Welcome to The Beginning Times!

Many Christians today believe we are in "the End Times."

They believe Jesus is coming soon to end the world.

Happily, they are wrong; tragically, they are numerous.

In reality, we are in "The Beginning Times," not the "end times." Jesus already came. The Advent of the Christ (the Messiah) is called "Christmas." Our prayer is now that God's will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven, and we're just getting started creating heaven on earth.

This blog, "The Beginning Times," believes human history is just beginning. We will succeed in our purpose: to transform the wilderness into a garden, also called "The City of God." Our future is just beginning, and stretches out farther than we can see ahead of us.

If you are already convinced that Jesus is not coming soon, please click here to join us in carrying out our great cultural commission.

If you believe it's heretical to say that Jesus is not coming soon, then keep reading. The writers here at "The Beginning Times" blog are not heretics. We are Bible-believing Christians. Just as a way of drawing a line in the sand, we are six-day creationists. We take the Bible very seriously. Our goal is to encourage and empower you to take the Bible far more seriously than you do today.

Does it bother you to think about the fact that for hundreds of years, Christians have been saying that "Jesus is coming soon," but Jesus never comes? They were all wrong, but they all thought they were most assuredly correct. They were passionately, fervently, dogmatically certain that Jesus was coming soon.

They were wrong.

He didn't come.

How many unbelievers chuckled, "Those dopey Christians." Here is an example from a famous atheist.

You are also sure that Jesus is coming soon.

You are also wrong.

Jesus is still not "coming soon."

A thousand years from now, Jesus will not be "coming soon."

Your great-grandchildren will look back at you and the preachers you listen to, and will add you to the centuries' worth of preachers and Christians who were wrong about the "imminent" "Second Coming."

Interestingly, most Christians are a lot like evolutionists. Evolutionists believe that there are billions of years of evolutionary history behind us, but the recent appearance of human beings is like a cancer that will lead to an ecological armageddon. We are in the end times. We need to exterminate a few billion human beings. Many Christians believe the earth is much younger, but they still believe we are in the end times, and they look forward to armageddon, and the slaughter of a few billion human beings.

The purpose of this blog is not to wag a finger at you, say "Nyah, nyah," and insult you and ridicule you.

Our purpose is to offer you a comprehensive Bible study program that will give you an entirely different worldview. Not only will your views on prophecy be changed, but your views on everything in the world will be changed. You will look at every area of life and every facet of human society in a different way. In fact, our goal is to change your views on prophecy and the future indirectly.

This isn't just about "the rapture."

Your ideas about "the Second Coming" are a product of the same worldview as your ideas about taxation. Consider this contrast:

  • America's Founding Fathers created a "Novus Ordo Seclorum." These words, found on our national seal, are Latin for "New Order of the Ages." Very few Americans believed that Jesus was "coming soon." They believed their government would be an example for centuries to come. America, a City upon a Hill, created a new government without a king, to bring "Liberty Under God" to the entire world. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere protested a tax on tea of only 3 pence per pound. They said "NO" to a government they called a tyranny.
  • You, on the other hand, do not protest taxes on a gallon of gasoline which are ten times higher than the tax on the tea that was tossed into the harbor during the Boston Tea Party. You don't expect your government to last for centuries. Nor should it. Your government is an atheistic tyranny that subsidizes homosexuality and the killing of the unborn. You think America is doomed, and Armageddon is just around the corner. You accept socialism. You tolerate sin. After all, it's just temporary. Jesus is coming soon.
These issues are all related.
___• pessimism/optimism
___• tyranny/liberty
___• present-orientation/future-orientation
___• socialism/capitalism
These are all expressions of your worldview and that of your nation.

We're going to change your views on the Second Coming by changing your views on what the Bible says about government, war, education, and every other issue that human beings deal with, all issues which are authoritatively addressed by the Bible.

Probably the major point at issue is the nature of Christ's Kingdom: the kind of Kingdom King Jesus came to establish, and whether human governments have any obligation to be Christ-like. Should God's Will be done on earth as it is in heaven? Will it ever? When? Should we start now?

Jesus said (Mark 10:42-45) the kings of the nations love to be "archists" (that's the Greek word, transliterated into English). "Archists" love to conquer and control others. "Archists" love to impose their will on others by force. "Archists" are willing to violate the common sense boundaries the rest of us observe with our neighbors, as we refuse to threaten people with violence to get our way. Most of us practice a policy of non-aggression; we do not initiate force against others. Jesus said His followers are not to be "archists." Logically, that means we are to be "an-archists."

Ironically, most people think of "anarchists" as people who do not respect the private property or lives of others and are willing to cause riots, chaos and disorder. But scholars have shown that throughout history it is the "archists" -- the kings and governments of the nations -- that have killed more people, confiscated or destroyed more private property, and enslaved more millions than all the "anarchists" of the world put together.

From a Biblical perspective, the belief that "anarchists" are bad and "archists" are good is the biggest government lie in all of human history. The Bible says "archists" are bad. Here's how we'll prove this.

Down below is found an outline of our Bible Study program.

It's huge.

It's something that will be more effective if you do a little bit every day over 12 months.

For the first 95 days of this program, you'll be reading Martin Luther's 95 Theses, the debate propositions that were responsible for igniting the Protestant Reformation around the world, including America.

In the first 100 years after the Constitution was ratified, the U.S. Supreme Court declared several times that America was a Christian nation. But it was more specifically a Protestant nation. Roman Catholics were not allowed to hold office in nearly every jurisdiction, because they supported the kind of government the Founders rejected (monarchism [the pope]), and a foreign monarch at that. Even more specifically, America was a Calvinist nation, and the British (whose Church of England was refried Catholicism) called the American revolution "the Presbyterian junto." America and Calvinist churches both have Republican forms of government. So during the first 95 days of this program, we'll read 95 Theses on Calvinism.

Finally, you'll read a new set of 95 Theses on the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision in Micah chapter 4. This prophecy is on the right-hand side of this blog. These new 95 Theses will completely change the way you look at the Bible. They'll change the way you look at war, violence, and socialism in all its many forms. They will change the way you look at the past, the purpose, and the prospects for the redeemed human race.

Instead of converting the kings of the nations to Christianity, and abolishing the use of violence (beating our "swords into plowshares" and no longer training to be archists), many Christians today are sitting on their hands waiting for Jesus to return and become a global archist, setting up a top-down socialist empire just like the pagan archists of the nations of the world, with Christians "ruling" over unbelievers with swords and rods of iron. The Jews of Jesus' day made this same mistake.

Jesus is not "coming soon" to be a socialist dictator.

Jesus is not "coming soon" to set up a coercive political bureaucracy.

Erroneous views of prophecy are simultaneously erroneous views about government.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully you're getting a glimpse at the issues, and how your views of government and the Kingdom of Christ relate to your views of prophecy and the Second Coming.

Beginning on day one, we'll start reading the Bible in chronological order, for about 11 minutes a day. As we read through the New 95 Theses, we're going to add four other books to our reading list. By the time the first 95 days are over, we'll be reading the 5 most important works in the history of Western Civilization.

These are the five books you'll read during the next 365 days:

1. The Bible

The Bible is the most important book in the history of Western Civilization. It is also the book more people own but have never read. Yet these same people have dogmatic opinions about the nature of the Bible and what it says. Because you are a victim of educational malpractice, and lack a colonial American education, you may have erroneous pre-conceived ideas about the Bible that close your mind to the conclusions to which we are trying to lead you. You may doubt our credibility and reliability to the point where you will not be persuaded by anything we say about the Bible. Therefore we will require you to read four (4) other works which are widely regarded as being among the most important in the history of Western Civilization. Reading these four works, in addition to the Bible, will re-create a colonial American education in just one year. These four credible, reliable, and time-honored works will abundantly confirm our "anarchist" interpretation of the Bible and the human condition. We will show you how to download these works for free from the Internet.

Success experts like Brian Tracy say you should read for an hour each day in your chosen field to be successful (that's more than a dozen books a year). George Washington read the Bible for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. Your "chosen field" was chosen for you by God: to be an extraordinary human being. If you can't read just four of the most important books in the history of Western Civilization next year, you'll never be a success in the human race.

2. "The Westminster Standards"

At a time when the total population of America was only four million people, it is estimated that some five million copies of the "Westminster Shorter Catechism" were available in the colonies. Historian Richard Gardiner writes:

The Westminster Catechism was not only a central part of the colonial educational curriculum, learning it was required by law. Each town employed an officer whose duty was to visit homes to hear the children recite the Catechism. The primary schoolbook for children, the New England Primer, included the Catechism. Daily recitations of it were required at these schools. Their curriculum included memorization of the Westminster Confession and the Westminster Larger Catechism. There was not a person at Independence Hall in 1776 who had not been exposed to it, and most of them had it spoon fed to them before they could walk.

It takes approximately 11 minutes per day to read through the Bible from cover to cover. It only takes a couple of minutes to read through the Westminster Catechisms and Confession. They were written around 1645 and the drafters unequivocally opposed "anarchism." But they believed that God is God, and denied that the State is God, a necessary first step on your road to becoming a "Vine & Fig Tree" anarchist.

3. Capitalism

Many people today believe that the government produces wealth. Others want the government to redistribute wealth ("spread the wealth") to special interests (such as themselves). These people wouldn't even entertain the idea of abolishing all archists, much less actively working toward that goal. "The government can give us whatever we want if we just vote the most generous and compassionate politicians into office." Adam Smith would be appalled at such ignorance and immorality. Smith taught ethics at the University of Glasgow and wrote a Theory of Moral Sentiments. In the same year as the Declaration of Independence was written (1776), Adam Smith wrote a book entitled An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations, widely regarded as the first treatise on capitalism. Capitalism is unquestionably one of the most important features of Western Civilization. Capitalist nations enjoy health and prosperity. Capitalism is the opposite of socialism. Socialist nations can't spread the wealth, they can only spread the poverty. Socialism -- government intervention in the economy -- is not just inefficient and wasteful, it is immoral.

Smith's book is not easy reading. A more recent treatise is also more readable: Capitalism by Prof. George Reisman. We will assign Reisman's text. Not because Reisman's work is acknowledged to be one of the most important books in the history of Western Civilization, but because Capitalism is one of the most important concepts, and Reisman's book is the most comprehensive exposition of capitalism.

Consistent socialism is maximum government. We believe consistent capitalism is anarchism, the absence of all coercive government regulation. Prof. Reisman disagrees with us (he believes we need a small number of archists in society to maintain order), but his book will help us prove our point with credibility and impeccable logic.

4. Theocracy

The only word more hated than "anarchism" is "Theocracy." Today the word "theocracy" conjures up images of Islamic terrorists and mullahs. People think of "theocracy" as a police state governed by priests. This is inaccurate. The word "theocracy" comes from two Greek words, theos, meaning "God," and a Greek word meaning "rule." A "theocracy" is a nation ruled by God.

A nation where God rules is a nation "under God." America has always been known as "one nation Under God," and therefore America has always been a Theocracy.

But not a nation under Osama bin Ladin's god. America became the most prosperous and admired nation in history because it was a nation ruled by the God of the Christian Bible. In short, America was always a Christian Theocracy.

But there are good theocracies and there are bad ones. A nation can be attempting to be a Christian Theocracy and do a very poor job of it. We do not believe that a good Christian Theocracy is a police state. We believe a good Christian Theocracy is one where all the priests and princes have resigned and gotten real jobs where they serve others in a Free Market.

People who believe Jesus is "coming soon" believe He will return and set up a perfect Theocracy. These people believe they will get to be the Theocracy Police after they're raptured out from under the tyranny of a Revived Roman Empire. Perhaps this is why they don't oppose the Empire in our day: they look forward to trading places with the unbelievers, the oppressed oppressing the oppressors.

Americans today have been misled by the myth of "the Separation of Church and State." This mythical idea -- not found anywhere in the Constitution -- has come to mean the separation of God and State, with God being separated into the private world of fantasy and imagination, and the State having omnipotent power in public, "the real world."

A Christian Theocracy seeks to give God all the glory. It's hard to see that God rules when the State claims to be the Messiah and imposes its rule over every area of life, relegating God to the deep recesses of our heart.

Notice the dramatic shift in thinking, which accompanied the growth in Christians waiting for "the Second Coming of Christ":
In 1892 the United States Supreme Court unanimously declared that America was "a Christian nation." The Court went back to the discovery of North America by Columbus, and traced the Christian history of America through all the official legal charters and documents that acknowledged the government's duty to God and created the American Theocracy, the most prosperous and admired nation in history.
In 1989 a now-atheistic Supreme Court said, "This Court squarely has rejected the proposition that the First Amendment is to be interpreted in light of any favoritism for Christianity that may have existed among the Founders of the Republic." May have?" America is no longer a nation under God. As a result, America -- once prosperous and admired -- is now bankrupt and despised. The great conflict in Western Civilization in 2011 is whether our world will become

• an Islamic theocracy,
• an atheistic theocracy (where man thinks he is his own god, but the omnipotent secular State wields total, crushing power),
• or whether America will once again be a "City upon a Hill," persuading the world to become a peaceful, global Christian Theocracy -- the kind described by the Prophet Micah.

The fourth reading assignment will be the history of Christian Theocracy and "Western Civilization" (which is actually Christian civilization). Hundreds of years before Christ, the prophet Daniel spoke of the first Christmas, Christ's coming in the days of the Roman Empire. That empire was destroyed, as Daniel predicted, and Christian Theocracy began growing. The Emperor Justinian began Christianizing the Eastern Roman Empire, and in the West kings like Alfred and Ethelbert made the 10 Commandments the basis of new legal systems. The "Common Law" began, with a Christian foundation, and eventually found its way into the Constitution of the United States, "a Christian nation." No one book adequately chronicles this history, so we will read from a number of books that try:

Excerpts from these books are freely available on the Internet. Only one of the authors agrees with our "anarchist" conclusions, but their arguments lead to our conclusions if consistently held. There are two stories that need to be told:
The first is how Christianity destroyed the slavery and paganism of the Roman Empire and initiated "Liberty Under God," the foundation of "Western Civilization" (476 A.D.- 1517 A.D.).
The second story is the story of America, and how
Calvinism created America (1517 - 1787)
• America apostatized into an atheistic empire (1789 - 2011)
• and -- hopefully -- how America repented and became an anarchist-theocracy (2011 - ????).

To begin this second story, we will assign the reading of the Supreme Court's opinion in the 1892 Decision Holy Trinity Church vs. The United States and all the historic legal documents cited by the Court. They refute common misunderstandings surrounding the myth of "separation of church and state."

5. "Optimillennialism."

This blog was created because the most popular objection to undertaking the task of abolishing an atheistic dictatorship by working to persuade archists to repent (resign) is the belief that Christ is going to return "any day now," and "you don't polish brass on a sinking ship." Christians are soon going to be "raptured," many believe, so why work against the tyranny of "The New World Order" or invest energy in a defense of "Liberty Under God?" Why worry about the conditions our great-grandchildren will be living in?

Optimism concerning the future of human progress is a fundamental idea of America and Western Civilization. In the long run, Christian civilization is not possible when the majority of Christians believe in what we might call "pessimillennialism."

The final text we'll be reading is an 1876 book entitled The Parousia:

Parousia is a Greek word that often refers to a "coming" of Christ. This book is simply a catalog of all New Testament prophecies concerning a "coming" of Christ. The result of looking at all the Biblical evidence will be a "paradigm shift." When you look back at what you believe today, 365 days from now, you will be astonished.

And you will be grateful.

In order to succeed in the program, you must agree to give up 1 hour of "the mainstream media" each day:

  • 1 hour of "American Idol," or
  • a half-hour of the CBS Evening News and a half-hour reading the sports section of your favorite newspaper, or
  • 2 half-hour sit-coms, or
  • 1 hour of escapist fiction, romance novels, or
  • 1 hour of computer games, off- or online, or
  • 1 hour of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or other "drive time" radio as you commute to work (Those enrolled in the Full Coaching Program have access to MP3 downloads of this home-study program to burn to CD so you can listen in the car while you drive to and from work), or
  • any combination of 1 hour's worth of the mainstream media each and every day. Cut it out.

You will substitute in its place 35-45 minutes of our daily reading program, 5 or 6 minutes answering no-trick questions, and a few minutes of prayerful thought.
• 20 minutes in the morning, 20 in the evening.
• 15 minutes for breakfast, 15 minutes at lunch, 15 minutes after dinner.
Any way you choose.

We unconditionally guarantee that this program, if diligently and consistently applied daily over the course of 365 days, will totally change the way you look at the future of the Gospel on planet earth.

Daily is a key. Letting each lesson percolate for 24 hours before working through a new lesson is essential for assimilation and transformation.

In fact, if you will comment on every single lesson and post your comments on Facebook, and you can still say that your understanding of the Bible and your purpose on earth has not been radically changed after completing all 365 lessons over the course of no less than 365 days, we will give you double your money back. No other Bible study program makes this guarantee.

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The Race Set Before Us

We must recognize that life is like a race. This blog offers extraordinary training for this extraordinary athletic event.

The Bible says life is like a race.

Read these verses:

You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins.
Run to win.
All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally.
I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.
1 Corinthians 9:24-26 ("The Message")

And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules.
2 Timothy 2:5 (NRSV)

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Hebrews 12:1

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier’s aim is to please the enlisting officer.
2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NRSV)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7

the Holy Spirit testifies that in every city chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:23-24;

Every Gold Medal athlete -- every one who is serious about competing and winning -- gets himself a coach. You won't win this race by going at it alone.

Mark 10:42-45 - Christians Are Not "Archists."

From time to time on this blog we'll talk about "archists." The word comes from Mark 10:42-45, after Jesus discovers His disciples arguing about who is going to be the greatest:

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. {43} Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. {44} And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. {45} "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

The word translated "rulers" comes from the Greek word from which we derive our word "anarchist." Jesus clearly says His followers are not to be "archists." In fact, God hates archists.

Nobody wants to be called an "anarchist." But clearly, Christians are to be "un-archists" or "non-archists," or something that's the logical opposite of an "archist." Maybe you can think of a better word for someone who does not seek to conquer and control others, but rather to be their servant. We're going to use the word "anarchist" because it tends to wake up the reader.


Atheists Mock "Second Comers"

Some Christians ask us:

"What do you mean, 'Jesus isn't coming soon?' Doesn't the Bible say Jesus is coming soon?"

Yes, the Bible clearly says Jesus was coming soon, and either He came when the Bible said He would come, or the Bible is mistaken and untrustworthy.

There isn't a single verse in the Bible that can be reasonably translated "Jesus is not coming soon, but He will come in about one thousand nine hundred and seventy-five years."

There are at least 101 verses in the New Testament that claim that “Jesus is Coming Soon” –– not exactly those words, but clearly teaching that Christ’s Second Coming is “at hand,” “near,” or ready to happen. These verses are tied with the bold declaration that the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and consummation of the Old Covenant is just around the corner. This is one of the most important themes in the entire New Testament. It is part of the thinking of all New Testament authors. It must be dealt with. Here’s what happens when we don’t:

Atheist Bertrand Russell, in his book Why I Am Not A Christian, discredits the inspiration of the New Testament based on the failed prediction of Christ and the Apostles:

I am concerned with Christ as He appears in the Gospels . . . and there one does find some things that do not seem to be very wise. For one thing, He certainly thought that His second coming would occur in clouds of glory before the death of all the people who were living at the time. There are a great many texts that prove that. He says, for instance, “Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of Man be come.” Then He says, “There are some standing here which shall not taste death till the Son of Man comes into His kingdom”; and there are a lot of places where it is quite clear that He believed that His second coming would happen during the lifetime of many then living. That was the belief of his earlier followers, and it was the basis of a good deal of his moral teaching.
Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not A Christian (New York: A Touchtone Book by Simon & Schuster, 1957), 16.

Russell is mistaken when he starts with the premise that Christ and the Apostles were predicting the end of the physical world. We’ll see that in a minute.

Russell is correct when he says that much of the New Testament was based on this belief: that the “coming of the Son of Man in His Kingdom” and the “end of the world” were “at hand.”

But if Christ and the Apostles were teaching the imminent destruction of planet earth and the inauguration of the “eternal state” or some kind of "millennial kingdom" like the Jehovah's Witnesses talk about, then the authors of the Bible were clearly mistaken.

The interpretation offered on this website avoids this objection by agreeing that Christ “came” in some sense, and the end of the “world” was really the end of the “age” of the temple and the Old Covenant.

There are two issues in this debate: (1) the timing of the Second Coming and (2) the nature of the Second Coming. The timing verses are clear; conclusions about the nature of the Second Coming come from verses which are not as clear. Preterists interpret the nature verses in light of the timing verses, and not the other way around. The overwhelming testimony of the New Testament is that the Second Coming would occur in the first century A.D., that is, before the death of the generation in which Christ lived.

Let’s look at some of the timing verses.

Ideally, you could read these verses in their context and see how the idea of the imminent first-century return of Christ and great Day of Judgment thoroughly dominates the pages of the New Testament.

The Fourth Coming of Christ

The First Coming of Christ, also called the first "Advent," was the first Christmas, a little over 2,000 years ago.

Many Christians today believe that Christ will come seven years before the Second Coming. The "coming" before the "Second Coming" is called "the Rapture."

In the New Testament scriptures, Jesus said He would "come" before the generation that witnessed His First Advent died out.

That's four "comings."

No wonder so many people are confused about prophecy.

Here is what the Bible says about Christ's coming during "this generation." In His "Olivet Discourse," Jesus said that that generation would see the "abomination of desolation" at the time Jerusalem was surrounded by armies. Everything in that Discourse happened before the Roman armies walked away from the rubble of Jerusalem around the year 70 A.D. Every verse that "pessimillennialists" use to prove a future (post-2010) "abomination of desolation" and future (for us) coming of Christ are verses that are talking about events that took place in "the last days" of the last generation of the Old Covenant.

Sorting out the meaning of New Testament predictions of Christ's "coming" is the purpose of the text we'll be reading, The Parousia.

101 "Any Moment" Verses

1. “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2)

2. “Who warned you to flee from the wrath about to come?” (Matthew 3:7)

3. “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees.” (Matthew 3:10)

4. “His winnowing fork is in His hand.” (Matthew 3:12)

5. “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

6. “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 10:7)

7. “You shall not finish going through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 10:23)

8. “....the age about to come.” (Matthew 12:32)

9. “The Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds.” (Matthew 16:27; Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26)

10. “Verily I say unto you, there are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom.” (Matthew 16:28; cf. Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27)

11. “‘When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?’ ‘....He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers, who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.’ ‘....Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation producing the fruit of it.’ ....When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.” (Matthew 21:40-41,43,45)

12. “This generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” (Matthew 24:34)

13. “Hereafter, you [Caiaphas, the chief priests, the scribes, the elders, the whole Sanhedrin] shall be seeing the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69)

14. “The kingdom of God is at hand.” (Mark 1:15)

15. “What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. ....They [the chief priests, scribes and elders] understood that He spoke the parable against them.” (Mark 12:9,12)

16. “This generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” (Mark 13:30)

17. “Who warned you to flee from the wrath about to come?” (Luke 3:7)

18. “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees. “ (Luke 3:9)

19. “His winnowing fork is in His hand.” (Luke 3:17)

20. “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” (Luke 10:9)

21. “The kingdom of God has come near.” (Luke 10:11)

22. “What, therefore, will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” The scribes and the chief priests understood that He spoke this parable against them.” (Luke 20:15-16,19)

23. “These are days of vengeance, in order that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:22)

24. “This generation will not pass away until all things take place.” (Luke 21:32)

25. “Daughters of Jerusalem , stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’” (Luke 23:28-30; Compare Rev. 6:14-17)

26. “We were hoping that He was the One who is about to redeem Israel .” (Luke 24:21)

27. “I will come to you. In that Day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.’ ‘Lord, what then has happened that You are about to disclose Yourself to us, and not to the world?’” (John 14:18,20,22)

28. “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:22)

29. “This is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall be in the last days’” (Acts 2:16 -17)

30. “He has fixed a day in which He is about to judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:31 )

31. “There is about to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.” (Acts 24:15)

32. “As he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment about to come” (Acts 24:25)

33. “Not for [Abraham’s] sake only was it written, that [faith] was reckoned to him [as righteousness], but for our sake also, to whom it is about to be reckoned.” ( Rom. 4:23-24)

34. “If you are living according to the flesh, you are about to die.” (Romans 8:13 )

35. “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18 )

36. “It is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand.” ( Romans 13:11-12)

37. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” (Romans 16:20 )

38. “The time has been shortened.” (I Corinthians 7:29)

39. “The form of this world is passing away.” (I Corinthians 7:31)

40. “Now these things were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” (I Corinthians 10:11)

41. “We shall not all fall sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:51-52)

42. “Maranatha!” [The Lord comes!] (I Corinthians 16:22)

43. “...not only in this age, but also in the one about to come.” (Ephesians 1:21)

44. “The Lord is near.” (Phil. 4:5)

45. “The gospel was proclaimed in all creation under heaven.” (Colossians 1:23; Compare Matthew 24:14; Romans 10:18 ; 16:26 ; Colossians 1:5-6; II Timothy 4:17 ; Rev. 14:6-7; cf. I Clement 5,7)

46. “things which are a shadow of what is about to come.” (Colossians 2:16-17)

47. “we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord We who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds You, brethren, are not in darkness, that the Day should overtake you like a thief.” (I Thessalonians 4:15,17; 5:4)

48. “May your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thessalonians 5:23)

49. “It is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire.” (II Thessalonians 1:6-7)

50. “Godliness holds promise for the present life and that which is about to come.” (I Timothy 4:8)

51. “I charge you that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Timothy 6:14)

52. “storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for that which is about to come, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” (I Timothy 6:19)

53. “In the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self Avoid these men. For of these are those who enter into households and captivate weak women These also oppose the truth But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all” (II Timothy 3:1-2,5-6,8-9)

54. “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is about to judge the living and the dead” (II Timothy 4:1)

55. “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son.” (Heb. 1:1-2)

56. “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who are about to inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14 )

57. “He did not subject to angels the world about to come.” (Heb. 2:5)

58. “and have tasted the powers of the age about to come.” (Heb. 6:5)

59. “For ground that drinks the rain which often falls upon it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near a curse, and it’s end is for burning.” (Heb. 6:7-8)

60. “When He said, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. But what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.” (Heb. 8:13)

61. “The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way of the [heavenly] Holy Places has not yet been revealed, while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.” (Heb. 9:8-10; Compare Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 2:21-22; 3:17; 4:13)

62. “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things about to come” (Hebrews 9:11 )

63. “Now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin.” (Hebrews 9:26)

64. “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things about to come” (Hebrews 10:1)

65. “as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)

66. “the fury of a fire which is about to consume the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:27)

67. “For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.” (Hebrews 10:37)

68. “For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the one that is about to come.” (Hebrews 13:14)

69. “Speak and so act, as those who are about to be judged by the law of liberty.” (James 2:12)

70. “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!” (James 5:1,3)

71. “Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.” (James 5:7)

72. “You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:8)

73. “salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (I Peter 1:5)

74. “He has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.” (I Peter 1:20)

75. “They shall give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” (I Peter 4:5)

76. “The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.” (I Peter 4:7)

77. “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God.” (I Peter 4:17)

78. “as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is about to be revealed.” (I Peter 5:1)

79. “We have the prophetic word which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the Day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.” (II Peter 1:19)

80. “Their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” (II Peter 2:3)

81. “In the last days mockers will come. For this they willingly are ignorant of” (II Peter 3:3,5)

82. “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” (II Peter 3:10-12)

83. “The darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” (I John 2:8)

84. “The world is passing away, and its desires.” (I John 2:17)

85. “It is the last hour.” (I John 2:18)

86. “Even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.” (I John 2:18; Compare Matthew 24:23-34)

87. “This is that of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.” (I John 4:3; Compare II Thessalonians 2:7)

88. “For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation. About these also Enoch prophesied, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly’” (Jude 1:4,14-15)

89. “But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, ‘In the last time there shall be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.’ These are the ones who cause divisions” (Jude 1:17-19)

90. “to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place.” (Revelation 1:1)

91. “The time is near.” (Revelation 1:3)

92. “Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.” (Revelation 2:25)

93. “I also will keep you from the hour of testing which is about to come upon the whole land.” (Revelation 3:10; cf. Matthew 2:6,20,21)

94. “I am coming quickly.” (Revelation 3:11)

95. “And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is about to rule all the nations with a rod of iron.” (Revelation 12:5)

96. “And in her [the Great City Babylon] was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.” (Revelation 18:24; Compare Matthew 23:35-36; Luke 11:50-51)

97. “to show to His bond-servants the things which must shortly take place.” (Revelation 22:6)

98. “Behold, I am coming quickly. “ (Revelation 22:7)

99. “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.” (Revelation 22:10; Compare Dan. 8:26)

100. “Behold, I am coming quickly.” (Revelation 22:12)

101. “Yes, I am coming quickly.” (Revelation 22:20)

All of these verses concerned those who lived in the first century, not those who would live thousands of years later (though we can certainly learn some general principles from every verse of Scripture, even ones that weren't intended directly for us). The imminent destruction of the temple and judgment of those who rejected the Messiah is a dominant theme of the New Testament, and was a top priority in the minds of Christians in those days.

It is important to see the many verses above that are talking about the destruction of the temple. This was the subject of Jesus’ important “Olivet Discourse,” a major prophecy. Please read Matthew chapters 23-24 to review this subject. Note especially Matthew 23:34-36. Chapter 24 is an elaboration on this prophetic curse, which Jesus places on those anti-christs (cf. 1 John 2:22; Acts 2:36). We’ll examine Matthew 24 below.

"The End of the World"

Every occurrence of the phrase “end of the world” (in the King James Version) is mistranslated. The literal rendering is “end of the age” (Greek: aion). The idea of "the end of the world" has confused many people. The stereotypical "prophecy nut" carries the sign saying "THE END IS NEAR," and he is always wrong.

1. Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world age; and the reapers are the angels.

2. Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world age.

3. Matthew 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world age: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

4. Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world age?

5. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world age. Amen.

6. 1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world age are come.

7. Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world [Gk: kosmos]: but now once in the end of the world age hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

8. Extra credit: Ephesians 3:21 (cf. Isa. 45:17)
Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Lit., “to all the generations of the age of the ages”)

These verses signify the end of the Old Covenant, not the destruction of the planet. A proper understanding of Christ’s “Olivet Discourse” (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) will aid our understanding of the “end of the age.” Christ predicted the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, which happened 40 years later, in A.D. 70.

Matthew 23:29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. 33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 38 Behold! Your house is left to you desolate;

After making this prediction, His disciples asked for signs of this event, so they would know when it would happen.

Matthew 24:1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the world?”

Jesus then proceeds to spell out the signs that would precede His coming and “the end of the world,” which, as we’ve seen, really means the end of the Old Testament age. Let’s read Luke’s account of Jesus spelling out the signs of His coming and the “end of the age,” as it brings out the immediacy of Christ’s coming in judgment against Jerusalem:

Luke 21:20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Verse 27 takes us back to one of the critical “any moment” verses we began with:

“The Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds. There are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” (Matthew 16:27-28; cf. Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27)

This is clearly an event that was about to happen to that generation, and did in fact happen: Jerusalem was laid waste. It was a time of tribulation greater than any Israel had ever experienced, and greater than any that Israel would ever experience again.

Let’s connect the context of the “New Heavens/New Earth” in 2 Peter 3 with the heavenly terminology found in Matthew 24:[1]

But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and all of the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heaven to another (Matthew 24:29-31).

The Preterist says Matthew 24 –– the entire chapter –– was fulfilled in the first century. The “Great Tribulation” was the complex of events that occurred prior to and during the siege of Jerusalem, culminating in its destruction in A.D. 70. Jesus seems to be saying that the Second Coming will occur immediately after the Tribulation. Did the Second Coming occur in A.D. 70? Have we missed it?

First, let us be clear about one thing at the outset: there is just no getting around that word immediately. It means immediately. Acknowledging that the tribulation took place during the then-living generation, we must also face the clear teaching of Scripture that whatever Jesus is talking about in these verses happened immediately afterward. In other words, these verses describe what is to take place at the end of the Tribulation—what forms its climax.

In order to understand the meaning of Jesus’ expressions in this passage, we need to understand the Old Testament much more than most people do today. Jesus was speaking to an audience that was intimately familiar with the most obscure details of Old Testament literature. They had heard the Old Testament read and expounded countless times throughout their lives, and had memorized lengthy passages. Biblical imagery and forms of expression had formed their culture, environment, and vocabulary from earliest infancy, and this had been true for generations. There was no Oprah, no Fox News, no ESPN, no Britney Spears. (Recall, for a modern parallel, the influence of the Puritan Pulpit in colonial America.[2])

The fact is that when Jesus spoke to His disciples about the fall of Jerusalem, He used prophetic (Biblical) vocabulary. There was a “language” of prophecy, instantly recognizable to those familiar with the Old Testament. As Jesus foretold the complete end of the Old Covenant system—which was, in a sense, the end of a whole world—He spoke of it as any of the prophets would have, in the stirring language of covenantal judgment. We will consider each element in the prophecy, seeing how its previous use in the Old Testament prophets determined its meaning in the context of Jesus’ discourse on the fall of Jerusalem. Remember that our ultimate standard of truth is the Bible, and the Bible alone.

The Sun, Moon, and Stars

At the end of the Tribulation, Jesus said, the universe will collapse: the light of the sun and the moon will be extinguished, the stars will fall, the powers of the heavens will be shaken. The basis for this symbolism is in Genesis 1:14-16, where the sun, moon, and stars (“the powers of the heavens”) are spoken of as “signs” which “govern” the world. Later in Scripture, these heavenly lights are used to speak of earthly authorities and governors; and when God threatens to come against them in judgment, the same collapsing-universe terminology is used to describe it. Prophesying the fall of Babylon to the Medes in 539 B.C., Isaiah wrote:

Behold, the Day of the Lord is coming,

Cruel, with fury and burning anger,

To make the land a desolation;

And He will exterminate its sinners from it.

For the stars of heaven and their constellations

Will not flash forth with their light;

The sun will be dark when it rises,

And the moon will not shed its light. (Isaiah 13:9-10)

Significantly, Isaiah later prophesied the fall of Edom in terms of de-creation:

And all the host of heaven will wear away,

And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll;

All their hosts will also wither away

As a leaf withers from the vine,

Or as one withers from the fig tree. (Isaiah 34:4)

Isaiah’s contemporary, the prophet Amos, foretold the doom of Samaria (722 B.C.) in much the same way:

“And it will come about in that day,”

Declares the Lord God,

“That I shall make the sun go down at noon

And make the earth dark in broad daylight.” (Amos 8:9)

Another example is from the prophet Ezekiel, who predicted the destruction of Egypt. God said this through Ezekiel:

“And when I extinguish you,

I will cover the heavens, and darken their stars;

I will cover the sun with a cloud,

And the moon shall not give its light.

All the shining lights in the heavens

I will darken over you

And will set darkness on your land,”

Declares the Lord God. (Ezekiel 32:7-8)

It must be stressed that none of these astronomical events literally took place. God did not intend anyone to place a literalist construction on these statements. Poetically, however, all these things did happen: as far as these wicked nations were concerned, “the lights went out.” This is simply figurative language, which would not surprise us at all if we were more familiar with the Bible and appreciative of its literary character.

What Jesus is saying in Matthew 24, therefore, in prophetic terminology immediately recognizable by his disciples, is that the light of Israel is going to be extinguished; the covenant nation will cease to exist. When the Tribulation is over, old Israel––the old heavens and earth –– will be gone.


[1] Much of the following is taken from David Chilton, Paradise Restored, Tyler, Texas: Dominion Press, 1985.

[2] Harry Stout, The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England, Oxford University Press, 1986.

Where We Go From Here?

If you already agree that we are not in "the end times," then there are two questions you should be asking:
  • Where are we headed (or where should we be headed)?
  • How do we get there?

The purpose of this blog is to prove that we are not in "the end times." If you agree that we are in the beginning times, then you are aiming to take future-oriented action.

Preparation for this task is the same as the antidote to the "end times" virus. This blog offers a home-study course on the Bible and Western Civilization. You can sign up at the very bottom of this page. It is a year-long course on the fundamentals of a Biblical Worldview. Year Two of this course focuses more intensely on the fundamentals of Christian action.

The answer to the two questions above is: "I don't know."

Nobody can know what the New Jerusalem will look like in 200 years, or 2000 years. And nobody can draw the map that gets there.

So how will we get there?

Man's purpose is to turn the Wilderness into a Garden. The Garden is also described as a City: The City of God, or the New Jerusalem. One thing we know: it's an improvement.

Today the idea of global improvement, or progress, is dying.

In another post we have described the "Human Armageddon" -- the desire, or the plan, or the surrender to the idea of exterminating billions of human beings. There is a problem with "over-population," we are told.

Are there too many human beings on planet earth?

Imagine every human being on the face of the earth crammed into the state of Texas. Six Billion people. Population density would be a little more than 20,304 per square mile -- 1,373 square feet of land area per person. That's about the size of the suburban Southern California house I grew up in, and there were three other people in my home.

So let's say every human being on the planet lives in the state of Texas in a home with the same population density as the one I grew up in. That would already be the New Jerusalem for more than a billion human beings. That would take up about one-third of the area of Texas. One third of the state of Texas could then be devoted to industry, stores, businesses, etc.; one third of the state could be for parks and recreation areas, and the entire human race could live in the spacious and enviable style of moderate suburban housing in one third of the state of Texas.

The rest of the United States would be empty.

Nobody in Mexico or Canada.

South America would be completely vacant.

Not a soul in Africa.

Europe and Asia would be empty.

Not a human being anywhere in the world except in one-third of the state of Texas.

And "experts" say there are too many people? That the planet is "over-populated?"

In 1979, the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was renamed the Department of Health and Human Services, and its education functions transferred to the new Department of Education. The U.S. federal government has done a lousy job of taking care of health, education, and welfare.

If Christians in America would tithe 10% of their income to the task, every human being on the planet could be taught to read the Bible and understand the Gospel, all diseases like Malaria could be treated, and a basic standard of welfare imparted.

Using private Christian dollars, and no government-confiscated tax revenues.

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Of course, Christians in America are not that spiritual. Old Testament believers were required to tithe 10%, but Christians in America only give about 1/4 the amount that believers under the Old Covenant -- without the Spirit having been poured out in abundance -- gave.

Shame on Christians in America.

Their laziness has given rise to calls to exterminate billions of human beings.

If Christians would organize, they could build the New Jerusalem.

And when I say "organize," I don't mean "create a global super-state." I simply mean practice true religion:

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
James 1:27

If Christians would first dedicate their wealth to the cause of building the New Jerusalem, and then allocate it to those who are also dedicated and doing something about it, the infrastructure will spontaneously emerge, without central government planning.

Planning: Christian vs. Pagan

The first step is dedication. We must be dedicated to the task of reconstructing the planet. We must be willing to fund the effort. No one can predict what will happen next. It will be awesome. God will get the glory.

Why Does it Matter?

Last year in America, over 10,000 people were murdered. We all agree this is a bad thing.
During the 20th century, around the world, about that same number were murdered each and every single day. Even more astonishing, these murders were all "legal." In fact, they were all carried out by various governments around the world. This number does not include abortions, legal or otherwise. Last year around the world, there were about 135,000 abortions each and every single day.

These murders are not necessary. There are about 200,000,000 Americans who call themselves Christians. These are, by and large, the most powerful people in the world. They have enough money to end poverty and illiteracy around the world simply by tithing 10% of their income to groups committed to Christian Reconstruction. But 200,000,000 Christians are not investing in the future of the planet because they believe "Jesus is coming soon."

These murders are not necessary because the governments that perpetrated them are not necessary.

If you're ready to study the Bible and find out what the future really holds, there are several places to go from here.

  1. www.ChristianGlobalism.com
    Jesus Christ came to rule the entire world. But not as an earthly king rules.
  2. The Christmas Conspiracy
    True Christians are conspiring to make all nations the disciples of Christ.
    When an earthly government becomes Christian, it disappears.
  3. Eventually all earthy kings and rulers will be converted to Christ, they will end their earthly governments, and the entire world will become a global Christian Theocracy, or Christocracy. Secular rulers see this as a threat to their governments. They are correct. Jesus commanded His followers to be "anarchists" with respect to earthly governments, and "Theocrats" with respect to the government of Christ.
    The Anarchist Bible Bet.

The message of Christmas -- the first coming of Christ -- is a message of Global Theocracy. This "good news" began at the first Christmas. It does not wait around for a second incarnation of Christ.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given,
and the government shall be upon His shoulders.
Isaiah 9:6

Micah's "Vine & Fig Tree" Vision

The phrase "Vine & Fig Tree" comes from the Old Testament Prophet Micah, the fourth chapter. Micah's words are on the left, and the seven themes of Vine & Fig Tree's web pages are on the right. Click the theme or click the word or phrase in Micah's prophecy that most interests you.

Micah's ProphecyArchetype
And it will come about in the last days
That the mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And it will be raised above the hills
Victory: Christ established His Kingdom at the first Christmas
And the peoples will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
And to the House of the God of Jacob,
Globalism: It will continue to expand until it covers the globe
That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths."
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Law: Biblical Law will be our standard
And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
Then they will hammer their
swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation
And never again will they train for war.
Peace: We will pursue God's "shalom"
And each of them will sit under hisFamily: Beginning at home
Vine and under his fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.
Garden-Land: Healing the Environment
Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.
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