1 Samuel 3 / Isaiah 49 / Revelation 7-9
It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
Not all Israel, but those He has "kept," those on whom He has put His mark on to remember them so they wouldn't forever remain one with the natural creation. Those in the OT who were chosen to become sons God knew, and revealed Himself to them so they knew Him.
And the word of the LORD was rare in those days, vision was not spread about.
And Samuel did not yet know the LORD and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
And Samuel grew up and the LORD was with him, and He let not fall to the ground any of his words.
God chose certain people to be as He wanted to be for them—leaders, shepherds, teachers of His truth who could do battle against the lies that prevailed in the nations around them, which kept trying to sway His possession away from Him. He gave them a special ability to hear Him and be leaders of the sheep who often times couldn't see their way. Those of Israel God had kept separated from the rest were the sons He intended would be with Him in His family of His own choosing, drawn from the humans who inhabited the earth.
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
The fact that God's possession Israel continued to be swayed away from her Husband is a sign about how the humans natural are—unable to be and remain faithful. However, God's continued insistence upon saving her is the sign that His real intention, which has always been hidden and secret in the earth, He will never abandon. He keeps saying all through the history of His dealings with the copy that His intention for the better thing will not be thwarted. Though the intentions and plans of the humans change like the direction of the wind, He will not change His mind about what He wants and intends to have.
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
Throughout the OT era God had a plan, and He had a warrior in mind who would be coming to save the object of His secret intention—the One who would work for Him to get and retain what He wanted from His involvement with the creation He made. In the tradition of a good son, the Son of God would take over the work that had already been started by the Father, and finish it so that the Father would be able to have the object of His intention which is worth more than anything else to Him. Even before the Son came, the Father kept promising that he would be coming, that the idea was still in His mind and He wouldn't forget. Though the Son hadn't yet come, the Father kept speaking to him even while the intention of his coming was still just that, telling him what he would do and be for the Father and his brothers, whom he would save from the real enemy—not humans but death and remaining one with the creation that always ends in death.
In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you;
They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.
These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore,
they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Here is another message and promise for the true sons of God, chosen out of the world, who keep waiting just as the Father keeps waiting to realize His hope and dream of getting and retaining what He wants:
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains!
Afflicted because their fate isn't like the humans who can just go about their business and get whatever it is they happen to want, who can buy and retain respect and admirability amongst the humans by whatever means they can get it. They are admired by the humans if they get what they love and value, so spend their lives running after whatever that might be. The dreams and aspirations of the humans are held so dear by the culture that those who reject what they hold up to be worshipped are considered traitors, losers and outcasts.
That's what the sons embrace, why they are afflicted, because by the revelation of the Father's truth they're able to see the worthlessness of what the culture of humans holds up so high to be worshipped and respected, valued highly and the object of their dreams and aspirations. If you don't you get scorned, but the sons can't because they can see what the others are blind to. But instead of doing the easy thing and appeasing themselves and the humans, getting what they were taught to run after and love, they trust the voice of their Father who has revealed Himself to them, and their downward spiral in the eyes of the humans begins as they become more and more despised because they're increasingly rejecting what the culture of the humans is holding up to be worshipped and obeyed, what their lives are all about, what gives them meaning and purpose amongst each other.
And the LORD continued to appear in Shiloh, for the LORD was revealed to Samuel in Shiloh through the word of the LORD, and Samuel's word was upon all Israel.
God chooses certain of the humans to put His word in and to be close to. God decided that He was going to do a thing in Israel, and He chose Samuel in whom to do it. He decided to do it and He did. He responded to Hannah's suffering, humility and righteousness in that she was willing to give God what she valued most, and she was heard by God and rewarded for the state of her humble heart and faithfulness to her vow. God came close to her and gave her what she wanted most, and she gave back to God what He wanted most—a faithful son all His own, who would serve Him perfectly, a son who was the copy of His promised, however not yet delivered, Son.
The consecrated layers of God's people as the copy is seen in the tabernacle accounts, then is reiterated in the Revelation reading where the closer one was to God, the more consecrated one had to be. We see in the natural creation that things seem random and without purpose, but we know that in God's reality everything is exact and precise. It isn't seen by the humans so it isn't recognized. Everything will be perfect, like the number of His sons who are born to Him, whose bodies have the mark of His name on them already in their physical existence. Because He chose to put His spiritual (unseen) DNA inside them, and therefore lives in them, they are part of His secret and unseen (by the humans) body and family—His enduring intention from the beginning of this creation.
His will and purpose for this creation is that by it and through it He will gather up His intended family of sons who will be like Him when they are all redeemed—therefore fully able to be visited and enjoyed by Him, as the Son now is and has been since the Two became One. That is the new hope and aspiration of the sons, once they are born of Him. It begins faintly, then grows and becomes the thing that takes everything else over. It replaces all the former hopes, dreams and aspirations that were in them before, when they were just dead animals.
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."
The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then the LORD called Samuel.
There was a high priest in the time of Moses, and another group just outside him chosen to minister in the tabernacle specifically chosen from a clan of the tribe of Levi who were those closest to God. Then there was the group of God's chosen nation, the Israelites, who "must not go near the Tent of Meeting, or they will bear the consequences of their sin and will die." Then there was the world and everyone else, who didn't matter, from whom the Israelites were commanded to separate themselves. They followed their own gods to live and die with—God was not concerned with them and they were not concerned with Him because He didn't know them and they didn't know Him.
Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders.
The 144,00 may be the exact number of sons chosen to be in the family of God throughout every one of their generations—those who have the seal on them, their Father's secret name written on their foreheads (not with visible ink). They are those He knows in this life and who know Him also because He has revealed Himself to them. These are those with whom God chose to be, chose to walk and on or in whom He chose to put His spirit, His life, the guarantee of His presence and intention for them specifically. We can read about them in the Old and New Testaments of the preserved words. This could be the assembly of the firstborn, the closest to God apart from Jesus. These could be the temple where God will live forever in peace with His family of sons He chose out of the world.
No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
Not being defiled with women isn't necessarily an individual sexual thing, because the "woman" often referred to in the same book represents not an actual human, or females, but the whore who calls herself the bride. The 144,000 must be those who didn't defile themselves with the lie of whore who calls herself the bride of the Christ, and perhaps the who didn't allow themselves to be persuaded by the lies of the whorry wife of God of Ezekiel 16 who could only ever be unfaithful to Him by and large throughout her history. Both of these women were taken into captivity into Babylon, a mechanism created by God for His own purpose.
Woe! Woe, O great city,
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,
" `Woe! Woe, O great city,
where all who had ships on the sea
Rejoice over her, O heaven!
Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets!
Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: "With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again."
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.
Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
Then there is the "great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language," but who were in fact redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, covered by the corner of God's tent; in the house of God surrounding the throne. The fact that they were holding palm branches in their hands makes us recall those who were compelled to recognize the Son for who he was, just before he offered himself up to do the Father's work. They weren't part of the group that was closest to Jesus (disciples), but they did know who he was, and gave him the glory for that.
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"
It says that they were part of a great multitude that no one could count. That could mean—as opposed to there being too many to count—that they weren't as clearly pick out by and born of God as the 144,000 were. They aren't from the group who are an exact number, but they are covered by his tent. Anyway, they seem to be a little farther away from God than the 144,000. It does say that this group would serve day and night in His temple, as opposed to actually being the temple—like the copy of the group of Levites who were specifically chosen to minister to God at the tent of meeting as opposed to all the other Israelites.
Then there is the group who worshipped the beast, and had his number on their foreheads or hand. The number is said to be 666, which is the number of the beast and also the number of the ruler of man. If a=c & b=c, then a equals b. So the beast is what rules man, perhaps the multitude of men that lived that worshipped themselves (as per the dictates of the animals nature) and only wanted themselves and to be the god of their own selves, which is actually most people who have ever lived and died. In other words, they are the humans who are under the membrane of the animal nature and never pierced through to want anything more than what they were being offered. Because they were always just animals, they never wanted God or looked for Him, which was okay for them and perfect for God too—it's the way He set it up, not randomly but with a purpose.
He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.
The number is interesting, because it says that one couldn't buy or sell without it. Buying and selling is commerce, and commerce is fueled by the love of money. 666 was the weight of gold, in talents, that Solomon received each year (1Kings 10:14). Gold was considered valuable to Solomon (more than serving God), who made thrones and cups and lots of other things from it. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of lesser value in Solomon's days. The number 666 represented not a terrifying horror movie subject of ungodly evil, but something very plain and banal, what the humans lift up to worship as though it were just a given. Yet another instance of the love of money, which became Solomon's love, along with his hoards of foreign wives, which also led not only him, but all Israel, away from serving God. The love of money is alluring to those whose main concern in life is always just to survive and keep surviving the best they can, so it conveniently becomes a thing that most of them love (the evidence being they spend their lives running after it so they can survive better) from childhood to their death. The Son also singles out loving and serving money as the thing that competes with God.
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to me.
We know that God chooses some over others. He is not democratic, although He responds to a man's heart and what the man truly wants in his deepest parts where only God can see. That is why we should try to stop hiding and instead be true to the Father in those places where only He can speak to us as a Father speaks to His son—not trusting a man or group of men because all men are liars. That is the impetus of the Son's message, and why we should make every attempt to please Him in the secret places and be true where it matters. If we look shameful to men, yet are accepted by our Father as a son, that is the best thing there could be for us. That is the model of who Jesus was, so something we can expect because it's the plan of the Father for His own true sons to be ambushed and ridiculed for not being like them. Everything in the natural is passing away, therefore it doesn't matter—it only seems to matter because of an inferior mind that cannot see as the Father sees. Let us pray that we can see the invisible things more clearly, the things that very few ever want or are able to see, yet the only things we will see when the temporary is gone.
Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
When you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,