Ararat: plucked from the swirling flow

Recently I sought to pick the brains of ‘somebody in the know’ concerning the Flood, but I won’t say ‘who’. The person gave a really good response to my question but then added something else that I had to seriously consider. [I love picking brains because ideas are tossed around that would normally not be given a second thought!] The on-going debate is ‘Did the Ark have a skeg on one end, and a large sail-like projection on the opposite end?’ Continue reading

God’s Water-Marks (Luke & Genesis)

For several months, I have been listening to the ‘Jewish New Testament’ narrated by Jonathan Settel. It was translated by David Stern for the purpose of restoring the Jewishness of the New Testament. For example, instead of saying ‘Jacob’ he says ‘Yă’ăkōv’, and his sons are Re’uven, Shim‘on, Levi, Y’hudah and so on… There are some wonderful insights to be gained from studying the scriptures from that perspective. A couple weeks ago (12/21/2013), just before Christmas, Jewish communities across the globe began the annual reading through the book of Exodus. In our Messianic Jewish Congregation women are also allowed to read from the Torah Scroll, so when Louis asked for volunteers, I got brave and went up to read because I had now become familiar with the Hebrew version of the names, through listening to the cd’s. When I held the Torah Scroll up in the air for the whole congregation to see the writing, my eyes looked down at the patched cinder burn at the bottom of the scroll and to my surprise there was the scribe’s stamped impression embossed into the hide, next to it, signifying that it is a Kosher Torah Scroll (which means that every letter can be clearly read correctly). The only way that the impression can be seen is when the scroll is held up vertical to the light with the shadows outlining the embossment. None of us had ever seen it before, and it was amazing to see! Continue reading

Genesis 2 in Hebrew Text (part 3)

Genesis 2 is not an old b?bb?-m?ze! (Genesis 2: 21-25)

Bubbe-meises (pronounced ‘b?bb?-m?zes’) are ‘old wives tales’. I came to know the LORD when I was 12. We had just moved up to Papua New Guinea from Australia because my Dad was hired by the Australian Government to be a high school agriculture science teacher in a place called Goroka, search in the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea. A fellow class mate at the elementary school invited me to Sunday School and there I became a Believer. Later, when I was in the 8th grade, I was sent back down to Australia to boarding school, where I spent the next 4 years. The boarding school was run by a certain Christian denomination which had bought into the theory of evolution and subsequently thrown out the first eleven chapters of Genesis. Then in turn, because they had thrown out Genesis, Christ in their minds became a humanitarian with a social gospel. We would hear sermons about UNICEF and recycling, and various social issues, but very little about the Bible and Jesus dying on the cross for man’s sin. During my last year there I asked my Ancient History teacher (who was also a deacon in that church & the school Chaplin) “What about Adam and Eve?” His response was that the story of Adam & Eve was basically just ‘an old wives tale’ that was used to explain how things began, that we didn’t need anymore. I was cut to the heart! I didn’t want to believe what he said, and at that time I didn’t have anybody else I could turn to, so I stuff it away for a time. (My parents are evolutionists.) Continue reading

Genesis 2 in Hebrew text (part 2)

About mist and cultivating fields (Genesis 2:4-6ff)

Genesis 2:4 “turns up the focus in the microscope” to a higher intensity and zooms in on a specific portion of the “previous paragraph” (Genesis 1:1 -2:3). Genesis 2:4 is “the statement” and the verses that follow are “hooked on” to that statement with the Hebrew letter “vav” (“and”). Keep in mind that in Hebrew the noun comes first, then the adjectives that describe the noun. So as you read each sentence think “subject first” and then “description of subject.” Continue reading

Genesis 2 in Hebrew text (Part 1)

About those rivers (Genesis 2:10-14)

I originally wrote this article for the Northwest Science Museum, and I’m updating it here for the CSHOF because we are all in this battle together. And you may be wondering what sort of museum is that & what do you mean by “The Northwest”? because if you live in New Jersey, or Indiana, or even California, or New Mexico, or Australia… you may have no idea as to what I am talking about, so let me explain: The Northwest is a group of 4 states, 3 of which are also on the Canadian border. They are the State of Washington (where Mt Saint Helens blew up) and Oregon, both also border the Western Pacific Ocean, and then inland from them is Idaho, and on the other side of Idaho is Montana, where I live. We have some great geological places in Montana! Both Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks are here, and…. the ancient lake bed, which are the remains of “Lake Missoula” that formed the Columbia Gorge, which is the “Northwest Grand Canyon.” The Columbia Gorge goes all the way to the Pacific Ocean and is the border between Oregon and Washington. The Northwest has many other interesting geological features besides these. So what is the Northwest Science Museum? Well… right now we have the contents for the Museum but no building and we are trying to find a spot near Boise, Idaho to set up a permanent location. If the LORD allows us to “set up shop” we will then expound on the marvelous geological features all around us, and how they relate to Creation Science and our amazing Creator. (You can look up the Northwest Science Museum at www.northwestsciencemuseum.com but the original article for this is on my own website under ‘Brain Pickers’ at www.w-rocs.org)

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Genesis 1 in Hebrew Text (Part 4)

In the following pictures, when the electricity is flowing through the welding rod, as it touches metal, sparks fly! If you turn the electricity off, nothing happens. When God stretched out the Raqia, did the intense heat roll up into stars? Lets us continue our study of Genesis, and find out. Continue reading

Genesis 1 in Hebrew Text (Part 3)

Let’s review our study of Genesis: On Day 1 God starts out with a mass of water of unknown size, encases it with His Spirit, & then ‘vibrates’ completely around it, which in turn causes the water to heat up. So what would you expect to happen next? Then He says, “Let there be light” and there is light. He then spins it in a complete circle in the same amount of time as a 24 hour Shabbat (starts Friday at sunset & is completed Saturday at sunset, Exodus 20:11). Continue reading

Genesis 1 in Hebrew text (Part 2)

A Torah scroll containing Genesis and four other booksA Torah Scroll contains the first 5 books of the Bible written in Hebrew. The above is a picture of our Torah Scroll. It’s approximately 155 years old and it somehow survived the Holocaust in Poland, but we have no information on its previous owners, as the elderly scribe from whom we obtained it, could no longer remember. Continue reading