A Flat Earth Poem

A Flat Earth Poem

I expressed this opinion in an allegorical figure about ten years ago, in my book entitled, Adrian Galileo, a song-writer’s story. The stanzas I refer to, which portray Satan, as “the prince of Hades,” conversing with one of his evil instruments the “Spirit-Jester”—are as follows:

Prince.  Why, Jester, laughing still as ever!

Jester.   I’m mimicking mankind so clever!

Prince.  I hate them for their power of will,

     To change their minds, or hold them still!

Jester.   Describe thy plans, detail each stage

     For snaring man in Christian age?

Prince.  First, far and wide, shall rise division.

     To fog’s man’s senses, cause derision.

     Then strong conceit shall fast increase,

     A trap affording no relief.

     This spirit, holding men so neat,

     Will raise a sect in every street.

     For plain I see, through spirit source,

     A battle-field right down time’s course;

     Till the Angel shall the decree enforce,

     That “Time shall be no more.”

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Prince.  Against their Maker men shall turn,

     And strong “delusion” Truth shall spurn;

     For this well focussed, and compact,

     Imprints untruth as solid fact.

     Spirits prepared throughout the ages,

     Shall do our will at fitting stages;

     Man’s word ‘against God’s shall be accepted,

     And false Cosmogony erected;

     That earth’s a tiny whirling globe

     Shall men set forth in learned robe;

     Above concern if Moses erred,

     And Jesus verified his word

     Denying the earth’s Creator.

Jester.  Stay, Prince, observe before Time’s closed,

     Our mighty will shall be opposed;

     Sneer not at the Zetetic band,

     Goliath fell by David’s hand.

     I see a Stone; it taketh aim;

     And hush, I hear its curious strain:

Hypothesis quoted

“All matter once floated

 In atoms wide roaming through space;”

When a power, perhaps “Nether”?

Pulled all down together;

     How it happened no mortal can trace?

But, dear me! however

Could there then be a “Nether”?

     Or an upward or downward at all?

With “atoms” dis-severed,

Now gravity-tethered,

    And shooting through space like a ball.

This power of such fame,

“Gravitation” by name,

    Pounced down on the atoms while strewing:

But further back gaze,

O’er eternity’s maze,

    What before was good gravity doing?

The gravity theory,

When started, was clearly

     A fancy which Newton had “run”;

Imagine the notion

This world, mostly ocean,

     Once a cinder shot out from the sun?

Like Solar relation

Inherent rotation

     Sent the “globe” whirling round, till full

       soon

Just picture the view

The sparks, how they flew?

    And a beauty so bright made the moon?

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The Worship of Human Intellect, part 1 (of 2)

Reprinted from “THE EARTH”

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THE WORSHIP OF HUMAN INTELLECT

MUST CEASE:

OR

REMARKS UPON “THE VIEWS OF MODERN SCIENCE”

(A pamphlet by Rev. G. T. Manley, M.A.)

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The Worship of Human Intellect, part 1 (of 2)

     The pamphlet referred to above is evidently written in defence of modern science.

     After quoting the names of its founders, which include Newton, Herschel, Professor Adams, Clerk, Maxwell, Boyle, Wallace, Darwin, Sir James Simpson, Prof. Adam Sedgwick, Young, Joule, and Faraday, the writer makes an apology at the bottom of the page as a footnote for not including those of Huxley and Tyndall,

     However, he regards Faraday, Young, and Joule as physicists to be superior to Tyndall: and Darwin as a biologist preferable to Huxley. And the “conclusion” of the whole matter may be comprehended by critics for the truth when they consider the writer’s summing up, viz: that “all points to one conclusion, that the functions of science (i.e., so-called “science”) and Christianity are to purify each other!

     I can only express my regret when I see such words as these in print; and the only charitable excuse for the one who penned them—impossible as it may seem—is that he must be ignorant of many of the tenets of both the Bible and modern science, otherwise he could hardly make such a statement.

     But the worship of human intellect must cease. The exaltation of the human intellect is one of Satan’s most seductive idols, but the time has arrived when it must fall. And the redeemed will be delivered from its snare.

     Mr. Manley quotes the following words (which are the words of some individual) quoted by Bishop Butler in his Analogy of Religion: “Christianity is not so much as a subject of enquiry……but it is now discovered to be fiction.”

     Mr. M. then endeavours to prove therefrom, that because infidelity existed in 1736, “before a word of modern science had been written,” therefore it is not a cause for the present prevailing infidelity.

     In upholding his position, the writer, after saying, “I do not think the state of Christianity so black to-day,” asks this question: “If science is the cause of unbelief at the close of the nineteenth century, what was its cause at the commencement of the eighteenth?” But there is no argument here. It is about equal to the contention that as before a certain disease was known in a particular country where people had suffered and died, therefore it was proven that since it (i.e., the new disease) appeared, it could neither be the cause of injury nor death.

     The one line of argument is as sensible as the other. It must be apparent that before a thing exists it cannot affect anything. Therefore, before modern science existed it could not have caused infidelity. But now that IT DOES EXIST it is not the only cause for unbelief in the Word of God, and the teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ; nevertheless, it is an additional and powerful cause, and its evil influence operates upon two classes, viz.: those who understand something about its tenets, and those who know nothing about them, but accept the conclusions of those that do.

     Apart from the lines of Truth no man can form satisfactory judgment on anything. The majority of people understand little about modern science, nor do they trouble Truth is the to

Truth is the Key

Knowledge understands the truth of the Bible. Therefore, they do not know where to set the dividing line between true science, and that which is described in Holy Writ as “science falsely so-called.” Only: the measuring rod of truth, prayerfully sought after and sought out, can rightly divide these two.

     Very many professing Christians go on in a sort of “follow-the-leader” style, never dreaming that they are professing to have faith in two systems which contradict each other, and which if understood could not be held together in a reasonable mind. How can a man believe a thing he does not understand? It is impossible. If a man believes in another man’s teaching without understanding it, or proving it to be true, his faith is centred in the reliability of another man’s conclusions, but not in a thing which he does not understand.

     No! Modern Scripture-contradicting science is not the only cause for infidelity, but it is an additional and a powerful cause, and it appears to me that its interpolation is the policy of Satan, and his evil instruments, who, although invisible are only so in substance but not in force of evil, influence and rule. And thus, Satan has retarded the progress and salvation of men, by shaking their faith in God’s Word, and in the Creator’s own account of His Creation as set forth therein.

The distance of Mars at opposition than 13 1/2 millions of miles, then how is it that the nearer stars are not seen to shift their apparent places when viewed from opposite sides of this enormous orbit?”

     Of course, the usual assumptions were made to overcome this difficulty; namely, that the stars we look at are such an immense distance from us. But as the writer of the book under consideration adds: “This seemed wholly incredible even to the great observer Tycho Brahe, and hence the Copernican theory was not so generally accepted as it otherwise would have been.”

     It is instructive to notice that the sun’s distance was then supposed to be 13 1/2 millions of miles, whereas we read: “it is now pretty well fixed at about 92,780,000”! This is rather a large difference of opinion, or measurement (?) for an “exact science.” But it is noticeable that however many mistaken guesses the astronomer’s intake, their teachings are always supposed to be “scientific”!

     In this case even their mistakes must be “scientific” also, that is, they are “scientific mistakes”! We notice, further, that Mr. Wallace bases all his speculations on the theory of Evolution or development: and this theory of development or Evolution is based on the globular theory; the former explanation being the expansion, as it were, of the latter. This theory of Evolution contradicts the very first chapter of Genesis, as also the Fourth Commandment, in which the Creator tells us that he made the World in six literal days like the Sabbath or Seventh Day. But science, of course, knows of no beginning, as is confessed on p. 134 of Mr. Wallace’s book. He says:

     “It cannot be too often repeated that no explanation; no theory; can ever take us to the beginning of things, but only one or two steps at a time into the slim past, which may enable us to comprehend, however imperfectly, the processes by which the work or the universe it is, has been developed out of some earlier and simpler condition.”

     So, it appears after all those scientists know nothing of the beginning of the world. Thus, we see why those who reject the inspired account of Creation, as given in the Word of God, have not only nothing better to offer us in its place; but positively have to confess that they do not know, and cannot reasonably speculate as to how the world or the universe first began. Then why do they reject or ignore the inspired account? Simply because that account is diametrically opposed to their vain imaginations; and in admitting that account, they would have to admit an all-powerful personal and all wise Creator. However, there is one conclusion to which Professor Wallace comes, with which Zetetics will readily agree in fact it is his main contention, namely, that this is the only habitable world, as far as can be known to science. This is quite contrary to popular astronomical conclusions.

     Something, therefore, is gained for the truth. But alas! the truth in this case is marred, becavse in maintaining his argument the Professor often illogically assumes that the earth is only “another planet.” I will quote some other of his conclusions:

   (1) “That the stellar universe forms one connected whole; and its extent determinable.”

   (2) “That the solar system is situated in the plane of the Milky Way, and not far removed from the centre of that plane. The earth is therefore nearly in the centre of the stellar universe.”

   (3) “That this universe consists throughout of the same kinds of matter, and is subjected to the same physical and chemical laws.”

   (4) “That no other planet in the stellar system than our earth is in. habited or habitable.”

   (5) “That the probabilities are almost as great against any other sun (!) possessing inhabited planets.”

   (6) “That the nearly central position of our (!) sun is probably a prominent one, and has been especially favourable, perhaps absolutely essential to life development upon the earth.”

     Thus, we obtain the writer’s conclusions in the foregoing six propositions; in the last of which I again notice it is “life development” or Evolution, as against Creation.

    

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The Size and Structure of the Universe According to the Bible

The Size and Structure of the Universe According to the Bible

Sea Earth Globe 1

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Star Reflections in the Biblical Model

Some twenty five years of investigating claims that the Earth rotates on an axis and orbits the Sun, and that the universe began evolving 15 billion years ago and is 15 billion light years thick, have left me without the slightest doubt:

a) That The Earth Is Not Moving;

b) That the Bible’s repeated declarations that it is the Sun that moves and not the Earth [See: Sixty-seven References – Gram-Semant] are absolutely accurate;

c) That the Big Bang Model ruling today’s cosmology is handcuffed to the Copernican Heliocentricity Model;

d) That both of these Models are built solely on contra-scientific assumptions held together by occult mathematics

e) That those deceptive and vulnerable assumptions now under gird the entirety of modern man’s “knowledge”. [See: Knowledge Impact]

f) That both the Heliocentricity and the Big Bang Models represent the fulfillment of a “creation scenario” of Kabbalic Judaism masquerading as “science”;

g) That the purpose of this hidden religious agenda has been to destroy the “creation scenario” of the Bible and thereby destroy the credibility of the rest of the Bible right on through Jesus and the New Testament to Heaven….

h) That the time for all who love truth over deception to give this issue their most careful and prayerful attention is now. This is especially true for all Christians who realize that their religion stands or falls on the the restoration of the absolute credibility of the Bible. This Biblical non-moving Earth issue alone can force that restoration and expose all the lies now connected with evolution-based false science (I Tim. 6:20, 21).
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The Scriptural portrait of the size and structure of the universe that will be presented in this series of discourses involves many heretofore neglected Bible passages…and exposures of unfounded claims from the science community. As will be seen, these two factors combine to downsize the universe way beyond “dramatically”. Indeed, this scriptural portrait downsizes the universe to a thickness that is absolutely unthinkable to all of our minds which have become so thoroughly indoctrinated into Kabbalist Kosmology’s Big Bang Model. That Model–with its billions of galaxies, trillions time trillions of stars in a 15 billion light year thick universe…swarming with evolving extraterrestrial life and still expanding at tremendous speed–is what we are bombarded with relentlessly in all media outlets. It is always called “science” and never called “religion”, and we believe it and trust it.

In contrast to all those claims and the world’s acceptance of them, it will be demonstrated in this Series that the Bible’s description of the universe is backed by well-understood optically observed facts. Those facts and those Scriptures combine to shrink the size of the universe from the 15 billion light year thickness mantra of the Kabbala-derived Big Bang Paradigm to a radius of less than one light day.

We have already seen that not only is the Moving Earth Model constructed entirely of assumptions, but so also is all of modern cosmology that is built upon that Model. [See: Assumptions] More, we have seen that the Big Bang Paradigm now in firm control of modern cosmology is the fulfillment of an anti-Bible “creation scenario” taken from a “holy book” of the religion of Pharisaic Judaism. We have seen, in short, a religion disguised as “science” that has established a “creation scenario” which is well on the road to destroying Bible credibility and with it Christianity, the real enemy of Talmud/ Kabbala rooted Judaism.

The only real obstacle to exposing this duplicity is the current computer-programmed Virtual Reality Technology [See: Virtual Reality Fraud] upholding the Big Bang Expanding Universe Model. The speed required in that Model for getting the stars around the Earth every night is the only thing preventing a revolt against this mountain of deception masquerading as “science”…and forcing a return to the Biblical Model.

This new optically supported Biblical Model presented in the series of essays beginning here has the capability of removing that obstacle. See why this is so….

***The Size & Structure of the Universe According To the Bible***

The current cosmological fantasies of billions of galaxies extending out billions of light year distances from the Earth can be replaced with a model of the universe that has the happy capacity to satisfy both Geocentric Bible Scriptures and non-theoretical science.

With minimal commentary, let’s begin with some of the neglected size and structure mandates that the Biblical Model of the Universe authorizes. Then, once these are understood, we can bring in more evidence in Parts II thru VII. Taken together, this evidence will end any substantive reason for denying the Scriptural Model and will present a clear choice to all who hear of it.

Aside from anti-Copernican and anti-evolution information stressed throughout this web page, a great part of everything any of us need to know about the Biblical Model of the Universe can be found on its first page. Accordingly, before going on to less familiar and rarely considered verses, let’s make a very careful study of the word meanings found in Genesis I–particularly verses 1, 2, 6-10, 14-18,& 20–which describe the structure of the Universe…and see what they tell us:

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the HEAVEN and the EARTH. NOTE: In Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew for HEAVEN (#8064) is: “lofty, high, exalted”, and EARTH (#776) is: “firm land, ground…”.

Genesis I:2 And the EARTH was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the DEEP. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the WATERS. NOTE: DEEP (#8415): an abyss (as a surging mass of water), deep…sea….WATERS (#4325): “water”….

Genesis 1:6 And God said, Let there be a FIRMAMENT in the MIDST of the WATERS, and let it [the firmament] DIVIDE the WATERS from the WATERS. NOTE: FIRMAMENT: #7549 (7554) – “an expanse…apparently the visible arch of the sky.” Also #7554 – to expand…to overlay…stretch. MIDST: #8432 – “middle – between – half”. DIVIDE: #914 – “separate”. Comment: So, the Firmament, i.e., the expanse we call the visible arch of the sky, is located in the middle, between “the waters” and separates “the waters….”

Genesis 1:7 And God made the Firmament, and Divided [separated] the Waters [covering earth, v.2] which were UNDER the Firmament from the Waters which were ABOVE the Firmament: and it was so. NOTE: UNDER #8478: “below…underneath…beneath….” ABOVE #5921: “above…over…” Can mean “against”…(“yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect”) [i.e., the Firmament can be “against”, but only on the bottom side of those Waters.] Comment: Again, we notice three distinct entities, namely: 1) the “Waters” on the earth (v.2) which are specifically located UNDER the Firmament; 2) the “Firmament” itself which is the expansive visible arch of the sky, and; 3) the “Waters” which are ABOVE the expansive arch of the sky, i.e., ABOVE the Firmament.

Genesis 1:8 And God called the Firmament HEAVEN…. Comment: Heaven is located in the Firmament, i.e., Heaven IS the Firmament; the Firmament IS Heaven. HEAVEN (#8064)–as noted in verse one–means “lofty, high, exalted”. Scripturally, the two words are interchangeable as far as designated location in the structure of the universe goes. (Psalm 150:1: “Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament [expanse] of His power.”)

Genesis 1:9 And God said, Let the Waters under the Heaven [firmament] be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear:
and it was so. Comment: This verse confirms that the Waters UNDER the Heaven/Firmament is a reference to the water that covered the EARTH totally, and which was then “gathered” (#6960 – “bind together – collect”) so that the land appeared.

Genesis 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the Waters called He seas; and God saw that it was good. Comment: Another affirmation that the Waters under Heaven (the firmament) is a reference to the Waters on the Earth. [Verses 11, 12, 13 speak of the creation of grass, herbs, fruit, trees…and the emphasis on the seeds and everything “after its kind” (an unbroken botanical–and biological–law, nullifying evolutionism…)].

Genesis 1:14 And God said: Let there be LIGHTS [#3974 – luminous bodies] in the Firmament of Heaven to Divide the day from the night, and let them [the lights] be for signs and seasons and for days and years. NOTE: LIGHTS: #3974: “luminous bodies”…. Comment: So, these luminous bodies (lights) are set inside of and restricted to the Firmament where there is Water both beneath and above. These lights serve specific purposes, all for mankind alone.

Genesis 1:15 And let them [the luminous bodies] be for lights IN the Firmament of the Heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. Comment: Confirms the location and purpose of the “lights”, viz., they are IN the Firmament/Heaven, and they are there purposefully to give light upon the earth.

Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day [the sun], and the lesser light to rule the night [the moon]: He made the STARS also. Comment: Three sources of Light are created and situated in the Firmament, namely, the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars.

Genesis 1:17 And God set them [all three sources of light] IN the Firmament of Heaven to give light upon the Earth. Comment: Lest there be any doubt, we again see that these three sources of Light (sun, moon, stars) are specifically located IN the Firmament/Heavens and have the specific purpose of giving “light upon the Earth”.

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Celestial Phenomena

CELESTIAL PHENOMENA

There are old flat earth books and booklets that you can see online. However, most of them were scanned poorly but that is all we had to go by – poor quality PDF files. But that has changed. Thanks to a generous husband and wife who tithes, as the Bible says, I have been able to hire a virtual typist to get this out. Now, the text will be more readable and put into better PDF files, if that is what you’d like to do. Thanks again to the anonymous couple.

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     A short time ago I published a pamphlet under the above title, with a diagram on page 17, which also appeared in The Earth for October and November, 1903, Nos. 39 & 40, p. 275. The diagram was a representation of the globe with the equator as a straight line, and the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn also were shown as straight lines at a distance of 23 degrees from the equator; the lines produced beyond and outside the globe were to show the sun’s relative position when in the tropics, and also to show that when in these positions the direct rays of the sun cannot reach the two poles. Readers should refer to that diagram, and compare it with the diagrams which follow.

     Two or three correspondents have been pleased to criticise the diagram above referred to, as not exactly representing the globular theory. So it is necessary to write this article, and to give a few further thoughts upon this subject.

     Many of our readers have, perhaps, never realized how very difficult it would be to represent the globular theory exactly. It would be impossible for us to do so. The astronomers themselves never do so. High-class works on geography and map projection generally have the same defect. Why therefore should I be required to give what is not found, either in works on astronomy or in recognized standard atlases? However, I gave some approach to the theory; something which I think fairly represents the theory, while at the same time comparing that theory with some known facts. I cannot yield to the globular theory, nor accept all its wild hypotheses.

     Now it has been thought by the correspondents above referred to, that I ought not to have made the lines in my diagram, representing the tropics of Capricorn, Cancer, and the equator, parallel straight lines, nor have produced the line say representing the tropic of Cancer to A (see diagram referred to). And it was thought that the diagram in Celestial Phenomena does not give the sun in its true position on the globular theory.

     It has been said that the sun should be placed on a line drawn from the centre of the globe through the end of the line representing the tropic of Cancer as at E, and beyond in the following diagram I. This diagram I shall refer to later on.

     Even then we shall find this would not be in exact accord. ance with the globular theory, as I will show later on. But it is thought that the line should be produced from centre E through E1, and beyond, so that the observer at E1 Would see the sun vertical at noon. And vertical to a globularist means that an imaginary line should pass from the centre of the earth into “space,” through the point where the observer is said to stand.

     This then fairly represents the globularist’s objection, with which I shall proceed to deal. But I have some remarks to make first, under heading of my new diagram I.

MAP PROJECTION,

DIAGRAM I

Celestial 1

     The above diagram represents the general projection given with the Map of the world, that is with one so-called hemisphere. The equator C E M is given as a straight line; the tropic of Cancer—H I E1—as a curved line, curving towards the North; and R Ri as another curved line—the Arctic Circle—also curving towards and around the North “Pole”—A. South of the equator we have the line I1 I1, as the tropic of Capricorn, curved inwards towards the South, that is in a direction opposite to the northern tropic; and Jastly, the curved line—L, L1—round the so-called South “Pole.” And we have been taught to receive this account of globular projection without any questioning. But let us examine it a little.

     First let us ask what determines the points H and El for the tropic of Cancer?

     It will I suppose be replied that they are 23 degrees from the points C and Mon the equator, measured along the curve towards the North Pole. Then if the point E1 be 23 degrees from the equator, measure along the curved line M E1 A will the point (1) also be the same number of degrees from the point E taken as being on the equator? If not, why not? If it be the same, then we have the fact cropping out, that on all maps of the world the degrees measured along a straight meridian from E to A are not as large as those measured along the curved meridian M E1 A. And if each degree measures, as we are told it does, 60 geographical miles, then the distance in such miles from M to A, along the curve, would be 5,400 geographical miles; while froin E to A the line would be only about 3,436 such miles, for anyone can see that the distance from E to A is considerably less than the distance along M E1 to A.

     So that all our maps of the world are out of the truth, with respect to the size of countries measured from the equator, either towards the North or towards the South, even on the globular assumption. And the scale of miles is also wrong in this direction, as given with such maps. Also as the meridians recede from the centre to either side the scale is always altering until we reach the outside circle. But if we were to take E11 as the true scale for the 23 degrees, then hell would represent the tropic of Cancer: that is the upper curve of the two. And the same may be said of the  lower curves¾I1 I1 and i2 i1. Which of these represents the true tropic? I leave readers to take their choice.

     But notice what a difference it would make to the sun’s position North. In one case the globularist would contend that the sun should be seen along the line E E1, somewhere in the direction of E11; and in the other case somewhere along the line E e1, or about e11.

     Readers may take their choice; for both positions are founded on globular assumptions! And both tropics, whichever we take North and South, are untrue to the lines of perspective. In the North, the Arctic Circle R R1 would shoot off northwards into space; and in the South the Antarctic Circle, L L1, would also shoot off into space in an opposite direction. But I will leave for the present globular map projection, and ask my readers to notice diagram II.

“PARALLELS OF LATITUDE.”

DIAGRAM II

Celestial 2

     We now have briefly to consider diagram II., which is based on a more natural projection.

     If the spectator be supposed to be in such a position that he can see the Arctic Circle as a curve, and not a straight line, then the other great circles should be shown in a similar position as regards their curvature. In other words, the tropic of Cancer—H E1—should curvate towards the North; the equator—C E M—should do the same; the tropic of Capricorn—I I1—should also curve in the same general direction; and the Antarctic Circle—L L1—the same; all of them traversing the earth in the saine general direction as the rest of the parallels of latitude.

     These circles are known as “parallels of latitude,” and therefore they should all be PARALLEL! But this would expose the position of geographers and astronomers in making the parallels north of the equator curvate in one direction, while the so-called “parallels” south curvate in another and opposite direction! I fear there is more trickery about the globe and its delineations than inost of our readers arc yet aware!

     Let us now notice the relative position of the sun in the tropics. We will draw a line from E as the centre of the supposed globe, and pass it through E1, towards the sun at E11, for the tropic of Cancer. Similarly we will draw a straight line from E through I1 towards T, for the position of the sun when in the tropic of Capricorn. How does that. suit our opponents?

     If someone should suggest that the diagram of the globe should be tilted, and that the “axis” ¾A B¾ should be inclined 23 degrees from the vertical, all they need do is to tilt the paper just so much¾or as much more as they like! It is more convenient for printing as we have placed it.

     But we should like to know why the globe should be so tilted; and whether it is deemed more proper to tilt the “axis” 23 degrees to the right, or to the left? Perhaps some astronomer might be able to enlighten us on this point, and give us reasons for his hypothesis. But I must pass on: these two diagrams are merely preliminary to what I have to say in connection with diagram III.

DIAGRAM III

TRUE PARALLELS OF LATITUDE

Celestial 3

     If we want one general view of the so-called “globe,” with the Equator as a straight line, we must make all the lines denoting latitude, both north and south, parallel to the equator. I have so placed the leading parallels of latitude in diagram III. The central line C E M represents the equator; H E1 the tropic of Cancer; and R R1 the Arctic Circle. South of the equator I I1 would represent the tropic of Capricorn; and L L1 the Antarctic Circle. The line A B would represent the supposed “axis” of the globe, as it passes through the centre of the earth at E.

     In a former article and diagram the sun was placed on a continuation of the equatorial line as at S, so that a spectator at M would see the sun on the 21st of March, directly over his head in the direction of S. But when the sun arrives at the tropic of Cancer, in the northern midsummer, it is said to be 23 degrees north of the equator. In other words, the same spectator at M, on the equator, would see the sun at S1 23 degrees from his former vertical position at M S.

     Therefore, to place the midsummer sun there corresponds with fact; but it does not correspond with the astronomic: 1 theory, so the objector says that the midsummer sun should be placed in the line E E1 E11.

     That is the 23 degrees, they say, should be measured from the centre of the globe! Yet no one in this world ever saw the sun from that position; so that I am required to sacrifice fact to fancy; and instead of putting the sun at S1, where it is actually seen in summer, I am asked to place it at E11, as though it were seen from the centre of the earth!

     To please the objector I will place the sun there for arguments’ sake, and then let us notice what follows. When the sun is at E11, the spectator on the equator, at M, would see it at some angle nearer to 40 degrees from the vertical than 23 degrees. This angle would be greater or less great ac. cording to the various distances at which the sun might be placed, but it would never come down to the required 23 degrees. Besides Zetetics have on several occasions given proof that the sun is not at such a great distance from the earth. But we have placed it as far off as it was in the former diagrains, and no objection has been raised to the distance of the sun from the earth, but only to the angular position given.

     Now, as a matter of fact, a spectator at the equator sees the sun at 23 degrees from the vertical; therefore, the sun’s position at E11 is not its true position. This may be seen by making at SMS an angle of 23 degrees; and afterwards drawing a line from M to E11, making, with S M, an angle nearly twice as great!

     Again, if the sun be placed at E11, and we draw a line parallel to the equator across the so-called “globe,” it would about coincide with the line R R1, and so the tropic of Cancer would be super-imposed on the Arctic Circle! Would this suit our globular friends?

     But why should the objector stop at E11? Why not go on to E111? In this case we should have the tropic of Cancer, if represented at all, outside the globe, a long way north of the North Pole itself—say at T T1! If we must take the globular theory for our standard, we should find it impossible to properly represent it on paper. We should have to continue the line from the centre of the globe, at E through E1, on to E2, on to E8, on and on for 92 millions of miles ! This would be the globular theory with a vengeance.

     But who could represent it? And yet some have objection because I have not been true to the theory in every detail. It is impossible to be true to it. The astronomers them. selves are never true to it; nor are the geographers and those who bring out map projections. Some of the diagrams in the best astronomical works outrageously misrepresent their own theories, and the reader is thus deceived. I could give instances, but it would make my article too long, and require too many diagrams.

     What I have already shown ought to be sufficient. But I will point out another fact. If tbe sun were a million times larger than the globe, the globe would be a mere mote in comparison to the sun, and it would be impossible for one half of it to be darkness at any time; the rays from one side of the sun would overlap or go beyond the north pole on the one hand, and the rays from the other side of the sun would overlap or go beyond the so-called south pole! Try reader for yourself. Make your diagram of the globe on a sheet of paper, and take the whole size of one wall of your chamber for the sun; then draw your lines accordingly, that is if you can.

     This tremendous exaggeration of the sun’s size is a mere theory of the astronomers, and is bound up with the whole hypothetical system. To make its reputed size at all harmonize with the theory, the astronomers have to push the sun away from the earth 92 millions of miles, or inore, to inake it look small enough! This tremendous distance and size is the basis of their theory about sun spots. “Spots,” indeed!

     It is a gross misnomer, too, for the astronomers to cal! them sunspots, when they teach that they are thousands of miles wide. Holes so large, that as one of these scientists declares “the earth could easiiy drop in.” This same astronoiner¾Mr. Garrett P. Serviss¾who has been writing to The American (New York), is reported to have said:

     “If people had telescope eves, so that they could see at a glance things hidden from all but the astronomers, they would leave the most exciting occupation of life, and stand gazing with awe¾if not with fear¾ at strange sights in the sun.”

     Yes, they want us to look with “telescope eyes” at these things, and not with the eyes which God has given us. If we were to look at a tiny insect with a telescope eye, or rather with a microscopic eye, we could IMAGINE it bigger than an elephant; but the little thing would not alter its actual size, would it?

     It is this “telescope eye” which makes astronomers see in the sun “an immense globe of blazing gas,” swaying the earth and the distant planets “as restlessly as the ocean sways a floating chip”! The spots break out “on the distorted face of the solar giant like black soot.” “Their centres are yawning holes, many thousand miles in depth”! That is to the “telescope eye” which magnifies depth as well as length and breadth.

     Is it not wonderful? If we only had been created with “telescope eyes.” But I think that the Creator of the world has done better for us, and given us natural eyes, wherewith we may see things in their natural proportions. ..And yet a weekly paper, of Jan. 14th, 1904, which professes to honour the Creator, and advocates the Seventh Day Sabbath as the memorial of Creation, publishes the above absurd sentence as “a sign of the times,” and publishes it with signs of prophecy.

     Doubtless such teachings are a sign of the times in which we live; when men, and even professed Christians, are departing from the old paths which were founded upon faith in the Divine inspiration of the Bible. If the Bible be inspired,—and we believe it is—how can Christians consistently believe such extravagant astronomical theories, in the face of the first chapter of Genesis, the second and fourth Commandments, and the many references to the order of Creation which are interspersed in the Word of God. But I must draw this article to a close.

     What I have tried to show is, that the globular theory is not consistent with known facts. And I have shown this especially in the last diagram by placing the sun where objectors have thus put it. And even there we have shown that this agrees neither with astronomical theories nor with Zetetic facts. In short it is impossible to represent the globular system of the universe on paper at all, for its assumptions are so extravagant and outrageous that even the astronomers themselves cannot represent them in their own books. And what is more, it seems evident that they dare not make the attempt, lest their diagrams strike their readers as suspicious and preposterous.

STRANGE “PROOFS” OF GLOBULARITY

     In Past and Future, for Feb., 1904, Mr. Dimbleby attacks what he is pleased to call “the flat earth theory.” He says:

     “The distance between Holy Head, in North Wales, and Kingston Harbour, just below Dublin, is 60 miles, but because, when a steamer is half-way between these two places, the lighthouse of Holy Head could be seen through a telescope, Lady Blount says that the earth cannot be globular, insomuch as the top of the lighthouse should be almost 600 feet below the level of the horizon. But distances of 30 miles are seen in other places when a good elevation is secured. For example a person standing on the highest land of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, a height of 30%) feet, can see the Cathedral at Containes, in France, which is 30 miles distant.”

     Now if Mr. Dimbleby had seriously set his mind upon showing that our position was untruc, he should have shown that such long sights as the above could be seen on a globular earth. That is, he ought to have attempted to show that the amount of curvature on such a globe as “our earth” is said to be is compatible with the above facts. But he conveniently ignores such a reasonable proceeding, and practically says, that because in other places besides the Irish Channel, distances of 30 miles can be seen, therefore the earth must be a globe!

     This is a curious way or “proving” globularity, but it is quite according to the Dimbleby style of argument. He simply asserts that “hen a stearner is halfway between Dublin and Holyhead it is on the brow of an arc, formed by the globular earth”!

     But we give the readers of Past and Future credit for better perception than is implied in such a dictum; especially as Mr. Dimbleby further adds that the “telescope enlarges the perspective arc of the laws of vision.” Yet this writer rails at the “pretentions of science,” for not admitting “the truth of Biblical Chronology;” and speaks of the “rigmarole of fictitious systems on time.”

     We think he should look to his own house. He refuses to believe the Bible doctrine that the earth is placed on “foundations, so that it cannot be moved.” In fact hc teaches the opposite, and says that the “earth” travels through all the heavenly signs of the Zodiac! And contends that this is taught in the holy Scriptures; and he tries to make them fit in with the idea that the earth is a whirling globe, flying through space like a shooting star. This is shown in the concluding paragraph of the above quotation, which reads as follows: “the first chapter of Genesis contradicts the flat earth theory, otherwise how could the earth arrive at the autumnal equinox, which is more north than the equator, on the fourth day?”

     I simply repeat the question Mr. Dimbleby raises, and I ask him to answer it himself; “How could the earth arrive at the autumnal equinox” at all?

     How, in fact, can the earth “arrive” at any place, much less the place of the autumnal equinox, when as the Bible declares, “it cannot be moved”? Mr. Dimbleby not only contradicts Bible teaching respecting the immovability of the earth, but he fails to write in a clear and sensible manner. For instance, he asks “how could the earth arrive at the autumnal equinox, which is more north than the equator, on the fourth day?” That is, the autumnal equinox, according to this authority, is more north than the equator, on the fourth day! How the earth ever could arrive at the equator passes our comprehension, much more its postulated arrival at the autumnal equinox, either on the fourth day, or any other day. But Mr. Dimbleby tries to make his readers believe that the first chapter of Genesis is responsible for such unreasonable and extravagant statements.

     It is the sun, according to the Bible and our senses, which arrives at the autumnal equinox, and that orb was created on the fourth day of Creation week; but to talk of the earth “arriving” there, is not only subversive of all Bible teaching, but is contrary to all sound reason, history, and experience. Yet this writer professes that he accepts and supports Bible inspiration and science!

     To be consistent men ought to give up either the Bible or that science, falsely so-called, which is in opposition to it. But, alas! many minds are crippled by the spirit of inconsistency: and the absence of a true logical faculty is strangely prevalent in all classes of minds. We canna account for this sad affliction.

     But strangely charged with mystery are many things to which we are closely surrounded is a truism that may at time strike us with deep force; this is the experience of the writer, who has been led to exclaim:

Ah! strange life’s conditions,

And strange men’s reliance,

In “priestly” physicians

And nebular science;

And strange Truth and Knowledge,

In church, chapel, and college,

Are oft found with error

And evil things mixed!

     But, nevertheless, let us ever endeavour to remember that “all things work together for good, to them that love God.”

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CREATION’S CHRONOLOGY 4

CREATION’S CHRONOLOGY 4 (of 4)

Moses 2
“He hath determined The Times before appointed.”

The Bible teaches the unity of the human race. When the Apostle Paul stood on Mars’ Hill, before the Court of the Areopagites, he said:

“Ye men of Athens, in all things I perceive that ye are somewhat religious.”
(Mar, R.V.) . . . “God that made the world” . . . “made of ONE every nation of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation: that they should seek God.”

In writing to Timothy, his son in the faith, Paul said that “Adam was first formed, then Eve.” And Moses informs us that “Adam called his wife’s name Eve” (Heb.: CHAVAH: that is, “living”) “because she was the mother of ALL living.” — Gen. 3:20. Yet some writers would have us believe that there was another race of human beings on the earth, from whom Cain was supposed to have obtained a wife. I prefer to believe the explicit statements of the Bible, that Adam was the “first man,” and of course Eve the first woman. Thus Adam was the federal head of the whole human race.

We cannot separate the Chronology of the Antediluvians from the posterity of Adam, and the creation of the world. When Adam fell into sin, and “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin,” God promised a Redeemer through the Seed of the Woman. Satan, the subtle one, doubt to corrupt the woman’s seed, so as to frustrate the divine promise. And as I have been asked to explain what I referred to in my last chapter I may briefly say that before the Flood some of the angels “kept not their first estate,” but, as we are informed by Jude, “left their own habitation.” These “Sons of God”  and Angels are called “Sons of God”  (Job. 1:6; and 38:7) came down to the earth, and they went “after strange flesh,” or as Moses relates, they “saw the daughters of MEN, that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose.” Gen. 6:2. The result was an adulterous and mixed race of beings, a race of “mighty men” and “giants,” which “filled the earth with violence,” and threatened to exterminate the Adamic race! In the general declension Noah was found “perfect in HIS generations,” and these “generations” are given in the immediate context. Not that he, or they, were sinless beings; but they had kept themselves free from the general adulteration and apostacy, while “all flesh had corrupted his way.” Noah therefore was chosen by God to perpetuate the Adamic race, the pure “seed of the woman,” Eve. God determined to destroy the corrupt and wicked race; so, by a Universal deluge, he brought about the “end of all flesh.”. “ The angels that sinned,” who were spirit beings, and in the form of men, and who would not be affected by the Flood, were therefore “cast DOWN to Tartarus,” as Peter tells us, “to be reserved for future judgment.” II. Pet. 2:4. Tartarus is therefore “down,” or below us, inside the earth, where those “spirits in prison” were imprisoned. See 1. Pet. 3:19. Comp. Eph. 4:9; and Isa. 49:9; 61:1, &c., &c.

This is only a very brief exposition of a difficult subject. It is not a new exposition. It was the ancient belief at the time of the First Advent, and before, as may be seen, not only from the testimonies I have quoted (which I take in their simple and grammatical sense) but also from the apocryphal Book of Enoch (c. VII., s. II). This Book is well worth reading,  for an inspired writer thought fit to quote there from a grand prophecy of our Lord’s Second Advent. Jude, v.14, 15.

After the Flood the line of time is continued through Shem, one of the sons of Noah, as shown in my Table III. In the fourth generation after Noah, in the days of Peleg, who was born 1757 A.M., the earth was divided, or apportioned to the different families of Noah. Gen. 10:25. They had been commanded by God to replenish the earth: but, instead of scattering abroad to do so, while journeying eastward they came to a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there, Here the neglect of the above command culminated in open rebellion, and they determined to build a city, and a tower “lest they should be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” Having all descended from one family they all spoke one language; but God confounded their language so that they were gradually compelled to disperse, though some remained at Babylon. According to the cuneiform tablets in the British Museum, the Kingdom of Babylon commenced about 1770 A.M. Mr. Dimbleby says “the Kingdom of Babylon was established in 1772 A.M.” This would agree with Bible Chronology, for we read of Nimrod, that “he was a mighty hunter before the Lord,” and that “the BEGINNING of his kingdom was Babel (or Babylon) and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinah.” Gen. 10:10. The dispersion would therefore occur about the year 1770 A, M., or perhaps a little earlier.

Babylon thus became the centre of a subtle idolatry and of general apostacy and revolt against God. Abraham was therefore chosen by Him, and called out from amongst these idolaters to become the father of a chosen race (Israel) through whom God determined to reveal Himself and make His Name known to all the world. The Chronological Line of Time henceforward runs through the seed of Abraham and the stock of Israel. They were to be a separate people unto God. Abraham was therefore commanded by God, who revealed Himself to him, to leave Ur of the Chaldees, where he was brought up, and to go into the land of Canaan. He was seventy-five years of age when he started out, as we have already seen from Table III., and as he was born in the year 2008 A.M., the great Sojourn commenced in the year of the world 2083. This sojourn of Abraham and his descendants was to last four hundred and thirty years, as we read in Exodus 12:40, 41. This important chronological passage reads:

“Now the sojourning of the Children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the self same day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.”

This statement does not affirm that the Israelites lived in Egypt four hundred and thirty years; but that the SOJOURNING of these people, who for a time were in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. Neither does the passage conflict with Gen. 15:13, or Acts 7:6, which state that Abraham’s “seed” would be AFFLICTED more or less for four hundred years; for this affliction could not have commenced before the birth and “persecution” of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham, See Gal. 4:29, compared with Gen. 21:9. Now if we add the 430 years of the Sojourn to the year when Abraham, aged seventy-five, in obedience to God’s command commenced the Sojourn, namely, in 2083 A.M. we shall obtain the year of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

Commencement of Sojourn 2083 A.M.

Duration – 430 years.

The YEAR of THE EXODUS – 2513 A.M.

The Exodus year is an important date, and we have obtained it from explicit statements and figures given in the Sacred Records. Having obtained this year we are enabled to give approximately the date for the Patriarchs in Egypt.

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CREATION’S CHRONOLOGY 3

CREATION’S CHRONOLOGY 3 (of 4)

shell beach

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”
Psa. 90:12.

Chronology is the science of Time; and Time is the measure of celestial motion. We have coined the word from two Greek words: Chronos (meaning time), and logos, a discourse.’ Without chronology history would be a blank, or a muddle. By chronology we learn the sequence of events in the world’s history. But as in other so-called “sciences” there is the false as well as the true. False chronology, which is really not chronology at all, gives a fictitious and an inflated number of years for the history of such countries as Babylon, Egypt and China, as also for the history of the world. The celestial bodies, by their different motions, not only measure out time in smaller portions such as days, months, and years, but they also measure out much longer periods, in various known cycles of eclipses and transits. And as these cycles work backward to a common beginning, viz., the Date of Creation, we can tell the number of years since that beginning. If therefore speculative writers, whether the so-called “Higher Critics,” or the astronomers, give us fanciful and dilated numbers for the years of the world, we have now the means of testing their figures by the great clockwork of the heavens. And the present position of the various shining orbs, the jewelled fingers of this magnificent timepiece, with their different but known rates of motion, show that they started together in the year 0, 1656 years before the Universal Deluge, or 2168 before the birth of Jacob. This is a grand fact, which no amount of ridicule or scoffing can upset; and it can be tested by strict calculation by anyone who has the ability, and the honesty fairly to investigate the claims of the Bible. This fact also shows that there must have been a “Beginning,” and a creative Beginning, such as that which is revealed in the Fourth, or Sabbath, Commandment. We therefore quote that Commandment with the greatest confidence:

“Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy, Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work: but the Seventh Day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shall not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor the stranger that is within. thy gates:

For in sıx DAYS the Lord (Jehovah) made heaven and earth, the sea, and ALL THAT IN THEM IS, and rested the Seventh Day; wherefore the LORD blessed the Seventh Day, and hallowed it.” Ex. 30:7- 11

This is clear and straightforward: and let those refute it who can. Now if God in six days made heaven and earth and the sea, with “ALL THAT IN THEM IS,” I should like to know how much of them existed before? Evidently nothing.

We cannot allow the unsupported quibble which some offer us that these “days” were “long periods of time;” because the Seventh Day, or Sabbath, we know was, and is, a day of twenty-four hours! Besides, nothing but literal days will agree with the celestial cycles. According to this divine testimony there could be nothing of the present universe before the six days of Creation. For instance: there could be no sun, as the sun was made on the fourth day of Creation-week. Gen. 1:14 – 19. No sun, no seasons; no seasons, no fruits of the earth; no fruits of the earth, no one to subsist thereon! What then becomes of imaginary geological and evolutionary epochs? or a so-called pre-Adamite race? Arguments in favour of the latter are sometimes advanced, even by professing Christians, based on the recognized meaning of some scarce Hebrew word, or words, which, God willing, we may examine on a future occasion; but for the present we take our stand on the plain Word of God, as expressed in the Fourth Commandment, that, “ In six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and ALL THAT IN THEM IS”! And on the basis of this unimpeachable testimony we are convinced that nothing of the present Creation, whether in heaven above, or on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth, existed, or could exist, before the six days of Creation week, which our Lord himself speaks of in the New Testament as “The Beginning,” Mat. 19:4

From this “ Beginning” we have already traced down the Bible line of Time to the Universal Deluge, when “all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.” Gen. 7:19. There are ministers and clergymen, men pledged to support Bible teaching, who try to belittle this testimony of a Universal Flood, and who essay to make it mean only a partial deluge; but the language of Moses is explicit and clear, and it ought to be received or rejected. Those who reject the testimony of Moses should also be prepared to reject the testimony of the New Testament; but such rejection is always based on a false Cosmogony, and on ignorance of the true form, and order of the Universe.

The Apostle Peter, in his second epistle, shows that this would be so in “the last days.” He says : “There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the Creation.

For this they are willingly ignorant of, that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth” (or land) “standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.” II. Pet. 2:3

This order, of which so many are now ignorant, by reason of a “science, falsely so-called,” is in perfect harmony with the Second Commandment of God’s Law, which says that heaven is “above,” the earth (or land) “beneath” and “the water under the earth” Ex. 20:4. But when men openly reject the Law of God, and the teachings of the New Testament, we need not be surprised if they are given up to strange delusions that they may believe a lie. But there are some, I am sorry to say, while professing to know God’s Law, and keeping the Sabbath of the Fourth Commandment, who still refuse to believe the order of Creation as given in the Second Commandment, preferring the globular and evolutionary theories now, alas! so popular. I refer chiefly to an American sect of Sabbath Keepers, who are antedating what is known as “the third angel’s message,” while imperfectly understanding the message of the first angel. See Rev. 14:6-9. The first angel’s message will, in due time, instruct the world that the God we ought to worship is the God “that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” This is according to the order of the Second Commandment, which order is evidently intended to comprise the whole of the Bible Universe. That this order will be insisted on by an angelic messenger, at the close of this dispensation, again shews the importance, and the need of, this divine insistence.

But, in the meantime, if we may accept man’s so-called “science” before the Word of God, respecting the revealed order of Creation as given in the Second Command, then why may we not also accept a – humanly-appointed rest day instead of the Sabbath of the Fourth Command? Let us be consistent, brethren, and not be guilty of the sin of unbelief in God’s own Word. If the so-called Protestant may reject the Cosmogony of the Second Command, can he conscientiously blame the Romanist who rejects its prohibition of idolatry? Let me entreat the brethren generally, and Sabbath Keepers in particular to be consistent, and to shew their reliance on every Word of God. The “WISDOM of this world is foolishness with God.” And it is written: “Every Word of God is pure: He is a shield to them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His Words, lest He reprove thee. and thou be found a liar.” Proverbs 30:5, 6.

However, those who still respect the divine records, will accept the teaching of an inspired Apostle, as well as that of Moses, that the Deluge was universal and that the “world” that then was, perished.

I had thought to add something on the reasons (revealed) which induced God to send such an awful catastrophe upon the world, but my article grows too long, and some of my readers are probably not yet prepared for what can be said under this head. But to some extent the same reasons will ere long again prevail, as is shown by the rapid spread of spiritism, and the reopened intercourse between human beings and demons, See Luke 27:26, compared with Gen. 6:4. However, if readers desire it, and the Editor’s space permit, I may some time, God willing, return to this particular subject. At present I must pass on, and give our readers something further on Bible Chronology. Those who studied my first Table, giving the A.M, years of the Patriarchs before the Flood, will not find much difficulty in following the subjoined Table III., which gives the A.M. years of the Post Diluvium Patriarch, and brings the Line of Time, according to the Bible; down to the birth of Jacob, the father of Israel, in the year of the world, 2168.

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That Man of Sin: The Son of Perdition

That Man of Sin: The Son of Perdition

Weekly Sermon, 22 May 2022

by Pastor Jeromy John Visser

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(Introduction:)

Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, a few days ago Hurricane Katrina demolished a major section of the state of Louisiana and in the aftermath of this destruction many local minorities have instigated riots, engaged in looting, inspired race-attacks and participated in several rapes where most of the victims were children as young as eleven years old. Many Christians are now seeing Yahweh’s wrath rightfully poured out upon a city with a longstanding reputation of blatant sin, more are awakening.

Since the so-called “911 attacks” the Christian world has witnessed major atrocities in both weather and wars on a practically daily basis while more and more end-time prophecies are coming to pass at an accelerated rate. Like labor pangs bringing forth the dawn of a new age, many believers have began asking themselves if this is the beginning of the end. This morning I intend to look into several Biblical passages that all show us ‘signs’ of what to look for at the coming end of this particular earth ‘age.’

We’ll begin by covering the entire second chapter of II Thessalonians and examine the son of perdition and then compare the similarities of ‘The Willful King’ found in Daniel 11. After that, we’ll turn to the Gospels and study the teachings of Jesus Christ on the abomination of desolation while scrutinizing His list of end-time clues, including the Parable of the Tares and Wheat. Some rapture-ready ‘believers’ might not enjoy this morning’s study topic but I promise it will be taken directly from the Word of God.

Concerning the end of time, no man knows the hour nor minute of its coming (Matthew 24:36) but a wise man can certainly discern the times for himself (Matthew 16:3) and keep a watchful eye. I pray that this sermon will help many come out of Babylon and spark a renewed desire in the scriptures for those Christians who are returning. Without the Word of God a soldier doesn’t have their weapon (Hebrews 4:12) and Faith alone cannot “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked (Ephesians 6:16).”

I hope that in light of current events, this morning’s subject will strengthen our Faith in the returning Jesus and help us all to discern ‘the sign of the times.’ As you follow along, you might just be surprised to see how many “clues” are now in effect in the world all declaring the end of the age so I hope to present this exciting topic without naming any names. Today, I intend on giving you a lot of Bible verses that will substantiate our already-solid position so no man can say I’m teaching a ‘new doctrine.’

(Son of Perdition:)

So, let’s begin in II Thessalonians 2; “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (II Thessalonians 2:1-3).”

Before even really beginning this morning’s sermon I’ve already shattered the fictitious “rapture doctrine.” Paul says we should not let anyone deceive us and explains that ‘the day of Christ’ shall not come until there is a falling away or apostasy. Those days are now upon us as so many Christians are being led away by jewish myths or simply splintering into their own so-called denominations. Still, the return of Jesus Christ doesn’t happen until after ‘the son of perdition’ is revealed to the world.

Here’s what this “man” does — pay close attention; “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (II Thessalonians 2:4-7).”

The “instead of Christ” or antichrist is called the son of perdition and he will sit in the temple of Yahweh pretending to be God and swindle many with signs and miracles. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work” means that this antichrist teaching is already in the world working its twisted agenda in aiding the return of the false Christ. One merely needs to look around at the type of false doctrines being promoted behind the pulpits of many 501(c)3 churches to see that these days are upon us now.

“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie (II Thessalonians 2:8-11).”

Seemingly tying into ‘the reprobate mind’ of Romans 1:28, the purpose for this sequence of events is to separate the wheat from among the tares by destroying all those who don’t desire to know God or His eternal Truth. The son of perdition’s antics will include “signs and lying wonders” that only the wicked seek after (Matthew 12:39) and this freak show will mislead many who aren’t already Christians “in name only.” The Word is Truth (John 17:17) and those who deny its teachings shall perish.

“That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Thessalonians 2:12-14).” These verses apply to the remnant “first-fruits” who were chosen from the beginning.

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work (II Thessalonians 2:15-17).” All three elements required to stand fast are the Word of God — Biblical traditions, the Old Testament Word or New Testament epistles.

What I’d like us all to focus on most is the fact that antichrist comes before Jesus’ return. The word “rapture” doesn’t appear in the Bible and Christ plainly taught that the imposter tares are burned first while the chosen are witnesses to the act. If your church teaches this abominable doctrine dreamed up by the eccentric teenager Margaret MacDonald then be aware right now that they’re not teaching a Biblical concept — Beelzebub’s name means “lord of the fly (#H1176)” so know that it’s his deceitful doctrine.

(Indignation Be Accomplished:)

Having laid that groundwork, let’s now turn to Daniel 11:29 and read a very similar passage; “At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter. For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant (Daniel 11:29-30).”

Like most “types” of Satan to be found in the scriptures he listed as yet another man-king, this time as the “little horn” Antiochus Epiphanes (Daniel 8:19). Still, we should compare these passages in a futurist sense so we can notice the many similarities and familiarize ourselves with “the abomination of desolation” as spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Antiochus was known to “take away the daily sacrifice” by placing an image of Jupiter on the very alter of Yahweh, in short — they’re graven or false images.

“And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days (Daniel 11:31-33).”

Like Antiochus’ bogus image of Jupiter Olympius, during the end-times the true seat of Yahweh will be temporarily replaced by “the abomination that maketh desolate” or more simply put — the abomination of desolation. Notice that the antichrist flatters those who do wickedly against the covenant meaning the Law while those who do know their God and His Will are strengthened in the ordeal and will do exploits? All things work together for the elect (Romans 8:28) against this bastardized version of Jesus.

“Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed (Daniel 11:34-35).” Many well-meaning Christians will fall aside during the antichrist’s apostasy but Yahweh’s true remnant of believers are completely protected through the dismal process until the time appointed for divine vengeance.

“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all (Daniel 11:36-37).” Like we read earlier; “he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

“But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain (Daniel 11:38-39).” That says the enemy will be found “dividing the land for gain” — honestly, cannot we see this effect in today’s world?

(Abomination of Desolation:)

Let’s now read Jesus’ own Words on the matter starting in Matthew 24:4; “Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (Matthew 24:4-6).” Are there any wars going on right now? How about people claiming to be a Savior of sorts? Sure, but the end isn’t yet.

Let me emphasize a commandment from Jesus — Take heed that no man deceive you. The Savior continues to say that many will be deceived proving that “the deceiver” is at work in the world. Like II Peter 2:1-2 states; “There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another (Matthew 24:7-10).” Nation against nation, better put — race shall rise against race or “the beginning of sorrows.”

Jesus says all these things shall be, period. An in-depth study on “nation against nation” called Armageddon: Ultimate Race War! is available from Pastor Morris L. Gulett in his audio section at Legion of Saints. Nonetheless, in order to spot “the beginning of sorrows” we should all be looking for famines, pestilences and earthquakes in divers places. One only needs to go outside and look around to notice that the world is ‘off-kilter’ right now and all three of these elements are active today.

“Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (Matthew 24:11-15)”

Iniquity is another word for lawlessness and because of false teaching by false prophets the love of many will become cold and frigid. Love is considered the key word in these passages when Christ says “but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” so in today’s apostasy let’s all be careful to continue to love our brethren. Here, Jesus refers us back to the Old Testament and to the very verses we’ve already laid down as our proof-text. Beware of “images” or antinomian teachings.

“Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes (Matthew 24:16-18).” When war begins Christian soldiers will simply go to war without any haggles. In today’s “information age” the “gospel of the kingdom” has already been preached to practically the entire world yet the “famine” in the land is for the correct Word of Yahweh (Amos 8:11).

(Nation Against Nation:)

“Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet (Mark 13:5-7).” Like the account transcribed in the Gospel of Matthew, we’re warned to be aware of false prophets or deceivers. Yahweh has a specific timetable and when these minor points are visible it hasn’t yet come.

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations (Mark 13:8-10).” Delivered up to whom?

The similarities of these two Gospels in capturing the Words of Christ is a testament to the sanctity of the scriptures within itself but there are small differences. In both accounts Jesus says true Christians will be “delivered up” as a sort of witness for Biblical Truth against their false teachings. Whether it be in secret councils or before enforcers of the antichrist ‘man-law’ we are to be a testimony against them always telling the truth yet we should all pay close attention to the following admonitions:

“When they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death (Mark 13:11-12).” Do not premeditate the words you’re to speak before appearing at the very seat of antichrist.

We can use these teachings in every facet of our walk with Christ, not just in an end-time analogy. For example, many Christian Pastors around the world have been imprisoned for speaking out against homosexuality and now find themselves in “legal troubles.” Speaking from experience, we have more power during man’s ‘legal’ judgment when we’re praying only for Yahweh’s Will than we do in dreaming up excuses or attempting to impress the judge and lawyers. Bow to no God but Jesus Christ!

“Ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved (Mark 13:13).” We should take note of Jesus’ Words and believe, true Christians shall — not might — be hated of all men, or the majority. Which particular Christian group is the most persecuted for their undying love of Jesus Christ? As many fall aside to “no devil doctrines” worse, let’s all be careful to ‘endure to the end’ by trusting in Yahweh’s perfect commandments and doing the Savior’s Will.

“But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment (Mark 13:14-16).” A Christian soldier is just that — a soldier called to active duty in Yahweh’s winning army.

(Days of Vengeance:)

In all fairness I should state that Luke’s take is entirely different and much shorter; “When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled (Luke 21:20-22).” I leave it to you to discern these verses yourself.

The ‘days of vengeance’ are partially described in Parable of the Tares and Wheat so we should briefly look at these passages for even further clarification of the “sequence of events.” You will see that there is no so-called ‘rapture’ and Jesus taught adamantly against such a doctrine. “Thus saith the Lord Yahweh; I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, the souls that ye hunt to make them fly (Ezekiel 13:20).”

Fortunately, Jesus Christ explains His own parable starting in Matthew 13:37; “He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world (Matthew 13:37-40).” The subject is end-time events.

Based on the very Words of Jesus, a true Christian must accept the teaching that there are two seedlines — the children of the kingdom and the children of the wicked one. The tares, or wicked seed, are all gathered first and cast into the lake of fire and Psalm 37:34 adds; “Wait on Yahweh, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” If the remnant see the wicked tares removed from the Kingdom than the only ‘rapture’ is that of the wicked.

He continues; “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear (Matthew 13:41-43).” It’s Jesus Christ Himself who gives us the ears to hear so these parables can only be truly understood by Yahweh’s elect.

At the end of the world age, Jesus Christ sends forth His angels to remove all offensive things including lawless Christians and they are cast into a furnace of fire. Afterwards, the righteous or holy seed of God shine forth in the Kingdom of God “in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). These are the clear-cut teachings of the Bible yet so many like to hurl insults at this Pastor for saying Jesus said these same Words. Nonetheless, I intend on ‘enduring unto the end’ so I might be found worthy of joining this:

“I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God (Revelation 19:11-13).” The return of our beloved Savior is a blessed event for those who will be following Him to victory.

Here’s why; “And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:14-16).” No King but Jesus and no Law but His forevermore!

(Spirit of Iniquity:)

We should once again quickly examine the the three defining marks of the antichrist, they are — #1) They will deny that Jesus is the Christ (or ‘Messiah’), #2) They deny Jesus as Lord and #3) They confess that Jesus hasn’t come in the flesh. Can any of these concepts be seen in today’s society? Sure, Christianity and its morals are continually under attack by liberal groups and the enemies of Jesus Christ. The 10 Commandments are under defense and prayer is completely gone in today’s secular schools.

As if government-funded educational agendas weren’t bad enough, add to that “churches” that are also controlled by Uncle Scam by way of various tax-exempt statuses and pro-homosexual grants. The very church I would frequent as a youth is now one of today’s biggest homosexual, multicultural congregations in the city of Los Angeles. How could such a radical change overtake society in a mere twenty years? I lay the blame upon the heads of snakes, false prophets and demons behind the pulpit.

For example, I John 4:3 says; “Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” Again, we’re taught that the spirit of iniquity or lawlessness is already in the world and remains as such yet how many modern believers truly trust these Words? To the godless, it is Pastors like myself or my allies who are “false teachers” because the wicked appear as righteous.

The Law is eternal, it’s required and mandatory. Sure, we’re saved by Grace (Ephesians 2:8) but we also cannot forget that; “Faith without works is dead (James 2:20).” The opposite of law-abiding is lawlessness which is iniquity so let’s all be careful to never fall into Satan’s lawless traps — all sin is a transgression of the Law (I John 3:4) and we must sin no more (John 5:4). This rule only applies to Yahweh’s Law however and when man’s inferior law clashes with our God’s we must take the proper path.

Jesus says; “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:17-19).”

Perhaps you’ve unfortunately been taught that “the Law was nailed to the cross” or something to that effect and this is relatively new concept to you. If so, I hope you’ll hearken unto the Words of Jesus who says that those who teach the Law is “done away with” are considered ‘the least in the Kingdom of Heaven’ while those who properly teach adherence are ‘called great’ in that same Kingdom. Neither Heaven nor earth have passed away so every jot and tittle is binding and must be followed, period.

Don’t be caught up in the antichrist spirit of lawlessness and support those who teach abominable doctrines that can’t be substantiated in the Word of God. We’re held accountable for our decisions and the very groups we support so always prayerfully seek the proper side of the fence in all matters. Many so-called “Christians” are out there fighting to protect queers, witches, mixing and so much worse — these snakes aren’t of the flock and we should be wiser then they are (Matthew 10:16).

(Intention:)

My intention with today’s particular study is only to prove there is no so-called “rapture” and that the Word of Yahweh clearly teaches as such. If you’re the type of student that requires even more proof against the so-called “flying away” of God’s people, then the internet or your local library will provide all the tools you desire to shatter this judeo-Christian myth. Don’t be caught up in the world’s deception nor be found serving other gods (Exodus 20:3) when the Bridegroom returns for His bride.

At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I should also mention that Tactics and Strategies of the Satanic will be available soon from Covenant People’s Books and pre-orders are now being accepted. Many titles out there denounce Lucifer’s existence so this latest work will be known as this full-length book covers practically every aspect of the adversary Satan beginning with his creation, expanding upon Jesus’ dealings with him and then ending with end-time events all centering around the deceiver.

It’s my sincere prayer that this morning’s topic will inspire you to dig deeper into Yahweh’s eternal Word and see for yourself that these are Biblical teachings. Beware of the media and their slanted agenda — we should never blindly trust the opinions of anyone regardless of intent, always contrast what you’re being taught by man with the Bible. If there be any ‘lost sheep’ in Louisiana during this time of sorrows it’s my earnest hope that they will learn to lean towards God and accept His protection. Amen.

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“He Hangeth The Earth Over Nothing”

“He Hangeth The Earth Over Nothing”

Reprinted from “The Earth.” an old flat earth publication

Another version says: “He hangeth the earth (the land) over no thing. But as we repeat, a thing which hangs is motionless. Besides it would be as easy to hang a plate or disc, as it would be to hang a ball. So that the only thing these texts prove is, that whatever shape the earth may be, it is motionless.

In the 10th verse of the same chapter, we read: “He hath described a boundary upon the face of the waters, unto the confines of day and night.” This is a description of the unknown regions of the greal beyond, which our sun never reaches. The author of the little pamphlet in question, however, admits that Newton was entirely wrong in his theory of light; and that gravitation explains nothing; at, when it is stated that the height of mountains on any coast is in direct proportion to the depth of the sea such beats upon or near the shore, it is reasonable to that land and water have been made by the Creator to generally balance themselves. I believe this, though no argument involving the globular figure of the earth and sea can be based thereon.

BibleThe writer, however, makes a point of Isa, 11:22: “He sitteth upon the circle of the earth.” He quotes these words as Scriptural proof that the earth is a globe. According to this portion of Holy Writ, the earth has a circle around it, as Job said, in his wonderful poem: “He hath encompassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end, or, until the vision of light and darkness.” This is much clearer in Dr, Bullinger’s translation of the Book of Job: “The round horizon bounds the water’s face, and there the fading light with darkness blends.”  Job 26:10.

A penny has a circle round it, yet it is flat; so, accordingly, there is nothing to uphold the whirling globe theory in this portion of Scripture, but on the contrary, the idea that the earth and sea together form a shining star rushing round and round the sun, and also rushing at the same time forward through space with the sun and moon, and the whole galaxy of stars, towards delta Lyre, at the rate of over three-quarters of a million of miles in 24 hours, or about 250,000,000,000 a year, is not only not in harmony with the teaching of the Holy Bible, but is in direct contradiction to it. It comes of the powers of darkness, and will lead back to them.

That word Khug, says the author, does not mean a circle drawn upon a plane surface. It occurs twice, in other places, where it refers to the vault of the heaven. “The throne of God is an orb, and…it teaches the true form of the earth.” Up to a certain point the author’s explanation is intermixed with truth; but in reality the words should be “He that sitteth upon the circle (chug, vault) of the earth…that stretcheth out the heaven as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.” (R.V.)

In the globular theory there is no room for the Bible idea of outstretched heavens as well as outstretched earth. Yet the writer of Rogers’ Reasons tries to make everything fit in with the globular theory. Even the honest sceptic will see that this is not candid. We must not force God’s Word to make it fit our ideas. The vault overhead does not signify that the earth is a sphere.

Again, to say that because those who live in northern climes would see the stars in southern regions if the earth were a plane, is to assert that the stars are large enough to be seen all over the earth, and that the atmosphere has no power to deflect away their light. when they shine at the great angles they must make from the south. Also such an assertion practically denies the limit of human vision, and the rules which govern the known laws of optics and perspective, and many facts included therewith.

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, confirms the fact that the stars (hoi asteres) are but small lights  not worlds nor suns  and He says that they shall fall from heaven to the earth. The fixed stars are so small that the most powerful telescopes cannot magnify them into discs. Jesus said that the stars shall fall from heaven immediately before His Second Advent. As to His statement in Luke 17:34-36, intimating that when He comes all will see Him at one and the same moment, though to some it will be early morning, to others broad day, and to others dead of night, it is said that this implies the existence of antipodes; this affords no proof against the plane earth teaching, but rather, the contrary, for no one pretends that the people at the so-called Antipodes can see through a globe, or look all the way round it. So that this passage about the falling of the stars is in favour of the Zetetic position.

When people bring up such flimsy things as these, as proofs of the globular theory, it shows that they are hard pressed to find ‘proofs.’ Yet a well-known Bible student has brought up these sayings as a proof of the common theory!

The different hours of the day and night are explainable on a plane earth, but it would be humanly impossible for all people to see the Christ at one and the same moment, if the earth were a globe. The antipodeans could not look round a globe or through a solid globe, so they would have to wait 12 hours while the so-called globe turned them half round. Therefore, what will take place at Christ’s Second Coming is proof on our side, and not on that of our opponents.

The references to geologic periods bear out my contention, viz.: there is no reliable data for the evolutionists’ assertions; but from Creation’s week Christians may know, if they will study Bible Astronomy, that the age of the earth is not more than about 5,903 years. This has been proved by the cycles of eclipses, transits, etc., calculated backwards, and found to be all starting together in Creation week; thus further proving that the Bible is the Word of God, and that the globular theories are vitally opposed to Bible teaching. Professors may take their choice, but all Christians ought to (and true Christians will) readily stand by the Word of God, which “liveth and abideth for ever.”

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CREATION’S CHRONOLOGY 2

CREATION’S CHRONOLOGY 2

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In a former article we traced the age of the world, through the lives of the Patriarchs, as given in the fifth chapter of Genesis, down to the flood; and found that this great catastrophe occurred in the year of the World 1656. We are aware that the Samaritan and Septuagint Versions of the Old Testament give figures for the ages of the Antediluvians different from those found in our Hebrew Bible, just as various speculators give different periods for the age of the world; but we have new the means of testing these years in a scientific manner by various Solar and Eclipse Cycles, so that we have no hesitation in affirming that the figures of both the Samaritan and Septuagint Versions have been tampered with, and that those of the Hebrew Bible, from which our own good English Translation is derived, are alone worthy of credence and capable of verification. This will be clearly shown later on; in the meantime I may quote from “All Past Time,” Mr Dimbleby’s “Antediluvian Solar Cycle,” which he affirms will show the dates of all the days of the week from the prime date of Creation down to the Flood year A.M. 1656.

I had better here briefly explain the construction of this Table II. I may subsequently have some further remarks to make respecting it, and another Solar Cycle of Mr. Dimbleby’s, when I come to make some animadversions thereon.

It will be seen that the following A.S. Cycle consists of seven years. These years are lunar, The lunar year is about II days shorter than the solar year, and consists of twelve months, or a period of 354 days. A lunar month, or the time between one new moon or lunation and the next, is 29 days, 12 hours, and 44 minutes, which is close upon 293 days. Not to be troubled with the half day it appears that the ancients gave 30 days to one month and 29 to the next, thus equalizing the months. I have therefore, for the sake of clearness, added the second column to the above table to shew the reader how many days are given to each month.

Now the first year of Creation was the year 0. It began, according to Genesis I, with Sunday, the first day of the week. Sunday, therefore, was not only the first day of the World, but also the first day of the week, the first day of the first month, and the first day of the first year. This is a grand date. It was the Prime Date of Creation, and is corroborated by the dates of All Past Time, whether in the history of the World, or in the motions of the heavenly bodies. God’s Word and His Works are in perfect harmony. But to come to the Table, Sunday being the first day of Creation week, the following Saturday, or Sabbath, was the Seventh Day of the week. Any one, therefore, could put down the dates of the first four Sabbaths in the first month, namely, the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. As the first month consisted of 30 days, the last day of the month would be Monday, and the first day of the second, or following month,
would be Tuesday. This causes the first Sabbath of the end month to fall on the 5th day of the month. The Sabbath dates then follow in succession on the 12th, 19th, and the 26th; and so on, to the end of the first year.

The dates of the Seventh Day SABBATHS, in the last month of the first year would fall on the 4th, the 11th, the 18th, and the 25th of the month. The last day of the first year would therefore fall upon Wednesday, the 29th; and the second year of the cycle would of course begin with Thursday, while Saturday, the following Sabbath, would fall on the 3rd of the first month. The rest of the Sabbaths would follow in order by additions of seven days. The reader will now be able to dot down the rest of the dates for himself. Thus the weekly Sabbath becomes, as it were, not only the Memorial of Creation, but one of the fingers and a very important finger, in the great clock of All Past Time, and I think we shall be able to show, before these articles are finished, how many weekly Sabbaths have elapsed since the first day of Creation to the present time.

But I ought to state here that this Table II. consists really of seven lunar years; and, as I have already shewn, the lunar year is about II days shorter than the solar year. Therefore, in order to bring the lunar year into line with the solar year, these eleven days have to be added somewhere as intercalary days. They might be added at the end of two or three years, as an intercalary month; or perhaps, as a longer period, at the end of the seven lunar years. Mr. Dimbleby is evidently not clear on this point, though he says: “It is evident by their dates that they (the Antediluvians) did not insert the extra, or intercalary days, till the seven lunar years were ended.”

He therefore says that the dates of the “Sabbath Days of this intercalary period would be: 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63, 70, 77.” As I have already intimated, I may have some further remarks to make under this head, about his two solar cycles; but these remarks will be better understood after both those cycles have been given, I will therefore proceed to show how the dates of the Flood Year are applied to Table II.

We have already seen from the Bible alone that the year of the Universal Deluge was A.M. 1656. We have now to ask: “How many cycles of seven years are there in 1656 years? If we divide this number by 7 we get 236 complete cycles, with four complete years over, and multiplying 236 by 7 we get A. M. 1652 as the first year in the 237th cycle. We shall see that this is so if we remember that we called the first year of the first cycle year o. Or we may prove it by the longer process of putting down the first years of each cycle in order thus: 0, 7, 14, 21, 28, &c., when we shall finally come to the year 1652, as the first year of the cycle. The reader can make this Table for himself, which will save the writer some trouble, the printer some space, and -the publisher some expense. Now if this Table he correct, the year A.M. 7652, being the first year of the cycle, the dates of its Sabbath Days would be those of the first year on Table II., viz: -7, 14, 21, 28. &c., because they repeat after every seven years. The Sabbaths of the year, A. M. 1653, would have the dates of the second year of the cycle; A.M. 1654, those of the 3rd year; A.M. 1655, those of the 4th year; and A.M.1656, the Flood Year would have those of the 5th year of the cycle. We may now compare the dates of these Sabbath Days with the dates given by Moses in his account of the particular events of the Flood. In doing so, we shall find the remarkable fact that in putting down the dates of the Sabbath Days for the fifth and sixth years of the cycle, we have unconsciously written down nine out of the ten dates given by Moses himself!

Let us briefly refer to them. We find from Gen.7:1, 4, that Noah was finally warned one week before the rain came, to take his family, and everything else needed, inside the ark. Verse II gives us, the two dates. The booth year of Noah’s life, as we have already seen, was A.M. 1656. We read: “In the second month, and the 17th day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows (margin: FLOODGATES) of heaven were opened.” These two dates, the coth and 17th, are found in the second month of the fifth year of the cycle, according to which they were both Sabbath Days when God thus revealed Himself to man. Noab and his family being safely “shut in,” the flood rains began, and lasted forty days, that is: from the 17th of the second month until the the 27th of the third month. So great was the volume of water from these two sources that we read: “All the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered.” This shows that the Flood was not a mere local affair, as some would belittle it to accommodate it to their so-called “science;” but that it was an awful and a universal catastrophe. The passage also teaches that all the hills of the earth were “under the whole heaven;” that is, that heaven is everywhere “above” the earth, not all round and consisting of mere empty “space!” How could the floodgates of heaven be “opened” in empty “space”? And let me remind the reader that it is not only a question of believing Moses, who was a learned man, but our exalted Redeemer, who “came DOWN from heaven,” and who says: “HEREAFTER ye shall SEE heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” John 1:51. Blessed be His great and glorious Name for ever and ever.

The next date given is found in Gen. 8:4, where we are informed that the Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat, “in the seventh month, on the 17th day of the month.” In the last verse of the previous chapter we are told that the waters “prevailed upon the earth 150 days.” These, with the previous 40 days’ rain, make 190, ending with the eighth month, on the 29th day. See Table. The “tops of the mountains were scen” in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, which gives the beginning of the forty days Noah waited before he “opened the window of the Ark” and sent forth a raven, which returned not, and “also he sent forth a dove,” which did return. This would be on the 11th day of the 11th month, which is again found in the Table. After seven days he sent forth the dove again, which returned with an olive leaf. This would be on the 18th. Then Noah waited “yet OTHER seven days,” before sending out the dove a third time, on the 25th, after which the dove returned to the Ark no more.

Then, in the beginning of the following year A.M. 1657, the 1st day of the first month, “the waters were dried up from off the earth.” Gen. 8:13. And in the second month, and the 27th day of the month, the earth being thoroughly dry, God commanded Noah to come forth from the Ark, after being in it 365 days, or one solar year. Gen. 8:14 17

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CREATION’S CHRONOLOGY 1

CREATION’S CHRONOLOGY 1 (of 4)

cloud vapourFrom an old flat earth booklet

In THE SABBATH OF CREATION for December, 1902, I promised, God willing, to bring forward some of the evidence we have for Bible Chronology, and the fact that the Seventh Day Sabbath has come down to us from the Creation of the World in an unbroken line of weeks through All Past Time. This is a great subject, and one that needs close application and a good state of health for a comprehensive study and elucidation; so that with dyspepsia, writer’s cramp, and other infirmities, I should hesitate to approach the subject did I not look for help and guidance from the great Author of all created beings. It must however be pleasing to the Creator that His creatures should study His marvellous works; yet in this particular branch Chronology I have been surprised to find how few Christians there are who are sufficiently interested therein to take the necessary pains to acquire an intelligent and general view of the subject. I write therefore with a view to stimulate others to take an interest in this great theme, and not with any idea of exhausting the enquiry; and I trust that, while many may be helped with the few articles I propose to give in THE SABBATH OF CREATION, some one or other may be raised up to pursue the subject further until we have the light of chronological truth shining upon the pages of Inspiration as clearly as that which we have already obtained upon their cosmological teachings, and as now set forth in our other paper, entitled THE EARTH, and formerly in The EARTH (not a globe) REVIEW.

In studying this subject I have also been surprised to find so many definite dates. given in the Bible, and many of these dates capable of being scientifically tested by the solar cycles; and the conviction has grown stronger in my mind that the Bible is a much more scientific Book than the general reader, or even the general student is aware. No forger of historical writings, and even no honest, but haphazard, and uninspired, writers could venture to give so many historical dates without sooner or later, and probably sooner than later, being found out as unreliable. But the Bible has withstood every truly scientific test that has been applied to it, both in its Cosmogony and its Chronology; so that we can now intelligently subscribe to the emphatic words of our blessed Lord when He said:

“THE SCRIPTURES CANNOT BE BROKEN.”

Even as a youth of twelve years of age the Lord Jesus shewed such understanding of the Sacred Writings as astonished the Doctors or Jewish Rabbis, in the study of divine things He was an example to us and to our youth, shewing how we should early lead our children into the knowledge of these  mysteries. And we have found that when the Bible is honestly and intelligently studied, apart from sectarian creeds and commentaries, it is not only the most instructive book in the world, but one of the most, if not the most, interesting. As the Psalmist writes, “The entrance of Thy Word giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” Psa. 119:130.

Proceeding at once to our subject, I shall give in tabulated form the years of the lives of the Antediluvian Patriarchs from father to son. This table will show how many years, according to the Bible, elapsed between the creation of Adam in the year nought (o), to the year of the Universal Deluge.

According to the following Table Adam was created in the year o. We must not call his first year our year one of Creation, until that year was complete; otherwise we shall be confused with subsequent additions. We must reckon the years of Creation as we do the years of a person’s life, counting the first year nothing in years until it is ended; and so on in all subsequent years. If we look at the first line and fourth column of the Table we find that Adam was 130 years old at the birth of his son Seth; Seth therefore was born in the A.M. year or Anno Mundi (year of the World) 130, as shown in the second line and first column.

Again, Seth was 105 years of age according to the Text given in the third column, when his son Enos was born. Add therefore, 105 years to the 130, and we obtain 235 AM. as the year of the World when Enos was born. Proceeding in the same way, through the patriarchal line, we find that the year of the Universal Deluge was the year of the World 1656, that is, so many years from the Creation of the World.

The A. M. dates of the deaths of the Antediluvian Patriarchs, as given in the seventh column of the Table, are also interesting, as shewing with whom they were severally contemporary; but as these dates are not directly connected with our Line of Time from Creation we shall leave them for the comparison of the intelligent reader. It will be seen that as Adam died in the A.M. year 930, he lived almost to the time of the translation of Enoch (A. M. 987) who was the seventh from Adam, and who prophesied of the Lord’s Second Coming, as recorded by Jude. It will also be noticed that Methuselah died during the Flood year.

In our investigations we shall deal principally with A. M. years, as they will supply us with a continuous Line of Time from the Creation of the World down to the present; especially as this Line of Time can be tested by the Cycles of Eclipses which have already taken place, and the various individual Eclipses which are now actually taking place. Thus the Works of God will be seen to harmonise with, and to support, the Word of God. To Him, therefore, be all the praise and glory.

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