In the Beginning
((Genesis 1:1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The bible starts by telling us what was in the beginning. Being the inspired word of God there is indeed no other book in a better position to do so. Here, as this first verse of the bible reflects, three main characters are seen on display, God (the creator) heaven and earth.
Many of us will claim familiarity with heaven and earth. Man would conclude they can more readily identify with these characters than God himself! We will claim that we know them because we can physically see them but are we sure we understand heaven and earth as the bible narrates?
Let us look at another bible passage that throws more light on heaven and earth.
(Genesis 2:4) These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
What does the bible mean by the phrase “these are the generations of heaven and earth”. What does it mean by” these are the generations?” This is the first time the bible uses the word “generations,” or "generation", which is the key word in this phrase. Let us look at how the bible uses the phrase elsewhere.
(Genesis 5:1) This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
Here the bible refers to Adam, the first man. In subsequent verses - in fact the entire chapter five of Genesis – we read about the offspring of Adam, starting with Shem and ending with Noah and his sons.
Furthermore, on the same subject in chapter six, we read:
(Genesis 6:9) These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
(Genesis 6:10) And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
In verse nine we are told about the generations of Noah. The next verse talks about his offspring, Shem Ham and Japheth.
Also, in the tenth chapter of Genesis we read in verses one and two:
(Genesis 10:1) Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
(Genesis 10:2) The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
In this chapter commonly referred to as the “Table of nations” we see a similar usage of the word. The chapter is devoted to the discussion of the offspring of Noah’s children. It tells us how all the men of the earth spread forth from these three men after the flood. Verse 32 in the same chapter 10 reads in part: “
“These are the families of the sons of Noah, after there generations….”
From the examples stated one may deduce that the word “generations” or "generations of" is used with reference to offspring.
This brings up an interesting question, As seen in the second chapter of Genesis, why would the bible use a phrase or word that relates to offspring and children when referring to heaven and earth? If “generations of” connotes offspring does it not look strange that heaven and earth are described in the same manner the bible describes Adam and Eve or Noah and his children?
Why should a term, used every where else in the bible in relation to personalities be used in reference to non- living things in the very first instance of its usage?
Are heaven and Earth personalities?
In an attempt to answer the above question brings us to yet another one: are heaven and earth spiritual personalities? Do they also produce offspring?
Personalities in this sense does not just refer to human beings. God is a personality. Jesus, God the son is a personality. The Holy Spirit, the third person in the Godhead is a personality. Also, the Angels, though created by God, are personalities. The same goes for Satan and his angels. They are spiritual personalities with intellect and reasoning just like mortal men.
The heavens and earth however, are physical entities or ordinances that can be seen in the physical realm. These include the Sun, Moon and Stars. These are entities created by God, but could they also double as personalities as well? Could there actually be spiritual personalities behind these entities that God has created after the same fashion as man is a spiritual being with a soul that lives in a body?
Ordinances addressed as personalities
To further establish an argument along this line if we examine closer we will notice that the bible addresses these ordinances as personalities. Let us look at a few examples:
(Jeremiah 22:29-30) O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
30) Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.
If our theory is right there is spiritual aspect, a being, aside the physical to the heavens and earth.
Looking at the verses quoted in Jeremiah above the bible seems to confirm so. Jeremiah addresses the earth. He calls it three times and asks it listen to an instruction from the Lord. Likewise, in the next verse he gives the earth a strange instruction. He tells it to write. How does an inanimate object hear and write? The prophet addresses the earth as if he is actually referring to a personality.
In the book of Joshua we see another example of where an inanimate object is referred to as a living thing:
(Joshua 24:27) And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.
Here Joshua refers to a stone. Prior to this he spoke about the need for the children of Israel to forsake strange gods. He expressed doubt that they would do so even though they gave him their assurance. To put the conversation on record he calls a stone to serve as witness. Not only did he ask the stone to witness the conversation he also mentioned that the stone had heard all that was said by both parties. It is as if Joshua believed there was a personality behind the stone that was capable of listening, recording and speaking for or against one when called upon to do so.
This is the same Joshua that spoke to the Sun and employed it services in the war against the Amorites. He told the Sun not to set for the day and the Sun obeyed accordingly. He also told the moon to stand still:
(Joshua 10:12) Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
(Joshua 10:13) And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
Joshua did not pray that the Lord would stop the Sun and Moon. Rather.He simple issued an instruction. He addressed the Sun as if he was addressing one of his soldiers. He told both the Sun and Moon where to stand. Another issue is why does the bible use the words "stand" or "stood." Why doesn’t the bible simply use the words stopped or stayed instead? If these were just physical entities why does the bible use attributes meant for personalities?
The bible refers to the Sun and Moon as rulers:
(Psalms 136:7) To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
(Psalms 136:8) The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
(Psalms 136:9) The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
We are also told that they have harming powers:
(Psalms 121:6) The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
(If the smiting of the Sun above is just meant to refer the Sun's heat wave how do we describe that of the
Moon? The word "Lunatic" is a derivative from the word "Lunar" which is another word for Moon. It has been noted that phases of insanity correspond with the moon phases.)
Does this suggest that the Sun and Moon are ruling spiritual personalities that exercise authority at different times of the day?
Yet another example of inanimate things being addressed as a person can be seen in the case of our Lord Jesus while addressing the fig tree.
(Mark 11:13) And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
(Mark 11:14) And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
We are told here that Jesus answered the fig tree. Why does the bible say he "answered" instead of simply stating that he "spoke" to the tree. Does this suggest thst the fig tree first of all spoke to Jesus? If so, what did the fig tree say?
We are told in verse 13 that the time of the figs was not yet. It was not yet its season. Usually, a fig tree produces fruit before leaves. The leaves sprout out to protect the figs and are an indication that the figs are already developed. In this case it was the other way round. The tree was yet to produce figs but already had leaves. It made an announcement to Jesus, requesting that he should come and see. “Pay attention to me. I am matured, I am matured,” the tree seemed to say. Only for Jesus to get there and discover it that it was a fruitless fig tree. the leaves were just to grab attention. It was just a show off!
Many people are just show offs. They want to walk before they can crawl. They want to advertise a product before they have perfected it. (It is like a pastor who first seeks for a large congregation before he receives the anointing from God. Both he and the members of the church will remain fruitless!) Jesus had already warned that he would not tolerate a tree that bears no fruit so he ordered that the tree should be cursed forever.
Throughout the bible we see inanimate things being addressed as personalities. Jesus rebuked the wind and sea and they obeyed immediately. He spoke to the sea as if he was referring to little children that were misbehaving:
(Mark 4:39) And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
The only other time this same phrase was used in a similar manner, though to reflect the exact opposite, was when the psalmist asked God to not hold His peace and be not still!
Psalm 83:1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
Similar to the example given concerning Joshua, elsewhere in the bible we read of how God Himself addressed the earth and heaven, asking them to serve as witness to the treacherous nature of the dealings of the children of Israel with Him:
(Isaiah 1:2) Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
Here, God wants the heavens and the earth to serve as His witness. If these were just mere physical objects as most men presume shouldn’t God who created everything know better? Then why would He call mere physical objects to serve as his witness in such as serious matter?
If the entities were mere lifeless objects would God not have rather called one of his numerous angels or another member of the Godhead to serve as his witness ?
Also, while addressing Job the Lord was seen to call the stars by name:
(Job 38:31) Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
(Job 38:32) Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
The book of Psalms further states:
(Psalms 147:4) He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
While furthermore in Isaiah we read:
(Isaiah 40:26) Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Who gave the stars these names? If it was God why did he name mere similar objects?
Who communicated the name of these stars to man? Star gazers and children of the bondwoman are adept in matters of star worship. If God named the stars would he also have revealed their names to such people? Most likely not. Then who did? Probably the stars revealed their names to man themselves, which, of course, suggests that they are spiritual personalities.
In Job 32:38 quoted above we God informs that one of the stars, Arcturus by name, has sons (offspring.)Do the stars have children of what does the bible mean by this?
Still on the subject of stars being personalities in the book of Judges we are told that they participated in a battle involving human beings:
(Judges 5:20) They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
This is a feature that is common of Angels:
(Joshua 5:13) And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
(Joshua 5:14) And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
Even on occasions the Lord Himself has joined in battle to fight on behalf of his children:
(1 Chronicles 14:14) Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.
(1 Chronicles 14:15) And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.
(2 Samuel 5:24 repeating the same events states:”… for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.”
And, as we read in Exodus:
(Exodus 14:24) And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
(Exodus 14:25) And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
But how do the stars fight alongside human beings if they are just a lump of physical mass in the universe? Or are they also beings with similar characteristics of men and angels?
Talking about stars having the attributes of men and angels another verse in Job further accentuates this fact by telling us the stars can sing and shout:
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.
If there was not a personality aspect to the Sun, Moon and Stars then how would they possess such attributes as the bible describes?
This brings us to another issue prevalent in the bible that seems to prove that the ordinances (and even the seas) are not limited to the physical realm. Throughout the bible we read of how mankind has worshiped the Sun, Moon and Stars. This act is even still in existence today. In Deuteronomy we read:
(Deuteronomy 17:3) And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
Note here God refers to the Sun and Moon as other gods. like the host of heaven which includes the stars etc.
In fact, it has also been established that the main objective around the building of the Tower of Babel was that it should serve as a temple of worship for the ordinances and host of heaven such as the Sun, Moon and Stars. Zodiac signs were said to have been inscribed on buildings uncovered by archaeologists called Ziggurats. They were reportedly built in the same spiral format to that of the tower of Babel.
(A modern Tower of Babel has been built by the European Union in Brussels. More on this will be treated later.)
Witchcraft is based upon the worship of the earth. Witches refer to earth as mother earth. There are many who worship the rivers and the seas while others look to stars to tell their future. If this were mere fantasy by now men should have found out.
Mermaids or sirens are believed to be, half human , half fish. Although such creatures cannot be seen in the physical realm hardly is there a culture where they do not believe in their existence. The description of these creatures, whether in Africa or Brazil is similar, even though members of such cultures may not have interacted. Are there spiritual that control the sea? When Jesus spoke was he talking to a mere mass of lifeless water or was he actually commanding invisible spiritual beings to do his bidding?
The same question is applicable to the wind. When Jesus addressed the wind who exactly was he talking to? Just thin air or a controlling force - a personality that can obey and execute an order? We are told in psalm 104:3 that God walks on the wings of the wind. When God appeared to Job he rode in a Whirlwind: (Job 38:1.) Why did a Boisterous wind blow shortly after Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on the sea. Are there personalities within the wind and sea, loyal to Satan, that tried to make him afraid?
(Matthew 14:29) And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
(Matthew 14:30) But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
If the wind was blowing before Peter got out of the boat he either would not have been later on afraid or he would not have attempted to walk on the water. More surprising however is what happened when Jesus and Peter got back into the boat.
(Matthew 14:32) And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
The wind was reacting to the fact that Jesus and Peter walked on the water. It stopped reacting in this manner however when they got into the boat. Something or rather someone who had control of the wind was angry that history had been made and a miracle occurred. Who controlled the wind? Should we just conclude that it was Satan (take note Jesus did not even mention or address Satan here) or does the wind also have its own personality? Let us examine this phenomenon closer as we move to the next chapter titled: the Bible and Greek Mythology.
Postscript: Repent and believe, Remember Hell is real Heaven is real.(Matthew 11:23) No matter how long we spend here on earth it cannot be compared to the time we shall spend in eternity. Hebrews 12:14 states: Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.Jesus is the way, truth and life. No man cometh to God except through Him. (John 14:6)
Pastor, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Angel Branch (MFM Angel) U.K London. Website:www.mfmangel.com
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