“What, then?”

In recent months, our nation has had elections and budget discussions; trials and rulings; protests and outpourings. Throughout it all, I’ve noticed one underlying factor – a fundamental difference of opinion and approach, regardless of the issue at hand.

For an example, let’s take the economy. I had a fine series of discussions with a close friend who holds differing viewpoints on many topics, and can argue their merits skillfully and personably. As we were bantering about money, it occurred to me that we weren’t starting from the same foundation – and thus, were unlikely ever to reach agreement.

A “conservative” or “some Christians” or just “traditional folk” will come from a position informed or supported from certain proverbs or quotes such as:

“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7Proverbs 22:7
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7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. the lender: Heb. the man that lendeth  

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“Neither a borrower nor a lender be…” (Polonius, Hamlet, Act I Scene 3)

… and, as such, view the idea of allowing continual debt to be morally reprehensible.

A “progressive,” “educated,” “modern” individual holds a different position – that running deficits is the accepted and acceptable way of funding larger projects than could be done otherwise, to the benefit of many at a minimal additional cost.

In such a paradigm, a “conservative” would see inflation as the loss of their wealth’s value, while a “progressive” would view inflation merely as the cost of doing business (to be ameliorated later with additional oversight methods such as minimum wage increases.)

These two viewpoints will never reconcile. So it is with many things between the Christian and the World.

With this in mind, I was considering: What, then, is God’s wish for mankind and how we operate? Is it a form of communism, such as practiced in the early church in Acts 4:34-35Acts 4:34-35
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34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.  

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(and the story of Ananais and Sapphira in that same segment?) Is it rugged individualism? Is private property a biblical concept, or is the model used by Joseph in preparing Egypt for famine one we should consider?

The passage that always recurred during these thoughts was Micah 4:4-5Micah 4:4-5
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4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. 5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.  

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, speaking of the Millenium:

“But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make [them] afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken [it]

For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.”

Let’s break it down!

“But they shall sit” is “yashab” (Strong’s Hebrew 3427) and means “to dwell, remain, sit, abide.” The majority of the times it’s used, it means to live somewhere, like in a city or a house.

“…under his vine” is “gephen” (H1612) and means “vine.”

“…and under his fig tree….” is “te’en” (H8384) and is , yup, “fig or fig tree.”

“…and none shall make them afraid,” is “charad” (H2729) and means “to tremble, quake, move about, be afraid, to drive in terror, rout (an army.)”

“…for the mouth” is “peh,” (H6310,) “mouth”

“…of the LORD” is “Yahweh,” (H3068) the actual revealed name of God. In ancient times, when making a promise or a covenant, one gave one’s name as part of the contract.

“…of hosts” is “tsaba’ ” (H6635,) “an army, that which goes forth”

“…has spoken” is “dabar,” (H1696) and means “to speak, declare, command, promise.”

Let’s put that all together and see what the Lord wished for us in speaking through Micah.

“Each person shall live and be in possession of his own vine (for fruit, drink, wine) and his own fig tree (for food, wood, shelter) and none can cause him to be uprooted or afraid, because God’s own mouth has promised this.”

Each person will have everything they require. Everyone. It will be *theirs.*

In a similar way, this is what the Founding Fathers were striving for.

Here’s land. Here’s plants. Food, drink. Shelter. Here’s equal opportunity for all – using God’s gift which provides all we require (1 Timothy 6:81 Timothy 6:8
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8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  

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) – to live in peace with our neighbors. No need for envy, or covetousness , and simple efforts produce a lasting abundance.

Every man has this same shot at prosperity – the freedom of having what you need and not owing it to others (or fearing they may come for the literal fruits of your labor.) This is God’s plan for how mankind will operate under his kingship on earth.

How vastly this differs from the World’s prescription for earthly peace and harmony! Of course there shall be opposition – should we have expected anything less?

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15: 18-19John 15: 18-19
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18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  

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And why?

“But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.” (John 15:21John 15:21
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21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.  

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“they know not” is “eido” (G1492) and means “to perceive (as with the senses,) to inspect, examine.”

This is important. It’s not the usual word for know, “ginosko,” which Jesus uses in passages like Matthew 7:23Matthew 7:23
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23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  

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. That word means the “biblical” “know-thy-wife” version, an intimate relationship.

But “eido” is not that. “Eido” with the negative means that the person isn’t even able to see it. They can’t examine it. It doesn’t exist for them;.

Jesus uses this verb in Mark 4:11-12Mark 4:11-12
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11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.  

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“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables:

That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them.”

It’s not that they don’t get it – it’s that they can’t get it.

Why is that? Because of their hardness. Because they asked for it to be so. Hear Romans 1:19-21Romans 1:19-21
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19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. in them: or, to them 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: so...: or, that they may be 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  

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“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse,

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

“was darkened” is “skotizo” (G4654) and means “to cover with darkness.”

They didn’t become stupid. God deliberately blinded them because of their rejection of knowing (ginosko) Him.

Why did they not wish to know God? Verse 28-

“And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28Romans 1:28
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28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; to retain: or, to acknowledge a reprobate...: or, a mind void of judgment or, an unapproving mind  

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“gave them over” is “paradidomi” (G3860) and means “to transfer into someone else’s custody.”

“reprobate” is “adokimos” (G96) and was used to refer to coinage that had been corrupted through introduction of base metals. In other words, it’s tainted and counterfeit.

“mind” is “nous” (G3563) and means “the intellectual faculty, understanding.”

Because they have rejected knowing God, God has:

– covered them in blindness

– handed them over to the rulership of their own minds

– let their minds remain corrupted and full of counterfeit truths

– removed all hope of, themselves, reasoning their way back to an understanding of their faulty position.

They cannot be “reasoned” with; nor can you reason with them in the spirit of “Come, let us reason together.” (Isaiah 1:18Isaiah 1:18
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18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  

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.) To reason means to agree that truth is truth. There is no such agreement to be had, nor indeed can there be unless and until God removes their darkness.

Temporally, for the Christian, we can see the writing on the wall and prepare as best we can for the Great Apostasy.

What we need to realize is that the very idea of Apostasy isn’t one of “godlessness” – no, far from it.

Instead, it shall be as Paul warned Timothy:

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:52 Timothy 3:5
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5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  

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Paul is warning us not of the World, but of the CHURCH.

You will be pleaded upon to “be reasonable” and surrender the precepts of God for the comfort of those who claim to be “of” Him but who do not – *can* not – KNOW Him.

“From such, turn away!”

Prepare, Children.