Part 3: Babylon Falling: The Journey into the New Age

As the Babylon World System crumbles the Lord calls His church to be the vanguard leading the world into the New Heavens and the New Earth.  He has given us both spiritual tools and technological tools to get on with the job.  Lets analyze....

In last week's blog I introduced you to an important reality of our time. It is this:  The technology explosion we are experiencing will be both a major cause of the fall of the entrenched world power structures while at the same time liberating God's people and empowering God's people to get on with His Kingdom agenda.

There are more of these technology breakthroughs that I want to analyze with you as to their liberating potential and Kingdom building potential.  But first let's take an analytical look at where things are in the world today and see if we cannot discern a pattern as to where the Lord is leading world history...

Lets look at three things these last weeks that caught my attention:
Japan
Donald Trump
China Shanghai conference of "One Belt One Road"

Here is a fascinating factoid I read this last week about Japan:
In 2015 Japan, a nation of 120 million people had one homicide by gun. Let me repeat...only one person in all of 2015 was murdered by gunshot wound in the whole nation!!

Donald Trump and the "Make America Great Again Agenda".
Pres. Trump released his budget for 2018 before leaving for a trip overseas. The budget priorities are clear: Huge increases in military spending, big cuts in health education and welfare. His trip to Saudi Arabia was highlighted by a $350 billion military arms export deal. And in Europe a meeting with NATO allies he demanded they increase their military spending....which of course will translate to more arms exports for America.

I get the impression that Mr. Trump's plan for making America great again is centred around a major military build up and new manufacturing jobs will be centred in the "military-industrial-complex".

Meanwhile in China...
A recent meeting in Shanghai of world leaders in the Eurasian group of nations gathered to plan and commit to China's "One Belt One Road" trans-continental infrastructure development program.  America did not attend (except for a low level observer).

The new China "Silk Road" initiative is linking the nations of Eurasia in a massive Chinese investment program to create an integrated continental economic powerhouse. China is providing hundreds of billions for new roads, railways, ports, telecommunications, airports, power stations, power lines to the integrate the vast continent and create the infrastructure for economic cooperation and development.

For instance, in Pakistan it is investing over $40 billion in new ports, railway lines, roads and power stations that will link China's western provinces through Pakistan to the Indian ocean trade routes while investing heavily in Pakistan industrial development.

God's New Heavens and New Earth Agenda

Now let me analyze these world trends with God's New Heavens and New Earth agenda as outlined in Isaiah....

Rev. 21-22 which I have referenced repeatedly in my blogs speaks of great things that God plans to do in the earth.  Especially "the healing of the nations".  It speaks of a "new heavens and a new earth".
This is a reference directly from Isaiah 65:17:
"Behold I create a new heavens and a new earth..."

And then the Lord gives us the policy program for the new heavens and the new earth:

1) Long Life and Health

vrs 20 "There will no longer be an infant of days nor an old man that has not fulfilled his days: for the child shall die a hundred years old, but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed."

There are coming great medical breakthroughs that will drastically increase life expectancy which will be a great blessing to the righteous who know what to do with long life but a curse to the sinners who will "amuse themselves to death."  More on this in future blogs....

2) Peace and Economic Prosperity

vrs. 21-23 "And they shall build houses and inhabit them and plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them....for as the days of a tree are the days of my people and my elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  They shall not labour in vain nor bring forth for trouble for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord and their offspring with them."

There is a whole new world economic system coming that will ensure peace and prosperity for all and we the Church will be the initiators of this new economic paradigm. It will not be traditional capitalism or communism. It will centre around concepts like collaborative production and collaborative consumption, universal asset ownership and dividend distribution, sound currency, community commons, peer-to-peer investment, trading and collaboration, networks and not hierarchies, local production, local community standards etc.  Much more on that in later blogs...

3) Ecological Healing of the Earth

vrs. "And the wolf and the lamb shall feed together and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock"

Lions eating straw? Really? Well yes....today it can be done. You need to do some gene manipulation so that the lion will produce an enzyme in his stomach to break down cellulose and hemi-cellulose into glucose and pentose sugars. And while you do that then just carry on with some other gene splicing operations to heal the earth like incapacitating the malaria mosquito and changing viral genes that cause diseases etc.

So yes genome manipulation is on the Kingdom agenda and yes I know that it is dangerous technology and can be abused but so is nuclear technology and internet technology.  But these new technologies are tools in our tool box useful to fulfil our Kingdom mandate to "take dominion over all the earth."  More on this in future blogs.

4) Victory over the Serpent

vrs. 25 "Dust shall be the serpent's meat and they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain says the Lord"

This takes us back to the prophecy the Lord made to Satan in the garden, "you shall eat the dust of the ground" and what Paul and Jesus said, "You will tread on serpents" "The Lord shall tread Satan under your feet".  This is spiritual warfare which only the Church of God can do.  Satan must be cast out of the heavenlies...that evil spirit force that goads mankind to do unspeakable horrors...once we cast them into the pit and clean out the heavenly realm of their influence over nations God says "they will not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain".

God's agenda is not only a new earth but a new heaven. A new heaven is one that does not have a lot of fallen angels and demonic spirits in it constantly harassing mankind. Now let me be clear on this....eliminating Satanic control over nations and people does not eliminate sin from the earth.  People have every opportunity on their own to obey or disobey the Lord. Sin in our lives is not totally Satan's fault.  We are held accountable for our own sins. But we can certainly do without the demonic powers on earth deceiving mankind!  And this victory is part of our Kingdom agenda....

5) Economic Adjustment from War to Peace

Isaiah 2:4 "And he shall judge among the nations and shall rebuke many people and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more."

And this is already happening in our time....

God rebukes nations that go to war.  Japan and Germany in our recent past go to war.  They are severely rebuked by the Lord.  They change their ways. They learn economic laws...it is better to produce wealth and trade for what you want than produce weapons and steal what you want. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries changes from making the Zero fighter plane to making cars and ships and industrial equipment. Germany changes from making Panzer tanks to making the best cars.

All over the world successful economic countries are those who have decreased military spending and increased investment in education, infrastructure and industry. The world is learning God's economic agenda is best for everyone....

6) World Spiritual Revival

 Isaiah 2;2-3 "...the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say Come ye and let us go into the house of God and he shall teach us his ways and we will walk  in his paths..."

The Church of Jesus Christ is the mountain of God, the Mount Zion of God, the House of God on earth.  We are His dwelling place on earth.  And we are to be the vanguard of the spiritual revolution that will create a new heavens and a new earth.

Nations must be able to come to us and say "teach us your ways so that we can walk in the paths of the Lord."

Now let me analyze the issues I raised at the beginning in the light of this Kingdom Agenda outlined in Isaiah as the pertain to the world stage.

America and China and Russia

80% of the evangelicals in America are solidly behind Donald Trump and his agenda. I admit if I were an American I would have voted for him as well rather than Hillary Clinton. But in terms of God's agenda for now on planet earth at this hour...who is following God's agenda?

Pres. Trump's make America great again through vast military increases and arms exports and NATO military increases and domestically big cuts in welfare, education and no investment in infrastructure?

Or China's heavy investment in other countries building up their infrastructure and economic potential along with Russian investment also in infrastructure development?
(Russia this last year became the largest grain exporter in the world and earns more money from food exports than military exports).

The American evangelical church does not understand either the times in which we live, neither the Kingdom agenda that needs to be followed and they are exporting their theology of "end times" and church escape from the world everywhere.

I predict a sad end for the Trump administration and great disillusionment for the American evangelical church....and a great big wake-up call for the church to the reality of the Kingdom Age we are now in....and stop looking to political agendas as solutions and get on with God's Kingdom agenda!

Here in South Africa Jacob Zuma is doing his part to be a human wrecking ball that will destroy the ANC as a political party and severely damage the South African economy. But this will have the effect of allowing the church in South Africa to get on with God's Kingdom agenda in our land.  It is the church that is going to heal this land and bring about the "radical economic transformation" that all the political parties are talking about but nobody knows what to do.

In this blog series I want to explore further the technologies now becoming available that are going to destroy the world economic and political power structures but will allow the church to fulfil its calling to heal the nations and bring revival and prosperity to the people of the earth....all within the framework of the Isaiah New Heavens and New Earth.

We are indeed on an exciting journey to the New Age of a New Heavens and a New Earth!  

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