March 2018 - Christian Evidence

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DNA Traces Back to Adam and Eve

March 30, 2018 2 Comments
"Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living." (Genesis 3:20)

In order to find a common ancestor whose genetics have passed on, we need to look for things that are passed down from generation to generation with little or no alteration. Both genders pass along one thing that is unchanged during sexual reproduction. For women, this is the mitochondrial DNA passed on from mother to daughter and son, whereas for men this is the Y chromosome passed on from father to son.

In 1987 population geneticists first demonstrated the existence of a ‘mitochondrial Eve'1. A group of geneticists published a surprising study in the journal Nature.­ The­ researchers examined the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) taken from 147 people across all of today's major racial groups. These researchers concluded that every human being alive today can trace their ancestry back to a single woman now referred to as “Mitochondrial Eve.” Professor Karl Skorecki, an expert on DNA and the discoverer of the “Cohen Gene” states that:
“Analysis of mitochondrial DNA of all contemporary humans sampled today indicates that all of the different variations in the sequence of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) trace back, or converge to an original sequence in a given woman.” 

Furthermore, research with Y chromosomes confirmed that every man alive today also descended from a single man whom scientists now refer to as “Y-Chromosomal Adam.”

Thus, while Y-Chromosomal Adam is the ancestor of every living man, Mitochondrial Eve is the mother of all living humans, male and female! This is beautifully consistent with the biblical account of human history.

In addition, unlike nuclear DNA, mitochondrial DNA has only 16,569 base pairs (DNA’s building blocks) as opposed to over 6 billion base pairs in our nucleus. So mutations are much easier to track. (In fact, the highest number of mutations recorded in the human race is just over 120.) What does this mean? Such a limited number of mutations means that little time has passed for mutations to occur since the first mother passed down her DNA! These results make sense if today’s billions of people are the descendants of only eight people on Noah’s Ark who lived approximately 6,000 years ago according to biblical chronology. However, if there was more time, like the hundreds of thousands of years that the evolutionists claim (in addition to the millions of years since humans evolved from an ape-like ancestor), we would expect to find far more DNA differences. But we don’t.

Two recent major studies of modern humans’ Y chromosomes also suggest that ‘Y-chromosome Adam’ and ‘mitochondrial Eve’ may have lived around the same time after all.2,3 Once again consistent with the biblical account.

The dates assigned to mitochondrial Eve (tens to hundreds of thousands of years) by evolutionists don't match the biblical chronology, however, this is because they are are based upon ‘molecular clock’ assumptions, which were calibrated by evolutionary beliefs about when certain evolutionary events occurred, supposedly millions of years ago. The aforementioned mutation rates directly ‘challenge’ the evolutionary long-age claim, and indicate that mitochondrial Eve lived around 6,000 to 6,500 years ago, right in the ballpark for the true ‘mother of all living’ (Genesis 3:20).

What we can say with fair certainty is that, regardless of time frames and alleged contemporaries, every man alive today descended from one man while every human alive today descended from one woman. Moreover, you cannot say that science doesn't confirm the Bible. Because it does.


References:

1 Cann, R. L., Stoneking, M. & Wilson, A. C. Nature 325, 31–36 (1987).
2 Poznik, G. D. et al. Science 341, 562–565 (2013).
3 Francalacci, P. et al. Science 341, 565–569 (2013).
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We ARE The Last Generation - how much time is left?

March 14, 2018 18 Comments
The Parable of the Fig Tree

"Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near. Just so, when you see the events I've described beginning to happen, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever." (Matthew 24:32-35)


Let's take a closer look at the meaning of this parable...
"Now learn the parable of the fig tree ..."
Firstly, the verb "learn" here is in the imperative mood, which means it is a command, not something optional. Next, who or what is the fig tree in this verse? (Remember only the Scriptures can be used to interpret the parables recorded in them) The answer to this question is unmistakably Israel. I'll give just ONE example in Hosea 9:10:
"I (God) found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time." (Hosea 9:10)
In the above verse, God compares Israel to grapes and the fathers to fruits of the fig tree. Jesus often used fig tree in parabolic form when communicating things about Israel, and there are several other verses to confirm this (Joel 1:6-8, 12; Luke 13:6-9; Jeremiah 24; Jeremiah 29:16-19). Virtually every theologian will agree that in the Bible, Israel is referred to as the fig tree. In addition, the verse above is almost a direct parallel to what Jesus said in Matthew 24.

"When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near..."
The verb "know" here is also in the imperative mood in the Greek, which means it is a command. "He is near..." translated estin in Greek, literally means the time when the Lord is coming to establish His kingdom.

"I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place."
When Jesus says “this generation,” the Greek word for generation here is geneaGenea refers to a particular age or time. Combined with the statement "all these things take place," which would include all the events of the seven year Tribulation - everything that Jesus had been talking about...the birth pains (vs. 4-14)...the abomination of desolation (vs. 15)...the need to flee because of the impending dangers (vs. 16-28)...and the catastrophic chaos of the universe (vs. 29), brings us to the conclusion that the generation in existence when Israel was formed will not pass away (die) before the Second Coming.

So what does this full verse mean? It simply means that the generation that sees Israel reborn and the fig tree "put out its leaves" is the same generation that will see the completion of the Tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ (Second Coming). Remember, this verse is in the imperative mood, which means it is a command for us - not just a parable to be overlooked!

And guess what? Israel, a country that had not really existed as a separate nation for nearly 2,500 years, was declared a new sovereign state by an act of the United Nations on May 14, 1948!


How long is a generation? 

There's another obvious question concerning this parable: how long is a generation? The length of a generation has not always been constant since the days of Adam and Eve. From the time of Adam up to today, humanity lifespan on earth has been deteriorating.

The answer to this question can be found in the most significant and definitive declaration in the Bible for the life span of man which is given in Psalm 90 (Psalm 90:10). The Psalmist states that the life span of man is normally seventy years, eighty years if blessed with outstanding health:
"The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they be eighty years, yet is their labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." (Psalms 90:10) 
It's interesting that, even though Moses wrote Psalm 90 over 3,000 years ago, and he lived to be 120 years old, today, 70 years is almost exactly the average life expectancy of human beings worldwide. The average life span of those living today in Israel is between 70 and 80 years! It is reasonable to conclude that the generation Christ was talking about in the parable of the fig tree will also be 70 to 80 years in length.

In fact, Christ’s parable of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32-35 and Moses’ length of a generation in Psalm 90:10 seem to go hand in hand! Labour and sorrow is figurative of the great tribulation that is soon cut off, thus Jesus ends it when He comes riding on a horse to Armageddon battle and we fly away.

On 14th of May 1948, the state of Israel was proclaimed a nation! Since 1948, we have seen Israel put forth leaves on her tender branches both economically, military, financially and spiritually, and Israel has become a world force always on news all over the world. If the leaves of the fig tree can be said to have sprung forth in 1948, then the generation is 70 years old this year!

If we use a generation of 80 years (with years of labor and sorrow) according to Psalms 90:10, then the year for 1948 generation to be over is (1948 + 80 years): 2028. Taking into account the seven-year tribulation period, that would place the latest year for rapture and the beginning of the great tribulation to occur as (2028 – 7): 2021That's only 3 years from now! 

Israel's rebirth, along with recent prophetic events, are a strong indication that the generation Christ was talking about has already been born, and the return of Jesus Christ to establish His reign for a thousand years is very close at hand. Considering Israel will mark 70 years (normal life span of man) of statehood on May 14th this year, and the signs of the time are all around us, we must remain watchful and alert and continue spreading the gospel! Time is running out.

I am not attempting in any way, shape, form or fashion to set a day and hour for the return of Jesus, but I am revealing the season for His return. While the Bible says we don’t know the day or hour, it certainly says that we know the times and seasons (1 Thessalonians 5:1-10). Otherwise, what was the point of giving signs that would indicate His coming was near?

The time of the "last days" that Jesus referred to, is not "in the future", and it's not "coming soon".  It is here right now. Stay alert, Jesus is coming!
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ELS in the Bible

March 09, 2018 1 Comment
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18)
 
Jesus Christ stated that even the smallest of the letters and grammatical marks (jot and tittle) in the original text of the Bible were directly inspired by God.


Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS)

Equal-distance (or Equidistant) Letter Sequences can be discovered when, instead of reading a text normally––one letter at a time––hidden words are looked for by reading the text every 2, or 3, or 4, (etc.), letters, skipping over the letters in between. The Bible is the only literature in existence that contains numerous hidden ELS placed within the scriptures in an intentional manner! This phenomenon is only found within the original Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, Aramaic! Here are a few examples of this phenomenon in English...

1. Genesis 1:14: "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:"

The word "seasons" here, translated "HaMoyadim", means "the appointed times." When searched for as an equidistant letter sequence, the word appears only once in the Book of Genesis, at the interval of 70, clustering EXACTLY where the word is spelled explicitly in the text, and where the calendar is established. In addition, there are only 70 specially appointed times for holy days called HaMoyadim, in a year, as defined by Leviticus 23-52. The very interval where HaMoyadim, "the appointed times," is encrypted in the text. Coincidence? (The longer the word, the smaller its chances to be found in the text at any given interval. The odds against this have been estimated at more than 70,000,000 to one.)

2. The total numerical value of the four letters of Y’SHUA is 386. In the Torah (the five books of Moses), the Name Y’shua is spelt out at 386-letter intervals - TWELVE TIMES! At least 12 times, Y’shua has been discovered again, encoded at 7000-letter intervals in the five books of Moses.

3. In the text of Genesis 38, at 49-letter intervals, are the names of Boaz, Ruth, Obed, Jesse, and David-in chronological order! David's genealogy is actually encoded in chronological order in Genesis 38 in an equidistant letter sequence of 49 (7×7 of course) letter intervals! These names anticipate, five generations in advance, the next five generations climaxing in David, a total of ten generations! 

4. The word "Eden" is encoded repeatedly sixteen times within the relatively short Genesis 2:4-10 passage of only 379 Hebrew letters dealing with the Garden of Eden. The odds against sixteen "Edens" occurring by chance in such a short passage is one chance in ten thousand.

In this same chapter, scientists have found twenty-five different Hebrew names of trees encoded within the text of this one chapter (Garden of Eden chapter)! The laws of probability indicate that the odds against this occurring are one hundred thousand to one.


5. In Isaiah 53, the Suffering Servant chapter, over fifty names that deal with Christ's crucifixion are encoded in equidistant letter sequences! Messiah, Yeshua, the three Marys, ALL of the Disciples' names, Herod, His Cross... (See all of them here). It's also been found that All, passages prophesying the coming Messiah contain the name of Jesus encoded within them!

6. The first five books of the Bible (the books of Moses) are known as the Torah. In 50 letter increments, we find the letters spelling "Torah" in the first two books of the Torah. In the third book, the book of Leviticus, it doesn't seem to work. But it does work for YHWH, the sacred name of God ("Yahweh" or "Jehovah," translated "LORD" in the King James Version), if you count in 7 letter increments. The last two books spell out "Torah" again in 50 letter increments, but this time backwards. Amazingly, each book of the Torah appears to be pointing towards the Name of God! Check it out:
The number 50 has several important meanings (e.g. The Torah was given 50 days after the Exodus from Egypt), and the use of seven with the name of God shouldn't surprise us! Furthermore, it turns out that TORH is spelled out more than 56,000 times in the Book of Genesis (with various skip lengths)! Genesis itself is slightly more than 78,000 letters long. Coincidence?

There is no other literature in existence which contains hidden ELS in the manner given here. Numerous other Hebrew texts containing about the same volume of material as the book of Genesis have been tested with no ELS being found. The above examples, which are only a small sampling of the discoveries which have been made, demonstrate supernatural complexity: hiding that much coded information of any type in any 'surface text' is far beyond the capabilities of any existing computer and any computer technology that can reasonably be envisioned. The possibility of these ELS appearing anywhere by pure chance is mathematically impossible. 

And remember, to plan this kind of thing wouldn't just take years, but to prepare the text as well, with perfect grammar, a message, and no contradictions, puts the statistical odds of it being humanly written as impossible. Despite many arguments and challenges, the data still stands uncontested. We are left with the undeniable conclusion that this phenomenon is another clearly authenticated signature of God upon the pages of His message to mankind. 

Dr. David Kazhdan, chairman of the mathematics department at Harvard University, warns those who casually reject the evidence of the ELS in the Bible:
"The phenomenon is real. What conclusion you reach from this is up to you." 

References:
  • Grant R. Jeffrey (from his book "The Signature of God")
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