The True Meaning of Life
It is sad, but true, that the majority of people believe that this life is all there is, either through complete ignorance of the Bible or because they accept the modern ‘sophisticated’ teachings of random evolution. But in their hearts all men know God. (Romans 1:19-20) “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” That is , by the sheer magnitude and intricate beauty of the creation.
The primary message brought by Jesus Christ was that of the Kingdom of God. The purpose for which mankind was created was the eventual population of His kingdom. That is our birthright. To die without seeking the Kingdom is to forfeit this great inheritance.
(Romans 8:16-18) “The [Holy] Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
This aspect of Christ’s teaching was suppressed in the early church in favor of the worshiping of Jesus as God, but there are clues in the Bible to the reality and purpose of the Kingdom. Jesus Christ will return to the Earth to govern with true wisdom, which is beyond human capability.
Even the most righteous of religious leaders fail to understand the Kingdom of God. Although they extol its great glory, most imagine it as the continuous singing of praises to God. But there is a profound purpose for which the Kingdom of Heaven is to be populated.
(Romans 8: 19-23) “For the earnest expectation of the creature [man] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
Not only do men crave a more perfect existence, in a new, perfect body, free from all the human failings, but the “whole creation groaneth and travaileth until now.” Herbert W. Armstrong explains this best in his book Wisdom of the Ages:
” … the whole thrust of the passage [Romans 8: 22] is that when we (the elect humans) are born of God – then having the power and glory of God – we are going to do as God did when this earth had been laid “waste and empty” – Hebrew, tohu and bohu (Gen. 1:2). Christ, who renewed “the face of the earth,” was renewing what had been destroyed … the planets, except for this earth, are in a state of death, decay and futility – but not forever – waiting until converted humans are BORN the children of God; born into the very divine family of God, forming the kingdom of God. Jesus’ gospel was the kingdom of God. What I am showing you here is that Christ’s gospel of the kingdom actually included all this knowledge here revealed–even the whole universe is to be ruled by us, who, with God the Father and Christ, become the kingdom of God.
God is first of all Creator, but God is also Ruler. And he is Educator, who reveals knowledge beyond and outside the scope of human mind of itself to comprehend! Put together all these scriptures … and you begin to grasp the incredible human potential. Our potential is to be born into the God family, receiving total power! We are to be given jurisdiction over the entire universe!
What are we going to do then? These scriptures indicate we shall impart life to billions and billions of dead planets, as life has been imparted to this earth. We shall create, as God directs and instructs. We shall rule through all eternity!”
When I first read this passage years ago, I was floored, because this was not written by a NASA official or scientist. It came from a deeply spiritual modern-day prophet, with absolutely no interest in or knowledge of science or even science fiction – how could he dare to make such a statement, having no idea of how such monumental undertakings might be accomplished? At that date, I had no idea of how a planet could be created or an aged one revitalized. But as the details of the catastrophism were revealed in ancient myths and the Bible, the profound truth of this passage became clear. This was “knowledge beyond and outside the scope of human mind of itself to comprehend.”
Although Mr. Armstrong had no knowledge of the destruction of the Earth by two close passes of proto-Venus which resulted in the laying to waste of the Earth, Genesis 1:2 “And the earth became without form (tohu), and void (bohu) … ” , he was correct! Christ, who then renewed “the face of the earth” during the Bronze and Iron ages, was renewing what had been wiped clean 6,000 years ago (not by the flood of Noah). The implication is that there are many planets in our galaxy or farther afield, that are in a state of death, decay and futility, just as the Earth was – but not forever.
The events revealed in my 3,000-year catastrophism scenario make it clear that the methods required to accomplish the creation of new planets and the renewal of those in decay, seemingly impossible tasks (to us), have already been perfected and demonstrated in our own solar system. The scenario reveals a virtual ‘toolbox’ for these tasks. They include the capture of the Moon – a necessary adjunct to the actions of priori-Mars and proto-Venus, the creation of a new terrestrial planet (Venus), the wiping clean of an inferior species from a tired planet Earth facilitating the introduction of a new species (Homo Sapiens Sapiens), the 3000-year revitalization of the Earth by sacrificing the resources of a smaller, more ancient, living planet (priori-Mars) in order to accommodate the vast numbers of this new species (mankind), and the safe removal of the potentially dangerous planetary debris (Mercury and Mars) from the vicinity of the Earth once the desired resources were transferred.
It will be the primary purpose of the Kingdom of God to use these methods to accomplish the same ends in many other systems across the galaxy, perhaps the universe. Although foreign to many people’s concept of God, these planetary manipulations were conducted utilizing the laws of God, attributed to Newton and Einstein. The very idea of finite beings, even the Kingdom of God, having power at this scale is unimaginable to the human mind. Some may be surprised at the notion of the plurality of God’s Kingdom and the implied physical aspect of its members, but the ‘elohiym created man ‘in their image.’ Many people believe that ‘spiritual beings’ have no physical aspect, but possess a ‘ghost-like’ nature that floats in space and exercise their will by ‘thought’ alone. But Christ himself was a pure spirit being and the Bible is full of statements and promises by Christ and the prophets in which the elect will experience the resurrection of a perfect body. What human being can really understand his own resurrection in something other than a more perfect body, situated in a place any more beautiful than the Earth. Many functions of our body, such as the senses and the immune system, are truly miraculous – far beyond our ken. If the built-in deterioration of our human bodies and immune systems and the limits placed on our minds could be ‘switched off,’ then we might truly be able to live ‘forever.’
Generally, Jesus Christ played down the great heritage that the elect would experience in heaven because he wanted us to seek heaven through the Law, the ten commandments, thereby demonstrating our love for Him. However, there are tantalizing clues, such as:
(1 Cor 2:9) “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
As the end time approaches, these compelling aspects of the Kingdom of Heaven are gradually being revealed.