BLESSED ARE THE MEEK
In the past I have written a great deal about the Kingdom that God has promised to bring forth on the
earth. This article discusses how the energy needs of God's Kingdom are met. Let's start with three
prophecies of that Kingdom.

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be
destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume
all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." (Dan. 2:44).

"But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain (denomination) of the house of the Lord
shall be established in the top of the mountains (among the great denominations), and it shall be
exalted above the hills (unaffiliated churches); and people shall flow unto it. And (the people of) many
nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the
God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of
Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke
strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But
they shall sit
every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the
mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it." (Micah 4:1-4).

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."  (Matt. 5:5).

These three prophecies mean that every family that walks in the Bible Law (God's ways) is given without
payment ("inherits") land in God's Kingdom, in perpetual tax-free ownership, which is defended by the
hosts of God, "none shall make them afraid."

There is a lot of strife as God's Kingdom takes over the earth. For a long time, the Kingdom of God,
which refuses the mark of the beast, is forbidden to buy and sell. This buy-sell edict is prophesied in the
Revelation. Here is the scripture and my comments from an earlier article.

"And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number
of his name." (Rev. 13:17).

""This is a restriction on commerce and three groups are not affected by it. First there are those
individuals that have had a microchip implanted in hand or forehead to be scanned proving that they
have credit. Second, there are those who buy and sell in the name of the beast, these are governments
authorized to make large purchases by the United Nations. Third are those organizations that have the
number of the beast, these are overt and covert groups under direct control of the beast."

""{The mark of the beast is offensive to God. "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud
voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of
His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels,
and in the presence of the Lamb." (Rev.14:9,10).}"" (For a full explanation, see No. 120, "The Mark Of The
Beast.")

The impact of the buy-sell prohibition on the economy of the emerging Kingdom of God is discussed in
No. 112, "The Business Model For The Kingdom Of God." A number of strategies for dealing with the
resulting problems are discussed.

The buy-sell prohibition on energy purchases will force the emerging Kingdom of God into energy self
sufficiency. Fortunately existing and emerging technology will make this possible.

Tractors will be powered by pure soy oil. Unlike biodiesel, which is further processed for use in diesel
engines, pure soy oil has the virtue of simplicity, it can be obtained by mechanical pressing. It is not
used commercially because the oil must be preheated before the engine can be started. Where some
might see that as a problem, I see that as an opportunity for Kingdom farms to manufacture and sell a
tractor attachment that preheats the fuel, first from outside sources, then from engine heat.

In general, a bushel of dried soybeans (about 60 pounds) produces over 10 pounds of soy oil and about
48 pounds of soy meal, the exact proportions depend on the method of extraction. A gallon of soy oil
weighs 8 pounds. So a field that harvests 30 bushels an acre could yield up to 40 gallons of soybean oil
per acre,

Plowing and harvesting using a tractor requires between 1 and 2 gallons of fuel per acre, while other
field operations, for example cultivating, require less that 1 gallon per acre. It is therefore possible to
determine the total amount of fuel oil necessary for production of all the farm's crops and plant
soybeans accordingly.

There are various other oils that could be used for tractor fuel, but soy oil stands out for a number of
reasons. Soybeans, like all beans, improve the soil by adding nitrogen, so they are a valuable rotation
crop. Soybeans are easy to grow. The soy meal, which is left after the oil has been pressed out, is
valuable both as people and animal food (although soybeans must have their toxic hulls removed and
be thoroughly cooked to destroy naturally occurring toxins in the bean itself). So a farm primarily
devoted to growing organic soybeans, could both sell soy oil and can organic mock meat made from soy
meal. Mock meat is a vegetarian staple.

Although the Kingdom of God is not truly vegetarian, most farms will have only small herds for milk and
chickens for eggs. Excess young male animals will be eaten on Feast days, excess chickens will
enhance Sabbath meals and fish will be an occasional treat. (Pigs and rabbits are called unclean in the
Bible and will not be eaten on Kingdom farms. See Lev. 11:6-8).

The daily staple foods of the Kingdom farms are whole grains, vegetables, milk, eggs, fruits and nuts.
Soyburgers, soysage, Italian or Swedish soyballs, and tofu are some of the highly nutritious soy-based
accent foods that will enliven Kingdom meals.

Soy oil can supply a farm's tractor fuel needs, however, because of farm size limits, other power needs
must be met in other ways. Once again, the goal is energy self sufficiency. The choice of type of
electricity producing device is dictated by the location of the farm. In sunny areas solar power is the
obvious first choice. Wind energy devices may suit some locations better, but the gears of wind devices
tend to fail due to the buffeting of the wind. Solar energy devices are the first choice.

A company called Nanosolar has changed the face of solar panels in the last five years. Rather than
making solar electricity cells using silicon than assembling the cells into panels, the Nanosolar process
simply prints a sheet of thin aluminum with an ink made up of a compound semiconductor material
composed of copper, indium, gallium, and selenium. The result is a panel which costs about one-tenth
of the price of a silicon cell panel.

In the lab, the printed solar panels produce about 80% of the electricity of silicon cell panels. As
currently manufactured, 60% production is more likely. Defense contractors have developed flexible
panels, for use in tents or uniforms, that produce about 20% of the electricity produced by silicon cell
panels. The time is ripe for development of roofing materials that produce electricity. There will be a
market for such materials in the Kingdom of God.

The church which calls the Kingdom of God with a prophetic message explaining the Bible (this one and
others, past and future) establishes small farming communities and promotes farm based businesses.
See No. 112, "The Business Model For The Kingdom Of God" for more details. Further details are also
found in another article on this site. Here's a quote.

"The Kingdom of God must obtain farmland in order to sustain its economic activity. After the tithe,
which supports the priesthood and the religious outreach, is paid from profits, most of the remainder
will be used to buy and develop farms.

"Some farms will require more development than others, for example orchards and vineyards take
several years to produce income, and dairy farms and farms growing field crops require equipment. All
require minimal prefab housing (kitchen, bathroom, and all purpose room) designed to serve as the
core of an expanding farmhouse. As soon as the farms can support a family, they will be given to a family
that accepts a mortgage for the cost of land and development." (No. 117, "Lessons From Jonestown").

"The farms themselves will carry very unconventional mortgages.
No mortgage will ever be foreclosed.
The payment on the mortgage will be 40% of the annual crops, that 40% plus the 10% tithe means that
farmers who obtain their land through the Kingdom of God will be 50% sharecroppers until the mortgage
is paid off. Interest on the mortgage will be 10%. Interest and payments will be used to buy more farms
and settle more people." (No. 112, "The Business Model For The Kingdom Of God").

The "minimal prefab housing" mentioned above will have solar electricity generating devices on its roof.

I lived off the grid for about 9 years in Texas. I had a 12 volt battery and an inverter, silicon cell solar
panels, plexiglass panels on the south facing wall to collect solar heat, a wood stove for backup
heating, a generator for backup electricity, 12 volt lights and a 12 volt water pump. I also had a milk goat,
chickens, fish in the pond, a huge garden and an old Volvo.

Based on my experiences, I would recommend that the "minimal prefab building" should have panels or
windows on the south wall to collect solar heat, a wood stove (big for the north and small for the south),
a 12 volt battery pack and exclusively 12 volt lights and appliances (no inverter to create 120 voltage
would be required) and, as mentioned above, solar electricity generating devices on its roof.

All these things should be manufactured on Kingdom of God farms. It would be impossible to sustain the
economy of the Kingdom of God if all components needed were not fabricated internally. If the 10% tithe
is to support the government of the Kingdom of God and its programs, then every person in the
Kingdom of God must have the opportunity to become a rich entrepreneur. At very least, there must be
full employment. The prefab housing, the 12 volt lights and appliances, and the solar devices should all
be made on Kingdom farms.

Our world is an extraordinarily wasteful place. If we tried to explain it to an extraterrestrial, he or she
would think we were crazy. We ship goods thousands of miles, burning thousands of gallons of scarce
fuel in a combustion that is raising the temperature of our planet, when we could easily make these
goods locally. Why do we do this? So the shipping businesses can make money and so that
manufacturing businesses on the opposite side of the earth can make money and so that the fuel
companies can make money.

Does this benefit our country or ourselves or our children? No, but we do it anyway, because our
leaders tell us that it is good for us and it has certainly been good for them. Most of them are
millionaires.

The Kingdom of God dispenses with all this craziness. The operative word is local. In addition to the
requirement for full employment, there is the buy-sell prohibition which will restrict purchases of fuel
for transportation. Local Kingdom of God communities must be as self-sufficient as possible. Each
farming community will have its own store.

"The Kingdom of God stores would be run as community businesses, and while they will not be free to
those who provide their products, at least 90% of the purchase price (in money or credits) should be
paid to the supplier." (No. 112, "The Business Model For The Kingdom Of God"). In conjunction with the
stores, there will be a barter exchange.

"Because of the buy and sell ban, commerce by barter will be encouraged within and between Kingdom
of God communities. To facilitate the growth of barter, the leadership of the Kingdom of God will
establish a barter exchange, a service free to tithe payers. The barter exchange will evaluate (assign
credits) to various commodities and maintain a website dedicated to objects wanted and objects offered.

"Non tithe payers could use this service, however 25% of the commodities they offer would be taken as
a donation to the Kingdom of God for the evaluation of their offering and the use of the barter
exchange. (Standard rates given on the website would apply to recycles, used construction materials,
durable used clothing in good condition, etc.) During the buy and sell ban (or perhaps before), credits
from the barter exchange would be used to purchase products in the Kingdom of God stores." (No. 112,
"The Business Model For The Kingdom Of God").

That brings us to transportation. Let's start with moving goods between stores. Because of the buy-sell
prohibition, businesses that handle this transportation should be owned by tithe payers living outside
of the farming communities. The trucks or vans should be small and travel fully loaded if at all possible.

Personal transportation can be handled in a number of ways. For cheapness, the bicycle excels. Bicycle
fuel is your food, specifically, you must eat
whole grains for energy. White bread and white rice simple
don't provide enough energy for the older bicycle rider. Their widespread use explains why America is a
nation of middle aged couch potatoes.

For longish distances or substantial loads, an adult tricycle with a battery driven motor to help with the
hills might be a good choice. Prosperous farmers might opt for a battery powered car charged at night
by a wind energy device, or charged every other day by the solar roof on the barn. The community store
might operate a cheap bus or taxi service for residents using electric golf carts. Obviously, individuals
and communities will solve the problem of individual transportation in the best way for them.

Cooking and heating water present challenges. When I lived off the grid, I had a solar oven, but rarely
used it. I cooked on a wood stove during the cool months. My wood stove had a home made brick oven
built onto one side, topped by the door from an old stove. I had to turn the food at the midpoint of
baking, but the oven worked very well. I used a camp stove and a home made sheet metal propane
oven in the summer months. Year round, I used a home made propane water heater with a copper coil
during showers. The water passing through the coil was heated for a comfortable shower. Everyone on
my farm took showers one after another, so bath time was something of a production, but no fuel was
wasted keeping water hot all the time.

Based on my experiences and study, I would recommend solar hot water heaters, with a winter backup
consisting of a metal coil wrapped around or running through the stove pipe above your wood stove.
My brick stove side oven was easy to build and worked well so I recommend it. Solar ovens do work and
you can bake in them but the process is lengthy. A better design than the solar oven I had is needed. I
would recommend a summer outdoor kitchen, with a kiln for baking bread or casseroles and a barbecue
pit for grilled fish, soydogs, pots of beans, etc. (Microwaves alter foods in unhealthful ways and should
not be used.)

If you have a factory that produces waste heat, consider weird solutions. For example, use the waste
heat to run a bakery or a family bathhouse or prepare food for community meals at the factory.

Living off the grid, I had neither an air conditioner nor a fan. Instead, thirty percent of the walls in my
house came down during the summer as I took down the outside sheet metal siding and the inside
sheets of insulation to reveal the screening inside the walls. I spent the summer living on what was
effectively a screen porch. My house sat atop the north bank of my pond and since the prevailing winds
were from the south in the summer, the temperature inside my house was about 5 degrees cooler than
the temperature in the fields. Although the afternoons were steaming, the house cooled off quickly at
night.

If I had the money for it, I would have run air pipes through the pond and underground into the house,
closed windows in the heat of the day, and used a wind turbine with optional power to remove hot air
and pull in cool air. Peak daytime heating occurs during periods of peak solar power, so the wind
turbine and perhaps a fan (to pull the cool air in) could be run in the hot afternoons.

By necessity and design, the Kingdom of God is very energy efficient. It's factories are on its farms,
powered by solar or wind power (or if unavoidable, partially by soy oil) and the factories are staffed by
family members and neighbors. Commutes are generally short and don't require fossil fuels. Schools are
in the community. Transportation of goods and food will be optimized by full loads, but still will be
substantial, for example loads of oranges going north and loads of apples going south.

Our world wastes a lot of energy, Goods which could be produced locally are shipped long distances.
Workers travel long distances to jobs. Almost all factories run on fossil fuels. Home designs ignore
cross ventilation and solar heating, so houses must have central air conditioning and heating.

The answer to the wastefulness of our society is the careful utilization of resources in the Kingdom of
God. I have long believed that the buy-sell prohibition was a blessing in disguise, primarily because it
would wake up Christians and send them fleeing to God's Kingdom. But recently I have understood that
the buy-sell prohibition is the means that God will use to turn our world from the black of oil to the
green of solar and wind.  

Amo Paul Bishop Roden

P.S. I have recently been chastised for preaching fixing America, with the implication that I should forget
America and stick to preaching God's Kingdom. However, I don't believe these messages are
incompatible. Because of the charitable acts of American Christians, America will be one of the nations
who Christ judges worthy to be part of the Kingdom of God. (See Matt. 25:31-46 and Rev. 11:15).