Spiritual Truths Found In The World of Electronics
This section has taken a great deal of thought on part of the author. My background in electronics is extensive. In fact, it includes over 20 plus years of hands on experience. My experience with electronics is well diversified. I received training in the U. S. Navy in Basic Electronic theory, Radio Communications, Microwave Communications, Crypto Communications, Satellite Communications, Surface and Air Search Radar, Antenna Wave Propagation theory, and many other miscellaneous areas. My electronic background after departing the Navy consisted of training in digital electronics, computer repair, and computer programming. With this background coupled with a Doctor of Divinity received from Pensacola Bible Institute, I am not lacking in knowledge for the task at hand in this chapter. It is my hope that this information will be put into regular layman terms; and as such, will be of use to those people who are trying to win technical minded people to the Lord Jesus Christ. After prayer in the matter, I feel led to use the following format. First I will mention a topic in the bible, and then apply it biblically and then tie it to electronics. It is the purpose of the writer to show that biblical standards and spiritual truths are evident even in the realm of electronics.
Prayer simply put is one talking to the Lord Jesus Christ. As a Bible Believing Christian I do not pray to saints, nor do I pray to passed away loved ones, nor do I pray to Mary. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and Man.
Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
In order for one to pray one must have first one doing the praying, secondly one receiving the prayer, and thirdly a medium by which the message is transmitted. When one prays we are sending a message to the Lord Jesus Christ and he is the receiver of that prayer. Also the medium by which the prayer travels is spiritual in nature. We are told that the Lord will not hear if one’s heart is not right.
Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
We must have a pure heart in order for our prayers to reach and be heard by Lord. In electronics we have a transmitter, a receiver, and an antenna. If the transmitter can not transmit the signal due to corrosion at the antenna itself, or the antenna is bad, then the signal never gets to the receiver at the destination point. Another interesting note about an antenna receiving a signal is that it must be tuned to the signal that is being received. We were in the middle of the Atlantic and the ships that were at sea with us could not hear our transmissions even though they were close at hand. When investigating the reason for this we found corrosion on a connector to the antenna that blocked the signal from being transmitted. It could have easily been a problem on their receiving end. The signal that is sent out from a transmitter must first be matched to the receiving antenna. This matching device is called an antenna coupler. Think of it this way, if your mind is wandering then the answer to your prayer is not being received correctly. Through these two electronic principles one can find the first two reasons for prayer not being answered. The first is an impure heart which is likened to a dirty antenna connector that has corrosion where the signal reaches the antenna. The result is no signal being transmitted. The second is a coupler that is not matching the signal received from the antenna to the receiver. This represents one’s mind on worldly matters other than what the prayer request is for. If your heart is not right or your mind wanders then no prayer can be sent out properly. It takes work to keep the antenna connectors clean and the couplers aligned to the signal. It will take work for you to have your prayers effectively sent to the Lord.
I remember a problem where we could not receive any satellite messages coming to us from the mainland. It plagued us for days. No matter what we tried the signal could not be received. We found by accident a cracked connector where the signal was entering the receiver. When this was changed the signal came in loud and clear. In this illustration one can think of the Lord as the transmitter, the medium the Holy Spirit. Both represent a perfectly transmitted signal. The signal was not received because the input to the receiver was bad. A cracked dirty connector was the problem. The receiver looked good on the outside, but on the inside it had a cracked input connector. Sometimes the Lord heard your prayer but just about the time he sent the reply your heart was not able to receive it. Many prayers are answered by the Lord, only we just were not tuned in to receive it.
The one sure constant that all Christians want to portray, even if they are not, is humility. One never wants to go around in a church and tell how proud he is. The word of God is specific about people who are proud.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
God’s word also speaks on humility as something one should have and possess in his Christian walk.
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
This truth to be exalted comes from humbling oneself is the principle in the spiritual world that to go up you must go down. The world can not conceive of the idea that in order to be esteemed highly by the Lord one must put himself down. In electronics the same principle applies. The higher you go in frequency the smaller the wavelength. You can see this principle by looking at the antennas on automobiles. The lower the frequency the radio operates on, the taller the antenna; and, the higher the frequency the radio operates on the shorter the antenna. So in electronics if you want to go to a higher frequency band you need a shorter antenna. That means even in the electronic spectrum God has it worked out that the smaller you get the higher you go. Longer wavelength signals tend to bend around the earth and do not escape out of the atmosphere. The shorter wavelength signals easily escape the atmosphere. This is why Satellite communications use the shorter wavelength signal. So if you want to leave this earth you must make yourself small. You come to the Lord Jesus Christ as one who is small and can not do it. You accept the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Saviour and the Lord Jesus Christ will one day take you from the earth to be with him in glory.
False doctrine in the Bible is the teaching described in the Bible as the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Mat 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Mat 16:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
False doctrine is when one tries to take the scriptures and twist them until they say something other than what was the main thrust of the passage. In most cases false doctrine is actually teaching just the opposite of what the scriptures was actually saying. An example of this is trying to teach that works is needed in the church age for salvation when the scriptures clearly teaches one is not saved by his works. One is saved through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
In electronics you have what is known as transformer coupling. In simple terms it is the large transformer inside a piece of electronic equipment that changes the AC voltage out of the wall outlet into a useable voltage inside the equipment. A transformer can be hooked up in one of two ways. One way is said to be in phase. The second way is said to be out of phase. An in phase transformer will have the signal represent the same signal going out as the signal coming in. So if the voltage was going positive on the input, the voltage on the output would be going positive as well. In an out of phase transformer the signal on the output will go in a negative direction when the input voltage is going in a positive direction. In other words the transformer in electronics represents two groups of people. Those that interpret the scriptures correctly and those that do not. The ones that interpret the scriptures correctly matches the in phase transformer. As the Holy Spirit leads you in your daily walk you continue to go in that direction. The out of phase transformer is like someone when led by the Holy Spirit to go one way goes completely the opposite. It also shows the reason so many people seem to get hung up on false doctrine. This is because they are tuned to the out of phase signal that appears to them to be an exact duplicate of the signal coming to them. When in reality it is totally out of phase. The word of God is written in such a manner so as those that are carnal will get carnal truths from the scriptures. Those that are covetous will find reason to covet. Those that are led by the emotions instead of the Holy Spirit will find plenty of verses to teach them what they want to hear. The problem is simple.
Mark 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
2 Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
1 Kings 22:22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST
Topics dealing with the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ appear almost everywhere in today’s Christian circles. Much discussion has been on the image of the beast and what it is.
Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
The image in the tribulation will definitely come to life. This image will deceive many people and be worshipped. One thing I do know is that Satan desires worship.
Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
When Israel was in the Babylonian captivity, people were caused to worship the image.
Dan 3:10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
The Babylonian captivity types the time when Israel will go through the tribulation period. This image types the Antichrist that desires worship. It will come to life as the Antichrist will come to life. It will be worshipped as the Antichrist will be worshipped. This image will be so close to the real thing that people will be easily deceived.
In electronics you have what is known as the image frequency. This is a signal that is a harmonic of the signal you desire to receive. It is not the real signal but because it is so close to the real thing it actually passes through the amplifiers of the receiver and produces a distorted output. When dealing with radar this image frequency can be quite hazardous. When the technician aligns the radar receiver he is to make sure that he tunes it in such a manner as to receive those signals that have bounced off an object from the main burst of energy from the radar itself.
The radar first sends out a burst of energy into the atmosphere which radiates out in a highly aimed direction. The radar then switches to receive mode and waits for this energy to bounce back and be received. If one was to count from 1 to 100 it would be like the radar transmitting for the first 5 counts and then listening from 6 to 100 and then starting all over again with a burst of energy. The frequency at which the radar is operating is at such a fast rate that all of this happens in units of a millionth of a second. If you were to divide a second by one million you would get the term micro second. In other words one million micro seconds will equal one second. The energy of a radar will travel one mile to the target, bounce off the target and be picked up by the receiver in just 12.2 micro seconds. That is a very short time interval indeed. Did you ever stop to think how fast signals are able to move upon this earth. It is mind boggling.
When the technician tunes the radar he must use electronic alignment devices. He can not see the signal -- only a representation of it. The technician can easily tune up to the harmonic or image of the signal transmitted. It will align up to his instruments as the real thing. It will look like the real thing. It will act like the real thing. In all actuality, the technician will be fooled into thinking he has tuned the radar correctly.
What is the result of tuning up the radar to the image?
1.The targets on the radar scope appear distorted
2.The radar only picks up large targets
3.The radar can no longer pick up distant targets.
The world in the tribulation period will receive a distorted view of the truth.
They will only see on the surface what the leaders want them to see. They will have no idea as to what is waiting for them at the end of their life. A literal hell and lake of fire. Yes, worship the image and follow the image and take its mark and the lake of fire will be your final home.
The same principle of the image can be applied to Christians who have been deceived by studying new versions of the Bible. They have gone to a spiritual image and left the KJV text which has proven itself over and over again. The Christian will have the same problems when using new versions.
1.He will have a distorted view of doctrines
2.He will not be able to find hidden nuggets on rightly dividing the word of God.
3.He will not get a true picture of prophesy.
Just be a little open minded for a second. Notice how all the different religions of the world change from the King James Bible to another version to conform to their way of thinking. The Mormons changed to the book of Mormon. The Jehovah Witnesses changed to the New World Translation. Faiths that believe in works for salvation switch to new versions that read the way they believe. You do not read a book that follows your beliefs. You change your beliefs to match God’s book.
The Christian who has found God’s word in the King James Version and trusted it knows the real thing. Once you have a taste of the real thing you know instinctively when you don’t. The technician once shown the difference between the image frequency and the lock on frequency when aligning a radar will instinctively know when he has tuned it up to the image frequency. Those people who know that they hold an infallible word of God in their hands know immediately when a counterfeit image word is put in their hands.
IRON AND THE TEMPLE
The bible is quite clear when it comes to iron that it was not to be used in building the temple nor used in building the altar.
Deu 27:5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them.
Josh 8:31 As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.
1 Kings 6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.
Iron must have a spiritual significance when it comes to God’s altar and God’s temple. For the longest time I could not make the connection. Then when I applied it to electronics the meaning became clear. You have heard on your radio two stations coming in and fading out while traveling in your car. This is the result of two stations being close enough to compete for the same frequency your radio is tuned to. On a navy vessel when out to sea you will sometimes get distortion on your signal because of other stations competing for the same frequency your radio is tuned to. This happens at sea because of all the iron aboard the vessel. When two radio waves of different frequency hits iron it will cause the two frequencies to combine some of their energy. The result is cross talk. You heard it on your phone when you heard the conversation of another party on another phone line you did not have access to. This same distortion as a result of iron will cause the message received to be distorted. Some of the message would be changed. Imagine one sending a message not to fire your missiles and all they received was fire your missiles. To correct this problem every antenna on board a navy vessel must use non-ferrous bolts to attach the antenna to the deck. Ferrous bolts contain iron and non-ferrous bolts do not. The iron in the bolts would act as small antennas and mix the frequencies in the air and combine it to the received signal. Imagine someone in the old testament knowing how iron distorts a message and so when it comes to God’s altar and temple no iron is to be used. This teaches me that the words of the Lord are pure words. God did not want iron in the building of his temple nor in the building of his altar because it signifies to the technical world that it meant a place where the word was pure. No distortion. Now if God will go to this great length to show his word is pure, you can be sure that we have a pure word of God today.
Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psalm 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Man is so filled with sin today that he does not even have a conscience left. A seared conscience is one that is not able to warn you when you go astray. As man continues to grow more and more into perversion, those things that would normally have set off alarms in his head no longer do so. Man’s heart blocks off the signal and never lets it enter into his mind.
1 Tim 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Again the reference to iron. Man gets a mixed message when he delves into sin. The heart acts like a radio frequency trap in the electronic world. A good example of this would be in the TV cable business. Those who have had cable TV know that the cable industry can trap that certain channels from getting to your TV set. A trap is designed to block certain channels or frequencies in a signal and shorts it to ground so you can not get it. All channels above and below the trapped channel are not captured by the trap. Only the desired channel frequency is trapped. In this way the cable industry is able to block one channel and still allow everything else to come through. The Christian who has seared his conscience with a secret sin has a heart like an electronic trap. All other sins bother him except his own. His own sin is trapped by a deceitful heart so he never notices the sin in his life. In his own eyes he is perfect.
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Mat 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Like Father -- Like Son
Everyone has heard at one time or another the saying like father -- like son. This comes from the bible.
Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
1 Cor 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
The phrase so do ye occurs only two times in the bible. One is a reference to the lost, and the other is a reference to Christians. The idea is simple. As those before you have done -- so do ye. The lost do as their fathers did. The Christian is to follow the Christian examples in our churches. The only problem is that Christianity today has turned into a feminine flavor where everything is love, cope, share and peace. What ever happened to the bold Christian who was willing to stand up for his convictions even if it cost his shirt? Today more Christians are concerned with the size of the building and not what the building is used for. Today’s churches use their buildings for everything but glorifying God.
In electronics you have what is known as oscillation. This is the ability of a signal to reproduce itself . You have spurious and unwanted oscillations that tend to add to the signal received. This would be like an occasional ringing in your ears that decreases slowly till you can not detect it any more. Another type of oscillation is called feedback. This occurs when the microphone you are speaking into picks up the sound waves from the speaker and reamplifies that sound. The result is a constantly increasing tone coupled with a constant increase in audio level. You have heard it many times. It starts out low and steadily increases till it literally hurts to listen to. Man starts out sinning in small areas. It is of little occurrence and is not easily seen. As the sin grows in his life it becomes more noticeable and the occurrence steadily increases. Such is the pattern man. He sins once and it bothers him. However, over time his sins and actions become more hideous till it is out of control.
LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT
While this phrase is not found in the bible itself, the principal is. Take for example when the Lord Jesus Christ fed the five thousand with only five loaves and two fishes.
Mark 6:38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
Mark 6:44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
When God is in it even the smallest of things turn into great spiritual blessings. When the Holy Spirit begins to move you do not have to worry about obstacles. The Holy Spirit will move all obstacles when The Lord wants to open doors for the Christian to go through. I have seen many times where a humble Christian gets up to sing for the Lord and you can just feel the Holy Spirit move through the place. He or she may not have been polished. They certainly were not professional. They were just allowing the Holy Spirit to work through them so the Lord Jesus Christ could be lifted up.
I have also seen time and time again a young child witness to an adult and just peel the calluses away from his heart and the man get saved when no other witness could reach him. I have also seen where a man goes out to the mission field with little or no training. No support, and only those things he could carry and the Lord would use that Christian to build bible believing churches and win many souls to the Lord.
In electronics there is a principle where just a small signal can control a much larger signal. In an amplifier you have an input section, an amplification section, and an output section. The input section controls the amplification section with only a small amount of signal. In a non-technical illustration, one can control vast amounts of water in a pipe by just a small control valve. The input signal is like the control valve, the amplification section is like the main pipe, and the output section is like the water coming out of the pipe. It is a common thing to see in electronics an input signal of only one tenths of a volt producing an output signal of over 10 volts. This would give the gain of the circuit from one tenth to 10 volts about 100. In effect a Christian who is sold out and trusting in the Lord will be 100 times more effective in God’s eyes then the professional who esteems himself to be God’s gift to the ministry.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST KNOWS ALL YOUR THOUGHTS
Their is no secret that we cannot hide from God. He knows all our secret sins, he knows all of our thoughts. He is able to keep track of every thought of every person in the world at the same time.
Psalm 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
1 Cor 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
We have today two types of communications which illustrates being able to keep track of many conversations at one time. The first example is in microwave communications. Not to be confused with microwave ovens. The second is in satellite communications. In both cases, many channels are transmitted together. It would be like ten people talking on the phone at the same time. All conversations would be transmitted or received at the same time. In fact all the conversations would travel on one super carrier frequency. In the same way the Lord is able to monitor every mind as though it were a separate channel in a microwave or satellite system. He then could impress upon one person his thoughts or many people all at the same time.
Staying in sync with a standard
The world is always looking for a standard unit of measurement. Without standards our lives would turn into total chaos. Imagine having no standard rate for the dollar. No standard unit of time. No standard unit of weights. Our whole economic system would collapse. The bible is the Christian’s standard. Without a standard everything would become relative. All truths would become relative and no one would have the answer.
God has given us his holy word to be our standard so that we can know right from wrong. The bible gives us the correct interpretation for doctrine so that we can grow spiritually.
2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
In electronics we must have a way to keep all the equipment in the system tied to each other. All of the electronic devices in the system must also be timed to work together. This is achieved through what is known as a standard. In order to calibrate a piece of equipment you must align it to a standard. In order to have all radar scopes matched to a radar signal, the scopes must be hooked up to a common standard sync pulse. The Christian who has the bible for his standard will stay locked on to spiritual truths. Without a standard, the data in an electronic circuit would be jumbled and make no sense. The Christian who has no bible for a standard soon becomes wishy washy ready to bend to every new fad that comes along. There are many Christians in the world today who are just sitting and watching. They have no standard to sync to and follow every new trend that comes their way.
Everyone in the world can define sin as being something that is an offense against God. Yet most people do not believe they are sinners. They say they only have faults. The world trying to make them selves righteous will never admit that they are sinners, only the others around them. Sin is what separated us from God. Sin is what causes us to go further and further apart from God. It is common in the ministry to see people resist the teaching of the word of God, resist the leading of the Holy Spirit, resist the truth, and resist the invitation to get their sins washed by the blood of the Lamb.
In electronics we have what is called a resistor. A resistor gets its name because it resists current and slows it down. The most common resistor is made of carbon. Man is carbon based and he is a sinner. In fact the word of God mentions that all men have sinned.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
The typology is significant. Man is made of carbon and he is a sinner. Man’s flesh which wears him down continually to spiritual things is like the resistor slowing current in a circuit. Man is slowed down in his spiritual walk by his sins.
THE WORKING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is at work today. Most preachers can tell when the Holy Spirit is moving in the congregation. There is a presence in the service that is unmistakable. I remember listening to some men get up to the pulpit and give their testimony. Their diction was perfect. Their posture was correct. Their grammar was right on and yet the impact on the congregation was dullsville. Next came up a young lady who loved the Lord and everyone knew she did. She was always witnessing, and praying for those in the ministry. She had a presence about her that drove the lost nuts. She was what one would truly call a Sprit led Christian. When she gave her testimony her diction was not perfect and her speech was not fluent. Looking around the congregation you would never know it. There were tears in some eyes. Conviction could be seen on peoples faces. There were Amens. The congregation came alive. What made the difference? One was fleshy and the other spiritual. One allowed the Holy Spirit to do the work while the other depended on their professionalism to get through.
In electronics the working of the Holy Spirit can be typed to current. It is the current in a circuit that is never seen, only the results of the current are seen. I remember my uncle Larry working on an electrical outlet when I was a teenager. He thought the breaker to that outlet was turned off. It was actually still on and hot. He received a shock that sent him crossed the room. He felt the current go through his body. It immediately caused his muscles to tighten which resulted in his involuntary movement crossed the room. Today in some services men just all at once leap off the pew and run the aisles without even thinking about it. When the Holy Spirit gets moving you can feel it. I have seen the congregation go wild when the Holy Spirit is moving in a big way. The hum you hear around large electrical lines is the result of the current in those lines. When the Holy Spirit moves, you can not see the Holy Spirit, but you can sure feel his presence and see and hear the affect of that movement.
THE LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS
There is always entropy in a closed system. That simply means things left to themselves always lose energy. The Christian who stays away from the word of God will lose energy in his spiritual walk. In order to stay at your peak you must continue to draw energy from the Holy Spirit and the word of God.