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The last survivor of the eleven wrote this for us:  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is Love.  This is how God showed His love among us:  He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love:  not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.

Every one of the ‘love’ words used by John in this passage are the translation number 26 or 27, that is, the active love of God for His Son and His people.  Active love… God is Love, God is Agape, God is active Love… an activity that begins in the mind and heart, in the very source of all thoughts, be they logical or emotional.  Thoughts that give rise to plans.  Plans that are exemplified in Jeremiah 29.11 just before God was about to decimate Judah for their centuries of rebellion.  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, For I know the plans I have for you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, to give you an expected end.

This active love of God manifested with the sending of Jesus and the sacrifice of Jesus so that the standard of God’s love (agape) is that not only does He plan for good, but He is prepared to make the highest sacrifice to ensure that those plans come to pass.  Likewise, Jesus has the same agape for the Father and permitted His sacrifice to ensure that His plans for His Father’s glory came to pass.

And we are the beneficiaries of that love, and the fruit of those benefits is our salvation, leading all the way up to our sonship and daughtership.  And so we receive that love… but what do we give back in return?  We know what others offered when Jesus asked for agape.  The question is:  What do you give back in return?

A grateful, “Thank you,” and a hurrying away to enjoy the new life?  A sacrifice of praise and worship?  A loud and public declaration of promises to God?  Build Him a fine temple?  What do we give Him back in return?  I hear you say, “Agape.”  Easily said, but what does that mean?

For us it means being able to return to God these same words, “I know the thoughts and plans I think towards You and have for You, thoughts of peace and prosperity for You, plans not to harm You and to give You the expected end.”  Thoughts of peace for God… giving God peace in His thoughts with your thoughts.  That is, your thoughts turn to making peace not with God, no, but for God.  Peace with God can just be your surrender as an enemy after a long war.  But peace for God speaks of thoughts that seek to make peace for God by putting an end to all of God’s enemies once and for all.

This is part of that agape love the Father had for the Son when He said, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”  Thus, God’s thoughts of peace for Jesus are to make the peace for Him by subjugating all of Jesus’ enemies who are anyone who does not believe in Jesus and seeks to destroy Him as we all once did.  Indeed, there is not one of us who were not the enemies of Jesus before we were given the grace to be saved by faith in Him.  Indeed, even though you have seen light through the teachings that speak of unbelievers changed to believers, believers to disciples, disciples to servants, servants to friends, and friends to brothers… the truth is, we were His enemies.

So now if your thoughts turn to peace for Jesus then your thoughts are like God’s thoughts, that is, you will seek to make the enemies of Jesus a footstool for His feet.  And what is the prescribed way of doing that?  Going out and judging and condemning all those who still do not believe or listen to Jesus?  Far be it for you, for the Lord’s commands are, “Do not judge…  Do not condemn…”  And if you think the enemies of Jesus are evil, then Jesus commanded, “…Do not resist an evil person.”

As such, the way of making the peace for Jesus does not lay with you and I fighting those who are against Jesus or those who are evil, for there are many evil men who have never heard of Jesus, like their forefather Cain.  Neither does it lay with you and I judging or condemning others for their lack of faith, knowledge or understanding.  No, the prescribed way of making the peace for Jesus is the command that fulfills the Law and the Prophets, “…do to others what you would have them do to you…”  As such, the surest way of making every enemy of Christ His footstool is if we make ourselves His footstool.  And what is a footstool?  Is it not an item of furniture, an object, even a person, a slave, upon which the Master can rest His foot?

So how do we make ourselves the footstool of Jesus?  It is easy to say it, but how do you do it and how do you fulfill it?  For where are the feet of Jesus that we may place ourselves under them?  Jesus is seated now at the right hand of the Father upon the throne and His feet are likewise there… but we are not there.  You might say, “Let us die for Him so that we may go to Heaven and be under His feet.”  Sounds good, but there is a problem.  Jesus Christ is flesh in Heaven and if you die to go to Heaven, your flesh remains on Earth.  Flesh cannot rest on spirit as one can put one’s feet on a stool.  If your wish to be a footstool of Jesus is to be fulfilled now, you would have to attain Heaven in the flesh like Elijah did and even then Elijah only accessed Heaven because God sent a chariot.  The solution is simple, for the Scripture tells us where the feet of Jesus will be again when He returns… On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem.

The surest way for you and I to fulfill being the footstool of the Lord is to be at the Mount of Olives to be the dust (or dusty ones) to put His feet on… for did not God say, “…dust you are and to dust you will return”?  And so it is when we turn our thoughts for the Lord’s peace to plans, active plans, that see us standing on the Mount of Olives as it were, like the dust of the Earth, for Him to put His feet upon, to rest His feet upon, then indeed we have become His footstool.  Our desire to make ourselves the footstool of the Lord then permits us to do to others what we want done to us.

So then our agape love for the Lord does not manifest in a ministry that judges, condemns or resists those who are against Christ or are evil.  Rather, it is an active love of thinking of ways, planning plans and making effort to execute those plans whereby we ourselves fulfill the words of God and become the footstool of Jesus upon which to rest His feet.  In so doing, we are permitted to do to others what we want done to ourselves, and the Law, the righteousness and the Prophets, the future, are fulfilled.

Such thoughts and plans you have for the Lord must not harm Him in any way… that is, they must not affect His reputation, His person, in His thoughts and emotions, and above all else… they must not crucify Him all over again.  They must not be plans to fight Him in order to kill Him.

You see, those are the plans of the false prophet and beast as well as the kings of the Earth and their armies as they are gathered together to make war against the Rider on the horse and His army.  For you only make war against someone you want to subjugate, harm and kill.  The false prophet, as I have always said, will be one of us who, having received a measure of the powers of the age to come, will be given over to a reprobate mind to have thoughts of evil and to make plans of war to harm Jesus and to take away His future… to prevent the millennial reign and everything that follows the millennial reign.  Knowing almost everything you will be privileged to know, he will come to the conclusion that with the powers he has, he can convince Satan to hand over his authority to him through the breaking of Scripture.  For if the word of God can be broken, then Jesus Himself is broken, for He is the Word.  The opportunity comes for the condemned one when he realises that with the powers he has of the age to come he can deceive the world, even the elect if it were possible, and strike an alliance with Satan so that together with the beast and all the kings of the Earth and their armies, they will fight Jesus by destroying the Mount of Olives so that there is no Mount of Olives for Him to place His feet on and thus Zechariah 14.4 cannot be fulfilled.

So that those who want to become the dust of the Mount of Olives to add to its height so that Jesus does not have to travel as far to rest His feet are enemies of those who want to destroy the Mount of Olives so that Jesus has nowhere to place His feet to fulfill Scripture.

As for those who care not for the Mount of Olives in either form to add to its height or to demolish it, but have their thoughts and plans for Heaven, the Lord in His graciousness will grant them their desire and it will be to Heaven they will go so that the field may be cleared for battle.  And let’s not forget what Jesus said the field is… “The field is the world…”  So the world will be cleared of all who desire to be in Heaven with the Lord as the rules of war are fulfilled in their removal from our ranks.  For the Lord did say, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  …and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom.”  So the sons of the Kingdom of Heaven will be in Heaven as it is written… and the sons of the Kingdom of God will remain on Earth to see His kingdom come, His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

And even amongst those who have believed the message of the Kingdom of Heaven only (“When anyone hears the message about the kingdom…”), they will be permitted to display whatever agape love they may have for the Lord in the manner they die for Him.  Those who through no fault of their own have remained ignorant of the Kingdom of God will be given the opportunity to lose their heads for their testimony and for the word of God and so return with the Rider on the horse for the millennium.

So then clear your minds and hearts… bring all your thoughts under Christ’s control and set your thoughts on things above and not below, as Paul exhorted the Corinthian and the Colossian churches, and display your agape to the Lord not because He had to ask again, but because you are in your heart and mind turning your thoughts to peace for Him and forming plans that are good for Him to bring Him the expected end that prospers Him and gives Him a hope and a future with His bride, New Jerusalem.   And it all begins with this thought:  To make yourself His footstool so that all His enemies are also made His footstool.

As for the condemned one, his fate is sealed by the same command that seals our fate.  As he has thought, planned and executed a work to bring the second death to Jesus, so he will be thrown alive into the second death… he and his co-conspirators.  For it is written:  “…do to others what you would have them do to you…”  So whatever the false prophet would have done to Jesus will be done for him, and whatever thoughts of peace, plans for good, prosperity, hope and future we have for Jesus will likewise be done to us, and God’s word is proved truly eternal as the false prophet languishes in the second death he planned for Jesus and we glory in the life we planned for Jesus.

So get up… wake up, it is time to go, for here comes the betrayer once more.  Selah.

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