"Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." John 12:31
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage" Hebrews 2:14-15
what is lacking today in our churches is resurrection teaching and we've become ashamed of eternal things. when a Christian is beheaded all we see is evil, we do not see their victory. This is the heavenly perspective and the purpose of Revelations. If we see only through our temporal, wordly losses we will surely be downtrodden. This is what it means to count the cost. As Strat was saying in another post, when a loved one passes on, what matters is they've made it. We recently lost a friend to cancer. He is in heaven today and I rejoice with him. Amen. as 1 cor 15 describes, if there is no resurrection we are the most to be pitied.
I think what was described in simplicity is my approach to scripture. And as was said, the spiritual is the actual meaning there, and since heaven is a literal place, just as are the new heavens and earth, and the Kingdom of God literally exists, I think they should have at least equal consideration when interpreting a verse. I find it hard to believe that the broken things of this world should take precedence as somehow being superior in actuality, which translates in my mind that some are ashamed of spiritual things. And I might add that this is often a fallout of worldly focused eschatology, serving God based on wores and destruction, which has nothing to do with the New Covenant. What is not seen in all the maps and diagrams is the simple end teaching of revelations which we also see in 2 Peter, that is the new heavens and earth. people are longing for an earthly experience without sin. that comes through Christ, but as you say, not through the literal sword. but the "word" of God is ever as real as the sword we see with our eyes? yes? modernism only believes what it sees with its eyes as real. heaven is real, is literal, not symbolic.
many orthodox Jews are in agreement with what SteveR just said, per the Jeremiah mandate, which you probably do not know about yet.
1933, Zionists signed agreement with Hitler to make Israel, the Haavaara Agreement.
perhaps some perspective....how many Christians were killed by the bolshevics? how about the arminians in turkey? do you know how many hundreds of millions in democide in the last century? and right now with global funding we are witnessing the genocide of Christians in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, ect. -- yep happening right now, no outcry?
why not take a look at Josephus and the wars between the Jews and Romans and what happened there? a few zealous members of a tribe can easily hide behind the skirt tails of their people. I believe its best for all peoples of the world, including the Jews themselves that we know our history. there are people so bent on achieving their goals they'll stop at nothing, be wary of someone who aims for earthly goals "at all costs", look at jim jones and the koolaid. would you like jim jones to represent you as your leader?
here's a good one for all the literalists, what if you've just aligned yourself with Sodom and Egypt per Rev 11:8?
maybe you all can correct this, but my understanding is this was done during the Passover meal, and that the cup would've have been the third cup of wine of the night, being the cup of redemption (there's usually 4).... and this would have been multiple cups passed around, like is done at communion today, not guzzling large amounts.
if boys go in, let them go in knowing they are serving obamas agenda. he is the commander in chief. he's in charge.
if Christians encourage their boys to sign up, let it be that they understand that they are there to accomplish the commander in chief's agenda.
no one should be complaining. messy causes make for messy outcomes. its been open source news for years now that us funds aq in Syria.
maybe he was brought up being taught that if he went in, he would "make the world safe" (his agenda) sure he is responsible for his decisions, but Obama seems at this point not to be inclined to see it that way. all those who were in the military should remember, he is the commander in chief....not them.
the Christian's choice is if they offer or not themselves and their children to the agenda.....and this is where the rubber meets the road....