Above background: The Ziggeraut of Abraham in Tallil, Iraq -- Ur of the Chaldees in the Bible


The Starlight Age

The stars are bodies much like our sun, which generate their own light. The light of the stars,
however, is dim in comparison to the moon and sun. This does not mean that it is useless. The
stars have been used since the beginning of time to determine and keep track of the seasons
of the year, have been of great benefit in providing points of reference for navigation upon the
seas and dry land, and provide some light by which to see.

The revelation of God during the period we call The Patriarchal Dispensation is in rnany ways
similar to the star which represents it as The Starlight Age. It is an age of direct light from God
which guided man in the right direction, but which paled in what we know of it in comparison to
the ages which were to come.

This is the age of the patriarchs. It lasted longer than any other period to date: for over 2,500
years.

The Prehistoric Age

There was no written revelation during this age. There was no Bible to read. The written
revelation of God, including Genesis, began with God's revelation to the prophet and lawgiver of
Israel, Moses. From the first man, Adam, to the last great patriarch recorded in the history of this
age in the Bible, Joseph; God spoke and gave dreams and visions directly to the patriarchs, or
the heads of the families.

The Family Age
In this period God dealt with the people of the earth within the context of their families, as it is
recorded. There was no church, there was no nation, only the families of Adam, Noah, Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob.

The Timeframe

From the time of creation (4,000-10,000 B.C.) to the time when God selects Moses to deliver the
nation of Israel from the Egyptian bondage (1450-1500 B.C.), the Starlight Age speaks of the
deeds of Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (who
became Israel) and Joseph.

Man's relation to God from creation to the fall, to the flood, to the selection of the nation of Israel
as the chosen people of God is contained in the history of The Patriarchal Dispensation
recorded in Genesis.

Purpose & Place:
The Development of the Chosen People

The Patriarchal Dispensation, as it is recorded in Genesis, is the record of the selection of the
nation of Israel as God's chosen people. The history we know of this age develops the Promise
of God and the means of its fulfillment. The light in revealing the redemptive plan of God is dim,
but certain in maintaining a blood line to assure the fulfillment of the Promise.

The Seven Beginnings

It is during this period that we find the seven beginnings:

1. The Beginning of Time
2. The Beginning of the Universe
3. The Beginning of Life
4. The Beginning of the Family
5. The Beginning of Sin
6. The Beginning of Salvation
7. The Beginning of Worship.

The Creation (Genesis 1:1-2:4)

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis i:t). With this declaration the
Bible begins and the world is introduced to the God who delivered Israel from the slavery of
Egypt. The LORD, Jehovah, the Deliverer of Israel, is the Creator of the universe. He is "the
eternally existing one," who always was, is and will be. The One who was able to bring into
existence the universe, by the power of His spoken word.

In six days, by the power of the Word, the universe comes into existence. On the first day, the
alteration of daylight and dark which defines days and nights. On the second day, the
atmosphere was created. On the third day, the dry land appeared with its vegetation. On the
fourth day, the sun,
moon and stars were created. On the fifth day, the animals of the sky and water were created.
On the sixth day, the animals of the dry land and man were created. On the seventh day, God
rested.

The creation of man was special. Man and man alone was made in the image and likness of
God. Man and man alone was given dominion over the earth and all it contains.

All that was created by God was good and perfect. It was full grown, mature, able to reproduce.
The age old question of "Which came first the chicken or the egg?" is answered, "the chicken."

And all that was created reproduced after its own kind. Reproduction laws conclusively prove
that "like begets like." There is no evolution from one kind to another. There is a variation with
kinds, but there is no blending of kinds.

Adam & Eve (Genesis 2:5-5:24)

God created man from the dust of the ground in his own image, and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life. God formed woman from the rib he had taken from the man. He placed Adam
(the man) and Eve (his wife) into the garden in the east of Eden. In the middle of the garden
were two trees: the tree of life, and what was to become, in essence, the tree of death: the tree
of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Because the woman was beguiled by the serpent
and gave the fruit to the man who ate, they were expelled from the garden and denied access to
the tree of life. The story of the rest of the Bible is God's plan to restore access to the tree of life
in heaven.

The revelation of the plan of God is first seen dimly in the Starlight Age, then brighter in the
Moonlight Age, until it is fully revealed in all of its glory in the Sunlight Age.

Man is expelled from the garden, but a glimmer of hope is given in the statement made by God
to the Serpent: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and
her Seed. He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel" (Genesis 3:15)

Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-26)

Cain and Abel, the sons of Adam and Eve, depict the two directions man would travel. One by
faith being obedient to and serving God. The other because of selfishness and jealousy,
denying even the sanctity of life, gives way to the base actions of man, even to the murder of his
brother.

Methuselah (Genesis 5:1-52)

Men continue to multiply upon the earth living to great ages. Methuselah is the oldest of these,
living to be 969 years old.

Noah (Genesis 6:1-9:29)

The evil and wickedness of man, however, multiplies with his numbers. The situation finally
becomes bad enough that God is sorry he ever made man, except for the family of Methuselah's
grandson, Noah. Only Noah and his sons (Shem, Ham and Japheth), along with their wives,
eight souls in all, find the approval of God. Of the multiplied hundreds, thousands and millions
upon the face of the earth, only eight people are found righteous. Righteousness, truly, is not
found in numbers; it is found in obedience and service to God.

The story of Noah and the ark that he built at the direction of God is well known. Approximately
450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 4? feet nigh, this art is built to the most seaworthy proportions
known to man. With its three floors, it is large enough to carry every species of animal known
upon the face of the earth today, plus enough feed to last a year. But, Noah did not take the
animals by two's. There were seven of the clean (including males and females), and two of the
unclean (male and female). For forty days and forty nights the rains fell and the deeperupt so
that all the earth was covered by water. When the waters receded, God placed a bow (what we
call the rainbow) in the sky, a token of the covenant which he made with man never to destroy
the earth by water again.

However, it needs to be noted that God did destroy all the people, and all of the animals upon
the earth because of wickedness. God hot orily can, but has destroyed man for wickedness. "It
is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God: for our God is a consumingfire."
(Hebrews 9:28).

The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)

After the days of Noah, men thought they could build a tower to reach up into heaven. Because
of their ignorance and arrogance, God confounded their speech. That is, he caused the people
to speak in various languages so that they could not understand each other, and the work
stopped. To this day the sound of confusion bears the name of this tower, the Tower of Babel:
for indistinguishable sound is babbling. This is how and why men speak different languages,
and have spread across the face of the earth.

Abraham (Genesis 11:27-25:8)

Terah, the father of Abraham, was from Ur of the Chaldees. This city, within the Fertile Crescent,
was the birthplace of that great man of faith, Abram. His name was later changed to Abraham by
God to signify the Promise given to him by God. It was because of his faith that Abraham was
obedient to God. And, God rewarded that obedience.

Abraham had left his home at the command of God. Abraham received a son in his old age
from God. Abraham sacrificed that son, Isaac, upon Mt. Mariah at the command of God, though
an angel stayed his hand before he completed the deed. Because he trusted and obeyed,
Abraham received the Promise.

A Promise of blessing, not only for himself, but for all of mankind in one of his descendants.
"In
your Seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice"
(Genesis 22:18).

Because he obeyed the voice of God, through him would salvation come to man. Paul specifies
the fulfillment of this Promise in unmistakable terms:
"Now to Abraham and bis Seed were the
promises made. He does not say, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one, and to your Seed,
who is Christ" (Galatians 3:16).

Isaac & Jacob (Genesis 25:9-36:43)

This same Promise is repeated to Isaac and Jacob. They would be the blood line of He Who
would take away the sins of the world.

However, this Promise would not be fulfilled without the preservation of the bloodline. This God
would do in selecting the twelve sons of Jacob, whom God renamed Israel, to be the patriarchs
and beginning of a nation composed of tribes bearing their names, except for Joseph whose
sons Manasseh and Ephraim were the beginning of tribes, giving Joseph a double heritage.

Joseph (Genesis37:1-50:26)

Joseph, the favored son of Jacob, after being sold into slavery by his brothers, was taken to
Egypt. In Egypt, Joseph was thrown into prison on a false charge of rape, and rose to a place of
prominence within the prison system. From there, he rose to be the second in command, being
the most powerful man in all of Egypt, with the single exception of the Pharaoh. In this position,
because of his prediction of and preparation for the seven years of famine, Joseph increased
the power of the Pharaoh and the government, as well as provided for the survival of his familv.
The hand of God provided for the preservation of those who were to become his chosen people
and the vehicle of the fulfillment of the Promise.

It is here in Egypt that the family of Israel multiplies into thirteen tribes (one for each son of
Jacob, except for Joseph for whom there are two) which compose a great nation as they come
out of Egypt in the great Exodus led by Moses.

God's Chosen People

The Starlight Age, as it is recorded in Genesis, is the record of the selection of the nation of
Israel as God's chosen people. The history we know of this age develops the Promise of Goci
and the means of its fulfillment. The light in revealing the redemptive plan of God is dim, but
certain in maintaining a bloodline to assure the fulfillment of the Promise.
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The Patriarchal Dispensation

The Family Era

The Starlight Age

The Time of the Fathers

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The Patriarchal Dispensation

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The Time of the Fathers

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