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Not Ordinary (Part 2)

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Please let me Reader:) direct Your attention to a timely verse:
{It is VERY sad:( and greatly disturbing 🙁 the violent-tragic-world-wide events and here in the US..the level of violence and hatred reminds me of a prophetic Biblical verse…

“Because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”—MATTHEW 24:12.

Interesting commentary on this scripture:

WHEN Jesus was on earth, he explained how people would identify “the conclusion of the system of things.” Among other things, he foretold: “The love of the greater number will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:3, 12)

Many atheists, agnostics, and evolutionists try to convince others not to love God or even believe that he exists. They make it seem as if only a person who is foolish or uneducated would believe in a Creator. In addition, many people have more respect for human scientists than for the Creator. (Romans 1:25) (excerpted article W2017: Do Not Let Your Love Grow Cold

An illustration i like excerpted reading (reference below):

When you travel by car, you might first consult online sources, maps, and written directions. Then, as you see signs and landmarks that match what the directions say, you gain confidence that you are nearing your destination. In a similar way, God has given us his Word, which describes striking global trends. As we see those landmark events unfolding, we become convinced that we are in the time period leading up to the end.

The Bible explains that world history would reach a unique, pivotal time period that would culminate in the end. That time would see a combination of worldwide events and circumstances that differs from anything in mankind’s history.

Please check this out…(continuing excerpted reading: Is the End Near? w 2015)
3 things to consider: Upheavals, Attitudes, Ruination of Earth…

WORLDWIDE UPHEAVALS A prophecy recorded in Matthew chapter 24 lists events on the earth that would make up a composite sign. That sign would mark “the conclusion of the system of things” and lead to the time when “the end will come.” (Verses 3, 14) These features include major wars, food shortages, earthquakes in one place after another, an increase of lawlessness, a lack of love, and sly efforts by religious leaders to mislead people. (Verses 6-26) Of course, to some extent, such events have been taking place for centuries. However, as the end approaches, they would all occur in the same troubled era.

THE ATTITUDES OF PEOPLE The Bible says that “the last days”—the time period leading to the end—would be marked by a major deterioration of peoples’ attitudes. We read: “Men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4) True, disrespect for fellow humans is not new, but only in “the last days” would that spirit reach such extremes that the era could rightly be described as “critical times hard to deal with.” Have you noticed this ugly downward trend in people’s attitudes?

THE EARTH IS BEING RUINED The Bible states that God will “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) In what ways would people be ruining the earth? The time period when Noah lived was described in a similar way: “The earth had become ruined in the sight of the true God, and the earth was filled with violence. Yes, God looked upon the earth, and it was ruined.” So God said of that corrupt society: “I am bringing them to ruin.” (Genesis 6:11-13) Have you noticed the mounting evidence that the earth is becoming filled with violence? Additionally, humans have arrived at a unique point in history: They have the potential literally to ruin the earth by wiping out all human life on it. They have the weaponry in their hands. And the earth is being ruined in another way. The systems that support life on earth—the air we breathe, the animal and plant ecosystems, the oceans—are steadily being degraded because of human mismanagement.

Ask yourself, ‘Just over a century ago, did mankind even have the power of complete self-destruction?’ But now humans are exerting that power by amassing advanced weaponry and by devastating the environment. The rapid developments in technology seem to be outpacing man’s ability to understand or control the consequences. However, earth’s destiny is not for man to decide or control. Before all life on this earth is eradicated, God will step in to destroy those destroying the earth. That is his promise!

8/20/17 @ 10:10 p.m.

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Beach (2)

Other collections…gathered & arranged (usually one can find lots of sharks’ teeth at this particular beach; not me Saturday).

yeah, i can have “serious” fun-lol;)

This is the closest i have ever been to an “actual” alligator!! (This photo does NOT do him justice whatsoever!)…Isn’t he beautiful?!:) Total Love at first sighting (and no, i didn’t feed him; did talk to him though;)…there is a section at/near Dog Beach that is sectioned off…water behind black iron fence and warnings to keep dogs away from this area…anyway, my daughters and friends (and me) had FUN frolicking on beach and it was so Cool to be so close (yet safe behind fence) to this exquisite-fellow…fragile-life!!

Florida has helped me grow in appreciation/love for bugs, snakes, and alligators…(e.g., expanding my compassion/comfort zone of living/loving)…not naturally easy for me to want interaction with a snake, etc…i naturally gravitate to bunnies and kitties, doggies, birdies, etc.

all work and no play makes me…(stressed out?)

(Saturday taught me to take more time to enJOY/fully appreciate all natural beauty of Florida/Earth.)

4/19/17 @ 5:41 p.m.

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Paradise…Possible!

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Recent Readings…check it out:)..no time to discuss; just time to copy & paste…article: “Paradise on Earth​—Fantasy or Reality?” W No. 4 2017…enJOY…(Happy Sunday to You Reader!:))

Paradise! Colorful travel brochures make tempting offers for us to fly away to some distant “paradise” to relax and forget all our worries and troubles. But as we know all too well, when we return home, the realities of life remain much the same as they were when we left them.

PARADISE TRADITION

Over the centuries, people have been intrigued by the idea of paradise. For many, their interest was prompted by the mention in the Bible of “a garden in Eden, toward the east.” What made that garden so attractive? The account tells us: “Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food.” That garden was a pleasing and good place. Most captivating of all, there was “also the tree of life in the middle of the garden.”—Genesis 2:8, 9.

In addition, the Genesis account mentions four rivers flowing out of the garden. Two of those rivers are still known to us today—the Tigris (or, Hiddekel) and the Euphrates. (Genesis 2:10-14; footnote) These two rivers flow into the Persian Gulf through what is now Iraq, formerly part of ancient Persia.

Understandably, earthly paradise is very much a part of Persia’s cultural heritage. A 16th-century Persian carpet, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., shows a walled garden with trees and flowers woven into its design. The Persian word for “walled garden” also means “paradise,” and the scene on the carpet mirrors the Bible’s description of the beautiful and luxuriant garden of Eden.

In fact, stories of paradise are retold in many languages and cultures around the world. As the human family migrated to different parts of the earth, they carried with them versions of the original account, which, over centuries of time, became blended with beliefs and legends that developed locally. Even today, people almost instinctively describe places of great natural beauty as paradise.

Some explorers claimed to have located the lost paradise. For example, Charles Gordon, a British army general, on visiting the Seychelles in 1881, was so impressed by the luxuriant beauty of the Vallée de Mai—now a World Heritage site—that he declared it to be the garden of Eden. In the 15th century, Italian navigator Christopher Columbus wondered if he was close to rediscovering the Edenic garden when he landed on the island of Hispaniola, now the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Mapping Paradise, a modern history book, contains details of more than 190 ancient maps, many showing Adam and Eve in Eden. Among them is an unusual map from a 13th-century copy of the Beatus of Liébana manuscript. At its top is a small rectangle with paradise in the center. From there flow four rivers, labeled “Tigris,” “Eufrates,” “Pison,” and “Geon,” each to one of its four corners, supposedly representing the spread of Christianity to the four corners of the earth. Such depictions show that although the location of the original Paradise was unknown, memories of it evidently remained as attractive as ever.

 John Milton, a 17th-century English poet, is known for his poem Paradise Lost, based on the Genesis account of Adam’s sin and expulsion from Eden. In it he highlighted the promised restoration of everlasting life on earth for humans, declaring: “For then the earth shall all be paradise.” Subsequently, Milton wrote a sequel entitled Paradise Regained.

Clearly, the concept of a lost earthly paradise is a golden thread running through human history. So why is it now ignored? Basically because, as Mapping Paradise observes, “theologians have . . . turned their back firmly on the issue of the location of paradise.”

Most churchgoers are taught that their ultimate destiny is heaven, not life in an earthly paradise. Yet the Bible says at Psalm 37:29: “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” Since our world today is hardly a paradise, what hope is there that this promise will ever be fulfilled? 

Paradise Earth-Wide Will Be a Reality…

Jehovah God, who created the original Paradise, has promised to restore what was lost. How? Recall that Jesus taught us to pray: “Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.” (Matthew 6:10) That Kingdom is a world government in the hands of Jesus Christ that will replace all human rule. (Daniel 2:44) Under the rule of that Kingdom, God’s will regarding a paradise earth will “take place.”

Why can we be sure that the hope of Paradise on earth is not fantasy but reality? Because the Bible tells us: “As for the heavens, they belong to Jehovah, but the earth he has given to the sons of men.” The hope of Paradise on earth is one that “God, who cannot lie, promised long ago.” (Psalm 115:16; Titus 1:2) What a wonderful prospect the Bible offers—Paradise forever!

This topic “Eden” has been more than a fascination, for me, for years…check out this related reading IF You choose:

in-search-of-eden

Peace & Paradise to You Reader:)

4/9/17 @ 11:35 a.m.

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Some of my thoughts…yeah 🙂 (imperfect) thoughts:
man mismanages his own mind; man mismanages his own body; man mismanages his own family; man mismanages his own house; man mismanages his own yard; man mismanages his own neighborhood; man mismanages his own community; man mismanages his own city; man mismanages his own country; man mismanages his own earth?!…man mismanages his own universe?

{Their thoughts are harmful thoughts; Ruin and misery are in their ways. 8 They have not known the way of peace, And there is no justice in their tracks.They make their roadways crooked; No one treading on them will know peace. Isaiah 59:7, 8}

When man-”cruel” can learn to organize/control/manage (“harmful”) mind, thereby becoming man “kind” …damaging and deadly mismanagement will cease.

Mind management skills…a requirement for compassion?

According to his secretary Pyarelal, Mohandas Gandhi, the late spiritual leader of India, observed: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not for every man’s greed.”

One ecologist frankly acknowledged: “In a sense, we don’t have any clue how to manage the planet successfully.”

The situation very much fits the Bible’s assessment: “It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.”—Jeremiah 10:23.

Bible exhorts us: “Be made new in the force actuating your mind, and . . . put on the new personality…[…].

If we change our mind/view of earth…as a “precious” gift…will we appreciate it and take better care of it?

Read in the paper today…”As Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute notes, carbon emissions increased world-wide by about 700 million tons in 2011 alone. China increased its emissions by 3 billion tons from 2006-2012.”

Long time ago, in a place far, far, away…from here -lol…i read an illustration..the gist:

As a homeowner, IF you had awful tenants…who repeatedly for years refused to pay rent and were continuously damaging your property…after repeated pleas for change…wouldn’t you eventually evict these tenants?? (and of course, you would like any good tenets…i.e. take care of your property, etc…good tenants remain, right?)

The bible explains/warns (and for centuries)that God will intervene…on behalf of compassionate man”kind” and our beautiful planet by…evicting awful tenants…who refuse to stop ruining our home/earth!

Check this out: another way of looking at: “Armageddon

Sadly, man has misused God’s beautiful gift to the point of ruination. Yet, the Creator’s purpose has not changed. A man of old said: “God is not a mere man who tells lies, nor a son of man who changes his mind. When he says something, will he not do it?” (Numbers 23:19) In fact, rather than allow the earth to be ruined, the time is rapidly approaching for God to “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”—Revelation 11:18

“Look! I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) Does this mean that God will replace the earth with a new one? No, for there is really nothing inherently wrong with our planet. Rather, God will do away with those responsible for the planetary crisis, “those ruining the earth,” that is, the present-day human system with its governmental structure. This will be replaced by “a new heaven and a new earth”—a new heavenly government, God’s Kingdom, ruling over a new earthly society.—Revelation 21:1.

If a homeowner wants “good” tenants…who care for his/her property…why wouldn’t God want good caretakers/managers for Earth?

Follow me?…can’t we let agape actuate/manage our minds!:)

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