February 17th.

Exodus 28 / Psalms 83-84 / Mark 13

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And you, speak to every wise-hearted person whom I have filled with a spirit of wisdom, that they make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, to be priest to Me.

And they shall be upon Aaron and upon his sons when they come into the Tent of Meeting or when they approach the altar to serve in the sanctum, that they do not bear guilt and die—a perpetual statute for him and for his seed after him.

That Aaron's garments were made according to a special set of instructions is similar to the Tabernacle being built as such, because they both point to the time when the new covenant would be established, when the place that God desired to live (in the bodies of His true sons) would need to be kept according to the same strict regulations that He specified to each of them. That would run contrary to the way they had kept themselves up to the time they were called and chosen to become the temple where God would make His home, for the short period before that was taken out of the world ruled by animals, when they would by left alone by God, who with His firstborn Son retreated away from this place—from His need to have to interact with the humans as He had before in any significant way. The gods that the animals would make up since that time are whatever they want them to be, and can always change according to their needs & cravings.

...for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen...

The true & living God had particular requirements for His own sons, which got delineated and were conformed to, if one was to become a son. He did not conform to what they needed or wanted Him to be—whatever suited their need to keep living as animals while holding on to the lie that they would be fine by conforming God to them and their needs—until He retreated from the world. Then they twisted their own myths around the writings left from those who actually were under the new covenant, which became and then evolved into the present landscape of everything that calls itself christian—human originating stories that are conformed to the way the animals wanted and needed them to be. God's dwelling place became far removed from the humans, as He withdrew with the Son away from them, leaving them to themselves.

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.

The place where God dwelled among His people was important, but until the Son came and gave Him the ability to truly live inside His sons—Jesus the firstborn—He had to only live amongst them, not inside them, because they were unclean and He couldn't let them get near Him. Only Jesus was clean so that He could live in him, because he was not an unclean animal, but a clean animal—not led by that nature, therefore not soiled by its contaminating curse, therefore God could live inside his body, which is why Jesus was able to do supernatural miracles that superceded physical laws.

The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.

The Tabernacle was important to God because it was a preview of what was to come. Its unimpressive appearance designated that it wasn't a permanent thing. When the Son came it would have no significance anymore because the better thing, what it was only a copy of and pointed to, would be put into place. The Tabernacle was just a humble little tent, practically unseen in the midst of Israel, yet built to exact requirements delineated precisely by God to the only one He spoke to directly, who told the people. That delineation depicts the nature of the new covenant when God, through the conduit of the Son, would delineate to each of His own sons personally the terms of His covenant with them. Instead of a static blanket covenant that would have to cover all of them generally, He would be able to specify the terms to each of them according to His being able to live within each of them as per the terms set forth in Jeremiah's prediction about it.

This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD.
"I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.

I will be their God, and they will be my people.

No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, `Know the LORD,'
because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD.

They would know God because He would be able to live in them the same way He lived in the firstborn Son. The supernatural presence of the life of God was inhabiting the bodies of those of His choosing in the first century. He made a personal covenant with each of them because He could. That personal covenantal interaction made it possible that they could come to actually know God, as per Jeremiah 31. Only then, because the relationship between God and His people could be so close, could He be their God, and could they be His people.

The people of Judah have done evil in my eyes, declares the LORD. They have set up their detestable idols in the house that bears my Name and have defiled it. They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire--something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind. So beware, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter, for they will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room. Then the carcasses of this people will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away. I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem, for the land will become desolate.

The thing to note is that when the whore came and then the true land (God's sons living amongst the humans) became desolate, the whole thing reverted back to what it was before—just a general blanket that applies to everyone the same, as it was before the Son came to make it for a little while what it had not yet been.

The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.

 

The Temple was an important icon for the Israelites, whose animal egos needed something to look at, something that seemed important and gave them an identity among the nations around them. But that was never something that God intended for them, just like their having a king (as the nations had kings). To God, the Temple meant nothing because it was an elaborate ornament for the sake of the humans' egotistical need to rally around something tangible and fantastical, which is why He could have an enemy completely destroy it, then build it back up again. It was a temporary thing, just like everything else in the natural creation is temporary, including especially its inhabitants.

"Do you see all these great (temple) buildings?" replied Jesus. "Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."

Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.

Why? Because the Temple made by human hands meant and still means nothing to God compared to the real Temple, which was the body of a living Son, just as the Father is alive. Jesus had disclosed what that true temple was when he said it was his body, because that's the place the Father wanted to live—as close as possible to His Son, inside his heart and mind, united as One.

Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.

Being close to God isn't something the humans want; it's not something that's valuable to it because the animal is the adversary of God and His sons and cannot be anywhere near God or it dies, and its purpose is to survive, not die. Some may say they want it, because they have read words meant for others, that by this sentiment of manufactured agreement (even though they can't really believe it because it goes against what's in them) they will be able to get something (go to heaven instead of hell, or be in the kingdom instead of the grave), which comes from the lie that the humans are so inherently good within themselves as to deserve it, which they love to believe because it makes them feel good—it gives them the animal agreement that they crave, that makes them feel that they will survive indefinitely, which is a fitting capper to their lives of surviving as animals in a world full of animals who are also doing the same thing—merely surviving the best they can like all the rest.

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

The lawless one had already started working even while Paul was still alive. It took a few hundred years to be completed, but since the abomination was finished, the world has been in the darkness that exists even to this day. God is a Father to His genuine sons, and they take refuge in His love and promise to remember them, so staying close to their Father is something the sons find increasingly valuable. The desire to be close to God is reserved for those He has chosen to be close to Him (the elect), those He wants to be close to Him—like the firstborn Son for instance.

At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

Jesus heard the living word growing up, learning the way of God in his heart, becoming the only human who even could have God living in his body where God could dwell in peace, without the chaos of the flesh littering up his body like garbage strewn about the house. The chaos of the flesh is the only thing the humans can pony up because it's all they have—they are completely ruled by it—which is why there is no authenticity within their institutions whereby they say one can find and know God, wherein they say He lives. Where God wanted to live is a very crucial thing throughout the OT record, because where God lived is a major factor of how the new covenant worked.

And they shall make me a Tabernacle, that I may abide in their midst.

God was invisible, and He knew that the Israelites wouldn't worship and love Him as their God because of that, the reason for their constant desire to have gods they could look at and behold, touch and control—one they could see with their natural eyes and understand with their natural minds—gods like all the other nations had. Because of that natural tendency to forget, He was giving Moses instructions to build the house where He could live among them. Although they couldn't see Him, they would see everything that centered around Him, in the middle of it all. The life of God with the Israelites would be a formal one that centered around the Tabernacle, the Hebrew word literally meaning "abode."

And the LORD said to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the Israelites: 'You yourselves saw that from the heavens I spoke with you. You shall not make with me gods of silver and gods of gold, you shall not make them for yourselves. An earthen altar shall you make for me, and you shall sacrifice upon it your burnt offerings and your communion sacrifices, your sheep and your cattle. In every place that I make my name invoked, I shall come to you and bless you.' "

Out of all the Israelites, God chose one man to be a leader amongst the people. Not a man of great leadership capability within himself, but a man whom God chose and then trained up for the purpose of shepherding His people, first leading them out of the land of servitude to the world, and delivering them to the land of peace, of God with His family of sons. He revealed Himself to this man, and made him like a god for the people. The man had a nice, affluent life before God called him, and he could have enjoyed it, living for himself amongst the elite and powerful as Pharaoh's grandson. But the voice of God was stronger than his desire to live for himself.

Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

That is the same voice which is calling us out of the world, that which Paul was trying to impress upon the first century sons of God (the elect) who were specifically chosen to be called out as he understood he was being. Paul knew the secret within the scriptures, that the same voice which called Moses was also calling him and the brothers. To the religious human animals, Moses and Paul were made into super heroes, like the jesus god whose status no humans can ever attain to, because their culture of lies has trained them to regard them that way. But to us who have been chosen to have eyes to see, they are our brothers, who like us have heard the voice of God and are responding to it. Because the truth that the first century brothers had went away, leaving the world of humans in total darkness, void of it, the assumption is that these religious groups must be in some or every way correct (because the truth that would invalidate them is gone).

That's why the Hebrews writer could "see" and comprehend the copy concept in the earlier chapters of his letter—because he had been given eyes to see the reality of God as Moses had. He is the copy of the son, whose life was trisected into 40 year segments. The first was of the animal who lived in the world and had its identity (son of Pharaoh's daughter), yet contained a seed within him about his real identity as son of God (Hebrew baby). The second segment was God coming to him, just at the perfect time, to drive him out of that place to another, where he could learn the new way of God instead of the way he grew up learning, of the world. This is the time when God is revealed to Moses, the son, and thereby he starts to become transformed from animal, the son of the world, to the son of God over a long period of time (another 80 years) learning the new way. The third 40 year segment happened only after the first two were complete, after he had lived with God enough to thoroughly unlearn the ways and treasures of Egypt. It continued his transformation until his body died.

The majority of the Israelites who didn't want to believe except what they could control, on the other hand, are the copy of everyone else; those who do not have eyes to see, or ears to hear, or a mind which can understand, and therefore cannot be healed—cannot be transformed from animal to son. These are the ones who will never believe anything we have to say because of their condition. They are, for whatever good reason of God, not chosen to have the eyes to see His reality as we do. It has happened before:

The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"

He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables:

"Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' "

Because of the lack of faith of the people since they couldn't see God with their natural eyes, He intended for Moses to build up around the altar a precise, movable house for Him to live in, and where they could behold and worship Him. Perhaps if they could see the tabernacle and the priests in their magnificent ministering garments, they might understand that even though they couldn't see God, He wanted them to know that He desired to live among them, and He did. Maybe they wouldn't be so apt to feel they needed gods they could see and behold with their eyes and touch with their hands. But even as Moses was receiving instructions from God on how to build the house, they were conspiring to make the god they could see, feel, touch, behold, glorify and worship—gods that could satisfy their natural, instinctual cravings to feel safe.

What's valuable to the humans is the same thing throughout history—what they can see and touch, taste and hold; indeed what they have been taught all their lives is valuable. Value for the humans is what is tangible, that which they can hold in their hands, that which they can hold in their arms, that which gives them acceptance and bolsters their ego and sense of humanness, that which confirms to them that their existence has some meaning within itself. That which makes them feel worthwhile, honorable, respectable, admirable, etc. Whatever aids in promoting the self and all its needs for this earthly existence, and at the same time displacing some of that ubiquitous fear of death, common among all animals.

The son understands that his earthly existence means nothing as he moves away from the animal with its continuous cravings that need to be satisfied and fear that needs to be appeased. It is not life, but only a short period of existing. It's being born, then growing, then starting to die, then dying. After the flower of his youth has fallen, as soon as he becomes "a man" (a mature animal), then begins his slow descent toward the grave. Slowly, yet literally—quite poetically because of gravity—he is pulled back down to the dust from which he came. As he moves along, his body starts sagging more and more, closer and closer to the ground, where he finally ends up—the perfect place for the organic matter that makes up all the animals' bodily existences.

What distinguishes the son from all the common animals (including the humans) is the invisible mark of the name of their Father, which says they belong to Him. They receive it even in this earthly existence, on their way to the grave, and it's not just some arbitrary or conceptual thing because it's not a part of the natural, observable world. Nor is it a thing that any animal can just reach out and grab for himself because he wants it. It is as pointed an observable as any of the miracles which happened around Jesus and then his disciples, yet it is invisible to everyone who does not have eyes to see the reality of the life of God. The other sons can see it though, because like the disciples, "the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to them." i.e., they have been chosen to receive that knowledge in the mind of their spirit, and the eyes to see that reality, and ears which can hear the silent voice of the Lord speaking to them in the hidden place.

It is what Paul understood as the seal and deposit of our real life—the life that is truly life—which guarantees for those who have it what is to come for them. It is not observable in the natural, however, as God has never been able to be comprehended by the humans' natural faculties. The effects of His miracles sometimes are, but the real life takes place on another level, inaccessible to the common animal. That is the place, hidden within the dying animal body, where He is revealed to the man He has chosen to become His own possession. That is where the son begins to comprehend the life and reality of God, and the love that He has reserved for him and his true brothers.

This love is the thing which was able to miraculously sustain Moses, Elijah and Jesus' dying bodies for 40 days. The knowledge of this love is what Jesus had in his mind when he told the men not to worry about the food they would eat or the clothes they would wear. Even though it's impossible for the animal to believe that God was willing and able to sustain them—either physically or miraculously—the son does believe it because that possibility has already been revealed to him. It had not yet been revealed to the disciples, so they were unable to believe the Lord even though they saw him do many miracles. It had, however, been revealed so much to the Lord that he had no problem teaching it to the men with the power and authority of the Son who did believe it—so much that in fact he couldn't believe their unbelief at certain times.

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

 

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