History Part I

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History of the Nation of China and Its Medicine (Part I)        

By Dr. Chung-Hwei Chernly 10/27/03


At the end of the hundred and fifty days of the global flood, the water had gone down and Noah’s Ark landed and rested on the mountains of Ararat. Six more months later, when the earth was completely dry, Noah and his wife, and his three sons and their wives, total eight people came out of the ark, and brought out different kinds of living creatures that were with them. They started to multiply on the earth and were fruitful and increased in number.


Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, who had their own sons and offspring after the flood, created three different clans called the Shemites, the Hamites, and the Japhethites, respectively. Their clans scattered to form the nations according to their lines of descent. From these, the nations, they spread out over the earth after the flood. The Japhethites moved to Europe and became the fathers of Caucasians; the Hamites moved to Canaan and Africa, and became the fathers of Africans; and the Shemites stayed on both Middle East and Far East of Asia and became fathers of Asians.


Five thousands years ago, a nation in Far East of Asia was built. It was China, also called ”(Shen-Zhou), which means God’s State or God’s Land. Indeed, they were blessed at that time, because the people in this nation honored God and they found favor in the sight of the Lord, just like nowadays the people of the United States of America, who honored God because they called their country A Nation under God for the past two hundred and fifty years. Individual Chinese characters, created thousands of years ago, indicated something or meant something and they helped us to find some stories from them.


For example, the character ”, meaning the ship or any container floating on the water for saving or transportation,  pronounced as chuan which is composed of three parts: the left side is an Ark, and the upper part on the right side “”is a counting number of Eight, and the lower part is a Mouth which equals to People ( Chinese people use different counting units, such as “How many ‘mouths’ of people in the family?”, “How many ‘heads’ of cows in the farm?”, “How many tails of fish in your basket?”, or “How many ‘tops’ of hats do you have?”). Therefore, the character indicates eight people of this family in the ark, telling us the story of the flood of the judgment, and the ark of the salvation.  Another example is the word”, meaning the Righteousness, pronounced as yee, which is composed of two parts: the bottom part is Me or I, and the top part is the Lamb. Therefore, the word, Righteousness “” means the Lamb is over me, telling us that I myself can never be righteous unless the Lamb of God is on the top over me.


China is one of the oldest nations on this earth. In its history chronicle of five thousand years, we can distinguish it as two eras: the pious era, which is the first twenty five hundred years, and the rebellious era, which is the last twenty five hundred years. In the pious era, the Chinese people were actually ruled by God, or called Reign of God.  From the character , meaning the emperor, the ruler, is the shape of a big altar, but just an altar, and nothing put on it. This character indicates that the one who ruled this nation is that big altar, the one whom they worshiped. It is also means the ruler is formless, invisible, the awesome one who has wisdom and power and love. The creator of the universe is too big to sit on an altar, and means He was the real ruler of this nation at that time. There were several greatest emperors in Chinese history, such as Yan Emperor, Yellow Emperor, Yao Emperor, Shun Emperor, and Yu Emperor, who themselves were only the servants, chosen by God, and did their duties like the high priests, served the people and led the people to worship God. When the time came, an emperor passed his duties (not the power) to the next emperor, the process was not election, but was so called ”, which means to abdicate the throne to the next one, pronounced as “shan rang. Abdicating the throne to the next one is by praying for God’s will and yielding his duties to another righteous one who was chosen by God. The character, shan, is composed of a small altar ”, which means God, on the left hand side. It also means their thrones were under control by a real ruler, who was the king of king, the almighty One. By me king reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth. (Proverbs 8:15-16) The Chinese historian described that type of the government’s ruling as , which means “Govern the Nation by Doing Nothing.”



Chinese medicine had already developed very well in this era. There were different departments, such as Internal medicine, External medicine, Pediatric, Geriatric, Ob/Gyn, Dermatology, and so on. Because those devout people found favor in the sight of the Lord, and because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holly One is understanding, (Proverb 9:10) God gave them all kinds of wisdom, understanding and talents that they could invent compass, gun powder, paper and printing skills. He also gave them different trees and plants, on each side of rivers, the valleys, the plains, and the mountains, bearing many crops of fruits which their roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, and barks, were all the sources of the herbal medicine, for healing of the nation. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every mouth. And the leaves of the tree are for healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:2)


In this pious era, because those people found favor in the sight of the Lord, God also gave them a gift that they could use the needle, inserting to the certain part of the body, to adjust or stimulate the healing system of the body, and then make the body healed. That gift is we called acupuncture medicine.  Even though at that time there was no stainless steel, the material they used for acupuncture including fish bone, sharpen stone, sharpened bamboo stick, copper, silver, gold, iron, alloy, etc.


From the Chinese character ’, meaning the medicine, pronounced as yee, is composed of three parts: the left upper part ’ means an arrow in the case , also stands for a knife, a sharpened stone or a needle, for cutting, puncture, or drainage. On the right upper part means a working hand, indicating a procedure, manipulation, a method; and the bottom part ’ means liquor, wine, alcohol, tincture, which is used for anesthetic, cleaning, stimulating blood circulation, etc. On the other hand, the word also means a special time—China had 12-2hr periods compared to our 24-1hr periods here. It also means the whole concept of the Chinese medicine, not only the procedures, materials to be used, but also the time to treat is a factor, according to the body condition changed due to the circadian rhythm, pronounced as "Zi Wu Liu Zhu".


At the end of this era, there was a Dragon, the evil one, which was Satan, who was so jealous, like a thief, intruded into this great nation, and started plodding, seducing the people, to turn away from their God. Then the people became rebellious, and its rebellious era began. The ruler has not been God anymore. A man took God’s position as a ruler. Furthermore, a man, an emperor, himself became a god. That situation continued for two thousand and five hundred years, but it did not end on the Last Emperor.


The curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not know. (Deu 11:28)


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