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Let's start with the ending today. The writer of the Apocalypse pens that "the kingdom of the world has become the Kindom of the LORD and of the Christ." I purposely left out the "g" on the second word, so as to emphasize the contrast that John is making here. Popes, Prime Ministers, and Presidents often rule with an iron fist and insist that their agenda gets played out on the world stage. They possess this power, and so they exercise it, for better or worse. However, this inspired line indicates that they no longer possess the king-wielding power, and that it has been transferred to the Family of Jesus. Instead of corruption, the Christ liberates humans for the Life of the Earth, so as to promote her well-being. In turn, the Earth protects this Family from ultimate harm by 'de-localizing' this group of God-seekers. When the early church was persecuted, it was forced into a diaspora which sent them out into all the Earth. Elsewhere in John's Gospel, Jesus proclaims before His accusers that His Way is not of this world. Simply put, this means that He does not adhere to the ways of the political and religious leaders of His day, and simply went His own Way.
What is the primary contrast between Jesus' Kindom and Caesar's kingdom? In bone chilling fashion, this Text reads that God will "destroy the destroyers of the Earth." Retributive justice aside, it is hard to argue with this pronouncement. Those who destroy will be destroyed by that which they are destroying. Does that not seem like appropriate recompense, or does it feel petty and vindictive? The theology of this Book indicates that the human one is the temple of the Divine One, and the Earth operates as a common home of the Creator and the creation. For instance, in the next chapter, the enemy of the people are pursued by the wicked ones who, like a snake or a dragon, "pour water like a river out of their mouth(s)...to sweep [the people] away with a flood, but the Earth came to the help of the [people] by opening its mouth and swallowing the river." This salvation ultimately comes from the Unique One, who set up the Earth's ecosystem to punish those who destroy this Temple.
One final distinction is to be made between the world and the Earth. "The world" represents the systems and institutions that are always inevitably corrupted by their own corruption, and so it is destroyed from the inside out. This is what I meant in my song "Jungle" when I spit, "The system [is] corrupt and [is] gonna burn down from inside/ so, stand on your own two and learn how to survive." However, the "Earth abides forever," as Solomon put it, and so She cannot be destroyed, despite human manipulation and climate change. There is a feedback loop created by the Creator to regulate such prideful scorn of our common home. Dirt and soil, flesh and blood, are the one true Temple of the living God. Erect all of the buildings and monuments that you'd like, just don't elevate them above that which is alive and breathing. The creative apocalypse simply focuses on what is to be built, and allows any other destruction to take place of its own accord, essentially. Surely, this is the beginning of the end of the world as it is currently known!