Continuation 7 Interpretation of
 
His Voice: It is Written
 
by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,© 2002
   
A Shift in the Universe
Galactic Center Star Clusters
 

There are two options to the Biblical account of creation. Firstly, some believe that God created in an evolutionary conceptual framework whereby one day actually stands for geological ages. It is beyond the scope of this interpretation to delve into the rhetoric for theories of how the universe came into being. However, it is important to understand that by definition evolution is not based on the scientific method because it is not repeatable. Hence, evolution and creation must both be accepted by faith. Secondly, things were created in six literal days of 24-hour periods in which (a) God could have made things 'of old' - a term often used in Scripture - with all the earmarks of age for the purpose of testing man's faith in believing the creation account; (b) there was a 'gap' of unknown time with 'day one' beginning at verse two; or (c) the speed of light is not a constant as new scientific data imply and is decaying at a shockingly fast rate implicating modification of opinions about historic geologic eras. If this new data about the speed of light holds true, it will necessitate dramatic shifts in scientific perspectives about our universe.

For years, until the middle of the 17th century, people believed in the instantaneous speed of light. This notion was shattered in 1677 when a Danish astronomer, Olaf Roemer, measured the eclipses of Jupiter's moons and found light's speed finite. Since that time, numerous measurements have been taken and its velocity has been calculated at roughly 186,000 miles per second (299,792 kilometers/sec.). This velocity heretofore has been accepted as a constant. It is plugged into virtually every mathematical calculation regarding our physical world and any change would create havoc in theoretical assumptions about our physical world. Yet, light's speed seems to be slowing down.

General relativity proved at the turn of the century that time is not infinite nor is it instantaneous. It was discovered that time is relative to each observer wherever he finds himself in spacetime. If one could space travel, time would slow down for him progressively more as he approached the speed of light. Upon returning home, he would find things had aged considerably because time did not slow down for the people on earth. The space traveler would be noticeably younger relative to earth dwellers. This is a difficult concept for humans to deal with. But the Bible deals with it all the time. Scripture tells us God "…inhabits eternity…" [Isaiah 57:5] meaning that He is outside of time altogether.

(See illustration below)

The Now God - Romans 8:1

God's Operations in a Sphere of Time

In three dimensions of time, or the equivalent, God could generate causes anywhere within, on, or outside of the sphere. The line segment UE represents the time dimension for the universe. At point U the universe comes into existence. At point E its existence ends. B is the birth date for an individual human. D is his or her time of death, and P the present moment. God, from a single point or instant of time, say God, could simultaneously generate causes at points U, B, P, D, and E along our time line. (19)

Sphere of Time

Because time is related to mass, acceleration, and gravity, it is a physical property, and thus has no connection with God because He is a spirit. Humans are spirits too, but they are tied to a physical body and hence, subject to time factors. At death, the physical body becomes disconnected from the spirit/soul entity and is freed to move into the spiritual hyperspace to which it is connected. I hope that you are connected to heaven and will be able to spend eternity with God in His habitation instead of with satan in his prepared dwelling place known as the lake of fire. In any event, all physical matter is presently time bound.

Learning that time is a physical dimension and is relative to the position of an observer in space created an upheaval and opened up new horizons in the scientific community. Quantum physics destabilized theoretical notions in the early 20th century also. Paradoxes and anomalies strained the imagination of scientists even causing one to commit suicide. From mystical and elusive dark matter, worm holes and black holes, time warps, no causality, and hyperspaces, the questions have proliferated exponentially. Since the start of quantum mechanics, physicists and theoreticians as well, have reeled at the reversal of common sense notions and scientific orthodoxies.

Galileo straightened out long-standing misconceptions about the solar system. Newtonian laws of motion destroyed the concept that matter could have a fixed position in space. Einstein's relativity got rid of absolute time. The results of particle (subatomic) physics research has proved that there is no causality, that nothing is real unless it is being observed, that reality is non-local meaning everything is interconnected, that all particles in the universe are immediately and intrinsically connected via superstrings, and that measuring particles instantaneously effects matter throughout the universe. Now we are faced with the prospects that light is slowing down.
Pioneer VenusA
 

Is The Speed of Light Slowing Down? c

Barry Setterfield and Trevor Norman 17 discovered something astonishing when analyzing the data collected from 163 measurements of the velocity of light using 16 different methods -since Roemer made the first calculations in 1677. The speed-of-light curve revealed that light was slowing down.

Speed of Light from Earth to MoonB

 

The decaying velocity curve showed a huge steep slope initially when light's speed decayed exponentially fast. Was this the result of the fall of Adam? After the huge initial fall, a more gradual deceleration of its speed on a graph infers that at the time of Christ, light was 10 to 30 percent faster than it is now; that it was 50% faster during Solomon's reign, and that it was four times faster in Abraham's day! The curve has leveled off to an almost flat line today. To skip over the sophisticated data, the impact of the study indicates that the earth is relatively young exactly as the six days of creation imply. Subsequent studies have confirmed Setterfield's and Norman's proposal of a decay in light. There is a shadowing trend of magnitude in atomic data measurements using the velocity of light (c) in equations.

Further, a Canadian mathematician, Alan Montgomery, has confirmed the data statistically and concludes that there is a 99% accuracy in the findings. You can bet that the evolutionists are burning mad at the assumption of a young earth and will torpedo the evidence as best they can. History shows that heresies take about 50 years in the scientific community before they are accepted as valid. That is about the average lifespan of a diehard theory!

Can you see how shocking and disquieting is this piece of the puzzle explaining our physical world? It reveals a close connection between the physical and spiritual worlds in that sin, which is spiritual, must have had a devastating effect on the material realm. At the point of sin, when God placed a curse on the world, entropy must have started with a vengeance and has been the driving force in the universe ever since. This second law of thermodynamics rides roughshod over all things, bringing them to disorder and eventual total randomness. It is a universal constant underlying all measurements and behavior. Since light is the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, it is energy, and since entropy is a measure of energy, there is an inextricable relationship between light and entropy.

We know that matter and insentient life were affected by the fall, even though they possess no spirit or soul: "…For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now…waiting for the redemption of our body" [Romans 8:22]. Why not light? Again, the decay of light shows up in Setterfield's and Norman's study as a sharp drop in light's speed on the vertical axis of a graph. If the speed of light decays anymore, it will affect time as we know it because time and the speed of light are related. This will really keep scientists scampering for answers and explanations.

  Another surprising discovery is the finding that our sun's diameter is daily shrinking and has been since at least 1858 when measurements of its size began. The shrinkage rate is reported as 5 feet per hour. Calculating its size with this discovery, it means that our sun's diameter would be zero in about 100,000 years. This is contrary to estimations that our sun would be good for at least 5 billion more years. The point? Something is amiss and no one knows what! Jeannette must have been given a confirmation that a real shaking of our world is in store when she felt the universe shift. Believers can rest, however, in knowing that the source of light will be here soon, and He will add the necessary information to counter entropy loss and hold fast the present status quo - at least until the end of His reign when a new heavens and earth will be created. Meanwhile, earth dwellers are in for some powerfully potent shifts and shakings. The meteor event Jesus spoke about in this vision just might be the catalyst to begin the turmoil. Sun
 
Conclusion
 

When the Bible became available to the public in the mid 16th century, darkness faded. The light of the Word brought light to the physical world, and life became more abundant exactly like Jesus said it would: "…I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" [John 10:10]. Jesus and the Word are one because He is the Word of God, that is His name [Revelation 19:13]. When the Word of God became an open book, light emanated from its pages, the Dark Ages ended, and life increasingly became more tolerable for the 'have nots'. "The entrance of thy word giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" [Psalms 119:130]. The pure sciences began confirming the truths of Scripture. "For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we (scientists) see light" [Psalms 36:9]. The light of the Word brought a tidal wave of constant flux in approaching the truths of reality. Science is just now zeroing in on the fact that Jesus Christ is the ultimate reality as well as the embodiment of truth. Unlike philosophy or religion, science has no tiff with Scripture.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me" [John 14:6]. If you are not connected to Jesus, you cannot enter the hyperspace of heaven. He spoke of Himself with authority when He said, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth after me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" [John 8:12]. His authority was obvious wherever He went. "…(T)hey were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes" [Mark 1:22]. The Word says, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men" [John 1:4]. Here we see the critical connection of light with life residing in Jesus. When He said He is the light of the world, He was not just speaking idiomatically. If Jesus created the world, and He did [Hebrews 1:2; Colossians 1:16], then the truths of science will coincide with Biblical precepts. Where there is a discrepancy, science has not caught up with the truth of Scripture. Because physics deals with the pure science of mathematics, and because every word of God is pure [Psalms 199:140; Proverbs 30:5], the closer science approaches truth, the closer it will align with Scripture. It has!

   
 

Blue Is the Color of Heaven

Light waves have a definite frequency and a wavelength. Within the spectrum of light, the higher frequencies move toward the color of blue while the lower ones move toward red. In simple terms, blue light is more energetic because its frequency is greater. When Jeannette saw into the future, all she could see was a brilliant bluish/white color.It was bluish in color because Jesus is the source of life and energy. She could have reported seeing a reddish color but she didn't. The bluish color infers that this man in the vision was the source of energy.

NGC 1999: Reflection Nebula in Orion
 

In His presence, systems are energized, and this coincides with the Biblical teaching that when Jesus comes to reign as King on earth, He will renew or restore everything to its Edenic state causing a reversal of entropy, a measure of disorganization. He will restore energy to earth and truly bring order out of disorder. In the meantime, "…(H)eaven must receive (Him) until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began" [Acts 3:21].

You may recall that without adding information or energy into a system, it is doomed to follow the second law of thermodynamics and deplete. Jesus will be that source of energy. It does not matter if the sun undergoes a change in state during the tribulation, as seems likely from evidence that its size is being significantly diminished daily, because Jesus is coming back to earth to restore things.

  Matthew 24:29
  29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

The apparent shutting down of the sun will affect radiation and a cause reduction in its luminosity for a short period. This would naturally influence the moon's reflection of its light. Further, Jesus inferred a meteor shower of some sort in the above statement that "the stars shall fall from heaven" probably as a result of a heavenly incident of great proportion. Remember that the Tunguska Event in 1908 was the result of a comet disintegration? Whether the sun itself causes the darkness or it results from a canopy of dust following volcanic activity, nuclear explosions, or stellar collisions, Jesus will restore earth's environment to what it was in Eden making life on earth again abundantly good and productive. There will literally be a chicken in everyone's pot. Jeannette commented that she felt refreshed and new and a part of this white space as she was drawn into Jesus' eyes looking into the future. Even though we are "in Him" and one with Him now by virtue of our connection to Him, there will be a greater measure of this oneness when we see Him face to face.

The King is Coming!

 

Epilogue

Since physical bodies have mass and energy, they are subject to the same laws as spacetime. They age, decay, and eventually contribute to an increase in entropy. On the other hand, our spirits are alive or dead, are massless, and thus eternal. The soul interfaces between the body and the spirit and is also massless and eternal since it is not physical. It has been suggested by a systems analyst that we compare our spirits to software in a computer and our bodies to the hardware housing the software programs. This is an excellent analogy. A computer's hardware can be changed repeatedly without affecting its usefulness. We are in store for an upgrade, hallelujah, at the resurrection. The software programs are what make a computer functional and valuable. Having no mass, our soul and spirit is eternal and will never die. Where it spends eternity is dependent upon the choices we make while here on earth. The Bible tells us to guard our software, and "keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are (flow) the issues of life" [Proverbs 4:23]. What do you watch on television? What kinds of movies and books stimulate your attentiveness? As has been aptly stated, garbage in, garbage out!

God has warned about the state of things in His Word, but most people are blinded by the hardware they see.

  1 Samuel 16:7
  7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
   
 
Beautiful heart shaped flowers!

If we neglect to protect our heart with all diligence, we will end up with a bad connection to eternity. We cannot fool God. He "…searcheth all hearts and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts…" [1 Chronicles 28:9]. Let me give you one last illustration of how critical our connection with eternity is.

 
 

Grafted in Christ Means Connected to Heaven

Please note that Jesus was addressing his disciples when He spoke to them about the vine and the branches. He had just instituted the Lord's Supper a few hours earlier having made covenant with them. Astonishingly, Judas had begun his trek to betray Jesus immediately after taking communion, a rite that signified a willing participation in a permanent bonding - or connection. Yet, Judas lost his connection! In the garden when Judas kissed Jesus to identify Him, our Lord called him "friend," indicating that Judas had entered into what is known in Middle Eastern countries as a blood 'Covenant of Strong Friendship.' 18 Just the mention of the word stamped Judas forever as the betrayer of the Son of God. In most cultures, betrayal of a covenant is considered death-worthy. When he heard Jesus speak the word 'friend', he could have thought in his heart that he would be hunted down and killed by an avenger of blood, so he committed suicide. More importantly for our purpose here, the betrayal circumstances also emphasized that it was Judas and not Jesus who severed the connection to heaven. This points up the fact that bonds can be broken.

Just before His passion in the garden that night, Jesus taught His loyal brethren about the connection or bonding with Him.

  John 15:1-2
  1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
   
 

He starts by teaching that the heavenly Father is the one who does the grafting in of the branches. He makes the connection with the vine. Jesus said as much in John 5:24: "…He that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation but is passed from death unto life." Look how Jesus jumps right to the point in John 15:2 by saying that if the connection to Him is not producing fruit, it will wither and subsequently be cut off and burned. Remember that the connection does not depend upon you nor I, but upon the Father. As the gardener, it is His job to make a good graft. Could God do otherwise? Moreover, He chose us, we have not chosen Him. Having been chosen, however, we are given responsibility to produce fruit thereafter. God does not have any use for deadbeats. He gave authority to His Son to support the branches by making Him the vine. All the nutrients that the branch needs to produce fruit are in the Son and there is way more than enough. Horticulturists tell us that after the V is cut in the vine, it must be left to "bleed" for a while or the pressure from the vine's sap would push out the new graft. Did not Jesus bleed for us? Is He not all a person needs to be a success in life and to carry out the Father's will?

When the graft is "seated" in the vine - horticulturist vernacular, - it is "sealed" with wax to hold it in placed and then wrapped until the graft takes. This is a picture of you and I as believers having been "…raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" [Ephesians 2:6]. We are "seated" with Christ in heaven by virtue of our connection to Him and "…sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise" [Ephesians 1:13]. Jesus is connected to the Father who is the source of energy, and Jesus dispenses whatever we may need through our connection to Him.

Lest the sap from the vine push the graft out, we are covered with the love of God and nurtured tenderly for a while. This is the purpose of the wrapping. God covers and protects us from the evil one and he can never unseat us or pull us off the vine. The only way a graft cannot take is for it to become poisoned of itself. Then the vine automatically rejects the graft so as not to infect the rest of the branches. After the graft becomes a branch, there comes a time when the Father expects the branch to use the resources in the vine and produce fruit. If it fails to fulfill expectation, the illustration Jesus gave clearly shows that our connection will be severed. Not by God, but by our own neglect to fulfill our responsibility as partakers of the vine.

   
 
  John 15:3-8
  3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Notice that the abiding is critical for producing fruit. Neglecting to seek God and His will through prayer and Bible study is not abiding in Him. The branch inevitably and unavoidably withers whereupon it is cut off. Only God knows how long He will suffer with a branch. All we can do is "exhort one another daily …lest any …be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" [Hebrews 3:13]. In both the Hebrew passage and this John 15 passage, the sin that trips up so many is unbelief. Not believing the promises of God, that He will provide and care for His children. This is the sin of unbelief. It was the cause of the wilderness generation being cut off, and apparently, it is a very important sin because Jesus gave this warning not to unbelievers but to believers. Five times in the previous chapter 14 leading up to this illustration, Jesus admonishes His disciples before His departure to believe His teachings and not allow "an evil heart of unbelief" [Hebrews 3:12] to cause their branch to wither on the vine and get disconnected. We see then, that our connection with heaven is critical and must be carefully guarded at all times.

From the above we are told we can do nothing unless we stay close to the Lord in His Word. We need His Words, which is what washes us [verse 3] and keeps us connected. Without the abiding, it is to be expected that a branch withers. When this happens, the husbandman cuts it off and tosses it into the fire with the rest of the dross. We do not have to work ourselves up into producing fruit because the vine is holding on to the branch. Just keep abiding in the Word and the fruit will come. As long as we are abiding and walking in the Spirit, we can rest in whatever state we find ourselves. We have been given everything we need to comfort us, sustain us, and keep us producing fruit. Surveillance for service of the territory we occupy comes through the abiding. After learning what pleases the Father, we must do it in like fashion as Jesus. No one will fail who stays close to Jesus. It is when we do not abide in His Word and act on it, that we are in danger of a disconnect.

As long as we stay connected to Jesus, we have nothing to worry about in the event of a meteor incident. Jesus promised to snatch us out of harms' way and I believe He will. Doubting that He will keep His Word is a form of unbelief. The way to keep from doubting is to saturate your mind with the Word of God, abide in it, and let it sink down into your spirit. God makes contact to us through our spirits, so we must keep them pure and uncontaminated with the world. I am confident that the Holy Spirit will lead into the truth, anyone who desires to know God's will. "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" [John 7:17]. I exhort you to stay fervent in spirit, be a stranger to sin and quick to repent, because in this way you will be ready to meet the Lord when He comes. Praise God…

The King is Coming!

The Rider on a White Horse by George Frederic Watts British 1817-1904

   
 
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17
  Setterfield, B., and Norman, T., The Atomic Constants, Light, and Time, Invited Research Paper, SRI, August 1987. (discovered)
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  See "Climax of the Ages Interpretation" on this website for an explanation of this covenant. (Just)
19
  Hugh Ross, Ph.D., The Extra-Dimensionality of God Beyond The Cosmos: What Recent Discoveries in Astronomy and Physics Reveal About The Nature of God, NavPress Publishing Group, Colorado Springs, CO, p.57 (Because)
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  Artist's concept of a Pioneer Venus probe entering Venus' atmosphere (Is). Provided by NSSDC Photo Gallery Spacecraft
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Speed of Light: A beam of light is depicted travelling between the Earth and the Moon in the time it takes a light pulse to move between them: 1.255 seconds at their mean orbital (surface-to-surface) distance. The relative sizes and separation of the Earth–Moon system are shown to scale.(Setterfield)

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  The Atomic Constants, Light, And Time, Selected Research Papers by Barry Setterfied (Barry)
 

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