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The Bible Wheel forum is where its at! (July 25, 2007)

I don't think I'll be updating this page anymore. All the activity is happening on the Bible Wheel forum.


The Bible Wheel Forum is growing fast! (June 9, 2007)

Come on over. Don't be shy. The forum is free to use and registration is simple and fast. Don't underestimate the value of your contribution. All kinds of voices are needed, and all kinds of voices are welcome, believer's and unbelievers alike! The only requirement is mutual respect and common sense.


The Bible Wheel Forum is now Online! (June 4, 2007)

I just got the forum software yesterday, so there are many things I need to do to get its "look and feel" set up. But it is fully functional and ready for discussion. It is an open forum, all are free to join. Here's the link.


Encouraging letter from a Reader (5/24/2007)

Praise be to God who imparted in you such kind of understanding. The Bible Wheel is phenomenal! I am amazed at the degree of completeness and accuracy God's word reveals when seen from the "realm of heavens" perspective. I have always been convinced of a unity in God's word that the self-centered or unspiritual man seldom never grasps. Your work is a scourge to theological mediocrity, and a parable to those that always seek to find a reason to disclaim God's word or to misconceive it. It traverses natural conception of time, space and event because, rather than depend on history, it shows God's eternal purpose, the Divine cause of/for things, dispensational unfoldings, and the consummation of it. The Bible Wheel, like a spectrogram, brings forth a dimension of God's word that is not common to our traditional, rudimentary thinking. Deut29:29 shows that God encrypts his [Will] mind [within LOGOS], so that by his Spirit, the illumination and resounding of His will, is harmoniously and straight forwardly dispensed into the hearts of his covenant-sealed people. You have given us a valuable substance that, besides showing the greatness of God's wisdom, also demonstrates that the veil [that mystified Him] in the temple was truly torn apart [as reflected in the Spirit Born] through the mediation of Christ. Althgough some parts are very complex, I hope to give some review [as a layman] as I learn more. For now, God's grace abound to you. You have my prayers. In Christ, Shallom. David E.

All praise to God who has given us His most excellent Word!

A new Repunit Theorem (5/20/07)

For many years I have had a nagging intuition that there was some fundamental connection between the Holographic Generating Set and repdigits such as 111, 888, 99999999. I am happy to announce that my hunch proved to be correct. You can read about the many amazing connections in my new article Repdigits and the Holographic Generating Set. The article also includes a new Repunit theorem. Here is the proof and the story of how I discovered it.

I was reading a message This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window on the Fivedoves site by Ian Mallet who noted an interesting property of the Number 37 which he explained as follows:

Some years ago, I made an amazing discovery concerning the number 37, the key number of Genesis 1:1 and of the names of Jesus Christ. I found that any multiple of 37 can be split into two separate numbers and then if each new number is cubed and both results are added together, the result is still a multiple of 37. For example, let's look at the number 37 itself: The number 37 splits into 3 and 7. Cubing the figure 3 (3 x 3 x 3) results in 27 and cubing the figure 7 (7 x 7 x 7) results in 343. The sum of 27 + 343 is 370 or 10 x 37. This works for all numbers having a factor of 37.

Ian's discovery intrigued me, so I wrote a quick little bit of computer code to test his assertion. And while I was at it, I thought I would see if the same pattern would work with other numbers and other powers. The results were quite surprising. I found that the same pattern worked for all multiples of 41 with the 5th power, and all multiples of 53 with the 13th power. Since I had been meditating on repdigits for a number of years, I immediately recognized these numbers as prime factors of repunits This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window with the power corresponding to the length of the repunit:

R3   = 111 = 37 x 3

R5   = 11111 = 41 x 271

R13 = 1111111111111 = 53 x 20964360587

The hypothesis then states that:

37 divides R3 so 37 also divides 33 + 73 = 370 = 37 x 10

41 divides R5 so 41 also divides 45 + 15 = 1025 = 41 x 25

53 divides R13 so 53 also divides 513 + 313 = 1222297448 = 53 x 23062216

I tested my hypothesis with the free online GMP software This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window that computes number theoretic functions for integers of arbitrary length. The hypothesis tested true for any multiples of repunit divisors, such as 6519 = 123 x 53. Here are the three possible splits:

613 + 51913 = 53 x 3740242686654128652727975169311275 
6513 + 1913 = 53 x 6975860965185939625428 
65113 + 913 = 53 x 71166725190969215362417677468826260 

Alternately, we could use the fact that 123 is a multiple of 41 which divides R5 and test the hypothesis for that pair:

65   + 5195   = 41 x 918444531375 
655   + 195   = 41 x 28360164 
6515   + 95   = 41 x 2851813275300 

A similar pattern works for repunits with an even number of digits, the only difference being that we need to subtract rather than add the exponentiated parts. For example, 137 divides R8. Here are the three ways to split its multiple 3699 = 27 x 137:

38   -  6998   = -137 x 416003360415093472320 
368   -  998   = -137 x 67333035287385 
3698   -  98   =  137 x 2508940500319632960 

I continued testing the hypothesis with very large numbers and found it always worked. I shared my idea with a friend Bruno Curfs, and he noted that we could attain a very simple proof if we wrote the number to be split in the form y = a10k + b.

Theorem: Suppose d divides Rn. Let y = md be any multiple of d. Write y = a10k + b, with 0 < k < log10(y). For example, if y = 2368, and k = 2, then a = 23 and b= 68.

The theorem asserts: an - (-b)n = 0 mod d.

Proof: From the definition of y we have: (y - b)n = an10nk mod d.

Now by assumption, d divides Rn = (10n - 1)/9 so 10n = 1 mod d. Therefore an10nk = an mod d and we have (y - b)n = an mod d.

Using the Binomial Theorem This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window we find (y - b)n = yP(y,b) + (-b)n where P(y,b) is an integer polynomial made up of Binomial Coefficients and powers of y and b.

Therefore an = (y - b)n = yP(y,b) + (-b)n = (-b)n mod d, and we have the result desired.

QED

This proof can be easily extended to any base. I am not certain if this is a new theorem. It could exist somewhere in the vast realm of mathematical literature, but if so, I have never seen it. In any case, it shows how the study of the alphanumeric structure of Scripture can lead to new mathematical insights. Praise God, our Guide and Teacher!

Interesting Floor Plan (3/20/2007)

A reader sent me a link to this floor plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as it was described by the Jerusalem Pilgrim known as the Bishop Arculf in the seventh century. You can read about it here This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window.

Floor Plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Of particular interest is the correspondence between the architecture and the Bible Wheel. Both are based on a pattern of three concentric circles, with the symmetry broken at three (not four) points. The three altars correspond to the three rays of the Bible Wheel, and both echo the traditional tri-radiant cruciform halo used in ancient Christian iconography (as shown on the banner bar above). Here is Arculf's description of the ancient sanctuary (emphasis added):

And certainly this very great Church, the whole of which is of stone, was formed of marvellous roundness in every part, rising up from the foundations in three walls, which have one roof at a lofty elevation having a broad pathway between each wall and the next; there are also three altars in three dexterously formed places of the middle wall. This round and very large church, with the above-mentioned altars, looking one to the south, another to the north, a third towards the west, is supported by twelve stone columns of marvellous size.

This is a good example of how humans use geometry to convey theological truth. There can be little doubt that the three circles and three outer altars were meant to suggest the doctrine of the Trinity, one of the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian Faith. Furthermore, the cruciform pattern recalls the Cross and the fundamental doctrine of the Work of Redemption wrought by Christ. The pattern exhibits an extremely profound theology of the Cross, the Trinity, and the Deity of Christ.

Now it is extremely important not to misunderstand this correspondence. Nobody is suggesting that the architect of the church had the Bible Wheel in mind. On the contrary, I would be shocked to find that the pattern was explictly known back then, since there is no record of it before its discovery in 1995 AD. The implications flowing from this correspondence run much deeper than a conscious human choice. We have a threefold convergence of 1) the fundamental theological doctrines the Cross, the Trinity, and the Deity of Christ, 2) the architectural design of the the Church which is also known as the "House of God", and 3) the geometric design of the Word - also a kind of "House" of God - in the form of the Bible Wheel. This shows that God designed the Bible as a great masterpiece of theological art (see ART > For Glory and for Beauty).

Common Tri-radiant design of Ezekiel's Temple and the Bible Wheel

Of course, the same tri-radiant pattern is displayed in Ezekiel's prophetic Temple, which was designed by God as a prophecy of pattern of His Word - which is His "House" - in the form of the Bible Wheel. Whether or not the architect of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre consciously designed that building on the tri-radiant pattern of Ezkeiel's temple I do not know, but I do know that the convergence of all of these theological ideas and geometric patterns goes well beyond any possibility of "mere coincidence."



Been too busy to blog ... (1/23/2007)

Check out What's New to see what I mean.


Huge Update! (1/19/2007)

fast typinNo time to blog today, except to put up a quick notice about the very big Table of Alphabetic Links and KeyLinks which folks should find pretty useful. It currently has over 60 links to articles demonstrating the supernatural alphabetic design of the whole body of Scripture. Check out What's New for more details. (Man, my fingers are smokin! Been typin' like crazy for a week!)


Bible Wheel Study Group Tonight! (1/13/2007)

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. ....................Luke 14:23

If you are in the greater Yakima area, you are invited to attend the Bible Wheel Study Group. All materials will be provided free of charge. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM and will go for 90 minutes. We will be starting "from the beginning" and keeping it simple, so don't stay away thinking you don't "know" enough. Skeptics are also welcome - bring your questions! The study will be at:

Wiley Heights Covenant Church This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window
12504 Gilbert Rd
Yakima, Wa

Call Bible Wheel Ministries at 509-961-0911 with any questions.

Greetings form Seattle (1/9/2007 2:00 PM)

Hot Wire Cafe in SeattleI'm posting this from the Hot Wire Cafe This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window just down the street from where I lived for many years. The coffee is good and the atmosphere excellent with art and music and thinking/writing/talking folks all around. I plan on being here in Seattle through tomorrow. If you are a reader of the Bible Wheel book or website and would like to meet for coffee, give me a call on my Bible Wheel Mininstries phone line: 509-961-0911. Also, I brought a bunch of books with me, so if you live in the Seattle area and would like an autographed copy and a conversation with the author give me a call. Meeting my readers is a real joy.

Wheels within Wheels: Isaiah 42 linksymbol Book 42 (Luke) (1/9/2007)

This is an Inner Wheel or Cycle article. Click to read the introduction. This is an Inner Wheel or Cycle article. Click to read the introduction.

Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.

Isaiah 42:10-12 (Inner Wheel: Spoke 20, Cycle 2)

I'll be in my old home town of Seattle for a couple days, doing some research in the many theological libraries there - many more than Yakima, anyway. I'm currently digging into the formation of the Canon. I managed to put out one article today before leaving (it's now 8:11 AM, and I wanted to leave by 8:00 AM). Its on the correlation between Book 42 (Luke) and Isaiah 42 based on the verse "Sing unto the LORD a new song" (Isa 42:10). Luke's Gospel is famous, of course, for the five songs he gave to the body of Christ, such as the Magnificat and Gloria in Excelsis. Farar called him "the first Christian hymnologist." The image is from the CD cover of "An Oratorio Based on the Infancy Narrative of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke" by Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window which also explains his inspiration as follows:

Song of Luke oratorio

Cyprian has created a brilliant new musical setting of Luke’s familiar infancy narrative. "What I have always loved about the Gospel of Luke," he explains in the program notes, "is that everyone seems to burst into song. There is a tradition that Luke may have been an artist, perhaps even the first iconographer, since he paints such stunning tableaus with his words, but most assuredly he was a poet and singer. That was my first inspiration to write The Song of Luke."

Here is the article.


Introducing Yarah Ministries (1/8/2007)

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Psalm 133

Ron Fink loves God and the endless wisdom He has given us in His Word, and so he has produced a number of beautiful and informative web pages and PDF articles teaching about the symbolic meanings of the twenty-two Hebrew letters. His work is another witness to the meanings of the letters that God used as the template for the structure of His Word in the form of the Wheel. His site yarahministries.org This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new windowand the flash presentation shown here, is produced by by Debbie Cardullo of ACW Graphics This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window (ACW stands for "A Christian Witness"). Her site is a must see with many high quality free Christian resources.


Bible Wheel Study Group (1/5/2007)

Bible Study

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ..........2 Timothy 2:15

The Bible Wheel Study Group is planned to begin on Saturday, 1/13/2007 at Wiley Heights Covenant Church (12504 Gilbert Road, Yakima, Wa). We will meet at 7:00 PM and go for about ninety minutes. Bring your Bible, your brain, and your heart filled with faith! If you would like to come, please let me know by phone (Bible Wheel Ministries: 509-961-0911) or email.


Fulfillment of Ezekiel's Prophecy of a "Wheel within a Wheel" (1/4/2007)

And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone. And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.

Ezekiel 10:9ff

Ezekiel's Vision interpreted as the Old and New Testaments
Ezekiel's Vision interpreted as the Old and New
Testaments by Fra Angelico This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window (1455 AD)
The study of the Bible Wheel has yielded a continuous outpouring of new insights into Holy Scripture nearly every day since I first discoverd it in 1995. One of the most stunning discoveries came while I was completing Part III of the Bible Wheel book called "The Divine Seal and Capstone of the Holy Bible." While researching how previous scholars had interpreted Ezekiel's vision of the wheels, I stumbled upon an interpretation of his vision painted by Fra Agelico This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window in the year 1455 AD. I was stunned. The idea that Ezekiel's Wheels represented the two Testaments was not new. Not by a long shot. I quickly was able to confirm that the Latin text on the upper left scroll in the image was from Ezekiel 1 in the Vulgate, and that the two rims were inscribed with the text of Genesis 1:1-5 and John 1:1-3. But I was stumped by the scroll on the upper right. I maginified the text and sent it to a few Latin scholars but received no replies, except one that said he couldn't read it. So I drove 150 miles to the University of Washington in Seattle and searched through various libraries until I found a commentary in an old book in the Art department that noted the text was from the Homilies on Ezekiel This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window written by Gregory the Great (the Bishop of Rome) in the year 593 AD. Unfortunately, the book did not translate the text, which I felt compelled to include in the Bible Wheel book. So the search continued, and I found a copy of the Homilies in an Orthodox Church in Seattle. So I took another drive across the mountains and I finally had all the documentation I needed for the book. Here is what Gregory wrote some fourteen hundred years ago concerning the "wheel within the wheel" of Ezekiel's vision:

The wheel within the wheel is, as we said, the New Testament within the Old Testament, because what the Old Testament defined the New Testament showed forth. ... Therefore, the wheel is in the midst of a wheel because the New Testament is encompassed by the Old. And, as we have often said already, what the Old Testament promised the New showed forth, and what the one covertly announced the other openly proclaimed manifest. Therefore, the Old Testament is the prophecy of the New, and the New is the exposition of the Old.

Gregory wrote in the sixth century, and Fra Angelico painted his picture in the fifteenth. That's a span of about nine hundred years. This means that we have an ancient and long-lived tradition that identifies the "wheel within a wheel" with the Bible, and we now see Ezekiel's prophecy fulfilled right here before our eyes in the Bible Wheel. See Fulfillment of Ezekiel's Prophecy of the Wheels for a more complete discussion of Fra Angelico's art and Gregory's comments.


New Format for the Inner Wheels and Cycles

And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone. And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.

Ezekiel 10:9ff (Spoke 4, Cycle 2)

One of the most challenging (and endlessly fascinating!) aspects of the Bible Wheel is the study of the Spoke 1 of the Bible Wheel Inner Wheels and Inner Cycles. The problem is that it is very easy to lose track of which level of structure is being discussed. I have therefore begun doubly marking all the Inner Wheel and Inner Cycle articles with an icon on the upper left and right of the page. The icons are hyperlinked to a new introduction I have written on the subject called, appropriately enough, Inner Wheels and Alphabetic Cycles. The Inner Wheel articles are therefore easily distinguished from the Spoke articles, which are marked in the upper right corner with a Bible Wheel that has the corresponding Spoke highlighted, as shown here for Spoke 1.


Yet more on the Spoke 8 link between Chet and Amos (1/2/2007)

The LORD hath purposed (chashav) to destroy the wall (chomah) of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall (chomah) to lament; they languished together.

AV Lamentations 2:8

The Lord standing on a Wall from the Bible Historiale
Amos' vision of the Lord standing on a Wall
From the Bible Historiale This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window (1372 AD)
More than six months after writing the two articles - Fire on the Walls and The Lord Standing upon a Wall - about the emphasis on walls in Amos, I reviewed the Chet Verse of AV Lamentations 2:8 and found to my surprise (and delight) that the primary KeyWord at the beginning of the verse - chashav (to purpose) - is followed by two occur- rences of the secondary Chet KeyWord chomah (wall). This phenomenon of two KeyWords in a single Alphabetic Verse is common, as seen, for example, in the Peh Alphabetic Verses. The fact that I wrote the Synopsis of Spoke 8 in the Bible Wheel book without noting this extremely obvious correlation only goes to show how huge the task really is. It also shows how the whole process of learning the Bible Wheel goes in layered cycles. One first needs a basic overview to get the "big picture." This involves studying the whole Bible. Then you go over it all again, and notice connections that you couldn't see before. And then you do it all over again, now discovering many features to be obvious that once were completely invisible. And so it goes as we dive ever deeper into the never-ending tapestry of Divine Wisdom that God has given us in His Holy Word.

Also, if you are watching TV in eastern Washington tomorrow morning, you can catch me talking about the Bible Wheel at 5:15, 5:45, 6:15, and 6:45 AM on Kapp 35 TV.

Here's a pic from the Book Signing at Borders

That's my wife Rose and me in Borders. Note the open Bible. We have a great time sharing the Word of God.


Happy New Year! (1/1/2007 11:17 PM)

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Revelation 21:5

I have a wonderful sense of this upcoming year! So much is happening. Many doors are opening for the proclamation of the glory of God's Word and Gospel. The book-signing at Borders went very well. Border's bought 20 copies and we sold 13 of them while I was there. I met many wonderful brother's and sisters in Christ who rejoiced to see a little more of the wonder of God's Word, and to hear it proclaimed so boldly in a secular bookstore. My favorite comment, which I heard more than once, was "This makes so much sense!"

Many folks expressed interest in a weekly study of the Bible Wheel. We are deciding on the schedule right now. It will be either Friday or Saturday evening, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Send me an email with the time you would prefer. Only those who vote will have a voice. (There's a lesson in that, I think.)

A reader from Seattle began a blog today for study of the Bible Wheel - you can find it here: http://biblewheelstudy.blogspot.com/ This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window. I plan on frequently answering questions on her blog, and will use the input I get there to help me understand what updates are needed on this site.

I updated the Spoke 8 article called The Lord Standing on a Wall with an old woodcut depicting Amos 7:7. I had been searching for such images for a long time because I was really struck by the "coincidence" of the vision (unique in all the Bible) of the Lord standing on the Chet KeyWord Chomah (Wall) on Spoke 8. Here's one of the images I found:

The Lord standing on a Wall from the Zurich Bible

Well, that's it for the first day of the New Year. I need to get some sleep. A local TV station (KAPP 35) saw the article in the Yakima Valley Business Times and invited me to present the Bible Wheel on their morning show. So I'm going in for an interview tomorrow, and the show will be Wednesday morning (1/3/07). Please pray as the Lord leads! Many doors are opening.

Book Review in the Yakima Herald-Republic (12/30/06 8:35 AM)

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Isaiah 40:9

Once again, I am freshly amazed at the simplicity and beauty of God's Word. The reporter Adriana Janovich, who interviewed me only once for about an hour, did an excellent job. She fully captured the surprising simplicity and amazing grace of the divine design of the Holy Bible. The full article can be read on the Yakima Herald-Republic This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window website. Here is a digital shot of the front page of the printed edition to give a sense of layout that is missing from the online version. Readers in the greater Yakima area are invited to the book signing at Borders bookstore at 1700 East Washington Ave, Union Gap, today and tomorrow, 12:00 - 4:00 PM.

Front Page of the Faith Section in the Yakima Herald-Republic


So why did Gabriel strike Zacharias dumb? (12/29/06 8:32 PM)

And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. ...................................................................................Luke 1:18-20

Gabriel speaks to Zacharias
Gabriel speaking to Zacharias in the Temple
I was walking this afternoon with my wife Rose on our usual three-mile loop and we were talking about why I had suffered such a serious writer's block and I half-jokingly suggested it was to keep me from writing things I might later regret (because of my great frustration with the godless behaviour of some professing "Christians" on internet forums). It then occured to me that this may be why Gabriel struck Zacharias dumb. Years ago I read something by a Jew who rejected Luke's account because "an angel would not punish someone for asking a question." He thought it was entirely out of keeping with the general tone of Scripture. His argument bothered me because I agreed very much that it is a good thing to ask questions. So for years I've had this little tickle of discomfort around this event. The problem is that I did not realize his hidden assumption that Zacharias was struck dumb as punishment. Does the text say anything about punishment? What if it wasn't punishment? What if it was a gift to both Zacharias and his community that saved him from uttering, and them from hearing, months of faithless blather about an unbelieved divine promise of the coming forerunner of the Lord Jesus Christ? Now this is something to which the text actually does speak! Indeed, it states explicitly that Gabriel struck Zacharias dumb "because thou believest not my words." This is to be contrasted with Mary's encounter with Gabriel. She too asked a question, but her heart was filled with faith, a fact acknowledge explicitly by Elizabeth when she said "blessed is she that believed" (Luke 1:45). So it was not the act of questioning, but the lack of faith that caused Gabriel's seemingly "negative" response. This is a satisfying solution to because it is based on faith. But as I wrote this, another view came to mind. Even if one agrees that Zacharias was struck dumb as pubishment, the question remains "punished for what?" The skeptic asserted he was struck dumb for "asking a question" when in fact the text says that he was struck dumb for unbelief - an event perfectly consistent with every page of the Holy Scripture. It is grace alone that saves us from such a fate! So we have a wonderful wrap-up: Gabriel's action may not have been punishment at all, and if it was punishment, it was punishment for the sin of unbelief. Zacharias was not punished for "asking a question."

I don't recall where I first encounted this argument against Luke's Gospel. I took a quick spin through cyberspace to see if I could find anyone presenting it, but found nothing. If you know of a page presenting it, please send me the link. Thanks!

The image is from the wonderful World Missions Clip Art This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window site that proclaims "We want to help you publish the good news about Jesus Christ!" on their home page. Well, praise God for that! They have scanned the images of Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld's Das Buch der Bücher in Bilden. I plan on using this resource to illustrate many pages on this site.

Well now, this is what a blog is supposed to be! A place for me to quickly share things I learn, questions I have, and what the Lord is doing each day in my life. Finally, things are beging to roll. I even need to time-stamp the postings since they are going up more than one a day.


Saturday article in the Yakima Herald Republic (12/29/06 1:00 PM)

Notice in the Yakima Herald Republic

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Isaiah 40:9

The image is a scan of this morning's (Friday's) front page of the Yakima Herald Republic This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window. It is the largest newspaper serving Yakima County in Washington State, with a circulation of 28,104 (weekdays) and 40,018 (Sundays). The notice is about the Bible Wheel book review that will be published in tomorrow's Faith section. This is very exciting, coming as it does on the heals of the review in the Yakima Valley Business Times (reproduced here on this site). Pray the Lord will cause His Word to go forth and flourish!

There also will be a book signing at the Borders bookstore at 1700 East Washington Ave, Union Gap, both Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 PM. If you are anywhere near Yakima, come and get your signed copy. I would love to meet you!


Oops! This was supposed to be a blog ... (December 28, 2006)

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Malachi 4:2

Seems like I didn't quite get the "blog" thing ... I haven't posted anything here for months! The thing is that I have had a very difficult case of writer's block; nothing I wrote "felt right." It didn't matter if I was writing my next book or a simple article for this website. Anything I wrote felt "wrong" in some sense - like there was "something missing" that I could not put my finger on. It's a strange malady that I was hoping to overcome with the blog, but I never got the rhythm going and just sorta forgot about it. So to get things rolling again, I thought I would start with another item from my "Bible Wheel Art" collection that I made a couple years ago. It seems appropriate right now because there are a lot of doors opening for the dissemination of this knowledge.

There's a Bible Wheel on the Rise

The burden can be great at times. Please pray our Lord give me strength and grace to finish the course He has set before me.


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