Why the smiley faces, Jim? Oh, I get it. The mask is finally completely off. You donâ€™t want any religion; no First Amendment. You donâ€™t want citizens to own guns; no Second Amendment. And the last thing on earth you want is â€śthe American way if lifeâ€ť; no Constitution, no freedom, no anything but absolute tyranny.
Christians donâ€™t have to â€śforce the kingdom on others,â€ť Jiminy. Jesus will do that Himself when He â€ś...cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.â€ť You might want to get on the right side of the transaction, Jim. â€śBlessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.â€ť Donâ€™t you know that â€ś...The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,Â In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his powerâ€ť? Do you really prefer the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of Christ?
Jim, as much time as you spend reading stuff on the Internet, it seems like you would at least accidentally learn something from time to time, but you never do. â€ťThe fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.â€ť If you had one iota of knowledge and sense you would fight the evils Chrisgp mentioned with every ounce of your being, but instead you embrace them. The â€śnational nightmareâ€ť of Donald Trump is a sweet dream compared to the eternal nightmare that awaits you when God gives you your last breath. Repent and trust Jesus before itâ€™s eternally too late.
I have thought about keeping bees, Watchmanremo, but we have small and inquisitive great-grandchildren who would probably wander too close to the hive. I know honeybees are gentle, but they do have their limits. Besides, the same poison the government uses on the mosquitoes would probably kill the bees like it does the wild ones.
One of our biggest problems is getting enough bees to pollinate our plants. This year, however, with the pandemic, the county didnâ€™t come around spraying for mosquitoes and consequently killing our bees as well, so we had plenty of the buzzy little critters on the job.
The only city that had anything like worldwide dominion when Revelation was written, James, was Rome. While â€śThe Two Babylonsâ€ť by Alexander Hislop has come under fire for alleged inaccuracies, I think it still makes a convincing argument that the RCC system of worship is the offspring of the Babylonian one, and certainly not the Christian one. I should be in Revelation shortly in my regular daily Bible study, so Iâ€™ll make a note to pay particular attention to the subject when it rolls around again. And regardless of the conclusions reached by authors of various books, I always draw my own by studying THE Book as you suggested.
Frank, it has been quite a while since I read it, but â€śA Woman Rides the Beastâ€ť by Dave Hunt was well worth perusing. I do believe that Rome is the mother of harlots in the passage you cited, but there is certainly room for other interpretations as well. There is, of course, literal Babylon, but that was destroyed centuries ago. And although I donâ€™t agree with MSâ€™s view that the mother of harlots is Jerusalem, at least she doesnâ€™t call other peopleâ€™s opinion â€śdungâ€ť two or three times per post. MS, you have generally been civil to me and others on this forum, and I apologize for any uncivil things I may have said to you. I was merely trying to make the point that a horse on the road, even a very slow horse, will go further than a horse in the barn, which is to say that the gospel actually being preached has a greater effect than the gospel merely being discussed.