BUILDING UP THE BROTHERHOOD
ENCOURAGEMENT TO A 'SYSTEM' OF THINGS
July 13, 2014
To all of our brothers who are enduring and struggling in our current ‘system’ of things, we send you love, support and greetings. We are in solidarity with all who, through no fault of their own, find themselves isolated from divine communication and struggling to find the perfect path to life. Please know that not one of us has been abandoned nor by any means forsaken. We will all find our way if we keep our eye simple toward the plain and open teachings of our Bestowal Son who not only revealed the sure and enduring way to life, but demonstrated it by a perfect example.
It is unfortunate that we, on our tiny planet, wait on what appears to be the precipice of all out war in the Middle East. We encourage our brothers and sisters in those regions to have faith and know that these events are occurring due to the ignorance of men, not the desire or the will of God. Our heavenly Father has already provided the solution. It is up to mankind to put it into action.
Though it may look as though the aggressors will prevail, their advances will be short lived and the end result will be peace in the region. This is because our world is not a cosmic accident. It is a Deity-manifested reality where good will always prevail, though it may take some time. How long? Only as long as it takes for the resources of the aggressors to dry up. No fire can continue to burn without fuel. When the common people in those regions are fed up with hatred and violence, when they stop supporting an ideology of intolerance and oppression, no place will be found for the aggressors. And in their confusion, such aggressors will destroy themselves leaving behind a legacy and a monument to the error of national, social, political and religious intolerance that will usher in the longed for peace in the Middle East.
One of our great prophets wrote:
“He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore.”
– Isaiah 2:4
This prophesy will be fulfilled on our planet when man begins to “learn war no more.” ‘Learning war no more’ is not an overnight event or a magical happening. It will take time – trial and error. And in some instances, much destruction must occur and much sorrow must be endured before the lesson is learned. In some of the western nations, many of their war games ended when they realized the only outcome would be ‘mutually assured destruction.’ They learned that the only way to ensure a nation’s survival is to assure the survival of their rival nation. This is the beginning of ‘learning war no more.’
In the Middle Eastern region of our planet, very few nations are learning this lesson. And as an unfortunate result, they may not learn the lesson until their own nations have been dealt a severe blow. We wish man was not so hardhearted, so hardheaded, so self-righteous, so intolerant, so greedy. But these things must occur on the path to peace.
Nations round about are considering what actions they can take to intervene in the Middle Eastern affairs. But we fear that such intervention will only prolong the inevitable and delay the ultimate triumph of peace. The longstanding conflicts in the region have been placated, accommodated, and sentimentalized to the point where the people are simply worn out. The time for administering ‘pain medication’ to alleviate the distress should come to an end. It may be time to rip off the bandage, surgically remove the infection, and let the wounds heal.
As we pray for all those who are in the vicinity of these political conflagrations, we also pray for those suffering in their local communities and neighborhoods as a result of local terror by gang members and criminal elements in society. They, too, must ‘learn’ the foolishness of war and can do so if the residents in those areas take a stand for peace and not support the interests of the criminal elements. Stop buying what they are selling and stop shielding them from law enforcement. It will be difficult for a time, but it is the only way to lasting peace.
We know first hand of the humble beginnings of a family that took a stand in a drug infested neighborhood in Mexico. That family became ambassadors for the heavenly kingdom and others joined them and banded together with such unshakeable faith that the criminal element realized there was no business, no customers, and they moved away. Even these hardened criminals saw a power beyond what is normal and developed a respect for these ambassadors and now that neighborhood is flourishing and is a shining light to others. This can be repeated in many communities around the worlds.
We pray that all of our brothers and neighbors have the courage and the faith to either escape the danger zones or to stand still against their aggressors and let the operation of a divine universe do its work. If faithful lives are cut short in the process, every one of them will begin the paradise journey in what will appear to them to be a ‘twinkling of the eye.’ They will awaken in a better place, a more perfect tent, in the city having real foundations, the maker and builder of which city is God. (Hebrews 11:10) There, they will continue their lives, growing in perfection, seeing and hearing things they could not even fathom in their most vivid dreams of human imagination. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
“They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down on them nor any scorching heat, because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them and will guide them to springs of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.”
– Revelation 7:16-17
"And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
– Revelation 21:4
Until then, we encourage all who desire better conditions on our planet, especially those in regions under conflict, to pray incessantly and when and if possible, gather together with those of similar hope to incite and encourage them, keeping close in mind that whatever occurs, their reward is great in the heavens. And never lose faith in our heavenly Father’s desire that his children find their way to peace. He surely knows all these things are occurring and he will indeed grant the power beyond what is normal in order for us to be able to endure it. As the Apostle Paul wrote:
“However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the power beyond what is normal may be God’s and not from us. We are hard-pressed in every way, but not cramped beyond movement; we are perplexed, but not absolutely with no way out; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed. Always we endure in our body the death-dealing treatment that Jesus suffered, that the life of Jesus may also be made manifest in our body. For we who live are ever being brought face-to-face with death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.”
– 2 Corinthians 4:7-12
So no matter where we find ourselves in this vast universe even to the furthermost center of our globe, remember that the Father is with you and all his children who remain faithful and hopeful in the belief that our grand Father has more in store for us than a troubled life in a tiny sphere hidden in a vast universe. If not now, then certainly in the near forever.
We wish peace to all under all circumstances and in all locations throughout this system of things. The victory has already been won. Do not doubt that this is a Deity-manifested reality where goodness will always prevail. We just need to keep our faith so as to reap abundantly. Nothing of value is ever lost and no machination brought against you will thwart the Father’s purpose for his children. But so much good can be accomplished by a self-sacrificing people who demonstrate love not only their children, but also their grandchildren and their great grandchildren. Standing firm for them will bring blessings now and will do much to hasten the time when we can experience the promises of the prophets for peace to prevail on earth under the dominion of spiritual godly people reaching out for the culmination of a jubilee in an era of light and life for all.
With love and deep concern,
Your Brothers in Faith,