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When World War II ended the world breathed a giant sigh and looked forward to peace. Did peace come? Not for the people of Korea or Viet Nam or Greece or Cyprus or Laos or Indonesia or many other nations that were drawn into new conflicts and or unrest. On and off the US and the USSR brought the world to the brink of disaster with the Cuban missile crisis and due to various wars in the Middle East. There were also smaller conflicts scattered around the globe: like in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Congo, Angola, Haiti, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Nicaragua and Grenada. All in all there were hundreds of conflicts of one sort of another.

Hopes were high again when the cold war between the USA and USSR began to melt. However since then the number of conflicts has not diminished. Now we have a new amorphous enemy we call terrorists. They walk among us as friends, but when the moment is right they suddenly move to cause as much indiscriminate death and destruction as they can.

Will wars and fighting ever end?  It certainly does look grim doesn't it? The League of Nations was supposed to bring an end to war, but it obviously didn't succeed. The United Nations may have slowed things down a bit, but it has not really stopped conflict. Some think it has just given despots a forum in which to promote their disinformation and hatred.

Amazingly ancient prophets predicted that the world would find itself in this state. Happily they predicted a solution. The solution though will not be through a stronger UN, better technology or some coalition of powerful economies.

Listen to what one prophet said about 2000 years ago:

"Nations will attack one another there will be famines, plagues and earthquakes in various places. This is just the beginning." ¼Then many will be offended and betray one another, and shall hate one another. Many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Because corruption and crime will be pervasive, human decency will diminish. Whoever holds to my instruction until the end, that one will be preserved. This good news of My kingdom shall be proclaimed throughout the world for a witness to all nations; and then the end will come¼.Then there will be absolutely unparalleled troubles. If something is not done no one will survive, but for the sake of My dedicated follower's the situation will not be allowed to continue."

The prophet that foretold these events was Yeshua of Nazareth commonly known as Jesus. You'll find words to this effect in Matthew 24:7-22. How is it that someone who lived two thousand years ago could predict a time when all humanity would be destroyed? Did he think it would come about through the use of Roman war machines? He continues a few sentences later:

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

What could possibly darken the sun and hide the light of the moon and make it look like the stars were gone and send the atmosphere into turmoil? Nuclear explosions would work. How could a first century prophet even imagine such a thing might exist? Either he did or he is a charlatan. Two thousand years later there is no proof he was a charlatan. In which case His next statement should give us pause to consider.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matt 5:29-30)

The 'Son of Man' is a reference to the long promised Messiah of Israel. Those Jesus taught claimed He was that Messiah and was actually the One who orchestrated the creation of mankind. He came as a human once to set the final example of how we ought to conduct ourselves on this earth.  He will come again to enforce proper conduct.  Those unwilling to share this world or the little piece they occupy, will not be allowed any part of it.

This man Jesus has been claimed as the leader of Christianity, but Christianity has greatly distorted His message. In some ways it is hardly recognizable in churches that claim His name. Most of his followers don't really know what his real name was.

Christianity claims to be a student and follower of this Jesus who taught the following concept:

Don't think that I came to nullify the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to accomplish and elucidate. Indeed I tell you, until heaven and earth crumble, not one dotting of an I, nor crossing of a T will in any way pass from the law, until all is fulfilled. Therefore whoever breaks even one of the least commandments and instructs others to do so, he will be called the least in My kingdom. But whoever respects and teaches them, that person will be highly regarded in the kingdom. (Matt 5:17-19)

Yet Christianity generally claims He did away with this law. So Christian's are left with a society that doesn't recognize: "Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another By profaning the covenant of the fathers?" (Mal 2:10) If they taught that law they would not swindle, cheat, take advantage or undermine one another, but would support one another.

Instead the prediction of another prophet has been fulfilled. "The people will be oppressed, Every one by another and every one by his neighbor; The child will be insolent toward the elder, And the base toward the honorable." (Isaiah 3:5)

Traditional Christianity errors and drives a wedge between itself and other religions, namely Judaism and Islam, because it espouses a strange, incomprehensible Trinity God. Jesus, on the other hand, wanted His followers to know the One He called the Father was "You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (John 17:3) Jesus acknowledged that He was simply a servant.

"I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me." (John 5:30)

This Jesus is known as the Son of God (Luke 1:35), but we can all be children of God. "In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother". (1 John 3:10)   Certainly the history of Christianity is filled with examples of their hatred toward their fellow man and often, other Christians. This has been exhibited in everything from actual war between supposed Christian countries to a simple swindling or taking advantage of a neighbor. True followers of Jesus and those who truly serve and honor the Father, the one true God, would have no part of this.

As misleading as traditionally Christianity has been, Judaism and Islam have misunderstood the one true God as well.

Islam supposedly recognizes the inspired nature of the Hebrew scriptures (Koran 5:46, 6:154, 2:136), but their fundamentalist teachers ignore what they say, which includes:

"Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, ..?’ (Eze 33:11)

They recognize Jesus as a prophet, but they ignore His words.

"'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matt 22:37-39)

Jesus actually quoted these words from the Hebrew scriptures. In context a neighbor is anyone who is trying to live in peace. Some factions of Islam don't seem to be aware the Creator established this principle from the beginning.

The Koran claims Mohammed was the last prophet. Moses allowed that only the word of the prophet that God would raise from among Israel (Deu. 18:15, 18) could supersede the law that Moses left with Israel.

The Koran allows that prophet to be the Messiah Jesus. Jesus taught the original instruction from God was the highest plane of conduct: "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so." (Matt 19:8, see also Mark 7:13)  Mohammed, in the Koran seems to decide that maybe what he said earlier wasn't the best after all.(Koran 2:106)

The Koran allows that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and other prophets were pleasing to the Creator. They obviously didn't have the Koran. Are we really sure we need the Koran now? Jesus and His followers upheld the original instruction of God and cursed anyone who preached a different message or added anything to the Gospel or Bible (Rev 22:18-19, Gal 1:8-9).

Granted, Christianity generally believes that Jesus and His followers changed many things. In fact traditional Christianity misunderstands the Gospel message. The changes Jesus and the Apostles made changed things back to the way they were intended to be from the beginning. The net result was that the only fundamental change was the guarantee of forgiveness for sincere and committed believers. Certainly the Koran recognizes that the Creator has always been merciful, but we never had a universal guarantee until Jesus was accepted by the only true God after the crucifixion.

Mohammed seemed to think the stories of Jesus death were a hoax. If that is the case then we are all condemned to death because of our sin. The only way sin could be forgiven was through a sacrifice on the altar in front of the temple in Jerusalem. Since it doesn't exist there or anywhere else now, we are all doomed. Our sin separates us from God. We can repay a theft, or nurse someone back to health whom we have hurt, but other than that, about the only way we can atone for an error is to pay with our life. We are cut off from the great Creator with little hope of Him hearing us.

The existence of the modern nation of Israel in the Promised Land is another affirmation that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has a firm handle on events and forces in this world.  He warns of a time of great trouble, but also tells us of a time of great peace to emerge on the other side.  On the other side, those who have held His Covenant and His ways as their standard will be commissioned to teach the rest of mankind, worldwide.   Ultimately, we will have peace; one way or the other.  Do you want to be part of the solution or part of the problem?

This site attempts to lay bare the blunders of traditional Christian interpretation of the word of God and highlight what the Creator is actually saying.   The Covenant of the Lord is intended to teach us the way of peace.  It is really the only way.  It is far from obsolete.  Feel free to read the details yourself. If you're willing to take our word for it, you can skip the details and download an introductory primer on how to ponder the Law of God