Vine & Fig Tree

Vine & Fig Tree is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.
Our mission is to help bring about the fulfillment of Micah's "Vine & Fig Tree" prophecy (Micah 4:1-7).

Supporting: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, sobriety
Opposing: Secularism, Humanism, Anti-Family Sex, Hedonism, Autonomy, Totalitarianism, and Mass Death

The name "Vine & Fig Tree" comes from the fourth chapter of the prophet Micah, and is set forth here. You've probably heard Micah's words before -- we beat our "swords into plowshares" and everyone dwells safely under their own "Vine & Fig Tree.

America's Founding Fathers were familiar with this vision: "Vine & Fig Tree" is the worldview that made America "the greatest nation on God's green earth." It  could be called "The Original American Dream."

Our Goal for the Planet:

The message of the angels to the shepherds on the first Christmas:

And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest,
peace on earth
among men in whom He is well pleased.

Our Goal for You:

To be one in whom God is well pleased:

His lord said unto him, `Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.' Matthew 25:21

Our programs are designed to transform you into:

  • An Extraordinary American
  • An Extraordinary Christian
  • An Extraordinary Human Being

  “Vine & Fig Tree”  in American History

Two centuries ago, the “Vine & Fig Tree” vision transformed America into the most prosperous and admired nation in human history. Tragically, we then experienced The Paradox of Deuteronomy 8: God blessed us, but we forgot God and said, "My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:17), and then God judged our pride by turning our prosperity into bankruptcy and admiration into ridicule and hate. The United States is now despised around the world as a self-centered post-Christian bully.

George Washington's Diaries are available online at the Library of Congress. The LOC.GOV website introduces Washington's writings with these words:

No theme appears more frequently in the writings of Washington than his love for his land. The diaries are a monument to that concern. In his letters he referred often, as an expression of this devotion and its resulting contentment, to an Old Testament passage. After the Revolution, when he had returned to Mount Vernon, he wrote the Marquis de Lafayette on Feb. 1, 1784:

"At length my Dear Marquis I am become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, & under the shadow of my own Vine & my own Fig-tree."

This phrase occurs at least 11 times in Washington's letters.

"And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree" (2 Kings 18:31).

"Under My Own Vine and Fig Tree, 1798" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, Lora Robins Collection of Virginia Art, Virginia Historical Society
Under My Own Vine and Fig Tree, 1798
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
Virginia Historical Society
Lora Robins Collection of Virginia Art

      Peter Lillback, author of a 1,000-page study of Washington's life and thought, has found more than 40 references to the  “Vine and Fig Tree” vision in Washington's Papers. Other scholars keep finding more, it seems.
      Many other American Founders wrote of this ideal.
      "Vine & Fig Tree" is the original "American Dream."
      The phrase occurs a number of times in Scripture. These references are visual reminders of the Hebrew word for salvation, which means
• peace,
• wholeness,
• health,
• welfare, and
• private property free from pirates and princes.
When today's Americans hear the word "salvation," they usually think about going to heaven when they die. When the writers of the Bible used the word "salvation," they wanted you to be thinking about dwelling safely under your own Vine & Fig Tree during this life -- much more often than they wanted you to be thinking about what you'll be doing in the afterlife.

Let's start by looking at Micah's prophecy (on the left) and asking a few frequently-asked questions (on the right):

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
  Are we in the "last days?"

When did this establishment take place?

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,
Is Christianity doomed to minority status throughout history? Hasn't Christianity been growing since the first century?
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.
  What should be the Christian's attitude toward the Law? Isn't every Word of a "Lord" "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.
Are we commanded to beat our swords into plowshares today? Or do we wait for the Second Coming?

Are Christians "pacifists?"
And each of them will sit under his   What about private property?
Vine and under his  fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.
What about technology? What about the military? What is it that really brings "security?"
Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
  What if all the politicians, university professors, TV commentators, bloggers, newspaper editors, rock stars, scientists, CEO's, athletes, authors, and think-tanks repudiate the Vine & Fig Tree vision and tell you not to believe it?
In that day, saith the LORD,
will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
    and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.
Should we strive to be on top, or to help those on the bottom? Is God on the side of those who have accomplished much by their own power and initiative, or is He on the side of those who are willing to be used by God to accomplish much to His Glory?

Although the “Vine & Fig Tree” vision was cherished in the past, it is despised and hated in the present. In the past, atheists were "in the closet." Today they are open and public opponents of our society learning about God's ways and walking in His paths. But even church-goers have been trained to oppose the “Vine & Fig Tree” vision. In order to bring about the “Vine & Fig Tree” world, there must be a general agreement around this simple proposition:

Jesus is the Christ

Most Christians agree on these facts:

Jesus of Nazareth was

  • born of a virgin
  • in a stable in Bethlehem
  • was tortured to death by the Empire
  • rose from the dead on the third day
  • ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven
  • commanded His followers to "make disciples of every nation"

Therefore Jesus is the Christ.

In 2017, almost nobody believes that statement to be true.

Most people might think that the juxtaposition of "Jesus" and "Christ" is obvious. But when you dig deeper, it appears that this is the most controversial proposition on planet earth.

  • Jews don't believe that Jesus is the Christ ("Christ" means "Messiah").
  • Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists don't believe that Jesus is the Messiah, fulfilling Old Testament prophets who voiced the Word of our Creator-God.
  • Atheists don't believe anyone is or ever will be a "messiah."

And -- most surprisingly -- the vast, overwhelming majority of professing, church-going (or non-churching) Christians do not believe that Jesus is the Christ today.

  • Maybe they believe that Jesus has the "right" to be the Christ
  • Maybe they believe that Jesus offered to be the Messiah, but the Jews rejected His offer, so He settled for offering them a ticket to heaven when they die ("Savior," but not "King"). (An offer they also reject, because who wants to spend eternity hanging out with a deluded con-man who falsely claimed to be the Messiah and rejected the Law and the Prophets [held dear by the Jews]?)
  • Most likely they believe that Jesus will someday ("soon") become the Messiah, when He comes again, a second time.
  • But they all agree that Jesus is not -- today -- reigning as Messiah (exercising His rightful powers at full level, high-octane, from a throne in Jerusalem). The Messianic reign is for tomorrow, not today.

This website defends the proposition that Jesus is the Messiah right now, and has fulfilled or is fulfilling all the "messianic prophecies" -- even those prophecies most Christians reserve for "the millennium."

Jesus is the Christ

The two most controversial words in that statement are the words "IS" and "THE."


Most church-going Christians believe that Jesus will become the Messiah at a future Christmas, a future advent, a future "Second Coming." But the word "IS" -- present tense -- is the wrong word to use about Jesus being the Messiah. To say that Jesus "is" the Messiah is to say that He already became the Messiah and began ruling in the past. The word "preterit" is from the Latin word for "past," and the idea that Jesus began ruling as Messiah in the past is called "the heresy of preterism." 


The word "Christ" also has many meanings. The basic meaning is "anointed," as in "king" (Matthew 21:5 ), e.g., "King of Israel" (John 1:49). Jesus is also called a "Ruler" (Micah 5:2), a "Potentate" (1 Timothy 6:15 ), a "Governor" (Matthew 2:6 ), a "Captain" (Hebrews 2:10 ), a "Prince" (Isaiah 9:6 ), and many other words (some of which we aren't familiar with in our day, like "Horn" [Luke 1:69 ]) which are political in nature.

Many political terms can be inferred:

  • Jesus is a "servant," which is another word for "minister," and Jesus is surely the "Prime Minister."
  • In his inaugural address, George Washington spoke of "that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations." The one who "presides" is the "president."
  • Jesus is our King, our Lawgiver, and our Judge (Isaiah 33:22) -- all three branches of government under the U.S. Constitution.

Our point is that Jesus is the -- THE -- the ONLY -- legitimate king, prince, ruler, president, prime minister, governor, legislator, judge, and potentate. If Christians would simply practice what they preach -- by obeying His commandments -- we will have a peaceful, orderly, and prosperous society -- the “Vine & Fig Tree” society.

Jesus said the kings of the gentiles love to impose their will on other people by political and military force, but Christ's followers are not to do these things (Mark 10:42-45). Mark uses the Greek word from which we get our English word "anarchist." He says the kings of the Gentiles love to be "archists." But Christians are NOT to be "archists." A Christian historian named John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, also known as "Lord Acton," said "Power corrupts." That is, the desire to have the "authority" to subject people to violence if they don't do what you want them to do, makes you less of a Christian. To say that Jesus is the -- THE -- the ONLY -- legitimate king, prince, ruler, president, prime minister, governor, legislator, judge, and potentate, is to say that all other earthly kings, princes, rulers, presidents, prime ministers, governors, legislators, judges, and potentates are illegitimate usurpers, corrupt, and anti-Christ.

I know what you're thinking. "What are you, some kind of ANARCHIST?" That suspicion is the kind of reaction we were all taught to have in schools run by earthly kings, princes, rulers, presidents, prime ministers, governors, legislators, judges, and potentates. We are never taught what Jesus taught.

So some folks will say all this talk about Jesus being THE Ruler -- the only legitimate Ruler -- will lead to "anarchy." Obeying Jesus as the Christ will certainly lead to the elimination of bloodthirsty empires and their Caesars, Pharaohs, and Führers. But it will certainly not lead to chaos and lawlessness (which is what most people have been trained to think of when they hear the word "anarchism" or contemplate the absence of "archists" in the swordless Kingdom of Christ). It will lead to the “Vine & Fig Tree” society.


Seven Themes in Micah's Vine & Fig Tree Prophecy
Answering Controversy with Comfort

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Clicking that button will initiate an hour-long audio "tour" of the Seven  Vine & Fig Tree Themes.

  Micah's Prophecy (Micah 4:1-7)
Archetypes Controversy Comfort
1 And it will come about in the last days
[For the LORD of hosts has spoken.]
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


vs. "Free Will"
Chose birth?
• Nobody used "free will" to come into existence
• Real issue: The nature of the Creator | Person or Mud
"Free Will" = imago dei | Image of God
 • reason
 • planning for future
 • symphonies
Protection is an act of love
Prayer  = anti-deism
      "Last Days"

V&FT "impossible even for God."

Predestinated tribulation?
No. Vine & Fig Tree
2 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,


Conversion of the Gentiles

One religion is superior to the others

One has caught our attention: jihadism

blow-up vs. convert

Peace is possible
Peace is inevitable
3 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.
And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.


• The God who gave you life deserves your respect
Every Word this God speaks deserves your attention/obedience
• Bible is not just for "private" religion, "down in your heart"
• Also for public policy
Textbook for every area
When Americans learned the Bible in public schools (and public schools were Bible schools), America was the most prosperous, most admired nation on earth.    Now U.S. exports weapons and pornography.

Laws of Nature and of Nature's God.

"judgmental" vs. Hitler

4 [And each of them will sit under his
Vine and under his fig tree,]


Male + Female
Father + mother

Family = "undemocratic"

When families are functional, the State is unnecessary;
Archism is suppressed

Adams: mothers:
religion + morality

5 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.


Thou shalt not kill

Thou shalt not steal


Pacifism = "criminals will take over"
really? More people will die under pacifism than under archism?
More money will be confiscated under pacifism than under archists?

Slavery is an inescapable concept.

  • OT = violence, slavery
  • Jesus = irrelevant utopian hippie; not
    "practical" or "realistic."


6 And each of them will sit under his
Vine and under his Fig Tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.


Agrarianism vs. technology


Garden of Eden / City of God

Wilderness vs. Garden

"False weights and Measures."

7 Though all the peoples walk
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, saith the LORD
       will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.


social darwinism

immigration vs. "enumerated powers."

works of mercy vs. focus on "winners," celebrities, power-brokers
  "Iron Sharpens Iron"


Purpose is not to have a fight or
shout-over like Fox News
Don't sign up if you just want to tell us we're wrong.

Bereans, search scriptures

"I'll have to think about this"

"This is what I've always been looking for"

How a  Vine & Fig Tree World "Really" Works

Most people will describe the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision as "impractical," "utopian" and "unrealistic." Probably everyone in 2017 would describe those on board the Mayflower, leaving the Netherlands in 1620 in a rickety old boat (by today's standards) headed across the angry Atlantic Ocean for "the New World" as nut-case religious "extremists." But their "City upon a Hill" eventually worked. Better than anything in human history.

In the last 60 years, however, the United States government has killed, crippled, or made homeless tens of millions of innocent non-combatant civilians in an attempt to impose "secular" (atheistic) "democracy" (corporate fascism) on the world. During the last 100 years, "secular" governments have killed an average of 10,000 born people each and every single day of the century. (The figure does not include "legal" killings of unborn people, which now take place 135,000 times a day around the world.) The post-Christian United States is now the most evil and dangerous government on the planet.

But government-approved, university-trained, media-whitewashed mass death is "responsible," "respectable," "practical," and "realistic." "Swords into plowshares" is "utopian" and can never happen. Or so we are told.

On this page is described how the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision could actually be implemented in "the real world." [note] Here is an excerpt:

Q.4: What are you promoting in place of "archism?"

A: Liberty Under God.

Liberty Under God
Under Archists

A Christian worldview:
  1. zero-aggression policy
    rely on persuasion, not force, coercion, and threats of violence
    [learn more]
The Archist:
  1. initiates force against others
  1. "turn the other cheek,"
    not vengeance; (1 Corinthians 6:7)
    I'd rather be a martyr than a revolutionary
  1. engages in punitive retaliatory vengeance
  1. respects private property,  no theft
  1. does not respect others' rights to private property
  1. "Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40)
    Free Market Institutions of Systematic Reconciliation/Restitution
  1. creates disorder, chaos, instability, riots -- violent overthrow of competing archists;
  1. The peaceful "Vine & Fig Tree" society
    "The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God"
  1. promotes the religion of Secular Humanism: "every man his own god."
    monarchy, oligarchy, socialism, fascism, "the dictatorship of the proletariat," "crony capitalism," democracy, republicanism, etc.
    "The State is god walking on the earth" --
    Georg W.F. Hegel

In a nutshell:

Liberty Under God

Liberty Under God is the philosophy that made America
the most prosperous and most admired nation in history.
America is now bankrupt and despised even by former admirers
because we have abandoned Liberty Under God
in favor of "Security Under Man"

By "LibertyI mean
Freedom from Archists  (burglars, "the Red Coats," etc.)
By "Under God" I do not mean
the god of Osama bin Ladin.
  • I mean the God of Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and America's Founding Fathers:
    • James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," would say that Osama bin Ladin's religion is a "false religion." (Happily, not all Muslims share Osama's religion.)
    • I mean the True Religion.
  • I mean Jesus Christ

Q.5: "Wait a minute . . . . Aren't you illegally mixing politics and religion?"

Kevin Craig opposes the modern myth of "separation of church and state." The real meaning of the modern phrase is "the separation of God and State." It no longer refers to "churches," or as Madison often called them, "ecclesiastical bodies." Any government that will not acknowledge itself to be under God is a government that believes it is God.

False Religions

The modern idea of "Separation of Church and State" is an evil lie. While the modern Supreme Court declares that America is a "secular" nation, for the first 100 years after the Constitution was ratified, the Supreme Court frequently acknowledged that America was a Christian nation. And the more consistently America was Christian, the less archist America was.

On May 2, 1778, George Washington ordered the troops:

The commander-in-chief directs that divine service be performed every Sunday at eleven o'clock in those brigades [in] which there are chaplains; those which have none [are] to attend the places of worship nearest to them. It is expected that officers of all ranks will by their attendance set an example to their men. While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. The signal instances of providential goodness which we have experienced, and which have now almost crowned our labors with complete success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all good.
— George Washington, General Orders, May 2, 1778 The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol. XI:342-343.

The Delaware Indian Chiefs came to Washington inquiring how they could leave their world of superstition and poverty, and become more like the Americans. On May 12, 1779, George Washington coached them:

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention.
The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol 15, p.55.

George Washington to New Hampshire Founding Father Meshech Weare, June 8, 1783:

I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.
 a Circular Letter of Farewell to the Continental Army, containing "my final blessing to that Country, in whose service I have spent the prime of my life."
Inscribed on a bronze tablet adjoining the Washington pew in St. Paul's chapel in New York City.

Can we know for sure who is the Divine Author of our blessed Religion? Could it have been Muhammad? On July 9, 1812, President James Madison proclaimed a day of prayer,

to be set apart for the devout purposes of rendering the Sovereign of the Universe and the Benefactor of Mankind the public homage due to His holy attributes; of acknowledging the transgressions which might justly provoke the manifestations of His divine displeasure; of seeking His merciful forgiveness and His assistance in the great duties of repentance and amendment, that He would inspire all nations with a love of justice and of concord and with a reverence for the unerring precept of our holy religion to do to others as they would require that others should do to them.

"Our religion" is Christianity.

If elected I will follow James Madison's advice to vote against any bill which does not promote Christianity, the "true religion." In one of his most famous speeches, Madison, the "father of the Constitution," gave his reasons for opposing proposed legislation:

Because, the policy of the bill is adverse to the diffusion of the light of Christianity. The first wish of those who enjoy this precious gift, ought to be that it may be imparted to the whole race of mankind. Compare the number of those who have as yet received it with the number still remaining under the dominion of false Religions; and how small is the former! Does the policy of the Bill tend to lessen the disproportion? No; it at once discourages those who are strangers to the light of (revelation) from coming into the Region of it; and countenances, by example the nations who continue in darkness, in shutting out those who might convey it to them. Instead of levelling as far as possible, every obstacle to the victorious progress of truth, the Bill with an ignoble and unchristian timidity would circumscribe it, with a wall of defence, against the encroachments of error.

The Disciples were given a "Great Commission":

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and make every nation a Christian nation,
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
Matthew 28:18-20

During the first 100 years after the Constitution was ratified, courts -- including the Supreme Court of the United States -- repeated on numerous occasions that America was a Christian nation, including the notable 1892 case of Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States. Only someone ignorant of the facts or with a secularist agenda would ever say that America was not originally a Christian nation.

But Washington D.C. does not always act consistently with "the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion" -- to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and to not be like "the kings of the Gentiles." America has never been 100% consistent with "the religion of Jesus Christ." Of all the political parties, I think the precepts of the True Religion are best reflected by the Pledge required of all members of the Libertarian Party:


  1. I do not believe in or advocate
    the initiation of force
    as a means of achieving political or social goals.

Beyond the initiation of force, the religion of Jesus Christ prohibits the return of force:


  1. I do not believe in the return of force -- no retaliatory, punitive vengeance
  • Returning Force Against Private Force
  • Returning Force Against Government Force
  • The Myth of "Self-Defense"
    • Christians seek to prevent evil from occurring.
    • There are ways to defend yourself against aggression;
      that is, to prevent an act of aggression from happening.
      • Lock the door
      • Use a shield
      • Run away.
    • But once the act of aggression has taken place
         and you have been aggressed against,
         then initiating a second act of aggression against the aggressor is not "self-defense."
      You're no longer defending yourself,
         you're on the offense;
         you're taking vengeance.
         You're not preventing violence, you're adding to the world's violence.
    • The myth of personal self-defense
    • The myth of "National Defense"
  • Reconciliation through Repentance, Not Vengeance or "punishment"
    • Goal + Process = repentance and reconciliation
    • Competing Free Market Institutions of Systematic, Reconciliation and Restitution
      • Free Market Dispute Resolution Agencies
    • Do not return evil for evil; overcome evil with good (Romans 12; more)
      Do not return force for force, but return incentives to reconcile for force.
    • Archists (in their hearts) will pretend to not be archists (in society).


  1. Private Property - Individualism, not collectivism


  1. Order, not chaos/disorder
  • "Let all things be done decently and in order"
  • throughout society, not just in your home or church
  • Liberty is the mother of order; archism is the father of chaos.
  • America's Founding Fathers would say America today is chaotic and disordered, even though we have archists which are a thousand times more numerous and more powerful than the "swarms" of archists who plagued America in 1776.
  • Archists are the greatest source of disorder and instability in our world today.
  • Education:
    • The Founders insisted that the primary purpose of public education was to teach religion and morality, because order is maintained by religion and morality, not by archism.
    • Archists in Washington D.C. have prohibited local public schools from teaching students that the Declaration of Independence is really true
    • Archists are at war with "our holy religion" and with Christian morality
  • Economics:
    • Archists cause economic recessions/depressions, the "boom-bust" of the "business cycle," and economic disorder; compounded by archist confiscation and redistribution of wealth known as "bailouts." Archists are an obstacle to the economic stability and predictability needed for long-term investment.
  • International Relations:
    • Archists destabilize and overthrow competing archists on a far greater scale than so-called "anarchists."
      • The government of Iran was overthrown in 1953 by U.S. and British Intelligence, which led to the Iranian Revolution, then U.S. support for Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran..
      • The International Islamic Jihad from Afghanistan to Kosovo to the U.S. was created with American dollars beginning before the Carter Administration to destabilize and overthrow the Soviet Union, including the building of Mosques throughout Eurasia and printing of Korans with Wahabbi notes. "America Made Islam"
      • The CIA in Indonesia, 1965-1967
      • CIA destabilizes Guatemalan government Guatemala in 1954, and other governments in Latin America
    • Would Jesus Celebrate Archist Warmakers' Day?


  1. God's Law, not Man's Law
We have been trained to think of "anarchy" as a situation where every man is his own god. But if Jesus is Lord, then we ought to obey His command not to be "archists." A world without archists is a world of peace, cooperation, harmony, and Free Markets, with everyone dwelling safely under his own "Vine & Fig Tree."

Let's take another look at Micah's prophecy (on the left) and a few notes about the Biblical worldview Micah presents (on the right):

Micah 4:1-7

Now it shall come to pass in the last days
      That the mountain
            of the LORD’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
      Many nations shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD ,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
      He shall judge between many peoples,
And rebuke strong nations afar off;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.
      But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
And no one shall make them afraid;
For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
      For all people walk each in the name of his god,
But 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.

Micah 4:1-7



  —The last days of the Old Covenant
  Four rivers flowed out of the elevated Garden of Eden
  We as Christians are this house
  All religions are not equal
  Christ is King over all
  All nations and races are invited to this House
  The invitation will continue to be accepted
  The world will be Christianized
  All people will learn God's Word
         and obey His Commandments.
  It takes more than mere mental assent
         to become a Christian
  Christ the King will be recognized as the true King;
  nations will conform to His authority
  We will build, not bomb:
  grow, and not destroy
  International conflict will end when all nations
         follow the Prince of Peace.
  Private property will be respected
  Families will prosper.
  "It shall come to pass" because God is Sovereign
         He is in control
  We will not worry about what others say
         or seek their approval.
 The way we treat the weakest in society
         is the way we treat Christ Himself.
  God uses those on the margins
         and those who have been humbled by
         His chastising judgments.
  He strengthens them
  And reigns through them.
  All this began on the first Christmas Day.

Believing this prophecy and working for its fulfillment is what it means to be human.
Walking in God's paths and converting aggression and hatred into healing and love is why God put us here.

Here is a survey of The Vine & Fig Tree Worldview, as seen through a number of different V&FT websites I've created over the years. You don't need to tell me that I have a lot to learn about creating attractive websites. Different websites allow us to target different audiences. Traffic to similar-sounding domains can be tracked by the Marketing Department. Vine & Fig Tree has registered over 100 domains.

| Self-Evident Truths | Theocracy | The Bible | God's Sovereignty | Theonomy | Eschatology |
| America | Capitalism | Christian Reconstruction | Education | Coaching | Church | Politics |
| Creationism | Prayer | Extremism! |

The Vine & Fig Tree Homepage, .com
This is currently the master domain that presently holds the majority of all of Vine & Fig Tree's webpages, exploring the various implications of Micah's Vine & Fig Tree prophecy and suggestions on how to create a society where we beat our swords into plowshares and dwell safely under our own Vine & Fig Tree. These files are going to be moved to

Most Christians look forward to Micah's age of peace. Vine and Fig Tree differs from most other Christian organizations in our commitment to bring Micah's "Vine and Fig Tree" prophecy to fulfillment before the Second Coming of Christ. This idea strikes many Christians as heretical -- and many atheists as a delusion. Before they will be ready to be shown how to do so, they need to go through a program to convince them that it is legitimate to try. Accordingly, we have divided this list of V&FT websites into two parts:

  1. The Legitimacy of Working to Fulfill Micah's "Vine and Fig Tree" Vision
  2. The Tools to Help Fulfill Micah's "Vine and Fig Tree" Vision

Once you accept the goal of working to fulfill Micah's "Vine and Fig Tree" Prophecy, you'll hunger for the tools. But Part 1 is the hardest part. It requires rethinking many old, cherished ideas. Once those ideas have been turned inside out, it is possible to begin developing the skills needed to build on Micah's blueprint.

Part 1 - The Legitimacy of Working to Fulfill Micah's "Vine and Fig Tree" Vision


What is a "worldview?" It's becoming a popular word in some circles. A Worldview is a pair of glasses through which you view the world. It is the foundation upon which you build the structure of your life. It is the grid which filters and sorts billions of facts and makes sense out of life. A worldview can be active or passive, Christian or secular:

  • Active: "It is my destiny to rule over others."
  • Passive: "I'll never amount to much. I just take what comes my way."
  • Christian: "God created me to enrich the lives of those in my family and my fellowman."
  • Secular: "The universe is an accident. Mankind just evolved. I just do what I'm told. Maybe I'll win the lottery."

"Self-Evident Truths"

Vine and Fig Tree will be considered by most Americans to be a "radical" or "extremist" organization. Sam Adams' call for America to declare independence from Britain was considered by some to be radical and extremist, and many Americans did not actively support it.

Many people who are criticized as "extremists" are justly criticized for supporting a bad idea or cause (e.g., racism, jihad), and doing so in an obnoxious or violent manner. We believe there is no higher, more noble, or more ethical cause than working to bring about Micah's "Vine and Fig Tree" vision, and we are committed to doing so in a logical, winsome, and peaceful manner.

Psalm 19 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
 1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
         And the firmament shows His handiwork.
 2 Day unto day utters speech,
         And night unto night reveals knowledge.
 3 There is no speech nor language
         Where their voice is not heard.
 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
         And their words to the end of the world.         
         In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
 5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
         And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
 6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
         And its circuit to the other end;
         And there is nothing hidden from its heat.         
 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;
         The testimony of the L
ORD is sure, making wise the simple;
 8 The statutes of the L
ORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
         The commandment of the L
ORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
 9 The fear of the L
ORD is clean, enduring forever;
         The judgments of the L
ORD are true and righteous altogether.
 10 More to be desired are they than gold,
         Yea, than much fine gold;
         Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
         And in keeping them there is great reward.

 12 Who can understand his errors?
         Cleanse me from secret faults.
 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
         Let them not have dominion over me.
         Then I shall be blameless,
         And I shall be innocent of great transgression.         
 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
         Be acceptable in Your sight,
         O L
ORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

Romans 1:18-32
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For from the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

But those who feel that Vine and Fig Tree is "extremist" are correct, as we'll see below. Let's begin with America's Declaration of Independence. That document declares that there are certain "self evident" truths. Anyone who begins with these self-evident truths and pursues them with any consistency ends up with Micah's "Vine and Fig Tree" vision, as America's Founding Fathers did:

  1. There is a Creator.
  2. We know that The Creator is loving and personal, not the distant god of "deism," because the Creator is not silent, but has communicated His will to us: "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."
  3. We were created by this Creator in His Image, not accidentally evolved in an eternally random, meaningless universe.
  4. We have a duty to obey God's Law and thereby to secure the "rights" of our fellow man.

There is nothing more important for any human being than to line up under these self-evident truths. Our conscience tells us about these truths. Atheists are self-contradictory and self-destructive. Tyrants and dictators are dangerous because they seek to suppress these self-evident truths so that they may "be as gods" (Genesis 3:5). And everyone who rejects the grace of God and His atonement through Christ seeks to gain atonement by various degrees of a masochistic self-flagellation or a sadistic scapegoating of others. You can see this in members of your family or church, co-workers at the office, and genocidal extermination by the governments of the earth.

That is why there is a fifth element of the "self-evident truths" articulated by America's Founders:

  1. When we infringe on the rights of others, we are playing God, and we sin against our neighbor, but primarily against God. We must have our sins forgiven through Jesus Christ.

On TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 1781, "The United States in Congress assembled, agreed to the following proclamation":

The United States in Congress assembled, therefore do earnestly recommend, that Thursday the third day of May next, may be observed as a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer, that we may, with united hearts, confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his righteous displeasure, and through the merits of our blessed Saviour, obtain pardon and forgiveness

On MARCH 6, 1799, President John Adams proclaimed a day of fasting and prayer, that Americans would

  • call to mind our numerous offenses against the Most High God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence,
  • implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions,
  • and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions in time to come;

President Adams proclaimed a day of prayer to this Trinitarian God because "God's invisible attributes," "even  His eternal power and Godhead," are "clearly understood through the things that are made," so that atheists "are without excuse." (Romans 1:20)  Every human being ever created -- even those in so-called "pagan" lands -- need only take the next step to get back to God. We may not know exactly where that step will eventually lead us, but every human being, created in the Image of God, has a conscience that knows what the next step should be (Romans 2:14-15). This knowledge is often suppressed in favor of selfish and evil lifestyles (Romans 1:18-19). But this knowledge of the Triune God of the Bible is still "self-evident" to every human being.

America was clearly created as a Christian Theocracy.


"Theocracy" is a "self-evident" truth, though the word is passionately hated by many.

The word "theocracy" comes from two Greek words:

theos + kratein
God  governs

If God is over a nation as Ruler or "Supreme Judge," then that nation is "under God." Until very recently, America has always been considered as a nation "under God," which is to say God "rules" over America, which is to say America is a Theo-cracy. Obviously, given the statements of America's Founding Fathers above, America is a Christian Theocracy. More evidence of this is here:

Every nation is a "theocracy," because every nation has laws, and all laws are based on morality, and all morality is based on a religion or "worldview," and the ultimate principle that determines law, morals, and ethics is that system's god. The religion of "Secular Humanism" worships Man. In a "secular" nation, "Man" is god (which usually means "The State" is god or savior).

Secularists want Christians to believe that

  • Secularism is "neutral," while Christianity is "religious."
  • The Constitution prohibits the government from endorsing anything "religious."
  • Therefore we must have a secular theocracy rather than a Christian Theocracy.

Of course, Secular Humanists never ever use the word "theocracy" to describe their own position, only that of the group they want to demonize as the boogey-man or the bad guy. But Secular Humanists want their god (Man) to be the ruler of our nation, rather than the God of the Christian Bible.

Secularists say that those who support "Theocracy" are "extremists." Secularists are against Christian Theocracy, and extremely so. The only people who accomplish anything in this world are "extremists."


As we said above, your worldview is either Christian or non-Christian, active or passive.

  • Active Christians believe that every human institution -- from the family, school, business, to the government -- has a duty to worship God.
  • Activist atheists hate being reminded of this, and so seek to have all public mention of God and His Commandments prohibited by "the sword" (the State).
  • Passive atheists don't believe in God, but don't do anything about copies of the Ten Commandments in public.
  • Lukewarm Christians say they believe in God, but don't take action to see that God's Commandments are honored.

So the character and destiny of America is determined by the battle between activist Christian extremists and activist atheist extremists. Lukewarm Christians and atheists will have their lives shaped by the activists.

America was founded by activist Christians. The "self-evident truths" they declare in the Declaration of Independence strike at the heart of the atheist theocracy dreamed of by Secular Humanists. Our defense of these self-evident truths should be whole-hearted, not apathetic. Jesus says those who are not "extremists" -- passionate about these self-evident truths -- are nauseating to Him (Revelation 3:16). Micah's Vine and Fig Tree vision is one of world peace and health, a product of the global worship of Jesus Christ. There's something dysfunctional about a human being who is not fanatically in favor of the end of war and the conditions Micah describes: world salvation. Atheists don't react with alarm at lukewarm Christians who are easily controlled by secularists, but don't like the idea of Christians bringing about the global worship of God. So for the most part, Micah's Vine and Fig Tree vision is either loved or hated. Only the less-than-human are lukewarm.

Vine and Fig Tree is an attempt to secure and pursue these self-evident truths with passion. So that makes us, .info


The idea of building a social, political, and intellectual philosophy on The Bible strikes Modern Man as foolish. You probably had a college professor who said, "The Bible is just an archaic collection of contradictions written by primitive peasants who believed in myths and passed these fairy tales down with additional contradictions and mistakes." You may have read some of the recent best-sellers or seen some of the many websites on the Internet which claim that the Bible not only contains examples of violence, but that it defends slavery, oppression, domination, and mass murder. Religion makes the world worse, they say, because it is a defense of non-rational delusions, clerical hypocrisy and the Spanish Inquisition (according to these websites), and only atheistic secularism can create a rational society.

Vine & Fig Tree disagrees with the modern view. Christianity has civilized the barbarians, freed the slaves, opened hospitals, and defended the weak and the poor. Christianity built Western Civilization. Atheism has built gulags, concentration camps, bureaucracies, and other monuments to self-ism and power. As Christians mature and become more like Christ, they become more humane; as atheism becomes more consistent with its own premises, it becomes more tyrannical, destructive, genocidal, even suicidal.

We believe every word in the Bible is the Word of God. We believe God had complete control over the prophets and the authors of the books and letters in the Bible, and they wrote the exact words God wanted to be written. The words communicate absolute truth which mends the torn fabric of life when put into practice. The starting point in every one of the Vine & Fig Tree websites is the Bible.

The Bible is the most significant book in all of human history. Even if you're an atheist you can admit this, if only for the same reason TIME Magazine selected Adolph Hitler as "Man of the Year" in its January 2, 1939 issue, an award given not to the best, but only to the most "significant." The Bible has had more influence on more people, creating more powerful and lasting institutions, than any other book in human history. The Bible is the history and blueprints of Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and thousands of missionaries that have altered governments and shaped the lives of billions of people. More books have been influenced by the Bible than any other book. If you're an atheist, you may not like that influence, but the Bible is more "significant" than any other book.

       Imagine that a UFO landed in front of the White House and a representative of an extraterrestrial race gave the President a book that described in detail the plans this superior race had for the planet earth, and asked the President to decide whether or not we would cooperate. What a hubbub there would be! CNN and FOX News and all the Networks would have nearly uninterrupted coverage of this event, with 24-7 live remote cams showing the UFO on the White House lawn, continuous reporting on the deliberations in Washington D.C., unending speculation by the pundits on what the book says, what the President will say in response, what planet the UFO was from, etc., etc., etc. Relentless coverage. All the world would be watching the reports, many people would stay home from work to watch the wall-to-wall coverage; marriages and vacations would be cancelled to wait for word on the future of the planet -- life on earth would come to a virtual standstill.
       And yet the mainstream media does not give this kind of attention to a Book that is even more significant than a book from a UFO: a revelation from the Creator Himself, the Lord of all the extraterrestrial planets and galaxies in the Universe. And most Christians give less attention to the Bible than they do to FOX News' coverage of intoxicated Hollywood celebrities. They devote more time each day to reading the sports section of the newspaper than they do the Bible.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism begins: "Q.1: What is the Chief end of man?" and answers, "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever."


If you profess that the Bible is actually a revelation from God, then the Bible is more than "significant," it is awe-inspiring evidence of the grace of God. Imagine the Creator of the entire universe sitting down next to you on the front porch, explaining how the world came into being, how it works, and how you can "glorify God and enjoy Him forever."

The average church-goer has not read the Bible from cover-to-cover. This is not consistent with the claim that the Bible is a revelation from the Creator of the universe. How should a Christian treat the Bible? What place should it have in your life? What if today's televangelists have not been accurate in their presentation of the message of the Bible? Shouldn't you find out for yourself what the Bible says? What if kings, popes, inquisitors, and authors have not been consistent with Biblical principles?

Suppose a nation in some distant region
should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited.... What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be
-- John Adams

On the other hand, what if they were from now on? What if businesses, schools, governments, and the media were to give to the Bible the place it deserves? The primary purpose of Vine & Fig Tree is to bring about a Bible-believing world. That means a Bible-literate world, and a Bible-practicing world.

Most people who say they don't believe the Bible have never read the Bible from cover to cover. Some who love to debate about the Bible have searched through the Bible solely with an eye to discovering "contradictions" and other excuses for not putting themselves under the authority of  "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." Morality is the motive. When it comes to the Bible, there is no neutrality.

Even most people who claim to be "bible-believing" Christians have never read the Bible from cover to cover. For both Christians and atheists, we recommend starting here:
Following Martin Luther, The New 95 Theses cover the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, summing up the message of the Bible and the arguments in these Vine & Fig Tree websites. Reading these Theses and the Scripture prooftexts will introduce the reader to a whole-Bible view of Christianity which most "New Testament Christians" have never heard., .org
If you want to read the Bible, take the project seriously.
Acts 17:11  Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, in that they received the Word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

Go to Bible Tools

    The word "theonomy" comes from two Greek words, theos + nomos, meaning "God's Law." The practical meaning of the concept is that all of God's Word obligates us. We have a duty to take all of God's Word seriously, and obey its commands.
    The Bible says, "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith" (1 John 5:2-4). If you want to love God and your neighbor, the Bible shows you how:  obey God's commandments. They are the blueprint for a Vine & Fig Tree society, a world free of violence and poverty, and God's Law is designed to show you how to gain victory over evil in your own life, so that you can play a vital role in seeing that God's Will is done "on earth as it is in heaven."
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." Joshua 1:8
    Too many Christians today only read the New Testament, and when they read the New Testament stripped of its Old Testament background, they give the New Testament a "neo-platonic" interpretation, based on pagan Greek ideas rather than Biblical Hebrew ideas. (See "Christian Reconstruction" below.)
How much attention should we give to the Bible? Believe it or not, the Bible says we should worship the Bible. This website proves it, and shows how to Worship God's Word.
The concept of "Coaching" is discussed below. "Dominion" is discussed here because it is central to man's existence and a proper understanding of God's will for our lives. We were created to "exercise dominion over the earth" under God. This is the first commandment in history. Jesus said the first commandment in priority is to love God; the second is to love our neighbor. "The Law and the Prophets" is the "job description" for the human race: to love God, to help our neighbor love God, and to love our neighbor in tangible and material ways, such as illustrated by the "Good Samaritan." But we're not just individuals who give an individual cup of water to an individual thirsty person. We are also a Body and our corporate mission is a dominion covenant -- a God-given assignment to human beings to govern the planet in His name (Gen 1:26-28; 9:1-7). This means, as an example, thousands of people working together to invent steel, create huge pipes which can pump millions of gallons of drinkable water to millions of thirsty people.* Different members of a Body, each specializing in different functions, working in harmony. When we systematically and socially (corporately) love our neighbor, we are "exercising dominion." Comparing the first three chapters of Genesis with the Edenic imagery of the last chapters of Revelation reveals that man's purpose is to build "the New Jerusalem," giving all the glory for our success on the project to God. Adam was given the job of understanding all of nature (Genesis 2:19-20), and then building "the City of God."

"The goal is the developed Kingdom of God, the New Jerusalem, a world order under God's law."
R.J. Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law (Nutley, NJ: Craig Press, 1973), p. 357.

* There are some Christians who believe that massive industrialization cannot take place without violating God's commandments, such as laws concerning currency debasement, debt, and usury. They believe that if we develop Christian character in our families, neighborhoods and local businesses, that God will send rain and take care of the thirsty, without the need for steel mills, which some have argued cannot be shut down on the sabbath. These are very interesting and important questions. Those who subscribe to Vine & Fig Tree programs are able to participate in LIVE webcasts and online discussion forums to hammer out these issues.

To "exercise dominion" in a fallen world is to bring every area of life --with its autonomous violence and hatred -- under the dominion of Christ, and the influence of Theonomic love., .org
Martin Luther championed the doctrine of "Justification by Faith Alone." If you say to someone who follows Luther, "I am justified by my works," the Lutheran will be horrified. But what you said is straight out of the Bible. "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only" (James 2:24). Because of that verse, Luther believed the book of James should not be in the Bible. Anyone who says a book of the Bible shouldn't be in the Bible should himself be viewed with caution, and rigorous consistency with that man's opinions should not be our goal. How do we reconcile James and Luther (who quoted Paul)? This is a critical question, because millions of Christians believe they have no obligation to convert the world and reconstruct civilization; they are going to heaven because Jesus is their Savior, even if He is not their Lord. "Justification by Faith Alone" has become an obstacle to the Christianization of the world, along with its sister slogan, "we are not under law, but under grace," which means we don't have any duty or obligation to "exercise dominion over the earth" or obey any other command of God. The Bible says we're "justified by works." If you're disturbed by that idea, this website will force you to become a Berean and study the Scriptures more carefully.
Our laws are based on Biblical Law in general and the Ten Commandments in particular. All ten. This website shows the legal history in America. America was once the most admired nation on earth. Her greatness came from her honoring "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," summarized in the Ten Commandments. Biblical law was honored and enforced by the government. When you see how courts and legislators used the Ten Commandments (and the rest of God's Law, even from the Old Testament), you begin to see why there was less crime and more respect for others than there is today, when God's Law has been banned from schools and government-controlled institutions. Just as national greatness depends on obedience to God's Law, so does personal greatness.

Go to Theonomy Tools

God's Sovereignty

       How can the world ever be transformed into a Vine & Fig Tree world? Most people can't imagine this, because their God is a small god who lives only "down in my heart," or else their God is big, but lives very far away and never gets involved in our lives here on earth. Many other believe that man's will is "totally depraved," but -- ironically -- God can't violate man's "free will," so the world can only get worse and worse.

       Micah's prophecy begins with these words: "It shall come to pass." How does Micah know what will come to pass? How can he be so sure? There are only two possibilities.

  • Micah is a good guesser, a clairvoyant, a psychic, or a medium, operating in a random, meaningless or demonic-controlled universe.
  • God told Micah what would happen, and God knows because God predestinated the entire history of the universe from beginning to end.

       This is a subject that sharply divides many who call themselves Christians.

       There have always been many Christians who believe that when the history of this planet and this universe and every individual reaches its conclusion, "every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Romans 14:11-12; Philippians 2:9-11). If God is Sovereign then this prophecy is absolutely true, absolutely guaranteed, and God knows how every molecule in the universe will work toward this goal. If God is not Sovereign, then this prophecy is just a guess, or a wish, and maybe every knee will bow to Satan instead. "Who knows?"

       God knows.

       Understanding God's Sovereignty is the key to understanding the Bible and growing in obedience to the Bible as God's very Word. It is the key to having faith and being able to persevere in our assignment until we're victorious.

       God is the Creator. He created everything that exists. Creation implies predestination. The entire universe, from beginning to end, was predestined; that is, before it was created, it was a plan in the mind of God, who determined that it would come into existence.

       Nobody was around when God created the universe. Nobody forced God to create the universe a certain way. God created the universe exactly the way He wanted it, ex nihilo - out of nothing. There was no guess-work involved because God is omniscient (omni-, all; science, knowledge). God created every single molecule in the universe, and there was no other being, force, or "natural law" in the universe to prevent God from creating everything exactly the way He wanted it. A decent computer programmer can tell you what his program will do if you turn on the computer and press a certain button. A bad programmer can only guess what the computer will do. God is more knowledgeable than the best computer programmer. He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) because He created the universe to move to that end. God has told us what history will do, because God created history.  God created time, space, and matter, exactly the way He wanted it, knowing exactly what would happen because He created it to happen His way. History is His-story.

       Nobody can be a prophet unless God tells that prophet what is going to happen (Isaiah 41:22,23; 44:7; 45:21; Daniel 4:35; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 43:13). God can tell us what the future holds because God created the past exactly the way He wanted it, so that it would produce exactly the future that God wants (a human way of speaking, since the "past" does not "create" the future, God creates the future). God does what He wants because He created all things and owns all things. God had complete, exhaustive knowledge of everything He created, because everything which can be known was created by God. There are no surprises for God. All of these ideas are summed up in the word "predestination."
     This is perhaps the Internet's most radical website on predestination, showing that God predestines every action in history, every molecule in the universe.
     Many people who believe in "free will" think it is necessary to deny the Sovereignty of God in order to protect our "free will." They say that if God has predestined the movement of every molecule in the universe, that would include the very molecules of our brains, our thoughts and emotions, which are electrical currents passing through the synapses in our brain. If God predestined what human beings think, feel and do, them human beings are just robots, and are not "free."
     Yet the Bible says human beings are created in the Image of God; we are not impersonal computers like a human computer programmer would create. We are not like the animals, trees, or rocks. When most people say "I have free will" what they really mean is "I am created in the Image of God." Because we really are created in the Image of a loving and personal God, we really do have the capacity to reason, to reflect, to pray, to understand the revelation of God's will, and to choose to obey it. We will (appropriately) be held accountable for all our actions in this life. Our being true persons -- not impersonal randomly-mutated conglomerations of chemicals, but personal beings created in the Image of God -- is not contradicted by being predestinated by God. Our being truly personal beings depends on being predestinated by a truly personal and loving God. Throughout history, those who have affirmed the "free will" of man by denying predestination by God have eventually become evolutionists, because only in an impersonal random evolving universe can there be complete "freedom" from God.
      The universe is not impersonal. It was not created by a random, meaningless evolutionary process. It reflects the loving personality of God, because every molecule was created by God, has a place in the plan of God, and is upheld by God (Colossians 1:17). Theologians speak of "providence." We speak of
On August 1, 1776, Samuel Adams delivered a speech at the State House in Philadelphia "to a very numerous audience." He said:

There are instances of, I would say, an almost astonishing providence in our favor; our success has staggered our enemies, and almost given faith to infidels; so we may truly say it is not our own arm which has saved us. The hand of Heaven appears to have led us on to be, perhaps, humble instruments and means in the great providential dispensation which is completing. We have fled from the political Sodom; let us not look back lest we perish and become a monument of infamy and derision to the world.

As we will see below, not a single person who signed the U.S. Constitution could be called a "deist." All the Signers believed that God intervened in American history in a supernatural way in direct response to the prayers of the colonists. God moves entire empires to free the godly and enslave the wicked. When we obey God's Commandments, God moves all of nature to bless us. When we disobey God's Commandments, God sends us to "political Sodom" for judgment. "Liberty Under God" is the theme of Sam Adams' vision of Providence. It is also Micah's Vine & Fig Tree vision. See "Capitalism" and "America, 1776." The opposite of this vision is state-socialism. Man's law (the welfare state/the warfare state) is designed to foster man's predestination over his fellow men. God's Law promotes a Vine & Fig Tree society in God's Providence. According to the Bible, nature and human society are both under the providential care of God. Both are healthy and prosperous when human beings repudiate the selfish violence of humanistic (man-centered) autonomy and embrace the theonomic (God-centered) dominion and loving service of others prescribed by God's Law (Theonomy).

We love because He first loved us.

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If the Prophet Micah or the Apostle Paul could sit down with you right now as you're looking at your computer monitor, and you were to explain how the words you're reading began on my keyboard and came to your home, and how interconnected we all are, with computer builders, software designers, phone companies, satellites, cable companies, supplied by trucks, trains, and planes, linking us together, and how America now consists of 300 million people, the majority of whom claim the name of Christ, and how for 200 years Americans are generally able to walk the streets or travel across the country without carrying a sword, and how even the people we call "poor" own television sets, cars, and many own homes which are more luxurious than those owned by kings in Paul's day, and if Micah and Paul could walk down the aisles of your local grocery store, and hear the stories of how all those products got from field and factory to the store, both Micah and Paul would say that Christ has brought about the fulfillment of Micah's prophecy. They would be astounded. They would break down in tears and profusely praise God. We live in truly amazing, wonderful times.

Yet you and I complain a lot. We have so many problems. Millions of people think the fulfillment of Micah's prophecy is hopeless until Christ comes again. Millions of people believe the world is getting worse and worse and Jesus is soon going to "rapture" all the Christians away and let the planet go the remaining short distance to hell. It is, after all "The Late Great Planet Earth," where "Satan is Alive and Well."

There are clearly two very different ways of looking at the world, at life, at progress, and at the future. One view seeks to create heaven on earth (and has done quite well, at least in the eyes of Biblical writers), while the other is content to permit hell on earth, expecting Jesus to give us a new heaven and new earth on a silver platter. This is why it is important to study the Biblical doctrine of dominion and eschatology


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"Eschatology" is the study of "last things." John wrote,
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." (1 John 2:18)
The word last is the Greek word eásxatov, eschatos. The Apostles understood they were living in "the last days" of the Old Covenant (Hebrews 1:2; 1 Peter 1:20), when the Messiah came to establish His Kingdom. This is when the Gospel began to be preached and the nations began streaming to the House of God in Micah's prophecy. Christians who settled the New World in the 1600's believed we should and could Christianize the world before the Second Coming.

Many Christians do not accept this view of eschatology. They believe the world is getting worse and worse, with the real king, Satan, calling the plays. This demonic quarterback is kicking our team's butt, and our only hope is for Jesus to come soon, to pick up His planetary football and go home. "This was the blessed hope of the early church," they say. A cult called "The Plymouth Brethren" made this view popular only about 200 years ago, and it came to dominate evangelicalism by the 1970's, but after so many followers falsely predicted the Rapture in 1981 (40 years after the formation of the State of Israel in 1948, minus 7 years of Tribulation) and then again in 1988, the view is rapidly losing its most passionate supporters.

This once-popular pessimistic view has been called "pessimillennialism." The fastest growing view of the future, however, might be called "optimillennialism.", .org 
This is the view that Christians will unite to create heaven on earth, as Jesus prayed: "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." God did not make a mistake when He created Earth and placed human beings on it to "exercise dominion." This is a huge theme of the whole Bible, but it is negated by a handful of passages taken out of context and used to create a popular but destructive vision of the future. To counter that vision, we offer:, .org
One of the most dangerous beliefs in the history of post-apostolic Christianity is the belief that "Jesus is coming soon." Nearly every page of the New Testament says that Christ's Second Coming was "near," and "at hand." Jesus said it would happen before that 1st-century generation died out:

For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
Matthew 16:27-28

Either this happened when Jesus said it would happen, or Jesus was a false prophet.
Jesus foretold very specifically when this would happen: at the Fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, when Israel was judged according to her works:

But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Luke 21:20-27

This is a serious issue. If you have never grappled with this question, sooner or later you will have to. Atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote a book entitled, Why I Am Not A Christian, and he used this issue as an argument against the reliability of the Bible:

I am concerned with Christ as He appears in the Gospels . . . and there one does find some things that do not seem to be very wise. For one thing, He certainly thought that His second coming would occur in clouds of glory before the death of all the people who were living at the time. There are a great many texts that prove that. He says, for instance, “Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of Man be come.” Then He says, “There are some standing here which shall not taste death till the Son of Man comes into His kingdom”; and there are a lot of places where it is quite clear that He believed that His second coming would happen during the lifetime of many then living. That was the belief of his earlier followers, and it was the basis of a good deal of his moral teaching.
Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not A Christian (New York: A Touchtone Book by Simon & Schuster, 1957), 16.

The answer is simple. The phrase found in the King James Version, "the end of the world," is more accurately translated "end of the age," that is, the Old Covenant Age, and the "coming" of Jesus spoken of so frequently in the New Testament was His coming in vengeance in A.D. 70 against those who resisted the change from the Old Covenant to the New, executed the Messiah, and persecuted His disciples (Matthew 23:34-36). The fact that Jesus is not "coming soon" opens up the future and changes everything.

Part of the belief that "Jesus is coming soon" is the prediction that evil is getting stronger and stronger, and things are getting "worse and worse" -- a self-fulfilling prophecy, if Christians stop working and start waiting for the Second Coming. Why would you choose to believe that the earth is being surrendered to Satan rather than conquered by Christ? The Bible is not the story of God losing out to Satan and being forced by Satan to destroy the entire planet in frustration. If you wish to believe the more optimistic view, you will find yourself supported by the Bible -- the whole Bible, from cover to cover. Here are places to begin:
"Conspiracy theories" abound in our day. This website is calculated to attract people looking for conspiracies. Four thousand years after the First Adam appeared on earth, the Last Adam appeared (1 Corinthians 15:45,22), during the days of the Roman Empire (Galatians 4:4). When Jesus came at the first Christmas, He began fulfilling all the prophecies about the coming Messiah. By the time the temple was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70, all these prophecies had been fulfilled. The Messiah came, and we are in the Messianic age described by the prophets. One of these prophecies included the destruction of the Roman Empire (Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45). How is it a tiny Babe born in a feeding trough was able to topple the mighty Roman Empire? TheChristmasConspiracy advances the idea that the Messiah came to earth to topple all empires -- including our own, an empire that has taken the place of a once Christian nation, The Last Adam has restored us to the fellowship enjoyed by the first Adam, and as priests and kings under Christ, our job is to pull off the greatest conspiracy in history, overthrowing the empire begun by the first Adam and building the New Jerusalem in its place.
Pessimillennialism began in 4004 BC, and consists of 6,000 years of failure, capped off by a "millennium" that also ends in failure.

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America 1776
America's Founding Fathers were Christian libertarians. They abolished the British government and began an "experiment in liberty," where no act of government was legitimate without the "consent of the governed." This was a radical break from the days of the "divine right of kings" in Europe, in which every act of the king was presumed to be ordained (approved) by God. In America, Social order was to be maintained by self government (morality) under God (religion).
"Liberty" means freedom from the initiation of force or violence by others, especially by the greatest initiator of force, "the government." Liberty exists when all people are committed to obeying "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." The "government" is the greatest threat to "Liberty Under God." What would America be like if she were consistent with these principles?
The domain emphasizes the "Liberty" aspect of "Liberty Under God," while the domain emphasizes the "Under God" aspect. America's Founding Fathers believed that Christianity, not the Constitution, held America together. America was a theocracy both before and after the ratification of the Constitution. See also:, .org
The answer is YES. Nobody denies that the Puritans established theocracies in Massachusetts and early colonial America. Did the Constitution of 1789 change America into a secular nation? The U.S. Supreme Court now says yes, but during the 19th century (especially in notable cases in 1844 and 1892) the United States Supreme Court emphatically declared that America was a Christian nation. This fact has been lost on a generation educated in atheistic government-run schools. This is the largest website on the internet with comprehensive resources on America's Christian heritage and why the ACLU is wrong about the "separation of church and state."
But America's Founding Fathers were not entirely consistent with the vision of "Liberty Under God." After abolishing the British government, they established another, which has devolved into the imperialist Reich we have today. The root failure may have been the willingness to take up arms and resort to violence against the British, a government incomparably more libertarian and Christian than the one we have today. Violence against governments, that is, decentralized violence against centralized violence, only perpetuates violence. This website explains why the American Revolution was a violation of Romans 13 and other Biblical principles on peace, non-resistance and non-violence., .org, .info
This is perhaps the most abused passage of Scripture in history. In Romans 12 Paul commands us to reject vengeance and violence, and do good to our enemies, and without chapter divisions in the original Greek, he goes on to say, in effect, "even the State." He refers to the State as "the powers," a reference throughout the ancient world to the demonic nexus between evil and empire (Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:15, etc.). But Romans 13 has been used throughout the modern history of the church to buttress the legitimacy and power of the State. We are to submit to the State not because it is good, but because we are to submit to all evil.

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If you think of words like "robber barron" and "exploitation" when you hear the word "capitalism," you're a victim of educational malpractice. You've learned about capitalism from socialists.

Just a few generations ago, the vast majority of human beings lived in poverty. The exceptions were kings and emperors. Today, ordinary people like you and me enjoy wealth which those who lived a couple of centuries ago could not even dream about. It is capitalism which has brought hundreds of millions of human beings out of poverty. The rest of the world -- the world of poverty and disease -- still lives under emperors and despots.

The essence of "capitalism" is private property free from violence. This is also Micah's Vine & Fig Tree ideal: everyone dwelling safely under his vine and fig tree; a vision of private property in a world which has repudiated violence by beating "swords into plowshares."

If you ask most university professors for their feelings about "capitalism," you will get negative reactions. Most Americans sort of grudgingly support capitalism rather than socialism, but very few people consider themselves fanatic supporters of "capitalism," and almost no one supports pure laissez-faire capitalism, with no socialism whatsoever. Nearly everyone believes that capitalists rip off the poor unless bridled by wise and compassionate government politicians (who -- don't reveal the secret! -- are nearly always businessmen or friends of businessmen who do favors for their colleagues and will return to business after their stint in "public service). Many vigorous critics of "capitalism" define capitalism as an exploitative collusion between business and the State. All of these definitions of capitalism come from people who are against freedom and in favor of government planning and regulation.

Every scholar who describes himself as a vigorous defender of capitalism rejects those definitions, and contends that

True capitalism is a social system based on the rejection of the initiation of force or violence against others.

That definition will come as a surprise to most people. Most people are as ignorant about the real meaning of capitalism as they are about the real meaning of the Bible. The Bible is about loving your neighbor, including the poor; it is not about perpetuating clerical hierarchy or "religion." Capitalism is about loving your neighbor (and the poor are the greatest beneficiaries of capitalism); it is not about buttressing the power of corporations or the State.

Many people equate "capitalism" with "competition," which has violent connotations of big business crushing the mom 'n' pop store, management crushing labor, monopolists crushing consumers, the rich crushing the poor, "dog-eat-dog" "law of the jungle." Those who defend capitalism will explain that "competition" really means freedom. If a monopolist is crushing consumers, freedom of competition means I can set up a business to compete with the monopolist, offering consumers a better choice -- without government officials (elected by the monopolist) telling me I can't. "Competition" means the freedom to serve the consumer in more effective ways than the competition. In a world without force or fraud, service is the only way to profit.

"The Invisible Hand"   In 1776 Adam Smith wrote Wealth of Nations in which he explained how capitalism creates the wealth of nations. If you're reading these words on a computer monitor or printed out from a personal computer you are wealthy beyond the imagination of every single human being alive in 1776. Yet most people are ignorant of how this extraordinary wealth came into being. They are unable to defend the system that created it. That system is capitalism. Not the visible hand of a dictator or bureaucracy, but the invisible hand of voluntary associations of millions of human beings. Smith said:

Every individual neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our necessities but of their advantages. He is led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention.

In God's Providence, voluntary associations and exchanges make the world a better place. When I give you 50 cents for the newspaper you sell, you are not "ripping me off," because I value your newspaper more than I value my 50 cents. Nor am I "ripping you off." You value my 50 cents more than you value your newspaper. Every business deal is a transaction of mutual benefit, and trillions of mutually beneficial transactions take place every day, bettering the world -- as long as the transactions are voluntary and the participants observe "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." A world under God's Law has no need for dictators, czars, bureaucrats, and prime ministers.

The whole world knows that capitalism works and socialism is a failure. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet Union shout this truth across the globe:

  • Capitalist countries are free and prosperous; life is cherished. Everyone is wealthy.
  • Socialist countries are enslaved and impoverished; life is disposable. Everyone is poor (except the government).

And yet, virtually everyone in the United States has been trained in government schools and by a government-dominated media to believe that

  • socialism would be better than capitalism -- somehow
  • government regulation is better than the "invisible hand" of the Free Market
  • no economy can succeed without some socialism.

This is the same as saying that we must not eliminate all threats of violence and the initiation of force against others. This is a denial of Micah's command to beat swords into plowshares.

Both the Bible and Capitalism are about peace. Most people believe something nearly opposite., .org
"Laissez-faire" comes from a French phrase meaning "let us do," or "let us work" -- let us do what we do best.
  • Let Henry Ford make cars so efficiently and at such a low price that even the poor can own one, whereas once only the rich could.
  • Let Bill Gates make software that enables even the most machine-shy to operate a computer.
  • And let Sam Walton establish a chain of stores to sell the products of capitalists in every American town.

Socialism could never have done these things, so we say to socialists, "Laissez-faire!" Pure laissez-faire capitalism is commerce and society without any regulation, intervention, interference, or any initiation of force by "the State."

The core issue is not "the laws of economics," mathematical formulas or supply-demand curves. The core issue is character: "piety and virtue," to use a phrase common to America's Founding Fathers. We have come to accept a profound defect in character: the desire to rule rather than to serve; the desire to exercise power as a socialist central planner where profit is coercively extorted from farmers, manufacturers and merchants, rather than serve consumers in a market where risks are taken and personal responsibility assumed, and where rewards are voluntarily bestowed. What one generation tolerates in "moderation," the next generation will practice in excess.

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Christian Reconstruction

Very few have heard of this idea, but it was an influential movement that created "the Religious Right" and helped elect Ronald Reagan, even though Christian Reconstructionism is highly critical of the Religious Right and Reagan's secular conservatism. Christian Reconstructionists proclaim "The Crown Rights of Christ the King." They argue that it is the moral obligation of Christians to recapture or destroy every institution for Jesus Christ.

  • To be recaptured: businesses, schools, universities, the media (Internet, the printing press, cinema, music, radio, TV, etc.) the arts and the sciences; etc.
  • To be destroyed: organized crime, totalitarian dictatorships, etc.

The means by which this task will be accomplished is Biblical Law. These are the "tools of dominion." The Christian Reconstruction movement believes that these four doctrines represent consistent Calvinism and the mature thinking of the Protestant Reformation:

  1. The Sovereignty of God
  2. Theonomy: Biblical Law
  3. Optimistic Eschatology
  4. Presuppositional Apologetics (no neutrality), .info, .net, .biz
The far-left is much more familiar -- and alarmed -- at Christian Reconstruction than most moderate conservatives. Ironically, the left is just now catching on to a movement that has seen its founder (R. J. Rushdoony) die, and has already seen its peak influence. Will this movement ever regain its influence?, .org
Described above; this website explains why the Bible instructs us to have long-term optimism about the future., .org
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter declared after 9/11:
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.
* Some will dispute this claim, arguing that the Reformation could not have succeeded without support from European princes, and virtue in America could not have been sustained without government-imposed Christianity in the common schools.  These are very interesting and important questions. Those who subscribe to Vine & Fig Tree programs are able to participate in LIVE webcasts and online discussion forums to hammer out these issues.
The genius of Western Civilization is not the political or military imposition of Christianity, but freedom from government strangulation of self-government and personal responsibility.
Coulter is right to shock secular humanists by upholding the goal of Christianizing the world. But hers is not a Christ-like strategy. This is not how the Roman Empire was overthrown and Europe was Christianized.* We believe in converting everybody, and killing no one. Together with and this website seeks to provide Biblical evidence that Christianizing the world is the Church's goal. The next website focuses on the means to this end.
When Jesus came at the first Christmas, He began fulfilling all the prophecies about the coming Messiah. By the time the temple was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70, all theses prophecies had been fulfilled. The Messiah came, and we are in the Messianic age described by the prophets. The Last Adam has restored us to the fellowship enjoyed by the first Adam, and as priests and kings, our job is to clean up the mess left by the first Adam and build the New Jerusalem.

Go to Christian Reconstruction Tools

Part 2 - The Tools to Fulfill Micah's "Vine and Fig Tree" Vision


The first tool for the fulfillment of Micah's Vine & Fig Tree vision is prayer.

Vine & Fig Tree's prayer page is a daily program of prayer for global Christianization. It follows Q.98 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Prayer is
• an offering up of our desires unto God
• for things agreeable to His will,
• in the name of Christ,
• with confession of our sins,
• and thankful acknowledgement of His mercies.

This program dramatically re-orients our focus and opens the channels of God's blessings.


The second tool for the fulfillment of Micah's Vine & Fig Tree vision is our own disciplined character.

"Voting" for the "right" candidate is not the answer. These candidates would have to have developed the character traits required to pursue and fulfill Micah's vision before a Christian could vote for them. But nearly all politicians have been moving in the opposite direction for years, beating plowshares into swords and seducing people away from Micah's "Jerusalem."

If you want to be rewarded by Christ for being a trusty tool for the building of His Kingdom and the fulfillment of Micah's Vine & Fig Tree vision, you have to be sharp and solid. This means developing the character of Christ. All of our daily programs feature a process of character development taken from the Psalms, in which David vows to be useful to God. Christians who are working to fulfill Micah's Vine & Fig Tree vision are working to become:

Concentration Confidence Contemplative
Contentment Cooperative Counsel
Courage Courtesy Creativity
Decisiveness Deference
Dependability Determination Diligence
Discernment Discretion Earnest
Endurance Efficiency Emotions
Energy Enthusiasm Expressiveness
Faithful Flexibility
Foresight Forgiveness Frankness
Frugality Generosity Gentleness
Goal Direction Goal Apprehension Gratefulness
Honesty Hope Hospitality
Humility Industry Initiative
Interest in People Justice Joy
Kindness Love Loyalty
Manners Maturity Meekness
Memory Motivation of Others Music
Neatness Non-violent Objectivity
Organization Overcomer Parenting
Patience Perfection Perseverance
Persistence Persuasiveness Planning
Punctuality Purposefulness Reading
Recovery Relaxation Resoluteness
Resourcefulness Respectfulness Responsibility
Reverence Security Self-Assurance
Self-Discipline Self-Education Self-Improvement
Self-Respect Self-Starting Sensitivity
Sincerity Speech Success
Thoroughness Thriftiness Tolerance
Touch Truthfulness Virtuous
Wisdom Work for Quality

Benjamin Franklin observed, "[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." A world in which property is safe from princes and pirates, with every one dwelling safely under his own Vine & Fig Tree, is a world in which the vast majority have been trained from infancy to live out these character traits. A world in which a majority believe they are not qualitatively different from pigs is a world in which the life and property of human beings is up for grabs, and the grabbers and the grabbees will both cry out for powerful political messiahs to bring them their version of "salvation."


Suppose a nation in some distant region
should take the Bible for their only law book
and every member should regulate his conduct
by the precepts there exhibited.... What a Eutopia,
what a Paradise would this region be.
I have examined all [religions] ... and the result is that
the Bible is the best Book in the world.
It contains more of my little philosophy
than all the libraries I have seen.

[The Bible] is a book worth more than
all the other books that were ever printed


Since the Bible is foundational, we must learn the Bible.

Capitalism and the Bible: A Parallel.    As we have seen, many people think of "capitalism" as a rationalization for the exploitation of the poor by the rich. Most of these people have never read a book about capitalism by someone who defends capitalism (most economics textbooks are written by critics of capitalism, defenders of government planning). Capitalism, as we have seen, means freedom from violence, emphasizing the harmony of interests that exist between people, and pointing to the possibility of peace and prosperity, where the poor are the greatest beneficiaries of the benevolent nature of capitalism. In the same way, people who suspect that capitalism hurts the poor have vague suspicions about the Bible, but have never read the Bible from cover to cover or a defense of the Bible as a blueprint for a non-violent, non-hierarchical society. Most Americans -- even most church-goers -- have gotten their ideas about the Bible from university professors, Hollywood thespians, and the wealthy adult handlers of adolescent rock-stars, all of whom deep-down hate the Bible and capitalism. In V&FT programs you'll find an intelligent, well-documented defense of a libertarian Vine & Fig Tree society.

Most church-goers have never read the Bible from cover to cover. They're acquainted with a few verses, but most of the Bible's pages collect dust. If the Bible is the Word of God, then all of the Bible is important. Most of the Bible is about the conflict between socialism and Vine & Fig Tree-style capitalism. There are whole books in the Bible about governments (Judges, Kings) and most of the Prophets preach against governments. This is certainly an important, if not the dominant theme of the Bible, yet most people assume the Bible is mostly about going to heaven when you die. Vine & Fig Tree offers programs that teach the Bible in a way no one else does, combining a reading of the Bible with a practical, real-world application of its principles, including examples of application by America's Founding Fathers, the Puritans, the Reformers, and Christians during the so-called "Dark Ages" (which weren't "dark" at all). These programs offer insight into the Bible unlike anything you'll get from either end of the spectrum. These programs encourage and empower you to help create a Vine & Fig Tree society.

Here's how we do it:, .org
The Bereans are described in Acts 17:11:
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Being a "Berean" is something every Christian should strive for. This website offers a program to learn the Bible by reading through the Bible and the Westminster Catechisms and Confession of Faith, written around 1647, and very influential in the founding of America., .org
This website is for those who don't know what a "Berean" is. It is the same program offered at ""
Most Christians are out of shape and need spiritual exercises. That's the purpose of a Bible Boot Camp.
  • Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier’s aim is to please the enlisting officer.   2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NRSV)
  • You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 ("The Message")
  • And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules. 2 Timothy 2:5 (NRSV)
  • Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
This boot camp is like doing 1,000 push-ups a day. Doing so equips you to handle the heaviest problems in life, and to exercise dominion under God.
To become an extraordinary Christian, you need an extraordinary Christian coach. Actually, an ordinary Christian coach will do, because merely having a coach to help you become an extraordinary Christian is an extraordinary thing. How many Christians do you know who are taking classes on how to become an extraordinary Christian? How many Christians do you know who are spending more time during the day to become an extraordinary Christian than they spend watching TV or the mainstream media? This is what separates the men from the boys. Having a coach is what separates the also-ran from the Gold Medal Winner., .org
This is also the same program, but with additional personal support offered. See "Coaching" below.

America's laws were based on Biblical Law in general and the Ten Commandments in particular. All ten. This website shows the legal history in America. Then the Ten Commandments are broken down following the model in the Westminster Larger Catechism. The Westminster Catechism was universally taught to children of colonial America. It was found in schools for the first 300 years of American history. It was the foundation of America's greatness. Based on the catechism, this website features a program for a "searching and fearless moral inventory" requiring rigorous honesty, which paves the way for the application of God's Law in our personal lives, spreading out to family, school, business, welfare, and ChristianGlobalism. But this is not a social treatise like Rushdoony's Institutes of Biblical Law. It builds on that foundation, but the emphasis is on "recovery" -- eliminating defects of character, killing the "old man," and putting on Christ. It is practical and personal. The benefits are extraordinary.
      Following God's Commandments will make you an extraordinary person. God's Commandments create the character of Christ in you.
Those who seek to bring about the fulfillment of Micah's Vine & Fig Tree vision don't just proclaim a message, they become the message. Our message is Christ. We are willing to live the message and incarnate the character of Christ:

Our goal is to be approved by Christ, but as we develop the character of Christ by obeying God's Commandments, we find we have the approval and admiration of other admirable people.

God's Sovereignty

There are no additional "tools" or websites under this category. The websites described above contain all the information about God's Sovereignty that is needed to understand Micah's "Vine & Fig Tree" prophecy, and the rest of our websites contain the action steps to put this belief into practice. [back]

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free,
in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be."


Education, .org
Our efforts to create a "Vine & Fig Tree" society depend on persuading adults that they cannot stop formal education with high school or college, but should be learning and growing throughout their entire lives. Not accidentally learning, but intentionally learning, or even formally learning. It is a mistake to think of childhood as a time of education alone and no work, and equally a mistake to think of adulthood as a time of work alone and no education.
Deuteronomy 5:1  And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.
Proverbs 9:9   Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Isaiah 1:17   Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
Micah 4:3   He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
In the modern age, ironically, childhood is being stripped of education, and adults only work to be able to purchase "adult toys." In the Bible, both age groups, which were commanded to work and learn God's Word, were commanded to periodically engage in resting and feasting, times of re-creation, worship, and celebration, which in the modern world has been reduced to "play."
Lifelong learning increases the benefits of both work and rest., .org
Adults who homeschool their kids and kids who have been homeschooled should be committed to lifelong learning.


The key to understanding eschatology is actually the past. There are two radically different views of the future, and they are the result of differing views of the past. Most Christians never give serious attention to the choice between these two views.

"In fact, dominion – taking dominion and setting up the kingdom of Christ – is an impossibility, even for God. The millennial reign of Christ, far from being the kingdom, is actually the final proof of the incorrigible nature of the human heart, because Christ Himself can’t do it."
Dave Hunt, "Dominion and the Cross" - Tape 2 of Dominion: The Word and New World Order (Ontario, Canada: Omega-Letter, 1987). See also Dave Hunt, Beyond Seduction: A Return to Biblical Christianity (Eugene, OR Harvest House, 1987), p. 250.

One view says sin reigned for 4,000 years, then Christ came at the first Christmas and inaugurated what Dispensationalists call a "parenthesis" age. After this "parenthesis age" is the "millennium," where Christ comes again and reigns for 1,000 years, at which time Satan musters an army against the King of kings in a global rebellion which Satan is just about to win, but Christ ends the game by taking His cosmic football and going home. In other words, the entire historic purpose of the human race -- to exercise dominion over the earth under God -- the reason why God created the human race and put us on this planet -- is never fulfilled. The past (God's purpose for creating human beings as stated in Genesis 1:26-28) has no bearing on the future. Even Christ cannot fulfill God's divine purpose. Satan and evil have ultimate dominion in history (time).
History = 6,000 years of sin + an aborted 1,000 year Kingdom = 7,000 years of satanic dominion. This is why we call it "pessimillennialism."

There is another view, one in which God's Dominion Mandate sees fulfillment in history. When the Pilgrims stepped off the Mayflower, a majority of all Christians sang the "Gloria Patri":

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen.

That last line is completely unintelligible to most modern Christians, as are these verses from the King James Version (1611):

Isaiah 45:17
But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

Ephesians 3:21
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Does God have bigger plans for planet earth than a mere 6,000 years of rebellion, failure and evil and 1,000 years of an almost-but-not-quite Millennial Kingdom? Does Christ's Kingdom last a shorter period of time than the Byzantine Empire (c. 300-1453 A.D.)?

Isaiah 9:7
Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end

Is human life on earth predestined to be

  • sinful, unjust, impoverished, and short   -- or is life progressively
  • holy, righteous, prosperous, and vast
If the Apostles and Prophets could travel through time to our day, they would fall on their knees in gratitude to God for the progress the Gospel has made over the centuries since the first Christmas.
4,000 years of human history before the coming of Christ were dismal and mainly downward. 2,000 years since Christ's Advent have been mainly upward and have already seen more promised blessings than in the entire history of man before Christ: ten times the blessings in half the time. When Christ was executed, His 12 followers abandoned Him. Today, after His resurrection and enthronement at the right hand of God, there are over 900 million people who claim to be Christian, and enjoy a standard of living higher than any apostle could have even imagined. There are six billion human beings on the planet. Greek philosophers in the days of Christ would have emphatically denied that the earth could ever sustain six billion people (just as Malthusian evolutionists did in the 19th century). Most of them live in comparative peace. Human beings in the Old Covenant age were statistically far more likely to die in a war than any human being on earth today. We hear of "wars and rumors of wars" every night on the Evening News. Did you really expect them to talk about the progress of Christ's Kingdom?

The Bible is a very large book, yet most people are only familiar with a few verses. There are untapped reservoirs of Biblical truth which open up a new way of looking at life and your purpose in it. God placed human beings on earth to enjoy optimillennial dominion. Are you working to create heaven on earth for future generations, world without end?

Christian Dominion begins with an understanding that Jesus is not "coming soon.", .net
One of the most dangerous beliefs in the history of post-apostolic Christianity is the belief that "Jesus is coming soon." Nearly every page of the New Testament says that Christ's Second Coming was "near," and "at hand." Jesus said it would happen before that 1st-century generation died out. Either it happened, or Jesus was a false prophet.
For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.
Matthew 16:27-28
Once again, the past is the key to understanding our future, and the nature of this first-century "coming." Israel was given tremendous privilege, and with it, special duties and tremendous responsibility (Luke 12:47). The Old Testament is a long history of Israel's rebellion against God, repudiation of her duties, consummating in her murder of God's own Son. Just like the book of Jonah concerned Nineveh, the New Testament concerns Israel in her last days (Luke 11:29-31). With Israel's judgment behind us, our future is glorious.

Part of the belief that "Jesus is coming soon" is the prediction that evil is getting stronger and stronger, and things are getting "worse and worse" -- a self-fulfilling prophecy, if Christians stop working and start waiting., .org 
The pessimistic view dominated Christianity in the 20th century. We call it "pessimillennialism." The fastest growing view of the future in the 21st century, however, might be called "optimillennialism." This is the view that Christians will unite to create heaven on earth, as Jesus prayed: "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." It is a long-term view, and recognizes that the value of "the Church" (the Body of Christ) is greater than the sum of its individual members.

Why would you choose to believe that the earth is being surrendered to Satan rather than conquered by Christ? The Bible is not the story of God losing out to Satan and being forced by Satan to destroy the entire planet in frustration. If you wish to believe the more optimistic view, you will find yourself supported by the Bible. The whole Bible, from cover to cover. Here are places to begin:

"Preterism" comes from the Latin word for "past." It is the fastest-growing view of Biblical Prophecy in America. It holds that all Biblical prophecies were inaugurated or fulfilled in the past at Christ's First Coming. An example of "fulfilled": Matthew 24. An example of "inaugurated": the "New Heavens/New Earth" of Isaiah 65:17ff + 2 Peter 3: the "planting" and "building houses" in Isaiah 65 continues today. More to follow., .org
One of the greatest obstacles to Christian dominion and the Christianization of the world is "futurism," which holds that no real lasting success in Christianizing the world can take place until Jesus comes back again. Dominion Preterism is the view that we should be taking dominion now, because Jesus already came. Because of the Last Adam, we have the same task today that the First Adam had: building the City of God.
When Jesus came at the first Christmas, He began fulfilling all the prophecies about the coming Messiah. By the time the temple was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70, all these prophecies had been fulfilled. The Messiah came, and we are in the Messianic age described by the prophets. The Last Adam has restored us to the fellowship enjoyed by the first Adam, and as priests and kings, our job is to clean up the mess left by the first Adam and build the New Jerusalem: a conspiracy to overthrow the City of Man and build the City of God.
This website continues where leaves off. The Old Covenant has been replaced by the New Covenant. The Old Age has ended and the New Age in Christ has begun. The Old Heavens and Earth was destroyed by fire in the destruction in A.D. 70. We are now in the New Heavens and New Earth described in 2 Peter 3 and Isaiah 65. Our job is to create heaven on earth. [This website actually belongs under Part One (The Case for Working for V&FT) instead of here under "Tools" (Part Two), but it's too controversial to be presented that early.]
Is “The New Heavens and the New Earth” the final state?   Is the New Heavens and the New Earth perfect in the sense of “completely developed?” Does this mean there is no growth? Will there be any concept of progress in the New Heavens/New Earth? Will there be work to do in the New Heavens and the New Earth? If you had a choice, would you choose to be alive in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve before the Fall, or would you choose to be alive right now? What advantages do you have today that the first Adam did not have? What material or physical advantages did the first Adam have that you don’t have? What kind of spiritual fellowship did the first Adam have with God that the Last Adam has not restored? The New Testament claims that we enjoy the extraordinary benefits and blessings of restored fellowship with God. [Again, this more properly belongs in Part One above, but we find that it is not necessary to present a lengthy case, and once a reader makes the leap from pessimillennialism to optimillennialism, there is an instant hunger for the implications, and a desire to hammer out practical patterns of living in terms of these implications.]
Like the Evolution-Creation issue, eschatology is often determined more by wishes, hopes and choices than "just the facts."


We define "capitalism" as: "The social system based on the rejection of the initiation of force or violence against others." You probably have never heard "capitalism" defined like that. Those who oppose capitalism speak of "the rich exploiting the poor." But there is almost universal agreement among those who call themselves "capitalists" or are defenders of "capitalism" (not liberals or socialists who criticize capitalism) that non-violence is the essence or core of "capitalism."

Micah speaks of a world which functions prosperously without "the sword." Most Christians don't appreciate how this prophecy can be fulfilled because they don't appreciate God's blessings, understand how providence operates in the world today, and how -- without coercion or violence -- God brings about the fulfillment of the promises of world-wide blessings.

"Capitalism" is the answer. Capitalism is the intersection of Providence, economics, and politics. We are not to steal. We are not to succeed by killing our competitors or doing any violence. Even if our competitor does violence to us, the Bible says to leave vengeance to God, and not to return evil for evil, but to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21). We succeed by being productive, not vindictive. We do not use force against our competitors, but we succeed by serving the consumer better, and thereby exercising dominion under God. This principle leads to "pacifism.", .org
We are to take dominion over the earth, but "dominion" doesn't mean domination, coercion, compulsion, initiation of force or threats of violence. It doesn't mean killing leaders and carpet-bombing civilians. Jesus showed us that it is better to give our life than to take the life of another (1 Peter 2:18-25). Businessmen are generally pacifists. They depend on creativity, ingenuity, productivity, and hard work to succeed, not violence. Politicians are not pacifists. They believe in using threats of force and violence to accomplish their goals. Capitalists bring prosperity, politicians bring poverty. Immoral businessmen seek the aid of politicians.
"Self-defense" is not prohibited by pacifism. You can defend yourself by building a fence, locking the door, erecting a high-tech security system, or, if you're Captain Kirk on the U.S.S. Enterprise, setting your Phazer on "stun." But if your house is broken into despite your best efforts at defense and security, you can't take vengeance on the intruder and be a follower of Christ (though Christ commands you to seek to "restore" your brother by pressuring him to repent and make restitution).
Pacifism logically leads to:, .org, .org
      A rejection of violence, coercion, domination, and theft, which we call "pacifism," leads to a rejection of all forms of socialism. The rejection of all forms of socialism is called "anarchism." Socialism in all its forms (such as democracy, republicanism, etc.) is ultimately the greatest obstacle to Christian dominion and personal responsibility under God. In Mark 10:42-45, Christ told His disciples that the kings of the Gentiles love to be "archists," but it was not to be so among His disciples. We have been taught in government schools that "anarchists" are bad, which logically implies that "archists" must be good. This is the biggest government lie in all of human history. In the Bible, "archists" are bad; "anarchists" are Godly servants.
      "Love your enemy" is a common summary of the ethic Christ taught. It is this Christian ethic that is civilizing the entire planet. "Love your enemy" creates a humane world. Vengeance and terrorism are the marks of "archists." (When "the good guys" do vengeance it's called "justice"; when "the bad guys" do it back, it's called "terrorism," or as the CIA calls it, "blowback.") Rejection of Christ's "love your enemy" ethic destroys capitalism and progress.
      While individuals committed to "love your enemy" have tempered institutions of violence, those institutions have not yet been disarmed. In an age of nuclear weapons, the future of human civilization depends on prayerfully preaching Christ's gospel of the Kingdom to "the powers that be" and anticipating the conversion and repentance of millions who are now committed to violence and armed for terrorism and vengeance. "Swords into plowshares" and "learn war no more" -- in short, the repudiation of "archism" -- is the next step in human progress.
One of the most fundamental errors that promote violence is the idea of "capital punishment." This is the idea that someone in every society is permitted to take vengeance on his enemies, and if someone can, "surely I can too." Capital punishment in Western Civilization is based on the Bible, a fact which most secular opponents of the death penalty won't admit. But the Biblical basis for capital punishment is an erroneous interpretation of the Bible. [summary]
Despite the success of capitalism and the failure of socialism around the world, virtually everyone in the United States has been trained in government schools and by a government-dominated media to believe that socialism is better than capitalism -- government regulation is better than the "invisible hand" of the Free Market -- and that no economy can succeed without some socialism. This is what makes this campaign so controversial: we are working to eliminate all socialism and establish pure "laissez-faire" capitalism. Pure "laissez-faire" capitalism is also called "anarcho-capitalism." All forms of Anarchism or Capitalism which are not rooted and grounded in Christianity tend to self-destruct. Hence our websites:, .org
The Bible teaches what is today being called "anarcho-capitalism." This is the message from cover-to-cover, as our survey of the Bible ("95 Theses") demonstrates., .org
These websites defend anarcho-capitalism from the standpoint of Biblical Christianity and explain why all non-Christian forms of economics and society eventually collapse into chaos and tyranny, while Christian economics creates prosperous economies and flourishing civilizations.
The only thing worse than "capitalism" in the minds of many of its critics is "globalism." In Seattle, Nice, Genoa, and other cities, rioters have destroyed millions of dollars worth of property and attacked police in globally-orchestrated protests against global orchestration. Their goal is to nationalize corporations into a "global democracy," that is, global socialism.
     Jesus came to be King over the earth, but Jesus did not tell His followers to throw bricks through windows or dissenters in jail. ChristianGlobalism is achieved by eliminating socialism, fascism, and other forms of "archism" (the use of government violence to impede competition) ("competition" = freedom for consumers to do business with any business they want) around the world. This is Micah's vision: every nation obeying God's Law, beating swords into plowshares. "Global orchestration" is God's job, in which He employs His "invisible hand."
     There are many respectable commentators who oppose globalism. Among them are Paul Craig Roberts and Pat Buchanan. But they are wrong if they oppose voluntary globalization. They are putting a now-secular nation ahead of the Kingdom of Christ.
     Christianity is presently dying out in secular Europe and America, while growing in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. This secularization doesn't have to happen -- we should work to prevent it -- but it's happening now. Says Philip Jenkins:
• The scale of Christian growth is almost unimaginable. Back in 1900, there were about 10 million Christians in Africa, representing about 10 percent of the population. Today there are 360 million, representing just under half the population. That is one of the most important changes in religious history, and I think most of us didn't notice it.
• In the global South, he notes, huge and growing Christian populations—360 million in Africa, 480 million in Latin America and 313 million in Asia, compared with only 260 million in North America, are already dominant in the Christian faith. In fact, the centers of the Christian world have already moved “to Africa, to Latin America, and to Asia … (the) balance will never shift back.”  By 2025 most Christians will be non-white.
• The Bible is alive in Africa and Asia and Latin America. Overwhelmingly, the kind of Christianity is one which is very Bible-centered, which takes the Bible very seriously, takes authority very seriously, both the Old and the New Testament, in a way which I don't think western Christianity has done probably since the Enlightenment.
     "Globalization" represents the growth of capital and technology in the increasingly-Christian third world through "free trade." It will raise their economic standard of living. Western Institutions, such as the World Bank, the IMF, and other components of the Western State, hope to extend their political control over the Christian South and East as well, but the West is increasingly losing control over its own population, as secular autonomy becomes more self-conscious in its destruction of the family and morality.
     If Micah's vision takes root in the underdeveloped world, we will see the same shift we saw when Rome collapsed and Christian civilization took root among the European barbarians. But there's no reason why the New Rome (the US/UK/EU/UN "West") has to fall into poverty and chaos -- if Christianity can be re-energized (probably outside the mainline churches). Even though Globalization will mean a relative decline in U.S. GNP, the Bible promises an increase in our standard of living if we obey God's Commands. Globalism could potentially mean global Christianization and global capitalization, and this would mean a radical increase in our own standard of living. This website explores the staggering implications., .org, .org
These websites offer systematic training in understanding the principles of economics and society which led to the unparalleled wealth we enjoy today. We train you hard, requiring you to read what we believe to be the greatest text in history on Capitalism and the fundamentals of a free and prosperous society, a text that takes one year to read at 10 minutes a day. This will undo 4 years of college and turn your thinking about business or career upside down.

Christian Reconstruction

The Christian Reconstruction Movement was the incubator for Vine & Fig Tree. The movement had a significant though underreported effect on politics and education (by initiating the Christian exodus out of public schools into Christian schools and home schools) back in the 1970's and 1980's. With the death of its leading figure, R.J. Rushdoony, it seems to have vanished. Is there a future for "Christian Reconstruction?"

There are some who are called "Theonomists" who applaud Singapore and Saudi Arabia for their strong anti-crime programs, holding that the real power of "Christian Reconstruction" to make society better is the power to execute various classes of criminals. Vine & Fig Tree questions Capital Punishment and promotes the more pacifist strategy of Micah. The Christian Reconstruction movement, if it is to ever again be a formidable force for social change, must understand this important truth:

The greatest obstacle to (or enemy of) Christian Reconstruction is "the State."

The first generation of Reconstructionists strongly defended the existence of "the State," though it spoke in libertarian terms of the need to "reconstruct" or Christianize the State. A Christian State is as much a contradiction in terms as a Christian Reich, a Holy Roman Empire or a Christian mafia. Reconstruction requires elimination of the State, nationalism, imperialism, and republicanism. This requires elimination of the myth of the legitimacy of violence. We have described the steps under "capitalism" above. In order to lead in the 21st century, the Christian Reconstruction movement must adopt anarcho-capitalism. In addition to 'DominionPacifism" and "DominionAnarchism," the Christian Reconstruction movement must adopt:, .org
Described above; this website explains why the Messiah has already come, and we should now be acting in terms of Christ's rightful dominion.
When Jesus came at the first Christmas, He began fulfilling all the prophecies about the coming Messiah. By the time the temple was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70, all theses prophecies had been fulfilled. The Messiah came, and we are in the Messianic age described by the prophets. The Last Adam has restored us to the fellowship enjoyed by the first Adam, and as priests and kings, our job is to clean up the mess left by the first Adam and build the New Jerusalem., .org
A wager that no Christian can read our anarchist website without becoming a Christian anarchist. 

America 1776, .org
America's Founding Fathers were Christian libertarians. They abolished the government and began an "experiment in liberty," where no act of government was legitimate without the "consent of the governed." Social order was maintained by self government (morality) under God (religion). "Liberty" means freedom from the initiation of force or violence by others. Liberty exists when others are committed to obeying "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." The "government" is the greatest threat to "Liberty Under God." If this principle were consistently followed, it would lead to:, .org
A lousy label for a great idea. This is an ordered, self-governing, peaceful society without "the State" ("libertarian") and without the "church" ("Theocracy" means "God governs," not priests [ecclesiocracy]). The claim that "anarchists" are bad is the biggest government lie in all of human history. The claim that "theocracy" is bad is a complete misunderstanding of reality. All human beings are essentially religious beings. They either worship the Creator, or they worship the creature. The laws of every society are based on the religion of society, which is the worship of the True God, the worship of a false god, or every man his own god. See also:, .org, .biz, .info, .net, .org
But America's Founding Fathers were not entirely consistent with this vision. After abolishing the British government, they established another, which has devolved into the Reich we have today. The root failure may have been the willingness to take up arms and resort to violence against the British, a government incomparably more libertarian and Christian than the one that has resulted. Violence against governments, that is, decentralized violence against centralized violence, only perpetuates violence. This website explains why the American Revolution was a violation of Romans 13 and other Biblical principles., .org
Many events, people, and products have been called "The Second American Revolution." The LAST American Revolution will be the total repudiation of violent revolution, violent regulation, and the systematic embrace of total laissez-faire capitalism. (See "Capitalism" below.)
What did Jesus come to do on that first Christmas? Did He succeed? Christmas is not a sentimental, syrupy children's holiday. It is a world-changing revolution.
In March of 2005, President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin agreed to merge the three countries into a new nation modeled after the European Union. Possibly called the "North American Union" or the "United States of North America," the three branches of the U.S. federal government, both delegated and usurped, will be transferred upward to the new North American government. The correct option is to abolish the US Federal Government and return those powers downward to the People, from whence they originated.
The Constitution is already dead meat, and by 2020 will be all but abolished (See, above). The choice confronting Americans and Christians is to face the reality that the biggest threat to "Liberty Under God" is the federal government, the "United States of America."
A 12-Step program to overcome the addiction to dominate others and resort to violence in the face of life's frustrations.


All of the websites in this section are based on the Biblical analogy of Christians to athletes who run a race and must be in training. Every successful athlete trains every day, not just on Sundays. Every successful athlete has a coach who pushes the athlete beyond what the athlete might think is possible. The coach also encourages the athlete to persevere when the athlete feels like giving up, and praises the athlete for accomplishments. [more]
We were created to "exercise dominion over the earth" under God. This is the first commandment in history. The first commandment in priority is to love God; the second is to love our neighbor. We love because He first loved us. To "exercise dominion" in a fallen world is to bring every area of life --with its autonomous violence and hatred -- under the dominion of Christ, and theonomic love ("Theonomy" = "God's Law"). Dominion coaching trains the individual to be a source of dominion -- healing, theonomic service -- in the world, by putting God's Laws into practice. See also "capitalism" above.
Samuel Adams is known as "the Father of the American Revolution." What would he think if he could travel through time into the 21st century? If you think of yourself as a good American, what would Sam Adams think of your claim? He risked his life, his fortune and his sacred honor to abolish a Christian government that taxed the colonists at 3-5%. What have YOU risked to deal with a government that is atheistic and taxes ten times more than Adams' government? Would you like the boldness and courage of Sam Adams? If you want to become a Gold Medal American, you need a coach.
We are not to be isolated and alone. We need interaction.
"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." Proverbs 27:17, .org
If you believe the Bible is actually a revelation from God, then how should you treat the Bible? What place should it have in your life? How can you better understand and apply the Bible? See also "", .org
The "Life Coach" is a growing industry, exploiting the modern phenomenon of broken "nuclear families" and isolated individuals who lack a life purpose. People looking for a "life coach" but not necessarily looking for "Vine & Fig Tree" will find both here., .org
Capitalism is the opposite of socialism. Socialism is the use of force and threats of violence to accomplish social objectives. Everyone engaged in the exercise of dominion needs to understand how capitalism accomplishes our personal and social goals without coercion. (see "Capitalism" above)
Here is a partial list of the character traits that are the foundation of Christian dominion and capitalism.


As important as a "coach" is to a Christian who is running the race and competing for the prize, and as important as daily training is, millions of Christians are deprived of these essentials because they have been brainwashed into believing that a "worship service" on Sunday -- sacraments, liturgies, pulpit lectures or televangelist entertainment -- is sufficient -- or more important -- than daily work on Christian dominion., .org
The institutional church is generally a liability rather than an asset in the lives of most Christians. There is a growing awareness of this, reflected in the "Home Church" movement. But the "Home Church" often merely shifts the entertainment or authoritarianism to a new venue. Community and "the Body of Christ" are Biblical concepts; the entire concept of "church" has to go.
The entire world must be Christianized. Christianity cannot be confined to the four walls of a church. "Evangelism" is not just bringing people to church or preparing them for death (or "rapture").

These "political" websites are produced by a non-profit tax-exempt organization called "Vine & Fig Tree" ( Because we no longer have freedom of speech in America, we are required by law to disclose that we do not endorse the candidacy of Kevin Craig for U.S. Congress. Kevin Craig links to these websites in his campaign materials because he agrees with the idea of "Vine & Fig Tree" and "Liberty Under God." But non-profit organizations are not allowed to speak out on behalf of political candidates, so even though he endorses us, we cannot endorse him without the risk of losing our tax-exempt status. If you came to this website looking for information about Kevin Craig, you should click on one of these websites:
www.Is It a SIN to Vote for Roy
If you want information about his opponent, you should click here, here or here.
       The American Revolution began in churches. The Boston Tea Party was plotted in a church. The ratifying conventions of several states were held in churches. What would America's Founding Fathers think about a government that told churches they could not say anything about Parliament or King George III, and told courts of law they cannot display copies of the Ten Commandments. The Pastors of early America's churches would rise up and call for the abolition of such a tyranny.
       What will you do?

Political, .org
The answer is YES. During the 19th century (especially in notable cases in 1844 and 1892) the United States Supreme Court declared that America was a Christian nation. But this fact has been lost on a generation educated in atheistic government-run schools. This is the largest website on the internet with comprehensive resources on America's Christian heritage and why the ACLU is wrong about the "separation of church and state.", .org
Not just an empty slogan, this is the core philosophy of America, and just as radical today as it was in 1776.
NOBODY knows how to run your family better than you do. Nobody can run your business better than you can. Nobody knows how to educate your children better than you do. Nobody should run your life. Vote for Nobody!
But you can't vote for nobody. Attempts to place "none of the above" on ballots are always rejected for the obvious reason that "none of the above" will win hands-down and call into question the legitimacy of government. Kevin Craig is running for Congress to give you a chance to vote for "Liberty Under God."
Brainstorming on how to spread Micah's Vine & Fig Tree vision around the world, beat swords into plowshares, and bring Peace on Earth. It is possible, if people will reject the view that some socialism, some violence, some war is necessary. It is possible, if people will trust in God's AstonishingProvidence.
In March of 2005, President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin agreed to merge the three countries into a new nation modeled after the European Union. Possibly called the "North American Union" or the "United States of North America," the three branches of the U.S. federal government, both delegated and usurped, will be transferred upward to the new North American government. The correct option is to abolish the USA and return those powers downward to the People, from whence they originated.


We began this survey of Vine & Fig Tree's webpages with "self-evident truths," rooted in our being creatures of a loving and personal Creator. The Bible says all human beings display the work of the Creator's Commandments written on their hearts. But many people harden their hearts, and in order to deny God's Laws, they deny that the universe has a Creator. Aldous Huxley, grandson of "Darwin's bulldog," Sir Thomas Huxley, has frankly confessed that a meaningless, random universe suits him better than a world of service and personal responsibility under God:

I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons [justifications, rationalizations] for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics, he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and govern in the way that they find most advantageous to themselves. . . . For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.

Many Christians have discovered that evolutionists have lied to them. The promotion of the theory of evolution has been buttressed by frauds, hoaxes and icons. Evolutionists say evolution is a scientific "fact," when it is no more "scientific" than creationism. But many Christians have gone on to discover that the reason evolutionists lie is not just an abstract academic "scientific" dispute over "facts." Evolutionists lie because they want to steal your property and seduce your wife. Evolutionists call it "liberation," but it is the seizing of political power for the seizing of your wealth, and the seizing of wealth to fund hedonism, adultery and perversion.

The issue in the Evolution-Creation debate is not just "science" or "facts," it is politics and morality. It is wealth and sex. It is pure mystical, sexual, religious, political power., .org org




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On February 29, 2012, a tornado tore through Powersite, Missouri causing devastating damage.

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"Spiritual Exercises"

This is not an easy website. Not only are there more than 1,000 webpages, some of them are very controversial. They really make you think. It's like being on an athletic team and the coach ordering you to do 1,000 push-ups. It's not like the coach thinks that at the big game this weekend the teams are going to decide the championship by seeing who can do the most push-ups. The coach just knows that it will be easier to hit a ball over the wall in deep centerfield if you do your exercises before the big game.

You don't have to agree with everything on this website to benefit from it. Check everything you read here by the Scriptures; test the spirits (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1). But if you stretch your spiritual muscles it will be easier to carry the Cross Christ asks you to carry. There's a lot of spiritual muscle-building here, and it's more entertaining than a Jane Fonda workout video.


Although millions of Americans go to church every Sunday, more and more Christians are disenchanted with the liturgies and rituals of only-on-Sunday religion. If you fall in love with Micah's Vine & Fig Tree vision you may be tempted to pull up stakes and leave your church. That may not be the best idea. On the other hand, if you feel that you're entitled to go to heaven just because you planted yourself in a pew every Sunday, you may be in need of some spiritual exercises:
Justification by Allegiance
Should A Christian "Attend Church"?
The Home-Church Debate
Every Christian is a priest, every Christian a pastor
A World Without Priests
Most Americans believe that living in America is better than living in any communist dictatorship, and most Americans believe that capitalism is better than socialism, but few can explain why. As a result, America is becoming more socialist. The Vine & Fig Tree defense of laissez-faire capitalism will make it easier for you defend the American idea of "limited government," even if you choose not to go as far as we do. Ready for some push-ups?
Laissez-faire Capitalism
A World without "The State"
The Christian Anarchist Homepage
How to Become a Christian Anarchist.
America is the land of "Liberty Under God." Our official national motto is "In God We Trust." But a vocal minority of atheists have convinced the Supreme Court that America's Founding Fathers intended to create a secular nation with a wall of separation between God and Government. Anyone who says religion should be accommodated by the government is accused of trying to "impose a theocracy." You're looking kinda flabby -- time for some exercises:
America was a Theocracy
America should be a Theocracy Again
Atheists should not be allowed to hold political office
America's Laws were Based on the Ten Commandments
Court Decisions Banning the Ten Commandments Should be Resisted
But should we resist the increasingly anti-Christian federal government with guns and bombs? If you even thought that for a second, you need to do some spiritual sit-ups.
Would Jesus Celebrate Memorial Day?
Christians should be Pacifists
America's War for Independence (1776) was unBiblical
Deciding how "realistic" or "practical" the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision is depends on how big your God is. Many Christians pay lip-service to the idea of God being "sovereign," but their God just isn't powerful enough to bring about Micah's "Vine & Fig Tree" vision without coming back to earth, destroying everything and starting over. Besides, the ACLU might be offended if God started fulfilling prophecies like Micah's. How sovereign is your God? Is there a wall of separation between God and society called "free will?" Is Man able to tell God to back off and leave us alone? Push-ups, push-ups, push-ups!!
God Interferes in Human History
God has predestined every molecule in the universe, including the electrical impulses in your brain that you call "thoughts." I dare you to use your "free will" to click here.
But even if God is sovereign, hasn't He predestined everything to get worse and worse before the Second Coming of Christ? If we work for the Christian Reconstruction of society, won't that just delay the Second Coming? Wouldn't it be sinful, in fact, to try to "bring in the Kingdom" by our own works?
This is going to take a lot of push-ups. Check with your Physician. Don't try all these exercises alone all at once. Please go through them in order.
The Second Coming has already taken place.
We are already in The Kingdom.
In fact, we're already in heaven.

Again, you don't have to agree that we're already in heaven, but if you work through those exercises, you'll find it a lot easier to believe what the Bible says, and you'll agree that after doing these exercises, you'll be strong enough to believe a lot more of what the Bible says than you could before.

And isn't it your goal to believe as much of the Bible as you possibly can? That's our goal as well.

The examples above are just the tip of the iceberg. We have nearly 1,000 pages on our various websites, many unfinished, all of them constantly being revised. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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We have worked hard to create this website, and we're still working on it.
If you feel you have been helped by our work, remember that "the laborer is worthy of his hire" (Luke 10:7).

In 2012, the offices of Vine & Fig Tree were destroyed by a tornado.
If you you can, please make a tax-deductible donation to Vine & Fig Tree.

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From time time time you'll find links to
the website for Kevin Craig's "campaign" for United States Congress.
 Vine & Fig Tree  in no way  endorses this campaign. 
The campaign is Kevin Craig's own personal attempt
to promote
the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision in his spare time.
We are working to import the content from this
political website into the
"Vine & Fig Tree" website.