I’m cross-posting this to my blog at www.trutherator.wordpress.com
An overall fantastic article by one James Redford, chock full of scripture, and containing some of the major points in the one that I’ve been wanting to write for years! Now I can reference this one instead.
The link refers to the “original posting” at:
I’m cross-posting to my blog at www.trutherator.wordpress.com
By the way, I totally agree with including the text from the scriptures WITH the reference to them. With the references I was able to look up those scriptures in the King James Bible, which is my standard against which all the other modern texts must be compared. I would ask that you research the issue of versions with new eyes, as the modern versions (in my research) are fruits of poisonous trees, so to speak, meaning a new attempt by Satan’s new one-world rulers (they know who they are) to say, “Hath God said?”. His first attack was on God’s own word, and he himself promised to preserve it down to the jot and tittle of meaning.
Laurence Vance is a strong anti-war libertarian Christian, who has also written books and articles about the King James Bible, including a book of bios of the translators, and another I’m reading that is a reference to all the “archaic” words so-called therein plus quotes from modern publications that use those “archaic” words and meanings in contemporary usage.
I only came across this article in a bit of clicking (and how I got here escapes me but no matter) and I’m glad I found it.
RENDER UNTO CAESER
Your explanation of “Render unto Caesar” was excellent. But not only did he want to avoid arrest to fultill the prophecies of betrayal, but the plan of God was also to expose those wicked religious rulers to the world. If Jesus had been arrested at that time by the Romans, it would leave blameless the Pharisees who tried to trip him into saying what they themselves were thinking. God wanted to show that the temple sacrifices were done with, let Jesus be crucified for telling the truth about God’s love and become himself THE Passover sacrifice. With the evidence of the resurrection to prove power over sin and hell and death.
ON THE THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE
I agree that Jesus was angry at the idea that doves and animals were enough for repentance. But in my opinion, he was exposing them for their “false balance of deceit”. There is Hosea 12:7: He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress. The passage is about Ephraim, a specific prophecy of what certain Jewish rulers would do in the future.
In my opinion the money changers in the temple were a type of central banks of modern times, blessed by statist privilege, and the merchants were a type of the mercantile “rent-seekers” of modern times, also known as “crony capitalists” today.
LAWS OF MOSES
The laws of Moses were not exactly identical in every way to what a libertarian or anarcho-capitalist might expect, but we can point to the era of Judges as an example of a society that had no government at all. In the entire Torah, there is NOT ONE admonition from God in favor of any of man’s governments at all.
There was the tithe for the temple but enforcement was on the honor system, and as in many of its provisions, the enforcer was God himself. That’s the main thing for a Biblical Christian to realize. It is not up to the Christian to enforce the laws of Moses or any laws, even God’s laws. Jesus Christ gave us the proof in his own life. ” Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”-Phil. 2:5
He embarrassed the hypocrite religious men out of stoning the adulterous woman to death. He had his disciples shuck corn on the Sabbath because they were hungry. He relentlessly healed on the Sabbath.
Even the laws that God handed down to Moses and the ones he wrote for the Promised Land were for the good of those who obeyed them. They were not meant to supersede the Two First and Greatest Commandments, something Jesus pounded into his disciples over and over again.
THE GOLDEN RULE
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
One more note on the Golden Rule. Christians are indeed bound by the Golden Rule. Anyone who crosses our path that needs our help in some way as in the Good Samaritan story, that’s our neighbor. The Golden Rule is the practical application in daily life of the Second Commandment to “Love thy neighbor as thyself”.
Murray Rothbard’s “disciple” Walter Block has rightly pointed out that it is impossible for one person or even a group of persons to help every single person in the world that needs it for some reason or other. The non-aggression principle says nothing about helping a stranger or even a neighbor in need. But it is a direct logical corollary of the Golden Rule.
So the Golden Rule is actually the non-aggression rule plus much more. Most of the world’s religious and similar ethical doctrines are more limited in scope and are closer to the non-aggression principle. Confucius’ version says ” “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
THE MARK OF THE BEAST
A requirement on penalty of death to receive the mark of the Beast is quite a totalitarian mandate. The confluence of technology, society, aggression, travel and culture, Satan’s organized shadow government on Earth, all as prophesied in the Bible, are converging in current events and leading the world to direct rule by Satan’s own Antichrist.
Many will be deceived into thinking this is the Second Coming of Christ, just like many followers of Mr. Moon of Korea thought he was, or probably still think he was. “I Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” –Matthew 24:26
Isaiah said that eventually the pious religious rulers would kill God’s followers, a point Jesus repeated to us:
“They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.’ –John 16:2
Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.–Isaiah 66:5
I’ve heard of some outspoken followers of Christ who already have been physically attacked for quoting the Bible and exposing their “trampling” of the sheep as in Ezekiel. One director of a “Christian” school, who counts as a “fellow of the baser sort” even though she is a woman, ran to the IRS tax collectors to send them after the very effective Creation Science evangelist Kent Hovind and now he is in prison under false charges and false pretense.
Those charges were brought by a team of two federal prosecutors. Two grand juries called publicly killed the charges, so a third one was called in secret to get the charges to a trial. The judge ruled that the defense’s main arguments could not be spoken.
Two months after they got the conviction, one of the two federal prosecutors was arrested at a Dallas airport where he had come to have sex with what he thought was a 12-year old girl. The other prosecutor had protected her own husband in the 1990s when child pornography was found on his computer, pictures from the same child pornography ring that a federal judge went to prison for.
RULING AS KINGS
As to ruling as kings and priests in the Millennium after the return of Jesus, I think this is more along the lines of the way Jesus is today King of Kings. With earthly human government eliminated, we will have new bodies. With human governments eliminated and Satan imprisoned, God will rule directly on earth with us now in our glorified bodies, and freed from the flesh.
A real theocracy run by God directly, in other words, not a rule by a clergy, which is what is usually meant with the term these days.
” And in the days of these kings 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 it shall stand for ever” –Daniel 2:44