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A Tale of Two Kingdoms
Simutaniouly there are two separate worlds playing out before our eyes. The Kingdom of this World and the Kingdom of God. The one that is most obvious is the Worldly Kingdom. In this one, we live out our physical Lives, from inception to the Grave. Along the way, one can enter the Kingdom of God(a spiritual realm), and continue on in both Worlds. The second is most important because it allows you to enter the next life with an eternal relationship with God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit. As a member of God's Kingdom on Earth, we have the Holy Spirit given to us to comfort and help us on our journey through the Kingdom of this World. It is a miraculous thing and comes through the work of the Holy Spirit. (KJV)Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
The Kingdom of this World
In order for God to play out the lives of men and woman, He would need a medium or matrix in which humans could exist and experience interaction with each other and Him. Included in this interaction would be the Angels, good and bad. Therefore He created the Heavens and the Earth on which He placed Man. Man was allowed to fall in order for him to experience the Love of God to the fullest. A redeemer would be required to purchase the lives of those that had been chosen to be with God before the foundation of the World. As you see, God's handy work does not happen haphazardly, it has a definite plan with a definite ending. The mystery is God's ability to hide this plan from the worldly wise and reveal it unto babes. To the unregenerated, this world we see is all there is and the goal is to increase their own lives through whatever means they can justify in their fallen understanding. Power, pleasure, treasure, and a legacy that will last in earthly terms. (KJV)Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
The physical universe we live in is a masterpiece of construction. The more one studies, the more he realises the complexity of it. To us, this world looks solid, but in reality, the ratio of mass to space is comparable to 1 second to 30,000,000 years. But everything looks solid. Aaah, an illusion, but no, it's an electromagnetic interaction. Even the heavens, which we have been taught are held together by gravity, in reality, are electromagnetically glued. How is it that man cannot keep objects in orbit forever, but the moon and the other planets motor on year after year for thousands of years, in perfect balance. Blind luck? The evolutionists would say so, as they are trying to explain the obvious, sans God. A Famous scientist, Carl Sagan, had a television series,"Cosmos", that was dedicated to such a theme. I'm sure if he could come back from the dead, he would tell us otherwise. As i've said, the more one studies the physical universe the more in awe am i. Luke(KJV)16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
But what about all these humans running around, how in the world could they all miss the reality of God. The fact is, if God does not reveal Himself to us, there is no way we will seek Him. But at the same time, He is not far from all of us. We all live in His being, a part of a great plan. Nothing is too mundane for God. He is all and in all. You see we have an adversary, the Devil, a very wise and crafty being(and a lot of helpers) who wants no one to be saved. Fear not, God is still in complete charge and only allows him to do what He allows him to do. The Devil has lots of tools at his diaposal. Deception, conterfeit, lies, theft, all used to transform himself into an angel of light, spreading death and destruction. His biggest lie is that he does not exist. Hard to beat an adversary that is invisible and a myth. (KJV)Romans 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (KJV)1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
What are the odds of life developing in the universe. Astronomical. Listen to what Chuck Missler has to say on the subject. Enlightening, eh? What's the difference between a live dog and a dead one. All the parts are there, but can one impart life to the dead one? Can life be infused from the live one? No. So how in the world could life come to a rock. Ludicrous, but so called intelligent beings believe such. Takes a lot of faith. Science today is a cult, a pseudo religious gathering of adherents. Another concept that further adds to the lunacy is Irreducible Complexity. Lets take any machine and take one of it's parts away. It then cannot function as a whole. Take the steering wheel off a car, the tail off an airplane, or the battery out of a laptop. These simple machines, by life's complexity, will not function. How in the world did complex life forms develop when thousands of functions are necessary for them to exist. Did the plant pop up at the same time the animal came into existence. Sounds redicabuckle, a word made up by my Brother in our youth to explain the ridiculous. A hopeless existence. (KJV) 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The World is an Empire building machine. Get people hooked on wasting their lives on what they think are important endeavours which will bring them fame, glory and honour. Most are stuck in traffic at low level positions, while an elect few climb to the top, where they exercise control over those below. Careers, government, military, sports, exclusive clubs, religious organizations and such. One glorious example, the Morman Church. Similar in construction are the Masons and Shriners. Various levels of achievement which bring you to a level where the secrets of the orginization are revealed, substitutionary to a real experience and growth with the Creator of the Universe, God. Of course they have God in there somewhere to confuse the uninitiated. 33 levels. That should keep you busy. And your effort has a reward that in the end, is worthless. Just another scheme in the salvation by works ethic of the World.
A Question of Ethics
Should those that prosper with the destruction of the earth be eternally punished? Sure, in the Western World, most of us are contributing to the poisoning of our planet, but only a few are profiting from it. How do you think God feels when He sees Chemical Plants, Oil Refineries, Coal Generating Stations, only to mention a few. I believe the ones God is talking about destroying the earth are those getting ridiculously wealthy over doing so, not the average Joe who must drive a car and use electricity to survive. God conveniently buried all this stuff, heavy metals, oil, coal, etc. for a reason. Digging it up and putting it into the environment is not a good thing. Makes one think, eh?
Isaiah 13:11 King James Version
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible
Revelation 11:18 King James Version
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
The Kingdom of God
(KJV) Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
My hope is that what I am about to tell You is not of the above. Will telling You this be detrimental to God's plan for Your life, I'm hoping not, and am confident the Holy Spirit will guide You into all truth, inspite of my feeble attempts to explain the "Kingdom of God". (KJV) Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (KJV) Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Before God(The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit) created anything or anyone, a discussion about Jesus and a plan to give Him a Bride for all eternity took place. The Bride would consist of men and women(yet to be created) chosen in advance from a fallen race, and this by their(man) own hand. As with earthly brides in olden time, a dowry had to be given to purchase the Bride, which in this case would be the shed blood of Jesus, or more simply, Jesus would offer up His own life as payment for the sins of man(from which the Bride would be selected) as a dowry. The ultimate Love Story. Husband dies for the Love of His Bride and they live happily thereafter in a New Heavens and Earth. As stated in the Bible, the offer is to all, but only the Chosen would accept. (KJV) Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,. (KJV) Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (KJV) John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
So there You have it in a nutshell. God the author and finisher of our faith, keeping us in His will as we walk the war torn ground of the fallen men and women of this World. Living with the Hope of Salvation, our eyes on our Lord and Saviour, Jesus, The Almighty, Lord of All, rejected of this World, but having overcome it. Soldier on my Friends in Christ, Brothers and Sisters from the foundation of the World, but revealed in these last times.(KJV) 2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (KJV) John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV) 1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Had the most amazing morning. Was laying in bed thinking about how People's lives compare to sailing on the water(note to self, must put this down on paper), then got up to start my day. There's my Friend John coming in from His taking the dog for a walk. Saying good morning to my Sweetie in an e-mail. Then down the stairs to meet the day, dress for the cold, cinch up the dogs, and out the door. As i get going down the path, i realize how lucky i am to be able to just open a gate and be on a path beside the river, not having to walk or drive a long way past other houses and confusion to be where nature is abundant. There's the moorage, where our boat sat so many years ago, which could be again, but on a shorter scale. A couple of swans this morning on the river, which is steaming in the cold air, no wind thank You. No one on the path but me breathing in the beauty of the hills, the rising sun glowing off the ravines and crags. Then there's the ever present geese. In the air and water, an airplane coming down the valley, a train lumbering into town, invariably a new Crew waiting at the station to start Their day. Here and there, are idling cars(2 taxis among them), their Occupants doing whatever, enjoying the peace and quiet. Then there's my doggies, sniffing around, doing their business, dragging me to a halt to investigate the passing of a previous pooch. i come to realize, there is just too much going on to put down, the sights and sounds of a city waking up, me in the middle of it all. Oh, yes, there's the Neighbours dog roaming about outside their condo, a fence luckily separating us. Isn't God good.
Now back to the boats, big and small, as are Humans' lives. Some are born to sail the high seas, in all sorts of weather, strong in their grasp on life, keeping the World supplied with Stuff. Others sail in expensive yachts , enjoying the pleasures of this world, living the high life, no concerns but their own, dashing to port whenever the seas get rough. Here and there are small dinghies, carrying one, two, three, or many, all striving to keep it afloat, lines in the water, seeking their next meal. Some actually have no boat, grasping whatever They can to keep above the water, not lasting long in the cold and boisterous waves. Others roam together in great armadas, supporting each other, taking what they want, armed to the teeth, sailing with pride, commanded by the Great of this world. Yet in the end, they all run out of time, some to scrap yards, some to Dave Jones' Locker, others dashed on the rocks of life. Some put holes in their own boats(rebellious lives). Yes, they scuttle themselves, some with large holes, some small, and depending on the boat, sink at different rates. Some are rescued, most are not. Others take very good care of there boats and rewarded with long life, but not necessarily, eternal life. For once this life is over, we lose control of whatever boat we were sailing in, and are at the mercy of the waters. We need an intervention of someone else with an eternal boat that can save us. It is certain we cannot do it ourselves. Those that have put Their trust in a Higher Power, Who acts as a Pilot, keeping them safe, will go on forever in eternity with the Maker of all ships and their inhabitants. Praise be to Our Glorious Great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for guiding His chosen Ones to a save Haven, Heaven.