And what group is
this that is perishing and why? They are the
group to which the Creator is not a spiritual
concern as yet. They are yet to be
They may be closed-minded
individuals who hibernate
within themselves away from the prompts
of life and who hesitate
themselves from self-induced.apathy.
They are the ones mostly eliciting
low consciousness which is their base for thoughts and actions.
They have thus
chosen to endure
suffering through the pains of this life as
their specific characters are slowly formulated,
slowly because they take no or little effort on their own. Once the general
collective consciousness improves, thanks to those who do take effort,
they will awaken quicker. What
kind of effort can accelerate
that is in a state of perishing are those in ordinary consciousness. They
live. They die. And they are mostly closed-minded individuals.(1Corinthians
1:21,23,25; 2:14; 3:19;
little or no interest in things spiritual. They are perishing because they
don't yet have the life of the Son and because of being blinded
by their own ego concerns are on the road of perishing which is the
way of living of the 'living
5:37-40; 10:10; 20:31.
3:31 "Envy not the oppressor.(original
Hebrew: 'a man of violence and/or unjust gain').and
choose none of his ways.".The
last thing on an oppressor's mind is life after death:.Job
15:20 "The wicked man travails
with pain all his days and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor."
Mostly concerned are they
of low consciousness with day to day opiates:.Isaiah
56:12 "Come you, say they, I will fetch wine and we will fill ourselves
with strong drink and tomorrow shall be as this day and much more abundant."
The Creator looks after oppressors:.Psalms
of others occurs because what one sees that he wants is eagerly desired
and so means are considered to take it. Lawyers advising any corporations
Instead of looking to the
laws the Infinite One has set up that provide prosperity for all
who know how to use them correctly, they lean to their own devised ways:.Proverbs
3:5 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not unto your
Christ in charge:.Isaiah
9:6,7 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the
government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon
the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it and to establish
it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal
of the LORD of hosts will
14:9 "And the LORD shall be king over all the earth. In that day.("that
the day when the entire consciousness of the world is love:.Isaiah
11:9 "...for the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the
LORD, as the waters cover the sea.".Our
part to get it there?).shall
there be one LORD and his name one.".Not
one of the associated events of Zechariah chapter 14 occurred at the first
coming of Christ. They are set for the
The world-shaking events
of around 70 A.D.:
Happened in 70 A.D.?.by
Edward E. Stevens
"No other persecution.(including
all the Roman ones).ever
threatened the existence of Christ's followers like this Jewish one did.
even said that the Roman persecutions helped the church grow.("seed
of the Kingdom", Apologies).
Book II, chapter 25 and Book III, chapters 5-8, shows that the Jewish
persecution was the real threat. And it was empire wide. There were Jewish
communities scattered all over the Roman Empire and Jews who had become
Christians on that first Pentecost went back to their communities with
the gospel. It didn't take long for the Christians to make their presence
and their difference known. A strong persecution immediately ensued. Paul's
letters and the book of Acts
show this constant struggle going on. It got worse as time progressed.
When it became known that Gentiles
could be saved without circumcision
and that the temple
sacrifices were no longer binding, the Jewish leaders were incensed.
They would stop at nothing to put down this new 'blasphemy'.
"All that they stood for
was being trampled under foot by the Christians. This was the persecution
which ultimately escalated into the 'great tribulation' in which several
of the apostles were martyred and exiled. Josephus
pinpoints its beginning in 63 A.D. when Festus died and Ananus II was installed
as high priest. The Jews were without a Roman governor for three months.
Ananus II took advantage of this opportunity to arrest James
and some of his companions.".It
was during this three and a half year 'great tribulation'.(c.
James, Paul and Peter
suffered martyrdom and apostle John
was exiled to the island of Patmos,
where he wrote the book
of Revelation. According to Peter who wrote at this very time, Satan
had been released and was 'prowling about like a roaring lion, seeking
someone to devour':.1Peter
5:8. Peter knew that his martyrdom
tribulation was underway.
'tribulation' fell first on the Christians.(1Peter
immediately provoked Christ to descend with His angels in 66 A.D. to begin
the outpouring of wrath and judgment upon the Jewish nation for three and
a half years.(66-70
A.D.). In the
opening chapter of Revelation, John says:."I,
John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and
perseverance which are in Emmanuel, was on the island called Patmos, because
of the word of God and the testimony of Emmanuel".
24:22 Emmanuel says that unless that 'tribulation' was stopped, none
of the 'elect' would have been left to tell the story! The destruction
of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. put a stop to this threat. It weakened the Jewish
people so much that they couldn't be a threat to the church any longer.
They had to concern themselves with their own survival. And, it completely
stopped the sacrifices. This was a tremendous help to the Christians. Revelation
promised a speedy relief to all this. ....."