Parallel Lines is the title of chapter 11 of Fine Line, the sequel to Woodcutter’s Revival. Both books, written by Jerry Slauter are historical fiction and set at the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution.
Stewart and Michael conclude their business in Discovery. As they travel back down the mountain by rail, they engage in a conversation about the end times. (Daniel 12:4) Daniel foretold of the technology and knowledge explosion of the end times. Michael relates two sets of parallel lines adding evidence to Daniel’s prophecy.
Some Bible scholars have offered evidence that builders of the tower of Babel were using the occult sciences to build a portal to channel fallen angels to and from heaven. It was also a memorial to the achievement of man, the beginning of sun worship and other pagan religions and open rebellion against the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God said, “With a common language, they will be able to achieve whatever they set their minds to” and He scattered them.
To continue the perpetuation of pagan religions, the goal of world conquest and suppression of true faith, the scattered nations resorted to esoteric language, occult science, astrology, mythology, witchcraft and sorcery, secret societies and shadow governments. By contrast, the Judeo Christian heritage has been handed down through the verbal Torah, and written scrolls, and later when the printing press was invented and printed the Bible. Jewish rabbis have been converting to Christianity and revitalizing the relevance between the Old and New Testaments.
Jacob was traveling from Beersheba to Bethel. He stopped for the night and laid his head on a stone. He had a dream in which he saw a ladder reaching to heaven and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. He heard the Lord say, ‘I am the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.
Jacob built a stone memorial to God, not to himself. Later Jesus told Nathanael He had seen him lying under a tree in a vision. Jesus said, ‘Because I said to you that I saw you under a tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these. Truly, I say unto you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’
The other set of parallel lines are evident between the building of the temple by Solomon and his dedication ceremony and the founding of the nation of America and that dedication ceremony. Solomon was the wisest man in the world. He told his people that if they followed the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they would be blessed. Washington also dedicated the nation through a prayer service and a dedication ceremony.
Solomon was warned not to marry women of multiple religions. He did not follow God’s directives and married hundreds of women. He was influenced by their religions. He built the temple, but within his lifetime enslaved some of his own people, imposed excessive usury and served other gods. His nation was torn by civil war. The temple was destroyed and his people were carried into captivity.
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When Washington dedicated the nation, he and Jefferson believed in the worship of any gods. Washington prayed to the Great Architect of the Universe. His nation was torn by slavery and a civil war. Michael added, “In America, the founding fathers were considered to be the wisest men in the world. Like Solomon and Daniel, they were educated in literature, history, mythology, and science. Jefferson even spoke several languages. With no formal education and his youth you would have to consider that Jefferson and the others had a special and anointed gift for wisdom and knowledge from God.
“By contrast, with all their learning and training, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego never turned from God, even when they were ordered to do so. That was why they were thrown into the fiery furnace or the lions’ den. It seems that Solomon confused the lines between myth and faith. Jefferson even wrote his own Bible. He adhered to strong moral values, but denied the miracles of Jesus. His was a type of moral and rational humanism, a type of pride where man thinks he can be good through learning and education. He denied the virgin birth, the resurrection and, therefore the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Stewart observed, “So Jefferson believed in morals to save the nation, without the personal relationship with the Savior. If he believed that for himself, he probably believed it for the nation. So don’t we face the same perils?”
Michael looked pensive and said, “Sure there are other perils. Although they may seem like separate issues, they are all related at the core. We learn from history so we don’t repeat it. Look at the all the great nations in the past. When they became obsessed with nationalism, moral decency without godly empowerment, sacrificing their children, obsession of the supernatural, entertainment and nostalgia, they began to crumble at the foundation.
Jerry Slauter is a retired school teacher who loves to spend time with his children, grandchildren, travel and work in his wood, metal and leather shops. Writing also aligns well with his hobby of reading and researching.