. . . against it: "The proud" Violence, greed, depravity are the things the US government preaches and does. This is the truth.
Is there any national government that is always about preaching and doing the opposite?
The intent of the unrepentant was not to learn truth. They were never convicted by their conscience. They died in utter ignorance of the divine will and law even though they knew it on the mundane level. They gave themselves away with their cunning talk and traps. Their intent was bent upon destroying the truth. They sought justification to murder Jesus. When they could find nothing, they murdered him blatantly, just as their same spirit had murdered prophets before Jesus, for the sake of their positions, power, control, money, and other lusts: To silence the prophets so that the other evils of the killers would not be further exposed in the bright light. They fell into their own snare. Killing the prophets makes the light brighter. However, leaving the prophet alive also leaves the light to become brighter. There is no escape. There is only one real path and it is to do no offense.
Once again, we must stand in the gap so that the prophecy is fulfilled, so that the whole earth is not destroyed, and so that the remnant inherits it in righteousness.
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. (Ezekiel 22:30).
We must join in the spirit of I Am (God) saying "I will" and do it. We must be called and chosen. The shepherds are to feed the flocks. They are to make peace. They are not to hurl blind, calculated recriminations. They are not to seize on the inheritance of all the people, just as they tried to seize on his inheritance: Jesus's, taking heaven by force and setting up their mansions behind thick walls away from the fray where they thought evil would not touch them. How wrong they were, and how wrong their spiritual descendents remain.
But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. (Matthew 21:38).
The whole earth rightly belongs only to the just, the fair. It does not belong to the unjust, unfair expropriators, takers.
For if you continue in your way, which you will (to whom this is meant) "The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof." (Matthew 21:43). That new nation is the real Church that is the fruit of the wedding (joining, uniting) of the new heaven and new earth. It is not synonymous with inherently divided America.
What comes of people becoming more Americanized under false, unrepentant prophets? Considering the rate at which Americans still consume the natural resources of the earth and have polluted the planet (a sign of the times), if the rest of the world jumps on the American developmental wagon and weapons procurement, the world will be in ruins in no time. The pressures are mounting. That's the Biblical prophecy. We see the beginnings of the birthing contractions already.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:7-8).
Earthquakes—the earth reflects the emotional distress, confusion, hardheartedness, pleadings and adds to it. Is there a scientific explanation? There is a direct connection that science could learn to describe. It would be describing more of God's workings and plan: Spirit, emotion, over matter—of course.
However, no one knows the exact time but God in heaven. "But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." (Mark 13:33). Not even the Son of man or Son of God knew, as spoken directly by the Son of God. The signs of the times will tell though of its approach. When the results of the great empire-descendent of Babylon starts failing, when all the false churches are unable to give satisfactory answers due to their false testimony, after the real Gospel has been taught to every nation in every language, once every nation has been told in no uncertain terms, when the lofty ones are falling from their high places, when it is manifest all about in darkness, then you will know that the time is at hand. Be watchful. Do not be caught unaware. Be ready for the Son of man to return for the harvest of the angels to purge his kingdom of those that work iniquity and to gather together his elect from one end of heaven to the other. The day when disunity, covetousness, and iniquity will be cleared away and burned up is coming.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity. (Matthew 13:41).
The signs are already here for those who are listening, hearing, and understanding and looking, seeing, and perceiving.
One would have to be living under a rock not to see the connection between all the plagues, weather disturbances, and disasters on the one hand and the callous stewardship of the planet and the bad shepherding of the people on the other hand. This is all predictable for those who testify as to Jesus. "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19:10).
There are some very misunderstood verses in The Bible. Matthew 24, cited several paragraphs above, has been misunderstood by many so-called intellectual (begrudging) minds. Matthew 24 is full of woe and doom for the iniquitous of Jesus's time. What has been misunderstood is that it was for all subsequent culminating-generations as well, even as it is also about the last of death gaining additional souls.
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30).
Due to free will for people to make the mistake of violence, to be as the ferocious beasts despite having enlarged frontal lobes for the sake of enlightenment (unselfishness), God allowed wrathful armies down through the ages to serve as consequences for iniquity, both against iniquity and as iniquity. Wrathful armies are iniquitous and will suffer for it themselves even if they fighting against other evil, the wrath, etc., of others. It seems paradoxical, but it isn't.
One can be a very good parent wanting his or her child to see the light. The parent can't force the child to comprehend consequences.
Now, people will say, but if God is all-powerful and beneficent, then God could and would just instantly implant the comprehension within us all, as implied by the questions of the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus who tested God. This is asking for instant gratification, instant reward, even a preexisting reward, since in order to satisfy the requirements of the naysayers, God would have never allowed free will in the first place. Where then is free will? Where then is coming to knowledge freely rather than through coercion that is itself evil?
Do you see the errors that unfold when we look at the position of those who second-guess God's plan?
Life is implanting that comprehension within those who freely accept that this life is conditioning us for righteousness. (More on conditioning further on.)
What people are suggesting is that God instantly implant the comprehension in everyone against the will of those who would not choose it. Is that the golden rule? Is that real love, forcing people to love you?
God has struck the perfect balance for free will and salvation, the perfectly fair path to him. Anything other than that path would be hypocritical. No human mind can out think God concerning the best, most consistent plan. God's wisdom is infinite. What God is doing is best by definition. Why insist upon knowing everything God knows before having gone through the training God is affording you properly to straighten your behavioral path?
God has already given you the new commandment and provided you with the exemplary life. Let us live up to that before we insist upon knowing more. We aren't prepared to know more before we are living up to the new commandment.
God is implanting but freely. You choose. It is easy even while it isn't. Staying chosen while others haven't been chosen and have given up is the difficulty. One waits for deliverance while God waits for souls freely to turn. It is difficult so it will be valued. It is the opposite of "easy come, easy go."
About "the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven," the sons of man are not just the prophets. The sons of man are all men. The Roman Legions came in "power and great glory" of a kind that punished those who rejected Jesus's saving message.
Jesus was a prophet greater than Jonah and wiser than Solomon. He was the one for his time and all times. Real prophets speak to the ages and to one another.
More was going on then just the Romans attacking and destroying. Souls were also being spared in some cases and taken in others but for safe keeping.
Answering C. S. Lewis (Matthew 24:34: "the most embarrassing verse in the Bible")
"Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." (Matthew 24:34). Many people have become confused about this. They don't understand how it can be true for the first century Christians. How could it be true that all the things prophesied were fulfilled then, since we are still here now?
In his essay, The World's Last Night, C. S. Lewis called Matthew 24:34, "the most embarrassing verse in the Bible." However, one must read the verse with greater discernment. One must read it within the full context of Jesus's sermon and all his teachings and those of the prophets before him. He was not speaking in the strict chronological order for which dispassionate minds look. His context was flowing with the Holy Spirit. The manifestation of the power and glory of the Son of man for that particular generation was partly the wrathful army of Rome. All armies fit within this context even though in an always accompanying sense, they wrought evil. Israel was punished for its iniquity. Such is always the case even though evil can be relatively miniscule in a nation. It still brings consequences that would not otherwise manifest. As for those aspects of his sermon or discourse that minds struggle to fit within that generation, the term "fulfilled" refers to the continuation of the setting in motion of events that will yet lead to bringing all of Jesus's vision to fruition right down to the end of mundane time. Divine time will not end though, because his "words shall not pass away." (Matthew 24:35).
Perceive what John the Baptist said.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? (Matthew 3:7).
You see, the point for that generation was "the wrath to come." It came. The Romans came. That didn't end the prophecy though.
The other thing to understand is that when the Roman Legions slaughtered people, it sent those souls into death of their bodies. What was waiting for them? The Romans didn't control their souls in the hereafter.
As for C. S. Lewis, we can only repeat Jesus's own words.
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:26).
Lewis was mistaken. He took Jesus out of Jesus's context and was embarrassed by Jesus's words. He and others took things too mundanely, without mysticism.
The mystical (hidden or occulted) becomes the known reality upon one's departure from this womb of life. The end of that age was the end of that temporal stay on earth in the animated flesh.
Jesus had also said that there would be an age to come. That aspect is conveniently overlooked by those who call Jesus a liar and fraud. How could there be an age to come if heaven and earth were to pass away in the mundane sense in the first century? How could the meek inherit the earth? Nevertheless, the events that unfolded did make for a new heaven and new earth within a given context. It isn't over though. It will be remade again only more so.
Heaven and earth are to be regenerated. Heaven is after all within. The Holy Spirit never dies out. Those true believers who were there when the proverbial world of that age came to an end did witness the prophetic unfolding. Those who sincerely believed and acted accordingly didn't die but passed to eternal life in the spirit. This is all perfectly consistent with what Jesus said if one is able to grasp it.
There are two levels in Matthew 24, both for that generation and for the time thereafter. That is the way Jesus spoke and taught, on purpose. He revealed what he was supposed to reveal so that the people would be separated, sheep from goats to save the sheep and ultimately teach the goats.
The "world" did end when Jerusalem was leveled. That "world" was defined by the context in which Jesus referred to it repeatedly concerning the prince of darkness ruling the "world." Jerusalem was the center of the world to those who worshipped in the temple. It didn't mean that nothing would continue thereafter. After all, there is another, greater, plainer, clearer millennium yet to come.
I say that for those who believe that the thousand years from the Christian domination of Rome until the Renaissance constituted a kind of millennium, confusion within that church and during the era at-large notwithstanding. It was a thousand year span when belief in spirit was widely held. Satan (evil) was never even nearly silenced in all the people's hearts though. Hence, it was not the millennium while evil will be all but gone throughout the whole of the earth.
I have learned that there is a term for this view. It is called "Preterism." It means the Apocalypse having already been fulfilled. Well, in part it has. Of course the Roman leveling of Israel was apocalyptic and was prophesied by Jesus.
You see, people compartmentalize via mundane readings, excluding emotional perceptions feeling for the bigger picture. It isn't correct to read Matthew 24 in a currently mundane context. It isn't an either-or proposition concerning one event. There are apocalypses. The Roman destruction of Israel was an apocalyptic event. It ended an age. It wasn't incorrectly exaggerated in anticipation. It was part of the train of apocalyptic events each a part together leading to the ultimate, culminating apocalyptic event when evil will be completely eliminated, displaced, forever from human souls.
Concerning the unbelievers, "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:23). Here, the word "knew" is understood only within the context of the revelation. It is the divine usage. Those who love Jesus are the ones Jesus truly knows and who know him. Those who love Jesus don't work at iniquity. How could Caiaphas, the chief priest who demanded Jesus's death, know the real Jesus?
Then the angels of Satan will be cast down metaphorically and literally below the earth and the kingdom shall be established on earth as it is in heaven.
Souls shall have walked through the flaming sword of truth and rather than being cut and burned away, they will have been purged through a baptism with fire and healed. "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." (Matthew 3:11). They will have been purged of the evil essence. They will have been made ready to drink and eat of the living water and the fruit of the tree of eternal life at the resurrection of the just: Making them worthy; transcending the mundane, faithless, blind, and spiritually deadly level of knowledge of good and evil; and making them truly righteous again.
Upon eating of the mundane knowledge of good and evil, "the eyes of them both were opened." (Genesis 3:7). They became as "blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14).
To know one in the real, true spiritual sense is to be mutually trustworthy. Jesus will not have known them, for they never proved worthy of such trust. They continued in the spirit of iniquity. They were not willing enough to make their results good and, therefore, of God. They made up excuses.
True repentance is on the path to worthiness, to know Jesus and to be known by him. It takes away all excuses. You stand there naked (honest) before God not claiming that your scars from punishment came from working the land but rather from fallen people, people leading you to fall, your own falling, and your hand in leading others to fall. All your life is exposed as an open book to God. God sees all the pages, every word, simultaneously.
You must trust in God's mercy. God knows our hearts better than we know them ourselves. God will remove the scars of punishment. We cannot remove them alone. We can do nothing alone.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5).
Even Jesus could do nothing alone. He said so. "I can of mine own self do nothing" (John 5:30). Why not? "For my Father is greater than I." (John 14:28). The Father is eternal. He anoints his king over human kind. That king anoints all his friends, co-equals: Sharing all; glorifying God the rightful son and sons and daughters; always giving credit where it is due as it is due, never begrudging it, never hiding it, each keeping his or her place that is never coveting or attempting to usurp or elevate him or herself above; all just doing goodness, serving each other.
Those people with whom Jesus will share all, as God shares all with Jesus, are not the spiritually blind, deaf, and, therefore, dead (alive of the first birth but not yet of the second). Those souls with whom God will share all are softened and, therefore, not emotionally aloof (hard, cold, and small hearted) about all the troubles of this generation. "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12). The righteous actually becomes softer, more compassionate, and further resolute in the face of iniquity, as difficult as many may find that to understand. They take it to heart to do everything they can about it in Christlike spirit to save the world not by a false peace but through the truth that divides the real from the false.
The conservative spirit, however, is the opposite. Therefore the mistaken notion, that a Christian may be a conservative, is the cause of the most pivotally significant confusion in the world. It brings the greatest deception. You can see that it distorts all the message of Jesus. It can lure people into falsehood who otherwise want to be real Christians. Without the real Christianity with which to compare, people have been duped. For those who would have responded to the real message but have hated the false message of the conservatives, the conservative message has given God and Jesus bad reputations. It has allowed for war. It has allowed for procrastination in doing the commandments.
If, however, all the so-called conservative Christians would begin to be true Christians, whom Jesus will recognize by virtue of their birth into the spirit of giving and sharing all, the world would be blessed on account of them. If they all remain as they are and do not convert to being real liberals, they will increasingly magnify darkness leading to the greatest human-on-human abomination of desolation in history.
Saying this truth forwards the prophecy. The division will happen. It is only a question of who will be on which side.