--Reward of the Saints--
[ Courtesy NASA Photo from http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/image/planetary/earth/near_earth_moon.jpg ]
It’s important to understand a
difference in terminology between
reward, the reward of the saints is part and parcel with this soon-coming
Another point, Eternal Life, Salvation, is a free gift, paid for by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. This study will reveal that our rewards are entirely different from the free gift of salvation, eternal life. One is a free gift which cannot be bought. The other must be earned. Those aren’t my words, as you will read, they are the words of Jesus Christ. What we will earn as rewards is the subject of this book, going into as many facets as I possibly could extract from what the Bible reveals.
2: Before the
3: The Millennial
Our Rewards Hang in the Balance?
to Chapter 8
Why Does Jesus Need to Return?—Answer: Take an Honest Look at the Age We Live In—Our Society:
The plight of the average world citizen is deteriorating fast, especially in the 3rd world countries, as civil wars, population growth, natural and man-make food shortages leading to starvation and famines threaten his very existence. These conditions are moving around the continent of
But you might protest, “Yes, but society in the western educated nations has advanced so much. Technology combined with modern medicine have increased man’s average lifespan from the 60s to the 70s and now man’s average lifespan is reaching into the 80s. Let’s just look at this one aspect of what modern society has done. True, about the average lifespan of man. Now let’s look a little closer into our “enlightened” societies. Abortions are commonplace. Multiple millions of unborn babies will never have their “chance” to live to be 80. Those precious little boys and girls who are fortunate enough to be allowed to be born and live can no longer freely go out to play in their own yards and neighborhoods without a very watchful adult standing guard. Why? Because far too many of these precious little children are being abducted, tortured, raped, and then killed by a growing number of sexual predators. Pornographic websites are too numerous to list or police against “child-porn” sites which hide amid multiple millions of normal adult porn sites—and this child-pornography freely available on the web keeps the ranks of these sexual predators constantly growing. Don’t believe me? Here’s some gory evidence, and this is only a very small tip of the “iceberg”, the few that get caught.
From FOX NEWS
D’Alene, Idaho—An eight-year-old girl said a convicted child molester
bound her family before kidnapping her and her brother;…he molested
them both repeatedly…The abducted children’s mother, older brother
and mother’s boyfriend were beaten to death.” Later
the 9-year-old brother’s remains were positively identified through
DNA testing. “Amber Alert for
The institution of marriage between one man and one woman is being ruthlessly torn from its sacred and time-honored moorings by very politically active groups who hold to alternative sexual lifestyles. J.D. Unwin, a renown sociologist wrote a landmark work which studied 80 different empires and what led to their downfall. Each and every major empire/society studied lasted only one generation after conventional marriage and chastity before marriage were displaced by an attitude of “sexual freedom” and widely practiced homosexuality. Our modern “enlightened” society is on a downward spiral into the abyss. [To learn more about J.D. Unwin, see http://meridianmagazine.com/ideas/040213brink.html or http://www.newswithviews.com/Boggs/kelly16.htm ]
Oh, I almost forgot, two other related things that have contributed to the downward spiral of our society as we know it. For one, the divorce rate--one out of every two marriages end in divorce. That certainly makes for a stable home-environment to raise kids in. Most men and women go into marriage not understanding the first thing about how relationships work. (If you’re interested in learning more about happy marital relationships and how they work, log onto http://www.howmarriageworks.com . [Most couples, especially men, are clueless in understanding how relationships work between a man and a woman! Learn how.]) Two other contributing factors in the breakdown of the family structure are drugs and alcohol. The illegal use of drugs is rampant in our western societies. Many children that are now teens have grown up with two “crack-addict” parents, and are used to getting beat up by one or the other of the parents as they come down off their “high.” Some of those innocent kids are also what is known as “crack babies”, spending their nine-months inside mothers who were active “crack-addicts.” Alcoholism and illegal drug use together are destroying more families and robbing more children of a proper family upbringing than any other factors today. Some of these children, now teens, have turned out OK, a powerful credit to themselves and the human spirit within them—but no credit whatsoever goes to their parents. Mankind is desperately trying to save this sick society (which isn’t wrong for Christians and their organizations to “stand in the gap”, and try to be the preserving “salt of the earth” as Jesus taught)—while others, both individuals and groups, sick, demented elements within our societies—are trying their very best to pull society down into the abyss of oblivion where the ancient Roman and Greek Empires, along with 78 others, lie in eternal ruins.
The society of man is clearly a mixture of genuinely good and rabidly evil, no doubt about it. It is the age-old paradox that goes back to Genesis 2:9, “…In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Now by what you can see all around you, which tree do you suppose Adam and Eve chose? Isn’t the answer a little bit obvious? Isn’t the society you’re living in a mixture of good and evil? And the evil is getting more and more evil all the time. Don’t think so? Read this cute little description that’s been going around the internet lately, describing what it was like to grow up in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I know it’s true, because I grew up in the late 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Compare what you read to the way things are today. Looking back by reading this almost makes that period of time look like some fantasy-land utopian age compared to now. You can’t tell me things haven’t gotten worse, far worse over the past 40 years.
“TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED
1930's 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's !
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while
they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking, ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special
Treat. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE
actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with
sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K. [Do you dare let your kids do this now???]
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride
down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at
all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound,
no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat
rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks
and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not
put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or
rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them! Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!”
The components that make up man’s society are:
2. science & technology
3. commerce & industry
5. world religions [which I won’t get into]
1. Education: Today’s world is what its leaders have made it. Today’s leaders are, very clearly, a direct product of modern education. Education from Plato and ancient Greece onward has always had pagan underpinnings, unseen by most, but there. Now in a Satan inspired move toward “political correctness” the Bible and the Judeo-Christian moral system it teaches is being wiped clean from our “modern educational system.” Mustn’t offend certain groups, so let’s remove any and all Judeo-Christian moral codes from our educational system. So our educational system is more pagan than ever. Science is taught without any morality for its proper use attached to it. The arts are taught in the same manner. History is taught in a warped politically correct manner, which often disregards the true facts and lessons of history. If it were being properly taught, man wouldn’t be so quick to make the same mistakes over and over and over again. And each time a lesson isn’t learned, a mistake is made—and as technological advances are made, the “mistakes” grow costlier and deadlier in lives lost. Napoleon conquered a continent minus England. WWI was even worse. In WWII Hitler and Tojo conquered almost half the world before they were stopped—one with two atomic bombs. Has history been taught properly, or are we about to go for round three in this World-at-War series? Much of modern education takes its students far from the realities of this world we live in, creating a “tuned-out” generation that does not have the proper understanding to create or intelligently vote in leaders that are capable of dealing with these “realities”. And when, almost as if by accident, a good leader (be he a president or prime minister) is elected, he is maligned and defamed by a very ignorant majority of that country’s citizens and the media. We find ourselves living in an increasingly fearful world of political chaos, terrorism and civil war—a world divided against itself. And on the national level in our “enlightened” western nations broken homes and divorce are “normal” while happy marriages and stable families are now the rare exception. Our educational system with it’s “political correctness” has helped spawn this chaotic world we live in—where good is called evil and evil is called good. 1 Corinthians 3:19, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”
2. Science & Technology: Modern science and the technology it brings along with it have given us high speed transportation undreamed of before, all within the past 100 years. Radio, television, automobiles, aircraft, spacecraft. And finally, computers, getting smaller and smaller, and more and more powerful as they do so. And these computers have in turn helped scientists and engineers unlock vast new stores of scientific knowledge leading to massive new discoveries in all fields of learning and endeavor. The human genome has been mapped, totally! Dogs and sheep have been cloned! Medical science has increased man’s lifespan from the 50s to 60s to 70s and now it’s approaching the 80’s! But has science stopped world poverty, civil wars, famines and disease epidemics? No, these evil things are increasing in our world, not decreasing. They almost seem to be increasing along with the increase in scientific knowledge mankind is unlocking. A realistic look at the fruits of modern science and what it has given us shows it’s basically being used for evil as well as good—and the evil is beginning to outweigh the good. Take computers and the Internet for example. When I was growing up (in the 1950s) pornography was limited to a few magazines, and when I wanted to see them, I had to go to Frizzle’s Barber shop and reach behind the normal magazines for a tattered copy of Playboy or Hustler magazine. Sexual predators that abducted, raped and then killed young children were unheard of in the late 1950s. Now there are so many “porn sites” on the Web that regulation is impossible. Kid-porn sites are out there and growing “new crops” of sexual predators on an ever increasing basis. Computers, cars, jet aircraft, rockets, spacecraft, ships, submarines—it’s what they’re used for that makes any of these either good or evil. But they tend to magnify man’s intended using ability far beyond what it used to be without these new things being given to us by science & technology. Science and technology have only helped magnify the power man can exert on himself and his environment and his society, whether for good or evil. Jet engines power airliners. They also power deadly cruise-missiles which can fly 1200 miles armed with a nuclear warhead, and they can be launched from a standard 21-inch torpedo tube of an old WWII rust-bucket submarine. As we found out on September 11, 2001, even innocent airliners were turned into deadly weapons. Russia and the United States now have what I term as continent-fryer submarines, the Typhoon and Ohio class Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines. Any one of these could unleash nuclear devastation (with 200 independently targeted nuclear warheads that can be launched from 20 missiles on each of these “boats”, on a continent of their choosing). The Chinese have just recently built the first of this class boat, and successfully tested its three stage solid fuel submerge-launch missiles that go on this “boat.” Soon they will be building more of these, along with modern nuclear and conventional fast-attack submarines. And we thought the “cold war” was over. It’s started up again, but we in the U.S. refuse to take a good look at the data and current events on what’s going on [see http://www.unityinchrist.com/terror.htm ].
Science and technology recently brought amusement devices to new and undreamed of levels compared with the past. Computer-generated virtual reality and role-playing games are sweeping the world. As you can imagine some of these are pornographic. But what are these games doing? They’re taking a generation of youth and young adults a step farther from understanding and dealing with the realities of life that face them in this world (not that I blame them, seeing where this world’s headed right now). They don’t really understand what’s going on in this world because the little bit of “politically correct and sanitized” news that they may on occasion watch, coupled to the “politically correct” little bit of history they’ve been taught cannot help them properly interpret the news they’re watching, even if they wanted to. They don’t know what they’re watching when they turn on the news or read newspapers or newsmagazines. No, the fruits of modern science and technology, as a whole, are not good in the hands of a misguided human race that has no moral foundation left. Science and technology has conferred on mankind the ability to erase all life from off this planet, not once but many times over, in at least three ways:
1. Nuclear war
2. Biological warfare
3. Global pollution (perhaps leading to global warming). Bible prophecy does say mankind will be responsible for killing off most of the fish in the ocean before Jesus returns.
3. Commerce & Industry (the twin children of science and technology): Commerce and Industry, always the children of science & technology, have given us radio, television, the telephone, computers, digital camera, and now cell-phones, which combined with digital camera and computer technology combine all of these into one hand-held device. Cell phones can now send instant photo’s of what their camera lens “see”, now in motion pictures, live. They can send and receive emails (and probably scan websites), and play games on, as well as be used as a normal portable telephone. Also on the list are laptop computers, personal computers, modern cars, jet aircraft, bullet trains, supersonic aircraft (mostly military), missiles, cruise-missiles, nuclear weapons, fleet ballistic missile submarines, any number of which could shower an unsuspecting continent with nuclear warheads with supersonic speed. All virtual reality games saw their first development and application in the military for military use. Then as far as weapons are concerned, there’s the neutron bomb, so unthinkable that it’s not mentioned anymore. It makes nuclear war thinkable and win-able. Why? How does it work? It is a conventional bomb encased in a very radioactive substance that gives off a huge amount of neutron radiation. But this material has a very short half-life. Two weeks after this weapon goes off in a city, killing all living things, but not hurting structures at all, an enemy army can march right over ground zero with no ill effects. There is no huge fireball, no danger of creating “nuclear winter” from a huge atomic or hydrogen bomb explosion which puts millions of tons of ash into the upper atmosphere per bomb. This device doesn’t do that. Just kills all living things (except perhaps the indomitable cockroach). We always look at the nice things commerce and industry develop (and as I’ve shown, even these have a downside). But we have stopped looking at the real negative things they have developed (with the aid of science and technology). By the way, France and Communist China would not sign the neutron bomb treaty. Everyone else did (not say we or the Russians don’t have them).
Now lets look inside what drives commerce and industry. Greed, plain and simple. Almost all of commerce and industry from middle management (of almost all companies, some worse, some better) to executive level base their methods on competition (often unfair or “dirty”) and plain old greed, often seen in over-marketing of a product, deceptive advertising, giving less while charging more. Looking at upper and middle management reveals selfish motives, which show total disregard for the employees under them. Sharp and cut-throat practices are often the rule in dealing with their employees, masked by the smiling, lying faces of their “Human Resources” departments, which are more astute at tap-dancing around the truth than Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly were on the dance-floor. It is really a “watchdog” department whose sole reason for being is to “protect” the company and upper management rather than to try to honestly develop their “human resources” so that they could better themselves and the company they work for at the same time. So many valuable employees and their potential skills levels have not been developed to where they ought to be, merely due to the misuse of this department, because of the unbridled greed at the top. Having under-paid and overworked employees is becoming a common practice of industry. The executives and higher level managers are getting wealthy while the average worker is getting poorer, unable to keep up with inflation. Friendly employers are becoming the exception rather than the rule, just like the “happy, divorce-free family” in our “enlightened” western democratic nations. I’ve worked in five different industries in my lifetime, and over the past 15 years I’ve noticed this overwhelming shift to the leaner-meaner, ruthless style of management that looks like it has modeled itself on the Nazi Party. Don’t believe me? Look around you. (Maybe you’re one of the fortunate few who haven’t experienced this yet.)
Just in case you think this is merely the ranting of some disgruntled employee, let’s read what God prophecied through Amos. This was written about the practices going on in ancient Israel before they were taken captive and deported by the Assyrian Empire. Amos was a contemporary of Isaiah and actually lived in the 10 northern tribes of Israel—the House of Israel—while Isaiah lived south of him in the kingdom of Judah. God saw what was going on in Israel and had Amos write this. So don’t think God doesn’t see what’s going on in your company. He does. Amos 8:1-6, “This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?’ he asked. ‘A basket of ripe fruit,’ I answered. Then the Lord said to me, ‘The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer. ‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘the songs in the temple will turn to wailing [or: the temple singers will wail]. Many, many bodies—flung everywhere! Silence!’ Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, ‘When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?’—skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat…’” So you employers who think someone isn’t watching or doesn’t see what you’re doing, rest assured, God does. And just as God repaid Israel for her sins, which he lists here, rest assured he will do so yet again, to whomsoever is deserving and does business like this. That’s what God thinks of “modern” management. Scary, isn’t it?
‘Pump up the Volume’
To quote some apropos lines from the Christian Slater movie Pump up the Volume:
“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded, everybody rolls with their fingers crossed, Everybody knows the war is over, everybody knows the good guys lost, Everybody knows the fight was fixed, the poor stay poor, the rich get rich. That’s how it goes, everybody knows; Everybody knows that the boat is leaking, everybody knows the captain lied, Everybody got this broken feeling’…Everybody knows you’ve been faithful, give or take a night or two…”
Everywhere I look it seems someone’s getting’ butt-surfed by the system; my parents are always talking’ about the system, and about the 60’s and how “cool” it was. Well look at where the 60’s got them—Huh? ‘Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now.’ As far as I can see, those guys are played-out, society is mutating so rapidly that anyone over the age of 20 really has no idea…Drugs are out, sex is out, politics are out, everything’s on hold. We definitely need something new. I just keep waiting for some new voice to come out of somewhere and say “Hey! What is wrong with this picture!? Just take a look around!”
Yes, let’s take a look around. We live in a society that suppresses the truth, sometimes with lies, sometimes just by not telling us—on both sides of the political tracks, conservative and liberal. Lies and hypocrisy are the rule of the day, no matter what “truth” you consider. In politics truth is colored and shaded by the political “source” or party you chose to listen to—right, left, green, you name it. But the actual truth always lies somewhere in-between, and the truth is always larger, and more intricate than any one “version.” Big industry and transportation, and yes, even home-heating run on cheap fossil fuel. The industrial revolution that has brought the western nations and US so much wealth and leisure has been bought using cheap fossil fuel, at the expense of our environment, and this has brought the planet as a whole to the very brink of irreversible global warming. The very worst parts of the Bible are about to be brought upon the world as a result of our over-indulgence in cheap energy and the industries that run on it.
Financial lies and hypocrisy in large companies and corporations financially suppress their workers, considering them to be mere liabilities instead of assets, as they ship their manufacturing base to poor foreign 3rd world countries. Enron was just the tip of the iceberg. The public works projects that build and maintain our highways, bridges and tunnels spend three to four times the amount it would take for a private company to do the same work. And when they do contract for private companies to do the work, graft and corruption and inferior work are always in the equation. Take Boston’s Big Dig, billions of dollars worth of unsafe highways-in-tunnels, with unsafe construction leading to the death of a driver, crushed by a falling 3-ton cement ceiling slab.
And let’s not forget the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Suppression of any and all natural cures and drugs (often through the legal system) so quality natural alternatives find it hard or impossible to make it onto the market, and with monopolies, prices rise continually—but health insurance limits the care you can receive while netting billions of dollars in profits.
Let’s not leave out the banks, mortgage companies and insurance companies. Banks and mortgage companies are raking in billions of dollars in interest rates which used to be illegal “loan-sharking rates”, making this money off their loans, mortgages and credit cards, holding the populace financially hostage to the “easy credit” system they’ve created.
And what about speaking the truth? In almost any area of “truth” it is being shackled by “political correctness”, which is merely one groups’ way of shutting up another group (i.e. liberal vs. conservative, or liberal vs. those who believe in God, be they Christian or Jewish). Jesus spoke the truth. Jesus, Yeshua wasn’t politically correct—he rocked the religious-governmental system of his day. So welcome to the Home of the Brave and Land of the Free, where large corporate companies in the U.S. work their workers like slaves at the end of every quarter, followed by a lay-off—just to boost profits by the dual method of forced increased productivity and cost cutting. Doesn’t sound real? Maybe these ruthless corporate practices haven’t reached you yet. One such company I worked for, a major player in technology manufacturing, went through three such “quarters” in a row, and now has instituted a “lean and mean” program aimed at further consolidation of the workforce. We just read what the Lord inspired Amos to write, boldly condemning ancient Israel for similar practices. But what about those of us who find ourselves in New Testament times at the “end of the age”? Jesus’ brother James had some pretty stunning words to write about the time we find ourselves in. Let’s read it for ourselves. James 5:1-5, “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter [Margin: or “in a day of feasting.”] You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.” Verses 7-8 show this applies to us in the end times. “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near…” In verses 7-8 he’s talking to believers who find themselves in these circumstances just described in verses 1-5, just before the 2nd coming of Jesus, Yeshua. Another corporate practice, totally against age-discrimination laws, is the lay-off of elderly employees five or six years before their retirement age. They often find themselves “selected” for lay-off. The real reason, to hold down medical insurance premiums, as their expenses tend to be a bit higher than younger workers. The ‘60s song with the lyrics “Take care of business Mr. Business Man” applies now more than it did when I was a teen in the ‘60s. Jesus’ brother James said it all, now didn’t he. Corporate America was never pristine and pure, that’s for sure. But now it’s downright cruel and evil. When I can look at the very company I work in and see it precisely fitting what James said in James chapter 5, verses 1-5, I cannot come to any other conclusion. But the trouble is, nobody is saying anything about this evil in our society, where the rich are getting filthy rich, and everybody else is slipping across the poverty line into oblivion. We are becoming a two-class society, rich and poor. Technological advances, racing ahead at breakneck speed now, are also hurting those trying to advance or get educated. Workers trying to keep up with technology can no longer do so, technical textbooks often becoming outdated a few years after they’re printed. What kind of future can we offer our children within such a screwed up system? Many companies are multi-national now. When the cost of labor becomes too expensive in the U.S. they merely shift their manufacturing base to a 3rd world country. (Don’t think this is true, read this article about U.S. business practices being adopted by Japanese businesses causing higher suicide rates among Japanese working males. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2305849,00.html. This describes the practices my company has been putting in place for over three years now, so I know this article is true.) As manufacturing of durable goods flee overseas, job security goes out the window. Our powerful nation finds its workforce increasingly turning to the service oriented jobs. The bottom line, we’re becoming an economic 3rd world nation ourselves. This constitutes a serious erosion of our manufacturing base. Also many products which come under the heading of “national security” are currently or will be soon manufactured in 3rd world countries who’s loyalty to our national security and defense is suspect at best (Communist China, just to name one). Our nation has always been a nation which has championed the cause of the poor and oppressed. Soon we will not only not be able to help others, but we will ourselves become the oppressed and poor. National collective sin, corporate greed, lust, decay of family and core sexual values are the root cause of our coming national demise. Corporate America is helping to kill our nation economically, eroding the financial base of U.S. workers and the things they manufacture—just as the sexual sins of our people are eroding the health and structure of our families. Can we survive? Bible prophecy shows a powerful dictatorial power is to come out of Europe, and that this power will try to rule the world for a short time. The eastern powers, perhaps Russia (and maybe China) will oppose this power. But nothing is mentioned about our survival. Evidently this dictatorship in Europe will succeed where Hitler failed. Then after three and a half years of this, Jesus Christ will come to put down this evil power. But evidently America as a nation doesn’t survive. We’ll read about Jesus’ return in the next chapter. But understand Corporate America’s hand in all of this. They’re economically killing the very people that made them and America strong.
So in the final analysis, what has Commerce & Industry bestowed on the “free world” through the miracle of its Industrial Revolution? NASA’s top climatologist has told us, based on his calculations (and his calculations have been time-tested over 25 years and found to be very accurate), we have less than 10 years to turn around our dumping of massive amounts of C02 into the atmosphere, or else planet Earth will go into irreversible global warming. (Currently, 3.5 billion tons of C02 are being added to our atmosphere every year that are not able to be “scrubbed” back out by the earth’s natural C02 scrubber systems, as shown in the September 2004 National Geographic Magazine.) The modern industrial revolution, based entirely on cheap coal, oil, gasoline and natural gas has bestowed upon us the gift of bringing on the ultimate environmental destruction of the planet—bringing on the scary scenario of Matthew 24:7 and Amos 4:6-8. There is no way, even if the U.S., England and Europe stopped all fossil fuel emissions could we turn the rise in C02 around. Why? Because China, India and all the other 3rd world countries, wanting a piece of the affluence pie are racing to industrialize, and give all their citizens the cars, vehicles, and creature comforts which cheap fuel consumption bring. To read more on this subject log onto http://www.unityinchrist.com/warming/warming1.htm. To quote the teenage DJ of that clandestine radio in the popular movie Pump Up The Volume “I don’t find it exactly cheerful to be living in the middle of a totally exhausted decade where there’s nothing to look forward to and no one to look up to [belch]…that was deep.” He couldn’t have better described our decade, the decade our children are being raised in, when he said that over his clandestine radio. Isn’t it time for us Christians to Pump Up The Volume about where we’re headed, and offer society an invitation from Jesus to be the leaders in a better world, coming soon to planet Earth? (Secret: an effective way for us Christians to Pump Up The Volume is found in Chapter 8 of this book.)
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4. Governments: The modern world we live in has produced three more-or-less new forms of government, two of which have their roots in ancient Greece and Rome.
A. The French and U.S. republics. A republic is not a pure democracy, but representatives are elected which make the laws and rule for the majority that put them in office. The economic structure is pure capitalist. Most services such as healthcare and other functions are paid for by the individual.
B. British and Swedish limited monarchy, similar to the republican form of government in that they also have usually two elected houses that legislate or create laws, and a Prime Minister similar to our President. These two are socialist governments in that the government taxes the public from 60 up to 95 percent of their income and public services and healthcare are all free. Capitalism does function in these countries, but in a modified way.
C. Communism. The first two forms were democratic, guaranteeing the freedom of its subjects or citizens. This one is dictatorial. There are about four or five Communist dictatorships in the world. Communist China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cambodia and Myanmar (formerly Burma). Citizens in Communist countries have little or no rights or freedoms, and absolutely no say in how they’re governed, sometimes ruthlessly.
The weakness of the western democracies is something the founding fathers of the United States pondered over long and hard before choosing. And they knew what the basic overall weakness of the republican form of government they ultimately designed and chose. It is the identical weakness the early Roman and Greek empires had. As the population morally degenerated over time (often over hundreds of years), they continuously elected people who would pass or legislate laws which further allowed for their degenerate lifestyles, until finally Rome (and Greece before it) collapsed from within.
What Brought These New Forms of Government Into the World We Know Today?
The Meaning of Modern History: I grew up during the 1950s and 1960s. I and my playmate were constantly pre-occupied with building bomb-shelters to protect us and our families (and all the spare girls in the neighborhood—we were boys) from the big nuclear bomb we all thought the Soviet Russians were going to drop on Boston. We’d dig a four-foot by four-foot square, and dig this dangerous pit down to a depth of five to six feet. We never got deeper than that, and it’s amazing we never buried ourselves. The sides never collapsed with us in them. We grew up in the era of the “Bomb”, when we all sincerely believed the world was going to end in a giant nuclear confrontation between Soviet Russian and America. We all knew that if one of those Soviet 50 kiloton baby’s hit Boston, everything within Route 128 was toast, fried beyond all recognition. And we were only 9 years old at the time. Later I joined the US Submarine Service, and became a part of that huge naval cat-and-mouse game all our submarines took part in. The whole world was aligned with either the United States, or Soviet Russia, with very few genuinely neutral nations. Within a short walking distance of my neighborhood, on top of Belmont Hill, was a US Army anti-aircraft battery, 9 years after World War II ended. Soviet Russia was trying to export it’s form of government, often, we were told, forcefully and through subversive methods. We never gave a thought as to why these two great powers with their two divergent forms of government had locked military horns and were vying for world domination. We just knew that it was so, never giving a thought as to why. I vividly remember Nikita Khrushchev taking his shoe off in the U.N. building and banking it on his desk, and saying “We will bury you!”. (I came closer to getting buried in my own half-dug bomb-shelter!) I grew up to all this, but never understood what had brought the world to be this way. Then recently I found an amazing short history book, written by a war correspondent during WWII. The book was full of insight and not just straight reporting. What follows is what I learned from this insightful book.
Was Communism wrong? What brought it on?
Communism is like a national version of a labor union that comes in and offers the workers of a big fat-cat company more equality in wages and opportunity. When a nation has a few fat-cats, a small and wealthy upper class, while the majority live in abject poverty, communism although a very poor substitute for a fair democracy within a free-market society, offers educational equality, and thus a degree of equality of financial opportunity and advancement, based on performance to some degree. A peasant in Czarist Russia had no opportunity for education and advancement, while the Soviet Communist system offered a fair degree of equality in education and thus advancement. A peasant could become a skilled worker, or work his way up to general in the army, based on performance. But the communist system, like all human systems, was prone to corruption at the top. Communism, just like labor unions, stifle true advancement. Just as a labor union can destroy a company’s ability to make a profit, so communism can cripple a nation’s productivity. Although both communism and labor unions level the playing field for the individual under them, they destroy personal incentive. But when a company ceases to offer true advancement in skills and wages, the labor union becomes the least of the two evils, and so it is with nations as well. So now let’s look at the national picture. Take China at the beginning of World War II, under the able leadership of Chiang Kai-shek. Only problem was his political party that ran the country was a dictatorship. 99 percent of all Chinese were dirt poor, poverty stricken, had no medical services available to them, and worked under back-braking labor conditions. “When Chiang Kai-shek visited India he threw a bombshell in the shape of a farewell statement which was utterly unexpected by the British officials. The Generalissimo urged the British to give the Indian people “real political power” as speedily as possible, so that they might “thus realize that their participation in the war is not merely an aid to the anti-aggression nations for the securing of victory but also a turning-point in their struggle for India’s freedom.” [They Shall Not Sleep, p. 207] Chiang Kai-Shek realized what India needed, but failed to speedily implement the same recommendation in China. “All of the Asiatic peoples, approximating no less than one third of humanity, are asking themselves what the Anglo-American spokesmen mean when they talk of freedom and democracy.” [ibid. p.206] Four years after WWII, Communism swept the whole huge nation of China under Mao Zedong, over one fifth of the world’s population. Is it any wonder? Communism under the Bolsheviks swept Czarist Russia in 1917 for the same reasons. The British colonial system collapsed in Burma and India, much as it did around the world, just after WWII, due to the excessive mining of national resources from these countries, without any subsequent betterment of the citizens within those countries. And Vietnam, same thing. Let’s take a look at what Leland Stowe wrote in They Shall Not Sleep, pp. 137-138, par. 1-2, and 1 resp. “During more than one hundred years enormous fortunes were reaped in Burma by the British. Burma has produced and still produces fabulous wealth in oil, teakwood, tin, silver, rubber, and rice. It is extremely difficult to find traces of this great native Burma wealth in the lot and the lives of more than 14,000,000 Burmese natives. You do not find well-built and attractive schools in Burma’s towns and villages. You do not find many hospitals or clinics. You do not find anything much that is halfway modern except what has been built for the use of white men, with the exception of a few missionary schools, mostly financed by American church groups. The vast natural wealth of Burma, like a large part of the natural wealth of Mexico and the Central and South American countries, has been drawn out of the country for the enrichment of a small band of foreign capitalists who have no other interest in the land and the people who are the source of their fortunes….In Soviet Russia, covering one sixth of the earth’s surface, the gold and silver and tin mines, coal and minerals and oilfields, the forests and railroads and factories of production, all belong to the state. This new kind of state may develop and exploit these great basic riches well or badly. Nevertheless the people hold the title of ownership. No small group of individuals may stake out and own any of these things. The people’s title of ownership may be partly on paper as yet. But the people of the Soviet Union have got an idea. The idea is not on paper. It is in a much more fertile spot. It is in their heads. The world of the Russians didn’t used to be like this at all. The world of the Chinese and of India too, quivers in unprecedented ferment. In each of these great crowded lands the ferment has produced an idea---nationalism.” “India was merely a duplicate of Burma on a much greater scale.” [ibid. p 175] “I was talking one day with an American army colonel who had visited Indian coal mines. ‘Did you know those mines are paying about forty per cent dividends to the British shareholders?’ he asked. ‘Well, I saw Indian women down there—some of them pregnant women—carrying baskets of coal on their heads all day. Do you know what they get paid? Four annas a day—just about four American cents a day! Do you think those people are going to be much worried about the Japs taking over India? Well, that’s what we’re up against.’ Sometimes I met Indians who spoke bitterly of the “master folk.” They were not talking about Hitler and his Herrenvolk. They were referring to those near at hand who treated almost all dark-skinned people as “bearers” and who owed their position and wealth to the exploitation of India’s riches and her people.” [ibid. p.177, par. 2-3] Leland Stowe wrote this in 1944. That nationalism “in each of these great crowded lands” took whatever form that would offer their people freedom from what they had been experiencing before, even if it turned out to be a communist dictatorship. America, like the British, had an unsavory flavor of capitalism, which most of these people were all too familiar with. Burma, now called Myanmar, is now a communist state. Any wonder? China, as mentioned before, went communist in four short years after the end of WWII. The French tried to march in and re-install their colonial system of economic exploitation in South East Asia right after WWII. Ho Chi Min was U.S. Marine trained to fight the Japanese during WWII. He begged President Eisenhower to intervene. Ike said he and the U.S. had to stay neutral, so Ho Chi Min asked Russia for help, and brought Communism to first North Vietnam, and then South Vietnam. Laos and Cambodia are Communist as well. Time for us to put things into the proper perspective of real, un-slanted, unbiased history.
Rule of thumb
Historic rule of thumb: Whenever a large segment of people in the world, no matter what country they’re a part of, suffers from lack of educational and economic opportunity for their own betterment and advancement, that nation or group of people is ripe for another system to take over which offers them better opportunities than they presently have, even if that system is totalitarian, and not so perfect. Often you see this same problem within large companies. They pay their workers barely enough to keep them under control and make them feel like they’re pretty well off by song & dance propaganda, dished out at company meetings and social events. Their employee profit-sharing is also an illusion compared to executive and upper-level management profit-sharing programs within the same company. Upper level management make obscene profits. Lose your job and stay unemployed for too long, you lose your house, your car, whatever has been bought on long-term credit, which is the only way you can afford what they pay for with cash. They lose their jobs, they lose nothing. Nations are really no different from companies. They contain a mixed society of workers who are working to support themselves and their families. Socialism will sweep a country for the very same reasons as a communist system will, but stops short of dictatorship. Financially the playing field has been leveled by cradle-to-grave medical and insurance services that the ordinary citizen would have to pay for out-of-pocket in a free-market democracy that is not socialist. Socialism can take over a country by degrees, often gradually, and a nation can stop anywhere in the process. Officials are democratically elected. So the sweep of communist systems and governments that were spreading around the globe right after WWII has to be viewed in the light of the abject poverty and lack of economic opportunity for the citizens of those countries to achieve any other way. The people in so many of these countries didn’t want to revert to the status quo which had been holding them back for so many years. So they called in the “labor union” of governmental systems, to level the playing field for them. My father worked for a decent company, at least it was decent to it’s employees for a long time. Nearing his retirement, he admitted to me (and he was a manager that hated labor unions), “Pete, United Carr is starting to deserve to have a labor union to come in.” Companies, nations, it’s no different. Look at Ethiopia. Under Haile Selasi the citizens lived in abject poverty, filth and squalor. That elderly leader, who could trace his lineage back to king Solomon of Israel, was killed in an uprising that brought a communist government to power in Ethiopia. Any wonder? I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s, and I finally realized why the world I grew up in was the way it was. The British empire had collapsed, and England itself had become a socialist government, as most of Europe had as well. China fell to communism in 1949, and the United States found itself locked in a “cold war” with Soviet Russia, which was “marketing” its form of government to those nations which had become sick and tired of being exploited by mercantile fat-cats of the free-market democratic countries of the west. Most people never bother to stop and analyze the times they grew up in. I always wondered about the period of time through World War II, up to 1989. Then I read a fine historic book written by a war reporter, Leland Stowe, written during World War II. His book asked the same questions, as he witnessed the rise and fall of empires and social systems that had become rotten on the vine, ready to fall. Many of his predictions came true, five, ten years after his book was published in 1944.
Let’s analyze this
Let’s analyze this a bit. The ultimate cause of wars is a genuine lack of love and outgoing concern by those who have toward those who have not. Wars and the rise of socialist or communist governments brought on by war are caused by the amassing of wealth amongst a very few, with very little outgoing concern or sharing in an intelligent manner that would help raise the base-line of well-being for all those below. So far, mankind has not devised a form of government that does that, one that guarantees equality of opportunity and financial well-being for all. This magical “utopian” form of government has eluded mankind, simply because basic human nature runs contrary to those altruistic motives. Mankind for six thousand years of recorded history has not found such a government that for any appreciable period of time has given it’s citizens this opportunity. In the end, in the final analysis, it is the rich in each system of government that get richer, while the poor get poorer. Even in our “fair democracy” under the “free enterprise” system, we can see economic stratification becoming more and more pronounced, with the middle class becoming an upper-level poor class, which could bring on strong pressures from this expanding “poor class” to vote a socialist ticket, or for the political party that will help usher in socialism. Looking at our new “global economy”, we see it does not foster educational and economic growth opportunities for the have-not nations either. As a matter of fact, our new “global economy” is not really new at all. This “new global economy” fosters a very similar mercantile system which the British used, and one which the United States had in South America, one which “mines” wealth without helping the “miners”. Now let’s look at the poor Arab citizens (poor, even in oil-rich countries), held under dictatorial powers for centuries, and economic exploitation under the British colonial system during the past century. They’re being sold a bill of goods, the average Muslim, that fundamental Islam will level the playing field. Will it? Or is it another totalitarian response to these age-old problems? Nations and ideologies clash in wars and global wars, yes, world wars, when enough of these unmet needs of humanity build up. How do the “poor and oppressed” vote in “labor union” type governments? It’s been said “A bullet is more effective than a vote.” We have already witnessed how Communist type governments got swept into power. But don’t forget, the men and women that fill their armies are those who are the “poor and oppressed”, it is they who have no choice but to vote with bullets. Lenin’s soldiers, Mao’s soldiers, Ho Chi Min’s soldiers, Myanmar’s soldiers, Ethiopia’s soldiers, all destitute, all poor without hope under the system of governments they lived under.
Can we go on like this?
Build-up of armaments and the spread of them to promote the various governmental systems that offer relief have brought the world to a level of possessing an arsenal of global-killer proportions. So now we find that the world has reached a period of time where war itself has become dangerously unthinkable, considering the nuclear fire-power that can be unleashed. All this is due to the lack of a proper governmental system that can meet the needs of all mankind, a government of love and outgoing concern, of justice and mercy. Will we ever see such a government under mankind? It’s doubtful. We’re more than likely to see another round in the series of World Wars we’ve gone through during the 20th century. Jesus said in Matthew 24 that if he did not return to put an end to the next World War, no flesh would be saved alive. But the Bible promises that he will return, just in time. As Old Testament prophecies indicate, a mere 10 percent of the present world population will be left alive when he returns, which has been the assessment of military men for years for the next World War. Will Jesus set up the government that mankind has been desperately seeking over the past 6,000 years? The Bible says he will. Want to learn more about this amazing coming government, and the time of peace and universal prosperity it will usher in? Keep on reading. In the following chapters the whole Millennial Kingdom of God will be explained.
Recommended reading: “They Shall Not Sleep”, by Leland Stowe, available on http://www.amazon.com as a used book, published and printed 1944.
[Oh, by the way, if it weren’t for the incredible sacrifice of the Soviet Union in soldiers and civilians, during the first two years of WWII, from 1941 to 1942, we Americans may well be speaking German today. The Soviet Union absorbed and blunted 200 crack German divisions and brought them to a total standstill within those two bloody years, with almost no outside help whatsoever. They lost an estimated 5 million soldiers and 10 million civilians within the first year of battle. The battle and victory at Stalingrad was the crowning glory of this effort, with the encirclement and subsequent surrender of General Paulis’s 6th German Army (600,000 soldiers) at Stalingrad. The recent movie “Enemy At the Gates” is a pretty accurate portrayal of Stalingrad during this period of time. Was the “Cold War” an unnecessary waste of time, men and materials? Why did the Soviets firmly believe they needed a “buffer zone” between themselves and Western Europe? Who was the Premier in power right after Stalin during the period of the 1950’s? Answer: Nikita Khrushchev. He was in Stalingrad during that key battle, and is portrayed in that movie mentioned above.]
What Mankind Needs Is a One-World Government: But in the hands of man a one-world government is not to be desired, nor is it possible
The following excerpt is taken from Albert Eintein’s A MESSAGE TO INTELLECTUALS, from the message to the Peace Conference of Intellectuals at Wroclav, never delivered, but released to the press on August 29, 1948:
“We meet today, as intellectuals and scholars of many nationalities, with a deep and historic responsibility placed upon us. We have every reason to be grateful to our French and Polish colleagues whose initiative has assembled us here for a momentous objective: to use the influence of wise men in promoting peace and security throughout the world. This is the age-old problem with which Plato, as one of the first, struggled so hard: to apply reason and prudence to the solution of man’s problems instead of yielding to atavist and passions.
By painful experience we have learned that rational thinking does not suffice to solve the problems of our social life. Penetrating research and keen scientific work have often had tragic implications for mankind, producing, on the one hand, inventions which liberated man from exhausting physical labor, making his life easier and richer; but on the other hand, introducing a grave restlessness into his life, making him a slave to his technological environment, and---most catastrophic---creating the means for his own mass destruction. This, indeed, is a tragedy of overwhelming poignancy! [emphasis mine throughout]
However poignant that tragedy is, it is perhaps even more tragic that, while mankind has produced many scholars so extremely successful in the field of science and technology, we have been for a long time so inefficient in finding adequate solutions to the many political conflicts and economic tensions which beset us. No doubt, the antagonism of economic interests within and among nations is largely responsible to a great extent for the dangerous and threatening condition in the world today. Man has not succeeded in developing political and economic forms of organization which would guarantee the peaceful coexistence of the nations of the world. He has not succeeded in building the kind of system which would eliminate the possibility of war and banish forever murderous instruments of mass destruction.
We scientists whose tragic destination has been to help in making the methods of annihilation more gruesome and more effective, must consider it our solemn and transcendent duty to do all in our power in preventing those weapons from being used for the brutal purpose for which they were invented. What task could possibly be more important for us? What social aim could be closer to our hearts? That is why this Congress has such a vital mission. We are here to take counsel with each other. We must build spiritual and scientific bridges linking the nations of the world. We must overcome the horrible obstacles of national frontiers.
In the smaller entities of community life, man has made some progress toward breaking down anti-social sovereignties. This is true, for example, of life within cities and, to a certain degree, even of the society within individual states. In such communities tradition and education have had a moderating influence and have brought about tolerable relations among peoples living within these confines. But in relations among separate states complete anarchy still prevails. I do not believe that we have made any genuine advance in this area during the last few thousand years. All too frequently conflicts among nations are still being decided by brutal power, by war. The unlimited desire for ever greater power seeks to become active and aggressive wherever and whenever the physical possibility offers itself.
Throughout the ages, this state of anarchy in international affairs has inflicted indescribable suffering and destruction upon mankind; again and again it has depraved the development of men, their souls and their well-being. At times it has almost annihilated whole areas.
However, the desire of nations to be constantly prepared for warfare has, in addition, still other repercussions upon the lives of men. The power of every state over its citizens has grown steadily during that last few hundred years, no less in countries where the power of the state has been exercised wisely, than in those where it has been used for brutal tyranny. The function of the state to maintain peaceful and ordered relations among and between its citizens has become increasingly complicated and extensive largely because of the concentration and centralization of the modern industrial apparatus. In order to protect its citizens from attacks from without a modern state requires a formidable, expanding military establishment. In addition, the state considers it necessary to educate its citizens for the possibilities of war, an “education” not only corrupting to the soul and spirit of the young, but also adversely affecting the mentality of adults. No country can avoid this corruption. It pervades the citizenry even in countries which do not harbor outspoken aggressive tendencies. The state has thus become a modern idol whose suggestive power few men are able to escape.
Education for war, however, is a delusion. The technological developments of the last few years have created a completely new military situation. [two years before this was written, two atomic bombs were dropped, one over Hiroshima, the other over Nagasaki. Einstein was the very man who wrote President Roosevelt recommending immediate start of the Manhatten Project because the Germans were working on nuclear weapon research. This man, this brilliant physicist knows more about nuclear power and weapons than we could accumulate in a lifetime. He worked out the theory of relativity in his own head, and he was almost totally correct in most of it. Let him continue.] Horrible weapons have been invented, capable of destroying in a few seconds huge masses of human beings and tremendous areas of territory. Since science has not yet found protection from these weapons, the modern state is no longer in a position to prepare adequately for the safety of its citizens.
How, then, shall we be saved?
Mankind can only gain protection against the danger of unimaginable destruction and wanton annihilation if a supranational organization has alone the authority to produce or possess these weapons. It is unthinkable, however, that nations under existing conditions would hand over such authority to a supranational organization unless the organization would have the legal right and duty to solve all the conflicts which in the past have led to war. The functions of individual states would be to concentrate more or less upon internal affairs; in their relation with other states they would deal only with issues and problems which are in no way conducive to endangering international security. [Albert Einstein has just described what mankind needs, along with the impossibility of mankind bringing this supranational government about for himself. He has just described the need for the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ to set up this supranational government, the Government of God, upon the earth over mankind. Albert continues: ]
Unfortunately, there are no indications that governments yet realize that the situation in which mankind finds itself makes the adoption of revolutionary measures a compelling necessity. Our situation is not comparable to anything in the past. It is impossible, therefore, to apply methods and measures which at an earlier age might have been sufficient. We must revolutionize our thinking, revolutionize our actions, and must have the courage to revolutionize relations among the nations of the world. Clichés of yesterday will no longer do today, and will, no doubt, be hopelessly out of date tomorrow. To bring this home to men all over the world is the most important and most fateful social function intellectuals have ever had to shoulder. Will they have enough courage to overcome their own national ties to the extent that is necessary to induce the peoples of the world to change their deep-rooted national traditions in a most radical fashion?
A tremendous effort is indispensable. If it fails now, the supranational organization will be built, but then it will have to be built upon the ruins of a large part of the now existing world. Let us hope that the abolition of the existing international anarchy will not need to be bought by a self-inflicted world catastrophe the dimensions of which none of use can possibly imagine. The time is terribly short. We must act now if we are to act at all.”
Have we acted, since Professor Einstein wrote this in 1948? Or have major world powers become more unstable, and the weapons more unimaginable in power and destructiveness? Should World War III start, Einstein’s predictions will come true. Jesus Christ will have to come back, or else mankind will annihilate himself. And Bible prophecy shows Jesus does return, just in the nick of time, and he will install his supranational government on top of the rubble of the modern society we have just taken a cold, hard look at.
5. There is an unseen cause of the world’s troubles: God says human nature is basically evil. Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” KJV: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Romans 8:7, “the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” KJV: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” The word “carnal” just means, normal unconverted mind, a mind in whom the Spirit of God does not dwell. 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 explains a Bible truth even some Christians are not totally aware of. There are basically two levels of understanding the human mind is capable of. Man, without the indwelling Holy Spirit of God merely has human intelligence which is given to him or her via the “spirit of man” which God places in every human being (probably at conception). Paul makes mention of this truth in 1 Corinthians 2:11a, which says, “For who among men knows the thoughts of man except the man’s spirit within him.” The thoughts of a man are exponentially higher than a dolphin’s or ape’s, who have the same basic brain in physical make-up and hardwiring. But a dolphin, or ape cannot understand such things as geometry, algebra, trigonometry, astronomy, physics, mathematics, the arts, literature, nor can they use all this knowledge to create new things out of matter. Man alone is a creature that creates new things with the physical matter of the earth. A cow, dog, pig, ape, or dolphin cannot do this. But the same level of ignorance between a carnal, unconverted mind, a mind with only “spirit of man” in it—exists between this carnal mind and a mind indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. Paul makes this comparison in verses 11-12 of 1 Corinthians 2. Verses 11-12, “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” I.e. the human mind with only the human spirit in it is basically clueless to the spiritual knowledge of God found in the Bible. Such a person can read the Bible all day long and not make heads or tails of it, no matter how hard they try. But there’s something else about this human spirit within every human’s mind that makes it different, and explains why this world is the way it is. In Genesis 2:19 Adam was not hostile to God (even though he only possessed this human spirit). But in Genesis 3 and 4, a hostility took over in the race of man, right after Genesis 3 where Satan got to mankind through Adam and Eve. Babies are not born with the evil type human nature described in Jeremiah 17:9, but they acquire it over time. Satan’s unseen influence is broadcast into the air on this planet much like radio and television signals are propagated in the airwaves. 2 Corinthians 11:3, states, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” How does Satan get “into” the human spirit—the “spirit in man”? Ephesians 2:1-2 says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” KJV almost says it a little more clearly revealing how Satan works. Let’s read it again in the KJV. Ephesians 2:1-2, “And you, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now worketh in the children of disobedience.” How clear, Satan broadcasts in the air, right straight into the spirit in man. Is there any example where a man was communicated to via his human spirit, had a thought placed into his mind via his human spirit? Yes, king Cyrus. God broadcast a message into Cyrus’ mind, a non-believing Gentile king whom God wanted to communicate a message to. Satan broadcasts in attitudes of wrath and hatred and these attitudes bear a certain fruit, listed in Galatians 5:19-21, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealously, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like…” That is the fruit Satan’s invisible broadcast bears in mankind, always pulling man and his world downward. The Holy Spirit leads the human mind to bear a different type of fruit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” But most of the world—all of the world outside the body of Christ—is bearing the other kind of fruit. Just as man can acquire the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), mankind as a whole has acquired Satan’s nature. Utopia cannot exist until human nature is changed. The arrival of Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMeshiach, on earth will not, of and by itself change human nature. It will take one other major event after the 2nd coming of Jesus.
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