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Hebrews 12:1

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 1 Having such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us,1 let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that does so easily entangle us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

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1 Having such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, This statement is further evidence that we share the physical space with multiple dimensions, as the following scriptures testify:

He has made from one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the allotted times and the boundaries of their habitation; So that they should seek the Lord, and perhaps might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us. For in him we live and move, and have our being; Acts 17:26-28

 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Eph 4:6

Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I will not see him?" says the Lord. "Do I not fill the heavens and earth?" says the Lord. Jer 23:24

Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Col 3:11

Yet for us there is only one God, the Father, from whom all things exist. 1 Cor 8:6

When we have made seeking God's righteousness as the first priority of our life, (evidenced by exposing ourselves to God's commands through waiting on Him in humble silence), we are surrounded and observed by both good spirits and evil spirits. However, we do not see the spirits because we are in a lower physical dimension. George Fox described the Kingdom of Hell overlaid on our dimension, and the Kingdom of God overlaid on top of the Kingdom of Hell. Quantum physics has evidence of eight dimensions, which with the aid of Fox's description we can attempt to enumerate: 1) length, 2) width, 3) depth, 4) time, 5) paradise — the outer court of heaven or the temple, 6) the kingdom of heaven — the inner court of heaven or the temple, 7) Christ, 8) the Father. The Kingdom of God is within and around us. Luke 17:20-21. It is a parallel dimension, sharing the same physical space. We are told to seek this kingdom of God as our first priority in life, which is in us and around us and does not come with sign or observation. We cannot see these other dimensions because our eye, hearing, touch, smell, and taste are only able to sense the physical dimension that we are in.

For multiple dimensions to share the same physical space is not too hard to understand when you consider this fact: in every atom there is the nucleus made up of protons and neutrons, with electrons orbiting around the nucleus; but the vacant space between the orbiting electrons and the nucleus is a minimum of 10,000 times the size of the nucleus itself. The electrons are spinning so fast, our eye sees everything as solid; and we really don't know anything about the vacant space.

A second key phrase that bears examination is: the race set that is set before us, (in Having such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that does so easily entangle us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us), which implies it is not a random course, but one that has been created for your individual journey or race; and this is supported by all things work together for good, for those who love God and are called according to his purpose, Rom 8:28. While we are seeking, the creator of the universe is watching over us, protecting us, planning for us, moving the world to our benefit, and always there for us. With this assurance, we know that everything that comes our way is his will for us; and whatever happens, even if it appears to be a problem at the time, we know as it is written, all things work together for good, for those who love God and are called according to his purpose, Rom 8:28; and because we keep his commands, he knows we love him, John 14:23. So we know that everything that happens to us has been willed by God,* to help us grow, and we have a peace that is based on the love of God to us. We can cast all of our worries and fears upon him, 1 Peter 5:7, and depend on him to work everything out to our benefit. We have confidence that he is working for us, even when we can't see how it is happening; we know he controls the whole universe, and to work our life to his union, is effortless for him.

*From the Word of the Lord within: "If people want to make a bad-choice decision, that's their prerogative."
So, do not believe that God has caused someone around you to do something evil that affects you.
He protects your life so that you can be completed, but He does not stop those around you from doing wrong.

All things includes what is alive and what is not alive; all things includes people. He can control the little details of men's lives without violating their free will and self-confidence. Those chosen by God are protected by Him while they complete their seeking course; as is written, "all things work together for good for those who love God (or as argued, God loves) and are called according to his purpose." But he only provides protection to those who are seeking him in love and whom he has called; from the Word of the Lord within: "All other people, destined for reconciliation after this life, live without protection." We have free will, but with the little details, he can move us around like chess board pieces and not violate our free will, because the insignificant details that he controls don't violate our heart's principles or our self-confidence; choices that follow our heart's principles and affect our self-confidence are made by us independently, and He does not override those decisions in anyone. This is not making something good out of a bad situation of which he had no control; he is in control of everything around those whom he has called according to his purpose, and who love him! For what? From the Word of the Lord within, "the earth exists for the saints." The earth is everyone's opportunity to become one with God as a son, but for those not so motivated, they are only obstacles, tests, and polishing stones in the illusions of this life, which appears that everyone chooses everything independently, but as the Word of the Lord within said: "every man is put in place by God." The illusion is there is no God. The illusion is that God does not control anything. The illusion is that we are all independent, under no control. It is a necessary illusion;* the nurturing soil to allow love to grow without coercion. From the Word of the Lord within: "A necessary illusion." Why is it necessary? To produce sons of love without coercion; see Why Evil is Allowed for More.

* Quantum physics has recently discovered that the entire world is an illusion; that there is no material world like science previously thought. Instead atoms, previously thought to be the basic material building block, are known to made up of tornado-like vortexes of energy; and energy is considered to be spirit. This is in agreement with the scripture: "Yet for us there is only one God, the Father, from whom all things exist, and for whom we exist; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom all things are made, by and through whom we exist." 1 Cor 8:6. God is light. God is a consuming fire. God is a spirit. Since we are all created beings, created from the infinite energy that makes up God, obviously He can control us when He so desires.

There is a third key word in this verse: cloud, (in Having such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that does so easily entangle us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us). Heaven appears to our spiritual eye as in a mist of cloud:

Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye will see him, and also those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:7.

2000 years ago, to the Jewish High Priest and the Pharisees at his trial, Jesus said..
you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.  Mark 14:62


Even Daniel in 538 BC saw Jesus coming on the clouds of heaven: I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. Dan 7:13.

Sing to God, sing praises to his name, extol him who rides upon the clouds — his name is JAH — rejoice before him. Psa 68:4

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