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The New Heavens and Earth or genonmic technologies homo evolutes?

- Presentation given to National Conference, CRF 2009 Aust.

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  • I want to start my sharing some of the recent events both in science and in politics, etc that indicate we are moving closer and closer to our ToThe Middle East issueActually the Yahweh vs man’s sinful nature issue!wer of Babel and also at the same time seeing a rise in evil.
  • BRITISH GOVERNMENT PROGRAM DOUBLES TEEN PREGNANCY RATEThe British government, recognizing that England has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Europe, decided to take a radical approach. Instead of pushing abstinence and encouraging intact families, the government decided to teach teenage girls how to have sex and give them condoms. However, this approach has backfired on the British government -- it has doubled pregnancy rates in that country. [From the London Daily Mail Online (Martin, July 8, 2009)]: "A multi-million pound initiative to reduce teenage pregnancies more than doubled the number of girls conceiving."The Government-backed scheme tried to persuade teenage girls not to get pregnant by handing out condoms and teaching them about sex."But research funded by the Department of Health shows that young women who attended the programme, at a cost of £2,500 each, were 'significantly' more likely to become pregnant than those on other youth programmes who were not given contraception and sex advice."A total of 16 per cent of those on the Young People's Development Programme conceived compared with just 6 per cent in other programmes."Interestingly enough, the British approach was modeled on a New York program launched in 2004 which claimed to have significantly reduced teenage pregnancies by preparing girls to have commitment-free sex. Successive efforts to duplicate this program elsewhere in the U.S. have failed, just as the program in Britain. These failures have certainly cast "doubt on the [New York] project as a whole."
  • Reference Obama’s Cairo speech – used his rarely used Muslim middle name; reference the Quran – said USA has common cause with Islam,
  • Obama`s Arabian dreams Caroline Glick - Jun 05, 2009 The Jerusalem PostHe spoke of the need to fight Islamic terrorists without mentioning that their intellectual, political and monetary foundations and support come from the very mosques, politicians and regimes in Saudi Arabia and Egypt that Obama extols as moderate and responsible.He spoke of the need to grant equality to women without making mention of common Islamic practices like so-called honor killings, and female genital mutilation. He ignored the fact that throughout the lands of Islam women are denied basic legal and human rights. And then he qualified his statement by mendaciously claiming that women in the US similarly suffer from an equality deficit. In so discussing this issue, Obama sent the message that he couldn`t care less about the plight of women in the Islamic world.In short, Obama`s "straight talk" to the Arab world, which began with his disingenuous claim that like America, Islam is committed to "justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings," was consciously and fundamentally fraudulent.Unfortunately, a careful study of his statements shows that Obama was actually accepting the Arab view that Israel is a foreign - and therefore unjustifiable - intruder in the Arab world. Indeed, far from attacking their rejection of Israel, Obama legitimized it.The basic Arab argument against Israel is that the only reason Israel was established was to sooth the guilty consciences of Europeans who were embarrassed about the Holocaust. By their telling, the Jews have no legal, historic or moral rights to the Land of Israel.This argument is completely false. The international community recognized the legal, historic and moral rights of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel long before anyone had ever heard of Adolf Hitler. In 1922, the League of Nations mandated the "reconstitution" - not the creation - of the Jewish commonwealth in the Land of Israel in its historic borders on both sides of the Jordan River.He gave credence to this lie by stating wrongly that "the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history."Obama blithely, falsely and obnoxiously compared Israel`s treatment of Palestinians to white American slave owners` treatment of their black slaves. He similarly cast Palestinian terrorists in the same morally pure category as slaves. Perhaps most repulsively, Obama elevated Palestinian terrorism to the moral heights of slave rebellions and the US civil rights movement by referring to it by its Arab euphemism, "resistance."What the Palestinians have shown consistently since the failed 2000 Camp David summit is that there is no deal that Israel can offer them that they are willing to accept.Deciphering Obama in Cairo Frank Gaffney, Jr. - Jun 05, 2009 Center for Security PolicyBy and large, President Obama`s address yesterday in Cairo has been well received in both the so-called "Muslim world" and by other audiences. Nobody may be happier with it, though, than the Muslim Brotherhood - the global organization that seeks to impose authoritative Islam`s theo-political-legal program known as "Shariah" through stealthy means where violence ones are not practicable. Egyptian Muslim Brothers were prominent among the guests in the audience at Cairo University and Brotherhood-associated organizations in America, like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), have rapturously endorsed the speech.Right out of the box, Mr. Obama mischaracterized what is causing a "time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world." He attributed the problem first and foremost to "violent extremists [who] have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims." The President never mentioned - not even once - a central reality: The minority in question, including the Muslim Brotherhood, subscribes to the authoritative writings, teachings, traditions and institutions of their faith, namely Shariah. It is the fact that their practice is thus grounded that makes them, whatever their numbers (the exact percentage is a matter of considerable debate), to use Mr. Obama euphemistic term, "potent."Instead, the President`s address characterized the problem as a "cycle of suspicion and discord," a turn of phrase redolent of the moral equivalence so evident in the Mideast peace process with it "cycle of violence." There was not one reference to terrorism, let alone Islamic terrorism. Indeed, any connection between the two is treated as evidence of some popular delusion. "The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. This has bred more fear and mistrust."More often than not, the President portrayed Muslims as the Brotherhood always does: as victims of crimes perpetrated by the West against them - from colonialism to manipulation by Cold War superpowers to the menace of "modernity and globalization that led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam." Again, no mention of the hostility towards the infidel West ingrained in "the traditions of Islam." This fits with the meme of the Shariah-adherent, but not the facts.Here`s the irony: Even as President Obama professed his determination to "speak the truth," he perpetrated a fraud. He falsely portrayed what amounts to authoritative Islam, namely Shariah Islam, as something that is "not exclusive," that "overlaps" and "need not be in competition" with "America. Actually, Shariah is, by its very nature, a program that obliges its adherents to demand submission of all others, Muslims (especially secular and apostate ones) and non-Muslims, alike.This exclusiveness (read, Islamic supremacism) applies most especially with respect to democratic nations like America, nations founded in the alternative and highly competitive belief that men, not God, should make laws. Ditto nations that stand in the way of the establishment of the Caliphate, the global theocracy that Shariah dictates must impose its medieval agenda worldwide. In practice, Shariah is the very antithesis of Mr. Obama`s stated goal of "progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." Its "justice" can only be considered by civilized societies to be a kind of codified barbarism.At least as troubling are what amount to instances of presidential dawa, the Arabic term for Islamic proselytization. For example, Mr. Obama referred four times in his speech to "the Holy Koran." It seems unimaginable that he ever would ever use the adjective to describe the Bible or the Book of Mormon.Then, the man now happy to call himself Barack Hussein Obama (in contrast to his attitude during the campaign) boasts of having "known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed." An interesting choice of words that, "first revealed." Not "established," "founded" or "invented." The President is, after all, a careful writer, so he must have deliberately eschewed verbs that reflect man`s role, in favor of the theological version of events promoted by Islam. Thus, Mr. Obama has gone beyond the kind of "respectful language" he has pledged to use towards Islam. He is employing what amounts to code - bespeaking the kind of submissive attitude Islam demands of all, believers and non-believers alike.Elsewhere in the speech, Mr. Obama actually declared that "I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." Note that, although he referred in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian-Arab conflict to "vile stereotypes" of Jews, he did not describe it as "part of his responsibility as President" to counter anti-Semitic representations.Unremarked was the fact that such incitement is daily fare served up by the state media controlled by his host in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak, by the Palestinian Authority`s MahmoudAbbas and by every other despot in the region with whom Mr. Obama seeks to "engage." Worse yet, no mention was made of the fact that some of those "vile stereotypes" - notably, that Jews are "descendants of apes and pigs" - are to be found in "the Holy Koran," itself.Perhaps the most stunning bit of dawa of all was a phrase the President employed that, on its face, denies the divinity of Jesus - something surprising from a self-described committed Messiahian. In connection with his discussion of the "situation between Israelis, Palestinians and Arabs," Mr. Obama said, "...When Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Messiahians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer."Muslims use the term "peace be upon them" to ask for blessings on deceased holy men. In other words, its use construes all three in the way Islam does - as dead prophets - a treatment wholly at odds with the teachings of Messiahianity which, of course, holds Jesus as the immortal Son of God.If Mr. Obama were genuinely ignorant about Islam, such a statement might be ascribed to nothing more than a sop to "interfaith dialogue." For a man who now pridefully boasts of his intimate familiarity with Muslims and their faith, it raises troubling questions about his own religious beliefs. At the very least, it conveys a strongly discordant message to "the Muslim world" about a fundamental tenet of the faith he professes.Finally, what are we to make of Mr. Obama statements about America and Islam? Since he took office, the President has engaged repeatedly in the sort of hyping of Muslims and their role in the United States that is standard Muslim Brotherhood fare. In his inaugural address, he described our nation as one of "Messiahians, Muslims and Jews." Shortly thereafter, he further reversed the demographic ordering of these populations by size in his first broadcast interview (with the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya network), calling America a country of "Muslims, Messiahians and Jews."Yesterday in Cairo, the President declared that "Islam has always been a part of America`s story." Now, to be sure, Muslims, like peoples of other faiths, have made contributions to U.S. history. But they have generally done so in the same way others have, namely as Americans - not as some separate community, but as part of the "E pluribus unum" (out of many, one) that Mr. Obama properly extolled in The Speech. Unfortunately, a pattern is being established whereby President Obama routinely exaggerates the Muslim character of America. For example, at Cairo University, he claimed there are nearly seven million Muslims in this country - a falsehood promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood and its friends - when the actual number is well-less than half that. Shortly before The Speech, in an interview with a French network, Mr. Obama said, "If you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we`d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." Incredible as these statements may seem, even more astounding is their implication for those who adhere to Shariah. The President`s remarks about America as a Muslim nation would give rise to its treatment by them as part of dar al-Islam, the world of Islam, as opposed to dar al-harb (i.e., the non-Muslim world). Were the former to be the case, Shariah requires faithful Muslims to rid the United States of infidel control or occupation. And we know from last year`s successful prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation - a so-called "charity" engaged in money-laundering for one of the Muslim Brotherhood`s terrorist operations, Hamas - that such an agenda tracks precisely with the Brothers` mission here: "To destroy Western civilization from within America, by its own miserable hand."This reality makes one of Mr. Obama`s promises in Cairo especially chilling. Near the end of his address, the President expressed concern that religious freedom in the United States was being impinged by "rules on charitable giving [that] have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation." He went on to pledge: "That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat." Let us be clear: Muslim charities have run into difficulty with "the rules" because they have been convicted in federal court of using the Muslim obligation to perform zakat (tithing to charity) to funnel money to terrorists. At this writing, it is unclear precisely what Mr. Obama has in mind with respect to this commitment to "ensure [Muslims] can fulfill zakat." But you can bet that the Brotherhood will try to translate it into the release of their imprisoned operatives and new latitude to raise money for their Shariah-promoting, and therefore seditious, activities in America.I could go on, but you get the point. The Speech contained a number of statements about the laudable qualities of America, the need for freedom in the Muslim world, about women`s rights and the desirability of peace. But its preponderant and much more important message was one that could have been crafted by the Muslim Brotherhood: America has a president who is, wittingly or not, advancing the Brotherhood`s agenda of masking the true nature of Shariah and encouraging the West`s submission to it.
  • Francis Schaeffer – Great evangelical divide – mountain ridge in Europe
  • – scripture (Hemphill) – mtns tremble at a look from God – land and waters flee from his presence… Ps 86 What is man that God is mindful of him .,, – universe clips and images, bacteria flagellum, etc. – show in next sessionOutine God plans and our failures – adam – kicked out; Noah – violence tower of babel– reaching to the heavens in power & knowledge; Saul vs David, --- today??? – 2012?Our creative power – god-like – with time?? w/o God ???God’s solution 
  • Have you ever experienced a time when things were so good, so full of life, or peace of joy of pleasure that you thought something like – it doesn’t get any better than this!?Well it does! Mention my pulling back from the filling of holy Spirit!
  • Immortality & the Ultimate Re-boot

    1. 1. Immortality & the Ultimate Re-boot: The New Heavens and Earth or genonmic technologies homo evolutes? By Paul Herring National Conference 2009 Christian Restoration Fellowship Australia The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire.... Everything will be destroyed in this way...… But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, thehome of righteousness. (2 Peter 3:5-13)
    2. 2. The Future – an accelerating conflictHuman evolutus–JuanEnriques TED talk Aging Population–Petskoon’’Aging’ TED talk  live to 1000? Cloning Nanotechnology &FogletsAnti-life evil The Middle East issue
    3. 3.  Aubrey de Grey, a British researcher on aging, claims he has drawn a roadmap to defeat biological aging. He provocatively proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old are alive now! de Grey challenges the most basic assumption underlying the human condition -- that aging is inevitable. He argues instead that aging is a disease -- one that can be cured if its approached as "an engineering problem." His plan calls for identifying all the components that cause human tissue to age, and designing remedies for each of them — forestalling disease and eventually pushing back death.
    4. 4. Cloning In the case of cloning, the method of production would be further dehumanized. The clone embryo would have no genetic parents, and would be created like a product to precise specifications. Having no parents in the normal sense, the clone would have no natural human protectors, and would be still more vulnerable than the IVF embryo today …
    5. 5. Nanotechnology - foglets •Each foglet weighs about twenty micrograms.. •Fogletscould also contract their arms to reduce their volume by up to five times. •The foglets grasp together to form an intelligent, active and polymorphic material. They simulate most physical properties to a level acceptable to human senses except for taste and smell. •Rather than paint the walls, coat them with Utility Fog and they can be a different color every day, or act as a floor-to-ceiling TV. Indeed, make the entire wall of the Fog and you can change the floor plan of your house to suit the occasion. •Make the floor of it and never gets dirty, looks like hardwood but feels like foam rubber, and extrudes furniture in any form you desire. •Your whole domestic environment can be constructed from Utility Fog; it can form any object you want (except food) and whenever you dont want an object any more, the robots that formed it spread out and form part of the floor again.
    6. 6. Anti-Life evilDr Janet Gross (Vic) – GP, pathologist ,senior lecturer Vic lost freedom of conscience with the passing of the Abortion Law Reform Act in 2008  meaning all people have lost. New group „Dr‟s in Conscience against Abortion‟ includes abortion doc‟s! Janet – put sign on clinic – will not refer for abortion. Pro-life pollies saw presence of evil in fellow pollies. Partial birth abortions – 260 pa in Vic – full term – mother put into labour – told to push – then when head seen …. Doctors must now provide an effective referral  anyone can refer doctors to Medical Board for failure to comply  Janet received letter from Planned Parenthood that she had referred 25 wk woman for abortion – she had not – if she says she hasn‟t then she can be persecuted.
    7. 7.  Medicare trying to force mother of 10 to work in a call centre. Today can‟t become a doc without compromising moral standards AMA (Vic) President bashed in park 24 hours after public statement against the Gestapo-like Bill Labour politician accused in 20 year old rape case 1 hour after voting against the Bill Janet‟s Medical Centre trashed while she was here in Qld. We need to wake up to what is happening – woman are victims – „you can‟t cope‟.
    8. 8. The ME Issue? A growing conflict NO nation now on Israel‘s side – prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes The 3 step return process gathers steam Ps 83 beckons – 1-5 years left? Will Yahweh allow His Land to be again divided AFTER the time of the Gentiles has ended? Evil and blindness grow together! And the ‗Christian Church‘ by and large, turns their back! Who is more blind!
    9. 9. Obama: Cairo Speech Even as President Obama professed his determination to "speak the truth," he perpetrated a fraud. He falsely portrayed what amounts to authoritative Islam, namely Shariah Islam, as something that is "not exclusive," that "overlaps" and "need not be in competition" with "America. Actually, Shariah is, by its very nature, a program that obliges its adherents to demand submission of all others, Muslims (especially secular and apostate ones) and non-Muslims, alike. – Glick [Speaking in region where Islam] was first revealed.― … Not "established," "founded" or "invented." The President is,… employing what amounts to code - bespeaking the kind of submissive attitude Islam demands of all, believers and non-believers alike. Obama said, "...When Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Messiahians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer.― - Gaffney
    10. 10. Conflicts: Nationalistic conflicts Continental conflicts – the rise of Europe, China, India Israel vs Islam – the Western lifestyle vs Islam Pro-life vs pro-hate The Legal mindset & minefield – Litigation, suing, etc. Are we ready?  And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.‘ Dan 7:27 (ESV)  Trinity vs Unitarianism,  ID vs Darwin vs YEC  Israel vs Replacement Theology
    11. 11. The Challenge? We are entering a time of great separation between the wealthy „immortals‟ and the rest, a time of increasing euthanasia, a time of increasing evil, etc God‟s plans vsman‟s plans? Will we become „immortal‟ through our own efforts? Does our incredible creative power, having been made in „God‟s image‟ require „Godly faith‟?
    12. 12. Our Theme: One God The awesomeness of God The creative power of God Scripture – He did it alone… Ps 2 King David‟s vision of Messiah‟s sacrifice and a vision of God‟s ultimate victory
    13. 13. One Man - The Messiah Prophesied born of a young maiden learned obedience the brightest, sharpest, quickest intellect – as clever as the first Adam but with a destiny,  His Father‟s plan for his life, to declare the Kingdom of God; to demonstrate the potential of man and women to life for God; to live righteously to be 100% grace and 100% truth.  No compromise but total compassion and mercy.  He said: “No greater love..” and then did the ultimate act of love; he is now in an immortal body
    14. 14. One Mission Repent… to be what God calls us to be – His children; the family, the brothers and sisters of our Messiah For what ultimate purpose?  For the Good News of the Kingdom of God  To fulfill the first Adam‟s role – to manage our environment, to take authority over His creation, … Let us now look forward to what we can glean from Scripture about the Coming Age
    15. 15.  “Seek first the Kingdom of God‖  (Matt 6:33, Luke 12:31)
    16. 16. 7 characteristics of the newcreation, the new heaven & earth: Radically different creation laws and constants (no thermodynamics, no gravity, no electromagnetism); no evil, no death, no decay; no regrets, no grief, no pain; No darkness, no shadows, possibly no sun and no stars, and yet light everywhere; Possibly a different dimensionality i.e the ability to move in more than the current 4 dimensions; Unimaginable splendor, joy, beauty, peace, and love; Wholly meaningful and satisfying work.
    17. 17. 7 things that we will be, as we will bein the likeness of Yeshua:  immortal beings of glory;  Completed – Fully alive and capable  able to enjoy eating without needing to for sustenance;  able to travel in some extra-dimensional manner that allows us to be transported from one location to another instantly and even move through locked doors or walls  able to communicate with our ‗ministering spirits‘; the ‗messengers of God‘ (angels)  People of inexhaustible creativity – without tiring; without exhaustion; without aging and loss of faculties  Identified by a new name; something that most likely will fully identify our uniqueness and our value before our heavenly God
    18. 18. 7 things that we will experience in theKingdom of God; Fellowship with God & see the Creator in His fullness; see God face to face! Touch and communicate face-to-face with our Messiah A place of no regrets, no grief, no permanent pain; Reunion with long dead, departed loved ones – including the hero‘s of the faith, from Abraham to the Apostle Paul Rewards – for over-comers; for profitable servants; Power, possessions and pleasures! The weekly Sabbath!
    19. 19. 7 things that we will do in theKingdom of God:  Glorify and worship our God and our Messiah and have fellowship with them  Have authority over the new creation  Eat and have many banquets – for pleasure and relationships  create – cook, compose, write, paint, carve, build  play music, games, sport; and laugh – joy, fun, excitement!  travel and experience new wonders of our infinitely amazing God  Continually learn more about our God, who can never be exhausted
    20. 20. You may: create your ultimate house or boat or mode of transport; write a few books; debate for days or months with leading experts on any topic; get a few degrees or at least study some aspect of God‘s creation for a few hundred years; develop deep and very close relationships with thousands and especially of course, with Messiah Yeshua; Sit at the throne of God and be totally awestruck and overwhelmed by indescribable joy in the presence of the Creator of all!
    21. 21. PRACTICAL APPLICATION: HOW TO GAIN ETERNAL POWER, POSSESSIONS AND PLEASURE The temptation is to try to grasp onto power, pleasure and possessions here and now, in the present world. The way of the Lord is to gain them in the future not by clinging to them in the present, but by forgoing them in the present! The three-fold disciplines of fasting, giving and prayer are developed by Yeshua in Matthew 6:1- 18, and each is said to offer a reward, either from man in the short term or God in the long term.
    22. 22. 1. Fasting is denying the momentary pleasure of eating to gain eternal pleasure in God.2. Giving is denying the momentary possession of riches to gain eternal possessions from God.3. Prayer is denying the momentary exercise of ones own power to gain the eternal power of God. Eating, accumulating and ruling are not bad-but in these three spiritual disciplines they are temporarily abstained from to accomplish a higher kingdom purpose.
    23. 23. Matt 6:1 -21―Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to beseen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father inheaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound atrumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in thestreets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say toyou, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do notlet your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that yourcharitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secretwill Himself reward you openly.―And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they loveto pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of thestreets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, theyhave their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, andwhen you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secretplace; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Andwhen you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For theythink that they will be heard for their many words.―Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things youhave need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
    24. 24. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day ourdaily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. Anddo not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. ForYours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.―For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will alsoforgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither willyour Father forgive your trespasses.―Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sadcountenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear tomen to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. Butyou, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that youdo not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in thesecret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward youopenly.―Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, wheremoth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay upfor yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rustdestroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    25. 25. Power "Well done, my good servant! his master replied. Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities." (Luke 19:17) "The Lord answered, Who then is the faithful and wise manager? . . . he will put him in charge of all his possessions." (Luke 12:42- 44)
    26. 26. Possessions "Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy. . .“ (Matthew 6:19-21) "Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys." (Luke 12:33) "Peter answered, We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us? Jesus said, . . . everyone who has left houses or brothers . . . or mother . . . or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life (that is, life in the Coming Age)." (Matthew 19:27-30)
    27. 27. Pleasures "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." (Psalms 16:11) "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven." (Luke 6:23) "The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegrooms voice." (John 3:29)
    28. 28.  "A woman giving birth to a child has pain, but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy."(John 16:21-22) "But you have come to Mount Zion, to heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly . . ."(Hebrews 12:22) "Since, then, you have been raised with Messiah, set your hearts on things above, where Messiah is seated at the right hand of God."Colossians 3:1
    29. 29. William Wilberforce, British Parliamentarian whospent his life working to abolish slavery: ―Christianity proposes not to extinguish our natural desires. It promises to bring the desires under just control and direct them to their true object."
    30. 30. CS Lewis: "The faint, far-off results of those energies which Gods creative rapture implanted in matter when He made the worlds are what we now call physical pleasures; and even thus filtered, they are too much for our present management. What would it be to taste at the fountainhead that stream of which even these lower reaches prove so intoxicating? Yet that, I believe, is what lies before us. The whole man is to drink joy from the fountain of joy."
    31. 31.  The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself. We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Messiah; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire. God‘s promise that He will create a new eternal universe for His children to inhabit, into which sin, sickness and death can never enter places the fulfillment of life‘s purpose beyond both our wildest imagination to conceive and our most heroic efforts to achieve. With this understanding life ceases to be such a struggle and becomes a privilege and joy to receive daily in simple faith from the hand of God.
    32. 32. “They shall see His Face” Ps 11:7, Rev 22:4 David anticipated seeing Gods face in the Kingdom of God (Psalm 17:15). His prayer was "that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD―. Ps 27:4 ―You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.― Ps 16:11
    33. 33. MOTIVATION:WHY SHOULD WE OBEY GOD?1. Out of our love for him as Father and Redeemer (Deuteronomy 7:9; 11:1; 30:20).2. Out of our fear of him as Creator and Judge (Genesis 2:17; Deuteronomy 28:58-67; Hebrews 10:30-31).3. Out of our hope in him as Rewarder of those who serve him (Deuteronomy 28:2-9; Hebrews 11:6).
    34. 34.  Like a brides dream of sharing a home with her groom, our love for the Kingdom of God should be overflowing and contagious, just as our love for God should be (Revelation 19:7) Our passion for God and our passion for the Kingdom of God should be inseparable. The more I learn about God, the more excited I get about the Kingdom of God. The more I learn about the Kingdom of God, the more excited I get about God.
    35. 35.  Our life in this present age leads directly into either the Kingdom of God, or the final punishment and the permanency of the second death. Life here is a running start into one or the other. The Kingdom of God and hell are both retroactive to earth. The best of earth is a glimpse of the Kingdom of God, the worst of earth is perhaps a glimpse of the (finite) punishment awaiting unbelievers.
    36. 36.  Earth is the in-between world touched both by the Kingdom of God and permanent death, affording a choice between the two. All who refuse to admit their sin, who are not willing to repent of their rebellion against God and to accept the death of Messiah in their place, must endure the penalty they deserve. Having forfeited the right to live in God‘s presence, they must at the judgment, be finally separated from Him, if they refuse to accept the pardon He offers.
    37. 37.  The prophets announced a day when men will live together in peace. God shall then "judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; 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" (Isa. 2:4). Not only shall the problems of human society be solved, but the evils of mans physical environment shall be no more. "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them" (Isa. 11:6). Peace, safety, security!
    38. 38.  Peter looks to a future day when there "will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Messiah" (II Pet. I: II). Our Lord Himself frequently referred to this future event. "Many will come from the east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 8:11). This future coming of the Kingdom will be attended with great glory. Jesus told of the day when the angels "will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father" (Matt. 13: 41,43).
    39. 39.  Yeshua said that we must "receive the kingdom of God" as little children (Mark 10:15).  What is to be received? Gods rule. In order to enter the future realm of the Kingdom, one must submit himself in perfect trust to Gods rule here and now. It must be our priority to "seek first his kingdom and his righteousness" (Matt. 6:33).
    40. 40. Your life on earth is a dot. From that dot extends a line that goes on for eternity. Right now you are living in the dot, but what are you living for? Are you living for the line or the dot!!? Are you living for yourself or the Coming Age, the Kingdom of God Are you living for the short today or the long tomorrow?
    41. 41. Are you longing for the Coming Age?Heb 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. Have you set your heart on things above where Messiah Yeshua is seated at the right hand of God?
    42. 42. It doesn’t get any better than this! Every moment in the New Universe will be better than this!  no fear of tragedy, of death, of ending, of separation  the times of joy will last and last,  pleasure will swamp our hearts & minds, our whole beings  we will not pull back thinking it is too much but rush forward and embrace it and be all that we were made to be! Set your mind on the joy to come! Set your heart on God and doing His will • Fast • Give • Pray • Exude the joy of knowing you are a child of God, a sibling of Yeshua, an immortal being, a new creation!
    43. 43. In Conclusion:Rev 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, … 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." 5 And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new …