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You most likely came to this site thru a Google search. You were probably searching for the answers to a question you had about the Word of God. I would like for you to not just skim thru this site to get a quick answer for your question. What I would like for you to do is stay a while and check out all this site has to offer. For example, enjoy the consolidated collection of ‘Biblical Art’ that you will not find anywhere else on the web. Listen to fine collection of ‘Songs With Anointing’. Check out the vast array of Posts in the ‘Index of Posts’ which tackles some tough subjects. Utilize the study tools you will find in the ‘Toolbox’. Then move over and search the compilation of ‘Church Questions’ which answers truthfully what the Bible says, and not what a particular Church wants their congregants to believe.

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Being an Elijah for Today

I have intensely studied the Word of God for 40 years. Over the course of all these years I have had my favorite figures from the Bible. But lately, no matter which way I turn, the LORD brings me to the life of Elijah. Even my first Grandchild, who came into the world last year, is named Elijah.

Of particular interest, was something I knew but never gave it much thought. Just before Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind, Elisha had asked for a double portion of what Elijah had. Previously I only thought about it in terms of the mighty things Elijah did. In other words, THE HIGHS. But let’s not forget about THE LOWS which included fearing for his life, depression, and being set aside by the LORD for a time of complete idleness. That is why Elijah said, “You have asked a hard thing.” Let’s read it along with the surrounding sentences:

And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” (2 Kings 2:9-10)

Remember, it’s not just about the mighty things a Christian may do. Any Christian who lives a godly life WILL suffer persecution and you WILL have to endure hardships (2 Timothy 2:3 and 3:12).

We must be very careful to study Scripture just as it is written and not add or take away from it. Study very carefully 2 Kings chapter 2 verses 1 and 11. Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind, not by a chariot and horses. The chariot and horses were of fire and they were only a means to separate Elijah from Elisha. But when you look at Christian tradition and paintings, it will show Elijah riding a chariot and horses on a whirlwind. This serves as a lesson for us to be careful of all the hype preachers that only brag about receiving a double portion of the blessings without a double portion of the lows.

To further that thought, if you continue reading verses 13 and 14, Elijah’s mantle fell from him. It was not handed over as paintings and depictions falsely portray. Observe the following painting that falsely depicts the scene contrary to Scripture:

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Here is an excerpt from a World Challenge Pulpit Series from May 2016 by Gary Wilkerson:

We all know that speaking a word for God can be risky. It usually means going against the status quo. It can make us unpopular and label us as judgmental. But if we’re faithful to speak his “now” word to us, God will empower us with all authority. In the past decades, the church hasn’t been very willing to step into this kind of risk. Instead, a lot of teaching about receiving words from God has centered on claiming selfish needs. The idea is that God desires to prosper us financially. It gets reinforced by a lot of best-selling Christian books. Of course God wants to bless us, but a careful reading of Scripture shows us that his “now” words to his people were rarely about blessings. Most were about soul-cutting challenge. Think about Elijah’s commission to speak. I don’t think he relished the thought of saying, “It’s not going to rain for a very long time, so we’ll all probably come close to starving.” Most of the words Paul received from the Lord were fiercely challenging. What famous Christian teachers today talk often about having a thorn in their flesh? Who considers that a testimony worth sharing? God told Paul there were cities on his missionary agenda where the gospel wouldn’t be received, that he would be persecuted, beaten and jailed, that he would come close to dying again and again. Perhaps the hardest “now” word Elijah ever received from God was to stop his ministry. He was at the height of his calling, leading a powerful revival in darkened Samaria when God told him this: “The word of the LORD came to him: ‘Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan’” (1 Kings 17:3-4). God was telling Elijah, essentially, “I’m setting you aside for now. You’re going to be hidden from view. That is my calling for you.” We have to ask ourselves: Are we just as willing to “hide” ourselves—to be anonymous in a self-marketing culture—as we are to speak for the Lord? God will test us on this, just as he did Elijah and Paul. You see, he gives his divine authority not to those who are necessarily bold, zealous or gifted—but who are willing to submit themselves to his will fully. That’s one mark of those whom God calls forward in darkened times like ours.

To read the whole message, you can click on the following PDF:

Walking in Divine Authority.PDF

There are two questions I would like to leave you with. First, “Do you truly want to be an Elijah for today and are you willing to accept both THE HIGHS and THE LOWS that go along with it?” Second, “Are you checking everything you are being taught and making sure it completely aligns with Scripture, since there are so many false teachers out there which the Bible predicts in these end times?”

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Experiences vs Relationship

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In the ‘Sermon On The Mount’, Jesus stepped it up a notch when He taught that the requirements of the human heart from that time forward would exceed that which the Law required. He painted a very vivid picture that narrow is the way to Heaven and that there will be many false teachers along the journey, especially in the last days. He capped it off by saying this:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)

It all boils down to relationship, not experiences. In simple terms, it is not whether you claim to know Jesus and have had godly experiences. It is about Jesus knowing you and about an intimate two way relationship that exists between the both of you.

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There are literally multitudes of ministers, especially most of those on TV and other media, that center their ministries around experiences. They have cultivated mass audiences who have itching ears that crave excitement and encouragement for worldly success. They pump out books and materials like Christian candy to satisfy the wayward sweet tooth’s. They are guilty of not teaching the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:26-27). To those who want to stay on the narrow path, this means that we must be very careful of all teachings that appear on the Christian scene. This is also true of music, since it appeals so much to the human emotions. Let me illustrate: There is a popular new song on the Christian radio stations that says this, “Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere!” It is an experience oriented song that is doctrinally unsound because the Holy Spirit comes individually through each heart of those that are worshipping. When Christians worship corporately, the Holy Spirit does not come through a place or atmosphere, even though wind and shaking can be a by-product (1 Kings 19:11-13, Acts 2:1-2, Acts 4:31). The Holy Spirit comes and works through each human heart. Satan is the one who inhabits the atmosphere. Satan is called the “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2. He is the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31. True Christians are not to be of this world (John 17:16).

So many Christians think, “If only I could tour the Holy Land and walk where Jesus walked, it would boost my spiritual walk so much.” What a misguided notion. Jesus is as close as we want Him to be no matter where we are physically located on this Earth. Touring the Holy Land may increase our biblical knowledge, but it certainly will not make us more spiritual.

There is no doubt that the Lord promised a latter rain outpouring in Joel 2 and Acts 2, especially just before the coming ‘Great and Terrible Day of the LORD’. I can firmly attest to that outpouring because I have been a recipient of it. But, be very careful my friends. There are so many false prophets and teachers out there that pedal a ‘strange rain’. They want you to believe that the Lord is doing more and more new things with new revelations just before His coming back, and they are a conduit of it. This is a lie from the enemy and is nowhere in the Word of God. I challenge any so called minister of the Lord to show me that being ‘slain in the spirit’ is a valid New Testament occurrence for Christians, especially with how commonplace it has become in certain circles. And please, don’t even try to use Saul (who was not a Christian at the time) being knocked to the ground as a defense. I see so many pastors and even denominations going astray because they think they are missing out if they don’t grasp a hold of this ‘strange rain’ thinking it is a work the Holy Spirit, which it isn’t. Please my friends, don’t stray from the written Word of God, which all prophecy and manifestations have to agree and be in-line with.

Experiences are a part of every human’s life, but true faith must never be based upon those experiences. It’s not about us. It’s about our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven and how we can serve them. Not the other way around with them being our genies in a bottle.

Be aware of the new buzzword for experience which is ‘encounter’. You can have encounters with Jesus and you can receive blessings from Jesus. But do not be deceived. This does not mean you have a saving relationship with Jesus.

Now for the most important question there is: Can Jesus say to you, “I Know you. Well done! You are My good and faithful servant.”? Do not be one of the deceived that will cry out on judgment day, “But Lord…………!”

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Another Gospel

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But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? (Galatians 1:8-9 and 3:1a)

Interpretation of the above verses is not rocket science. We know that there is no such thing as the perfect church while we still live on this earth. This is not what is being addressed. What is being addressed is the harmful conduct and teachings of any fellowship that disguises itself in the Lord’s Church.

Over the past 25 years, my family and I have been faithful attendees and contributors of only two local churches. I believe in local fellowshipping for two main reasons. First, it allows us to bump into those from our fellowship in the local marketplace. Second, it allows us to target the lost and needy in our immediate area. That is why we are heartbroken with what I now have to share. In both cases we had to remove ourselves from both of these local fellowships. The first was because they were practicing ‘the end justifies the means gospel’. The fallout from this was, they ended up being convicted and sentenced in Federal court. The second allowed the heretical teachings of Bill Johnson and Bethel Church to infiltrate. When approached with warnings they out-and-out chose to ignore the warnings and not address their sins. In both cases, we had to obey Scripture and not fellowship with them anymore. This left us in a dilemma as we were being forced from our local area to find a good Scripture based church. It opened our eyes that there are very few churches that stick to orthodox teachings and don’t go a whoring after excitement and the catering to itching ears.

On the way to work everyday, I drive by each of these churches with a sorrow in my heart. They have not changed their ways, nor have they repented. My prayer each day is that the conviction of the Holy Spirit would have its way. That things would be made right while there is still time on this earth. It boggles my mind of how we can claim we work for the Lord, but not have unity. Is it not realized that if Heaven is to be our home, that there is no disunity in Heaven and we will have to be with each other through eternity?

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:18)

The reason I waited until now to share all of this is because I needed to come to grips with it. When I read the following devotional today, especially the last part entitled ‘THOUGHTS FOR PRAYER’, I felt the Holy Spirit whispering that now is the time to share it. Too many church leaders are so caught up in growing their churches that they forget that their top priority is to protect their flock.

MAY 12 ESV DAILY DEVOTIONAL

GALATIONS 4:21-31

Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.” Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.

REFLECTION

Paul compares the false teachers to a boy named Ishmael, who was the son of a slave woman named Hagar (see Genesis 16). lshmael’s birth was not the result of God’s miraculous work, but merely the product of human efforts (the “flesh”; Gal. 4:23). Similar to the story of Hagar and lshmael, those who depend on their own human efforts will find themselves enslaved (v. 25; cf.3:10) and will not inherit God’s promises (4:30).

Christians, on the other hand, are like a boy named lsaac, who was the son of a free woman named Sarah (see Genesis 17:21). Since Sarah was barren (Gal. 4:27), Isaac’s birth would have been impossible if it were not for God’s gracious life-giving promise (v. 23). Like Isaac, Christians are the children of God’s promise (v. 28) and have been given eternal life by the miraculous work of God’s Spirit (v. 29).

Paul does not want the Galatians to be surprised by the trouble being caused by the children of “slavery” (v. 29), but neither does he want the churches to tolerate their lies. Teachers who reject the gospel and promote obedience as the basis of our acceptance before God are a grave danger to the health of Christ’s people. Paul’s concern for the Galatian Christians is so serious that he wants them to expel these false teachers from the churches (v. 30).

THOUGHTS FOR PRAYER

Those who teach a false gospel are a true threat to the health of the church. Pray for your church leaders and ask God to use them to protect you and others from those who are promoting teaching that is out of line with God’s Word.

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Dominionism Is Not The Way

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It seems everyone is talking about what is wrong with our culture and what we should do to fix it. It is now at the forefront of the news concerning the run for the next president of the United States. The candidate that this has been especially true with is Ted Cruz. This is because of his father, Rafael Cruz, who is an outspoken Christian preacher and public speaker. He is described by various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, as an acting surrogate in his son’s political campaigns. Earlier this year, Rafael Cruz spoke at televangelist Kenneth Copeland’s church in Texas, where the controversial prosperity gospel preacher declared that Ted Cruz has been anointed by God to be the next president. Copeland introduced the elder Cruz by asserting that “I believe, with all my heart, that his son is called and anointed to be the next president of the United States.”

“Among My people are wicked men who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind. They continually set traps to catch people. Like a cage filled with birds, their homes are filled with evil plots. And now they are great and rich. They are fat and sleek, and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse to provide justice to orphans and deny the rights of the poor. Should I not punish them for this?” says the Lord . “Should I not avenge Myself against such a nation? A horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land— the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. Worse yet, My people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?” (Jeremiah 5:26-31)

Rafael Cruz is an extreme advocate of Christian Dominionism and is very aggressive towards anyone who does not hold his views, even with other Christians. This is why we as Christians need to have an understanding of what Dominionism is, because on the surface, Dominionism seems very noble, but underneath it is a much different story.

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Let’s start off by seeing what gotquestions.com has to say about Dominionism and the ever so closely related New Apostolic Reformation and Word of Faith Movement:

Dominionism.PDF

Apostolic Reformation.PDF

Word of Faith Movement.PDF

This is what renowned Bible expositor, Dr. John Phillips (1927– 2010), has to say:
“Paul, just before his martyrdom, warned Timothy to steer clear of entanglements. He was not expected to organize marches and demonstrations to mobilize public opinion against slavery, persecution and other social ills. God’s purposes in this world in this age are spiritual rather than social. If enough people are saved from their sins, social reforms will follow as a matter of course. God has worked this way in history for the last two thousand years. Think, for instance, of the deplorable social conditions in England in the eighteenth century. Corruption and crime in high places went hand in hand with vice and violence at all other levels of society. The church was materialistic and spiritually dead. It was the butt of jokes and was devoid of authority and power. A high-handed aristocracy rode roughshod over the rights and ambitions of the common people. Conditions in France were very similar. France exploded in a revolution that produced the guillotine and the Reign of Terror. England, too, was taken by storm, not by revolution but by revival; the Wesleys and the Methodist awakening led to a widespread cleanup of society. Throughout history, genuine spiritual awakenings have resulted in social change.”

The following three PDF’s shed a light on the roots of our modern Dominionism and why we as true followers of Jesus Christ are not to get caught up with it or be distracted by it:

Rise Of The Christian Right.PDF

Christian Imperialism.PDF

7 Reasons For Not Being A Dominionist.PDF

Acts 9:2 refers to the early Christians as the ‘Way’ and Acts 17:6 tells us that they ‘turned the world upside down’. They did not do it politically or socially. They did it spiritually by bringing people into a life changing spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that most of the time it was one person at a time. Emperor Constantine tried to do it politically and socially and it turned out disastrous. Not until almost 1200 years later did things begin to turn around with the Protestant Reformation.

I am asked, “Why do I investigate and report the truth about certain ministries?” I will tell you. First, it is simply because I am commanded to do so (Ephesians 5:11). Second, it is because the people in local churches are no longer satisfied with studying the rightly divided Word of God, having fellowship, serving their communities, and carrying out the great commission. They have itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3). Modern technology feeds them with every twisted and tempting teaching that is out there. And it is making many of these ministers that twist the Bible to fit their agendas into multimillionaires. They project a false caste system of those that follow them as if they are in some way superior to what other Christians are. Their followers are willing to financially fuel these demigods who teach heresy because they feel privilaged to be associated with their ministries and to be privy to their newly unlocked Biblical secrets. Take Kenneth Copeland for instance. He is a main proponent of Word of Faith/Dominionism/New Apostolic Reform and he brags that he is a billionaire, whether he is by now or not. The first PDF below illuminates his heresies and the second points out the fact it is the heretic who is the violator, and not the one bringing to light the heresies:

Kenneth Copeland Heresies.PDF

None Dare Call Heresy.PDF

As a simple illustration, false teachers like Kenneth Copeland like to take the following verse and twist it to say that the Dominionist’s must restore all things before Jesus returns. Whereas rightly dividing the Word of God teaches us that the world in the end times will be in such bad shape and groaning, that only Jesus will be able to restore everything upon His return:

For He must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through his holy prophets. (Acts 3:21)

This earth is not our home. We are strangers in a foreign land. The earth and mankind groan for the second coming of Jesus Christ:

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who His children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as His adopted children, including the new bodies He has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (Romans 8:18-24)

Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. (2 Peter 3:11-13)

I will leave you with this question. Who do you think the following verses refer to? Is it the obvious deceivers? Or is it really the carefully crafted ministers going around doing so-called dynamic acts of faith and in so doing have huge followings?

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:22-23)

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Whole Counsel

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Whenever Satan is on the scene, there are half truths. All you have to do is turn to the beginning of the Old Testament and examine what he said to Eve. Then turn to the beginning of the New Testament and examine what he said when he tempted Jesus.

Satan is the Father of lies and half truths (John 8:44). Whereas, Jesus is 100% the way, 100% the truth, and 100% the life, 100% of the time (John 14:6). It doesn’t stop there. Our God is not only 100% love (1 John 4:7,8,16), but he is 100% righteousness and 100% consuming fire (Deut 4:24, Isa 33:14, Heb 12:29) 100% of the time. The concept of God as a consuming fire includes both the idea of God’s jealous, holy nature and His judgment upon those who sin and oppose Him. Used in more than one way in the Bible, the overall idea is one of power, both positively in the sense of deserving worship and negatively in punishing those who sin and oppose Him.

Listen to what David Wilkerson has to say:
Right now, there is a terrible practice sweeping through evangelical churches. Ministers go to great lengths to test God’s warnings of judgment. They ask, “Is the warning in this passage compatible with God’s love?” If the warning doesn’t seem to be tender, gentle or loving it is written off and ignored. These ministers have created a false Christ. They preach a Jesus who is only about love and not about holiness and justice. They make him out to be an indulgent Savior who turns a blind eye to anyone’s besetting sin at least 490 times. These shepherds never consider Jesus’ righteous judgment or hatred for sin. They lead people to excuse their sin with the claim, “It doesn’t matter if you fall. God loves you.”

Now listen to what the Bible says to back up the fact that the whole counsel of God’s Word is to be taught without compromise:
Therefore I (Paul) testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (Acts 20:26-29, 2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 4:14)

The excerpt from David Wilkerson that I had quoted is from his sermon ‘Broken Down City Without Walls’ which was originally released in 1998 and is now re-released in April 2016, because it is still so timely. You can read the whole sermon in the following PDF:

Broken Down City Without Walls.PDF

The main theme of the sermon is that when we as Christians live a life with hidden sin, we become a ‘Broken Down City Without Walls’. We can’t blame Satan or anyone else for our woes. But when it comes to so many of Christianity’s false Spiritual Leaders, they will be judged for not preaching conviction to these ‘Broken Down City Without Walls’. They will no longer be smiling like they did on their book covers. Blood will be on their hands.

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Spark of Life

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the One who formed you from the womb, ‘I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself, and spreading out the earth all alone.'” (Isaiah 44:24)

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

The following article was just released by scientists to the news. What is amazing is that this ‘Spark of Life’ was known for thousands of years, but was never seen by human eyes before!

SCIENTISTS WITNESS ‘FLASH OF LIGHT’ DURING CONCEPTION

Published April 26, 2016
FoxNews.com

Scientists have captured the moment a human sperm meets an egg on film, and found the union is a ‘fireworks’ show that produces a blast of white light.

The phenomenon was discovered about five years ago in a mouse, but it’s never before been seen in humans.

Specifically, scientists noted that at the exact moment of conception, an explosion of fiery sparks is emitted. And what’s more, researchers found different sizes of light and said the size can actually reveal the quality of the egg that’s being fertilized, the Telegraph reported.

In short, researchers from Northwestern University in Chicago said the brighter the fireworks, the healthier the egg. And the practical benefit of that finding is that it enables medical officials to identify the best fertilized eggs for in-vitro fertilization procedures.

Scientists attribute the flash to a trigger release of calcium that occurs when the sperm enters the egg, and that deposit causes an expulsion of zinc. As the zinc pours forth, it carries with it small molecules that give off a fluorescent light.

For the first time, researchers have witnessed the exact moment conception occurs— and have recorded the ensuing explosion of sparks that form when sperm meets an egg. The Telegraph reported that scientists had previously captured the moment in animals, but this is the first time it’s been recorded in humans.

“It was remarkable,” senior co-author Teresa Woodruff, director of the Women’s Health Research Institute and chief of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Fertility Preservation at Northwestern University, told the Telegraph. “We discovered the zinc spark just five years ago in the mouse, and to see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking.”

“It’s a way of sorting egg quality in a way we’ve never been able to assess before,” she told the Telegraph. “All biology starts at the time of fertilization, yet we know next to nothing about the events that occur in the human.”

Researchers who analyzed a video of nine human eggs touching the sperm observed that two flashed brighter than the others— insight that could provide an important tool for doctors trying to determine which fertilized eggs to choose during in vitro.

“This is an important discovery because it may give us a non-invasive and easily visible way to assess the health of an egg and eventually an embryo before implantation,” study co-author Dr. Eve Feinberg told the Telegraph.

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