Let me use this blog to really stretch your vision of what I believe the Lord has in store for His church.  This last week we got exciting reports in the media of the exploration results from space probes which confirms my Kingdom Vision...the Lord made this universe for endless growth and universal prosperity...if only we will have the faith to possess our endless inheritance.

The New York Times of 5th November carried a fascinating report of the research results by scientists analysis of the NASA Kepler spacecraft data.  This space probe has for years been relaying information of distant stars and the planets discovered circling them.  It has now been determined that 20% of the some 200 billion stars in our galaxy contain planets like our earth in terms of distance from the sun, water and size. That means about 40 billion planets in our galaxy like earth.

But wait! That's not all...

Previously scientists did mapping of sections of space to try to calculate roughly how many galaxies there are in visible space. Last count was about 15 billion galaxies and growing...

The other interesting space report this last week was from the Cassini space probe launched in 2004 to map the Saturn system and its moons. Its been there several years making an inventory of the various moons of Saturn and this last week sent back photos of the poles of the moon Titan showing literally oceans and lakes of liquid petroleum (ethane).

Why is this important for the Kingdom warriors of the 21st Century?

Well let me apply this information (plus a bit more space information) to three wonderful scriptures to stretch your vision of what the Lord has ahead for us as work in the generations ahead.

Psalm 8:3-6  raises a question and challenge to you and it is this...

"When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him or the son of man that thou visits him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels and has crowned him with glory and honour. You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet."

God wants you to study the heavens, the moon and the stars.  And after studying them He wants you to know they belong to His people His church. He says we must take dominion over the planets and the stars and we must put them under our feet. That means space walks, that means space colonization.

Not convinced? Well consider Isaiah 45:18....

But first to introduce verse 18 we see in verse 17 that the Lord gives "everlasting salvation....world without end"  and then He goes on to say:
"For thus says the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited; I am the Lord and there is none else"

So lets get this straight! God made the heavens and the earth for a purpose...He made them to be inhabited!  That is why he wants you to consider the heavens or study the heavens so you can see what is there and see that it can and must be inhabited.

And then Isaiah continues a few verses later (vrs 22-23)  to say this:
"Look unto me and be saved all the ends of the earth for I am God and there is none beside me. I have sworn by myself...that unto me shall every knee bow and every tongue swear."

So this is what Isaiah 45 is telling us:
- God offers everlasting salvation because the world is without end. (verse 17)
- The Lord created the heavens and the earth to be inhabited (verse 18)
- God's salvation will be extended to all the ends of the earth (and heavens) and every knee will bow to Him and every tongue confess that He is Lord. (verse 22-23)

Well lets consider then the heavens and the earth and see the magnitude of our wealth and glory the Lord has given us and also the magnitude of the work ahead...

We already now know that we have not only our own planet to inhabit but there are 40 billion more planets in our galaxy and billions of more galaxies.  But that is not all because it is not just our planet that can be inhabited but our solar system can be colonized as well!

I have a number of wonderful books in my personal library on the subject of space colonization. One of my favourites is by John Lewis professor of Planetary Sciences at U. of Arizona called "Mining the Sky".  In his chapter 12 "The Asteroid Belt: Treasure Beyond Count" he gives an inventory of the possible incredible riches in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.  For instance the amount of iron ore there is sufficient to supply the earth for 400 million years based on our current consumption of 2 billion tons per year. Or put another way, there are enough building materials to build space habitats that can comfortably support a population of a million earths. That means that we can build and support for millions of years just in our own solar system a population numbering 7 billion (our present population) times a million!

 But besides iron ore there are incredible riches of copper, tungsten, nickel, gold, platinum, aluminium, every metal needed by man.

In his next chapter titled "The Outer Planets: Power Beyond Measure" he shows how we cannot quantify the amount of available gas for power, chemicals etc. And then on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn are all manners of useful chemicals, water, and places like Titan, veritable oceans of liquid petroleum and nitrogen (needed for farming).

Our moon contains vast quantities of a wonderful chemical called He3 (helium three) that scientists consider the best candidate for fusion fuel. He3 does not occur naturally on earth but we can mine it on the moon where it is plentiful. With fusion energy we can have unlimited amount of abundant power. With fusion fuel space drives we can build space ships that get to Mars in 3 days.

Here is what a possible space habitat can look like:

This is a torus colony designed for 10,000 people.

This is torus colony designed for a million people.

But how much time do we have? Surely this is the "end times" and its all over very soon? No, and that is the main point of my book...we are living in the Kingdom Age, the "end times" spoken about numerous times in the New Testament occurred between 33 AD (from the resurrection of Jesus) to 70 AD (the destruction of Jerusalem at the battle of Armageddon at the end of the Jewish era).

So how much time do we have to accomplish the works of God?  Well Exodus 20:5-6 gives us an indication. God tells the Israelites that He wreaks vengeance on the ungodly over 3-4 generations but that He extends mercy and blessing to His people for thousands of generations. If a generation is 40 years then we have at least 80,000 years ahead.

So what is the Bible's Kingdom Vision telling us?

We are restoring the Eden mandate of taking dominion over all the works of God's hand. Practically that means inhabiting and filling the universe with life. Why? Because God is a Father and He loves children and wants a family. It's only now that we begin to realize that when He said to Abraham that his seed would be as the stars of the heaven and the sand of the sea in multitude that it was not an exaggeration...it is a number which no man can number.

Do you think this is an exaggeration? Well this is what John saw in heaven:

"After this I beheld and lo a great multitude which no man can number of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues stood before the throne and before the Lamb clothed with white robes..."  (Rev. 7:9).  

Folks, we are going to take care of the devil and his rebellion in short order and we will do this while we carry on with the great Kingdom tasks the Lord has given us.
The multitudes of the nations of the earth will come into the Kingdom and they will all participate in the great task of extending His glory into all the universe.

You have a job to do in your generation and for the time you are given on this earth. In all that you do, seek first His Kingdom and His glory and don't look down on the smallest tasks like giving water to the thirsty...every day is an opportunity to carry on the great task of spreading His Kingdom.

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