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  1. 1. March 2006 $2.95 U.S. ($4.25 Canada)
  2. 2. INSIDE THIS ISSUE Hamas: Trashing the Roadmap to Peace . . . . . . 3 On January 25, 2006, the radical terror group called Hamas took over the government of the Palestinian Authority by popular P. O. Box 7000 Arab vote. Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom characterized Oklahoma City, OK 73153 Dr. J. R. Church, Editor the Hamas victory as, “an earthquake that will set us back 50 Gary Stearman, Associate Editor years.” WorldNetDaily quoted Shalom as he lamented the disappointing Volume 26 • Number 3 • March 2006 development, borrowing an image from the prophet Daniel: “The SUBSCRIPTION RATES: writing was on the wall.” U. S.: $29.95 - 1 year Foreign/Canada: $34.95 - 1 year (U. S. Funds) Toll-Free Telephone: 1-800-475-1111 John 20: The Resurrection of Christ . . . . . . 6 Fax: (405) 636-1054 Our Savior’s resurrection is inexorably connected to His Find Prophecy in the News on the Worldwide Web! crucifixion. Together, they constitute the central doctrine of the http://www.prophecyinthenews.com New Testament, without which, there could be no hope of eternal life. While the death of Jesus paid the price on Adam’s sin, His resurrection completed the process. By rising again, the Savior Page 3 . . . demonstrated the availability for reconciliation and the subsequent regeneration of the soul. Our message of hope lies in the fact that Trashing the Roadmap to Peace Jesus rose from the dead. By Gary Stearman Heaven: Knowing “Up” From “Down” . . . . . . 8 The series “Time Travelers of the Bible” continues with this new foray into the mysteries of the universe. Gary Stearman writes: “At Page 6 . . . the subatomic level, as one approaches more and more closely to the finer threads in the fabric of the universe, the accepted rules of The Resurrection of Christ daily reality begin to change. Odd and inexplicable things begin By J. R. Church to be noticed.” Find out by reading this article. The Weighty Matter of the Human Soul . . . . . . 13 Page 8 . . . In 1907, a scientist put a scales under the beds of people during their last hours, and noticed a significant weight loss at the moment of death. Does that mean the soul has weight? Heaven: Knowing “Up” From “Down” By Gary Stearman Saddam’s Secrets . . . . . . 16 Bob Ulrich reviews a new book that tells what happened to Page 13 . . . Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Author Georges Sada was once one of Saddam Hussein’s top military officers. Now living The Weighty Matter of the Human Soul in America, he reveals their whereabouts. AMAZING DISCOVERIES . . . . . . 17 Page 17 . . . Atlantis — Legend or Fact? - The Greek philosopher, Plato, called the fabled island-nation, Atlantis. He said that it lay beyond Atlantis: Legend or Fact? the “Pillars of Hercules,” and that it disappeared beneath the sea about 9,000 years before the birth of his ancestor, Solon, from whom he had heard the story. Page 29 . . . 270 Foreign Fighters Arrested in Iraq . . . . . . 28 Introducing the m Tzaddi By J. R. Church The Hebrew Alphabet: Introducing the m Tzaddi . . . . 29 Enjoy our series on the wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet. Page 30 . . . Reflections: The Joy of Raising a PK The Joy of Raising a PK . . . . . . 30 2 Prophecy in the News
  3. 3. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Hamas: Trashing the Roadmap to Peace By Gary Stearman A chain of events in Israel is now playing out in rapid order. The Hamas party has defeated Yasser Arafat’s old Fatah party. This new leadership is utterly devoted to violence. In fact, as we shall see, that is the very meaning of its name. The “Roadmap to Peace” is suddenly littered with potholes, boulders and collapsed bridges. The “Peace Process” is dead. How did this happen? The dominos be- gan to fall on January 5, 2006. On that date, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israel’s most charismatic and effective leader, suffered a stroke. It effectively killed the momentum that he and Western leaders were using to propel Israel toward the chaotic “Two-State Solution,” unnaturally dividing Jerusalem and Israel On January 25, 2006, the terrorist group, Hamas, won a majority of seats in the between the competing governments of Palestinian parliament. Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom characterized the Israel and the Palestinian Authority [PA]. Hamas victory as, “an earthquake that will set us back 50 years.” Sharon’s new Kadima party was a jug- “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right staggering blow. On January 25, 2006, the gernaut set to mow down any opposition, hand forget her cunning. radical terror group called Hamas took over either Israeli or Palestinian. “If I do not remember thee, let my tongue the government of the Palestinian Author- The new Fatah party leader, Mahmoud cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not ity by popular Arab vote. Israeli Foreign Abbas, had guided the PA into a grumbling Jerusalem above my chief joy” (Ps. 137:5,6). Minister Sylvan Shalom characterized the compliance with the U.S. and Israeli road- He had sacrificed the present map of Hamas victory as, “an earthquake that will map to peace. The party’s first leader, Yasser Israel to the slim prospect of some imag- set us back 50 years.” Arafat, died on November 11, 2004. At that ined peace. Sharon, once the powerful The January 28th WorldNetDaily quoted time Abbas began to serve as chairman of defender of Jerusalem and the territories, Shalom as he lamented the disappointing the PLO’s Executive Committee. Compared had reversed himself, and was ready to give development, borrowing an image from the with his predecessor, his demeanor and them away piecemeal. He had given up the prophet Daniel: policy presented a moderating tone, leading vision of a strong and united Israel. He had “The writing was on the wall. I warned the U.S. and Israel to believe that he would forgotten Jerusalem. His plan even came Ehud Olmert in our first meeting after he accept a peaceful solution to the long con- to include a Palestinian capital there, and assumed the post of acting prime minister. test over the division of the Land. permanent control of the Temple Mount by For months I attempted to prevent Hamas George Bush, Condoleeza Rice and Sha- the Arab Waqf! participation in the elections. We initiated a ron had met with Abbas, and pronounced After his stroke, His right hand and his large-scale diplomatic move and forwarded the process as being on track and on sched- tongue, once vigorous and compelling in the Hamas charter, which calls on Israel’s ule. An aggressive Israeli program began to their influence, lay paralyzed. destruction, to world leaders. No, we have disengage settlers from other parts of Israel, nobody to blame but ourselves.” just as had been done in Gaza, in the opera- The Blunder and the Aftermath Israeli intelligence suffered a massive tion completed on September 12, 2005. Ehud Olmert, once mayor of Jerusalem, blow to its prestigious history, when it However, every aspect of the plan re- became acting Prime Minister. As he groped utterly failed to predict the outcome of volved around Sharon. And, at the instant of to maintain some sense of direction, he Palestinian Authority elections. With per- his stroke, everything stopped cold. Some seemed dazed and uncertain. On the heels fect hindsight, experts say that the usually have said that the language of Psalm 137, of the Sharon catastrophe, Israel was stag- competent Israeli intelligence machine had attributed to David, bring us an uncanny gered and directionless. failed. As reported by DEBKAfile on Janu- description, both of Ariel Sharon’s attitude, But then, adding insult to injury, Israel ary 29, 2005, it broke down in at least three and of the result of his stroke: was rocked to its foundations by another vital areas: Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News 3
  4. 4. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com “1. Why did no military intelligence au- thority warn the government that evacuating the Gaza Strip would present Hamas with the gift of territory and fuel its claim that Palestinian terror had Israel on the run? “2. Why did Israel pull its troops back from the Philadelphi border enclave, know- ing their removal would open up the Gazan- Egyptian border to a flood of terrorists, including dozens of Hizballah specialists and instructors, thousands of guns and tons of explosives – all destined for Hamas? “This was how Hamas built itself up as the dominant political, military and finan- cial power in the eyes of Palestinian security personnel and the voting public. Was this lost on Israeli intelligence? “3. Why did no military, security, or intel- ligence authority sound the alarm about the real motive behind the Hamas willingness to call an informal cease-fire? Did they not no- tice it was designed to hoodwink Israel into standing idly by as Hamas, Hizballah, Tehran and Damascus laid the groundwork for the Hamas grab of Palestinian government?” Put simply, Israeli intelligence, de- Prophecy in the News airs on Sky Angel pending upon international backing and the cooperation of all parties in the area, Friday 10:00 AM ESTl dropped the ball. It had, in fact, coolly pre- dicted that Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas rorism an unprecedented beachhead with distinguished Palestinian movement, whose would continue as the reigning authority unobstructed supply lines. Instead of the allegiance is to Allah, and whose way of life for the PA. After all, he was the man with march forward to peace, PA politics took a is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Al- influence and world prestige. He had been sharp left turn. In effect, they threw away lah over every inch of Palestine, for under actively courted by European, Israeli and the roadmap. the wing of Islam followers of all religions United States leadership. And under his can coexist in security and safety where control, Fatah had become somewhat more The Hamas Covenant their lives, possessions and rights are con- restrained. The Intifada had cooled, suicide It is no secret that Hamas is sworn to cerned. In the absence of Islam, strife will bombings had abated, and it was anticipated Israel’s complete annihilation. be rife, oppression spreads, evil prevails and that upcoming Arab elections would set the On August 18, 1988, “The Covenant schisms and wars will break out.” stage for Palestinian statehood. of the Resistance Movement (Hamas)” Article Eleven further defines Hamas’ was completed and ratified. Its thirty-five view of the Land: A Sharp Left Turn articles define the movement, outline its “The Islamic Resistance Movement be- But as is often the case in Israel, common objectives and describe its history, from lieves that the land of Palestine is an Islamic sense did not prevail. Hamas promised the its battles with the Crusaders in the Middle Waqf [trust] consecrated for future Moslem Arabs better schools, better jobs and re- Ages to the present. Its sense of right, generations until Judgment Day. It, or any newed vengeance against Israel. Their cam- might and divine mandate is staggering. It part of it, should not be squandered: it, or paign swept them to victory at the polls. assumes victory, and a historical mandate, any part of it, should not be given up …” Hamas was formed in 1987, when the led by Allah. Article Twenty-Eight clearly shows what Muslim Brotherhood of Palestine began Article Five describes Hamas as global: Hamas thinks about Zionism: to organize, recruiting members, raising “Time extent of the Islamic Resistance “The Zionist invasion is a vicious inva- money and grinding out propaganda. Its Movement: By adopting Islam as its way sion. It does not refrain from resorting to members are the killers of innocents – the of life, the Movement goes back to the time all methods, using all evil and contemptible suicide bombers who have long plagued of the birth of the Islamic message, of the ways to achieve its end …” Israeli schools, buses and restaurants. righteous ancestor, for Allah is its target, the Article Thirty-Two reveals the Hamas But what started as a long-term plan to Prophet is its example and the Koran is its vision of Zionist strategy: continually escalate violence and terror in constitution. Its extent in place is anywhere “World Zionism, together with imperi- Israel has now come into its own as a po- that there are Moslems who embrace Islam alistic powers, try through a studied plan litical power, with its own territory. Gaza, as their way of life everywhere in the globe. and an intelligent strategy to remove one having been abandoned in Ariel’s Sharon’s This being so, it extends to the depth of the Arab state after another from the circle of “disengagement” plan, is now Palestinian earth and reaches out to the heaven.” struggle against Zionism, in order to have territory, with a southern border that opens Article Six leaves no doubt about Hamas’ it finally face the Palestinian people only.” directly into Egypt. There, Hamas is now intention about the Holy Land: (Here, Hamas makes Zionism a global in complete control, offering Arab ter- “The Islamic Resistance Movement is a Continued on Page 28 4 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com
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  6. 6. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com The Gospel of John – Chapter 20: The Resurrection of Christ By J. R. Church Our Savior’s resurrection is inexorably connected to His crucifixion. Together, they constitute the central doctrine of the New Testament, without which, there could be no hope of eternal life. While the death of Jesus paid the price on Adam’s sin, His res- urrection completed the process. By rising again, the Savior dem- onstrated the availability for reconciliation and the subsequent regeneration of the soul. Our message of hope lies in the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. The Apostle Paul challenged those who could not bring themselves to believe in the underlying concept of resurrection: “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?” (I Cor. 15:12). He went on to explain that if there was no such thing as a resurrection, then, there would be no such thing as heaven — it would all be a concocted fairy tale: “… if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. we can be resurrected someday with a new “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and “Then they also which are fallen asleep and glorious nature. Example after example become the firstfruits of them that slept. in Christ are perished. could be given to prove that life is more than “For since by man came death, by man “If in this life only we have hope in what it appears to be. We are assured that came also the resurrection of the dead. Christ, we are of all men most miserable” an incredible future awaits us. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ (I Cor. 15:14, 17-19). shall all be made alive. From the very beginning, the feasibil- Our Blessed Hope “But every man in his own order: Christ ity of resurrection was built into nature’s The Apostle Paul reminded Titus to live the firstfruits; afterward they that are design. Its evidence abounds throughout with an ever-conscious view of the life that Christ’s at his coming” (I Cor. 15:20-23). Creation. For example, vegetation appears awaits us beyond this life. He called it a There could be no greater source of com- to die in the autumn and return to life in “blessed hope”: fort in times of grief. We can walk away the spring. Caterpillars weave cocoons (or “… we should live soberly, righteously, from the cemetery with hope, knowing that miniature tombs) for themselves, later to and godly, in this present world; the grave is not the end. For this reason, we emerge as butterflies. In ancient Egypt, the “Looking for that blessed hope, and the should contemplate upon this chapter and scarab beetle was observed to bore into the glorious appearing of the great God and our diligently study the Savior’s resurrection. ground, enter and cover the hole. Some time Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:12,13). What we learn in this chapter can change later, the hole would be opened and hun- There could be no better hope for man- our perspective on life and give us confi- dreds of beetles would emerge. Early man kind, than to believe in our future return to dence for the future. But first, let us address thought that the burial produced spontane- life. Furthermore, our Savior’s resurrection various aspects of the historical setting. ous generation. Thus, the scarab beetle be- gives us the best example of what we can came their symbol of resurrection and was expect in our future. In his first epistle to The Third Day counted among their gods. A seed planted the church at Corinth, Paul referred to the Traditionally, Christian theologians have in the ground produces new life. Seedtime resurrected Savior as the “firstfruits” of the held to a Friday crucifixion with a Sunday and harvest gives us the confidence that greater harvest to come: morning resurrection. However, in recent 6 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com
  7. 7. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Here Are Our Latest Studies in Eschatology! The Twelfth Imam 1. The Twelfth Imam - The president of Iran said recently that he expects the Twelfth Imam (the Islamic messiah) to appear within the next two years. Though the Koran is silent on the subject, Muslim prophets began to predict such things as early as the twelfth century. 2. Seven Sayings of the Suffering Savior - From John 19 and the other Gospels, we learned that our Savior spoke seven times during crucifixion, and each statement was a prophecy about the history of the world. 3. Chaos in the Middle East - The terrorist group, Hamas, won a majority of seats in the Palestinian parliament. Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom said that their landslide victory set the peace process back 50 years. What will happen now? Is the Roadmap to Peace still on? Will Hamas step up their war with Israel? 4. Avi Lipkin on Israeli Politics - The government of Israel is reeling from the latest Hamas victory at the polls. Avi Lipkin says that the political insanity of the Palestinians will bring a semblance of sanity to the Israeli government. He called it a “wake-up call.” Available on Audio Cassette (C5702) or CD (CD5702) for a Gift of $10 Also on VHS Video (V5702) or DVD (DVD5702) for a Gift of $20 years, some have suggested Wednesday, Mark’s Account They came again on “the first day of the while others have said that Thursday could week, very early in the morning … bringing be the day. They see the need for Christ to Mark wrote that the burial took place the spices which they had prepared” (Luke be in the tomb for a full “three days and toward evening on “… the day before the 24:1). They did not wait several days before three nights” (Matt. 12:40). Many of those, Sabbath” (Mark 15:42) and that “when bringing the spices. It seems that there was who hold to a Wednesday crucifixion, say the Sabbath was past … very early in the only one intervening day — the Sabbath … that Christ rose again on Saturday evening, morning the first day of the week” (Mark the day spoken of in “the commandment” suggesting that “the dawning” of the first 16:1,2), the women brought spices to anoint recorded in Exodus 20:8-11. day of the week took place at sundown His body. Mark indicated that only the Though there may yet be unresolved on Saturday. While it is true that Sunday Sabbath and the darkness of the night that questions concerning the statement about began at sundown on Saturday evening, followed prevented them from coming ear- Jonah being “in the belly of the fish three the Scripture makes it clear that the women lier. They came, as soon it was possible for days and three nights” (Matt. 12:40), never- came to the tomb at the rising of the sun, them to do so. They felt the need to anoint theless, we still have a strong argument for early Sunday morning — not at the setting His body because they could not properly the women coming as quickly as possible of the sun on the previous evening. The prepare Him for burial on the evening of to anoint His body. Wednesday theorists say that Christ could His death. Even if Thursday had been a have been alive throughout the night, and Partial Days special high “Sabbath,” as the Wednesday that the empty tomb could have been dis- theorists suggest, the women would not The argument that the Jews regarded any covered the next morning. have missed the opportunity of coming to part of a day as a full day for reckoning may I am not opposed to a Wednesday cru- the tomb on Friday morning. Waiting from appear somewhat thin, but that could be the cifixion, but the argument for Wednesday Wednesday evening, through Thursday, case, nevertheless. For example, late that is not clear-cut. For example, if Jesus through Friday and through Saturday, only Sunday afternoon, the Savior walked with was crucified on Wednesday, why did the to come on Sunday morning with spices, two disciples along the road to Emmaus. Not women prepare spices and wait day after just doesn’t make sense. recognizing Him, they rehearsed the events day after day before coming to anoint of the past few days, and said, “Today is the Him for proper burial? Considering the Luke’s Account third day since these things were done. Yea, logistics from Wednesday evening until Luke, a respected physician in his own and certain women also of our company Sunday morning, His body would have right, wrote that the women saw “how his made us astonished, which were early at the experienced considerable corruption. As body was laid” (Luke 23:55), then left the sepulcher…” (Luke 24:21,22). Luke reports it was in the case of Lazarus, the stench of sepulchre and “prepared spices and oint- that Sunday was the “third day.” rotting flesh would have made opening the ments; and rested the Sabbath day accord- Strictly speaking, if Jesus had been tomb inadvisable. ing to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). Continued on Page 25 Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News 7
  8. 8. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Time Travelers of the Bible: The Dimension of God Heaven: Knowing “Up” From “Down” By Gary Stearman Everyone wants to go to heaven. Even if it’s only the heaven of their imagination, they are drawn to some hope of a future paradise. Secular man wants a heaven on earth. That which has always been thought of as “up,” he would bring “down” to earth. As we shall see, they are not thinking of direction, but dimension. Science continues to probe the state of Creation. Driven by an inner fury to discover and decode the state of the universe, mathema- ticians and physicists spend billions as they labor to lay open the uni- verse like a ripened fruit, to be devoured by their lust to achieve the power of God, Himself. In one sense, they are constantly improv- ing our basic state of existence, as their inventions, electronics, pharmaceuticals, synthetics and genetics bring man closer to a sort of physical “paradise.” They strive for utopia. But in another sense, they are pursuing the knowledge forbidden to man after his great downfall. “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:15-17). What is this knowledge? Why is it so stringently forbidden to man on planet earth? It must certainly be a type of knowl- edge quite accessible in the Kingdom of Heaven, but utterly banned here, where call him a wizard, shaman, necromancer, as it approaches the vaults of power, cor- we live, on the physical plane. In our cre- astrologer, soothsayer, alchemist, mystic, rupting influences assert themselves. The ated universe, a human being with a deep parapsychologist or simply a worker of transition from scientist to mad scientist is knowledge of the methods of its creation signs and wonders? Today, he is called a so subtle that he may cross to the dark side could well become a reigning despot-genius cosmologist – one who diligently disentan- without even knowing it. – the darkest kind of villain – a veritable gles the mathematical cobwebs that block There, in a world of protons, electrons, Satan, with the power of legend-come-to- the door to the “other side.” The delicate pions, mesons, quarks and astronomical life. The world’s literature abounds with web cannot be torn; it must be penetrated forces, there are secret energy states that such characters. by profound manipulations of subatomic offer the keys to the universe. More valu- From out of the historical mists, a picture truth that is stranger than fiction. able than all the gold of creation, they are of the mad scientist emerges. Shall we His research may begin in innocence, but delicately balanced in a stability that only 8 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com
  9. 9. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com the Creator can maintain, “… upholding universe, certain rules hold forth. Here, world he is observing. all things by the word of his power” (He- there is “life” and “death.” It is fascinating It is as though something exists only brews 1:3). that the esoteric postulates of physics play when we don’t look directly at it. When we But having lost direct access to God in at understanding that which ordinary men look away, it’s there; when we glance at it, the sinful collapse of the great Fall, man leave to the Almighty. it’s gone. We catch it only out of the “corner seeks to replace that lost sense of power At the subatomic level, as one approaches of our eye.” But physicists are driven to and control in a diligent pursuit of the secret more and more closely to the finer threads observe and identify these spooky forces, knowledge of Creation. in the fabric of the universe, the accepted because they promise power to the one who This is the story of man’s beginning. In rules of daily reality begin to change. Odd can manipulate them. the simple account of the serpent and the and inexplicable things begin to be noticed. Einstein, among others, objected to quan- woman, the devil proffers the secret knowl- Then, as the picture is magnified they loom tum calculations as a violation of what we edge that has ever since been the center into view; they become the rule. Objective understand as objective reality. And yet, of an assiduous search for supremacy and reality, taken for granted in the macrocosm there is a quantum underpinning … a force control. He convinces her that godhood of our daily life, disappears in the micro- that pervades this universe. No one can de- comes through the opening of the mind. cosm of quantum mechanics. fine it, yet science observes its effects. This, he tells her, can be achieved simply In the inconceivably tiny world of the Strangely, these effects intersect with by partaking of the fruit that promises the quantum state, nothing can be directly ob- the behavior of man and all living things. knowledge: served. Common sense becomes nonsense. There seems to be a point at which life and “For God doth know that in the day ye The stuff of life and creation looks less and the material creation become one and the eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, less like balls bouncing off each other on a same thing. Mystic religions have operated and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and pool table … more and more like an ener- on this premise for centuries, but they have evil” (Genesis 3:5). getic glow. In this glow there must be form, never come to a knowledge of the truth. In the pre-Flood years, the “sons of God” but no one knows what it is. The following entered the physical world and conspired account clearly illustrates the problem faced Parapsychology and Subspace with mankind to create their own autono- by physicists. In the decade of the 1960s, their ideas mous kingdom. The major drive of the In his book, Beyond Einstein, the eminent began to penetrate Western science. One culture they created was the pursuit of that physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku writes, “The example of this came when Dr. J.B. Rhine forbidden knowledge. God doused their notions introduced by quantum mechanics of Duke University pioneered the study of plans in the great Flood. are so novel that Erwin Schrödinger devised what came to be termed, “parapsychology.” But the ravages of that Flood didn’t a clever ‘thought experiment’ in 1935 that Formerly, this branch of study was called dampen men’s desires to storm the vaults captured its apparent absurdity. “psychical research.” It was preoccupied of Heaven. The infamous Tower of Babel “Imagine a bottle of poison gas and a cat with telepathy, clairvoyance and the sur- incorporated some now-lost methodology trapped in a box, which we are not allowed vival of life after death. of metaphysics. Through it, men might to open. Obviously, although we cannot In a series of famous experiments, labo- have penetrated Heaven, itself. As strange peer into the box, we can say that the cat is ratory subjects tried to discern – through as this seems, it is the clear biblical record. either dead or alive. Now imagine that the mental imagery – the symbols on a set of God recognized the potential outcome of bottle of poison gas is connected to a Geiger cards being turned by a partner. Dr. Rhine their efforts and took measures to stop the counter, which can detect radiation from a began to postulate that there was some kind project: piece of uranium ore. If a single uranium of underlying channel of communication. “And the LORD came down to see the nucleus disintegrates, it releases radiation, Thus, clairvoyance became institutionalized city and the tower, which the children of which sets off the Geiger counter, which in in a hypothesis that suggested a mental men builded. turn breaks the bottle and kills the cat. connection with the outside world. His “And the LORD said, Behold, the people “According to quantum mechanics, work popularized the phenomenon known is one, and they have all one language; and we cannot predict with certainty when a as extrasensory perception (ESP). Such this they begin to do: and now nothing will single uranium nucleus will disintegrate. experiments continue on a massive level. be restrained from them, which they have We only can calculate the probability of Today, they have expanded into a practice imagined to do. billions upon billions of nuclei disintegrat- called “remote viewing,” in which clairvoy- “Go to, let us go down, and there con- ing. Therefore, to describe a single uranium ance is raised to the level of technology. It found their language, that they may not nucleus, quantum mechanics assumes that is said that some governments have trained understand one another’s speech” (Genesis it is a mixture of two states – one where the “observers” to view enemy secrets at a dis- 11:5-7). uranium nucleus is inert, the other where it tance, by envisioning a scene at a distance. Note that the Lord came “down” to has decayed. The cat is both dead and alive. The psychic and the physical met on the view the illicit work. As we shall see, His In other words, we must assume statistically field of battle. movement indicates travel along a forbid- that the cat is a mixture of two states.” Another famous event took place on den pathway which men wish to travel, but Remember, just as it is impossible to February 2, 1966, when polygraph (lie cannot. Yet they try, and their experiments observe quantum particles, it is impossible detector) expert Cleve Backster, decided turn reality into a muddle of apparent con- to peek at the cat without ruining the ex- to use his instruments to measure plants in tradictions. periment. In the delicate world of quantum his office. He wanted to see if they showed mechanics, the act of measuring or observ- any response to external stimulus. So he Life, Death and Quantum Entanglement ing determines the energy state. Opening attached probes to their leaves. As it turned There is a lower state of existence and the box would determine whether the cat is out, they reacted wildly, displaying a gal- a higher state. Even scientists speak of dead or alive. The observer cannot separate vanic response that measured huge changes dimensional levels, or “universes.” In our his own actions from the reality of the tiny in electrical conductivity. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News 9
  10. 10. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com When “threatened” with being pruned, or particles.” time, always faced with the fact of our burned by the flame of a match, the meter on Note in the above news release, that six own ignorance. In terms of position, we the polygraph would spike. When the threat atoms are spinning in unison in two op- are limited to the barriers of time-space. was removed, they would return to normal. posite directions at the same time! In our Inquiring about God necessarily results in Amazingly, Backster discovered that when humdrum world of daily existence, this is a series of paradoxes. an adjoining plant was threatened, the first flatly impossible. But what follows moves We ask how God can be everyplace at the plant – the one attached to the meter – re- into the world of the bizarre: same time (omnipresent). We might just as acted just as strongly! It was as though, on “NIST scientists entangled six beryllium well ask how He can be every time at the some level, they were communicating. ions (charged atoms) so that their nuclei same place (omniscient). Again, we might He automated these experiments, allow- were collectively spinning clockwise and ask how He can alter the conditions of ing mechanical threats to take place when counterclockwise at the same time. En- time-space (omnipotent). His every action no human was present. The plants respond- tanglement, which Albert Einstein called demonstrates His dominion. He created our ed in exactly the same way. He separated ‘spooky action at a distance,’ occurs when universe and maintains it. them by longer and longer distances. The the quantum properties of two or more He is that indefinable force … the One plants responded as before. But on what particles are correlated.” who gives sense to all that is. level were they able to communicate? In the experiment, one of the six atoms We walk in a world of paradoxes, where Plants have no brains or nervous systems. is targeted by an ultra-violet laser beam, the deeper spiritual truths often defy in- They have only life, but who can define causing it to change its spin to a known tuition. We are puzzled and perplexed by that? Backster speculated that perhaps there direction. The others, “entangled” with it, apparent ambiguities and seeming contra- is a “force” or connection at some level, change their directions, also. NIST physicist dictions. But that is only because of our unknown to science. Dietrich Leibfried said, “During this pro- position … far inferior to God’s. We are Theoretically, there is no limit to the cess, the ions all ‘talk’ to each other at the down; He is up: distance over which plants … and indeed, same time, like in a conference call.” “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nei- all living things … can communicate. This effect was first demonstrated at the ther are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Imagination has become reality. We recall University of Paris in 1982, when physicist “For as the heavens are higher than the the intrepid adventurers of Star Trek. Just Alain Aspect performed a quantum experi- earth, so are my ways higher than your as Kirk, Spock and Scotty communicated ment which prompted the observation that ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” instantly over what they called “subspace communication is possible over any dis- (Isaiah 55:8,9). radio,” today’s scientists routinely speak tance. Science now says that past, present It is a given that God’s attributes are of effects that are coupled over incredible and future all exist at the same time, and higher than man’s – infinitely higher. His distances. Something is operating at a level that every point in three-dimensional space thoughts and His ways are higher. In other below the threshold of visibility. is equally distant from every other point. words, both His intellect and His situation Backster’s experiments have grown Time-space is an interwoven whole. are higher. His place is superior. into funded research. Science is now con- Here’s the bottom line: Theoretically, In what way are man’s thoughts inferior vinced that something happens at such a there is no limit to the distance over which to God’s? Of course, we don’t possess His subtle level that renders direct observation separated “cat state” atoms can commu- intellect. Nor do we operate from a posi- impossible. Thus, parapsychologists are nicate. Atoms entangled at the quantum tion of power, with access to any location. faced with the same difficulty as quantum level could be on opposite sides of the But most importantly, we are restricted to physicists. Researchers in both fields can galaxy, and still react to each other at the a lower dimension. This can be easily seen “see” something happening only indirectly. same instant. in a simple exercise of the imagination. They cannot peek inside the box. Thus, at a very deep level, there exists We often use the phrase, “the heavens a universal connection between all things. above.” But when we do, we are not re- The Cat Has Many Lives The secret knowledge sought by science is ferring to direction, as in “up the hill,” or And now comes a new discovery, re- virtually indistinguishable from metaphys- “down in the valley.” Rather, we are speak- cently publicized by the National Institute ics – the investigation of knowing, being, ing of an upward move in status, position, of Science and Technology [NIST]. In a cause, identity, substance, time and space. or dimension. Eternity is everywhere, no news release dated November 30, 2005, This, then, may be the secret knowledge matter which direction we point. It is the they announced that “NIST Physicists Coax that the serpent promised to Eve. He told eternal “here and now.” Six Atoms into Quantum ‘Cat’ State.” The her that she and Adam could be like gods, If “the heavens above” were directional, cat they mention in this release is none other knowing not just the glories of God in a man in the United States might point it than Schrödinger’s Cat! Heaven, but the “dark side,” as well – good out to a friend while pointing in the general “Boulder, Colo. – Scientists at the Com- and evil. direction of Polaris, the north star. A man merce Department’s National Institute of in Australia talking to his friend about Standards and Technology (NIST) have The Bible and Ultimate Reality heaven might gesture toward the Southern coaxed six atoms into spinning together in At this point, lest we fall into the whirl- Cross. Of course, they would be pointing two opposite directions at the same time, a pool of secular confusion, we must return in opposite directions. One with a simplis- so-called Schrödinger ‘cat’ state that obeys to the certainty and confidence of biblical tic understanding of the meaning of “up” the unusual laws of quantum physics. The truth. How does the Bible view the subject would dismiss the whole idea that a heaven ambitious choreography could be useful in of objective reality, versus the apparent really exists. After all, even Christians in applications such as quantum computing knowledge that all we see is simply illu- two different hemispheres can’t agree on its and cryptography, as well as ultra-sensitive sion? location. Its very existence must, therefore, measurement techniques, all of which rely First, it draws a clear distinction between be in question. on exquisite control of nature’s smallest time and eternity. We live “trapped” in Upon hearing about this seeming con- 10 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com
  11. 11. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com tradiction, the cynic would smile know- God, must have recognized in him a fine- up by a whirlwind into heaven. ingly and scoff at the whole naïve notion ly-tuned fellowship, and so, “took him.” “And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My fa- of Heaven, and the ignorance of those who Historical explanations of Enoch’s expe- ther, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the believe in it. rience usually state that he was transformed horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: But with the proper understanding of – changed in some way that made him and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent dimensionality, we understand that both compatible with the higher dimension we them in two pieces” (II Kings 2:11,12). the American and the Australian are cor- call Heaven. One second, Elijah was visible to Elisha. rect when they point upward. Heaven is But was this, in fact, the case? Might he The next second, he was not. Though he up … in a higher dimension, where God’s not have been simply allowed access to the went to Heaven, his real work as a prophet “thoughts” and “ways” both lie above the dimension of eternity, without undergoing of God was yet to be done. One day, he will parameters of our universe. a transformation? There is good reason to return to his people as a physical being. His “ways” come from a translation of the ask this question, since we seem to find There is no indication that he was trans- Hebrew word, derek, meaning “pathway, other Scriptural evidence that suggests the formed at the time he was taken aboard road or walk.” In other words, the state in possibility that a normal human being can the chariot. As Elisha witnessed his de- which God walks is above the state in which enter Heaven. parture, the powerful vehicle took Elijah we walk. In fact, in our present physical Since the resurrection of Jesus in a into heaven. There is no record that he was state, we cannot walk there, because we are transformed and glorified body, the faithful changed in any way. by definition, a lower creation. have longed to undergo the experience of In fact, at the transfiguration, Jesus Transcendence, Translation, glorification. Enoch simply walked with changed before the disciples’ eyes, glorified God. The body of Christ will experience into a being of light. But Moses and Elijah Transformation a sudden transformation. The promise of simply appeared. There is no record of their This condition is beautifully illustrated Christ taught the faithful not to expect the glorification: “And, behold, there appeared in the Bible’s brief narrative about the life same sort of change that came to Enoch. He unto them Moses and Elias talking with of Enoch. This righteous man presents us was unique. But his example is given to us him” (Matthew 17:3). with an amazing exception to the usual rule as a way of explaining dimensionality. Elijah seems to have been taken into of the human walk: That is, from his day to our own, the heaven bodily, while remaining human. “And Jared lived an hundred sixty and faithful have lived with the promise that The prophecy that he will return to Israel two years, and he begat Enoch: they will ascend into the place where God in the latter days does not suggest that he “And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eternally dwells. The only prerequisite is to will be born into a new body at that time. eight hundred years, and begat sons and be sufficiently righteous in God’s eyes. Perhaps he will simply be dropped off near daughters: Jerusalem in the same way he was picked “And all the days of Jared were nine hun- The Chariot and the Cloud up so many years ago. dred sixty and two years: and he died. But there seems to be another biblical The point is this: In Christ, the subtleties “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, cause for one to be taken into Heaven. Eli- of inter-dimensional existence have form, and begat Methuselah: jah, for example, was commissioned for a purpose and identity. They have person- “And Enoch walked with God after he special work. He was destined to be more alities and names. Heaven is a reality that begat Methuselah three hundred years, and than a prophet in the era of his birth. He was makes sense, not an ambivalent state of begat sons and daughters: also to be a beacon of God’s design during apparent contradictions. “And all the days of Enoch were three the era of Christ. Not only that, his work hundred sixty and five years: will continue into our future! Our Lord Ascends “And Enoch walked with God: and he was His calling came during the reign of the After His resurrection, Jesus revealed not; for God took him” (Gen. 5:18-24). wicked king Ahab. That calling stretched Himself to His followers and many others. Enoch, the son of Jared, was in the godly across the ages to the Transfiguration, where In every record we have, He was seen as line of Seth. The name Enoch comes from he and Moses appeared on the mountaintop a normal, physical human being during a Hebrew word root that means, “trained before Jesus, Peter, James and John. the forty-day period following His resur- or educated.” About him, it is universally It will reach into the future as Elijah be- rection. taught that he was directly translated to comes one of the two witnesses who stand But then He went back to Heaven. Inter- heaven without dying. against the Antichrist, as he once did before estingly, He went in some sort of celestial At the age of 65, Enoch fathered Methu- Ahab and Jezebel. The prophet Elijah be- vehicle: selah, then he lived another three hundred came a prophecy, remembered by the Jews “And when he had spoken these things, years, at which time, he walked right off at every Passover seder, when they set a while they beheld, he was taken up; and a the pages of Scripture, into the dimen- place at the table expecting him to come. cloud received him out of their sight. sion of God. It was as if he went through Like Enoch, Elijah was lifted into “And while they looked stedfastly toward a door into heaven. At the moment of his Heaven, but in his case, we are given some heaven as he went up, behold, two men disappearance, he was raised to the higher detail about the translation. A fiery chariot stood by them in white apparel; dimension of God. took him. But this was no mere physical “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why Had we been standing close to him at the chariot. It was a celestial vehicle, capable stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Je- time, he would probably have just “winked of transdimensional travel. When it disap- sus, which is taken up from you into heaven, out.” In mid-stride, he would have simply peared, it was seen no more: shall so come in like manner as ye have seen disappeared. He had risen to God’s level … “And it came to pass, as they still went him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11). gone “up” to the place where God walks. on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared Why did Jesus enter a cloud for His Nor was it his own volition that took him a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and return to Heaven? He might have simply up to that level. parted them both asunder; and Elijah went thought Himself there, and would instantly Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News 11
  12. 12. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com have arrived. More than likely, He wanted who entered Heaven through a “door.” But foundation was laid, then was brought to its to make His return to Heaven “official.” this was not his normal experience of walking conclusion in Adam, and will be perfected Many watched Him enter the cloud (which, through a door. This one took him upward: in Christ, the “second Adam.” by the way, was no ordinary cloud). After “After this I looked, and, behold, a door Many have written about the com- that, probably for hours, the saints gazed was opened in heaven: and the first voice plexities and paradoxical contradictions of upward to see if He would reappear. Two which I heard was as it were of a trumpet predestination. Yet we are now becoming angels came to the scene to redirect their talking with me; which said, Come up able to perceive, however dimly, that God attention to normal daily life. They told His hither, and I will shew thee things which dwells in the eternal present. He allows followers to go on with the pursuits of daily must be hereafter. man to make choices, yet can foresee those living, keeping in mind that He will return, “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, choices. For Him this is normal; for us, it just as He left. behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one is paradoxical: sat on the throne” (Revelation 4:1,2). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Bodily Ascent to Heaven In this instance of travel to Heaven, we Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with The Apostle Paul relates his own experi- have John’s observation that “immediately” all spiritual blessings in heavenly places ence in dimensional travel, and his descrip- he was “in the spirit.” We must remain in Christ: tion of the event underscores the difficulty ignorant of the precise meaning of this ex- “According as he hath chosen us in him of determining the exact nature of the phe- pression. Does it mean that John didn’t go in before the foundation of the world, that we nomenon. As far as he was concerned, he his body, or does it mean that his body was should be holy and without blame before went there bodily. But twice, he asserts that somehow modified for a temporary stay in him in love: though the situation involved him person- Heaven? There is no way to know. “Having predestinated us unto the adop- ally, he couldn’t be sure whether he was Probably, if we could have put this ques- tion of children by Jesus Christ to himself, experiencing his travel in his physical body, tion to John, he would have said, “Whether in according to the good pleasure of his will, or in the spirit: the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell.” “To the praise of the glory of his grace, “It is not expedient for me doubtless to But if the narratives of Enoch and Elijah wherein he hath made us accepted in the glory. I will come to visions and revelations can be generalized, John went in his body. beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-6). of the Lord. Furthermore, he went into the future. As He chose us, yet we chose Him. At some “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen we have written elsewhere, his perspective crucial point in the life of everyone who is years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot was that of a man already in the future, redeemed, a decision was made. The saved tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot observing things that were happening to stand upon the threshold of heaven, where tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up him right now. To him, the events of the the eternal present abolishes all our precon- to the third heaven. Apocalypse were current and powerful ceptions about cause and effect. “And I knew such a man, (whether in present realities. God’s plan for redemption was completed the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: before there was ever an Adam and an Eve, God knoweth;) Before Earth’s Foundation or sin in the Garden of Eden. “How that he was caught up into para- When Jesus walked in this world, He “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not dise, and heard unspeakable words, which brought the vastness of time-space into the redeemed with corruptible things, as silver it is not lawful for a man to utter. life of a single human being. Furthermore, and gold, from your vain conversation re- “Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself He reduced the complexities of creation into ceived by tradition from your fathers; I will not glory, but in mine infirmities” (II a single word — love. Love is, in fact, the “But with the precious blood of Christ, Corinthians 12:1-5). true secret of creation … the strong force as of a lamb without blemish and without However, based upon a comparison that befuddles science. They cannot know spot: with the incidents in the lives of Enoch, it, unless they know Him. “Who verily was foreordained before the Elijah and Jesus, travel in the body seems Love was manifested eons ago, before foundation of the world, but was manifest perfectly reasonable. But note that Paul there was ever a human race. Even then, in these last times for you, says that he was “caught up.” He uses the God saw humanity and the Son of Man, who “Who by him do believe in God, that same term used to describe what has come would come to live among those He created. raised him up from the dead, and gave him to be called “the rapture.” Both here and in More than a descriptive term, love is the glory; that your faith and hope might be in his rapture passages, Paul’s term suggests central action through which the eternal God” (I Peter 1:18-21). a rapid upward movement. But this is only God manifests Himself in this dimension. How could He have foreseen this need for a suggestion, since, as we have already It was love that Jesus recalled in His prayer human redemption? Because His love – the established, “up” is not a directional term, in the garden: creative force of our universe – demanded but a dimensional one. “I in them, and thou in me, that they may that He give the cleansing blood of His only In Heaven, Paul learned many things be made perfect in one; and that the world begotten Son. He was ordained to this cause that he was forbidden to repeat when back may know that thou hast sent me, and hast before the creation of the world. on earth. No doubt, much of what he heard loved them, as thou hast loved me. Only faith and a biblical understanding of is the knowledge that the serpent used to “Father, I will that they also, whom thou the delicate pathways between Heaven and deceive the woman. In his present state, hast given me, be with me where I am; that earth, can give us the peaceful acceptance sinful man is simply not allowed to know they may behold my glory, which thou hast of that which is otherwise inexplicable. The the secrets of this universe, much less those given me: for thou lovedst me before the bizarre paradoxes of creation are peacefully of Heaven! foundation of the world” (John 17:23,24). reconciled in the person of Jesus Christ. He His prayer invokes the love of the Father, is the underlying force who can only be “Come Up Hither” as He speaks of the perfect fellowship of the perceived in the act of faith. He is the Word And then, there is the experience of John, saints. This process began before this earth’s of Creation. He is love. u 12 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com
  13. 13. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com 21 grams? The Weighty Matter of the Human Soul By Gary Stearman Perhaps you’ve heard the story, perhaps not. It has been documented as true, and of a high degree of strangeness. It concerns a physician, a certain Duncan MacDougall, M.D. of Haverhill, Massachusetts. It seems that he became obsessed with the question of the substantiality of the human soul. In 1907, he performed several experiments of such a bizarre nature that they would never be allowed under today’s medical proto- cols. He tried to weigh the human soul! In retrospect, he was in search of the mystery of life. As we shall see, he was asking the wrong question. Before we review his research, it would be well to set the stage by remembering what the world was like during his era, almost a hundred years ago. In the era of spiritualism, theosophy (an earlier manifestation of the New Age move- ment) had become quite the rage in Europe and America. It raised many philosophical This artist depiction of a human soul reminds us that, though we all have a soul, questions about the spiritual nature of man. it remains aloof from perception. The soul is as mysterious today, as it ever was. Spiritual mediums, with all the attendant gadgetry of the séance chamber, were rais- be seen. For many good reasons, the Bible thoritarian figures in white smocks, able to ing the public consciousness to the possi- warns against opening a door to demonic dictate the circumstances of hospitalized bility that the human soul had some sort of deceptions. patients. It was also a time when scien- substance that could be seen by participants These spiritual theatrics stimulated the tific experimentation of all sorts was unre- in dimly-lit rooms, outfitted with bells, thought that, after death, the human soul stricted … governed only by adherence to horns, whistles and cabinets from which a persisted in some detectable form. Spirit the empirical method. Careful observation, spirit might emerge when summoned. mediums liked to call it “ectoplasm,” the coupled with the minute recording of data, During this period, spirit photography stuff from which the soul is fashioned. often produced deductions that became the was a burgeoning enterprise. Large and Often, this material was observed to pour institutions of medical science. But just as clumsy glass-plate cameras were set up on from the mouth, nose, and ears of the trance often, they did not. heavy tripods, awaiting confirmation from medium. If the room lights were raised, the A good example of false deduction from the medium that a spirit was present. Lens peculiar material would gradually vanish this period is seen in the record of many shutters clanked open, as all present held into nothingness. physicians who experimented with “phre- their breaths. At the proper moment, the It was only a short step from this obser- nology,” the study of the size and shape of photographer would spark his flash powder, vation to the rampant speculation that the the cranium. It was felt that by feeling the producing a brilliant explosion and a great human soul was formed from a material deviations from a “normal” cranium, char- cloud of smoke. Then, he would close his substance that was invisible under ordi- acter, disease tendency and mental ability shutter and wait. nary circumstances. Still, it was thought could be determined. Dozens of books were Observers often reported that in the to have mass, like ordinary human flesh, written, purporting to show that by record- ghastly after-image of the flash, they only much lighter and less substantial. The ing the bumps on one’s head, a “scientific would see a materialization of one kind or popular thought grew, that the soul might appraisal” of a patient could be easily de- another. Perhaps it took a vaguely human soon be detectable, using the instruments rived. But phrenology was pseudo-science, shape. Sometimes, it was reported that a of “modern science.” finally relegated to the trash can of doubtful disembodied hand, or ear, or face would It was a time when doctors were au- hypotheses. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News 13
  14. 14. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com The Bed of Scales fifteen minutes later at a little over an ounce and a half. This brings us back to the activities of Dr. MacDougall’s third case, also a terminal MacDougall. For whatever reason, he was case of tuberculosis, showed a weight convinced that the human soul consisted loss of one and a half ounces, plus an ad- of a substance that could be affected by ditional ounce a short time later. The fifth gravity. He thought that it had weight. And case showed a small drop of about three- he was not the first. In his own memoirs, eights of an ounce at the instant of death, MacDougall recalled that Rudolph Wagner, but seemed to the doctor less convincing a physiologist at the Gottingen Congress of than the previous examples. Physiologists, had suggested to his fellows The sixth and final death occurred so that there was something called a “special quickly after the patient was placed upon soul substance.” In the year 1854, Wagner the bed that no measurement could be had challenged his colleagues to find it, taken. but in the years following, no one had ever Did he prove that the soul has substance? confronted his dare with experimentation. Certainly not. But he, himself, was con- That is, until MacDougall’s famous 1907 vinced. Later, he set up a new experiment, experiment. His apparatus was simple, yet in which he observed the final moments Phrenology was pseudo-science, required a rather exacting calibration. He of fifteen dying dogs, anesthetized so that finally relegated to the trashcan of built a lightweight frame upon which the they would lie still. In each of these cases, doubtful hypotheses. entire weight of the bed was borne. he reported that there was no weight change Thus, the bed and the platform upon limiting bar and remaining there with no at the moment of their deaths. which it was suspended were carefully rebound. The loss was ascertained to be From this, he expressed his belief that poised against a beam-balance scale. When three-fourths of an ounce. dogs don’t possess souls, as do humans. a patient was placed upon the bed, the cali- “This loss of weight could not be due He seemed to be addressing theology in the brated beam could be set at zero. Then, if to evaporation of respiratory moisture and only way that made sense to him, through the patient’s weight changed in the slight- sweat, because that had already been deter- “science.” est, the beam could be rebalanced and the mined to go on, in his case, at the rate of one Does a soul have substance? If so, it may difference noted. sixtieth of an ounce per minute, whereas reveal that just as science affirms, energy Dr. MacDougall’s experiment was thus this loss was sudden and large, three-fourths can be changed from one form to another set and ready. He began to test a number of of an ounce in a few seconds.” form, but can’t be created or destroyed. At dying patients to see whether he could note The doctor noted that any bodily fluids death, the soul may flow from the body as any change in their weight at the moment lost at death were retained on the bed. it changes from one form to another. of their passing. He tested six subjects in They would thus, continue to be weighed. Speaking in spiritual terms, the mystery all, with varying results. Furthermore, he and an assistant tested the of life is reserved to the Almighty God. Dr. In his own words, from the 1907 edition effect of residual air, exhaled from the lungs MacDougall may have thought he could of American Medicine, “My first subject at the time of death. They took turns lying attain some clue that would establish the was a man dying of tuberculosis. It seemed upon the bed, inhaling and exhaling as hard living soul as a physical reality. But, in fact, to me best to select a patient dying with a as possible. With the beam balanced, they his pursuit was in vain. Life comes from disease that produces great exhaustion, the were unable to detect any variation at all. God alone. Even if it can be observed, it death occurring with little or no muscular After checking any possible explanation cannot be explained in human terms. movement, because in such a case the beam for the weight loss, he wrote, “In this case The Biblical Soul could be kept more perfectly at balance and we certainly have an inexplicable loss of any loss occurring readily noted. weight of three-fourths of an ounce. Is it In the Bible, the first mention of the soul “The patient was under observation for the soul substance? How other shall we is in Genesis 2:7, where it is recorded that three hours and forty minutes before death, explain it?” the first man was formed of earthly material. lying on a bed arranged on a light frame- In modern scientific measure, MacDou- Life was then breathed into his nostrils and work built upon very delicately balanced gall discovered that the body instantly lost he “became a living soul:” platform beam scales. 21.262 grams at the moment his patient “And the LORD God formed man of the “The patient’s comfort was looked after died. This is not an insignificant weight. dust of the ground, and breathed into his in every way, although he was practically Heft five quarters in your hand, and you nostrils the breath of life; and man became moribund when placed upon the bed. He can feel for yourself that this is a signifi- a living soul.” lost weight slowly at the rate of one ounce cant mass. This brief description of man’s creation per hour due to evaporation of moisture in At this point the doctor must have been raises far more questions than it answers. respiration and evaporation of sweat. quite excited. His first patient, and already, First, what is “life?” Until this mysteri- “During all three hours and forty minutes he had achieved a measurable result. ous ingredient was added to him, man was I kept the beam end slightly above balance The second subject, a man in the final just a physical construction. But when life near the upper limiting bar in order to make stages of tuberculosis lay on the balanced was added, he became a living soul, in the the test more decisive if it should come. bed for four and 1/2 hours. During that time, Hebrew, a neshamah [vnanb]. This term “At the end of three hours and forty the patient steadily lost weight at the rate expresses the higher soul, the vital spirit, minutes he expired and suddenly coinci- of about three-quarters ounce per hour. At linked to the Creator. In both classical and dent with death the beam end dropped with heart stoppage, the patient suddenly lost modern Hebrew, it expresses the idea of audible stroke hitting against the lower half an ounce, which was measured about respiration and vitality. 14 Prophecy in the News Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com
  15. 15. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com We can look at a living thing and describe It is sown in corruption; it is raised in We, the faithful in Christ already posses that it as “living.” But we can’t say what “life” incorruption: Spirit. It strives with our spirit, as we await the is. For centuries, men have speculated about “It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in resurrection. As the Apostle Paul put it: the “life force.” An attempt to measure it is glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised “And the very God of peace sanctify you what ultimately drove Dr. MacDougall to in power: wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit perform his curious experiments. “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a and soul and body be preserved blameless On the human plane, there will always spiritual body. There is a natural body, and unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” be the question about how the energy of there is a spiritual body. (1 Thessalonians 5:23). life is encapsulated in flesh during the life “And so it is written, The first man Adam Humans are intended by God to be spirit- span of a man, then released to return to was made a living soul; the last Adam was creatures. Those like Dr. MacDougall, the God who breathed it, while apparently made a quickening spirit. who attempt to discover truth by studying retaining its form, experience, memories “Howbeit that was not first which is the human soul, will always be asking the and identity. spiritual, but that which is natural; and wrong questions. Instead of attempting to The Old Testament regards the soul as afterward that which is spiritual. learn the truth of the soul and the wisdom one’s core being, the part of the man that “The first man is of the earth, earthy: of the earth, they should seek the Truth of survives death and goes on to judgment or the second man is the Lord from heaven” the Spirit. It cannot be weighed, except in reward … either separation from God or (1 Corinthians 15:42-47). the balances of the Creator. u eternal fellowship with him. All the com- Watch Our TV Program on mands of the Lord are incorporated into the “Shema,” the command for Israel to hear and obey: Google.com “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart” (Deuter- onomy 6:4-6). These words, treasured by every Jew, are an exhortation to respond to his Lord with love. For it was, after all, the love of God that breathed life into Adam in the first place. The Bible uses the heart to depict one’s drive, desire and motivation. These words ask that one channel the desires of his soul and the force of his strength into the love of God. It is not a legal conscription, but a passion of the heart. Or, as we say in the modern world, one should have a devotion to the Lord, “heart and soul.” Salvation The ages-long view is that the soul was somehow damaged, unable to reach Heaven Our weekly television program is now available for viewing on the famous without a Redeemer. However, in the New Google.com search engine. Go to Google.com. Click on “more ...” Then find and Testament we are told: “And you hath he click on “Video” in the second column. When the search dialog box appears, quickened, who were dead in trespasses and type our four familiar words: sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Man was originally designed to be a creature of spirit, in con- Prophecy in the News tinual fellowship with God. The risen Christ ... using a capital P and a capital N, and a single space between the words. has “quickened” us ... returned to us that Click “Search” and our programs will appear. You can download ... or watch same mysterious life-force that was breathed the program immediately on Google’s media player. It will appear when you into the nostrils of Adam. He was spiritually click on one of our icons. linked to God … until he disobeyed. Note, in the following words of First Corinthians, that for the redeemed, the No matter where you are, you can watch our “living soul” will one day be transformed weekly TV program on the worldwide Internet. from a natural body – with a soul – into a spiritual body. The soul, then, awaits Visit our website at PITN.TV transformation: “So also is the resurrection of the dead. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Prophecy in the News 15
  16. 16. Find us on the Internet - www.prophecyinthenews.com Saddam’s Secrets By Georges Sada took this as an opportunity to move his Review by Bob Ulrich nerve gas and secret weapon stash to a safe place. According to Sada, this was handled The Butcher of Baghdad, Saddam Hus- personally by the infamous Chemical Ali. sein, currently resides in a jail cell in an Hussein ordered two 747 airliners to be undisclosed Middle Eastern location. The stripped of their seats and filled to the brim self-proclaimed, modern day Nebuchad- with yellow barrels marked with the famil- nezzar no longer fits the description of iar skull and crossbones symbol. A convoy the world’s most notorious “weapon of of 56 trucks met the planes upon arrival in mass destruction.” He makes the news oc- Syria and hauled away the barrels. Syria, of casionally from his Iraqi “court,” but how course, has an advanced chemical weapons quickly we forget the death and destruction program and is one of only eight countries this man has brought to refusing to sign the Chemical Weapons the world. Since 1975, Convention program. Hussein has tortured If you have ever wanted to be a fly on the and slaughtered untold wall in Saddam’s “war room,” here’s your thousands of his fellow opportunity. When the first bombs dropped Iraqi citizens, who are on Baghdad in 1991, General Sada was at now being discovered ground zero for the fireworks. In fact, if it in mass graves all over According to General Sada, in a fit of weren’t for Divine intervention, he would Iraq. Perhaps we will rage right before the first Gulf War, Sad- not be alive today. One evening, shortly never know the full extent of his family’s dam Hussein ordered 96 Russian-made after the coalition bombing began, he hap- ruthlessness and murderous ways, but little fighter jets to drop massive amounts of pened to be sleeping in a small apartment by little, the secrets of the Hussein regime chemical weapons on the major population that housed the head of the Iraqi Air Force. are leaking out. Some of the intimate details centers in Israel, likely the final decision of In the middle of the night, he awoke sud- of life in Iraq under this destructive dictator Hussein’s life, had it taken place! The nerve denly and decided to check the latest radar are not for the faint of heart! gases Sarin and Tabun were the chemical reports. 17 seconds later, his bed absorbed Some new, shocking revelations make weapons of choice and Iraq had enormous one of the first hits of the war, a targeted, us realize how close our world came to a caches of them on hand. One man changed laser-guided missile that landed in the bed fiery, apocalyptic end during the Gulf War Hussein’s mind with the only logic a ma- where he had just been sleeping! Talk about of 1991, and how quickly the current situ- niac understands — self-preservation. In an precision! He goes on to describe the mas- ation in the Middle East could turn into a hour and forty-five-minute-long dialogue, sive confusion in Iraq, as they realized the boiling cauldron of nuclear terror. It seems he explained Israel’s military advantage in consequences of their decision to annex that everyone wants a definitive answer to such a way that Hussein realized that his Kuwait! According to Sada, Saudi Arabia these million-dollar questions. Did Iraq have country would soon be vaporized by Israel’s was next on Saddam’s agenda! weapons of mass destruction? Was Saddam nuclear weapons if he followed through Today, General Sada has a price on his Hussein a real threat to the world? Did we with his plan! head. The relative ineptness of the Iraqi waste billions of dollars and risk the lives General Sada was the man placed in regime makes one wonder in bewilderment. of our soldiers by going to war to remove charge of American and British POW’s How could Saddam Hussein spend $21 mil- this evil man from power? One man seems who were shot down in the Gulf War. Qusay lion for a fighter jet and then give it to an to have the answers to these difficult ques- Hussein, Saddam’s son, issued orders to untrained pilot who would quickly crash it tions and he shares them with us in a new, kill all the pilots, but General Sada refused, and kill himself? This man would starve his explosive book, Saddam’s Secrets. based on the rules of the Geneva Conven- own people, and then build another ornate Former Iraqi General, Georges Sada, tion. He stood toe-to-toe with these despots palace with solid gold bathroom fixtures! was one of Saddam Hussein’s trusted and defied their requests, knowing full well How did he deceive the UN’s nuclear advisors and top Air Force pilots — a true that he was likely to meet his Maker in a inspectors? How did he manage to make an Iraqi insider. However, General Sada is a matter of seconds. $11 billion profit from the “Oil-for Food” Christian, the only high ranking military Sada also fills us in on Iraq’s mysterious program? How did he stay alive for so long official in Iraq who was not a member of weapons of mass destruction. Did they ex- when so many Iraqi’s wanted him dead? Hussein’s party. Although he was viewed ist? Of course they did. What happened to Can you say, “smoking gun?” I think we’ve as a bit of an Islamic outsider, Saddam them? According to General Sada, Hussein found it in this book. 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