Telling This World Goodbye — 8-31-13
Since the days of the Tower of Babel when men decided they should build something that would “reach up to God” [Genesis 11], we have been fascinated with the sky, the sun, the stars. Like a baby longs to explore outside its playpen, we really want to know what is ‘out there.’ Many of the NASA astronauts were so fascinated with space travel they lived for the next time they could go up. Even some Christians have come to allow a real possibility that we are not alone in this vast universe. Rather than challenging our faith, I think it might be a clue for us as to why the old Hebrew-Jewish people called God “King of the Universe.” Did they suspect something a very long time ago that we are just lately beginning to figure out?
The modern entertainment industry got going on this theme with Superman comics. Then, Flash Gordon serials at the Saturday movies. And then, I remember vividly when I was 20 years old, my new husband and I sat in front of our little TV, mesmerized by . . .
space: the final frontier. these are the voyages of the starship enterprise.
its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life
and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Now, it seems every other movie has some ‘other world’ aspect to it. I have believed for some time that not only does art imitate life, it sometimes seems to have a prophetic aspect to it, especially in books and movies. Jules Verne (1828-1905) wrote of submarines and many other marvels that were yet to be invented. In 1938, George Orwell wrote of horrific societal circumstances in 1984, some of which came true in the Soviet Union and China under communism. Movies were made from the stories of both these men.
Did you ever wonder what makes some of us look up and think of going up? Our faith tells us that God lives up there, and one day we will go where He is. We call it “heaven.” We sing songs about “flying away” and “bidding this world goodbye.” We ponder Scriptures that tell of people going up. Enoch, Ezekiel, Jesus.
In Hebrew there is no singular word for heaven, it is always spoken of as plural — the heavens. (We speak of 7th heaven as a place of pure delight. Paul said he ascended to the third heaven.) Could this plurality of heaven mean it is much more vast than we can ever imagine? Just what is it the Lord has for us when we go to be up there with Him?
This speculation on aliens and other inhabited planets, and our longing to discover the secrets they may hold, are both signs of the times. We are educated, having the greatly increased knowledge predicted for the End Times. [Daniel 12:4] We are being pointed in this direction even as the movie and literary industries are making a lot money off our curiosity in these matters. God is using every means He can to turn our hearts to eternity. But rather than worrying about hostile aliens who may already be among us and plotting to overthrow us, we ought to be searching the Bible for the truth it has for us in the here and now.
David said, “I don’t exercise myself in things too high for me.” [Psalm 131:1] I bear this in mind when my thoughts wander out too far, quieting myself with the truth that there is SO MUCH that is too high for me. Space, and what life there will be is a great mystery. But like the astronauts, I really want to go!
He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. And while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into the heavens. And they worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. Luke 24:50-51
Please rejoice in this Golden Oldie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Udrs9Ki2uCY
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Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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