CHAPTER 5: A WONDERFULLY BLESSED WORLD WERE ALL TO CONFLATE: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CONSERVATIVE-REPUBLICAN CHRISTIAN: JESUS IS A SMALL-C COMMUNIST

What a wonderfully blessed world this would be were all to conflate by the Holy Spirit of truth, precluding the greatest of tribulations to come.

Imagine everyone in the world sharing everything, pleasing God, and thereby ending all the negative results of selfishness. God has made clear that he spares those who are warned and repent in time. He will make truly bountiful those who are truly liberal.

The prophecy

The prophecy though is that the whole world will not be blessed until after great, unprecedented upheaval.

The son of perdition, a devil, the son of Satan, the spoiler, must assert himself again causing unprecedented upheaval by refusing truly to turn and repent. Who is that person? Who are his followers? This age will be hit with tribulation just as the age that ended in A.D. 70 with the destruction of the Herod temple when the sons of perdition were in their glory. What will be hit? This age is the age of what and whom? Answer that, and you have the answer. Seek and you will find.

There are human traditional interpretations about the prophecies concerning the son of Satan, the children of darkness (perdition), the Messiah, and the children of light. Just because one believes that there is a Bible prophecy does not mean that he or she believes in the real Bible prophecy. Many of the false Jews had built up, and many of the false Jews still hold to, their traditional belief that the Messiah will be the greatest military leader of all time. They believe that the Messiah will yet come for the first time and from their ranks to lead them to world military conquest over the evil ones who are all but the false Jews.

Other Jews, such as the Essenes, were not waiting for that kind of leader. They were waiting for a spiritual savior who would do battle with the forces of darkness on the spiritual plane which they saw, and current Essenes still see, as permeating this world and all unseen worlds. The range of opinions concerning the then coming Messiah and necessarily the son or sons of perdition or darkness ran, and still run, up and down the spectrum of human imagination.

Truisms

The prophecy shows that each human empire builds up and falls, some into perdition (utter ruin). They dare to plant the seeds of their own complete loss and destruction. Those who forget history are truly doomed to repeat it. Truisms are for all time.

Truth isn't cliché

There are those who seek to destroy such truisms by calling them trite and overused. They say such expressions are obsolete or archaic. They are unacceptable within so-called modernity. They are not novel enough or chic. They are out of fashion. They call them cliché. Others wishing to distance themselves from the cliché of cliché call it by other names such as hackneyed. It is a race to stay out in front to gain and hold the bleeding edge of cultural correctness. It is a race away from stark truth. He who can distance himself out front leading others on a wild and futile chase is to be admired most. As soon as the masses have caught up, the chic has already moved on to something else as if in a game of hide and seek where fashion was. It is critical to remain one step ahead but never fail to leave a misleading trail with the strongest pull for ego sake. It is also a total waste of time. This pursuit of futility renders every Proverb trite and, in the slang, unhip. In reality, the real meaning of hippest is to know what is truly going on, and what is truly going on is the revelation. It is no fad. It is not the latest craze. It is connate: Since the beginning.

Worldly Empire spirit

Empire builders are constantly pushing for a positive connotation of human empire. That is why they manipulate the truisms of the prophecy. Each empire wishes to portray itself as having no continuity of spirit with preceding empires or wishes to portray earlier empire or empires as glorious examples of human achievement rather then the results of selfish ambition ending in perdition. Human empire is a negative. Imperialism is a great plague. It is blight. It is not an asset. It is the culmination of liabilities. They all reap what they sow, and so will America and the rest.

The period of each rise and fall of a nation or state that asserts itself as empire is an age, the age of that empire. The spirit of empire itself though transfers from head to head (leader to leader) and capital to capital through the individual national empires to form the whole age of human empire that is rebellion against God. The evil spirit of human empire morphs from empire to empire each with its own characteristics. Each such empire falls into perdition. It has to, because each is founded upon the faulty premises of self will and selfishness.

There are those within and without each such empire who presage the fall. They state the faultiness and consequences. Within the entirety of the body of real prophecy there is a picture that has developed that speaks not to the rise or fall of just a given empire at the moment of the prophetic statement or a series of empires, such as in the vision of Daniel running from Babylon through Persia and Greece to the fall of Rome, but also speaks to the rise and fall of the whole human-empire spirit. That is the revelation.

The traditional interpretation; however, sees empire as something other than what it is. Human-precept traditionalists see the current empire as not being another in the long series of human empires that are based upon the faulty premises. They see the current Anglo-American Empire as being based upon the teachings of Jesus. US vice president Dick Cheney and his wife wrote on their official Christmas card, "And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" It is quoted from Benjamin Franklin as follows:

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

Franklin was referring to the verse as follows:

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. (Matthew 10:29).

(Note that Franklin's deism faded as he aged.)

There is no doubt that God has allowed the basest, most selfish of men to rise to punish the iniquitous. Reconcile it. It is no paradox. It is cause and effect. It is a consequence of free will exercised collectively selfishly.

Are those of empire getting their reward now? A study of Benjamin Franklin's life reveals that he was a very lustful man. His statement above attests to his ambitions for the nation of America. The founders were planning from the beginning for America to not only rival but dominate.

False-Christian dominionists are Old-Testament-only Jews

Many conservatives see the American Empire as carrying out the Christian goal of ridding (killing off) the world of non-Christians. Moses, rather than Jesus, is the exemplifier for these people. One can see it reflected in their emphasis upon Moses the lawgiver. They speak more of the Ten Commandments than they do the spirit of the two greatest commandments and especially the new commandment of Jesus {"As I have loved you, that ye also love one another." (John 13:34).} that is the spirit of both of those greatest commandments! They see the Empire as the empire of Jesus: His people being his instruments on earth in fighting the bloody holy war (traditional army against army) against the enemies of Christianity. Their level of thinking is Old Testament only. It is an eye for an eye only worse—without parity, disproportionate. It is what has allowed for the Abu Ghraib prison type tortures by US military troops and other US operatives to flourish around the world. It is the wholly unenlightened mentality that allows for those of Islam in Palestine and those ostensibly of Judaism in the State of Israel to fight each other as if it is three-thousand-plus years ago.

If you reject their conservative interpretation, you are wise in that. The human traditionalist's interpretation has never failed to fail and it will fail this time as well. They do not know who the son of perdition is or what constitutes his Empire. They do not know Jesus or what constitutes his kingdom.

Jesus mentioned the prophet Zechariah (spelled Zacharias in Matthew 23:35 and Luke 11:51 of The King James Version).

That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. (Matthew 23:35).

In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah. (Zechariah 1:1).

And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD. (2 Chronicles 24:21).

(Jesus was referring to the Zechariah of the Book by his name.) Those of human precepts killed the prophets.

The Zealots lost and will lose again

Those most fervent believers in Jewish militancy (militarism and violence as their salvation) at the time of Jesus were the Zealots. They lost. The Zealots held Jerusalem from A.D. 66 to 70. Jesus had warned them, but they did not listen. They were wiped out. They had mistakenly thought that God was on their side. They had gotten that notion partially because the Jews under the Maccabees (Hasmoneans, a Jewish surname) not that long before in 167-160 B.C., had militarily achieved political and religious independence from the Seleucid (Hellenistic dynasty after Alexander the Great) King of Syria, Antiochus IV Epiphanes (Epiphanes meaning "god manifest"), and his successors. Rome though was not Syria, and Jesus knew it. Even had Rome been weaker, Jesus, however, being a pacifist, still would not have advocated war.

False Zionists: Running Rome, caesar's prime counselors

Pax Americana (false peace through war)

Now, America sees itself as the rightful heir of the Roman Empire and the Zealots rolled into one. The neocons, false Zionists, are running spiritual Rome. They are caesar's prime counselors. They see themselves as at a point that if they do not seize their opportunity it will pass them by. This, of course, is folly. It is inevitable, but folly, double folly. Remember, they see themselves as establishing a Pax Americana just as the Roman Empire has been falsely credited with a Pax Romana.

And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. (Daniel 8:24-25).

Under Rome, craft did prosper, and under Pax Romana, many were destroyed. Under America craft does prosper, and under Pax Americana, many are destroyed. It is transgression. Pax Romana was false, because all the souls in the Empire were enslaved under Roman taxation, customs duties (import and export taxes) and tribute. The Romans had won it by rivers of blood. It was no peace. The real peace is the peace Jesus talked about. The falsely termed peace of Rome had no part in the peace of Jesus, just as the falsely termed peace of America has no part in the peace of Jesus. Those heading up this false peace do not really believe in Jesus. They do not know his heart. In fact, they hate Jesus. Their hatred of Jesus is perfectly reflected in their fruits. They bring forth all that Jesus despised: War and faith in money, among other things.

This Pax Americana is an enforced, misnomered peace of the world through fake, pre-emptive, unilateral wars against those who are falsely accused of being threats. It is all in order to capture and maintain control of resources required to perpetuate the American, capitalist, neoconservative, neoliberal Empire. This new era is financed through global corporatism for global corporatism.

This is not to say that regional balances of military power, nuclear deterrence, or containment were ever right. They were not. The deterrence and containment of the Cold War were only masks for the numerous aggressions going on about the globe. Balance of power was just the mutual coercion of fear. It was all agree-to-disagree rather than debating until the logical conclusion of righteousness is met. Today, it is no longer agree-to-disagree under balance, deterrence, or containment. Neither though is it debating to the righteous conclusion. Today, it is US, and by extension, false Zionist, hegemony.

The neocon error since the beginning

This US neocon, hegemonic plan was laid out long before 9-11. It was laid out long before the Project for the New American Century based upon the 1992 Defense Planning Guidance, primarily authored by neoconservative Paul Wolfowitz, which formally expressed the megalomaniac goal of American world conquest. In fact, it was laid out at the beginning, but that is too esoteric for most. It is hoped that many people will be able to link this spirit back to the first empire and even the first rebellion against unselfishness to the first time humans knowingly acted beastly toward each other.

How easy is it to be suckered into thinking as Paul Wolfowitz? It is as easy as thinking one may take heaven by force. It is a slippery slope of aiming for a goal and believing that there are expendable innocents during the means to the end. The trouble is that that method of force never gets anyone to heaven. Heaven results from heavenly means. There are no expendable innocents. Paul Wolfowitz thinks he is right. He thinks the world is better off with American imperial domination. If millions or even billions of innocent people die along the way, if they are lost under the Empire's watch, so be it, so long as millions or billions of others are out from under a perceived worse threat. However, that thinking is wrong. It never arrives at its stated goal. It forever uses hypocritical means that render its own end impossible to reach. Its path never gets there. Paul Wolfowitz and those who agree with him see a hill out in front of them that they imagine if they can only get over then the worse nightmare will be forever behind humanity. They believe that we must slog through the status quo (work the system) rather than undergoing a radical remaking that demands dropping the very evils they hope to overcome through evil means. They seek to end war with war. We seek to end war with peace. Jesus sought and seeks to end war with peace even though he knew and knows that wars will come by the likes of the American neoconservatives and their likewise militant foes.

Now, imagine the world without all of this push for empire that is the drive of the egotistical. Imagine if the world were headed in the exact opposite direction that is giving and sharing. It would be wonderful. It would be beautiful. If the world had started down the correct road long ago, it would have arrived back at the garden earth. Now rather than just imagining, bring it forth. Have the faith to make it happen through God and through the period of tribulation—not losing heart. That's what we must reinforce in one another, not militarism.

We shall not magnify ourselves in our hearts but rather magnify God in our hearts and out into the world.

Convict your conscience

The conscience of the conservative is insufficient. They need to work on bringing their consciences in line with sensitivity and compassion. Their hearts are cold and hard. They need to warm them and soften them way up.

The real prophets have seen this in their generations. In each of their generations, they called beyond all others for a relative softening of the heart. We are to progress. Some of their prophecies were harsh. Nevertheless, they were calling for an end to much harsher things. The depths of depravity are spoken of euphemistically in The Bible. In the Old Testament, in certain contexts to know someone meant to have sex with them and to uncover someone's nakedness meant the same thing. Men were uncovering their own father's nakedness.

That was so abhorrent to the sensibilities of the prophets that Moses for instance would demand the immediate execution of anyone engaging in such a disgusting act. That was, among other reasons, so those who would engage in such things would not be alive left to spread such evil, defiling all the people.

Elijah also engaged in the wholesale slaughter of hundreds of priests of the evil god Baal (Molech by a different name) whose priests and false prophets had demanded that living children be thrown into burning furnaces. Did the priests of that abominable god eat the children's burned flesh as they ate the animals that were sacrificed? Of course, the god was a fake, and the idolaters, the wicked queen, Jezebel, and her husband, Ahab, were completely culpable. They had the devil in them.

And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. (1 Kings 18:40).

Jezebel was apparently the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians (Ithobaal I, king of Tyre according to Menander, the Greek dramatist, as reported by Josephus in his work, Antiquities of the Jews). Tyre was prophesied against by the prophets. Ezekiel specifically said concerning Tyre that, "they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water." (Ezekiel 26:12). Tyre was the Phoenician capital city built on an island in what is today southern Lebanon. To conquer it, Alexander the Great filled in the water between the mainland and the island. He used the ruins of the old city of Tyre on the mainland to do that fill-in work. He took the city completely.

Those prophets, Moses, and Elijah were right about the depravity of the hardhearted people. The traditionalist interpreters and wishful-thinking diviners at those times got it wrong. The prophets going back to the beginning pointed the way of prophecy calling for complete salvation of the world from the Empire of human greed. They could not spell it out in clear and plain language. They were not given to do it. It was too early. Even Jesus had to teach in parables. But Jesus made clear that the time of speaking in parables in public was going to be over once the Holy Spirit of truth descended upon the children of human kind. It has, and the time for speaking clearly and plainly has come. The time for the separation before the next huge tribulation is at hand. It has already begun.

As said, we are to make progress. Jesus's call is to greater softheartedness than the prophets before could understand.

Imagine the world without depravity. Imagine the world softhearted enough that no one would be unsafe and where all the world's children could play without anyone having to be concerned that someone would prey upon any of them. It would be beautiful and wonderful. As said earlier, now rather than just imagining, bring it forth.

The prophecy is not what the current traditionalists think it is. They think prophecy is over. They think that everything that can be prophesied has been spoken. They are wrong. It has yet to come to a close, even though the conclusion is, and always was, foregone by virtue of what was set in motion from the beginning of which Jesus was and is the pivotal figure. Praise God for having sent Jesus.

Jesus's time here incarnate was a climax in the story that is the prophecy. It contains ups and downs. As Jesus explained, there will be wars and rumors of wars. It necessarily follows that between those wars and periods of rumors, there have been, and will be, relative periods of mundane peace from hot and cold wars for different nations. The prophecy did not come to a close with Jesus's ascension. The temple was destroyed as Jesus said it would be within that generation. The tribulation occurred. The martyrdom of those still then living and their journey to be with Jesus in paradise both occurred.

Oh, some of you think that I have misspoken here in saying that they are in paradise since the resurrection of the just has not occurred. Ah, where do you think Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are, dead or in heaven? How can both of these be right, the resurrection of the just and yet Abraham is alive in heaven? Reconcile them. All things Jesus taught are reconcilable. If you cannot reconcile them, it is your failure and not Jesus's. Jesus told the one next to him on the cross that he would be with Jesus in paradise that very day. Abraham is in paradise, and he will be with the resurrected just. In fact, Abraham is indwelling in spirit with God and Jesus. The just are indwelling in spirit.

The prophecy is still running, because the salvation of the whole world is still unfolding. This brings us to Ezekiel, Zechariah, and John of Revelation.

The spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. It means that if one believes Jesus's testimony and really feels it in one's heart and has it permeate one's mind and soul, one will come to understand that the pattern of human behavior renders a pattern of outcomes. This does not negate God's interacting with people in their free will to do God's will. That is part of the pattern. Ezekiel, Zechariah, and John describe horrendous tribulation of a war that is larger than the war of the Romans on the Hebrews and ends with not just apostate Hebrews suffering the consequences but all warring parties suffering the consequences. When placed within the whole that is the whole of prophecy that is the scripture and the Holy Spirit, one is given the ...continues... Click next page number below. [If you would like to see the full text on one page (helps with searching for text on the page), use the "No-Graphics Print Version".]

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