1 INTRODUCTION TO THIS SYMPOSIUM -- "NO GOD?" IS THERE REALLY NO GOD AS EVOLUTIONIST SAY? Devon Grey "Good evening friends, family, associates, and visitors. For those who do not know me, my name is Devon Grey. I teach religion classes at both of the schools. I will be your host each week for the next several weeks as we begin the last part of this symposium. For those of you here for the first time, on the last six Saturday nights, Dr. Buchwald, one of my colleagues, and a personal friend who teaches Evolution and Anthropology, hosted the first half of this symposium, presenting what he believes to be evidence which supports evolution. The lecture and discussions were stimulating and well attended. The time has now come for me to bring to your attention information which I believe supports a literal six day creation by a fiat God who is not dead, but who is, and was, and ever will be. I hope by the time this series is over, to prove to you that Evolution is nothing more than a fanciful false theory, and that God is not dead but is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, and yet still a God who cares and who has an incomprehensible and universal love for all of His creation. We are going to present what we believe is a considerable amount of evidence to support the idea that there is a God, and that He is who He says He is—the Creator of this world, and that He created it in seven literal days. Having heard and seen from the one side, it is now time to hear what we the Creationists have to say, and look at the evidence. By the time we finish presenting our case, you will have all the necessary information to draw from to make an intelligent choice, whatever that choice is. Of course we hope you will see that our side has presented the strongest argument and produced the best proof. But finally, the choice will be yours. What we have heard from the Evolutionists was thought provoking and has raised questions in the mind of many. We feel that what we will present will be equally stimulating, in fact we will present some new and amazing things that have heretofore never been known outside the specialists circle. Some of these things will seem almost impossible, but the ancient records are there for all to see. There is one basic problem we all have to contend with. Years of mind conditioning by the opposition, and I do mean opposition, makes it hard to shift mental gears and see things in a new and different light. Deliberate and concerted efforts have been made for many years to cover up massive amounts of evidence that has been discovered that supports the Creationists views and shoots holes in the evolutionary theory. The reason for this state of affairs is that to let this data and information and artifacts be made public would be to totally dismantle the evolutionists carefully crafted theories. And at this point in time, even though the best recognized authorities in Evolution know the truth, it is too late to admit the truth, for they long since have reached a critical mass where they can no longer reverse their stance. Although a few honest individuals surface from time to time who are willing and brave enough to stand for the truth, there will be mass exodus. 2 To bolster our cause, we are going to call on recognized authorities from their respective disciplines who will bear witness and show the mass of evidence that has accumulated so far which supports a divine creation. We will also use as witnesses the Bible itself (which contains its own secret numerical coding), divine prophetic revelations, nature, science, mathematics, and incredible answers to prayer. Next week on June 7, our first speaker will be a man who came directly out of the church of Satan. What he learned as a member is the strongest, most damming evidence possible against evolution, evidence which exposes the very bedrock foundation stones of this theory. This testimony will reveal to you the real author of Evolution (not Darwin). It will take you back almost 200 years, long before Darwin was even born, and show you why and how it was conceived. Evolution was literally conceived in the pit of hell, years before it ever surfaced. The next week, June 14, you will hear from Jonathan Gray about the strong witness of archaeology and anthropology which shows that man is not evolving to higher levels of existence, but rather has been degenerating generation by generation from the time when Adam and Eve fell to the wiles of Satan. We will compare the evidence with Evolution’s theory and see which is the stronger argument. I will support this evidence by reading to you a divine revelation (vision), thus laying the foundation stones for each succeeding week. Each weeks presentation will build on a solid foundation of truth, laying on block after block. When finished the building will vindicate God and His creation, and we hope to convince you of the fact that there is only one true beginning of earth and mankind created by a fiat God. In subsequent seminars we will hear from fields of Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, the Cosmos or Universe without and within, Nature, Mathematics, the Word of God itself, Israel’s historic past, and the witness of answered prayer, each in turn a witness to the truth and authenticity of God’s Word. With this introduction, I would like to share with you some of my thoughts and ideas. Maybe they will reflect the way you think, maybe not. Following my perspective on the issues, I will share what I believe to be a heavenly vision of the creation of the world and of Adam and Eve that agrees with the Bible account. To see the truth in this revelation will ensure against being deceived by the enemy’s sophistries about how the world and man came into existence. (1) THERE IS NO GOD, GOD IS DEAD! "It is proclaimed by millions that THERE IS NO GOD, or if He ever was, GOD IS DEAD. There are two lines of thought about God. One line specifically denies the existence of the Holy Trinity (God the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit). The other says that if they exist at all, these are some unidentified benign force, disinterested influence, ethereal essence, impersonal power, or unexplainable presence operating somewhere in space. 3 "As you will see, these are hand-crafted delusions of Satan, the enemy of all mankind, to entrap and ensnare the world, in opposition to the plan of redemption. These fit in perfectly with non-Christian lifestyles, goals, and aspirations. And this denial of a supreme being allows a lifestyle that is guilt- free. Without God, or Satan, there is no good or evil. Thus there is no moral law, which is a reflection of God’s character, and without law there can be no sin, no guilt, no judgment to face. If there is no sin, there is no need for a plan of salvation to save us from the penalty of sin, which is death. Law is the standard whereby people are judged, but if there is no law, then there is no judge (God), no judgment, no intercessor (Christ), no punishment, no end of the world, no Heaven to gain, no hell to shun. "This describes perfectly the existential experience - "people unique and isolated in a hostile or indifferent universe. It regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one’s acts." (Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary). This teaches that human existence is one of just "being". Its adherents believe that they are subject only to the laws of nature and its whims. There is only this life to live, with no hope beyond the grave. Life centers around the present, and encourages men to "eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die." (1 Cor. 15:32) This is a "survival-of-the-fittest" mentality - do what you have to do to survive, for you alone are responsible for controlling your environment and your own destiny. There is no place in this person’s thinking for a titanic struggle between supernatural forces of good and evil over the souls of men. "To believe in the Bible is to believe that there is a God, and that this being of infinite power also spoke into existence the unnumbered galaxies, inhabited planets, quasars, stars, star clusters, and countless island universes, stretching out endlessly into infinite space. All created from infinity - past, present and future. "To believe the Bible is to believe that there are supernatural forces, both good and evil at work in the world, and that supernatural beings are in control of these forces. The Bible teaches that God is behind all the good, and Satan is behind all the evil. This has been described as the Great Controversy between Christ (who is the Creator God incarnate), and Satan, the usurper who would be like God. "The Bible describes how Satan, who was once Lucifer, the mightiest of the heavenly angels, fell from his high and holy state through pride and jealousy, wanting to be like God. He was able to convince one third of the angels to side with him. There was a rebellion in heaven, and a war ensued in which Satan and his angels were cast out, down to this earth which had been newly created by Jesus the Creator. With this turn of events, it was necessary for God to institute the plan of salvation, which before this time was only in the mind of God, to bring the conflict before the universe. "Thus it is that from the time of his fall, Satan, because of jealousy, has attempted to denigrate God, to put down His infinite powers and to cast dispersion upon His power, character and His work. Using craftiness and his superior wiles, this usurper has from the beginning been able to get man to rebel against God, to disbelieve in divine fiat, to compartmentalize the 4 incomprehensible power of an infinite Creator! This Creator not only had the power to instantly speak into existence all things but also created Lucifer, all the angels, and man, whom the Bible says was created in His own image. "Satan’s plan from the beginning has been to focus attention upon himself, to get others to look to him as the god to be worshipped, to make the God of heaven and the universe a non-entity. He desired to be like the most high God, to usurp His authority, to elevate himself to God’s level, even annihilate Him. Thus it was that Satan devised this delusion that there is no God, to dethrone God in the eyes of mankind. Associated with this belief are three others that are closely related . (2) GOD, ALTHOUGH NOT A PERSON, IS SOME ENTITY, COSMIC FORCE, OR POWER in the universe that is in control. This entity, or force, if it thinks at all, is not interested in the affairs of men and in fact seems to often work against us. This force is perceived to govern and control the forces of nature, acting impulsively upon whim, and is unpredictable, non-thinking, and unsympathetic to the problems of human beings. This concept also embraces the existential philosophy of eat, drink, and be merry. There is no room in this belief for a loving Heavenly Father who lovingly cares and watches over all His creation, one who knows every sparrow that falls, and even the number of hairs on our head, as Scripture tells us. Thus in this belief there is no room for a "personal Savior" in whom "we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28) This God if He exists has been portrayed by Satan as a vindictive, vengeful being, waiting to pounce upon His subjects, imbued with the very attributes and character of Satan himself. (3) GOD IS NATURE ITSELF: This ancient belief, called Pantheism, asserts that the CREATED IS THE CREATOR. This belief which is held by those in the New Age Movement and the Far Eastern religions, states, "We are gods; we are the creator. We have the power within our minds to create and control the world we live in." They call it the "Christ Consciousness." To them this means that we have the power within ourselves to save ourselves and evolve from one state of consciousness to another. By calling the created the creator, they deny the person and being of a supreme God. We will delay responding to this delusion until later in this book, for a thread of New Age thinking permeates, and is closely connected to several of the other delusions which attack other spiritual truths -- denial of God, of sin, of judgment, etc. "Each delusion shares a common thread - a mixing of truth and error. Each builds on the error of the other, and supports and authenticates the other. Their author is the father of lies. Because of this common thread, overlapping subject matter is inevitable, but this works to our advantage, for Biblical certainties against one delusion also stands as proof against the others. (4) THE UNIVERSE EVOLVED WITHOUT DIVINE FIAT (DECREE): "Evolution versus a universe spoken into existence by divine fiat is a denial of the existence or need of a heavenly Creator (Jesus), or a Heavenly Father. Evolution has entrapped not only those who have no spiritual or Christian roots, but also many who claim to be Christian or followers of the way. It is 5 surprising how many sincere Christians believe this unbiblical inspired falsehood. "Both concepts number 3 and 4 are subtle entrapments that have lured many Christian’s into believing a perversion of the nature of God and His role in the cosmos. Through these delusions God is boxed in by unholy perceptions of who He is, and how He works. In so doing, God is denied His rightful place in the creative process, His role as Creator of the universe is challenged, limiting Him to a lesser part. Even His very Word which created the universe is brought into question. "Theistic Evolution" is the term used to describe one of those unholy perceptions accepted as a plausible answer by some mainline conservative and "avant-guarde" individuals, to explain evolution in the context of the Bible account of creation. Theistic evolution allows for a creation of the world by God, which took eons of time instead of six literal 24 hour days. But it is impossible for a Christian to make this kind of compromise without attacking the authenticity and validity of God’s Word. To do this casts doubt and dispersion upon God and His Word, saying in effect God did not mean what He said, or said what He meant, that He cannot be trusted to have told the truth, that the Genesis account is flawed. If "theistic evolution" is true, then God is not who He says He is, and His very existence is brought into question and faith in God’s Word (the Holy Scripture) is destroyed. BATTLE LINES DRAWN: "No matter how Genesis, the first chapter in the Bible, is explained to fit an evolutionary theory about how this planet evolved or came into existence, Scripture is clear about what happened. But the enemy is out to destroy God's reputation and denigrate Him in the eyes of mankind. He has clouded man's mind, filling it with lies designed to deceive and destroy the soul. (5) GOD COUNTERMOVES EVOLUTION: "About the same time the theory of evolution arrived upon the scene in the mid 1800s, God made a countermove. Inspired scientists have, over the years, been led to the kind of indisputable hard physical evidence needed to discredit evolution. Not a few of these men have, as a result of their findings, been converted from atheism and agnosticism to Christianity, and some have even established an intimate, personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. This evidence has been accumulating for many years. Each bit of evidence has chipped away at the theory of evolution. It is certain that God is not dead, and has made provision for truth to be found by all who are willing to search for it. Truth can be found in many places: The universe or cosmos, the atom, archaeology, geological records, nature, mathematics, and last but of equal importance, the Bible. From week to week we will explore each of these areas and more. "As you will hear and see, there is considerable evidence to support the Christian’s view of the creation of life on planet earth, spoken into being, solely by the Word of God in only six literal 24-hour days. For anyone who wants to believe, there is more than ample evidence. We recognize that for those who want to believe, no explanation is necessary, but for those who do not want to believe, no explanation is possible. 6 "In the year 1870 the visions and dreams of Ellen White were published in a four volume set called "The Spirit of Prophecy." In the first book, chapter 2, entitled "The Creation," she describes her vision about the creation of the world and Adam and Eve. This vision which agrees with Scripture will provide you with a solid base of understanding as each participant presents his evidence in the coming weeks. (6) A VISION OF CREATION: "The Father and the Son engaged in the mighty wondrous work they had contemplated, of creating the world. The earth came forth from the hand of the Creator exceedingly beautiful. There were mountains, and hills, and plains; and interspersed among them were rivers and bodies of water. The earth was not one extensive plain, but the monotony of the scenery was broken by hills and mountains, not high and ragged as they now are, but regular and beautiful in shape. The bare, high rocks were never seen upon them, but lay beneath the surface, answering as bones to the earth. The waters were regularly dispersed. The hills, mountains, and very beautiful plains, were adorned with plants and flowers, and tall, majestic trees of every description, which were many times larger, and much more beautiful, than trees now are. The air was pure and healthful, and the earth seemed like a noble palace. Angels beheld and rejoiced at the wonderful and beautiful works of God. "After the earth was created, and the beasts upon it, the Father and Son, carried out their purpose which was designed before the fall of Satan to make man in their own image. They had wrought together in the creation of the earth and every living thing upon it. And now God says to his Son, "Let us make man in our image." As Adam came forth from the hand of the Creator, he was of noble height, and of beautiful symmetry. He was more than twice as tall as men now living upon the earth, and was well proportioned. His features were perfect and beautiful. His complexion was neither white, nor sallow, but ruddy, glowing with the rich tint of health. Eve was not quite as tall as Adam. Her head reached a little above his shoulders. She, too, was noble, perfect in symmetry, and very beautiful. "This sinless pair wore no artificial garments. They were clothed with a covering of light and glory, such as the angels wear. While they lived in obedience to God, this circle of light enshrouded them. Although everything God had made was in the perfection of beauty, and there seemed nothing wanting upon the earth which God had created to make Adam and Eve happy, yet he manifested his great love to them by planting a garden especially for them. A portion of their time was to be occupied in the happy employment of dressing the garden, and a portion in receiving the visits of angels, listening to their instruction, and in happy meditation. Their labor was not wearisome, but pleasant and invigorating. This beautiful garden was to be their home, their special residence. "In this garden the Lord placed trees of every variety for usefulness and beauty. There were trees laden with luxuriant fruit, of rich fragrance, beautiful to the eye, and pleasant to the taste, designed of God to be food for the holy pair. There were the lovely vines which grew upright, laden with their burden of fruit, unlike anything man has seen since the fall. The fruit 7 was very large, and of different colors; some nearly black, some purple, red, pink, and light green. This beautiful and luxuriant growth of fruit upon the branches of the vine was called grapes. They did not trail upon the ground, although not supported by trellises, but the weight of the fruit bowed them down. It was the happy labor of Adam and Eve to form beautiful bowers from the branches of the vine, and train them, forming dwellings of nature’s beautiful, living trees and foliage, laden with fragrant fruit. "The earth was clothed with beautiful verdure, while myriad’s of fragrant flowers of every variety and hue sprang up in rich profusion around them. Everything was tastefully and gloriously arranged. In the midst of the garden stood the tree of life, the glory of which surpassed all other trees. Its fruit looked like apples of gold and silver, and was to perpetuate immortality. The leaves contained healing properties. Very happy were the holy pair in Eden. Unlimited control was given them over every living thing. The lion and the lamb sported together peacefully and harmlessly around them, or slumbered at their feet. Birds of every variety of color and plumage flitted among the trees and flowers, and about Adam and Eve, while their mellow-toned music echoed among the trees in sweet accord to the praises of their Creator. Adam and Eve were charmed with the beauties of their Eden home. They were delighted with the little songsters around them, wearing their bright yet graceful plumage, and warbling forth their happy, cheerful music. The holy pair united with them and raised their voices in harmonious songs of love, praise and adoration, to the Father and his dear Son, for the tokens of love which surrounded them. They recognized the order and harmony of creation, which spoke of wisdom and knowledge that were infinite. Some new beauty and additional glory of their Eden home they were continually discovering, which filled their hearts with deeper love, and brought from their lips expressions of gratitude and reverence to their Creator. Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.1,pp. 24-27 A FEW CLOSING REMARKS: "This my friends is what I believe was a God given eye witness account of creation week and shortly thereafter, which took place some 6,000 years ago. The comparison between this account and the evolutionists view bears no resemblance to each other. In the coming weeks we will build upon this God given model shown in vision, and show how perfectly every detail fits with every other. "However, the audience should beware of the curse of sin, and the downward spiral of all of God’s creation from the time Adam and Eve sinned. By the time of the flood 2,000 years later, degeneration of all living things including man , had accelerated to the point that God saw that man was evil continually and He had to destroy mankind and start over. Even at that, man’s mental ability was so far superior to ours that it bears no comparison to us today. As this series continues, you will get a fleeting glimpse of the scope of man’s knowledge and mental abilities. You will see that there were no evolving ape men as evolution teaches. 8 "Next week our first guest speaker will be Roger Morneau. He will share with you his personal experience as an initiate being trained for a high office in the Church of Satan. What he has to say is most important and has a direct bearing upon this Seminar. With this, we thank you all for coming and bid you a good night. We hope your interest has been peeked, and that you will tell, and bring a friend with you next week. We wish you God’s speed. GOODNIGHT! ************ Lecture One June 7, 1997 ROGER MORNEAU AND SATAN’S COUNCIL OF THE 1700’S "I am very happy to see so many of you have returned and brought guests with you. Those of you who are my students, be sure to take careful notes, as you will be quizzed next Tuesday in class. By now it is no secret to those in the audience on which side of this controversy I personally stand. As we continue, you will see why I believe the way I do. Tonight, I want to introduce to you a man I became acquainted with through a book he wrote, "Incredible Answers to Prayer." Roger Morneau had a unique experience when he was a young man in that at that time he was chosen to be trained for a high position in the church of Satan. During this training session he was told many things about the enemy’s mode of operation and future plans, some of which bear heavily on this symposium. This is why I have arranged for Roger to speak first. He was taught about the origin of the theory of evolution, and the reasons for its existence. This knowledge is crucial in considering the controversy between evolution and creation, and shows what has been going on behind the scenes. This is the rest of the story which has, up to now, been deliberately hidden by the enemy of all mankind. Roger, we are very pleased to have you come and share with us some of your experiences. Thank you for consenting to come, the time is yours. People! It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you Roger Morneau." "Thank you Devon for inviting me to come and share my experience with you. It is indeed a pleasure to be here. It was 47 years ago, in 1945 as a youth of 20, that I found myself in a very strange situation. I am French Canadian by birth and came from a large family. I was raised as a Christian and believed in God, but as 9 happens to many youths, I drifted away from these beliefs and even wondered about their being a God. After serving time in the service, I was trying to figure out what to do with my life and what sort of work I would do. One day while in the city, I met a friend from the service, and we struck up a conversation. He told me about some meetings he was going to and invited me to come along. He asked me if I would like to see and talk to my dead mother. He told me that the priest of these meetings could conjure her spirit so I could talk to her. I did not think too much of that idea, but decided to go along with him just to see what was going on. I continued to attend and became more involved with the group, intrigued by what I saw and heard. After a time I was told that the master (Lucifer) wanted to groom me for a high office in his organization, to be a priest in the Satanic church. I was told that if I accepted, I would become wealthy and successful and want for nothing this world had to offer. I was not sure about doing this, for as a youth my father told me that in situations like this there would be a price to pay, and to make sure I was willing to pay the price before I entered an agreement. I didn’t answer in the affirmative but continued to go to the meetings. It was not until a series of providential circumstances took place that I cut my ties with the group. I know the Lord Jesus Christ rescued me from the very pit of hell itself. As I was being instructed and trained by the high priest, I was told many things about Satan’s organization and his plans for the future of the world. I was sworn to secrecy on threat of instant death if I ever revealed what was told to me. This was privy information meant only for the ears of those being trained to work in his satanic majesty’s service. What I am going to share with you now has been heard by almost no one. It is only by the providence of God in protecting me, and not letting the enemy do away with me that I am able to share this information with you. The Lord wants people to be aware of Satan’s operation to destroy mankind so they will not be deceived by him. When I first heard what I am going to share with you I was astounded. Mind you, it was 47 years ago that I was told this information. I am still astounded as I see it being fulfilled before my very eyes today. The Lord has protected me from the wrath of the enemy and by God’s grace I stand before you tonight to share this vital information about the enemy’s plans formulated way back in the 1700’s. His plan, as you will see, is right on schedule, and sadly, has so far been most successful. This is what I was told: The Great General Council 10 In the 1700’s, Satan called a great world council for all his angels and demons to lay out a master plan for the conversion of the world to his side. The purpose was to ready his forces just before the last great controversy between himself and Christ. He told them that his special target was to be America. (The only nation that professes to trust in God). This council was to prepare and train his angels and demons on how they were to work. How they were to prepare the world’s people for the great industrial age and a greater age to follow. An Age of great scientific discoveries that would change the way everybody would live, and which would usher in the last final great controversy between good and evil. Satan said he would devise ways whereby people will disqualify themselves from being members of Christ’s kingdom. This was to be accomplished by: a. Bringing about a great industrial age. b. Introduce Christian idolatry, and c. Deceive people into believing about a coming Glorious New Age. The plan would involve the following: 1. To deceive people about the existence of Satan and his angels, so they would not believe that they exist. 2. To have total control over the minds of people through hypnotism. 3. To destroy the Bible without burning it, through the theory of evolution. 4. Christian Idolatry Hypnotism: To set his plan in motion, Satan started by taking over control of people’s mind through hypnosis. At the time of the council in the 1700’s hypnosis was only used in occult services. Satan said he was going to bring it out into the open and make it a science, make it appear to be a benefit to mankind, scientifically acceptable. He explained how he would gain people’s trust by healing diseases, introducing it into medical practice for healing diseases, alleviating mental problems, using it for anesthetizing patients for surgery and solving crime problems. As his plans developed he introduced psychological principles such hypnotic regression to supposedly take a person back to a former life as some other person, or to past experiences in this life. This of course supported the notions of life after death and reincarnation, both of which are unscriptural beliefs. He told the council that through this avenue of mysticism, he would de-christianize the western world. This bears heavily, as you will soon see, on the beginnings of the theory of evolution. 11 In order to begin this movement, Satan chose a Physician named Franz Mesmer to bring hypnosis to the forefront and to be accepted as legitimate by using it in his medical practice. It was at first called, ‘Animal Magnetism,’ then known as ‘Mesmerism.’ By the time Mesmer died in 1815 many European doctors were using it to anesthetize their patients for surgery. Charles Darwin — Satan’s Emissary? One of those patients was Charles Darwin through whom Satan chose to introduce the theory of evolution. Through hypnosis the enemy gained control of Darwin’s mind. He well knew Darwin had a fertile mind and that he would probably take his mental suggestions and develop them into an effective weapon against God’s word. This is what Satan meant when he told the council he would destroy the Bible without burning it. He outlined to them just how he would use evolution and would destroy man’s belief in 1) the creation week, 2) the fall of man, and 3) the plan of redemption. He said anyone teaching this theory was to be blessed by him before the whole galaxy and greatly esteemed. They would be given 5 angels to be assigned to them throughout their life. They would be considered ministers of this great religious system, and would be given great power to a) induce spiritual blindness, b) to convince, and c) to convert. As can be seen, the enemy has been most successful. Since the inception of the evolutionary model by Charles Darwin in the mid- 1800’s, the unholy mind of the evolutionist has continually been turned toward discrediting the Biblical account of a literal creation week of seven days duration. Now we know what went on behind the scene, and why the Genesis account of creation has been under constant attack by the enemy to undermine man’s belief and his worship of an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Creator. Behind the scene, pulling intellectual strings has been Satan and his cohorts, leading his faithful followers to delude and deceive the whole world. Darwin’s theory, when first proposed, was eagerly grasped by agnostics and infidels alike, as a way to explain the origin of the cosmos and the earth, eliminating the need for the Creator. The only thing that has evolved is their theory, which pits a fiat creation by an almighty God against a slowly evolving cosmos taking millions and billions of years. Life is described as beginning from some primordial soup which somehow began with the formation of a single cell, evolving through a process of natural selection to its present state of development. Thus the universe and man is ever evolving toward some higher state of existence. However, believers in this theory of an evolving world have never been able to produce any ‘links’ between the various identities, since all still produce ‘after their kind’ (Gen. 1:21), except in cases of artificial intervention by man or Satan. 12 This is a very convenient way to deny what 6,000 years of sin has done to planet earth and its inhabitants. The Bible says that such a time of trouble such as this world has never seen is approaching. Soon God will come, in fact He is ready even now to pour out His wrath upon this wicked world. This planet is not evolving toward some better utopian society, but rather toward SELF-DESTRUCTION—the exact opposite of what Satan would have men believe. He has very successfully used this delusion to turn man’s attention away from the tragic consequences of 6,000 years of sin, and what it has wrought upon planet earth. Now that you are, by the providence of God, informed about the enemy’s secret plans, you need not be deceived by these devices. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. May God bless you all as you seek for truth and light in this darkest hour of earth’s history. I look forward to my next visit with you. Thank you for your time. Thank you Roger Morneau for your testimony. Next week we will have as our guest, speaker Jonathan Gray (no relation as our names are spelled different). He is a well known and thought of Archaeologist and Christian believer who comes to us from his homeland in Australia. I know you will be just as fascinated by his story as I have been. I read his book "Dead Men’s Tales," and tell you it is one of the most interesting and informative books I have ever read. This was the impetus for asking him to come and share some highlights of his discoveries. Jonathan has written several other books and many articles. He has been featured on television and has traveled the world over, searching and digging ruins, lecturing and displaying what he has found. "You will not want to miss this most interesting man and his message. We hope to see you all next week. Thank you for coming tonight and God’s speed to you all and GOODNIGHT!" ************ Roger has 4 books available. "Incredible Answers to Prayer," "More Incredible Answers to Prayer," "When You Need Incredible Answers to Prayer," and a new book called "Fallen Angels." There is also a video interview with Roger conducted by Dan and Karen Houghton. It is entitled "A Trip Into the Supernatural," This tape and the books can be purchased from Hart Research Center, Fallbrook, CA 92088, Phone 1(800) 487-4278 13 LECTURE TWO THE WITNESS OF ANTHROPOLOGY June 14, 1997 We welcome you back tonight for the second in this series comparing evolution and creation. We are most pleased to see our attendance has grown considerably. Tonight you will not be disappointed for you will hear things you have never heard before, things which are so amazing that you, like me, will have a hard time believing they are true. But, nevertheless, the hard evidence is most convincing. Tonight we have the distinct privilege of having Jonathan Gray, noted and respected archaeologist and anthropologist, who comes to us from Australia. He will share with us his findings and studies. As you will see, they strongly support the biblical account of the origin of man. It is a witness that God is, and that the Biblical account of a fiat Creator, creating this world and man in His image is the only logical account of our origin. As in other disciplines, it is sometimes difficult, if not impossible, to separate archaeology and anthropology, thus it is that Jonathan’s work as an archaeologist overlaps and intermeshes the two disciplines. This is a distinct advantage when it comes to questions about the flood of Noah and the history of the dispersion of man and the re-population of the earth. Jonathan Gray has traveled the world to gather data on ancient mysteries. A serious student of prehistory, he has investigated numerous archaeological sites, and has penetrated some largely unexplored areas, including parts of the Amazon headwaters. Between lecturing in Europe, North America and Australia, the author has hosted newspaper columns and contributed to various magazines. If I am correct, he will be sharing with you parts of his book, "Dead Men’s Secrets." In this most interesting of books, Jonathan explores the depths of archeological findings to bring to light vast amounts of evidence about the true origin of man. He shows how this evidence has been purposefully hidden and held back from public exposure because the evidence is so damaging that evolutionists dare not let these findings be brought out, for they would shatter and destroy their carefully crafted 14 satanic theories, throwing them into complete disarray, showing evolution for the lie that it is. This book, partly written in story form, presents evidence so compelling and fascinating that the honest seeker for truth will find what they are looking for. This book contains a most fascinating compilation of over one thousand artifacts, written, verbal, and photographic, that support the fact that man has not evolved from lower forms of life, but that he has steadily degenerated, scientifically, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Now without any further delay, welcome Jonathan to America and to Fairmont! We appreciate your willingness to visit our little town and share with us what you have found. It is with the greatest of pleasure that I introduce to you Jonathan Gray. Thank you Devon for the invitation to come. I want you to know that the pleasure is not all yours, for I greatly enjoy bringing the truths I feel the Lord has brought to my attention. I often wonder why I was chosen for this task which I have made my life work. I am most anxious that this information get out to all who will listen. To have a captive audience like interested in things dear to my heart, makes all my years of effort and hardship worth it all. THE TRUE ORIGIN OF MAN: On November 17, 3398 B.C., two billion people, with their astonishing technology, vanished from the face of the earth. This lost super race beat us to the moon, computers, and nuclear war. A cosmic disaster occurred which wiped out a super civilization and generated 6,000 foot tidal waves—the disaster known to early civilizations worldwide as the great flood (the deluge mentioned in the book of Genesis in the Bible, for which Noah constructed the Ark to save a remnant of mankind). The descendants of this super race branched out from Ararat (Armenia) to create civilizations less advanced technologically, but still with some knowledge of their original civilization. The theory of evolution, which believes in the gradual progression of man, cannot stand up to the evidence governed by the laws of thermo-dynamics. The evidence of fully developed cities and an advanced technology of a superior man, whose society deteriorated over time is irrefutable. In Part Two of the book, I supply evidence collected from around the world which proves a lost super civilization and their descendants once lived on this earth. Geography, astronomy, mathematics, metallurgy, glasswork, megalithic construction, building techniques, mechanical devices, clothing, art, health, electricity, flight, lost secrets, and weaponry are all catalogued in a list of over 1,000 items that overwhelmingly proves the existence of an earlier technology superior to today’s. 15 Did you know that there is evidence of human colonies having existed on the moon and Mars? That early "cave men" wore clothes like ours? That man knew the secret of flight before the twentieth century? That early civilizations performed open-heart surgery and fluoroscopy? That there were once shining cities illuminated by a means of electricity unknown to us today. The list is endless and fascinating, pointing to a super civilization, evidences of which can no longer be ignored. I have gathered over the years Archaeological and anthropological evidence that something very big happened on this planet in the past—something so big it wiped traces of just about everything from the face of the earth. From around the world, ‘impossible’ ancient inventions have been surfacing of late, and some of them from a technology as advanced as our own. Nearly all the writings of ancient people worldwide tell the same story, that of decline from an original ‘Golden Age.’ That a cataclysmic disaster wiped out the advanced world. Today’s diggings worldwide show that these traditions tally with the facts. Enormous stone masses or metal fragments are there; they cannot be argued away. I believe that this original advanced world, gave impetus to all succeeding civilizations, and is well within the framework of scientific thinking. What is more, I believe this to be such a credible reality that no longer can we evade it. The technology of this civilization is rich beyond our dreams, a civilization which was minced into atoms by a global flood. Subsequent attempts were made to revive the lost glory, but there is hard evidence that a fiery holocaust intervened, and causing most of the survivors to became savages. Which is the origin of what today is called the cave man. I believe that there is a historical parallel which shows how we have, late in the twentieth century, awakened to find ourselves in the ‘super culture arena, having leapt to new, unimagined heights,’ and now have suddenly come eyeball to eyeball with our past, awakening to the realization that we’ve been here before. Last time as now, the world scene was overshadowed with violence and corruption, which ended in almost total annihilation. Might something like this happen again? Could a holocaust be looming of such proportions that it will parallel the first ‘wipeout?’ I would like you to be aware that legends are usually based on a core of fact. Folklore, is a fossil of history, preserving history in the guise of colorful tales. Far from being a collection of fables, it is a recital of actual past events, even though from generation to generation some facts have become distorted or forgotten. OUR ANCESTRAL MEMORY OF GOLDEN ERA: 16 If we are to credit the collective testimony of all ancient races, man’s early history was truly an incredible one. It was a Golden Age of advanced civilization, of original giants who had superior intelligence and technology. This appears to have been a universal truth, known to everyone in ancient times. PHYSICAL REMAINS ALSO: There are recently discovered artifacts that cannot be dismissed, namely, objects of metal sitting in museums, unquestionably made in the ancient world, that would have required very advanced technology to produce. A technology not to be repeated until our day. The weight of evidence grows daily—evidence that all the major secrets of modern technology were known, and forgotten, long ago. Evidence that early man did create a society that surpassed ours in all aspects of development. The entire world is really a ‘dead man’s tomb,’ a treasure hunter’s paradise. As we pry open the coffin, suspense builds. Slowly we’re lifting the lid on a lost technology which almost smacks of science fiction. We come face to face with such absurdities as brain transplants, colonies on Mars, and invisible men. And we wonder, What next? THE DELUGE: The global flood catastrophe is one of the key facts of all history. Not only is there a mass of geological evidence—it has left an indelible impression on the memory of the entire human race. An analysis of some 600 individual flood traditions reveals a widespread concurrence on essential points: the prior corruption of mankind, a flood warning unheeded by the masses, a survival vessel, the preservation of up to eight people with representative animal life, the sending forth of a bird to determine the suitability of reemerging land, significance in the rainbow, descent from a mountain, and the re-population of the whole earth from a single group of survivors. Especially remarkable is the persistence of that biblical name Noah. And this is particularly so when you consider the ultimate language differences between peoples, and the extreme local distortions which developed in flood legends. Yet the name survived virtually unchanged in such isolated places as Hawaii (where he was called Nu-u), the Sudan (Nuh), China (Nu-Wah), the Amazon region (Noa), Phrygia (Noe) and among the Hottentots (Noh and Hiagnoh). The table of nations in Genesis 10 records the gradual dispersion of Noah’s descendants and lists names, thus offering clues to their history and place. It contends that all nations of the earth have sprung from the family of Noah. So, in a nutshell, there is good 17 reason to believe that, after the deluge, mankind sprang from a single group of people. SUDDEN APPEARANCE: Are you aware that "ALL CULTURES BEGAN SUDDENLY—and were fully developed? A long preliminary period is not supported by archaeology. Before cities on earth, there was nothing. There was no transition whatsoever between the ancient civilizations and any primitive forebearers. They were at their peak from the beginning. Suddenly out of the aftermath of the flood five complete civilizations appeared worldwide on five different continents, all with nearly identical knowledge, for example Egypt. About 3000 BC, Egypt sprang into existence suddenly, fully developed—that is, without transition from a primitive state, with a fantastic ready-made high society. Great cities, enormous temples, pyramids of overwhelming size. Colossal statues with tremendous expressive power. Luxurious tunnels and tombs. Splendid streets flanked by magnificent sculpture, perfect drainage systems. A decimal system at the very start. A ready-made writing, already perfected. A well established naming system (in which each Pharaoh had as many as five names). Society already divided into specialist classes. An army, civil service and hierarchy minutely organized. A court exhibiting all the indications of well-defined precedence and form. Egypt came from a clearly established civilization. It wasn’t only Egypt. The appearance around 3000 B.C. of the Sumerian civilization was likewise sudden, unexpected and out of nowhere. Then there is the evidence unearthed in Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro in India. They were the key centers of the Indus Valley civilization. These also appear to have suddenly sprung up with no clear-cut traces of having evolved from primitive beginnings. The Maya of Central America are in it, too. The Mayan calendar goes back to approximately the same time (c. 3000 BC). From the outset their script was already perfect. The fifth culture which developed was the megalith builders of northwest Europe who appeared at precisely the same time. "The achievements they demonstrated were identical, that is, the simultaneous discovery of Pythagorean triangles, a precise calendar, a true compass-bearing for north, knowledge of the movement of celestial bodies (possibly including knowledge that the world was round) and a minutely accurate system of measurement. 18 I have discovered eight clues that emerged from these discoveries that indicate a possible link between these 5 instant worldwide civilizations. 1. Symbols and Hieroglyphics—Each were identical worldwide, bearing marks of a common heritage. Everywhere the swastika, snake and sun combinations, as well as numerous specialized intricate glyphs were repeated with no chance of coincidence. 2. Systems of Writing—were in use, again all over the world, even on isolated islands. 3. Languages—The older these were, the more they resembled each other. Practically all languages have connections through both vocabulary and construction. In almost every language are many words containing similar root words or combinations beyond what mere chance would allow. For instance, the names of the constellations, are substantially the same whether in Mexico, Africa or Polynesia. 4. Calendars—Those of Egypt and faraway Peru both had eighteen months of twenty days, with a five-day holiday at year’s end. 5. Buildings—There are great similarities in buildings, not only in construction but in astronomical alignment. Sphinxes in Egypt and Yucatan; pyramids on every continent and on remote islands; monoliths and stone circles also worldwide and often quarried elsewhere in the world. There also is seen similarity as to original purpose. The tower of Babel was built, according to Josephus, (the first century Jewish historian) to provide shelter should another Deluge destroy the earth. Regarding the Toltec pyramids, an ancient Mexican chronicler said: "After men had multiplied, they erected a very high ‘zacuali,’ which is today a tower of great height, in order to take refuge in it should the second world be destroyed." Jonathan asks the question, "Without a common source, why should the purpose be identical in Babylon and Mexico?" 6. Customs—Burial, mummification, circumcision, and binding babies heads to produce an elongated skull was practiced by the Maya, Incas, Celts, Egyptians, and Basques. 7. Forms of Religious observance—bore striking similarities to one another. 8. Worldwide Traditions of Early History—Traditions of a Garden of Delight, a Golden Age, a global Flood, one original language, a tower where sudden language confusion resulted in a dispersal—clearly these bore the marks of a common source. 19 The origins of cultures that were so different and so widely dispersed cannot wholly be explained by borrowing and imitation. SOURCE OF THE FOOTPRINTS: Even after 5,000 years, the prints are still visible enough to read. They are: ‘Language,’ ‘Anthropology,’ and ‘Archaeological’ finds, which includes agriculture, botanical and genetic studies. In every instance plants, shrubs and fruit-bearing trees basic to survival and advancement came out of the Middle East first. These findings leave no doubt in mind that our beginnings were in the Middle East highlands. Archaeological finds from the Americas in the west to Thailand in the east, show that by 3000 BC there were settled communities. Overlaying that, is a proven pattern of high cultures from Spain to Pakistan. And Armenia, the dispersion point, lay almost precisely in the middle. The only conclusion that can be draw from the evidence is that, 1) Each of the first civilizations appeared suddenly, already fully developed. 2) That a connection existed between them. 3) Their footprints led back to the Middle East mountains where Noah and his family left the Ark. Those nations got their heritage basically from the world that was wiped out in the Deluge. They continued where the generations of the biblical Noah left off! Those Flood survivors must have carried sufficient knowledge of the antediluvian era to give a rapid start to the new cultures that sprang up ‘out of nowhere’ soon after. Four hundred years was all that was needed. The oldest civilizations appear just long enough after the deluge for a population density to support a culture. The sudden appearance of civilization is itself a memorial to history’s one great catastrophe. More importantly, the flood is a historical event of tremendous testimonial importance to modern man. As in the days of Noah, the world has reached an unprecedented stage of material and technical progress. Then, as now, skepticism, corruption and violence abound. Ancient prophecies treat Noah and the flood as a prototype of the coming sudden and fearful end of the present world. For example: ‘As the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away….so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.’ (Matt. 24:37-39) 20 Other prophecies project that as the first world perished by water, so the present world shall be destroyed by fire (2 Peter 3:3-7). And as the second world emerged from the deluge stripped of its original glory, so shall emerge from the final fire, a new world cleansed of evil, misery and death, and restored to perfection which shall transcend even its original glory. WORLD ORDER FROM THE RUINS: It goes without saying that the small group of bewildered survivors from the deluge could hardly reproduce all of the aspects of the pre-flood technology. Nevertheless they would have bequeathed to their migrating descendants the information of which they had personal or recorded knowledge. We know that the very earliest grains show genetic evidence of sophisticated manipulation, that is, they were already uniform and highly specialized immediately after the flood. In an attempt to reconstruct the antediluvian technology, the semblance or an integrated global civilization emerged in various parts of the world. Its achievements were astonishing; in some spheres, penetrating knowledge which our science has scarcely begun to nudge. Ancient Maps: In chapter 3 of my book, I present hard evidence that shows the ancients knowledge of planet earth as seen through their cartographers eyes was far more sophisticated than we have previously supposed. Their maps are surprisingly accurate and reveal knowledge of parts of the earth that were not known until very recently. They also show profound changes have taken place in man’s lifetime since the flood, especially at the poles as you shall see. Maps drawn from the 11th to the 17th century were obviously copied from maps probably drawn thousands of years before. Some maps show Greenland and Antarctica free of ice. There are fourteen of these maps, all from the Medieval and Renaissance period. If we can have the lights out, we will show these to you on the screen. Thank you. This first map you see is called the ‘Zeno map’ and was drawn in 1380. It is considered the most accurate. It outlined the coasts of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Scotland, as well as the exact latitude and longitude of a certain number of islands. The irony of this is that the chronometer, necessary to determine longitude, was not invented until 1765. The topography of Greenland on this map is shown free of glaciers, as it was prior to the Ice Age. More amazing is that 21 unknown rivers and mountains shown on this Zeno map have since been located in probes of the French Polar Expedition of 1947-1949. This next map is a Chinese map engraved on stone from 1137. What is interesting about this map is that it formed a spherical grid, which was not used by cartographers until the "Camerio map" drawn in 1502. There is something very interesting about this map now on the screen. It is called the ‘Zauche map’ made in 1737. Notice how Antarctica is completely free of ice. Not only that, it is not shown as one continent, but two islands separated by a strait from the Ross to the Weddell Seas (a fact which was not established until the Geophysical Year, 1968). Also shown are islands of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, now known to lie on the bottom of the ocean. This next map you see on the screen was drawn in 1531 by Orontius Fineus, and show the dimensions of the Antarctic land mass that corresponds very closely to those on the best modern maps. This map indicates that the center of Antarctica was beginning to fill with ice when the first source maps were drawn. It shows rivers and fjords in Antarctica where today mile-thick glaciers flow. HAD TO BE COPIES Obviously these maps I have just shown you had to have been copied from earlier sources. They display a scientific achievement far surpassing the abilities of the navigators and map-makers of the Renaissance, Middle Ages, the Arab world, or any ancient geographers. THEY HAD TO BE THE PRODUCT OF AN UNKNOWN PEOPLE ANTEDATING RECOGNIZED HISTORY. Many of the Medieval and Renaissance map-makers admitted they were copying from sources whose origins were unknown. There is more. This next map the ‘Hadji Ahmed map’ copied in 1559 "shows Antarctica and the Pacific coast of the United States of America with extreme accuracy. It also depicts the land bridge that once existed between Siberia and Alaska." Please show the next slide. Thank you. This map, the Andrea Benincasa map (1508), "indicates that Northern Europe was being covered by the Ice Age glaciation’s furthest advance." Next!" This is the ‘Jehudi Ibn ben Zara map’ of 1487 showing remnants of glaciers in Britain. Notice the detailed profiles of islands in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas which are still there, only probably under water. This is the ‘Hamy King' chart of 1502. It shows the northern Siberian rivers emptying into the Arctic Ocean, which is now all under ice. Notice also that it shows glacial actions in the Baltic countries. What are today huge islands in Southeast Asia are shown 22 on this map joined to land (which they once were). If you will look closely at where I am pointing, you will see that it even shows an ancient Suez Canal! Another map ‘Ptolemy’s' map of the North (please change the slide) depicts a glacial sheet advancing across south-central Greenland; and at the same time, notice that it shows glaciers retreating from northern Germany and southern Sweden." All these maps showing glaciers and ice could have only come from the findings of surveying parties that tracked the areas before, during and after the Ice age, at which time, according to the evolutionary theory, humans were grunting savages. This map is called the ‘Gloreanus' map (1510). As you can see, it shows not only the exact line of the Atlantic coast of America from Canada to Tierra del Fuego, but also the whole length of the Pacific coast. The ‘King Jaime World Chart’ (1502) shows the Sahara Desert as a fertile land with large lakes, rivers and cities (which at a remote period, it was), while this map, the ‘Dulcert' map of 1339 shows Ireland over to the Don River of Eastern Europe with a precision beyond understanding. Now this last map I am going to show you is to me very special. This is the ‘Piri Reis' chart of 1513. After its discovery, Captain Arlington H. Mallery, an American authority on cartography, asked the U.S. Hydrographic Office to examine it. The U.S Navy, through Commander Larsen, subsequently issued this statement. "The Hydrographic Office of the Navy has verified an ancient chart—it’s called the Piri Reis map, that goes back more than 5,000 years. It’s so accurate, only one thing could explain it—a worldwide survey. The Hydrographic Office couldn’t believe it either, at first. But they not only proved the map genuine, it’s been used to correct errors in some present-day maps." It tells the story of ancient coastlines, as well as the surprising exploits of our ancestors five thousand years ago. Piri Reis stated that his copy was a composite from twenty ancient maps. 6 points are made about this amazing map. 1. South America and Africa in correct relative longitude and latitude. Not only were the Caribbean, Spanish, African and South American coasts in correct positions relative to each other, but even isolated land areas, like Cape Verde Island, the Azores, the Canary Islands, as well as topographies of the interiors—mountain ranges, peaks, rivers, plateaus. All were accurately positioned by longitude and latitude. 23 2. The coastline of Queen Maud Land in Antarctica. The islands and bays of the depicted coastline are the same as they appear below the Antarctic ice sheet (as recently revealed by seismic echo soundings). Pictured in great detail are regions scarcely explored today, including a mountain range that remained undiscovered until 1952. Interestingly, the map shows two bays where the modern seismic map showed lands. However, when the experts were asked to check their measurements, they found that the ancient map was correct, after all. One thing was crystal clear. Either somebody had mapped Antarctica before the ice cap covered the continent, or else the ice-covered continent was mapped with very sophisticated instruments. 3. The Isle of Pines, Andros Island, San Salvador, Jamaica, the mouth of the Amazon and the island of Morajo are all correctly shaped and perfectly located in latitude and longitude. 4. A major error appeared to be Greenland, shown as three islands. But during the International Geophysical Year it was proved that this correctly represented the state of affairs about 3000 B.C. 5. Every mountain range in northern Canada and Alaska was recorded on this ancient map—including some ranges which the I.S. Army Map Services did not have on their maps. But the U.S. Army has since found them! 6. The ancient source-maps were drawn using a circular grid based on spherical trigonometry, with the focal point situated in Egypt. The copiest Piri Reis (unfamiliar with circular projection) shifted and spliced the original grid to compensate for the curvature. Any modern spheroid projection on a flat surface would cause the same distortion. The conclusions are obvious—This map came from an advanced ancient technology and its grid system is similar to air navigation maps. Here is evidence of science in an early epoch which is considered to have had none. Here is physical fragments of the amazing knowledge of a super culture long vanished. The facts about these early explorers is: • They possessed a knowledge of cartography comparable to our own. • They knew the correct shape and size of the earth. • They used spherical trigonometry in their mathematical measurements. • They used ultramodern methods of projection (exact coordinates). They must have had at their disposal advanced geodetic instruments (and trained specialists to use them) to measure 24 longitude and latitude (totally lost and not developed in the modern world until the end of the eighteenth century). • They must have been organized and directed on a global scale. My Friends, this meant that almost 5,000 years ago somebody undertook a survey of the whole planet. The technology at their disposal was very sophisticated. It is a fact that the ancients could not have known about the earth unless they had traversed and measured the earth’s surface. More than this, some of these maps indicate that they were drawn from the vantage point of space. The earliest Egyptians were knowledgeable about land measurements and used sophisticated surveying techniques. They understood enough to influence many other nations in locating important cities and temples on meridians, all based on simple fractions of the earth’s dimensions. In the Fourth Book of Shan Hai King entitled "The Classic of Eastern Mountains," written in 2250 BC contains four sections describing mountains located "beyond the Eastern Sea"—on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Each section begins by describing the geographical features of a particular mountain: its height, shape, mineral deposits, surrounding rivers and types of flora. Then it points the direction and distance to the next mountain, and so on. It’s like a road map. By following the clues, we’ve found that these sections describe in detail the topography of western and central North America. Each mountain can be identified and also each river. "...This document is a geographical survey....It even gives the experiences of the surveyors—from picking up black opals and nuggets in Nevada, to watching seals frolic on the rock in San Francisco Bay. They recorded their fascination at a strange animal that avoided danger by pretending to be dead (obviously the native opossum). You can read about their wonder at the Grand Canyon, ‘a stream flowing in a bottomless ravine,’ and a sunrise there. (that’s in the Ninth and Fourteenth Books.) By the third century B. C., when many Chinese records were reevaluated and condensed, it was found that the geographical learning it contained did not correspond to any lands known at that time. So it was reclassified as a myth. Now we know better." Thus it is that we have a detailed Chinese survey of North America 4,500 years ago. JUST AFTER THE FLOOD: 25 In 1799 explorer Humboldt, while wandering in Buiana and the upper Orinoco, came across rock pictures and hieroglyphic signs high up on the mountains. The natives told him that their ancestors, in the time of the great waters came to the tops of these mountains in canoes, and that the rocks were still so soft that a man could trace marks on them with his bare fingers....This tallies precisely with conditions that prevailed after the global deluge. Great inland seas remained on all continents, often trapped at high levels, and not draining back into the ocean for centuries. The deluge, as it reshaped continents, thrust sedimentary rubble mountain-high. This would have remained soft and impressionable for a considerable time. From the highlands of Colombia to the gorge of the Zingu, on the eastern side of Brazil’s Matto Grosso, they all have one feature in common: they are carved on high rocks, in gloomy canyons, impossible to climb. Some are up to seventy feet tall. It’s the same in the Mexican mountain ranges; in Siberia too. The signs are found on impossible cliffs. As related to maps and measurements, did you know that the Bible mentions in three places about measuring and dividing. The first is in Genesis 10:25 which talks about Peleg, and states that in his day the earth was divided. A more accurate translation would be that the earth was measured or surveyed. Then there was Misraim, who, according to the chronology, is a grandson of Noah, and who was credited with founding Egypt. His name means ‘to delineate,’ ‘to draw up a plan,’ ‘to make a representation’ (especially in association with measuring distances). And sure enough, at least two old maps linked with the ancient past (the Piri Reis and Reinal) were based on a circular projection with the focal point in Egypt. Perhaps it is no accident that the Great Pyramid records in its dimensions, the measurement of the earth on the scale of 1:43,200. Both the earth’s circumference (including the equatorial bulge) and polar radius (with the flattening at the poles) were known with an accuracy comparable to that recorded by satellite surveys from space. The Bible also mentions Almodad ‘measurer,’ the inventor of geometry, who measured the earth to its extremities. According to chronology, Almodad is the progenitor of the Southern Arabians. Many of these maps I’ve shown you reveal peculiarities of geography that were first noticed by the Arabs. Consider that Almodad died about 2350 BC. 26 Can you not see how everything dovetails perfectly together? The maps, the traditional reports, the building survey methods, the rock signs and the chronology, all so different, yet they tell the same story. POPULATING THE EARTH: It did not take many years after Noah and his family came out of the ark to repopulate the earth. The population growth was such that, as soon as the earth was dry enough they were sending out exploratory expeditions to see what damage the flood had done to the earth and how it was changed. Soon almost every corner of the world was visited by groups of men who came with a particular task to accomplish. What I am going to share with you now is perhaps the most astounding evidence gathered so far, because it shows that the technology of the ancients far exceeded what we know today. According to the ancient accounts, before the flood, the earth was covered with orderly energy and spring grid patterns which supplied them with unlimited free electric and magnetic power to construct and build, and provide light. They knew the secret of unlocking that power, something we do not know how to do today. The purpose for their exploration then was to rediscover these lines of energy and magnetic forces to once again harness that power. This massive worldwide operation involving teams of cartographers and surveyors covered the globe and relocated those power grids and their lines of intersection. To facilitate this, they employed units of measurement based on simple fractions of the earth’s dimensions. They measured distances, as we, in degrees, minutes and seconds of latitude and longitude, just as we do today. Soon a ‘prehistoric’ network of dead-straight alignments appeared. It seems to have sprung up everywhere at once. Planning took place on an almost unimaginably large scale. Along these lines, (situated at terrestrial power points) arose temples, pillars, rocking stones, circles, crosses, mounds, pyramids, tunnels and platforms. Traces of these are dotted still throughout the world. You see them on every continent and even on remote islands. Sites had an exact geometric relationship to each other within a master worldwide pattern. For example, all ancient temples in Greece arose in relation to each other. Those in Greece were geometrically interlocked with those in Egypt. Planet-wide, the system constituted ONE GIANT SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT. 27 Today we live within the ruins of this single vast ancient structure, whose sheer size has so far rendered it invisible. In the words of John Mitchell, ‘a great scientific instrument lies sprawled over the entire surface of the globe.’ It is marked by these megaliths of all types, all aligned in a single geometric pattern—the remains of an ancient power network. In order for it to operate, many sites were aligned to favor certain astronomical phenomena. The planners were conversant with the introduction of solar or atmospheric energy into the terrestrial energy streams. They developed a technology to detect earth currents, and then to manipulate them to a predictable result. Thus, all over the world, thousands upon thousands of pillars called ‘Menhirs’ arose in symmetrical formations with their purpose to realign earth magnetism from its natural meandering paths to straight artificial lines. At each pillar, the electric current of the atmosphere was attracted to combine with the terrestrial current to produce a fusion of power. (A secret we have not yet utilized.) Interestingly, the standing stones were all rich in quartz, a crystal similar to that used with the cat’s whiskers in early radio receivers. It has been suggested that megaliths were connected below ground by metal strips, although there is no conclusive proof for this position. Because the standing stones worked as cathodes, the corrosive current over the millennia would have most certainly dissolved the metal, leaving the grooves into which they were set. Such grooves are found below ground level in, for example, the Breton menhirs of France. That these grooves had some such functional purpose is a distinct possibility. And something else. Researchers have detected an energy rising in spiral form from standing stones, gathering magnetic strength toward the top of the stone. Interestingly, photographs of the stones are sometimes marred by a mist of light surrounding their lower extremities. The crucial factor was that from natural energy springs in the earth, the currents were ultimately directed to mounds—which focalized the energy fields. There is overwhelming evidence for the reality of these forces, only rediscovered in modern times by Wilhelm Reich. He described how this energy could be trapped or accumulated by constructing a chamber lined with inorganic material and covered on the outside with alternate layers of organic and inorganic matter. Is it not startling then, to find that almost every ancient site has at least one such buried chamber—purposely lined with the same alternating layers! Often foreign stones and clay were used, selected 28 for various magnetic properties. These submerged chambers were energy accumulators. Finally, from these mounds, the currents were dissipated to the surrounding countryside. Not only did standing stones, mounds and pyramids focus energy fields. Across the whole world, the structures formed a gigantic power network. This provided the population with a source of energy and inspiration to which their whole civilization was tuned. THE BABEL CONNECTION: BY ITS VERY NATURE, THIS NETWORK REQUIRED THAT ALL TERRESTRIAL SURFACE CURRENTS BE ACCOUNTED FOR, IF IT WERE TO OPERATE TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL. Thus the stone monuments were strewn across the world, located on crossings of the ‘ley lines.’ The pyramids were not tombs for their kings, but rather power collecting stations. EARLY USES OF THE POWER NETWORK: The question is asked, why did the ancients want or need this power and what did it do for them? My colleagues and I have identified 4 basic reasons. 1) TO INCREASE SOIL FERTILITY AND PLANT GROWTH. 2) FOR PROPULSION AND TRANSPORT. 3) POWER PRODUCTION AND COMMUNICATION. 4) HEALING. If the first post-flood people had the ability to generate and use power, what then caused the disruption of that power grid? I believe the answer has to do with the tower of Babel. This tower was perhaps the central point to which all the grids around the earth sent their power. When God destroyed the tower of Babel the whole power structure collapsed. Also at that time there seems to have been nuclear holocausts around the world as evidenced by many ruins which were burned with intense heat and whose skeletons and artifacts are still very radioactive. This subject we will not be able to cover at this time. But when these things happened, those who survived were forced to live a very primitive existence, which was accompanied by cultural degeneration. This then is the period of the so called ape man. Because their societies were very small causing inbreeding, and perhaps because of radiation, mutating of genes took place and thus what few remains of these humans have been found they do not represent the immediate post flood people or their advanced society. I stand here today to assure you that man has not evolved from inferior to superior. Every shred of archaeological and anthropological evidence says that it is just the opposite. 29 ARCHAEOLOGISTS WHO HAVE GONE OUT TO UNCOVER FACTS KNOW NOTHING OF UNCIVILIZED CAVEMEN. Many of today’s so-called primitives are not relics of a Stone Age. Rather, they are the wreckage of more highly developed societies, forced by various circumstances such as natural disasters to lead a much simpler, less developed way of life. As far as time is concerned, how far back with absolute certainty can we go, based upon all the findings? The answer is, ABOUT 3000 BC. The oldest cultures on earth all go back to about the same time--3000 BC. Everything found to date in Archaeology and Anthropology without one exception supports the Biblical account. I have presented to you tonight just a few highlights of the evidence that is out there. I believe the Lord is allowing this material to be known to counter the work of our archenemy. In my book "DEAD MEN’S SECRETS," there is much more revealed which time did not permit me to share with my audience. Thank you for your patience and time. I greatly appreciate your asking me to come. I will close by reading the Epilogue of the book, as it sums up my feelings very well. Epilogue: "The wisdom and technical splendor of the antediluvian civilization was so astounding that it has never been equaled. "Even after the Deluge, the reconstituted world system was conceived by races with an intelligence far superior to our own; there is evidence, literally by the ton that says so. In many ways their civilization was comparable to ours. They had air travel and underwater devices. They were very ‘modern.’ I don’t think you can construct that super civilization and find exactly another United States. They traveled on a different orientation. Whether in lighting or transport, they reached the same results by a different method. Because of the fragmentary and incomplete nature of our knowledge concerning them, any attempt at exposition is necessarily imperfect. However, the evidence points to scientific knowledge that was worldwide at the same time. And it appears that work stopped on a global scale, more or less overnight. Genius perverted by a materialistic philosophy culminated in corruption and violence. You know the sequel. Striking parallels exist between that period and our own. 30 More to the point, there are some ancient biblical prophecies that foretell the appearance in the sky of blood, fire and mushroom pillars of smoke, to occur in that final age when men acquire the ability to destroy the earth. It is stated plainly that the world’s cities will be devastated, that ‘the elements shall melt with fervent heat.’ According to this, we are heading toward the day when everything stops—toward the moment when Earth’s pendulum will shudder and stop in mid swing! There is something unique about Bible prophecy. Indeed, this Book makes audacious claims for itself, actually challenging the world to prove whether it is a divine message to us, by testing its prophecies. Were you aware that one-third of the Bible comprises prophecy? And something else. It informs us that an unseen Overlord has been quietly shaping human history; that He will reveal His intentions before causing certain events to occur. Come to think of it, the prophecies to date have been uncannily accurate. Events leading to the twentieth century have been outlined step by step in correct sequence. Then there is the current scenario—our explosion of knowledge, the awakening to strength of weak Asian nations, a militarily aggressive Russia, the 1967 return of Israel to Jerusalem, a coming economic-political union of ten nations, or groups of nations, in Europe. The list goes on. All these are to occur against a background of increasing earthquakes, famines, war and unprecedented social breakdown. Then come predictions more startling than fiction! Soon uncontrollable panic grips the nations; they see no way out. A charismatic leader (already clearly identified) arises with ‘the solution.’ For the first time since ancient Babylon, all nations are drawn into one world government. (An electronic network already in place makes this easy). The world leader cancels the existing currencies and establishes a worldwide number system. Every person on earth is required to receive an imprint. Dissidents are not tolerated. For a short season, the planet is ‘at peace.’ The world dictator is popular. The utter wickedness of this man is not exposed to the world until too late. Suddenly all hell breaks loose. World trade collapses, religious extremism mounts, and we are plunged into a ‘time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.’ The Bible predicts that so great will be the devastation that unless the conflict is halted, no life will be left on earth. It will be stopped—just in time, but only because of the supernatural intervention of the Creator. Undoubtedly, human history is racing toward some appalling catastrophe. The good news is that the Bible has clearly foreseen the events. It does offer evidence that the Creator is still in control—and 31 will do what man cannot do—act decisively to save the human race from total destruction. So, who is to blame? Human perversity is the main reason for the mess the world is in. But, you ask, Is it likely that an all-powerful, caring Creator would allow any of His creatures to go wrong? The answer is, of course!--if He decided to give man free will. Tell me, would it be a better world if He had not given us free will, but instead controlled our every move, where we were just robots? Think about that. As it is, we have freedom of choice. We can demonstrate hatred or love, as we wish. Let’s face it, if we did not have free will, then love, generosity and other qualities would be unsatisfying, even meaningless, and life would not be worthwhile. As stated earlier, man was created noble. He has perverted his own character by misusing the free will that God gave him. No, you are not in a process of evolution which will enable you to create your own paradise here on earth. Such a philosophy is dangerous; it will lull millions into being unprepared for the climactic events ahead. As the prophecies lead us unerringly along the trail toward Armageddon, the flood of Noah sounds a warning. The information we have dug up concerning our past suddenly becomes relevant, like a time bomb ready to explode. But after D-Day—what then? For those who choose it and qualify, there is a new world...a world in which eternal youth, loving concern and security are the norm; where transformed individuals are able to live in harmony. If all this is true, then I suppose plenty of people are going to miss out. And some of them would just love to be there! Think of it— a whole new world to mess up!" Thank you Jonathan for your thought provoking and inspiring presentation. We have certainly been blest. Before we dismiss, I want to say a few words about the scheduled programs to follow during the next few weeks to let you know what to expect. To briefly review, you will remember that in the first meeting we introduced Roger Morneau who shared what he heard about the enemy's plans while being groomed to work in the Church of Satan. You learned how in the 1700s the enemy had planned to introduce evolution to the world to counter the Bible. I purposefully planned Roger's presentation first to show the true origin of the theory of evolution. This laid the foundation for the rest of the meeting, putting all the evidence in perspective. Tonight we have heard from Jonathan who has added another piece to the puzzle. In the following weeks we will build upon this 32 foundation presenting more and more information in our quest to know the truth about God and His creation. Next week I will present information from a true prophet of God (E.G.White), a godly lady for whom I have the highest regard. She lived in the 1800s and wrote what was shown to her for over 60 years. She died in 1915. We will look at her account of what she saw in vision about the creation of earth and Adam and Eve, supported by Scripture and anthropology. Don't miss this truly supernatural account. Bring a friend with you. Until then, I bid you all a good night. On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, who sponsors these meetings, I thank you all for coming and supporting your community. Those interested in purchasing DEAD MEN’S SECRETS, or other books by Jonathan Gray, and his videos and other materials, can do so by writing or calling SHM Productions, POB 623, Thorsby, AL 35171, Phone: (205) 646-3290. LECTURE THREE June 21, 1997 CONSIDER THE EVIDENCE Devon wiped his forehead and adjusted his glasses. It had been a hot summer day and as the time for the meeting to begin drew near, he looked over his notes once again getting his thoughts together about what he was going to say. He hoped the heat wave would not keep anyone away. At 7:00 P.M. sharp he walked onto the stage. The meeting hall was full again, and there was an air of expectancy as people looked forward to what they would hear tonight. A lot of interest had been generated in the community and among the students by the first two presentations. Devon hoped the people would not be let down by his presentation tonight. He knew it would not be as attention getting or interesting as Jonathan’s and Roger’s presentation, but was necessary information that would help tie the whole series of lectures together. Good evening once again to everyone. We welcome you all to this series and appreciate your interest in this vital issue and controversy. We also appreciate your support and taking the time to support this 33 community effort. We know that some of you have many demands on your time and have other things you could be doing. Tonight, I am going to present information that will help bridge what you have heard with what you will be hearing in the coming weeks. This information, I feel is important in tying together the total picture of the differences between the two sides, evolutionary theory and creation. My comments tonight will not be as long as the previous meetings. This will provide time at the end to answer at least one, maybe two questions that have been forwarded to me. CONCEPT OF TIME: CENTRAL TO THE ISSUE OF CREATION VERSUS EVOLUTION IS THE CONCEPT OF TIME -- how long it took for the universe and planet earth to come into existence. About the creation of the earth, the Bible is extremely clear. WHAT IS A DAY IN CREATION? "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 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. And God said, Let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light DAY. And the darkness he called NIGHT. AND THE EVENING AND THE MORNING WERE THE FIRST DAY." (Genesis 1:1-5) "The Bible says that the earth was created in 6 days, and describes each of these days as MARKED BY AN EVENING AND MORNING, which time periods still exist. This limits the time it took God to create the earth to six literal 12 hour day and 12 hour night periods. On the seventh day the Bible says that God rested (finished creation) and created the Sabbath day for a day of rest for man. A man who works continually seven days a week, eventually breaks down physically from overwork, just like machinery which is used continually. The creation of the Sabbath day of rest, a day of renewal, of communion with heaven, was most important to the well being of mankind. Since creation, THIS WEEKLY CYCLE HAS NEVER BEEN BROKEN. Furthermore, there is no other plausible explanation for the weekly cycle other than the creation week. IT IS THE ONLY TIME CYCLE NOT BASED UPON THE MOVEMENT OF SOME CELESTIAL BODY (SUN, MOON, PLANETS OR STARS). The EVENING AND MORNING daily cycle and the seven-day week is perhaps the greatest argument against evolutionary time. COVERED AND HUSHED UP EVIDENCE: 34 Evolutionists, from the beginning, tried to keep evidence that would damage their cause from surfacing, evidence showing their theory was not based upon fact, but on conjecture and supposition. As early as the mid-1800s, one or two giant skeletons of humans were reportedly unearthed that proved to them that humans before the flood were more than twice as large as today’s humans (upwards of 16 feet tall). Recently in Turkey, the skeletal remains of a woman were removed and displayed as the bones of Noah’s wife. The skull is so large that the head of a human being can be placed inside the jaw bones. Other geological evidence has been, and is continually being uncovered that further disproves evolution, evidence purposefully kept out of sight. This unscientific practice has not changed over the years. The evolutionary scientist still attempts to keep information, which is damaging to their cause, from receiving public attention. Their zeal to push upon the unsuspecting public false theories and ideas about the origin of the universe and the world is amazing. Cloaked in a scientific expertise and definitions, these ideas are made to sound reasonable and plausible. To their credit, a few well known evolutionary scientists admit that there is more evidence supporting the creation account of this earth’s origin than that which supports evolution. They are aware their theories do not hold up under the weight of evidence, and are vulnerable to examination. They well know that large unexplainable gaps exist in their theories for which they do not have answers. But most evolutionary scientists are only interested in evidence supporting their cause, and have shown a reluctance about accepting any contradictory geological evidence which could show their ideas and theories to be false. Most of them will not buck the mindset of their select groups. One reason for this mind set is because they have reached the point-of-no-return in pushing their agenda. To turn back to the truth would be an admission that they were wrong, and would damage their cause irreparably. They are painfully aware that the repercussions of such an admission would be enormous to a world which is now totally committed to believing evolution is a proven fact. It is beyond the scope of this series of lectures to delve into the many fine points of this controversy. The best we can hope to do is to highlight the issues. From there, you can obtain more information, if you wish, through many good books available. Good books have been written and evidence amassed which readily support the Biblical account of creation and the flood, and refute the prevailing ideas of evolution espoused by the media and press today. We have a book list for anyone who is interested in more in-depth material. Just ask me at the end of the meeting. I would now like to draw your attention to three basic principles we can use to determine whether the theory of evolution is valid. The first 35 is a principle the evolutionist believes supports his theory. The other two have to do with physical laws that refute the first evolutionary principle. THE BEDROCK OF EVOLUTION: This first principle we will look at is the UNIFORMITARIAN PRINCIPLE. It is the bedrock or base upon which evolution stands or falls. It is the glue that holds all the pieces in the evolutionary mosaic together. This principle assumes a constant decay rate of radioactive material, and is an integral part of the evolutionary premise that all physical laws have remained unchanged throughout the history of the Universe. In the first half of this symposium you heard about the use of carbon-14 dating. Carbon-14 dating methods supports the uniformitarian principle. It is assumed that it took millions of years for life to develop from a single cell that evolved out of a primordial soup. The flaw in this dating method is that carbon-14’s rate of decay has always been the same. There is no room in the mind of evolutionary scientists to accept that the decay rate is not static but has changed. There are two reasons for this: 1) The flood and its after-effects upon the earth, 2) Atmospheric conditions that existed on the earth before the flood. THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS: Two principles that argue against evolution are part of the laws of thermodynamics. I will be quote from information found in Jonathan Gray’s book, "Dead Men’s Secrets." By the way, he sends his greetings to you. He has been traveling around the USA and reports that he is receiving a good reception everywhere, as he shares his findings. One of the most compelling arguments against evolution is found right in physics itself. This has to do with the first two laws of thermodynamics. These are the two most basic and certain of all laws of modern physical science. The first is the law of energy conservation. You see, although energy can be converted from one form to another, the total amount remains unchanged—that is, energy is being neither created nor destroyed at present. The second is the law of decay. It affirms that although the total amount remains unchanged, there is always a tendency for it to become less available for useful work. Harvard physicist, P.W. Bridgman stressed the importance and universality of these laws: ‘The two laws of thermodynamics are...accepted by physicists as perhaps the most secure generalizations from experience that we have,’ he had said, ‘The physicist does not hesitate to apply the two laws to any concrete physical situation in the confidence that nature will not let him down.’ 36 "(Significantly, these laws apply not only in physics and chemistry but also in biology and geology. They have always proved valid wherever tested.) The second law of thermodynamics affirms that there is a universal tendency toward deterioration; a transition from a more orderly state, to a less orderly state, to de-energization. Left to themselves, things tend to fall apart and reach a state of chaos. Consequently, where chromosome and gene mutations occur, they are almost always detrimental, rather than beneficial. I rather like the way Isaac Asimov puts it: ‘As far as we know, all changes are in the direction of increasing entropy, of increasing disorder, of increasing randomness, of running down.’ Evolution’s theory that things are ever evolving to a higher state flies in the face of this law. Beginning at the top—culturally, intellectually and physically, the race has degenerated, which is in conflict with Evolution. Evolution implies that there has to be increasing organization and complexity in the universe and is in effect a doctrine of continuous creation. The first law of thermodynamics affirms, however, that creation is no longer occurring, while the second law states that the original creation is decreasing in organization and complexity. Therefore, EVOLUTION IS AN ABSOLUTE DENIAL OF THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS, for evolution requires a universal principle of upward change, whereas the second law is a universal principle of downward change. EVOLUTION AND THE SECOND LAW CANNOT BOTH BE TRUE. As for the second law of thermodynamics, it has been confirmed by numerous and varied scientific tests, while evolution is—and always has been—a theoretical model not even capable of scientific testing. By no means is evolution universally accepted by scientists. Yet it is often mistaken for science. You’ll be surprised, for example, how many people have accepted the myth that ‘science has shown there is not God.’ Evolution is in fact the kingpin of modern atheism and world communism. But Evolution is in big trouble. No matter how enthusiastically it tries to sell its speculations, something in nature keeps standing up and saying No! The two great universal principles of thermodynamics—energy conservation and deterioration—bear witness to the scientific necessity of an original creation. Bible statements as to the destiny of man are supported by these two principles. For example: the Genesis assertion that God ‘finished’ creating and ‘rested’ (i.e. ceased) from all His work of creation, is a simple statement that the processes of creation no longer operate, a fact which is thoroughly verified by the two universal laws of thermodynamics. 37 And when the Bible claims that since man’s severance of communication with the infinite, this earth has become ‘subjected’ to the bondage of decay for the present age,’ it is telling us that creative processes have been replaced by deteriorating processes implicit in the second law of thermodynamics. In short, the biblical record, once dismissed in favor of evolution, is now seen to rest upon scientific foundations. At least since the time of Sir Isaac Newton, we have known that the universe is running down. British research scientist Dr. Alan Hayward, in his book, "God Is," put it this way: "So the universe is rather like a ship in mid-ocean, with its fuel tanks half full and its stores half consumed. In the case of the ship we know that somebody must have fueled and provisioned it at the start of the voyage. But who originally filled up the ‘fuel tanks’ of the universe with hydrogen fuel, and provided all the necessary conditions for that fuel to be turned into heat at an appropriate rate? There are still a great many scientists who answer that question the same way as Newton did: THE CREATOR! QUESTIONS: That is all I will present to you tonight, which will leave some time to answer questions. We will probably only be able to answer one of the questions asked. However, because this was the most asked question, I thought it appropriate to answer this one first. The question was asked after Jonathan’s presentation: ‘If pre-flood man was as large as Jonathan Gray said (14-18 feet tall and weighing about 1200 pounds), why are there are no skeletal remains found?’ Another person asked it this way: ‘If it is as you say, that man was more than twice as tall as today’s man, where is the evidence to support this statement. I have seen nothing by way of evidence? Can you back up this claim?’ Answer: "The question behind this question is whether man has physically degenerated or is evolving into a superior race. Evolution claims that we are improving. I will answer your question by again referring to Jonathan’s book, "Dead Men’s Tales," pages 45 and 46. PHYSICAL DEGENERATION: It has been stated by evolution that man is ever improving and evolving into a higher state of being, but that is not demonstrated according to science. In fact the opposite appears to be true. "The skull capacity (with its inferred brain size) of Cro- Magnon man was at least equal to, and sometimes superior to our own. Neanderthal (‘Stone Age’) man had an appreciably larger cranium (1,600 cubic centimeters) than that of modern man. 38 The cranial capacity of ancient man in Morocco (called ‘Mouillans’ by anthropologists) measured an average of 2,000 cubic centimeters, compared to modern man’s cranial size of about 1,400 cubic centimeters. This suggests that the downward spiral of intellectual capacity began soon after the Deluge. Mankind today is no more intelligent than he was a thousand years ago, but we have accumulated more technology. We have the accumulated knowledge of the past, upon which we can draw and make improvements. Most people would be shocked if they knew that a general regression is likewise evident in a good many species, both in the vegetable and animal kingdoms. Agassiz was one of the first to observe that in many instances the fish of extinct species were better developed and appeared ‘more advanced’ than later species, the modern included. Agassiz spoke as an authority in his field. Many better developed mammals likewise became extinct. Similar observations have been made regarding practically all of today’s life forms. While the fossil record presents better developed specimens than those new living, another feature—larger size—has been observed in association. This is a blow to the evolutionary concept. ‘Cope’s Law’ presumed that the evolutionary series would show increase in improvement and size as time went on. Darwin found himself at a loss to explain how ‘now we find mere pigmies compared with the antecedent allied races.’ Today’s animals were once larger, like sheep, which were as big as horses. In Nairobi, museum director Richard Leakey showed off an ancient skeleton of a twelve-year old boy. Commenting on widely held scientific beliefs that man’s ancestors were smaller than modern man, Leakey said: ‘This specimen confirms early hints that Homo erectus individuals were fully as tall as modern people. We can now ask if many modern populations are smaller than their early ancestors and if so why?’ Dr. Louis Burkhatter said the ‘existence of gigantic human beings (in the past) must be considered as a scientifically assured fact.’ On every continent are uncovered not only artifacts, but footprints, skulls and skeletons of humans who far exceeded us in stature. These are well documented. In fact, a fresh look at the fossils led Weidenreich, of Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History, to the belief that ‘gigantism and massiveness may have been a general or at least a widespread character of early mankind.’ This supports the Genesis line that ‘there were giants in those days.’ 39 Some argue that large size would be inefficient due to gravitational factors, but this is not true. The basic characteristics of gravity still elude analysis by modern physics. A number of scientists now believe that electromagnetic energy supersedes the orthodox laws of gravity. Larger size may have been to man’s best advantage. There is scientific reason to believe that gigantic size and long life go together. The body cells become lighter, the blood moves more freely, there is less fatigue and the body wears out more slowly. The concept of an era when mankind lived longer does persist in the memory of most races. And scientific research in several countries suggests that life spans of several centuries are possible under certain conditions, a combination of factors such as apparently obtained before the Deluge. MAN WAS ONCE A HIGHER, SUPERIOR BEING—CERTAINLY NOT A SPECIES OF THE MONKEY FAMILY. We are only a shade of the original man. We live today in a zoologically impoverished world. The fossil remains show that in the past, plants and animals alike were, 1) more widely distributed; 2) of greater variety; and, 3) greater in both size and quality. Humans likewise were superior, even to living longer. Physical degeneration, and not evolutionary improvement is the story of life on this planet. You might say, like a clock once wound up, but now running down. Jonathan’s remarks agree with what others have found. Carl Baugh, director of the Creation Evidences Museum in Glenrose, Texas, (see book and video list at the end of this chapter) has found archeological evidence that consistently explodes evolutionary theories. Such as large human footprints imbedded in those of a dinosaur track, obviously made at the same time. They have done much scientific work which has uncovered evidence to support a worldwide flood theory. They have been able to show how the atmospheric condition of the world before the flood was such that, as judged by today’s standards, everything was of giant proportions as can be seen in the same fossil remains. Jonathan’s discoveries all point to the degeneration of man and not his evolution from lower forms of life. The pre-flood people and the immediate post-flood people were far more intelligent than we have ever imagined. They knew all about metallurgy, and appear to have had advanced knowledge of electricity. Ancient drawings and writings of the Mesopotamian region indicates that they were knowledgeable about, and had contact with ETs and space travel. Many pictures of saucers, people in space suits have been found. Egyptians are known to have practiced electroplating, for beads the size of grains of sand were engraved, and plated with gold. Pictures show what appears to be light bulbs with filaments and multiple wires coming out the back. 40 The Sumerian people who lived right after the flood and before the Egyptians, were possibly the most advanced civilization of ancient times. Author Zecharia Sitchin wrote an article in the October-November issue of the ‘Nexus’ Magazine. In this article he outlined the skills of the Sumerians. The Sumerian civilization takes us back almost six thousand years. I describe many aspects of this amazing civilization in my book The 12th Planet. Without a precedent, out of nowhere, there sprang out a civilization that had great cities, high-rise temples, palaces, Courts of Justice, commerce, shipping, irrigation, metallurgy, mathematics, medicine; its people included kings and priests, judges and doctors, dancers and musicians. And above all, a written language, scribes, schools, literature, epic tales, poems. Every aspect of a high civilization that we can think of had its ‘first’ its beginning, in Sumer. But most amazing of all was the Sumerian knowledge in the field of astronomy. The astonishing fact is that all the principles of a spherical astronomy, which is the basis of modern astronomy, were inherited by us from the Sumerian’s. The concept of a celestial sphere, an axis, the plane of orbit, the circle of 360 degrees, the grouping of stars into constellations, the division of the skies into twelve houses of the zodiac—even the pictorial depiction of the zodiacs and their names—everything you can think of, we find in the Sumerian astronomical tablets. We learned at school that the first one to suggest that the Sun and not the earth was in the center of our planetary system was Copernicus in 1543. Not so! There have been found Sumerian pictorial depictions that not only show the Sun (not Earth) in the center—and show also all the planets we know of today (plus, as will be explained, one more). In many astronomical texts there planets were listed, named and described, and called ‘members of the Family of the Sun,’ they made up, together with Sun and Moon, a family of twelve. The familiarity of the Sumerians, thousands of years ago, with all these members of the solar system is astounding. Until rather recently, we ourselves did not know that there were more planets beyond Saturn. Uranus was discovered in 1781. It may tell us something about our ignorance when we realize that, when Botta and Layard were discovering in Mesopotamia the tablets with all this astronomical information, we did not even know of the existence of Neptune; for Neptune was discovered only in 1846. And Pluto, the so- called outermost planet, was found not visually but mathematically only in 1930--less than sixty years ago. And yet, as one planetary list after another establishes, the Sumerians knew it all. Indeed, when the NASA spacecraft Voyager-2 reached Uranus in 1986 and sent back the first close-up photos of the distant 41 planet, I literally jumped out of my seat and shouted: ‘But that is exactly how the Sumerians described it 6,000 years ago!’ And then, as Voyager-2 was due to encounter the even more distant Neptune in 1989, I wrote articles predicting that a bluish-green watery planet, with patches on its surface, will be found. I knew it in advance because that was how the Sumerians described Neptune...." Sitchin goes to great lengths to show how the ancients had knowledge of space travel and that ETs were identified by the Sumerians as "Anunnaki." In my search for the tower of Babel, I tried to get some idea from what the Bible says and from evidence around that area, how the earth was repopulated after the flood by Noah and his family. Jonathan’s research was much help. Findings indicate a very advanced civilization that sprang up suddenly and existed at the same time as the earliest Sumer civilization, which lived directly after the flood and was a result of the dispersion of the people from Babel. Quoting from his latest monograph about Babel, he says: "This advanced civilization lived in the Indus valley in Pakistan. The early Indus civilization was completely unknown until early in this century when the railroad was being built and workmen found the brick ruins. When excavated, cities were found that were technologically advanced to the extent that they rivaled some of today. Will Durant in volume one of "The Story of Civilization," said: ‘These discoveries establish the existence... during the fourth and third millennium BC of a highly developed city life; and the presence, in many of the houses, of wells and bathrooms as well as an elaborate drainage system, betoken a social condition of the citizens at least equal to that found in Sumer, and superior to that prevailing in contemporary Babylon and Egypt...Even at Ur the houses are by no means equal in point of construction to those at Mohenjo-Daro.’ (p 394-5) The ruins of Mohenjo-Daro are incredibly well preserved. They were not only build of brick, they were built of baked or kiln- dried brick. Unlike sun-dried brick they remain intact throughout rain, mud or whatever. But this may have been the reason that their civilization disappeared. "For a thousand years the furnaces burned, and the trees grew fewer. A forest breathes, giving off water-vapor, which collects in the atmosphere and returns in the form of rain. Remove the trees and the cycle is interrupted. In their lust for baking bricks, the Harappans (the name used by archeologists for these people) may well have turned their own valley into a desert.... Once there was a mighty civilization in that valley. Today there is a desert.’" (Empires in the Desert, page 99, Robert Silverberg, Chilton Books, Philadelphia, NY, 1963) I have used the information to trace the probable migration of Noah’s family from the ark site around Ararat in Turkey to Babel 42 and then to the rest of the world. The following are some of my ideas. I will be quoting from Jonathan and other sources as indicated. EARLIEST PREPLANNED CITY: When People set out from Babel, they were equipped with great knowledge. From Noah and his sons they had learned about cities and technology. When they founded their own civilizations, they used that knowledge to plan their cities: ‘... Mohenjo-Daro.... is the earliest preplanned city ever found anywhere in the world. It consists like most Indus towns, of a large residential area at its lowest level overlooked from the west by a high citadel, a fortified and much smaller area. Below the citadel, the city was carefully designed for about 40,000 people in a grid pattern apparently of 12 main earth- paved streets, each about 9-13 meters (30-45 feet) wide. This street grid enclosed blocks of fairly even size, each block consisting of hundreds of houses very close together and opening off narrow lanes. The lanes vary in width from about 1.2 to 3 meters (4-10 feet), and are built with frequent right-hand angle bends-probably as a break against the winds. Most of the houses excavated were quite spacious, with several rooms around a central courtyard, a well and stairs to an upper story.’ (Lost Worlds, by Alistair Service, Collins/London, 1981 Many of the accounts of these cities mention the fact that there are no doors or windows on the main streets, which is attributed to some sort of ‘wind control’ or other such explanation. But I suggest that this design is, once again, for protection from the wild animals that were reproducing far more rapidly than the human population. ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, WATER MAINS, BATHROOMS: But what is most amazing is the advanced design and construction of these cities: ‘Some of the houses are so well preserved that they could be occupied today, and use made of the bathroom as well as the irrigation and drainage services.... For a primitive town, in fact, the city of the Indus lacked neither grandeur nor comfort. The principal avenues were sometimes over 35 feet wide, and some of them crossed the town from one end to the other....their drainage system has been miraculously preserved and according to archeologists, is the most ingenious and complete system known to antiquity. The brick conduits, arranged under the streets, received the efflux from pipes placed in each house, and were linked to stone sewers. At intervals these sewers were supplied with cesspools which were easy to clean, while it was only necessary to move a few bricks to clean out the small drains in the streets if they became blocked up....They constructed a whole system of water mains which collected the water from the rain falling outside the city and distributed it via ingenious brick conduits which conducted it to wells in each house...These water mains fed the bathrooms. Each house possessed its own—and they were much the same as those still in use in India 43 today....' (The World of Archaeology [Vol. 1], page 97-98, by Marcel Brion, Mac Millian Co., 1959 "The noteworthy and recurrent features," writes Mortimer Wheeler, "are the insistence on water-supply, bathing and drainage....In some houses a built seat-latrine of Western type is included on the ground or first floor, with a sloping and sometimes stepped channel through the wall to a pottery-receptacle or brick drain outside. These brick drains are remarkably well made and cleverly designed. Nowhere else in the ancient world-except in the palace of King Minos of Crete, at Knossos, is there the same modern approach to waste disposal."’ (Empires in the Desert, page 108, Robert Silverberg, Chilton Books, Philadelphia, NY, 1963). I suspect that this advanced knowledge of waste-disposal, etc. came from one who had expert knowledge of the subject after living with seven other people over a year in a ship filled with animals of every kind. In the well fortified citadel of Mohenjo-Daro is found an incredibly large grain storage bin. "This is a very large building, 150 feet long, 75 feet wide, with walls 20 feet high. This granary had 27 blocks with a recessed unloading bay for the carts bringing the grain. The granary at Harappa, another Indus Valley city of the same date, was built in 2 rows of six split by a street. Triangular ventilation shafts lined the back of the granaries. Outside, there were 17 round platforms for workers to process, or pound, the grain into flour." The people of this Indus civilization not only knew city planning and construction, they raised wheat, melons, barley, dates and cotton. They fished the river with nets. They raised cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. Their craftsmen made statuettes and figurines of such quality that one would think they came from Greece over 1,000 years later. They fashioned elaborate jewelry of gold, silver, copper, shell and stone. They had auger drills, as well as ‘household utensils and toilet outfits; pottery painted and plain, hand-turned and turned on the wheel; terra cottas, dice and chess-men; coins older than any previously known...faience work of excellent quality; stone carvings superior to that of the Sumerians; copper weapons and implements, and a copper model of a two-wheeled cart, which is one of the oldest examples of a wheeled vehicle; gold and silver bangles, ear- ornaments, necklaces, and other jewelry "so well finished and so lightly polished," says Marshall, ‘that they might have come out of a Bond Street Jeweler’s of today rather than from a prehistoric house of 5,000 years ago.’ (Our Oriental Heritage, Vol. 1, page 395, of The Story of Civilization, by Will Durant, Simon & Schuster, 1954). They had lipstick, eye makeup which is still used today (kohl) and perfume!: ‘Near this, the first lipstick known to antiquity was found in the shape of a rectangular piece of red ochre, which elegant women at this remote time already used to enhance the natural color 44 of lips and cheeks. This stick, one end of which is worn— to whose lips was it last applied five thousand years ago?—lay on a small low table beside vases of kohl, flasks of perfume, hairpins and bronze razors.’ (The World of Archaeology, [Vol 1], page 113, by Marcel Brion, Mac Millian Co., 1959) They even had cats and dogs within their cities which indicates that they were domesticated. The proof of this comes from a brick found in the city of Chanhu-Daro which bears the footprint of a cat slightly overlapped by that of a dog. When the brick was laid out to dry prior to going into the kiln, the cat must have whisked across the bricks at a high rate of speed, followed by the speeding dog, which is evidenced by the deep impress of their foot-pads. All this gives a whole new meaning to ‘there is nothing new under the sun...’" This also applies to optical lenses and eyeglasses which have been found in Egypt, Nineveh, Nimroud (Nimrod), and Babylon. Pliny, (23 AD), Pythagoras (6 BC), Plutarch, and Archimedes all mention eye-glasses and magnifying lenses. What the ancients knew and wrote about astronomy indicates they had to have had some sort of telescopes. Equally amazing is the feats of the ancient builders. In the edge of the mountains of Lebanon, over 2,300 feet above sea-level is Baalbek. Nothing is known of this site prior to the time the Romans came in and built magnificent buildings over the existing remains. But it is the existing remains which are the most astounding ever found. The largest hewn stone on earth is found there. It measures 68 feet by 14 feet. Today, with our sophisticated engineering methods, it is doubtful that we could even lift stones such as those of this size. But these early builders not only chiseled out these ‘humongous’ blocks, they moved them! At Baalbek, which Jonathan may have mentioned to you, are ruins which the Romans much later built upon. Three great stones in this foundation measure 63’x13’x10’ and were placed above the sub- structure which measures 23 feet from the ground. Whoever built this structure had engineering ability beyond our wildest dreams. This is an example of the pre-flood knowledge passed from Noah and his sons to their descendants after the flood. And as time passed, man LOST much of this knowledge and ability. OBELISKS OF ANCIENT EGYPT: Though constructed several hundred years later, the huge towers of rock erected by the ancient Egyptians is still a feat that has long puzzled the engineers of today. There is one still in the ground which measures 137 feet tall and would weigh about 1,170 TONS, which was not finished because of flaws in the granite near its center. 45 Many theories have been set forth as to how these "primitive" people were able to accomplish such astounding feats of engineering, such as the construction and erection of these obelisks and the pyramids, but the fact is that they did. GEARS: If the knowledge of these puzzling discoveries which cannot be explained aren’t simply put aside and forgotten, they are often considered freakish finds and are found only in sensational books which appeal to the tabloid newspaper set. "Serious" scientists and scholars remain silent on them, unable to explain their existence. Such an example may have been mentioned by Jonathan last week. "It is a find made in 1900. In that year, a sponge diver found the wreck of a Greek ship from the 3rd century before Christ, laden with statues and other objects. One strange object was a bronze instrument encrusted with calcareous deposits. When it dried and the outer wood encasing split, it broke into 4 flat fragments which revealed parts of geared wheels. While it cannot be determined exactly what this device was used for, x-rays revealed more than 30 gears of various sizes which meshed in parallel planes. There is one mention in the ancient records of a device which may be similar. Cicero and Ovid both wrote of an ingenious planetarium devised by Archimedes which simulated the movement of the sun, the moon, and 5 planets. We’ll probably never know what this device was or who made it. But once again, we see that knowledge we think belongs to our time is only some of that which was long ago forgotten." (Mysteries of the Past, p. 157, by L. Casson, R. Claiborne, B. Fagan, W. Karp, Am. Heritage Pub, 1977 ANCIENT DRY-CELL BATTERIES: There have been numerous discoveries of objects which have been described as appearing to be dry-cell batteries. One example is that found by German archaeologist Wilhelm Konig. While exploring an ancient site in present-day Iraq, he discovered a terra cotta vase containing an iron rod set inside a copper cylinder. This idea that this resembled a battery was strengthened by the discovery of rods presumably corroded by acid (possibly vinegar or wine). Yet, we think the battery was invented in about 1800 A.D." (Into the Unknown, The Readers Digest Association, Inc.) 1981 There have been many discoveries made of objects of advanced technology which could not be explained and were therefore forgotten. But it only takes one to "upset the apple-cart." Today, the "brilliant" scientists and scholars may tell the world that they have found "black holes" and other discoveries which cannot be proven, but they should keep silent until they can explain the simple evidences which show that early man possessed vast knowledge and 46 abilities that we have only recently "rediscovered." The evidence of man’s history is plain to those who will see. The discovery of these advanced civilizations shouts so loudly against the idea of man evolving from lower forms of life, as to leave the evolutionist with no logical recourse. Man did not evolve but rather had degenerated with each succeeding generation. "NOT ONE OF THE MANY VERY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS SHOW ANY SIGNS OF BEING INTELLECTUALLY INFERIOR TO US TODAY. This begs the question about the so-called humanoids and the primitive tribes seen in the world today. Where did they come from? This is the most positive proof one can find of the degeneracy of the human race which are the descendants of Noah and his family. This is evolution all right, BUT IN REVERSE. In closing I would highly recommend to you, if you have not already purchased it, Jonathan Gray’s book, "Dead Men’s Tales." I found it a gripping book which captures the imagination, bringing to light the most amazing and compelling hard evidence, supporting the creation of the earth by divine fiat, and populated with beings of super intelligence and knowledge. I have shared with you what I believe the Lord led me to find. I recognize that it is getting late, but for those who want to stay after we dismiss, we will play the video evidence of my research projects. I thank you all for coming and listening patiently. I bid you all God’s speed. Goodnight!" Next week we will have as our guest speaker Dr. Robert Gentry who will be introduced by a personal friend and author George Vandeman, retired speaker of the "It is Written" telecast. Dr. Gentry will present his startling discovery of how the rocks proclaim that the earth came into existence instantaneously. He calls his findings ‘Earth’s tiny mystery.’ His finding have yet to be refuted by the world’s leading scientists. You will not want to miss what he has to say." LECTURE FIVE July 12, 1997 Bob Gentry Presents: THE WITNESS OF GEOLOGY Tonight we have the distinct pleasure of introducing to you two people who are very special to me. Dr. George Vandeman, noted TV lecturer and minister will introduce Dr. Bob Gentry well known 47 physicist for NASA and the space agency. The reason for this is that Elder Vandeman is the person that led Bob in learning about God and His love. It is with a great deal of pleasure that I introduce a personal friend to you, pastor George Vandeman. Thank you Devon, I have looked forward to coming here ever since you invited me and Dr. Bob. What I will share with you by way of introducing Bob is taken from my little booklet, "Seeing is Believing," Chapter Four entitled "Footprints in Stone." This has to do with direct geological evidence supporting an instant creation. If you want more details, Bob has written a detailed account in a book entitled "Creation’s Tiny Mystery." FINGERPRINTS IN STONE: The year 1968 was a bitter pill to swallow. January stormed in with the North Korean capture of the USS Pueblo and the shocking Tet Offensive in Vietnam. Springtime cursed us with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. Summer brought no relief as the Vietnam peace talks dragged on and anti- war protests intensified! No doubt about it, 1968 was a year we would just as soon forget. That is, except for Christmas Eve. A beacon of hope came to us that night, the thrill of accomplishment. For the first time in history men were orbiting the moon. And they were Americans! We could hardly believe our eyes as television relayed the dramatic lunar vista beneath Apollo 8. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders sent their Christmas greetings from a quarter million miles away. Then they read to us the first chapter of an old Book. Comforting words, somehow familiar and yet nearly forgotten: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ The New York Times, commenting on that Scripture reading from lunar orbit, observed, ‘Somehow it was exactly right.’ Yes, what could have been more appropriate for our astronauts than to recognize that the blue sphere they looked back upon exists not by accident, but because God put it here? Some months after the mission of Apollo 8, I learned of a rather unusual incident that had taken place that Christmas Eve. Naturally, many reporters were present at the Space Center in Houston, some of them from foreign nations. Among them were two from a country without a Christian background. These men had been deeply impressed as the astronauts read from Genesis. The stark splendor of those grand words touched their minds and hearts. Not realizing they had been listening to Scripture, they asked someone from NASA if a script from which the astronauts read might be available. The American official replied with a meaningful 48 smile, ‘Why, yes, when you get back to your hotel room, just open the drawer of your nightstand. You will find a book bound in black. The script from which the astronauts read is on the very first page.’ "In the beginning God created." Strange as it may seem, many Christians in America are not as moved by these immortal words as those atheist journalists were. Even many church-going scientists and educators, searching for the origins of life, find themselves unable to accept any answer that points to a Creator. They would gladly spend millions of dollars probing outer space to find our roots. They would welcome some ancient legend or embrace some dusty artifact, but not the Bible account of Creation! They seem to enjoy bobbing like corks on the sea of uncertainty. If they knew something for sure, they couldn’t speculate anymore. All this to escape a Creator! All this to escape moral responsibility? I’m convinced that doubting God’s Word is not just a problem of logic. It’s more a problem of attitude. Human nature wants to ‘do its own thing,’ although we might not want to admit it. So we hide our doubts amid intellectual verbiage. It was Aldous Huxley who said, "The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics, he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do" (Ends and Means, p. 315). You see, if there is a Creator, then we stand accountable before Him who gave us life. But if we are only sophisticated animals arriving here by chance, then we have no responsibility. We can do as we please. Or at least whatever we can get away with. No doubt about it, a God powerful enough to create is unpopular in scientific circles. But lately we hear words of unrest among scientists. Not a few have come to realize that life is too complex to have sprung unannounced from a puddle of chemicals sparked by random lightning bolts. Here and there we find movement toward the Genesis account, what one writer calls "a sheepish resort" to the idea of a Creator. Some scientists now boldly declare their faith in the Bible account of creation. One of them, Robert Gentry, has caused quite a stir among his peers by his discovery of what one evolutionist calls "a tiny mystery." It is now time for Bob to come up and tell his story. Come on up here Dr. Bob and share your experience with these good people. Thank you Elder Vandeman. It is with much pleasure that I share with you good people what the Lord has done in my life and the way He has led me. I grew up in a Christian home believing the Biblical account of life’s origins. But while taking a freshman biology 49 course at the University of Florida, I began doubting the Scriptures. By the time I finished my studies there, I had become a theistic evolutionist—one who disbelieves the Genesis creation account but still believes God exists. One day an agnostic friend recommended that I watch a television program called "It Is Written." I had no idea religion was involved until I tuned in to the telecast the next Sunday evening. But as a result I became a regular viewer. When Elder Vandeman visited Orlando in the spring of 1959 to conduct some lectures, my wife and I invited him to our home. We discussed creation and evolution. He expressed to me his conviction that those who discard the account of Genesis also discredit the rest of the Bible. For instance, the Ten Commandments teach beyond question that God created the world in six literal days. We looked at the fourth commandment together: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work...for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth....Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-II) This Sabbath commandment directly challenged my confidence in evolution. I had been trying to maintain faith in the Bible by equating the six days of creation with six long geological eras, but now realized that if such were the case the fourth commandment would be saying something like this: "Six billion years you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh billion year is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work...for in six billion years the Lord made heaven and earth... and rested the seventh billion year, Therefore the Lord blessed the seventh billion year and hallowed it." That gets a little ridiculous, wouldn’t you say? I thought so too. So now I had a puzzle to solve. The Sabbath commandment proved that Genesis 1 required six, twenty-four-hour days in the creation week. But science seemed to indicate otherwise— radiometric dating appeared to prove the earth to be billions of years old. This conflict between Scripture and science caused quite a dilemma for me. At first I thought I must either reject the Bible as reliable or surrender my belief in science. Instead, I decided to search out the scientific evidence to see for myself if it could be reconciled with the creation account of the Lord’s Word. I began to realize that the case for evolution rested on shaky ground. Everything depended upon a questionable assumption known as the "UNIFORMITARIAN PRINCIPLE." This theory supposes that the universe evolved through the ages by means of physical laws that have never changed. If evidence could be found 50 disproving this supposed uniformity, the evolutionary theory would fall apart. Geologists would have no basis for assuming that radioactive decay has been constant throughout history, no basis for believing the earth has existed for billions of years. With these thoughts churning in my mind, I moved my family to the Atlanta area. There I taught physics while pursuing graduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology. My quest for truth led me to investigate radioactive halos. (These are imprints of radioactivity in rocks which reveal the radiation present long ago when the earth came into existence.) But the department chairman wasn’t enthusiastic about this new area of study. For a year he tried to discourage me. Finally he said to me, "Look, the time has come for me to tell you frankly. If you want to do this research, fine, but you can’t do it at Georgia Tech. I don’t think you’re going to find anything. But what if you did? If you published evidence that disrupted the evolutionary time scale, what would happen to Georgia Tech? You would be an embarrassment to everyone." With that I knew I could not continue at Georgia Tech. Under those circumstances I had to forfeit my doctoral dreams. It was the summer of 1964 and I found himself nearly destitute, without a regular income. We had exhausted our savings as well as funds borrowed from relatives in launching new research into those promising radioactive halos. We were determined to continue this quest for truth, regardless of the consequences. For the next few months things remained rather bleak for us. Nothing much happened in my research. But then I began noticing under the microscope that certain rocks had unusual ring patterns. These mysterious ‘radiohalos’ showed evidence of radioactivity with a fleeting existence, lasting just a very brief time and then disappearing. Let me explain it so you can understand it. Suppose I have a glass of water and I put an Alka Seltzer tablet in it. The bubbles flow out and then disappear within just a few seconds. Either I freeze that water instantly and catch the bubbles in transit, or else they’re gone forever. That’s exactly what I was looking at under the microscope. Radioactivity in rapid transition, like those bubbles, had been quickly trapped in earth’s foundation rocks. If those rocks had taken hundreds of thousands of years to cool and solidify, as evolutionists believe, these radiohalos could never have been formed. Something with such a fleeting existence must have been trapped in a matter of minutes. But how, I wondered. ***************** Finally one spring afternoon in 1965 I received my answer. I was home alone with my three children. The house was silent, it was 51 our "quiet hour," and my boisterous little ones were asleep. I moved my borrowed microscope from the back room to the front of the house to reexamine those fascinating halos. Suddenly, as I stared into the microscope, two verses from Scripture flashed into my mind: "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.... For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast" (Psalm 33:6, 9). As I sat there stunned, a solution suggested itself. These radiohalos in earth’s foundation rocks revealed radiation that had been active long ago but since had ceased. So what most geologists thought would have taken ages could have happened quite quickly. Could this be scientific evidence of an instantaneous creation event? Could these radiohalos, in a sense, be God’s fingerprints?’ As the thoughts sunk into my consciousness, I realized this was something really big! If this was true, the implications of this discovery were tremendous. I decided that I would test my findings by subjecting them to inspection by my peers in the world’s most reputable scientific journals. But I knew that before anything could be published, it would have to survive cautious and critical analysis. And once in print, the article would be further scrutinized by evolutionists everywhere. Any errors in my methodology would be quickly exposed. In time I managed to publish more than twenty reports in noted scientific journals. The only criticism raised was; "This can’t be true because evolution is true." But my conclusions remained intact, no one was able to find any fault with them. Note: Eventually Bob Gentry came to be recognized as the world’s foremost authority in his particular subspecialty. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission invited him to do research as a guest scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It was October 27, 1981. I was at work in my office at Oak Ridge when the phone rang. The Attorney General’s office from the state of Arkansas was calling. They needed me to testify at the forthcoming Arkansas creation trial as one of the science witnesses for the state. The teaching of creation in public schools had been opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union as being unscientific. I was asked to meet the challenge by presenting my scientific evidence for creation. My research was again subjected to more intense scrutiny by some of the world’s most distinguished evolutionists. Then it came time for the ACLU’s geologist to be cross-examined. Asked specifically about the fleeting existence of radioactive halos, he conceded that evolution had no satisfactory explanation for them. The courtroom listened in awe as he could only say, "Gentry has found a tiny mystery which scientists someday will solve." 52 My friends, the testimony of earth’s granite rock halos is creation’s tiny mystery. I know that scientists will never solve it because the Creator of the universe has placed in those halos His eternal fingerprints. Evidence that cannot be contradicted. Many honest minds these days are becoming convinced about creation because of what the Lord led me to discover. Whether or not people accept the compelling data, one fact remains self-evident: It does matter what we believe about our beginnings. For what we believe about how we got here determines what we believe about God. If He has misled us in the Bible about creation, how can He be a God worth worshipping? And what we believe about our beginnings determines what we believe about the future. For if we discard the book of Genesis as myth and legend, why should we take the prophecies of Revelation seriously? I Thank you for your attention and time. May God bless you all. Thank you Bob for that inspiring testimony. I thank all of you for coming tonight. I know you feel like I do that it was well worth your time and effort. Gradually the pieces of the puzzle about creation are being fitted into place. When we are finished, the picture will be incontrovertible proof about God and His creation that evolutionist and the "no God" proponents will have no answer for. Proof that will show that all their claims are groundless falsehood. We are now just about half way through our lecture series and already we have presented enough evidence to convince anyone who wants to believe. Next week we are going to have another special guest with us, noted cosmologist Dan Smoot. His 17 year search for answers about the cosmos and the big bang theory, adds yet another piece of the puzzle into the picture puzzle supporting a finite Creator who created the universe instantaneously. You will not want to miss this most interesting evening. Until next week, thank you all for coming. I bid you all good night and God’s speed. ******************** 48 LECTURE SIX July 19, 1997 THE WITNESS OF THE COSMOS Welcome to all of you tonight on this very warm evening. We have asked for the custodians to turn on the air conditioners and it should soon be comfortable in here. As mentioned at the close of last weeks lecture, Dr. Dan Smoot, noted cosmologist is here with us tonight to share with us what he has found and presented to the International Academy of Science’s convention in 1996. We feel honored and privileged that he accepted our request to come. Dr. Smoot, we welcome you to our community, and eagerly await to hear your contribution to our symposium. We turn the time over to you. Thank you Dr. Grey for inviting me to come and share with you what is the love of my life, God’s wonderful cosmos. I will begin by giving you a brief background into this subject and how I was led into this field. Since the late 1920s and early 1930s, the powerful idea surfaced about the origin of the Universe that, if true, would change man’s concept of space forever. Also, that if correct, it would support the theory that the cosmos had an origin and was not a static universe but one that had a cataclysmic beginning and was ever expanding both in time and space. As a result, cosmologists (scientists who study the cosmos, space, or the Universe) were divided by two groups of thought. The Static View: From the time when man first began to study and observe the Universe and its visible celestial bodies, at a time when the heavens could only be viewed with the naked eye, the Universe appeared to be STATIC. The stars and planets always appeared in the same spot in the heavens at the same time in earth’s year. From earliest times planetariums made of stone were erected to view the stars as they passed across stones placed in the ground. The pyramids were built facing only one direction, oriented toward a fixed star. The Expanding View: It was not until the time of Galileo, when he invented and used the first telescope, that man’s understanding began to gradually change about the Universe. Man could not see that there was movement in space, dynamic happenings, comprising stupendous events. With the invention of giant optical and radio telescopes, space exploring satellites, and sophisticated measuring devices, man’s concepts and ideas about space expanded, multiplying his knowledge and understanding of the Universe and the laws governing its operation. 49 The giant new Hubble telescope located in space is revealing startling new images of a dynamic, ever expanding space. New objects in the universe never before seen are uncovered to the amazement of all. Every new discovery supports the observations that our infinitely vast Universe is an ever-expanding universe. The current line of reasoning about the Universe is 1) IT IS FINITE, that is, HAD AN ORIGIN, a beginning, or was CREATED. This event is labeled the "Big Bang," and 2) IT IS AN EVER EXPANDING UNIVERSE IN BOTH TIME AND SPACE. It appears that new galaxies star clusters are constantly forming, and the means whereby this is taking place can now be observed. THE SEARCH FOR ORIGINS: Eighteen years ago I entered the field of cosmology with a burning desire to prove the "big bang" theory to be truth. After years of heartbreak, disappointment, trial and error, I was finally successful in reaching my goal and wrote a book describing my experience and findings. The solid scientific proof, which supports the premise that the universe is dynamic and ever expanding, is there for all to see. But more important to me is that this was the creation of a super mind with incomprehensible power defined as God, who created matter, time and space from nothing. Beyond this, the findings indicate clearly THE METHOD which God used to create the cosmos, HOW He formed stars and heavenly bodies, and WHEN in time He began the process. Furthermore, this creative process has an order and timing that excludes the idea that the universe just happened by random chance, as atheistic minds like to believe. After I became heavily involved in this project, which became my life’s work, I realized that God’s hand had been leading and guiding me; that I had a contribution to make which would glorify Him and prove to be irrefutable evidence against those who do not believe in a finite being or if they believe, doubt His methodology. I believe that my search for truth is a prime example of how God leads when we seek knowledge and understanding about Him and His Universe. I deem it a privilege to have had the opportunity to do this. Any person (scientist) who is honest and seeking for answers about God, will be lead to the truth regarding God’s existence and the vindication of His Word. (The following information was taken from Dan’s book, "Wrinkles in Time."). ORIGIN OF THE COSMOS: Cosmology is defined as ‘the science of the Universe.’...No study has excited more interest and conjecture than that of the universe, the cosmos, or outer space. Beginning twenty-five hundred years ago the ancient Greeks organized their observations of the world into cosmological models. The Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy altered it in his time to account for celestial observations and it remained the 50 standard cosmological model for another fifteen hundred years. (p 2,3) Over the past four centuries a series of astronomical observations and experiments have radically altered our view of the Universe. Just as Aristotle’s geocentric Universe was replaced by the heliocentric Universe of Copernicus, Copernicus’s Universe was soon replaced by Newton’s, and Newton’s eventually by Einstein’s. We currently live in Einstein’s Universe, but this worldview may also someday become inadequate. One of the themes of my book, and of the history of science, is that no theory is sacrosanct. As we expand our powers of observation through technology and experimental ingenuity, we must modify our theories to fit what we see. When I took up cosmology in 1970, a change was taking place in the science. In the past, astronomy and particle physics had independently pursued fundamental questions about nature. But by 1970, a union of these two disciplines had begun to occur. This union of the study of the incomprehensibly large (astronomy) and the unbelievably small When I took up cosmology in 1970, a change was taking place in the science. In the past (particle physics) promises to move human curiosity closer to answering the ultimate questions. Indeed, it is already delivering on that promise, as experiment and theory allow us to look back toward the slimmest imaginable margin of time, some 10 to the 42 seconds (that is, one millionth of an trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second) after what we believe to be the origin of the universe. The scope of cosmology begins at that moment and encompasses the subsequent evolution of our cosmos, which grew from being the tiniest fraction of the size of a proton (one of the elementary particles from which all known matter is made) to an essentially endless expanse. This theory of an expanding cosmos is popularly known as the "BIG BANG." To cosmologists, the big bang is a powerful theory that has dominated the science for the past three decades. As words imply, the theory envisages the universe’s beginning with a mighty eruption. Unlike a conventional explosion, however, the big bang did not move into existing space; IT CREATED SPACE AS IT EXPANDED (AND CONTINUES TO DO SO). The big bang was the cataclysmic creation of matter and space. To understand the conditions that allowed the big bang to occur, we must abandon our commonsense notion of matter and energy and time and space as separate. The universe at the moment of creation existed under very different conditions and probably operated according to different laws than it does today. Reality in cosmology sometimes evades our comprehension. Big bang cosmology holds that the universe is expanding and evolving. When one looks back in time, the Universe is more dense and hotter and its contents younger. At the very beginning, there are only seeds. 51 Though the pedigree of big bang cosmology reaches back to an idea developed between 1927 and 1933 by Georges-Henri Lemaitre, a Belgian priest, it wasn’t until 1964 that the theory emerged as the dominant explanation of how the universe came to be the way it is. (p 8-9) Science has moved from the Greeks’ four basic elements to the modern view of a world made of atoms. At low temperatures these atoms combine to form very complex and complicated structures. As temperature increases, the higher random heat energy breaks the linked atoms apart into simpler and more symmetric pieces. For example a solid snowflake melts into water, a liquid, which vaporizes into steam—a gas composed of individual molecules of H2 O. At higher temperatures the molecules split apart into individual atoms of oxygen and hydrogen. At a still higher temperature the electrons are stripped from the atoms. Scientists had found that atoms were actually simpler than they looked—they were made of electrons in a cloud around a tiny dense nucleus and that nucleus was composed only of protons and neutrons. The number of protons determined the number of electrons in the atomic cloud and thus the chemical properties of the atom. The electrons on the outside of the atomic cloud were the handles by which atoms could join together to make substances. The electrons were clearly simple—very lightweight, point-like particles, all identical, and carrying a single unit of electric charge. "This made a wonderfully simple picture: All of matter is made by combining in different ways just three simple particles, the electron, proton, and neutron. These composites, in turn, combine to make even more complex structures. Unfortunately nuclear physicists found out that the proton and neutron are not simple, like the electron. In high-energy collisions, new particles were being discovered by the handful. The force holding the neutrons and protons in the nucleus (the strong nuclear force) turned out to be not nearly as neat and simple as the electrical force holding electrons to atoms, or the gravity holding us on the earth. At high energies, physics seemed to have turned messy. The strong force was very complicated. This was a reversal of the pattern that made physics so beautiful and fundamental. Ideally, physics should reduce the number of things that are separate and that have to be remembered and explained. Instead, the interactions were now more complicated and there was a plethora of particles with no known use. This also gave me pause about the big bang model. If elemental nuclei were so hard to understand, how could anyone hope to understand Georges-Henri Lemaitre’s primordial atom with its nucleus as big as the Solar System? At nuclear densities the universe would be very 52 complicated. How could we find out how the universe began? (p 14- 15) This perceived problem gave impetus to my desire to find an answer. Fortunately or providentially, I met Professor David Frisch, who recruited me to work with his group for his senior thesis project. They had set up a detector at the big accelerator at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island and had gathered reams of data showing the debris resulting from collisions of the accelerator’s high-energy protons including deuterium nuclei in the detector. In this debris were traces of many unstable particles traveling nearly at the speed of light. The results of this data showed that "all the extra particles the scientists had found were simply unstable combinations of quarks that quickly split into more stable combinations." (p 16) It showed that "at higher energies, things get less complicated and more symmetric. This made the big bang look more tractable. Things became simpler and easier the closer one got to the beginning of the Universe. It was now easy for me to imagine everything in the Universe compressed into a region smaller than a proton. When one reaches Lemaitre’s primordial nucleus, just keep pushing. The protons and neutrons dissolve into a soup of quarks. If the quarks are really point-like, or at least very, very tiny, then it is no problem to push them into a region the size of a proton. With a great many quarks packed together, they resist less than when there are only three in the volume of a proton. This compression does, however, require an unimaginably high temperature. (p 16,17) Without getting too technical, I realized that this concept provided the breakthrough I needed. At that point I realized that the origin of the cosmos was probably the creation of God, rather than a state of just being, and that time and space were interwoven, meaning that there had to have been a beginning point. In 1993, an annual meeting was held in Boston by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In a session called "The Theological Significance of Big Bang Cosmology," scientists and theologians sought connections between the fundamental science of the big bang, as described by current theory, and the Christian story of creation. (p 17) It was agreed upon that a parallel exists between the big bang as an event and the Christian notion of creation from nothing. As science, the big bang is a powerful theory for explaining the origin and the evolution of the universe. (P 17,18) In 1938, a researcher, Carl Friedrich von Weizsaker, after concluding that the interior of the Sun and other stars wasn’t hot enough to fuse light elements into an abundance of heavier elements, suggested that a super-hot primordial "fireball" might have been involved in the 53 creation of the Universe. He conceived of a fireball as big as the Milky Way—perhaps even as large as the whole cosmos. A fireball of this size would, he conjectured, fly apart, ejecting matter into space that we now see as the galaxies. He theorized that that matter would include heavy elements "baked" in the intense heat (4 million degrees), elements that eventually condensed into celestial objects such as the earth, sun, and moon. The thought was that this intense heat of a created star would fuse lighter elements such as hydrogen into an abundance of heavier elements. But it was argued that no such heat was available in space. Eddington, wrote in his book, "Stars and Atoms," "I am aware that many critics consider the conditions in the stars not sufficiently extreme to bring about the transmutation—the stars are not hot enough. The critics lay themselves open to an obvious retort, we tell them to go and find a hotter place." (pp 60-64) In that year, two American radio astronomers discovered what appeared to be the dim afterglow of the ancient cataclysmic event. That afterglow, an all-pervasive hum of radiation with a temperature equivalent of barely more than 3 degrees Kelvin (three degrees above absolute zero), is known as cosmic background radiation, and it provides us with a faded snapshot of the universe as it was some three hundred thousand years after the big bang. It is within the background radiation that my colleagues and I hoped to discover our wrinkles in time, the Holy Grail of cosmology. One of the greatest challenges to the big bang theory has been to explain how matter is distributed through the ever-expanding space of the cosmos. It is possible to imagine that all matter would have been scattered evenly through space, making the Universe a homogeneous cloud of gas, with an average density of about one hydrogen atom every ten cubic meters....Had the Universe today, some 15 billion years after it formed, been a virtually unending cloud of gas, the night sky would be unrelentingly black, and we would not be here to observe it. However, we know from our very existence that something (GOD) in the evolution of the Universe caused matter to condense, into stars and planets—and, ultimately, LIFE (However, not just life on earth, with a probability approaching 100 percent, but on millions of other planets too, including some in our own Milky Way). "Again, it is possible to imagine that stars, like our own Sun with its orbiting planets, could have been distributed evenly throughout the Universe, a uniform cloud of countless billions of points of light in the night sky. But, again, we know from our own experience that that is not the case. Our sun is but one of a hundred million similar stars in a huge, disk- shaped, rotating spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, seen as a wispy band across the night sky. To all intents and purposes, all stars are members of such galaxies. Matter is therefore dumped together not only as stars gut also as collections of stars, or galaxies. 54 Again, it is possible to imagine that all galaxies, once they had formed from the condensation of matter into a community of stars, could have been distributed evenly throughout the Universe, a uniform cloud of blurred spirals in the night sky. A major discovery of recent cosmology is that this, too, is not the case. Galaxies are often collected together, not only as clusters of thousands of galaxies, but as even larger entities known as super-clusters, and structures larger yet, some many millions of light-years in extent. In other words, matter in the universe is highly structured. A useful image of the universe is a foam composed of soap bubbles, in which the walls of the bubbles represent concentrations of galaxies and their interiors represent vast empty volumes of space. But the structure and formation of visible matter is only part of the conundrum for the modern cosmologist. Go out tonight and, if you are blessed with a clear sky and little extraneous light, look deep into the heavens. If you use binoculars or a telescope you will see a night sky ablaze, such as Galileo saw it four centuries ago, holding millions of stars and galaxies, the stuff of creation. This is what we usually think of when we talk about the Universe. However, it is what you are not seeing that is of increasing importance to theorists. If modern cosmology is correct, the shining stars in the dark night sky represent LESS THAN 1 PERCENT OF THE STUFF OF CREATION (emphasis added). Most matter CREATED during the big bang may be completely alien to us: invisible to our eyes and quite beyond our physical experience. (pages 8-12) A COSMOLOGICAL PUZZLE—HOW? This is a "giant cosmological puzzle which relates to the central search of cosmology for the past three decades. The discovery in 1964 of cosmic background radiation appeared to confirm the reality of the big bang. But it left unanswered a key issue: How did the big bang lead to the formation of stars, galaxies, galactic clusters, and so on, by the condensation of the stuff of creation? If the big bang happened, clues to the formation of the structures we see in today’s universe should be evident in the earliest remnants of the fury of creation. The clues should be evident in the cosmic background radiation. Background radiation from all regions of the universe looked uniform, a picture showing a smooth fabric of space and energy. But IN ORDER FOR STRUCTURES TO CONDENSE FROM THE PRODUCTS OF THE BIG BANG, THE SMOOTH FABRIC MUST HAVE BORNE TINY WRINKLES, FLUCTUATIONS IN TEMPERATURE CAUSED BY AREAS OF HIGHER DENSITY. According to the big bang theory, matter (familiar and unfamiliar) could have condensed and subsequently formed galactic structures in 55 such areas through gravity. These wrinkles—we can also call them cosmic seeds from which the galaxies grew—must have been present, otherwise modern cosmology, and specifically the big bang theory, would be in serious trouble. Ibid, pp 12-14. Because of this puzzle, I was driven to look for these "wrinkles" or variations in the fabric of space which would prove the big bang theory, which describes an instantaneous creation of the universe. This endeavor took me 17 years, after which time my colleagues and I eventually, by the use of a satellite, found these wrinkles, thus proving that the "big bang" hypothesis was correct. IMPLICATIONS ENORMOUS: For creationists the implications are enormous, for once having proved by the laws of nuclear physics (God’s natural laws regulating matter and space), that the universe had a beginning, the cosmologist was then forced to answer THE QUESTION OF WHO OR WHAT STARTED THIS BIG BANG. Newton recognized and admitted that a divine power must be necessary to ensure that stars "would continue in that posture [spaced at equal distances] without motion for ever (the law of gravity and the attraction of one body toward another). This of course was a very unpopular idea with the scientists of his day. As the data from space was compiled, we felt there was only one possible explanation for the beginning or origin of the universe. ONLY AN INTELLIGENT, POWERFUL MIND COULD HAVE CREATED THIS UNIVERSE. Our scientific research and exploration, undeniably confirms this hypothesis. There is no other possible answer that can adequately explain the order and structure of the cosmos. A universe created by random chance could never have happened without an overriding intelligent controlling power, which of course could only be God the Creator. WHERE DOES GOD DWELL? If one accepts that the Universe had its beginnings 15 billion years ago, was created by the Word of God, and is an ever expanding universe from its initial creation, then of necessity heaven, or God’s dwelling place had to be somewhere else, perhaps in another Universe. If this is so, then COULD THERE NOT BE OTHER CLUSTERS OF UNIVERSES, A SYSTEM OF UNIVERSES? It is utterly impossible for the human mind to grasp or understand concepts of this magnitude and vastness. But then, it is not necessary for us to do so, for the only point which God would have us mindful of is that He is LOVE, that He is our Creator, and that there is no limit to His creative power and abilities, which includes His power to save us from the enemy Satan. 56 Most important of all is that, OUT OF LOVE, He sent His only Son, the Creator, to earth to die for our sins so that we might someday, if faithful, live for eternity in God’s eternal universe to live in the glory of His presence. What incomprehensible unfathomable love is this, coming from a being with such vast powers that He holds not only our world in place but all the numberless stars, planets, galaxies, and possibly unnumbered universes? I thank you for allowing me to come and share my findings. If my remarks were somewhat over your heads, I apologize. Of necessity I had to present this bare minimum to show the principles of particle physics and how this proves the "Big Bang" theory. Thank you Dr. Smoot for your most enlightening contribution, and thank you audience for coming tonight. Next weeks symposium topic will be "The Witness of Nature." This involves nature around us in the natural world. ******************** LECTURE SEVEN July 26, 1997 THE WITNESS OF NATURE Good evening to all of you, we are happy that you have come again for this seventh in our series on Creation. As announced last week, tonight we are privileged have for the second time Pastor George Vandeman, originator of the "It is Written," telecast as our guest. It was just two weeks ago, at my request that he came to introduce Dr. Bob Gentry. Although not a scientist in the strictest sense, he is nevertheless a scientist of religion. He has studied and read widely and is very knowledgeable, having written extensively about many things. I have asked Brother Vandeman to share with us some more information out of his book, "Seeing Is Believing." Pastor Vandeman, we again welcome you back and wait eagerly to hear what you have to share with us. Thank you Devon for inviting me back. It is my pleasure to come and share with you what God has revealed about Himself through nature. First off tonight, I would like to turn your attention to the evidence of God as found in light, color, motion, shape, and perspective. There’s much more to vision than meets the eye. Every time we open our eyes, we must translate an incredibly complicated mass of information into images that make sense. We see with our brains. And what we see can even help our minds to believe. 57 Isn’t it interesting that all these concrete, physical objects become real to us only because of something as insubstantial as light, something as spiritual, perhaps, as light. Plants take on a definite shape in the light. Wood shows its texture and form, in the light. The walls define the size of the room in the light. When we turn on all the lights, everything seems real. Now we can believe. Without light, we can’t see to believe. Did you ever stop to wonder why? And did you ever wonder just how the human eye does see? Is it a camera, snapping away and sending pictures to the brain? Does it record scenes electrically? Let’s look at just how light and our eyes work together. When light strikes our eyes, it first hits the transparent cornea. The iris, located behind the cornea, controls the amount of light entering the eye by changing the size of the pupil, the hole in its center that appears black. Once the proper amount of light has been admitted into the eye, it must be bent in order to focus. The cornea, because of its bulging surface, bends light sharply toward the center of the eye. The light then reaches the tiny lens, which is about the size and shape of a small bean. The lens consists of over 2,000 infinitely fine layers of transparent fiber. This lens, unlike the lens in a camera, is pliable and can bulge slightly or flatten out. This changes the way light is bent and thus helps the eye to focus very sharply. Human vision is extraordinarily flexible. We can focus on objects a few inches from our nose and then switch instantly to a clear, sharp view of a distant star. After being focused by the lens, light passes through the clear jelly- like substance that fills most of the interior of our eyes. This vitreous humor is matched to the lens in such a way that it keeps light traveling in the same focused path. Finally light hits the retina, a pink coating that covers the back of the eye. The retina corresponds roughly to film in a camera. Packed into the retina lie what are called rods and cones. These photoreceptors contain light-sensitive pigments. The rods and cones are a bit like having two kinds of film in a camera. Plump cones are most active in bright light. They give us full colored, sharp vision. The slender rods are for dim light. Like highly sensitive black-and-white film, they create a monochromatic picture when little light is available. That is why color seems to disappear at night and we see basically different shades of gray. About 130 million of these rods and cones are mixed together throughout the retina, occupying an area the size of a postage stamp. 58 This enables us to switch with relative ease from vision in bright sunlight to vision in very dim light. Our photoreceptors, the rods and cones, also perform another vital function. They transform the light they receive into signals, partly electrical and partly chemical. These coded signals are what will reach the brain. To carry those signals, retinal nerve fibers are required. These fibers create a complex interconnected network that fans out over the retina. This data collection system brings all signals together at one point. The nerve fibers are bunched together like a cable and pass out the back of the eye as the optic nerve. Now things are just beginning to get complicated. The optic nerves from each eye crisscross in the brain. They somehow exchange information so that the images from two eyes can be coordinated into one stereoscopic field of vision. Then a new set of specialized nerve fibers picks up the signals and carries them to the visual cortex in the back of the brain. In this small mass of gray matter, the actual phenomenon of ‘seeing’ takes place. The billions of cells in our visual cortex are arranged in a number of layers. All these cells have highly specialized functions. Some send projections to other areas of the brain where memory and association occur. Most add, combine, exchange, and organize visual data in some mysterious way yet to be fathomed. The result is perception, a picture in the mind. Clearly, seeing is no simple matter. The organs that produce sight are a marvel. Scientists tell us that the delicate engineering of the eye’s cornea and lens makes the most advanced camera seem like a child’s toy by comparison. The tiny rods and cones in the retina transform light into electricity and chemistry through processes the most sophisticated laboratory cannot reproduce. And finally, brain cells in our visual cortex synthesize countless bits of data into the miracle of perception something no high-tech computer can come close to doing. Engineering, chemistry, information processing all are involved every time we open our eyes. All suggest that our eyes are marvelously designed. In fact, the more we learn about vision, the harder it is to ascribe all this ingenuity to chance. The eye all but demands a Creator. We have to ask, Could the human eye have simply evolved from something simple to its present complexity? Let me tell you what Charles Darwin said about that. Darwin, you recall, is the man who first proposed the theory of evolution. But at one point he stated that the thought of how the eye could possibly be produced by natural selection made him ill. There’s a very good reason why the human eye is so distressing to the evolutionist and why it presents such a stumbling block to developing a consistent model of natural selection. The theory of evolution states that organisms change through natural selection. That means, for 59 example, that strong, healthy animals are naturally selected to survive over weaker ones because they are better adapted to their environment. And slowly animals become better and better adapted. Beneficial changes are preserved; harmful changes are weeded out. All this, however, must happen over millions of years as a result of millions of tiny genetic changes. These mutations, it is believed, gradually accumulate and result in more complex living things. Now here’s the problem. The human eye is absolutely useless unless complete. It simply can’t gradually evolve. There is no way that part of an eye could be beneficial to an animal. Natural selection would eliminate, not preserve, any partially developed eye organs. The lens, which focuses light, would be useless without the retina, which senses light. All the light received would serve no purpose without the nerve fibers that carry signals to the brain. And these signals would be useless without the visual cortex, which interprets them. Vision involves a complex interaction of nerves, muscles, fluids, glands, and brain cells. All must be perfectly integrated and balanced in order for us to see. Everything must be functioning or nothing functions. So you see it is very, very difficult to imagine how something like the eye could develop gradually. Thinking about it made Darwin ill. But it need not make us ill. The eye isn’t just a baffling mystery. It is a wonderful work of art if we understand it as the work of an Almighty Creator. If we will only open our eyes to the wonder of vision, seeing can help us see the Creator God. We can see how vision and the eye point to a Designer or Creator. The Bible also tells us that light itself can point to Him. God is light. He illuminates. He warms. He makes things real. The symbol is pretty clear. But, you know, scientific discoveries about light have shown more about why it is an especially fitting symbol. At first, light seems pretty simple. Look at any light source and you see just a flood of white. But if you pass a ray of light through a prism, you see something quite different. The glass of the prism refracts or bends light and spreads the ray into its different wavelengths, causing the whole spectrum of color to appear. It was through experiments like this that scientists long ago discovered that light actually contains all colors. The light we call white combines every color in the rainbow. In fact, color itself exists only through light. Normally we think of an object’s color as something it possesses, something painted on it. The redness of an apple seems a part of it, period. The color orange seems inescapably a property of an orange. But, in fact, the light falling on such objects is what gives them their 60 color. When the colors in white light reach an apple, it reflects back to our eyes only one part of the spectrum, red light. The surface of an orange reflects back to our eyes only orange light." PLANT PRODIGIES Exploring the local park or forest, most of us see only a mass of green, an assortment of nondescript leaves and branches spread before us. Little do we dream, on our Sunday afternoon strolls, that we are unwitting witnesses to architectural feats, chemical marvels, innovative aviation, and complex data processing. It’s right here, if only we look closely enough. Most of us use plants simply to grace our living rooms, add color to our porches, freshen up our offices. They’re nice to have around, of course. Nice to have in the background. We don’t notice them that much. We don’t notice, for example, how much is involved in what appears to be a simple, common thing: a plant turning toward the light. We just kind of expect them to do it. They turn toward the light naturally; they’re attracted to it. Plants need sunlight to stay healthy, to grow. But how do they do it? And how do they manage that technological feat of turning light directly into energy? Much of the information shared in this chapter is based on a study of plants by science writer Felix Paturi. He called his work, "Nature, Mother of Invention." In this chapter we’re going to see just how incredibly inventive Mother Nature is by looking at plant prodigies. Plants are masters of what is called ‘phototropism,’ the movements of plants when stimulated by light. They pack all the necessary mechanics—the means of measuring, interpreting, and moving—into one compact unit. And it’s incredibly sensitive. A plant kept in a dark room for a day will react to a single flash of light two-thousandths of a second long. In a tree or bush, individual leaves bend and turn so that as few as possible are overshadowed and all take in adequate radiation. Plants have solved an energy problem that still plagues our industrialized world, and they’ve done it on a large scale. They use energy efficiently and without hazardous wastes. Think about it. Plants have been producing refuse for thousands of years, far longer than factories. But they dispose of wastes without pollution. Their wastes are broken down in the soil to become food again. Production and decomposition cancel each other out. Everything is recycled. Such a well-balanced system can go on functioning indefinitely. Sun power makes roses red, violets blue, and ferns green. Is it any wonder the psalmist was moved to write in praise of Jehovah: ‘He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, bringing forth food from the earth’ (Psalm 104:14, NIV)! 61 The psalmist saw a wise Creator in the wonder of growing things. How much more should we see that now. Sunlight is a vital part of the miracle. And so is water. Let’s look at how plants absorb it. Say you live in an apartment on the sixth floor, about sixty feet from the ground. And let’s say you and your family use forty gallons of water a day. It takes an extensive pipe system and a lot of pressure to pump those forty gallons, sixty feet up in the air. That’s one reason you get those nice little bills every month. But did you realize that a full grown birch tree does that much work on a hot summer day? It gets forty gallons up to its branches and leaves every day, without electricity or gas or power pump. In fact, the tree itself needs to supply no energy to do this. Everything is automatic. When water evaporates from the leaves, it creates a constant compensating suction of water below. The suction continues through twigs, branches, and trunk down to the roots. This happens because the tree’s ‘water pipes’ are actually many, many microscopic tubes. No man-made suction pump has ever managed to pull water up more than thirty feet. Columns of water suctioned higher than this in ordinary pipes inevitably collapse. But the tallest of trees are able to suction up water to their uppermost branches because of their ‘capillaries’ tiny tubes a few thousandths of a millimeter in diameter. How true these words ring from Psalm 104:16: ‘The trees of the Lord are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.’ The trees that He planted, indeed, how ingeniously they are watered. But there’s much more to plant technology and engineering. Did you know that plants are also extraordinary architects? In the 1850s, architect Sir Joseph Paxton entered a competition to design the building that would house London’s world exhibition. He longed to outdo his rivals with an epoch-making design. Paxton conjured up a building of gigantic dimensions, which would have nothing heavy or clumsy about it; he imagined a structure that would produce the effect of lightness, even weightlessness. But the problem was, there was no way to construct such a building at the time. Large structures required massive walls to support them. There seemed no way to create the graceful, airy building Paxton had in mind. But then he remembered a certain plant he’d worked with as a gardener in his youth: the royal water lily. The floating leaves of this lily are huge, up to six feet in diameter, and very thin. But in spite of this, they’re quite stable. They achieve this stability by a complicated strutting on the underside. Ribs radiate from the center of the leaf outward, splitting up into many branches. 62 The royal water lily gave Paxton the key to making his architectural dream come true. He used a few main struts connected by many small ribs in his design. And he won the competition. The result? The Crystal Palace of the world exhibition, a smashing success. It proved to be a great turning point in architecture. The bold skyscrapers of steel and glass we see all around us today actually date back to that graceful, airy Crystal Palace, and, yes, back to the remarkable design of the royal water lily. Plants have also mastered the art and science of aviation. And they did it long before Orville and Wilbur Wright propelled their frail craft into the air. We see this most often in the way seeds navigate to suitable soil. If a tree dropped its seeds straight down, the seedlings would have to try to grow in the shade of the parent tree and would soon choke each other out. Seeds need to be transported away from the parent tree or plant, and this is accomplished in a variety of ways. The common dandelion sends its seeds aloft by means of tiny parachutes. First the plant actually measures relative humidity, temperature, and velocity. "It will release its seeds only when conditions are just right. A steady wind must be blowing, not just a brief gust; the air must be warm and dry indicating that rising wind currents will prevail. Only then do the flying seeds let go and venture on their all-important journey. And these dandelion seeds, hanging under their parachutes like so many paratroopers, are able to travel remarkable distances. Several other plants also transport seeds by means of parachutes. And what’s very interesting is that these plants come from widely different botanical families. They are not confined to one species or genus; they are not one type of plant. Now this presents a real problem for the theory of evolution. Its one thing to assume that one plant group managed to evolve this ingenious parachute solution to the problem of seed transportation. That, in it self, takes a lot of faith. But to believe that a whole range of different plant types all developed this same amazing solution to a common challenge, takes more faith than I could ever muster. I hope you are beginning to see that behind all the ingenuity of plants solving technical problems lies one common denominator, one common source: an ingenious Creator. From parachutes we move to gliders. The most interesting example is probably the winged seed of the tropical liana. It grows high up in the branches of its parent tree amid beautiful, shining green leaves. The liana seed develops two curved wings, transparent, gleaming, and very elastic. When the seed releases from the tree, it glides away in the breeze. Coldly objective scientists grow eloquent when observing this bit of plant aeronautics. One professor described the liana glider in this 63 way: ‘Circling widely, and gracefully rocking to and fro, the seed sinks slowly, almost unwillingly, to the earth. It needs only a breath of wind to make it rival the butterflies in flight.’ Early aviation pioneers were also impressed with the perfect flight of the liana seed. In building craft light enough to soar in the wind, stability was the key. Early flying machines kept falling apart. But the liana glider’s gossamer winds were remarkably stable. And so two flying pioneers, Etrich and Wels, made use of the liana seed in designing a tailless glider. The craft that resulted in 1904 proved to be a milestone in aviation history, gliding for about 900 meters. Another technological marvel pointing to nature as the mother of invention. Well, we’ve seen parachutes and gliders in the plant world; how about helicopters? The Norway maple seed is one example. It comes equipped with tiny curving wings. When the seed falls from the tree, air friction causes it to rotate quickly. It spins in a spiral path around the nut at its base. The effect is exactly the same as that produced by spinning helicopter blades. The rotation creates a complete circular surface, which the wind can grip. And so, of course, the seed falls much more slowly, and the tiniest bit of wind can push it more than 100 yards. Aeronautics! Who would have thought that trees would lead the way? Who can fathom the creative Mind behind it all? Think for a moment of a mainframe computer, one of the truly great feats of modern technology. Its ability to store and retrieve data, and to compute and sort and list is mind-boggling. Computers perform functions in a split second that would take mathematicians weeks or even months. These machines are real problem solvers. And electronic computers are getting smaller and faster almost every day. Micro-electronics continues to develop tinier and more efficient chips and circuits. "But as impressive as computer number crunching is, there’s something even more impressive that I can hold in the palm of my hand--a tiny marvel that rivals all the information processing that a room full of computers can do. What is it? A common, ordinary seed. Now some of you may be saying, ‘Wait a minute. I know seeds grow into flowers and trees, but doing the work of a computer? Isn’t that taking it a bit far?’ Well, let’s think about it. A single plant seed must contain all the plant specifications; all the information about its appearance and behavior has to be stored right in one seed. The size and shape and color of the plant, its reactions in heat and cold, light and shade, in drought or downpour, all must be determined beforehand in the seed. Now how many megabytes would be taken up in a computer just to program the color of a plant’s flower? Or, say, to mathematically encode just the outward form of a tree? Think about programming in the exact geometric shape of leaves, buds, blossoms, fruit, bark, stems. We’re 64 getting into millions and millions of digital notations. Think about trying to program the chemical qualities of the cell sap, the disposition of various types of tissue. And then try to figure out how to instruct the plant about survival techniques in various environments. How would you program in, the remarkable range of adaptations we’ve talked about today? Well, science writer Felix Paturi, for one, concluded that the storage capacity of a large modern computer would scarcely suffice for all this data. But it’s all here, all that information and more is stored in each tiny seed. Incredible computer. Do you want to look at the far horizon of high technology? You don’t have to go to Silicon Valley. You don’t have to go to MIT. Just dig up a seed burrowing into the ground. Here’s information processing that is most mind-boggling. Here is solid evidence for an infinitely wise Creator. I can’t believe a seed is the product of natural selection or genetic mutation. Weak animals can be weeded out by natural selection. Genetic mutation can produce a few freaks now and then. But those blind processes don’t invent computers this size. I’m sorry. That just isn’t done. If we can’t see an incredibly ingenious God behind plant aviation and architecture and chemistry and the seed computer, then something’s wrong with our eyesight. Our Creator has solved a vast array of technical problems. He’s created solutions that have inspired our greatest inventions. WHO TOLD THE HONEYBEE? Computers and rockets and dictionaries and planes are the product of genius and hard work. But the men who design them are the product of accident and chance. So we are told. But did you know that the common honeybee, without even trying, can upset the conclusions of brilliant minds? Just how much are you willing to attribute to the unlikely magic of the ages? If evolution happened, how did it happen? Would it be unreasonable to ask some specific questions in one small area? Come with me as we watch the fascinating activities of the common honeybee. I promise there will be some surprises and a rather formidable dilemma for those who credit all creation to the supposed power of time to do in the past what it cannot do now! Have you ever noticed that bees are incredible architects? The hive is a masterpiece of engineering, with rows and rows of six-sided rooms with walls of wax. The marble palace that we call the comb is built by young bees under seventeen days old. Yet each little room is the same size, six-sided, with each of three pairs of walls facing the other. The 65 th walls of the rooms are only 1/350 of an inch thick, yet so strong that one pound of comb will support at least twenty-five pounds of honey. How do these young bees know that the hexagon has the smallest circumference, therefore requiring the smallest amount of building material? How do they know that hexagon cells are the best and most economical plan? Who told them? Yet they do it all without blueprints or drawing boards or protractors. And every cell is perfect just the size to fit a bee! How do they do it? They hang themselves up like a festoon from the roof of the hive. Or it may be in the hollow of a tree. One bee hooks onto the roof, and another bee hooks onto his dangling legs, and so on. These chains of bees grow longer and longer, and as they sway back and forth, they hook onto bees on the right and left until they form a living curtain. They hang themselves up like this to produce wax. You see, there are four wax pockets on each side of the bee’s abdomen. And after about twenty-four hours of hanging, wax begins to appear from these pockets. When a bee feels its wax is ready, it climbs up over the other bees, takes the wax out of its pockets, chews it, and pats it onto the comb. At first they just pile on wax. Then they form rough cups, climb into them, and push. And apparently all this pushing sets up vibrations which enable the bees to judge the elasticity and thickness of the walls. The result is the perfect shape and the incredibly thin walls. And that’s the way the comb is built. The bees perform their tasks in perfect cooperation, as if their assignments were posted on a bulletin board! It must be a marvel of organization, you say. Yes. But who directs it? "It is true that no honeybee lives to itself. They all live for the hive. There may be forty to seventy five thousand bees in a hive, or more, all working in perfect harmony, as a unit. But who is the leader? Is it the queen? You might say she exerts leadership at the time of swarming. But even then the worker bees play the key role in locating a new nest site. The queen, of course, is an egg-laying machine. In a single day she can lay two thousand eggs. And evidently she does produce chemical signals that in some way enable the colony to function smoothly. For we are told that it takes less than a hundred worker bees to build a comb if the queen is present, but thousands of them if there is no queen. But is she the leader of the hive? Certainly not. And the drones are not the leaders. These male bees are completely indolent. They spend their lifetime waiting, just waiting for a chance to chase after a queen on her mating flight. The worker bees are unquestionably the real marvels of the hive. But they have no leader. Yet somehow they get all the right things done! 66 Bees need two things, pollen and nectar. Both are found in flowers. And as they fly off to the fields of flowers, they go marvelously equipped. In the first place, a honeybee is a fantastically engineered flying machine. Man made freight planes can carry a payload of about 25 percent of their weight. But bees can carry almost 100 percent of their weight. The bee needs no propeller or jet. Its short, wide wings both lift and drive it. It can move straight up or down, or it can hover in midair. Its stubby wings fold in a split second when it dives into a flower. Or it can use its wings as a fan to cool the beehive. The bee has three places for storing cargo. One is a tank inside its body in which it stores nectar. Then, on its hind legs, it has two storage baskets for carrying pollen. --Imagine a freight plane with its load dangling underneath! Are these pollen baskets something that evolved because of a need? Well, man first wrote about the bee in the year 3000 BC It had the pollen baskets then. And it hasn’t changed since! A bee can suck up a load of nectar in a minute. It takes three minutes for it to build up two bulging loads of pollen in the baskets on its hind legs. "How does it do it? Well, the bee dives into a flower, its body picking up pollen by brushing past the pollen boxes. It splashes about in the flower, and the yellow powder clings to the hairs on its body. But now it isn’t so simple. How does it get the pollen into the baskets? And how does it keep the pollen from blowing away in flight? The load must be moistened, pressed together, tamped down, and evenly balanced on each leg. But believe it or not, the bee does it and all the while hovering in midair or hanging by one claw! And now the little honeybee, acting as a scout, has discovered a field of flowers and is ready to return to the hive with a sample of the nectar and the pollen. How will it find its way back? Keep in mind that it may be several miles away, and that its search may have led it in several directions before it made its discovery. Yet now it will fly straight back to the hive! Who told it how to do it? What sort of navigational equipment does it possess? And once back in the hive, how will it communicate to its thousands of fellow bees the location of the treasure it has found? It is true that bees are able to distinguish odors with great skill. If a bee returns to the hive with nectar from flowers nearby, the other bees will leave the hive and fly directly to the source. And they also act as if they have an internal clock. If they discover that food is available at a particular time of day, they return for more at the same hour the next day. 67 But what if the flowers are several miles distant? Surely there must be some limitation to the tiny creatures’ sense of smell. What then? How can the little bee get across to its fellow bees the location of the treasure it has found? Well, you haven’t heard anything yet. Let me tell you about the "waggle dance"! Sometimes a bee returning with nectar and pollen goes through a peculiar performance that many scientists believe is its way of communicating the location of the source of nectar. It gives samples of the nectar to the other bees and gets them all excited. Then, as they watch, it does a fancy dance before them called the waggle dance because of the way it waggles its abdomen. It goes through a figure eight across the face of the comb. And the astonishing thing is that the angle of the dance down the vertical comb represents the horizontal direction of the food source with respect to the direction of the sun. And not only that. The number of dances per minute indicates the distance to the field. But surprisingly, the number is in reverse ratio to the distance. That is, the farther away the field, the smaller the number. In other words, if the bee goes through ten rounds in fifteen seconds, the field of flowers is three hundred feet away. But if the bee moves in slow motion, say two rounds in fifteen seconds, the flowers are almost four miles away. And listen to this. A little calculation will show that this relationship to distance is not one of simple arithmetic, but is logarithmic! What do you think of that? What kind of brain does the little honeybee have? Who taught it to do all this? How did this tiny creature learn to relate sun angles and distances to dance step routines? And how is it that millions of bees understand the language? Now I am aware that some scientists are not convinced that bees do understand the language. They are not convinced that this strange dance really does communicate to other bees the location of a field of flowers. I am aware of the controversy over this matter. But if by any chance you are inclined to doubt, then consider this. A bee, by means of this dance, can communicate the location to human beings. Men can understand it. Men can watch the dance and find the field of flowers. Is that any less striking? Is it any less a miracle to communicate that information to human beings, in logarithmic terms, than to get it across to other bees? I think not! I say again, What kind of brain does the little honeybee have? Is it an accident? One writer suggests that if you wished to duplicate the internal circuitry of the honeybee, if you wished to match its navigational and guidance system, this is what you would need to start with: ‘Internal clock. Polarized-light sensor. Sun-angle azimuth computer. Instrument for measuring true vertical. Dead reckoning equipment. 68 Wind speed and direction indicator. Trigonometric calculator and tables. Air and ground speed indicators.’ It sounds a little extravagant. But is it really; after what we have already seen of the honeybee’s accomplishments? And I wonder if you realize just how necessary the honeybee is even to life itself. Bees, of course, could not exist without plants and flowers, with their pollen and their nectar. But it works both ways. Many kinds of plants and flowers could not exist without the bees to pollinate them. In fact, many of the most beautiful or most fruitful plants would disappear. And what a loss that would be! Now tell me. Let’s reason again. Did the honeybee, with all its fantastic equipment for its job, just happen? Through long ages? A little bit at a time? What if the bee started out with no pollen baskets on its hind legs? What if it had the pollen baskets, but not the knee joints to press the pollen into the baskets, or the sense to know how to do it? What if it had no hairs on its body to collect the pollen or the hairs but no way to comb off the pollen? What if it hadn’t developed a nectar tank yet? What if it had no wax making equipment or didn’t know it was supposed to hang up in a festoon for twenty-four hours to make the wax come out? What if the wax would not withstand the high temperatures of the hive, as few waxes could? What if the bees didn’t know how to make royal jelly to feed the queen and the queen died? What if a bee couldn’t find its way back to the hive or back to a field of flowers? The questions fairly tumble out. They are endless. I think you can see that any one piece of the bee’s physical equipment might be useless without the others. To be of use, the bee’s equipment and know-how would have to have developed simultaneously, not little by little! Or if evolution happened− consider this. That very first bee, away back there, sitting on a limb of a tree. What kind of bee was it? Was it a queen? But a queen could not reproduce without a drone with which to mate. Was it a drone? Drones can’t reproduce themselves without a queen. "A worker bee then? Hardly. For worker bees are creatures that can’t possibly reproduce themselves. It is difficult to escape the conclusion that the whole colony would have to evolve at once, simultaneously with every individual bee’s physical equipment and know-how fully developed, ready for business! And, of course, with the honeybee as with the birds, it isn’t evolution at all. It's creation! 69 Isn’t it easier to believe the simple, uncomplicated, straight-forward statement that you find on the first page of your Bible? ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’ What we believe about our origin affects what we believe about ourselves; it affects our sense of self-worth. For if we just evolved from some lowly cell in the sea, we would not have the dignity of being formed in the image of God. And if the human race did not fall from that high position, if Adam didn’t sin, then why did we need a Saviour for the human race? The mission of Jesus becomes pointless and the cross only a meaningless drama! We could go on and on. I think you can see that what we believe about our beginnings could well determine our eternal destiny. Is it any wonder that the devil, fighting against our souls, aims his sharpest arrows at the first seven chapters of Genesis? Why is this generation, obsessed with piecing together our beginnings, looking everywhere but in God’s Word? There can be only one answer. It wants to find Adam, but not in Genesis! Yet all the while the simple statement of Scripture stands firm, quietly inviting our faith: ‘In the beginning God created.’ Could it be that the evidence collected by Bob Gentry and many others was left by the Creator to help establish faith in the Genesis account? After all, the Bible itself says: ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’ (Hebrews 11:1). Though the Genesis account will never be proven beyond question, God has given us all the evidence we need for strong confidence in His creation. Doubt is in the air. But so are the birds, who fly above us better equipped for navigation than the latest air force fighter jets, able to traverse unmapped oceans with their built in instruments. Controversy swirls around us. But so do the bats, who effortlessly operate their ultrasonic radar, reminding us that neither technology nor wisdom are exclusive with the human mind. Skepticism encircles the earth. But so do the stars, speeding along in their unerring orbits, keeping their appointment with a precision that boggles the mind. Book after book insists authoritatively that this earth evolved over millions of years. Evolutionists talk confidently about the magic of the ages, of happy accidents that exploded us ever upward with never a need for intelligent direction, never a need for God. "But all the while birds and bats and the stars eloquently challenge their entrenched beliefs. Long ago David proclaimed, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.’ (Ps. 19:1-3) 70 Nobody can escape the grand harmony as all nature joins in the unmistakable chorus, ‘There is a Creator!’ But the One who made this world also let His creatures nail Him to a rough, splintery cross outside Jerusalem so that lost sinners might find eternal life in Him. And even the evidence of the birds and the bats, of suns and racing constellations, convincing as it is, pales before the mighty argument of Calvary." I hope I have given you much food for thought as you consider our blessed Creator and His handiwork. God bless you as you search for truth. Thank you Pastor Vandeman. We appreciate your having taken the time out of your busy schedule to share about God’s handiwork. Perhaps at some other time we could have you back to share more with us. Next week our topic will be "The Witness of Mathematics." I will be the speaker. God is a God of law and order. What we will present will amaze you as you see the mathematical precision revealed in God’s creation. Thank you all for coming, and good night. ******************* LECTURE EIGHT August 2, 1997 THE WITNESS OF MATHEMATICS Tonight we will continue with our proofs of God’s existence and His divinity by considering what mathematics in nature and the Bible shows us. The proof is so vast, that we can only sample a tiny fraction of the evidence available. If anyone in the audience is interested further, there are entire books which have been written on this subject. I would be happy to supply you with a list. See me after the meeting. THE NUMBER SEVEN IN NATURE: The number 7 (symbolic of perfection) has been identified by God as His number from the time of creation, while six (symbolic of imperfection and man’s number, for man was created on the sixth day) has been Satan’s number from the time he sinned. Tonight we will explore the number seven as seen in nature and in the Bible, for it is God’s stamp or proof authenticating His works in the universe. But other numbers are also seen. Sometimes one number pattern is dominant, and at other times it is another. I have taken the information from a small book entitled, "Mathematics Prove Holy Scriptures," by Karl Sabiers, which, I believe, is no longer be available. 71 The number system of God is stamped upon all His works. All departments of nature are based on a system of mathematics—great mathematical laws govern the activities of the entire universe. For instance, in the sphere of light, there are exactly seven colors. The seven colors merged together to form light. In the sphere of music there are exactly seven whole tones in the scale, while every eighth note begins a new octave and is merely a repetition of the first note. The seven colors correspond to the seven notes in music, and sounds that harmonize correspond with colors that harmonize, while discords in color correspond with discords in music. The human body is completely renewed or changed every seven years. Every part of the body is constantly throwing off old effete matter, and constantly receiving deposits of new and living matter. In seven years the whole structure is altered down to the minutest particles and becomes essentially a new body. In certain diseases, the seventh, fourteenth, and twenty-first are the critical days. Man’s pulse beats slower every seventh day whether he is sick or well. In diseases resulting from physical exhaustion, the pulse (also) changes every seventh day. With the human being the period of gestation is 280 days (7X40). Indeed, seven is stamped upon physiology. Is it not significant that God ordained every seventh day to be a day of rest, and that He declared man’s years to be "Three score and ten" (7X10)? With animals, the period of gestation of the mouse is 21 (7X3) days. The hare and rat 28 (7X4) days. The cat 56 (7X8) days. The dog 63 (7X9) days. The lion 98 (7X14) days. The sheep 147 (7X21) days. With birds the incubation of the common hen is 21 (7X3) days. The duck 28 (7X4) days. The Creator’s law of design for the snow flakes is the number six. All snowflakes are different, yet they are all alike with either six points or six sides. The number 11 as well as seven is stamped on music. The number of vibrations in a second for each note is a multiple of eleven, and the difference in the number vibrations between each note is also a multiple of eleven. For example, the difference between Do and Re is 33, between Fa and Sol 44, always a multiple of eleven. The Science of Botany reveals that the different sections of flowers are arranged according to particular numbers and their multiples. For example the basic number of the buttercup is five. There are 5 sepals in the calyx, 5 petals in the corolla, 5 carpous in the pistil, 15, 20, 25, or some other number which is exactly so many fives of stamens in the androecium. Similarly, the basic number of the daffodil is 3, that of the mignonette 4, the wild rose 5, etc. Thus God stamps His creation with a mathematical pattern. 72 In Chemistry no two substances can unite without observing definite mathematical proportions. The planets of the heavens are governed according to mathematical laws. Indeed, nature does not operate by chance, but by design. God’s number system is found throughout the universe much more extensively than is commonly supposed. Volumes could be devoted to showing design in nature. God is the Great Numberer and Mathematician of all creation. Every department of nature bears His mathematical signature. "He made the stars...And God set them in the firmament of the heaven." Gen. 1:16,17 "He counteth the number of the stars." Ps. 147:4 He "bringeth out their host by number." Isaiah 40:26 God "hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out the heaven with a span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance." Isaiah 40:17 If God placed the stars in their proper order, and numbered them, and measured the waters and weighed the mountains, is it surprising or incredible that He has placed the words and letter of His book in exact order, and numbered them, and guided them into combinations of numbers? The same God who created the universe and was careful to weave designs and intricate patterns into the smallest detail of creation, has taken the same care with His Word. He has placed the same peculiarity in both. "The very hairs of your head are all numbered" (counted) Matt. 10:30. The word "numbered" in Greek is "arithmeo" the very word from which our English word "Arithmetic" is derived. If God counts the very hairs of our heads, is it strange that He has counted the words and letters of His Scripture? (Mathematics Prove Holy Scripture, Karl Sabiers, pp 105-108) NUMERICAL SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE: The witness of mathematics goes far beyond what is seen in nature. The Scripture itself contains such a fantastically complex organization of the number seven and multiples of 7, that it is totally incomprehensible to the mind of man. Its complexity is so overwhelming as to be totally unexplainable, except as something that could have come only from the mind of an infinite God. 73 Because the evolutionist lacks hard evidence for their theories, in order to refute the creation account they have had to attack the credibility of the Scripture. This is unfortunate for them, for God has provided scientific, mathematical proof from the Scripture itself that this is the Word of God, proof which it is impossible to legitimately argue against. God designed into the original Old Testament Scripture written in Hebrew, and into the New Testament written in Greek, a mathematical pattern which would have been utterly impossible for any human to have conceived or designed. God has provided in the Bible, incontrovertible proof that He is who He says He is, and that the Bible is His Word to humankind. As a consequence, the creation account as recorded in the book of Genesis cannot be refuted or argued away. This most amazing discovery about the Scriptures was found in 1882 by a young Russian immigrant by the name of Ivan Panin. What he found is so complex and astounding that critics of the Bible, after examining the evidence were left without any recourse but to acknowledge that the Bible could only be the inspired Word of God, and that the creation account in Genesis is true to the letter. In his youth, Ivan was converted and experienced the saving power of Jesus Christ, after being an avowed atheist. Sometime after his conversion, he discovered (led by the providence of God) in the Scriptures a mathematical pattern which changed the direction the rest of his life would take. From the time of that discovery, for over 60 years, Ivan used every working moment to painstakingly write out over 43,000 pages of data (no computers in those days), proving his discovery of an intricate matrix revolving around the number 7 and prime factors of 7. This information I share with you tonight about Ivan Panin was obtained from another small book by Karl Sabiers’ "Mathematics Prove Holy Scriptures," and put into a tract— "The Holy Bible—Wholly True," by Pratney, Last Days Ministry, Box 40, Lindale, Texas. Panin became one of the top ten mathematicians in the United States, taught in universities, and read seven languages fluently (he knew up to fourteen). Panin began to study the Scriptures as a Christian, but knowing Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, he began to read them in the original languages. Now both Hebrew and Greek are unique languages. They are the only two languages in history that do not have a number system. In other words, they do not use special symbols for their numbers (like our Arabic numerals 1, 2, 3, etc.) but use instead the letters of their alphabets to represent numbers (each letter is actually used as a number). 74 Aware of the numerical values of the Greek and Hebrew alphabets, Panin experimented one day by replacing the letters with their corresponding numbers in Scripture. Here is Panin, a mathematical genius, a Hebrew and Greek scholar, and he loves playing with numbers. Suddenly, his trained mind saw a mathematical pattern! As he studied more intensely, his excitement grew. A few short hours of work had him utterly amazed. The verses he had studied bore unmistakable evidence of an elaborate mathematical pattern, far beyond random chance, or human ability to construct. This discovery marked the turning point in His career, and from that time until his death in 1942, he devoted his entire life to the study of Bible numeric. He showed, first of all, that the Bible, in its original language, is a skillfully designed product of a mathematical mastermind—far beyond any human possibility of deliberate structuring. He later supplied a representative of the NOBEL RESEARCH FOUNDATION with over 43,000 sheets of his studies accompanied by his statement that this was his evidence that the Bible was the Word of God. Their reply was, "as far as our investigation has proceeded...we find the evidence over-whelmingly in favor of such a statement." He then issued A CHALLENGE throughout leading newspapers of the world to offer a "natural explanation" or refute the facts; not a single person has been able to do so. WHAT DID PANIN FIND? "The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined 7 TIMES." (Ps. 123:6) Panin found that patterns of prime numbers, such as 11, 13, 17, and 23, but ESPECIALLY 7, were found in great clusters. He would add up the sum of all numerical values for different words, sentences, paragraphs, passages, and whole books, and he found the same patterns in each of these forms! He found that the number of words in a vocabulary divides by 7. The number of proper names, both male and female divides by 7. The number of words that begin with a vowel divides by 7, likewise the number of words that begin with a consonant. The number of letters in a vocabulary divides by 7, and those letters, those that are vowels and those that are consonants also divide by 7. Words that occurred more than once divide by 7, and also words that appeared only once! The number of nouns is divisible by 7, also the words that are not. Even the number of words beginning with each letter of the alphabet! And on and on...Panin only stayed on a passage long enough to confirm beyond reasonable doubt the statistical evidence for supernatural design. But he stated that the longer you stayed on one, it would continue to yield further and further evidences of patterns until the mind reeled! Some Examples: Here is an example from the Old Testament. Just the very first sentence in the Bible. ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ Genesis 1:1. That’s the way it comes out in 75 English; in Hebrew it’s exactly 7 words, 28 (4X7) letters. There are 3 nouns (God, heavens, and earth). Taking the letters of these, substituting their number equivalents and adding them up, you get a combined total of 777 (111X7)! There is one Hebrew verb—created. Its total numerical value is 203 (29X7). The first three words contain the subject with exactly 14 (2X7) letters, likewise the other four are the object with exactly 14 letters. The Hebrew words for the two objects (heaven and earth) each have 7 letters. The value for the first, middle, and last letters in the sentence is 133 (19X7). The numeric value for the first and last words in the sentence is 1393 (199X7); the value of the first and last letters of the verse is 497 (71X7). The value of the first and last letters of each of the words between is 896 (128X7). And so on, and so on....in this verse alone there are 30 different features of 7. I have listed only 11 of them! The chance of this happening accidentally is 1 in 33,000,000,000,000 (33 trillion). And now an example from the New Testament: Matthew 1:1-11. The vocabulary has 49 words (7X7). 28 words begin with a vowel (4X7), the remaining 21 with a consonant (3X7). 7 end with a vowel, 42 with a consonant (6X7). The 49 words have 266 letters (38X7). Out of the 266 letters, 140 are vowels (20X7). 126 are consonants (18X7). Also, of these 49 words, 14 occur only once (2X7), 35 occurred more than once (5X7), 42 (6X7) are nouns, 7 are not. These remaining common nouns have exactly 49 letters (7X7). Male names occur in all 56 times (8X7). The names of only 3 women appear in the passage, and the Greek letters of their names add up to 14 exactly. Panin said it would have taken Matthew several months, working 8 hours a day to construct the genealogy, even if it were possible. But the names were chosen BEFORE Matthew was born! One (Divine) Author; The whole Bible is like this. I have taken just one small chunk of it and doing it in detail. Every paragraph, passage and book in the Bible can be shown to be constructed in the same marvelous way. What kind of fantastic collaboration between the disciples could have produced this structure without computers? How could mere fishermen and tax-collectors produce this kind of incredible structuring and design? What is crazy, is that Mark is a Roman, Luke a Greek, and Matthew a Jew, but they all wrote with the same pattern. Each one wrote with their own unique flavor. Mark’s flavor is different, but the pattern is the same right through! So who wrote it? One Mind, one author—one God—many different writers, but one Writer. Can you imagine what kind of Mind would do this and not even care if you ever found out! What I want you to see is how smart God is! These are not just words, it’s an incredible mathematical pattern. It dances with its own poetry in mathematics. A computer would go into rapture over this! It’s like a building where every piece joins perfectly into each other. And what is wild is, you can’t pull even one word out without damaging the 76 whole pattern. The Bible carries within itself, a self-checking, self- verifying protection factor. If a person comes along and says, I don’t like this one, the whole pattern falls apart. This cannot be found in any other religious holy book in the world! So, dear Friends here we have yet another most powerful witness, more irrefutable proof that the Bible is the Word of God and every word inspired. In the next few weeks left in this series of lectures, we will, as it were, put the lid on the coffin of the theories of evolutionists and "no God" proponents. God has already knocked any props out from under them, and has more to come in the near future. He has provided ample evidence for anyone who wants to believe. You will remember that at the beginning of this series we made the statement that "FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BELIEVE NO PROOF IS NECESSARY, FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT, NO PROOF IS POSSIBLE." The ball is, as they say, in your court. You must make up your mind what the truth is. We are living in the last days of this earth’s history, which fact we will address before this series ends, no man will ever be able to accuse God of not providing the evidence necessary to believe in Him. All will be accountable for the opportunities afforded them to know the truth. Each will be judged by the opportunities which were either accepted or rejected. We have three more lectures before we rest our case. In two weeks we will consider yet more astounding evidence from the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures newly discovered through the use of computers. But, rather than number patterns, we will look at what has been found with word and letter patterns. The principles are very similar to Panin’s. If he had had a computer, what took him 60 years to do could have been done in weeks, probably days. ********** LECTURE 10 August 16, 1997 The Witness of Evolution Dear friends, this evening I have a surprise for you. Originally we had planned to have tonight as our last presentation. But since this series began, a relatively young artist-writer friend of mine, Jim Pinkoski, just published a unique booklet done in cartoon style about evolution vs. creation entitled "A Creationist’s View of Dinosaurs and the Theory of Evolution." It addresses itself to most of what we have presented and more. It wraps up the whole subject into an easy understandable package. 77 After reading Jim’s book, I felt I could not let this series close without first seeing if he could possibly come and present his material in person. I was most pleased when he said that he could make it at this time, and kindly consented to do so. He was able to quickly make plane reservations and as a consequence is here tonight. I asked him to present the material just like it is in His book. It is not only informative, but also humorous and entertaining. I think you will find this meeting tonight one of the highlights of this series. The meeting originally planned for tonight will be presented next week, in which we will look specifically at Bible prophecy. Prophecy has for thousands of years been the most positive evidence of the divine origin of Scripture, and will be a fitting conclusion to this series. Friend Jim, we are most grateful that you were able to come, and welcome you to our forum tonight. We are happy you were able to accept on such short notice. I know this really pushed you to make the necessary changes in your busy schedule and arrangements for your flight from Nashville. The time is yours. Thank you Devon for the invitation. Whenever it is possible, I never turn down an offer to present what has been put upon my heart to share with whoever will hear. If anyone in the audience is interested in purchasing a copy of my book, I brought a supply of them and will sell them at a 10% discount after the meeting. They will be in the foyer. All proceeds will be donated to help Ron with his research and museum project. My book "A Creationist’s View of Dinosaurs and the Theory of Evolution," is new this year, and is printed by Amazing Facts Publications, which also offers a free Bible Correspondence Course (address at end of this chapter). It was done largely in response to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and movies. I think it only proper that I begin tonight’s lecture with a discussion of Mr. Crichton’s view of the Evolution vs. Creation controversy. On pages 205-210 and 309-312 of his 2nd Jurassic Park hard cover book, Michael Crighton honestly points out that there are some MAJOR PROBLEMS with evolution. He writes, "Nobody understands how it works!" He admits to the complexity of amino acids, chromosomes, the hemoglobin molecule, the 2,000 enzymes in a single bacterium, the fact that one single fertilized egg has 100,000 genes, and that our bodies have 250 kinds of cells! But when asked if evolution is "directed," Michael Crichton dogmatically writes: "No... That’s Creationism and it’s wrong. Just plain wrong." Michael Crichton and other secular scientists often consider themselves to be great dreamers and "visionaries," yet they can’t see 78 God’s handiwork all around us! How is it that science fiction writers can easily envision "super-smart aliens" landing on a planet of "ignorant cavemen," and realize that the visitors would seem like gods to the uneducated primitives? Why? Because "science" seems like magic to uneducated people. How is it that Michael Crichton and others like him refuse to "expand" this scenario and place themselves in the position of being the "primitives?" All of God’s creation proclaims that brilliant design is all around us, which proves the designer’s existence! It is truly mystifying how people can be so "intelligent," yet so mindless. Maybe someday he will change his mind. Once again Michael has gotten everyone excited about "dinosaurs" and "T-rexes" and those extremely mean and nasty "velociraptors!" The brilliant and very expensive computerized special effects of the dinosaurs have won the attention and admiration of literally millions of people. But unfortunately, right along with the Jurassic Park movies come a built-in sales pitch for "evolution." Many of today’s scientists believe that there is convincing evidence" which proves that evolution is true—but the real facts prove otherwise. Life is far too complicated to have happened "just by chance," nor could it have "self-propelled" itself over millions of years into the animals and living organisms that we see all around us. The truth is that a Master Designer is the Creator of everything—God created this world, our Universe, and all the life within it. The Bible says that "We are fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14). I hope that my presentation tonight will reaffirm to you, the audience what you have been hearing each week, that the Genesis story of creation is 199% dependable and truthful. SCIENCE LIKE A NEW PLAY TOY: Science is like a new play toy for mankind. Not that long ago we worked out the challenge of building indoor toilets, switching over from gas lighting to electricity, developed the "horseless" carriage, and we even learned how to make refrigerators! Wow, are we smart! "Science" is our new thrill, and we are so pleased with ourselves. Many look back on the previous centuries of scientific ignorance, and they want nothing to do with "faith" in God. Critics of religion point to Galileo and how he was treated badly by the church of the dark ages, well, what would you expect? All mankind was scientifically ignorant! Truth takes time to be studied, researched, and proven. The trick has been to balance our understanding of science and religion. 79 QUESTION: HOW SMART IS MANKIND? It has been said that man only uses 10% of his brain. The other day I was looking at one of those odd Styrofoam heads that ladies use to set their wigs on, and an idea came to me about this 10% of our brain. You know it might be a little more obvious that we only use 10% of our total brain capacity if people walked around with only 10% of their heads! Ha!! Now let’s get serious here for a moment. Nobody on this planet is using the full capacity of his or her brain. NONE of us know it all! Back in the 1850s Darwin observed and noted the varying beaks of the finches, etc., on the Galapagos islands, and he came to the best conclusion he could in the matter, as "imperfect" as it was. It was the same with the primitive church of the Dark Ages. They did their best to get things right, but with imperfect data they came to imperfect and improper conclusions. MENTAL INADEQUACIES: All of us have to deal with our mental inadequacies. Nobody has a brain that can access 40% or 60% or 80% of their brain capacity. Not Darwin, not the president, not Einstein, not the Pope, not Carl Sagan, not your science professors, not your church pastor, not your mother, and not your father, and not any of this year’s Nobel prize winners, and not even you! Accordingly, mankind is trying to do its best to understand the universe around us, but hey! can we really trust our 10% brains to get it right? A SCARY EQUATION: Imperfect Bible Study (by people using only 10% of their brains) + Imperfect Science Speculation (by people using only 10% of their brains) = ERROR. Now, you may have noticed that I said that this "mindless" condition includes all of us, so that includes me too. So you might ask, "Well then, what makes you think that you finally have the right answers?" That is a good question and I’ll answer it by first quoting this Bible verse: "But the path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." (Proverbs 4:18) Accordingly, the longer we keep investigating the evolution-creation controversy, the more light will come to shine upon it, and we will get closer and closer to the truth. And that truth is that a Master Designer created everything. One of the simple, basic principles of science is this: The more we learn, the more we admit that we don’t know. Yet today’s evolution 80 scientists arrogantly choose to ignore this truth. Instead they prefer to think they "know it all." CREATIONIST VS. EVOLUTIONISTS Does it really matter who's right? YES it does! This is a matter of life or death--eternal life or death. Why? Because one of these belief systems embraces God and salvation in Jesus Christ, and the other belief system leads to doubt, emptiness, and a Godless universe. Let's start by discussing the animals and Noah's ark. Inheritable Variation: Question: How many pairs of animals went onto Noah’s ark? It has been estimated (we are not counting extinct animals, only those that are alive now) that not more than 290 are above the size of a sheep. Those of the size from the sheep to a rat, 760. Those smaller than the rats, around 1,360. The average animal size would be a cat. These numbers total to be 2410 different kinds of animals that went onto Noah’s ark. Would 30 different types of dogs or cats need to get on the ark? No! All we would need is 2 dogs and 2 cats, and each of those pairs of animals would be carrying all the genetic encoding to reproduce all the cats and dogs and tigers and wolves. God could easily do it this way, for He’s God. Here’s what Evolutionists ignore, and what Creationists have failed to clearly communicate: THE POST-FLOOD WORLD WAS VASTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE PRE-FLOOD WORLD. When the animals got off the ark, God "evolved" changes into the animals so they could survive in this new world. Darwin's Main Folly: Darwin misunderstood the meaning of "kind" (Genesis 1:24, etc.) as related to "species." During the 300 years before Darwin, the popular belief was that the Bible taught the total fixity of species, which means that all successive generations of all animals were all alike, as coins cast from the same die. Theologians of that day actually thought the Bible taught this, and they were wrong! When Darwin took his voyage on the Beagle to the Galapagos Islands, his keen eye saw the fact of inheritable variation, but then Darwin’s imagination went completely overboard and he began to believe that variation could proceed endlessly. Thus Darwin foisted the false teaching of endless progression (total evolution) upon the world. The Bible tells us that all living creatures were created in distinct "kinds" or groups (not species), and God clearly permitted inheritable variation to take place among "kinds" of animals. The cat family spread out to include lions, tigers, pumas, jaguars, ocelots, 81 leopards, wildcats and house cats. The dog family became German shepherds, collies, wolves, coyotes, dingo’s, and jackals, etc. But only 1 pair of each of these "kinds" of animals needed to be on the ark to provide the genes for all these "dogs" and "cats." Darwin’s error was thinking that one "kind" of animal can come from another "kind." Cats never evolved from dogs, or fish, or from any other "kind" of life. Darwin’s error was the result of an improper understanding of what the Bible seemed to teach in his day. Note: The beaks on Darwin’s finches did "evolve" with God’s guidance. So evolution is partially true. But endless progression is not true. So for the rest of my one presentation I will use the term evolution to represent "endless progression." Micro-evolution is perfectly OK! Macro-evolution is error! THE COMPLEXITY OF LIFE: Evolution falsely bases itself upon the totally erroneous belief that tiny "simple" forms of life evolve into larger, more complex forms of life. This can sound pretty logical, because science has proven that human beings and all the animals begin life as fertilized single cells, and we grow up into fully-developed complex organisms. But here’s the problem: EVEN THE SMALLEST LIVING ORGANISM IS EXTREMELY COMPLEX. The Problem: Evolutionists say that "teeny-tiny" life forms somehow willed themselves to "evolve." Which means that we must credit microbes with being smarter than Albert Einstein. So here’s how it all worked. For millions of years little single cell guys floated around thinking "great plans" for themselves and their offspring. The Stegomeba thought to be a Stegosaurs. "Boy, have I got big plans for myself! I’ll magnify myself 8 trillion times. Yeah! Maybe in 10 or 15 million years I’ll grow really, really big, and I’ll have an eye, whatever that is." HOW TOTALLY ABSURD! But this is basically what evolutionists believe. EYE TROUBLES It is a total impossibility for the "eye" to have "evolved" over millions of years. (Devon tells me that you had George Vandeman as one of your speakers. He addresses this problem in his book, and may have mentioned it when he was here.) The eye is useless until ALL of its parts are assembled. Even Darwin admitted that the extreme complexity of the eye seemed to totally disprove his theory of evolution. I quote: "To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by 82 natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree...The belief that an organ as perfect as the eye could have formed by natural selection is more than enough to stagger anyone." (Origin of Species, 1902 edition Part One, page 250, Charles Darwin) But then the rest of Darwin’s essay went on to attempt to point out that "simpler" life forms have "simpler" eyes, so in his opinion eyes still "evolved." But even those "simple" eyes are extremely complex. None of them work until they are fully formed. There is no way those individual eye-parts evolved. The human eye, for example, contains a retina, lens, iris, cornea, optic nerve, eye muscles, blood vessels, 137 million light-sensitive receptor cells, 130 million "rods" for black and white vision, and 7 million "cones" used for colored vision. The Bible says about the eye: "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:22,23) The Trilobite Eye: Let’s see—if "older" means "simpler," then how is it that trilobite eyes (composed of inorganic calcite) have anywhere from 100 to 15,000 lens in each eye? Human eyes only have one lens. These multiple lens would guarantee perfect underwater vision without distortion, which shows that these eyes were designed by a very knowledgeable physicist—God! Remember the Stegomeba who wanted an eye? (As if an ameba even knows what an "eye" is!) If evolution is true, then each major life form would have to evolve its own eyes, as well as every other major organ of its body. Common sense tells us that "evolving" all the individual parts of the eye is impossible. But I want to address an aspect that most overlook. IF THE "EYE" REALLY EVOLVED, WHEN DID ALL THESE ANIMALS DECIDE THAT 2 EYES WERE BETTER THAN ONLY ONE EYE.? Evolution depends largely upon mutation. It only makes sense that if an "eye" suddenly mutated into existence, then THAT ANIMAL WOULD ONLY GROW ONE OF THEM. So where are all the 1-eyed T-rexes, 1-eyed Allosaurs, 1-eyed Stegosaurs, 1-eyed Velociraptors, etc.? WHERE? Can you even imagine them saying: "Wow! This eye-thing works pretty good. I think I’ll grow another one on the other side of my head."! Bilaterally symmetrical: Have any of you in the audience ever heard of "bilateral symmetry?" Thousands of living creatures on this planet are Bilaterally Symmetrical. This means that if you drew a line down the middle of their bodies, each side would be the same as its opposite side. 83 Believe it or not, "bilaterally symmetrical" life forms prove how impossible evolution is. Just like I just stated about the evolution of the eye, the same thing applies to arms, hands, feet, ears, fins and wings, etc. Evolution says that each of these organs evolved by mutation, and if this was true, the mutation would have only brought forth one of these body parts at a time. So, where are the 1-finned turtles, 1-winged birds, 1-flippered porpoises, and the 1-armed, 1-eared, 1-legged ape men? Another Major Flaw: Why would an evolving life form ever choose to split itself into 2 separate gender? It would be equivalent of committing evolutionary suicide! If all living things truly evolved from single celled microorganisms that reproduce by mitosis (splitting in two), only an idiot organism with a "death wish" would choose to evolve itself into separate "male" and "female" animals. They would then have to spend the rest of their lives having to find each other at just the right time for their reproductive cycle to continue their existence. Can you imagine the Doofusotis pre-historic Ameba saying: "Hey, this life is just too easy. Yeah, I could be eaten at any moment by a passing paramecium, but I think I’ll make my existence a real challenge. Being able to reproduce at any time by myself is too boring. I think I’ll split myself into two separate sexes, and see what happens." The existence of the male and female genders is only possible as the result of a kind and loving God. The SEPARATE GENDERS NEVER EVOLVED. WHAT ARE THE ODDS? Let’s make sure that we understand exactly what evolution is all about. It says that God doesn’t exist, the Bible is a lie, and ALL forms of life evolved from the basic microscopic chemicals of life over a time period of millions of years. FACT: The simplest type of protein molecule is comprised of at least 400 linked amino acids, and each amino acid is made up of a special arrangement of 4 or 5 chemical elements. Each chemical element is made up of a unique combination of neutrons, protons and electrons. What are the odds of this happening? Something like 1 in 10 to the 250th power. The probability for forming DNA proteins is gigantic: 1 in 10 to the 167,625th power. MATHEMATICS PROVES THAT THE PROBABILITY OF EVOLUTION BY MUTATIONAND NATURAL SELECTION IS IMPOSSIBLE. 84 The human brain contains over 10,000,000,000 (10 billion) cells, each arranged to function instantly. And how many cells are located in the digestive system? How many billions of cells are running throughout a person’s nervous system, and how many cells form the bones and muscles in our legs and arms and neck and face and torso and our feet and our hands—and all this happened by chance? The odds for assembling a system or only 200 integrated parts in only 1 in 10 to the 375th power. Mathematicians usually consider any event with a probability of less than 1 chance in 10 to the 50th power as having a zero probability, which means it is impossible. The human body has 11 extremely complex systems that perfectly operate as one. Over 600 skeletal muscles throughout our bodies, move our 206 bones smoothly and harmoniously are 60 trillion cells in an adult human body. The odds of this happening are 1 in 10 to the 2 billionth power (a figure with 2 billion zeros after it). Here is the bottom line to the Creation Vs Evolution controversy. IT TAKES MORE FAITH TO BELIEVE IN THE ABSURDITY OF EVOLUTION THAN TO BELIEVE IN GOD!! The late Carl Sagan once said "the simple cell is not really all that simple, and that it would take 100 million pages of the encyclopedia Britannica to explain all the intricate parts of the cell and how it functions." Now, let’s take a look at how S.E.T.I. (Sciences Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) works. They would consider hearing 3-5 notes in a row as being proof that they have finally found the evidence for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Only 3-5 simple notes. But they choose to ignore the 100 million pages as being evidence of a master designer and creator. Some folks aren’t using their common sense! Sun Disproves Evolution: Scientists have been able to measure the diameter of our sun, and it is burning up and shrinking at the rate of about 5 feet per hour. If the sun really was there billions of years ago, it would have been GIGANTIC. The earth would have been fried to a crisp. Once again true science proves that evolution is a lie. MUTATIONS: The Evolution-By-Mutation theory was originated by Hugo deVries in 1901 and was based upon the work of Gregor Mendel on genetics in 1866. But it is a fact that nearly all mutations are harmful to the life form. Mutations belong in the comic books and science fiction movies. ENTROPY: 85 The second law of thermodynamics is known as the Law Of Energy Decay. The law states the fact that "the universe is proceeding in a downward degenerating state of decreasing organization." DOWNWARD NOT UPWARD. Yet evolution would make us believe that on millions of occasions, over billions of years, tiny organisms successfully grunted themselves into higher, extremely complex life forms. What total foolishness! We live on a planet where people are arrested and fined for breaking traffic laws, etc. But when our scientists and professors go and break a functioning law of the universe, what do we do? We go and put them in charge of our institutions of higher learning. "That’s the way to go folks! YaHoo! There’s nothing like that wonderful feeling of thinking you woke up in the twilight zone and the inmates are now in charge! Absence of Transitional Forms: Evolution says that this is the progression of mankind’s evolving: non- living matter, to protozoa’s, to Metazoan invertebrates, to Vertebrate fish, to Amphibians, to Reptiles, to Birds, to Fur-bearing Quadrupeds, to Apes, to man. If all this is true, then we should find lots of transitional forms that would link these major groups, BUT THE LINKS ARE MISSING! Evolutionists countered this fact by thinking up the concept of "punctuated equilibrium," saying that evolution occurs via sudden giant leaps rather than in small, gradual modifications. What these people are saying is that one day, millions of years ago, some reptile laid an egg and a bird hatched from it. It is the evolutionists who have laid the egg! The Geo-illogic Column: The flood happened in approximately 2350 BC, and the whole world was covered with water. The water canopy above the earth collapsed and all the underground aquifers burst forth. The surface of the earth ripped apart. Multi-directional water currents laid down different layers of sediment, and these layers (which came from all different directions) contained the bodies of the various pre-flood animals. The 4000 plus years later, men came along and started digging up all these fossils in these rock layers. They began teaching that there are vast ages between these layers of sediment and rock, and they it all sound so very logical. The sad truth is that these men despise God and despise the Bible. And here’s what God says he does with these people: "God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie... because they received not the love of the truth." (1Thessslonians 2:10-11) So what if marine fossils are found in the geologic column 7,000 feet above sea level? And so what if these supposed layers are out of order 86 here and there around the world? In Glacier National Park there is a 1 billion year old block of Precambrian limestone on top of a Cretaceous shale formation which is supposedly only 100 million years old. This misplaced block is 350 miles long, 35 miles wide, and 6 miles thick. THE ONLY PLACE THE GEOLOGIC COLUMN EXISTS IS IN THE TEXTBOOKS OF THE EVOLUTIONISTS! The truth is that the Grand Canyon, etc., was formed by the Genesis flood. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, I will also reject thee." (Hosea 4:6) Comparative Anatomy: Evolutionists see the similarities of various bone structures, and their minds jump to the conclusion that this is proof that we all evolved from one common ancestor. But all it means is that God merely re- used the same pattern over and over again in His various creations (Just like all cars share the same basic components). This basic interior design pattern works and God made wide use of it. You can tell who designed a building by the way it is constructed. It reflects its designer. God, the Master Designer of the universe uses the same basic components when He creates, showing that it is He who designed everything. Discern The Truth: Obviously, since none of us were alive 500-6000 years ago, none of us were eye-witnesses to these events. So how do we come to a decision in the matter? How can we confidently state that Creationism and the Bible are 100% true. Here’s how: 1.) Check the facts—When Pre-Historic living animals existed, THEY WERE FULLY DEVELOPED ANIMALS. The fossil record shows no half-developed trilobites or half-formed T-rexes. Every fossilized animal ever found was a fully functional animal, which shows and proves that all of these Pre-Historic animals appeared FULLY FORMED. They did not evolve over millions of years. 2.) It is impossible for complex amino acids or DNA chains to form by chance, and it is impossible for individual kinds of animals to slowly evolve things like stomachs, eyes, nervous systems, etc., of millions of years. THEY EITHER HAVE THESE FULLY FUNCTIONING ORGANS, OR THEY ARE DEAD! 3.) Evolution with God is a TOTAL IMPOSSIBILITY—therefore it makes more sense to believe the Bible, and admit that God the Creator exists. Now for a little bit, let us consider what really would have happened if evolution was true. Evolutionists look at the world around us and see thousands upon thousands of different types of fully-developed fish 87 and birds and land animals, and they take it for granted that it all functions, and all these animals exist. But what would life on this planet be like if life really evolved on the earth? The odds clearly show that this spectacular event could barely even happen one time! Therefore, if life really evolved from nothing, then all we should have living on this planet would be only one viable kind of life form and its food supply. That’s all! But in reality even that one evolved life form would never make it at all without God’s help. Adam and Noah, etc.: Let me clarify something about this "10% brain" thing. I’m not locking in that number as a literal, fixed number. I’m using it as an example of the fact that our mental capabilities are nowhere near perfect, so let me define "perfect" here for you. The Bible says: "There were Giants in the earth in those days." Adam lived 930 years and may have been around 15 feet tall. Then mankind deteriorated— Noah at 12 feet and now we’re down to half of that. If you doubt this is possible, how is it there are pigmies and dwarfs? The fossil record shows that everything grew larger before the flood. All the plants were bigger, all the animals, and this would also apply to mankind. Along with his greater size, Adam’s brain was also "perfect" when God made him. That means that Adam and Eve had perfect photographic memories, and their mental capacity was capable of storing and accessing the information they would’ve gathered throughout all eternity. That’s why I say even Einstein was down to only 10%. Maybe the rest of us are down to something more like 2 or 3%. Cavemen: If Adam and many of the people who lived before the flood were Giants, why haven’t we found lots of their fossils? There’s a simple answer to that. God destroyed the world by the flood because of the evil being done by fallen corrupt mankind. God’s wrath literally pulverized man to dust. God wasn’t angry with the animals, God was fed up with fallen man, so any areas that had major cities received God’s "special attention." God made sure that these cities were totally destroyed. Few remains will ever be found, as these places are probably located under the coal beds that were once pre-flood forests. So what about these fossils of "prehistoric cavemen," "Neanderthals," "Java man," and "Lucy," the bones of the supposed "mother of our race" found in Ethiopia in 1974? Cavemen are not links between apes and mankind, they are DEGENERATED HUMAN BEINGS. They are the de-evolved 88 imperfect human beings that were genetically damaged by the curse of sin and the pervasive effects of cellular entropy. Modern-day Giants: Robert Wadlow was born in 1918 weighing 8 ½ pounds at birth. His abnormal growth began at the age of 2 following a double hernia operation. At the age of 5 he was 5’4". When he was 10, he was 6’5", and at the age of 15 he was 7’8". Robert Wadlow reached his top height when he was 22, which was 8’111/10". He passed away on July 15, 1940 as a result of a septic blister on his right ankle, caused by a poorly fitting brace. Wadlow’s greatest recorded weight was 491 pounds on his 21st birthday. His shoes were 3711 (18 ½") from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger. His arm span was 9’ 5 ¾". He was buried in Oakwood cemetery in Alton, Illinois, in a 10’ 9" coffin. The Bible states that Goliath was 6 cubits, or 9 feet tall. Robert’s main problem was that he was always tired, and very lethargic. His metabolism just didn’t function properly because of his size. The Water Canopy: In the days before the flood, the earth had a thicker "protective" atmosphere around it. This "water canopy" put more pressure down upon the atmosphere of our earth and the pervasive benefits of this was that the life functions of both man and the animals were affected. How? The extra pressure on the atmosphere caused the blood cells in all the "Giant" animals and all the "Giant" people to function much more efficiently! Thus "Giantism" could flourish. Have you heard of "Hyperbaric Chambers?" These are machines made to increase the air pressure, and if a person is placed inside one of these machines, an interesting thing happens. The cells of that person’s body begin to do an excellent job of transferring oxygen and removing the waste products from the body, which means that on the cellular level the body functions healthier and better. If our planet still had that water canopy, then Robert Wadlow never would’ve had all those tiring problems. The metabolisms of all those huge dinosaurs and the giant people worked wonderfully well because of the greater pressure of our atmosphere, and the better nutrient quality in the food they ate. But after the flood, that canopy was gone. At that time nearly all man kind and the animals decreased in size and stature, down to a smaller size that their weakened metabolisms could handle. 89 Odd Animals: There are certain animals on this planet that are living proof of God’s handiwork. The Bombardier Beetle: This beetle has an amazing defense system. If attacked, he shoots extremely hot irritating gases out of twin combustion tubes in his tail. Chemicals are squeezed from storage glands, mixed in a holding chamber, then ignited by an enzyme. The resulting gases are 212 degrees F. There is no way this type of beetle evolved because if it did, generation after generation of this beetle would have blown themselves up. The Woodpecker: This bird is a miniature Jackhammer. How does he survive ramming his head against trees a thousand times a minute? God gave his brain special cushioning. The Giraffe: People take the giraffe’s long neck for granted, and know nothing of the science of how it works when this animal has to lower itself down to drink or swallow. The Archer Fish: This fish shoots water up at bugs and leaves, and it’s amazing how its eyes can see through the refraction of light under water to hit that bug. VARIOUS ANIMALS ARE ABSOLUTE PROOF THAT A LIFE ONLY HAPPENS BY DESIGN! Carbon Dating: Carbon dating is a highly flawed and imperfect science! The Carbon- 14 method was developed in the early 1950’s and is used to attempt to date the age of plants and animals. Living things ingest carbon, both ordinary carbon (C12) and radioactive carbon (C14). The "half-life" of C14 is 5,700 years, and scientists assume they can accurately measure the remains of this C14 and determine the age of dinosaurs, etc. But there is a problem. First, this entire system assumes that the amounts of C12 and C14 have always been constant, but they haven’t. Secondly, living snails have been tested to be 2,300 years old. Wood taken from living trees came out 10,000 years old. And the shell of a living turtle also tested to be thousands of years older than it actually was. CARBON DATING IS NOT RELIABLE! THE AGE OF THE EARTH: The Evolutionist's View: 90 They say the earth is billions of years old (Who cares if the sun would have been so big that it would have vaporized all life off the planet.) For the Evolutionists, time is the magic factor that turns frogs into princes. Just take one frog and add 3 ½ billion years, and presto! a prince. The Creationists View: The Bible says that creation week was approximately 6,000 years ago. This number was reached by adding up the ages of the people in the Old Testament, paying special attention to how old they were when they "begat" their various sons. There are 2 different views of the 6,000 years time period. 1) God created the earth and all the universe 6,000 years ago with a built-in age factor. 2) God created the whole universe billions of years ago in the beginning, and then 6,000 years ago God came and made our world capable of supporting life during the 7 literal days of creation week. God is in either of these views, and each of us can pick which we prefer. But God isn’t in the "frog-prince" scenario! GAP THEORY INTERPRETATIONS The Wrong One: This gap theory originated in the early 1800s when evolution-believing Christians wanted to reinterpret the 7 days of creation as 7 long periods of millions of years. They inserted a giant gap of time between genesis 1:1 and 1:2, thereby making room for the millions of years needed to supposedly let life "evolve" from chemicals in slime pools into dinosaurs, etc. An OK Gap Scenario: God created all the universe billions of years ago, the earth without a finished form. When God spoke, the earth stood fast (Polonium Halos froze in place which I will explain to you shortly). Time passed. God had thousands of galaxies to occupy His attention. Our solar system had no sun. The foundations (Hebrews 1:10) of our world and our other planets floated in space, cold, frozen, lifeless. Then it came time to "defrost" our planet and put life on it 6,000 years ago. The Spirit of God moved over the frozen waters and warmed them (Deuteronomy 4:24), and the earth rotated. The water vapor atmosphere formed, liquid water formed small seas and was pulled into underground aquifers. The dry land appeared. God (not dependent upon pre-existing matter) created plants and trees. One the 4th day God ignited our sun, and the moon reflected its light. Then God created the sea life, the birds, the land animals (and some dinosaurs), Adam and Eve on the 6th day, and God blessed the 7th day. 91 CREATIONISM: Not all creationists believe the same way in regard to dinosaurs. Perhaps some dinosaurs did go onto the Ark (There have been reports of small brontosaurs living in Africa); and other creationists believe that the dinosaurs were "amalgamations" wherein the antediluvians messed with the genetics of God’s original animals, which was why God destroyed them all in the flood. It would be nice if all creationists could agree on one and only one scenario, but it probably won’t happen. So maybe all we can do is focus on the high points, like how evolution defies all logic and how there’s tons and tons of evidence that supports the creation story that is told in the Bible’s book of Genesis. Devon told me that Bob Gentry gave one of your presentations not long, presenting his evidence of the Polonium Halos, so I will just touch briefly about his finding. I met Mr. Gentry in person back in 1989, and we discussed the possibility of me helping him illustrate his material, but that project never saw completion. I don’t know if you knew this but Scientist Bob Gentry is the world’s leading authority on radiohalos, and he is a very kind, quiet-spoken Christian gentleman. His Evidence For Creation: Polonium 218 is a daughter element of the natural decay of uranium, and Polonium Halos have been found in mica and fluorite. But these halos should not exist because of their extremely short half-lives. POLONIUM HAS A HALF-LIFE OF ONLY 3 MINUTES. If the Evolutionists were right, and the earth’s rock formations gradually cooled over millions of years, the Polonium radiohalos would have vanished and decayed into other elements long ago. These radiohalos are solid scientific proof of the instantaneous creation spoken of in the Bible. "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made. For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast." (Psalm 33:6-9). Bob Gentry’s work is pertinent and viable, no matter which interpretation of the Genesis creation story you may currently believe—"Gap" or "No Gap." God still spoke the entire universe into existence, and those Halos prove it. DINOSAURS IN THE BIBLE: Yes, Dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible. "Behold now behemoth which I made with thee." (Job 40:15-24) God was describing the dinosaur known as a Sauropod, and we have found their giant bones. 92 Giantism flourished in the pre-flood world. The largest Sauropod ever found was 150 feet long, and would have weighed 100 tons. This creature was "chief of the ways of God," the biggest and strongest creature that ever walked the earth. "He moveth his tail like a cedar.: (Job 40:17) Some Bible commentaries think the "Behemoth" was an elephant or a Hippopotamus, but neither of those animals have "cedar-like" tails. But Sauropods do! The second dinosaur mentioned in the Bible was Leviathan. Job 41:1- 34 describes the meanest, strongest, fiercest animal that God ever created. Some Bible commentaries believe that the "Leviathan" was a giant pre-flood crocodile. Maybe it was, but if we look at all the fossil- creatures that have ever been dug up, the "king" of the Dinosaurs was T-Rex. The Bible says that "Leviathan" had terrible teeth, scales, and it breathed smoke and fire. How could this happen? Remember the Bombardier Beetle I mentioned a little while ago? and how it can shoot out fiery gases? Maybe the T-Rex could do the same. Tyrannosaurus has been nicknamed the "Air-Headed Dinosaur" because of all the hollow chambers in his skull, which could have held the explosive chemicals. History is full of stories about fire-breathing dragons. The stories might be true. SCOFFERS: God knew how things would be down here near the end of time: "There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. (II Peter 3:3-9) The following verses tell us that these people are willingly ignorant of these 3 things. 1) "By the word of God the heavens and the earth were made." They ignore Creationism, and prefer Evolution. 2) "The world was overflowed with water," the flood. Evolutionists refuse to accept the Genesis flood story. 3) "The heavens and the earth [are] reserved unto fire against the day of judgment... of ungodly men." Scoffers also reject the 2nd coming and God’s judgment. The final verses in Peter say that God is longsuffering (patient) with us, and that He wishes that none should perish. God desires that ALL should come to repentance and be saved. Count the Chromosomes: Did you know that Evolution textbooks refuse to teach the number of chromosomes as proof for evolution? Evolution insistently teaches that simple life evolves into more complex life. Let’s count the chromosomes in different living things. Going from the greatest to the least, at the top of the list is the fern plant with 480, next the White 93 Ash at 138, followed by the carp at 100, goldfish at 94, sweet potato at 90, turkey at 82, chicken, dog and duck at 78, horse at 64, cow at 60, amoebas at 50, chimp at 48, tobacco at 48, HUMAN at 46, bat 44, wheat 42, soybean 40, cat 38, starfish 36, apple 34, alligator 32, onion 32, opossum 22, redwood tree 22, kidney bean 22, carrot 20, lettuce 18, honeybee 16, garden pea 14, house fly 12, tomato 12, fruit fly 8, penicillin 2. If Evolution was right, the fern with 480 chromosomes would be the ultimate goal of evolution. How can a fern with 434 more chromosomes than a human being with 46 be a higher evolved life form? An Ameba has more chromosomes (50) than man (46). If evolution was right, kidney beans, redwood trees and opossums all with 22 chromosomes evolved from carrots. You can see how chromosomes totally disprove evolution. Dr. Kent Hovind says that he has only found one college-level evolution textbook that even commented on this very embarrassing fact: "The number of chromosomes do not seem to follow the evolutionary pattern. Therefore we feel the information is irrelevant." Christians Who Believe In Evolution: Did you know that there actually exist lots of Christians who actually believe the fantasies put forth by today’s Paleontologists that man evolved from apes and the single celled organisms in primordial swamps? To me this doesn’t make sense. The Problem: Here is the problem with this belief: If we evolved from apes, then the Bible is a lie. If the Bible is a lie, then God is a liar, God’s angels are liars, the Bible prophets are liars, and that would make Jesus a liar too. Jesus lived in the Jewish culture, and every Jewish synagogue in the world taught the law, the first five books of the Tanakh. Nobody, but nobody argued with the story of Genesis and the written account of the 7 literal days of creation. Every Jew knows that God created Adam and Eve on the 6th day, and that meant Jesus knew it too. If that straight forward story was a lie, then God would be a liar for permitting it to be included in Scripture and passed on down the centuries to billions of believers. So, if you are going to believe in Jesus, then that means you must also accept the fact that God’s word tells us that he created Adam and Eve in one day. It was surprising to many Christian’s when the Pope recently came out with the statement that "mankind evolved from apes." Today’s secular evolutionary scientists have succeeded in hoodwinking many 94 Christians saying they have "overpowering evidence" for Evolution. This is error. Creation week was 7 literal days, wherein God blessed and sanctified the 7th day. Adam and Eve were perfect human beings from the very day God breathed the breath of life into them. Monkeys and apes are merely one of the man forms of animal life. PERIOD! The Scopes Trial: The scopes trial was held in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in a public school. He violated a Tennessee State law which mandated that teachers in public schools could only teach the Biblical account of the creation of man. Scopes was fined $100.00, but the conviction was later overturned because of a small legal error. The Tennessee law remained in effect until 1967, when the state legislature abolished it. William Jennings Bryan, famous poet, was a fundamentalist Christian who had run three times for the Presidency, and he offered to help the prosecution. But when he accepted a challenge from Darrow, who was a very sharp lawyer, Bryan was humiliated and outsmarted by Darrow in his cross-examination. Thus creationism and the Bible were made to look foolish. Why did this happen? Because Bryan did not yet have enough scientific knowledge to prove his case. But now we do. If this case could be tried now in a truly open public forum, and all the ex- evolution scientists came forward, we would see that science is verifying that creationism is 100% true. Time For Some Fun: In 1991, before the Jurassic Park movies came out, I drew up my version of the T-Rex sequence from the first Jurassic Park book. I wondered what it might have looked like if these vicious dinosaurs tried to attack Noah’s ark. I pictured a chaotic scene where a herd of T-Rexes were running toward the ark with fallen evil angels above them stampeding them toward the ark hoping to destroy it. The next picture showed how the angel of the Lord stopped and repelled both the evil angels and the dinosaurs. God made sure that the ark was protected and T-Rex was not permitted to harm the ark. I imagined what it would have been like to see this scene on an Imax screen in sense-surround THX Dolby stereo sound. WOW!! The Flood Was Real: The flood waters drowned and killed the dinosaur. This event is not a fable and not a myth. It is a verifiable scientific fact. Genesis 6:-9 says that all the people and all the animals that did not go onto Noah’s ark died, and the flood waters covered the whole world. 95 The fossil remains of numerous dinosaurs have been found with their heads and necks arched upwards. It was as if in their death throes they were straining to keep their heads above water. Scientists today believe that a giant asteroid hit the earth 65 million years ago and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Asteroids of various sizes have hit the earth, but it was the flood that killed the dinosaurs. CONCLUSION: In concluding my talk this evening I would like to share with you information taken from a book "The Discovery of Genesis," by C.H. Kang and Ethel Nelson, published in 1979, p 12. The story of the Genesis flood has been told in the myths and legends of over 250 different cultures. Sure, specific details in these stories differ, but this is exactly what we should expect to see. All these stories validate the Bible story. The written Chinese language originated around 2,200 BC. That date closely coincides with the dispersion of the people from the Tower of Babel. Take for example the Chinese character for "boat." The three symbols that comprise that word are "vessel," "eight," (the number of people on Noah’s ark), and "mouth" which can also mean "person." This shows that 2,200 years before Christianity, and before the Jewish people became established in Israel, the Chinese people knew about Noah and the ark. And why did they know about it? Because it was a real event. Only an earth-shaking real event can work its way into 250 cultures. That’s the truth of the matter. Totally Conflicting Scenarios: Creationism says that God created mankind and the animals, and that they were all perfect. Mankind fell from perfection into degradation and death, from perfection into nothingness. Evolutionism says that life somehow began by itself and raised itself from nothingness to higher and higher reach for perfection. There are only two choices, Creationism or Evolution—two totally opposite and conflicting belief systems. Evolutionists have suggested that perhaps life originated elsewhere in the universe, and then it was brought here to our world. But the flaw with this idea is that life would still have to evolve and develop from nothing somewhere else. So this idea also falls apart. FACE IT, THERE IS NO WAY LIFE EXISTS WITHOUT GOD BEING INVOLVED! I hope you found the information I have shared with you informative and worthwhile. I have my cartoon booklets for sale in the foyer if you would like one. On the last page of that book I have listed all the creation science organizations. 96 Share it with your friends and neighbors. Millions of people have seen the Jurassic Park films, and millions of people visit and tour our natural history museums. These museums have wonderful nature displays, but these museums are also funded and operated by people who have as their agenda the establishment of the faulty theory of evolution. A theory that falls apart under close inspection. God bless you all in your search for truth. Thank you Jim for your presentation tonight. It has certainly confirmed what we have been hearing over the past weeks, and gives us yet more of the proof we have been looking for. Now friends, for sure next week will be our last meeting at which time we will consider what I believe is the ultimate proof of God and His Word, the fulfilling of Biblical prophecy. Once again thank you for coming tonight. I look forward to seeing you all next week which will be the final meeting of our seminar-symposium. ************ A Creationist’s View of Dinosaurs and the Theory of Evolution, by Jim Pinkoski, can be purchased from: Amazing Facts, Inc, POB 1058, Roseville, CA 95678 LECTURE 11 August 23, 1997 The Witness of Prophecy "Dear friends, welcome one last time. As you know, we have come to the last meeting of this series. I for one am sorry to see it come to a close. Over the last several weeks we have covered much ground, and heard some amazing and wonderful things about God and the Bible. We have presented to you what we believe is overwhelming proof that the Word of God and His existence is a reality. What you do with this information is of course your choice. For my students, you will have three weeks to complete your monographs and have them in to me so I can study them over and assign a grade. I think you will agree with me that this has been a most fruitful summer session. I want to thank all of you who are not my students, who have come faithfully and supported this seminar. Without your presence and financial support it would have been impossible to bring in our guest speakers each week. Perhaps, if you want, sometime in the future we can do this again. Tonight in closing this symposium series I thought it would be appropriate to present to you what has, for thousands of years, been the ultimate physical test of the Word of God. Bible prophecy or the prediction of coming events in history has ever been the acid test, the visible and most 97 obvious proof of the Scripture’s divine origin. Prophecy is an open witness to the world of the authenticity of God’s Word. But there are two problems that need to be understood. One is that because biblical prophecy is largely symbolic, there are almost as many interpretations as there are churches or preachers. Most of these preachers hold up a hellish torch of false prophetic light which is leading millions to delusion and eternal death. The other problem is that today the enemy is working feverishly to counterfeit God’s work. Ever since the beginning Satan has been hard at work to deceive and confuse mankind. Through human agents and demonic angels, garbed in heavenly light, he is making false predictions about the future sucking millions into his web of fear and delusion. Individuals like Nostradamus, Edgar Casey, and Jeanne Dixon are examples. The human counterparts of the apparitions of Mary, and the ETs who are making appearances around the world in heretofore unprecedented numbers. Many believe, and rightly so, that this is an omen that something big is about to happen. Man has ever been curious, starting with Eve, to know what the future holds. While only God truly knows the future, Satan through divination, incantations, soothsayers, fortune tellers and false prophets and spiritual manifestations, has for thousands of years satisfied man’s curiosity to know the future by predicting events that may or may not come true. Because some of the things he foretells do come true keeps people ever entranced to know more. And he is able to cause some things to happen as predicted because he is able to manipulate circumstances and events, especially when a person comes on his ground and under his influence. Thus Satan leads people on from one deception to another, leading them as he wills. Millions are unknowingly enslaved, like puppets being led to destruction and eternal death. So closely can he counterfeit the true that sometimes one cannot always tell the source of a predicted event until the event comes. One favorite device used by the enemy to cause people to doubt all prophecy and the Bible, is through a dream, vision, or message to say that an event is going to take place at a definite time in a definite place. This is often done in a dream to the unsuspecting person who may be a Christian. God has not worked in this way. When this type of incident happens, you can be sure it is not of heavenly origin. This is nothing more than a device of the enemy to get people to lose confidence in true biblically predicted end-time events. To my knowledge I cannot personally recall a single instance when God gave a specific date or time for a prophecy to come to pass. God always frames time in general terms such as "soon," "eminent," "almost here," "shortly," etc. Biblical prophecy and its fulfillment has always been of interest to me. In fact that is why I chose this as my field of study and expertise. With this 98 introduction, tonight I will share with you some of the things I have discovered over the past 50 years. We will start at the beginning with the first prophetic utterance in the Bible given to Adam and Eve by God. We will then look briefly at a few other Old Testament prophecies and show how they were fulfilled. We will look at the first prophecy about coming of nations up to Christ’s setting up His kingdom. Then we will look at the longest time prophecy in the Bible which covers 2300 years, clear up to the end of time, which time is now. We are living in the time when there are very few major prophecies left to be fulfilled. We will then look at prophecies about Jesus’ coming, life and death. Finally we will look at a new phenomenon, secret Bible codes. Prophecy is like a sign post along the road of time, telling us what is yet to come and sometimes approximately how long to the event. The final destination along this road is the end of this world’s current history, which will end when Jesus returns to take those who love Him home to be with Him in heaven. The prophetic signs tell us that we are within prophetic seconds of seeing this happen. It appears that the coming of our Lord is going to be around the time of earth’s six thousandth birthday, which will be the year two thousand or thereabouts. As the weekly cycle is seven days, which is earth’s legacy from its creation week, and as God gave man the seventh day as a day of rest, just so there seems to be a similar relationship as the earth finishes its six thousandth birthday and enters its seven thousandth year which will be one thousand years of rest both for the people of God and for Satan and his evil hosts. Revelation 20 describes the saints of God as spending that time in heaven with Him, while Satan remains on this earth chained by circumstances to a dead planet that shows the results of his reign of terror. I believe that soon the few Bible prophecies left to be fulfilled will happen in quick succession. Many of you here will behold these events as they unfold. In fact some of the events foretold by the prophets Daniel and John the Revelator are unfolding daily. But only those who seek God with all their hearts, have the spiritual discernment to recognize these signs for what they are and what they mean. Only those who love God and keep His commandments will survive what is soon to come. Everyone else (the wicked) by their choice will be doomed to destruction, if not by the wrath of God poured out in the seven last plagues, they will be by the brightness of Christ’s coming. Dear friends and neighbors, I confess that I have had a hidden agenda in arranging for this symposium. My only purpose was to alert you to what is soon to come so that you can, if you so choose prepare to meet God and be on His side when the last great test will come for every man, woman and child. Each of you will have to decide whose side you will be on, either Christ’s or Satan’s. There will be no fence straddling. It will be one side or 99 the other. The last great test for all of us living today will be based on keeping the commandments of God. This test is just upon us. It will come as an overwhelming surprise. If you are interested in knowing more about this test, I would be more than happy to share this information with you after the meeting. Now that you know where this discussion is going let us get started. The Genesis Prophecy: The first prophecy in Scripture is found in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve have just be beguiled by Satan in the form of a serpent, and sinned by partaking of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God was asking them what they had done. Then he introduced them to His plan to save them and the contention that would take place between them and Satan. Speaking to Satan the serpent, He said: "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Gen. 3:15) In this prophecy God foretold the conflict that would take place between Satan and those that loved God from that time forward. In Bible prophecy, a woman stands for God’s church on earth. He was saying to Satan, "There will be conflict from this time forward between you and my people, and between those born with your spirit (his seed), and those born of God who have (her seed). God’s seed would wound or bruise Satan’s seed in the head (a potentially mortal wound), and his seed would wound God’s seed in the heel (a non mortal wound). The reference to "his heel" refers to Jesus when He would come to earth to redeem mankind. This the first prophecy in the Bible then, is about God’s plan of salvation and the great controversy between Him and Satan, all couched in symbolic language. Thus it was that God set the standard about prophecy and how He would use symbolism in predicting events to take place. Shortly after this dialog between God, Satan and Adam and Eve took place, they were driven out of the Garden of Eden and God introduced them to the sacrificial system. They were given a glimpse of how His son Jesus would someday be sacrificed and shed His blood to atone for the sins of all mankind. Enoch the pre-flood prophet: The prophetic gift was then given to selected individuals as God no longer, because of sin, communicated with Adam and Eve face to face. The only pre-flood person we know of that has this gift was Enoch. He was shown the whole history of the world clear up to the Second Coming of Christ. Only a smattering of his prophecies remain. Christ and the apostles knew them well and quoted from Enoch often. Unfortunately, today there are false writings supposedly coming from Enoch and other Old Testament prophets that are inspired by Satan and written to deceive. Post-flood Prophecy: 100 The next major prophecy found in Scripture was given to Abraham when God told him that his seed would be as the sands of the sea. This prophecy was not fulfilled until many hundreds of years passed. One after the other God foretold what would take place, such as Esau serving Issac his younger brother, Joseph’s brothers bowing down to him. Tyre: There are literally hundreds of prophecies in the Bible. Most prominent are those that have to do with the rise and fall of nations. God foretold when the city of Sodom would be destroyed by fire, when Tyre a great ancient coastal metropolis would be no more. He told how it would be scraped clean as rock, a place where fisherman would spread their nets to dry them. This is exactly what happened. It was fulfilled when Alexander the Great scraped all the rocks of the buildings into the sea to make a causeway to reach an offshore island. Ancient Babyon: is another example. God said that it would never be built again, and that it would only be inhabited by wild animals. For thousands of years Arabs have refused to pitch their tents anywhere near the ruins of Babylon or stay overnight. We could go on and on with prophecies like these, but time does not permit us to look at them all. What I really want to focus your attention on tonight are some major prophecies given thousands of years ago about coming world kingdoms that rose and fell, and some that are yet to come. These, probably more than any other evidence, declare the authenticity of God’s Word. The Image of Daniel: The book of Daniel, the second chapter, tells the story of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon and Daniel. In the story, the king had a dream which greatly troubled him. He was greatly disturbed because he could not remember what the dream was, but felt it had great importance. As soon as he awoke, he called for his wise men to come and tell him what the dream was and interpret its meaning for him. This was a highly irregular request. One which no king had ever asked his wise men to do. They tried to reason with him, but agitated him more instead. He told them that if they could not tell him what his dream was, they would all be put to death. In consternation they left knowing that sure death awaited them, for there was no way they could tell the king what he dreamed. Now Daniel, because of his great wisdom given to him by God, had been appointed as one of the king’s wise men, but he had not been summoned with the others when the king called for them. When he heard about his fate, he immediately went to the king and told him that the God he served would tell him what his dream was and give him an interpretation. He asked the king to give him a little time to pray which was granted. He retired to pray and God revealed it to him in a night vision. I will now read for you about this from the Bible, Daniel 2 verse 26 and on. We enter the story as Daniel is given an audience with the king. The king is speaking. 101 "The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof? Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, and the magicians, the soothsayers show unto the king. "But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. The dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these. As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart. Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. "This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. "And where-so-ever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. "And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. "And wheras thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the 102 strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. "And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. "Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it break in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." The Bible then tells how Nebuchadnezzar was so taken by Daniel’s testimony, that he "fell upon his face, and worshiped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors unto him." Daniel of course gave God all the credit. He was made a great man next to the king. Thus it was that God began to reveal to Daniel many things that were to come from his time to the end of the world. The head of gold represented Babylon, the wealthiest nation the world had ever seen. Babylon fell and was followed by the breast and arms of silver. This was the kingdom of Greece, a great cultural nation, but it was never as great as Babylon just as silver is inferior to gold. Greece was followed by Medo-Persia represented by the belly and thighs of brass. It was inferior to Greece as brass is inferior to silver. The legs of iron represented ancient Rome known as the iron kingdom. The feet partly of iron and clay has a duel application. Anciently it represented the 10 kingdoms Rome was divided into when the 10 tribes of Europe overran Rome who ruled the then known world. Today some believe that the ten toes represent the European Republic. This fits with what is about to come. You will notice that the Bible says that these ten kingdoms did not get along, just as clay does not mix with iron. To bring them together, they were described as trying to intermarry ("mingle themselves with the seed of men"), but they would be unable to accomplish this just as iron and clay do not mix. It is a historical fact that all the crown heads of Europe are interrelated through marriage in order to bring it into unity, but unity has never taken place. The French revolution, World War I and II attest to that fact. Previous to this the fierce 10 nomadic tribes of Europe, of which the countries of Europe are today comprised, never did get along. 103 Today, we see them trying to form a United States of Europe. We know this will never come to pass for the prophecy given to Nebuchadnezzar 600 years before Christ will stand fast. And we know the outcome. Today as Europe tries to become one, we know the sure word of prophecy says that "In the days of these shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed." This world is living in the times of the ten toes. Jesus is about to come back. John in Revelation tells us that when Jesus comes, the saints will be taken to heaven for one thousand years and then Christ will return to this earth and destroy the world by fire, after resurrecting all the wicked of all ages. This is the real hell fire. After the earth is purified by fire and all evidence of this sin cursed world and sinners, including Satan and all his evil angels destroyed, God will recreate this earth all brand new. It will be the home of all the saints forever and ever. They will be immortal and never die. There will never be any sickness, sadness or dying. This is the kingdom represented by the stone cut out without hands in the king’s dream. The last thing that Daniel said to the king about this dream was: "the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." This incident launched Daniel into his role as God’s prophet. The rest of the book of Daniel is an account of the visions given to him. Each ties in with the image, enlarging upon what each of these nations would do and what would happen. All ending with the end of the world, the coming of the King of kings, and the setting up of His kingdom. These kingdoms were represented as beasts, such as a lion, bear, a leopard, and finally a dreadful and terrible beast with three horns. A leopard, a ram and he goat, and other animals. All these were symbolic of various nations, and told what they would do. But this is beyond the scope of this lecture both in content and time. If you are interested in considering the prophesies of Daniel and Revelation at a later time, let me know and I will see what we can arrange. The Longest Time Prophecy: There is one other prophecy in the Bible that I want to tell you about that is in the book of Daniel, for it has great meaning for us today. It is found in Daniel 8 verse 14, and spans the time from 457 BC to the end of the world. It is called the 2300 day prophecy, a day in prophecy meaning a year. This prophecy is coupled with another in chapter 9 verse 24 and known as the 70 week prophecy which is 470 years. Let us briefly consider these texts and then consider what they mean. "And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days: then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." (Daniel 8:14) "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy. 104 "Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again and the wall, even in troublous times. "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the over spreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:24-27) These texts describe a time period in which events would take place related to the coming of Christ to earth the first time. Certain times can be historically established. For example, we know when this 2300 year prophecy began. Daniel 9: 25 says: "from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem..." This command was given in 457 BC when king Artaxerxes told Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem which was in ruin because the Jews had all been taken captive and the city was in ruin. Using this date as the starting point, Daniel 9:25 says that "from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall in troublous times." In prophecy, time is reckoned as a day for a year. (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6). The 2300-day prophecy of Daniel 8:14 points out twenty three centuries of history from Artaxerxes’ commandment down to A.D. 1844. This is how it is reckoned: It took seven weeks to rebuild or restore Jerusalem, which in prophetic time is 49 years. This is a historical fact as the work was completed in 408 BC (457-408). Verse 25 then mentions that from 408 BC to Messiah (Jesus) it would be 62 weeks (threescore and two). This in prophetic time was 434 years. This date was 27 AD when Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit. Verse 26 says that after the 62 weeks "shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself." Verse 27 tells us that Jesus would "confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease..." What Daniel was shown here was that Jesus would come and die to confirm His covenant with all those who would accept the gift of His life. The plan of salvation for the Jews would continue for a 7 year period (one week), but that in the midst of that week He would cause the offerings and sacrifices in the temple to cease. He, the Lamb of God, would replace the animal sacrifices that were offered to atone for man’s sins. This system which was initiated by God right after 105 Adam and Eve sinned had been replaced by Jesus, the Lamb of God. Type had met antitype. This one week time period represented 7 years starting at Jesus’ anointing in 27AD. This would take the time to 34 AD at which time probation for the Jews as a nation closed as they forever rejected Jesus as their Savior. Just as the prophecy said, Jesus died in the midst of that 7 year period after 3 ½ years of public ministry. When Jesus died, the Bible tells us that the huge curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom. The sacrifices and offerings were at an end. When the Jews rejected Jesus, their relationship as God’s chosen people came to an end, and their doom as a nation was assured. Never more would Israel again be God’s chosen race. Individually however, any Jew can come to God and be saved, but as a nation never again. This should tell all who think that God is going to restore them and set up His kingdom in Jerusalem something. Those today who think this, are just like the apostles who mistakenly thought that God was going to set up His kingdom here on earth. He did, but not as they thought. It was His kingdom set up in the heart that Jesus referred to in Luke 17. Every time the Greek word "kingdom" is used in the New Testament, it means a heart relationship, not a worldly empire. Knowing these historical times we can now determine when the end of this 2300 year prophecy took place. This happened in the year 1844 AD. What happened at this time? We now must go back to Daniel 8:14 to see what it says. We find that at this time the sanctuary was to be cleansed. What does that mean? When the children of Israel left Egypt and were led into the wilderness, God gave Moses plans for the building of a tabernacle for them to worship Him. He at that time gave Moses the Ten Commandments in stone as well as the ordinances and codes for him to govern the 2 plus million people. This tabernacle had three areas, the outer court, the tabernacle itself which contained two compartments, the holy and most holy place. Their whole system of worship centered around the offering of sacrifices for sins committed, the same system instituted by God and given to Adam and Eve after they had sinned. As I mentioned before, this all pointed to Jesus the Lamb of God who was to come and shed His blood to save mankind from the penalty of death that hung over everyone’s head because of sin. In other words, the earthly tabernacle services were a type which pointed forward to what would take place in heaven after Jesus was crucified. When Jesus came back to life and went back to heaven, Scripture says he became our High Priest. He replaced the earthly services and continued them in heaven. The rending of the veil or curtain between the two apartments when Jesus died, showed the Jews and the world, that the 106 earthly service had been replaced by Jesus, and that it would be continued by Him. When Jesus returned to heaven He was ordained by the Father and began His priestly work of offering up the sins of the world before the Father, and claiming His shed blood to cover for those sins. Whenever a person prayed asking for forgiveness, that pray ascended to heaven and was received by Jesus who then would claim His blood to cover for that person’s sin. As in the earthly services these sins were collected over time and sprinkled on the veil which separated the holy from the most holy place. This was done before the altar of incense where the smoke rising from that altar represented the prayers of the person asking forgiveness. Obviously over a year’s time, the veil became contaminated with the dried blood, which necessitated cleaning it. This cleansing of the sanctuary was done once a year, the time called the day of atonement. This occurs in our time around October. At that time the priest would prepare himself through a rigorous regime of cleansing and confessing any sins he might have committed, for to go into the most holy place before the Ark of the Covenant with any unconfessed sins would mean instant death. If any in the camp had any unconfessed sins, that would have meant instant death for the high priest as well. It was a most solemn occasion for the whole camp, involving total soul searching. The high priest had around the bottom of the special garment that he wore, bells which were there to tell the people if the priest was still alive. A cord was attached to his leg so that if he was struck dead because of any unconfessed sins, they could pull him out. This once a year cleansing of the sanctuary when the priest went into the most holy place was symbolic of what Jesus would someday do in heaven. So now you begin to get the connection with the 2300 day prophecy in Daniel 8:14, which states "Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." We established that this time was 1844. This means that Jesus completed the first phase of his priestly ministry in the holy place, and went into the most holy to begin the atonement for the sins of those who claim to believe in Him and accept His blood to cover for their sins. What does this mean to us? It means that Jesus has been interceding for us before the Father to forgive us for all our sins as we ask forgiveness for them. This was in effect the day of judgment when the person came before the judgment bar of God. In 1844 through inspired testimony the Lord said that at that time the judgment of all the dead from the time of Adam and Eve to the present time had begun for all those who professed to love God. When all the dead were judged, Jesus began with all who are living today. We have reason to 107 believe that this has also been completed. If you want to know more, see me after the meeting and I will explain. Jesus and Prophecy: Thus you can see how the longest time prophecy in the Bible, given to Daniel around 600 BC, has been fulfilled. It confirms the many other prophecies pointing to the end of the world. But more important, is how this very prophecy centered around Jesus Christ our Lord. His coming to the world to save mankind is so integrally interwoven into this earth’s history that there is no way a person can truthfully deny His existence. The atheist and agnostic, the evolutionist, scientist, skeptic, the computer programmer, the business man, housewife, the corporation, all by using the Gregorian calendar to count years, automatically give obeisance to Jesus, assents to His death on the cross as being the most important event in the history of the world. Before Christ (BC) and After Christ (AD) admits that even time revolves around our Creator and His act to save mankind from eternal death. This is not all. God’s (Jesus’) creation of this world is the only reason the seven-day weekly cycle exists. God created the world in seven days, resting on the seventh day Sabbath. There is no other to account for a seven day cycle, not astronomically, astrologically, physically, or otherwise. My friends, one other fact you may have overlooked about Jesus. Many of the Old Testament prophecies had to do with Jesus coming, the reason and the way he would die. He was the focal point of all prophecy. The prophets Zechariah, Isaiah, and David, who wrote most of the book of Psalms, contain prophecies announcing the coming of Jesus and details about His crucifixion. The New Testament gospel writers, Matthew, Mark Luke and John all quote from these books when describing events connected with Calvary. Not only did Daniel in vision foretell in time when Jesus would come, but, Isaiah foretold about events connected with Jesus’ coming, trial and death in detail, hundreds of years before they happened. Zechariah 11:12,13 described Judas and the 30 pieces of silver given to him to betray Jesus. "...So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prized at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord." Psalms chapter 69 is a prophecy about Jesus and the shame he would endure. Verse 19 says, "Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor: mine adversaries are all before thee." Verse 21, Jesus Himself, through David spoke about being given gall and vinegar as if it were happening then, hundreds of years before it actually happened. "They gave me also gall for my meat: and in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink." 108 Like chapter 69 of Psalms, chapter 22 is also all about Jesus’ trials and suffering at Calvary. The first verse repeats the very words used by Jesus while on the cross. "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" The rest of the chapter describes Jesus’ agony of heart in the first person, that is as if He were speaking, and how his enemies assailed Him. "They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint, my heart is like wax, it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws: and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: THEY PIERCED MY HANDS AND MY FEET. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. THEY PART MY GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND CAST LOTS UPON MY VESTURE." (Verses 13-18) Finally, the prophet Isaiah in chapter 53 describes Jesus’ coming, his life, his beauty, how he would be "despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." He describes how "we hid as it were our faces from him; how he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. "But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: HE IS BROUGHT AS A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER, AND AS A SHEEP BEFORE HER SHEARERS IS DUMB, SO HE OPENETH NOT HIS MOUTH. "He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: FOR THE TRANSGRESSION OF MY PEOPLE WAS HE STRICKEN. "And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death: because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth." (Verses 3-9) Soon my friends, very soon, we are going to see this Jesus, our Savior coming back to this earth, not as our Savior, but as the King of kings to receive us unto Himself. Many of us will live during the time Jesus spoke of, which he described as the most terrible time of trouble this world has ever seen since there was a nation. Look around you at what is happening in the world, at nature, at nations, spiritually, in all the signs and lying wonders happening all around us. It is no wonder that the judgments of God are already falling. Our only safety is to be a child of the King. Only 109 in this way can we be protected and safe under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91). Now you can see why I have over the years been so intrigued by Bible prophecy and why I believe it is the ultimate proof about God and His Word. Of necessity, I have only touched on the barest minimum of these. There are literally hundreds of prophesies all declaring God’s Word as the truth. There is still many of them like those found in the book of Revelation that are yet to be understood. Only as the events unfold will we understand perfectly what was meant. Prophecy is only fully understood when it takes place. It is impossible for man to understand God and His Word without the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Now, before I close this lecture, there is yet one other late development that I mentioned at the beginning of this discussion that needs to be addressed. This has to do with a very recent finding about bible codes. Although the findings and research overwhelmingly prove them to be authentic, in the back of my mind I have some reservations. I see the possibility of the enemy manipulating these findings to introduce a hidden agenda. I see the possibility of this computer study being orchestrated to get people to believe some things that are not true. In this way Satan could deceive millions of honest people seeking for truth and light. I admit that I may be wrong and hope that I am. But, if I am right in this, it will in time be proven, for something that does not agree with the Word will surface, leading people on a line of reason that not will deceive them. Time will tell. Anyway this is what has been found: WORD STRUCTURE: In March 1996, "Flashpoint," a newsletter ministry by Texe Marrs, carried the following article about the Bible which is similar to Panin’s findings about numerical word patterns, except that the findings deal more with mathematical patterns of words rather than the number equivalent of their letters. The article quotes "Statistical Science," the official journal of the institute of Mathematical Statistics which published the research study proving the Holy Bible to be of divine authorship. Bible Review magazine, in quoting from the journal, explains that the results of the study apply only to the Hebrew manuscript from which only the King James version of the Bible was written. Some very interesting prophecies have been discovered about the Bible through the use of the computer. These discoveries are much like the findings of Panin and the number 7 which I shared with you a few weeks ago. Just as with Panin, it seems impossible to explain these findings in any other way but that the Word of God is of divine origin, that is, unless the enemy is up to something, for he is very capable of manipulating computers. 110 This discovery seems to put a whole new twist on biblical prophecy. No doubt, some of you already know what I am talking about. It has to do with a hidden Bible code which has been widely publicized on TV and talk shows, and is described in several books. But there is reason to be suspect, as I will point out after I share some quotations. I will first quote Texe Marrs, who writes extensively and publishes "Flashpoint," a periodical update of current spiritual events. Then I will share with you what I found in Michael Drosnin’s new book "The Bible Code," which first brought this phenomenon to the attention of the public. However, other authors have also written about the Bible codes. Another well publicized book which I have also read, is "The Signature of God," by Grant R. Jeffrey. Promotion for his book says: "Discover research that will help you prove the Bible is the inspired Word of God! Jeffrey explains mysterious Hebrew codes in the Old Testament that refer to Hitler, Rabin, and Jesus; gives historical proof for the Exodus and Tower of Babel, as well as Christ’s death and resurrection; shows the precision of fulfilled prophecy, and uncovers scientific statements from the Bible." The Christian world is most impressed with these findings. Christian writer and author Texe Marrs is convinced that this is of heavenly origin. Here is what he has to say: "Astounded scientists have no explanation for the new, mind- boggling, scientific discovery of three highly respected professors from the Jerusalem College of Technology and the Hebrew University in Israel. The authoritative research of these scholars, published in two prestigious scientific journals, proves conclusively that the Holy Bible (King James Version) could only have been written by God Himself! "The three scholars, all mathematicians, used an advanced computer to painstakingly and scientifically analyze the Bible’s book of Genesis. The results left them stunned and in shock. They discovered hidden words encoded in the original Hebrew text that could not have been accidental, nor placed there by human hand. "Even more amazing was the discovery that some of the words found included numerous names and personal data of people living today in the 20th century. What’s more, the decoded text predicted actual events which have happened in the lives of the named men. This, in spite of the fact that Genesis was written thousands of years ago! "The researchers realized that their findings, if scientifically verified and replicated by others, would change the religious landscape of the world forever. For decades now, scientific critics have claimed that the Bible is the work of men, not God. Sadly, even most of today’s so- called ‘Bible Scholars’ and ‘Seminary experts’ discount the contention that the Bible was literally written by God. "Apostate Bible scholars have long scorned and laughed at Christians who teach that the Bible is wholly inspired and without error. They 111 especially despise and love to vilify Christian fundamentalists who teach that every word of the Bible is perfect—even every letter! "Criticized, too, are traditional, Orthodox Jews, who insist that the Torah, (the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible—e.g. the Old Testament) were dictated by God directly to Moses in a precise, mathematical and divinely designed manner. Christian literalists extend this belief to cover the entire Bible—Old and New Testament—pointing out that God promised to preserve all of His Word forever. "The ‘higher criticism’ Bible scholars say this is nonsense. They maintain that the Bible is ‘man-made’ and is flawed, being a grand duke’s mixture of fables, legends, and pseudo-history concocted by fertile human imaginations. They insist that it definitely should not be taken literally. That is why they publish and recommend the newer Bible versions, which butcher the Word of God, omitting or mangling so many passages that the original wording is horribly marred. Bible Critics Proven Dead Wrong: Now, with this recent scientific discovery, the Bible critics are proven dead wrong. Even "Bible Review," the influential, scholarly magazine well known for its liberal views of biblical history and archaeological findings, is impressed. Editor Hershel Shanks writes that, according to this new research, it is documented that imbedded in the book of Genesis are "hundreds of...names of Jewish leaders and events that postdate the composition of the biblical text." (Bible Review, October 1995, p.4) "’The odds of this happening by chance,’ Shanks says, ‘are mathematically one in 50,000,000,000, 000,000.’ In other words: impossible. "In an Associated Press article (The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA, October 28, 1995), journalists David Briggs, confirms this stupendous mathematical certainty. ‘The odds of the words occurring by chance,’ he reports, ‘are less than one in 50 quadrillion.’ "’So far,’ Briggs writes, ‘the research has been published in two scientific journals, and no natural explanation has been found. ‘It is,’ he adds, ‘a mystifying mathematical and biblical puzzle. World’s Top Mathematicians are Stumped’ "One of the scientific journals publishing the research study by the three Hebrew University professors is" Statistical Science," the obscure but highly prestigious and respected journal of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). IMS is a professional association of the world’s most distinguished statisticians and mathematicians. The journal’s executive editor, Dr. Robert Kass, had never before published a religious study in Statistical Science. But he and his fellow editors were stumped. They could not find a single flaw in the research. The bewildered but fascinated Kass then sent the study out 112 to other, independent researchers, professionally known as ‘referees.’ They, too, were taken aback. ‘How can this be?’ they asked. Finally, as a challenge to the journal’s scholarly readers, worldwide, Dr Kass decided to publish the resarch findings. Thus, in the August 1994 edition (Vol. 9, No. 3) of Statistical Science, was published the study titled ‘Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis.’" "In the preface of the journal, Dr. Kass writes: ‘Professors Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips and Yoav Rosenberg searched the Book of Genesis looking for pairs of words spelled by picking out every dth letter, where ‘d’ is some integer. The pairs of words were names of personalities and dates of their birth or death taken from the Encyclopaedia of Great Men in Israel. When the authors used a randomization test to see how rarely the patterns they found might arise by chance alone they obtained a very highly significant result, with p==0,000016. Our referees were baffled: their prior beliefs made them think the Book of Genesis could not possibly contain meaningful references to modern-day individuals, yet when the authors carried out additional analyses and checks, the effect persisted. The paper is thus offered to Statistical Science readers as a challenging puzzle.’ Bible Author Not Human! "Dr. Jeffery Satinover, who reviewed the Hebrew University study and reported on it in Bible Review, admits that, he, too, is perplexed, yet intrigued, by the stunning conclusions traced by the study. ‘The implications,’ Satinover remarks, ‘are for individuals to decide.’ But, he adds, ‘If the research holds up and no flaw is found in the methodology, then I think the implication is clear that the authorship of Genesis is not human.’ King James Bible vs. The False, New Versions: "Significantly, the new findings of divine authorship strike a mortal blow at the false versions of the Bible. They apply only to the Hebrew Masoretic Text, which is the text used by the King James Bible translators. "As Dr. Satinover notes, the Hebrew University researchers ‘worked from the Hebrew text... They focused on the book of Genesis as transmitted in the Jewish Orthodox tradition (the textus receptus, or Masoretic text).’" This sounds very impressive doesn’t it? Supposedly irrefutable proof that the Bible is the Word of God. Comparing these recent findings with Panin’s study using the same Masoretic text, you can see direct parallels between the two. We know that Panin’s discovery is of divine origin, but what about this recent discovery? There are telltale signs that something is not quite right. Although no fault can be found with the research, the 113 messages coming from this computer raises questions which need to be seriously considered. The following are some of the things I, and others have found from Drosnin’s book that makes this study suspect. Drosnin begins his book by describing how these codes were first found, his involvement in proving them to be true, and his contact with the people like Rabin whose assassination was found in Scripture. My first question is about Drosnin himself. He is an avowed skeptical secular reporter. Yet after all of the evidence, he indicates he is still a religious skeptic. I contend that if after all his involvement and becoming part of the story, he has not been brought to the point of believing, then the Holy Spirit who gives all wisdom has not been involved in teaching him all truth regarding the nature of God. Pehaps the strongest evidence in Drosnin’s book against these findings being authentic comes from the statement that it was not God that revealed the code, but "some other good being." There is no other source of good in the universe except God, who alone is the revealer of true secret spiritual things. The next question I have, is that Drosnin mixes evolution into his text, talking about man’s 170,000 year existence. He shows evidence that the Bible Code links the extinction of the dinosaur with a massive asteroid which hit the earth wiping them out. Frequently Drosnin refers to the years 2006, 2010, and 2020 as the time of the end. He states that ‘delay’ is written into all the original prophecies of the ‘End of Days.’ " This is exactly the opposite of what the Bible says. God says that at the end of time, "the days would be shortened," else there would no flesh remain alive. As near as we can tell, for God never gives a specific date or year, 1997 began the seven thousandth millennial year, which, according to Scripture, marks the end of time. Using the code to convince people that there is more time (10 or 20 more years), and that God is going to extend time, has ever been a favorite ploy of the enemy to get people to put off their soul’s preparation until after probationary time is closed and it is forever too late. I believe that this may be just the beginning of many lies presented as truth from the Bible code studies. Satan certainly has the power to manipulate computers to prove anything he wants them to prove. In this end of time, he will leave no stone unturned. He will use every device he has at his disposal, for he knows his neck is in the noose of God’s judgment. He knows the end of his reign as king of this world is just about over. This latest device has all the earmarks of being a counterfeit of the true study done by Panin in the 1800’s. The fact that it is getting such worldwide media attention makes it suspect. Wide publicity is how the enemy has always worked. The Marian apparition, the UFO phenomenon are cases in point. This latest trick of his is attracting the attention of the world, especially millions of Christians and Jews—Satan’s primary target. 114 As always, a counterfeit mixes error with truth. This particular one, in the eyes of the world, contains overwhelming astounding evidence from the infallible computer which the whole world worships as the ultimate truth machine. What people do not realize is that this supposedly infallible electronic god is under the control of the arch-deceiver who is manipulating its results in order to deceive and destroy all who believe and follow him and his devices. You can be sure that in the future he will use this device to announce false dates, events, possibly his coming as the Messiah. (see the book "Comings"). You can see why I felt I should share with you my impressions and ideas about the Bible codes that has been brought to the attention of the whole world. I would encourage you to not just take my word, but to search this out for yourselves. If you will search with a prayer for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and with an open heart, you will not be deceived by the enemy. The Lord will not let you be deceived. How many more delusions and devices Satan will bring to the fore, only time will tell. But you need not be deceived. In Conclusion: So, my friends and students we have come to the end of what I believe was a very stimulating and thought provoking symposium series. In conclusion I would like to ask the question of those who still may be unconvinced about God and His book the Holy Bible. How do you answer the evidence presented by the God of heaven against evolution and men’s claims that He does not exist? Where is your evidence? We will answer for you. You CANNOT present a single shred of evidence that can stand against the truth. God has effectively unmasked the enemy so that all may know the truth. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." God is escalating His evidence, vindicating His word with proof that cannot be denied. No doubt there will still be more evidence to come. God has provided for all who want to know the truth the opportunity to find it. In this time of the end of this world, God is bringing forth His evidence against the carefully contrived machinations of the enemy, so that no detractor of truth will have anything left to say in defense of their beliefs. THERE IS A GOD! AND HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS. HE IS REVEALING TO ALL THE UNBELIEVING WORLD HIS PRESENCE IN SUCH A WAY AS TO LEAVE NO DOUBT IN ANYONE'S MIND. LET THOSE WHO MAINTAIN THERE IS NO GOD DENY HIS EXISTENCE IF THEY WILL. GOD WILL BE VINDICATED, AND HIS EXISTENCE KNOWN AND RECOGNIZED BY THE WHOLE WORLD. Each of you who have attended this series is as an individual accountable for the light that has been given to you. Each of us is standing before the judgment bar of God. Each of us is going to be asked to make a decision 115 as to whom he will serve. At stake is your eternal life or death, depending upon what choice you make. God has never and will not now force anyone to serve Him. He woes and calls each of us now into a relationship with Him that will last for eternity, or bliss and joy, without pain or sorrow of any kind, and no more death and heartache. Will you my friends accept of this wondrous gift made possible by our Savior, the gift of His life to save you? Eternal life is waiting your decision. Do not put Him off any longer. Let His Holy Spirit come into your heart. Ask and seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him. You are either His or you are not. The decision is yours alone. I admit that the primary purpose of this seminar was to bring you to a point of decision for God by unfolding the evidence of His fantastic, unfathomable love. Will you not accept Him today? That is the question! I thank you for your support during this series and wish you all God’s speed. lf you have any questions, I will remain here after the meeting to try and answer them. Perhaps, if you are interested we might in the future have another series. Until then, I bid you all goodnight, and thank you for coming. ************ LECTURE TWELVE August 12, 1998 The Witness of God's Providence By DEVON GREY There is one more witness that in my opinion is the greatest witness to God’s power. This lies in the realm of the supernatural. We refer here to answers to prayer and the movement of God’s hand to intervene in the lives of people, to come to their aid when it is needed. This is where the spiritual world tangibly meets the physical and sensory world. Rather than just one speaker, tonight I have invited several speakers to tell their story. The presentation tonight, I think all will agree will be the most emotionally gripping and attention getting of all in this series. Tonight we are going to hear about the unfathomable love and providence of God, in action, in the lives of people. How through His supernatural interposition, heavenly beings have come to the aid and rescue of people in life threatening situations. Other accounts you will hear, though not life threatening, are equally impressive in that they show how personal and caring God is. A God who is intimately intertwined in our lives and who loves and cares for us in a very personal way. He is "An ever present help in trouble," even in the mundane everyday events that happen to us. Of course His purpose in all He does for us is the same—to win our hearts 116 through His loving caring acts, to try and win our love and devotion to Him, and ultimately to save us and snatch us from the grasp of the enemy. For thousands of years God’s angel messengers in the form of human beings have rescued and saved humans in times of crisis. This is a witness that no argument by critics can nullify. The physical evidence and testimony of the individuals may be argued but cannot be refuted. It has been stated that "there are no atheists in foxholes." When one has been rescued by a supernatural being, no one on earth can convince that person that there is no God. Is not the miraculous intervention by spiritual forces to rescue and save a person—either spiritually or physically—the ultimate eyewitness proof and witness of God’s existence, and unfathomable power and love? Even more compelling than a physical rescue is His power and ability to intervene, to snatch a soul from the stranglehold of the enemy, to save one from eternal death. Who can argue with the person who was at one time imprisoned by the enemy Satan, but miraculously rescued by the mighty power of the Lord Jesus Christ and His applied blood? Is not this the greatest evidence of God’s power? In fact is this not the ultimate demonstration to the universe of God’s infinite, caring power? A Hidden Danger: Unfortunately, when we enter the realm of the supernatural, we enter an area, which is fraught with danger. One cannot be too careful about believing all that is purported to be from God. For when it comes to supernatural happenings, the powers of darkness are masterfully adept at conjuring up events and apparitions, and spirits that are not of heavenly origin, all for the purpose of entrapping the innocent and unwary. In fact, supernatural happenings are the cornerstone of Satan’s modus operandi, for nothing captures the imagination and is more convincing than unexplained supernatural events. They get attention like nothing else can. Many do not recognize that the enemy not only has the power to create accidents, sickness, and catastrophe, but he has the ability to rescue, heal and quell them when it suits his purpose. At this time in history, He will leave no stone unturned in order to win another subject for his kingdom. One is on extremely dangerous ground to "carte blanche" accept every supernatural happening in their life as being from God. The ultimate test of one’s experience is found as always, to where the happening leads the person. That is to say, has it led them to a true spiritual relationship with God? Or has it enveloped them in a cloud of superstitions and beliefs that goes counter to the Bible? Tonight you are going to hear personal accounts of events in people’s lives that cannot be explained by the natural laws of nature. These personal testimonies defy answers from science or technology. They are beyond the reach of the laws of natural cause and effect. 117 What you will hear tonight will be both gripping, and inspiring as you listen to how God worked in the lives of our guests. As our speakers come up and take their places around the table, this is how we are going to proceed: This meeting tonight will be in the form of a round table discussion. I will ask each one to share their experience or experiences with us. Although each person’s experience is unique, each event profoundly changed the course of their life for good. After all have told their story, I will then share with you a few of the more interesting experiences that have come to my attention. Some of what you hear tonight defies any logical explanation but at the same time leaves God’s critics without argument against this powerful witness. Each experience is impossible for any to refute or gainsay. There is no way science can disprove these kinds of experiences. It bears repeating: "For those who want to believe, no proof is necessary. For those who do not, no proof is possible." What you will hear tonight will bolster your faith and trust in God as nothing else can. Now that our guests are seated, let me introduce them to you. I thank you all for coming to share your experiences with us, for taking the time to come, some of you from great distances. We welcome you and appreciate your willingness to share what God has done in your life. Starting from my left is a familiar face. Roger Morneau, who spoke to us on the first night. Tonight he will share with us some incredible answers to prayer as found in his book by the same title. Seated next to him is Chantel Lakey, a lady with an experience so frightening and incredible that you will find it hard to believe. Her story was told nationwide in a well-known Christian digest, "Guideposts," which some of you may subscribe to. She was also seen on TV. She will be the first to share her experience. We are glad she could come to be with us tonight. Sitting next to Chantel is Bill Lindeman. His account is also most astounding, and shows God’s power over the elements, and his ability to save under the most dire circumstances imaginable. Welcome Bill! Next to Bill is an old time school friend of mine, Dale McMurray. He and I graduated together in the same class. We both studied for the ministry and spent many good times together. His story defies the odds and is so incredible so as to border on the impossible, yet it happened. Thank you Dale for being with us tonight. With this introduction, let us begin.. IN TIMES OF LIFE-THREATENING PERIL: RESCUED FROM THE PRECIPICE: 118 One of the most dramatic stories of rescue by angels I have ever heard is the experience of Chantel who found herself in totally unbelievable circumstances. She admits that she did not believe in the existence of angels until they showed up in her hour of very great need. She told me that at the time she was an agnostic. Chantel’s story was aired nationwide on TV. On this program she was interviewed along with the police officer that rescued her. This rescue took place in Curry County on the coast of Oregon at Lookout Rock. She was hiking with her fiancee Dale when the tragedy took place. Chantel, we welcome you here tonight. Please share with us your incredible experience. The time is yours. Thank you Devon for inviting me. It is a pleasure to be here and share with you about God’s mighty power, which saved me from certain death. Dale and I were in love, and we had visited his cousin in Oregon and were going back home to San Diego. As we were driving down the coast, Dale said to me ‘let’s stop at this lookout sight and hike to a viewpoint at the top of a giant rock where you have a 360 degree panoramic view of the ocean and shoreline, and the forest behind us." He said that no one had ever been able to make it to the top with him, and challenged me to try, and of course I accepted his challenge. We hiked up a trail that led to the top, and the view was beautiful. We were heading back down the trail when Dale said to me, "Let’s go down this other way, I have never been down this way before. If you want to come with me..." of course I accepted this other challenge. As we started walking down the trail, I realized that it was very deceptive because it looked like it was going to be fine and no problem. Hiking down the trail, suddenly we were on a cliff with no place to put our hands or feet, and we were kind of like glued, not knowing what to do. It was very, very terrifying. We tried to go back up, but couldn’t do it because it was shale rock and the rock was slipping under our feet. The rocks just fell, and we could not get any footing. There was only one way to go and that was down. Dale said, "I’m sorry, we’ll have to go down." When we looked down it was terrifying because it was at least 450 feet down to the rocks and ocean below. We could not even see where to put our hands and feet. Dale said, "I am going to go first, and I want you to do whatever I do, just follow my path." So he inched his way down about 3 or 4 feet, then told 119 me it was my turn. I started to do what he did copying each motion he made. But every time I moved, rocks would fall, hitting him on the shoulder and head. He asked my how my fear factor was, and I assured him I was fine, when in fact I was terrified. I couldn’t believe what was happening. Yet I knew we had to go down and felt I had to let him know I was okay, for it was hard enough for him without being concerned about me. Dale, although athletic, was not an experienced mountain climber. He extended his hand out to me, and told me to put my foot into it. His eyes locked with mine and suddenly he lost his grip and fell backwards. When he started falling, I couldn’t believe it, and I screamed "Oh my God! My God help me! Help me!" I saw his head hit a ledge and then he kept falling and falling until I could no longer see him. I was so terrified and afraid I didn’t know what to do. I was trembling and thought "Oh my God, if Dale who is far more athletic than I am could not make it down, how can I?" I started screaming "Help! Help!" for someone to hear me, but no one knew we were there, and I thought, I can scream my head off and no one will come and help me. I thought that maybe through some miracle Dale might still be alive and I could help him. It was at that point I screamed for God. I had this overwhelming feeling or urge to scream for God. I screamed "God, God, please help me, please help me, I don’t know what to do, I can’t move." I was locked in terror on the cliff actually frozen, I couldn’t move. Suddenly a mist came all around me which was strange, because along with the mist came a beautiful chorus which sounded like hundreds and hundreds of voices. I tried to squint my eyes to see through it, but couldn’t really see anything. The music got louder and louder. At that point I was urged to make my first move. Even though I didn’t know what to do, I knew I had to move. A serenity and peace came over me enough to take the first step. As I made the first move, I remember the rocks starting to fall, but I somehow managed to take the next step, and the next. During this time I was asking myself "Why are these angels here? Are they going to assist me in my life or my death." Each move I made I became more and more terrified. For the next 300 feet, I don’t remember much of what happened. But when I was about 100 feet from the bottom I started falling and couldn’t control the fall. I screamed out, "Oh no God, not now! I’ve got to find Dale and help him." I knew I was going to die or be injured. Suddenly a powerful force like a hand swooped me up and threw me against the rock, and I was held tight against it. 120 Strangely, when I stopped falling, the rocks did also. At that point the singing got louder, and I felt complete peace and serenity and then I knew I would make it the rest of the way. When I got to the bottom I started running in the direction of his body but couldn’t find him at first. Finally I found him sprawled out on a small rock. He was obviously dead, his body all broken up. There was no hope for him. As I went over to him, all around him the singing got much louder. It was as if they were lifting him and tenderly holding him. I at once knew that I could now go find help. When the officer arrived, he could not believe what I told him, yet he could not deny it. The rescue crew who had come with him were terrified to have to go down and retrieve Dale’s body, for that rock juts up out of the water for 500 feet. It is utterly impossible for anyone to climb down without help. As a result of this experience, my life has totally changed. I now believe in God, where before I didn’t. My goals and perspectives have changed. You cannot go through an experience like this and not be affected. I praise God and thank him for saving my life. I am now putting my life back together, for I feel deeply the loss of Dale. I will never get over losing him. But I know that God allowed it for some reason and I do not question Him. I just accept it by faith and trust Him, for I have every reason, after this experience to trust my life to Him completely. Thank you Devon for inviting me here tonight to share this most memorable event." Thank you Chantel for this inspiring and heart rending story. Our next speaker will be Bill. We appreciate your accepting our call to come to Fairmont and testify to the power of God in your life. Please tell us what happened to you. THE STRANGER WHO WASN'T THERE: Thank you Devon for inviting me. What happened to me is so fantastic that still at times I have a hard time believing it ever happened. Lake Mendosa, near to where I live is like a glittering jewel on the banks of Madison, Wisconsin. But when winter comes, the lake surface is transformed into a treacherous terrain of snow and ice. One bleak day in February of 1975, I set out on a rugged hike across the frozen lake. This is what happened. I started walking over the lake surface, which was rather rough and uneven. The wind was blowing and, drifting snow continued to fall more and more heavily. 121 Finally at one point the shoreline became obscured and I could not tell exactly which direction I was going. I could walk fine, I was mobile, I was not particularly cold, and I was dressed warmly, so I wasn’t concerned. I was looking at the drifting pattern of the snow on the surface to find three drifts with patterns I could align up and keep in focus. I would reach the first one and the one right beyond the last one so I was always moving towards one of those drifts in the same direction. As I walked along further and further, the snowfall became greater and greater. The wind picked up, blowing and swirling so that finally I couldn’t see beyond what was right in front of me. It was then that I knew I was in trouble. I got to the point that I could not tell the difference between the falling snow and the ground. That was a very weird feeling, for when I stepped I couldn’t tell if I was stepping on packed snow. I was totally disoriented so that I couldn’t even tell whether I was vertical. I could not take more than a couple of steps. I began this pattern of standing, stepping, and falling to one side then the other. I completely lost my sense of direction. If something didn’t happen to change this situation, if the storm didn’t clear, I knew I was good as dead. I decided to crawl on the ice until I died. I recognized how frail and marginal life is. At that point I totally gave up. I cried out to God, "Hey God, if you’re out there and have any intention of me surviving this, then you’re going to have do something because I’m dead." It was at that point that I heard a very deep horn like a foghorn. I had no idea where it came from. I said to God, ‘If that was a sign, you’re going to have to make it loud and clear, because otherwise I am not going to get it. I need to know where it came from." Again I heard this sound. I locked on to it, and remember moving off into the direction it came from. As I began crawling across the ice, I heard a sound coming from the back of my head, which startled me. It was like someone had sneaked up behind me and then whispered, "Watch out for the breakwater." I realized the moving breakwater could have possibly kept the ice from freezing up, and that if I fell into it I would probably drown. I let myself be guided by the mysterious voice, skirting the breakwater, I struggled up the bank where I collapsed. Suddenly I was aware that there was a person who reached out and put his arms around me, gripping me under the arms which felt like a bear hug, in effect saying to me, "get in, get out of the cold you dummy!" I felt myself being pulled into the building. Inside the building it was cozy and warm, a fire was burning in the fireplace. The man wrapped me in blankets, and gave me a cup of warm broth. I remembered little for the rest of that night, only that the man revived me and somehow, I found my way home. 122 As the next day dawned bright and clear, I returned to the little cabin to thank my rescuer. But when I got there, the station was closed off, and there was a sign on the door that said, "Closed for the Season." THERE WAS NO SIGN THAT ANYONE HAD BEEN IN THE CABIN FOR MONTHS! I realized then that something very unusual and unexplainable and miraculous had happened to me. I believe an angel saved me. If I hadn’t believed that guardian angels were real, I wouldn’t have asked for help. If I hadn’t asked for help, even if it came, I am not sure I would have recognized it. You have to conclude that there is a greater power in the universe than the one ticking inside your bodies, and that everyone is part of that greater connection. Not everyone gets to a point in his or her life where they realize that if they try to control their own lives, their life is going to end immediately. I had to completely give up control of my life, because I knew at that point, if I was the one in control I would have died, it was that cut and dried. People, if YOU DO NOT know God or do not have a relationship with Him, it is time for you to find Him. If YOU DO know Him, never let go of Him. As a result of this experience I found Him. My life has changed dramatically. I could never let go of Him after what He did for me. But what is more, He did something for me that was a far greater miracle—He sent His Son to die for my sins so that if I remain faithful, I can someday have eternal life. I encourage any of you in this audience, who do not know Him intimately, to seek Him with all your heart. He is coming soon to rescue all who love Him from this world, just as I was rescued from that blizzard that dark cold night. Thank you for letting me share with you what has been, without question, the most meaningful experience in my life. Thank you Bill for your story and for coming. How thrilling it is to hear how God miraculously and marvelously saved you. Our next speaker to share His experience is a personal friend of mine, Dale McMurray. We both graduated from theological college together in 1953. It has been many years since we have seen each other. I located him through another mutual friend. Dale, it is indeed a pleasure to see you again and have you spend the weekend with my wife and me. Thank you for accepting my invitation, and for the chance to renew our old acquaintance. The time is yours. Thank you Devon my friend. What I have to tell will not take very long but what happened was indeed a miracle that changed my life for the 123 good. One cannot go through an experience like I had and not be affected. It was for many years the highlight of my life. Here is what happened: WHEN TWO CARS PASSED THROUGH EACH OTHER: It was on a dark stormy night in the 1950’s, about two o’clock in the morning. My wife and I were crossing the desert driving from Minnesota to California. The rain was coming down in sheets, and it was very desolate, for we were in the middle of the desert. We were headed for a small town several miles up ahead. We had not seen anyone else for hours, no cars behind us and none in front. But finally in the distance we saw the lights of an oncoming car. We came to a long low lying bridge just two cars wide, like many that spanned washes and water drainage channels in the desert in those days. Coming from the opposite direction the oncoming car had reached the other end of the bridge at about the same time we reached the bridge. Because of the rain we had a hard time seeing. As the other car approached, we slowed down, but to our horror we saw that the car was halfway in our lane and there was no where for us to go. I hit the brakes and stopped completely. A head on collision was inevitable. I knew we were going to die. Just before impact, my wife screamed out, "God help us!" We instinctively closed our eyes waiting for the inevitable crash. BUT THERE WAS NO CRASH! I opened my eyes and the car was gone. Quickly looking in the rear view mirror I could see the taillights of the car, still in our lane, going off into the darkness. My wife and I were incredulous, THE TWO CARS HAD PASSED RIGHT THROUGH EACH OTHER YET NEVER TOUCHED. We could hardly believe what had just happened to us. It seemed like some sort of dream, but it was for real. You can be sure that our praises and gratitude ascended to the Lord for hours, yes days after that miracle. We thanked Him over and over for His saving power and protection. Thank you Devon for inviting me, and for contacting me after all these years. Thanks again Dale for coming. My wife and I are most pleased to spend this weekend together with you and your sweet wife. The last of our featured speakers tonight, but certainly not the least is a familiar face to us. We told you when Roger Morneau opened up this series of meetings as our first speaker, that he would be back. I think it fitting for Roger, who began this series with us, to be back for its conclusion. I think you will find what he has to say tonight just as interesting as his first talk about his experience in the church of Satan. What he has to share with us tonight is about incredible answers to prayer he has had, which is the title of one of his books. What has happened to 124 him is a powerful witness to the mighty power of God, which effectively refutes the claim that there is no God. Since the time Roger was delivered from the church of Satan, and gave his heart to the Lord, God has worked in his life in incredible ways. Roger we are most anxious to hear what you have to say. Note: (On September 21, 1998, Roger died of a massive brain hemorrhage. His work on earth is complete. He now sleeps in the grave, awaiting Jesus’ return in the clouds when he will be called back to life by our blessed Lord.) Thank you again friend Devon for inviting me back. It is always a pleasure to share the way God has worked in my life. RUNNING ON ANGEL POWER: The first miracle I am going to share with you tonight happened in New York in the winter of 1955, January to be exact. For a number of days I had been studying the biblical concept of faith. While Scripture speaks of vast numbers of people having had their lives ruled by distrust of God and unbelief, it also reveals how certain persons acquired a living faith by developing an unfaltering trust in our heavenly Father, and in the power of His Holy Spirit. In those days I was a salesman, and that evening I had a 9:00 PM appointment with a building contractor living on a rural road about four miles west of Castile, New York. Our home was in Curriers, about seven miles north of Arcade. To avoid a route that would have forced me to go east in a roundabout way, I had gotten instructions to go cross-country on some country roads that would supposedly save me a lot of travel time. Unfortunately, it didn’t. I got lost three times because of the constant crossroads, and I made wrong turns. It meant stopping and asking directions at farms, and I arrived almost an hour late. On my way there, I realized that my gas gauge had dropped rather low, but reasoned that the best thing to do was to fill the tank in Castile afterward. We got involved talking business, and time flew by. When I had finished writing up an order and was ready to leave, my watch indicated almost midnight. By then the thought of getting gasoline had left me. The contractor, desiring to save me going into Castile in order to take Route 39, a state road that would carry me west into Arcade and home, suggested that I drive three miles west from his residence, then take a left that would get me directly unto Route 39. I was reluctant to go that way, but he said I couldn’t make a wrong turn, because of a huge landmark at that intersection. 125 As I stepped out on the porch, the cold chilled me instantly. He looked at his thermometer, which read five degrees below zero. "I hope you have a good battery," he said. "Yes, sir. One of the best for winter driving." Waving good-bye, I left. Because of the bitter cold, it took longer than usual to get heat into the car, and it absorbed all my attention. I had traveled about five miles when all of a sudden the engine began to lose power. A glance at the gas gauge told me the tank was empty. Terror struck my mind as I realized that the last farm I had passed was more than a mile away, and no more were in sight. Like a flash I saw myself in a hospital bed with my toes cut off. You see, when I was 17 years of age, I froze all my toes one morning in northern Quebec when the temperature had gone down to 42 below. I spent five months in the hospital. The flesh turned black and actually fell off my toes. Afterward I had a number of operations, skin grafts, etc. And the day of my discharge the surgeon who had worked on my feet sat me down and stated that I should no longer live in that part of the world. He believed that my feet would quickly freeze if exposed to the cold, and that the only thing that could be done then would be to amputate. Now in a burst of fear I cried out, "Dear Jesus, please help." Many times before when certain destruction stared me in the face, I had made that call for help, and Jesus had never failed me. Immediately a great calm came over me. But the car was still slowing down. "Forgive me for being so panicky, seeing that you have never failed me." I thought. "Lord, I know that the Spirit of God that transported Philip 20 miles so long ago can get me and this car over those hills into Curriers if He so chooses. Dear Jesus, may the Spirit of God (through angels) that control, the atoms please fuel this car so it will take me home without stopping. Thank You Lord, for your help." It was almost as if something hit the back of my automobile, and it shot forward; then the motor started to accelerate and hummed like never before. The speedometer climbed and when it reached the speed limit I had to release my foot from the pedal as the vehicle kept dashing ahead. Eagle Hill—which I had never climbed without the transmission shifting down—I now sped up in high gear. Jubilantly I praised the Lord for His miracle-working power. I began quoting verses of Scripture, such as Psalm 107:1,2, and 8. "O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy." ‘Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men...." After I pulled into the driveway, up a small grade, and past the side entrance of our house, the car stopped. It did not reach the garage. Turning 126 the ignition off, I ran into the house surprised to see the lights on in the kitchen. About 11:45 p.m. Hilda, my wife, had awakened, and realizing that I was not home yet, got on her knees and prayed for God’s loving care over me. As I entered, she knew that something great and wonderful had happened. "You look excited. What’s the good news?" I recounted how the Spirit of God had brought me home 27 miles without any gas in the tank. We had a praise session to the Lord that probably lasted an hour, then went to bed but could not sleep most of the night as we kept talking about my experience. In the morning I tried to start the car, but it wouldn’t start. We had to fetch gasoline from the neighbor’s farm to get it going. (Incredible Answers To Prayer, Roger Morneau PP 30-33) INTERCESSORY PRAYER Next I want to share with you some of the experiences I have had since I discovered that the Lord wanted to use me to pray for other people, to push back the forces of darkness that affect the whole world. I don’t know if you realize it, but we have at our disposal the most powerful weapon in all God’s universe. It is the most powerful tool at man’s disposal to help others. This is intercessory prayer. This tool is given to us only as we earnestly request it, not for any benefit we receive, but only to help others. When we pray this kind of prayer, angels work together with us to bring substance to these prayers. Intercessory prayer is interceding on behalf of someone that needs divine help. It is the Holy Spirit who places the burden on the heart to pray on behalf of someone. The following incidents in my life dramatically illustrate this point, though seldom are the results so obvious. But they illustrate something else. God is working in the everyday affairs of our lives. He is interested in each of us personally and in every aspect of our lives. He cares about what happens to us. An Interrupted Feud: One Friday afternoon in April as I drove home from work, I passed a F.W. Woolworth store and decided to stop and pick up a couple of items that I needed. Returning to my car, I thought I might as well take a few minutes to process the day’s paperwork (at the time I worked as a telephone salesman for a telephone company, helping companies make up ads for the yellow pages). The thermometer had reached into the high 70s. Getting into the car. I quickly opened the windows to let the heat out. A few minutes later a green Mercury pulled into a parking place two spaces away. Glancing out of the corner of one eye, I saw a middle-aged couple with the woman at the steering wheel. 127 "Mary, you will have to turn the key so that I can roll up this power window," the man said. "Jim, you’re stupid. I’ve told you a hundred times to roll the windows up while the engine is still running. Won’t you ever learn?" The man opened his mouth, and a flurry of profanities poured out, a mixture of the sacred and profane such as could not fail to get the message across to his wife that her words had touched a sensitive spot. Getting angrier by the moment, he accused her of having wrecked what had been a perfect day by refusing to keep her big mouth shut. What a wicked man I thought to myself. Then I immediately prayed, "Jesus please forgive them. By the mighty power of Thy Holy Spirit, please rebuke the demonic forces oppressing their minds, and bless their lives with the sweet peace of Thy love." Instantly the verbal storm stopped. For about 20 seconds neither said a word, then the man broke the silence. "Mary, I am sorry I got so angry. Really, I feel bad now that I spoke to you in the way I did. I don’t know why I get so angry at times. I can actually feel anger swell up in me toward people I dearly love. Please forgive me, and I promise to put forth real effort not to repeat these outbursts." Then it was beautiful to hear her admit that she was at least partly at fault for not being careful with her words, and at times actually took pleasure in verbally jabbing him. Promising to be more considerate in the future, she gave him a peck of a kiss, put the window up, and they both got out of the car to go shopping. Stepping to the parking meter, the husband studied his coins to feed the meter, and having no dime or nickels, turned to his wife. "Sugar pie, would you be kind enough to look in your purse for a dime?" "How can I refuse to help when you are treating me like a lady? Do you realize, Jim, that you haven’t called me your sugar pie since the kids were little?" After he put the coins in the meter, she grabbed him by the arm, and like two newlyweds they proceeded to do some shopping. As I sat in my car I was more than surprised over the drastic transformation that had taken place in their lives, all because I was willing to pray in their behalf. Just previous to this experience, I had been wondering and asking God if He answers prayers for the ungodly. The Lord impressed upon my heart that in praying for the ungodly and the wicked, it was necessary to ask Jesus to deal with their burdens of sin, by asking for their sins to be forgiven, which was a new idea to me. After this incident, I prayed that if it were pleasing in His sight I would like to have another similar experience, one that would again demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit to bless once the burden of sin had been removed. This next incident, which was a direct answer to my prayer, again shows how God works through the Holy Spirit (angels), and man as a team to help change the lives of the wicked. 128 The Disgusting Manager: The manager of a large lumber and building supply operation told me that it would be difficult to talk to the owner about his advertising because he owned other businesses that took him out of town a lot. The directory canvass supervisor had given me the account to handle, with the understanding that if I could not see the owner on the premises during the canvass time, I could close it over the phone at a later date. After all, the man hadn’t changed his advertising program for years. Besides, he had previously refused to make appointments, and seemed to run his businesses according to the way he felt on a particular day. Because I passed his place of business every day, I stopped every so often. But it was not until Monday of my last week in the area that the manager informed me that the owner desired additional advertising, and wanted to change some of the copy in his existing ads. The boss was in, but in a bad mood. "Too many things to attend to," the manager said. I asked him to get me a definite appointment to see the owner, or he would find himself having the same program in the coming telephone directory. A message left at the telephone office that afternoon indicated that the owner would see me Wednesday at 10:00 in the morning. Wednesday was a beautiful day, and up to that time all had gone well. Entering the establishment, I found it to be a beehive of activity. Spotting the manager from a distance, I made my way to the counter, where he was serving a customer. He told a clerk to finish serving his client, and we walked up to the second floor and the owner’s office. Along the way he mentioned that it was unfortunate that I had to see the boss on this day. The man was in a really bad mood. To begin with, he had arrived with a somber expression. "Must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed." A short while later he exploded when told that a shipment he had been promised for that day had been delayed through unexpected circumstances. "So prepare yourself for anything." the manager warned. "If the boss shouts at you, don’t pay attention to him. It's probably the price he has to pay for being wealthy." Arriving at the glassed-in office, the manager opened the door and announced me. "Have him come in and sit down," the owner replied. "I can't talk to him right now, as I have to make a phone call." As I entered, he didn’t even look at me, but kept shuffling papers on his desk. What a rude person he is, I thought for a moment. Then I realized that the man was under terrible pressures. His expression reflected internal turmoil. He was undoubtedly a chain smoker, as the office was full of smoke and the ashtray with cigarette butts, and he had a cigarette between his fingers. 129 After dialing a number on the phone, he began talking to one of his managers in a way I wouldn’t have thought possible. Only a tyrant would have used the abusive language that he blasted the man’s ears with. He was unhappy about the figures shown on the quarterly report of one of his businesses. Profanities flew right and left, and the more he talked, the more brutal he seemed to get. This fellow is disgusting—he makes me want to vomit, I thought to myself. Then the memory of my prayer a few days before struck me. Here indeed was another opportunity to pray for an ungodly person so that I could see God remove the individual’s burden of sin and the Holy Spirit (through angels) move with power to help that person "in the battle against principalities and powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and wicked spirits in high places." Unfortunately I had no desire to pray for him, yet I knew that it was the right thing to do, and I made a special effort to pray. "Dear Jesus, I need Your help. I just don’t feel like praying for this wicked man. In fact, I would like to walk out of here. You have instructed us to love the unlovable, and for that reason I pray for special help now. Please help me to see this man not as he is now, but as he will be by your grace on that great day when you will resurrect and translate the people of Your righteousness. Immediately a sense of pity for the man filled my heart, and I continued to pray. "Wash away the condemnation that he has brought upon himself by his wicked deeds. Break through, I pray, the gigantic wall of separation that he has erected to hide himself from Thy face, thereby depriving himself of the sweet peace of our heavenly Father’s love and grace. "Lord, through the power of Thy Holy Spirit, please rebuke the demonic forces that may have been oppressing this man’s mind, driving him to sow misery in the lives of others. And having done this, please surround him with a divine atmosphere of light and peace as Thy Spirit abides with him this day, speaking to his heart of the ways of righteousness. Thank You, Lord, for always hearing my petitions for help to the needy." I determined there and then that this man was going to be in my daily prayers. Immediately I felt the powerful presence of the Spirit of God. I should mention here that my Christian experience has never been dependent upon my feelings, but upon a "Thus saith the Lord." At times when the going has been rough I have been tempted to believe that God has left me to carry my burden alone, but in the end I come to see how graciously the Spirit of God (through His angels) was watching over me. It wasn’t more than five seconds before I witnessed a transformation in the man as great as night and day. His conversation took on a new sense of direction. Instead of talking almost continually and shouting profanities, he softened the tone of his voice and began to speak with what appeared to be intelligent reasoning. Long pauses gave the other person a chance to explain the situation. The conversation closed on what appeared to be a tensionless note, and he hung up the phone. 130 His stern expression that had at first appeared as unchangeable as some of those seen on monuments in city parks now softened. A smile took form as he turned toward me. "I am Dennis D." and he stood up behind his desk to extend his hand toward me in a friendly way. "Roger Morneau here." I said as I firmly shook his hand. "It’s nice meeting you, Roger. It’s too bad that you happened to come on a day when everything is running rough." Then he corrected himself. "I shouldn’t be giving you the impression that the conversation you have just witnessed is a rare occurrence. To be honest with you, I must admit that I am— at times a madman, I am not crazy or deranged in any way, but there is something strange here. I can’t understand why I get so steamed up at times over things that no one has any power to change. Such incidents seem to be more frequent and powerful as time passes. Too often I feel an uncontrollable anger building up within, and I lash out at everybody." I could tell that the man was deeply distressed by his situation. "If it weren’t for the fact that I pay my managers twice as much as they are worth, none of them would work for me." Suddenly he realized that he was talking to a complete stranger. "What am I doing, telling you the secrets of my life? Please excuse me for dumping my problems on you. Let’s talk advertising." "Mr. D, please relax, and trust me," I said, "The very first requirement of my job is to keep in strict confidence whatever my advertisers tell me, and I have successfully done that for years. Quite frequently people tell me things they have told no one else, stating that they feel comfortable in my presence and believe that it is better to open one’s heart to a stranger than to someone who knows them well." His reply surprised me some, as it was totally unexpected. "Roger, I agree with what your customers say. I can feel a power accompanying you that I don’t know exactly how to explain, except to say that it is out of this world. I have never before experienced the peace and quiet that I do now." "Thank you, sir, for telling me that. Mr. D. I feel that it is important for me to add, that from the moment you began talking over the phone, I turned my heart in prayer to the great Monarch of the galaxies, the Life-giver, asking that He would bless your life with the presence of His Spirit, that alone can bring peace and help to those in this world." He studied me for a moment, then said, "I gave up on religion and God a long time ago. But today you have given me something to think about; the Monarch of the galaxies and His power to touch people’s lives in a meaningful way. I like that thought. Don’t get me wrong, I am not thinking of going to church or anything like that, but would you be kind enough to keep me in your prayers? I sure would appreciate that." After I assured him that I would be honored to add his name to my prayer list, we then updated his advertising program. As I got up to leave, he said, 131 "Let me walk down with you, as I have to go downstairs anyway." On the way down, I asked him how he had built such a fine business operation. His face lit up, and he told stories all the way to the front door. Shaking my hand as we parted, he asked if I would be kind enough to see him at the beginning of the telephone directory canvass the following year. I did not work the directory that year, but I found myself visiting the area two years later as division sales manager, and went on that call with the fellow who had the account. The man was delighted to see me again, and was very courteous and while a new ad was being set up, he had me walk with him to another office to meet his accountant. After introducing us, he stated that I was the person who had given him a new lease on life, and at the same time saved him a bundle of money, as he no longer had any need "to see his shrink." A great transformation had taken place in that individual’s life. He was vibrant with the joy of living. On the wall in back of his desk hung a lovely plaque with "Prayer changes things" inscribed on it. Indeed it does—and in this particular instance, I am inclined to believe that of all the blessings received, I was the greater beneficiary of the two of us. That prayer experience had straightened out my warped reasoning that for a number of years had kept me from asking for special help for the ungodly. But from that time on, the Lord was able to use me to open the way so that His Spirit could then move in a marvelous manner to benefit the lives of many others. This graphically showed just how closely the Lord with His angels desires to work with man for the salvation of those in bondage to Satan, and the powerful and dramatic effect it can have to change lives. Thus it can be seen how both angels and man are servants and messengers, working together to bring salvation to fallen man. With this story I will close my presentation. I thank you all for hearing me out. May God bless you all as you seek a deeper relationship with Him. Try what I have suggested and see how the Lord will work in your life to help others." Once again Roger, thank you for sharing with us just a few of your many experiences. If you, the audience would like to purchase a copy of Roger’s book, they will be available out in the foyer after the meeting, as well as books from the other previous speakers we have heard from. Personal Testimonies: Now, as the final presentation for this evening, I would like to bring to you some of the experiences I have come across, as well as a couple of my own, after which I will make some closing remarks. Realize that what we have heard tonight barely scratches the surface about the Providence of God. Ever since Adam and Eve fell, God has been working in the lives of individuals giving them tokens of His interest in their well being. 132 I believe that of all the evidences and witnesses we have listened to in this series, that identify God as the Creator and Author of His Word, personal experiences are the only ones that reach heart and soul, the only ones that intimately demonstrates God’s love and care for mankind. This next story illustrates this well. It is a story I read in a book by Joan Wester Anderson, well known author of books about angels. It too is an amazing story. The Tow Truck From Nowhere: It was just past midnight on December 24, 1983. The Midwest was shivering through a record-breaking cold spell, complete with gale-force winds and frozen water pipes. And although our suburban Chicago household was filled with the snug sounds of a family at rest, I couldn’t be a part of them, not until our twenty-one-year-old-son pulled into the driveway. At the moment, Tim and his two roommates were driving home for Christmas, their first trip back since they had moved east last May. "Don’t worry, Mom," Tim has reassured me over the phone last night. "We’re going to leave before dawn tomorrow and drive straight through, We’ll be fine!" Kids! They do insane things. Under normal circumstances, I figured, a Connecticut-to-Illinois trek ought to take about eighteen hours. But the weather had turned so dangerously cold that radio reports warned against venturing outdoors, even for a few moments. And we had heard nothing from the travelers. Distressed, I pictured them on a desolate road. What if they ran into car problems or lost their way? And if they had been delayed, why hadn’t Tim phoned? Restlessly I paced and prayed in the familiar shorthand all mothers know: God, send someone to help them. By now, as I later learned, the trio had stopped briefly in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to deposit Don at his family home. Common sense suggested that Tim and Jim stay the rest of the night and resume their trek in the morning. But when does common sense prevail with invincible young adults? There were only four driving hours left to reach home. And although it was the coldest night in Midwest history and the highways were snowy and deserted, the two had started out again. They had been traveling for only a few miles on a rural access road to the Indiana tollway, when they noticed that the car’s engine seemed sluggish, lurching erratically and dying to ten or fifteen miles per hour. Tim glanced uneasily at Jim. "Do not—" the radio announcer intoned, "—repeat—do not venture outside tonight, friends. There’s a record wind-chill of eighty below zero, which means that exposed skin will freeze in less than a minute." 133 The car surged suddenly, then coughed and slowed again. "Tim," Jim spoke into the darkness, ‘we’re not going to stall here, are we?" "We can’t," Tim answered grimly as he pumped the accelerator. "We’ll die for sure." But instead of picking up speed, the engine sputtered, chugged and slowed again. About a mile later, at the top of a small incline, the car crawled to a frozen stop. Horrified, Tim and Jim looked at each other in the darkened interior. They could see across the fields in every direction, but, incredibly, theirs was the only vehicle in view. For the first time, they faced the fact that they were in enormous danger. There was no traffic, no refuge ahead, and not even a farmhouse light blinking in the distance. It was as if they had landed on an alien, snow- covered planet. And the appalling, unbelievable cold! Never in Tim’s life had he experienced anything so intense. They couldn’t run for help; he knew that now for sure. He and Jim were young and strong, but even if shelter was only a short distance away, they couldn’t survive. The temperature would kill them in a matter of minutes. "Someone will come along soon." Tim said, "You heard the radio. Everyone in the world is inside tonight—except us." "Then what are we going to do?" "I don’t know." Tim tried starting the engine again, but the ignition key clicked hopelessly in the silence. Bone-chilling cold had penetrated the car’s interior, and his feet were already growing numb. "Well, God," he prayed, echoing my own distant plea, "You’re the only one who can help us now." It seemed impossible to stay awake much longer... Then, as if they had already slipped into a dream, they saw headlights flashing at the car’s left rear. But that was impossible. For they had seen no twin pinpricks of light in the distance, no hopeful approaches. Where had the vehicle come from? Had they already died? But no. For, miraculously, someone was knocking on the driver’s side window. "Need to be pulled?" In disbelief they heard the muffled shout. But it was true. Their rescuer was driving a tow truck. "Yes! Oh, yes, thanks!" Quickly, the two conferred as the driver, saying nothing more, drove around to the front of the car and attached chains. If there were no garages open at this hour, they would ask him to take them back to Don’s house, where they could spend the rest of the night. Swathed almost completely in a furry parka, hood and a scarf up to his eyes, the driver nodded at their request but said nothing more. He was calm, they noted as he climbed into his truck, seemingly unconcerned about the life threatening circumstances in which he had found them. Strange that he’s not curious about us, Tim mused, and isn’t even explaining where he came from or how he managed to approach without 134 our seeing him.... And had there been lettering on the side of the truck? Tim hadn’t noticed any. He’s going to give us a big bill, on a night like this. I’ll have to borrow some money from Don or his dad.... But Tim was exhausted from the ordeal, and gradually, as he leaned against the seat, his thoughts slipped away. They passed two locked service stations, stopped to alert Don from a pay phone, and were soon being towed back through the familiar Fort Wayne neighborhood. Hushed, Christmas lights long since extinguished and families asleep, Don’s street still seemed the most welcoming street they had ever been on. The driver maneuvered carefully around the cul-de-sac and pulled up in front of Don’s house. Numb with cold, Tim and Jim raced to the side door where Don was waiting, then tumbled into the blessedly warm kitchen, safe at last. Don slammed the door against the icy blast. "Hey, what happened?" he began, but Tim interrupted. "The tow-truck driver, Don—I have to pay him. I need to borrow--." "Wait a minute." Don frowned, looking past his friends through the window. "I don’t see any tow truck out there." Tim and Jim turned around. There, parked alone at the curb, was Tim’s car. There had been no sound in the crystal-clear night of its release from the chains, no door slam, no chug of an engine pulling away. There had been no bill for Tim to pay, no receipt to sign, no farewell or "Thank you" or "Merry Christmas...." Stunned, Tim raced back down the driveway to the curb, but there was no taillights disappearing in the distance, no engine noise echoing through the silent streets, nothing at all to mark the tow truck’s presence. Then Tim saw the tire tracks traced in the windblown snowdrifts. But there was only one set of marks ringing the cul-de-sac curve, and they belonged to Tim’s car. (Where Angels Walk. pp. 133-135, Joan Wester Anderson) SAVED FROM A VICIOUS DOG: Vicki with her toddler son Joey was passing out ‘Jesus Is Coming" papers along a residential street one day in Tijuana, Mexico. Suddenly she heard a growl behind and turned to see a large dog running toward her with fangs barred and blood in his eye. She saw that he was going to attack her and her son. She grabbed Joey up and held him to her breast, turning away from the dog so that her body was between the dog and Joey. She turned her head to see what the dog was doing and saw him leap in the air toward her. She prayed for protection. Suddenly it seemed as though everything stopped happening. She saw the dog suspended in mid-air over her right shoulder, just hanging there as if suspended by a wire. To her amazement she saw the dog then backed down from where he had jumped 135 landing in a crouched position with a very surprised and puzzled look on his face as if wondering what had happened. Suddenly the dog became terrified and took off running with his tail between his legs. There is no question in Vicki’s mind that an angel protected them from what could have been a horrible accident. Rescue On a Mountain Curve: Dale and his girlfriend Artie were traveling east of San Diego on a date, headed for the mountains. As they wound their way up a canyon and came to a place where the road made a sharp curve to the left around a steep stone faced hill, suddenly coming around the bend from the other direction, was a car headed straight for them on their side of the road. There was no where for them to go but right toward the right edge of the road, which dropped off a sharp cliff. Dale pulled over on the shoulder as far as he could to avoid the oncoming car driven by a man who was drunk, but to no avail. In desperation he turned more to the right and felt the car drop slightly as the right wheels went completely off the road into the air. The other car careened behind them narrowly missing them and plunged over the cliff. Instantly Dale pulled the car back onto the highway and stopped. He knew something astounding had just happened and went back to look for the other car and for tire tracks to confirm what he thought happened. Sure enough, he could see where his car skidded off the road and where the tire tracks left the road and then came back onto the road. This experience went with him for the rest of his life as a witness to God’s protecting care. Warning of Danger: Margaret walked the dog every morning. Her husband, Paul (not their real names) did so at night. There was a small park across the busy street in front of their house, and Paul usually took the dog there. He was a reserved man who enjoyed solitude and rarely showed his emotions. About nine one April evening, Paul and the dog started out on their customary jaunt. "I’m never in the garage after dinner," Margaret relates. "But that night, I happened to go there for something. The garage door was open even though it was almost dark outside. I had a perfect view of Paul going down our driveway to the sidewalk." Paul had to wait a few moments until there was a break in the traffic. While he was standing there, Margaret heard a voice calling. "Paul!" That was all. "It was a male voice, the kindest-sounding voice I’d ever heard," she says. There is shrubbery alongside our driveway, and I assumed our next-door neighbor, hidden from my view by the garage wall and the foliage, was calling Paul. "But I know his voice, and this wonderful voice was not his. A second later I remembered that the neighbor wasn’t home." Paul did not appear to have heard the voice. Maybe it had been her imagination. Or the sound of 136 the wind? But there was no wind. Someone in a passing car? But the voice had been coming from her direction, as if the caller was near. Puzzled, Margaret wondered what, if anything, she should do. Again, as her husband started to step down from the curb, the kind voice called his name. "Paul!" Now Margaret saw Paul stop. Had he heard the voice this time? Incredibly, a large tree in the park started to fall. Down it came, almost in slow motion, until, with a loud crash, it came to rest across the park path, its highest branches lying almost into the street. The spot was where Paul always walked, where he would have been at that moment had a voice not delayed him. Stunned, Margaret stared at the tree. Paul, in his usual unemotional manner, crossed the street, went around the tree, looked at it for a moment, and continued on his way. But by the time he returned he had a chance to think. "Someone called my name," he said to Margaret. "It happened twice. Did you hear the voice?" "Yes. I wondered if you had." "But there wasn’t anyone around, unless you saw someone." "No, I didn’t," Margaret told him. "And from the garage, I would have had a good view." They looked at each other. "Well, then," Paul said in his usual calm fashion, "it had to have been my guardian angel." (Where angels walk, pp. 133-135, Joan Wester Anderson) TWO PERSONAL EXPERIENCES The last two experiences I will tell you tonight are my personal testimony of how God has helped me in times of need. Although not life threatening experiences, or nearly as dramatic as what you have heard, they have many times over the years encouraged me when I was tempted to doubt that God really cared about me. When the Car Stopped: It was July of 1942 that I, at the age of 18 years faced a crisis in my life about whether to marry a girl whom I loved and had gone with for several years. Her folks had been pressuring us to get married for some time, but I did not feel like I was ready for such a responsibility, for my goal was to go to college and become a minister. Finally because of my love for her, and because of the pressure brought upon us by her parents, I reluctantly consented and we became engaged. Plans for the wedding were made, announcements were printed, and a wedding shower given for the girl. Now the pressure became intense, but I still did not feel right about the situation. "Then too, my parents were not in favor of the marriage primarily because of my age and because I was not emotionally mature. They felt that it would be a big mistake. I felt that I must call off the wedding, but could not do it. Each day that passed increased my apprehensions but I could not call it off. As the 137 wedding shower was given, and the announcements were prepared for mailing, the pressure became intense. I needed help, divine help from above. I prayed earnestly and decided I had to go see her and tell her how I felt, for she knew nothing about my feelings. And above all I did not want to hurt her. I knew if I called off the wedding now that it would break her heart. Then too, I still wasn’t sure of my own mind as to whether I should break off with her or not. I dreaded facing her, for fear of changing my mind when I saw her, for I really loved her. I earnestly pleaded with the Lord to help me, to give me some sign so that I would know one way or the other what His will was in this matter. I asked the Lord that if I was not to marry her, that he would give me an unmistakable sign that I could not just pass off as happenstance. Having done this, I got into my little 1931 Buick and headed down the twenty some miles to see her, not knowing what my decision would be. As I was driving up a road that wound between some hills, all at once the engine quit, just like someone had turned off the ignition switch. I coasted off to the side of the road wondering what had happened. Being of mechanical bent, I got out, lifted the hood and checked the wiring to the coil, but all seemed fine. Next I took off the distributor cap with the 8 wires going to the spark plugs, to look at the points which open and close making the spark which fires the spark plugs. And to my amazement, a part called the rotor, which distributes the spark to each of the 8 spark plugs as it rotates on a shaft, was laying down along side the points. Now the rotor fits snugly on a shaft that comes up from the engine through the distributor. It has lobs or bumps on it, which open and close the points in the distributor. The rotor fits down on the end of the shaft about ½ to 1 inch. The only way that rotor could have come off is for it to have broken, or for the distributor cap to have come off, neither of which happened. I stood there dumbfounded at how God had answered my prayer. There was no way that I could write this off as having just happened by coincidence. That was the first of two signs the Lord gave me indicating that I was to break off the plans for the wedding. "Amazed at what had just happened, I put the rotor back on the shaft, snapped the cap back into place, and got back into the car. It started up instantly and ran perfectly for the next several miles. I had just turned a corner at an intersection after stopping for a stop sign, when the car began to act up again, but this time differently. It acted like it was out of gas, even though the tank registered ¾’s full. I pulled over to the side, lifted the hood for the second time, wondering what had happened now. I took the gas line loose thinking that maybe some dirt had gotten into the line, but it was clean. While the gas line was disconnected, I turned the engine over with the starter to see if the fuel pump was 138 working, and it pumped a healthy stream of gas. I replaced the line back on the carburetor and started the car, which again ran perfectly. It was with a heavy but relieved heart that I continued on to see my girl to tell her what my decision had to be. But the closer I got to her home, the worse it was for me. I could not face her. Finally, one block from where she lived, I stopped at a phone booth and called her. She never knew that I was so close. Eventually she married and had three girls. But I know that I had made the right decision because the Lord through circumstances lovingly guided me when I needed help. The Lost Is Found: It was the summer of 1946. I was a young man of 22 years. I had hired myself out to farmers in the summer to work in the vast rice fields in northern California. At the time of this incident, I was hired to mow a 700- acre field of alfalfa. I began very early in the morning running the tractor until late that night by tractor lights. About 11:00 that night I pulled the tractor back into the barn, got into my car and drove to where I was staying. As I began to empty my pockets to take off my clothes and prepare for bed, I realized to my consternation that my wallet was not in my pocket. Of course this greatly concerned me as you know, for all my money and valuable identification cards were in that wallet. I immediately went out to my car to see if perchance it had slipped out of my pocket while I was driving home. It was not there. I had trouble sleeping that night— worried as to how or if I was going to find it. I prayed about it, but admit that I did not have very much faith. Very early the next morning, I got into my car and drove back to the farm, retracing my steps to the tractor, but it was nowhere to be seen. The worse case scenario had happened. My wallet was out in that 700 acre field somewhere, and to make matters worse, it would probably be buried and covered by the mowed alfalfa. It is hard to imagine the helpless feeling I had as I headed out into the field, which seemed to be endless. Where could my wallet be? Where should I begin to look? Talk about a needle in a haystack, this was much worse, for I had no idea when the wallet slipped out of my pocket. With these thoughts racing through my mind, I wandered aimlessly out into the field, looking and walking aimlessly back and forth toward the center, but of course there was no wallet to be seen. But I continued for a time, offering silent prayers as I walked. Finally the futility of looking any further was obvious and I just gave up. Standing in the vast expanse of the field, I bowed my head, asking for help one last time. As I finished and opened my eyes, to my utter amazement their, not three feet away was my wallet. I could not believe my eyes, for I had just looked this area over before I prayed. 139 You can believe that that day I was one very happy person, thanking and praising God for this wonderful answer to my heartfelt prayers. Many times since that day, when I get discouraged, I look back on this experience as living proof that God is always with us and never forsakes us even when all seems lost. SUMMARY: The visible, tangible Miracles and divine interventions we have listened to tonight, demonstrate God’s unfathomable love and desire to save not only our physical lives, but more important our spiritual lives. You may never have had an experience as dramatic as those you heard tonight, but each one of us has been sustained by the omnipotent hand of God from the very time we were conceived. We will never know, until we reach the earth made new, and talk to our guardian angel, how many times we were protected and at times delivered from certain death or injury. Every breath we take is at His allowance. Every beat of our heart is because of His love for us. All nature proclaims God’s love. The beautiful flowers in the field, the bird’s song, all the myriad of animals, the colorful butterfly, and creatures of the sea. The trees of the forest, the waving grain and verdant fields of green all tell us God is love. His blessings each and every moment of every day tell us He cares. The gorgeous sunset, the blue sky and billowing white clouds, high majestic mountains, and even the power of a storm and the roar of the ocean, assures us He is watching over us, and bespeaks the incomparable love of our Heavenly Father, who gave us all these things created by His only begotten Son. By comparison, we know without question, that if God would allow the enemy to have his way with us, we would all be living or dead corpses, subjects of Satan’s kingdom until death overtook us. Is not this proof of God’s power to keep and save us THE GREATEST WITNESS OF ALL about His character, which is love? Today, the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan is being played out each and every day in each and every individual in the world. Heavenly angels are working with great haste to bring God’s last warnings and messages to mankind before the world, before man’s probation forever closes. They are working behind the scenes, as our secret agents, unseen by human eyes, helping people in need, in times of crisis, giving strength to those struggling in mortal combat against an enemy who seeks their destruction. On the other side, now, more than ever before, Satan and his angels are moving in force to deceive and delude the whole world with his sophistries and false science and theories. Evolution and the origins of man are just the culmination of his work of evil. The work of his angels in spiritualistic displays, displaying their abilities through paranormal 140 manifestations are gearing up the world for Satan’s great and final master delusion which is soon to burst upon the world—the personating of Christ’s second coming. AS WE END THIS LECTURE SERIES: Now that we have come to the end of this series of talks, and presented our evidence supporting Creation. it is time to now reconsider what we have learned. First we recognize that God must deem it time for the world to know the truth, bringing out into the light truths that have laid hidden almost from time immemorial, that now it is time for the world to know. As the usurped ruler and prince of this world Satan has had his way too long. He has been allowed thousands of years to demonstrate what kind of a government he has, which in the beginning he claimed was better than God’s. He has propagated his lies as truth. His theory of evolution and how things came into being is just the latest of his many delusions aimed at deceiving mankind and causing them to lose eternal life. Our first speaker, Roger Morneau told us how in the 1700’s Satan called together his evil angels to a council meeting. How he discussed with them his strategy to deceive the world in the coming New World order. How he told them he would introduce a new theory called evolution, and how he would provide a false science to back it up. He said that through this means he would seek to discredit and destroy God and His Holy Word. Now 300 years later, we can see how successful he has been as unholy finite minds have bought his lies to the attention of the world. We have seen on each Saturday night for the last eleven weeks how God had made his move to bring out the truth and unmask the enemy. We have let this truth bear witness that there is a God and that He is who He says He is, and that the Bible is His Word. We heard Jonathan Gray present the witness of anthropology and were amazed at the evidence presented. We marveled at Robert Gentry’s findings about the plutonium halos which prove that granite rock, the backbone of the earth came into being instantly. We then heard cosmic scientist Dr. Dan Smoot tell us about the evidence from the cosmos that supports an instant creation of our universe, and that an infinite, fiat, all powerful mind is the only plausible answer to explain how it all came into being. He showed how the ‘big bang" may in fact be the moment when God created the universe. As George Vandeman presented his information, we saw how all nature on planet earth witnesses and bespeak God’s existence. I then gave the eighth lecture about the witness of mathematics, in which I shared with you the work of Ivan Panin and his findings on the number seven and its multiples as seen throughout the Bible. 141 We then heard from Jim Pinkoski, who walked us through how even evolution supports the creation of our earth. This was followed by my presentation about the witness of fulfillment of Bible Prophecy. And now tonight we have heard about the personal testimony of people who have felt God’s guiding hand. If after hearing all this, there is anyone in our audience who still believes in evolution and a slowly evolving universe, I fear for that person’s soul. They are in grave danger of losing eternal life. To believe in a false theory over the Word of God is to resist God’s truth, in effect calling Him a liar. Whatever reason you have for not letting the Spirit of truth, which is God’s Holy Spirit, impress your minds, I beg of you for your sake, wake up to the truth. Grieve not God’s Spirit. Pray for the truth to be revealed to you. You have not a moment to lose. FINALLY: So, my friends and students we have come to the end of what I think you will agree was a very stimulating and thought provoking symposium series. In conclusion I would like to ask a question of those who still may be unconvinced about God and His book the Holy Bible. How do you answer the evidence presented by the God of heaven against evolution and men’s claim that He does not exist? Where is your evidence? You CANNOT present a single shred of proof that can stand against the truth. God has effectively unmasked the enemy so that all may know the truth. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." God is escalating His evidence, vindicating His word with proof that cannot be denied. No doubt there is still more evidence to come. But if not, God has already provided enough for anyone who wants to know the truth. In this time of the end of this world, God has brought forth His evidence against the carefully contrived machinations of the enemy, so that no detractor of truth will have anything left to say in defense of their beliefs. The witnesses we have heard from night to night prove that: THERE IS A GOD! AND HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS. HE IS REVEALING TO THE ENTIRE UNBELIEVING WORLD HIS PRESENCE IN SUCH A WAY AS TO LEAVE NO DOUBT IN ANYONE’S MIND. LET THOSE WHO MAINTAIN THERE IS NO GOD DENY HIS EXISTENCE IF THEY WILL. GOD WILL BE VINDICATED, AND HIS EXISTENCE KNOWN AND RECOGNIZED BY THE WHOLE WORLD. Each of you who have attended this series is individually accountable for the light that has been brought to your attention. Each of us is standing before the judgment bar of God. Each of us is being asked to decide whom he will serve. At stake is your eternal life or death. This depends upon you alone and what choice you make. God has never, and will not now force anyone to serve Him. He is calling and wooing each of us now to form a loving relationship with Him. A relationship that will go on for eternity. Where there will be eternal bliss 142 and joy, without pain or sorrow of any kind and no more death and heartache. Will you my friends this evening accept of this wondrous gift made possible by our Savior, the gift of His life to save yours? Eternal life is waiting your decision. Do not put Him off any longer. Let His Holy Spirit come into your heart. Ask and seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him. You will either be His or you will not. The decision is yours alone. By now you can see that my primary purpose in bringing this seminar to you was to hopefully bring you to a point of decision for God by unfolding the evidence of His fantastic, unfathomable love. Will you not accept Him today? That is the question! I thank you for your support during this series and wish you all God’s speed. If you have any questions, I will remain here after the meeting to try and answer them. Perhaps, if you are interested we might in the future have another series. In Closing--Most Important: It is most imperative and necessary for our eternal future, for each of us to know the truth about GOD IN A PERSONAL WAY. Through the various witnesses He is bringing truth to us. I hope and pray that this series has accomplished its purpose in your life and opened up your mind so that you will no longer have to question about the true origin of this earth and the fallacy of evolution. If these meetings have accomplished this, then they have fulfilled their purpose. It is our hope and prayer that each of you now has a clearer view of the great controversy and the battle that is being waged for your soul. If any of you in our audience have not made your peace with God, we hope that you will do so. Jesus is coming very soon, will you be ready to meet Him? May God bless you as you continue to seek for truth and light.
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