Great idea for a thread my friend.
Before I give my opinion, I think I should clarify some thoughts concerning God and our relationship to him.
God is the intelligent spirit behind all of this creation. God is within everything that you set your eyes on. The divine consciousness of God is the
very foundation of our own consciousness. Around this consciousness we build ourselves, the ego. We didn't come into this world with the ego, it is
something we learned to create to protect that vulnerable loving part of us deep within.
Once upon a time, mankind was close to this inner consciousness. We listened regularly to the soft whisper within and trusted it. However, we have
drifted away from that practice and now rely on listening solely to our own constructs, the ego. We do this because we have been hurt through the
systems of iniquity we have created. We have built a world of dog eat dog, thus we suppress our loving nature to survive.
This is not natural for mankind. We thrive on love. It is how we are designed and we must get back to that foundation or we will destroy ourselves.
Moses freed the slaves of egypt because they suffered so greatly that God called him forth to take them out of captivity. Moses gave the Jews the best
law he could based on their current understanding of the world that would give them freedom and Love. This lasted for a time, but they eventually
built up systems of iniquity around the ten commandments because they lost trust in God. They were taking baby steps. Instead of teaching the world
their laws and ways, they coveted them, and added to them. Men within the ranks of Judea saw what was going on and they saw that they were drifting
away from God. Since their eyes were wide open, they saw visions of what was to come. These are prophecies. Prophecies are God's way of reminding the
people that he is always watching, always involved, and always caring. The fulfilment of prophecy is proof of God. So, prophecies were made about a
messiah that would come redeem the Jews.
Christ came to correct that for the Jews. If they would have accepted him, they would have the freest society on earth and the most loving. Christ
brought but one law, that was to love one another. Christ knew the world was not ready for this. He walked the earth with his eyes open. While he
walked the earth, he fulfilled the prophecies of the old testament up to a point. However, the Jews did not accept him because his doctrine conflicted
with the laws they created around the Ten Commandments. As long as they continue to reject Christ as their messiah and his law, the prophecies of the
Old Testament will remain incomplete, and the Jews will continue to suffer. Christ was their savior, and still is when ever they decide to accept
Christ made prophecies as well. He prophesied about the coming of the Son of Man, his advocate and comforter of mankind. This person is supposed to
come and remind the world of what Christ said. He will also be witness to great turmoil in the world. Why would the world believe this man without
proof? Christ said the day of the coming of the Son of Man would be dreadful. Christ said the Son of Man would be rejected, and have a hard time
convincing the world of Christ's truth. Why? Because as Christ prophesied, many would take his name and commit attrocities and distort his teachings.
Regardless, Christ said he would come again, and he did. He comes from within, when you realise his truth is the truth and his way is the way, and his
life is the life we all should lead. That is the second coming. This is why he warned not to trust anyone who comes claiming to be Christ. Christ is
within you, just as God is within you.
Now the book of Revelation is further prophecy written so allegorically, that the prophecy isn't going to be understood until it is played out. Most
of it already has been. The reason is because at the time it was written, Rome was suppressing Christianity. To directly name Emperor Nero within the
prophecy would have been a death sentence to John (actual author unknown). Thus, he coded it in the number of the Beast. The beast is Rome, and it
rules the earth to this day. It suffered a head wound with the fall of the Roman Empire, but survived when Rome usurped Christ's teachings and created
the Catholic Church, a universal church taking the teachings of Christ, Judaism, and Roman Paganism and blending them together to make Catholicism.
The Book of Revelation almost did not make it to the Bible because when the book was reviewed, it was seen as a threat to the new Roman Empire. It was
included only because the allegory is so thick, most wouldn't understand it anyway.
So, read the prophecies of Christ, study Revelations, and even look at some prophecies from other parts of the world such as the Hopi, the Lakota, the
Mayans, etc and watch what happens this year and next. These prophecies are being fulfilled as proof of a divine spirit watching us and guiding us,
and most especially to remind us...
Love one another!!
Say good bye to the systems of iniquity, love one another, and be ready to step into the messianic age, the Age of Man.
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