No. 001 - The Plan of God
One of the most fundamental matters addressed by theology, as well as by secular philosophy, is the purpose for which man was brought into existence. Failure to correctly ascertain the purpose of man leads to grotesque error in perception of many other vital truths, including the purpose and the message of the Scripture.
But the philosopher generally views with contempt the declaration of the Scripture, preferring the befuddlement of his own speculation. Nor is the typical Protestant theologian, evangelist, pastor, or Bible teacher closer to the truth, for the Protestant also generally rejects the revelation of the Scripture, in order to hold to his Tradition.
According to the Scripture. Concerning the Plan of God, the Scripture plainly declares certain facts, and implies others. In short:
In summary, the Realm planned by the Lord is an earthly realm in which endless generations of mortal men live to great age, having full advantage of the manifold blessings of the Earth, and enjoying the fruit of their labours, free from fear of crime, injustice, and oppression.
According to the Protestant. Protestant Theology has little to say regarding the Kingdom or life subsequent to the Resurrection. The Protestant Faith revolves around the concept of “Personal Salvation,” which is to say, escape from the supposed fate of everlasting torture in Hell. Upon death, the Saved supposedly is wafted immediately to “Heaven,” there to enjoy an unending life of bliss.
The Protestant expectation of everlasting torture of the Unsaved is based upon the myth of the Talmudic Jew. This body of myth, much of which is incorporated in the Protestant Faith, begins with rebellion in the Angelic Realm, led by an archangel known as “Lucifer,” “Satan,” or “the Devil.” But the Scripture does not support the idea of angelic rebellion; the notion finds its origin in the Babylonian Captivity, which is the cauldron from which Talmudic Judaism emerged. The rebellion supposedly eventuated in warfare in Heaven between “elect” and “fallen” angels. And somehow the rebels managed to form a powerful kingdom, the “Kingdom of Hell,” which wages warfare against the Lord God and the People of God.
Having advanced the postulate of angelic rebellion, most Protestant teachers are not able to go farther, and grow silent, leaving loose ends hanging. Others, however, in an attempt to bridge the logical chasm between fallen angels and mankind, assert that man was created “to resolve the angelic conflict.” Of course, this conjecture is a declaration that the creation of man was mere happenstance, an unintended consequence of the conduct of other, more important affairs. The implication is that, unexpectedly faced with revolt on the part of angels, the Lord God was forced to abandon his original plans and develop an alternative scheme. But the speculation, that man is but an afterthought of God, is the height of folly. The Scripture clearly reveals the purpose of the Lord in his creation of man. Moreover, the Scripture demolishes the hypothesis of rebellion in the Angelic Realm, expressly declaring that all of the angels are sent forth to minister to the heirs of Salvation, those heirs being men.
Yet, it is within the framework of this bizarre pipedream of the Jew that the Protestant seeks to understand why God created man; little does he consider that the axioms which govern his search have their origin with the enemies of the Lord.
To the Protestant, Personal Salvation is the Plan of God. Viewed objectively, the Protestant conception of the Plan of God, to save men from everlasting torture in Hell, makes no sense. Consider:
The Purpose of Salvation: Populating the Kingdom of God. The Lord knows the creature he has designed; he knows that fleshly men are incapable of rightly governing other men. That fact was demonstrated by Adam when he partook of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; the desire of Adam was to take into his own hands the reins of governance.
Ironically, the government which the Lord God is implementing in one in which all of the offices are staffed with humans. It is for this reason that the Lord has designed the Way of Life. Through persistence in the Way of Life, the mortal creature of the flesh is transformed in his thinking so that he no longer is a slave to the fleshly instincts which lead to sin. This “renewing of the mind” is termed Sanctification. Then, by means of the yet-future Resurrection Out From the Dead, man is transformed into an immortal being of the Spirit Realm, given birth into the family of God, and for ever set free from the hold of fleshly instincts.
The Lord does not indiscriminately offer to men resurrection to Life Everlasting, much less Sonship. The term “Plan of Salvation” is a misnomer; the purpose of the process is to train and qualify individuals for a position of service in the Kingdom of God. Qualification entails entry into the Way and perseverance in the Way to the end. Only those who qualify shall be resurrected.
Disobedience Results in Blindness. In general, the error which characterizes Protestantism is a consequence of the fact that few Protestants have benefit of the Scriptural insight which can be provided only by the indwelling Spirit of God. Protestants generally lack the indwelling Spirit simply because few are walking in the Way of Life. Few are walking in the Way because few have entered the Way. Few have entered the Way because of obstinate refusal to obey a simple and well-known command.
The Protestant Pulpit misconstrues the declaration that Salvation is not of works, and teaches that baptism is a work. Here the Protestant conflates the concepts of Salvation and Justification, and compounds the error by failing to note that the works which the Scripture declares cannot justify are works of the Law. Thus in the eye of the Protestant Pulpit, obedience to the command of Christ Jesus, to be baptized for the remission of sin, is a grave heresy. Luke 11:52.
The Scripture states that the things recorded in the Scripture prior to the Advent of Jesus were recorded for the example, learning, and admonition of the Justified living in the present age. Perhaps no better example could be cited than the account of Naaman the Leper, who sought healing from leprosy. The Prophet of the Lord instructed Naaman to wash seven times in the river Jordan. Naaman, a great Syrian general, found the command nonsensical and even insulting. But even as Naaman could not be healed apart from obedience to a simple command which seemed to him illogical, so also the Protestant cannot enter the Way of Life apart from obedience to the command of the Lord Christ Jesus, delivered on the Day of Pentecost through his Apostle Peter; that command is “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
No. 002 - What, Precisely, is the Gospel?
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God is the announcement which every generation of the Justified has longed to hear. The Gospel is the glad tidings that the Kingdom, foretold in the “head and heel” prophecy of Genesis 3:15, has become an reality. The prophecy was fulfilled two thousand years ago, when the King, Christ Jesus, ascended into Heaven and was seated Christ Jesus, was seated on the revived Throne of David. The Session of the Anointed is the most significant event in all of history.
But to most Protestants, the above paragraph seems fantastic and verging on nonsense. Inculcated from an early age in the Protestant “Gospel of Personal Salvation,” the typical Protestant views as the greatest event in history either the Crucifixion or the Resurrection of Jesus. And, asked to precisely define the Gospel, most Protestants familiar with the Scripture cite the six or eight opening verses of the Fifteenth Chapter of Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians:
I Corinthians 15:1-8
However, most of those who cite the passage do so mindlessly, giving no thought to the information which the passage conveys:
But there is a problem which no one seems to notice. It is obvious those verses do not contain a statement or definition of the Gospel. To begin with, they contain no mention of the Kingdom of God, which is the very subject of the Gospel and the focus of the Scripture. Though the atonement for sin accomplished by Jesus certainly is of the category “good news,” it plainly is not the Gospel of the Kingdom. There is no mention of the session of the King on the revived throne of his father David, there is no mention of the regal authority which the Father has committed to the Son, there is no mention of the vanquishing of evil and the outbreak of prosperity foretold by the Psalms and the Prophets.
The Protestant “Gospel of Personal Salvation” notwithstanding, the Scripture proclaims and teaches but one Gospel; that is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. In this passage, Paul simply is pointing out that the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus are vital to the Gospel which he proclaims. Any “Gospel” which denies or omits mention of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus is not the Gospel of the Scripture.
Perversely, the Protestant has misconstrued the passage, failing to apprehend the intention of the Apostle. Consequently, the Gospel proclaimed by the Protestant at best, is incomplete, for it lacks the substance of the Gospel, which is the implementation of the Kingdom. Moreover, failing to perceive that the subject of the Gospel is the Kingdom of Heaven, the Protestant has embellished his Gospel, giving it a false substance, claiming that the glad tidings of the Gospel concern deliverance from the supposed fate of everlasting torture in Hell. As might have been expected, the embellishment originates in the myth of the Talmudic Jew. Because of this embellishment, the Protestant has for centuries blasphemed the name of the Lord, confidently asserting that the Lord tortures his creatures. Thus, though many today think themselves to be “saved” and are confident of going to Heaven when they die, the reality is that most of them have been deceived into the embrace of a counterfeit of the Gospel, the Protestant Gospel of Personal Salvation.
Finally, it must be noted that Protestants in general deny the present reign of the Christ. Generally this is due to embrace of Dispensational Theology, which was invented by Darby and company in the Nineteenth Century. Darby, an advocate of literal interpretation, taught that Jesus first would come for his own (the so-called “Rapture”) and subsequently would come with his own. Moreover, Darby asserted that the Lord dealt separately with Israel and the Church. The system of Darby was popularized by Scofield who used a modification of it as the basis for the Scofield Reference Bible. Protestants generally assert that Jesus does not begin his reign until the second return, and that the duration of the reign is but a thousand years (the so-called “Millennial Reign”).
But the Dispensational scheme is nonsense; the Dispensationalist does not understand the Plan of God. The concept of a “literal” interpretation is absurd; a interpretation either is correct or erroneous. And the Church is called out of Israel; only the Justified are resurrected.
The Gospel of the Scripture is the news that the prophecies of the reign of the Christ have been fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has been instituted. Making the news even better, the Gospel includes instructions by which a man may secure for himself everlasting citizenship in the Kingdom.
No. 003 - The Rebellion of Adam
Everyone knows that Adam sinned; but, despite the explanation provided in the Genesis account, few give thought to the nature of the transgression of which Adam was guilty. And few ask how it is that what appears to be a simple act of disobedience should carry the penalty of death.
To understand the ramifications of the sin of Adam, it is necessary first of all to understand the great purpose of the Lord God in Creation. The Lord envisioned an idyllic realm, populated by mortal mankind, with a government characterized by justice and righteousness. It this realm, life would be as life ought be, replete with prosperity, health, longevity, and joy. The realm envisioned by the Lord is an everlasting earthly realm in which endless generations of mortals live to great age, utilize the abundance of natural resources which the Lord has placed on and within the earth, and enjoy the fruit of their labours, free from fear of crime, injustice, and oppression. This vision of the Lord God is seen in the Scripture, particularly in the writings of the Prophets and in the Psalms. But, as Creator, the Lord knew that man was incapable of right government. So, the Lord envisioned for his creation a kingdom to provide proper government.
A government capable of comprehensive governance of multiple billions of souls must have many offices. The Lord could have employed angels as the officers of his kingdom; but the Lord instead chose to populate the kingdom with members of his own family. And since God cannot reproduce himself, he chose to draw from mankind men to undergo a course of training and education, to qualify to become Sons of God. Those who successfully complete the course are transformed by means of the Resurrection, being born into the family of God as immortal Sons.
Adam was created subsequent to the six days of the Creation Account; he is the head of a race created to be a pool from which the Lord God calls candidates for the many offices of the Kingdom. The Lord separated Adam from the other races, placing him in the Garden. The animals created in the account of the Second Chapter of Genesis were domestic species, created for the protected environment of the Garden.
The account of the rebellion of Adam is the first instance in Scripture which records the stupid desire of mankind for “Government Of the People, By the People, and For the People.” By eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam sought to acquire understanding which would enable him to govern. The ultimate goal of Adam was to wrest from the hands of the Almighty the reins of governance. This was an offense far more serious than mere disobedience.
No. 004 - The Davidic Throne
Among Protestants, there is no small amount of confusion concerning the Throne of David and the prophesied Reign of David. There are at least three areas of confusion.
The Davidic Dynasty. The first area of confusion concerns the concept of dynasty. Many prophetic references to the Reign of David in actuality speak of the Reign of Christ Jesus as the Son of David, seated upon the Throne of David. Some teachers, hopelessly confused on the matter, argue that David personally again shall reign.
The Perpetuity of the Davidic Dynasty. The second area of confusion arises from the mistaken belief that the Lord gave David an unconditional promise of continuity of reign. While the Lord did offer David an uninterrupted reign, every such offer is conditional upon obedience of the people. Teachers often cite an additional promise concerning uninterrupted rule, but the promise is made in a non-canonical document which clearly is a forgery.
The fall of the Throne of David is undeniable. In at least three separate passages, the Scripture declares that the Dynasty of David fell; and a fourth passage records the event.
The Occasion of the Fall. The Davidic Throne fell when Coniah was deposed by Nebuchadnezzar. Coniah, also called Jeconiah, occupied the Throne at the time the Chaldean army of Babylon threatened Jerusalem, circa 586 B. C. Through his prophets, the Lord commanded the Remnant in Jerusalem to submit to the Babylonians. After pledging submission to Nebuchadnezzar, Coniah treacherously sought an alliance with Egypt. When Nebuchadnezzar discovered the treachery, he deposed Coniah, replacing him with Zedekiah.
Concerning Zedekiah. The fact that Zedekiah was placed upon the Throne of Judah when Coniah was deposed often leads Protestants to assume that Zedekiah somehow is in the kingly line of David. But the genealogies of Scripture establish that the genetic line which conveys title to the Davidic Throne runs through Coniah, and not through Zedekiah.
And even if Zedekiah had been a descendant of David, the slaying of the sons of Zedekiah made it impossible for the kingly line to be transmitted through Zedekiah. When Zedekiah also proved treacherous, Nebuchadnezzar slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and then put out the eyes of Zedekiah. This slaying of the sons while the daughters of Zedekiah were allowed to live demonstrates that, at least in the eyes of the Babylonians, the kingly line is perpetuated exclusively through the male heirs.
Also, in Israel, there is no instance in which a woman in the office of Queen is regent of the Land. The nearest instance is Jezebel, but the evil perpetrated by that woman was accomplished under the aegis of her husband, King Ahab. These facts are pertinent to arguments concerning the legitimacy of the British Throne, from which women have reigned as Queen.
The Coniah Curse. Because of the disobedience and hypocrisy of Coniah, the Lord God pronounced upon Coniah a most curious curse. No descendant of Coniah was to prosper sitting on the Davidic Throne, ruling in Judah. Thus, the Curse denies Coniah and his descendants from assuming the Throne, despite the fact that title to the Throne is passed through their line of descent. The effect is to render Coniah childless.
Consider the effect of the Curse upon Joseph, legal father of Christ Jesus. Joseph held the title to the Throne of David, a fact well-known within the Remnant. Yet, because of the Curse, Joseph laboured as a carpenter, rather than reigning as King. And though Joseph could not exercise the title, he nonetheless could and did pass title to the Throne of David to Jesus.
Necessity of the Virgin Birth. The Protestant Pulpit makes great ado over the Virgin Birth, claiming it was necessarily primarily to inhibit transmission of a “sin nature” to the Incarnate Christ Jesus. Virtually never is the Coniah Curse mentioned; yet the curse upon Coniah is at the heart of the matter. Because of the Curse, Jesus could not have assumed the Throne of David, apart from the Virgin Birth.
The British Throne. A third area of confusion is the notion of many that the Dynasty of David is perpetuated in the contemporary British Throne. Though there may be no official claim, many point to Irish legend and to genealogies which trace the line of the British monarchs back though Ireland to the daughters of Zedekiah.
In the record of the Scripture, the daughters of Zedekiah last are seen in the company of the Prophet Jeremiah in the aftermath of the 586 B. C. destruction of Jerusalem. They and a small number of the poorest of the Land were allowed to remain in the Land, while the rest of the survivors of the siege were marched off captive to Babylon. It is not unlikely that, in accord with Irish legend, Jeremiah and the daughters of Zedekiah did make their way to Ireland, and the daughters became the source of a new line of royalty. However, as previously noted, any such royalty was not a perpetuation of the Throne of David.
Revival of the Davidic Throne. Contemporary Protestants, generally having embraced the Dispensational system of Scofield and the Scofield interpretation of the Book of Revelation, expect a yet-future return of Jesus in which Jesus assumes an earthly throne; many expect that throne to be the throne of the contemporary British monarch. But both expectations shall be dashed.
The Throne of David was revived as a heavenly throne. The Throne was revived when the resurrected Christ Jesus ascended into Heaven and began his everlasting reign as the Son of David.
The Resurrection. The next event on the prophetic timeline is the Resurrection Out From the Dead. Declared by the Scripture with phrases such as “the confidence of Israel,” the Resurrection is the ultimate deliverance for which all the Justified await, namely, deliverance from the Grave and the power of Death.
But the Resurrection is much more than an event which restores the Justified to life. By the Resurrection, the Justified are raised immortal and are given birth into the family of God, that they may serve for evermore as officers of the Kingdom of Heaven, ruling over the nations of the Earth.
The Resurrection is the occasion on which the many offices of the Kingdom of God are populated. Accordingly, the Resurrection is the occasion on which the Kingdom becomes fully operational, and thus, at which comprehensive government of the Earth begins.
Regrettably, most contemporary Protestants have cast away their confidence in the Resurrection, assigning it little or no importance. This is due on the one hand to widespread embrace of the absurd concept that the essence of man is an “Immortal Soul” which cannot die. On the other hand, many have been beguiled by the flimflam of the Dispensationalist concerning the “Rapture,” and therefore view the Resurrection as non-essential.
The Kingdom of God. When Jesus was seated on the revived Throne of David, the Kingdom of God became a reality. The Reign of the Christ, which began two thousand years ago, is an everlasting and comprehensive global reign.
The Protestant sees Kingdom of God simply as an entity over which Jesus rules; but this view is not correct. Seen correctly, the Kingdom of God is a government which rules the nations of the Earth. Every citizen of the Kingdom is a member of the Body of Christ; every citizen of the Kingdom is a officer of the government; every citizen of the Kingdom has been resurrected as an immortal being of the Spirit Realm; every citizen of the Kingdom, by the Resurrection, has been given birth into the family of God as a Son.
The Kingdom of God evermore shall rule over the nations of the Earth. Under the watchful eye of the King, Christ Jesus, and monitored by his government, endless generations of mortal men shall live to great age and shall have advantage of the manifold blessings of the Earth. Under governance of the Kingdom, men shall enjoy the fruit of their labours, free from fear of crime, injustice, and oppression.
No. 005 - The Kingdom of God :: Global, Comprehensive, & Everlasting
In matters of eschatology, the teaching of the Protestant Pulpit constantly is in conflict with the Scripture. As a consequence, misconceptions abound concerning the Kingdom of God. Many Protestants think the Kingdom of God is only figurative. And many who believe the Kingdom and the Reign of the Christ are literal think the Reign is limited to a single millennium. Above all, Protestants have invented a bastardized Gospel, which they term the “Gospel of Personal Salvation.” But the so-called “Gospel” of the Protestant is a false Gospel, cunningly crafted to deceive. It makes no mention of the Kingdom of God, of Christ Jesus as King, or of the neverending Reign of the Christ; much less does it proclaim the fact that the Kingdom of Heaven is a present reality.
Most of the nonsense taught by the Protestant Pulpit originates in the myth of the Talmudic Jew. Much of this myth is found in the books of Jude, II Peter, and Revelation. But those books are spurious; not one of them has a rightful place in the Canon of Scripture. Proudly (and absurdly) boasting that it is “Judaeo-Christian,” the Protestant Pulpit has set aside the teaching of Moses, the Psalms, and the Prophets in order to embrace this body of lie.
The great failure of the Protestant Pulpit is its disobedience to the command of the Scripture to prove all things. Were the teaching of the books of Jude, II Peter, and Revelation subjected to even the most basic test, which is comparison against the Scripture, the error would be apparent, even to a schoolchild. The command, “Prove all things,” found in the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, needs to be applied to every document before the document is accepted as Canonical. This practice is seen on the part of the Jews at Berea, who received “with all readiness of mind,” the teaching of Paul, but nonetheless “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
In this test, the touchstone is the Canon of Scripture which was in use in the Era of the Incarnation. That body of Scripture has been validated as authentic by Jesus and the Apostles, who cited from it extensively. But the Protestant should be advised that the Masoretic Hebrew Text from which the typical English Bible is translated did not exist in the Era of the Incarnation. Indeed, the Masoretic Hebrew Text is a counterfeit concocted by the unregenerate Jew; it was unknown until the Fifteenth Century of the present Christian Era. Needless to say, the Masoretic Hebrew Text is worthless as a touchstone.
The touchstone used by the Jews at Berea is the same one which should be used by the Christian of the present day; it is the Septuagint. Indeed, the Septuagint is the only extant manuscript of the Canon of Scripture in the Era of the Incarnation. The Ancient Hebrew Text did not survive the A. D. 70 siege of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple. Of course, it is unthinkable that the Ancient Hebrew Text would have survived, for that would have created a “two masters” dilemma, with some holding to the Hebrew text and others, to the Greek text.
The Masoretic Hebrew Text has no direct lineage to the Ancient Hebrew Text; indeed, the difference between Masoretic Hebrew and Ancient Hebrew is comparable to the difference between Modern English and Old English. Moreover, there is no reasonable explanation for the sudden appearance of the Masoretic Hebrew Text in the Fifteenth Century of the present Christian Era just in time to be translated for the first English Bible; one must question:
The conquests of Alexander the Great established the Koine dialect of Greek as the lingua franca of the Ancient World. In fact, establishment of a common language was a primary goal of Alexander. This is obviously the work of the Lord, in preparation for proclamation of the Gospel and the regathering of Israel; it goes hand-in-hand with the system of roads and sea routes built by Rome.
More than a century before the Incarnation, the Lord God caused the Canon to be translated from the Ancient Hebrew language into the Koine dialect of Greek in which the Apostles would pen Scripture. Largely as a consequence of the Babylonian captivity, Ancient Hebrew was nearly a dead language, which is to say, a language which no longer has a community of native speakers. Most of the Remnant of Israel had Aramaic as their native language. Those of the Remnant who were educated and those who engaged in trade also knew Koine. Ancient Hebrew was the province of the Levitical Priesthood.
Unquestionably, translation of the Septuagint was commissioned by the Lord God, in providence for the change of covenants, from Old to New. In the transition of covenantal relationship, the Jew lost custody of the Scripture, while the entire Canon of Scripture came permanently into the keeping of the Church. Considering the fact that the Church would be predominately “Gentile,” and the ancient animosity of the Jew for the “Gentile,” lack of the translation would have been a severe impediment to the Church regarding access to the Scripture. Foolishly, the contemporary Church, in accepting the Masoretic Hebrew Text as authoritative, has turned her back on this marvelous provision and has made herself dependent upon the Jew. The Jew claims that roughly a thousand Masoretic Hebrew Text have a meaning which is unknown.
A particularly egregious error propagated by the Protestant Pulpit is its teaching that the Saved are destined to an everlasting existence in Heaven, while the Unsaved are destined to an everlasting existence in Hell. The obvious implication is that activity on Earth, in particular, reproduction, eventually shall come to a halt, and that the Earth eventually shall be devoid of human occupants.
But that does not agree with the teaching of the Scripture, particularly that of the Psalms and the Prophets. The Scripture reveals for the Earth a glorious future, in which the rule of the Kingdom of God brings about an environment of peace, plenty, and prosperity, an environment in which the populace need not fear the oppression which invariably characterizes the governments of man. Moreover, the Scripture declares that the Reign of the Christ shall continue forever, and it describes the longevity of the Reign to be comparable to that of the Moon, the Earth, and the Sun. This does not agree with the declarations of fiery destruction found in the document purported to be the Second Epistle of Peter. And indeed, in view of the limited ability of men to transport men or cargo any appreciable distance from the Earth, the notion that the entirety of the Universe must be destroyed because it has been “contaminated” by “Original Sin” amounts to belief in voodoo.
A primary error of Protestant Theology is a misunderstanding of the purpose of Salvation. This misunderstanding has led the Protestant into serious error in every realm of doctrine. The Protestant erroneously concludes that death as the penalty of sin is the lot of every race of mankind. In reality, the penalty is specific to Adam and his progeny. Men of other races live and die irrespective of sin. The Natural Realm is inherently a dangerous place to live and has many hazards; nonetheless, the Lord God pronounced his creation “good.”
The opportunity of resurrection to life everlasting is not open to all men. Briefly put, the purpose of Salvation is to staff the many offices of the Kingdom of God. The Adamic Race was created to form a pool of candidates from which men might be called to undergo training for service as an officer of the Kingdom. The reward for this service is resurrection to Life Everlasting. The penalty for ignoring or refusing the call is death.
The Protestant errs in assuming that, under the Reign of the Christ, there shall be no death in the Natural Realm. The fact of the matter is that only the “Saved” are resurrected as immortal Sons of God. After the Resurrection, mortal life and reproduction continues, with the Sons of God ruling over an endless succession of generations of mortal men. Because governance of the Kingdom of God shall ensure maintenance of a healthful environment upon Earth, mortals shall have a lifespan on the order of a thousand years.
No. 006 - A. D. :: The Year of the Reign of the Anointed
The calendar hanging on the wall, indicating the year “A. D. 2021,” proclaims to all the most important news ever heralded in all of human history. The abbreviation “A. D.” stands for the Medieval Latin phrase “anno Domini,” which is a truncation of the phrase, “anno Domini nostri Jesu Christi.” Translated into English, the full phrase is “In the year of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” Thus, the calendar proclaims to all that the present era is that of the Reign of the Christ. Moreover, it proclaims that Christ Jesus has been reigning as King for two millennia.
And this is not a “Christian” curiosity or a matter of esoteric knowledge held only by members of a secret society; it is a globally-recognized truth which is spelled out in dictionaries, in encyclopaedia articles, and on Internet web pages. Indeed, there are only two entities which ardently deny the reality of the present reign of Christ Jesus. The first, as might be expected, is the perennial enemy of Jesus and of the Christian Faith, the Talmudic Jew. The second is the Protestant Pulpit.
Although not everyone has a precise understanding of their meanings, the abbreviations B. C. and A. D. are not obscure. They mean, respectively, “Before Christ” and “The Year of the Reign of Our Lord Jesus, the Christ.” The proper line of demarcation between B. C. and A. D. is the day on which the Reign of the Christ began; but by tradition, the birth date of Jesus is used.
The abbreviations are used in legal documents and in other documents of importance. Through them, the global populace, albeit many in ignorance, bows the knee in acknowledgment of the Reign of the Christ. The acknowledgment is made even by the unregenerate Jew, who, however, in futile protest, substitutes the abbreviations B. C. E. and C. E., meaning, respectively, “Before Common Era” and “Common Era.” But by any other name, the “Common Era” is none other than the Era of the Reign of Jesus the Christ.
No. 007 - Creation Groans :: A Universal Longing for Proper Governance
In the Eighth Chapter of the Epistle of Paul to the Romans is the declaration that “Creation groans.” Few commentators know the meaning of the declaration, though the context makes plain both the identity of the entity termed “Creation” and the reason for the groaning. Commentators typically claim that the term “Creation” refers to the inanimate entities of the Natural Realm, supposedly groaning in agony under the curse associated with the “Original Sin” of Adam. But such a claim is absurd; rocks and trees and wildlife are not groaning.
Whereas English typically differentiates between “creation” and “creature,” in Greek the word ktisis is used with both meanings. Paul, having moved in his discussion to the freedom from sin the Justified shall enjoy in Resurrection as the Sons of God, mentions how the Creation at large also shall benefit from governance by the Sons of God.
History demonstrates that man is incapable of self-government; men cannot properly be governed by a government designed by and comprised of men. Not only is every government of man characterized by incompetence; the power exercised by a ruler almost invariably corrupts him and turns him into a tyrant.
Consequently, the populace of Earth, oppressed by human government which is incompetent, self-serving, and criminal, groans in longing for relief. The Creator hears the groaning of his creatures, and is in the process of answering it, though the answer seems long in coming. And though the populace of the Earth generally has no knowledge of the means by which relief shall come, the Scripture reveals that the desired deliverance shall appear at the Resurrection Out From the Dead.
The deliverance for which all the Earth yearns can be provided only by the rule of the Kingdom of God. And though the Kingdom is a reality and though Christ Jesus reigns, the Kingdom is not yet fully operational. The Kingdom is comprised of many offices which now are vacant; the comprehensive governance provided by the Kingdom is not possible until those offices are staffed. It is the Justified who populate the offices of the Kingdom; but the Justified, for the most part, lie asleep in the Grave.
The Resurrection not only delivers the Justified from the power of the Grave; it also gives them birth into the Family of God as Sons. This transformation is event by which the Sons of God are manifested or revealed. Thus, the Resurrection is that for which Creation groans. Comprehensive governance by the Kingdom shall provide for the Creation deliverance from the incompetence and corruption inherent to the governments of man.