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What is Glory?
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News Review - 16 Oct 2020
News Catch Up After The Feast

After the Feast…

News Catch-Up

Back in the 1960’s British Prime Minister Harold Wilson said, “a week is a long time in politics!” Looking at events that occurred during the Feast, it seems he might be right!

As the Feast began, we were greeted by the news that President Trump was unwell…

“In the latest hint that Trump’s condition may be more serious than his doctor and his team have let on, NBC News is reporting that the president has developed ‘shortness of breath’ on top of the other symptoms listed earlier by his doctor - including a low grade fever.” (zerohedge.com)

Then the situation became more serious…

“Donald Trump’s chief of staff revealed on Saturday evening that they were seriously concerned about the president on Friday, confirming for the first time how worrying the day was, as sources say Trump had heart palpitations and a temperature of 103. Mark Meadows, who is currently with Trump inside the Walter Reed hospital, said that on Friday the president’s blood oxygen levels plummeted and he was feverish.” (yourdestinationnow.com)

Three days later, the President was out of hospital…

“Donald Trump has been spotted leaving the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he received treatment for Covid-19. The President of the United States spent three nights in the centre after testing positive for coronavirus. Mr Trump seemed in good spirits, announcing his discharge from the hospital in a tweet. He wrote: ‘I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 PM Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life’.(express.co.uk)

One thing that this episode served was to show was the callousness of many people in the US… of how divided the nation is…

“There was a time when a moment like this would have brought the entire nation together in unity. Decades ago, news that the president of the United States was the victim of a deadly virus and had been rushed to the hospital would have been received with grave seriousness. But in 2020, much of the population responded to the news that President Trump had been infected by the coronavirus with jokes, sarcasm and death wishes.

In fact, there were so many death wishes for Trump on Facebook and Twitter that major news outlets all over the US were doing news stories about it. We have never seen anything like this before, and it says a lot about where we are headed as a nation. No matter who is residing in the White House, that individual is going to be deeply hated by a very large percentage of the population.

If the level of hatred in our country continues to grow, eventually it is going to get to the stage where our nation is essentially ungovernable by anyone.(endoftheamericandream.com)

While the level of hatred continues to grow, so do the real effects of the pandemic…

“Hardly anyone expected that things would get this bad in 2020. Once the pandemic hit and states all over the country started instituting lockdowns, economic activity collapsed dramatically. US GDP was down 31.4 percent during the second quarter of 2020, and that was a drop without parallel in all of US history. By now, we were supposed to be well into a ‘V-shaped recovery’ that would soon have Americans forgetting all about the dark days in the middle of 2020. But instead, millions upon millions of Americans have lost their jobs and are facing a deeply uncertain future.” (theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

The upcoming presidential election is almost upon us, but is anyone in America going to accept the result?

“Bill Fry, 61, is a supporter of President Donald Trump in rural Ohio who doesn’t share much in common politically with Matt Edelman, 29, a Joe Biden backer in Brooklyn, New York. Except this: They both worry about the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential election and fear an outcome that appears tainted could heighten the nation’s already frayed psyche and exacerbate violence in the streets. They’re not alone. A new poll shows a large swath of Americans harbor deep reservations about the election results weeks before Election Day and are concerned about what actions people might resort to as a consequence.” (usatoday.com)

Many Americans now find traditional values repugnant – marriage is on the way out!

“The decline in marriage and the increase in cohabitation has led to substantial growth in unwed childbearing. The percent of births to unmarried mothers has jumped from five percent in 1960 to 40 percent today. For thousands of years, two parent families have worked, and the reason they have worked is because that is how things were originally designed. Sadly, these days most Americans find traditional values repugnant, and they think that they have figured out a better way of doing things. Of course the truth is that they have greatly deceived themselves, and if we stay on this current path there is absolutely no future for us as a nation.(investmentwatchblog.com)

America is still the most powerful nation on earth – yet they are still under threat from one of the world’s smallest nations.

“North Korea unveiled previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles at an unprecedented predawn military parade on Saturday that showcased the country’s long-range weapons for the first time in two years. Analysts said the missile, which was shown on a transporter vehicle with 11 axles, would be one of the largest road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the world if it becomes operational. ‘This missile is a monster,’ said Melissa Hanham, deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network.” (reuters.com)

The world’s stock markets are based on confidence. According to some, it could take several weeks to count the postal votes. Some are saying that this delay could well cause a stock market crash!

“Did you watch the presidential debate? All over America people are still buzzing about it, because it was definitely unlike any presidential debate that we have ever seen before. But despite all the chaos, the debate gave us tremendous clarity on one very important issue. Unless there is a blowout of historic proportions, it is exceedingly unlikely that either side will be willing to concede on the night of the election or any time shortly thereafter. In other words, the winner of the election may not be known until a long time after November 3rd, and this is being called ‘the nightmare scenario Wall Street wants to avoid’.” (theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

The financial system: “…all things point to a bigger meltdown.”

“According to economic experts, an economic collapse is looming and the new stock market crash is expected to happen before the elections. Recent studies have indicated the many elements that will likely undermine the financial markets over the next weeks and today we are going to analyze those determinants and discuss how they are going to affect the next chapters of the economic collapse. Deutsche Bank disclosed to clients this week they can already ‘see an increased risk of financial disruption down the road from the growing overvaluation of assets and mounting debt levels.’ If you’re one of those who still have hopes to see an economic upturn for this year, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but all things point to a bigger meltdown.” (investmentwatchblog.com)

National Debt: $27,026,921,935,432.41 … And Rising!

“The debt of the federal government topped $27 trillion for the first time on Thursday, October 1, when it climbed from an opening balance of $26,945,391,194,615.15 to a closing balance of $27,026,921,935,432.41, according to data published by the US Treasury Department.” (cnsnews.com)

“…we are getting very, very close to crossing the point of no return.”

“Everything that has happened in 2020 so far has set us up for a grand finale that none of us will ever forget. This year we have already witnessed the worst public health crisis in about a hundred years, widespread lockdowns all over the nation, a crippling economic collapse and civil unrest in major cities across America. To say that the American people are in a bad mood would be a major understatement. Now we are less than a month away from a bitterly contested presidential election, one survey recently found that a majority of Americans are expecting violence. That is extremely unfortunate, but these are the times in which we live. Our country is literally falling apart all around us, and nobody seems to have a way to stop it from happening. And the worse economic conditions become, the worse the mood of the nation is going to get. On Thursday, we learned that another 840,000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week… Everything that our forefathers worked so hard to build is at risk, and we are getting very, very close to crossing the point of no return.” (theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

The Pope’s Answer: More Authority For The United Nations

“Pope Francis makes his best case for multilateralism in a new teaching letter, calling for more authority for supranational organizations like the United Nations. ‘The twenty-first century is witnessing a weakening of the power of nation states, chiefly because the economic and financial sectors, being transnational, tend to prevail over the political,’ the pope writes in the encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All), released on Sunday. ‘Given this situation, it is essential to devise stronger and more efficiently organized international institutions, with functionaries who are appointed fairly by agreement among national governments, and empowered to impose sanctions,’ the pope advises in the 43,000-word text.” (breitbart.com)

The Pope And Politics

“Rather than comforting the sick and needy during this global pandemic the pope is playing politics. Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the ‘magic theories’ of market capitalism have failed and that the world needs a new type of politics that promotes dialogue and solidarity. Francis on Sunday laid out his vision for a post-COVID world by uniting the core elements of his social teachings into a new encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (Brothers All), which was released on the feast day of his namesake, the peace-loving St Francis of Assisi.” (madnesshub.com)

Meanwhile, “the Roman Catholic Church is torn apart by infighting, jealousy, and greed at the highest level”.

“As corruption continues to curse the Catholic Church, no wonder my 11-year-old would rather be a witch than a Christian. With his guilty verdict for sex abuse quashed, Cardinal George Pell has now learnt an arch foe in the Vatican is alleged to have bribed witnesses for hostile testimony. It’s another blow for the beleaguered Catholic Church.

As Australian Cardinal George Pell returned to the Vatican this week a free man, after the guilty verdict which saw him spend 13 months in prison in Victoria was overturned, he finds himself embroiled in further scandal as the Roman Catholic Church is torn apart by infighting, jealousy, and greed at the highest level. At a time when people across the world face their own crises of faith, the exposure of this corruption at the centre of the Church is certain to have a devastating effect on the efforts of Pope Francis to keep the Catholic family together.” (rt.com)

It has been reported that “…elements within the Catholic hierarchy are working to utilize the Catholic Church to advance a vision of global neo-liberal authoritarianism”. The Roman Catholic Church is still trying to control the United Nations, just as it did at the San Francisco conference - at the founding of the UN.

“A Catholic Archbishop who formerly served as the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States is accusing elements of the Catholic hierarchy of operating as a ‘deep church,’ working in conjunction with the so-called American deep state

Viganò pointed to what he identifies as a ‘Deep Church’ in the letter, arguing that elements within the Catholic hierarchy are working to utilize the Catholic Church to advance a vision of global neoliberal authoritarianism. ‘The United States is witnessing the highest levels and centers of cultural influence of the American Catholic Church shamelessly siding in favor of the Democratic candidate and more generally in favor of the entire apparatus that has been consolidating in recent decades within the public administration.’

‘The Deep State, Trump’s sworn enemy, is joined by a Deep Church that spares no criticisms and accusations against the incumbent President while winking indecorously with Biden and BLM, slavishly following the narration imposed by the mainstream. It matters little that Trump is openly pro-life and defends the non-negotiable principles that the Democrats have renounced – the important thing is to transform the Catholic Church into the spiritual arm of the New World Order, so as to have an imprimatur from the highest moral authority in the world, something that was impossible with Benedict XVI’.” (bigleaguepolitics.com)

Back to the pandemic… and the big issue is that the authorities are divided, as the lockdown situation shows.

“The UK’s envoy to the World Health Organisation (WHO) has condemned mass coronavirus lockdowns, slamming the ‘ghastly global catastrophe’ caused by crashing the world economy. Dr David Nabarro from the WHO appealed to world leaders on Saturday, telling them to stop ‘using lockdowns as your primary control method’ of the coronavirus. He claimed that the only thing lockdowns achieved was poverty – with no mention of the potential lives saved. This is in direct contrast to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who as far back as April gave his full support to lockdowns, and even warned against lifting them too soon, as Breitbart News reported.” (breitbart.com)

Meanwhile, quietly and almost unnoticed, “European imperialism is on the march and preparing for war.”

“For the ruling circles in Germany, it was Franz Josef Strauss (a right-wing politician) who formulated the position as early as the 1970s that Germany has its own military-political interests and, if necessary, should be able to conduct operations even if they do not correspond to the interests of the United States. This does not mean a war against the United States, but a war against the interests of the United States.

For this scenario, Germany needs its own armed forces. At the current moment, there are still historical and legal obstacles to a strong, internationally active and independent Bundeswehr. Hence, a broader alliance would be beneficial. Thus, Germany is seeking this alliance within Europe through building an EU army. A European Army has been a demand for 15 or 20 years now.

European imperialism is on the march and preparing for war. Anti-imperialist struggle needs to stop the creeping arms build-up in the European region.” (peoplesdispatch.org)

In Just One Week… Look At What Happened!

Here are some of the quotes from the articles above:

  • “If the level of hatred in our country continues to grow, eventually it is going to get to the stage where our nation is essentially ungovernable by anyone.”
  • “…millions of Americans have lost their jobs and are facing a deeply uncertain future.”
  • “…large swath of Americans harbor deep reservations about theelection results weeks before Election Day and are concerned about what actions people might resort to as a consequence.”
  • “…if we stay on this current path there is absolutely no future for us as a nation.”
  • America still under threat from tiny North Korea.
  • Are we near …‘to the nightmare scenario Wall Street wants to avoid?’
  • The world financial situation “…all things point to a bigger meltdown.”
  • US debt tops $27 trillion – and rising
  • USA: “…we are getting very, very close to crossing the point of no return.”
  • The Pope: “more authority for the United Nations”.
  • While “…corruption continues to curse the Catholic Church”, the “Catholic hierarchy are working to utilize the Catholic Church to advance a vision of global neo-liberal authoritarianism”.
  • Coronavirus has created total world wide chaos and division, but no real answers.
  • Meanwhile, quietly and almost unnoticed, “European imperialism is on the march and preparing for war.”
What’s Next?

We can expect more lies and more deception, more chaos, more hatred, more confusion, more wars and more ‘natural’ disasters as this age draws to a close.

In a little over 400 hours, the people of the United States will be voting for their next President. The tension builds, not only in the US, but around the world. Meanwhile, in Europe, the Brexit battle continues as the deadline approaches.

As we watch the end of this age approaching, we must be ready for unusual events. For example, we are expecting a world wide financial collapse… but we never envisaged the events that are happening right now. In prophecy, pestilence was seen to follow war and famine, yet this world’s economic system is being devastated by a pestilence, the coronavirus, which seemed to appear out of a clear blue sky!

In today’s world, ‘a day’ is a long time in politics. As we start a new year, watch out for the unexpected… end time events seem to be accelerating, so we need to…

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36)

Pastors Report - 11 Sep 2020
The Millennial Way

The Millennial Way ...

"And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight ... " (Isaiah 42:16)

Judah First:

It seems almost certain – from what God inspired Zechariah to prophesy – that the conversion of the world during the Millennium, will be undertaken in a series of preordained stages, starting initially with the tribe of Judah:

  • The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him ...
  • The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah ...
  • And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (Zechariah 12:1,7,10)

When God does something, it's for a reason ... so why Judah first?

When we look at the world today – and specifically at the "christian" religions of this world – we see a myriad of humanly-devised, satanically-inspired ideas that are so often far removed from the Word of God. They seem to go out of their way to denigrate God's Law and promote the idea that Christ came to destroy the Law and all that went before Him. But this is far, far from the truth. The exception to this – though just as confused with spiritual blindness – is the religion that is found within Judaism today. The apostle Paul sums up the basic problem with Judaism in Romans chapter 10, when he says:

  • Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
  • For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
  • For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (Romans 10:1-3)

So by working with Judah first, God is showing the world that although His law is vital, mere human standards of righteousness won't "cut it". There is much, much more that is needed to bring Utopia to this war-torn earth.

Son of a Pharisee:

This basic problem within the Jewish religion was something that Paul himself had to recognise at the point of his own conversion. When he was brought before the Council in Jerusalem, he declared "I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee." (Acts 23:6) But he was no run-of-the-mill Pharisee. As a student of Gamaliel, the grandson of Hillel (Acts 22:3) he studied under the one individual who is probably regarded as the greatest teacher of The Law in all the annals of Judaism. Concerning him the Mishnah says: “When Rabban Gamaliel the Elder died, the glory of the Law ceased and purity and abstinence died." (Sotah 9:15). Paul was therefore able to say of himself with complete honesty:

  • If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
  • Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
  • Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (Philippians 3:4-6)

But once converted his entire view changed. This is why he goes on to declare ...

  • But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
  • Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
  • And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (Philippians 3:7-9)
God's Righteousness:

The standard of righteousness God requires is not mere human list-ticking goodness, but the kind of righteousness required by an embryonic God Being! And this is the standard that will be taught to the whole of humanity throughout the Millennium, in order to bring about Utopia.

To develop the quality and degree of character to properly match the "glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself" (Philippians 3: 21) takes a lifetime. It's what God – the Master Potter – is creating in us now and plans to create in humanity as a whole, eventually. As we were told time and time again by Mr. Armstrong "Brethren, you are not getting it!", and what we weren't getting is the DEGREE OF CHANGE. Nothing we can do physically – on our own – will ever be good enough. This is why Paul says, "Not as though I ... were already perfect: but I follow after" (Philippians 3:12) Christ Himself says: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) And He says this in the context of emphasising the gulf between mere human, Pharisaic goodness and the divine character God must build within each of His Sons:

  • Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to [fill to the brim]
  • For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be [completed].
  • Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
  • For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20)
Law Is Spiritual:

The apostle Paul — as a Pharisee — was utterly meticulous in his commandment keeping. This is why he was able to say, "touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless." (Philippians 3:6) . But a major problem was that he'd failed to grasp the profound, all-embracing spiritual meaning found in commandment number 10, "thou shalt not covet", and so ended up keeping little more than a conglomeration of meaningless humanly devised do's and don'ts (Matthew 15:9). It was only when his eyes were eventually opened — after being physically blind for 3 days — that he saw the insanity of it all, and how worthless it really was. And the moment his mind was given that spiritual sight, he began to see for the first time the profound nature of the Law of God and commandment number 10 in particular:

  • What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
  • But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.
  • Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. (Romans 7:7-9 NIV)

This is because God's Law is spiritual (verse 14) and the carnal mind is presently unable to get to grips with this foundational fact. (I Corinthians 2:11-14) And this key aspect is something that will be fully appreciated within the Millennium. No amount of banning C02 emissions and single-use plastic will solve the world's climate and pollution problems. Neither will banning demonstrations, or changing gun laws bring peace and safety to the earth. It is ONLY the conversion of the human heart – through the very spirit of God that will change this world, blinded as it now is.

  • The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
  • Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
  • We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. (Isaiah 59:8-10)
Written in the Heart:

The law will indeed go forth from Zion (Isaiah 2:1-3) to form the foundation of the new society in the coming Millennium. But it won't be a "tick box" approach to the Ten Commandments. As Mr. Armstrong put it:

... He [Christ] was born to be a king – in a government! And a government is ruled by a law – by a basic constitution. And that law in the government of God, in the kingdom of God is the way, the spiritual way, of give. And that is God’s law. And that’s what the first Adam rejected – was that government of God – which is that way of life, which is give. You can call it the Ten Commandments if you want to; you can call it the one word, love; you can call it the two great commandments: you shall love the Lord thy God and thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 22:36-39). It’s the same law; it’s the way of out flowing love, not incoming lust, not incoming covetousness! And not toward other people a matter of jealousy, not a matter of envy, not a matter of trying to compete with others and take away from others and to get from others. That is the way the world has been living. (The Two Ways part 1)

The principle that Paul discovered within the tenth commandment does not end there by any means. It merely forms the springboard to correctly view all of the other nine! The instruction against covetousness is something unique within the ten phrases of Exodus 20 as it is something that takes place exclusively within the heart and mind. But the same is spiritually valid for every one of the other commands, as in reality that is where each one begins to be broken. So the only rational and effective way of keeping God's spiritual Law, is to first convert (change) the heart — to one continually led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14) — something only God can do, and even then, only with our full cooperation. This has to happen with us now, and this will be true of all who become converted within the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ.

As teachers of "the Millennial Way", we'll no doubt personally experience the prophecy of Isaiah: "If you stray to the right or the left, you will hear a word that comes from behind you: This is the way; walk in it" (Isaiah 30:21 CEB). In the past some may have understood this particular verse to mean they can have a dictatorial, heavy-handed, 'no nonsense tolerated' approach to those we will be teaching. But this doesn't fit in with the previous verses:

  • Nonetheless, the LORD is waiting to be merciful to you, and will rise up to show you compassion. The LORD is a God of justice; happy are all who wait for him.
  • People in Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. God will certainly be merciful to you. Hearing the sound of your outcry, God will answer you.
  • Though the Lord gives you the bread of distress and the water of oppression, your teacher will no longer hide, but you will see your teacher. (Isaiah 30:18-20 CEB)

'This is the way, walk in it' – the Millennial Way – is God's way of life. The teaching according to the new covenant. It will be guidance, more than jumping on someone as soon as they are one step out of line. Not a spying or sneaking up on people, just waiting for them to put a foot wrong, but rather illuminating as to the breadth of applying God's spiritual law ... the way of Give.

This much bigger picture is the spiritual intent of God's Law that the prophecy: "I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts" is talking about. This is the new covenant – the spiritual agreement – that will at last be open to Israel and all mankind at the return of Jesus Christ

  • But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
  • And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:33-34)
Murder:

If there is one subject that is never far from our daily newsfeeds it's war, revolutions, violent demonstrations, and often just casual, unprovoked murder, racial or otherwise. These are the end results of a mindset, and one that Christ deals with in great detail in the Beatitudes. Here in Matthew 5 He is illustrating the difference between a carnal and a spiritual approach to God's Law. He is teaching that the only way to truly keep the entire spiritual law — the law of love, codified in the Ten Commandments and further expanded throughout the Torah — is to administer them not merely according to their letter but according to the spirit — or principal, or obvious intent, of the law (II Corinthians 3:6), which is love towards both God and fellow man (Matthew 22:36-40).

For example: right after pointing out: "That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." (verse 20) He deals with how to correctly and wisely apply the commandment: "Thou shalt not kill"

  • Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
  • But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matthew 5:21-22)

Understand that this passage is not condemning someone merely for using the word "fool" or Christ Himself is guilty! (Matthew 23:17). What is being dealt with is the same kind of spiritual grievous bodily harm that leads to murder (verse 21). It is dealing with a mental approach that attempts to destroy the person with hatred. It is not merely pointing out that someone is acting like a fool — but cursing them as a fool; attempting to drag them down and even eliminate them in the process. This would also cover the desire to ruin someone's reputation through slander. It is coveting to murder in some shape or form, which is an irrational position when we stop and consider that the final destination God desires for ALL mankind is an eternity of loving fellowship together in the Kingdom of God.

Adultery:

What an incredible difference there would be – and will be – in the lives of millions of children, if they were brought up in a loving, stable home! But in today's amoral society, adultery as a sin is dismissed as an archaic idea that is totally unworkable. But the law against covetousness ['to desire wrongfully, inordinately or without due regard for the rights of others'] specifically deals with the fact that: "thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife" — but why? What are we doing when we allow our minds to dwell in a wrong way on another person's spouse? Christ deals with the problem head on:

  • Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
  • But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:27-28)

The reality is that adultery does not begin with the act, it begins in the heart and mind — and it is there that the battle is to be waged and won if we are ever to be successful in keeping God's Law perfectly (II Corinthians 10:5). Jesus then goes on to graphically illustrate that sometimes drastic mental — and physical — action is needed in this area! Joseph would not allow himself to even be around Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39:10) and Paul commands we "flee fornication" (I Corinthians 6:18)

  • And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
  • And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. (Matthew 5:29-30)

But the key point we'll be teaching is that it's a spiritual problem and the place to avoid adultery/fornication is in the mind and heart. Any other approach is insanity. It is deluding ourselves, it is playing with fire, it doesn't work and leads to divorce, murder, abortions and misery for all concerned.

Lying:

Can you imagine a world where people deal with one another in a completely honest and above-board manner? Whether it's in politics, or buying a used car or just in our personal relationships. That clearly would be a true Utopia. The ninth commandment tells us "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." (Exodus 20:16) When we lie, we do so with our words — a physical act. But the source is anything but physical, "for of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:34). When we lie, or merely "shade the truth", it's coming from a get attitude inside of us ... whether it's to get votes, get power, get money, prestige or admiration ... or get out of trouble.

The people we'll initially be dealing with will have spent their entire lives in a world that has been blasted with Satan's deceitful broadcast – the father of lies! No Utopia can possibly exist unless the heart of man has changed and lying becomes abhorrent. It won't be enough to teach our villagers or townsfolk just to keep their mouths shut if tempted to lie or shade the truth – we need to help them change from the inside out. As Paul brings out in Ephesians you have to turn around and go in the opposite direction, the way of give – coming from the converted heart:

  • That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
  • And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
  • And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
  • Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:22-25)

Verse 25 is the key – understanding we are members of the one body and should be watching out for one another, rather than taking the advantage.

Being Content:

When most of us who are in the church think of the Millennium we do so in the context of scriptures such as the ploughman overtaking the reaper (Amos 9:13) and the physical opulence there will be for all mankind. For this, the time of Solomon is often pointed to as a precedent – a time when the entire world will be at peace and productive effort will produce unmatched plenty for all. But will such a world automatically produce happiness? Not necessarily! At the end of his life – and looking back on the sheer bounty and richness of his reign – Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, and seven times he declared bitterly that it was nothing more than "vanity and vexation of spirit". Obviously such a negative reaction cannot produce a truly Utopian world, the kind of world that the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ is destined to become. Mere abundance is not sufficient. What is needed is true contentment.

In today's grasping dog-eat-dog society mankind is anything but content – regardless of how wealthy he or she happens to be. What we are looking at is the attitude behind theft and once again Paul, in Ephesians 4, gives the solution to it. It's very much a change of heart that is required, from one that is focused purely on getting wealth for the self, to productive work in order to give:

  • Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (Ephesians 4:28)

The insatiability and covetousness with which we are all plagued can only be addressed by allowing the Creating God to convert us throughout our lives ... to change us, step by step, from our current frail human clay into His greatest creation of all time — a Spirit Born Son in His Family and Kingdom for all eternity. It is through this process, and only through this process, that we will be truly content with what we have, and more importantly, with what we are destined to become. That is the Millennial Way ... the Mind of God working in and through humanity, and as Mr. Armstrong brings out:

"But in the last days [and we’re right in those last days now, in the last days] it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains [that is the nation of God will be established over all of the nations because it’ll rule over all nations] and it shall be exalted above the hills; and many nations will flow unto it. Many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the [nation, it is, or] mountain of the [Eternal], and to the house of the God of Jacob; and HE WILL TEACH US HIS WAYS! [It’s a matter of a way of life. And He will teach us that way of life – the way of give.] And we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [that’s the law – it is a spiritual law – the way of outflowing love, go forth of Zion,] and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge amongst many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off [a world-ruling government] and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3) (The Two Ways Part 1)

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