Fluid Prophesies

the old city

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

David spent so much of his life deciding between a career in physics or theology and here he was in Jerusalem’s Old City embracing both. It was called the City of David, and Yeshua himself taught here and would later rule, but Moses and Aaron laid the foundation. Of course, that’s not how everyone remembers it, but after David’s invention of the quantum portal, he realized that the prophesies of Hashem were fluid, adaptable to man’s free will. He wasn’t sure how he’d changed the world with that last trip, but when he turned the corner, he’d find out.

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers photo writing challenge. The idea is to write a piece of flash fiction, based on the photo above, of no more than 100 words. My word count is 99.

I’m toying with the idea of expanding the concept of how Biblical history could have changed depending on human free will and still be within the will of God. This is just a little taste.

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48 thoughts on “Fluid Prophesies

  1. Now you’re playin’ in *my* neighborhood! (Well, almost.) This alley looks familiar, but I can’t quite place it; and I suspect that a right turn at that next opening faces toward the Temple Mount. Consequently, foolin’ around with the timeline could make quite a difference in what one might behold upon turning that corner.

    Shabbat Shalom


    • You mean “teaser”? 😀 Yes, it is, and I don’t know enough about Biblical and middle eastern history to pull off an epic, but maybe I can do a bit of exploring in a longer piece, Iain.

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  2. Biblical history WAS created by human free will, wasn’t it? Starting with Adam, Eve, and the forbidden fruit. What if Eve had refused the bait? How long before someone else would have taken the bait? Interesting questions, interesting theme you’ve set up here.


    • I’ve heard that question before. If Adam and Havah (Eve’s name in the original Hebrew) hadn’t disobeyed the one commandment God gave them, someone else would have. But what if the twelve spies Moses sent into the Promised Land had all agreed that they could conquer it at God’s command rather than ten of the twelve chickening out?

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  3. I assume God took our weakness and failings into consideration when drafting His plan. Children have to be given an opportunity to fail in order to grow. It is through our weaknesses that we are made strong. I enjoyed this immensely, James. Good luck with the larger project.


    • Thanks, Russell. If there wasn’t some flexibility in the universe, then we’d be little more than robots or puppets dancing to a predetermined tune. Free will requires that God plans for all possible contingencies and yet is still able to provide us with a “static” Bible that accounts for them all. It’s a fascinating topic.


  4. Freedom, yet destiny. An interesting concept.
    As for “fluidity,” Dr. Francis Schaeffer said it this way — that, in antiquity, the scriptures were Truth, but it was just enough Truth for them. Now that we have more knowledge of our universe, our surroundings and human history, we realize that, again, the Bible is enough Truth for us today as well. In other words, the more things change, the more things stay the same.
    Nice work, James.


  5. Whenever you have time travel in a story, history and prophecy become a lot more fluid, indeed! What a pregnant moment, just before he turns the corner and learns how things might have changed — for better, hopefully, or perhaps for worse.


    • I’ve been reading the Bible this morning and taking notes about how I want to work this out. I can’t span all of Biblical history. That would end up being a novel and require more knowledge of the Bible and ancient history than I’m ever likely to possess. On the other hand, if I focus on a specific event (which I’ll keep to myself for now), it might make a compelling short story of how altering the timeline still fulfills God’s purposes.

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    • Thanks. One of the advantages of science fiction is that we can travel to the past, change actions, and then project their results into the future.


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