Sunday, September 24, 2006:
We have seen and continue to see more and more that the world has been locked into thinking on a false plane, false spectrum. Jesus came to give the food of a higher plane so that the people could partake here and now even before that plane comes to correct this lower one. He taught what was there all along but not expressed as only he was given to do it. He clarified that softheartedness is the higher plane. He taught the hypocrisy concerning this is the error even in heaven. Be extension, that means that the highest conception human beings had been confused into having about heaven was too low.
Today, we have people clamoring for the end of time, looking forward to it, while we have other people fearing that it is becoming what they see as an otherwise avoidable self-fulfilling prophecy. They are both right and wrong.
There are people looking forward to end times for the wrong reason, and there are people who fear the end times for the wrong reason. These people taken together are viewing things from the wrong plane. Each side has it backwards.
It is right to look forward to the end times and to respect the end times when viewed from the higher plane.
In a nut shell, we are supposed to be unselfish and that means softhearted. The self-styled conservative, Republican, Christian evangelicals and fundamentalists approach the end times as something that needs to be actively precipitated in order to guarantee and hasten its fulfillment. Well, it is true that their activities are doing that from their perspective, while in reality it isn't hastening. The times are set and inevitable and are hidden from the self-styled conservative, Republican, Christian evangelicals and fundamentalists. More to the immediate point we are making however is that those conservatives are using hardheartedness as their method, whereas Jesus used softheartedness.
You see, it isn't the hardheartedness of the conservatives that will bring the tribulation only to see them saved. It is hardheartedness that will bring the tribulation only to see the softhearted saved from the hardhearted. Everything Jesus preached points to this.
Also, as for the people who are opposed to the end times for the wrong reason, they want their license, which is another form of hardheartedness.
The hardhearted of the Christian evangelicals and fundamentalists are zealous to use violence to clean out the temple. They want to hunt down all the sources of temptation to eradicate them by any means. They don't want to be tempted by them, and they don't want their children tempted. The only way to have that as they see it is by eradicating it from humanity, from the face of the earth. They are half right, as always. They want to hunt down and eradicate drug suppliers and pornographers and all manner of those they see as causing or facilitating disorder and confusion and corruption, etc. They want to unleash the wrath on all those who violate Moses's laws. However, they forget that Moses interceded often for just the opposite cause. He stood his ground against God for the sake of the people. For that, God did not punish him. Think about it. In fact, that was exactly the spirit God was engendering. Abraham also pleaded for mercy. They were the tools of wrath while also struggling against unmerciful, hypocritical rage.
Jesus saw it right there in the scriptures. It's there. Jesus knew it is there to see, to enlighten. The point is that it is good to purge evil, but the issue is what is the right and highest way. Jesus said softheartedness is the right and highest way, the only way ultimately. It's all in how one defines evil and offense. In the highest, hardheartedness is offensive. It is always temporary stopgap measure at best. It is an illusionary remedy, because the symptoms will come back showing that the disease was not cured.
As for the people who are opposed to the end times for the wrong reason, they want their license. They see the wrath as that which will remove, albeit temporarily only, their libertinism. They want to retain their hardhearted lustful appetites and to feed them. Those appetites vary from person to person, but they are there. The conservatives have them too, only they don't like certain of them. Their mistake is that they don't see violence as one of those appetites and they don't see softheartedness only as the panacea.
Are the Biblical end times coming? The answer is in the form of a question. Have the people learned and are they learning enough from the lessons of the past in order to avoid apocalypse?
God's plan is for the salvation of the righteous. The plan is for the separation of the violent and the greedy and the licentious from the righteous. The conservatives are violent against the violent. Will they be with the righteous or separated from them? The conservatives are violent defenders of the system for acquiring more than one needs or deserves. Will they be with the righteous or separated from them? The false liberals are coercive defenders of what they say are people's rights to unrestrained sexuality and other appetites regardless of the negative impact upon others including impressionable children. Will they be with the righteous or separated from them?
Look, what do the conservatives do with Jesus's words, "Blessed are the peacemakers"? Do they throw them out? If they throw them out, they are thrown out. We aren't saying this to be mean, but they are telling the people wrong.
The peacemakers will be saved. The war makers will not. They won't be in the higher or highest until they've learned what God is, who God is.
The conservative Republican so-called Christian preachers are leading their flocks onto the slippery slope of the bottomless pit.
Violence is their greatest weakness. Their failure to see Jesus as a pacifist is what leads to their confusion. They don't trust God to take care of all souls who don't fight. Will you or won't you sacrifice yourself and your own for the sake of ending the violence?
Look, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 seems to cause a great deal of confusion:
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Those are the words of Paul written in a letter to the people of the church he started in Thessalonica.
Now, take the words, "so shall we ever be with the Lord." At the same time, the second coming is for Christ to reign on earth a thousand years with the risen (resurrected) righteous. Okay, how does one reconcile being caught up in the clouds forever versus a thousand years on the ground in the here and now? Don't take it wrong. We aren't saying they aren't reconcilable. We are saying that the meaning of the words are other than they have been mundanely assimilated. Too much of an exclusive direction has been read into them. They have been subjected to too much piecemeal gathering from here and there in the scripture to construct a system of thought that neglects the whole, the big picture.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7).
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. (Isaiah 26:19).
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD. (Ezekiel 37:1-14).
Is it literal or figurative or both? God made humanity from the dust of the earth. True. It does say God did or didn't make humanity via genes (DNA). It is silent about evolution. There are those who say but The Bible says Adam was made in one day. The Bible also says that a day to God is as a thousand years. Let me tell you that the day to the Lord is as infinity as well. Also, when the dead resurrect, God can take them where the mundane cannot see them or have them where the mundane can see them. This is what happened when Jesus was resurrected.
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matthew 27:52-53).
If you don't believe it, it won't be true for you. If you are hell bent upon believing only your own eyes and you haven't ever had them open enough to see things happen that cannot be explained other than by the power of God, you won't ever live in heaven.
The difficulty arises, because the resurrected are as the angels, equal to the angels, being immortal on account of their human souls were, are, worthy. Their deeds were good enough so that God smiled and smiles upon them.
But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. (Luke 20:35-36).
Angels and Jesus and others are taken up into the sky into heaven, which is transcendent of matter and vacuum that is what we see as outer space but in which that outer space exists. There is the duality, plurality, of existence where in the new heaven and earth as one, matter and spirit are not walled off from each other. Therefore, when Paul speaks about being caught up into the sky forever, what he is saying needs to be understood within that larger context. Otherwise, a whole host of mistaken ideas can take root, which has happened in the hands of the violent hearted who never see the whole truth or the whole future.
The difference between goat and sheep is known upon closer inspection and discernment.
The new earth and new heaven will not be limited to sitting in the clouds. The Holy Spirit is everywhere that true love is found. That love is everywhere people believe in its power and share it between one another. That love is not the carnal love, the sexual love, although it can exist there. It is unselfish love in action.
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