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We well know about the Fatherhood of God and the fraternity of all creatures, but the authors' prediction of a culminating age of Light and Life is unique to the UB. Christians and others have fantasized and prophesied about the "end times", when God claims his chosen, and takes his revenge on evildoers. Some have dreamed of a secular utopian age when wars have somehow been eliminated and all human groups have learned to get along.
From today's reading:
...The prospect of the more perfect fulfillment of the will of God, the advance toward the dawn of a new social order in connection with improved spiritual living — the next age of man.... (1863.12) 170:4.14 4
Christianity and other belief systems have long imagined their founders will return to reclaim the Earth and establish 'a new world order'. The Old Testament book of Daniel may have initiated the prophesies about end times, and Jesus' coming (once or twice). Here he even refers to Michael:
From Daniel 12:
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
Mark, Matthew and Luke definitely tie the "end times" to the return of Jesus. Indeed, they appear to have copied each other.
From Matthew 24:
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
From Mark 13:
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
From Luke 21:
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
From today's reading:
...He promised a new revelation of the kingdom on earth and at some future time.... (1863.13) 170:4.15
We have it now, in this book, in Paper 170, no?
...he also promised sometime to come back to this world in person; but he did not say that these two events were synonymous.... (1863.13) 170:4.15
If the UB is that new revelation, then obviously the two are not synonymous. But this idea of a world crisis in today's reading is intriguing:
...Although Jesus referred one phase of the kingdom to the future and did, on numerous occasions, intimate that such an event might appear as a part of a world crisis.... (1863.13) 170:4.15
There are so many crisis possibilities it is difficult to speculate about. Nuclear holocaust? Asteroid hit? Climate disaster? Another World War? Or will it be a purely spiritual crisis?
The Midwayers make other prophesies, like the coming of "a new John the Baptist". And an Archangel suggests a great world changing musician could appear at some time.
From Paper 44:
...some day a real musician may appear on Urantia, and whole peoples will be enthralled by the magnificent strains of his melodies. One such human being could forever change the course of a whole nation, even the entire civilized world.... (500.6) 44:1.15
I'm predicting Michael will return at the dawn of Light and Life after several magisterial missions have occurred, but of course it's rank speculation. The Midwayers close Section 4 with this:
...so have successive believing generations lived on earth entertaining the same inspiring but disappointing hope.... (1863.14) 170:4.16
Nothing to do really but keep working and not worrying. Great One has everything under control, trust Him and his Sons to evolve a genuine kingdom of love and progress--even on stubborn, tardy, backward Urantia.
In tomorrow's reading, part 1 of Section 5. Later Ideas of the Kingdom, the Midwayers discuss how the kingdom concept and the Christian church have evolved, even making a "prophetic forecast" about how it will evolve.
Overview of Paper 170: The Kingdom of Heaven
1. Concepts of the Kingdom of Heaven
2. Jesus’ Concept of the Kingdom
3. In Relation to Righteousness
4. Jesus’ Teaching about the Kingdom
5. Later Ideas of the Kingdom
This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.
Listen to Paper 170 (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)
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