THY KINGDOM COME
TAKEN FROM SAVIOR OF THE WORLD WEB SITE
BY: BRAD EDWARDS
FINDING AND FEELING THE KINGDOM
WHERE IS THE KINGDOM?
WHAT IS THE KINGDOM?
FEELING THE KINGDOM
LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR
TURNING THE CHEEK TO KARMA
GOOD AND EVIL
MISSING THE MARK
FROM APE TO ANGEL
GOD’S WILL BE DONE
BRINGING HEAVEN TO EARTH
LAKE OF FIRE
THE END OF THE AGE
NATURAL VS SPIRITUAL
NEW EARTH AND HEAVEN
“Would you just look at the world! What a big stinking mess! It is full of violence, crime, war and disease. What a hellhole of corruption it is! I can’t wait until I am raptured away into heaven. Then I can leave these sinners behind to await their predestined fate. On that day, I will enjoy the bliss of heaven while the unsaved eternally suffer in hell.”
Does this sound familiar to you? It seems that this has always been the sentiment of some misguided Christians. They are convinced that they, along with a few others, are going to heaven while they the rest of the world is going to hell. In the darkness and deception of the ego, these worldly souls feel that by doing the “right” things, they are guaranteed a one-way trip to eternal bliss. By going to church, believing in Jesus and by being a “good” person guarantees their place in heaven. Anyone who does not share this “faith” will be sentenced to spend eternity in the devil’s underworld called hell. What most Christians fail to realize is that humanity is already in that “underworld.” We are in this state of spiritual death and deception, and this is exactly why we need a Savior! Further, they refuse to believe that Christ is the savior of the world, and not just those called “Christians.” So, I am here to say that Christ will not only save all, but in the process will transform our world and us until God’s Kingdom has come to earth!
What is the greatest hope for carnally minded Christians- to save others or themselves? In their heart of hearts do they want to be raptured away, or do they long for Christ to return thereby bringing heaven to earth? Have we forgotten what Jesus said about God’s Kingdom coming to earth? Do we understand the spiritual significance of what this means? Why is it so unfathomable for some to believe that God’s Kingdom will come, and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven? Many it seems are not concerned about the salvation of the world or the coming Kingdom of God. These confused souls are only concerned with saving their own skin apparently unaware that flesh and bone cannot inherit the Kingdom. They are looking out for “number one” without comprehending that spiritual truth that we are all one in Christ. For those of us in the world, God’s Kingdom coming to us should be of utmost importance in our lives.
I am here to say that yes, God’s Kingdom is coming to earth! In many ways, it already has. We only need the eyes to see it and the heart to feel it. While our faith in this Kingdom’s arrival may certainly waiver, God’s ultimate will cannot be changed nor thwarted. God’s divine desire is to have “thy Kingdom come” to earth as it is in heaven. This is what all the prophets have been preaching since history began, and it is the whole purpose of creation. Isn’t it? Jesus the Christ declared it, so it must certainly be true! If not, then Jesus was the world’s biggest liar and fraud! As for me, I am taking Jesus’ word on this issue and all issues for that matter! He is the Son of God, and the one who has overcome the death and deception of this dark, lower world. So do you believe that God’s Kingdom is coming to earth?
I am writing this article because I see the need for hope. Mankind is possibly on the brink of horrific wars and fighting terrible diseases. So many factors are in place to bring mankind unprecedented pain and suffering. Some say the end draws near, but every end is also a beginning. So in the face of all of this, we should hold on to the truth that our God’s love and power do not change. Many today see the world more hopeless and lost than ever before. Yet, I see God’s Spirit at work in all of humanity showing us the Way to salvation! Yes, this writing is one of great hope. It is even more than a hope because God’s Kingdom is a certainty, so this hope should be solidified in our hearts and minds. Like the Rock of Christ, we can stand on this Truth from God without fear or doubt. All will come to realize that the Kingdom of God is filling and transforming the way of the world. My desire here and now is to help open our eyes to the glorious Kingdom that God is bringing to the earth. It is not a matter of will it happen, but when will it happen. The time will come to each of us when we will be ready to see and be the Kingdom of God. No man can stop the coming Kingdom of God, but rest assured that every man, woman and child will know the Kingdom has come upon them!
FINDING AND FEELING THE KINGDOM
LK 17:20 Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21] nor will people say, `Here it is,’ or `There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
WHERE IS THE KINGDOM?
Thank God for Jesus! I wish more “Christians” would take his words to heart! Here Jesus tells those unbelieving religious “leaders” of that day where they will find the Kingdom of God. Yes, thank you Jesus for setting us straight! That is straight on the path to salvation! Unfortunately, many still don’t realize or even believe this can be the truth. This is because they see God as far from themselves and even farther from those they judge as sinful.
I have heard a few Bible-studying Christians vehemently deny that the “kingdom of God is within” us. They claim that Jesus really didn’t mean the Kingdom of God was inside those sinners he spoke to, but instead they claim what Jesus really meant was that because Jesus stood in their proximity the Kingdom of God was “near” or “among” these lost sheep. After hearing this argument, I would then point out to them that every literal, and more accurate translation of the New Testament, uses the word “inside.” In fact, more than three fourths of the translations I could find say “within” not “among.” I also show them that every Bible I have seen shows Jesus used the same word to describe cleaning the “inside of the cup” as he used to say the Kingdom is inside of you. While Jesus spoke Aramaic, the New Testament was written in Greek. The very same Greek word (entos) is used in both of these passages referring to the inside of something. However, I am not here to prove this rather obvious lesson. Suffice to say that if those can’t see that God’s Kingdom is within us, neither can they see that we are the temples of God, and therefore, God is with us always.
It seems there are very few that taste the reality that God is always with us. Even if we can grasp this awareness for a moment, we are likely to forget as we struggle in our lives. We do our God lip service and call Him omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent yet we deny that He lives in each human being. Before the Kingdom comes, we will see that God is everywhere and in everything. God is Spirit and is present through our spirit. As discussed in The Shadows of a Higher Reality, God’s Spirit and life are present and apparent in all levels of existence. The Spirit of God lives in our consciousness and gives it life. In turn, consciousness lives in and gives life to all forms of matter from the atom to the Adam.
God in us is our only life. The Holy Spirit has led us to a point of self-consciousness, so that we can be God’s servants. The Spirit of Jesus is now leading us into Christ-consciousness, so that we can be sons of God. Jesus said that he was going “away” to prepare a place for us. Where did he go? Did he fly off to Pluto with a hammer and nails in hand to build his Father’s Kingdom? Heaven isn’t a place created for the flesh to go, but rather heaven is an existence where the soul is free in the Spirit like a fish in an ocean. The Spirit of Christ will take our souls to a place that we can’t even imagine! No eye has seen, and no ear has heard what awaits us! Paul wrote frequently about this unimaginable mystery kept hidden from the natural mind of man.
COL 1:26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27] To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Still most, it seems, are not willing yet to accept these glorious riches within us! As Paul wrote in here in Colossians, Christ is in you is the hope of glory. Further Christ in you is building the Kingdom of God- building a higher level of consciousness. You may ask, “Where am I in all of this.” You are in Christ and He is in you! To realize this oneness takes time and life experiences. As Jesus said, the Kingdom grows like the mustard seed. It grows into a tree whose branches give the “birds of the air” a place to nest. In other words, He is in His Kingdom working out our salvation so our souls will have a place to rest! Jesus found the treasure of Christ within and realized that Christ is the Truth, the Way and Life that will save the world. When our salvation comes, we also become the saviors of the world because we are co-heirs with Christ in His Kingdom. As Jesus said, man will not find God by looking “out there” especially through the lenses of our western religions. While some eastern religions seem to look inward for the meaning of life, it is bringing this inner Kingdom out to the surface that matters. Jesus said we should not cover our light, but let it shine for others. This is the Kingdom coming!
WHAT IS THE KINGDOM?
When man thinks of heaven, he naturally creates earthly ideas of what God’s Kingdom is like. He pictures himself in a paradise up on the clouds with gold streets and pearly gates. Others might see “heaven” as being able to do something they enjoy here on earth like golfing on a beautiful course with perfect weather. While there is no doubt that these images certainly could be realized in the freedom of the Spirit, heaven has to be so much more than this.
For instance, if when we say “heaven” we mean God’s Kingdom, then God must be King. This means that in this domain, there is one King and one will – God’s will. You can kiss that “free will”, you thought you had, goodbye. You won’t need it anymore! This interesting topic will be discussed later in this article, but we only need to look to Jesus as our example. Jesus, through obedience, became the domain of God. Jesus was God’s Kingdom come to earth.
LK 11:20 “But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.”
Just the finger of God brings the Kingdom upon us! Can we even imagine what God’s whole hand will do! Jesus knew and taught that he wasn’t the cause of the miracles. Jesus, being Christ, had the ability to act as a catalyst that would release Christ in others. Nearly every time he would say, “Your faith has made you well.” In other words, because you have believed that I am the Christ, Christ in you has risen up into God’s Kingdom and received a miracle – a gift from God.
Let’s consider the man Jesus who was an instrument of healing to the ailing bodies and corrupted minds. Here is a man on the earth who did God’s will, right? Well then, through Jesus, God’s will was done on earth. Further, Jesus represents the Word made flesh, and flesh is earth (dust). So not only was God’s will done on earth, but also one could say it was done in earth! This is God’s Kingdom coming to earth! When God is the King of our body and soul, even for an instant, the Kingdom has come upon us!
Jesus was the first to experience this complete transformation into the Kingdom, but certainly not the last! Like drops of water added to an ocean, we are being brought into the same perfection as Jesus is. Jesus surrendered his lower life to gain his higher life just as we must. Jesus died long before going to the cross. That is to say his old self and ego that the world knew were crucified by his own choice. His old self was a carpenter. His new Self is the builder of God’s Kingdom. The old self was a poor and simple man without possessions. His new Self has inherited the fullness of God! Most that looked upon him could only see that man of flesh and the dressings of a natural man. They saw the son of a carpenter, not the Son of God. The natural man will see others in a natural way. The natural man will place the labels of this natural world on like clothes. Jesus became naked before God and was not ashamed. He removed those false images and idols from his life to become his true life. Jesus found that treasure hidden in the field. Jesus bought the pearl of great price. Jesus found the Living water of God’s life flowing in the Kingdom within his very being.
Again I ask, what is the Kingdom of God? It is not a particular religion or mystical cult. It is not found in our worldly pleasures. We have outgrown the Garden of Eden. After eating of the tree of knowledge our minds are no longer satisfied by this idea of paradise. We seek something higher, something better. As discussed in Reincarnation of Your Spirit, we have all lived many, many different lives experiencing all that this lower world can offer, and yet it leaves us feeling empty. The new Kingdom we seek is not contained in any physical sacrifice or worldly offering. Christ in you is the Life and the Kingdom! This is the secret that has been kept from man since he went into self-consciousness. Christ is represented by the tree of Life that was hidden from us in Eden until we are ready. We return to a state of paradise when we find Christ, and Christ is King of our garden. Again, this is the Word made flesh in us! Then you know the Kingdom of God has come upon you! This not something we will necessarily observe, but instead that strong sense of peace will flow from deep within our being.
FEELING THE KINGDOM
As discussed in The Meaning of Life, mankind wants to feel “good.” This is, of course, the primary motivation for all of life – to find pleasure and peace. When we are hungry we seek food. When we are curious we seek knowledge. In every case we are governed by the desire and reward relationship. When something fails to provide us with pleasure, we adjust our behavior and look elsewhere. So to advance consciousness through experience, we have tread on the wheel of rebirth again and again through this world’s matrix of life. After many, many lives, we come to realize that the pleasures of this world just don’t satisfy us anymore, so we seek higher pleasures. It is just that simple. When this world stops making us feel “good” we look for another, better world. This one stops being our paradise and becomes like a desert. Those who have realized this may wonder in the desert for many years or lives, but we will all come to same conclusion. We want heaven, a higher world that will bring us the peace and pleasure that we can no longer find in this world. Many are still trying to find pleasure through the material world and the body.
Today more than ever, man is medicating himself with all sorts of “things” to feel good. As our world becomes a spiritual desert, the natural man’s desperation grows stronger. It would seem that everyone has felt that “void” inside, but few have learned what will fill it. While the body can never provide lasting pleasure for the mind, this hasn’t stopped man from trying. Illegal drugs along with alcohol are abused to the point of death in an attempt to “feel good.” It hasn’t stopped there because the creative but carnal mind of man continues to create concoctions. As the science of medicine and the body has evolved, more pills of pleasure have been created like Prozac, Viagra and Ecstasy. Popping these little “potions” is really like a final desperate attempt to draw pleasure through the body. In truth, many are left feeling worse than before embracing these superficial fixes. Yet, even if these desires lead us into a “dead” end, a lesson is learned. Each experience helps us to create a map of wisdom until we learn to choose a higher road using a higher mind.
Sometimes, in an attempt to defend our bad behavior we might say, “I wasn’t in my right mind.” There is certainly truth in this. Every spiritual student knows that he is capable of acting like two different people depending on which “mind” he uses. In a sense, we can say we have a lower mind and a higher mind, but in another sense it is simply a matter of what level our spirit resides. “I” always have the choice of where “I” direct my mind. “I”(the true self) can choose to “think” about anything “I” can imagine. If I see myself as a body, then I will take my thoughts and desires down to serve the body. In this lower mind state, I will seek pleasure from the body and through the world of the senses. In this way, I am being carnally minded, which Paul reminds us time and time again is death. It is death to be carnally minded because the body will die and so does the mind married to it. In this same way, we know that both the body and soul (mind) can be destroyed in hell (this lower world). This was one of the lessons of Jesus, but how many have understood it?
It should be clear then that the natural mind is happy when the body is happy. It is no wonder then that the natural mind spends much of its energy and time thinking of how to please the body. Certainly sex is a strong desire of the body because, like all living things, the will of the body is to procreate plus the release of dopamine “feels good.” Another method the body uses to feel pleasure is ingesting chemicals of all sorts, which makes sense since our body is nothing but chemicals of nature. Drugs are one of the greatest inventions of the natural mind, and they certainly can be beneficial to the health of the body. However, by ingesting these chemicals into our bodies, we are still not treating the inner problem of our inner being. Yes, to treat the body we ingest medicine, but how then should one treat the soul or the even the spirit? We cannot satisfy an ailing soul that is hungry for God’s Kingdom by feeding the body potions. Jesus fed his soul with a diet of teaching the Truth and doing God’s will. This filled his spiritual stomach and made him feel good! This is the food that satisfies our soul and strengthens our spirit. This is feeling the Kingdom! So, what makes you feel good?
As Jesus certainly knew and all of us will come to realize, doing God’s will feels good! There is a reward of peace and joy that transcends anything the world can offer. Yet, some are just not ready to feel this higher sense of peace. This is simply a matter of spiritual maturity of our conscience. Babies cannot eat meat nor can they find any enjoyment from reading a book. This is how it is with those who are spiritual immature. Yet, their eventual maturation is a certain because their spirit from God can never die. We may believe that when our bodies die we die, but this is not so. While the body we live in will die again and again, our spirit will simply go onto another life to learn another lesson until we are perfect like our Father is perfect. Ultimately we will find that doing our Father’s will is not a burden or a requirement, but rather a blessing and sustenance to us!
So, as God has designed, when we help others in need, we will feel the peace and love of God within our very souls. When we forgive others, we will feel the eternal forgiveness of God flowing through us! This satisfaction comes from within and is nothing less than divine encouragement to enter God’s Kingdom. I think it is so marvelous how God works in us to bring us to Christ! This is the key of universal salvation isn’t it? Everyone is saved because God is the One controlling and directing salvation. God first gives us life. God then gives us the desire to seek Him. God gives us the ears to hear Him. God gives us the power to overcome the world. We read we are saved by grace through faith, but God is the beginning of our faith and end of our faith. All that is required for salvation comes from God freely. This is why everyone’s salvation is guaranteed! We are saved by the grace of God through faith that God himself gives us. God and his Kingdom live in us. So we should see that we are saved by God’s love for Himself through believing what He is telling us. Let me repeat that. We are saved because God loves himself. Christ in you is the hope of glory and salvation. Since the Beginning, God has been bringing us to the point where we can realize that we are One.
JN 17:22 “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.”
Jesus the Christ realized his oneness with God and wanted his followers to be One with God. Many Christians have glossed over this highest truth he taught not fully comprehending its depth and importance to our salvation and existence. Not only did Jesus teach of his oneness with God, but he also in demonstrated it in deed.
LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR
Love each other was Jesus’ only command as explained in Love WHOM with All Your Heart? Jesus never taught those ten commandments – not even what was considered the greatest commandment. According to anointed Jesus we are not commanded to love God with all our heart, mind and strength, but instead all Jesus says is to “love each other as I have loved you.” He taught this because “loving each other as our self” is the only way to love God in this world. God’s love is only for Himself because God is all and in all. If we can accept that God is all in all and God is one, we must be one in spirit with Him. Love is the divine gravity that pulls us together to be one in the Body of Christ. As the Body of Christ is resurrected from this world, God is bringing His Kingdom to earth. This is why we are commanded to love each other as our self because in Christ we are one.
Yes, there is no doubt that we should love each other as our self, but there must be a balance in this. We are not asked to love others more than our self. God cannot love us anymore than He loves Himself. This is how it is with God’s children as well. If love is given or taken out of balance, instability arises. Jesus said to love each other as I have loved you. He didn’t say to love them more, or love them less, but equally. Psychologists have taught that we must love ourselves before we can love others. This makes sense because we can only give other what we ourselves possess. Jesus didn’t say to give both of our shirts to the man who has none. This would be an imbalance. He said that if we have more than another does we should share with them so that all need is met. Love our neighbor equally as our self and we will have balance, and then we will have peace.
The imbalance of not being one causes all sorts of problems. Each mind that is attached to an individual body is pulling in a different direction. This cause stress and turmoil among humanity. The minds that join in the spirit and the truth of Christ are those who work together in accord with God’s will and love. Again, this oneness isn’t about a particular religion; it is about Christ, not Christianity. There is a big difference between the two. Paul did his best to explain that Christ is all in all. We are all in this life together to help each other. When just one is brought back into heaven, there is great rejoicing! Do we understand why? Do we understand that the salvation of others is our salvation too? Do we truly believe what Jesus told us when he said that when we forgive others we are forgiven? Imagine by just forgiving our brothers and sisters, we are forgiven. Many still mistakenly believe that we have to believe the right religion to be forgiven. According to Jesus, they are wrong. Be part of the Truth, not a religion.
Forgiveness heals the soul like nothing else. As we let go of our judgments and hate of others we are actually freeing our self. The jailer is just as much in jail as the one he holds condemned. By judging others as sinful, we staying in the prison with them. If we free them, we are also free. Forgive and you will be forgiven. If you don’t judge, you won’t be judged. Don’t shoot any bullets and the bullets that others fire at you will do you no harm because the armor you wear is righteousness.
TURNING THE CHEEK TO KARMA
LK 6:27 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28] bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29] If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.
Which is easier – vengeance or forgiveness? After being struck by another, the natural-minded man is likely to strike back, but the spiritual-minded man knows better. The child of God is a child of peace. The child of God defends the Truth not the flesh. The child of God is not offended that someone has harmed his body or bruised his ego. The child of God knows he is spirit, not flesh. The child of God knows that these who seek to harm are like misguided children who know not what they do. Many times, children just don’t know any better. Some times, children are simply disobedient because they want to do things their own way. Other times children are just plain selfish. Now those more mature children of God are certainly their brother’s keeper – little brother that is. Paul explained that those of “strong faith” must help those of less faith. Because of this, the mature children of God must endure any negative energy that comes their way from those younger siblings. In truth “energy” is neither good nor evil, but is simply energy. Because of this, the children of God are able to transform all karmic energy toward the goodness and will of God.
Jesus had the ability to absorb and transform those shock waves rolling through this dark, karmic world. He was able to do this, in part, because he had no ego to defend. He crucified his false self that is the ego. Jesus realizing that he was Christ, the Son of God knew that he could not be harmed, could not die and could not sin. Jesus was born of the Spirit and was therefore spirit. What harm could a man of flesh and bone do to a truly holy ghost like Jesus? What would Christ fear of this world? He feared nothing of this world because he had transcended it and its laws including karma. Karma is a law of this world to teach us about our actions. It is that spiritual energy we all create by our choices. Simply put in Christian terms, we reap what we sow. This is a universal law, but it has become a force of imbalance in the world. When man’s place was in the Garden of Eden, the karmic seas were at peace, but then the winds began to blow, as the storm of sin grew stronger. More and more we began to see ourselves as separate. We began loving our image of our self over that image of others we had. This is an imbalance of love. In our minds, we had become separated by the deception of ego, the false image of self. For ages upon ages, satisfying the false self is all that has mattered. Yet, everything that has a beginning must also have an end.
Jesus broke free of the shell of the ego and emerged a new creation! This transformed man was something the world had never seen – Christ! Being Christ-conscious, Jesus was aware of his true life and true image. He was God’s image on earth- the Word made flesh. He was this because he accepted that higher Voice to be his very own. Karma is like the spiritual bullets in the wars of the world. They ricochet all around until they hit something, or more accurately, somebody. To bring an end to the fighting that (negative) energy has to be absorbed and transformed by those who can bear it. Jesus, being Christ, had removed the mask of the ego and replaced it with the full amour of God!
EPH 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11] Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
According to Paul, the full armor of God is:
1) Belt of Truth
2) Breastplate of Righteousness
3) Boots of Readiness for Peace
4) Shield of Faith
5) Helmet of Salvation
6) Sword of the Spirit
7) Prayer (the radio to God)
Let’s take a moment to look at each of these as they relate to the karmic war that we fight each day in this world. First, we should know that Truth is paramount for any child of God to stand in this world war. It is the knowledge of the Truth that sets us free, but it also protects and edifies us because it gives support in a deceptive world. Righteousness is the plate that covers our heart (will, desire, spirit). Being in Christ, we are not afraid and we are not ashamed because we are covered with the righteousness of God. As the sons of God, we stand in peace. Amidst the chaos of the world, this is our salvation- the peace from God. Wearing the boots of Peace, we also walk through the world in peace offering it to all whom can accept it. The shield of Faith may be our greatest defense in the karmic mine field we all walk through each day. Protecting our head (the true self) is the helmet of Salvation. This helmet assures us that the world cannot take our life in battle because our salvation relies on God and not on us. The sword is the Spirit and the Word of God. Our very life comes directly from God. This spirit can be made a weapon of words and deeds. In the spirit of Christ, we can perform miracles, preach Truth and lead others to God. Finally, there is Prayer. During our battles each day, we must always keep contact with God through prayer. So no matter what the world may throw at us we will overcome! Our equipment is given by God and cannot be taken away by anyone in the world that may seem our enemies. We need only to trust and do our Commander’s will and nothing can harm us. Our Leader will get us through this war and we will be victorious!
GOOD & EVIL
ISA 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I make peace, and create evil; I, the LORD, do all these things. (KJV)
Nearly all the passages I use in my writings come from the NIV Bible translation, but in this case the KJV is actually more accurate as I see it. To the likely dismay of some, in Isaiah we read that God creates evil. On the surface, this may sound blasphemous to many believers. For others, this is completely impossible that our Holy LORD could create anything “evil.” But wait a minute. Let’s consider this. Didn’t everything come from God? Before any thing was created what existed? Or perhaps I should ask WHO existed? It must be clear that all “things” have come from God. God is all in all, right? So then, this must include all things that are good and evil or at least what is perceived as evil. It is even written that God sends out evil and lying spirits.
JDG 9:22 After Abimelech had governed Israel three years, 23] God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem, who acted treacherously against Abimelech.
ISA 16:14 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
1 KING 22:23 So now the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you.”
In Hebrews we read that God is the Father of all spirits, so this must include even those we deem as “evil.” So you see, I am not alone in this belief. I can even take this a step farther. Not only does God create evil, but God, although indirectly, is also responsible for all the pain and suffering we “think” we feel. Now, before you begin to stone the messenger for what you might construe as blasphemy, let’s give this some deep consideration from a higher perspective.
First, I would ask if you agree with the many prophets who say that all things seen and unseen have come from God? Have not all things come from God? Well, not even the world’s best lawyer could win this argument! God is the creator of all things therefore is ultimately responsible for all that comes to pass following the creation of these things. I can already hear the “free will” argument growing louder, but I will address that issue later. For now, let’s consider the concept of what we describe as good and evil.
First it is worth mentioning that the Hebrew word translated “evil” in the Old Testament is “ra.” Evil may be a strong translation for “ra” because it really means “not good” or the opposite of good. Do you recall that moment when our LORD God said it was “not good” that man was alone? Is God saying that it was evil that man was alone? No, I don’t believe this was the intent. So again, we should not get bent out of shape about this good vs. evil debate because as we will see they are both relative and subjective. We seem to think that life is about good versus evil, but I believe they work hand in hand. We have come to see good and evil as opposites, but I think they are more like partners. Good and evil are like day and night, but to God even the darkness is light.
Consider the ancient Jews that were taught by the prophets of God concerning what was good and what was evil. Jesus seemed to dismantle the Jewish laws and notions of what was “good” behavior and what was “evil” behavior. Before the times of Jesus, it is written that the LORD God led Israel into battles to kill entire villages and rob them of their goods. Do we suppose that this is what Jesus professed? While Jesus was an absolute pacifist, the Jews of his day had been taught to “hate their enemies.” It would seem that Jesus changed the rules on them. So what is the deal? Did God mislead them into believing something was good when it was really not? Or could it be that what we perceive as good and evil has been changing? Ah yes!
What was once seen as good or acceptable behavior is now seen as bad if we have the eyes to see it. We were once taught to hate our enemies, but if we have the ears to hear it, God now says we are to love your enemies. Turn the cheek to every act of violence against you. Wait a minute God! You many times lead Israel, your chosen people, into battle killing hundreds of men, women and children. How can God say one thing to Israel while Jesus is telling us to love our enemies and do good to those who harm us? How can this disparity be reconciled? Well, it should be understood that God only tells us what we are able to hear. In other words, mankind’s heart has to grow before it can hold a greater measure of God’s love and mercy. God isn’t changing, but our ability to know His love and will is. A baby has very little awareness of the world around him; early man had no awareness of sin or the Law. As we grow in consciousness (awareness), more is required of us. As our knowledge of good and evil increase, so does what is expected of us. So in fact, the way we distinguish between good and evil is completely a matter of perspective. This is the key. How good is your view from where you stand?
How we perceive something is always changing because our minds are changing. That is to say our level of awareness (consciousness) is climbing higher or so we hope. As we become more aware of something, the more we understand and the less we fear. Fear alone gives birth to all sorts of karmic energy that can be seen as sinful. Fear is what motivated Adam and Eve to hide from God. The fear of God not accepting his sacrifice motivated Cain to kill Abel. Fear is the root of all that we would call evil. As we know, perfect love (God) casts out all fear. So in a very real sense, God and fear are opposites. Fear is not knowing while God is knowing. This is why the knowledge of the Truth sets us free- free from fear. We have been eating the knowledge of good and evil for many lifetimes and many ages. So then what have we learned by these contrasting experiences?
Well, we have learned that what we label as “good” or “evil” is relative to our mindset at that particular moment and is dependent upon our experiences and conscience. Any honest person understands that he believes and thinks differently than he did as a child, or perhaps as recently as even a few years ago. This is also true of how we view history in the new light of today. A good example of this would be to consider the acts of Christian leaders during the “Dark” Ages. These leaders of Christendom, thought to be divinely inspired, were having many tortured, burned and jailed for rejecting their distorted form of the Gospel. So we should understand that it is only because we have better “light” with which to see that we can now discern our mistakes of the past.
We often look back and judge the acts of others as evil even though they were once thought to be righteous. We can do this because we are seeing the world from a higher, better perspective thanks to the spirit lifting our consciousness. This is proof that the Kingdom of God is growing within us! Again, it is like climbing up a mountainside above the fog to get a clearer view. Our experiences and encounters with others helps to shape the path we walk and our view of the world around us. For this reason, good and evil are relative to our life experiences and relationship with God. The differences between good and evil fade from that higher perspective because we realize God uses both to accomplish His ultimate purpose.
ROM 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
This is what life is all about- God’s ultimate purpose. To this end ALL things work in accord. If we could go high enough up that mountain, we would see this to be true. Our purpose in life is to climb that mountain of truth by growing in our awareness of God. Beyond this, our purpose is to reveal God’s glory and Kingdom in our lives!
This is why we come into this world and live many, many different lives- to become perfect like our Father is perfect. Reincarnation is a topic that many blindly reject without considering the aspect of justice. Would it be fair if someone lived a single life? What if that single life was aborted and never even took a breath outside its mother’s womb? Is that fair? Is it fair that God creates some of us for honor and others for dishonor? If we only lived a single life in this world, then the answer would have to be no, but we are spirit not flesh. Because of this, our experiences in this world, good or bad, are for our sake and for the sake of the Kingdom within us. God hardens hearts, places minds into a stupor and sends out lying spirits to deceive, but it is all working toward a greater harmony and purpose that we are only starting to understand. Let’s face it, as long as we see ourselves as flesh, we will be seen as sinful. If we believe that sin had a beginning, then we must also believe it will have an end. Light destroys darkness, and knowledge destroys fear. So in the light of the coming Kingdom, understanding the nature of sin is paramount to its demise.
MISSING THE MARK
ROM 3:23 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
This passage is the best definition of what sin really is- falling short of the glory of God. That of course is our heavenly goal – to be the image and glory of God. The Body of Christ is resurrected from this world to be the glory of God. This is the purpose and nature of the image of God. Sin, however, seems to be standing in our way from reaching this inner aspiration. The whole idea of what sin is must be understood. Sin is most often seen as our enemy and evil, but is it really? As discussed earlier, everything we may think is bad or evil has its purpose, and so it is with sin.
The Greek word for sin the in New Testament is “harmatia,” which simply means, “missing the mark.” The Greeks used the word harmatia in archery because they would yell “harmatia!” if someone missed the target. What is instrumental to understand concerning sin (harmatia) is the idea of the target. What again is the target? The target is the glory and will of God. While God may be unchanging, the holy target we perceive isn’t.
When mankind was new, there was no real target. Man was perfect in his state and there was no sin. There was no Law, no Bible, no Koran and no Vedas. Man was just at the top of the animal chain and feeling like a king of sorts. However, as we grew in awareness of our self and the world, we increasingly realized that some behaviors were better for us than others. Then because of our spirit from God driving us forward, we began aiming for certain marks. We began demanding a higher standard of ourselves. Within us we felt the calling to go beyond being just a wild beast satisfying all our natural cravings. This desire to change and be perfect comes from within our spirit given by God. However, the notion of what is “perfect” is based on a state of mind. Sin was born in the mind of man, and there is where it is overcome. The mind is really the spiritual battleground. This is why we feel so much pain and suffering – we are in the battlefield. So then while our knowledge of God grows, our spiritual target for perfection becomes smaller and smaller. Through the spirit, we keep striving to do better and be better. We do all of this because this is the nature of God coming of age in us. The Kingdom is coming upon us, and sin will be washed away with the living water of Christ flowing through us.
As we read, righteousness comes through faith in Jesus the Christ. Jesus was the firstborn from among the dead and has created a Way into the Kingdom of God. But again where is Christ, and who is Christ? As discussed many other times, Christ is more than just one man. Christ is every man, woman and child. Christ is all in all. So righteousness (being free of sin) comes through faith in Christ, moreover being in Christ. Christ is our true nature found in the spirit that God has given everyone. When we (in our minds) reach this level of higher consciousness, sin can no longer exist.
ROM 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2] because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
So we must also understand that there is no sin in Christ. While Christians will use the phrase “in Christ” others might rather use “enlightenment” or “awakening” which are also wonderful ways to describe what is happening in our minds. Enlightenment is Christ’s light dissolving the shadow of sin on our soul. Awakening is the voice of Christ waking us up from the nightmare of sin and suffering. While we may all use different words, I truly hope that Christians can see that souls of every religion are seeking the same peace – the same Kingdom. Christ is not a religion, but is the true self and true life. Paul called this our new self. In our new self (Christ), the concept of sin has vanished like a nightmare that fades from our memory upon awakening.
Even so, the world may still judge even those in Christ to be sinful. Jesus was our perfect example of this. He did what he knew was the “right” thing to do in spite of whether the world viewed it to be holy or sinful. It didn’t matter to Jesus what the world thought of his behavior because he lived by a higher law- the law of the spirit of life. His life and law came from God. He (Jesus) died long before the cross, so that Christ would live through him (Jesus). Because of this, Jesus’ motivation was the Spirit of Christ, not the spirit of the world. He was not motivated by the pleasure of food, yet he ate some of the finest meals with the wealthy. He was not motivated by fame, yet he became the most famous man to ever walk the earth. He didn’t live to gain power, yet he became the most powerful man in heaven and earth. He didn’t let drugs control his behavior, yet he drank wine. He was tempted in many ways, but chose the higher road to travel. He did many things that the world could label as “sinful,” but in every case it was not sinful. In Christ, there is no sin because there is freedom from the Law. Remove the Law and there is no sin. The only law is the law of the spirit of life. If we live according to the flesh we are called children of the devil and are enemies to God.
ROM 8:6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7] the sinful mind is hostile to God.
Christ is the end of the Law, so we are not constrained by fear. Do we understand that there is nothing we can’t do in Christ? Let’s consider what Paul says concerning the behavior of those walking in the spirit of Christ.
1 COR 6:12 “Everything is permissible for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me” – but I will not be mastered by anything.
No “thing” will master those in Christ, because Christ himself is the Master! Jesus lived in the freedom of the spirit of Christ. Nothing he could have done would have been a sin while living according to that single law that supersedes all the others. Let me remind my readers that “God” was responsible for some rather questionable acts that certainly could be seen as “sinful.” Some probably believe I will be struck down as I write this for suggesting that God has sinned. Oh, No! This is not at all what I am saying. I am saying that sin is relative. God can do anything He desires and it will never be a sin because His motive is pure. That motive is love. God can drown all the inhabitants of the world, and this is love. God can destroy all the firstborn of Egypt with a plague, and this is love. God can send his firstborn Son to die, and this is love. Those mastered by Love cannot sin! We don’t have to be concerned about what we do, but rather why we do it. If the Spirit of Christ is motivating us in God’s love, then there is nothing we can do that is “wrong.” The world may say we sin because they falsely judge in ignorance, but that is of no concern to us. Surely as they have done in the past, they will continue to crucify every child of God out of their own fear and ignorance. Even so, we must all take heart because the Kingdom is coming to us all! We are all undergoing a spiritual metamorphosis! Once our wings are fully developed, we will break free from that false self that covers us like a cocoon. We will be a new creation in a new world because Christ, our Savior, guarantees our transformation!
FROM APE TO ANGEL
In The Meaning of Life, I wrote about how man has been evolving both physically and, more importantly, spiritually for the sake of the Kingdom. Like a small seed within us, God’s Kingdom grows until it is large enough to provide us with that place of rest. This process of spiritual growth within us is shadowed in this world as man is transformed from ape to angel. As our love and awareness of God increases, we are rising above the beasts of field and becoming the beauty of God’s glorious image on earth. As we take on Christ as our new life and will, we dismantle our old carnal nature and stand before men as the image of God. While the evidence to support the evolution of man’s physical appearance is an indisputable scientific fact, it is the evolution of the soul that is really important. So instead of focusing on the body, let’s consider the evolutionary migration of man’s consciousness from the animal kingdom to the angelic kingdom.
What I find among even my Christian friends is a complete lack of faith that man is growing closer to God. Yes, it is true that in the family of primates men and apes are not so different. However, it all goes back to that target we strive to hit. As led by the very spirit of God within us, man has set spiritual goals for himself. We are trying to be perfect as we come more and more to understand what “perfect” means. I have often wondered can an animal like a chimp or dog sin? In a sense, I think they can. The family dog can feel shame after wetting the floor knowing it was against his master’s will. In the same way, man has come to know sin because we are coming to know our Master’s will. Yet, as we are discovering, our Master isn’t far from us, but rather is right here and now in us. So many Christians just refuse to accept where God and His Kingdom are. They point outward to a place called heaven, but they deceive themselves. We are the temples of God, so our judgment comes from within our soul. This is what is separating us from the animal kingdom. The animal kingdom is all about the outer world of the senses- the physical world. The Kingdom of God comes to us not through our senses, but through our spirit and soul. In this way God is converting man’s beastly nature so as to reveal His higher glory.
1 PET 4:13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
We must rejoice in our sufferings because these are the growing pains of Christ growing in humanity and us. Yet many, including Christians, seem to view the world as more violent, more sinful, than ever before when, in fact, the opposite is true. Yes there are still some very violent members of society, but as a whole, mankind is more loving, more forgiving and more aware than ever before. I suppose that many reading this do not believe me. This, I suspect, is very understandable because of that very important thing called perception. Again, I go back to that “target” our conscience aims for to keep us free from the guilt of sin. The reason many might see the world as more violent and sinful as ever is because the target has gotten smaller. Our expectations of man’s behavior are higher than ever. Let me offer some examples to show that man’s heart is becoming closer to God.
We have all but abolished slavery from the earth because it is considered unacceptable in the light of human rights. That is a significant statement considering the brutality of our past. The only excuse we have for slavery then is that we didn’t know any better, which is exactly what Jesus said- “they know not what they do.” We are finally getting a clue! For the first time in human history, child abuse is actually a crime. How many kids were taken out to the “woodshed” for a “whoopin’” with no threat of retribution? Today, even the animals living on our farms or in our streets have rights. Do you think it has always been this way? In fact, animals’ rights of today have surpassed the rights that women and children of a very dark human history. Yes, it may seem that mankind is still very evil, but let’s compare apples to apples here. Compare history with today and see then see clearly that the Light of Christ shines brighter than ever before!
Let me offer another example directly from society that is rather subtle, but interesting nonetheless. Some might remember (or have heard of) a TV show many years ago called The Jackie Gleason Show. Well the main “punch line” of this comedy show was “One of these days Alice, POW, right in the kisser!” This is what Jackie would say to his wife as he angrily shook his fist in the air at her. Apparently the audience of the 1950s felt this threat of domestic abuse was funny. What! Would this be funny today? Certainly not! This is my point. Our mindset is changing, and thank God for that! We are becoming more aware of what is good and evil, and we should be since we have been eating from that tree for eons. It should be clear then that we are more critical of others and ourselves because we are seeing more clearly. We are more and more aware of the “little” things in life that causes pain and suffering to others. Some even go so far as to be “politically correct” so as not to hurt another’s feelings. All of these moral advancements prove that God’s Kingdom is growing in us.
Many may point to the crime of murder to demonstrate that man’s is just as evil as ever. Yes, the murder rate may seem higher than ever, but what I would say to that is this. There is no doubt that angry men still seek to harm each other- this is true. What is different today, however, is that many carry guns that are more lethal in a fight than any weapon ever carried by man. Thank God that He didn’t allow us to create and use guns long ago during the violent times of Noah. Let us also be thankful that the Roman army didn’t have tanks or Attila the Hun didn’t have nuclear weapons. Don’t we see how history is unfolding according to a divine plan drawn up by the Master Engineer of the universe! The only reason we have created these weapons is because God has allowed it. The only reason God has allowed it is because we are ready to handle it. Or at least, we are ready to handle the lessons we may yet have to learn. The weapons of destruction have grown stronger, but so has God’s Kingdom within us. We are maturing; even so I am afraid that painful lessons must still be learned in the years to come concerning weapons of mass destruction. It seems clear from prophecy that man will bring about a great and terrible war to end all wars. Yet God is always with us, so we should not fear the future. The Kingdom continues to lead us to peace in spite of our violent experiences.
Speaking of terrible violence, consider the heinous crime of rape. Throughout history, men didn’t rape women. They simply “took” them when they wanted. There was little or no concern for the rights of the woman in this matter. Even among God’s “chosen” people, the punishment for rape was rather trivial. According to Jewish law concerning rape if a man raped a virgin, he had to pay the father of the victim a small sum of money and then marry her (DT 22:28). Are you kidding me? Do you suppose this type of justice would fly today? This again is my point. The people of Israel claimed to know how we should conduct ourselves before God, but it is all relative. Their punishment might have stood on high moral ground in that era, but today the crime of rape is considered nearly as detestable as murder, and it certainly should be. Sin is being exposed today like never before. In the past, many of society’s sins were kept under wraps, but today it is brought into the light and dealt with face to face.
JN 3:20 “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21] But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
As the Kingdom grows, we are becoming more honest with others and ourselves. So, what was once tolerated and even called acceptable behavior is now today despised and condemned.
One could argue that Internet usage clearly shows the dark places where man’s desires still hide. Given the thousands that visit porn sites each minute and the relatively few that seek out spiritual enlightenment sites, it would seem that hope is lost. However, this is not the case. While it is true that many souls are still seeking pleasure the old fashioned way (the carnal way), this is to be expected. After all, this has been our nature for ages and ages. Even so, these desperate souls will find this road to be a dead end again and again.
Yes, it is true; the natural mind of man really hasn’t changed all that much, but there is a higher mind that God has given us! The mind of Christ is the permanent mind beyond the scope of the body and this world. It is the mind that we can never lose while the natural mind is destroyed after each lifetime. When Jesus said that we should fear God who could destroy both body and soul (psuche, Gr., means mind) in hell, he was speaking of that lower soul, or mind that would be destroyed because the lower mind is married to the body. They will both perish right here in hell, but the true you is not the body or the natural mind. The true you is Christ and lives in the Body of Christ. Our life is Christ, and Christ is the light of every man that comes into the world. We must let our light shine.
LK 11:35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
That light within you and all is Christ. That light is growing brighter and brighter in spite of what we might believe. So my point again is that society’s morality will continue to shadow the measure of Christ’s light that we shine. Jesus, of course, was way ahead of humanity on the morality curve when it came to our spiritual evolution. Jesus is the forerunner for all of humanity, and this is why he said to follow Him to overcome the world and sin.
Through the ages, the main deterrent from sin has been the fear of punishment. This is as it was intended to be. Fear, however, is slowly being replaced by a more potent form of motivation – love. This is clearly seen through the evolution of Judaism and Christianity. In the Old Testament times, we see that the Law used the motivation of fear to keep the masses in line. Parents know that our young children cannot be reasoned with and that fear of punishment is all they can understand. As children mature, even the children of God, the motivating factor becomes love and respect. Jesus was motivated by love, not fear. Imagine living without fear, anxiety or hate?
In recent times, we see that man is less fearful of sin and the judgment that it carries to the point that he looks rebellious. Even with this sense of greater freedom, sin has not really increased. While the ancient motivation of fear has been fading that better deterrent to sin has been growing within us. Fear attempted to steer us from sin by sending unpleasant feelings through our soul. In contrast, the love of God we feel by doing God’s will brings feelings of joy and peace. Again, by our very nature, we seek contentment. Each of us will have seasons of sin in which the power of fear will be so diminished that sinful behavior will dominate our lives. God knows this will happen, but also that the soul will become sick from sin. After taking sinful behavior to extremes in the quest for pleasure, every child of God will learn that sin cannot bring us inner peace. The more mature children of God are pleased to do their Father’s will because of the love of God is all they want to feel. No longer are they shackled to fear and afraid of punishment. They are free to fly in the love and freedom found in the spirit of Christ!
We could then say the only true form of “self” improvement is through Christ. By knowing and worshipping our God we set a higher image of what we can be. We are the image of God, but it is our image of God that keeps changing. As humanity‘s consciousness is lifted higher, we are getting a clearer idea of what we are called to be. God is calling us from within, and this is where we hear His Voice. That Voice within us continues to encourage us to be more than we thought we could be. All the tools of this world including sin are helping us reach our heavenly goal, which is Christ. The Body of Christ is being raised to heaven and will be given the wings of angels! Are you ready to fly?
What exactly is an “angel?” Well, we have created all kinds of different images like that of naked, winged creatures, but the real definition of an ‘angel’ is “messenger of God.” If God speaks through these “messengers” then it makes perfect sense that angels are the “words” of God. Jesus is said to have been made “a little lower than the angels” just as we all are. However, Jesus rose above this initial lower state by doing God’s will, and thereby becoming the Word of God. All of us become angels (words of God) by hearing and doing the will of God.
PS 103:20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.
We could think of the Word of God as the complete “book of life” written about in Revelation. In this way, each angel represents a single word from that book of Truth and Life. God has many “words” to express.
LK 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
We are the “words” who will never pass away. Each of us is spirit- a child of God, who in reality, can never pass away. This is to say that the True Self within all of us is the divine expression from God that God knows and has always known. Before you were even born, God knew you because you have come from Him. The real key to all of this is for us to come to realize who we are. We are blind, deaf and dumb like an infant concerning our true spiritual identity. After living many false lives here on earth, we become alive and mature in Christ- never to die again.
LK 20:36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection.
Jesus says we will be like the angels when we enter heaven. Now, this could be construed in at least two different ways. Is Jesus saying we will be similar to angels or is he saying we will be just like (identical) to the angels? I believe the latter for several reasons. First, let me offer another passage where Jesus uses a similar expression when speaking about himself and his disciples.
LK 6:40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Here Jesus says that the student, once fully trained, will be like his teacher. As detailed in Jesus – The Chosen Man, Jesus was exactly like all other men and we are all going to be exactly as Jesus is. Now, this is not to say we are going to be Jesus, but that our condition or life will be the same. We will share in the same glory, power and life that Jesus does. Paul said we will be “co-heirs” and Jesus told his disciples that they would be one with him and the Father. So when we read that we will be “like the angels,” I see this saying our state of existence will be just like that of the angels. In other words, “children of the resurrection” will no longer be tied to the animal kingdom where death and condemnation live, but are now part of the angelic kingdom where there is only freedom and life.
Through Christ we become the messengers of God (angels). As we read in the Bible and many other religious manuscripts, angels are not confined to heaven, but work on earth as well carry out God’s will. Jacob had a very interesting dream about those angels of heaven.
GEN 28:12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Not only did Jacob see this vision in a dream, but Jesus also supports this notion that angels come and go from heaven to earth.
JN 1:50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.” 51] He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
The ladder connecting heaven and earth is Christ. Angels, the words of God, are the workers helping to build the Kingdom of God on earth. What other kinds of marvelous wonders would be seen if “heaven” opened to us? Without a doubt, we are blind to a higher world that is operating all around us. Could it be that each of us has “fallen” from that higher, spiritual world down into this lower, physical world? Jesus came “down” to save us. Jesus asked to be restored to his former glory (JN 17:5). The fact that we here in hell are seeking to be rescued demonstrates to me that we must have fallen into our current state. Let’s now talk about the other kind of angels.
As explained earlier in this article, all spirits have come from God including those labeled evil or bad. It should be clear that fallen angels, evil spirits and demons are speaking of the same entities. These creatures of God are even shown mercy from Jesus the Christ.
LK 8:32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. 33] When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.b
The demons begged Jesus for permission, and he responded with mercy. This is important to understand. Christ is the King of the Kingdom we are entering. Jesus represents Christ made flesh and has authority over the angels of heaven and earth. Because demons are people too, Jesus showed them mercy.
Interestingly, “demons” are not found in the Old Testament, but we do certainly read of those “evil spirits” from time to time. In the New Testament we read of both demons and evil spirits. One could surmise that demons didn’t exist in Old Testament times because they are not mentioned, but it is simply a matter of dialect. In the New Testament, these different terms are used interchangeably. Each of us is a “spirit” from God whether we realize it or not. The distinction between being a good or evil spirit is a matter of perspective as discussed earlier in GOOD AND EVIL. We really shouldn’t get too caught up in labeling spirits as evil. Jesus calls his disciples, chosen by God, evil.
LK 11:13 “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
It may be more accurate to use the word “bad” instead of evil. All children are “bad” from time to time and must be taught what is right and good. Evil spirits are spirits that are not “good“ yet. Evil spirits are “disobedient” spirits like those of Noah’s day. We are those “disobedient spirits” of old.
1 PET 3:19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20] who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.
We are these disobedient children (spirits). Jesus came here to preach to us in this spiritual prison. It may not be accurate to really call us all “evil spirits” because I really think it depends on perspective. The evil spirits cast out by Jesus are disembodied spirits that have chosen not to leave this world. Normally after each life, our spirit returns to God to be “reassigned” to another life to learn more lessons. When a spirit does not return, for whatever reason, this spirit will seek a “house” to call his own. This spirit desires to stay in the world of the flesh.
MT 12:43 “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44] Then it says, `I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.
Jesus makes it clear that our body is the house of the spirit. It would seem that these spirits are, in a sense, ignorant of whom they are. These spirits seek to stay in this world because they are in the dark and lost. This is the purpose of consciousness – to illuminate and create an image of the spirit. Jesus preached to those spirits that were disobedient. Jesus showed mercy to those spirits that refused to leave this world. Jesus the Christ understood that he came down to this world to save these fallen angels deceived by the devil ego – the false self.
We read in Revelation that one third of the stars (angels) fell to the earth because of the devil. As explained in Get Behind Me Satan, the devil is the false image of our self created by the carnal mind and spirit of the world. All things have come from Christ and all things are returning to Christ. This includes us. This world represents the lowest form of existence – God’s footstool and God’s field. This world really represents a place for spirits to be planted to grow (in consciousness) and become sons of God. The angels of heaven are the harvesters of this world. Those who become alive in Christ are said to be a kind of “firstfruits” from this world. Christ is the Seed and the crop produced is the Kingdom of God. These notions given by Jesus of angels harvesting a spiritual crop for God can create some interesting possibilities.
Am I really going to talk about aliens from another planet? No, not exactly. However, let me put it this way. Angels are spiritual beings that are not from this world. Yet, they somehow apparently come into this world to intervene and interact with humans. Then, in a very true sense, doesn’t that make angels “aliens” and “extraterrestrial” as well? A being coming from another world (dimension) is, by its very definition, an ET, so I believe this could be a very accurate classification of what angels from heaven are. Consider what Elisha saw when the LORD God opened his eyes.
2KI 6:17 And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Some have speculated that Elisha’s “chariots of fire” were alien spaceships. What if we could open our spiritual eyes and see what Elisha beheld? Don’t we believe that angels are at this very moment operating around and among us? These “workers” of God are the harvesters of Christ in the same way a farmer gathers his wheat. Yet, we, the wheat, are completely oblivious of them unless God gives us the spiritual eyes to see. Is this so hard to accept or understand? Do we suppose the living plants are aware of the higher, animal kingdom that is harvesting them? What awareness does the grass have of the cow that eats it? So it is my understanding that if God says we are being harvested, then His workers are among us right now whether we can see them or not.
Elisha’s eyes were opened to this higher world around him, and he described chariots of fire. Jesus and Jacob said that messengers (workers) of God come and go from this world to theirs continuously. Is all of this saying that the ETs of today are the angels of long ago? All I have ever wanted is to know and share the truth. So it could be that those great signs from heaven could be ET angels?
One thing God has taught me is never to scoff or discount anything until the truth is revealed. Also, God has shown me that nearly everything has some kind of truth supporting it. I have been humbled many, many times because I thought I knew what I did not. Now, I personally have not seen any aliens, angels or “chariots of fire.” However, I fully believe that there is an angelic world operating around (over) us that will be revealed to us when God opens our eyes.
Elisha was given a glimpse of this world that is beyond our awareness. It could be that legitimate sightings of UFOs are seeing exactly what Elisha witnessed. It could also be that alien abductions are simply angels at work. I don’t find this so hard to believe especially as I read the Bible and all that angels have done. Sometimes they are sent to bring death to our world. Sometimes they are sent to communicate with God’s chosen. They may have been in those “clouds” that parted the Red Sea or that carried Jesus away. In a very real sense, angels are aliens, but aliens from the world called Heaven. We can hardly discount the testimony of Jesus, Jacob and Elisha. They all saw another world of angels coming and going from this world. We read Christ Jesus was taken up by the “clouds” and returns in the same manner. While, I would be the first to say we should seek the spiritual meaning concerning these “clouds,“ still it makes you wonder what the apostles really saw that day. And consider the mystery of Enoch. Enoch walked with God and was “taken away” by God to escape death. Explain that one.
While I have never seen any UFOs or been abducted (not that I recall that is!), I have listened to others who have told of their experiences. Many of these souls are as honest and sincere about their experiences like the many churchgoers that tell of “spiritual experiences.” Sure, some like to fabricate stories to get attention while others simply just want aliens and spaceships to be real, so they have deceived even themselves into delusions. Still, there are those who have nothing to gain by sharing their unbelievable accounts. They tell of massive crafts that come and go like nothing man has ever created. Could it be that some, like Elisha, have been given a glimpse of what is around us? I believe this could be the case. So what I am saying is this. If, in fact, there are aliens visiting us today, I believe they are the angels of our ancestors. They continuously move through different dimensions only being seen by those that are given the eyes to see them. As described in the Bible, they are able to come in and out of our world at will- God’s will that is. Yes, I think we many times fail to understand that God is sovereign which is to say, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
GOD’S WILL BE DONE
ISA 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
God’s will is synonymous with His love. Both will ultimately overpower everything that would stand to oppose them. As discussed in Shadows of a Higher Reality, the best example of God’s love/will in our physical universe is gravity. Gravity is barely noticed as we go through our lives. While it may keep our feet on the ground, we are completely oblivious to that fact that every object we pass creates an attraction. We are more likely to be more aware of the sights and sounds that travel our way. Yet, all matter, all forces and known energies are overcome by the power of gravity in a black hole. So, God’s love/will may not have a great affect on those who remain far from him, but as the Kingdom grows there will be no escaping the sovereign force of the One God. It is just that simple. God’s will be done is more of slogan to some because they believe in their free will. Let’s examine the notion of a free will.
So will God’s will be done? This should not even be a question. Should it? What a complete lack of faith in actually believing that “God” isn’t getting his way. Just the idea sounds quite ridiculous. Do some believe then that the creator of all things has lost control? What kind of god is that? Many will say that God has given man a ‘free will’ to do as he desires. This is hard to dispute, but if true, then God’s will is not sovereign. How do we reconcile the two- man’s free will and God’s sovereign will?
Gravity, the shadow of God’s will, may provide some answers. In the Beginning before anything was created there was God and nothing else. At this point, God’s will is all there is. In creation, God sends His Word out and the Word empties Himself into the void by means of the Holy Spirit. In this way, God and His will go out into all of creation. Each atom, each planet and each creature comes into being through the power of the Holy Spirit of God. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to build the lower kingdom – the physical world that will be the platform for the next. In a sense, everything great and small has a free will. Even the insects that crawl on the ground can make choices, however, this small amount of free will they have been given works in accord with the whole. Each creature has a “part” of God’s will just as each thing has “some” gravity. The insect is exercising a free will, is really the will of God within that creature. Again, this world is the realm of the Holy Spirit. In this world, the Holy Spirit’s will is done. The laws of nature where written by God’s Holy Spirit. These laws are always kept.
Now as man has increased in consciousness, so does his notion of free will. Man believes that he is in charge of his own destiny, but man is getting too big for his britches. The strength of our will has grown in accord with consciousness, but in the deception of the ego, man believes that he is God. In this lower world, he is god, however, who wants to be the lord of hell? What is happening is that our consciousness and will increase like the pressure inside a balloon until pop! What pops is the ego. It was this ego, a false image that has kept us from ascending to the next world. It was this ego that has kept us from seeing our true self in Christ. What this is all saying is that God’s will is ultimately done. Humanity is at an apex of sorts. The blade of grass has very little free will and awareness of its Creator. As our awareness of God increases, so does the knowledge of our free will given by God. It is the ego that deceives us from knowing God’s will. We have the will of God within us, but must come to see it clearly by removing the false self. It is like we have been given all the keys to heaven, but we must use them in the right order to open the door.
Let me try another way to explain this. From man’s perspective, God’s will is changing. As humanity’s consciousness has increased so has our ability to accept a “higher calling” from God. This is clearly seen throughout the Bible. Long ago when man was new to the earth, sin and law didn’t exist. Man was perfect in the eyes of the LORD God. So you see, the LORD God had created all the animals through evolution to reach the pinnacle of His earthly creations-man. Man was given the choice: 1) to remain perfect in his current state of consciousness within the animal kingdom; 2) to pass through and overcome this world as to enter the next. Man chose the latter. As God knew he would, man chose to grow in knowledge and become like God even if it meant experiencing death. After that choice, God’s will became focused on brining man through this world. We see this in the Bible. We start as an infant unable to know or do anything, but as we mature in consciousness, God continues to lead us to salvation. God only gives us what we can bear. Nobody asks an infant to go work in the field. So from man’s perspective, we see that God’s will is changing, but from His perspective it is not. What God is telling each of us to do varies according to our awareness of Him.
So free will, as we know it, is really more like a process of trial and error- a learning process. We have the free will to try anything we want over and over again. We can bang our heads against the proverbial wall if we like. This is our choice, but will it satisfy our deeper (higher) will that is growing along with the Kingdom within us? What we will find in the end is that our will is God’s will. Paul taught this position when he said, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose” (PHP 2:13). This again is why salvation is guaranteed because God is the beginning and end of this holy mission of life.
So little by little we come to know God’s higher will in our lives. We can think of man’s own will as a lower will and God’s will as the higher will. Both are present within us, but only one leads us into a greater peace. If we desire more than this world, we must accept God’s will in our lives because there is no other way to open the door to heaven. We can live according to the devil ego for ages and ages if we choose – this is our free will. Yes, we are the gods of this lower world, but Christ is the God of heaven. We can take the will God gave us in the Beginning to do as we desire or we can use it to find Christ. We must become “born again” and surrender what we call our free will of this world. The only ones who will enter the Kingdom are those who do the Father’s will- that is His Son. This is why we must become alive in Christ. First, there is no other way to return to the Father except through the Son. Secondly, only the Son knows the will of the Father. Also, there is no other way to be the image of God than to be Christ. We must be Christ to do God’s will.
BRINGING HEAVEN TO EARTH
MT 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I trust in every word ever uttered from the mouth of Jesus. He is, by the way, the only man I can say this about. So don’t believe anything I say, but trust that God’s will be done on earth through the Word becoming flesh. Jesus was firstborn of such a human being.
Jesus lived according the His spirit, not his flesh. In other words, the mind of Jesus lived through the spirit of Christ, not through the body. In this way, we are doing the higher will of God. As I have stated earlier, all thing created have a will to some degree. This is certainly true of the human body. It has needs and desires, which are passed on to the mind. This lower will of the body though must become subservient to the higher will of the spirit. This choice is made in the matrix of the mind. The body’s will creates a spiritual energy all of its own. “Feed me!” screams the body to the mind while the spirit quietly asks of the mind, “hungry?” Both the body and the spirit can offer pleasure to the mind, but not on the same level. The spirit of Christ will feed the soul a more holy fruit by revealing to us God’s higher will. In turn, choosing God’s higher will satisfy the soul.
Sometimes we become confused as to what is God’s will, but this is not a serious problem. God’s will is known to those who have the ears to hear it, so don’t sweat it. I guess what I am saying is that any choice we make will always have a positive net effect. Even if we are deceived, the experiences gained through that choice would also serve us in the big picture. Keep in mind what Paul said, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is profitable.” In other words, our choices may not bring us closer to God, but learning this point is just as valuable. We are not condemned for going down a dead end road in our lives. However, we are only saved when we submit to that greater will within us. The Voice of Christ we once called God will become our own because this becomes our new, higher will. This higher will is due to our higher nature and life in Christ. Understand though that doing good deeds does not save us. We are only saved by and through Christ, who is our higher nature and will. Many times man’s religions will create all kinds of rules to follow in order to be pleasing before God. What we will come to see, however, is that there is only one Law we have to follow – the law of the spirit of life that is found only in Christ. Living by this single Law will be our new nature. No longer will we follow the desires of the body or ego, but will live according the spirit of Christ. It is simply a matter of accepting our higher will and voice that comes from Christ and not a matter of choosing what is right or wrong these don’t exist in Christ. Let me put it this way. Fire doesn’t choose to create light and heat; it just does what it does because of its very nature. It will be no different for those who are awakened in the Body of Christ. They will put on a new nature, which is Christ, the very image of God. In this way, God’s Kingdom is born in us and burns like a fire. This fire of the Kingdom spreads through us and the world until all enemies of God are consumed.
LAKE OF FIRE
REV 20:14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15] If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
It seems that this is a topic of great confusion even among Christian clergy and leaders. Many believe the “lake of fire” is simply another name for hell. They may also believe that sinners go into the lake of fire to suffer eternally. In both cases they are mistaken. First as covered more thoroughly in Going Through Hell and Is It All Greek to You?, hell is not eternal, but rather is called “aionion” in the New Testament. “Aionion” is the Greek word used to describe hell and means age-lasting not eternal. As an example of this, Jesus said that any who sinned against the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven in this age (aion) or the next age (aion). This passage is most often correctly translated, but when the Greek noun “aion” is used as an adjective there are only a few Bibles that accurately capture the meaning. Aion means age, so then, aionion means lasting a single age, or age-lasting. Further, an aion (or age) many times refers to the length of a man’s single life perhaps only 70 years. So in this particular passage above forgiveness, Jesus spoke was likely speaking of this lifetime (age) and the next lifetime (age). He certainly didn’t mean to say something as foolish as “in this eternity or in the eternity to come.” This is as about as ridiculous as some translations that try to say “forever and forever.” Honestly, how does one add to forever? Did the Holy Spirit inspire these writers to say something so unsound? So hell and punishment are age-lasting, not forever and ever. In plain language, we reap what we sow and nothing more. God is trying to save us, not torture us. Any chastising we receive is needed to bring about our salvation and perfection.
Secondly the “lake of fire” is not hell. As we read above, “hell” (Hades in Greek) is destroyed in the lake of fire. So, not only is the lake of fire not hell, it is the destroyer of hell and death! That doesn’t sound like a bad thing to me. Yet, why do so many still not understand that this lake of fire’s purpose is to destroy our enemies? Hades (hell) is the place of the dead and death is the spiritual state of humanity outside of Christ. These are the very enemies of those desiring to enter God’s Kingdom. Death can be thought of as a disease and Hades as the place where those infected with death are kept. God is curing us of the disease of death and destroying the area of quarantine. Paul wrote about these enemies of God many times and says they are the last enemies to be destroyed thereby undoing the works of the devil. With all of this evidence, why isn’t it clear that the lake of fire is a good thing! Wake up folks! Let’s talk about some fire in that really puts out the light and the heat- the second death!
REV 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Those still sick from the disease of sin will be placed into this lake of fire to be cured by passing through the second death. As John wrote, the lake of fire is the second death. Why must they die this second death? So they can be born again! We all have to crucify that false self, which keeps us in the bondage of sin. That old nature and ego is exactly what is holding those cowards, those unbelievers, those who are murderers, those who are sexually immoral and those who are liars. Those who are already in Christ are not harmed by the second death (lake of fire) because they have already lost their (false) lives. They lost their life for the sake of Christ and found His life in them! They made themselves living sacrifices for God! You must lose your life to find your life, or God will give you a helping hand in the matter. This is why it is called the second death. It is the death of the carnal mind and ego – the old self as Paul would say. Many need to really examine again what the lake of fire is and what it isn‘t.
For those who still don’t understand, do they even realize that God is a consuming fire? Do they realize that fire doesn’t really eliminate something, but simply changes its form? Do they recall that Jesus Christ said he came to start a fire? Have they read, “Everyone will be salted with fire?” There is no escaping the Fire of God because whether we believe it or know it, God’s fire is in every soul even if it may just begin as a spark. Everyone brought into creation has it, and be glad you have it no matter what pain it may bring. This is the holy fire that if fed will burn brightly and illuminate your whole being and the world. It is that fire within you that will burn your old nature to ashes. It is that fire within you that catches others on fire! God’s fire is the cure to the disease of sin and death. We can either stoke the fire in our own time, or we can’t put it off until the whole Kingdom is ablaze with the love and glory of God. Yes, it is true – there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. This is life as we know it. This is the fire working to remove our ego and carnal nature. When you “boil” it all down, the lake of fire is really God’s tough love for those tough to break. Wouldn’t any loving parent do the same thing to save his child?
Suppose a father has a child severely hooked on drugs. Because this child’s addiction, his mind has become to distorted and deceived that he has, in effect, lost his true mind. Similarly we, the children of God, have grown addicted to this world of the senses. We are enamored by the pleasures and ways of this world even though it continually brings us pain and suffering. What then should a loving Father do to liberate his children from spiritual bondage? Christ knows our pain and seeks to pull us out of this world, so we can truly know a peace and joy on a higher level. We can then think of the lake of fire as a spiritual clinic where Christ destroys our desire for sin and the world. Is this going to hurt? Yes, but only in proportion to how our souls cling to it. If we, in our mind, cling to the body, the ego and to the world, then the mind will surely bring more pain and suffering. The time will come to all us junkies when sin will not produce the “high” it once did. The desires of the flesh will cease and be replaced with the desire to do God’s will. Again, passing through God’s consuming fire removes only that false self that covers us. This is not the destruction of “you,” but rather the revealing of the true you! The real you is that one whose life has been hidden in Christ and will be revealed when the time is right. We all put on masks and are living a lie in this world. We “think” we are of a particular race, religion, sex or social status, but that is not the real you. The world lies to us labeling us as Christian, Jew or Muslim, but in Christ and in truth, we are neither. The real you that enters God’s Kingdom is not of any race or creed, not of any sex and not of any nationality. Rest assured that the lake of fire will clean us of all these false images because in God’s Kingdom there is only one true image – the Image of God!
THE END OF THE AGE
MT 24:3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
This is a topic that I have deliberately not written very much about at all. Not that I was afraid to talk about it, but because I have never really had a clear vision of what is ending or coming. Perhaps I still don’t, nevertheless, I will share my present day visions concerning the end of this age, which, of course, means the beginning of another. It is important to understand that ending the “age” is not destroying the world. As shown earlier, the Greek word “aion” has been translated into many different words, but it simply means an “age,” which is an indeterminate period of time. It can mean a single lifetime of a man, or it can mean the lifetime of a worldly kingdom, but it is never “forever.” By definition, the end of one age is simply the beginning of another! So I suppose it would be accurate to say that “the end of the age” marks the end the world “as we know it,” and if it does, hallelujah! It would be safe to say that I have never been too fond of the ways of this world. Since I was a child, I had this overwhelming feeling that the world was coming to some kind of an end. Not only did God place this “feeling” in my soul, but also the desire to seek His Truth. Many times, even as a child, I would ask why are we here? Even looking upon the world with my young eyes, I knew it needed a savior even before I knew the Savior. God has called me to where I am know – that is writing this article. Of this, I am sure. As God would have it, my desire to understand why we are here and where we are going led me straight to the Bible. I was especially intrigued by the prophecies written in the book of Revelation. The first time I read it, I felt the fear of God running through my soul because surely the end was near. These first impressions were those of suffering, disease, wars and possibly even monsters overtaking most of humanity. Yet, even at a young age, I didn’t take those multi-headed beasts too literally. I was already starting to understand that God used symbolism to show us what is happening on different level and what is going to happen. It was Bible prophecy that started opening my eyes to a spiritual dimension of understanding. Nevertheless, I have come to understand that all spiritual truths create lower, physical shadows in this world. This is also true in the area of prophecy.
NATURAL vs. SPIRITUAL
The prophetic images offered by the Bible are so numerous that a whole book could be written trying to explain each one. At this time, I am only going to look at a few concerning the end of this current age of man.
LK 21:25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26] Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27] At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
This above passage could be taken very literally; then again, it could also have completely spiritual meaning. My understanding is that Bible prophecy is fulfilled at different levels – a lower physical level and a higher spiritual level. The spiritual prophecy and its physical shadow cannot be separated. So as read the passage from Luke, we could certainly expect that signs will be seen in the sun, moon and stars. The sea could certainly be stormy because of inclement weather, but couldn‘t this also have a higher, spiritually meaning. My understanding is that the “sea“ here is referring to a kind of karmic sea that is causing all kinds of anguish for the nations of the earth. We also read that in God’s Kingdom come to earth there will be no more sea. I suppose it is possible that the oceans that cover most of the earth could dry up, but ending the waves of karma is what brings us peace. Another part of this passage that should not be taken to literally is that the Son of Man is going to come “in a cloud” and every eye will see him. Do some really believe this should be taken at face value and that this is the true intent of this passage? Jesus also said he was “the door,” but most understand that this is simply a figure of speech. Jesus riding in a cloud or on a white horse is meant to symbolize something on a spiritual level. I wrote about this in The Meaning of Life, and described the white horse as being the pure mind that provides a vehicle for Christ’s return. This is the spiritual fulfillment of Son of Man’s return. Christ (in Jesus) returns in you with great power and glory. We are the clouds. Those in Christ are the living water that has been lifted high above this world into the heavens only to rain God’s grace on the world.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I believe that it is possible that Jesus could manifest again just as angels do. However, we shouldn’t look for him in a cloud, but look for him in all you meet because he is there. There is of course another possible explanation of Jesus coming in the cloud. If it turns out that UFOs are real and some kind of spiritual spaceships, then I suppose that Jesus could come back into our lower world being transported by such a vessel. Yes, I can see it now. Millions of believers carrying signs for Jesus saying, “Abduct Me! Abduct Me!” All humor aside, Christ is going to abduct everyone in time, but look for him to take you heart and mind into the Kingdom! Either way, we do well to keep our heart and minds open for the love and truth of God. We must always recall the teachings of Jesus and Paul. Christ is in you and in me and in all. Christ is in His Kingdom, which is also in you and all. If you want to see Christ come again, let God’s will and love be yours, and then go look in the mirror. There is the face of God.
COL 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10] and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
These are words that few can fully accept. Our ultimate purpose in life is to become God’s image, which is Christ. Jesus showed us who Christ is, and thereby showed us a glimpse of the Kingdom that is coming. Before this new age comes upon us, many growing pains will be felt – perhaps we could even call them the pains of birth. The descriptions of the end of the age include wars, pestilence, plagues and unprecedented death across the earth. Again, there is the physical meaning and the spiritual. There is no doubt that all of these miseries are part of our world’s history and future. Many have died and many more will die, but this is the death of the body. Even as I write this, a great war is underway in Iraq between a brutal, totalitarian regime and the United States coalition. This is the most significant war I have ever witnessed, and yet, I believe it is entirely possible that the war that will end all wars is still to come. There is that colossal war seen by the prophets that is centered around the small but significant country of Israel. This world war could come very soon, but what is more important that this is the spiritual significance of this prophecy.
It should be understood that even the descriptions about Israel should be taken spiritually as well as naturally. In the natural Israel is a country in the Middle East and is hated by its Arab neighbors. Spiritually, “Israel” is God’s chosen – the Church, the Body of Christ that is hated by the world. Spiritually speaking, Jesus could be seen and the head of Christ coming to the world just in time to save those making up the Body of Christ. Christ comes to His Body just before the “world” is about to try and destroy us. It could also be said that this spiritual war is taking place every day within us. The battle of Armageddon is taking place all throughout our being until thy Kingdom has come.
ACT 2:17 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
I have had many dreams where I believed God was speaking to me. I have even had dreams I felt were telling me the end is near. The apostles, and many that followed, believed that they were in the “lasts days” and that Christ’s return was “nearer than we first believed.“ As God counts days, they certainly could be right. As we know a day for God is like a thousand years for us. So I also believe we are in the “lasts days” especially given that man has been on this blue planet for about three to four million years! In fact if man’s time of existence on this planet were like one day, then we could possibly be less than a millisecond away from the dawning of new age. As for me, I think it is high time for God to pour his Spirit out on all people! This spiritual flood shadows that Great Flood except this one brings us life! Again we see both the physical shadow and the spiritual reality being fulfilled. The age that is coming is an age of awakening. Do you hear the divine alarm clock ringing?
REV 3:2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
This is a chilling warning to be sure. Wake up into the higher reality of Christ, or our soul will be stolen and then thrown into the lake of fire to be purified. If we are being called rise up, the better choice is for us to heed the wake up call. Some may ask, “Wake up from what?” We must wake up from the dream that has manifested as this lower world of darkness and deception. I have often used the analogy of a dream to describe this world’s apparent reality. This world is our reality we can accept until we begin to awaken to a higher one. It seems that everyone has some degree of awareness that there is something else beyond the world of the senses. I am reminded of the movie Matrix where Neo has that nagging feeling that there is something wrong with his world. What he discovers is what we will all realize – we are living a false life.
2 COR 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
All that we see and touch is temporary. What does this mean concerning our world of the senses? It means that our world is like a dream that will end. While in the dream, we are a character acting out our lives. In each life, we become a different character. Then upon awakening, we realize that we are not that character in the world, but rather the one having the dream. With the power of this realization, our dream can then become a lucid dream. Jesus gave us the best example of an awakened soul in a lucid dream state. Jesus lived in this world (dream) with us, but he was different because he had control over the dream. The laws of this world didn’t constrain him because he had transcended and thereby controlled them. He was like the movie character Neo who went into the false world to do battle with the forces holding the rest of humanity in bondage. However, divine lucidity is far better than the ability to dodge bullets and agents. This dream world is a nightmare for some, but it will end once all have been awakened. In this way, heaven continues to come to earth until the earth becomes heaven.
NEW EARTH and HEAVEN
REV 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2] I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3] And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4] He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” What a wonderful vision of hope and joy! Believe in your heart that all of this is true and will be fulfilled! This passage should reassure us that the peace of God is coming to us! There is so much we can glean from these prophetic words, but one message that I hear is that a new way of life is coming via the Son of God!
I see a life and world being led by Christ, the King! As our hearts are drawn closer to God, the world is changed into a place that is ruled by Christ. That which we once called heaven has now been brought to earth- hence a new earth! This new earth has come through Christ, and now there is a new heaven above us again. Of course this is not a matter of spatiality, but of consciousness. A new goal will be set above us again as we move through God’s cycle of life. Our old heaven was reaching Christ-consciousness. All of humanity will be brought to this higher level, so that our old heaven is now the new earth. On this new earth the Body of Christ has been raised to full consciousness, which means God’s will is done on earth! As discussed in The Meaning of Life, Consciousness is in eternal motion by the power of God’s eternal Spirit. Aspiring for heaven about, our spiritual journey continues our spirit translates from one world to the next.
I see that the “New Jerusalem” coming down from heaven represents those who are alive and mature in Christ. These are the mature “sons of God” who come back from “heaven” (reincarnate) back into the world to establish God’s Kingdom. They have passed through this world many times before, but this time will be different. They will come with the same power and glory that Jesus had when he walked the earth. They are also called the Church and return as the Bride and Body of Christ joined in that holy union. Many of the prophecies we read say that Christ will return in power and glory. This will be done through the living Body of Christ on the face earth. Jesus was the first to show God’s glory and power in this world, but certainly not the last. In fact, Jesus the Christ said this about those who have faith in him:
JN 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Those on the earth after Jesus will do even greater things than what he did because he went back to the Father. Again, this is another reason why that I see Jesus as life-giving spirit that saves and empowers us and not as a man who will return in the clouds or on a horse. The spirit of Jesus (Christ) went to the Father and returns in all who have faith in him. What an incredible time for humanity though! Imagine thousands and thousands of anointed saints healing, teaching and saving the world through the life of Christ Jesus! That is a wonderful vision to be sure.
John goes on to say that God’s dwelling place is with us, and He will truly be our God. In other words, God’s Kingdom has come to earth! God is always with us and within us. Yet this truth is only revealed to those who lose their false self and put on Christ, the true self. I am reminded of that passage in Genesis when the LORD God says His Spirit will not strive (battle) with man forever because man is flesh. Yes, man is flesh, or at least he thinks he is. We have been made flesh to experience self-consciousness and ultimately death. In Christ, we are no longer self-conscious or even death-conscious. This is to say we don’t see our ego as our self, and we don’t fear death. The fear of death will cause us to try to save our life in the flesh when God (when we are ready) wants us to let it go. Surrender this false life, and accept the true life of God’s Spirit through Christ. The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of sonship. This is where the higher Kingdom and higher life are.
This new world founded in Christ will be yet another quantum leap of life. Can we really imagine how different the world would be when Christ is truly our Savior and Lord! I don’t think most fully understand that Christ is going to LORD (subdue) all of humanity. Christ will be revealed as all in all. This is to say that the Spirit of Christ (our new nature) will control our minds and actions. Our conscience will speak to us at a higher level, and we will accept the Voice of Christ as our very own. We should understand that if the spirit of Christ within us is our only life, only voice and only motivation then life would be taken to a higher level! This is God’s Kingdom come to earth! It will be just as awesome and incredible as in the Beginning when God spoke into the void. From nothing came light! Then from the pure light energy came matter and substance. As awe-inspiring as this is, God didn’t stop there. From the matter came the stars and planets then plants, animals and man. Man at the top of the animal kingdom is making that next spiritual step. Humanity reaching Christ-consciousness will be even more glorious than anything man has ever experienced!
2 COR 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
My dear brothers and sisters who seek the truth and salvation of God, we are being changed from the inside out! Certainly God’s Kingdom comes to us individually, but also collectively. If we are on fire with God’s love, we are part of the lake of fire that will also set others ablaze just as Jesus did. When one person is saved, the whole world is saved with him! This is the wonderful thing about salvation- it spreads and consumes like a holy fire. As it grows, it creates more light and more heat throughout the world! There are many descriptions and analogies of what and who Christ is. Christ is the tree of life. Christ is the living water. Christ is the doorway to heaven. Also, we read that Christ is the ladder upon which angels and all free spirits are able to move between heaven and earth. We will be the ones who freely move up and down this divine ladder to serve as God’s messengers (words). Not only will we come to bring God’s will, but also God’s love that will save all.
Some may ask, “When will it all end?” “How long will it take for God to save everyone?” I have no earthly idea, but I do know this- time is nothing to God. God, literally, has all the time in the world- and then some! I can’t understand why so many fail to see God’s universal plan of salvation. Have they really considered what they selfishly believe? If God, the Father of all spirits, fails to save even one of His lost children, He is actually leaving Himself behind. Each of us is spirit from God. In truth, each of us is alive only because we have and are this spirit of God. This is the only true life we possess. Do then some believe that God is going to send Himself into an eternal hell? This is foolishness! God loves us because God’s loves Himself. As Jesus tried to teach our unenlightened minds, God is in us and we are in Him. Love all because God loves all. All must be saved because God is all and in all. This is the highest truth we may be able to comprehend, but it is enough.
Since I was rather young, I have had a strong desire deep within my soul to save the world. This feeling has never left me though I may at times disguise it with the cares of the world. For as long as I can remember, I have sought God and wanted to be a kind of savior. God has given me this desire to give my life to save the world. Before I had any idea who Jesus was I had this divine desire growing in my heart. God has led me to seek and share the truth. The only man I can trust completely is Jesus. The only man I have ever looked up to is Jesus. As for all my brothers and sisters in the world, I neither want to look down upon them nor up at them. Everyone is a child of God whether they know it or not. Everyone will be brought into the Kingdom of God in due time. No one will be left behind. I know this because of what God has put in my heart. I want to save the world and would leave heaven and descend into the deepest hell to save others. This has been in my heart long before I discovered than a man actually did this for us already. That man is Jesus. Jesus showed the world Christ, our higher nature that is coming of age. Those who know and live in Christ will do exactly as Jesus did. We will continue up and down that saving ladder of Christ until the work is done. We will continue to bring God’s truth and love to everyone until everyone is set free by the Truth. God’s Kingdom will come, and
God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
May God’s Kingdom of peace and power come to us all!
THY KINGDOM COME [Brad Edwards] 1