THE PARABLES OF PEARL OF GREAT PRICE AND THE HIDDEN TREASURE
Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found, he hides, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. (AKJV)
These two parables are pretty much exclusively used and taught to describe individuals finding Christ and the Kingdom of God. This is entirely appropriate. After all it is personal conversion and the translation of the sinner from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light that is the entire basis or foundation of the Government of God that was prophesied to come and to fill the whole earth. However since these two parables are part of a set of parables that are being used to describe that prophesied Government of God. This article will seek to expound on them with this picture in mind: If personal conversion and those who God has called are the foundation of the prophesied Government of God; then there is a building that is to be built on that foundation. This scripture somewhat says this: 1st Timothy 3:15....that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Gods people, his church(s) are the foundation on which to build something.
God uses a whole universe of means to bring the sinner to Christ. By choice, the needs and desires of of sinful men are paramount to them. Since God rarely has any other avenue available to him he will appeal to, and use, the selfishness of the sinner to bring them to Christ and repentance. In that light the pearl of great price and the treasure hidden in the field are certainly incentive for the sinful who have placed their personal interests on the throne of the universe. After all the promise of heaven, escape from the wrath to come. Maybe deliverance from the consequences of theirs or others actions. There are a million reasons why the sinner, for completely self centered reasons, would take actions similar to the parables narrative so they could partake of Gods grace and salvation. The idea of this article though is to broaden the scope of these parables. To bring them out of immature and into mature Christianity. Out of the selfish choice Adam and all who came after him made , to put their interests above Gods; into a proper perspective. Where individuals choose to put their interests in their proper place and like their heavenly Father and Jesus Christ our creator become the messiah, choose love instead. This is to be done with the only thing one hundred percent voluntary in us, our wills, to choose the good. Most importantly, not because of what we get out of it, but because it is right. Love is a big subject. Unfortunately for the last few generations a mysterious subject. It wasn't always. That thing the Bible claims as perfecting the saints was well understood and the basis of great revivals of generations past. To not understand the subject of love as the Bible lays it out is to not be able to walk in it, to not know what to choose and to reject. All people are born in a default setting as regards to the will. There is no information available to newly born people to choose differently. That default setting, that choice, that ultimate or fundamental motive, the reason behind why men do all that they do good and bad is the gratification of legitimate needs and desires. That is the supreme aim of mankind, chosen by Adam and chosen by his descendants. Just because someone comes to Christ does not mean their motive behind them doing so has changed. Nor do any right or wrong actions they take once they begin to walk in the faith change the reason or motive behind all the things they do. That takes some knowledge and a brand new motive born of heaven. It is the thing that actually changes the real world experience of believers everywhere and what Bible teachers ignorantly call: "the sinful nature." Without the knowledge behind it and choosing to change the fundamental motive, that nature can never change. After all, how can people stop sinning even though they intensely desire to when by default their will has unwittingly chosen the gratification of their needs and desires as their supreme motive? They can't! No matter how hard they work at it, no matter how much they pray, fast, study the word. There will always be an overriding sense of sinfulness that they are aware of before God. This is supposed to be the most basic of discipleship training but as stated earlier, it is a very real mystery to the last few generations. Please visit this link some time and listen to the audio that expounds on this subject. It may very well be the basis for the the most life changing experience outside of coming to Christ you have ever had. As the article unfolds you will see the reason for this rabbit trail about love as the motive behind what believers are accepting and doing.
So what then would the pearl of great price and the hidden treasure represent in a context of the promised Government of God? To put it another way. What is it that people are being asked to sacrifice something for other than eternal life and heaven? Is the cause of Christ simply to reconcile individuals that are separated from the Government of God because of lawlessness? Or, is the cause of Christ, ultimately, or by necessity, broader than that? Scripture provides the best answer to that. Isaiah 5:1 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well beloved has a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the middle of it, and also made a wine press therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. 3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. 4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? why, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it. 7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry. (AKJV) Or, as it says in Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits of it.
Due to the teachings modern Christianity has (wrongly) accepted concerning the future. The focus of the production of "fruit," is on the individual almost exclusively. That those who follow Christ become equitable, godly, self controlled, live right, ect ect. Individual fruit definitely scriptural. However the fruit spoken of in the scriptures above is referencing national or cultural fruit. It's only tie in to individual fruit is that you cannot have national fruit without individual fruit. You cannot pass a law to make people good. Plus, people who are not good, who don't have light from heaven do not have the capability to produce the rule of law and good government no matter how badly they may desire it. We have seven thousand years of human history that proves this without any exceptions. In fact if we look at ancient Israel the entire Old Testament is filled with condemnation and judgments against their lack of cultural or national fruit. There is so much and it is so well known that there is not any use in giving more examples of the scriptures above. So the question might be. If the focus of almost the entirety of the Old Testaments judgments concern national or cultural fruit, what changed in the New Testament? The answer to that is nothing changed. Jesus is right here in that verse and many a New Testament chapter condemning and even rendering a judgment of capitol punishment upon the nation for it's lack of national or cultural fruit. This was not the first time that the Lord came to render this judgment against Israel. The judgment recorded in Isaiah above proceeded that day of the Lord that came at the hand of Assyria and then Babylon resulting in almost entire annihilation of the nation. From a population of millions only thousands survived it. Within the confines of the generation Jesus preached to, he came again in judgment, this time at the hands of Rome to carry out the sentence.
On further examination of the subject we can also see that there were plenty of people bearing individual fruit in the days of Isaiah and in the days of the Messiah. The numbers of individuals became even more notable during Jesus's and his apostles ministries. Yet, they did not\could not turn the nation away from its path towards self destruction. They themselves, the believers were supernaturally spared the condemnation of the Lords return in 70 AD but they suffered mightily under the persecutions in every nation they preached in. Which by the way the Lord returned in judgment to those nations at their appointed days of the Lord as well. Especially against the Roman Empire as recorded (as prophecy) in most of the chapters of the book of Revelation. What this all means is that just because individuals can in Christ bear the most wonderful fruit and goodness from heaven. That in and of itself does not mean that a nation, the nation they are a citizen of will. To put that another way. Individual fruit, although the most basic ingredient behind, undergirding and the cause of national or cultural fruit. Must be accompanied by calculated, common sense, God breathed workable strategies to bring about national fruit. (Led by those who are bearing the individual fruit.) By national or cultural fruit it is meant: The nation or culture has adopted the rule of law based on Biblical principle for human behavior, relationships and good government. It means that the concept of justice become real and administered by good government. It means that human government is limited. It means that right and wrong is understood by the population and becomes the cultural norm. It must acknowledge the governor of the universe as supreme and truth as objective all the while realizing that objective truth has to become subjective truth for the population to actually walk in it. It does not preclude that there are not wicked people dwelling among good people and therefore necessitating the administration of justice through force and armed conflict. All of these things and much, much more. That is the fruit God desired of Israel as an example to the future nations of the world after the Gospel was brought to them. (Both the good example and the bad, the blessings and the judgment.)
Therein lies the tie in to the parable. Through the Gospel, the prophesied Kingdom of God's normative byproduct in a nation is cultural or national fruit. If it wasn't natural, God would not condemn or judge a nation for not yielding to something that was to be expected once a significant minority of the population was bearing heavens individual fruit. This normative effect of the Government of God working good in large numbers of individuals brings us to the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price. Which is, in the context of the prophesied government of God on the earth, national or cultural fruit. To answer objections to this it's best to look at some of the reasons this is true.
The main or the broad reason for this is because nations who's populations and governments beliefs and conduct are based on Biblical principle are the most conducive to heavens purposes on earth. Lets look at a few common sense scriptural scenario's to validate this. Malachi 2:13 And this have you done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, so that he regards not the offering any more, or receives it with good will at your hand. 14 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously: yet is she your companion, and the wife of your covenant. 15And did not he make them one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, said that he hates divorce: as one covers violence with his garment, said the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that you deal not treacherously, (paraphrase.) In this scripture the entire purpose of the creation of mankind, (male and female) can be seen. Godly offspring. That people, in unity with God, create and raise human beings morally fit to populate heaven for eternity. A way for God who is love to share the joys and blessedness that he himself possess with as many others as possible. But ask yourself if the purpose of creation is fulfilled in a communist tyranny like the Soviet Union or its eastern European empire? To those dictators marriage was a bourgeois interest. Meaning, a fake materialistic social construct of respectability created for the middle class to further the goals of the "capitalists." They favored the model of "the community" of woman. Basically a new twist to the same old ancient world order where woman were treated as slaves to be passed around between men for their gratification. Children were the property of the "state" made to further the interests of whatever dictator was in power. This had the practical effect in many of these countries; that if a parent or parents became believers and were caught teaching their children about Christ. That the parents would be executed (usually by torture or tortured and executed, ) and the children were left to the streets. In a particularly heinous twist to further discourage any other parents making the same mistake. It became the death penalty for others to take those abandoned orphans in and help them so the only avenue left for them just to get some bread to eat was prostitution. This is just an example of the myriad of ways that tyranny and tyrants, dictators, kings and emperors and institutionalized human slavery thwarted Gods purposes for his creation. It made it impossible for the will of God to be done in the earth. Or as stated above. Not conducive to heavens purposes on earth as mankind was acting against the laws of nature and natures God.
If one looks carefully at all the earthly (not heavenly) promises of God made to all the saints in times past that never came to pass in their generations. Promises that they labored to attain yet the wickedness and tyranny in the world prevented those promises. One can see in the prophetic scriptures that there would be an age that was coming where those promises would be attainable in this world. Not for them, they were to sow that future generations may possess them. However that pearl of great price and the hidden treasure was worth their sacrifice. Yes, they themselves like their messiah, would be able to share in the joyful results of their sacrifice as a great cloud of witnesses when the earth finally began to bear this fruit. When real justice and the rule of law started to bloom in the nations of the world. Not only would citizenship in heaven be worth the sacrifice but the blood and treasure they sowed into the earth would to them become a small thing in light of the glory of God revealed in the nations of the world that they would some day witness. Since a scripture about the raising of children was used previously to describe the will of God on earth. Lets look at a couple of these promises of the age that was to come regarding those godly children.
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 18 But be you glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. (This is the New Jerusalem of Revelation. An illustration of God's saints in the age that was to come where all the earthly promises of God begin to come to pass in the nations that are bearing national or cultural fruit.) 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. (For instance, because of the absence of tyranny, slavery oppression and famines, ect.) 20 There shall be no more there an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. ( A promise of long life for the general population. For instance, the average of 80 years today in the nations that have been dramatically influenced by the gospel from the average of forty years for the entirety of the ancient world.) 21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and my elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. ( Divine property rights as summarized in the USA's and other constitutions of the nations that have had the Gospel for centuries. Also because these geographical area's are no longer being conquered by wicked empires seeking spoil.) 23 They shall not labor in vain, nor give birth to children for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their children with them. (Promises directly related to the raising of children, that godly seed of which, all of these other prophecies have to have come to pass to be able to actually posses this promise about children. ) 24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, said the LORD. (These animals are illustrations of different races, peoples and nationalities becoming one in Christ and\or living at peace with one another because Biblical principle with or without personal conversion has become the accepted standard for their lives. Of course the mountain is God's invisible government that over time fills the whole earth.)
Isaiah 54: Once more speaking of the New Jerusalem which is an illustration of Gods people living in the age, plus, living in the nations the Gospel has been allowed to run its full course. Verse 5 is the one concerning the raising of children. 10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, said the LORD that has mercy on you. 11 O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with fair colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires. 12 And I will make your windows of agates, and your gates of carbuncles, and all your borders of pleasant stones. 13 And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of your children. 14 In righteousness shall you be established: you shall be far from oppression; for you shall not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near you. 15 Behold, they (the wicked) shall surely gather together (to try to conquer, enslave and steal your inheritance), but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall for your sake. Lets look at a few more prophetic scriptures about the messiah and his people to answer objections about the nature of the pearl of great price and hidden treasure this article is putting forth.
Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give you for a light to the nations, that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth. 7 Thus said the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despises, to him whom the nation abhors, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose you. 8 Thus said the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of salvation have I helped you: and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; Here the messiah is given as the light and the salvation of the nations. Then in verse 8 the messiah's people are given to "establish the earth." Meaning, to build something on that sure foundation of the truth. Which would be nations founded upon Biblical principle for human relations, right and wrong and human government. Not only this but explicate in the great commission is the maintenance of those nations founded upon Biblical principle and the expansion of the number of nations likeminded. Now lets look at another prophecy about the Bride of Christ, the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21:1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2: And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband..... 9 And there came to me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife. Hosea 2:19 And I will betroth you to me for ever; yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. 20 I will even betroth you to me in faithfulness: and you shall know the LORD. 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, said the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; 22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. 23 And I will sow her to me in the earth; and I will have mercy on her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, You are my people; and they shall say, You are my God. Notice in verse 23, what God does with his bride? He does not take her to heaven but sows her into the earth! Why, for what purpose? As Isaiah 49:8 says: To establish the earth, that Gods purposes for mankind would be fulfilled.
Another very famous prophecy; famous because Jesus quotes it in the Gospels to be speaking of him. If the whole thing is read, it speaks of the eventual results of his ministry that would take place in the world. Isaiah 61:1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek...... Then some of the eventual results of his anointing: 6 But you shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: you shall eat the riches of the nations, and in their glory shall you boast yourselves. 7 For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be to them. 8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 And their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the children which the LORD has blessed. 10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. In verse 6 it states that those, and we know by prophecy and history that it means eventually. That those who are of Christ will boast themselves in the glory of the nations. Well this certainly doesn't mean that they would boast of the pagan idolatrous nations of the ancient world. Nor does it mean they would boast themselves of the unrighteous empires who claimed to themselves Christianity but withheld the Word of God from the peoples so they could maintain their rule over them. No, what it meant was that in that age that was to come, this age to be exact. Gods people would boast of the glory, meaning the state of existence of the nations they or their ancestors founded on Biblical principle. This can be seen in any believer today who is intimately familiar with the founding of the United States and the development of Christian thought in northern Europe that enabled it to be so completely founded upon Biblical principle. The "glory" of the United States meaning it's existence and what it has accomplished because of it's foundation is indeed a cause of boasting. Not if you look at its evil wrought by the wicked within its borders who have from its start worked to thwart the ideals of its founders. The boast is when you compare it to all the nations of the ancient world which is the context of Bible prophecy. The nations of that age where Satan had complete and perpetual dominion over them through horrendously insane idolatry, tyranny, slavery that always brought death and destruction. Comparing that to this age where the world had never seen the freedom, liberty and prosperity enjoyed by the masses. An age where the rule of law and justice so many in the western world now enjoy because common men have had the Bible for the last 5 centuries.
Now. If some have read this article without yet becoming familiar with the others on this website. Based on what is considered acceptable Biblical knowledge in the popular culture and amongst this generations pastors and teachers. It would be no surprise that even with the scriptures listed there could be some hefty skepticism. That is understandable. Therefore I would beg you to make this website a resource for personal study. Especially the article titled "End Time Prophecy." The implications of this article to todays generations are made very clear in chapter after chapter of Bible prophecy in other articles in this website. That we are, (actually still in the beginnings,) of an age that the last few generations of beleivers are completely unaware of. At least according to their common understandings of scripture. This has amounted to nothing short of hundreds of millions of believers being led astray from the will of God, their duties and their faith concerning the future that can only come through the revealed will of God in his Word. This is what false prophecy by the prophets of Jehovah, (as opposed to the prophets of Baal,) was designed to do in ancient Israel. Rob Gods people of their future. To get them on a path that would lead them to trial, temptation and eventually their enslavement and destruction as opposed to the path that would lead them to salvation. False prophecy in the guise of end times prophecy teachings have stolen the future from those who's hearts have been captured by it. Satan has blinded their hearts by getting them to ignore or be unaware of the names and dates the Bible places on it's own end time prophecies. They then ignorantly apply those prophecies to their present-day time and circumstances. The Bible's end time prophecies were prophesying the end of two specific ages that the people in the Bible were living in. One of them, the first covenant age, of which a big chunk of end time prophecy is devoted to. (Representing most New Testament prophecy outside the book of Revelation.) That age ended with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The other age, the Age of the Gentiles ended in 1453 AD with the fall of the Roman Empire. That age, of which all the other end time prophecy is speaking about was the time period when Babylon, Medo\Persia, Greece and Rome ruled over, oppressed and warred against all the saints of the Old and New Testament. Most people are unaware that the capitol of the Roman Empire was moved to Constantinople in 333 AD and there never ceased to be an emperor on the thrown until it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1453 AD. That date, relating to when that empire would end is prophesied seven times in end time prophecies. They are pointed out in the previously mentioned article. The oft prophesied age that was to occur after the fall of the fourth empire, the Roman one has it's own set of prophecies that are ignored or that people are generally unaware of. Well over one hundred chapters worth of not all, but generally good news prophecy, that include no end time prophecy. These chapters should be the focus of faith of the modern day churches because they define the will of God, and what has actually been transpiring the last five centuries. Armed with those chapters the duties and responsibilities of believers will become much broader. Most importantly what can reasonably be expected as possible will be sought for and strategized. In other words believers will take back the future they have unwittingly given over to Satan. That future would include the establishment and maintenance of republics based on Biblical principle as normal Christian duty. As normal as soul winning and missionary work for the typical Christian. Churches would once more consider it their reasonable service to God to guide the nations into all truth. To raise up politicians and statesmen as well as pastors and missionaries. To become hot beds of God driven, godly politics as well as houses of healing, discipleship and soul winning. There is no difference. It just depends on the phase the culture and nations they are in, are at. Obviously there would be no purpose for this when bringing the Gospel to a nation that has never really had it before. Just as there was no purpose in the early church being involved in anything other than what they were doing.
This brings us back to the begining of the article. To the subject of love and mature Christianity. Just as love is to be the motive undergirding church service and soul winning. It is also to be the motive behind building nations on Biblical principle. This is mature Chrisinity. It is worth the sacrifice and make no mistake about it. It is a sacrifice. Bringing purity and godliness into the rough and tumble of corrupt politics, even being capable of doing so wisely will be met with resistance. The wicked do not want any competition. Especially if it means an end to their ill gotten gain. Human government and culture is a realm of the Government of God just as much as personal purity, soul winning, marriage and the raising of children or any other subject commonly thought of as an area of interest to God. This is in fact what being heavenly minded is all about. Not a mind that thinks about what heaven is like and wishes to go there; to not do anything that would prevent going. Being heavenly minded is to be focused on the things that are of heaven. Like purity, right relationships, winning people to Christ and yes, good, limited human government. Those are all things that are of heaven. They are all things that are in the interests of the Government of God. Therefore they are all things that are part and parcel of that pearl of great price and the hidden treasure that we as believers need to sacrifice for. What sacrifice specifically depends on the circumstances a generation finds themselves in. To the native believer, bringing the Gospel to his nation that has never had it. Martyrdom, his very life may be the thing that is sacrificed for the sake of Christ and his fellow man. Under those circumstances, because of the constant threat of murder or imprisonment. Not getting married and raising children may be a sacrifice that one can serve without the distraction of constant threats to ones family. To the nation reaching a critical mass of new believers, so that the powers that be feel threatened by their presence and seek to bring about a genocide to remove the threat. Military service as a freedom fighter for them and their family may be that sacrifice needed to secure the future. Obviously this is a touchy subject to many young people in the west who have never been personally threatened with machete wielding mobs. Who believe service to God is pacifist in nature. This in fact was generally true in the age of the gentiles and believers were warned in prophecy against taking up the sword against the Roman Empire. However it is not the case in this age. It may be under certain circumstances and may not be in others. That is a subject of debate. However, all the free nations in the west as part of this process, gained that freedom that young people enjoy by armed conflict. It is, many times, like it or not, part of the process God endorses to bring about his good will in the earth. It is also the pride or the glory of the United States military, (most of the time.) To be an armed force dedicated to the freedom of mankind and the pursuit of justice. Last but certainly not least. If past generations have made their perspective sacrifices to be able to found a nation on Biblical principle. Then the sacrifice that must be made by their descendants is to do what ever is necessary to maintain that nation and it's foundation. May God's people pray and humble themselves. That they may see and turn from their sins. That they might throw off their false prophecy concerning inevitable futures and pay what it cost to purchase that pearl or that field for the glory of God and future generations.
© Daniel Martinovich 2014