Joshua 14 / Isaiah 19 / Titus 1-3
The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.
There's no in between, you're either wholeheartedly devoted to your own struggle and survival (human, animal), or you're wholeheartedly devoted to the cause and purpose of the Father (son of God). The vision of the son doesn't involve his own way, but that he might be found in the family of sons who have loved the way of the Father more than their own way, what all the humans have every right to satisfy for themselves like every other animal roaming around the earth, getting for itself, doing its will.
Then the land had rest from war.
The war goes on inside the son, in the land which is the relationship with the Father which before was unknown within him. He had to be brought out of the hostile country where God isn't known to be delivered to the land in which he was chosen to grow up. The 40 year wandering is a warning, based on the choices that are made by the son who has been chosen to go into the land (know the Father). What can be counted on as a hard and fast formula is the presence of the inhabitants in the land which must be wiped out if the son wants to live in peace with the Father in the land. These are the things that used to define us as mere animals, but now we turn away from them so that they aren't allowed to rule us like before, so we can continue with the work that has already been started in us and is progressing because of the Father's mercy. The new way is the secret and hidden way, which will not be validated by the humans simply because it's hidden from them. They do not know because it is not for public consumption. If they are validating it, then it's not from the Father because only the sons know the secret truth about Him.
We wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
The human mind cannot be trusted because it's tainted by the lies of the snake so that it can't see the hidden reality of the Father. One concept that taints is the popular human idea about God that He must be democratic, equal and fair, like a machine or a robot that has no limitations or emotions. That is a product of the trend in the general philosophy of the culture over the past few hundred years, based on the increasing value of human life. It's yet another way of surviving by being better, more special, higher than the others, and it might be okay for the humans who rule the natural creation so they can own that position.
The sons know that in God's culture a human life, standing apart to and for itself is inherently not worth much more than any other animal. His sons, however, are invaluable to Him and they must be because He has particularly chosen them. Like the beasts of the field the humans perish, returning to the ground from whence they came, becoming one with the ground, the earth, the soil and the entire natural creation. God allows them to live their lives and enjoy what He has made, but there is nothing that lives on about them except maybe a memory in others who will meet with the same fate. Soon even the memory will be gone.
The Father wants it that way, so that the mass of humanity will not "see and hear and understand, then turn and be healed," but not in a bad way but so that He can pay particular attention to His own children. If He had to try to love every last one of the animals then His own sons wouldn't be very special to Him. He wants those He has chosen to be able to see and hear, then choose or reject what He is offering. It might seem unfair to a mind that has been conditioned by the democratic idea that God should love everyone the same. Would you tell a man, though, that he ought to give the same love and affection to every kid in the city that he gives to his own children? That's as ludicrous as saying that God loves everyone the same because it would make Him just a big impersonal machine.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.
The way the humans are was not created arbitrarily in a vacuum with no connection to what already existed before them (the Father and His desire to have a family He could love). The natural exists as a copy to teach the sons about the spiritual reality so they can know how valuable they are to Him. The way that natural men usually feel about their own children is the same way God feels about His—they are different than all the others, special to Him and He loves them more. If He loved every human that was ever born, that would make His love watered down and generic, as the christians portray Him to be that way. If a human son saw that his father didn't treat him any differently than any other kid in the city, there wouldn't be anything good about the father's love toward him, nor his position as son of that man. There would be no true bond, only some superficial mouth babble about how much the father loved him; but what was true the son would recognize as disingenuous and unacceptable.
The mass of humanity is sent a delusion from God so that whatever lie they want to believe has power for them, so they believe the lie that they will be in the kingdom, or reincarnated, or going to survive forever in heaven, or paradise or wherever the expert liars tell them they're going if they're "good," like them and the rest of the "good people" who need their agreement of conformity. That is God's mercy—it's kind of like a morphine drip for humans because the lie does have power so that they will believe their lie and everything will be great for them in their mind. It eases the pain of the sheer reality that soon they will just be unconsciously one with the natural creation and bound to it forever by melting in to the soil. Even though they don't want God, He allows them to have whatever lie they want to hold onto.
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 humans are inherently corrupt and evil according to the Father compared to the sons, filled with the lies they want to buy and own. The impermeable blanket of the animal nature covers them so they cannot get to God, because He doesn't want everyone, just those He has chosen. Their wickedness is in that they're mere animals who don't want God—they just want to do what animals do because they're programmed to do that. They're cowards who know on the deep levels that what they're being told about God isn't true, but they can't move past that disagreement with themselves that they have to look harder. They don't want to look because it's easier to just believe the "experts" who are telling them lies about God. That way they can just get on with living their lives to and for themselves, like every good little animals does what it's told all its life until it goes back into the ground. They want their own particular version of god so that they can feel that they and the others directly around them are accepted and validated by each other. The conspiracy of the man, woman and animal lives on and on, throughout the history of the humans, and that's the way they like it; bound to the natural creation, never breaking away from the snake as a people who are set apart, holy and devoted to God their savior.
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.
The humans are convinced that they don't have to lay down this life for God's sake, to show Him that they do believe instead of just babbling some canned phrases that the pastor told them would save them. They aren't willing to wait for Him to reward them instead of providing themselves with their own rewards (what the Son was tempted to do and be). In short, they love their lives too much, and are not willing to give them up for God's sake and suffer for him. The words of the Son are clear about this, as is also reflected in the Caleb verse at top—how he was different than all the rest, and therefore was rewarded by God differently than all the rest. It takes balls to choose the Father's way wholeheartedly; He rejects the halfhearted and lukewarm.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
They want to call Jesus their Lord and master, yet be above him. They want the comfort of thinking they're going to some heaven, while at the same time being free to completely indulge in the animal nature, spending their lives running after everything that all the common animals run after, all the while thinking they're one of the "good people," because they trusted the experts, who themselves do not know. They can read the accounts of Jesus' actions and words, but because they think he was so different than they are (because he was one of the gods), they don't need to be held to the same accountability and responsibility toward the Father that he was. They don't have to choose the hard way, don't have to suffer, don't have to become separated from what they truly love, and as long as they are living like the experts tell them, they will be okay too. They trust polished actors who put on a good show, thinking they're genuine and can give them something.
So what's the point in any of these writings—to prove that we're right and everyone else is wrong? What we say is for the sons, to point them to the Father. If we're criticizing the humans who claim to know the way to God, then it's only to point the sons away from them. They're to encourage the sons to go down a different path than the rest of the world. They're to teach the sons not to trust the humans because they don't have what they claim to have.
You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Only God can be trusted, and His voice can only be heard by the sliver of humans He has chosen to hear it. Because a whole bunch of people believe a lie, and that's validated by the sheer numbers of others who also believe it, that doesn't mean it's true. Jesus and John were the only two on the entire earth who knew what was true, because the life of the Father was living inside them to teach and tell them about His truth, which was so different than what the humans were able or willing to accept that they didn't, according to the desire of the Father that the Son be hidden from them. Otherwise he would have told them things that were easy to accept so that the humans could accept him. He purposely told them things they couldn't and wouldn't accept, so they would go away and not find the Father's secret treasure that was hidden inside his unlikely body, and the mystery of the ages that the life of God could inhabit a man.
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.
The twelve were all the Father wanted to recognize the Son as genuine enough to choose the impossible way. The others were allowed to believe whatever they wanted about him, to justify not being able or willing to follow him—he was another false messiah, he was leading the people of God astray, he spoke against Moses, etc. Whatever lie they wanted to believe about him they were able to believe, and it became their truth they were given over to because that's what they wanted most—to reject what looked bad to their nature and choose what looked good to the eyes.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
With the humans there is a solidarity and validation in numbers, but not with God. The sons will be thoroughly outnumbered by the rest of the humans. If we have been called to be a son, we turn ourselves away from the lies because the truth is alive and is growing in us. The humans will only be able to reinforce the lie in the sons, never the truth because it's not their reality. Their reality is the nature and condition they're bound to via the nature that binds them to the natural creation like every other plant and animal that exists, then dies and becomes one with it.
The spirit of truth, which is the life of God and Jesus in pure spirit form, will teach the sons the truth and set them free from the prison of the animal nature. The living word will show them how to do this, will prompt them to be separated from what they used to be, what the others will remain. After they have been born of God, then little by little they will see the lies as they are, and at the same time they will see the truth. Subtly, slowly and steadily they will be changed at their core from mature, dead animal to living child, alive to God.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Jesus spoke the truth to the crowds, but he spoke in parables so that the words of Isaiah would be fulfilled. He wasn't "fair" about it, as man would define fair, because he spoke one way to the crowds, and another way to the 12 whom God had chosen for him to reveal the straight truth to (not in parables). To the crowd he purposely spoke in puzzling riddles so they wouldn't understand. That cuts pretty hard against the idea of God loving everyone the same.
To those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, "they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!"
Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Only if they were given the secret key to understand what he meant would they ever be able to. He gave it to the disciples because they had been chosen by God to know the secrets that are kept from everyone else. They were sons, destined to find the hidden treasure of God's love for them.
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. "
Certain things have to happen, because God is fair according to Himself, and righteous according to His word. God is just and good, and responds to a heart that is truly turned toward Him. Some of the people listening probably did turn to be healed later, after the spirit was given to the apostles. There were a number of humans who knew the truth in the first century, before the darkness of the animal started to take hold. But it's different now than in the first century, just like it was different in the first century than it was in David's reign. Not many were able to accept that fact, even though it was predicted. How many today would be willing to accept the truth of God's purpose in the world at the present time, enough to abandon the lies that they hold on to so tightly?
In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance."
There are three groups listed in Revelation—the 144,000 sons who follow the Lamb wherever he goes, the great uncountable multitude, and God's messengers, the angels who do His work and accomplish His will on the earth. They are all blessed by God and a blessing on the earth. Even though it all looks random, God's desire will be accomplished, and He will have what He wants—His family of sons around Him, who will all together be the spiritual bricks that make up the house where God lives in peace, the greatest of the Sons being the one great and magnificent foundational brick upon which all the others are built. The 144,000 are the ones specifically chosen by God to be His sons, to be His inheritance, the true Israel—those who are in the flock and follow the Lamb, the Good Shepherd. They are God's true and everlasting sons, chosen by God to be His from the beginning of the world.
"His people," the "Great multitude," is a little different, because they may be those who receive an inheritance because they supported, accepted or helped the sons in any way. They may be those who weren't chosen to be sons, but had a heart that wanted God nevertheless. Even though they were ruled by the animal nature they responded to God, gave His sons support, maybe even a cup of water because they believed they were special. They may have welcomed the sons as sons, and will receive a son's reward. That is, the gratitude of the Father for taking care of what was His in the world.
He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.
The handiwork of God are the being that were created to carry out His will on the earth perfectly. They are the angels who accomplish this by keeping a certain order. They keep the hoards of animals away by the powerful yet secret things they do in the spiritual realm, the many daily things that happen in the animals' lives which effect them being given over to the lie, represented by the angel guarding the tree of life with the flaming sword in Genesis 3. They are those who allow people to believe that the spirit's in them, even though what they actually believe is a set of lies made up by men, myths about fictitious gods and jesuses and holy spirits and devils and hells and heavens—whatever brand of lie it happens to be. The life of the only living God living in a human is *not* something trivial, as the humans portray it as being. It is the most valuable treasure, for which the entirety of the rest of their existence is happily tossed aside so that the treasure can be acquired.
Ours is a simplistic view, because all we have are imperfect words and images to convey what is true in the spiritual realm where the Father lives with the Son. God's order is perfect there, and His plan is about a billion times more complex than what is available to the humans with our dull animal brains that can't even fathom what the spiritual world is like, let alone what has been laid up for those who love Him. His people and His messengers will marvel and enjoy. What we will marvel at most—after His plan and the mystery of His will that He accomplished on the earth, the beauty of the spiritual world and all that He created—is God Himself, who is too magnificent to even adequately ponder.