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Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come

Ephesians 1:20,21
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By Jim Andersen | Student of the Search | Dec. 8, 2009

The Book of Revelations, it is a book founded in The Bible, the Christians idea of the ineffable word of God. It is 100% truth, but there is catch, behind the mask of literal translations and interpretations, much evil has been done in truths name. The most recent bout of evil that has extended from the literal/historical interpretation of the Bible would not only be the hate and fear mongering toward Islam but also the End Times Bible Prophecy as well. Why is it evil? The answer largely has to do with the fact that it has led many people into the arms of inactivity in the face of evil. We all know the saying “all evil needs to do to win, is for good people to do nothing” well, the End Times Prophecy is just that. People figure that we do not need to do anything, because now is the time for God to come down and save us, while we sit-down and do nothing about the evil around us. I personally feel that religion has once again been misunderstood by the faithful and the scholarly, in regards at least to putting the plan of God into some historical and literal manifestation.

The point of my essay is to address and expand on three things. The first has to do with what The Book of Revelations is and what the real message is. As I have come to understand it through research of my own through the years growing up and doing my own investigation into my beliefs. The second has to do with making the case for action in the world, in order to combat against the unseen spiritual warfare that we encounter in this world and we as Christians are called to believe and inevitably understand as real. The third is my criticism concerning the idea that we should just sit around and wait for God to come down and save us. In the end I will conclude but not before tying my idea of Revelations to the first claim that God’s Kingdom was nigh and how people have predicted the end for a long time and have always been wrong.

Before I begin however, I feel it is important to look at what Christianity was and is meant to be. Looking at the history of the Early Christians, even before the day of Pentecost it should be apparent and true that Christianity is a spiritual community, dedicated to the direct experiential knowledge of God, and to be in union with the One True God, as stated in the Bible when Christ himself accuses the High Priests of the Jewish Temple that they, “shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”(Matthew 23:13) It should be clear that Early Christianity, possessed many qualities similar to a mystery religion, in that it was at first exclusive and esoteric. As time went on this became an inclusive spiritual community that had its own degrees of mysteries that were unveiled based on the aspirants own mentality and relationship with the One True God. It possessed the greater and lesser mysteries, which were found in its earlier exclusive and esoteric beliefs. Interestingly enough this religion grew large because unlike the cults of pagans, this one was inclusive towards the weak and down-trodden masses, for them to experience the divine truth, that previously were closed to wealthy and well-to-do pagans.

Christianity started out first as an exclusive and esoteric community, like many of the other Mystery Traditions (exclusive to certain people) of its day. The one verse that made it exclusive was largely the requirement of being a Jew. Pagans were not allowed into this ministry, it was strictly for Jews. This is shown clearly in the biblical writing where it is written, in the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman that, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4: 22) Again, showing that the originator of Christianity made this salvation and inevitably this community open solely to people of Jewish origin or belief. Like other mystery religions it too had its own esoteric knowledge and wisdom, it is through this knowledge that people learned how to return back to the awareness of the divine. This understanding of esoteric knowledge is written throughout the New Testament but most importantly it was stated during Jesus’ ministry, while he was still alive and before his death and resurrection right after the Parable of the Sower and after his disciples ask him why he speaks in parables and replies saying that, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.”(Matthew 13:11) Again, this is a general observation, the community started out as both exclusive to Jews, for even the Apostles were all of Jewish Lineage and the knowledge within this community transcended the common persons understanding.

However Christianity than became an inclusive society, taking in many different people. It was meant to hold the esoteric and divine knowledge that it carried over from its first days as an exclusive society of followers. However the question is asked, at what point did Christianity start becoming an inclusive society of followers? It takes place in The Book of Acts, where Christ told Ananias to retrieve the Apostle Paul because, he was going to use him for an even greater act that would increase the size and scope of the society when it was written, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”(Acts 9:15-16) It is by this act, that Christianity ceased being a community that was exclusive solely to those of Jewish lineage but became a community for all of humanity. However, just because it surrendered its exclusivity, it does not mean it surrendered its spiritual knowledge, quite the contrary it is exactly because it has within it “the pearl of great price” that it was to be shared with all humanity.

Christianity attracted the people who were outside of rank or the lower ranks of human civilization. The people most attracted to this Christian message were indeed the poor and down-trodden masses who were at a disadvantage in the corrupt Empire. Unlike the pagan cults, or Greek Mysteries, who were really open up to the educated and rich few within the empire this community was inclusive even to the uneducated, poor, and neglected people of the empire. This is why Christianity was such a threat to the worldly elite in the Empire, because the Empire neglected the masses and took advantage of them however Christianity embraced them and offered spiritual illumination to them, this was a concern because, if the people lived for something more than the world and the Empire, the world lost its power over them, hence why Christianity is a religion not of worldly success but of personal transformation and union to the one true God, regardless of race, culture, gender, and income. Nonetheless, I digress the New Testament is filled with statements of compassion for the poor and not being worldly but one verse that speaks of the evangelization of the down-trodden masses, is found in The Parable of The Great Banquet, where The Master of the house, has a few specific people he wanted to invite but none can make it, angered by this the Master of the house says to his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame… Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.”(Luke 14: 21, 23) Although this was written during Christ’s ministry, when it was exclusive to the Jews, it should still show that even while Christ was still alive, this spiritual community still believed in aiding the poor, rejected and the neglected people.

Now that a correct and proper understanding of the early Christian spiritual community has been established, it is time now to seek out the understanding of what Revelations means. Because, the early Christian community was indeed a spiritual community that spoke of spiritual illumination and salvation, the point and purpose to Revelations was not to make an internal and allegorical truth and turn it into some literal and physical/historical occurrence, in the future. The Second Coming of Christ was not meant to be realized with Jesus as the one unique individual who embodied The Christ, as coming back, but rather Christ who is now spiritual being made to embody himself within you and each true believer of The Way. Likewise, there is a lot of misunderstandings concerning The End of The World and The Beast, whom which modern day “End Time Prophets and Pastors” have called The Antichrist.

I find it funny, and laugh at times when I see people holding out there Bibles saying now is the time for the end of the world and now is the time for his return. Yet, every time man has made this prediction since the early days of Christianity itself I have not seen the world end, in fact I have seen a lot of evil being done, before, during, and after these alleged last days has been claimed. So it is clear, that every time this has occurred man still has not seen a transformation take place in their existence, they do not embody the teachings of Christ any more better than they did before those last days were claimed.

I think a point needs to be established, Christ himself made it very clear in two facts, the first was that the coming of the Kingdom would be within and that this coming through working and living in the world but not for the world would come without warning. Christ made it clear to us, long ago that The Kingdom of Heaven is with you when he said that, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, ‘Lo here!’ or, ‘lo there!’ for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”(Luke 17:20-21). This should immediately establish the precedent that any attempt of someone to tell you to ‘look here or there’ is deceiving you whether purposefully or not, the act of looking ‘here or there’ is done with the understanding that it occurs in the temporal or physical realm rather than the spiritual or internal realm. Likewise, Christ made it clear anyway that the time of God’s coming will be unannounced for not even Christ himself knows, it is solely the act of the transcend aspect of God to make such a decision. He made it clear that, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36). Again, what worth is it to us to try to guess when he comes? Does not Christ tell us to worry about Today, for Today has its own problems? Look at the evil that is happening today, tomorrow never comes because when it does it becomes today. Do not be deceived, let us be really allegorical or even literal with such an allegory, Christ told us the signs of the times, about wars, famines and disasters, but there is always these things, I cannot think of one year when it was ever peaceful in my time or anytime when two or more groups of people did not conflict or someone starve to death.

The second coming is within you because, the kingdom lies within you, Christ told us it would come unannounced as he proves this coming of the Kingdom with Paul on his way to Damascus leading to his REVELATION of Christ. It is in Paul that he communicates one point, that being that Christ lives within him and the second point is something Christ communicate to Pontius Pilate that his kingdom is not physical. Christ makes it clear that the description of the Kingdom, the way, the truth, the light, every word he speaks, is not for some physical sake but for the spiritual sake. He states this clearly that, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36) His Kingdom, his plan, will transform the world, but this transformation is done on the spiritual and internal level, within each and every true believer. Also to reinforce this point, look unto the Apostle Paul who while speaking to the Galatians says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

It should be clear once again, that the presence of Christ should not be seen as something outside and foreign but rather internal and more real (true) than even our own selves (ego?), it is a matter of transformation from the “ego” self to relinquish all control unto Christ. The ego self being the entity that the world, the flesh, and the devil seek to satisfy and seek to deny the ego the awareness of Christ in its short and corrupted existence. But the point is to turn the center of attention away from these three enemies of the divine which will transform the ego-self that is pre-occupied with the physical over to the realization of the True Self, the inner self which is focused upon and surrenders to the divine and spiritual and which Paul says is real when he states that, “he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man…” (Ephesians 3:16) Again, it should be clear that God will not save us, unless we want to be saved, unless we want to be transformed in our own lives, at this very minute. However the question that is really begged is who is willing to make such a real and genuine commitment?

The end of the world and its great defender is the beast. Again the beast is another allegory, it has of course today been better known as the Antichrist. The Beast is essentially all the power of the world giving its last grab for power and although we know it already lost, we must decide if we will end up as the unsaved or as the saved. The end of the world is essentially the illumination of man, that critical mass of illumination while still living in the world that essentially allows man to realize that we need to stop feeding the system that continues to exploit us and hurt us. This is why I find it to be wrong to say, that “we are rewarded in the afterlife and this life is filled with toil and suffering,” and although it is true it still seems like a paradox, I do believe that this toil and suffering is, not out of our hands, or in other words not meaningless and random. I find it that if man was able to realize the potential God had given each individual, as God’s good graces reveals, we have it within us to end the world right here and right now. For what is the world, but human society, and every ending is a new beginning, one that will inevitably transform human society and where God governs man, not in some theocratic bid for power, but in a spiritual awareness that is present within all of humanity. Likewise, we have all heard of the expression that “you are your own worst enemy” and this should ring true in the case of the Beast.

Again, viewing Revelations as an allegory and not literal, would you say there is a part of you that is filled with hate, or that hates, a part of you that wants for itself, a part that is hurt and wants to hurt? I think we can all agree that this is essentially the shadow and the untamed forces within man that must be mastered and conquered by Christ, the True Self if we are to hasten this ending. Christ had told us to give it the one thing that it cannot stand to bear, and that is LOVE, for Christ had told us that it would be right to, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 44-45) I will go over the concept of loving thy enemy in the next section explaining myself in the defense for action. Nonetheless, however, man is given freedom, this can only be done in you and others who agree, and those who disagree cannot be forced and certainly must be given the chance for God to awaken them in their own time.

In my Case for Action that I have made to people over and over again I have but one point, but it is arguably a very strong point to be made and that is the case that Man has it within his ability to change things. This change if it is aligned with God will be made manifest, but it is only through us - by the order that God has established - that God acts through and moves through us. It is only through physical acts that things were changed and God’s true will be made manifest. God moves us, whether we are against him or helping him, whether we are aware of it or not. I also spoke in the previous paragraph about how loving our enemy is meant to bring transformation to the world.

Before I start however on the power of love and what love I speak of, I must first go over the idea that it was only through Physical acts that things were changed and God’s Will made Manifest, we are moved by God. This point was made clear, when during A Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel was made, it was revealed unto us that God really is the one who moves through us when he himself said that, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”(Ezekiel 36:26-27) It should be clear that as true and devout believers, we are also meant to, “set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1: 22) For how can we say that God is in us, if we are against God’s Will to change the world? I think it is really our own egos and divided small selves getting in the way, but we are confusing it for God. Do not think I am radicalizing you, but I do want to make it clear that we must choose God’s will over the worlds, and God wishes to grace us with a sense of concern both for ourselves and others.

So when Christ spoke the famous line that we should, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 44-45) what does he mean? Well because we cannot stop hating the world until we come to terms with it or Embrace it, than we cannot even begin to Reconcile with it. The point should be clear, the world must be loved, but not in the sense of what it can offer, for the world is dead, but loved as God loves us, for this is how God reconciles with all things. The love I speak of is strong almost like a tough love as it is often called, it is not meant to be interpreted as one acting as a pushover or “mushy.” Why is it tough? Because we are called to suffer and go through pains, in hopes of gaining spiritual growth and development when we contemplate over these experiences, for does not the Apostle Paul say to us that, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:3-5) This is the point I want to make about love, God’s Love for everything fallen is transforming it is not static and “feel-good” but dynamic and very real. However, we know now that as humans we are not whole, we are divided even at the individual level, so again I ask is it not true that we are our own worst enemies? Is it not true that we also, because of our pride, tend to project our own shadow, or weaknesses unto things around us, in hopes that we do not have to admit that we are the one with the problem, but that “they are” or “it is” the problem? The point first and foremost is to work toward loving the enemy within you first, by embracing, reconciling, and transforming it. Only when you can even begin to do this with yourself can you begin to try to do it with the world around you.

For, “if X is troubling to me and I fight my whole life to get rid of X, only to see that Y is similar to how X troubles me, than I have wasted my whole life trying to get rid of one thing only to see it in something else.” But this is a projection of your own inner division, your own shadow, your own rejected self, you must work to make yourself whole and when you do, you will be able to love the world and thus end it. This of course is the likely paradox, that, in order to defeat the world, we must love God. But if we love God because we hate the world, than we cannot win against the world. The only way to defeat the world is to Love as God has and to genuinely Love God for God’s sake. For it is only through God that we can become whole and thus save the world. Therefore, my call to action for you and for all is to LOVE, embrace what you hate and know what you want, when you know yourself than you will be in a position of changing the world and your life. Apathy and Ignorance flee at the sight of Godly Love, for when you have been touched by Godly Love you know and you care.

Before I conclude, I must say that although I sound like a person of action, it is only because I was once a person of inaction. To this on reflection I must also make my case against inaction, for I feel that there is much Evil in Inaction. I have two points that I wish to rise concerning that evil of inaction. The first case is that, man always looks without to solve his problems, instead of within. The second point is one of a Christian origin, and that is on the sorely misunderstood beatitude of the one who is meek, for it has been misconstrued to mean weakness, but I can assure you that meekness is not submissive weakness.

First I must speak against the evils of inactivity by saying that while in the world, Man always looks without to solve his problems. This is the tragedy that for a while now has made man weak and complacent. However, I can assure you that this not meant to be the case; man is meant to look within. The World, is human society, it is that which is seen with the senses, it is the physical realm as well. After all don’t our human society and all human societies tend to tell us to look outside of ourselves, for our life, our happiness, our prosperity and security? If this is the case, than why would we assume that the spiritual which is at odds with the world, want us to see Revelations and interpret Revelations in a worldly, physical, and historical manner? I believe that the World wants you to look at objects and others and to neglect your own spiritual development, and because of that I feel that this is not in keeping with ending the World. It does not make sense to me. If I want to end the world, I need to look within and not without but if you are going to interpret and live by the interpretation of some physical and historical future event, you already sided with the world anyway. I think we are giving the world an advantage over ourselves and others, by giving spiritual revelation a physical and historical perspective.

If you find yourself doubting as to the interpretation I have given the world, see how it is Biblical when Christ himself speaks of the world as being pagan and obsessed with material objects, he tells us as Christians, who put the spiritual over the worldly, “do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things and your Father knows that you need them.” (Luke 12: 29-30) Food and Drink, since this is allegorical, it can really mean anything you can consume. Whether it is food or items or ideas, all of which we give our time and energy pursuing and for what?

Again, Christ asks us the question that has become so well known, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26) What good comes to a person who wastes there life away in pursuit of material things, focused on things outside of themselves, but neglects their own spiritual development. I think it is clear; the teachings of Christ, which are all about internal focus, are in conflict with the later external End Times Prophecies that have plagued Christians since the beginning of Christianity.

Some people have felt justified in saying that, we are called to be submissive and weak, and to do nothing except wait on God, but these people do not even know what God wants, for they have not looked within. I think it is time to really debunk that old beatitude that says, “Blessed Are the Meek” by examining how it has been used in the Bible for I can prove to you that Meekness does not mean it is good to be subservient and weak, but rather it means that despite being powerful those who were called meek did not advertise their power, meekness is the virtue of self -control.

Moses was called a meek man when it was written that, “The man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3) Yet, how is it than that Moses was very pro-active in his actions? He was not inactive, God moved through him and communicated to him, he was sure of what he was doing and he did it regardless of how much was against him. Surely a man who leads an entire people out of slavery and into a promised land, cannot really be called weak let alone submissive, so let me make this clear meekness is not about being weak and submissive around others and the toward the world but rather to God and God alone, for he is the only one worth surrendering too.

Again, I will reaffirm this claim that meekness to the world is missing the mark for, Moses communicated to Pharaoh (King of the Worldly Egypt) God’s will when it was written, “And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast…” (Exodus 10:3-4) Tell me, do you think someone who is weak and submissive to worldly authorities would ever speak up and tell them when they are doing something wrong and immoral? No, they will be quiet and not challenge the authority of these worldly institutions. Also, keep in mind the things Moses had done, he brought three trials upon Egypt and he lead people to freedom, this takes a lot of power, but Moses never advertised it, he used it only when God told him to use it.

If you are thinking that it was only the Old Testament where meekness is exhibited, think again, for Jesus Christ himself said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29) Yet how is it that the Son of God - who had done many miracles and used his power for good – be called weak and submissive? He is not weak and submissive unto the world for he too spoke of opportunities that he could, “call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels” (Matthew 26:53). Even the famous temptation of Christ is one that the devil himself said to Jesus saying jump off the building and God’s Angels will catch you. All these and more show of the power that Christ himself wields within and yet, he does not flaunt his power, he is humbled by it, he is meek and subservient only unto the one true God. Thus, meekness is not weakness but self-control.

In the end I feel that when yet another prophecy is missed, people will say maybe next time, but others will know that the only next time is right now. This misunderstanding, I feel will only lead to further blame against religion for the evils that transpired when we could have done something to stop the evil that made us think the end was upon us while it was happening, instead of thinking that somehow God without working through us, will stop it.

Let me be frank and repeat what I said, I think that the inaction is just part in continuing the constant cycle of making religion look bad. We do nothing, at the hour when something should have been done and we think someone else is going to stop it. Than evil once again wins another victory but by that time we see that no one came down to save us or them from the evil, and we realize that we should have done something to stop it. Yet we didn’t because we became infantile, thinking someone else was going to save us from our own faults and misfortunes. Do you not see what I mean? Haven’t we learned our lesson yet, that we should stop looking without, in hopes that we can look within and begin to allow God’s Spirit to come into our hearts with all humility, so that we can do God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven?

If there is one thing that I can’t stand – and thank God I am not God, because I probably would be a very judgmental god about the issue – it is how the masses will say now is the time and prepare for it, by suddenly getting religious but they will never understand how “now is the time” let alone really cultivate a love for God, for they only love him in hopes of trying to avoid the pains of punishment. First though, it makes me mad how all these people will hear the world is coming to an end and they will change because they think now is the time, for if now wasn’t the time they would still be carrying on with worldly concerns, but nonetheless they will get religious and put a mask of piety on themselves in hopes of scoring points for heaven but they are not doing this out of love but only out of fear and does it not say that, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4: 18) So, I also ask you whether or not it is written that God is Love? If it is written that God is Love, do you think anyone who puts on a mask of piety because they fear rather than love, will not have that mask ripped off of them in the light of truth? Again, End Times Prophecy creates dishonesty within the individual who believes it, and therefore, dishonesty and deception within society as well. When I say, “now is the time” I mean this moment, not some pre-determined date set by some being that lives outside of time.

Outside of religious text, I do recall a famous British man who went by the name of Edmond Burke and he once said that, “All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.” I cannot express this or stress this in any other way, men must act to combat evil, for if they do not combat, then they do not learn and grow. If someone is apathetic about an issue it is more than likely that they do not know enough about the issue or lack a sense of relevance to the issue. However, evil is relevant to all people because evil is out to get all people. I am not here to say I want to end evil, for The Book of Revelations has shown that only God can do that. However, God has graced man with enough concern and reason to be able to lessen the severity and frequency of it.

So let me conclude by saying that I feel very strongly that Inactivity in the Face of Evil is a Sin, regardless if God is coming or not. I strongly believe that this mentality is a subtle form of selfishness. If Moses said ‘no’ to God’s order to stop the evil institution of Slavery on his people, than would not Moses have sinned? If Jesus didn’t go along with God’s plan by falling to each and every one of the temptations of the devil wouldn’t he have sinned as well (all theology aside)? To me inactivity in the face of evil often reminds me of the poem entitled “First they came ...” by Pastor Martin Niemöller. We all know how it goes, will we just stand here and wait until the problem becomes so relevant for us that by the time we react our chance at nipping a particular cancerous evil in the bud, those chances become so slim that we ultimately die from it? I digress, the poem reads:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Consider the case of The Past, John of Patmos wrote Revelations during two crucial moments in Western History. The first is the decline of the Roman Empire and the second is the Evangelization of the poor and down-trodden masses, leading to an exponential increase in Christians. The Romans had made it clear also that there would have been no problem with Christianity if it kept to itself, and was not concerned with the large majority of people within the empire, in other words if it was not so inclusive it would not have gotten the persecution it received for about 300 years. The fall of the Roman Empire, was a time in the life of human history that showed that everything worldly rises and falls, economic, political, and social upheaval lead to a lot of instability within the Empire itself, there was a definite sense of ending and chaos. Likewise the message of one person had increased exponentially from just a spiritual movement within the backwaters of the empire to a mass following of people, whom which the common people were very receptive to.

This awareness of worldly decay coupled with a spiritual philosophy of looking beyond the worldly and temporary was the catalyst for the Christian community to see an ending that was imminent, and because all endings are just new beginnings, the beginning of Christ’s reign on Earth. The early Christians  - those truly devout and who understood the Christian message as introspective and intuitive, yet all embracing – thought they saw the second coming in their time because many were being attracted to the Christian message of transformation and saw the failings of the world around them. However today, it would appear that many have lost the original meaning of Christianity and have essentially reduced it to blind moral adherence to rules and a sense of dogmatism that makes its message to the faithful too obscure for the modern man to understand, coupled with the extroverted and sensation nature of our human society today we have turned symbolic, internal and transcendental truths, over into literal, external, and temporal truths. It would appear to me that this type of Christianity is coming to an end, and rightfully so, for it has hijacked the message of true Christianity, but sadly those who refuse to identify with this outer and literal form of Christianity are replacing their belief structure with either humanism or other religions, instead of a further investigation into the transforming and whole heartedly involved aspect of Christianity.

Look at all the other times we have predicted the end of the world, and look at how this world has not changed despite these predictions. The end of the world is right now, now is the only moment to turn it all around. Now is the moment for you to dedicate your life to fighting the spiritual warfare both against your divided small selves and the world as well. Not with physical weapons of war, but the unseen spiritual weapons of war. We cannot afford any longer to do nothing as we look at the evil that is present in our world, we cannot afford to sit down and do nothing, waiting for God, misinterpreting the words of God and putting them into literal and temporal manifestation of his will. Rise up and act, God does his will through the true believer and the true believer cannot be bothered with the literal and material words written. God moves through us, the only opportunity for change you are given is this moment. The world ends, when you are actively working for God, out of genuine love for God. Do not sit around with the evil happening in this world and be inactive, for if you do that than you already have let evil win. But keep also in mind, that the only place to be actively against the world is first within yourself and then with the world around you.

I believe now that at this conclusion it is right to make a compromise with you the reader concerning the beliefs I have of Revelations. Is the coming in the future? Yes, but not as these End Times prophets and pastors say. No, instead this second coming, this end of the world will only occur when the majority of the population or even a large minority of the population, seeks first to be transformed in their own life, to allow Christ to dwell within them or as the Apostle Paul said so long ago “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20). In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus Christ himself says “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” This should allude to us that the truth has shown us, ultimately that the things of the above are like the things of the below and vice versa. Well “As Above, So Below” can also show us that human society is only as good as the individual living in it. When the individual seeks to be transformed by Christ and allow him to dwell within the individual, than the world has already ended for the individual, but if enough individuals desire this than the world has already begun to be transformed and is saved as it was written. So I ask again, isn’t now the time to change it all around, to put an end to the world in your life and if you are successful in doing it to yourself, spread the good news of how Christ and God’s Love had transformed you and inspire others to do the same?

 

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