Monday, November 06, 2006

Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall - Chapter 2 - WHY NATIONAL DEFEAT?

Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall
Chapter 2

Why are we in mortal danger? Why will the American, British and Jewish people suffer national defeat? How could Europe ever turn against us? “Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel, for the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land….” God then lists the charges brought against us: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint,
with bloodshed upon bloodshed…” (Hos. 4:1-2).

In other words, AMERICA’S DYING FROM AIDS! Our national immune system has broken down and we’ve lost all resistance (Isa. 1:5-6). We’ve given in to temptation and now we’re
suffering from depression. Just because we still feel and look healthy on the surface doesn’t mean we’re not sick (Hos. 7:8-9). Once the symptoms show up it’s often TOO LATE (Prov. 5:11). You’re usually dead within two years once you have full-blown AIDS (unless you prolong your misery with very expensive and highly toxic drugs). Is that all America has left?

We’ve thrown caution to the wind, opened the floodgates of hell and have gotten carried away. We’ve broken every commandment, breached every safeguard and have become lost trying to find ourselves.

We don’t teach abstinence, we preach faith—in prophylactics. Latex or the Lord? Christ or a condom? Conversion or contraceptives? This dangerous “Cult of the Condoms” gives people
a false sense of security and misleads them to believe in deadly lies like pagan practices thinly covered up as “Christian” continue to misrepresent biblical Christianity!

The days of self-defense and self-control are gone: our land and our lives lay dangerously exposed to foreign invasion. Our sick and dying society tempts Europe to deal us a deathblow. We live and die like there’s no tomorrow. We don’t keep up the struggle or fight for what’s right, but surrender our will and prostrate our power. We’ve left the love of God behind to make love to ourselves, and claiming our “rights” we continue to do what’s wrong (Rom. 1:22-32).

Our Judeo-Christian heritage is being sold-out and it’s going cheap, though we’ll all pay a high price for it. Closet-Christians and timid Jews have allowed the think tanks of the politically correct to roll right over them, daring to advance into what was once sacred territory.

Under the guise of such Trojan-terms as “lifestyle choices,” “sexual preference,” and pluralism,” the irreligious left continues to gain ground. The godless, immoral, and hollow ideas of humanism are trampling biblical traditions with impunity. “Therefore the land will mourn and everyone who dwells there will waste away…” (Hos. 4:3, Prov. 5:11).

A Nation at Risk

When we reject God’s Word and refuse to take it into account, we become rejects: robbed of common sense and spoiled rotten. God gives us what we want. “And because they did not like to retain God in their knowledge [way of thinking or school of thought], God gave them over to a debased mind…” (Rom. 1:28).

As a frightening result, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hos. 4:6).

God says we’re to be DESTROYED because we’re deliberately IGNORANT. He accuses us of being spiritual dropouts. We’ve rejected His system of EDUCATION, lowered His high standards, torn down what we were to uphold, abandoned our children and orphaned ourselves! Truly, we’re a NATION AT RISK!

God intended for ISRAEL to become HIS TEACHER, His Light-Bringer to Earth. He informed us through the mediator Moses: “And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:6).

He further instructed us in civil laws and legal precedents, emphasizing: “Therefore be careful to observe them: for this is your WISDOM and your UNDERSTANDING in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this GREAT NATION is a wise and understanding people’ (Deut. 4:5-6).” But we haven’t paid attention or been careful to learn our lessons and watch our step—we’ve only grown more depraved and careless. Therefore, God will expel us—into EXILE!

Rumblings of War

We’re warned of WAR: “Set the trumpet to your mouth! [The enemy’s about to dive] like an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed My covenant and rebelled against My law” (Hos. 8:1). Get ready, be prepared: swift action is coming against our delinquent Church and nation. But our bugle boys are caught with their pants down! We’re in a tight squeeze: our watchdogs are asleep on the job and our minutemen are slow (Isa. 56:10).

“But truly I am full of POWER by the Spirit of the LORD, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin” (Micah 3:8). God’s Message will get delivered, even if it has to be done single-handedly. In our hour of need (Amos 3:8), the LION WILL ROAR.

Let the air-raid sirens sound: “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet, Tell My people [the Church/Synagogue] their transgression, and the house of Jacob [the Nation] their sins.” Explain the reason for all this, make some sense out of these tragic events—don’t mince words (Jer. 9:12).

Why should we run for cover? What have we done? Aren’t we “One Nation under God?” Haven’t we lived as a “Christian country?” Obviously not! We’re under a curse. “Yet they ‘seek’ Me daily, and ‘delight’ to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the [decree] of their God” (Isa. 58:1-2).

God says our religion’s a ruse, our faith is a farce and our conversion shallow. Though we pretend to want what’s right, God’s not fooled by our spiritual pretense. He sounds the alarm about our political and religious wrongdoing: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed… For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly” (Isa. 9:16-17).

Church and State Indicted

God blasts our leaders and indicts both Church and State. He blows their cover and exposes their greed. Ezekiel 34 is a scathing attack on our “shepherds.” It paints an ugly picture of their
motivations for public office and pulpit. It charges them with self- seeking, smug attitudes towards their malnourished, diseased constituents. It accuses their actions of further scattering our thoughts and littering our lives, leaving us an easy prey for every con-artist and thief.

Jesus warned of these crooks, saying: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The shepherds should look out for their flock and contribute to their well being—not rob them of it! Today, too many preachers and politicians are only in it “for the money.” They’re the fly-by-nights that Jesus condemned (John 10: 7-14).

The honest public servants, whether they’re ministers of Church or State, are to uphold God's law as the standard that He’s set. But God’s law has been trashed by rebel leaders and His truth thrown out of court, therefore they are to be held in contempt: “And now, o priests, this [decree] is for you… Behold, I will rebuke your descendants, and spread refuse on your faces, the refuse of your solemn feasts and one will take you away with it” (Malachi 2:1-3).

God blasts our preachers for their “BS!” Their smear campaign against God’s truth is going to hit the fan and fly back in their faces. “They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind” (Hos. 8:7). The
religious lies they’ve unloaded are going to be dumped right back where they belong—on them. They’ve led the death march back to Egypt, corrupting God’s image and prostituting His truth, so they’ll be the first to fall on their faces and wallow in the mire. They’ve made their bed—in an orgy of error—so now they can lie in it (Rev. 2:20-23).

Our ministers would do well to remember the golden calf incident. It had been proclaimed “God.” Yet God ordered Moses— upset over such a brazen misrepresentation—to beat it to a pulp, mix it with water, and force the Israelites to drink it (Ex. 32:20). Why? Because what goes in, must come out! God wanted everyone to see what their RELIGIOUS BULL amounts to.

Only Follow Men Who Follow GOD

God’s true representatives are to teach God’s word and law. “For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, and people should seek the law [not human ideas] from his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. But you [traditional Christianity & Judaism] have departed from the way, you have caused many to stumble at the law. You have corrupted [altered] the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts. Therefore, I also have made you contemptible and
base before all the people, because you have not kept My ways but have [been biased] in the law” (Malachi 2:7-9).

Levi (the father of Israel’s priesthood tribe) is commended for teaching God's truth and obeying Him. He’s offered up as an ensign, a standard of excellence, for religious leaders to follow—not
fault. It’s noted that he “turned many away from iniquity” (Malachi 2:6) he didn’t approve of people living in sin or justifying their behavior.

The Hebrew name Malachi means “My messenger” or “My angel.” Instead of sharing God’s life-giving truth, today’s preachers have spouted poison and taken lives. Entangled in their own
traditional web of lies, they have been death angels in disguise. They have not delivered God's message as told, but have sold God’s people down river. They have been captivated with superstitions and carried away with their own holidays. “But if they had stood in My counsel, and caused My people to hear My words [not their own opinions], then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings” (Jer. 23:22).

Spiritual Pimps

But no, these preachers for profit, who put cash before conscience, pimp from their pulpits, and “…strengthen [!] the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns back from his wickedness… They
continually say to those who [actually] despise Me, the LORD has said, ‘You shall have peace, and to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart [not God’s Word], No evil shall come upon you’ (Jer. 23:14-17).”

In other words, they endorse and offer “spiritual” support for those people and practices they know are anti-Christ: “…who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice
such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Rom. 1:23).

They know better and are without excuse. But they scrap the scriptures and say, “Let your conscience be your guide.” That murderous motto spits at the biblical “judge and jury.” God’s Word must educate our conscience so that we’ll have more of God’s mind and share His higher view (Isa. 55:7-9).

We’re warned: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12). Therefore, it’s pretty dangerous to depend upon faulty human reasoning (Prov. 3:5).
David said, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you,” and “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:11, 105).

We’re to take God’s Word to heart (Jer. 31:33). It can clear up any confusion and lead us out of the dark (1 John 1:6-7). The Bible’s the best guide and every honest steward of God’s truth will direct you to live in peace and harmony with it.

Beware those wayward ministers who would lead you to your death. We’re to be aligned with the Absolute, not confederate with the confused. Whereas God’s truth remains consistent, their ideas remain in a state of flux. We’re to become like Christ, not conform to their likes.

Those who preach the Word—as commanded—are the faithful few. As prophesied, the time has come when most religious people (let alone others!) won’t tolerate the truth, but insist upon being told what they want to hear. Whether it’s about abortion, homosexuality, or the ordination of women, they follow sentiment rather than scripture, putting their hearts above our Head (2 Tim. 4:2-4). “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” (Jer. 5:31). God condemns this SPIRITUAL PERVERSION, this orgy of error that everybody is involved with. It’s an open-relationship and it’s out in the open. But where is it leading us to but national destruction?

Instead of humbling ourselves before the Bible’s authority, letting it have the last word on the subject, we get argumentative. We insist on getting in our own two cents worth. Adam and Eve
discovered (too late) the hidden-costs of a “second opinion.” It’s not worth it. It’s better to be honest and bite the bullet than self-destruct from self-justification. After all, who’s fooling whom? The Tree of Life offers preventive medicine. There’s no need to get bloodied by hard experience. The trial and error approach exacts a high price, taking a terrible toll in the form of mangled minds and scarred lives. God warns us to avoid such accidents by paying attention to the signs of the times. It’s better safe than sorry. Think twice, consider the consequences: CHOOSE LIFE!

Enemies of Truth

But those who speak the truth risk society’s wrath. Those who feel ignorance is bliss don’t appreciate their words of wisdom; trying to rescue victims, they become a prey themselves. Attacked by the liberal press and mauled by the media, truth is martyred by an angry
mob, character is crushed under the heels of hedonism and those who dare cry for a return to basic values are crucified by popular demand! Paul’s question, “Have I therefore become your
enemy because I tell you the truth?” (Galatians 4: 16) would receive a violent response today. “Yes, and all those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:12-13). But we can’t say Christ didn’t warn us (John 15:18-20).

We’re told to expect trouble—not to look for it—but expect it. Of course, like Elijah we’ll be falsely accused of being religious rabble-rousers (1 Kings 18:17-18, 22:8, Mark 6:18), and it was his own GOVERNMENT that branded him a subversive! The State Department has shamefully branded the biblical teachings and website of former Israeli Parliament member and rabbi Meir Kahane as “terrorist!” But instead of having a pity-party, we’re to enjoy a victory celebration. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of [terrible things
about you] for My sake [because you stood up for the truth]. Rejoice and be [ecstatic], for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt. 5:11-12).

Actually, the worst RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION in history is just ahead. It will mainly come from the Catholic kingdom of Europe, but it’ll start right here, in our own countries, by the very
people we’re trying to save: “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends and they will put some of you to death” (Luke 21:16). This isn’t talking about an occasional family squabble or disagreement amongst friends—THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED—if you lose this argument, you could lose your life. Christians will become an endangered species!

Mass Martyrdom—not Conversion.

Society will misunderstand our motives, resent our religion, and hate our message. If you’re not politically correct, you’ll become a target. The witch-hunt has already begun! You could be turned in to the authorities just for saying something “wrong.” It’ll be open season on us. The hounds of hell will be let loose. Jesus wants us to realize what we’re getting into: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16).

Watch what you say, be careful what you do, and don’t be fooled by “friends.” Nosy neighbors could inform on you and your own flesh-and-blood might stab you in the back (Jer. 9:4). “For even your brothers, the house of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you… Do not believe them, Even though they speak smooth words to you” (Jer. 12:6).

Nevertheless, we’re to be BOLD and proclaim God’s precious truth. It’s going to become increasingly rare to hear and difficult to find (Amos 8:11-12). We’re the only witness and warning some people will ever receive. Remember: our national destruction is due to our spiritual ignorance. Some don’t know any better and others should know better, but Satan wants to keep everyone in the dark, under his thumb. That’s all the more reason we’re to share what we know—even if it costs us our life. “And those of the people who understand shall instruct many yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering” (Dan. 11:33). The plain truth isn’t going to be popular— it’s going to be perilous. MASS MARTYRDOM—not mass conversion—is prophesied.

Courageous individuals will put their lives on the line, fighting against encroaching error and EUROPE’S BIG LIE. They’ll shine as stars, enlightening others, loosening the prince of darkness’ hold, and undermining his KINGDOM OF CONFUSION (Acts 26:18). “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the [sky], and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).

But the Dragon won’t be slain so easily. The Beast will be out for blood! His troops will be in hot pursuit of these “trouble-makers,” tracking them down without mercy. “And the dragon was enraged with the woman [our Israelite nations], and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring [the true Church], who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 12:17).

But the Destroyer defeats his own purpose. The pope’s attempts to stamp out every ember of truth will backfire. His fiery indignation will spark controversy, raise questions and inflame passions (Rev. 13:7, Dan. 8:10). Rumors will spread like wildfire. Persecution will only scatter the seed, sowing it in fields far and away, before a growing audience and gathering crowd (Acts 8:4).

Curiosity will demand to know what’s going on. Who are these “heretics?” What exactly do they believe? We know they’re “traitors” and express dangerous ideas, “But we desire to hear from
you what you THINK for concerning this sect, we know it is spoken against everywhere” (Acts 28:22).

The exercise of independent thought will become so unusual, it’ll attract immediate attention. But “thinking aloud” could sentence some to death. Yet it’ll enable others to come alive, even as Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24). Such personal sacrifices will reap great rewards.

No Guts, No Glory

Paul, subject to frequent arrest and imprisonment, explains for our benefit that he really didn’t enjoy jail, “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which have happened to me
have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ and most [but not all] of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear… For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake…” (Philip. 1:12-14, 29).

This willingness to not only live for Christ, but to die for what we believe in—if and when we must—demands a deeper conversion than most Christians would feel comfortable with. Some have become too settled in, complacent in their church-kingdom, forgetting or denying that we’re only to be temporary residents in this life, awaiting our new Country and Holy Capital (Heb. 11:13- 16).

If we truly love God (more than ourselves) and want to serve our Lord Jesus Christ, we don’t have to worry: we’ll be given SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS AND ABILITY. It doesn’t come
naturally, it’s a gift from God. He alone can enable us to withstand fierce opposition—fearlessly. He promises to transform those situations into opportunities to testify against Europe’s error and defend God’s truth. The lambs won’t keep silent—they’ll learn to roar like lions!

Those who find themselves on trial will give a POWERFUL WITNESS. Jesus, our Advocate, will take control of events and stand by our side (Luke 21:13-15). He has a way of turning things
around to fulfill God’s purpose. Trust Him.

As God’s inspired witnesses, we’ll represent Christ well. Our day in court will be a day to remember! As God’s Spirit fills our mind (with the words our mouth will speak), we’ll experience an amazing clarity of mind and purpose and share the vision of GOD’S KINGDOM (Prov. 16:1).

We’ll speak with such conviction and AUTHORITY it’s bound to have an impact upon everybody there. They’ll sit up, take notice and hear what God would have us to say. He’ll lead and guide you, as His spokesperson, and give you the exact words you’ll need—just like He did for Moses and Aaron: “…for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (Matt. 10:20).

But just like Pharaoh didn’t want to hear “LET MY PEOPLE GO”—neither will the pope’s pawns. Some will be thrown in jail to shut them up —administrative detentions—and others will lose their lives, holding on to the truth and eternal life. They’ll have followed Christ’s instructions: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell” (Matt. 10:28).

The early apostles exemplify this transformation (from fear to courage). They were imprisoned by the religious authorities, later released by angels, and found back in the temple teaching, not
cowering in a corner somewhere (Acts 5:17-25). These were changed men! Earlier, when Christ got arrested, it was “every man for himself.” Now, nobody was going to stop them. They went back to work.

Living for Christ—Again!

Those who are about to die—martyred by Europe for teaching the truth—will be as good as alive and back in action. The apostle John foresaw this wonder: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded [if you use your head, you’ll risk your neck] for the witness to Jesus and for the word of God [testifying that the true Christ was yet to come, and standing by God’s Word rather than
falling for Catholic tradition], who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands [refuseniks: they didn’t subscribe to the Roman system, support its pagan ideas, or identify with its idols]. And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years… Over such the second death has no power [when both body and soul are destroyed], but they shall be PRIESTS OF GOD and of Christ, and shall reign with Him for a thousand years” (Rev. 20:4-6).

That’s in your Bible! Look it up. Why haven’t you heard these things before? You should demand to know. This is the only true GOSPEL. “Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the KINGDOM OF GOD, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and BELIEVE THE GOSPEL” (Mark 1:14-15).

If you haven’t been told the GOOD NEWS (gospel), how can you believe it? If you haven’t been taught what life’s really all about— preparing to enter the Kingdom of God—you’re missing out.
You’ve been robbed! You’ve got to repent and believe the gospel to be saved. “And they were ASTONISHED at His teaching, for His Word was with authority” (Luke 4:32).

People are still astonished. God’s truth is hard-hitting, authoritative, and no-nonsense. The true gospel blows the others away and delivers a scorching attack on error (Jer. 23:28-29). It
clears the way for Christ’s Coming, shoveling the lies and confusion to the sides (Isa. 57:14).

A “Christian” Conspiracy

Jesus’ gospel should have become common knowledge, but it’s been purposely hidden (Rom.1:18). Who’s sponsored this censorship? Traditional Christianity! They’re the guilty culprits. Instead of telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”—so help them God—they’ve withheld vital information and suppressed important facts (Acts 20:27).

The religious establishment’s been involved in one of the biggest cover-ups in history. But this conspiracy of silence is blown. Their shroud of secrecy is left exposed. In spite of every effort to bury this story, it’s now going public. Christ prophesied to raise this issue again—worldwide.
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14).

But Satan doesn’t want his world to come to an end. He refuses to abdicate. His counterfeit kingdom doesn’t want us to announce Christ’s Coming, because they know Jesus will throw them out of office. But we won’t keep this quiet. We’ll shout it from the rooftops and go tell it on the mountains: “O Zion, that bringest good tidings [the gospel], get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up [turn up the heat and the volume, turn it up, and raise this international issue], be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!” (Isa. 40:9).

This is all new and exciting to most people. They’ve either never heard of this before or read right over it, but God has now performed a MIRACLE—the blind can see and the deaf can hear: “…For what had not been told them they shall see, and what they had not heard they shall consider” (Isa. 52:15).

This is the first time some of you have actually seen what’s in the Word. Now you’re witnesses to what’s really written there, not just carelessly assuming something’s in the Bible when usually it’s not. Share what you’ve seen, spread what you’ve heard, and talk about these NEW REVELATIONS that have come to light. God expects you to: “You have heard see all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things,
and you did not know them” (Isa. 48:6).

God-given Understanding

If you’re beginning to understand this, and it’s starting to make some sense to you, and you find these truths attractive—God must be working with you (John 6:44-45). This ability to hear and understand, rather than fight and argue, is God-given. It’s spiritual discernment (1 Cor. 2:14).

No matter how clear we try to make these scriptures, only God can make you receptive to His Message. He alone can help you grasp what’s recorded, even if someone explained it a thousand times (Luke 24:45). But if it’s been given for you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God (Luke 8:10), prepare yourselves for the following: God’s Kingdom is composed of IMMORTAL GOD-BEINGS! Not pitiful human beings playing God. It consists of those formerly conscripted Christians, drafted to serve God’s purpose, now miraculously resurrected as DIVINE PRIEST-KINGS. We are to rule with, but under, Christ.

The future European dictator—the final Caesar—and his religious ally, the pope, will have persuaded the top ten European kings to surrender their sovereignty to them—a counterfeit king of kings. “These shall make war with the Lamb [Jesus Christ], and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Rev. 17:12-14).

Time and again, Jesus promised to include His followers in His power structure. He offered them a share—not only in His suffering and shame—but also in His POWER AND GLORY. As mentioned previously, Jesus’ twelve disciples form His power-base and He builds up God’s
powerhouse from there. Unlike this world, these powerful positions (1 Cor. 15:50-54) will be filled with qualified and incorruptible individuals—literally. Christ, in recognition of our loyalty, guarantees us a seat in His GOVERNMENT (Rev. 3:21). He promises to confer upon us an
international clout and an especially prepared private office, in His ADMINISTRATION (Rev. 2:26, John 14:1-3).

We were born to become kings! What more could you ask for? Basically, everything that the Father’s offered the Son, the Son has offered us: a Kingdom, shared responsibilities and delegated authority (Luke 22:29 John 5:26-27 1 Cor. 6:2).

Jesus explains what our proper attitude should be towards these expanded opportunities: one that tempers authority with humility, and remembers we’re crowned to serve—not to be selfish and demanding. Our spiritual stature is measured by how effectively we help others (Luke 22:24-27).

Divine Ministers of Education

Actually, what we’ll be doing in the Kingdom of God is what our people were supposed to be doing all along: TEACHING! God places such an emphasis on education. His reconstructed Temple in Jerusalem will be a TEMPLE OF HIGHER LEARNING. We’re to be pillars in God’s Community, teaching the truths of the Temple, and pledge allegiance to Jerusalem and all that it stands for (Rev. 3:12).

We’re to expect a mass influx into Israel and be prepared for a steady stream of pilgrims, because Isaiah 60:6-9 has already booked their travel arrangements (some will arrive by “land-rovers,” others by ship or plane), and Micah 4:2 has made advance reservations for them: “Many nations shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the House of the God of Jacob [not Esau]. He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’
For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”

Representatives from all over will ascend to the Holy City—THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING—and seek instruction. We’ll be there to help them along and assist them in gleaning the precious principles of God’s truth.

They’ll come bearing gifts fit for a king: silver and gold, incense and cedar, flocks and herds—all to beautify Jerusalem and adorn the Temple and supply Israel’s every need (Isa. 60). But the greatest gift of all will be our family reunion—they’ll turn over our POWs and MIAs! We’ll no longer be separated from our loved ones (Isa. 66:20), but will finally be released from our fears and frustrations.

Christ will receive these gifts, and embrace our kin who have come home, and then accept the Gentiles into an extensive work-study program. As repairmen and construction crews, they’ll service our cities and others, outstanding in their various fields, will tend to our agri-business and manage our livestock while we (Israel) supervise their activities (Isa. 61:4-6).

When our former bosses aren’t working for us, we’ll help them to feel at home in God’s prayerful HOUSE OF STUDY. They’ll quickly master our holy language and become legal experts, handling God’s Word and Law professionally (Zeph. 3:9).

New International Cooperation

Those nations that will have fought against Christ and His followers, having been deceived, will experience a NEW ATTITUDE. God will gladly give them a change of heart. Hostility will be history during the Millennium. All the Earth will enjoy a refreshing spirit of peace and cooperation, not war and contention. Instead of feeling an unbearable tension in the air, we’ll
learn to relax and appreciate the comforts of God’s Holy Spirit: “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places…” (Isa. 32:17-18).

This will be in stark contrast to our time in captivity: “And among those nations [to where we’ll be deported] you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place but there the LORD will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you, you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life. In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were
morning’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see” (Deut. 28:65-67).

Instead of marching against the Holy City to conquer and divide it, former foes will return to worship our King: “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles” (Zech.14: 16). The biblical holy days will be restored and baptized paganism will be banned!

The formerly “lost” Israelites will want to ride on the coat-tails of every Jew, and the Gentiles will want to hang on to the apron-strings of every Israelite (Anglo-Saxon-Celtic), until everyone can stand on their own two feet (Zech. 8:23). Why? Because we’ve enjoyed a head-start education and are more familiar with God’s truth than anyone else: “…who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen” (Rom. 9:4-5).

However, there are always a stubborn few who need a “little prodding” to get them on their way, but they’ll soon discover it’s in their best interest if they want to spiritually grow and stop being
plagued with personal problems (Zech. 14:17-19). Every head-of-state will attend this annual event held in Jerusalem (not Mecca or Rome), and celebrate this international festival—all sponsored by our gracious host, Jesus Christ.

Teachers in Training

Throughout history, God’s been actively involved in teaching. A few of his better-known students include Abel, Enoch, Noah and Moses. They’ve been part of a special process and selection—all in preparation for God’s Kingdom. But the man of destiny whom God chose to be known as “the father of the faithful,” was Abraham. Abraham was especially qualified to represent GOD. He was privately tutored by the Priest-King, Melchizedek, in Jerusalem.

Abraham dutifully paid tithes to his Teacher, and highly respected this Superior (Gen. 14:18-20)—unique among his contemporaries. Most Christians would be shocked to discover that this “King of Righteousness” and “King of Peace” is the same One who was later born as “Jesus Christ.” Read it for yourself in Hebrews 7.

Abraham’s extensive training and initiation were instrumental in passing on God’s truths (Gen. 18:19). As expected, Abraham taught his firstborn, Isaac, everything he needed to know—and Isaac in turn faithfully taught his son Jacob. Jacob continued this tradition by educating his entire family—all twelve sons. The knowledge of God’s truth grew and expanded with time.

God later summoned Israel to Mount Sinai. He took their twelve tribes as His SERVANT-NATION. No longer were the “mysteries of the universe” to remain in the family: God’s time had come to share these secrets with all mankind! God gave Israel His blueprint for an ADVANCED CIVILIZATION and shared with them His ideals for a SUPERIOR CULTURE. Israel was to reflect a higher civilization—that is, a Heavenly Kingdom—to be established upon
the Earth. Traditional Christianity would do well to believe this GOOD NEWS!

Israel was the forerunner, the prototype, of the governing Body of Christ—the KINGDOM OF GOD. God inducted our ancestors into His service. We were to become His KINGDOM OF PRIESTS (Ex. 19:6), a MODEL-NATION (Deut. 4:6), an ETERNAL FLAME (Isa. 42:6).

No longer the slaves of men or their traditions, we were free to obey God and teach His commandments. Everything that God taught us, we were to teach to others by personal example and national instruction not just one or the other, but both. Israel was to take these
sacred truths, these embers of light, and share God’s holy fire with all mankind—while guarding against burn out at home (Isa. 50:11).

What was at the top of Jesus’ agenda? During His earthly ministry, whom did He focus in on and privately tutor? The twelve disciples. Although He spoke to thousands, Christ was busy
imparting special insight and UNDERSTANDING to “a few good men.” The Anointed One was sharing His anointing (1 John 2:27). They had been well trained in government affairs and would be held responsible for carrying out Christ’s Mission while He dutifully reported back to Headquarters (Dan. 7:13).

As GIs, Jesus’ men were given orders to spread out and teach what they had been taught—that which had formerly been classified as TOP SECRET: “for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (Matt. 13:17). Jesus’ private school of revolutionary thought, His twelve disciples, were sent out to represent Him. Christ “multiplied” His ability to get out God’s Message by certifying His students to become teachers like Him (Matt. 10:25). They were expected to
1. Announce the coming KINGDOM OF GOD, and
2. Teach God’s truths that encourage us to become Christ-like: “Go therefore and make [students] of all nations… teaching them to [act upon] all things that I have commanded you…” (Matt. 28:19-20).

God’s Servants or Men’s Slaves?

But God says we’ve slacked off! He insists we haven’t done the work. He condemns “Christians” and rejects the Jews. He reveals we’ve been taught—but not the truth. We’ve been fed—not the steak of scriptures—but A BUNCH OF BULL! Something’s not kosher. “Therefore My people have gone into captivity, because they have no [true] knowledge… because they have rejected the law of the LORD… and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel” (Isa. 5:13, 24).

Our substitute teachers have gotten rid of God’s law to pay homage to men. Our lewd leaders have dishonored God’s Word to play with humanist ideas. Since we’ve chosen such an empty
education, a shallow understanding—God’s going to empty our land and throw us into the depths of depravity. Since we’ve preferred to pay tribute to men’s ideas and have impeached God’s truth—WE’RE TO BE THROWN OUT, exiled and subject to others. “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of [material wealth and spiritual blessings], therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything…” (Deut. 28:47).

If we’re not happy serving God, we’re free to become slaves to men. If we don’t want to enjoy God’s ways, we’re offered NATIONAL CAPTIVITY! The choice is clear: truth or consequences. What will it be?

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