FOUR FOOTED BEASTS AND CREEPING THINGS
The book of Genesis, chapter one, contains in it’s earliest proclamations, the phrase, “…and the earth was without form and void”. Researching the phrase reveals that it states that the earth BECAME without form and void…not that it was created that way. Something happened to cause this calamity. Something of unknown scope and duration. In every case where science and religion come to loggerheads over scripture, both sides would do well to comprehend that the scriptures are not a history book. They testify of Christ. Every seeming contradiction, is an opportunity to learn of the author, what His thinking is. Profane and vain babblings over words, if you do not have the author of the book in the room, is a pot shot…a shot in the dark. It is written that no prophesy of scripture, meaning the message of the volume of the book, is for any private interpretation. What this declares is that the Lord lives, and is the only authorized interpretor of scripture. You will read of Christ, that He opens the understanding to understand scripture. You will not find anyplace where private interpretation, interpretation other than His, is authorized. If you are in a college class with a textbook, and the author of the book is also the professor, what would take place if the students spent all their time disputing and debating what the intent of the author was, and the author sits in their midst, available to them, yet ignored? Of course, it is not reason to expect either science or religion to find faith in the present and very much living and accessible author of scripture. But that is not relevant. The question is, will I? Only if an author is dead, is is work opened to interpretation. His word is that He will teach you. And that, first person singular…not circuitously via a chain and string of religious thinkers stretched over time.
There is a very simple 1-2-3 kind of observation in the scriptures that repeats itself. It is hereby submitted for consideration:
1a) Gen 7:23
And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
2a) Lev 5:2
Or if a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty.
3a) Eze 8:10
So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.
1b) Act 10:9
On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of four footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and CREEPING THINGS, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice [spake] unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
2b) Jude 1:3
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men CREPT in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
3b) Rev 22:12
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 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. For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel (See Rev. 3 & 4) to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star.
The theme is of the sow washed, returning to wallow in mud, and the dog purged of toxins, returning to eat his vomit. But the theme is on the grandest of scales.
The Lord, in the book of Jude, and other places, congeals the meaning and signification of “four footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and CREEPING THINGS, and fowls of the air”, revealing this to be false and unauthorized interpretation of His word, via them in whom the Teacher, the Spirit of Truth, does not operate. The once cleansed, reinfected, and finally succumbing picture is plain to see.
In the world, they say history repeats itself. James wrote of the defiling nature of the tongue, an infectious organ, taking corrupt communication arising from a corrupt heart, and infecting everything around it. James used the expression, “course of nature”:
James 3:6 :
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell”.
Course of nature is “WHEEL OF GENESIS”, meaning a first principle or rudiment from which everything if it’s kind follows. Everything brings forth after it’s kind….”wheel of genesis”. A patient not cleansed of all disease in his/her body, risks it’s return.
Paul spoke to Timothy of two men, Hymenaeus and Philetus, saying they have erred from the truth, and are steeped in profane and vain babblings. Profane , in the language of the tabernacle, means “without”, or common, of or pertaining to the outer courts. And from the perspective of the Holiest, it pertains to even to the holy place. In the book of Jude, you will find the unmeasured outer courts revealed to John. And Jesus, speaking in Rev. 22, reiterates the condition of the holy place, where the lamp stand is, seen in Rev. 2 and 3. Paul says these men’s word eats as a canker. The word canker is “gangrene”….worth looking up.
The work of the flood once cleansed the earth, but you may read how offenses returned, until the house of Israel was eventually rife with “every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel”. The condition seems to bear out what has happened in the world of “christiandom”.
The admonition is this:
I am hearing a recurring message, daily in my heart, it is to keep the heart with diligence. Keep the outside , outside. “Christianity” is succumbing quickly, to the thing Paul warned of…”Another Jesus, another spirit, another gospel”.
Profane can mean to make common. The things of Christ are not common. In the world but not of it. For that to be true, there must be a bound, a border, a line not crossed over. Vain babbling is the unauthorized declaration, that the things of Christ and of God, are for the world. Every media relayed story, and all communication from the “prince of the power of the air” today, fits the category. As it was in the days of Lot. Lot was told that Sodom could not be dealt with until Lot was out of the place. Remember Lot’s wife, who turned back in her heart, because she had children there…children who did not listen.
All organizational religious communication I see, is profane and vain babbling. All the two bit TV preaching I see is profane and vain babbling, with few exceptions. The common salvation is touched upon, followed by empty promises to flesh.
There is no authorized interpreter of scripture, save the Spirit of Christ in the individual. We live in a very difficult time. In his days, Elijah felt so isolated and threatened, that he confessed to being the only prophet of the Lord’s left alive. The Lord corrected Elijah, saying, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him”. Seven thousand Elijah(s) (for all I know) , perhaps none known to each other, but all certainly known of God. Paul says “The Lord knows them that are His”:
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace”.
Beware of beasts, creeping things, and the foul of the air. They will strip meat from bone, tear and devour, and their word will be a gangrene, living tissue corrupted, killed and devoured by dead.
Paul, en route to Damascus, had his eyes seared by a revelation of Christ. He was restored, healed body and mind, and driven far from Jerusalem…far from his historic religion, and from even Peter James and John. His thinking regarding scripture, was completely retooled. His understanding to understand scripture, was opened, just as the two men on the way to Emmaus. The collective thinking of Gamaliel, the priesthood and scholars of his time, was completely replaced. Only years later, upon meeting Peter, James and John for the first time, and “comparing notes”, did Paul confess that nothing was added to his understanding, by these three men. What Paul received by revelation, he received directly, expressly, person to person, from the resurrected, glorified son of man. This is not said to diminish these three wonderful men. It is said to destroy the false doctrine of apostolic succession, and magnify the truth. Jesus Christ is your Teacher, as He was their’s, and everyone else’s He comes to by His Spirit. The Spirit of Christ in you, destroys and replaces the aforementioned vainly repeated, fallacy replicating “wheel of genesis”, of the passing age. Hes is available for the asking.
KEEP YOUR GARMENTS. KEEP YOUR HEART DILIGENTLY.