9. Return to Eden

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the spears with fire.

The Bible: Psalms 46.9

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

The Bible: Isaiah 11. 6 – 9

Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought of as a mere youth.

The Bible: Isaiah 65.20

But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck…

The Bible: Isaiah 66.3

He created the beasts which give you food and warmth and other benefits. How pleasant they look when you bring them home to rest and when you lead them out to pasture!

The Koran: The Bee 5

It would appear that we have the promise of an unbelievably long period of life on Earth called the millennium, when the time of trial is over and we have reached the end of the age. Naturally, we are not going to wake up one day and say, “That’s the time of trial over, today is the first day of the millennium.” It will rather be a gradual transition, probably over thousands of years. The transition will be complete when all the “signs” have occurred.

Let us now do a bit of prophesying, speculating or fantasising of our own as to what this period may be like. This period will be characterised by the fact, that above all, it will be a harmonious balanced period. With the defeat of the beast, violent acts of aggression will be few and far between. Populations will be under control and of optimum size for different regions. The energy revolution will mean that solar panels will be everywhere and they will be the preferred method of energy generation. The equatorial desert regions will be the powerhouses of the world with solar panels covering large areas of desert and sea. These will turn out vast quantities of hydrogen. Redistribution may take place to other parts of the world, where power stations will run off hydrogen. All engine-powered vehicles will also run off hydrogen. There will be no pollution. The food revolution will have transformed our eating habits. The killing of animals for food will be a thing of the past, because the replacements produced in the food factories of the future will be that much better, tastier and more hygienic. Hunting of animals will be outdated. Animals will take their rightful place among us. The breeding and rearing of animals will occur for the ascetic quality they bring to the world. Vast areas will be set-aside for them. The world will be more like a huge garden. Due to the proliferation of food, we will establish feeding stations all over these areas so that the wild will not be so wild anymore. The fact that animals have had to contend with the wild in the past does not mean that they enjoy it that way. Take yourself right now. Would you like to revert to the wild, living rough, catching and growing your own food from scratch? Probably not. Neither do other sentient beings. They can just a easily adapt slowly to a more comfortable lifestyle. It is just a matter of breeding in domestication. My cat, before she went to cat heaven, never killed a thing to my knowledge. Her idea of hunting was to head straight for the kitchen, stand in a certain spot and meow expectantly. All animals would like an easy life given the choice. It is just that it has always been kill or die of starvation. So in the future, groups of animals will be free to wander from one feeding and watering station to another. Since food and water will be freely available, the need for predators to kill their pray will be reduced. We will control animal population sizes humanely by advanced forms of birth control and we will create many jobs in this field. Because of the energy and food revolutions, there will be enough for all and the more fortunate will look after the less fortunate properly. In short, we will be living in harmony with nature in all aspects both physically and spiritually.

Because of the energy and food revolutions, poverty will not exist. There will be sufficient energy produced from the world’s solar panels. In drought areas, this energy will distil seawater or drive condensers, which will condense pure water straight out of the atmosphere.

The human genome, which was fully mapped at the turn of this century, will be more fully understood, along with the genome of many animals and plants. We will see the elimination of all genetic diseases. People will live a lot longer. This will not matter too much because of the lower population and the trend to smaller families. Other fanciful notions that come to mind are those of genetic matching for partners and early realisation of our skills potential. For thousands of years people have consulted astrologers and palmists etc. for advice on compatibility and career directions. We have an inbuilt desire to search for patterns and cut out a lot of the guesswork and random chance in such matters. It may well be that in the future; it will be more appropriate to consult a geneticist. They would give their advice rather than leaving it to chance. For the majority of people, hitting it off with the right partner in the first place would be preferable to making a catastrophic mistake and then having to pick up the pieces. Imagine if you found out in old age, that you had actually been born with the potential to be a brilliant musician or athlete, for example, and never realised it. You could have been stuck in a mundane job, which may have suited a different person, when you could have spent your life realising you full potential in a much more satisfying and profitable area.

There is some quite striking scientific evidence, which shows that we have a built in mechanism already to help us choose a genetically matched partner, in our sense of smell. At the University of Chicago a number of women were given boxes containing T-shirts from different men which had been worn for a couple of days along with a few containing any old household odours. They were asked which one they would like around all the time. It turned out when the genetic profile of each was analysed that they liked the smell of people who were not too similar in genetic make up to themselves, but then again not too dissimilar, in other words somewhere in between. By avoiding those who are too similar, we avoid the inbreeding of genetic traits and defects. The thought is that out breeding, by choosing those that are very different must also be less than desirable. Other experiments have produced the same results for both sexes. There is some speculation as to whether the divorce rate is so high these days, because we tend to mask any bodily smells with artificially produced ones. We also tend to go off looks or financial status matching instead when choosing a partner. So, while “Can I smell your underwear?” may not be the best of introductions for either sex, it may in fact, be quite reliable. If genetic matchmaking became a thing of the future, then it would almost certainly result in a stronger society, which would be more resistant to disease and genetic disorders. This is not to say that you would not have a choice. You would be choosing, but from a restricted gene pool. Anyway, we will leave that flight of fancy.

One of the purposes of school is to help us find out the areas in which our potential lies. In spite of this, it is surprising just how many people lack direction. Even after embarking on a certain career, there are those who feel they have made the wrong choice and decide to start again. Career advisors, as well as looking at qualifications, tend to go off personality questionnaires to get people back on the right track. However, imagine knowing from a very early age what your potential strengths and weaknesses were inherent from your DNA profile. That would surely give you a flying start in life. This is not beyond the realms of possibility. This is almost a future reality.

During the millennium then, we will have achieved our prime directive given to us at the beginning to subdue the Earth. We will have subdued it both from within and without. Earthquakes and volcanoes will no longer take us by surprise resulting in countless deaths and suffering. There is an outside chance that our redistribution of energy from the equatorial regions to cooler latitudes may improve the climate. Hurricanes and tornadoes may be less prevalent. The temperature of the Earth will be under our direct control by our control of the radiation arriving at the Earth from the sun and our control of the greenhouse effect. Due to further revelations on our spiritual nature and the continuity of life and our true place in the Universe, which science eventually got a grip of; people will no longer fear death. We will have fulfilled our destiny in becoming true guardians of the Earth. Jesus asked us to pray for heaven on Earth, as he knew that one day it would arrive.

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