Through the Window
A writing project initiated back in the 1990s entitled: The Creator's Window: Viewing Global Change, Universal timelines & The Promise is the origin of WindowView. This project gathers unique perspectives based on separate 'window views,' to examine a transition in themes and identities moving from science to Scripture to reveal biblical, current, and future world events that rest on a historical and prophetic time line.
That said, we note for our more skeptical viewers that there is great care taken to make a well reasoned presentation here. And the only way you'll see this is so, is simply to explore the book outline and some of the chapters (in PDF). This outline quickly moves you through the key elements of the window's transition.
The final part of the outline and the book itself uses global change, universal change, and time lines to demonstrate how science and Scripture bring humanity to a single point revealing choice or crisis.
Like a puzzle with its pieces added one at a time, the words and themes in the the text assemble in sequence a large all-encompassing view for what lies ahead.
The Creator's Window manuscript was copyrighted in 2000 with the Library of Congress. The book is a second draft edition that in places requires updating. This web site fills some of that need. However, the text is useful, very readable and free for you to download and save as PDF files for reading off-line. The electronic book will be updated in the future and its content can simply be reviewed here in outline form without having to read the manuscript itself.
You are about to encounter a series of topics that all together make for a panorama of change. And change is a driving force that affects the way we live. These are"signs of our times." Contemplate the signs by considering the numerous components to global change as described in Part One (of the book's outline).
1 - The World
The scientific community documents change in many ways (Chapter I pdf). Examples includes the trends in changes described in Part A on Global Change. But the implications go well beyond this to include: human alterations to natural habitats (Chapter II pdf); the drive to increase markets that force natural resource depletion (Chapter V pdf); loss of cultural knowledge and languages; and much more (Chapter III pdf).
to counter negative impacts meets immense problems especially
in the face of self interests (Chapter
IV pdf). Overall, while some changes only affect
humans, it's overall human activity that is coupled to change in the environment which threatens life on earth as a whole.
Human activity is a main-line driving factor pushing the earth beyond reasonable limits (Chapter VI pdf). The result: we are not now living on a sustainable planet!
We see global
change, it's on the nightly news and the subject of TV specials, but
perhaps we are yet to realize how the material decline
brings us not to material solutions but to a corporate moral
and spiritual crisis. Faced with an approaching, deepening, irreversible
decline and possible collapse of certain life supports on earth if
it all comes to that then what will we chose to do? Why are we not working harder to push back on negative forces we already see? What is
the will of mankind?
In essence there is much talk and disagreement over change, that is the heart of not 'seeing' the signs of these times ... but they are there.
Immense forces and an overall global momentum drives us toward an environmental decline. How might we think of this in a moral context? The Bible commissions humanity to be stewards (see Chapters IXX and XXI (pdf)), and so we must face the reality that we are failing this charge, indeed missing the mark, as presented to us in the scriptural text. To be redeemed requires humanity to "turn around!" To change our way!
The humanity's corporate failure at stewardship is exhibited in another way later in the outline presented here. The root of a very human dilemma comes down to choice. If in fact crisis is ahead of us on the timeline, then recognizing our failures and seeing the choice that provides redemption — both environmental (material) and spiritual — is key to understanding the purpose to life. Remember, we went to great lengths to demonstrate our origins and being here is supported by very special conditions and an extraordinary originwe are not here by chance.In the final analysis, global change serves to highlight the larger problem and greater force behind convergence. In global terms, humanity is a key driver leading to corporate and most importantly to a personal choice. And this issue returns to the window later in WindowView's Harmony Area.
2 - The Universe
Part Two is a brief exploration of the wonder of this place spaceship earth where we exist. First, we pause a moment to let our minds range from the planet's surface out into the cosmos itself (Chapter VII pdf). This covers a material viewpoint, but also sets up an awareness for the Creator's presence. With this in mind, the window is opened a bit further to consider energy, particle physics (Chapter VIII pdf), and universal forces (Chapter X pdf) as the foundation to our life experience. With nature's forces and fuzzy energy-filled quarks in place, we can also step back to briefly explore the beginning of the universe itself (Chapter IX pdf).
With an eye now on
the universe, we contemplate a grand view, a fuller perspective of where
we are, and to sense a bit of awe. Without a doubt the universe and world
offer natural wonders to inspire questions leading to some searching.
Only humans are given to the need to understand. Yet, being full of wonder and awe seems easily lost to the moderns simply by our immediate focus on daily life and personal needs. It's time to refocus.
We really live in an incredible neighborhood!
And it appears the cosmos is ours alone is it all here just for us? At least no extra-terrestrials have knocked on our door and fully presented themselves (remember crop circles are a hoax ... yes, there are some interesting phenomena yet to explain, UFOs are great fun, but realistically this yields only speculation in the absence of hard evidence!).
And as entertained before, special conditions in the universe provide incredible support for life (see the Astronomy feature article and Chapter XI pdf). The Creator's Window also briefly discusses biological evolution (Chapter XII pdf), but the Science Area of WindowView is more suited to this topic and provides new details. For example, the features on intelligent design, complexity, absence of plausible scenarios for chemical origins, and even the calculations for the improbable nature to evolution are better handled in the Science Area these writings are updated by more recent information. Overall, this area considers evolution with a look at the scientific evidence. The main idea is to see existence in context and recognize room for an Intelligent Creator to make both this place and time for life (Chapter XIII pdf).
3 - The Promise
To this point we recognize how humanity is set on a course accompanied by dramatic global changes. The stage for life is planet earth ... and this is set within the greater cosmos. And in spite of what Carl Sagan said about the universe being all there is or ever will be (paraphrase), we next see humanity has another story line that compliments a truly objective view of science for nothing in science necessitates our being constrained to material existence alone.
Now, in expanding the view, science makes room for the scriptural text to provide added information addressing the human condition in still other ways (Part Three).
Our failure at stewardship in a big way is a corporate human sin. It's a failure, that's what sin is. So, in this context we can view a very interesting perspective based on a distinctive 'nugget of golden information.' Putting this in proper context lifts a veil and clears the view. The reasoning here may engender a negative feeling for some of our visitors. This may also be initially viewed as an attempt to create a rationalization or a compromise but this perspective is NOT our invention, but is a direct reflection of what is recorded in the Scriptures. It's worth a look!
You will detect here a 'Hebrew spin' in terms and references, yet the intended audience includes everyone Jew and Gentile together.
This 'spin' is motion from the historical line of events that brings humanity through earlier time frames. Some may see a gap and separate identities here ... but in reality there is no gap. A distinction here comes with a chosen delineation made for a purpose the House of Israel is set apart as a Chosen People with the purpose of being a light to the nations. Chosen to carry a message ... but what is this light and what message? Keep this question in mind as you read on!
So, from here on we take humanity as a whole, even given the distinctive role for Israel. Interestingly, finding a bridge over perceived gaps is as important here as it was previously in our consideration of science. Closing a perceived gap between peoples also draws the story line into context with the timeline ahead. With this in mind, we can construct the holistic view. Also, there is an offshoot of this information addressed in the next feature area (entitled Harmony).
For now, let's hit the highlights of this Transition Area to tie some themes to the WindowView timeline! Later, a visit to the Harmony Area will reinforce and provide further evidence for what the Creator's Window examines from here to the end (Chapters XIV to XXIV).
What is an example of a gap, noted above, and how can this be bridged? In biblical terms and with one eye on the WindowView timeline we can look at time in terms of the biblical covenants. The Hebrew Bible (Tanach) as a whole represents writings covering periods of time leading up to two millennia ago. But is this the only biblical text for the Hebrews? In reality, the Tanach (i.e., older covenant) includes references to a new covenant to come in the future (relatively speaking, see: Chapter XIV pdf). There are also descriptive elements called: types and shadows (Chapter XVI pdf) of which a number describe the Jewish Messiah in advance of his anticipated presence on earth. Moreover, the Tanach gives a word picture for the Messiah and a detailed time line oriented 'riddle' that points to the exact period of time when Messiah would be present on earth (Chapter XV pdf).
Please make special note of Chapter XV. In terms of identifying a pivotal chapter on time ... this is it! There are essentially two overlapping time frames here, that once explained identify the Messiah and also tells us about a specific set of parallel events that are yet to come. In some ways this chapter is a clue to history's inner workings from eternity past to eternity future. Let's just say it's one of the more important resources here at WindowView.
The main theme of the New Covenant emerges from within the former covenant in the Tanach. Jeremiah specifically describes the new 'text' which history later reveals is formed during and thereafter formally written following Messiah's presence. Jewish hands penned these texts, old and new. But more importantly, those knowledgeable of the content of Daniel's writings specifically some in Jewish population alive two thousand years ago knew exactly when to anticipate Messiah's appearance. This point seems obvious, but is hardly ever acknowledged. The key identity textssuch as in Daniel, Isaiah, several Psalms, etc (e.g., Messianic links)were already in place by that time.
Look Both Ways:
A Jewish / Gentile Crossroads
Some of our Jewish visitors may initially reject what is superficially stated here. But, the text references we are pointing to are Jewish. Christians may look to the same texts, but how many really absorb the Jewish root and context.
There is something remarkable here for everyone to learn! And Gentiles who have yet to fully consider the relevance of the Judeo-Christian sphere have before them an incredible opportunity to see that there is indeed a unity of themes that span all time.
Put this in context. The ultimate message to all is unchanged throughout the old and new texts. The Creator's Window looks ahead to a relationship that God wishes to have with every human leaving each of us to choose to be chosen, it's our choice to make. Overall, the context set in former times, events, and writings is key to looking forward along the timeline.
One last element appears in Part Three of the Creator's Window. The credibility of the text is certainly a key issue. The biblical text has roots that go back to the earliest copies of manuscripts preserved by the Jewish scribes. The Bible's credibility is supported by these ancient texts and their high consistency of content. Several ancient and complete copies were "recently recaptured from time" at Qumran near the Dead Sea (Chapter XVII pdf). There are outside sources to read that also give more details on the Dead Sea Scrolls, but briefly note that other writingsreligious and otherwisefrom ancient times are not as well represented as the Bible. In fact, any mistake in transcribing a Hebrew scroll resulted in intentional destruction of the flawed text. Words and letters in each column of the text were counted to assure accuracy of the Tanach. One mistake and the text was buried. Later, numerous copies of the New Covenantsome 5,000 copies in totalare evidence to the highly preserved information in this text (the original written in Greek).Part Three of this window builds a bridge between Messiah and all people. There is also an emphasis on the special role Israel is given to bear throughout all time. This is not an opinion, but is a reflection from the ancient texts themselves. From the details in the feature articles and book chapters we also see a foundation being laid for the biblical description of events that come in the future. That future is explored next.
4 - The Weaving of Time - The Fabric - The Future
The window's view now (Part Four) integrates thematic threads of much of what was brought into view previously. Now science and Scripture are combined along a timeline. Science and Scripture themes are interwoven by timeline events and further in the prophetic text.
The sin problem and need for a redeeming at the corporate and personal level plays into the last part of the timeline as it is described for us in the biblical text. What makes this all the more reasonable is in the way current events seem to provide a logical runway for us to approach a transition to the end of the Age and thus to Eternity future.
The daily news from Israel, Middle East, and global economic conditions, among other stories, all provide clues, but this isn't all there is to the story.
This portion follows a sequence from an initial summing up of what is in the window (Chapter XVIII pdf), to what we'll consider as issues on secular stewardship (Chapter XIX pdf), and then into an interplay between the material world, prophecy, and how this plays out on the time line going forward.
Here is a view of what is going on in the world from a human - centered perspective. What do humans think they can accomplish and what is important strictly in material terms. This reveals something about how mankind is doing in terms of stewardship of the earth.
If we hold to the mind set that our existence is strictly material, then visualizing an ongoing spiritual theater of activity may be difficult. But the next step incorporates biblical characters from the spiritual theater appearing directly in the material world (Chapter XX pdf). The biblical 'next steps' are woven into the window at this point. A spiritual framework accompanies humanity's efforts to command global trade, create and enforce a one-world religion, and install a single, all powerful, global governing system. The balance of these elements fails due human nature.
The next step is to look at a biblical description that reveals the Good Steward (Chapter XXI pdf). This in part is a discussion on Messiah but also provides contrast to what we've been seeing. This makes for an interlude — reserved to its area within the WindowView — as a science to Scripture interplay develops further. Material and spiritual stewardship are now put in parallel.
Environmental Types (Chapter XXII pdf) are next used to illustrate how prophetic judgments — with a naturalistic thrust — may simply be missed by many humans alive in time future.
Like the plagues experienced in Egypt before the exodus of the Hebrews future judgments dispensed by God have a distinct purpose. Here, the time line is revealing events that wind down the present age and prepare a way for a Messianic Kingdom. As the environmental types come into view, hearts either yield to a binding relationship with the Creator or harden into cold resistance. It's already there, explained in the biblical text, and we hope the window's illustration is helpful in its plain language, scientific reference points, and biblical terms.
While impossible to summarize the entire Bible in a single chapter, the Universal timeline (Chapter XXIII pdf) can serve as a quick survey of many relative, time oriented, events. The present draft of Chapter XXIII can certainly be refined, but at the every least this becomes a narrative chapter for a look at the final portion of the WindowView timeline.
Obviously, if you have come this far, there is certainly something you are thinking in response to all you see here. The Creator's Window offers a moment to establish a personal milestone (Chapter XXIV pdf) on the time line. This, and the Step Up To Life feature are two ways to examine your place in time now and into eternity you have options.
Chose to think, for no one can think for you, nor can anyone chose your future. This is the part of looking through the window that is entirely up to you.
References used in writing the Creator's Window are listed in a separate place for your examination (References pdf). A separate web page with related references is located on the Science booklist and Messianic booklist.
In some respects we can close the window at this point. There is enough to think about based on what we've seen thus far. Yet, there is good reason to explore more about the serious nature to the signs of these times. A separate narrative for global change topics is provided to review and further exploration.
Again, there is much to be gained by seeing how the streams of the Hebrew world flow into the unbelieving Gentile and thereafter believing Messianic community (inclusive of the 'Christian world'). Simply put, Judaism spills into the early Messianic congregations in Israel. As the New Covenant makes clear, Messiah comes first and foremost to find the lost sheep of Israel.
Plainly stated, Yeshua (the Hebrew name for the Messiah) came to set Israel back on a believing course. Once done, Israel could again fulfill the role as a light leading the goyim (all nations; Gentiles) to God.
Messianic Judaism is therefore an equivalent label to Christianity ... for both of these streams flow with the life of Yeshua at their center. If this seems strange news to you, well you are not alone, so take a moment to see why this is reality and not opinion again the biblical text is the logical reference by which to see exactly how the picture comes together.
Yeshua walked the earth in the absence of personal sin, and thus was the only person to fulfill the Torah, the laws and the commandments. Only Messiah is able to complete this demonstration. This is the reason Yeshua is the provider of grace for those who sin. Without grace there is only sin unforgiven. In sin no relationship with God can be established.
The 'grace gap' here is bridged by Messiah. Turning to the Messiah is a turn away from sin and toward obtaining grace. Just let Him know you see this ... just pray like you are talking to a friend. This provision of God's grace is the 'Promise' referred to in the subtitle of the Creator's Window. This IS the PROMISE we refer to at WindowView.
The Harmony Narrative comes next. This serves to deepen one's understanding about what Messianic Judaism is. Again, there is a purposeful intent in casting the view in this light by the covenant text as a biblical light. This is neither just for the Jew or the Gentile, but both together.
The New Covenant states it is: " ... for the Jew first, and also for the Greek" (Ro 1:16).
What you see then reveals the bridge between peoples and between God's Messianic representation and all peoples. To receive God's grace is to lock in a relationship with God. This in turn leads to life now and long into eternity (this too is embodied in the promise). In this regard, the timeline has no end. To etch this into the view we present biblical evidence, interviews, tables of information, messages relating Yeshua to the Jewish holidays, and more. And to offer a way to stepping into that relationship with God we link to a special feature entitled Step Up To Life.
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