On Earth as It is On Heaven: The Promise of America, Technology, and the New Earth - Book One: The Promise of America Ebook
On Earth as It is On Heaven: The Promise of America, Technology, and the New Earth - Book One: The Promise of America Ebook

On Earth as It is On Heaven: The Promise of America, Technology, and the New Earth - Book One: The Promise of America Ebook

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ON EARTH AS IT IS ON HEAVEN

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What is it about The Bible that lets us know it’s more than just a nice story with a happy ending? Isn’t it supposed to demonstrate that God is in control, and that because He’s in control, He can be trusted to keep His promises to humanity?

But what if there really is tangible evidence of God’s control over history? And what if that evidence shows that God never ceased controlling human history, just because we’re told the curtain dropped after those final acts in the days of The New Testament?

And if there really is evidence like that, then what would we call the book that told the story of that evidence? No doubt, it would be called On Earth as It is On Heaven: The Promise of America, Technology, and the New Earth.

This is that book, and this is that story.


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The story contained in this book, On Earth as It is On Heaven, begins by our asking: What connects America, technology, and the New Earth, en route to explaining how all three fall under the heading of things said to be “on” Heaven rather than “in” Heaven. To answer that we introduce the idea that, while God typically acts as only God can act, His preferred method of acting is by way of His still, small voice, as demonstrated in the case of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. That’s because while the spectacular nature of God’s miraculous deeds, like the parting of the Red Sea, can inspire awe and respect, it doesn’t always communicate the same depth of awareness as does the articulate nature of God’s word itself. This seems to explain why, although God often seems more interested in the destiny of nations, He acts on a more personal level than most might assume.

We then turn to the question of why God’s actions ebb and flow in and out of view, and so ask if this happens because God Himself is somehow changing. Upon investigation, we find this doesn’t happen because God is changing but, rather, because of the changing relationship humans have in relation to the God of covenants. In this way, we’re able to determine how God and humans now both exist, from a purely legal perspective, as outsiders looking into a world they once related to in a far different manner prior to the Fall of Man. And so it is that this more than anything else explains why God sometimes acts in conspicuous ways that are obvious to everyone, while at other times He acts inconspicuously and “under the radar,” so to speak.

It is therefore within the context of these various elements that the story of the promise of America, technology, and the New Earth will next be told. More specifically, it’s a story that involves a God Who is more concerned with those who cooperate with His still, small voice than those who expect Him to split the sea at every turn with a blast of His nostrils. So, while the Israelites of old saw the parting of the Red Sea yet failed to trust God ever after, in the case of America, the New World would be established by a people who were content with God’s word leading them, with neither fanfare nor notoriety, by way of a hidden path in the sea.

For Christopher Columbus that leading came to him in 1492 when, on his first voyage of discovery, his crew warned him that if they continued one more day on their present course, he’d have a mutiny on his hands. But nothing could change Columbus’ sense of destiny, nothing could erase the knowledge of God’s inspired words that kept him on course. As he recorded in his journal on more than one occasion, the words of Scripture beckoned him onward:

Listen to me, oh coastlands, and pay attention, you distant peoples. The Lord called me from the womb; from the body of my mother He named me…

He said to me, “You are My servant, Israel, in whom I will display My glory. I will also make you a light for the nations, to bring My salvation to the ends of the Earth.”

And for the Puritans, who were being increasingly targeted by the Anglican Church in England, which relentlessly sought to destroy their growing movement, God’s word shined a light of hope on their predicament that they couldn’t help but apply to themselves.

“Don’t be afraid, because I’m with you; I’ll bring your offspring from the east and gather you from the west. I’ll say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Don’t hold them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the Earth…

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may consider and believe Me and understand that I am He…

“I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, and your King.” So says the Lord Who makes a way in the sea and a path through the surging waters…

“Forget the former things; pay no attention to the things of old. Watch as I do something new; even now it’s coming. Don’t you see it? Indeed, I’ll make a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”

What’s more, the technological advances that occurred in Europe leading up to the discovery of America—particularly with Gutenberg’s printing press in 1440—were such that all the forces occurring at the time would set the stage for all that followed. First came the Protestant Reformation, followed by the Renaissance, which both occurred when many smaller European states were morphing into larger states, and all of them with a greater degree of centralized power.

More importantly, though, in the context of this story, that meant that with the Reformation and Renaissance came a greater sense of individualism just as a number of other societal forces came on line to empower those individuals who previously could never hope to break free from centuries of collectivist, institutional control. At the same time, nation-states like England, France, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands were suddenly able to take full advantage of the technological advances in shipbuilding. And that meant not only could a handful of European monarchs finance a series of ambitious oversea excursions, but a group of bold voyagers could also rise to new levels of exploration with the aid of devices like the astrolabe and the sextant, which in turn opened up new horizons of the sea.

It also meant that at just the right moment in history, this newfound sense of individuality, which had been percolating for many centuries, would intersect with that other personality trait so germane to biblical history, that of the outsider, as it pertains to the life of every chosen one of God. And that meant, the world no longer consisted of a scattered, disarrayed band of outsiders but, rather, consisted of a whole generation of outsiders who were, all at once, ready to make their mark in the world—a world that was never the same again in the wake of their response to the call of God.

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