Special Feature

God in Ancient China

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Herb Kersten


Series Code: SF

Program Code: SF000037

00:01 From Melbourne, Australia, HKEA Evangelistic Alliance
00:05 presents "God in Ancient China."
00:09 Who did the ancient Chinese worship
00:12 in the first 2000 years of their long unbroken history?
00:18 Be amazed, at Bible messages
00:20 embedded within ancient Chinese characters
00:23 that are older than even the time of Moses.
00:28 So sit back, grab a friend and be astounded
00:31 by this fact filled presentation
00:33 that has opened ordinance everywhere.
00:39 If you are traveling in an arrowed landscape
00:44 with your friends, a long time ago,
00:49 you're on a camel
00:50 and you're friends are on a camel
00:53 and you've got a long journey a head of you.
00:56 And you are using something in the sky to guide you,
01:02 to give you direction and position.
01:06 So that you'll reach your destination
01:08 and it's a long journey.
01:09 This is gonna take more than two months,
01:13 would a star be more useful to you,
01:16 or would a comet be more useful to you,
01:20 which of these two heavenly phenomena
01:25 would be more useful
01:26 from a navigation point of view.
01:29 I'd put it to you that perhaps a comet,
01:31 because it has a head and a tail.
01:35 The Chinese's astronomers were far more advanced
01:39 than their western counterparts.
01:42 The Chinese astronomers according to NASA
01:46 kept very meticulous records about comets
01:49 when they appeared, when they disappeared,
01:52 and these records were called Comet Atlases.
01:57 And a typical comet atlas looks something like this.
02:03 Doesn't mean much to an American,
02:05 or an Australian, or an Englishman,
02:07 but to the Chinese people this is a detailed record
02:11 of when a comet appeared in the sky,
02:13 and how long it lasted?
02:15 And when it appeared?
02:19 On the 9th of March, 5 BC,
02:22 this record appeared in the astronomy records
02:27 of the book of the Han Dynasty
02:29 and translated into English
02:32 it reads "In the second month of the second year,
02:36 of Jian Ping, the comet was out of Altair."
02:41 Altair is a star, this comet came out of a star
02:45 and it lasted for more than 70 days.
02:48 And It is said, "Comets appear to signify the old
02:52 being replaced by the new."
02:55 "Altair, the sun, the moon, and the five stars
02:57 are in movement to signify the beginning of a new epoch,
03:02 the beginning of a new year, a new month and a new day."
03:06 This is dated that 9th of March, 5 BC.
03:11 That's Altair, it's in the constellation of Aquila,
03:15 its' the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila.
03:18 And the Chinese astronomers are saying,
03:20 "On the 9th of March, 5 BC, this comet appeared out of,
03:24 seemingly appeared out of the star
03:27 and it lasted for more than 70 days."
03:35 The appearance of this comet undoubtedly symbolizes change.
03:39 They said, "The extended appearance of the comet
03:43 for more than 70 days
03:46 indicates that this is of great importance."
03:50 And there is the reference on the screen.
03:53 The Bible says, "The wise men who came to visit Jesus Christ
03:59 who was to be born in Bethlehem."
04:03 They said, "We've seen His star
04:05 in the east and we've come to worship Him."
04:08 The wise men thought it was a star.
04:12 The Chinese astronomers who knew nothing about this
04:15 thought it was a comet.
04:16 To them it looked like a comet,
04:19 to the wise men it looked like a star.
04:25 This record is dated 31 AD,
04:28 and it's in the history of The Later Han Dynasty
04:31 and there is the reference and it says,
04:34 "Summer, fourth month of the year
04:36 on the day of Ren Wu, the imperial edict reads,
04:39 'Yen and Yang have mistakenly switched,
04:43 and the sun and moon were eclipsed.
04:47 The signs of all--
04:48 The sins of all the people are now on one man.
04:56 Pardon is proclaimed to all under heaven.'"
05:01 They knew nothing about Jesus and this is dated 31 AD.
05:06 They knew nothing about Jesus Christ,
05:09 but in their soul, in their spirit,
05:12 they felt that this sudden eclipse of the sun,
05:17 unexpectedly meant that
05:20 the sins of people were pardoned
05:23 and had been placed on one man, that's amazing, isn't it?
05:29 And then it goes on to say
05:30 "The Eclipse on the day of Gui Hai,
05:33 Man from heaven died."
05:37 How did the Chinese people know this?
05:40 They're in China, Jesus Christ
05:42 was being crucified in Jerusalem.
05:46 They knew nothing about it,
05:48 but in their records when they saw this eclipse.
05:52 These imperial astronomers wrote
05:56 "Man from heaven has died."
06:01 Then three days later,
06:07 there was halo around the sun,
06:10 360 degrees rainbow halo, 3 days later.
06:14 "During the reign of Emperor Guang Wu,
06:16 on the day of Bing Yin of the fourth month Jiang Wu,
06:20 a halo, a rainbow encircled the sun,"
06:24 three days later.
06:26 So folks, here is the resurrection
06:28 of Jesus Christ.
06:30 They didn't know what they were writing.
06:33 They were simply recording what they saw,
06:36 not knowing what it meant.
06:38 And so here folks to start
06:40 of this amazing message tonight,
06:44 we have three evidences,
06:47 where the Chinese astronomers unknowing to them,
06:51 pinpointed the year of Christ birth,
06:55 the year of His death,
06:59 and three days later His resurrection.
07:01 And I hope if you watching, I've now got your attention.
07:05 Because this is the type of evidence
07:07 that we're gonna present.
07:10 New to westerners, new to Chinese listeners,
07:15 and Asian listeners,
07:17 perhaps you've never heard this before.
07:19 But what you are going to hear tonight
07:22 and for the rest of the message is even more amazing.
07:27 The ancient Chinese
07:31 have amazing contributions to make to the world
07:35 and they confirmed the book of Genesis.
07:39 They confirmed the story of Genesis,
07:43 and if Genesis is not true, folks,
07:46 then you can through the Bible away.
07:48 Because if the first book is wrong,
07:50 the other 65 books of the Bible are wrong.
07:53 Because Genesis talks about sin, and creation,
07:57 and the flood, and the Tower of Bable,
07:59 and if all those things are just a story
08:02 and there is no reality there, then the whole Bible is wrong.
08:06 Because the other 65 books of the Bible
08:09 are based on the veracity of Genesis.
08:14 So during this presentation,
08:15 we're going to touchup on these four areas.
08:18 What did the Chinese say about creation?
08:20 What did the Chinese say about the fall of man?
08:22 What did the Chinese say about
08:24 the flood and the Tower of Bable?
08:28 But we need a very quick lesson in Chinese tonight.
08:32 For those of us, who don't know Chinese,
08:34 this is a mouth, and the Chinese
08:37 characters are not a hieroglyphics.
08:40 The Chinese characters are a pictogram,
08:42 and so when the Chinese see your open mouth,
08:45 they say, "Well, the character that we're going to create
08:48 for mouth is going to resemble a mouth."
08:53 So there you have the first word
08:56 "Kou," which is mouth.
08:58 It can mean a person, it can mean breath,
09:02 it can mean a man.
09:07 And this one is very obvious,
09:08 this is a tree and this one is two trees.
09:12 So it can be a garden, or it can be a forest,
09:15 or it can be two trees,
09:17 and so when we put them together,
09:20 we've got one person in a garden, you see that?
09:26 Now that we understand Chinese, we can proceed.
09:30 Let's look at something about the flood, the Bible says,
09:34 "There were eight people who entered the ark,
09:37 Noah, his wife, Noah's three sons,
09:41 and Noah's three son's wives
09:44 a total of eight entered the ark."
09:47 The Chinese word for big boat is "Chuan,"
09:54 and it is made up of these components.
09:57 A boat with a number eight
10:04 and what's that symbol at the bottom?
10:05 That's mouth or people.
10:09 So we have a boat with eight people inside it
10:13 and this character is as old, almost as old as time itself.
10:18 It goes back before Moses, it goes back to 2200 BC.
10:23 Where did they get this from?
10:25 How did they know they were eight people in the ark?
10:28 They didn't get it from Moses.
10:31 Now we'll pick something in creation.
10:34 The Bible says, "God created man in His own image,
10:38 He spoke and it was done."
10:43 The word for create in Chinese, or to make, or to concoct,
10:48 or to put together something is "Zao,"
10:54 and its made up of these components,
10:56 words were spoken, you see the open mouth.
10:59 Words were spoken
11:01 and as words were spoken movement happened.
11:05 Now I would have thought
11:06 if I was going to create a Chinese character for create,
11:11 or to make I would have a pair of hands making something.
11:16 What has spoken words got to do
11:19 with moment happening all of a sudden?
11:22 Because this agrees with the Bible story,
11:25 and this word is old.
11:27 This older than Moses, the Bible says,
11:31 "God spoke, and it was done."
11:37 Talking about creation the Bible says,
11:39 "God formed man from the dust of the ground
11:42 and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
11:45 and man became a living being," that's what the Bible says.
11:50 If we take this word "Zao"
11:52 apart just that top bit that you see on the screen,
11:56 just that top bit, take it a part.
11:58 This is what we get, we get dust,
12:02 and we get breath, there is the mouth,
12:06 and the result is something living.
12:09 This is exactly what the Bible says
12:11 and this the Chinese word
12:14 for to make or for to create.
12:21 The Chinese history goes back
12:24 in an unbroken record of 4,500 years.
12:30 That's very similar to the Hebrew race,
12:32 an unbroken history of four and half thousand years.
12:35 They've records, they've kept writing,
12:39 there is no other civilization like
12:41 the Hebrew and the Chinese.
12:44 And this is going to be very helpful
12:46 as we unfold some of the truths tonight.
12:50 The very first emperor of China is Huang Di.
12:54 He's called the "Yellow Emperor,"
12:56 Di means "Emperor," and Huang means "Yellow."
13:01 And this emperor reigned from 2500 BC,
13:04 a 1000 years before Moses to 2400 BC
13:11 and it is attributed to him
13:13 that all the Huang Chinese people come from Huang Di.
13:17 It's also attributed to him
13:19 that Chinese writings system was developed,
13:23 that's 2500 years BC we are talking.
13:27 Moses lived around 1500 BC
13:30 a 1000 years before Moses, Huang Di existed.
13:34 And under his reign a writing system was developed.
13:37 You could almost say, "He's a bit like Abraham
13:40 from him came the Chinese people."
13:44 But what sort of God were they worshiping?
13:47 What sort of God that the ancient Chinese believe in?
13:51 We think, well, they're all into Daoism, and Confucianism.
13:56 And they're into Buddhism in China,
13:58 yes, today that is the case,
14:00 that's predominately the main religion of China.
14:04 But these religions entered China round 600 to 500 BC,
14:10 and Huang Di lived 2500 BC.
14:13 So the question I want to ask is,
14:16 what sort of God
14:18 where the ancient Chinese worshipping
14:20 before Daoism, and Buddhism,
14:23 and Confucianism came into China?
14:26 There is a 2000 year gap there
14:29 and the answer come from Chinese
14:33 greatest historian called Sima Qian.
14:36 He is highly respected, he is highly reveled,
14:41 very few criticize this man.
14:44 And when he writes, people take it as fact
14:48 and he wrote, that Huang Di
14:51 built an altar in Tai Shan to worship a God
14:57 that they called Shang Di.
15:00 Di means emperor.
15:02 So today their God was Emperor Shang,
15:06 but it was their God, it wasn't a human being,
15:09 and so they worshiped Shang Di a 1000 years before Moses.
15:17 Now second answer comes from Confucius and Sima Qian.
15:22 Confucius wrote five classics of poetry,
15:25 and Sima Qian wrote the historical records,
15:28 highly respected, and both say that
15:31 the people of the Shang Dynasty worshiped Shang Di.
15:38 Now The Shang Dynasty goes back to 1776 BC.
15:44 When Moses was leading
15:46 the children of Israel out of Egypt,
15:48 through the red sea,
15:52 200, 300 years before that event
15:55 the Shang Dynasty was alive and well.
15:58 And the Shang Dynasty is unique
16:00 because they kept records.
16:03 They kept documents, and when you can record things,
16:07 and document things you can record history.
16:12 Here is a picture of my Seventh-day Adventist friend,
16:16 Victor Lee holding a tortoise shell,
16:21 that is dated 1770 BC, and he is holding it,
16:26 he should be holding it a lot more carefully,
16:28 I would have thought.
16:29 He is holding with two figures,
16:31 it is very old and on that tortoise shell
16:34 is some very ancient Chinese writing
16:37 and this is how old it goes back to 1770 BC.
16:43 So when Moses was writing Genesis,
16:48 300 years before that
16:50 the Chinese were already writing.
16:55 So there is the timeline,
16:57 you can see Huang Di, 2500 BC,
17:00 you can see the Shang Dynasty,
17:01 with the tortoise shell and the writing.
17:04 1770 BC and Moses looks
17:07 as though he is arrived a little bit late,
17:11 he has arrived at 1500 BC.
17:14 But the Chinese were already writing
17:16 and recording and capturing concepts
17:20 that are embedded in the Bible
17:23 and it's embedded in there language,
17:25 and if I was Chinese, I would be so proud tonight.
17:29 I would be so proud because you got there first.
17:34 You had Biblical concepts in your language,
17:37 before the Jews, before the Hebrews, before Moses.
17:42 And so you can see the Daoism, and Confucianism,
17:47 and Buddhism they came very late.
17:50 They came very late.
17:53 And so here is the letter for Shang Di,
17:56 there is no image of him.
17:58 There is no sculpture of him. There is no idol of him.
18:02 Because they didn't believe in idolatry,
18:04 they just wrote a character to describe, Shang Di.
18:10 We know that Hebrew's worshiped Yahweh,
18:14 or Jehovah, or Elohim.
18:18 The Chinese worshiped Shang Di.
18:20 And I want to put it to you tonight
18:23 that Shang Di and Jehovah or Yahweh are the same.
18:29 I'm going to show you proof and evidence from Confucius.
18:35 That the Shang Di has the same characteristics
18:40 of Yahweh, in his five classics,
18:47 Confucius describes a 175 references to Shang Di.
18:52 And we are not gonna through them all tonight,
18:53 we'd be here forever,
18:55 but I'll give you some descriptors
18:57 from the five classics of Shang Di.
19:00 Shang Di is described by Confucius
19:03 as a "God is all powerful,
19:05 a God who has authority over all nations,
19:08 a God who is all knowing, a God who is ever present."
19:12 You might say, "Well, that could be anybody.
19:14 That could be any Pagan God, most Pagan Gods claim this."
19:19 But wait, there is one descriptor
19:23 that sets Shang Di apart from all the Pagan Gods
19:28 and that is that Shang DI is a "God of love"
19:31 and that is very unique.
19:33 This is not a Pagan God, this is the same God
19:38 as the God of the Bible.
19:41 This is the same God as Yahweh
19:43 and so to summarize
19:46 some of those recitations of Shang Di,
19:49 "He is a God of justice, and wisdom,
19:52 and grace, and holiness, and faithfulness, and mercy,
19:56 and righteousness, and he's eternal."
19:59 These are the characteristics of Yahweh.
20:02 These are the characteristics of the God of the Bible.
20:05 And so Shang Di and Yahweh are the same.
20:10 Now Huang Di, we are told built an altar
20:14 to worship Shang Di.
20:18 And every year, every year,
20:22 the ancient Chinese people had a major event,
20:25 a major religious event called "The Border Sacrifice."
20:29 And it was moved according
20:31 to where the capital city of China was of that time,
20:34 wherever the capital city was that's where they had it,
20:37 and this happened every year.
20:40 Imagine all the Christians in the world getting together,
20:44 into one place, every year to worship God.
20:48 This is what the Chinese were doing.
20:50 They made every year
20:52 huge crowds to worship Shang Di.
20:56 And Confucius tells us
20:59 "The ceremonies of the celestial
21:01 and terrestrial sacrifices
21:05 are those by which men serve, Shang Di."
21:11 "And on that day, the emperor became priest."
21:16 Now this is very similar to the day
21:19 of atonement of the ancient Hebrews.
21:24 Where they met once a year
21:26 and the high priest became priest
21:30 and represented all the people
21:32 and here the ancient Chinese emperor,
21:36 the king became priest.
21:38 And they offered blood sacrifice
21:41 as atonement to Shang Di.
21:44 And if you go to South of Beijing today,
21:48 Southern Beijing, you'll have this massive complex,
21:52 the Temple of Heaven, and the Altar of Heaven.
21:57 There is the Temple of Heaven, here are no idols in there.
22:00 There are no statues in there.
22:02 There is the Altar of Heaven,
22:03 where this blood sacrifice used to be offered once a year.
22:09 And then suddenly it all came to an end,
22:13 this emperor, Qin Shi Huang in 259 BC,
22:19 he put an end to the worship of Shang Di,
22:23 and he said, "No more blood sacrifices to Shang Di.
22:27 And he lowered the boon, and he stopped it."
22:29 And this is why Buddhism and Confucianism
22:33 and Daoism began to flourish
22:38 and it's still flourishing in China today.
22:40 If the Chinese people only understood
22:45 that you are worshiping the same God,
22:47 it's the God of the Bible.
22:50 You would look at this again through intelligent eyes,
22:54 through discerning eyes,
22:55 and see that it is in your history,
22:58 it's in your culture, and it is this emperor,
23:01 Qin Shi Huang who stopped it.
23:06 So if we put it on the time chart
23:08 you can see the line of Huang Di 2500 BC,
23:11 the Shang Dynasty 1770 BC, with the oracle bone script,
23:17 the ancient writing on those tortoise shells,
23:20 Moses 1500 BC, and the religions of China
23:25 they started to come in 500 BC.
23:32 Now here is my friend,
23:33 Victor Lee holding this very old tortoise shell.
23:39 And on that tortoise shell are inscribed
23:42 very ancient Chinese characters dated to 1770 BC,
23:48 they called them "oracle bone scripts."
23:51 Why oracle?
23:53 The writing was on bone, animal bone,
23:56 or it was on tortoise shell,
23:59 so what's oracle got to do with it?
24:01 Well, what they use to do?
24:03 they would heat the tortoise shell
24:05 or they would heat the animal bone
24:08 with these characters on it,
24:10 and then the tortoise shell will crack
24:14 or the bone would crack,
24:15 and depending on the formation of the cracks
24:17 in relation to the characters written on it
24:20 they would start to tell your fortune
24:22 or they would start to tell an oracle,
24:24 and so it's called oracle bone script.
24:27 But when no heat is applied,
24:30 it is simply called bone or shell script
24:34 and it goes back to 1770 BC,
24:39 is that clear?
24:42 It was written on bone, or shell, or pottery,
24:45 and even in axe heads.
24:47 They are starting to discover ancient writing
24:49 on Chinese axe heads
24:51 and they are now dating this to 2200 BC.
24:55 So the Chinese writing goes back further
24:58 than the Shang Dynasty.
25:00 The Chinese writing is older than just oracle bone script
25:03 and there is the evidence.
25:05 And the Chinese archeologists are now pushing back
25:10 the origin of a Chinese character by a 1000 years.
25:14 They thought it was around 1500 BC, 1200 BC,
25:19 that's as all has it got.
25:20 But now they're saying
25:22 "It's older than that by a thousand years."
25:24 Why is that important?
25:26 Because it means that these characters
25:28 that have Bible concepts in them predate, Moses.
25:34 They didn't copy it from Moses
25:37 and Moses didn't copy it from them.
25:39 It was given to them by word of mouth
25:42 after the Tower of Babel when the people dispersed.
25:47 Here is a website called "China View"
25:51 and it says, "New technology discovery rewrites
25:55 earliest Chinese character dating 2200 BC."
26:01 So this is probably new to many listeners
26:04 who always thought that Chinese writing is no older
26:08 than 1200 BC maybe 1500 BC
26:12 and at a stretch, at a stretch 1700 BC.
26:16 But now Chinese archeologists are saying,
26:19 "It's a lot older than that."
26:22 So Huang Di, who lived 2500 BC
26:27 who under his reign developed a Chinese writing system
26:31 and everybody thought,
26:33 that's a bit of an exaggeration.
26:35 People thought that was a story
26:36 just made up to make him look famous.
26:40 But the archaeologists are now saying,
26:42 "Yes, there was Chinese writing around the time of Huang Di."
26:48 So just to sum up, we have shell
26:52 and bone script that's dated 2200 BC,
26:57 no oracle, no heat applied, no cracking of the media.
27:02 Then we have oracle script 1770 BC
27:07 and the characters on the oracles bone script
27:10 are identical to the characters on the non-oracle bone script.
27:17 They didn't invent a whole new set
27:18 of characters for oracle bone.
27:21 It's the same set of characters and from oracle bone
27:24 characters comes classical Chinese characters,
27:27 and from classical Chinese characters
27:29 comes Cantonese and Mandarin.
27:32 Can you see the pedigree?
27:34 So what we are going to look at tonight
27:37 is classical Chinese characters because most people,
27:40 who are Chinese watching, viewing,
27:42 can understand these characters,
27:44 you can't read oracle bone script,
27:46 but you can read traditional Chinese,
27:48 but even that's becoming a rare thing in china.
27:52 As the younger generation
27:54 is now focusing on the modern script.
27:57 And the classical script comes from oracle bone,
28:01 and oracle bone comes from non-oracle bone.
28:05 So the pedigree for classical Chinese
28:07 goes right back to 2200 BC.
28:12 Now in 2009, the Chinese government opened
28:17 a museum in Anyang called "The Chinese Character Museum"
28:24 and I'm glad they did
28:26 because everything I'm telling you tonight
28:28 can be verified if you go to this museum.
28:31 And it's a magnificent structure.
28:34 A museum dedicated to Chinese characters.
28:38 A museum dedicated to the heritage
28:41 and culture of Chinese writing.
28:45 Here is my friend, Victor Lee,
28:47 Seventh-day Adventist, Christian,
28:50 holding that oracle bone script written on tortoise shell.
28:55 And here he is standing
28:57 in the Chinese character museum.
29:00 This looks like the "Great Wall of China" doesn't it?
29:04 This enormous wall,
29:06 that houses oracle bone characters
29:10 and the classical Chinese character equivalent.
29:15 This is a Seventh-day Adventist researcher,
29:17 Dr. Ethel Nelson who wrote a book
29:22 on this very subject called
29:24 "God's Promises to the Chinese."
29:26 And she is a pathologist, and she is an author,
29:30 and she meticulously traces
29:34 the history of oracle bone script
29:36 in relationship to Biblical concepts.
29:39 But the world doesn't know about it,
29:41 and that's why tonight we're recording
29:44 this program and broadcasting it.
29:46 To get the message out and I take my head off,
29:50 I salute the Chinese people for your culture
29:52 and your heritage and your history
29:55 and your Chinese characters,
29:58 which contain Bible truths, Bible concepts.
30:02 Here is an oracle script that means woman.
30:07 Very old script this is probably 1770 BC,
30:14 if not older and next to it
30:17 is the character for desire, or to covet,
30:21 or to have greed in your heart.
30:24 That's the oracle bone script for that concept
30:27 and there is the classical word.
30:29 You can see there is a similarity.
30:31 There are two little trees above the woman.
30:33 The woman is below the trees.
30:35 And it's the same in the classical character.
30:40 So let's take the classical Chinese character
30:42 to desire something, and to covet something,
30:45 and to have greed in your heart.
30:47 There is the classical character
30:49 and it comes from this oracle bone script,
30:52 which is dated 1770 BC and it's made up for two trees
30:57 with a woman kneeling under them.
31:00 The Bible says when Eve, the woman
31:03 committed the first sin, she had a choice between
31:07 the tree of life says the Bible
31:11 and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
31:14 two trees, not four, or three, two.
31:18 And this ancient Chinese character
31:20 that's older than Moses puts the woman
31:24 under two trees, isn't that amazing?
31:27 That's exactly what the Bible says.
31:30 And so here we are today
31:33 and we're going back in time 4,200 years
31:40 when shell script, and bone script,
31:42 were produced and before that was Huang Di in 2500 BC
31:49 and the Shang Dynasty in 1770 BC,
31:51 I'm just summarizing so you can put it all together
31:56 and there is Moses 1500 BC, 700 years before Moses.
32:02 The Chinese had developed characters
32:05 that carry the Bible story.
32:08 This is not an American import.
32:11 Christianity is not an invention of the Americans.
32:15 Christianity is not an invention
32:18 of people in Australia, or New Zealand,
32:21 or even the Middle East.
32:25 Christianity is embedded in your culture,
32:28 and in your language, and in your characters.
32:31 And if you go to that Chinese Character Museum
32:35 in Anyang you will see that.
32:38 And your current religions, which I respect,
32:42 came a lot, lot later then your original religion.
32:50 And so you are worshipping
32:53 one supreme god called Shang Di,
32:55 "the creator of heaven and earth"
32:58 and you did not copy this from Christian missionaries,
33:02 you did not get this from a Christian evangelist
33:04 who came to China.
33:06 Because the first Christians to go China was in 620 AD
33:13 long after you had already
33:15 developed your character language.
33:17 So there they are the Christian missionaries
33:20 coming in very late long after
33:22 you'd already developed your writing.
33:25 And so we can say that once you know how to write,
33:30 you can start documenting history,
33:32 you can start recording things, if you know how to write
33:36 and we're going back to 2200 BC.
33:39 And so you can write about
33:41 how many bags of rice you have in your shed.
33:44 You can write about how many donkeys you have,
33:47 or how many sheep you have.
33:49 These are mundane trivial things
33:52 but when something major happens
33:54 like the creation of the world,
33:57 or the entry of sin into the world,
33:59 or the fall of man, and the flood, Noah's Ark,
34:03 and the Tower of Babel, these are big events.
34:06 These are headline events.
34:08 When things like that happened
34:12 you would be recording that would you now think,
34:14 if you can write and record they did.
34:17 Let's look at creation the Bible says in Genesis,
34:21 "God blessed Adam and Eve saying
34:24 'Be fruitful and multiply.'"
34:28 The Chinese word for blessed is "Fu."
34:31 And "Fu" means good fortune, prosperity.
34:36 If you are running a business, you're a Chinese businessmen
34:39 you probably have this letter above your business place.
34:42 Because it means "May I be profitable,
34:45 may I experience good fortune."
34:47 But the word blessed has these components.
34:51 God together with one person with a mouth,
34:56 there is the mouth, you see the little mouth shape,
34:59 "Kou"
35:02 in the garden.
35:04 God and man have a relationship in a fruitful garden,
35:11 to have a fruitful family
35:13 and that's what the word blessed means.
35:16 That's what the word prosperity means,
35:18 nothing to do with business,
35:21 nothing to do with making a lot of money.
35:23 It's got everything to do with
35:25 one person having a relationship with God
35:28 and being blessed in that relationship.
35:33 The Bible also says, "The Lord took the man
35:37 and put him in the Garden of Eden
35:40 to tend and to keep it."
35:43 The word for Garden is "Yuan"
35:47 and it is made up of these components clay,
35:52 breathing with a mouth, there is the "Kou" symbol,
35:57 or the mouth symbol.
35:58 Breath, clay breathing with a mouth on a man,
36:01 and out of the side of the man comes a woman.
36:04 Have a look, there is the woman
36:06 coming out of the side of the man,
36:08 just as the Bible says that "Eve the woman says,
36:13 'The Bible was formed from a rib of the man,
36:16 came out of came out of the side of the man."'
36:18 And your word for garden has this concept.
36:22 The woman is coming out of the side of the man
36:24 and then they are placed in the garden.
36:27 And this is exactly what the Bible says,
36:29 "God took the man and put him
36:31 in the Garden of Eden to tend and to keep it."
36:34 And this is in your word, Garden
36:37 and it agrees with the Bible.
36:40 Then the Bible says,
36:41 "The Lord commanded the man saying,
36:43 'Of every tree in this garden you can freely eat
36:47 but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
36:50 you shall not eat of this tree.
36:52 Because the day that you eat of it, you will die."'
36:55 And so the Chinese word to forbid is "Jin"
37:01 and it is made up of two trees,
37:05 and it is made up of the man getting a revelation,
37:10 receiving a revelation about these two trees,
37:13 this is the word for forbid.
37:15 And so God gave the man the Bible calls Adam,
37:20 God gave this first man a revelation
37:23 about these two trees.
37:25 The tree of life, the tree of knowledge
37:27 of good and evil and God said,
37:29 "You can eat of any tree, but not this one."
37:33 And this is embedded in the Chinese word to forbid.
37:41 Let's look at something now about how sin and wrong,
37:44 and how evil came into the world,
37:47 according to Chinese characters.
37:52 The Bible says, "The serpent was more cunning
37:54 than the beast of the field,
37:55 which the Lord God had made."
38:00 The word for tempter is "Mo" and it is made up of a garden,
38:08 and then there was a movement in the garden,
38:12 and one came to a man and it was done secretly.
38:19 So somebody came very secretly
38:21 and sneakily to the man in the garden
38:27 and at this point the word is "Gui," which means devil
38:35 and the devil came among two trees.
38:39 Secretively undercover,
38:42 this is the Chinese word for tempter.
38:45 And this is exactly what the Bible says,
38:48 "That the devil sneaked around,
38:52 and seduced, and deceived,
38:55 and tricked the first man and woman."
39:00 He didn't do it openly, he did it sneakily in a garden,
39:04 two trees are involved exactly as the Bible says.
39:10 Isn't that amazing?
39:11 Then the Bible says,
39:12 "When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
39:16 and that it was pleasant to the eyes,
39:18 and a tree desirable to make one wise.
39:22 She took of its fruit and she ate."
39:26 The word for greed, we've already covered this,
39:28 remember when we went to the oracle
39:31 the Chinese Character Museum in Anyang.
39:35 The word for greed is "Lan," we looked at it earlier,
39:39 and it's made up of two trees with a woman underneath.
39:43 The woman fell into sin because of lust and greed,
39:46 coveting and desiring.
39:48 And this is embedded in your character,
39:50 your word for greed and coveting and lusting.
39:54 Then the Bible says, "The eyes of both of these people
39:57 were opened and they knew that they were naked,
40:00 the moment they sinned they realized they were naked."
40:03 And the word for naked is "Luo" and it is made up of clothing.
40:10 Your clothing is gone when you eat of the fruit.
40:15 What has fruit got to do with being naked?
40:22 I would have thought, if I was going to draw
40:24 a picture of a naked person I would just draw
40:26 a stick person without clothing.
40:29 But here this character for naked
40:32 is embroiled in the concept of you are now naked
40:37 because you ate a fruit and that's the story of Genesis.
40:44 And we read on "And they heard the sound of the Lord God
40:47 walking in the garden in the cool of the day
40:50 and Adam and his wife hid themselves
40:51 from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden."
40:55 And the Chinese word for to hide is "Duo"
40:58 and it means his body
41:02 is superimposed to the trees.
41:06 He now looks like a tree, he is hiding behind the tree.
41:10 You can't see him.
41:12 He's hiding behind a tree
41:15 because of the guilt of sin and the shame of sin.
41:22 And the word for guilt is "Kui"
41:25 and it's got to do with the heart
41:28 and the devil "Kui" gets into your heart
41:33 and you feel guilty when the devil get's into your
41:37 heart because of sin and this is the Chinese word for guilt.
41:40 The Bible says, "The Lord set a mark on Cain,
41:43 Cain killed his brother who was called Abel
41:48 because he was jealous that Abel's religious sacrifice
41:52 was acceptable to God and his was not.
41:55 And so jealousy consumed him
42:00 and he killed his brother Cain."
42:03 Now the word for brother in Chinese is "Xiong"
42:06 and it looks like that, but the Chinese word for murder
42:11 looks exactly the same except it has a mark
42:15 and it's exactly the same word "Xiong,"
42:18 pronounce the same,
42:19 it's a different representation.
42:23 But the murderer has a mark
42:25 and the murderer has a mark on his forehead.
42:28 Do you see that?
42:29 And that's exactly what the Bible says.
42:33 It's exactly what the Bible says
42:35 and it's in your language.
42:37 Where does it come from? Where did you get it from?
42:40 Isn't that amazing?
42:42 Let's go to the Tower of Babel.
42:46 The word for Tower is "Ta" let's take the first bit.
42:50 All the people were speaking with one mouth
42:55 and they were united.
42:57 They had one vision, they had one language,
43:01 and they were united together.
43:03 Then we take the second bit for Tower
43:06 and it says, "All the people was speaking with one mouth
43:10 and they took grass, or they straw,
43:13 and they took clay, and they built something."
43:16 The first time in Chinese writing
43:20 with the word Tower is created.
43:23 It has to do with people who are in unity,
43:27 who are building a Tower
43:29 out of bricks made of clay and straw.
43:34 Isn't that amazing?
43:36 Genesis tells us, "The whole earth
43:39 had one language and one speech."
43:42 And they said, "Let's build a tower
43:44 whose top is in the heavens,
43:46 let's make a name for ourselves,
43:48 lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
43:53 That's in the Bible
43:54 and the Chinese word for confusion is "Luan"
44:00 and we break it down, we get your tongue
44:05 with your right leg scattering in one direction.
44:10 Because of the words that were spoken
44:13 the people were scattered.
44:15 You see the mouth symbol there,
44:18 words were spoken, tongue was used,
44:22 the right leg is scattered in one direction,
44:25 and because of these spoken words,
44:27 because of these confusion of language
44:30 at the Tower of Babel,
44:31 the people were scattered and confusion reigned.
44:36 The word for scatter is "Fen san".
44:39 And there's the first bit "Fen"
44:41 and then we'll do the second bit.
44:43 "Fen" means to divide,
44:45 it's made up of the number 8 and with a knife
44:51 8 generations from creation to the Tower of Babel.
44:56 And they were divided by the knife.
44:59 After 8 generations, that's in that word "Fen."
45:04 Then we take the second bit "San,"
45:07 which is dispel and it all the people
45:10 in the flesh followed.
45:12 All the flesh followed the people because
45:16 of the confusion and this is the word for dispel.
45:21 So scatter those two words together "Fen san."
45:27 We looked at that, generations were divided,
45:31 8 generations, from creation
45:34 to the Tower of Babel were divided by the knife.
45:39 And all the flesh, all the people followed.
45:43 That's the Chinese word for scatter.
45:48 The Bible says, "Its name is called 'Babel'
45:52 because there the Lord confused
45:55 the language of all the earth
45:58 and from there the Lord scattered them
46:00 over the face of the earth."
46:05 From the Tower of Babel that the Bible talks about
46:08 this is where the Chinese people come from.
46:11 Yes, Huang Di is your original ancestor
46:15 but where did Huang Di come from?
46:17 He came from the Tower of Babel and that's in the Middle East
46:22 and one group after the scattering,
46:25 they traveled to the East.
46:27 The Chinese people originate
46:29 from this group that traveled to the East.
46:32 They migrated to the East.
46:34 And word for migrate is broken up
46:37 and it means something big,
46:40 big division, from the west.
46:48 And people were scattered, a big division from the west.
46:53 You know this is very funny.
46:55 The Chinese people refereed to the west as westerners
46:59 and they come from the East.
47:02 Now let me put it to you, that you are the westerner.
47:04 The Chinese people are the true westerners.
47:07 Because you came from the west
47:10 and you moved to the east and settled in China.
47:15 But you came from the west
47:16 and this is in your word migrate.
47:20 It says in the word migrate you came from the west,
47:24 just as the Bible says.
47:30 So Huang Di was familiar with him
47:33 by now he's a descendent from Babel.
47:38 We've looked at these characters.
47:42 We've seen how their writing system
47:46 was developed under Huang Di,
47:49 and the oldest writing is on shell bone,
47:52 and pottery pieces, and axe heads,
47:57 and bones script 2200 BC, we've seen that.
48:02 We've seen that the truth of creation,
48:08 the entry of a sin, the flood,
48:11 and the Tower of Babel and the scattering,
48:15 are all embedded in your Chinese characters.
48:20 And they can't be removed overnight,
48:23 that'd be an awful lot of undoing to do.
48:27 That you were ahead of the Hebrew people in terms of
48:32 getting these truths embedded in your writing
48:36 because the earliest writing of the Hebrew people
48:38 is around the time of Moses.
48:44 There is Moses in the meridian dessert,
48:49 in the Midian dessert, before the Exodus,
48:54 he's a shepherd and he's writing a book of Genesis.
49:00 Some say, "He wrote is after the Exodus,"
49:02 doesn't really matter, 1500 BC, 1400 BC
49:06 it's not a lot, it's not a lot--
49:09 Chinese writing goes back 2200 BC
49:12 and the Chinese are there in the Shang dynasty
49:15 on the writing on oracle bone, 1770 BC under Huang Di.
49:22 Chinese writing system was developed long before Moses.
49:26 Now I don't want to end this meeting tonight
49:29 without saying something about salvation.
49:32 How did the Chinese people see salvation?
49:35 How did your ancient ancestors see
49:40 that will be made right with God?
49:42 How that would be made right with Shang Di?
49:45 How that would be made right with Yahweh?
49:47 How did you see that?
49:49 Huang Di built his altar to worship Shang Di
49:53 and the word for sacrifice is "Xi"
49:59 and it's made up of a cow and the lamb.
50:07 You take a cow and you take a lamb
50:09 and they must be without blemish.
50:13 And that's exactly what the Holy Bible says
50:17 that "Jesus who this lamb represents
50:24 had to be without blemish, had to be without sin,
50:28 had to be perfect."
50:29 And this cow and lamb without blemish
50:32 was a symbol Jesus Christ who was to come
50:36 in the future without sin, without blemish,
50:39 and He would be the sacrifice for the sins of the world
50:43 and it's embedded in your language in the word sacrifice.
50:48 And you kill this lamb and this cow without blemish
50:51 with a spear and offer this as a sacrificial atonement
50:57 to get at one with God again
51:01 and this is the truth of the Bible.
51:03 This is what Jesus Christ came to do and He did it
51:06 on the cross but it is embedded
51:08 in your language and I thank you for it.
51:15 In Leviticus in the Bible, the book written by Moses,
51:19 he writes that you take an unblemished cow
51:22 and you take an unblemished lamb
51:24 and you offer it as a sacrifice representing Jesus Christ
51:29 who was to come into the future and do exactly that.
51:36 Jesus, Son of God, Lamb of God
51:40 that takes away the sin of the world,
51:43 unblemished took the sin of mankind upon Him
51:49 to take away the sin of the world.
51:51 He is the sacrifice. He is the unblemished lamb.
51:57 Now the word for righteousness,
51:58 I find this absolutely amazing.
52:01 As a Seventh-day Adventist Christian,
52:03 I understand what righteousness means,
52:06 what the gospel means, when it comes to
52:08 how you get it, how you get righteousness,
52:11 but it is in your word for righteousness "Yi"
52:15 and it is made up of a lamb.
52:18 And then the lamb is over me and that's the word righteous.
52:24 If I want to be right with God,
52:25 I've got to make sure that I am covered by the lamb.
52:30 The lamb is over me, I'm not over the lamb
52:33 and if I take the word apart,
52:36 just a little bit more I get even more meaning,
52:41 I learned if I take that bottom bit
52:43 of the word "Yi" I get this with a hand
52:49 and a spear is used against the lamb.
52:56 And this word is 4,200 years old,
53:00 2,200 years before Jesus Christ died on the cross.
53:06 Your Chinese character script had a word that captured
53:11 the good news of the gospel where a spear was used
53:16 against the innocent lamb representing our sins
53:21 that killed the unblemished lamb of God
53:25 to take away the sins of the world.
53:30 Praise God.
53:36 Christ's death on the cross prophesy in Chinese writing,
53:43 isn't that just amazing?
53:48 So if we put it all on the chart,
53:50 we can see while the Egyptians
53:52 were building the pyramids in Egypt
53:55 you had already developed a writing system
53:58 that contained the great truths of Scripture
54:03 and I am just so excited about this
54:06 and I hope if you are watching or if you have a DVD,
54:10 that you get it into the hands of some
54:12 of the government leaders in the
54:14 People's Republic of China
54:17 because I believe that if they see
54:20 that they have this head start on the Hebrews
54:26 that they have the Bible concepts in their writing.
54:31 That it's not an American import,
54:33 that its not a foreign religion,
54:35 that it is embedded in your culture and writing.
54:38 I believe if government leaders in China knew this,
54:42 they would open the doors
54:46 to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus
54:50 to the Chinese people.
54:52 All these great truths the lamb being pierced,
54:56 blood sacrificing, righteousness by faith,
55:01 being washed clean, and eternal life,
55:03 these are all embedded in your characters.
55:06 And I recommend for those who want more reading,
55:09 to get this book by Dr. Ethel Nelson,
55:14 you can get it online, Amazon.com
55:17 "God's Promise to the Chinese."
55:21 And for those who want more reading
55:23 there's another one called, "God and the Ancient Chinese"
55:27 by Dr. Ethel Nelson, her second book.
55:31 And for those who want even more reading
55:34 there is another book
55:36 "Chinese Traditions and Beliefs"
55:39 by Daniel Tong, a Christian writer.
55:42 And for those who want even more evidence
55:45 and I want to do more reading
55:47 there's a 200 page manuscript dated 1852
55:52 by the Reverend James Legge from Princeton University
55:56 who studied Chinese characters script
55:58 and the concepts of the Bible in your language.
56:03 May God bless you,
56:04 as you reflect on the contents of this message,
56:07 that it is embedded in your language
56:09 and I thank God for the Chinese.
56:12 Amen.
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56:20 and you have some questions or wish to get DVD's
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56:24 please contact us at HKEA at hkea.org.au.
56:30 Thank you for watching this presentation.


Revised 2015-04-30