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Dear Torah Portion Reader...

I am very excited that the Spring Feast is just around the corner! We are now in the final preparation count-down, which for us at Lighted Way Ministries is an "all-hands-on-deck" scenario. In the next few weeks and days, I will be finishing the book "God's Amazing Star Secret" (which I pray to have fresh from the press at Passover, on April 1, 2018), I will be writing the sermons, putting together the children's program, cooking (and freezing) the casseroles to serve during the Retreat week, and more...

In order to accomplish all of this, I will not be taking time to write the Torah portion commentaries during this period of time. However, that does not mean that anyone need to get behind. The following is the Torah reading and study schedule for the next few weeks. As you keep up with this schedule, you will be on track to complete all 613 Statutes this year. So, from now to April 14, the Torah portions will be posted without comment. Commentary and the usual Torah portions will resume on April 15. Thank you for your patience! And happy studying in the meantime :-)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - April 9, 2017

Today's Reading:

Acts 1

Deuteronomy 11-12

Job 9

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Today, I will focus on a few verses from Job 9. Job is the oldest book in the Bible. It also has more stars and constellations mentioned in it than any other book. Job extols the power of God, displayed through the stars.

Job 9:4-10 "He (God) is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?...Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number."

 Consider also the words from Job 38:31-32:

For just a moment, I'd really like to focus on Orion. This constellation is a very special one, especially for those who love God and eagerly await His Appearing...  But I don't want to get ahead of my story... Let's begin with a look at "known space".

First, do you know why they call it "known space"? That's because every time we build a more powerful telescope we see more than we did before. We only "know" what we can see, but we suspect there's probably much more out there than we can currently see.

The Hubble Telescope was quite a technological breakthrough, expanding our awareness of "known space" much farther than ever before.

The photo on the left took 1,000,000 seconds to expose in 2003 (that's a little over 11 days). Those dots of light in the photo aren't suns or planets, they are GALAXIES! This photo led to the believe that there are over 100 billion galaxies in known space - each with over 100 billion stars!

 In closer examination, it was found that the most distant galaxies were red. This was significant because of the Doppler Effect Red Shift phenomenon.

The Doppler Effect Red Shift phenomenon states that if an object which is giving off light is moving away from us, it gives off a red light. But if it is moving towards us it gives off a blue light.

Basically, the greater the red shift, the greater the distance, as is shown on the following chart:

Therefore, those most distant galaxies, which appear red, are provably moving away from us. But the most interesting thing the Hubble telescope let us see is that there is the same density of galaxies viewed no matter where the telescope was pointed.

Now if earth were on the outer edge of the universe, you would expect that pointing the telescope towards the center of the universe would show a great amount of galaxies, while pointing the telescope towards the outer edge would show only a few galaxies, with much less denseness. But because Hubble reveals an equal number of galaxies no matter where astronomers look, scientists have found evidence that the universe has a CENTER. And this center must be astronomically nearby earth!

Before I go any further with the implications, let's start with the big one. This is evidence to support that the universe is spherical and ordered. Such a universe supports the idea that God created it. An ordered universe couldn't evolve by random chance.
Evolutionist scientists Edwin Hubble was not forthcoming with this information, because it didn't support his own evolutionary bias. When Hubble used his telescope to see the universe and published his findings in 1929, he observed the red shift in distant galaxies and knew what this meant.

But he didn't tell everyone that the red shift in the distant galaxies meant the universe had to be spherical and ordered, with a nearby center! 

Why didn't Hubble report this?

In 1937, Hubble wrote, in "The Observation to Cosmology":
"The unwelcome supposition of a favored location (for earth) must be avoided at all costs... There must be no favored location in the universe, no center, no boundary... We must escape the horror of a unique position," (p 51-59).

Science went to a great deal of trouble to create a foolish theory and to hide the evidence, only because the obvious was unthinkable to them. If the universe is ordered, spherical, and we're near the center of it, we must be special. And there must be a Creator!

But a couple of Creation scientists weren't afraid to consider the evidence and examine its implications. Using the red shift information, they began doing mathematical calculations to find the center of the universe. Do you know what they found? They found that the mathematical center of the universe is through Orion's belt!

These scientists are Drs. Robert and David Gentry. In the above video link, you can hear them explain the red shift and how we know that the universe is spherical. And the discoveries they made make the constellation of Orion even more exciting. For it is through Orion's belt that we not only find the center of our universe, but also this is the location of God's "Great White Throne", mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

In ancient times, it was well-known that the constellation Orion marked the location of the center of the universe and the Throne of God. This is why the pyramids were built in the precise locations - to scale - as the star positions in Orion. The three famous pyramids in Egypt formed Orion's belt:

Since I was a child, my parents told me that our King would Return, and that He would come through Orion's belt. In fact, there is astronomical evidence to show that the three stars in Orion's belt are spreading.

This, too, is mentioned in Scripture as something only accomplished through the mighty power of God:
Job 38:31 "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?"

What a wonderful Day it will be when our King Returns through Orion's belt and takes His children Home!

A few years ago, my family and I were on a homeschool fieldtrip. We were sitting in an IMAX theater preparing to watch the Hubble images in an amazing 3-D film flythrough. I have to say, I got goosebumps as the camera flew into Orion. Wow!!!! 

I looked around me at the museum guests who were also seated in the theater and wondered if anyone else in the room knew the significance of what we were all seeing besides my family and me. To me, it was beyond breathtaking. I felt as if I were getting a sneak peak into some of what we will experience, by God's Grace, when our Saviour takes us Home at last.

So, today, as I read Job's references to Orion in Job 9, I thought you might enjoy seeing a sneak peak at the most amazing tour any of us will ever take - the tour of God bringing us through Orion's belt and taking us Home to Heaven at last. Well, enjoy...