Thursday, August 13, 2020

World Community

 What should be the attitude of those who believe and follow Jesus Christ toward the world community?

God so loved the people of the world that He gave His one and only Son to die on the Cross as a sacrifice sufficient to pay the price for the sins of the world community.  But that forgiveness is appropriated individually by faith, not by merit, but by obedient faith in what God has revealed, and what He is doing.

Therefore I must recognize the value of all people, and work to lead them to the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. 

As Jesus told His disciples, 

The Great Commission

Matt 28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The modern movement to deny revealed moral values while accepting everyone on the basis of human feelings misses the mark. Jesus Christ never taught the acceptance of sin, but rather told people to stop sinning. And the transforming power of the new birth by faith gives the believer resurrection power. We are given God's Spirit and raised to walk in newness of life.

In that new life, we are instructed to walk with Jesus, and to make a distinction between ourselves and the world community of unbelievers. 

Therefore believers are not called to develop a secular humanist world movement based upon human values and human feelings. Such a movement (that encourages rejection of moral values taught in the Bible) belongs to this world which is passing away.  My citizenship is in the Heavenly Kingdom, with eternal life in glory.

There is conflict between the two movements, between the forces of this world and the Eternal Kingdom.  Therefore the believers in Jesus are instructed to put on the whole armor of God, and to fight the Good Fight. 

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Yes, we are called to repent, to change our minds about how we live. We are to give up self will as our master, and to submit our minds and hearts to Jesus Christ, and to His teaching and leading in the Kingdom of Heaven. As Apostle Paul taught King Agrippa, 

Acts 26:19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 

Yes, believers cannot participate in the works of darkness promoted by the secular humanist agnostic atheistic world community.  This community spirit leads to destruction.  Giving approval to satanic practices brings harm to society.  Marriage was given for one man to one woman for the purpose of producing children who can become children of God.  The family is the foundation of society.  World movements that destroy the family are not from God. 

Christ Our Advocate

1 John 2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

The New Commandment

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because[a] the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him[b] there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

12 I am writing to you, little children,
    because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, children,
    because you know the Father.
14 I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,
    and the word of God abides in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life[c]—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

"Abides forever"!  What a blessed promise.  Human revolutions do not produce eternal value.  God has given us eternal value in Himself, through Jesus Christ, for whosoever will.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Kingdom of Heaven


My Kingdom Is Not of This World

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

Pilate asked a great question.  What is truth??  The answer is that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 

No one enters the kingdom of Heaven except through Jesus Christ.  As Jesus told Nicodemus-

You Must Be Born Again

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus[a] by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again[b] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?”Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c] Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You[d] must be born again.’ The wind[e]blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you[f] do not receive our testimony.12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.[g] 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.[h]

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world,[i] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

The nations of the earth have been ruled by human power under the influence of Satan, even when nations claimed to be part of the Holy Roman Empire, or part of the great Anglican British Empire.  Or the German Lutheran Princes who fought against the Roman Catholics.  Eight million of the population of Europe was killed in the Thirty Years war.

Many of the immigrants who settled North America had a desire to exercise freedom of conscience in matters of religious faith.  When finally the Bill of Rights was adopted in our constitution, the first amendment attempted to guarantee freedom of conscience.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

So most of us who support the election of Donald Trump to another term are not promoting him as our religious leader.  He is running for President of the United States, a nation that guarantees religious freedom.  He does not have to pass a religious test, but we are interested in what he proposes to accomplish through another four years of presiding, God willing. He has promised to support the continuation of our Judaeo-Christian heritage, as opposed to the God hating communist movement that has possessed the Democratic Party. 

His promotion of America first is national politics, a recognition that nations are important, and each nation is to look out for their own affairs, while being fair to others. He is getting us out of dangerous world empire meddling which had caused us so much grief and treasure in the last twenty years. 

Yes, the Kingdom of Heaven is about all being united in Jesus Christ, and our showing love and concern to all. But Unitarianism has no place in the Kingdom of Heaven.  All who are faithful in Jesus Christ have membership in the Eternal Kingdom.  All who refuse faith in Jesus are condemning themselves to Hell.  So we persuade all to come to Jesus, and to His Eternal Kingdom.

It would be good for you to personally consider whether a respect for our traditional values is of more value than allowing the imposition of Godless communist revolution. Study history.  Our nation has been the source of many blessings to others because of our Christian heritage.  Godless communism has brought destruction to every people where it has been instituted by revolution.  It should be plain to all that we are faced with making a choice between Christian values and Godless communism.  

Please ask Jesus to help you decide how you should vote in the upcoming Presidential election

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Return to Eden??

The Garden in Eden

Gen 3:5 When no bush of the field[a] was yet in the land[b] and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist[c] was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 

8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Perhaps a return to Eden is in order for us to move forward with developing useful resources for life on planet Earth.  God placed Adam and Eve in a garden, to care for it and eat from its produce.  

I grew up gardening, and have always had a garden except when I was in school at Auburn. Today there is a great interest in gardening because of survival concerns.  Garden seed and canning supplies are scarce.  I think there may be value in finding ways that people stuck in unproductive situations may move to some place where they can have a garden, and live in a productive community.  Can we have a return to Eden?

Since working on the Ezekiel Project, I have been interested in a developing gardening system using sea water.  Sundrop Farms in Australia has built a huge commercial development. 

Thankfully there is no shortage of sea water, and there are many desert areas where sea water green house agricultural production could be located in unpopulated areas.  One such area is in southern California, around the Salton Sea east of Los Angeles.  Other areas include the northern Sahara in Africa, and the Namib dessert in Namibia, Africa.  

The Arava south of the Dead Sea in Israel and Jordan is probably the best possible location for Seawater Greenhouse production, and has already been done experimentally by Jordan with the Sahara Forrest project.  

The Ezekiel Water Project can provide sea water for the Arava, and would be a great blessing to the region, providing strategic electric power reserve and a deep layer of Med Sea water on top of the existing shrinking Dead Sea. 

There are solutions already known and working for our global climate problems.  There is an opportunity to provide useful lives for people who are trapped in non-productive areas and situations.  Instead of moving people into the suburbs with instant ghettos financed by the government, we should shift our focus to providing encouraging opportunities for life changing community.  

Gardening and community can transform lives.  Eden was a garden.  Why don't we recognize and enjoy the joys of gardening?

Instead of destroying existing civilization structures, it would be more useful to build productive communities that meet the challenges of joyful life.  

But one thing is most needed.  Adam and Eve enjoyed a great relationship with their Creator until they lost it by rebellion.  A joyful community today would need the renewed relationship with God that has been made available through faith in Jesus the Messiah.  God made some garments from the skins of animals to provide clothing for Adam and Eve.  This pictured the covering for our shame provided when we place our faith in Jesus Christ. 

Gal 3:23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[g] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Crux of the Matter

What is at the heart of the division in our nation, and in the world?  What is the crux of the matter, when it comes to making a decision about how to vote come November?

For me, it is a simple matter.  We are in a pitched battle between good and evil, so we need to decide which side we are on, good or evil? 

And then we need to decide which side in the upcoming election, Democrat or Republican, represents the greater good, or greater evil, for our nation.  Everyone can see that we are at a crisis, and we have never before seen such confusion among our people.  Families are divided, churches are divided, communities are divided, as we search for a way forward.

Part of the problem is that too much information, both true and untrue, is easily available.   Just go to google search, put in some words, and hundreds of thousands of responses pop up.  What is useful and what is rubbish?

The Crux of the Matter

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crux of the matter. Also, heart of the matter. The basic, central or critical point of an issue. For example, In this trial the bloodstains represent the crux of the matter, or We think the second clause is the heart of the matter.

The crux of the matter is that we do not know what to believe, unless we have a background of information about what we are searching.  Those of us who are trained in Bible study have a background of information that has braved the test of time and trouble. That standard of informed thinking is considered old fashioned by the leftist.  The Marxist has rejected faith in God and the Bible, and will turn their anger against believers as they have opportunity.  

The Marxist rejects the old ways, and destroys its components, so as to institute new ways informed by the elite thinkers who have jumped on board the revolution.  Soon the elite are in charge, and arrange things to their own liking, and make themselves kings. And they destroy whatever they perceive to be in their way.  We have seen it at work in Portland and Seattle.  When will we ever learn?  

I copied the article below from the Facebook page of Df. Doc Carter.  You are welcome to get acquainted with her. 

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August 19, 1966 - Chinese students launched a fight for social justice to fight for the rights of the oppressed in China. It was widely believed that the 'patriarchal system' in China had been created by the 1% and held down women, minorities, and the working class. The students cried out for a revolution and change, and consequentially launched the infamous Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Students put a red band around their arm to stand in solidarity with the oppressed and called for a change on old ideas that they called the FOUR OLDS. The Four Olds were: Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas.

The movement was supported by the Chinese media.
Mass demonstrations and looting by the students ensued.
Statues were torn down.
Chinese architecture was destroyed.
Classical literature and Chinese paintings were torn apart and burned.
Temples were desecrated.
The Cemetery of Confucius was attacked.
The corpse of the 76th-generation Duke Yansheng was removed from its grave and hung from a tree.
Wealthy homes were attacked and destroyed.
Many families' long-kept genealogy books were burned to ashes.

All of history, in short, was to be removed and replaced. This was the central meaning of Cultural Revolution: That China was going to destroy every trace of its bourgeois (privileged) past and replace it with a new culture built on the principles of Maoism and Marxism.

Communist leaders like President Liu Shaoqi were taken out of power and replaced with men Mao believed were not critical of his reign.

Public leaders who were considered to be oppressive were tried by angry mobs and vigilantes.

Three days later, August 22, 1966, a central directive was issued to stop police intervention. The police were disbanded in the city and the students formed a community solution called the RED GUARD. The RED GUARDS policed the communities and punished anyone who did not agree with their ideas. Even people that supported the movement, but had bad thoughts ("wrong think") could be punished.

Though many Christians supported the movement in the beginning, they quickly became the number one target of the RED GUARDS and public trials were held to condemn them to death.

Many of those that were on board with the cause of the rebellion, in the beginning, saw that it was not really what they had signed up for, but by then it was too late. The power that the Red Guard wanted had already been given.

More people died during the cultural revolution in China than any war, famine, or natural disaster in the history of man. An estimated 20 to 30 million people were killed.

Are you listening America?

Yes, the crux of the matter is a choice between God and mankind.  There is a way that seems right to mankind, but the end of that way is the way of death.  

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life for those who put their trust in Jesus Christ.  His cross is the crux of the matter. 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

The Divide

A skillful observation may be one trained by years of following Jesus and trusting His power. 80 years helps.  (As Oran would say, "Maybe".)

A friend who has a wonderful way with words commented on my response on facebook, where I had mentioned that I only see one political party who is supporting riots and lawless demonstrations,

by saying that "Observation is a skill. Accusation requires none."

I responded that I had made a skillful observation.  

I have friends on both sides of the divide, and need encouragement from my wife and others to be kind.  But love demands speaking the truth.  

While I was thinking about this, Dr. Alveda King appeared on the news and said that we need God's Power to solve our divide.  I say Amen!

There are good people on both sides of the divide, but none of us is good by our own merit.  The divide is between those who are willing to trust in God through Jesus Christ, and those who want to trust in human solutions.  Those trusting human solutions can be identified by constant references to science and medical experts, as if our trusting our experts is the solution to our dilemma.  

The fear of death has been exploited as a political tool.   As bad as Covid-19 is or may be, it is no reason to stop living our lives.  I am in that class of people, 80 yrs old with heart condition, who will likely die if I am infected with the dread virus.  

But God has blessed me abundantly.  He has sufficiently revealed His presence in the universe, in history, and in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I am blessed to be His child through faith, and look forward to the resurrection and eternal life with Jesus.   How can I fear death?  It is a passing over the Jordan River to the Promised Land. 

And I am blessed to have experienced the joys and blessings, along with the trials, of nuclear family, one man married to one woman for life.  Such a blessing!!   God gives us direction to a blessed life.  He has revealed His wisdom in the Bible, a collection of writings that were guided and protected by God's Power, the Holy Spirit, and whose instruction is able to make us wise unto salvation. 

Godlessness in the Last Days

2 Tim 3:1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God
13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Yes, we need God's Power to solve our divide.  And God's Power does not encourage lawlessness and slander.  The moral character of a person is of concern, but the law demands legal process for accusations, and dumping floods of obvious slander is not helpful.

Dan Rather, the New York Times, and the Washington Post are not tools of God's Power.  This is my skillful observation.  They are serving a lower dominion.  They are serving the power of the human collective, the idea that people can work together by ignoring the rule of law, and demanding mob rule.

You can use your power of skillful observation to see which political party is more supportive of God's Power.  If you need expert help, please contact Dr. Alveda King.  

Friday, July 10, 2020

Seven Prompts for Faith

Last week I was contacted by an 80yr old physicist, an inventor who had seen and wanted to tell me about his invention of a pipeline that could move water very economically, suggesting it should replace the tunnel in the proposed project.  

I told him about Ezekiel's vision in chapter 47, and said I would stick with the tunnel design.

Turns out he is an avowed atheist, and had stopped having religious discussions sixty years ago.  He commanded me to stop talking with him about religion.  After a few more exchanges, I asked him to explain to me how gravity works.  He called me on the phone, and we had a ten minute discussion about politics in the Middle East, and various connections.  

Highly educated atheists are a real challenge to those of us who want to share our faith in Jesus.  My experience has been the reception of rabid insults in response to suggesting study about YHWH and Yeshua.  I tell them that I just want to examine factual information, including science and history.  But atheists seem to be afraid to open themselves to inquiry about faith in God, having decided to reject faith, and having no desire to revisit their decision. 

The Bible is a remarkable book.  It has stood the challenge of endless critique, and mindless affronts.  Those of us who believe should not be thin skinned about our faith.  We should be ready to suffer insults, and still be kind and gracious.  But I will not stop talking about Jesus.  

The challenge is to identify information that is factual and supported by science and history.  For example, when I visited the coast of Israel at Palmachim, I noticed that the stones jutting through the surf looked familiar.

The calcarious sandstone at Palmachim is very similar to the calcarious sandstone boulders that have rolled down the mountain at my house.  Our ancient stone wall was built of such stones, and from my childhood I had wondered at the sea shells embedded in the stones.  Turns out that this stone is formed in the surf of a sandy beach, of sea shells mixed with sand and cemented with the calcium from sea creatures. I am very familiar with this stone as I used it to build the foundation wall of the cabin where we live.

Yes, the mountain behind my house was once a sea coast, and the sea shells in my foundation stones speak of Psalms 104, 

He set the earth on its foundations,
    so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
    to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
    so that they might not again cover the earth.

What are some of the narratives of the Bible that have historical and factual support, and which can help us develop faith in YHWH, the great I Am?

1. In the beginning, the story of creation
2. The Flood
3. Abraham
4. David
5. Birth of Jesus
6. Miracles of Jesus
7. Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus

Why is faith so important?  Because it gives us the hope of eternal glory, of one day sharing the eternal existence of God.  

Hebrews 11:6  And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Book of Sevens

John's Revelation, a series of visions that go from Jesus to the Judgment, gives an overview of the reign of Jesus Christ, which began when He ascended to Heaven from the Mount of Olives, and will culminate with His coming again on resurrection day for the Judgement of all people who have ever lived.  Revelation is a picture of the reign of Jesus, and ends with His complete victory over the forces of evil, with the last thing overcome being death, at our resurrection.

Paul, writing to believers at Thessaloniki, gives a picture of what happens when Jesus returns. 

The Coming of the Lord

1 Thes. 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,[d] that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught P together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Paul wrote to believers at Corinth about the reign of Jesus, and he tells us that Christ must reign until all His enemies are subjected to him, and the last enemy is death.  

The Resurrection of the Dead

1 Cor 15:12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope[b] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God[c] has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

Folks seem to want to apply the visions of Revelation to their own time. Jesus gave several parables about our being prepared, because we do not know the time of His return.  

Since we meet the Lord after death, and we do not know when we will die, we should always be ready for His return, or for our death, whichever comes first.  

Many link the events of today with the idea of Antichrist, and candidates range from George Soros to Barach Obama, whoever is trying to set up a one world global community based upon secular humanist principles (atheistic communism).  Maybe Putin should be a candidate? 

But the Antichrist denies that Jesus had a human existence. Antichrist is a false teaching within the "Christian" community.

Warning Concerning Antichrists

1 John 2:18
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.

1 John 2:22
Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3
and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

2 John 1:7
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.

Sometimes the Harlot of Revelation is confused with antichrist. But the early church identified the Harlot of Revelation with Rome, the seven hilled city. The prophet Daniel promised that Rome would be destroyed by the Kingdom of Jesus. 

Daniel's Vision of the Four Beasts

7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter. 2 Daniel declared,[a] “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. 4 The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it. 5 And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’ 6 After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.

The Ancient of Days Reigns

9 “As I looked,
thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.

11 “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

The Son of Man Is Given Dominion

13 “I saw in the night visions,
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
Daniel's Vision Interpreted

15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me[b] was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me. 16 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things. 17 ‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’

19 “Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet, 20 and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions. 21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.

23 “Thus he said: ‘As for the fourth beast,
there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth,
which shall be different from all the kingdoms,
and it shall devour the whole earth,
and trample it down, and break it to pieces.
24 As for the ten horns,
out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise,
and another shall arise after them;
he shall be different from the former ones,
and shall put down three kings.
25 He shall speak words against the Most High,
and shall wear out the saints of the Most High,
and shall think to change the times and the law;
and they shall be given into his hand
for a time, times, and half a time.
26 But the court shall sit in judgment,
and his dominion shall be taken away,
to be consumed and destroyed to the end.
27 And the kingdom and the dominion
and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High;
his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’[c]

Rome killed Paul and Peter, and Nero was famous for his persecution of those who believed and followed Jesus.  Believers were commanded to offer worship to the Roman Emperor to prove their loyalty to the Pagan Roman Emperor worship cult. Those who refused to worship the Emperor were killed in horrible fashions, including burned at the stake, mauled by lions in the Colosseum, beheaded by sword or axe, even crucified upside down, as was Peter.  After Nero's death, and after the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem in 70 AD, the Emperor Domitian revived the horrible persecutions of believers. Domitian exiled Apostle John to Patmos, where John wrote the Revelation about 95 AD.

Earlier John had written that the Anti-Christ was already at work.  

Warning Concerning Antichrists

1 John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.[d] 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us[e]—eternal life.

26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you.27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

A huge division developed within the world wide community of believers in Jesus.  The believers in the East were connected by the Metropolitan Bishops of large cities such as Antioch, Alexandria, and Constantinople.  The believers in the West were influenced by Rome, which declared that the Roman Bishop was ruler of faith.  The West developed a formula for identifying the faithful.  They were required to say that Mary is the Mother of God. They taught a unity of the human and divine nature of Jesus, claiming that He is fully divine during his human adventure on Earth. 

Many believers refused to say that Mary is the mother of God. Mary is the mother of the human nature of Jesus. Jesus is the son of David, through Mary, and conceived by the Holy Spirit, the Power of God, thus also Son of God.  

But there was a sect of people who put their trust in human wisdom, who denied the human nature of Jesus.  The Gnostics believed that the physical is basically evil, and that people need special knowledge and mystic relationship with God achieved by meditation. They denied that God could live as human, and said that Jesus only appeared to be human.  Some call their belief Monophysite, one nature. 

The Monophysites were clearly Antichrist.  They denied that Jesus was human, that He lived as a human being upon this 
earth.  They denied the sacrificial basis of our salvation, and denied the clear facts of the gospel.  

The first church councils of Bishops from cities east and west debated the nature of Jesus, whether He was always fully God, or if He had two natures, human and divine.  

The biblical distinction about the human nature of Jesus was given by Paul in his letter to believers at Philippi.  Jesus left His divine position as Logos, the Word of God, and became human, gave His human life as a sacrifice for sin (the wages of sin is death), was resurrected and ascended to Heaven. There He has been given all authority and power, ruling the Kingdom of God from the Throne of David.

Phil 2:5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a]6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus Christ is Lord.  The Revelation tells the story of the reign of Jesus.  Some of the story is very disturbing, with blood flowing to the depth of a horse's bridle for 184 miles.

The Harvest of the Earth

Rev 14:14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” 16 So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17 Then another angel came out the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse's bridle, for 1,600 stadia.[c]

The earth and all its treasures will be destroyed.  Therefore what should our focus be?  Eternal life and eternal glory is offered to whosoever will have real faith in Jesus.  Not faith only, but obedient, following faith.  The faith represented by the number seven, complete in Him.

The Day of the Lord

1 Thes 5:1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers,[a] you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children[b] of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.