Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Joab and Military Power (2) Wisdom

Joab was a wise man. On several occasions, Joab’s wisdom prevented David from making serious mistakes.

  • When David’s relationship with his son Absolam had broken down, Joab tried to make peace between them, but without much success (2 Sam 14). During the process, Absolam burned Joab’s field wheat (2 Sam 14:30).

    Absalom wanted to reconcile with his father, but he was forced to remain in exile. He was left in a situation of being forgiven, but not accepted, so he eventually rebelled against David.

  • Joab and Abishai went into exile with David, when Absolam seized the throne. They had the wisdom to back David, even though it appeared that he was finished (2 Sam 16:9).

  • When Absolam died, David put his grieve ahead of the men who had supported him. Joab warned him that he risked offending the soldiers who had supported him. Joab said to the king,

    Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines (2 Sam 19:5).
    David wanted to be the nice guy, but he did not realise that a king has to be ruthless to remain in power. Joab protected David’s kingdom at a time when it was fragile.

  • Joab developed a wise strategy for dealing with a joint attack by the Arameans an Ammonites (2 Sam 10:9-10).

  • When Satan incited David to take a census of fighting-age men, Joab tried to talk him out of it.

    But Joab replied, “May the LORD multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?” The king’s word, however, overruled Joab; so Joab left and went throughout Israel (1 Chron 21:3-4).
    This was real wisdom, but it was ignored. Joab was loyal, so he carried out David’s instructions even though he did not agree with them.

Unfortunately, Joab’s wisdom was corrupted by the brutal and violent spirit that that got hold of him. This is what happens to those who gain military power. The hatred and fear of war opens the way for bad spirits to enter. They make a home for violence and force.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Joab and Military Power (1)

When a person gains an important military position, the spiritual powers of evil concentrate against them to establish control over them. They will usually know where they are vulnerable. The spiritual powers of evil also take advantage of the fear and anger of battle to gains access and control.

David had problems with his own family. His sons rebelled against him and fought with each other. He also had problems with fighting between his military leaders, who were mostly his cousins, sons of his sisters.

Joab and his brothers were good men loyal to David. Their history shows how military power corrupts good people.

Joab, Abishai and Asahel were brothers. Their mother Zeruiah was a sister of David 1 Chron 2:16) They had served David faithfully right from when he was being persecuted by Saul, before he became king. When Saul died, the brothers helped David defeat the remnant of Saul’s army.

Joab was the commander of David’s armies (2 Sam 8:16; 21:23).

Abner
Abner, who had commanded Saul’s army, had installed Ishbosheth as king of Israel (2 Sam 2:10-11) while David was king in Judah.

When war broke out between David and Ishbosheth, Abner killed Asahel when he pursued Abner after Ishbosheth’s army had been defeated (2 Sam 2:23). Joab and Abishai chased Abner seeking revenge, but Joab stopped the bloodshed when Abner asked for mercy.

Abner called out to Joab, “Must the sword devour forever? Don’t you realize that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their fellow Israelites?”

Joab answered, “As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued pursuing them until morning.”

So Joab blew the trumpet, and all the troops came to a halt; they no longer pursued Israel, nor did they fight anymore (2 Sam 2:26-28).
Joab called off the chase, but the war continued.
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker (2 Sam 3:1).
Abner fell out with Ishbosheth and tried to gain a place of influence in David’s kingdom (2 Sam 3:19-21). Joab did not trust Abner and killed him in revenge for his brother’s death (2 Sam 3:27).

Although it was foolish dealing with Abner without telling Joab, David claimed to be innocent of Abner’s death.

Later, when David heard about this, he said, “I and my kingdom are forever innocent before the LORD concerning the blood of Abner son of Ner. May his blood fall on the head of Joab and on his whole family! May Joab’s family never be without someone who has a running sore or leprosy or who leans on a crutch or who falls by the sword or who lacks food” (2 Sam 3:28-29).
David was being devious. Joab was ruthless, but David had relied on him for protection against Saul, and for defeating the opposition to his kingship. He could not have it both ways. He could not rely on Joab’s military prowess, and then disavow it when it suited him.

David put a curse on Joab and his family. This was extremely foolish, given that Joab would continue to be the commander of his armies. David was giving the spiritual powers of evil permission to manipulate and control his military commander. He was giving them authority to introduce violence and sickness into his own house.

David attended Abner’s funeral procession, which really impressed the people.

All the people took note, and it pleased them, since whatever the king did pleased all the people (2 Sam 3:36).
This is what happens with a king. The people become infatuated with his power, and trust everything he does.
For all the people came to understood that day that the king had no part in the murder of Abner (2 Sam 3:37).
I am not sure that the people’s understanding was quite right. David had got Abner involved without telling Joab. While Abner was commanding Saul’s army, he had tried to kill David. David would never be able to trust him, so he would probably have to kill him, as all kings dealt with those who opposed them. David benefited the most from Abner’s death.

David spoke to his army.

Today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak, and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me (2 Sam 2:39).
This was a fairly feeble excuse. David was king, so he had responsibility for his soldiers. He had used Zeruiah’s sons to gain power. He had given them authority in his army. David was in this difficult situation, because he had relied on military force to establish his kingship, rather than waiting on God. David prayed that God would deal with Joab.
May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds (2 Sam 2:39).
However, David did not trust God to answer his prayer. Before he died, he instructed Solomon to kill Joab (1 Kings 2:6).

When Ishbosheth was killed by a couple of his commanders, David killed them. He took the moral high ground, but he benefited from Ishbosheth’s death, because it cleared the way for him to be made king of the northern Kingdom.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Political Power

In an article on the US Presidential election, Brandon Colbert wrote,

Progressive evangelicals often are the ones who like to talk about the significance of living in a post-Christendom context. Whereas, the religious right clings to the idea that specifically Christian values and ideas can be imposed on the rest of society with the help of government, progressive evangelicals point out that that quest is misguided, at best, and damaging to the church, at worst.
This is correct, but he should not have stopped there. Progressive evangelicals also want to impose Christians values on the rest of society with the help of the government. The only difference is that they want to impose a different set of values.

Attempting to agree on values will not help. Rather, we must give up trying to impose our values on society using the power of government.

Serving society by living our values is the better way.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Just Judge

According to Paul, the cross has a legal effect in a heavenly court. (The clever people use the word forensic to describe it). Understanding the different characters in the court is important.

The father is the judge. His role is to decide if people brought before him are guilty or innocent, and if they are guilty what the penalty should be. A judge does not lay charges or make accusations.

The Holy Spirit is the “paraclete”, the one who stands in the court beside the person accused and assists them to bring their defence. He does not make accusations either.

Jesus said that he does not accuse (John 5:45; 12:47).

We are the ones appearing in the court. If it were up to God, there would be no accusations brought against us.

As well as being judge, God is also our father. We have all rebelled against him more than once. We have offended him many times, but that is not unusual. Children offend their father all the time. They often rebel against them or lie to them. Provided his children admit mistakes, a father is happy to forgive his children. He will often forgive his children, even if they do not admit their mistakes.

The problem in the heavenly court is that there is also an accuser. The name Satan means accuser. He accuses us before our judge. He can call the people who we have sinned against as witnesses, because they will probably be criticising us on earth.

The accuser says that it would be unfair if God forgave us, because he will not forgive him. However, Satan and his mates have not admitted their mistakes, so God cannot forgive them, although he is like a father to them. The spiritual powers of evil persist in holding power over God’s children who have wandered away from their father. He has power over God’s people, so he cannot just ignore him.

The accuser demands blood, because the penalty for disobedience is death. The spiritual powers of evil demand blood as the price for allowing the people they control to be redeemed and set free.

God is a just judge, who he has to be fair to everyone, so he has to listen to the accusations and demands of the accuser. He would have to declare all humans guilty and acknowledge that the penalty the accuser demands is correct, but Jesus steps up in the court before the judge and says,

These people belong to me. I shed my blood and died on their behalf. I am not guilty of any sin, so my blood counts for anyone who claims it.
The accusations of the accuser are defeated, because although we are guilty, the penalty that the accuser demands has already been paid. That gives us a “clean slate” before the judge of the heavenly court. The spiritual powers accusing us are defeated.

The other bit of good news is that once the penalty for our disobedience has been accepted by God, the rights of the spiritual powers of evil to dominate us are broken. We are declared righteous and redeemed from the power of evil at the same time.

Friday, January 19, 2018

King Herod

We think of King Herod as a baddy, but for many in Israel he was a hero. Although the Romans had conquered them, Herod had been able to retain his role as king.

He had rebuilt the temple and made it into one of the wonders of the ancient world. Many people hoped that God would come and make his dwelling place, as he had done for Solomon. A group of people called the Herodians saw Herod as a sign of God’s blessing (Mark 3:6; 12:13).

Yet when the wise men from the East came to inquire about a new king, Herod flew into a rage and killed hundreds of baby boys. Why so ruthless? When he gained authority, Herod came under intense spiritual attacks by the spiritual powers of evil, who were able to control him for their purposes. This is what always happens to politicians. They often start out good, but come under spiritual attack and become evil.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

David

God allowed Israel to have king, so that they would learn that political and military power is not a solution.

Saul started off as a humble honest man. He seemed like a perfect person to be king. Yet he was quickly corrupted by political power.
David was a good man with good heart. His love for God was amazing. He wrote very beautiful Psalms. He could only have done that by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

David was a successful military leader. He defeated the Jebusites and freed Jerusalem (2 Sam 4:6-10). He expanded Israel’s borders and defeated all of its enemies.

The LORD gave David victory wherever he went (2 Sam 8:14).
David was accepted as king by everyone.
David reigned over all Israel (2 Sam 8:15).
Unfortunately, military and political power usually corrupts a good person, so David was a disaster as a king.
  • David took responsibility for administering justice in Israel. That was not his role, because God had entrusted justice to judges that he would raise up from among the people.

    David administered judgment and justice to all his people (2 Sam 8:15).
    David was a military leader, not a judge. (Some translations insert the word “fairness” or “right” in 2 Sam 8:15, but the word is not there in the Hebrew text).

    Kings like to control justice, because it means that if they harm their people, they have no legal redress, because the king decides the case, and he will not decide against himself. This is not God’s way.

    The people of Judah struggled to obtain justice while David was king (2 Sam 15:2-6). Absalom made himself popular by promising the people justice.

  • David used the “forced labour” of his people to advance his building projects.

    Adoram was in charge of forced labour (2 Sam 20:24).
    This enforced slavery was forbidden by the law of Moses.

  • David imposed harsh taxes to fund his building projects (2 Sam 8:2,6). One reason for this census was to measure the potential for raising taxes (2 Sam 24:2).

  • David engaged in random killing of the soldiers that he defeated.

    David also defeated the Moabites. Then he made their soldiers lie down on the ground, and he measured them off with a rope. He would measure off two lengths of the rope and have those men killed, then he would measure off one length and let those men live (2 Sam 8:2).

  • David’s produced a dysfunctional family. One son raped his half-sister. Another son killed the culprit (2 Sam 13). David avoided these family issues and the bad behaviour continued after his death.

  • David stole the wife of one of a David betrayed a loyal soldier who was away from home fighting and committed adultery with his wife (2 Sam 11:2-4).

  • David arranged for the soldier he betrayed to be murdered, so that his own sin would not be exposed. He got his victim to carry the letter with instructions to arrange his death (2 Sam 11:12-18).

  • When David organised a census to count the men of fighting age, he was putting his trust his own power, rather than God. When the prophet offered him a choice in the consequences of this sin, he chose a plague upon his people, rather than harm for himself (2 Sam 24:11). Only when he saw the people suffering did he realise this was wrong, because he was the one who had sinned (2 Sam 24:17).

A president or prime minister who did all these things would be chucked out at the next election.

When people gain political power, the spiritual powers of evil come in force against them. They identify their weaknesses and turn it to their advantage. By manipulating a political leader, they amplify their power in the nation.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Political Divide

American evangelicalism is addicted to political power. The movement is politically divided; it probably always was but the disunity was suppressed for the sake of power. Now as evangelicalism is being pushed to the sidelines, its divisions have emerged again. As long as American evangelicalism pursues political power its disunity will become more and more exposed.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Immigration

Immigration debates bring out a lot of hypocrisy.

Those whose forebears came to America when entry was unrestricted often seem to be the most strident in wanting immigration restrictions now. "I am in, so shut the door and keep the rest out".

On the other hand, I doubt that many of the Christians who are shocked by Donald Trump's rude comments would invite a hundred Haitians or Nigerians to come and live in their neighbourhood.

I notice that the people who are most enthusiastic about immigration reside in neighbourhoods where refugees cannot afford to live. Very convenient.

We claim glibly that all people are equal, but immigration laws ensure that all people are not equal.

If modern migration laws were in place, Jesus parents would not have been able to take him to safety in Egypt, unless he had got lucky in the green card lottery. Ruth would not have been able to marry Boaz, unless she had "essential skills".

Mass migrations of people have occurred throughout history.

God’s Instructions for Economic Life put no limits on migration. That only requirement was that justice should be the same for the migrants as for local people.

The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you (Ex 12:49).
You are to have the same law for the foreigner and the native-born. I am the Lord your God (Lev 24:22).
Migrants must be treated well.
Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt (Ex 22:21).
Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice (Deut 24:17).
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God (Lev 19:33-34).
There are no restrictions on this command. You cannot love people by shutting them out. God did not say to only love those with essential skills.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Prophets and Pastors

I get emails from people claiming to be the prophet in Rev 11, the next Elijah or something big like that 😏. I usually just ignore them.

I get many more emails from people who are more humble. They believe they have a prophet gift, but are not trusted by their pastor. This seems to be a universal problem for people with a prophetic calling. And there is no easy solution, especially when they get a word for their pastor.

These situations tend to end in tears, because pastors have all the power. How far it will go depends on how good the prophetic person’s relationship with their pastor is, and how far they are willing to push it.

The problem is with the pastor role, not the prophetic role. The one-man band pastor role is impossible for any person to do, so most pastors are living on the edge of failure. That makes them very insecure, but of course, they cannot acknowledge it. Therefore, having a prophet around, who might know stuff about them is really scary. It is worse, when the prophetic person claims to have a word for them.

A prophetic person is responsible to God for their words, not to their pastor. They should feel free to speak what God is saying, subject the following.

  • They need to be sure that their word is from the Lord. Do they have other people in the church that they trust whom can bounce things off.

  • They need to know how, when and to whom they should share the word. God can show that stuff, if he can give the word.

  • They need to be sure that their heart is right. A true word is killed by a wrong heart. When they have been rejected by a pastor and it seems like he is obstructing their ministry, it is really hard to keep their attitude right. They need to have a really strong love for the person receiving the word.

  • They need to be very clear about whom the word is to be spoken to. God might not want them all spoken to their pastor. For many words, just declaring them in quiet prophetic intercession will be sufficient. It releases the Holy Spirit and the angels to implement the declared word.

Having done all these, the word might still not be accepted. That is something a prophetic person has to get used to.

A question they need to be constantly asking is the following. Why do they need to speak to the pastor? Does he need to hear the word, or do they need the recognition he could give?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thank you Mr President

In an article called Thank you Mr President, Bill Bonner has an amusing take on Donald Trump.

What “The Donald” understood better than the professional politicians was that democratic politics is basically a form of entertainment. It’s a sordid part of show biz – all hocus pocus… suspension of disbelief… and performance art – closer to nude mud wrestling than The Crown.

Trump, a lifelong celebrity, sensed that the role of president has little to do with geopolitical facts, mastery of the federal budget, or knowledge of history. It’s more like a reality TV show or a WWE wrestling match – with put downs, posturing and fake fights. In other words, it was right up his alley...

Mr. Trump understood, too, that the real task of government – bossing people around and ripping them off – is done by the Deep State, the cronies, the elite, and the lifers in D.C.

Bill Bonner is an astute observer. There is more than an ounce of truth to his observation that the role of the president is to provide entertainment while the real power of government is worked by the professionals in Washington. They carry on regardless of who wins the election.

However, Bill misses one key point. He does not seem to realise that the spiritual powers of evil are deeply imbedded in the Washington swamp. They control what happens, regardless of who is the Entertainer-in-Chief.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hierarchy of Power

A political-spirit or government-spirit in the spiritual realms controls every town, city, nation and region on earth. Their authority on earth is perpetuated by a hierarchy of power.

  • Political-spirits and government-spirits in the spiritual realms control human political powers, such as kings, emperors and other political leaders. The people may change over time, but the spiritual powers remain in control.

  • Kings and political leaders have authority over large groups of people, so this gives political-spirits and government-spirits immense authority on earth.

  • Most people look to their political leaders to solve the problems that disturb their lives, so they mostly submit to them. They are unwittingly submitting to the political-spirits and government-spirits that control their political leaders. They should be looking to the Kingdom of God for their salvation, and to the Jesus as their king.

  • Political leaders and kings use military force and political coercion to control their people. This gives political-spirits and government-spirits their power an point of entrance to control them.

This hierarchy of power allows the big controlling spirits to exercise authority on earth, despite their defeat by Jesus.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Engaging the Culture

Christians have been uncertain about how they should engage with the culture of the world.

  • One response has been to withdraw from culture to escape its evil influence, but this leaves society unleavened.

  • The other common response is to engage with culture and attempt to control it from the top down by controlling the institutions that shape culture. Unfortunately, the world hates being controlled by Christians.

The best option is cultural engagement from the bottom up at the local level. Christians should be involved at every aspect of life, but on a voluntary basis. If we serve our community at street level and provide quality service with no demands, we will sometimes have influence. I explain how this works in Government of God.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Inflation

Bill Bonner has an interesting comment about wealth transfer under loose monetary policy.

Wealth can be increased or decreased. But it takes work, savings, and time. And at any given moment, the quantities of tractors, ham sandwiches, and Van Gogh paintings are fixed.

So if the stock market added $10 trillion to the wealth of equity owners, it had to subtract $10 trillion from the wealth of people who don’t own equities. That is the essential scam, and injustice, of the fake-money system.

In an honest market, if the price of some things go up, the price of others will fall in response to the shift in demand. Under monetary expansion, the compensating price decline does not occur. Those on fixed incomes are made worse off. Also those whose wages do not keep up. I explain more at Inflation.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Problem of Evil

Young men and philosophers like to raise the problem of evil when explaining why they do not like God.

The argument goes like this.

Evil exists on earth
If God is good
and all-powerful
he would remove evil from the earth.

Evil does exist on earth,
so either God is not good
or he is not all-powerful.

Therefore, a good all-powerful God does not exist.

This argument leaves out a couple of important steps.

An all-powerful God who is a creator
can constrain his power
by giving the people he created
control over part of his creation.

Therefore, it is not surprising
that there is evil on earth,
if the people he created
decided to reject him
and allow the powers of evil access into his creation.

God is good
so he does not take back the authority
that he has given to the people he created
when they mess it up.

Conclusion
We should be surprised that there is evil on earth
given that humans were given authority over it
and we should not expect that a good God
who keeps his word to constrain his power
would act immediately to eliminate the evil
that the people to whom he gave authority
allowed into the earth.

We would expect him to wait
until he is given permission by the people
that he created and gave authority,
before releasing his unlimited-power
that he had constrained
to give authority to the people he had created.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Boring

They will not admit it, but many men find “going to church” boring.

  • Standing for half an hour to sing songs is boring if you cannot sing.
  • Listening to a person without a life lecturing about life for half an hour is also boring.
  • Passing a few crumbs of bread and a thimbleful of grape juice is boring for those who knew how to party.
  • And the cup of tea afterwards is not every man’s cup of tea.
Men need action. If they go where the Holy Spirit is at work they should get action.

Philip was never bored, because he went where the Holy Spirit was moving (Acts 8:4-8).

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Reformation

I have been reading The Story of Christianity of Christianity by Justo L Gonzalez. The first twenty chapters cover the Reformation in detail.

When I first read about the Reformation, forty years ago at Theological College, I still trusted political power. I realised that they got things wrong, but thought the situation just needed a little tweaking because the wrong political powers won in some places.

Reading about the Reformation again, having lost faith in politics, I am struck by how much this period was shaped by political power and how much harm it did to the cause of God. When politics gets involved, God always loses.

The reformers relied on emperors, kings and princes for their physical protection, so they all compromised with political power to survive.

Political leaders believed that they could decide what version of Christianity their citizens should follow.

Confessions of faith were adjusted to please political leaders.

New translations of the Bible were tweaked to provide a justification for political power.

People who rejected the state religion were hounded and killed. Many thousands from all sides (Lutheran, Reformed, Catholic, Anabaptists, etc) were killed for their faith.

Economies were wrecked by war. Even the Anabaptists, who rejected political power, often resorted to military force to advance their cause.

The Thirty Years War was fought to decide whether Germany should be Catholic or Protestant. The Kings of Sweden and France joined in because they wanted to constrain the power of Habsburgs emperors.

Many Christians are wanting another reformation. They are wanting to use political power to advance the Kingdom of God. The lesson of the Reformation is that this is the wrong path. We need a restructuring of society that does not depend on political and military power.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Casulties

When an army loses a good soldier in battle, it works out what went wrong, and tries to prevent it happening again.

If a wolf captured one of his sheep, the shepherd protects his remaining sheep so the wolf cannot get at them again.

When the church loses a good soldier in spiritual battle, it says, “That was unlucky!” “Probably their fault”. And then carries on without changing anything.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Location

Location is important for spiritual welfare. The spiritual powers of evil leverage their power by controlling territory. Government-spirits or political-spirits control most towns and cities. They delegate small-power spirits to control smaller territories.

A king with no territory is not a real king, no matter how many crowns he puts on. The Holy Spirit needs demon-free territory where he can work. Followers of Jesus should join together in a location to establish territory that belongs to him.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Greatness and Goodness

Many American Christians want the greatness of United States to be restored. They want their nation to be strong enough to control the nations of the earth.

The problem is that America is not good enough to be a world superpower. It is not very effective at discerning good from evil, and usually picks the wrong side in disputes.

Its prophets are too blinded by political and military power to guide it into goodness.

If America were good, it would not need to be great.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Second Tempatation

The tempter showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world (Luke 4:5-7). This was a very tempting offer, because it would give Jesus political control over the world. If he had political control he could force everyone on earth to obey God. He would control all the armies of these kingdoms. He could use this political and military power to establish God’s kingdom on earth.

Jesus rejected this temptation. His kingdom cannot be established by him taking control of the kingdoms of the world. He is not interested in using their power to accomplish God’s purposes.

Jesus’ Kingdom is a totally different from every other kingdom. It is based on free authority and voluntary obedience to the Holy Spirit within Kingdom Communities that provide all the services that human governments promise to provide, but never do.

Unfortunately, this temptation is still strong. Many Christians want to take control of the kingdoms of the world and use their power to establish the God’s kingdom (or get rid of evil). This has been tried many times, but it cannot work, because the Holy Spirit will not use political and military power to accomplish his purposes. Jesus Kingdoms based on love and loyalty. The Holy Spirit flees from political and military power, wheres the spiritual powers of evil are drawn to it.

There is no point in trying to control the kingdoms of the world, because when we do that we end up being manipulated by the political-spirits and government-spirits that manipulate and control them.

The tempter was honest about this problem when tempting Jesus. He offered the kingdoms of the world, but the price was bowing down to the political-spirits and government-spirits that control them. This is a two-for-one package. Those who gain control over the kingdoms of the world find themselves manipulated and controlled by powerful political-spirits and government-spirits.

Some Christians want Jesus to surrender to the second temptation when he returns at the end of the age. They want him to use political and military power to establish his rule over the earth. People who want this do not understand his ways.

The truth is that as the gospel advances, the kingdoms of the world will collapse under the weight of their own failure and their flesh will be eaten by the birds of the air. Those who are back them have chosen the wrong horse.

Those who follow Jesus will have obeyed the Holy Spirit to form Kingdom Communities that bring justice, peace and plenty without the need for political and military power (see Government of God). As the kingdoms of the world collapse and wither away, kingdom communities will multiply and shine like the sun.