Saturday, February 28, 2015

"the morning star" - To Jerusalem for the End of the World?

Mt. Asama (2,568 m), 18 km far from Takasaki City located 100 km northwest from Tokyo Station

To Jerusalem for the End of the World?

One of very impressive maps regarding Jewish people before WWII is the one below presented:

Germany was not the country with the largest Jewish population at the time.  It was behind Poland, USSR, Romania,  Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Britain, and France.  But, the horrible anti-Jewish movement started in Germany along with the rise of Nazis.

One of very impressive figures regarding Jewish people after WWII is the one below presented:

We may as well think that the USSR collapsed around 1991 so as to liberate Judaists from the communist empire.

And, one of very impressive graphs regarding Jewish people in recent times is the one below presented:

Despite Israels's conflicts with Arab people, the population of Israel has been increasing steadily.  Now, its population seems to surpass the Jewish population in the US.

Now, we had better think whether these trends reflect the fate of the Judaists or the end of the world expected in Judaism.
Jewish eschatology 
Jewish eschatology is concerned with events that will happen in the end of days, according to the Hebrew Bible and Jewish thought. This includes the ingathering of the exiled diaspora, the coming of Jewish Messiah, afterlife, and the revival of the dead Tsadikim.

The main tenets of Jewish eschatology are the following, in no particular order, elaborated in the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel:
End of world (before everything as follows).
God redeems Israel (i.e. the Jewish people) from the captivity that began during the Babylonian Exile, in a new Exodus 
God returns the Jewish people to the Land of Israel 
God restores the House of David and the Temple in Jerusalem 
God creates a regent from the House of David (i.e. the Jewish Messiah) to lead the Jewish people and the world and usher in an age of justice and peace 
All nations recognize that the God of Israel is the only true God 
God resurrects the dead 
God creates a new heaven and a new earth 
It is also believed that history will complete itself and the ultimate destination will be reached when all mankind returns to the Garden of Eden.

Anyway, Judaists would love to face the end of the world in Jerusalem.  And, if God also hopes so, it is no wonder that Jewish people have been expelled from Europe and Russia to Israel, and they would not even immigrate to the US to become rich.

This era, lasting 4,000 years since Abraham till the establishment of the nation Israel in the 20th century, might really end with so many descendants of Abraham around Jerusalem.

An then, another era spanning 4,000 years might begin with or without Judaists in Israel.

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Rev 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.
Rev 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Friday, February 27, 2015

"wilt not leave my soul in hell" - Shakespeare, Newton and Adam Smith


Shakespeare, Newton and Adam Smith

It was interesting to confirm that Newton was closer to Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) than Adam Smith was.
Isaac Newton (1642 – 1726) was an English physicist and mathematician (described in his own day as a "natural philosopher") who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. (Wikipedia) 
Adam Smith (1723 – 1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and key Scottish Enlightenment figure.  (Wikipedia)
So, it seems to be natural and reasonable that one is interested in literature and then in science and finally in economics and social ethics.

Yet, based on cultural traditions and legacies cultivated and developed by Shakespeare, Newton, and Adam Smith, the English Industrial Revolution led to modern capitalism, so to speak, in a successful manner.  Indeed, the modern capitalism is based on and also supported by freedom in speech, modern science and technology, and analytic economic study.

To judge the modern capitalism, as the fruit of the history since Shakespeare or the 17th century after the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, we have to refer to Adam Smith.
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith 1776
Book 1, Chapter 8
Of the Wages of Labour
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. It is but equity, besides, that they who feed, cloath and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, cloathed and lodged...
The liberal reward of labour, therefore, as it is the effect of increasing wealth, so it is the cause of increasing population. To complain of it is to lament over the necessary effect and cause of the greatest public prosperity...
It is equality and fairness that make the whole society rich or prosperous, or otherwise even worth living.

Put differently, after accumulating products and fruits of literature, science and technology, and economy, mankind has to aim at establishing a society that is fully equal for all of its members.

The answer is equality in society.

Shakespeare, Newton and Adam Smith should be all understood with this key concept.

(From the beginning, every man is equal before God, since He judges everyone with the same standard.)

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Act 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
Act 2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
Act 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"How he went into the house of God" - The End of Satan's World

Very Humble Tokyo Downtown Streets

The End of Satan's World

The end of the world is a concept that is familiar to Muslims, too.
Last Judgment in the Qur'an 
The Qur'an describes the Last Judgment, with a number of interpretations of its verses. There are specific aspects: 
The time is known only to Allah.[14]
Muhammad cannot bring it forward.[15]
Those who have been dead will believe that a short time has passed between birth and death.[16]
Nothing will remain except Allah.[17]
God will resurrect all, even if they have turned to stone or iron.[18]
Those that have accepted false deities will suffer in the afterlife.[19]
Even in the Bible, Christ Jesus said that only God, the Father in Heaven, knows when the end will come.

So, this concept of the end of the world is commonly familiar to Christians and Muslims.

But, why, in the first place, must the end of the world come?  Why?  Why cannot they be assured that the world will continue forever with people or believers happy and enjoying life?

Even followers of Christ Jesus, 2,000 years ago, asked Him when the end would come.  They were so confident that the end of the whole human society would come.  But why?

In my theory, it is Satan that is the most afraid of the end of the world.  He must want to know when it will come.  But, as for human beings, whether or not the end of the world should come, they must die someday definitely.  It is the secondary matter for men when the end of the world should come.

Therefore, I think, this is a great game between Satan and the Angels.  Satan was given a time in which he was allowed to exert his evil influences on mankind.  But, when it is expired, the era of Satan should be terminated.  But, Satan must not have been given a specific number of years for his survival.   So, Satan is always worried about if the end of his time is near.

God must have charged some Angels with this matter of the end of the world, since it is so ugly, mean, and indecent that God probably would not like to soil His hands.  The end of the world is so horrible, but it must be also ugly, mean, and indecent, since it is the time when Satan is finished.

So, you had better think that the end of the world is more relevant to Satan and devils than to you.

And, from the beginning, we, mankind, had nothing to do with the beginning of the world.  It must be, in my opinion, a matter between God and Satan.  

Nonetheless, Christ Jesus and Allah issued some advice and warnings to believers about the end of the world.  It is probably because mankind will be involved in the last battle between Satan and God's Angels.  We had better run and hide in the case, though there would be no place to run to and hide in if, say, the moon should fall on the ground on the last day.

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Mar 2:25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
Mar 2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
Mar 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Mar 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

"the Holy Ghost was upon him" - Value of Iraq

Around Imperial Palace Plaza, Tokyo (though several years ago)

Value of Iraq

Today the Judaists or the Jewish people in the US (where more Judaists live than in any other countries) speak English but not Hebrew.  So, if a visitor from another solar system comes to the earth, he would naturally think that Judaists are a kind of Anglo-Saxons.  It is a big mistake, since the origin of Jewish people is ancient-day Iraq.

Likewise, you cannot tell that the origin of Hebrews is not Sumerians since Hebrews spoke non-Sumerian language, namely Hebrew.

From the beginning, Abraham had lived around Ur, one of major cities in the ancient Sumerian Kingdom located in southern Iraq of today.  If Abraham had not been of the Sumerian origin, there was no need to specifically write in The Old Testament that he, his father, and his clan had once lived around Ur.  There must be an important reason for that description.  And the reason must be that Abraham was originally a Sumerian.

Then, the story and the history of Judaists or Jewish People go back for further 1,500 years, since it was around the 35th century BC that Sumerians built their kingdom in Mesopotamia.

It also means that all the Sumerian documents should be regarded as holy books preceding The Old Testament.  All the Sumerian myths should be regarded as holy myths for Judaists and Christians as well as Muslims.

And if you accept this theory, you would pay more attentions to and respect for Iraq of today.  Even in this context, the present issue of ISIL is important.  Conversely, ISIL is destroying this historical holiness in Mesopotamia.

But there still remains an enigma: Where did Sumerians come from?  Probably they came to the Persian Gulf 5,500 years ago from around the Indian Ocean.  In my theory, a big earthquake and a tsunami destroyed their original domain 5,500 years ago, so that they moved westward to the estuaries of the River Euphrates to build the Mesopotamia Civilization.

Put extremely, it is possible that ancestors of Sumerians had lived around the Sumatra Island, though its beyond every commonsense of today.
This was Mesopotamia (Greek for "between two rivers"). It was around 4000 BCE that a people called Sumerians moved into Mesopotamia, perhaps from around the Caspian Sea. By 3800 BCE the Sumerians had supplanted the Ubaidians and Semites in southern Mesopotamia. They built better canals for irrigating crops and for transporting crops by boat to village centers. They improved their roads, over which their donkeys trod, some of their donkeys pulling wheeled carts. And the Sumerians grew in number, the increase in population the key element in creating what we call civilization -- a word derived from an ancient word for city.

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Luk 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Luk 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
Luk 2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"because he knew all men" - The Buddha and Christ Jesus Equally

Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tsukuba observed from the Tokyo Suburbs

The Buddha and Christ Jesus Equally

The Buddha was travelling and preaching when he became 80 years old.

In a village he taught truth to a son of a blacksmith, Cunda.  Cunda was so glad as to prepare meals for the Buddha and his followers.  But mushrooms he cooked eventually killed the Buddha.

However, the Buddha knew, before eating the meal, the mushroom was too strong for his aged body.  But he would not reject the food, though he suggested to Cunda that he should not offer the mushrooms to his followers.

Accordingly, the Buddha came to suffer acutely when his band reached a certain river.  So the Buddha laid down and called the highest disciple, saying, "Do not blame Cunda.  I chose his meal as a means with which I leave this world to enter Nirvana (the world for those who conquered all the evil, desire, and karmic laws in the nature, the human world and the spiritual world).  Rather, Cunda should be blessed as he helped me complete my life in this world."

The Buddha continued, "I have taken two excellent meals in my life time: the milk porridge provided by Sujata 45 years ago with which I could reach enlightenment after extreme acetic training and this meal provided by Cunda as my life is approaching the end."
We may be allowed to infer that if the Buddha had achieved the great enlightenment without milk porridge Sujata, a decent and pious girl, gave to him, he would not have died from inappropriate foods or specifically some kind of mushrooms (which look like a familiar ingredient for porridge).

Then why did Christ Jesus have to die on a cross?  Had He become the Son of God on a cross long before the fatal incident triggered by the betrayal of Judas?  What relevance was there between His fate and a cross?

Only I can think of is that the worldly father of Christ Jesus was a carpenter.  And, this father on the earth probably made and assembled some crosses for Roman troops to earn money.  And with the money, baby Jesus must have been bred to be a young man who became and worked as a carpenter, too, for some time till He started His holy mission.

So, we may be allowed to believe that we have solved one of enigmas of the Bible with reference to the story of the Buddha.

But who made and assembled the cross on which Jesus provisionally died?  Another secret might lie in it.

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Joh 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
Joh 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.