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Part V, The Lord vs. Satan: SupCtHeaven aka, the Trial of Human History.. aka, Did God err?

God's Script: "Later"

SideTrips which elaborate on Part V content:
Daniel Timeline of MessiahProphecy 'Sheep' vs. 'Goats' How Revelation 'Plays' Tribulation scenario to show mindgames
Intra-Part V Links are in this red table. Italic Links are subtables.

Why Soul Cancer Begets TribulationSo Father Orders Romphaia Surgery to 'beget' RESCUE
Heb11:1 is the reasonSo Satan fathers Fake Church and TempleSatan's Fake Church: "Lord, Lord" people Tribulational Spiritual LifeChurch's Role in the Tribulation

What about the Millennium?Satan's Problem, Satan's AnswerThe Millennial Spiritual Life
Our Role in the MillenniumHow 'Footstool' Displays The Lord Jesus ChristThe Paradox of Merit, Righteousness and LoveThe Eternal StateCharacteristics of Our New Universe

Conclusion: Love         Where's the Love for those in the Lake of Fire?

Why Soul Cancer 'begets' Tribulation

The term "latter days", (en eschatais hemerais) gets a lot of pious mouthing. Bible doesn't treat the term that way at all. Instead, from Genesis 3 onward, Bible enters a pleading with respect to the progressive DEVOLUTION in mankind. The term "latter days" is a dual-segmented part of that pleading, explaining the result of man's negative volition, with respect to the Trial. For, when Adam sinned, the proliferation of decay began, as chapters like Romans 1-2, 8 explain. The OT, with its deft Hebrew wordplay, is rather more detailled in its descriptions of the devolution, but in translation you barely notice more than the fact that while Adam lived 930 years, Abraham lived only 175. Post-Cross, the NT writers all expected to die any day; many believers expected the Rapture to occur by 70AD: man was ripe for the Millennium, with the intermission of the Tribulation.

So, the New Testamental writing about man's devolution is rather clipped: latter days, end times, man of lawlessness. In 2Tim3:1, the term "latter days" is metaphorically used to denote the horror of the latter days of the individual life of a believer who spins away from God: namely, due to the list of worldly attractions which follow that verse. It's heartbreaking. You have to force yourself to turn away, leave them on the battlefield, lest you yourself dissolve into tears and become a casualty, too. Aposiopesis.

To the NT writers, the knowledge of this devolution was frequent cause for grief; so when they must write about it, they palpably stiffen; they brace themselves against grief, and then sternly admonish (i.e., 2Tim2:26-3:7, Phili3:15ff, Rom9:1-22, 2nd half 2Pet, Jude (whole book), Heb4 (whole chapter), Heb5:11-6:13, 10:18ff, 12:5ff). For there is no joy in Mudville.. the caseys have struck out. To a stiff-necked people, a stiff tone must be used. Honeyed words won't get the message across. Yet running sotto voce, beneath the harsh words, an anguish sooo like the Lord's in the OT prophecies and Gospels He gave to the sons of men: Oh, respond to YHWH, Jehovah Yehoshua, He-Who-Always-was-Becoming-the-Salvation, the Word Who Came and Left and Tachú! Comes Back! So, when He didn't, well -- there was a languishing, as dramatised in Part IVa's "Israel became Vashti" section. So, by 96AD, the final devolution of man, what he's like in his last period of history, was given to the last apostle, John. So now we have a complete Biblical story, to scarf up or spit up or ponder. Sad thing is, we'll only scarf it up if the words are honeyed. For we couldn't care less about the truth. We want our egoes petted. Thus it was in 96AD, and it's only devolved, since.

This devolution, kinda like a body writ large, thus has a certain end point, because mankind is essentially DYING. Death first expands, then disintegrates. A corpse will swell up with various gases, if left alone. After quite some time, it dries up, and then becomes powderlike, mixing within the soil. That's why, for example, maybe the universe expanding; if so, it's hastening toward an 'end'. The phenomenon baffles those in astrophysics, etc. Well, now you know why it's happening. What we 'moderns' term the Second Law of Thermodynamics, that of the universe tending to entropy, is more completely explained in the Greek of Romans 5:12, and in the earlier Hebrew and Greek of Genesis 2:17 (both verses are always mistranslated). Sin 'created' death, and death always expands until its 'fluids' completely dry up (due to death, fluid converts to gas, thus causes the expansion). Then, the mass disintegrates or implodes. In short, the Bible has never taught an infinite nor static universe, but rather a dynamic one, which can only be stable because God authored it and runs it. It of itself, cannot create nor perpetuate nor even 'improve' itself. God is Infinite, but not static: always-existing, but never frozen. Life therefore, is not static, either. Therefore everything is always moving. Here, toward disintegration. [Science is so screwed up on its theory of light that I'm not sure you can say the universe is expanding. See the text about Light and Time in Evolshort.htm; there are really serious gaffes in scientific theories about light and time: I'm shocked science is not aware of them. I'm not yet sure whether Bible says the universe is expanding. The inspired text in Genesis seems to merely say that there are fixed yet dynamic relationships God designed among all the "heavenly bodies" in order to keep the universe an integrated whole for the sake of Earth. Other passages in Bible go to great lengths to explain these relationships, because they all represent spiritual principles. But I've not spent much time on the question, so can't much speak about it.]

The term "biological determinism" first became widespread around the 1960's, as a result of two scientists' research. This, to account for the relative importance of environment on man's choices: do we love because we choose to, or is it just in the genes? The findings were startling: maybe 80% of our choices are more a product of genetics, than volition. Well, you can imagine the uproar which ensued, and today it is not politic to be in favor of biological determinism. Of course, those who like to be racist to ease their puny egos, seized on the findings as proving 'blacks' were inferior, and similar insane claims. Evolutionists liked the idea also, as it buttressed the contention man came from an ape or even an amoeba, never mind that a no set can contain itself; so this genetics-determines-man, not soul, fit right in with their agenda. In short, biological determinism became a political football; then everyone basically got tired of playing; so now, its field is emptied of the crowd, and grows weeds.

God explains biological determinism from Gen1:2-Revelation, and if you understand its secular meaning, the Divine Story will be much easier to understand. For, what everyone missed in the 1960's, was the BIBLE: it displays the truth as somewhat in the middle, precisely because volition alone is determinative.

Here's why. In Part II's beginning, there's a rainbow-bordered table early in the page which explains the underlying setup God authored for having a relationship with ALL of His souled creation (angels or mankind): "Covenants of Association". So, since the body IS associated with the soul (body is a "tent" for the soul, as David puts it), association is the method whereby the soul teaches the body, how to respond to what the soul wants. That is why Adam's sin was sooo devastating, as Part II explained: A new programming was put into the body to REACT against God. Free will was not harmed, since free will is a property of the God-created soul, not the body. But the body's no longer compatible with the perfect soul God created. Look at Gen3, notice how Adam becomes completely clueless about God, on the same day as his first sin. You'd think he never met the Lord before, and his vituperative responses when the Lord queries him, are like that of the stingy servant of Matt25:24-28; like what will happen to most believers, at the Bema! It's too much to bear!

So this sin-nature tainted body, given by Adam a new Prime Directive at his Fall, keeps on repeating in his children, mindlessly and helplessly reflecting Adam's motives IN Gen3: disbelieve, blame, fear, fantasize, hate, grab, control, and blindly -- the Energizer Bunny, so to speak. Just keeps on going and going and going.

Yet, the associative command structure between soul and body, remains intact as well. SO: if you practice a certain movement with your body, the more you practice it, the easier it becomes. This, because your body is 'associating' that it needs the muscles involved for that repetition, because of the repetition. So, it responds by changing itself, to become stronger where needed, so the next repetition will be more efficient. So it will divert more of what you eat to that area, since the repetition means that area has a higher importance than it used to have. This, in essence, is why exercise works, and why it must be sustained over a long period of time over every area of the body. That is, unless you like being sick.

The soul-programs-body structure isn't limited to physical activities, because the body is also supposed to enhance any soul attitudes you have. Emotion is in the body, not the soul, which is why you can feel. This fact, we also saw in Part II. Thus, the decisions you make, are associated with good or bad assessments, feelings, etc. You tell your body what is good and bad just as much as exercise tells it what to do. So, it 'responds' by 'remembering' all these associations in the DNA. So, that is why smarts pass on; why dumbness passes on; why fat tends to still accumulate, etc. All those genes in you, were once in all those before you. So each person passed on his 'share' of volitional votes to the genes you now have. So, if it was a good idea to be fat (and it was, for most of man's history), then a proclivity to fatness was 'programmed' into the genes, as a survival mechanism. Same, for all other physical characteristics. Mutations and One-generation skips are common, of course.

So too, mental attitudes are programmed into the body: because some past soul thought told part of a body repeatedly, a certain idea was 'good', 'bad', etc. To which, the body 'responded' physically, and stored some kind of physical association. So, when that body's genes are procreated in the next generation, the impulses follow the past programmings -- but this time, on a new soul. At which point, the new soul either gives into the impulses, or doesn't. And, of course, that new soul adds programmings of its own. Then, when that person begets, the now-mutated programmings go into the next fetus, and the cycle starts again. Notice how it's not just predispositions toward physical characteristics which are propagated, but also impulses to select or avoid, certain choices. Based on, the exact same process, as exercise. Totally biological. Because, the body is supposed to respond to the soul. So, it stores all the input it gets, as physical impulses.

So this latter storage of soul viewpoints on the DNA, is what the biological determinists had actually found: tastes, ideas, attractions, occupation choices, music and art preferences, partner preferences, and a large array of mental choices were similar across a broad span of people linked genetically, even if they didn't know each other.

So even here we see the truth: though genetic results of decisions (i.e., Adam's, which we all inherited) are programmed into those genes, it's volition which buys the item in question. So it's not true that some races are better than others, characterwise. It is true that in a given region over some long span, if those in that region consistently repeat certain patterns of thinking, their children and their children's children will be biologically predilected to do the same. Reinforcing the biology, will be the commonalities of close association: culture, norms, family upbgringings. Thankfully, God's four-generation curse is in part designed to CAP any damage. [This is a big doctrine in Bible, so it is referenced in a number of ways. "Fourth generation" (or "generations") verses are a place to start. 120 years in Gen6 is another expression of the doctrine; timelines given also reveal it. If you trace a line of kings, see if it cuts off or shifts after the fourth generation. You can do this with historical individuals as well. Sir John Glubb, who is an Arabophile, was surprised to observe that Arab royalty rarely goes beyond the fourth generation. I saw that happen when examining French royal lines, and some prominent American familes, plus my own. So you can see this doctrine play live.]

Biological predilection does not mean you are forced to become a murderer if your father was one, of course. In fact, quite the opposite: VOLITION IS KING. Remember the verse about how no one gets punished except for his own sins, and the many verses on how the children get punished for their 'fathers' sins' because the sons repeated them? Still, even though volition is king: some of the body's wants will be harder to resist, than others. No shame in that, great advantage in fighting it. Since the body is programmed with those predilections, it will have a lot more force of insistence, but so also, the gain in soul strength if the insistence is overcome. A Hamburger Hill is worth infinitely more than a hiking trail. Notice how the overcoming, flips the body's proclivities: so the 'offspring' will be stronger, bodywise. Then, the cycle repeats, with new decisions made in response to the biology 'beepings'. Over the long term, however, most people become remarkably like their relatives even if they are not near them, because it's easy to give into the proclivities. So, over the geologic span of man's history, man progressively DEVOLVES, as he gives in more and more to these negative trends.

The only counter to this denouement has been the believer. Like the unbeliever, he too battles with his own proclivities, and more often, gives into them. But unlike the unbeliever, the believer's body gets the new programmings of associated FAITH IN GOD. Since God is Infinite, one 'dot' of infinity, has a powerful impact on the body. However, since the body is 100% dead, the impact only serves like a cattle prod, irritating the body. But, with each 'charge' of positive volition to God, that charge gets programmed into the body as well; the cumulative residual effect, is mammoth: remember the verse about how Moses' eyes "did not dim"? So, when the believer's genes are passed on in procreation, those proclivities toward God which are residually retained in the body, pass on within the DNA, as well.

So, for mankind in general, what slows down the devolution, is the mixing of believer genes and unbeliever genes in each succeeding generation. So at the biological level, health improves in the next generation (or in the current one) if there have been a large number of believers, and it's a direct correlation: the stronger the sustained faith over a larger number of people, the stronger the improvement in health, living conditions, etc. The world at large might credit inventions for such improvements, but the ability to conceive and produce those inventions come from souls who have more control over their bodies: for all progress requires self-control. For the progressive devolution trend in mankind, increases instead, addiction to instant gratification, giving into the now-ancient proclivities of one's forebears (viz., all the violence in the Gen6 period, which you can read about in its morphed version contained in ancient Greek and other countries' tribal myths).

Since volition historically prefers the proclivities rather than to fight against them, the devolution keeps on going; but in some generations, the pace is slowed down considerably, and may, if positive volition is strong and sustained over three generations, even begin to reverse: at least, within segments of that population. Conversely, the reaction against God may be so strong in a generation (and we've seen many of these, viz., in the Dark Ages), that the formerly-positive programmings FLIP into a negative of equivalent force; in which case, only an abnormally large number of deaths in that generation, will spare man's progeny from a darker fate. Fortunately, when the negativity reaches such strength, wars and/or disease break out and may even run rampant, dramatically shortening man's life expectancy for that period: in the Dark Ages, for example, you were an old man if you lived beyond age 30. So the scope of the contagion we saw in Part IVc, is somewhat quarantined and destroyed, even when the four-generation protection 'curse' isn't yet (eligible to be) operating.

Still, at some point in the future, like the universe, man's biological nature will no longer be able to accomodate a soul, because the body is becoming, en masse, progressively animalistic: this, because man's progressive negativity to God will so permeate his soul, the biology he passes on -- since soul affects biology -- is too scarred. The "Spiritual Pathology" link at page top goes into some detail on the micro and macro patterns of degeneration, so to illustrate the real cause is spiritual, Gen2:17: "dying [spiritually], you will die [physically]."

Here's another characteristic of volition's impact on genes: the body's animalistic degeneration shows up in human history along a spectrum. The "gross" side, we readily recognize: violence, crime, praising/glorifying/seeking animalism (i.e., drugs, tongues, religion, certain music -- the feeling of them), etc. The other 'end' of animalism, we do not recognize: apathy. We recognize, for example, the Dark Ages. We recognize descent into warfare, chaos, orgiastic movements like Nazism, Communism, most past big religions' births. What we don't recognize, is APATHY -- at the opposite end of the spectrum. SPQR worshipped apathy; the eastern religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, etc.) have always made a virtue out of apathy; today, apathy's more commonly known by that quintessential French term, ennui.

Nor do we lack empirical proof of man's long descent. The nature of this devolution shows up historically in a number of unnoticed ways. While individuals in a population may seem largely robust, over the millennia man has become progressively INEPT. Moreover, this ineptitude is hallmarked by a diminished desire to respect AUTHORITY. The attitude toward authority had been almost worshipful, in man's early history -- a fact Jaynes derides -- until about the end of WWI. Granted, there were always the revolutionaries, the skeptics, the graffiti about a nero's lack of talent, on the city walls. There were always the intrigues, the cynics, the sychophants. But by and large, people wanted an authority of virtue whom they could cling to -- made their drab lives, better. We know this given the huge amount of folk tales in every culture, usually related to someone 'high'. Sometime around WWI it stopped being desirable to be under authority, and man's decline since has been swift. Iconoclasm is worldwide, now. Disbelief is a virtue, now. Only fools believe, love. And of course there are justifications.

In almost any past polity which attained any historical success, you find an interesting phenomenon -- it didn't survive prolonged prosperity. This, because it ascended from some nadir of animalism to become human (and thus humane), only to then descend toward apathy. Dean Manyon (sp) who apparently was the Dean of Duke University, quipped about this phenomenon. I wish I could remember how his quip goes, but it's a circle which ends with, "apathy.. and then, back to slavery."

You can pick any other country, region, period of history and still observe essentially the same phenomena as outlined above, here for the US. You'll find out some astonishing things: people in the past were FAR more adept at using language, at being self-sufficient, at conversation, at building, at sheer thinking. They would find what passes for news or entertainment today, ridiculous. Because, they were stronger. Because, we are weaker. Pick any time period you like. See for yourself.

So too, over the longer span of time and across whole cultures within that time, if you compare ancient literature or cultural ideas, you find out that honor and courage were really valued, compared to 'now'. Side-by-side with the largely-violent nature of the times, was a genuine preference for honor, courage, noble reasons, appreciation of the fine. Herodotus, for example, spent most of his life, seems like, writing his History. In it he constantly shows a real reverence for honor and virtue. To speak against the king was really NOT desired by people in his day, and he tries to avoid aspersions.

Notice the key to devolution: the values in the soul, DEGRADE. This weakens the body, which is a helpless bucket of biology, so it passes on the proclivities programmed into it, to the next generation. So, when God imputes a soul to that next body at birth, the body has a bigger degrading influence on the soul: to which, the soul inevitably caves in. So at some point, the body is too bad to warrant making yet another soul. Thus, history will end.

Hence 'soul cancer' comes from the 'body cancer' of rejecting God; each subsequent generation deepens the body cancer by giving in to the body's urges; then, the next biological generation becomes worse. As a result, progressively-more-shocking events must occur, to enable the soul to break free of its own programmings; to break free of the body. But none of these events work, on their own. The volition must turn to GOD to "be healed". For, the soul is immaterial, and God is the maker of the soul, and God is immaterial. All the dieting, positive thinking, political programs and other folderol will only ineptly address the body, since only the soul's volition, is king. The progressive ineptitude of mankind actually accelerates, when man thinks his inept 'solutions', are working. Just like cancer: it seems to go in remission; meanwhile, you're maybe being killed faster by the chemotherapy, itself. [Sidenote: this medical problem with "chemo" is just now being recognized, and there really is nothing anyone can do about it, since it cannot be predicted how the body will react. Sometimes it's wildly successful. But chemo tends to wear down the body's immunities, so the patient who reacts to it might get some other disease (like even the flu) which his body can't fight; so dies of that disease. So the patient is taking a risk to undergo chemotherapy, and should carefully consider his alternatives. Be sure to believe in Christ. Then, no matter what happens in your life, you go to heaven; and, while still down here, nothing in your life will ever be an accident, but a blessing.]

So, instead of man recognizing that his proclivities are but body urges he should resist, he mistakes them for his own true wants and desires. It's truly embarrassing. Here we all are, we moderns soooo proud of our achievements, and yet we are marionetted by corpuscles which themselves, are puppets of long-dead ancestral programmings! We mistake those old programmings even more insanely for past lives, dejá vu; for self-worth or self-worthlessness; we treat our looks and our feelings as if valid(!) of some cosmic truth, and spend all manner of time and money on them. Yeah, we're just animals. Biology says we are. Yet animals don't do the stupid things we humans do.

So because man mistakes his body for his soul, he becomes ever more addicted to body definitions of soul-oriented concepts like love, life, honor, integrity, virtue. So deems body stuff, spirituality. So deems God, someone to bargain with. So deems NO god, so he himself can become one. It's the same old story, every generation. But as time has passed, each new generation is DEgenerating. So, at some point, all this fantasy-body life, needs a wake-up call from the One Person Who can rescue it: God.

So Father Orders Romphaia Surgery to 'beget' RESCUE during the Tribulation

Salvation is a MEDICAL thing, since all rescue, is intended to SAVE LIFE; so "salvation" is not a cultural, religious, or national-identity thing. Our condition in Adam is a biological problem, and hence is a medical problem. Technically, we are spiritually DEAD to God from birth onward, unless we believe in Christ before our body, dies. This was not the initial design, as we saw in Part II: man was designed to be integrated with God by means of a human spirit. But, the human spirit requires sinlessness for its survival. Body health is thus keyed to the spiritual health, and if the soul sins, the connection is severed; human spirit in Adam, died. So the Cross is first and foremost a Rescue Operation For Mankind, such that if man BELIEVES in Christ, an indestructible human spirit, can be had. So the body one has at the spiritual birth (John 3:16) runs its course, and a new body is inherited at death (1Cor15). This structure is justifiable because of the Cross, and of course God is Omnipotent, so He can do it. But, He never coerces.

The soul never dies, and since by nature it is self-programming due to volition, whatever it 'programmed' by the body's date of death -- remains the structure of that soul. So via many repetitions of negative volition, it becomes so "hardened" (Bible keyword), that while always retaining free will, the person will never change his mind, no matter what proof he has of God (viz., the guy in Luke 16:20ff). Psychology and biology folk have long known there is an extremely important link between attitude and mental/physical health. Well, the link, is spiritual. That, they can't address, so they deal with the middle data, like observations, laboratory results, etc. But God deals with what man cannot test: the nature of the soul. And here, the connection between soul and body is such that the body will degenerate too much over the eons of man's history, for man to be perpetuated. Thus, history will end. Thus, it ends in a Tribulation, Millennium, etc. Thus, each of us faces the intolerable choice of our own deaths, and where we shall live, afterwards. Intolerable, because we can't handle 'the hereafter'. So, we make up little ideas, or believe partial truths, or -- whatever. Which beliefs, determine what our life will be, 'hereafter'.

When "9/11" occurred, it was natural for us all to react with disbelief. That's why we kept on having to watch those horrible videos of the event, over and over and over again. Brain's biology sends up 'disbelief' due to Adam's sin of disbelief, as Part II explained in detail; the brain 'thinks' it thus 'protects' the conscious mind from shock. So you have to override the instinct and FORCE yourself to accept the shock. That's normal, too. Absent sufficient volitional force to the contrary, the brain then dumps what's too shocking to accept into the subconscious mind. It's not entirely a volitional function. So if you, like me, find yourself shaking your head in disbelief at the shock which follows on this webpage, then you are normal.

Another common kind of disbelief due to shock manifests in something psychologists call "rationalization". We all do this frequently. Pressure of circumstance, discomfort over some topic, even some physical malady as routine as a cold can all lead to this autonomic function of the body as well. Volition, however, by Divine Design, is what 'gives' any thought hitting the soul, power. You 'rule' on everything, from whether you go to the bathroom, or -- accept a false idea about God. Doesn't matter if you don't realize it's happening (which is also normal). Rationalization 'cooks' the discomforting 'truth' into a palatable 'dish' your volition will accept. Note that 'truth' is in single quotes, meaning it might not BE true, but (at least subconsciously) you think it's true.

Non-organic mental illness begins in all cases because some truth is discomfitting, so volition must reject or 'cook' it -- repeatedly. We all inherited Adam's craziness, so we will seem normal to each other, and call 'crazy' only that insanity which is far more developed than our own; or, even more crazy, what differs from our milieu. So the person who thinks it sane to never eat in restaurants because 'you never know what goes on in those kitchens', will think it insane that someone eats out regularly. And, vice versa. Obviously only one of these answers is the truth. So, when a person persistently believes over a long period of time a number of lies, they proliferate and create a cancer of soul. It takes a very long time, typically, for this to happen. And it is extremely common, so we won't recognize the mental illness for what it is. In fact, we will call it virtue, especially when the proliferated lies 'eaten', are about God.

Anytime a person rejects what he thinks is true or what is really true; any time a person 'cooks' what he thinks (or really is) true, he scars himself. Technically, the rejection causes a shock, so the UNaccepted truth "dumps" into the subconscious mind; then, the subconscious mind, with volition's help (for volition needs to recharacterise the information) will 'cook' a mutation of that truth. The person thus deadens, and hence, scars.

Consequently, when real truth is rejected or cooked, as compared to mistaken 'truth', the scarring is far worse. And, it shows. Not, to the person who's doing this (which is all of us, and every day), but to those outside the person. Prolonged repetition of these rejections and cookings will result in even the goofiest of ideas, being acceptable -- for the more a thing is rejected/cooked, the more strength and need to reject/cook, accrue. At some point, the entire house-of-cards, falls; and the person will think or do something even he recognizes, as nutty. Like, strap bombs to yourself in the name of Allah. Like, fly a plane into a building of people you never even met, killing the innocent along with those you rationalized as 'guilty'. Like, though being the victim of such an attack, instead spending time on unconstitutional Federal legislation prohibiting homosexual marriage by states -- though trained in constitutional law. This latter example, of course, is an aggregate one. For, when enough individuals IN a nation reject/cook the truth too much, they in aggregate do something patently nutty.

Clearly, then, this nuttiness can be so 'advanced', outside intervention of a traumatic nature, is vital. Like cancer which is metastasizing, the proliferation of lies needs an Outside Surgeon, if the person is to survive. Unless, of course, it is too late.

Thus one who remains negative to God during the Tribulation, has undergone the above shock-dumps so many times, many cataclysmic events are needed to free the mind. Worse, as so many others then are like-minded, the inter-human reinforcement will rationalize as 'virtue', remaining negative. So the entire devolution, accelerates; and it becomes, too late.

Think of how surgery is needed to excise a tumor. Well, volition creates its own psychological tumors with respect to any area you can imagine: you know, a kid is traumatized when young and thus doesn't 'remember' the event. The phenomenon has a wide variety of names in psychology to quicken diagnosis and treatment which usually don't work, since the cause is volitional. Brain is the hardware for the soul. So if the soul is traumatized, brain will 'respond' with protection subroutines -- but the soul accepts them. So, a person's soul wiring, as it were, becomes tangled, the more shock-dumps he has. A psychiatrist can only help the person find these mangled connections and help the patient motivate himself to reconnect 'the dots' -- it ain't easy. Years ago there was a great book titled Daybreak (L'enfer des ombres, in French) which took the reader through the tortured life of a psychiatrist and a patient with whom he fell in love.

God's treatment is surgery, Heb4:12, the Machaira ("knife") of the Word. We saw in Part III how it works: God delicately and gradually replaces ideas you had with the new and true ideas you learn in His Word, at each successive, discrete, consent. It's ALL volitional, though only God's Power, can do this highly delicate task. Another popular Bible sword word is Romphaia, which was a long broadsword (you had to raise it high to kill someone). Bible tends to use romphaia for disciplinary surgery, since you didn't want to go under the "knife" with respect to 'whatever' prompted the romphaia in the first place. So we all are getting God's Surgery, with one or the other of these two 'swords', however positive or negative we are; but the folks in the Tribulation are in so dire a need, even many undeniably-GOD-produced actions (aka 'miracles') don't help. Or, only barely help. The disbelief at that point, is impossible to dislodge. This is the only reason why Hell exists, as you will see, if you finish reading this webpage.

Bible's Greek (and Hebrew) will call such soul tumors by a lot of names: all of these in the original languages make it blatantly clear that the person does it to himself. The original language verbs are many, and they each depict stages of progressive degeneration: unfortunately, these different verbs are all usually rendered with the same English word, "hard" or "harden"; so you don't see what God is saying. When, for example, Pharaoh became more and more and more negative, he began to accuse God -- so, God plays on that, 'blaming' Himself, in Exodus 9:12 -- but there are many hardenings in Chapter 7-9, preceding. He does it again, in Isa45:7, where "evil" should be translated "the evil one", meaning Satan. See, Satan's always accusing God and us. So, look: if God never created Satan in the first place; never created Pharaoh in the first place, neither of them would be able to do anything wrong, huh. OH! So it MUST be God's FAULT! [Nerd note: that verse is a parallelism with "darkness", meaning God did not create the darkness of Genesis 1. My pastor spent a lot of time exegeting for us various other Bible verses, so we could all be clear on the fact that Genesis (which means Origin Of Man, in Greek, not origin of Creation) represents the restoration of the Earth after Satan trashed it; restored by the Holy Spirit like a mothering HEN, for Trial purposes. "1975 Genesis" is the name of the tape series, so you can see he's been teaching it for a very long time. Paradox.htm has more details at the beginning of its page.]

So the Tribulation's gruesomeness is designed to soften, enlighten a scarred, dark soul; yes, what happens are also judgement/punishments, but God only punishes in order to bless: He already got paid at the Cross, obviously (else there'd BE no Cross). So these judgements/punishments are for the benefit of the recipients. They need the surgery, and badly. Having already sent His Son to pay for the whole world (1Jn2:2, +"pas" verses on salvation), He has a vested interest in rescuing those already paid for by His Son.

But, He won't coerce volition. God thus will do all but coerce, to rescue people so trapped in their barnacled negativity to Him; so, He has to resort to some often grisly, options. Remember, this is the God Who Had His Son's Humanity Pay for our sins -- so we're NOT talking a sadist, here. He won't put a soul in a womb because then the person would be trapped, dependent, tortured for the gestation period, and He won't put His Son on the Cross if the Son didn't yearn for it (see Luke 22, Heb12:2), so He won't put mankind to even a sliver of pain, unless He must, to RESCUE us. For, that's what both the Hebrew and Greek words often translated "save", really first mean: rescue.

The top o' page "sidetrips" elaborate, but here's the gist of the Surgery going on during the Tribulation:

Why does God effectively order such destruction (allowing is tantamount to ordering)? Surgery. The 'order', moreover, is a result of Trial Evidence, and is not God's Initiative, exactly. Hebrews 11:1 says this, to climactically sum up its theme. (Translation here is tries to reflect the Greek Drama style, which is anephoric and heptameter and in parallelism. I didn't get the English meter to match, yet.) A good translation must communicate what the original actually says, no matter how few or how many words it takes. Moreover, if in the destination language there is a parallel idiom you can use, even if the words aren't exactly the same, you should use them, e.g., adios=To God, literally -- but it means, "good-bye"; so you translate it, "good-bye"! So that's the rule I follow, here. You need more English words the Greek doesn't need, to convey the same idea. Bible translations follow the inane rule of preferring one English for one Greek word. You'd get fired from the UN even if you only used that rule to translate diplomatic correspondence about restroom privileges, sorry.]

Note the dramatic 7-syllable and three subject structure:

EstindeNow It's about
Pistis ElpizoménwnConfidence in Word!
Hupóstasis PragmátwnSon's Thinking, On Trial!
Elégchos ou BlepoménwnEvidence, Unseen!

Although the above verse is for Church, it still shows the substance (Hupostasis, play on Christ's Nature, see also Heb1:3 in Greek). So, as Trial Substance, and God being Judge, He must rule on whatever is brought up. Satan is always angling for punishment where he thinks it suits his goal for a MISTRIAL Verdict (see Part IVa,c). So Satan&Co. angle to administer the judgement, which of course we know they have always done, viz. the arguments in Job. It's extremely painful to be under their 'tutelage', which they ardently use to discredit and torment everyone. They promote selected targets in order to discredit them later, or sell false ideas. As you read what follows, you'll wish to disbelieve it all. At least, I always shake my head with disbelief when I read it.

So Satan fathers Fake Church and Temple to Abort God's Rescue

We saw in Part II, that the temptation to the woman was a RELIGIOUS temptation, being like Elohim. We saw that the man also succumbed, out of a messianic motive -- to save (or at least honor) the woman. Satan's been using religion the same way, ever since. In Part IVa and IVc, we learned that he keeps on using a FAKE version of both Judaism and Christianity, to drown out the real one. For the real Christianity is but a continuance and update of the real Judaism, due to Messiah coming. Part III and especially Part IVa, explained the changes and continuities. One of the changes, is that there is no one denomination, but rather, many many local churches. All of which will differ in their teachings, compared to each other, as the pastors and their congregations, grow. So, a "Jews for Jesus" group, is nonetheless "Christian", because all "Christian" means, is belief in Messiah (=Christ, in Greek).

So clearly, Satan has to REVERSE what real Judaism was, pre-Cross, lest too many believers catch on, and thus believe in Christ -- especially, since the Daniel Timeline predicts His Birth year, exactly, as well as other significant dates. See "Daniel Timeline of Messiah" link at pagetop for details. For how Satan managed to get Jews to reverse their Biblically Trinitarian understanding into an unworkable monotheism, load Part IVa and then click on its "Mystery Math Class" link near its pagetop. We're all in this together, all of us cannonfodder apart from Bible to protect us!

Ergo, Satan must also REVERSE what real Christianity is. So the POPULAR form of either faith, is always the satanic counterfeit. Leading millions to their unhappy deaths. All the more in the Tribulation, will the counterfeit be promulgated for purposes of slaughter; for Satan has no time left then, to maneuver.

Here's why we always fall for the religious pitch. As a result of the Fall, man basically comes in two flavors, ascetic or lascivious. They are really two opposite ends of the same sin nature, mirroring the two motives of Adam and the woman in their respective falls, and are really two sides of the same 'coin' of ME-ness. God is neither ascetic nor lascivious, because being Perfect, both foregoing and having, are pleasurable to Him. We can't understand that. So, we divide according to our proclivities, and historically war with those of opposite proclivities, everyone branding or banding together to fight or fawn. God would deliver us from this hellish existence, but if He binged us, we'd truly lose our free will (BTW: Calvinism doesn't ever understand that free will is a part of being human, so it cannot be destroyed). Thus, God works with our volitions. This, He loves to do, because He Loves, period. Not wimpy, not maudlin, no emotion -- just Absolute Love, "not complicated by ignorance or absurdities", as my pastor likes to put it.

So, we humans historically aggregate into our camps of lascivious or ascetic bent; then, we fight and preen. Those in the ascetic category are particularly barnacled with the negative idea that one must suffer to be holy. And, of course, everyone else should suffer, too. Those of lascivious bent will tend to adhere to religious tenets which offer emotional feel-goods, but even suffering has its own feel-good: martyrdom. In short, people who are bollixed over God will barnacle their ideas with all manner of tumors: subconsciously, they try to excise these by whatever religious practices make them feel relief. It's not a conscious thing: it is volitional, but again -- the brain really 'assists' in adding those barnacle-tumors to the soul.

Consequently, when some spectacular or supernatural event is believed to occur or really does occur, people by the millions are preoccupied by it. First, the shock -- then, the desire to be near the titillating event in order to compensate for the guilt (or whatever) which accompanied the shock, is quite common. For example, we all stop to look at a traffic accident as we drive by: can't help it. People flock to Ground Zero near Battery Park in New York City, for the same reason. Something big happened here. Particularly, if buildings are involved (Ground Zero being a place where the Twin Towers used to be). For we love our relics. Something from the past we can touch.

So it shouldn't be too hard to understand how religious mankind will react, if the Dome of the Rock is replaced by a Jewish Temple. The attraction will be overwhelming. So, as the above "sidetrips" so painfully illustrate, by the time the Rapture occurs, Satan will have succeeded in luring millions upon millions of unbelieving Jews and apostate Christians, plus pseudo-Christians (unbelievers who call themselves 'Christians') -- into areas contiguous to Jerusalem, by rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. Satan does this, to slaughter them all at his convenience. The real Christians, who may be quite few, will of course be Raptured up. But oh! The sitting targets who remain! The thought is too much to bear!

Satan's Fake Church Cannonfodder, Matt7:21, Rev17
-- Lord, Lord! people who don't know or believe Real Gospel,
so God won't 'know' them, either.

The way to get saved is to only believe in Christ. Just once: John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Eph2:8-9. But almost no one states the Gospel correctly anymore, and instead always adds some kind of verb in addition to "believe in Christ"; the Home Page blue boxes on false Gospels (left top side of Home Page), have more detail. So, it's not likely there will be many Christians. So, by the time the Rapture comes, Matt7:21 is the scariest verse in the Bible: see the context, which is about true and false teachers, not works.

    Satan has always counterfeited the Gospel, since the days of Gen3:15. So Gen15:6, just believe, has always been mangled. Because, Satan LOSES The Trial if too many believers, come into being. More specifically, if too many believers MATURE. That's how Israel even came into existence, as we saw in Part II: Abram matured; then Isaac; then Jacob. After that, a hall-of-fame group (viz., in Heb11, though that's not the whole roster). So also, the Christ Himself had to be matured to be able to go through the Cross: Bible usually mistranslates the term as "perfect", but it's really the Greek verb, teleiow, which means "to complete" (spiritual maturation, here). Isa53 says the same thing, though it's usually mistranslated, too (esp. the words "knowledge" and "anguish" and "heal"). So, too, for us: We must mature. But, can't mature, unless first a believer: 1Cor2, 2Cor5. Hence, Satan has to mangle the Gospel, to prevent one from being able to mature.

    To accomplish this goal during Church, akin to how he did it during the time of Israel, akin to how he will do it in the Tribulation, Satan makes a counterfeit with the same 'name' as the real spiritual life, the real Gospel. He did it during Israel's OT "time" by legalism, as we saw in Part II. He basically crafts a legalistic system, puts "Jewish" on it, and everyone mistakes the real Judaism (then) for the fake one he promotes. So too now, during Church's "time": he crafts a legalistic/emotional system (akin to Pharisees/Kabbalah) for Church, slaps "Christian" on it, and thus confuses everyone as to what real Christianity, is. Especially, with respect to how to be saved: for, if you think you are saved ("Christian"), but are not -- you are Satanfodder. Deliciously!

    So see how scary, is the Lord's predictive warning in Matt7:21: what brings about the Tribulation, and the chief weapon during it, is Fake Church. Populated then, as now, with lots and lots of people who CALL themselves 'Christians' but are not. The bulk of Christianity is not Christian, even as the bulk of Judaism has never been Jewish, except by bloodline, Romans 9:6 (in context). Satan does the same counterfeiting with Judaism; hence the wild enthusiasm to gather sometime before the Tribulation begins, when the Temple is rebuilt. We are all such cannonfodder, who will deliver us from these religious bodies-of-death, end Rom7!

    Satan knows the Bible better than any pastor born. Don't assume because a scholar or teacher or pastor gets some of Bible extraordinarily right, that he gets all of it right. "Test the spirits", says John in 1Jn4. If a pastor gets the Gospel wrong, then run away from him as fast as you can, no matter what else he gets right. And leave, quietly. And please please pray for that person to be caused to see Him with all your heart and soul. We need our teachers and scholars! We don't want them disgraced! Same advice, with respect to anyone else. For if the person gets the Gospel wrong, even if at some point a believer, though he's forever saved -- he's totally apostate, now: Satan&Co. are feeding him his information, now, and they are very careful to get enough of Bible taught right, to hook people.

      It's a dicey game for Satan&Co. to play. It's very possible, even likely, that someone who is yet an unbeliever because he added some verb to believe and believed he should have -- will wake up and discover it's only believe. Such an unbeliever is loaded with barnacled ideas that one ought to do something to be saved. Over time, he will thus read Bible in order to "do" something holy. Well, the Holy Spirit will use what is read to over time excise the barnacles, so the person comes to the realization that it's Only Believe. At which point, he is saved. All that exposure to Bible (because, who doesn't think the Bible important, if Christian) will likely at some point truly save him. Meanwhile, though, the person and whoever is teaching him go right on replicating the false gospel message. Satan's taking a calculated risk that the number he can trap, versus the number who eventually catch on that it's only "believe", will be worth the effort. Ok: but it's a Life And Death Matter, for us -- for him, we are but cannonfodder to fire upon.

      God lets this happen because the Bible is plain. You can be five years old and understand John 3:16 in any language. So we are at fault, not Satan&Co., if after exposure, we don't do what John 3:16 says: JUST BELIEVE.

    Tragically, pastors routinely get the Gospel wrong. So do even the most famous evangelists. So do scholars, teachers, 'holy' people. Avoid them! says 2Tim2:26-3:7. They might not be believers, and if believers, they are destined for destruction of their entire 'production' at the Bema (Phili3:18ff, 1Jn5:16), unless they wake up. Of course, they can't lose their salvation: but what if they added to the only verb that God authorized to save you, "believe"? Then, they aren't even believers! But note carefully: We don't fix these problems: only God fixes the problem. So, leave quietly. Learn yourself: God has big plans for your life, Jeremiah Chaps 25-29. Those plans are invisible, gigantic, personal, and -- well, use 1Jn1:9, ask Father in Son's Name. He will testify to all this in a personalized manner tailored to your own soul.

      We're not talking normal mistakes, here. Any scholar, teacher, pastor will make mistakes, even as we all do. Bible is lucid, but voluminous, so it takes time to "get" it rightly. However, Gospel is perspicuous to a five-year-old. If you know one, read John 3:16 to the child. The child will get it: I did. My best friend did. Lots of children did. Because, it's simple: whosoever believes in the Son shall never perish, but shall have eternal life. That's the Greek, but even if you translate it "everlasting" life (a mistranslation), the child will "get" that He must believe to be saved. So, then: if the scholar, teacher, pastor does not get even that, something's very wrong. Hopefully temporarily -- dear Father, we need those people, they work soooo hard! -- but you won't get anything of value from that person, at the moment. Move on. Quietly. Pray for the person -- and tell no one. God will handle it.

Hear the Word; hear the words Christ says to hear in Matt7:21; hear John 3:16, John 16:9; Build on the Rock by Believing In The Rock, Acts 4:11-12. No other verbs! No other nouns (names)! Bible words usually translated 'obey' are mistranslated in the sense that they fuzz over what 'obey' means. Bible has a lot of words translated 'obey', in the NT. The main words in NT's Greek are
  • akouw, meaning to LISTEN, meaning you BELIEVE IN the speaker; "w" in Greek is a long "oh" sound.
  • Next, hupakouw, to stand under HEARING, lit., and you DO what you HEAR, by BELIEVING -- then act on the BELIEF. [James 2:18-22 are misunderstood because there is no way to translate sunergew in v.22, but if anyone would read and hear and believE James 1, they would understand what James means by faith does the work, by DOING the WORD -- which means, BELIEVE it. Same "doer" cognate of the verb poiew in Matt7:21. It's a constant play-on-words theme in Bible, that the "do" God wants, is Believe Him.]
  • Then there's terew, to watch, guard, cherish, keep close -- again, a MENTAL act;
  • phulassw, stand sentinel, watch, guard -- again, a MENTAL act;
  • teitharchew, to listen to the ADVICE and TAKE it; and
  • peithw, to be convinced, BELIEVE a thing true, persuaded -- apipeithw means the antithesis, viz., in John 3:36.
So 'obeying' the Will of God is always a hearing you BELIEVE. Deut6:4, Deut30:11, Rom10:9-10 (always mistranslated), etc. So too, when Christ talks about obey, like He does in Matt7:21. 'Doing' there is believing His Words, v.24. See also Luke7:45-46, Malachi1. Romans 2:8 in Greek is fabulous wordplay on this fact of LISTENING -- if you don't believe, you spin yarn that binds you to the spindle of your lies. [Strangely predictive, in light of the lie Paul told himself during the time he wrote Romans, that he was only supposed to pass through there on the way back from Jerusalem, instead of move permanently to Rome. See Acts 21:11, Acts 22, Galatians 2. Note how you can be totally great in Bible knowledge, even communicate it accurately, and yet you yourself can still lie to yourself. My pastor's "Paul's Fall" tapes really help a person understand this vital doctrine. Like Paul himself said before he told himself the lie that almost got him killed, 1Cor13:1-3 -- without Love for God, outhen.]

Only a few times in history, have humans 'obeyed' by commonly believing in Him. It's frightening:

  • For, only a few times has the real Gospel become commonly-stated, like briefly during the Reformation, and in the US up until about 1930.
  • The Reformation groups began to add conditions, soon after Calvin and Luther died (Lutheranism generally adds baptism; Calvinists often dispute what "believe" means, because "TULIP" (Bezites) invented the inane idea that man loses his free will after Adam's sin).
  • Catholicism (all stripes) says you are saved if you believe, but! then adds a long list of conditions, saying if you don't do those things, you can lose your salvation. [Well, that might not be what Roman Catholicism teaches, anymore; my Roman Catholic books are 1953 (imprimatur of Cardinal Stritch), but a newly-published Catholic For Dummies book claims that only water baptism by the priest, saves you. Weird.]
  • Independent churches today always add other verbs, too: like "invite", "accept", "repent" -- you can hardly find anyone who knows even what the Gospel IS, anymore.

So, you really WEREN'T saved, if you believed in any ADDED conditions. See John 3:16. There are NO conditions. Just Believe ONCE In Christ, That He Died For Your Sins, Acts 16:31. Don't take a chance on missing salvation!

Now that you see the seriousness of the problem today, think out toward that Tribulational future: millions of people will think they are of God, but are not. And, like those today who can't even read in the Bible what a five-year-old can understand, these future millions will be very proud of their faith. Willing to die for it. So will be easy pawns for a sudden 'miracle' solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, or a 'miracle' victory in which Israel defeats the Arabs so soundly, she gets back the Dome and can rebuild the Temple. This same scenario has happened already in history, as we saw in Part IVa. As we also saw in Part IVa, the Dome and the Wailing Wall (aka the Kotel) exactly depict Daniel 9:26, Matt24, and Rev11:1, right this minute. We can't 'read' them, either. We learn from history that we learn nothing from history, so history will repeat itself. With devastating results.

So Satan Has To PROTECT The Holy Of Holies at all costs. Since 685 (or 688) AD, he's used Islam to protect it. Man's big on relics, see. So man gets all emotional about relics, see. So since God isn't interested in relics, but SONS, Satan knows God won't protect that Rock, which initially was the sacrifice 'altar' on which Abraham prepared to slay his only son, Isaac. Satan knows God only protects the Holy of Holies during the Tribulation, Because then it will be necessary to explain that the Temple is a FAKE. God's already made that clear: hence, the Two Witnesses, in Rev11, Christ's explanation in Matt24, Daniel 9:26, Jer 3:16, Ezekiel Chaps39ff, and book of Hebrews.

Note carefully why Satan must protect the Holy of Holies. Except for that short spot of the first 3.5 years of the Tribulation, God has NOT protected the Holy of Holies since 70AD. For not until the 2nd Advent, will God will remake the Temple: see Ezekiel Chaps39-end of book. God's SON is the Holy of Holies, now (see Heb5-10, last half of 1Cor13, Jer3-31:31-34). So, if the Rock which is the pedestal on which the Ark sat were destroyed, Satan can't use a Temple Rebuilding to trap Jews, apostate Christians, and pseudo-Christians to his slaughtering 'banquet.' Because, they all know what that Rock, is. They all regard that hunk of rock as Holy, because they reject the very Messiah Who the Rock, depicts. So God 'rejects' them. So Satan can kill them.

You can set your watch: anyone who makes a big stink out of relics, hates God. The relic is a substitute. In God's Name, but not Him. Kinda like loving your diamond engagement ring more than the guy who gave it to you, the apostate always cling to things. So all those expeditions to Arrarat; all those pilgrimages to Mecca or Jerusalem -- all these signify hatred of God. Rationalized hatred, to be sure, but hatred just the same. And since the entire Trial is about voting for whether you want God or not, well -- these people will vote by the millions, for Satan. So he gets them. So he needs that hunk of Rock, to lure them to what they already prefer, to God. Again, as shown throughout Part IVa, if you look at the history of the Temple since 70AD, you'll see Satan has sought assiduously to control that hunk of ground. Now, you know why.

So Satan ironically has to protect the Rock on which Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac; the Rock which is PETRA, the most famous name for Christ in the OT; the Rock which Christ said is Himself, in Greek of Matt16:18. Must be pretty ironic and annoying to Satan, that he has to protect the very symbol of Christ which no one in the Judeo-Christian-Moslem world, disputes. But aha! I can make them all FIGHT OVER IT, Satan tells himself. Continually. [No one disputes this is the Rock on which Abraham almost sacrificed. What's disputed, is who was almost sacrificed, who is depicted by that Rock. Moslems contend it was Ishmael, a total insanity if as Koran says the Bible is also Allah's word; Jews correctly contend it was Isaac, but refuse the fact it was Christ foretold by the Ark and the Rock name itself; Christians largely recognize the Rock is the name of Christ, even as the Ark is -- NT is too plain about it, especially Gospels and Book of Hebrews. So everyone has a claim on the Rock; everyone has a claim on Jerusalem. Zech12:2, proven true every time you turn on your TV. The one-page IshmaelnotIsaac.doc is a Word doc of verses pasted directly from the Koran on this topic, verbatim. There is a huge ignorance on what the Koran says about this Rock, hence the need to document it directly from the Koran and its own devout commentators without alteration.]

So Satan uses that Rock to snare millions by any ploy to SHUB (=return to the Land, big emotional word in Judaism); and, by the Promise of Rebuilding the Temple. God did and will allow Satan this latitude -- because the thousands of verses in Bible are all plain that only God will regather the Jews. So Jews shouldn't behave like they did in Deut1:40, first refusing the Will of God that they GO into Ha Eretz, but then when God Says NO, they say yes. So if God says no, God beats them up, as that passage goes on to explain. Then, as illustrated in hundreds of other verses, God then beats up those who beat up the Jews. If He says it once, He says it a million times. So technically, the movement back to The Land brought about by the Balfour Declaration, was a satan-conspired thing. We humans, of course, don't know that, and we will always be pawns, until and unless we Get The Word In Our Heads.

So, as we've seen since 70AD, Satan tries to foment an interest in rebuilding (viz., using Islam to excite the Christians to go on Crusades). Satan tries to time the rebuilding to his best advantage, and can do it tomorrow, or a thousand years from now. Because, he doesn't know when the Rapture will occur, either. So Rebuilding the Temple doesn't mean, necessarily, that the Rapture is in the offing. What it does mean, is that Satan thinks the conditions are right for SLAUGHTER.

Religious war. Satan's been doing the same dang thing since the Cross: make Jerusalem a hotbed. Make everyone good-and-sick of both Jews and Arabs -- and then, sick of the Christians, too. Better still, USE the Christians to kill Jews and Arabs. Always, he's after getting these three groups to slaughter each other. Well, just turn on the TV now, and you can see how apt it would be, to defeat Islam now and start the rebuilding. Talk about holocaust!

For God and God alone will judge His Chosen People. God and God Alone decides the time and place and manner for Israel to go into or not go into Ha Eretz. This rule is so often repeated in the OT you almost can't avoid it. Moses explained the entire rule sooo well in Deut1. See there, in v.40ff, how Israel Disobeys? Israel, the paradigm of the believer, any believer, goyim or Jew. So God isn't IN Israel now. No Temple, No Contract with the Nation. But always the contract with the People, always the contract with the individuals. And eventually, when the God of Israel Returns to regather His People (Eze39ff, Isa34,60, many other passages) -- then Israel will be restored. Not until then.

Meanwhile, God gruesomely warns any who would be Israel's enemies what He will do. OT prophecy on this is quite graphic, and -- well, look at Zech12:2-3 (general principle of history), Isa63, 34, Eze36-38, skim through Zechariah; endless suffering. Zech14:12, for example, is something I've actually seen happen to people who hate the Jews. One body part at a time fails painfully, weirdly. Takes many years, and -- well, that's all the description I care to list.

Christ wasn't kidding in Matt24 -- Stay Away From Jerusalem Until I Return. His Return will be on a day that is pitchblack, He arrives in the evening. (Zech14:5-7. Many other passages talk about this fact; virtually any 2nd Advent passage has a reference to it, but some references are hard to spot if you don't know the keywords. Matt24:27 and Rev19's "white horse" passage will be helpful in seeing some of the keywords.) So everyone on earth will be seeing Him at the same time, so don't believe anyone telling you He's back -- all those now written warnings, go unheeded: sitting in every American hotel room, and most others, too. Unread, unseen. Even though the Dome of the Rock is easily seen. Even though the Wailing Wall is easily seen. Anything but God, we want to see. So seeing, we don't see. So hearing, we don't hear. So dying, we will die. Horribly.

Ergo the Rebuilding of the Temple will foster worldwide religious war even as it gathers the victims for the slaughter. That's why you have a world war in the Tribulation. No greater motive in man, than religious motive. The atheist is quite religious about his atheism, even as the evolutionist is quite religious about his evolutionism. Any religion always has some kind of attachment to cultural stuff or a geographic region, so you are disloyal if you don't profess the religion. So, all elements will be easily gathered against each other, and greed will be driving them all. For Israel's geographic location, is still -- as always -- prime. See, it's not so farfetched. You could easily see how this same trend could begin, tomorrow.

The Tribulational Spiritual Life

How, then, do the real believers of the Trib live spiritually, especially under such horrific conditions? Most of them probably got lured into the areas (or countries) near the Temple, and it will be almost impossible to get out. Or, maybe God protects them in some way (i.e., they can't get the money to go, they get sick so can't leave, etc). In any event, here's how they will live: on God's OT Script. As we saw from Part II, God's Script back in the OT, was to use faith as a type of rest -- and the Law. They didn't get lots of information about Christ, because He'd not yet come in the flesh.

The Tribulation believers have a similar Script -- but with all that information about Christ (the New Testament). It will be extremely meaningful to them, then. They will live a kind of hybrid OT-style life, akin to how Daniel lived: pondering Scripture, resting on the promises, with or without the dietary laws (today's version having almost nothing to do with the original ones God penned); no sacrifices, of course since there is NO TEMPLE and NO PRIESTHOOD then. [I can't find any Bible evidence that the dietary laws go back into effect during the Tribulation, but it seems to be assumed, in what's told Daniel? Daniel observed them, and you'd think that if they weren't to be observed, that Gabriel would have said something. Observation of the dietary laws will mark a believer as a Jew then, just as it has always done; so it's a real risk, to observe them. Believers will convert to BIBLE's version of Judaism, rather than the official brand then extant, so maybe that will be a protection? Gotta do more research, here.]

So, even though their spiritual system of learning is lower than ours, they will derive great blessing. And will mature quickly. And a few will have great visibility, saying "So, What? The Lord is my portion." As a result, there WILL be an Israel to accept its King.

So, the Trib folks revert to an OT version of spirituality: as back then, the Spirit will be "upon" them. Hundreds of verses about this role of the Spirit, in OT. But it was not the same kind of filling as we get. Bible even uses different words for filling, compared to ours: trouble is (aaarrgghh) they are all translated with the same English "fill" so you can't tell the difference. In the OT, verb is "pimplemi", a besidedness, enhancing-material-power; also used for FILLING THE TEMPLE, which was a palpable, visible filling of a thing. So Samson was pimplemi, David was pimplemi -- in short, anything belonging to the OT Covenant, is "pimplemi". Has the connotation of being satiating -- more power is available, but not given. But, Jn7:39, after He was Risen, the Spirit is given without measure, plerow. They got pimplemi, we get the far bigger plerow. plerow is for comprehension, so you can't feel it. You only know it's on because you can comprehend at a level far beyond human genius: yeah, because it's God's Brains you're getting, via 1Jn1:9 and John 14:26. For a brief on the difference between these two very different Spirit 'filings',

Some will reach that highest maturity very, very quickly -- enough to lead believers to Petra, during the first 3.5 years (Satan's world-at-peace period). [The Petra which is in southeast Jordan might not be the Petra of this verse. Nor am I sure it's talking about a rock location. When I've time to research it better, I'll put more data in here.] Others will reach it later, ignoring the Warning To Flee; but, in the 2nd half they are to fight, not flee. Note how this division is the FLIP of the order in Deut1, regarding Entry into the Land. There, the Jews were supposed to GO IN, and they refused; so, God rescinded His Order to go in. There, they reacted to His revocation (Deut1:40), by going in -- and got clobbered. But in the Trib, it's the reverse: FLEE, don't fight. If you didn't obey that message and get stuck in the last 3.5 years (when the Two Witnesses get killed, you're still nearby), then you stay and fight. Don't mix up the timing! Your life depends on accuracy, here!

Zech 12:5ff tenderly records the attitude of those fighters who did learn the Book: they reason that, God will deliver, so let's fight. (English translation is very bad, here. Brenton's English translation is the best of them I've seen so far.) All will use the simple faith-rest kind of thinking so prevalent in the OT -- yet upgraded, then, since Christ is fully recorded in Scripture. Like David, they will conclude "the Battle is the Lord's". Like Caleb, they will not be afraid of the "giant" -- neither the seductive pleasures, nor the large armies assembled against them. Theirs will be a very physical spiritual lifestyle. Unlike ours, yet every bit as beautiful. And those few of us, who actually obeyed the 1st Commandment "until the end" by learning Him, those few of us can be grateful to be used -- to justify their existence, despite Satan's accusations.

It's very traumatic to have the evidence of God in your face. Visions and prophecy and flying angels at noon will make a lot of folks think they've gone mad. That they can grow this fast despite the visible spiritual life, is awesome.

Church's Role in the Tribulation

We saw from Part IV that the Rapture begins the Bema, so There Is No Church On Earth during the Tribulation, except Satan's Fake Church, Rev17. The Bema ends by the time the who-is-worthy ceremony begins, so it doesn't take long for the Bema to complete. Revelation 4 is a tableau, and the way time works there isn't the same as down here (beings are much bigger, so it takes far less time to do a thing; the very use of tableaus helps alert the reader to some kind of time differential); so in Earth Time the Bema may take a few seconds. For, there is nothing about its procession, only about its results: we are a Sea Of Glass before the Throne, and He begins to open the scroll. [He wouldn't be opening the Scroll as Lamb unless the Bema results were already announced, for the scroll is the Title Deed to the Earth. So either Bema is going on co-terminous, or is already ended, by the time the Lamb ceremony begins. My guess is (so far), the latter. All in the twinkling of an Earth eye, so to speak. Conventional theology assigns the Bema to the entire seven-year period, and my pastor taught it that way as well, back in the 1980's. But he may have upgraded that, later. It makes no sense to say the Bema lasts that long, given the meaning of the Lamb ceremony in Rev4?]

So in Part IVc we saw that the Rapture is thus a type of Judgment, both to us and to those left on the earth, at that time. ["Sea" is a common Biblical metaphor signifying masses of people: sea-of-people, that many. "Glass" as reflecting Him is a favorite Biblical metaphor, too (i.e., used by Paul in Cor and James.)]

APPLICATION NOW : the quality of your life today impacts them. Why? If you make it to Pleroma ("fullness of Christ"), blessing-by-association due to you -- survives you. Remember from Part IV, your life determines when the Rapture begins; your life determines the quality of life for those around you. If you make it to Pleroma, the blessing-by-association with you goes on forever. What if folks you know today will be in the Tribulation? They might be, since the Rapture might begin tomorrow. So, if you care about the hardship those people will then face: learn Christ. Or, end up embarrassed that they will use their impoverished Tribulational spiritual life better than you did your rich one.

For you will be embarrassed, at that time, if you don't make it. Here's why. First, understand that the 7 years is used by God the Father to 'prepare' the Bride. Prepare means mostly, prepare FOR her. Remember, the Rapture kicks off the Bema, even as it kicks off the Tribulation, and until the last person is completed, there's no way to 'prepare' the Earth. For, the resulting composition of Church is 'up in the air', until that last moment. For, we are finite, and need stuff. And the stuff we need, is likewise finite, so takes time to prepare. So, the Earth has to be made ready for the Bride to take Her Position.

Fear Coyly Spurning The Huge Wealth He Wants To Give Us. Our coyness spits on Him like Ahaz did in Is55:10ff, in his self-righteous arrogance.

So the "Bema", aka the Judgment (really Evaluation) Seat of Christ, takes place during the official Trib's 7 years. God always marries marriage and war, do you notice? The Garden marriage would never have occurred, were it not for the 'war' of Satan's rebellion. The Church couples are special targets in that war. For we are Battlefield Royalty, even as our King is Battlefield Royalty: King Over Kings, the Bright Morning Star. So, the calling out of the Church, which is a bridal preparation -- is also a war. Following war, is celebration. Marriage supper. And the "Bema" is the preparation for that celebration.

Back in Roman times, the "Bema" was what followed a battle or campaign. The head military commander stood or sat on a raised dais, so the troops could see him well, and handed out both awards -- and punishments. It was public. So, if Joe Blow was the first to breach the enemy's wall, he received a special award for it, since that took more than average bravery.

Conversely, at the Bema the military commander also handed out severe punishments. Sometimes, death, usually for desertion in battle. We Christians don't go to hell, but we get a "shame" which (I think) is easily as bad as hell: being "naked", with nothing to show for our life down here -- forever. For us, the Bema "death" is the death of our "every spiritual blessing" (Eph1), our personal eternity-escrow. It 'dies' in that it remains a frozen memorial, forever. We will be able to visit it, and see what we lost. That's it. Then we'll be happy forever -- but small. You want to be rich for the Lord, to spend it all on Him, so it's a virtue to seek spiritual wealth, Matt7:7, Luke 11:9.

Check out the roster of judgments in Revelation 2 and 3, and ask yourself, "Am I doing any of those things the Lord dislikes?" For what causes will He withhold awards? What will cause one's title to be blotted out? Well, let's look:

Kinda scary, huh? Plus, we'll live and die miserably, while still down here. Down here, moral or immoral replacement of the 1st Commandment leads to misery (i.e., empty, jaded, depressed, bitter or neurotic), despite all prosperity from Satan's world. Miserable despite all our 'sacrifice' and hardship, which ONLY "eaten" Doctrine makes enjoyable. Most miserable, because we replaced God with our overblown idea of works: hyping the value of "earning" rather than "learning"; of doing with the body, to feed our ego, but fasting away from learning God! (Cf Zech 7, Jer7, Amos4:1ff.)

What we also learn from the Rev2-3 roster of o.e.r.'s is how believers tend to divide and break down over what they perceive as the benefits and costs of the CHURCH life. Of course, you could extend the parallel back to the OT, also, because the division tends to be the same:

The apostle Paul seems the most fond of Olympian analogies, though all the NT writers use them. In Paul's day, when you trained for 'the Games', you didn't solely train in 'your' event. You had to undergo a rigorous separation from family, and you trained in all the events; even tiny infractions of the rules during the very long training sequestration, could get you disqualified from entering the Games. So you had to train full-spectrum; not only, in the part (do's or knows) that you were 'best' at. High-Low, because God is infinite. So you might be high on do's -- so you need extra training on knows, and need to eschew the do's. Evidence Testing is thus in the weaker of the two categories, for you. And it switches back and forth, rounding you out. For if you don't compete in all, you don't complete AT all. And end up discharged from the gymnasium, a gumnos (naked, Greek word).

Success is pass/fail, as Part IV explained. Will you stay the course? Pass your personal Evidence Tests? Thus, glorify God in your body? Your choice. Mine, too. 'Dangerous time to be alive, huh?

Those who win awards also co-rule with Him in the Millennium. They will also co-rule with Him (some over whole solar systems!) in the new-universe eternity. So, when the Bride returns with Christ at the 2nd Advent, it's to rule -- or, for the loser portion of the Bride -- to merely watch, naked, forever.

So it will be in the Millennium, and in eternity. The many poor will benefit from watching. They didn't use their spiritual assets. They thus can only get more benefit than their lower levels permit -- by enjoying YOUR having the wealth. That free enjoyment is considerable. What, don't we all enjoy watching the Royals? What, don't we all enjoy watching rich people? What, don't we all enjoy watching those movie stars? Of course we do: the tabloids depend on it!

Which would you rather do? Own, or watch? Your choice. In which group would you rather be: the ruler-group, who benefit the many, or in the naked group, who 'benefit' others the way peasants benefit others? Would you rather be a footman forever? That's Satan's plan for your life, but not God's. Which way do you want to go? Whose Script? Does the NOW seem rather more valuable, than the Tribulation? Do you see how important your spiritual life is to all the poor of the future, forever? So, will you begin to own the "mink coat" which is our spiritual life, for which Christ and His past "winners" died -- thus warming YOU -- or will you just sit on the sidelines? Your choice. If you sit on the sidelines in the name of some pious identification with the poor, you harm the poor. Make no mistake, God gave you Wealth. If you squander it, you will be Royally Punished. Don't lay it away in a napkin.

What about the Millennium, aka "Footstool"?

The Millennium is the culmination of human history. Moreover, the Millennium is a hybrid of all covenantal periods/dispensations. As such, it does very many 'jobs' with respect to Satan's arguments in the Trial; with respect to creation; and, most of all -- with respect to revealing the Son.

'Physically', the Millennium functions like a postscript commentary on the Garden. Time began with perfect environment, and ends with perfect environment. Time began with a limited group of people (two), limited spiritual life -- despite FULL knowledge of God, angels -- limited way to sin, and NO knowledge of good and evil. Time ends with many people, a maximally-visible spiritual life, high ability to sin (but lower than our current Age), and full knowledge of good and evil, but no demonic influence.

Therefore, according to Col2:14-15, following the 2nd Advent there is a triumphal procession, culminating in the lockup of Satan&Co. The procession is pretty important, so some explanation follows.

Therefore, with respect to Satan's Trial arguments, the Millennium nonetheless answers issues Satan himself couldn't prove. In short, at the Rapture God's answer was completed, but Satan never could manage to make his 'answer' work.

Satan's problem, Satan's answer -- which God makes for him

All the long millennia before, Satan tried to bring about perfect environment via morality. See, Satan hadn't grow up enough spiritually, by the time he rebelled. He had learned enough about morality to value it, but not enough about Love, to equally value it.

Morality, by itself, too easily degenerates into 'I'm-right, but you're wrong', or vice versa. Morality, to be helpful, needs to be mediated by Love. Since Love is dependent on knowing God, and likewise dependent on not rejecting that knowledge of Him -- absent this Love, Morality is the greatest of evils, the greatest of tyrannies. That is how Satan thinks: morality, but no love.

Righteousness and Justice both mediate, and are mediated by, Love, so all are balanced -- neither to the right, nor to the left -- ensuring Integrity, a holding together, so one remains always stable, and happy. It doesn't matter how pleasant externals (things, people) are, nor how unpleasant. The inner person, having this inviolable Integrity, is always benefitted, always secure. True love then exists, for the love-objects never need to earn love. Full rapport flourishes, just as in the Godhead. Everyone is free, and no one is hurt: "for against Love, there is no law" and "..the greater of these, is Love." (<-corrected translation.) So, Morality no longer has to point the finger. Morality is thus -- at last! free to be enjoyable, as God intended it be.

The entire reason why God didn't just bing! us to have perfect Integrity, is that Love is a choosing -- if creatures can't choose, their so-called 'integrity' is a sham. Thus, we were created the way we were. So too, with Satan.

Satan hadn't grown up in Love enough, so his integrity was stunted. All he could see, was Morality, which thus degenerated into pride. Why? When love is insufficient, the will still tries to love -- and, like a child, it can only idolize, since one is yet too 'young', as it were, in Integrity. So, Satan fell in 'love' with himself, having somehow become iconoclastic about God. So, for Satan, rights and wrongs were 'everything'. Morality was his idea of perfection. So, when Adam and the woman were created, Satan needed to get them to be his tools, so he could present his side of the argument -- that perfect environment, via (his idea of) morality, was superior to God's system of blessing.

Yet we now know that Satan never acquired Love, but instead rejected it. Thus, he rejected Integrity, in favor of morality: thus, in favor of tyranny. He tried to bring about the end to the world's secular problems, to prove himself the more able-to-rule, but never succeeded. Satan thus had always tried to bring about one world government, and one world religion (which together best enable tyranny to function seductively), so to mock Love -- use 'love' in/for mankind, and especially in believers, to destroy them. But again, Satan never quite succeeded.

So the Lord, ever solicitous for Satan, uses the Millennium to bring about all of the structures Satan wanted. Why? Well, of course He inaugurates the OT covenants, but He also proves (to all of us) that, had Satan succeeded, man's lot would not be improved. Thus He answers also why He refused the third temptation, in Matt4. Rescuing the world from its ills doesn't make man happy. Only rapport with God makes man happy. Then, as now, as ever -- environment, including morality -- is not happiness. So, sin still occurs.

In fact, apostacy will be at an all-time-high, then. As usual, God's answers always seem to play into Satan's hands. In the Garden, it was a slam-dunk for Satan to get the woman to sin; it was a slam-dunk to get fallen mankind to seek his own betterment; it was a slam-dunk to nearly wipe out mankind due to sexual lust, culminating in the Flood (only 8 pure humans were left); it was a slam-dunk to persecute the sons of Abraham via other sons of Abraham; it was a slam-dunk to nearly wipe out the Davidic line.

It was a slam-dunk, so Satan thought, therefore, to make Christ sin, in Matt4. He was flummoxed that the first two temptations didn't work, as evidenced by the reversed wording in his third temptation. (It was so sad -- he also uses the 2nd class condition in the Greek, showing he knew he was defeated.) Still, he regrouped, and managed to get Israel to reject their true Messiah. That genius maneuver bought him time.

Getting the Church to reject its Seated King has been easier, still. Satan had lost, when Christ Ascended. Had God not handed Satan this new group, the Church, history would have ended. After all, could not Christ have returned immediately? Why should God accept the lame arguments that the Jewish "numbers" were insufficient; that fallen humans couldn't execute Christ's spiritual life?

The Trib is easy, especially with the Christians removed. Satan can 'spin' all God's signs and wonders as being due to 'Satan being kicked out', for people then won't care to know enough about prophecy to realize he's satirizing it. As always, he can use the counterfeit wonders he displays, i.e., with the two anti-christs, to fake 'Christ has Returned!' Or, 'It's nearly the Millennium! So we gotta get the world ready for Christ's return!' ('Sound familiar?) Or, he can claim a 'Footstool' is in progress. So, via any of these spins, or others, he can get millions of the 'faithful' to do a good deed! 'Capture the evil ones!' -- Jews, of course -- i.e., from Petra. Won't surprise me if he uses Trib. Christians for that pogrom, just as he has always done, since Christ rose.

So, as the Lord perfectly knows, it's easier still for men to reject Him in the Millennium, since they have the very lifestyle Satan had long tried to achieve: for the highest prosperity results in the highest apostacy. Moreover, the sheer number of supernatural beings -- angels, Resurrected humans -- will dull man even more than all the OT supernaturality had done. Supernaturality will be so commonplace, man can easily come to devalue it, even as he had done, for example, just before the Flood (when angels were commonly-viewed).

Therefore, with respect to creation, the Millennium has some pretty important spiritual jobs to do.

The Millennial Spiritual Life

What sort of spiritual life exists, then, to counter the ease-of-rejection prosperity always engenders? After all, look at the prosperity then: no demons sending thoughts or 'helping' man; all the rulers are in Resurrection Bodies, so there is no governmental corruption; laws are few, so the populace is not choked with them; the physical environment is perfect -- no animal dangers, and even the "desert will blossom like the crocus". The blessing-by-association with a PHYSICALLY RULING Christ is full. To believer, however apostate or growing, and unbeliever -- alike.

What kind of spiritual life goes with this outer life? Well, it's a composite from past covenants, to stress the Victory of Christ. Here's a sketch of its structure:

  1. The angels' spiritual life was "face-to-face" with Him, in that He was present with them. But not as Humanity. So, the Millennium adds a dimension to that quality of their spiritual life -- and they get to be on earth, too. Face-to-Face: Intimacy. [Sidenote: Greek word "pros" really means "face-to-face with", hence "with", "to", "toward". One is forced to chop out this face-to-face meaning, in order to get good Greek grades, under the insane seminary rule that one Greek word is allotted no more than one English word, in translation. So, where it should be translated literally, like in the "absent from the body" verse -- since "body" is used, so obviously "face-to-face with" is meant -- English readers don't realize we will always have some kind of body. Never bodiless. So Luke16:20's tie-in bodily depiction of "see" is likewise missed.]
  2. The Garden couple's spiritual life was also face-to-face, but they weren't fallen. Knowledge of God will be full, again, in the Millennium. That's unique, since such Knowledge is in fallen man for the first time.
  3. By contrast, the Church Age's spiritual life is too much. "Full" for us is an internal spiritual intimacy unique to our Royal Status (the John 17 prayer). So, the spiritual legacy from the Church, as it were, is only the Filling of the Spirit: except their "Filling", unlike ours, includes ecstatics. The Garden didn't have Filling. The OT had a far lesser form, "enduement". (The Church's "Filling" is invisible, so no emotion.)
  4. The Mosaic Law has been fulfilled, so its return in the Trib onward is upgraded; thus, differently lived. Yes, it will be 'on', again -- but in addition to full knowledge and Filling. Sacrifices then will be in celebration of Christ, no longer to obtain any atonement. So, one expects all the observances will likewise be a celebration. Of course, in the OT most observances were designed to teach and to enjoy having. Yet here, we see a long victory-celebration 'layer' of meaning, since Christ is in the Flesh, Ruling.
  5. The Jews will be the all-time favorites: the 10-people-will-grab-the-coat-of-a-Jew verse. Finally, the Jews get their rightful recognition from other nations.

Why this structure? Well, a visible supernaturality seems to need a visible-spiritual-lifestyle to go with it. Something in the nature of (at least) man's physicality seems to demand such a balance. It's a physical association process, versus our NOW's principle-association. The balance makes sense, given the high affective quality of having so much Millennial prosperity. One needs a like-method to identify it with Doctrine. If you'll recall from Part II, the having of a physical body intensifies all finite-soul experiences, which -- at foundation -- are to maximize the enjoyment of God. So: to keep the inner-outer balance, some of the spiritual life must be physically-expressed. 'Married, not divorced. All inner, or all outer, would divorce the fantastic prosperity then from the spiritual life.

Moreover, because Christ is in the Flesh, and Ruling on earth, to completely enjoy Him now requires TWO dimensions: physical, and spiritual. His Physical presence in the OT wasn't humanly-displayed; His Physical presence at the 1st Advent wasn't glorified; His Absence in the Church Age means the physical must be eliminated. In the official Tribulation, He's still Absent, physically, but the signs are very physical, to balance to Satan's physical manifestations. However, in the Millennium, the Fullness of Him present requires a full physical set of spiritual expressions. Further, Christ's Physical full Presence is emphasized -- through Him, and through the Church. So the Physical manifestations of the spiritual life are then to be stressed.

Such emphasis balances the physical prosperity, too, so free will in fallen humans isn't seduced. The preponderance of supernaturality can overtax the unresurrected soul: Paul's "thorn in the flesh", for example, had that side benefit, balancing his supernatural experience of being in the third heaven. That's why visibility has always been a problem, historically. That's also why the OT rituals, besides being designed for a mankind yet too 'young', also helped balance the shock of what folks supernaturally saw. See, if you have to focus on some 'small' thing, the 'big' thing bothering you goes toward the back of your mind. So you get time to live with it, and adjust. For example, a newly-bereaved widow really needs routine, so her grief can settle, as it were. So also, one needs some kind of 'normal' or 'mundane' activity to balance to the shock of BIG knowledge: here, the knowledge of spectacular physical Presence.

Of course, as we now know, such looking only at one end eventuates in apostacy. Satan knows this very well, which is why he adopts the body-stress mentality which all religion (including mainstream Christianity) promotes. That's how Satan brings about a Nice, Religious, Me-Be-God world order today. That's another reason why God the Son creates the very world order Satan wanted, in the Millennium -- man still has the option to reject what he knows, or to not know -- and receive what Satan wanted for him. So, man still has choice -- he's not tyrannized by Christ's Rule, NOR by all the proof.

So, with respect to RESURRECTED Creation, the Millennium has its own 'jobs' -- as do we.

Our Role in the Millennium

At the Second Advent, the Lord acquires a Third Royal Political Title for His Humanity: King over Kings. Those of us who reached Pleroma status during our "NOW" are the "Kings" over whom He is. So we who are those "Kings" will each have kingdoms (polities) of our own, to politically rule. On earth. So it's an imperium, and He's the Emperor. We, by contrast, are part of the federation of kingdoms over which He rules. On earth.

The central purpose of our Role then, vis á vis fallen humans then extant, is to be the adjunct to the perfect environment the Lord provides. Perfect environment is hardly perfect, if the rulers are not. So, all the rulers, of both Jewish and Gentile polities, are resurrected people. We have our own covenant; we received our citations (i.e., the Rev2 and Rev3 awards) during the Bema, during the Trib, so now are back on earth to begin ruling.

What about our Priesthood? Is it "ruling", too? Hebrews (5-7) screams that the Lord's Priesthood is not Levitical, so our ruling priesthoods under Him will not be related to the Mosaic Law. [Dingbats who ignore these chapters, and say Church replaces Israel, gets Israel's covenants, are satanic.]

Guessing, now. I'll have to better write these brown-font paragraphs later. Ok, here goes: since Rev1:6 says that, being as the Lord's Humanity is King-Priest, His (and therefore our) Priesthood is toward the Father, we will have some kind of priesthood offices under Him, before the Father, as well. How much of this priesthood life will then be visible to those in the Millennium, I don't yet know. Surely it continues, for at the Session Christ vested as the High-Priest, and we all officially function in our eternal role as priests to the Father, from the moment we are first saved (i.e., even before death). In any event, our priesthood-life is unlikely to be related at all to those on earth; since Israel's Levitical priesthood is fully on earth, fully recognized -- to commemorate Adonai Elohenu-Adonai-Christ. In short, we are definitely NOT replacing them in any way.

Wait. I think I found the right description, at least in outline. It is based on a parallel to the angelic staff in Rev 4, who throw down their crowns. Pleroma have three hats to wear. FIRST HAT: 'staff' under Him to rule Gentile nations in Mill, and universe in Eternal State; because, we are His Body. King's 'body' means staff/government, etc. (Note: Even though the Lord is God as well as Resurrected Humanity, the rest of humanity can't take much proximity to Him, as we saw in the Third Reason for Invisibility, and the "variety" concept in Part IVb's the Role and Properties of "Numbers". So it's to mediate variant capacities in the ruled which necessitates all these intermediary 'staff', not that the Lord couldn't handle it all Alone.)

In any case, we Church all return with Christ, but most of us from the Church covenant/Age are just sitting around. Those of other covenants/Ages who return with us -- believers who died on or before the 2nd Advent -- will likewise have few 'high' folks. As always, the "many" didn't want God enough, so are only eligible to watch. Only the Church covenant promises rule. So I guess those of other covenants who fulfilled their spiritual life get land ownership and the wealth, e.g., of "10 cities", but not political rule. Christ will rule Israel directly, of course, and is the Real Owner of Everything. We who are Pleroma rulers thus won't have any political jurisdiction over Israel, so far as I can tell.

Believers of any covenantal period who are the spiritual losers are still useful, count on that -- but have no authority to speak of. Those who are spiritual losers will be happy, count on that -- but will not have the greater rewards, which only go to those believers who actually "finished the course" as Paul puts it (analogous to Heb12:1, same footrace metaphor). For us Church, our life down here was an endurance race, culminating in the Trial: were we thrown out of the witness stand? Did we end up testifying on behalf of the Defense? Or, like Job, were we pointed out by God to Satan, did we end up passing the Evidence Test? (So far, I get the impression the Evidence Test for us is not a short thing, but a succession of tests in that last and greatest stage of the spiritual life.) Most of us got thrown out of the witness box, and died in shame. We won't live in shame in heaven, nor in the Millennium, nor in eternity, so far as one can tell from Scripture -- but for most of us, we'll just be childishly happy, not ruling anything.

Most importantly, though, the main 'job' of the Millennium, is to fully Reveal that Paradox of Paradoxes, the Lord Jesus Christ.

How "Footstool" Displays The Lord Jesus Christ

The difference between "paradox" and "contradiction", is Integrity. Integrity holds two opposites together, based on Righteousness. Righteousness says, "These two opposites should co-exist." Integrity says, "Ok. Will do." So, the paradox exists, stably. Why? Because the unity of two opposites is a FULL SPECTRUM. Infinity is nothing, if not full-spectrum.

As you've no doubt guessed by now, God's Very Nature is paradoxical. So also, His Script. We can't work for it, yet in learning Him, it takes all we've got. He can't get paid by us, yet He wants us, and is satisfied. Christ didn't owe anything, yet chose to pay. In paying, He did the greatest work of all time, yet did not work at all, but rather rested in the Doctrine in the Power of the Holy Spirit (covered in more detail in the "Paradox" table, below). We need to be good, but we can't be good. We try to be 'good', but 'good' is nothing more than "evil" under a nice name, since even 'good' originates from that Tree which felled the woman and Adam. God calls our 'good' very ugly names (like "menstrual rags", in Isa 64:6, which the prudish translators covered up by labelling it "filthy"). The Gospel itself sounds like a nasty remark, "believe or burn". Yet, what is believing? No work at all. Full-spectrum, that. The easiest and best all the way down to the worst.

Then again, how do you wrap a gift worth a bizillion dollars? No wrapping paper will be pretty enough to do justice to the gift inside. So what do you do? Wrap it in the ugliest wrapping paper possible. Like how Christ wrapped the massive gift of Doctrine in His condemnation of the "evil generation seeks a sign..no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah." (God used Jonah to gift Assyria with doctrine from 754BC until 612BC, which saved that nation's life. His tomb is in Ninevah.) So, He uses a very ugly tone -- and Gives The Greatest Gift wrapped up in it. Jer31:31-34!

So, Opposites, everywhere. Paradoxes. No wonder Satan thought God must be 'flawed'. All Satan (and we) can see is the ugliness of the wrapping paper!

So, in the Millennium, ALL paradoxes are fully on parade. It's the last period of human history for the current universe. All history has been leading up to this, the full earthly Revelation of Christ's Glorified Humanity. Christ is the Ultimate Paradox. Fully Righteous, fully God-Man; yet fully Worm, Fully Lamb. Yet, Fully Judge, fully Groom. Yet, Fully King. Fully Savior. Paradoxes, all. The Ultimate High Person, and the Ultimate Low Person. All in One Person, uniquely (shemaah, Yisroel). So, the Millennium reflects all of His Attributes. So also, do we.

The Millennium is the time when all those covenants to Israel are fulfilled. Here, Israel is the highest-ranked nation on the planet, extending from a good bit of northeastern Africa, through maybe most of Anatolia -- and all that land in between. The nexus of the world. What was once some of the most desolate land on earth is now its paradise. What was once the most persecuted people in history is now the most honored. What was once a war-filled planet is now completely at peace. What was once a corruptly-governed Earth is now blessedly-ruled. With panache. Involuntary Hunger goes, ferocity goes, crime essentially goes, involuntary poverty goes. No one even dies, unless he commits a capital crime. (I get the impression folks are killed immediately, after being proved guilty in a fast-yet-accurate trial. There don't seem to be any jails.) All of man's millennia of unremitting discomfort -- gone. All of these display His Glorified Humanity. We are an extension of Him, to the Gentiles.

Paradoxically, the Millennium is also God's War: the time to defeat all enemies. Thus, the Lord subdues the earth at this time, and thus acquires, on the first day (2nd Advent itself) the title "King over Kings", by means of His Strong and Shocking Judgement of the Earth. See, the 2nd Advent, as well as the deliverance of Israel, is a kind of Judgement, too. People on earth at that time are largely apostate, and are the most apostate in history, for all the signs and wonders didn't awaken them to faith in Christ. Further, all the problems of mankind need to be judged and put to rest. The preceding paragraph is thus also a listing of defeated "enemies". Notice how even Judgement, blesses: a paradox.

So, this wonderful time also begins paradoxically, for it begins with the greatest bloodshed in history: done by the Lord ALONE. (He doesn't want anyone else to be blamed for the record-setting executions.) It will look like Gotterdamerung. For example, it takes seven months to bury the Land's dead -- well, once the bridle-high blood has finally drained enough for the Land to be walkable. The Land will stink with rotting corpses, on which birds feast, while folks bury whatever bodies aren't consumed. Who knows how many other nations will be in a similar state. The Baptism of Fire also occurs during this time. (e.g., Luke 17:30-37.) It apparently takes a year to complete: the removal of living unbelievers, directly to Hades ("hell", a compartment under the Earth) -- 'like an anti-Rapture. The two anti-christs, who had been preserved alive, along with Satan&Co., are all imprisoned, as part of this Baptism of Fire Judgment. When the Baptism of Fire completes, all the unbelievers of the Tribulation will have been removed. Only believers are left.

Even so, despite all that gore, all the (probably terrifying) splendor of so many Resurrected folks now in charge and running (flying?) around, people alive at the Tribulation's end will acclimatize. Those newly-born in the population explosion will of course not have seen the Trib, or the gore. It will, like the Holocaust, seem like a story, maybe. After all, things are great! If the King is God, how was He Right to have let war go on for so long? Why didn't He eradicate hunger earlier? Why did He let all those people pounce on Israel so terribly, and for so long, yet claim He loves them? Such will be just a few of their not-so-innocent questions.

For, as we saw earlier, this great environment, plus our sheer numbers, will 'cause' a good many folks born during that time to take all this perfection for granted -- and even, find it boring. Unfair. Devilish. Evil. Want to overthrow Him. Or, us. God's Script will seem contradictory, as it always has, to humans, even absent any demonic 'help'. His Plan always seems to call for 'sacrifice', we think. To see such a 'call' in such idyllic surroundings will seem even sillier. Who needs a God who wants sacrifice? Thus, many in this heaven-on-earth period will be very, very unhappy. 'Love' will seem like 'hate', to them. And us? We'll be suspected as 'aliens', of course.

As we saw from Part I and II, one's capacity for happiness depends upon the level of Love one has for Righteousness. This is the fundamental reason why God is Inviolable. His Righteousness is Infinite, and His Love for it is Infinite. It's a characteristic of HIS, so is a characteristic of anything He makes. Satan's contention has always been that such a characteristic is a flaw, even a lie; for, if it were true, creation would have been made differently. The Millennium is the summary answer to Satan's contention, even though he's locked up. Paradoxical? No "preparation". So that the folks born in the Millennium don't fall for his game, when he's let out. Let's see what this summary will say, since we can NOW use the answers in our own lives, and ourselves prepare.


Satan's contention has always been that if one is Righteousness, and Loves it Infinitely, any others created should be created to satisfy self: thus interpersonal life should be based upon meritorious exchanges between beings. Hence, if that same Love loves those others created, the environment provided them must be likewise meritorious, i.e., pleasant or seductive. Thus both the Garden and the Millennium were authorized by God, Who after all wants everything perfect, anyway. Thus all the non-perfect environments in history were likewise authorized, so to give Satan the opportunity to demonstrate his arguments valid.

God has always said that Satan's conclusions are faulty. God is Infinite, so anything He makes would always be "less-than" -- so, never sufficiently "meritorious", of itself. Even a perfect creature is still a creature, so has only FINITE merit. Therefore, God cannot be "satisfied" by creatures' merit. Instead, God foregoes having His Standards met, in the very act of creation. Such foregoing can only be justified due to Love. Love's "satisfaction" is to Love Righteousness. It is an expression of Righteousness to make creation, so Love is satisfied by the expression of Righteousness, and Righteousness, by Love. So the "merit" is in Love for Righteousness. Anything in the creatures, is "extra".

    However, if the creature also learns to Love Righteousness, the creature himself becomes more like God, so again -- it is only Love which makes "merit". Therefore any 'exchanges' are ONLY good if based on Love for Righteousness, RATHER THAN based on interpersonal merit. First, if he loves other creatures based on Love-for-Righteousness, rather than based on their merit, such a basis makes the creature Loving Righteous grow in merit with each such act of love. So, he becomes happier. Second, each creature is unique, so each creature will differ in the amount of "Love", and hence "merit". So, Love ALSO needs to be the basis for interpersonal life, NOT merit. Love had to be the justification for God to create, since merit could not be, due to the differential in merit. So also, interpersonal life can only be based on Love, NOT on merit, due to interpersonal differentials in merit. Of course, the same mediative basis would apply to "things": Love for Righteousness -- not the differing merit in "things" -- mediates the relationship to "things". In sum, then, all associations are based on, mediated by, Love for Righteousness, RATHER THAN on (by) any merit in the object(s) with which one associates.

    Further, "merit" apart from Love cannot exist. For, "merit" presumes Righteousness, and if there is no love for Righteousness, "merit" cannot be loved, either. In fact, Love does not then exist. For, since "love" does not have Righteousness as its object, the object is NOT Righteous, so "love" is really hatred ("love" for non-righteousness is an opposite). Thus, absent the creature learning to Love God, the creature does not learn to love merit. Hence, whatever the creature calls "merit", is a lie. A loveless lie. Hence, whatever such a creature calls "God", or "Righteousness", is likewise a lie, and he doesn't even really love the lie: he deceives himself, doubly. As a result, he becomes frustrated, disappointed, jaded, frantic -- in a word, 'insane'.

    So, since the creature does not learn to love merit, the creature loses whatever merit he had; therefore he also cannot have any merit, nor enjoy any merit, either. Only Love for Righteousness, then, can result in merit. Only Love for Righteousness, then, can result in the enjoyment of merit. Only God's Love for Righteousness, then, can result in His enjoyment of any creature merit. Only the creature's Love for Righteousness, then, can result in the creature's enjoyment of any merit, wherever such merit resides, however much (or little) merit is in the object. To the extent a creature has learned Love for God, then, ONLY to that extent is he capable of enjoyment. So, absent Love for God, ANY "environment" is unpleasant: the creature cannot enjoy, period.

Moreover, God says, Satan's conclusions result in unhappiness, however 'meritorious' any exchange. Happiness requires that one be self-sustaining. One should NOT need anything, good or bad, from any outside source. Only then is one independent, happy. Happiness depends on independence; independence, on Freedom; Freedom, on Integrity, and Integrity is wholly self-contained. It is wholly self-contained, because Love, Righteousness, and Justice are an indissoluble "family" within the individual. This makes the individual self-sustaining. Thus, he can freely enjoy any wants being fulfilled; he can freely enjoy any wants being UNfulfilled. He can forego anything, or receive anything -- in all cases his happiness is undisturbed. So, ANY "environment" is good. ANY condition, is good. Because the individual is good: self-contained Integrity makes him so. Thus he is inviolably happy.

    Christ demonstrated this Happiness on the Cross. (Heb12:2) This Happiness came from successive deposits of Divine Thinking being freely chosen to be deposited in His Soul, so that He came to have the same self-sustaining Integrity as God -- even in His Humanity. That is the Glory of Being, so that even the maximum repugnance of the Cross was a joy: even what one most 'hates' becomes maximum joy. Why? Due to Love for Righteousness, any 'hates' become but added ways to express that same Love. He thus LOVED to receive all those 'hated' sins, including their Judgment, and enjoyed Himself utterly. Even while ON the Cross, irrespective of any 'reward' He would receive. In short, the joy was self-propitiating, independent, free, even as Christ Himself was Free.

So, the ESCUTCHEON Glory: the Paradox of Righteousness and Love

1Tim2:5, GOD'S ALCHEMY: THE 'LION' MAKES GOLD! "Heis gar Theos..heis Mesites!" Payment for sins was Freely made on His Part -- it was not "owed". So, no 'meritorious exchange'. That payment for sin was due, is again -- an expression of Love-for-Righteousness. Love-for-Righteousness says, "Righteousness is Holy: it must not be compromised." If God doesn't love His Own Righteousness, what then is Love? It is nothing. If Christ didn't Love His Own Righteousness, then He would not have wanted to pay for sins, for Love also says: "The 'Arm' of Righteousness shall not be 'too short': it must also forego or withstand any offense, all offense -- even forever -- or else Righteousness is too 'weak'."

Righteousness cannot justifiably pay, itself, for the offenses done to it.
Thus, Righteousness cannot justifiably DEMAND payment, either. 'Even if payment is owed.

So, the KING-PRIEST MEDIATION GLORY: Any payment must be FREELY given TO Righteousness -- from outside itself, BY another who has the SAME Righteousness. Christ was that One. In receiving the imputation and judgment of all sins, He forewent His Own Righteousness. This act of foregoing thus made a FREE GIFT OF HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS to the Father.

Yet Christ never compromised His Own Righteousness. Rather, since He made the payment a Gift, and He made it to the Righteous Father, Righteousness still goes to Righteousness. He thus expressed His Love for BOTH the Father's Righteousness, and His Love for His Own Righteousness.

The Father, likewise, took that Gift and FREELY made a Gift for Christ out of it. Christ, in turn, will forever be using the Gift He receives from the Father to forever Gift the Father -- due, as always, to His Everlasting Love for the Father. So also, between the Spirit and Christ, Spirit and Father, etc., in a never-ending circular celebration of giving among Them, with all creation as the beneficiaries -- just as They eternally co-covenanted with Each Other before creation existed.

Thus, the Righteousness of Each of Them is NEVER compromised: the Gift is at once freely received and freely foregone. Righteousness at once has freely been paid yet freely foregoes all payment.

So, the SCARLET EAGLE's FLYING, VICTORIOUS HAPPINESS: at all times, Integrity remains inviolate, self-contained, INDEPENDENT of need (i.e., to receive payment). So, at all times, Righteousness is fully expressed: both as to being compensated (receiving), and as to foregoing (giving). Love thus is fully expressed: it endures all for Righteousness, gives all for Righteousness, yet receives all FROM Righteousness. So again, any enjoyment from any merit is "extra", "free". Any foregoing-enjoyments are also "extra", "free". So, at all times, Happiness remains inviolate, self-contained. Even in 'exchanges' between God and Christ, between the Members of the Godhead, LOVE-for-Righteousness, NOT merit, is the mediating, associative basis.

So, were God to make creation Satan's way, which essentially means to base creation on owing-relationships, then every creature would be forever dominated by externals, i.e., by others or by God. So every creature would be tormented -- as Satan's plan has continually proved true throughout history. For, "owing" always means dependence, hence tyranny. Neither the one owing nor the one owed is free. So, neither the one owing nor the one owed can be happy. So, both the one owing and the one owed are tormented, by the dependence which "owing" would create.

    So, the Salvation Paradox: salvation can never be offered based on owing, even though an owing exists. That is why the payment for sins had to be VOLUNTARILY made by One NOT owing anything, motivated instead -- by LOVE. Therefore, anyone's faith in Christ, to become saved, must also be nonmeritorious, free. Therefore, God's Own Righteousness, (plus Christ's Own Righteousness, for Church) is freely 'exchanged' for the free sins: the individual is thus judicially and hence permanently imputed with Divine Righteousness upon initial faith in Christ. [Note: 2Cor5:21 and Romans 5 (among other passages) stress this point.]

    So, the Salvation Glory: Note how "merit" is an external, in any 'exchange'. So, Christ's Merit, which indeed was 'exchanged' for our sins, was done as a gift. Free. That is the only way "merit" can be received: as a gift. That is the only way "merit" can be given: as a gift. That is the only way "merit" can be built into a creature: as a Gift from God. So, since the "merit" is external to him, and GIVEN FREELY, the individual cannot LOSE it. The GIFT was -- a GIFT. Not based on merit. Now the individual is as good as God -- WHICH HE COULDN'T HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN, EVEN IF PERFECT AT CREATION. So, now the individual becomes meritorious. So now the individual is spiritually capable of learning Love-for-Righteousness, and hence, enjoyment. So, the paradox becomes the glory, and sin becomes the instrument of glory: by means of sin, the only way a creature can become "good enough" for God is to CHOOSE God's Salvation Plan.

    So, the Post-Salvation Glory: Freely-gifted Bible Doctrine deposits, which the believer freely chooses to receive, ALONE produce FULL, Inviolate, Happiness, just as they did for the Christ. So, one's enjoyment capacity for heaven is determined by the amount he grows up through God's Script. One gifted Deposit at a time, married to Love. Once those married Deposits make the creature "full", the creature can FINALLY GIVE GOD WHAT IS GOOD ENOUGH -- forever. That's why our WEALTH in Christ is SOOO important. That's why one spits on Him! to spurn the wealth, i.e., in the name of coyness or works.

    GRACE KEY==> So where is "owing"? It is an "extra", an excuse to express LOVE. So where is "works"? It is an "extra", too. So where is "obedience"? It is an "extra", a glory to learn, HAVE, cherish -- just as it always was, in all Covenants of Association, "from the beginning". All are voluntary, added expressions of Love for Righteousness. What would have been torture, due to OWING, becomes glorious OWNING, due to Love for Righteousness. Just as it is, for Christ.

    Why? Because "owing" got an added "letter", smack dab in the MIDDLE: "middle" of the Word, "middle" of history, "middle" of Israel, "middle" of the world. And what is that middle letter? "N", for "NOEL". GIFT. Heb10:5 -- the body prepared as the Father's Gift to the Son was made a Gift to us. So we get to OWN His Mind-Deposits, and that goldmined-depositing thus FREELY causes fulfillment: "Christ in you, the confidence of glory", and "by agency of the Church" (Col1:25-27, Col1:16ff., Eph1:15-23, Eph3:15-21).

    So, the Judgment Paradox: The individual who rejects God, rejects OWNING, in favor of OWING. Thus 'rejects happiness, in favor of hatred. For, he has rejected Righteousness, thus does not love it, thus does not love. Thus, he hates. Thus, he has no merit. Thus he judges good, evil, and evil, good. Thus Love-for-Righteousness must warn him of his self-imposed condition, in his own language: "hatred". "Owing". "War". For, "God makes war against the arrogant, but gives grace to the humble." (Prov3:34, LXX, quoted in 1Pet5:5 and Jas4:6.)

    So, the Judgment Glory: Love administers Judgment as pain, so to mimic "hatred" and thus communicate punishment. Love would not be free to punish if Righteousness were compromised. Love must keep loving and looking at Righteousness in order to love doing what is against LOVE's nature. Only Love-for-Righteousness provides the requisite mediation for Love to withstand what is repugnant to it: punishment. So, were Love not free to punish, creatures of free will could not exist: Absent punishment, creatures who destroy themselves by sin are unable to learn salvation.

    Thus the Paradox of Judgment becomes Glory, even in the Lake of Fire: Love administers punishment -- even forever, if necessary. Yet, still Loves those punished -- even, forever. So, forever endures the painful knowledge of their pain, forever gives, forever foregoes. The Lake Of Fire Is Just Such A Continued Warning: Due To Inviolable Free Will, Even Those In There Can Always 'Repent' And Get Out! 'Problem is, they won't ever choose to do so (apparently) -- however, they can get out -- they are always free to admit guilt and get 'cured'. That is Love.

    So, also, the Judgment Glory we creatures can have in ourselves: being saved, we can learn the "fellowship of His Sufferings", and thus "learn through what [we] suffered." Learn, as Christ did (Heb5:8-9). Learn how to Love, by learning how to love foregoing. By learning how to love foregoing something "owed" us. By learning how to not need 'meritorious exchange'. By learning how to only need to Love Righteousness. In Him. In Doctrine. Like the Most High, to come to regard being judged, hurt, punished as just another way to express added enjoyment of Love for Righteousness. In short, as Rulers who come to be Ruled by that same Love: "Joy". (Heb12:1-2, plus 2Tim2:10-12) Notice how neither our humanity, nor our fallen state, hinder this Glorious Provision, for sin is never the issue, nor is merit ever the issue. So, "extra". So, not a hindrance. Just as Christ's Humanity was no hindrance to His receiving this Glorious Provision.

    'GOD-MAKES-SONS' KEY==>See God's Paradox-Genius, Paradox-Glory? "Foregoing" is a type of receiving. One has to "receive" what one doesn't want. Thus, the capacity for receiving is "grown". So, the capacity for having is thus grown, since a "having" means one is in receipt of the thing owned. So, punishment, judgment, pain -- these are all turned on their heads, so to speak: turned upside down, to result in Blessing, not cursing -- via the mechanism of FOREGOING -- for the sake of Love-for-Righteousness. Thus one is rendered able to receive, have, the "Bigness" of Rapport with God!!!!

So, then: remember also, in Part IVd's "Combat" green table, how the Cross opened His Soul so It could be utterly Filled? Thus, it should be easy to analogously understand that as a result of the successful completion of the Cross, Christ in effect HOLDS AND RECEIVES everything. Personally. As Creator, He paid and holds and receives everything because nothing can exist, nor continue, apart from Him doing so. That means, all horror and evil and sin, as well. Moreover, to His Humanity, all this was likewise imputed and judged, because all horror and evil is due to sin. For, all sins were imputed to Him and judged. Including, God the Father's Judgement of those sins. So, DOUBLY, Christ holds all horror, all pain, all suffering. And, all Joy. He really is the ENTIRE SUMMATION of all experience. Of all of us. See the Paradox, the Integrity, the union-of-opposites? Totally? Therefore, the Totality Of Glory that He is? ALL of Him? And, He didn't want to prosecute us, either, even though we're the ones who pierced Him through with our billions upon billions of sins! Instead, He wanted to protect us. And continues to do so -- even if we reject Him, Who is the Father's Indescribable Gift.

Those born in the Millennium, as well as those surviving the Tribulation, will learn these paradoxes, and their Glories. One of the layers of teaching will be seeing us. Seeing the Resurrected ones. For, together we form a mosaic, as it were, of Him. Displaying Him, Reflecting Him. Gloriously. So, the Millennial population will have our parallel "cross" experiences to learn from. As well as their own. Double blessing, to reflect the 'Double' Lord: Deity, and Humanity. Doubly-represented, through Israel and through His Bride. Gloriously. Opposites, because full spectrum.

In sum, folks alive during the Millennium who haven't yet died will thus also "watch", or "have", the Millennial spiritual life. They will learn from the resurrected "watchers" what that lifestyle is like. They will learn from the resurrected "rulers" what that lifestyle is like. Their decisions about how much of God's Script they want to have will thus be informed votes -- #2 Trial issue, how much they want of Him based on what they know. Thus they will come to choose their own eternal futures, as well.

Thus Christ will not provide tyranny in the Millennium. However, "perfect environment" means inequality. So, to some the inequality will look like tyranny, even as it does, today. Moreover, because the Millennium is such a stark contrast to a past none born during it will have experienced, they will have doubts. The contrast will seem unreal or unfair, as they learn how awful and how long a time Earth suffered. The Resurrected ones, and especially Christ, will seem alien. His Rule will seem odd, even contradictory, especially when compared to the Millennial Spiritual Life. The return to a hybrid Mosaic Law will seem petty, to many. Its humor, its beauty, will be unappreciated. All many will notice is that they are required to go through a lot of rote observances to pay homage. Others will wonder why such observances, so punctiliar, are 'needed' by a King who is obviously magical: so, they will conclude 'something's wrong' with Him. And, of course, with us. In short, what should be an ideal climate for believing in Him -- one we all NOW wish to have -- will not be pleasant, to many.

Thus, many of those alive during the Millennium will come to consider His Rule unfair. For, like Satan, they only consider 'perfect', the external satisfaction of their wants, none of which include Him. Self-tyrannized by their non-God wants, they will be discontented. By the millions, maybe even the billions. Many of them will be believers, of course. So, of course, they prove Satan's contention wrong, but God's "paradoxes" and "Glory" right. Even in their rebellion.

HAPPINESS KEY==> So, we NOW learn from this that we'd not be happy with a 'better environment', either. Only with Christ, is there happiness. Only via God's Script. For US. NOW. That's why God had Revelation written, to let us know, NOW -- what we DON'T need.

The End: a new beginning, The Eternal State

'God's War' ends with almost as big a horror as it began. All during the Millennium, new "enemies" were born, and many haven't committed crimes, because they are moral. So they are still alive, as the Millennium ends. Then, Satan&Co. are released, to make one last bid -- now that the environment is what they'd long tried to achieve. See how the Lord loves Satan&Co.? They STILL have an opportunity to learn that externals don't make for happiness. They STILL (it seems to me) have the opportunity to believe IN Him. Yet, they do not do so. Rather, they opt for the numbers end-game. Satan&Co. use the Gog and Megog revolution to seduce, and millions or billions gladly follow. (This final revolution seems to me to parallel that first revolution, back when there were only the angels.)

The revolution's objective is to win over enough unresurrected believers and unbelievers, so that Christ can be proved unable to deliver on the remaining "eternity" promise. However, not enough unresurrected believers go for Satan's anti-plan. So, Satan&Co. fail. Finally, their eternal sentence comes due.

Then, it's time for Death, the last enemy, to become the footstool of His Feet. The so-called "Second Resurrection" occurs. Unbelievers are rounded up before the Son, whether from under the earth, or still on earth then -- a sort of anti-rapture (distinguished from the Baptism of Fire, which occurred @2nd Advent) -- and the Great White Throne Judgment occurs. Note carefully: the unbelievers are condemned for their "works" from the Books of Works. Why? Because all the works in the world don't add up to God's Righteousness. Merit-based claims put one in the deepest Arrogance Hole. These people were blotted out (Heb: machah, Grk: exzeleiphw) of the Book of Life, so are "not found" in it. That was the only way they could get into Heaven, and it would have been permanent: "concerning sin, because they have not believed in Me" -- John 16:9 ("have not" means NEVER, in the Greek idiom, due to ouk.) Only Christ is Good enough. Never a blasted thing man does.

Then, all of them -- all unbelievers, the anti-christs, Satan&Co., are apparently spun off in another "big bang". Peter's description in 2Peter might be fusion or fission, not sure which, but Planet Earth is ground zero, the trigger mechanism for the fireball which will result -- possibly -- in the Lake of Fire. Seems like another big bang, producing another universe -- away from God, as it were. All of the works are burnt up in there. Death and Hades are 'sent' there, as it were. Now, all enemies are finally defeated.

Everyone survives it, of course; but Satan&Co., with the unbelievers, go to their universe (the Lake of Fire), and we get a new one of our own. The divorce they wanted, is granted; the marriage we wanted, is also granted. Forever.

Characteristics of Our New Universe

1. The New Universe is the culmination of God's Plan, all along: The Completion of Kingdoms, Families, "Bride" to co-Rule with the King of the Universe.

Remember how, back at the end of Part II, The Christ's Victory at the Cross ensured for the Godhead a "universe of sons"? Remember how, at the beginning of Part III, we saw the Godhead had initially 'decided' to celebrate their Relationship by creating such a universe? So that, á la Matt22's wedding parable, we were all invited? Invited, NOT coerced?!? [Hopefully the reader will realize which statements below are dramatic-style (e.g., long-quotes') explanations, versus quotes which are really in the Bible. Even the drama-depictions, though, are summations of many Bible passages. You can use 1Jn1:9, and the HS will help you see what's meant -- and better still, confirming Bible passages for the drama-depictions below.]

All along, God the Son (and all the Godhead) had wanted a co-Ruler "Bride", and "sons". Family. And He (and They) literally Poured Himself out to the uttermost to GET them! The Father and the Spirit poured Themselves out, too. The Father poured Himself out at the Cross, judging the One He loved! The Spirit poured Himself out at the Cross, sustaining the One the Father Loved! The Father then poured Himself out onto the Church, kitting it out with the largest, most lavish spiritual/temporal/eternal assets, to make a fit Bride-with-dowry, for His Beloved Son. The Spirit poured Himself out for the Church, to remake them INTERNALLY! -- so they could become worthy for such a Son, and thus themselves have the consummation of the marriage: by making love to Him for all eternity, throwing down their crowns before Him, spending all they had joyously! on Him. [Romans 5 is on this very topic, but starts with our ideal response: let's-thus-pour-ourselves-out! It and other passages, plus the manifold mechanics & results of the Lord's Paying on the Cross, lead me to conclude that He deliberately used the Cross to make an unending series of even bigger 'crosses': FOREVER. Because, He NEVER wants to stop being ON the Cross. Someday I'll have to explain this point in a lot of detail, for its import is fabulous beyond description. When that day comes, this "new universe" section will have the explanation.]

So, "from the beginning", as John loves to stress, God's Plan was a LOVE invitation -- for a Bride and Family -- extended to finite rational creation, in succession. In each offer to each group, the SIGN was clearly-written, in HUGE RED LETTERS: No robots wanted; no automatons wanted. No pets wanted. No do-goodies wanted. Who can have full fellowship with such menials? For, those He could have binged! with ZERO effort. After all, that's why non-rational creation is so varied: the 'menials' work-slot was filled -- by them.

So, God the Son yells out, "I'VE MADE THE MENIALS ALREADY, FOLKS. NO MORE MENIALS WANTED. THANK YOU, ANGELS, MANKIND -- BUT I DON'T WANT YOUR WORKS. I WANT YOU. DO YOU WANT ME, APART FROM YOUR WORKS? 'For the Lord loves a CHEERFUL -- repeat, CHEERFUL! -- giver' -- GET IT???? I don't do anything I don't enjoy, so I don't want YOU to do anything I don't enjoy, either!!! GET it???"

This being the Plan, then, from the angels onward, the 'invitations' went out early, as it were: first, to all angels. They could have been wholly Bride; man would have been an ADDITIONAL kingdom they could have ruled, in addition to their inter-angel rulership awards. Some angels accepted, and grew in LOVE; some accepted, but did not grow fully in LOVE. In aggregate, not enough angels accepted and grew in LOVE enough, for there to be a corporate co-ruler "Bride". So, those who accepted received individual rulership awards they could spend on Him (viz., Rev4:8), but the separate, corporate "Bride" role remained 'empty'. No Queen for a King. So, these accepting angels became the "sons of God", one "kingdom", one Family, as it were, for Deity. But no "Bride" overall, for He Who was to be the King of the Universe, over ALL creation.

The invitees who would refuse, would have to be replenished. So, God says: "After all, one of the aspects of 'Perfection' is number! Too many, NO GOOD! Too few, NO GOOD! Not good, that God should be alone! Not good, that God should be more than Three! Not good, that angels should be alone! Not good, that angels should be too many! Not good, that man should be alone! Not good, that man should be too many! So, if anyone refuses, his 'slot' needs to be replaced, so that Perfection in number is met!"

"God has Plans! He's got a whole new universe to populate! There must be a Bride! There must be replenishment of the guests! So, the invitation shall be extended! Let Us go out to the highways and byways, pick up anyone who'll accept the invitation, and attire them!" So, out went the Word to the World. Adam and the woman accepted, but can't be in "Bride", for Adam lost his rulership. The great and small believers of the OT accepted, but again, the "Bride" offer to Israel didn't get the requisite number of acceptees. So, like the angels, each of the "great" acceptees received individual (inter-human) awards. But no corporate Bride -- yet. Corporately, the OT folks became "Family of God", a kingdom for "Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad." The highest rank among them, "Friend of God" was awarded to Moses, Abraham, David. And, the search for the "Bride", continued.

"But lo! The Christ accepted! He became Seed, and completed His Love Covenants! So, He is appointed, Seated, King of the Universe, even in His Humanity! The Word becomes the Word of the Cross! The Word of God! The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Bright Morning Star! Replacing Satan! So now, a King is Complete! So now, Let Us complete the Bride!" So, the great and small believers of "Church" accepted, and the Bride was FINALLY completed. Barely. Just enough. Perfect. Just in Time.

Ergo the Bema, during the Trib, to kit out the Bride (and maybe the Guests, here, too? Or was their 'bema' earlier?) with Her eternal LOVE-GIFT 'rewards'. The King has a few surprises up His sleeve, for His Bride: after all, most of the Bride don't even know of the Bride doctrine! "Heh, you just thought you were invited, to attend someone else's wedding? Heh, guess what? I'm marrying YOU!" This is what He'll be saying to a very surprised "Church" at the Bema. We will reply, "But Lord, what did we do for You?" [Luke 17:10 and another passage somewhere in Paul. Its gist: we would have 'obeyed' anyway, for sheer joy. We excuse our obedience on the grounds that it was His 'due'. (It's not the Gospel "naked and you clothed Me" verse.)] Then, He will explain: how surprised we will all be, with our rewards! [It makes more sense to say that Church=Bride. He's marrying the whole Church, given Eph1:15-23. Those who don't reach Pleroma rank will be under those of Pleroma rank, so that the Pleroma folks will be properly-kitted out to serve the King. This makes even more sense when looking at all the Church passages. I think I understand my pastor's teaching, now. "Bride" still stresses the Pleroma people, but who will complete them? If Christ had to be completed by a "Body", what are the necessary characteristics of that "Body"? Wouldn't those who are Pleroma be only sub-"heads"? Is a person merely a head? Oh no, says Paul in 1Cor12, Eph 4, 1Tim2, etc. So, yes, the interpretation by some other pastors that "Bride" is not equal to Church, makes partial sense. However, Pleroma believers are the sub-heads of the "Bride", so need a "body" of their own, as it were -- in order to serve Him. Ergo, the Pleroma believers will have the most direct contact with Him. Those who didn't make it into that upper-class will see Him less often, akin to how often the English populace see their Queen. Not good, then, to miss Pleroma!]

So, it only remained to fill out the guest roster. The great and small believers of the Trib and Millennium accepted. Thus, by the end of the Millennium, the guest roster is finally replenished. Each guest is properly accoutered in LOVE, with his individual awards to spend on the Groom, forever. Happily.

2. The New Universe is Rich in every way -- and Unequal in every way.

So, the new universe is binged! into existence. And Look! Down from the new Heaven comes the "Bride". A very real, very huge city, made up of every jewel and precious metal, right down to its streets! No Temple, for the desert God who never wanted a manmade anything, Who only let Solomon build an earthly Temple to depict the Heavenly one for a little while -- and even then only allowed it if each worker received special 'craftsmanship' enduements -- this same Desert God is now Alpha and Omega, Cornerstone of the Real Temple: of believers. Because, it was never about works, it was about the person. One 'wall' is Church; the other, OT, Trib, and Mill believers. (Or maybe two walls, each? He's the Cornerstone of all four corners. Ooops! I didn't pay enough attention in Bible class back in 1983! The Holy Spirit only recalls what one has already learned under Him! ouch.) In short, the "Bride", like everything else in Scripture, has a multilayer meaning. A place. A city. A people. Us. Rich beyond comprehension. For, if this fabulous description of a mere city is given, how much more, the rest of the universe, especially since ALL of it is designed by the Father to glorify and celebrate the King?

We know from Rev21 that God's Plans entail an entire new universe, not just Planet Earth: "heavens" always stands for (one or more of) three "layers": Earth's atmosphere, the stellar universe, and God's Throne, aka "the third heaven" in Scripture. Those three levels will be newly redone. So also, the planets, of which Earth will still be central. So also, Jerusalem will still be the capital of (at least man's) universe, here depicted (in Rev 21) as the "Bride". We further know, from Chapter 22, that there still will be differentiation into "nations", since "glory" (highest form of tribute) will be regularly brought into that new Jerusalem. Further, since there is a Tree of Life in the middle of the Heavenly City, that fact implies (?) a new population of flora and fauna -- probably a lot different from what we know today, since then nothing can die.

INTERPRETATION KEY==> In short, the new universe's essential structure, physically, parallels today's structure: Free will. So, variety. So, Inequality. For, 'not good, that everyone should be equal'. Not even the Godhead regard themselves Equally, even though THEY ARE EQUAL: One is Father, One is Son, One is Spirit. FAMILY. So, unequal-in-rank. So, unequal-in-function. So to BEST EXPRESS LOVE. So, the old chestnut that we'd be sitting on clouds strumming harps is pure satanic, communist, 'Brother-Foot'-type nonsense.

For, we will all then know Him completely. Just as the Covenant of Association with the angels started out with their having full knowledge of Him. (Whether that knowledge was "gnosis", academic knowledge, or "epignosis", spiritually-useable knowledge, I'm not sure -- probably the latter?) However, as we've learned by now, the amount of enjoyment one gets depends on the size of the soul, and the size of the soul depended on how much grew in LOVE -- that will be what differentiates us, person to person, in the eternal state. The amount of enjoyment will be balanced with externals. So we will not be equal. Some of us will have a thousand closets of rare mink coats, so to speak. Others, can only occasionally glimpse those of us who have them.

In sum, there will be three everlasting "elect" creature kingdoms (well, maybe four): angelic, human (or human and Israel) and Church. They will, it seems, all be in the same universe. So, we'll all have plenty of contact with each other. In any case, all kingdoms' beings will be too busy loving each other to fret over who has 'more': everyone will be content with what he has: freely, competently. For the old things will have entirely -- passed away. We will all "know even as we are known", so no one is denied the Knowledge of God, however much a loser he was in this life.

Conclusion: Love

Father says:

"The Stone which the builders always reject as so unworthy, they deride the question: 'Is there a Stone too heavy for even Righteous GOD to lift? To make a perfect and free creation of the SAME MERIT AS HIMSELF?' That Stone WAS too heavy! Yet, It was Lifted! TETELESTAI! Accomplished! BY CHRIST! LEARN MY SON!"

It was never
about power.
Never about morality.
Never about 'who's-better'.
It was always about LOVE.
Just as the Godhead, Equally,
Refuse to assert Their Equality,
Instead Loving, Serving Each Other,
So poured Themselves out for us.
So also we who are unequal,
LOVE our inequalities,
So to serve each other.
So, synergy! Far SUPERIOR to being equal."

And the Spirit adds:

"Oh, do not 'dismember' Him with Laodicean, nodding, ritualistic 'works'."
"Oh, do not 'dishonor' Him with rousing emotion, spurning MY Filling you."
"Oh, do not 'shrink' Him with baby-blasphemies,
Oh, do not 'crucify' Him with pious judgments,
as if such vanities can EVER better the world."
"Oh, 'defend' Him NOT with windy apologias."
"Oh, do not harden your hearts 'Today'?"
"Come! Buy wine and milk,
without money, price!"
"Turn, be healed!"
"Let not the world hate the Son's Name on your account."
"How shall one escape, who neglects his so-great salvation?"
"Then your works will burn away, like any unbeliever's;
Your charred-yet-grateful self remains; in Heaven, but
Farther from Him than you'll then wish you were!"
"Oh, do not abandon your former First Love?"

Because, it's ONLY about Love.
Forever and ever and ever.
"And so shall we always be with the Lord."


And those in the Lake of Fire? What's the Love for them?

Depending on your orientation to God, you can assume that, since Hell exists forever, God must be a sadist and thus He's going to FORCE them to stay there forever. Yet we also know "forcing" is not at all consistent with His Nature. Furthermore, no verse in the Bible says that those who go to Hell must stay there. An extremely-positive idea of God would claim that everyone eventually ends up in Heaven, i.e., all eventually believe. I don't see support for that view, either. Rather, as stated throughout Parts I-V, the truly-correct answer seems to be in the "middle": yes, Hell lasts forever, but no, those there do NOT have to stay. Reasoning to support this conclusion, follows.

When Satan&Co. rebelled, God didn't just zap them into the Lake of Fire. So, He gave them grace (even until now) to change their minds. Analogous to Pharaoh. Same, for Adam and the woman. There was, in short, a "contingency" plan in case of creature failure. Now, how many such plans are there? Parts I-V have essentially reviewed what constitutes a rolling series of contingency plans for every contingency. The many "covenants", each of which ended due to creature failure, were replaced by others. Or, they didn't end at all. Note these two characteristics: either the covenant upgrades, or it is unconditional. So, if a covenant "ends", it is because it is replaced by a better one. If unconditional, the covenant keeps on going. Forever. So, then: wouldn't Hell be the most extreme of them? Keeping on going, absent the "contingency" of repentance (faith in Christ)? Upon which contingency, the Hell "covenant" is replaced by salvation -- so their bodies are changed, and they go to "our" Universe?

For we notice that each Fall was a horrific thing, shattering the creatures who sinned (angels, the Eden couple). So, it was a bona fide warning to give: dying, you shall die. Scripture doesn't record whether the salvation plan was communicated to them prior to the Fall, but even if it had been -- the horror of the Fall was itself extreme. Imagine, being plagued with an unquenchable need to be good, which is the very epitome of hell! But of course they did fall, but look: a whole series of replacement covenants is offered throughout history. 'Beginning with, Salvation (which is always the same). And, look: salvation is, due to the Father's Genius, not only a recovery, but way beyond that -- to the status of "sons". For the sake of the FirstBorn, Who paid for it all, both as Creator (Deity), and as the Lamb.

So, then: those who never believe certainly damage themselves even more during this life, for they not only are shattered, but they develop a mature anti-integrity, based on pride. So, then: wouldn't it be consistent to assume that Hell has a contingency plan, too? If perfection had one, if imperfection had many, how much more would Hell be likely to have one? So, just as now, they CAN believe to be saved? Whether they will ever say "yes", even there, seems unlikely (more on this, below) -- but from the standpoint of God's Design, especially since the Christ Paid For Everyone -- Hell must have a contingency plan, and salvation must still be yes-able, especially since they still have souls, and thus free will. [While perhaps the ancient Christian belief in praying for the dead has its roots in an understanding that folks in Hell CAN get out, the Bible very clearly teaches that one can't pray for the dead, and the dead can't pray for the living: principle is in 1Jn5:15-16. The person has to change his own mind, and no one else can pray for that. God never coerces volition.]

Let's examine these premises for supporting data. God's Love is Eternal, just as are all of His Attributes. So, it's not as though the Love of God could fail (play on Romans 9:6, plus "love never fails" in 1Cor13). Those in the Lake rejected HIM. He never did, and never will, reject them. After all, if we find the Lake of Fire abhorrent, how much more, Does GOD? For all eternity past, all eternity now, all eternity future -- was there ever a moment when God hid this awful knowledge from Himself? How can He stand it? LOVE found a way. As we saw from the "Judgment Paradox", above, Love for Righteousness enables Him to 'stand' punishing them for as long as it takes to motivate them to change their minds ('repent', in English Bibles). That punishment is their only protection, their only link to sanity, their only "help" to counterbalance the hardened hatred -- and give them "a way of escape", as Paul puts it. (1Cor10:13 is on believer testing. Its underlying principle, though, is: God always gives a "way of escape". In fact, there's a whole set of systems for "escape", revealed from Gen1:1-end Rev. Gal5:1 is the justification -- even for unbelievers.)

See the Love of God? All these folks have to do is admit they are wrong, just as the Eden couple finally did in Part II. Why? Because it's TRUE, and an admittance of Truth is a positive expression TO truth. That is their sanity link, which keeps on being provided, via the pain. Just as belief in Christ is ALWAYS preceded by a change-of-mind about one's innocence, so also these folks can "turn and be healed." GOD NEVER REJECTS THEM. HE KEEPS PLEADING, as it were, in the only language they will understand: pain. Apparently, although they remain free forever, they will never choose to change their minds and admit guilt, despite the never-ending 'escape route' God provides via such burning punishment.

To say God keeps pleading, as it were (á la 2Cor5:20), is NOT to imply that somehow God is maudlin, sentimental, sighing, etc. There is nothing wimpy about Total Love for Total Righteousness. Infinite, in fact. Completely impregnable 'walls'. So there is not even an iota of regret. Justice is served.

We've heard this kind of argument used to justify hurting many people in history. Anyone can appropriate the foregoing rationale to excuse any kind of anger-lust he wants to execute. However, a true Justice motive can be easily distinguished from the shallow i'm-serving-justice excuse. How? 'PRODUCTIVITY of the punishment.

For surely, anyone in the Lake hates God. 1Jn reveals that he who does not love God, does not love people, either. Rather, such a person fantasizes that he is in the light, that he is in the truth, that he loves God, that he loves people -- a warning John repeats a dozen times in that epistle. Mental illness is a strange thing: it makes you think you are in the light. Lies seduce one into that false idea, and the foundation of all mental illness, is the lie one tells self. The lie is promiscuous: it multiplies, like a virus. So mental illness 'completes' these people, as evidenced by their unremitting hatred. For if, as Paul said (literally) in 1Cor13:13, "but the greater of these, is Love", how much more true is it, that the greatest of these illnesses, is hatred?

In Part I, we saw that once Satan rejected God's Love, he never once waivered in that rejection. He, and all who go to hell with him, could have gotten out of the sentence, simply by faith, just as we can. Think about how extremely difficult this is to do: how can one be 100% negative, for a whole lifetime? So, what's left, after so long a recalcitrance? Moreover, what becomes the nature of a person, who so self-programs his very own soul, to forever reject the Love of God?

Well, hatred produces its own version of 'love' -- insanity. Constant torment. Any burning on the inside far outweighs any burning they might have on the outside. It is a kindness, a balance, that burning on the outside. Sounds crazy, doesn't it?

I really wonder how much that burning will actually be sensed by those in there, given God's Love bearing all that suffering since eternity past (true suffering is knowing, not feeling -- feeling is MUCH smaller). The Lake is literal fire, but they do not get consumed by it. They must be insane then, to still refuse Him. 'Especially if they are permanently in their fantasy world; as they have long been, ever since, like Pharaoh, they passed their 'point of no return'. Want further proof of how people insanely hate God, even in hell? Look at the rich man in Luke 16:20ff. [Note to self:t8s2,Basics, exeg notes in RSV Bible.] That's the so-called 'parable' of the rich man and Lazarus. It gives vivid, identifying detail; versus a mere parable, which is shorter and generic. Nor does the Bible call it a parable, though with other stories, the designation "parable" is explicit. Rather, here the text is an exerpted quote. It is definitely a story the Lord told. Maybe, He told it from Divine knowledge of someone down there, and told it vividly because the Pharisees hearing the story knew the guy while he was still alive? So to quietly remind them Christ is God, as He'd reminded them before? (The Lord was keen on repetition.) So, maybe not a parable, at all, but a bald warning? You decide.

Pity the English so drily translates it, so the reader isn't alert to this maybe-not-a-parable meaning. "Lazarus" means "God help him!", by the way, so maybe it was a sarcastic nickname for his condition, rather than his real name. Lazarus' "sores" were really the same kind of skin cancers as afflicted Job. Lazarus couldn't move. Lazarus was tossed, as a joke! (not merely "laid") by the housegate which was for the rich man's garbage -- mixed with the garbage. He constantly "desired" food scraps from the rich man's table. Even the dogs licked at his sores. So, we know only the dogs had any love for him (dog saliva has antibiotic properties). Clearly, if this is not a parable, anyone in the neighborhood would know of Lazarus. Gossip flies.

Having made himself nuts, the accuser's only useful value, to himself or anyone else, is as an "FTX" for those who are not so far gone. In the military, an "FTX" is a "field training exercise". Often, some of the troops will divide up into opposing 'forces' -- viz., in the movie, "The Dirty Dozen". There, they 'fight' each other, so to gain training experience for real combat, in a real war.

The real war, is against our limitations, and against our irrational, totally-depraved urge to make fig leaves -- to "be good", rather than to be with God. The 'enemy', like the accuser, is used to train us, even inoculate us (like allergy shots do) against becoming like him. So, the accuser gets more time, like Pharaoh did, like Satan does -- to change his mind. He won't, but technically he can. Meanwhile, whether he does or not, we can still learn by 'training on' such a person. It's Grace, LOVE -- all the way, for all parties affected.

Immorality is thus no different from morality, absent Love. That's the paradox: the greatest immorality is to reject love. What immoral person loves? Is it love, to murder? Is it love, to rape? Is it love, to tyrannize? Of course not. Neither is it moral. So, morality, when divorced from love -- and NO one can love until he learns God, says 1Jn, repeatedly -- morality divorced from love is immoral. Why? Because it rejects Love, which is immoral. All the rightness in the world becomes hate. [Ergo 'Christian' morality today, with its insane hatefulness, in the name of 'good' -- is repulsive. So, unbelievers remain unbelievers. So, they 'reciprocate' the hatred, and thus reject Christ. Granted, we are used as an excuse for their rejection, for they hate Christ anyway: in preference to their OWN morality, their own 'good'. So, hatred multiplies.]

So, inexorably, the moral person shrivels up, driving himself crazy all the while. In the beginning, he obeys and obeys and obeys. Sooner or later, he wants to get paid for all that obedience -- especially, from God. Pay, not love. See? Not being paid what he thinks he should be paid for his self-determined 'services', he becomes bitter. He becomes jaded. He becomes depressed. He becomes vindictive. He becomes, in a word: immoral. He won't see it -- but everyone else will.

So, those who end up in the Lake, continue to be willfully crazy. They Can Get Out! But likely never will believe in Him, and thus escape. But the Love of God doesn't reject them -- rather, they keep on rejecting Him, and that's 'heaven' to them, in preference to the real heaven. To them, their hatred of Him is heavenly. To them, they are the victims, the martyrs, the winners unfairly spurned. So, God is Infinitely Loving, Kind, even here -- for they are so consumed by their hatred of God, they live in fantasy, morally running the same me-be-god tapes, over and over and over. Absent this punishment, this condemnation, they would have no escape from their self-programming. For it's never about anything but LOVE, and "Love never fails", 1Cor13:4ff -- so, even God's 'condemnation' is forever a blessing, just as it was when God kicked the Eden couple out of the Garden, blocking the way to the Tree of Life. God's Love is consistent, never 'constrained' by His Other Attributes, but by Sovereign Choice, wholly free from influence. He will never change His Mind, neither at the original fall of angels and man, nor in eternity future, when the Lake of Fire remains -- by Sovereign Will over all His Own Attributes, He remains faithful, 1Tim2:13.

So NOW, what?

What do we do, with all of this information? Shall we discount it entirely, buy it blindly, shudder with fear, run away, drown ourselves in the same ol' life we've lived until now?

Perhaps 'the biggest lesson is: don't divorce God from your life. Don't pretend you are in the Light. Test the self: how well do you really know God -- personally? We start out as spiritual babies. We don't know love. We first have to learn right/wrong, to develop that frame of reference to appreciate God.

It's the right/wrong learning which is so dangerous, since Satan wants to hijack us. If we drift off-course (James 1:6), obsessing over right/wrong, rather than awakening to an appreciation of GRACE, we will never learn Love. We will be too busy hustling, too busy fearing, too busy judging others. 'Just like the ignorant workaholics to whom James wrote. To them, works was a substitute for Doctrine: James 2:18 ("faith" in the Bible usually means what-is-believed; so, means "doctrine"). Of course, today's childish workaholics always ignore that context, when piously quoting "faith without works is dead." For, they are in the Light, baby. God forbid that anyone should tell them otherwise. God forbid that anyone should suggest that it's kinda hard to do good works if you don't first, over a long time! know God as well as Abraham did. Oh well. James DID try to explain it.

We can't afford to go Satan's route, playing in our fantasy-works sandboxes forever, can we? The cost -- distance from Christ in eternity -- is too high. Imagine, hustling down here, thinking "salvation" ONLY meant avoiding Hell -- but to regretfully discover, "I could have had so much more!!" Better to be in Hell, forever, than to know the awesome grief-stricken horror, that avoidable! so-small salvation. God is kind, though: you will only suffer maximally during (some or all of) the Bema. Then, like Charly, you will become your limited, hustling, self. Truly Happy, but -- oh well. Is that what you want out of Heaven? More importantly, is that how you want to honor Him? Naked? In grief? An Epsilon, when you could have been an Alpha? I bet 'not'! It's surely not how the Father wants you to Honor Him. Ephesians 1 says it all: "every spiritual blessing". Not fake-humility, eyes-half-mast, Uriah-Heep-type garbage. Your choice.

We should be wary. For, as in the times of the Pharisees, our legalistic apostacy is extremely high. God destroyed Israel for much less evil than we Christians are self-righteously committing. We should be Wordy, huh.

Oh death, where is your sting -- you were swallowed up in Victory, His Word. LOVE.

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