The true meaning of Christmas is that the King has come, and all other kings must step aside. If we have been king of our own life, we too must step aside. The word Gospel means good news. The good news of Christmas is that Christ is a powerful King who is going to re-create a Christian world of virtue, peace, and security.
The true meaning of Christmas has been obscured by the consumerism, materialism, and militarism of the American Empire (a.k.a. the New World Order). The Prophets described the Coming Messiah as One who would inaugurate a Vine & Fig Tree society. This Messiah came at the First Christmas. God's people are called to work for a Vine & Fig Tree world, not to wait for another Christmas.
There are many people who believe (or are ready to believe) that the State, along with its institutional yes-man, the church, profits from ignorance of the radical message of Christmas. The Church-State hybrid does not want people to know about The Christmas Conspiracy. We think many people would like to know about it.
While the true meaning of Christmas can be found throughout the Bible, the prophecy of Micah (chapter 4) is particularly illustrative. We have divided it (and all of the Vine & Fig Tree web pages) into seven themes, which we presumptuously call archetypes.
|And it will come
about in the last days
That the mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And it will be raised above the hills
|Victory: The Inevitability of the Conspiracy: God With Us|
|And the peoples
will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
And to the House of the God of Jacob,
|Catholicism: The Universal Appeal of the Conspiracy|
|That He may teach
us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
|Law: God's Law vs. Man's law|
|And He will judge
between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation
And never again will they train for war.
|Peace: Beating all Swords into Plowshares|
|And each of them will sit under his||Family: God's Central Unit of Society|
|Vine and under his fig
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.
|Garden-Land: Reversing the Stalinization of the Farm|
|Though all the
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
In that day, says the LORD,
I will assemble the lame,
I will gather the outcast
And those whom I have afflicted;
I will make the lame a remnant,
And the outcast a strong nation;
So the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion
From now on, even forever.
|Community: No Man is an Island|
The reason why this non-profit corporation and all its web pages are based on Micah's prophecy is because he foretold the coming of Christ, showing that he (Micah) was a prophet of God. All of the Vine & Fig Tree web pages are built on the idea that the words of the Prophets in the Bible are God speaking to us.
Find out more about this vital presupposition.
Let us take apart Micah's prophecy theme-by-theme. Each of the links below will take you to a new, separate page. We will see the overall theme of global Divine-human Reconciliation emerge. Or Click Here to read a short summary of all seven themes.
Other areas to explore:
Litigation: Confronting Society
A Christmas Conspiracy. FAQ.
There are nearly 1,000 pages on the various Vine & Fig Tree web sites. There's no set order in which the pages must be read. You can click anything that's underlined if it interests you. Links will take you (eventually) to all the pages. Here's a little bit more information about each of the archetypes.
|1. The Kingdom: Christ established it at His First Advent. God is with us now.|
|2. Catholicism: He promises that the peace and prosperity of His Kingdom will spread across the globe, and will be a universalistic mass movement, including all nations, all peoples, all races.|
|3. God's Law: This global spread of Christ's reign will be in terms of obedience to Biblical Law, which is Christ's Standard of Love, Justice, and Holiness.|
|4. Peace: Biblical Law teaches attitudes of virtue and service; when mature, these qualities beat swords into plowshares. Not just those of "the bad guys," but our own as well.|
|5. Family: Rightly related to those who gave
Rebellion against the natural authority of parents and elders gives rise to tyrannical, paternalistic institutions. The Christmas Conspiracy reverses this trend.
|6. Garden-Land: Militaristic industrialism is then replaced with contentment and a harmonious relationship with the land.|
|7. Community: Christians do not practice rugged individualism. The nuclear family is culturally sub-Biblical. Living in extended-family communities, Christians exercise dominion and resist the pressure of worldly peers spouting the myths of the pre-Christian principalities and powers.|
Micah says man was created in a Garden, the Mountain of the Lord. We rejected God's Providence because we wanted to be as gods (Genesis 3:5). In our poverty, we sold ourselves to the demonic slave-traders of the polis.
Jesus paid the price necessary to redeem us (buy us back) from the slave-traders. Satan has been bound. By destroying this slavery, Christ established His Kingdom. If we accept His gentle yoke, we escape the harsh taskmaster of addiction to sin. Christ's plan is not to rapture His people, but to empower them to overcome sin and the demonic State. He is not coming soon to establish an Empire in Jerusalem.
Churches preach defeat, slavery, impotence, and self-centeredness. Shepherds paralyze and castrate the sheep. Liturgy and rituals replace dominion. Spontaneous obedience to the Blueprints of Life is muzzled by doctrinal diversions.
Politicians legislate dependence and serfdom. Flag-waving replaces dominion, vengeance replaces mercy and voting soothes the conscience.
The Media tempts us to self-worship. Meditation on God's Law is crowded out by entertainment. Mousketeers graduate to cocaine.
Yet whenever the Gospel has been believed and fleshed-out, culture has blossomed. Science, the arts, schools, hospitals, justice, mercy and faith, are the products of Christ's Kingdom.
Christ has established His Kingdom. Find out more.
Jesus promises that His Kingdom will spread across the globe, and will be global, or universalistic, including all nations, all peoples, all races. Though the dominant culture only reluctantly admits it, Christianity has leavened the loaf, and the dough is rising. The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)
Churches teach that everything is getting worse and worse. Reforming lives and nations is thought to hinder the return of Christ. Sectarianism and ecclesiocentrism is their sorry substitute for a Christianized Earth.
Bureaucrats stalk the borders to keep illegals out. My country right or wrong.
Christ's Kingdom will grow to cover the planet. Find out more.
This global spread of Christ's reign will be in terms of obedience to Biblical Law, which is Christ's Standard of Love, Justice, and Holiness. We do not adjust our interpretation of the Bible to fit our culture; we reconstruct our culture according to the Blueprints of the Bible.
Churches teach that we are under grace, not law. They still enforce their own laws and traditions, but not God's. The rates for shoplifting, perjury, adultery, divorce, and abortion are as high in churches as among non-Christians. Governments seize billions, murder millions, destroy continents; churches are silent.
Judges assert that law and justice are culturally relative. All cultures are equal except Christian culture, which is oppressive. It becomes politically incorrect to condemn massive human-rights violations in so-called left-wing dictatorships.
Biblical Law will reconstruct all human society. Find out more.
Biblical Law teaches attitudes of virtue, reconciliation, and service; when mature, these qualities beat swords into plowshares, disarming the heart of the individual and the polis. Decentralization replaces institutionalization.
Churches support wars, bless bombs, cheer executions. When institutionalized violence is approved by the pulpit, it is practiced by the people.
Organized government has murdered an average of 10,000 people per day throughout the 20th century. More killings are planned. Copy-cat street gangs protect their turf.
Co-conspirators in The Christmas Conspiracy follow the Prince of Peace. Find out more.
The Family is the root and center of Kingdom growth -- overthrowing the violence of the State, abstaining from the sycophancy of the Church. Vine & Fig Tree means a return to Biblical Patriarchy -- and then new growth in terms of this family-centered paradigm.
When families begin exercising independent dominion, the shepherds question their loyalty to the church. Inquisitions keep would-be patriarchs docile and submissive.
Leviathan is at war with Jefferson's yeoman farmer. Free men of independent creativity and political skepticism have been replaced by consumer zombies easily managed by the State.
The Christian Family will abolish the Church-State hybrid. Find out more.
When families put Biblical Law into practice, militaristic industrialism is replaced with contentment and a harmonious relationship with the land.
When Christians attempt to live debt-free, church finance boards call them unrealistic and impractical. Industrialist peonage is nurtured.
The Federal Reserve Board rewards debt, impersonalism, and cut-throat competition.
Ecological destruction is a result of polluted hearts.
Christian Patriarchy will restore Edenic conditions world-wide. Find out more.
Just as we were adopted into the Family of God, Christians extend their families, bringing in the solitary and abandoned. Christians do not practice rugged individualism. The nuclear family is culturally sub-Biblical. Living in extended-family communities, Christians exercise dominion and resist the pressure of worldly peers who spout the myths of the pre-Christian principalities and powers.
Modernist church hierarchies pressure Christians who question birth control, HMO births, mass-schooling, and Secular Humanist degrees. Christians who practice hospitality, sanctuary, and home Bible-study threaten ecclesiastical monopoly.
The nuclear-armed State is no less hostile to the decentralized provision of social wholeness.
The Creeds say I believe in the Community of Saints. Find out more.
Here are some more doors to take you wherever you think you might find something interesting.
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Presence | | 2. Globalism | | 3.
Theonomy | | 4. Peace | | 5. Family
| | 6. Garden | | 7. Community
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