In the contemplation of reality is not one’s perception of what that reality is, the basis for the thought patterns of that individual? And who is to ekeziel picturedeclare what the ultimate reality is to a population that may or may not agree with the definitive statement of one individual over another. Could we say death and taxes are a reality? They are, as long as the consensus is that all will die and while alive taxes are to be extracted from those that live. But a tax is a financial instrument created by a collection of individuals who sought a means of financing government obligations the size of which is itself arbitrary based again upon people deciding what government programs are needed and how far reaching those programs should be. There is need to temporarily tax Americans to finance the war. The war ends and the tax remains with no thought given to end the tax because in the interim government need had grown to such proportions that it would be unconscionable to stop something the people had come to depend upon.This mindset then further cemented a reality that it would be necessary to maintain this tax and further it should be increased because of inflation and other growth issues of a nation. So then acceptance of ongoing ever-increasing tax burden to the citizens became a reality, but this reality is a fabrication of original truth. So then my question is, can you find truth in a perceived reality or is the perceived reality some form of manipulation of a projected truth which may or may not be absolute truth? For example, did the Founders of this nation conceive of a government that was to become as large as the one we now have or was it to be limited in scope and it’s offerings? If we agree with the Founder’s definition in the role and size of a federal government are there now two realities separated only by time and which one is the truth?  Millenniums of politicians have successfully faded original thought on government to direct their discourse over “the issues of the day” lamenting the lack of money to go around, while most leave the capitol far richer than when entering in. This somewhat defines today’s reality but it does not define the Real Reality not to be found in the halls of Congress. Illusion is not reality, deceit is not reality, public relations is not reality. There is no true reality to be found in unregenerate men and women or in their fabricated programs and lies, only a contrived reality further advanced by media, advertising and spokespersons with an agenda to direct thinking and belief to a preplanned end.

There is reality maybe better stated there are a least two realities to most, one we see and interact with daily and there is yet something more not limited by thinking and that Reality is Spiritual..  Both John and Ezekiel open their prophetic books in a similar fashion—to prepare us for an unexpected view: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his slaves the things which must take place in a short time, and communicated it by sending it through his angel to his slave John, who testified about the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who hear the words of the prophecy and observe the things written in it, because the time is near!” (Rev 1:1–3). “And it was in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, and I was in the midst of the exiles by the Kebar River. The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of the king Jehoiachin—the word of Yahweh came clearly to Ezekiel the son of Buzi, the priest, in the land of the Chaldeans at the Kebar River, and the hand of Yahweh was on him there” (Ezek 1:1–3). Both authors open with heavenly visions—God testifying to His people. Both place their prophecies in a particular setting, and both articulate their ideas during tragic, despairing times. We meet John on the island of Patmos, and we meet Ezekiel on a riverbank. But more important than where the visions start is where they take us: to a scenic overlook of reality, not as it appears, but as it is. God is about to reveal what’s really going on Prophets speak truth about what others cannot see and urge them to heed that truth. John and Ezekiel call us to something greater, something unknown. They urge us to act as if time were running out—because it is. It’s only a matter of time until Jesus comes again. The visions of both these prophets declare that God wants to use us here and now for a grand purpose—one that we may not yet comprehend but that we must nonetheless embrace. Their message is clear: Our call may be difficult, but real reality demonstrates God working through me

So in this present reality we may have taxes and yes there is death. But to God’s Children even death has a second reality that is far more real than an entombed grave site to which those of earth mourn. The Christian finds life in death and life everlasting and the only tax to be found is God himself taxing every last grain of sand to bless his children. This my friend is True Reality.

 

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