How Time Is Measured

Just a thought…For hundreds of years, man has been able to figure time by a careful observation of the sun and the moon. For example, some ancient figured out that if you stick two poles in the ground and a third pole at a short distance behind the first two, you can determine a year  has passed from the position of the sun. Observation of the moon determines the length of a month. We can determine the equinoxes and solstices by observation, also.
So my question is this: How do you account for a week of seven days if you do not believe in the Genesis record of creation?

#astronomy, #earth, #equinox, #moon, #planets, #position-of-the-sun, #solar-system, #sun

New Heaven and New Earth

I am looking for your insight into a difficult passage. It seems obvious to me that this discusses heaven. However, there are two parts of this passage that are difficult.  I accept the later date for Revelation so I don’t know what advocates of the destruction of Jerusalem interpretation believe about this scene.

Ogden says, “The new Jerusalem is the bride of Christ, the Lamb’s wife” [p. 377].

Others take these verses to mean that heaven will be on a reconstituted earth.

The text says:

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:1-2, NKJV).

The questions for you are:

1. What is being discussed here? Heaven or something else?

2. What is the new heaven and the new earth?

3. What does “come down” mean in this context?

Thank you for your sharing your knowledge with me. God Bless.

#earth, #heaven, #jerusalem, #revelation

Waste Time? Never

The older I get, the more I realize the less time I have on earth, and thus, the more I realize how precious time is: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/02/11/appreciating-the-value-of-time/. Once time is gone, it can never be reclaimed. Do I waste time? Not that I know of. I’m always busy taking care of my wife, working in the yard, paying bills, grocery shopping, preparing daily meals, studying the Bible, writing articles, reading good books and publications produced by faithful proclaimers of God’s word, preaching and teaching. Doing all of this plus working as a library substitute for our local school district, keeps me plenty busy – never have time to be bored, that’s for certain.

I do watch the news and weather on television, plus two weekly shows, NCIS and Criminal Minds. Don’t know if that’s wasted time or not, because both shows motivate me to use my mind in figuring out the plots.

#busy, #earth, #older, #preach, #precious, #prepare, #publication, #reading, #realize, #reclaim, #study, #teach, #time, #waste, #work, #writing

My favorite Bible tree? The tree of life…

My favorite Bible tree? The tree of life, of course. Partaking of that tree, will cause me to live eternally, because of the perpetual spiritual food it provides (Genesis 3:22; Revelation 22:2). It’s sad that so many folks want to live eternally, but they don’t want to partake of the spiritual food that God has provided here on earth (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4), much less the tree of life in that heavenly realm.

#bible-tree, #earth, #eternal, #food, #heavenly, #life, #spiritual