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Month 1:19, Week 3:4 (Revee/Shavu'ot), Year:Day 5936:019 AM
Chag haMatzah (Firstfruits): Annual Moed #2, Day #5
Gregorian Calendar: Tuesday 10 April 2012
Chag haMatzah 2012 V
The Secret of Divine Alchemy

    Continued from Part 5

      "Behold what manner of ahavah (love) the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of Elohim (God)! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of Elohim (God); and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 John 3:1-3, NKJV).

    Chag sameach haMatzah kol beit Yisra'el and welcome to the fifth day of this festival of Chag haMatzah, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Today's subject title may have perhaps raised a few eyebrows given the usual association of alchemy with with the occult, and in particular, with hermeticism. For those of you who don't know what classical alchemy is, it is a philosophical tradition with principally two goals in mind:

    • 1. To create the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary base metal to turn base metals (like iron or copper) into noble metals like gold and silver; and
    • 2. To discover the Elixir of Life which confers youth and immortality.

    Out of this ancient proto-science, which goes way back into the distant past of Egypt, India and elsewhere, and which flourished in Catholic Europe for a while, came science as we know it today. It's a long a convoluted story that I don't want to at all go into today as I have different objectives that are based solely on pure science and Bible teaching. I do not, I hasten to add, believe that the philosopher's stone exists or that there is any such thing as a magical 'elixir of life' such as that which was sought by pagan and medaeval alchemists. And even though we owe the mediaeval alchemists a debt of thanks for developing a framework of theory, terminology, experimental process and basic laboratory techniques that are still recognised today, and even though I am myself very interested in pure science, I am also interested in that which lies beyond physical and chemical science, since as a believer I also subscribe to the supernatural.

    When I was a student at Oxford I came across an extraordinary book by the Frenchman, C. Louis Kervan called Biological Transmutation (1972), a scientist who worked at the Conseil d'Hygiène in Paris. At the time, as a plant biochemist, I was particularly interested in how it was possible for plants to accumulate suffient quantities of chemical elements from the ground that were absent in the soil in which they were living. After making a long study I was forced to come to the absurd conclusion - absurd from a pure scientific point-of-view - that living plants somehow had the ability to transmute or change elements in their tissues (such as turning iron into magnesium), by some completely unknown process, which would have required the kind of energy present only in nuclear power stations. Kervan discovered, moreover, that not only were plants somehow mysteriously able to do this but were seemingly able to communicate with other plants (for example, at two ends of the same field) and physically exchange elements each were deficient in. It sounds preposterous, doesn't it, particularly if you have a 'naturalistic' - that is, atheistic - view of the cosmos and of life.

    Let me gove you a concrete example that can easily be tested in the laboratory. Kervan noted that seawater contains far too little calcium to account for the rapid production of a shell, which of course, is largely made of calcium. The calcium content of sea water is about 0.042% but a crab can form a new shell in little more than one day. If the entire body of a crab is analysed for calcium, it is found to contain only enough calcium to produce 3% of the shell, even if you take into account the calcium carbonate - Ca(CO3)2 - stored in the hepato-pancreas just before molting.

    If you find that surprising, then consider something even more 'impossible'. Take the shellfish - which the French love to eat raw...if you've seen the movie of Mr.Bean on vaccation in France you will know what I am talking about since this is a French delicacy - take those non-marine shelfish which live in fresh water where there is no calcium at all. Did you know that even in such water - where there isn't any calcium - these shellfish can still create their calcium-bearing shells as shown by an experiment performed at the Martime Laboratory of Roscoff:

      "A crayfish was put in a sea water basin from which calcium carbonate had been removed by precipitation; the animal made its shell anyway" (Kervan, 1972, p.58).

    There is no way that this can be explained invoking traditional science because clearly some totally unknown mechanism is at work. Now I could give you dozens of other example - I will leave you to research this yourself if you are interested [1] - but the long and short of this is that biological organisams are, in some unknown way, able to transmutate elements or to otherwise supply themselves with elements deficient in their natural environment by transporting them to their own location by some unknown method - or both.

    There is still a huge knowledge gap in traditional science because of it's blinkered approach to the supernatural. Anything that contradicts traditional paradigms and beliefs - which, as I have said, is basically atheistic, denying the existence if any other realm than the material - is usually ignored or riddiculed. German biologist von Herzeele of Berlin was able to give irrefutable proof that the transmutation of elements in plants is a fact [2], but orthdox science - with its power base - refused to listen.

    Now you may be wondering why I am bringing up this subject at Chag haMatzah. Well, Chag haMatzah I have already described to you as the Festival of Spiritual Detoxification but I have not explained how this detoxification process takes place. The answer is by spiritual alchemy - not of the occult type, which is mediated by demons and is a dead-end, but of the heavenly type. The whole business of salvation, forgiveness of sins, and purification of the spirit through repentance and trusting on the Name of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) may be described as a divine alchemy that follows a pattern that is mirrored by processes in nature that we yet have the dimmest understanding of yet - processes of which orthodox science remains almost completely - and willfully - ignorant.

    The spirit - which orthodox science denies exists - operates according to its own immutable laws, and just as plants, shellfish, crabs, and crayfish are able to obtain what they need - apparently supernaturally as a matter of course - so ought we to be excited and our interest prodded as we finally realise that the Besorah (Gospel) is not some mediaeval superstition but a higher science of emet (truth) that follows a cosmic tavnith (pattern).

    If you'll pause for a moment and think back on certain biblical accounts, you will see that there is a spiritual alchemy at work that draws on fantastic energy resources and organising principles that operates on the basis of emunah (faith, trusting) in an Ultimate and Absolute Source of Everything that is a Divine Person - Yahweh-Elohim, the Eternal Power of this Universe, to which we are all connected, and indeed every form of life there is, spiritual and material, though excluding those beings who have rebelled against Him - the demons and their chimera progeny, the nefilim, which tap into Yahweh's Creation and steal chayim (life) by lawless means.

    Can anyone remember a miracle performed by the Master involving the transmutation of one element into another? Yes, the Miracle at Cana - when Yah'shua (Jesus) supernaturally transformed simple water - H2O - into a complicated chemical mix containing proteins, sugars, fats, DNA - everything to be found in a living grapes - namely, wine (Jn.2:1ff.). This is divine alchemy - an astonishing transmutation of elements. Yahweh did this in the beginning by not only transmuting lifeless clay into the first man (Gen.2:7) but in taking a rib of him and building a woman round it (Gen.2:22). Are you still convinced this is just 'allegory' or 'metaphor'? If a crab, crayfish or shellfish can manufacture calcium 'out of thin air' (or water, to be accurate), don't you think that such things could have been done by the Almighty at the Beginning too...and that He is still employing these processes in the maintenance of life?

    Can you think of any other chemical transmutations in the Bible? How about the time when, through Moses, Yahweh turned the Nile and all the water in Egypt into blood! (Ex.7:17) I am sure you can think of others too. Even the devil tempted Yah'shua (Jesus) to perform an act of alchemy - can you remember what that was? Yes, to turn stone into bread! (Lk.4:3)

    These are, of course, out-of-the-ordinary miracles or material transmutations, but what of the others occuring all the time? What of the miracle of healing, not only of the gradual kind but of the instant, more obviously supernatural, kind? What of the miraculous restoration of a club foot in Oslo which one of our brethren witnessed - when a minister told this man to take his sock off, and the Ruach (Spirit) literally re-grew that crippled foot before the eyes of that congregation? I mention this story because it is local to us but thouands of miracles of this kind are happening world-wide - miracles of biological and chemical transmutation.

    I have to remind you that the enemy also has his 'bag of tricks' and can do pretty dramatic things, including healing, by manipulating pre-existent, Yahweh-originated processes which he understands better than we do. But what the enemy is totally incapable of doing is transmuting the sin-filled spirit - he is incapable of supernaturally removing hate, unforgiveness, bitterness and every manner of desire to perform wickness and replace it with the divine spirit of ahavah (love) beecause these things are not in him. Rather, he can only manipulate the physical, the mental and the psychic but he has no power over the spiritual. Satan cannot turn anyone into a loving being of light - his sole legacy is hatred and darkness.

    We have to get over this idea, which is really just atheistic propaganda, that science and spiritual things are two entirely different worlds. They're not. The spirit is entirely scientific but not the blinkered science of Western materialism. Supernatural things are happening in the material world of living creatures every day but man, in his willfull blindness, when confronted with the evidence, refuses to see it...because he does not want the hugely expanded responsibility and accountability that comes with recognising the existence of the spiritual dimension.

    The same alchemy that affects biology and chemistry affects physics too. Yahweh divided the Red Sea (Yam Suf), the course of the sun was halted a day in Joshua's time, an axe head was made to float on water, the apostle Philip was transmaterialised from one location to another instantaneously (to Azotus), and much, much more. Those blinded by atheism mock these things and yet similar things are happening all around them. The very Creation is suffused with miraculous happenings that operate on supernatural, divine alchemic principles following biblical tavnith (pattern). We know there is so much more even by just observing the works of the enemy in the form of UFOs, which apparently defy the known laws of physics by their extraordinary motions and disappearing acts.

    Chag haMatzah is mostly interested in the transmutation of our spirits, a scientific process involving highly complex spiritual elements that define what it is to be a human being. The mechanism of salvation and of deliverance involves a substitution process, literally a life-transplant whose donor is the Son of Man. The conditions of this transplant - of this life-substitution - are a willness to forsake all the deadly, devilish spiritual element combinations that are hate, greed, lust, rebelliousness, and so forth, and to receive in their place other combinations that are kindness, gentleness, love, generosity, grace, and so on.

    May I remind you of today's passage of Scripture again?

      "Behold what manner of ahavah (love) the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of Elohim (God)! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of Elohim (God); and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 John 3:1-3, NKJV).

    If we truly have the hope of eternal life then our drive must be for continuous transmutation of our inner beings by means of this divine alchemy which is walking in Messiah, a hope that leads us to seek for constant purification, down to the very finest levels of our beings - our thought patterns, our emotions, our speech, and behaviour - everything. We should be busily seeking for that invisible, supernatural 'calcium' which are the elements that make up the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) which can only become ours by seeking and asking for help in getting all those dark elements out of our system. We are not nearly as urgent about this as we should be! We have largely swallowed an orthodox Christian lie that there is nothing for us do to because "He has done it all for us". Yes, He has provided everything we need and offeres it to us on the basis of an eternal substitution, but that is something that must be appropriated by emunah (faith) once we have realised our deficiencies and see the baneful effects of the spiritual contaminants in us - those deadly spiritual toxins - a realisation that will cause us to beg for a spiritual detoxification in removing every sin that besets and enslaves us, as diligently as we remove leaven from all we eat during this season of Unleavened Bread.

    For this is not just about physical diet, but about psychic and spiritual diet too - it's about what we 'eat' invisibly - the music and sounds we listen to, the images we watch in movies and on computers, the kinds of speech we tolerate and absorb - everything. And no, the spiritually lazy man does not want to do anything, he wants Yahweh to do it all for him without him stirring from his bed of idleness!

    I have not told you what Yahweh showed me in my dreams last night but I have shared some of the substance. There is more but not enough time today. Consider what we are commanded to do - our action, our part of the movement:

      "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' -- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked -- I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire (action), that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed (as in Eden after the Fall); and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous (more action) and repent (change direction). Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door (more action), I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes (the continuous action) I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach (Spirit) says" (Rev.3:17-22, NKJV).

    I pray that this will inspire you to dig deeper into yourself and into the Davar (Word) and join with me in this exciting adventure. More tomorrow.

    Continued in Part 7


    [1] Biological Transmutation in Ocean Health.
    [2] Richard Milton, Transmutation in Plants

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