Chapter 11 The Good News
This chapter is based on the following: “Such love as is manifested in the gift of God's beloved Son amazed the holy angels.” Amazing Grace 160. “It is your Creator who has poured out to you all heaven in one wondrous gift - His only-begotten Son.” Christian Stewardship 46. “Christ has opened this way for us at great cost to Himself.” Heavenly Places 142.
Chapter 12 The Plan of Redemption
This chapter is based on the following: Genesis 3:9. Genesis 3:10. Genesis 3:11. Genesis 3:11. Genesis 3:12. Genesis 3:13. Genesis 3:14. Genesis 3:15. Genesis 3:16. Genesis 3:17-19. Many think God killed the animal, but the sinner must always slay the lamb. Adam as the priest of the home did it for his wife. 1 Timothy 1:15. Romans 5:6-9. Hebrews 9:18. Genesis 3:21. Isaiah 61:10. Isaiah 45:21. Matthew 1:21. Genesis 3:22-24. Genesis 3:24. Hebrews 4:15. To redeem means ‘to ransom, repurchase, rescue, liberate, recover, deliver, free, reclaim, retrieve, regain, save, atone.’ Hebrew 9:2.10-14. “Jesus, our Substitute, consented to bear for man the penalty of the law transgressed.” Faith and Works 30. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28. John 14:15. 1 John 2:1. Revelation 20:7-10.14.15. Malachi 4:1. Revelation 3:5 21:4. 1 Thess 4:16.17. Isa 25:8.9. 26:9. 22:3.4. At first Satan did not understand the sacrifices. Eventually he realised that God’s Son would come down to earth. Satan was determined he would kill him. He did not understand the plan of salvation. “With intense interest he watched the sacrifices offered by Adam and his sons. In these ceremonies he discerned a symbol of communion between earth and heaven. He set himself to intercept this communion. He misrepresented God, and misinterpreted the rites that pointed to the Saviour.” Desire of Ages 115.
Chapter 13 The Seed of the Woman
This chapter is based on the following: Isaiah 65:17-18. 11:6-9. Revelation 21:1. Genesis 4:1. The angels now know Satan is evil. It was the cross that severed the angels from any sympathy for Lucifer. John 3:16. John 5:26. Genesis 4:2. We assume that a shepherd made clothing for the family, but they did not eat the meat. Genesis 4:3. Cain works with the ground, and the fruit of the ground are vegetables, even though they are called fruit in the Bible. They are distinct from Genesis 1:29. Genesis 4:3. Genesis 4:4. Genesis 4:5. Genesis 4:6.7. Genesis 4:8. Genesis 4:9 Genesis 4:10. Genesis 4:11.12. Genesis 4:16. 1 John 1:7.9.
Chapter 14 Ancestors of the Seed
This chapter is based on the following: Genesis 5:3.4. Genesis 6:6. Genesis 2:16.17. Romans 6:23. Genesis 5:4.5. Genesis 5:3-27. Genesis 5:28.29. Genesis 6:3. John 7:17. 1 John 2:4. John 8:32. Matthew 6:24. Luke 16:13. Genesis 7:1. 1 Peter 3:20. Eight people saved in the ark. Genesis 7:7-9.
Chapter 15 More Ancestors of the Seed
This chapter is based on the following: Genesis 5:32. Revelation 22:18.19. Everything relating to God is holy – His Word, His sanctuary, His Law, His throne, and He is holy. Isaiah 6:3. Genesis 49:10. This is a Messianic verse. Revelation 5:5. Micah 5:2. Genesis 11:10-26. Genesis 17:5. Genesis 30. Genesis 49:10. Revelation 5:5. Genesis 21:1-3. 49:3-27. Matthew 1:3-6. 1 Samuel 17:4-11. 26.27. 38-51. Luke 1:23-38. Joseph’s line has a couple less. Mary’s line is 76 to her. Galatians 3:16. Matthew 1:25. Daniel 9:25.26. 10:13. 12:1. Jude 9.
Chapter 16 Making New Friends
This chapter is based on the following: “The inhabitants of the place were of all sizes; they were noble, majestic, and lovely. They bore the express image of Jesus, and their countenances beamed with holy joy, expressive of the freedom and happiness of the place. I asked one of them why they were so much more lovely than those on the earth. The reply was, ‘We have lived in strict obedience to the commandments of God, and have not fallen by disobedience, like those on the earth’.” Early Writings 40.41Exodus 14:22.29. Exodus 14:19.20. Number 9:15.16. 14:14. Exodus 13:21. Nehemiah 9:12.19. Isaiah 4:5.6. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4. Colossians 1:27. Adam and Eve repented and received the Spirit within, the “earnest of spirit”, or a downpayment. 2 Corinthians 1:22. 5:5. 1 Kings 19:12. At the end, only those who obey all the commandments, including the 4th, will be ready to meet Jesus. However, this is the fruit of surrender, it is not the means of Salvation, which is Christ and His atoning work for humanity. Romans 6:23. Salvation is all of Christ and we can add nothing to it. However, God wants to change our characters to fit us to live in heaven. Sin will not rise a second time. It is now we are to overcome by the grace and power of Christ. Kevin was to read Numbers 13:1.17-33; 14:1-33; 16:1-35; 20:1-13; 21:4-9.
Chapter 17 They did not Die
This chapter is based on the following: Numbers 13:1.17-33; 14:1-35. It is assumed Elijah has mansion of his own. Isaiah 26:19. 1 Thessalonians 4:16.17. John 14:1-4. It is assumed each will be given a mansion of their own. We do not really know if they have the name on the door, but it is something we suggest to children. It is also assumed the mansions are real. The water of life is for the redeemed, and also the tree of life. Isaiah 66:23. Revelation 22:14. Exodus 5:23.2 4. Hebrews 11:5.6.
Chapter 18 The Seed Arrives
This chapter is based on the following: Isaiah 40:3-5. Matt 3:1-17. Mark 1:1-11. Luke 3:1-16. Rom 6:23. Luk 2:1-7. 2:8-18. Micah 5:2.
Chapter 19 Report of the Angels
This chapter is based on the following: 1 Sam 17:32-51. 2 Thes 2:7. 1 Tim 3:16. Matt 2:1-18. Micah 5:2. Matt 2:12. Ps 119:11. 105.
Chapter 20 Messiah is Anointed
This chapter is based on the following: 1 John 1:9. Matt 3:13-17. Matt 4:1-10. “Every sin, every discord, every defiling lust that transgression had brought, was torture to His spirit.” Desire of Ages 111. Jesus did not have evil thoughts or propensities like we do, however, He was tempted in all the principle ways we are tempted – to be angry, to disobey His Father’s will, to give in to temptation, to allow tiredness to affect His decisions etc.
Chapter 21 Teaching and Healing
This chapter is based on the following: Heb 12:4. Heb 4:5. Luk 6:17-19. Matt 4:24.25. Mark 3:8. Matt 5:3.4.5. Mat 5:17-20. 22-26. Mat 5:43-48. Matt 6:9-15. John 3:1-8. Act 8:1-3. 9:1-22. Jam 4:7. 19.20. Numb 15:38. Ex 24:10. Rom 5:15-19. Gal 3:7-9. Gal 2:16.20. Isa 64:6.
The Bibliography is very general, but many references are given for the reader who wishes to look them up. All conversations and most scenes are imaginary, but the overall story is based on the facts of Scripture. Some points are implied or seen only in the Hebrew. Others are taken from books by Ellen G. White, especially the classic ‘The Desire of Ages’ on the life of Christ. These give insights of obscure points, for which study of the Scriptures is necessary to confirm.
Chapter 1 Beyond Orion
1. In 1656, astronomer Christian Huygens was the first to describe the nebula as “an opening in the sky”. Modern equipment has proven him to be correct.
2. From book ‘Starry Realms’ p127.
3. Stated by the Director of the Russian Observatory in the Middle Ages.
4. Professor Hyde of the University of Southern California
5. Compendium of Astronomy p328.
6. Professor Hyde, University of Southern California.
7. The New Jerusalem will come through the “open space” in the Orion nebula. Early Writings 42. Astronomers tell us the universe is revolving around a certain point and we are almost at the centre, which means the holy city is not far away, relatively speaking. The rest of the chapter is based on the following texts: Revelation 21 and 22. 1 Corinthians 2:9.10. John 14:2.3. Isaiah 66:23. Revelation 2:7.
Chapter 2 The Light of God
This chapter is based on the following: Revelation 21:23. Psalm 104: 1.2. 1 Timothy 6:16. Matthew 16:15.16. Matt 26:63.64. Mark 14:61-62. John 14:7-11. John 8:42. 16:27-31. 17:6-8. John 3:16-18. Matthew 1:21. Daniel 9:25.26. 10:21. 12:1. Isaiah 6:2. John 17:5.24. Revelation 1:13-15. Daniel 7:10. Revelation 5:11. Luke 1:19. Gabriel “occupies the position from which Satan fell.” Desire of Ages 693. Exodus 34:29.30.
Chapter 3 The Message from God
This chapter is based on the following: Revelation 12:9. Isaiah 14:12-14. Ezek 28:17. Ezek 28:16. Zech 4:14. Mark 16:19. Romans 8:34. Acts 2:33. The message from God is the beginning of a most important subject that everyone needs to understand, as it is about ‘who’ we worship.
Chapter 4 Heaven is Changing
This chapter is based on the following: “In this scripture, (John 17:3) God and Christ are spoken of separately. They are two distinct persons, but one in mind, one in heart, one in holiness and justice, and purity, and one in the work of seeking to save the sinful race.” Battle Creek Letters p127. Isaiah 14:13.14. 1 John 2:22.23.
Chapter 5 Heaven is a Sad Place
This chapter is based on the following: Lucifer had lived in the very presence of God, yet he “chose to follow his own selfish, independent will. This choice was final.” DA 762. Revelation 12:7.8. “The Father decides the case of Satan, and declares that he must be turned out of heaven for his daring rebellion…” Bible Commentary Vol 7. 973. Romans 6:23. Revelation 20:220.127.116.11. Ezekiel 28:17.18.19. Isaiah 14:12-20. Hebrews 1:1.2. John 1:10. Job 38:7.
Chapter 6 The Earth is Created
This chapter is based on the following: Genesis 1:4-8. Genesis 2:5.6. Genesis 1:7. Genesis 7:4. 9:13-17. Genesis 7:11.12. Genesis 1:12. Genesis 1:20-22. Genesis 1:20-22. Genesis 1:24.25. Genesis 2:7. Genesis 2:7. PP 45:46. Genesis 1:31. Genesis 1:23-26. 2:1-3. Lev 23:32. Genesis 2:25 in Hebrew is not completely naked. Genesis 3:10 is Hebrew is completely naked. Chinese writings and others speak of Adam and Eve being clothed with light. Genesis 2:2.3. Exodus 20:8-11. Isaiah 58:13.14. Matthew 18:20. We do not know is sunsets and sunrises were possible in the beginning, as dust and clouds play a large part in the beauty and colour we see today.
Chapter 7 Adam’s First Work
This chapter is based on the following: Genesis 2:19.20. Many Christians think naming all the animals was done on the sixth day before the Sabbath began. This is not possible. How long it took we do not know, but it could have been some weeks as suggested in the story. Genesis 2:19.20. The serpent was an animal, although it flew. After being cursed, it had to slither along the ground like a snake. In ancient history, and even today in China and other places, the flying serpent is an object of worship. Although it has been corrupted, it still reflects the truth of the Bible. The Bible uses the term ‘serpent’ when referring to snakes. Numbers 21:6.9. Genesis 2:18.19.20.
Chapter 8 A Surprise for Adam
This chapter is based on the following: Genesis 2:21.22. Genesis 2:23. Genesis 3:20. We have given Eve her name earlier than in the Bible. Again, we do not know if there were beautiful sunsets without clouds and dust. No doubt there were other beautiful things we do not see now. The stars would have been magnified with the water canopy overhead. Matthew 4:4.7.
Chapter 9 Adam and Eve are Warned
This chapter is based on the following: Genesis 2:9.16. Genesis 2:17. Genesis 3:19. Joshua 25:15.20-24. Matthew 6:24. Luke 12:8.9. Romans 10:9.10.
Chapter 10 Earth’s Sad Day
This chapter is based on the following: The time is based on the 6000-year reign of sin we are now in overtime by about fifteen to twenty years. 4004BC + 2015 = 6019. As God will keep to His timeframe of 6000 years, it’s obvious the count of earth’s history must begin after Adam sinned. This means Adam and Eve lived happily in the Garden of Eden for possibly twenty years before they sinned. Of course the 4004BC is in dispute as well, possibly being 4006BC, so this will add some time to the 6000. Satan praised Eve with “subtle praise of her surpassing loveliness.” Patriarchs and Prophets 54. Genesis 3:1. Genesis 3:2.3. Genesis 3:4. Genesis 3:5. Genesis 3:6. Genesis 3:6. Genesis 3:7. “Satan cast the blame of his rebellion upon Christ and in determined hatred of God, sought to wound Him through the fall of man.” Bible Echo. Nov 1. 1892. Satan “determined to make man his victim and the earth his kingdom.” Ibid. 1 Peter 5:8. Psalm 119:18.104.22.168.
Meilon forgot to answer Summer’s question about why Jesus folded the grave cloth that was over his head.
Many Christians say it was a Jewish custom that when a person had finished their meal at a family table, he would screw up his serviette and put it on his plate. But if he wanted to leave the table for a moment, he folded it nicely, which meant he was coming back.
There is not much evidence for this nice idea, however, when the two disciples came into the tomb, they would have noticed the long grave cloth unfolded in the grave, but the head cloth nicely folded to the side. If it was true about folding a table napkin, James and John could have understood that Jesus was saying, ‘I am coming back.’
If it was not a Jewish custom, we really have no idea why Jesus took the trouble to take the head cloth and fold it, leaving the long grave cloth unfolded and lying roughly in the grave. There must have been a good reason, but we do not know it.
All we can do is to put it on our ‘questions to ask Jesus’ list for when He comes back. The Saviour will walk with each one of us along the river of life or in heaven’s gardens to answer everything that has puzzled us.
The most important thing is that we are there for Him to give us the answers.
Chapter 22 Parables and Condemnation
This chapter is based on the following: Heb 1:1.2. Col 1:12-17. John 1:1-3. 10.14. Matt 22:15-21. Matt 22:23-30. Matt 21:33-46. Matt 22:15- 46. Mar 12:13-40. Luk 20:20-47. Luk 4:16-30. Gal 3:10. John 18:14. “The priests and rulers had listened in silence to Christ’s pointed rebukes. They could not refute His charges. But they were only the more determined to entrap Him…” Desire of Ages 601.
Chapter 23 Woes and Supper
This chapter is based on the following: Luk 22:7-18.24. John 13:1-17. DA 642-651. 652-661. Matt 26. Luk 20:45-47. Matt 23:38. Luk 20:1-47. “As He (Christ) ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice. The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages.” Desire of Ages 562.
Chapter 24 Suffering and Betrayal
This chapter is based on the following: Matt 26. Mark 14:32-50. Luk 22:39-53. John 18:1-12. In Gethsemane, Christ “felt that by sin He was being separated from His Father. The gulf was so broad, so black, so deep, that His spirit shuddered before it. This agony He must not exert His divine power to escape… Christ’s soul was filled with dread of separation from God.” Desire of Ages 685-697.
Chapter 25 The Illegal Trial
This chapter is based on the following: Matt 26:57-75. 27:1. Mar 14:53-72. 15:1. Luke 22:54-71. John 18:13-27. Matt 27:2.11-31. Mark 15:1-20. Luk 23:1-25. John 178:28- 40. 19:1-16. DA 698-715. 721-722. DA 723-739. Jesus “knew that in a moment, by the flashing forth of His divine power, He could lay His cruel tormentors in the dust. This made the trial the harder to bear…. Thus when Christ was treated with contempt, there came to Him a strong temptation to manifest His divine character. By a word, by a look, He could compel His persecutors to confess that He was Lord above kings and rulers, priests and temple. But it was His difficult task to keep to the position He had chosen as one with humanity.” Desire of Ages 700. Luk 23:2.14. John 18:29.30.
Chapter 26 The Cruel Cross
This chapter is based on the following: Matt 27:31- 53. Mar 15:20-38. Luk 23:26-46. John 19:16-30. John 19:16-30. Luk 23:34. Mark 15:34. Psalm 22. “By His life and His death, Christ proved that God’s justice did not destroy His mercy, but that sin could be forgiven… Satan’s charges were refuted.” Desire of Ages 762. “By shedding the blood of the Son of God, he (Satan) had uprooted himself from the sympathies of the heavenly beings.” Ibid 761.
Chapter 27 Sabbath in Heaven
This chapter is based on the following: Luk 23:50-56. John 19:38-42. Mark 15:42-47. Matt 27:57-66. “In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after Their work of creation…. Now Jesus rested from the work of redemption; and though there was grief among those who loved Him on earth, yet there was joy in heaven. Glorious to the eyes of heavenly beings was the promise of the future.” Desire of Ages 769.
Chapter 28 The Glorious Resurrection
This chapter is based on the following: Matt 28:2-4. 11-15. Matt 28:1.5-8/ Mark 16:1-8. Luk 24:1-12. John 20:1-18. Luk 24:13-33. Luk 24:33-48. John 20:19-29. “Clothed with the panoply of God, this angel left the heavenly courts. The bright beams of God’s glory went before him, and illuminated his pathway…. When the voice of the mighty angel was heard at Christ’s tomb, saying, Thy Father calls Thee, the Saviour came forth from the grave by the life that was in Himself……. Only He who is one with God could say, I have power to lay down My life, and I have power to take it again. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death.” Desire of Ages 782.783. Yet, the dead Saviour needed the Word of His Father. All who love Jesus and live for Him, keeping all His commandments, will be resurrected by the power of Jesus. Praise God.
Chapter 29 The Long Wait
This chapter is based on the following: Experience and imagination. Rev 22:14.
Chapter 30 The Wonderful Homecoming
This chapter is based on the following: Matt 28:16-20. Luk 24:50-53. Act 1:9-12. Ps 24:7-10. “Christ refused to receive the homage of His people until He had the assurance that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father… The Father ratified the covenant made with Christ, that He would receive repentant and obedient men, and would love them even as He loves His Son.” Desire of Ages 790.
Chapter 31 Farewell Children
This chapter is based on the previous chapters, plus heaven’s imagination for the author. It is also based on the love of God and His Son for all the children of the world. The children do not boast that they will stay faithful, but trust in Jesus to keep them faithful, as they do their part. The Bible has the words ‘fear not’ or similar 365 times in the Bible, plus an extra one for the leap year. So every day of the year all Christians can praise the Lord that He understands our fears, but that He will never leave or forsake us.
It is hoped that the points of difference do not take away the blessing of the book as a whole.
The Very Long Story
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