What Will the Future Bring?
(Last revised 10-11-2013)
Lots of people say that the future looks bleak. Some say it's too late to save the world. Some say it cannot be saved because they've been led to believe God will destroy it. And some say everything will get worse and worse and humanity is doomed.
In spite of all the gloom and doom predictions, however, we can believe in real prophecies that foresaw and foretold that after this terrible tribulation ends, which will be after the promised judgment is acknowledged by the nations of the world, we, the vast majority, will save the world and begin to restore it and make it anew.
According to prophets like Isaiah, in the future, our governments will actually represent the people and be truly of the people, by the people, and for the people, and they will use the common wealth for the common good. They will promote the general welfare and establish equity and justice for all the people, thus ensuring domestic and international tranquility.
A modern prophet says that to help accomplish that, in the future there will not even be a presidential form of monarchy, nor will there be a divisive, polarizing competition for the “throne,” because executive councils will replace the chief executives and heads of state.
In the future no one will rule with the power of their money, as the wealthiest few do now. Money will not be able to influence politics or buy elections. We will not be faced with having to choose between self-important partisan political candidates, but we will rather have actual free choice and equal opportunity to determine who represents us in our governments.
This will be possible, of course, only when we alter and reform our present governments, as we the people have the right and the duty to do. And when we do, our governments will actually represent us and do what good government should do.
The article on The 21st Century Declaration of Independence suggests why and how we may accomplish that, and the article titled Real Democracy Is Coming To The U.S.A. discusses it much further. They explain why we have the right and duty to alter and reform our government, and also suggest how.
However, most people haven’t gotten the message yet, so things could get worse before they get better. However, they don't have to get worse, because as soon as enough people get the message, we, the people, can make the changes and reforms that are so desperately needed in order to stop the conflict, division, unfairness and inequity, and stop enabling unbridled greed, corruption and exploitation to run rampant.
Now of course, some religious people disagree about the future. In fact, they think there will be no future of the world at all because they believe in the "end times" myths. But they have been grossly misled by false prophets who misinterpret and misunderstand prophecies.
It is not the end of the world, nor will it be. In fact, according to what Daniel, Isaiah, John and others wrote, our world will be saved and improved and it "shall last forever." And, while the greedy, proud and militant are due for a comeuppance, the kind, humble, meek, peaceful majority shall indeed inherit the earth.
Unfortunately, mankind has gone a long way toward destroying all life on earth, despite all the efforts of humanitarians, progressives, environmentalists and conservationists. That's because greedy, corrupt, selfish people have continued to regard personal power, wealth and domain as more important than the well being of the environment and the well being of humanity as a whole.
However, our problems and suffering are all part of the tribulation that was prophesied and bound to happen, given the nature of egocentric, materialistic Man. But we are at or near the inevitable crisis point caused by Man's vain folly, corruption, greed, self-interest, and arrogance.
Even though most of the prophecies of most of the world’s religions foresaw and foretold this terrible tribulation we have been going through as the end of the passing age has drawn nearer, they also foresaw and foretold that we would learn what we need to learn, overcome, and establish new ways of living in harmony with each other and the earth.
The prophets not only saw the tribulation we suffer from. They also foresaw and foretold that at the end of the age a divinely inspired judgment would be delivered to enable the Spirit of truth to prevail, and there will then follow a new age and paradigm in which the meek shall inherit the earth, make amends, establish justice, make peace, and transform "swords into plowshares."
Even though some false prophets have predicted a terrible future for this world, and even though some of them have led people to believe that an "anti-christ" is coming to rule from a "one world government," none of that is true.
Ironically, we already have something very close to a "one world government." Just consider that the U.S. considered itself the "policeman of the world" following World War Two. Consider that the Reaganite Republican ideology inevitably led to the globalization of American corporations and then to The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) plan for world religious military industrial domination, implemented by the Bush administration. And, consider that since the PNAC plan is apparently still being followed even by right-of-middle Reaganite Democrats, the majority of people in the world still suffer the consequences.
But again, all this was predictable and was predicted. And now, in order to progress and advance forward to a brighter future, the proud and militant need to be corrected with the prophesied, promised judgment, and all people need to learn how and why the past led to the present state of conflict, division, and tribulation. For even though humanity has evolved and progressed in many ways, it has devolved and been pushed way backward in some very significant ways that beneficial to the rich but are detrimental to the vast majority.
Even so, we can accentuate the positive and appreciate all the progress and advancements, and all the great art, music, dance, poetry, literature, movies and technology we enjoy. Humanity has advanced in those ways because of our innate will to good, our will to love, and our will to create things that give us joy and bring out the best in us.
Furthermore, we can have faith that when real messianic prophecies are fulfilled we will have a peaceful family of nations, religions, races and cultures, all equal, with governments of, by, and for the people.
The trouble is, until then -- until enough people get the message -- evil masquerades as good, as it always has. Hate masquerades as righteousness. And lust for power often masquerades as religious zeal. That is why the world is plagued by anger, hate, violence, and even what they call "holy war."
How and Why We Have Been Pushed Backward
We have been pushed backward by deceptive, greedy people who pretend to serve the people and God and Country, when they actually serve themselves and Mammon. Consequently, while a relative few people live a life of incredible abundance, great comfort and extravagant luxury, the majority of us do not — even in America (as is explained in the article on Poverty: America’s Greatest Shame).
The sad fact is that humanity has been plunging down the slippery slope which seems right to those who fight for power over others, but is a downward path that ultimately leads to more and more conflict, division and violence, and ultimately to destruction.
So. We must turn around, stop going backward, and instead progress forward toward a brighter future. And the mission of the son of man is to tell you why we must do that, and how we may do that, because a lot of people have the wrong idea about what the future will bring.
Many false prophets preach gloom and doom, and they warn of coming calamity and tribulation, as if we haven’t already been going through it for quite some time. We have been going through a terrible tribulation, which has been increasing for the last hundred years. We have suffered many things, and we’ve been learning some very hard lessons. But we are learning — at least most of us are, even though a greedy, corrupt few fools, thinking themselves wise, keep trying to push us backwards.
Fortunately, growing numbers of people are finally realizing or learning who and what caused our problems, and how and why people have been so divided and misguided by proud, militant, divisive, misleading partisan political demagogues who pretend to serve us when they actually serve the wealthiest few and their corporations and banks. People have also been divided and misguided by false shepherds and false prophets who claim to serve God. But while those pretenders claim to be religious and patriotic, they do not understand how or why the humble and meek shall inherit the earthThe good news, however, is that when prophecy is fulfilled, we the people shall overcome. We, the great, vast majority of people who are humble, gentle and peaceful shall inherit the earth, and we shall make this world a far better place. And the son of man has been sent to tell you why you can have hope and faith in a brighter future. (See the articles on The 21st Century Declaration of Independence, and How the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth.)
What Does the Bible Really Say?
And Who Really Caused the Tribulation?
Since so many religious people have been led to believe in the "end times" myth, it is necessary to show how and why that myth is based on misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the Bible, and ignorance of real prophecy and divine intent.
The "religious" pretenders do not understand that the terrible tribulation we've been suffering from is not God’s doing. Crises and catastrophic events are and have been the consequences of negative human emotion, conflict and division, and of human greed, corruption, hate, violence, malfeasance, and wrong-doing. For while humanity is one body and the earth is one interdependent ecosystem, Man's greed, corruption and vain folly has put it all asunder.
The truth is that while prophets did foresee and foretell the terrible tribulation and suffering most of us have been going through, real prophecy does not foretell an end to the world.
Granted, some versions of the book of Matthew speak of "the end of the world," and other books in the Bible use the phrase "the end." But, virtually all biblical references to "the end" actually and originally referred either to a geographical boundary or figure of speech (like "to the ends of the earth"), or the end of an age, not the end of the planet earth.
Jesus himself did not actually say "the end of the world," even though it was translated as such in some versions of the Bible. Jesus actually spoke only of the end of the age (aeon). And the real prophecies of the Bible are actually compatible with the prophecies of other religions that speak of the end of this age and the promise of a new age of peace, freedom, equality, fairness, justice, and prosperity for all. And they all foretold that prior to that we would suffer this horrible tribulation and ordeal.
Most of the genuine prophets of the world’s religion, like Jesus, knew the world would be a place of division, conflict, greed, corruption, inequity, violence and war. In fact, that is why Jesus said: "I have come not to bring peace on earth, but rather division." (Luke 12:51) He knew the age he ushered in would be one of conflict and division, and he knew many people, including many who claimed to be devout Christians, would simply ignore the advice he gave about not judging one another, loving one another, especially your neighbor, and even your enemy.
Jesus knew the conflict and division would be caused mainly by the iniquity of self-important, self-righteous, arrogant, judgmental, greedy, power-hungry, imperialistic rulers who would control the military regimes in many countries, from the ancient Roman military industrial empire that ruled in his day, to the military industrial empire that rules today.
However, just as the ancient Roman Empire was not all bad and in fact had many good things about it, so is and does its modern counterpart. In the articles on Ignored American History and The Fall of Babylon, it is explained how and why the United States of America has been good and bad. For even though it was founded on great principles and reached high points thanks to the great democratic principles of presidents Thomas Jefferson and Franklin D. Roosevelt, sporadically, when right-wing militaristic administrations enabled the U.S. Military Industrial Complex to get out of control and abuse its power, the U.S. Government has served the interests of the wealthiest few Americans at the expense of most people in the nation and world. That is why it has fallen more than once, most notably in 1929 and 2008, as a consequence of unbridled greed and corruption.
Fortunately, the end of this divisive nonsense and the beginning of a new unifying paradigm is confirmed by the genuine, real prophecies of all the world’s religions, including those in the Bible that foretell that this inequitable divided "kingdom" and this state of conflict will be replaced by a united, peaceful family of nations in God's "new kingdom," which "shall be set up on the earth and last forever, never to be destroyed," where "the meek shall inherit the earth" and turn "swords into plowshares." (Daniel 2:44; Daniel 7:14; Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3; Psalm 104:5; Matthew 5:3-9; John 16:7-15; Revelation 11:15, etc.)
See, Jesus did not say the world would end, and he did not say he would actually come again.
Jesus said, in so many words, that he had to "go away and be seen no more on earth, but at the end of the age a son of man expressing the Spirit of truth shall come to issue judgment, guide you unto truth, show you things to come, glorify me, and bear my testimony." (See the article on Prophecies Re: He Who Fulfills Them.)
To guide you unto truth, the son of man has pointed out some of the major errors in the New Testament as we know it. And regarding prophecy, another example of error is in 2 Peter 3:10-13, which states that "the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth shall be burned up. ... and the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved ... and we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness."
That is not literally true, and Peter then admits that he got that idea from Paul, who never heard Jesus speak. Paul thought he was the authority on the Hebrew Bible, but he did not understand its prophecies. And even Peter misunderstood what Jesus actually said. Mary Magdalene understood it better, because in The Gospel of Mary it reports that Jesus said: ""All natures, all formed things, all creatures exist in and with one another and will again be resolved into their own roots, because the nature of matter is dissolved into the roots of its nature alone."
Jesus was not talking about the destruction of the earth, and he certainly never said the heavens would be dissolved. No. Jesus was talking about the same universal truth expressed similarly in the Taoist concept of Oneness which states that: "All things derive their life from it [Tao], All things return to it, and it contains them." All life is born, lives, then dies after propagating itself. And all form changes form, constantly evolving, and the densest forms evolve very, very slowly.
In a million years the earth will have changed, as it is constantly changing, sometimes abruptly but mostly very, very slowly. But the "new world" spoken about in prophecies is about a world changed and made anew by humanity, by altering and reforming our governments and religions so that they are recognized as compatible, equal, and destined to help humanity become the family that it is in the sight of God.
The prophecies of Jesus, like all real prophecies, foretell that in the "new" world to come the humble, meek and truly faithful shall inherit the earth, make peace, establish justice and equity, reconcile those who’ve been in conflict, turn our "swords" into "plowshares," etc. That is what real Judeo-Christian prophecy foretells, and thus it shall be.
Here are a couple of the relevant passages that speak to that:
"In the days of these kings (and heads of state) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms (and nations), and it shall stand forever." (Daniel 2:44)
That prophecy is basically repeated in the Christian book of Revelation, which speaks to and foresees what will happen when prophecy is fulfilled.
"The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15)
That indicates what will happen when the world is saved by the message from God’s Spirit of truth that Jesus said would come to issue judgment and show us things to come. It also indicates that the Lord God, and the Ancient One who is with God in heaven, shall reign in Spirit. And it also indicates the world will "last forever" as God's "new kingdom" here on earth.
But notice that it is God and the Ancient One who shall reign in Spirit, not in person. When prophecy is completely fulfilled, no individual person will rule from any throne ever again.
Our governments shall be of, by, and for the people, and "not be left to other people," as the prophet Daniel put it. The wealthiest few shall no longer rule any nation, nor will any nation be ruled by military occupation by a foreign imperial government. All the people of each nation will be as equal joint heirs to the thrones of each of the united nations, which will be embraced by the new world "kingdom" of God. But the United Nations will not be ruled by monarchy, nor will any of the member nations, because all nations will have truly representative government, and all nations will be equally represented in the United Nations, by consensus.
You see, the calling and mission of the modern son of man is to empower and liberate all the people of the world from all those who want to rule over us, so that we all may live as equals, in peace and prosperity. And the comprehensive message he has delivered explains how we will establish equality, freedom, equity and prosperity for all, and make lasting peace.
What Will Be Will Be As We Make It
There is a time for war, just as there is a time to be born and a time for the mortal body to die and let the spirit-soul pass on. But, as humanity realizes the truth the need for war will become less and less.
Granted, we may have to resort to war for a while longer because the world is so inflamed by conflict, hate and anger. However, after the coming reformation, we will engage in military action only by international agreement by the United Nations, acting in concert and coordination with U.N. Peace Keeping Forces, and only as a last resort.
The membership of the terrorists groups who commit indiscriminate mass murder will steadily diminish as their members realize they have been deceived and misled. And, ultimately, official military forces will not use weapons of mass destruction (or nuclear, chemical, biological warfare), nor will they use land mines or ammunition with white phosphorous or depleted uranium (as Israel, the U.S. and some other nations have so shamefully been doing).
When the nations become truly united, the U.N. will become what it should be, there will be no more rogue nations, and no more Big Brother or "Super Power" Policeman of the world. No nation will have veto power, and all nations will have fair and proportionate representation at the reformed U.N., which will be administered by an executive council elected by the general membership of representatives from every nation.
Thus the "cold wars" between the "superpowers" will end. Sanity and fairness will prevail over bravado, religious bigotry and nationalism, and cooperation and collaboration will replace competition for superiority and control.
We will recognize how power has corrupted people, and how absolute power has corrupted people absolutely. We will learn to share the power, and our methodology will be collaborative and cooperative.
We will use only international U.N. forces to enforce international laws and do what needs to be done to serve and protect the people of the world. That is, we will remove murderous tyrants from power. We will stop the regimes of aggressive militant governments that oppress and persecute their own people, or other people. We will stop them from invading and occupying other countries. And we will stop them from depriving anyone of their freedom and their Human Rights.
After the coming reformation of governments and religions, it will be much easier to reconcile our differences with former enemies, and make amends.
In the new "kingdom" of God, the governments of each nation will be independent, and they will be of, by and for the people. They will no longer be governed by monarchs or tyrants, nor by divisive partisan chief executives and "heads" of state, but by executive councils of citizens, actually and freely chosen by the people. And just as nations have federal governments that protect and look over many different states of provinces, so the U.N. will protect the united nations.
Since the United Nations of Earth will be governed by an executive council -- a council actually and freely nominated and elected by the representatives of each nation -- no individual person will have sovereign executive power. Decisions will be made by consensus, and when failing to reach consensus, by two thirds majority. Thus the U.N. will not be a "one world government ruled by a king," as is feared by false prophets, but rather an international peace keeping body and policy-making body operating by international consensus.
There will be no need for a chief executive or chairperson, but rather, a facilitator could be chosen by the executive council members. And the U.N. will thus ensure the equal rights of each nation, and of all people in the world, through a legislative and policy-making body, and a strong law enforcement and peace-keeping force, which will not only lay down international laws and enforce them, but also keep the peace.
Thus there will be no particular nation playing "policeman" or "big brother" to the world. No man or woman shall have the sovereign monarchical power to make decisions that determine the destiny of any people or any nation. We the people shall be able to determine our own destiny, together, through our freely chosen, genuine representatives. And, working together, we will be able to cooperate and collaborate, and achieve common goals using the common wealth for the common good.
That is what real prophecies of all religions foretell, and, besides that, it is a part of our evolution. It is what would be bound to happen eventually, even if it weren’t for prophecies, and even if this message of judgment and prophecy were not sent to ensure that it happens. Sooner or later it would happen anyway. It is our destiny.
After all, where else could the "meek inherit the earth?" Where else would we turn our "swords into plowshares?" Where else would we turn "deserts into new gardens?" And where else could we make peace, and comfort the earth's waste places? That's what real prophecy foretells.
The "Apocalypse" Is Upon Us, But It's Not What You Think
The Greek word "Apocalypse" actually means to uncover, reveal, or unveil the real truth and the whole truth, which has been hidden or ignored or forgotten, and the phrase apokalupsis eschaton literally means "revelation at the end of the aeon, or age." And the so-called "battle of Armageddon" and the "fall of Babylon" actually refer to the great symbolic "final battle" when truth prevails over falsehood, when good prevails over evil that masquerades as good, and when governments are given over to the people, to the humble and "meek" who shall inherit the earth.
But it’s not a carnal war fought with lethal weapons, because the weapons of the Lord are not carnal or lethal. They are, however, mighty through God for pulling down even the greatest stronghold of military power -- the symbolic "Babylon."
But, the nation that epitomizes Babylon will not literally "fall." What it represents, which is rule by the wealthiest few who live by the sword (gun and bomb) to maintain and expand their power, wealth and domain, will be reformed. The crown fell from the last"king" who ruled from 2001 to 2009 because his head swelled with arrogance and pride, and he was a harmful pretender to the throne even though he claimed to be "doing God's will."
President Barack Obama is a transition leader, because at heart he is a peacemaker even thought he is wrong about many things (such as economic and security matters) and is besieged by accusations and attacks from both the right and the left. But, in due time, the nations and governments that are infected and ruled by those who serve "Mammon" and "the spirit of the Antichrist" (which includes the U.S. and Israel) will begin to be reformed as the message from the Spirit of truth is widely spread and accepted.
You see, a new reformation is necessary because much of the world is infected, diseased and divided by many false political beliefs that cause inequitable and terribly unfair income disparity, poverty, hunger, and homelessness in many nations of the world, and even in America.
Much of the world is also infected by many misguided religious beliefs that cause frustration, repression, guilt, oppression, rebellion, as well as anxiety, fear, conflict, violence, death and destruction. That is quite obvious to anyone who watches the news and is aware of what's going on in the world. That is why the world so desperately needs the truth about religion, told with spiritual authority.
Nothing could be more absurd than the idea that God would actually and purposely destroy "his/her" children and creation. That idea was created by human beings who thought it was a good idea to portray God as a jealous, vindictive, almighty Super-Man-God who would destroy all those who did not obey "Him." But that is creating a god in Man's image, and it is an erroneous idea originally designed to create and maintain obedient subjects of church-state authority.
Our God is the Great Spirit-Parent, but God does not control nature, and God does not control us. We have free will, and nature is driven by cause and effect, the cause being not God, but natural circumstances created by the natural movements and vibrations of the earth, the solar system, and the universe. And, since the 20th Century when Man developed the ability to impact the earth with poisons and weapons of mass destruction, nature has been negatively altered and the impact on our world has been devastating in a myriad of ways.
The vain folly of Man is the main problem. For while many people have been led to believe that God is the "sole cause" of everything and is therefore both creator and destroyer, that is not really true. God does not harm or kill people.
It can definitely seem so because of the natural karmic laws of reciprocity and cause and effect. However, the main reason people are being killed is because of the folly and error of corrupt, misguided, deluded human beings, or because of the earth’s reaction to the disharmony and harm caused by Man's error, and not because of the "will" of God. After all, the sun shines on both good people and bad people, just as the rain falls on both.
It is probably accurate to say that right-wing religious leaders push the false doctrine and the false idea of an apocalyptic "end times" on society in order to:
1) exploit the gullibility, fear and guilt of as many people as possible in order to recruit more members to their blind flocks;
2) exploit the egotism of their blind flocks, leading them to believe they will be "saved from the coming destruction" because they are "holier than all the godless unbelievers"; and
3) profit immensely from it through their "religious" services, television shows, and books.
As is stated in other articles, Jesus of Nazareth, the original bleeding-heart liberal progressive, warned us of such hypocrites. And through the modern son of man, "he" once again rebukes and scolds them. He again exposes the hypocrites who pray for the ears of men and claim to do many wonderful works in the name of the Lord, when they actually serve Mammon and work iniquity. The modern son of man has done so in Jesus' stead, bearing his true testimony.
Of course, bigoted, hypocritical Christian leaders are certainly not the only leaders causing trouble in the world, because there are bigoted, hypocritical Muslim leaders and Jewish leaders who are even worse. But the false Christians are largely to blame, because since the first Crusade against Islam in 1099, they have demonstrated the ignorance and folly of Christian Dominionism. And for the last three decades American Christian Zionists have antagonized much of Islam and continued to support and empower misguided Israeli Zionists.
That is why there are so many misguided, violent and militant leaders of groups claiming to be Muslims, who deeply resent it. They have very legitimate and valid grievances against the U.S. and Israel, but they don’t realize that in resorting to murder and even indiscriminate mass murder, they betray Allah and Islam, and ignore crucial points made by Muhammad in the Qur’an.
Even so, in that respect, they are much like the hypocritical, militant leaders of Israel, and much like George W. Bush when he was President of the U.S., because they all claim that God is on their side, and they all claim to be fulfilling the will of God when they actually betray God and humanity.
Even President Obama betrays God and humanity by allowing unjust and unnecessary killing by U.S. Military forces who, like Israeli Military forces, get away with condoning it as "collateral damage."
Of course, there are many other leaders around the world that are just as wrong and just as deluded with self-importance and self-righteousness, like certain leaders in certain countries in recent times -- like Russia, Serbia, China, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Eritrea, Burma (Myanmar), Iran, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. The list of offending governments is long, but ALL those causing division, conflict, violence, death and destruction are wrong.
That is why we must reform and empower the United Nations so that it becomes representative of a true family of nations, with an effective peace keeping force made up of good soldiers from every nation, integrated together in every unit. For again, just as all the American states are protected by the United States Government, so should all nations be protected by the United Nations.
A reformation of all all national governments has become necessary so that there is no more big brother, no more monarchical heads of state, no more plutocracies, no more oligarchies, no more imperialism, no more neo-imperialism, no more tyranny, and no more dictatorships. The people must be granted power, and be able to share it to determine their collective destiny together, and use the common wealth for the common good.
When all people get the message, we will all realize that our differences in culture, religion, race, etc., are what make the world interesting. We will learn to welcome and celebrate our diversity. And after the reformation of government and religion we will have good government, and we will resolve international conflicts and deal with all the international and domestic problems that have been getting so out of control.
(Continued at The Future: Part 2, which discusses things more specifically.)