Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Representatives of nations will flow to Jerusalem to learn God's ways. They must begin at ground zero and prepare their lives to reflect the image of God , just as we have had to do. That these people come to God is an acknowledgment that they and their forefathers had made a mess of things before Christ returned, and now they want to learn from God and His people how to do things properly.
Ritenbaugh Preparing to Rule! Events of that magnitude do not happen that swifty in such a short period of time. We have seen evidence, however, in God's Word of what happened and why it happened that way. God Himself did it to bring about a radical change in the history of man.
Since God did it, it was part of His purpose. In Habakkuk, He is speaking about a work He will do that is so amazing that "If I told you, Habakkuk, what I am going to do, you would not believe it. God is going to turn the world upside down again, only this time He will replace the nations with the Kingdom of God. Ritenbaugh Prophets and Prophecy Part 3. In these verses, "of" shows possession, not location. It could just have correctly been translated, "heaven's kingdom" just as we often use "God's Kingdom" rather than " Kingdom of God.
Jesus is the King of a literal Kingdom that will reign over the whole earth when He returns see John The gospel explains, not only that it is coming, but also how we can be a part of it.
That is great news! Ritenbaugh The True Gospel. The long section from the end of verse 20 to verse 37 is Jesus' answer, first to the Pharisees verses and then to His disciples verses His reply to the Pharisees is rather curt: In His longer explanation to His disciples, Jesus goes into quite a bit more detail about the timing and conditions of establishing His Kingdom.
First, He says, do not be deceived when people tell you Christ has come verses We will know very well when He returns; it will be like a flash of lightning that everyone will see verse However, before this can happen, Jesus must be tortured and crucified as man's Redeemer verse From our vantage point, which the disciples did not have, we know that this condition has already been met at Golgotha or Calvary.
Then He gives details about the conditions in the world when He returns. It will be as it was in the days of Noah and Lot verses He highlights two major signs of the end here:. He will come suddenly when people do not expect Him to return. Most people will be going about their normal activities, unaware of the times. When He returns, society will be degenerate and wicked just as it was before the Flood came and before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah see Genesis 6: They will have to be willing to leave everything behind—their homes, their possessions, even their loved ones—in order to obey the call of God.
Lot's wife turned back in longing for what she had left behind, and God's judgment fell swiftly upon her. We may have to be willing even to give up our lives for salvation, because in trying to save our physical lives, we would have to renounce our beliefs. Verses illustrate three scenes of judgment.
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These show that Christ will judge us individually, and despite how close we may be to another—a spouse, a neighbor, a co-worker—our obedience and good works will not deliver anyone else see Ezekiel We will have to prove ourselves to the righteous Judge of all Acts Finally, the disciples ask Jesus where these things will take place Luke His reply is better translated in the Revised English Bible: This would parallel the scenarios prophesied in Zechariah All through this section Jesus is describing real circumstances, real people, and real places.
He speaks of a literal Kingdom to be established at His return "with power and great glory" Matthew Since the context of Luke We cannot divorce "the Kingdom of God is among you" from this larger topic. Doing so distorts the true meaning of a literal, soon-coming Kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ that will grow to fill the whole earth after His return.
The " god of this world " has been defeated! However, he remains active among us until the King of kings returns and sets up His government on earth. Satan's Origin and Destiny. Here, too, they make assumptions, such as understanding "house" only as a dwelling, rather than as a family or dynasty. Thus, they narrowly define place as "an ornate abode, a mansion or palace" instead of a "position," "office," "role," or "spot.
They gloss over the fact that Jesus says directly in this context that He would "come again. He then says He will receive the saints to Himself. If He remains on earth to rule the nations, then the saints will rule with Him on the earth! Many scriptures show very plainly that God's Kingdom will be on the earth Psalm 2: Ritenbaugh Caught Up in the Rapture. And like us, they would have liked to have seen the Kingdom established right away. They did not understand that they needed to be prepared for the Kingdom of God. They were not ready yet—they did not even have the Holy Spirit yet!
Nor had they entirely put together all the elements of God's truth. It is interesting that Jesus tells them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons," but it has been given to us in far greater measure. We know many things that they did not know. We know that we are very close to the end. We do not know the day, but we know that we are in the time and season, and if there was ever a people on the face of the earth in all the history of Christianity who needed to get prepared for something, it is we. African Parks was founded on the very premise that the remaining intact and wild landscapes of Africa can be successfully conserved, and even those that are degraded can be restored.
Fundamentally, we believe that in the wake of conserving and restoring wild landscapes lies a better existence for mankind. And where nature is rehabilitated and restored, so too is our own humanity. But we know it is not enough, that we are in a race against time to secure the last of the wild before species are lost forever, and landscapes are beyond restoration.
Wilson, who in Half-Earth: At the close of , African Parks had 14 parks under management in nine countries, covering This is the largest and most ecologically diverse amount of land under protection for any one NGO on the continent. You can make a difference and help support our work to restore wild landscapes, and secure a future for Africa's wildlife. Sign up to be the first to hear GoodNews happening around African Parks. Skip to main content. Annual Report For too long, good news in conservation has been the absence of bad news. It was also a year marked by historic translocations and reintroductions.
A constitution, the Charter of , was drafted. It presented all Frenchmen as equal before the law,  but retained substantial prerogative for the king and nobility and limited voting to those paying at least Francs a year in direct taxes. He commanded the land and sea forces, declared war, made treaties of peace, alliance and commerce, appointed to all places of public administration, and made the necessary regulations and ordinances for the execution of the laws and the security of the state. He was succeeded by his brother, Charles.
Charles X pursued a more conservative form of governance than Louis. His ultra-reactionary laws included the Anti-Sacrilege Act — , which saw his popularity plummet. The ordinances sparked a revolution against Charles's coup attempt; by 2 August , Charles had fled Paris and abdicated in favour of his grandson Henri, Count of Chambord. Louis XVIII's restoration to the throne in was effected largely through the support of Napoleon's former foreign minister, Talleyrand , who convinced the victorious Allied Powers of the desirability of a Bourbon Restoration.
Napoleon was offered to keep the throne in February , on the condition that France return to its frontiers, but he refused. Relations between church and state remained regulated by the Concordat of However, in spite of the fact that the Charter was a condition of the Restoration, the preamble declared it to be a "concession and grant", given "by the free exercise of our royal authority". After a first sentimental flush of popularity, Louis' gestures towards reversing the results of the French Revolution quickly lost him support among the disenfranchised majority.
Napoleon's emissaries informed him of this brewing discontent,  and, on 20 March , he returned to Paris from Elba.
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After Napoleon was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo and sent again into exile, Louis returned. This Second Restoration saw the beginning of the Second White Terror , largely in the south, when supporters of the monarchy sought revenge against those who had supported Napoleon's return. About — were killed for revenge; thousands fled. About 70, government officials were dismissed. The perpetrators were often known as the Verdets because of their green cockets, which was the colour of the comte d'Artois — this being the title of Charles X at the time, who was associated with the hardline ultra-royalists , or Ultras.
After a period in which local authorities were powerless to stop the violence, the King and his ministers sent out their own officials to restore order. A new Treaty of Paris was signed on 20 November , which had more punitive terms than the treaty. France was ordered to pay million francs in indemnities, and the country's borders were reduced to their status, rather than as in the previous treaty. France was occupied by 1. The legacy of this, and the White Terror, left Louis with a formidable opposition. The chambre introuvable , meanwhile, continued to aggressively uphold the place of the monarchy and the church, and called for more commemorations for historical royal figures.
Owing to contrasting standpoints of the chamber and the King, the ultra-royalists began to assert the Chamber of Deputies' rights. This resulted in a concession from the government that the chamber had the right to approve state expenditure, granted after the ultra-royalists attempted to obstruct the budget.
However, they were unable to gain a guarantee from the King that his cabinets would represent the majority in parliament. In September , the chamber was dissolved by Louis for its reactionary measures, and electoral manipulation resulted in a more liberal chamber in Richelieu served until 29 December , followed by Jean-Joseph, Marquis Dessolles until 19 November , and then Decazes in reality the dominant minister from to   until 20 February This was the era in which the Doctrinaires dominated policy.
The following year, the government changed the electoral laws, resorting to gerrymandering , and altering the franchise to allow some rich men of trade and industry to vote,  in an attempt to prevent the ultras from winning a majority in future elections. Press censorship was clarified and relaxed, some positions in the military hierarchy were made open to competition, and mutual schools were set up that encroached on the Catholic monopoly of public primary education.
By , the opposition liberals—who, with the ultras, made up half the chamber—proved unmanageable, and Decazes and the king were looking for ways to revise the electoral laws again, to ensure a more tractable conservative majority. The assassination of the Duc de Berry , the ultrareactionary son of Louis' ultrareactionary brother and heir-presumptive, the future Charles X , by a Bonapartist in February , triggered Decazes' fall from power and the triumph of the Ultras. Richelieu returned to power for a short interval, from to The ultras found themselves back in power in favourable circumstances: Berry's wife, the duchesse de Berry , gave birth to "miracle child", Henri , seven months after the duc's death; Napoleon died on Saint Helena in , and his son, the duc de Reichstadt , remained interned in Austrian hands.
Literary figures, most notably Chateaubriand , but also Hugo , Lamartine , Vigny , and Nodier , rallied to the ultras' cause. Both Hugo and Lamartine later became republicans, whilst Nodier was formerly. The ultras broadened their support, and put a stop to growing military dissent in , when intervention in Spain, in favour of Spanish Bourbon King Ferdinand VII , and against the Liberal Spanish Government , fomented popular patriotic fervour. Despite British backing for the military action, the intervention was widely seen as an attempt to win back influence in Spain, which had been lost to the British under Napoleon.
The French troops marched to Madrid and then to Cadiz , ousting the Liberals with little fighting April to September , and would remain in Spain for five years. Support for the ultras amongst the voting rich was further strengthened by doling out favours in a similar fashion to the chamber, and fears over the charbonnerie , the French equivalent of the carbonari. In the election , another large majority was secured. The restraint Louis had exercised on the ultra-royalists was removed.
As the country underwent a Christian revival in the post- Revolutionary years, the ultras worked to raise the status of the Roman Catholic Church once more. The Concordat of 11 June was set to replace the Concordat of , but, despite being signed, it was never validated. The law was unenforceable and only enacted for symbolic purposes, though the act's passing caused a considerable uproar, particularly among the Doctrinaires.
The Jesuits were noted for their loyalty to the Pope and gave much less support to the Gallican traditions. Inside and outside the Church they had enemies; The king closed them in New legislation paid an indemnity to royalists whose lands had been confiscated during the Revolution. The chambers also approved the requirement that all children would inherit an equal share of land thus ending the law of primogeniture.
Although this law had been engineered by Louis, Charles was influential in seeing that it was passed. The liberals and the press rebelled, as did some dissident ultras, such as Chateaubriand. The forcefulness of this criticism prompted the government to introduce a bill to restrict the press in December, having largely withdrawn censorship in ; this, however, only aggravated the ultras' opponents more, and the bill was withdrawn.
In response, the Guard was disbanded. By the time of the election, the moderate royalists constitutionalists were also beginning to turn against Charles, as was the business community, in part due to a financial crisis in , that was blamed on the government's passing of the law of indemnification. The new chamber did not result in a clear majority for any side. Martignac was deposed when his government lost a bill on local government. Though Charles remained nonchalant, the deadlock led some royalists to call for a coup , and prominent liberals for a tax strike.
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At the opening of the session in March , the King delivered a speech that contained veiled threats to the opposition; in response, deputies an absolute majority condemned the government, and Charles subsequently prorogued and then dissolved parliament. Charles retained a belief that he was popular amongst the unenfranchised mass of the people, and he and Polignac chose to pursue an ambitious foreign policy of colonialism and expansionism, with the assistance of Russia. Polignac also initiated French colonization in Algeria ; victory was announced over the Dey of Algiers in early July.
Plans were drawn up to invade Belgium, which was shortly to undergo its own revolution. However, foreign policy did not prove sufficient to divert attention from domestic problems. Charles's dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies, his July Ordinances which set up rigid control of the press, and his restriction of suffrage resulted in the July Revolution of The major cause of the regime's downfall, however, was that, while it managed to keep the support of the aristocracy, the Catholic Church and even much of the peasantry, the ultras' cause was deeply unpopular outside of parliament and with those who did not hold the franchise,  especially the industrial workers and the bourgeoisie.
Workers living on the margin were very hard-pressed, and angry that the government paid little attention to their urgent needs. Charles abdicated in favor of his grandson, the Comte de Chambord , and left for England. There is still considerable debate among historians as to the actual cause of the downfall of Charles X.
What is generally conceded, though, is that between and , a series of economic downturns combined with the rise of a liberal opposition within the Chamber of Deputies , ultimately felled the conservative Bourbons. Between and , France faced an economic downturn, industrial and agricultural, that was possibly worse than the one that sparked the Revolution. A series of progressively worsening grain harvests in the late s pushed up the prices on various staple foods and cash crops. However, Charles X, bowing to pressure from wealthier landowners , kept the tariffs in place.
He did so based upon the Bourbon response to the " Year Without a Summer " in , during which Louis XVIII relaxed tariffs during a series of famines, caused a downturn in prices, and incurred the ire of wealthy landowners, who were the traditional source of Bourbon legitimacy. Thus, between and , peasants throughout France faced a period of relative economic hardship and rising prices. At the same time, international pressures, combined with weakened purchasing power from the provinces, led to decreased economic activity in urban centers.
This industrial downturn contributed to the rising poverty levels among Parisian artisans. Thus, by , multiple demographics had suffered from the economic policies of Charles X. While the French economy faltered, a series of elections brought a relatively powerful liberal bloc into the Chamber of Deputies. The strong liberal bloc of grew to in , and in This liberal majority grew increasingly dissatisfied with the policies of the centrist Martignac and the ultra-royalist Polignac , seeking to protect the limited protections of the Charter of They sought both the expansion of the franchise, and more liberal economic policies.
They also demanded the right, as the majority bloc, to appoint the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Also, the growth of the liberal bloc within the Chamber of Deputies corresponded roughly with the rise of a liberal press within France. Generally centered around Paris, this press provided a counterpoint to the government's journalistic services, and to the newspapers of the right.
It grew increasingly important in conveying political opinions and the political situation to the Parisian public, and can thus be seen as a crucial link between the rise of the liberals and the increasingly agitated and economically suffering French masses. By , the Restoration government of Charles X faced difficulties on all sides.
The new liberal majority clearly had no intention of budging in the face of Polignac's aggressive policies.