NO NEEDLE IN THE HAY STACK
Logic so simple, a child can understand it until a well meaning, ill informed adult explains it. A hay stack with no needle in it. Nothing to find, look though you may. Ritualistic, calendar based religion, wash-rinse-repeat. As it says, if any have not the Spirit of Christ, he has no part of Christ.
The underpinning of religion and religious authority is deception. It may be well intentioned, it may be for pretense…for show. But the leaders have no more idea where they are going than the following. They often do present the image of mystique, albeit an empty image. The blind leading the blind, all proceeding along in the ditch.
THE TOWER , THE CALF , THE VINE
Although Jesus said in certain company, “Where I go , you know, and the way, you know”, in other company, He said, “Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come …Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come … And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins….”.
In His complaints to Noah, concerning regret at having made man at all, the Lord voice how that man had forsaken His way in the earth, and that the thoughts of a man’s heart was only evil continuously. That being said, it is profitable to read the few chapters leading up to Noah and the ark, and discern the Lord’s way. It can be discovered in recognizing that there were two men named Enoch. The first Enoch was the son of the murderous Cain, who being driven from the presence of God, multiplied and built. His first son, he called Enoch, and he built a city, naming the city for his first born. He called the city Enoch. All of Cain’s offspring were movers and shakers. They shaped the course of humanity with all they built and presided over, with the key to the equation being “presided over”. As David would later write, the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take council together against the Lord , and His anointed, with the main object of resistance being the Anointing. Stephen, in the book of acts, being filled with the Holy Spirit, was stoned for telling religious authority that they do always resist the Holy Ghost.
The other Enoch was a man. Only a man. No city. This Enoch was the seventh from Adam, and was of the line of Seth, the figurative man of resurrection, whom God gave to the woman to replace the seed of promise, murdered while yet in Abel. This man was not drawn away into a city that bore his name. This man walked with God, he was and he was not…he was in the world but not of it…and God took him. This man speaks in the book of Jude, revealing the usurpers, proclaiming the heavenly.
The name Enoch means to train, to dedicate, to inaugurate. So in the earth was a city with that name, that sprang from a man who falsely held that name. And there was a man who was apprehended of God, walked with God, thereby fulfilling the name. The city was destroyed with a flood. The individual was taken, that he should not see the death of the flood. (This creates a conundrum for ideology that only recognizes the ark of Noah as an escape from that age). This is good to dwell upon if one looks only to the Lord’s “coming”, and not His in dwelling. It teaches that we need not wait with the age we live in, we can enter now. So which Enoch signified the Lord’s way in the earth? The city or the individual? A clue is to ask, which did God destroy?
Upon repopulating the earth, as Noah’s descendants spread abroad, some of them came eventually to a place called Shinar…”Land of two rivers”. There, they observed, that they needed to assume some identity, build a city and a tower, and portray the heavens on it’s top. A tower of seeking, but with never any finding. A hay stack with no needle. Once again, the Lord’s way in the earth was abandoned, and the corporate experience replaced the individual. The Lord’s method of dealing with it, locked man kind into this futility. Although all the earth spoke the same language, they were nevertheless smitten with confusion. No two could agree on how to finish it, and yet no one could simply walk away from it. Fallen man has the deepest of affinities for a city, a place where one can presumably, by citizenship therein, satisfy God’s requirement to walk with Him. The Lord observed that man, left to himself, would finish his tower, it would produce nothing, and man would imagine some other project, which too, would conclude with nothing, followed by the next imagination, and etc. So the Lord limited man to his one ill conceived mental road to the heavens, by confusion. Man simply can not agree how to build it. Babylon means, “Confusion by mixture”. Babel is a hay stack with no needle in it. Nothing to find. The book of Revelation tells you that this futility continues to this day. There is good reason the Lord says of Babylon, “Come out of her My people”.
Upon being called up into Mount Horeb, Moses departed the camp of Israel. No sooner was he gone, then the people declared they knew not what had become of him. People tend to want something the eye can see, the hands can handle. They want something and someone familiar to the natural man. Jesus so came once, but is ascended up now, and we can not know Him this way again:
[1Jo 1:1 KJV] “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
[2Co 5:16 KJV] “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more.”
The children of Israel wanted something they could see. It is no different with Christianity today. Jesus has ascended, and has bidden us to follow Him. But many prefer a city and leaders that can satisfy the carnal senses. Upon Moses’ disappearance, the people set upon Aaron, the next authority figure after Moses, and they said to Aaron, “Make us our Gods that lead us up out of Egypt”. Aaron took up a collection, melted the gold, cast a golden calf, and finished it by hand, with an engraver’s tool. He presented it to the people, many of whom defiled themselves corporately, before the image. When Moses did return, he was disgusted, and demanded an explanation from Aaron. Aaron lied. He told Moses he cast gold into the fire and “this calf came out”. Why the Lie? Simple. Aaron’s story to Moses had to jibe with his story to the people. No one would worship an image that Aaron said he fabricated. It had to have some ethereal mystique. Hence the nonsense about the calf springing out of the fire. Most religious leadership and scholars, when presented a difficult question, will tell you there are some things not given to us to understand, that the “Lord moves in mysterious ways”. This is nothing but Aaron hiding behind his fabricated story. The scriptures plainly tell us we are to understand. And Babylon the great is named “MYSTERY”. There is nothing hidden from you , if you know where to look for it. All the treasure of knowledge and wisdom are in Christ. Remember His admonitions about seeking and finding, vs. seeking and not finding. The difference is where one is looking. And looking in the wrong place in compounded by them who try to hide their lack… “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…I am the great and powerful Oz”.
Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches”. In his parables of the vineyard, Jesus spoke of wicked servants who wanted the mastery of the vineyard. They are happy to oversee the laborers, but they want ownership of the vineyard, and all the profits too. These killed, not only the servants of the owner, but even the son and heir, thinking they could then take possession. But the vine, for one thing, did not remain dead. He is risen, and is seated at the right hand of the owner and Master, and every branch that is His, is risen with Him. Ironically, the vineyard that men murder and plot for mastery of to this day, has no eternal vine in it. He is risen, as he told them. They too, fight and plot for a needle that is not in the hay stack. So what do they fight over? What says the word of God?
[Isa 17:10 KJV] “Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow. Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.”
[Jer 2:12 KJV] “Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. 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. Is Israel a servant? is he a home born slave? why is he spoiled? The young lions roared upon him, [and] yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head. Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way? And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy back slidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that [it is] an evil [thing] and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear [is] not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot. Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.”