Deuteronomy 28 / Song of Solomon 8 / Acts 25-26
And it shall be, if you truly heed the voice of the LORD your God to keep to do all His commands that I charge you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you when you heed the voice of the LORD your God.
And it shall be, if you do not heed the voice of the LORD your God to keep to do all His commands and His statutes that I charge you today, all these curses will come upon your and overtake you.
In Deuteronomy 28 the warnings about violating the covenant are 4 times more numerous than the blessings about obeying. They show the merciless vengeance God would exact on an unfaithful wife. God was willing to punish Israel for the sin of unfaithfulness because of His rightness compared to them, so that His purpose could be fulfilled according to how right He was and is. Israel collectively made up the body of the wife of God, and was for a purpose—to be God's faithful wife and bear Him sons, which has been His will even from the beginning (the OT era sons came from her). Eventually, out of this unfaithful wife would come the One Son who would set all the other sons free—not the collection of animals called Israel proper, but secret Israel whom Paul understood he was called and chosen to be an integral part of, which was sweeping him up into the realization of what all the OT prophets (his true brothers) spoke about.
They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our fathers that I am on trial today.
The mysterious utopianism happening in and around Paul didn't look on the outside like the human Jews envisioned that which they looked forward to, as the Messianic era when the great prophet promised by Moses would come and set them free as per how they interpreted the prophets' words (primarily Isaiah), which they interpreted and presumed to own as pertaining to themselves, the only Israel they assumed existed. They didn't comprehend that real Israel, just like the Father Himself, was a secret thing that couldn't be conceived of by ordinary humans. They are more like cattle in the field than beings who could become true sons to the living God. The words of the prophets weren't for the humans at large who populated Israel as animals naturally populate the earth. The words that the prophets spoke were for the secret sons who were called and chosen by the secret Father, and kept hidden by Him, just as He kept the firstborn Son hidden from the humans.
I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen—that the Christ would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead.
The Jews who were bound by oath the ambush and kill Paul obviously didn't agree with what he said about the hope of Israel being aligned with the dead man Jesus, whom Paul was convinced had been living in his body, teaching him about himself through the words of his own true brothers who were also filled with the same hope of the true, hidden Israel as Paul himself was.
This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. O king, it is because of this hope that the Jews are accusing me. Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
Paul knew that he was a son of the living God, which was the hidden yet enduring hope of Israel—that God would be the Father of a family who accepted and loved Him, and showed their loyalty to the cause of His purpose by being conformed to Him and His way instead of their own, which they understood to be lacking and evil, because that was the way of the common animal that was ignorant of God and could only truly recognize itself. The sons shouldn't get confused by so many lies created by the human animals, fueled by modern day democratic values of fairness and equality about themselves, along with the bias of their inherent superiority amongst all the other animals. In fact it's the removal of themselves as an integral part of the animal kingdom which causes them to assume that feeling of superiority, even though in actuality they are in every way just like them, down to the very core of the fiber of what drives them to be what they inherently are—merely animals driven by instinct and nothing more.
Ezekiel chapter 16 talks about natural Israel, that collective group of animals who consistently chose to not be conformed to God, while He revealed Himself secretly and quietly to the group within the group, those He chose who He saw as being set apart from Israel's constant unfaithfulness. It was this secret group that was separated from the rest, waiting in Sheol for Messiah to do his secret work, unnoticed by those humans who assumed the false blessings because they were false sons, only able to claim Abraham and Moses via their natural heritage which doesn't mean anything to the God who is only interested in one's secret heritage, because that one belongs, in the same hidden way, to Him who is and remains unknown to the humans.
On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised.
Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, "Live!" I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare.
Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.
I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you. I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was fine flour, honey and olive oil. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen. And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.
But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his. You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution. Such things should not happen, nor should they ever occur. You also took the fine jewelry I gave you, the jewelry made of my gold and silver, and you made for yourself male idols and engaged in prostitution with them. And you took your embroidered clothes to put on them, and you offered my oil and incense before them. Also the food I provided for you—the fine flour, olive oil and honey I gave you to eat—you offered as fragrant incense before them. That is what happened, declares the Sovereign LORD.
The romanticism surrounding the modern relationship between man and woman was not so in the days of Deuteronomy, nor is it within the culture of God because there is no man or woman—the sons will be like the angels in that respect. The sexual relationship between man and woman mainly exists today as a commercial tool which is super effective because the humans respond to the mating instinct almost as much as their love of money and stuff, which they use as the material to build the walls they hide behind so they're not found out as what they really are—merely animals driven by instinct to get that stuff so they can feel like they're surviving better, as much as they're driven to mate and produce the offspring that will allow them to live forever as their DNA, an actual, physical part of their own body, is passed along to another they have replicated.
Before commercials, a man took a wife so that she would bear him at least one son who could carry on his name past his own life, which is why God created Israel. No woman could carry on a man's name, but a son could. For God also, a wife was the means to gain a son. From between the legs of His wife Israel would come sons whom God would claim, the greatest One being the Son for whom the Father patiently waited, for so many years, about whom the OT sons were apprised as He put the same vision in their hearts and mouths. He was the One who would save them and the rest of the family which also had to patiently wait. Without him, more importantly without his choice for the right, they would all be doomed to the same fate as all the rest of the animals.
Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same spirit; man has no advantage over the animal.
Out of the mass of humanity, before Israel's creation, God chose men Like Noah, Job and Abraham to be for His purpose. The basis of their being chosen isn't fully known. However, He couldn't know them as His own sons, nor could they be made into His sons because of the nature they were cursed with. They couldn't come near Him, couldn't even know Him, and therefore they certainly couldn't become His own sons. They wanted His revealed truth more than their life, and they desired to be known by Him and obey Him despite the adverse situations which that obedience brought them. They heard His voice and responded to Him, their Father, amidst the world of orphaned animals seeking their own way. Then God wanted a wife who could give Him the family He wants, so He made Israel, and took her for a specific purpose. He wanted the nation of Israel to be His faithful wife who loved Him and kept herself pure for Him. Israel would produce sons for God, sons who loved and respected Him as their Father as He wanted from the first humans who instead rejected Him and wanted to be gods instead of being children of the only God.
The nation of Israel populated by humans was distinctly different than the small group of hidden sons she produced for God. Joseph was different than the rest of his brothers and represented that group of sons that are truly God's own set apart from the others—a small percentage of the total which is a metaphor of the sons compared to the rest of the humans. All of the brothers collectively made up the wife of God, but the sons she bore to Him were much more valuable to Him than she was. She was valuable as a wife, and she could have enjoyed the blessings of her Husband while she gave Him sons. He cut covenants with her to guarantee those blessings. He promised this to her here in this Deut. chapter and throughout the OT in the covenants He made with her. Both sides are obligated to the terms of any covenant, so He also promised the devastation that would befall her through unfaithfulness, which seems fair.
Throughout history, according to His will, God has been creating His family of sons who love and revere Him, who keep His name pure and carry it on throughout all the generations of the humans by revealing Himself secretly and quietly to them. Out of Israel would come those sons of God whom He has chosen, spoken to and made His—Joseph and Moses, Samson and Samuel, David and Elijah, all the prophets, etc. These few whom we can read about in the preserved words, who were faithful to Him along with the unmentioned others out of the millions who constituted Israel, are the sons who spoke about and pointed to the great Son, the reason for Israel's existence as per God's desire that the Son was coming. So He kept remembering him in advance through the lives of these men who existed before him and kept pointing to him. Those are our true brothers.
Do you believe the prophets? I know you do.
Jesus the firstborn Son would save all of God's other sons by his love for his Father and his hatred for the the ruler of the humans, the animal instinct which is only a created thing that serves as a tool made by God to provide a genuine choice to those He was choosing to become His own sons. Jesus would teach the other sons to be as he was—loving God and hating the animal—by the secret power God gives him, invisible to the humans. Jesus became the Son who would grow up to take over his Father's work and look after his Father's interests, just as a responsible firstborn son is expected to do.
I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
God was faithful to His wife even though she was consistently unfaithful. After the birth of the firstborn Son, her existence wasn't necessary and her significance to God vanished. Much like God had made men sons before Israel came to be, now Jesus is able to create sons for God without the need for a wife. There is no Israel anymore; she was created to be a copy of the better thing until that better thing appeared. There is only the natural creation, the world filled with humans which they rule; versus God's sons who are pulled out of it just as Israel was pulled out of Egypt. Once the great prophet came and instituted the new invisible covenant a physical manifestation of God's people on the earth recognizable to the humans wasn't needed.
You are out of your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane.
To Paul, what had happened was perfectly reasonable and made total sense on such a hidden yet revealed level from what he understood about the prophets who foretold the coming of Jesus. But it wasn't from his great learning that he had this understanding. It was a totally invisible, secret, mysterious phenomenon that happened inside him, and his great learning merely allowed him to comprehend the metaphor of Israel better, therefore what God was doing inside himself and the others whom he knew to be his true brothers, the true Israelites—the Israel of God 2which was the hope that the metaphor of Israel represented. To the sons like Paul, everything makes sense in a way we never expected, because it isn't by our ability but the enlightening of our heart to God's secret and pointed revelation. It is particular and exact, not generic or public. To all the rest of the humans the sons will appear to be out of their minds, as the humans regarded Paul and Jesus. However, what they know they know for sure, because the guarantee of what they know about themselves is sealed up within them by the miracle of revelation to which only they are privy.
The sons will also appear to be 'off the deep end' to those who think they know the way to God, the ones who think they own Him, because the sons have what the false sons can only presume to have. We know how important and exclusive it is to be chosen by God, while their doctrines and philosophies make their presumed sonship something cheap and easy that any or all of them can just attain to like it was anything else they get in their lives. The parameters of that exclusivity, compared to their doctrines of inclusiveness, will be incomprehensible via the seemingly impossibility of our message. They assume that God is some impartial, democratic mush-mouth who doesn't care who His sons are, and that He desires to live forever with as many unclean strangers that can cram themselves into His house. The process has not been initiated in them, but because they think God is cheap they assume to be able to take what's not for them (sonship). They reach out their hand to grab life, but the fruit of that tree isn't available to them because it's guarded by an angel with a flaming sword which they can't even see for that very reason (so that the process remains effective).
The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, "though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand."
This is the reasoning and philosophy of this new gospel, according to the new revelation which is being given to the sons who are being called to hear it. It brings the entire will of God the Father throughout all of the generations around full circle to its fulfillment. That will, seen from the very beginning, is that He will have a family of sons which have been pulled out of the temporary, created world, set apart form all the other animals, and by that finally redeemed so that they can live with Him forever. He has specifically and willfully chosen all of His sons according to His purpose, and He knows all of them by name. They are the small group of redeemed human animals made clean, as represented by Joseph and his special handling by God, versus the other 11 ordinary human offspring of Jacob. It's represented by Joshua and Caleb versus all the other animals overcome by fear, who couldn't see how God could possibly save them. Joshua and Caleb saw because they were given that ability—because they were chosen by God to know, the same way the disciples were chosen to know while so many were not. It's represented by 11 men who were able to hang on and accept what the Son told them, out of everyone else in Israel who all saw something different because they looked with animal eyes.
Throughout all generations of man, the desire of God has always been to have a family of sons whose love for their Father is true and tested. He has been choosing just a tiny sliver of men from all the generations of the human animals to be His sons. The rest belong to the family of Adam, the first of the family of humans to be bonded with the animal—insignificant to God in that they aren't His choice, unknown to Him because they're separated from Him. The same is true today, and even though the lie of the value of humanity reigns supreme in the sons of men, God is concerned about those sons whom He has chosen to be His. The sons will have to break through the lies and sentimentality of their own inherent superiority in order to understand that they are corrupt and evil because of their nature, which they must be slowly separated from in the process of their transformation.
"Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
Because of their condition and especially in the beginning, they make decisions for instance about who should and shouldn't be sons based on that evil condition instead of anything good according to God, just because their transformation hasn't really even begun. Jesus was the Son who was transformed, and because he was aware he knew who should be considered a son in his Father's family, and who couldn't be.
This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
Many groups and many people claim God as their father and Jesus as their savior, but that doesn't mean anything to God because they simply are not His. The humanistic notion that people are more valuable than the animals gives birth to the idea that everyone is invited to the party. From that idea comes the practice that every person who spits up a little doctrine then performs a little ritual is automatically a son of God. That would be as ridiculous as any natural father having sons of his own, while a thousand other kids in the man's neighborhood also called themselves the man's sons just because they wanted to be. If that man actually allowed them to all be considered his own sons then he wouldn't show his true sons that their sonship was of much value. The same is true of our Father. When we are chosen to be a son it is a glorious, important and valuable thing. God doesn't let the glory of being a son get diluted by the notion that everyone else is also a son too, just because the humans who are inherently evil think God should be fair and impartial because they feel privileged and superior.
The coming of the lawless one (christianity in all its various forms, from the holy roman church to every last christian denomination believing the same lies that were made up by the whore of babylon and which exist today to define christianity as merely another of the world's many systems of mythological stories made up by the humans for their own gain) 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.
He does allow them to believe whatever lie they want to believe, in alignment with His great mercy toward them. He allows them, reaffirmed by way of the angels' various workings in their lives, to believe they are going to some better place, some paradise where they will live forever with whatever generic gods they've created. In this, God is merely giving them over to whatever lie they've chosen to believe. The way He "gives them over" is by making their lie seem real and believable to them by what the angels are allowed to do—confirmation that their lie is some kind of truth, generic as it may be. It is also by the mercy of God that throughout their life they think they're going to some great place according to any one of the vast lies made up by men to explain their gods, and that becomes for them like a morphine dripper that masks the reality that they are just another integral part of the creation, like everything else is that "lives" only to die. What they aren't allowed to know for certain, via the mercy of God, is that once their brain stops working they're just going into the state of non-consciousness like every other animal does—into the ground from whence they came. No consciousness means no regrets, no envy, no eternal punishment, just nothing, like all the other animals which have lived and died according to this natural creation based on so many cycles of death. And the only ones who will be redeemed from the earth are those sons to whom God has chosen to reveal Himself—those He actually wants to live with Him forever.
"I am not insane, most excellent Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable."
These writings are for those hidden sons of God who are and have been chosen to be known by their true Father. It's not to elevate our ego, or to start another institution, but to show them the hidden way. We, however, can only point at the secret teacher, and he is the one who does that teaching on a level that is so deep no human could ever reach into that place to convince. Because of the work of the Son, the promise of Jeremiah can be realized, when all of God's sons can have His commands written on their own heart in a personal way, so that the covenant can be with them personally, not generic as it had been with natural Israel, and how it must be with every group that tries to build their little tower to God via the power of their own agreement that their lie is the truth.
The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
The people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
Sometimes the truth about what's not true is necessary in order to find the way to the truth about what is true. Luckily, those who aren't chosen will think we're kooks, just as the humans thought Paul was. What we know and have is so beyond the scope of believable to any of the humans that we're safe from the threat of our message being accepted by the unintended animals—as safe as Paul was in the midst of so many zealous Jews, that they would accept the this Jesus whom they killed was alive. It was only intended for those to whom the power and ability to see what the humans couldn't see was given.
They (the Jews) had some points of dispute with him (Paul) about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus whom Paul claimed was alive.
This new message will be just as outrageous and offensive as Paul's belief in this dead man Jesus. Killed by God's wife the unfaithful one, now being tossed aside—He finally had His long awaited Son who looked like Him (not like an animal, a snake) and could carry on His name. Israel was as a woman dying in childbirth, yet producing for her Husband the most magnificent Son, the firstborn of all the redeemed, the first faithful Son who did the work of denying the animal the right to rule him. He was the One whom the Father and his true brothers had been waiting for.
That is the same work—believing the unbelievable—that all of God's sons must learn to do and then do. First they learn what it even is and how it exists within them as the record shows it exists in them, then they can understand how to deny it. That is the baptism of repentance that John preached, the work of the spirit. As it is gradually made more a part of the particular sons' consciousness—as the animal nature is being rooted out of him—he is able to be as Jesus is, the good shepherd. Out of true love for his true Father's burden and purpose which is put into him—what replaces the animal nature which naturally hates God—he learns to accept and then respond with genuine care and concern for His sheep, those who are part of God's flock of sons still in the world. That is the truest declaration that he indeed chooses the Father and His purpose.
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?"
"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."