June 16th.

Judges 17-18 / Isaiah 40 / 1 John 1-2

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A voice of one calling in the desert: "Prepare the way for the LORD;
make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.

The desert and wilderness are one and the same, the significance being it's the place where there aren't many or any people. God didn't want John to be influenced by the humans or the nature of the humans that rules them because his workd was so important. That nature is stronger and more influential when they are gathered together (cities).

And the child (john the baptist) grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

John was the last of God's prophets to be born until the great prophet would be born, who was the reason for all of the previous prophets' work—to keep reminding and reminding again that the prophet was coming, and after he came there wouldn't be any more human prophets because the work would be done and then he, once made One with the Father, would be living in the sons' bodies to be their prophetic life and voice.

I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear.

John was the end of the prophets and the Son was comprehensive plan, purpose and will of God all wrapped up in one little human body. He was the great prophet who fulfilled the message of all the prophets before him who kept pointing and reminding that he was coming until he came—then there was no need for that work any longer because he was the prophet who would remain.

A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?"

"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."

The humans (all men) are driven without being aware that they're being driven to assume their own self-importance because they've been allowed to rule the other animals. They think that human life is so valuable while animal life isn't, except to be used for their own gain. They also project that assumption onto God about themselves, that they have so much inherent value in and of themselves. This underlying assumption is so pervasive that it's never even questioned—when one suggests that it's bogus, they are considered foolish and ridiculous.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the word of life.

Jesus is called the word because he was the will and purpose of God in the earth among the humans. To the animals he means nothing, because they don't know what he did. To God he is everything, because by him all of the sons can be redeemed from the earth and be safe with Him forever. The word is not referring to the jesus god, but the intention of the Father to have a family of sons like Himself, unlike the humans, which has been the intention "from the beginning." That intention was all wrapped up in the form of the Son who was not yet born; but whose coming, by the spirit of the Father, was put into the minds and hearts of His holy prophets (OT sons) who kept pointing at his coming and reminding in advance.

In that sense the word which existed from the beginning was the Son, but not in the capacity that he existed as a jesus god from the beginning, but that he existed as the one who would fulfill the intention of the Father to have His family of sons safe with Him, surrounding Him because of the Son's work. The sons who loved Him more than their lives were waiting for the Son's coming because that meant something significant for them and the Father—they would be saved by his choice for the Father instead of the animal, and the Father would have what He wanted.

The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

The life was with the Father, because it was the Father. It appeared to those men who were chosen to have the life revealed to them, which told them that they were chosen to be in the family of the living Father over all the rest.

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

The life was born into the body of the chosen Son, about whom the prophets spoke and pointed at his coming. Then he came, and the life of the Father was in him. That is how the life appeared to them—the Father in the Son's body.

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.

When writing his letter, John was speaking from an even more complete vantage point than when the Son was speaking to them while still in his human body. When he wrote his letter, the Son had already ascended to become One being, made perfect by being made One with the Father so that he could "come back" to live in the bodies of the men who loved him. He promised them that he would be coming back, and he fulfilled his promise to them. He did not leave them as orphans, but came to them as the Father had come to him and lived in him so he wasn't ever alone ("the life appeared").

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

The Son told those who loved him that he was the way to the Father, which is what John is talking about here when he suggests that those who claim to live in him must walk and the Son walked. When he said "I am the way, no one comes to the Father but by me," instead of it meaning only that we have to be hidden in him, the Lamb and sacrifice, we should see it as much like this: that the way he went is the way the other sons have to go in order to get to the Father. It is as much, "I am the way, the example for you so that the way I go is the way you must go, I am your example—what I do you have to do in order to get to God," as it is being found hidden in him. This is verified over and over, and it means more as a proactive directive to us than just saying we have to go through Jesus to get to God, which becomes yet another sort of nebulous abstract concept that doesn't mean anything to what actually lives inside us.

That is the animal nature, which must be gone in order to get to the Father i.e., the sons must become purified so that it doesn't live in them, they must all lay down their lives as the Son did, the must all become the good shepherds who take care of God's flock. They don't live their lives to and for themselves like animal any longer, but become conformed to another reality, the reality that the Son had because he wasn't a god who when perceived as such is far removed from our experience, so can never actually be an example for us. He was the firstborn Son of God, just like we must become after him (in the same manner as he did). He was similar to God in that he was pure, untouched by the animal because the Father lived in him from before he was even born, and kept him from being touched by it. But he had to conform to the Father's reality, which he learned to do by suffering, by choosing against what was being offered to hi by the animal, which was alluring because it spoke to the human part of him and wanted to find a home in his body. However, his body is where the Father lived (why he was similar to God because of the life inside him).

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

The nature that instinctually lives inside the humans, what rules them and drives them without even knowing it so that they run after what they love and consider valuable, must be the thing that is not allowed to rule the sons that way any longer. That is the way they used to live, running after what could satisfy their cravings and appease their many fears. The sons must learn to be ruled by another Master, the Teacher who conforms them to the life of the Father as it slowly grows inside them, the same way it had in the firstborn Son's body.

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

The antichrists were just humans who wanted their own animal lives more than they wanted to become conformed by the Father's life, as John and his followers had chosen to be. Those who didn't went out from them, that is, they left the community of believers who stayed together because they were commanded to stay together and take care of God's flock (the other believers), to be the true shepherds after the model and example of the firstborn Son, going the same way he went to the Father.

Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—even eternal life.

I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Those who remained in him stayed with the community of believers, so they could take care of each other as the Son had taken care of the sheep and they stayed with him. Those humans who went away to preserve their own life were after the model of the betrayer who went away from the community to seek to preserve his own life because he didn't want to become conformed to the Father's way. Those anti-christs who went away from the family were the beginnings of what would come a little later, about whom this same John wrote. They were the fathers, after whom the great whore of babylon would be fashioned. They were against God's Christ (anti-christ) because they turned him into one of the mythical gods, the monolithic lie of christianity that grew and pervades the humans' culture until today.

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed...

Who is Jerusalem, who is Judah, and  who is Israel? Humans in the earth whom God chose to be His people as a copy pointing to the better thing. Israel is the representative of His true family of sons whom He would pull out of the natural, to make into spiritual beings who could live forever with Him and constitute the kingdom of God, the kingdom of the spirit. Because these sons are being made into spiritual beings instead of natural (what the rest of the humans remain as), there is ongoing animosity between them.

Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

The sons say things that to the humans can't possibly be true because their word doesn't seem to be possible according to the natural order of things. But the things that are impossible with men are possible with God. Jesus the firstborn Son, the only one of his kind, was rejected by the people who assumed they were the heritage of God's people, from whom His holy prophets came. But they were just humans. Did Jerusalem Judah or Israel listen to him? No, because they were humans, mere copies of the better thing, so they had no way of responding to him or the life that lived in him, which was God.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."

That was God talking, giving the Son words to speak. The real (new) Jerusalem and the true Israel, for which the temporaries were only copies, are the sons who hear the voice of God calling them that the other humans cannot hear.

A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD;
make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God."

It's not the voice of one who speaks to them all, but only those few He wants, according to His choice and will. He doesn't want the mass of humanity hearing and responding, which is why He chooses—the humans do not choose Him. The true plan and purpose of God is in the desert where there aren't any people. He speaks not in the city where there is a concentration of humans, but in the desert where it's desolate. If He wants anyone to hear the voice then He'll bring them to the desert so they can hear. That's the beauty and significance of John's voice crying in the wilderness (to no one), which seems pointless, just as these writings seem sometimes pointless because nobody ever reads them—now. That doesn't matter though, because what we perceive with our faculties is not how things are. The word of God intends for a highway straight from Egypt to the land, through the desert. There isn't any wandering around, but a straight shot.

Egypt is the world, the way and systems that the humans create apart from the will of God. It is that animal nature the sons are born and cemented into, then have to be pulled out of according to the choice of God first, then the miraculous, secret way He accomplishes it, hidden from the humans. The land is the place of peace where God can have His family of sons, consecrated to Him for His purpose. It is the relationship of peace between the Father and His sons, in which they can give love to the Father and the other sons, and receive it back, because the chaos of the animal nature has been stripped away from out of their insides. That is the thing which stands in the way of the humans knowing and participating in a permanent love that doesn't fade away. That is the opposite of love because its nature is to only be able to care about one's self, so there can be no love for the animal. Their existence consists of merely being engaged in a life long pursuit of loving itself with little spurts of experienced love, which is the copy of the better thing—the love the Father feels for His own sons.

It is God's purpose and will for it to be this way, so there aren't any holes in it, no variations or fluctuations. Although some may experience more and some less of the temporary love, that is love between animals—human to human, human to other animals (kittens and puppies)—nevertheless it is always temporary. It always goes away, one way or another, and it's always about the self. One does not love something that will not ultimately benefit it. It gets money, protection, security, things, feelings of stability, mutual dreams, etc. from another. When the other decides it's not as important to give that any longer, to provide that for the other, then it goes away. If that never happens then the person always eventually dies, and everything the other had goes with them. That's why no matter what happens, human love is always temporary.

That's just the way it is. The fair and democratic christian god who loves every one of the humans the same (because they are inherently so valuable) is a myth made up by men so it is palatable to the humans who want a fair and democratic god (just like themselves). Their gods mimic their culture because they're made up by those who influence their culture—to make them more appealing to the masses.

A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?"

"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."

What is the word of God as compared to the grass that is the will and life of the humans? The word of God is the will and desire of God on the earth, His intention to gather up a family of sons from its inhabitants, from all the generations of the humans who like grass have sprung up and then like grass, have withered away and died. But the will and purpose of God in the earth spans all of their generations. Each one of the little humans who springs up has a will of its own, which always comes back to it because it's driven to love only itself. To each of them, they consider themselves the heart of the universe and one way or another it revolves around them getting and having what their purpose defines for them. They may accomplish what they desire to do, but then they die and the process starts all over again with another then another.

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

The actual definition of a son of God is that they become just the opposite of that. They learn to abandon their own will and purpose for the sake of their true Father, after He has been revealed to them and they know who He is, because He has shown Himself to them. He speaks to them and they hear His voice and learn another way besides what they would otherwise have been stuck with—their own will and purpose all their life until they died, then nothing. Those who don't hear the voice of the One calling can't do it. He hasn't been made real to them, so they cannot abandon their own will and purpose for His. What they may do instead (the religious people) is pretend that they are by observing rules and rituals, thinking that by them they are being pleasing to God, while their own will and purpose remains intact.

We heard the word and responded to it, heeded it, and it is separating us from the humans who cannot hear the voice of the Father speaking. Especially, and perhaps most importantly, from the ones who claim to know but cannot because they remain human. If they're not chosen to hear the Father's voice then they won't, and they'll find every way possible within their law—the set of rules they formed according to which one must live or they are thrust out of their midst—to excuse themselves from what they demand of others. Because they are merely animals, the purpose and will of the Father (a pure and honest heart) cannot be in them, only their own will and purpose, which is to ostracize anyone who doesn't follow their rules and look like them because of the fear that totally drives them, then hide in the rightness of their actions. It is completely valid animal behavior, and can be seen in the wild in many groups. The ones who don't conform just get kicked out, so the support of the pack is not there to protect them from predators and they usually just get eaten.

All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.

It's God's will and purpose to make His sons unacceptable to the humans for various reasons. He wants them to "Come out from amongst them, and be separate," and this is a very efficient way to accomplish it. This process teaches them to trust Him because He shows them that He is there with them, and continues to be. He wants them to understand that the only good thing, which spans across all the generations of the humans—the most important desire and purpose—is that God will gather up all of His sons to be with Him where He lives. So the family that He is gathering up, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, is the only good thing in the earth. It's the only reason that the natural needs to continue to exist, so that out of it He can pull His family of sons to make His own, to become part of that will and purpose, which is the word of God that lives and stands forever. His kingdom of Himself and His sons is the only thing that will last forever. Everything else will just pass away.

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

For the sons of God, everything becomes about love for God and His family of sons. Since that is His purpose and will in the earth, then that becomes every sons's purpose and will also (the same "way" the firstborn Son went), more and more as the animal nature is rooted out of him and replaced with the nature of the son who loves the Father and only lives for Him, to do and accomplish His will. John knew this, which is why he was so emphatic about the sons loving their brothers, because that's the solitary sentiment of God toward them—they are the jewel hidden in the garbage dump of humans, the only only thing valuable in the natural world. So to have God's perspective, one would talk like John does in his epistle. Even more so, one would talk like Jesus, who was only concerned with those who were chosen to become sons, that they would see as he saw, from God's perspective, how important His chosen sons were to Him.

 

 

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