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    The social collapse of Christianity as fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy

     

    As a direct result of the atheistic triumph of the culture wars in the West, which took place during the decade of the 1960s, Gentile Christianity as the great social power it was for the last 20 centuries has become irrelevant and virtually dead to secular culture. Calling this “the death” of Christianity in a video interview about his book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” the American political commentator, Pat Buchanan, described our current social/cultural scene as follows:

    1. What used to be the Christian WEST has disintegrated...it has died;

    2. As this WESTERN civilization has gone...so has Christianity;

    3. The whole Christian-influenced consensus that in the past held us together as one nation and one people has collapsed;

    4. Christianity was the “cradle faith” of Western civilization. It was what held us together in the West as a community and a civilization. This Christianity is dying or is dead;

    5. With the death of Christianity has come the death of its moral code and the Christian moral consensus in the West;

    6. The culture wars are rooted in (or arose from) the death of the Christian faith.

    To see Buchanan's video interview, follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GG1rFA_QEk

    Nevertheless, as true as all this is from Buchanan, according to a prophecy from Jesus the Messiah—which was fulfilled in 1967—the Messiah predicted two thousand years ago that this would happen exactly as it did. Why? Because, according to Jesus' prophecy (cited below), the precise time of Christianity’s social demise in the West—its historic center of power—was to markthe formal end of the second of three stages in the full work of Jesus the Messiah.

    Hence, to achieve the full task that the Jews have expected of their Messiah—that is, of redeeming his Jewish people and completing world redemption—there had to be in biblical history three separate stages in the full work of Jesus the Messiah: (1) the Atonement & Resurrection stage, which was completed in 35 A.D.; (2) the Gentile (or non-Jewish) stage (represented by almost two thousand years of Gentile Christianity, which ended in 1967); and (3) the Jewish stage, which is a period now ongoing, with the Messiah in the process of redeeming Israel and his Jewish people.

    Concerning the Messiah’s second or Gentile stage, in classical Jewish Bible history, several Jewish prophets predicted that there would be eras (or “times”) when the Messiah would bring God’s salvation to the Gentiles. See the following for example:

    Deuteronomy 32:21 NIV (a prophecy of Moses) - “[God said] I will make them [i.e., God’s disobedient people] envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation [i.e., the Gentiles] that has no understanding.”

    Malachi 1:11-12 NIV - “‘From the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered to my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen,’ said the Lord of hosts.”

    Isaiah 42:1 AKJV – “Behold my servant [the Messiah], whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit on him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.”

    Isaiah 42:6 AKJV – “I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you [the Messiah] for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles.”

    Zechariah 2:11 NIV - “Many [Gentile] nations will join themselves to the Lord in that [future] day and will become my people”;

    Prior to his death and resurrection, the Messiah predicted that these prophetically foreseen "times of the Gentiles"when God's special focused attention would be on Gentile salvation (translated, "Christian history"),that these "times" (or eras)would come to an end when Gentiles (or non-Jews) lost control of Jerusalem. Following is how the Messiah expressed his prophecy: Luke 21:24: “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled”—on June 7, 1967 (the day Jerusalem fell to Jews), the Messiah’s prophecy was fulfilled. Hence, with June 7, 1967 formally marking the end of the Messiah’s Gentile (or “Christian”) stage, the Messiah’s final (or “Jewish Redemption”) stage has already begun.

    After the formal end of the Messiah’s second or Gentile stage in 1967, the Jewish stage has now become the final phase in the Messiah’s work just prior to his return. All in accordance with events that must take place in this Jewish phase of the Messiah's timeline, God ended the Holocaust and has already placed the Jews in the Holy Land. This was a necessary prelude for the events that have occurred, are occurring worldwide, and must occur revolving around Israel and the Jews.

    This process will continue until, in God’s timing, Israel is sufficiently ripe to accept its currently alienated Messiah. Shortly thereafter, the apocalyptic coming of the Messiah in overwhelming and earthshaking power will take place. According to a traditional Jewish timeline of world history, if this timeline turns out to be reliable, the second coming of the Messiah may not be more than approximately 20 years away.

    Finally, it needs to be said that simply because the Messiah has now turned his special focus of attention on the redemption of his Jewish kinsmen does not mean that Gentiles and their salvation have ceased to be important to him. This is not true. It is only that, in this final Jewish phase we are in, it is the Jews' time (or era) and their need of salvation that is receiving the Messiah’s main focus of attention. This is happening to finally bring together as one people those Jews and Gentiles who will choose or have chosen to trust in the Messiah.

    The final purpose for this gathering is to make of this Jew-Gentile union a single redeemed humanity who will populate the Davidic earthly kingdom that the Messiah will establish on a renewed earth immediately upon his return. It will all be in fulfillment of the following Jewish Bible prophecies that are centered on the Messiah as the Son of God:

    Psalm 2:2, 7 AKJV – “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed [i.e., the Messiah]...I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you. Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession.

    Isaiah 9:6-7 AKJV—“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.”

    After the Messiah has come and has defeated all of God’s enemies and has purified our polluted and imperfect world, and after the Final Judgment has taken place and all evil has been banished from God’s presence, following is how the Bible describes human existence in the after life in an eternal age of earthly perfection:

     

    Revelation 21:1, 3-4 NIV – “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea...God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

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