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(Lord of Impossibilities)
With the exception of the footnoted items, the thoughts and expressions herein are my own; however, the original inspiration to study the word אלפ was given to me by my theology professor, the late Dr. Gene Scott, Ph. D.
By: David Deschesne
אלפ (palah) is used throughout the Old Testament to describe acts of God that would have been otherwise impossible to perform by beings inhabiting the physical realm. The King James Bible usually translates אלפ as “wonders,” but it can also mean; “distinguish,” “great,” “difficult,” “hard,” “things too high,” “marvelous,” and “a miracle.” While the generic Hebrew word for impossible is רשפא-יא (ay-efshar), אלפ is an adjective used to describe an impossible event - made possible by divine influence.
The Lord God is indeed the Lord of Impossibilities. But, because of our limited perception here in the three dimensional realm of space/time and matter, we can't begin to comprehend how God is able to perform miracles, just that He does. Because our perception is limited, we - as the Apostle Paul states - 'see through a glass darkly.'
Perception of Material things
Our material world is made up of tiny units called atoms. Before one can set out to understand what he is perceiving, he must first understand his relationship with that which he perceives. What will be hard for most to comprehend is that what we perceive to be ‘solid’ is actually empty space. "If we enlarge an atom a quadrillion times (1015), it will be about sixty miles in diameter. At its center we will find a small hard sphere the size of a soccer ball. That's the nucleus. Flying around the soccer ball at various distances tens of miles from it are many tiny marbles that represent the electrons. All the rest of this fantasy is empty space."1
The chair you are sitting in appears to be a solid object, so do other things we touch; they are however mostly empty space. "The distance between the nucleus and its electrons is enormous. You can get some idea of the relative distances if you imagine that the period at the end of this sentence is a nucleus. Its nearest electron would probably be across the street somewhere."2
Researcher, Ernest Norman rebuts accepted atomic theory by stating the nucleus and electrons are actually electrically charged 'vortexes' of wave energies - not particles: "Now, strangely enough, the scientist has never seen an atom nor any of the tiny particles of which it is supposed to be composed. It is also rather strange that he has succeeded in building up a whole science about this hypothesis. The scientist is not, however, quite correct in assuming that an atom is composed of solid particles revolving in orbits around a nucleus. What might appear to be a solid electron or neutron would be, if it could be examined, simply an aggregate mass of tiny cycular wave forms. These wave forms are, of course held together in a frequency pattern by a flux of energy which is actually energy expressed in another dimension which stems from the central vortex of the atom, which has erroneously been called the nucleus. This central vortex is actually, in a sense of the word, a tiny hole through which this free-moving intelligent energy from an outside dimension enters into the atom. This energy is actually the controlling God force of the atom, determines not only its characteristic, elemental make-up or atomic weight, but is also the dominating characteristics which enter into molecular structures which, in turn can become cells and tissues in the body."3
Our bodies are composed of trillions of atoms. We are actually just "walking electron clouds" with the trillions of electrons in our bodies orbiting out in as far as a hundred feet in all directions, mingling with electrons of other objects and people; but always finding their way back to orbit their respective nuclei. The only reason our world and we appear solid is the atoms in our body and the atoms in other 'solid' objects are moving so fast that their conglomerations can't pass through each other. Therefore, our relationship to the other object is that of solid. What makes a substance solid is its ability not to exist in the first place. As Aristotle says, "...all things which are produced by Nature or Art involve matter, for it is possible for each of them both to be and not to be; this capability, however, is the matter in each."4 Our three-dimensional world assigns relationships to matter, but those dimensions are not the matter themselves. "...but length, breadth, and depth, are certain quantities, but not substances: for quantity is not substance but rather that wherein these very qualities are inherent primarily - that is substance."5
In the movie What Dreams May Come, a friendly spirit explains reality to Chris Nielsen, who has just died and is trying to come to grips with perception and reality: “I am sort of a voice in my head, the part of me that thinks, that feels - that is aware that I exist at all...So if you're aware you exist, do you? Your brain is meat, it just rots and disappears. Do you think that's all there really was to you? Thought is real, physical is the illusion.” This is echoed in the movie, The Matrix where Morpheus explains reality to Neo: "What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.'"
These two movies seem to be Descartesian concepts: “How do I know that [God] has not brought it about that there is no earth, no sky, no extended thing, no shape, no size, no place, while at the same time ensuring that all these things appear to me to exist just as they do now?”6
Einstein, in his Theory of Relativity indicated that all mass is really just energy and the two can be readily converted back and forth from one to the other. This concept is embodied in our current laws of Thermodynamics. Solid objects are merely energy, being expressed in a realm that we can interpret and experience; mass exists in the perceived physical realm as a small slice of the dimension it comes from, the same way visible light is only a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. We can 'see' or perceive light because of its interactions with the rods and cones in our retinas, but there are many frequencies above and below light we cannot see; frequencies that go through our material bodies as easily as empty space.
God is the First Source and Center of all energy in the universe. Since He exists in a different dimension than we do, He can do things that seem amazing; seem impossible to us. He is not a material being, He appeared in a burning bush, appeared as a cloud of fire to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, helped Moses part the Reed Sea (not Red, that will be another study). He saved Daniel in the Lion's den and Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego from the fiery furnace. Through Jesus, God cured the sick, healed the blind, fed the masses, stopped the raging storm and, in His ultimate act of אלפ, He raised Jesus from the dead and allowed him to walk right through the rock to come out of that tomb. With God, the impossible is made possible; that is אלפ.
If you're facing troubles and trials that seem impossible to get through, turn to the Lord of Impossibilities, place your faith in Him and He will see you through; as the timeless song by Oscar C. Eliason promises:
Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can't tunnel through?
God specializes in things thought impossible
And does the things that others cannot do.
1. It's All Elementary; From Atoms to the Quantom World of Quarks, Leptons, and Gluons, ©1985 Necia H. Apfel, p. 40
2. Biology The World of Life, 2nd ed., ©1978 Goodyear Publishing, Inc., p. 43.
3. Tempus Interludium: Interdimensional Solar Mechanics, Ernest L. Norman, ©1978 Unarius Educational Foundation, pp. 35-36.
4. The Metaphysics, Aristotle, Book VII (1032a)
5. ibid (1029a)
6. Descartes, First Meditation (21), Vol. II ©1984 Cambridge University Press, p. 14.