Friday, August 7, 2015

ConCERN - A New Babel?

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 
 Genesis 11:5

Genesis 11:1-9 shares the ill fated attempt of humanity to reach God by building the tower of Babel.  The story and structure found in this passage gives much insight into the thinking of mankind as they try to reach God through a means other than the cross of Jesus Christ.  Their unified effort, though valiant, was an utter failure.  Could there be a strange parallel to what took place then and to what is now taking place in Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) facility ran by CERN?  If so, will it end with in much the same manner as above?  Will the LORD again come down?

First, let’s take a brief look at the literary structure of this passage, a structure called a chiasm:

Genesis 11:1-9  The LORD comes down!
a.  Introduction-all the earth has one language(11:1)
     b.  People settle in Shinar (11:2)
          c.  Resolution of the people  (11:3-4)  “come let us”
               d.  Center :  God comes down  (11:5)
          c.  Resolution of God (11:6-7)  “come let us”
     b.  People dispersed from Shinar  (11:8)
a.  Conclusion:  All of the earth now has many languages (11:9)

As you can see, a chiastic structure contains a symmetric pattern embedded in the writing that revolves around a main point with many parallel and supporting points surrounding it.  In this case, the actions of mankind are met one-on-one by the actions of the LORD.  Notice how humans join together in rebellion to the Lord’s command to spread throughout the earth.  It is this unity that leads the LORD to declare, “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do (Genesis 11:6).”  It is the almost laughable attempt to gain access to heaven that makes the story seem silly, but was is really a laughable attempt? Could it be a prophetic pattern of the very thing we are seeing today in the name of science?  One thing is certain, the stress in the passage is not one man's actions but on the LORD coming down.

Large Hadron Collider

Notice this article entitled “Something May Come Through ‘Dimensional Doors’ atthe LHC” which shares a bit of what some hope to achieve with the LHC.  “A top boffin at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) says that the titanic machine may possibly create or discover previously unimagined scientific phenomena, or "unknown unknowns" - for instance "an extra dimension. Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it," said Sergio Bertolucci, who is Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, briefing reporters including the Reg at CERN HQ earlier this week.” 

A recent *Wall Street Journal article included this information on the nearness of “other dimensions”, ““These extra dimensions might exist at very small distances,” said Dr. Hinchliffe. “But now, at higher and higher energies of the collider, I can probe shorter and shorter distance scales.” In other words, they are applying even more energy to come closer to these “metaverses” that they hope to find.  What if they unwittingly unlock the abyss as Revelation 9 seems to portend?  What if that which comes through is nothing more than the demonic powers warned of in the Bible?  Could they even join humanity’s collective brain power to open a portal to heaven, itself?  Ironically, this is exactly what mankind attempted in Genesis.  *Physicists Restart Souped-Up Hadron Collider

Such parallels!  Scientists from 21 member states and from numerous non-member states gathered at a central location from around the world speaking the universal languages of mathematics and science hoping, by their own admission, to reach alternate realities.  What could go wrong?  Ironically, this comes at a time when all humanity is expecting a “savior” similar to the tower’s founder, Nimrod.  This superman will undoubtedly be the antichrist.  However, their joint effort may have an unexpected consequence they were not hoping for.  It is a consequence that every blood bought saint knows is near on the prophetic horizon.  The LORD is about to come down. Yes! Jesus Christ is Soon2Come! Surely He will come and confound their metaphysical foolishness.

 CERN Member States

Interesting articles:
CERN Restarts Large Hadron Collider with the Mission To Make Scientific History