PRETENDERS TO THE THRONE – THEY CLERGIED MY VESTURE
THE ACCOUNT OF PSALM 22
The account of the murder of the Son of God is told before in Psalm 22. Included in the account is the time of the interlopers, a period filled with usurpers, called “bulls of Bashan”. The text includes:
“…For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture”.
These power grabbers will bear rule by their means , until a people are assembled in Christ, and revealed together with Him as testified in the conclusion of Psalm 22:
“For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.”
The foretold seed, the generation to come, is like none before, and is not a generation of flesh and blood, but rather, a spiritual seed and house begotten to God , in Christ, in His resurrection. The first words of the first gospel declare this seed and generation:
“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham….” (MAT 1:1)
In the first chapter of the first gospel, is an accounting, a naming from father to son, beginning not in the sin of Adam, but in the faith of Abraham. This accounting counts the generations, fourteen from Abraham to David. Fourteen from David to the captivity at Babylon. Fourteen from the Captivity at Babylon until Christ. Forty-two generations until Christ. Counting the names from Abraham until David yields fourteen. Counting from David to the captivity yields fourteen. Counting from the captivity until the man Jesus Christ yields thirteen. This is not an error or a typo. It is an accounting of the generation of Jesus Christ, to be concluded in the seed foretold, a seed which shall serve Him, and shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. The fourteenth and final generation is and will be, all begotten to God in Christ , in His resurrection, from the time of the resurrection, to this moment, and until such a time as the last to be added to the Lord in this manner, are added. When the matter is summed up, all shall be revealed together with Him.
These things are prophetically reflected in the account of Aaron’s resurrected rod. It is a dealing with them who were not content with the Lord’s chosen and appointed leadership, and who sought to displace Moses and Aaron from their appointed place, and fill the void with (surprise) themselves. For I am sure that , in their own eyes, there were none better suited to lead the people. In answer to this, the staffs of the twelve patriarchs were presented before the Lord, and one was chosen. Aaron’s staff budded, blossomed, leafed, and bore a generation, a single seed crop and generation, raised together with the rod, and seated together with it in the ark of testimonies. To every seed reserved in this heavenly place, it is appointed to rule together with the resurrected rod. But in that they are yet seed, their rule is in a time and manner to come. They abide dead, raised and seated together with the rod, their lives hid, encrypted together with this body of resurrection, against a time to come, in which they will be revealed in glory (I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live). Until such a time, the interloping, power grabbing pretenders to the throne, and their system of mysterious iniquity that “lets”(hinders) will let (hinder) until they are taken out of the way. (2 Th 2)
The account of the crucifixion in Psalm 22 is declared in the gospels by eye witnesses.
“And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.”
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
“They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.”
As an interesting interjection, I will point out, that nowhere in the King James version of the scriptures, is the word “vestment” used in association with the Lord. Only the word “vesture”. The word “vestment” is only associated with Baal and Baal worshipers. A quick internet search of the word “vestment” is interesting. The distinction between the two words in the KJV is divinely ordained. We are told to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Not vestments of Baal.
The very phrase, “lots” used in each of the above accounts of the gospels, is :
κλῆρος (klā’-ros) The word Cleric comes directly from this word.
At the foot of the cross, men cast lots, or “clergied” the Lord’s vesture. It was prophetic of the time of the interlopers, a period in which men, perceiving that the Lord has been killed , and by all appearances departed: have presumed to divide up among themselves: to “clergy” to themselves, the perceived power vacuum left in the wake of the Lord’s departure. This they do, not regarding the fact that the Lord came suddenly again to His temple, in the power of His resurrection, by the coming of the Spirit of truth, the Promise of the Father. And these usurpers now stand in contradiction, and opposition, to the Spirit of God resident in every member of the body of Christ, which is defined by the indwelling of the Spirit (For if any have not the Spirit of Christ, he has no part of Christ, as it is written) . And they will so stand, always resisting the Holy Ghost, until they be taken out of the way.
Ephesians 4, and the relationship between the prophets Elijah and Elisha, also declare these things. Jesus said that , “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father”, and, “ … I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 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”.
Elijah, the prophet and man of God , was told upon mount Horeb, that he must anoint Hazael to be king over Syria, he must anoint Jehu to be king over Israel, and he must anoint Elisha, the son of Shaphat, to be prophet in his room. Elijah found Elisha plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, Elisha himself with the twelfth and final yoke. Elijah cast his mantle over Elisha, who took a yoke of oxen, slew them, and offered them a burnt offering upon the broken instruments of their yoking for fuel.
Elisha took leave of his fathers house, and Jacob’s (signified by the twelve yoke of oxen), and followed Elijah. There came the time that Elijah was to be taken up , caught up to God by a whirlwind, and in that time, Elijah journeyed from Gilgal with Elisha. Elijah tested Elisha, offering him to stay at Gilgal, seeing that the Lord was going to take Elijah away. Said Elisha, “ As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee”. And so, they journeyed to Bethel. At Bethel, the sons of the prophets knew that Elijah was going to depart, and told him so. Again , Elijah encouraged Elisha to tarry there, as the Lord would send Elijah to Jericho. Again, Elisha would have none of it. Again, at Jericho, the sons of the prophets repeated the same refrain, and again Elijah offered Elisha to tarry with them. Again, Elisha would have none of it. Finally, fifty of the sons of the prophets of Jericho, that accursed city thrown down in Joshua, and raised again in Ahab, fifty of these stood afar off as Elisha accompanied across the River Jordan on dry ground (signifying a crossing over without death):
“And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;….”
It is important to note, that Elijah was not dead, and that Elisha knew that, unlike the sons of the prophets who stood afar off, and so did not witness Elijah in “resurrection”, and so, sought for a non existent dead body. It is also important to comprehend, that the Spirit and Office (Mantle) of Elijah is the Spirit of God, and that Elijah did not die and surrender anything to Elisha, but rather, in the figure of resurrection, raised Elisha into the office which he, in resurrection, did not relinquish. And as a veil was rent, so Elisha’s garments. Elijah was not dead and his office and mantle were not transferred…they were shared.
So Elisha walked in the Spirit and Power of the ascended Elijah, without Elijah having forfeiting them. Only among them who perceive a man dead and absent, is there any notion that the man’s garments and vesture may be divided up among themselves, and that they may act and function in a presumed power vacuum left in the man’s departing. This crucial error in thinking is prevalent in the leadership of the churches to this day. If Christ is dead, then His office may be assumed, and His possessions may be passed out among the living. If He is not dead, all He is may be freely shared as He sees fit, but He remains forever the firstborn among many brethren, firstborn and heir of all things, concerning which His brethren may be joint heirs, but not sole heirs. And He remains preeminent in all things. His supremacy may be shared…but never transferred.
So, it is written in the beginning of the book of Acts, that the former writing of Luke (Luke 1:3) was of all Jesus BEGAN to do and teach, and that by His own Spirit, expediently come in His own people, would He finish them in us (these things and greater shall ye do because I go to My Father….). Anything, absolutely anything functioning in the world, under the premise that it is acting in God’s stead, is a lie. If Christ in you is the hope of glory, what then, is that thing in the world? Christ is not in you in effigy, theory or proxy, but in Spirit and Truth. It is very notable that in Elijah, Ahab was judged, and in Elisha, Jezebel was judged. This too, prophetic of Christ, and His resurrected generation which serves Him. Jezebel is active in the churches to this day, as you may read in Revelation.
Ephesians 4 tells you that when Jesus ascended on high, He gave gifts to men. It tells us that there is one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above ALL , in ALL, and through you ALL. And concerning gifting, to EVERY ONE OF US is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. And Christ, The Apostle and High Priest of our profession, The Prophet who was to come, and is come, The Great Evangelist, whose word and sound is gone out, the Chief Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, The One in whom THE TEACHER, the Spirit of Truth and Promise of the Father , come in us as He said, is raised, glorified, seated at the right hand of God , henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His foot stool. We , who see Him in resurrection, by faith, are died with him (our own garment rent as was Elisha’s) , we are raised with Him ( not separate from Him) and seated together with Him, in His Father’s throne, in heavenly places, not presumptuously play acting in His absence, for He is neither dead, nor absent. For the measure of every gift is not as a trinket deposited down, but is actually, you, raised into Him. Consider the wording carefully:
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus”. (Eph 2)
“Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…”
Christ is not subdivided and distributed as trinkets from above. YOU ARE RAISED INTO HIM. It is not so among the rebellious, where men presume to be the gifted elite, to the exclusion of the subservient laity. This condition may be viewed in detail in reading Revelation 2 and 3, where there are assemblies laboring under many pretending voices and systems, struggling to hear such things as the Spirit says, and in their midst stands Elisha-like, testifying of the things in Christ, one in whom are none of these contrary attributes, but the very definition of a perfect, or complete man in Christ, one “like unto the Son of man”, one who fit’s the description of the Lord’s body; “one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above ALL , in ALL, and through you ALL”. One who is a seer and partaker of what he sees…the resurrected Lord Christ. This distinction where two are gifted, but one a rebellious house, can be also seen by reading the Psalm from which Paul quotes in Ephesians 4, but in Ephesians 4 makes no direct reference to the rebellious directly (though subtly in verse 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…”.
“ Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them…”
“THAT THE LORD GOD MIGHT DWELL AMONG THEM”
If you are being taught that the Lord dwells in the midst of His people, administering Himself via an elite cultus of priest and clergy craft, and not “one God and Father of all, who is above ALL , in ALL, and through you ALL”, you are being lied to. These are the Bulls of Bashan, the interlopers, who’s rebellious usurping will have an end. Christ’s vesture, His Mantle and Office are not subdivided and parsed out. They are entered into , in a measure, by each, with the hope and promise of the fullness that each measure can produce. Read Psalm 2 and find yourself. Either you are among the raging nations, the vain thinking people, the self-appointing ruling class, or by faith, seated in the heavens.