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By John Michael Greer

Development is not only a aim within the West—it's a faith. most folks think in its inherent price as enthusiastically and uncritically as medieval peasants believed in heaven and hell. Our religion in development drives the preferred insistence that height oil and weather swap don't really matter—after all, our lab-coated excessive clergymen would certainly bring about one more miracle to avoid wasting us all.

Unfortunately, development as we've recognized it's been fullyyt depending on the breakneck exploitation of part a thousand million years of kept sun within the type of fossil fuels. because the age of this affordable, plentiful strength attracts to an in depth, growth is grinding to a halt. Unforgiving planetary limits are educating us that our blind religion in unending exponential progress is a deadly myth.

After Progress addresses this looming paradigm shift, exploring the form of heritage from a point of view at the a long way aspect of the arrival concern. John Michael Greer's startling exam of the position our trust platforms play within the evolution of our collective recognition is needed interpreting for a person occupied with making feel of the longer term at a time after we needs to search new resources of which means, worth, and desire for the period ahead.

John Michael Greer is a student of ecological background and an across the world well known futurist whose weblog, The Archdruid Report, has develop into some of the most extensively stated on-line assets facing the destiny of business society. he's the writer of over thirty books, together with Green Wizardry and The lengthy Descent.

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At the same time, 'dominion is given' them (v. 6) and they have their preordained eras in world history. In contrast to this picture of history as a chaotic tussle for power, the second vision (vv. 9 - 1 4 ) shows God's Last Judgment. The judgment thrones are placed. The judge appears, an old man with garment and hair gleaming white in glory. He sits on the fiery wheeled throne (cf. Ezek. 10). In his power is the 'stream of fire' which burns up the last bestial k'ngdom. In the third vision, 'one like a son of man' appears from the 32 33 3 4 The Messianic 14 Perspective clouds of heaven (v.

Amen, come Lord Jesus' (Rev. 20). This means that it cannot be an excluding and excommunicating 'yes', not even when it is uttered with the certainty of faith. Anyone who confesses Jesus as 'the Christ of God' is recognizing the Christ-in-his-becoming, the Christ on the way, the Christ in the movement of God's eschatological history; and that person enters upon this way of Christ in the discipleship of Jesus. The earthly Jesus was on the way to the revelation of his messiahship. This is what people call Jesus' 'messianic secret'.

When the mon­ archy is established, priestly functions pass to Zion's ruler, and he can then delegate them to his priests. 4 enthrones the king himself as priest 'after the order of Melchizedek'. But after the exile, hope for the messiah king evidently faded. Instead the figure of the priest came to the fore again. In the prophet's vision in Zechariah 4 , 'two olive trees' stand on the right and on the left of the lamp (v. 3), and the interpretation explains that 'These are the two anointed who 42 The Growth of the Messianic Figure 19 stand by the Lord of the whole earth' (v.

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