Continued from Walking the Red Brick Road
Realizing Humanity’s Failure
The two worlds running parallel to each other: those recorded in Elohim’s Word down that red brick road, and the works of humanity down that yellow brick road. Yet, it’s all under the control of the watchful and caring eye of Elohim—the Almighty Three-in-One Creator. 2500 B.C. – The Egyptians discover papyrus and ink for writing; they have also built the first libraries. Iron objects are manufactured in the Near East… 2400 B.C. – Egyptians import gold from other parts of Africa … 2331 B.C. – Semitic chieftain, Sargon, conquers Sumer to become the first world conqueror….
Ooh, Jessi recalled other such rulers of later times from her study of history: …Caesar, Herod, Mussolini, Napoleon, Hitler …
2300 B.C. – Horses are tamed in Egypt; chickens, in Babylon; bows and arrows are used in wars….
Viewing those early wars, recalled to Jessi’s mind Jesus’ words, “There will always be wars and rumors of such, all throughout the course of time.”
“That’s the way it has always been, and always will be,” the Being in shining white apparel exclaimed, “No lasting peace without the Peacemaker—the Light-bearer to shed the light of Elohim’s eternal truth.”
Traveling down that red brick road, Jessi recognizes humanity’s failure to realize the source of knowledge for advancement, from then to the present.
In observing the events spewing out before her very eyes, and the progress and advances made by humanity, Jessi pauses to praise Elohim for it all, He has instilled in mankind the knowledge for such advances.
“All things will continue as He so wills,” the Being said. “As He so wills, too, He will bring it all to an end in His time. Until then, Jessi,” spoke the Being, still and calm.
Jessi looked up listening to that Being who has been instructing her all along her way traversing that red brick road.
“Until then,” the Being continued, “You have much more to observe down this road, in realizing the reason for your existence and the work you have to do in your time. Now, let’s hasten on.”
Jessi then quickened her pace to get back to her own time. Yet observing the events passing before her year after year, both along that red brick road which she was trekking, and down that yellow brick road across the way, somewhat astonishing her, somewhat angering her.
The Absolute Reality of Life
2166 B.C. – Abraham as Abram, his father is Terah, who also fathered Abram’s brothers, Nahor and Haran. Living in Ur of the Chaldeans, undoubtedly at birth, Abram was not aware of all Elohim had in store for his future. Then at Elohim’s appointed time, Abram heard the LORD speaking to him, commanding him to "leave his country…" Abram moved out by faith and in obedience to Elohim's command, trusting in the promise of the ever-faithful One.
2100 B.C. – Glass is made by the Mesopotamians; earliest discovered drug, ethyl alcohol for the alleviation of pain.
Jessi watched at the construction of ziggurats, marveling at how such structures resembled that tower of Babel which was built on that plain in Shinar at that time before the flood. Such was common to the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians of the ancient Mesopotamian era.
Through the ziggurat, the god’s could be close to mankind and each city had its own patron god. Only priests, very powerful members of Sumerian society, were permitted inside the ziggurat; it was their responsibility to care for the gods and attend to their needs.
As Jessi had learned the one true God, the Almighty Three-in-One, Elohim, does not dwell in temples made by human hands, and He being the self-sufficient one has no needs, but is able to meet the needs of His people. Jessi now realized more fully why Elohim had to stop that building of that tower at Babel.
2091 B.C. – Abraham enters Canaan. Elohim 's plan to restore humanity is launched through Abraham. Jessi catches the unveiling during her walk down that red brick road, and she is refreshed from her own times reading her Bible and Grammy’s Bible reading times to her and Timothy—realizing the absolute reality to life. From Abraham and his wife Sarah would come a son in their old age—Isaac—only after many years of waiting upon Elohim’s timing, as Jessi observed.
Impatient Sarah, however, took matters into her own hands, permitting Abraham to lay with her Egyptian maidservant, Hagar, through whom a son was born to Abraham; he named him Ishmael. Yet Elohim reminds Abraham that Sarah would have a son.
2066 B.C. – Isaac is born—a real joy to Abraham and Sarah, after waiting for such a long time to have a baby, as Elohim had promised them, even in their old age. It does “pay” after all to wait upon Elohim’s timetable. But, then, a real test came for Abraham’s faith, when Elohim commanded him to offer up his only son Isaac as a sacrifice to Elohim. Yet, Abraham faithfully obeyed, trusting in Elohim's provision. What Elohim has in store for those who wait, in trusting obedience, is beyond one’s own understanding.
In obedience to Elohim, Abraham set off to make the sacrifice of his only son, as Elohim had directed.
Lessons in Trust
Ooh, Jessi thought as she gazed across the way momentarily into that other world along that yellow brick road. There, they all looked as if they were having a good time, but, in her observation, all looked pretty much in disarray and confused; no real joy.
Then she returned her attention to that of Abraham’s offering up of his only son, Isaac, tied and blindfolded, laying there in obedience to his father upon the altar. Abraham’s knife poised, ready to come down upon his son when Elohim called, “Abraham, Abraham.”
“Here I am,” Abraham replied, stopping the knife’s descent.
“Do not lay a hand on your son,” Elohim said. “Now I know that you trust me because you have not withheld your only son.’
Abraham then, seeing a ram caught in a thicket, he offered it up to Elohim instead of his son. The years that followed were a great blessing, raising Isaac, to the finding of a wife of Elohim’s choice for him. Then, upon marrying Rebekah, whom he loved, Isaac was blessed after his mother’s death (passing).
2006 B.C.– Esau and Jacob are born to Isaac and Rebekah. From Jacob would come the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel, from which would come, in the fullness of time, the Christ (Messiah), Redeemer and Savior of the whole world.
2000 B.C. – Meanwhile, across the way, down that yellow brick road, Jessi observed Native Americans immigrating to North America from northern Asia; stock breeding and irrigation used in China; Stonehenge, England, a center for religious worship is erected; bellows used in India, allowing for higher furnace temperatures….
1929 B.C. – Because of Jacob’s deceitfulness toward his brother Esau, Esau vows to kill Jacob. Jacob flees to Haran to live with his uncle Laban for a while. Then, after a number of years, Jacob returns to the land of his fathers, his wives Rachel and Leah and each of their maids; on his way back he is reunited with his brother Esau. 1915 B.C. – Joseph is born. 1900 B.C. – the Egyptians use irrigation systems to control Nile floods; the spoked wheel is invented in the ancient Near East; horses are used to pull vehicles.
The life of Joseph was beautifully played out as well, as Jessi observes, from his conflict with his brothers; he is the favorite son of his father Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. 1898 B.C. – his brothers sell Joseph into slavery. 1885 B.C. – Joseph lives out his days in Egypt as a ruler in Pharaoh's court
It is there that Joseph learned well his lesson, to trust in Elohim, the true sovereign Elohim of his fathers. Upon hearing of a famine in Canaan, where Joseph's family resided, he arranges for them to come to Egypt, then the land of plenty, where he is reconciled with his brothers. 1805 B.C. – Joseph dies.
The Good Times with the Bad
How indeed Elohim works everything out for His glory and the good for His people, Jessi recalled. And across the way, Jessi continues to observe other events history’s making. 1750 B.C. – Babylonian mathematicians already understood cube and square root; Hammurabi of Babylon provides first of all legal codes. 1700 B.C. – Egyptian papyrus document describes medical and surgical procedures.
Hastening on, Jessi witnesses how the Hebrews (Israelites) in Egypt were increasing in number. Becoming so numerous, they became such a great pain to the new Pharaoh who didn't know Joseph, that he enslaved them with hard labor in the building of his kingdom.
Elohim is moved with compassion for His people, seeing their oppression in Egypt under the ruthless hand of Pharaoh. Tossing and turning, it so moved Jessi as she remembered the people of that other world of past generations and even her own time, under the same oppression by the hand of the evil one. He has them so wrapped up with their smaller ambitions, careers, and of worldly pleasures.
1526 B.C. – Moses is born, and in time Elohim chooses Moses, the one from Elohim’s own people yet was raised in Pharaoh’s court, to go to Pharaoh with the message to "Let my people go.” 1500 B.C. – Sundials are used in Egypt; Mexican Sun Pyramid is built.
1446 B.C. – the Hebrews exit Egypt. Journeying down that red brick road, viewing the good times with the bad, Jessi observed the time when Pharaoh had finally let the Israelites go, Elohim's plan to make His people a nation pushed ahead. As any nation, the Israelites also needed a government and a law—rules for living peacefully among the people. He desired to be their Leader, as He could provide for them and protect them as no other human leader can. Yet, the people had asked for one like themselves to lead them.
1406 B.C. – the Hebrews enter Canaan; the Ten Commandments is given – the law to Moses from Elohim as a "school teacher," to show the people where they had gone wrong, and that there was a need for something better to right their wrongs. 1400 B.C. – is the first period of Chinese literature. Intricate clock (that of many parts) is used in Egypt. 1380 B.C. – on the island of Crete an earthquake destroys the Palace of Knossos.
As Jessi observed, as well, it was not easy going for the new "nation" of Israel. Difficulties spawned discouragement, causing complaining and murmuring. Some had even wished to return to Egypt. Elohim still showed His loving care for them through His godly leaders and prophets. Miraculous wonders too were performed. It was through the prophets also that the coming of the Messiah was promised.
As Runners in a Race
And time moves on. 1375 B.C. – Judges begin to rule Israel. 1358 B.C. – Egyptian King Tutankhamen dies and is buried inside an immense treasure-laden tomb. 1250 B.C. – Silk fabrics are manufactured in China. 1209 B.C. – Deborah becomes Israel’s judge. 1200 B.C. – Labor strikes in Thebes; first Chinese dictionary is produced. 1183 B.C. – the city of Troy is destroyed during the Trojan War. 1162 B.C. – Gideon becomes Israel’s judge. 1105 B.C. – Samuel is born. 1075 B.C. – Samson becomes Israel’s judge. 1050 B.C. – Saul becomes Israel’s first king. 1010 B.C. – David becomes Israel’s king. 1000 B.C. – the City of Peking is built; Greek mythology is fully developed; California Indians build wood-reed houses; Chinese mathematics utilizes root multiplication, geometry, and theory of motion; glazing of bricks and tiles begins in the Near East. 970 B.C. – Solomon becomes Israel’s king. 959 B.C. – Temple in Jerusalem is completed. 950 B.C. – Gold vessels and jewelry becomes popular in northern Europe.
Through the years, however, ungodly kings reigned in Israel, worshiping false gods, leading the people astray, and in 930 B.C. the Kingdom of Israel divides—Judah in the south, Israel in the north. But Elohim sent His prophets to speak the truth, to try to get His people to rid their land, homes, and lives of such idols and return to Elohim, the one true God.
900 B.C. – Celts invade Britain; Assyrians invent inflatable skins for soldiers to cross the rivers. 875 B.C. – Elijah prophesies in Israel. 874 B.C. – Ahab becomes Israel’s king. 850 B.C. – the evidence is discovered of highly developed metal and stone sculptures in Africa. 848 B.C.– Elisha prophesies in Israel. 835 B.C. – Joash becomes Judah’s king. 814 B.C. – the founding of Carthage, a Phoenician trading post. 800 B.C. – development of the caste system in India; Babylonian and Chinese astronomers understand planetary movements; spoked wheels used in Europe; Homer writes Iliad and Odyssey; ice skating a popular sport in northern Europe. 793 B.C. – Jonah becomes a prophet. 776 B.C. – The first known date of the Olympic games. And as runners in a race, so historical time rushes
on, across the way down that yellow brick road, as well down that red brick road, Jessi trekking on her way back to her time.
753 B.C. – the traditional date for founding the city of Rome. In Israel, Hosea becomes a prophet. 750 B.C. – the earliest musical notation is written in ancient Greece; Celts introduce the plow to Britain. 743 B.C. – Tiglath-pileser III of Assyria invades Israel. 740 B.C. – Isaiah becomes a prophet. 722 B.C. – Israel (Northern Kingdom) falls. 715 B.C. – Hezekiah becomes Judah’s king. 701 B.C. – Sennacherib of Assyria besieges Jerusalem. 700 B.C. – False teeth is invented in Italy. 660 B.C. – Japan is established as a nation. 650 B.C. – the soldering iron is invented. 648 B.C. – horse racing is held first time at the 33rd Olympic Games. 640 B.C. – Josiah becomes Judah’s king. 627 B.C. Jeremiah becomes a prophet. 612 B.C. – the Assyrian capital of Ninevah is destroyed. 605 B.C. – Daniel is taken captive to Babylon. 600 B.C. – the Temple of Athens is built in Ephesus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 586 B.C. – Judah (Southern Kingdom) falls to Babylon. 563 B.C. – Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is born in India. 562 B.C. – King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon dies.
Prophets, Philosophers, and Dictators
Continuing, 560 B.C. – Aesop writes his first fables. 551 B.C. – Confucius, the famous Chinese scholar, is born. 550 B.C. – King Cyrus the Great conquers the Medes and founds the Persian Empire; lock & key, water level, and carpenter’s square are invented. 540 B.C. – horseback postal service begins in the Persian Empire. 539 B.C. – Cyrus of Persia overthrows Babylon. 538 B.C. – first Jewish exiles return to Jerusalem. 534 B.C. – tragedy emerges as a form of Greek drama. 525 B.C. – Polo, a sport among Persians begins. 520 B.C. – Public libraries open in Athens, Greece. 515 B.C. – the new temple is completed in Jerusalem. 509 B.C. – Rome becomes a republic. 500 B.C. – glass is first imported into China from the Near East; Indian surgeon Sushruta performs cataract operation; the origin of Halloween, a Celtic festival. 490 B.C. – the first time Greek men choose short haircuts. 479 B.C. – Esther becomes queen of Persia.
469 B.C. – Socrates, a philosopher of the ancient world, is born. 460 B.C. – Birth of Democritus, he introduces an atomic theory by arguing that all bodies are made of indivisible and unchangeable atoms. 458 B.C. – Ezra returns to Jerusalem. 457 B.C. – the Golden Age in Athens, Greece, begins. 448 B.C. – the Parthenon is built on top of Athens’ Acropolis. 445 B.C. – Nehemiah builds Jerusalem. 438 B.C. – Geek sculptor Phidias makes a 60-foot high statue of Zeus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 430 B.C. – Romans agree to the concept of a dictator in times of military emergency. 430? B.C. Malachi becomes a prophet. 399 B.C. – Socrates is condemned to death by an Athenian jury. 390 B.C. – Aramaic begins to replace Hebrew as the Jewish language. 384 B.C. – Aristotle is born. 370 B.C. – Plato writes his most famous book, The Republic. 330 B.C. – Alexander the Great defeats the Persian Empire. 312 B.C. – Romans build the first paved road, the “Appian Way,” from Rome to Capua. 255 B.C. – the Hebrew Old Testament is translated into Greek and called the Septuagint. 241 B.C. – Romans conquer Sicily and add their first non-Italian territory to the Roman Empire. 215 B.C. – the Great Wall of China is built. 169 B.C. – Antiochus IV plunders the Temple of
Jerusalem. 165 B.C. – Judas Maccabeus begins a revote against Antiochus IV. 139 B.C. – Jews and astrologers are banished from Rome. 102 B.C. – the first Chinese ships reach the east coast of India; ball bearings are used in Danish cartwheels. 100 B.C. – Julius Caesar, the first emperor of Rome, is born. 55 B.C. – Romans conquer England and make it part of the Roman Empire until A.D. 442. 51 B.C. – Cleopatra becomes the last independent Egyptian ruler of the ancient world.
46 B.C. – Julius Caesar becomes dictator for life than is assassinated two years later. 37 B.C. – the Romans make Herod the Great king of Judea. 25? B.C. – Mary, Jesus’ mother is born. 30 B.C. – Cleopatra and her lover, Marc Antony, both die by suicide. 23 B.C. – Sumo wrestling begins in Japan. 20 B.C. – Herod the Great begins remodeling the Temple in Jerusalem.
The Crossover in Sight
A.D. 1 – saddles are first used in Europe. A.D. 4 – Herod the Great dies. A.D. 6/5 – Jesus (Yeshua), the Christ (Messiah), is born. A.D. 5? – Paul is born. A.D. 6/7 – Judea becomes a Roman province; Jesus visits the Temple as a boy. A.D. 7 – Zealots in Judea rebel against Rome. A.D. 14 – Tiberias succeeds Caesar Augustus as Roman Emperor. A.D. 26 – John the Baptist begins his ministry; Pontius Pilate is appointed governor. A.D. 26/27 – Jesus begins his ministry. A.D. 30 – Jesus is crucified; Jesus ascends into heaven; Pentecost; early church beginnings...
Jessi hastens ever more quickly on her journey through time, pausing less briefly at the happenings: A.D. 35 – she catches Paul’s conversion on the Damascus road…. A.D. 54 – Emperor Claudius is poisoned by order of his wife; Nero becomes emperor… A.D. 57 – Paul writes his letter to the church in Rome; Paul is imprisoned in Caesarea… A.D. 59 – Paul’s voyage to Rome. A.D. 60 – Paul writes his “prison letters”… A.D. 62 – Paul is released from prison… A.D. 64 – fire burns much of Rome. Nero blames Christians for setting it … A.D. 67? – Paul is martyred. A.D. 68 – Romans destroy a Jewish religious commune at Qumran. Before the Qumran community is captured, they hide their library of Bible manuscripts in a cave by the Dead Sea (discovered in 1948). A.D. 70 – Romans destroy Jerusalem. A.D. 73 – 960 Jews commit mass suicide at Masada while under Roman attack…
Stepping up, Jessi desires to see no more; she is ever so eager now to get back to her own present. Walking that red brick road she notices occasionally a bridge appears, permitting people to cross over from that other world if they so chose, who finally realize they've been headed down the wrong road all the time. There is only one bridge; Jessi observes, only one way to cross over. Eyeing further ahead she observes that it seems to appear no more. Uh, she thinks, no more chances for those trekkers down that yellow brick road, as she observes from her vantage point it’s a dead end street, so camouflaged by the glamour of the brilliance and pleasures of that emerald city.
Suddenly, there it was, seemingly coming out of nowhere; that yellow brick road abruptly dead-ended, as to the edge of a cliff. All those hurrying down that road, busily about their own affairs, having no time to listen, unable to stop their momentum, hurled over that cliff. They fall seemingly endlessly, down, down, down into the thick black smoke hurling upward from that crevice.
Strange, although she could hardly look at the sight, she thought she recognized some of the faces in that falling crowd. Was there the one who had been stalking her; could it have been, too, was that Alex and company; and her co-workers, those not of the Surer Foundation fellowship?
Jessi shuddered at the sight, but then fixed her gaze straight ahead, down that red brick road that she continued on. There before her was an amazingly bright light, its golden rays beaming upward from what appeared to be a city, spreading wide across the blue sky. It’s source, however, didn’t appear to be that of the sun. As she neared that beautiful place, she noticed others coming toward her.
Leading the group, was it? “Ah, yes!” she exclaimed, excitedly. She recognized Him – her Savior – Elohim’s Son. Right behind Him, there was her best friend from her childhood, Timothy. And Grammy! Timothy's parents also came to greet her. And that Being who had instructed her at the beginning of her journey, and continued so occasionally throughout her walk, although unseen, was also there.
All motioned for her to join them. “Come along, Jessi,” Timothy cried out, “Journey with us through the city; see the splendor of it all. All of Elohim's creation; it’s like nothing you have ever seen. The elements of man's works—that wood, hay, stubble—have been dissolved by a renovating fire, cleansing the whole Earth of its temporal-ness, making it all new, no more of that stuff of fleshy ambitions and fleshy desires. See a vast plain of blossoming trees and flowers, and mountains rising in majestic beauty on the horizon. As you on your journey on that red brick road, so we have, too, been awakened to the truer reality—the reality of absolutes.”
“Ah,” Jessi screamed, “What’s wrong here? I seem to be stuck. I can’t move, what’s holding me,” she cried. Tossing and turning struggling to get loose, she let out a frightening scream, “I’m trying, I’m trying. I really am. Come on now, let me go!”
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