“And I saw…them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark…And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying…thy judgments are made manifest.” (Revelation 15)
This is the fulfillment of Moses’, repeated by the Lamb’s, curses on those who know, but defy, the LORD God Almighty.
“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.” (Matthew 24:1
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This, however, was not to be the case.
Following the sequence of events detailed in Matthew 22-23 of
- the multitudes’ joyous acceptance of Jesus as their rightful king
- followed by the religious leaders’ rejection of him
- followed by Jesus’ curse on Jerusalem.
Yeshua graciously granted this generation of leadership the rest of their lives, on average 40 more years, to come to terms with his authority over them.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:37-39)
In a nutshell, what Jesus is saying is that the End of this world doesn’t come until God’s ministers are prepared for the transition of power.
When that didn’t happen by 70 AD leadership over God’s people was transferred from Jews to Gentiles in the expanded nation of Israel.
Surely we understand this on the lesser level of human government. When Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, his existing staff made it possible for him to immediately take over the government.
Surely we understand that on the far more higher plane of existence we mere mortals need to develop our spiritual abilities. Read a few of the Dresden Files books if you are drawing a blank here.
In God’s kingdom, we are meant to transform into the likeness of our Savior by following the same process he underwent – submitting our will to the will of the Father. And it’s not any more comfortable than a drug addict trying to kick a heroin or methamphetamine habit!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God…
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office…according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness…Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” (Romans 12:1-14)
Concurrently with writing this post, President Trump has been refusing to cooperate with a peaceful transition of power. This raises serious concerns for the ability of the incoming leaders to maintain the stability of the American government.
Democrats are growing increasingly alarmed as Mr. Trump repeatedly…suggests that he might not accept the results if he loses…
“He’s clearly accelerating his effort to set up a challenge to an outcome that is unfavorable to him…”
“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” Mr. Romney wrote. “Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
I had to quit going to prayer meetings, and every time someone asks me to pray for someone’s affliction, I have to bite back my response. “Please pray for God to….” How about you personally put yourself out to take a meal, spend time comforting and exhorting the afflicted, provide some financial support? Christianity has devolved into a Name it and Claim it magical process even by the most devout.
So, we are stuck on a hamster wheel until spiritual leadership muscles up.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them…all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet…(Matthew 24:6)
“Comes to pass” describes a circular wheel passing over and over again, as in a printing press.
The past informs our knowledge of the future. The Savior didn’t come up with new prophecy in Matthew 24. This list of catastrophes is the standard MO of biblical chastening of God’s people, whether the geopolitical state of Israel or the international body of believers.
So we should expect that the corrupted Roman Christian leadership was replaced just like the Jewish.
And sure enough, after a period of infighting and schism between Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox versions of Christianity, we find Islam shooting up as a branch of the Abrahamic faith through Ishmael about 600 AD.
Before rejecting this concept out of hand, consider that, like the Old Testament prophets, Muhammed called for a return to worship of One God, and righteousness in deed as well as word.
Take as an example the rule for women to be covered up for modesty’s sake. Throughout Western society only prostitutes advertising their sexuality for sale used to expose their bodies and have their heads uncovered in public. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century when the sexual revolution swept through Western culture that women in Western cultures discarded head coverings in public, and now even Christian women flaunt their bodies based on fashion trends rather than biblical guidelines.
I am not by any means claiming that Islamic countries are paragons of virtue. Any time human nature is not controlled by God’s spirit of love there is going to be abuse, oppression and victimization. What I am saying is that power-hungry Islamic leaders are no worse than Christian.
“they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” (II Peter 2:18-22)
Christian society has become a shocking cesspool to non-Christian societies.
- More than 1 in 4 women in Washington DC, United States, have experienced some form of sexual harassment on public transportation.
- According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006 which translates to more than 600 women every day.
- “Rape Culture” is an integral feature of campuses of US universities. Given the pervasive nature of violent sexual crimes in US universities, in 2014 the White House intervened by setting up a task force to investigate 139 universities, including Harvard, Cornell, Brown and Stanford.
- According to a study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden which have often been dubbed as feminist utopias, in fact have disproportionately high rates of Intimate Partner Violence against women.
- Sweden has amongst the highest reported rapes per capita at 63.5 out of 100,000 of population which is 35 times more than that of India which has 1.8 rapes reported out of 100,000.
- A student union leader at the University of Ottawa highlighted “rape culture” in Canadian campuses and how student leaders perpetuated that within their own circles.
- Over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted in England and Wales every year.
- Numerous popular websites seem to support rape and slut-shaming, and directly and indirectly encourage sexual assault.
Women between ages 18 and 24 are at the greatest risk for rape – three times the general population if they attend college, and four times if they don’t.
Over the last several decades, many steps have been taken to address this seemingly intractable issue. Title IX, a federal civil rights law established in 1972, prohibits sex-based discrimination in educational institutions in the U.S.; sexual assault falls under its purview. The Violence Against Women Act, a federal law passed in 1994 and reauthorized multiple times including as recently as last month, has created powerful responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
The passage of groundbreaking laws like these has made possible the provision of victim services, training and advocacy nationwide. Closer to home, in New Jersey, every county operates and runs a sexual violence center, and college campuses have their own individually designed responses to protect students.
What, then, are we missing?
Sexual assault, and in fact all gender-based violence, is framed as a ‘women’s issue,’ since the majority of victims are female…instead of treating gender violence as a women’s issue, what if we reframed it as a societal issue?
While Western countries are irrationally denying the interactive dynamics of rape, and continuing to promote a permissive society for women, the national rates of rape in Moslem countries is 3 times less than the world-wide national average.
Are Western countries in fact engaging in persecution of any religion whose acknowledgement of responsible social behaviors reflects badly on the consequences of contemporary Christian permissiveness?
Is India truly the rape capital of the world? Is India the most dangerous country for women? According to BBC, Indian women face threats to life at every stage – violence, inadequate healthcare, inequality, neglect, bad diet, lack of attention to personal health and well-being. Is that really the case?
The best way to judge is to look at data. That too, it must not be looked in isolation but in comparative terms. To ensure that the comparison is not lop-sided, comparison of India’s statistics on violence against women will be made with those of the so-called White Christian countries, and not with other third world or developing countries.
Providing just a sample of the much larger data set in India’s research demonstrating White Christian Countries’ average of 83% under-reporting of sexual crimes and rapes essentially equivalent to India’s 86%. Hence under-reporting cannot be considered an important factor in explaining differences between India and white Christian countries.
Under-reporting of sexual crimes / rapes
- USA – 95%
- Germany – 95%
- New Zealand – 90%
- France – 90%
- Norway – 89%
- UK – 80%
After adjusting for under-reporting,
- India has reported rape of 12.9 per 100,000 population.
- White Christian countries have 9 times more at an average reported rape of 142.5per 100,000 population.
- While America, the top White Christian country with world-wide social media influence, has 42 times more at the rate at 546 per 100,000 population, and double the next highest rate by New Zealand.
- US – tops the list at 546 rapes per 100,000
- Germany 188 rapes per 100,000
- New Zealand 258 rapes per 1000,000
- France 160 rapes per 100,000
- Norway 174.5 rapes per 100,000
- UK 85 rapes per 100,000
Clearly this distortion and misinformation campaign is intentional and driven by a nefarious anti-India and Hinduphobic forces and must be dealt with firmly and in a factual data-driven way.
One factual data-driven way to view this misinformation campaign is the awareness that White Christian countries have an average democracy index of 8.74 compared to India whose democracy index is 7.23.
The current trend in Western democracies driving personal freedoms over social responsibility and, most of all religious morality is the same track that led to the biblical account of the fall of Judea at the hands of the Babylonians, then again in 80 AD at the hands of the Romans, and is destroying America now.
“Corruption and bad government lead to inflation, starvation, disease, and excessive taxation. The last few centuries of the Roman Empire were presided over by some of the most corrupt and inept emperors in the history of Rome.”
And we are seeing some of the most corrupt and inept world rulers in the history of America.
“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken,” (Zechariah 14:1-2)
“All nations” means all nations. The Arab countries are expected to be there, but what we’re missing is that SO WILL THE WESTERN CHRISTIAN NATIONS.
And in the meantime, it is more likely than not – following the biblical prophecies as they come to pass, that Islam overtook Christianity as leaders in God’s kingdom on earth restoring worship of the One God of Creation.