"Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus..."
With the exception of basic messages such as aggression, communication between two entirely different species has seldom been observed among animals in the wild. We know that many animals among the same species give each other specific warnings about an impending danger. However, scientists have never noted one species recognizing the specific warning given by a second species.
"To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man...."
How do you get the water you need in a desert in which it almost never rains? We have often looked here at how God's designs in nature show us practical designs we may never think of. The water-hoarding beetle provides us with one more such example.
"By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent."
Mention snakes or other crawly reptiles, and people usually shy away. Typically, snakes have a reputation for being dangerous or, at best, completely unable to show affection. New research shows us that in many cases this isn't true at all.
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."
Most listeners to these programs will at sometime have visited a museum to see the dinosaurs. Of course, the tangible remains consist of fossil skeletons and, if one is allowed to touch the bones, they are as hard as rock. Sometimes they are actually cement or plaster since they are copies. However, we are told that over the millions of years, the original bone had been replaced by minerals.
"Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth."
Living fossils are creatures believed to be extinct and known only through the fossil record. The most famous living fossil is the Coelacanth. It is a fish, and textbooks claim it has been extinct for 70 million years according to the evolutionary timetable. Now we know that schools of them live in the Indian Ocean.
"And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind...."
An unusual example of a design in nature that runs counter to human common sense is found in the pectoral flippers of the humpback whale. The leading edge of these flippers, which one would intuitively expect to be smooth, actually sport evenly spaced bumps.
"But now ask the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee;"
Almost everyone in the world today knows of the terrible disaster that struck the coasts of South East Asia. The North American news media gave daily body counts, reported human tragedy and inflicted damage ... yet, as far as is known, none mentioned the animals.
"The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them."
Do you know how your ears help you pinpoint the location of whatever you are hearing? Two factors come into play. First, you hear the sound louder in the ear that is closer to whatever is producing the sound. And second, the sound arrives at the closer ear a little sooner than the other.
"And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth."
Which came first – the chicken or the egg? Well, I'm happy to report that this age-old dilemma has finally been solved. It was the chicken that came first – something that creationists have known all along. After all, the Bible tells us that God created every winged fowl and gave them the ability to reproduce after their kind.
"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."
Probably one of my all-time-favorite movies is King Kong. I'm talking about the original black-and-white film made in 1933 and starring Faye Wray. But, of course, the real star of the movie was the "eighth wonder of the world" – the enormous and powerful King Kong.
"And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
Myles Willard is an avid bird watcher, award-winning nature photographer and long-time friend of Creation Moments. Myles has given us hundreds of breathtaking nature photos, one of which accompanies the printed transcript of today's program at the Creation Moments website.
"For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch."
If you have ever traveled to a distant city on vacation, you know how much planning you have to do before you leave. And, of course, you need to know where you are going and the route you must follow to get there. But the creatures we'll be talking about today know exactly how to get where they are going. In fact, they were born with an internal GPS system to show them the way.
"For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth."
What caused dinosaurs to virtually disappear from the face of the Earth? Was it an asteroid, as scientists now tell us? According to Dr. Henry Gee, science writer for Nature, "Nobody will ever know what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs because we weren't there to watch it happen."
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."
Today's program is dedicated to all of you cat lovers out there. Now, you probably remember being told that your precious pet laps up milk by curling his tongue backwards, and he then uses his curved tongue to ladle the liquid into his mouth. Well, I'm sure you'll be happy to know that your cat is a lot more talented than that.
"Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."
In 1976, a naval research vessel working in the deep waters off Hawaii discovered a large fish that was entangled in its anchor. When the sailors hauled the fish aboard, they saw something no one had ever seen before. This fish – now considered to be one of the most important marine discoveries of the twentieth century – was over 14 feet in length and weighed 1,650 pounds.
"Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation."
One of God's most amazing and amusing creatures is the Superb Lyrebird, a bird found in the rainforests of Victoria, New South Wales and southeast Queensland, in Tasmania and along the east coast of Australia. After British naturalist and filmmaker David Attenborough turned his cameras on them, the lyrebird achieved worldwide fame for its unique ability to mimic the calls of virtually anything they hear.
"So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off."
On today's program I will give you one guess at what howler monkeys are especially good at. That's right – they howl. Or perhaps I should say, they shout. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, their shouts can be heard clearly up to three miles away, making them the loudest land animal on record.
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins."
Creation Moments has aired hundreds of programs over the years dealing with gifts God has given to His creatures so they could survive in the environment where He has placed them. But what is a poor animal going to do when it lives most of its life in one environment and then moves to a totally different environment?
In this beautifully photographed documentary, you will learn about the navigation techniques and the defense mechanism of marine life, the complex behavior of birds, the differences between apes, monkeys and humans, missing link...