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This article is pure speculation on my part.  But, after reading it, it may not be speculation.  It’s just an observation that’s been in my brain for a long, long time.  I thought I’d throw it out there to see if anyone else ever crossed this path. If you have, then send me an email. We’ll discuss it.  I would love to hear from you.

 

 

 


Ecclesiastes  1:9-11 (KJV)

 

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun.  Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new.  It hath been already of old times which was before us.  There is no remembrance of former things, neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after".

 

 Read this verse over and over.  Read it slow and take in all that it says.  This one verse has a major impact on this commentary.  Also in the book of, Matthew 12:32, Jesus speaking: Blaspheming against the Son of Man is forgiven, but blaspheming against the Holy Ghost is not forgiven in this world or the world to come. 

When you read the two verses above, it seems like there has been a world before us and that there will be a world after us.  And it also seem as if we are going to be a part of it.  And I am not talking about heaven or hell. 



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Have we been recycled?  And are we being recycled now?

 

I have often wondered throughout my life, after certain things have happened, if we (humans) are on a never-ending life circle or cycle of existence.  Constantly doing things over and over and over again. Born, grow up, grow old and then die.  And then it starts all over again.  Sometimes I think that eternity is just one big gigantic circle of life.  No beginning, no ending, just a continuation of everything as before.  And I'm not talking about re-incarnation here.  I'm talking about individual lives being recycled.

 

 

Of all the times, I have read and reread the Bible, there is only one verse that has always puzzled me.  Only one verse that I could never understand.  And the reason that I could not understand the verse is because of one word that’s in the verse.  ‘replenish’.    Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish (emphasis mine) the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

Did you see it?  ‘replenish the earth’.  ‘Replenish’

What does this word mean?   Replenish?

 

Webster’s dictionary has this as the definition.  ‘to fill or build up again.  To make good.   To make full or complete once again.  To restore again.  To do over.’


Did you get it?  Its all about doing things over again.  

 

When Noah did his thing, God uses the same word, ‘replenish’ and in Genesis 9:1, it is used to mean the same thing as above.  To do over. 

 

Genesis 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and ‘replenish’ the earth.

 

To build the population again, to restore it, to do it over, to make it full and complete again.  To me this incident is not puzzling.  I do understand Noah’s plight.  The earth needed to be repopulated again.  To be done over, to restore it again, and to make it full and complete once more.  Because we all know that there were people here before the great flood.

 

But, why did God tell Adam and Eve to ‘replenish’ the earth?  Why did it need to be ‘repopulated’?  Why did it need to be restored?   Why did it need to be made full and complete again?  Were there people here before us?  Was that civilization ended to make room for us? 

 

And has it been done over and over and over again?   

 

If Adam and Eve were the first people on the planet, then why use the word ‘replenish’.  Would not the word ‘plenish’ be sufficient?  Which could mean to populate the earth.   Now we know that there is no such word as ‘plenish’.  I made it up.  But it actually could be used here in its singularity.    Meaning to do the first time.  To do it complete the first time.  To fill up the first time to populate the first time. 

 

And I certainly don’t mean to put words in God’s mouth.  He can do quite well without me.




 

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Now, here is my theory.  And I mean it’s just a theory.

 

When we look at the word forever.  Our minds can’t conceive of the vastness of eternity.  And eternity is just a far backward as it is forward.  Our finite brains just can’t wrap around it.  It’s just too big.  We just can’t comprehend its vastness or its value.


If the earth was created just six thousand years ago, as I believe it was, and eternity is forever back, why did God wait till just now to create the earth?  (Compared to eternity, six thousand years ago is just now). Why did He go millions and millions of eons times millions and millions of eons with nothing?   Then Wah-lah, I think I’ll create the earth.  (No disrespect or sarcasm intended)

When I think of things like the word ‘replenish’ it makes me wonder.

 

Then we have this thing called Déjà vu.  What is that all about?  Doing something that you feel like you done before.  And the experience seems as real as reality itself.  Add that to replenish, then add both of them to the length of past eternity and it really does seem like something is going on.


Then there is the Ancient Alien program on TV which claims there are underground cities and relics that have been found which are tens of thousands of years old.  Tens of thousands of years old!!!  Where did these come from?  If the earth is only six thousand years old, who built these cities?  Who made the relics?


It really does seem like we are being recycled.  For what reason, I don’t know.  Maybe each of our lives have to be done over and over till we get it right.  Maybe this is the hell that we hear so much about.  Just a theory, now, just a theory. 

And I certainly don’t want to assume facts not in evidence.   But then again the facts seem to be the evidence.


Also, it is possible that God is so gracious that He is giving us all the chances we need to get it right. 


Ancient Israel believed that there is a place called the ‘guff’.  This is the place where all the souls ever created are stored.   The Bible tells us that God breathed into man a living soul.  So, our souls are God’s breath.   And each time a baby is born, God removes a soul from the guff, and breathes it into the newborn.  Then when the person dies, the soul is returned to the guff unless that person actually did made into Heaven.  And maybe, just maybe, we stay on this cycle of doing things over and over, until we get it right and then all souls are once again reunited with the Father.  And then the guff will be empty. 

 

In saying all of this comes the question.  What about heaven and hell?

Is it possible that hell is the constant recycling of your life?  To live it over and over again....  And heaven is the art of achieving paradise because you finally got it right? 


The Bible tells us that hell was made for the devil and his angels. So, maybe, after all the souls have been returned to God, hell has its only occupants, the devil and his angels. 

 

 

 

Full Definition of replenish   (Webster’s)

1.        transitive verb

  1. 1 a :  to fill with persons or animals :  stockb archaic :  to supply fully :  perfectc :  to fill with inspiration or power :  nourish
  2. 2 a :  to fill or build up again <replenished his glass>b :  to make good :  replace

4.      to make full or complete once more <We need to replenish our supplies  

5.      When the King James was translated, replenish just meant to fill abundantly. Nowadays it has a meaning to refill. The extra information above does support this. See the note on 14th century. The King James was made in the 17th.


 



So, have we been recycled?  According to Ecclesiastes, yes we have.  Has our earth been recycled?  According to Ecclesiastes, yes it has.