Class Notes: 12/16/2020
Smyrna, the pivot for SPQR, and The Doctrine of Historical Trends part 4
James 1:19-20; You know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
John 3:19-20; "This is the condemnation, that the truth has come into the world, and people loved the lie rather than the truth, because their deeds were evil.
20 "because everyone who does evil hates the truth, and does not come to the truth for fear that their evil deeds will be exposed.
Jer 17:9 (NET) The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?
Eccles 8:8; No man has authority to control the wind, the weather or the climate, or authority over the day of death; there is no discharge in the midst of a battle, and evil people will not be rescued by their evil deeds.,, they sow the wind And they will reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7a;
Eccles 8:11; Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.
John Adams said that our Constitution was made only for a moral religious people it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. This means that if voters become democrat socialist tyranny will be necessary because the Constitution is totally inadequate to control socialists.
Every nation is only one generation away from tyranny. Deception is not an excuse because people who are deceived want to be deceived. This means good for or bad, the voters are responsible for freedom or tyranny.
In the states where freedom was rejected the people of those states had previously used their freedom to vote for incipient tyranny. This means the voters in the states where the politicians stacked the election for security are responsible because they got what they voted for and in this case at least so far so does the entire nation.
If God overrules their bad choices it won't be because the nation deserves it. The nation has sown to the wind and deserves the whirlwind and that may be what is coming.
The greatest mass murderer of the 20th century wasn't Hitler or Stalin. It was Mao Zedong.
According to the authoritative "Black Book of Communism," an estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao's repeated, merciless attempts to create a new "socialist" China. Anyone who got in his way was done away with by execution, imprisonment or forced famine. The CCP continues to use those same merciless tactics to keep China enslaved to this day.
We are in a study on Smyrna, the base of the pivot power for the first gentile client nation SPQR. This took us to a study of the doctrine of historical trends.
When we left off we had noted that knowledge of truth not only manufactures freedom but deliverance and prosperity to the client nation. This is effected by that group of believers who form a pivot by advancing to spiritual maturity, at which point they become invisible heroes who have invisible impact on the nation.
Out of suffering for blessing comes strength through positive volition toward the truth.
Providential preventative suffering plus spiritual self-esteem equals spiritual autonomy. Spiritual autonomy plus momentum testing equals spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity plus evidence testing equals the glorification of God.
We need God and His plan for our lives. God's plan begins when we believe in Christ and continues when we learn Bible doctrine in God's spiritual power system.
Man is neither the master of his fate nor the lord of his destiny. Man lives in the devil's world and because of his weakness is vulnerable to enslavement in satan's cosmic system. Man can use his own free will to become enslaved or he can maintain freedom by using as a slave of God. 1Pet 2:16;
The sooner the believer realizes his need of a power greater than himself and outside of himself, the sooner he establishes the right priorities for life and a pattern of good decisions relating to the God's plan. Man is not an independent power but a creature of weakness whose strength lies in the function of his soul, especially as his free will is used to choose God's Word of truth that is God's power.
Human power, authority, ability, genius, talent, self-righteousness or even a dynamic personality or attractiveness are no substitutes for life in God's power system. Yet people depend on almost anything of a creature nature rather than on the provision of their Creator, Jesus Christ.
It often takes personal or historical disaster to bring the believer (or anyone) to an understanding of how weakness is turned into strength. 2 Cor 12:9-10; illustrates this:
"And then He assured me, My grace is sufficient for you. For the power [omnipotence of God] functions in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather demonstrate confidence toward God in my weaknesses in order that the power of Christ may pitch a tent over me.
Therefore, for the sake of Christ I discover contentment in weaknesses (helpless situations), in the antagonisms of arrogance (opposition from cosmic one), in pressures (momentum testing), in persecutions (opposition from cosmic two), in disasters (hopeless situations); for when I am weak, then I am strong."
Because of his weakness mankind must either borrow strength or acquire strength. Borrowed strength is weakness; acquired strength is power.
Acquired strength is spiritual power that results from residence in God's spiritual power system under the enabling power of the Spirit and developing momentum from the application of metabolized doctrine.
Borrowed strength is that form of human weakness by which the believer becomes involved in satan's cosmic system. He becomes involved by depending on the apparent strength and alleged wisdom of others. Borrowed strength is leaning on others for help, encouragement, counseling, or inspiration.
The implication is obvious. You can use your own free will to acquire strength in God's system, or you can use your own free will to borrow strength in the cosmic system. If you live in the cosmic system, you borrow strength and live in a state of weakness on the basis of satanic principles.
The believer who lives consistently in the God's system gains strength through his daily decisions to learn doctrine. Phil 4:13; "I have the endowed power (in God's system) to attain all things (maturity) by means of the One (God the Holy Spirit) who keeps on pouring the power (Bible doctrine) into me."
If you use your volition to gain strength, you will advance to maturity. But if you use your volition to borrow strength, you will be weak all your life. Thinking with doctrine results in autonomy, thinking with human viewpoint results in dependence.
Failure to think on the basis of doctrine is why our country is in a historical down trend,
You borrow strength when you make decisions to go with people who influence you with lies. 1Cor 15:33, "Do not be deceived; evil associations corrupt good moral standards."
You borrow strength by taking bad advice, or simply going through life being influenced by people rather than God's Word of truth. Even though you think you do, you never really have a thought of your own because you always rely upon other people's ideas.
You use others as a crutch rather than learning and applying doctrine for yourself. You use someone else's scale of values rather than developing your own priorities through the perception of doctrine.
You may eventually depend upon chemicals for comfort and courage. You borrow strength by depending on drugs or alcohol. You depend on others for happiness rather than living inside God's spiritual power system and deriving your happiness from the advance to the autonomy of spiritual maturity.
You cannot learn doctrine by sending someone else to Bible class. You must relate your volition own to what you do, not to what others do. Wimps aka snowflakes spend their whole lives relating their volition to what others do and think. We have too many wimps in our country.
You must make daily and consistent decisions to expose yourself to Bible teaching. You must decide to learn doctrine; no one else can do it for you. Therefore it's a principle of live and learn: live in God's system and learn the doctrine.
An example of a historical trend related to this principle of borrowed strength is western Europe who for years has derived its freedom and strength from American industrial power. They depend on us and they hate us.
The power of NATO is borrowed from the power of the USA, yet they hate us being there. As they borrow strength from us, we become weaker and weaker and if things don't change eventually we will be gone.
God's Word reveals that when the rapture occurs, the USA will be a non factor in the world and western Europe is the king of the west in prophesy that is comprised of nations that were formerly part of SPQR will be very powerful.
No nation has survived the prosperity of manifest destiny. There are three components of manifest destiny: landed aristocracy, industrial complex, and an undeveloped frontier.
For prosperity to occur all three components must be combined under the leadership of the middle class industrial complex. This is what occurred during the first war between the states. The industrial middle class had to win the war for the United States to become a client nation.
During the combining process there is a struggle for freedom, the attainment of freedom, the establishment of freedom, and the capacity for freedom necessary for the function of the client nation.
When all components are combined, there is great prosperity and with it, prosperity testing. Once the prosperity is established through the consolidation of the three components of manifest destiny, it cannot be perpetuated apart from a maximum number of mature believers in the pivot because the prosperity is perpetuated from spiritual power, not material power.
The pivot of mature believers that perpetuates the prosperity of manifest destiny is formed by residence, function, and momentum inside God's spiritual power system, resulting in the execution of the protocol plan of God.
When believers become so wrapped up with the prosperity of their material life that they neglect doctrine they transfer their lives into the cosmic system to exploit and enjoy their material prosperity as they see it, then they use their own freedom to choose to destroy themselves.
When believers make bad decisions from a position of weakness their bad choices weaken the client nation and eventually destroying it. In other words, it is the prosperity of the client nation that eventually brings ruin and destruction to that nation.
The client nations is not destroyed by destitution it is destroyed by prosperity. This is what is currently happening in the USA.
Prosperity creates the climate for destruction because people lose track of traditional values. Prosperity leads to economic, social, and military decline. The cosmic system becomes the detractor and the basis for failure to pass the prosperity test.
The cosmic system offers pseudo-prosperity by eliminating capacity and perspective and by putting up such things as promotion, success, money, pleasure, approbation, and social and sexual prosperity as substitutes.
All capacity for prosperity is related to humility that comes from Bible doctrine or truth. This is the principle that the advantages are not an advantage without the advantage (Bible doctrine),
Bible doctrine plus freedom (which Bible doctrine produces) become secondary priorities, and so freedom is distorted into a system of pleasure leading to social degeneracy, and into a system of welfare state "security\" that results in to economic disaster because the source of it all (Bible doctrine) is ridiculed, ignored and rejected.
Self-gratification that results in perversion rather than true enjoyment of prosperity is always the ruin of a client nation. Prosperity cannot be maintained apart from truth that comes from residence and function inside God's power system. Prosperity cannot be maintained apart from the positive volition of believers in the client nation.
No nation has ever permanently survived the prosperity of manifest destiny. In these times of the Gentiles, SPQR holds the record for client nation prosperity due to its prolonged pivot, resulting in almost 500 years of prosperity.
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