15. Book of Life
Updated: Aug 5
What has this got to do with the age of the Earth? To find out read on.
A. INTRODUCTION TO A NATURAL BOOK OF LIFE - DNA
'not the spiritual first, but the natural; afterward the spiritual'
(1 Corinthians 15:46).
Having been a genetic engineer for the last ten years of my academic life impressed me how all of life was dependent on DNA, whether bacterial, fungal, plant or animal. Some simple parasitic entities, such as some of the viruses, do not have DNA, but even then, they are still dependent on having some of their own genetic code in the form of RNA. They manage to go through reproductive cycles by hijacking the genetic machinery of DNA-based organisms. They need living cells for their reproduction; if all DNA-based organisms were removed from earth viruses would also die out. Every life form depends on DNA either directly or indirectly. DNA is the foundation of all life. DNA is the instruction manual for living things.
DNA is the imprint of the triune God on every living thing, like a watermark on a dollar bill. Watermarks identify the owner. The four 'letters', A, C, T, and G are read in groups of three (ATT, ATG, GCA, etc.) by the genetic machinery of livings. Thus every living thing is supplied with its own instruction manual for life.
B. THE NATURAL OR MY FIRST BOOK OF LIFE
All the advanced technologies and all the species of plant and animal life, can be traced back to the first ancient DNAs created from day 4-6 in the Creation. All the fine buildings we have today, the results of human intelligence and endeavour, were hidden in the DNA and in the life that God breathed into Adam. DNA is an interactive manual for constructing the human brain and man's talents as a creative being whether it be in music or art. These genes just have to be activated. All skills, or lack of skills, can be accounted for by one's personal DNA data bank. God granted special skills such as music and working with metals to only select people. These abilities were inheritable (Genesis 4:21).
DNA is a biological book of life. Of course, as we have already discussed, the DNA has been corrupted since the Fall of Adam and Eve, so our natural instruction manual has introduced flaws
The next illustration shows how everything that was given to Adam, his DNA and the breath of lives (plural, remember?), and his intellect, were passed on to his wife Eve and all their progeny down through the ages. All the species and wonderful technologies sprouted forth out of the biological books of lives for each kind that was created. Just think what technologies have come out of Adam and Eve - computers, photography, aerodynamics, the space shuttle, architecture, gigantic cruise ships, car manufacture, music, the arts, mathematics, materials science, electronics, urban planning and civil engineering, megastructures of all sorts and so on. How many other wonderful combinations of genes and innovative skills were lost during the Great Flood is beyond comprehension. Only the genes and the breath of lives from 8 survivors of the flood were passed on to our day.
C. THE SPIRITUAL OR SECOND BOOK OF LIFE
The 'Book of Life', described in the Bible, from which names can be blotted out, is quite a mystery, but recently I received a revelation from the Lord. I was on my bed dreaming, yet was half-awake towards the end.
It was at this time that I was preparing time-charts to cover world history from beginning to end and was wondering how to wind up this website.
D. THE VISION
I saw the final chart I had prepared in front of me. Invisible hands took the chart off the paper and placed it onto a new sheet. Invisible hands then folded the paper twice and put it on a table. The chart was slowly beginning to look like a book with the gap of the extra 3000 years of bliss that Adam and Eve spent before sinning forming the spine of the book.
In my vision the newly prepared book was next stood on its end. It was now a thick book containing two halves of equal size pages representing equal periods of time. It is not another Bible. I would call it more like a time-traveller’s version of the Bible.
E. Incorporating the bicycle parable God gave me as part of the "Book of Life or Time."
When I first wrote this section and received this revelation I was not yet aware of a second vision or revelation that was still to come. It was the bicycle parable which showed me that the Old and New Testaments were like the two wheels of a bicycle rotating at the same speed. This was God's way of confirming to me that the 1000 years per day was applicable to both the Old and New Testament periods, beginning with the first Chapter of Genesis. Note, once again, the importance of the 10th Day for taking the lamb sacrifice and hiding it for four days before slaying it on the evening of the 14th day (this instituted the first Passover, Exodus 12:3-11). This was to be realized in full at the instant that Adam and Eve sinned culminating with the cross of Christ 4 x 1000-year days later).
After that there remain the two days of the church age and then the last day (the 17th) which is the 1000-year Millennium (2 Peter 3:8; Revelation 20:2-7). During the Millennium we live in peace in resurrection bodies in the presence of Christ while Satan remains bound in chains. After that Stan must be released for a brief period after which The Father casts him into the Lake of Fire, where He shall remain forever.
I invite you to look into 'the secret of the cube' by which the New Jerusalem is described, as elaborated in my Kindle book "Supernatural Visions and Dreams: Personal Experiences." My book is also easily located by typing 'Charles Pallaghy' into the search function of the Kindle/Amazon store. The 'secret of the cube' explains why the New Jerusalem is safe from Satanic attack throughout eternity.
Then, I sensed that the book, the entire pilgrimage of man, was stitched or glued together by ‘LOVE’. That love can be none other than that of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. LOVE was to replace the title I had originally given to the 3000 years of bliss that Adam and Eve enjoyed in the presence of the Lord before they sinned.
Concerning the age of the Earth and the days of creation, it struck me at the time that the dimensions of the pages for the Creation and Redemption Weeks are equal in scale and time as shown in the 'bicycle' diagram. So by the gift imparted to me, the Holy Spirit was confirming that both Weeks are comprised of an equal duration of time, each of seven 1000-year periods of God's days.
In Article 3 I pointed out that the framework for world history has some plasticity. Therefore, in terms of our analogy, it is not a hard cover, but a soft cover book. From what the scriptures say certain elements relating to decisions made by persons in the Book of Life can be deleted as well, together with their names. The Lord is sovereign and can do as He wills, within the limitations set down by Himself at the very beginning before time existed!
I had a completed copy of the book on my hands. I next had the urge to ‘Find an attractive cover for The Book of Life that starts at the beginning with the creation and ends with the joy of the redeemed’ (Covering everything from A to Ω).
The spine and backbone of the Book of Life is to be labelled ‘LOVE’. The spine of any book contains the glue that holds the pages together. Except for the implication that God often met with Adam and Eve the Bible is silent about the 3000 years. No surprise! It is only the spine of the book. Therefore we had to deduce that Adam sinned on the 10th day.
Who has ever come across a book where there is a story to be read on the spine? God obviously meant to reveal this symbolism one day and, to be consistent with it, the spine dimension of 3000 years has no story attached. It is interesting that in the history of God's people God's word was absent for 400 years between the Old and New Testaments. There was no direct word of the Lord to Israel for 400 years, much like the 3000 years of silence! https://www.raystedman.org/bible-overview/adventuring/the-400-years-between-the-old-and-new-testaments. In the bicycle parable the 400 year silence is represented by the gap between the front and back wheels of a bicycle.
F. Here is the cover I found for it
These words then came to me: ‘It’s all about Me. I had every name in Me at the beginning just like a grain of wheat that produces many seeds of the same. The DNA and the life of all those seeds was already in Me. Names can be blotted out but every name and identity was in Me from before the foundation of the Earth’. Then I understood: ‘Love has compassion, love sacrifices all, love suffers and grieves, love is patient, love serves, love forgives, love is joy and pain, love is all of these things and Jesus is love’.
"Then I said, 'Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me) to do Your will'" (Hebrews 10:7, MKJV).
"Then I said, 'Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book'" (Hebrews 10:7, ESV, English Standard Version).
Of course, sprinkled throughout the Bible there is also the element of ‘tough love’; tough decisions that have to be made when love and grace are abused; tough decisions that God has to make. Tough decisions that we will have to make too, ‘Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels, not to mention the things of this life'? (1 Corinthians 6:2-3). Consult the page on 'Old Testament Brutality Explained'.
"Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was continually only evil. Yahweh was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart. Yahweh said, 'I will destroy man whom I have created from the surface of the ground—man, along with animals, creeping things, and birds of the sky—for I am sorry that I have made them'. But Noah found favour in Yahweh’s eyes" (Genesis 6:5-8, World English Bible).
This reminds me of a church minister in Frankston, Victoria. There was a knock on the door. Rev Bob Holland opened the door to find a man with his young family outside saying they were hungry. Bob pitied them and invited them in. They chatted and introduced themselves to each other while his wife hurriedly made them a meal. During the meal the minister asked why they were in such dire straits. ‘Can we help you? Are you in financial trouble? Did your car break down?’ ‘Oh no, not at all’, the man and his wife said. ‘We live by faith that the Lord will provide. This is how we get our meals. We just go from house to house'. Needless to say the minister gave them a lecture on accountability and having to work to earn a living.
G. THEN I CONSIDERED
The Book of Life makes sense. There is much more in the Book of Life than what meets the eye. 'Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days formed for me when none of them as yet existed' (Psalm 139:16, NRSV). The Book of Life is all inclusive. It includes more than just names.
Basically therefore, there are three books of life:
1. The instructions for biological life: The 4 letters of the DNA code (A, T, C and G) read in groups of 3 (eg GCG, GAC, TGC, CAC, etc.) used to identify each specific amino acid required in the chain for making a particular protein.
2. The instructions for spiritual life: The Bible; the bread of life, inspired by the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
3. The book of Life that contains all the names: 'Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life' (Philippians 4:3).
The chief point is that I have already provided sufficient evidence for you to believe by faith that the Earth is currently close to 16,000 years old, 10,000 more years than many think.