Episode 35: Would You Approve of How Jesus Would Run His Kingdom?

DESCRIPTION: Throughout the history of humankind, there have been several distinct phases in how God has run things on the Earth. And every human is born into just one of these periods, and our lives rarely span across more than one or two of them at the most. But what if we don’t like what time it is? What if we would rather it be some other time? How docile are we in regard to all this? How open-minded?

Citations in this Episode

Some of his old joys had to go. Reagan could no longer ride his favorite horse. Nancy asked Reagan’s Secret Service man, John Barletta, to deliver the news. “I said, ‘I don’t think we should ride anymore’,” Barletta recalled. “By this time, there’s tears coming down his cheeks. And all he said, in his time of need, was, ‘It’s OK, John.’ I know he was trying to make me feel better.”


Cheirograph of AdamHere’s a book regarding this legend of some manner of contract between Satan and Adam.

Some Bible Times/Situations that Came to an End–This is the list I read in the episode.

  1. Eden
  2. The Flood
  3. The Nephilim
  4. The Law of Moses
  5. The time of Judges
  6. The time of the Tabernacle
  7. The First Temple
  8. The Second Temple
  9. The earthly ministry of Jesus
  10. The time of the apostles
  11. Various gifts of the Holy Spirit:  prophecy, miracles, signs, wonders
  12. The writing of scripture

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

John 6:12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Galatians 1:I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

John 2:13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

1 Corinthians 16:On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.

“The Problem of Evil”. Here’s the Wikipedia article on this general subject, which I brought up in this episode. For the record, I don’t think there’s a “problem”. I think that God puts us here on Planet Earth where he knows there is difficulty and evil—with the intent of finding out how we will conduct ourselves here, and whether we’re worthy of the next world or not.

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” 

Adapted from a Churchill quote.

2 Timothy 4:For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded,…