They Clergied My Vesture


[Zec 13:7 KJV] 7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man [that is] my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

[Mat 26:31 KJV] 31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

[2Th 2:1-2 KJV] 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

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In many accounts of the Lord performing healing and deliverance, the ones He healed wanted to follow Him, but were not permitted. Jesus certainly new what He was given of the Father to do. He knew that he would be slain, raised and glorified. He knew that His relationship henceforth would be with us by the Spirit. In John’s gospel, the truth that Jesus would come again in the Anointing is indisputable. Even common sense would have dispelled the notion of a man gathering a bigger and bigger following of human beings, culminating in Him sitting in some carnal seat of authority in the midst of an ever growing bevy of humanity. It was also said by the prophets, that they would murder the savior, divide His garments among themselves, and cast lot for His vesture. While this was physically done as a great sign that the scripture might be fulfilled, the prophetic implications are far reaching, touching on the above mentioned things concerning “how” we are now gathered to Him. The mantle He wore as a garment, the seamless coat, is indicative of His status as “The Anointed”, “The Christ”. And to use plain and direct speech, the murderers, who crave authority and status for themselves, when Jesus fulfilled what He spoke of, as expounded by John, of going away and coming again in a manner not perceivable to the world (see John 14), because they could not conceive of a world without their authority and guidance, and perceiving a vacuum, a void in authority when Jesus was no longer visibly gathering multitudes, these authoritarians decided to fill that void with themselves. But Jesus did not indicated He would leave us directionless. He said He Himself would give us His Spirit. This, He said, the world can not see. A mantle, or coat, is indicative of one’s office and authority. The casting of lots for just how that office would be filled, and by whom, is very telling. In the first place, it is filled in each and every one of us, by Christ Himself. But the blind authoritarians can not see this, nor conceive of it. So they clergy it among themselves. It takes very little research with a concordance, to know that the phrase “cast lot” is the word “kleros”, from which we have the word “cleric” and “clergy”. They “clergied” His vesture…his office. This is the very thing Jesus identifies in the assemblies of Revelation, as a thing He hates. He hates the phony division of His body into clergy and laity. It does not exist in Him. It only deceptively lurks in the minds of the conquerors and their conquered. A lot of trouble is born of the lack of understanding of what Jesus said, that wherever two or three are gathered in His name, He is in the midst. The Spirit of truth is not to validate an assembly, a system, or any individuals. He glorifies The Father. The Lord is able to work wondrously, in spite of man’s concoctions. The lives and relationship of Elijah and Elisha are a declaration of these things. When the mantle of Elijah, as he was ascending to heaven, fell upon Elijah, a figure of the body of Christ. It needs to be understood that Elijah did not surrender, or divest himself of anything. What he walked in, because Elisha saw Elijah in resurrection, and knew Elijah was alive, was extended to Elisha, and their relationship became a picture of the “whole family in heaven and in earth”, living and walking as one, by the One Spirit of God. Jesus, when He was raised, and sent to us the Spirit and Promise of The Father, did not divest Himself of it, He did not cease to be the King of kings, the Firstborn, and the Preeminent in all things. He did not become diminished in any way or thing. He shares all that He is, with us. If religious hierarchy saw this, they would cease and desist their power grabbing and pontificating. Before Jesus was murdered, it said all the fullness of the godhead dwelt in Him bodily. In resurrection it says all the fullness of the godhead dwells (present tense) in Him bodily, and ye are complete in Him. We are added to Him. We are not without a leader, a teacher, and a city. We just by the grace of God, have the good sense not to look any more, for one here.

[Col 2:12-19 KJV] 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

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The Works Of God


The Man Born Blind

[Jhn 9:1-5 KJV] 1 And as [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man which was blind from [his] birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

This account in John 9 has roots in John 6. Concerning the bread of heaven, which came into the world, where Jesus was asked to provide things, which he Himself is. And even though he was in their midst, the fulfillment of everything, they did not see it or believe it.

[Jhn 6:27-29 KJV] 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Being born blind is not as rare a condition as is supposed. The prophets declare that darkness covers the earth, and great darkness, the people. Having been declared to the disciples that the work of God is that you believe on him who God has sent, they later encounter the man born blind. The disciples ask about whose fault it is? Who sinned that he was born blind? Him or his parents? Jesus answered that neither he nor his parents had sinned, but that the works of God might be manifest in him. It seems there is a different goal in mind, a different perspective of what constitutes a work. Jesus did not imply that miracles, signs, wonders, healings, etc., in themselves, were a completed “work” without the result of faith. In another place this exchange took place: [Jhn 10:36-38 KJV] 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father [is] in me, and I in him. If these great things that Jesus did, do not produce faith in Him, the understanding that He is the only way to the Father, then the many works that helped flesh are short lived. Because the flesh will still grow old and falter. Jesus once raised a dead young girl, restoring her to life, and commanded that something be given her to eat. This shows us that the young girl had not been resurrected, but resuscitated. Her natural body, though restored, still had it’s limitations.

Jesus had just answered the question about whose fault it was that the man had been born blind:

[Jhn 9:6-7 KJV] 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

A very telling picture unfolds in what followed. The man born blind goes through an immediate quick work. He went from not knowing who Jesus was, or where he was, not knowing if Jesus were a sinner or not, to supposing that Jesus was a prophet, to understanding that if Jesus were not of God He could have done nothing. He is put out of the synagogue. Jesus finds him and asks if he believes on the Son of God? The man in complete sincerity asks, “who is he that I might believe?” (He had never seen Jesus). Jesus said, “you HAVE seen him, and he is speaking to you”. Then the works of God were completed in him: He said, “Lord, I believe”. And he worshiped him.

As spectacular as was the opening of the eyes of a man born blind, it would be a short lived accomplishment without resulting in the eternal work of faith in the man.

On a day where many in the world mark and observe the Lord having arisen from the dead, I consider the truth that we, as many as believe, are crucified with Him, and raised with Him. He did not rise alone. He is the only way to the Father, and faith in Him is the works of God in them that believe.

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JACOB’S LADDER


Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob, fleeing his brother Esau, came to a place called Luz. Luz means “Almond”. Jacob had just swindled his brother out of the paternal blessing, and also the right of firstborn. All of Jacob’s journey to and fro was two dimensional, and concerned with the affairs of this life unfolding upon the face of the earth, as lichen grows on a boulder.

When Jacob came to Luz, the day was spent, and he lay down to sleep, using the stones of the place for his pillows. Using stone for head rests was a common thing in many places in history. As Jacob rested his neck upon the stone and slept, Jacob saw in a dream, a ladder reaching to heaven, and the messengers of God ascending and descending upon it. This revelation was a departure from horizontal going to and fro on the face of the earth, from one figurative shadow to another. When Jacob awoke, he declared the place to be the “house of God and the gate of heaven”. He anointed the stone his head had rested upon, and called the place “Luz, which is Beth El”… “the Almond which is the house of God”.

There is a place where the Apostle Paul wrote and touched upon these things. In the book of Hebrews, Paul addressed the bitter feud between Esau and Jacob, in which Esau was deprived of certain familial places of inheritance. Isaac, blessed Esau in faith, saying to him that, when he shall have the dominion, he will break his brother’s (Jacob) yoke from off his neck”.

Paul wrote:

[Heb 11:20 KJV] 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

Having given both the blessing and birthright to Jacob, things which in the shadow and likeness of things that they were, they were irreversible. As long as Esau and Jacob strove in the shadows, what Jacob had done could not be undone. He would always reign over Esau. So, what are the “things to come” that Paul recognized fulfilled what Isaac saw? The resurrection. And to be exact, it is by faith in Christ who would come, that true and eternal inheritance could be won. Not the horizontal squabbling over things in the earth and this life, and who was superior to whom in this life, but the vision of the Kingdom of God and ascendancy that centers in Christ, who is without dispute, the heir of all the promises of God, and the One Seed of promise, of whom God spake to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus is the heir of all things, and now by faith, whether of Esau or Jacob, or of any of the seed of flesh on the earth, all may by faith in Him, be a joint heir with Him. This is what Isaac saw, and this is what he believed in blessing Esau and Jacob.

In the course of time, Jacob would take wives and concubines, and produce sons. And one son, Joseph, would be sold into slavery in Egypt, by his envious brothers, who hated him because of dreams he had. They did not understand the dreams, which likened Jacob, Rachel and the 11 sons, to the sun, moon and twelve stars. Also the twelve sons were revealed as twelve sheaves being bound. In the dreams, the sun, moon and stars paid homage to Joseph’s star, and the eleven sheaves of his brothers paid homage to Joseph’s sheaf. The dreams do not become clear until Joseph is cast into a pit to die, but is raised out of the pit, a figure of resurrection, and Joseph goes into Egypt where he eventually becomes ruler. All bread is in his hand. Though his household did eventually come and bow before Joseph, the real meaning of all this was realized in Christ, who rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father. Joseph’s dreams were not unlike Jacob’s dream of the ladder. Joseph’s dreams were of higher things than the order of things in a family, who were living in a shadow of things to come. Joseph’s dreams were of the one seed who would fulfill all the promises. The “sheaf” or “word” of this superior vision stood. It still stands. And every star, and the sun and the moon dim and pale in the blazing light of the resurrection. No shadow can ever hope to outshine that which it points to.

While Joseph was in Egypt, there was a famine in the earth. Jacob sent money and gifts into Egypt to buy grain from Pharaoh…or so he thought. It was in fact Joseph with whom he dealt unwittingly. Among the gifts sent into Egypt, into Joseph’s hand, were some Almonds. And generations later, a branch descended of that gift, would be cut off of the tree and made into a staff. That staff in the hand of Aaron would be instrumental in leading the children out of Egypt. In settling a question of leadership, that rod would be raised, bear a crop of seed, and in that state, enter into the tabernacle, into the holiest place, and be place in the ark of the testimonies which God gave.

Paul would later write of certain things signified by the Spirit of God, in the precise ordering of the tabernacle. Paul wrote that while priests ministered to the house, day in and day out, in sacrifices and offerings that could never purge the conscience of sin, the High Priest entered once a year, and once a year only, to offer for the sins of himself and the people. Remember that Jesus, our High Priest, while He Himself knew no sin, yet He became sin, our sin, that we, in Him, could become the righteousness of God. Paul wrote that the Holy Ghost signified in this arrangement, that as long as the order of things in the holy place, the place of the candlestick, as long as this is going on, the way into the holiest is not manifest. It is not seen. The “way” is not in never ending reenactments, never ending ritualistic offerings which do not deliver the conscience of the awareness of sin (or else the mind delivered would not return to the ritual). The way, the gate of heaven that Jacob saw in that Almond grove so many years ago, is revealed. It is to be buried with Christ and to be raised with Him in faith. Only by entering with Him can one enter at all. The candlestick of the Holy place was a man made effigy of a fruiting Almond tree. The resurrected Almond, and the generation it bore in resurrection, was a REAL almond. It really was cut off from a tree and died. And it really and truly was raised. Yet even it was not the fulfillment of all promises, dreams and visions. Christ is. For Christ is not entered into the house built with men’s hands, but is entered into the heavens themselves.

This may sound peculiar, but then, it is written that we are a peculiar people. But if you will consider it, you, by faith, if indeed you receive it in faith, are signified and identified by one of the almonds on that raised branch. In you, in faith and in heavenly places, is written all of the complete genetic inheritance of the Almond that fell to the earth and died, that it might not abide alone. In that good seed of the Kingdom of God, is given you power to become sons of God, who are the children of the resurrection (the gender of your tent is irrelevant). Do not let anything mingle with that vision, let no man steal that crown, let nothing, but nothing, tamper in any way with the vision of Christ in you, the hope of glory. From the moment it was birthed in you, in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, the world and it’s prince have been all about stealing or dwarfing it.

[Rev 22:12-21 KJV] 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book. 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.


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AUTHORITY


AUTHORITY

[Jer 7:22-23 KJV] 22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: 23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

In the time that the Lord lead a people out of captivity, out of the mind numbed existence of being housed, fed, watered taught and groomed solely for the purpose of being tools…means to an end in another kingdom’s vision, the Lord at that time said nothing of sacrifices, kings or temples. The only thing the Lord gave them to observe, was to hear His voice. When the people collectively altered the arrangement, asking that Moses be a mediator between them and the Lord, it became the norm. When eventually the people would assess their situation among the rest of the nations, how that the other nations had a king, they lusted to have a king too. This they did in the days of Samuel, and Samuel was told to accommodate them and give them the king they craved. The Lord said to Samuel not to be grieved, as it was not Samuel and his words they were rejecting, it was the Lord. When David, the second king in the succession of accommodation, desired to build a permanent temple, a “house” for the Lord, He was told that while it was a nice thought, it was a logistic impossibility. It stands eternally true, that any desire manifesting itself in man, to build a house for God, is born of two conditions…not knowing Him, and hence, not realizing the impossibility of humanity building Him a house.

[Jer 2:13 KJV] 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, [and] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

The Lord spoke to David that He, Lord, would instead build a house for David. And the Lord said He would do this in one who would be born in David’s house. And that one would inherit the Everlasting Throne. And inasmuch as the Throne of God is from everlasting, this is not something that can be built or established. It has always been. Jesus, of whom the Lord spoke to David, would later expound that He overcame and was given to sit in the Father’s throne, and similarly to whoever would in like manner overcome, would He give to sit with Him in that throne. The greatest appeal to me personally, is not the notion of being over anything or anybody, but rather being seated together with Him, who is above all power and authority. This high calling is just about as far from the common vision in the churches as it is possible to be. Theirs is a vision of a pyramid style system of authority, with unending squabbling and posturing as to one’s place in the scheme. But the truth is, if one overcomes, one has departed from this red herring all together. This systemic condition of humanity, either to rule or be ruled, is deep rooted and difficult to overcome. When the first disciples would begin to squabble about who would be over what , and who would sit where in the kingdom, Jesus would repeatedly correct them in their thinking. Once when they desired to forcefully make Him a king (according to their idea of it), Jesus “departed again into a mountain alone”. That place was a picture of what Jesus promised the overcomer. The “mountain” was figurative of the Father, and Jesus alone resorted there, because they did not yet understand. He, having access to that place with the Father, at all times and instantly, already is a king beyond their comprehension. Again, the desire to build a “house” for the Lord is born in ignorance of Him. He has never been homeless.

These things being said, consider that Jesus came to lead many sons (male or female flesh irrelevant) unto glory. He is the first born among many brethren. Who He makes free, is free indeed. Not free in theory, but in fact, and free from foolish squabbling about authority. The Spirit of Christ is authority, as He taught Nicodemus.


The broken, bottomless cistern is built of them who have no fountain in them. To be very plain of speech, where individuals are not lead of the Spirit, they look for some other system or individual who they perceive is. Jesus spoke to an authoritarian, Nicodemus, that as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. This is the arrangement the Lord originally sought with the children of Jacob, in leading them out of servitude, only requiring each to hear His voice. There is a great difference between being lead of the Spirit, and being lead of “spirit filled” leaders. In religious circles they often speak of “leadership training”. To this day, I have no idea what they are talking about. It is foreign thinking to me.

In the days that the children of Israel occupied the figurative land of promise, before they sought a king, they repeatedly walked collectively in their evil imagination, and began to vainly observe the so-called gods of the people of the lands. The comedy of this is, they take a stick or stone, carve or shape it. They overlay it with gold or silver, And then become exactly like the thing they made. They have legs, but go no where, having to be carried everywhere. They have eyes and ears, but no longer see or hear anything. Such is every “house” and system men build. When Jesus began to say that the Kingdom of God is at hand, there is nothing of that Kingdom to be built. The Kingdom and it’s throne are from everlasting. It is not lacking in any point. And what Jesus has provided for us, is a way into that Kingdom. Anyone or anything that leads you to believe you can build the Kingdom in the earth, does not see it. During the days before kings, the Lord repeatedly gave the people judges to help deliver them from their self imposed calamities. One such judge was Gideon, also known as Jerubbaal. He was instrumental in delivering Israel from the oppression of the Midianites. When the people were delivered, they asked Gideon to rule over them, he and his son, and his son’s sons. Gideon told them that neither he, nor his sons would rule over them, because the Lord ruled over them. What happened later is the very picture of what I speak. When Gideon was dead and buried, he had 70 sons by wives, and one son by a slave, a concubine. The one son of a bondwoman conspired with the rest of his city and people to be a king over them, seemingly fulfilling the thing they desired of Gideon. He sent and killed all the remaining free born sons of Gideon, save the youngest, who hid himself. That youngest son stood and cried to them in a parable. To set the stage for the parable, consider that the Fig is a figure of the Father, the Olive of the Spirit, the Vine of Christ. Of Jesus, before He was murdered, it says that All the fullness of God dwelt in Him bodily. After He was raised, and a generation raised in faith in Him, it says, “In Him dwells (present tense) all the fullness of the godhead bodily AND ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power”. The fullness of Christ and of God dwells in a people now. It is not for no reason that Paul chided some, saying, “do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” In his parable, Jotham, the youngest and surviving son, spoke that the Fig, the Olive and the Vine would not give up what they were, to yield to their understanding and be “promoted” to rule over them. Jesus Himself would not be forced or coerced into this folly. Neither should any in Him. Those who seek such things do not see or know the Lord. So the bramble, the slave-born son of bondage rose to the occasion, and ruled over them as king. A thorny flesh rending potentate.

Paul wrote of two Jerusalems. One above, one beneath. Don’t look up and down as though this has to do with the earth and sky. It is spiritual. Jerusalem above is free, and is the “mother” of us all. Jerusalem beneath is in bondage with her children to this day. Paul tells us that this is the picture the Lord provided for us in Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Ishmael. One was of promise. One was born of lack of faith and patience. The latter always persecutes the former. Not the other way around. Consider that. I am not speaking of flesh, but of spiritual truth.

In this particular time, the multitudes are looking for something or someone to follow. It is no different really, than it ever has been with flesh. It is written that in a great house, there are vessels unto honor, and vessels unto dishonor; vessels of gold and silver, vessels of clay and wood. They are all vessels of the same house, but are clearly different.

[Gal 4:1 KJV] 1 Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all: but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the Father.

[Heb 12:22-24 KJV] 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel.


In his parable, Jotham reveals the relationship between them who are led of the Spirit, and them who are lead of what is born out of refusing this. The one always persecutes the other, not the other way around. The entire book of Zephaniah is a tale of two cities. One beneath, one above.

As evil as the conditions are that we see imposed by God hating multitudes, there is, and will be, I believe, something worse. Something that will look and feel so “right” to many, that if it were possible, the elect would be deceived. There is no greater terror that them who kill believing they are serving God.

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Mystery or Parable?


The word “mystery” appears numerous times in the scriptures. Also the word “mysteries”. Every use of the word appears in the new testament, and whether a singular “mystery”, or plural “mysteries”, all are translated from the same word. The word “mystery” has come to be used, in the common vernacular, as something deep and hidden, something too high and lofty for the common individual to grasp. A very common saying (which I have never really cared for) is: “God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform”. When this saying is put forth to indicate that the Lord’s ways are beyond comprehension, and one must accept that he/she will never understand certain things in this life, then it is a false and dangerous statement. I say dangerous, because it lends itself to the idea, that the individual must content him/her self with accepting the explanation or musings of the religious elite. The above mentioned saying is only truthful, in my experience, when the word “mystery” is chewed on and digested.

The following is taken from Abarim Publications Online Greek Biblical Dictionary:

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μυω  μυστηριον

The verb μυω (muo) and its future form μυσω (muso) predominantly means to shut (of eyes or the mouth), but with the secondary meaning of to cover, to hide or to be just under the surface.

It is the root of the word μυς (mys), meaning both muscle (hidden just under the skin) and mouse (hidden just under the floor — our English word “muscle” is the diminutive form of the Latin word for mouse). The link exists even in Semitic languages: the Arabic word for muscle is ‘adalah and the word for mouse is ‘adal.

Perhaps via the mess mice make, or the tendency of people to hide their dirt, or perhaps completely unrelated are the noun μυσος (musos), meaning uncleanness or defilement, and the adjective μυσαρος (musaros), meaning foul, dirty, and thus loathsome and abominable.

On the other hand, our verb μυω (muo), meaning to hide or cover, may also have spawned — or perhaps merely lubricated the formation of — the familiar word μουσα (mousa) or Muse (hence our words “music” and “museum”), which is commonly taken from the same Proto-Indo-European root as the English word “mind”. The adjective μουσικος (mousikos), whether derived from the above or merely inspired by it or having nothing to do with it, means devoted to the muses: artistic or musical. This word occurs in the Bible only in Revelation 18:22.

The root verb μυω (muo) is not used in the Bible, but from it comes the verb μυεω (mueo), which means to initiate into the mysteries (the hidden things) or to be introduced to things not known before or not commonly known. This verb occurs in the Bible only in Philippians 4:12.

From the previous verb derives the noun μυστης (mustes; not used in the Bible), which denotes a person initiated into the mysteries, and from the latter in turn derives the noun μυστηριον (musterion), which denotes a mystery, secret or bit of knowledge. But note that in antiquity, the wizard (which means “wise-man”) was not a magician or entertainer but the doctor and chief engineer of a tribe or village. His knowledge may have seemed magic to the uninitiated but it was not supernatural in any way, but rather based on what we would call today scientific and technological skills (1 Kings 4:33-34).

Even by usually sound commentators on the Bible, the noun μυστηριον (musterion), or “mystery”, is commonly rendered a far too great hocus-pocus factor. A “mystery” is not an enigma, but something hidden just under the surface, something that can be pried out from under observable reality just like a mouse can be pried out from under its cover. A mystery is a “mousery”; a nest of living mice cuddled under a flimsy cover, or a “musery”; a fountain of inspiration suddenly bursting from the earth.

The Greek idea of the “mystery” quite literally refers to a “discovery” or to something “to-be-discovered”. It is the same thing as a modern scientific theory, and has nothing to do with classified information, esoteric secrets or unsolvable puzzles, and everything with the truth behind observable reality.

Neither the “mystery of iniquity” (2 Thessalonians 2:7), nor the “mystery of the faith” (1 Timothy 3:9), nor even the “mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:4) are anything other than descriptions of the natural causes of visible effects (Hebrews 11:1), which can be explained by someone who gets it, and be made understandable by means of a verbal explanation.

Hence Paul speaks of being informed of a mystery (Romans 11:25), of telling a mystery (1 Corinthians 15:51), of being stewards of a mystery (1 Corinthians 4:1) and even “full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery” (Colossians 2:2).

All in all, this magnificent word μυστηριον (musterion) is used 27 times in the New Testament; see full concordance.

Our verb μυω (muo), meaning to be covered, and its derivation μυστηριον (musterion) meaning discovery, are obviously closely akin the verb λανθανω (lanthano) and its derivation αληθεια (aletheia), meaning truth.

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The words “mystery”, or “mysteries” appears in the following verses:

Mat 13:11,Luk 8:10,1Co 4:1,1Co 13:2,1Co 14:2,Mar 4:11,Rom 11:25,Rom 16:25,1Co 2:7,1Co 15:51,Eph 1:9,Eph 3:3,Eph 3:4,Eph 3:9,Eph 5:32,Eph 6:19,Col 1:26,Col 1:27,Col 2:2,Col 4:3,2Th 2:7,1Ti 3:9,1Ti 3:16,Rev 1:20,Rev 10:7,Rev 17:5,Rev 17:7.

“Mystery” , derives from μυστήριον, or “mysterion”, and is derived from “muo”, “To shut the mouth”.

Jesus said a marvelous thing about this:

[Mar 4:11 KJV] And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them.

Reading the uses of “mystery” in scripture will yield an understanding that the mystery boils down to this: “Christ in you”.

[Col 1:26 KJV] [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.


Now to use great plainness of speech. The mystery is either in us by faith, or it is not. And if so be He dwells in us by faith, He is there to be discovered, explored and understood. Christ in you is the mystery, of which Jesus said, “seek and you will find, knock and it shall be opened, ask and you will receive”. The idea of shutting the mouth, or using parables where the mystery does not abide, indeed, the many times Jesus did wonderful things and spoke that they should not be published abroad, all these point to the fact that these things are hidden in a people, in Christ. And they do not accept the witness of man, or of men. They are not far off religious conundrums to be held in ignorance. The kingdom of God is within you. It can not at this time be found anywhere else, and it certainly can not be manufactured. If I show you an apple seed, and tell you the orchard is in there, I believe you know what I mean. If you plant the seed, the truth of what was said will manifest itself.

The mysteries of the kingdom of God ARE GIVEN TO YOU TO KNOW, exactly as Jesus said. Ask, seek, knock…and you will find. We are not relegated to be eternal seekers. We are to receive what is given, see what is opened, walk in what is found.

You are partakers of the mystery. No one can take that from you, or hide it from you. In fact, it is hidden in you. The way the mystery is dealt with, derives from the fact that is is in you, and comes from the Father. Flesh and blood can not give you the kingdom, reveal it to you, or explain it. It is first, in you by faith, and secondly, opened up and walked in, in the fellowship you have with the Father and with the Son. It can only be hinted of to the world in parables, because it can only be seen and walked in, in substance and reality.

I am writing to encourage all to strength, patience and perseverance. The difficult times we find ourselves in, and the confusion and decay of the world around us, are not our inheritance. We have received a kingdom that can not be moved. When the scriptures speak of the mysteries of what is in you by faith, understand that they are there, hidden by a mere veil of flesh, ready to be discovered and revealed. They are only unattainable conundrums to them who do not possess them…to them that are “without”. Understanding comes first, by receiving in faith. What Jesus spoke of this, is a succession of events: (Luk) 11:9 And I say unto you, (1)Ask, and it shall be given you; (2)seek, and ye shall find; (3)knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Mystery or Parable? which do you prefer?


From John 14:

“…And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present with you. But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”.

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Maturity


Maturity, or perfection. A recurring theme.

Jesus came in order bring many sons unto glory. Sons as it applies to flesh and blood, implies gender. But in Christ; in resurrection; in the spiritual house that is raised; in the lasting works of Christ in the individual, from conception to gestation and birth, there is neither male nor female. Peter wrote to females according to the gender of their tent of flesh, and said that proper and worthwhile adorning is “the hidden MAN of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price”. Paul wrote in Ephesians, in thanking the Father of our Lord… “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the INNER MAN; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. So again, the “inner man” applies to the whole family, no matter if still in the flesh, some of which is female flesh. I thought to bring this up in this peculiar time, in which so much is perversely going on in the world regarding the topic of gender. So much effort is spent by godless movements and individuals to redefine and make all distinctions of flesh, whether the natural God given distinction of male and female, or the mutated and corrupt attempt to allow for every evil imagination to find acceptance and equity in this world. But the Word of God teaches that with God, acceptance and peace with God are found “in the beloved”…in His dear Son, of whom His whole family is named. So with Christ, male and female are not equally relevant, but equally irrelevant. Without Him, there is no peace. Society seems to be bent on testing this to the extreme. But it will learn. The truth of God’s word is immutable.

Jesus said that building a house on sand is the mark of the fool. Building upon solid rock is the mark of wisdom. Building with that which passes away, that which comes and goes with the tides of time. Building with only this life in the flesh in mind, is not building that will last. I grew up near the ocean. I surfed as a young man. I have seen and built many things of sand on the sea shore. None of them lasted through the next change of the tide. There is but one foundation that should concern us. Jesus Christ…Christ in you, the hope of glory. This living and abiding truth is the foundation that no man can lay, that is already laid, and is laid in you of the Father. Christ in you by faith, was not revealed or delivered to you by flesh and blood. It is the “revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him, to show unto His servants….”.

It is written that the son, while under governors and tutors, differs nothing from a servant. Jesus said that as many as are led of the Spirit of God; they are the sons of God. This he rebuked Nicodemus with, who could not comprehend the imperative, that one must be born again to so much as perceive the kingdom of God. This Jesus said to Nicodemus, a “ruler of the people”, who presumptuously hailed Jesus as “rabbi” …hailing Jesus as one teacher to another. Much of what Jesus said to Nicodemus was to clearly establish that with out the Spirit…without THE TEACHER, to lead and guide your inner man ( gender of your tent regardless)…without this arrangement of the Father and the Son making their abode with you, you will not be made “perfect”. The choice of word “perfect” means to be fulfilled, or brought to the realization of the full potential it is in you to realize and become. Nicodemus, not by hap and stance, means the exact same thing as Nicolaitane. It is a compound word of Nike and Laity. Ruler and people. While Jesus does not hate them any more than He hated Nicodemus, He hates their deeds and their teaching.

It is not of God, that His people be perpetually under priests, preachers, pastors and elders. Here we have no continuing city. There is nothing here that simply by reason of membership, will afford you anything eternally. The body of Christ is a company of individuals. This trying time has caused many to lose their ability to fellowship in a gathering, attend a service, etc. There is nothing wrong with these things. But there is a silver lining in being force-ably weaned at some point. One must grow up quickly. The books of Samuel are but one declaration of these things…how that in his life time, the lamp went out in the “house of the Lord”, but was clearly established in the individual…in this case in Samuel.

Be encouraged. Things will never be outwardly the same in this nation. Never. But nothing has changed regarding that which is in us by faith, other than how it will be tested.

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FILTHY GARMENTS


FILTHY GARMENTS

Here is every appearance of the word “filthy” in the scriptures:

[Job 15:16 KJV] 16 How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

[Psa 14:3 KJV] 3 They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.

[Psa 53:3 KJV] 3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.

[Isa 64:6 KJV] 6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

[Zep 3:1 KJV] 1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

[Zec 3:3-4 KJV] 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

[Col 3:8 KJV] 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

[1Ti 3:3, 8 KJV] 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; … 8 Likewise [must] the deacons
[be] grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

[Tit 1:7, 11 KJV] 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; … 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

[1Pe 5:2 KJV] 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

[2Pe 2:7 KJV] 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

[Jde 1:8 KJV] 8 Likewise also these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

[Rev 22:11 KJV] 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.


Zechariah 3:

And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: [is] not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by. And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they [are] men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone [shall be] seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.


From the verses that use the word “filthy”, a number of things can be gleaned:

1.Man drinks iniquity like water.
2.All are concluded to have gone back, become filthy, and none does good…not one.
3.All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.All humanity fades as a leaf. Man’s iniquities carries him off like the wind.
4.Jerusalem, so highly esteemed with man, is filthy, opressive and polluted.
5.Joshua (same name as Jesus) takes upon him all iniquity, it is all dealt with in him, and then his garment is changed (Isaiah 64:6)
6.The rest of the use of “filthy” deals withing keeping yourself clean, once Jesus made you that way by taking your punishment.


The beginning of the scriptures, particularly Genesis 3 and 4, deal with the concept of retribution, or vengeance. It is written,”vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord”. Cain murders his brother Abel. Cain is made a fugitive and vagabond in the earth. He is driven from the presence of God. He reasons that everyone that finds him, will kill him. He is speaking not merely of himself, but of all his offspring to be. The Lord sets a mark upon Cain,so that any who has the ability to see the mark, knows not to take vengeance upon him.

The end of the scriptures, Revelation 22 also deals with vengeance.”He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still”. This saying is exactly as the purpose of the mark of Cain. Vengeance and retribution are still the Lord’s exclusive territory. Jesus has taken upon him, the iniquity of us all. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Though all will not accept what He did for them, He did it nonetheless. Not one of us redeemed ourself. Not one of us can claim to be self-righteous and self-cleansed. And so, not one of us has anything to do with seeking to exact retribution upon anything or anyone in the world. Much of “Christianity” so-called, is in dire shambles and in a very sorry state. It has been delivered to the tormenters.

Peter once asked Jesus a question. I don’t know what was going on in Peter’s mind that lead to the question. But It involved what the Lord had said in the beginning, that if anyone kills in vengeance, vengeance will be taken on him, seven fold. The question Peter asked was this, “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me, and I am obliged to forgive him? until seven times?” Jesus said, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven times”. Then Jesus encapsulated all of this principle in a parable:

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

The mark upon Cain is still there. And it is for your sake, if you can see it. The Lord commands in end of the age, let the filthy and unjust, be filthy and unjust. Let the cleansed and set apart, stay cleansed and set apart. This too, is for your sake. It is said to us, lest we fall into the trap of self righteousness and vengeance. The churches seem to forget who is responsible for our change of raiment, and what He had to endure to secure it. Jesus at no time has said to go into the world and exact vengeance, and fight tooth and nail with your brother. If we are forgiven, let us act like it, and not be as the unjust servant in the parable, who was forgiven all, but wanted his fellow servant to get his due. Jesus said that if you take that path, The Father will too. The tormentors Jesus spoke of is real. And it is not off in the future. It is going on every day, all around you.

I am not a pacifist. I will make that clear. I am a man under authority. A FORGIVEN man under authority. If the Lord says come. I come. If says go, I go. But under no circumstances am I authorized to take matters into my own hands. Had the Lord laid the iniquity of the world upon me, and I died for it, it would have availed nothing, and the world would still be dead in it’s sin. It is a lesson that must be learned…how to hate the things Jesus hates, but not hate the people trapped in them. It is easier to learn the lesson, if you don’t forget the cross.

Whether the mark of Cain, the last admonitions of the bible, or everything concerning that subject in between, all are there for our benefit, for our sake. There is truly one message for the world. Repent and believe the gospel. There is also a message for those who are washed. Keep your garment un-spotted from the flesh, keep yourself free of the tormentors, the raging, foaming flesh fest of the self righteous who take their fallen brethren by the throat and demand satisfaction.

2 Peter 2:

For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

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SEMANTICS


Semantics:

semantics (n.) “science of meaning in language,” 1893, from French sémantique (1883); see semantic (also see -ics). Replaced semasiology (1847), from German Semasiologie (1829), from Greek semasia “signification, meaning.”

Signify- Sign.
Signification in scripture ; using words to paint a picture. Or perhaps using people, places, things, events, etc., to convey understanding.


The book of Revelation is a work in semantics. I perceive that it is easy to run amok with it without the Lord’s help. For example, a church, or assembly, is portrayed as a lamp stand. But not the fuel or the flame. It is in the right hand of one who also walks in the midst of, in the case of the tabernacle and the book of Revelation, seven of them. It is said to individual lamp stand that it may be removed from it’s place. This gives rise to the question: which is greater, the lamp stand, it’s highest proper place, or the flame and oil that fuels it? One could go on and on digging into the implications, particularly when realizing the obvious association with the lamp stand in the tabernacle that Moses made, itself a pattern of things in the heavens. The very fulfilling of the Promise of the Father on the full day of Pentecost, was signified by the appearance of flames upon the disciples, and they spoke as the Spirit gave them utterance. This did not occur in some upper room, as is commonly taught. It happened on the day the feast of Pentecost was once for all fulfilled, in the outer court of the temple, in a small group of Galileans, who immediately were moved of the Spirit to speak in myriad languages of various peoples, the wonderful works of God. So the signification points to the Spirit teaching, and in this case, in the language and understanding of the hearers. That, in essence, is the signification of the place and purpose of a lamp stand. In the old testament, the Fig, the Vine and the Olive are significations. The Father, Son and Spirit. So olive oil used to fuel a lamp stand is a signification of the Olive tree speaking. The scriptures are full of significations. A lamp stand was given a place, to give voice to the Lord. Not to carry out works of it’s own invention.


The permanence of the arrangement between the lamp stand and the Lord is called into question in the whole of the scriptures. In Revelations, a church’s “place” is clearly conditional. In the OT, the pitching of the tabernacle outside of, and away from the camp, is noteworthy. The often portrayed condition of the tabernacle pitched in the midst of the camps of people was very short lived. The Lord actually told Moses that if He, the Lord, were to dwell much longer among the people, He would end up destroying them. Paul later would write that if we go to Him, we go to Him without the camp. Joshua who would stay with the tabernacle, underwent no change of relationship with the LORD, as did the camp. Joshua, to my mind, is the very picture of the present time, where it is essential to choose between dwelling with the LORD, or the camp. If you dwell with the LORD and tabernacle with Him today, you are not alone, but neither are you dwelling in the camp. If a candle stick is removed from his place, you are faced with the choice Joshua had to make. Similarly in Samuel’s time, the lamp went out in the temple, but not in Samuel. When Israel broke off following the Lord, they were not rejecting Samuel’s council. They were rejecting it’s source.


It is a time of separation. The churches have left the gospel for the most part. They are become the same hapless, helpless self help group and dog chasing it’s tail, that the rest of humanity is become. They were given a simple enough task. Perhaps too simple. They were duped into the diversity and inclusion scam. Duped by the one who does not savor the things of God, but of man. Flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God. NO flesh. To repent and believe the gospel is to turn to Christ, in whom no distinction of flesh means anything. These distinctions are not equally important, they are equally meaningless. What do they perceive it means, to walk 100% in the Spirit, and have no confidence in the flesh? It is not the Lord who is failing. It is the assemblies. There is nothing approaching failure in Christ, who has overcome the world. So choose life. Choose dwell with the Lord. This is facilitated by the Spirit of Christ in you. Candle sticks may come and go. They have conditions that must be met. When an assembly fails in that regard, the individual has a choice to make.
Revelations opens with the understanding that the Lord is coming with, and in them who made the right choice. It signifies that company as “clouds”. It is the harvest spanning the ages. The clouds of heaven, I assure you, are not water vapor.

Hebrews 12:22-25 (KJV) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven:

I am not railing on “churches”, but magnifying their proper place. And if that place is compromised, no individual in them is obligated to suffer their fate. Having been shown what he was shown in the various assemblies, John was told to “Come up here”. A door was opened, a veil lifted, and a place was revealed that is spoken of in the book of Ephesians, among other places:

[Eph 4:4-16 KJV] [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

The above verses explain what Jesus gave to us in resurrection. He is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. He is The Prophet who was to come into the world, he is The Evangelist, sent to the ends of the earth to proclaim the acceptable day of the Lord, He is the Chief Shepherd, And in Him dwells all the fullness of The Teacher, the Spirit of Truth. This is what, to every one in Him, a measure of is given. It is the Lord Himself. And if this measure in in anyone, then it is true, that “As He is in the world, so are we”. What He gives us is Himself. Everything that He is, and everything that makes Him what He is, in a measure that is capable of producing the fullness. Not an organization. An organism.

Semantics and symbols are wonderful. But the substance of what they signify is the end of the matter. That is what we were called to, and what we were equipped to obtain.

This writing is meant to encourage that the goal has not shifted. The reward to the over comer has not faded or become obscure. The fate of the individual is not married to the crowd.

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INSANITY


A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and each time expecting a different outcome. Sometimes this thinking is stuck in a closed and repeating loop because the mind is simply unaware of the worlds and vistas that are beyond it’s borders. This unawareness can be because the mind was never aware of them. It can also be the result of forgetfulness.

When Abram left his father Terah to head for the land the Lord had spoken to Abram, he took his nephew Lot with him. Lot was Abram’s nephew. They were family. When the Lord called Abram out of everything he knew, the Lord told him to “go to a land I will show you”. So, Abram departed, not knowing where he went. He departed in faith. What was in Abram’s heart was not simply to satisfy his corporeal wants and needs. Abram wanted to go wherever it pleased the Lord to take him. Lot had not set his ambitions nearly so high, or long term. This is prophetically revealed in the eventual separation of Abram and Lot. (I encourage any reading this, to go search out and read these things in the book of Genesis. Digging in the scriptures is your right and also critical to you, for only in so doing, is the thinking of the Author revealed. Opening of our understanding to understand scriptures is a gift to all disciples. But it is dormant until the scriptures are read. The casual bible student will receive casual knowledge. The ones who show more interest will be shown more results). In a picture of the brewing and inevitable parting of ways of Lot and Abram, it tells us that both households had become quite large, and the land simply could not bear them both. There was not enough pasture for them both to graze, and so dissension and strife sprang up between the herdsmen of Lot and the herdsmen of Abram. This too is prophetic. There is one scripture. One word inspired of the same Spirit of God. It professes to have one topic and subject. Jesus Christ. The same word tells us that in any great house, there are vessels unto honor, and vessels unto dishonor. Vessels of gold and silver, and vessels of clay and wood. Those who graze the word of God seeking eternal things will eventually find strife and friction with them who graze the same word seeking things of this life and age. I know for an absolute fact, that the scriptures are they that testify of Christ. That is how I approach them. They are not to me, merely a carnal how-to manual. The thinking and expectation of both Abram and Lot were revealed in their inevitable parting of ways. Abram pointed out that they were brethren, and it was not good that there be strife between them. He suggested that Lot look around and choose where he would want to dwell. Abram said that he would choose from wherever Lot did not go. Lot saw the plains of Jordan that they appeared green, lush, well watered…as the garden of God, before God destroyed the place. By appearance, Lot chose a place that offered the easiest life, with the least difficulty. Lot chose the cities of the plain. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan. It does not say he chose it. He still was following the Lord…looking for the land the Lord would show him. These two different mindsets and expectations are seen today.

After that Abram had separated himself from Lot, the Lord said to Abram:

“Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever”.

It is of note that this did not happen while Abram was still journeying with Lot. The scriptures are also like that. Lift up your eyes…seek those things which are above, not things in the earth… It is in the ensuing days that Abram came to be shown Christ, seeing His day, and rejoicing in it (John 8:56). Abraham came to understand that all the promises of God were to his seed, not seeds. They were to one who would come out of him, not to all. (Galatians 3:16). They were and are, to Christ. In Him, Christ, every word is “yea and amen”. And through faith in Him, are we joint heirs in all the fullness of God, not heirs in our own right. I don’t have much interest in God’s plan for me. His plan and purpose is in Christ. And only in Christ can I find it and have anything to do with it.

So, Lot came to sit in the gate of Sodom. To “sit in the gate” has strong meaning in scriptures. It means he became important enough, and influential enough, to have a place as a judge in the affairs of the city. It is this thing that the Apostle Peter would describe when he wrote of Lot, that God eventually:

“delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed [his] righteous soul from day to day with [their] unlawful deeds;)”

The KJV translates Strong’s G2669 in the following manner:oppress (1x), vex (1x). Outline of Biblical Usage [?]

  1. to tire down with toil, exhaust with labor
    1. to afflict or oppress with evils
    2. to make trouble for
    3. to treat roughly


How many today are “vexed” on a daily basis, with a steady diet of “seeing and hearing” the filthy proceedings in the world today? How many are reduced to meddling in the affairs of Sodom, in an effort to make it less offensive to their own desires and sensibilities? Lot had completely lost sight of why he ever left Terah to begin with. Lot completely forgot why Abram brought Lot with him in the first pace. Lot had long since ceased to set his sights high, as Abram had done. Lot now wanted what Lot wanted. And he wanted it in a place where it did not really exist. And it is evident that Lot, having forgotten so much concerning his initial journeying with Abram, never successfully passed any of it along to his wife, sons and daughters. His family could not “remember from whence they were fallen”, because either they were never told it in the first place, or they had forgotten it.

When God eventually burned up everything Lot had come to love and fight for, he was told to flee the place with what was left of his family. He had sons and daughter who had married into the place, but the warning to leave was a joke to them, which they dismissed out of hand. And in finally fleeing, Lot and his remaining family were warned not to look back. Because Lot’s wife had children in the place who would not hear the truth, she looked back, and was destroyed. In speaking of this time, Jesus closed His admonition with the words, “Remember Lot’s wife”. We too have loved ones, acquaintances and brethren, who will not hear.

When Sodom and Gomorrah were torched, Lot’s daughters reflected the mindset of many who profess Christ today. “There is not a man left in the world to preserve seed to our father”. So they got him drunk and lay with him, producing Ammon and Moab. You can get Lot and the remnant of his family out of Sodom, but it seems it’s harder to get Sodom out of them and their reasoning. Did it never occur to these two that Abraham would have gladly received them? and provided them with a family to continue their line? No, it never did. When Sodom flamed out, everything they knew and loved was gone. Even watching the destruction was perilous to them. But Abram watched it and took no effect at all. He had nothing of interest in the place. Jesus remains Lord. Our unshakeable inheritance is intact. It never was part of this world. Jesus said “As it was in the days of Lot” and “As it was in the days of Noah”, so would it be in the days (plural) of the Son of man.

When the world they knew had been destroyed, Lot’s daughters were in a desperate state of mind. Whether they had ever been taught about why their father had journeyed with Uncle Abram, or they had been taught and forgot it, I don’t know. But their desire to preserve seed to their father Lot was disastrous. Because they had no knowledge of the one seed of all promise that God had revealed to Abram. If one knows the message and topic of the whole of the scripture, one knows the one seed and heir of all things is Christ.

Why the title “INSANITY”?

If the world and nation, and all religious expectations are shifting sand, dissolving under foot, any repeated attempts to resurrect the seed of failed expectation, over and over, while never producing anything, is insane. It is thinking that does not take into account that what Christ has done, is finished. All preservation of anything and anyone who will find preservation, is in the Seed that was raised. Building on sand is insane. It is commendable to desire equity, peace, brotherly love, and all such things. It is commendable to desire peace among nations and freedom. But without Christ, where these things are found, they will never be realized. Take heart. Whether one sees it or not, Jesus has overcome the world. God has set the bounds of the raging sea of humanity, and to it’s chaotic, pounding waves, has said, “You will come so far, and no farther”.

As a closing thought, note that Abram was not called a Hebrew, until he separated himself from Lot. “Hebrew” means “From the region beyond”. In the world, but not of it, if you will. The journey of faith is described in the Book of Hebrews 11:

“Therefore sprang there even of one( Abraham), and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned”.

This is a Hebrew. A true Jew. One that is inward and born of the Spirit, not outward and of flesh and blood. Such is a stranger and a pilgrim in the earth and not mindful of what he or she was called out of. What you read above that sprang from Abraham, is talking about Christ. It sprang from what was in Abraham by faith. That is the same who is in you by faith. Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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MAN WITHOUT A CITY


[Luk 17:20-32 KJV]

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see [it]. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after [them], nor follow [them]. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one [part] under heaven, shineth unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife.

There seems to be a never ending predilection out there, to assume all things declared in the scriptures, if not seen, handled and tasted now, must therefor be off in the future. It seems man and his troubled history are dragged along in a cart, as a homeless person with all his collected valuables are placed in a “borrowed” shopping cart and propelled from one place to another. Many such have all but given up hope of ever seeing a better day, as there is none evident here and now. The eyes of the religious world are transfixed on the horizon of the future, expecting what is referred to as the second coming of Christ.

I will be the last person to ever tell you that the Lord will not be reveal in the fullness of His glory. But I will also be the last to dissuade any from understanding, and embracing with a strong, jealous, and determined grip upon what we DO have here and now.

When Jesus began to describe to the first disciples how that He must go to Jerusalem to be falsely accused of blasphemy, to be physically beaten, mocked and derided, to be crucified and then raised on the third day; raised, glorified and inaugurated on the right hand of all power and majesty…the message was not well received. All the expectation of the Jews, the Samaritans (scattered tribes), and even the first disciples, was that Messiah would reunite the nation, drive out the foreign occupiers, and sit upon the throne of David, then and there in Jerusalem. Peter’s thinking reflected this when he attempted to rebuke Jesus for speaking of His impending death and resurrection. James and John showed this when they had their mother approach Jesus about a potential high place on His right hand and left…Jesus telling them they didn’t know what they were asking. The rest of the ten reflected this when they were so upset about James and John making a seeming power grab. John the Baptist reflected this when his ministry landed him in prison (and eventual beheading). From prison, he sent to ask Jesus, “Are you He, or do we look for another?” The two disciples leaving Emmaus reflected this by telling Jesus this was in fact their now defunct expectation. Indeed, it is always a challenge to reconcile eternal truth with temporal surroundings and situations. But the truth is, Jesus has come again, exactly as He spoke He would, and it seems to be entirely overlooked by the masses, although in each passing generation, a remnant do see it, and are added to it, functioning in this in faith.

John 14:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it]. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present with you. But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come [again] unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Jesus IS the Father’s house. And in resurrection, all who dwell in Him. When Jesus said, “The Father dwells in me”, it was not a poetic statement. It is the absolute truth. The fact that something is largely incomprehensible to flesh and blood, does not make it untrue. For example, when Jesus spoke to Nicodemus that one absolutely must be born again, Nicodemus said, “How can these things be?” When Jesus spoke of the coming of the Spirit and said “I will come to you”, because He does not come to you as a man, it does not make the Spirit of Christ in you to be any less Christ. It is not the commonly held expectation of a man coming to sit on a chair in Jerusalem and satisfy whatever the world is expecting of Him, But that does not in any way diminish what happened when the day of Pentecost was once for all fulfilled. The Spirit and Promise of the Father came. He has not departed. He does not come and go. Philip had a hard time with this, as did Judas (not Iscariot). Judas asked Jesus how would He manifest Himself to “us”, and not to the world. Jesus said, “If a man (woman…makes no difference) love me, he will keep my words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him”. These Jesus described, IS the Father’s house of many houses.

The book of Revelation aptly describes Christ as he who came, is coming, and will come.

Rev 1:8

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Ezekiel also spoke of the Teacher, the Spirit of Truth. In the vision of Christ which God gave him. The vision was of a man who is a temple. The dimensions of the temple were based upon the rod in His hand. A Rod is two cubits. A cubit is two spans. The Span is the distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when the hand is stretched wide open. The one Ezekiel saw, is the one the gospels declare all things were made by, and for. It says of Him that He measured the heavens with the span. It is He from whom these living waters flow, being the same who stood upon the steps of the stone temple, and as the Living and true temple and house of the living God, He cried:

[Jhn 7:37-39 KJV] In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

This is what Jesus had spoken to His disciples, is what the prophets saw, and is what happened on the day it was fulfilled. The living temple Ezekiel was shown is Christ. The temple, should one search and read, is like none I have seen. The farther into it Ezekiel looked, the bigger the measurements became. And having seen this, Ezekiel, a Levite and priest, was told to show this house to the house of Israel, that might learn to be ashamed of what they do.

Christ, the Anointing in you, is the hope of glory, your hope of glory. Not Christ in anointed teachers and pastors. Not Christ perceived to be in a system. Christ in YOU.

Why the title “MAN WITHOUT A CITY”?

This is to call attention to the time we live in as shown before in Enoch. Enoch the seventh from Adam, so identified by Jude, in order to distinguish of which Enoch Jude wrote. For there were three in the days of Noah. Enoch the son of the murderer Cain. Enoch the city named for that son of Cain. And Enoch who walked with God, and God took. Jesus compared the days (plural) of the coming of the Son of man to those days. And in those days, the long suffering and patience of God was on display, while the ark was being built. But when it was built, the age in which it was built was ended. And indeed, we live in the days of the coming of the son of man. Not the unfulfilled desire of a man on a chair. But the days from the time Jesus was raised and glorified, and the Spirit of Christ came, and many are added by faith daily unto this present day, and finally until the last day is spent, the last added, and the Father sums all things up in Christ. That day will not be what many expect. I don’t claim to know what will unfold, only that the apostles wrote of elements being on fire, and the world and it’s works being burned up. Indeed, Jesus also said the days would be as in the days of Lot. Both examples Jesus gave did not give a comforting picture to man and his works. Both spoke of a way out..a way to survive the days. That is revealed to be in Christ.

Enoch the seventh came into the world and in time, came to understand that it had a city that bore his name. He was not deceived by it, and sought no place in it. It was the work of a fallen man and his offspring, conceived outside of the Lord’s presence, in a land called Nod, which means “aimless wandering”. A place so conceived and built, can not deliver what it’s name proclaims it to be. The very name “Enoch” means “a place of inauguration”. In other words, a place where you are added to something, enjoined to something, instilled in something. Enoch, though he found in his age and time, no continuing city in the world, He did find the Lord, and in the Spirit, walked with the Lord. And the Lord took him, in order that he should not see death. He, Enoch, did not wait for the Lord to straighten everything out. And it’s a good thing he didn’t. He walked with God and wasn’t waiting for anything, but walking in it.

The time we find ourselves in, is as those days. There is a lot in the world that seems to identify itself as the Lord, or of the Lord. Many places to join, and then sit around and wait. But the Teacher, as shown to Ezekiel, was first ankle deep, then knee deep and thigh deep. Finally it was waters to swim in, waters that could not be crossed. As long as the foot, or any part of the body can feel the bottom, the carnal mind finds a certain level of comfort. But if one is standing on the bottom, the waters passing him along, he/she will never be carried along of them. It says the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual and not with the words that man’s wisdom teaches (1 Cor 2:13). In other words, not comparing Himself to the things the foot can stand on. I don’t bring this up to discourage anyone. For I have found that there is nothing more substantial and certain than what the Lord teaches you. Indeed, the things which are spiritually discerned are foolishness to man. But he/she who has the Lord as his/her teacher, will never be disappointed. Without Christ in you now, I don’t see any possibility of being prepared for the things which are coming. In a world so full of so many and contrary voices, the invitation still rings true:

[Jhn 7:37 KJV] In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

[Rev 22:17 KJV] And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.




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