It has come up often. Time???
A large variety of devices have been invented to measure time. The study of these devices is called horology. An Egyptian device that dates to c.1500 BC, similar in shape to a bent T-square, measured the passage of time from the shadow cast by its crossbar on a nonlinear rule.
An argument/conversation exists stating: Ordinary matter, attracted to these by gravity, formed large gas clouds and eventually, stars and galaxies, where the dark matter was most dense, and voids where it was least dense. After around 100 – 300 million years, the first stars formed, known as Population III stars.
No matter how we look at it. Explanations exist. Seen from the unseen? Physics moves to explain that.
Time is relative, and flexible and, according to Einstein, “the dividing line between past, present, and future is an illusion”. So reality is ultimately TIMELESS. This sounds pretty bizarre from the view of classical physics, but from the view of consciousness theory and spirituality, it fits in perfectly.
Time? In essence ‘Time’ did not exist until man ‘came’ (from where?) We can explain this with Evolution! A quick look then.
1. The process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms during the history of the earth.
synonyms: Darwinism, natural selection
“his interest in evolution”
2. The gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.
“the forms of written languages undergo constant evolution”
synonyms: development, advancement, growth, rise, progress, expansion, unfolding;
transformation, adaptation, modification,revision
“the evolution of language”
We are engrossed in the Science of this.
If Man evolved from ‘Apes’ what are they still doing around? We can look at other species?
Charles Darwin did this. Amazing that it took millenia for this ‘theory’ to come into existence! Everything wecwe have have at present are improvements of what have been.
We have cell phones, once there were smoke signals. We have DNA, once identification was with fingerprints. A new technology that is developing is how every individual can be identified and monitored; I am aware that this sounds outlandish!
Grocery shopping? A ‘chip’ under your skin identifies you as you. Information about each individual is centralized.
This is complex, but we are arriving at a time when this will be ‘normal’. Currently in the U.S. of America, we have social security numbers that identify ALL residents.
With an electronic ‘chip’: health history: Allergies, Medical history, Operative records etc can be obtained by scanning the ‘chip’. Income, balances, access to funds are done by the ‘chip’ no need to carry ‘wallet’, ID, identification…you are all the identification that is needed.
Shopping? Scan with the chip – cleared, balances adjusted by permitting your purchases to be deducted from your account that is linked to everything else.
It gets more ‘gruesome’. In an accident where there are either survivors or deceased. Identification is done by scanning the chip.
This I am aware is nerve-racking
We started discussing things that are, being ‘advances’ of things that have been. It will be your choice!
Jude verse 9 refers to an event which is found nowhere else in Scripture. Michael had to struggle or dispute with Satan about the body of Moses, but what that entailed is not described. Another angelic struggle is related by Daniel, who describes an angel coming to him in a vision. This angel, named Gabriel in Daniel 8:16 and 9:21, tells Daniel that he was “resisted” by a demon called “the prince of Persia” until the archangel Michael came to his assistance (Daniel 10:13). So we learn from Daniel that angels and demons fight spiritual battles over the souls of men and nations, and that the demons resist angels and try to prevent them from doing God’s bidding. Jude tells us that Michael was sent by God to deal in some way with the body of Moses, which God Himself had buried after Moses’ death (Deuteronomy 34:5-6).
Various theories have been put forth as to what this struggle over Moses’ body was about. One is that Satan, ever the accuser of God’s people (Revelation 12:10), may have resisted the raising of Moses to eternal life on the grounds of Moses’ sin at Meribah (Deuteronomy 32:51) and his murder of the Egyptian (Exodus 2:12).
Some have supposed that the reference in Jude is the same as the passage in Zechariah 3:1-2, “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the LORD said to Satan, ‘The LORD rebuke you, O Satan!’” But the objections to this being the same incident are obvious: (1) The only similarity between the two passages is the expression, “the Lord rebuke you.” (2) The name “Michael” does not occur at all in the passage in Zechariah. (3) There is no mention made of the “body of Moses” in Zechariah, and no allusion to it whatever.
It has also been supposed that Jude is quoting an apocryphal book that contained this account, and that Jude means to confirm that the account is true. Origen (c. 185–254), an early Christian scholar and theologian, mentions the book “The Assumption of Moses” as extant in his time, containing this very account of the contest between Michael and the devil about the body of Moses. That book, now lost, was a Jewish Greek book, and Origen supposed that this was the source of the account in Jude.
The only material question, then, is whether the story is “true.” Whatever the origin of the account, Jude does in fact seem to refer to the contest between Michael and the devil as true. He speaks of it in the same way in which he would have done if he had spoken of the death of Moses or of his smiting the rock. And who can prove that it is not true? What evidence is there that it is not? There are many allusions in the Bible to angels. We know that the archangel Michael is real; there is frequent mention of the devil; and there are numerous affirmations that both bad and good angels are employed in important transactions on the earth. As the nature of this particular dispute over Moses’ body is wholly unknown, conjecture is useless. We do not know whether there was an argument over possession of the body, burial of the body, or anything else.
We are moved to read; IF God is to EVER be questioned (an impossibility) why was Moses one of the two that appeared with Jesus on the mount?
The transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36) describe it, and the Second Epistle of Peter also refers to it (2 Peter 1:16–18). It has also been hypothesized that the first chapter of the Gospel of John alludes to it (John 1:14).
In these accounts, Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, John, go to a mountain (the Mount of Transfiguration) to pray. On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called “Son” by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus.
Most significantly, Jesus asked the apostles to tell NO ONE until His death on the cross. This is saying so much!
First, when the devil and archangel Micheal exchanged discourse. It was about the ‘body of Moses.’ What was experienced is shown for many reasons.
A discourse took place in the spiritual realm. What occured toom place in the spiritual realm. We are told AFTER Jesus was as ended to Heaven what was experienced by those present.
These two things we do know, however: first, Scripture is inerrant. The inerrancy of Scripture is one of the pillars of the Christian faith. As Christians, our goal is to approach Scripture reverently and prayerfully, and when we find something we do not understand, we pray harder, study more, and—if the answer still eludes us—humbly acknowledge our own limitations in the face of the perfect Word of God.
Second, Jude 9 is the supreme illustration of how Christians are to deal with Satan and demons. The example of Michael refusing to pronounce a curse upon Satan should be a lesson to Christians in how to relate to demonic forces. Believers are not to address them, but rather to seek the Lord’s intervening power against them. If as powerful a being as Michael deferred to the Lord in dealing with Satan, who are we to attempt to reproach, cast out, or command demons?
We are all created with/for a reason. Satan was created for a reason. Even now, being cast from Heaven, he is allowed to test or truly with God’s permission.
We can now see this verse with ‘new eyes’.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
Dwell on this. Powerful sharing, Amen