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Seeing Christ in the Heavens (Psalm 19)

Saints, we at 3rdRace.org are excited to welcome a new contributor to the blog: Tim Buss.  We hope you are encouraged and edified by his insights as much as we are…

Last Sunday night I was able to see a spectacular total lunar eclipse in the Arizona sky. They called it a blood moon. It’s because, like our red Arizona sunsets, only the long wavelengths of light (red) penetrated through the “lens” of the earth’s atmosphere and illuminated the face of the moon when the moon was in the shadow of the earth.

The moon reminds us of Christ’s body, the church, the corporate Christ, his bride, who is seated in heavenly places. As such, the moon reflects the light of the sun, just as the church reflects the glory of the Son. The moon was created on the fourth day as a sign of the ascendancy of Christ, along with the sun and the stars, which are also pictures of Christ seated in the heavenlies.

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3021 which lies about 100 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor (The Little Lion). Among many other types of stars, this galaxy contains Cepheid variable stars, which can be used work out the distance to the galaxy. These stars pulsate at a rate that is closely related to their intrinsic brightness, so measurements of their rate of pulsation and their observed brightness give astronomers enough information to calculate the distance to the galaxy itself. Cepheids are also used to calibrate an even brighter distance marker, that can be used over greater distances: Type Ia supernovae. One of these bright exploding stars was observed in NGC 3021, back in 1995. In addition, the supernova in NGC 3021 was also used to refine the measurement of what is known as the Hubble constant. The value of this constant defines how fast the Universe is expanding and the more accurately we know it the more we can understand about the evolution of the Universe in the past as well as in the future. So, there is much more to this galaxy than just a pretty spiral.Another sign pointing to Christ is galaxies. Here we see a picture of the Lord in local “gatherings” of Christ-indwelt believers who commune around the “center” of gravity in the midst of them, Christ. At the center of each galaxy, which contains billions of stars, there is a gravitational black hole, a picture of the work of the cross (Christ) which separates us from our sins, to be remembered no more. Death swallowed up in victory! He is our center. Christ is the center of the local community of believers.

Individually, the stars are a picture him as well. A star is a gaseous/vaporous sphere that radiates light caused by atomic reactions occurring where photons are emitted This is caused by the process of electrons around atoms dropping to lower orbital states. They drop “in humility” from a higher state to a lower state, just as our Lord lowered Himself.

In contrast to the vaporous sphere, the moon, made out of dirt, lives in the heavenly realm as well; this points to the incarnate Christ seated in the heavenlies. Where does dirt come from? Stars. Dirt is created from the nuclear reactions in stars. The dirt of our bodies are the by-product of those “vaporous” stars, a beautiful illustration of how we were created by him, through him, for him, and to him.

The moon can be seen as a picture of the new Jerusalem (Christ), of a bride who comes down out of heaven to the earth. For although we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, we do still walk on the earth. Interesting that, there have only been 12 men to walk on the moon. And they came back to the earth! …with some dirt! Reminds me of the 12 gates of pearl and the 12 foundation stones of the walls. So check this out: if you squished the moon into a cube, guess how big it would be? The formula for comparing a cube to a sphere is… S = cube root of (4/3 times pi) times the radius. Using nautical miles (that’s what they would have used 2k years ago) the moon’s radius is 938.12095 NM. Solving for S shows that a cube 1512 NM on each side would be equivalent to the volume of the spherical moon. Interesting considering what John saw 2000 years ago: the new Jerusalem measuring 1500 miles on each side. Rev 21:16.

VirginDuring the recent lunar eclipse, if you were an astronaut standing on the bathed-in-red surface of the moon looking at the earth eclipsing the bright sun, you would have seen cities glowing across the night-time earth with the earth surrounded by a ring of red light. Also from the perspective of the astronaut, deeper in the background, the earth and hidden sun were sitting in the constellation of the virgin, just on her left shoulder/arm, at the right hand of the sun. If Christ is seated at the right hand of God and we are seated in heavenly places with him, guess where we are?

Col3:1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Our life before God is in Christ Himself. He lives in you. Where is your heart? What “lens” are you looking through? Do you have the perspective of He who dwells in heavenly places? Do you see His passion toward his bride? Do you see her from the perspective of that high place, a place bathed in the light of His glory?

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5 Comment

  1. Reply
    Mary Ellen Robinson
    October 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Amazing post of our Glorious Lord and His Heavenlies! What a wonder to be a part of this…. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Reply
    Kenneth Dawson
    October 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I like it–thanks

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    Donna
    October 7, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Welcome Tim! I loved this! I’ve been seeking The Lord for what the black holes are shadows and types of, ever since I saw the film on Stephen Hawking. I reckon you should send this to him! Just wonderful stuff about the measurements, the constellations, God is continually blowing us away! 🙂
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      Tim Buss
      October 7, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Yes He is mega-Amazing! 🙂

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