world. And through His medium of Light, we now can communicate with God. For as He said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12) And now we as His sons are the light. For we communicate the Truth of His Light. “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” (John 12:35-36) And Schelling determined that all finite objects are limited by gravity, by space, and by time. For “there must be for every finite being a limited intuition of the world; this original restrictedness is, for the intellectual world, just that which gravity is for the physical world, that which binds the individual to a determinate system of things and assigns to it its position in the universe…But the individual object, since its position in the universe is already determined for it by gravity, can only be further determined with respect to the degree to which it occupies space. The degree of its occupation of space is only determinable through the form of time, by the inverse ratio of time in which the space is filled to the occupied space.” (Schelling, Naturphilosophie, Third Division) And as we know each man shall be judged by the gravity of his choice. (Addendum 5: The Gravity of the Flesh) For Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by the gravity of their sins. “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.” (Genesis 18:20) And New York shall be destroyed by the
gravity of its sins. For “truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.” (Matthew 10:15) And all men must live with the gravity of their sins. “For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; they will be led forth at the day of fury. Who will confront him with his actions, and who will repay him for what he has done? While he is carried to the grave, men will keep watch over his tomb. The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, while countless ones go before him.” (Job 21:30-33) And all matter was created over empty space. “For He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.” (Job 26:7) And even the lamps require space to shed light. For as the lamps were arranged in the temple, “you shall make its lamps seven in number; and they shall mount its lamps so as to shed light on the space in front of it.” (Exodus 25:37) And because our bodies are subject to space, each man is thus subject to time. And each man has been given much time. For God’s servants have waited a long time. And our God has been patient through time. But now that the endtime has come, time’s rule shall come to an end. (Addendum 6: Time for Change) For time is derived from the Nordic root timi which means “appointed time”. For it is God who established this world and its appointed time. “When I select an appointed time, it is I who judge with equity. The earth and all who dwell in it melt; it is I who have firmly set its pillars.” (Psalms 75:2-3) And the derivative of timi is the English root tima which means “a limited time”. For God ordained a limited time in order for the harvest to grow. And now the appointed time for the harvest has come. For as the Lord instructed “allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers,
‘First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.’” (Matthew 13:30) And now is the appointed time for His servants to be rewarded. For “You will arise and have compassion on Zion; for it is time to be gracious to her, for the appointed time has come.” (Psalms 102:13) And the Son shall return for His remnant a second time. “Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.” (Isaiah 11:11) And it is due time for God’s enemies to be punished. For “vengeance is Mine, and retribution, in due time their foot will slip; for the day of their calamity is near, and the impending things are hastening upon them.” (Deuteronomy 32:35) And by His Word of promise, time and death shall be destroyed. For “He will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:8) And all men shall be risen, and all shall be forgiven. For it is in man’s nature to be spirit, and for the perishable to put on the imperishable.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44
Being a historian is being a prophet in reverse.
But being a prophet is more than being a historian in reverse. For it is being a historian in reverse
without the element of time.
XXXI Hegel on the Spirit (1770-1831) To Andrew the Prophet Completed December 25, 2009
Life is essentially the concept which realizes itself only through self-division and reunification.
George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a German philosopher who developed the concept of Geist, which in translation means “spiritmind”. For Hegel insisted that one is not just an individual, but is part of a spirit and mind which unifies all. And Christ’s disciples strove for that same unity. “Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:27) And God promised His people, that they would be of one heart. “And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.” (Ezekiel 11:19-20)
But when man entered this world, his spirit was contrary to this unity. For man must work in this world as a master or as a servant. “But this consciousness in consequence takes a negative attitude towards the relation of lordship and bondage. Its action, in the case of the master, results in his not simply having his truth in and through the bondsman; and, in that of the bondsman, in not finding his truth in the will of his master and in service.” (Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, 244) Thus the spirit of the servant is ignorant of the spirit of the master, and the spirit of the master is oblivious to the spirit of the servant. And at the beginning, the spirit of man was divided into master and servant, through the deception of Jacob and the ignorance of Esau. For when Esau requested his blessing from his father, “Isaac replied to Esau, ‘Behold, I have made him your master, and all his relatives I have given to him as servants; and with grain and new wine I have sustained him.” (Genesis 27:37) And these two covenants have withstood til the end. “For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.” (Galatians 4:22-26) Thus, the objective of man’s spirit is to learn the interdependence of lordship and service. For “in the movement through the independence of consciousness is Lordship and Servitude, through the idea of freedom, sceptical detachment, and the struggle for absolute liberation
on the part of the self-divided consciousness; otherness, in so far as it is only subjectively for self-consciousness, vanishes for the latter itself.” And it was the Master who taught His disciples on being a master. For “a disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he becomes like his teacher, and the slave like his master.” (Matthew 10:24-25) And in servitude to His servants, the Master became their Servant. For “behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.” (Isaiah 42:1) And by unifying the spirit of the Master and the Servant, His Spirit has spread throughout all the nations. And by having the mind of these spirits, the Master can now call His servants friends. “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15) And when we understand that each spirit constitutes part of a whole, then our minds can understand the spirit. For "this condition where individuality is conscious of itself only in and with others, and conscious of the common life as its own, is the stage of spiritual existence. Spiritual existence and social life thus go together.” (Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, 456) And the flesh of mankind was first given to Adam, but the spirit of mankind was first given through Christ. For “it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” (1 Corinthians 15:44-4) And each man receives the Spirit by confessing in Christ. “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of
your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” (Acts 2:38-39) And as was prophesied, our Lord shall call His servants to Himself, and the Spirit shall descend upon all of mankind. “It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29) And Hegel expounds that the spirit of mankind must pass through a series of stages in order to mature. For historically the struggle is between the immediate needs of man’s spirit, and the perfection of the “Absolute Spirit”. For the “spirit, so far as it is the immediate, truth, is the ethical life of a nation, the individual, and the world. It has to advance to the consciousness of what it is immediately; it has to abandon and transcend the beautiful simplicity of ethical life, and get to a knowledge of itself by passing through a series of stages and forms.” (Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, 467) And the first and immediate stage of the human spirit is the family. For “it is an immediate consciousness of self in another--and hence, is a natural ethical community--this is the Family…The ethical element in this case seems bound to be placed in the relation of an individual member of the family to the entire family as the real substance, so that the purpose of his action and the content of his actuality are taken from this substance, and are derived solely from the family life.” (Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, 468-469) And the first family was conceived through Adam and Eve. “Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, ‘I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD.’ Again, she
gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” (Genesis 4:1-2) But the spirit of that family would be separated by murder. “And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother? And he said, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?’ He said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground. Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.’” (Genesis 4:8-11) And historically, the spirit of the family evolves into the spirit of the community or government. For “the community, the upper law whose validity is open to the light of day, has its concrete vitality in government; for in government it is an individual whole. Government is a concrete actual spirit reflected into itself, the self pure and simple of the entire ethical substance. This simple force allows, indeed, the community to unfold and expand into its component members, and to give each part subsistence and selfexistence of its own.” (Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, 473) And the first kingdom was established in the city of Babel. For “the beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” (Genesis 10:10) But the spirit of this kingdom would be divided apart. For “the LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was
called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:6-9) And Hegel conceded that due to the expected struggles of conflicting spirits within the community, all governments must eventually take control of these spirits And this is accomplished through the mechanism of war. For “the spirit of universal assemblage and association is the single and simple principle, and the negative essential factor at work is the segregation and isolation of these systems. In order not to let them get rooted and settled in this isolation and thus break up the whole into fragments and let the common spirit evaporate, government has from time to time to shake them to the very centre by War.” (Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, 474) And despite the obvious destruction that comes through war, the end result is the preservation and unification of man’s spirit. For “war is the spirit and form in which the essential moment of ethical substance, the absolute freedom of ethical self-consciousness from all and every kind of existence, is manifestly confirmed and realized. While, on the one hand, war makes the particular spheres of property and personal independence, as well as the personality of the individual himself, feel the force of negation and destruction, on the other hand this engine of negation and destruction stands out as that which preserves the whole in security.” (Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, 497) And despite the great frequency of war, God ordained just two wars in order to establish the spirit of His people. For God ordained the first war of His people, so that they could inherit their land. “When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace. If
it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you. However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.” (Deuteronomy 20:10-12) And God has ordained the last war of the nations, in order to establish the spirit of mankind. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.’” (Revelation 19:11-16) And the final and perfected state of the spirit is what Hegel termed “Absolute Knowledge”. And this spirit of mankind is pure truth and knowledge in itself. For as Hegel said, “this is the last embodiment of spirit - the spirit which at once gives its complete and true content the form of self, and thereby realizes its notion, and in doing so remains within its own notion--this is Absolute Knowledge. It is spirit knowing itself in the shape of spirit, it is knowledge which comprehends through not positions. Truth is here not merely in itself absolutely identical with certainty; it has also the shape, the character of certainty of self; or in its existence--i.e. for the spirit knowing it is in the form of knowledge of itself.” (Hegel, The Phenomenology of
Spirit, 798) And the first man sought for Absolute Knowledge. For he ate from the tree of knowledge, to learn the knowledge of good and evil. For “out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9) But this knowledge was not Absolute Knowledge, for man did not have the knowledge of Life. Then the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’— therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.” (Genesis 3:22-23) And it was the Lord who gave man Absolute Knowledge, by giving us the Word and the Spirit of knowledge. For “the Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:2) And through the desire of the Lord, the Spirit of knowledge can now dwell within us. For “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”. (James 4:5) And Hegel expounded that the Spirit requires time in order to accomplish Her work. “Hence spirit necessarily appears in time, and it appears in time so long as it does not grasp its pure notion. Time therefore appears as spirit's destiny and necessity, where spirit is not yet complete within itself.” (Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, 806) For at the beginning man had no knowledge between good and evil, and it has taken much time for him to learn the difference. “Your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it.” (Deuteronomy 1:39)
But now is the time for the truth, and for those who know good over evil. “A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) And time shall soon come to an end. And this time man shall know the difference between good and evil. And “it will come about at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are stagnant in spirit, who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good or evil!’” (Zephaniah 1:12)
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.
XXXII Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil (1844-1900) To Andrew the Prophet Completed December 27, 2009
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
Friedrich Nietzsche was a Prussian philosopher and writer who denounced the dogmatism of philosophical and religious beliefs. For as Nietzsche questioned of the truth, “What really is this ‘Will to Truth’ in us? In fact we made a long halt at the question as to the origin of this Will—until at last we came to an absolute standstill before a yet more fundamental question. We inquired about the value of this Will. Granted that we want the truth: but why not rather untruth? And uncertainty? Even ignorance?” (Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter 1) And the prophecy foretold that untruth would prevail in the land. For “they bend their tongue like their bow; lies and not truth prevail in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know Me,’ declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:3) And Nietzsche’s approach was to address what truly is good and evil. For “under what conditions did man devise these value judgments good and evil? And what value do they themselves possess?” (Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Preface) And the origin
from which Nietzsche traces this judgment, is the master’s moral judgment upon his slave. “The distinctive deed in the conception of a slave morality—how different these words ‘bad’ and ‘evil’ are, although they are both apparently the opposite of the same concept ‘good.’ But it is not the same concept ‘good’: one should ask rather precisely who is ‘evil’ in the sense of the morality of ressentiment.” (Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Essay 1) But Christ abolished this definition of good and evil, for by His sacrifice He made the “bad” slave good. For as One with the Father, he removed any resentment towards the Master. “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28) And by His sacrifice we are no longer called slaves. “You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:1415) And Nietzsche, being a philologist or linguist, observed that due to the subject-predicate structure of our language, people tend to separate the action from the subject. For example, Nietzsche utilized the subject-predicate of this sentence: “lightning flashes”. “For just as the comman mind separates the lightning from its flash and takes the latter for an action, as the operation of a subject called lightning; so popular morality also separates strength from expressions of strength, as if there were a neutral substratum behind the strong man, which
was free to express strength or not to do so. But there is no such substratum; there is no ‘being’ behind doing, effecting, becoming; ‘the doer’ is merely a fiction added to the deed—the deed is everything.” (Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Essay 1) And the one who does evil is inherently evil, and the one who does good is inherently good. For the Lord taught His servants the same: “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16-20) And Nietzsche further expounded that good and evil can also be determined by one’s conscience and guilt. For by our indebtedness towards God for our sins, our conscience is guilty for what we owe God. Thus by our guilt we are inherently evil, and God is inherently good. For “the advent of the Christian God, as the maximum god attained so far, was therefore accompanied by the maximum feeling of guilty indebtedness on earth.” (Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Essay 2) Yet this indebtedness is contrary to the Word of God. For the Word professes that all indebtedness on this earth is removed. “For it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.”(Isaiah 53:10-11) Thus when that day comes, for those who believe no guilt shall be found. “‘In those days, at that time,’ declares the LORD, ‘search will be
made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.” (Jeremiah 50:20) But for those who remain evil, their guilt and sin still remain. “Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.” (Isaiah 24:6)
And many men have devoted their lives to ascetism which is the denial of all earthly pleasures, in order to understand what is meant by "good". And by understanding, the ascetic ideal focuses on man’s existence, For by denying all earthly pleasures, man can focus on his own selfexistence. For “the philosopher smiles when he sees an optimal set of conditions for the loftiest and boldest spirituality. In so doing, he does not deny ‘existence’; rather that's how he affirms his existence and only his existence.” (Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Essay 3) And through self denial of oneself, then the ascetic ideal reenforces the power of the will. For as Nietzsche states “the ascetic ideal is the expression of a will. Where is the opposing will, in which an opposing ideal finds its expression? The ascetic ideal has a goal—a goal which is so universal that all other interests in human existence, measured against it, seem small and narrow.” (Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Essay 3) And it was Christ who asserted that asceticism was the expression of one’s own free will. For through the will of denying oneself, one will find his own life. For as “Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25) And by one’s own free will, one can assure the existence of one’s soul. “For what will it
profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?’” (Matthew 16:26) Thus the life of each man is decided through his own free will. For as Nietzsche concluded, “man was saved thereby, he possessed a meaning, he was henceforth no longer like a leaf in the wind, a plaything of nonsense—the ‘sense-less’— he could now will something; no matter at first to what end, why, with what he willed: the will itself was saved.” (Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Conclusion) And by God’s grace, each man has been given his own free will. And by God’s justice, each man’s judgment shall be decided by his own free will. For “this is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word…But they have chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in their abominations; so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.” (Isaiah 66:2-4)
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.
XXXIII Math, Logic, and Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet Completed December 29, 2009
Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
The 20th century was the first period since the Greek Empire in which the leading philosophers were academicians. And with this academic rigor came a great growth in mathematics and logic. And with this expansion in knowledge, came an exponential increase in science, and an agnostic attempt to understand the universe independently from God. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher and mathematician who introduced logics and analytical reasoning to philosophy. For he sought to utilize mathematical philosophy as a means of understanding the truth. And mathematics is defined as “the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.” However, “the other direction, which is less familiar, proceeds, by analyzing, to greater and greater abstractness and logical simplicity, instead of asking what can be defined and deduced from what is assumed to begin with, we ask
instead what more general ideas and principles can be found, in terms of which what was our starting-point can be defined or deduced.” (Intro to Mathematical Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, Chapter 1) And Russell explains that the foundation of mathematics comes from the numerical integer system. For as he clarifiees, “to the average educated person of the present day, the obvious starting-point of mathematics would be the series of whole numbers, (1, 2, 3, … etc.) Probably only a person with some mathematical knowledge would think of beginning with 0 instead of with 1, but we will presume this degree of knowledge; we will take as our starting point the series. (0, 1, n+1, etc.)” (Intro to Mathematical Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, Chapter 1) And following this starting point, we can philosophically inquire, “‘what is a number?’ It is one which has been often asked, but has only been correctly answered in our own time.” (Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, Chapter 2) For when we speak of a number we are not speaking of something individually, but of a collection, set, or class. And because numbers by nature are difficult to define, we shall define a number as a class in relation to similar classes. Thus “the number of a class is the class of all those classes that are similar to it.” (Intro to Mathematical Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, Chapter 2) And in illustration, we can expound that the number of God is the god of all gods that are similar to God. “And is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.” (Romans 3:29-30) Thus the number of God is one. And as we now know: God is one. (Addendum 7: God is One)
And by understanding the definition of a number, we can then define the property of a natural number. “Any property which belongs to 0, and to the successor of any number which has the property, belongs to all the natural numbers.” (Intro to Mathematical Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, Chapter 3) Thus 0 is a natural number. For as we know 0 is the circle back to the Father. (Addendum 8: Zero is the Circle Back to the Father) And as we know, the only way to return to the Father is through Christ. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13) And any body which comes from the Father, is sown a natural body, and returns through the Son as a spiritual body. “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:42-44) And when we recall Euler’s formula (Addendum 9: The Greek Alphabet):
We can see that value of e ιπ is related to the natural numbers. And in fact it is the negative integer of 1. However, the three individual ιπ components of e are obviously not natural numbers. For e and π are what mathematicians term irrational numbers. For “an irrational number is a segment of the series of ratios which has no boundary.” And these numbers represent God who has no boundaries. And “great
is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.” (Psalms 147:5) But man has existed with boundaries, for the earth was created with boundaries. “The mountains rose; the valleys sank down to the place which You established for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass over, so that they will not return to cover the earth.” (Psalms 104:8-9) And any number with the component of iis termed a complex number. For as Russell defines “a complex number means a number involving the square root of a negative number, whether integral, fractional, or real. Since the square of a negative number is positive, a number whose square is to be negative has to be a new sort of number. Using the letter ι for the square root of -1, any number involving the square root of a negative number can be expressed in the form x + yι, where x and y are real. The part yι is called the ‘imaginary’ part of this number, x being the ‘real’ part.” (Intro to Mathematical Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, Chapter 7) And we are the real children of Abraham, through our faith in the Father. For “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.” (Galatians 3:6-7) And we partake of God through the reality of the Son. For as He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.” (John 6:53-55) And we are formed into God’s image through the Holy Spirit. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) Thus Russell concludes that logic and mathematics have merged into the same subject. For “mathematics and logic, historically speaking, have been entirely distinct studies. Mathematics has been connected with science, logic with Greek. But both have developed in modern times: logic has become more mathematical and mathematics has become more logical. So much of modern mathematical work is obviously on the border-line of logic, so much of modern logic is symbolic and formal, that the very close relationship of logic and mathematics has become obvious to every instructed student. Those students therefore, who wish to acquire a mastery of the principles of mathematics, will, it is to be hoped, not shrink from the labor of mastering the symbols.” (Intro to Mathematical Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, Chapter 18) And God promised that symbols would be used by the prophets at the end. For these symbols would be utilized as a witness of the prophecy. For “I have also spoken by the prophets, and have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.” (Hosea 12:10)
Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.
Addendum 1 The Trinity of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit From Signs, Science, and Symbols of the Prophecy The Trinity of Man: Heart, Soul, and Mind The Hope from the Father is in our Souls (NASB) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 16, 2007
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Our souls are sustained by the Father, the Water of eternal life
“So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became soul.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthly; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.” 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” Psalms 54:4 “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalms 63:1 “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalms 42:1-2
Satan, through the flesh, enslaves our souls
“O Lord my God, in You I have taken refuge; save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, or he will tear my soul like a lion, dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.” Psalms 7:1-2 “Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely. For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol.” Psalms 16:9-10 “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:25-26
“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11
The gift from the Father is hope
“My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” Psalms 62:5-6 “I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.” Psalms 130:5 “’The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I have hope in Him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:24-25 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20
Our only hope is in God
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart your soul your mind” Matthew 22:37 “Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land.” Psalms 25:12-13 “And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:19-21 “The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.” Psalms 34:22
All souls will soon know that He is God
“For the kingdom is the Lord's and He rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, all those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, even he who cannot keep his soul alive.” Psalms 22:28-29 “Too long has my soul had its dwelling with those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.” Psalms 120:6-7
“My soul, my soul ! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart! My heart is pounding in me; I cannot be silent, Because you have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war.” Jeremiah 4:19 “At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; for when the earth experiences Your judgments. The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.” Isaiah 26:9 “Does the Lord take delight in thousands of rams, in ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” Micah 6:7
He will redeem the souls of mankind
“How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.” Psalms 84:1-2 “I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10 “Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.” Leviticus 26:11-12
Our Souls Hope to Return to the Father
“The first man, Adam, became soul.” (1 Corinthians 15:45) And as the soul of the first man was created by the Father, so were our souls created by the Father. For we presently bear the image of the earthly, but soon will “bear the image of the heavenly.” (1 Corinthians 15:49) For the Father is the sustenance of our souls, for He is the living water of Life. (Psalms 54:4) And this world is a dry and desolate place, and our souls long and thirst for His living water. (Psalms 63:1) And the souls of the faithful have longed for this day, and the souls of His promise do earnestly pray, “my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalms 42:1-2) And who will claim our souls? For the desires of the flesh, are the shackles of Satan, and all hope is lost, to those whom he claims. And the psalmist took refuge in the Father, knowing that Satan has the power to claim, his body and soul and drag him away. (Psalms 7:1-2) For where Satan rules in the depths of his lair, there is no hope, only loss and despair. (Psalms 16:9-10) And why do we not heed the words of the Lord? “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28) And what gain is there, if you gain the world but lose your soul? (Matthew 16:25-26) Thus we must be strangers to this heathen world, and fight the desires which endanger our souls. (1 Peter 2:11)
And who can save our souls? There is only one, for our hope lies in our redemption through the Father. “For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” (Psalms 62:5-6) And we patiently wait for His promises, and hope to return to our Creator. (Psalms 130:5) Then He will give us our portion, for He is good to those who have patiently waited for Him, and to those who have sought Him. (Lamentations 3:24-25) And our portion shall be great indeed, for Christ has come as the High Priest, and now we may pass through the veil, and receive our inheritance from our heavenly Father. (Hebrews 6:19-20) And what does the Father ask of us? The world has forgotten His first commandment, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5/ Matthew 22:37) For we must fear the Lord our God, and strive to inherit eternal life with the Father. (Psalms 25:12-13) For it is the Father and not earth’s ruler, who can cast our souls to hell, or raise our souls to eternal life. (Matthew 10:28) And we must place our hope “in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” (Matthew 6:20) For if we are not rich towards God, then why should He be rich towards us? (Luke 12:19-21) But to those who put their hope in the Father, their souls shall be redeemed by the Father, “and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.” (Psalms 34:22) And now the time has come, when all will know that He is Lord, for He will come to claim His kingdom. “For the kingdom is the Lord's and He rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, all those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, even he who cannot keep his soul alive.” (Psalms 22:28-29) For His people have patiently endured, those who breed violence and war.
(Psalms 120:6-7) And when He returns in the clouds, the trumpets shall warn of that fateful day. (Jeremiah 4:19) And when the judgment comes, the world will know of His justice and righteousness. (Isaiah 26:9) And the world will wonder, “Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” (Micah 6:7) NO. He no longer desires the fruit of your body, for each man will be judged by his own works. And now He asks for the blood of your body for the sins of your soul. But when the fire of the judgment is complete, we stand assured of the redemption that awaits. For lovely are the dwelling places of the courts of God. (Psalms 84:1-2) And His people will be adorned, with garments of salvation and robes of righteousness. And all will rejoice in His kingdom, for as the Father promised, “I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.” (Leviticus 26:11-12)
The Spirit of Man is His Heart (NKJV) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 13, 2007
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
The heart of man is inherently evil
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” Matthew 15:18-19
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good.” Psalms 14:1 “Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5 “You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.” Acts 7:51 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.” Matthew 13:19 “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each one according to his deeds.” Romans 2:5-6
The history of man’s heart has been evil
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” Genesis 6:5-6 “Then the Lord said in His heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from
his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.’” Genesis 8:21 “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, ‘The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.’” Genesis 27:41 “The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it.” Daniel 7:4 “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means.” Daniel 8:25
But the Lord can control the heart of man
“The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Proverbs 21:1 “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.’” Exodus 4:21
“And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy; for the Lord made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.” Ezra 6:22
We must be broken hearted
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart -- These, O God, You will not despise.” Psalms 51:17 “For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.” Psalms 109:22 “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.” Joel 2:12-13 “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’” Isaiah 57:15
Then the Spirit can enter our hearts “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a
heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20 “‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:37-39 “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.” Romans 2:28-29 “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
The Spirit purifies our hearts by faith
“So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.” Acts 15:8-9 “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt
in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:22-23 “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man. The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
The upright in heart will glorify God
“The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory.” Psalms 64:10 “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.” Psalms 86:11-12 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” Acts 4:32
The Heart of Man Comes From the Holy Spirit
“God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him”. (Genesis 1:27) For we were created in the image of God, and just as God is three in one: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, so were we created as three in one: heart, soul, and mind. Our heart is the vessel through which the Spirit works, and when the Spirit works we receive the gift of faith. And as the Lord is faithful to us, so should we be faithful to Him. And His commandment to us is this: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37 / Deuteronomy 6:4-5) Our hearts are inherently evil, for they are easily deceived, by the ruler of this world, and they devise evil plans, and fall in his ways. For out of the hearts of men “proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” (Matthew 15:18-19) And the ways of men are corrupt, for in ignorance they say “there is no God”. (Psalms 14:1) And their hearts of pride have turned to stone. (Proverbs 16:5) But rather than giving their hearts to the Spirit, they are doomed to repeat the sins of their fathers. (Acts 7:51) For that which was sown by the Spirit, has been snatched by the ruler of this earth. (Matthew 13:19) But all men’s hearts shall be judged by the Lord, and their hardness of heart will make it bleed, for our Lord “will render to each one according to his deeds”. (Romans 2:5-6) And as the Lord said, the “imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth”. (Genesis 8:21) And because of the evil of man’s heart, and because it grieved our Lord’s heart, He destroyed mankind by the
flood. (Genesis 6:5-6) And the blood thirsty ways of the nations, were conceived by the murderous heart of Esau; and through the heart of hatred and murder, the wars of the nations continue to this day. (Genesis 27:41) And the rulers of our nations, through the evil of their hearts, have ushered in the final days of this earth. For the first ruler came as the “beast from the sea” from the Great Babylon. “The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it.” (Daniel 7:4) And George Bush Jr. through a heart of evil, was given authority to wage war against Iraq. And the second ruler is the anti-Christ from Babylon of Old. “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means.” (Daniel 8:25) For Moqtada al-Sadr’s heart from Satan shall be destroyed by God, when the final bowl is poured out. Although the ways of our rulers are evil, it is God’s hands that draws the end near, for He is the one who turns men’s hearts, whichever way He wishes. (Proverbs 21:1) For was it not God, who hardened Pharaoh’s heart, when His people passed over from Egypt? (Exodus 4:21) And was it not God, who softened Cyrus’ heart, when Persia rebuilt His temple? (Ezra 6:22) And know that when the Lord’s wrath comes, the judgment shall be just, for though the punishment is great, their hearts will not repent. “And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.” (Revelation 16:9)
And what does the Lord ask of us? That men would turn their hearts towards Him, and serve Him in the spirit. But in order to do so, man must be broken in heart and spirit. (Psalms 51:17) For when our hearts are wounded, and our spirits are needy, then we will know the truth, that all things come from the Father. (Psalms 109:22) And when we turn with weeping and mourning, then He is gracious and merciful. (Joel 2:12-13) And the High and Lofty One who is Holy, will revive the heart and spirit of those, who are humble in heart and contrite in spirit. (Isaiah 57:15) And when we have emptied our hearts, the Spirit can enter and fill our hearts up. For the prophets of old foretold, that Christ would come again, and we would be one people with one spirit. (Ezekiel 11:19-20) And before Christ died on the cross, He promised that when He returned, our hearts would flow with the Holy Spirit. (John 7:37-39) And now by God’s mercy and grace, the Spirit can circumcise our hearts, of the earthly foreskin of this world, and renew us with the heart of the Spirit. (Romans 2:28-29) And having hearts and spirits anew, our hearts are no longer tablets of stone, but tablets of flesh authored by the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:2-3) The Holy Spirit fills our hearts, and purifies our hearts, through the gift of faith. (Acts 15:8-9) For it is through faith that we believe, in the sustenance of the Father, the Word of the Son, and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. And through our faith, we are strengthened without earthly bonds, and produce the fruits of the Spirit. And those who have the greatest faith, will have the power He promised of. “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:22-23) And through our faith, the mysteries of His truths are revealed to us.
Yes and even the truths of the things to come, “for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10) Now all is past and the time is near, for those who walk in truth and fear. His Holy people will rejoice for “the righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory.” (Psalms 64:10 //Psalms 86:11-12) For the treasures of this earth are mammon, for all will perish by fire and famine. But those who placed their treasures in heaven, by hearts of faith will be rewarded by Him. (Matthew 6:19-21) And all who have placed their faith in the Lord, will be of one heart forevermore. (Acts 4:32)
The Mind of Christ, Sacrificial Love (NASB) To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 18, 2010
‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.
The mind of God is infinite and unchangeable
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind the Lord who?” Romans 11:33-34 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord
searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9 “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.” 1 Samuel 15:28-29 “For this the earth shall mourn and the heavens above be dark, because I have spoken, I have purposed, and I will not change My mind, nor will I turn from it.” Jeremiah 4:28
The mind of man is depraved
“The mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:7-8 “Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.” Ephesians 2:3 “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful.” Romans 1:28-31
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The beasts have the mind of perdition
“He who has a crooked mind finds no good, and he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.” Proverbs 17:20 “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 “The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it.” Daniel 7:4 “They have said, ‘Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more. For they have conspired together with one mind; against You they make a covenant.’” Psalms 83:4-5
The Lord counsels the minds of those who seek Him
“For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE SHOULD INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 “I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.” Psalms 16:7
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“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2 “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6
All will be reconciled, all will be one mind in the Lord
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.” Isaiah 65:17 “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding. ‘It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘they will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again. At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The Throne of the Lord,’ and all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord; nor will they walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart.’” Jeremiah 3:15-17
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For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
1 John 5:7-8
The Mind of Christ is Sacrificial Love
Contrary to what we believe, love comes from the Mind of Christ and the mind of man, and not from than the heart of man. For what is love but a choice of the mind. And “greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) For the greatest love of all is that God sent His only Son, and by His love, He sacrificed His blood for the redemption of mankind. “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.” (John 10:17-18) And what does it mean to love? Recall the words of Moses, “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 30:6) Yet recall the mindful words of Christ, “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37-40) For by the sacrifice of His blood on the cross, the triune of God’s graces now is complete: faith, hope, and love; “but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13) The mind of the Lord is infinite and impassable, beyond the expanses of the universe, and deeper than the thoughts of our mind. “How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind the Lord, who?” (Romans 11:33-34) And the Lord searches the depths of our minds, for He understands every intent of our thoughts. (1 Chronicles 28:9) But contrary to the mind of man, the mind of the Lord remains unchanged, “for He is not a man that He should change His mind.” (1 Samuel 15:28-29) Thus the words of the prophecy shall be fulfilled, for the prophets of old foretold, “for this the earth shall mourn and the heavens above be
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dark, because I have spoken, I have purposed, and I will not change My mind, nor will I turn from it.” (Jeremiah 4:28) For the mind of man has been subject, to the mind of Satan and the flesh of this world. And the mind of the flesh is at enmity with God. (Romans 8:7-8) And even the prophets, martyrs, and saints were born as children of the flesh, “and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.” (Ephesians 2:3) But to those who refuted the mind of Christ, were given to them the mind of flesh. And “God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful.” (Romans 1:28-31) And the leaders of this world have the mind of perdition, adopting a language of perversion and derision. (Proverbs 17:20) Yet they forget these words of wisdom, “the mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) And on September 11, 2001, the beast from the sea, through the mind of a man, was given the power of Satan. (Daniel 7:4) And on May 25, 2007, the beast from the earth was given the mind of Satan. And the beasts devise their evil plans to destroy the nations, for they abhor the mind of our Lord, and have given their minds over to Satan. (Psalms 83:4-5) “For who has known the mind of the Lord, that we should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) For those who call upon the Lord, through the mind of Christ, the Lord will instruct. (Psalms 16:7) And by the mind of Christ, we are no longer conformed to the flesh, but are transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2) And no longer do we set our minds on this earth, but look forward to the heavens and the treasures above.
(Colossians 3:2) And by being transformed by the mind of Christ, we have become one mind and “with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6) And over the span of two times “time, times, and half a time” (Daniel 12:7), the prophecy shall be fulfilled. And mankind will be one mind with the Lord, for the mind of Satan and flesh will be forgotten. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be remembered or come to mind”. (Isaiah 65:17) And a new Jerusalem and kingdom will be established. And its shepherds will feed its people with knowledge and understanding. And the ark of the covenant will be no more, for God will dwell in our presence, and His goodness will be among all nations. Forevermore. (Jeremiah 3:15-17)
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SON OF MAN
The SON OF MAN must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
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Addendum 2 Christ is Light (NKJV) From Signs, Science, and Symbols of the Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 22, 2007
I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
God is Light and Darkness
“The darkness and the light are both alike to You.” Psalms 139:12 “Then God said, ‘Let there be light'’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:3 “Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:16-18
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The Lord is the Light
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1 “For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Psalms 36:9 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’” John 8:12
We are sons of the Light
“While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.'” John 12:36
But the Light will leave this earth
“Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. And no craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore. And the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. And the light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore. And
the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.’” Revelation 18:21-24
And the Light will dwell amongst us... forever
“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 22:3-5
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God is Light
Allegory is beautiful but literalness is inspiring. For God the Father created light and darkness, but in the beginning neither existed. But the Father existed before light and darkness, and now He is both light and darkness. For He created the light out of darkness, and He did this for the benefit of mankind. (Genesis 1:3) For how can we see the light, unless we are in the darkness? But we do know this, it is the image of light which we see, but not the source of the light itself. For optically we see the image of the object, which is a reflection of the light off the object, but we cannot see the light itself. That is until the Light came in this world, for the Light became flesh, and the Light is Life. “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12) The allegory is this, that God has become both light and darkness, for He makes no distinction between the two. (Psalms 139:12) But the good of its difference was meant for mankind. And on the first day He created the light, but darkness was made, for only in dark could we see the light. (Genesis 1:3) And on the second day He created the heavens, for the Light would dwell in the heavens. (Genesis 1:6-8) And on the third day He created the earth, but the earth would remain in the darkness. (Genesis 1:8-15) And on the fourth day He created two lights, the sun and the moon, so that all could see His creation on earth. (Genesis 1:16-18) And the earth had light but did not have God, for all we could see was the image of God. The Son came to earth to give sight to mankind, for He is the Light of the world. (John 8:12) And through the Son we have no fear (Psalm 27:1) because His Word of Light is Life. (Psalms 36:9) The allegory is though we see the Light, we have just a glimpse of who our God is.
For the spectrum of light that our eyes can see, is just one percent of the spectrum of light. And although we know the qualities of light, for now we know that it’s wave (i.e. Einstein’s theory of relativity) and particle (i.e. quantum theory of light), there are still qualities we don’t understand. For Christ the Light came down to earth, so we could be with the Father. The blessing is that by knowing the Father, now we are called the sons of the Light. (John 12:36) And the literalness of light is this, we no longer see the image of the light, for now we see that Christ is the Light. And what is the property of light? And if we take the theory of relativity, we can apply that which we know.
E = mc2 E = energy m = mass c = speed of light = 299,796 km/s
And from this formula, if we assume the speed of light is constant, we can extrapolate that energy (albeit a very prodigious number) is proportional to mass.
Energy α mass
And as we know, the Father is energy and His creation is mass. Now we can see that the Father is all powerful, for He holds the creative and destructive force of His creation. Yes, the destructive force of man.
α His creation
For by the “wisdom” of man and relativity, we understand the destructive force of man. For through the destructive force of mankind, the earth and mankind shall perish. For when the nuclear holocaust ensues, a nuclear winter will follow, and the light of the sun will depart from the earth. “Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.” (Revelation 16:10) And when the final trumpet sounds, Christ the Lamb and the Light of the world, the SON shall depart from the earth. And “the light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore” (Revelation 18:21-24) But by the love and mercy of God, after all our sins are reconciled, the heavens and earth will be destroyed, and all shall enter His kingdom. And man will understand the Light, for they will see the Light, for the Light of God will dwell amongst them... for the Light of our Life is God “And there shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:3-5)
Addendum 3 The Value of π - Christ is the Narrow Gate From Signs, Science, & Symbols of the Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 11, 2007
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6 What does π look like? π is a gate, the design upon which the temples were built. And π is an infinite and transcendental number, a number not understood in finite mortal terms. And Einstein said that if he could comprehend π, then he could comprehend God, for π is the number of God. And it truly is. And what does π look like? It is the narrow gate, for it represents Christ who is the Gate. And do you remember what He said on the Mount? “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:12-13) For we all were created by the Father, and we all have fallen away from the Father. But Christ interceded on our behalf, and gave us the gateway to return to the Father. But to complete the circle back to the Father, we must go through Christ who is the narrow Gate. And what is the formula to complete the circle? The formula of circumference = π • diameter. Circumference is the path to return to the Father, and diameter is the distance you are away from the Father. And Solomon was told when he constructed the temple, that value of π was equal to 3, “ten cubits from one brim to the other; it was completely round… and a line of thirty cubits
measured its circumference.” (1 Kings 7:23). And obviously that answer was far from complete. For many have come close, but no one on their own has returned to the Father. For this is humanly impossible, for π is an infinite number. Until Christ the Son came down to mankind, for He is the Gate “the way, the truth, and the life. No one can go to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Christ is π. When we go through Him, then we return to the Father. But no one can return to the Father except through Him!
Christ = π = The Narrow Gate
Circumference = π • diameter Circumference = path back to the Father diameter = distance between you & the Father π = 3.1415926535897923847274338327……..∞
And the circular pattern above is a symbol commonly used in India. For the pattern represents karma, “what goes around, comes around”! All have come from the Father, and all will return to the Father. Amen. All men.
Addendum 4 The Antichrist is Here, The King Returns From Signs, Science, and Symbols of the Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet Completed August 23, 2007
“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon...Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the
number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.”(Revelation 13:11-18) How the saints have patiently waited, for the King to return! But woe to those who have turned from the Lamb. Although the King returns to save all, He does not return as the Lamb. For He will return as the Lion. And by His iron rod and will, all sins shall be paid in full. For as Christ the Lamb has promised the world, “truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.” (Matthew 5:26). Turn now and confess to the Lamb, for the price of the Lion is just and GREAT.
May 25, 2007: Moqtada al-Sadr returns from Iran to Sadr City, Iraq to speak “as a dragon” to his followers, “No, no Satan; no, no USA; no, no occupation; no, no Israel”. He comes “out of the earth” to be dictator of his country, Iraq, Syria of old, Babylon of old, Garden of Eden, the origin of mankind, and the GOG (garden of god). And on that day, 6000 Shiites listened to him speak, and 6 US troops died. And the beast, has a number, “and his number is 666". (Revelation 13:18) His followers call al-Sadr “the Mahdi”, for the Mahdi is the “guided one”. He will lead his people against the “infidels”, as prophesied by the Shi’a faith. The Mahdi followers, the Mahdi army, prepare the way for the end of this world. But even if you don’t believe prophecies, take a look at these cold hard facts: 1. His followers call him by the revered name “martyr imam” A. Imam is reserved for the holiest of holy men in the country. He is the son and the nephew of the two previous Imam Ayatollahs of Iraq. He is also a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed. He is the Imam or Grand Ayatollah of Iraq. B. He is called martyr because the Bush and Reagan administrations assisted in the assassination of his father, Imam Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, and his two brothers in 1999, and the execution of his uncle, Imam Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, in 1980. During the Iran-Iraq war, the US under Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr, gave tens of billions of dollars of military support to Saddam Hussein to destroy the Shi’a government.
Its leaders at the time were his father Imam Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr and his uncle Imam Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr. They are now worshiped as the two holiest martyrs of Iraq, the “two horns of the lamb” (Revelation 13:11). Al-Sadr is hell bent on avenging the death of his family by the hands of the US government, and he will. 2. His father and uncle studied with Imam Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, also a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed. Furthermore, his uncle is Mohammad Khatami, the previous president of Iran. Al-Sadr’s Mahdi army is trained by and consists of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. In other words, the holy and political families of Iran and Iraq are blood relatives! Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, and Moqtada al-Sadr are very close allies. 3. Iran is much more advanced in nuclear weapons development than the press leads us to believe. In fact, reports show that Iran has over 5000 nuclear centrifuges and recently was able to manufacture tritium, an important fuel for nuclear fusion bombs. And now they have a contract with Russia to supply them with uranium for their “nuclear reactors.” And remember, there are 250 “suitcase nuclear bombs” (called RA115s) still missing from Russia after the Iron Curtain came down; and it is widely assumed that al-Qaeda has 50 of them in their possession. (Off the record, a suitcase nuke was recently found in Iraq). 4. Iran is getting their gasoline from President Chavez in Venezuela and their citizens are on gasoline restrictions because their oil reserves are low and they lack the ability to refine their oil.
5. Iraq has the third largest oil supply in the world (at least 20 trillion dollars worth) and they have the refineries to process it, which the US government has been so diligent to protect. 6. Iraq is averaging 2 suicide bombings per day, and the number is rapidly increasing. 7. By conservative estimates, al-Sadr has 4 million faithful followers and an army of over 100,000 troops and has the support of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. And what will happen, the answer is simple. For the Shi’a controls both of these “horns”, and their blood lines are tied by religion. (Daniel 7) And Iran is assisting with weapons and training. And Iran will run out of their oil, but they do have the means for nuclear warfare. And Iraq has 20 trillion dollars of oil in the fields, but they do not yet have nuclear weapons. Who is to keep them from trading oil for nuclear weapons? And who is going to keep an Iraqi suicide bomber from detonating a nuclear weapon on US soil? And who is securing the Mexican border? Believe me, not Bush, not Cheney, not the US, no one! And what is the answer? The answer is simple. For the seals have been opened, the trigger has been pulled, and the bomb is ticking away. But man has no hope to intervene, for God the Father has control in all things. His prophecy is like a skilled surgeon’s knife, perfect and precise, for the judgment of man will lie in His hands. The question is then not if it will come, for the end will come soon, but what can we do to prepare for the end? Again, the answer is simple. “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of
sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations.” (Luke 24:46-47) For we will be judged by the Lamb or the Lion. And Christ the Lamb can forgive your sins, or Christ the Lion can judge for your sins. “Each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:13-16) Thus there is still time to ask for forgiveness. For the time of the Lamb is now. The Judgment Day is near. And the Lion will return. So, come Lord Jesus. Come.
Addendum 5 The Gravity of the Flesh From the Physics of the Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet Completed April 17, 2008
The Father shall destroy mankind because of the flesh
“Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.” Genesis 6:11-13 ‘‘And you groan at your final end, when your flesh and your body are consumed’’ Proverbs 5:11 ‘‘Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. A voice says, ‘Call out.’ Then he answered, ‘What shall I call out?’ All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.’’ Isaiah 40:5-8 ‘‘For behold, the Lord will come in fire and His chariots like the whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames
of fire. For the Lord will execute judgment by fire and by His sword on all flesh, and those slain by the Lord will be many.’’ Isaiah 66:1516 ‘‘By the fury of the Lord of hosts the land is burned up, and the people are like fuel for the fire; no man spares his brother. They slice off what is on the right hand but still are hungry, and they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied; each of them eats the flesh of his own arm.’’ Isaiah 9:19-20 ‘‘Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, My anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched.’ Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat flesh.’’’ Jeremiah 7:20-21 ‘‘Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fl y in midheaven, ‘Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.’’’ Revelation 19:17-18 The Gravity of the Flesh Gravity is the phenomenon by which all masses are brought together. And this can be quantitatively defined by Newtonian laws, which states that gravity is the force which attracts two objects together. And
life is the existence by which all men are attracted to the force of the flesh which is Satan, or the force of the Spirit which is God. For the forces of the flesh and the Spirit are opposed to one another, ‘‘for the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.’’ (Galatians 5:16-17) For the force of the flesh has been cursed from the beginning. ‘‘Thus says the Lord, ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord.’’’ (Jeremiah 17:5) For ‘‘it is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.’’ (John 6:63) Thus ‘‘keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’’ (Mark 14:38) And the acceleration of earth’s gravity is defined by g = 9.8 m/s2. And the weight of an object is equivalent to the force of earth’s gravity. And as we know, force is equal to mass times acceleration. Thus the weight is the force of earth’s gravity, which is equal to mass multiplied by g:
Force of earth’s gravity = weight = mass x g
And the force of Satan is through the temptation of the flesh. And man accelerates his sins by yielding to his temptation. But the weight of man’s sins shall be judged at the end. Thus:
Weight of man’s sins = flesh X temptation of Satan
“Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods? Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men? No, in heart you work unrighteousness; on earth you weigh out the violence of your hands . . . The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. And men will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth!’” (Psalms 58:1-11)
Rewards = Word of God X Gifts of the Spirit
But the gravity of the Lord is manifest through His Word and the gifts of the Spirit. And the works through the Word and His gifts shall be rewarded at the end. Thus “the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.’’ (Revelation 11:18) For men fall by the gravity of flesh to destruction. For the flesh profits nothing but drags men to their graves. For God once destroyed man by the flood for their flesh. (Genesis 6:11-13) ‘‘And you groan at your final end, when your flesh and your body are consumed’’ (Proverbs 5:11) For on that day ‘‘the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together.’’ (Isaiah 40:5-8) ‘‘For the Lord will execute judgment by fire and by His sword on all flesh, and those slain by the Lord will be many.’’ (Isaiah 66:15-16) For ‘‘by the fury of the Lord of hosts the land is burned up, and the people are like fuel for the fire... and each of them eats the flesh of his own arm.’’ (Isaiah 9:19-20) For
‘‘thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, My anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched.’ Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat flesh’’’ (Jeremiah 7:2021)‘‘Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, ‘Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.’’’ (Revelation 19:17-18) But there is still time, for the Spirit shall descend upon men, and the Spirit shall make war with the flesh. But remember the words of the Son who returns: ‘‘Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.’’ (Luke 12:10)
“I deduce that the forces which keep the planets in their orbs must be reciprocally as the squares of their distances from the centers about which they revolve.”
Sir Isaac Newton from “Principia” 1687
‘‘I deduce that the forces which keep men and angels in their orbits are reciprocally related to their distance from the center about which they revolve, be it by the mass of the earth or the Master who is GOD.”
Addendum 6 A Time Four Change From Mathematics and Numbers of the Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 29, 2007
Revelation 4: “And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.’”
The return of God is represented by four
“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’ [Related to the name of God, YHWH, rendered LORD” Exodus 3:14 “And each one had four faces. The first face was the face of a cherub, the second face was the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.” Ezekiel 10:14
The remnant of Israel is in four “And He will lift up a standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel, And will gather the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.” Isaiah 11:12
“Now the altar hearth shall be twelve cubits long by twelve wide, square in its four sides.” Ezekiel 43:16 “The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.” Revelations 4:7 “And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.” Revelations 14:3
The four beasts and four horns
“and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” Romans 1:23
“And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it. And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’ After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.8 While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.” Daniel 7:3-8
His four angels will be released
“Now I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming forth from between the two mountains; and the mountains were bronze mountains. The angel replied to me, ‘These are the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth.’” Zechariah 6:1, 5
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, ‘Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.’” Revelation 7:1-3 “And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.” Mark 13:27 “one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.” Revelations 9:14-15
Time the Last Ruler Shall Be Destroyed
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:52) And what is the greatest curse upon mankind? It is not the fruit of the garden. For the greatest curse is that which imprisons our lives, for our lives are limited by dust which is death. Thus the greatest curse upon mankind is time. For by the curse of time, Satan has held dominion over man’s life. For as is said “cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you will eat of it. All the days of your life.” (Genesis 3:17) But the time has come for change, and the toil of this earth shall soon end. For the curse of time has been turned against Satan, and now time shall hold its curse over his rule. And now he has been cast down to earth, but “woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” (Revelation 12:12) And the time for change is now. For the number of four is the Greek letter delta (Δ). And a delta is a portion of land seated at the mouth of a river. And the Garden of Eden was seated at the delta of four rivers. “Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers.” (Genesis 2:10) And scientifically delta represents change, for a great change will occur on that day. “And behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.” (Luke 13:30) And the delta shall be turned over to God, and the star of His people shall be complete. For four symbolizes a change in the ruler of this earth,
of the remnant of His people, of the tolerance of injustice, and of the dominion of time.
And the return of the King is in four. For the name of our Lord is four letters. For He is called “I AM WHO I AM”, for He is called ,י ה ו ה for He is called “Y H W H”, for He is called “L O R D”. (Exodus 3:14) And His name was seen in the creature with four faces, “And each one had four faces. The first face was the face of a cherub, the second face was the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.” (Ezekiel 10:14) The first creature is a cherub, for this is the Son of God, who came as a child to show us the Light. And the second creature is the face of a man, for this is the face of the Father, who sent His only Son to teach us the Word. And the third creature is the face of a Lion, for this is Christ the Lion, who comes as the Lion to judge all mankind. And the fourth creature is the face of an eagle, for this is the Spirit of God, who descended to mankind by Christ’s death on the cross.
And the remnant of His people is in four. For the prophets of old foretold, that the remnant and the banished would return, from “the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:12) And the hearth of the altar of His temple, is the sacrifice of the remnant of His people. “The altar hearth shall be 12 cubits long by 12 wide, square in its four sides.” (Ezekiel 43:16) For His remnant are the prophets and martyrs and saints, for they shall be 12 tribes long by 12 thousand wide. (Revelation 7:5-8) For they were created in the image of God, for His remnant is the creature with four heads, which worships the Lord both day and night. And the remnant and the heavenly hosts shall sing “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” (Revelation 4:7-8) And “no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.” (Revelation 14:3) But woe to the world for they are at enmity with God. For they have forsaken the Lord, “and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” (Romans 1:23) And Daniel had prophesied that the four beasts would return. For the time has arrived, for the four beasts of perdition to destroy all of mankind. For the four beasts of perdition, are Bush, Cheney, alSadr, and the nations, who will destroy mankind through their hatred and deception. (Daniel 7:3) “The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it.” (Daniel 7:4) For the lion with the wings of an eagle is George Bush Jr. He comes from the US across the great ocean, to war with Iraq for their currency and their oil. For the eagle with two wings
represents his executive power: one wing represents military power, and the other wing represents economic strength. But because of his haughtiness and his God-hating ways, his wings are finally torn from him. And because he could not think like a man, now he must stand up like a man “And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’” (Daniel 7:5) For the beast and the bear is Dick Cheney. For the bear has feasted on and devoured three nations. For Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait are the nations he destroyed by his corruption and his greed. “After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.” (Daniel 7:6) For the beast is Moqtada al-Sadr, and like a leopard kills with great cunning. He will unify the nations through stealth and deceit. And the four heads are the nations he will unify: Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and Libya. And at the end they will battle against the fourth beast. And the four wings are his power and his authority, to unify the nations despite their great fall. “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.” (Daniel 7:7) For the fourth beast is the union of ten nations, that will battle the beast with four heads. And the ten nations are the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia. And their iron teeth signify that their strength is like iron. For their military
strength shall be great, and no other nation shall stand against them...that is except with nuclear weapons. “While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.” (Daniel 7:8) For the little horn is Moqtada al-Sadr, and through his craftiness and deceit, he will overtake the other three horns. And from his mouth he utters great boasts, “No, no Satan, No, no USA, No, no occupation. No, no Israel” (AP May 25, 2007)
“And behold, this horn possessed eyes” Daniel 7:8
Then the four angels who watch over the earth shall be released. For man has ignored their power and their strength. For Michael and Gabriel and Raphael and Uriel “are the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth.” (Zechariah 6:1,5) And they keep account of every transgression, for as the Lord promised “but I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.” (Matthew 12:36) And even now during the unfolding of these times, the four patiently wait as the Lord has instructed them, “do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.” (Revelation 7:1-3) And they shall go forth throughout all the earth, to “gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.” (Mark 13:27) But woe to those who are left behind! For the trumpet will sound, then God will “‘release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.” (Revelation 9:14-15) For the time to prepare is now. For the fourth dimension in physics is the continuum known as time. For time has held its grip on the earth, and by its power it has enslaved mankind. But His saints have patiently awaited for this time, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10) For His saints have patiently waited as instructed: “be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for
the coming of the Lord is near.” (James 5:7-8) For their patience shall be greatly rewarded, for the King shall return in the clouds, for the time of the judgment is near, and time shall be vanquished, and time shall be no more.
Addendum 7 God is One (NASB) From Math and Numbers of the Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet Completed November 21, 2007
God is One, there is no one else
“So that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no one else" 1 Kings 8:60 “Nothing on earth is like him, One made without fear.” Job 41:33 “The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken, and summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.” Psalms 50:1 “The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these.” Isaiah 45:7 “For your husband is your Maker, whose name is the Lord of hosts; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, who is called the God of all the earth.” Isaiah 54:5 “But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.” Psalms 75:7 “‘To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?’ says the Holy One.” Isaiah 40:25
The Son of Man is the One
“I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 “And He said, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man’” Matthew 13:37 “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Matthew 11:27 “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your
Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.” Matthew 23:8-10
God gives us one heart through the Holy Spirit
“And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19 “But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism,_one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” Revelation 22:17
We are called to be one flock and body with God
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” John 6:37
“I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.” John 10:16 “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:5 “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.” 1 John 2:23 “And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28 “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as we are one” John 17:22
Man is either one with Christ, or one with Satan
“Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.” 1 John 2:22 “The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” Luke 10:16 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24
“So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.” Malachi 3:18
And His flock will be rewarded in oneness with God
“Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 10:20 “But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.” Daniel 7:18 “And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.” Zechariah 14:9
We Will Be One With God
The number one symbolizes unity, and God is the Unity of all, for we as His people are in union with God. For as the Lord said “the glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one”. (John 17:22) And the number one has many unique mathematical properties: For any number x: x times 1 is equal to x One is defined as an automorphic number for one is in all things, for one can be placed in any numerical value. And God is automorphic for He is in all things, for He is “One God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:6) For any number x: x divided by x is equal 1 And any number divided by itself is one. And any kingdom, and any house, and even Satan when divided against itself, cannot stand but returns to one. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished!”(Mark 3:24-27) For any number x: x0 is equal to 1 And any number raised to its original value is one. For all were created and shall return to the Father. For “do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us?” (Malachi 2:10)
For any power x: 1 is equal to 1
And the One who is the Father shall transfer power to His people. And the One who is the Son shall raise them up on that day. For as the Son foretold “no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44) And one is the atomic number of hydrogen, the atom of the universe which exists in all things. And God is the Creator of the universe, and God the “All in All” exists in all things. For “when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28) The word “hydrogen” is derived from the Latin word hydrogenium which means “water”. And the Father is the water which is the sustenance of all life. “Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb”. (Revelation 22:1) But when man “attempts” to change hydrogen, and when man “attempts” to change God, then the end shall soon come. For when hydrogen is altered then chaos ensues: “And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire.” (Revelation 15:2)
Marshall Islands 1946: First Hydrogen Bomb
And the value of alpha in the Greek alphabet is one. And God is the Alpha, the first and the beginning of all things. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13) For there is one God and all men shall soon “know that the Lord is God; there is no one else.” (1 Kings 8:60) For He is “called the God of all the earth.” (Isaiah 54:5) And God is to be feared for “nothing on earth is like Him, One made without fear”. (Job 41:33) And God is “the Mighty One, God, the Lord,” who “summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.” (Psalms 50:1) And God is “the One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity.” (Isaiah 45:7) And God “is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.” (Psalms 75:7) For “‘to whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?’ says the Holy One.” (Isaiah 40:25) For “One like a Son of Man is coming”. (Daniel 7:13-14) For “the one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man” (Matthew 13:37) For the Son will “go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.” (Micah 5:2) For all things were given to the Son by the Father, and the Son who is the
Light reveals the Father to all men. (Matthew 11:27) For as the Son said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) And “the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6) And now “One is your Father, He who is in heaven” and “One is your Leader, that is, Christ.”(Matthew 23:8-10) And God is at one with us through the Holy Spirit. For as the Lord said of the Spirit “I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 11:19) For “the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17) And now “there is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6) And the day will soon come, when “the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” (Revelation 22:17) For as the Son promised “the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” (John 6:37) For His people “who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12:5) And His people are “one flock with one shepherd.”(John 10:16) For as the Son said “the glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as we are one.” (John 17:22) “And they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of His hand.” (John 10:28) For the one who confesses to the Son, in the end, the Son shall confess to the Father. (1 John 2:23)
But man remains at enmity with God. For those who are not at one with God, are at one with the ruler of this earth who is Satan. For “who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.” (1 John 2:22) And as the Son said to each man of the Father, “the one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” (Luke 10:16) For no man can serve both God and mammon, and no man can serve this earth and the One. (Matthew 6:24) And on that day, the Son shall judge between the “one who serves God” and the “one who does not serve Him.” (Malachi 3:18) And on that day His people shall return and “will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 10:20) And “the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever” (Daniel 7:18) “And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.” (Zechariah 14:9)
All is one
Addendum 8 Zero is the Circle Back to the Father (NASB) From Math and Numbers of the Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet Completed January 5, 2008 “When He established the heavens, I was there, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, when He made firm the skies above, when the springs of the deep became fixed , when He set for the sea its boundary so that the water would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth.” (Proverbs 8:27-29) The Bible does not contain the number zero, nor does the Quran, nor the Greek alphabet, nor the Roman numerical system, nor the Egyptian hieroglyphs. For the concept of zero originates from the mathematics of India. But unlike the agnostic notions of zero, their concept of zero was fundamentally correct. For zero was founded upon the belief, that the earth was created in the image of the heavens, and that man’s goal was to renounce the materialism of this world, and to return to the realm of eternity. And as the Son did say “whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:35-37) Thus the circle of returning to the realm of the Father, was the original and correct concept of zero. Zero was introduced to the west through India, by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci. The original word zero comes from the Arabic word sifr which was translated into the Italian word zefiro, and was later translated into the Venetian word zero. For zefiro is derived from the word zephyrus which means “westerly wind.” And the
prophet foretold that the name of the Lord would arise from the westerly wind. “So they will fear the name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun, for He will come like a rushing stream which the wind of the Lord drives.” (Isaiah 59:19) And the number of zero has great symbolic significance. For the circle of zero has been used throughout history, to symbolize the realm of the heavens. For in Asia, the circle symbolizes Yin and Yang: the polarity of man and nature, of life and death, and their interdependence on one other. And in Nepal, the circle of the mandala is symbolic of the universe. And a true follower of Christ, lives in the hope of returning to the Father. For all men partake of the circle of life, with the hope of returning to the Creator. For the foundation of the heavens was established from the beginning. For as the Son affirmed, “when He established the heavens, I was there, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, when He made firm the skies above, when the springs of the deep became fixed, when He set for the sea its boundary so that the water would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth.” (Proverbs 8:27-29) The circle of zero is formed from a polygon, and the foundation of all polygons is the three-sided triangle. And in the beginning, the Trinity formed the heavens and the earth. “In the beginning God (the Father) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light (the Son).” (Genesis 1:1-3) And God has multiplied His creation in manifold ways, to complete the circle of His hands. And by multiplying the sides of a polygon by an infinite number, the polygon of the circle is completed. And when all things are completed on heaven and earth, the circle of God’s creation shall be complete. “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” (Revelation 21:6-7) And the zero symbolizes the holiness of God: the halo over Christ, the “cruciform nimbus” over the Son, and the rainbow that surrounds the throne of God. “And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.” (Revelation 4:3)
Madonna and Child
Christ and cruciform nimbus
The Last Judgment, Giotto
And although the zero was established in India, a separate ancient civilization received the same revelation. For the Mayans referred to zero as a circle surrounding two gates, which symbolized the “spiral of life”. And throughout the history of mankind, the spiral has been of great symbolic significance. For in China the spiral has symbolized the sun. And in many civilizations, the spiral was inscribed on their graves, to symbolize the circle of “life, death, and rebirth”. And the spiral has been repeated throughout nature: on the spiral of shells, the spiral of DNA, the spiral of our fingerprints, and the spiral of the galaxies. For a spiral is defined as a geometrical entity, that rotates about the original point. And all creation rotates about one original point... and that point is the Creator who is GOD. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
And a perfect spiral is known as a Fibonacci spiral. And this spiral is formulated from the Fibonacci number, which is a sequence which follows the mathematical progression: F(0) = 0 F(1) = 1 F(n + 2) = F(n) + F(n + 1) for all n ≥= 0 Thus the Fibonacci series progresses as follows: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 ... And if we tile the Fibonacci series into squares, then we create the Fibonacci spiral. And the beauty of the Fibonacci spiral which replicates the Golden Ratio is seen throughout nature: as in the spiral of a shell and in the spiral of the universe.
And the Mayan symbol for zero is a circle with two gates (ππ). And the circle back to the Father is a circle with two Gates: the Lamb and the Lion. For Christ the Lamb is π, for He is the narrow gate back to the Father. (Addendum 1: Christ is the Gate) “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14) And Christ the Lion is π, for He is the wide gate back to the Father. “For the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13) For only through the Son is the circle made complete. For as He said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) For the Son came as the Lamb but shall return as the Lion. And the gates of the Son shall make the circle complete. For “a lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations has set out; He has gone out from his place to make your land a waste. Your cities will be ruins without inhabitant. For this, put on sackcloth, lament and wail; for the fierce anger of the Lord has not turned back from us.” (Jeremiah 4:7-8) “And the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14) But woe to those who must enter through the Lion!
Mayan Symbol of Zero The Gates of the Lion and the Lamb
But man is a fool because man has forgotten the meaning of zero. For rather than acknowledging that all things come from God, man in ignorance believes that he has control. For in numerology the zero is The Fool. And man in his folly has become the fool, for ”the fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalms 14:1)
Nothing is nothingness
Addendum 9 The Greek Alphabet and God From Signs, Science, Symbols of the Prophecy To Andrew the Prophet Completed September 15, 2007
My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
The Father, The Beginning (Numerical value = 1)
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
What is alpha?
It is the first letter of the alphabet and represents the number 1. But more importantly it represents God the Father, the author and the letter of all creation. “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’”
(Revelation 1:8) In the system of Greek numbers, the number 1 represents singleness and unity, just as the Father is Oneness, Unity, and completeness in Himself. For the Father is the all in all. “When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28) The symbol also resembles a “fish”, the universal symbol for Christianity. The origin of this symbol comes from a Greek translation of the verse, “Jesus Christ, Son of God Savior; Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter.” The first letters of each of these Greek words, when put together spell “ichthys”, the Greek word for “fish” (IXӨYΣ). And in His image, He taught His disciples to be fishers of men.
“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
God, The End (Numerical value = 800)
“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’” (Revelation 1:8)
What is omega?
It is the final letter of the Greek alphabet. But more importantly it represents God, the final and eternal author and letter of creation. “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’” (Revelation 22:12-13) It is also the 24th letter of the Greek alphabet, just as God will return in the 24th hour, to destroy Satan and his dominion on earth. “Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.” (Revelation 18:10) And the literal meaning of the word is “great” (mega - mega meaning great). And it is reflected in the Muslim verse, “God is great”. “For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.” (Psalms 86:10)
Finally what does the symbol look like? For yes, it is a nuclear mushroom! “And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire.” (Revelation 15:2)
The Omega - The End
Christ, The Gate (Numerical value = 80)
"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13)
What does Π look like?
It is a gate back to the Father, just as Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life, for He is the narrow Gate. Einstein once said that Π was the number of God, and that if he could figure out what Π represented, then He could figure out who God is, because it is the number of God. And it truly is for Christ is the transcendental number Π.
We all originate from the Father, and have fallen away from Him. Christ interceded on our behalf, and gave us the Gate to return to the Father. To complete the circle of life, we must go through Christ the Gate. And what is the formula to complete the circle? It is C = Π • d for circumference, the path back to the Father, is equal to Π times the diameter, the distance between you and the Father. Solomon was commanded by God to build His temple, and was told that Π was equal to 3. “Now he made the sea of cast metal ten cubits from brim to brim... and thirty cubits in circumference.”(1 Kings 7:23). And obviously, that was nowhere close to returning to the Father. And there are now computers programs, that calculate the value of Π to
millions of decimal places, yet they are all wrong. Many have come close, but none has returned to the Father on their own accord, because Π is infinite and man is not. That is until Christ came. For He is the Way the Truth and the Life, for He is the narrow Gate. No one can go to the Father except through Him. When we go through Him, then we will return to the Father. No one can return to the Father except through Him!
And what does this symbol represent? This represents theta (θ) the symbol of the Son of God. (more on theta at a future date)
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:14)
ι Iota, The Holy Spirit
(Numerical value = 10)
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26)
Iota is a beautiful number, because like the Holy Spirit, it may appear insignificant and is often invisible, but in actuality is ubiquitous and powerful. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,’ Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” (Psalms 139:7-12) Iota may be the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet, but in Greek numerals iota represents the powerful value of 10. The number ten represents perfection and productivity. In like manner, the Holy Spirit is God’s perfection, and gives His servants great productivity. In mathematics, it is the root of our numerical system. The reason for this choice is assumed to be that humans have ten fingers or digits. The number 10 is a powerful and productive number because the value of any integer can be increased ten fold simply by adding a zero to the end of it. And interestingly, the Chinese numeral for ten is
which resembles a cross. And of course, the number 10 is repeated throughout the history of God. For the Israelites were instructed to give one-tenth of their produce to God, and God’s finger wrote on stone the Ten Commandments, and God inflicted Egypt with Ten Plagues. Therefore, just as the iota represents numerical power, perfection and productivity, the Holy Spirit represents Godly power and perfection and spiritual productivity. In other words, the gifts of the Spirit produce great power through the fruits of our labor. “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
Iota is also used as a marker of pronunciation by diphthongs. Before the development of the classical Greek alphabet, there was no way of distinguishing between long and short vowels. Thus diphthongs, or iotas, were added to the words to distinguish the pronunciation of these vowels. And these iotas can now be seen throughout various languages including the Czech, Dutch, English, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Northern Sami, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish languages. So just as the iota has ubiquitously influenced the pronunciation of many languages, so has the Holy Spirit ubiquitously penetrated the voice of all the nations. “But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 13:11) “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)
The iota has also penetrated the written languages and the artistry of the world. The iota was written as an ‘iota subscript’ in the original languages. The ‘iota subscript’ is a way of writing the letter iota as a
small vertical stroke beneath a vowel. Eventually, they became incorporated as serifs, or non-structural details, on the ends of strokes that make up letters and symbols.
CHRIST = no serif
CHRIST = serif
These embellishments were also incorporated into the Asian and Aramaic written languages. Thus, just as the iota has penetrated all the written and artistic languages, so has the Holy Spirit penetrated the written and artistic languages of all the nations. “And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.” (Exodus 31:3-5) And like the letter of the languages of the nations, our hearts have become the letter of the Spirit. “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18) And this is the one scriptural passage that directly refers to the letter iota. “Jot” translates to “iota” in Greek, and is
paraphrased as “not one iota of difference”. This was the foundation of the theological debate at the First Council of Nicaea regarding the nature of the Trinity. The argument centered on which of two Greek dwords, differing only by a single “iota”, should be used to distinguish Jesus’ relationship in the Holy Trinity. One word “homoousious” meant that Jesus was of the same substance as God the Father, and the other “homoiousious” meant that Jesus was of a similar substance. The verdict, of course, was that they are “homoousious”. They are all of the same substance ...the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are Three in One: the Holy Trinity. And the numerical values of the Greek symbols that pertain to the Trinity are as follows: α =1 Π = 80 ι = 10 Ω = 800
If the Trinity is One, then Ω = α • Π • ι 800 = 1 • 80 • 10 800 = 800
Thus, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One
Finally in mathematics, the imaginary unit, iota, allows the real numerical system to be extended into the complex numerical system. Real numbers are those numbers that can be represented by “real” numerical values; in other words, numbers that exist in the “real world”. Complex numbers are also called imaginary numbers, and represent those numbers that were once thought to be nonexistent, but presently are utilized to understand quantum physics and the theory of relativity. The numerical value of an imaginary unit is: ι = √ −1 which is an impossible value by real number mathematics.
In other words, they are numbers that presently do not exist in our physical world, but do exist in another realm (a parallel universe); a realm that we do not yet understand. Thus, as the imaginary unit, iota, in mathematics is used to transcend numbers from a real set of values into an imaginary set of values, so does the Holy Spirit transcend mankind from the mortal realm of this earth, to the eternal realm of the Father’s kingdom. “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.” (Revelations 2:4)
And Remember This Formula For the Future
eιπ + 1 = 0
Solve this formula and you unlock the mysteries of God and the universe!