Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Beam me up Scotty!


Ok, I Know! That is the old version of Star Trek. But we have long been intrigued by the idea of teletransporting.

Thing is, its not new. Listen to Ezekiels experience.

1 -3 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year on the tenth of the month—it was the fourteenth year after the city fell—God touched me and brought me here. He brought me in divine vision to the land of Israel and set me down on a high mountain. To the south there were buildings that looked like a city. He took me there and I met a man deeply tanned, like bronze. He stood at the entrance holding a linen cord and a measuring stick."
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"God touched me and brought me here. He brought me in divine vision to the land of Israel and set me down on a high mountain." He says it so casually. Like it happened all the time. Was he physically transported? Taken in a vision? Like a dream? Pretty heady stuff.
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Alright, the rest of the passage.
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"He stood at the entrance holding a linen cord and a measuring stick.
4 The man said to me, "Son of man, look and listen carefully. Pay close attention to everything I'm going to show you. That's why you've been brought here. And then tell Israel everything you see."
5 First I saw a wall around the outside of the Temple complex. The measuring stick in the man's hand was about ten feet long. He measured the thickness of the wall: about ten feet. The height was also about ten feet. "
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They went around and measured everything. The gates, the walls, the temple, the columns. Lots of measuring. I guess this was the earliest appraisal service!
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15 -16 "After he had finished measuring what was inside the Temple area, he took me out the east gate and measured it from the outside. Using his measuring stick, he measured the east side: eight hundred seventy-five feet.
17 He measured the north side: eight hundred seventy-five feet.
18 He measured the south side: eight hundred seventy-five feet.
19 Last of all he went to the west side and measured it: eight hundred seventy-five feet.
20 He measured the wall on all four sides. Each wall was eight hundred seventy-five feet. The walls separated the holy from the ordinary. "
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So this reading is somewhat hum drum. It turns out it IS a vision, because all of this is future. At the time, the temple, the walls the city of Jerusalem was in ruins.
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But tomorrow's reading has some sizzle!
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Stay tuned...
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(Wait a minute. This is not a radio show. What is the internet equivalent of "stay tuned"?)

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