Tuesday, June 12, 2018

#BOOK OF JOB #MOSES #GENESIS #CHRISTIAN #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #ABRAHAM #BOOK OF JUDGES #LAND OF UZ #BOB JONES UNIVERSITY #HOME SCHOOL COOPS #ONE MILLION MOMS #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #THE TOWER OF BABEL #BODIE HODGE

Ancient depiction of Job covered in boils being condemned by his wife and friends
JOB

Good afternoon my fine friends!

Have you all fared well this week? I pray that you and your families have. I am once again recovering from a lung infection and am almost completely healed. It is so difficult for me to constantly have these reoccurring respiratory problems. But I must plow ahead regardless of any physical problems. 

Speaking of plowing ahead during illness, have you every read he book of Job? It is the oldest book in the Bible after Genesis, and even then it is quite likely that the book of Job is older than the later chapters in Genesis. I wrote a blog on this amazing man a few years ago and upon further research, I have discovered one thing I need to mention:

In the previous blog I stated that Job is a patriarch who “…lived long before Moses and the writing of the Pentateuch…”1

I have recently discovered that, according to Bodie Hodge of Answers in Genesis, who researched this topic extensively, it is not something that can be pin-pointed. Hodge states “Trying to discover the date of the Book of Job has many elements to it. Though the Bible doesn’t give a clear date, there are some clues, and there may be more. But at this time it may be safe to leave open a few options, but not before or in the time of Abraham. Although this author [Bodie Hodge] had typically been in the camp of an older date for Job, there are biblical reasons to reconsider with good textual reasons that it was somewhere just before Moses to somewhere in the time of Judges.”2 

I also mentioned in another previous blog that “Job lived around the time of Abraham. We have some clues to this as Job never mentions the Mosaic Laws, and he resides in the Land of Uz (later called the Land of Edom).”3 However, “…there is no reason to assume cultures outside of Israel would have extensive knowledge of the Law and the Israelite system. And even if Job and his friends did, there may be little reason to quote it. The Book of Esther, during the   doesn't mention the Law or the Mosaic system either — are we to assume that was written pre-Moses? Not at all.”4

Many ancient books written by such experts as Archbishop James Ussuer (The Annals of the World), the Talmud, Severus Sulpicius, (Sacred History), and Josephus (Antiquity of the Jews) mention Job and give clues to when he was born. However nothing states with certainty when he was born.

I personally, would like to think he was alive, though very near the end of his life when Joseph reigned in Egypt. But
again, there is no proof though it is possible. 

The important thing is, is that Job was a real, historical person who knew God and glorified Him, and recorded much history from his time period for all the following generations to learn and understand ancient history.

Until next time, God bless and take care,
Willow Dressel





References:

2,4Hodge, Bodie, The Tower of Babel the Cultural History of Our Ancestors, Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2013, pp 262-263.




Monday, June 4, 2018

#BLIND #ECHOLOCATION #VISIONEERS #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #HOME SCHOOL COOPS #ONE MILLION MOMS #Bible #WOMEN OF FAITH #GODVINE #LIVING CHRISTIAN #IT IS WRITTEN #BILLY GRAHAM #BOB JONES UNIVERTITY #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #FAITHIT #WORLD ACCESS FOR THE BLIND

Blind man riding a bike


HUMAN  ECHOLOCATION?

Greetings everyone!

How are you all this week? I pray you are faring better than me. I’ve been fighting a lung infection for about a week and it has turned into bronchitis and now I also have strep throat! Praise God for antibiotics! I don’t know what I would do without them. So many people around the world still don’t have this basic medical need and it breaks my heart. I give to charities whenever I can and must console myself that I alone cannot save the world though I would like to.

Speaking of not knowing what to do…I ran across this fascinating topic while reading a book: Echolocation in humans. What?, you may say. Most of us are familiar with animals using echolocation such as bats, dolphins and whales, but humans?

Yes! Isn’t this stunning?! Daniel Kish, who has been blind virtually since birth (he had both eyes removed by 13 months due to an aggressive form of eye cancer), learned to “see” his environment from as long as he can remember by using echolocation. (In the pictures of him the “eyes” you see are non vision artificial globes.)

Daniel states that echolocation works very similar to sight in a lot of ways. Both visual and echolocation use energy, for visual the energy used is light and for echolocation the energy utilized is acoustic. So when using acoustic energy, Daniel and others use a tongue click. The sound waves then bounce off of everything in the environment including all surfaces, both horizontal and vertical and everything in between. This energy then comes back to the listener, and allows Daniel to perceive the objects by distinguishing the differences in the
quality of sound. All this happens in a few seconds or less and has been dubbed, “FlashSonar”.

By submitting to hearing tests, Daniel’s abilities where further scrutinized. It turns out that his ability to process temporal information about acoustic signals is astounding. Yes, you read right, temporal as in time. This means that he has specialized the development of his ability to process the timing of sounds. Which it turns out makes use of his visual cortex. In most people, this is the area of the brain that makes sense of the images inputed from the eyes. But with Daniel and others who use FlashSonar, he utilizes his visual cortex to make sense of the input from sounds. This is a relatively new understanding of the visual cortex because for years scientists thought that once someone went blind the visual cortex went black. But with FlashSonar users, they basically have rewired their brains to actually see a kind of visual signal with their ears. Even “seeing” in 3D.

Daniel is the president of World Access for the Blind, and its division, Visioneers. These organizations train the blind to develop FlashAonar. His goal is to help give freedom to those without sight. For more information see the references below.

How stunning is our God who has created our bodies in such a magnificent way that even the blind can see! If only people would learn to lift their spiritual blindness as well.


Until next time, God bless and take care,
Willow Dressel 

References:

https://visioneers.org

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

#KILEUEA VOLCANO #ERUPTION #LAZE #HAWAII #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #BOB JONES UNIVERSITY #WOMEN OF CHRIST #GODVINE #LIVING CHRISTIAN #IT IS WRITTEN #BILLY GRAHAM #GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY #BIBLE


2018  KILAUEA  VOLCANO  ERUPTION

Hello everyone!

It has been getting a little hotter here as spring progresses into summer. But still quite beautiful just as I am sure our friends in the southern hemisphere are experiencing the last of the beautiful autumn colors. These two seasons have got to be the most gorgeous seasons that God has given us. So as you can gather I am doing well, but my book sales are not going so well. I would appreciate any help you can give by telling your friends and families about my book or purchasing them yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Speaking of getting hotter…I’m sure most of you have heard about the devastating Kilauea lava flow in Hawaii. Though Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983, these recent eruptions are much more violent, even creating earthquakes. The ongoing eruptions are currently gushing lava and toxic gases swallowing many miles of countryside
and at least 25 homes. 

The plumes of toxic gas and steam are called “laze” and are a combination of hydrochloric acid and ash plumes and occurs when lava hits the seawater. These dense white clouds of toxic steam are often accompanied by tiny shards of volcanic glass. “ ‘Just like if you drop a glass on your kitchen floor, there's some large pieces and there are some very, very tiny pieces,’ Janet Babb, a geologist with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said. ‘These little tiny pieces are the ones that can get wafted up in that steam plume.’ Scientists call the
glass Limu O Pele, or Pele's seaweed, named after the Hawaiian goddess of volcano and fire.”1 Though these
plumes may look harmless they can cause much damage to skin and lungs.


Does it strike you a little sad that many of the people consider the volcano a goddess and even name harmful volcanic glass shards after it. I’m am so very thankful that the True God is kind and merciful, loving, fair, compassionate and trustworthy. Please pray that the Truth be revealed to all who follow false gods.



God bless and take care,
Willow




References:
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/volcano-expert-explains-science-behind-kilauea-s-ongoing-eruption-ncna876741


Sunday, May 20, 2018

#KETEF HINNOM AMULET # HINNOM VALLEY #WEST SEMITIC RESEARCH PROJECT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA #CHRISTIAN #JEWISH #HEBREW #OLD TESTIMENT #ISRAEL #HOME SCHOOL COOP #ONE MILLION MOMS #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH # BILLY GRAHAM #BOB JONES UNIVERSITY #GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY #ANCIENT NECKLACE



THE KETEF HINNOM AMULET

G’day my friends! 

I cannot believe how lovely the weather has been in my part of the country these past few weeks. If I remember correctly the past years it has already been very hot by this time. But not this year, it has just been delightful! I pray that where every you are at, at least some part of the day or night is just lovely. 

So what is the Ketef Hinnom Amulet? It is a discovery from many years past of two little silver amulets. An amulet is an object that is typically worn on a person, usually around their neck. Either it, or something(s) inside of it, are believed by the wearer that it contains magical/miraculous powers for the owner. Usually the power is for protection of some sort. An amulet is thought to be sacred. 

The archaeology site where the amulets where discovered was under excavation in 1979 on an outcropping in the Valley of Hinnom. At the funerary site of Ketef Hinnom
which is located just outside of Jerusalem, “archaeologist Gabriel Barkay uncovered two small silver scrolls—no bigger than the diameter of a quarter—that were originally worn as amulets around the neck. When researchers from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, unrolled the sheets of silver, they detected tiny lines of the ancient Hebrew script inscribed on them. High-resolution photos of the miniature writing were taken in 1994 by the West Semitic Research Project at the University of Southern California, giving researchers the opportunity to study and decipher the Hebrew text on the ancient amulets. When they finally read the arcane writing, the researchers discovered that the inscriptions, dating to the eighth–sixth centuries B.C.E., contained blessings similar to Numbers 6:24–26… Upon discovery, Amulet 1 was 1 inch in height and 0.4 inches in diameter; unrolled, the scroll measures 3.8 inches in height and 1 inch in width. Amulet 2 was 0.5 inches in height and 0.2 inches in diameter; unrolled, the scroll has a height of 1.5 inches and a width of 0.4 inches. The second
Amulet 1
scroll contains about 100 words arranged in 12 lines of text—thus, the person who inscribed the text was able to fit all of that onto a silver sheet the length of a match stick.”1


Why is this so important? For many years scholars and archaeologists alike have tried to establish when the ancient Hebrew people first began to write. It has been widely accepted that Hebrew writing was no older than the captivity of the Hebrew people in 500 BC. However these little amulets are proof that Hebrews were writing well before that date (according to the radioactive dating, 100 to 300 years before the captivity). 


Again you may ask, what is the significance of this? Many critics of both Judaism and Christianity claim that the Old Testament could not be older than 500 BC. Yet not only do the amulets prove that the ancient Hebrews were writing much earlier, but that the scripture inscribed on the silver is virtually the same as in the Bible we have today:

Translation of the amulet; 
May h[e]/sh[e] be blessed by Yahweh, the warrior [or helper] and the rebuker of [E]vil: May Yahweh bless you, keep you. May Yahweh make His face shine upon you and grant you p[ea]ce.” (Yahweh is the Hebrew word for God).

Numbers 6:22-26; 
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’ ”

The context is the same. How beautiful it is to see scripture from about 800 years before the incarnation of our Messiah, still be the same today. What
joy we can have when we tell doubters about this fantastic discovery!

Blessings upon blessings!
Willow Dressel


References:

Amulet 1 Photo: Zev Radovan/biblelandpictures.com.
Photo of Gabriel Barkey, By Ori229 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8837761


Sunday, May 13, 2018

#MEGALITHS #STONHENGE #WOODHENGE #DURRINGTON WALLS #CAHOKIA MOUNDS #ILLINOIS WOODHENGE #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION SCIENCE #KENT HOVIND #BILLY GRAHAM #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #BOB JONES UNIVERSITY #ALTAR STONE #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY ARCHEOLOGY Bible, ANCIENT PLACES OF WORSHIP #T-SHPAED MEGALITHS #TURKEY MEGALITHS

Cahokia Woodhedge, North America at sunrise. Commons wikipedia, artist conception

WOODHENGE?

Greetings my friends! And how do you do this week? We have had a bit of a cold snap, not bad and I am enjoying it thoroughly before the hot weather starts. Happy Mother’s day to all you hard working mothers. This is a tradition here in America where we take one day out of the year to celebrate and honor motherhood. What a beautiful thing to do.

Speaking of beautiful things, did you know that there
actually is a woodhenge, several actually:

In Britain, there are three sites, Woodhenge, the Southern Circle, and the Durrington Walls henge. All of theses sites were originally pits in the ground that archeologists thought the large stone had somehow fallen over and become buried. Upon looking closer they found timber remnants inside the pits and were able to date the henges this way. 

Woodhenge is a timber circle monument two miles northeast of the famous Stonehenge. It is thought to be a neolithic site that may have spanned into Britain’s early Bronze Age. According to the secular timescale it dated between 2470 and 2000 BC (about the same time Stonehenge is thought to be
constructed). Unfortunately in the middle of the concentric oval rings (the outmost being about 141 by 131 feet) the bones of a buried child in the crouched position was discovered. The remains are thought to be a human sacrifice. So the site is believe to be both a calendar as they line up with the solstices and equinoxes as well as a religious or ceremonial location. Today the holes hold short concrete posts, but the original construction held 163 wooden and five stone posts buried to six and a half feet and standing about twenty-five feet above ground. 











The wooden posts are thought to have weighed up to five tons and are arranged is a pattern similar to Stonehenge. 



The two other hedges are only two hundred and thirty feet north of Woodhenge with similar structure and purpose. 

But the Woodhenges don’t end here. Travel all the way to North America’s Cahokia Mounds in Illinois and you will find a Woodhenge west of Monk’s mound which is the largest manmade earthen mound in North America. “The placement of the posts mark the summer and winter solstices (21 of June, 21 December) and the spring and autumn equinoxes (21 March, 22 September). In short, the posts are a calendar, similar to the stone equivalent on the British Isles. The first woodhenge to be discovered at this site was 410 feet in diameter and contained 28 posts. Later four more circles
were discovered…The posts were made originally of red cedar which was considered sacred to the natives. Red ochre has also been found which suggests the possible remains of red paint on the original posts.”1

Just one more thing. Not to be outdone by the wood, there is
one more group of Stonehenges I would like to share. They are located in Turkey and Syria and all have similar T-shaped megaliths. The most prominent its called Göbekil Tepe which is Turkish for Potbelly Hill. The tell has a height of 15 m (49 ft) and is about 300 m (980 ft) in diameter…The tell includes two phases of use believed to be of a social or ritual nature dating back to the 10th–8th millennium BCE (secular timescale). During the first phase, belonging to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA), circles of massive T-shaped stone pillars were erected – the
world's oldest known megaliths. More than 200 pillars in about 20 circles are currently known through geophysical surveys. Each pillar has a height of up to 6 m (20 ft) and weighs up to 10 tons. They are fitted into sockets that were hewn out of the bedrock. In the second phase, belonging to the PPNB, the erected pillars are smaller and stood in rectangular rooms with floors of polished lime. The site was abandoned after the PPNB. Younger structures date to classical times. The details of the structure's function remain a mystery.”2 (emphsis the author’s).

What I would like you to ponder on, is the location and times
dated (though they all have been dated utilizing the secular time-scale you can still see which ones are older vs. younger.) It is stunning that the very oldest, these megaliths mentioned above located in Turkey and Syria, are the closest to Mount Ararat. Then spread out from there in both time and geography. Hmmm almost like the dispersal of mankind after the language split at the Tower of Babel. Even though these different language groups developed their own cultures, it is evident by the megaliths that the knowledge of how to construct not only these stone and wooden structures but also the building of ziggurats went with them. Intelligent people with advanced knowledge. It is staggering how the physical evidence supports the Bible, even that which was written about the very ancient times of our ancestors. 

God bless and take care!
Willow Dressel

References:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3736185/Stonehenge-II-WOOD-Vast-4-500-year-old-timber-circle-built-commemorate-builders-famous-neighbour.html
1http://scienceviews.com/indian/woodhenge.html

Turkey Stonehenge, By Teomancimit - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17377542

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

#MEGALITHS #RUSSIA DOLMEN #CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS #CARNAC STONES # FRANCE #SPAIN TAULA #ANCIENT HISTORY #STONGEHENGE #CREATION SCIENCE #CATHOLIC SCIENCE #CHRISTIAN #ANSWERS IN GENESIS #INSTITUTE FOR CREATION RESEARCH #FOCUS ON THE FAMILY #BOB JONES UNIVERSITY #LIBERTY UNIVERSITY #GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY #BILLY GRAHAM #ALTAT STONE #Bible #ARCHEOLOGY #ANCIENT PLACE OF WORSHIP

Megalith in Spain

AND  EVEN  MORE  STUNNING  MEGALITHS 

Well my friends, I have just returned from clear across the country (about 2000) miles (a giant distance) of travel to attend my oldest son’s graduation for his Doctorate degree. I am so proud of him, he has worked very hard.

Speaking of large things, let’s continue our look into these amazing megaliths…

Russia:
According to the secular timescale, the Dolmens of the North
Caucasus Mountains in Russia were constructed between 3000 and 2000 BC. The patterns are very precise allowing the man chipped stones to fit in place precisely. It is unknown what their function was, or who built them, but more continue to be discovered. The construction of the structures are house-like and “…have a limited variety in their architecture. The floor plans are square, trapezoidal, rectangular and round. All of the dolmens are punctuated with a portal in the centre of the facade. While round portholes are the most common, square ones are also found. In front of the facade is a court that usually splays
out.”1 Remnants of ancient pottery, human bones, jewelry and bronze tools have been found at this site. (Picture from wikipedia; CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=232922)

Ancient Pyramid dolmen in Russia










France:
In Brittany, France, more than 3,000 stones have stood in
Carnac stones in France
careful rows since as early as 4500 BC (secular time scale) and are known as the Carnac stones The stones were hewn from local rock and thought to have been erected by pre-Celtic people. A modern myth states the stones were once Roman soldiers in pursuit of Pope Cornelius who then turned them to stone for all eternity. The region contains not just megaliths but dolmens as well, stone house-like structures. 

Spain:
Taula in Spain
On the island of Menorca in the Mediterranean Sea, megalithic monuments called taulas (Catalan for “tables") have resided for millennia. Archaeologists aren't sure what purpose the taulas served, though its possible they held religious or astronomical significance. Another theory suggests they were centers of healing. “Taulas can be up to 3.7 metres high and consist of a vertical pillar (a monolith or several smaller stones on top of each other) with a horizontal stone lying on it. A U-shaped wall often encloses the structure. They are thought to be built by the Talaiotic peoples some where between1000 BC and 300 BC. (secular time scale)”3

Why do I differentiate between secular and biblical timescales? Because secular timescales have misinterpreted ancient documents of time such as the Egyptian dynasties as recorded by Manthaoes. The Holy Scripture, as recorded in the Bible gives time scales according to genealogies and is extremely accurate. So of course the times listed above do not entirely fit with the documentations in scripture. Nothing has survived the global flood, except for bits and pieces of out-of-place artifacts (aka oops arts), and that which inhabited the ark Noah and his family built. So how early where these amazing structure built? Well, we know that people scattered after the language was split at the Tower of Babel which occurred after the Flood and after the third generation of mankind. People who had in the recent past been all together and knew how to build with stones now scattered, taking their knowledge with them…hence we have these stunning ancient megaliths scattered around the world. Fascinating!

Take care and God bless,
Willow Dressel

References:
Picture of pyramid dolmen; copyrighted free use, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1548749
France megaliths from Snjeschok - eigene Aufnahme von Snjeschok mit Ricoh Caplio G4, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41150
Pictures from Spain megaliths are public domain.
https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/travel/stonehenge-not-alone-7-ancient-megaliths-youve-never-seen