The Silver Cord 6.10

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    The Silver Cord:

    Dust Returns To The Earth And Your Spirit Returns To God.

    Ecclesiastes 12:6-7: 6(Remember your Creator earnestly now) before the

    silver cord (of life) is snappedapart (separating the astral, spiritual,holographic body from the physical body,and you die), or the golden bowl

    (of life which is suspended by the silver cord) is broken, or the pitcher(usedto draw life from the well) is broken (and can no longer perform itsfunction) at the fountain (of life), or the wheel (or pulley used to lift life

    from the well and move it throughout your body is) broken at the cistern (or

    reservoir causing the whole circulatory system of the body to ceaserunning);7Then shall the dust (out of which God made man's body) return to

    the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God Who gave it.

    The silver cord has been described as being smooth, very long, very bright,like an elastic cable made of light, about an inch wide, sparkling like a tinsel

    on a Christmas tree, and attached to one of several possible locations on the physical body. During the dying

    process, as the spirit body leaves the physical body and moves farther away it, the silver cord becomesthinner as it is stretched to its limit and becomes severed. When this occurs, the spirit body is released from

    being attached to the physical body. At this point, it becomes impossible for the spirit body to ever return to

    the physical body. For this reason, we can define "irreversible death" as that point when the silver cordbecomes stretched to its limit and severed. This is the so-called "point of no return." This boundary point

    may also be accompanied by the appearance of a particular landmark representing a boundary such as a river,

    a wall, a fence, or a canyon. Once this barrier is crossed, the near-death experience becomes an irreversible

    death experience.

    "Birth in the physical is death in the spiritual. Death in the physical is the birth in the spiritual."

    "The golden bowl suspended by the silver cord was a symbol of life; the snapping of the cord and thebreaking of the bowl, a symbol of death. The pitcher ... the broken pulley: another pair of metaphors for life

    and its ending."

    Verse 6 appears to use two metaphors to speak of death. The first is of a silver chord and a golden bowl

    most likely the bowl was used as an oil light, suspended by a chord. Dying is compared to the breaking ofthis chord and the crashing of the bowl down to the ground, whereupon it shatters and its light is

    extinguished. Secondly, death is compared to a pitcher used to draw water at a well. Death is like the

    breaking of this pitcher and the pulley which was used to let it down. No more water can be drawn; death has

    conquered.

    It is interesting that both of these images, the symbols of water and light, are used elsewhere in the scripturesas metaphors for life. The consequence of this termination of life is the decaying process by which the dustreturns to the earth. The spirit, in a reversal of Genesis 2, "returns unto God who gave it." This is what death

    is all about: the shattering of mans earthly hopes, and the cessation of everything on earth that he was and

    stood for. For those who believe, the story isn't over yetindeed it is just beginning.

    It is the breath of life from God (the Holy Spirit) that became man's spirit.

    The God given spirit is the well orstronghold of life within man or the power pack that keeps him alive.

    As the physical body ages and breaks down it is no longer able to contain the spirit or life force and it dies.Upon death as described in Ecclesiastes 12:6-7, the spirit (the life force only) returns to God.

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    Although the breath of life comes from God (the Holy Spirit), we must not confuse man's spirit with God's

    Holy Spirit (Spirit).

    The breath of the Holy Spirit only gives man life. The Holy Spirit does not indwell man. The indwelling

    comes at another stage in man's development. For now, while the physical body is able, it (the spirit) only

    maintains its next breath so as to speak.