Falling Star

[Isa 14:12 KJV] 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

[Luk 10:18 KJV] 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

[Rev 12:3-4 KJV] 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Nebuchadnezzar’s first dream was of an image of gold, silver, copper, iron, and iron intertwined with clay. In the dream, a stone came out of a mountain “without hands” and struck the feet, where the iron and clay were mingled.

It is a very good picture of how humanity places value upon things and how fallen man is a building material in a fallen world. It also is a perfect picture of what happens when a large star dies. A star produces energy in fusing Hydrogen. There is sufficient heat and pressure because of gravity, to force two Hydrogen atoms close enough together to bind. When they do, the energy required to keep them bound is less than is stored in a single Hydrogen atom, and energy is released. The new element formed is Helium. Helium similarly fuses into Carbon, Carbon to Oxygen, Oxygen to Silicon, Silicon to Iron. But Iron can not fuse into anything heavier because it requires more energy to bind the byproduct than that the iron stores. The next processes require added energy, and as the energy produced in fusion is now gone, the star collapses in a fraction of a second as it’s massive gravity is no longer countered by the explosive outward pressure of energy that was released in the core by fusion, until it begins to produce Iron. When a star begins to fuse Iron, it has a fraction of a second in which the collapse occurs, resulting in implosion and explosive outward recoil in which energy goes into producing the heavier elements. Every element heavier than Iron was produced by a dying star.

The tipping point in this process is Iron.

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was from God, and it reflects in the language of the creation, the fallen estate of the world. The heavens testifies of the glory of God, and the heavenly objects were given for signs, seasons, etc., the fallen state of man are also depicted.

Gold and Silver are the byproducts of a dead star. Iron is produced by a living star, but signals it’s imminent death. Clay is largely Silicon, as one may learn with a little research. It is of note that in the dream, the image was destroyed by a stone that came out of a mountain. The stone went expressly for the feet, where the Iron and Clay were mingled. And in striking the feet, the image collapsed to dust and was blown from the threshing floor, and the stone became a great mountain that filled the earth. We are the Clay and The Lord the potter. Jesus came from the Father and redeemed us. He has grown into the Father in all things.

[Isa 9:6 KJV] 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

In Christ, in His resurrection are we built up a spiritual house, a house “not of this building” …not made with hands. In the dream Nebuchadnezzar saw, the metals represented four kingdoms. The fourth Iron kingdom is Rome. When Iron is produced, slavery, bondage and collapse are near to hand.

Revelation 18, the sum of three sixes, also depicts these things. The great merchant/harlot system is fallen. It also is built according to man, with the heaviest, most valued things bearing down upon the lighter, less esteemed things. Least of all, the bodies and minds of people. This fallen system is so prevalent in the earth today, it is a marvel that so few see it. It is a wonder that so many who name the name of the Lord lament and wring hands over the teetering and imminent collapse, whereas the scriptures advocate for rejoicing.

[Rev 18:20 KJV] 20 Rejoice over her, [thou] heaven, and [ye] holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

It was spoken in my heart a year ago, “Be mentally prepared to live in an occupation”. I make no claim to know with certainty, the unfolding of short term events. But I have learned, primarily from the book of Daniel and his example, that one can serve under an occupation, and the Lord will make a way for you. But as Daniel determined from the start, do not defile yourself with the portion the occupiers send you from their table…do not within yourself, find any agreement with it. The Lord is not in it. He will bring it down.

[Rev 18:4 KJV] 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Come out of her is a very graphic statement. It is saying, do not get in her bed and produce anything with her.

The fallen stars of Rev. 12 are based upon Joseph’s vision of twelve stars. A third are four. Interestingly, the image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream consisted of four heavy elements produced in the fall of a star. The two elements in the dream not from that source are Clay and a Stone not of this creation, a Stone who came from a great mountain, broke the bondage of the iron and clay, and who grew into the mountain he came from, filling the earth. Present conditions may not seem to support this, but nevertheless, the Kingdom of God in Christ will prevail and fill the earth, and all things. The world and the works of it will be burned up. This is what the scriptures declare.

[2Pe 3:10 KJV] 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

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A Crown Of Thorns

In the end of the world, when Jesus appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, the instrument of that sacrifice included being delivered into the hands of men, that they should examine him, decide what should be done with him, and do it. This, it is written, was done according to the determinate council and foreknowledge of the Father.

As a groundwork in writing, I bring to mind, the account of Gideon, who is Jerubaal. Gideon was raised up among the judges of Israel to deliver them from the hand of the Midianites, their enemies. This is greatly summarized, but Gideon did under the hand of God, deliver them from Midian. And in the course of events, became a house of many sons. And in the moment of deliverance, the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, both you, and your son, and your son’s son also, for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian”. And Gideon said, “I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you”.

This remarkable declaration speaks to the fact that, though the LORD delivers by the hand of some man, he, the LORD, nevertheless is supreme in the world. And eventually when Gideon had died, the people conspired to kill seventy of Gideon’s sons born to wives, and make one of his sons, a son of a bondwoman, their king. Upon conducting this act of treachery, one escaped son of Gideon stood to rebuke the people with a parable.

And when they told [it] to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you.
The trees went forth [on a time] to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.
But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, [and] reign over us.
But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?
Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, [and] reign over us.
And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, [and] reign over us.
And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, [then] come [and] put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
Now therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye have made Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands;
(For my father fought for you, and adventured his life far, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian:
And ye are risen up against my father’s house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he [is] your brother;)
If ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, [then] rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you:
But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech.

The Olive, the Fig and the Vine. The fullness of God, Spirit, Father and Son, dwelling bodily in a man, a man who was born to be a King. This King would reign for a time, as no king of flesh will. He reigns through the fatness of a gentle teacher of easy yoke and light burden. He reigns through the sweet revelations from the Father, of Christ in you. He reigns in the cheerful fellowship we have with God, as partakers of the new wine in the Kingdom of the dear Son. But there are those who will not have him to reign over them, preferring the flesh rending, punishing cruel bondage of the authority of God rejecting men of flesh and blood. Them to whom, through the determinate council and foreknowledge of God, the blessed King would be delivered.

This King, when they took and mocked, they placed upon his head, a crown of thorns. Inside that blessed head, and all that was processing in it, was the mind which the scriptures testify we, who are made believers, have. We have the mind of Christ. We have the mind that is the great threshing floor, where the chaff is separated from the wheat, the wheat delivered to the garner, the chaff to unquenchable fire. What He, the great King determines, will most certainly come to pass. For the Father has delivered all things into His hands. And the world will be judged, not by Moses, nor by flesh rending authoritarians, but by Jesus Christ, according to our gospel.

Now He, Christ, is passed into the heavens, where no crown of thorns touches His mind. But we who are alive and remain unto His coming, still bear this crown. We bear our God given authority in the Word of God, and do not yield it to the flesh rending demand of authoritarian and Godless flesh, that we exchange our thinking for theirs. Their authority may presently seem to fill the world. But it ends at the border and boundary of the mind of Christ in us. It is no marvel, if the world hate you, because it hated Him first, and that without a cause. Hold fast to Him and you will never be moved nor disappointed. The Spirit of Life from God is in you, if so be that that same Spirit which raised Christ from be in you.

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So, Where Are We Now?

So, where are we now?

“Almonds” occurs 8 times in 6 verses in the KJV, including 6 exact phrases shown first.

[Gen 43:11 KJV] 11 And their father Israel said unto them, If [it must be] so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:

[Exo 25:33-34 KJV] 33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, [with] a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, [with] a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. 34 And in the candlestick [shall be] four bowls made like unto almonds, [with] their knops and their flowers.

[Exo 37:19-20 KJV] 19 Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three bowls made like almonds in another branch, a knop and a flower: so throughout the six branches going out of the candlestick. 20 And in the candlestick [were] four bowls made like almonds, his knops, and his flowers:

[Num 17:8 KJV] 8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.

There is so much intricate detail in scripture surrounding the almond, one could write a book. The almond is the early riser…The first to bud through the scent of water. The resurrection. Job wrote of it, though darkly, until he saw Christ through the preaching of Elihu. Jesus yielded up the Spirit, and the Spirit of life from God came into Him again. And this He shed abroad, pouring out upon all flesh. Where these “waters” came there was life. And to everyone who received Him and believed on His name, He gave power to become sons of God, Children of the resurrection.

Jacob, fleeing from Esau, came to a place called Luz. “The Almond Tree”. There he had visions of Christ, as would Nathanael under the Fig, in the beginning of the gospel. Jacob saw the angels of God ascending and descending (in that order) upon the stones and place where Jacob laid his head ( the head is where thinking and reasoning; threshing occur). In the morning, Jacob declared the place to be the gate of heaven (the way) and the House of God ( I and my Father are one). Jacob poured oil on the stone and thereafter called the place, “Luz which is BethEl”…’The Almond tree which is the house of God”.

Later Jacob became a house. One of his sons would have dreams and visions of Christ also. But because they were not understood, and because they were superior to the family vision, Joseph was hated, thrown into a pit to die. Raised from the pit, sold into slavery. Thrown again into a prison for his righteousness. Delivered from prison for his abilities, and made lord of all Egypt and lord of the bread of the earth…a different vision of resurrection than Jacob’s, but concerning the same Christ.

Jacob, in a famine, sent to Egypt to Pharaoh, to buy grain from Egypt. He sent money, the fruit of the land, and some almonds. He did not know it, but the one who received this from him was his own son, who he thought dead, but lived, another life long teaching of the resurrection that Jacob experienced. And Joseph took no money from Jacob. Only the gifts.

Generations later two Levites would lead the children out of Egypt. Each with a staff, a rod. In settling a dispute about priesthood, the rod of Aaron would be raised. A dead walking stick, cut off from a tree that had it’s roots in a seed that came into Egypt by Jacob, all of which was fulfilled in the life of Joseph (David wrote that until the Lord’s Word came to Joseph, it tried him…until it was established in him, he was tested whether he believed it). The raised almond branch was brought expressly into the holiest place, into the ark of the testimonies which God gave. It completely bypassed the seven lamp-ed, four bowled candlestick that was a golden effigy of a fruiting Almond tree, fulfilling the meaning of the lamp, and forever excluding it from fulfilling what it symbolized. The highest purpose of the candlesticks/assemblies, is to witness to the resurrection.

Later David would build a house for the Lord. He was told it was impossible, but that in one who would be of David’s house, the Lord would build a house for David. (David, being a prophet, saw the resurrection, and called this One “Lord”, and so, how is he David’s son?) Solomon went on to build a temple under concession. It was never ordained, but was allowed. And the Lord said when (not if) you corrupt yourselves in it, I am finished with it. Before Solomon died, he had so corrupted the temple and surrounding environs with idolatrous imagery to the abominations of all his various wives, that the place it sat on was no more called the Mount of Olives, but the Mount of Corruption. It was doomed from the start, as when it (the temple) was dedicated, and they brought in the ark, there was nothing in it but the tables of the law. The risen almond (the resurrection) and hidden manna/ word (the life) were not in it. They were never in it.

Generations later again, A man who is the Son of God would be declared to be “The Resurrection and the Life”, two things that never crossed the threshold of the house built with hands, but revealed in the one God spoke of to David concerning the building of God’s house. This man stood in proximity to the dead house of Solomon, feet upon the Mount of Corruption, and said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it in three days”. He dropped the plumb line in the earth. Choose which is the house of God, He or the heap of stick and stone. Choose wisely.

Him they wickedly slew, and He did rise, exactly as He told them. But what was the manner of His rising? Why is it written that I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live? Why does it admonish that if (not when) ye then be risen with Christ…? Why do the scriptures talk of “I and the children my Father has given me” (also called the children of the resurrection)? Why do the scriptures speak that “as seed shall serve Him and be accounted to the Lord for a generation? Who has counted the names in Matthew 1, the book of the generation of Jesus Christ?

When that rod of Aaron was raised, it was not raised alone. It was raised with a generation to come. For every almond on it’s branches, born to it in resurrection, entering with it into the holiest, had power to become everything the first seed was, that fell to the earth and died, and bore every almond, thus no longer dwelling alone, but raised a house.

Where are we now? Risen with Him, hidden with Him in God, not in the house made with hands, but in the heavens themselves, wherein He has entered. Salvation ready to be revealed, reserved for you (and with you) in heaven. And when Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory. Enoch the seventh knew this, and wrote of it:

[Jde 1:14-25 KJV] 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

He is indeed coming. But not alone. He will never dwell alone again.

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[Heb 4:8 KJV] 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.This that Paul wrote is speaking of Joshua. The name Joshua and Jesus are the same. But in this verse, it is talking about Joshua. Joshua 5 and Exodus 16 are good places to read of this. It involves the transition from wandering in the wilderness to entering the figurative land of promise. Why figurative? Because if it was the rest, another would not have been spoken of. If the manna was the bread of heaven, then Christ could not be, as He said, the true bread that came down from heaven. But He is, and He sojourned, He did tabernacle in the wilderness of flesh for a season and spoke all He was given to speak and do. Then He entered not into the holy of holies in the symbolic house of the Lord, but into heaven itself. If one part of these great past events is shown to symbolize Christ, then all of it does. The Lord is not the author of confusion.

Moses was a figure of the law of carnal commandments. The fact that he came as close to the figurative land of promise as to see it with his eyes, but never set foot in it, tells you that the old order can describe Christ to the point that you can “see” Him, but it can not bring you to Him. You must enter in faith. He, Christ, is the end of the law for righteousness, not in everyone who keeps the law, but in everyone who believes Him of whom all the law and the prophets testify. Every product you buy comes with a manual. The manual can not do what the product does. Only help you understand it.

Joshua, whose name means salvation, was the figurehead who brought the people from wandering in the wilderness, the same wilderness of flesh wherein Jesus was tempted, and into the figurative land of rest and promise. Manna was collected six days in the week in the wilderness. It was forbidden to seek it on the seventh, indicating that the real rest of God was not a day of the week, nor in the wanderings of flesh. But when the children entered the land, the manna never fell again. It had a new place. It was hidden in a golden pot, in the greatest symbolic place of rest that existed. It was hidden in the ark of testimonies. That was the only place it might be found, abiding there in eternal rest.

These two symbolic breads are revealed in two places today. The multitudes of “believers” who as yet have not entered in faith, but still wander about in the wilderness of flesh, looking for something. The other is found in rest, in them who have overcome in faith, and rest in and with Christ. Their bread is not looked for in the wilderness, it abides in them eternally, hid with Christ in God. These two distinct “places” are revealed in a pattern of prayer the Lord gave in answer to them who did not know how to pray. In His answer Jesus told them to ask each day, for their daily bread. But Jesus said to any who overcomes, He will give the right to eat of the hidden manna. This manna existed symbolically, only in the ark of testimonies. Paul wrote also of these things and these two coexisting conditions among the Lord’s people:

[Heb 4:1 KJV] 1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

We enter in faith. We overcome in faith. We dine with the Lord in secret, in faith. We harden not our hearts as in the provocation in the wilderness. Today we hear His voice and know we are in His rest.The understanding is greatly enhanced when it is understood that the wilderness wherein Jesus was tempted, was His flesh.Another promise to the over comer, he/she will be made a pillar, a fixture, in the house of the living God, and he/she will go no more out. The cycle of running out into the world to get beat up, and returning to the Lord for comfort, running back to the world to get beat up, returning to the Lord for comfort…the cycle is broken. You can not find the Lord’s rest where it does not exist.

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There is a lot to consider in the book of Judges and Gideon. Gideon would not consent to rule over the people, nor his sons, because as Gideon pointed out, they already had a ruler…the Lord. But when people are ignorant of this, and of how the Lord rules, they seek out some individual to “anoint” as king over them. This ignorance has metastasized throughout the church world. To seek “anointed” leadership is to profess profound ignorance of the fact that the Spirit of the Lord dwells in His people, though they often know not that they are the temple of the Lord, and that the Spirit of God dwells in them. Even Jesus, when disciples sought to take him and “make” him a king who would rule over them, rather than in each by consent, Jesus hid himself. When Gideon was dead, eventually a conspiracy arose among the ignorant, to take the son of Gideon born to a slave, and kill the seventy sons who were free born to wives, and make the son of a bond woman king, on the general ground that “he is one of us”. Here again, a message is amplified in the scripture, that those born of a situation of bondage can not be heir together with the free born. You can not legislate morality, and you can not impose the kingdom of God on anyone. As the closing admonition of the Lord in the last chapter of the book declares, “And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 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”. In other words, righteous judgment, to give to every individual according to his/her chosen path, is only possible if they were free to choose that path.

One of the sons of Gideon was hidden when his brethren were slaughtered and he appeared upon Mount Gerizim to proclaim the parable of the Fig, the Vine and the Olive refusing to change what they were by nature, in order to rule over flesh. He also proclaimed in his parable, the covenant with the flesh rending bramble. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in a people. It was written of Jesus that in Him dwelt all the fullness of God. It is written again of him and his people, after that he was raised and the Holy Ghost came, that in him dwells (present tense) all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and all of us are complete in him. And if the Spirit that raised Him from the dead dwell in you, what do we have to do with any notion of one ruling over another? This picture of the body of Christ is portrayed in the account of Gideon. It is rejected by the people for a flesh rending authoritarian ruler because he was “one of us”. These parables did Jotham, the surviving free son of Gideon speak, from the top of Mount Gerizim. For them who study scripture, a search of Gerizim reveals that when the Lord first brought the people into the figurative land of promise, they passed between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. Blessing were pronounced from the top of Gerizim, and curses from Ebal. The consequences of choice. The upper and lower millstone. Choose the Lord or the house of bondage. Jotham spoke from the place of the blessing.

[Mat 21:42-45 KJV] Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.___________________________________________________________________________

[Jdg 8:30 KJV] 30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.[Jdg 8:22-23 KJV] 22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.

[Jdg 8:22-23, 30-33 KJV] 22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you. … 30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives. 31 And his concubine that [was] in Shechem, she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech. 32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.[Jdg 9:1-7 KJV] 1 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother’s brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying, 2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether [is] better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, [which are] threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I [am] your bone and your flesh. 3 And his mother’s brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said, He [is] our brother. 4 And they gave him threescore and ten [pieces] of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him. 5 And he went unto his father’s house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, [being] threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself. 6 And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that [was] in Shechem. 7 And when they told [it] to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you.

[Jdg 9:8-15 KJV] 8 The trees went forth [on a time] to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. 9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? 10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, [and] reign over us. 11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? 12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, [and] reign over us. 13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? 14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, [and] reign over us. 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, [then] come [and] put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

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Faith. The Work of God

“When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.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.Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent”. (John 6)

The miracle of loaves and fishes, which Jesus did, has a great deal to think about. But one of the great lessons of it is the fact that the fed become the feeders. After a few loaves and fishes fed a multitude, more was collected from the multitude than was originally distributed. And though natural resources were used to make the example, the subject of the event is spiritual. It is the Word of God coming to be in those who hear it. The true bread of heaven is Christ and His word in you. And the true bread of heaven, the words he speaks, are spirit and life, not molecules. The true bread of heaven does not go in the mouth and out the other end. It goes in the ear and makes it’s way out of the mouth. The miracle of loaves and fishes is not fully understood until it is seen that the hungry are to become them who feed others. Jesus later said (in praying to The Father), “I do not pray for the world, but for them you have given me, for they are yours…Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word…) (from John 17)

Through THEIR word…

After Jesus did this miracle, the crowd followed Him because He had filled their bellies temporarily. But He identified their misguided reasons in following Him… If you read the account, it becomes apparent that they wanted to know what they must do that they might work the works of God, but they were thinking of the natural benefits of the things Jesus was able to do, not the spiritual and eternal benefit of hearing what He says. Jesus answered them that the work of God is that you believe him whom God has sent.

Later, in John 9, another miracle unfolds that bears out the work of God. A man was born blind, and Jesus was asked who had sinned that a man should be born blind? His parents or even the man? Jesus said neither, but that the works of God might be revealed in him. Jesus opened the man’s eyes and set off a firestorm. If you read John 9 carefully, you may see something. The man goes from saying “I don’t know if Jesus is a sinner or not, only that now I can see”, to saying “If this man were a sinner, He could do nothing”. (The restoring of his natural vision is miracle enough, but consider where his rapid wisdom was coming from! And the fact that the religious leaders questioned and condemned it, throwing him out of the Synagogue). But for all this, and the miracle of opening the eyes of a man born blind, a thing previously unheard of, this alone was not the work of God. The work of God was revealed when Jesus asked the man if he believed on the Son of God. The man replied, “Who is he, that I might believe?”. Jesus said, “You are both seeing and speaking with Him”. And the man said, “I BELIEVE”. And he worshiped Him. The work of God was the faith he came to, evidenced by the rapid rise of wisdom in him, before he ever set physical eyes on Jesus.

This speaks to all of us, for in truth, every human being is born blind.

Natural benefits and provision are wonderful but are fleeting. Consider the little girl Jesus raised to life. He commanded them afterwards to give her something to eat. Reviving a dead body, revives everything it is (and is not). What Jesus did with the little girl, with Lazarus, and others, was not the resurrection. It was the reconstitution and reanimating of a natural being. The resurrection is eternal. And the spiritual benefits of Christ in you are likewise eternal.

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Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation [is] to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, [even] Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

(KJV) 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

A point, a plane and a cube. The transition from one to the next is relatively easy to comprehend. A point, mathematically, has no volume…no displacement. It is dimensionless. In a one dimensional world, a straight line of infinite points, a two dimensional plane would exist in theory. It would be difficult to entertain mentally because one would be asked to believe that a plane contains an infinite number of lines, each possibly a one dimensional world of it’s own. A plane is, nevertheless, a reality. And a plane is in fact another dimension. A plane is a two dimensional place and can be viewed as a world of it’s own. Curious that the plane, as a place of abiding, can be described accurately and truthfully to the one dimensional world as a world of many worlds…a house or habitation of many houses. A plane extends in every direction within it’s two dimensions infinitely. In a two dimensional world, since it extends in every known direction infinitely, it would be hard to comprehend three dimensions, as the concept of infinity seems to fit fine in the two dimensional world. One would be asked to believe that there is more than infinity…more than everything. In fact, one would be faced with the concept that in three dimensions, there are an infinite number of planes, an infinite number of worlds like your own, each extending infinitely in every direction, each containing an infinite number of lines. Infinity of infinity. A heaven of heavens. Of course three dimensions are not a theory, but a very real thing so familiar to us, that we don’t give it a second thought. Now, here is a strange thought. If one were to willing to teach a three dimensional world to a two dimension dweller, the explanation would necessarily take the form of shadows, likenesses, parables, allegories & so forth. Given time, and a broad spectrum of these tools, it would be possible to convey a reasonable mental facsimile to the 2D dweller, but the 2D dweller would still be in need of faith in what was being revealed. You see, it is always simple and easy to examine and comprehend the world you are confined to. It is simple and easy to comprehend the worlds contained in the world you are confined to. But try to imagine a fourth dimensional world. It is not so easy, is it? Nevertheless it is real. Just as real as the 3D world so familiar to you. And it contains an infinity of 3D worlds. No wonder, when Paul was caught up into higher things, he said he had no idea whether he was in the the body or out…he could not tell. No matter. The natural body is as limited as the resurrected and glorified Son of man is not. It is He in whom we abide in faith. He is the forerunner, having entered the heavens themselves, while tethered to us in faith, by the eternal Spirit.

Now, what do we say about travel from one place to the next? What if I were somehow elevated from a one dimensional existence to a 2D, and even a 3D. To be elevated from one to the next could not be accurately described as having “gone” anywhere. If I am suddenly changed from a 1D dweller to a 2D, I still dwell in the 1D world I came from. So I have not simply “gone” away. In fact, I now fill all 1D worlds. From the perspective of the 1D world, I have not merely gone somewhere, I have gone EVERYWHERE, without having left. The same example holds true from 2D to a 3D transformation. And yes, from a 3D to 4D, and that which is beyond. When once the disciples were in a room with the door shut and the windows shuttered, and Jesus stood and appeared in the midst…He did not pass through the walls. He does not need to. He was already there. When Jesus appeared for the first time, to the man born blind, whose eyes Jesus opened…Jesus did not suddenly come into the world for that man. He was already there.

Paul wrote some very beautiful things to help us comprehend by faith, the reality of the resurrection. And Jesus is in fact, the resurrection. If you read 1st Corinthians, you may begin to comprehend that the resurrection is not a matter of traveling from one place to another, so much as filling places previously closed to you. In resurrection, the dweller does not merely go from one place in the cosmos to another. He/she goes where Christ is and has gone. It is written of Christ now, that He fills all things. Someone who fills all things does not “come and go”. He either appears or does not appear, based upon the estate of the beholder. When it comes to pass that “every eye shall see Him”, it is not a matter of His locomotion about. It is more a matter of veils and barriers being dissolved. There will be no place the mind can hide from Him…no more Fig leaves. Peter also described Jesus as an anchor to your soul, a forerunner, going before you, into that within the veil. The resurrection is not travel in the conventional sense. It is the removal of limitations and barriers. It is multidimensional, not linear, not merely moving from point A to point B.

Jesus has given you life. Not as flesh has given you, but the life he has of the Father. The life from flesh has an end. His life does not. Jesus has also given to us of the Spirit. He, the Spirit, is the Teacher, and is the voice that speaks from heaven, the voice to which we do well to take heed. But what can the ideas and contemplation of dimensions show us about communication? Curiously, a voice that speaks to the two dimensional dweller from the three dimensional speaker, does not seem to come from outside of the hearer. It does not originate in the two dimensional world, it appears instantly at every place in the two dimensional world. To any two dimensional dweller with an ear to hear, it would appear to come from within. And it would not take the form of an audible voice. In terms of “cause and effect”, there would be affect with no externally discernible cause. It is Elijah’s “Small, still voice”. It is that which was foretold of Christ, that he would not “lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the streets”. It is Peter’s Daystar “arising in your heart”. It is the unction you have received of the Holy One, by whom you “know all things and need not that any man should teach you”. It is the things eye has not seen, ear not heard, nor the heart of man considered, yet the Spirit reveals to them that love Him.

Jesus , I think, knew of the tendency we can have to fear the unknown. He knew that the Holy Ghost was to be our teacher, a teacher previously unknown to the vast majority. Knowing that we were to transition from being disciples of men to disciples of He who is invisible (for the present), immortal and the only wise. Knowing these things, Jesus comforted us concerning the simple way we receive Him as teacher in this capacity. He said to ask. And having asked, you need not fear. If our children ask for an egg, we will not give them a stone. If they ask for a fish we will not give a scorpion, nor a serpent. ….” how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask?”

It says of The Teacher, that he reveals in you, the things you have never seen, heard nor even pondered in your heart…the things God has prepared for them that love Him. The lessons must necessarily begin as parables and facsimile of things familiar to you. But they must also necessarily at some point, depart from such. For as in a parable, the kingdom of God may be said to be “like” a man who sows seed, like a shepherd with sheep, like many things. But it IS not any of them. If I use a lamp to cast a shadow on the wall, I can manipulate the shadow, and “teach” after a manner. But I can not live in the shadow I make. A shadow of a three dimensional being takes the appearance of a two dimensional image. It is real, it can be used to teach. But it is not the one who is casting it. In the scriptures, we see in the three dimensional world, many things called shadows of things that are, and are to come. In a three dimensional world, shadows of higher things take shape in people, places, times, events, etc. But they are not the Kingdom of God itself. For example, Moses was a shadow of the law of carnal commandments. His natural life became synonymous with the law, to the extent that when the law is read, it is said “Moses is read”. Moses, as a shadow of the law, which could not produce the promises, was himself allowed to see the figurative land of promise, but true to the shadow and figure of things, could not enter it. Yet when Jesus was revealed in the Father, on the mount called transfiguration, Moses was there. Of course he was there. God is the God of the living. Type and shadow, even if you are a part of it, do not nullify faith and inheritance in God, the substance of things symbolized. Or consider Isaac, who in faith, blessed both Jacob and Esau concerning things to come (Heb. 11). Regardless of the shadow of things cast in Jacob and Esau, in Christ any born to either, through faith, can inherit the substance of things, even if they were denied the shadow. This is a great truth in Christ, the great equalizer and justifier of them who believe.

Ezekiel saw The Teacher as a great river. And Ezekiel was shown the method of the Teacher. At first, ankle deep. But the foot is still on familiar ground. Then knee deep, and thigh deep. But the feet are still on the earth. Finally waters to swim in. Waters that take you many places and show you many things, not possible while the feet grip the bottom. As it is written of The Teacher, “The Holy Ghost teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual”. Paul said that when he was a child, he thought and spoke as a child, and understood as a child. But when he became a man, he put away childish things.

The Kingdom of God is within, as surely as the tree is in the seed. If the leaven, the thinking of the Pharisees, and of Herod enter in and rewrite the genetics of the seed, the message the Teacher writes, nothing is lost but one’s place in the things to come…which for the loser, is everything. Let not your heart be troubled, neither fear their fear. You believe in God. Believe also in Christ. Curiously, a virus is the perfect example of the message-altering leaven of the Pharisees and Heroes, as a virus dupes the cell into producing more virus… If God is God, serve Him. If religion and politics…then serve them. Only chose this day, whom you will serve.
Herod means “hero”. There are many heroes of the people these days. Beware.

There is nothing wrong with being a good citizen and voting, and so forth. But remember the definition of “Babylon”. It is “confusion by mixture”. Things that do not belong mingled together, need to be separated properly in the mind. Otherwise there is confusion…the inability to distinguish one from the other.

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A Seed Shall Serve The Lord And Shall Be Accounted To Him For A Generation. -Psalm 22


[Gen 4:25 KJV] 25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, [said she], hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

The first 5 chapters of Genesis contain the message of regeneration via resurrection. There came out of the woman two brothers, twins. This came after it was said to the woman that of her seed would God bring one who would be the salvation of the race. One brother, Cain, was “of that wicked one” and slew his brother, because his own deeds were evil, and his brother’s righteous (1 John 3:12). The seed of promise was in Abel, whose righteousness was that of faith. He believed God concerning the promised savior, a “lamb of the flock”, a perfect man who would die for the human race. Abel’s offering of a lamb signified that he believed what God had said. Cain not only did not regard the Lord concerning this, but further disregarded the Lord how that man could not redeem himself by his own works; “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return”. Genesis 3.

So, in Abel, the seed of promise died. But the promise was raised again in Seth, given to the woman to replace Abel and make the promise of God, concerning a savior, sure; “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, [said she], hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD”. Seth became the figure of promise fulfilled through resurrection. Death could not void the promise of God.

In chapter four of Genesis, all the destiny of the fallen race is declared. The righteous by faith is hated and slain by the worker of iniquity. Vengeance is declared to be the sole territory of God. The promise is raised in Seth. Cain and his offspring end in a death spiral of multiplying self destruction. The first words of the next chapter declare that all who will be redeemed from Adam’s fallen race, will be redeemed in Seth, the figure of resurrection:

“This [is] the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth…”.
No mention of Cain or his generations are made. All that come of Adam, who is made male and female, there being no difference in the promised savior, …all who shall live with God, shall live in Seth. There is no physical discrimination here. This is not about flesh and blood, which can not inherit the Kingdom of God. This is about Spirit and Life. The just shall live by faith. Seth is a picture of what Jesus, the heir and true man of promise said, “Ye must be born again”.

“And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew”.

The Savior Is Slain, And Raised With A Generation.

Psalm 22

[[To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.]] My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words of my roaring?

O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.

They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

But I [am] a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, [saying],

He trusted on the LORD [that] he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

But thou [art] he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope [when I was] upon my mother’s breasts.

I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou [art] my God from my mother’s belly.

Be not far from me; for trouble [is] near; for [there is] none to help.

Many bulls have compassed me: strong [bulls] of Bashan have beset me round.

They gaped upon me [with] their mouths, [as] a ravening and a roaring lion.

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed 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.

But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.

Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

My praise [shall be] of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

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 Resurrected One Is Symbolized In The Almond…The Symbol Of Resurrection.
When the Lord lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses and his brother Aaron were the instruments. Moses and Aaron, of the tribe of Levi, each walked with a staff..a rod. The nature and origin of Aaron’s rod is revealed to settle a question of leadership. When the people murmured about leadership, the Lord commanded them to take the twelve rods of each of the tribes, according to their princes, and write the name of each upon their rod. Upon Aaron’s rod was his name, for the house of Levi. They were laid before the tabernacle. In the morning, the rod of Aaron had been raised to life, leafed and blossomed, and bore in it’s resurrection, a generation of almonds. Almonds, scripturally had come into Egypt from Jacob, some four hundred years earlier, as a gift to Pharaoh from Jacob, to buy food in a time of famine. Jacob did not know it, but his gift was given to his own son Joseph, now Lord of all Egypt. Joseph was there, having been thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers to die, and raised out of the pit in another figure of resurrection, it having been ordained that he must go before his house into Egypt, to save them.

So, some four hundred years after the Almond comes into Egypt from Jacob, a branch from a tree of that seed is cut off, dies, and is made a rod and instrument of power and authority to lead the people out of bondage, into promise. The branch is raised with a generation, the only remnant of the almond that came to Egypt by Jacob to do so, and in that state of resurrection, together with a generation of seed, each seed containing the complete genetic inheritance of the raised branch, it enters the holiest place and is placed within the Ark of Testimonies, along with the hidden manna and the tables of the law of carnal commandments.


The Book Of The Generation Of Jesus Christ

Matthew chapter one declares itself to be the book of the generation of Jesus Christ. It gives a list of names in sequence, generation to generation, divided into three groups of fourteen:

“…So all the generations from Abraham to David [are] fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon [are] fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ [are] fourteen generations”. Matthew 1:17

If you read the chapter, it names each of the names from Abraham until Christ. If you count them, you find something amazing. From Abraham to David are fourteen. From David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen. From The carrying away into Babylon until the man Jesus are thirteen. Where is the fourteenth? It is not named because Jesus is not yet raised. As all the prophets and the aforementioned things declare, He would not be raised alone. The fourteenth and final generation of Christ are named in all them who are added in faith, from the time He was raised and glorified, to this very moment as you read, and until the generation is concluded and sealed up, at a time of the Father’s discretion. If Christ is in you by faith, then the resurrection is in you. And when He is revealed in glory, you will be revealed with Him in glory. I do not say when He comes. For he has been in the act of coming in a generation since He was raised. When His coming is complete, it will be revealed. There is nothing in this present world and age that is worthy of being mentioned or compared with these things. Nothing. But this is the Gospel. Christ in YOU, reckoned and added by faith to the completed generation of Jesus Christ hope of glory. Every eye will see this. Every knee will collapse. Every tongue will wag in admission. Jesus has be the truth all along.

The Corona (Crown) virus is a great sign of the time. It is real enough, but symbolizes everything about a lie, which enters the mind to erase it and replace it with it’s own message, to thereafter be duplicated by the co-opted mind until it fills it to bursting and destruction. It is impossible to find truth in a lie. The only truth about it, is that it is a lie.

Let no man steal your crown!

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2

Jesus knew that God was His Father. When He was raised, He revealed what He had accomplished for you: “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God“.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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A Simple Message In A Time Of Division

In times of outward peril, things seem completely contradictory to the Word of God, which unlike the world’s perceptions and situations, does not change and mutate in order to gain attention and control. The Word of God is eternal and sure. And the wisdom of God is beyond comprehension. He knows how to preserve His own, while reserving the wicked for judgment. To the leaders and rulers of flesh I would say, the pits you dig for others will eventually encompass you.

In the days of the divided Hebrew nation, there were two lines of kings. One in the kingdom of Judah and one in the kingdom of Israel, the Samaritans, as they came to be known. This division is magnified in the New Testament in a way that few are aware or are taught, But “Jew” primarily refers to Judah, Judea, Jerusalem, the temple, the priesthood, etc. It was the remainder of the Hebrew nations that did not depart from Solomon’s son Rehoboam, Whose heavy handed tyranny occasioned the split of the rest of the ten tribes from Judah and Benjamin. They became known as “Israel”, while Judah, Benjamin, Jerusalem and the temple and priesthood became “Judah”. In places in the Gospels, it is important to understand the distinction. Jew means Judah. And Samaritan means the rest of the tribes, sometimes called gentiles by the Jews. As an example, consider that the United States has been split from England for less than three hundred years. In Jesus’ day, the kingdom of Judah had been separated from the kingdom of Israel for over a thousand. They were completely different nations.

In the case of kings, I have made a point of asking many, who was the greatest king the Hebrews ever had? Almost without exception, the answers are either David or Solomon. When I respond, “not according to scripture”, then some say, Jehoshaphat? or they name some other. But what does the scripture say?

[2Ki 18:1-5 KJV] 1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, [that] Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also [was] Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. 3 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. 4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. 5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor [any] that were before him.

When Hezekiah began to reign, Judah and Israel had been separate kingdoms for approximately as long as England and the United States, to give a mental reference. Hezekiah reigned in Jerusalem, a walled city. The picture it spiritually paints, is of the individual in whom Christ dwells, seated together within distinct borders. This is not discernible to the world or the nations. And as different as were Israel and Judah in Hezekiah’s day, so is the difference between the individual who dwells with Christ in faith, and the many who frequent institutions that have sprung up, all liking to identify with the name of Christ, or as different as the two Enochs of different lineage that coexisted in the days before Noah. One Enoch became a city, one and individual who walked with God. One destroyed, one caught up with God. Jesus, once asked how He would be revealed to the individual, yet be unseen by the world, gave answer:

[Jhn 14:23 KJV] 23 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.

When Hezekiah reigned, one by one, the fenced cities of Samaria fell to the King of Assyria. Eventually the fenced cities of Judah began to fall, one by one, until the walled city of Jerusalem, with it’s king in the midst remained. It seems contrary that the Word of God would name as greatest natural king, one who saw his neighboring nation fall, and his own nation fall until all that remained free, was Jerusalem, and those withing it’s wall, with Hezekiah in the midst. The Assyrians immediately stood without the wall, and simultaneously told the Jews not to listen to Hezekiah and his promises of God’s deliverance, while if they trusted the Asstyians, and agreed with them and willingly came out to them, they would be carried away to a land “like their own,”:

[2Ki 18:31-32 KJV] 31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make [an agreement] with me by a present, and come out to me, and [then] eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern: 32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us.

The reference to Fig and Vine are a promise to give you, what Jesus spoke in John 14. It is the fellowship of the Father and the Son. The overcome and fallen cities of Samaria (Israel) and Judah were duped into a system and condition LIKE this, but administered through occupying mediators. But Christ in you is the hope of glory. Not Christ in a system, in “anointed” leaders, not in “church”. Christ in YOU.

This condition was portrayed in the days of Hezekiah, and he followed the Lord like none before him, or after, naturally speaking.

The simple message is this. Set to your seal that God is true. Believe your King who dwells in you. Keep the walls of your mind strong. Pay no attention to the detractors. Your faith, being tried, is more precious than fine silver and gold. It is the most precious thing you have.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth by day;
[Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the LORD, [which is] my refuge, [even] the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in [their] hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

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Jesus The Antivenom

Thinking for a couple days about the promised one, who would redeem the race:

[Gen 3:13-15 KJV] 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

[Rev 12:17 KJV] 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

It was said to Adam, “you are dust, and to dust you will return”. Curious that the serpent’s meat became dust. Dust, clay, both references to earthen vessels. All things human. Jesus, in addressing the serpent’s wisdom from the mouth of Peter and the disciples:

[Mar 8:33 KJV] 33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

Concerning the things of God, Jesus said:

[Jhn 14:30 KJV] 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

I have been thinking on these things regarding the formation of antivenom. The scriptures use the poison of serpents to depict what comes out of the mouth of unredeemed humanity (and sadly many believers, sweet and bitter waters out of the same well). To create antivenom, a treatment for snakebite, etc., a host animal is given a dose of the venom. It’s body creates antibodies which are harvested from it’s blood and used to make the antivenom. In thinking about the seed of the woman v. the seed of the serpent (recalling that Jesus said to a group of religious leaders claiming God was their father, that in fact their father was in actuality, the father of lies, the Devil) it is evident that the enmity and battle are of words. The Truth v. lies. I consider how that Jesus took the sting of death, the bite of the serpent and died. And by the power of God, was raised, death having no more dominion over him. The serpent has no more power to hurt with his calumny and lies, any begotten to God in Christ. The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Anyhow, the scriptures from end to end depict this Word of God, this very embodiment of the Truth, who said “I AM the way, the truth and the life”, He is the antidote. And the ONLY remedy to the plagues of man. It is very wearying to watch man attempting to work out his problems while completely ignoring the only remedy that exists. For the great barrier is the grave. And the proof of those who have the remedy is the resurrection.

Careful consideration of the transition from Genesis 4 to Genesis 5 declare this. The first man Adam, all die, both Cain the murderer, and Abel who Cain slew. And why did he kill him? Because his works were corrupt and his brother’s righteous. Cain said his punishment would be his undoing, “All who find me shall slay me”. He was seeing far beyond his individual existence into all who he would be the father of. God put a mark on him (and them) so anyone who can see the mark (not many these days) would comprehend that vengeance belongs to the Lord, not man. in Genesis 5, the generation of Adam is declared, the second man. Seth was the figure of the man of resurrection. In Seth, who was given to the woman to take the place of Abel, whom Cain slew, was the promised seed of a deliverer restored, and the resurrection declared. In Genesis 5, all that are saved are declared in Seth, the man of resurrection. What separates Gen. 4 from 5 is the grave. I speak spiritually, and now. The grave is no impediment to them who walk in faith. It is taken out of the way, as it was in the days of Noah. Enoch, the seventh, was translated.

Jesus prayed for them who shall be saved through the gospel in the mouth of his people:

[Jhn 17:14-24 KJV] 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 (((Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word))); 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

The cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils have no common ground. Sanctified means exactly that.

[Jas 3:10 KJV] 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

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