THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
January 23, 2015
Meaning of "From the Disruption of the World"
This is a continuation of the previous two issues, so you are encouraged to read them if you have not done so.
What Kind of Body?: http://www.kingdomandglory.com/tuc/tuc632.pdf
Before the Disruption of the World: http://www.kingdomandglory.com/tuc/tuc633.pdf
After writing these issues, I still had a question: What does from the disruption of the world mean? Looking for an
answer, I did a study of the words contained in this expression and ended with an unintended consequence, a
new view that is different from one I have held for many years.
The phrase the foundation [disruption] of the world appears in scripture ten times: Matthew 13:35; 25:34; Luke
11:50; John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 4:3; 9:26; 1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8; 17:8. Depending on the
translation, this phrase begins with one of three prepositions – since , before , from .
It is best to start in reverse order, so let us begin with the word world , which in the Greek transliteration is the
word kosmos (G2889), meaning " orderly arrangement , implying the world in a wide or narrow sense, including its
inhabitants" [Strong's Concordance ]. Kosmos differs from the Greek word ge , which is translated as earth , which
comes from a primary word for soil . In Appendix 129 of the Companion Bible , Dr. Bullinger explains kosmos as:
"The world as created, ordered, and arranged. Hence it is used in the LXX (Septuagint) for the Hebrew word
rendered " ornament ". See Exodus 33:5, 6. Isaiah 49:18. Jeremiah 4:30. Ezekiel 7:20, etc. It denotes the
opposite of what man has called "chaos", which God never created. See notes on Isaiah 45:18 and Genesis
1:2: for the Hebrew bara means not only to create, but that what was created was beautiful. The root,
meaning to carve, plane, polish, implies both order and beauty."
Given this meaning, kosmos does not refer to a world in chaos and disorder, but rather to one that is ordered and
even beautiful. Kosmos is used in the New Testament nearly 250 times in a variety of applications. Peter wrote of
the ancient kosmos and the kosmos at that time (2 Peter 2:5; 3:6), meaning there was an ancient orderly
arrangement. John wrote that the kosmos or orderly arrangement of man that is driven by lust is passing away (1
John 2:17). Paul wrote that Jesus came into the kosmos or orderly arrangement that existed 2,000 years ago and
that there is a kosmos or orderly arrangement to come in the next age (Hebrews 10:5, 2:5). Jesus declared to the
Philadelphian ecclesia that a testing is to come upon the whole kosmos or orderly arrangement (Revelation 3:10).
And then a day is coming very soon when the angel will sound the great declaration that the kingdom of the
kosmos or orderly arrangement of man known as Mystery Babylon will become the Kingdom of our Lord and of
His Christ (Revelation 11:15). These are just a few examples of the use of the word kosmos in scripture.
Moving on; the word foundation , which, in the Greek transliteration, is the word katabole (G2602), means "a
deposition, that is, founding." Figuratively, it means " conception ," as in birthing something. Through its root
words, it has the sense of throwing something down. Katabole comes from kataballo (G2598) which means "to
throw down or cast down." Kataballo comes from two words: kata (G2596) meaning "down (in place or time),"
and ballo (G906) meaning to "throw; cast out, or throw down" [Strong's Concordance ]. The word foundation
( katabole ) is not so much about a structure, such as a physical foundation of a building, as it is about the act or
process of laying down the structure, more or less violently or intensely. Something is cast or thrown down in
order to conceive or bring forth something else. It is like casting a seed or giving birth.
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Meaning of "From the Disruption of the World"
The idea of conception is discovered in Sarah who conceived beyond her natural years. In the following verse, the
word sperma , from which we derive our English word sperm , is used in conjunction with katabole . Sperma refers
not only to the male sperm but in a broader sense to something sown as in a seed. The Concordant Literal Version
uniformly translates katabole as disruption , defining it as "disruption of the world or cosmos, prefiguring the
result of sin; physiologically, the discharge of seed from the ovaries Hb 11.11."
Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive [disruption of seed] ( katabole, sperma ) , and was
delivered of a child when she was past age…. (Hebrews 11:11 KJV [CLV])
Now, the Greek word apo (G575) is a primary participle meaning off , that is, away (from), in various senses (of
place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively) [Strong's Concordance ]," and is translated a variety of ways, such
as after, ago, before, by (the space of), for, from since, to name a few. Of the ten uses of the phrase, the word apo
precedes it in seven verses. Dr. Bullinger claims these refer to the kingdom. Matthew 13:35 speaks of things
hidden from ( since [NASB]) from the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:34 speaks of the kingdom prepared
from the foundation of the world. Luke 11:50 speaks of shed blood of the prophets from ( since [NASB]) the
foundation of the world. Hebrews 4:3 speaks of His works finished from the foundation of the world. Hebrews
9:26 speaks in the negative of Christ suffering from ( since [NASB]) the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8
speaks of the Lambkin slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 17:8 speaks of names written in the
Lambkin's book from the foundation of the world.
The Greek word pro (G4253) is a primary preposition that means "fore, that is, in front of , prior (figuratively
superior ) to [Strong's Concordance ] , " and is translated as above, ago, before, ever . Of the ten uses of the phrase,
the word pro precedes it in three verses. Dr. Bullinger claims these refer to the "purpose" of God. John 17:24
speaks of the Father's love for His Son before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4 speaks of saints being
chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. 1 Peter 1:20 speaks of Christ being foreknown before the
foundation of the world. It is interesting that these verses refer to not only the Son but also to His brethren
(saints) before the foundation, meaning before the disruption.
Apart from Dr. Bullinger's claim for the seven from and the three before expressions, I don't think further parsing
of from or before is necessary. What is more important is the fact that the defining point of all ten expressions is
the disruption of Genesis 1. A question that has been hotly debated is whether there is a gap between Genesis
1:1 and 1:2 . It goes something like this: In the beginning, God created the earth with an orderly arrangement
(beauty) and then something happened to bring it into ruin and chaos, after which He had to restore it (Genesis
1:2b ff). Some see the ruin resulting from some great cosmic angelic battle instigated by Satan. Years ago, I held to
the gap theory and wrote about it. After all, Isaiah 45:18 (CLV) says: He did not create it a chaos. He formed it to
be indwelt . Yes; but this doesn't mean God didn't use chaos to get there. Here is my new insight.
Taking the meaning of katabole as a conception and kosmos as an orderly arrangement , could we not rephrase
from the disruption of the world into from the conception of the orderly arrangement ? Maybe what God wants us
to see is a metaphorical picture of the earth being like a huge seed. Elohim in His infinite creative wisdom, cast or
threw down the seed of the earth into the womb of His universe and brought forth a beautiful, orderly
arrangement that He declared very good (Genesis 1:31). Perhaps, the chaos was a form of death as a type of
God's divine law of death to life. It was like Elohim cast down a seed into the ground to die; only this time, the
earth itself was the seed. He conceived it in germ, sperma form and proceeded to bring forth order and life. The
result was a paradise, the perfection of divine order, a germinating seed that died (disorder) to bring forth life
(order). This would mean that Genesis 1 is one continuous record with no gap built into it and just might be proof
that God actually created through some level of what we would call chaos or ruin , which is no challenge for God.
I must admit, whether true or not, today, this answers to my heart more than the gap. It speaks more to the heart
of God. God is love cast down His seed to bring forth life that ultimately will lead to glory filling not only earth but
all of mankind and creation. God is not after chaos or ruin for anyone or anything in His creation. He is after His
divine order of All in all , and His Son assures us that it will be so. Thus, all ten expressions of the conception of the
orderly arrangement were set or established at this point in history and speak of this love, especially of the love of
the Father and the Son conceiving something so glorious that it is beyond our wildest imaginations.