Articles on Nations:
Alcohol Prayer Initiative 2009, New York
CAN EUROPE BE SAVED?
CHURCH SUPPORTING POLITICS
CONGO-KINSHASA, A REMARKABLE CONFERENCE
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AFRICA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AMSTERDAM
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AUSTRALIA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF BELGIUM
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF BRAZIL
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF FRANCE
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF HUNGARY
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF KOREA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
CORPORATE IDENTITY of SWEDEN
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF THE USA
COVERING AN AREA WITH PRAYER
Dialogue with Jacques Ellul
DURBAN II ≈ EVIAN III; NEW ANTISEMITISM
EUROPA – AFRIKA; Indrukwekkende Conferentie
EUROPA – AFRIKA; verzoeningsconferentie dvd
EUROPE - AFRICA; Berlin Congo I: Hist. Overview
EUROPE - AFRICA; Berlin Congo II: Report
EUROPE - AFRICA; Neo-Imperialism
Gebed voor de koning
GEBEDSBEDEKKING VAN EEN GEBIED
GOD'S COVENANT WITH ALL NATIONS
HOW TO DEFEND WHICH BORDERS OF ISRAEL?
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 1
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 2
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 3
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 4
Landbelofte of staatbelofte?
LOVING THE CITY GOD'S WAY
MIRACLES AT CITY SCALE
NATIVE AMERICANS, THREE DRAMA'S
NESTOR AFRICAN PRESIDENTS FORGIVES EUROPE
SLAVERY AND HEALING
SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
THE CITY AS BEAUTIFUL AS SHE COULD BE
THE CITY, AND WHY CITY PRAYER?
TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE PACIFIC
TWO CITIES DEDICATED TO KING JESUS
ÜBERSETZUNG THE NATIONS CALLED
VERZOENING MET NATIVE AMERICANS
WHY IS AFRICA SO POOR?
ZES LANDEN RIJNPROJECT
ZONDER VERZOENING GEEN TOEKOMST
Articles on Society:
A REVEALING UN-MEETING
A strategic assault on this generation of children
BOEK BOS ANTIDEMOCRATISCH?
CHILDREN OF THE WORLD TARGETED
COPENHAGEN – Five questions
COPENHAGEN - No bread from stones
Copenhagen, where do we go from here?
DE ANDERE AGENDA VAN DE DALAI LAMA
DE OLYMPISCHE SPELEN
EU: HUMANISME VERSUS “GOD”
EUROPA, WAAROM DIE NAAM?
EUROPE, WHAT'S IN THE NAME?
EVROPA - CO SKRÝVÁ TO JMÉNO?
EYPΩΠH, TI KPYBETAI ΣTO ONOMA
HER-MYTHOLOGISERING INTERNATIONALE POLITIEK?
Informed intercession for the UN
Jezus dienaar van Moeder Aarde?
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 1
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 2
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 3 (EU-Referendum)
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 4
Massa op Malieveld; nee toch?
MICRO FINANCING AND GRACE
MONDIALE SCHUDDINGEN I
MONDIALE SCHUDDINGEN II
Obama 1: Obama en het leven
Obama 2: Door Obama een les voor de kerk
PRAYING FOR THE G8
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 0 OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS?
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 1: CHURCH-STATE/GOD-STATE
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 2: GOD-STATE LINK IN OUR TIME
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 3: EU AND UN “COVENANTS”
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 4:GOD-STATE IN NEAR FUTURE
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 5: WHAT ABOUT GOD’S MASTER PLAN
THINKING AND BELIEVING IN THE CHURCH
THINKING, BELIEVING AND SCIENCE
UN-DUURZAAMHEIDS TOP IN JOHANNESBURG
WHAT HAPPENS AT UN CONFERENCES?
WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
A NATION AS A TREE?
Belijden van de zonden van je land?
BIDDEN VOOR HOOGGEPLAATSTEN
BLOED SCHREEUWT VAN DE AARDE
GODEN DER VOLKEN
'GODS OF THE NATIONS'
HERSTEL VAN HET ALTAAR
HET KRUIS VAN JEZUS
JEZUS KOMT - drie voordrachten
NBV, COMMENTAAR OP ÉÉN ASPECT
OOK TOPCONFERENTIES IN DE BIJBEL GAAN OVER VOLKEN
THE CROSS OF JESUS
THE GLORY OF HIERARCHY
TITHING AND ETERNITY
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 4:GOD-STATE LINK IN NEAR FUTURE
by: Pieter Bos
A NEW DIRECTION IN THE CHURCH-STATE DEBATE:
GOD-STATE RELATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE
THESIS and summary of this series
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Content: long-term application of the THESIS
4.1 Towards a “re-mythologisation”?
About forty years ago in theological circles there was a trend towards “demythologisation” : the supernatural was deemed childish and “mythical” and the science of theology needed to rid herself of it: a speaking god, miracles, punishment for sin, nothing happens by chance, a heaven for the elect, and all that sort of thing. In this way theology and the world view of theologians was “flattened” to the visible and tangible and experiential. This trend has contributed substantially to secularisation and the exodus from the churches.
Seeing the trend it is remarkable indeed that now, in the early 21st century, god is back on the scene, even in the political arena. It is a sensitive subject, and there are new forms of “political correctness”: Christians dare not speak their heart about Islam, about the Dalai Lama, about New Age influences. note 1 But all these influences are strongly represented in the public debate. Certain groups, i.e. Christians and Jews are easily labelled “fundamentalist”. What does that mean?
The previous articles referred to God’s covenant “Beauty/Grace with all nations” that God established, and broke, and wants to establish again, with all nations, even in our time. This seems theoretical, even though we have 21st century examples of states and cities that actually did so (Article 2).
But aside from theory, what do we actually see in the present political world? We see international covenants and covenantal actions blocking nations from covenanting with God. That’s why I call them “anti-covenants”. Here is a list of no fewer than nine of them.
1. The dedication of states and cities to “Mary, Queen of Heaven”. This is contrary to the dedication of states and cities to God the Creator, “God over all kingdoms of the earth” (2 Kings 19:15) and offensive to him. note 2
2. Islamic Sharia rule. This rule brings a state and a whole society under a god “who has not made heaven and earth” (Jeremiah 10:11).
3. Freemason covenants. These bring a state or city under “The Great Architect of the Universe” who explicitly is denied to be the God of the Bible and the Father of Jesus Christ.
4. Unbiblical church-state relationships. In these God is obscured by the church as an institution.
5. Unbiblical legislation concerning marriage, sexuality and the sanctity of life. This excludes the prime Initiator of covenant and the Source of life from state and city life.
6. f rationalism and materialism are the basis for policy (communism, laicism), God is denied and so is the option of covenanting with him.
7. Being an EU member, and even more strongly, a UN member, is “anti-covenantal” (elaborated in § 3.4).
8. Rehabilitation of old (Greek and local) gods is in fact covenanting with them; this is strongly stimulated by the UN. note 3
9. In eco-utopianism “Mother Earth” is presented and venerated as a living organism; in this “covenant” God the Creator is denied.
Are these ceremonies, organisations, leagues, networks, communities, not real and of our time? Are they not international and very visible at state level?
Each of these “anti-covenants” (including anti-covenantal actions and networks) have a “church-state” character; they are religious in nature and active at state and international level. The numbers 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9 are more or less officially being supported by the UN, with the pressure the UN is able to exert, with her status and through the many NGO’s (Non Governmental Organisations, many of which have been established by the UN itself!).
I consider each of these “anti-covenants” as an effort of Satan to block nations from covenanting with God. (Acts 16:26-27). The fact that there are so many of them underlines the suggestion that we can speak of a “re-mythologisation” of international politics in the 21st century. Is the THESIS about a god-state relationship, a god-state covenant, getting through?
If indeed we believe that the focus needs to shift from a church-state to a God-state relation, does that lead to the isolation of Christians? Does not this list of national and international treaties and laws show that the re-mythologisation has started already? What we need is assertiveness to join the discussion.
4.2 Towards “re-mythologisation”? Intolerance
A second development “towards re-mythologisation” is the development of “tolerance” among the great world religions.
Polytheistic religions are tolerant in the sense that they can easily absorb new gods; therefore these religions hardly proselytise and there is no particular god-state relation. note 4 Monotheistic religions on the contrary are by nature exclusive and intolerant, not in the sense that they exclude men, but they exclude other gods. There is a claim on truth that people from outside easily label “fundamentalist”. note 5 These religions do have an explicit god-state understanding.
Judaism does not proselytise, or hardly, but it is unashamedly exclusive: we are God’s elect. Most Jews want to be secular, but many at the same time hold on to their identity and to the claim to “their” land. On both grounds they are labelled “fundamentalist”.
Christendom does, according to the Great Commission, proselytise eagerly, out of love and based on the claim of exclusivism: “Only through Christ does anyone, any nation, have access to God!” However, in our time the “Christian West” tries very hard to be “neutral”, tries harder and harder to separate church and state, even faith and the public realm. France is most advanced in this; the US is struggling how to live this out. In the “Christian West” secularisation is popular, and those who speak up as Christians are easily stigmatised as fundamentalists. In Christendom a separation seems to be emerging between a bible-believing and a secularising wing; both are reluctant, if not afraid, concerning any relationship between church and state.
Islam also proselytises eagerly, in the past through the “jihad”, in our time through international financial support of “community services”. Islam does not hesitate to use intimidation, sometimes bordering on terrorism (e.g. the burning of churches). Islam does not recognise any “church”-state separation and is not content with a minority position. Through the media and globalisation Islam is under the threat of secularising, causing a counter-dynamic of fundamentalising. The many who travel abroad for economic reasons are followed by imams to keep them on track in their faith. Young Muslims either secularise or fundamentalise. Muslims in the diaspora dream of (and start to demand) application of Sharia rule in neighbourhoods where they have a majority; Muslims in Islamic countries dream of an Islamic world.
(Tantric) Buddhism proselytises subtly but is growing more and more pushy. Under a friendly guise, it uses occult means, such as mandala and kalachakra rituals, offered to local and national authorities all over the world. Tantric Buddhism expects an empire, Shamballa, led by the highest lama (until the empire merges into nirwana). In these rituals a “palace” is built for Buddhist gods. These gods are then invited to settle, and by destroying the structure the gods are “released”; i.e. the material is scattered near a river, by which the gods obtain authority in the whole river basin. At scores of rivers on all continents high-ranking lama’s practised these rituals, often at the invitation of the local or national authorities (!). In this way they invoke their “gods” over ever-increasing territories, at the same time misleading unbelievers and blinding believers. note 6, note 7
The New Age movement is seemingly rather polytheistic, with gods like Gaia, Queen of Heaven, nature and fertility religions, feministic theology, eco-feminism. But New Age is in fact monotheistic, devoted to Nature/the Primeval Mother/Mother Earth/Gaia. Through many eco-utopist, population control. note 8 and especially aggressively feminist NGO’s, often with high UN-classification, New Age thinking has gained considerable influence in the UN and in international legislation, produced by the many international UN-conferences. The UN also sets up “monitoring bodies”, with the task of monitoring the implementation of this legislation by the member states; these monitoring bodies are often manned by the same NGO’s (!). This is nothing less than proselytising, with UN supervision and at the expense of the taxpayer. note 9 The unbelievers are labelled reactionary, conservative or fundamentalist. Lately some of these “conservatives” started to realise what is happening; the term “secular fundamentalism” was coined (among others in parliamentary discussions in The Netherlands), greatly enraging the enlightened ones, but it needed to be said. New Agers tend to exclusivism and intolerance. As in the EU the extreme point of view of one member state (France) was allowed to dominate, so in UN circles the extreme points of view of feminists, environmentalists and world–federalists are allowed to dominate. In the “Earth Charter” the concept “sustainability” has been elevated to core value; it has been stretched far beyond its technical meaning, to a philosophical, holistic and so in fact idolatrous concept and framework for a wave of international legislation flowing out of the UN since the 90’s. This sounds extreme. It is extreme.
Each of these five world religions stands for a (far reaching) influence of faith upon society and politics, and has its own exclusivity, with the danger of intolerance. Only the secularising wing of Christendom seems to be weakening, giving in to the pressure and intolerance of New Age. This development shows, with less and less concealment, that the world moves towards “re-mythologisation” of international politics.
At the core of each of the five world religions, armed with no fewer than nine actual international “anti-covenants” we discern a “re-mythologisation of international politics” in full swing.
Is the Church “awake” enough to not be taken by surprise (1Thess 5:4)? As far as this development is a strategy, it is one of Satan. Does the Church have one at this high level? This is going to be a battle of end-time proportions. note 10
4.3 The bottleneck of world history
In article 1 I introduced the prophet Elijah’s life and acts as a prototype for the Church in the God-state relation. Three things are crucial: intercession, prophecy and showing forth divine power. In Revelation we meet an Elijah-type prophet: one of the “two witnesses”.
In the near future I expect headlines to report the visible effects of the “cosmic countdown” of Revelation 6-9. In these chapters we read how the Lamb/Lion/King opens the booklet or scroll containing God’s end-time plans, seal after seal; we hear trumpet blast after trumpet blast, we are told about thunder after thunder, miraculous and not to be written down; altogether a global and mysterious “countdown” of world history to a climax. Climax? Or bottleneck, to a next phase?
When finally the last seal is opened, when the last trumpet has sounded, when the last thunder has rolled, when the most terrible tsunami’s have hit, when the economic crises (starting October 2008?) have shattered all continents, when the political and ecological chaos is complete, when millions have died or are refugees, THEN, in this bottleneck of history, THEN the angel says to John: “NOW you must prophecy again to all nations, peoples, languages and kings, NOW, in this huge chaos, the nations will listen to a prophet who speaks wisdom into this global situation, NOW they will have an open ear for My planned God-state relation!” (freely after Revelation 10:11). And immediately the Two Witnesses appear on the world scene, two “prophets to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5; one of them resembles Elijah). These two by their prophecies “torment” (!) all peoples, tribes, languages and nations (Revelation 11:9-10).
In that oppressive time the Church seems reduced to just these two witnesses. The chasm between secularising Christendom and bible-believing Church has become evident. But the latter group, however small, is extraordinarily radical and powerful; it “mediates” between God and the nations through prophecy, through “tormenting” confrontation, and through showing forth divine power! And it announces the coming realm of peace.
The world can try to keep God outside the picture with church-state separation and secularisation, but at a certain moment and in his way, He shall break into reality: ”a rock was cut out, but not with human hands” and this rock will crush and blow away the world power systems, making way for the realm of peace. It is noteworthy that God gave this dream to a secular prince, a king of kings ruling a kind of one-world-government, probably a tyrant, and that this person clearly discerned this dream to be of political-spiritual significance (Daniel 2:28-30, 35); this is confirmed by Daniel.
In the not too far away future God, with strong and outstretched arm, through trouble and oppression fitting his holy indignation, will reveal his God-state relation and execute it in this world. We are living in the bottleneck of world’s history.
4.4 God-state relation in the near future
How will history develop from where we are now to where God reveals we will be? What can we expect?
In the following I will try to connect the point where we are now spiritually with the point indicated in Revelation. I sketch, very cautiously, a possible scenario for this “bottleneck of history”. Of course this contains speculative elements. However, not the scenario is the issue, but trying to envision Gods “master plan” for (this phase of) history.
On the one hand I expect secularising Christendom to merge with New Age (as defined above). New-Age influence is already obvious in international UN-legislation. For some time it will wrestle (particularly in occult ways) with Buddhism, and then integrate it. For some time it will wrestle (in bloody ways) with Islam and try to integrate that system also. “Survival of Mother Earth” (sustainability) will be the main connection point. This will be a time of “wars and rumours of wars”, of border incidents and streams of refugees, of terrible pollution and ecological disasters, of political confrontations and in the end of a third World War (150 years ago freemasons and classical communists already stated that three world wars are necessary to get the world to accept a one-world-government). Soon a one-world-government will be established.
In the meantime Judaism and bible-believing Christianity will be further marginalised. They will seem crushed under the so much weightier streams of secularising Christendom, Islam, Buddhism and New Age, whose intolerance will quickly increase, to the point of persecution.
Persecution indeed, also in the West. In fact the legal controls are already in place in UN-legislation, such as is being developed through aggressive New-Age influence (see § 4.1): the care for the poor and weak and those without rights will suffer, the origin of life is (“scientifically”) denied and oppressed on educational curricula, the sanctity of life is evaporating, the role and place of sex is stretched excessively, marriage as an institution is trivialised, nations are lured into anti-covenants, the understanding of the role of Israelis a breaking point; the survival of Mother Earth (sustainability) overarches the political scene.
Each of these eight note 11 issues can easily serve to reveal intolerance (“these people do not fit in our society”) and can at some point become legal grounds for persecution. The International Criminal Court in The Hague has been established, as far as UN-fanatics are concerned, to persecute people on exactly these grounds! Already we see more and more Christians back off from making clear choices on exactly these issues; it will be around these issues that we will see the church undermined. As the persecution, or just the pressure, begins, the “great falling away” will start. This persecution will concern both Jews and Christians, and will grow to holocaust proportions, “unequalled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equalled again” (Matthew 24:21). Jerusalem will be deserted and the Church destroyed.
This is the time of technocracy and of technological-occult “miracles” (Revelation 13:15). This is the time that the filthy becomes filthier and injustice becomes more unjust (Revelation 22:11).
On the other hand, and simultaneously, I expect God to break into history (again). Testimonies of effective God-state relations, as presented in Article 2, will increase. They were unheard off in the 80’s; they surprised us in the 90’s, and now they are breaking through. They are as it were the God-state-experiments, the tryouts of the Kingdom! Also we hear of dreams and revelations of Jesus to Muslims, in the middle of the desert or the palace, confronting and saving whole communities!
Remember the miraculous and confirming “break-ins”, politically and ecologically, as recounted in § 2.2 en 2.4. I would here add the miraculous outcome of efforts of reconciliation of nations by international teams of intercessors that I have witnessed, reaching politicians and presidents beyond our expectations. note 12 The same applies: it was beyond our imagination in the early 90’s, and the Lord went before us into this very year (2008) with new invitations in our diaries! Let me add that in September 2006 the Sentinel Group (the ministry issuing the video’s Transformation I and II note 13) stated that 500 “communities” are documented to be “transformed”. This implies official and public recognition of God, a community covenanted to God, gambling halls closed, prisons almost empty, unequalled harvests...
We may expect the God-state manifestations with political and ecological miracles to increase, viz. wherever the Church in a multicultural society knows how to act spiritually concerning societal needs and where the church through persecution is being cleansed to become Church, there God will use her to mediate between Him and the state or city.
This is the time of miraculous releases from prison, from interruption of torture, of oil that keeps flowing, of regeneration of nature.
This is the time that the Church becomes holy and united and starts to long for the Bridegroom to come.
This is the time that white becomes whiter, that justice becomes holier (Revelation 22:11).
4.5 Two dynamics showing definitely the re-mythologisation
These two dynamics will develop simultaneously and forcefully.
Indeed, the Bible indicates that in the latter days there will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit (among others in Isaiah and Joel) leading to a great revival. The Bible speaks also about a “rapture”. Neither of these gets too much emphasis in the Bible. note 14 But the Bible speaks repeatedly and emphatically about a totalitarian one-world government severely persecuting the Church. That “great persecution” will cause the “great falling away”, through which the church will disappear and the Church will emerge. It will be a terrible time, symbolically indicated by Daniel and in Revelation as lasting three and a half years.
This is the time that many will ask “Where is God?”... not waiting for an answer... and turning their back on God.
This is the time that only a few will say: “Though the fig tree does not bud, even as Christians are slaughtered, even while the Jews are chased into the sea, yet I will give shelter to a Jew, yet I realise that because of God’s holiness salvation cannot yet come, yet I do not love my life so much as to shrink from death, yet I know that my Saviour lives.”
A “re–mythologisation” of international politics cannot but come. Jesus’ marching order for the Church was: “NOW, after the cross, I have been given all authority over peoples and kingdoms (but they do not know it yet) therefore you go and tell all peoples and kingdoms to FOLLOW ME from now on (freely after Matthew 28:19). Jesus situated, so to say, the cross in the midst of the nations. The Two Witnesses are ridiculed, are killed… and rise again, publicly, before the very cameras of CNN! The whole world will realise with a shock that the God of heaven is alive and rules! He always had a God-state relation in mind and will realise that at last, before the eyes of the whole World: the spiritual cannot be separated any longer from the political.
This period will be closed by a sudden and complete collapse of the global system (“in one hour Babylon has fallen”). Then Jesus will come to establish his kingship in Jerusalem, for a thousand years.
Before his first arrival Jesus had the proper God-state relation prophesied (Jeremiah 28:8 and elsewhere).
At his departure Jesus commissioned the Church to prepare that God-state relation (Matthew 28:19, Luke 24:47).
At his return Jesus will defeat the one-world-government that “made it” and show the nations that his God-state relation is true and sustainable, note 15 for a good thousand years (Isaiah 25:6-7, Revelation 20:2-6).
note 1 It has been said that New Age is weakening, outdated or replaced by postmodernism. Indeed it is less articulate as a movement, but its principles are not weakening but on the increase. These focus on some completely new world order without the traditional values. The longing for “change” during the 2008 US elections was not just a party slogan, but an expression of deep dissatisfaction with old values, hardly understood by many Christians. Other terms might be “modern pagans” or “world citizens”, also expressing the abandoning of the 20th century values. I will use the term New Age in this broad sense. Back
note 2 In “The Nations Called” the phenomenon Queen of Heaven is elaborated extensively, in par 4.2. Back
note 3 With the false argument: “When the traditional gods were worshiped, there was ecological balance; through the coming of Christendom it has been disturbed,” the continuation or rehabilitation of traditional religions is being promoted by the World Parliament of Religions and by the United Religions Initiative (URI), which claims to be “an inclusive, decentralized organization, a spiritual partner of the United Nations”. Back
note 4 Hindu-fundamentalism is not born out of an urge to proselytise, but from resistance against the influence of the gospel, through which “dalits” get societal position. Back
noot 5 “Fundamentalist” is never used to describe oneself, is not a kind word, is used to look down on someone, and can easily mask intolerance. Back
note 6 Helene Bos, “While We Slept, Is The 10/40 Window Decreasing Or Extending? A Wake Up Call To The Global Church”, Serving the Nations, Almere, 2005. Back
note 7 In the year 2005 in the small nation of The Netherlands alone, such rituals took place three times, along three different rivers. These included the river through the city of Rotterdam and the small river Eem, where the mandala was built in the tower whose steeple is the geodetic centre of the nation! Back
note 8 Helene Bos: “The Meeting Adopting The Declaration Beijing+10 On Women.” Back
note 9 The authoritative research journalist Marguarite A. Peeters, director of Inter-active Information Services, described this in her book under the simple but clear title: “HIJACKING DEMOCRACY; The Power Shift To The Unelected”. downloadable through www.aei.org/docLib/20030103_hijackingdemocracy.pdf . Back
note 10 The term “end time” is not really appropriate, as it suggests an “end”. It will be the end, indeed, of the Babylonian world order, but at the same time the passage to the realm of peace under King Jesus, as will be elaborated. Back
note 11 Three of these eight concern LIFE: the dignity, the origin and the sanctity of LIFE; five of these eight concern COVENANT: sex, marriage, the covenant of nations, the future of Israel and the veneration of Mother Earth. The testimony and the character of Living God, who is also a Covenant God, is eightfold at stake. Back
note 12 See www.servingthenations.org > nations.> reconciliation for at least seven testimonies from conferences in Africa and America. Our booklet “Stories of Reconciliation” contains 13 documented reconciliations at national level, my radio series under the same title gives 20 stories, unhappily not in English. Back
note 14 As far as I understand the rapture will take place after the great persecution. How could a divided, apathetic, unholy church, wallowing in her feelings and in individual needs, not even longing for her Bridegroom, be attractive for God to rapture? And the rapture will come after the persecution, for when the church has been raptured, there is nothing to persecute. A Church, dressed in purity, longing for her Bridegroom in the Spirit, that is the Church to rapture. Back
note 15 Unlike the “sustainability” of the world, which is nothing more than a religion to survive materially; see Helene Bos: “WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”, aptly summarised “Since Johannesburg sustainability is the fulfilment of the law”. Back