1) Jesus’ Legacy to His People: The World 2) Equal Time for Satan => No Time For Jesus

Jesus’ Legacy to His People: The World

From Gary North: Jesus’ Legacy to His People: The World

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Using Ray Sutton’s outline in his forthcoming book, That Ye May Prosper: Dominion By Covenant, we can say that the fifth and final principle of a biblical covenant is the principle of legitimacy–inheritance. It could also be called the principle of continuity. in the field of economics, the principle of inheritance governs the transfer of wealth from parents to children. But the biblical model of this family transfer is the transfer of property from God to His people.

Adam and Eve were given the garden of Eden to subdue and guard (Genesis 2). They were to use this experience as a training period; from the garden, they were to go out and subdue the whole world. Note: possession was not automatic. They had been given the whole world as their lawful legacy from God, but they could not possess it free of charge. They had to earn it, just as children are supposed to demonstrate their competence before taking possession of the family inheritance.

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The jubilee year followed the seventh sabbatical year in a series: the fiftieth year. Every seventh (sabbatical) year, all debts were cancelled for Hebrew debtors, all Hebrew slaves were set free, and the land rested–no planting or harvesting (Deuteronomy 15). The seven sabbatical cycles pointed to the coming year of complete deliverance, when the family’s land was returned to the lawful heir from anyone who had temporarily leased it. Families that had lost their land were given hope.

In short, the jubilee year was the year which restored the family’s lost inheritance. It symbolized the year of full deliverance. It symbolized the restoration of all things.

Christians as the Heirs

God had transferred title to the land of Canaan when He promised Abraham that his heirs would inherit it (Genesis 16:7). They didn’t possess it for four generations, as God predicted (15:16). Possession of the inheritance was not automatic.

The land of conquered Canaan was supposed to serve the Hebrews as the garden was to have sewed Adam: as a training ground. They were to use it as a base of operations in a world-wide program of conquest-conquest by ethics. Jonah’s ministry was the great Old Testament example. But the Hebrews failed in this task of world-wide evangelism. Satan remained the squatter-inheritor of the world.

When Jesus announced the beginning of His public ministry by proclaiming the fulfillment of the jubilee year, He was thereby announcing the transfer of title: from the deceased Adam to God’s incarnate Son. What was listed on that deed? The whole world. Jesus was claiming His inheritance as God’s legitimate son. Satan the squatter was put on notice: the heir has come.

Jesus went out and fulfilled the terms of Isaiah 61: He comforted the broken-hearted, healed the sick, and set spiritual captives free. Then He died on the cross.

The Old Testament laws of inheritance designated the brothers of the deceased as the lawful heirs, if he left behind neither a wife nor children (Numbers 27:9). Who are Jesus’ lawful heirs? His ethical followers. “And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold, my mother and my brethren!” (Matthew 12:49). Those who are ethically disciplined by Jesus are the heirs of His inheritance.

This means that Christians have legally inherited the world. This is why Jesus commanded His followers to go out and disciple (discipline) the nations (Matthew 28:18). They are to claim their inheritance in His name.

The basis today for Christians’ collecting their lawful inheritance is diligent work, moral faithfulness to God and man, and building up their families’ capital base. They are to earn their inheritance in the same way that Adam was supposed to earn it: by dominion. They must prove themselves faithful sons.

The jubilee year was fulfilled by Christ, as He announced. The 50-year land tenure cycle is abolished forever, just as the slaying of animals in the Temple is abolished forever. Jesus fulfilled the terms of the jubilee year. The Jews’ inheritance in Palestine was taken from them. There is no more need for the jubilee year as a means of land tenure, for there is no more inheritance based on the original military conquest of Canaan. We have a better jubilee today: world dominion. We hold title to the whole world; now we need to fulfill the terms of the dominion assignment in order to prove ourselves faithful sons.

Responsible Sonship

The system of inheritance in the Old Testament was based on a fundamental principle: the legitimate heir is the responsible heir. Normally, the first-born son inherited a double portion (Deuteronomy 21 :17). That is, the inheritance would be divided up in terms of its value among the sons, with an added unit. if a man had six sons, the inheritance would be divided into seven parts, with the eldest son inheriting two units.

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Two-Way Responsibility

This system of inheritance involved two-way responsibility. The first-born son knew that he would be the one most responsible for the parents, and he also knew that he would inherit a double portion. The other children accepted the fact that they would not inherit as much as the first-born son, but on the other hand, they didn’t have equal responsibility for the care of the parents. In short, from him to whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:48).

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Faithfulness to God’s law was the basis of inheritance in Israel. It was the realization that parents owed the children a godly inheritance, and that children owed the parents sale retirement. Thus, there was no radical generation gap, because the basis of mutual service was the word of God. Each group could expect payment from the other. At the same time, each group understood its obligations to the other. It was a manifestation of the biblical principle that success comes through service (Mark 9:35), and that capital comes through long-term efficient faithfulness (Matthew 25:14-30).

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Biblical Economics Today Vol. 9, No. 3 (April-May 1986)

For a PDF of the original publication, click here://www.garynorth.com/BET-Apr1986.PDF

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If we have inherited the world — in the spirit, which means, in time, inheriting the world in the flesh as well — then we must do a good job of it.

God is watching… and judging.

There is no escape from His eyes.

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Equal Time for Satan => No Time For Jesus

From Gary North, Some Undiscussed Costs Of World Revival

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A Loss of Authority

In the Washington Times (July 25, 1990), columnist Georgie Anne Geyer warns of a new threat to America, a national criminal gang structure that will soon rival the Mafia. Some 100,000 youths in Los Angeles County have already joined 900 of these violent criminal gangs. These gangs command unqualified loyalty from their members. They have become substitute families. Capt. Raymond Gott of the L. A. Sheriffs Department says, “One of my concerns, particularly in high-gang areas, is that parents totally abdicate parental responsibility, and they’ve given it to anyone who will pick it up.” The problem, Geyer speculates, is a breakdown of authority.

But the core of this problem seems to me to be simple in analysis and difficult in execution: We have become a society that refuses to socialize or acculturate its young because we have degraded all authority, and these far-out gangs symbolize the failure in stark terms that should warn us of larger reverberations.

How can Christians successfully bring the gospel to gang members and thereby undermine the gangs? In part, this is an organizational and tactical question, but more fundamentally, it is theoretical and strategic. it must be answered, and answered correctly, very soon.

First and foremost, what message should we bring? It must include an appeal to the misdirected sense of loyalty that these gangs call forth from their members. The church of Jesus Christ must be presented as a valid institutional option, one with a better authority structure than the gangs can offer. We can’t beat something with nothing. Yet the institutional church today neither calls for such loyalty nor expects it. Churches do not honor each other’s excommunications, nor do they expect their own excommunications to carry weight, either on earth or in eternity. They have little sense of authority, so they cannot compete with organizations that do possess this sense, whether gangs, cults, or secret societies.

There is a scene in the movie “Becket” where Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is confronted by some of the king’s officers, who have been sent by the king to arrest him. Becket draws a circle around himself and announces, “The man who crosses this line will have his soul condemned to hell.” Not one of them dares to cross. Today, the Archbishop of Canterbury probably does not believe in hell. Even if he does, he surely does not believe that he has the lawful authority to draw a line in the dirt and condemn those who cross it to eternal judgment. But he does possess this authority, if his words are subsequently backed up by the other officers in the church: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt. 18:18). There are few Beckets in the West. The kings command, and their lieutenants enforce these commands.

The church, not taking itself very seriously, is not taken seriously by anyone else. The West’s churches suffer from a distinct disadvantage. Behind the Iron Curtain, churches are beginning to recognize the power they possess to affect history. This realization has not yet penetrated the Western churches. Evangelism therefore suffers. If this self-imposed cultural and judicial impotence of the churches continues, their members are going to suffer persecution. The “equal time for Satan” rhetoric of the political pluralists is rapidly becoming “no time for Jesus” in every public institution. Meanwhile, every institution is steadily being redefined by the messianic State either as inherently public or else under no other jurisdiction than the State. There is no neutrality.

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Stripped of Authority

The institutional churches have no sense of authority, because they just don’t want the responsibility and accountability that real authority – and real leadership – brings.

I doubt if the institutional churches temples will ever recover it. At least, so long as the seminarians fill the ranks, instead of apprentice-taught pastors. Much better to just do the magic ceremonies in the safety of the four walls, rather than lead the charge against the demonic, Establishment-backed antiChristian culture.

(Rest assured, that last sentence would send shocks of raw terror down the spine
of many a pastor. Nevermind that a rotten, diseased, bankrupt culture
has already forfeited the future, and rules more by mass-media noise machines,
academic bluff, and bureaucratic inertia than any serious
Faith in the Power and Wisdom of Educated White Men.

And nevermind that the entire point of Jesus’ preaching
was to bring in the Kingdom of God,
to disciple the nations in obedience to His Law-Word.

“Much too dangerous. Far too risky. I might get hurt! Ain’t doing it.”)

The stripping of authority by God from the willfully disobedient institutional churches leaves a few possibilities:

  1. There will be institutional churches that ditch seminarian requirements;
  2. There will be no institutional churches: the mission of the church will be carried on by other means, from house churches to parachurch ministries to internet ministries.
  3. The institutional churches repent not only of their unlawful use of seminaries to screen and control new preachers on the basis of the desires of men, as opposed to the commandments of God (Just how many unmarried men have been appointed pastors anyways in direct opposition to the teaching of Paul?).
    • They would also have to repent of numerous other failures that cripple their witness, from a mysterious lack of Black leaders in the American Presbyterian churches, to some truly loathsome incidents of abuse (Yes, I’m looking at The Master’s Seminary), to the usual adultery nonsense, control-freak delusions, and near-universal silence regarding the blatant evil of powerful men and their unjust laws.

      “John the Baptist was certainly not meant to be a model for pastors today!
      Nor are the prophets… nor Jesus… nor Paul… nor John.”

      “We must fear powerful men! We must obey powerful men!”

I think that it will be #2, but #1 is a possibility: see “Charismatics”, “Pentecostals”.

Possibility #3 is pretty much an impossibility, given the nature of bureaucracy, inertia, and leadership networks. The Pharisees as a group never repented; neither did Roman Curia; and neither will the institutional churches. At least, not in our lifetimes.

And probably not for some centuries to come: and even that repentance would be solely brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit.

If it ever comes.

But if you are completely committed to the institutional churches, you can always pray. When they publicly repent and their actions show it, then your prayers have been answered.

What is impossible among men is possible with God.

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