The Virus Called Sin.

The Virus Called Sin.

How long has it been, since man has been plagued with sin? This is no small, insignificant, or merely religious question. The problem is serious and very real, but even more of a problem perhaps, is that we have all become so dull to and unconcerned with the problem, the disease , this common virus, called SIN. It’s been around so long we have come to think that it is normal, unaware that we are tragically afflicted, plagued , and sentenced with a Fatal Flaw: Selfishness and Death. These things should NOT be!

Man, lost, lonely, confused: Afflicted.with a Fatal Flaw

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The Time of the End

The Time of the End

There was a time not long ago when this deli was buzzing with the sound of happy customers sharing a meal together, and I’m sure one day soon it will be again, but in the meantime I sit alone in an empty deli sipping some yerba maté, listening to Old Time Gathering, and writing this short article for you. It’s currently a pleasant way to spend some time, riding out the wave of social upheaval brought on by the recent spread of corona virus worldwide.

It’s not actually full social lock-down, at least not yet, but it sure feels like it, as few people are to be seen anywhere in public at this point, let alone anywhere near our little Yellow Deli. It’s possible that this whole event would pass and we would all look back and hardly remember how strange the whole world felt at this time. But as the days pass, it seems increasingly more likely that actually, the world will never be the same again after this ongoing pandemic is finally over.

Of the few customers who have dared step foot outside of their home to come pick up a carry-out order at our deli, most have lost jobs, as so many companies have shut down at this time. How long will those businesses be closed? Will they ever recover? How long will all these people be without a job? Will they receive any compensation for lost wages? How will they pay their bills? Can the economy handle such a fierce blow? What will the government do in response, and as a result what will society look like in just a few years? Are we on the brink of catastrophe, or a great rebound?

There are many puzzling questions that one could be mulling over endlessly at a time like this, but we’re not so much focusing on any of these things right now. That’s because we know something of far greater concern than COVID-19.

It’s quite possible that what we are seeing is actually part of a great maneuver to introduce a whole new global paradigm on the face of the earth at this time. Whether it’s part of an intentional agenda or not is debatable, but it certainly seems like the inevitable direction that the world has been heading toward for a long time now.

What will that new global society look like? There are so many opinions and guesses, but we’re not really into speculating very much. Certainly a new global society could be introduced, and it could be very oppressive. But not necessarily. It could just as well come in the form of a solution to all the world’s problems and save the day, so to speak. Either way, that’s not our concern. The world will do what the world will do, and in the end we know the world is perishing and will fade away.

In the midst of it all, however, we are encouraged because we know there is a Creator, and that He is actually at work doing something on the earth in these days. He’s not sitting idly by, watching events unfold without concern. In fact, He’s foreknown this time and has been looking forward to it also.

It is for these days that He has been waiting, to raise up a whole new society of His own on the earth, to stand in the stark contrast to the new global society that is also coming into form at this time. We know we are in these days because that time, the time of the end, is described in Daniel 12:4, where the prophet Daniel is told to “conceal the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

So that’s what society will look like in the time of the end; and that is certainly what we see on the face of the earth today. People travel to and fro like never before. With air travel, you can fly anywhere in the world and arrive within 24 hours. At the time the Bible was written, and even all the way up to just 150 years ago, such world travel was unimaginable, and with continually increasing technology, who knows what kind of advancements still lie ahead even in the near future.

The other factor that marks the time of the end is an increase in knowledge. Never before has such an exchange of information and global communication been possible, all from a device that you simply hold in your hand. This technology too is developing rapidly and will certainly surpass anything we could have previously imagined in just a short time longer.

Truly, the world is connected in a way it’s never been before, and perfectly fits the description of the end times according to Daniel. So that means also that we are approaching the times in which the words of Daniel’s prophecies will be revealed and unsealed. The end could not have come any earlier, for we’ve never been in times of such great communication and transportation until now.

Daniel 21“Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided… and as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile… they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” – Daniel 2:41-44 speaks of a time when ten kings will come to power to form a whole new society that the world has never seen before. The ten kings are described as ten toes, and are referenced also in Revelation 172“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” – Revelation 17:12-14 as ten horns, as they wage war against the people of God in the time of the end.

Simultaneous to the ten kings taking power as the heads of a new global society, the God of heaven will establish a kingdom of His own on the earth to stand in stark contrast to the kingdoms of this world. Two kingdoms raised up alongside each other, in direct opposition; the kingdom of God, and the kingdoms of this world.

One of those kingdoms, the kingdom of God, is one that the world actually has seen once before, however for but a brief and shining moment. It is the kingdom that Yahshua, the Son of God, taught His disciples to pray for3Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10 and for which He offered His own life in order to purchase from death4“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.’” – Rev 5:9-10 as the ultimate ransom5 “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28.

This kingdom is the first work that He engaged in on the day the Holy Spirit was first given on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 26“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Yahshua the Messiah) for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit… and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them…  Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” – Acts 2:38-45.

Yahshua had commanded His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that they themselves had been commanded7“And Jesus (Yahshua) came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” – Matthew 28:18-20.

As a result, on the day of Pentecost, His disciples (the apostles) communicated the terms of the Gospel just as they too had received it. They taught the 3,000 people that responded on that day that they must leave everything behind8“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” – Luke 14:33 in order to follow Yahshua 9“Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” – Matthew 4:19-20, just as they themselves had done also10Then Peter answered and said to Him, ‘See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?’” – Matthew 19:27.

Just as this command from Yahshua brought the disciples together to follow Him before He was crucified, the same command from the apostles brought about the same response from thousands who all left everything behind as a response to the Gospel11Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” – Acts 2:44,45.

This formed a whole new society in which they all lived together communally in many different places throughout the region12Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.  And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all…  Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.” – Acts 4:32-35The apostle Paul traveled to many of the communities in that time to exhort them to stay on the pattern they had received at first, as there was a natural drifting coming in to compromise their special new society.

He commends the Thessalonians for keeping the pattern as it was first established in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost13“For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus (Yahshua the Messiah)…” – 1 Thessalonians 2:14.  But in many of his letters, he writes to warn various churches14“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus (whose name was Yahshua) whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” – 2 Cor 11:3-4 that they are drifting from the original pattern and don’t even realize it15“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel… As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” – Galatians 1:6,9.  He even makes it clear that he anticipates a great falling away to occur once his life is over16“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.” – Acts 20:29.

The whole new Testament is an account of the rise and collapse of this new society which was supposed to bring an end to the kingdoms of this world.  Surely they must have thought they were the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven; the Stone Kingdom of Daniel 2:4417And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. – Daniel 2:44, on course to bring an end to this wicked age. They were a beacon of light18You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:14 for the world to see what the Love of God, poured out into the hearts of a people, actually looks like, but they could not endure until the end19But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”– Matthew 24:13.

Perhaps it wasn’t meant to happen at that time. After all, only now are we beginning to see conditions on the earth that appear to match up with Daniel’s description of the end times.  So now, 2,000 years later, we anticipate the formation of a new society of ten world powers in an alliance to rule the world.  Meanwhile, right along with it, we look on as we see the God of heaven establishing His kingdom on the earth once again at this time.

So when we look out and see global crisis brought right to our front door, we are of course concerned about those we love.  The recent pandemic has effected us, and especially the older ones in our midst, much like it has the rest of the world.  How confusing and scary these times would be if not for the great hope that comes with it; understanding that there actually is a God who is at work doing something of tremendous importance on the earth. 

As I write this I consider our Community20www.TwelveTribes.org, which has been developing in places all over the earth for the last fifty years.  We truly aspire to be part of the Stone that rolls down the mountain in these last days to bring an end to all the confusion that now fills the earth. We invite you to contact us or continue reading. We would love to hear from you!

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Leveling Effect…

 

The Leveling Effect…

The Steps of Leveling

There is a principle of the evil one at work in this present western society. We call it leveling.

Though symptoms of this have been seen in previous times, it has surely reached its pinnacle in our generation. Such a principle can only take place at a time when individuals in the society have lost their own passion and vitality and have become incapable of saying or doing anything contrary to the LEVELED norm. Ultimately, it steals from the individual his very life. He can no longer stand firm in anything, is powerless to speak the things deep in his own heart, and is unable to “take dominion” over anything, being himself totally dominated and manipulated without even being aware of it consciously.

He is lulled into believing that he is satisfied and content in a leveled state of nothingness. He no longer has the potential to become what he was created to be; he is totally dull — especially in regards to his need for salvation. Putting man into this mental state is the goal of the evil one’s work.

The leveling of the individual begins in early childhood, when his young mind searches and reaches out for everything. In this present age, the evil one’s ultimate tool for subduing a child is the seemingly innocent television set. In previous generations the destructive power of leveling could be mainly seen in the press. It was one of the only “media” at that time that had the power to level society.

Certain cognitive individuals such as Soren Kierkegaard (from whom some concepts in this paper were taken) saw through the press and exposed it for what it was. Had men such as Kierkegaard been alive today to see this destruction magnified as it is by television and the other modern media tools, he would surely have been appalled.

All in a day’s work

Nowadays the “loving parent” sets little Johnnie in front of the TV set at the earliest age possible.

Who knows? He might be pacified by it, if only by observing its color and action. From then on Johnnie remains out of one’s hair. No longer is he searching and reaching, but rather sits passively and watches quietly. All his passions have been subverted and redirected into mere mental gymnastics. After several hours of gazing into that box, little Johnnie drops off to sleep, totally exhausted from his tiring day of “non-active activity.’’ As he grows older this process only matures and deepens in his personality.

Perhaps Johnnie would have grown up to be an impassioned zealot, striving to satisfy a desire deep within himself for justice to be done on earth. As he saw all the injustice around him through the years of his youth, he may have been grieved to the point that as he reached early manhood, he would have been stirred by his fiery heart to take action against it. But not so today. Johnnie’s fire has been safely exhausted through hours of thrilling adventure stories, frightening science fiction, erotic love stories, and mind-boggling quiz shows, not to mention the even greater amounts of time spent viewing the emotionless world news commentaries. All together, these have left Johnnie a heady mass of fact and fiction with no life of his own. At night, Johnnie crawls into bed, satisfied by vicariously having climbed Mt. Everest, killed three wanted bank robbers, judged and condemned to death a soldier who deserted his post in the midst of a bloody battle, and to top it off, won $10,000 by answering that one question which had baffled all the other contestants on the late, late quiz show. Yawning, he drops off to sleep dreaming of another day of challenges like the one he has just lived through.

Actually all this took place as Johnnie sat passively in his big, soft easy chair, munching on the potato chips he was convinced to buy during one of the commercials. Johnnie himself never really did anything. His own voice was silenced at a very young age. He is no threat to the leveled norm, having been unconsciously molded into the pattern of this present age.

But there is one thing that does rile ol’ Johnnie up. It is when he hears of someone who has done something that he calls “radical.” It bothers him when someone takes a stand contrary to the norm. It doesn’t matter whether that stand seems right or just. That isn’t the question. What gets to him is the fact that someone has the passion to disagree. Johnnie doesn’t even realize why it bothers him so.  Poor Johnnie!

Can You Hear Creation Speaking?

Can You Hear Creation Speaking?
As men scream for freedom of speech to support their causes, great or small, there is one voice that is being silenced and no one seems to care. It is the clear, yet ever so gentle voice of creation:
As men scream for freedom of speech to support their causes, great or small, there is one voice that is being silenced and no one seems to care. It is the clear, yet ever so gentle voice of creation:
The heavens tell of the glory of God. The creation displays His marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or a word; their voice is silent in the skies; yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to all the world.
(Psalm 19:1-4)
Since the beginning of human existence, every individual on earth has had the ability to look at nature and observe its wonders — migrating birds flying south for the winter, the spectacular sight of leaves changing color on a cool autumn day, or the vibrant display cast into the sky as the sun sets over the mountains. These wonders serve as witnesses of a good and
loving Creator.1Romans 1:20 They proclaim loudly (in their own silent way) the very existence of their Creator and what He is like. Nature is so beautiful, because the One who made it is that way.
The determined fight of a salmon making its way back to the place of its birth is one witness. It awakens awe in everyone who hears of its struggle. The salmon is a small creature, yet it knows instinctively how to return home to spawn though hundreds of miles away in the sea. The brooding hen is another. Man can barely fathom what is in that bird that causes it to care so tenderly for its young.
When we are sensitive to the beauty around us — like the way dandelions spread their seed — and begin to take note of these small wonders (or grand ones), we too can testify that we have heard the speech of nature.
The horrible injustice of these days we live in is that many of these unique qualities in nature are being altered by man, and in some cases are vanishing all together. The effects of selfishness and greed are evident in our environment — rivers and streams are polluted, animals are extinct, forests are cut down and even the air we breathe is no longer clean. In our desire to amass wealth and avoid suffering, we have destroyed the earth and many of its inhabitants. The condition of the earth is a striking reflection of the condition of the human heart.
The ecological crisis we find ourselves in today should come as no surprise. Some people saw it coming long ago — even thousands of years. The great prophet Isaiah spoke about what would happen in the last days of this age. He said that when men and women stop acknowledging God and obeying their consciences, then the earth itself would be consumed with devastation and pollution. The witness of creation, which speaks of the goodness of God, would be silenced and those who dwell on the earth would be held accountable.2Isaiah 24:4-6 Certainly, this ancient prophecy is being fulfilled. What judgment, do you imagine, awaits those who take part in the destruction of the earth?3Revelation 11:18 What will happen when the earth loses its freedom of speech, and grows silent?
The magnificent civilization that is under construction is coming at a great cost to the earth. Although people say that the earth is their mother, their actions prove they don’t care what happens to her. They do not heed her voice, nor the voice of their conscience. How will Mother Earth respond to the way they have treated her. Will she remain silent forever?
The prophets of old spoke of a time when the earth would break forth under the pain of her death throes and scream for justice. The guilt of humanity will be broadcast to the universe. These prophets said terrible times would come before the last day. Creation will cry out, not as before, but this time in horrible cries of desperation.
Like a woman in pain, ready to give birth, the earth will moan as she brings forth her final statements before the end. The entire universe will watch as planet Earth writhes in agony, pleading with her inhabitants to turn back and honor their Creator. The once soft voice of the mother will turn into a violent rage. What will she say?

The elements that have for so long been a blessing will suddenly turn to curses. The oceans, rivers, and springs will turn to blood and all the creatures in them will die. Once-pleasant fragrances will be replaced by the stench of death. The sun’s heat will intensify and the earth’s surface will be scorched with fire. The inhabitants will be burned and few will be left. Will anyone hear what she is trying to say?4Revelation 14:7
Then her foundations will split open with great force, destroying entire nations. Gigantic hailstones will fall from the sky, destroying buildings and crushing men. The sun will turn black and the moon red like the blood of a man. The earth will reel and stagger like a drunk. She will sway like a hut in the wind because the rebellion on her surface is too much to bear.5Isaiah 24:20 Why didn’t men listen to her proclamations through the salmon, the hen, the dandelions, and the evening sunset? Why didn’t they heed the warnings when the lightning bolt in a summer storm gave them a glimpse of the awesome power that she could unleash?
All this will take place before the last day can come. Only a few will even hear this final voice of warning and listen. Most will curse God and continue to suppress the truth in their conscience, not realizing that they are reaping what they have sown.6Obadiah 15
The time for final judgment is just over the horizon, but there is still time to change and hear the gentle voice that tugs on your heart. Have you silenced that voice in your conscience? Do you go past the boundaries that you know you shouldn’t — hurting others and yourself? Have you taken advantage of others, disregarding how they feel, only to gain momentary pleasure for yourself? What you do with your life and how you treat other people directly affects the world around you. This is why the earth is in the state it is in today. Do you see the connection?

What do you think lies in store for us in this young millennium? Greater prosperity? Continued degeneration? There is great anticipation in the air. Everyone has something to say because we have the freedom to speak. But shhhh… listen carefully, for there is another voice. Consider her warnings before it’s too late!

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The Bigot

The Bigot
A man hangs out a sign on his house advertising an apartment for rent. Along comes an inquiring person, wanting to check the place out. The man, judging the looks of that person, does not want him as a tenant. He may have a good reason why he refuses. Maybe the person who looked and acted like him held wild parties all night and kept him from sleeping. Now he must come up 
with some excuse why he cannot rent his apartment out, lest he be hauled into court for discrimination. “Er, Ummm … Well, let’s see, my wife put that sign out before I fixed the apartment up! Why, it won’t be ready for… gosh, I can’t really say…”
It wasn’t so long ago that a man could rent his property to whomever he felt comfortable having as a tenant, and he wouldn’t be hauled into court for it, no matter how much he hurt someone’s feelings. “Look, bud, I don’t rent to people with big ears. The last time I rented to someone who looked like you, he wrecked the place and stole the furniture. I’ve just come to the place 
that I don’t even like people with big ears any more. Beat it.”
You may think that such a person is 
a Neanderthal bigot, and you might be right. Perhaps you think that he should not be allowed to discriminate in such 
a way. You may judge him to be an 
intolerant brute, and maybe so, but this raises two questions: if you, unlike him, have learned to tolerate others, is there any room in you to tolerate him? And the other question is: if you think that such a person should not discriminate against others, meaning he should not judge others, how did you come to 
that conclusion without judging him? 
In other words, have you not discriminated against him?
You’d very likely be uncomfortable eating next to him at the local diner, wouldn’t you? So what makes you fundamentally any different than our 
big-ear-hating landlord? Is it that you are more civilized and noble than him, or just that you do not judge others and are more tolerant? How can this be? Haven’t you become a hater of big-ear-hating landlords? So who is the bigot?
The reality is that our bigoted landlord could very well face a fine or some other punishment for hurting someone’s feelings and thereby breaking the law. And maybe that’s fine with you. But if the house belongs to him, why doesn’t he have the freedom to rent it to whomever he wants to?
It’s because the real landlord around here is Colossus, and the owner has become a mere property manager.

Who Will Decide?

Who Will Decide?
In the late 1960s I lived for a year in the country of Korea. In Asian countries, protocol and social graces are of utmost importance. Failure to pay attention to some minute detail can have disastrous social consequences. A classic example of this is what happened when I was in a public building in Seoul, Korea.
I sat on a bench with my friend Jung Dae Wung. I was quite relaxed, and, in typical American fashion, I crossed my legs with the ankle of one leg resting on the thigh of the other, the bottom of my shoe visible to everyone to my left. My friend and I were conversing, when I noticed that several people seemed a bit agitated, and kept looking in our direction.
My Korean friend caught sight of the agitation and annoyed glances, then realized what was happening. He quickly told me to uncross my legs, and to put both feet on the floor. Not understanding why, but sensing the urgency in his voice, I complied. He politely bowed from his seated position, in the direction of the other people, offering some explanation in Korean. I did not understand Korean at that time, but I imagine that he told them that I was American and just did not know any better. Turning to me, my friend explained that showing the bottom of your shoe to someone is tantamount to calling him a dog or worse. It is highly offensive.
Upon hearing this I was quite embarrassed, and turned as red as my brown skin would allow. Needless to say, I never did that again. The point of that example is to bring up a question: If the Koreans and the Americans lived together in a multicultural society, who would have to give up what? Is it wrong to cross one’s legs? Is it wrong to react to the bottom of someone’s shoe being pointed at you? Whose culture is right? Whose culture is wrong?
And the chilling question is this: Who is going to decide? And by whose wisdom?
The founders of America did not think uniformity of opinion was necessary. Are we greater than they? Laws compelling men to buy from, or sell to, or hire particular individuals would have been an appalling intrusion, not just into their personal freedoms, but they would have viewed them as an assault on the very rights of conscience they had waged a revolution to secure. To them each man’s moral ability and freedom to discriminate between right and wrong, between what is acceptable to their conscience and what is an offense to it, were sacred rights. No one’s exercise of his rights could deny another person the free
exercise of his rights. But the politicians of today create “rights” to housing, employment, education, health care, etc., that others must provide, even against their will and conscience. This cannot happen without fostering a seething hostility just beneath the surface of the polite society, ready to explode when the pressure becomes too great.
When several different cultures are brought together through legislation, there are thousands of deep cultural differences just waiting to cause offense and hostility. Political correctness must, of necessity, become the rule. But who is going to give up crossing his leg, and who is going to give up being offended? In such an atmosphere, there is no genuine peace or love, and the only way to keep the lid on the boiling cauldron is more legislation. This is the looming specter of Colossus.

Breaking the Boundaries

Breaking the Boundaries
What is recorded in Genesis 11:4 was the first attempt to create a global culture:
“And they said: Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 1Genesis 11:4 The Creator of all mankind knew that it wasn’t time for the nations of earth to come together into one social order. That is why He divided their languages at the tower of Babel. He saw that they were not maintaining the boundaries of conscience and would need further boundaries to keep them from destroying themselves. Therefore He separated them into nations to become distinct cultures, each with their own manners, customs, traditions and national borders. By themselves, they would have a better chance to hear the voice of their conscience and the voice of creation speaking to them. Through this, it was possible for them to see their need for their Creator and find a way back to Him.
Thousands of years later, the apostle Paul confirmed the wisdom of God in this:
“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” 2Acts 17:26,27
God saw what sin had done to the human race. He saw the murder, egotistical pride, and arrogance in men, and what would happen if He allowed them to stay together in one place with one mind. Although building the tower sounded like the perfect plan, it would have resulted in chaos. Had it succeeded, the one united world would have been completely dominated by the evil one. He would have caused the few to oppress the many, and instead of creating the magnificent civilization that would end the world’s problems, an oppressive system would have arisen, forcing men to go against their consciences.
God’s intent to separate the nations by language, customs and manners was so that the peoples of the earth could experience a measure of peace, and in that peace grope for God. Hopefully, they would live in such a way as to make them worthy of inheriting eternal life in the nations. The deliberate separation of the sons of Noah and their families mentioned in Genesis 10 was a test for them. He wanted to see who would rise up and presume to desegregate the nations and mix the different cultures into one, in order to have dominion over them. Men have always known what is right, peaceful, and good in their conscience. It is instinctive. They were not to overstep the boundaries He had made for them. Those who passed the test stayed within the boundaries God established. Those who didn’t, tried to force people together across racial and cultural barriers, causing great strife, jealousy, and hatred. The war, bloodshed, and immorality that resulted came about because men were not able to overcome their differences nor their selfishness.
5,000 years later, another great attempt is on the way to make the world into one culture, where all language, religious, and ethnic differences are removed. Through globalization man continues the pattern of crossing boundaries as did his ancestors.
We live in an unprecedented time of increased knowledge and travel. This has been made possible through the technological advances of the information age. This time of history was foretold by the prophet Daniel when he said: “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of the age; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” (Daniel 12:4)
This prophecy began to be fulfilled in the second half of the 20th century through NAFTA, WTO, GPS, the Internet, and phenomenal advances in the telecommunications industry. This titanic human enterprise, a godless effort, is the work of antichrist. The antichrist will get the credit for this false coming together so that he can gain dominion over the whole world. The unity of the world through the alliance of government and ecumenical religions can be clearly contrasted with the unity of the Stone Kingdom spoken of in Daniel 2:44 3And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
. Daniel 2:28 4But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these… prophesies that this will happen sometime in the latter days. No one has lived in the latter days as we are today.
The global society the nations are trying to build for themselves is going to be destroyed, just as the Tower of Babel was. The scattering in Genesis 11:4 caused the diversity of culture and customs that God has maintained to a large part throughout human history. It is healthy in our fallen world to keep the cultures separated (and the religions, too). Yet Satan has also been working steadily to destroy the conscience of man and cause him to break down these boundaries.

The Rise of One World Government

The concept of a global government gained new credence when the UN was established at the end of WW ll. Other world organizations, like the World Socialists, took shape in the 1940s as well. Many men, Albert Einstein for one, advocated that international control of military force would insure world peace. They considered the issues of how to form a world government, debating what powers it would have, and how it would arbitrate disputes between nations. These advocates of world government wanted it to have military control, especially over nuclear weapons.
At that time the government they imagined, with enormous administrative and coercive powers to enforce its will, could not come about. Today, however, we are much closer to seeing it happen.
We have seen how governments of the western world have worked together, using economic sanctions and boycotts as a method of control and coercion. Drawing ever closer is a government that would destroy the independence of sovereign nations and of individuals.
There are some who strongly oppose international agreements that affect national sovereignty in the areas of environment, trade, and finance. They sense in their conscience what the results of such cooperation will be. Though they have tried hard to preserve the boundaries, they are fighting a losing battle. Since the end of the Cold War international trade and multinational corporations have expanded on a scale that cannot be stopped. Through organizations such as NAFTA and the WTO, nations willing to sacrifice their sovereignty for the benefits of increased trade and security can participate in multinational agreements. In addition, the UN has assumed a more central role in global politics since the end of the Cold War. Because of the global wars the 20th century has seen, great thought is being given to a global government in hopes that it would ensure world peace.
When a one world government gains power no real liberty will exist for an individual to remain faithful to the voice of his conscience. Freedom of choice will be removed. Global government won’t allow the people to be their own government. It will remove “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” A worldwide Gestapo system will take its place. It will be a planetary police state.
Today’s generation that cries out for globalization to end the world’s problems is an egotistical and proud one — no different than the generation that built the Tower of Babel. It is a generation that is abandoning the boundaries of conscience and therefore abandoning the boundaries of culture, traditions and morality. It is a generation that ignores man’s instinctive desire to live with those of like mind, to congregate in neighborhoods with those of the same culture and ethnic origin. It is a generation that wonders why social, political, and economic problems are steadily increasing even though they are striving with all their might to solve them by breaking down the ancient boundaries. Politicians who rally different cultures to be one are forerunners of the antichrist.
Nations have to impose laws and sanctions in order to keep order in a multicultural society. Multiculturalism pressures people to cross boundaries that go beyond the realm of natural law, coercing them to be one with a neighbor that doesn’t even speak their language or have their culture. It goes beyond the realm of how God wanted people to live in separate nations for their own welfare and safety.

Multi-Culturalism

Multiculturalism increases murder, crime, and prejudice. It goes against the way man is. It places impossible demands on people to love others who are culturally and socially different. This is unnatural — it forces people to go against their instinctive knowledge. They are told, “You can’t discriminate.” Although discrimination is viewed as an evil sin, it is still within a person’s prerogative (right) to segregate himself.
If the human race had remained united during the era of the Tower of Babel, then globalization would have resulted sooner. The leaders of that generation would have seized the reins of history and there would have been no end to their rebellion against God. Just as back then, globalization today is the proud attempt to displace and exclude the Kingdom of God. It is a satanic attempt to take over the earth in a unified one-world government.
In this day, it will take a witness of a unified people from every tribe, nation, and language to warn the inhabitants of the earth of what is to come. Nothing will stop globalization this time. There must be a new nation who come forth to demonstrate that it is only in Messiah where people’s sins can be forgiven, that these ancient boundaries have been broken down and all races and cultures can live together in the same economic unity that demonstrates justice to the world. This witness is what proves that God, the Creator of all, sent His son, Yahshua, into the world to save the world from destruction. It will bring to light the only legitimate way that people can live together and bring an end to the destruction of the earth.

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Multi-Cultural Madness

Multi-Cultural Madness
What does “multiculturalism” mean?
To most people, it’s that all cultures are given equal weight, that no one culture is superior to the other, and that all cultures should be equally respected. And that sounds really good, but the fine print reads, “Man isn’t built that way, and he can’t live up to it. It is totally normal for someone to consider his own culture and the way of life of his people to be better than others.”
Consider the rich young Yuppie in his multicultural neighborhood, sitting in his living room ready to enjoy an evening of classical music. Tonight it’s Beethoven. From one side of his house comes the throbbing bass of his neighbor’s stereo as they gather out back for some reggae. The house shudders to every note, while on the other side of his house the neighbors fire up their barbecue and boom box, laughing raucously over the grating syncopation of something called rap. Fleeing from the violent lyrics, our Yuppie hero, himself a multicultural enthusiast, shuts the windows, grits his idealistic teeth and dons his headphones, trying to convince himself that all music is good.
Let’s face it. It is just not reasonable to expect people to live contentedly alongside of others who are culturally and racially different. This is unnatural, and sometimes forces people to go against what they instinctively know in their conscience. They are told, “You can’t discriminate.”
Even though you may view discrimination as an evil sin, isn’t it within a person’s rights to segregate himself if he wants to? Why is it that integration must be forced upon people, under penalty of law? Isn’t it because it goes against the natural grain of humanity, and that people left alone will generally not choose to cross cultures? Yes, it is obviously so, and it makes the advocates of multiculturalism mad because the truth is undeniable. Yet it is totally normal for you to consider your culture as the most desirable, because it is yours. Today we find ourselves manipulated by forces beyond our control, compelling us to accept what is unacceptable to us. We can find ourselves enraged over such manipulations, and not even know why.
What happens to a person if he or she chooses to reject the ideal of “cultural diversity?” In order for multiculturalism to stand unchallenged, this ideal must be constantly kneaded into the loaf of society. You are told that if some other way of life is low and base, you still must have respect for it. Who are you to judge? Everyone is dignified; every culture has equal value no matter how it subjugates, humiliates, oppresses, and destroys. Yes, it sounds so noble that all cultures should live together in harmony, in mutual toleration, in mutual respect. But in reality, to swallow it you have to cast away common sense, and eventually conscience itself. You have to, by law.
The reason that there is so much momentum behind this engineering of man’s societies is that a one-world government looms on the horizon. Like it or not, it is an inescapable fact that has been prophesied in the Bible for thousands of years. It is coming. When this one-world government gains power no real liberty will exist for an individual to remain faithful to the voice of his conscience. Freedom of choice will be removed. Global government cannot allow the nations to have their own independence or sovereignty. A worldwide Gestapo system will take its place, a planetary police state. It will of course be more “humanitarian,” not dressed in uniform. The Gestapo are plainclothesmen.
In order to enforce this tyranny, people must be coerced to abandon the God-given boundaries of race, culture, and morality. Man must be taught to ignore his instinctive desire to live with those of like mind, to congregate in neighborhoods with those of the same race and ethnic origin. He must be taught to swallow his natural loathing of perverse and immoral people, and he is learning his lesson well.
Any nation or culture with high moral values will be strong and independent, and this is contrary to the coming one-world government. With no moral conviction to make a culture outstanding, the job is done. This has been the highly successful role Hollywood and the public schools have played in destroying the moral integrity of Americans. A whole generation is trapped in the cage of political correctness.
There is an old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Yet multiculturalism is birds of different feathers caged together and forbidden to squawk. It’s an artificial scheme, a “world vision” crammed down the throats of a humanity that would rather live in its own neighborhoods if it could.