Does the mention that angels "drew their swords" and about a "flaming sword" in the Garden of Eden mean that,.?
,..that there is SOME technology in Heaven, if it's not at least modern technology?
1) A guy named Gary Wood said he died and was in Heaven for a little while before coming back to life and saw some angels "draw their swords", so apparently they do have technology in Heaven, at least on a 1500s time scale, so maybe they're technology-impaired beyond that point..
2) Metal didn't exist back on earth back in the days of the Garden of Eden, yet an angel was swinging and wielding a flaming sword threatening to poke and stab Adam and Eve with it if they didn't leave the Garden of Eden at once. Again, the sword came from Heaven obviously. 1500s technology, light it on fire, and they you go, nothing more than technology from a few centuries ago.
3) there were mansions and castles and treasure and swords back in the days of "Helen of Troy" and "King Authur", again, the same kind of technology mentioned in Heaven, nothing advanced like the world has now in the 20th and 21st century. Above Stone Age technology, but nothing further than times from a few hundred to a few thousands years ago.
So from how the bible and Christians mention Heaven, Heaven sounds like it's technologically impaired past the days of King Aurthur and Captian Hook.
4) the flaming sword is the Word of God.
The path or gate to the tree of life, i.e. Jesus Christ, the Word of God, i.e. flaming sword which turns every way.
Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
have you thought perhaps the "flaming sword" was really a light saber?
Edit: OH! woody you beat me to the punch!!!!1
Edit 2:since I lost that game… can I have the most thumbs down as anyone else on this queston?
Edit 3: thanks woody!! I will treasure my thumbs up… but will happily ask for more thumbs down… :)
Hmm, I refrain to have read in history about streets with pure gold, crystal clear rivers, and no need for light there because Jesus is the light. Sounds pretty tecnologically andanced to me. plus, God knows all our thoughts, nothing like that has come out yet… there are no brain readers on the market. Pretty advanced if you ask me
or the bible was written in a time when swords were already invented… o wait… it was.
I'm actually not sure how you got these ideas. Swords have been in existence for quite some time (they are mentioned in the Israelite conquests of Canaan, thus around 1600-1200 BC). "the oldest sword-like weapons are found at Arslantepe, Turkey, and date to around 3300 BCE" – Wikipedia. there also was metal on the earth back in the days of the Garden of Eden (what, it was all just pure dirt?), and "mansion" simply means a big house, i.e. any large living dwelling. whether they actually have swords or simply some type of fiery weapon (like the fire that emerges from the mouths of the two witnesses in Revelation) is unsure. God often speaks and shows himself to people in ways that make sense to them, would it make any sense if Genesis said that the angel was standing there holding a fiery machine gun?
Read Revelation (last book in the Bible). John is using first century language to describe things he's seeing in the future. Ditto book of Ezekiel (old Testament). There's a pretty good description of helicopters.
Jesus is returning on a white horse with all of us on white horses following him. why a horse and not a tank or motorcycle? we are not so far advanced from our agricultural roots that we no longer understand the symbolism and power of a white stallion.
God set up the natural world with the physics that we study to create technology. why wouldn't Heaven utilize the knowledge of those who have studied his creation?
In the Psalms there is an excellent description of undersea valleys, and in Ecclesiastes there is an excellent and accurate description of the water cycle. This knowlege was beyond their current technological resources to discover, yet God revealed it to them .