A Glimpse of the World to Come
What will a world under his rule be like?
In our modern world, the words clothing, fashion, and image are almost inseparable. Change in “style” is rapid and governed by advertising, practicality is ignored, and quality and durability are not considered. Items made for pennies in overseas sweatshops are sold for what the market will bear, resulting in profits often measured in thousands of percent. There is no way of knowing what will be acceptable dress in the new world, but we can expect that it will not be a sweatshop produced, high-profit, fashion-driven industry. A person’s character will not be judged on the clothes they wear anymore than on the color of their skin. Clothing will be practical, quality will be demanded, and durability will be required. And, clothing will be available to all, as any basic need should be. We know that Jesus will teach and impress the law of love for all and this certainly will make the concept of trying to impress others with the way one dresses no longer dominate the nature of clothing.
The debate over our modern methods of health care is heavily influenced by humanity’s conditioning to the concept that the doctor is always right, drugs or surgery are the only ways to heal a human, and that diet has no relation to illness. The immediate need of humanity in areas of health will be overwhelming, and, no doubt, the miracles of healing Jesus and the apostles demonstrated during and after his life will be employed on a global scale. The poisons in our environment must be removed from the planet as rapidly as possible, which will eliminate further damage from those sources. Healthy food must be provided from the beginning, and a full community-based agricultural system will insure that supply will last. Jesus created the biosphere and every plant and animal in it. He will certainly know what heals and what harms humans in that environment. There will be health practitioners in all communities, and doctors, hospitals, drugs, medical insurance, and a massive and ridiculously expensive health care system will no longer be needed. Major problems, if they do occur, will be dealt with on a higher level. No one will suffer from chronic or recurring health problems and basic health care will be provided to all.
What would Jesus say about the existing social conditions, where three people live leisurely in an eight room house, while just blocks away eight people are crammed into a three-room house? Would he consider it fair that in one country people live in comfortable homes, while just across the border people live in cardboard shacks? And, how would he view the packing of hundreds of people into as many single tiny apartments as a designer can stack into a single high rise? Housing must be on the basis of need, not credit score and income potential, and no person should be denied a comfortable home.
Certainly, the next step, after healing, feeding, and clothing the people, will be to insure that all are adequately and comfortably sheltered from the elements. This must be accomplished immediately, and permanent housing must be quickly provided and communities formed, in order to simply stabilize the terribly traumatized population. Such communities must be designed to fit into the natural environment with the needs of that community integrated into the plans. Self-sufficiency and sustainability will be the requirement in all areas of design, such as energy and waste disposal in every home and community with careful consideration of the long term needs. Every person on the planet must be provided, not just shelter from the elements, but with a comfortable and practical home within, or accessible to, a vibrant and fully-functional community environment.
The research presented by this work shows that the Church has not followed the teachings of Jesus; they are completely ignorant about the Bible they use, and spend much more time fleecing the flock than feeding it. They have built great structures, paid the ministers and church staffs lots of money, although Jesus never told them to do this, chosen not to pay taxes on their income, although Jesus told them to, and fostered fear and intolerance, more than love and unity. They have forced the population to attend “worship services” one day a week, again something never commanded, and used those meetings to scare their captive audiences with eternal damnation, and bribe them with an imaginary heaven, also, concepts Jesus never taught. And, as scripture declares, they will fail completely in their declared mission; preparing the way of the Lord.
Will the Church find special favor in the world that Jesus controls? About the only special attention it will get is to be the focus of scorn from all those millions they led astray. Of course, there will be no need for a “church”, not that there ever was, after Jesus returns. Once the world accepts his presence and he does bring his own concept of service to society to the world, the people will be in a perpetual state of worship. It is getting to that state that will change the world we know completely. The church will not be pleased when Jesus returns and even less happy after they have to face him.
In this writing we are referring only to the Christian churches. All churches are corporations, with average yearly budgets around $400,000, taken from members, and a charitable record hovering miserably around 2%. “Church Business: The Finances of Faith“. Almost the entire budget of all churches goes to maintain the building, the staff, the services held in the building, and the programs to draw new members to support the building, the staff, the services held in the building, and the programs to draw new members. There is an amazing amount of corporate interaction within religion from the construction and maintenance to their investment portfolios. Church is a big, self-perpetuating business. Churches will no longer have the excuse that they are trying to save the world; the Savior will already be here. And, they won’t be needed for community service; something they never did anyway. There are no clear numbers available for how much the church actually serves the poor, but it is safe to say that the needy are lucky if they see a nickel of every dollar the congregation gives to “serve” the Lord.
Jesus gave final instruction to Peter on what the priority was for the church. Peter was identified as the founder of the church by Jesus,
· “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18).
Just before Jesus was seized and crucified, he made a very clear statement on what he expected Peter to do; not once, not twice, but three times, with obvious intent of extreme emphasis on the point.
· “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (John 21:15-17)
Can there be any doubt, with such repetition, that Jesus meant this as a very important mission for the church? Many use the excuse that “feed” was a metaphor for spiritual enrichment, while completely ignoring the reality that the Spirit of God was clearly doing this, just as Jesus had promised. The reinforcement of this is found throughout the New Testament:
· I Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
· I Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
· Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
· Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
In a parable, he pointed out the true relevance of serving others.
· “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:35-40)
The concept that serving the least in the kingdom is the same as serving the king is the message of this parable, obviously the core of his teachings, and certainly something he would expect any of those who claim to follow his example to follow. Some of the greatest miracles Jesus performed involved actually feeding the people:
· Jesus Feeding The Five Thousand – Matthew, 14:13 – 21, Mark 6:30 35 – 44, Luke 9:10, 12 – 17, John 6:10 – 15
· Feeding The Four Thousand – Matthew. 15:29 – 38, Mark 8:1
· The Great Draught Of Fishes – John 21:1 – 14
· Miraculous Catching Of Fishes – Luke 5:1 – 11
His message was clear about how the church should conduct itself and how we should view material wealth:
· 1 Timothy 6:6. But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
· 1 Peter 3:8. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9. Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11. Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
· 1 John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
· Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
The system of educating our children to become good consumers and slaves to the corporate state will come to an end. Life and how to cope with it, what community is and how to serve it, the family and raising children, cooking, keeping yourself healthy, the wonders of the natural world, real history, and all the basics required to help a child grow into a productive member of the world community is what will be taught. Grading and competition will be replaced by recognition of individual achievement and cooperation.
School will be the community around them, from their home, their neighbors, the workforce, educators in specific subjects, mentors, the libraries, and cultural centers. Education and development will be the responsibility not only of every member of each child’s family, but every member of the broader community around them. Participation in the affairs that make the community function will be reinforced from an early age, with the goal of insuring the child’s place in the world, which will not only be rewarding to them, but beneficial to that world.
Jesus, and those who rule with him, (Rev. 2:26) will have no need for government officials, bureaucracy, lobbyists, the millions of employees human government requires, or the politics that supports it. Congresses and councils will no longer be needed to make decisions and spend money. And, multiply this by the number of states, counties, cities, and towns; all with their own individual duplicate systems throughout the world. There will, of course, be some form of control, but considering the law of love will become the guiding principle, it will bear no resemblance to the accepted concept of government. We can be assured that it will probably be very minimal, and, considering the ruler at the top, it will be highly effective and efficient. The Law giver will be here, the law makers will not be needed.